Page 1

Yo u r C C o u p o ni t y s Loc

Sign Up to Receive FREE LOCAL COUPONS Sent to Your Email!

L a

P a l m a

sent toayl ocoupons ur email. www.y



Volume 1, Issue 1 • November 11, 2009

• Hand delivered monthly to 5,000 La Palma homes; direct mailed to over 1,000 La Palma businesses and Chamber of Commerce members • •

City Prepares For La Palma Days Silver Jubilee

Judges Choose 2009-2010 Miss La Palma and Royal Court By Larry Caballero Family, friends and local dignitaries arrived at the Kennedy High School’s Performing Arts Center to enjoy an evening of entertainment and suspense Nov. 8 as they waited to hear the announcement of who the 20092010 Miss La Palma and her Royal Court would be.

By Larry Caballero


s La Palma gets ready to celebrate its Nov. 14 La Palma Days Silver Jubilee, City Council members at their October meeting recognized volunteers who were instrumental in the planning and implementation of the City’s La Palma Days celebration 25 years ago. The event started as International Days in 1985 to celebrate La Palma’s 30th Anniversary of incorporation and has become the community’s premiere event. “This Silver Jubilee celebra-


Miss La Palma with her Royal Court (l-r) Mylene Montoya, Chelsey Wegener, Miss La Palma Judy Yoo, Emily Ann Kulassia and Danielle Jones. Photo by Anthony Kim.

Resident Brings Traditional Korean Music to La Palma THE “OFFICIAL VETERAN’S DAY Days ParadeACTIVITIES

tion honors those residents who created the event. No other La Palma event better exemplifies our small town atmosphere than La Palma Days,” said Mayor Mark Waldman. The City honored long-time residents and activists Alta Duke, Joan Lutz and Keith Nelson as this year’s Community Grand Marshals in the La Palma Parade. Park and Recreation Director Jan Hobson, Chair of the La Palma Days Coordinating Committee, said that “this year’s Grand Marshals have proven their dedication and citizen involvement many times through the years, and we want to thank them tonight.” The La Palma Parade celebration has been recognized and honored by the Orange County Board of Supervisors for the seventh consecutive year as the County’s official Veterans Day Parade. This year’s Parade features the 1st Marine Division Band from Camp Pendleton that consists of 50 Marine musicians; representatives from the City’s Sister City, Hanam, South Korea; over 30 middle school and high school bands that will compete for top honors; as well as many participants including Boy Scouts and

Nov. 14, and is hoping that all residents would participate. PARADE OF ORANGE COUNTY” Steve Hwangbo, a local busi“In the past, many of our

See JUBILEE on Page 7

By Larry Caballero

own pocket for an entry in the La Palma Days Parade consisting of more than 20 Korean musicians ness owner, has lived in La Palma Asian residents have not gotten who will perform traditional Sa for 18 years with his wife Nancy very involved in our public com- Mool No Ri music, which means who teaches for the ABC School munity events. They just don’t “playing with four musical instruDistrict. Their ments.” three boys atThe danctend the loers strike small cal public and large schools, and gongs and Hwangbo is beat different active in the shaped drums. Kiwanis Club, The four perthe Steve Lucussion instruther Elemenments evoke tary School deep emotions parent counin the Korean cil, and a forcommunity mer member and have been of the City’s described as Beautification “a wonderful and Activities and powerful Committee. blend of harHwangbo monious and has been the Samulnori Performers in traditional Korean costumes in local Parade. natural music Oxford Acadwhen played emy Foundatogether.” tion PresiThe smalldent for the last five years, and come out and many believe they er gongs sound like a roll of thunlast year helped the school raise don’t demand much from our der, the hourglass drums simulate $68,000. His goal is $100,000 City. I wanted to make an effort rain showers, and the big gongs this year. He is looking forward to reach out to them.” make heavy and low sounds that to La Palma Days Silver Jubilee So Hwangbo paid out of his See MUSIC on Page 5

7901 walker street

We are a full service, general acute care • 24-Hour Emergency Services • Behavioral Medicine hospital and have been • Maternity Services Wound Care a part of the •• Comprehensive Cardiac Catheterization community since 1972. Laboratory

Judging consisted of interview, talent, speech, and evening gown competitions. Contestants were asked to answer the question: Where will you be and what will you be doing in the next 25 years. The program also included a dance exhibition and a farewell appearance by 2008-2009 Miss La Palma Tina Estrada before the awards presentation and announcement of the 2009-2010 Miss La Palma Royal Court. “Throughout the year it has been my honor to represent the City of La Palma,” said Estrada. “From the moment I was crowned to now, I have had an unforgettable experience that I will cherish for a lifetime.” Master of Ceremonies actor, singer, playwright and director Michael Buss announced the winners in the various categories before the new Miss La Palma and her court were named. Miss La Palma Star was Sheraiah Paige Lucena who raised the most revenue for the Pageant by selling tickets and ads for the program. Emily Ann Kulassia won the Interview Award, and Chelsey


1ST La MARINE Palma Intercommunity DIVISION BAND Hospital


Miss La Palma 2009-2010 Judy Yoo.


la palma, ca 90623

(714) 670-7400


See PAGEANT on Page 7


TO ADVERTISE CALL 800-901-7211

Fall into Fashions with the La Palma/Cerritos AAUW

La Palma City Manager Represents City in Australia

Shown with La Palma City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto is city official Paul Devry, General Manager of the Council of Cowra, Australia. By Larry Caballero As La Palma Mayor Mark Waldman and Councilmember Henry Charoen were preparing for their trip to Korea to visit sister city Hanam, City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto was packing his bags for Sydney, Australia, as part of an Australia Exchange Program sponsored by the League of California Cities and local government managers for their 100th Annual Conference Sept. 15-18. The program promoted international cooperation and gave managers the opportunity to exchange best practices and management ideas while learning the similarities and differences in issues they must deal with on a daily basis. Lazzaretto attended workshops and heard from

keynote motivational speakers and local government leaders before touring local communities outside of Sydney. “Our number one issue dealt with water shortage and droughts,” said Lazzaretto, who talked to local officials about the options available to them in addressing their concerns. He tried to visit small cities that were comparable to La Palma in size, population or geography, and found a large number of Asian residents along with Greek and Italian. Overall, it was a good learning experience for him and he enjoyed visiting Australia, except for a dust storm that engulfed Sidney while he was there. “It had to happen while I was there. It was the worst dust storm in 70 years.”

Members of the Local Scholarship Committee of the La Palma/Cerritos AAUW are soliciting donations of $30.00 for tickets for their Luncheon and Fashion Show, “Fall into Fashions” on Nov. 21 at El Dorado Park and Event Center to benefit scholarships for women graduates of Cerritos College. Pictured, left to right, are committee members Gail Wendland, Judy Figal, Barbara Dunstan, Diane Merrick, Nancy Kawamura and Sue Carruthers. Merrick and Kawamura are Co-Chairs of the event, and interested persons can contact Barbara Dunstan at 562-926-7187 for tickets or more information. By Edna Ethington The Local Scholarship Committee of the La Palma/Cerritos American Association of University Women is sponsoring a special “Fall into Fashion” Luncheon and Fashion Show on Saturday, November 21, 2009, at El Dorado Gold Course Restaurant and Event Center from 12:000 to 2:30 p.m. A Silent Auction will precede the Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. There will

be a showing of new fashions by Glory M’Lou’s Boutique, a women’s clothing store in Los Alamitos, and Rascals and Rebels, a children’s clothing store in Seal Beach. Tickets can be purchased for a donation of $30.00 per person by contacting Barbara Dunstan at 562-404-4760 by November 7. Proceeds will benefit scholarships for women graduating from Cerritos College in the Spring of 2010.

La Palma Observes Red Ribbon Week

La Palma Police Explorers with HUGS participating in wrapping Red Ribbons around trees in La Palma Central Park Oct. 24. “Red Ribbon Week is in recognition of DEA Officer Enrique “KiKi” Camarena’s noble attempt to stop drug trafficking, and he was murdered for it. Kids need to be reminded that drug use leads to destructive behavior, and they need to be drug free to have a healthy lifestyle,” said Captain Eric Nunez.

Hand delivered to 5,000 La Palma homes (15,000 readers) every month and Direct mailed to over 1,000 La Palma businesses! L a

Volume 1 Issue 1 • November 13, 2009

• Hand delivered monthly to 5,000 La Palma homes; direct mailed to over 1,000 La Palma businesses and Chamber of Commerce members • •

Publishing the second Friday of every month. 714.323.3459

Watch Welterwieght Championship Boxing

Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto $20 Covercharge November 14, 6 PM

Buy One Lunch or Dinner

get one free!

P a l m a


La Palma Police Mascot HUGS the Bear with (l-r) Sergeant Jim Engen, Sergeant Raul Morales, HUGS, Mayor Mark Waldman, Police Chief Ed Ethell and Captain Eric Nunez. celebrating Red Ribbon Week at La Palma Central Park Oct. 24. “It’s all about talking to your kids early about having the sense to say no to drugs. You can never start early enough,” said Mayor Waldman.


40 Centerpointe Dr. La Palma, CA 90623 714-739-2500

HAPPY HOUR Mon-Fri 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm Kids Eat FREE All the time (from the Kids Menu 10 yrs and under. 1 child per paid adult entreé)

Live Entertainment Nightly! Tuesday-Saturday

TO ADVERTISE CALL 800-901-7211


La Palma Group Gives HOPE to the Hungry and Homeless By Larry Caballero

The program is supported by donations from individuals, government grants, local businesses, schools, food banks, service clubs, parish members and fundraising efforts of the more than 60 volunteers who participate. Several food outlets donate food such as Olive Garden, Marie

Canyon High School in Anaheim Hills, has been a HOPE volunteer for at least 15 Volunteers from La Palma and surroundyears. She said that she couldn’t think of ing communities begin arriving at 5:30 any other place she would want to be on a am at the parking lot of St. Irenaeus Saturday morning than helping those less Catholic Church in Cypress to get ready fortunate than she. “This is my way of for the 1500 hungry and homeless people giving back to the community,” she said. who will be arriving Virginia has been before 8:00 am on coming for over the first and third 25 years, first as Saturday of each a volunteer, and month to receive then for herself food, used clothing, to help feed her and small furniture family of nine. items such as end “People would be tables and lamps. starving to death Financial assistance if it were not for is also provided for programs such temporary shelas HOPE. It’s ter, utility bills, grown a lot since transportation and I first started medical expenses. coming, and The lucky ones may people appreciate even find a job from the fact that the the referral service volunteers don’t that is also available look down at to them. you.” Helping Other Sister Margarita People Everyof Saint Irenaeus day (HOPE) was said, ”It’s a wonfounded in 1976 derful demonstraand is a commution of people [l-r] President Bob Scoba, volunteer Mary Ellen Oves, La Palma Councilman Ralph nity service, parish helping people in Rodriguez, and wife Diana. based, non-profit their community.” recognized agency Former HOPE that is dedicated to President and serving the needs of the less fortunate. Callender and Pizza Hut. La Palma City Councilmember Ralph Volunteers provide services regardless of Volunteers are always needed to help in Rodriguez is proud of the program and its race, creed, age or national origin. No the collection and sorting of food, to prevolunteers. “We take our responsibility fees are ever charged, but a picture ID or pare and distribute food bags, and to plan very seriously, and we are confident that proof of residency is required to be sure and implement fundraising events. For we are abiding by state and federal reguthat the recipient lives in the local area. every $25.00 contributed, the program lations. We just follow the rules.” If he doesn’t, then he will be assisted in can acquire 250 pounds of groceries at the The Holiday Distribution in December is locating a food distribution center nearer Orange County Food Distribution Center. a much larger project with the La Palma to him. The food bank operates from a space on Kiwanis members serving a pancake Once the recipient is registered, he will the parish property, rent free, and serves breakfast, the distribution of presents to be given color-coded tickets to alert the over 450 families. In addition to the the children, and the arrival of Santa. “On volunteers to his individual needs. An scheduled food distribution, emergency that day, the volunteers become Santa’s orange ticket will get him a bag or a shop- food is available at the church rectory. little helpers.” ping cart filled with food, a pink ticket is More than 11,500 clothing items and HOPE also supports seven other charifor diapers, a red ticket for clothing and a more than 200 furniture items are disties during the holidays, and if you are blue ticket for a homeless person who is tributed annually. Other services include interested in becoming a volunteer, you given items that would not need refrigera- counseling, bus fare vouchers, urgent can email Rodriguez at ralph.rodriguez@ tion. Senior residents who are unable to medical care and shelter for women and leave their homes, or have no transportachildren. tion, will have food delivered to them. Mary Ellen Oves, Assistant Principal at

You are cordially invited to join us for an evening of fun, dance, and friendship at H.O.P.E.’s 20th Annual Benefit Dinner. Founded in 1976, H.O.P.E. is a non-profit organization serving the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, and La Palma. Our program is dedicated to serving the needs of the less fortunate in our communities..

Charlene Hatakeyama, Agent Insurance Lic. #: 0771272 7841 Valley View Street La Palma, CA 90623 Bus: 714-527-8897 Featuring entertainment by the Rock-It Hi-Lites Review (Doo Wop, Rock-n-Roll, 50’s & 60’s Favorites)


Saturday, November 21, 2009


6:00 pm Cocktails 7:00 – 10:00 pm Dinner (Entertainment/Dance/Silent Auction & Raffle)


2010 Buena Park/ La Palma Relay for Life

Have you been touched by cancer, either personally, through friends and/or family members? Do you feel helpless and don’t know what you can do to help combat this dreaded disease? Relay For Life is something we can all participate in, and where we can feel that we are doing something. Funds raised by the Buena Park/La Palma Relay For Life, supports research and development of new drugs and new treatment techniques. Also, the many services of the American Cancer Society and its volunteers provide needed LIFELINES for cancer patients. We invite you to join us for the 2010 La Palma/Buena Park Relay For Life 24 hour event to be held June 5th and 6th at the Buena Park Junior High School track on Orangethorpe just west of Knott Ave. It is 24 hours of food, fun, games, dancing, and time to honor cancer survivors and to remember loved ones we lost to cancer. For information on how to form a team, make a donation or be a sponsor of the event, please contact: Barbara Michel, 714.522.3506 or Ralph Rodriguez, 714.612-4237. You can register a team for $26 until December 1, 2009. Check out our website at: l Brida s list ia c e p s

Custom tailoring for Ladies and Gentlemen Our services include: • Alterations- men and women • Dry cleaning – All fabrics, but specializing in leather, suede, silk • Draperies - drapes, window scarves and valances 7821 Valley View La Palma, 90623 Mon. - Fri. 9 - 6, Sat. - 9 - 4

(714) 994-2363

Whether you need a question answered, a problem solved or a claim reported, my job is to make it happen. Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.® CALL FOR A QUOTE 24/7.

Knott’s Resort Hotel 7675 Crescent Avenue Buena Park, CA 90620 $35.00/pp Donation


We Cle a Drape n s!

Being there is why I’m here.

Twentieth Annual Benefit Dinner & Dance Fundraiser

Ralph & Dianna Rodriguez 714.612.4237 or 714.318.8262

All proceeds will go to helping H.O.P.E.’s recipients and their family throughout the year. If you are not able to attend event but would like to make a donation, please make check to “H.O.P.E.” and mail to: H.O.P.E.; 5201 Evergreen; Cypress, CA 90630. All donations are tax deductible. P097193 06/09


State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, State Farm Indemnity Company, Bloomington, IL


TO ADVERTISE CALL 800-901-7211

Chamber of Commerce Newsletter • November 2009 • www. •

Message From the Chamber President We are excited as the first edition of the La Palma Community News is reaching each La Palma resident and business. Our mission is to Partner with Civic Government, Business and the Community and proud to be a part of this endeavor. We have something for everyone. If you have a Home Based Business I invite you to get involved with the La Palma Chamber of Commerce and take advantage of the events as well as the benefits the Chamber offers. New to our benefit package is our “Business Services” program available to all Chamber members. You now have at your disposal a fax, scanner, printer and internet access should you need it at a price you can afford. This includes the convenience of a conference room for our membership. Need a place to hold a meeting or to meet with your client? Just call in to check availability and make your reservation. You are all invited to our Holiday Mixer and Open House on December 8th at 5 pm at the Chamber office located at the La Palma Professional Center. The lobby will be decorated by four clubs from Kennedy High School and will be judged that evening and winners announced. Right before Christmas, the trees will then be donated to four less fortunate families. If you would like to participate in this event contact the Chamber office. Again this year, the La Palma Chamber and La Palma Kiwanis join forces for the Annual Christmas Food and Toy Drive. Schools serving the La Palma area provide us with a list of families that are struggling and in need of a helping hand during the holiday season. The La Palma Chamber and La Palma Kiwanis along with volunteers gather to wrap boxes, gifts and separate canned goods and put together a holiday dinner and other goodies. New this year, Kennedy High School will be holding a “Can Drive”. Cans collected will be donated to the Chamber for the Food and Toy Drive. Paul’s Car Wash will offer a discount to those bringing a box of cereal or any donation beginning November 27th thru December 17th. The boxes of cereal will also be donated to this year’s Christmas Food and Toy Drive. You can also drop off your donation at the Chamber office or at Crescent Car Wash. Don’t be left out – get involved and lend a hand. We look forward to partnering with you.

Ric Maurice President

Chamber Member Profile Vicencia & Buckley Insurance Services, Inc. has been serving the insurance needs of families and businesses since 1977. Their offices are located at 20 Centerpointe Dr #100, La Palma. When choosing Vicencia & Buckley, our clients benefit from the insight and expertise of a team of professionals who together share more than 100 years of insurance experience. Vicencia & Buckley’s mission is to protect and serve with integrity. We realize that if we don’t take care of our customers, someone else will. Leading the Vicencia & Buckley team are a number of professionals who hold such designations as Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC). Vicencia & Buckley has been an active member in the La Palma Chamber of Commerce since 1996.Vicencia & Buckley is located at 20 Centerpointe Dr. #100, La Palma, CA 90623, phone (714) 739-3177 or (800) 900-7771, website: www.

[l-r] Michele Vicencia Jondle, Steve Vicencia, Laurie Vicencia Painter.

Tri-City Chambers Hold Mixer Left - Joining in the festivities at the Tri-City Mixer October 22 representing the La Mirada, Buena Park and La Palma Chambers at the EDCO Park Disposal in Buena Park are (l-r) La Palma Councilmember Henry Charoen, City Manager Dominic Lazzaratto, Chamber President Ric Maurice, Councilmember Larry Herman and Chamber Executive Director Esther De Leon Hernandez.

Chamber's 6th Annual Casino Night a Big Success

La Palma elected officials and Chamber Board members are pleased at the turnout for their sixth successful annual Casino Night held Oct. 17 at the La Quinta Inn & Suites, the Event Sponsor. Gaming Table Sponsors were Vicencia & Buckley Insurance and City National Bank. Food & Beverage Sponsors included: A’Roma Ristorante – La Palma Flame Broiler Restaurant – La Palma Panda Inn – La Palma Subway – La Palma El Pollo Loco – Buena Park Papa John’s – Cypress Ralph’s – La Palma Grocery Outlet – Buena Park Northgate Store - Cypress Red River Enterprises – Albuquerque NM

TO ADVERTISE CALL 800-901-7211


La Palma’s Halloween Carnival A Howling Success By Larry Caballero La Palma’s 38th Annual Halloween Carnival Oct. 31 at Central Park was definitely a Spooky Spectacular with more than 2000 residents who enjoyed 24

more than 20 Korean musicians who will perform traditional Sa Mool No Ri music, which means “playing with four musical instruments.� The dancers strike small and large gongs and beat different shaped drums. The four percussion instruments evoke deep emotions in the Korean community and have been described as “a wonderful and powerful blend of harmonious and natural music when played together.� The smaller gongs sound like a roll of thunder, the hourglass drums simulate rain showers, and the big gongs make heavy and low sounds that spread out, much like ripples of water after a stone splashes in a lake. “Hopefully, this celebration of the Korean culture will bring out more residents. The Korean media has been invited to report on the entry as well as on a unit sponsored by La Palma’s sister city’s cultural committee from Hanam, Korea. Let me take this opportunity to invite them in Korean:

Waldman as Jack Skelington and Augie Lombardo as Woody from Toy Story. The Kindergarten-First Graders included Issac McDonald as a Hobo and Michelle Waldman as Sally. The SecondThird Graders included Crystal Diaz, Alli-


Continued from page 1 spread out, much like ripples of water after a stone splashes in a lake. “Hopefully, this celebration of the Korean culture will bring out more residents. The Korean media has been invited to report on the entry as well as on a unit sponsored by La Palma’s sister city’s cultural committee from Hanam, Korea. Let

Children in Fourth-Fifth Grade Category line up for judging at La Palma’s Halloween Carnival. carnival game booths, a CarnEvil Haunted son & Katelyn Siebert as three Cheerleaders. Fourth-Fifth Grade included Jenna House, costume contests and a hot dog Cushmon as a combo served Skeleton, Siby the La Palma mone Williams Kiwanis Club. as a Diva and Games Kiara Roscelli included the as Little Red Backboard Riding Hood. Basket Throw, Danielle Pitch for Buzzini and Prizes, Black Alex Nocum Jack Darts, won for dressMilk Bottle ing up as a Tin Toss, Flying Man Couple, Skulls and Chanel Varney Heads, Ring as a Mummy the Witch’s Hat Girl and Andy and Goldfish Castro as Shim Toss. Children in the sixth to in age divisions twelve grade from under two category. years to sixth In addito twelve grade tion, Becky the received prizes Clown blew up for 1st, 2nd balloons and and 3rd place. made characters Judging guideout of them as lines included free giveaways. originality, age Older children, appropriateness, including an creativity and adult or two, audience reacwere seen walktion. La Palma children entered the CarnEvil Haunted ing through the Costumes House at their own risk. haunted area and ranged from a Maze of Hora cheerleader ror. A few even made it through alive. worn by Elizabeth Lebeau, a bumble bee worn by Jayden Gilbreth and Scooby Doo worn by Gavin Gilbreth in the Under 2 Category. The 3-4 Year Olds included Leah Grace Bailey as the Terminator, Kevin

me take this opportunity to invite them in Korean:

$ <" f#5H Q_ \TK La Palma Days k. 11B 14L (a) f# A;/ N4. ?j 25W  P] M. A;/ 9^ 105+` S65X 9IF Ci V I I @= G6 e$ . " P]H hIIbK gI 9^ 105+` 5[: Walker St. ;/ <"% ?j ZGE m*8 O-


-! +j/ 7 i .'I dI Y0j/

( K; i H 7 &l! 1*I . U I I >2/ R(N DJi 5F X5 ).

Samulnori musicians perform traditional Korean music on stage.


(with ad, exp. 12/18)

Mercury OFFers sOMe OF THe lOWesT raTes in caliFOrnia FOr FaMilies WiTH Teen DriVers. HOW DOes yOur insurance cOMPare?

L a

P a l m a


Volume 1 Issue 1 â&#x20AC;˘ November 13, 2009

â&#x20AC;˘ Hand delivered monthly to 5,000 La Palma homes; direct mailed to over 1,000 La Palma businesses and Chamber of Commerce members â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘

Web: Email: Phone 562.407.3873 P.O. Box 788, Artesia, CA 90702 Editor- Jery Bernstein General Manager- Linda Bock Production Manager- Chris Svensk Sports Editor- Loren Kopff Staff Writers- Chris Callard Glen Creason, Shelley Hendersen, Larry Caballero President/Publisher- Brian Hews The La Palma Community News is published weekly and delivered to La Palma homes only.The La Palma Community News has been established as a newspaper of general cir-culation in Orange County. Based on this legal status we are eligible to publish Legal Notices and Fictitious Business Name Statements. Published and copyrighted by Eastern County Newspaper Group,Inc. Reproduction in whole or part of any material in the La Palma Community News without permission of the publisher is prohibited. Š 2009

For a fast, free quote contact your local Mercury Agent:

(714) 739-3177 Vicencia & buckley ins. sVc. 20 Centerpointe Drive, Ste. 100 La Palma, CA 90623 CA License: 0578496


La Palma (90623)

Artesia (90701)

Cerritos (90703)

Mercury Insurance




Progressive Insurance




State Farm Insurance




21st Century Insurance




Travelers Insurance




Allstate Insurance




Geico Insurance




Rate comparison criteria: Six month premium; married couple; 45/43; no accidents or citations; and a female teen driver, 16, with a good student discount; driving a 2006 Toyota Camry and a 2007 Ford Edge SE with 12,000 annual miles each. Coverages: BI-PD 100/300/50; UMBI 100/300; CDW; $5,000 Med Pay; $500 comprehensive deductible; and $500 collision deductible. Quotes obtained June 2009 from sources we believe are reliable, but we cannot guarantee their accuracy. Rates do not reflect any changes that may have been made after these quotes were obtained. All rates reflect full payment of premium at time of purchase.


La Palma Hospital Offer Special Senior Services La Palma Intercommunity Hospital is highly committed to the health, wellness and special healthcare needs of our senior community. Circle of Friends The Circle of Friends offer a full range of healthy living benefits and services to

Permanent Laser Hair Removal

Procedures Performed By

Dr. Terrisa Ha Obagi Products Available

Face  Arms  Back  Underarms Legs  Even Bikini Lines SAFE  AFFORDABLE  PAINLESS Call for a FREE Consultation Offices of Terrisa Ha, M.D. 5451 La Palma Ave. Ste 49 La Palma, Ca 90623 • 714-736-9918

TO ADVERTISE CALL 800-901-7211

Healthy Living keep members happy, healthy, and active. The Circle of Friends can make senior life healthier, more active and more fun for only $15 a year. Members enjoy a multitude of benefits, including: • Free insurance claims filing assistance • Exercise programs • Planned social events • VIP hospital benefits • Affordable medical alert system • Discounts on prescription drugs • Eyewear and eye-care discounts • Day and overnight escorted trips • New friendships and valuable opportunities For more information, or a membership application, please call (714) 2294077.

Dr. Urban on Today’s Dentistry

The Oral Exam What is your dentist observing when performing an oral examination? As a kid I always thought that my dentist was trying to make holes in my teeth with that little pokey thing. As I later found out that was impossible. My dentist was merely trying to detect small soft decaying spots on the chewing surface of my teeth. (Sorry Dr. Parker.) Dentistry involves more that checking teeth. Dentists check the health of the supporting structures that keep teeth locked in solid and we look for any soft tissue changes or abnormalities that could lead to serious consequences later on. Your dentist may require you to update your health history at regular intervals. I recommend annual updates or notification of any change of medications or health status. The soft tissue exam will start with a visual inspection of the face, skin, lips, cheeks, tongue and floor of the mouth. The dentist or hygienist will gently pull the tongue from side to side and check the floor of the mouth for any lumps. Some dentists have invested in specialized equipment to screen their patients for early invisible cancer growths. If positive signs are noted then more diagnostic tests may be necessary. Why is this important? The death rate in the United States for oral cancer is higher than that of cervical cancer, Hodgkin's disease, cancer of the brain, liver, testes, kidney, or ovary. The doctor will check the condition of your bite and look for any sign of damage to the TMJ. The TMJ is the hinge joint area that allows your jaw to move. Clicking or even popping may be more than an annoyance and lead to more devastating joint damage. Specialist referral or treatment with a night guard may be the next step. If the bite is off or teeth are crowded you may get a referral to the orthodontist. The periodontal exam concentrates on the gum area around the teeth. The gums should be firm and pink. They should not bleed or ooze pus. They should not be abraded and receded away from over aggressive brushing or swollen from brushing neglect. The color and texture of the gums, any tooth mobility, gum recession, and bone loss will be noted. The hygienist will measure the gap be-

tween your gums and where they attach to the tooth. This is the “pocket” and normal healthy pockets are 2-3 mm deep. Beyond that depth and cleaning becomes difficult. The best tooth brushing and flossing techniques will not go below 3mm.and clean the deeper pockets. Finally, the oral exam will involve checking the teeth. The list of dental conditions includes decay, white spots, abrasion, erosion, attrition, abnormal wear, fractures, cracked fillings, leaky crowns, bad fitting removable bridges and dentures, and loose bridges. Periodically, x-rays will be taken and examined for decay between the teeth, bone loss around the teeth, abscesses, cysts, and tumors. Your dentist and hygienist are very sensitive to spotting abnormal signs. However, if you notice anything not right please inform your dental team. For answers to your dental questions, contact Douglas Urban, D.D.S. Cerritos, CA 90703 562 924-1523

Seniors and H1N1 Flu by Dr. Balu Gadhe, CareMore Health Plan

Many doctors are being asked by their senior patients about their risk for the H1N1 virus. Dr. Balu Gadhe of CareMore has provided a few key answers to inform seniors about what they need to do to prepare for this year’s flu season. Q: Are people 65 and older at risk for contracting the H1N1 influenza? Most seniors have some immunity to H1N1 flu virus because of prior immunization history. This makes them less likely to contract the H1N1 virus; and thus are not recommended to get early doses of the flu vaccine. Q: Why isn’t this age group included in early dose vaccinations? Studies indicate less than two per 100,000 people aged 65 and older have contracted this flu strain. By contrast, people between 6 months to 24 years-of-age are 15 to 20 times more likely to be infected and become seriously ill. Limited supplies of the vaccine will be available at first and will be recommended for those most likely to contract 2009 H1NI. Q: What should those 65 and older do? This age group is more likely to catch seasonal flu than 2009 H1N1 and should get a seasonal flu shot as soon as possible. Additionally they should protect themselves by washing hands frequently with soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Seniors should avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth and try to avoid contact with people who are sick (especially if they have fever, cough and a sore throat). Get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods. Q: Will 2009 H1N1 vaccine be available for those 65 and over? Yes, after the high risk groups have been vaccinated. The government has purchased 250 million doses of the vaccine so there will be enough for the population. Those 65 and over are more at risk for seasonal flu than H1N1and should receive their seasonal flu vaccine as soon as possible. Q: What is considered a high risk group? “High risk groups” as defined by the CDC include the following: • Pregnant women • People living with or caring for infants under six months of age • Emergency medical services personnel and health care workers

• Children and young adults from six months through 24 years • People aged 25 through 64 years with chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease, asthma, diabetes, or weakened immune systems Generally, high-risk groups include those with certain chronic medical conditions including chronic lung problems such as asthma, heart, liver, blood, nervous system, muscular, or metabolic disorders such as diabetes. Those 65 and older who have immunodeficiency or immuno-suppression conditions, including that caused by medications such as corticosteroids and chemotherapy, or diseases such as HIV/AIDS, could be at risk of 2009 H1N1. Consult your physician if you have questions about your health condition. Q: What should high-risk populations do to avoid the H1N1 influenza? Those 65 or older who are considered high-risk should be vaccinated for the 2009 H1N1 flu in addition to their normal seasonal flu shot. Q: What should those 65 and older do if they feel they have the flu? Seek medical advice quickly. Those 65 or older are prioritized to get antiviral drugs if they become ill with the flu. Although this age group is much less likely to catch the 2009 H1N1 flu they are more likely to suffer serious complications and are prioritized for antiviral drugs.

City of La Palma Police News

Get home safely for the holidays by buckling up. Make sure everyone in the family gets home safely this holiday season by buckling your seat belt every trip, day and night. That’s the message that the La Palma Police Department is telling drivers as part of the 2009 holiday Click It or Ticket mobilization, November 17 - 30. Officers will be out in force looking for anyone – driver, passenger or child – not properly restrained. Given the years of public awareness campaigns, including hundreds of Click It or Ticket highway signs, no warnings will be given out. The Click It or Ticket campaign relies on heavy enforcement and education as a means to help save lives on California’s roadways. “There is absolutely no question that seat belts save lives,” said Police Chief Ed Ethell. “Buckling up will not only save you a heavy fine, it can also save your life.” Currently California has a seat belt usage rate of 95.4 percent, but that still means over 1.5 million people in the state are not buckling up. Properly restrained drivers, passengers and children have a 50 percent better chance of surviving a crash than unbelted occupants. Those ejected from vehicles in crashes or roll-overs are up to 35 times more likely to die than restrained occupants. “There are no excuses. Nothing is worth risking the lives of you or your family,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. “This should be the season of joy and thanksgiving, not tragedy.” More than 175 local law enforcement agencies statewide and the CHP will be participating in this year’s Click It or Ticket mobilization. Funding to support California’s Click It or Ticket campaign was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Send Us Your Press Releases & Events!

TO ADVERTISE CALL 800-901-7211


Continued from page 1 Girl Scouts, cheer squads, and other community groups. This year’s Honorary Grand Marshal is Mickey Mouse. The La Palma Days Parade and prestigious Band Review will feature over 200 entries including JROTC, veteran and military units, celebrities, dignitaries, elected officials, local school clubs and organizations, businesses, the Orange County Fire Authority and others—all parading proudly down Walker Street, from Houston to La Palma Avenue beginning at 10:00 am. At the conclusion of the Parade, local nonprofit groups will be sponsoring activities that include a giant fiber glass slide,

ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE: 11:00 a.m. 80’s Rewind (A tribute to the 80’s) 12:15 p.m. La Palma Recreation, Jazz, Tap and Ballet Dancers, and Linda Buell’s Dance 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Pickles the Clown (Balloon Animals) 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Air Brush Tatoos 1:00 p.m. Mariachi Divas 2:00 p.m. The Side Effects (Doo Wop a Cappella) 3:00-3:45 p.m. Country Kickers (Line Dancing) 3:45-4:15 p.m. Joo Korean Dance Institute 4:30-5:00 p.m. Sarasona (2009 La Palma/Cypress Battle of the Bands Winner)

giant obstacle courses, ropes course, pony rides, petting zoo, midway games and more. More than 40 vendors will serve tasty cuisine from around the world and sell a variety of arts and crafts. 25th Anniversary Commemorative merchandise will also be available. In addition, the La Palma Days Cultural and Historical Committee will present exhibits and displays of La Palma history through books and artifacts, and the La Palma Days Entertainment Committee will feature a program of song and dance that celebrates the City’s ethnic and cultural diversity. Finally, representatives from the City’s Sister City, Hanam, South Korea, will be providing entertainment and information about their city and culture. Former La Palma Mayor Keith Nelson remembers the spring of 1985 when a group of La Palma residents gathered to discuss and plan for the 30th anniversary of their city. “Now we are celebrating our Silver Anniversary. We have had literally tens of thousands of young people provide entertainment in the park and march down our streets. We have also been able to recognize many of our young adults as they competed in the La Palma Pageant.” The La Palma Days Silver Jubilee started with the La Palma Pageant on Sunday, Nov. 8 at the Kennedy High School’s Performing Arts Center at 5:00 pm, followed by the Parade, Band Review and Community Festival on Saturday, November 14 at La Palma Central Park. The La Palma Pageant is a professional growth opportunity for individuals interested in serving a one-year term as La Palma’s Ambassador. The winner and her court represent the City and serve as examples of the City’s youth. “We are very fortunate to have nine exceptional contestants,” said Alta Duke, speaking on behalf of the La Palma Pageant Committee. “What a wonderful way to begin observing the 25th Anniversary of La Palma Days.” Miss La Palma, Tina Estrada 18, has represented the City at many public events including the 2008 La Palma Days Festival and has made appearances as the City’s Ambassador at various Chamber of Commerce Mixers, Grand Openings, and Com-

LA PALMA COMMUNITY NEWS • NOVEMBER 11, 2009 munity Events such as the City’s Memorial Day Ceremony, the 4th of July Fitness Run for Fun and Concerts in the Park. Estrada wishes this year’s nine contestants the very best. Six of the young ladies attend Kennedy High—Lindsay Cruz, Charlene Griffis, Danielle Jones, Mylene Montoya, Chelsey Wegener, and Judy Yoo. Two contestants attend Cypress College— Sheraiah Lucena and Amanda Manley; and Emily Kulassia attends the University of California, Riverside.


La Palma Indo-American Seniors Celebrate Birthday of Mahatma Gandhi


Continued from page 1 Wegener had to share the Evening Gown Award with 2009-2010 Miss La Palma Judy Yoo who also won the Talent, Speech, and Question Categories. Yoo’s first duty will be to represent La Palma in the La Palma Days Parade Nov. 14 before becoming the City’s Ambassador for the next twelve months at numerous public events including Ribbon Cuttings, Grand Openings and special holidays. Miss La Palma’s Royal Court include 4th Runner up Danielle Jones, 3rd Runner up Mylene Montoya, 2nd Runner up Emily Ann Kulassia and 1st Runner up Chelsey Wegener. Special guests included La Palma Mayor Mark Waldman, Councilmembers Larry Herman, Ralph Rodriguez and Steve Shanahan, as well as City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto. Wishing the contestants good luck were Miss Artesia and her Court along with Mr. California, California Teen and the Southern California Royal Court.

La Palma Mayor Mark Waldman presents a Certificate of Recognition from the city to President Amrit Bhandari and board members of the La Palma Indo-American Senior Association. ing the tearing down of the Berlin Wall By Larry Caballero and numerous peaceful protests that have The United Nations has designated Oct. changed the world.” 2 as International Non-Violence Day, and Councilmember Larry Herman deLa Palma Indo-American seniors chose that day to also celebrate Mahatma Gan- scribed Gandhi as one of the greatest spiridhi’s birthday at the La Palma Central Park tual and political leaders of the 20th cenRecreation Center. tury and quoted Albert Einstein who said, Gandhi gained world attention when he “Generations to come will scarcely believe advocated civil disobedience and non-violence in his successful attempt to rid India that one as great as he walked this earth in of British occupation and rule in 1947. La flesh and blood.” Palma Mayor Mark Waldman presented a Gandhi will be remembered for his certificate from the city to Master of Cer- deeds as well as his words such as “non-viemonies Amrit Bhandari in recognition of Gandhi’s achievements, and Councilmem- olence is not a garment to be put on and off ber Ralph Rodriguez praised Gandhi “for at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must the impact he had on world events includ- be an inseparable part of our very being.”

St. Irenaeus Filipino Catholic Federation Salo Salo 2009 By Edna Ethington The Filipino Catholic Federation (FCF) of St. Irenaeus Church in Cypress held their 22nd Annual Salo Salo at the Parish Hall. The words “Salo Salo” mean “mix mix” or a gathering. St. Irenaeus Parish Hall was filled with the priests of the parish, parishioners, their families, friends and guests who gathered together to enjoy a Filipino dinner and cultural show at the Salo Salo. The evening’s festivities began with the singing of the Star Spangled Banner and the Philippine National Anthem. Choir Director Virginia Coquia conducted the FCF Choral Group and the four year old soloist, Maliya Ninofranco, led the singing. Fr. Matthew Munoz then said the Invocation and Blessing of the Food, and members of the FCF quickly delivered the prepared the boxes filled with pancit, chicken, lumpia rice, bottled water and different desserts donated by their members to all the seated guests. After the dinner, the Cultural Show began with Master of Ceremonies Eddie Ferrer introducing the different numbers. He was assisted by Celly Adamo and Joey Jarme. A variety of songs and dances were performed by different groups and individuals in colorful costumes representing the different cultural traditions of the Philippines. The priests of the parish stole the show with their enthusiastic participation in the program. Pastor Patrick Moses brought the house down with his performance as a Balut vendor. As Fr. Patrick held up the fertilized egg called Balut for sale, people rushed to the stage from the audience and began throwing money into his basket. Fr. Patrick was joined by Fr. Matthew Munoz and Fr. Venancio Amidar as they performed in a Super Special Surprise Number as St. Irenaeus’ own Three Tenors (really two tenors and a baritone). The trio sang two Filipino Folk Songs, Leron, Leron, Sinta and Paru Parong Bukid.

The Three Tenors of St. Irenaeus Parish performed at the 2009 Salo Salo with great enthusiasm! Pictured are Fr. Matthew Munoz, Fr. Ven Amidar and Fr. Patrick Moses. (There really were only two tenors since Fr. Ven is a baritone!)

It’s a Holiday Party!

La Palma Toastmasters Christmas Mixer December 16th 6:30 p.m. Check the Chamber website to confirm location

Come ask questions & meet those already registered! Toastmasters is new to La Palma And will be holding its first meeting on January 6th, 2010 (LTBD) What is Toastmasters? *Learn to communicate more effectively *Enhance your interviewing skills *Improve your presentation skills *Increase your leadership potential *Build your ability to motivate and persuade *Reach your Professional and personal goals *Increase your self-confidence For more information or to register for Toastmasters contact the Chamber office


TO ADVERTISE CALL 800-901-7211


THE “OFFICIAL VETERAN’S DAY PARADE OF ORANGE COUNTY” On Saturday, November 14th at 10:00 a.m., the La Palma Days Parade and prestigious Band Review will feature over 200 units including junior and senior high school bands, JROTC units, veterans, military entries, celebrities, dignitaries, elected officials, local schools, clubs and organizations, businesses, the Orange County Fire Authority, and others — all parading proudly down Walker Street, from Houston to La Palma Avenue! This year our Grand Marshal is none other than Mickey Mouse. Our Community Grand Marshals are Alta Duke, Joan Lutz, and Keith Nelson, all who are longtime volunteers and original La Palma Days committee members whose little idea 25 years ago has become a cherished La Palma community event. Once again, on the 25th Anniversary of La Palma Days, the City of La Palma is proud to have the La Palma Days Parade be designated as the “Official Veteran’s Day Parade of Orange County” by proclamation from the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

1ST MARINE DIVISION BAND The 1st Marine Division Band, based at Camp Pendleton, California, consists of 50 Marine musicians. While the primary mission of the 1st Marine Division Band is to provide musical support for military parades and ceremonies, they remain versatile to accommodate other needs. The 1st Marine Division Band was organized during World War II in the Pacific Theater of Operations in the early 1940’s. Since then, 1st Marine Division Bandsmen have drawn their rifles in support of several operations, including Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom I and II.

• • • • •


on fo Redeem this coup


RISTBAND of an ALL DAY W ces with the purchase O ntral Park ffi at the La Palma Ce R 13, 2009 . ON NOVEMBE BEFORE 5:00 P.M

7-11, Fat Cats, Big Mouth, Shuffle Alley, Skee Roll, Tic Tac Toe





The Cultural & Historical Committee is pleased to present exhibits and displays of La Palma’s history, culture and diversity through books and artifacts: • Free temporary Henna tattoos representing the East Asian tradition • Magnets with important City of La Palma phone numbers will be distributed • “La Palma,” a published book in the Arcadia “Images of America” book series, capturing La Palma’s history will be available for sale by the La Palma Chamber of Commerce. The authors will also be on hand to sign copies of their book.


Day of Event Ticket Prices



The Corps of Topographical Engineers, US Army of the West, will depict life as a soldier in Early California and display unique military and medical artifacts from the 19th Century. A replica cannon will fire at 12:30 and 12:45 p.m.

Thirty California school bands, representing over 4,000 students from Cypress, Cerritos, Anaheim, and our own John F. Kennedy High School Shamrock Regiment Band will compete in one of the most highly respected Band Reviews in the area. The Band Review begins at 9:30 a.m. until 12 noon on Walker Street, with SCSBOA judging taking place immediately south of Bransford Street.

Ticket Prices

A variety of NEW activities for preschool to adults will be featured at La Palma Days! Everyone will have fun while supporting local organizations at the same time. Local nonprofit groups will be sponsoring each activity in return for a portion of the activities’ proceeds. Activities will include a giant Fiber Glass Slide, giant obstacle courses, Ropes Course, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, King of the Mountain (the Blob), Midway Games and more! Presale Activity Tickets are on sale now through November 13th at 5:00 p.m. Presale tickets may be purchased at the La Palma Recreation & Community Services offices. Buy your tickets early and take advantage of the savings. We’re sorry, but presale tickets will not be sold after 5:00 p.m. on November 13th.





1 Ticket for $1 6 Tickets for $5 13 Tickets for $10 28 Tickets for $20 All Day Wristbands $22

Presale Ticket Prices (Now Until November 13th) • All Day Wristbands $18 and up to 3 additional per household for $15 • 6 Tickets for $5 • 13 Tickets for $10 • 28 Tickets for $20

Midway Games & Ticket Prices • All games are 1 ticket • Wrist bands are not accepted for Midway Games Skidaddle

The La Palma Days Community Festival will feature over 40 vendors. Enjoy a wide variety of tasty cuisine by sampling foods from around the world. At the same time, you will be supporting your local nonprofit organizations as they work toward their goal of providing ongoing services to our community. Take some additional time to browse and shop through the community and vendor booths, featuring products, services, as well as arts and crafts. To celebrate La Palma Days 25th Anniversary, commemorative merchandise will be available for sale.

ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE La Palma Days will feature diverse entertainment and things to do for the entire family! The Pavilion Stage will showcase rich cultural entertainment featuring local and international talent. In addition to games in the Midway, there will also be free balloon animals and airbrush tattoos uniquely created for each child.

Pavilion Stage 11:00 a.m. 12:15 p.m.

1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 3:00–3:35 p.m. 3:45–4:15 p.m. 4:30–5:00 p.m.

Midway (Gazebo)

12:00–5:00 p.m. Pickles The Clown (Balloon Animals) 11:00–6:00 p.m. Air Brush Tattoos

Electronic Kiddie Ride, Fire Truck Slide, Hoppy Meal, Petting Zoo, Pirate Play Center, Polynesian Crawl Thru, Pony Rides, Swings, Tool Time Play Center



80’s Rewind (Tribute to the 80’s) La Palma Recreation Jazz, Tap, & Ballet Dancers & Linda Buell’s Dance Workshop Mariachi Divas (Mariachi Performers) The Side Effects (Doo Wop a Cappella) Country Kickers (Line Dancers) Hanam, Korea Sister City Performance Sarasona (2009 La Palma/Cypress Battle of the Bands Winner)

Blob (King of the Mountain), Fiber Glass Slide, Figure 8 Obstacle Course, Jurassic Adventure (Play Center), Thunder Force



*Schedule subject to change



Climb N’ Dangle Rope-A-Phobia

La Palma Community News  

La Palma Community News