W oodbridge Volume 2 ▪ Issue 8
Your Life. Your Community. Your News.
August ▪ 2012
Hot August Nights at WB
FIRE STATION #4
Bill Barnhart provides ‘the skinny’ on the new fire station and communications tower. Page 2
Dodie Miller reminds residents about the Woodbridge Pet Registry. Page 15
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
Commander Bob Hall provides a look at the Neighborhood Watch program with details about National Night Out. Pages 16 and 18
CAR SHOW SUCCESS
The Wheels of Woodbridge Group contributes to the Second Harvest Food Bank. Page 19
Activities . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Arts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Bedford and Hancock . . . 6 Bridge Scores . . . . . . . . 6
Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Committees . . . . . . . . . 37 Viewpoint . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Wheels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
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Pat Marcazzo (right) buys fresh fruit from Heather Maria of Denise’s Farmers’ Market. Did you know that we have our very own Farmers’ Market right here at Del Webb? You’ll find it at the Lakeview Clubhouse parking lot every Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. through the summer months. The paintings of artist Kathy Comden (right) were among those featured at the Resident Art Show held Saturday, July 14 at the Lakeview Clubhouse. Read more about the Art Show on page 11. All resident artists are encouraged to enter the exhibition next year. For more information, contact Activities Director Dodie Miller or stop and visit the Artists and Crafters Room at 9 a.m. any Monday, Wednesday or Friday. Photo courtesy of Bill and Patti Barnhart.
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Woodbridge LIFE 2401 Morning Brook Drive Manteca, CA 95336
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Woodbridge LIFE is a free monthly publication of the Woodbridge Owners Association, a nonprofit organization serving the residents of the Woodbridge by Del Webb community in Manteca, CA. Woodbridge LIFE invites stories, photographs, comments, cartoons, jokes and any other information that would be of interest to residents. We reserve the right to accept or refuse submissions and edit for content and length. We also reserve the right to refuse advertising or articles that in our opinion do not reflect the standards of the newspaper. The opinions expressed, whether by paid advertisement or editorial content, do not necessarily reflect the views of this newspaper or the Woodbridge Owners Association. Content submitted may be edited, reprinted and acknowledged without consent unless specifically requested. The publisher is not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts or artwork. Materials submitted with a self-addressed, stamped envelope will be returned. Contents copyright © 2012 by Woodbridge Owners Association. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission of the publisher.
his month I would like to address a ‘hot’ topic that seems to have gotten the attention of the Manteca Bulletin and has been causing concern among several Woodbridge residents.
The opinions expressed in Woodbridge LIFE’s feature articles, paid advertisements and editorial content do not necessarily reflect the views of this newspaper or the Woodbridge Owners Association.
Emergency preparedness vs. aesthetics
The recent decision by Manteca City Council to dip into the ‘principal’ portion Bill Barnhart of the Safety Endowment Resident Director fund to provide funding for half of the 12 firefighters who will man the new fire station was a godsend to all of us living outside the five minute response time boundary of the Louise Avenue fire station. The new station will mean approximately a two to three minute response into Woodbridge. Unlike most cities, Manteca dispatches every fire engine company with a paramedic on board, someone who can immediately start life saving measures.
figured the best way to obtain correct information about the communications tower and antenna for Fire Station #4 was to go straight to the top for the skinny. Below is the reply I received from Manteca Fire Chief Kirk Waters:
ext I looked up Fire Station #2 on Google Maps, street view, and noted the top of the whip antennas at the top of the tower appear to be twice the height of the building. Then I drove to the station on Union Road near Highway 120 and took the pictures that accompany this article, wanting each of you to see for yourselves what the tower and antenna will look like at our fire station.
n my opinion, they are not very obtrusive looking. Given that emergency dispatch is made from the county communications center in Stockton, we are going to want the antenna to be whatever height is necessary to see over, around or through any obstructions, so it can receive the dispatch when we need it. In an emergency situation, you do not want additional points of failure by tying into an existing tower somewhere else, that you have no direct control over and relaying the signal to the fire station. I hope this information, and the photographs taken at Fire Station #2, will help all of us to better understand and visualize the importance of this communications tower.
“Yes, I am so excited about the Council’s direction to move forward with our fourth [Del Webb] Fire Station at the corner of West Lathrop Road and Madison Grove. It was approved at our budget study meeting last Thursday. What a blessing it will be to our residents who live in the Northwest section of our City. Last year, we had well over 500 emergency responses that were outside of our five minute response capability in this area which will all be met in the future by our new fourth Fire Station! As you know there are so many seniors in this area! Photo courtesy of Bill Barnhart. “What we have spec’d for a The communications tower located behind Fire Station #2 is very communications tower is very similar to what we have at similar to the communications tower specified for Fire Station #4 to be our Fire Station #2. So, swing by and take a look! Take built at the corner of Lathrop Avenue and Madison Grove. care,” said Kirk.
Woodbridge LIFE Growing Pains … and Progress! Editor’s Viewpoint:
Kayo’s Corner . . . Recently I had the privilege of meeting with members of the Woodbridge Softball Club to answer questions, provide information and address specific areas of concern. I appreciated very much this opportunity for open, direct and respectful communication, which is always much more productive than whispers of gossip, unfounded assumptions or promotion of false rumors. As with any healthy relationship, whether it be professional or personal, honest communication is invaluable!
regarding this topic, please forward them to Denise Drewry, Norm Hauser or me, and we will be sure to incorporate them.
These are some specific improvements we’re implementing for the Softball Club, but the same principles of communication apply to all groups, clubs or individual residents. Currently several positive ways of making “your voice heard” are in place but not always utilized. If you have another suggestion on how Committees, the Board or I can further foster open communication and control non-productive gossip, please pass your idea on to me or another leader and we will do our best to Kayo Armstrong implement it. Executive Director
As a result of meeting with the Softball Club, great progress was made in determining helpful ways of communicating in the future. For example, the WOA Landscape Team meets weekly to discuss all aspects of community landscaping, and while Softball Club representatives attend the meetings to address field-related items, the discussions aren’t easily disseminated to the larger club membership. So going forward, minutes from these meetings will be available to everyone. We also plan to host a softball “town hall” meeting on a quarterly basis, and all agreed to continually seek more effective ways of communicating including controlling damaging rumors.
Another community concern has been to research the opportunity for hosting tournaments at Woodbridge. This could entail not just sporting tournaments, but other types of events which would involve non-Woodbridge residents. To comprehensively explore this issue, a sub-committee of the Policy & Procedures Committee (P&PC) has been formed. Under the leadership of Norm Hauser, this group meets weekly with the goal of having a draft recommendation for the P&PC and WOA Board within the next two months. If you have thoughts
In addition to the communication aspect, a couple of other points came up from the Softball Club meeting. One such point made was how far we have come as a community in a very short time! Since we began just a few years ago, Woodbridge has made amazing progress in organizing groups and clubs, coordinating beneficial programming and events, and effectively managing a very complex and unique business. Yes, we’ve experienced some growing pains along the way, but if you’ve been one of the healthy forces that have made a positive contribution to our growth, pat yourself on the back for making Woodbridge the vibrant, active and involved community it is! I’d like to thank the community’s leadership which gives tirelessly to Woodbridge. From the paid staff members to the volunteer group and club leaders, Committee and Board members, we all have one unified goal which is really quite simple: to make Woodbridge the BEST it can be in EVERY aspect. Because of our individual passions, unique backgrounds and the challenge of representing the interests of more than 1,200 members, achieving this simple goal is often approached differently,
s we move through these dog days of summer, I am reminded of the many reasons I love living here in the Central Deb Ristau Valley and Editor, Woodbridge LIFE particularly, in Manteca. When temperatures rise to triple digits and a light (cough, cough) breeze might carry our yard umbrellas over the wall to land somewhere on Union Road, I question my sanity, but all things considered, we live in one of the happiest places on earth. After all, we can’t actually live at Disneyland. If you moved here from ‘somewhere else,’ it’s possible that, like me, you were sold on Del Webb. But if you lived and worked ‘somewhere else,’ and you aren’t an avid outdoorsman who thinks the Bass Pro Shop is actually the happiest place on earth, maybe you weren’t too excited about Manteca. That’s okay. You didn’t know. We all moved. We all settled in. Our lives are meshing like the jigsaw puzzles we put together in the Club Room. Many residents are true natives and have lived in Manteca for most of their lives. They are fortunate to have always known the secret behind this enigma called Manteca. If they don’t, it’s because the spirit of Manteca is second nature to them. The culture of this town is a complex and incredibly beautiful mosaic. Those closest to the heart of it might not be able to see the whole picture. Some call it ‘the small town atmosphere;’ yet I’ve lived in many small towns and not one is like Manteca. Some talk about the things Manteca doesn’t have, or the lack of fine dining establishments or a need to clean up the streets and
Page 3 • August 2012 buildings that haven’t worn the years so well. Others talk about the sound of the trains, the earthy aromas of agriculture, the wind, the fog in winter and the heat of summer. Those same people, as an old cowboy saying goes, would likely ‘gripe if they were hung with a new rope.’ I love Manteca. I love the friendly people in nearly every store; even those at the ‘big box’ Home Depot are extraordinarily friendly and helpful. It’s easy to get around on streets and highways that are, for the most part, in decent shape. Manteca citizens might squabble incessantly over the irrelevant, but our leaders make big city-sized decisions in a heartbeat if it’s important to the long-term welfare of the town. There are countless amenities that would be nice to have: Whole Foods and a performing arts center come to mind. We lack an ocean and mountains, but we have a river, parks and recreation centers. We have a senior center for bingo and the Waffle Shop for breakfast. Volunteers line the streets with thousands of American flags on every holiday. We have Isadore’s for fine dining and the bowling alley for, well, bowling. We even have Costco and Kohl’s. I’m not into the Field of Dreams, but countless ball players and fans love it. It’s not perfect, but this is a community where people count for something, where you can stand for what you believe in and still love your neighbor, even if you disagree. I love Woodbridge and I love Manteca. We are a community within a community. I knew when we put a deposit on our home that we’d like Del Webb. Manteca is the surprise love that came with the deal.
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but the goal always remains the same. We learn more every day as we grow, but in the long run, I think we’re pretty darn good at making Woodbridge the BEST it can be
in EVERY aspect. Thank you for supporting the leadership of your community who work so very hard to support your lifestyle!
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Woodbridge Groups and Clubs Contact List
Club Artists & Crafters Bocce Ball
Don St. Lawrence
1st & 3rd Monday
Disabilities Support Drama
Hand & Foot Cards
Indoor Walking Class
Men of Woodbridge
Mexican Train Dominoes Neighborhood Watch Pickleball
(Beginners Workshop) Ping Pong
Women of Woodbridge
Woodbridge Singers ACR AR BBC BLDR BR
Arts & Crafts Room Andover Room Bocce Ball Courts Billiard Room Bristol Room
Anne Madrid Craig Hoyer
MPR CR CR CR
Al Sanchez Joe Victoria
Open Play 6pm
Cheryl Juarez Sue Vernali
Welcoming Committee Wine 101
Veterans of WB
Wheels of Woodbridge
WB Silver Sluggers Diamond Gals Wolverines
7pm 9am 10am 7pm
Trivia (Fun Trivia)
Mon/Wed/Fri Weekdays Wednesdays Tuesdays
Every other Monday
CR DK DWF FITC
Club Room Demo Kitchen Del Webb Field Fitness Center
GPC IP LBRY LVC
Golf Putt Course Indoor Pool Library Lakeview Clubhouse
Marybeth Saari Jacquie Steffy
MPR Multipurpose Room OP Outdoor Pool PATIO Outdoor BBQ & Patio TPC Tennis & Pickelball Courts
PMH Pulte Model Homes PP Panda Park QR Quincy Room SBP Stockbridge Park
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Local Interest Groups Contact List Group
55ers RV Group
Second Chance Band
Senior Bowling League
Men’s Christian Fellowship
Red Hat Ladies
Strike Zone Bowl Resident Homes
Our Woodbridge Library Residents are welcome to borrow books from our Community Library at the Lakeview Clubhouse. Books are shelved alphabetically by author, with paperback books located inside the cabinets.
HOW TO RESERVE STOCKBRIDGE PARK By Dodie Miller
Stockbridge Park is located on the west side of the Woodbridge community, anchored by Lincoln Landing Lane, Daisywood Drive and Ashbrooke Lane. The park may be reserved by contacting the Activities Office in the Clubhouse and signing a reservation form to save your desired date. You may also contact Dodie by phone at (209) 824-7927.
Our volunteer librarian, Jacque Reynolds, reminds us to please return books to the book cart located in the Arts and Crafts Room. From there, she will return the books to their proper places on the shelves. If you would like to donate books, please leave them on the cart in the Arts and Crafts Room with a note. “Self help” books are not accepted because there is not room to display them. For book donations of 20 or more, please call Jacque Reynolds at 209-629-8508.
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BRIDGE By Don St. Lawrence
JULY 2: Grace Pasion 5710; Letha Watson 4530; Robi Cornelius 4310; Nancy Compton 3430. JULY 9: Grace Pasion 5100; Judy McNamara 3310; Nancy Compton 3180; Don St. Lawrence 2830. JULY 16: Jeannie Grinsell 5460; Deb Ristau 4740; Carol Goodwin 3940; Pat Callender 3730.
POKER By Sharyl Burgeson
Cindy Anderson and Paul Duenweg tied for first place in last month’s Texas Hold‘em poker tournament, according to Joe Victoria, coordinator. Placing third and fourth in the 16-person field were Jim Beattie and Jim Thomas. Jerry Monares was “on the bubble.” Another Texas Hold‘em tournament is scheduled for 12:30 p.m., tomorrow, Saturday, July 28 in the Clubhouse, and any Woodbridge resident is eligible to play. Regular play is still every Wednesday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and every Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse. Joe is excited about introducing poker classes (lessons) for a few hours on Sunday afternoons for any resident wanting to learn or refine their game. “If all goes well and we have the interest, we could have classes a couple times a month,” he said. Check the Poker Group on the Woodbridge Portal or contact Joe at 815-9343 (H) for more information on learning to play.
TOURNAMENT HELD JUNE 23
MARY BRAUN MARGARET KIMURA JACKIE RUDY TRUDY SNYDER NINA WEDLAKE GENEVA TURNER ROBIN BLEVINS KAREN PERRIN ROSEMARY CADLE LORETTA VINCENT CHERYL TURNER
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CLOSEST TO THE HOLE LADIES: MARGARET KIMURA 10” JACKIE RUDY 18” BEN KIMURA 6” JIM CADLE 24”
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ED VINCENT BOB PERRIN BOB HALL GARRY KERR GARY BRESHEARS DAN SNYDER ROBIN ADAMS PAUL MILLER RON KREITZER BEN KIMURA TOM BOLLE
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The Book Nook WOODBRIDGE BOOK GROUP By Marie Evans
t was time for the July Book Club meeting, but, because it fell on the Fourth of July, we had to delay our meeting until August - same time, same place. We have been averaging about 12 people at our meetings. The meetings are open to everyone in Woodbridge and all are welcome. New readers always bring interesting ideas of what is enjoyable to read which ensures that we have a variety of authors and subjects to read during the year as well as different points of view for our discussions. For instance, the book for August is a children’s book entitled, THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET by Brian Selznik. This book is described as ‘...a novel in words and pictures.’ In September, we will be discussing one of John Steinbeck’s more famous novels, EAST OF EDEN, definitely not a children’s book. EAST OF EDEN has been made into at least one movie as well as a television special. The story is fictional and set in California’s own Salinas Valley. The theme of the book is good and evil, loosely based on the Biblical story of Cain and Abel - at least that is my opinion. I asked one of our longtime members, Renee St. Lawrence, what her favorite book and favorite author are and
why. Renee was unable to name just one book, and as a reader, I totally understand. After some thought, she named ISLANDS OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS as being one of the books she loves best. It is a children’s book and one she read to her fourth grade students who never tired of the story. I think that is the best kind of a book to read to children. Renee offered two more books as favorites as well. She stated she loves historical novels and named THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS by James Fenimore Cooper as a favorite. Last but not least, Renee enjoys reading the Bronte sisters, especially JANE EYRE by Charlotte Bronte. Since joining the Woodbridge Book/Readers’ Club, I have read and enjoyed books I am certain I never would have read on my own. I have found that my experiences as a Book Club member have essentially broadened the scope of subjects and authors that I read. It is especially interesting to participate in the discussions and to see how a book is accepted (or not) and why by the other members. I have not seen a book we have read that has been universally rejected, but I have seen some that have been universally enjoyed and those books are in the majority.
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By Paul E. Serpa
Personal Fitness Instructor
Designing a Fitness Program
etermine how many days per week you are able to devote to your fitness program. Try to work out a minimum of five days per week, switching back and forth between three days of cardio and two days of resistance training; and the following week, make it two days of cardio and three days of resistance training. Your resistance training program should be made up of a full body workout consisting of one to three sets of each exercise either on the machines or free weights, 15 repetitions on each set. If you cannot do 15 repetitions with the chosen weight, the weight is too heavy. Then choose one or two exercises to target a particular area for additional toning, such as your arms. The cardio portion of your program should last 20 to 60 minutes, depending on your fitness level. Any activity that elevates your heart rate would be considered a cardio exercise, such as pickleball, tennis, elliptical, etc. These activities should keep your heart rate elevated for a somewhat extended period of time.
HEALTH WATCH By Denise Drewry Resident Director and Registered Nurse
t’s hot. It’s cool. It’s HOOOOTTTT. It’s cool again. Hard to plan outings sometimes. Ideally I’d like to live in Hawaii, but my husband feels claustrophobic on an island (????), so we live in Manteca at the Del Webb RESORT. We love it here with all the amenities and activities. Sometimes though, those activities coincide with the HOTTEST days, like the softball
game against the City of Manteca employees. The outside temp was 105! When you are out in the heat, whether lounging at the pool, working in your yard or playing all out in a sport, be conscious of the effects of the sun and heat. Too much sun can lead to WRINKLES … ok, maybe it’s too late for that. Seriously, no one needs a sunburn. Remember skin cancer is a big risk for our age group. But also we need to watch for symptoms related to heat.
is a cool shower or bath. Provide cooling measures until help arrives. Symptoms include: headache, dizziness, nausea/vomiting, muscle weakness or cramping, confusion, red/hot dry skin, seizures, rapid pulse, shallow rapid breathing and even unconsciousness. One important symptom: The person will NOT be SWEATY despite the heat. These patients often arrive in the Emergency Room with body temperatures in excess of 104 degrees.
The heat wave that hit the Midwest and East Coast in the past month caused several deaths. Many were elderly people found in their apartments with no air conditioning - whether to save money or due to the power outage. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that heat exposure was the cause of death for 8,015 people in the U.S. from 1979 to 2003. The New York Times, on July 7, 2012, reported 36 deaths in the previous 10-day period. High humidity, age, obesity, dehydration, heart disease, alcohol and even some prescription drugs can make it difficult for the body to cool off in hot weather.
Heat exhaustion is a milder form in which the patient is profusely sweating, is weak, pale and has clammy skin. Move this person to the shade and cool as in the situation above. Give a salty cool drink (Gatorade or regular water with a little salt added). Both are medical emergencies and should be treated as such.
It’s important to understand the warning signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and the recommended treatment. Obviously, air conditioning helps keep us cool. Drinking plenty of fluids is also important. Remember fluids that have a diuretic action, such as caffeinated drinks and alcohol, are dehydrating, so for each one of these drinks, drink an equal amount of water to balance your hydration. Pace yourself (this message is for the softball players, tennis players and pickleball players but also for those riding bikes, walking or jogging).
This is a medical emergency! Call 911 immediately and move the person to the shade. Wet their skin with water (hose/ water bottle, etc.) and apply ice packs to armpits/groin, etc. Best
If you have single friends or relatives, it is a good idea to check on them during heat spells. Enjoy your summer, but use caution so that it remains enjoyable!
CART POKER RUN
By Butch Larson
ome join us for the first Woodbridge Golf Cart Poker Run and Rally sponsored by the Wheels of Woodbridge. The event is open to residents with golf carts, bicycles and non-motorized vehicles and begins at 5 p.m., Saturday, September 22. Applications to participate will be available at the Clubhouse starting Wednesday, August 1. Directions will be provided for each participant with clues to certain checkpoints in our community. You will score points by answering simple questions about our community and receive a playing card used to develop a poker hand. Points will be earned and prizes awarded. We will depart from the Clubhouse at 5 p.m. and return by approximately 6:30 p.m. Following the event we will enjoy a barbecue and announce the winners. Tickets will be available for the barbecue only.
By Sharyl Burgeson
ule out bridge, canasta, cribbage, pinochle and poker. The Game Night Group, which meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in the Lakeview Clubhouse, covers almost everything else. According to Pat Buxton, coordinator, the group plays as many as three games at once. Games to be played are determined by the majority of players. A sampling of the games includes Pegs and Jokers, Dominos, Sequence and Phase 10. If any member would like to introduce a new game, the group would be willing to learn it, according to Pat. Although some games require an even number of players, no one is left out at Game Night because many games allow odd numbers of players. Besides Pat, regular players include Dottie and Dick Aubrey, Ellie Engstrom, Rick and Andi Hyden, Ann King, Billie Kolsrud, Ralph and Audrey Meyer, Paul Miller, Pat Passarell, Robert Philis, Joe and Kathy Victoria (Saturday only) and Myrna Wolf. Pat encourages newcomers to try one or both Game Nights and may be reached at 239-8663 (H) or 4708663 (C) for more information.
PINOCHLE By Sharyl Burgeson
ix Woodbridge residents formed a Pinochle Group early in 2007, and, at last count, the group has increased its membership to 35 players, according to Claudia Watkins, coordinator. The Woodbridge pinochle pioneers were Don and Claudia Watkins, John and Joyce Shirley, Carol Kocsis and Al Sanchez. Three of the original players are still active. The group plays on Mondays and Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Clubhouse Community Retreat. Anyone interested is always welcome. Information may be obtained from Claudia Watkins at 823-8678.
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ell, on to another chapter in Sports of Woodbridge. I left you all with a clue of this month’s sport in my last article. For those of you who guessed power lifting, you are off the mark. This sport actually takes place in a long, sanded pit with a stake at each end. You stand at one end and pitch a horseshoe to the stake at the other end. The goal is to get a ringer where the horseshoe goes around the stake. This doesn’t happen with regularity. If you get a ringer, you are awarded three points. The other way of scoring is to get your shoe closer to the stake than your opponent’s; however, it has to be within a shoe’s open ends to count. One point is awarded for the closest shoe. Well, by now I assume that you have figured out the game is indeed Horseshoes. I assumed, as I bet many of you have, that Horseshoes started in the United States. It just seemed so obvious to me. In fact, Horseshoes was started by Greek soldiers before the Christian era. The game has undergone some changes, but basically it has remained the same.
hen the weather hit 100 degrees, I began to second guess my choice of sport. As all of you know, I believe that one must look good and play well to truly enjoy a sport. I was, however, taken aback when I had to choose my footwear for this sport. It’s hard to stand in a sand pit wearing high heels. Tennis shoes should be the basic shoe of choice, which can ruin a perfectly good day. I had no choice but to put on a brave face and “pitch” the shoes. I should tell you that horseshoes weigh two and one half pounds each and repetitive throwing can wear out your arm and also cause pain in your shoulder. I pitched a game against Jane Kerr and even managed not to break a nail.
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normal game plays to 21 points, but Jane and I decided to end our game on a high note or we would still be playing. I was lucky enough to get two ringers which brought on my victory dance and we called it a day. This is not a sport you will see me play often. I don’t like getting sand in my fingernails or getting my hands dirty. The best part of the evening was the barbecue and spending time with 16 Woodbridge friends.
he weather is getting hotter, so your next clue is to look for me near cool water. The clothes for the upcoming sport will mean shopping and giving myself a totally new look. I will not be shopping in the normal stores that I usually frequent, so it will be up to all of you to guess the next sporting event. How could life get any better than here at Woodbridge? All of you make this a fantastic place to live, play and enjoy life to its fullest. If you would like to join the fun group of horseshoe-playing residents, check out the calendar or the portal for next month’s game time and date. Garry Kerr is the man to call if you have any questions concerning Horseshoes. You can reach Garry Kerr at 209824-6068.
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Arts BEHIND THE SCENES By Anne Madrid
the club has planned. The group, of course, welcomes aspiring performers, but there is also a desperate need for writers, directors, stage hands, costume makers and set builders. Anyone with sound or lighting experience will also be welcomed.
hen is the next play?” is a question frequently asked in the Clubhouse.
The cast is looking forward to the new plays written by Woodbridge residents, Carol Goodwin and Melissa Eberhardt.
The Woodbridge Drama Group took a short break after their successful spring presentation and is now ready to start a new season, Thursday, August 9, at 1:30 p.m.
Just come and check it out. Light refreshments will be available. Don’t forget the date: Thursday, August 9, at 1:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse.
The welcome mat is out for anyone who would like to join the club or just come and see what
For more information about the Drama Group, contact Anne Madrid at 824-5725.
Resident Art Show By Bill Barnhart
The Saturday, July 14, 2012 might go down in history as the day the very talented residents here at Woodbridge got together and put on a never before seen display of their artistic bent, and I really mean bent! I personally like an ordered world where I pretty much know what to expect next. Well, these art people just don’t function that way. At this 4th Annual Woodbridge Art Show, we had such a wide range of artwork that, for all intents and purposes, it seemed like it came from all points of the compass. I had no idea we had such talent here at Woodbridge, and, if you were lucky enough to spend some time at the show, you know what I mean. There were several beautiful stained glass pieces by Mel Reynolds (who would have ever guessed Mel had an artistic bent?) There were also several award-winning pieces, with the ribbons in evidence to prove it, from Connie Reed’s Sunflowers to Bonnie Pater’s Tuscany scene; from Patti Barnhart’s ‘Vase of Hope’ to
Kathy Dezotte’s “Three Generation Pictures,” and on and on. I would say that the most prevalent theme throughout the show was portraits of grandkids or artwork specifically intended for grandkids. Who would have guessed? Duh!! We had it all, from wild tigers and zebras to Noah’s ark, wild flowers and even one surprise portrait of Ray and Liz Olivares, unveiled during the show. I have two suggestions regarding next year’s show. First, from a number of people I heard things like, “Two hours wasn’t enough time” and “Wouldn’t it be great to have the artwork displayed over several days so more people could see it?” Therefore, I suggest each artist be allowed to display one piece of artwork in the main lobby of the Clubhouse for the week preceding the show. My second suggestion is that, given the growth in our artistic community, we will probably need to increase exhibit space to include the patio area. Thank you, Woodbridge artists, for the outstanding 4th Annual Woodbridge Art Show!
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Mel Reynolds displayed his original stained glass artwork like this one on the left.
Portraits of grandchildren, like this one by Adele Hamilton, were a highlight of the Fourth Annual Resident Art Show.
Art Photos courtesy of Patti & Bill Barnhart. Kathy Dezotte’s ‘Three Generation Pictures,’ has earned numerous awards and was also very popular with Woodbridge residents who attended the show July 14.
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Send a Ukulele-Gram! By Carla Marquardt
“Someone Ordered a Ukulele-Gram?”
aybe you will be that lucky person! Woodbridge residents may now order a Ukulele-Gram for the next birthday or anniversary party or to cheer up a friend. Four to six ukulele players will show up at your specified location and play three appropriate sing-along songs for your special someone. The Strummin’ Wonders of Woodbridge offers this free service to liven up the day for your special someone. Many Woodbridge residents have already experienced this phenomenon! Call one of our ukulele coordinators to order your UkuleleGram today: Margo Flanagan 8233979, Sue Adams 665-4294 or Carla Marquardt, 624-3654.
Strummin’ Wonders has played for the Renaissance Memory Group and assisted living residents at the Commons as well as for the Garden House Memory Group and assisted living residents at Merrill Gardens. The Wonders have been asked to return because the residents love singing old familiar tunes. The Wonders will be the main entertainment for the Commons Luau, Thursday, August 9.
o sample an extensive list of songs for the ukulele, plan to attend the Strummin’ Wonders of Woodbridge Concert, Monday, August 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room. Sign up at the front desk. Nothing brightens your day more than singing along with ukuleles!
Do you have a special event on tap? Call the
Woodbridge Strummin’ Wonders! Four to six ukulele players arrive at your specified location and time to play three appropriate singalong songs for your special someone.
Photo courtesy of Carla Marquardt.
The Woodbridge Strummin’ Wonders share music with friends and neighbors. They recently played at Merrill Gardens in Manteca. 1st row: Caroline Oestreicher, Dar Choate and Peggy Hames. 2nd row: John Gilbert, Paul Hanz, Margo Flanagan (barely visible), Sue Adams and Mel Reynolds. 3rd row: Mary Beth Saari and Carla Marquardt.
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Zucchini, Tomato & Corn Salad By Anne Madrid
With Chef Jerry
ummer is farmers’ market time, so make your shopping list and check out the fresh vegetables for Jerry’s Zucchini, Tomato & Corn Salad. This salad is the perfect accompaniment to serve at a barbecue or get together and can be made ahead. 1 ½ lbs. zucchini 1 ¼ tsp. salt 1 cup fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears) 2 Tbsp. lemon juice ½ tsp. sugar ¼ tsp. black pepper ¼ cup olive oil 8 oz. grape tomatoes, halved ¼ cup fresh basil, sliced thin Julienne zucchini lengthwise and discard the core. Toss the zucchini strips with 1 tsp. salt. Cover and chill for 1 hour. Drain. Cook the corn in a small saucepan of boiling water until tender (about 3 minutes). Drain and rinse under cold water. Whisk together the lemon juice, sugar, pepper and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt in a large bowl, then add the oil in a slow stream, whisking constantly. Add zucchini, corn, tomatoes and basil and toss well. Chill. Serves 6.
Iced Tea to Beat the Summer Heat By Deb Ristau
A North Carolina Favorite
y friend Julia Gurley Nelson called this her ‘Mom’s Iced Tea,’ because her mother made it daily throughout the summer months in North Carolina. When Julia lived in Modesto, it became the perfect refreshment after a round of golf. Julia and her husband Jan were part owners of Valley Sporting Goods in Modesto until Jan retired and the couple moved to Grass Valley, CA. I made a batch of Jan’s iced tea when temperatures reached 104° last month and it was absolutely delicious. When the mercury goes up, try this iced tea to beat the heat on hot August nights here in Manteca. 1 liter Diet Sprite 1/2 cup Lipton Diet Tea with lemon, instant powder mix 3/4 packet (1 full packet makes 2 qts.) of Crystal Light Lemonade Water In a one- gallon container, mix all ingredients. Add water to top the gallon container. Chill and serve. Add a sprig of fresh mint. Ahhh!
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W oodbridge PET REGISTRY By Dodie Miller
ere at Woodbridge, we have a great program for all pet owners, pet lovers and everyone in between. If you own a pet, come to the Lakeview Clubhouse and fill out a registration form, attach a photo, and we will put it in our binder of Woodbridge pets. If a resident loses a pet, let Woodbridge staff know. If another resident has spotted or contained the pet, we can help get them together to make sure the owner and pet are reunited. The pet registry is a great program and has helped to reunite several pets with their lost owners.
These beloved Woodbridge residents need extra love and care during these warm months of summer. Walk dogs in the early morning or very late in the day when the pavement is cooler. Keep plenty of water available too. Clockwise from bottom left: ‘Izzy’ is a Lynx-Point Siamese owned by Denise, Tom and Tess deBord; ‘Tinkerbell’ is a female Jack Russell Terrier and the daughter of John and Lihua Bosma; ‘Leo’ is a big, loveable white and black cat that wandered into the hearts of Pete and Joyce Renebome; ‘Baby’ is an English Bull Dog and the ‘baby’ of Ed ARVIN HOME SYSTEMS, INC. and Mary Lee; ‘Zeus’ is the big reddish Golden 334-A N. Main St. Retriever belonging to Manteca, CA 95336 Bill and Michelle Paradis and ‘Desi’ is a cute little Havanese that owns Gwen Speckman and Mike Crabb.
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MAPLE VALLEY By Marcia Umberger
National Night Out
Keeping Our Community Secure
By Bob Hall, Neighborhood Watch Commander
he Woodbridge Neighborhood Watch program began in January of 2007 with just a handful of volunteer Block Captains and now we have over 45. We are a WOA approved chartered club funded by the Association with guidelines we operate under. The Neighborhood Watch board is made up of five members: myself as Commander, Ann King as Treasurer, Marcia Umberger as secretary, Al Sanchez who is second in command and also trains the volunteer patrol people and Don St. Lawrence as Block Captain at large. In addition, Ed Shoup is the community crime reporter and he puts the latest community police activity info on the portal and serves as a liaison with WOA staff. One of the most important roles of a Block Captain is to meet with the residents they represent and explain that Neighborhood Watch is about helping each other. Some of the ways we accomplish this is by gathering information that would be useful in an emergency situation such as emergency contact information, who has keys to the home (neighbors, relatives, block captains, etc.) and inform them about the Vial of Life, car decal and vacation house check programs. If you are interested in being a Block Captain or want to be a patrol volunteer, please contact me (Bob Hall) or Al Sanchez. My role as Commander is to organize the Block Captains and assist them in any way possible to fulfill their role, which is obtaining and dispensing information to the residents. I provide the information they need and keep them aware of any changes that occur in the programs. We have patrol volunteers who check the community each night, driving their own cars with flashing
yellow lights and mobile radios looking for any suspicious activity. Currently these twelve people patrol the streets from around 9:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. when most of us are in for the night. On August 7, we will have block parties all over the community to celebrate National Night Out. Last year there were 19 parties held in the city of Manteca and nine of those were in Woodbridge. National Night Out is a chance for you to get together with your neighbors and discuss ways of looking out for each other. This is the night when various city agency representatives will drop by the parties to meet and greet the residents. Some of the city agencies can be the police department, fire department and SHARP units. This is a good opportunity to show your appreciation and address any concerns you may have with these departments. The Woodbridge Neighborhood Watch program has a very good relationship with the Manteca police and fire departments. The recently retired police chief praised the efforts our Neighborhood Watch had put forth over the years. We have worked with the police department to solve crimes in our community and the City of Manteca appreciates our dedication to prevent crime. According to current Manteca Police Chief Nick Obligacion, “What Woodbridge has done with its Neighborhood Watch program and camera system is a model for other Manteca neighborhoods. Since I came on board as Police Chief, one of my big pushes has been community involvement. Woodbridge demonstrates the type of involvement that shows you are committed to helping us help you.” Chief Obligacion went on to say that the concern for our residents’ well-being is evidenced through the programs
and systems we have in place. On June 29, a Bellchase Drive resident reported a flat bed trailer had been stolen from the front of his house during the night. The responding police officer asked us to check our surveillance cameras for evidence of the crime. Al Sanchez and I were able to find on the camera recordings of the trailer being towed down Madison Grove at 4 a.m. by a pick-up truck. Thanks to our cameras, we could see the truck license plate clearly. We made a copy of the recording which the police used to recover the trailer. [More details about the theft and cameras on page 25]. About the security camera system, Chief Obligacion commented, “The camera system is done exceptionally well. The proper research, quality and professional installation is admirable. If more communities had cameras like Woodbridge, we would drive criminal activity out of the City.” The surveillance cameras have been a huge deterrent to crime in Woodbridge but everyone must stay alert and not give criminals an opportunity to take advantage of a situation. The bad guys are always looking for a chance to steal something, day and night. Do not leave your garage doors open when not in use, day or night. Trust me, theives are always looking for a chance to steal.
t’s time again for our annual get together! National Night Out will be held Tuesday, August 7. Marge and Rick Nelson have graciously volunteered their yard for our Maple Valley gathering. This includes those homes East and North of Madison Grove and South of Del Webb Blvd. We will begin about 5:30 p.m. Please bring a potluck dish to share, your favorite drink, your own silverware, cups and plates and a chair. It is always a fun event and is usually wellattended. I’m sure the Nelsons would welcome you to take a dip in their pool (no skinny dipping!!!) If it is as hot as it has been during mid-July, they may have more takers than last year! With all of the new homes, the other end of our street has grown leaps and bounds this year, and the new residents have established their own Neighborhood Watch group. If you have any questions or need directions, please call me at 2392983. There are sure to be many other Block Parties around the neighborhood. Please call your Block Captain for information about the party in your area.
SEE THE LIST OF NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH BLOCK CAPTAINS ON PAGE 17.
BLOCK CAPTAINS #
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Ashbridge Ln Ashbrooke Ln. Autumn Oaks St. Autumn Oaks St. Autumn Oaks St. Bellchase Dr Bellchase Dr Bellchase Dr Bellchase Dr Belle Glade Ln Belle Glade Ln Belle Glade Ln Belle Glade Ln Birchbrook Ct. Birchbrook St. Birdsong Pl Chimney Point Ln. Cobblecreek St Cobblecreek St DeGroot Ln. Dogwood Glen Wy
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Dutchwood Ln Elmbrook Way Fawnwood Ln Fox Trot Wy. Gardenstone Pl
Bruce Whitter Ron Kackley Bill & Carol Goodwin Mary Salvador Bill & Carol Goodwin Sam Larussa Bob Radke Pat Buxton Len Ambers Susan Sullivan Odd # Kathy Dezotte Even # Susan Sullivan Kathy Dezotte Len Ambers Len Ambers Ginger Stone Victor Nusbaum Vern Mendes Mike Maduena Mary Salvador Mary Jo Keenan Virginia Anderson CoCapt Betty Basehore CoCapt Bruce Whitten Ron Kackley Vern & Carol Edgren Rick Arucan
BC Phone 823-2851 823-9767 629-8060 823-9767 629-8094 825-1940 239-8663 824-6910 825-6806 239-1617 825-6806 239-1617 824-6910 824-6910 815-9956 823-4760 624-3734 629-8060 923-3335
510/910-4928 209/470-2851 209/993-3955 209/605-3556 209/993-3955 408/391-2650 408/568-0263 209/470-8663 650/773-4606
650/773-4606 650/773-4606 209/275-5621 707/246-1331 209/605-3556
923-4905 910-4928 823-2851 624-3012 823-1214
510/910-4928 209/470-2851 209/337-8687
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Glenoaks St. Hickory Creek Ln. Holly Berry Ct. Holly Berry St Lincoln Landing Ln Manor Station Wy Maple Hill Ct Maple Leaf Ct Maple Valley St. Maple Valley St. Maple Valley St. - CoCaptain Maple Valley St. - CoCaptain Millpond Way Nutwood Pl Pepper Tree Ln Pepper Tree Ln Pepper Tree Ln - CoCaptain Pepper Tree Ln - CoCaptain Pleasant Knoll Way River Berry Dr River Berry Dr Rockwell Ln - CoCaptain Rockwell Ln - CoCaptain Rose Briar Pl - Even Rose Briar Pl - Odd Shadow Berry Dr Shadow Berry Dr Shadow Berry Dr Shady Oak Ct - CoCaptain Shady Oak Ct - CoCaptain Shady Oak St - CoCaptain Shady Oak St - CoCaptain Commander
Ed Shoup Dan Snyder Marcia Umberger Marcia Umberger Ed Shoup Jack Dauler Marcia Umberger Marcia Umberger Marcia Umberger Carolyn Fagan Donna Deltondo Dave Raxter Sue Garoutte Karen Beauchamp Don St. Lawrence Barbara Silva Dennis & Jackie Rudy Vern Mendes Sue Garoutte Dave Steffy Matt & Anne Madrid Donna Deltondo Dave Raxter Suzanne Mauck Donna Ybarra Sally Murray Ann King Mel Reynolds Jon Ford Mike Machado Jon Ford Mike Machado Bob Hall
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209/483-6012 510/303-6881 209/627-8101 209/627-8101 209/483-6012 209/627-8101 209/627-8101 209/627-8101 408/425-4200 510/375-5907 650/642-0545 209/275-3681 510/409-0785 510/219-5696 707/246-1331 650/642-0545 209/480-2118 209/814-4783 510/375-5907 209/679-8445 650/464-0151 408/482-1726
NOTE: This list is not complete. If your street/captain is not listed, please contact Commander Bob Hall. 209-239-5712.
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The History of NATW and National Night Out
Contributed by Bob Hall, Neighborhood Watch Commander
he National Association of Town Watch (NATW) is a nonprofit, crime prevention organization which works in cooperation with thousands of crime watch groups and law enforcement agencies throughout the country. Since 1981, NATW has been dedicated to the development, growth and maintenance of organized crime and drug prevention programs nationwide. NATW’s network has grown to include over 6,500 crime, drug and violence prevention organizations.
Tuesday in August. That first year, 400 communities in 23 states participated in National Night Out. Nationwide, 2.5 million Americans took part in 1984. The seed had been planted. In subsequent years, participation has grown steadily. The 28th Annual National Night Out last August involved 37 million people in 15,110 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. National Night Out 2012 will culminate Tuesday, August 7. Over 15,500 communities are expected to take part. (Texas will celebrate October 2.)
� ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime,’ was introduced by the Association in 1984. �
National Night Out (NNO), ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime,’ was introduced by the Association in 1984. The program was the brainchild of NATW Executive Director Matt A. Peskin.
In an effort to heighten awareness and strengthen participation in local anticrime efforts, Peskin felt that a high-profile, high-impact type of crime prevention event was needed nationally. At that time, he noted that in a typical ‘crime watch community,’ only 5 to 7% of the residents were participating actively. Due to the growth and success of these programs, he felt this percentage was too low. Subsequently, he proposed a national program which would be coordinated by local crime prevention agencies and organizations - but that would involve entire communities at one time. The first National Night Out was introduced early in 1984 - with the event culminating on the first
While the traditional ‘lights on’ and front porch vigils remain a part of NNO, activities have expanded considerably over the years to include block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from police, festivals, neighborhood walks, safety fairs, contests, rallies and meetings. Peskin said, “It’s a wonderful opportunity for communities nationwide to promote policecommunity partnerships, crime prevention and neighborhood camaraderie. While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out does represent the kind of spirit, energy and determination that is helping to make many neighborhoods safer places throughout the year. It [NNO] is a night to celebrate safety and crime prevention successes - and to expand and strengthen programs for the next 364 days.”
America’s Night Out Against Crime Contributed by Bob Hall, Neighborhood Watch Commander
The “29th Annual National Night Out” (NNO), a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 7, 2012. NATIONAL NIGHT OUT is designed to:
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Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness. Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs. Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Along with the traditional display of outdoor lights and front porch vigils, cities, towns and neighborhoods ‘celebrate’ NNO with a variety of events and activities such as:
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Block parties Cookouts Visits from local police and sheriff departments Parades and exhibits Flashlight walks Contests Youth programs
NNO has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our fight for a safer nation.
SEE THE LIST OF NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH BLOCK CAPTAINS ON PAGE 17.
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C ar S how 5th Annual
1941 Chevy 2-Door Coupe By Horace and Mary DiMaggio
Rods, Roadsters and Cruising Car Show
July 7, 2012
Feeding Hope & Fighting Hunger By Jessica Vaughan,
The car was purchased in August 2011 and was found by Mary on the Internet. We went to Visalia to view the car with Jack and Annette Keef and thought the car was pretty clean even though we did identify some minor issues. It turns out the paint job hid quite a number of issues, some pretty major, and a full restoration of the body was done in order to rectify the problems. We found spots on the car that had over 1.25” worth of Bondo to fill in rust spots and also that the flared fenders were, in fact, not properly incorporated as they were basically held in place with a few spot welds, Bondo and gel coat. Seven months and countless hours of labor later, it was ready for paint. We decided to go with a custom color which entailed a three-layer paint job. When complete, the car was indeed, beautiful. We then rectified some interior issues and finished just in time for the car show. Further detailing and upgrades are planned for the coming months.
Community Development, Second Harvest Food Bank San Joaquin & Stanislaus Counties
n Saturday, July 7, the Wheels of Woodbridge Car Group put on its 5th annual “Rods, Roadsters and Cruising Cars” car show benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank. This is the third year proceeds from the show have been donated to Second Harvest. The members of the group began planning for the event in January with the hope of surpassing the $6,200 raised over the prior two year’s events. Head Lugnut Bill Barnhart, along with his committee, spent countless hours planning the event, ensuring they would raise a hefty sum of money no matter what they did.
It was great to have the car ready to enter the Wheels of Woodbridge Car Show. We found it gratifying that people found the car to be a beauty. I toured the cars at the show and found many of the cars to be extremely well done and identified more ideas we hope to incorporate into our car in the future.
Sponsors Trophy: Receiving the Sponsors Trophy was very surprising and it did help make our day.
Future Plans: We plan to enjoy the car and enter some shows. Half the fun of owning the car is to just drive it on a Sunday afternoon through the country roads. We will continue to make enhancements to the car and show it at events that are close to home, but, again, our major plan is to drive it and have some fun.
Photos courtesy of Bill Barnhart. This 1960 Ford Starliner owned by John Inderbitzin won the 2012 Best of Show (top). Lem Phillips and Don Anderson sell tickets (center). This 1941 Chevy Coupe owned by Mary and Horace DiMaggio garnered the Sponsors Trophy (bottom).
SECOND HARVEST, PAGE 20
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SECOND HARVEST, FROM PAGE 19
12 million pounds of food each year.
5th Annual Rods, Roadsters and Cruising Car Show benefits Second Harvest Food Bank in Manteca
here were a few events leading up to the car show that helped to accumulate the approximately $10,000 raised by the Car Group. The first event was the annual Golf Cart Races, where members of the Woodbridge community competed against one another to see who was the best with their golf cart. Activities included an all-out race and slaloms. It was a fun-filled event attended by family and friends of those competing. The Golf Cart Races were a great start to the fundraising efforts and helped increase excitement about the car show. In June, Taqueria La Estrella in Manteca agreed to cater a fundraising Mexican Fiesta dinner for members of the Woodbridge community. The understanding was that all proceeds above the cost of food would go back to the Wheels of Woodbridge to donate to Second Harvest. The owner of the successful Taqueria, Sergio, is an avid supporter of the food bank, however, and surprised everyone when he graciously donated the proceeds from the entire event, totaling $1,600! Members of the Car Group stepped up to ensure this event was a huge success by raising over $2,000 through food and margarita sales. Advertising for the car show started in April of this year when letters were sent out to various car clubs around the area as well as at meetings of Manteca’s Nuts and Bolts car club. Bill Barnhart knew the key to any successful car show was a high number of quality entries. Keeping the entry fee low and building popularity of the show in the community played a huge part in the high number of repeat contestants from last year. Wheels of Woodbridge members agreed that, with the space they had, 100 cars was the maximum number of entries they could accept. They managed to fill the
www.ourwoodbridge.net To put it into perspective, the $10,000 donation made by Wheels of Woodbridge will allow us to purchase approximately $50,000 in food using the buying power we have through Feeding America.
Photos courtesy of Bill Barnhart. Bill Barnhart entered his 1970 Chevy Corvette.
100 slots plus eight more with cars from all over Northern California. The Men of Woodbridge stepped up once again by helping to barbecue approximately 470 hot dogs, while the Women of Woodbridge graciously baked their hearts out for the muchanticipated bake sale. Wives of car club members sold over $1,500 worth of raffle tickets for more than 80 donated items, making this a highly successful raffle. Jack Keef, head fundraiser, began soliciting companies with interests in cars, members of the Woodbridge Owners Association and other outside companies to gather prizes for the raffle. Joked Keef, “I have not been told ‘No’ this many times since I tried asking someone to the prom!”
talent and treasure that will help Second Harvest carry out its mission of “Feeding Hope and Fighting Hunger.” With the money raised, the food bank will be able to fund the programs and services that feed over 300,000 people in the San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Mother Lode counties. Through programs like our Senior Brown Bag and Food 4 Thought, and in conjunction with our 180 partner agencies, we move over
... To put it into perspective, the $10,000 donation made by Wheels of Woodbridge will allow us to purchase approximately $50,000 in food using the buying power we have through Feeding America. �
Mallory, who was touched by the fundraising efforts of the club year- in and year- out said, “The Wheels of Woodbridge Car Group will always take best of show in my opinion for the tireless effort they put into this very successful fundraiser. $10,000 is a huge amount of money to raise and will go a long way in feeding the “food insecure” in the Valley communities.”
His hard work and determination paid off, however, when Southwest Airlines donated two roundtrip tickets to anywhere in the continental United States, valued at over $800. The Lugnuts, whose volunteer efforts amounted to over 500 volunteer hours this year alone, surpassed their goal of $6,200, beyond even their expectations. Second Harvest Chief Executive Officer Mike Mallory presented the Car Group with a plaque thanking it for continued support, as well as its selfless donations of time,
Photos courtesy of Bill Barnhart. Jeff Pace gets change from Connie Reed at the Women of Woodbridge booth.
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The “Lori’s” Share Work-Life Philosophy T
Volunteers from Steve’s Mobile Sunscreens, another Rods, Roadsters and Cruisers sponsor, made root beer floats for spectators and exhibitors.
By Lori Adams and Lori Little
he Lori’s had so much fun at the car show and are pleased and honored to be event sponsors, especially with support going out to the Second Harvest Food Bank. The Second Harvest Food Bank is an organization that is near and dear to us. We have many friends in the community and the car show is a terrific opportunity to catch up with all of our friends and meet new ones. The impact the car show has on new and resale homes is HUGE. It’s a great way for folks to experience the Del Webb lifestyle firsthand and appreciate the community’s pride of ownership. Woodbridge is known for being friendly, neighborly and committed to giving back to the community through volunteering and fundraising efforts. Newcomers feel welcome, can see the camaraderie between neighbors and friends and see the community’s commitment to serving others through its support of the Second Harvest Food Bank. We are often asked how long we have worked together. Lori Adams was a well-known local realtor and Lori Little was the HR manager for Pulte Homes’ Central Valley Division. We both heard about the new up and coming Del Webb community in Manteca, and it was something that we were really excited about! In 2006, Pulte Management put us together as sales partners and the “rest is history.” We found that we worked very well together and are happy to report that after six years of working together, we still genuinely like each other. We both share the same work-life philosophy… success comes from hard work, treat others with integrity, commit to life-longlearning, be involved in the community and put family first. Pretty soon our co-workers and friends from the community started calling us “The Lori’s.”
Lori Adams and Lori Little, ‘The Lori’s,’ also sponsored the Woodbridge 100 event put on by the Wheels of Woodbridge Group in May. WBL Photo by Pepper Noble.
Photo courtesy of Bill Barnhart.
Bake sale nets over $400 By Carmela Hickey, Woodbridge Resident
he Bake Sale for the 5th annual Rods, Roadsters & Cruising Car Show was another huge success. Although we didn’t break last year’s monetary record, we were able to donate $401 to help feed the needy through Second Harvest Food Bank. We were overwhelmed by all of the tasty goodies baked by the Women of Woodbridge and other residents of our community. The assortment was fantastic and included cupcakes, cakes (a rum cake that smelled amazing), cookies with every type of ingredient imaginable (those black walnuts, Carol Silva, were quite a treat), cranberry muffins (thanks, Carol), brownies (some fresh out of the oven and with and without nuts), peach pies (thanks, Patti), three different types of jellies, orange balls, berry and chocolate bars and carrot, zucchini and apricot breads. It was especially nice that everyone baked without calories, fat or carbs… well, I can dream, can’t I?! We have great bakers here at Woodbridge, some of whom used their backyard crops (zucchini and berries). We even had a gluten-free brownie cake donated. The Wheels of Woodbridge offered free coffee and provided bottled water for sale. Thank you… thank you… thank you… to all who generously provided for this worthy cause. The bakers, buyers and volunteers who gave of their time and money to help set up, sell and buy the pastries… you are the best. I personally was able to meet many residents I had not met before. The sales office staff, as always, showed their support of the residents as we “invaded” their sales office. In addition, it was an awesome way to show future residents and prospective buyers what living in Woodbridge is all about. A special thank you to Arlene Fagala and Revea Mayhew for their expertise and experience working the Bake Sale the past two years. Chuck Foley set the tables up which we filled to capacity. Ray Noble posted Bake Sale signs. My dear friends and neighbors, Karen Mower, Trudy Snyder, Bonnie Bardenhagen, Nancy Behney and Cheryl Juarez… I love you dearly for your willingness to serve. My gratitude to Bill Barnhart for all of his efforts and support in making my job way too simple. A most heartfelt thanks to my husband, Terry, who got up early with me, labeled all of the goodies and kept track of the money. I am blessed beyond words to be married to such a caring and devoted man.
We are all blessed to be a part of Del Webb Woodbridge!
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Residents are the Best Sales People! By Kayo Armstrong
recently had the delightful opportunity to speak on the life and legacy of Del Webb the man, thanks to the Women of Woodbridge Speaker Series. In preparation, I was reminded of several Del Webb truisms that still hold true decades after the legend began.
in Sun City, too. The friendliness, volunteerism and enthusiastic ‘active retirement’ drew people from all over the country and from abroad.” This statement is just as true at Woodbridge in 2012, as it was at the original Sun City outside Phoenix more than 50 years ago!
When speaking of the phenomenally successful 1960 opening of the first Sun City, it was noted, “The residents themselves were the best salespeople; their visiting friends and relations were so impressed by their new lifestyles that they wanted to live
This year’s car show was by far the best to date in countless aspects, thanks to the outstanding commitment of our very own “Wheels of Woodbridge.” And while it’s easy to quantify certain items, what’s not always so transparent is the impact
To: Woodbridge Wheels Car Club I want to express my thanks for the opportunity to attend the fine car show that you present at Woodbridge each year. The venue is outstanding and facilities for the car owners are excellent. We enjoy talking to the Woodbridge residents who view the cars and make us feel welcome. The Manteca Nuts & Bolts Car Club had the largest single group attending and all had a great time. Keep up the good work! Alan Marsden, Manteca 1949 Olds 88 Convertible
events like the car show have on selling homes at Woodbridge. Prior to this year’s show, we know that a staggering EIGHT new home sales at Woodbridge are directly attributed to car shows in the past four years. Who knows how that number may increase as a result of this year’s event?! As we look to sell out the remaining homes at Woodbridge, our residents will take us to success earlier than any marketing, advertising or sales efforts by Del Webb or Pulte Homes. Thanks to all of you for
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... eight new home sales at Woodbridge are directly attributed to car shows in the past four years. Who knows how that number may increase as a result of this year’s event?! �
Successful Car Show Exceeds Its Goal!
he Wheels of Woodbridge challenged ourselves this year to raise an amount for Second Harvest matching the $6,200 we’ve raised over the past two years. Along the way we met many amazing people who helped us exceed this challenge. Special thanks go to our Silver, Gold and Platinum Car Show Sponsors who helped to make this such a successful event. Their donations totaled $2,720 and they were: Costco Wholesale, Olympic Tune Up, The Lori’s, Bell & Gaines, Dominic Martos Insurance Agency, RJ Lawn Care, Steve’s Mobile Sunscreens, McVey Insurance Agency, Van Berg & Associates, P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home, Dave & Connie Reed, Redi-Mark Trophy Shop and Pulte who sponsored the DJ and Best of Show trophy. We had 115 cars registered and had to use a portion of the Clubhouse parking for last minute overflow because the model home grass area was mostly unusable due to an emergency irrigation problem. Car registrations brought in $2,300.
By Bill Barnhart, Wheels of Woodbridge Head Lugnut
On the day of the show, the Men of Woodbridge assisted with hot dog preparation and sales, making approximately $1,350. The Women of Woodbridge and the Second Harvest Volunteers of Woodbridge working the bake sale made $401. Steve’s Mobile Sunscreens served up root beer floats bringing in approximately $360. Our first-ever raffle made $1,795 on gifts donated from as far away as England. The combined proceeds from the Fifth Annual Rods, Roadsters & Cruising Car Show totaled $7,500 after having paid all expenses including $340 to the WOA for several hours rental of a portion of the Multipurpose Room and the BBQ area. These proceeds, combined with the $3,000 raised through the Fiesta Dinner and Woodbridge 100, total $10,500 raised by the Wheels of Woodbridge in 2012 for Second Harvest Food Bank. With the food purchasing discounts available to Second Harvest, Mike Mallory, executive director, indicated this will purchase approximately $50,000 worth of food to feed the needy throughout the tri-county area. Our three-year total now sits at $16,700
raised for Second Harvest by a bunch of car guys.
2012 Car Show Winners: Best of Show: John Inderbitzin for his red 1960 Ford Starliner.
1st Place winners: • Don DeMotto with his flaming 1935 Ford coupe in the Hot Rod category.
• Steve Lucido with his old
1934 Ford pickup in the Truck category.
• Chuck and Shirley Foley
with their 1957 Dodge D500 convertible w/ hemi in the Classic Stock category.
• Ron Plummer with his 1955 Chevy Bel Air in the Classic Modified category.
• Jack Gaines with his 1970
Chevy Chevelle SS 454 in the Muscle Car category.
• Earl Reedy with his 1957
Ford T-Bird in the Sports Car category.
• Ruben and Katrina Tellez
with their 1956 Ford T-Bird in the Miscellaneous category.
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The Veterans Group By Deb Ristau
“Our mission is to be a supportive and positive group of veterans who participate in events and sponsorship activities that benefit our members and our community.”
Did you serve in the United States military?
The Veterans of Woodbridge Group has more than 120 members and meets the second Monday of each month in the Multipurpose Room. There are usually 20 to 40 members present. Our regular meetings sometimes feature a guest speaker or one of our members will share information pertinent to the interests of the group. Annual activities include:
Themed Dinner/Dance fundraiser. We sponsor member veterans accepted to participate in the Northern California Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Honor Flight selection is currently focused on veterans who served in WWII.
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SECURITY CAMERAS CAPTURE THEFT By Bob Hall
uring the night of June 29, a flat bed trailer was stolen from a house on Bellchase. When the theft was discovered the next morning, the victim called the police, and the responding officer asked us to check for footage on our recorder to see if it showed the vehicle involved in the heist. Al Sanchez and I looked over the previous night’s recordings and found the truck pulling out on Madison Grove onto Lathrop Road with the trailer in tow. The
license plate of the truck was clearly visible. We called the police department and gave them the plate number. They asked us to transfer the recording to a flash drive so they could have a copy for their records, which we did with the help of Dave Steffy. The police were able to recover the trailer when they went to the address of the owner of the truck.
We participate in the Manteca Chamber of Commerce Memorial Day Parade the morning of Memorial Day and hold a casual barbecue for members, residents and their families in the afternoon.
We participate in the Manteca or Stockton 4th of July Parade and gather for a casual potluck in the afternoon.
We host a Veteran’s Day Dance and Tribute.
We sponsor guest speakers for our Woodbridge community such as a representative from the Department of Aging and the Department of Veterans Services. Special projects include a Veterans’ Memorial to be built in the new north park at Woodbridge, field trips to various military sites of interest to members and more. Our members come from all branches of the service and have served in every major conflict since WWII. We welcome new members to join any time. For more information, contact a member of our Steering Committee: Mike Crabb: 629-8181 ♦ Steve Matthews: 239-5174 Nick Music: 825-9451 ♦ Dave Reed: 239-5175 ♦ Deb Ristau: 825-8095
Farmers’ Market Every Wednesday evening at the Clubhouse parking lot, 5 - 7 p.m., throughout the summer. Don’t miss this opportunity to get farm-fresh produce without leaving the neighborhood.
Photo courtesy of USO. Resident Veterans, Deb Ristau (left) and Nick Music (right) were part of the support team to assist WWII Veterans Angel Navarro and Ralph Donges board the Honor Flight for Washington, D.C., where the two men were honored for their service to our country.
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Woodbridge Giving Tree
Small Phrases ~ Big Power By Joyce Renebome, Woodbridge Resident
By Linda Little
s part of our focus on children, the Women of Woodbridge group is once again sponsoring a drive to collect school supplies for Neil Hafley and French Camp schools. Each year budget cuts have made it more difficult for the schools to purchase adequate supplies. The list below reflects the schools’ greatest needs. You can help by taking an apple(s) off the tree located in the Clubhouse, purchase the school supply(ies) listed on the apple and return the supplies and apple to the bin provided in the Club Room. Please return your donations by Friday, August 31, so all supplies may be delivered by the first week in September. Thank you in advance for your donations. Questions may be directed to Linda Little, email@example.com. Backpacks Binder paper Colored construction paper Copy paper Crayons Dry erase markers File folders Glue sticks Granola bars (individually wrapped) Jump ropes Markers Paper towels Pencil boxes Pencils Scissors Single-subject spiral notebooks Tissue ‘Vis-a-Vis’ pens Wet wipes
Thank you ~ Love you ~ I’m sorry These three phrases have the ability to evoke powerful emotions
Woodbridge residents have shown their willingness to help their neighbors. It is a great feeling to know that we can leave our home for a day or a month with the knowledge that a neighbor or friend will watch over our house, pick up our paper or put out our garbage. For jobs we can’t handle on our own, we can call on the wonderful group of Neighbors Helping Neighbors. The next time someone does you a favor, of any kind, don’t forget to say “Thank you.” It will always be appreciated by the recipient.
Saying “Love you” is not easy for everyone. The key to those words is to mean it when said. There are many kinds of love. You can love your neighbor, your spouse or special friends, yet how often do we say those words? A meaningful “Love you” cannot be overused. You never know when it might be the last time you have a chance to tell that special person you love them, especially in a neighborhood of seniors.
“I’m sorry,” is another phrase that is hard for some people to say. Again, when you say this phrase, you must truly be sorry. Sincerity is a visible emotion. Saying “I’m sorry” and not being sincere is worse than not saying it at all. We all do or say things we are sorry for later. Saying “I’m sorry” will go a long way toward repairing the damage.
Thank you for letting me preach. I’m sorry if I offended anyone. Love you.
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ick Hyden is enjoying this summer of 2012 with his wife Andra as an officially retired guy. Friends Rick and Andra Hyden celebrate his retirement. gathered at the Clubhouse to help him celebrate.
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WOA Update By Kayo Armstrong
Don’t Forget These Important Items!
t the July Community Listening Post, several issues were raised by residents and requests were made to remind others about the following items:
Dog Waste – Picking
in use. Please comply with this rule by closing your door, which will also contribute to your property’s security. •
up after your dog is the sole responsibility of the pet owner. The WOA has provided “doggie bags” in various areas for this purpose. Please be courteous to your neighbors by cleaning up after your pets.
Garage Doors – The community’s governing documents require that garage doors must be kept closed when not
Showering While Using the Pools and Spas – The Rules
& Regulations require that a shower must be taken before entering the pools or spas and before re-entering if lotions, oils or cosmetics are used. This rule is in place to maintain the integrity of the water quality and provide consideration to fellow swimmers. Please comply with this rule and ensure your guests do the same. If you would like to file a complaint regarding a specific
homeowner who is not following these or other rules, you may do so by submitting to Kayo Armstrong a non-compliance report. The form is available at the front desk. Upon receipt, the management company will follow up with the homeowner.
WOA’s Newly Adopted Event Cancellation Policy At its June meeting, the Board of Directors approved a policy which enables refunds of WOAsponsored event tickets in certain emergency situations. The policy was recommended by the Policies & Procedures Committee and went into effect June 25, 2012 for WOA events after this date. The new policy is highlighted below:
Upon request by the ticketholding resident, WOA event ticket refunds will be issued if the resident or immediate
Page 27 • August 2012 family member (spouse, child, grandchild, sibling or parent) is admitted to an acute care hospital within 24 hours prior to the event. Upon request by the ticket-holding resident, WOA event ticket refunds will be issued if the resident or immediate family member (spouse, child, grandchild, sibling or parent) passes away within 48 hours prior to the event.
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Meet the Cunnings! By Anne Madrid
oger and Elizabeth Cunning moved to Woodbridge from their home in Tracy last March. It was just one month before our community-wide garage sale. By the end of the garage sale day, their once-packed garage was able to hold two cars and the Cunnings were finally getting settled. It hadn’t been an easy move. Roger and Elizabeth’s two-story, four-bedroom home sold quickly and the family lived two months in a hotel while their home in Woodbridge was being built. During those two months, they kept track of the construction and took a short trip to Disneyland to “award ourselves,” according to Elizabeth. Woodbridge almost lost this fantastic couple. They loved the Del Webb near Nashville and even had a house selected. But when they told the kids and grandkids, it was not going to happen. They checked out other nearby retirement communities and this was their only choice. “It’s the community way of thinking here at Woodbridge,” according to Roger.
Elizabeth says, “Every day is filled with inspiration and encouragement.” She explains that when they go to the Clubhouse and Fitness Center, they see neighbors enjoying themselves, taking classes, playing games and working out. Some have disabilities and others are working to stay or get in shape. Paul Serpa, personal fitness instructor, has made a definite difference in the Cunnings’ health, especially for Roger who tore a meniscus about a year ago. After a session with Paul, Roger’s knee has never felt better, and you can often even find him out playing on the Pickleball court. Roger enjoyed a 21-year career in the U.S Air Force where he was stationed from the Rocky Mountains through the Great Plains states, plus overseas in Greece and England. He retired as a colonel before embarking on a high-level second career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. It was there he met his wife Elizabeth who was also working at the lab. Through the Veterans Club at Woodbridge, Roger has met many new friends who share similar Air
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Force experiences. He also serves as Neighborhood Watch Block Captain and is now in charge of the Flags Over Woodbridge group. Elizabeth is a blueribbon quilter, has joined the crochet/knitting group, the choir and the walking group, and she enjoys line dancing. Elizabeth describes herself as a creative arts person. Her award winning quilt won Best of Show and a blue ribbon for hand quilting in the 2009 Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton. Elizabeth enjoys all WBL photo by Anne Madrid. kinds of music, singing and The Woodbridge Welcome mat is out for Elizabeth and Roger playing piano for shutCunning who moved here in March. ins, nursing homes and memorial services. “Give me a call,” she says. Roger also is an expert Mac computer user and is proficient in video creation and audio attending Jerry’s Dinner in June. “We also enjoy walks in the recording. Both Cunnings donate evenings and meeting so many their time and these talents for the unique, fun-loving residents,” benefit of the community. Elizabeth adds. “We believe the atmosphere at “This is a beautiful home,” says Woodbridge is absolutely contagious Elizabeth, “but there’s more [to with upbeat, friendly neighbors, life].” Giving to the community activities to involve everyone and a desire to give back to the city we live is most important to these newcomers. Welcome, Roger and in,” says Elizabeth. The Cunnings Elizabeth! enjoyed dancing at the recent 50’s dance and another highlight was
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Garden Tasks for August By Sandi Larson, Master Gardener
August is one of those months that you just need to keep a close watch in your garden for aphids, snails, pests chewing your plants, scales, weeds and under- and over-watering. Some of these things sneak up on you. Watering consistently right now will make a big difference. When your plant is stressed, it is more susceptible to pests. If you had your garden installed in the middle of the summer, prepare for an uphill battle with insects. Hose Guides – Friend or Foe? Does anyone else find that those cute little hose guides are more of a hindrance than a help? More times than not, by the time I get around the corner of my long backyard and head back to the faucet, I get hung
up on the hose guide! The hose and guide seem to gravitate together like male and female magnets. The hose forms a loop or a figure eight. The hose always grabs my hose guide, and it’s always 30 feet away from where I am. If I remove my hose guides, I will wipe out all of the plants that border my walkway. You can’t live with them and you can’t live without them! We are in the heat of summer. Thanks goodness for our great neighbors here – we were out of town and our next door neighbor told me that the drip on my pots was shooting at my front door when we were gone. He ratcheted them down a bit and now they water where
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they’re supposed to. I saw a great vegetable garden in Jerry and Diana Clements’ backyard. Wow! Their volunteer sunflower was higher than the fence and needed a tree stake to support it. There were zucchini so large they looked like pod people and more tomatoes than they will ever eat! Granted most of these were in a raised bed, but even in our soil, if it hasn’t been stripped by a bulldozer, you will see your vegetable garden exceed your expectations. Our soil here is unbelievable. If you haven’t had a chance to plant some vegetables or a fruit tree, think about it for next summer. Is your garden in constant influx? You’re not alone. Most of us will look at our gardens and choose plants we feel will survive and thrive. Or our landscape designers will choose plants they think will do well. It’s not uncommon to choose a plant and think you know how large it will be at its maximum and then discover it gets larger than you planned. I constantly take out plants that do not perform well or that are getting the wrong exposure. You may like a yard that is very neat and tidy with no plants extending over their boundary. Or you may like the look
www.ourwoodbridge.net of a cottage garden. There is no wrong look for a garden - it’s very much a matter of your own taste. Pinch back geraniums and fuchsias to encourage new flower production. Take tomatoes off the vine before they go mushy. Disbud chrysanthemum flowers now for bigger flowers this fall and stake and tie up plants to prevent drooping and breaking. Continue to dead head perennials and trim back plants that have bloomed. Make sure that, if you fertilize your lawn, you follow directions regarding watering after fertilizing. Continue to leave tree stakes on trees for a good three to four years so the tree can become established. Trees that are affected by our strong westerly wind can, perhaps, benefit by an even longer staking to establish a strong trunk and root system. Our summer seems to have been particularly windier than normal, so another area to keep track of is potted plants. The wind is responsible for drying out potted plants almost more than the heat. Continue to enjoy our glorious summer and your gardens that you’ve all worked so hard to create and maintain. In a couple more months, we will be putting bulbs in the ground, planting cool weather vegetables and cool weather annuals such as viola, pansies and stock.
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Ellen & Warren Wootton By Anne Madrid
“It’s a homey feeling,” Ellen explains as she welcomes you in. Looking around Ellen and Warren Wootton’s Woodbridge home, you can feel the love and warmth and know you are about to share something very special. Pookie, the Border Terrier(ist), welcomes you with her bark as you enter the foyer where fishing poles and a family inspired quilt greet you. “Wow. Where do I start? First of all, Warren really saved me, I was so sad,” says Ellen. “But now we’ll start at the beginning.” Ellen started out as a very young mother with two children, Doug and Bryan and baby Andy on the way, when her seven- year marriage failed. She remarried an older man, Dennis (Denny) Lee, in 1971 and added three teenage children to the household, two special needs boys and an adorable daughter, Marlene. Denny adopted Ellen’s boys and they all became Lees. “Having our two special needs sons with my tiny little boys might seem frightening,” shares Ellen, “but it was just a challenge we accepted and got along with. Marlene became the ‘little mother’ with her very own live Cabbage Patch baby Andy whom she nicknamed ‘Panda.’ My older boys watched out for their little brothers, always informing me that, ‘Mom, the baby stinks,’ or ‘the Boys are on bikes, Mom’, or ‘Mom, the boys are fighting.’ These were trying times, but, all in all, it was a real experience.” In 1973, Sandy, a social worker friend, suggested the Lees foster baby Gina. A month later, Sandy called with a need for two little sisters. The Lee family grew to 11 in just two short years. “Unfortunately, when Denny received a promotion with California Youth Authority (CYA) in 1975, we had to leave Sacramento County. We had to relinquish our baby Gina. That almost killed all of us,” remembers Ellen.
In 1976, the family moved to Manteca and Ellen went to work at CYA in accounting, and later she was put in charge of censoring the mail. “Wow! What an education,” she says. Sandy, their social worker friend, contacted San Joaquin County and the Lees were “matched” with a little girl who was adoptable. The family size was back to 11. After Ellen’s promotion to the Northern California Women’s Facility, the family moved to Ripon and bought a smaller house since they were down to four kids at home, two in high school and two in junior high. The Lees got that call again. This time it was for two little brothers who were off the streets of San Jose. “Would we take them? Yes. We adopted them and remodeled our new home. Life was great!” Ellen and Denny were now parents to 11 children. Denny retired and Ellen kept working, receiving another promotion to Chowchilla to manage the arts and crafts program.
Ellen and Warren Wootton.
“My oldest son walked me down the aisle to light the candles. Denny was there at our son’s wedding!”
In December 2006, Ellen received a call from Community Hospice telling her about their grief services. She attended a bereavement support group for loss of a spouse. “What a blessing. Wow! We were all crying. Time moved on, and in 1999 Ellen But we learned that we had all gone and Denny moved to Jackson to through the same things: Friends not retire. Soon after the move, Denny knowing what to say so they don’t say became ill and required several heart anything, always being the odd one surgeries. They moved back to Ripon at a gathering and even some friends to be close to two sons, and, for the abandoning us.” next seven years, they were daycare The group of six shared phone for a new baby granddaughter, numbers and started meeting for Cheyenne. lunch before their meetings. When In 2006, Ellen lost her precious their session ended, they all decided Denny to cancer just eight days to continue with the next new group. before their son Andy’s wedding. Denny’s family-only funeral and huge One week later, at a hospice celebration of life and luncheon were meeting, Warren Wootton was sitting right next to Ellen. “He seemed so followed by the wedding rehearsal sad, and I really listened as he spoke and dinner. about his late wife Judi and how “Such a long hard day, and I he had cared for her as she battled was incredibly sad, but had to be cancer. What a sweetheart.” Three happy for my son and his bride,” more, including Warren, joined the remembers Ellen. “Thursday I baked group, which made nine. the wedding cake and had one of my lovely daughters help me decorate it.” Life was getting easier as they all helped each other through illnesses Friday, the evening of the wedding, and problems. “We were there for there was a beautiful arrangement each other for surgeries, late calls in of flowers with Denny’s picture and the night and just to have and be that candles on the piano at the church.
WBL Photo by Anne Madrid.
special friend,” says Ellen. Warren had moved to Modesto from Virginia in 1973 where he had worked for 26-½ years as an electrical engineer. His new job here was with the power company, The Modesto Irrigation District. “No rates were raised while Warren was involved in Resource Planning,” says Ellen proudly. Warren called Ellen one day with some tickets to a Clint Black concert. “Would I go? Sure, we’re groupie friends… why not?” Later, “Another concert with dinner? OK.” The third time Warren asked Ellen, “What do you call these outings?” When she told him it is just two friends going to a Christmas concert, he said, “No, Ellen. This is a date!” “What? I was dating? You have to be kidding. I hadn’t dated since 1971,” she said. The dates continued and Warren and Ellen fell in love. In April 2008, Warren and Ellen flew back to Washington, D.C., to meet Warren’s son Jeff SEE
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and his family. Both Warren’s and Ellen’s families approved and were happy for the couple. Warren and Ellen decided to sell Warren’s house, rent Ellen’s and buy a house at Woodbridge. Hmm… which house? It had to be close to the lake. According to Warren, the home they chose is 300 steps from the lake. Warren is the Del Webb fisherman who can be seen fishing early mornings, grabbing a coffee at the Clubhouse and then fishing again at night as he walks the dog. In September 2008, Warren and Ellen were married at Woodbridge in their back yard. Warren’s son Jeff flew out to be best man and the couple was surrounded by family and new neighbors. All of their hospice friends, or “Hospice Groupies” as they call each other, took a part in the wedding. Their combined family now includes 12 children, 23 grandchildren, five great grandchildren plus one on the way and all are scattered across the U.S. “Lots of places to visit,” beams Ellen. The first thing Warren brings out to share at their home is pictures of their family. It is quite a tribute to both families. When Ellen asked her new husband what
The Woottons feel living in Woodbridge is a blessing. “We did consider moving back east because I had a contract Ellen on a house in settled on,” a development Lee-Wootton WBL Photo by Anne Madrid. similar to to honor two The Wootton wedding cake featured this fishing Woodbridge,” wonderful bride hooking the groom. says Warren. men. I have But after been doubly seeing all our blessed,” she says. community has to offer, they changed their minds. Warren plays poker The Hospice Groupies have been on Wednesday and Friday at the wonderful for the Woottons. They Clubhouse. He especially enjoys the have discovered a new love and life. Together they have traveled, gone on tournaments. He has a boat for bass adventures, cruises and plays. Every fishing and bought bikes so he and Ellen can get some exercise. Monday night is Groupie Night and they rotate from their home to a Warren often gets phone calls home in Modesto for dinner, card and asking, “I’m taking my grandchild dice games. “Our families know not fishing. Warren, what kind of tackle to ask us to do anything on Monday should I use?” Judging from the size nights ‘cause it’s groupie time,” says of Warren’s “catch,” he definitely is Ellen. the one to give advice. He documents last name she should use, he replied: “I don’t care. Call yourself Smith, Jones, whatever. Use the name you want.”
Their sadness has turned to happiness. The group is very special and a model for others experiencing loss of a spouse. In 2009, a book was written about the group titled, “Sorrows Journey to Hope” and was written to inspire other groups to form such a bond.
his fishing catches just in case someone thinks it’s the same fish from a different angle.
Although Warren’s fishing is quite remarkable, he humbly insists, “There are some really good fishermen here at Woodbridge. Some are much better than I am.” Ellen is very artistic. Warren proudly shows off Ellen’s oil paintings which are hanging in their home. Her cake decorating skills are well appreciated, and she also teaches a beginning quilting class at the Clubhouse the second Friday of each month. Warren and Ellen Wootton, a love story just beginning. “It will grow and it has,” says Ellen of their devotion. “Life is precious and good.” “I really caught a nice fish,” Warren says while looking at Ellen. “Oh, no,” she comes back. “I’m the BETTER fisherman, I caught the BEST one!”
WBL Photo by Anne Madrid. Ellen Wootton (center) instructs Marion Pistochini (left) and Penny Dauler in the art of quilt making. Ellen’s classes are held on the second Friday of each month.
WB CAR SHOW By Ron Plummer, Woodbridge Resident
y wife Karen and I have been residents of Woodbridge since August 2011. We purchased the Bedford model for the spacious rooms for entertaining our friends and neighbors. Our residence on Autumn Knoll Lane has been a great way to find and get to know new friends, which is the essence life of Woodbridge. Last year at the first car show we attended at Woodbridge, we decided to commit to the change and move to Woodbridge. That was the beginning of our journey. We entered the 1955 Chevy 2-door Bel Air and won the “Sponsors Award” from the Lori’s at PMZ Real Estate. That was a great beginning for my wife and me and our dog Sadie. This year we entered two vehicles: A 1955 Chevy and a 1971 El Camino. The Chevy was entered in the Classic Modified category; the El Camino was in the Truck category. The Chevy Bel Air has been a project of mine over the last four years and continues to be improved with electronics, which now include a CD player, updated dashboard, clock, radio, etc. I’ve owned the El Camino for the past few years and have added several features. The paint itself was a huge investment as most car enthusiasts will understand. Much to my surprise, we captured two awards this year. The 1955 Chevy received First Place in the Classic Modified and the El Camino took Second Place in the Truck category. We made the decision to move to the Woodbridge community because of the lifestyle, the things to do and the fun we have enjoyed like the car shows, happy hours, potlucks and all the other life enjoyments at Woodbridge.
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From Dodie’s desk
oodbridge will be doing the first community game night, “MINUTE TO WIN IT” where Woodbridge residents will compete against each other in eight separate games. Six individuals will play each of the eight games. Residents are encouraged to sign up for more than one game.
Dodie Miller Activities Director
I’m sure there of some of you who just can’t wait to get yourselves signed up to show off your talent with games like: M&M’s Pick Up, Elephant Walk, Tray Flip, Cotton Ball Pick Up, Red Cup Stack, Fish Hook, Hex Nut Stack and Ping Pong Ball Throw.
All games will be demonstrated individually before the games begin. Participants will have only one minute to accomplish each task. To give you an idea of how the games are played, the M&M’s Pick Up game is done by holding a straw in your mouth, sucking up M&M’s and transferring them into a bowl without losing any M&M’s. The one with the most M&M’s in the bowl is the winner. In the Hex Nut Stack, contestants slide a hex nut onto a chopstick and stack it sideways. The one to get all the hex nuts into a stack is the winner. In Elephant Walk, contestants will tie a pair of pantyhose with a tennis ball in each leg around their necks. Contestants will swing the pantyhose back and forth, using the tennis balls to knock over water bottles. I can hear laughter already. The Ping Pong Ball Throw is simply bouncing ping pong balls off a table into an egg carton some distance away. I think you can get the picture of what a very fun evening this should be. And remember… contestants only have a minute to do these tasks. A MINUTE TO WIN IT!!
EVENTS and TOURS – AUGUST 2012 MINUTE TO WIN IT GAME NIGHT Thursday, Aug. 2 @ 6:30 p.m. - MPR
STRUMMIN’ WONDERS UKULELE CONCERT Monday, Aug. 6 @ 6:30 p.m. - MPR.
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
Tuesday, Aug. 7 – Your Block Captain will have information about your neighborhood.
FASHION SHOW & LUNCHEON Wednesday, Aug. 8 @ noon - MPR.
WOMEN OF WOODBRIDGE BRUNCH & MEETING Wednesday, Aug. 15 @ 10:30 a.m. - MPR.
Saturday, Aug. 18 @ 5:30 p.m. - MPR.
Tuesday, Aug. 21 @ 6 p.m.– Bring your beverage of choice and an appetizer to share. $3 pp for the music on the patio.
PETE RILEY MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT
GOLF PUTTING TOURNAMENT – Saturday, Aug. 25 @ 4 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 27 @ 2 p.m. - MPR.
Tuesday, Aug. 28 @ 5:30 p.m. – MPR.
CENTRAL VALLEY EYE WINE & CHEESE Thursday, Aug. 30 @ 6:30 p.m. - MPR.
GOLF OUTING TO CARSON VALLEY INN By Dodie Miller
WBL Photo by Deb Ristau. Cindy Bolin, Jane Kerr and Jacqueline Andrews are excited about the upcoming Ladies’ Luncheon and Fashion Show slated for Wednesday, August 8 in the Multipurpose Room.
Even though this event is several weeks away, reservations need to be made by Monday, August 20. A $25 non-refundable deposit will hold your reservation. Accommodations are for three nights with group arrival on Sunday, September 16. The golf packages include golf, green fees and cart, two days of golfing and a fourcourse dinner. There are several packages to choose from and occupancy taxes as well as taxes and gratuities for your dinner are included. Additional information is available and sign ups may be made at the Clubhouse front desk.
6:30pm Strummin’ Wonders/ MPR
7pm National Night Out
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12 Noon Ladies’ Luncheon & Fashion Show
10:30am WOW Welcome Brunch & Meeting/MPR
6:30pm MINUTE TO WIN IT/MPR 6pm WINE 101/Pfoutz: 239-0387
3pm Community Listening Post/MPR
2pm Board of Directors Mtg.
6pm Happy Hour/PATIO/$ 7pm Fun Trivia/MPR
5:30pm Resident Potluck/MPR
6pm New Resident Orientation
4pm Pete Riley Memorial Golf Putting Tournament
6:30pm Central Valley Eye/ Wine & Cheese
Monday ACR AR BBC BLDR BR CR DK DWF
Arts & Crafts Room Andover Room Bocce Ball Courts Billiard Room Bristol Room Club Room Demo Kitchen Del Webb Field
Tuesday FITC Fitness Center GPC Golf Putt Course IP Indoor Pool LBRY Library LVC Lakeview Clubhouse MPR Multipurpose Room OP Outdoor Pool PATIO Outdoor BBQ & Patio
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TPC Tennis & Pickel Ball Courts PMH Pulte Model Homes PP Panda Park QR Quincy Room SBP Stockbridge Park $ Fee Required
Doctors Hospital - wine & cheese/MPR
4pm Veterans Meeting/MPR
6pm Happy Hour/Patio
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5:30pm Resident Potluck/MPR
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6pm Board Meeting
6:30pm BRUBECK JAZZ/MPR
2pm WOW Speaker - League of Women Voters
9am New Resident Orientation
9am Health Fair by Comfort Keepers
Golf Cart Poker Run & Rally
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Throughout our neighborhoods, we will gather for National Night Out on Tuesday, August 7. Join the fun and meet your neighbors.
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While this photo was taken on the patio at the Clubhouse, Sandy and Bill Stanger (center) will enjoy the 2012 National Night Out at the home of Marge and Rick Nelson (left and right) with the rest of the Maple Valley Neighborhood. Neighborhood Watch Groups are gearing up for outdoor gatherings throughout the community. Local law enforcement officers, SHARPs and our own Neighborhood Watch Patrol will stop by to get acquainted.
Check the Block Captain list on page 17 and call to find and attend YOUR Neighborhood Block Party.
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BLOCK CAPTAINS are encouraged to submit information regarding block parties. There is no charge for these announcements. Send to email@example.com.
Lost & Found:
PLEASE CHECK the Lost & Found container in the Club Room for items you may have left at the Clubhouse. The bin is full of glasses, goggles, sweaters and more.
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Board of Directors
Mark Kaushagen, President Dan Carroll, Director Vice President to be announced Bill Barnhart, Secretary: Denise Drewry, Director:
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Woodbridge Owners Association Board-Appointed Committees Thanks to the numerous volunteers who comprise the Board-appointed committees at Woodbridge. Listed below are the committees along with contact information for the chairperson and secretary, if applicable. Your participation in any of the scheduled committee meetings is always welcome.
ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW • Mike Wallick, Chair firstname.lastname@example.org FINANCE • Christine Carlson, Chair email@example.com 925. 260.4753
LIFESTYLE • Dodie Miller, Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
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POLICY & PROCEDURES • Denise Drewry, Chair email@example.com 209.639.2448
ENTER ONE CHARACTER per space, continuously. Include all punctuation and blank spaces. The first phrase (2-3 words) is always CAPITALIZED. Contact information MUST be included IN the ad. Submit ads to the front desk at the Clubhouse. No photos.
• Bea Lingenfelter, Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
* Use one classified ad form per ad. Ads may not be combined. Payment must accompany each ad form. * Submit classified ad form and payment by the 20th of each month for inclusion in the following issue. Method of payment: _____ Cash _____ Check #________________ Total: $10.
PROPERTY & GROUNDS • Bill Barnhart, Chair email@example.com
PUBLICATION • Kayo Armstrong, Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
• Deb Ristau, Editor email@example.com
WELCOMING • Cheryl Juarez, Co-Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
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• Sue Vernali, Co-Chair email@example.com 209.923.4899
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Where in the world ?
Share your travel photos with us. We especially love it when you take along a copy of our very own community newspaper, Woodbridge LIFE. Send travel photos to the editor: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angel Navarro visits the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C., as a guest of the Northern Caifornia Honor Flight. His trip was sponsored by the Veterans of Woodbridge Group. Life can’t get much better than this. Woodbridge residents Mickey Thole (left) and Patty and Jim DeRoos enjoy both Lake Tahoe and July’s Woodbridge LIFE on a recent vacation to Meeks Bay.
Anne and Matt Madrid took Woodbridge LIFE on their travels to the Featherbed Railroad Co. Bed & Breakfast in Nice, CA, on Clear Lake.
Harleene Bebout and Robert Philis capture the moment at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton.
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” ~St. Augustine
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