All Community NewsWhat's up this week in the Village
In the spotlight this week:
- ‘A Week in the Village’ Valentine’s Day Photo Project
- Grace period for Vehicles Displaying 2015 Stickers Extended through February 29, 2016
Valentine's Day Dinner Dance at Clubhouse 1
- Fun Club Happenings!
Read on for what's up!
Presidents' Day Holiday Schedule
Some community facilities will be affected by the upcoming Presidents' Day Holiday.
The Administrative Offices will be closed on Monday, February 15.
Click here for the complete Presidents' Day Holiday schedule.
Over 800 Village Employees Attend Welcome Celebration at Clubhouse 5
The Event, Hosted by the VMS Board, Drew a Huge Crowd and Rave Reviews!
On Wednesday, January 27, over 800 Laguna Woods Village employees attended a celebration in their honor at Clubhouse 5. The event was held to thank the employees who made the transition to Village Management Services, Inc. (VMS), the newly-formed, self-owned, professional management company for Laguna Woods Village.
“This event was just a small token of our appreciation to the staff who decided to stick with us,” said Anthony Liberatore, VMS Board Member. “The hard work and dedication of our employees is much appreciated.”
Funded by the Golden Rain Foundation and hosted by the VMS Board, attendees were served a complimentary breakfast or lunch. Employees were shown a brief video about VMS, then given the opportunity to meet the VMS Board and the new CEO/GM of Laguna Woods Village, Brad Hudson. As a special token of appreciation, over 175 gift cards were raffled to employees.
“The employees I’ve spoken with said they enjoyed the celebration, and they really appreciated the outpouring of support from the VMS Board,” said Jackie Giacomazzi, Human Resources Director.
The Laguna Woods Village staff became official VMS employees on December 23, 2015. On the VMS Board of Directors are Chair Anthony Liberatore, Vice Chair Joe Rainey, Donna Dwaileebe, Monika Hobson, Dan Kenney, Dennis O'Connor, Lucy Shimon, Steve Parsons, and Andre Torng.
2016 Vehicle Decal Stickers Mailed in January; Grace Period Extended Through February 29
Grace period for Vehicles Displaying 2015 Stickers Extended through February 29, 2016
This week, the Laguna Woods Village Community Access Division began mailing the new “6” year sticker to current residents for application to their existing 2015 decals.
UPDATE: The grace period for vehicles displaying a 2015 vehicle decal has been extended through the end of February 2016.
Residents should not to go to Community Access directly for the “6” year sticker; only residents with vehicles that do not display a Vehicle Decal should visit Community Access for a new decal. When applying the 2016 decal, please follow the instructions included with the decal in the mailing.
‘A Week in the Village’ Photo Project Returns for Valentine’s Day
The GRF Board Wants Your Photos that Represent Amore at Laguna Woods Village
Love is in the air at Laguna Woods Village, and the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) wants to know what that means to you!
The project, entitled “A Week in the Village: Valentine’s Edition,” will help GRF accumulate photos that demonstrate the vitality, location, diversity, and lifestyle of Laguna Woods Village.
Who or what do you love—is it your significant other; your friends and family? Or is it your beloved pet or your favorite activity? What does love in the Village mean to YOU? Whatever it is, GRF wants your photos!. This is your chance to inspire future residents and show how vibrant the Laguna Woods Village community truly is.
Snap and share beginning February 11, the official start of “A Week in the Village: Valentine’s Edition.”
Third Board Fills Board Vacancy
At the Open Board Meeting on Monday, January 4, the Third Laguna Hills Mutual Board appointed John Frankel as a director for a term expiring in November 2017.
John fills a board vacancy created by the passing of John McRae in December.
UPDATE: AMC Networks Renewed on Broadband Cable Network
Great News! Contract negotiations between GRF and AMC were successful, and as a result there was no interruption in service to Laguna Woods Village.
Background: Contract negotiations between media giant AMC Networks and Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) Broadband could have led to an interruption of service. GRF Broadband, along with over 700 other small cable operators across the nation, were in negotiations with AMC Networks to continue offering AMC’s channels to their customers, and if an agreement was not reached by December 31, 2015, AMC Networks could have forced GRF Broadband to remove AMC, WE and IFC from the line-up.
Q&A with Broadband Services Director Russ Ridgeway
The Broadband Services Division at Laguna Woods Village provides quality cable television and high-speed internet services to the Community. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to ensure that the cable lineup reflects the demands of the resident viewers at a price that is affordable.
Russ Ridgeway, Broadband Services Director, explains how he and his staff accomplish this goal on the behalf of GRF, and answers some frequently asked questions, in the following Q&A:
Where does GRF get the television programming that it offers to the residents of Laguna Woods Village?
GRF has contracts with each cable TV programming provider. That means since there are hundreds of channels on the cable system, there are hundreds of contracts that must be negotiated and complied with. GRF either negotiates directly with a provider or joins into a universal contract that has been negotiated by the National Cable TV Cooperative (NCTC), which represents hundreds of small cable companies, including GRF. By joining together the members have much more bargaining power than if each acted independently.
Fortunately, programming agreements are usually multi-year contracts so not every contract is negotiated each year.
Rockin’ Saturday Night Dance Party on Feb. 27
Come join the fun at the February Rockin’ Saturday Night Dance Party at Clubhouse 5. Dance to the rock and roll music of The Dinosaurs from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 27. Fresh from their concert with Burton Cummings of the Guess Who, The Dinosaurs perform great rock dance music from the early 50s through today! Instrumentals, jazz and blues are just some of the genres played by this exceptional group who have been thrilling audiences with their diverse talents everywhere they’ve been booked! Admission to the dance is only $5.00 at the door. The GRF no-host bar is available from 6:00 until 8:45 p.m.
The B-bus is available on Saturday evening to take you to the dance and pick you up but you must contact the Transportation Department in advance to make these arrangements (949) 597-4659.
If you have question about the dance please call the Clubhouse 5 office at 597-4382.
Aquatic Fitness Returns March 29 with Casey Chavez
Join Casey Chavez, Aquatic Fitness Instructor for a fun filled total body workout! Students will enjoy oldies and Top 40 music while getting an aerobic workout. Please bring a water noodle and water bottle to class. Hurry, space is limited!
Session One: March 29 through June 2
20 Classes - $60
Session Two: June 7 through August 11
(Class canceled 6/30, 7/5, 7/7)
17 Classes - $51
Session Three: August 16 through October 20
20 Classes - $60
Aquatic fitness with Casey Chavez takes place Tuesdays and Thursdays at Pool 1 from 5:00 to 5:50 p.m.
Register in the Recreation Division office beginning 2/16 with cash, check (payable to GRF) or by credit card; credit card payments may be made by phone. Waiver is required; Laguna Woods Village residents only. Please call 949-597-4273 for more information.
Spring Celebrity Series
The Recreation Division is proud to sponsor the Spring 2016 Celebrity Series. Our 2016 lineup showcases a variety of entertainment that will appeal to our diverse community. Tickets for renewals go on sale Jan. 4 - Jan. 17. New subscriptions and individual tickets are on sale Jan. 19 - onward. Ticket pricing: Regular seating $23 single/$80 series and value seating $15/$50 series. All performances will start at 7:00 p.m.; doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 5- Marv Rosenberg’s Safaris- Acappella Doo Wop
Marv Rosenberg’s Safaris are the original West Coast Doo Wop group. These 5 distinct voices will sooth your ears with their rich harmony, singing those Old-Time love songs. Marv Rosenberg is a Rock-N-Roll Hall of Famer; he founded the Safaris and received a Gold Record for their hit song “Image of a Girl.” They have worked with major artists such as: Diana Ross, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Allen, and Jackson Browne. Their talented, experienced and they do not need a band to provide a classic performance.
Saturday, April 2 - The Satin Dollz
This group of stunning pin-up dolls were brought together to deliver you the famous music from the WWII USO Camp Shows of the 40’s. The Satin Dolls have traveled all over the world, sharing their charm and crowd pleasing tap dances. Come listen to their smooth blended harmonies and reminisce the night away.
Saturday, May 14 - “An Evening of Award-Winning Comedy & Magic!”
World class magicians direct from ‘Masters Of Illusion’ TV series and The Magic Castle!
Laguna Woods is experiencing increased coyote activity. Keep your cats inside and your dogs always on a leash when they are out of the house. Carry a stick and a whistle or rattle and walk with others if possible. Avoid walking your dog in the early morning hours or anytime after dark.
To report a coyote, especially one exhibiting unusual or stalking behavior, call Laguna Woods Village Security at 949-580-1400.
Keep reading for watch a brief PSA on coyote safety.
The United Board is looking for Volunteers!
The United Board welcomes the opportunity to network with residents. If you have an area of expertise that you feel would benefit our community, then we want to hear from you. Email your resume to United President Lenny Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org. As committees and task forces are formed, the Board may call upon qualified residents to be part of the team. Thank you for considering lending your experience for the betterment of our Village!
Please note: if you are interested in volunteering at a Recreation Facility, contact the Recreation Division at 949-597-4273.
Third Mutual to take Proactive Measures for Outdoor Water Conservation
Due to the ongoing drought conditions affecting Southern California, El Toro Water District is now applying a drought penalty to Tier 3 and 4 irrigation water as of August 1, 2015.
Because of the new ETWD water budget formula, Third Mutual’s high tier water bill jumped from previously less than $3,000 to nearly $60,000 in August 2015, and to over $10,000 in September 2015. Third Mutual is currently protesting these charges.
Recycled water is not subject to tiered pricing as potable water is, and in Third Mutual, approximately 125 out of 273 irrigation water meters have been converted to recycled water. The majority of non-recycled irrigation water meters remaining are in the Gates 9, 11, and 14 areas. Third is looking closely at ways of reducing outdoor water usage in these areas.
Take Precautions against Yellow Fever Mosquitos
The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District (OCMVCD) has confirmed the presence of yellow fever mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti) in South Orange County. The yellow fever mosquito can transmit dengue fever, chikungunya, and yellow fever.
According to an OCMVCD press release, the yellow fever mosquito is recognizable by its bright silver lyre-shaped marking and white banded legs. They can live both indoors and outdoors, and primarily bite humans. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in containers holding as little as a teaspoon of water, and eggs, which are laid just above the water line, can survive dry conditions for six months or more.
All residents are urged to adhere to the following recommendations made by OCMVCD (Keep reading...)
Town Hall Meetings, Board Updates, and More Available on the Village YouTube Channel!
Did you know? Laguna Woods Village has a YouTube channel! There you will find an abundance of informative Community videos, including weekly Board updates, Multi-Boards Town Hall Meetings, Meet the Candidates meetings, and so much more!
Check out the Village YouTube Channel by clicking here: www.YouTube.com/LagunaWoodsVlg
How to Report Water Waste
If you witness water waste, here’s how to report it
Many of us have witnessed water abuse: flooded sidewalks, running hoses, broken water lines, sprinklers running on rainy days. In the middle of a drought, that’s painful to watch and no longer acceptable.
El Toro Water District – which serves Laguna Woods and surrounding communities – would like your help. If you see water waste, talk to your neighbors. Or inform El Toro Water District of the problem. Here’s how:
- Go to ETWD.com and click on the yellow bar that says “Send a Report.” (It’s near the bottom of the home page.)
- Or call El Toro Water District Customer Service at 949.837.0660 during business hours.
It is not necessary to contact Professional Community Management or Laguna Woods officials.
Construction Noise Permitted only During Approved Hours in Laguna Woods Village
In the interest of protecting the quiet enjoyment of each residents’ manor in Laguna Woods Village, Third Laguna Hills Mutual (Third) and United Laguna Woods Mutual (United) have adopted hours that construction work may take place in the community.
The approved hours for construction work differ between Third and United Mutual:
In Third Mutual, no construction work for or by the residents shall commence prior to 7:00 a.m. and no work shall be permitted after 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Work on Saturday shall be permitted from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for work that results in construction-related noise (e.g. cutting tile, hammering, use of power tools). For work that does not result in excessive noise, such as painting and carpet installation, permitted Saturday hours are 7:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. No work whatsoever shall be permitted on Sunday.
In United Mutual, work performed which results in excessive construction-related noise is permitted between 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For work that does not result in excessive noise, such as painting and carpet installation, permitted hours remain 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. No work whatsoever shall be permitted on Sunday.
Contractors performing emergency work at the direction of the Boards and the managing agent are exempt from the time and noise restrictions listed above.
If construction work by or for a resident takes place outside of these defined hours, the resident may be held responsible for the nuisance, which may include disciplinary action or a fine.
UCI 90+ Study Seeking New Recruits for Groundbreaking Successful Aging Research
The 90+ Study of the University of California Irvine announces the expansion of its study of the oldest-old, those aged 90 years and older.
This study, begun over 10 years ago (in 2003), was recently highlighted on CBS’s 60 Minutes and in the Orange County Register. It has also received considerable attention from the scientific community as it is one of the largest studies of the oldest-old and has produced significant findings related to longevity, successful aging, and dementia.
About 1500 Laguna Woods Village residents are members of this select group but more are needed.
Community Project Updates
The Village boards and managing agent strive to maintain a beautiful and sound community, so there are always multiple maintenance and landscaping projects going on in Laguna Woods Village! Click through for brief updates on many ongoing maintenance and landscape projects in and around the community.
Video Tour of Laguna Woods Village
Be the first to experience Resort Living, California Style as you are guided through this coastal community located in beautiful Southern California. Keep reading to watch a brief YouTube tour of the Community.