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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Column One
Free paper shredding returns soon
Saturday, November 1

Identity theft is a continuing problem and the City of Lakewood and EDCO Waste Services are teaming up again to help. Residents are invited to safely dispose of documents containing sensitive information like old bank statements and tax records at “Lakewood Shreds!” on Saturday, November 1. The drive-through drop-off location will be behind the Iacoboni Library from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon. (Enter from Civic Center Way off of Del Amo Boulevard or Candlewood Street.

Award of Valor to honor Good Samaritan and Lakewood heroes

Every November at the Award of Valor Luncheon, Lakewood takes time to recognize Sheriff's deputies, firefighters, paramedics and residents who have demonstrated heroism and outstanding service to the community over the past year. This year will follow that tradition, with a luncheon on Tuesday, November 18, at 12:00 noon, at The Centre at Sycamore Plaza. The RSVP deadline is Tuesday, November 4.

On a special note, Lakewood will honor a visitor from central California, Richard Frederick, III, who acted valiantly as a Good Samaritan in August coming to the rescue of Lakewood Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Love, who was brutally attacked responding to a domestic disturbance call in the city.

Del Valle plane to begin its journey to restoration over the coming week

The restoration of the Douglas F-3D2 jet fighter at Del Valle Park moves ahead in earnest this week with the arrival of the work crew from Fighting Classics Aircraft Restoration, Inc. of Marana, AZ. Over the course of the next 5-6 days, the crew will carefully prepare the plane to be removed from its pedestal. After the plane is lifted off the pedestal, it will be placed on the service road next to Woodruff Avenue, where its wings and tail will be removed. Then the plane and all its parts will be loaded on to a truck to begin the journey to Marana, Arizona. Restoration of the plane at the Fighting Classics’ facility should take about five months. The Lakewood plane is expected to be returned to a newly renovated Veterans Memorial Plaza at Del Valle Park in time for Memorial Day 2015.


Lakewood Sheriff’s Station becomes ‘Haunted Jail’
Friday, October 24 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

On Friday, October 24 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., our local Sheriff’s station will be transformed into “The Haunted Jail.” The scary jail is built and hosted by station volunteers, Explorer Scouts and Deputies donating their time. Along with a scary jail for visitors 12 and older, there is also a less scary version for younger children.

The event includes public displays from various Sheriff’s Department units. Visitors will be treated to refreshments, treats and glow sticks for sale. All proceeds will benefit the Lakewood Station Fund.


Halloween fun at eight Lakewood parks
Evening of October 31

Lakewood's traditional Halloween Carnivals are getting set to offer fun and safety for youngsters on October's scariest night. Special carnival activities are scheduled for Friday, October 31, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Biscailuz, Bloomfield, Bolivar, Boyar, Del Valle, Mayfair, Palms and San Martin parks.

Halloween Carnivals feature food and game booths, special contests and prizes for the kids. Use the "Park Finder" at to locate which Lakewood neighborhood park is closest to you.


Calendar of events . . .
Save over $2,500 combining water rebates

Lakewood residential water customers can combine over $1,600 in rebates from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California with up to $915 in rebates from the City of Lakewood for turf removal and water-wise re-landscaping and for installing water-wise irrigation devices. Click for related CityTV video on water rebates.

Flu shot clinic coming to Weingart
Tuesday, November 4 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The flu season is here and a walk-in flu shot clinic is set for Tuesday, November 4 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Weingart Senior Center. The clinic is free, and is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Health Department and the City of Lakewood.

It is geared toward adults over age 50, but anyone age six months and older may receive a shot, while supplies last. For more information, call the Weingart Senior Center, 562-630-6141, 5220 Oliva Avenue in Lakewood near Lakewood Boulevard and Candlewood Street.


Fall season watering limits are two days a week

Lakewood’s water conservation rules, passed this summer, call for yard watering to be limited to two days a week for 10 minutes a session from October 1 through the end of May in 2015. During the warmer summer months of June through September, watering is allowed three days a week.

“The logic here is that as the weather starts to cool in the fall, usually some dew on the grass in the morning plus moisture from watering will stay in the soil longer. That means we don’t typically have to water as much starting in the fall,” said Jim Glancy, the director of Lakewood’s Water Resources Department.


CERT intensive disaster training returns in January
Saturday 1/10, 1/17 and 1/24

Lakewood residents wanting advanced disaster-prep training should join FEMA-certified instructors and Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel for three Saturdays this January. While Lakewood's Survive for 7 workshop is a good one-evening workshop, CERT training is the next step.

It is an in-depth 21-hour program over three days. The program is part of the county-wide Community Emergency Response Team effort. Sign-ups begin later this fall. The course number is #37430 and the three-Saturday course runs on 1/10, 1/17 and 1/24 at the Weingart Senior Center.


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