Photos: SSHOA Emergency Preparedness Committee

A neighborhood meeting of the SSHOA Emergency Preparedness Committee was hosted at the home of Sandy Gooch and Harry Lederman on Saturday, November 3, 2018.

Close to 25 homeowners attended this informative event where information about preparing for a disasters, such as large earthquakes, was discussed.

Nick Hippisley-Coxe, Red Cross Volunteer and representative of the Venice Neighborhood committee, gave an overview of items that would be needed to survive for up to 12 days following a disaster. He also discussed the basics of “street CPR”.

Other handouts and materials were shared by Sandy Gooch. Bill Boyd, also a Silver Strand homeowner, discussed the pro and cons of solar power and home generators that might be useful following an earthquake.

Richard Cervantes, homeowner, discussed plans for neighborhood coordination and communication following a natural or other disaster.

Station Commander Marcus Achan from the LAFD Station 63 also shared ways that homeowners can plan home evacuations and survival during fire events, and how we can stay prepared in the event of an earthquake.

For more information or to volunteer for our Emergency Preparedness Committee, please contact Richard Cervantes at rccbeth@aol.com.

Station Commander Marcus Achan from the Los Angeles Fire Department, Station No. 63
Nick Hippisley-Coxe, American Red Cross Volunteer

Nick Hippisley-Coxe, American Red Cross Volunteer

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Next “Books in the Afternoon Book Club” Tuesday, November 27 at 3 pm

We keep meeting like this: the Silver Strand “Books in the Afternoon Book Club” met at Nora Nicosia’s house on Tuesday October 30th at 3 pm.  Our selected book was Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh.

Okay, it wasn’t our favorite of all the books we’ve read as a group.  We did find the themes to be interesting: colonialization in Kenya, the Mau Mau uprising, African settlers in the 1950’s, and living in a compound an hour from the next house.  Our challenge with the book was that it was depressing.  The lead character is nineteen, naïve, mistreated by grandparents, stepmother, and a military officer, and trying to “come home” to a world that has changed dramatically in six years.  There was some relief at the end when she prevailed to some degree due to the kindness of friends.  We appreciated the postscript that with a perspective by the author and a summary of the Mau Mau rebellion.

We selected Less by Andrew Sean Greer for our next book, which we will discuss on Tuesday, November 27 at 3 pm at Nora’s house. 

Sometimes the best part of a book club meeting is the discussions not about the book.  We heard about trips to the East Coast and beautiful, falling leaves, and outdoor sports.  We were thrilled to find out that a neighbor knows the author, Kristin Hannah, of our prior book, The Great Alone.  We now fantasize about the author coming to one of our meetings.  One member entertained us with her description of a one-week solo adventure on Amtrak—while reading the book for the meeting, of course.  She even posed for us in her Amtrak regalia.

Since we only discuss fiction in our book club, we’ve started listing in the minutes any non-fiction books we’ve read and recommend.  Although not discussed at the meeting, we have one recommendation:

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

If you want to join this fun group, please contact:
Nora Nicosia at noranic@ca.rr.com
Clarissa Cervantes at cissapaz@hotmail.com or
Kay Barancik at b2kbarancik@hotmail.com

Note: reading the book is not a requirement for attending…

See you Tuesday, November 27th at 3 pm at Nora’s house.

SSMHOA regular Board Meeting – Monday, Nov. 12 at 7:30PM

The next SSMHOA regular Board Meeting will take place on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 7:30 pm sharp at 124 Outrigger Mall.

All registered SSMHOA homeowners are welcome to attend. Homeowners can address questions and concerns to the Board during the Homeowners Forum which precedes reports on the regular agenda items and, if they wish, leave after they have spoken.

There will be reports from the Chairs of the Landscape, Security, Block Captain, Street, Emergency Preparedness, HOA Community Liaison, and Government Action Committees, and maintenance proposals review.

Photos: Roma Court Halloween 2018

Halloween 2018 Celebration on Roma Court in the Silver Strand, Marina del Rey

The young and not so young guests for the Roma Court Halloween extravaganza leave very little litter. But there are some discarded candies, candy wrappers and cigarette butts that need attention. This year, as he does every year, Brady Connell, owner of one of the fantastically ghoulishly decorated Roma Court Halloween homes, hosted a morning-after clean-up function, serving bagels and cream cheese and orange juice.

Brady, with homeowners Richard Lysle, Patrick Day, Ed Amorosi and Fred Karlsen, walked the length of Roma Court, collecting the litter.

Thanks to them Roma Court is actually cleaner than it was before the Halloween festivities.

Thank you to all and see you next year!

Photography: Clarissa Cervantes and Marilee Karlsen
Copy: Fred Karlsen

Reminder: Nov. 3 at 10AM – Staying Safe in the Silver Strand

STAYING SAFE IN THE SILVER STRAND
Saturday, November 3, 2018 – 10AM
116 Lighthouse Mall

JOIN US FOR A NEIGHBORHOOD EVENT
(Hosted by the SSHOA Emergency Preparedness Committee and Sandy Gooch)

“Home Access and Transport Demo– Truck Tour”
Los Angeles Fire Department LAFD, Station No. 63

ALSO

NICK HIPPISLEY-COXE, AMERICAN RED CROSS VOLUNTEER will discuss:

 – Emergency Preparedness Planning for home, family and travel – “What you will need”
– The Basics of Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) – Simple Demonstration

DATE: Saturday, November 3, 2018
TIME: 10AM – 12PM
LOCATION: 116 Lighthouse Mall

PLEASE RSVP WITH Richard Cervantes rccbeth@aol.com

Saturday, Nov. 3 at 10AM – Staying Safe in the Silver Strand

STAYING SAFE IN THE SILVER STRAND
Saturday, November 3, 2018 – 10AM

JOIN US FOR A NEIGHBORHOOD EVENT
(Hosted by the SSHOA Emergency Preparedness Committee and Sandy Gooch)

“Home Access and Transport Demo– Truck Tour”
Los Angeles Fire Department LAFD, Station No. 63

ALSO

NICK HIPPISLEY-COXE, AMERICAN RED CROSS VOLUNTEER will discuss:

 – Emergency Preparedness Planning for home, family and travel – “What you will need”
– The Basics of Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) – Simple Demonstration

DATE: Saturday, November 3, 2018
TIME: 10AM – 12PM
LOCATION: 116 Lighthouse Mall

PLEASE RSVP WITH Richard Cervantes rccbeth@aol.com

Next Afternoon Book Club meeting Tuesday, October 30th at 3pm

The most recent Silver Strand “Books in the Afternoon Book Club” meeting was at Nora Nicosia’s house on Tuesday October 2nd at 3 pm.  Our selected book was The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah.  Have you ever read a book and it kept popping up in your mind for weeks after you read it?  That’s this book.  Have you ever read a book and suddenly you are interested in learning more about a new location?  This book certainly made all of us want to know more about Alaska.  One of us is now tracking the weather in Homer, Alaska.  The themes of the book are survival off the grid, PTSD, and challenges as a female teenager in the 70’s.

The Great Alone has compelling characters like Large Marge.  The primary character is the backwoods of Alaska.  “There are so many ways to die in Alaska.”  How people homesteaded and lived off the land is described in fascinating detail.  There was also the clash within the community on whether or not to promote tourist or keep the area pristine. The two key story lines are 1) a Vietnam veteran with PTSD who physically abused his wife, and 2) his teenage daughter who falls in love with a local boy who is dealing with the loss of his mother.  For those of us who read it on our Kindles, it was a “page clicker.”

We all agreed that it was a very visual book.  Fortunately, someone researched it and found out the book has been optioned as a movie.  We had fun casting actors in the movie.

We rated the book 4.8—some of us thought the ending was cheesy although great for the movie.  (Woops, now you know it’s a happy ending after endless struggles and challenges…)

We need a better way to pick our next book.  We decided each member will send a book recommendation to the group one week before the next meeting so we can be ready to discuss the choices.  For our next meeting, we will read and discuss Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh.  Our next meeting will be Tuesday, October 30th at 3pm at Nora’s house.  As an added incentive, if you haven’t read the book—come anyway because Kay will have stories from her soon-to-happen solo 5-day Amtrak adventure.  Talk about a survival story!

Since we only discuss fiction in our book club, we’re starting a new section of the minutes: non-fiction books we’ve read and recommend.  We have these three recommendations:

  1. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
  2. Factfulness: Ten Reasons Why … Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling
  3. The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham

If you want to join us or send us a book recommendation, please contact Nora Nicosia at noranic@ca.rr.com or Clarissa Cervantes at cissapaz@hotmail.com or Kay Barancik at b2kbarancik@hotmail.com.

Book Name Author Date Discussed Rating
Little Fires Everywhere Celeste Ng 11/14/17 3.5
Beartown Fredrik Backman 3/6/18 3.6
The Woman in the Window AJ Finn 4/10/18 3.5
Before We Were Yours Lisa Wingate 5/15/18 3.4
The Mars Room Rachel Kushner 6/19/18 3.0
The Marriage of Opposites Alice Hoffman 8/14/18 5.0
The Great Alone Kristin Hannah 10/2/18 4.8
The Leopard at the Door Jennifer McVeigh

 

New Time! Happy Hour – Sunday, Oct. 7th Starts at 3:00pm

HAPPY HOUR!!! NEW TIME!

Sunday, October 7, 2018 – 3:00 to 5:30pm

All Neighbors Invited

Meet @ Spinnaker Mall

Mall Party for Reef, Spinnaker, Topsail Malls, plus surrounding homes Via Dolce & Roma Ct.

Get to know your neighbors …

Bring Your Own Special Drink and an Hors d’Oeuvre of Choice.

If attending, please contact:
Linda Evans-Smith @ levanssm@gmail.com
Clarissa Cervantes @ cissapaz@hotmail.com
Nora Nicosia @ noranic@ca.rr.com
Karin Hollink @ khollink@yahoo.com
Lisa Amster @ lisa.amster@gmail.com