December 23, 2008
Quick Tip of the Week – Twice is Right
Make it easy for customers to return your calls by mentioning your phone number twice when leaving a voice mail message. Also, speak no faster than you can write. That way, you spare the customer the task of listening to the message again just to catch the number he missed the first time you announced it.
COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Huntington Beach Senior Services
Huntington Beach Senior Services is very appreciative to the many individuals and community groups who remembered Huntington Beach seniors this holiday season. Holiday donations to clients of Care Management included: 50 bountiful gift bags from the DreamCatchers, 16 gift bags from the Early Birds of Southern California, 20 beautifully hand crocheted shoulder wraps from our own Mary Siegel, and 10 snuggly knit hats from an anonymous donor. Ten clients were adopted by Home Instead Senior Care, and HB Hospital employees adopted two others. Huntington Beach Emblem Club gave 19 seniors a holiday card with $10 cash enclosed in each card. Huntington Beach City School district donated 15 lush poinsettias. Boy Scout Josh Price from Troop 892 crafted 30 lap trays for his Eagle project. Because holidays are often both financially and emotionally difficult times, the recipients of these items are chosen by the social workers because they are lower income or alone for the holidays and in need of supplies and holiday cheer. In addition, all of the Meals to the Home clients received greeting cards and ornaments handcrafted by Pegasus school children and Girl Scout Troop 1894. Finally, the collection boxes for the Senior Santa program overflowed with gifts for Orange County seniors and disabled adults. It is through the generosity of our community that makes Huntington Beach the best city in which to age.
FIRE DEPARTMENTWildland Fire Shelters Grant Funding
The Department of Homeland Security notified the Fire Department that it was successful in obtaining $19,584 in competitive grant funding as part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. This grant will be used to purchase emergency fire shelters for wildland firefighting that will meet federal mandates. This replacement is also important because as part of the California master mutual aid system, the City of Huntington Beach Fire Department responds to wildland fire incidents throughout the State of California. Over the past five years, this department has responded to 46 strike team deployments on multi-jurisdictional wildland fires. In 2007, the Fire Department responded to 12 major wildland fires. This is the fourth time the department has been successful in obtaining this type of grant funding; totaling $197,532 to purchase firefighter protective outerwear, exercise equipment, and other wildland firefighting equipment.
Literacy Volunteers Celebrate Internationally
On December 9, Literacy Volunteers and adult students enjoyed food from many countries at Central Library. The Annual International Potluck was a great success with good food, multicultural goodwill, and special Christmas music by the Singing Goodtimers from Rogers Senior Center.
DUI Check Point
The Huntington Beach Police Department Traffic Bureau conducted a DUI check point on December 19 on Beach Boulevard at Blaylock Street. The check point resulted in seven additional DUI drivers being arrested during the evening; along with several other arrests related to warrants, drug charges, and unlicensed drivers. In addition to this check point, there will continue to be additional DUI saturation patrols working every weekend during the holiday season. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Huntington Beach Police Department is working in partnership with OTS to educate the community on traffic safety issues, as well as helping to prevent DUI related traffic incidents.
Recognition of Police Officer
The Huntington Beach Masonic Lodge is awarding Officer Eric Ramsey with their “Volunteer Police Officer Award.” The recognition dinner event will be on December 17 at Huntington Beach Lodge No. 380. Officer Ramsey is being recognized for his volunteer work with the Huntington Beach Search and Rescue Explorer Post #563, which is sponsored by the Huntington Beach Police and Fire Departments. It is a co-ed youth program designed to expose high school and college age men and women to careers in the emergency services field. Officer Ramsey has been with the Huntington Beach Police Department for nine years after coming to our department from the Los Angeles Police Department. Officer Ramsey is currently assigned as a pilot with the Huntington Beach Aero Unit.
Trash and Christmas Tree Collection Schedule
Rainbow Environmental Services ’s trash collection schedule will be altered for the holidays. There will be no trash collection on Thursday, December 25, and/or Thursday, January 1. Trash collection on those days and for the remainder of each week will be delayed by one day (Friday’s route is collected on Saturday). Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve collection is on the regular schedule. Beginning the week of December 29, Rainbow Environmental Services will collect discarded Christmas trees and cardboard boxes free of charge until January 10. To recycle your tree, simply remove all ornaments, hooks, light strings, tinsel, and stand, and place it beside the carts on your trash day. Trees must be cut to six feet maximum with no stands. Cardboard boxes must be flattened and placed beside your trash carts. The automated trucks are not collecting the cardboard boxes and trees, so please do not block access to the carts and do not put Christmas trees in the carts. After January 10, tree pickups and large cardboard boxes that do not fit in your recycling cart will require a scheduled pickup. The special “10/4 Pickup” must be arranged directly through Rainbow Environmental Services . Residents with blue metal dumpster service should place trees to the side of the dumpsters, not in front or on top of the dumpster. Cardboard boxes must be placed inside the dumpster. For further information, please contact the Public Works Department at (714) 375-5010, or Rainbow Environmental Services at (714) 847-3581.
The Huntington Beach Fire Department charges for emergency medical services and ambulance transportation. However, residents can join the FireMed Program and protect their out-of-pocket costs! Read more about the FireMed Program.