November 6 , 2007
1. Award for City Treasurer - City Treasurer Shari Freidenrich was recertified as a Certified Municipal Finance Administrator (CMFA) for the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada at its annual conference recently held in San Diego. Shari also was awarded the designation of a Certified Public Funds Investment Manager (CPFIM) at this conference. The CMFA designation is based on completion of specific training relating to the Treasury function, experience, and education. The CPFIM designation is based on the successful passing of a test developed by the Association and can only be taken by a person with the CMFA designation. Shari also served as the local conference chair for the conference in San Diego. Technical training related to the Treasury function is important for the department to ensure the continued safety of public funds.
1. Annual “Brunch for the Arts” Fundraiser - This elegant celebration is the Huntington Beach Art Center Foundation’s largest and most popular fundraiser. The event takes place Sunday, November 11, 11:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., at the Waterfront Hilton Beach Resort in Huntington Beach. The “Brunch for the Arts” event features silent and live auctions, a gourmet brunch, fine wine and champagne, a live performance by Ballroomisback.com, and sprawling ocean views. Auction items include trips, sports and amusement tickets, gourmet gift baskets, and much more. This annual event generates funds for the Art Center’s exhibition and education programs. Individual tickets are $85. Please call 536-5258 for ticket information
2. Project CHERISH - Instead of sleeping in on Saturday, November 17, local high school Key Club members will roll out of bed to vacuum, dust, pull weeds, and do other chores for frail elders living in Huntington Beach. “I want to thank all concerned for CHERISH,” said Frank who has been receiving monthly CHERISH visits for a year. “They do a wonderful job!” CHERISH, Community Helpers Engaged in Restoring and Improving Senior Homes, is a community endeavor and was established in 1977 by the Kiwanis Club in partnership with Huntington Beach Senior Services and the Huntington Beach Council on Aging. The goal of Project CHERISH is to help seniors maintain their homes and retain their independence. The assistance from this program eases the strain of home upkeep for older adults. Seniors’ Outreach social workers perform an in-person assessment to determine an elder’s eligibility for the CHERISH program. CHERISH Saturday is one Saturday per month during the school year and is mutually beneficial to two important segments of the community, seniors and youth. For more information about the CHERISH program, please call 960-2478 and ask to speak with the Social Worker of the Day.
3. Autumn Health Fair & Flu Shots - The city of Huntington Beach Senior Services is sponsoring an autumn health fair in conjunction with its annual, free flu shot clinic on Thursday, November 8, from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., at Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center, 1706 Orange Avenue. This is a free event for adults 50+. Transportation is provided by HB Senior Services Seniors on the Go program for Huntington Beach seniors to the Autumn Health Fair and flu shot clinic. For more information, please call the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center at 536-9387.
4. Senior Surf Olympics - Senior surfers got their feet wet at the 1st Annual Senior Surf Olympics held at the Huntington Beach Pier on Saturday, November 3. “It’s a brand new thing” said Chris Cole, Recreation Coordinator for Huntington Beach Senior Services who organized the event as part of the 17th Annual Southland Senior Olympics for adults 50+. Wayne Garner, 78-years-young, took home a gold medal. No easy task at 78 even if he was the only one competing in his age bracket! Local surfer and surfing columnist “Rockin’ Fig” Fignetti also captured the gold for his age bracket. Winners in each division: Ages 50 – 54 Gold - Rick Fignetti, Silver - Alan Attardo, Bronze - Bob Crandall; Ages 55-59 Gold - Tom Knight, Silver - Mike Ester, Bronze - Marc Faircloth; Ages 60-64 Gold – Mike McCormick, Silver - Robert Bolen, Bronze - Mike Pincetich; and Ages 70+ Gold – Wayne Garner.
1. City Café – Stop by for lunch this week and receive a free cookie with the purchase of any sandwich, salad, or soup combo. This offer will be available through Friday, November 9.
1. Good Samaritans Save Woman - On October 26, a woman, while driving on Pacific Coast Highway, blacked out and plunged into the wetlands. The water revived her and she tried opening the door. She said that the water rushing into the car pushed the door closed on her hand. She was stuck and thought she was going to die. A citizen driving by saw the incident and immediately stopped to assist. He was quickly joined by another citizen who saw the accident. They got the door open, freeing the woman’s hand, and got her out of the car and onto the shore. The Fire Department arrived and treated the woman. These two men saved this woman from drowning.
1. Senior Center Draft Environmental Impact Report Comment Period Closes - The 45-day public comment period for the proposed Senior Center Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR No. 07-02) closed on October 31. The city received 13 comment letters from other agencies and interested parties. Additionally, a public comment meeting was held on October 11 to take comments on the adequacy of the environmental impacts analyzed in the draft EIR. The Planning Commission is scheduled to conduct two study sessions on the proposed project and EIR. The first study session is scheduled for November 13 and will focus on the project. The second study session is scheduled for November 27 and will focus on the EIR. Both study sessions will begin at 5:15 p.m. and will be conducted in Room B8, lower level, City Hall. A public hearing to consider certification of the final EIR and action on the proposed project will be held at the Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday, December 11. A copy of the EIR is available on the Planning Department website, http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/government/departments/planning/major/environmental_impact_report.cfm.
The Huntington Beach Fire Department conducts free home fire safety inspections for seniors. You can also get a free smoke detector with a 10 year battery and carbon monoxide detector installed. This free service is provided by Project SHIP senior home inspection program volunteers. You can schedule an appointment online or call 714-374-1615.