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SSMHOA Emergency Preparedness Committee Requests that Homeowners Complete Brief on-line Survey

SSMHOA Board Member, Richard Cervantes, Chair of the Emergency Preparedness Committee, is asking homeowners to take a moment to help our community be better prepared in the event of a major disaster by completing the short 3 minute online SSMHOA Emergency Resources Survey. You can access the survey by clicking on the link below. This information will assist our Emergency Preparedness Committee and the Board to better understand the resources and needs of our local homeowners in the event of a major disaster. Although all information you submit will be kept confidential and used only for emergency preparedness purposes, you have the option to complete the survey anonymously if you choose. Results will be shared at the Annual SSMHOA meeting on October 8, 2015. Thank you in advance.

Click on link below to complete survey:


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There will be a Fireworks Show in Marina del Rey, CA on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 9pm.


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Upcoming regular SSMHOA Board Meeting: Monday, June 29, 2015 at 7:30pm

The next SSMHOA regular Board Meeting will take place on Monday, June 29, 2015 at 7:30pm at  13o Topsail Mall. All registered SSMHOA homeowners are welcome to attend and address questions and concerns to the Board. There will be reports from the Chairs of the Landscape, Security, Block Captain, Street, Kid’s Activity Group, Emergency Preparedness and Government Action Committees.

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Upcoming mini-Block Party for Reef/Quarterdeck Malls and Adjacent Roma Court: Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 4pm

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Photos and report on Topsail/Spinnaker mini-Block Party

  It had been a cloudy day and there was a chill in the air, but the sun came out in time for another successful mini-Block party. Spinnaker and Topsail Malls, along with adjacent Roma Court and Via Dolce homeowners, organized their 3rd mini-Block party in the Silver Strand, Marina del Rey on Sunday, May 31, 2015. The “Happy Hour” attracted over 40 people including many young children. The age of the guests ranged from nonagenarians   soon-to-be born. Topsail Block Captain Clarissa Cervantes made the wise decision to move the event from Topsail to Spinnaker Mall which brought out a whole new group of neighbors. On arrival, guests were greeted with beautiful chalk drawings at the entrance to Spinnaker Mall, drawn by Spinnaker and Topsail kids, welcoming them to the party. Tables were laden with delicious appetizers and beverages, some alcoholic, some not, contributed by neighbors attending the pot-luck event.

  The official co-organizers of the event were Block Captains Clarissa Cervantes and Angela Durrant (Topsail). Brady Connell, Lauri Chryss and Richard Lynsle (Spinnaker), however Nora Nicosia, SSMHOA Block Captain Committee Chair, reports that Brady Connell was the real hero of the day in terms of working incredibly hard to make the event a great success. He distributed the flyers twice: he and his kids brought music; he moved tables and chairs from and back to other houses; he provided the 2 piñatas one for adults, one for kids as well as other games for kids – in the words of his wife, Block Captain Lauri Chryss, he was the “camp counselor.” All agreed that Brady Connell did an extraordinary job of manning the food table, bar and much else.

With thanks to Clarissa Cervantes and Brady Connell for photography:


They’re not looking at the flowers, but at their chalk drawings on the Spinnaker  Mall sidewalk welcoming guests to the party




Block Captain Lauri Chryss displays her pride in being Block Captain Brady Connell’s wife. She does pretty well in her own right in terms of contributing to the community.


Block Captain Brady Connell, SSMHOA Board Member and Block Captain Committee Chair Nora Nicosia, Block Captains Clarissa Cervantes and Angela Durrant


Patricia and Robert Barrett, pioneer homeowners in the Silver Strand. Standing behind them, SSMHOA Board Member Richard Cervantes.


 Elizabeth Sheets and Block Captain Clarissa Cervantes.


Michael Rosenfeld and his very sweet dog


Michele Kessler and son Ian.


SSMHOA Board Member Nora Nicosia and Lynda-Evans Smith


Laurie Rovner, Lisa Tremaine and Eric Rovner


This was the pinata for kids


The really big pinata for adults was also popular.


Lynda-Evans Smith gives it a go


Les Durrant prepares to give the pinata a whack


Canines are always an important part of the Silver Strand Block parties. Herewith, a contented guest.

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Emergency Preparedness: A Community Success Story

 The Silver Strand Marina Homeowners Association began a series of educational sessions for its 229 homeowners two years ago. The events were hosted by homeowners including Penny Akashi, Jennifer Manoogian, Beth Holden and Nora Nicosia.  The effort was founded by SSMHOA Board member Nora Nicosia. It is now  led by Richard Cervantes, SSMHOA Board member and Chair of the Emergency Preparedness  Committee. He was assisted by homeowner, Bill Boyd, a CERT trained first responder and Dr. David Eisenman.  Michael Greenberg, also CERT trained, was an early contributor to the effort.

Since then, more homeowners have started signing up for CERT training. The most recent graduate is Gary Garland, SSMHOA Board Member. Three other homeowners have already signed up for CERT training. 11059943_857148611037152_6798614413964782138_n-1 11329760_857148674370479_405084040185992719_n The SSMHOA Board has supported the Committee’s efforts by providing walkie-talkies to all  Block Captains. Members of the Emergency Preparedness Committee continue  to train them in how to use them. The Emergency Preparedness Committee has also located ham radio operators in the neighborhood who can connect first responders to local emergency services.

This is something that every neighborhood and every HOA can and should implement. As we know all too well it is not if, but when and there have been more than a few shake, rattle and rolls in Los Angeles in the last few months.

If you would like to sign up for CERT training see:http://www.cert-la.com/

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Upcoming mini-Block Party for Spinnaker/Topsail Malls & Adjacent Roma Court, 5/31/15

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