Jennifer Manoogian, Block Captain and Chair of the Annual Silver Strand Neighborhood Party, hosted the Annual SSMHOA Block Captain Meeting at her home on Via Dolce. Attendees included 18 Block Captains, SSMHOA Board Member Gary Garland, homeowner Eric Hoffman, Board member Eric Beane and Nora Nicosia, SSMHOA Board Member and Chair of the Block Captain Committee. The 21 Block Captains are dedicated volunteers who enhance our lives in ways great and small. The evening started with guests socializing and enjoying a wonderful spread of delicious appetizers and home-made desserts, contributed by the Block Captains, along with fine wines and soft drinks.
Nora began the meeting with her agenda carefully timed by Jennifer on her iPhone. She spoke about the scientifically proven benefits of volunteerism to longevity and mental well-being. As Nora is now in her 90s, with every marble in place, still driving, and an SSMHOA Board member whose ability to think up new ideas and recruit others to work for our community is extraordinary, we should pay attention to her advice.
Nora first called on Gary Garland, SSMHOA Board Member and Eric Hoffman, SSMHOA homeowner to discuss meetings they have had with Mike Bonin’s office on the proposed Via Marina Route for the auxiliary sewer line. This is a City project which has been opposed by the County of Los Angeles and many residents, both County and City, living on either side of Via Marina. As former Councilmember Bill Rosendahl has told us, the City and the County do not work well with each other. Following the meeting, Eric composed a letter to Mike Bonin that was sent to all Block Captains to distribute to their constituents so they can express their concerns. SSMHOA President, Fred Karlsen, along with many other homeowners have also sent a letters to Bonin (for the update on this issue, see: https://mdrsilverstrandnews.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/jon-nahhas-reports-on-yesterdays-california-regional-planning-hearing-on-the-proposed-venice-dual-force/
Jackson Garland, son of Beth and Gary Garland was going to speak about organizing Silver Strand Kids’ Activities for the 9 to 14-year age group, but had a last-minute medical problem (he’s fine now) and was unable to attend.
Bill Boyd and Penny Akashi spoke about Emergency Preparedness and said that the next educational session will take place on April 18, 2015 at Beth and Gary Garland’s home on Roma Court. In addition to the walkie-talkies already provided to B.C.s, which were tested, 6 more will be requested. Two Silver Strand ham radio operators have been found and are willing to cooperate with Block Captains using Channel 2.
Jennifer Manoogian, Chair of the Annual Silver Strand Neighborhood Party, reported that Peter and Ty Bergman, who have done such a great job for the last two years, will host the 2015 party. In addition, there was a discussion of the mini-Block parties held during the summer. Mast/Northstar Malls have already committed to do their annual Bastille Day party in July and Ketch/Lighthouse will do their Cinco de Mayo party in May.
In the absence of SSMHOA Board member and Landscape Chair Sandy Gooch, Nora Nicosia announced that the planting of Growing Great Community Garden on the Mast mini-Mall will take place in the Fall of 2015.
Clarissa Cervantes reported that the Bicycle Group outings have been very successful and will plan another event soon.
Marilee Karlsen announced that the next Silver Strand Art Group Tour will be on March 10 at the newly restored Hollyhock House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Eric Beane, Board Member and Kids’ Activity Committee Chair said that the Little Free Library is looking for donations of books for children. Please leave a comment below if you can help with this. Beth Holden-Garland announced that there will be an educational nature walk along the Ballona Lagoon on March 8, starting off at 2pm from 4103 Roma Court. The walk will be led by Roy Jan Vande Hoek of the Ballona Institute. Please leave a comment below if you would like to attend.
Nora suggested that SSMHOA should start a Film Club. Two films would be discussed each month with a SSMHOA member/ Block Captain hosting the event to discuss the films. Members of the club would contribute food and drink. Please leave a comment below if this interests you.
There was a discussion about setting up a SSMHOA Community Bulletin Board, perhaps on Facebook, where SSMHOA residents could provide recommendations on services, i.e. handymen, plumbers,electricians, and contractors. Nora and Eileen Nugent are willing to set this up.
With thanks to Mary-Dorothy Line, SSMHOA Board Member and Block Captain, for contributing her notes to this report.