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Travel, Social Media and Safety
Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have become as much a part of our daily lives as the telephone or automobile. They’re popular because we enjoy announcing to friends and co-workers that we are currently strolling along the Champs-Elysee.
But telling the online world when you are away from home has its risks. Criminals increasingly trawl social media for information such as this, and there are even filter programs that allow them to monitor specific neighborhoods by zip code.
You wouldn’t announce to a crowd of strangers that you’re going on vacation for a week, would you? You put a hold on your postal delivery so a pile of uncollected mail doesn’t scream “empty house”, right?
Be equally circumspect about your online presence when you are away. The safest strategy is to simply stay offline while on vacation. Relax and forget Facebook for a few days. Wait until you’ve returned home to post those fabulous photos and videos.
July 4th Pet Safety Tips
Did you know that more animals end up in shelters on July 4th and 5th than any time of the year? The reason is simple: Companion animals do not respond to fireworks with the “ooh” and “aah” fascination of their owners. They get spooked and dash off in search of safety.
The best defense against this unfortunate outcome is to bring your pets inside before the fireworks start. If you can stay with them, great, but if you and your family are heading off to an event, leave music playing (not too soft, not too loud) to provide a soothing backdrop.
If your pets aren’t chipped, please do so. An ID chip is the safest, surest way to recover your animal if it does end up in a shelter.
Also, remember that backyard insect repellents such as citronella candles and coils are an irritant — or worse — to your pets. Keep your animals away from these products when they are in use.
One final tip for everyone, whether you have a pet or not: The only truly safe and sane fireworks are those set off by professionals. Every year from mid-June to mid-July, a daily average of 230 people nationwide end up in the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries. A few clicks on your favorite search engine will locate several local fireworks display options to meet your Yankee Doodle needs.
For the sixteenth straight year the Del Rey Residents Association proudly honored the top students at Marina del Rey Middle School. Current president Elizabeth Pollock and former president Lillian Jenkins presented the honorees with gifts cards in recognition of their accomplishments.
From left to right: Ayanna Thomas; Ruby Macias; Sabrina Maximo; Osric Holt; Ava Easter. Regrettably Kenya Hall, the 8th Grade Class Representative, did not make it into the picture.
There were so many outstanding students this year that the Marina del Rey Boosters Club joined us in purchasing gift cards. There were also twenty — count ’em, 20! — students who had perfect attendance throughout their time at the school.
DRRA’s recognition of the school’s outstanding students dates back to Lillian’s tenure as president. All three of her children attended Marina Del Rey Middle School, and her son was in the first graduating class. When she retired as DRRA’s president, she asked the association to recognize the school’s stellar students in lieu of any personal honor, thus beginning a tradition that we proudly continue.
Congratulations to all the honorees and their proud families.
During a major disaster, you and your neighbors will most likely be the first responders on the scene. Working together as a team saves lives, reduces the severity of injuries and minimizes property damage.
“Map Your Neighborhood” is a program designed to help neighbors know in advance which people on their block or in their apartment building have special skills and special needs.
Join the Del Rey Residents Association on Thursday, May 12 or Tuesday May 17 at the MOA Wellness Center, 4533 S. Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, 90066 to learn how easy it is to “Map Your Neighborhood” and organize your area before disaster strikes. Sessions begin at 7:30 pm.
Reserve your seat at firstname.lastname@example.org