The HOA office will be closed the morning of Friday, October 20, 2017 for a staff meeting.
It will open at 10:45 AM.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
The HOA office will be closed the morning of Friday, October 20, 2017 for a staff meeting.
It will open at 10:45 AM.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
When I was growing up in L.A., I loved spending Saturdays with my mother shopping at the mall. Remember May Co., The Broadway, and Montgomery Ward? To me, those were special times, but those “good old days” are gone. Many big box stores have closed their doors, and more disappear every year.
The internet has changed the way people shop. You want a particular brand of shampoo? You need an obscure book? No problem. Log onto Amazon and you can find practically anything, usually at a much lower price than a big box store. Plus, you get the added benefit of buying all your items at once, without needing to go from store to store.
Seniors shop on Amazon, EBay and the big box store websites, just like their kids and grandkids. For many, it’s a way of avoiding crowds, but for others, shopping online is a necessity. For people who are housebound, getting groceries online used to be difficult. Most of the food was in warehouses, and freshness could not be guaranteed.
Not anymore. Now, buying groceries online has been made easier, thanks to several web companies.
The first is, of course, Amazon. For Amazon Prime members, there is Amazon Fresh. For $14.99 a month, you can order grocery items on Amazon’s website. For orders over $50, delivery is free. Amazon will deliver the perishable items in reusable insulated bags, and many items can be delivered the next day.
For those people who are either not Amazon Prime members or don’t want to pay Amazon another $14.99 per month, there is a fairly new web company called Instacart. Instacart has partnerships with many grocery stores in the U.S. In the Coachella Valley, they partner with Ralphs, Stater Bros., Aldi, Petco, Smart and Final, and Costco (and no, you don’t have to be a member of Costco).
This is how it works (and it really is an ingenious idea):
After registering onto the Instacart website, you log in and you choose which market (or combination of markets) you wish to shop from. Once that is done, you shop for items much like you would if you were in Ralphs or Costco, putting all of your groceries in a cyber shopping cart. Upon checkout, the cost of delivery is added onto the total price.
Once your order goes through, you receive a confirmation page with the name of your personal shopper and live updates on your order. The personal shopper will go to the markets you selected and personally shop for your items. The personal shopper will then deliver the items to your home within the time period you selected upon checkout. The items can even be delivered to you within an hour of the order if that is what you specified.
It’s a great idea, but it has its downsides:
First, it can get rather expensive. In-store coupons are not accepted, and Instacart’s prices are not always the same as the market you have chosen. Plus, depending on how much you ordered (and it must always be at least $10), and how soon you want the items delivered, the delivery charge can be fairly high. Also, an additional 10% service charge is tacked on at checkout (although according to the Instacart website, you can change or remove the amount of the service charge before you send your order through).
However, for people who are too busy to shop, or for many who are disabled and unable to leave their home, it is worth the extra money knowing that they are getting groceries that have not been sitting in a warehouse and were chosen by their personal shopper.
But for me, even though I do plenty of online shopping and am addicted to the home shopping channels, nothing can ever replace strolling through a shopping mall and spending quality time with my mother. Sadly, “the good old days” are slowly and inevitably disappearing forever.
Submitted by Beverly Mirsky
Sun City Shadow Hills is a beautiful, vibrant community with a multitude of opportunities for our residents to make connections with one another. ONE of the ways we stay current on these opportunities is through our SCSH website, as well as The View, the Clubhouse T.V.’s, flyers at the clubhouses.
The Information Advisory Committee is currently working on redesigning our website and will be making strides to improve the overall resident experience by making the site more user friendly.
One idea is to remove from our main page any “resident only” information, such as our financials, our current SCSH news, etc. The only real change to the user will be to sign in to their resident only section to get their news.
But what other changes would homeowners like to see on the new site?
We are asking for YOUR feedback! Please feel free to contact us at Information@scshca.com and send in your feedback. Tell us what’s right with the website, as well as what’s wrong with the current site.
However, before you send in your ideas about an Open Forum, please know that the IAC has met and discussed this possibility and with input from the Board and our legal counsel, the decision has been made NOT to allow the Open Forum on our website. There are several ways our residents can communicate with one another online, therefore, we feel it is not in the best interest of our Association to allow this forum on our website.
Street closures will take place on I-10 at Jefferson Street October 19 - 20. The purpose of these closures is to resurface existing streets adjacent to the I10 / Jefferson St. Interchange project.
Full closure of Avenue 42 between Madison St. and Monroe St.
Thursday, October 19, 2017. 6:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Full closure of Jefferson St. between Varner Rd. and Indio Blvd.
Southbound Jefferson St.
Thursday and Friday, October 19 - 20, 2017. 6:00 AM - 4:00PM
Northbound Jefferson St.
Thursday and Friday, October 19 - 20, 2017. 9:00 AM - 4:00PM
A message from the Board of Directors to residents has been posted under News on the Residents Only page. Log in to read it.
The CERT class scheduled for this entire weekend (10-20/22-17) has been cancelled. Our firefighter instructors have been sent to the Santa Rosa fires and are not available to teach. It will be rescheduled after the first of the year.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
John Deshaw is the newest volunteer to join the Finance Advisory Committee (FAC) as a result of the Board approving the recommendation to add John to the FAC at its Board meeting on September 25.
John and his wife, Janet, purchased their retirement home in Sun City Shadow Hills in June 2015. Janet has been living in the community for more than two years after the purchase of their home was finalized. After John retired in February 2017, he joined Janet in our beautiful community. Prior to living in Indio, John and Janet lived in Brampton, Ontario Canada, then Anaheim, CA and Princeton, NJ.
John’s business experience included working for Canada Packers – the largest food processer in Canada, and Firmenich, the number one producer in the world of Flavors and Fragrances. John held numerous positions in these two companies prior to retiring. Working for both employers and other community service and volunteer work (described below) provided him the opportunity to learn about contracts, negotiating contracts (maintenance, landscaping, customs and freight), risk assessment, dealing with governmental departments (town, Regional, State and federal), and dealing with others including his direct reports, peers and senior staff.
John’s community service and volunteer experience included: a member of Board of Directors for a housing co-operative in Mississauga, Ontario; member of the Landscape, Social and Membership Committees for the housing co-operative; a member of the Board of Directors for a housing co-operative in Milton, Ontario; and, Treasurer of the Milton Minor Hockey Association for many years including after his son left the town league and moved to a regional AAA team.
The FAC asked John why he wanted to get involved and volunteer for the FAC. That answer was easy for John. He responded that he is curious and wanted to know what is going on in the community. He also knew that if he was not willing to get involved, he could not really voice well-informed suggestions. John told us ”this is now our home, our last home, God willing, and I want to contribute wherever I can”. John is detail oriented and is not afraid to ask questions. If he does not understand something, he asks about it, and continues asking until he has an understanding, and it makes sense. He is a firm believer that the only stupid question is the one that is not asked.
Please join us in welcoming John to the FAC!
By Bill Wethe
Chair, Finance Advisory Committee
The video from the Budget Meeting on Wednesday, October 11 is now available on the Residents Only page under "Budget Meeting Videos".
CERT training incorporates a practical approach to handling emergency and disaster situations. CERT promotes readiness, self-sufficiency, teamwork, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number of people. Students learn how to organize themselves during a disaster, manage utilities, extinguish small fires, search for and rescue survivors, and provide basic disaster medical care.
CERT training will be delivered over the course of three days. Only those who complete all training hours, including skills practice, will receive a certificate of completion and free CERT kit.
October 20, 2017 - 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
October 21, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
October 22, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
CERT training will be held on the three dates referenced above (a total of 20 hours). Registration for October 20 automatically registers students for all three dates.
Sun City Shadow Hills - Santa Rosa Clubhouse
81-420 North Sun City Boulevard, Indio 92203
Open to all persons 18 years of age and older
E-mail email@example.com or call (760) 863-7467.
The City of Indio is committed to ensuring that its programs are fully accessible to and usable by persons with access and functional needs. Those requiring reasonable accommodations should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (760) 863-7467.
Class size is limited. Register today! It’s FREE!!
Dear Phase 3 Homeowner,
When your home was constructed by Pulte, California law required the installation of a fire sprinkler system to protect against serious injury or death in the event of a fire. The fire sprinkler system in your home includes Viking VK457 residential concealed fire sprinklers.
Unfortunately, some VK457 fire sprinklers have activated without fire being present, causing water damage to homes and furnishings. Although the cause of the activations has not been determined in any court and remains in dispute, The Viking Corporation has agreed to replace the VK457 concealed sprinklers in your home at no cost to you. At no time will anyone attempt to sell you any additional services - this is strictly a program enacted to mitigate any possible future issues with your fire sprinkler system.
To get your fire sprinkler replacement scheduled, please contact us via our website at www.fireinc.net, or contact one of our Replacement Coordinators at 800-915-6472. Our coordinators will assist you in scheduling the replacement of your fire sprinklers and will be able to answer any questions you might have regarding the replacement.
Should you have any concerns over the validity of the program, please email Pulte customer service at email@example.com.
Fire Sprinkler Systems, Inc.
If natural disasters have a season – it appears to be NOW. We’ve all watched with breaking hearts the devastation of hurricane after hurricane, raging wildfires and recently, a powerful earthquake in Mexico.
Clearly, there is no controlling Mother Nature. What we can control is how we prepare.
At Sun City Shadow Hills, we are fortunate to have an Emergency Preparedness Subcommittee headed by SCSH resident Jeff Kirkpatrick. Jeff conducts regular Disaster Preparedness 101 classes open to all homeowners and is the director of the Emergency Operating Center, located behind the tennis courts at the Montecito Clubhouse. The classes are free and held at the Montecito Clubhouse.
From personal experience, this class is well worth your time. My husband and I are Mid-Westerners with limited exposure to earthquakes. We took the class within a week of moving to Sun City Shadow Hills and despite leaving mildly freaked out, we came away with a greater understanding of what we CAN DO to help ourselves in a disaster situation.
The class focuses on multi-hazard preparedness with an emphasis on earthquakes. The next Disaster Preparedness 101 class is scheduled for Wednesday, October 25, 2017. Space is limited. Please register at the Lifestyle desk.
Preparedness is an ongoing process. Here are three steps (pulled from the materials provided at the May 2017 class) to begin your personal disaster plan:
Emergency preparedness is something we all need to take seriously. Be sure to read Jeff’s monthly Preparedness column in The View magazine. There is also an Emergency Preparedness rack with flyers, pamphlets and other information at the Montecito Clubhouse Lifestyle Desk. We can’t predict or control a disaster, but we CAN prepare.
By Kris Downey, IAC member
The Golf Advisory Committee Needs YOUR Help
Great News! The Golf Course Upgrade and Improvements project is coming to an end. There will be some wonderful golf ahead this year on our fantastic North and South courses.
To go along with the fresh look, we’re also considering renaming the courses and we need your ideas. Shadow Hills Golf Club will remain the same. But we are looking to possibly replace the North and South names.
So, we are conducting a survey where our residents can submit their ideas for the new names!
All residents in good standing are eligible to submit names. If a resident’s name is ultimately chosen they will receive one FREE foursome of golf on the appropriate course.
If more than one resident suggests the chosen name, the one sending in the name first will receive the gift. A bucket of practice balls will be given to those who submitted the same name, but were late in submitting it.
The chosen names will be submitted to the Board for their final approval.
Let’s hear from you! Deadline for submissions is November 30, 2017.
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When it comes to a California Stop there are two kinds of people - those who admit to an occasional California Stop and those who don’t. Notice the categories are not those who do and those who don’t. Not to offend the rare perfect driver - we are all guilty of a California Stop from time to time.
In case you don’t know, a California Stop is a rolling stop. It’s that “almost” stop that we sometimes do. At Sun City Shadow Hills, we take a California Stop seriously as evidenced by the $200 fine.
Speeding is also frowned upon. Drive over 35 mph on Sun City Blvd or 25 mph in the neighborhoods and expect a $200 fine.
Why are the fines so HIGH?
To get our attention. A fine of say $25 or $50 might make a person grumble but it’s not likely to change their behavior. Whereas a $200 fine hurts and when something hurts, it gets our attention.
And it works. A quick look at the Security Report shows a dramatic drop in FTS, failure to stop and speeding from 2015 to 2016. 2017 is tracking a bit less than 2016.
No doubt the elevated fines have resulted in fewer California Stops and less speeding in our community. The end result - we are all safer.
If you would like to look at the FTS and speeding stats, they are in the Residents Only section under Documents/Security Reports. A current list of the fines associated with various violations are listed under Residents Only/Association Documents/Fine Policy
By the Information Advisory Committee
We are a community of dog lovers. Many of us are wrapped around the paw of our four-legged best friend. Some of us even consider ourselves dog “parents.” It doesn’t matter if our “kid” is a 5-pound Maltese, a 25-pound Pug or 150-pound Bloodhound, in our eyes they’re about as cute as cute can be.
Here at Sun City Shadow Hills we have several options for keeping our best friends happy and active. There are two fenced off-leash Dog Parks. One park is located on the South side of the community off of Avenida Los Padres. The second is located in Phase 3 off Camino Lampazos. Each park provides a “big” dog area and a “little” dog area. Both parks provide waste removal bags. These are the ONLY areas in the community which allow dogs to be off leash.
In addition to walking the streets within the community, a favorite for many dog walkers is the duck pond area adjacent to the main gate. This area is scenic and provides a paved walkway around the three duck ponds. You and your pet get exercise while being entertained by the wildlife including Road Runners, Blue Herons, Egrets, rabbits and of course the ducks.
The good news about our community of dog lovers is the vast majority are conscientious poop scoopers. The bad news is the minority that aren’t make us all look bad. The few that aren’t - please reconsider.
As the weather gets nicer and the snowbirds return, we’re sure to welcome many more four-legged best friends into our community.
By the Information Advisory Committee
COMMUNITY: a unified body of individuals; the people with common interests living in a particular area; a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society
I’m a relatively new homeowner, having purchased my home in 2012, but not moving in until Fall of 2016. Upon moving in, I quickly threw my name out as someone who was ready and willing to lend a helping hand and I volunteered to serve on a committee. Why I didn’t take my wife’s advice and find a fun group to join, I still don’t know? She went for golf and joined the Lady Niners, I went for politics, go figure!
First, I was accepted to serve on the Design Review Committee as a Sub-Member. I thoroughly enjoy serving on this committee and I learn something new each and every week from the amazing, smart, hard-working homeowners who volunteer to serve on this committee. Each day is something a little different, as we process through the various homeowner applications for their home projects. This is truly one of the hardest working committees in our community.
Next, I was invited to submit my application to the Information Advisory Committee, which I did. I was asked to attend a meeting, I introduced myself to the committee, they asked me questions and then I was approved to their committee. Within a few months, the Chair stepped down unexpectedly and we were left to look for a new Chair. After three months on this committee a vote was taken and I was asked to serve as a Co-Chair. “I’m too new, I don’t know everything I need to know”, I argued. I was assured, “we’ll all pinch in and help you”! This was all within my first few months of residency. The term welcome to the neighborhood and be careful what you ask for, comes to mind!!! (Thank goodness for my fellow Chair, Scott Buchanan, who has been a real inspiration and champion for the improvement of our SCSH Website)! Watch for our re-launch of the newly revised website on October 31st!
I’ve had to learn quickly who the “powers that be” are in our community. I have met SO MANY wonderful people here who have been extremely welcoming to me as a new homeowner, as well as, a new volunteer committee member on these two committees. One thing that cannot be denied, I’ve realized we have some phenomenal employees and volunteer residents here who do everything they can to make our community the “Paradise” it is, on a daily basis!
However, I have also picked up on a couple of darker realities about our community and that is unsettling to me. Primarily, I’ve been warned about the “warring factions” of some resident groups. I’ve even been warned to “watch out who you support”. I’ve always been a person who likes to see all sides of an issue before I make a decision. I don’t usually like to be told WHO to support, I’d rather come to a decision after I have had an opportunity to listen to all sides. I guess that’s why I am registered as an Independent! So, I have been carefully, methodically and I’ve even been treading lightly around the community, as I formed my own opinions. I’ve spoken with folks from individual groups, clubs, fitness classes, politics, cafes, and what I’m trying to say is I haven’t gotten my information from just one group!
I have come to the conclusion that, although there may be differing versions of the past (elections), for example, there really is only ONE homeowner group that matters to me and that is the group called the SUN CITY SHADOW HILLS HOMEOWNERS. Now, let me explain. We are ALL members of this group, having purchased homes here. We all have the same worries about living here. We want low (HOA) fees, we want a beautifully landscaped community, both private lots, as well as common grounds. We want the latest and greatest amenities and we want them maintained at the highest level. Each of us is concerned about how well our homes maintain their property values and therefore, do not want our dirty laundry being aired across the internet for potential buyers to read. We want a transparent Board of Directors, we want a responsive, honest management group and we want CONTROL of our money!!! We want a say in how our dollars are being spent. I’m pretty sure we ALL can agree on this!
We have WAY MORE in common than these sanctioned resident groups might have us believe, at least that’s how I see it. I am a believer in transparency and I think we should always strive to be 100% as honest as is possible, except when to do so might injure others. There are times when our Board must not detail every little thing that they are dealing with, when it comes to personnel issues, contracts and covenants, etc. I support the current HOA Board and our President, Kim Fuller. I think he is the right person to have at the helm during this difficult time in our HOA. He will steer us to the other side of this and we will be a stronger, smarter, more informed HOA when we are through. I am confident in our Board’s ability to oversee our $14 million budget. I know that we have superb help in Tyler Ingle, our Controller, Carey Thompson, our Treasurer, and Mr. Bill Wethe and his Finance committee who will create the controls necessary, so that embezzlement, corruption, or any other malfeasants can be virtually eliminated! In time, we will get there with lots of homeowners input via the many committees. In the end, Associa will make us whole and the people who wronged us will be held accountable.
I’m also a fan of the 1st Amendment and think all sides have a right to be heard. That is why I am proposing that we hear from some of our homeowners who have concerns/ideas to share. I am proposing that we allow for homeowners to share their ideas for a storyline, without committing to being on the IAC committee. Homeowner’s who would like to reach our entire community, not just those who have opted-in or out, or those who have been “accepted” into certain FB websites, Nextdoor, etc.
Therefore, if you have an idea for an article you’d like shared with our community, please submit those ideas to the Information Advisory Committee by clicking on the Ask a Question button and submit your idea. In the subject line please enter IDEA. We will comb through the ideas and put one of our writers on it.
I cannot promise you that ALL stories will be written, but we will try to make a concerted effort towards that goal! It has been my pleasure to serve on these two committees and I hope to continue doing so for the foreseeable future. If we haven’t met yet, please feel free to introduce yourself when you see me around at some of our many offerings in this amazing community!
By Erin Smith, Co-Chair of the IAC
The Fitness Department would like to know if there is interest in a special class on Tibetan Bowl Sound Healing Meditation. Click on the button below to participate in the survey.
Are you interested in taking beginner's Spanish classes? An information session will be held on Friday, September 29 at 4:10 PM in the Monterey Room at Santa Rosa Clubhouse.
Classes begin Friday, October 6 from 4:10 PM to 5:40 PM in the Monterey Room at Santa Rosa Clubhouse.
A red carpet is an open invitation. Come on in. Check it out. Generally a red carpet invitation is intentional. It’s something to be savored, something to be enjoyed.
That’s not always the case. In some cases a red carpet invitation is unintentional. For example an open garage door can be a red carpet invitation to a crime of opportunity. Passing by an open garage full of goodies can present an opportunity that - for some - is just too tempting to resist.
The same is true for an unlocked service door or an unlocked car parked in the driveway. It’s just too easy for some people to pass up.
Why open yourself up to an (often) unplanned crime of opportunity?
Let’s not unintentionally roll out the red carpet.
By the Information Advisory Committee
|Santa Rosa Event Lawn||Close October 9 and Opens November 10|
|Santa Rosa Clubhouse||Close October 9 and Opens November 10|
|Phase III Dog Park||Close November 6 and Opens December 8|
|Phase I Dog Park||Close September 25 and Opens November 3|
|Avenida Los Padres Retention Basin||Close October 23 and Opens November 20|
|Camino Cantos Retention Basin||Close October 23 and Opens November 20|
|Avenida Celaya Retention Basin||Close October 23 and Opens November 20|
|Santa Sofia Parkway||Close October 23 and Opens November 20|
|Shadow Hills Golf Club||Close October 12 and Opens November 7|
|Shadows Retention Basin||Close October 12 and Opens November 7|
|Montecito Clubhouse||Close October 6 and Opens October 26|
|Jefferson Entrance||Close October 19 and Opens November 13|
|North Channel||Close November 6 and Opens December 16|
The Fall Color Changes Start October 16 and Completed by November 1
An exciting new advisory committee has just been formed here in SCSH and volunteers are needed!
The new Maintenance and Services Advisory Committee is looking for residents with a construction & or trade background who can offer their expertise for a few hours a month.
According to the Maintenance and Services Advisory Committee charter, the principle purpose of the Committee is to provide consulting services to SCSH regarding facility maintenance and facility remodel programs, excluding golf, landscaping, etc.
The primary duties of the committee will be to review, comment and assist in matters relating to the operation, maintenance and remodel of all HOA owned structures.
Further, the committee chairperson, John Petersen, envisions the committee being responsible for identifying the need for repair, replacement or addition of infrastructure equipment and facilities.
For those who are unable to commit to a permanent assignment, the committee also has a great need for trade people to assist with short term temporary projects such as HVAC, roofs, pools, pool equipment, pool decking, interior design, tennis court resurfacing and asphalt repair and resurfacing. These people will be kept on a list for the committee to contact when a project comes up in their area of expertise.
If this sounds like something that you would like to get involved in and have a background as a general contractor, electrician, plumber, roofer or any other pertinent trade, please fill out a Volunteer Application at the HOA or contact John Petersen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our sub-committee is looking for a full-time resident who has an interest in serving our community by joining us in helping to review submitted Home Improvement Applications and view completed projects.
We currently have a wonderful group of members and would like to add to that membership. We are looking for someone who has good verbal communication skills, is positive and will use sound judgment in interpreting the Design Rules.
We meet the first and third Tuesday of the month at 9:30 and depending on how many applications we receive from the residents, the meeting can generally last from 1 - 2½ hours.
Please stop by the HOA office to complete an Advisory Committee Interest Form if you would like to serve our community in this way.
Are you excited about your interior renovation project? Show us your home remodel. Everyone likes to see what wonderful changes have been made.
Want to share your improvement ideas with the other homeowners in our community? Have you upgraded materials, removed or added walls, added beams, changed flooring, lighting, upgraded your kitchen or master bathroom, done a partial or entire interior remodel? You choose what you want to share.
We can take photos of your interior renovations to feature in The View magazine while still maintaining your total privacy. You will remain anonymous, no names, addresses, street names, phase locations or cost will be printed. By sharing some of the interior upgrades that are possible, this can help to increase property values in our community.
We have seen some very creative interior improvements. We think this might be a way to add value to our resales.
We already have a couple of people who are interested. If you’d like to join in, email: email@example.com and tell us about your upgrade and attach photos, if you have them.
Log in and visit the Residents Only page to view recent important messages from the Board. They are posted under the "News" part of the page, directly above the Documents.
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Pets in Sun City Shadow Hills are pampered and loved. However, there are quite a few places in the world where dogs and cats have a much more difficult life.
When SCSH residents John and Carol Phelps decided to buy a home overseas, they remembered the wonderful time they had when they had visited Fiji, and decided that was where they wanted to live. So, about 10 years ago, they bought 2 1/2 acres of land in Savusavu, the second largest town in Vanua Levu, the second largest island in Fiji and built a home on the land.
Little did they know at the time that they would become very involved in animal welfare on the islands. When they moved to Savusavu, they discovered some sad truths about the appalling condition of dogs and cats in the Fijian Islands:
Veterinarians did not exist. Most dogs were not domesticated and lived outdoors. Pet food did not exist. Neutering and spaying dogs and cats was unheard of. The government did not (and still does not) spend any money on animal welfare programs. The drowning of female dogs was commonplace as was poisoning to control the animal population.
Being committed animal lovers, they decided they needed to take some action on behalf of the animals. They reached out to Animals Fiji, a grassroots group that took over from the SPCA when they pulled out of Fiji.
The Phelps supported the purchase of a permanent shelter and clinic for Animals Fiji in the town of Nadi on the main island of Viti Levu. This shelter can now house about 100 dogs at a time. Animals Fiji has also hired two full time veterinarians who work out of the main clinic in Nadi. They also have a clinic in Savusavu where the Phelps live, with one veterinarian who travels from island to island.
However, the Phelps support has not stopped with the purchase of a shelter and clinic. They have worked tirelessly when in SCSH to collect expired or soon to expire pet medicines, leashes, toys, collars, food bowls, blankets, etc. and twice yearly they coordinate large shipments of these supplies to the Fijian Islands. John Phelps said that this month they are sending over a record shipment of 21 boxes.
But the Phelps work is not finished. They hope to design and implement educational programs beginning in elementary schools to teach animal kindness. They also hope to get assistance in the education of the Fijian population from the village chiefs and church pastors.
Another project that they hope to start is a spay/neuter day, when Fijians can bring their dogs and cats to a clinic and have their pets spayed or neutered for no charge.
However, all of this takes money. What Animals Fiji needs most is monetary donations. If anyone wishes to donate to Animals Fiji, please visit their website at.
Anyone who wants to donate pet medicines and/or supplies, please contact John Phelps at.
To help you with communication when traveling or communicating with others on a daily basis? Come and join us on Fridays!
For fun, lively, interactive, and engaging instruction from certificated Spanish Teachers from Shadow Hills High School.
Visit the Lifestyle Desk in the Montecito Clubhouse for more information.
Did you know your body is constantly in a struggle to disperse the heat it produces? Most of the time, you're hardly aware of it – unless your body is exposed to more heat than it can handle.
In 2014, 244 people died in the U.S. from exposure to excessive heat, according to Injury Facts 2017, the annual statistical report on unintentional injuries produced by the National Safety Council. Heat-related illnesses can escalate rapidly, leading to delirium, organ damage and even death.
There are several heat-related illnesses, including heatstroke (the most severe), heat exhaustion and heat cramps. Those most at risk include:
Heatstroke can occur when the ability to sweat fails and body temperature rises quickly. The brain and vital organs are effectively "cooked" as body temperature rises to a dangerous level in a matter of minutes. Heatstroke is often fatal, and those who do survive may have permanent damage to their organs.
Someone experiencing heatstroke will have extremely hot skin, and an altered mental state, ranging from slight confusion to coma. Seizures also can result. Ridding the body of excess heat is crucial for survival.
When the body loses an excessive amount of salt and water, heat exhaustion can set in. People who work outdoors and athletes are particularly susceptible.
Symptoms are similar to those of the flu and can include severe thirst, fatigue, headache, nausea, vomiting and, sometimes, diarrhea. Other symptoms include profuse sweating, clammy or pale skin, dizziness, rapid pulse and normal or slightly elevated body temperature.
Uncontrolled heat exhaustion can evolve into heatstroke, so make sure to treat the victim quickly.
Heat cramps are muscle spasms that usually affect the legs or abdominal muscles, often after physical activity. Excessive sweating reduces salt levels in the body, which can result in heat cramps.
Workers or athletes with pain or spasms in the abdomen, arms or legs should not return to work for a few hours. Instead:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers more information on heat-related illness in this FAQ.
The best way to avoid a heat-related illness is to limit exposure outdoors during hot days. Air conditioning is the best way to cool off, according to the CDC. Also:
The National Safety Council eliminates preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy.
The icon of desert survival can’t always take the heat. Record-breaking temperatures that draw shudders and international attention also have been rough on many types of succulents.
Certain deserts, like ours are so harsh that even some cacti won’t live in them.
Homeowners and landscapers cover vulnerable species with black nets to protect them from the sun, especially if they’re not native to our desert. But even native species have encountered more trouble with each passing summer.
If the heat is too severe they will stop growing. Cacti require temperatures of about 85 degrees at night so they’re able to respire, the plant equivalent of breathing. If nighttime temperatures remain too high the plants’ water reserves will slowly be depleted. Recently here in SC Shadow Hills, we have been experiencing nighttime temperatures at or above 85 degrees.
They’ll essentially cook, they’ll just sort of stew in their own juices, and after several weeks of this they will die. Direct sunlight also threatens succulents’ health. When the Sun gets too intense it’ll burn the tissue and actually kill your plant. To protect your succulents, have your gardener or landscaper apply a sun shade above and around your most vulnerable cacti.