Facts About Moisture, Mold, Asbestos & Environmental Solutions

Facts About Moisture, Mold & Asbestos Environmental Solutions

Vincent J. Attardo the President & CEO of Coastline Environmental Solutions, Inc., describes their solutions to provide Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) investigations, mold and bacteria testing, water damage/mold remediation and repair.

There are many pitfalls when it comes to owning and managing both commercial and residential property. Some may feel the biggest concern is keeping the residents happy or exceeding their expectations. It’s not an easy task when you do not often hear from your residents or worse they do not let you know about moisture related damage until it’s too late to dry it and by now likely has suspect visual mold growth.

Moisture related damage commonly referred to as water damage comes in many forms. A very common source is from a leaking drain pipe under a kitchen or bathroom sink. Other sources are from broken supply lines to the sink, toilet, washing machine, water heater, sprinklers and from water being left on that was forgotten about. The most common surface moisture-related problems, regardless of climate, are mold, mildew, and condensation. The single most important factor influencing these problems is relative humidity near surfaces. This not so obvious source of moisture often goes undetected. Understanding the factors that govern relative humidity will enable property owners and managers to control surface-related moisture problems.

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Relative Humidity and Vapor Pressure The terms absolute humidity, humidity ratio, and vapor pressure refer to the same concept. Air contains varying amounts of moisture in gas or vapor form. The actual amount of moisture contained in the air is referred to as absolute humidity; more precisely, the absolute humidity is the ratio of the mass of water vapor to the mass of dry air. This is also referred to as the humidity ratio. The amount of moisture air can hold is dependent on its temperature. The warmer the air is the more moisture it can hold. The cooler the air the less moisture it can hold. Air is said to be saturated (at 100 percent relative humidity) when it contains the maximum amount of moisture possible at a specific temperature. Relative humidity is defined as the ratio of the amount of moisture contained in the air to the maximum amount of moisture the air can hold art a given temperature. Sources of moisture related damage that do not get enough attention is moisture often caused by the resident living in the unit or worse too many residents living in a smaller space. Simple breathing along with cooking, extended hot showers coupled with lack of proper ventilation will accelerate this problem. Moisture also enters the building through the exterior siding. This moisture is more likely to enter the living space from penetrations, cracks, holes and missing exterior stucco.

Excessive moisture leads to water damage and mold. Who is responsible to rectify the problem? Is it the landlord responsibility or is it the resident’s responsibility to fix? There are many factors at play to consider before making that determination. What does the lease say when was the water damage/mold discovered, how did it get there? Was the moisture problem created by the resident? Has the moisture source been identified? The answer depends on the answers to the questions above. One thing that is for sure the moisture source or sources must be identified and should be eliminated before any work gets started.

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Vincent Attardo CEO Coastline Environmental Solutions, Inc.

Is what you are seeing really mold? How can you tell? Proper mold investigation and discovery is essential in determining how to address the moisture and suspect mold concerns. Often times the visual suspect mold is on the surface only and there is no need for expensive mold remediation. A professional inspection should be done preferably by an IEP, Indoor Environmental Professional who is board certified as either a Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant, CIEC or a Certified Indoor Microbial Consultant, CIMC by the American Council of Accredited Certification, ACAC. Many people think an Industrial Hygienist is the best choice, however speaking from experience this is often not the case. Many Industrial Hygienist are not trained in mold through their education at school and often do not have a lot of training in building science. Who you end up choosing should have at least eight years’ experience in the field as a Certified Indoor Environmental Professional. Some professionals have a higher pain tolerance than others and are not as likely to require extensive testing or remediation when it is not necessary. I have seen too many times where the IEP will write a scope of work to remove walls when all that was necessary was proper cleaning to remove surface mold that was present due to high humidity. When no elevated moisture is present in the building materials of concern providing a non-evasive wall cavity check or physically removing a small section of the wall to provide a through visual inspection goes a long way in saving time and spending unnecessary funds to remediate when it is not necessary. When unwanted moisture is present for a period of 72 hours or more the likelihood of mold/mildew being present in the wall cavity and not just on the surface is much greater. Often times if the building materials have been wet 72 hours or more the IEP would advise further investigation and discovery or recommend the Certified Mold Remediator include wall removal in their scope of work to be done. Following the ANSI/ IICRC 2015 S 520 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation and the S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration is highly recommended.

Before any walls, floors and ceilings are removed the following information pertaining to Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) must be adhered to:

Materials for which sample analysis by PLM resulted in greater than 0.1% asbestos (for any one sample collected from a homogeneous material) are classified as ACM and are regulated materials under the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Rule 1403. Materials containing more than 1/10th of 1% asbestos also require licensing for asbestos with the CCLB and registration with Cal/OSHA. Certain Cal/OSHA requirements apply to materials containing any level of asbestos, including exposure assessments and wet work methods.

SCAQMD Rule 1403 requires (with limited exceptions) that both friable and non-friable ACM in buildings be removed prior to maintenance, repairs, renovation or demolition that would disturb the material. Work involving the disturbance of asbestos-containing material also requires ten working days prior notification to SCAQMD and notification to Cal/OSHA (exemption for less than 100 SF). These materials should not be disturbed, except by a licensed asbestos abatement contractor who complies with all applicable regulations.

Under the California Health and Safety Code Section 25915 et. seq., notification about asbestos containing construction materials must be provided initially by the building owner within 15 days of receipt of the information to co-owners, tenants, employees, contract workers, or others who may encounter the material, and the notification must be provided annually thereafter.

Vincent J. Attardo is the President/CEO of Coastline Environmental Solutions, Inc.
Coastline Environmental Solutions provides Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) investigations, mold and bacteria testing, water damage/mold remediation and repair, and Vince available for consultation and public speaking.

For more information please visit www.coastlineclean.com.
Readers may contact him at 800-847-3867 or email: vince@coastlineclean.com

Helene Edwards Empowers Fashion Stylists at MK Collab

Recently Home & Realty Magazine discovered some New Changes in Fashion Retail. An exciting retail merchandising, business opportunity coined MK Collab. MK Collab is changing the ways in which retail shopping functions. We were fascinated when we stumbled upon this unique fashion business platform. MK Collab was developed by Marisa Kenson, the renowned LA fashion designer of 25 years, serving Hollywood’s fashion industry. Marisa is the founder and creator of this magnificent win-win E-Boutique concept which is growing in leaps and bounds by her very own unique platform. VIEW OPPORTUNITY VIDEO for details.

Fashion - Home & Realty MagazineColorado’s Helene Edwards, Interior & Exterior Designer/owner of Helene’s Designs, LLC, and sales associate of MK Collab inspired our magazine to advertise the growing MK Collab fashion line of women’s clothing, and stunning jewelry.  We knew the combination of our on line magazine would offer a perfect synergy to support Marisa Kenson’s Stylists in their global advertising and marketing reach. We also knew that Helene Edwards spoke stylistic fashion fluently and we needed a fashion interpreter to communicate the stylish products of MK Collab. Who would be better than an international interior/exterior designer, combined with a credited designer resume who travels the world, and is always dressed for success!

Home & Realty Magazine as everyone knows, is connected to some of the finest names in the Luxury and Lifestyle markets. We go out of our way to select the finest brands available to benefit our readers. We represent brands as the Four Seasons Hotels, Ritz Carlton Hotels, Wells Fargo Bank, Coldwell Banker Luxury Previews, East Coast Home + Design Magazine.

We were thoroughly convinced upon seeing these high profiled women like Helene Edwards, who’s names were associated with this fine group. We then realized that Marisa Kenson founder of MK Collab, had created a BLOCKBUSTER! Home & Realty Magazine was most eager to tell everyone, MK Collab is changing the face of retail fashion shopping!


To purchase your MK Collab selections or should you desire to operate your own E-Boutique offering the MK Collab brand.

Contact Helene Edwards: www.mkcollab.com/shop/helene



Seashore Pest Control is #1

by Heather Evans

Are you holding a sad little can of Raid, spraying the bugs in your house for the tenth time? Well, stop right there and call Seashore Pest Control. They like to be ‘bugged’ by customers, and with an unblemished, immaculate reputation, everyone loves them but the spiders that live in your cabinet.

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There’s a reason why Seashore Pest Control has become a trusted household name, they treat your house like it was theirs. They understand the fear and creepiness that comes from knowing there are bugs in your house. When it comes to pests in your house, there really isn’t any room for amateurs. Termites can do thousands of dollars in damage if not treated properly and effectively. That’s the difference with Seashore Pest Control; they take the time to conduct a free, full inspection to ensure they find the source of infestation. Seashore Pest Control are also known as experts in wood repair, so even if the termites had Thanksgiving on your house, it’s ok, they can help you with that.

Seashore Pest Control is A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau and has the highest possible rating on Angie’s List. With over 35 years of combined experience, Seashore Pest Control knows the harm with pests isn’t always to your house, the harm can be to you. That’s why they offer state-of-the-art organic pest exterminations as an alternative to regular treatments. They also understand that an unwanted infestation can put you in a financial bind. Not to worry, their cost effective treatments are easy on your budget, and they guarantee satisfaction. All they care about is getting in, getting out, taking your bugs with them, and making sure it’s done right the first time.

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John Etheridge of Seashore Pest Control

Questions? Call the pros at Seashore Pest Control at (714) 842-8003, or visit their website at www.SeashorePestControl.com.
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Tamara Rene Designs


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Tamara Rene Designs started in 2011 when Tammy Avila was asked by the owner of Aegean Designing Whims to take over the interior design portion of her business. The decision was an easy one for Tammy as Aegean Designing Whims had developed a considerable client base and had made a reputation of quality throughout the Southern California area dating back to the 1970’s.
Tammy, armed with over 10 years of design experience then set about acquiring a team of talented interior designers and showroom associates to help expand on her current business while also catering to the growing demand that Tamara Rene Designs was receiving.
Today, Tamara Rene Designs is a one-stop shop for all things involving interior design. Her team of skilled designers and associates focus on assisting clients through every step of the design process, regardless of the scope of work. The business services design needs such as; upholstery jobs on new and old pieces of furniture, window treatments, wallpaper and paint selection all the way up to the entire remodeling of a clients home.
Tammy and her team are also skilled in developing an entire concept of design from scratch and are able to collaborate one-on-one with contractors and architects all the while ensuring that clients are empowered and encouraged to voice their opinions throughout the design process. The teams ultimate goal with every client that comes in touch with Tamara Rene Designs is to guarantee satisfaction and deliver a finished product both the client and the designer can be proud of.
The growth Tammy observed in her business coupled with the constant positive feedback she was receiving from her loyal clients encouraged her to think even bigger and look into other ways of expanding the business.
After liaising with other industry professionals and following through on client feedback the next branch of the business was born. That new branch was home staging. This newly formed part of the business would enable Tammy to leverage the close relationships with industry leading furniture, accessory and art vendors she had formed and service a need in the market that was previously not being met.
Tamara Rene Designs now covers everything involved in the home staging process. Ranging from removing or altering existing furniture, paint selections, hardware updates, light fixture changes to fully refurnishing and accessorizing client’s homes ahead of its sale. Staging clients have observed significant growth in the valuation of their properties as a result of TRD’s home staging. In fact, more than half of the early staging clients have already sold their homes for thousands of dollars more than the asking price pre-staging.

Recent client Mrs. Taylor noted “At first the prospect of selling my own home seemed to be a daunting one. A lifetime full of memories and acquired knick-knacks wasn’t exactly what buyers wanted to see. I felt slightly overwhelmed by all of the tasks that were presented before selling my home. That was until I walked into Tamara Rene Designs and spoke with the girls. I was able to articulate my needs and wants with the staging but also felt great confidence that the team would deliver quality results and allow me to step back and focus on other aspects of the sale process. Not only did they assist with paint selections, carpet cleaning, movers, and actually staging my home, but they also referred me to the real estate agent that has listed my house. I am thrilled with the results and I highly recommend Tamara Rene Designs for any and all services that they offer. Staging my house through this company was absolutely worth it!”

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Before & After
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After just three months of home staging the team at Tamara Rene Designs has already developed strong client relationships and the newly formed staging side of the business has grown considerably. So much so that Tammy now has her own 2,000 square foot warehouse that is stocked full of designer furniture and home décor accessories. This warehouse coupled with their friendly team of moving staff has enabled Tammy and her team to fulfill orders with quality product very quickly. Recent staging clients had their homes fully staged from original concept to completion in as little as two weeks.

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Tamara Rene Designs is located at 3782 Cerritos Avenue, Los Alamitos and the showroom is open 10am-5pm Monday to Friday. Alternatively, new client and design inquiries can be made through Tammy directly via email: tammy@tamararenedesigns.com or phone: (562) 735-5005.




A World Class Interview with Stuart Thomas

It’s a great day when you can learn from a world-class nice guy and power broker in our business. I had a chance to do just that with an interview with the incredible Stuart Thomas! Here’s what he shared:

Home and Realty Magazine: Stuart, thank you so much for interviewing with us! We so appreciate it! First, can you tell us a little about you and your business?

Stuart Thomas: Sure! Here are the highlights: I’m a Stanford Graduate. We earned Office of Year RE/MAX CA-HI 2007. Broker Owner of the Year RE/MAX CA-HI 2008. RE/MAX Catalyst Broker 2011-2014. Chairman of the RE/MAX Advisory Committee to CHOC Children’s Hospital, 2011, 2012, 2013. Lifetime Achievement Award from CHOC. We have 5 offices and nearly 80 associates. I’ve owned RE/MAX Select One since its inception in 2003. We’ve been a Miracle office for the Children’s Miracle Network since 2009.

H&R: Wow – that’s an impressive roster! Stuart, our market has certainly seen its fair share of changes in recent years. What do you think is one of the best secrets to longevity and weathering tough markets?

Stuart: The first way to weather a tough market is to surround yourself with outstanding agents. Many offices hire anyone and in a hot market, they sell homes. When the market turns, the associates leave the business and the broker has a model that does not work. By hiring full time professionals who have a farm, we can weather the storm and these associates get more education such as the CDPE and SRF designations to adapt to the market. While many companies went under or suffered – we grew during the past 6 years. I believe that careers are made in a down market.

H&R: Certainly as a Broker/Owner, you wear a LOT of hats! What’s your number one priority when it comes to building your business – and your bottom line?

Stuart: Hire the right people. My philosophy is, if I have to manage you, I should not have hired you – but I am always here to support you.

Once you have hired them, work based on “And Then Some.” Give everyone what they require And Then Some. By hiring full time professionals, I am free to recruit, retain and be for the team when they need me. My bottom line does not fluctuate based on the changes in the market. These associates have sold what the market told them to sell. REO’s, Short Sales, or Equity Sellers.

H&R: In terms of recruiting – what’s your best advice to other brokers and managers for growing (and keeping) a solid team?

Stuart: Lister’s Last. Look for great listing agents. No matter if it’s a seller’s market or a buyer’s market, listing agents control at least half the transaction. The RE/MAX model rewards listing agents so take advantage of it. We don’t have an Up Desk because we want the listing agents to get the buyer calls. That is different from the traditional offices who want the higher split from new agents. That’s good for the broker, but bad for the listing agent. My advice? Stick to your core beliefs and the model that RE/MAX has been using for 42 years. It works.


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Halloween Fun Fact

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Maria Scarola Developer Sales Expert

Home & Realty Magazine Features: Halloween Fun Fact

According to Irish legend, Jack O’Lanterns are named after a stingy man named Jack who, because he tricked the devil several times, was forbidden entrance into both heaven and hell. He was condemned to wander the Earth, waving his lantern to lead
people away from their paths…
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Maria Scarola
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Specializing in S. Florida
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Grand Hôtel Du Cap-Ferrat Under Four Seasons Hotel Banner

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Welcome to the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel.  This legendary destination on the Côte d’Azur is truly a paradise on earth, the epitome of French Riviera glamour and, as of May 8, 2015, world-renowned Four Seasons service.

A French Riviera favorite for traditional and Hollywood royalty alike, the peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat on the Côte d’Azur between Nice and Monaco, has long been steeped in aristocracy. King Leopold II of Belgium fell in love with it’s raw beauty, but more importantly, realizing it’s true potential and purchased woodland portions in the late 1800’s. More than one hundred years later, the Grand Hôtel Du Cap-Ferrat, a Four Seasons Hotel, newly acquired this past May, regales patrons befitting it’s royal pedigree, delicately diverging from tradition by blending just a touch of modern flair.

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Across the 17 acres guests may indulge in one of the 74 accommodations within one of three buildings, the original 1908 Heritage Building, the contemporary Residence and the Villa Rose-Peirre. Enjoy shades of aquamarine, azure and deep ocean blue while soaking in the temperate Mediterranean sun at the hotel’s exclusive beach club, Club Dauphin (which boasts a seawater infinity pool with a trompe l’oeil  so captivating you’d swear you could swim out to the yachts in the distance).

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Choose to rejuvenate indoors or out at Le Spa. Climate controlled amenities include a counter-current indoor pool, sauna, steam room, whirlpool and water therapy showers. Venture outside to walk through the spa garden towards the sea-view sundecks to relax before and after treatments.

The crowning jewel is the 4-bedroom Villa Rose-Pierre, a slice of the Riviera to call your own. Begin your morning inside your exclusive gym, then bask in the sunny hours of the day aside your private pool and remain secluded on the rooftop terrace dining al fresco as the sun sets.

Restaurant options include lunching (or breakfast or afternoon tea or dinner) on the terrace of The Véranda amid 100-year Aleppo pines and the Michelin star-touting Le Cap featuring gastronomic chef Didier Aniès.

Autumnal enticers such as local musical festivals and sporting events like the Nice Regatta Pasqui Trophée and the Historic Jean Behra Rally also in Nice are fair reasons to travel out this way, but the enchantment of the Grand Hôtel Du Cap-Ferrat is significant enough to make your trip worthwhile. Explore what makes this hotel luxuriously unique: fourseasons.com/capferrat.



Art & Lifestyle: The Jewish New Year

Rosh ha Shana  –  ראש שנה

 Art & Lifestyle: The Jewish New Year – Rosh ha Shana

This year the Jews in the world celebrated Rosh ha Shana on the 14th of September, which means that hopefully all, have had a great celebration dinner on 13th evening after sundown.

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Uriel Cazes

New year started on that day and it was a celebration time for 10 days, ending with the Yom Kippur, the day of reconciliation. In the Jewish tradition this is the day of the creation of the world and its the birthday of Adam. So it is a joyful celebration, the time to think back about the actions and behavior in the past year and to justify before god.

This comes with a couple of symbolic things like blowing the Shofar, to open heaven, lighting candles, certain things to eat and throwing stones and breadcrumbs into the water as a symbol of striping off the sins, to start fresh and clean into the new year.


We eat honey cake, slices of apples dipped in honey, Zimmes (carrots cooked sweet) to have a sweet new year. Also its common to eat a piece of the head of fish or lamb to express the wish to become the head and not the tail. Not to forget the pomegranate which means the wish to multiply our rights like Pomegranates.

So its a very happy celebration with a lot of thoughts about the future and remembering of the lives of our ancestors.

Happy New Year –

שנה טובה

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Uriel Cazes New Years Evening


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Uriel Cazes Pomegranates 2015


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Uriel Cazes Klezmer, 2015


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Uriel Cazes Shana tova


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Uriel Cazes Prayer for new year


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Uriel Cazes Exchange of thoughts,2015 (on the way to the Synagog Yom Kippur)


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Uriel Cazes 1991

Contact: Uriel Cazes cazes.uriel@gmail.com







HB Police and Community Foundation

Six years ago, RE/MAX Select One Broker/Owner Stuart Thomas and STAR Real Estate CEO and founder Frank McDowell were having lunch.  During that lunch they decided that they could bring together the community to raise money for a great cause.  For the past 6 years, they have focused on helping kids.  The first five events helped Colette’s Children’s Home, Habitat for Humanity, Project Self Sufficiency, Make-A-Wish and Children’s Hospital of Orange (CHOC).  This year, they are excited to be working closely with Huntington Beach Chief of Police Robert Handy.   The Huntington Beach Police and Community Foundation was created by Chief Handy.  One of the focusses of the foundation is youth programs.  The foundation recently took a group of kids who got surf lessons from police officers.

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Huntington Beach Police & Community Foundation

There is a fundraiser planned for November 3rd at Seacliff Country Club.  The event is from 4-7PM.  Corporate Sponsorships are available.  Tickets are $20 at the door.  These events are very well attended averaging 350 people.  There will be silent auctions, pick a prize, $1,000 drawing, food and drink…


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Chief Handy, Stuart Thomas, Frank McDowell

Chief Handy outlines the programs and benefits…

  1. Horse therapy program.  We take at risk kids and a police officer picks them up in their neighborhood and takes them to the riding stables on Golden West.  At the stables we have partnered with Horse Nation (a local nonprofit) and there are counselors and social workers who spend several hours with the kids, along with the police officer.  They do this over a ten week span.  The classes or therapy sessions include anti bullying, gang and drug awareness, and general life skills topics.  The horses are used to break down any barriers and get the kids talking and introduce topics.  All the horses are rescue horses and many have similar backgrounds to the kids.  There is some job skills introduction as well and some students are brought back in “intern” programs at the stables to learn specific job skills such as horse grooming, braiding, and even horse shoeing.  We did one program last year and hope to do 8 this coming school year.
  1. We are doing a shop with a cop program at Target in December.  We are taking 30 kids (each escorted by an officer) shopping.  Each kid will have two hundred dollars to spend on gifts for themselves and their families.  They will be fed breakfast first at Market Broiler.  Santa Clause will be there and there will be some Christmas crafts and a small family gift for each of them from Target.  Some parts of the event will be donated, but the Foundation is covering the bulk of the costs.
  1. We have had some preliminary discussions about also partnering with the Kiwanis Club and assisting them with their holiday shopping/clothing event.  I have a tentative meeting with their organizer in a couple of weeks.
  1. We have a youth leadership program that should start late this fall.  It will be a one night per week program at the police station with 20-30 high school age kids.   There are many behind the scenes costs for the program that will be covered by the foundation.  Transportation to classes, events and service projects, shirts, meals, and speaker fees.  The program will run from November to May.  In addition to one night per week, there will be periodic trips to places like the Museum of Tolerance and community service projects on the weekends.
  1. We have a scholarship program.  Several scholarships will be awarded this Spring to our local high school kids.
  1. Multiple recreation/sports programs.  We have done a couple of camp style sports programs with cops and kids.  Those programs will grow exponentially throughout the year.  Last year we did a couple of spring camps.  One with local youth and another with kids and their families from Orange County who are battling life threatening diseases.     Our goal is to eventually get to a Pal or Police Activities League concept where kids have after school sports activities with police officers.

There are other programs in the making as well, but this is just what is immediately planned.

“This Foundation created by Chief Handy will do tremendous work with the youth of our community.  We are excited to be able to give something back to the Huntington Beach Community through our fundraising efforts.  These events take months of hard work and the group of ladies who give their time and energy are the heart and soul of these events.  They are the “A” Team.  This is the sixth time we have all come together with a common goal of helping others.” Stuart Thomas.



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