Today is Saturday 21st of April 2018


3rd Annual “Cookies With Santa”

Brooklynn sitting on Santa's lap - 2010

SANTA will be making a special appearance at 3943 Chapman Place (the house with the train) this Saturday, December 10th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Santa’s helpers will be serving hot chocolate, cookies and cupcakes for children and adults!  If you forget your camera, we’ll take photos for you.

Real smoke, turning wheels, and real train sounds! Choo chooooo!

The train will be
spouting off real smoke, and the wheels actually turn ’round and ’round, with real train sounds too!   Kids, young and old, can sit inside the train for photo opportunities. 

Many people are
curious as to when
the Chapman Place Christmas decoration tradition began.  One
of our neighbors did some research and found a 1966 Press-Enterprise newspaper article.  The
tradition of decorating the street was proposed in 1950 by Chapman Place resident Charles M. Wilson. Aubyrnne skipping with joy after receiving a candy cane from Santa!









 In 1950, the west end of the street was still an orange grove, yet the homeowners gathered in Charlie’s garage to make 8-foot tall Christmas trees out of aluminum foil.  The 1966 newspaper photo showcased
life-sized lit candlesticks that lined the street, which the current residents reproduced and put in place this year for the whole neighborhood to enjoy! 

Take a stroll down Chapman Place tonight….



Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from "The Sister Team"

Let us all be grateful for our loved ones, a roof over our head, the food with which we satisfy our hunger, and the ability to be consciously grateful for all that we have.  We wish you a most grateful Thanksgiving, and leave you with three thoughts of gratitude: 

Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; 
to the
honest man it comes as frequently
as the heart of gratitude will allow.  –Edward Sandford Martin

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them
is the true meaning of Thanksgiving. –W.T. Purkiser

 As we express our gratitude, we must never forget
that the highest appreciation is not to utter words,
but to live by them.  –John Fitzgerald Kennedy


Veterans Day 2011

What is a Veteran?

A “Veteran” — whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve — is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America” for an amount of “up to, and including his/her life”.

We thank all the Veterans, who are now serving, or who have served in the past.  Thank you, and your families, for your sacrifices. 


Burning Wood Requires Air Check

Check Before You Burn - AQMD 
Southern California residents are now required to check the air quality before they burn wood in a home fireplace — or risk violating regulations that went into effect this week.  Fines for repeat offenders can be as high as $500.  

As part of the Healthy Hearths™ initiative, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) is asking residents to participate in its “Check Before You Burn” program to help improve wintertime air quality by not burning wood in their fireplaces when unhealthful air quality is forecast. 

Under the program, AQMD will issue a 24-hour no-burn advisory for residential fireplaces and wood stoves — from November 1st through the end of February 2012. 

AQMD is the air pollution control agency for all of Orange County and the urban portions of Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties — the smoggiest region of the United States. 

For more information, exemptions, or to sign up for AQMD email notifications, go to  Call 866-966-3293 for “Check Before You Burn” information if you
don’t have internet access.


Let Us Not Forget…

Photo of World Trade Center taken from Empire State Building

Growing up just outside of Philadelphia, as children, Tara and I would visit relatives in Manhattan every summer.  We remember visiting the World Trade Center shortly after it first opened in 1973.  The photo above was taken when my father and I visited the Empire State Building in the late 1990s.  In May 2006, we sadly visited what was once the World Trade Center.  To actually stand where the carnage took place was surreal, and overwhelmingly sad.

No one will forget the lives lost in Manhattan, the Pentagon, or the Shanksville Pennsylvania field on that fateful day, ten years ago.  We bow our heads in silence…


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