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SSA: Be Aware This Holiday Season
The US Social Security Administration has published the following warnings regarding scams that citizens may encounter during the holidays. We encourage you to share this information with friends and relatives.

Many of us spend the holidays relaxing and sharing in goodwill with friends and family. But some bad actors use the holidays to take advantage of people’s generous spirits. Scammers frequently target the older and other more vulnerable members of our communities. They pretend they are from Social Security or another government agency to steal your money or personal information.

Caller ID, texts, or documents sent by email may look official, but they are not. Fraudsters are calling to verify information about the 2023 cost-of-living adjustment for people who get benefits. Remember, this adjustment is automatic and a beneficiary does not need to verify anything. Social Security won’t ask you to provide information or money to get your benefit increase. Know that how we do business with you doesn’t change because it’s the holidays. We may email or text you about programs and services, but we will never ask for personal information via email or text.

Recognizing the signs of a scam can help you avoid falling victim to one.
  • Scammers primarily use the telephone to contact you but may also use email, text messages, social media, or U.S. mail.
  • Scammers pretend to be from an agency or organization you know to gain your trust.
  • Scammers say there is a problem with your Social Security number or account.
  • Scammers pressure you to act immediately.
  • Scammers tell you to pay in a specific way.


Know what to look for and be alert.
  • Scammers don’t take days off and neither should you… when it comes to making sure you identify suspicious communications and report it. If you receive a questionable call, text, or email, hang up or don’t respond and report it at oig.ssa.gov/report.
  • Scammers frequently change their methods with new tactics and messages to trick people. We encourage you to stay up to date on the latest news and advisories by following SSA’s Office of the Inspector General on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook or subscribing to receive email alerts.


Note that several links with very long URLs intended to let SSA measure or track linkage to their systems and others have been altered or suppressed herein to preserve readers' privacy. —Ed.

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Time Journeys, by Richard Veit '66
A new novel by Richard Veit is now available. The arts have always been a staple of Temple City education. We encourage fellow alumni to support TC authors. —RC

In the novel...
"Logan Gramm meets a strange woman named Tammi Hansen, who claims to be the recruiter for ProGrade Kronotechnix, a company from the future whose mandate is to 'fine-tune' history. Logan enlists as a PGK operative, which places him in the crossfire of significant moments from the past. Then a company innovator devises a method to bring clients forward in time, enabling Logan to experience the technological wonders-and political terrors-of a city called Solerograd. With the government watching his every move, Logan must choose whether to remain in Tammi's world or convince her to follow him back to his."

Members: Reviews and comments may be added in the comments, or if you want to review alumni literature in greater depth, contact the editors.

Review and purchase

Janell Marr Gregson '60, Co-founder
Janell Marr Gregson '60 was a member of the TCHS Alumni Assn. board of directors, the first to say "yes" when I started this website in 2001. Because she lived nearby she was often the first person to see new features, and she often kept us from making bad choices. She passed away September 15 of this year.

Janell was a majorette and the editor of the Rampage, as the student newspaper was originally named, in 1959-60. She was ever optimistic and balanced family and work with grace.

She and her husband John were also good friends in other ways, and I miss them both.

The link below goes to Janell's profile on this site (login required).

—RC

Member profile and obituary

Class of 1978 to Celebrate 45 Years on 9/16/2023 at the Galley
Aloha TC Alumni!

The class of 1978 will be celebrating 45 years on Saturday, September 16, 2023, at the Galley, AKA the Boat. Get out your favorite 70's bellbottoms and platforms, or your favorite Aloha attire!

Kathy (Archer) Keithley & Brad Fagan have teamed up again to host the festivities. We will have 70's music, appetizers, and a wine tasting.

This is not a ticketed event, but sponsors are welcome! Event developments will be posted on facebook on the class page at Facebook. All TCHS alumni, teachers and spouses are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!

Mahalo!

Class Page

Alumni Site Visits Top 8 Million
According to counter on our host's web server, we have now had 8.4 million page views on the website.

In related news, Qanon's claims that the website scans each visitor regardless of vaccination status and adds them to a secret database of San M HS admirers in the cellar of a Georgetown beer hall in the District of Columbia are false.
2022 Camellia Festival Set for May 20-22
Temple City's annual Camellia Festival for 2022 will be held May 20-22. After two years of rescheduled, virtual or abbreviated versions, the event will be live but with May pinch-hitting for the traditional February dates. Confused? Check out the flyer.
Camellia Parade 2021 Goes Virtual
The 77th annual Camellia Parade took a turn to the digital side this year with the theme "Everyday Heroes" largely honoring those who've played a role in keeping local society going during the current pandemic. The video features comments by local leaders and performances by TC neighbors and the Pride of Temple City band and others, and of course you'll meet the Royal Court of first graders.


LA County COVID-19 Testing Sites Open Across County; Appointments Required
Los Angeles, CA (Thursday, April 2, 2020) — LA County is ramping up COVID-19 testing sites, opening three locations on April 3, 2020 and developing many others countywide. The sites opening April 3 are at the Pomona Fairplex (Gate 17 - W. McKinley/Fairplex Drive), the South Bay Galleria (1815 Hawthorne Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90278), and the Antelope Valley Mall (1233 Rancho Vista Blvd., Palmdale, CA 91768). The testing is by appointment only. Walk-up appointments are not available.

UPDATE 29MAY2021—Testing is still a good idea, especially if you remain unvaccinated. Follow the links near the bottom of this article for more information.

UPDATE 29MAY2021—A previous update had an incorrect link to LA County resources. We regret the error and any inconvenience. The pages linked below in the body of the article contain the intended information.

THIS ARTICLE will be updated intermittently. Members may sign in and add comments at the bottom; please limit comments to new testing sites or pertinent public information; nonsense will be removed upon discovery.

At this time, COVID-19 testing is limited to the most vulnerable Los Angeles County residents who are:

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Brighter Side Singers and Friends Take on Hallowe'en and More
Check on your TX friends...
About 31 registered TCHS Alumni members live in Texas. After the current freeze and electrical problems, this might be a good time to check in with them. If you are one of the well chilled, please sign in and advise of your status. The distribution by class year is as follows.

1955 1, 1960 2, 1959 2, 1957 1, 1966 2, 1968 1, 1980 1, 1983 1, 1988 1, 1979 2, 1984 1, 1971 1, 1991 1, 1972 1, 1961 1, 1956 1, 1987 1, 1986 1, 1981 2, 1973 1, 1976 1, 1992 1, 1962 1, 1974 1, 1982 1, 1970 1.

Organize a Class Group with Us
We are working on creating sub-groups of the membership. The first will be to help any class that wishes to participate. Each group will have a photo album and a forum topic to foment a continuing conversation.

Subsequent groups under consideration could be music, sports, etc. Suggestions from prospective organizers are encourage.

If you would like to start a group and are willing to be its coordinator, please write to the editors.

—RC

PS: You can get started by helping Kathy Springer '60 and me ID the girl in the top row below. Our embarrassment is unbearable, HELP!
David Matuszak '71 Pens Another Surfing Volume
David Matuszak '71 writes "check out my new surfing book. My book chronicles TCHS surfers from the 1960s and '70s. And it includes the prominence of San Gabriel Valley surfers. Anybody remember the Wardy Surf Shop on Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena in the 1960s? Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving holiday week."

Image courtesy D. Matuszak; click to enlarge.

Pasadena Star-News Review

TCHS creates fruit orchard during Covid-19 hiatus
Students may not have been on campus that November day during the Covid-19 closure, but in their absence the superintendent, principal, assistant principal, board members, and staff of Temple City High School stepped up to plant the school’s new 30-tree orchard!

It took a lot of hard work and patience to bring these fruit trees to the school. They appear to be in good hands here and will go to good use for Temple City students and community. Vitafusion Gummy Vitamins provided support to this project! FruitTreeProject

Veteran TC folk will recall that fruit trees were ubiquitous in the early history of the town. Among the many inducements to settle the area, the availability of small plots suitable for orchards was fundamental, and anyone over 70 will recall that many households had orange, lemon, grapefruit or avocado trees. The slope from north to south with little relief enables a "mountain and valley" wind that keeps temperatures steady, and the shallow water table and sandy soil make cultivation easy.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

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San Gabriel Mission Damaged by Fire, Roof & Pews Lost
Historic San Gabriel Mission came close to destruction July 12 in a fire of unknown origin. The blaze destroyed the roof and many of the pews, along with some artwork. Much of the contents of the building had been removed for a renovation in anticipation of the Mission's 250th anniversary in 2021. A complete assessment is in progress.

The building was completed in approximately 1806 after the mission was relocated from its original location at Whittier Narrows, founded in 1771. An active congregation has worshipped at the Mission for over 200 years, and it has been a focus of study by generations of students in the region, including TCHS students from most classes in their fourth grade year.

The Mission was the starting point for the families who walked the nine miles west to found Los Angeles in 1781, and it was the source of population for several other Spanish and Mexican era settlements, making the Mission the birthplace of the birthplace of many if not most TCHS alumni. The Workman and Temple families instrumental in the founding of Temple City and many descendants were reputedly parishioners at various times.

Contributions to reconstruction can be made at the following link.

Most news outlets have additional details. This article will be updated.

Restoration Fund