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Neighborhood News
Attention SFHOA Members
The Sherwood Forest Homeowners Association website will begin to make some updates to its site, to make it more friendly to our members . We are starting this change with our “Photo Album” section, by adding YOUR decorated homes to “Halloween 2014”.
We all know how imaginative & creative our neighbors, here in the Forest, can be during the holidays…..But we want to show ALL the membership just what these ingenious minds are up to! So here’s all you have to do, send us a photo of your Halloween-decorated yard to . Names are optional, but please include your street and a little description of your theme or inspiration (again, optional).
It doesn’t matter how small or grand your decorations are – there are no prizes for 1st Place – Just bragging rights & a chance to have your neighbors see how crazy your imagination can be!
Ps….Stay turn in late November, when we start asking for your Christmas/Hanukkah display photos!

Sherwood Scare
October. Images of ghost, goblins & rising full moons fill the minds of the imagination…But in Sherwood Forest, October takes on another more real & ominous experience…For October brings the return of Big Worm & his Scary Forest!!!

Of course, most film buffs are familiar with that great old movie machine: Sherwood Studios, who produced some of the best loved & remembered movies of Hollywood’s Golden Age of the 1920’s & 30’s. So many of the real greats came out of those legionary gates, it would take too long to name them all! But, perhaps the most beloved star was that tiny talent – Hilde Cotter! In fact, Sherwood was once known as “The Studio Hilde Built”. That little curly-topped sweetheart could do it all! Sing, dance, move us to tears & bring us back with laughter!...That is until one day, on the set of her last, uncompleted film, “something” happened that changed Hilde & forced Sherwood Studios to close it’s gates forever! Just what happened to little Hilde seventy years ago…And why does the old studio still stand…deteriorating, yet frozen in time…uninhabited by living beings.

Come & find out for yourself, when Big Worm’s Camp Sherwood Presents – SHERWOOD STUDIOS – Opening for these next two weekends: October 17th, 18th  & 20th and October 24th, 25th & 26th  -  7:00pm until 10:00pm. In addition, the Studio will be open on Friday, October 31st  -  Halloween Night -  from 7:00pm to Midnight AND on Saturday, November 1 from 7:00 pm to 10:00pm. Sherwood Studio is located @ 8856 Encino Ave (corner of Encino & Rayen) in Sherwood Forest. Tickets are a mere $3.00 at the door and ALL donations go directly to the Big Worm’s Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

As we’ve written in past years, Big Worm was a real person. Matthew Joyce was born with Cystic Fibrosis, a disease, whose name most people have heard, but know little about. It’s a genetically predisposed condition that affects the lungs and pancreas. (Although his first lung surgery, in 2000, was a tremendous success, his second was not. Matthew passed away in 2008, at the age of 27) Life expectancy is short, but, more than the pain, it is the isolation & loneliness of the endless stays in the hospital (for what is commonly referred to as “turn-ups”) that patients of the disease suffer most with. According to Worm’s older brother, Joey, this became the basis & the mission of Big Worm’s CF Foundation. Providing musical instruments, DVD players, laptops and other various toys of diversion allows these kids to be kids during their hospital stay. The Foundation is dedicated to bringing awareness of CF and to finding a final cure to all children & young adults suffering with this disease. 

For more information on this year’s Camp Sherwood Scare, please go to:
And look for Camp Sherwood Scare on Facebook & Yelp!

For more information on Big Worm’s Cystic Fibrosis Foundation please go to:
***One last note: Just in case you’re worried that this may be too intense for your little (& big) ones, Worm is offering TWO special “Lights On Event For Kids” on October 19th & 27th from 5:00pm to 6:30pm. Plenty of thrills  - but without all the frightening terror.

SFHOA Members Vote Against Settlement Proposal
Dear SFHOA Members:
At the SFHOA members meeting last night, Mr. Selan and his attorney presented a settlement proposal calling for a 39 unit, 30,000+ square foot eldercare facility to be built on Mr. Selan's property at the corner of Parthenia and Shoshone.  They explained a number of reasons why, in their opinion, the SFHOA should accept their proposal.  
Following their presentation, and after they left the room, SFHOA Board Members and our attorney explained a number of pros and cons to the proposal.  Many audience members then took the opportunity to ask questions, make comments, or express opinions. 
A vote was then taken by written ballot:
"Yes" for the proposal as presented or "No" against the proposal.  The votes were tallied after the meeting, with the result being a near-unanimous "No" vote.

Meanwhile, immediately after the end of the meeting and before the votes were counted, the Board learned that Mr. Selan had withdrawn his settlement offer via email from his attorney to ours at 8:31 pm - which was after his presentation but before the end of our discussion and vote.   Our attorney did not see the email until after the meeting because his cell phone was (appropriately) turned off during the meeting.
Whether we consider Mr. Selan's withdrawal irrelevant as his proposal was voted down by the membership or the vote moot because it came after the proposal was withdrawn, the effect is the same:  there will be no settlement at this time.  Mr. Selan presumably will continue his case against the North Valley Area Planning Commission's rejection of his 112 unit eldercare project, and the City Attorney and the SFHOA will continue to fight his claims in court.  It is also possible that Mr. Selan will withdraw his current lawsuit and file a new plan for his property with the City Planning Department.  
We will, of course, keep the membership fully advised of all developments in this matter and urge you all to continue to check the SFHOA website regularly for updates.

As discussed last night, lawsuits can be costly and even with the amount collected last night, additional funds will be required down the line to continue this battle.  If you have not yet made a donation, please consider doing so. There is a donation tab on our website (which will be operational again on 9/12/14).
The Board thanks the many concerned and committed SFHOA members who attended the meeting last night, and also thanks all of those who made donations to the legal fund.  Your contributions enable the SFHOA to continue to protect the interests of the homeowners of Sherwood Forest.
Best Regards,
Tom Bramson, President

CERT Training for Homeowners
The Los Angeles Fire Department will be conducting C.E.R.T. Training for the Homeowners of Sherwood Forest, at Northridge Middle School on Tuesday nights for 7 consecutive weeks (17 ½ hour course).
September 9 – 16 – 23 – 30
October 7 – 14 – 21     (Graduation on the 21st  upon completing all 7 days)

The class will run from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm – 2 ½ hours per class.
The class is limited to the first 25 sign-ups, guarantee a spot and sign up early
Any questions & to sign-up for this free training    
Please contact:
Ralph Enderle, LAFD & Sherwood Forest Homeowner
818 421-9513

Important Numbers
SFHOA Hotline
Non Emergency 911
LAUSD School Police Dispatch
All City Services
     Dead Animal Pick up
     Graffiti Removal
     Parking Violations
     Property Violations

Abandoned Vehicles
Animal Services

Building and Safety

Bulky Item Clean-up
Councilman Mitch Englander's Office
Graffitti Removal
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal
Illegal Dumping
Parking Violations
Police Station - Non-Emergency Calls
Devonshire 818/832.0633

Postal Security
Northridge post-office
877/876.2455 (option 3)

Shopping Cart Pick-up/Free

Street Lights Out

West Valley Alliance - graffitti removal



Upcoming Events
SFHOA Board Meeting
Wednesday, November 12th, 7:00 p.m. at 17531 Rayen St.
Monthly Meeting
SFHOA Board Meeting
Wednesday, December 10th, 7:00 p.m. at 17531 Rayen St.
Monthly Meeting

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