Theatre review: Long Beach Opera’s The Love Potion

If you’ve never been to an opera, you’re in luck. Long Beach Opera’s The Love Potion, with one more performance at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro on May 19, is an accessible production, sung in English with minimal flourish, but vocally and emotionally rich. Written by Swiss composer Frank Martin as Le Vin…

LGB runway temporarily closed for rehabilitation project

Runway 12-30, Long Beach Airport’s (LGB) main commercial runway, is being closed intermittently over an eight-day period for rehabilitation of critical areas, according to airport officials, who say that, as a result of the closure, neighborhoods near the airport may notice a change in aircraft flight activity. The need for the rehabilitation project was identified…

Lowenthal, colleagues introduce bipartisan bill imposing sanctions on Cambodian officials attacking democracy

Congressmember Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), co-chair of the Congressional Cambodia Caucus (CCC), has joined with Republican colleague Ted Yoho (FL-03), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, to introduce bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for undermining democracy in the Asian nation. The bill is cosponsored…

Attempted-theft suspect dies during arrest process

The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) Wednesday reported the death of a man who was being detained by another man after the former had allegedly attempted to steal a woman’s cell phone. On Monday, May 14, at approximately 11:30pm, officers were dispatched to the area of Granada Avenue and Ocean Boulevard for a call regarding…

Musical Theatre West offering summer youth conservatory

Musical Theatre West (MTW) will offer a three-week summer youth conservatory July 9-29 taught by industry professionals and designed to help students develop and hone skills necessary for future careers in professional musical theatre. In addition to acting, voice and dance training, the program will expand their knowledge of the world of musical theater and…

Metro Blue Line to now be open for LB Pride

Fourth District Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn announced Tuesday that Metro will reschedule the planned closure of two Blue Line stations originally scheduled to take place this weekend. Hahn asked Metro to reconsider the timing of the maintenance, concerned that the closures would interfere with transportation to and from Long Beach Pride this Saturday,…

Port’s April cargo rises nearly 11 percent

Four months into 2018, the Port of Long Beach has moved 2.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units, an amount more than 17 percent above last year’s record pace, according to port officials. In April, dockworkers handled 618,438 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), a 10.8-percent increase above the same month last year. Import containers grew 8.4 percent to…

Reported sexually transmitted diseases in CA reach new high

A record number of Californians were diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease (STD) in 2017, according to a new report released by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). More than 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and early syphilis were reported– a 45-percent increase compared to five years ago. Particularly concerning, health officials say, is…

Lowenthal, Correa lead letter calling on Vietnamese government to end activist crackdown, release prisoners of conscience

Congressional Caucus on Vietnam Co-Chair Congressmember Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) on Wednesday joined with Congressmember Lou Correa (CA-46) and other Members of the caucus in urging the Vietnamese government to end its recent crackdown on activists and journalists in Vietnam. The letter, addressed to Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, also calls on the government in…

Commentary: Keep your address up to date

Keeping your address up to date with a “My Social Security” account helps us mail your important documents to the correct place. If you receive benefits, you can use “My Social Security” to update your address. If you’ve moved recently, updating your information sooner rather than later will help us deliver important documents to you,…

Commentary: Medicare and osteoporosis

Brittle bones could shatter your life. Every year, more Americans are diagnosed with osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to weaken and become more likely to break. You may not know that you have this “silent” disease until your bones are so weak that a sudden strain, bump or fall causes your wrist to break…

Commentary: May and July peak months for grilling fires

Grilling season is right around the corner, and grill gurus everywhere are preparing for many family parties and barbecues. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) encourages grillers to pay attention to safety during the spring and summer months when home fires involving grilling incidents occur most often. In 2011–2015, fire departments responded to an average…