Thoughts from the publisher | May 12

With this Sunday being our country’s official observance of Mother’s Day, I wish a happy day to all of you grandmothers, mothers, mothers-to-be, stepmothers or those who have been “like a mother” to someone in need of mothering. In today’s world we celebrate Mother’s Day with emails, flowers, greeting cards, brunches, dinners, long-distance phone calls…

Thoughts from the Publisher | May 5

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Most of my young life I thought May 5 was Mexican Independence Day. I’m not sure why. I have no memory of learning anything about the holiday in elementary school, junior high or high school. In those days, our history lessons focused on American history rather than world history. Furthermore, I…

Thoughts from the publisher | April 28

Several years ago, I dedicated one of my columns to explaining my frustration with communicating with those around me. In that first writing, I quoted 18th Century theologian Joseph Priestley, who, by the way, discovered oxygen; the quote was as follows: “The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.” I still agree…

Thoughts from the Publisher | April 21

By: Neena Strichart Publisher It seems that folks are really enjoying our resurrection of our old feature known as “Reminiscing.” After recently hearing praises on the vintage photos and memories that I have been running in my column, I knew I would be on the lookout for more items to share with our readers. A…

Thoughts from the Publisher | April 7

By: Neena Strichart Publisher A couple of weeks ago in my column, I published a vintage photo that had been shared with us by our buddy Steve Hastings. The picture showed many men posing together for what appeared to be an important event, and it was. The picture showed several gentlemen grouped for a photo…

Thoughts from the Publisher | March 31

Last year, our paper’s distribution day fell on April 1, April Fools’ Day. For that issue, I wrote my column about the history of that celebrated date. This year, April Fools’ Day is on Saturday, the day after our paper publishes. Nevertheless, I figured I would basically rerun the same column today, with just a…

Thoughts from the Publisher | March 24

I love looking at photographs of years gone by. I especially enjoy vintage pictures of local people, events and cityscapes of Long Beach and Signal Hill. Back in the early years of the Signal Tribune, we published a feature titled “Reminiscing.” Every week, we would print a photo from my collection that depicted local happenings,…

Thoughts from the Publisher | March 17

Once in a while, our paper publishes on the date of a well celebrated holiday. With today being St. Patrick’s Day, I decided to do some detailed investigation about the holiday and share my findings with our readers. I figured the research would take me several hours, so I started my detective-like online search days…

Thoughts from the Publisher | March 10

Earlier this week, I had a visit from a woman asking about our procedure for placing obituary notices. When I asked her for some of the details, I learned that she wanted to run the information regarding her mother. During our conversation, I learned that I had known her mother, Virginia Cullen, and that dear…

Thoughts from the Publisher | March 3

Steve and I absolutely adore our pets. They are our sweet and loving four-legged kids who rescued us from lives that would otherwise be fraught with intact furniture, clean carpeting, full pocketbooks and a pristine lawn. Needless to say, without our dogs and cats, we would be quite bored and most likely burdened with sleeping…

Thoughts from the Publisher | Jan. 27

Over the years, we have received thousands of press releases. When we receive such requests for a free publication, the quality of the information given to us falls into one of the following categories: great, good, bad and/or delete. As of late, it seems that we are being sent more and more requests written with…