Growing up and paying it forward

When little 12-year-old Joseph Maass came to the Youth Center’s after-school program six years ago, he never imagined how it would shape his life’s course and future aspirations. Now 18, he’s been working the last nine months at his very first part-time job as a Youth Center staff member, and the Long Beach resident just…

Medicare enrollment has begun

Medicare open enrollment is here– and it’s time for older adults to step up to the plate. From now until Dec.7, they can sign up for Medicare coverage, switch out of their current health plan for a new one or add prescription-drug coverage through Medicare Part D. Adding Part D coverage is a home run.…

The need to watch out for each other

This Sunday, Nov. 20, Long Beach will participate in the annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance. Every year, cities across the world hold gatherings to remember the hundreds of lives lost to anti-transgender violence and to share messages of hope and inspiration to our communities. Over the last decade that I have been involved with…

Shop small next Saturday

We need your help and participation. We need your dedication and even a few dollars too. Small Business Saturday is coming up on Nov. 26, and it’s your chance to make a big impact to your local business district. I can argue that every day is a Small Business Saturday, but this national program helps…

First Fridays reaches a decade milestone

What started out with very humble beginnings has 10 years later evolved into not only one of the biggest economic drivers for Bixby Knolls but also an economic development model and go-to event for the city. From one business hosting an artist in the evening hours, to two, to four, to six locations scattered in…

How to protect yourself from the resurfaced ‘jury duty’ scam

How to protect yourself from the resurfaced ‘jury duty’ scam

The Long Beach Police Department is again warning the community about a dramatic increase in telephone scams targeting residents and businesses throughout the city of Long Beach and region. In recent weeks, residents have reported a telephone scam where the caller is posing as a law-enforcement official who informs the resident of an outstanding arrest…

Getting free help with your Medicare

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When someone with Medicare finds his or her way to my office phone, it’s often because of a complicated and snarly issue that’s going to take time to fix. However, it’s sometimes a Medicare beneficiary who found my number somewhere and called for some basic help in understanding their coverage. I love those calls because…

Time to review your Medicare coverage

Sometime in late October, I’ll host the 12th Annual Friends of Elaine Kortzeborn Medicare Open Enrollment Party. Every year since 2005, I’ve helped a dozen or so my mom’s buddies review their Medicare Part D prescription drug insurance and make sure it still works for them. At first, I ran into some resistance. Mom’s friends…

Medicare 101

When you turn 65, you have hit an important milestone– eligibility for Medicare. During Medicare open enrollment, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the variety of choices you need to make, and making the wrong choices can lead to more expenses. The annual Medicare open-enrollment period is Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. When you…

Strengthening our schools in combating student suicide

Nothing is as agonizing as the death of a child. A life cut short by a child’s own hands, however, is nothing short of earthshattering. Youth suicide not only represents the loss of untapped and unbridled potential, it carries with it a profound sense of failure by the living. The aftermath begs the question: What…

Reading, writing and rules of the road

The Long Beach Police Department would like to remind everyone that with most schools in the Long Beach Unified School District beginning Aug. 31, and with the volume of pedestrian traffic around schools increasing dramatically, that all commuters are urged to follow the laws of the road, in an effort to prevent avoidable accidents. All…

Avoid a dormant butt when heading back to school

By Kathleen Hale Chair-Free Project Founder The school months mean sitting hour upon hour each day in classrooms and then at desks while studying. All of this sitting can be dangerous to students’ health. Here are 10 tips for them to avoid hours of sitting that can lead to a various health problems, including dormant…

Fall care for a healthier, better looking lawn

By Melinda Myers– Gardening expert As summer fades into fall, it is time to help lawns recover from summer stress and prepare for the winter ahead. Continue to mow your lawn as long as it continues to grow. Grow cool-season grasses like bluegrass, fescue and ryegrass 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 inches tall. Warm season grasses like…