Discouraging distracted driving– Commentary

By the Signal Hill Police Department April is recognized as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In California, the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), Signal Hill Police Department, CHP, local law enforcement and community partners throughout the state are working together to make the roads safer by highlighting the dangers of being distracted while driving, especially…

Be prepared for a buggy spring– Commentary

By: The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD) Recent storms, followed by warm temperatures, provided the perfect opportunity for many insects to emerge throughout Los Angeles County that have caused many residents to worry about a surge of mosquitoes. The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD) is informing residents that many…

Monkey business: A Trauma-Informed Movement in Education success story

Helping a school become trauma-informed requires more than training school staff about the neuroscience of trauma or providing a prescription of techniques. The heart of trauma-informed care, and our It’s About T.I.M.E. (Trauma-Informed Movement in Education) program at Beach High School, is relationships. Effectively helping children who have experienced trauma starts and ends with the…

Finding a good nursing home

One recent Sunday morning, I woke up to a text message from a coworker saying she’d been up all night with her mother in the emergency room. Her mom had fallen, broken her hip and was getting admitted to the hospital for surgery. As you can imagine, my colleague was exhausted, worried and facing some…

Looking deeper into LBPD compensation

The City of Long Beach announced Monday the details of the tentative deal reached with the Police Officers Association (POA) last December, set to go to a council vote as the new police contract next week. (See story on p. 15.) It includes a 9-percent increase in pay for our generally excellent police (staggered over…

Learning lessons– three minutes at a time

I started boxing about 10 years ago, at a gym in Westminster. The people I’ve met there have been my mentors, even the men and women who drift in on a whim and leave anonymously a few weeks later, after they realize they don’t like being hit and that there are probably easier ways to…

Three ways to lower your skin cancer risk in 2017

The beginning of a new year is typically when people assess their health and vow to improve their well-being. Resolving to take better care of your skin is a great place to start: after all, it is the body’s largest organ. Even though skin cancer is the world’s most common cancer– one in five Americans…

How much will my Medicare cost in 2017?

Not long ago, I had dinner with a group of friends from college. One of the big topics of conversation was Medicare, for which we’ll all be eligible in the next several years. (Farewell, callow youth!) And one of the biggest questions about Medicare was, “How much is it going to cost me?” Like private…

Empowering youth to make smart choices

Mentor programs throughout Long Beach and the country celebrate January as the National Mentoring Month with a variety of activities. With the campaign’s tagline, “Mentor in Real Life,” the goal of the month is to initiate a dialogue on the importance of mentoring and encourage involvement. Nationally, a proclamation is issued by President Obama, while…

Share the gift of security​

We have all received gifts we’ve wanted to return: ugly socks or sweaters that look exactly like the one you got (or gave!) last year. Sometimes, just letting loved ones know that you’re there for them, no matter what, is the best gift of all. And you avoid the embarrassment of giving an awkward gift!…

​What should you do when it’s raining cats and dogs?

Choosing to brave the weather and drive anyway? Check in advance for highway information and road closures. Call 511 to get freeway drive times and freeway speeds along your route, and it will also tell you if there is road construction or a traffic incident ahead. Check online for current and future weather conditions along…