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…

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…