The quarterback behind the ‘nuclear football’

Former senior military aide who oversaw nuclear launch codes discusses White House experiences with LB Republican group

When a phone call from the White House informed Lt. Col. Robert Patterson that he had obtained a job in a highly crucial and classified position alongside the president, he wanted to turn it down. “I called my then girlfriend, now wife, and said, ‘I think I’m going to say no,’” Patterson said. “She said,…

Workshop provides information on how to care for loved ones

However, the event also emphasized the importance of caring for oneself first

On Sunday, Jan. 14, Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS) teamed with senior citizen center, AARP, to present a workshop for community members on how to develop caregiving skills when taking on responsibilities for loved ones. Representing AARP, Leigh Broadway explained the purpose of the “Prepare to Care” workshop. “Today,” Broadway said, “our goal is…

Dollars and centenarians

Photo courtesy F&M Farmers & Merchants (F&M), a 110-year-old bank, welcomed one of its long-time clients into the centennial club. Richard D. Cords, born January 15, 1918, celebrated his 100th birthday among friends and family at the bank’s Bixby Knolls office on Tuesday. Cords, a client with F&M for over 30 years. He was celebrated…

Ten years and 2,000 miles, and counting…

Photo by Izzie Hallock | Signal Tribune Last Saturday, the Bixby Strollers met at their usual location, the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on Atlantic Avenue, for their three- to four-mile walk. However, on this day, the club members celebrated their 10-year anniversary, having logged a total of about 1,976 miles. Participants enjoyed free coffee…

CA secretary of state announces results of randomized alphabet drawing for April 10 local election ballots

Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s staff on Thursday conducted a randomized alphabet drawing to determine the order in which candidates’ names will appear on April 10, 2018 local election ballots. The results of the drawing are as follows: In accordance with Elections Code section 13111, the names of candidates on the ballot are arranged based…

Signal Hill Library to host children’s book sale

The Friends of the Signal Hill Library will host a children’s book fair and sale on Thursday, Feb 8 from noon to 6pm at the Signal Hill Library, 1780 E. Hill St., behind the basketball courts. The event will offer high-quality, gently used books for toddlers, pre-schoolers, primary grades and teenagers at affordable prices. Children’s…

Hood was a ‘tireless faculty colleague’

Dr. David Hood, a scholar in the fields of ancient and medieval history, ancient literature and early Western civilization, died on Thursday, Jan. 11, according to a memo by Cal State University President Jane Close Conoley the following day. Conoley called Hood “a beloved colleague and professor” who taught graduate and undergraduate courses and led…

From Long Beach to Gaza

Former CNN writer, hostage and activist discusses Israeli-Palestinian conflict with local residents

In 1984, Jerry Levin was kidnapped by the Hezbollah militant group in exchange for extremists that tried to bomb the French and American embassies in Kuwait. He was in captivity for over 11 months before being freed with the help of his wife, friends and colleagues. Originally of Jewish descent, Levin converted to Christianity during…

New year, new life

Dignity Health–St. Mary Medical Center welcomed the first baby of the new year on Jan. 1, 2018, to Long Beach residents Christina Yem and Rodtanna Onn. Dr. Michael Cogan delivered baby girl Ava Yem at 12:35am. She weighed 9 pounds, 14 ounces and was 20 inches long. Source: Dignity Health–St. Mary Medical Center