A scorching situation

Photos by Denny Cristales | Signal Tribune Firefighters responded to a widespread fire in Anaheim Hills on the morning of Oct. 9, as several homes were evacuated. Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia wrote on his Facebook page that a Long Beach Fire Department strike team had been deployed to assist in the fire. As of…

15 years of kindness

Dignity Health–St. Mary Medical Center on Oct. 6 honored one of its long-time volunteers, Tim Smith, with its Humankindness Award for his dedicated service to the hospital’s CARE Center Food Pantry. For the past 15 years, Smith, a career education teacher for the Los Angeles County Office of Education, has taught hundreds of teenagers and…

Long Beach Shakespeare Company celebrates 15 years of theatre

Performances to continue as director Helen Borgers remains in hospital

As Hamlet says, “The play’s the thing…” No, not Hamlet the Pig– the cute, ruff-collared mascot of the Long Beach Shakespeare Company’s (LBSC)– the other Hamlet from William Shakespeare’s play. And plays have been the thing at the LBSC, a gem in the Long Beach community that has brought relevant classics to life for 15…

LBCC opens new building, renovates another to house various programs

College moves Electrical Technology Program to its Pacific Coast Campus

It wasn’t your typical ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday morning at the Pacific Coast Campus of Long Beach City College (LBCC), when the site’s officials, staff and students celebrated the grand opening of a new building and the completed renovation of another. The one who had the honor of actually cutting the ribbon was a robot designed…

City of Long Beach celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month

The City of Long Beach is participating in National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October for the second consecutive year with two signature events coordinated by Long Beach’s Citizen’s Advisory Commission on Disabilities (CACoD). This year’s national theme is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.” Participating in National Disability Employment Awareness Month is an extension of the City’s…

Facing ‘this mortal coil’

Longtime disc jockey and Shakespearean director Helen Borgers is fighting for her life and learning about public support along the way

The vibrant, harmonious sounds of the music genre of jazz can prove difficult for many to define. The genre’s origins date back to the late 19th century, when it would eventually evolve from the classical roots of blues and utilize raw instruments, such as trumpets and horns. There has been many a jazz enthusiast over…

Trauma-informed education program expands to second LBUSD school

The Guidance Center, a nonprofit child and family mental-health agency, this week announced the expansion of its pilot program It’s About T.I.M.E. (Trauma-Informed Movement in Education) and collaboration with Poly Academy of Achievers and Leaders High School (PAAL) staff. PAAL is the second school within the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) that has partnered…

EDCO service to continue on Columbus Day

Despite Columbus Day being Monday, Oct. 9, there will be no delay in EDCO’s waste and recycling collection services, according to the company. EDCO’s customer-service offices, including its public disposal site in Signal Hill, will also remain open. This includes Park Waste and Recycling Services and Signal Hill Waste and Recycling Services. Source: EDCO

Artists with physical disabilities go beyond their limitations

Instructed by a local LB artist, outpatients in Downey center will exhibit their work at annual event

Most folks would be hard-pressed to paint or draw a simple landscape with the use of both of their hands and some of the best art equipment in the world, but at the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, people with physical disabilities, ranging from muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and paralysis, are expressing…

A can-do attitude

Courtesy Terri Henry The fourth annual CANstruction® Long Beach competition benefiting Food Finders took place in the Landmark Square Building lobby on Sept. 21 beginning at 8am. Teams made up of local architecture and engineering firms designed and built unique structures made entirely out of canned goods. The structures are allowed to be built up…

Can’t have a Beach without the sun

Photos by Sebastian Echeverry | Signal Tribune California State University, Long Beach officials hosted a “turning on the switch” ceremony on Friday, Sept. 15 to unveil the new solar panels on campus, the largest solar power system installed on any of the 23 Cal State University campuses. Key speakers at the event included Long Beach…

Ready for school

Photo by Wendy Hansen The Rotary Club of Signal Hill on Sept. 8 delivered backpacks and school supplies to Jessie Elwin Nelson Academy, the first school to benefit from the Rotary Club’s backpack program. Other schools included Alvarado Elementary on Sept 13 and Signal Hill Elementary on Sept. 19. Each year, as its community project,…