Reminiscing

This photo shows the Hilltop Star Room where diners could find dancing and fine food in Signal Hill. Do you have memories of this establishment? Contact the Signal Tribune at 2669 Myrtle Avenue, Suite 111, Signal Hill, CA 90755 or leave a comment below.

All They Want for Christmas

Last Saturday, Alan Katz gave one couple a very memorable wedding day when he married them while dressed as Santa Claus. “Santa” Katz has portrayed the Jolly Ol’ Elf at the Marketplace Shopping Center for 15 years. David Ridge, an active-duty Marine, and Arianne Sepulveda, a production assistant for film, tied the knot in a…

LB Fire Department ramps up free smoke detector program

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer After three young sisters died in a fire about two weeks ago, Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) officials increased their effort to publicize the department’s eight-year-old free smoke detector program. “We have been giving smoke detectors free of charge to Long Beach residents that can’t afford to buy them for…

Disenfranchised Catholics flocking to breakaway church

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer For the past 13 years, local Catholics estranged from the Roman Catholic Church for one reason or another, have flocked to the Good Shepherd Church, which offers all the sacraments and still performs the Mass, but is no longer under the direct authority of the Pope. “This particular parish is…

State Assembly passes landmark healthcare reform

By Nick Diamantides, Staff Writer The California State Assembly, backed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, passed a landmark healthcare reform bill last week. How the bill will fare in an upcoming State Senate vote is not certain, but initial surveys show many residents of the state favor the legislation. “California has taken a giant step forward…