MLK Day parade, celebration draws big crowd in LB

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer Hundreds of people came to the 20th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace and Unity Parade and Celebration in central Long Beach last Saturday. Local, county and state officials walked or rode in cars and vehicles that proceeded from Anaheim Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue north to…

LBPHS celebrates 100 years of chiefs

The Long Beach Police Historical Society (LBPHS) saluted the position at the Chief of Police Centennial Celebration on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Former and current law enforcement officers gathered with the public for the historical event, which took place at the Long Beach Main Library Auditorium.

Harry Lee Rilling Sr. dies at 80

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer Harry Lee Riling Sr., known by many long-time Long Beach and Signal Hill residents, died on Jan. 8. Eighty-year-old Rilling worked at the Midway Fishing Tool Company in Signal Hill from 1955 to 1980. There, he rose through the ranks to eventually become the branch operations manager.

Marching for Martin

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer About 200 people holding candles walked through a section of Central Long Beach last Saturday night to honor the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. and to make a stand against all forms of violence in the city. The one-mile march began at Martin Luther King Jr. Park and proceeded…

Spotlight on Advertisers : Farmers Market

The Harbor Area farmers markets are giving away free 2008 calendars. Each calendar is filled with various recipes and helpful hints for shopping at the farmers markets. The Harbor area farmers markets are located in Huntington Park, Uptown and Downtown Long Beach, Cerritos and Southeast Long Beach. For more information, visit

New BKBIA executive director hungers for action

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer Blair Cohn doesn’t shuffle paper. He pushes the envelope. “I want to see things happen in this part of town and my job is to make sure they do,” he said. As the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association’s new executive director, Cohn is in a place poised for significant transformations.…