St. Mary renovates its short-stay surgery unit

St. Mary Medical Center has renovated a short-stay surgery unit on the second floor of its West Wing, a section of the hospital built in the late 1940s. Patients who come in for surgery not requiring an overnight stay in the hospital use this unit. In many cases, they are brought back to the unit…

A Sign of the Times

BY CORY BILICKO Managing Copy Editor Tom Barnes unearthed a fragile relic last week when he was in the process of changing out the sign on the front of his Cal Heights B&B Hardware, which is located in the building that once housed Van’s Bike and Key Shop.

Activists, LBPD plan “Take Back Locust” event

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer The neighborhoods in the vicinity of Locust Avenue, north of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) are infested with gangs and have recurring graffiti and trash-dumping problems. All of that is moving toward a head-on collision with community activists partnering with the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD). Community activists under the auspices…

Child predator caught on tape; LBPD asks for public’s help

Courtesy of Long Beach Police Dept. Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying and locating a man accused of trying to lure young children. On Saturday, May 3, at approximately 9:30 a.m., a man parked his vehicle in an alley in the residential area of Orange Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway and attempted to…

Around Town

GIVE A PINT TO RECEIVE A PINT Those who donate blood to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center: Miller Children’s Hospital during the months of May, June, July and August will receive a free pint of ice cream. Appointments can be made by calling (562) 933-0808 or by visiting 2801 Atlantic Avenue. KICK IT AT THE…

Reminiscing Revealed

In the May 8 issue of the Signal Tribune, we asked readers if they recognized the place in the photo above or knew when the photo was taken. Marv Haney called in and said he recognized that the building was Buffums on Broadway and Pine, which was later torn down. His wife had worked at…

LB Pride festival celebrates diversity

By Brittanie Murch Special to the Signal Tribune The 25th annual Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Celebration was this weekend in downtown Long Beach. It is a two-day festival and parade held to increase awareness and promote “PRIDE”-people respecting individual diversities in everyone-within the community. “It’s my favorite time of year,” said Ryan Tabizon,…

Local marathon team raises money for leukemia society

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer About 50 people in the Long Beach area are training to run or walk in marathons, but staying physically fit is only part of their motivation. By competing in the marathons, these amateur athletes help raise millions of dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, a national nonprofit organization that…

Spotlight on Advertisers : B&B Hardware

B&B Hardware in Cal Heights is modifying its name a bit to reflect the changes the store is undergoing. The Wardlow Street business will now be called B&B Hardware, Door and Window and is offering Jeldwen International Doors and Simpson Doors. For the historical homes in the hardware store’s neighborhood that must maintain wood windows,…

Commentary: Smart refund spending

Submitted by Jason Alderman Visa financial director Each year, roughly 70 percent of Americans get an income tax refund. Thanks to the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008, beginning in early May most also will receive an additional tax rebate check of up to $600 (up to $1,200 for joint filers), even those who don’t earn…