Mabel Jongewaard leaves a century-long legacy

By Rachael Rifkin Memoirist Mabel Jongewaard was always eager to lend a hand or an ear to anyone that needed it. Her strong work ethic and gentle nature often came in handy as one of the original owners of the family-run Bake ‘N Broil. A devoted grandmother, mother and wife, she passed away July 25,…

Rebs’ Roadhouse Revisited

By Vicki Paris Goodman Arts and Entertainment Editor Like the mystical phoenix, Johnny Rebs’ has risen from the ashes to begin life anew in its original North Long Beach locale. The restaurant is once again open for business! A kitchen fire one year ago ravaged the rustic building and closed the enormously popular eatery, leaving…

Signal Hill City Council appoints citizens to Sustainable Committee

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer During its August 12 meeting, the Signal Hill City Council appointed four local residents to the recently created Sustainable City Committee. The 16-member advisory body will meet once a month to discuss and develop strategies to make Signal Hill a more environmentally friendly city. The committee will make recommendations to…

Free-flowing creeks, marshlands once characterized LB

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer In the 1800s, the land area now known as Long Beach contained natural features that seem hard to imagine in the present day. The area had several free-flowing creeks, two meandering rivers that changed their courses periodically, marshlands along the coastal plains, thick groves of willow trees, and lots of…

Reminiscing…revealed

In the Signal Tribune’s May 1 edition, we asked readers if they recognized Al, one of the many firemen who battled the blaze at the Hancock Oil Refinery in 1958. Long Beach resident Lloyd Colson, III wrote in, saying: My boyhood friend sent me a copy of your Hancock Fire Remembered special edition [May 22,…

Wrigley Association hosts discussion on local air pollition

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer According to studies undertaken by the California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about 3,700 Californians die prematurely each year because of air pollution from the state’s ports and their freight transportation systems. Those studies also indicate that port pollution leads to 2,830 additional hospital admissions, 360,000 sick days for workers and…

Hey, Do Kids Matter?

By Christopher Anderson, Age 11 We cannot drive. We cannot work. We cannot pay taxes and we cannot vote. But, we can be mentored and shaped into the future leaders that lie within us. On August 5, 2008, there was a budget hearing held in City Council Chambers. Mayor Bob Foster and eight council members…

Community Hospital receives $150,000 for CT scanner project

Community Hospital of Long Beach (CHLB) Foundation Executive Director Glenn Maddalon has announced the award of a $150,000 grant from the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation for its CT scanner project. The CT scanner performs scans in a matter of minutes, providing physicians with a highly defined 3-D picture of both form and function inside a…

LB Rescue Mission has backpack drive to help middle schoolers

Last year was the first year Long Beach Rescue Mission partnered with Long Beach Unified School District, Kingdom Causes, Academic Uprise and Mary Louise Burgess to raise awareness, funds, and supplies for their backpack drive. The inspiration was simply seeing and hearing about the need and realizing that families may not be able to provide…

Donations to CSULB yielded nearly $34 million in 2007-08

Posting a 65-percent increase in annual giving over the last two years, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) officials have announced another strong gain in their fundraising efforts over the previous year as the campus reported raising nearly $34 million during the 2007-08 academic year. The year-end total as of June 30 was $33,958,067, which…

Sea Festival kids day, sand castle contest draw big crowds

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer Thousands of people of all ages flocked to Granada Beach on the Long Beach shore last Friday and Saturday. They came to participate in two of the Long Beach Sea Festival’s most popular events: All City Camps Beach Day (for kids) and the Great Sand Sculpture Contest (for adults and…

New mural encourages children to make healthy food choices

Last Saturday, August 9, Team #2 of the Neighborhood Leadership Class of 2008 unveiled two murals focused on health for elementary school children. The murals depict healthful activities and healthful foods. The unveiling took place at the South Street Parkway. Immediately after the murals were shown to the public, refreshments were served at the Historic…