Return of rare pair

By NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer To many Bixby Knolls business owners and residents, Sheldon and Shell Grossman’s return to the area is good news. The husband and wife team operated Bixby Knolls Car Wash for 27 years before selling it in 2004. During that time they earned a reputation for providing one of the best…

Letters to the editor

Adopt a Pet After a recent meeting at Animal Care Services, I took some time to visit the cat cottages. As always, I was amazed to see beautiful cats of every color, size and age sitting in cages. Several came to the front of their cage as though they were asking for my help. A…

WINTER 2008 CURFEW ENFORCEMENT

With winter break in full swing, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) would like to remind parents that it is unlawful for any minor under the age of 18 to remain in any public place between the hours of 10pm and 6am. The LBPD will strictly enforce the curfew statutes and have adjusted staffing at…

Tis the season to treecycle

Leave your previous tree dumping habits in Christmas Past. Go green this holiday season with the help of local Christmas tree recycling (also known as “treecycling”) programs. In Signal Hill, trees will be picked up where trash is normally collected on Tuesday, December 30, and Tuesday, January 6. All decorations, lights and stands must be…

CSULB awarded suicide-prevention grant

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) a three-year, $250,431 grant to establish Project OCEAN (On Campus Emergency Assistance Network), a joint program that will focus on the prevention of campus suicides. Awarded through SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services, the CSULB award was one…

The Meaning of Kwanzaa

tablesetting By Christopher Anderson, Age 12 Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday like Hanukkah or Christmas. Kwanzaa is an American celebration that honors African Americans. It starts on December 26 and ends on January 1. However, this celebration can last seven days, one day or hours. Even though Kwanzaa is celebrated once a year, the…

Chinese traditions re-emerging through New Year Spectacular

A renaissance of traditional Chinese culture is emerging with the Western U.S. Falun Dafa Association and New Tang Dynasty Television presenting Divine Performing Arts’ (DPA’s) Chinese New Year Spectacular in Southern California as it embarks on its 2009 global tour. Divine Performing Arts’ productions have grown by leaps and bounds. In its inaugural 2006-2007 season,…

Communiqué with Rae

Councilwoman Gabelich Column Making a list, checking it twice…the last minute shopping, the wrapping, the menus and, oh yes, the time to reflect on what the season means to me. Thought I would take a break from all of that to wish each and every one of you a very blessed holiday season. This gives…

A Labor of Love

Day Laborer Theater troupe member Victor Wermer engages workers at the Signal Hill Job Center during a performance on last week. Cornerstone Theater Company, a nationally recognized community theater company that builds bridges between diverse communities, and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), an alliance dedicated to improving the lives of day laborers in…