Conservation Corps offers free recycling programs

By Brett Hawkins Writer Intern Cost-free recycling services for commercial and multi-unit residential buildings in and around Long Beach are currently being offered by the Conservation Corps of Long Beach (CCLB). Originally established in 1987, the CCLB is one of 12 certified conservation corps in California that helps provide programs and services to many at-risk…

SH Honorary Police Officers Association seeking new member

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer After a few years of dwindling membership, a local organization dedicated to raising money for the families of police officers injured or killed in the line of duty is inviting people in the area to get involved in its worthy cause. The Signal Hill Honorary Police Officers Association (HPOA) was…

Signal Hill and Long Beach embrace “Day Without A Bag”

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer During the past few years, national, state and local governments all over the world have been acknowledging what environmentalists have been saying for decades: the use of disposable plastic bags is creating an ecological crisis of global proportions. Now, a regional environmental group, Heal the Bay, has convinced many Southern…

Letter to the Editor

This year’s Parade and efforts to make the Lane “greener and brighter” were made possible by the hundreds of wonderful volunteers and dozens of local businesses that offered in-kind and discounted services. Here are some of the groups that merit our very special thanks. Once again, Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride, Inc (LBLGP) provided…

Volunteers’ Gift of Time is the Real Christmas Present

Submitted by Joan Greenwood Early on the morning of December 2, over 20 Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance (WANA) volunteers began the two-week-long process of getting the [Christmas Tree] Lane ready for the 55th Annual Daisy Avenue Holiday Parade. Most people don’t realize that there are really two separate activities– the Lane events organized and hosted…

30-Minute Beach Cleanup to honor teachers

Justin Rudd’s nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT) and the 30-Minute Beach Cleanup will award one $200 check and up to five $100 checks to teachers on Saturday, Dec. 20, to be used in their classroom this holiday season. Funds will come from CAT’s recently completed Long Beach Turkey Trot 5K/10K. The monthly “trash dash” typically…

LB Opera teams with Rescue Mission to feed hungry

Long Beach Opera’s (LBO) Artistic/General Director Andreas Mitisek and Rev. Jim Lewis, President and CEO of Long Beach Rescue Mission, recently announced a first-time initiative between the two organizations. LBO will give $10 from every ticket purchase for its upcoming opera The Cunning Little Vixen to the Long Beach Rescue Mission. $10 will feed five…

Nature Center to host winter workshops for kids

The Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department’s El Dorado Nature Center, 7550 E. Spring Street, will host Winter Break Workshops during the holidays. The public is invited to join in for vacation fun at the Nature Center to explore the plants and animals that live there or are just passing through on their way…

Five local nonprofits get $100K from Gumbiner Foundation

Unsolicited grants totaling $100,000 have been awarded to five safety-net service providers in Long Beach that are experiencing increased demand from low-income and unemployed families, the president of the Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation announced Wednesday. “An unstable economy, layoffs, and fiscal uncertainty are affecting Long Beach families, and the service agencies they rely on, at…

Give jiggle the boot with adventure camp

It’s that most wonderful time of the year! Holiday parties! Christmas cookies! One, two, three glasses of bubbly! “It’s the season to be jolly” and overindulge. But that doesn’t mean it has to be the season to increase the jiggle. You know, when those holiday parties and foods creep onto your waistline and expand your…

Local jewelers Put designs on gem lovers

Buying fine jewelry can be an intimidating experience: You may be able to tell the difference between cubic zirconium and a diamond, but can you be certain that the lovely diamond ring you are purchasing is priced right for the quality? Is the quality certified according to Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or American Gem…

Service and quality are the ‘watch’ words at Milana

With more than eight years in the jewelry business, Milana Jewelry in Bixby Knolls has an array of offerings, from watches to rings, earrings to pendants, with various stones and styles. After former jewelry store Star Jewelers closed its doors in June of 2007, the area was without a nearby alternative. Seizing the opportunity to…