Councilman Andrews welcomes youth to express concerns

Sixth District Councilman Dee Andrews and the youth of the district will host a Sixth District Youth Forum on Saturday, February 21, from noon to 1pm at the Samuel S. McBride, Sr. Park, Social Hall, 1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. The forum topic is the proposed skate park at McBride Park. In an effort…

Aquarium of the Pacific to host African festival

Celebrating the richness and diversity of African and African-American cultures, the Aquarium of the Pacific’s seventh annual African Heritage Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, February 21-22 from 9am until 5pm. The festival will feature ethnic food, arts and crafts, local artists, and live entertainment. An array of local talent, including African-American storytellers,…

LBFD to implement text message alerting system

Long Beach firefighters recently implemented a text message alerting system that will enable active members to receive important information via text messaging on their personal cell phones. Long Beach firefighters over the next few weeks will begin updating their profiles, which will then allow them to receive information via text messaging. The importance of implementing…

Signal Hill couple hope to inspire better future, teach about past injustices with exhibit that includes disturbing images

(Photos by Cory Bilicko) Sharon McLucas conducts a tour of “Forgotten Images,” the exhibit of extensive African-American artifacts that she and her husband David have amassed over the years. By Cory Bilicko Staff Writer Walking through and beholding the memorabilia of the “Forgotten Images” exhibit– the traveling “museum” that displays African-American artifacts– evokes a strange…

Large crowd shows up to discuss future of Bixby Knolls

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer About 225 people attended a public meeting at the Long Beach Petroleum Club Monday night to discuss possible developments in the Bixby Knolls area during the next five years. Sponsored by the 8th District City Council Office, the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association and the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (RDA),…

Around Town– Calendar of Events

IS HAPPINESS A CHOICE? Family Outreach Counseling Services is offering affordable seminars as an outreach to the community on Thursdays from 7pm to 8:30pm at the Bixby Business Center, 4401 Atlantic Ave, Ste 200. Tonight, join Dr. Mary Simms as she helps participants understand if the circumstances in their lives really determine their joy or…

Bonnie Lowenthal introduces ballast water bill

Bonnie Lowenthal Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal on Tuesday introduced a bill aimed at stopping the spread of non-native marine species that damage California’s waterways. Assembly Bill 248, by Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, would require ship operators to give the state specific records about water-treatment systems used in ballast tanks. It would help pave the way for more…