It’s a bird … it’s a plane … it’s Obama!

Touching ground in Long Beach for only a few minutes, President Barack Obama landed at the city’s airport on Air Force One shortly after 3pm then boarded the executive helicopter Marine One after briefly greeting the press and saluting members of the armed forces. “It was amazing how many people turned up at the end…

St. Mary Disaster Resource Center and LBFD HAZMAT Team host decontamination demo

The St. Mary Medical Center Disaster Resource Center (DRC) and the Long Beach Fire Department Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Team gave a decontamination demonstration last Friday morning at the medical center. The demonstration took place at the decontamination trailer located behind the Health Enhancement Center and taught “first receivers” and “first responders” necessary and safe decontamination…

Elected officials turn out to discuss economy, bailout over coffee

With Assemblyman Warren Furutani at the left, Congresswoman Laura Richardson chats with constituents at It’s A Grind during Saturday morning’s Coffee and Conversation event. By Dan Pressburg NLBCentral.com Following on the heels of the Bixby Knolls Strollers, an overflow crowd estimated at 100 people jammed It’s A Grind at 4245 Atlantic Avenue last Saturday morning…

Three golfers added to LB Hall of Fame

The Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame will be welcoming three exceptional golfers as new members in 2009, according to Hall of Fame chairman Len Kennett. The new members are John Mallinger, John Merrick and Peter Tomasulo. “The City of Long Beach has a rich tradition of good golf and good golfers, and these fine…

Thoughts from the publisher

Change is a comin’. After years of publishing on Thursdays, we will be bringing the Signal Tribune to our readers on Friday mornings, beginning next week. This decision was not made in haste; rather we weighed the pros and cons and Friday’s publication seems to make good business sense. In fact, those we’ve told seem…

No Such Thing as a Free Lunch?

The Long Beach Branch NAACP had its general membership meeting March 15 at McBride Center, where the organization celebrated the recognition of 2009 NAACP Women of the Year Stella Davis and Alice Robinson. Davis and Robinson were honored for the endeavors of their program Feeding at the Park, during which, out of their own pockets,…

Combined choirs to perform Haydn’s Theresien Mass

California Heights United Methodist Church’s Chancel Choir will be performing at the church on April 5. As a prelude to Holy Week and to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Haydn’s death, the combined choirs of Cal Heights and First Congregational churches will join in a repeat performance of Haydn’s Theresien Mass. The Friends of Music…

Reaching new lows, Found Theatre hosts $9.99 Festival

The Found Theatre is taking “low budget” to a new low with its Second Occasional $9.99 Theatre Festival Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25. Theatre groups, actors, students, and others have been invited to enter their best 9.99-minute (or less) theatre piece, produced on a budget not exceeding $9.99. (Receipts must be provided.).

‘Queen of Mean’ coming to Terrace Theater

Comedian Lisa Lampanelli will be appearing at the Terrace Theater/Long Beach Performing Arts Center on Saturday, June 13 at 8pm. Known as comedy’s lovable “Queen of Mean,” Lisa Lampanelli rose to the top of the comedy food chain in 2002 when she was the only female comedian invited to skewer Chevy Chase at the New…

LB Transit implementing new fare pass technology

Effective April 1, 2009, Long Beach Transit is introducing newly designed, electronically activated magnetic stripe cards that replace all current passes. This new technology is widely used by other transit systems throughout the country and is expected to facilitate easier boarding, allow for better tracking of ridership patterns for future transit planning, and enable customers…

Celebrating 3.14159265

By Dave Quick Special to Signal Tribune On March 20, Cabrillo High School celebrated its second annual “Pi Day” with festivities honoring one of mathematics’ most intriguing and storied numbers¬– pi. “If we can have a pep rally for sports, why not a pep rally for math?” said Fred Olmedo, head of Cabrillo’s math department.…

Kids choir seeking new members

The Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine Whaley Park Kids Choir is seeking kids ages 9-13 who love music and are looking for an opportunity to meet new friends and have some fun. Pre-registration is required, and there is a $35 fee to register, and a $5 material fee to be paid at…