200-plus head out to fundraiser to lose hair

Andrea Testa, owner of FreeSpirit Yoga in Bixby Knolls, goes under the razor to support children who must undergo chemotherapy. The Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center (JJCCC) at Miller Children’s Hospital will be receiving needed cancer research dollars thanks to the head-shaving efforts of Long Beach community members. As part of the sixth annual St.…

Signal Hill throws party as Ellen Ward becomes new mayor

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer Ellen Ward officially became Signal Hill’s new mayor on Tuesday night during the annual reorganization of the city council. Every year, in mid-March, the council members select one of themselves to serve as mayor for a year. Ward had been vice mayor during the last 12 months so, according to…

Two LB residents appointed to Greater LA Girl Scouts board

Debbie Thorpe Dr. Kim Armstrong In inspiring girls and young women to become leaders, the new Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles (GSGLA) recently appointed several area business and industry leaders to its board of directors. The newly formed council, the result of a December 1 merger of six area councils, serves 45,000 girls and…

DUI patrol yields 6 arrests, 68 traffic citations

On March 13, the Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Section conducted a DUI saturation patrol throughout Long Beach from 6pm to 2am the next day. During the eight-hour operation, eight additional police officers patrolled the city looking for impaired drivers. During the operation, five people were arrested for DUI, six vehicles were towed, one…

SH resident named Foundation’s exec director

Richard H. Morley, a Southern California nonprofit and planned-giving professional, has been named executive director of the Mt. San Antonio College Foundation. Located 25 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, “Mt SAC “ is the largest single-campus community college in the State of California, with more than 65,000 students and more than 1 million alumni.

Thoughts from the Publisher

By Neena Strichart We have all received gifts we’d like to return. Holidays, birthdays, or anniversaries– sometimes the gift-giver doesn’t put much thought into the seemingly well intentioned gesture. Men have been known to receive the silent treatment for hours, days, months or longer when female loved ones unwrap new blenders, thigh whittlers or other…

Commentary: An Ounce of Prevention

By Bonnie Lowenthal 54th District Assembly Member It may sound trite, but it’s absolutely true: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That’s why you should eat right and exercise. That’s why you should change your oil and rotate your tires. And that is why I’ve introduced a bill that would give…

Letter to the Editor

I remember Edith Key. I can’t remember dates or years specifically but she was involved in Signal Hill activities, going on outings with the senior group, and functions in the park. She was honored in 1996 as the Outstanding Older American for the City of Signal Hill by vote of the residents of the City,…

CSULB to host Japanese Garden Conference

Employees of public and private Japanese gardens, landscape architects and professionals, as well as gardening enthusiasts can learn about design, maintenance, management and aesthetics from 25 national and international experts at the International Conference on Japanese Gardens Outside Japan, sponsored by the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden and the College of the Arts at California…

So Picasso and Einstein walk into a bar…..

By Cory Bilicko Entertainment Writer Writing a critical analysis of Steve Martin’s play Picasso at the Lapin Agile can make a theatre reviewer a bit self-conscious. With musings on the notions of genius and inspiration, Picasso contains a poignant scene with a discussion of the concept that artistic quality truly is “in the eye of…

Now Long Beach 9-1-1 calls can be made directly from cell phones

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer Last week Long Beach made another move forward in its effort to become a safer city. Now all wireless 9-1-1 calls made within city limits, except those made on or near freeways, will be answered by the city’s emergency communications center. Until the city incorporated the recently developed technology into…