Summer classes available from Parks, Rec & Marine

Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine has more than 450 classes, adult sports leagues and aquatics programs scheduled from May through August 2009. These programs provide opportunities for exercise and recreation, social interaction and learning, and growth and relaxation for ages pre-school to adults 50 and older. There are opportunities to participate in art, music,…

Farfsing warns city to prepare for more serious budget cuts

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer Signal Hill is one of the very few cities in California that has not had to significantly slash programs and services because of budget shortfalls. On Tuesday night however, City Manager Ken Farfsing told the Signal Hill City Council that if the recession and the resultant decreases in sales tax…

LB kicks off 2010 Census with multilingual rally

Mayor Bob Foster speaks during the 2010 Census rally Monday at Centennial Plaza at Long Beach City Hall. Mayor Bob Foster, community leaders and dozens of Census employees gathered for a multilingual rally Monday morning at Long Beach City Hall to mark the beginning of field operations for the 2010 decennial. “It’s important to make…

SHPD enforcing child-safety restraint laws

The Signal Hill Police Department, in conjunction with Safety Belt Safe USA and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), will be focusing on the enforcement of child-safety restraint and seatbelt laws during the special enforcement week of April 12–18. During this week, officers will be checking vehicles to make sure all children are properly…

Around Town

A PET PROJECT The City of Long Beach Animal Care Services is hosting a Pet Literacy Launch Tuesday, April 14 from 3pm to 4pm at P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 E. Spring Street. The goal of the event is to improve the adoptability of animals. This program will utilize volunteers who will read to…

MOLAA appoints new president

Richard P. Townsend was formerly the deputy director of External Affairs at the Miami Museum of Art. The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) has announced that Richard P. Townsend, an accomplished museum curator and director, who was most recently deputy director for External Affairs at the Miami Art Museum, has been named its next…

Collaborative art exhibit examines concept of books

Edith Abeyta’s “208,” inspired by Marie Antoinette’s prison cell number “Novel Constructions: Artists Create Monumental Books” at the Long Beach Museum of Art presents mixed media installations and sculptures by six artists inspired by the idea of “the book,” which they expand and enlarge in multiple dimensions from six feet square to over 30 feet…

LB Shakespeare Co. names new co-artistic director

Long Beach Shakespeare Company director Helen Borgers (left) will be partnering with Denis McCourt (right). Helen Borgers, artistic director of the Long Beach Shakespeare Company (LBSC ) for more than ten years, last week announced that Denis McCourt was joining her at LBSC as co-artistic director.

Thoughts from the Publisher

By Neena Strichart In my job I have opportunities to attend many meetings, events, functions, fundraisers and the like. With time and money being scarce these days I have to refuse more invitations than I accept. Sometimes I feel that I have said yes when I should have said no and other times the opposite…

Letter to the Editor

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed Los Angeles City Controller Laura Chick to the newly created post of inspector general to oversee state spending of federal stimulus funds. I commend Governor Schwarzenegger for recognizing the importance of creating the position of inspector general to oversee the estimated $50 billion that is expected to benefit California and…

Commentary: Social Security benefits everyone

By Essie Landry Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Social Security reaches almost every family, and at some point touches the lives of nearly all Americans. It has an impact on the very fabric of the American economy. Social Security helps not only older Americans, but also workers who become disabled and families in which a…