As stimulus funds roll in, local mayors anticipate more opportunities

Leaders from various cities attended Wednesday’s press conference to show support for the economic stimulus package. By Steven Piper Editorial Intern The mayors of Long Beach, Signal Hill and Lomita and prominent community members met Wednesday at the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network (PGWIN) Career Transition Center in Long Beach for a press conference regarding…

Bus tour highlights LB’s affordable housing, redevelopment projects

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer The Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (RDA) was formed in 1961, and since then it has overseen many commercial, industrial and residential development projects involving either new construction or significant renovation of existing facilities. The Long Beach Housing Development Company (LBHDC) was formed in 1989. The nonprofit organization was formed to…

Garden event to explore variety of Japanese art

Sumi-e ink painting of flowers is one of the art-making techniques that will be taught at Arts Day. Families are invited to partake in a full day of live performances and art making during Arts Day at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden on the campus of California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) on Sunday,…

Laura Richardson hosts luncheon to inform seniors

Richardson said the annual luncheon is her district’s largest event of the year. More than 700 senior citizens attended Congresswoman Laura Richardson’s (D-37) annual Senior Briefing and Luncheon at the Juanita Millender McDonald Community Center in Carson Tuesday. The annual event provided a unique opportunity for seniors throughout the 37th District to come together to…

LBPD increasing seat-belt fines, giving no warnings

Keep yourself and your family safe and $132 in your wallet by making sure everyone wears their seat belts for every trip. That’s the message the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) is telling drivers as part of the 2009 start-of-summer Click It or Ticket mobilization from May 18 to May 31. Fines and fees have…

Around Town

GET TRAINED The Greater Long Beach Chapter of the American Red Cross, Long Beach City College and the Long Beach Fire Department will host the14th Annual CPR Saturday at Long Beach City College, 4901 E Carson St., on Saturday, May 30. The event will run from 8am to 4pm. Learn crucial life-saving skills to protect…

John Carter selected as Elk of Month

John F. “Nick” Carter has been chosen as April’s Elk of the Month for the Long Beach/Bellflower Lodge No. 888. He was born in 1929 in Lawrence, Mass., where he was raised. He later moved to California and attended San Jose State College, Los Angeles Community College and Long Beach Community College. He served in…

Ala Parts

After 10 years of service on the Signal Hill Planning Commission, Falanai Ala has resigned. He will be moving out of Signal Hill to care for a family member. Rose Richard, who has been a civil service commissioner, will replace Ala as a planning commissioner. Pictured are: planning commissioners Tom Benson, Shannon Murphy, Ala (center),…

Thoughts from the Publisher

By Neena Strichart Mom and I had a wonderful time attending a rather prestigious event earlier this week. California Small Business Day took place in Sacramento Tuesday, May 26, and I was there to accept Senatorial District 27’s California Small Business of the Year award. Our local legislator, Senator Alan Lowenthal, selected the Signal Tribune…

Commentary: Your insurance and the recession

By Bart DeLio It happens to me all of the time. My clients are having financial issues. Maybe they lost their job, maybe they are getting a work “furlough” once a week or once a month, or maybe their credit cards are getting out of hand. “I need to cancel my insurance,” Mr. Client will…

Found raises awareness, funds with pollution-themed show

The Found Theatre will present a performance of its current show Dirty, Rotten Pirates at 8pm Saturday, June 6 as a fundraiser for the Algalita Marine Research Foundation (AMRF), a Long Beach-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of the marine environment through research, education and restoration. In Dirty, Rotten Pirates, Captain Grossbeard and his…

Carpenter Center announces productions for 15th season

The Carpenter Performing Arts Center has announced its 15th anniversary season, filled with comedy, dance, intimate talks and music. The 2009-10 season begins in September with An Evening with Brian Eno. Eno is one of the most prolific and diverse artistic innovators of our time. He is best known as the father of ambient music…

Scrabble lovers make a dynamic duo for upcoming concert

What do a love of music and the board game Scrabble have to do with the upcoming “Dressed in Black” concert? Apparently everything, according to singers Meredith Kennedy and Nancy Pfeffer. Both are members of the Long Beach Camerata Singers, a 60-member community choir, in which Kennedy sings soprano and Pfeffer sings alto. Vocally they…

Discovering rhythmic potential in everyday items, ‘Stomp’ dazzles

Garbage cans and lids are but two of the unexpected musical instruments that audiences see, hear and feel during Stomp. By Cory Bilicko Entertainment Writer Proving that just about anything can serve as a musical instrument, Chicago-based Jam Theatricals’ production of Stomp pounded, thumped, drummed, tapped and generally pulsated its way into Long Beach last…

City of LB specifies closures for remainder of fiscal year

Long Beach City Hall will be closed on Friday, May 29 and the final Friday of each month through the end of the fiscal year in September as part of the City’s efforts to address a $19.2 million General Fund shortfall this year. The cost savings will come from unpaid employee furloughs that the City…