You knew it would B-1 loud plane

Photos by Brenda J. Lee A U.S. Air Force B-1 bomber took off from Long Beach Airport Monday afternoon, and residents all over the city felt and heard it. The bomber, here for maintenance since July 2008, is one of 67 that are still in use. Originally developed in the 1960s as a supersonic strategic…

Signal Hill City Council reappoints commissioners, adds new member

During the Signal Hill City Council meeting Tuesday night, Signal Hill Petroleum gave a demonstration of a seismic truck which detects hidden underground reservoirs of crude oil. BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer Much of the important work of keeping the City of Signal Hill functioning smoothly and efficiently is done by three commissions that are…

As budget worsens, LB begins furloughing employees, more cuts coming

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer In order to deal with the city’s ongoing budget problems, last week the Long Beach City Council authorized once-a-month unpaid employee furloughs. As a result, Long Beach City Hall will be closed the last Friday of the month from May through September, the end of the current fiscal year. The…

Juneteenth to honor bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth

The west coast premiere of Bicentennial Symphony, composer Roy Harris’s musical statement on U.S. history and slavery, will be the highlight of Long Beach’s 13th annual Juneteenth event, which this year will celebrate the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine, Partners of Parks and the Central Area Association will be…

Around Town

FISHING FOR A GOOD TIME? The Long Beach Rod & Gun Club, 3333 Pacific Ave., will host its annual spring fish fry on Saturday, May 23 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Tickets available at the door: $12 for adults, $6 for children under 12. Contact Jim Trout at (310) 351-8151. GET MORE INFO ABOUT GITMO The…

Kiwanis Karnival set for Memorial Day weekend

The Kiwanis Club of Bixby Knolls/North Long Beach will present its annual Kiwanis Karnival during Memorial Day weekend at Houghton Park, located at Atlantic Avenue and Harding Street. The Karnival hours will be: 5pm–11pm Friday, May 22; 2pm–11pm Saturday, May 23; 2pm–11pm Sunday, May 24; and 2pm–10pm Monday, May 25. The “Friday Night Special” will…

Penny-pinching doesn’t mean families can’t have summer fun

By Bette Holtzman The Goldberger Company In today’s economy, families are watching every penny. That doesn’t mean family fun has to end. Here are some great family-friendly outings that will get parents and their kids outside and moving this summer– without breaking the bank! Families can take advantage of the warm weather and these fun…

Thoughts from the Publisher

By Neena Strichart After years of Signal Hill’s sharing post offices and ZIP codes with Long Beach, and pleading for a postal identity of its own, our dear (former) Congressman Steve Horn did the impossible– he fought diligently for the 2.2-square-mile-city’s cause and in 2002 proudly handed Signal Hill its own ZIP code– the melodious…

Budget cuts necessitate Sunday library closures

As the traditional school year comes to an end, Sunday hours at the Long Beach Main Library will also end in June. As part of the approved budget for Fiscal Year 2009, the main library will close on Sundays to coincide with the traditional school year. “Due to the current economic climate, additional funds are…

LB Shakespeare Co. sets stage for teaching theatre to kids

“All the world’s a stage” is the apt motto the Long Beach Shakespeare Company (LBSC) is adopting as it launches its first Summer Drama Camp. Known for bringing classics to the community via its stagings of Shakespeare plays in parks throughout the city as well as at the Richard Goad Theater on Atlantic Boulevard, LBSC…

Rancho celebrates opening of restored historic native garden

Long Beach Chorale’s founding director and former members will be returning to perform with the all-volunteer group. Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens will commemorate the newly restored one-acre historic native garden on Saturday, June 6 from 11:30am to 5pm. The public is invited to join the celebration of the renowned cultural landscapes that…

Race for 9th District council seat begins

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer The next Long Beach general municipal election won’t take place until next April, but the race for the 9th District seat on the Long Beach City Council has already begun. Two men– Long Beach Vice Mayor Val Lerch and long-time community activist Dan Pressberg– recently announced their intentions to run…

LB Transit adjusting service for summer

Operating hours for the AquaLink and AquaBus water taxis will be expanded to operate seven-day service beginning Saturday, May 23. Friday and Saturday late-evening service will begin Friday, June 26. Customers can take a ride on the AquaLink and sip a cool beverage while they coast from the downtown harbor to Alamitos Bay Landing. Or,…

Port wins EPA Clean Air Award for Green Flag program

Submitted by Art Wong Port of Long Beach The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded its prestigious Clean Air Excellence Award to the Port of Long Beach for the Green Flag Program. Port officials received the award May 13 at the 9th Annual Clean Air Excellence Awards in Washington D.C.– the second year in a…

Delius awarded Beautification Award

Delius Restaurant, located at 2951 Cherry Avenue, has been selected for the May 2009 Signal Hill Planning Commission Beautification Award. Business owner Dave Solzman completely gutted and remodeled the interior and exterior of a long-standing restaurant, bringing it up to date with new tinted-glass doors and windows, a drought-tolerant landscape, flagstone façade, lighting and signage.…