City of SH starting discount program for prescription drugs

The City of Signal Hill will soon introduce a program that will provide its residents with a new tool that can provide some relief from the high cost of prescription drugs. The city is making free prescription drug discount cards available to city residents through a program sponsored by the National League of Cities (NLC)…

Collection services, street sweeping in SH delayed for Memorial Day

Residential waste and recycling pick-up in Signal Hill will be delayed one day for the entire Memorial Day holiday week starting on Monday, May 25. For more information about waste and recycling collection, contact Signal Hill Disposal at (562) 597-0608. No street-sweeping services will be performed in Signal Hill on Monday, May 25. The regular…

LBPD press conference details budget woes, crime trends

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer At a May 7 press conference at police headquarters, Tony Batts, chief of the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD), said the city’s budget problems are impacting the department, but so far its ability to fight crime has not diminished, “We are very tightly watching our pennies,” he said. “There is…

Around Town

LOVE A PARADE? The City of Torrance will continue its long-standing tradition this weekend as it hosts its 50th Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration and Parade. The three-day celebration will begin Friday, May 15 and continue through Sunday, May 17. Military exhibits will be on display, including aircrafts, vehicles and support equipment, at the north…

MTW says ‘hello, folly’ with greatest hits version of Forbidden Broadway

Susanne Blakeslee as Carol Channing in Forbidden Broadway By Cory Bilicko Entertainment Writer Before Saturday night’s performance of Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits, Volume One at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Musical Theatre West Executive Director Paul Garman addressed the full-house audience with the usual pre-show matters: appreciation of support during tough times, requests for donations,…

Playhouse preparing for summer youth program

The Long Beach Playhouse has announced its 2009 Summer Youth Theatre School, which will run from July 13 through July 25 and is open to all students entering third grade (fall 2009) through high school. Each school day will run from 9am to 5pm. Enrollment is limited to 80 students. Students will be divided into…

Thoughts from the Publisher

Some claim to have received their education from colleges or universities, while others give credit to the “school of hard knocks.” I’m proud to say I have experienced both. Although most of my reading, writing and arithmetic skills came to me as a result of my formal education, my basic common sense came from a…

Letter to the Editor

Amped about Camp The Knights of Pythias is a fraternal order believing in benevolence, friendship and charity. A good story must be told. The Pythian Youth Camp, a non-sectarian camp, is located 7,000 feet high in the magnificent Sequoia National Forest. Sixty-two years ago President Truman designated 19 acres to the Pythian Order, which is…

Laura Richardson introduces bill to raise funds for port cities

U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, Richardson and House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Chairman Elijah E. Cummings discuss containers and goods movement fees at a Committee Field Hearing last summer at the Port of Long Beach. Congresswoman Laura Richardson introduced legislation Tuesday that would raise approximately $2.7 billion per year in much needed revenue…

Schipske extends baby shower deadline to encourage more donations

Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske announced Tuesday the new date for the Community Baby Shower, which will now take place Wednesday, May 20 at the City of Long Beach Health and Human Services Department, 2525 Grand Ave. Schipske has extended the deadline for donations in order to give all residents of Long Beach an opportunity to participate…