Long Beach recognized as Bike Friendly Community

Continuing the city’s aggressive efforts to become the most bike-friendly urban city in the nation, Long Beach has been recognized as a Bike Friendly Community (BFC) by the American League of Bicyclists. Part of this effort includes the appointment of a new City Mobility Coordinator, Charles Gandy, a recognized bicycling authority, to spearhead community efforts.…

Garden Variety: How to Kill Your Lawn

by Jennifer E. Beaver Secretly plotting to kill your grass? Relax. It’s not a crime. Many Californians are doing away with lawns to save water, reduce pesticides and pollution, and provide a friendly landscape for native and other drought-tolerant plants. Though some applaud lawnicide as a bold new social statement, it’s actually a retro move.…

Food drive yields 10 tons of donations

Nearly 400 volunteers worked to collect, unload, weigh, sort and package food donations. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Long Beach, Signal Hill, Lakewood, Los Alamitos and Seal Beach collected over 10 tons of food on Saturday, April 25. “Donations from the generous citizens of each of these cities far…

SH City Council amends ordinance restricting water use

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer The statewide drought is forcing all California cities to curtail their use of water. On Tuesday night, the Signal Hill City Council took another step in refining the city’s ordinance that regulates water use. The council gave its initial approval to a water use ordinance on April 21 but directed…

Signal Tribune selected as 27th District’s Small Business of Year

Senator Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) has selected Neena Strichart, publisher of the Signal Tribune newspaper, to be honored in Sacramento on Tuesday, May 26 as the 2009 Small Business Honoree from the 27th Senate District at the California Small Business Day Luncheon. Strichart was chosen to be honored for her commitment to the Signal Hill…

SH checkpoint results in 3 DUIs, 36 vehicles towed

The Signal Hill Police Department conducted a DUI/Driver license checkpoint Friday, May 1, from 6pm to 1am, for westbound traffic on Willow Street at Signal Parkway. During this time, 1769 vehicles went through the checkpoint. Of these vehicles, 686 were screened. Out of these, 73 vehicles were stopped in a secondary screening area. Out of…

Around Town

TAKE ME OUT WITH THE CROWD While supplies last, everyone who donates blood at Long Beach Memorial, 2801 Atlantic Avenue, will receive a voucher for one free ticket to a Dodger game. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Blood Donor Center. Call (562) 933-0808. CARE FOR KIDS Miller Children’s Hospital will…

Letter to the Editor

Kudos to the Signal On behalf of the Signal Hill City Council, I would like to congratulate the Signal Tribune on the great edition commemorating the City’s 85th anniversary. The photos and interviews brought back a lot of memories for our residents and businesses. Like prior anniversary issues, these are keepsake items that I know…

Thoughts from the Publisher

By Neena Strichart With what some consider a financial crisis on our hands, now is the time for small businesses to step up their efforts and set goals to achieve superior customer service as well as to tend to deferred maintenance. I have noticed an increased amount of apathy and lack of enthusiasm by some…

Consulting firm’s proposals for Bixby Knolls get mixed reviews

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer Hyett Palma, the consulting firm based in Alexandria, Virginia, that spent the last approximately four months studying the Bixby Knolls business district, presented its findings and recommendations to a packed meeting hall at the Long Beach Petroleum Club last Thursday. Although many people in the audience seemed pleased with the…

Musical Theatre West to screen Forever Plaid film as benefit

Musical Theatre West will present a “first look” screening of Forever Plaid, the Movie, starring original company members Stan Chandler, David Engel and Larry Raben, as well as Daniel Reichard, best known as one of the stars of the Broadway production of Jersey Boys. The benefit event will take place on Sunday, May 17 at…

Mark Twain’s ‘Is He Dead?’ Is alive and swell at ICT

(from left) Chip Bent, Perry Ojeda, Blake Silver and Brian Stanton by Vicki Paris Goodman Entertainment Writer How thrilling it must have been when Mark Twain scholar Shelley Fisher Fishkin discovered an unknown never-produced play authored by Twain in a file cabinet. And it happened while she was doing research earlier this very decade. Of…