Signal Hill librarian retires after three decades of service

Signal Hill City Manager Ken Farfsing with retiring librarian Carole Molloy Photos by Neena Strichart BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer After nearly 30 years at the helm of the Signal Hill Library, Carole Molloy is retiring. On Wednesday, June 24, the City of Signal Hill hosted a luncheon to honor the librarian who helped bring…

Torch Run raises $350K for young cancer patients

More than 250 children with cancer, sickle cell disease and other serious blood disorders participated in last Saturday’s relay while passing an Olympic-style torch. The Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center (JJCCC) has announced that it raised nearly $350,000 during its annual Torch Run last Saturday, where more than 250 children with cancer, sickle cell disease…

Rancho offering four free concerts this summer

The 2009 Rancho Los Cerritos Summer Concert Series will be bringing a variety of musical styles to entertain guests of all ages this summer. The four concerts, underwritten by the Rancho’s volunteer support group, are free and will feature toe-tapping bluegrass of The Witcher Brothers, old-school blues with Bernie Pearl & the Bernie Pearl Band,…

LBCC program helping to feed children

The Long Beach City College (LBCC) Child Development Center (CDC) has recently announced its renewed sponsorship of the Child Care Food Program, which will allow all eligible children enrolled in its childcare program to receive nutritious food at no extra cost. “The children will again be served wonderful morning and afternoon snacks, as well as…

Around Town

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE READ? The Long Beach Area League of Women Voters invites members and the public to an informal book discussion at the Los Altos Library (5614 E. Britton Dr.) on Saturday, June 27 from 10am to noon. Anyone interested can just listen or bring a favorite book and say a few words about…

Mayors to be interviewed for oral history series

The Historical Society of Long Beach has announced the opening of The Long Beach Mayors Oral History Series, a multiple event program featuring interviews before a live audience with each of the city’s five living mayors. Topics will range from the personal to the political, delving into tenures which span four decades of Long Beach…

Letter to the Editor

‘Genitally Expressed?’ I am disappointed that public officials such as Councilman Dee Andrews support a religion-sponsored project such as the Kroc Center. Quite apart from Andrews’s violation of the constitutional principle of separation of church and state, the Salvation Army discriminates against gay and lesbian people. Its website says, “same-sex relationships which are genitally expressed…

Commentary: Being truly ‘safe and sane’ this Independence Day

By Hugh R. Parry President and CEO Prevent Blindness America Fireworks pose dangerous risks, especially to children. In fact, more than 40 percent of all fireworks injuries are to children under the age of 15. With planning for Fourth of July celebrations already in full swing, Prevent Blindness America, the nation’s oldest eye health and…

Garden Variety: Step outside– visit the Mediterranean

By Jennifer E. Beaver Did the profile of California natives in my last column whet your appetite for more drought-tolerant landscape alternatives? If so, consider the lovely unthirsty plants of the sunny Mediterranean. Like southern California, the Mediterranean receives rain only in the winter and abundant year-round sun. Encompassing Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Turkey…

Pho America is no ‘foe’ to the American palate

Pho America owner Karen Tran, with brother Henry Le, show the restaurant’s clay pot rice with shrimp. Photos by Neena Strichart by Vicki Paris Goodman Entertainment Writer Say “fuh” (not “fo”) and you’ve pretty much got it. Pho, the classic Vietnamese rice noodle soup, has really grown in popularity over the last few years. Today…

1,000 show up to put down roots at Rancho Los Alamitos

Photos by Christina Salvador-Klenz By Tessa St. Marie Editorial Intern It was a day for the plants earlier this month when approximately 1,000 people joined local dignitaries to celebrate the completion of a total restoration of the Native Plant Garden at Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens.