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,…

Facing my reflection in ‘Facing East’

Christian Lebano, Terry Davis and Daniel Kash portray the three loved ones left behind after a shared loss brings them together. By Kelly Nielsen Design Editor PROLOGUE In his last year of high school, a young man privately acknowledges that he is gay. While his friends accept his revelation, he accepts the fact of most…

Hitting the Road

Last Saturday’s second annual Wrigley River Run and Tadpole Trot generated more than $25,000 in donations and registrations from the community. The event’s organizing entity, the Long Beach Neighborhood Foundation (LBNF), reports that more than 525 people participated in the three events: the 5K, 10K and Tadpole Trot kids run. “The support we received for…

Bixby Knolls businesses surviving; coming of Marshalls on hold

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer Despite the faltering national and state economies, Bixby Knolls businesses are surviving, and there are some signs that things will improve in the not-too-distant future. The owners of a large vacant building still insist that it will be torn down to make room for a new Marshalls department store, the…

Commercial development in Signal Hill moving at slow but steady pace

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer The pace of commercial development has slowed during the last two years in Signal Hill, primarily because of the economic recession. Nevertheless, retail corporations and one banking institution are still investing in new developments in the city. One of those corporations is British retail giant Tesco, which is slowly moving…

LB pilot city for nutrition class that pairs older adults with kids

By Steven Piper Editorial Intern On Friday mornings while shoppers are busy browsing clothing racks in the Lakewood Center’s Macy’s, meditation teacher Shoshanah Siegel is busy holding class in the lower level of the department store in one of OASIS’s classrooms. OASIS is a national organization which is, according to its website, “dedicated to enriching…

Letters to the Editor

Veg Out If you weren’t already worried enough about healthcare costs, a new Harvard University study suggests that medical bills play a major role in bankruptcy cases. In fact, healthcare expenses contributed to a whopping 62 percent of bankruptcies in 2007 alone. But don’t despair; there is something simple you can do to prevent exorbitant…

Commentary: Refracting the various shades of the spectrum of autism

By Dr. Ron Leaf Autism Partnership Autism Spectrum Disorder has received tremendous attention in the media. This appears to be due to a number of factors including the increasing rates of diagnosis, outspoken celebrities and the recognition that with comprehensive and intensive intervention based upon Applied Behavior Analysis, there can be significant and long-lasting success.…

Thoughts from the Publisher

By Neena Strichart We’ve all watched award programs on television and heard acceptance speeches during which the honoree thanked everybody from “my director” to “anyone I ever met in my entire life.” During graduation speeches, it is common for students to express gratitude to parents, special teachers or fellow co-eds. With the pressure to appear…

Around Town

GRIEF RELIEF Adult grief support groups are sponsored by Haven Hospice the second Friday of the month from 11am to 12:30pm and fourth Thursday of the month from 7pm to 8pm. Call Donna Baranyay at (562) 426-7500 ext. 206. Pre-registration is required. YOU SHOULD BE DANCING The Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association will sponsor “Studio…

Young poets learn about Italy and themselves through contest

Three-time winner Desiree Garcia (second from right) and other student winners at St. Lucy School celebrate with Frank Buono (back row). The joys and challenges of being artists and historians, inventors and athletes, and equally as important– being the everyday person who makes a big difference in their community– were the kinds of personas that…