Historian to lead bus tour of notable LB churches

The First Congregational Church in downtown Long Beach will be one of the subjects of the tour. Stan Poe, noted Long Beach historian, will lead a bus tour of the historic churches in the downtown area of Long Beach on Sunday, July 26 from 2pm to 5pm. There will be tours of the interiors of…

Dreiser novel slated for next Lit Society meeting

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser will be the next book discussed at the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association’s Literary Society meeting. In the novel, a young woman takes the train to Chicago in search of work in 1889, thus setting in motion a chain of events that will lead her to fame and fortune in…

Nautical Namesake

Dana Branch Library at 3680 Atlantic Avenue was bestowed a new sign last week, thanks to a recent high-school graduate. Matthew Jones (pictured) designed and constructed the sign as his Eagle Scout project, incorporating a nautical theme in both the sign itself and its posts, in honor of the library’s namesake– Richard Henry Dana, Jr.,…

What’s everyone looking at?

Photos by Artyom Yakovlev Spectators on the shore in Long Beach observed last weekend’s Independence Day by watching one of the largest fireworks displays in Southern California. Twelve passengers aboard the Airship Ventures Zeppelin Eureka (top center), the world’s largest airship, had a unique view through the craft’s panoramic windows during their two-hour “flightseeing” tour.

At oral history event, mayor of firsts reminisces her journey

Former mayor Eunice Sato, far left, was interviewed by former Long Beach councilmember and port commissioner Doris Topsy-Elvord at last week’s Historical Society event. Photos by Cory Bilicko By Steven Piper Editorial Intern In 1975, Long Beach elected its first Japanese-American city council member; five years later, the same individual would become the first woman…

SH Council temporarily bans medical marijuana dispensaries from city

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer Medical marijuana dispensaries have been banned from the city of Signal Hill. The temporary ban will be in effect for 45 days but may be replaced by a permanent ordinance prohibiting that type of facility in city limits. The Signal Hill City Council unanimously approved the moratorium during its July…

Metro rep tells WANA about possible new LB light-rail line

Randy Lamm and Cory Zelmer BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer Twenty years from now, there could be a new light-rail line linking The Blue Line at Long Beach to San Pedro and the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). That’s what Randy Lamm told the approximately 30 people who attended the monthly meeting of the Wrigley…

Environmental Services Bureau hosting e-waste event

Get rid of electronic waste in an environmentally safe manner. Computers, televisions, printers and other electronics may contain lead, copper and other heavy metals or toxic substances that are harmful to our environment. Long Beach residents are invited to take their old televisions, computers, monitors, printers, VCRs, cell phones, DVD players, and microwave ovens to…

Thoughts from the Publisher

By Neena Strichart As I mentioned last week, my dear hubby Steve recently went through some major back surgery. What we thought would be just an overnight stay at Cedars-Sinai Hospital turned out to be a six-day ordeal. A big thanks goes out to my friend and former co-worker Marie for stopping over at the…

Letter to the Editor

Sounds Good Friends of Signal Hill Cultural Arts (FOSHCA), in partnership with the City of Signal Hill, invites everyone to attend our free Summer Concerts Series in Signal Hill Park, on Wednesday evenings through August 12. We are thrilled with our outstanding lineup of performers! Stone Soul will entertain you on July 8 with your…

Local publishers to discuss role of media in community

The 2008-2009 North Long Beach Community Action Action Group will be conducting its monthly afternoon community meeting Sunday, July 13 from 2pm to 4pm at the North Long Beach police substation, 4951 Atlantic Ave., featuring a panel discussion from several media outlets in the city of Long Beach. The participating members of the media discussing…

LB Municipal Band marks 100 years of performances

The Long Beach Municipal Band is celebrating its 100th season with the theme: “Ragtime to our time, celebrating 100 years of music!” The annual outdoor summer concert season has returned to Long Beach parks for 28 free performances. Each of the seven weeks of the season will focus on a different era and will be…

Garden Variety: Why You Need a Raised Bed Garden

By Jennifer E. Beaver This year, raised beds suddenly became the must-have accessory for the backyard (or frontyard) garden. These bottomless boxes filled with premium soil have existed for thousands of years. Now they’re hot. Why? Five reasons: Our Victory Garden urge to save when money is tight; great info and products on the Internet;…