Pooches can benefit from a good rub-down too

By Karen Garza and Karen Yamamoto Canine Massage Therapists & Certified Pet Tech Instructors For many years, massage has been generally considered as a mainstream option to promote healing in a wide variety of conditions in humans. The equine community has also embraced the use of massage for pleasure and race horses alike. Now, massage…

Animal Village to host low-cost pet clinic

spcaLA will host a Low-Cost Vaccine and Microchip Clinic at the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 E Spring St., on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 10am to 2pm. Dog vaccines will cost: DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus) for $15; and Bordetella for $10. Cat vaccines will be: FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia) for…

Draft EIR for redevelopment project available for public review

The Long Beach Redevelopment Agency has announced the availability of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to determine the nature and extent of the proposed North Village Center project’s impact upon the surrounding environment. An EIR also identifies ways to reduce environmental effects and analyzes reasonable alternatives to avoid or minimize significant environmental effects. The Draft…

LB budget cuts growing deeper, more painful

From left, Director of Financial Management Lori Ann Farrell, City Manager Pat West, Mayor Bob Foster and Police Chief Anthony Batts at the budget meeting Photo and story by Nick Diamantides Staff Writer The mood was somber and the news was bad at last week’s press conference at Long Beach City Hall. City officials explained…

SHPD to conduct DUI checkpoint

As part on an ongoing effort to intercept and regulate the presence of alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers on the roadway, the Signal Hill Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver license checkpoint on Friday, August 14. The checkpoint will be operational between the hours of 7pm and 3am for northbound traffic on Cherry Avenue…

March of Dimes reunites former infant patients with their caregivers

Clowns provided face painting as part of the March of Dimes festivities. Approximately 100 former preemies and critically ill newborns were reunited this weekend with the doctors, nurses and hospital staff who helped care for them while patients at Miller Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Patients in the NICU often weigh less than…

Center hosting workshop on ‘Downsizing Your Life’

Residents are invited to learn how to live economically at a free “Downsizing Your Life” workshop on Monday, August 10 from 6pm to 7:30pm at the Neighborhood Resource Center, 425 Atlantic Ave. Residents will learn tips about saving money on everyday items, living well with less and creating an inexpensive yet healthy home environment.

Garden Variety: Creating a hummingbird garden

By Jennifer E. Beaver Until I began research for this column, hummingbird gardens didn’t do much for me. I understand that many enjoy watching these tiny bundles of energy and want to help wildlife, but I personally didn’t want to put in the effort to attract them. And then I learned that hummingbirds eat twice…

Corrina Casler named Elk of the Month

Corrina Casler was born on December 21, 1962, in Fresno, California. She went to Hollydale Elementary School in Hollydale and Clearwater Junior High in Paramount, and graduated from Paramount High School in 1981. She has three children and two grandsons, one born just six weeks ago. She enjoys crafts and spending time with her grandchildren.…

It Takes a Community

Community members and officers from the Long Beach and Signal Hill police departments turned “out” last Tuesday for the 26th annual National Night Out, a unique safety and community event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. The event involves citizens, law-enforcement agencies, civic groups, area businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from more…