Youth forum provides kids with tools for succeeding in life

Charles Williams, a student leader involved in the cultural affairs program at Long Beach City College’s PCH campus, warned teenagers about the dangers of gang violence. By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer About 175 students, mostly from the Long Beach Unified School District’s (LBUSD) middle schools and high schools, participated in the Second Annual Youth Forum…

Jewish Center hosting support group for teens coping with divorce

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Long Beach/West Orange County will be offering “My Parents’ Divorce & Me,” a 10-week group for 13- to 15-year-olds coping with the separation and divorce of their parents beginning Monday, Oct. 12. Separation and divorce can turn a teenager’s world upside-down. Feelings of sadness, guilt, worry, and anger…

Westerly begins academic year with new head of school

Westerly School officially welcomed Chris Rodenhizer as its new head of school this month at an all-school assembly on the first day of classes. A veteran principal of Long Beach public schools, Rodenhizer brings nine years of school administrative experience and eight years of teaching at the elementary and university levels. He has a bachelor’s…

Art-lantic Avenue

The first of 18 utility boxes in Bixby Knolls got a new look last weekend. Local artist John Culqui painted an homage to the legendary Welch’s Restaurant, a former Bixby Knolls hot spot, at the southwest corner of Atlantic. The Redevelopment Agency has hired Culqui to paint a number of utility boxes in the city,…

Around Town

I SCREAM FOR YOGURT Century 21 Success and the Signal Hill Police Department will conduct a blood drive for the City of Hope Hospital Friday, Sept. 25 from 10am to 4pm. Donors will receive a free six-ounce frozen yogurt from Tutti Frutti of Signal Hill. To make an appointment or for more information, contact Tanya…

Letter to the Editor

Putting “foster” back into foster care We were reading through the Sept. 18 edition of the Signal Tribune and read the article about AB 719 authored by Assembly Member Bonnie Lowenthal [“Bonnie Lowenthal’s foster youth bill heads to governor”]. My first thought was how thoughtful to care for these kids being forced into adulthood. Then…

A Park by Any Other Name…..

By Rachael Rifkin What’s in a name? Well, for Somerset Park (or is it Chrissy Strong-Marshall Park?) it’s hard to say because no one really seems to know anything about the origins of the name. We do know who Chrissy Strong-Marshall was. A well-respected Community Recreation Services bureau manager, Marshall started her career at Somerset…