Cal Rep, Queen Mary teaming up to give theater patrons a horrifying night

Hundreds of theatre students from California State University, Long Beach will work as interns this October for “Shipwreck,” the Queen Mary’s Halloween event, produced every year by The Gridlock Group. This year’s “Shipwreck” marks the 15th anniversary of the “Halloween Terrorfest,” when fright-filled mazes and villainous spooks fill the ship that is itself rumored to…

Budget woes, electronic billboards among issues discussed at Gabelich meeting

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer Long Beach’s $38 million General Fund budget shortfall and an ongoing proposal to install electronic billboards on three freeways headed up the discussion at 8th District City Councilwoman Rae Gabelich’s “Community Coffee” last Saturday morning. But several other issues also led to lively discussions. The “coffees” are informal public meetings…

Around Town

HOW “GREEN” IS YOUR GARDEN? The Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) will provide a free Eco-Gardener class each month through December. The next class, “Irrigation Basics for Homeowners,” will be Saturday, Sept. 19 from 9am to noon. All classes will take place at WRD district offices, 4040 Paramount Blvd. Call (562) 275-4234 to…

Thoughts from the Publisher

By Neena Strichart Whereas most folks were spending time with family and friends– seeing movies, plays or just enjoying a favorite television show (real time or TiVoed)– last Saturday night I spent my time in a medical lab experiencing a polysomnogram– a sleep study. I didn’t go into the experience completely unaware of what to…

Letters to the Editor

Identity thieves among us A North Long Beach resident called us here at Long Beach 9th District Councilmember Val Lerch’s office recently to let us know that she received a phone call from someone claiming to be from Medicare/MediCal who asked her personal questions about her mother. The woman reported that the questioning made her…

Council introducing partner program to help promote arts-friendly businesses

The Arts Council for Long Beach has developed a new program for GLOBAL (Greater Long Beach Arts Lab), its inaugural citywide celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month every October. The Partner Program integrates arts-friendly businesses, organizations and artists in GLOBAL’s website, print materials, television commercial and online promotions. Partners can join GLOBAL for free…

Program celebrating 25 years of helping low-income families

On Saturday, Sept. 26, Comprehensive Child Development, Inc. (CCD) will be celebrating its 25th year of encouraging successful children and self-sufficient families. A celebration will take place at the James Benedict Child Development Center, 2565 Pacific Avenue, from 6pm to 9pm, with a formal program at 7pm. Tickets are $50 per person, and the attire…

Garden Variety: Creating a Butterfly Garden

By Jennifer E. Beaver Like most of us, butterflies are attracted to our balmy year-round climate. And since this is, after all, Los Angeles, we get the quirkily named Sleepy Orange, Gray Hairstreak and Funeral Duskywing in addition to well-known favorites like Monarchs and Swallowtails, Why do we like them? These delicate beauties work as…

LBUSD receives $250,000 in scholarships through Broad Foundation

Attending the Broad Prize ceremony were: Mary Brown, California School Employees Association (union representing non-teaching employees) Chapter 2 president; Virginia Torres, Teachers Association of Long Beach 1st Vice President; Jon Meyer, Board of Education member; LBUSD Superintendent Chris Steinhauser; Eli Broad, founder of Broad Prize; Arne Duncan, United States Secretary of Education; Beverly O’Neill, former…