Center providing simple prostate-cancer tests

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Prostate testing is critical to men, especially those over the age of 50. CareMore Health Plan, one of the leading Medicare Advantage health plans for seniors, specializes in providing complete, pro-active health care for senior Americans, is encouraging men to get tested regularly.

A Fine Sign

Pointing out the irony of the situation at last Saturday’s Signal Hill Mayor’s Cleanup, Councilmember Larry Forester, Dave Dressler and Tom (TJ) & Lauri Sullivan of AAA Electrical Enterprises, Inc., joined about 30 others who picked up garbage that had been dumped in the Westside industrial area located between Atlantic and California avenues north of…

Water Replenishment District details plans to preserve local water supply

At a “State of the District Breakfast” last week, Water Replenishment District Board President Albert Robles explained why the agency must use more storm water as well as recycled water to replenish the basins. By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer California has experienced three years of consecutive drought, which has significantly reduced the state’s supply of…

Cal Heights tour returns to celebrate historic homes

By Rachael Rifkin Staff Writer After a brief hiatus last year due to the economic downturn, the California Heights Home and Garden Tour is all set to return this October 11. Celebrating its 12th year, the much-anticipated event will feature five Spanish-style bungalow homes, three gardens, antique autos, special speaker Jane Powell (author of 
Bungalow…

Signal Hill to use federal funds for sidewalk improvements

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer During its Tuesday night meeting, the Signal Hill City Council authorized the expenditure of $35,893 from the federal stimulus program for the city’s sidewalk and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvement project. Last April, the Los Angeles County Community Development Commission notified the city that Signal Hill would get that…

Senator Lowenthal named California Coastal Hero

Sunset magazine and The California Coastal Commission have named Senator Alan Lowenthal as one of their 2009 California Coastal Heroes. Lowenthal has been described by the magazine as a thoughtful, substantive legislator who can effectively negotiate the legislative process without ever losing sight of coastal protection. “Rarely does a legislative session go by in Sacramento…

Around Town

READY TO VOLUNTEER? Rancho Los Cerritos, 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach’s only national and state historic landmark and a public museum, is seeking new volunteers for a variety of program opportunities. The Rancho is hosting a “Volunteer Opportunities Coffee” on Saturday, September 5 from 10am to noon. A complimentary continental breakfast will be provided. Find…

Thoughts from the Publisher

By Neena Strichart Saturday morning came awfully early last week as Steve and I headed out for the office to get ready for the Signal Hill Mayor’s Cleanup. The last go-round (in May) neatened the area near Discovery Well Park while this time we were blessed with a sprucing up of the property near our…

Commentary: Retirees and the Economy

By Betty Karnette California Senate and Assembly– Retired The next time you visit a small or large restaurant, stop at your local gas station or shop at Costco– look around. About how many people are spending money at these locations who are probably retired? I’d venture to say up to one third of the patrons…

Letters to the Editor

An arm and a leg for teeth I have insurance. Yesterday I went to my dentist for what I thought would be a rather routine procedure. After a bunch of x-rays and other (I thought) excessive tests, the “friendly” receptionist said my co-pay would amount to $2,000! Though they do not offer a payment plan,…

Tonia Talk

By 7th District Councilmember Tonia Reyes Uranga As we all look forward to our Labor Day holiday weekend, there are a few important items I’d like to share with you. 2010 Proposed Budget As we approach the end of the budget process in September, I ask everyone to contact me through email, letters and phone…