Roberts demolition underway for Marshalls store in Bixby Knolls

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer When the bucket of the 100,000-pound excavator smashed into the wall, cheers and applause rose up from the approximately 100 onlookers. They were there to observe and celebrate the beginning of the demolition of the old Roberts Department Store building last Thursday (October 15) morning. The building, located in the…

Quach appointed interim police chief

City Manager Patrick West has named Commander Billy Quach, a 22-year veteran of the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD), to be interim police chief. Quach’s new role is effective Friday, Oct. 23 and will continue until West appoints a new chief to replace former Chief Anthony Batts, who recently resigned to lead the City of…

Around Town

BE GREEN FOR HALLOWEEN Nonprofit organization Save Our Beach will have a Halloween-themed beach clean-up on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 10am to 2pm. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes, and there will be a large blow-up pumpkin for picture-taking. Bring lightly used costumes to donate to the Boys & Girls Club. Garbage bags, protective gloves,…

Event to provide info, assistance for people with disabilities

The public is invited to join the Citizens Advisory Commission on Disabilities (CACoD) in a celebration recognizing October as Disability Awareness Month on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 11am to 2pm at the Long Beach Convention Center. The celebration will feature health screenings, financial advice and information from agencies that work with people with disabilities, including…

Garden Variety: Fall– Time to go to pot

By Jennifer E. Beaver In mid-October, nature sends the signal: Time to swap the front-step pot of summer geraniums for something seasonal in shades of orange, yellow or brown. Those with no front steps wire festive Indian corn to the door. Those with no imagination–and this will surely earn a rebuke from the National Mum…

Long Beach ranks third among urban-garden cities

Long Beach has been ranked number three out of 10 featured cities for having the most urban gardens per capita, according to the Trust for Public Land, a national, nonprofit organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations…

Commentary: A Labor of Love

By Vivian J. Malauulu Samoans have a firm and long-standing reputation for being extremely family-oriented, deeply proud of their Polynesian ancestry, and very religious. These beliefs were epitomized for the entire world to see when, within hours of the magnitude-8.0 temblor and subsequent tsunami that devastated the islands of American Samoa and independent Samoa on…

Street Smart

The City of Signal Hill is putting its federal stimulus money to work on the Cherry Avenue Resurfacing Project. The City received $500,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to offset the cost of the $736,000 street-improvement project. According to the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans), Signal Hill was the first city in…

After nearly 30 years of service, LB fire chief to retire

Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) Fire Chief David Ellis announced last week to City Manager Patrick West his impending retirement by the year’s end. Ellis, an almost 30-year veteran of the fire service, is responsible for approximately 550 employees and a budget of more than $90 million. In 2004, he was named the 15th chief…