Jazz and schmooze

St. Vincent de Paul thrift store, 2750 Pacific Coast Highway, recently hosted an intimate wine and jazz gathering on its patio, where David Fields, the Council’s new deputy executive director, spoke about the Society’s local work and outreach to community business leaders. Long Beach 4th District Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell and Vice Mayor Val Lerch were…

SH Chamber, elected officials discuss pending legislation, more open communication

The Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative/Government Affairs Committee met with Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, Signal Hill Deputy City Manager Charlie Honeycutt and representatives from other local legislative offices at It’s A Grind in Signal Hill on October 1 to discuss pending legislation and other matters affecting the area. The Chamber also discussed…

Kluger Architects recognized with SH Beautification Award

The property located at 1855 Coronado Avenue, which houses Kluger Architects, has been selected for the September 2009 Signal Hill Planning Commission Beautification Award. Built in 1990 as one of a number of homogenous concrete tilt-up office/warehouse buildings in the area, the owner has differentiated this structure by completely gutting the interior and arranging the…

Homicides, burglaries rise despite overall crime reduction

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer Long Beach Police Commander Billy Quach had some good news and some bad news for the 25 people who attended his meeting Monday night. Overall, violent crime has decreased but homicides and both automobile and residential burglaries are steadily increasing. The meeting took place in the Long Beach Police Department…

Compared to Web reviews of previous Halloweens, this year’s ‘Shipwreck’ may surprise

By Cory Bilicko Entertainment Writer Admittedly, based on reading previous years’ consumer reviews on the Internet, my expectations for the Queen Mary “Shipwreck” event were not very high. Former attendees had complained about rude security personnel, ridiculously long lines, and mazes that offered more downtime than fright factor. What were my friends and I about…

Making peace with fall in Southern California

By Jennifer E. Beaver Fall is planting season in southern California. Since I grew up on the opposite side of the country, I find this unsettling. Oh, sure, I understand that everything from sweet peas to broccoli flourishes in the still-warm California soil and thrives with winter rain. I appreciate the Mediterranean climate of my…

Food Finders benefit to honor Mayor Foster, first lady

The Long Beach nonprofit organization Food Finders will have its annual fundraiser at The Grand Long Beach Event Center on Friday, October 9 from 6pm to 11pm, and the entire community is invited to participate. Special guests will include Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and his wife Nancy, who will both be honored with a…

LB Bicycle Count seeking volunteers

In an effort to make Long Beach the most bike-friendly city in the nation, the City of Long Beach, Bikestation and Cal State Long Beach are coordinating the Second Annual Bicycle Count. At least 300 volunteers are needed on Thursday, Oct. 15 or Sunday, Oct. 18 to help conduct bike and pedestrian counts at more…

Around Town

A CLEAN SWEEP The City of Long Beach Neighborhood Services Bureau, North Long Beach Neighborhood Improvement Strategy Area and the Ninth Council District Office will sponsor a neighborhood clean-up on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 8am to 11am at 6900 Muriel Ave. Call Chantara Nop at (562) 570-6055. PART-TIME LEGISLATURE? The Long Beach Republican Women Federated…

Assistance League auxiliary names Woman of the Year

Candice Stacy was recognized as the 55th Rick Rackers 2009 Woman of the Year at a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency last week. Since 1953, Rick Rackers, an Auxiliary of Assistance League of Long Beach, has honored one outstanding woman in the community each year with the award. Stacy was recognized for her commitment and…

Thoughts from the Publisher

By Neena Strichart More than a decade ago, I wrote a column for the Signal titled “So, What’s New?” In the weekly article, I reported tidbits of information that might not have otherwise found its way into print. I think my first column told about a new menu at a North Long Beach restaurant and…

Commentary: Reverse 911 and the Community

By Tom Jerou Long Beach resident What is Reverse 911? Reverse 911 is a simple way to describe a system that can alert groups of individuals or organizations when emergencies occur that require their attention or participation. Typically, messages are generated at the emergency center where the Reverse 911 computers, telephone lines and Internet connections…

LB aluminum-can recycling contest now underway

Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster announced last week that the City of Long Beach is participating in the Cans for Cash City Recycling Challenge. The contest, created by the United States Conference of Mayors and Novelis Corporation, is free to participants and challenges cities across the country to collect recyclable aluminum beverage cans and develop…