Apartment Flooding Displaces 11 People

At 10am on December 22, a malfunctioning fire sprinkler head flooded three apartments in an apartment building located on the 2200 block of Locust Avenue near Hill Street in Long Beach, destroying furniture, personal items and Christmas presents. Eleven adults and six children were displaced after their apartments were determined uninhabitable. The Red Cross of…

Sorensen retires from SH Community Services Department

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer After more than 12 years at the helm of the Signal Hill Community Services Department, Kathy Sorensen has retired. Sorensen holds a bachelor’s degree in park and recreation administration from Western Washington University and a master’s degree in public administration from Seattle University. She worked for the City of Seattle’s…

Healthy, happy holidays for the whole family

By CAROL BERG SLOAN RD Nutritionist The holidays are a whirlwind of food, friends and festivities, and it’s easy to let down your guard when it comes to making wise food choices. Don’t let it happen this year. Keep your health a priority by being prepared. Here are some tips to get through the holiday…

Thoughts from the Publisher

I have many happy Christmas memories. The happiest of all are those spent with family and friends. From my birth to my tenth year, my family and I lived at the corner of 20th Street and Dawson Avenue in a rented house in Signal Hill. Holidays spent at that address were full of excitement and…

The First Christmas Gift

Copyright 2009 by Nick Diamantides Staff Writer Billions of people throughout the earth celebrate Christmas by giving gifts to their loved ones. But did you know you are one of God’s loved ones, and that He has a Christmas gift for you?

Gripe about tripe

Saw you had Laura Richardson’s picture planted on the front page. Why don’t you do something on her and the corruption/ethics investigation going on regarding abuse of power and her foreclosures? Something like this might be more interesting than the tripe you turn out. The web is full of articles and documentation regarding Laura Richardson…

No need for speed

By now you have likely heard of the tragic hit-and-run accident that threatened the lives of Cal Heights resident Lynda Vitale and her dog Maggie this week. We need your help in spreading the call for information. Recap: Tuesday evening at 7:50pm, one of our residents, Lynda Vitale, was walking her dog Maggie. While crossing…

Teen volunteers ‘wrap up’ holidays for less fortunate

Photo by Louise Cunningham Fifteen local high school “elves” showed up at Comprehensive Child Development (CCD), 2565 Pacific Ave., to wrap a mountain of children’s gifts on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Five girls from the Poly High School “S” Club (sponsored by Soroptimist International of Long Beach), five girls from Girl Scout Troup 674 and five…

Wide-ranging music acts to sing in new year downtown

Historic Pine Avenue will ring in 2010 with live music from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s along with food, drinks and a view of the waterfront fireworks spectacular planned for midnight, as estimated crowds of up to 50,000 come to Downtown Long Beach to celebrate New Year’s Eve, said Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) President…

LB Ballet mounts stellar production with star-studded Nutcracker

by Vicki Paris Goodman Entertainment Writer “But everything was beautiful at the ballet…” So goes the reflective musical number from the Broadway show A Chorus Line. And the character singing those dreamy lyrics could well have been describing the Long Beach Ballet’s gorgeous production of The Nutcracker, the famous Christmas ballet by composer Peter Ilyich…