Thoughts from the Publisher

By Neena Strichart The thunderous noises were practically deafening. Just seconds later, water started pouring from the ceilings into every one of our offices. Ceiling tiles were falling. The entire building was shaking. Was it thunder and lightning? Was it a tornado? Was it the start of a horrendous earthquake? With no time to ponder…

Search begins for America’s Outstanding Oldest Worker

Nominations are now being accepted in the search for America’s Outstanding Oldest Worker. The search is part of a national effort to raise awareness about the contributions older individuals make in today’s workplace and to break down barriers often associated with their employment. It is sponsored by Experience Works, the nation’s largest nonprofit training and…

LB Opera presenting jazz-infused WWI satire

The Long Beach Opera will present The Good Soldier Schweik at the Center Theater/Long Beach Performing Arts Center Saturday, Jan. 23 at 8pm. With its mix of jazz, brassy music, and contemporary opera idioms, this performance is the West Coast premiere of Robert Kurka’s critically acclaimed opera. Before Catch-22 and M.A.S.H., there was the story…

MTW’s Producers grabs two Ovation acting awards

Musical Theatre West took home top honors on Jan. 11 at the annual LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards for the 2008/2009 awards season. Musical Theatre West received more nominations than any other regional musical theatre company this season and walked away with two awards. Musical Theatre West’s production of The Producers took both Featured Acting…

Exec director to give ‘State of Port’ address

Port of Long Beach Executive Director Richard D. Steinke is set to deliver his annual “State of the Port” address on Friday, Jan. 29, bringing insight and perspective to one of most critical junctures in Port’s nearly century long history. The new year marked a milestone for the Port’s signature Clean Trucks Program, which has…

No Rain on this Parade

Pictured, Central Neighborhood Advisory Committee members ride the float they constructed in the week leading up to the 22nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Unity Parade, which marched north on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue last Saturday morning, leading to a multi-cultural celebration at King Park on Lemon Avenue. The celebration included…

Re-‘Gift’ing

As a kick-off to Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Week, several area nonprofits came together at Washington Middle School’s soccer field on Jan. 9 to sponsor the second year of a community event called “The Gift.” New Generations, the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services Weed & Seed Strategy, Centro de…

New mural depicts 100 years of North LB history

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer One hundred years ago, the area now known as North Long Beach mostly comprised small family farms, but change was in the wind. By then, this coastal city that would be nicknamed “Iowa by the Sea” was already drawing hundreds of families from other states– including Iowa– who wanted to…

Mayor Foster describes lessons learned from ‘Great Recession,’ how it shaped LB’s character

Photo by Andy Witherspoon By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster was definitely upbeat in his “State of the City” speech Tuesday night, but he warned that the ongoing economic recession will continue to negatively impact the city’s revenues for the next several years. Foster spoke to a crowd of about 1,200…

Popular canine to be commemorated at ceremony

Long Beach Animal Care Services and Friends of Long Beach Animals will host a memorial service to celebrate the life of Wheely Willy, the beloved Chihuahua that passed away on Dec. 22. The service will be Tuesday, Jan. 19 from noon to 2pm at the Memorial Garden at Long Beach Animal Care Services P.D. Pitchford…

Bixby walking group stepping into its third year

This weekend, the Bixby Strollers will have walked about 374 miles in the last two years. This Saturday, January 16 marks the second anniversary of the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association’s (BKBIA) walking club known as the Bixby Knolls Strollers. This weekend, the group will have walked approximately 374 miles together over the last two…