Local Elks lodge names January member of month

Edward L. McCain, III has been selected as Elk of the Month for January at the Bellflower/Long Beach Elks Lodge #888. McCain was born Dec. 17, 1966, in Lakewood. He grew up in the Garden Grove area, and, after high school, he entered into an apprenticeship for plumbing. He later received his journeyman license for…

SH steps up to assist Delius Restaurant

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer The Signal Hill City Council and Redevelopment Agency (RDA) is giving much needed assistance to a restaurant deemed vital to the city’s economy and image. During its meeting last Tuesday night, the Council, along with the RDA, voted to pay Delius’s rent for the next three years as the upscale…

Locals help student become Eagle Scout through tree-planting

By Brett Ashley Hawkins Editorial Intern Nearly a hundred people gathered on one side of Atlantic Avenue between 35th Street and Bixby Road to lend their hands to Boy Scouts of America member Gregory Reilly (pictured left) and Citizen Forester mentor John Royce for the planting of 34 crape myrtles last Saturday. Two weeks prior,…

From Bixby to Haiti

Andrea Testa (pictured), owner of FreeSpirit Yoga, 3910 Atlantic Ave., organized and hosted a “Help Haiti Recover” silent auction last Saturday to help raise money for Doctors Without Borders. “I felt compelled to rally our instructors, friends and local businesses to raise some money and help in anyway we could,” Testa said. “It was the…

Unidentified body discovered under 91 Freeway

On Monday, Jan, 25, at approximately 2pm, Long Beach Police Officers responded to the area under the westbound 91 Freeway east of the northbound 710 Freeway regarding a body that had been discovered. A black male, 50 to 55 years old, was pronounced dead by the Long Beach Fire Department at the scene. The cause…

Letter to the Editor

Commute dispute Has our government really gone mad? California can’t balance its budget, yet, according to the LA Times report Jan. 29, Senator Alan Lowenthal (my senator) says free parking is a “menace to California’s environment.” He wants us to take a bus, walk or ride a bike. The senator has even won a proposal…

Around Town

COFFEE AND CONVERSATION Eighth District Councilwoman Rae Gabelich will conduct a “Coffee and Conversation” at Il Poggio restaurant, 3819 Atlantic Ave., on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10am to noon. Call (562) 570-6685. HELP YOURSELF The nonprofit Recovery International, which provides tools and practice in changing thinking habits so individuals can gain personal control over distressing…

Audience participation highlighting next First Fridays

Coming out of holiday hibernation with plenty of art, music, and opportunities for attendees to show off their performance skills, the Feb. 5 First Fridays event will celebrate the theme “Universal Love.” The improv troupe Held2Gether will provide entertainment for “Tea Room Comedy Night” at Elise’s Tea Room, 3924 Atlantic Ave., encouraging audience participation and…

Vietnam Memorial replica coming to Whittier

The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall, a three-quarter-scale traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be open for public viewing March 23–30, at Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary, Workman Mill Rd., in Whittier. “The monument was created as a service to those who might never travel to the nation’s capital to…

Bixby diver competing for spot at Youth Olympic Games

Bixby Knolls resident Deon Reid (pictured) is in Columbus, Ohio this week, competing as a diver for the U.S. Youth Olympic Games trials. Top finishers there will travel to Guadalajara, Mexico in March for the qualifying event administered by Fédération Internationale de Natation– the organization recognized by the International Olympic Committee for conducting international competitions…

Interfaith Council seeks nominees for Spotlight Awards

The South Coast Interfaith Council (SCIC) is asking the public to nominate members of the local community for the SCIC Spotlight Awards, which recognize five different individuals for their outstanding contributions to the community at large, especially in the realm of interfaith. They are awarded to a clergy/religious leader, layman, laywoman, senior citizen and youth.