Adult-entertainment club opening in SH amid some opposition

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer In spite of strong opposition from some neighboring residents, The Palms, an adult club featuring partially nude dancers opened in Signal Hill last night (April 29), on Palm Drive near Willow Street. Signal Hill resident Maria Marino, who is spearheading opposition to the club, recently spent a few hours knocking…

Around Town

…ANOTHER MAN’S TREASURE Community Presbyterian Church, 6380 Orange Ave. will host a rummage sale Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1 at 9am to 3pm each day. For more information, or to donate items that are clean and in usable, operating condition, contact the church office at (562) 423-0451. FREE FILM FRIDAYS, FOLKS On the…

Port offering grants to assist schools, daycare sites

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has designated $5 million for a fund covering schools and related sites, such as daycare facilities. Applications for the “Schools and Related Sites” grant program are now available for downloading at polb.com/grants. To help individuals and organizations apply to this first round of grants, the Port has scheduled…

Numerous events planned for Breakwater Awareness Month

Fourth District Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell has declared the month of May “Breakwater Awareness Month.” The Long Beach Breakwater is a federal structure that was originally built for the city’s naval base. Since the closing of the base, numerous advocacy groups have asserted that reconfiguring the Breakwater can improve water quality, as well as provide recreation opportunities…

Van Hooten resigns as LB Playhouse executive director

David Haberbush, president of the board of directors for the Long Beach Playhouse has announced the appointment of Andrew Vonderschmitt as the interim managing director effective immediately. Vonderschmitt replaces Joan Van Hooten, who has resigned from her position as executive director effective May 3, 2010.  “I feel that much of what I was hired to…

Origami exercise improves students’ understanding of math, science

By Brett Ashley Hawkins Editorial Intern Dramatic Results, an award-winning educational agency based in Signal Hill, set its sights on Hamilton Middle School’s self-contained sixth-grade class last week to provide struggling students a relatable approach to math and science. The agency has helped more than 17,000 students throughout Long Beach and Compton’s public schools in…

FOLBA conducting low-cost microchip clinic

In 2009, a local dog owner was reunited with her poodle “Princess” because her microchip was traced to her Long Beach address. The dog had been missing for more than four years. In Long Beach, all animals are scanned three times when impounded in an effort to return them to their owners. On Saturday, May…

Thoughts from the Publisher

By Neena Strichart Steve and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary on Wednesday of last week. Our original plan (Plan A) was to take off for Las Vegas for a few days, find a little chapel and renew our vows, play the nickel slots and maybe see a show. Rethinking the matter, we decided to…

Getting engaged

In an effort to promote a more open and transparent process, I invite you to take part in a live webcast of budget forums that are being held across the state over the next few weeks. It is crucial that everyone be included in the discussions about our state’s budget. You are invited to participate…

From blight to delight

As a regular customer at Ralphs Market at 4250 Long Beach Blvd., I have long been dismayed at the unkempt condition of an area between their parking lot and the Seven-Eleven store, on the San Antonio Drive side of their property. For many months, the area was overgrown with brush and became a depository for…

Park in Wrigley area in running for $30K makeover

Veterans Park, 101 E. 28th St., has been selected as one of ten finalists for a Sears Blue Lawn & Garden Crew makeover worth $30,000. The ultimate winner will be determined by votes from across the country. Coleen Vandepas of the Wrigley Neighborhood Association wrote the nomination essay. “Veterans Memorial Park is the recreational heart…

SH planning commissioner receives volunteer award

Signal Hill Planning Commissioner Jane Fallon received a Volunteer Merit Award from the California Parks and Recreation Society District 10 on Wednesday, April 21. Fallon has been an active member of the Signal Hill community since she moved to the city in 1991. Currently, she serves the city as a volunteer at several events such…