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FAIR-MINDED FUN St. Joseph Parish and Elementary School will host their annual fair Friday, April 23 through Sunday, April 25 at the school, which is located at 6200 Willow St. The hours are 4pm–11pm Friday, 11am–11pm Saturday and 11am–6pm Sunday. The fair will include carnival rides, games & prizes, a cantina and lots of food.…

Boulevard Buick/GMC moving to vacant Mike Salta Chrysler/Jeep site

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer Boulevard Buick/GMC will soon be moving from its present location in the Signal Hill Auto Center, but city officials are not worried. The dealership is actually planning to move to the slightly larger, now-vacant Mike Salta Chrysler/Jeep dealership site, which is also in the Signal Hill Auto Center. In three…

SH Chamber conducting membership drive

The Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce is launching a spring membership drive through July 22. Benefits of membership include the opportunity for owners to promote their businesses and to network with other businesses in the local community. Networking opportunities include monthly luncheons, the Chamber’s Second Thursday mixers, and other social events.

Metro contracts with Clean Energy Fuels Corp. for CNG fuel upgrades

Clean Energy Fuels Corp., a leading provider of natural gas for transportation in North America, has secured contracts totaling nearly $8.4 million from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to upgrade four of Metro’s compressed natural gas (CNG) bus fueling stations. Metro currently deploys America’s largest CNG-powered transit bus fleet. Metro’s 2,506 clean-burning…

Aquarium hosting Earth Day celebration

The public is invited to join the Long Beach Water Department and the Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, for a special celebration of Earth Day and all things green on Saturday, April 24 from 9am to 5pm. This year’s festival will feature: • Live animals • Local environmental groups • Kid’s activities •…

UCLA seeks smokers for study testing cessation vaccine

UCLA researchers are seeking smokers between the ages of 18 and 65 for a national study using an experimental vaccine to help them quit smoking. “Very few smokers successfully quit, so new methods, beyond the patch and nicotine gum, are truly needed,” said Dr. Donald Tashkin, principal investigator and professor of pulmonary and critical care…

Thoughts from the Publisher

I grew up in a household filled with a lot of laughter. Dad had a quick wit and could trade quips with the best of ‘em. Mom, was (and still is) another story as she sports more of a wry/wicked sense of humor, relying on irony as her comic fodder.

St. Mary presenting diabetes self-management workshops

Those affected by diabetes or who have family members coping with the disease are invited to attend Diabetes Self-Management Education classes at St. Mary Medical Center. Individual sessions can be scheduled on Wednesdays from 7am until 5pm or Thursdays from 11am until 5pm. A four-week group session is conducted on Thursdays from 8am until 11am.…

A wake-up call to keep kids fit

By Carol Berg Sloan, RD I don’t know about you, but I am thrilled that First Lady Michelle Obama has gotten on the bandwagon to bring the childhood obesity onto center stage with the Let’s Move Campaign (letsmove.gov). I sometimes wonder if Americans realize what a health crisis the number of overweight children is now…

Can a drought-tolerant landscape be beautiful?

By Jennifer E. Beaver I have a conflicted relationship with drought-tolerant gardens. I understand the need to conserve water. But the garden-shaped space in my heart is full of thirsty English cottage flowers draped artfully over a bower. So when I got a letter from the Long Beach Water Department saying I was eligible for…