At WANA meeting, LBUSD Board VP sheds light on recent teacher lay-offs

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer Many people– especially parents– are worried about how the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) will continue to operate under continuing budget cutbacks. In the last approximately eight years the District has had to reduce its budget by $200 million. Last Monday night, Felton Williams, vice president of the LBUSD…

Around Town

STACKS OF FUN Readers of all ages are invited to join the summer reading program at their local Long Beach Public Library, which offers activities, games, and prizes for everyone from babies to adults. The summer reading programs began June 17 and will continue through early August. Kids who sign up at their local library receive…

Lowenthal given Environmental Leadership Award

Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D–Long Beach) received the highest award bestowed by the California League of Conservation Voters, a non-partisan advocacy group for California’s environment, during a ceremony Tuesday near the State Capitol Building. The League, which scores legislators every year for their performance on environmental legislation, praised Lowenthal for her perfect score on such legislation…

Small-business owners get helping hand through new Goldman Sachs program

By Steven Piper Editorial Intern Salon owner Andrew Kripp is stepping closer to his dream of having three salon locations in Long Beach, thanks to incoming funds from a $500-million, nationwide, five-year initiative launched by Goldman Sachs called “10,000 Small Businesses.” The investment banking and securities firm modeled the program after its “10,000 Women,” a…

Thoughts from the Publisher

By Neena Strichart It’s hard to believe the year is half over. I stay so busy that time doesn’t just fly by– it absolutely zooms! We’re now into day four of summer 2010, Father’s Day is behind us and most graduation exercises have already taken place. This year I didn’t attend any graduation ceremonies, but…

Retail growth continues in Signal Hill

By Neena Strichart Publisher Although the construction climate in other areas of the country may be bleak, it seems that “growth” is the watchword for the city of Signal Hill. On the retail horizon for the 2.2-square-mile city are Ross Dress for Less and Fresh & Easy. Positioned at opposite ends of town, the two…

Local nonprofit healthcare providers awarded service grants

Long Beach Community Foundation (LBCF) announced the recipients of Emergency Healthcare Services grants during a presentation last week at Gallery Expo in Bixby Knolls. Six nonprofit healthcare providers along the Atlantic Avenue corridor were named as recipients of these general operating support grants, made possible by financial assistance from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation,…

Trauma drama

American Red Cross volunteer and Cerritos resident Jeff Dohzen is helped to the triage unit during a simulated disaster response exercise at St. Mary Medical Center (SMMC) on Atlantic Avenue. In theory, terrorists had attacked Long Beach with a chemical agent, requiring victims to don protective suits and take showers as part of the emergency…

Spotlight on Advertisers

The staff of Le Yen restaurant, 4140 Atlantic Ave., will be on vacation Sunday, July 4 through Monday, July 12. Le Yen can be reached at (562) 427-1937. Arashi restaurant, 3550 N. Long Beach Blvd., will be the host for the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association’s next Supper Club night on Monday, July 12 at…

Native home gardens: Taming the wild things

By Jennifer E. Beaver Staff Writer A few weeks back, I wrote about my struggle to appreciate native landscapes. The column was inspired by our home’s inclusion in the Lawn-to-Garden Incentive Program (lblawntogarden.com) sponsored by the Long Beach Water Department, which will pay $2.50 per square foot to replace thirsty lawns with select drought-tolerant plants.…

Buono’s chosen for 54th District Small Business of Year award

Buono’s Authentic Pizzeria was recently recognized as the 2010 Small Business of the Year in the 54th Assembly District. Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D– Long Beach) presented the award during California Small Business Day in Sacramento amidst an audience of legislators, key community leaders, and other statewide honorees. During the festivities, brothers Frank and Andrew Buono met with government…