Fire safety tips for a happy, healthy holiday season

Decorating homes is a long-standing tradition around the holiday season. Unfortunately, these same decorations may increase the chances of a fire. Each year, decorated trees and holiday lights result in approximately 400 fires, 20 deaths and $25 million in direct property damage nationwide. Help ensure a safe holiday season by following these tips:

BARK donates books to kids at Christmas Tree Lane Parade

Aiming to bring attention to reading, 35 Beach Animals Reading with Kids (BARK) volunteers donated 2,500 books to kids along the Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane Parade route on Saturday, Dec. 10. Founded four years ago by Josie Gavieres, BARK is a local, all-volunteer nonprofit that encourages children to improve their reading skills and self-confidence…

The Campaign Trail

The nomination period for the April 10, 2012, primary nominating election opens Monday, Dec. 19, and closes at 5pm on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. Members of the public seeking nomination for Council District seats 2, 4, 6 and 8, may pick up papers from the City Clerk at City Hall beginning Monday, Dec. 19 from…

Nutrition event highlights healthy food choices

Research indicates that obesity rates among Long Beach Unified School District youth are concerning, with disproportionately higher overweight and obesity rates in central Long Beach. In the ongoing effort to fight obesity, First 5 LA, the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and The California Endowment have teamed up to hold Nutrition Revolution, a free community event…

Home for the healthy holidays

Submitted by Cat Park Guest Columnist The holiday season is in full swing, which means tables are full of everything from mashed potatoes and turkey to ham and sweet cranberry sauce. With the amount of food consumed from Halloween to New Year’s, it’s no wonder this time of year has such a bad reputation. Eating…