Thoughts from the Publisher

by Neena Strichart My interest in politics began as a young teenager when my father ran twice for city treasurer in Signal Hill. I loved observing my dad go through the process: campaigning, behind-closed-doors practicing of speeches, meetings with local movers and shakers, and, most importantly, participating in family prayers where Dad would ask for…

Marking 115 years of firefighting service in Long Beach

By Rex Pritchard, President Long Beach Firefighters, Local 372 On March 16, 1897, the citizens of Long Beach recognized the need for a fire department, and the Long Beach Fire Department was born. So on this date, 28 charter members signed up as volunteer firemen and elected Brewster C. Kenyon as captain. From 1900 to…

Keeping nonprofit groups well stocked is Food Finders’ mission

Nick Diamantides Staff Writer When people living below the poverty level go to an organization that gives away free food, arguably the last thing they want to hear is, “Sorry, we are all out– come back another time.” The truth is, however, that during times of economic recession, many such organizations and shelters must scramble…

Michael Cavanaugh returning to LB Arena for Elton John tribute

“Your Song,” “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fightin’,” and “Bennie and the Jets” are just a few of the classic Elton John songs scheduled to be performed by guest artist Michael Cavanaugh when he joins the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra (LBSO) POPS! for Michael Cavanaugh in Concert: The Songs of Elton John and More on Saturday,…

Art of the Matter

Greg Jacobs is a reluctant photographer. While the California Heights resident’s been shooting photos since high school– a hobby he picked up from his camera-bug grandfather–he put down his lens sometime around college and left it there for a good long while. It was only after touring and working with a couple of rock bands…