It’s a Matter of Life

Why do we need to send flowers to a funeral? I mean, why flowers? Who was the guy that said, “When someone dies you send flowers?” Is it to distract the grieving family from the deceased in the casket? Actually the act of sending or bringing flowers to a funeral or viewing is not as…

Beach closure lifted; no indication of contamination from spill into L.A. River

Interim City Health Officer Mauro Torno, MD announced Wednesday that the beach closure affecting Long Beach’s open coastal beaches west of Belmont Pier has been lifted following laboratory tests confirming bacteria levels at all sampling locations are within State standards. Samples were collected along the entire open coastline on Monday and Tuesday mornings. Both sets…

Sevilla’s night club serves up a dinner to die for

Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer I had a chance last weekend to experience a different kind of theater– murder-mystery dinner theater. And it was right here in downtown Long Beach. Having completed a first run at another Long Beach venue, Ryan McFarland Productions is extending its Murder at the Conga Club at Sevilla restaurant and…

Signal Hill gallery to host opening for two artists

Greenly Art Space, 2698 Junipero Ave., Suite 113, in Signal Hill, will host an art opening on Saturday, May 19 from 7pm to 9pm, featuring artists Kurt Hantzsch and Lisa Myers Connell. Hantzsch embeds meaning in his layered mixed-media watercolors. In the artist’s words: “No matter how intense the process, art is an existential tranquilizer,…

Wrigley residents concerned that high-interest loan shop may move in

Michelle Lecours Contributing Writer After 10 years of an empty lot at one of the gateway corners of the Wrigley neighborhood, Pennbrooke Financial Services, a high-interest auto-title loan company, is the top contender to set up shop at the northwest corner of Pacific Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway. According to an April memo distrib

EDCO starts waste-management and recycling operations in SH

CJ Dablo Staff Writer EDCO, also known as Signal Hill Disposal, began a new chapter in its company history by starting operations in Signal Hill at its material-recovery facility and transfer station on Patterson Street and California Avenue at the end of April. EDCO’s 68,000-square-foot building is the newest of the facilities of the family-owned company…

State offering grants to benefit coastal habitat

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is offering grants for projects to enhance California ’s marine habitat. Coastal communities, nonprofit groups and environmental agencies are encouraged to apply. DFG’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR), the California Coastal Conservancy and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation together review and select recipients for Environmental…