City of LB restates warning about utility billing scam

The City of Long Beach issued a press release last week reiterating its warning to utility customers about a nationwide scam that is continuing to trick people into providing personal financial information in exchange for the false promise of getting their utility bills paid by the federal government.

LB Playhouse to present staged readings of playwrights’ new works

Next month, the Long Beach Playhouse will present the works of the four winners and four finalist from its New Works Festival, which invites novice and experienced playwrights from all over the world to submit their unproduced plays to the Playhouse’s New Works Literary Committee. During the two-week festival, the winners’ plays receive a staged…

True or false?

Kenneth McKenzie Columnist There are so many rumors are out there about death and dying and circumstances surrounding the one thing we each will experience. Some of these rumors are so old that many people take them as facts. So I thought I would discuss a few.

Arts Council for Long Beach one of 80 grantees selected nationwide

The Arts Council for Long Beach will receive $150,000 to produce performances for the A LOT series, performance-based artwork designed to activate vacant lots in various Long Beach neighborhoods and engage residents in the arts, thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The NEA recently awarded 80 Our Town grant…

Debate over mentally-ill homeless site stalls Schroeder Hall reuse again

Michelle Lecours Staff Writer Six years after Long Beach was designated as the local redevelopment authority for the Army Reserve Center property Schroeder Hall, plans to reuse that facility as an eastside Long Beach Police substation and homeless facility, currently a source of concern for city and community leaders, remain delayed after Tuesdays’s closed City…

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A NOTABLE ENSEMBLE What Musical ensemble auditions Who Hosted by Women of Note Where Auditioner’s choice When Auditioner’s choice More Info Long Beach treble vocal ensemble Women of Note is now seeking choral singers for its fall season, with auditions beginning Aug. 21. Contact director Carla Strandberg at (562) 598-5852 or womenofnotelb@gmail.com to arrange a…

LBPD arrests barricaded suspect for attempte​d murder

The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) issued a press release last week stating that on July 5 at approximately 7:52am, a City of Long Beach code-enforcement inspector was shot while attempting to serve an inspection warrant at a residence in the 6100 block of John Avenue, and the suspect responsible was taken into custody.

Thoughts from the Publisher

by Neena Strichart Publisher Earlier this week one of my much-younger-than-I-am employees made a statement that I thought sounded like a perfect example for a Burma-Shave sign campaign– and I told her so. I could tell she had no idea what in the heck Burma-Shave signs were, as illustrated by the puzzled look on her…