Beating the heat in your garden

Jennifer Beaver Columnist Fortunately, that merciless heat wave has passed. What will you do when the next one arrives? Here are five ways to keep you and your plants from wilting. 1. Mulch. A three-inch topping of mulch keeps plant roots cool, conserves water and inhibits weeds. Of course, lugging bags of bark chips or…

Lights in the Heights

Historic lampposts (as the one seen above) in California Heights were restored in 2010– the largest installation since the California Heights Neighborhood Association (CHNA) program began over 12 years ago and followed on the footsteps of the 2007 phase that saw every lamppost restored on the Cal Heights portion of Orange Avenue. The above photograph,…

LBPD solves its oldest cold-case homicide to date

On Friday, Jan. 21, 1972, officers from the Long Beach Police Department were dispatched to the 6600 block of Olive Avenue in response to a man who had just come home to find his wife stabbed to death. The case went unsolved until detectives were able to give it a second look and advances in…

Pedestrian succumbs after being hit by van

On Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, at approximately 8:08pm, officers from the Long Beach Police Department responded to an injury traffic collision near the intersection of Pacific Avenue and 25th Street that resulted in the death of an adult female. When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered a female pedestrian lying in the street with…

Gearing up

Eighth District Councilmember Al Austin (second from left) and volunteers from the Making Connections Alliance prepare to give out hundreds of free backpacks and school supplies to students at the Back-to-School Summer Blast event last Saturday at “Pops” Davenport Park. The event also included health screenings, vaccinations, haircuts, sports instruction and free food. “This event…

Fest to offer Greek culture all Labor Day weekend

Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 5761 East Colorado St., will host the 63rd Annual Long Beach Greek Festival and Cultural Event Saturday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 3 from noon to 9pm. Admission is $3. Kids under 12, seniors and members of all branches of military, fire and police with proper ID are free all three…

Boulevard Buick owners celebrate opening of Cadillac in SH
Newly remodeled dealership is latest addition to Signal Hill Auto Center

Sean Belk Contributing Writer The owners of Boulevard Buick GMC celebrated the grand opening of their second auto dealership, now known as Boulevard Cadillac, the newest addition to the Signal Hill Auto Center. In many ways, the ceremony, attended by a crowd of Signal Hill city officials, business owners and community members on Aug. 21,…

Local organization provides job training and employment to intellectually disabled persons

Nick Diamantides Staff Writer For the past 60 years, a Long Beach nonprofit organization, now known as Advocacy for Respect and Choice-Long Beach (AR&C), has provided job training, employment, life-skills education, social activities and recreation to thousands of people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. The organization operates from a complex located at 4519 E.…

Shooting results in victim’s death; suspect information unavailable

On Monday, Aug. 20, at approximately 1:20am, a shooting occurred in the 1500 block of Arlington Street that resulted in the victim’s death early Tuesday morning. Long Beach police officers arrived and discovered the victim had sustained a gunshot wound to the torso. The victim, identified as 25-year-old Martin Contreras of Long Beach, was transported…

Man barred from Belmont Shore for public intoxication

Andrew P. Zea, 24, of Long Beach, pleaded “no contest” on Aug. 20 to public intoxication, was sentenced to 60 days in jail, and ordered to serve three years on summary probation. In addition, under a unique new program instituted by the City Prosecutor’s Office, Zea was ordered to not return to the Belmont Shore…