Thoughts from the Publisher

by Neena Strichart Some of my favorite television programs are reality shows. Although I love oldie sitcoms like The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Love Lucy and such, reality shows really tickle me. Three of my favorites are Project Runway, Ax Men and Sister Wives. Yes, I am a complicated woman of varied interests! When…

Let it count

March 5 is election day for the City of Signal Hill. There are three incumbents and four challengers for seats on the Signal Hill City Council. The future direction of the City will be in the hands of our elected officials. These are important times for all of us to be active in the world…

LB Police Commander Luman takes reins of North Patrol Division

Sean Belk Staff Writer Long Beach Police Commander Robert Luman took on one of his new duties as the North Patrol Division’s new commander-in-chief last Saturday, Jan. 12, by hearing concerns from local residents while outlining his goals and priorities during a community meeting hosted by 8th District City Councilmember Al Austin at Mirage Coffeehouse…

Signal Hill plein-air artist returns to LB Playhouse for fifth exhibit

Nationally recognized plein-air artist Gary Blackwell’s work will return to the Playhouse Gallery at the Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., in an exhibit entitled Mostly Landscapes. The exhibit is a collection of paintings that Blackwell has painted throughout California, mostly on location. Additionally, the exhibit will present an ensemble of collective work that…

Long Beach Symphony Orchestra appoints new executive director

After a nationwide search, the Long Beach Symphony Association announced this week that Kelly Ruggirello has been selected as the Association’s new executive director, effective March 4, 2013. “On behalf of the Association’s board of directors, I am pleased and excited to welcome Kelly,” said Board President John Di Carlo. “We look forward to the…

Getting back to basics

Carol Berg Sloan RD Columnist Sweetener consumption has been in the news lately with the soda ban in New York City and like initiatives popping up in cities throughout California in recent elections. In speaking with many of my clients, they show solidarity for such bans, but when we start talking about the details of…