Thoughts from the Publisher

by Neena Strichart My fondest childhood memories are not of the money spent on me by parents, but of the time they shared with me teaching me things. Mom and I did a little gardening and making games out of doing household chores. I still think of Mom when I vacuum the carpet and remember…

Long Beach public forum provides information on new healthcare law

Sean Belk Staff Writer Local residents and business owners got a brief rundown on the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s new law that enacts significant changes to the federal healthcare system. Fifth District Long Beach City Councilmember Gerrie Schipske moderated a public forum about the law at Houssels Forum at Long Beach Memorial Hospital…

Local artist finds inspiration from her past as a factory worker

Brandy Soto Editorial Intern Like many people, Becca Shewmake never anticipated where she would end up in life. It was a seemingly unfortunate event that led her to become an artist in sunny California. Born in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, Shewmake remembers a wintry childhood in a working-class family. By the time she reached her junior year…

Around Town

SAY WHAT? What Hearing device exhibit Who The Hearing Loss Association of America Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter Where Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Ave. in Lakewood When Friday, April 19 from 10am to noon More Info Local residents can view a free hands-on display of devices that help with hearing difficulties and receive information on how…

LB Playhouse seeking city’s ‘Greatest Storyteller

Long Beach Playhouse will present season three of “Long Beach Searches for the Greatest Storyteller” on Sunday, April 28 at 7pm, with several locals who care to share a true, five-minute story that happened to them. A $100 prize will be awarded to the overall winner of the evening, and the top two storytellers will…

Security experts offer tips on event and crowd safety

In the wake of the explosions at the Boston Marathon on Monday, safety experts from the company Signal 88 Security are offering a reminder that there are steps that can be taken to protect oneself and loved ones in a crowd. For those who find themselves in crowded areas, Signal 88 Security Vice President of…

Art exhibit to benefit AIDS Assistance Thrift Store

The Long Beach AIDS Assistance Thrift Store, 2011 East 4th St., will kick off its annual spring art fundraiser with an opening reception on Friday, April 26 from 6pm to 9pm. From that day through Friday, May 31, the store will display artwork donated by local artists, which include Dennis Asbury, Richard Bartoletti, Bigtoe (AKA…

Early hopefuls throw in hats for state, mayoral elections in 2014

Sean Belk Staff Writer Although the next election for city and state offices isn’t until next year, political contenders in Long Beach have already advanced campaigns in recent weeks. Tonia Reyes-Uranga, a Democrat and former Long Beach City councilmember who represented the 7th District from 2002 to 2010, has recently formed a campaign-finance committee and…

LB Junior Concert Band in search of new home again

Sean Belk Staff Writer The Long Beach Junior Concert Band (LBJCB) is looking for a new home again after being ejected from two locations and now being forced out of another. For the past several months, the independent youth marching band established in 1952 has been searching for a permanent spot to perform rehearsals and…