Local real-estate market shows signs of improving

Leonardo Paoreo Editorial Intern It’s difficult to imagine that Jerry Bowley could have sold his home and bought another one so easily in 2009– but in 2013? No problem. Earlier this year, Bowley and his wife were able to sell their house in Long Beach, which they purchased in 1997, and purchase a condominium in…

New businesses look to develop foothold in Bixby Knolls

Sean Belk Staff Writer Nearly three and a half years ago, Christy Pardini opened up her small, eco-friendly shop Bella Cosa on Atlantic Avenue in Bixby Knolls with the idea of selling locally made items, mostly recycled from salvaged materials. Since then, she has watched the business corridor morph from a once desolate strip of…

Police chase, shootout ends in suspect’s death

On Sunday, April 28, at approximately 12:20am, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers were dispatched to the area of Artesia Boulevard and Butler Avenue after a report of a man with a gun in that vicinity. An officer in the area located a suspect matching the description, and the suspect ran from the officer. During…

Thoughts from the Publisher

by Neena Strichart Although many folks have a fear of public speaking, it isn’t one of my phobias. I’m not declaring that I am a great orator– far from it– but I do enjoy an attentive audience– or one that at least feigns it well. A month or so ago, my gal pal Vicki invited…

Letter to the Editor: Bicycle-unfriendly?

I am a resident of Los Cerritos, and I support the proposed roundabouts in the Los Cerritos neighborhood. The roundabouts will beautify and enhance the community, especially the “Gateway to Los Cerritos” at Pacific Avenue, 36th Street and Country Club Drive, and will improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists due to the reduced speed…

Around Town

NEED A GIFT? What Uptown Village Market Who More than 75 vendors and booths Where Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave. When Friday, May 3 from 5pm to 10pm and Saturday, May 4 from 11am to 5pm More Info This event features local independent designers, artists and crafters selling one-of-a-kind items and gifts for loved…

LB Junior Concert Band finds new home at Scottish Rite Cathedral

Sean Belk Staff Writer After hopping from one place to the next for the past few years, the Long Beach Junior Concert Band (LBJCB) has finally found a new home to perform rehearsals and store band equipment and office supplies, said Carrie Daquiado, LBJCB treasurer and former band member. The LBJCB, which was established in…

It’s just birth…in reverse

Kenneth McKenzie Columnist I was driving around a couple of weekends ago, doing my normal thing: yard sales and estate sales. I watch like a hawk for signs written on florescent-green paper or hand-written cardboard signs steering people toward unfound treasures. While driving, I saw a sign way up in the distance. The sign looked…