Five secrets to the perfect summer garden

Jennifer E. Beaver Columnist Ah, summer. We all enjoy eating outdoors with friends and hoisting a few while the sun goes down. But surely I can’t be the only one looking over the rim of my margarita glass toward the garden…and wondering what’s causing the holes in the tomatoes or the spots on the squash…

Signal Hill City Council passes balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2013-2014, approves one-time expenditures

Sean Belk Staff Writer The Signal Hill City Council passed a balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2013-2014 during its June 18 meeting, approving capital-improvement projects and a long list of “decision packages,” or one-time expenditures, for various city departments. But city management remains cautious about revenue forecasts going forward and added that labor costs and…

Painter livens up streets and buildings with historical murals

Brandy Soto Editorial intern Art Mortimer didn’t exactly plan to become an artist; it was something he stumbled into. He was born in Long Beach, and he says he had a particularly normal childhood, with no real artistic influence.  “My father was a college math and physics teacher, and my mother was a housewife,” he…

Lara applauds passage of state budget

Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) released a statement last Saturday following the passage of the State budget. “Today is a historic day for California. For the second year in a row, we have a budget that is on time, and for the first time in recent history, our budget is once again reinvesting in the…

Around Town

COME RUMMAGE AROUND What Rummage sale Who Covenant Presbyterian Church Where 607 E. 3rd St. When Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 from 8am to 4pm More Info All proceeds will benefit Rising TIDE, an after-school drop-in program. Call (562) 437-0958, ext 25.

Thoughts from the Publisher

by Neena Strichart Recently, I have felt as though I am in a world filled with a whirlwind of fundraisers. There are so many great local charities in need that it is difficult to say no, as long as my budget holds out. A month or so ago I was attending my third charity event…