Thoughts from the Publisher

by Neena Strichart Besides a spouse or blood relative, few of us have a more intimate relationship than we do with our primary doctor. Over the past several years I have been blessed to have had my medical needs looked after by local physician Dr. Ronald Bitter. Whether I had an ache, pain, fever or…

Letter to the Editor: Silver linings

As you may now know, Ralphs on Long Beach Boulevard closed its doors on June 15, and now Orchard [Supply Hardware (OSH)] is set to close too. The big-box retailers like Ralphs and OSH have major internal issues within their corporate structure that are far beyond our control. We hate to see these businesses close,…

Around Town

WHO WAS FANNY BIXBY SPENCER? What Author talk Who Dana Branch Library Where 3680 Atlantic Ave. When Friday, July 12 at 11:30am More Info Marcia Lee Harris will discuss her book Fanny Bixby Spencer: Long Beach’s Inspirational Firebrand. Harris’s book captures the life of Bixby by chronicling her achievements and humanitarianism, in addition to showcasing…

Long Beach City College names new athletics director

Long Beach City College Vice President of Student Support Services Dr. Gregory Peterson has announced the hiring of Joe Cascio as the college’s new athletic director. “I am pleased to announce that after a very competitive hiring process we have selected Joe Cascio as our new athletic director,” said Peterson. “President (Eloy) Oakley, Executive Vice…

Long Beach City College appoints new campus leaders

Long Beach City College (LBCC) Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley recently announced several key administrative appointments at the college. “I am delighted that these talented and experienced professionals have agreed to help lead Long Beach City College in this exciting and challenging time,” Oakley said. “Each brings unique talents and skills that will move our college…

How I came to love Italian wine

Jackie Townsend Author American children don’t grow up with wine as an inherent part of meals as Italian children do. We drink milk, and while wine might be at our tables, lumped in with beer or liquor, we inherit almost a fear of it. It is illegal after all; we might be arrested if caught…

No passport needed– just grab a corkscrew

David White Wine Blogger Now that Independence Day is behind us, the summer is in full swing. Barbeques, hikes and lazy days at the pool abound. And most of us are itching to leave town– eager to spend some time away from work, escaping from it all. Wine enthusiasts are fortunate in that we get…

Signal Hill, other LA County cities join forces to meet new stormwater rules, but costs a concern

Sean Belk Staff Writer Stormwater, also called urban runoff, remains the leading cause of beach-water pollution throughout the country despite regulations that have aimed to clean up the problem for more than two decades, according to environmental reports. In Los Angeles County, contaminants flow through an intricate system of storm drains, trickling down from industrial…

Thoughts from the Publisher

by Neena Strichart Last month I found myself coming and going with work events, social obligations and family affairs. I’m not complaining; it’s just a fact. I had mentioned to hubby Steve that I needed to get out and pick up a new purse but just didn’t know when I’d find the time. That weekend…