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…

Around Town

WE ALL SCREAM FOR… What Ice-cream social Who National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) Where Veterans Community Center, Veterans Park, 101 E 28th St. When Monday, July 8 at 1pm More Info The event will commemorate the 64th anniversary of the Charter of Chapter 21. NARFE was founded in 1921 with the mission…

The yin and yang of wine

Randy Kemner Wine enthusiast Meeting me for the first time, a very green wine rep trying to establish a rapport asked, “What’s your favorite wine, white or red?” My answer, of course, was “Yes.” Red wine and white wine. We’ve experienced a great divide on the subject among some customers, where some of them drink…

LB Playhouse announces upcoming Mainstage season

Long Beach Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Andrew Vonderschmitt has announced the lineup for next year on the theatre’s Mainstage. “We are adding a show in the mix this year,” Vonderschmitt said. “I wanted to push the musical into the summer, and the best way to do that was to add a show.” The Playhouse’s season…

LB Playhouse takes on paralyzing nature of grief in Vigils

Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer Everything about Vigils is subject to interpretation, and the Long Beach Playhouse production makes the most of the play’s many provocative themes. From Donny Jackson’s wondrous lighting on Naomi Kasahara’s vaguely stylized set to the repetitious flashbacks of significant scenes, every moment challenges the audience to think and look deep.…

The circus is coming…to nearby towns

This summer, the all-new circus spectacular, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built To Amaze! will tour throughout the Southland. The show will be at the Staples Center Los Angeles July 10–16, Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario July 19–23, and Honda Center in Anaheim July 26–Aug. 4. The show is led by Ringmaster…