Rick Rakers selects Bell as Woman of the Year

Long Beach resident Susan Bell has been selected as Rick Rakers’ Woman of the Year. Bell was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, and she attended college in Colorado, where she met her future husband Dick Bell. After college, Susan and Dick moved to Long Beach, where they raised their three children: Latham, Bryant, and…

LBPD warns public, businesses about trend in copper-wire thefts

The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) has released information stating that its burglary detectives are seeing an increase in copper-wire theft, which is consistent with what appears to be a growing national trend, and the LBPD is cautioning businesses to take proactive measures. Since the beginning of 2013, there have been at least 74 reported…

Several defendants plead guilty after lengthy investigation

Several defendants who were members or associates of the Baby Insane Crip gang, who were connected to a burglary ring that targeted electronic stores, have pled guilty, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD). These convictions stemmed from a two and a half year investigation involving a murder and multiple shooting series’ that began…

Lengthy LBPD investigation, trial result in murder convictions

After a six-week trial, on July 31, three defendants were found guilty for the 2010 murder of 33-year-old Franklin Robles of Lake Elsinore, in addition to other charges, according to information released by the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD). Luis Orozco of Norwalk, Shawn Verette of Bellflower, and Frank Ervin of Compton were all found…

C.A.R.E. to Dine Committee seeking participating restaurants
One-night event benefits St. Mary’s AIDS-patient assistance program

The idea behind the C.A.R.E. to Dine event is simple: dine out, and fight AIDS. Participating restaurants will donate 20 percent or more of food, beverage and alcohol sales on Sept. 26 to benefit clients of the Comprehensive AIDS Resource & Education Program (C.A.R.E.), the only full-service AIDS-patient assistance program in Long Beach and the…

LB Rescue Mission seeking nominations for its annual awards

The Long Beach Rescue Mission will present its Emerging and Community Leader awards at its Sept. 19 Leadership Prayer Breakfast and is seeking nominations. “Many individuals and organizations serve Long Beach, and we want to highlight those that may not receive recognition for their selfless effort,” said Robert Probst, newly appointed executive director of Long…

Choosing the right tutor for a student

The following article was submitted by Belinda Watson, Tutor Doctor franchise owner. Struggling academically or doing a little extra tutoring to bring up a grade-point average is a natural part of growing up. Most students need a little extra help from time to time, and getting a professional in-home tutor is the best choice for…

LBUSD provides information on registration, meals and bus routes

School will start Wednesday, Sept. 4 for about 80,000 students in the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), which has provided the following information about the new academic year. Some schools have adjusted their morning start times due to the Board of Education’s approval last March of revised school schedules for 2013-14. School schedule information…