New ‘North Town’ fire station opens 

After work stoppages, labor disputes and funding difficulties, there was one last thing to contend with to complete the nearly $10-million new, state-of-the-art Fire Station 12 in north Long Beach– pushing into the garage a shiny, red fire engine that has the words “North Town” emblazoned on the side of it. Hundreds of people gathered on Tuesday,…

14 questions for local artist Bob Winberry

Cory Bilicko Managing Editor In 100 words or less, what do you do as an artist? I combine camera with computer to create images that border between photography and illustration. As I shoot digital, I tweak every photo out of the camera first to create the look I like, then I move on to illustrate…

Thoughts from the Publisher

by Neena Strichart Being affiliated with a newspaper certainly has its perks. Case in point: Back in July, I was invited to Knott’s Berry Farm’s press conference where they were to unveil plans for their 41st Halloween Haunt celebration. Although I had never attended the actual event, I figured the preview would be a non-scary…

The Campaign Trail

Ricardo Linarez, who is running for the 1st District seat on the Long Beach City Council, will host a fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 4 from 5:30pm to 8pm at Birdcage, 224 W. 4th St. More information is available at ricardolinarez.com .

LBCC trustee Clark won’t seek another term on Board

Long Beach Community College (LBCC) District Board Vice President Dr. Tom Clark, representing Area 5, has decided not to run for another four-year term in the election on April 8, 2014, according to a press release issued Sept. 23 by LBCC. Elected to the Board of Trustees in 1998, Clark will have completed 16 years…

Local lodge announces Elks of the Month

Pat Chovanec (top picture, center) and Corrina Caslar (bottom picture, center) were selected as the June and July Elks of the Month, respectively, at the Bellflower-Long Beach Elk Lodge #888. Chovanec and Caslar are pictured with exalted ruler Manny Zapata (left) and esquire Dave Shindledecker (right).