Post realignment, local police departments take a more active role in looking after offenders following their release

CJ Dablo Staff Writer It’s a new era for law-enforcement agencies statewide two years after California made sweeping modifications to the justice system through its realignment program, and in Long Beach and Signal Hill, police departments are adapting to the change. In October 2011, California initiated the realignment program under legislation called AB 109 in order…

Centenarians celebrated

Sean Belk Staff Writer Ruth Goldman said it never crossed her mind that she would one day turn 100 years old, but, earlier this year, that day came. “It amazed me,” said the Long Beach resident who became a centenarian on May 15. “I never thought I’d live this long. I had a twin sister,…

Pre-planning and pre-paying are the way to go

Kenneth McKenzie Columnist By making your own arrangements in advance, you take away the guesswork for your family, with what you want or do not want. Pre-planning will help keep your family in emotional check, by helping them not to overspend when they are upset. By pre-planning and pre-paying, your wishes are locked in place,…

SHPD’s Citizen Police Academy graduates 13 community members

On Tuesday, Sept. 17, 13 community members graduated from Class #11 of the Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) Citizen Police Academy. Class members Jack Schumann, Dyana Dulin, Khemaroth Huon, Evette Monji, Marlene Gonzalez, GB Bajaj, Brenda Bajaj, Mercy Cheung, Ida Aleman, Linda Raatz, Pat Nies, Connie Pino and Kris Chapman underwent 10 weeks of law-enforcement…

FAA awards Long Beach Airport record $15.1-million grant

Long Beach Airport (LGB) has been awarded the largest grant in its history. The $15.1-million award is allocated through the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The funding will allow for much needed repairs to the 7L-25R runway and improvements of access to Taxiways E and F, according to the City of…

Modica appointed as deputy city manager

Long Beach City Manager Patrick H. West announced on Sept. 2 the appointment of Tom Modica to the position of deputy city manager. Prior to his appointment, Modica served as the director of Government Affairs and Strategic Initiatives in the City Manager’s Office, coordinating the City’s federal, state and local relations as well as managing…

Thoughts from the Publisher

by Neena Strichart Yesterday was a very special day for our family. It was my mother’s 94th birthday. With a formula that includes clean living, a witty sense of humor, a bit of luck and fabulous genes, as well as a brilliant oncologist (Dr. Robert Nagourney) my mother, Marjorie Grommé has put together the ingredients…

Commentary: Government shutdown not impacting L.A. County…yet

By Don Knabe Los Angeles County Supervisor Fourth District As you know, at the stroke of midnight [Monday] night, the federal government shut down due to the inability of Congress to work together. This government shutdown will have ripple effects throughout the nation, impacting programs and services like national parks, veteran pensions, Coast Guard patrols…

Long Beach Free School begins its second session

Neighbors teaching neighbors– that is the driving vision for the new Long Beach Free School, which recently opened enrollment for its second session. Prospective students can go to lbfreeschool.com to become members and enroll in classes. The six-week term of classes is scheduled to run from Oct. 6 to Nov. 17. Some of the classes…

The Foreigner at Long Beach Playhouse

Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer In the case of the Long Beach Playhouse’s production of The Foreigner, I could talk about how the play’s flawed characters bring out the best in one another. Or the way their humanity and goodness inspire us to be better people. The play certainly entertains with its plentiful funny lines…