Long Beach Playhouse announces its upcoming Mainstage productions

The Long Beach Playhouse has announced the line-up for its 2014-2015 Mainstage season, which will open Sept. 27. “This year’s offerings are an exhilarating mix of suspense, comedy and, of course, drama,” states a press release from the Playhouse. “As always, the works are selected with the audience in mind and with a goal to…

Local Salvation Army prepares for backpack-donation event

Ashley Fowler Staff Writer With summer winding down, many kids are preparing to go back to school. For some families, stuffing brand-new backpacks full of clean notebooks, fresh packs of crayons and sharpened pencils is a staple of the season. But for families who can’t afford the additional expense, Operation Backpack comes in. The Salvation…

New LB councilmembers confirm numerous staff changes

CJ Dablo Staff Writer With every new Long Beach administration, there are inevitable staff changes. Such was the case this week, as several former Long Beach city councilmembers finished their terms and incoming elected officials took office. Many staff members continue to work for the City of Long Beach and merely transferred to another department. A…

Around Town

FRESH-AIR FLICKS What Free movies in the park Who Hosted by the office of 6th District Councilmember Dee Andrews Where Various local parks When Beginning Wednesday, July 16, movies begin at dusk More Info On Wednesday, July 16: The Lego Movie, Ernest S. McBride Park, 1550 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. On Wednesday, July 23:…

Troubled kids find their way with Wraparound program’s help

Ashley Fowler Staff Writer Children with serious and complex needs turn to people such as Star View Teammates facilitator Sergio Reynaga for help. “They need to feel loved,” Reynaga said. “They need to feel safe. Some of them move around so much, and they never establish that feeling of having a family. They have attachment…

Thoughts from the Publisher

by Neena Strichart Last week I wrote about a telephone scam perpetrated on a friend of mine. Although her situation was resolved, and she was able to recoup all her money, that is not the case for all who find themselves on the business end of a con man or woman. Several weeks ago another…