USDA Summer Food Service Program targets season’s childhood-hunger gap

Ashley Fowler Staff Writer For some kids, summer brings free time from class and delicious barbecue favorites. But for others, the warmer months can mean hungry bellies. The USDA’s Summer Food Service Program is a federal meal disbursement service aimed at filling in the summertime hunger gap when children lose access to their school lunch…

Volunteers unveil improvements to community garden

Ashley Fowler Staff Writer Bell peppers, Brussels sprouts, grapes, cilantro, strawberries, kale and corn are just some of the many plants growing in the community Peace Garden– and hungry residents can take their pick. The 4-year-old garden, maintained by the Long Beach Health Department, underwent some new improvements in June thanks to the Downtown Long…

Some basics to grouping and hanging wall décor

Shoshanah Siegel Columnist In my last article, I wrote about making your unique statement with art and wall décor for your home or business. I also emphasized that whatever and wherever you find pieces to display, be sure you love it. (For more details, or a review, you can find my last article archived at…

Thoughts from the Publisher

by Neena Strichart Friendship, healthy family dynamics and love relationships are becoming increasingly complex concepts to me. It seems that the older I get the more complicated and difficult these notions are becoming. It appears that what I may intend as a loving act of kindness and caring is sometimes viewed as quite the opposite,…

Area police, firefighters ready for Fourth of July

CJ Dablo Staff Writer Residents and visitors to Signal Hill and Long Beach may have big plans for barbecues and picnics for this weekend’s Fourth of July, but area fire and police agencies are preparing for the downside of the holiday– the inevitable emergency calls. Long Beach Police Department Commander Michael Beckman explained that his department…

Commentary: Community coming forward to address litter issue

By Cory Bilicko Managing editor In a June 20 commentary I wrote entitled “How a local middle school ‘distinguishes’ itself,” I expressed my frustration with living behind Hughes Middle School and the irony that a California Distinguished School that has won numerous awards for its environmental efforts would have so much litter present on and…

Long Beach Mayor-elect appoints LBCC director as chief of staff
Garcia also selects his chief as senior advisor

Long Beach Mayor-elect Robert Garcia has selected Mark W. Taylor as his chief of staff, according to a press release Garcia issued this week. Taylor is currently the director of College Advancement, Public Affairs and Governmental Relations for Long Beach City College. In his role at LBCC, Taylor is responsible for all governmental relations including…

Former FedEx Canada president to head Port of Long Beach

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners voted Monday, June 30 to name Jon W. Slangerup, a veteran corporate executive with extensive experience in global logistics and environmental technologies, as the Port of Long Beach’s new chief executive. “After an extensive, nationwide search, the Board of Harbor Commissioners is very pleased to recommend the appointment…

Let’s wed instead

(From left) Ring-bearing bulldog Annie Love and her owners, newlyweds Blair Cohn and Alissa Sablan, stunned friends and family when their engagement party turned out to be a surprise wedding. More than 200 guests attended the evening soirée at Rancho Los Cerritos on Saturday, June 14. Longtime pal Judge Daniel Lowenthal officiated the ceremony. After…

LBCC announces new chief information systems officer

Long Beach City College (LBCC) has announced the hiring of Sylvia Lynch as the new chief information systems officer. Lynch will be responsible for managing all information technology and computer systems that support LBCC’s instructional programs and administrative operations at the college. Lynch has over 25 years of Higher Education Information Technology experience, having worked…

Museum exhibit displaying kids’ interpretations of beauty

The Long Beach Museum of Art is currently featuring the work of children in an exhibit entitled Concepts of Beauty. The show was curated in partnership with Millikan High School’s museum studies program, and it explores the meaning of beauty in all of its forms. The exhibit opened June 8 and will run through Aug.…

Skunk in Long Beach tests positive for rabies

The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (LBDHHS) has confirmed that a skunk found on Thursday, June 26 in the 90815 area of Long Beach tested positive for rabies, and the City of Long Beach Health Officer subsequently issued a press release to caution residents to vaccinate their pets and avoid contact with…