Thoughts from the Publisher | Dec. 30

With today’s issue being the last one of 2016, I thought I would write about New Year’s resolutions. In my opinion, to those of you who choose to make resolutions, do make those goals attainable, instead of putting pressure on yourself that causes stress and ends up impossible to accomplish. Be kind to yourself, and…

How much will my Medicare cost in 2017?

Not long ago, I had dinner with a group of friends from college. One of the big topics of conversation was Medicare, for which we’ll all be eligible in the next several years. (Farewell, callow youth!) And one of the biggest questions about Medicare was, “How much is it going to cost me?” Like private…

Empowering youth to make smart choices

Mentor programs throughout Long Beach and the country celebrate January as the National Mentoring Month with a variety of activities. With the campaign’s tagline, “Mentor in Real Life,” the goal of the month is to initiate a dialogue on the importance of mentoring and encourage involvement. Nationally, a proclamation is issued by President Obama, while…

O’Donnell reappointed to lead Assembly Education Committee

On Tuesday, 70th District Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) was renamed as chair of the Assembly Education Committee. Speaker Anthony Rendon conducted the renaming. The committee is instrumental in shaping state policy impacting schools, students and teachers in California, according to O’Donnell, a classroom teacher who said he has gone to Sacramento to give students…

LBT to offer free bus service New Year’s Eve

Long Beach Transit (LBT) will offer free rides starting at 5pm on New Year’s Eve, with free service available as late as 2:35am on New Year’s morning, as service will be extended with routes leaving the transit gallery on 1st Street between Long Beach Boulevard and Pine Avenue, according to LBT. No special coupon or…

Overnight winter shelter opens in north LB

The City has opened an overnight winter shelter for homeless individuals in north Long Beach. The facility will be open until March 1. Four other local shelters operate year-round for individuals and families. Throughout the year, staff from the Health and Human Services Department’s Homeless Services Division and its community partners canvass Long Beach daily,…

Around Town | Dec. 30

COME FOR SUPPORT What Stroke-support meetings Who Sponsored by the Stroke Support Association When Meetings beginning Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 10am Where California Heights United Methodist Church, 3759 Orange Ave. More Info Caregivers and support groups will meet every Tuesday. Groups are free and led by professional staff experienced in the medical field. Call (562)…

Commission approves pact for Port’s largest terminal

New cargo business is coming to the Port of Long Beach’s largest terminal thanks to Harbor Commission approval last week of an agreement replacing a vessel operator that declared bankruptcy. The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners greenlighted the move by a subsidiary of Mediterranean Shipping Co., one of the world’s largest vessel operators, to…

Holiday TV Guide | Dec. 30

Friday, December 30 2 p.m. (HALL) Movie “Sleigh Bells Ring” (2016) Erin Cahill. A divorced woman struggles to get into the holiday spirit while heading up a parade. 4 p.m. (HALL) Movie “Matchmaker Santa” (2012) Lacey Chabert. A mysterious Santa strands a baker and her boyfriend’s best friend in a small town. 6 p.m. (HALL)…