by Neena Strichart
I have had many opportunities in my 55-plus years to attend some pretty important events. Whether it was a theatre’s opening night, an opulent fundraiser, a spectacular musical affair or even a military ball, I am sure than none will compare emotionally to the event I am to experience this Saturday– the grand opening of the City of Signal Hill’s new police station.
Oh, there won’t be any fireworks, Klieg lights, or movie stars walking down a red carpet, but to me this is to be an event of a lifetime. I plan to wear waterproof mascara for obvious reasons.
Joined by what sure is to be throngs of Signal Hill residents, dignitaries, city staffers, business owners, police personnel from around the South Bay area and other interested parties, I will be there when they cut the ribbon signifying the start of a new era for the City of Signal Hill’s men and women in blue.
For decades, these dedicated folks have worked diligently while housed in surroundings that can be described as unsatisfactory at best. I’m sure Chief Langston and the rest of the officers are excited to get moved into their new home– they certainly deserve it!
After much hard work, vision and determination, the City has achieved its goal of completing the building of a new police station that city fathers, staffers and residents will be proud to call their own. Tomorrow afternoon they will eagerly present the new state-of-the-art facility for all to see at the open house. The details are as follows:
The City of Signal Hill invites the public to attend the Grand Opening of its new Signal Hill Police Station and Emergency Operations Center Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 1pm to 3pm at 2745 Walnut Avenue in the city of Signal Hill. Tours of the new station will take place immediately following the dedication ceremony.
Signal Hill residents are receiving in today’s Signal Tribune a special section commemorating the new station. For those who did not receive one and wish to have a copy, a limited number of issues will be available at Signal Hill City Hall, 2175 Cherry Ave.; the office of the Signal Tribune, 939 E. 27th St.; and also at the Long Beach Historical Society, 4260 Atlantic Ave.
A big “thank you” to our editor, writers, graphic artists, advertisers, consultants and our photographer for making the special section a project for which we can be proud. And a special thanks to Ken Farfsing, Charlie Honeycutt, Chief Langston and my pal Becky for all your help and advice. I appreciate you all.