Briefly Speaking…

A birds eye view on what’s been going on in the community.

elkoftheyear.jpgDonald E. Barr was named Elk of the Year for 2007/2008 for Lodge #888 in Bellflower. Born on March 2, 1930, in New London, Iowa, Barr entered the U.S. Army in 1951 and served for two years. He later worked in construction in Ventura for the N.W. Kellogg Company. In 1954, he went to work for Douglas Aircraft, from which he retired in 1993. Barr was initiated into #888 on September 15, 1960. He donates yearly to the Elks National Foundation, of which he was chairman for four years. He has served on the door prize committee, the pallbearer committee and the breakfast crew committee, as well as for numerous other functions.

Long Beach’s El Dorado Nature Center staff has welcomed the arrival of two baby great horned owls. A pair of owls living along the Center’s two-mile trail produced the two baby owls, and a raptor specialist assessed the health and age of the newly born owls, estimating they are about six weeks old and are beginning to branch, the first step in the process of learning to fly. The Nature Center staff is closing access to parts of the two-mile trail for the next few weeks for the safety of patrons as well as the owls. Once the baby owls jump from the nest and are on the ground, the parents will attack anyone who comes near them. These birds are the largest owl species in North America (with a wing span of almost six feet and talons that are strong enough to pick up a small dog). In addition, Federal law protects nesting raptors and makes it illegal to interfere with their breeding. For updates on the two-mile trail closure, call (562) 570-1745. For information about El Dorado Nature Center programs, visit www.LBParks.org.

The development of Signal Hill’s Water Well #9 has been progressing as scheduled. The actual drilling operation is complete and all the well casing is in the ground. The city is currently test pumping to evaluate the well and aquifer characteristics. The test pumping will also determine the production capacity of the well. All preliminary results indicate that this well will be a productive one.

Jason Farsai, a senior industrial design major at California State University, Long Beach, has garnered some attention with his design concept of an Internet-connected coffee mug, which he calls the “Yuno PC.” He came up with the connected coffee mug concept as part of a class assignment during the fall semester and entered the design into the Next Generation PC Design Competition. Now, the “Yuno PC” is among the finalists being considered for the contest’s top awards, which will be announced later this month.

The Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance monthly meeting will be tonight at 7 p.m. at the Jackie Robinson Academy, 2750 Pine Ave. This month’s speakers are Debbie and Tom Hennessy for Operation Kids, Terry Tibor of The Aquarium of the Pacific and Steve Meyers for Pacific Baptist Church. Free parking and child care available. Contact Jill Hill at (562) 599-1822.

gf-conference_sweet-alice.jpg“Sweet Alice” Harris, the executive director of Parents of Watts in Los Angeles, addressed the audience at last Saturday’s Long Beach Girlfriends Conference, which offered lecture sessions and workshops to parents and their daughters to help strengthen parenting skills with practical tips on safety, finance, and decision-making. Harris presides over more than 15 programs that operate on shoestring budgets, combining contracts and support from community businesses. Councilmember Suja Lowenthal and Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster were among other speakers at the Bixby Park event.

Jose Lee, a Long Beach resident, has qualified as a member of the 2008 Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), the Premier Association of Financial Services Professionals. The award is presented by MDRT to those achieving the highest standards in life insurance and financial services as established by MDRT.

The Greater Long Beach Chapter of the American Red Cross announced the March Volunteer of the Month is professional photographer Cheri Kinley. For the fourth consecutive year, Kinley donated her time to take professional portraits of each of the chapter’s Hometown Heroes and to photograph the ceremony at the breakfast awards event. Setting up a makeshift studio in the chapters call center, Kinley made appointments in advance to take the portraits of each hero. “Her cheerful demeanor and professional expertise were very welcome and appreciated,” said Chairwoman of the Board of Directors Candice Stacy. “Her photos made us look our best,” she said.

May 6 is the new deadline to submit applications for the Long Beach League of Women Voters Making Democracy Work award. The nominee should be a woman between 50 and 65 who has made a significant contribution to the Long Beach/Lakewood/Signal Hill community. For full details and an application, go to http://lba.ca.lwvnet.org, or call (562)438-5478 (Phyllis) or (562)438-3912 (Pat). Anyone can make the nomination – a friend, associate, or the nominee herself. The award will be presented at the Long Beach Main Library on June 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

bob-foster.jpgDr. Brock Johnson (right) received the prestigious Presidential Service Award on April 15, 2008 for his community and volunteer service. The award was presented to him by Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster at the city council meeting at Long Beach City Hall. Johnson and his wife Lilian are the owners of Above & Beyond Chiropractic, located in Bixby Knolls. Johnson is a chiropractor who specializes in neurological rehabilitation and created a new treatment for brain, nerve, and spinal joint function at a 90 percent recovery rate. Realizing that there are people in need who cannot afford the services of a doctor, a large portion of his practice is devoted to treating low-income families.

The Long Beach Fire Department recruit firefighter’s class of 2008 will participate in a graduation ceremony Saturday, May 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the LBFD training center located at 2249 Argonne Ave. in Long Beach. The ceremony will be the culmination of 16 weeks of hard work, discipline, and dedication to learning the job and responsibilities of a Long Beach firefighter.

For the ninth consecutive year, the Women and Philanthropy program at California State University, Long Beach has awarded scholarships to re-entry students. This year’s recipients include: Michelle Del Aguila; John Dinsmore, who received the Dr. Katherine White Memorial Scholarship; Diego Jarrin; Binh Nguyen ; Tracy Ponce, who received the Long Beach Soroptimist Scholarship; Janet Rapaport; and Duke Rescola.

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