Adopt a Pet
After a recent meeting at Animal Care Services, I took some time to visit the cat cottages. As always, I was amazed to see beautiful cats of every color, size and age sitting in cages. Several came to the front of their cage as though they were asking for my help. A beautiful black-and-white cat lay in a cage with his chin on his paws, looking so sad and lonely that I immediately wanted to rescue him. I also walked by the dog kennels where I was greeted by everything from Poodles to German Shepherds, all wanting someone to love and care for them.
It’s hard for me to understand why anyone would go to a pet store and buy a pet when we have so many wonderful animals looking for homes at the Companion Animal Village. I also don’t understand why any compassionate person would continue to allow his or her pets to breed when so many must be euthanized for lack of a home. If we, as a city, would join together and make the decision to reduce or eliminate pet overpopulation, we could make a great impact on the number of animals going into our shelter and the number of animals our shelter employees are forced to euthanize. Now that would be an accomplishment we could all celebrate.
The Eagles Soar
I would like to share some exciting news about an important milestone the Long Beach Area Council Boy Scouts of America has reached. In 2008, 67 young men will have earned the rank of Eagle Scout. This is the highest annual number of Eagle Scouts in the last 35 years.
The fact that a boy is an Eagle Scout has always carried with it a special significance, not only in scouting but also as he enters higher education, business or industry, and community service. The award is a performance-based achievement with standards that have been well-maintained over the years. Not every boy who joins a Boy Scout troop earns the Eagle Scout rank; only about five percent of all Boy Scouts do so.
This coming year promises to have many new changes for America. However, one thing will remain constant, and that is the dedication and determination of the many volunteers, parents and staff of the Long Beach Area Council who collectively work to teach the timeless values of honesty, integrity and character to our next generation of leaders.
Hats off to our new Eagle Scouts! Thank you Signal Tribune for the opportunity to share the good news with all your readers. Happy New Years!
Long Beach Area Council
Thank you Bixby Knolls!
Last Thursday at our community holiday party, I was presented with two huge gift baskets of treats. It truly was an embarrassment of riches. Thank you to all of the businesses and individuals that contributed to this gift. You all were so generous. And my bulldog puppy, Annie, got a whole gift basket to herself, which now makes her the most spoiled dog in Bixby Knolls.
A big thank you to: Jammin’ Music, Pixie Toys/Vangie Ogg Photography, LaunderPet, Uptown Animal Hospital, Leadership Long Beach, Fairfield Family YMCA, Abrams & Clark Pharmacy, Tuttle Cameras, Wachovia Bank, L’Exotique Appeal, Barbara and Lee Shoag, Cold Stone Creamery, Heller Travel, District 8, Friends of Long Beach Animals, Il Poggio, Patricia’s Mexican Restaurant, Dana Branch Library, Nino’s Italian Restaurant, Johnny Reb’s, FreeSpirit Yoga, Hof’s Hut, Howard CDM, Papa John’s Pizza, Trader Joe’s, It’s a Grind Coffee House, Small Business Development Center, Sandy VandenBerge (LBCF), Bake ‘n Broil and Mark Bolour.
And, of course, thanks to Carina Cristiano Leoni, for hunting and gathering up all the gifts, and for creating the amazing memory book. I was blown away by that and the book is a prized possession.
To Cheryl Jacobs, the BIA community liaison, for her contribution to the gift baskets and always great input. My endless gratitude goes to all of the BIA board members for their overwhelming support and willingness to listen to all my new and off-the-wall ideas.
A special thank you to Krista Leaders and Amy Topete, the loyal staff of the BKBIA, for all of the hard work and contributions to the successes this year.
We got a lot done in 2008, and it was a great start, so just buckle your seat belt for more good things in 2009. As Paul Forman sings, “these are better days.” Up next: banners, clean-up days, murals, e-waste drives, the 2009 Bixby Knolls Dragster Expo & Car Show, arts and cultural events, more trees, tree grates, repaving of Atlantic Avenue, First Fridays, Bixby Dine-Out Nights, Summer Shutters 2.0, façade improvements, Petroleum Club parties and other improvement projects.
Happiest of holidays and “positive vibrations” to all!
Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association