Thoughts from the Publisher

By Neena Strichart

With all the news and happenings around here, our heads are spinning trying to get the details out to our readers in a timely manner. This week I am using the space in my column to fill you in on as much as I can– in chronological order.

• Petco in Signal Hill officially opened Friday, Sept. 25. Located at 3065 California Ave., near Home Depot and Jack in the Box, the city’s newest store is sure to be a welcome sight for pet lovers and their four-legged friends.

• Speaking of pet lovers, according to Long Beach Councilmember Robert Garcia, the brand-new “K-9 Corner” Dog Park (which is “off the grid” and 100-percent solar-powered) at 9th Street and Pacific Avenue, opened Sunday, Sept. 27. The grand-opening celebration featured a neighborhood block party complete with an animal adoption fair, a barbecue hosted by the Police Officers Association, visits from K-9 officers and their canine companions, and plenty of other activities sponsored by the North Pine Neighborhood Alliance (NPNA).

• Give your taste buds a treat at the first-ever Taste of Downtown on Pine Avenue. Stroll the streets Wednesday, Sept. 30, while enjoying live music and samples from more than a dozen of downtown’s restaurants. Each participant will have a table in front of their restaurant, redeeming tickets for trial-sized portions of their specialties. Tickets will be on sale at the event only, for just $1 each or 12 for $10. Stop by the information booth to purchase tickets and pick up a map of the area, which includes Pine between 1st and 4th Streets and portions of Broadway. See www.dlba.org for details.

• It has come to our attention that many local school music programs are being discontinued due to budget cuts. Long Beach residents Dodie Carmichael and singer/songwriter Michelle Mangione have partnered up to help save the music at Mayfair High/Middle School in Bellflower. They will continue their efforts to help the school by collecting instruments and monetary donations at the Mirage Coffeehouse, 539 E. Bixby Rd., Friday, Oct. 2 from 7:30pm to 10pm. If you have an instrument to donate, please bring it to the Mirage or make your donations directly to the school at 6000 N. Woodruff Ave.

Thoughts From The Publisher

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