Pictured are those ladies who were in attendance at the party who have served as regents (the highest office in any DAR chapter) of Susan B. Anthony Chapter, DAR over the last several decades: from left, Nancy Nielsen (also a charter member), Marjorie Grommé, Mary Millar, Sharon Miegs, Marilyn Boone, Carol Sapp, Carol Bachand, Kathy Massanet, and our current regent, Ms. Lucinda Traughber.
by Neena Strichart
When folks learn that I became a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) nearly 40 years ago, most react with surprise. I’m not really sure why, but I suppose it is because the stereotypical DAR member is, as far as many people are concerned, an elderly and prudish woman, donning a flowery hat and white gloves, who eats tea sandwiches and brags about her fancy heritage.
Well, I am here to inform you that those stereotypical attributes couldn’t be any further from the truth. We are women as young as 18 years of age, who are anything but prudish, are quite fashion-forward, have been known to have healthy appetites and are, as a group, not braggarts– but are proud to say we are DARs. [Read more →]
Voters should be wary of candidates who are “rich” with endorsements. Many of them have sold their souls and our taxpayers dollars to the highest bidders. Quid pro quo is the order of the day– campaign contributions for undying devotion (at our expense).
Union endorsements often come with a hefty price– a pledge that the endorsee must sign before they are even interviewed. A recent “labor pledge” demanded: “I, (candidate), pledge to do the following if elected: I will unflinchingly support organized labor, collective bargaining and workers’ rights. I will not support the subcontracting of public services…… I will not support any automation that eliminates jobs……” The list is quite extensive. The greed and manipulation are blatant. [Read more →]
Terrific letter and wonderful outcome for the future life of that 15-year-old girl [“Close to home,” Letters, emails and website comments, Feb. 28, 2014]. “Where there is a will there is a way” was something I learned many years ago, and I truly hope there is a way to close the gap between predators and victims. I am truly proud of my Long Beach Police Department and the knowledge that they are there to do all they can to help everyone in those circumstances and many others.
I know it is no secret that drugs are behind many, if not all, of the horror stories we hear about, read about and see on television. I watch the foreign crime shows on TV, and 90 percent of them involve drugs. So we are not alone in that category of a civilized failure. My mother never told me why, but she did tell me to never accept gum or candy from a stranger. Back even that many years ago, about 80, it was a problem for parents to think about. [Read more →]
The First Fridays Art Walk in Bixby Knolls on March 7 will feature king cake, beads and masks as the event celebrates Mardi Gras.
King and queen Jahaziel and Brina Romero and the Bayou Brass Band will lead a parade from San Antonio Avenue to Bixby Road. Those interested in participating in the parade should meet at the Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave. at 6:30pm– fun fashions encouraged. [Read more →]
The neighborhood group Andy Street Community Association (ASCA), in collaboration with the California Bank & Trust, African-American Convening Committee, Cali Bike Tours, The Children’s Clinic and Unearth & Empower Communities, will present a healthy lifestyles fair as part of their North Long Beach Communities– Believe, Grow and Improve initiative.
The free event will feature body and wellness seminars, a bike rodeo, “your financial temperature” seminars and “The Art of Life,” a presentation offering tips and advice for families. Covered California counselors will also be on hand for any community members wishing to apply for health insurance. [Read more →]