Community rallies behind local burglarized diner

By Brett Ashley Hawkins Editorial Intern After closing their restaurant at 4390 Atlantic Avenue last Saturday night, George’s 50’s Diner co-owners George and Helen Alvarez arrived the next morning in shock after one of their cooks discovered a hole punched in one door and two back doors pried open– the restaurant had been broken into.

LBCAP’s urban garden continues green initiative project

By Brett Ashley Hawkins Editorial Intern The nonprofit Long Beach Community Action Partnership (LBCAP) hosted a ceremony last Friday to announce the latest details of their Green Jobs project, which seeks to provide a skills field site for returning veterans to grow fresh produce to donate to the Salvation Army’s food bank, as well as…

Long Beach native competing on CBS reality show Survivor

By Brett Ashley Hawkins Editorial Intern As television viewers evaluate the shows they wish to watch this fall, one of Long Beach’s own will grace the small screen as one of the latest castaways on the 21st season of CBS’s Survivor. Appearing on Survivor: Nicaragua will be Na Onka Mixon, a 27-year-old elementary-school physical-education teacher…

After an early bleak prognosis, Orange County prodigy moves to LB’s Ridgewood Heights to continue prosperous science, music careers

By Brett Ashley Hawkins Editorial Intern A violinist, soprano, composer, systems engineer, and concertmistress, Orange County native Jennifer Lindsay has settled down in her first home in the Ridgewood Heights area of Bixby Knolls. She has shown a prowess in mathematics and computer science and a talent for both vocal and instrumental music.

Local dentist seeks to teach seniors, kids about special issues related to their age

By Brett Ashley Hawkins Editorial Intern Local schools and senior-living communities are reaping the benefits from the 2010 “Oral Healthcare Awareness Campaign” fronted by Long Beach’s David Cho, D.D.S. Cho’s dentistry firm launched the campaign to promote healthy denture care for seniors and to fight tooth decay in children. At several local senior-living facilities, Cho…

Vacant for three years, Boys Town shelter now up for sale

By Brett Ashley Hawkins Editorial Intern Inside the lonely building at 350 W. Wardlow Rd., chairs are staggered at various lengths along the side of a table as if people had gotten up from them not too long ago. A ping-pong table rests in the corner of a recreation room with its ball on top,…

Thoughts from the Publisher

By Neena Strichart It’s hard to believe the year is half over. I stay so busy that time doesn’t just fly by– it absolutely zooms! We’re now into day four of summer 2010, Father’s Day is behind us and most graduation exercises have already taken place. This year I didn’t attend any graduation ceremonies, but…

Film series comes out with LGBT-themed classics

By Brett Ashley Hawkins Editorial Intern Putting gay film classics back up on the big screen, several organizations have come together to present the Reel Queer Cinema, an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) film series that will open with the indie film But I’m a Cheerleader– in which a straight high-school girl’s friends and…