Park in Wrigley area in running for $30K makeover

Veterans Park, 101 E. 28th St., has been selected as one of ten finalists for a Sears Blue Lawn & Garden Crew makeover worth $30,000. The ultimate winner will be determined by votes from across the country. Coleen Vandepas of the Wrigley Neighborhood Association wrote the nomination essay. “Veterans Memorial Park is the recreational heart…

Haunted house? Or just re-possessed?

Photos and story by Cory Bilicko Staff Writer Few mortals are aware of the spooky little castle that sits ominously in Long Beach’s Wrigley neighborhood. Perhaps the skeletons and decapitated heads shock those who do pass by into a state of apoplexy, or maybe it’s the moat that keeps them away. The strangest attribute of…

Making peace with fall in Southern California

By Jennifer E. Beaver Fall is planting season in southern California. Since I grew up on the opposite side of the country, I find this unsettling. Oh, sure, I understand that everything from sweet peas to broccoli flourishes in the still-warm California soil and thrives with winter rain. I appreciate the Mediterranean climate of my…