Halloween Safety Tips for LB families

Halloween can be great fun for both children and adults alike. The Long Beach Police Department would like to encourage residents to practice the following safety tips and exercise common sense, which can help ensure a night filled with much fun and excitement!

Two shootings rock Long Beach Friday night; Victim dies following Wilson High School shooting

Two separate, unrelated incidents involved gunfire in Long Beach Friday night. Gunfire erupted at Ximeno and 10th just after the football game between Wilson High School and Long Beach Polytechnic. Additionally, SWAT was called to respond when a carjacking suspect refused to comply with officers near 4th and Cerritos.

Queen Mary Shipwreck: Ghosts rise again aboard haunted ship

For the 15th year in a row, the Queen Mary has converted itself into the ultimate Halloween haunt dubbed Shipwreck. Billed as 15 nights of terror that runs through November 1, the historical ocean liner and its surroundings have been transformed into a frightful and fun exhibit for the entire family.

Long Beach to begin H1N1 Flu Vaccine distribution

The City of Long Beach Health Department has received its initial shipment of H1N1 flu vaccine from the State of California. This will allow the Health Department to begin the distribution of the H1N1 flu vaccine to Long Beach residents.

Project Ondoy: A benefit for Typhoon Ondoy (ketsana) relief efforts

In light of the recent tragedies that have devastated the Philippines, local community organizers have teamed up for PROJECT ONDOY – a benefit for Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) relief efforts. Project Ondoy will take place on Wednesday, October 28th, from 8p.m.-2 a.m.

“Welcome to Long Beach” mural depicts the city’s past and present

The Departments of Parks, Recreation and Marine and Community Development unveiled their newest mural, “Welcome to Long Beach” at 6454 Long Beach Boulevard at Neece Street on Saturday, October 24. The 36’ x 10’ mural was designed and produced by Long Beach artist and Recreation Leader Abner Rivera Lopez.

Arlington Neighborhood receives flood protection from new storm drain system

The City of Long Beach today held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new storm drain system that will alleviate flooding in the Arlington neighborhood, which has experienced severe flooding at least seven times during the past 20 years.

Cal Heights couple competes to be the Ultimate Thailand Explorers

Cal Heights residents Jackson Choy and Lori Fujikawa-Choy were recently selected as semi-finalists in the Ultimate Thailand Explorers competition. This international contest is sponsored by the Tourism Authority of Thailand and features competitors from around the world including the UK, Australia, Poland, Singapore, France, the Philippines, and Canada.

Kristin Kaplowtiz displays her ultra photo-realistic art

Kristin Kaplowitz’s art is on display at Portfolio Coffeehouse October 1 through November 15 on the walls of Portfolio Coffeehouse. In Kristin’s own words:

MoLAA gets a green make-over with solar panels and water-wise landscaping

Solar panels will offset nearly 13 percent of the Museum of Latin American Art’s energy usage, delivering $6,000 in annual savings. The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) has taken a proactive stance to help the environment while it helps its own “bottom line” through the use of solar power, water-wise landscaping and printing its publications on FSC certified paper.

Beach closed from 3rd Place to Belmont Pier, again

City Health Officer Dr. Helene Calvet issued a beach closure Saturday evening, closing Long Beach’s open coastal beaches to water-based recreational activities from 3rd Place to Belmont Pier.  The closure is due to a 1,400 gallon sewage spill in the downtown Long Beach area that flowed into Rainbow Harbor.

Scarium at the Aquarium

There is a sense of eeriness that echoes through the halls of the Aquarium of the Pacific. Is it the sounds of whales or an invading a manor of moaning ghosts? As we entered the “scarium,” Batman greeted us and took our photo.

Onisko & Schulz: top 100 accounting firms to work for

Onisko & Scholz LLP, Certified Public Accountants was recently selected by the accounting industry publication, Accounting Today as one of the top 100 accounting firms in the nation to work for in 2009. The Long Beach accounting firm joins the ranks of many of the largest firms in the country including Eisner LLP, J.H.

Phantom Galleries launch guided cell-phone tour at Downtown Long Beach Art Walk

The streets of downtown Long Beach will be alive with art tonight. And, for the first time the October 24 downtown art walk expands to include an auditory component as well. The Phantom Art Audio Tour will lead visitors on a guided tour of the galleries and artists receptions.

CHLB presents Condit Spirit Awards to dedicated supporters

Community Hospital of Long Beach Foundation will honor the exceptional commitment of Farmers & Merchants Bank and the Assistance League of Long Beach to CHLB at the Condit Spirit Awards on Saturday, November 21. 

Queen Mary’s art contest for children accepting entries in October

The Queen Mary has announced an International Art Contest for children. The contest is currently underway and will continue through the end of October. The Queen Mary invites children to submit their best artwork depicting the historic ship based on what they feel is most important about its history — past or present.

Long Beach Author debuts second novel with book signing at Portfolio Coffeehouse

Long Beach author Lee Adams’ second novel, Nighthawks, will be debuting on Saturday, November 14, at Portfolio Coffeehouse located at 2300 4th Street, Long Beach. Reading begins at 7:00 followed by Q&A with the author and book signing.

Long Beach, Carson, Compton pool resources to send donations to Samoa

Last Saturday, October 17 an estimated 90,000 pounds of items donated by residents from Carson, Compton and Long Beach departed from Long Beach Airport for Apia, Western Samoa via an Arrow Air Cargo DC-10. “On September 29, an 8.0 earthquake hit American Samoa and Samoa, subsequently resulting in to a 20-foot tsunami that resulted in major loss of life and property,” Congresswoman Richardson said.

State of Downtown gets reinvented

You are invited to the 6th Annual State of the Downtown: Where People and Place Connect on Wednesday, November 11th at 6:30 p.m. at the Laugh Factory. The annual signature event is hosted by the Downtown Long Beach Association to report on the accomplishments of the organization and of the Downtown in the previous year and to cast a vision for the year to come.

Schipske, OCTA to host meeting on West County Connectors Project

Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske and the Orange County Transportation Authority will host a public meeting to discuss the West County Connectors Project and the impacts to the Long Beach area. Beginning in early 2010 the Orange County Transportation Authority will begin construction on the West County Connectors Project, which will connect carpool lanes on the San Diego Freeway (I-405), San Gabriel Freeway (I-605) and the Garden Grove Freeway (SR-22).

Halloween on Pine: Music, comedy, dancing and costumes

The Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) is planning a frightening, free Halloween festival on Pine Avenue on Saturday, October 31 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Thousands are expected to attend the outdoor event downtown, along Pine Avenue between Broadway and 3rd Street.

Spanish Wine & Tapas Tasting at The El Dorado Park Event Center

The El Dorado Golf Course Event Center is delighted to announce an evening celebrating the marvelous wines and food of Spain Thursday November 5 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. under the beautiful El Dorado Golf Course Event Canopy at 2400 Studebaker Road in Long Beach.

Downtown and the Eastside each meet to promote Bicycling in Long Beach

Long Beach continues cycling its way towards becoming a more “bike-friendly” city. This month, residents can take part in two separate meetings to promote biking. Volunteers will gather Downtown this weekend to find ways to add more bike racks.

Flea Borne Typhus on the rise in Long Beach

Opossums, raccoons and rodents can carry flea borne typhus Long Beach residents are warned to be alert about the dangers of fleaborne typhus, a disease transmitted by fleas, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

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