Signal ST3520 - Oct. 25_Layout 1 10/25/13 4:13 PM Page 1 Haunts & Happenings Pages 8 and 9 T Vol. 35 No. 21 R I B U N “My Skull is a Home for Mice/Gone” by Cat Riley See page 11 E october 25, 2013 SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL Local history brought to life at 18th annual cemetery tour Your Weekly Community Newspaper Photos by Sean Belk/Signal Tribune Sunnyside Cemetery (pictured) and the Long Beach Municipal Cemetery, located at 1095 E. Willow St., are the settings for the Historical Society of Long Beach’s biggest annual fundraiser. Sean Belk Staff Writer Don’t be afraid. They’re not ghosts. Volunteer actors and some city officials dressed in time-period costumes will conjure up local history at the 18th Annual Historical Cemetery Tour this Saturday, Oct. 26, just days before Halloween. This yearly tradition arranged by the Historical Society of Long Beach (HSLB) is not meant to scare anybody but to educate people about the many legacies of deceased residents who were buried at the city’s two oldest cemeteries. Amid some 20,000 grave plots at the Municipal and Sunnyside cemeteries– one of which dates back to the turn of the century– at 1095 E. Willow St. between Orange and California avenues, performers will portray individuals whose lives each tell a different story of Long Beach’s diverse past. The historic site, known for its upright, old-fashioned tombstones, will set the stage for “miniature” plays performed by actors garbed in clothing from various eras, from the early 1900s to the ‘50s (when Long Beach was named “Iowa by the Sea”) to modern day. The cemetery was made famous by a 1939 picture by photographer Ansel Adams that includes a statue in front of a backdrop of oil derricks in Signal Hill. This year’s cemetery tour has a theme of education and features some more recently departed individuals, such as Bill and Betty Seal, lifelong Long Beach residents who made major contributions to local schools and are the parents of Judy Seal, executive director of the Long Valentine and Maybell Leal, who married in 1905, Beach Education Foundation. will be brought to life by actors Jonathan Varillas Betty, a teacher and counselor (left) and Anna Kate Mohler (right) during the 18th who died in 2011, spearheaded the Annual Historical Cemetery Tour at the Municipal first English As a Second Lanand Sunnyside cemeteries on Willow Street this Satsee HSLB page 13 urday, Oct. 26 from 9am to 2:30pm. Bixby Knolls Car Wash & Detail Center Full service wash • Fast exterior wash 6 self-serve wash bays with air dryers (3) Mon.-Sat. 8am-6pm Sunday 8am-5pm We have the most polite and friendliest employees, & best of all... THE BEST CUSTOMERS IN THE WORLD! Free WiFi! East Division Police substation just a little closer to reality CJ Dablo Staff Writer Long Beach is that much closer to seeing former Army the Reserve Center transformed into the longawaited East Division Police Substation in the city’s 5th council district. City councilmembers earlier this month voted in favor of zoning changes for the former reserve center, and these changes now clear the path for the proposal to CJ Dablo/Signal Tribune build a new police subLong Beach city officials anticipate that construction may begin in March or station and juvenile April of 2014 to renovate the Schroeder Hall U. S. Army Reserve Center on Wildetention facility at the low Street to house both a police substation and a juvenile investigations section. Schroeder Hall U. S. Army Reserve Center located at ers. Although the Juvenile block any pedestrian traffic Investigations Section will also from getting close to the red3800 E. Willow St. According to the project be located at Schroeder Hall, its brick buildings. Just inside the description available in a city operations will be separate from front yard, a small branch has staff report, the substation will those of the police substation, fallen among dead autumn be home to the estimated 125 according to the report. A staff leaves which blanket the employees in the East Division of about 27 persons will be entrance. The zoning change was a who cover a 24-square-mile ter- working in the juvenile facilities. necessary step for City leaders ritory and serve about 170,000 Right now, the 4.68-acre site to take before the property is residents. The report described how the same building will also is vacant, surrounded by tall transferred from the federal govhouse facilities dedicated to at- fencing. Intimidating white, ernment to the City. That transrisk youth and juvenile offend- rusty metal bars at the front gate see SCHROEDER page 7 LBCC first in CA to offer pilot program of high-demand classes at higher tuition rates Sean Belk Staff Writer Long Beach City College (LBCC) is the first community college in the state that has agreed to participate in a controversial pilot program that offers a handful of highdemand classes during winter and summer intersessions at higher tuition rates as a solution to impacted regular semesters. Despite protests from some students and faculty, the Long Beach Community College Board of Trustees voted 4-0 at its Oct. 22 meeting to approve a new fee structure and notify the California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice Harris Weekly Weather Forecast see LBCC page 6 Friday Saturday Low clouds, then sun 74° Foggy, then sunny Low clouds, then sun Lo 56° Lo 57° Lo 54° 81° Sunday Monday 79° Sean Belk/Signal Tribune Long Beach City College students wait on Oct. 22 outside the Board Room in the T Building of the college’s Liberal Arts Campus, where the Board of Trustees voted to approve a new pilot program that offers high-demand courses during summer and winter intersession at higher tuition rates. October 25 through October 29, 2013 68° Tuesday 66° Slightly cooler Rain & drizzle possible Lo 56° Lo 52° This week’s Weekly Weather Forecast sponsored by: 1174 Wardlow Rd., LB Shell & Sheldon Grossman owners for 35+ years 577 E. 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