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Shore’s 29th Christmas Parade Set To March By Ashleigh Oldland

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EDITOR

Belmont Shore lampposts are decked with red tinsel and lights, the poinsettias are in place on the medians and there’s a chill in the weather. It must be time for the 29th Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade, which requires no small effort on behalf of the Belmont Shore Business Association (BSBA) to produce and coordinate. Starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, about 115 entries decorated according to this year’s theme, “It’s A Green Christmas: Recycle, Reuse and Renew,” will fill the 14-block business district. Leading the way will be the Long Beach Junior Concert Band, which has led the parade since 1982. Second in line will be Grand Marshal Gene Rotondo (the former president of the BSBA), followed by marching bands, local personalities and floats representing Long Beach

businesses and associations. The arrival of Santa Claus is the parade finale. BSBA Executive Director Dede Rossi said the “Green” theme this year pays homage to Shore efforts to improve the environment. This year, Second Street celebrated the installation of 10 solar-operated trash compactors and recycling bins called BigBelly waste systems. Also, the Shore has encouraged alternative transportation in recent years with the addition of shared bike lanes in the roadways. Following the theme, a local organization for mothers and families has designed a float this year. This is the first parade Coastal Cuties of Long Beach will participate in. Ambyr Hardy, a mother of two and spokeswoman for Coastal (Continued on Page 46A)

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FLOATING DOWN SECOND. Some organizations go all out for their entry, as this Westerly School float demonstrates in last year’s Belmont Shore Christmas Parade.

WomenShelter Helps Adopt Families EXECUTIVE EDITOR

Brittany is a WomenShelter success story. She met her eventual abuser when she was 13 and he was 23, and moved in with him when she was 15. This even though he had already punched her for talking to a boy. Brittany stayed with the man for nine years and had three children, now 6, 5 and 2. She suffered beatings throughout that period, and finally moved out to her own apartment. The man followed her and beat her until police arrived. In August this year, Brittany went to WomenShel-

ter seeking support. She began group counseling and received legal help. Now she is attending community college and wants to become a nurse. But Brittany still is supporting her children, and barely getting by. That’s why, according to WomenShelter executive director TuLynn Smylie, Brittany is a family being adopted for Christmas. WomenShelter’s adopt-a-family program began several years ago and has grown until last year they found sponsors for 88 families. Those families received a holiday meal and gifts, with some sponsors shopping specifically for the family and others

By Ashleigh Oldland EDITOR

STORIES

INSIDE Y O U R GRUNION

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PROUD OWNERS. Irene Nortier, right, and Rose Hetherington own and operate Bay Boat Rentals in Long Beach.

lemon, but its frequent return trips for maintenance in Alamitos Bay is how Bay Boat Rentals caught the couple’s attention.

By Jonathan Van Dyke

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Bay Boats Story One For Books Bay Boat Rentals Vice President Irene Nortier likes to joke that she’s kissed every inch of every boat in the fleet, and she said she still pinches herself every morning when she comes to work. That’s because Nortier, and her significant other and business partner Carrie Keife, returned to Bay Boats this summer after selling it seven years ago — the two struggled to find a way to get the business back throughout their time away. Building The Fleet In the late 1990s, Nortier and Keife bought a recreational boat in Long Beach. That boat was a

One-Day Store Gives Christmas To Needy

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The One-Day Christmas Store initiative, now entering its fifth year, will not be resting on the laurels of its past good deeds, organizers said. This year, organizer Better Balance for Long Beach was awarded a grand prize from the Neighborhoods USA for Neighborhood of the Year — something given specifically because of the group’s annual charity event store. Organizers are striving to include even more families and children in the event in 2012, they said. The One-Day Christmas Store will take place on Saturday, Dec. 17, when organizers and volunteers transform First Congregational Church into a giant toy and accessory store for families in need. Better Balance had formed years ago to help clean up the

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14th Street Park area and make it safe for families. It also hosted a Christmas event at the park, but realized there was a greater need for an organized charity event, Director Jack Smith said. Families — mostly referred by City Council offices — receive invites to the event. It is not open to the public, but those in need are encouraged to contact their City Council office for possible referral. On this upcoming Saturday, families selected come into First Congregational Church and choose gifts for one another — parents for children and children for parents. Each person in the family receives two tickets to exchange for brand new items and toys. “The nice thing is that kids actually get to shop,” Smith said. “They go into a different part of the store with volunteer elves in (Continued on Page 43A)

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GAZETTE COMMENTARY

Occupy Movement Must Define Itself We’re more than a bit bemused, and confused, by the whole Occupy phenomenon. It’s been more than two months now since the first protestors set up camp in New York City. The movement appeared to take on a life of its own, spreading across the country. Yet as far as we can tell, there still is no definitive set of complaints, much less a set of potential solutions. Occupy Wall Street started out with an interesting slogan — We’re the 99%. The argument, and it’s certainly a fair one, appeared to be that the one percent of the country controlling most of the wealth had run amuck, as epitomized by a Wall Street that continued to pay six-figure bonuses while most of the country struggled to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. There clearly is an issue with the structure of our over-arching economy as the gap between the haves and have-nots continues to widen. Persistent unemployment perpetuates the economic dissatisfaction. The shrinking middle class, faced with plummeting home values and increasing foreclosures, seemed ripe for recruitment to a cause determined to change the way wealth was distributed. But as the movement spread, the concept appeared to become diluted. It quickly became more about the right to occupy (read protest) than the reasons for the occupation. The arguments became more about the suppression by “The Man” than about pointing out that there was something wrong with the economic structure. It may be that the protestors in Oakland had a valid point to make. But that point quickly became secondary to the clash with police. Certainly the police themselves caused a good portion, maybe even most, of that confrontation. (And give credit to the powers that be in Long Beach and Los Angeles that the same thing hasn’t happened here.) But that almost proves the point that the Occupy movement appears to have become an overgrown college protest. We find at least some significance in the fact that a number of Occupy Long Beach folks, and particularly those who claim to speak for the movement, say they live outside the city. If you’re from Cerritos, Signal Hill or Seal Beach, apparently it’s more con-

venient to occupy Long Beach than to travel to downtown LA to occupy there. Although it was interesting how many Occupy LA people traveled to Long Beach when it was clear they’d have their moment in the spotlight before the City Council here. Help us. Is the idea to harken back to the Hoovervilles of the Great Depression — to say that the government is forcing people into homelessness? It is either ironic or significant that in Long Beach’s Lincoln Park, the homeless population that was there before Occupy Long Beach has swollen Occupy’s ranks, even to the point of outnumbering them at times. When the Occupy movement began, there were attempts to compare it to the Tea Party movement — sort of a radical liberals take on the radical conservatives approach. Democratic politicians looked hopefully (albeit nervously) at what could have been a groundswell of public opinion. But that approach clearly has found no traction. That’s because there’s no bedrock of basic belief, no foundation or formula for change. It’s pretty easy to stand up for the right of protestors to have their say — that is, after all, the basic freedom of speech principle that our country’s precious freedom is built on. It’s why we have been so excited about the Arab Spring, where entire populations have risen up for the right to have a say in the way they are governed. Unless we have missed some pretty critical information, though, the Occupy movement isn’t about regime change. Right now, at least, the biggest argument seems to be about whether people are free to camp overnight in public spaces. Not exactly a world changing stand, at least in our minds. We’re supportive of people trying to point out problems — you might say that’s part of our DNA as a newspaper. But it would be a lot easier to get behind a movement capable of articulating those problems more precisely than “they’re the bad guys,” especially when even defining who the “they” are seems beyond the grasp of those protesting. We prefer a results-oriented approach. To get there, we need more than we’re getting from the Occupy movement today. It might be time to de-occupy, at least until you have a better defined reason for being there.

White Christmas Nostalgia Calls We put up the Christmas lights last weekend. No surprise there. Just like tons of folks around the country, the weekend after Thanksgiving traditionally is the time to do the decorating. It was a bit more of a family affair this year — son John is out of the Marines and pitched in. He already knows to just wait until his mom tells him where things go before doing something — after 11 years, I’m apparently still learning that lesson. But I swore I wasn’t going to write this year about hanging off the ladder 15 feet in the air, moving the ornament an inch this way or that until I hear the blessed, “that’s good.” I wasn’t going to mention the way my shoulders hunch in fear of the dreaded, “wait, I don’t like it there.” I refuse to divulge the exact formula for spacing between red, blue and green, or get into the teardrop versus icicle debate. What I want to talk about instead is the difficulty, even after 20 years, getting into the Christmas spirit in Southern California. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s a whole lot more pleasant to put up Christmas lights in shorts and a T-shirt than to try it bundled in a parka. It’s a real time-saver to not worry about taking gloves on and off, and there’s no doubt the ladder is safer on the lawn than on a foot of snow. But I didn’t grow up with surfing Santas wearing Hawaiian shirts and board shorts. When my folks talked about decorating the

He Said It

To The Editor, Regarding the article in the Grunion of Nov. 24 about the final planning of Second+PCH: On Nov. 9, I was in a roomful of people when Mr. DeLong said it doesn’t really matter what the Planning Commission or the City Council decide, because the Coastal Commission is sure to turn the project down. One member of the audience asked him, “Did you just say the Coastal Commission is bound to turn this down, and if so, why are we spending all this time and money?” All around the room there were murmurs of “Yes, good question! Speak to that.” Mr. DeLong

tree, they didn’t mean circling the palm’s trunk with white lights. I came from “White Christmas” country (yes, I know Bing lived here, but that doesn’t matter). There were years when I strapped on the snowshoes or cross-country skis and went out to find my own Charlie Brown tree. I lived all those chill-inducing carols and songs about Jack Frost nipping at your nose and any other part you might leave exposed. Yes, I’m well aware of how ironic it is that cold and snow have become synonymous with the holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Bethlehem’s average low temperature in December is around 45 degrees, and snow is a rarity. But most of our holiday traditions date back to our European ancestors, where Christmas coincided with short days, cold nights and plenty of snow. Like it or not, Charles Dickens has had more to do with what most of us think of as Christmas weather than the reality of the Middle East, where it all began. There’s nothing wrong, at least in my mind, with making the Christmas season about nostalgia. Thinking about a simpler time is comforting. Why? Because we manage to idealize those times, whether it is

talked and talked — but never answered the question. Then later to deny he’d said it, as reported in your article of Nov. 24? We were there, Gary. We heard you. Well, here is the telling clue about our Mr. DeLong. When someone at that same meeting referred to him as a politician (who is after all running for Congress), he denied that label and called himself “an elected official.” Ellen Butler Long Beach

More On Height To The Editor, With regard to the Second+PCH project, the fact $4.5 million has been spent to get this approved is

a Victorian Christmas or our own childhood. Do you really think it was fun to live in London in 1850? Candlelight and coal — need I say more? Idealized childhoods are closer to reality, but truly ideal childhoods are few and far between. It’s one of the neat things about my memory that I tend to remember the good things and forget the bad, so my childhood Christmases look pretty rosy. Those are Colorado Christmases, so snow and cold play pretty prominently in the memory. I’d like to think that as I’ve matured I’ve found more meaningful reasons for the season than having a good time. I do try to pay more attention to the religious celebration than to the materialistic disaster the holiday seems to have become for some. (Pepper spray at a sale? Really?) But I freely admit to being a bit Pavlovian when it comes to Christmas. I’ll get there, I know, and the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade this weekend will go a long way towards that goal. Our church helps too, using Advent to build up to the crescendo of Christmas Day. So if you catch me singing “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas,” just remind me how heavy snow is on the end of a shovel. Reality trumps nostalgia, and suddenly Southern California Christmas doesn’t seem so bad.

of no concern to anyone but those who chose to do so. That is not a reason to approve this project. The problem is this proposed project includes a 12-story and six-story building that provide for a 100-unit hotel, tons of retail and a 275 residences. Where is all this traffic supposed to go? We have had traffic backups on PCH spanning blocks for what appeared to be a simple drainage project on the shoulder of PCH near Hof’s Hut. Commissioner Donita Van Horik said she’s “grateful that we have a developer and project owner willing to invest in the community in this way,” as if (Continued on Page 3A)


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they were doing someone a favor. Please don’t insult the good citizens. Go down to PCH and Main Street in Huntington Beach. Look up and imagine a 12-story and six-story building where the already overwhelming four-story buildings are and convince yourself this is perfectly okay next to the marina, PCH and a major artery into Naples and Belmont Shore known as Second Street. Approval of this project will set into motion future projects of this magnitude next to the water, because a precedent will be set for exceeding current height limitations and zoning. A large developer will simply point to this approved project and sue if not allowed the same guidelines and courtesies, and they will win in court. The unintended consequences of this approval can be worse. Take a cue from leaders in Seal Beach, who stopped this type of development from destroying the historic charm and openness of their beaches and Main Street with building height restrictions. The Marina Pacifica residential development is a prime example of what’s reasonable for this area and nothing higher. Robert Van der Upwich

read of the problem Heidi Maerker had walking her dog along the walkway on the beach. How does it feel to suddenly be the target of another group who has decided that it knows best how to micromanage your life? Every day, you will wonder what will come next in the relentless march of “progress” as defined by another “enlightened” interest group. Barry Klazura Long Beach

Fee Increases

To The Editor, I was shocked to hear that California State University, Long Beach, students got another fee increase. Students get hit more and more with fee increases. Yet I don’t hear of any cut in salaries for the

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To The Editor, Environmentalists, bikers and dog owners are three of the most annoying, self-righteous groups espousing their view of world today. So it was with glee that I, a cigar smoker, who has been banished from most of the known world,

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president, chancellor or whoever presides over the university, or even the coaches who work there. They go home with hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars a year. What is wrong with this picture? Instead of investing in costly construction on campus, invest in the students! I say to the students, continue to sit-in or protest, or as we used to say in the ’60s, “power to the people.” Continue to protest as long as you have the energy until someone listens and acts on it. Education is more important than those outrageous salaries. Ellen Blom Long Beach

Sincere Thanks

To The Editor, I wanted to pass along a very

sincere “thank you” to JJ (Fiddler) and Mike (Guardabascio) for their outstanding and much appreciated coverage of the Long Beach State women’s soccer team on their journey to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2011. I am perhaps a bit biased since my daughter was the goalie Kaitlyn Gustaves, but none the less, I eagerly looked forward to their video wrap up of each game and what can only be described as loyal coverage of the team. Their

interviews, videos and comments regarding all the players on the team were always positive and both my wife and I appreciated that. Those guys seem to enjoy what they do and it shows. Please pass along our thanks. Even though my daughter is done, we will certainly continue to follow the team and the sports coverage of these two individuals. John B. Gustaves Long Beach


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Two Murders In North Long Beach Two men have been killed in less than a week in north Long Beach, with both shootings believed to be gang-related. The first attack occurred last Wednesday, Nov. 23, when Wilson Edwards was shot and killed in the 5600 block of Elm Avenue. A shots-fired call came into the 911 center at about 8:40 p.m. Wednesday. When officers arrived in the 5600 block of Elm Avenue, they found Edwards, 21, of Long Beach, lying on the sidewalk, according to the police report. Edwards had a gunshot wound in his upper body and was declared dead on the scene by Long Beach Fire Department paramedics, the report said. The second fatal shooting took place less than two miles away, with both attacks just south of South Street. Police were called at 5:31 p.m. Saturday to the 5500 block of Ackerfield Avenue in north Long Beach. They found a man who had sustained a gunshot wound to the upper body lying in the street. According to the police report, Fire Department paramedics responded, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office later identified him as Mckune George Collins, 25, of Victorville. Police said the preliminary investigation shows that words were exchanged between the shooter and the victim just before the shooting. Homicide detectives Hugo Cortes and Donald Goodman are investigating Saturday’s shooting, while detectives Mark McGuire and Greg Krabbe have been assigned to the Nov. 23 shooting. People with information on either case should call 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web at www.tipsoft.com. —Harry Saltzgaver

Abuse Program Gives Awards End Abuse Long Beach, the local Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Prevention Council, will present two community awards at a ceremony beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Alpert Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Willow St. Receiving awards are Dr. Nancy Diane Kimber (in private practice) focusing on Health & Welfare of Women and Children, and Melissa Sadikoff, Senior Clinician and Clinical Educator, Social Services Department at Miller Children’s Hospital. End Abuse Long Beach is a voluntary group of professionals and community members who work in some way with abused or neglected children, domestic violence victims, perpetrators and their families. For more information, visit www.www.EndAbuseLB.org.


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Lakewood Man Dies In Four-Car Crash A four-vehicle collision Monday north of the 405 Freeway resulted in a man’s death. The Long Beach Police Department was called at about 11:55 a.m. to the intersection of Willow Street and Clark Avenue, where a traffic collision involving four separate vehicles had taken place, said Nancy Pratt, LBPD public information officer. According to a preliminary in-

vestigation, police believe that a 2005 Dodge Neon was traveling east on Willow Street and approaching Clark Avenue at a high rate of speed. The driver of the Neon, investigators believe, veered to the left and collided with the center median. After colliding with the median, the vehicle became airborne and hit three vehicles traveling west on Willow Street.

Hmong New Year Party Dec. 10 The Hmong New Year will be celebrated from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11 at El Dorado Regional Park, 7550 E. Spring St. In addition to food vendors, there will be traditional Hmong dancing, Ball Tossing and music by Qeej, Raj, Ncas, Nplooj and Kwv Txhiaj Lus Taum. Sporting events include volleyball, minisoccer and traditional Hmong Top-Spin. There also will be a night party starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Memories Dinner and Dancing, 12901 Philadelphia St. in Whittier. Tickets are $15 for

Investigators said they do not yet know why the driver veered into the medium. The driver was a 23-year-old male from Lakewood. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators said he was not wear-

ing his seatbelt and when his car was impacted, he was thrown to the rear passenger seat. A 54-year-old man from Buena Park and a 64-year-old man also from Buena Park were both transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The third driver hit by the Neon was

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a 50-year-old man from Downey who was not injured. Anyone with information regarding this incident can call LBPD Accident Investigations Detective David Lauro at 5707355. Anonymous tips can be left through www.tipsoft.com. —Jonathan Van Dyke


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Playhouse Theater Workshops Teach Youth Art MIDNIGHT LINE The Long Beach Playhouse is hosting a series of youth theater workshops for grades three through 12 beginning Dec. 3. The goal is to help young people learn life skills through the art of theater. There are four sessions. Children can attend one or all of the sessions.

The first class is at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. The remaining classes (all running from 4 to 7 p.m.) are Dec. 13, Dec. 20 and Dec. 30. The cost is $35 per class or $120 (a $20 discount) for all four. For more information or to register, call 4941014, ext. 500, or visit www.lbplayhouse.org.

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The Port of Long Beach is making $5 million available to groups and businesses to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This is the third round of grants in the Port Mitigation Grant Programs, which were started by the port commissioners in 2009. The port is encouraging local nonprofits, government agencies and port tenants to apply for grants to reduce, avoid or recapture emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Applicants can

seek funding for more than one project for a total request of up to $1 million. The port is hosting two more workshops to assist in applying: at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, Long Beach Neighborhood Resource Center, 425 Atlantic Ave.; 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14, City County Chambers, 333 W. Ocean Blvd. Applications and information are available by calling (888) 789-4726 or by visiting www. polb.com/greenhousegrants.


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String Of Burglaries Strike Public Storage Facility By Jonathan Van Dyke Staff Writer

Imagine storing all of your valuables and material possessions in what you thought was a safe and secure storage space — then imagine finding that place cleaned out by thieves. This was the scene set for Matt Santoro on Nov. 20, who found out a public storage unit he had been using was broken into. He had put all his belongings into the unit recently before moving in with his parents to help them financially. “My entire life was stolen from that storage room,” he said. This has become a nightmare. I’m 35 years old and everything I have possessed in my life from 1976 until this past Sunday at 5 p.m. has been taken away from me.” Santoro’s unit wasn’t the only place hit in Public Storage (1917 Long Beach Blvd.) this past month. According to the Long Beach Police Department, there have been 11 burglaries reported at that business — three in November, two in October and six before June. On Nov. 21, Amanda Bartlett and her fiancé found that their own unit at Public Storage had been burglarized, with many of their valuables stolen. They were coming by to pickup a television to give to a sister during Thanksgiving. “About 12 robberies had occurred there and nobody told us — we just had to wander in and see,” she said, voicing frustration toward Public Storage management and police. “When we questioned the employees about the situation, they had said that weeks prior there were a string of

robberies (from multiple units).” She said that the burglars had stuck mostly to a specific aisle that apparently didn’t have a working security camera. “The most alarming part about this story has to be that the first reportings of burglaries were over one month ago and directed to one specific area within the warehouse, with more and more being reported to Public Storage and the police daily,” Bartlett said. “Yet, over this period not one of the victims I’ve spoken with had received any kind of warning from Public Storage.” The thieves broke into the units and then replaced the broken locks with new ones. She said police were immediately notified on Nov. 21 and took fingerprints, finding that the burglars had used latex gloves — so no prints actu-

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ally were available there. LBPD Detective Jason Kennedy said three suspects were arrested for having a key to one of those new locks, but were released due to insufficient evidence. There still is some pending DNA evidence and the investigation is ongoing. “We do not comment on any individual customer or property matters,” Public Storage Vice President Steven Glick said in a statement. “However, we of course do care about the security

of our customers’ belongings and take security at all of our properties seriously... Still, there are situations that are beyond our control. When a crime occurs, we are always prepared to work closely with the local police to apprehend the suspects.” Bartlett said they had renter’s insurance, but that it would only cover about $3,000 and would not replace valuable items from her fiancé’s past. Both Santoro and Bartlett said they had notices of possible check

fraud in early October — possibly hinting that the burglaries happened almost two months before they found out. She added that hopefully more people would check their units or come forward. It is possible they will work out a class action lawsuit against Public Storage, as well. There are more than 100 units in the facility. Anyone with more informatoin can call Kennedy at 570-7351 or visit www.tipsoft.com to leave an anonymous tip.


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Council Has Full Post-Holiday Slate By Harry Saltzgaver Executive Editor

After nearly a month without a meeting thanks to the Thanksgiving holiday, the City Council has plenty on its table next Tues-

day, from a hearing on billboard regulations to an ordinance about healthy food in vending machines on city property. The billboard regulation is the culmination of two years of study and meetings. In December 2009, the council passed a moratorium on new off-site billboards, and extended that moratorium for another year in 2010. On Oct. 20 this year, the Planning Commission reviewed and approved the updated zoning ordinance, which now addresses electronic message signs and supergraphics as well as add an incentive to remove nonconforming or old billboards.

By capping the amount of billboard space allowed in the city, the new ordinance would mean anyone wanting to erect a new billboard would have to get rid of old ones first. The ordinance would require a ratio of 8 square feet to 1 square foot for new electronic billboards and a 6-to-1 ratio for non-electronic signs. The ordinance also limits billboards to freeways, regional corridors and major arterial streets and require a conditional use permit for any major billboard project — new or a conversion. It would allow conversion of existing billboards to electronic for-

Dec. 6, 2011 mat in appropriate areas, but adds a condition to remove billboard space elsewhere at a 4-to-1 ratio. Finally, the new ordinance would prohibit the building wraps known as supergraphics and mobile billboards within city limits. The current moratorium on new billboards expires on Dec. 14 and cannot be legally extended again, so unless the new ordinance or something similar is adopted, the existing regulations would remain in place. In other business Tuesday, the council is scheduled to:

• Consider formal opposition to the Southern California International Gateway cargo container transfer facility being proposed by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad for property in west Long Beach. Seventh District Councilman James Johnson and Eighth District Councilwoman Rae Gabelich sponsored the motion, which would claim serious flaws in the Draft Environmental Impact Report done by the Port of Los Angeles and argue that it does not provide adequate mitigation to neighboring residences and schools. • Receive a report from City Auditor Laura Doud about the way the city handles termination of employees (whether laid off, retired, fired or quit) and consider recommended changes of policy detailed in the audit. • Decide whether to request a report on the status of the community gardens in El Dorado Park, including an overview of operations but focusing specifically on problems associated with flooding and runoff. The request from Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske comes after the decision to locate a proposed dog park in an area near (but not next to) the gardens. • Consider adoption of a healthy food vending policy at city facilities and at city-sponsored events. As proposed, the policy would (Continued on Page 9A)


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Fifth District Effort Saves Tree Lights The lights will turn on this Sunday, Dec. 4, thanks to an effort to raise money for the Trees in the Bay at Willow Street and Studebaker Road as well as ones at Heartwell Park off Carson Street. The Parks, Recreation and Marine Department cut the trees

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require snacks to meet nutrition standards similar to those used in California schools. The proposed policy would not apply to special events or employee or public events oriented to adults. • Approve a delay in consideration of a healthy beverage vending policy until resolution of a contract for the right to operate vending machines on city property. Coca-Cola Bottling Company has paid the city a total of $300,000 a year for the last 10 years for the exclusive right to have machines in city parks and other city locations. That con-

from its budget, but Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske coordinated an effort to pay for the trees another way. Other Trees in the Bay, such as the ones at Alamitos Bay, were not yet on the chopping block this year.

John Keisler, business operations manager for Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine, said his department’s maintenance budget has been paying for the pond trees at El Dorado and Heartwell parks, but could no longer sustain the cost.

tract expires on Jan. 31, 2012, although there is a renewal option for another five years. Coke has waived its renewal option and offered a new commission-based agreement for healthy beverages that would reduce revenues to $22,000 to $53,000 a year. Staff is recommending that no policy be added until a new Request For Proposals process is complete. • Authorize the 2012 lease with the Rancho Los Alamitos Foundation to provide for the annual management fee. • Hear the application for an alcohol license from Simmzy’s in Belmont Shore, and receive and file that application.

• Approve an ordinance expanding uses of the Belmont Shore Parking Meter Revenue Fund to include purchase of bus passes for the business district’s employees. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at City Hall, 333 W. Ocean Blvd. It is open to the public.

Schipske, in collaboration with community donors and groups such as Partners of Parks, raised the needed $2,000 to keep the four trees (two at each location) lit this year. There will be a tree lighting, holiday movie screening and toy collection drive starting at 6 p.m. Sunday at Good Neighbor Park

at 2800 Studebaker Rd. Santa Claus will attend the free event. Unwrapped toys will be collected for the Firefighters Spark of Love project. For more information, call the Fifth District Council Office at 570-6932 or visit the district website at www.longbeach.gov/ district5.


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City Files Claim Over Station Delay By Harry Saltzgaver Executive Editor

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At the groundbreaking ceremony in February 2010 for Fire Station 12 in north Long Beach, everyone expected the firefighters to be celebrating Christmas 2011 in their new home. But at Thanksgiving 2011, only cinderblock walls are up at the site at Orange Avenue and Artesia Boulevard, with no roofs, let alone tables for Christmas dinner or beds for a long winter’s nap. And the city’s Redevelopment Agency filed a claim last week with Gonzales Construction Inc.’s bonding company for liquidated damages of $1,000 a day for failure to complete the project. Gonzales in turn has hired the

Tri County Law Group to fight the claim. In the meantime, work on what was to be a state-of-theart fire station and regional emergency response center has ground to a near halt. “The city and the RDA clearly are not happy with Gonzales Construction,” said Robert Zur Schmeide, deputy director of Long Beach’s Development Services Department and assistant executive director of the RDA. “We’ve made a claim with the bonding company on the job… From the client’s point of view, we’ve made a claim that the company has not performed under the contract.” Efforts have been ongoing for nearly a decade to build a new

fire station in north Long Beach. Engine 12 currently operates out of a 3,800-square-foot facility on Gundry Street in the middle of a residential neighborhood. The station is a converted home, and some equipment must be stored outside. Under a deal struck in 2008, the city’s Redevelopment Agency agreed to pay for the new station, estimated then to cost $8 million to build. By the time the land had been purchased and the specifications for the new facility, which includes a separate emergency response center and storehouse and a regional communications tower, were prepared, it was the middle of 2009 and the economy was in the dumps. “We received 22 bids for the project,” Zur Schmeide said. “Gonzales wasn’t even the lowest bid — we threw that out because they had no experience with building fire stations. Gonzales was the second lowest, so we had to take that.” Gonzales bid to complete the Long Beach station for $6.498 million. Because of rules governing the public bidding process, the city was compelled to accept that bid because Gonzales was a qualified bidder. The firm that had completed Fire Station 24 the year before for the Port of Long Beach also bid on Station 12, but its bid was in the middle of the pack. Gonzales Construction has (Continued on Page 11A)


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completed 11 other fire stations, according to Armand Gonzales Jr., the company’s site supervisor. “We didn’t have a problem with any one of them,” Gonzales said of the company’s previous work. “We’ve submitted a time impact analysis on this one. We’re pretty confident we can move forward with the city and get this completed.” Gonzales’s attorney, Newton Kellam, said it was up to the city whether the project moves forward. “A claim made against a contractor’s bond can have grave consequences to the contractor’s ability to bid and perform new work,” a letter from Kellam says. “What appears to be a false accusation made by the Agency, namely that Gonzales is to blame for not completing the project by November 1, 2011, is of great concern to me. “Gonzales has retained experts who estimate that the unforeseen conditions encountered at the

project will extend the project’s duration to at least April 6, 2012. In addition, we are in the process of investigating whether other Agency-caused issues will further impact the completion date.” While the RDA, Gonzales and attorneys fight over the contract, the fire department waits and continues to operate out of the Gundry station. Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Reeb said modifications were made to the station to add a shower and bathroom for female firefighters (one of the biggest issues in old stations), but everyone would be happy when the new station is done. “We’re very supportive of the RDA and their handling of the oversight,” Reeb said. “We’re disappointed that it has fallen behind schedule, of course, but we’re patient. We want to get it done right, and we’re excited about the facility we’ll have when it is done… It will be well worth the wait. We really appreciate the patience of the neighbors, too, who have to deal with the impacts of the construction.” Zur Schmeide said there are

several ways the situation can play out, including Gonzales completing the project as quickly as possible while meeting the demanding specifications. However, the Redevelopment Agency itself is in limbo right now, with its fate before the Supreme Court. Even though the City Council has agreed to meet a multi-million-dollar payment to the state to allow the RDA to continue to function, it cannot enter into new contracts until the court decides an appeal of the state legislature’s vote to disband redevelopment agencies as previously structured. That means that the RDA cannot go out and find another contractor unless Gonzales leaves the scene with the contract unfulfilled. With the retention of the law firm, that clearly isn’t going to happen any time soon. “Frankly, our goal is that we want it completed, and completed within the specs,” Zur Schmeide said. “That’s what it’s all about. Now it appears that won’t happen until at least spring or early summer 2012. We’re pushing for it.”

Uptown Village Market Sells Handicrafts Original art and handcrafted items will be available at the Uptown Village Market Dec. 2 and 3 at Expo, 4321 Atlantic Ave. More than 60 booths will feature items including jewelry, stationary, fashion, art ceramic and

glasswares, food and accessories for the home, garden, pets, children, men and women. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Visit www.uptownvillagemakert.com.


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Wilson Music Room Sees Improvements By Stephanie Minasian Staff Writer

With the first phase of construction on the new band room completed at Wilson High School, students in the music program are playing their instruments loud and clear. After receiving a $100,000 donation from Wilson High School alumna Janet McKenzie, who graduated from the school more than 70 years ago, Wilson has been working to transform its former ceramics room into a suitable music space. The first phase of construction began in February, and was completed in September. “During this first phase, we converted what used to be the auto shop room, and then the ceramics room,” said Eric Messerschmidt, who has been a music teacher at Wilson for 10 years, “The room had hydraulics from when it was the auto shop, and they put new carpet, new paint, floors and acoustic paneling in the ceiling… It sounds pretty good.” Music students are also appreciating their new practice space and better sound acoustics, he added. “They (the students) love it,” Messerschmidt said. “It has plenty of room for the band to rehearse. We used to be really cramped be-

fore, and now, we have clear access to the field, whereas before, we used to haul everything up and down the stairs in the auditorium. Now, it’s a clean shot to perform on the field, which makes life a lot easier.” New yellow lockers that were formerly in the auditorium also were installed in the music room for students to store their belongings and instruments, and new red curtains were hung over the sliding doors on one side of the room. “They also put several new ceiling fans and lighting in place,” he added. The upcoming second phase

of construction and updates will place a heating and cooling system in the room, and add additional ductwork. A new rolling door and a more permanent wall will be put into place, according to Messerschmidt. As for the former music room, the 70-student string orchestra now enjoys its practices and rehearsals in it. “It’s working out well,” he said. “The old band room was a small room on the second floor of the auditorium. We always had to create ways to work around it. Now, we have flexibility, and with the orchestra rehearsals, it fits quite well.”

—Gazette photo by Stephanie Minasian

NEW SPACE. A Wilson High music student practices on the drums in the new music room.


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Seal Beach Christmas Parade Still Growing By Jonathan Van Dyke Staff Writer

To say that the Seal Beach Christmas Parade has grown since its first year in 1979 would be a huge understatement, organizers said. The inaugural parade had 23 entries that went up and down Main Street twice, said Seth Eaker, public relations chair. Since then, it has grown to 110 entries, in this, its 33rd year. “It’s going to be our largest parade ever and they’ve estimated that there will be between 13,000 and 15,000 spectators,” he said, noting that it has gotten so big that the Pacific Coast Highway will have a partial closure this Friday. “The best part of the parade is the small town aspects — the businesses, nonprofits, chamber and community coming together, particularly after the tragedy this fall,” Eaker said. Some of the highlights out of the 100-plus entries include: Los Alamitos High School Marching Band, Seal Beach Animal Care, Mayor Michael Levitt and City Council, Seal Beach Police Department, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, American Legion Post 857 with the Southeast County Young Marines, Main Street Cyclery Cyclists, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Grace Community Church and Santa Claus. The Grand Marshals for this year’s parade will be Kim and Steve Masoner, known for their

involvement with SaveOurBeach. org and the Junior Grand Marshals will be the World Champion Ocean View Little Leaguers. The Pacific Coast Highway southbound lanes will be closed between Main Street and 12th Street. Traffic will be diverted to Bolsa Chica Avenue. The closures are expected to last between about and 9 p.m. The parade itself is from 7 p.m. until about 8:30 p.m. along Main Street. “There are multiple events, but those are all kind of handled privately by the merchants — some have customer appreciation events,” Eaker said.

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The 110 entries will have more than 3,300 participants, spanning the entire city — something to be proud of during a tough year emotionally, organizers added. “This is the best of old town,

small California, coastal community Christmas parades,” Eaker said. “It’s really a joyful occasion for everyone to come together and really celebrate the holidays. And it’s family focused.”

WHAT: Seal Beach Christmas Parade WHEN: 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2 WHERE: Main Street, Seal Beach COST: Free


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Oil Fees Could Pay For Schools By Stephanie Minasian Staff Writer

With the cost of tuition for California’s higher education institutions continuously on the rise, and the depletion of supplies and instructors in kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms, the Rescue Education California

foundation believes the answer lies in oil production. Since 1993, Peter Mathews, a political science professor at Cypress College and a Long Beach resident, along with economics professor Jim Phillips, have been working to mandate oil companies to pay a 15% fee per barrel of oil extracted from California, with the money going directly into the state’s public school system. If the pair can get the issue on the ballot, and voters approve it, the oil tax could potentially bring in $3.5 billion for education, without allowing oil companies to raise the cost of gasoline for its consumers, they say. According to Mathews, the initiative was written to prohibit the companies from passing on the severance tax to its consumers by raising prices. If a company is suspected of this, the California Attorney General is mandated to inspect the companies, place a fine on them and return the money in the form

of annual rebate checks to each resident of the state, he said. “Voters definitely value education, and are not happy with the oil companies,” he added. “Oil companies are making huge profits. Chevron has doubled its quarterly profits… and oil is a common resource that belongs to state of California.” Initiative 1522 has began circulating last week around campuses across the state to get 540,760 signatures before it can be placed on the ballot for the November 2012 election. Rescue Education California must receive all of the signatures in 150 days. “This is the only piece of legislation out there, which actually targets money only to education,” Mathews said. “It prevents it from being transferred to general fund.” The initiative would levy a 15% extraction fee on all crude oil produced in he state, producing about $3 billion annually. Mathews’ plan would split that up with 48% going to community colleges, 22% to the CSU and CU systems and 30% to the K-12 education system. It would be in addition to current funding. In the last year, the California State University system’s state funding was reduced by 27%, and students saw a 23% increase in tuition fees. A recent vote by the CSU Board of Trustees raised tuition for the third time in a year, by 9%, for the fall 2012 semester. An additional $100 million one-time “trigger cut” is expected to hit the CSU system in January. “I moved to California in 1976,” Mathews said. “It is a very diverse state, and it has a great economy and cutting-edge technology. I love this state, and we had this great education system, and it’s being taking it away from our next generations… This (severance tax) will bring it all back again, and the polls are showing that it will pass if it gets on the ballot.” Rescue Education California has been endorsed by the California Community College Association Board; Democrat Eric Stevenson, New York State Assemblyman; Dr. Jack Scott, Chancellor California Community Colleges; California Community College Association of Student Trustees, along with several other organizations and individuals. “This will create thousands of jobs,” he said. “$20 billion was cut from education in last three to five years, and this will bring all those laid off teachers back to work again. When teachers have the money in their hands, they can go out and grocery shop, buy coffee, go out to lunch and dinner, which allows restaurants and businesses to stay open. It’s a multi-effect when money is in the hands of people.” Mathews added he hopes to see his newborn daughter Page attend University of California, Berkeley, without the burden of high tuition prices and program eliminations and reductions in 18 years. For more information, visit www.rescueeducationcalifornia. org.


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No Arrests Sunday For Occupy, First Guilty Verdict By Jonathan Van Dyke STAFF WRITER

Supporters of the Occupy Long Beach movement had a confrontation with the Long Beach Police Department Sunday — one much smaller than the movement’s supporters dealt with in Los Angeles that same day. The occupiers were told by the Long Beach Police Department last Friday that they needed to clean up any miscellaneous items that were not sleeping bags or blankets — the group had accumulated ration items like bottled water and had set up different tables and the like. “Basically, the items at issue were items donated to the group last week,” said Lisa Massacani, LBPD public information officer. “They were stacking them along the walkways and pathways in Lincoln Park. We wanted to give them ample time to facilitate the notice.” According to a statement released to the media, occupiers said that police told them that the items were an eyesore and that neighbors had made complaints. “That (the Sunday ultimatum) came directly from the police department — it was starting to become a public safety aspect,” Massacani said. “There is a lot of pedestrian traffic in Lincoln Park. We needed it safe for the community as well as (the occupiers).” The occupiers said they requested a written notice, but that police said it was not required and that they could take it up with the City Attorney’s Office. “We cleaned up and consolidated … and set aside some stuff that will go to a local shelter,” said Tammara Phillips, civic en-

gagement committee liaison for Occupy Long Beach. There were about 15 people remaining in the park at about 15 minutes until midnight on Sunday, Massacani said, but they eventually dispersed to the sidewalk. There is a city ordinance that does not allow any overnight camping or temporary shelters in parks. “The park looks a lot better today,” Massacani said on Monday. “The group has been fairly cooperative as far as the no camping ordinance and vacating the park when asked.” Outside of an Oct. 30 confrontation with police, there have been no additional arrests or citations, she added.

Occupier Jonathan Glen Davidson, 42, of Cerritos, was convicted this week by a jury of a misdemeanor violation of the ordinance for camping downtown. He was arrested on Oct. 30 after given multiple warnings by police to move out of the park. “This is the first of several cases in Long Beach involving protestors camping in the park,” City Prosecutor Doug Haubert said in a statement. “Protestors clearly have the right to express themselves, but they need to exercise their rights within the law.” During sentencing, Davidson was given three years of probation and 80 hours of community service cleaning local freeways. He had a prior conviction for as-

saulting an Orange County police officer and possession of drug paraphernalia. Last month, the City Council asked the City Manager’s Office to collaborate with other local agencies and give them a report about how to work with the Occupy Long Beach movement and possibly give protestors a better overnight spot to camp at. According to the City Man-

ager’s Office, that report will be given to the council sometime this week. Then, it would be up to multiple council members to put a new item on the City Council agenda to publically talk about it. As of the deadline for this publication, there was no agenda item for the Occupy Long Beach movement scheduled for the Dec. 6 meeting.


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Author Offers Poems Of Travel Through Addiction By Stephanie Minasian Staff Writer

It was a fateful drive in his Jeep, from Los Angeles to Vancouver, Wash., that led to former Long Beach resident’s Art Wedmore’s sobriety, and ultimately, his pursuit of redemption and recovery through his first book of poetry,

“Self Inflicted Death Sentence.” On Aug. 21, 2010, he stood on the edge of the Interstate 205 Bridge that connects Portland to Vancouver, and contemplated leaping from it. Wedmore had it all — money, women and alcohol — and thought his boozing, womanizing

ways were what brought him happiness. As he stood at the edge of the bridge, he thought about all the people who had been hurt by his actions. “I was deeply depressed on the inside, but I was always a positive person on the outside,” he said. “I thought about all the money I wasted, women, alcohol, and I was in turmoil… I passed this truck driver, and, for whatever reason, the truck driver blew his horn at me. His eyes were a piercing blue that said, ‘don’t jump — you have a purpose.’ He was my angel.” Wedmore immediately checked himself into the Veterans Affairs hospital nearby, and sought help. Before moving to Vancouver several years ago, he spent more than 25 years in Long Beach, and owned an Acura dealership in Los Angeles. While living his self-described playboy lifestyle in Southern California, he enjoyed having the luxury to toy with women’s hearts by luring them with his money and liquor into his bedroom. Not only was Wedmore an alcoholic, but he also was a sex addict.

“My sexual addictions, along with alcohol, made it the perfect storm,” Wedmore said. “I had multiple girlfriends all my life. When I became a drinker, I fueled that addiction even more, and I became someone who drank premium champagnes and had classy women, but they never knew the next day that I was never going to call them again.” Calling his book an apology to the many lives he said he intersected negatively, Wedmore hopes that his story can help those who may be suffering, or recovering from the same type of demons. “People who are suffering or know people who are suffering, want to talk to me about this book now,” he said. “It’s a teaching tool, and it’s a soulful journey to get to recovery.” He is now a motivational speaker, who talks to large groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous and

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counseling groups at the VA hospital in Portland. “Its interesting how grown men don’t want to talk, because emotionally, they are tied up from war,” Wedmore said. “But, after I read one of my poems, they open up and talk about themselves.” Wedmore added that his two children and five grandchildren are thrilled to see him sober and happy. “I didn’t admit I had a problem, until I had a that long journey back to Vancouver in my Jeep.” The book is at BarnesandNoble.com, Amazon.com, and www. artwedmoreauthor.com.

Foster Given Conservation Award Mayor Bob Foster will be among those honored tonight, Thursday, by the California League of Conservation Voters.

The awards are given to “environmental leaders who are committed to creating a green and sustainable California for future generations.” Also receiving awards were California State Attorney General Kamala Harris, actress Daphne Zuniga and Wendy James, president of the Better World Group. The mission of the California League of Conservation Voters is to protect the environmental quality of the state.


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Saturday, December 10 11am - 2pm Center Court Stage

Taste  Convenience  Wellness  Happenings  Community!

DAVE BevMo Manager

“Our staff is well trained and enthusiastic about helping customers find exactly what they need. Besides wine and spirits, we offer gift baskets, accessories and free delivery.” www.bevmo.com (562) 598-1850

The Mail Box has been serving Long Beach for 28 years. “Our friendly staff members can help with all your packing and shipping needs this Holiday season without the long lines.“ www.longbeachmailbox.com (562) 493-2489 ROBIN & BROOKE Owners of The Mail Box

Chaussure has been styling the Long Beach community for 28 years. “We thoroughly enjoy dressing our customers for all their Holiday events and helping them to find the perfect gift.” www.chaussureboutique.com (562) 596-2122

United Artist Theater is playing some of the top Academy Award films during the Holiday season, so gather your friends and family for our next showing! (562) 430-2228 STEPHEN United Artists Theater Manager

J’s Cleaners offers non-toxic, organic dry cleaning and laundry services to the community. “We care about the well-being of our clients and our staff takes pride in providing excellent service to our customers.” (562) 596-2541 SUSAN Owner of J’s Cleaners

ROSE Child’s Play Manager

Just Alterations has been creating the perfect fit since 1985. “Let our in store fashion stylists make you look fabulous this Holiday season!” Specializing in Men’s and Women’s tailoring. www.just-alterations.com (562) 431-6503 LIZ Owner of Just Alterations

Since 1986, Child’s Play has been a hands-on, try-it-out and see how much fun it is, toy store. “We’re full of unique, innovative toys, and staffed by our trained ‘toyologists’, who know what kids like.” www.childsplaytoy.net (562) 594-5979

Professional Marine Outfitters who specialize in performance foul weather gear, marine clothing and safety gear. Now shipping worldwide. www.sailingproshop.com (562) 596-8749 ART Owner of Sailing Pro Shop

SailingProShop.com

Located at the corner of E. 2nd Street and Pacific Coast Highway For a complete listing of merchants visit our website

www.MarketplaceLongBeach.com

Men’s and women’s casual clothing, accessories, and gifts. Featuring Brighton, Chamilia, Life is Good, Tommy Bahama, and more. Complimentary gift wrap and layaway available. www.bungalowbay.net (562) 596-1839


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Orchestra Plays Holiday Tunes By Kurt A. Eichsteadt Editorial Assistant

Classic Christmas songs, stars from “Wicked” and “Les Miserables,” choirs of all ages, an orchestra and, of course, Santa, are all part of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra’s annual Holiday Celebration Concert this Saturday and Sunday in the Terrace Theater. This is a concert for the entire family, a symphony spokesman said, with professional dancers joining in to help provide a full-scale holiday spectacle. The dancers and performers include Kristine Reese, Billy Tighe, the Southern California Master Chorale and the Southern California Children’s Chorus, are all under the direction of Principal POPS! Conductor Steven Reineke. The program includes holiday favorites such is “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Silver Bells,” “The Christmas Song” and some newer works such as “Believe,” from the movie “The Polar Express.” Chanukah (Dec. 20-28) will not be

overlooked with a couple of selections: “Chanukah Suite” and “Zum Gali-Dance the Hora!” As part of the holiday atmosphere, Santa will be available for pictures in the lobby in addition to being on stage. The symphony also has partnered with Food Finders to accept donations of food and personal hygiene items for the needy in Long Beach. Featured performers are Kristine Reese and Billy Tighe. Resse has toured the country in “Wicked” and “Mama Mia” and made her Broadway debut in the revival of “Les Miserables.” In addition to her work with the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra POPS!, she has appeared with orchestras in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Detroit, Toronto, Modesto, Vancouver and Edmonton. Billy Tighe has toured with “Wicked” and “Dirty Dancing” and is currently touring with “La Cage aux Folles.” He also has performed with symphonies throughout the United States and Canada.

Reese and Tighe became engaged onstage with the Vancouver Symphony in 2009 and were married in 2010. They live in New York with their Boston Terrier. The Southern California Master Chorale was formed in 1975 and has performed throughout Southern California, including with the Long Beach Symphony to help celebrate the symphony’s 75th anniversary. They have toured China, France the Netherlands and Copenhagen. The Southern California Children’s Choir has members from ages 5 through 21. It was formed to enhance children’s lives through distinguished choral music education and world-class performances. The Dougherty Company Insurance Brokers company is the sponsor of the Holiday Concert and the season sponsor is F&M Bank. Shows are at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Terrace Theater, 300 E. Ocean Blvd. Tickets are $30-$50. Visit www.lbso.org.

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Downtown’s Tree Lights Up Friday The official Downtown Christmas Tree will be lighted by Mayor Bob Foster at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at The Pike Event Plaza at Shoreline Drive and Aquarium Way. Menorah and Kwanzaa dis-

plays also will be unveiled. Santa will be delivered by the Long Beach Fire Department and music will be provided by the Lakewood High School Choir. The tree is 30 feet tall and has more than 3,000 lights.


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Shore Christmas Parade Lineup 1. Welcome banner. 2. Long Beach Junior Concert Band sponsored by MeCarty’s Jewelry. 3. Grand Marshal Gene Rotondo. 4. Knott’s Berry Farm stagecoach and horses. 5. Port of Long Beach float. 6. Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe on fire truck. 7. International Peace Choir marching unit. 8. Mayor Bob Foster and First Lady Nancy Foster in auto. 9. Grunion Gazette float. 10. Rancho Dominguez Prep Marching Band sponsored by Convention & Visitors Bureau. 11. Third District Councilman Gary DeLong on fire truck. 12. Long Beach Animal Care Services float. 13. First District Councilman Robert Garcia in auto. 14. Last Generation Drummers sponsored by Quinn’s Irish Pub. 15. Special Olympics of Long Beach in the Big Red Bus. 16. Cubberly Cheer squad sponsored by Legends. 17. Second District Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal cycling. 18. Bikeable Communities bicycles. 19. Price Transfer and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, auto. 20. Miller Children’s Hospital float. 21. Fourth District Councilman Patrick O’Donnell on fire truck. 22. State Senator Alan Lowenthal in auto. 23. Hearts for Hounds sponsored by Cover Me Green Roofing, cycles. 24. Performance Plus Tires, autos. 25. City Sound Drum & Bugle Corp.

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sponsored by Pediatric Medical. 26. American Skate Boards float. 27. Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske on fire truck. 28. Colorado Lagoon Play Group float. 29. State Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal in auto. 30. La Strada float. 31. St. John Bosco Marching Band sponsored by Gary DeLong. 32. Meggie Lou & Brothers float. 33. Long Beach Press-Telegram marchers. 34. Seventh District Councilman James Johnson in auto. 35. Bark! Bark! Daycare auto and walkers. 36. Seal Beach Yacht Club float. 37. Eighth District Councilwoman Rae Gabelich in fire truck. 38. Santiago High School Marching Band sponsored by Gary DeLong. 39. Long Beach Little League. 40. Ninth District Councilman Steven Neal in auto. 41. Ronald McDonald House fire engine. 42. Aquarium of the Pacific float. 43. Bayshore Co-Op float. 44. Wilmington Middle School Marching Band sponsored by Bob & Karen Blair. 45. Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell in auto. 46. Stanford Middle School Cheer Squad sponsored by Rick and Shannon Brizendine. 47. Deep Blue Scuba & Swim Center float. 48. Ark Pet Salon auto and walkers. 49. Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich in auto. (Continued on Page 23A)


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(Continued from Page 22A) 50. Long Beach City College float. 51. Shore Aquatics auto and walkers. 52. State Assemblyman Tony Mendoza. 53. Long Beach Airport multiple part entry. 54.Valley Christian Band. 55. Westerly School float. 56. City of Signal Hill auto. 57. Long Beach Century Club in a Big Red Bus. 58. Long Beach Area Camp Fire Marching Unit. 59. Girl Scouts Troop 4113 sponsored by the Belmont Athletic Club. 60. Jack FM-93.1 bike wagon. 61. Gahr High School Marching Band sponsored by Belmont Shore Rite-Aid. 62. Cub Scouts Pack 117 marching. 63. Los Altos YMCA Wild Wahinies float. 64. Los Altos Youth Baseball and Softball float. 65. Lakewood High School Marching Band sponsored by Coldwell Banker. 66. Bancroft Middle School Marching Unit sponsored by Polly’s Gourmet Coffee. 67. California Military Reserve truck. 68. C.A.T. Little Miss/Teen/Miss/ Mrs. Southern California Cities sponsored by Shannons. 69. Slushbox float. 70. CSULB Associated Students float. 71. The Wave’s Kim Amidon in auto. 72. Cub Scout Pack 120 marching. 73. We Love Long Beach marching. 74. Marketplace marching. 75. Jordan High School J-Town Band sponsored by The Marketplace. 76. Cub Scout Pack 134 float. 77. McCarty’s Jewelry car. 78. Market Recycling Inc. autos. 79. Foresters Miracle Express float. 80. Los Fierros Boy Scouts of America marching. 81. Southern California Edison line trucks.

82. Long Beach Pride float. 83. Cabrillo NJROTC marching unit sponsored by Don Knabe. 84. Cabrillo Marching Jaguars Band sponsored by Ride the Deal. 85. Long Beach Yacht Club marching sponsored by Bud & Debi Lorbeer. 86. Redondo Union Cheer Squad. 87. Daniel Curtis Lee in auto. 88. Maple Village School float. 89. Junior Beach Runners marching. 90. Red Cross float sponsored by Shannons. 91. Long Beach Community Action Partnership auto. 92. St. Anthony High School Marching Band sponsored by Colonna Realty. 93. Long Beach Transit bus. 94. Grand Prix Association of Long Beach auto. 95. Long Beach Fire Ambassadors/ CERT Team fire truck. 96. Art Levine and Yellow Cab in two yellow cabs. 97. Millikan High School Marching Band sponsored by Lucille’s Smokehouse. 98. Downtown Lions Club auto. 99. Belmont Shore Rugby auto. 100. The Pet Post USA auto. 101. Kiwanis Club and Checkered Towing auto. 102. CABE Toyota float. 103. Bethany Church float. 104. Cub Scout Pack 75 at Bethany Lutheran School marching. 105. Long Beach Poly High Marching Band sponsored by Belmont Shore Verizon Wireless Providers. 106. LBS Financial Credit Union marching. 107. Aquatic Capital of America float. 108. Main Street Barber Shop auto. 109. Long Beach Lifeguards truck. 110. Musical Theatre West float. 111. Wilson High School Marching Band sponsored by Shlemmer Investments. 112. Conservation Corps truck. 113. Open Sesame float. 114. Long Beach Fire Chief Alan Patalano in fire truck. 115. Santa Claus! *Correct as of 2 p.m. Wednesday.

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Steamed Brings Food Back To Earth By Larry Hill Restaurant Writer

Steamed, 801 E. Third St., 4371122. • Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. • Location: Steamed is near the intersection of Alamitos Avenue and Third Street. Street parking is available in the neighborhood. • Food/Drinks: Steamed is an organic vegetarian eatery. Salads include Greek (a bed of organic greens with Feta cheese, kalamata olives, tomatoes, Mediterranean cucumbers and red onions), Wilted Spinach (gently steamed spinach with melted Feta cheese, walnuts, topped with cucumbers, tomatoes and red onions on a bed of rice), and Steamed Tofu.

Quesadillas and burritos include the LBQ (tortilla filled with melted cheese, steamed spinach, rice and beans topped with tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions and a dollop of sour cream), Tostaco, Dang Quesadilla, Mediterannean, SoCal, Pesto, Burrito, Vegen Burrito and the Rye Dawg (everything but the kitchen sink). There are flavored waters, regular water, and organic sodas. • Atmosphere: Steamed has small dining areas that are quiet, in some ways they remind me a tea room, filled with books and interesting visual dsiplays. There is an outside patio that is very roomy for larger groups. • The Taste: Jennifer and I stopped following the Thanksgiving feasting. Perfect timing. We needed something healthy after the annual no-holds-barred kick-

$18.99+tax 2 Large Pizzas $21.99+tax 2 X-Large Pizzas $24.99+tax 2 Medium Pizzas

off to the holidays. I remember vegetarian eateries back into the the early ’70s. Some were Indian and very good. Most were earnestness laid atop something that always seemed based on dehydrated onion soup mix. Not very inspiring, not very tasty, and probably not very healthy eating. Much has changed over the decades. Much of that change is centered on fresh food availability and younger chefs experimenting with new ways to put these fresh ingredients together. The patrons of Steamed benefit. The food is fresh and organic. The flavors are rich and earthy. They are combined with a minimal amount of fuss, allowing the natural flavors to shine through. Where there are enhancements, like the homemade honey-basil

—Gazette photo by Doreen Gunness

VEGGIE DELIGHT. Steamed employees Jeffrey Vargas and Kayla Delos Reyes, greet customers with smiles.

dressing or the addition of fresh quacamole, they are wonderfully light yet tasty. We started with a Greek salad, which was beautifully presented and easily enough for two. The only salt came with the olives, the greens were fresh, the tomatoes and cucumbers nicely chopped and the whole was topped with chopped walnuts. The honey-basil

dressing was slightly sweet, with a whisper of basil adding to the complex palate of salad greens, which ranged from raddchio to frisee. Jennifer opted for the Meditarranean Quesadilla stuffed with spinach, Feta cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes and red onions. She topped her quesadilla with Steamed’s wonderful serrano salsa and proceeded to finish everythng. I think she surprised herself, being a true steak lover, with how much she enjoyed her dinner. I sampled the Tostaco. A whole wheat tortilla was layered with pinto beans (or black) and brown basmati rice (jasmine if you prefer), greens, tomatoes and cucumbers with a healthy serving of quacamole and a dollop of sour cream. It was quite nice: earthy, rich, with a zing from the serrano salsa I added. Steamed is a wonderful addition to the choices for dining in Long Beach. Vegetarian dining is becoming more popular and the choices are forcing more creative flavors. Steamed keeps freshness and simplicity as their goal, while providing abundant flavors. Impressive debut. Congratualtions. • Price: Lunch or dinner for two is $10 to $25.


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Junior League Invites Women, Marks 80 Years By Ashleigh Oldland Editor

The Junior League of Long Beach is 80 years old this year. In honor of the milestone, the circa-1936 branch of the Junior Leagues of America is coordinating several special events (not yet announced), new member mixers and a yearlong campaign to raise $25,000 for the Children’s Dental Health Clinic. The money raised in the yearlong campaign will help pay for sterilization equipment and a sterilization lab at the dental clinic, which was established in 1932 to assist underserved youngsters. Junior League long has had a relationship with the clinic. Junior League of Long Beach was established by eight women who were drawn together by their commitment to promoting volunteerism, assisting children in need and developing the potential of women, said JLLB President Samantha Fabrigas. Although the women began meeting in 1931, they became an official chapter of the Junior Leagues of America in 1936. “In the early 1930s, there was a great need for the Junior League,” said Fabrigas, who joined the league in 2005. “It was the Great Depression, and there was a lot of hunger and need… “The Children’s Dental Clinic is one of the best representations of our work because it is our longest-standing program. We wanted to give a gift to them for our

80th anniversary.” Besides assisting the dental clinic’s efforts, Fabrigas said JLLB has been involved with more than 60 projects that have made a measurable, positive impact on the community and welfare of children and families. Notable JLLB projects include the Mary McLeod Bethune Transitional Center for the education of homeless young people, the Rancho Los Cerritos Docent Program, Kids in the Kitchen (teaching nutrition to children), Literacy Nights for elementary school children and other programs that assisted more than 1,200 children and families last year alone. But the work Junior League members do for the community is only a portion of the organization’s mission. JLLB also is designed to help develop the potential of its members and train women to become leaders and volunteers. The organization works with the mantra: “We build women who build our community.” Holly Carpenter, a JLLB member for more than two decades and former president, is the chair of JLLB’s 80th Anniversary Committee. She said one of the best things about the Junior League is that it prepares its members to become active members of the community. “You learn how to get things done,” Carpenter said. “I received training to be an advocate in the community — not to mention the friendships I’ve made and the op-

portunities to give back to those in need.” She credits the Junior League training she received to her success as a founding member of BLAST (Better Learning After School Today) mentoring program, member of the Marine Advisory Commission and her involvement in several parentteacher associations. “I like to say, ‘The Junior League is the best gift I have ever given myself,’” she said. Carpenter’s experience with the Junior League mirrors that of Dorothy Wise, who has been a member since 1950. Wise, 85, said her involvement with the Junior League enriched her ability to serve as a volunteer for many

other organizations. She, too, is a former JLLB president. Wise’s favorite story from her time at the Junior League was when she helped sort through items that would be sold at a JLLB rummage sale. “I concentrate well on the things I love to do,” she said. “I was so focused on my job of sorting the toys for the rummage sale … I got locked in the warehouse. Suddenly I realized how dark it was getting, and sure enough, everyone had gone home and the doors were locked. I had to call a locksmith to get out of there.” Although times have changed, Wise said the Junior League has maintained its commitment to the community and training its mem-

bers. Her time with the Junior League helped prepare her for the work she did for the Red Cross and other organizations. The Junior League of Long Beach is hosting three informational mixers for potential new members who have a desire to make a positive impact in the community. The free mixers each begin at 6:30 p.m. The first takes place on Dec. 8 at El Torito, 6605 PCH; the next event takes place on Jan. 11 at El Torito at the Long Beach Town Center, 7591 Carson Blvd.; and the last mixer is set for Jan. 17 at El Torito at 3301 Atlantic Ave. To RSVP, send an email to JLLBshannon@gmail.com or visit www.JLLB.org.


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Editor’s Note: Once a month, we present an abbreviated compilation of restaurant listings.

December 1, 2011

For a complete list of Gazette restaurants, see the Dining Guide at our website at www.

gazettes.com. Gazette Dining Guide guidance on price: $ Thrifty; $$ Night Out; $$$ Splurge

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American AT LAST CAFE 204 Orange Ave. 437-4837 This neighborhood cafe between Ocan Boulevard and Broadway boasts the “Best Chef” winner from Orange Coast Magazine preparing comfort food with fresh ingredients. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Go to www.jmchefcatering.com for catering. $ BEACHWOOD BBQ 131 1/2 Main St., Seal Beach 210 E. Third St. 493-4500, 436-4020 Beachwood BBQ offers slow-smoked ribs, chicken, brisket, homemade sausages and pulled pork. The menu also features fish, salads and sandwiches. Large selection of craft beers. Delivery and catering menus available. Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. $ THE BULL BAR 3316 E. Seventh St. (at Redondo) 433-6282 The Bull Bar has it all — plasma TVs with every NFL game, live music on weekends, 18 beers on tap, mouth-

watering food menu, $1.50 tacos all day every day. $ CHUCK’S COFFEE SHOP 4120 E. Ocean Blvd. 433-9317 Near Belmont Plaza Pool, Chuck’s has been locally world famous since 1964. Open for breakfast and lunch all week, Chuck offers many combination breakfasts, lean burgers, salads and sandwiches. Home of “The Weasel.” $ THE CROOKED DUCK 5096 E. PCH 494-5118 A casual neighborhood grille serving delicious comfort food. “Duck Chili,” Biscuits & Gravy, Corned Beef Hash, Huevos Rancheros, Burgers, Sandwiches, and the World’s Best Meatloaf are just the beginning. Daily Specials. Beer & Wine. Happy Hour 3-6 p.m. Tues-Fri. Brunch Menu Sat. & Sun. Open 8 a.m. Tues-Sun (Closed Mondays). $-$$ DALE’S DINER 4339 E. Carson St. 425-7285 An original ’50s diner complete with table-side jukeboxes and vintage auto seat booths. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For the whole family. Don’t miss the burgers and malts, old-fashioned oatmeal or chicken pot pie. $ DOGZ BAR & GRILL 5300 E. Second St. 433-3907 The newest addition to Second Street is home of the 20 oz. pint that is “too cold to hold” at 28 degrees. In addition to a large selection of specialty sausagez and hot dogz, they also offer a Not Dogz, Kids and Late Night Menu. Open 7 days. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Mon - Fri; 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Sat & Sun. $

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DINING Dining Guide (Continued from Page 28A) EGGS ETC. 550 Redondo Ave. 433-9588 Offering good old-fashioned country breakfasts and lunch. Daily specials. Patio dining. Open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. $ E.J. MALLOY’S 3411 E. Broadway, 433-3769; 4306 Atlantic Ave., 424-5000 E.J. Malloy’s is a pub with attributes of the original 1920s restaurant. Specialties include corn-fed beef, chicken and fish. Breakfast served Saturdays and Sundays. Open all week for lunch, dinner. Full bar at the Atlantic location. $$ GASLAMP 6251 E. P.C.H. 596-4718 Spend your evening sipping unique martinis, savoring imaginative entrees and enjoying the sounds of local musical guests every evening. Open Tuesday thru Sunday. Happy hour, banquets and special events. $$ HAMBURGER MARY’S 740 E. Broadway 983-7001 In addition to the large selection of famous burgers, this East Village restaurant offers soup, sandwiches and salads. Full bar. Champagne Sunday brunch and happy hour. $ KDB 10 Aquarium Way 308-7529 KDB, located at The Pike, serves the best in classic American cuisine, including gourmet pizzas and pastas, fresh salads, BBQ, hamburgers and signature entrees. kdblongbeach.com. $ LASHER’S 3441 E. Broadway 433-0153 The winner of numerous awards,

December 1, 2011 | GRUNION GAZETTE | Page 29A Lasher’s is in a restored California Bungalow. Dinner features home-style American cuisine, including grilled steaks, fresh fish and rack of lamb. Beer, wine and cocktails, patio dining available. Dinner Tues.-Sun. Sunday brunch is served 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $$-$$$ THE LOCAL SPOT 6200-B E. PCH 498-0400 From the owners of Eggs, Etc. this restaurant features a variety of burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, wraps, salads and smoothies with an emphasis on healthy food. Open for lunch, dinner 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. $ McKENNA’S ON THE BAY 190 Marina Dr. 342-9411 Waterfront dining at its finest, specializing in prime steaks, seafood and an oyster bar, Dinner, lunch and brunch. Incredible views, magnificent sunsets, patio dining, full bar and banquet facilities. Live Entertainment Wednesday-Sunday. Dinner nightly, lunch 11-3 Monday-Friday, Saturday breakfast and lunch 10-3, Sunday brunch 10-3. $$$ NAPLES RIB COMPANY 5800 E. Second St., Naples 439-RIBS Widely known for the best Baby Back ribs in all of Long Beach. Naples Rib Company is more than just great barbecue. Swordfish, prime rib, choice steaks, tri-tip, sandwiches and innovative salads round out a menu that offers something for everyone. Family owned and operated for 20+ years. Offering take-out specials, banquet room up to 60 and full-service catering. Open 4 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sunday. $$ OLIVES GOURMET GROCER 3510 E Broadway, 5000 E. Second St. 439-7758, 343-5583 This gourmet grocer offers fresh fine foods, sandwiches, salad bar, rotisserie

chicken, freshly made soups, dips and desserts. Great gift selection, wine and beer. Daily dinner menu to go. Menu changes weekly. Catering available. Open 7 days. $ PHILLY STEAK & SUB 4141 Long Beach Blvd. 988-0556 Under new ownership, this sandwich shop offers traditional East Coast Cheese Steak sandwiches as well as cold subs, burgers, salads, and even a build-yourown sandwich or sub option. Happy Hour 3-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and Free Side Sundays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Open 11 a,m,-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. $ PROSPECTOR 2400 E. Seventh St. 438-3839 Since 1965 the Prospector has been serving mouth-watering USDA Prime steaks, lobster and fish. There are daily specials, a happy hour and entertainment in the lounge. Breakfast specials from $2.50. Open 11 a.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. weekends. $$ QUEEN MARY 1126 Queens Highway 877 313-2726 With seven unique restaurant and lounge options, historic ambience and scenic location in Long Beach Harbor, the Queen Mary is the perfect place to relax and dine this summer. www.QueenMary.com. $$ - $$$ SCHOONER OR LATER 241 Marina Dr. 430-3495 The ultimate dockside dining experience for breakfast or lunch, with great patio dining. Great food, friendly staff and exceptional ambiance. $ YARD HOUSE Shoreline Village 628-0455 Offering the largest selection of draft

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DINING Dining Guide (Continued from Page 29A) beer in the world with 250 taps, The Yard House offers a fantastic menu ranging from steaks, seafood, pizza, salads and great appetizers. Open for lunch and dinner daily, with the full menu available until 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Open for brunch on weekends. $$

Argentinian GAUCHO GRILL 200 Pine Ave. 590-5000 Serving high quality meat cuts of all kinds, a variety of sausages, morcillas, mollejas, chicken, fish and steaks are sizzled on the grill to make a seemingly endless feast accompanied with a wide selection of Argentine boutique wines by the glass. Vegetarians options. Open 7 days a week from11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. $$

Californian FORA 5730 E. Second St. Naples 856-9494 Chef and proprietor Hans Till spends much of his time selecting the best organic, high quality and freshest ingredients. Combined with his vast experience and

December 1, 2011 | GRUNION GAZETTE | Page 31A love of food and wine, you will taste a difference. Dinner Tuesday through Sunday. $$-$$$ NICO’S 5760 E. Second St., Naples 434-4479 Nico’s is one of the best fine-dining spots in Long Beach. Great bar area now made better with an amazing late-night small-plate menu. Friendly service and creative menu choices make it a local favorite.. Valet parking available. $$—$$$ UTOPIA 445 E. First St. 432-6888 Located in the East Village Arts District, this European-style cafe offers a variety of salads, pasta, seafood and chicken dishes creatively prepared and served in an intimate setting. Work of local artists displayed. Open from noon to 9:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 5-10 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday. Wine bar. www. utopiarestaurant.com. $$

French DELIGHTFUL CREPES CAFE 1190 Studebaker Road 594-9400 Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Savory and dessert crepes plus sandwiches, soups, pastas and salads. Kids’ menu also available. Full coffee and tea menu, smoothies. Catering and delivery. $

Greek ATHENS WEST 303 Main St., Seal Beach 431-6500 Are you paying too much for Greek food? Then you haven’t tried Athens West in Seal Beach where items are $10 or less. Offering Greek favorites like lamb chops, spanakopita & homemade avgolemono soup. Seafood kabobs and vegetarian favorites like falafel & humus are also on the menu. Heated patio. Greek beer and wine served. Open 11 a.m. daily 7 days a week. Athenswest.com $

GEORGE’S GREEK DELI 135 Pine Ave.; 437-1184 5316 E. Second St.; 433-1755 Offering a variety of traditional Greek dishes, superb service, award-winning wines, Friday night slow-roasted lamb special, Saturday night belly dancing, banquet room and catering. Hours for Pine location: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sun.Thurs.;10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fri. and Sat. Hours for Shore location: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs.; 11 a.m. to midnight Fri. and Sat. $$

Indian KAMAL PALACE Marina Pacific Mall 493-0255 Behind the AMC Theaters on the lower level, Kamal Palace offers a large selection of Tandoori, curries and vegetarian dishes. Open all week for lunch and dinner. A daily luncheon buffet is $8.95 and features more than 20 items. $$

Irish CLANCY’S 803 E. Broadway 437-1836 The original Irish pub in Long Beach. Lunch served 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Corned beef and cabbage and daily specials. Harp, Bass and Guinness on tap. $

Italian DOMENICO’S 5339 E. Second St. 439-0261 A tradition in the Shore since 1954, Domenico’s features traditional Italian food. A star is the original Domenico’s salad and famous creamy garlic salad dressing. Lunch, dinner all week. $$ FRANCELLI’S 3404 E. Fourth St. 434-3441 Francelli’s has been family owned and operated since 1969. They offer tra-

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Dining Guide (Continued from Page 31A) ditional Italian food as well as thin crust pizza, sandwiches and panini. Specialties include Osso Buco, Lasagna & Garlic Chicken. Open seven days a week. $ LA STRADA 4716 E. Second St. 433-8100 La Strada is a quaint family-owned restaurant with fantastic Italian food and a friendly, caring staff. It is Northern Italian with a touch of French influence, with signature dishes Salmon Sorrentina and Fettuccini Au Gratin, as well as a Capirussy Scampi appetizer in a lobster ream

sauce and several pizzas. Entrées are from $8 to $20. Foreign, domestic and micro-brew bees with a varied wine list and a house Chianti from Italy. Available for private events. $$ LA TRAVIATA 301 Cedar Ave. 432-8022 Located in the historic Willmore Building. If luxury, elegance and decadent dining interests you, then this is the place. Live opera singers perform on the weekend nights.New banquet room now open. $$-$$$ PAPALUCCI’S 4611 E. Second St. 434-4454 Beautiful food, simply prepared and

DINING shared with family and friends. Pizza, pasta, calzone and other specialties prepared daily from 11 a.m. All-you-can-eat specials from 5 p.m. to closing. Beer and wine; carry out available, too. $$ PORKY’S PIZZA 4418 E. Seventh St. 433-8888 Finally, a Porky’s Pizza (the 10th location) serving the Shore, Belmont Heights and Los Altos. Offering made from scratch pizzas with fresh ingrediants, wings, salads and garlic knots. Also offering friendly, polite service and on-time delivery. Catering, delivery, picup. 2-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. www.porkysonline.com. $

THE PIZZA PLACE 1431 E. Broadway 432-6000 A garden cafe to sample specialties such as lasagna, tortellinis, manicotti and Pasta Primavera. There are 26 pizzas to choose from. Beer and wine, desserts, cappuccino or espresso. Delivery. 11 a.m. to midnight. www.thepizzaplaxe.biz. $$ Z PIZZA 4612 E. Second St., 987-4500 5718 E. Seventh St., 498-0778 Z Pizza offers healthy, creative cuisine to go. 29 toppings to choose from. Salads, sub sandwiches and daily pasta specials. Catering, delivery. 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. www.zpizza.com. $

Japanese AKI SUSHI 1628 Seventh St. 436-8180 Sushi and other Japanese cuisine, plus beer and wine are available. Daily specials. Open daily for lunch and dinner. $

Mediterranean BOUBOUFFE 5313 E. Second St. 433-7000 The latest addition to Second Street dining features specialties from around the Mediterranean from Algeria to Morocco. Patio dining. Open seven days for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Catering. $

Mexican BAJA SONORA 2940 Clark Ave., 421-5120 3502 Atlantic Ave., 981-1950 Fine fresh Mexican food and lots of it is what you can expect at Baja. Open for lunch and dinner seven days. Catering, beer and wine also available. $ LOLA’S 2030 Fourth St. 343-5506 Using Lola’s mother’s recipes from Guadalajara, Mexico. Enjoy lunch or dinner in the festive main dining ro or in the patio area. Their motto is full belly heart. Beer and wine. Open 7 days a week. $

Seafood CRAB POT 215 Marina Dr. 430-0272 With a view of Alamitos Bay, Crab Pot offers fresh, fresh, fresh lobster, crabs, seafood and shellfish. “Seafeasts” for two or more are their trademark, and steak and chicken dinners also are available. There is dining on their outdoor patio and a full patio bar and fire pit. Open daily at 11 a.m. for lunch and dinner. www.crabpot.com. $$ GLADSTONE’S 330 S. Pine Ave. 432-8588 Gladstone’s Long Beach is a waterfront restaurant offering views of the Queen Mary and Shoreline Harbor across the street from the Convention Center and minutes away from all major local hotels. Featuring a variety of fresh fish and sushi, live lobster, crab and more. Outdoor seating available. Crabby Hour is from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Quarter Deck Lounge. Private Room available for banquets or special events.$$

Thai BAI-PLU 2119 Bellflower Blvd. 343-2661 Newly opened, serving a large selection of Thai and Sushi cusine in a modern atmosphere. Traditional, vibrant dishes, budget-freindly Thai and affordable sushi. Beer, wine, catering. $ BANGKOK CUISINE 3426 E. Fourth St. 433-0093 The extensive menu includes spicy Thai salads, beef, chicken, pork and seafood. Lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Take-out, beer and wine available. Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $ STAR OF SIAM 2109 E. Broadway 439-1564 Star of Siam boasts more than 20 years of culinary delights where traditional Thai cuisine is maintained and celebrated. World class beer and extensive wine list. Open daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. except Tuesdays. Prices start at $4.75. Patio dining. www.starofsiamonline.com. $ YOUR HOUSE 2838 E. Pacific Coast Hwy. 498-4949 Authentic Thai cuisine with over 100 items to choose from. Also serving Thai fusion sushi from the traditional to the exotic. Open for lunch & dinner, including a great happy hour from 3-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Beer & wine, catering available. $

Vegetarian STEAMED 801 E. Third St. 437-1122 This casual hipster vegetarian restaurant offers nutrition for the body & soul. Use fresh locally grown organic produce. Anything on the menu can be made vegan. Offers both take out and backyard cafe-style patio. Has outdoor seating. Hours: Open 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11:30-9:30 Friday & Saturday, Noon-5 pm. Sunday. $


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Realtor Helps Rescue Elderly Man After Stroke By Jonathan Van Dyke Staff Writer

Joyce Garvey’s father, John, had a ritual of reading the Los Angeles Times each morning with breakfast — so as the papers piled up in front of his Belmont Shore house at the beginning of November, there was some concern from Scott Butzbach. Butzbach, the Garvey’s real estate agent from Colwell Banker Coastal Alliance, had been asked by John to take a look into his property. “He was just kind of curious what his home was worth in today’s market,” Butzbach said. “I said I’d be happy to do that and drop a report by.” Garvey said she called her father on Friday, Oct. 28, and didn’t think too much of it when he didn’t answer. Calls that Sunday and Monday also were unanswered, though. Butzbach, on the other hand, had finished the report that Tuesday, Nov. 2, and decided after having no luck calling John — and he was in the neighborhood — to stop by and drop it off. “I knocked on the door but thought it was kind of strange that there were about four days of newspapers stacked on the porch,” he said. “Things weren’t adding up and we couldn’t get ahold of his other daughter who lives close by.” After talking with Garvey, who lives in Northern California, the two decided to contact the Long

Beach Police Department — with officers arriving at about 5 p.m. Officers surveyed the scene and based on the information they received, decided to knock down the door for entry, said Nancy Pratt, LBPD public information officer. Garvey said officers were able to see part of her father’s leg from a window into the home’s family room. “I was actually on the phone listening to them kick down the front door,” she said, noting that police found her father on the ground and that he mumbled something they couldn’t understand. Paramedics were called to the

scene and John was taken to St. Mary Medical Center. He was diagnosed with a heart attack, a very strong stroke that affected about a quarter of his brain and pneumonia, Garvey said. According to the papers left out, John was on the ground for about four days before Butzbach and police found him. “I’m just thankful he was found in time,” Butzbach said. For that, Garvey said, she and her family are grateful, as they have spent some time with their loved one. This week, she said, John made the choice to no longer fight the pneumonia, which

was difficult to battle alongside the heart attack and stroke. John is 86 years old. “Scott was extremely helpful and always very kind,” she said, also noting that at least one nearby neighbor had reached out, too. “He was a hero here and basically saved my dad’s life. He’s a really professional and caring person and I would recommend him as a business person and as a concerned person who really cares.” Both the family and Butzbach said this incident is something that people can learn from. “This can happen to any of us, and if it were to happen to me,

it’s probably a good idea that my neighbors know who to contact if something were to happen to me,” he said, noting it was probably a good idea for everybody to get to know their neighbors better. The LBPD recommends that neighbors and residents always report suspicious behavior, Pratt said, for just such an instance like this. The LBPD recommends neighbors exchange phone numbers and always notify each other if they are going out of town — so that papers won’t stack up unless there is an emergency situation to be reported.

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Plenty Of Holiday Cheer With Long Beach Events By Kurt A. Eichsteadt EDITORIAL ASSISTANT

Holiday activities around Long Beach include a ballet with a flying sleigh and fireworks as well as traditional Christmas music. This is our roundup of things to do during the holiday season. Buy gift cards for L’Opera and/or Alegria between now and Dec. 24 and for each $100 you purchase, you’ll receive an addi-

tional $20 gift card redeemable after Jan. 1. Stop by L’Opera at 101 Pine Ave. and Alegria at 115 Pine Ave. or call 491-0066. The Festival of Light Promotion, sponsored by the Downtown Long Beach Associates, runs through Dec. 24. Check out the holiday displays in businesses downtown and vote for your favorite to be eligible to win a $100 Downtown Prize Package.

For more information, visit www. downtwonlongbeach.org. The All American Melodrama stages its holiday special “It’s A Wonderful Christmas Carol” now through Jan. 1. All American offers its unique point of view with “Humbug or What the Dickens?” and “It’s a Blunderful Life or Bye George.” Shows are every day through Jan. 1 except for Dec. 24 and 25. Most shows are at 7 p.m.,

but there are some afternoon performances. Check the website, www.allamericanmelodram.com. The All American Melodrama Theater is in Shoreline Village. Mayor Bob Foster will light the official Downtown Long Beach Christmas Tree at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at The Pike Event Plaza at the corner of Shoreline Drive and Aquarium Way. In addition, the Menorah and Kwanzaa dis-

plays will be unveiled. Holiday Cheer, to benefit Children Today, begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, on the 15th floor of the Arco Center at 300 Oceangate. Tickets are $110 and there will be live and silent auctions, dancing, a circle bar, gaming and more. Call 432-1224 or visit www.ChildrenToday.org. Seal Beach welcomes the return of its annual Christmas Parade starting at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, beginning at the pier and proceeding down Main Street in Old Town. More than 2,000 people are expected to participate in the event, sponsored by the city of Seal Beach, the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce and other organizations. The “Holidays Around the World” ice show has two performances: 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2; and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Glacial Gardens Skating Arena, 3975 Pixie Ave., Lakewood. Tickets are $15 and $20. Call 429-1805, ext. 228, or visit www.showtix4u.com. Star Party Cruises offers Harbor Lights Christmas cruises most evenings between now and Dec. 30. The 150-passenger boat has inside and outside seating, a full bar for adults and hot chocolate and snacks for everyone. It’s $12 for adults and $8 for children. Call 799-7000 or visit www.reggaeboat.com. The Found Theatre, 599 Long Beach Blvd., is bringing back its Christmas Show with a unique point of view, “Somberton Senior Center Residence Presents ‘The Nutcracker,’” Dec. 2-17 and Jan. 6-22. Shows are at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. (Continued on Page 35A)

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Sunday, Jan. 8 and 22. Tickets are $15. For information and reservations, call 433-3363 or visit www.foundtheatre.org. Santa arrives by yacht to join children for breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Parkers’ Lighthouse, 435 Shoreline Village Dr. The breakfast benefits Miller Children’s Hospital. Tickets are $8.95 for adults and $6.95 for ages 11 and younger. For reservations, call 432-6500. Our Lady of Refuge Church hosts a Holiday Boutique from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the church, 5195 Stearns St. The Popeye’s Toy Run will start out at 10 a.m. Saturday and arrive at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave. where toys will be passed out to children from the midtown area. The Friends of El Dorado Dog Park will host a “Holiday Boneanza” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at El Dorado Regional Park, 2800 Studebaker Rd. A site has been approved for the park, but the money must be raised. There will be vendors, prizes, a craft zone for children, canine training demonstrations, holiday shopping and a visit from Santa. The premier sponsor is Pet Sit Pros. For more information, visit www.FriendsOfElDoradoDogPark.com. A Christmas Celebration Rotational Dinner and Dance for Christian Singles begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the DoubleTree by Hilton, at 2800 Via Cabrillo Marina in San Pedro. Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door. Visit www. christiansinglesfunevents.com. The Long Beach Shakespeare Company’s new version of “A Christmas Carol,” including original music, opens at 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 3 at The Richard Goad Theater, 4250 Atlantic Ave. Performances continue Dec. 4-Dec. 8 with shows a 2 p.m. on Sundays at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Tickets are $20 and $10 for students. There are reduced price previews ($5) at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. For tickets, visit www.lbshakespeare.org. The Harry James Orchestra will perform a holiday concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Carpenter Center, 6200 Atherton St. Tickets are $37. Call 9857000 or visit www.carpenterarts. org. Experience a Victorian Christmas from noon until 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Bembridge House, 953 Park Circle. There will be crafts for children, favors, refreshments and a chance to take pictures with Santa in a vintage fire truck. Tickets are $10 and children younger than 12 are admitted free. For tickets, visit www.lbheritage.org. This event is sponsored by Long Beach Heritage. Rancho Los Cerritos hosts its Old Time Christmas Festival, a family-themed event, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Rancho, 4600 Virginia Rd. Children will have the chance to make old-fashioned Christmas ornaments and craft items and there will be live music, includ-

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ing a handbell choir, along with a piñata. A $3 donation is suggested. The North Long Beach Community Action Group and the Historic Long Beach Dairy and Creamery host an annual Christmas Party from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the diary, 167 E. South St. The hosts will supply the turkey, ham and the fixings. Bring a dish to share and expect a visit from Santa. It’s free and open to the public. The preschoolers (ages 2 through pre-kindergarten) at Bethany Lutheran Church will present a Christmas service entitled “The Birth of a King” at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Bethany, 4644 Clark Ave. There is no admission charge. There will be a community Christmas tree lighting at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. at Good Neighbor Park, 2800 Studebaker Rd. Santa will be there and after the lighting, the “Smurfs” movie will be screened. Organizers suggest bringing an unwrapped toy for the Firefighters Spark of Live project. (Continued on Page 37A)


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(Continued from Page 35A) All vocal choirs, handbell choirs and the praise band will be part of “Joy To the World,” the Christmas Concert starting at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Los Altos United Methodist Church, 5950 E. Willow St. A free will offering will be taken and everyone is invited for cookies and wassail after the concert. The Committee of 300 (the red-coated folks who help stage the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach), invites everyone to their holiday party benefiting the Pacific Sailing Center from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at L’Opera, 101 Pine Ave. Admission is a $20 donation and includes complimentary appetizers. The committee also supports Team 100, which provides weekend food to disadvantaged families. The Pathways Volunteer Hospice has two “Light Up a Life” tree lighting ceremonies this season. A donation of $20 provides one light on the trees and the name of the person being honored or remembered is posted on a scroll displayed at the tree. Ceremonies are Dec. 5 and Dec. 7. For locations and to donate, visit www.pathwayshospice.org. The Long Beach Chamber Holiday Mixer is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, at Forbidden City, 6380A E. PCH. It’s $15 per person and a portion is donated to Long Beach Ronald McDonald House. Register online at www.lbchamber.com. The Historic Bembridge House is decorated for a Victorian Christmas and they’re offering tours from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Dec. 6, 13, 20 and 27. A $5 donation is suggested. Groups of 10 or more should make reservations by calling 493-7019. The Bembridge House is at 953 Park Circle. The Christmas Tree Lighting on the Queen Mary is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7 (which is Pearl Harbor Day), and also will honor local military, fire and police heroes. The Queen Mary is at 1126 Queens Highway. Businesses will welcome everyone on the Open House Holiday Stroll from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, on Fourth Street between Grand and Termino avenues. The Long Beach Lamda Club’s Holiday Party Fundraiser is 5:308 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at Bliss 525 E. Broadway. Visit www. lblamdadems.org. Get on the Big Red Double Decker Bus for a tour of holiday lights in Naples, Belmont Shore, Bay Shore Avenue and Belmont Heights. Santa will be on board and there will be hot chocolate and sugar cookies. One-hour tours depart three times at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Dec. 8, 9, 11, 14, 15,16, 18, 21, 22, 24 and 25. Tickets are $10, with children 3 and younger riding free. Tours start from Sababa at 6527 E. PCH in the Marketplace. Call 252-3572 or visit www.gosababa. com. The Daisy Avenue Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Daisy Avenue and 20th Street. There will be live music and Santa will be on hand. The ’60s-themed musical “Winter Wonderettes” will be

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produced by Musical Theatre West from Dec. 9 through Dec. 18 at the Carpenter Center, 6200 Atherton St. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and one performance at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. Tickets start at $20 and are available at the MTW box office at 4350 E. Seventh St., by calling 856-1999, ext. 4, or online at www.musical. org. Celebrate with the Holiday Hoedown and Ranch-Style

Breakfast with Santa from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 10, at Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens. There will be a pancake breakfast, western music and dancing, holiday activities, games and crafts and a petting corral. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there, too. This is an event for families with children 12 and younger. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and children with discounts available for members. Call 431-3541 or visit www.ran-

cholosalamitos.org. The Rancho is at 6400 Bixby Hill Rd. Children can drop off their letters to Santa and have their pictures taken with St. Nick from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Marketplace Long Beach, located at Second Street and PCH. Uncle Jim’s Christmas Party starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec.

10, at the Paradise, 1800 E. Broadway. Fourth Streets Holiday Shopping and Food Truck Event runs from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, on Fourth Street between Cherry and Junipero. In addition to the food trucks, shops will be open late and there will be free gift wrapping from to 8 p.m. at The Center, 2017 E. Fourth St.

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By Kurt A. Eichsteadt Editorial Assistant

The holiday season is approaching and with it, opportunities to help the less fortunate. We list opportunities to get in the real spirit of the holidays. Gazette Newspapers annual Gift Card Drive to benefit WomenShelter is now underway. WomenShelter has been helping shelter and support victims of domestic violence for 35 years. Gift cards are most helpful because they can be used during the holidays to provide Christmas to children and used during the rest of the year to help those who need to restart their lives. To donate, mail gift cards or checks (made out to Hearts for Long Beach with WomenShelter on the memo line) to Gazette Newspapers, 5225 E. Second St., Long Beach 90803. You also can drop them off in person at our office at that address. The Paradise is hosting a pancake breakfast and toy drive starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Paradise, 1800 E. Broadway. The breakfast is $8 and includes pancakes, eggs and sausages. They’ll be accepting unwrapped toys for needy children. The Committee of 300, invites everyone to their holiday party benefitting the Pacific Sailing Center from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at L’Opera, 101 Pine Ave. Admission is a $20 donation and includes complimentary appetizers. The committee also supports Team 100, which provides weekend food to disadvantaged families. The Pathways Volunteer Hospice has two “Light Up a Life” tree lighting ceremonies this year. A donation of $20 provides one light on the trees and the name of the person being honored or remembered is posted on a scroll displayed at the tree. Ceremonies are Dec. 5 and Dec. 7. For locations and to donate, visit www. pathwayshospice.org. The Honky-Tonk Christmas Show, featuring 80 Proof Santa and the Sexy Elves begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Blue Café, 217 Pine Ave. This is a 21 and older event. Music will be supplied by Willie Cash & the Cashiers, West of Texas and Paperplanes, There will be opportu-

nity drawing prizes and more. Admission is $10 and all the money goes to the Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach. The Lyon Communities real estate company, which operates three locations in Long Beach, is partnering with the Salvation

Army in the Adopt Your Angel Program. Each Lyon location will have an Angel Tree decorated with 100 angels, each with the name and age of a child and suggested gift idea. To participate, select an angel tag and returns with the wrapped gift by Dec. 12. Lyon properties in Long Beach are Gallery 421 at 421 Broadway, the Lofts at the Promenade, 225 Long Beach Blvd., and the complex at 1900 Ocean Blvd. Long Beach Lesbian and Gay

Pride is collecting toys at locations around Long Beach between now and Dec. 13. For locations, call 987-9191. From now through Dec. 16, the UPS Store at 3553 Atlantic Ave. will be accepting new books for donation to Miller Children’s Hospital. In addition, they’ll be selling donation cards through Dec. 31 to benefit the Toys For Tots Literacy Program. California Aquatic Therapy & Wellness Center is collecting un-

wrapped toys between now and Dec. 17 at their facility at 6801 Long Beach Blvd. The fourth annual Long Beach Community Food Drive is now underway. Canned or packaged food and pet food can be donated in barrels around Long Beach. For locations, visit wwww.MayorBobFoster.com. Goods collected between now and Dec. 31 will be distributed by Food Finders. The project is a joint effort of Food (Continued on Page 40A)


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Pacific Standard Time Focuses On City’s Museums By Julian Bermudez Arts Writer

This Saturday and Sunday, “Pacific Standard Time” is hosting a two-day public celebration aptly titled “South Partners Focus Weekend.” As a tribute to both Long Beach and Orange County cultural institutions participating in the Getty Foundation’s area-wide initiative, this special weekend event includes curator-led tours, featured performances, concerts and special programs. Beginning Dec. 3, art lovers will have a rare opportunity of visiting

all five Orange County museums and galleries either for free or at half price of regular admission. South Coast Plaza is providing a free chartered bus tour on a firstcome, first-served basis shuttling guests across town. First stop on the tour is the Guggenheim Gallery’s “Everyman’s Infinite Art” at Chapman University. From there, it’s off to “Best Kept Secret: UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California, 19641971” at the Laguna Art Museum. Artist Ilene Segalove will

speak about “State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970” at Orange County Museum of Art; acclaimed director Susan Mogul will perform, as well. Later that afternoon, the tour will take guests to UC Irvine’s University Art Museum for free admission and a curatorial walk-through of “The Radicalization of a ’50s Housewife A Solo Project by Barbara T. Smith.” And, finally, guests will enjoy refreshments and hors d’oeuvres — along with free admission and a guided tour — of “On Display in Orange County Modern and Contemporary Sculpture” at the Penthouse Gallery at South Coast Plaza. Obviously, one does not have to take part in this tour. Guests are encouraged to visit each institution at their own leisure.

On Sunday, Dec. 4, Long Beach has its day as all three “PST” museums offer free admission and a variety of special events. The Museum of Latin American Art will host two, very cool performances. Beginning at 2 p.m., Little Willie G — one of the most iconic voices of the Eastside Sound and lead singer for Thee Midniters — will perform a selection of songs soon after an interview by Josh Kun. This concert is co-presented by MoLAA and the Grammy Museum. Then, at 3:30 p.m., Ruben Guevara — widely recognized for his

collaborations with Frank Zappa, Bo Diddley and Tina Turner — will perform a special concert along with the Eastside Luvers. The Long Beach Museum of Art will present gallery tours and an all-day screening of Joan Jonas’s “I Want to Live In the Country (And Other Romances)” as part of its exhibit “Exchange and Evolution.” The University Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach, will offer extended hours. Then at 4 p.m., it will present a live jazz performance by The Zachary Ginder Duo as it closes out the exhibit “Peace Press Graphics.” The museum also will host a special ticket drawing for the upcoming “Lou Reed and Bob Ezrin in Conversation” event at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Jan. 27, 2012. The Long Beach Day will offer complimentary bus tours, as well. These buses will be available at both MoLAA and the UAM on a limited-availability, first-come, first-served basis. This weekend is a great opportunity to experience world-class art, as well as joining other art lovers as they celebrate “Pacific Standard Time.” To learn more about this weekend event and bus tours, visitany of the following websites: www. lbma.org, www.molaa.org and www.csulb.edu/uam.

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Finders, Mayor Foster, Friends of Long Beach Animals and We Love Long Beach. Also underway is the Long Beach Fire Department’s Canned Food Drive. Donations may be made at all Long Beach Fire Stations during normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. These donations also will go to Food Finders for distribution. For the holidays, Autism Long Beach will match up children with Angel donors. Donations can be specific items or money. To help out, send an email to autisminlongbeach@yahoo.com. The Kohl’s Keeping Kids Safe program at Miller Children’s Hospital will benefit from Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise at area Kohl’s stores. One hundred percent of the net profits from the cause merchandise such as Nancy Tillman storybooks and animal plush toys will go to the hospital. The Long Beach Lawn Bowling Club has supported the Lydia House for more than 30 years with a food drive. This year, their goal is 100 cans of food at $7 a can. Send checks to Gayle Merrill, 4769 Malta St., Long Beach, CA 90815 and put Lydia House in the memo line. Lydia House is program for the Long Beach Rescue Mission that offers shelter to at-risk women and children.


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More Italian Fare The owners of La Parolaccia Osteria Italiana in Long Beach have opened a second Italian eatery in town, Passaparola Trattoria Italiana. Passaparola opened in October at 6204 E. PCH. The restaurant features food from every region of Italy, said owner David Carteni and business partner Stefano Procaccini. “We have freshly made pasta that we make in house,” Carteni said. “And we remodeled the restaurant so that you have this feeling you are in an Italian courtyard while you are eating dinner.” Passaparola is a somewhat more high-end version of La Parolaccia, which opened in 2005, Carteni said. However, the price points are similar. Both restaurants serve dinner only. Carteni said both businesses have been so successful that he plans to open another La Parolaccia in Long Beach in the coming months. For details about Passaparola, visit www.passaparolausa.com or call 986-5280. For details about La Parolaccia at 2945 E. Broadway, visit www. laparolacciausa.com or call 4381235. Glitzy Holiday Thrift shoppers will find bargains on holiday decorations and gifts at the Annual Glitz Event at The Assistance League Thrift Shop. Also on sale will be items such as fine china, crystal, silver, furs, “glitzy” clothing for holiday parties and a selection of gift baskets that will fit nicely as wrapped presents under the tree. Proceeds from the sale of these items will help pay for school uniforms and other services for Long Beach youngsters in need. The Assistance League is celebrating its 20th year in business on Fourth Street’s Retro Row this year, and store manager Tricia Atkinson said Glitz is the biggest event hosted at the store each year. “We really work on it and promote it,” she said. “There is usually a line out the door for this.” The Assistance League will be open for extended hours during the event, which takes place this weekend from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. For details about Glitz, call 4347121 or visit the store at 2100 E. Fourth St. BeMe Relocates BeMe Boutique, a store specializing in clothing and accessories for men and women, moved last month from its home of more than 15 years. Owner Linda Chey said it was time for the business to move into a larger space. Be Me has relocated from 3500 E. Anaheim St. to a larger store at 4106 E. Anaheim St. Chey credits the business’s success to her free consulting services that help customers find styles that are a fit for their individual body types. She offers her advice for single outfits or entire wardrobes, describing her store’s style

as sexy and elegant. “My job is to make people feel good about how they look,” she said. Additionally, BeMe is going to unveil new hair salon services later this month. For details about BeMe, or to make an appointment with Chey, visit www.bemeboutique.com or call 961-8486. Going Vegan Aptly named for the food it serves, The Long Beach Vegan Eatery opened for business last month at 2246 N. Lakewood Blvd. The diner-style restaurant with counter service is owned by Jeff Terranova, who has been a vegetarian for nearly 25 years and has a passion for old-fashioned home cooking. “Wanting to stop the ‘vegan tastes horrible’ sterotype, Jeff teamed up with co-owner Beckey Salg to perfect all of their ideas in the kitchen,” according to the business’s Facebook page. The business focuses on creating vegan versions of traditional meals. The Long Beach Vegan Eatery sells foods that are dairy and cruelty free and contain no animal products or bi-products in an “attitude-free, relaxed environment” with both indoor and outdoor seating. For details about the business, which is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mondays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, visit www.LBVeganEatery.com or call 986-5283. Santa At Marketplace Youngsters won’t have to wonder if their letters reach Good Ol’ St. Nick at the North Pole — that’s because Santa is coming to

town this month at the Marketplace Long Beach. Santa, beard and all, will be in town on Saturday, Dec. 10. He will be available for photos and children can sit on his lap and give Santa their wish lists. The event is free, and photos are free. Before he heads back to work

at the North Pole, meet Mr. Claus between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Center Court Stage (located behind BevMo) at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Second Street. Shoppers on Dec. 10 also will find holiday carolers and other performers. Visit www.marketplacelongbeach.com for more.


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Residents of Long Beach help people all year through a variety of activities. Listed below are opportunities to reach out to others. Affliction Clothing is selling special T-shirts to help raise money for the Seal Beach Victims Fund. The T-Shirts are $20 and are available at the store, 1799 Apollo Ct. in Seal Beach or at www.afflictionclothing.com. The Long Beach Cancer League is the beneficiary of Shop for the Cure Night from 4 to 8 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Dec. 1, at Chaussure, 6491 E. PCH. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward Humes will be the guest at a fundraiser for the Long Beach Public Library Foundation starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in the offices of Keesal, Young and Logan, 400 Oceangate. Tickets are $35. Call 628-2441. The Long Beach Clothing Company will donate 10% of all sales to the Bixby Knolls Camp

Fire Neighborhood Association from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at their store at 4218 Atlantic Ave. The money will be used for the group’s community tree-planting project scheduled for January. Support the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra by playing in their annual golf classic starting at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at Virginia Country Club, Registration is $500. Call 436-3203. The Committee of 300 (the Red-Coated folks who help stage the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach), invites everyone to their holiday party benefiting the Pacific Sailing Center from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at L’Opera, 101 Pine Ave. Admission is a $20 donation and includes complimentary appetizers. The committee also supports Team 100, which provides weekend food to disadvantaged families. Comprehensive Child Development is inviting artists to par-

ticipate in its spring fund-raising event, “Art of All Ages,” in March. The money raised benefits children in early childhood programs for low-income parents. For more information, call 427-8834 or send an email to contact@ccdlb. org. The deadline is Dec. 9. The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth Foundation’s Tennis Project uses tennis to help teach life lessons to hearing impaired youth. They have two opportunities to assist their program. First, there is an opportunity to double donations up to $15,000 through a matching grant. Second, they invite your contributions before the end of the year for tax purposes. Call 212-8747 or visit www. dhheaf.org. Rotaract Long Beach is selling trendy watches to help raise money to help provide fresh water to Haiti, which is still suffering from the earthquake in 2010. Rotaract has partnered with Epic International to help special needs children, their families and the Haitian staff who work with them. The watches will be available through January and cost $49.95. Call 394-7090.

El Dorado Dog Park Friends Host Event The Friends of El Dorado Dog Park will host a “Holiday Boneanza” this weekend. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Good Neighbor Park, 2800 Studebaker Rd. A site has been approved for the dog park near the P.D. Pitchford Animal Companion Village,

but the money to build and maintain it must be raised. There will be vendors, prizes, a craft zone for children, canine training demonstrations, holiday shopping and a visit from Santa. The premier sponsor is Pet Sit Pros. Visit www.FriendsOfElDoradoDogPark.com for details.


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providing the money, with WomenShelter volunteers doing the shopping. “Our parents often tell us that when they see the wonderful gifts and gift cards, they are so relieved,” Smylie said. “Many are hard pressed to survive financially on a daily basis, and they don’t know how they are going to find the extra money to give their children holiday gifts. Gifts from our generous donors alleviate this stress for anxious parents.” WomenShelter is entering its 35th year providing shelter and support to victims of domestic violence in Long Beach. In the last year alone, more than 700 people have been helped. Holidays are particularly hard, Smylie said. Families who are staying at the agency’s emergency shelter are automatically sponsored for Christmas, she said, and as many of the other victims who have made it out on their own are helped, as well. The Gazette Newspapers staff has adopted a family each year since 2004, and will do so again this year. “We just do what we can,” said Publisher Simon Grieve. “It’s never as much as we’d like, but we know it makes a difference.” Smylie said some families are sponsored by individuals while companies and groups sponsor others. The goal is to have 100 families sponsored. “All it takes is a call to our office at 437-7233,” Smylie said.

“Time’s running out, so we hope we get calls soon.” —TuLynn Smylie “We’ll help arrange the ‘adoption.’ But time’s running out, so we hope to get calls soon.” Another way to help WomenShelter clients is to participate in the Gazette’s Christmas Gift Card Drive. Gift cards are a key to helping victims during the holidays because they allow people to provide a little Christmas to their children, and the agency uses the cards throughout the year to help those in need restart their lives. The drive is just a week old and already more that $4,000 in donations have been received, thanks in large part to the Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach, which has become a major donor. The Aquarium of the Pacific also has partnered with the Gazette, offering a pair of tickets to anyone who donates $25 or more. To participate, just purchase gift cards — those from department stores or grocery stores are the most prized — and bring them or mail them to the Gazette office, 5225 E. Second St., Long Beach 90803. Monetary donations are accepted too; make checks out to Hearts for Long Beach with WomenShelter or gift cards on the memo line, and we’ll buy the cards for you. Help Brittany and her children experience a truly Merry Christmas.

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order to purchase adult items.” Store clerk volunteers help families wrap their gifts. In the past, hundreds of families have been served at the store. This year, volunteers have been trying to improve on that — trying to raise $41,000 and serve 600 families, or more. “It’s truly a special day with people from all walks of life coming together for a great cause,” said First Lady Nancy Foster, who has been a part of the event for years. “This is a great opportunity for people to make a difference in a child’s life come Christmas morning. Any toy that remains after the families shop are donated to other organizations in need. I am so happy to say that every toy lands in the hands of a child come Christmas morning.” Better Balance is able to offer so many gift options by stretching its dollars through wholesale purchases, organizers said.

“I usually get a breakdown of approximately how many people there are and then a breakdown of how many adults and children and even how many within the age groups,” said Paula Nathan, professional buyer for the store. “I try to buy accordingly, so each age group has something to shop for.” Nathan said she shoots for buying as many main brand items as

possible, which can include items like jewelry and watches for adults and myriad toys for children. “Imagine everything you’ve ever seen at FAO Schwarz or Toy ‘R Us —that’s our store,” Smith said. “It’s a massive effort.” “It’s not going to be something from the 99¢ store,” Nathan said. “It has visual appeal. They’re get(Continued on Page 46A)


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Mail listings to 5225 E. Second St., Long Beach, CA 90803 or email editor@ gazettes.com. Please include time, date and place of the event along with the cost (if any) and a contact phone number or Web site. A complete calendar is at www.gazettes.com.

NIGHT OUT

Dec. 2 - First Fridays in Bixby

Knolls, 6-10 p.m., Atlantic Avenue between San Antonio Drive and Bixby Road., www.bixbyknollsinfo.com. Dec. 2 - Music by Doug MacLeod, 7 p.m., Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ, 7411 Carson St. Dec. 2 - Music by Jairemie Alexander, 8:30 p.m., Rhythm Lounge, 245 Pine Ave. Dec. 2-Jan. 1 - “It’s a Wonderful Christmas Carol, 7:30 p.m. Fri.,

4:30 and 7:30 p.m., Sat., 7 p.m. Sun., All American Melodrama Theater, 429 Shoreline Dr., $20, $18 for seniors, students and military, $14 ages 12 and younger, 495-5900, www. allamericanmelodrama.com. Dec. 2-17 - “Somberton Senior Residence Presents ‘The Nutcracker,’” 8:30 p.m. Fri., Sat., Found Theatre, 599 Long Beach Blvd., $15, 433-3363. Dec. 3 - Pennington Dance Group/Yorke Dance Project, 8 p.m., Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater at CSULB, 1250 Bellflower Blvd, $20, www.penningtondance. org. Dec. 3-18 - Long Beach Shakespeare Company “A Christmas Carol,” 8 p.m. Wed.Sat., 2 p.m. Dec. 4, 11, 18, 3 p.m. Dec. 10, 17, Richard Goad Theatre, 4250 Atlantic Ave., $20, $10 for students, www.lbshakespeare.org. Dec. 4 - Music By Corday, 4-8 p.m., Buster’s Beach House, 168 N. Marina Dr. Dec. 5 - Bixby Knolls Supper Club, 6:30 p.m., Long Beach Petroleum Club, 3636 Linden Ave., $20, RSVP to info@bixbyknollsinfo.com.

RUMMAGE Dec. 3 & 4 - Holiday Boutique, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat., 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sun., Our Lady of Refuge Church, 5195 Stearns St., 597-3102.

EVENTS Dec. 1 - Long Beach City College Senior Center Tour: Tessman Planetarium and Christmas Fun

at Knott’s Berry Farm, call for departure details, $25 plus dinner and admission, 938-3048. Dec. 1 - Long Beach-Qingdao Sister City Assoc. Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Renaissance Hotel, 111 E. Ocean Blvd., $45, $50 at the door, www.lbqa.org. Dec. 1 - Lecture and Book Signing about Squid with author Wendy Williams, 7 p.m. Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, $5, free for members, seniors and students, 590-3100, www.aquariuofpacific.org. Dec. 2 – Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting and Menorah/ Kwanzaa display unveiling, 6 p.m., The Pike at Rainbow Harbor, Shoreline Drive and Aquarium Way. Dec. 2 - Long Beach Public Library Foundation Fundraiser with Author Edward Humes, 6 p.m., Keesal, Young and Logan, 400 Oceangate, $35, 628-2442, email to info@LBPLFoundation.org. Dec. 2 - Holiday Cheer to benefit Children Today, 7 p.m., 15th floor, Arco Center, 300 Oceangate, $110, 432-1224, www.ChildrenToday.org. Dec. 2 - Seal Beach Christmas Parade on Main Street, 7 p.m. Dec. 2 – How the Earthquake and the Depression Shaped Long Beach Schools, 7 p.m., Historical Society of Long Beach, 4260 Atlantic Ave., reservations suggested, 4242220. Dec. 2 & 3 - Uptown Village Market For Art and Handcrafted Items, 5-10 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat., Expo, 4321 Atlantic Ave, www.uptownvillagemarket.com. Dec. 2 & 3 - “Holidays Around the World,” 7 p.m. Fri., 1:30 p.m. Sat., Glacial Gardens Skating Arena, 3975 Pixie Ave., Lakewood, $15, $20, 4291805, ext. 228, www.showtix4u.com. Dec. 2-18 - “Terror at the Pike or How Come There Aren’t Any Waves in Long Beach,” 8 p.m. Fri., 2 and 7 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Garage Theatre, 251 E. Seventh St., $12, $5 for children cash at the door, (866) 811-4111, www.thegaragetheatre. org. Dec. 3 - Holiday Bone-Anza Dog Park Fundraiser, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Good Neighbor Park, 2800

Studebaker Rd. Dec. 3 - Met Opera in HD: Rodelinda, 9:30 a.m., Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., $21, www. arttheatrelongbeach.com. Dec. 3 - Poetry Reading and Book Signing with Long Beach’s Ivy Dee, 2-4 p.m.,Apostrophe Books, 4712 E. Second St., 438-7950. Dec. 3 & 4 - “Straight Talk” cable TV show with CSU Chancellor Dr. Charles Reed, 9 a.m., 7 p.m. Sat. and Sun. LBTV Channel 3 and FiOS Channel 21, and 10 a.m., 8 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Charter Channel 101, www. StraightTalkTV.com. Dec. 3 & 4 - Long Beach Symphony Orchestra POPS! Holiday Celebration, 6:30 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Terrace Theater, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., $30-$50, 436-3203, www.lbso.org. Dec. 4 - Music by the Jazz Angels Youth Jazz Band, 1-5 p.m., Jazz on the Blacktop Hot Dog Barbecue, 3258 E. Willow. Dec. 4 - Musical Conversation with Little Willie G.-Part of Pacific Standard Time, 2 p.m., Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave., free, RSVP to rsvp@ molaa.org. Dec. 4 - Harry James Orchestra Holiday Concert, 2 p.m., Carpenter Center, 6200 Atherton St., $37, 9857000, www.carpenterarts.org. Dec. 4 - “Joy to the World” Christmas Concert, 4 p.m., Los Altos Untied Methodist Church, 5950 E. Willow St., free will offering. Dec. 5 - Committee of 300 Holiday Party Charity Fundraiser, 5:30-9 p.m., L’Opera, 101 Pine Ave., $20, 981-9200, www. readcoat.com. Dec. 5 - Long Beach Writer Jack Grisham Reads from “An American Demon: A Memoir,” 7 p.m., Portfolio Coffeehouse, 2300 E. Fourth St. Dec. 7 - Queen Mary Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, 5:30 p.m., Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway. Dec. 8 - End Abuse Long Beach Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Community Awards, (Continued on Page 45A)


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(Continued from Page 44A) 8-9:30 a.m.,Alpert Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Willow St., www. EndAbuseLB.org. Dec. 8 - State of the County Address with Supervisor Don Knabe, 11:30 a.m., Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., 432-7830, www.lbchamber.org. Dec. 8 - Open House Holiday Stroll on Fourth Street between Grand and Termino, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 8 - ClubTutto Mio Style Swap Wardrobe Workshop and Clothing Swap, 6-8 p.m., Hotel Current, 5325 E. PCH., $35, http:// styleswap.eventbrite.com. Dec. 8 - Movie Screening and Q&A: “Seminarista,” 9 p.m., Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., free, www.facebook.com/Seminarista.Film.

politics

Dec. 6 – Republican Steve Kuykendall for 47th District Fundraiser, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Legends, 5236 E. Second St., RSVP to (310) 370-7676, or email to events@ ontargetfundraising.org.

meetings Dec. 3 - Amer. Assoc. of University Women Tradition Wassail Program, 10 a.m., private home, free, 596-8902, email to dmayuga@verizon.net. Dec. 6 - Long Beach Chamber Holiday Mixer, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Forbidden City, 6380-A E. PCH. Admission is $15 per person, register at www.lbchamber.com. Dec. 8 - Hearing Los Association

Holiday Pot Luck and Rap, 6 p.m., Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Ave., free, 438-0597, www. hlalongbeachlakewood.org. OngoingBelmont Shore Residents Association, 6 p.m., Second Thursday, Bay Shore Library, 195 Bay Shore Ave., Ongoing – Bixby Park Chess Club for Ages 5 to Adult, 5 p.m., Thurs., Bixby Park Rec Center, Second Street and Cherry, 983-8139. Ongoing - Long Beach Area Coalition for the Homeless, 8:30 a.m., first Wed., Multi Service Center, 1301 W. 12th St., 438-3183.

exhibits

Dec. 4 - Free Day for Pacific Standard Time Exhibit, Through Dec. 5 - Alternative Art Exhibit, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily except Tuesdays, Warehouse 1333, 1333 Redondo Ave. Through Dec. 7 - Art and Design Exhibition Showcasing Works by Art and Design Faculty at CSU Dominguez Hills, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., University Art Gallery, A-107, LaCorte Hall, CSUDH, 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson, http://cah.csudh. edu/art_gallery. Through Dec. 9 - “Eve as a Fecund Goddess” photos by D.W. Gastelum, regular business hours, Long Beach Art Theater, 2025 E. Fourth St. Through Dec.11 Peace Graphics 1967-1987 Art in the Pursuit of Social Change, noon5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon- 8 p.m. Thurs., University Art Museum, CSULB, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., 985-5761, www. csulb.edu/org/uam.

Through Dec. 16 - National Open Exhibition, noon-4 p.m., Long Beach Arts Gallery, 5372 Long Beach Blvd., 423-9689, www.long-beach-arts.org. Through Dec. 17 - “United Taste of Miracle,” by Handiedan, noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat., Phone Booth Gallery, 2533 E. Broadway, 415-8822. Through Dec. 31 - A New Deal for Long Beach 1933-1942, 1-5 p.m. Tues., Wed., Fri., 1-7 p.m. Thurs., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Historical Society of Long Beach, 4260 Atlantic Ave., free, www.hslb.org. Through Jan. 8 - Submergentes: A Drawing Approach to Masculinities, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed., Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thurs., Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave., $9, $6 for students and seniors, members free, 437-1689, www.molaa.org. Through Jan. 22 - Utopian City Project; Giacomo Castagnola and James Rojas, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun, The Collaborative, 421 W. Broadway, free, 590-9119. Through Jan. 29 - MEX/LA Mexican Modernism (Part of Pacific Standard Time), 11 a.m.-5 p.m.Wed., Fri., Sat., Sun., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs., Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave., $9, $6 for seniors and students, members free, www.molaa.org. Through Jan. 15 - Larry McKinney Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Photos, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, $24.95 for adults, $21.95 for seniors, $12.95 for children, 590-3100, www. aquariumofpacific.org. Through Feb. 12 - Exchange + Evolution: Worldwide Video

from Long Beach 1974-1999, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun., Long Beach Museum of Art, 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., $7, $6 for seniors and students, free for members and younger than 12, free for everyone on Fridays, www.lbma.org.

workshop Dec. 8 - Greenhouse Grants Program Workshop, 4 p.m., Long Beach Neighborhood Resource Center, 425 Atlantic Ave., (888) 789-4726, www.polb.com/ greenhousegrants.

children Dec. 3-13-20-30 – Youth Winter Theater Workshop, check for times, Long Beach Playhouse, 5021

E. Anaheim St., $35 or $120 for four, 494-1014, ext. 500, www.lbplayhouse. org.

sports Dec. 2 - Long Beach State Men’s Basketball vs. BYU Hawaii, 7 p.m., Pyramid at CSULB, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., www.longbeachstate.com. Dec. 8 - La Serna High Basketball at Wilson, 6 p.m., 440 E. 10th St. Dec. 8 - Torrance High Basketball at Cabrillo, 6 p.m., 2001 Santa Fe Ave. Ongoing - Beach Runners Marathon and Half Marathon Program, Fire and police Station, 5373 E. Second St., $40, 975-5900. Ongoing - Master’s Swim Team, 6:30 p.m. Mon. and Wed., Jewish Community Center, 3801 Willow St., 426-7601, ext 1047.


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Cuties, said the group hopes to increase awareness about its services, which include opportunities for moms and families to volunteer, group play dates, moms’ nights out and hand-me-down clothing swaps or collection drives, among other things. Coastal Cuties was established in 2006 and has more than 220 members. “During the parade, we are going to be riding in the Reusable Cruisable,” she said. “It is on a flat-bed truck and most decorations are recycled products, such as toilet paper rolls and plastic water bottles … We are partnering with Meggie Lou & Brothers (retail business) and Stroller Striders. There will be Stroller Striders and Cuties walking alongside the float with their babies.” Musical Theatre West also will use the parade this year as an opportunity to educate the public about its upcoming shows, including “Winter Wonderettes,” which begins its nine-show run on Dec. 9.

Also, MTW spokeswoman Gigi Fusco Meese added that the parade float, which will resemble a large, holiday-themed train, is being done in collaboration with Wilson High School students as part of the ongoing partnership with the school. Last year, MTW helped Wilson students produce “Grease,” and there will be a new show next semester. Back after a seven-year hiatus, the Last Generation of Syncopated Drummers will perform this year. The drummers are sponsored by Belmont Shore’s Quinn’s Irish Pub, where the drummers will “circle up” after the parade and play a few final cadences. “We wanted to support a local parade and give back to the community,” Quinn’s owners Jason and Alexis Rabenn said about sponsoring the group. “We know how much Belmont Shore loves this band. You can really feel those drums in your gut.” Other parade highlights include the Knott’s Berry Farm entry, which includes Snoopy and other characters. Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and his wife Nancy

Foster will be in the parade as well as state Senator Alan Lowenthal and many Long Beach City Council members. Also, there will be celebrities such as radio personality Kim Amadon and Disney television sitcom actor Daniel Curtis Lee. For a full list of parade entries, which includes Gazette Newspapers, see page 22A. Run Racing, the company that puts on the Long Beach marathon, will once again take care of parade logistics. With an estimated 50,000 people lining one mile of Second Street to watch the event, Rossi said that means closing the street to the approximated 40,000 vehicles that travel it daily. Following are the affected streets and the times of their closures: • Livingston Avenue will be closed starting at 2 p.m. from Ocean Boulevard to East Second Street for the purpose of staging entrants. • Side streets from Quincy Avenue to Claremont Avenue will be closed starting at 4 p.m. from Second Street north and south-

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ting something of quality when they pick it.” The store will be adorned with lights and decorations, along with several large Christmas trees. There also will be new book donations for the children. “It’s a smiling photo op every two minutes as another family comes out after their shopping experience,” Smith said. “We are hopefully creating Christmas memories that last a lifetime.” All workers at the shop will be volunteers, and more are needed,

—Gazette file photo

SHOWING OFF — IN A GOOD WAY. The Millikan High cheerleaders stopped to build a pyramid last year.

bound to the alleys behind the businesses. • At 4:45 p.m., East Second Street will close from Livingston Avenue to Bay Shore Avenue. Residents and local traffic will be able to access streets south of Second Street via Ocean Boulevard and Bay Shore Avenue. People can place blankets, coolers, low lawn chairs and other items on the sidewalks starting organizers said. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Dan Pressburg at BBLB.ChristamasStore@gmail.com. Donations still are being accepted — call Jane Kelleher at 473-5662 or send a check (payable to Better Balance for Long Beach) to P.O. Box 4564, Long Beach, CA 90804. All donations are tax deductable. The One-Day Christmas Store is a partnership between First Congregational, Foster, Better Balance and the Long Beach Rescue Mission. Visit www.BetterBalanceLongBeach.org for more information.

at 5 p.m. No personal property is permitted on the center median until Second Street is fully closed at 5 p.m., Rossi said. In addition, areas may not be “roped off.” Obstacles and possessions in place before 5 p.m. will be removed and taken to the Bay Shore Library for pick up after the event. Parking is free in the Ocean Boulevard beach lots after 3 p.m. Street parking in area neighborhoods is available also. People are encouraged to take public transportation, carpool or ride their bicycles to the event. Parking also is available at the Alamitos Bay Marina parking lot. The 29th Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade begins at 6 p.m. Saturday along Second Street. There’s no charge to spectators. Parade sponsors include Charter Communications, Energy Tubulars, Gazette Newspapers, Farmers & Merchants Bank, the Press-Telegram, Machan Signs, Port of Long Beach, Run Racing and United Parcel Service.


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longed to Nortier and Keife. “We started off with four boats and only two of them were working,” Nortier said. “We wondered what the heck we had gotten into, but we began to add to the fleet.” The two women ran the business together, alongside family members and Nortier’s beloved wiener dog, Jessica, who was always at the Duffy electric boat docks. Nortier has a talent for storytelling, especially when it comes to detailing some of the things that have occurred at Bay Boats over the years. She fondly recalls many clients she has served. “When Carrie and I first took over Bay Boats, I was cleaning the boats and she was the office girl,” Nortier said. “I was out one morning and I heard this screaming that kept getting louder and louder… It was a mom pushing a stroller with a screaming baby, and she told me that the baby had a brain tumor and hadn’t slept in two months, and she didn’t know what to do.” Nortier offered the mom and baby a place to rest on the boats, where the business owner thought the motion of the waves might help the child sleep. The trick worked so well that the family began sleeping on the boats regularly, until the child passed away a few months later. Another time, Nortier said there was a man who came into the business asking if Bay Boats could help him get on the water to see the sunset. “He had terminal stage four cancer and he was here on the boats every single sunset until he didn’t come back,” Nortier said. A favorite tale she shares about Bay Boats involves a wedding engagement gone wrong — a scuba diver was supposed to rise out of

the water with the wedding ring encased in a large seashell, but the scuba diver startled the fiancé-to-be so much that she wet her pants and screamed so much that the scuba diver was startled as well and dropped the ring in the channels of Naples Islands. In Limbo Despite their passion for Bay Boats, Nortier sustained a shoulder injury one day when pulling a boat into the dock. The injury necessitated surgery, and although physical therapists suggested she take time away from working on the docks, Nortier said she continued working and caused more damage to the shoulder. “Due to those orthopedic injuries, we sold the business,” Nortier explained. “And the day we sold it, I asked to buy it back. Of course, they refused… So we moved to Hawaii for a time, then the Colorado River, where we got a contract to run a marina.” Moving away from Long Beach is what made Nortier realize how much she loves this city. “It takes moving away to realize we live in paradise,” she said. “The city is friendly to businesses — both at city hall and through the support of the local people who are so special and loyal to this business.” Besides wishing they were back in Long Beach, Nortier said the years away from Bay Boats were a downhill spiral that included more than one death in the couple’s family and immediate circle of friends. Additionally, Nortier suffered a stroke and then became infected with MRSA, a type of staph bacteria that can impact the skin and other parts of the body. Then, off-balance from the stroke, Nortier fell and severely injured one of her knees. The two women were out of work and out of money, living in a trailer park and struggling to put food on the table. Still, Nortier

BOND, Vivian Jane, 1919-2011

said, she kept the dream of owning Bay Boats again alive. “I didn’t know how we would get the money, and the business wasn’t for sale, but I was bedridden and I had to keep the idea alive to keep myself going,” she said. “In July, I had a dream of being down here on the docks and the dog (Jessica) was with me, even though she had already passed away… I woke up and told Carrie that we were going to get Bay Boats back.” Nortier said she had the dream three days in a row, and on the fourth day she got the call from Rose Hetherington that would make that dream reality. A Business Partner Nortier and Keife had been longtime friends with Joe and Rose Hetherington, who first met when the Hetheringtons sold them an RV. Through the years, the two couples would get together for meals or nights on the town, and always stayed in touch. And although Joe Hetherington drowned and died just more than a year ago, Rose Hetherington decided to stay in line with her husband’s passion for boats and buy Bay Boats — putting Nortier and Keife back in charge of the business. “My husband and I have known Carrie and Irene for about 10 years, and through all the thick and thin and goings on, we remained close,” Hetherington said. “Carrie and Irene had been talking to Joe a week before he died about getting into business together… About six months ago, I approached my daughter and sonin-law and I wanted to see if they thought this was still feasible and if we could look at it.” Rose Hetherington said everything then fell into place within a few weeks, and she said the deal was meant to be. Now, she and her family work together with Nortier and Keife to run the business.

MITTLER, Rick, 1949- 2011

Vivian Jane Bon, 92, of Garden Grove, passed away Nov. 17. She was born in Montana. She is survived by her daughter Lynn Scheller. Interment is at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Long Beach. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

Rick Mittler, 63, of Long Beach passed away Nov. 22. He was born in Los Angeles. He is survived by partner Ann Cole. Family was assisted by the Spencer Hospice Foundation.

GILLIS, Terry Lynne, 1942-2011

Monty N. Warren, 71, of Long Beach, passed away Nov. 5. He was born in Winters and worked as a facilities manager for AARP. He is survived by his wife, Lora, and his sons, Bill and Keith. There was a service at California Heights United Methodist Church in Long Beach. Interment is at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Long Beach. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

Terry Lynne Gillis, 68, of Long Beach, passed away Nov. 7. He was born in Long Beach and was a teacher. He is survived by his niece. Interment is at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Cypress. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

BAILEY, Willie Franklin, 1936-2011

Willie Franklin Bailey, 75, of Long Beach, passed away Nov. 14. He was born in Oklahoma and worked as a garage door technician. He is survived by his daughter, Lori Weston. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

BANUELOS, Ventura, 1925-2011

Ventura Banuelos, 86, of Long Beach, passed away Nov. 16. He was born in Los Angeles and worked in the aircraft industry. He is survived by his wife, Barbara. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

DILLON, Janet, 1944-2011

Janet Dillon, 67, of Sun City, passed away Nov. 10. She was born in Canada and worked in real estate. She is survived by her friend, Barbara Snyder. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

PHILLIPS, Mary Ellen, 1922-2011

Mary Ellen Phillips, 89, of Fountain Valley, passed away Nov. 18. She was born in New Castle, Penn. She is survived by her son, Ralph. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

WARREN, Monty N., 1940-2011

GARDNER, Susie Robert, 1917-2011

Susie Robert Gardner, 94, of Seal Beach, passed away Nov. 5. She was born in Clear Lake, Okla. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Knippscheer. Interment is at Los Angeles National Cemetery in Los Angeles. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

GASPER, Emile Arthur III 1966-2011

Emile Arthur Gasper III, 44, of Northridge, passed away Nov. 12. He was born in Los Angeles and worked as a stocker for a retail company. He is survived by his mother, Carolyn Brown. Interment is at Restlawn Park in Avondale, La. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

PODLESAK, Aldrich, 1921-2011

Aldrich Podlesak, 90, of Santa Monica, passed away Nov. 11. She was born in Illinois and was a contract manager for aircraft manufacturing. He is survived by his niece, Janice. Interment is at Bohemian National Cemetery in Chicago, Ill. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

“I feel so good about it (purchasing Bay Boats),” she said. “I believe in Irene and Carrie, and I really think Joe helped me make the decision with it because I still feel like he is around and helping me.” Rose Hetherington stops by the business frequently and serves as its president. Recently, she took one of the Duffy boats out onto the water for the first time since her husband’s drowning. “It was tough for me because my husband was killed on a boat,” she said. “But he had such a passion for the water and for boats, so that influenced me a lot. He would be thrilled to be here (at Bay Boats) right now.” For Nortier, who calls Rose Hetherington “our angel,” coming back to Bay Boats has saved her life. “If Rose hadn’t helped us, we would be over the edge of the Grand Canyon,” she said. “It is unbelievable to be a part of normal society again… I hope I can pay it forward someday.”

GIDDENS, Rose Carmen, 1918-2011

Rose Carmen Giddens, 92, of Modesto, passed away Nov. 15. She was born in Herber Beach and worked as a psychiatric tech. She is survived by her daughter, Gladys Pratt. Interment is at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

MAUS, Sterling, 1918-2011

Sterling Maus, 93, of Lakewood, passed away Nov. 21. He was born in Chicago, Ill., and was an electrical engineer in the aerospace industry. He his survived by his grandson, James Robert Millard. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

APODACA, Frank, 1915-2011

Frank Apodoca, 95, of Orange, passed away Nov. 11. He was born in Los Angeles and worked in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. He is survived by his son, Donald. Interment is at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

JAMES, Michael Andrew, 1953-2011

Michael Andrew James, 58, of Los Angeles, passed away Nov. 14. He was born in Indiana and was a lawyer. He is survived by his brother, Kevin. Interment is at Calvary Cemetery in Indianapolis, Ind. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

ISBELL, Everett Clifford Jr. 1921-2011

Everett Clifford Isbell Jr., 89, of Long Beach, passed away Oct. 24. He was born in Cherry Ridge, Mont., and was an aerospace engineer. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer. Interment is at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

This Christmas December has traditionally been Bay Boats’ busiest time of year for business, since boat renters commonly schedule outings to see the Christmas lights on the homes in Naples. Nortier said about 30% of sales happen in December. The fleet now has more than 22 boats, which can hold between eight and 12 passengers each, and the business has undergone a remodel of the boats and office. But more than the boost in customer demand, Nortier said she is looking forward to this Christmas because her dream of coming back to Bay Boats has been realized. “This is going to be the best Christmas of my life,” she said. “We’ll be open and I’ll be working on Christmas and New Year’s, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.” To make reservations for a boat rental, call 598-2628 or visit Bay Boat Rentals at 186 Marina Drive.

Today’s Obituaries Apodaca, Frank Bailey, Willie Franklin Banuelos, Ventura Bond, Vivian Jane Dillon, Janet Gardner, Susie Robert Gaspar, Emile A. III Giddens, Rose Carmen Gillis, Terry Lynne Isbell, Everett C. Jr.

James, Michael A. Lewis, Virginia C. Maus, Sterling Mittler, Rick Phillips, Mary Ellen Podlesak, Aldrich Silva, Brandon P. Skinner, Stephen D. Sr. Warren, Monty N.

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LEWIS, Virgina Corine, 1924-2011

Virginia Corine Lewis, 87, of Cerritos, passed away Nov. 5. She was born in Texas and worked as a registrar in higher education. Interment is at Assumption Cemetery in Austin, Tex. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

SILVA, Brandon Paul, 1991-2011

Brandon Paul Silva, 20, of Santa Clarita, passed away Nov. 6. A native Californian, he was a facility operator in an amusement park. He is survived by his father, William. Interment is at Granite Hill Cemetery in Grants Pass, Oreg. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

SKINNER, Stephen Duprez Sr. 1948-2011

Stephen Duprez Skinner Sr., 62, of Long Beach, passed away Oct. 31. He was born in Chicago, Ill., and was a machinist. He is survived by his son, Stephen Jr. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.


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