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VOL. 34 NO. 43 OCTOBER 27, 2011

El Dorado Dog Park Site In Flux By Jonathan Van Dyke Staff Writer

TEMPORARY TRIBUTE. This iPad rendition of Steve Jobs on the Time magazine cover earned Moe Notsu the Best Of Show title and $350 Saturday in the Belmont Shore Sidewalk Art Contest. —Gazette photo by Geronimo Quitoriano

The only consensus on a potential El Dorado Dog Park right now is that there is no consensus. Last week, it was announced that the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine had narrowed down the possible sites for the future dog park to three areas — that was coupled with statements from Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske and Fourth District Councilman Patrick O’Donnell talking specifically about an area near the El Dorado Park Nature Center and the Animal Care Services Shelter. Upon that announcement, the area being considered came under scrutiny and people have raised concerns about potential impacts to nearby wildlife and the Nature Center. “We were taken by surprise with this location for the dog park,” said Mary Parsell, president of the El Dorado Audubon Society, noting her organization has begun to collect information on potential impacts. “We deal with science and facts, (Continued on Page 42A)

Digital Changes Game In Photography Business By Ashleigh Oldland Editor

If you asked Fromex owner John Albright a decade ago what his business would look like today, he could never have guessed how digital technology would change the photography world. “Ten years ago, 95% of my

business was film processing, and now it is less than 5%,” he said. “Everything is about computers now.” Although business has changed, Albright said Fromex has changed with the times and outlasted other photography businesses, businesses that were (Continued on Page 43A)

Trial Date Near In Ross Lawsuit By Harry Saltzgaver Executive Editor

Two years after a Wilson High School student was shot and killed after the Homecoming football game, a wrongful death lawsuit finally is on the verge of going to court. Melody Ross, 16 at the time, was shot and later died of her wounds on Oct. 31, 2009. Police said she was an innocent bystander in a gang altercation. Earlier this year, a jury found Tom Love Vinson guilty of first degree murder in Ross’s death, and Daivion Davis pleaded no contest to manslaughter and attempted murder for his part in the crime.

Ross was an honor student, the daughter of Vanareth and Chantha Ross. Chantha and Vanareth had escaped from the Pol Pot regime and the Cambodian killing fields, settling in Long Beach. She had just attended her first high school football game and was outside the Wilson High stadium on Ximeno Avenue when the shooting occurred. Vinson allegedly saw members of a rival gang, pulled a gun and began shooting. The two men were later found with non-life-threatening injuries. Ross’s death rocked the Wilson High community and spawned a number of fundraisers. The school (Continued on Page 42A)

Shore’s Howl’oween Ready To Bark Up World Record By Jonathan Van Dyke Staff Writer

There could be a record number of participants during this year’s Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade — perhaps a world record number, organizers said. Now in its 11th year, the parade has had as many as 700 furry, four-legged entries in the past — more than enough to put its mark on a world record, organizer Justin Rudd said. “The thing that is different this year is that we’re trying to docu-

ment the entries and file for the world record (of most costumed dogs in a parade), which we think is 433,” Rudd said. “We’re going to take pictures and video of every dog along the route.” The record-breaking attempt will add to the many fun and Halloween-themed events going on throughout the day that are affiliated with the parade, he added. The main event — the dog parade — will start at 2:30 p.m. Owners and their dogs will line


up and parade from the intersection of Livingston Drive and Park Avenue, down Park Avenue, along Second Street (westbound lanes) and back to the Livingston Drive intersection by the tot lot. Prizes will be awarded in four categories: Best costume on a dog, best group, best float and best costume on a person walking a dog. “A group can be any combination of people and dogs … they could be dressed up like the (Continued on Page 43A)

HOWLIN’ GOOD TIME. George the Dog offered a song at last year’s Howl’oween Dog Parade. —Gazette file photo

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October 27, 2011

Give Us Some Facts In Marijuana Debate Yet once again, the status of medical marijuana in Long Beach is up in the air. It seems cruel that, after the torturous process the city went through attempting to regulate cooperatives in the first place, the whole thing has gone up in smoke. But that’s pretty much exactly what happened when the court ruled the city’s convoluted lottery plus restrictions plus licensing was unconstitutional. City Attorney Robert Shannon will ask the state Supreme Court whether it is worthwhile pursuing the matter any further. But rumor has it that it’s just as likely the City Council will rescind all its medical marijuana co-op ordinances, essentially making them illegal. Of course, the feds would argue that they already are illegal, and are making noises that there is going to be a crackdown, particularly against those businesses that appear to be making inordinate profits. Quite the kerfuffle. It’s certainly no laughing matter for those who use marijuana medicinally — for nausea, appetite enhancement, pain relief, etc. And the uncertainty only makes it worse. But we’d like to suggest that

the current mess offers an opportunity. One of the biggest problems the first time our city fathers and mothers attempted to come up with a fair way to provide access to medicinal marijuana was a lack of real information. Worse, that lack of information led to extreme assumptions — on both sides. Now is the time to get some facts. Let’s start with some of the perceptions of marijuana dispensaries from the community at large. Despite the stated purpose of providing marijuana for those who legitimately need it (hence the requirement for a prescription), most people believe that the majority of those purchasing pot are doing so for recreational use. Simple solution — let’s see some records from the co-operative operators about who their members or clients actually are. That concept was fought vociferously the first time around, with the strong argument that turning over a roster of patients would be a violation of confidentiality. Come on — redacting any identifying information is a common, simple practice in many fields, from the medical world to

What would you do if you had my job? More specifically, what would you put in the paper if you had the power to decide? I’m truly interested. I’ve asked this question many times in the past, in many different ways. We’ve done polls, we’ve asked focus groups, we’ve pleaded for opinions just like I’m pleading now. For the most part, people don’t respond. And when they do, they offer answers that show what they’d like to think they want, not what they really want. Newspapers aren’t the only ones with this problem. Ask a decent cross-section of people what they watch on television, and they’ll tell you it’s educational programming, documentaries, etc. Of

Chamber Key

To The Editor, The article in the Oct. 20 Grunion Gazette (about the Future Business Leaders Academy) was nice. I did, however, want to specifically reiterate that this program would not have been possible without the vision of Joanne Davis and the partnership with the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce. I noticed that there was no mention of the Chamber in the article. When I first contemplated the project, I went to Randy Gor-

political polling. If you truly are serving the needs of people with medical problems, you can and should show that. Then there’s the concern that these co-ops are anything but nonprofit, that they actually are blatantly public ways for drug dealers to make big money. This, by the way, is where the feds say they are putting their emphasis. That’s a tougher data nut to crack. While opening the books is a given — and part of the now tattered Long Beach ordinance — it would appear to be about as easy to cook the books as it is to cook a brownie. But the state has managed to come up with a pretty good way to provide financial oversight for everything from liquor stores to

course, when the Nielsen machine gets hooked up to their 55” plasma screen, it’s cops and robbers, sitcoms with lots of sexual innuendo, “Dancing With The Stars,” “Wipeout,” “1,000 Ways To Die” and maybe, just maybe, a cooking show. I go through this self-examination about the content of our Gazettes pretty frequently. Truth be told, it’s one of the favorite topics whenever a couple of news people get together. When something like the tragic Seal Beach shooting takes place, that ratchets up the conversation considerably. How much information is enough? When does it cease being news and begin being morbid curiosity? The community wants to know what happened, who it happened to and quite often, what they can do about it. It’s our job to provide that information. But does that include knocking on the door of victims’ families? Does it include television cameras at church services? Different news people make different decisions. I’m sure you’ve heard the old newspa-

don, CEO of the Chamber, and asked to partner with the Chamber to provide mentorship to the selected students. To my amazement, he was eagerly excited about the project and scheduled a meeting with myself, him and the current chair, Joanne Davis. Ironically, Joanne had a vision for each of the board members at the Chamber to mentor young people in the community. We compared ideas, brainstormed and plotted a strategy to create the program that we have today. In sum, I just felt a little bad that the Chamber was not mentioned in the article. I’m not sure if anything can be done about that, but I thought it wise to share

poker parlors, so it can be done. The keys are to define what being a nonprofit means (six-figure salaries for store clerks might be a disqualification) and actually making the books available to the public. After all, that’s what other nonprofits do. There’s strong need for some disclosure from the other side, as well. Law enforcement officials fought the original decriminalization of marijuana as well as the creation of co-ops, saying they would lead to increases in crime. It wasn’t quite a “Reefer Madness” mentality, but there clearly was a strong marijuana equals crime statement. Well, we’ve had some real world experience now. We know of one shooting that apparently

per cliché, “If it bleeds, it leads.” It’s the concept that news is only news when it is sensational, or shocking. Dog bites man isn’t news; man bites dog is big news. I’ve lost track of the times that I’ve been told newspapers need to print more good news. Frankly, at the Gazette we don’t get that as much as some papers, because we print plenty of good news about our schools, our children, our nonprofits and more. That’s part of being a community newspaper, and we believe in it. But there is the issue of who is reading all that good news, and who is reading all that stuff about crime, violence and corruption. And sad to say, experience has shown that more people read that shocking stuff, that intrusive stuff, than those interested in the youngster who has overcome adversity. Our website has this nifty program that tells us how many people read what stories when — another marvel of the electronic age. I refuse to base my decisions solely on those numbers, at least partially because I’m really old and don’t trust these new-fangled things.

this with you. I can honestly say that the Future Business Leaders Academy would not have been possible without the Chamber’s involvement. Damon Dunn Long Beach

Slow Dog Park

To The Editor, Thank you for your article about the potential dog park in El Dorado Regional Park. There is a lot of confusion about the likely sites, especially in the maintenance yards on the south side of Spring Street, next to the Animal Shelter and Nature Center. The map sent to me by Bob Livingstone indicates the portion of the maintenance yard south of

was connected to a marijuana dispensary — but we also know of several shootings related to liquor stores and bars. What’s the real story? There are crime statistics for virtually everything these days, so we suspect the information is out there. Will you give it to us? We have great sympathy for those who suffer and find relief from marijuana. We also understand the concerns of parents and community leaders fearful of related impacts of defacto decriminalization. But it takes information to make good decisions. Now we have a chance to get that information — if the people involved are willing to make it available. Let’s clear the smoke here.

But I have to acknowledge the trend — at least on line, more people read the crime stories than read this column (more people read the classified ads than read this column, too). I feel good about our level of coverage in regards to the Seal Beach shooting. But I also understand the head-to-toe, top-tobottom coverage seen on television and in daily newspapers. People watch it, people read it. And if there’s one thing that mainstream media has learned to do well, it is giving people what they want. I, we, think you want something different from the Gazette. We’ve long considered community news our bread and butter, and that isn’t going to change. I believe you want to, need to, know what your government is doing for and to you, and you want to, need to, know what your kids and your neighbors are up to. But it would be foolish to pretend that the community doesn’t change too, so I’m asking. What would you do?

the road leading to the Animal Shelter is the one being considered.

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Schools Seek Instruments For Students By Stephanie Minasian Staff Writer

Long Beach students enrolled in music classes will no longer be required to rent or purchase their own instruments, due to developing statewide legislation that prohibits schools from charging students additional fees — such as for musical instruments. The law is working to prevent schools from charging students educational fees, and Long Beach Unified School District is now asking the community to step up and make donations of new and used instruments for the classrooms, so that every child in the district who participates in the music program will be supplied with an instrument to use. “Parents have always had the option of renting or buying their children’s instruments,” said LBUSD spokesman Chris Eftychiou. “They still have that option if their children are participating in instrumental music.” The district added that parents of elementary school students still are encouraged to buy their student’s instruments, but thousands are still needed to supply classrooms across the city. Those who wish to send a tax-deductible, monetary donation to the cause may do so online at www. and selecting “Musical Instruments” in the menu. “We’re just being extra cautious so that parents don’t feel they’re required to provide an instrument as a condition of their children’s participation,” Eftychiou added. With these changes brings others to the district’s music programs. According to Eftychiou, some programs have been suspended this year. The district’s third grade woodwinds program is suspended, along with beginning woodwinds and brass for fourth and fifth graders. “The school district intends to restore the suspended programs when it has enough musical instruments,” he said. Due to the limited resources, elementary students will be accepted into instrumental music classes based on a lottery system. After the selection is made, LBUSD said it would look at how many of those students have their own instruments, and how many will need to be provided one. Any leftover instruments will be placed with students on the waiting list, the district said. About 1,000 violins will be needed to supply fourth and fifth graders, which will cost an estimated $265,000, and 275 trumpets will be needed for fourth and fifth grades, with a cost of $126,000. But, it’s not just violins and trumpets that are needed. Students also need donations of cellos, flutes, clarinets, saxophones and trombones. New and used instruments in working condition are being accepted. Call 997-8175 to donate. A collection day is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 5 at the Teacher Resource Center, Room C, 1299 E. 32nd St., Signal Hill.

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Shore Goes Green With Trash Bins By Ashleigh Oldland Editor

Regular customers and business owners on Second Street in Belmont Shore last week noticed something new on nearly every section of the 14-block business district. In stark contrast to the street’s typical concrete trash receptacles, there are now 10 solaroperated trash compactors and recycling bins scattered along Second Street in an effort to “green” the area and reduce the need for trash pickups. The new trash bins — large, black boxes with designated areas for recyclables such as glass, aluminum and plastic, as well as a trash compactor for all other waste — have solar panels on top and feature side panels where public information advertisements can be placed. Each unit includes technology that allows trash levels to be monitored remotely. The BigBelly waste and recycling systems were purchased by the Belmont Shore Parking and Business Improvement Area Advisory Commission following a pilot program last year that placed one BigBelly at the corner of Argonne Avenue and Second Street. Each BigBelly unit costs about $5,000, and the newest nine units together cost about $50,000 (including installation and an extended warranty), said Bill Lorbeer, chairman of the parking commission. While the BigBelly units are not inexpensive, Lorbeer said there would be long-term savings associated with the investment. “This really is a money saver,” Lorbeer said. “The trash can compacts five times the regular volume, so that’s the equivalent of having five cans sitting there. Additionally, we won’t have to have the Conservation Corps (of Long Beach) service the area as often.”

TRASH TALK. From left: Bill Lorbeer of the parking commission, Dede Rossi of the Belmont Shore Business Association and Third District Councilman Gary DeLong chat about Belmont Shore’s new BigBelly trash bins. —Gazette photo by Ashleigh Oldland

Because more trash can fit in the new trash bins, Lorbeer said trash pickups might be reduced from twice a day to once a day, saving about $20,000 in labor annually. “With those labor savings, we will recoup our cost in three years,” he said. In addition to reduced labor costs, Lorbeer added that the Conservation Corps

might be able to refocus on other areas, such as graffiti removal and landscaping. Lorbeer said he hopes more BigBelly trash units will be placed on Second Street in the future, but added that he hopes businesses will help sponsor the effort to get the trash units on both sides of the street on each block of the district.


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Comic Con Ready To Take Over Long Beach By Jonathan Van Dyke Staff Writer

For the Long Beach Comic Con, organizers said, it’s about embracing the whole picture — from the time of the year it happens to the city it takes place in. The annual event, now in its third year, has been hosted on Halloween weekend each year — so it embraced a big segment of the comic community by adding Horror Con to its full title. Event

planners are looking forward to the downtown Zombie Walk and the Over the Edge charity event for Special Olympics. And above all else, the event embraces the comic books — and the writers and artists who keep that industry alive, said Phil Lawrence, principal sales director for the convention. “We’re really supported by the comic book community and we want to stay true to that focus,”

he said. “There’s a little bit for everybody. But think of a true comic book convention — you get to be up close and personal with the publishers and meet and greet with authors.” One such publisher who ties directly to the increased horror theme of this year’s show is Hart D. Fisher, who is infamous in the industry for pushing the boundaries of the genre. He will be showing his horror movie “Gar-

bage Man” and publicizing his new 24-hour Internet television network American Horrors. “Really (launching the network) is a dream come true for me,” he said. “With American Horrors, I decided I wanted to do horror for everybody. I wanted to do it for the kids, the old guys who have seen everything and for myself.” The station is part of the burgeoning FilmOn, which is a streaming service that costs $7.95 a month. Other flagship stations on the service include BBC News and Universal Sports. Fisher will be screening content that will air on the station. “We have stuff you can’t find, that is only found on VHS — things you can’t get on Netflix,” he said. “To go to a convention like this, it’s kind of like my debut ball. It’s a chance to announce the network. We spent the first few weeks ironing it out and now we can announce it fully.” Fisher is known for what some would deem over-the-top horror comics and films, for which he was repeatedly in courts fighting for First Amendment rights, he said. “My feeling is, horror now is where I was 15 years ago,” he said. The genre has helped him get through some hard times, he added, noting he was heavily involved in a murder trial of his former girlfriend — working to make sure the man who did it stayed in jail.

WHAT: Comic Con & Horror Con WHEN: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29-30 WHERE: Long Beach Convention Center COST: $25 each day, $45 weekend pass “Horror helped me process those emotions and take me out of my head when I was wrapped up in that trial,” he said. Besides the horror element, there will be some of those more mainstream headliners at the convention, Lawrence said. The director of the movie “Iron Man 3” will be in attendance. The creators of “Robot Chicken,” including Seth Green, will put on a panel presentation. Horror legend John Carpenter will be signing autographs. And then there will be comics — hundreds of them, Lawrence added. “Just really, at the end of the day, it’s a chance to see all of the guys who you read about or look at their art, read their art, see their films — it’s a chance to see them all in one place and get up close and personal with them,” he said. “We try to keep it very personable — where you can still walk up to your favorite artist, writer or filmmaker and really have a conversation with them without feeling like you have to wait in line for three hours.” For more information, visit www.LongBeachComicCon. com.

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People Plunge For Special Olympics By Ashleigh Oldland Editor

Before she officially signed up to go Over the Edge, Long Beach businesswoman Lisa Ramelow said she took the elevator to the top floor of the Hyatt Regency Long Beach and looked down. “I’m afraid of heights,” Ramelow said. “But I just thought, what a great cause and a personal challenge and a way to have fun.” So Ramelow, the owner of La Strada restaurant in Belmont Shore, decided to take a risk and sign up to participate in this Saturday’s rappel down the Hyatt Regency as part of a fundraiser for Special Olympics Southern California. She and more than 100 other people, a mix of local celebrities and one Special Olympics athlete, each will

raise a minimum of $1,000 from pledges and descend 16 floors — the heigth of the hotel. Ramelow plans to descend in a Halloween costume — even though she won’t be allowed to wear the high heels she originally planned. She and her fellow “edgers” will be rappelling the Hyatt between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. (Ramelow is scheduled to go at 10:30 a.m.). Spectators below will enjoy an assortment of food trucks, prizes and are encouraged to enjoy other events taking place on Saturday in downtown Long Beach, such as the Zombie Walk Street and Music Fest and the Long Beach Comic Con. Zombie Walk organizer Logan Crow, who also serves as the executive director of Long Beach Cinematheque, said he was approached by Spe-

Bixby Elementary Up For Big Grant Bixby Elementary School is in the running for a $50,000 grant and is asking the community for help in winning that contest. The school is the only Long Beach school to be nominated for the Clorox “Power a Bright Future” grant. From now through Dec. 9, adults and children 13 and older can visit to vote for Bixby Elementary. Supporters also can text clorox7532 to 44144 once a day. The program that gets the highest number votes will receive the $50,000 grant. The next highest vote-getters in three categories will receive $25,000 grants. The Clorox judging panel will select one additional $25,000 grant winner.


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cial Olympics to participate in the event because Over the Edge and Zombie Walk are happening in the same area on the same day in downtown Long Beach. “We are helping to spread the word about each other’s events, and this is a really good cause,” he explained. “I’m going to be going down the Hyatt in full zombie makeup.” Although Crow isn’t scheduled to rappel until noon, he said he is going to start preparing his makeup and costume at 7 a.m. Saturday, then jump back and forth between Zombie Walk preparations and the Over the Edge event, including “pre-drop training” before “zombie walking through the night.” He said he isn’t afraid of heights, but he is afraid of falling during Over the Edge.

“I don’t get nervous, but I am hoping everything is secure and doesn’t snap or break on me,” he said. Other notable “edgers” participating Saturday include Clippers President (and Long Beach resident) Andy Roeser, Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell and SOSC athlete Nicole Nelson. Special Olympics Southern California President and CEO Bill Shumard said the money raised at the event would benefit SOSC programs, which provide year-round sports training and athletic competition to children and adults with disabilities. “Our athletes deserve to be

given the chances that everyone else in life are given,” Shumard said. “Over the Edge is a creative way for us to bring in supporters, many who have never been exposed to our organization before… As thrill-seekers experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rappel down the Hyatt Regency Long Beach, it will give them a sense of how courageous our athletes are every day as they make the most of their abilities, not their disabilities.” Shumard invited the public to visit to learn more, find out about volunteer opportunities and donate to Special Olympics.

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Carver Elementary Completes Climb Over Adversity By Stephanie Minasian Staff Writer

For Carver Elementary School students, staff and parents, the last few years have been anything but easy. But things are looking up for the small school in northeast Long Beach, as it was recently named a California Distinguished School, became a campus-wide G.A.T.E. school and raised its test scores significantly. “We are the best kept secret in Long Beach,” said second grade teacher Nancy Hoyt, who has

been a teacher at the 440-student campus for the last 16 years. The school is at 5335 E. Pavo St. The school has certainly endured some rough times. In the last five years, the school has lost six of its staff members to cancer, including two of the school’s principals, who both passed away in 2009. Jennifer Rodarte came to Carver three years ago to help make the transition smoother, while the former principal was to recover from her illness, she said. Unfortunately, the former

WINNING NUMBERS. Students of Carver Elementary School react last week to news that they scored 900 on their API test scores this year. —Photo courtesy Christina Isaacson principal succumbed to her dis- raise Academic Performance ease, and Rodarte took over the Index scores on the California position while the school mourn- Standardized Tests, and become ed another loss. school-wide a Gifted and Talent It was time to boost the mo- ed Education (G.A.T.E.) school. rale of the school, Rodarte said, “What I am most impressed who began to work on three of about Carver, is that we were Carver’s goals: To become a considered a top five school,” (Continued on Page 9A) California Distinguished School,

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she said. “But, we were not a G.A.T.E. school… We are now giving the children the best education possible, and encouraging them to get the best education possible.” The school recently implemented an encouragement system to prepare students to become academically successful and to become scholars in the classroom. To break up the classrooms from being too overcrowded, students are placed in structured recreational time, which is separate from physical education. While one half of the classroom is supervised outside with activities, the other half is placed in their respective reading groups based on their individual levels. “We are teaching them to come prepared to school,” added Hoyt. “We expect them to be wearing their proper uniform, have writing utensils ready, ask high-level questions and just make them aware of what it takes to be a scholar.” Carver’s achievements in API test scores also reflect the school’s efforts to get students

Filing Period Nears For District Seats Candidates vying for a seat on the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education or the Long Beach City College Board of Trustees soon will file paperwork with the Los Angeles County Elections Office. The filing period for open seats on both boards will take place from Dec. 19 to Jan. 15. New candidates as well as incumbents must file paperwork with the elections office in that time period. Long Beach City Clerk Larry Herrera said there are no term limits for board members, which means the incumbents — elected for four-year terms — can run for reelection indefinitely. LBUSD and LBCC board elections are staggered so that every two years there are either even numbered or odd numbered district seats up for election. In 2012, the even numbered seats are the ones up for grabs. For this April’s election, LBUSD board members Felton Williams (the current board president) as well as Jon Meyer will need to run for reelection to keep their places on the board. At LBCC, trustee seats in the election include those of Doug Otto and Roberto Uranga, who was elected this month to serve as the chair of the Association of Community College Trustees. Herrera said he isn’t sure yet which incumbents will run for relection in April since the filing period hasn’t commenced, but he said any candidate can begin campaigning and raising money now. If a candidate for the LBUSD Board of Education or the LBCC Board of Trustees does not receive more than 50% of the votes, then a runoff election takes place in June. For more information about the election process, or to file candidate paperwork, visit the Los Angeles County Clerk website at —Ashleigh Oldland

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excited about learning, according to Hoyt and Rodarte. The school’s API score was at 878 in 2009; 896 in 2010 and reached 900 this year — a goal that the entire school was proud to achieve, Rodarte added. Last Tuesday, Carver hosted a celebration, which included visits

from ambassadors from Carver’s new sister school in China. The announcement of the school’s API score of 900 was met with cheers and applause from the school’s students, who were excited to know they finally reached their goals, according to Rodarte.

“We honored our kids to congratulate them for the hard work that they’ve done,” she said. “Our math scores are pretty high, and 95% of our third graders are proficient in math this year.” By remaining strong through all of the school’s personal losses, Carver Elementary is looking

forward to setting more goals and maintaining their status as a distinguished school, Hoyt added. “These kids are part of our families,” she said. “That’s what makes us really successful. Our teachers treat every inch of their classes like they are their family, and this school is their home.”

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History Rises From Graves Saturday By Stephanie Minasian Staff Writer

Visions from Long Beach’s past will rise from the dead this weekend to tell their stories to the public at the 16th annual Cemetery Tour hosted by the Histori-

cal Society of Long Beach. Eleven of the 20,000 graves from Municipal and Sunnyside Cemeteries will come alive with the tales of those buried there. The historical Cemetery Tour recruits actors dressed in authentic

time-period costumes to retell visitors the stories of their lives, deaths and the impact they had in the city. “We do the research and we write the scripts that tell a little of these people’s personal lives and

TALES FROM THE CRYPT. Long Beach’s long-dead residents are celebrated as their stories are told during last year’s Cemetery Tour hosted by the Historical Society. —Gazette file photo

what it means to Long Beach,” said project manager Roxanne Patmor. “The Historical Society spends about eight to 10 months in advance walking the cemetery and picking out names to use.” To commemorate three important centennials in the city, the tour will include stories from those involved with the Port of Long Beach, the Long Beach Water Department and the Long Beach Day Nursery. “Those are five of the 11 stories that we split in between Municipal and Sunnyside,” Patmore said. “Visitors can take the guided or self-guided tour… It’s easy to get sidetracked looking at the gravestones.” Denis McCourt directs all of the graveside actors along the tour. He is the founder of the Public Theater of Long Beach, and also has worked as part of the Long Beach Shakespeare Company and the Long Beach Playhouse. To enhance the authenticity of the performances, award-winning designer Donna Fritsche of the Long Beach Playhouse has created each costume. Linda Midgett, who is a veteran reenactment actress, has resurrected Ethel Broadwick for the last few years — a young woman who lived in Long Beach during the early 20th Century. Broadwick worked as a wing walker — a fearless job that required men and women to walk out onto the wings of airplanes during air shows for crowds over the coast and at The Pike. “Although Ethel didn’t die

during her job as a wing walker,” Midgett said, “her husband tested parachutes… One time, she was up in the plane, stepped off the side and fell into the sky. She yanked hard on the cord, and nothing happened. She yanked again, and still nothing.” Broadwick fell to her death and was killed instantly, Midgett said. Inscribed in her gravestone is a faded porcelain picture of the young wing walker, who lost her life tragically. “There was no hint whatsoever that her husband wanted to get rid of her at all,” she added. “It was just a tragic accident.” The two cemeteries are the oldest in the city, and date back to somewhere around 1904, according to Patmor. The oldest known grave at Municipal is from 1878, but historians believe there might have been burials and unmarked graves on the property prior to 1878. Self-guided tours are from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. The first guided tour starts at 9 a.m., with additional tours departing each hour thereafter. A free hotdog and hamburger lunch, courtesy of the Long Beach Police Officers Association, will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 for general admission; $12 for HSLB members; $5 for students ages 12 to 15; and children younger than 11 are free. For more information, call the historical society at 424-2220, or visit

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Book Offers Snapshot Of Early City By Ashleigh Oldland Editor

With more than 200 vintage images and snippets of history, “Early Long Beach” by author and Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske gives readers a chance to learn about times that shaped this community. This is the third historical nonfiction Schipske has written in three years through Arcadia Publishing, a leading publisher of local and regional history books in the United States. Schipske also has written “Rosie the Riveter in Long Beach” and “Early Aviation in Long Beach.” Schipske, a Long Beach native with a passion for history and writing, calls her latest book — released Monday, Oct. 31 —a labor of love. She said she isn’t writing for profit, instead her

goal is to share her research with residents and help educate the public about Long Beach’s dense history. However, the author does admit to getting a kick out of seeing the book on shelves at local bookstores. “Early Long Beach” deals with the city’s early history, from its first settlers through the early 1930s. Highlights of the book include details about prohibition and Long Beach’s status as a “dry” city — attracting new residents with its reputation for moral respectability. Also, prohibition in Long Beach was controversial and issues related to prohibition played a part in the disincorporation and reincorporation of the city. The book overlaps with some research and findings made in “Early Aviation in Long Beach,”

Shore Parade Deadline At Hand Parade registration is nearly closed for the “It’s A Green Christmas”-themed 29th Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade slated to come to town at 6 p.m. (this is a new start time) Dec. 3. A celebrated holiday tradition, the parade features approximately 75 entries including marching bands, local personalities and floats representing Long Beach businesses and associations — plus Santa Claus. Belmont Shore streets will close for the event, which attracts about 50,000 spectators. Livingston Drive will be closed from Ocean Boulevard to East Second Street at 3 p.m.; side streets from Quincy Avenue to Claremont Avenue will be closed from Second Street to north and southbound to the alleys starting at 4 p.m.; and East Second Street will close from Livingston Avenue to Bayshore Avenue beginning at 4:30 p.m. Those interested in creating a float or walking entry for the event need to register by Nov. 2 to secure a spot in the parade. Find entry forms online at www. Parade entries are judged based on execution of theme as well as originality of design and spectator appeal. The cost is $500 for general entries and $400 for nonprofits and BSBA members. There are sponsorship opportunities available. Area nonprofits are asking for support, and

those interested in helping pay a nonprofit’s parade fees should call 434-3066. For details, go to —Ashleigh Oldland

with details about the origin of Long Beach Airport as well as an account of the first transcontinental flight (which ended in Long Beach). “Long Beach has a tremendous history and was a focal point for so much,” she said. “It was one of the fastest growing cities between 1900 and 1910 because of our aviators and our port and for tourism… There are so many interesting things about those times.” The book’s historical images — many of which are from Schipske’s private collection obtained through the purchase of publications, photographs and other antiques from eBay, as well as works gathered from the city’s library system and historical archives — are what make “Early Long Beach” a quick and friendly read for the historian or Long Beach Unified student. “Early Long Beach” is available at local retailers, online bookstores or through Arcadia Publishing at Copies cost $21.99 each.

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Wilderness Studies Head Out Of Class By Stephanie Minasian Staff Writer

Every day is an adventure in California State University, Long Beach’s Wilderness Studies program. The classes are offered through the Kinesiology Department on campus, and once completed, students will receive a certificate that shows they are capable of leading others into the vast wilderness, according to Wilderness Studies Professor Don DeGree. While some time is spent in the classroom, students receive a more hands-on approach to the subject. The group has traveled to locations such as Joshua Tree National Forest, Mt. Whitney, Big Bear and the Kern River, to learn about safety and backpacking. “I believe it is vitally important to offer these wilderness courses to the students in this area,” DeGree said. “Students whose lives are so busy with their ‘city life,’ like jobs, classes, friends, iPods, iPhones, Internet… To allow these students an opportunity to draw back from the city life, to let nature’s peace sink into them, to give them time to reflect on themselves and their lives. Through the physical challenges they become more self-assured and more confident in themselves and what they can achieve.” DeGree’s interest in the field began when he was a student at CSULB taking classes under the physical education department. After taking a break from teaching high school math, DeGree was asked by the former Wilderness Studies professor to take the helm three years ago. He currently instructs four classes per semester, he said. “I always loved the outdoors,” he said. “As a student, I needed more units to get my bachelor’s, and I went through the programs and found this one. I continue to assist and take other courses, as well.” Hillary Cantu, who recently graduated from CSULB, discovered the Wilderness Studies program during her last year of college as a way to fulfill some extra units before graduation.

INTO THE WOODS. Students and staff from CSULB’s Wilderness Studies program work together during an outside backpacking field trip. —Photo courtesy Hillary Cantu

She decided to take up kayaking and backpacking. “I had not heard much about the program,” she said. “I found it the year I was going to graduate, and like everyone else in the classes have said, I wished I had found the program earlier.” Despite today’s latest technology and gadgets used to get around, the classes instruct the students on the proper way to read maps and compasses. “Even with the GPS is out there, the compass is a skill that they must know,” DeGree said. “GPS is not always reliable with the batteries, or depending on where you are, it might not be able to pick up on a satellite.” One of the program’s backpacking trips, to San Jacinto, takes students on a three-day course through the woods and up to the peak to watch the sunrise. “We learn about Leave-NoTrace backpacking, wilderness safety, map and compass, and outdoor ethics,” Cantu said. “On this trip, we hike to our campsite carrying everything we need for the weekend, including food, shelter and water in our packs. We practice our navigation skills with a map and compass and use those skills to guide us around the mountain. On the third day, we hike to the peak of San Jacinto and watch the sunrise, which is something everyone should see. The best part of the trips is the connections and friendships you make — this program really brings everyone together.”

To receive the official certificate, students must take 21 to 23 units. DeGree said his classes fill up quickly, and usually allow for 21 to 29 students in the four different courses. For more information, visit and search “Kinesiology.”

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Witch Divulges Real-Life Issues In Novel By Ashleigh Oldland Editor

Just in time for Halloween, Long Beach’s “out of the broomcloset” witch has released a new novel about witchcraft and the women who practice the religion. Author and goddess-worshipper Barbara Ardinger celebrated the publishing of her eighth book, “Secret Lives,” last month. The novel depicts witches as

real women with real-world issues; what’s unique is that those women are endowed with magical powers that the author admits are more fantasy than realistic. Although Ardinger, 70, doesn’t hide her passion for witches — there are more than 300 miniature collectable witches festooning every spare space of her home — the writer said her book is something more than a tale about magic.

“‘Secret Lives’ is a novel that describes some of the issues that senior citizens face,” she said. “There are three classifications or stages of women’s lives: there are maidens, mothers and crones. And before I wrote the book, I had some experience with older women and was working with a woman who had Alzheimer’s disease.” Ardinger said the book highlights the way society treats its senior citizens — or crones — but also highlights women’s friendships, love, the Goddess and the “untidy mysteries of human life.” Through its 650 pages, the story unfolds through a series of interconnected stories split into 27 chapters (a magic number). Most of the story takes place in Long Beach, with some fictional liberties taken by the author. “This novel will appeal not only to the large audience that

CHARMED. Long Beach resident Barbara Ardinger, a practicing witch and goddess-worshiper, released her eighth book, “Secret Lives” last month. —Courtesy of Barbara Ardinger

reads pagan fiction, but also to mainstream readers who love a good, complicated story and may have heard about pagans and gods and goddesses,” the author said. The witches in “Secret Lives” are different from Ardinger, a pagan who worships Goddesses such as Aphrodite, Athena, Isis, Minerva and Tara, among others. Ardinger said the magic she

performs is very different than the magic spells used to conjure dragons or cast other spells found in “Secret Lives.” “People like me, we have approximately the same power as people who meditate,” Ardinger said. “We do not have the kind of powerful magic you see in my book or in movies. What we do is more actually defined as a conscious change of attitude.” She added that Goddesses walked the Earth before Abraham, and that the old pagan religion she practices is one of the oldest traditions in the world. And even though she enjoys wearing a pointy witch hat with purple sequins on it, Ardinger said she is no different than any other ordinary person paying the rent, shopping for groceries or watching a football game. “My religion is not a standard brand,” she said. “We worship the ground we walk on with loving kindness.” To order a copy of the book or to find out more about Ardinger, who has written several fiction and nonfiction books about witches, visit The website includes a free reader’s guide for “Secret Lives.”

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Area Conference Call Company Celebrates Decade Of Service By Ashleigh Oldland Editor, which provides free phone conference services to businesses and individuals internationally, is a Long Beach-based company celebrating a bittersweet 10th year in business this October. Founded by David Erickson, the company has grown from a one-man operation to include 60 employees handling 20 million calls per month. According to staff, is the largest privately owned provider of conferencing services in the country. In addition to celebrating its 10-year milestone, the company moved its headquarters last month from downtown Long Beach to a renovated office space at 4300 E. PCH. Also, Hector De La Torre,’s vice president of communications and public affairs, said the company is set to continue to grow its customer base and international offerings — De La Torre said the company already serves 16 countries, including the U.S, with plans to unveil service in Mexico soon. The company offers its services free to consumers — a mix of

small businesses, nonprofits, government agencies and individuals, including use by Barack Obama and John McCain in the 2008 presidential campaign. De La Torre explained how the business makes a profit. He said conference call providers — typically telephone companies such as AT&T or Verizon — make money in two ways: by charging customers a fee for the call and by sharing toll revenue collected by the phone companies, which often amounts to a fraction of a penny per minute. cuts out the customer fee and shares the toll revenue with the phone companies. “It’s a better value for the consumer if you can provide the service for the same or better price,” he said. “And what we have seen because of this is that free conferencing companies are becoming more popular, and telephone company prices for conferencing are coming down. The competition has been good for the consumer across the board.” But De La Torre said this year’s 10-year anniversary is bittersweet because the Federal Communications Commission soon will vote on a technical proposal that could negatively impact

The proposal changes the way customer fees and sharing toll revenue would be charged in an effort to make it easier for service providers to put more money and energy into broadband services. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski this month outlined the plan to reform and modernize the Universal Service Fund (USF) and Intercarrier Compensation System (ICC). The FCC said the pro-consumer plan, if approved later this month, will expand broadband infrastructure and give more value to wireless consumers. “By connecting millions of unserved Americans who are being left out of the broadband revolution, this plan will bring enormous benefits to individual consumers, our national economy, and our global competitiveness,” Genachowski said in a release. However, some groups, including as well as the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC), argue that while reform is needed, the proposed plan is flawed, should be rejected and will increase consumer phone bills. “The current industry-sponsored proposal would harm consumers, especially the most vulnerable, including seniors and low-income households, many

of whom are still struggling to adopt broadband,” members of the NCLC wrote in a letter to the FCC. “The industry plan would significantly and unfairly increase the cost of basic home phone service. Rather than moving ahead with the industry’s America’s Broadband Connectivity Plan, we urge the FCC to reform USF in a way that better serves the public interest.”

De La Torre said, and companies like it, won’t be able to survive if the proposal passes. Meanwhile though, is still providing and growing its service offerings. To use FreeConferenceCall. com, visit or call the 24-hour customer service number at (877) 482-5838.

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Zombie Walk Seeks To Break Record The Zombie Walk is back on Saturday this year in a new location — downtown Long Beach — and the goal of breaking two Guinness World Records. Festivities begin at 2 p.m. on The Promenade between Ocean Boulevard and Third Street and last into the evening concluding with an after party on a stage at the Press Telegram building. The Thrill the World L.A. group will attempt to set the first record for the “Largest Choreographed Thriller” mass dance in the world starting at 7 p.m. For more details on this event, send an email to gilbert.ttwla@gmail. com. The second world record being targeted is for largest Zombie walk, currently held by Seattle, PARADE FOR A CAUSE. A second line makes its way around Long Beach City College Sunday during a special event hosted by the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Los Angeles for its Circle of Promise Campaign for breast cancer awareness. —Gazette photo by William Johnson

Port Of Long Beach Seeks Terminal Input The Port of Long Beach is looking for community input on its proposed new construction material shipping terminal at a meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the City Council chambers, 333 W. Ocean Blvd. The proposed terminal would handle sand, gravel and granite aggregate. It would receive, stockpile and distribute materials for construction projects in Southern California. Comments from this meeting will be used in preparing the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report. Those making comments at the meeting are being asked to provide their testimony in written form if possible. Submission should be made no later than 5 p.m. Nov. 16 to Richard D. Cameron, Director of Environmental Planning, Port of Long Beach, 925 Harbor Plaza, Long Beach, CA 90802. Comments also may be emailed to In a related matter, the port has extended the comment period on the Pier S container terminal Environmental Impact Report to Dec. 2. For more information, visit S.

Wash., which turned out 4,800 marchers. During the day, there will be art, music, vendors and makeup artists to assist in preparing for the walk, which will start at 8 p.m. and go from The Promenade to the Birdcage in Shoreline Village and back. The Deadman’s After Party begins at 9 p.m. at the Press Telegram building, Sixth Street and Pine Avenue. It features former Oingo Boingo drummer Johnny Vatos, Sirena Sepentina’s fire dancers and DJs. Tickets for the after party are $15 online and $20 at the door. For tickets and more information on the event, visit Zombie Walk’s website at http://

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Proof Positive For Women Engineers By Stephanie Minasian Staff Writer

Emily Sanchez, a student at Samuel Gompers School in Lakewood, said her eyes were opened to the possibility of pursuing a future in the engineering field after she spent last Friday exploring those options at the 11th annual Women at The Beach conference, hosted by California State University, Long Beach. “The coolest part of my day was learning that women are able to be engineers too,” Sanchez said. “Today, I got to learn that engineers are the ones who make things easier for humans… They make things from computer games to helping to build ships and robots.” Sanchez was one of nearly 400 young girls in middle and high school grades who ventured to CSULB to spend the day taking workshops, networking and being introduced to the various engineering and related science fields, as the university’s effort to increase the number of women entering those fields. Lily Gossage, director of engineering recruitment and retention for CSULB’s College of Engineering, spearheaded the conference in 2001 to get young girls acquainted with other options, and to encourage them to pursue predominately male-populated careers. “This is a collaboration with the Society of Women Engineers,” she said. “The main reason for this is to break down

these stereotypes that only men are engineers.” According to Gossage, only 10% of the country’s engineers are women, and less than 20% of the engineering student population is female. “We are definitely outnumbered,” said sophomore Engineering student Meghan Pace, who is a member of the Society of Women Engineers. “Originally, I did want to go into art, but I thought, how can I find a way to combine the two? They do emphasize that it takes a creative side to do this.” Pace is working on her degree in mechanical engineering, and said hopes that the efforts of this organization and the university begin to transcend into high school classrooms, so that young girls know that these options are out there for them.

“They didn’t encourage this at my high school,” Pace added. “If engineering was introduced at the high school level, it would be very beneficial to get girls thinking about what they want to end up doing.” The girls spent their day in and out of the classrooms, playing with robotics, learning about circuits, hydraulics, human behavior, computer science and more. CSULB’s mobile science center gave the girls more hands-on learning opportunities. “The women who enter this field tend to be leaders in the classrooms,” Gossage added. “Research tells us that girls are just as capable as boys at succeeding in math- and sciencebased careers, but opportunities for young girls to explore the mathematical-logical part of cognitive thought are limited.”

HANDS-ON LEARNING. Students gather around Professor Antonella Sciortino for instructions at a hydraulics class at the Women at the Beach conference. —Photo by Stephanie Minasian

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Airport Director Rodriguez Appointed To International Board Long Beach Airport Director Mario Rodriguez was appointed this month to the Airports Council International North America (ACI-NA) Board of Directors. The appointment to ACI, the association of the world’s airports, means that Rodriguez will play a role in advocating for policies that strengthen the ability

of airports to better serve passengers, airline partners, customers and communities. The board interacts regularly with federal and international organizations such as the Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Homeland Security, Air Transport Association, International Civil Aviation Or-

ganization and International Air Transport Association. Rodriguez said he feels honored to be voted onto the board and bring Long Beach’s voice where it otherwise might not be heard — each member of the board of directors is elected for a three-year term. “This gives us a seat at what could be categorized as a big table,” he said. “We are one of the smallest airports at the table by

size, but we get a vote like everyone else. So it ends up being a good thing for the airport and the community.” ACI represents 1,650 airports in 179 countries and territories, including Long Beach Airport. Rodriguez said Long Beach is gaining a lot of positive press and attention for heading in the right direction. “It seems like we are doing the right things,” he said. “The econ-

omy is lousy and airports are not doing well… “Many are losing traffic and jobs, but we are building jobs and we are doing it in an environmentally sensitive way. I think people are looking at this airport and seeing that we are doing something right. This appointment is a vote of confidence that I am headed in the right direction.” —Ashleigh Oldland

Memorial Installs Modern CT Imaging System A state-of-the-art CT system that can help doctors and patients has been installed at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. “As the only dynamic volume CT system in the world, the Aquilion ONE’s ability to image an entire organ and show function means faster, more accurate diagnosis, better patient outcomes

and ultimately lower health care costs,” said Dr. Gabriel Vorobio, of the MemorialCare Heart and Vascular Institute at Long Beach Memorial. Computed tomography, or CT, is a medical imaging technology that produces a three-dimensional image of the inside of an object from a large number of

two-dimensional x-rays. The new machine can display images of an entire heart or brain and show movement such as blood flow. Doctors say it reduces diagnosis time from hours and days to just minutes for patients experiencing strokes, serious heart conditions and other lifethreatening diseases. In addition, the Aquilion ONE does one comprehensive exam that provides physicians with data that can replace a variety of duplicate and invasive procedures. Because of the nature of the technology, patients require less sedation and receive a smaller dose of radiation. This is especially important for pediatric patients, who are treated at Miller Children’s Hospital on the Long Beach Memorial campus. The Aquilion ONE dynamic volume CT System was installed by Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. —Kurt A. Eichsteadt

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STRENGTHENING OUR COMMUNITY TOGETHER At the Y, we exist to strengthen community. Together with people like you, we nurture the potential of kids, help people understand and improve their health, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. So join our cause, and create meaningful change not just for you, but also for your community! Help families in the Greater Long Beach area by volunteering or donating to the YMCA OF GREATER LONG BEACH Strong Kids Campaign. Please call 562 279 1700 or visit us online at

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Long Beach Boasts Three Hotel Renovations By Jonathan Van Dyke Staff Writer

Recession or not, city hotels are pouring millions of dollars into renovations that general managers say will position the area to take advantage of economic recovery in the near future. Those upgrades, along with new construction and remodeling at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach Airport upgrades and a new courthouse underway, have positioned the city for a strong future, said Steve Goodling, president and CEO of the Convention & Visitors Bureau. “With the hotels also updating their guest rooms by spending (millions) and updating lobbies, meeting rooms, or ballrooms — it’s giving Long Beach a more sophisticated offering to meeting planners,” he said. Earlier this month, work began at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach in downtown on major renovations to all guest rooms, suites, corridors and bathrooms. That project is scheduled for completion by the end of the first quarter of 2012. Earlier this year, the heating and air conditioning system at the hotel was replaced. “The hotel is a busy hotel and typically Hyatt does guest room renovations every six to eight years,” General Manager Stephen D’Agostino said. “This one, because of looking at redesigns and other projects incorporated in the renovation, was delayed a year or two. Really, Hyatt is looking to position this in Long Beach as a premiere property along the coast here.” About $26 million is being invested into the renovations so far, he added, and the company currently is in the design phase for a lobby and meeting room to be worked on in the next two or three years. “There are a lot of things happening at this hotel to position and keep us as a leader,” D’Agostino said. Nearby, the Westin Long Beach Hotel also is ready to begin major renovations to its rooms and various other major improvements.

Half its rooms will be renovated from November until February 2012 and the other half will be renovated from November 2012 to February 2013. “We’ll follow that up with the meeting spaces and then progress through the remainder, like elevators and other interior (renovations),” General Manager Marc Choplick said. Right now, work is finishing up on carpet and furniture updates for the hotel’s lobby and restaurant. By the end of all these upgrades, the hotel will have invested about $12 million, Choplick said. “We’re right on track for what is forecasted for renovation,” he said. “If we’re going to have to do it, this is the best time as we currently see the economy recovering and we’re hoping when it is up and running we’ll be ready with a new product.” Located near the airport, Long Beach Marriott has tried hard to advertise its unique location in contrast to its more downtownoriented competition, General

Manager George Maragos said, and new renovations should help. “We just decided we needed to come out of this recession and be positioned with a new product and a look and feel so we could gain market share instead of losing it,” he said. “We knew we needed to protect our territory.” The hotel just finished $10 million in improvements that included a renovated ground floor public space — all meeting rooms, ballrooms (including a 6,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom) and other pre-function areas. It modernized its main elevator and added 1,800 square feet to its outdoor courtyard, as well as additional retrofits and space to its fitness center. Guest room renovations already were completed in a first phase and there will be a lobby redesign and the addition of a new bar and restaurant in a third phase. With the hotels keeping up, Goodling said, and his hope for new arena upgrades, Long Beach

is positioning itself well against fellow competitor cities. “With these renovations taking place, we’re being permitted to compete with cities that are known for having a more urban, sophisticated city design and sense,” he said. “And yet, we can off that with a more boutiquestyle area.”

“We’re right on track for what is forecasted for renovation. If we’re going to have to do it, this is the best time...” – Marc Choplick

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Man Stabbed, Killed On Fourth Street A 28-year-old resident of Long Beach died of stab wounds from an altercation early last weekend. The Long Beach Police Department responded to a call at about 1:50 a.m. on Saturday (Oct. 22) in regards to a stabbing at the 1200 block of East Fourth Street. According to police officials, the preliminary investigation of the incident revealed that three men were involved in a verbal altercation in the parking lot of a nearby business. During the altercation, one man allegedly stabbed the other two. Both victims were 28 years old, and each sustained wounds

to the torso, officials said. They were taken to a local hospital and one victim was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. The other victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Police arrested a 24-yearold resident of Santa Ana several hours later in Anaheim in connection with the crime. His name has not been released yet because of the ongoing investigation. Anyone with information on this incident can call LBPD Homicide detectives Mark McGuire or Greg Krabbe at 570-7244. Anonymous tips can be submitted through

Brass Rubbing Expands Its Offerings By Jonathan Van Dyke Staff Writer

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s Brass Rubbing Medieval Arts is expanding its offerings this year, with an effort to appeal to Long Beach’s diverse community, organizers said. The brass rubbing center opened yesterday (Wednesday), and has become a staple for school and community groups alike, organizer Catheryn Franklin said. Previously, the center concentrated solely on the brass movement in the 15th Century in England, but this year’s event will open that up with brasses from Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic faiths. “What they were trying to do this year was open it up a little more and make it more diverse,” Franklin said. “We’re trying to draw in more people and more things they can relate to. People

have been coming back for years, so we wanted to offer something new and exciting and freshen up the experience a little bit.” Most of St. Luke’s collection harkens back to medieval England, though, where largerthan-life memorial brass plates were installed as monuments in churches, or designs would be made on gravestones. This is the 25th year the church will be offering people a look at its collection — it first started doing so in 1986. Brass rubbing is the act of taking something you can put over the brass, and then taking a utensil (think crayon, pen, etc.) and coloring, or rubbing, over the paper to imprint that surface on the exterior surface. In the case of St. Luke’s, people can take special paper and rub wax crayons over top to create their takehome pictures.

“The church has facsimiles that you wrap in paper and then you use wax to rub over the design to transfer it,” Franklin said. Figures in brass include crusaders, knights, mythical animals, women of the time and religious icons. This year, there will be new Mayan tablets from Bowers Museum in Santa Ana and another set of tiles reflecting the five religions listed earlier. To make the experience more fun, organizers said, there also will be more hues and types of paper and different waxes to spur more unique rubbing creations. Groups also will have the option to take part in the drinking of special English teas while eating various snack foods — which organizers said has become a more popular part of the experience over the years. Group experience hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from Wednesday to Saturday. Dropin members of the public may participate from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Thursday to Saturday. Groups of eight or more can participate from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sundays. The center (located in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 Seventh St.) will be open through Nov. 19. To make reservations or to get more information, email brass. The cost is $6.50 a person in groups, or individually there is a material cost of $5 or more depending on the brass size.

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Downtown Offers Halloween Fun For Adults By Jonathan Van Dyke Staff Writer

You’re likely too old for trick or treating. Still, the Downtown Long Beach Associates would like to offer something to Halloween enthusiasts not able to go doorto-door for candy, DLBA officials said. The Halloween in Downtown event next Monday is designed to encourage that door-to-door experience, while exposing residents to the various businesses in the heart of the city, said Esther McCurry, DLBA marketing and special events assistant manager. “There’s already so much going on downtown that we just wanted to draw people’s attention to that,” she said. “We just want to augment what they are doing.” That augmentation was created in the form of a scavenger hunt spread throughout participating locations. Participants will include Alegria, Cocina Latina, Alondra Hot Wings, Berlin By Portfolio Coffeehouse, Bliss 525, Broadway Pizza & Grill, Cohiba

Night Club, Coldstone Creamery, District Wine, Gaucho Grill, George’s Greek Café, Gourmet Churros, Hamburger Mary’s, Hooters of Long Beach, It’s a Grind Coffee, JMS Architecture, Kabob Curry, King’s Fish House, Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse, Octopus Japanese Restaurant, Outback Steakhouse, Reflection, Rock Bottom Brewery & Restaurant, Sevilla of Long Beach, Shannon’s On Pine, Sip, Stefano’s Pizza, Subway, The Auld Dubliner, The Lil Smoke Shop, Utopia and Vin De Pay. “They have to go into the business to look for the trivia clue,” McCurry said. “It’s to get people inside businesses — maybe something they haven’t been in before or seen in a while.” There are official entries and a participant map to download from the DLBA website, and people will have until 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1, to turn their forms in for a chance at $250 in giftcards. Costumes are encouraged, organizers said, and many businesses will have specials

that day or discounts for people dressed up. “It’s just a low key option for adults looking to do something fun on Halloween night,” McCurry said. “It doesn’t take a ton of commitment, but some people

can really get into it and go to all the stops.” Visit for an entry form and map of participating locations. Contest forms can be emailed to

WHAT: Halloween in Downtown WHEN: 6 to 10 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31 WHERE: Throughout downtown Long Beach COST: Free

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City Celebrates Halloween Weekend By Kurt A. Eichsteadt Editorial Assistant

Halloween is Monday and the action is ramping up. The Gazette presents the latest information about scary (and not so scary) doings. A Halloween display to benefit the homeless is on display at a residence at 434 W. 31st St. Donations of canned goods and non-perishables will be accepted and given to the Long

Beach Rescue Mission. Halloween attire is available at bargain prices at the Halloween Costume & Vintage Clothing sale, going on now at the AIDS Assistance Foundation Thrift Store, 2011 E. Fourth St. Hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 11-3 p.m. Sunday. A Long Beach dentist is asking children to pass up eating the

candy they collect and donate it to our troops overseas. In exchange he’ll give them $1 per pound for candy brought to his office and they’ll get a toothbrush as well. Candy can be dropped off from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at Dr. Bob Stella’s office, 2700 N. Bellflower Blvd. The Long Beach Shakespeare Company’s recreation of the famous radio show “The War of the Worlds” is scheduled for five performances starting tonight (Thursday, Oct. 27). Showtime is 8 p.m. through Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Richard Goad Theatre, 4250 Atlantic Ave. The show moves to the Petroleum Club, 3636 Linden Ave. for 7 p.m. performances Sunday, Oct. 30, and Monday, Oct. 31. Tickets are $20 and $10 for students and children. Call 997-1494 or visit IHOP restaurants will celebrate Halloween from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday with a free Scary Face Pancake for children under 12 as part of its “No Tricks, Just Treats.” The design your own Scary Face Pancake includes an oversize buttermilk pancake with whipped topping mouth and strawberry nose, served with two mini-Oreo cookies and candy corn to let children create their own design. Area IHOPs are at 1101 E. PCH, 2050 N. Bellflower Blvd. and 700 E. 45th St. A Pumpkin Decorating contest and a costume contests for grades K-5 begins at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at the Forest Lawn-Long

PRETTY SNAPSHOT. This Say Cheese Long Beach! winning photo “Parkers’ Lighthouse Plus A Lady” was taken by Hartono Tai. —Photo courtesy Justin Rudd

Beach, 1500 E. San Antonio Dr. For more information, call (760) 328-3471 or visit Adults 18 and older are invited to the Halloween Night Dive starting at 7 p.m. Friday at the Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way. Tickets are $12.95 (drinks are extra) and include bands, DJs and a live interactive video feed from Antarctica with researcher Dr. Gretchen Hofman. Call 590-3100 or visit EJ Malloy’s, 3411 E. Broadway, has its party starting at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. The $20 ticket includes a taco buffet, one beer or glass of wine, and more. Call 433-3769. The Paradise, 1800 E. Broadway, has four days of Halloween festivities scheduled, starting with $1 shots and a DJ starting at 6 p.m. and a 1950s Haunted Malt Shoppe Party at 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29. Saturday features the

Blood Suckers Costume Night, Sunday is Zombie afternoon, and Monday offers “Scary-oke” starting at 9:30 p.m. The Historical Society of Long Beach’s Cemetery Tour — “Where every plot has a story … and the Dead do Tell Tales” — begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Sunnyside and Municipal cemeteries, 1095 E. Willow St. Performances run continuously from 9 a.m. to noon and guided tours leave on the hour from 9 a.m. until noon. Admission is $18, $12 for members, $5 for students and younger than 12 are free. Visit The Halloween Carnival returns for a second year from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, to Bixby Park, at the corner of First Street and Junipero Avenue. Events scheduled include pumpkin contests, scary arts and grafts, an Edgar Allen Poe-try contest and costume contests. (Continued on Page 29A)

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There’s a $2 entry fee for both the costume contest and the best home-decorated/home carved pumpkin contest. For more information, call 983-8139. Centro C.H.A. hosts its annual Dia De Los Muertos art exhibit fundraiser from 1 until 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at 727 Pine Ave. Money raised is for victims of domestic violence. Tickets are $5 and include music and wine. Call 570-4722. A Day of the Dead Art Show is planned from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Iguana Imports, 3440 Broadway. Folk artists Joseph & Chela Banuelos will be on hand. For more information, visit La Traviata is hosting a masquerade party on Oct. 29 featuring a free cocktail and DJ Getz. La Traviata opens at 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and they are at 301 N. Cedar Ave. Call 432-8022. The city of Signal Hill invites the entire family to the Halloween Harvest Festival from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Signal Hill Park Basketball Courts, 1780 E. Hill St. There will be food, a petting zoo, games, contest, music and more. Admission is $3 per child (13 and younger) and adults are free with paid children. The Long Beach Zombie Walk has moved downtown and starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, on The Promenade between Ocean and Third. The Zombie walk festival begins at 2 p.m. Zombie make-up is available and there will be live music with local bands including Potential Lunatics. There will be an attempt to break the record for the largest choreographed “Thriller” mass dance at 7 p.m. For more information on all the activities, visit Registration is open for the Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade that starts at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at Livingston Park,

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4900 E. Livingston Dr. This year’s goal is to break the world record of costumed dogs in a parade. A SoCal Kids Costume Contest will lead the dog parade, with prizes for children 12 and younger. For registration details and more information on both events, visit www.hautedogs. org. It’s Trick or Treat on Sunday, Oct. 30, Buster’s Beach House. They’re having a costume contest with prizes including a cruise, gift cards and other prizes. Buster’s is at 168 N. Marina Dr. Call 598-9431. A Halloween Carnival for young children and preschoolers will take place from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in the parking lot at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 5950 E. Willow St. Trick or treaters can visit businesses along Second Street between 4 and 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31. Cornerstone Church invites families to its Halloween event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, at 1000 N. Studebaker Rd. The event is free and dinner will be available for a small fee. There is a Trick or Treat Spooktacular” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at California Heights United Methodist Church, 3759 Orange Ave. Children will be able to get treats from decorated cars in the church’s parking lot. Utopia has a Spook Halloween dinner from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday, at 445 E. First St. There will half off the menu wine list and Halloween Night Desserts. Call 432-6888. More than 30 businesses are scheduled to participate in Halloween in Downtown starting at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. The Downtown Long Beach Business Association says the event, for those older than 21, will feature a variety of activities and discounts. Each participating location will feature a frightening clue in the window or near the entrance. Participants should

find as many clues as possible and write them down on a form available at the DLBA website (www.downtownlongbeach. org). Form should be turned in to the DLBA office by 5 p.m. Nov. 1 to be eligible for a $250 prize. Trick or treating, face paint-

ing, balloon art and live music will be part of festivities from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, at the Long Beach Town Center, at the intersection of the 605 Freeway and Carson Street. The first 500 children will get free Halloween bags.

Halloween means a costume party and a comedy show starting at 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31 at the Liquid Lounge, 3522 E. Anaheim St. There’s a $5 cover. For more information, visit the website at www.tamaramary. com.


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Playhouse’s “Mockingbird” Can Sing Whether or not you’ve read the book or seen the play, you’ve probably heard of Harper Lee and her powerful novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” that received the 1960 Pulitzer Prize for Literature. Published a half-century ago, this honest depiction of racial prejudice and immorality, courage and compassion — plus its plea for tolerance and justice — has evolved into a Modern American Classic. People are still talking about the movie version, which starred

Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch; most high school students are required to read Lee’s critically acclaimed novel; and Christopher Sergel’s stage adaptation is constantly in demand all over the country. In fact, a production of “To Kill a Mocking Bird” just opened last weekend at the Long Beach Playhouse, where people vied for tickets to three sold-out performances. According to Andrew Vonderschmitt, directing this play has been a life-long dream come true.

“It’s a story about right and wrong ... good and evil ... and the human condition,” he said. “It’s a labor of love that affects me deeply.” Under his heart-felt guidance, a cross-section of community players gave their all to this important drama, and the opening-night audience loved every minute of it. Since the play is based on a true story about the struggles of everyday life in some small, sharply segregated, hum-drum town in the deep South, low-keyed casting made it more believable. (“Sturm und drang” performances would have destroyed its authenticity.) The year is 1935, the place is depressed Macon County, Alabama, and the huge cast includes three young actors. Two of them are the feisty children of widower Atticus Finch; the third one is the neglected, cerebral kid who lives next door. Calpurnia (Sara Kerr), Attica’s housekeeper, has her hands full — not with the

“house,” but with “keeping” the kids in line. All three of them (Brianna Beller who plays Scout, one of the play’s lead characters; Zack Tobin as Jem, her big brother; and Robert Angel as Dill the bright squeaky wheel), knock themselves out on stage; but they often rush their lines, and because they’re not miked, they can be hard to hear. Almost everyone is familiar with the name, Atticus, the honest attorney who had the courage to defend the innocent Negro (David Ponnell) who’s accused of raping a white woman. Peter Stone is terrific in this role as the town’s moral conscience. He knew that a Negro had no chance of winning in bigoted Alabama — even if proven innocent. But Atticus was assigned by Judge Taylor (Douglas Seograves) to defend Tom, and he’s determined to do his best. Callie Prendiville is totally believable as Mayelle, the lonely, physically beaten daughter of Ewell (the town drunk) who accused Tom of raping her; Bob Fetes’ portrayal of her filthy, illiterate father is absolutely menac-

ing; and Robert Craig is perfect as Heck, the good sheriff who tries to be fair. Sarah Green acts as the play’s ongoing narrator who relates the history of the community while revealing the hopes and failures of its characters. In contrast, Phyllis Nofts portrays her crochety next-door neighbor, an ill, elderly woman who is the portrait of racial intolerance. Every small town has a mystery man, and Maycomb had a recluse named Arthur Radley (Dave Edwards). Everyone called him “Boo” because he was an agoraphobic who stayed in all day, but sneaked out at night to leave notes in the tree. Scout was determined to be his friend, and before the play ends, she succeeds. By then, everyone is a lot wiser. “To Kill a Mockingbird” provides a perfect theatrical experience for everyone in the family. Students in the Long Beach school district are invited to attend for $8. Performances continue through Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Call (562) 494-1014 or visit

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“Pacific Standard Time” Unites Museums By Julian Bermudez Gazette Arts Writer

Paying For Sun-Soaked Youth With Trips To Doctor’s Office The doctor’s waiting room looked like a casualty ward. People with great, bulky bandages on the visible parts of their bodies — faces, ears, necks — filled the plush chairs and couches. No moaning, no crying, no apparent pain. Indeed, folks were helping themselves to the coffee and pastries set up next to the reception window and chatting amicably with their designated drivers and fellow patients while they waited to be called back inside for a second, third, or fourth round of micrographic skin surgery. It was Mohs procedure day at the dermatologist. The scene was thoroughly familiar to me. I had taken my dad, the California-raised fair-skinned progeny of white-blond Swedes, to have basal cell carcinomas, caused by sun damage, removed from his face four, maybe five times. Maybe that’s why, now that it was my turn, I was hearing some echo of my Dad’s voice. “What did I tell you, kiddo?” he seemed to be saying.

Sometimes, when I was involved in something that Dad thought was particularly dumb, he would say, “One day that will come back and bite you on the butt.” Among the dumb things Dad repeatedly cautioned me about was sun exposure. Did I listen? Of course not. As a kid, from spring break until it was too cold in the fall, I was a sun-worshiping water baby. Back then, the days of “California Dreamin’” and “Surfin’ Safari,” a tan meant good health, the essential credential for “cool.” No self-respecting teen I knew would ever show up at the pool or the beach with winter-white legs and tummy. The mere thought was mortifying. That meant laying a base for the tan, i.e. the first sunburn of the season, in the privacy of one’s backyard before venturing out into the world. My favorite place to acquire this first layer of damaged skin was the flat roof of our garage. It was hot up there, and absolutely (Continued on Page 35A)

It’s pretty clear that “Pacific Standard Time” is making a profound impact on the LA art scene. However, the Getty Foundation’s area-wide initiative of bringing approximately 60 Southern California cultural institutions together by focusing on Los Angeles’s place in Modern art extends well beyond its original premise. When “Peace Press Graphics” — the first exhibit in Long Beach under the “PST” moniker — opened at the University Art Museum, it highlighted one of Los Angeles’s most important and yet lesser known institutions, The Center for the Study of Political Graphics. Founded and directed by Carol

Wells, the organization has produced many exhibits throughout the city long before Pop-Ups became vogue mostly because it lacks adequate gallery space. Thanks to PST, both the UAM and CSPG shine with an exhibit that speaks to the heart and soul of the power of political graphics. “MEX/LA” gave the Museum of Latin American Art an opportunity to expand its exhibiting parameters by presenting a wide array of works by Mexican, Chicano (a first for MoLAA) and international artists, including animation, furniture, photography

and architecture. For the first time, works by artists such as Asco, Carlos Almaraz and John Valadez were featured alongside those by Wallace Berman, Charles and Ray Eames and the Walt Disney Studio. “Exchange and Evolution” brought video art back to its home at the Long Beach Museum of Art in a big way. Both the ground and upper levels (nearly the entire museum) have been dedicated to presenting videos from local and international artists — Marina Abramovic/Ulay, Klaus vom Bruch, (Continued on Page 35A)

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Ed Emshwiller, Mako Idemitsu, Sanja Ivekovic, Joan Jonas, Bjorn Melhus, Nam June Paik and Bill Viola — reaffirming LBMA’s historical importance to the movement. Even though the Orange County Museum of Art has presented highly innovative exhibits in the past, with “State of Mind” the institution flexes its “cerebral” muscle. Celebrating Conceptual art, OCMA crosses social, political, environmental, race and gender lines with a show that, in itself, pushes the limits of what “art” is. Furthermore, the exhibit showcases artists that often get

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no one could see us. We would slather our bikini-clad selves with baby oil mixed with iodine to heighten the effects of the sun’s rays and bake until we were pink all over. A local AM rock and roll radio station reminded its listeners every 15 minutes or so that it was time to turn over, cultural encouragement of a sort, for what we were doing to ourselves. When I was tan, I thought I looked great. Dad, of course, would say, “You’ll be sorry one day.” Okay, Dad, you win. At least on the sun issue. So, here I was at the dermatologist for the exci-

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pigeonholed in the New York/ West Los Angeles gallery circuit. I don’t think I’ve ever seen works by Asco, Bruce Nauman and Chris Burden under the same roof of one institution. It’s this crossover that gives “Pacific Standard Time” a special magic that is generating an air of excitement throughout the entire city. During many of the openings it’s been a wonderful surprise seeing the museum/gallery community come together. MoLAA’s chief curator, Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, was spotted at LBMA’s opening; CSPG’s Carol Wells was at MoLAA’s reception; LBMA’s guest curator, Kathy Rae Huffman, attended OCMA’s opening; and gallery owners from all over Southern

California have been mixing it up with curators and museum directors. While I have great enthusiasm for “Pacific Standard Time,” I know it’s not perfect. There are major omissions from this rewrite of art history’s canon, such as the LA-based animation studio United Productions of America. However, my hope is the spirit that “Pacific Standard Time” brings and the camaraderie it engenders will continue for decades and, hopefully, new collaborations will emerge and art’s definition will expand to be more inclusive. Visit, www.,, and

sion of my first, and probably not the last, basal cell carcinoma — right on the tip of my nose. Most of the other people waiting in the dermatologist’s office were my peers, fairish-skinned people of a certain age, the formerly welltanned Pepsi Generation. The Mohs process we were all undergoing is a bit time-consuming, but it is essentially bloodless and painless, and leaves as tiny as scar as possible as a reminder that the foolishness of our youth has come back and bitten us on the butt — or, in my case, on the nose — as Dad promised. By the time I became a parent, I had also become my dad in some essential ways. Fortunately, by then the fad of deep tanning had passed, replaced by

other dangers, many of them, in my now-antiquated opinion, involving wheels under or attached to my kids’ feet. And nothing I ever had to say about the dangers of those very cool high-speed escapades had the least impact. Even when they fell on their little round butts.

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$30 Million Cancer Institute Underway By Harry Saltzgaver Executive Editor

A decades-long dream broke ground Monday at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. It will take $30 million and another two years for the MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute & Todd Cancer Pavilion to open its doors. But the dream of Dr. Malcolm C. Todd, MD, will begin rising from the ground before the end of the year. The new 64,000-square-foot center will consolidate all of Memorial’s varied cancer treatment programs in one place. Dr. Philip J. DiSala, medical director of the Todd Cancer Institute, said that 90% of the hospital’s cancer treatment is on an outpatient basis, and the new center would ease patient stress significantly. “Right now, we ask our patients to go up these stairs, down this hall, past those doors, then turn left,” DiSala said. “We do this in a difficult time… Having a calming, serene atmosphere will make a definite difference.” The three-story building will be on the north side of the current administration building and Memorial Rehabilitation Center. The second floor will be primarily for women’s cancer services, including the breast center, the Barbara K. Robinson Breast Cancer Research Center and physician offices for breast and gynecologic cancers. The third floor will include a roof-top garden, the ambulatory infusion center, the integrated cancer medicine program and

GROUNDBREAKING. Douglas Todd, son of Dr. Malcolm C. Todd, addresses the crowd Monday at the groundbreaking ceremony of the new $30 million cancer institute to be built in his father’s name. —Gazette photo by Harry Saltzgaver physician offices for most other treatments, including one suroncology specialties. The center gery where acupuncture was will have its own entrance on the the anesthesia,” Todd said. “The ground floor. man was having an appendecJames Normandin, president tomy. The stuck the needles in, of the Memorial Medical Cen- conducted the operation, sewed ter Foundation, said that more him up. Then they removed the than $6 million already has been needles and the man sat up and raised toward the $10 million shook dad’s hand. He was just fund-raising goal. MemorialCare is investing $20 million into the project. Highlighting the groundbreaking ceremony Monday night were comments from Douglas Todd, Malcolm Todd’s son. Todd said that his father talked frequently about his dream for a cancer center in Long Beach to rival the top centers in the country. And a visit to China convinced him the center needed to focus on atmosphere and alternatives as well as traditional cancer treatments. “They watched a number of

blown away by that.” Dr. Malcolm Todd was a nationally known physician. He served as president of the American Medical Association, was a key force in developing the original Medicare program and served five presidents as a medical advisor. He was part of Memorial Medical Center’s medical staff for 55 years, serving as both chief of

surgery and chief of staff. Normandin said that the fundraising drive has gone public, and people can help by calling 933-4483 or sending donations to Memorial Medical Center Foundation with Todd Cancer Pavilion in the memo line to 2801 Atlantic Ave., P.O. Box 1428, Long Beach, Ca 90801-1428. For more information about the pavilion, call 933-1673.

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Choral Music Fans Have Blast At Concert You have to love a concert called “Blast!” That was the season-opening effort by the Long Beach Camerata Singers, presented the other evening at Covenant Presbyterian, and devotees of choral music certainly had a you-know-what. Artistic director Robert Istad is enthusiastic and knowledgeable about his chosen art form, and his programs are invariably put together with intention and

a good deal of thought. For this one, he chose 20th and 21st century works for chorus, organ, percussion and harp. Given that framework, the repertoire turned out to be extremely varied, with composers new (Jonathan Dove, Tarik O’Regan, Nico Muhly, Ken Walicki) and old (Ralph Vaughan Williams, Martin Shaw, Herbert Howells) exploring different ideas about what this particular combination

could achieve. One of Istad’s stated intentions was to give an historic context to the contemporary works and to make the older compositions sound modern. By gosh, it worked. I suppose some good things can come out of Orange County, and one of them is Jung-A Lee, who was the amazing organist on this concert. She was by turns supportive and extremely virtuosic. Her sizeable and technically accomplished contributions to the success of the evening were extraordinary. Lee was an equal partner with Istad in the concert’s culmination, an excellent performance of a 20th century classic, Leonard

Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms.” The percussion ensemble from California State University, Fullerton, where Istad is the director of choral studies, and harpist Ellie Choate also distinguished themselves here, as they did throughout the program. The excellent Senior Wave Chorale from Manhattan Beach Middle School performed two numbers on their own, Martin Shaw’s too-short “Fanfare” and Sheldon Altman’s lively “BimBam,” and guested with the Camerata in Nico Muhly’s dif-

ficult but effective “A Good Understanding.” Five boys from the group also collectively sang the alt solo in the second movement of the Bernstein, and very nicely, too. Speaking of public school music, the Camerata began giving a Music Educator of the Year award a few years back, which is a lovely idea. This year’s recipient is Paula Riley, from our own Stanford Middle School. The highlight of the newer works for me was “just like a dream experience…” by Ken Walicki, who also teaches at Fullerton. The immediately attractive choral lines, accompanied by the organ and punctuated by percussion and harp, made for an entertaining and satisfying world premiere. Istad described Tarik O’Regan’s “Dorchester Canticles,” written in 2004, as “wild and crazy,” and it certainly was that. So was the Muhly for that matter, and then the Bernstein was there to demonstrate where all that wildness and craziness came from. Howells and Vaughan Williams represented a tamer and saner tradition. There was so much going on, I almost didn’t notice how good the Camerata was. Istad has fashioned a wonderful sound, seamlessly blended, powerful when necessary, and capable of giving terrific, authoritative performances in a variety of styles. What really came through during the entire concert was the singers’ energy and enthusiasm. They seemed to be having a blast.

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Residents of Long Beach help people all year through a variety of activities. Listed below are the results of some projects, as well as more opportunities to reach out to others. The Patchwork Indie Arts and Crafts Festival, set for Nov. 6, is looking for volunteers to help stage the event. Volunteers get lunch, merchandise discounts and a goodie bag. To volunteer, send an email to Kelly’s of Naples hosts a celebrity bartender event from 6 to 11 p.m. tonight (Thursday, Oct. 27) at 5716 E. Second St. Money raised goes to support Team Spirit breast and ovarian cancer research and assistance programs at the MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute at Long Beach Memorial. Bartenders include Matt “Money” Smith from Fox Sports Radio AM 570. A benefit to raise money for victims of the flooding in Cambodia is set for 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at the Grand Paradise Restaurant, 1350 E. Anaheim St. Cambodia is experiencing the worst flooding from the Mekong River in a decade. The Khmer

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Support Khmer committee in Long Beach has organized this event. Tickets are $35 each or $300 for a table of 10. Call 2180066 or mail a check payable to KPA/Khmer Support Khmer to KPA, P.O. Box 91955, Long Beach, CA 90809. The Los Angeles Universal preschool program, which helps families have access to preschools at little or no cost, is holding an online auction between now and Oct. 28. Visit Special Olympics Southern California invites everyone to its Over the Edge Rappel Event between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Hyatt Regency, 200 S. Pine Ave. For more information, visit overtheedge. Centro C.H.A. hosts its annual Dia De Los Muertos art exhibit fundraiser from 1 until 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at 727 Pine Ave. Money raised is for victims of domestic violence. Tickets are $5 and include music and wine. Call 570-4722. The Museum of Latin American Art will celebrate its 15th anniversary with Auction 2011,

starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the museum, 628 Alamitos Ave. A silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m. and the live auction starts at 7:30 p.m. The evening includes an open bar and “heavy” hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $125. Call 437-1689 or visit

Merchants in Seal Beach will conduct a Cut-A-Thon to benefit the Seal Beach Shooting Victims Fund from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, on Main Street in Seal Beach. All the salons on Main Street are participating. There will be raffles and tip jars and some bars also will

donate 100% of the price of selected drinks. Between now and Oct. 31, Boston Proper women’s store will donate 10% of the selling price from the sale of two tops to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Boston Proper is at 425 E. First St.

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Calendar listings should be mailed to 5225 E. Second St., Long Beach, CA 90803 or email editor@ 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

NIGHT OUT Oct. 27 - Fourth District Free Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 100 Aquarium Way. Oct. 27-29 - “The War of the Worlds,” 8 p.m., Goad Theatre, 4250 Atlantic Ave, $20, $10 students and children, 997-1494, www. Oct. 28 - Halloween Night Dive (ages 18+), 7-11 p.m., Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, $12.95, 590-3100, www.aquariumofpacific. org. Oct. 28 - Downtown Drive-In Movie: “Shaun of the Dead,” 8 p.m., Press Telegram parking lot, 604 Pine Ave., $10 cash only, http:// Oct. 29-Nov. 13 - Musical Theatre West: “Hairspray,” 8 p.m. Thurs., Fri., 2 and 8 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sunday, (now 2 p.m. show Oct. 29; extra show 7 p.m. Nov. 6), Carpenter Center, 6200 Atherton St., $20 and up, 8561999, ext. 4, Oct. 29 – Long Beach Classical Guitar Society presents Peter Zisa, 8 p.m., Recital Hall G122, LBCC, 4901 E. Carson St., $10 donation. Oct. 29 – Long Beach Symphony POPS! with Tony DeSare, 8 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m. for picnics), Long Beach Arena, 300 E. Ocean

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Blvd., $21 and up, box office, (800) 745-3000, Oct. 30 & 31 - “The War of the Worlds, “ 7 p.m., Petroleum Club, 3636 Linden Ave., $20, $10 for students and children, 977-1494, Nov. 1 - Day of the Dead Lecture by Gregorio Luke, 8 p.m., (alter exhibition starts at 6 p.m.) Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., $20, $18 for students and seniors, 494-1014, option 1, www.lbplayhouse. org. Nov. 2 – Let’s Talk Port of Long Beach Forum, 6 p.m., Mark Twain Branch Library, 1401 E. Anaheim St., Through Oct. 29 - LOLPERA opera about the Internet, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., Garage Theatre, 251 E. Seventh St., $18, $15 for seniors, students and teachers, cash at the door, (866) 8111-4111, www. Through Oct. 29 - “Dracula,” Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre, 8 p.m., Fri., Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., 5021 E. Anaheim St., $24, $21 for seniors, $14 for students, 494-1014, www. Through Oct. 31 - Dark Harbor, 7-midnight Fri.-Sun., Queen Mary, 1126 Queen’s Highway, (also Oct. 20, 27 and 31), $20 and up, www. Through Nov. 5 - University Players: “Almost, Maine,” 8 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 2 and 8 p.m. Sat., Players Theatre, CSULB, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., $15, $12 for seniors and students, 985-5526, depts/theatre. Through Nov.6 - International City Theatre: “The Robber Bridegroom,” 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.,

2 p.m. Sun., Center Theater, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., $37-$44, 436-4610, Through Nov. 6 - “Snooty and the Beast,” 7:30 p.m. Fri., 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sat., 7 p.m. Sun., All American Melodrama Theater, Shoreline Village, $20, $18 for seniors, students and military, $14 for ages 12 and younger, 495-5900, www. Through Nov. 19 - “To Kill a Mockingbird,” 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage, 5021 E. Anaheim St., $24, $21 for seniors, $14 for students, (low price previews Oct. 20 and 21), 494-1014, ext. 1, www.lbplayhouse. org.

RUMMAGE Oct. 28 & 29 – Found Theatre Rummage Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 599 Long Beach Blvd., 433-3363, www. Oct. 30 - Long Beach Antique Market Super Sunday Sale, 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Veterans Stadium, Lakewood Boulevard and Conant Street, $5, younger than 12 free,

EVENTS Oct. 27 - Fourth District Free Night at the Aquarium, 6:30-8:30 p.m.,100 Aquarium Way, 570-6968. Oct. 27 - Book Club: “People of the Book,” by Geraldine Brooks, 7 p.m., Bogart’s Coffee, 905 Ocean Ave., Seal Beach, 431-2226, www. Oct. 27 Multimedia Presentation: Education and Social Transformation in South

Students from the Long Beach Job Corps gathered rakes and trash bags to clean up Santa Fe Avenue last Friday as part of the national Make A Difference Day. Africa, 7 p.m., University Art Museum at CSULB, 1250 Bellflower, Oct. 28 - Cubberley School Fall Carnival, 2:30-8:30 p.m., 3200 Monogram Ave. Oct. 28 - Harvest Festival, 2:306:30 p.m., Lafayette Elementary School, 2445 Chestnut Ave. Oct. 28 - Reception for Details of the Lafayette Photo Exhibit, 6-8 p.m., 144 Linden Ave. Oct. 28 - Cambodian Flood Relief Benefit, 6 p.m.-midnight, Grand Paradise Restaurant, 1350 E. Anaheim St., $35, 218-0066. Oct. 28 - CUSLB Choral Department Concert, 7:30 p.m., Grace Presbyterian Church, 3955 Studebaker Rd., free will donation. Oct. 28 - Unveiling Reception, 8 p.m., the Lounge at La Traviata, 8 p.m., 301 N. Cedar Ave., 432-8022, www. Oct. 29 - Embroiderers’ Guild Second Chance Sale Fundraiser, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Gregory Episcopal Church, 6201 E. Willow St., 4982840. Oct. 29 - Halloween Carnival, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bixby Park, corner of First and Junipero streets, charge for some events, 983-8139. Oct. 29 - Historical Society of Long Beach Cemetery Tour, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Municipal and

Sunnyside Cemeteries, 1095 E. Willow St., $18, $12 for members, $5 ages 12-18, younger that 11 free, Oct. 29 - Special Olympics Southern California Rappel Over the Edge, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Hyatt Regency, 200 S. Pine Ave., www.sosc. org/overtheedge. Oct. 29 - Turn in Expired Medications Drive-Through, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, 2801 Atlantic Ave., 933-3124. Oct. 29 - Speed Dating By Bike Tour, noon-3 p.m., reservations required, $75, 344-BIKE, www. Oct. 29 - Centro C.H.A. Dia De Los Muertos Art Exhibit Fundraiser, 1-8 p.m., 727 Pine Ave., $5, 570-4722. Oct. 29 - Forging New Tomorrows: Political Change in the United States, 2-7 p.m., Beach Auditorium, CSULB, 12500 Bellflower Blvd., free Oct. 29 - Movie Screening and Discussion: “You’re NOBODY ‘til SOMEBODY KILLS YOU,” 3 p.m., 757 Café & Bakery, 757 Pine Ave., free, Oct. 29 - Signal Hill Halloween Harvest Festival, 5-8 p.m., Signal (Continued on Page 41A)








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so I’m trying to get some good information on the impacts from an ornithologist (and other scientists contacts).” Parsell said she and other members are in favor of having a dog park in the area, but they are unsure whether the proposed maintenance yard site near the Nature Center is the right place for it. Most of the proposed site’s southern flank borders the Nature Center Restoration Site and some of the west boundary does as well. “That area has grown and it is being utilized by lots of birds and species that are sensitive,” she said. Immediate concerns the Audubon Society has include the interaction of dogs and bird wildlife in the area — including the prospect of domestic and wild animals exchanging diseases and the idea that wildlife may perceive the dogs as predators, which could be disruptive. “El Dorado Audubon Society is not in favor of anything up against the Nature Center,” Parsell said.

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Another proposed site is close to Spring Street and what is called Horseshoe Lake — its main hurdles would be parking and impact to local campers, officials said. A third area is north of the archery center. “The other two are just as viable,” said George Chapjian, director of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine. “The upside of (the maintenance yard location) is that it doesn’t take away from any developed land. Each site has its own little and different challenges, but each site could be viable.” The department conducted a stakeholders meeting on Wednesday (after deadline for this edition) to try and encourage a dialogue between different groups and to get all opinions down on paper. Members of the Friends of El Dorado Dog Park, El Dorado Nature Center and El Dorado Audubon Society were expected to attend with various other city officials and representatives in attendance. Chapjian said that if the meeting went well, and there were no major revelations, the three options still could go before the Parks and Recreation Commis-

“We’re there to listen to the pros and the cons of the sites… I’d like to be able to get a consensus.” – George Chapjian sion at 9 a.m. on Nov. 10. There still is a chance this wouldn’t happen until the December meeting, too. “I think it will be a friendly meeting,” he said. “We’re there to listen to the pros and cons of the sites that we haven’t heard of. I’d like to be able to get a consensus from the stakeholders, but we’ll go before the commission and they will ultimately decide on this.” O’Donnell said he wanted to see the issue get in front of the Parks and Recreation Commission in November, rather than delaying a vote for a month. “We need to work together, we need to move forward and we need to do it now,” he said. “(The maintenance yard) appears to be the preferred spot, but we should look at all alternatives. The goal is to not take more park land away, and we don’t want to disrupt the park experience.” He added that he was optimistic about the stakeholders meeting, and he wanted to keep the politicians out of the issue and let it go through staff and the commission. Schipske’s office said that the councilwoman was concerned about the proximity of the maintenance yard location to the Nature Center, and that she was planning on walking all three sites this weekend. Chapjian said staff would attempt to put maps up on the department’s website within the week.

SOMBER REFLECTION. Domestic violence survivors and their advocates conducted a vigil Friday as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. —Photo by Geronimo Quitoriano

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district started a fund for the family and paid for the memorial and funeral. But in February 2010, Vanareth and Chantha Ross filed a lawsuit against the school district and the city, claiming that the school district did not provide adequate security and the city also was negligent due to inadequate lighting on Ximeno between Seventh and 10th streets and not providing adequate police protection. “There has been a fair amount of discovery,” said Monte Machit, the deputy city attorney in charge of the litigation. “The Rosses’ attorneys have been very aggressive in pursuing the case.” Motions have been filed by both the city and LBUSD attorneys for summary judgment in Superior Court. Machit said that the judge will hear arguments on those motions on Nov. 10, and likely make a ruling on the motion the following week.

“If summary judgment is granted, the judge would rule directly on the case,” Machit said. “If the motion is not granted, then it is scheduled to go to a jury trial on Dec. 12… “Basically, under the law the city doesn’t have a duty to protect someone absolutely against criminal activity. If the activity happens, there is nothing we can do but investigate it.” The school district has argued that extra staff had been assigned to the football game against Poly High School that night. Added security was seen at football games for the rest of the year, but school officials declined to comment on any permanent actions taken until the lawsuit is resolved. The Ross family could not be reached for comment. In another courtroom Tuesday, the sentencing hearing for Vinson was postponed until Nov. 8 at the request of the defense attorney. Vinson could face up to 155 years in prison.

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once commonplace and now are a rarity. “Some professionals and students still use film, and we kept our film processors even though most other labs have stopped handling film,” he said. “We do wholesale processing for about 100 other labs in the area plus mail-ins. It is enough for us to keep film as part of our business.” Fromex, which celebrates its 30th anniversary next year, has placed a higher emphasis on prints from digital photos as well as special projects — such as digital photo albums, photo movies, life-size cutouts, framing and more. Also, the business specializes in photo restoration and photo scanning. One way Fromex is keeping up with ever-changing customer demands is by partnering through referrals with Melinda Hollis, professional photo organizer. Hollis is the owner of Out of the Box Into Your Life Professional Photo Organizing. Hollis, a member of the Association of Personal Photo Organizers, has been organizing photos professionally for the past four years. She said her profession is something new, and something most people haven’t heard of, but it’s growing quickly because customer demand is high. “I have been scrapbooking for about 17 years, and I real-

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ized there was a real demand for someone to come into a person’s home and help them organize photos and put them into an album or boxes or frames,” she said. “Maybe they need to have old photos scanned or slides processed. They need help using the photos and preserving them.” Hollis’s work involves sorting and organizing printed and digital photos, including creating albums or other photo displays and updating outdated storage devices. When it comes to photographs, Hollis said even the most organized person can be overwhelmed and technologically challenged. “Some people just cannot face it and want to throw all their photos away,” she said. “It is a growing problem in a closet they don’t know what to do with, or the photos are stored on a computer using programs that are not user-friendly.” Hollis said the digital age has meant people take more photos — without the limitations of a roll of film — but those photos are easier to lose track of and harder to sort through. “History is being lost because of digital photos,” Hollis said. “People take a lot more pictures now, but they don’t print them, and they aren’t saving them in at least three places, such as a picture keeper or small external hard drive.” She said many photos — be it from vacations, weddings or a baby’s first photos — are acci-

dentally erased or lost when families get new computers or digital cameras are lost or stop working. She added that many people forget to take their photos off their cameras in the first place. Another problem Hollis said she has seen often is people cannot edit down their photo collection. “Save the best and purge the rest,” she said. “Delete the repeat poses or file them in a separate box if you cannot delete them… When you take a photo, try to make sure there is a person in the picture. Scenic pictures or photos of zoo animals won’t make the cut.” Hollis’s biggest tip for customers is to print photos and make sure family members have copies saved on disc. Otherwise, she said, today’s photos will be lost in tomorrow’s e-waste. Albright agreed, and said he believes history is being lost because digital photographs aren’t being printed and today’s children are growing up without tangible photographs to look at. “In 50 years, where will all those digital images be?” he asked. “Having a print means it will still be there and not go out of style. You’ll be able to rescan it or reprint it anytime.” For details about Fromex, located at 5277 E. Second St., visit or call 433-4937. For Out of the Box photo organizing, visit or call (916) 7291234.

30 Under 30 Chosen For Spotlight By Assemblywoman State Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal presented the inaugural “30 Under 30” awards last week during a ceremony at Long Beach City College. The awards honor young women of the 54th District who epitomize leadership, community, dedication and hope. “Our future depends on these young women, and on young women and men just like them,” Lowenthal said in a release. The winners are: Kim Brettschneider, Paulette

KEYS, Michael Francis, 1964-2011

Burgos, Daleth Caspeta, Marina Escobedo, Yoshino Rosalia Jasso, Andra Kelson, Mary Khiev, Cathleen Kim, Jaqueleen Larson, Stephanie Lopez, Emily B. Pearson, Emily Resnick, Alicia Rodriguez, Jocelyn Rodriguez, Victoria Romero, Elisa Sabes, Kathryn Saldana, Collin Sam, Camille Santiago, Alana Sheldon, Michelle Tara Stewart, Panha Tina Thuch, Empress Varnado, Stephanie Viramontes, Monique Villa, Lauren Wedekind, Kara Williams and Isela Zarate.

CASSIDY, Kenneth Nelson, 1942-2011

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. This young Elvis was a big hit at last year’s costume parade. —Gazette file photo

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Wizard of Oz, which we saw as a theme in the past,” Rudd said. “Best float is something like a wagon or push cart that the dog can sit, lay or stand on. “It’s fun and the artistic ability people put into their costumes is amazing — some people put a lot of time in.” Rudd said the parade route could take between 30 minutes and an hour to complete. There will be a children’s costume contest starting the parade route at 2:25 p.m. The top 10 costumes will garner each child a $10 prize and it is free to enter. “As opposed to Halloween night, when nobody can really see their costumes, this will be held with a big crowd and when there is full light for everyone to see,” Rudd said. There will be $5 chair rentals for people to use to watch the parade — proceeds will go toward the nonprofit Community Action Team. The entry fee for the dog parade will be $20 per dog. Livingston Park will be the location for the afternoon ven-

HASSEL, Kenneth William, 1961-2011

Keys worked for 19 years in the film industry. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Long Beach City College Foundation. There will be a memorial service from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at El Dorado Park Golf Course, 2409 Studebaker Rd., Long Beach.

Kenneth Nelson Cassidy, 68, of Cypress, passed away Oct. 12. He was born in Missouri and worked as a beauty shop manager. He is survived by his son, Brandon. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

Kenneth William Hassel, 50, of Moreno Valley, passed away Oct. 14. He was born in La Jolla and is survived by his mother, Susan. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

COMINETTI, Pamela Christine 1954-2011

NOVAK, Abel, 1926-2011

Abel Novak, 85, of Tustin, passed away Oct. 11. He was born in Romania and worked as the manager of a tool and die company. He is survived by his friend, Susan Cook. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

Donald K. Buckner, 79, of Lakewood, passed away Oct. 10. He was born in Fullerton and worked as a carpet warehouseman. He is survived by his son, Donald. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

Pamela Christine Cominetti, 56, of Long Beach, passed away Oct. 6. She was born in Vancouver, B.C., Canada and was an artist. She is survived by her son, Eric Schwartz. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

CANAS, Ophelia F., 1923-2011

Ophelia, F. Canas, 87, of Huntington Beach, passed away Oct. 6. She was born in Santa Ana and was an aerospace assembler. She is survived by he daughter, Margaret. There was a service at Faith Lutheran Church in Huntington Beach. Interment is at Good Shepherd Cemetery in Huntington Beach. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

CARPENTER, Madeline, 1932-2011

Madeline Carpenter, 79, of Harbor City, passed away Oct. 10. She was born in Santa Monica. She is survived by her daughter, Kay Manzella. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

JENSEN, Gwendolyn Renee 1931-2011

Gwendolyn Renee Jensen, 80, of Dana Point, passed away Oct. 9. She was born in Indiana and worked as a dog groomer. She is survived by her daughter, Donna Beattie. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

STORY, John R., 1973-2011

John R. Story, 37, of Carson, passed away Oct. 14. He was born in Torrance and worked in a comic book warehouse. He is survived by his sister, Shela. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

EDINGER, Linda H., 1948-2011

Linda H. Edinger, 63, of Long Beach, passed away Oct. 10. She was born in Stockton and was legal secretary. Interment is at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Long Beach. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

ROBERTS, Lillian, 1919-2011

Lillian Roberts, 92, of Los Angeles, passed away Oct. 12. She was born in Shreveport, La., and was a licensed vocational nurse. She is survived by her daughter, Marguerita Sellers. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

BURKE, Leslie G., 1938-2011

Leslie G. Burke, 73, of Cerritos, passed away Oct. 6. She was born in Nebraska and is survived by her daughter, Leslie. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

BUCKNER, Donald K., 1931-2011

LARSON, John H., 1924-2011

John H. Larson, 87, of Seal Beach, passed away Oct. 12. He was born in Long Beach and was an attorney. He is survived by his wife, Mildred. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

ROBINSON, Clifford, 1943-2011

Clifford Robinson, 67, of Long Beach, passed away Oct. 10. He was born in Hosston, La., and worked as a school custodian. He is survived by his wife, Constance. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

WHAT: Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade. WHEN: 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30 WHERE: Livingston Park COST: Free to watch, $20 to enter a dog dor and adoption fair. It will take place from 12:30 to 4:40 p.m. and it will include about 50 different exhibitors and rescue groups. There will be a dog treat stacking contest and a bobbing for weenies that dogs can participate in. About two dozen bulldogs are signed up for a charity kissing booth. To begin the parade event, there will be a pumpkin drop. “We’ve got a pumpkin that will weigh about 60 to 70 pounds and we string it up with a rope and tether it to a high tree branch, and then we drop it at about 2 p.m.,” Rudd said. “And that is to signify the start of Howl’oween in Belmont Shore. It’s kind of like the New Year’s ball drop but ours it much faster, more orange and kind of messy.” Visit

Today’s Obituaries Beall, Robert Black, William Olan Buckner, Donald K. Burke, Leslie G. Canas, Ophelia F. Carpenter, Madeline Cassidy, Kenneth N. Cominetti, Pamela C. Edinger, Linda H. Garoute, Leroy

Hassel, Kenneth W. Larson, John H. Jensen, Gwendolyn R. Keys, Michael Francis Mazza, Anna May Novak, Abel Roberts, Lillian Robinson, Clifford Story, John R. Thomas, Noriko

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GAROUTE, Leroy, 1924-2011

Leroy Garoutte, 86, of Long Beach, passed away Oct. 12. He was born in Missouri and worked in carpentry. He is survived by his daughter, Pamela Dees. Interment is at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

MAZZA, Anna May, 1913-2011

BEALL, Robert, 1936-2011

Anna May Mazza, 97, of Fullerton, passed away Oct. 6. She was born in Ohio. She is survived by her daughter, Joanne Ryan. Interment is at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

BLACK, William Olan, 1924-2011

Noriko Thomas, 82, of Long Beach, passed away Oct. 5. She was born in Japan and worked as a housekeeper. She is survived by her son, David. Interment is at Los Angeles National Cemetery in Los Angeles. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

Robert Beall, 75, of Long Beach, passed away Oct. 5. He was born in San Francisco and worked as a high school principal. He is survived by his wife, Jerri. Interment is at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cypress. William Olan Black, 86, of Carson, passed away Oct. 14. He was born in Texas and worked as a metal finisher in automotive production. He is survived by his daughter, Pat Hecker. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

THOMAS, Noriko, 1926-2011

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