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December 31, 2009

By Rachael Rifkin Staff Writer I kept trying to figure out what bothered me so much about the Dec. 25, 2009 commentary “The First Christmas Gift" by staff writer Nick Diamantides. There's the obvious— I'm a Jew and we...

The First Christmas Gift

December 30, 2009

Copyright 2009 by Nick Diamantides Staff Writer Billions of people throughout the earth celebrate Christmas by giving gifts to their loved ones. But did you know you are one of God's loved ones, and that He has a Christm...

Commentary: True Holiday Spirit

December 11, 2009

By Bryan Golden Among other things, the holidays are a time of giving and receiving gifts. The question most often asked of people is, "what did you get?" Much less frequently asked is, "what did you give?" Invariably, the ...

Commentary: A Labor of Love

October 22, 2009

By Vivian J. Malauulu Samoans have a firm and long-standing reputation for being extremely family-oriented, deeply proud of their Polynesian ancestry, and very religious. These beliefs were epitomized for the entire world to see wh...

Commentary: Reverse 911 and the Community

October 9, 2009

By Tom Jerou Long Beach resident What is Reverse 911? Reverse 911 is a simple way to describe a system that can alert groups of individuals or organizations when emergencies occur that require their attention or partic...

A Park by Any Other Name!..

September 25, 2009

By Rachael Rifkin What's in a name? Well, for Somerset Park (or is it Chrissy Strong-Marshall Park?) it's hard to say because no one really seems to know anything about the origins of the name. We do know who Chrissy Stro...

Commentary: Retirees and the Economy

September 4, 2009

By Betty Karnette California Senate and Assembly— Retired The next time you visit a small or large restaurant, stop at your local gas station or shop at Costco— look around. About how many people are spending money at these l...

Commentary: SH Chamber mixing up its mixers

August 28, 2009

By Denise Damrow 1st Vice President Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce The goal of the Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce's Social Committee is to increase attendance and make it fun for everyone who comes to our mixers while...

My Tribute to Nick

August 21, 2009

By Neena Posner Strichart The Council Man with the sparkling eyes caught my attention - I idolized — Read More »...

Goodbye to My Grandfather, Nick Mekis

August 21, 2009

By Athena Mekis Nick A. Mekis experienced a lot in his lifetime. He was always up for anything and loved to share his knowledge wherever he went. The 84-year-old grandfather, who died of cardiorespiratory failure and other ...

Social networking sites deconstructed: a layperson’s guide to tweets and getting linked

August 21, 2009

By Tessa St. Marie Editorial Intern When was the last time you tweeted? Or wrote on someone's wall? Or updated your status for the News Feed? If these terms seem foreign to you, here's a bare-bones explanation of the most...

Commentary: “Learning to Write”

July 24, 2009

I am taking a creative writing class so I can learn how to write. It feels funny to write this because I have always been a writer. I spent more than 20 years as a journalist, published a book and contributed numerous essays to...

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