Monthly Archives: August 2010

PHOTOS: Aviation Summer Camp


Connor Veliz, left, Max Lopez, Scott Beachley, Calvin Veliz, Tyler Wilkes, right, watch a bottle rocket filled with water, and under pressure from an air compressor, take off during Airman Camp at Millikan High School in Long Beach, Calif. on August 21, 2010. Teacher Tom Sutfin started The Airman Camp for students to gain an understanding of the field of aviation through a wide range activities including working with designing paper planes, flying simulators and various R/C planes. See more pictures>> More info is at

PHOTOS: Long Beach Flugtag


Flugtag entry “Air Force One” goes off the platform in to Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach, Calif. on August 21, 2010. “Air Force One” team members are from Lakewood and Bellflower, Calif. Thirty five teams competed in the Red Bull event where teams build homemade, human-powered flying machines and pilot them off a 30-foot high deck in hopes of achieving flight. Flugtag means “flying day” in German. They are juged on distance, creativity and showmanship. See more pictures>>

PHOTOS: Immortal Chaplains Memorial Sanctuary


Pastor Frank Orizio, Sgt. Ret. USMC, left, delivers a prayer aboard the Queen Mary during the dedication of the Immortal Chaplains Memorial Sanctuary in Long Beach, Calif. on August 14, 2010. At right is David Fox, nephew of one of the chaplains who the sanctuary is dedicated. The sanctuary is dedicated to the memory of the Four Immortal Chaplains, all of different faiths, Jewish, Catholic and Protestant and were last seen arm in arm in prayer as the U.S. Troopship Dorchester sank after being torpedoed in the North Atlantic on February 3rd 1943. The chaplains had given up their own life jackets to other soldiers and remained with the 672 men who perished. They were commemorated in 1948 U.S. postal stamp with their images above the sinking ship which read: “These Immortal Chaplains – Interfaith in Action”

The Queen Mary was chosen for the memorial because it was also a World War II troopship, the most successful of the war, having carried almost one million soldiers to battle. In addition, the Queen Mary carried to America as POWs, the crew of the German U-Boat 223, which had sunk the Dorchester the year before.

August 14th marks the anniversary of the end of World War II in 1945.

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AUDIO SLIDESHOW: Long Beach Municipal Band

LONG BEACH, CALIF. USA — About 4000 music fans came to the Long Beach (Calif.) Municipal Band’s last performance of the summer’ at El Dorado Park.

The Long Beach Municipal Band, the nation’s oldest continually operating city bands, may be on its way out due to budget cuts. The band is 101 years-old.

The city spends $480,000 spent on the 40-member band and is considering save $300,000 by hiring a different band each week instead of funding the city band.

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PHOTOS: Boys and Girls get free backpacks


Youngsters get free backpacks filled with school supplies at the Eastman/Fairfield Boys & Girls Club in Long Beach, Calif. on Thursday, August 12, 2010. Fluor’s employee group, Fluor Cares, raised $14,000 for school supplies for 500 backpacks. Seventy of those backpacks were given out today, the rest will be distributed to other Boys & Girls Clubs.
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THEN AND NOW: East on Ocean Ave., 1925 & 2010


TOP:View looking east on Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach, Calif. circa 1925. The FIrst National Bank Building (Enloe Building), with clock tower on far left, and the Security Building, behind clock tower and, the Breakers, right, are still standing.
BOTTOM: The First National Bank building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The original bank building had three stories, which were surpassed in 1906 with the current building. The clock tower with its six-foot-diameter clock face was added in 1907. The structure was designed in a French Renaissance Revival style utilizing pressed yellow brick on the street sides and common red brick on the remaining two sides.

PHOTOS: Shoveling Dirt for the McBride Teen Center


Shovels await dignitaries for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the McBride Park Teen Center in Long Beach, Calif. on August 7, 2010. The McBride Park Teen Center Project will include a new 5,275 square foot teen center, and new parking lot and skate park. An additional .15 acres of park space will be added along the 16th Street side of the park. The Teen Center building will include a multi-purpose room, kitchen, game room, lounge, study room and computer room. It is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2011″. Ernest McBride was a civil rights pioneer who co-founded the Long Beach chapter of the NAACP. He died in 2007, he was 97. See more pictures>>

THEN AND NOW: Broadway & Chestnut, late 1980s & 2010


LEFT: View looking west on Broadway at Chestnut Ave. circa the late 1980s. This street was the perfect place to find a bail bondsman since it is across from the Long Beach (Calif.) police department.
RIGHT: View looking west on Broadway at Chestnut Ave. on July 13, 2010, in Long Beach, Calif. The new Gallery421 apartment community is on the right.

PHOTOS: Marshalls opens at former Roberts site in Bixby Knolls


LONG BEACH, CALIF. USA — Dignitaries including Long Beach, Calif. Councilwoman Rae Gabelich, holding scissors, U.S. Congresswoman Laura Richardson (D-Long Beach), raising fist, and Bill Baker, chair of the Long Beach (Calif.) Redevelopment Agency, holding ribbon in white and blue shirt, celebrate the grand opening of a Marshalls at the Bixby Knolls Shopping Center in Long Beach, Calif. on August 5, 2010. Marshalls, together with T.J. Maxx, form the largest off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S. The store is located at the site of the former Roberts Department Store building. The 52,000 square foot building was demolished last October after sitting vacant for more then a decade. The Long Beach RDA provided a $3.7 million loan, at 2 percent interest, to GGF, LLC., the owners of the property to get Marshalls in to the center. The store employees 80 people. See more pictures>>

PHOTOS: Bike Share


Long Beach, Calif. city council members Suja Lowenthal, left, and Robert Garcia test out bikes that might be available for rental from self-serve kiosks near hotels in the downtown area. The city is deciding between two companies to run the kiosks. See more pictures>>