Monthly Archives: December 2010

PHOTOS: Kwanzaa


Adisa Anderson lights a candle during the Kwanzaa celebration at the Long Beach, Calif., Senior Center on December 26, 2010. Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga (Ron Karenga) and is a weeklong celebration honoring African-American heritage and culture. It is observed from December 26 to January 1 each year. It features activities such as lighting a candle holder with seven candles and culminates in a feast and gift giving. Each of the seven candles stand for different principals of Kwanzaa. They are; Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith).
See more pictures>>

PHOTOS: Long Beach Airport Expansion Ceremony


LONG BEACH, CALIF. USA — Neighborhood First’s Mike Kowal, left, and Long Beach, Calf. council Rae Gabelich, right, along with Joe Sopo, not pictured, give current airport director Mario Rodriguez a framed sign used during their campaign against expanding the Long Beach Airport during a ceremony marking the start of construction of the expansion of the terminal building at the left of this photo on December 22, 2010.

$136-million improvement project designed to modernize the facility without sacrificing its historic Art Deco terminal or reputation among travelers for convenience.
The new terminal and new 1,989-space parking structure, ramp improvements and a concourse with a central garden and 11 gates will replace temporary trailers where travelers now wait for flights. About $2 million will be spent to refurbish the old terminal, which was built in 1941 and declared a historic landmark. The expansion will retain the open-air feeling of the current terminal complex and passengers will still walk across the tarmac when boarding or leaving their planes. See more pictures>>

PHOTO: Dodging the Rain


LONG BEACH, CALIF. USA — Ayman Soliman helps his mother, Samia Soliman, as they try to keep dry on their way to the Long Beach (Calif.) State School of Nursing graduation at The Point inside the Walter Pyramid on December 19, 2010.

PHOTOS: Vigil for LBPD police shooting victim Doug Zerby


Heather Woodland, sister of shooting victim Doug Zerby, lights a candle during a vigil for hiim in the Belmont Shore neighborhood of Long Beach, Calif. on December 13, 2010. Zerby was shot and killed by police while sitting on the back porch of a beach front home. Officers said he brandished a gun-shaped water hose sprayer after they received a 911 call of a man with a gun in the area. See more pictures>>

PHOTOS: Menorah Lighting in Seal Beach


SEAL BEACH, CALIF. USA — Helen Fox holds the Shamus candle with Rabbi Shmuel Marcus during the lighting of the Moe Fox Memorial Menorah on the second night of Hanukkah in Seal Beach, Calif. On December 3, 2010. Rabbi Shmuel Marcus of Los Alamitos Chabad led the ceremony that included latkes and apple sauce, donuts, coffee and apple cider. See more pictures>>

PHOTOS: Last Two Dogs Found


Kristina Rickard, of Redding Calif., with her corgis Peter, right, and Bunny at the Long Beach Convention Center on December 2, 2010. The corgis, along with two Akitas, were sleeping in a v an that was stolen from a Motel 6 in Bellflower, Calif. last Tuesday. Rickard and her boyfriend David Peek, were reunited with the corgis this morning and with the Akitas yesterday. All four dogs were found in Compton, Calif. Today at the dog show Trace, an Akita, won select dog points that go toward his grand championship bid while Didi, also an Akita, took a ribbon for best in her class and received best puppy. See more pictures>>

PHOTOS: Two Dogs Found, Two Still Missing


LONG BEACH, CALIF. USA — Kristina Rickard and David Peek, of Redding Calif., with her Akita, Didi, in Long Beach, Calif. in December 1, 2010. Didi and another Akita, Trace, were reunited with their owners today after the van they were sleeping in was stolen from a Motel 6 in Bellflower, Calif. Two Pembroke Welsh corgis are still missing. The pair are in town for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championships in this weekend in Long Beach, Calif. See more pictures>>

PHOTO: Doggone Dogs are Gone


BELLFLOWER, CALIF. USA — Kristina Rickard, of Redding Calif., is comforted by friend Karen Raduziner, after Rickard’s van was stolen with four show dogs inside on November 30, 2010, in Bellflower, Calif. Rickard and her boyfriend, David Peek, were preparing to show the two Akitas and two Pembroke Welsh corgis at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championships in this weekend in Long Beach, Calif. See more pictures>>