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Mark Keating June 18, 2013 at 03:12 pm
So excited to be there volunteering and supporting ABC Unified schools!
MarieSam Sanchez June 19, 2013 at 08:41 am
ABC schools rock! So glad to see our community supporting this effort :)
Photo credit: Boy Scouts of America.
Chris May 28, 2013 at 05:36 pm
You are right that BSA is NOT a sexual or political organization. So, there is no need toRead More discriminate on the basis of sexual preferences. Whether someone is gay, straight, etc. should be a non-issue. BSA is now becoming less of a "sexual or political organization" by focusing more on what they do so well - Scouting! "Traditional values" as you perceive them are not necessarily moral values. If all traditional values were continued there would be no evolution of values. This inclusion is a part of that evolution to include rather than exclude people for what is now seen for what it is - arbitrary discrimination on the basis of such preference.
Denise Hamilton May 29, 2013 at 09:48 am
Some traditional values are moral values. It's okay with me that the BSA is allowing in boys whoRead More claim to be tempted by same gender attraction. The BSA does not allow any sexual activity in their events, so the boys should be able to avoid getting into trouble with each other. However, I would not want leaders who admit to engaging in same gender sexual activities. The boys looking at their 'leader' and knowing he engages in same gender sexual activity would be a bad influence from a position of power as a leader. That would be one point they could not respect him about. My two Eagle Scout sons were able to fully respect all their scoutmasters, etc. and they were all good influences, in every way. I appreciate that immensely.
Chris May 29, 2013 at 09:52 pm
I agree that some traditional values are moral. You make good sense in your statements that there isRead More not to be any sexual activity at their events so it shouldn't be an issue. Should it become an issue, it should be dealt with appropriately. I suppose some may think that if they have policies against gay participation that there will be no gays in the scouts. I think we all know that there are many gays in the scouts now. Some of them are aware of it and others may not yet be aware. As far as leaders go, I don't have a problem with that either. To say that gay leaders would be a bad influence on the scouts presupposes that gay is "bad". Even though I am an older straight male with a family myself, I do not see a gay person as bad or engaging in bad behavior just because the are gay. I would much rather have them be open about it. I am much more concerned about people who are unable to accept themselves and/or unable to bring it out in the open (whether they are a scout or a leader). Those whom I know that are gay and accepting of it, are usually very healthy individuals to the same extent that I see straight people as healthy individuals. Some seem healthy and others are not so healthy. We are all human.
Julietta Williams September 17, 2012 at 07:30 pm
Hi MarieSam. Again thanks to Patch for providing the comunity with information about localRead More organizations, events and programs. Julietta Williams .
MarieSam Sanchez (Editor) September 17, 2012 at 07:37 pm
My pleasure Mrs. Williams -- the best 3rd grade teacher ever!! :) (PS she was my 3rd grade teacherRead More at Leal Elementary!!!)
MarieSam Sanchez (Editor) September 17, 2012 at 07:38 pm
Gail, you're so very welcome! What day/time are the meetings? I hope to make it one of them in theRead More near future and perhaps bring my mom along too, so I can meet all you wonderful ladies in person!!
Gail Grossman August 21, 2012 at 12:49 pm
The Ride Your Horse program is one of the greatest programs to exist in the Cerritos Area. TheRead More things that Darlene and her staff do to help people that have challenges is incredible. I was there at the beginning of the program and only hope more people care about it. A special thanks to Bob and Mary Buell for all that they do to promote and support the program, without their love we would not have this program in Cerritos. Cheyenne was a beautiful horse inside and out and will be missed, but Darlene and all will keep this going. RIde Your Horse in Cerritos should be seen by all
Jeff C. August 21, 2012 at 10:55 pm
Cheyenne was a very sweet horse. It was an easy decision to put her in this service as a therapeuticRead More aid. She was not only sweet but a quick learner. Her sire, Cheyenne Knox, was a world champ quarter horse with over 100 lifetime points in various Western Pleasure Classes. It was sad to hear of her passing but we were very happy with the organization that had her and grateful that we had the chance to work with her. Jeff - dinor
mmfbab August 22, 2012 at 03:22 am
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carter kendrick August 17, 2012 at 08:50 pm
Simple answer...they hold the fishing derby once a year. Ban all surfing within a fifty feetRead More distance within the pier that day. Cite anyone that violates the issue and that will solve the problem.
carter kendrick August 17, 2012 at 08:58 pm
Trust me, if this had happened at Belmont Pier, or my daughter's fishing pole, somebody would haveRead More gone to jail. Believe that!!!
carter kendrick August 17, 2012 at 09:00 pm
I'm not a trouble maker, but let them cut my line and there will be TROUBLE!
Monica Sifford August 17, 2012 at 11:47 am
I had seen three coyotes in the North Long Beach area in the early morning on Aug 9th. I had savedRead More a cat that one of the coyotes was trying to get. I just followed in my car and kept honking the horn over & over again until I finally had scared it away. I did inform Animal Control on the same day. Unfortuantely I was not able to save a cat that they had already killed and were eating prior. I hate to see ANY animal in danger, nevertheless when it is someone's pet!
Jessica Long January 5, 2013 at 01:43 pm
Hello, I live on Grand View Blvd. in Mar Vista Los Angeles. Tonight I scarred off 2 COYOTES from myRead More driveway at 2:30am (on Jan 5 2013). I had let my cat out earlier and went to call him in when I saw them out front. Thankfully I was able to retrieve him and my other cats who were also out. Surprisingly my dog did not bark during the whole occurrence. I have also recently, (yesterday) seen a large, pink tipped HAWK circling my area and at the top of Grand View Hill @ Palms around 12 noon-1 pm, and have been told by a neighbor that there is an OWL hanging around as well!. THESE ARE ALL PREDATORS AND ARE LOOKING FOR OUR PETS as FOOD/PREY All of this is REALLY BAD news for owners of small pets that spend time outdoors unattended. PLEASE NOTIFY RESIDENTS!!
janet August 8, 2013 at 04:12 pm
A coyote just got my 13 year old dearly beloved Siamese on Monday August 5 sometime betweenRead More 6:30-9:30pm. I live on Warren, just 2 blocks south of the Santa Monica airport. She rarely strayed from my front & back yards. This coyote got her early in the evening while people were still out walking their dogs. Neighbors… please be aware!
Elizabeth March 25, 2014 at 01:47 pm
What a fun event and great cause. I wish I could have participated in this one. I am pleased to seeRead More that Robin Arcuri has continued on the path of helping others. She rocks!
John B. Greet June 5, 2012 at 10:05 am
Again you demonstrate this apparent need to offer insult to those who disagree with you. This isRead More very unfortunate because little to nothing of a constructive or productive nature can be accomplished between two people when one of them makes a habit of impugning and offering insults to the other. Have a good day, Natasha. May you find continued comfort in your personal worldview.
Natasha June 5, 2012 at 01:57 pm
"You assist an evil system most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees. An evil systemRead More never deserves such allegiance. Allegiance to it means partaking of the evil. A good person will resist an evil system with his or her whole soul." ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Tatytana Marshall June 15, 2012 at 01:13 pm
No, the dogs were not euthanized, they were placed in loving caring homes.
tinytom May 30, 2012 at 10:40 pm
Ya Nancy, it's something they can take pride in. And we too can take pride in it also since thisRead More ship was a product of our massive war production during WWII, which was a main reason we won that war, and is what built our large and robust middle class afterwards by switching just some of it to civilian production.
tinytom May 30, 2012 at 10:49 pm
Here's a look: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_production_during_World_War_II
george gregory May 31, 2012 at 01:23 pm
ARRRGH THEM AREN'T NO PISTOLS SAILOR
Panglonymous May 25, 2012 at 01:28 pm
Lol, tt... Some say Queen Mary is drug slang for marijuana. ("Queen Mary, she's myRead More friend. Yes I believe I'll go see her again.") Why not house all city approved medical MJ dispensaries on one deck, another deck for temporarily lodging recreational users with minor afflictions and a doctor's note, a long-term care deck accommodating those with more serious pain, a hospice deck on which those sailing into their final sunset might find solace and compassion, and below all else could be housed James Cameron's massive ego, close proximity to which would automatically generate a metaphysical thrill ride called The Abyss.
tinytom May 25, 2012 at 02:10 pm
It was an anonymous commenter with an anonymous source under an article in greaterlongbeach.com. SoRead More thanks, it is most probably an urban myth. But my imagination ran with it after seeing the movie Battleship and seeing many similarities.
Dale Lynn McKinnon January 10, 2013 at 05:28 pm
In February,1952 I came aboard The USS Iowa in Long Beach fresh out of boot camp. Long Beach wasRead More our home port and had been since her recommissioning in August 1951. Long Beach remained our home port until we joined the Korean War in April 1952. In a way Long beach was an unusual home port. We were anchored out about three miles from land and there were no other ships around. Long Beach was a small town in those days and the people of Long Beach treated us well. The Pike was in its heyday and that is where we spent our liberties. When we returned from Korea in November 1952 our ships band struck up the tune "California Here I come" and it was a welcome song for the entire crew. I will ever be grateful to Long Beach for her generosity to the crew of the Iowa. Dale McKinnon, Timber, Oregon