By Jay Beeler Beachcombing

It seems like only yesterday, but we’ve been in the newspaper publishing business for 14 years now. Prior to that, it was 22 years in public relations and advertising as Beeler & Associates, plus eight years performing those tasks for large corporations. That’s a grand total of more than 44 years in the profession, all of it while living in Long Beach. Along the way I can say that it has been mostly ... more

By Taylor Ramsey OJ, Ray and Character Counts

Regular readers may know I have a simple blog post I began back in May of 2011. It is called “Letter to the Editor & Other Thoughts”. Today I am not thinking of writing about politics or a social issue. Today I have an “Other Thought." I remember an incident that has left a bad taste for me whenever I think about it, and lately, there is plenty of reason to think about it. I just completed ... more

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Leading Health Systems Launch Vivity

MemorialCare Health System, Anthem Blue Cross and six other top hospital systems have partnered to offer Anthem Blue Cross Vivity, an integrated network in Los Angeles and Orange counties. This first-in-the-nation partnership between an insurer and seven hospital systems are aligning to enhance the health of all Anthem Blue Cross Vivity members as ... more

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Human Trafficking a Local Concern

The provocative term “human trafficking” incorporates not only sex trade, but also serious labor abuse. Sean Morrison, owner and CEO of Chicago-based Morrison Security and Investigations said, “About five and a half years ago, we were doing missing children work. A family of a 15-year-old girl who had been missing for four and a half months came ... more

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Gilligan's Island Turns 50

“Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip, that started from this tropic port aboard this tiny ship.” Many are familiar with the popular theme song to Gilligan’s Island. But where exactly was the “tropic port?” As the zany comedy turns 50 this month, the Beachcomber investigated the location where the opening credits ... more

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Kids with Cancer Celebrate Flames of Hope Project

In honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach “burned bright” in hues of gold and orange as patients, survivors, families, care team members and the Long Beach community united for the “Flames of Hope Project” kick-off on Thursday, Sept. 4. Hundreds of ... more

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