🌱 Kudos To LBPD Officer Grajeda + Shots Fired At Appleton And Bonito

Happy Saturday, Long Beach; today is National Waitstaff Day, which was created by Gaylord Ward! Let’s get you all caught up to start today off on an informed note.

An officer from the LBPD was honored for his courage. Also, there was a shooting at an intersection, but both victim and perpetrator ran off. Finally, the LBUSD announces full-day kindergarten!

First, today’s weather:

Low clouds, then some sun. High: 70 Low: 59.

Where’s The Cheapest Gallon Of Regular Gasoline In Long Beach Today?

  • G & M Food Mart at 701 Redondo Ave., $5.69
  • Arco at 4235 E Anaheim St., $5.69
  • Speedway at 907 E 7Th St., $5.75
  • Arco at 998 E Anaheim St., $5.75
  • VP Racing Fuels at 3605 E 7Th St., $5.79
  • Arco at 1945 E Pacific Coast Hwy., $5.79

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Here are the top stories in Long Beach today:

  1. A shoutout to LBPD Officer Grajeda! On Thursday, the American Red Cross recognized him with the “Hometown Hero Award for Extraordinary Acts of Courage and Humanitarian Service.” Earlier in the year, while he was off-duty, he ran into a burning building to rescue an elderly woman! (LBPD)
  2. On Wednesday, right around 8:41 pm, reports of shots fired sent police officers to the intersection of Appleton Street and Bonito Avenue. A witness said that they saw two men in an argument that turned into a shooting. Both fled. However, “officers located evidence on scene, indicating a shooting had occurred.” (LBPD Blotter)
  3. It’s official! The Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) announced Wednesday that it will “offer full-day kindergarten and transitional kindergarten (TK) programs this fall.” “The district says that for 2022-23, TK classes are for students born between Sept. 2, 2017, and Feb. 2, 2018. Kindergarten will be for students born between Sept. 2, 2016, and Sept. 1, 2017. ” (LB Post)
  4. Architecture Week is coming back to the City this June. The event will run, for the fourth time, from June 8 to 12. It “will feature both indoor and outdoor events, some free and some not, including walking tours and lectures.” One Highlight will be a lecture by USC Architecture Professor Doris Sung, the inventor of the InVert Self-Shading Window, on “rethinking building facades as part of the city’s infrastructure.” (Press-Telegram)
  5. Mark your calendars! The Long Beach Cactus Club has its annual sale on Sunday at the Women’s Club of Bellflower. And, if you like the nice folks you might meet there, consider joining, meeting once a month and “nerding out.” (Signal Hill Tribune)

Today in Long Beach:

  • Festival Of AAPI Books at the Billie Jean King Main Library (1 PM)
  • Tea For Tots Fundraiser by the Long Beach Day Nursery (2 PM)
  • The Art Of Flamenco Dinner Show at Café Sevilla (6:30 PM)
  • House Music at El Barrio Cantina (10 PM)
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Art Theater (10 PM)

From my notebook:

  • Congratulations to Long Beach State Athletics‘ Hannah Ko of Women’s Golf for being named to the All-Big West Second Team ⛳️🏌️‍♀️ (Instagram)
  • Congratulations to Long Beach Police Department Commanders Don Mauk & Ty Burford, who have been promoted to the positions of Deputy Chief! 👏 (Facebook)
  • The application deadline for the Long Beach Recovery Act Nonprofit Relief Grant Program has been extended from May 15 to June 15, 2022. (Facebook)
  • This Memorial Day, one COVID-19 testing location will be open, there’ll be no street sweeping, trash will be collected & some parking enforcement will continue. (Facebook)
  • The 22nd Annual 102.3 RadioFree KJLH Women’s Health Expo is returning to the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center as an in-person event this Saturday, May 21. (Facebook)

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— Sylvia Cochran

About me: Sylvia Cochran works out of sunny Southern California and has been freelance writing full-time since 2005. She loves dogs, cats, books, plays Best Fiends (don’t judge), embraces social justice, and tries to live out Micah 6:8.

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