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LONG BEACH Moody’s holds bond rating, calls city stable
Moody’s Investors Service Tuesday reaffirmed Long Beach’s bond rating and issued a statement describing the city’s finances as “stable.”
Moody’s downgraded the city’s finances to Baa3 — one step above junk-bond status — two years ago, when the city was in the midst of a financial crisis. But the city has shown “improved fiscal controls”...Read more »
The Long Beach City Council could vote Tuesday night to adopt a law that would provide property tax assessment relief for homeowners who suffered damage in superstorm Sandy.
The city could opt into the superstorm Sandy Assessment Relief Act the state adopted earlier this year.
The act states that cities and towns can adopt a law that grants assessment relief to Sandy victims. The act...Read more »
Grasping their mother’s hands, the Gordon brothers, Yehuda, 4, and Nison, 6, tried to stay upright Sunday as they skated around the rink at the Long Beach Ice Arena. It was the first time the Cedarhurst boys had attempted ice skating.
“I like it, because it’s slippery,” said Nison, who fell moments later, but got right back up and kept skating.
The Gordons and the hundreds of other adults...Read more »
This holiday season, Long Beach residents and business owners are planning an array of events -- from cash mobs to a scavenger hunt and the city’s first New Year’s Eve ball drop -- to help drive holiday shoppers to their beach town.
“All the businesses down here are really struggling right now,” said Kelly Sullivan, a member of the Historic West End Business Owners Association, adding that...Read more »
Long Beach has hired a Bay Shore firm to remove trees around the city that died because of superstorm Sandy.
The city will pay Trees R Us of Bay Shore $43,875 to cut dead trees, remove debris and grind the stumps, the city council decided on Nov. 10. The council awarded the contract, on which four other firms also bid, with a unanimous vote.
“As a result of superstorm Sandy, numerous...Read more »
LONG BEACH Long Beach has received an $8,529 state grant to provide services to veterans who live in the city.
The grant was provided by the state Office of General Services on behalf of the state Division of Veterans Affairs, according to documents filed at city hall.
The Long Beach City Council voted to allow City Manager Jack Schnirman to accept the grant on Wednesday night at its...Read more »
The halls of the Long Beach Public Library were hardly silent on Saturday night when The Roadhouse Band took the auditorium stage.
About 75 people filled the auditorium as the band blasted Americana and country favorites like “Proud to be an American” and “Footloose.” Before The Roadhouse Band started their set, Mick Hargreaves and Mike Bifulco brought their electric slide-steel guitar duo...Read more »
The West End Neighbors Civic Association is organizing a shuttle for voters in Tuesday’s election.
The shuttle will take residents of the West End to their polling place, Lindell Elementary School, said John Bendo, president of the civic association.
The traditional West End polling place, West Elementary School, is not being used as a polling place this year.
The West End shuttle...Read more »
Perched on a white throne, her feet dangling inches from the floor, a petite Goldie Steinberg savored a slice of chocolate cake as her 113th birthday party drew to a close.
Minutes earlier, Steinberg had been surrounded by dozens of reporters, local school children, politicians, family members, friends and staff of the Grandell Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Long Beach.
“I’m very...Read more »
The scene on Kennedy Plaza outside Long Beach City Hall could not have been more different Tuesday night than it was exactly one year prior. A crowd of more than 1,500 residents gathered for a lantern-lighting ceremony to reflect on the anniversary of superstorm Sandy.
The evening was filled with hope and even a sense of celebration that the community had survived one of the worst natural...Read more »