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Farmer’s Market by the Sea

The Farmer’s Market is a community conduit. It creates relationships and promotes a healthy way of life. Long Beach has really adopted this routine of market culture. People come out after their walks or bike rides on the boardwalk to get that certain item that they’ve woven into their lives. — Georgia LoPresti Meckes One Read More

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The Oceans’ Bark Beckons

In 2011, Mitch VanDoff and his son went on a random visit to Gilgo Beach. Walking along the shore, they found some interesting pieces of driftwood and decided to take them home. Later, Mitch sat at his kitchen table looking over the pieces of weathered wood, trying to imagine what he could turn them into. Read More

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Thinking Global, Teaching Local

Lisa Wright still remembers the words written by a teacher on her second-grade report card: Lisa has an unusually high social conscience for someone so young. Prophetic words indeed! That report card was an early predictor of what she would ultimately choose to do with her life—and she was lucky enough to find it in Read More

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Earth Arts

Everything tells a story – Michelle Kelly, Earth Arts of Long Beach Happy New Year Long Beach! This month I’m sharing an interview I did with Michelle Kelly, owner of Earth Arts of Long Beach. I’ve always wanted to visit her pottery/art studio and before the end of 2017, I finally got my chance. Michelle Read More

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West End Beauty

“We never imagined running a nonprofit, we were just planting petunia’s!” – Mary Ellen Pollina, Founder of the West End Beautification Association (WEBA) I was raised to appreciate gardens and all the beauty they provide. Nearly all my childhood memories of my grandfather are intertwined with his magnificent yard, where he would take my little hand Read More

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Bump-Set-Smiley!

When I first moved to Long Beach, I made the mistake of volunteering to plan my block party—those who have done it will know what I mean—and of all the available dates, I picked the first Saturday in September. When I went door to door collecting signatures, I learned my second mistake. Never schedule anything Read More

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Flour Power

“I could stand here all day,” one man happily comments to his girlfriend before popping a piece of rustic bread into his mouth. He’s among the crowd I find gathered in front of Blacksmith’s Bread’s at the Long Beach Farmer’s Market one early Saturday morning. Ray Smith—the “Smith” in Blacksmith’s—is serving up samples of his Read More

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Coastal Companions

When West End resident Dawn Cozine’s dog passed away several years ago, she was reluctant to adopt another one right away. Rather, she said to her daughter, “We’re going to go work at the animal shelter instead.” She knew that eventually the right dog would come walking through the door. And by Labor Day weekend it Read More

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Damhsa Céim Irish

Jean Hagen Duffy was away at college when she got a call from her mother. She smiles, recalling the conversation. “My mother said, ‘you should come home, we’re gonna have this thing in October called Irish Day.’” Little did Jean know, it would be her Irish Step Dancers who would become one of the highlights of Read More

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A Polar Vortex of Wishes

People wear their sweatshirts like a badge of honor after going in the water. You gotta EARN the sweatshirt!  – Kevin McCarthy & Pete Meyers. Kevin McCarthy was turning 40 and there was an item he wanted to check off his bucket list: A plunge with the Polar Bears. Since family birthdays and holiday obligations Read More

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