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PHOTOS: Peyton Manning Goes to Disneyland


Denver Bronco’s quarterback Peyton Manning rides down Main Street USA with his twin children, Marshall and Mosley, during a parade to celebrate their Super Bowl win on Monday in Anaheim.

PHOTOS: Long Beach Waterfront’s Disconnect with North Pine Avenue

 

The latest attempt to bridge the breach between the waterfront and downtown is a study by the Urban Land Institute, hired by the Downtown Long Beach Associates, analyzing the waterfront and ways to better connect the area with the growing and vibrant downtown and East Village areas of Long Beach. Read the story>>

PHOTOS: Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific hosting daily march of the penguins in June


Three Magellanic penguins waddled through an exhibit at Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific on Friday, in preparation for a new morning ritual.

During the preview, bird handlers chased the penguins as they ran past giggling children and sea otters. The South American birds then doubled back and stared at the giant tank full of fish and otters.

Starting Sunday, the penguins will make a daily public trek across the Northern Pacific Gallery every morning at 10. The birds begin their walk by the sea otter exhibit and end it by the giant Pacific octopus.

The daily penguin walk is part of the aquarium’s “Summer of Wonder” program and is included with regular admission.

The summer program includes an opportunity to make and drive a mini underwater submarine and features new exhibits about the Southern California steelhead and the Guam kingfisher, as well as touch tanks with horseshoe crabs, corals and sponges.

PHOTOS: Long Beach Mayoral Race


Checked in on mayoral candidates Robert Garcia and Damon Dunn Tuesday night. Out of 10 candidates Garcia and Dunn earned the most votes – they’ll face a runoff election in June.

PHOTOS: Long Beach’s Keeper of the History

Marshall Pumphrey inside one of five containers he owns full of Long Beach historical items on Tuesday. Pumphrey is a historian who picks up artifacts and items and places them in venues around the city. Read the story>>

PHOTOS: Portion of Temple Avenue Bridge Disappears Overnight

Workers dismantled part of the north bound Temple Avenue bridge where it crosses the San Diego (405) Freeway over the weekend in Long Beach. Work is being done to repair water damage to the bridge.

MR. LONG BEACH: Roadside curiosities in Long Beach

Last week reader Greg Czopek asked me about a curious wire he found high above the streets north of Long Beach Airport. Turns out it was an eruv – a symbolic “walled city” used by Orthodox Jews on the Sabbath.

Greg’s question got me thinking, “Are there other things do we drive by everyday that we know nothing about?”

I took a cruise around the city – searching for things I knew nothing about. Turns out there are plenty of sidewalk curiosities dotting city streets all over Long Beach.

With the help of city traffic engineer David Roseman, I’ve identified some of the unknowns scattered around the city.

1. World War II era air raid siren. It was part of the civil defense system. Roseman said, “When I was a kid in school (in the) mid 1970s they still tested them once a month.” He said it is doubtful they still work.

2. Traffic signal control box; It’s owned by the city of Long Beach – although the painting is courtesy of the now defunct RDA. The box houses computers and communications equipment to control a traffic signal and communicate to other traffic signals along a corridor.

3. Police call box. Back in the day, before cops had radios to communicate, the police maintained phones in these boxes to call into the station. The officers would also report incidents, get assignments, and ask for help.

4. Southern California Edison vents. These metal cylinders are probably the most common item on this list. The vents help to expel gas so that the vaults don’t explode.

5. Microwave communication system. Even though most are no longer in use, they are still attached to many signals across the city. The antennas allowed traffic signal computers, the ones in the boxes listed above, to talk to one another and keep traffic signals synchronized.

 

MR. LONG BEACH: No pate, but special beef at Kelly’s replacement

The former site of Kelly's of Naples is undergoing a transformation to Chianina Steakhouse. The new restaurant is scheduled to open on Dec. 15.

The former site of Kelly’s of Naples is undergoing a transformation to Chianina Steakhouse. The new restaurant is scheduled to open on Dec. 15.

 

Here is my third Sunday column.

Q. My friends and I are devastated that Kelly’s in Naples is no more. Their paté at the beginning of every meal was always a highlight. We have actually carried a container of it aboard an airplane on several occasions when we traveled to Portland, Oregon to visit friends who were pining for its creamy deliciousness. Please find out if Michael will be making this Long Beach tradition part of his new steakhouse.
–Rosemary Sissons, University Park Estates

A. No, you won’t be able to get the paté you loved at the restaurant replacing Kelly’s.

Michael Dane, the new owner of the former Kelly’s in Naples Restaurant, said they will have all sorts of paté, but not the exact paté that Kelly’s served – nor will it be placed on every table like the former restaurant.

Kelly’s, which opened in 1958, closed earlier this year. The closure was wrought with “he said, she saids” that involved locks being drilled out and changed, then replaced, then drilled out again and somewhere in between, a good portion of the restaurant’s equipment was shuffled out the door. It’s a complicated story that Mr. Long Beach won’t get into here, because, well … it’s complicated.

Dane said he has nothing to do with the old troubles and he doesn’t own the rights to use the Kelly’s name. “Kelly’s was a tradition” he said, “but we are going to create a new tradition and maintain a steakhouse at that location.”

When asked about comparisons to Kelly’s, the oldest steakhouse in the city, Dane simply said his new restaurant, name Chianina, is going to be, “Long Beach’s newest steakhouse.” He added, “We are not hopeful, we are sure we will make this successful.” This will be his third restaurant on Naples Island.

Dane said he hopes to create a “gourmet food alley that not only includes my restaurants, but also Naples Sushi, the Rib Company, K.C. Branaghan’s and more.” He added, “I’d like to see an expansion of dining that’s different from the national brands on Second Street.”

Chianina, meaning white cow, is named for a 2000-year-old Italian breed of cattle that Dane is raising and breeding in Oregon specifically for this restaurant at 5716 E. 2nd St.

Michael Dane is slated to open the new steakhouse Dec. 15. His company, Michael’s Restaurant Group, also owns Michael’s on Naples and Michael’s Pizzeria.

Mr. Long Beach’s Fun Fact: During World War II, two exterior cement boxes were built on the roof of The Breakers in Downtown Long Beach for defense. The Sky Room restaurant at the top of the building became the official Airwatch Headquarters for Long Beach Harbor. One of the boxes still is atop the south side of the tower.

From queries about the history of Long Beach, to “Can my neighbor raise bees in his backyard,” Mr. Long Beach will find the answers. I am Mr. Long Beach. Send your questions to MrLongBeach@lbregister.com.

 

PHOTOS: New Traffic Signal at Pacific Ave. and 8th. Street

Long Beach Vice Mayor Robert Garcia prepares to unveil a new traffic signal during a ceremony to turn on the light at the intersection of Pacific Avenue & 9th Street. “This new traffic signal will make it safer and easier for our residents to cross Pacific Avenue and access the new dog park, schools, businesses, and transit services,” said Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, who represents the First Council District. The new traffic signal includes enhanced street lighting, pedestrian countdown indications, and a southbound to eastbound left-turn arrow to facilitate left-turns by transit vehicles. The project was funded by the Gas Tax with total project costs estimated at $175,000.

Long Beach Vice Mayor Robert Garcia dons a harness for a ceremony to turn on a new traffic signal at the intersection of Pacific Avenue & 9th Street. “This new traffic signal will make it safer and easier for our residents to cross Pacific Avenue and access the new dog park, schools, businesses, and transit services,” said Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, who represents the First Council District. The new traffic signal includes enhanced street lighting, pedestrian countdown indications, and a southbound to eastbound left-turn arrow to facilitate left-turns by transit vehicles. The project was funded by the Gas Tax with total project costs estimated at $175,000.