Friends of Belmont Shore
August Newsletter -  2017
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Dear Neighbors:

            As many of you know, Friends of Belmont Shore co-sponsored the Elm Street Band on August 10 with Councilwoman Suzie Price and the Port of Long Beach.  A great time was had by all, and this is part of our giving back to our neighborhood.  We have received many compliments on the evening - thank you all!

            Our September 7 meeting is going to be very informative and exciting.  Jake Heflin, Firefighter/Paramedic and Public Information Officer for the Long Beach Fire Department, will give us tips on preparing for an earthquake and other disasters.  We also will receive an update on the wetlands from Elizabeth Lambe and Eric Zahn, speaking about why we should be interested in what happens with the wetlands.  More will follow on both of these presentations.  In addition you will hear about one of Belmont Shore’s newest eateries – Lasher’s Kitchen.

            Mark your calendar for our October 5 meeting.  Eric Lopez from the city’s Public Works Department will talk about the Belmont Shore Parking Study and which proposals are being implemented.  He will ask those in attendance for their opinions on some of the other recommendations in the report.

            Our July 6 meeting was very informative!  We discussed and gave input as to “What We Think Belmont Shore Should Look Like in the Future.” Doug Otto did a great job facilitating this discussion.  City Prosecutor Doug Haubert discussed areas in which his office can be of help to residents; he also took questions.  Finally, Lucy Johnson, one of our most involved and hardest working members, gave an update on the proposed Belmont Pool.   

            A highlight of the meeting was recognition of two outstanding members.  Alma Jean (Casey) Allen and Betty (BJ) Newell were each honored with the President’s Award for their service, far beyond the call of duty, to Friends of Belmont Shore.

           It is time to renew your membership for 2017-2018.  You can go to and click on the JOIN icon.   The investment in our community is very reasonable at $15 per person per year, and will get you discounts at Belmont Shore businesses.  Our organization year begins on August 1. 

            We look forward to seeing you at our September 7 Meeting.


            Enjoy the remaining days of summer.



Mark Your Calendar
Thursday, September 7 – 6 PM

Preparing for an earthquake and other disasters
  • Presented by Jake Heflin, Firefighter/Paramedic and Public Information Officer LBFD

Wetlands Update - Why we should be interested in what happens with the wetlands.
  • Presented by Elizabeth Lambe and Eric Zahn 

Friends of Belmont Shore meets on the 
first Thursday of each month at
St. Bartholomew Church Meeting Hall.
Enter at 5100 East Broadway at Granada

Friends of Belmont Shore is a membership organization consisting of  individuals - residents, business owners and property owners - who are dedicated to the Quality of Life in this unique Beachside Community.

President:  Dick Gaylord
Vice Presidents:  Kristina Duggan / Kurt Schneiter
Treasurer:  Michael Crosby
Secretary:  Barbara "BJ" Newell

  • Casey Allen
  • Colleen Bentley
  • Bobby Bluehouse
  • William Lorbeer
  • David "Coach" Newell
  • Sandy Riddle

Membership is $15 per person per year.  Become a member by sending a check to:

          Friends of Belmont Shore
          P.O. Box 14553,
          Long Beach, CA 90803-4553.
Bring your check or cash to any of our monthly meetings or sign up through our website at  Friends of Belmont Shore.

For more information, contact Dick Gaylord at  to become a member go to Friends of Belmont Shore.

Members - Remember to pick up your Friends of Belmont Shore membership card

Members enjoy a 10% discount at the following locations:

Tavern on 2
George's Greek Cafe
Baja Fish Tacos

Just present your Friends of Belmont Shore membership card to your server at any of these great 2nd Street restaurants and receive a 10% discount.  Pick up your membership card at the membership desk at any of the monthly meetings.  

If you are a business owner and would like to provide this member benefit at your restaurant or place of business, please contact Vanessa Liddell at

A special thank you to BJ and Casey for their service to Friends of Belmont Shore!
President’s Award Recipients for Outstanding Service to the Organization




Are you ready?


When:  Saturday, September 16th, 2017 

Time:   10:00AM to 5:00PM

Where: CSULB- 1250 N. Bellflower Blvd (LBSU - Beach Circle)

Parking: Follow Signs to Designated Structures

Food ~ Music ~ Kids ~ Rides ~ Prizes ~ Vendors
  • Fire Safety Demonstrations

  • Emergency Vehicle Displays

  • Emergency Supplies and Equipment

  • Information / Vendor Booths

  • Learn Life-Saving Tips

  • Learn about our FREE CERT Classes

For more information about this event, please visit us at

A HUGE thank you to Councilwoman Suzie Price and her staff as well as the Port of Long Beach for sponsoring the Elm Street Band concert in the park with us on August 10.
Thanks to all of you who showed your support and we hope that you enjoyed the concert!
Friends of Belmont Shore Survey Results
 Belmont Shore Pool Project

In July, an online survey was sent to all members of Friends of Belmont Shore as well as those residents who have requested to be on our mailing list.  Approximately 25% of recipients responded with the following results:

Are you a resident of Belmont Shore or Belmont Park?

            86% Yes
            15% No

As a resident of Belmont Shore, Belmont Park or as a member of Friends of Belmont Shore, do you support the pool project continuing at the current location and as planned?

           89% Yes
           11% No

All comments and results will be shared with Councilwoman Price's office.

Long Beach Fire Department
Junior Lifeguard Program

Wrapping up the summer...
An exceptional program right
in our own "beach-yard"!


The Long Beach Junior Lifeguard Program offers students ages 9-17 instruction in lifeguard rescue techniques, first aid, ocean sports, physical conditioning and marine ecology. Participants also have the opportunity to become CPR certified. This program gives students the experience they need for future careers as lifeguards or in various public service professions. 

Field trips and competitions highlight the six-week course. All aspects of beach activity will be explored from running to skin-diving. The program is presented in a manner that will enable students to participate to the best of his/her ability while learning new skills. We end each summer with the annual Ironguard event, a four-mile run and two-mile swim that shows students the progress they have made throughout the summer.

Check out the program for 2018

28th Annual Belmont Shore Car Show


Expect to find more than 500 vehicles, some of the first automobiles ever made as well as classic roadsters, coupes, sedans, convertibles, muscle cars, sports cars, hot rods and low-riders from the 1920s through 1986. Many cars are one-of-a-kind, limited editions or customized.
Dine at the many restaurants and shop our unique retail shops in our beachside town while viewing the beautiful automobiles lined up on 2nd Street between Livingston Drive and Bayshore Ave in Belmont Shore.
Vendors are also set up along 2nd Street for your enjoyment while you enjoy the warm sun and ocean breezes.  
All vendor space is sold out.
The show is a Belmont Shore Business Association event along with The Bay City Rodders Seal Beach Car Club.  Over 40,000 people annually attend this event and sponsors present at the show include:  The Port of Long Beach, Performance Plus Tire, The Long Beach Airport and Long Beach Transit, Machan Signs 
and Electric Car Sales.
East Second Street from Livingstone to Bay Shore and intersecting side streets from Quincy Avenue to Claremont Avenue will be closed to traffic from 5 am to 5 pm or until 2nd Street is cleared to open. Bayshore Ave will be open to traffic.

Questions:   email:


New Roundabout at Park & 6th
Just in case you didn't see Councilwoman Price's announcement, take a look at the new roundabout located at Park Avenue and 6th Street!  

And although just outside of the Belmont Shore/Belmont Park perimeter, most residents probably use Park Avenue on a weekly basis.  Here is a short review of the driving rules regarding roundabouts or traffic circles and a short, but very good, video: 

1. Slow Down
2. Watch for Pedestrians in the Crosswalk
3. Yield to Traffic already in the Roundabout 
4. Use your Turn Signal when Exiting 
Short Video Tutorial on Roundabout Safety

Friends of Belmont Shore
P.O. Box 14553 - Long Beach, CA  90853

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