Friends of Belmont Shore
November Newsletter -  2016
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Dear Friend,

     At our Thursday, December 1 meeting we will have two great presentations.  City Attorney Charles Parkin will discuss what the passage of the ballot measures approving the sale of marijuana means to Long Beach. Councilwoman Suzie Price will discuss the use of the revenue created from the marijuana sales.

     At each of our meetings we feature a Belmont Shore business.  At our November meeting Matt and Eric, owners of Legends, told us about their business and community involvement.  They also announced that anyone who presents their Friends of Belmont Shore Membership Card is eligible for a 10% discount.  If you are not a member or have not renewed do so at our December 1 meeting.  We will give you a Membership Card.  Tavern on 2 is our guest at our December meeting.

     As most of you are aware, one of our Holiday Projects is helping those in need of clothing.  We are collecting socks.  At our November meeting, we collected 200 pair.  Girl Scout Troop 683 has been collecting socks for a month and will donate the at our meeting.  We will also learn more about their Troop.  Please bring socks with you to donate to our Holiday Project.

Look for our entry in the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade on Saturday, December3;  the Parade begins at 6 p.m.   If you would like to walk along with us, let us know at our December meeting.

     We need volunteers for our Committees.  If interested, please contact me.  Here are the Committees:

  • Community Service:  Andy Kincaid, Chair
  • Fundraising:  Bill Lorbeer, Chair
  • Membership:  Vanessa Liddell, Chair
  • Social Media and Website:  Frank Elizondo and Colleen Bentley, Co-Chairs
  • Special Events:  Lee Ostendorf, Chair
     If you have not renewed your membership go to and click on the JOIN icon.  The investment in our community is very reasonable at $15 per person per year.  We look forward to seeing you at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 1 at St. Bartholomew's Church Hall at 5100 East Broadway and Granada Avenue.  Bring your friends and neighbors.


Mark Your Calendar

Thursday, December 1 – 6 p.m.
City Attorney Charles Parkin

Councilwoman Suzie Price

First Thursday of Each Month
St. Bartholomew Church Meeting Hall
Enter at 5100 East Broadway at Granada

Happy Thanksgiving
from Friends of Belmont Shore!

No STREET SWEEPING on Thursday or Friday for the holiday in the Shore!!
Girl Scout Troop 683 has been collecting socks for the Friends of Belmont Shore's Holiday Project.  They will be presenting their donation at the December meeting.  Please bring socks to the December meeting to add to the Girl Scout donation and 200 pair collected last month.  All donations will go to Long Beach shelters.

Update - 2nd & PCH
Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental
Report and Initial Study

The 2nd & PCH Project Notice of Preparation (NOP) of a Draft Environmental Report (DEIR) and Initial Study are available for public review and comment. The City of Long Beach will receive comments on the NOP and Initial Study for this proposed project from Thursday, November 17, 2016 to Monday, January 9, 2017.  The NOP and Initial Study are available for public review at the following locations: 

Please send your comments to Craig Chalfant, Planning Bureau, Long Beach Development Services, 333 W. Ocean Boulevard, 5th Floor, Long Beach, CA  90802 or email

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CD3 Walks the Walk
Who: Councilwoman Suzie Price and CD3 Resident Lori Barber
What: CD3 Walks the Walk
When: Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 8 AM
Where: Marine Stadium Park, 5255 E. Paoli Way, Long Beach

Hello residents!  Our walking group will once again meet at Marine Stadium Park. From there, we will walk to Bellflower Blvd and pick up trash in the median near Stoneybrook Villas and then head to PCH & 2nd Street.  We will stop for coffee at Gelson's Bakery on the way back to Marine Stadium Park.This is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors, get some exercise and clean-up our community!  

Councilwoman Suzie Price
Disaster Preparedness
& Emergency Communications

Happy Thanksgiving!
  • The first Thanksgiving was held in the autumn of 1621 and included 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians and lasted three days. Many historians believe that only five women were present at that first Thanksgiving, as many women settlers didn't survive that difficult first year in the U.S.
  • No forks at the first Thanksgiving!The first Thanksgiving was eaten with spoons and knives — but no forks! That's right, forks weren't even introduced to the Pilgrims until 10 years later and weren't a popular utensil until the 18th century.
  • Thanksgiving didn't become a national holiday until over 200 years later! Sarah Josepha Hale, the woman who actually wrote the classic song “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” convinced President Lincoln in 1863 to make Thanksgiving a national holiday, after writing letters for 17 years campaigning for this to happen.
  • Thanksgiving is the reason for TV dinners! In 1953, Swanson had so much extra turkey (260 tons) that a salesman told them they should package it onto aluminum trays with other sides like sweet potatoes — and the first TV dinner was born!
  • Why is Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November? President Abe Lincoln said Thanksgiving would be the fourth Thursday in November, but in 1939 President Roosevelt moved it up a week hoping it would help the shopping season during the Depression era. It never caught on and it was changed back two years later.
  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird, not the eagle.
  • Americans eat 46 million turkeys each Thanksgiving.
  • Californians consume the most turkey in the U.S. on Thanksgiving Day!
  • Female turkeys (called hens) do not gobble. Only male turkeys gobble.

Going shopping?         Not if you're a plumber. Black Friday is the busiest day of the year for them, according to Roto-Rooter, the nation's largest plumbing service. After all, someone has to clean up after household guests who "overwhelm the system."
Friends of Belmont Shore

Friends of Belmont Shore is an Organization made of  individuals - residents, business owners and property owners - who are dedicated to the Quality of Life in this unique Beachside Community.

Board of Directors:

Richard F. (Dick) Gaylord, President
Jann Kronick-Gath, Vice President
B.J. Newell, Secretary
Frank Elizondo, Treasurer
Kathy Berry
Colleen Bentley
Andrew Kincaid
William Lorbeer
David (Coach) Newell
Lee Ostendorf
Sandy Riddle
Sara Schumacher
Douglas Otto

Vanessa Liddell

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 or (562) 618-2113 or to become a member go to Friends of Belmont Shore.

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

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