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About a month ago, I had just completed my research about a looming national health crisis that was going to be the focus for this column when I answered a telephone call that changed my life … for the worse.

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Dine LBC, the group that organizes a citywide nine-day restaurant event in August, is sponsoring a one-time-only showing of the late Anthony Bourdain's "Wasted!: The Story of Food Waste" documentary this Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Art Theatre.

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As we head into a new decade, I wanted to share with you how much of an honor and pleasure it’s been, thanks to Executive Editor Harry Saltzgaver and the Gazette Newspapers, to be afforded the opportunity to write a column about the trials and tribulations of retirement in the 21st Century.

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Nurses at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center have ratified a contract stretching three years with a minimum 9.5 percent pay increase and a $1,000 bonus for nurses with 20 years or more of service.

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A spending plan of just more than $5 million was approved last week to create the first phase of the Atlantic Avenue Bridge Community — a year-round homeless shelter and service center in north Long Beach.

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You’ve been on your preferred dating site for a couple of months, and miracles of miracles, you’ve finally managed to find someone who might be a good fit for you. Time to kick it up a notch and go on that first date.

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Long Beach's Health and Human Services Department has issued a call for volunteers to participate in the 2020 Point In Time Count of people experiencing homelessness.

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For a person who loves dogs so much — he was the guiding force behind starting the largest dog beach in Los Angeles County right here in Long Beach — you would think Justin Rudd had dogs as pets growing up in Ozark, Alabama.

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State inspections and approvals have been moving slower than the firm trying to reopen Community Hospital of Long Beach expected, and even a tentative date for the final inspection has been pushed to January or later.

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Long Beach's Public Library Department announced Monday that it will join with the city's Department of Health and Human Services in a pilot project to provide help for homeless people found in the library setting.

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According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one in five youth aged 13-18 experiences a severe mental health condition at some point during their life. Also, 75 percent of adults with mental illness report having symptoms prior to the age of 24.

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It isn't going to be open in time for the Thanksgiving rainstorm, and work on the building will delay the opening another week, but city officials say the winter emergency shelter for the homeless will be available beginning Saturday, Dec. 7.

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It was 1967 and the Beatles had just released their Magical Mystery Tour album and one of their most famous songs, “All You Need Is Love.” That sentiment is as true today as it was over 50 years ago. All you really do need is love.

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More than a month after Long Beach appeared ready to implement a far-reaching ban on flavored tobacco products throughout the city, the council approved a much narrower prohibition.

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Karla Flores loves to feed people. She’s been doing it since she was a youngster by her mother’s side growing up in Trujillo, a city in northwestern Peru, hard by the Pacific Ocean.

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A voice on an intercom announces pre-boarding at Gate 1 at Long Beach Airport. The nervous energy of several dozen travelers is palpable as they scramble toward the gate.

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MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach recently acquired an advanced technological tool. The EOS Imaging System is a revolutionary piece of equipment that gives doctors unprecedented insight into a patient’s anatomy and condition.

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A site has been chosen for the annual winter emergency shelter in the industrial West Side of the First Council District, and it is expected to open on Dec. 1 — on time for the first time in several years.

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After facing multiple health challenges, Kelsea Mazzocco said she felt drawn to build a healing space in the community, a place where people from all walks of life could find positive change.

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For the 13th year, WomenShelter of Long Beach is hosting an event to bring awareness to the battle against domestic violence during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Darick J. Simpson, executive director of the Long Beach Community Action Partnership, will become the next president and CEO of the Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Foundation — one of the largest philanthropic foundations in the city.

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If you’ve been reading my column with any frequency, you’ve heard me proclaim time and again, “OUT with the OLD, IN with the NEW.” Well, here I go again.

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Long Beach this week received its first report of the year that a human has contracted West Nile virus in the city, health officials have said.

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The city of Long Beach is taking a proactive approach this flu season by offering free flu shots to residents now through the beginning of December.

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SCAN Health Plan put its money where its purpose is Tuesday, Sept. 17, giving $5,000 scholarships to 10 Cal State Long Beach students on career paths to help senior citizens.