Rich Archbold


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Rich Archbold

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  • Columns

    She’ll make her name as Long Beach City College’s new president: Rich Archbold

    You might think anyone named Reagan leans to the right a little, like Republican President Ronald Reagan, or at least be Irish.But if you’re talking about Reagan Romali, the new president of Long Beach City College, you’d be wrong on both counts.Romali is a French Italian who leaned Democratic as a student at Rutgers University, where she was known by her christened name, Lara, after a character in “Dr.

  • Camping

    Thank you Press-Telegram readers: we raised $80K to send kids to camp

    The donations ranged from Great Grandma Gigi Lee to Long Beach’s former First Lady Nancy Foster. Diners at Johnny Rebs’ restaurants shelled out money for peanuts. Larry and Eloise Kroeze wanted to put a smile on a child’s face.The generosity of these readers, plus more than 400 others, raised a record-setting $80,093 for the Press-Telegram’s Send-a-Kid-to-Camp campaign, which officially ended last week.This means P-T readers have donated $1,423,411...

  • Columns

    How a ‘little idea’ grew to send Tom’s Kids to camp: Rich Archbold

    Eighteen years ago, Jean Bixby Smih, chairwoman of the Long Beach Community Foundation, came to the Press-Telegram and asked if we would be interested in helping send inner-city kids to camp in the mountains.“Sounds good,” I said, “and I know just the man to make it work, assuming he’s interested.” I called in Tom Hennessy, our local columnist. He heard Jean talk about how so many kids were going through difficult childhoods with little or no hope of...

  • Obituaries

    Herb Bramley, who created firefighter’s museum in Long Beach, dies at 95

    Herb Bramley, who built a dream into the historic Long Beach Firefighter’s Museum, has died. He was 95.Bramley joined the Long Beach Fire Department as a rookie firefighter in 1946, and early on had a vision to someday preserve the rich history of the department, according to Museum President Glen Goodrich.His dream came true when the Firefighter’s Museum opened in 1980 at Fire Station 10 at 1445 Peterson Ave. “Herb left an indelible mark on the...

  • Columns

    Retiring Doug Drummond leaves Long Beach better than it was: Rich Archbold

    A thin smile creases Doug Drummond’s face when you call him Bulldog.“The cops used to call me Bulldog,” said Drummond, a former paratrooper, police officer and city councilman, and a recently retired harbor commissioner.Drummond relishes the nickname made famous by Capt. Hugh “Bulldog” Drummond, a fictional detective and adventurer in novels and movies. The Bulldog was one tough cookie. The same description could apply to the real-life...

  • Camping

    Still time to support the Press-Telegram’s summer camp program ­— but not much

    Time is running out to make donations to the Press-Telegram’s Send-a-Kid-to-Camp Fund. The campaign, which has raised $72,863 so far, ends this week, said Marcelle Epley, president and CEO of the Long Beach Community Foundation which has partnered with the newspaper to send kids to camp.Thanks to donations from readers, many youngsters are in camps now operated by the Big Five youth agencies: YMCA, Camp Fire USA, Boys & Girls Clubs, Boy Scouts and Girl...

  • Columns

    At Long Beach park oasis, Mark Bixby’s spirit lives on: Rich Archbold

    One of Long Beach’s best-kept park secrets is a beautiful ribbon of green in what used to be dirt and weeds in an abandoned Pacific Railway right-of-way.“This is just a fantastic place,” former Mayor Beverly O’Neill said last week.“This is a real oasis amid all the concrete,” said 4th District Long Beach City Councilman Daryl Supernaw.O’Neill and Supernaw joined more than 100 Long Beach Rotarians and guests at a...

  • Charity fundraising

    Thanks to P-T fund, Long Beach kids spend summer in the mountains

    Aidan Perreira, 13, drew back his bow, aimed, and fired an arrow smack into the bulls-eye of a target attached to a bundle of hay. His prize? Being able to drench the camp counselor of his choice with ice cold water later that day.Perreira and 150 other youngsters got to spend a week at Camp Wintaka in the San Bernardino Mountains recently, many of them courtesy of readers who donated to the Press-Telegram’s Send-a-Kid-to-Camp Fund. So far this year, $72,538 has been...

  • Columns

    These Long Beach middle-school students earn rewards and opportunity: Rich Archbold

    This was not your ordinary graduation whre all you got was a handshake and a smile.These students, graduating from Long Beach middle schools, took home with them a brand new laptop, a printer, flashdrive and a backpack.When their names were called, they practically jumped out of their seats to accept their electronic treasures.These students had just completed a rigorous program sponsored by the Education Equals Opportunity Too Leadership Foundation in connection with...

  • Camping

    Manuel, 11, learned to love arts and crafts – and face-painting – at camp

    When Manuel, 11, heard that he had been selected for summer camp, he was excited, except for arts and crafts.“I didn’t think I would like all that art stuff, but one of the best times I had was when they painted our faces,” he told a Boys & Girls Clubs counselor.Manuel said he also liked hiking, swimming and singing around the campfire at night.“I didn’t know I could have so much fun away from home,” he said.Home is a...