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 Free Income Tax Preparation Assistance


Jerome E. Horton, Chairman of the CA State Board of Equalization (BOE) announces free income tax preparation assistance for qualified filers through the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. "For every 1,000 returns completed, up to 5.7 million dollars can be recaptured from the federal government, helping stimulate local economies and aiding in improving the quality of life for low-income working individuals and families," said Horton.


Attached please find the BOE VITA Program Pamphlet that will provide more details about the upcoming VITA events, including eligibility requirements, necessary documents, locations, dates, and times. The BOE will also host Free Income Tax Preparation Services at each BOE District Office one day a week from January 25, 2012 to April 13, 2012. For more information please call 323-980-1221 or visit


BOE VITA Program Pamphlet



Newcomb Academy E-Waste Drive


Newcomb K-8 Academy is hosting a free "E-Waste Drive" drop-off


Saturday, January 14th

8am - 2pm

 3351 Val Verde Avenue (north parking lot), El Dorado Park Estates

 Just east of the 605 freeway and between Wardlow Road and Spring Street - enter at Claremore.


TV's, Computer Monitors & Keyboards, loose electrical cords, computer ink cartridges etc. are all welcome. They will unload your e-waste for you, from your car and receipts will be given.


A "Used Book" drop-off will be available too. Used books will be contributed to the PTSA book sale fundraiser in May.


Questions call: 562-243-1330



East Division Community Gatherings with the Long Beach Police Department 


Commander Beckman will host quarterly East Division Community Gatherings at the East Division Sub-Station in 2012.


Monday, January 23, 2012, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM 

4800 Los Coyotes Diagonal


Engaged citizens from the entire division, including representatives from neighborhood and business associations will be invited to attend. East Division police personnel will convey contemporary crime and quality of life information, and citizens will be free to share and discuss the broad and mutual interests of the East Division and its neighborhoods as a whole.


Please call 562-570-6300 with any questions or concerns you may have.




 5th District Lakes, Ponds and Wetlands Task Force


1st Meeting of 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine - large conference room

2760 Studebaker Road



The 5th Council District Lakes, Ponds and Wetlands Taskforce works to improve the quality of Long Beach lakes, ponds and wetlands for plants, animals, and humans. Participants provide feedback and make recommendations to Councilwoman Schipske regarding Long Beach's natural bodies of water.




The Neighborhood Resource Center

invites you to learn about the City of Long Beach

Community Watch Program

A Community Action and Problem-Solving Program


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

6pm - 7:30pm

425 Atlantic Avenue


Meet the Long Beach Police Department Division Commanders and your area Police Service Specialists - Community Watch Coordinators


RSVP to the Neighborhood Resource Center at (562) 570-1010

or email


View the flier here 



 State of the 5th District


Join Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske in reviewing 2011 and looking ahead to 2012.


Come and tell what you think the City of Long Beach should accomplish in 2012. That's right. Instead of the usual State of the Fifth District, this year I am asking that after we review what the City of Long Beach did in 2011, that you will engage in a public conversation about what the City needs to do in 2012.


The "top 10" issues will be posted on my blog and given to the Mayor, City Council and City Manager.


Tuesday, January 31, 2012

El Dorado Community Center
2800 Studebaker Road

6:30 pm - 8:30pm 





 Shaping Up the 5th


Saturday, January 28, 2012

8am - 10am


Join Councilwoman Schipske to help shape up the fifth district and identify problems that need to be fixed in our neighborhoods.


January's Shaping Up the 5th will take place in El Dorado Park Estates

Meet at Newcomb Academy

3351 Val Verde Avenue


Last Call for the 2012 Solar Grand Prix


The Office of Councilwoman Schipske is still accepting registration forms from teams in grades 9 - 12.


Teams must be made up of 4 students and a teacher or parent must serve as a coach.


The Solar Grand Prix challenges local students to use scientific know-how, creative thinking, experimentation, and teamwork to design and build high-performance model solar vehicles. The race will be held in El Dorado Park on Saturday, April 21, 2012.

A mandatory orientation will be held on the morning of January 21st.
Learn more and access registration materials here .

Please contact Rachel Powers at 562-570-6932 for more information.


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