The City of Bellflower is proud to announce that District Attorney Jackie Lacey is speaking at this year’s BRAVO Awards.
The City of Bellflower is proud to announce the anticipated completion of the Simms Park Fitness Center and Trail. The grand opening ceremony will be held on Tuesday, December 13th at 3:00 p.m.
The Bellflower Volunteer Center is asking residents to reach out to those less fortunate and donate a new, unwrapped toy, canned goods or non-perishable packaged food this holiday season. Donations can be dropped off at Simms Park or the Volunteer Center at 16610 S. Clark Avenue, no later than Tuesday, December 6th. If you are unable to deliver your items, volunteers will be happy to assist with pick-up. For a list of suggested items or for more information, call (562) 925-9003 or visit www.bellflower.org.
Invest from the Ground Up will plant 1,350 trees on October 15 & 22, 2016 in nine cities across California, including Bellflower. The group’s CIRCLE program, the California Initiative to Reduce Carbon and Limit Emissions, will be planting trees in or near disadvantaged communities, as identified by the state’s CalEnviroScreen 2.0. The planting will be part of neighborhood events held in conjunction with Make a Difference Day, a national day of community service.
Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Office will serve as a collection site for disposal of expired, unwanted, and unused medicines from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on October 22, 2016. The Bellflower Medical Offices are located at 9400 E Rosecrans Ave. Bellflower, CA 90706 (please enter from Clark Ave.).
The loss of a loved one is never easy to deal with, however, Stonebridge Funeral understands the importance of commemorating a life and has many years of experience. Owners Robin and Bob Snow invited the community to see their new business and learn about end of life preparations at a ribbon cutting ceremony held on September 15th. For info visit www.stonebridgefuneral.com.
Patrick Pierre, owner of Pierre Films located in Kiosk B (Belmont St. in Downtown) will celebrate his Grand Opening on Thursday, October 13th from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Stop by for refreshments and a chance to win a free signature video package!
Kingdom Causes Bellflower and Mayor Dan Koops along with the Bellflower Ministerial Association will jointly host the annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday, October 4th from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Participants will gather together at Simms Park Auditorium located at 16614 Clark Ave. to enjoy a delicious breakfast and begin the day with a series of prayers for our community, our state and our nation.
The Bellflower Noon Lions will host the 2016 Joint Service Club Luncheon on Thursday, October 6th at 12:00 p.m. in the Simms Park Auditorium located at 16614 Clark Ave. in Bellflower. The event recognizes the many service clubs serving in the Bellflower community each year. The guest speaker for this event will be Erin Rank, President & CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles.
The City of Bellflower will hold a used motor oil filter exchange event scheduled for October 15, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at AutoZone (9031 Alondra Blvd. Bellflower). In exchange for used motor oil filters, residents will receive new motor oil filters free of charge (limit two per resident, while supplies last). After your next oil change, bring in your used oil and filter and receive vouchers for new oil filters.
The City of Bellflower is in the process of updating its Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP). The LHMP identifies the natural risks and manmade hazards within our community. The Plan also provides a list of mitigation action items that can be used to reduce the impacts from these hazards.
Part of the mandated approval process for the LHMP requires the City to share this document with key organizations within the community and solicit comments during the plan writing phase. If you have atime and interest, feel free to review this draft version of the LHMP (attached) and share your comments with Director of Public Safety Joel Hockman by Wednesday, September 28, 2016. If you are not able to provide comments by this date, the City will move forward with the understanding that the public does not have any concerns and is comfortable with the Plan as it is written.
The 2016-2017 school year is just underway (first day of school began Monday, August 22) and Bellflower Unified School District (BUSD) has provided a few easy tips for parents to prepare for the year.
• Get your shots. Students 7th-12th grade must get their pertussis shots, and must show proof of immunization to attend school this fall. Administrators may allow unimmunized students to remain in school for 30 days after the start before meeting the vaccine requirement.
• Get your sleep. Doctors recommend children in 1st-5th grade get as much as 10 to 11 hours of sleep each night. Lack of sleep can affect a child's ability to learn and may affect their immune systems.
• Eat a healthy breakfast. Hungry children do not learn as well as well-nourished ones. If you don't have time to pack a healthy lunch, schools usually serve students well-balanced meals. Low-income children may qualify for free or reduced-price meals (must apply at school).
• Stay active. Keep children physically active with outdoor activities. Studies show that physically active students have better classroom behavior and a better ability to learn.
• Read! Reading to children calms them at bedtime and exposes them to language, sounds, and new ideas.
• Get to know your child's teacher. This will help create a good line of communication to improve your child's education.
(For more tips visit BUSD?website at www.busd.k12.ca.us/parents)
Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials Wednesday provided Pokémon Go players tips on how to remain safe while playing the game.
“Many of our deputies continue to capture Pokémon and want to share some secrets in becoming the ultimate Ash Ketchum,” the department said on Facebook, referring to one of the game’s main characters.
Deputies advised the public to adhere to the following safety tips:
• Don’t play while driving
• Play in well-lit areas
• If you suspect you are being followed, yell for help and use your phone to dial 911
• Be aware of your surroundings as you play
• Stay off private property
• Play in pairs with a friend
• Be cautious of being lured into a bad situation
Pokémon Go, a smartphone game app that has become a sensation on social media, leads players to physically seek out virtual Pokémon characters in real world settings by using smartphone cameras.
(©July 2016 CBS Local Media)
The Brakensiek Library offers fun classes for adult residents interested in improving their basic computer skills beginning September 7th. The workshop series will continue every Wednesday through October 5th. Space is limited. To RSVP call (562) 925-5543 or visit the library’s Information Desk to sign up.
If computers aren’t your “thing,” consider joining fellow readers at the upcoming Book Club Meeting on Tuesday, September 27th at 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.
The Brakensiek Library is located at 9945 E. Flower St. Bellflower, CA 90706.
The City invites residents to come out and meet the Bellflower Public Safety Team at Thompson Park’s 2nd Annual National Night Out Celebration on Tuesday, August 2nd from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. located at 14001 Bellflower Blvd. National Night Out is an annual campaign that promotes law enforcement-citizen partnerships to help make our neighborhoods safer. It is a platform to enhance the relationship between neighbors and discuss public safety concerns.
The free event will host Public Safety vehicles on display, carnival games, giveaways, inflatable jumper, music, and face painting. Several food trucks will be at the event selling items for purchase. For more info call (562) 804-1424 ext. 2530.
To conveniently renew your business license online, all you need is a credit card, debit card, or your checking account information and your business license renewal notice (required PIN located at the lower right hand corner of the renewal notice). Please click on the Renew Business License button below and follow the instructions to pay for your business license online. There is no fee associated with your payment with a checking account (e-check). If paid with a credit or debit card, the convenience fee is 2.9% of the total amount due and charged, with a minimum fee of $2.00. For more info visit http://www.bellflower.org/depts/finance/business.asp
Building upon California’s nation leading job creation, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) today announced that the California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) committee approved $46.7 million in tax credits for 67 companies expanding and creating jobs in California. The awards will help these companies create a projected 4,235 jobs and generate over $1.3 billion in investment across California. The complete list of approved companies and award amounts can be found here.
The City of Bellflower and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department have partnered with Kaiser Permanente to host a National Drug Take-Back Day disposal event on Saturday, April 30th from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. The Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Office will serve as a collection site located at 9400 E. Rosecrans Ave. Bellflower, CA 90706 )please enter from Clark Ave).
The event is free and open to the public. Local residents are encouraged to turn in unused or expired medication for proper disposal by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Drop offs are anonymous; no questions will be asked.
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a convenient and responsible means of disposal, an opportunity to educate the public about the potential for abuse of prescription medications, and if thrown out with trash or flushed, how they pollute the environment. No sharps are accepted at this location.
With the assistance of project consultant Alta Planning + Design, the Cities of Bellflower and Paramount have collaborated on a joint Bike & Trail Master Plan. The plan has been funded by a Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) sustainability grant, and will be presented to the Bellflower City Council in the next few weeks.
City’s Economic Development Strategies Recognized for a Second Year in a Row