A Los Alamitos woman’s writings have appeared in the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books. To read the profile of Los Alamitos author Sallie Rodman, visit www.sunnews.org and click on “The ‘write stuff’ for Sallie Rodman is expressing her personal journey.”

Funny. When I was a young man, I often had trouble spelling the word centennial—never mind wrapping my imagination around the concept that something could last so long as 100 years. The concept is a little easier to grasp now that I’ve lived half a century. And the word centennial has become easier to spell, if only because I covered Avalon’s centennial celebration last year and may be covering the run up to the centennial as we approach 2015 and the city’s big 100th birthday party.

District Five Councilman Michael Levitt raised two valid points at the last council meeting—editors do get tired of seeing the same thing every year and Seal Beach does need to put on one very special event. We certainly don’t want to repeat the mistake another California city made last year by treating the centennial as a private event that discourages tourist participation. We’re a beach town. We need the tourists. Their dollars help make our small town life possible. We need to include them in the big Seal Beach Party.

So tell me, what do you folks think our town should do to celebrate its centennial?

Seal Beach Playgroup has issued an invitation to everyone to attend their annual open house. For details, visit www.sunnews.org and click on “Seal Beach Playgroup sets open house.”

This week, Sun readers sound off on the possible foreclosure on the home of a Salon Meritage widow, Rush Park in Rossmoor, St. Isidore and atheists. For details, visit www.sunnews.org and click on “Letters to the Editor: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.”

And don’t forget to write to the Sun to share your opinions. Email Editor Dennis Kaiser at dennis@sunnews.org

The Sun’s newest business columnist discusses networking as a marketing strategy in her first column for us. To read Notes On Networking By Sarah Parra, visit www.sunnews.org and click on “The professional way to network.”

The Katin Seal Beach Surfing Championships is one of the biggest sport events of each year in Seal Beach. For details of last weekend’s event, visit www.sunnews.org and click on “Waves hit for contest.”

In 2009, a Los Alamitos woman was murdered and the apartment set on fire with two children inside. This week, opening arguments began in the trial of the man accused of committing the crime—the deceased’s grandson. For details, see www.sunnews.org and click on “Crime Log: Trial starts in 2009 Los Alamitos murder-arson case”

Seth Eaker, Seal Beach activist, businessman and contributor to the Sun Newspaper, will be getting an Americana Award in February. For details, visit www.sunnews.org and click on “Seth Eaker named Seal Beach Citizen of the Year by Cypress College.”

Many people aspire to write novels. A few actually write novel-length stories. Fewer still actually get published. For details about a local man who’s first novel is now available to read, visit www.sunnews.org and click on “Seal Beach’s Ralph Cohen publishes his long time coming debut novel.”

The owners of Beach Fitness have organized the region’s first weightlifting competition in hope of starting an annual tradition. For details, visit www.sunnews.org and click on “Beach Fitness in Seal Beach to host weightlifting event.”