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Crystal to make donation to Long Beach
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Actor Billy Crystal is coming to Long Beach on Saturday, where he will announce a donation to the city.

Actor and Long Beach native Billy Crystal is returning to his hometown on Saturday, where he is expected to announce a large donation to the city. City officials will join Crystal at the event and are expected to make a special presentation to the famous comedian.

“We don’t want to spoil any of the surprises, but it’s going to be a really fun event,” said city spokesman Gordon Tepper, adding that he could not disclose the amount of the donation.

The event will take place at noon on Long Beach Boulevard beach, where Crystal is expected to speak on the recently completed section of the new boardwalk, which is currently undergoing a $44 million rebuild after it was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

“There is going to be a section for people coming to the event, so they won’t have to pay to get on the beach, and it will be a roped off area,” Tepper explained.

Crystal — whose new movie, the animated “Monsters University,” opens in theaters today — last visited the area in December, when he held a special screening of his film “Parental Guidance” at the UA Lynbrook 6 Movie Theater exclusively for more than 1,000 Long Beach residents still reeling from the storm. Crystal toured his hometown the day before the screening and said it was chilling to see, but added he was glad he could do something nice for the people of Long Beach.


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I know that the City of LB is proud of its completed section of the new boardwalk and wants to showcase it. But I feel that Kennedy Plaza would have been a much better venue for the Billy Crystal event.

There are two activities in the Plaza on Saturday that could have benefited tremendously from the crowd that Billy Crystal will no doubt draw. Now they are competing activities.

I do not know how anyone is going to go to the Farmers Market in Kennedy Plaza in the am, then dash over to the beach at noon on LB Blvd, find parking again, attend the Crystal event and then return to Kennedy Plaza and find parking again for the crafts show. It sounds exhausting. It also sounds like people will have to chose one thing and leave out another.

Does this make sense? What do you think? Is this poor planning? Or am I missing something?

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