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News | By CHRIS EPTING | May 10, 2007
"What's in a name?" wrote Shakespeare. If the playwright was residing in Huntington Beach today, a few lawyers would let him know, that's almost for sure — thanks to a battle over a slogan and a small T-shirt shop. Maybe you're aware of the lawsuit being stoked like fire-pit embers on a midnight beach; a line in the sand drawn between our own Huntington Beach and an upstart from the north, Santa Cruz. Some background: In 2004, Doug Traub, president of the Huntington Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau, filed 12 trademark applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office giving Huntington Beach exclusive rights to promote itself as Surf City USA. Traub's plan also included the creation of a boatload of Surf City USA branded goods and services, like clothing, bicycles, financial services and volleyballs.
NEWS
June 3, 2004
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November 22, 2001
Michele Marr The spotlight is on Ramadan this year. Since the day of the terrorist attacks against the U.S. on Sept. 11, by men who regarded themselves as Muslims, non-Muslims across our nation have wondered vocally just what Islam practices and believes. The Tolerance Foundation on Beach Boulevard is prepared for these questions. Its members have been making an effort to share how they live and worship, as well as to explain their beliefs, since the foundation was established in Huntington Beach in October 1999.
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June 9, 2005
Mike Sciacca Allison Ulrich says she'll never forget the phone call she received in early May. It was one that left her in a brief state of disbelief. It also made her cry. Most importantly, it allowed her to continue the pursuit of her dream, to dance professionally. That call came from the admissions department at the Juilliard School, and it went to Ulrich's cellphone, to let her know she had been accepted to the prestigious academy.
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By Chris Epting and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | March 19, 2014
I received a note early this week from regular column reader Ron Terranova letting me know that he enjoyed the article about Jeff Lebow and the Harvest Club of Orange County. He also told me that since retiring he's been doing volunteer work, including delivering meals for the Rodgers Seniors' Center. He told me there was an actor, Ty Hardin, who played cards at the downtown center a couple of times a week. Hardin, as many of you no doubt remember, acted in Westerns and TV shows back in the 1950s and '60s.
NEWS
March 30, 2000
With the restoration of Huntington Beach's historic gym and pool more costly than initially estimated, the City Council approved an additional $328,050 this month, bringing the total cost to about $2.5 million. While renovating the recreational facility at the intersection of 16th Street and Palm Avenue, workers found extensive areas of dry rot and deterioration in the wooden building, according to March 20 memo. The building had been considered to be in overall good condition, the memo states.
NEWS
October 17, 2002
RACE FOR THE CITY ATTORNEY Name: Ron Davis Age: 59 Occupation: Attorney at law Family: Married to Karen; two adult children by prior marriage; four grandchildren and one on the way Community activities: Previously very involved with Downtown issues and the Downtown Subcommittee; drafted ordinances, licenses agreements, enforcement memos to the police department, represented four council members in...
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By Michael Alexander | December 5, 2007
When the bombs started falling Dec. 7, 1941, all the scrawny little guy from Iowa knew was that instead of being at breakfast he was suddenly at war. A Marine radar operator for all of six months who had never left his home state before that year, he wouldn’t be your first pick for a hero. But like everyone around him, Bob Wilkinson pulled out his bolt-action Springfield rifle, climbed onto the roof and started shooting into the sky. He was my grandfather, and he had more guts in that moment than anyone I can imagine.
NEWS
September 16, 2004
JERRY PERSON This week, the weather has been so hot here in Huntington Beach that I thought I would take a little motor trip up Railroad Avenue to see what is, what was and what might have been. First, let me explain that, at one time, Lake Street was called Railroad Avenue because railroad tracks ran its entire length from Pacific Coast Highway (Ocean Ave.) to the Yorktown (Mansion Ave.) viaduct. We'll get into our old Ford Model-T, give it a crank to get it going and begin our look back.
NEWS
October 14, 1999
Ellen McCarty About 100 local surfers banded together Sunday to protest ocean pollution but, in the same stroke, said that no matter how polluted their aquatic playground becomes, nothing will keep them on dry land for long. Not even the threat of disease. "We're not going to stay out of the water. If the waves are good, we'll surf," said Keith Ashbury, a local surfer and editor of Five Star Surf, a publication that organized Sunday's Broken Pipe Masters surf contest in Huntington Beach.
SPORTS
April 23, 2009
Rory Fanning, a banker from Chicago, is walking across the country to raise money for the Pat Tillman Foundation. The walk, which began in Virginia Beach, Va., in September, is scheduled to end in Huntington Beach on a to-be-determined date. Fanning was a friend of Tillman when both were in the Army Rangers following the 9/11 attacks. Tillman, who left the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals to serve, was killed in Afghanistan in April, 2004 reportedly by friendly fire. Fanning hopes to raise $3.6 million for Tillman’s foundation, which is the amount Tillman gave up when he joined the Rangers.
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By CHRIS EPTING | June 21, 2007
I discovered an important piece of an airplane in Huntington Beach last week, and it wasn't at Boeing. It was at Neal's Music on Warner Avenue near Goldenwest Street. The piece wasn't a wing or propeller, but rather a drummer. His name is Johny Barbata, and for years he played for the legendary rock 'n' roll band Jefferson Airplane and later Jefferson Starship. But that's only a small piece of this notable musician's past. He was in town to talk about his recent book, "The Legendary Life of a Rock and Roll Drummer," and he, like the book, is filled with an almost impossible surplus of rock 'n' roll stories, trivia and lore.
FEATURES
By MICHÈLE MARR | March 29, 2007
Vivian Zitt recalls someone asking former First Lady Nancy Reagan how she coped while caring for her husband Ronald Reagan during his years living with Alzheimer's disease. You put one foot in front of the other and trust God, Zitt remembers the devoted wife of the former president saying. For Zitt, who spent a similar season caring for her mother, it is a wise and pithy sum for a complex equation. But it's not without its irony. As Zitt points out with a soft laugh, Reagan had a staff assisting her. Not so for Zitt or most family members who find themselves caring for a seriously ill or disabled loved one. Zitt's experience has led her to consider starting a support group for caregivers at Calvary Baptist Church, where she is a member.
NEWS
October 13, 2008
A Huntington Beach woman who, with help from her boyfriend, killed her mother two years ago and dumped the body into Newport Harbor before running away with him, insisted she was innocent Friday as a judge sentenced her to a maximum of 25 years to life in prison. Rachael Mullenix, 19, was convicted in July of taking part in her mother’s slaying. Her mother, Barbara Mullenix, was found wrapped in a bloody blanket with a butter knife stuck in her eye and floating in Newport Harbor Sept.
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July 8, 2004
Dave Brooks and Andrew Edwards Some people feel it's their patriotic duty to vote every election. Others fly the flag or tie yellow ribbons around trees. Martha Neiderman dances -- wildly. Neiderman had a different move for every musical float that passed at Huntington Beach's 100th Fourth of July Parade and Celebration. Neiderman did the shake to a rock band sponsored by the city's interfaith council, the do-si-do with the Square Dancers of America and still had enough strength to keep stomping her feet when the Huntington Beach High School Band brought up the rear of the 2 1/2-hour parade.
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