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Entertainment | By Josh Aden | October 25, 2007
Theater people are superstitious. In fact they?re so superstitious that many traditions ? like never saying ?Macbeth? in a theater or ?good luck? before a show ? are firmly cemented as part of the drama culture. Not surprisingly, it?s rare to find an old theater that doesn?t have a ghost story or two associated with it. Huntington Beach High School?s historic theater is haunted by a ghost named George. Students of the school?s Academy of Performing Arts have dealt with this mischievous specter for decades.
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July 14, 2005
Lauren Vane An employee of a Westminster towing company was arrested after an investigation by Huntington Beach police alleged that the company had illegally towed vehicles from private properties in Huntington Beach, police said. Mark Alan Mathis, 45, of Westminster, the night supervisor at Medlin's Towing, allegedly conspired with his friend, Sean Edwin Hyepock, 36, also of Westminster, to tow cars from private properties without property owners' permission, pulling in extra dollars in tow and storage fees.
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August 10, 2000
Theresa Moreau HUNTINGTON BEACH -- A review of City Atty. Gail Hutton's office noted "significant improvements" in recent years, but it also showed the office is plagued with some of the same problems it had during a 1985 audit. The report -- released last week as part of a seven-month management audit -- offered 33 recommendations to improve operations. Those suggestions include hiring an experienced litigator as deputy city attorney, implementing office procedures and training programs to improve customer service, and requiring a supervising attorney to be in the office at all times.
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September 7, 2000
Theresa Moreau HUNTINGTON BEACH -- Sauntering down the aisle of St. Bonaventure Catholic Church with a collection basket in hand, Mayor Dave Garofalo -- all 5 feet and 4 inches of him -- spreads himself around. A wave here. A wink there. Even tousling the hair of a youngster sitting on the edge of a pew. Personality plus. A self-deprecating amateur comedian whose favorite target is himself. Even after his second open-heart surgery in as many years, Garofalo wisecracked last spring, "Many people in the community were surprised I had a heart."
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By Chris Epting | January 16, 2010
I?m sitting here trying to make sense and write this column about what I witnessed last week ? the two services I attended for Jimmy ?The Rev? Sullivan, drummer (who wrote and sang) for the Huntington Beach-based band Avenged Sevenfold. If you saw the column I wrote a few months back about Joe and Barbara Sullivan, Jimmy?s parents, you?ll remember that this tight-knit family knew early that the little boy banging on toys in the tub was destined for something percussive ? but as the member of a spectacularly popular band?
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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.
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June 3, 2004
Associate in Arts Degree Summer 2003 Susan Marie Berthold RaSheda Marie Bittok Carissa Beth Bohm Kristine A. Bottiroli Sarah Grace Bradford Kallie Marie Buccola Tu-Anh Bui Khiem Xuan Cao Shirley Cisneros Jamie Anne Corrigan Vanessa Marie Cortez Ghaida Dakar Ngocson Nguyen Dang Michelle Dass Vinh The Do Christopher Nathan Dolloff Taylor Lane Draper...
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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 Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | March 9, 2011
Huntington Beach City Councilman Keith Bohr appears to be mired in financial difficulties that include an attempted foreclosure on his house, a bankruptcy filed for a downtown-based company he co-owns, and a lawsuit by a lender asking him to pay millions. Bohr owned half of Team Companies and served as its secretary, according to bankruptcy records filed in May. Bohr's partner, Jeff Bergsma, served as president. Bergsma was the architect for the Bomburger restaurant, and Bohr was pushing for it to obtain an alcohol license.
SPORTS
By Joe Haakenson | April 11, 2012
Bob "Lefty" Phillips may or may not be the oldest surfer in Huntington Beach, but according to his granddaughter Ashlee Spuhler, the title is his. At least until someone proves otherwise. Phillips turned 83 this week, and also got out in the water on his 10-foot Becker surfboard, part of a routine that has him out there two or three times a week, depending on the weather and conditions. It keeps him busy and active in his retirement, even though it's only been six months since he retired as an insurance inspector.
NEWS
June 17, 2010
The Ocean View Cubs were perfection for four innings of their Little League District 62 Tournament of Championships Majors division opener Saturday. Steven Gingery threw three perfect innings, followed by one perfect inning by Chad Minato, and the Cubs shut out the Costa Mesa American Angels, 10-0, in an Area 1 game halted by the mercy rule at Huntington Valley Little League. Offensively for the Cubs, Minato and Chase Nelson doubled, Jacob Haffner, Patrick Pockels and Brian Smallshaw each had an RBI hit and Ryo Takada and Jerritt O'Brien also had hits.
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.
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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.
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