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By Beau Nicolette | October 16, 2013
The sixth annual Dane Williams Surf Festival is coming to Huntington Beach on Oct. 26 in memory of the local surfer. The Huntington Beach High School graduate was drugged, sexually assaulted and murdered in 2008 while visiting San Diego for a trade show. The event is intended to remember Williams and bring awareness to victims of sexual assault. The festival falls a few weeks after what would have been Williams' 29th birthday. "It's a happy, family day," his mother, Valen Williams, said of the event.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | October 1, 2013
A voluntary testing program is being rolled out this month at Huntington Beach High School in an effort to fight drug use among students. The school's Parent Teacher Student Assn. contracted with Hired Power - a Huntington Beach-based organization that deals with addiction and mental health issues - to test 10 random students a month, according to PTSA President Gina Gleason. The program stems from the death of Huntington student Tyler Macleod, who, according to his parents, died last year of a heroin overdose.
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September 18, 2013
Notables Huntington Beach resident Margo Ferris has been named chairwoman for the annual OC Baron's Ball benefiting the American Cancer Society, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Several Huntington Beach residents have been named event committee chairs: Jeanie Gibson, invitations and membership; Karyn Sanderson, entertainment; Mark Bullock, décor; Jackie Wirta, catering; and Armida Camacho, treasury. The OC Baron's Ball attracts guests who don western attire for an evening of gourmet dining, dancing to Danny Memphis and the Extraordinaires, playing midway games, shopping in the general store, enjoying entertainment and participating in live and silent auctions.
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By Matthew Harper | September 10, 2013
Those who know me understand that there's a lot I like about the '80s. Like many who reside in Huntington Beach and were around at that time, I liked the music, I liked the good economic times and I liked having Ronald Reagan as president. One thing I didn't like was the ban on fireworks imposed by the City Council in 1987. For years after Huntington Beach was incorporated in 1909, it went without such restrictions, but many people became concerned about old wood-shake roofs and their flammability.
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By Chris Epting | September 5, 2013
Cherise Sheffner is 16 and until last year attended Huntington Beach High School (and was part of the Academy of the Performing Arts program). But she's been home this year, unable to attend school because of an obscure, debilitating disease called dysautonomia. It started in January 2012, when Cherise started experiencing severe tunnel vision. After 10 months of testing, doctors could not pinpoint any cause and wrote the complaints off to stress. Later that year, severe stomach pains began, and in December 2012, Cherise suffered a minor stroke.
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August 27, 2013
Joanna Richardson-Jones has been selected to lead the Alzheimer's Family Services Center in Huntington Beach as executive director. Richardson-Jones has held executive leadership roles with Adventist Health, Diversified Clinical Services and CRC Health Group. She has experience with direct patient care as well as administration in a variety of patient settings. She also has eight years of experience consulting for California Adult Day Programs. "Joanna has a shared passion for the center as well as a collaborative leadership style," Jim Remick, AFSC board chair, said in a news release.
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By Chris Epting | August 6, 2013
Ten years ago, the city of Huntington Beach decided to cut all funding for its Sister City program. As you may know, Anjo, Japan, is our sister city. We also have a new sister city: Manly, Australia, which is known as Surf City down under. While I know that our city has many budget challenges, it always seemed a shame to me that Sister City was cut out. At $10,000 a year, it represented just .0001% of the city budget. Thankfully, Carmen Erber refused to let the program go away.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | July 19, 2013
A man accused of killing a well-known Huntington Beach resident and injuring her boyfriend while under the influence is scheduled to be arraigned Monday, according to an Orange County district attorney's office news release. Tadashi Mizutani, 69, of Huntington Beach, is charged with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated without gross negligence, driving under the influence causing bodily injury, driving with a blood alcohol content of .08% or more causing bodily injury and a sentencing enhancement for inflicting great bodily injury, according to the release.
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June 28, 2013
"Safe and sane" fireworks will be available for purchase at 10 stands around Huntington Beach. According to the city website, fireworks will be sold from July 1 to July 4. Hours are noon to 10 p.m. through July 3 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on July 4. Ten nonprofits will sell the fireworks at the following locations: • Huntington Beach High School baseball team : 19640 Beach Blvd. at the Newland Center. • Goldenwest s wim team : 6967 Warner Ave. at Big Lots. • South Huntington Beach Girls Fastpitch : 21132 Beach Blvd.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | June 27, 2013
The Fountain Valley City Council unanimously chose Robert Hall to be its next city manager. City staff conducted a nationwide search to hire the best person and ended up finding him right next door, in Huntington Beach's City Hall. Mayor Pro Tem Michael Vo said the city received more than 70 applications and whittled it down to four candidates. The city found one after six months of looking and he happened to be the assistant city manager in its neighboring city. "I'm excited about the opportunity," Hall said.
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