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ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | March 25, 2014
When Gayle Carline walked into the Hotel Huntington Beach for the first time Monday, she scanned the lobby and saw a multitude of possibilities - all of them lethal. The piano in the corner of the dimly lighted room could fit a corpse inside, as could the hosting counter outside the ground-floor restaurant. And the sign a few feet away, which read "Please Wait to Be Seated," could easily be tweaked to "Please Wait to Be Murdered. " Welcome to the psyche of a mystery author. Carline, who has written four novels in the genre, often finds herself scrutinizing new locations for possible plotlines - in particular, places where a body's discovery can set a plot in motion.
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NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | March 25, 2014
Diversifying the business base, preparing for a possible rise in sea levels and shoring up the Huntington Beach Police Department to pre-recession levels are just a few concerns facing the city as it prepares to update its 18-year-old general plan. City officials hosted a kick-off party on the beach March 19 to garner public interest and opinion and let residents know they are an integral part of updating the city's future road map. "There's been a lot of changes since 1996, so we have to update it," senior city planner Jennifer Villasenor said of the document.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | March 25, 2014
About 20 classic cars and trucks lined the St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church parking lot in Huntington Beach on Saturday for the sixth annual Driving Toward a Cure fundraiser benefiting Alzheimer's disease research. The thunderous noise of V8 engines filled the air outside the church, where members of the West Orange County Alumnae Chapter of the Sigma Kappa Sorority guided each vehicle to its spot. Brayden Scaffide, 3, perked up when he saw a powder blue, 1950s Chevrolet pickup truck and became even more excited when he saw a white, 1965 Ford Mustang.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | March 24, 2014
It only took minutes for the hundreds of amateur and professional skateboarders who attended the opening Saturday of the Vans Off the Wall Skatepark to seemingly cover every available surface. Each rail, ledge and pool coping was grinded. Each stair set, kicker and hip was ollied on - or over. The air was filled with the sound of skateboard trucks - the axles that secure the wheels to the boards - sliding on rails. Also audible: spinning wheels on lubricated bearings and the occasional applause after a skater landed a hard-practiced trick.
NEWS
March 19, 2014
The long-awaited Vans "Off the Wall" Skatepark in Huntington Beach is having its grand opening Saturday. The nearly 43,000-square-foot facility, at 7471 Center Ave., will host its ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. with Vans pro riders and local skateboard legends Christian Hosoi, Ed Templeton and Tosh Townend. The park will have a transition area with a clover bowl and a backyard flow bowl. There is also a street plaza with various rails, stairs, planters and kickers for skaters to use. "We're excited to see this project that was years in the making finally come to fruition," Vans President Kevin Bailey said in a press statement.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | March 19, 2014
There was an unveiling Monday night at Elmer Combs Gymnasium at Huntington Beach High that paid tribute to the Oilers' boys' volleyball program, and for good reason. Three championship banners, one for CIF Southern Section Division 1 title, another for a State Regional Championships title, and the third, for a national championship title, each symbolic of the many accomplishments achieved by the 2013 team, went up on permanent display, prior to the start of Huntington's nonleague match against Hawaii Kamehameha.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | March 19, 2014
The championship game of the Laguna Hills Tournament turned into an all-Sunset League affair between to neighboring softball rivals and in the first meeting of the season between the teams, ended with the score favoring Marina. The Vikings captured the tourney title March 13 by defeating Huntington Beach, 5-2, at Alicia Park in Mission Viejo. Senior pitcher Tera Blanco was named MVP of the tournament and junior Emili Olague and senior Desiree Hagberg made the all-tournament team.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | March 19, 2014
The community is rallying to help the family of a Huntington Beach teenager who was seriously injured in a hit-and-run car accident last month. Stephen Cureton, 17, suffered multiple injuries after he was hit by a vehicle near Yorktown Avenue and Beach Boulevard on Feb. 10. He suffered several broken bones, including a shoulder blade, a femur, his nose and some vertebrae, as well as numerous cuts and extensive road rash, his mother said. He faces a difficult road to recovery that is expected to include surgeries and expensive medical bills.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | March 19, 2014
Huntington Beach will remain a stop on the way to the national paintball championships, despite two council members' questions about timing and cleanup. The City Council voted 5 to 2 on Monday to enter into another three-year contract with the National Professional Paintball League to host its annual Surf City Open on the beach just north of the pier. Councilwomen Connie Boardman and Jill Hardy dissented. While the council's majority supported the event, which city staff said brings about $2 million in revenue to local businesses over a three-day weekend, Boardman was concerned about the event's proximity to spring break.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | March 19, 2014
Huntington Beach and Orange County officials agree that it will take a lengthy, concerted effort from private- and public-sector groups to properly address the city and county's chronic homeless problem. Cooperation among faith groups, nonprofits, city and county governments, police agencies and the public is a must, officials said during a City Council study session Monday. "This isn't just a social program, this isn't just a housing program. This isn't just law enforcement," Mayor Matthew Harper said.
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