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January 23, 2013
I was touched when I read the letter from Huntington Beach resident Carolyn Crockett regarding the kindness she has been shown in local venues around our town ("Thanks to you all for being there," Jan. 17). It inspired me to share my own similar experience: The other evening my son and I stopped at the drive-through at the Del Taco on Beach Boulevard and Slater Avenue. When we pulled up to the window to pay, I handed the friendly cashier my credit card and with a smile he said, "the lady in front of you paid your bill for you. " What a pleasant surprise, and not only that, what a wonderful example this stranger made for both the teenaged employee and my teenaged son as well.
NEWS
May 18, 2000
Torus Tammer Rabbi Moishe Engel has promised the students of the Hebrew Academy in Huntington Beach that on June 5, he will appear before them in a way they could never have imagined. No, this is not a celestial proclamation, and it isn't a promise of an apparition. Engel is giving students incentive to accomplish the academy's goal of collecting 1,000 paper bricks for their Wall of Kindness. "Who knows... I may show up on an elephant or maybe in a limousine.
FEATURES
By Michael Alexander | June 4, 2008
For more than 40 years, students at the Catholic St. Bonaventure School have known never to fear the principal’s office when Sister Carmel Lynch is there. “Every time you walk past her office, she’s handing out candy to the kids,” said Eileen Johnson, a parent of two students who was once a student herself. “If you don’t like one flavor, she’s like, ‘Oh no, of course dear, you don’t want the purple one. Take two others.’ Talk about killing ‘em with kindness.
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By L'Oreal Battistelli | June 14, 2007
Smith Elementary School's PTA runs several fundraisers for the needy each year. Sometimes the parents have collected old prom dresses and spruced them up for the children unable to afford new attire. Other times the parents have led yuletide toy and food drives for the indigent. But recently they got the kids in the act to teach them about the value of charity. It's all part of a program they call Kids-4-Kindness. On Monday, the Smith parents and students shipped 70 boxes of goodies and necessities to a platoon in Iraq.
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By Michèle Marr | April 24, 2008
“Simple kindness,” wrote author Bo Lozoff, “may be the most vital key to the riddle of how human beings can live with each other in peace, and care properly for this planet we all share.” Jeannette Mare-Packard wants you to believe in the power of kindness. That her reasons were born from heartbreak is hard to believe when you first meet this petite embodiment of effervescence who has a relentless smile. Mare-Packard started Ben’s Bells, a nonprofit that recognizes individuals for random acts of kindness.
NEWS
April 10, 2003
SOUL FOOD "Fear not, for I am with you, be not troubled for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, yes, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand." -- ISAIAH 41:10 "War is scary," says a page on the Girl Scouts of the United States of America's Web site, www.girlscouts.org, before it offers some advice to kids on how to cope with how scary it is. The Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council wholeheartedly agrees.
NEWS
August 23, 2001
Michele Marr o7 "That best portion of a good man's life -- his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love."f7 -- William Wordsworth Among my utmost regrets are the opportunities I neglected, or simply did not recognized in time, to thank someone for an act of generosity or kindness that made my life richer, brighter, easier -- possible. Like the refrain in a Joni Mitchell song, "Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone."
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By: CINDY TRANE CHRISTESON | September 3, 2005
o7Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. f7 -- LEO BUSCAGLIA {LDQUO}T hank you for your smile and your friendly attitude," the cashier said to me. "It's been one of those days, and I have bills and problems waiting for me when I get home after a long drive in traffic. You were just the person at just the right time to give me that little pick-me-up that I needed.
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January 23, 2013
I was touched when I read the letter from Huntington Beach resident Carolyn Crockett regarding the kindness she has been shown in local venues around our town ("Thanks to you all for being there," Jan. 17). It inspired me to share my own similar experience: The other evening my son and I stopped at the drive-through at the Del Taco on Beach Boulevard and Slater Avenue. When we pulled up to the window to pay, I handed the friendly cashier my credit card and with a smile he said, "the lady in front of you paid your bill for you. " What a pleasant surprise, and not only that, what a wonderful example this stranger made for both the teenaged employee and my teenaged son as well.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | January 2, 2013
It was a shared passion for dancing that brought Gregg Nevitt and his wife, Cami together. "We met square dancing," Nevitt said. "At that point, I'd also been clogging for eight years. And so while we were dating, she started taking classes. " Today, 24 years later, the Nevitts, residents of Anaheim and active members of the Huntington Beach-based Apple Creek Cloggers, revel in the joy of their shared hobby. According to Nevitt, clogging is a form of American folk dance best described as a cross between tap dance and western line dancing.
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By Greer Wylder | August 1, 2012
Take time off for yourself at a three-day wellness and fitness retreat starting Friday through Sunday with Body Design's all inclusive Fitness Vacation at its Newport Beach studio. The getaway is offered once a month (next one is Sept. 21 to 23, and then Oct. 5 to 7), and it features two nights at the Island Hotel, meals and nutrition advice at the hotel's Palm Terrace, True Food Kitchen at Fashion Island and Zinc Café in Corona del Mar, and a juice cleanse from Ritual Cleanse. You'll also enjoy some of the best spa treatments at Body Design including a full body massage, Lumi-Lift facial, deluxe facial, or chiropractic adjustment.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia | January 4, 2012
Unlike Muslims who were born and raised in America, I thankfully didn't have to go to Sunday school to learn about my religion. Born in the '80s, I grew up in a place where my religion was part of the society and the community in which I lived in. I didn't have to go to Sunday school to learn about my religion; my Uncle Beautiful, whom regular readers may recall as the man who helped raise me, taught me. In fact, my community as a whole indirectly...
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By Joe Haakenson | July 13, 2011
Yes, I know, the blockbuster event of the summer — the US Open of Surfing — is just a little more than two weeks from getting underway on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier. But the biggest surfing event in the world isn't all that's taking place on our beaches these days. Before we watch to find out if Huntington Beach local Brett Simpson can be the first in the men's pro division to win the US Open title three consecutive years, we have the 35th annual Victoria Skimboards World Championship of Skimboarding at Aliso Beach Park in Laguna Beach on Saturday and Sunday.
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By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | December 1, 2010
Family, friends and supports filled up the first two rows of the normally sparsely populated Fountain Valley City Council Chambers on Nov. 16 to watch a 12-year-old boy be honored for using his bar mitzvah project to rally the community around his cousin. Wearing black, rectangle-framed glasses, shaggy hair and a red T-shirt matching many in the audience, 12-year-old Jeremy Tucker stood at the dais to be recognized. "This young man has done something most adults can't do," Mayor Larry Crandall said.
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By Tom Harman | October 6, 2010
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has a decision to make. Should he allow California to rush out and prematurely create a massive, billion-dollar, state-run healthcare bureaucracy to implement ObamaCare – the national health insurance program passed by Congress earlier this year? I say no, not at this time. Last week, I sent a letter to Schwarzenegger urging him to veto two bills, Assembly Bill 1602 and Senate Bill 900. These two bills are yet another rushed attempt by California to be "first" to set up something new. In this case, it is the Health Benefits Exchange required by the controversial Patient Protection and Affordability Act (ObamaCare)
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By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | July 15, 2010
Three-year-old Dylan Novelich said he saw a fire engine and an ambulance as he pointed to a far room with a window looking out to the street. Walking as quick as his little legs could go, he went into a smaller play room and pointed to a basketful of different toy trucks pulling out miniature replicas of the public safety vehicles. Dylan and his mother, Sondra Novelich, plopped down on a rug modeled after city streets to drive the toy trucks. "This is excellent," Novelich said.
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By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | June 30, 2010
Dr. Alan Goldstone figured he had seen it all in the eye care business before he tried on a pair of iZon Lenses for the first time. The co-owner of Dr. Goldstone Optometry High-Definition Vision Center in Fountain Valley encountered the new technology, which individually creates glasses based on a digital scan of each eyeball, at a convention several years ago. After Goldstone received his own pair of iZon glasses, he vowed to implement the...
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By Britney Barnes | April 14, 2010
Standing on the porch of the animal shelter, kindergartners Leah Weigand and Emilie Nagayama showed their enthusiasm for helping animals without homes. “Please adopt animals,” Leah chanted, as Emilie punctuated each sentence with a loud “yeah,” both of them jumping. The 6-year-old Huntington Beach residents gave up birthday presents this year and instead asked their friends to donate or buy gifts for the Animal Assistance League of Orange County, a nonprofit, no-kill shelter in Midway City.
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