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By Mona Shadia | May 9, 2012
There are so many lies that get circulated online about Islam that are sometimes printed and repeated as if they're facts. Some of them really amuse me, especially the one about how Muslims believe in the "Moon God, Allah. " We know Allah is Arabic for God. But the Moon God? Who is he? I've been a Muslim for 28 years and have never heard of him. If my community has been withholding a lunar deity from me, it's about time it fesses up! Some of the lies point to ignorance, like the notion that Muslims believe in a different God than the Jews and Christians, or that Muslims are supposed to lie to and kill "infidels.
By Chris Epting | June 1, 2011
Her eyes twinkle in the morning sun, and her smile beams. Looking out across the water while standing on the boardwalk at the Bolsa Chica wetlands, she glances up as a large pelican swoops by, just several feet over our heads. She laughs like a girl decades younger than 78, but then age doesn't really mean too much to Olga Connolly. Born Olga Fikotová, in 1956 she won a gold medal in the discus competition at the 1956 Olympic games held in Melbourne, Australia. Also at these games, Olga met and fell in love with well-known American athlete Harold Connolly.
By Brittany Woolsey | September 19, 2012
Gregg Gilboe said he wanted to be a high school band director ever since his own days in his high school band. "I had so much fun in high school band, and that was my life," Gilboe said. "I wanted other people to experience that and have as much fun as I did. " Gilboe's dream was realized in 1992 when he was hired as the drum instructor at Huntington Beach High School, where he's worked for the last 20 years. When the school's band program was threatened to be cut in 1993 - for various reasons, including a lack of feeder programs and teachers retiring - Gilboe was asked by then-Principal Jim Staunton and the parent band booster group to become the school's band director.
July 21, 2005
The Huntington Beach Independent went to Junior Academy for the Performing Arts Summer Camp and asked children, "What is your favorite thing about acting?" "You can be anybody you want to be." CARISSA CADOGAN, 14 Huntington Beach "I get to be myself. I can let all of my feelings out." DONNA BIEGEL, 13 Huntington Beach "I just love being in front of everybody. I just love being the center of attention." ALYSA BREEN, 13 Huntington Beach "I like taking on another character ... getting to show different emotions."
February 11, 2009
Below are letters submitted by Independent readers in honor of Valentine’s Day.   S o much do I Love You A lways and Forever N ever will I stop D earest Sandy Y ou are my eternal Valentine S o much fun A nd N ever a D ull moment L oving you more and more E ach day R omance and passion are here to stay! Love, Dave   True Love Does Exist I have to admit at one time I felt that there was no such thing as true love.
December 16, 2004
MICHELE MARR One of the New Year's resolutions I made for 2004 was to get my material preparations for Christmas -- the gift lists and purchases, the menu plans and recipes -- finished before Thanksgiving this year. As I shopped last year in the weeks after Thanksgiving, I regretted how much my forays into markets and malls robbed me of a Christmas spirit and mottled my spiritual preparation for the approaching holy day. The frazzled nerves, impatience and short tempers of shoppers and sometimes clerks sparked and compounded my own. I didn't quite live up to my initial resolve.
February 16, 2011
Luna is a 2-year-old pit bull-American bulldog mix. This big girl looks like a toughie, but she is pure vanilla. She was an owners' release because her former owners lost their home and could not take her with them. She was raised with small children and is a truly mushy love bunny. She is housebroken, walks very gently on a leash and is full of love and kisses. Luna loves to eat treats and is really uninterested in other dogs. Her biggest treat in life is another doggie cookie. Luna would be so happy to meet you at the Orange County Humane Society, 21632 Newland St., Huntington Beach.
April 16, 2007
  united in marriage for 64 years, have passed away within the same week:  joe, 87, on April 3, and Virginia, 85, on April 7. After living in Long Beach and Whittier, in  1969 they settled in  Huntington Harbour, where they enjoyed years rich in friendships and activities. Virginia was part of the documents library staff at Cal State Fullerton until her retirement. Joe had a successful career in industrial sales. Family and friends describe their "epic love", which began during the wartime years.
December 28, 2010
Carolyn Patricia Buehring, born September 1, 1946 passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by family on Tuesday, December 21, 2010. Carole grew up in Dothan, AL and has resided in Huntington Beach for the past 40 years. With love as her guide she raised a wonderful family, created a warm home and enjoyed a beautiful life which included her passion for bowling. Carole is loved by many and survived by her loving companion and rock of 22 years Mel Souza. She is also survived by her son David, daughters Stacy, Jodie and Kristin (and her husband Mike)
By Mike Sciacca | April 2, 2014
It was three years ago this coming summer, that Huntington Beach took center stage nationally and internationally, on the youth sports scene. In late-August of 2011, the Ocean View Little League All-Star team (11-12 year-olds) made it all the way to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League Baseball World Series. Ocean View not only qualified for the tournament, but also won the coveted title. Since that time, the 13 members of that memorable squad have all moved on. Each, now, is in high school, several at the same school, Huntington Beach High, and although not all are walking the halls on the same campus, they all have one thing in common: all 13, are still playing baseball.
By Anthony Clark Carpio | February 12, 2014
Ed and Mary Moynagh's relationship started with a simple question: "How's your day going?" Less than six months later they tied the knot. There was no time for cruising in the slow lane for Ed, 83, and Mary, 63, who won the Huntington Beach Business Improvement District's "Love in the HB" contest by sharing the story of how they met at the Huntington Beach Pier. "(At) my age, you have to make these decisions without fooling around," Ed said. "You have to really want to do this.
By Tom Titus | January 20, 2014
Billy Crystal probably said it best in "When Harry Met Sally... ": "Men and women can't be friends because the sex part always gets in the way. " Trudy and Max certainly try to be friends, and they maintain that platonic bond right up until the, ah, climax of the first act of Zoe Kazan's new play "Trudy and Max in Love," now in its world premiere at South Coast Repertory. From then on, the relationship encounters problems, not the least of which being the fact that Trudy is happily married and has been for six years.
By Tom Titus | January 6, 2014
With the arrival of 2014 comes a new crop of local theater productions, four of which are chomping at the bit to get on stage this weekend. Leading the pack from South Coast Repertory is "Trudy and Max in Love," by Zoe Kazan, which kicks off the year on SCR's Julianne Argyros Stage. The romantic comedy with a twist will play through Jan. 26. The Laguna Playhouse will be back in business with "Ring of Fire," based on the life and career of Johnny Cash. Performances will be given through Feb. 2. "Man of La Mancha," the musical derived from the novel "Don Quixote," will follow its impossible dream weekends until Feb. 1 at the Huntington Beach Playhouse, where musicals seem to have taken over the community theater's schedule.
By Candice Baker | December 11, 2013
Healthy freebie: Veggie Grill restaurant chain aficionados who download and use the company's new Android and iPhone app will receive a free winter menu item if they install the app before Jan. 5. Look on the "Love" tab of the app for this special offer. Information: . Holiday stroll: The newly formed Pearl Street shopping district in Laguna Beach, which comprises about 35 local businesses, will hold a holiday open house from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Participating businesses will offer hors d'oeuvres, drinks, special events and deals.
By Anthony Clark Carpio | December 2, 2013
While the Light a Light of Love holiday event raises money for youths in need, it also signifies the beginning of the holiday season in downtown Huntington Beach. The nonprofit group Community Service Programs and Surf City will host the annual event, which is now in its 17th year. Beginning at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Santa and Mrs. Claus will ride atop a city fire engine down Main Street as part of a holiday parade. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Chairman Dennis Kuhl will serve as this year's grand marshal.
By Rhea Mahbubani | August 28, 2013
On Friday, enter Bethany Owen's show at your own risk. She plans to change her garments - on stage . Subscribing to the adage that clothes - and hair - make the girl, the Huntington Beach resident will swap dresses, shirts and trousers for her portrayal of Madonna, Patsy Cline, Marilyn Monroe, Shania Twain, Reba McEntire and other heavy hitters in "One Voice" at the Attic Community Theater in Santa Ana. With her sewing machine in tow, the...
By Rhea Mahbubani | August 19, 2013
John Littlefield feared for the life of his pet, Miss Coco. The 5-year-old Maltese Shih-Tzu seemed to be allergic to everything and itched - seemingly nonstop. Her condition prompted Littlefield, co-host and designer on ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," to begin researching healthy food options. Enter Canine Caviar. According to the product's website, this is the only alkaline-based dog food in the United States, meaning it increases the oxygen level in the blood and keeps at bay poor digestion and diseases such as cancer and diabetes.
By Anthony Clark Carpio | July 15, 2013
Every second Wednesday of the month in Huntington Beach, the homeless in the city gather at a laundromat at Beach Boulevard and Garfield Avenue to wash their laundry, get a fresh hot meal and socialize. Laundry Love HB seems to truly be a labor of love. It was organized by Christian Kassoff, his wife, Shannon, and volunteers from the Costa Mesa-based faith community Thom's and relies on donations. Before a recent Wednesday night event got underway, Shannon Kassoff gathered the volunteers around a table in the center of Beach Coin Laundry and gave them a rundown on what was going to happen.
By Anthony Clark Carpio | February 13, 2013
They've arranged flowers for the cities of Orange County for almost 25 years. And after a quarter of a century in the floral industry, flower shop Love N' Bloom has their fair share of Valentine's Day stories. "We had a gal that bought a G-string for her boyfriend that worked at a dealership," said Carmen Fober, owner of Love N' Bloom. "We put his name on it and put it on a big teddy bear with balloons and delivered it to that poor guy. I'm sure that he got it all day long from his coworkers.
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