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By Candice Baker | December 31, 2013
Fresh Mex: The much-anticipated fresh casual Mexican restaurant Solita Tacos & Margaritas has opened at Bella Terra in Huntington Beach, 7631 Edinger Ave., Suite 1508. Created by the team behind SOL Cocina of Newport Beach and featuring the big flavors of coastal Baja and a showcase wood grill, Solita offers an all-weather patio and indoor/outdoor bar. It is currently open for dinner service and will begin offering lunch Thursday. Information: . For auld lang syne: New Year's Eve offers a variety of ways to ring in the new year.
By Anthony Clark Carpio | December 20, 2013
Setting up a showdown with an official from neighboring Newport Beach, Huntington Beach Mayor Matthew Harper announced Friday that he plans to run for state Assembly. Harper, a Republican, wants the seat Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa) is vacating in his bid for 2nd District county supervisor. Also in the 2014 race for the 74th Assembly District, which spans Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Irvine and Laguna Beach, are outgoing Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry, 2010 Laguna Beach City Council candidate Emanuel Patrascu and 2012 Santa Ana City Council candidate Karina Onofre.
November 25, 2013
Orange County children will get a chance to send Santa Claus their Christmas wish list via letter this season. Crown Ace Hardware is offering a North Pole Express mailbox at its location, where letters to Jolly Old Saint Nick can be dropped off. The mailbox drop off, now in its second year, will be offered at all 10 locations in the county, including Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. Tables with pens and paper will be available in the stores for children to write their letters.
November 20, 2013
Casey Patterson, a resident of Huntington Beach, received two awards from the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Pro Beach Volleyball Tour which announced its year-end award winners for its 2013 season Tuesday. Patterson was named Best Offensive Player for the men's side, and he and partner Jake Gibb (Costa Mesa) were named Male Team of the Year. Patterson averaged 8.05 kills per match (596 kills, 74 matches). He and Gibb, a newly-formed team this year, won four consecutive tour events in Cincinnati, Atlantic City, St. Petersburg, and Santa Barbara.
By Chris Epting | November 20, 2013
I jotted something down last summer at the South Coast Air Quality Management District hearing held in Newport Beach when the fire pit issue was raging. It was something that agency Executive Officer Barry Wallerstein said: "We do feel that the future of bonfires is propane-based. " Wallerstein even made reference that night to the fact that the AQMD employees on hand had eaten hot dogs and s'mores cooked over propane earlier in the evening. The public was not allowed to witness whatever propane devices they used.
By Anthony Clark Carpio and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | November 20, 2013
Talks over whether to ban polystyrene food containers and other products in Huntington Beach will wait until the new year. The City Council voted 5 to 2 on Monday to table discussions on banning products commonly known by the brand name Styrofoam until the second meeting in January. Officials want more time to consult with business owners and study the possible effects of a ban. Mayor Pro Tem Matthew Harper and Councilman Joe Shaw voted in opposition. "I just don't think that we need to do any more hocus-pocus and ramrod this stuff down our residents' throats like we have done in the past," Councilman Joe Carchio said.
By Terry Markowitz | November 19, 2013
Gastronomically speaking, the current answer to the question "What will they think of next?" is Cronuts. What are they, you wonder? Avian private parts? No, they are the love child of croissants and donuts, brought into the world in New York City in May 2013 by chef Dominique Ansel and shown off in his bakery in SoHo. And they are rapidly becoming an international sensation. You can find Cronuts in Sao Paolo, Brazil, Taiwan, the Netherlands, South Korea, London and Malaysia.
By Anthony Clark Carpio | October 29, 2013
Gondolier Tim Reinard won first place in the sprint competition of last year's inaugural U.S. Gondola Nationals in Rhode Island, but this year he opted not to defend his title. "I could always be No. 1, the first ever U.S. champion," he said with a chuckle. Reinard, owner of Sunset Gondola in Huntington Beach, switched from being a competitor to being the organizer of this year's event, in Huntington Harbour. About 30 people from across the nation - including 11 men from Providence, R.I. - congregated at Seabridge Park in Huntington Beach on Saturday to compete against one another in a series of sprint and distance racing in 37-foot vessels.
By Anthony Clark Carpio | October 23, 2013
The Huntington Beach City Council is looking to add polystyrene food containers to its banned items list. Council members voted 5 to 2, with Mayor Pro Tem Matthew Harper and Councilman Joe Carchio dissenting, to advise staff to write up two ordinances that would ban local food vendors from using polystyrene products, like Styrofoam, to package food. One draft would be based on San Bruno's rules, which require businesses to use biodegradable, compostable, reusable or recyclable alternatives.
By Candice Baker | October 22, 2013
Going to the dogs: New dog boutique Charlie & Me, 410 W. Coast Hwy., Suite C, Newport Beach, is offering a range of canine Halloween costumes. It will also host a free dog parade and costume party from 3 to 5 p.m. on Balboa Island at Classic Kids Photography, 219 Marine Ave. Complimentary mini photo shoots with dogs and owners will be offered at the photography studio. The parade begins from there at 4:30 p.m. Costumes and other goodies will be available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Irvine Animal Care Center.
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