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NEWS
December 23, 1999
Angelique Flores HE IS Bringing cheer to good girls and boys HOLIDAY RUSH Santa and his elves have been busy all year making the Christmas gifts for the December distribution. And with Christmas Day fast approaching, Santa's workload has doubled. "This is the busiest time of the year for us," said Santa, a bit out of breath. Despite the hustle and bustle of making sure everyone's Christmas is a merry one, Santa Claus -- who bears a striking resemblance to Huntington Beach businessman Steve Daniels -- took time out to visit Surf City.
FEATURES
December 22, 2005
EDITOR'S NOTE: This classic holiday editorial first ran in 1897 in the New York Sun. The letter to the editor was from a young girl named Virginia O'Hanlon. The author of the reply was veteran Sun editor Francis Church. The piece was reprinted annually until the paper went out of business in 1949. We've decided to keep that tradition going here at the Huntington Beach Independent: Dear Editor, I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in The Sun, it's so."
NEWS
November 23, 2009
Santa Claus is doing more than mall visits this year and heading to the homes of Surf City residents. The city’s Community Services Department is taking appointments to have Santa Claus come to residents’ homes to visit with children for Christmas. The last day to make reservations over the phone is Monday, but the Community Services Department will take reservations in person up to Dec. 5. The visits don’t normally sell out, but the more popular times like weekends and evening do fill up, said Carrie Sparks, department office assistant.
NEWS
December 17, 2009
The mall is no longer going to have a monopoly on access to Santa Claus after the big guy hits the web Saturday. Parents and kids can skip the lines and stay home to talk and interact with Santa Claus live from the North Pole during a Webinar Saturday. Old Saint Nick is partnering with InstantPresenter, a Huntington Beach-based business that does online meeting and presentation services, to put on the event. Santa plans to host a live Webinar from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, and the video will also be available at www.instantpresenter.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | December 15, 2009
Fitzgeralds is collecting donations for foster children for its ninth annual Santa Ride on Dec. 24. The Huntington Beach Irish-style pub is taking donations of new, unwrapped toys and gifts to be delivered by motorcyclists dressed as Santa Claus to the Orangewood Children’s Home. The home is part of the Orangewood Children’s Foundation, an Orange County shelter for abused or neglected children that assists more than 3,000 kids a year. The tradition started with a group of guys riding around dressed as Santa for “kicks,” said Fitzgeralds owner Greg Coleman.
FEATURES
November 26, 2009
Santa Claus is doing more than mall visits this year and heading to the homes of Surf City residents. The city’s Community Services Department is taking appointments to have Santa Claus come to residents’ homes to visit with children for Christmas. The last day to make reservations over the phone is Monday, but the Community Services Department will take reservations in person up to Dec. 5. The visits don’t normally sell out, but the more popular times like weekends and evening do fill up, said Carrie Sparks, department office assistant.
NEWS
November 14, 2002
In the movie "The Santa Clause," Tim Allen's character, Scott, becomes the new Santa after his predecessor accidentally crashes into Scott's roof and dies while delivering toys to his son. With 28 days left until Christmas, the newest Santa at the North Pole (Allen) is quite busy supervising the elves and hammering out problems with the toys coming off the assembly line at the last minute. The task at hand requires all of Santa's time and attention, but it seems that among the fine print in the Santa Claus contract is yet another obligation.
NEWS
December 23, 2004
JERRY PERSON Friday night is Christmas Eve and Saturday is Christmas, where has this year gone? I received a phone call recently from longtime Huntington Beach resident Eileen Stricklin Knee who wanted to let me know how much she enjoys reading about the Santa Claus parades and how we celebrated Christmas in our city in the past. With Christmas this week, I thought I would reflect back one more time on our famous Santa Claus parade. There is an old saying that it's not what you know, but whom you know, and for members of our city's Recreation Department this was certainly true.
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By Beau Nicolette | December 4, 2013
With a multicultural celebration at Old World Village and Santa Claus sightings expected throughout the city, the holiday season is coming to life in Huntington Beach. In a celebration of holiday diversity, the Old World shopping, dining and entertainment center will hold its 12th annual International Celebration of Christmas and live nativity play at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 in the festival hall. The event focuses on how "different cultures celebrate Christmas," said Old World German Restaurant owner Cyndie Kasko.
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NEWS
December 21, 2011
A snapshot of Huntington Beach 50 years ago today, Dec. 22, 1961, courtesy of the Huntington Beach News: There was a groundbreaking for the Nordlund Village Center on Beach Boulevard between Heil Avenue and Terry Drive. It was announced that soon there would be another big groundbreaking, for the Driftwood Inn on Pacific Coast Highway near Beach. At the M&M Market at 218 Main St., ground chuck was 39 cents a pound. Over at the Standard Market, at the corner of Main and Walnut Avenue, ground chuck was 38 cents a pound, yams were 10 cents a pound and "pork chops for the holidays" were 49 cents a pound.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | November 30, 2011
I asked my mother once if I ever believed in Santa Claus as a child. She shook her head and replied, "You were always suspicious. " It was probably the sign of a budding journalist. Growing up, though, I knew quite a few people who did believe in the jolly red man — and I later came to wonder what it was like to play Santa, especially for a credulous audience. How did one respond to irrational gift requests? Were there any crisis situations that came up? So when I heard that Huntington Beach resident Tim Robbins was returning for his second straight year playing Santa in the city's annual downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony, I arranged an interview.
FEATURES
December 31, 2009
Santa Claus came early this year in Huntington Beach — and he came on a motorcycle. More than a hundred motorcyclists rode in the ninth annual Santa Ride on Dec. 24 to deliver toys to a local youth shelter. “The ride was fantastic. It was the best turnout we’ve had yet,” Greg Coleman, owner of the Huntington Beach Irish-style pub Fitzgeralds, said in an e-mail. Fitzgeralds collected donations of new, unwrapped toys and gifts for Orangewood Children’s Home, an Orange County shelter for abused or neglected children.
NEWS
December 21, 2009
The mall no longer has a monopoly on access to Santa Claus — he was just a click away Saturday. Parents and kids skipped the lines and stayed home to talk and interact with the big guy live from the North Pole during a live webinar. Old Saint Nick partnered with InstantPresenter, a Huntington Beach-based business that does online meeting and presentation services, to put on the event. Santa and his head elf Winky answered questions kids asked live, told riddles and sang a song.
NEWS
December 17, 2009
The mall is no longer going to have a monopoly on access to Santa Claus after the big guy hits the web Saturday. Parents and kids can skip the lines and stay home to talk and interact with Santa Claus live from the North Pole during a Webinar Saturday. Old Saint Nick is partnering with InstantPresenter, a Huntington Beach-based business that does online meeting and presentation services, to put on the event. Santa plans to host a live Webinar from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, and the video will also be available at www.instantpresenter.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | December 15, 2009
Fitzgeralds is collecting donations for foster children for its ninth annual Santa Ride on Dec. 24. The Huntington Beach Irish-style pub is taking donations of new, unwrapped toys and gifts to be delivered by motorcyclists dressed as Santa Claus to the Orangewood Children’s Home. The home is part of the Orangewood Children’s Foundation, an Orange County shelter for abused or neglected children that assists more than 3,000 kids a year. The tradition started with a group of guys riding around dressed as Santa for “kicks,” said Fitzgeralds owner Greg Coleman.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2009
Huntington Beach is hosting Candy Cane Capers, a five-hour event for kids 6 to 12 years old. Kids will make holiday crafts, play games, watch a movie, sing carols and have a snack. Santa Claus will also be making a special visit. The event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Murdy Community Center. Registration is $20 and can be done at the Murdy or Edison community centers. There is also a materials fee of $10 payable to the instructor. Registration forms are also available in the SANDS community service guide and can be dropped off at the fifth floor of the Civic Center.
FEATURES
November 26, 2009
Santa Claus is doing more than mall visits this year and heading to the homes of Surf City residents. The city’s Community Services Department is taking appointments to have Santa Claus come to residents’ homes to visit with children for Christmas. The last day to make reservations over the phone is Monday, but the Community Services Department will take reservations in person up to Dec. 5. The visits don’t normally sell out, but the more popular times like weekends and evening do fill up, said Carrie Sparks, department office assistant.
NEWS
November 23, 2009
Santa Claus is doing more than mall visits this year and heading to the homes of Surf City residents. The city’s Community Services Department is taking appointments to have Santa Claus come to residents’ homes to visit with children for Christmas. The last day to make reservations over the phone is Monday, but the Community Services Department will take reservations in person up to Dec. 5. The visits don’t normally sell out, but the more popular times like weekends and evening do fill up, said Carrie Sparks, department office assistant.
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