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By Brittany Woolsey | June 19, 2013
The rest of the United States will get a musical taste of Huntington Beach this summer as three Surf City bands embark on the nationwide Vans Warped Tour. The annual festival will include Huntington Beach ska band and Warped Tour veteran Reel Big Fish, as well as the Aquabats and Pacific Dub. Since its start in 1995, Warped Tour has been a stomping ground for a variety of artists, including No Doubt, Sublime, Bad Religion, the Offspring and Katy Perry. The tour began as a skate and punk festival but has evolved into what founder Kevin Lyman calls a "musical wonderland," adding metal, electronica and other genres to the mix. This year, Lyman said, more than 100 bands will play on nine stages.
By Anthony Clark Carpio | June 11, 2013
Huntington Beach has been working on a plan to create an infrastructure for bicycles in the city, according to a report by city officials. A draft of the Bicycle Master Plan was posted on the city's website Wednesday, detailing the approaches it will take to improve riding conditions for bicyclists and further educate the public about sharing the road. "The city recognized the need and opportunity to serve bicyclists and bicycle communities in our city better than we currently do," said Bob Stachelski, Huntington Beach public works transportation manager.
By Anthony Clark Carpio | May 29, 2013
For years the vacant Taco Bell at Ninth Street and Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach was known to harbor squatters and troublemakers, and things haven't gotten much better since it has been torn down. The fast-food joint was demolished in March, but the debris was left behind. And though the property is now fenced off, the public nuisances persist. Huntington Beach resident Dave Reese, 35, has lived in Surf City for the last 12 years. He lives in one of the homes behind the lot and has seen trouble come and go. "When you have a rundown building or a place that looks trashy, it just kind of attracts that type of activity," he said.
May 29, 2013
Huntington Beach will be the site where several youth softball teams will converge to take part in the sixth annual Surf City Classic All-Star tournament hosted by South Huntington Beach Fastpitch Softball. The tournament, which starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and concludes Sunday with championship game action also at 4:30 p.m., will include 77 age-group teams from throughout Southern California. Teams vying for division titles will come from South and North Huntington Beach leagues, Fountain Valley, Cerritos, La Canada, Laguna Niguel, LB Heartwell, Murietta Valley, Navajo, North Shore, Peninsula, Rancho Trabuco, San Pedro, Sierra Madre, Temecula Valley and Torrance.
By Anthony Clark Carpio | April 27, 2013
State and city representatives from around California will congregate at one of Huntington Beach's fire rings Sunday afternoon to send a "clear message" to air-quality regulators that they're here to stay. From 3 to 6 p.m. at the fire rings off Newland Street and Pacific Coast Highway, Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) has invited California dignitaries and the Huntington Beach community to join him in a round of s'mores and hot dogs in an effort to raise awareness about the South Coast Air Quality District's proposal to ban fire pits in Orange and Los Angeles counties.
By Anthony Clark Carpio | April 26, 2013
For 29 years Huntington Beach police have gained a lot of satisfaction from running 120 miles through the middle of nowhere. Police agencies from around the world participate annually in the Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay, which this year took place April 13. The footrace begins in the town best known for the world's tallest, but now-defunct, thermometer and ends in Las Vegas. This time participants ran in near triple-digit weather, surrounded by the desert with rugged hills in the distance while running as high as 5,500 feet above sea level.
By Anthony Clark Carpio | April 13, 2013
Josiah Whitesinger had a look of determination on his face as he wiped his goggles clean before his paintball match. Whitesinger, who traveled from Chinle, Ariz., with his family, stood in the pit area focusing on preparing for his matches Saturday morning, ignoring the sounds of double triggers slapping the frames of guns and paintballs hitting inflatable barriers. Along with hundreds of other professional paintballers, the 12-year-old participated in the National Professional Paintball League Surf City Open, now in its 11th year.
By Anthony Clark Carpio | March 13, 2013
They all share a love of film making and for one night during the fourth annual Surf City Student Film Festival, Huntington Beach Union High School students can showcase their work for the masses. There are around 20 7-minute films submitted by students from most of the high schools in the district, each with the hopes of earning a cash prize, said Susan West, Academy of the Performing Arts business supervisor. Screenings of the films will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Huntington Beach Union High School District Auditorium and Bell Tower on the HBHS campus at 1905 Main St. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10. The genre of the short films range from comedies to dramas and documentaries, West said.
By Rhea Mahbubani | January 30, 2013
The first joke Jeff Capri played on his future partner was a practical one. In the 1980s, when Bob Perkell was producing comedy shows in Southern California, he got a phone call raving about Capri. The voice on the phone, which claimed to be that of Capri's agent, David Gladstone, praised the comic's talent and urged Perkell to book him for a night. Perkell took the bait, and Capri, sure enough, put on a show that had the crowd in stitches. Two years later, the comedian finally revealed the truth: He had posed as his own agent to get the booking.
By Anthony Clark Carpio | January 23, 2013
For some, the 17th annual Surf City Marathon is just another stop on their race tour. But for others, like Lina Fichera, it's something they've been waiting to cross off their bucket list. Fichera, 49, survived coma and a prognosis of never being able to walk again and now, on Feb. 3, she will attempt her second half-marathon, something she never thought possible. Fichera moved back to Huntington Beach this month after living in Connecticut and, most recently, Jacksonville, Fla. for the past three years.
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