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By Chris Epting | September 24, 2012
There are many palm trees in Huntington Beach, but few as meaningful as the pair of graceful and slender Mexican fan palms that scrape the sky just several blocks from the ocean on Eighth Street. Like the house they sway in front of, they date back to the early 1920s. What makes them so special? They were planted by a father to honor the day his son was born - an effort to create two lasting monuments to mark his baby boy's entry into this world. That proud papa obviously knew what he was doing, because today, the trees tower over everything in sight.
FEATURES
December 31, 2009
Huntington Beach residents can start the new year green by recycling their Christmas trees and boxes from the holidays. Rainbow Disposal Co., Inc. is collecting trees and flattened cardboard boxes until Jan. 15 from Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley and Sunset Beach. The trees have to be shorter than six feet, and all ornaments, lights and tree stands need to be removed. Rainbow Disposal recommends cutting larger trees in half. The trees will be collected separately from the trash, so put them next to carts or bins.
NEWS
October 9, 2009
Fifteen eucalyptus trees were vandalized this week at Gibbs Park in Huntington Beach, just days after the City Council voted to offer a $500 reward to residents who help police catch tree vandals. The trees were destroyed some time overnight Tuesday and Wednesday, city spokeswoman Laurie Payne said. The estimated value, she said, was $7,500, or $500 per tree. The trees were planted as part of a restoration project in Gibbs Park that started in April 2008. “The city takes this very seriously,” Payne said in a statement.
NEWS
By By Dave Brooks | February 2, 2006
Bob Valeski gathered signatures and convinced the city to rip out mature trees on Brush Drive. But then Theresa Chaque stepped in.Theresa Chaque just loves trees, especially the ones on Brush Drive near her home. She enjoys admiring their size, touching their trunks and occasionally giving them a nice, soft hug. Neighbor Bob Valeski is a different story. To him, the trees are a nuisance. They have roots that crack the sidewalk and leaves that litter the gutter. Tear them all down, he declares -- Brush Drive doesn't need them.
NEWS
June 11, 2009
A group of residents is planning to address the City Council on Monday about the ongoing cutting of ficus trees in their neighborhood, where officials have cut a number of trees in recent weeks to protect sewer lines. Laura Du Bow, a resident of Andaman Lane near the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station, said she has polled people around her neighborhood for their views on cutting the trees, and more than half have responded that they want the city to leave the trees alone. She understands the city’s concerns, she said, but believes there are ways to please both sides.
LOCAL
By Michael Alexander | March 12, 2007
Only a stone’s throw from a twice-vandalized Senior Center sign at Central Park, visitors found a more inscrutable act of destruction Thursday morning. Walkers in Central Park in front of the Shipley Nature Center discovered that someone had snapped young pine trees in half throughout the area the night before. Thirty-four trees were destroyed, according to city officials. Some of the destroyed saplings were memorial trees planted in honor of donors’ loved ones, said Huntington Beach spokeswoman Laurie Payne.
FEATURES
By Chris Epting | October 22, 2009
About a year ago, I wrote a story about a local Boy Scout: “Kudos this week to another Boy Scout who made a positive difference in the community. Bruce Stephens, a sophomore at Huntington Beach High School, completed Part II of his butterfly restoration project for Gibbs Park in Huntington Beach on Nov. 15. Working with the Huntington Beach Tree Society, the city of Huntington Beach Public Works and about 75 volunteers from Boy Scout Troop 1, they planted 41 trees. ... I spoke with Bruce and he said his dream is to one day bring his own kids there and show them the fruits of his (and his helpers’)
LOCAL
By Michael Miller | April 1, 2010
I’m big on legacies. One of my favorite quotes is Jackie Robinson’s “A life is not important, except in the impact it has on other lives.” And it’s that yearning to make a difference, of course, that inspires me to write columns about funny cop logs and stores that sell dachshund merchandise. All kidding aside, I’ve had the honor of spending a few hours in the last month with a woman who is truly leaving a beautiful legacy in Huntington Beach.
NEWS
February 8, 2001
Tariq Malik HUNTINGTON BEACH -- Some residents are searching for a way to breathe new life into Bartlett Park, where years of neglect have killed off trees and other landscaping. Neighbors there said at least 18 trees along Coldwater Drive, which lines the park between Adams and Yorktown avenue, as well as ground-covering flora, have died and need to be replaced. "This area is important to a lot of people because they walk or ride their bikes along the berm here," said resident Fanny Hunter, who has lived in the area for 37 years.
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By Chris Epting | March 11, 2014
It all started about six years ago when Jeff Lebow was on a ladder in his backyard picking persimmons. After harvesting 400 to 500, the abundance struck him as almost comical. So he gathered his excess fruit and delivered it to St. Bonaventure Church in Huntington Beach, where Thanksgiving Day baskets were being prepared for the needy. That simple gesture led to a bounty of its own: the Harvest Club of Orange County. The club was born of the desire of Jeff and his wife, Fran, to think of a way to help find, pick and distribute excess fruits and vegetables throughout Orange County.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | December 18, 2013
For Huntington Beach resident Dom Maggio, spending a winter night at Bolsa Chica State Beach is the typical way for a Californian to enjoy the holidays. The 50 of so other people must have felt the same way as they joined Maggio on Friday in celebrating the second annual Christmas at the Beach, hosted by the Huntington State Beach Lifeguards Assn. State park officials and volunteers passed out free hot dogs and hot cocoa to guests. One lifeguard even dressed up as Santa Claus and took pictures with children as they sat atop a jet ski with a miniature palm tree wrapped in lights behind them.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | November 26, 2013
Downtown Huntington Beach's Christmas tree may be a fraction of the size of those found in neighboring cities, but it still garnered cheers and applause from those attending Sunday's lighting ceremony. Hundreds of residents packed Main Street between Walnut and Olive avenues for the Huntington Beach Business Improvement District's fourth-annual lighting event. With help from Santa Claus, who stood on the second-floor balcony of the parking structure near Hurricane's Bar and Grill, the 20-foot artificial tree came to life, its multicolored light bulbs flickering.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | February 13, 2013
For Stephanie Brandt, the open space located at the old Lamb School site was a place where she and others in the neighborhood could get to know one another. But despite an ongoing battle with Tri Pointe Homes, an Irvine-based company that plans to build 81 two-story homes in that location, the land is slowing being taken away from residents who discovered all 25 trees on the site were cut down Tuesday. "They just assume that this project is going to go through," Brandt said. The residents aren't going down without a fight.
NEWS
By Chris Epting | September 24, 2012
There are many palm trees in Huntington Beach, but few as meaningful as the pair of graceful and slender Mexican fan palms that scrape the sky just several blocks from the ocean on Eighth Street. Like the house they sway in front of, they date back to the early 1920s. What makes them so special? They were planted by a father to honor the day his son was born - an effort to create two lasting monuments to mark his baby boy's entry into this world. That proud papa obviously knew what he was doing, because today, the trees tower over everything in sight.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | July 25, 2012
Sandy Jarema returned from a Fourth of July outing to find a pair of bull's-eyes posted on the large eucalyptus tree in front of her house. From a distance, the symbols might have looked like threats, but a quick look showed that they were posted out of love and support. The larger sign, with white, black, blue, red and yellow rings, read, "The city of HB is cutting this tree down — Killing this tree — Complain to Mayor Don Hansen. " The smaller sign, directly to its left, had a nearly identical message.
NEWS
May 15, 2012
On May 10, the Huntington Beach Independent carried an article ( "Proposal uproots passion" on a magnificent eucalyptus tree at 1751 Main St. This tree is a true treasure that predates the city. The city has no business cutting it down. It should be preserved like the treasure it is. Dean Williams Huntington Beach * Fond memories of Mr. Atteberry Your article on Jim Atteberry brought back wonderful memories of the many years that I taught fifth grade at Eader Elementary School in the classroom next to his ( "An unlikely spotlight for teacher," City Lights, May 3)
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By Michael Miller | May 8, 2012
It's a towering anomaly on a block of saplings and slender pines, a cluster of branches that extend toward the sky and a bulging sidewalk that looks like an underground fist has punched it in the same direction. No one traveling south from Huntington Beach High School or City Hall could miss the massive eucalyptus in front of 1751 Main St. The roots have lifted the concrete so high - 15 inches - that the area in front of the house resembles a makeshift skateboard ramp.
NEWS
By Vic Leipzig and Lou Murray | December 21, 2011
Our stockings aren't hung, our cards are not done, and we haven't done any baking. The calendar, dear, says Christmas is near, but progress we are not making. That original little ditty sums up the status of our Christmas preparations, or lack thereof. Actually, Vic and I are more focused on our wedding anniversary, which arrives five days before Christmas. This year marks 36 years of living together in bliss and happiness, a real accomplishment in this day and age. Vic and I met in Middletown, Conn.
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By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | March 9, 2011
The poet Joyce Kilmer, in 1913, wrote the oft-quoted lines, "I think that I shall never see / A poem lovely as a tree. " The Huntington Beach Tree Society, though, is encouraging people to come as close as they can on Arbor Day. The nonprofit society plans to host a tree-planting dedication Tuesday in front of the traffic median at Main Street and Adams Avenue. As part of the festivities, President Jean Nagy and others have invited visitors to present their favorite poems about trees.
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