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HUNTINGTON BEACH...Pier Plaza played host to the biggest Memorial Day Ceremony in its long history on Monday, May 25, 2015.

Just a small part of this year's audience at Pier Plaza


Members of the Huntington Beach High School Band


The ceremony began with music provided by students of Huntington Beach High School Band under the leadership of Greg Gilboe.

Master of Ceremonies HB Councilman Erik Peterson


This year Huntington Beach Councilman Erik Peterson acted as Master of Ceremonies. Asking everyone in the audience to rise, Peterson called on the band to play the National Anthem. Many in the audience showed their respect for their country in their own way. Some saluted, some placed their hand over their heart and other stood at attention while members of Explorer Post 558 gave the Pledge of Allegiance.

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher

Huntington Beach resident Mike Ali was called upon to place the POW/MRI banner on the empty chair in front of the podium.

Huntington Beach Mayor Jill Hardy

After the Invocation, Huntington Beach Mayor Jill Hardy welcome everyone to this year's ceremony. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher thanks everyone present and was sorry that he had to leave early to be at another Memorical Day ceremony.

Lieutenant Commander Romulus Matthews U.S. Coast Guards


This year's speaker was Lieutenant Commander Romulus Matthews U.S. Coast Guards.

Former HB mayor Joe Carchio

A wreath honoring the men and women who served in the service and to those who gave their lives in the name of freedom. This was brought forward by members of the Huntington Beach City Council.

Members of the City Council, City Attorney and CityTreasurer read the names of our fallen heroes from Huntington Beach

When the time came for the reading of the names of the fallen heroes from Huntington Beach, members from the Huntington Beach City Council, City Attorney and City Treasurer came forward to read the names of those brave souls who died from World War I, thru today's war in the middle east.

A World War II hero sits surrouonded by well-wishers


The closing benediction was given by Rev. Peggy Price followed by an ear splitting volley salute from the American Legion Huntington Beach Post 133's Honor Guard.

As he has dome for many years at out Memorial Day Ceremony, Andy Scott ended the ceremony with Amazing Grace played on the bagpipes.


HUNTINGTON BEACH...Memorial Day weekend typically marks the start of the summer vacation season. Drunk driving deaths spike during the holidays. Every 51 minutes, someone in the United States dies in an alcohol impaired driving crash. Be responsible, don’t drink and drive. If you plan to drink, choose a designated driver before going out or arrange to get home safe. Last year we had 13 DUI arrests and 20 public intoxication arrests between Friday at 6 a.m. and Tuesday at 6 a.m. We want everyone to be safe and enjoy this holiday weekend.

"Your Choice"

While celebrating the start to summer, take time to remember those who served and lost their lives fighting for the freedom that allows us to enjoy the fun and festivities this last weekend and every day of the year.

How many times have you heard your friends say, "Oh you can handle one more drink?" Well their not your friends and they are not sitting next to YOU in the gray bar hotel. So tell them"thank you, but maybe next time," and head for home in a taxi or call a friend to take you home. Photo:HBPD



HUNTINGTON BEACH...The following people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of an intoxicant. They have only been arrested on suspicion of a crime and, as with all crimes, are considered innocent until proven guilty.

  • Ramon Vargas, 28, Anaheim
  • Graham Wagner, 18, Huntington Beach
  • Frank J. M. Montoya, 24, San Pedro
  • Christopher B. Williamson, 40, Winona, MN
  • Monica J. Meyer, 22, Huntington Beach
  • Alice M. Gavin, 54, Huntington Beach
  • Lori L. Castagna, 57, Huntington Beach
  • Drake R. Beasley, 20, Midway City
  • Cesar M. Cruz-Martinez, 23, Orange
  • Long H. N. Vu, 26, Garden Grove
  • Silvestre Garcia Jr., 22, Huntington Beach



HUNTINGTON BEACH... There have been several great white shark sightings last week off the coast of the Sunset Beach area of Huntington Beach and the Surfside area of Seal Beach. Although the highest concentration of the sharks have been sighted at the west end of Surfside near the harbor entrance jetty, they have also been seen near Warner Ave. Per the shark policy adopted by the OC Lifeguard Chiefs, Shark Advisory Signs have been posted in Surfside, along the entire Sunset Beach surf line, and along the northern section of Bolsa Chica State Beach as well. These advisory signs will remain for twenty four hours after sharks are no longer sighted in the area.

HB1 (police copter) and Huntington Beach lifeguards will be working with a marine biology professor from Cal State University, Long Beach to tag and track the activity of the sharks. The presence of juvenile sharks in the shallow waters of the surf line along the coast of California is not unusual. At this time, there are no warnings to stay out of the water, but biologists and Marine Safety officials advise not to provoke or interfere with the sharks. The sharks are juvenile sharks and feed on stingrays. If someone sees a shark in an area, they can report it to the nearest lifeguards.



ATCHINSON, KS...Nearly 300 students graduated from Benedictine College, in Atchison, Kan., on May 16 during its annual Commencement Exercises. Those in attendance saw Dayton Moore, vice president of baseball operations and general manager of the American League Champion Kansas City Royals, deliver the Commencement Address.

"There's no doubt in my mind that each and every one of you are gifted for success and will make a great difference," he told the Class of 2015.

Moore received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, along with Roger Donlon, one of the few living Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. In a moving part of the ceremony, Donlon administered the Officer's Oath to the ROTC graduates.

Michael Congelliere of Huntington Beach (92649) earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology .

Bethany Orr of Huntington Beach (92646) earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education .

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named one of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.



HUNTINGTON BEACH...Memorial Day weekend is a strong magnet for visitors to the Huntington Beach pier. From people from all countries of the world, all walks of life, speaking the language of their hometown. You'll find them on or near the historic Huntington Beach pier on just about any weekend, especially holiday weekends.

Then we have the players. Musicans playing wind instruments, drums or both as a one-man-band. Singer too have appeared at the pier and we must not forget the tricksters, showing off their talents. Sellers of this or that. There here too.

But no matter who they are or what they do, they all have one thing in common. That is they want you to donate your dollars to them. There is no shortage of donors of dollars these days.

Take last Saturday for example.


Take a look at these guys at work, working the visitors for their dollars in this flash video.



One young man came with his own band, strapped on his back and front. A one-man-band played several instruments and sang along with the music.

To listen to how he sounded just click this link for a flash video.

On most weekends we also have the protestors lined up near the head of the pier and near Pacific Coast Highway with their signs. From anti-food companies, wall street barons, to anti-war, it don't matter as long as it is anti-something.


Main Street is not immune to the action. A banjo player was doing this part in the second block. But without them, Surf City's pier and Main Street would be really dull and just like your home town.



HUNTINGTON BEACH...In observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 25, trash collection and street sweeping will be on holiday schedule. Trash will not be collected on Monday, May 25. All residents should place trash for collection the day after their regular route day. For example, residents on Monday‘s route should place their trash for collection on Tuesday, Tuesday‘s route on Wednesday, and so on for the entire week. Friday‘s route will be collected on Saturday.

The regular collection schedule resumes on Monday, June 1.

There will be no street sweeping on Monday, May 25 (fourth Monday route). Streets that are not swept due to holidays are not rescheduled. Due to the holiday trash collection schedule, trash carts are at the curb one day later than usual, which conflicts with scheduled sweeping days in many neighborhoods. Residents should place trash carts at the curb per the holiday schedule. Neighborhoods that can be efficiently swept will be swept per regular schedule. Example: where trash is collected from a rear alley. Neighborhoods that are impacted by trash carts at the curb will not be swept.



HUNTINGTON BEACH...Just a hazy, dazy, crazy weekend at the pier with people having a good time..


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