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HUNTINGTON BEACH...Juice It Up! is celebrating the grand opening of its newest location in Huntington Beach on Sunday, March 1st., from 10 a.m. Juice It Up! is located in the Huntington Beach Promenade 21008 Beach Boulevard in Huntington Beach.

The community is invited to take part in a fun-filled celebration which will include:

Free small raw juice or hand-crafted smoothies will be handed out to the first 50 customers beginning at 10 a.m.

Free 8 oz. classic smoothies for children 5 years old and younger will be distributed all day long

50% off all menu items between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Live in-store DJ

Bounce house

Face painting for children

Gift card raffle with Juice It Up! gift cards up for grabs

Juice It Up!, a leading raw juice bar and hand-crafted smoothie franchise, specializes in delicious and functional fresh-squeezed juices, blended-to-order real fruit smoothies and nutrient-rich options such as Açaí and Pitaya Bowls. Founded in 1995, the Irvine, California-based lifestyle brand is focused on providing its guests with a variety of great-tasting, better-for-you food and drink choices designed with personal wellness in mind. With more than 80 locations across California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, the company is showcasing newly revamped restaurant designs, a heavier focus on the growing demand for raw juice options and a menu refresh that reflects the brand’s active personality and motto to “Live Life Juiced!.” An established lifestyle brand with unparalleled experience in the raw juice bar industry, Juice It Up! has reported consecutive month over month net sales growth for more than two years and is poised for aggressive expansion throughout the U.S.


HUNTINGTON BEACH...The City of Huntington Beach is hiring approximately 25 responsible men and women to provide first line protection to the City’s beaches.

Beginning pay starts at $15.93 an hour with a five percent increase for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification and 5 percent increase for passing a bilingual exam.

Applicants must be 17-years-old by June 1, 2015. Applications are available online at or call 714-536-2581.

A performance exam will take place on Sunday, March 1 at 8 a.m at the Lifeguard Headquarters 103 Pacific Coast Highway a block south of the Pier.

The performance exam consists of three physical events:
1000 - yard ocean swim
500 – yard ocean swim
1,500 – yard run-swim-run

Events are conducted in prevailing conditions around and through the Huntington Beach Pier. Applicants must satisfactorily complete all performance exam events to be eligible for further consideration. Top qualifying candidates will be invited to an oral interview on Sunday, March 1, 2015.


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.

  • Tos M. To, 48, Huntington Beach
  • Esauk J. Reynoso, 23, Downey
  • Laura M. Ferreira, 27, Huntington Beach
  • Kylw P. Kiser, 18, Huntington Beach
  • Michael R. Belk, 25, Westminster
  • Sean T. Dunne, 34, Tustin
  • Christian G. Cox, 28, Huntington Beach
  • John P. Serrano, 46, Huntington Beach
  • Tyler C. Perryman, 19, Irvine
  • Andrea R. Hale, 47, Huntington Beach
  • Andrew J. Paparella, 20, Fountain Valley
  • Kenneth L. Doke, 51, Huntington Beach
  • Richard B. Lund, 57, Huntington Beach
  • David M. Gatewood, 43, Aliso Viejo
  • Shawn E. Lewton, 52, Huntington Beach
  • Terry Navarro, 37, Canoga Park
  • Griffin M. Davis, 19, Huntington Beach
  • Kamil F. Wozowicz, 34, Huntington Beach
  • Michael A. Trochez, 21 Hacienda Heights



HUNTINGTON BEACH...Beginning Monday, March 2, the Central Library will offer a M.I.T. Scratch computer coding class for kids 10 years and older. With Scratch coding, kids can program their own interactive stories, games, and animations. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. The Scratch group will meet the first and third Monday of each month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Maddy Room. Class is limited to 20 students, so pre-registration is encouraged. Sign up is available in the Children’s Department of the Central Library.



NORTH ANDOVER, MA...Tara Stuhr of Huntington Beach (92646) has been named to the Fall 2014 Dean's List at Merrimack College. To achieve Dean's List status, a student must earn a 3.25 GPA or higher based on a 4.0 grading system.

Merrimack College is a selective, independent college in the Catholic, Augustinian tradition whose mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives. The college offers 90+ undergraduate academic programs; masters degrees; and degree completion programs. Merrimack's community is committed to scholarship and service to others, and provides students myriad opportunities to develop intellectually, spiritually, socially and ethically.



HUNTINGTON BEACH...Saturday night, Feburary 21, 2015, at about 10:08 p.m., a resident in the 17300 block of Marken Lane noticed a light go on and then back off in his neighbor’s house that was vacant and being remodeled. He called 911 and kept an eye on the residence, seeing someone with a flashlight inside, until officers arrived. He saw a male suspect exit the residence carrying items, and then saw him re-enter the residence.

Marken Lane looking south

As the officers approached, the suspect took off running over the back yard wall and toward Windy Sands Circle. Fortunately, another officer was already on that street, and after a short foot pursuit, the suspect was taken into custody.

Officers checked for possible additional suspects but were unable to locate anyone in the house or the surrounding area. The investigation revealed the 24 year old suspect, Ryan Franks, from Fountain Valley had been stealing tools from the residence. He was booked in the Huntington Beach city jail for burglary and related charges.



HUNTINGTON BEACH...On Saturday, March 14, 2015, Surf City Rotary Club of Huntington Beach and Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley will team up for the 8th year in a row to host “Surf City Splash.” This will be a fun evening of dinner, dancing and auctions to raise funds for the Rotary Club’s charitable projects. These include the Boys & Girls Club, which has been selected as Rotary’s “Premier Charity” for 2015. Some of this year’s fabulous auction items include a gourmet five-course dining experience for a party of ten at the Wild Artichoke Restaurant, golf and lunch at the exclusive Bel-Air Country Club, trips to Maui, and more. The event will take place at the Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel, in Huntington Beach. Tickets are $125 each. Event check-in, social hour and silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. To purchase tickets or donate a silent auction item, call 714-593-0753, ext. 110. Members of the press who would like to cover the event should contact Laura Portier-LaLumiere at 714-309-4962 or

Half the proceeds of Surf City Splash will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley’s Building Dreams campaign to help build a new “Family Campus” on the campus of Golden West College. The Family Campus will include a new preschool, a gymnasium, and a Boys & Girls Club for school age kids. It will be California’s first Boys & Girls Club on a college campus, which will help inspire generations of kids to go to college, while making community college more accessible to parents of young children.

Surf City Splash has raised nearly $235,000 for the Building Dreams campaign over the last seven years. With the Family Campus’s preschool now complete and operating, the Boys & Girls Club is focusing on phases two and three of the campaign: the gymnasium and school age Club. Construction for the last two phases of the campaign began in January 2015. The three-building Family Campus is expected to be completed and ready to enroll brand new Club members starting in September 2015. The Club counted on generous supporters such as Kingston Technology and its Board members, including Rotary Club member Resa Evans, to kick start the second phase of the campaign. Upon completion, the new Club is expected to serve up to 2,500 children and families annually.



HUNTINGTON BEACH... Sunday, February 22nd saw several collisions as a result of DUI, as well as hit & run collisions; in some of these collisions, the wet, rainy weather may have been a contributing factor. Here is a short synopsis compiled by the Huntington Beach Police Department:

6:50pm: Adams/Magnolia – DUI – single-vehicle collided with the frontage road block and wood wall in the median, causing extensive damage. The male driver, age 23, was uninjured with BAC of .23% and was arrested.

6:50pm: Beach/Heil – Hit & Run – officers responded to reports of collisions involving four vehicles. A total of four people were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries. The suspect vehicle was not located, however, this incident is currently under investigation since motorists were able to submit photos of the suspect vehicle and license plate.

7:50pm – Newland/Ellis – DUI – upon arrival, officers discovered a female driver rear-ended another vehicle in the intersection. She was transported to a hospital with minor injuries and suspected to be DUI based on preliminary investigation and BAC of .24%. She was arrested after being released from the hospital.

10:10pm – 21500 PCH – Traffic collision – single-vehicle struck a vehicle that was parked at a meter to the front of the Hyatt, causing the vehicle to be pushed onto the sidewalk and damaging parking meters. Alcohol was not a factor in the collision and the driver was uninjured.

10:30pm: Edwards/Edinger – DUI – single-vehicle attempted to negotiate a southbound turn and collided with the center median causing extensive damage to the plants and irrigation. The male driver, age 22, was uninjured with BAC of .14% and was arrested.

12:00am: PCH/Warner – Hit & Run – officers responded to reports of a light pole down on the southeast corner of the intersection. There was evidence of a collision but the involved vehicle(s) were not located and no witnesses could be found at this time.



HUNTINGTON BEACH...On Wednesday, February 18, 2015, Guy McEleney, a senior at Huntington Beach High School, was named a 2015 Coca-Cola Scholar. He is one of one-hundred-and-fifty winners from a pool of more than 102,000 applicants, nationally. His achievement came from progressing through three rounds of elimination for the $20,000 scholarship.

Guy McEleney

From winning this prestigious honor, he was awarded the monetary gift to be spent on college but also becomes a member of the 27th class of Coca-Cola Scholars. These Scholars gain lifelong connections with fellow executives, past, and future winners. In April, McEleney will be honored at the Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

“Since 1989, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has helped dreams come true for more than 5,400 outstanding students. In high school, these students began their journey of academic excellence, positive leadership and dedication to service. They are continuing throughout their careers to serve others and realize their full potential to change the world and create an enduring legacy.

“However, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is much more than a program that awards college financial assistance to exceptional high school seniors. Our organization connects and continually nurtures an extended family of passionate, motivated, service-oriented leaders. This lifetime connection, camaraderie and sense of family are what make the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation unique among scholarship programs.

“The Coca-Cola system believes that investing in students who are leaders, both academically and in service to others, will result in positive, lasting change and sustainable communities. We recognize and celebrate the young people across the country who share our commitment to make the world a better place.” Photo:GuyMcEleney



HUNTINGTON BEACH...The Literacy Volunteers Huntington Beach Public Library will be holding an Open House at the Central Library on Saturday, February 28, from 10am-2pm. Come meet out tutors and learners and learn about the literacy services at your library. A Bake Sale fundraiser to help raise funds to purchase new education materials will be in front of the library. Speakers, tutors, learners, and hands on activities will be in the Talbert Room. HB Central Library 7111 Talbert Ave.



HUNTINGTON BEACH...A wedding on Sunday, February 22nd., took place on the grounds of the Newland House Museum and in the Newland Barn community center building that will be remembered fondly for years to come.

The morning and into the early afternoon, tables were set up on the back lawn, tablecloths arranged on each one, table setting for after the wedding meals were placed neatly on each one and glasses for wine to toast the couple completed the tables. Flowers decorated both the gazebo and the interior of the barn. Other decorated items were placed around the lawn.

Their family and friends filled the chairs in front of the gazebo to watch the 3 p.m. wedding and listen to the bride and groom say their "I dos."

But just after the couple finished their wedding ceremony, Mother Nature blessed the wedding with rain. The wedding group took shelter in the barn and watched as rain on the outdoor tables dripped rain. The two security guards that manned the entrance gate had to sit in the cold wind and rain.

But when this wedding couple reach their golden anniversary, they will be able to retell the story of their wedding to their grandchildren.



OMAHA, NE...Emily Peterson of Huntington Beach, CA, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, was named to the Creighton University Dean's List for fall 2014.

Full-time students who earn a 3.5 grade-point average or better on a 4.0 scale are eligible for the Dean's List.

About Creighton University: Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., enrolls 4,000 undergraduates and 4,200 graduate and professional students among nine schools and colleges. No other university its size offers students such a comprehensive academic environment with personal attention from faculty-mentors. Jesuit and Catholic, it affords incomparable interprofessional education, bridging health professions programs with law, business and arts and sciences - all on one walkable campus. Creighton has been top-ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 20 years.



HUNTINGTON BEACH...The City prevailed in the Sepulveda Construction Inc. v. City of Huntington Beach lawsuit at trial. In addition to the terrific victory, on January 15 the Orange County Superior Court awarded the City of Huntington Beach its full attorney’s fees and costs for a total award of $434,000. “I want to thank the City Council for its support of my office in defending this lawsuit,” said City Attorney Michael Gates. “These are the kinds of positive results that can be obtained for the City and the taxpayers with good cooperation, hard work, and a strong defense stance,” said Gates.

In addition, the City has also received a defense verdict at a jury trial in federal court, Jill Randall v. City of Huntington Beach, Stan Watanabe, et al. A federal jury trial was held before United States District Court Judge Cormac Carney in Santa Ana and the jury returned with a unanimous verdict in favor of Officer Watanabe and the City. “This is a terrific win for the City of Huntington Beach and the Huntington Beach Police Department,” said Gates. “I want to thank the City Council again for supporting the hard work of the City Attorney’s Office in defending the City.”



CARLSBAD...Ian Kennedy of Huntington Beach (92646) is currently in Boston to participate in the 28th annual Harvard Model Congress Conference. He is part of Army and Navy Academy's HMC team.

HMC is a non-profit organization run by undergraduate students at Harvard College. The conference is an exercise in government simulation, where students have the opportunity to act as delegates from the Senate, House of Representatives, Supreme Court, National Security Council, and more. This year, Kennedy will be acting as a Republican National Convention Representative in the White House during the conference.

The focus is on teaching students the many pieces that allow our government to run smoothly. Through lively debate, students learn about the issues affecting our country today. The students will cover topics ranging from the Keystone Pipeline to immigration reform.

"Through the conference, students begin to connect academics with the world around them and, most importantly, begin to get involved and understand the role they can play in changing the world for the better," says a Harvard Faculty Advisor.

Founded in 1910, the Army and Navy Academy is a private not-for-profit institution that provides an academically robust, character-based education for young men, grades 7 through 12. It is the only private boarding school in San Diego County and the only private military academy for high school-age students in California and surrounding states.



HUNTINGTON BEACH...Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley honored four members, Amy Do, Sydney Horner, Ryan Wong, and Giselle Robles as the organization’s “Youth of the Year.” One child was selected from each of the Boys & Girls Club’s four branches for school age youth and teens. These four outstanding youth were chosen for their exceptional leadership, character and service, academics, and healthy lifestyles. Throughout the year, children who stand out for their character, service and leadership are continuously selected as “Member of the Week”. From these choices, every month, a child is selected to be the “Member of the Month.” Finally, one child from each of the Club’s four branches is chosen to receive the ultimate honor as the Youth of the Year.

For long-time member Sydney Horner, her path to becoming Clubhouse Academy’s Youth of the Year took an incredible amount of personal effort and motivation. Sydney enrolled in the Boys & Girls Club’s ClubHouse Theatre program at the young age of eight. She was painfully shy. In fact, she found it impossible to speak when she was in most social settings, including her time at school and at the Boys & Girls Club. Through the Boys & Girls Club’s dance and theater programs, Sydney met friends and adults whom she grew to trust. She felt comfortable enough to step out of her shell and perform on stage in front of large audiences and she now attends Orange County School for the Arts. In addition to her volunteer work at school and church, Sydney is now also a teacher’s assistant in the Clubhouse Academy dance program. She has found her voice as a dancer, a leader and a person. Her career goal is to become a performing arts teacher, helping other children find their confidence and their voice.

The Club’s Kingston Branch in Fountain Valley named Amy Do its Youth of the Year. She has been attending Kingston since the young age of 5. Amy is now 14 years old. Staff members have seen first-hand how she has matured over the years. Amy grew from a caring, and kind child to a helpful and driven teenager. She is always the first one to lend a hand to her peers and staff members anytime at the Club, especially in the homework room. Amy has taken on the role of a big sister and a role model to the younger children at Kingston. In fact, at this year’s annual Youth of the Year dinner, Amy was honored alongside two of her sisters who were chosen as Youth of the Month. Her sisters look up to her as their role model and Amy does not disappoint.

At the Club’s Huntington Beach branch, Ryan Wong was chosen as the Youth of the Year. Having attended the Huntington Beach branch for four years now, Ryan is an active and well-rounded member. He participates in cooking classes, Power Hour, Torch Club and Passport to Manhood. Ryan demonstrates a strong commitment to helping others in everything that he does. He is especially attentive and great with the younger kindergarteners. When asked about Ryan, Unit Director Danielle Tobias says, “Ryan was chosen for Youth of the Year because he is extremely polite, friendly, and positive. Ryan is a great role model to his peers as he is such an optimistic and kind individual. He is a great asset to the Club!”

Giselle Robles from the Club’s Oak View Branch in Huntington Beach is also no stranger at being a great role model to her peers. Named the Oak View Branch’s Youth of the Year, she has been a member the branch first opened in 2012. As a freshman in high school, Giselle is taking multiple challenging Advanced Placement courses. In addition to excelling academically, she is also a leader at the Club. Giselle helps out with first graders in the Education room, tutors her peers, and helps them with homework. Program Director Rebecca Sanchez says, “Giselle is a young lady full of many talents. She is a well-rounded individual, she seeks to excel in everything that she does. We couldn’t be prouder!”

The Youth of the Year program is part of a national competition created by Boys & Girls Clubs of America to honor the most outstanding young people from nearly 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the country. The four outstanding young people from Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley will go on to compete in a county-wide Youth of the Year competition held by the 16 Boys & Girls Clubs in Orange County. All “Youth of the Year” from Orange County will be celebrated at a special dinner on March 27 and the winner of the County competition will be announced at that time. Local winners then go on to compete in a regional competition, and hope to advance to the national finals.


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