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HUNTINGTON BEACH...Welcome the holiday season with a program of sacred works for women’s voices and chamber orchestra when the Orange County Women’s Chorus presents its opening concerts of the 2014-15 season on December 6 and 7 in Newport Beach and Huntington Beach. Lovers of Brahms and Schumann will enjoy Joseph Rheinberger’s lush “Mass for Christmas,” and fans of Vivaldi will appreciate Nicola Porpora’s dazzling Magnificat—all accompanied by some of the finest instrumentalists in Orange County. The program also features works by Arcangelo Corelli, William Byrd, and Georg Philipp Telemann.

Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 for seniors (65+) and $10 for students with ID. Group discounts available for groups of six or more. Call (949) 451-8590 or visit to purchase tickets or for more information.

The concert is held at Newport Harbor Lutheran Church, 798 Dover Drive, Newport Beach on Saturday and at St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church, 18631 Chapel Lane, Huntington Beach on Sunday.

St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church

Founded in 1997, the Orange County Women’s Chorus is now in its 17th season. Under the direction of Eliza Rubenstein since 2000, the OCWC has become one of the most respected choruses in Southern California, and was named 2014 Outstanding Arts Organization by Arts Orange County in October 2014. The OCWC is known for performing outstanding choral literature at the highest standards of artistry. They are also lauded for adventurous programming, accessibility and audience engagement, and an ongoing commitment to celebrating women in music.


HUNTINGTON BEACH...On Wednesday night, November 19, 2014, Huntington Beach officers observed a man on a bike in the area of Beach Boulevard and Garfield Avenue and stopped him for several vehicle code violations. During the stop, officers began conducting an investigation.

During the investigation, a loaded handgun with several loaded magazines and several knives were found on the person. Several more loaded magazines, a knife and collapsible baton were found in his bag. He was arrested on various weapons charges. 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.

  • Fara M. Lucido, 47, Huntington Beach
  • Ahmad M. Alsultan, 25, Long Beach
  • Jennifer Jacqurz, 52, Huntington Beach
  • Danielle A. Dapello, 19, Huntington Beach
  • Joseph H. Savastano, 21, Huntington Beach
  • Karen A. Liebhauser, 56, Huntington Beach
  • Dennis A. Newman, 44, Newport Beach
  • Rebecca Peterson, 34, Huntington Beach
  • James S. Norman, 23, Huntington Beach
  • Yesenia G. Vazquez, 27, Downey
  • Edward G. Barseghian, 27, Costa Mesa


HUNTINGTON BEACH...The Huntington Beach Elks Lodge 1959 made a $1000 donation to the Huntington Beach Police Department’s K-9 Unit.  The source of funds was an Elks Grand Lodge Beacon Grant.  The donation will be used to enhance the departments K-9 facilities. On hand to accept the donation were several HBPD officers including Officer Marco, a 75 pound Belgian Malinois K-9.  Officer Marco is trained to search for hidden weapons, and to assist in the arrest of dangerous criminals.  Officer Wade Wilson has been Marco’s partner since 2013. Photo:HBElks

Officer Casey Thomas, Exalted Ruler Greg Neneman, HB Elks 1959, Officer Wade Wilson, Officer Marco, (Belgian Malinois), Sgt. Tom Weizoerick, and Captain David Binetta.


HUNTINGTON BEACH...The Second Chance Pet Adoptions held their 3rd Annual Holiday Boutique at the Huntington Beach Elks Lodge last Saturday November 22nd. Two large rooms were devoted to vendors. Original Jewelry and handmade items for the holidays, birthdays and anniversaries could be found on each table.

Huntington Beach Elks Yvonne Phillips and John Nielsen watch over the day's event


Funds from admission and the use of vendor tables will benefit our four-pawed friends in their need. If your interested in donating to help the animals see

See what beautiful gifts you can make from empty wine and spirit bottles


A raffle for prizes was half the fun of the day


HUNTINGTON BEACH...The Fair Housing Foundation, in partnership with the City of Huntington Beach, will provide a free housing counseling walk-in clinic at City Hall on Monday, November 24, located on the Fifth Floor of City Hall. Walk-ins will take place from 10 a.m. to noon. A counselor will be available on a first-come first-served basis to meet individually and discuss tenant/landlord disputes and concerns or to answer questions about Fair Housing laws.

Those with immediate questions or in need of more urgent assistance need not wait until the clinic, as Fair Housing Foundation counselors are available Monday-Friday by calling (800) 446-3247.


HUNTINGTON BEACH...A reader of the Huntington Beach News sent this short video of the windmills on the Huntington Beach Pier on Sunday, November 23, 2014. 


HUNTINGTON BEACH...Huntington Beach Fire Battalion Chief Dave McBride has been selected as the recipient of the honorable Ed Bent Fire Instructor of the Year Award by the California Fire Chiefs Association Training Officers Section. McBride was honored Wednesday, Nov.19 at the annual California Fire Chiefs Association Training Officers Conference in Fresno for his efforts to improve training, facilitate change to the traditional way of operating on emergencies and his integration of technology into fire training programs.

Battalion Chief Dave McBride

“Chief McBride’s work ethic is something to be admired and his dedication to the craft of being a firefighter is inspiring,” said Huntington Beach Fire Chief Patrick McIntosh. “He has done so much for Huntington Beach in ensuring our fire operations are utilizing the most current methods and techniques. He’s to be commended for his talent and genuine commitment to improving the efficiency and safety of our department members.”

Over the past several years, the essence of McBride’s leadership and commitment to the Department has been made evident through the capital improvements made to the regional training center, implementation of training programs through use of technology, acquisition of several buildings for live fire training, purchases of new safety gear, and leading changes to tactical operations. All of which have been made possible through the efforts of Chief McBride. Photo:HBFD


HUNTINGTON BEACH...Trash will be collected per regular schedule Monday, November 24 through Wednesday, November 26. There will be no trash collection on Thanksgiving Day so trash collection on Thursday and Friday will be delayed one day. Residents on Thursday’s route should place their trash for collection on Friday. Friday’s route will be collected on Saturday.

Streets will be swept according to the regular sweeping schedule Monday, November 24 through Wednesday, November 26. Street sweeping is cancelled on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28. There is no make-up day for cancelled street sweeping days. Normal sweep schedules and ticketing will resume on Monday, December 1.


HUNTINGTON BEACH...Music fans and the city of Huntington Beach will be honoring the once popular and forever famed Golden Bear with a plaque dedication ceremony on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 1 p.m. on the site of the original Golden Bear nightclub on Pacific Coast Highway, across the street from Duke's Restaurant at Pierside Pavilion (Main Street and PCH).

The Golden Bear with its older sign in November 1976

From its opening in 1929 as the Golden Bear Café to its closing in 1986 as the notorious rocking Concert Hall it had become, the Golden Bear will forever serve as an iconic piece of history, housing the tunes of famed musicians and entertainers such as the Ramones, Peter Gabriel, Van Halen, Steve Martin and Robin Williams. Photo: HBPIO


HUNTINGTON BEACH...Next4Vets, a Huntington Beach 501(c)(3) nonprofit operating in, is funding a study conducted by Southern Utah University to help veterans suffering from Post Traumatic stress disorder.

The clinical study is being conducted to prove that Nexalin Technology's medical device will help those suffering from PTSD by treating the most common symptoms of the disease: Anxiety, Depression and Insomnia.

Nexalin Technology has been operating in Huntington Beach for over 8 years.

The actual study will take place at the Utah National Guard Armory, in Cedar City and will involve 18 veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars that suffer from PTSD. Half of the study group will be connected to Nexalin Technology's FDA cleared Medical Device and half will be connected to a non-working device . There will be a 3 month follow-up. At the end of the 3 months those on the non-working device will be offered a repeat of treatment on the actively working medical device.

Each veteran will receive 15 Nexalin treatments over a period of three weeks. Next4Vets, is dedicated to providing military members with advanced neurological solutions to improve mental health. Next4Vets is confident that Nexalin is an effective method to accomplish these goals.

Upon success of this trial there are plans to reaching out to the VA clinics in Orange County and the VA hospitals in both Los Angeles and San Diego Counties to repeat the trails. There will be an effort to reach out to Camp Pendleton for a similar study.

The Nexalin medical device is an FDA  cleared medical device which creates a low powered frequency and waveform that seems to affect key brain structures involved in the regulation of neurochemistry. Data suggests the Nexalin waveform effectively resets the hypothalamus of the brain, without the introduction of pharmaceuticals. Clinical research indicates that normalizing the production of various neurotransmitters, including Dopamine, Serotonin, and Norepinephrine may begin as early as the initial treatment. In recent studies, patients report on average, 80% to 97% of sustained improvement in all symptoms.


HUNTINGTON BEACH...Pier Plaza was the scene for a latest Japanese television show. The Battle of Big Eaters World Championships was held right here in Surf City on Sunday, November 23, 2014 to be shown on Japanese tv back home.


Setting up the tables for the contest


Some of the meals to be used in the championships with a Medic on standby


HUNTINGTON BEACH...Won’t your kids or grand kids be thrilled when Santa stops by your house to deliver this adorable bear and complete collection of Winnie-the Pooh stories? Buy your raffle tickets now in the Children’s Room at the Huntington Beach Central Library for your chance to win this amazing package.

Tickets are $3 each, 2 for $5 or 5 for $10. The winning ticket will be drawn on Friday, December 19 at 3 p.m. Santa’s visit will be Monday, December 22, and the recipient must live within 15 miles of the library.

This raffle is sponsored by the Friends of the Children’s Library and all proceeds benefit the Children’s Library. Winner need not be present to win.


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