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HUNTINGTON BEACH...The seats in the city council chambers on Monday night's City Council meeting of April 20th filled up and Room B8 adjoining the chamber was opened up to accommodate the overflow of people.

Many were from non-profit organizations and schools hoping to be drawn from a lottery to operate fireworks stands as fundraisers for their groups.

Others were parents and friends there to support the HB United soccer team that represented the AYSO Region 55. The HB United, an under 11 Boys' Extra team had won the recently played Western States' Championships.

During the awards and presentations section on the agenda seven awards or presentations were handed out by Huntington Beach Mayor Jill Hardy.

The first on the list of presentations was the Pet of the Month from the local shelter. Gisela Campagne asked residents to adopt this wonderful four-legged friend to become a member of their family.


The next item on the list was the lottery drawing for 15 fireworks stands from the many applications submitted in each of three categories, Civic Organizations, Youth Sports and High Schools. Five names were picked for each category plus three alternate names if one of the other were not able to fill the city's requirements.

Mayor Hardy called on Miss Huntington Beach Claire Epting to do the drawing. In the High School category, Ocean View got four of the five picks.


Many parents watched as their youngster and their Head Coach Jason Kakimoto came up to receive a commendation for their Western States' AYSO championship. Each boy was handed the microphone to say their names and position they played. The last few boys each read a thank you to Mayor Hardy, their school and family.

Mayor Hardy thanked the boys and their coaches and told the boys how good they did in speaking before the council and members of the public.


Mayor Hardy next called on Tiffany Townson from MADD (Mad Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) who recognizes Huntington Beach police officers whose efforts contributed in DUI enforcement. Each of these officers made 25 or more arrests during 2014 and they received MADD's "Deuce Awards."


Mayor Hardy next called on a representative from the city's Environmental Board and a representative from Republic's Rainbow Environmental Services to recognize efforts made by students from Moffett Elementary, Mesa View Middle and Village Elementary Schools as winners of the Sustainable Awards Program.


Four of the members of the Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council received a proclamation for their efforts in organizing several community service projects for this coming Saturday, April 25th Community Service Day.


This month's Mayor's Award went to a deserving police officer who has helped in law inforcement and as School Resource Officer for many years in Huntington Beach. Mayor Hardy asked Huntington Beach Police Chief Robert Handy to do the honors and present Officer Vickie Shroyer with this award.


HUNTINGTON BEACH...On Monday, April 20th, at about 10:30 AM the Huntington Beach Police Department responded to the area of Warner Avenue and Sculpin Lane regarding a traffic collision involving a motorcycle and a passenger car.

Arriving officers located a red 2005 Honda 600RR motorcycle and a gray 2009 Toyota Venza car near the intersection. The motorcycle rider, a 27 year old male from Huntington Beach, was laying in the roadway and was critically injured. Huntington Beach Fire Department paramedics responded but the male had succumbed to his injuries at the scene. His name is being withheld until next of kin can be notified.

The driver of the Toyota car, an 80 year old female from Huntington Beach, was uninjured. She remained at the scene and was interviewed by investigating officers before being released.

Based on the preliminary investigation, it appears the Honda motorcycle was traveling at a high rate of speed westbound on Warner when it collided with the Toyota car which was exiting a driveway at 6771 Warner Avenue.

The investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by the HBPD Major Incident Reconstruction Team (M.I.R.T). No citations have been issued and no arrests have been made at this time. Investigators would like to speak to anyone who might have seen the events leading up to and including the collision.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Huntington Beach Police Accident Investigator Josh Page at 714-536-5670 or Accident Investigator Robert Barr at 714-536-5666. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 714-960-8825.



HUNTINGTON BEACH...On Sunday April 19, 2015 at 11:04 pm the Newport Beach Police Department was involved in a vehicle pursuit of a suspicious vehicle. The pursuit entered Huntington Beach and traveled north on P.C.H. The suspect vehicle crossed the center divider at First Street and collided with a vehicle traveling south on P.C.H. as well as a city light pole.

Officers from Huntington Beach assisted Newport Beach officers and detained all the occupants including one suspect who attempted to flee on foot. The driver of the suspect vehicle and the driver of the second vehicle suffered injuries and were treated by HBFD paramedics. They were both transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

Newport Beach PD is handling the investigation and arrests. The investigation is continuing as to why the suspects fled from officers. P.C.H. was closed in both directions for approximately 2 hours.



HUNTINGTON BEACH...On Sunday afternoon, April 19th., the grounds of the historic Newland House Museum was the site of this year's 5th Annual “Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Please” fundraiser for Project Self Sufficiency.

Event director Mike Gallipeo tends to last minute details


The event hosted by the Project Self Sufficiency Foundation raises funds for programs that benefit low income, single parents in Huntington Beach to achieve economic self sufficiency through education, training and personal development.

Tables and chairs are set up and ready for guests


Prior to the opening at 1 p.m., Mike Gallipeo arrived to oversee the placement of tents, tables, chairs, band area, etc. he was helped by several members of On Sunday, April 19th, The Literacy Volunteers of the Huntington Beach Library held their 3rd Annual Walk, Run, Read 5K event in Huntington Central Park west., members of the Assistance League and several other local vendors and organizations.

Watch a short video of the Project Self Sufficiency event in Flash video


Alexis Devries and Sara Leard direct a visitor to the entrance


At the entrance gate, Alexis Devries and Sara Leard directed visitors to the entrance table and handed our goodies as they entered the event. Goodies included a ink pen, tire gauge, a package clamp and information on their businesses inside a plastic bag.

Tables and chairs fill quickly as the event opens


The day's events included live music, a live and silent auction, and wine tasting at local vendors. To go along with the wines, several vendors offered cheeses and for dessert, a bite of chocolate for the taste buds.

All proceeds from this fundraiser will go to PSS and their mission to help single parent families.



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.

  • Paige A. Grigus, 22, Fountain Valley
  • Andrea M. Livigni, 29, Huntington Beach
  • Lance Lawrence, 29, Placentia
  • Robert B. Jardine, 56, Newport Beach
  • Joshhua M. Costa, 30, Stanton
  • Matthew G. Butler, 50, Huntington Beach
  • Ryan R. Harris, 19, Huntington Beach
  • Colin J. Carroll, 23, Fountain valley
  • Layla P. Behzadian, 27, Orange
  • Jonathan J. Hyde, 28, Mira Loma
  • Kelly Cochran, 27, Newport Beach
  • Ronald B. Vasquez, 57, Buena Park
  • Tina P. Nguy, 40, Westminster
  • Daniel L. Sullivan, 61, Newport Beach
  • Nathan F. Pascoe, 29, Draper, UT
  • Kirill Von Somoff, 21, Huntington Beach
  • Victoria J. Irwin, 54, Capistrano Beach
  • Tassawur Naimat, 63, Westminster
  • Victor Ortega, 48, Norwalk
  • Regina N. Martinez, 26, Whittier



HUNTINGTON BEACH...The Huntington Beach Police Department and the City of Huntington Beach will host a candlelight vigil in observance of National Crime Victims’ Week. Join Mayor Hardy and Chief Handy on April 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Pier Plaza, as the event will honor courageous victims, survivors of victims and the victim advocates. The event will build public awareness to what victims and their families go through, and to celebrate the fact that victims can become survivors. Candles will be provided to the first 100 people.



HUNTINGTON BEACH...On Sunday, April 19th, The Literacy Volunteers of the Huntington Beach Library held their 3rd Annual Walk, Run, Read 5K event in Huntington Central Park west.

Kids, teens, young adults and oldsters all participated in walking or running the course.

Watch a short video of one of the runners crossing the finishing line

Literacy Volunteers has two programs to help adults and families develop the necessary English skills to communicate with their children, doctors, employers, neighbors, friends, and many others.

Adult Literacy at Huntington Beach Public Library continues to grow as more and more adults realize the need to improve their literacy skills. Family Literacy at Oak View Branch Library supports the literacy efforts of parents to help them learn to read with their children in English.

Literacy Volunteers is a program of success stories – no matter how large or small the success may seem, each one is a triumph for our students and keeps them on the path to becoming better speakers, readers and writers.

As our students develop their English skills they are able to improve their lives and contribute to the community. Our students have passed driving exams, gotten their GEDs, filled out job applications, been promoted at work, become accredited in their field, and become United States citizens.



HUNTINGTON BEACH...The City Attorney recently won a motion to dismiss in the case of Teresa Jercich v. City of Huntington Beach, et al. The case involved allegations by Plaintiff that the City’s Police Department failed to properly respond and protect Plaintiff from domestic abuse and injuries inflicted upon her by her estranged husband. “We are grateful for this latest victory and as always, we appreciate the support of the City Council in our effort to uphold and enforce the laws of the City,” said City Attorney, Michael Gates.



IRVING, TX...John Lieblang, a University of Dallas junior from Huntington Beach, Calif., competed in the finals of the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) Competition. Lieblang and four other students represented the University of Dallas. Teams from 41 schools competed in the first round and were evaluated on portfolio management. The University of Dallas, in its first appearance at the competition, was one of only five teams to reach the finals.

The fund is managed by graduate and undergraduate students, who are responsible for all investment research and reporting.

The University of Dallas, located in a metropolitan area of nearly seven million people, is a leading Catholic university widely recognized for academic excellence by well-known publications, organizations and accrediting bodies. It offers distinctive individual undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the liberal arts, business and ministry that are characterized by an exceptional, engaged faculty, a commitment to shaping principled, well-skilled leaders and academic rigor in the Catholic intellectual tradition.



HUNTINGTON BEACH...Construction on the huge new Senior Center in Huntington Central Park west is coming along at a fast pace.



HUNTINGTON BEACH...The Friends of the Library invite you to attend the Author’s event on Friday, April 24 when they present Marie Bean, author of Lazy Loser. Luncheon and lecture tickets cost $20 per person. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and luncheon begins at noon. Book sales and author signing will follow. Lazy Loser is for folks who never want to go on another diet.

The book is packed with humor and insider tips from Australian weight-loss myth buster Marie Bean. Lazy Loser is a revolutionary book that encourages readers to slim down by avoiding dieting and to get fit the “lazy way.”

Please make checks payable to FOTL and mail to 7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 or deliver to Friends Gift Shop. Reservation forms and checks payable to FOTL must be received no later than Monday, April 20, 2015.



ROCK ISLAND, IL...Augustana College announced 856 students were named to the Dean's List for the 2014-2015 winter term. Students who have earned this academic honor have maintained a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a four-point scale for courses taken during the term.

Jacob Self from Huntington Beach, CA was among the students named to the winter term Dean's List. Self is a senior majoring in Accounting and Business Administration-Management Information Systems.

Founded in 1860, Augustana College is a selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences. The college is recognized for the innovative program Augie Choice, which provides each student up to $2,000 to pursue a high-impact learning experience such as study abroad, an internship or research with a professor. Current students and alumni include 155 Academic All-Americans, a Nobel laureate, 13 college presidents and other distinguished leaders. The college enrolls 2,500 students and is located along one of the world's most important waterways, the Mississippi River, in a community that reflects the diversity of the United States.



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