HUNTINGTON BEACH...NuVision Federal Credit Union today announced its 14 branches across Los Angeles and Orange Counties are once again serving as collection sites for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots program. The credit union will be collecting new, unwrapped toys donated by its employees, members and the general public through December 17, 2013.
NuVision Federal Credit Union is collecting new, unwrapped toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots program at its branches across Southern California through December 17, 2013.
"Last year, NuVision collected over 10 bins of new toys to be distributed as gifts to needy children in our community," said L.J. Tarman, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations at NuVision. "We hope to donate even more this year through the incredible generosity of our employees, members and the entire community."
This is the eighth year NuVision is participating in the Toys For Tots program. Through Toys For Tots, U.S. Marines have distributed more than 450 million toys to more than 200 million needy children over the past 65 years. Photo:NuVision
HUNTINGTON BEACH...Let it Snow. Let it Snow. Let it Snow! Huntington Beach residents are invited to a Winter Wonderland this Sunday, December 15th at Harbour Lights Resort apartments 16700 Saybrook Lane (Parking Lot & Coy Pond in Front of the Leasing Office) in Huntington Beach. Santa will be on hand along with his helpers and there will be hot chocolate to warm your insides too.
Bring the children for fun in real snow. Yes, that cold, white stuff you remember so well in pictures and post cards. Let your kids see and feel snow and frolic in the stuff for the first time. The fun starts at 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
HUNTINGTON BEACH...On Thursday, December 12, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. in Room B-8 the following items are scheduled for the Design Review Board:
DESIGN REVIEW NO.13-020 (VERIZON WIRELESS WIRELESS FACILITY MODIFICATION): To review the design, colors, and materials for a proposed modification to an existing wireless communication facility on a rooftop equipment enclosure located on a multi-level parking garage at 200 Main Street (Rooftop), 92648 (bounded by Main Street, 3rd Street, Walnut Avenue, and Olive Avenue). Please contact Hayden Beckman, Planning Aide, for more information.
DESIGN REVIEW NO. 13-017 (PACIFIC CITY HOTEL): To review the revised design, colors, and materials and conceptual plans for a previously approved eight-story hotel containing 250 guest rooms, hotel restaurant, subterranean parking structure, and associated site improvements at 21002 Pacific Coast Highway, 92648 (bounded by Pacific Coast Highway, First Street, Pacific View Avenue, and Huntington Street). Please contact Jill Arabe, Associate Planner, for more information.
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.
- Paul C. Dewitt, 32, Huntington Beach
- Drue G. Anderson, 45, Huntington Beach
- Timothy G. Leedom, 25, Lake Forest
- Johann F. Balogh, 65, Huntington Beach
- Randall M. Leifheit, 39, Huntington Beach
- Brandon W. Lien, 18, Huntington Beach
- Lisa Dee Luevand, 46, Huntington Beach
- Garrett J. Archuletta, 24, Huntington Beach
- Junior B. Huff, 22, Sunnyside, UT.
- Wesley J. Garlatz, 70, Huntington Beach
SIMSBURY, CT...Westminster School in Simsbury, Conn., has announced the following academic honor awards for the fall 2013 term.
Erin Ozturk of Huntington Beach, a junior, earned honors.
Derin Ozturk of Huntington Beach, a junior, earned honors.
HUNTINGTON BEACH...Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack January 28th. Mandy Tankenson, Huntington Beach’s very own has worked on the film as a Digital Producer.
Inventor Flint Lockwood thought he had saved the world when he destroyed his most infamous invention -- a machine that turned water into food, resulting in cheeseburger rain and spaghetti tornadoes. But Flint soon learns that his invention survived and it is now combining food and animals to create "foodimals!" Flint and his friends embark on an adventurously mouth-watering mission to battle hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, hippotatomuses, cheesepiders and other foodimals to save the world – again!
Fans hungry for more can indulge in a host of bonus materials on the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 3D Blu-ray and Blu-ray Combo Packs, including four mini-movies directed by animation veteran David Feiss. The first all-new mini-movie, “Attack of the 50-Foot Gummi Bear,” finds Steve chasing a mischievous gummi that misused one of Flint’s inventions to grow into a 50-foot beast. In the second never-before-seen mini-movie, “Steve’s First Bath,” Flint must quickly alter his plans for a romantic date with Sam after his monkey-cleaning invention goes awry. Both Combo Packs come with two additional previously released mini-movies, “Super Manny” and “Earl Scouts,” along with strawberry-scented scratch ‘n sniff packaging.
The Combo Packs and DVD are also stuffed with filmmaker commentary, deleted scenes and seven behind-the-scenes featurettes, including candid interviews with the animators and voice talent, and a look at the stunning end credits and all-new, making-of-the-music video from fan-favorite Cody Simpson.
SEAL BEACH...Nancy Griffin of Huntington Beach has again turned her lens at life and this week she has visited the Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge in our neighboring city to the north, Seal Beach.
A trail leads the public around the wetlands
People gather together at the water's edge
If you have ever driven up PCH and wondered about the wetlands at the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station, they are part of the Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, and you may visit during the guided walking tour on the last Saturday morning of the month. There is also a volunteer workday on the first Wednesday morning of the month. As it is on the Naval Weapons Station, you must call and be added to the list at least three days in advance. (562) 598-1024.
The docent tells the story of the refuge
Photos of the inhabitants of the wetlands
Looking across miles of saved wetlands
The refuge is designated a "Globally Important Bird Area" and is a critical stopover for birds migrating along the Pacific Flyway. More than 200 species of birds, including several that are endangered, can be found within the refuge and on adjoining Navy lands. Winter time is the peak time for the visiting migratory birds that are stopping at the refuge.
HUNTINGTON BEACH...HB Police Chief Handy who will begin his career with HBPD now. He will succeed Police Chief Kenneth Small who has been with Huntington Beach since 2002. Chief Small announced his retirement earlier this year.
Chief Robert Handy
“Robert Handy will continue the positive direction of the police department, bring a unique blend of successful experience in police operations, community awareness and use of technology,” stated City Manager Fred Wilson.
Robert Handy has been the Police Chief for San Bernardino since 2011. Prior to that he served in the Phoenix, Arizona police department for 21 years. Chief Handy's last assignment with the Phoenix Police Department was as a commander in the Maryvale Precinct.
He started as a Police Officer in 1990 and rose through the ranks to Commander in 2006. Chief Handy has served as a patrol officer, gang investigator, task force commander, canine unit commander, SWAT commander, and more.
Chief Handy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Arizona and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University. He has also been an adjunct professor at Arizona State University for 13 years. He is also a graduate of the 214th session of the prestigious FBI National Academy. Photo:SBPD
He and his wife Jennifer have two daughters ages 19 and 22.
HUNTINGTON BEACH...The Spark of Love campaign began in 1993 as a partnership between ABC7 and firefighters throughout the five-county areas of Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Ventura. Although there are other worthwhile toy drives, Spark of Love is the only one created and operated by firefighters.
In Orange County, Spark of Love combines efforts with the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program, Social Services Agency’s Operation Santa Claus and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Holiday Charities program. Working together as the Orange County Toy Collaborative, these agencies collect and distribute approximately 300,000 toys annually to Orange County children who may otherwise go without during the holiday season.
This year marks the 21st anniversary of the Firefighters’ Spark of Love campaign, which will run through December 24. All Orange County fire stations will serve as drop-off sites for new, unwrapped toys or sports equipment. Gift cards will also be accepted.
Monetary donations can be made to the Orange County Toy Collaborative in care of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 1505 E. 17th Avenue, Suite 109, Santa Ana, CA 92705 Attn: Demetria Lee. Checks should be made payable to the Orange County Toy Collaborative.
Toy Request/Family Referral sheets are available at all Orange County fire stations and at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul office at 1505 E. 17th Avenue, Suite 109, Santa Ana, CA 92705.
For questions regarding the Spark of Love Campaign, please contact Deputy Fire Marshal Tim Andre at 714-536-5418.
HUNTINGTON BEACH...As any one from the Emerald Isle will tell you, when a rainbow appears in the sky, the ends point to a pot of gold buried in the ground. On Saturday morning, December 7th., a rainbow appeared over Surf City and one of the ends pointed to a pot of gold. Well maybe not a pot of gold, but to a pool of gold, black gold, Texas tea, oil.
HUNTINGTON BEACH...The Huntington Beach Elks Lodge #1959 made donations to following:
To provide Christmas Trees for U.S. Vets. U.S. Vets is the nation’s largest transitional housing in the country. Services include a Career Center and a VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic. Separate donation to Vets First for Christmas Bingo parties at 2 facilities and a separate donation to provide the veterans with Marine Corps Challenge Coins. Vets First have been providing services to Orange County’s heroes since 1971.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Air Force ROTC Drill Team
To provide transportation to Los Angeles so their Air Force ROTC Drill Team could participate in national Drill meet
Provided a scholarship donation to assist struggling parents with after school care at the Joseph R. Perry Elementary School.
Funds provided to assist for furnishing apartments for Wounded Warriors. Furnishing Hope furnishes homes for people in crisis, one room at a time. With the expertise of interior designers, they transform houses/apartments into comfortable homes.
CARLSBAD...Army and Navy Academy is proud to announce the Peer Counselors for the 2013-2014 school year. These cadets have been chosen through an annual survey administered to the entire Corps of Cadets.
The Peer Counseling team was developed because youth often turn to their friends or peers when they are experiencing problems. The Peer Counselors are trained in listening and support skills so they can effectively help their peers work through difficulties.
The 2013-2014 Peer Counselors include:
Alexander Amaro of Huntington Beach (92648)
Ian Kennedy of Huntington Beach (92646)
This year, the peer counselors are traveling to UCSD for a team building exercise at the University's Outdoor Adventure Camp, where they will engage in a Challenge Ropes Course to develop team-building and problem solving skills. After this, they will complete two full days of training on Friday, December 6 and Sunday, December 8, 2013.
"The benefits of a Peer Counseling Program are paramount and are based on the fact that youth often seek out their peers when they are experiencing some frustration, worry or concern," says Christy Brown, Counselor at Army and Navy Academy. "Peer counseling teaches cadets decision-making skills to help combat negative peer pressure and provides cadets with communication skills to understand others, reduce loneliness, and support academic and personal achievement."
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...On Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm teams of local volunteer firefighters will hit the streets in Huntington Beach with boots in hand, as they kick off their annual Fill-the-Boot fund-raising campaign for children and adults living with muscle disease.
Committed to the eradication of muscle diseases, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) is a longtime friend and supporters of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Fill-the-Boot drives are the primary means by which the IAFF has raised nearly $275 million for MDA since 1954.
The Huntington Beach firefighters, Local 3544 hope to make this Fill-the-Boot drive a tremendous success for MDA. On Saturday, December 14, look for Huntington Beach firefighters with boots in hand at the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Edinger Avenue at Bella Terra shopping center. These firefighters will be asking motorists to drop a donation into their boots. This “voluntary toll” helps MDA change the lives of thousands of families in Southern California affected by muscle disease.
In 2012, the Huntington Beach Fire Department, Local 3544, raised nearly $8,000 and have set a goal to raise at least $10,000 this year. Please help your local hometown heroes reach their goal by stopping by and making a donation; any contribution will help. Together, we will end the fight against muscle disease.
Fill-the-Boot funds support MDA’s services locally, including medical clinics staffed with specialists in muscle disease and accessible summer camp for kids. Local clinics benefitting from Fill-the-Boot funds include UCI, Children’s Hospital Orange County, Loma Linda Medical Center, and Rancho Los Amigos. Local summer camp is held at Irvine Outdoor Education Center in Orange, California.
These funds also help finance MDA’s worldwide research program seeking treatments for diseases such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease). Up-to-date information about MDA services and research can be found at www.als-mda.org. Photo:Cassandra Van Broekhuizen
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