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HUNTINGTON BEACH...Members of the Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council hosted the 8th Annual Blessing of the Waves on Sunday, August 30th at Pier Plaza for the public. Several present and formers members of the Huntington Beach city council joined the 1500 audience in Pier Plaza.

Dusty Watson and the Slacktone Band


Pastor Sumo Sato blows the conch shell


The annual blessing began with music by Dusty Watson and the Slacktone Band began at 8:30 a.m. with the blowing of a conch shell by Pastor Sumo Sato.

A welcome to those who attended the Blessing of the Waves was given by former Huntington Beach mayor Dave Garofalo who gave a big alooohaaa to the audience and welcomed members of the Junior Lifeguards. Garofalo talked about how water is life and Huntington Beach is a big part of our lives.

Dave Garofalo talks about Water is Life


Members of the Junior Lifeguards


An invocation prayer to keep our water clean as God created it, was offered by Sumo Sato from H2O. Huntington Beach Mayor Jill Hardy offered a welcome to all on behalf of the city.

Huntington Beach Mayor Jill Hardy


Rev. Tim Phillips on How can we care for the ocean


The focus of the morning's message is that we live in an environment that is water and that we cannot live without it.  The event focuses on protecting the ocean and the people and animals who use it. Rev. Tim Phillips spoke on how will we bless the water. Water has a central place in the practices and beliefs of many religions and is the building block of life. Rev. Phillips said that we are stewards of the ocean and so how will we care for the ocean.

Peter "P.T." Townend thanks God for creating waves for us


Next on the program came Peter "P.T." Townend who said thank God that Be created waves for us to enjoy. Townend, like the other guests on the program he received a framed message of thanks.

Gold Medalist Jason Lezak


Garofalo introduced four-time Gold Medalist Olympian Jason Lezak. In 2004 Olympics Lezak received a bronze medal for his freestyle swimming and a Gold Medal for a World Record breaking swim in a medley relay.

Father Christian Mondor receives a standing ovation before blessing the waves


The next speaker received a standing ovation for two specials in his life. Father Christian Mondor of Sts, Simon and Jude Catholic Church would shortly turn 90 and also will celebrate 75 years ago he was ordained a minister of God.

Members of the audience followed Fr. Christian Mondor and the Junior Lifeguards out to the ocean for a blessing of the waves.

The event concluded with Huntington Beach own surfing priest, Fr. Christian Mondor, walking out to the ocean and removing his robes to reveal his black wetsuit and with board in hand posed for photos.


Fr. Christian Mondor blesses the ocean and those who walked with him


Huntington Beach is called Surf City and for that reason people come here from all over the world to spend time here and they expect that we will have clean ocean water and clean beaches.


HUNTINGTON BEACH...Colette's Children's Home would also like to thank School on Wheels for donating 70 backpacks, Jennifer Emard for donating school supplies and lunch thermals, Dianne Thompson for her generous donation of school supplies, and everyone that has donated supplies for the children in our program.

Thank you HB Waves of Kindness for working so hard to get school supplies. They went above and beyond so the children in our program were ready for school! It is amazing what one group of people can do if they set their minds to it!

Thank you also goes to Kristi's Hope, a consistent supporter of Colette's Children's Home, for dropping off 40 backpacks filled with school supplies and 15 lunchboxes! Photos:Colette'sHome



PARK RIDGE, ILL...Sassoon M. Elisha, CRNA, EdD, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) from Huntington Beach, Calif., received the 36th Annual Helen Lamb Outstanding Educator Award during the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress, August 29-September 1, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Helen Lamb Outstanding Educator Award, established in 1980, is presented to a CRNA who has made a significant contribution to the education of nurse anesthetists. The award recognizes the individual’s commitment to the profession of nurse anesthesia and to the advancement of educational standards that further the art and science of anesthesiology and result in high quality patient care.

A national lecturer, author, researcher, clinician and nurse anesthesia educational program administrator, Elisha’s dynamic approach to education effectively teaches nurse anesthesia concepts and provides students with the tools and resources to think critically within the clinical arena. He also has created training films on simulation education.

“What makes Professor Elisha such an effective educator is that he understands not all students learn alike,” says Jordyn Hall, a student registered nurse anesthetist in Elisha’s Kaiser School of Anesthesia Class of 2015. “He provides a learning environment that is cohesive to a variety of learning styles by incorporating visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning.”

“My career has been a very rewarding journey,” says Elisha. “To do what I love, to contribute to the success of our learners, and to gain this recognition is amazing.”
The AANA congratulates Sassoon Elisha, CRNA, EdD, on being the 2015 Helen Lamb Award winner for Outstanding Educator.



HAMILTON, NY...Maria Vorobyeva, of Huntington Beach, CA, (92647) a member of the Colgate Class of 2018, has earned the Dean's Award for academic excellence for the Spring 2015 semester.

This recognition is awarded to students with a 3.30 or higher term average.

Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution that offers 54 majors to a diverse student body of approximately 2,900 undergraduate students, and supports 25 Division I athletic teams. The university's 575-acre campus in rural central New York is renowned for its beauty and for the important role it plays in the student experience.



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.

  • Lorren A. Carney, 32, Long Beach
  • Johnathan D. Rizo, 32, Downey
  • Erika M. Suarez, 24, Westminster
  • Lesa A. Devol, 58, Fredericksburg, TX
  • Sara L. Murphy, 37, Olympia, WA
  • Julian R. Knight, 19, Seal Beach
  • Daniel Avina, 21, Fontana
  • Michael J. Gallagher, 52, Huntington Beach
  • Cesar J. Mendoza, 30, Santa Ana
  • Sheryl N. Brackley, 47, Newport Beach



HUNTINGTON BEACH...On September 4th., Boudin Bakery and Restaurant of Huntington Beach will celebrate its first anniversary and if it's anything like their pre-grand opening in 2014, it will be a surprise event.

Boudin's Manager German Montiel says that the corporate headquarters in San Francisco may be planning a surprise event to mark the one year opening.

Manager German Montiel


Flash backward to the evening of Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Working people were homeward bound in their cars. Those stopped at the red light on Main Street before turning onto Beach Boulevard were startled to see the north-side parking lot in the Five Points Center filled with dozens and dozens of people setting up tents, others sitting around on blankets for sleeping through the night. The drivers wondered if there had been a national emergency occurred and they missed hearing about it. But on a closer look, this was not the case.

Campers ready for the night campover [2014]


Boudin SF bakery was having a pre-grand opening event. For the first 100 people who camped out at their new location in Surf City USA on Wednesday evening [Sept. 3rd] would receive coupons for a loaf of bread every day for one year.

The rules required people to line up in the bakery's parking lot no sooner than 5 p.m. Wednesday. By 5 p.m. the lot slowly filled with people.

Camping out over night [2014]


Several people brought in chairs to wait out the long night. Four young men brought in a tent  to stay in as others did also. As the people arrived, Boudin employees signed them up and these 100 people were given numbers to wear around their necks.

Throughout the night campers played games, listened to music on the mp3 players or they talked to other campers while security guards monitored the campers,

Ginny Douesnard, Boudin's First Bread Winner [2014]


The first winner was Ginny Douesnard and the one hundredth bread winner was Gailann Harmeier of Huntington Beach to receive the last free number that allowed her a loaf of Boudin bread each day for one year.

The line stretched all the way to the back of the building [2014]


When time came for the winners to receive their first loaf of bread, a line stretched from the front door all the way around to the back parking lot.

Master Baker Fernando Padilla holds Sour Joe with Heidi Carmony and David Keller of Boudin's San Francisco office [2014]


"It's been an exciting year for me," said Montiel. " I've met new friends and it has met all my expectations."

Today many kinds of breads line the shelves inside Boudin


Montiel wouldn't say what head office is planning, but if it is anything like their grand opening, it will be something special.



DURANGO, CO...Sarah Beisswanger, of Huntington Beach, CA, will start coursework at Fort Lewis College on August 31, 2015. Beisswanger's major is Adventure Education.

Fort Lewis College is the Southwest's crossroads of education and adventure. Our blend of small classes, dynamic academic programs, and a liberal arts perspective leads to transformative learning experiences that foster entrepreneurship, leadership, creative problem solving, and life-long learning. And our unique & beautiful mountain campus, on a mesa above historic Durango, Colorado, inspires an active and friendly community with a spirit of engagement, exploration, and intellectual curiosity.



HUNTINGTON BEACH...Join us this Monday night August 31, 2015, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the 7-11 located at 6010 Warner Ave for our Coffee with a Cop. Stop by for a cold beverage to beat the heat, enjoy relaxed conversation, ask questions and get to know the officers who patrol your area during the night time hours.



HUNTINGTON BEACH...The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-powered and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, is proud to announce that it has partnered with the McKenna Claire Foundation in Huntington Beach, Calif., to support the work of a childhood cancer researcher at New York University.

The McKenna Claire Foundation was established by the Wetzel family in memory of their daughter, McKenna, who battled DIPG – an extremely rare pediatric brain tumor with a zero percent survival rate. Her family discovered that since this disease, like most childhood cancers, is considered “rare”, there was little or no government funding to pay for the researched needed to find answers.

During her six month battle with the disease, McKenna continuously showed courage, grace and love. After she passed away, her parents promised her that they would do everything in their power to further research and find a cure, so future families who receive this diagnosis will have hope that their child can survive.

“We truly believe that by forming partnerships and working cohesively to find cures, foundations like St. Baldrick's and McKenna Claire will more effectively be able to provide hope to children and families who currently have none,” said McKenna’s parents, David and Kristine Wetzel.

This year, the funds raised by the McKenna Claire Foundation went to support a $100,000 St. Baldrick’s Research Grant awarded to Dr. Hai-Ri Song at New York University. Dr. Song is studying how brain cells grow into aggressive brain tumors and why these tumors are resistant to treatment.



HUNTINGTON BEACH...Sunday evening a large crowd gathered in Huntington Central Park behind the library to listen to music from the Laguna Concert Band. The free concert program is sponsored by the Huntington Beach Concert Band.

The Laguna Concert Band warms up


These two band singers called thenselves the "Sound Check Girls"


The music lovers arrive early to get a good space


The concert is part of the HB Concert Summer series of outdoor music for the public. People not only bring chairs and blankets to sit on, but several bring tables and have their evening meals complete with a little vino to go with the music.


Next Sunday will be the last of this year's summer series and will feature Mike Henebry Orchestra. The internationally acclaimed orchestra authentically recreates music of the famous Big Bands of the Swing Era. There will be a Free Swing dance lesson with Oleg from Dance All You Can Dance Studio and Social Club at 4:15pm preceding the concert!



HUNTINGTON BEACH...Hyper Martial Arts, innovators of a high-intensity martial arts training curriculum for martial arts athletes around the world, today announced that it has secured $400,000 in growth funding from Lighter Capital, a Seattle-based investment lender specializing in Revenue-Based Financing for small businesses. The funding will allow Hyper Martial Arts to launch an online training platform for martial artists around the world, expand its bully defense outreach program, and to reach and inspire more martial arts schools to use its curriculums.

Hyper Martial Arts was launched in 2009 in an effort to spotlight an emerging martial arts sub-culture and to give the world-class athletes that currently train in the martial arts a platform for exposing their skills and talent. Similar to how skateboarding, BMX biking, and surfing became popularized decades ago, Hyper Martial Arts is introducing the martial arts lifestyle to millions of people around the world by exposing its elite action lifestyle athletes and allowing them to help and inspire others to become better martial artists. The company’s Hyper Training curriculum is currently taught at more than 700 training locations around the world – including approximately 600 training facilities in the United States alone.

In addition to moving its Hyper Training curriculum online, the company is also looking to build out its Hyper Bully Defense program, providing resources for martial arts instructors to host anti-bully workshops and seminars for kids. The program gives kids various strategies for dealing with bullying and offers a plan of action for defending themselves.

“Hyper Martial Arts is an action lifestyle brand that’s taking the martial arts to another level by showing people what’s out there and exposing them to something that they didn’t know existed,” said Roland Osborne, Founder of Hyper Martial Arts. “Hyper is a mix of traditional martial arts styles, including self-defense, sparring, competition forms and weapons – and a bit of tricking, gymnastics and parkour.”

The debt funding from Lighter Capital is the first outside investment for Hyper Martial Arts – which has been “revenue funded” since its inception – and will enable the company to grow without adversely impacting the company’s cash flow or sacrificing equity. Lighter Capital’s Revenue-Based Financing model is uniquely structured to match the ebb and flow of small business. Loan payments adjust in proportion to revenue, and there’s no loss of control or restrictive financial covenants.

“Hyper Martial Arts is among the most interesting and unique businesses that we’ve ever funded,” said Molly Otter, Chief Investment Officer for Lighter Capital. “The company has built an entire action lifestyle brand that’s grown organically, fueled by a combination of subscriptions, training materials and apparel sales. They’re actively cultivating a huge global market and serving as a source of inspiration for kids everywhere. We’re honored to play a role in their growth and we look forward to working with them.”

“Lighter Capital was a terrific recommendation from our financial advisor,” Osborne said. “The entire funding process was really simple and everything came together quite quickly. We’re very happy about the relationship.”



HUNTINGTON BEACH...Due to the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 7, trash collection and street sweeping will be on holi-day schedule. Trash will not be collected on Monday, September 7, and all residential collection will be delayed one 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, September 14.

There will be no street sweeping on Monday, September 7 (First Monday route). Streets that are not swept due to holidays are not rescheduled. Due to the trash collection holiday, 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. Most neighborhoods with trash carts at the curb on sweep day will not be swept and parking control will not be enforced.

The following areas may have street sweeping, but no parking citations will be issued: -Areas with an alternate side sweep schedule
-Areas with trash collection in rear alley

If you have questions about the holiday maintenance schedule, please contact the Public Works Maintenance division at 714-960-8861.



HUNTINGTON BEACH...Quality and affordable urgent care will soon be available to residents of Huntington Beach, CA seven days a week.

MedPost Urgent Care will be opening an additional urgent care center in Huntington Beach in late-August, located at the southeast corner of Brookhurst Street and Adams Avenue. Currently, MedPost operates nine urgent care centers across Orange County in Anaheim Hills, Brea, Cerritos, Costa Mesa, Cypress, La Habra, Long Beach, Placentia and Yorba Linda.

“We are proud to partner with MedPost Urgent Care to open this new location in Huntington Beach, following on the success of the Costa Mesa site,” states B. Joseph Badalian, CEO at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center. “Both these affiliated sites offer our patients and our community convenient, high quality urgent care services.”

Patients of all ages visit MedPost for comprehensive urgent care, pediatric, wellness, seasonal and occupational health services. In addition, MedPost offers $25 sports physicals and $15 flu shots — no appointment is required for these services. From allergies to acute illnesses, MedPost can deliver immediate medical attention and treatment. This MedPost clinic will accept most major insurance plans, as well as cash and credit card payments.

The MedPost Huntington Beach clinic will be open every day of the week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Walk-in patients are welcome and those who would like to check in by phone. MedPost also offers referral options and coordination when specialty care is needed.

“MedPost Urgent Care offers immediate, walk-in medical care. Our providers are competent, fast and friendly. We see ages 0-99,” said Adriana Aguilera, Medical Director of MedPost Urgent Care. “We also have in-house X-rays and basic labs that we can perform for conditions such as gastrointestinal issues, UTIs, respiratory infections, skin conditions and various injuries.”

Every MedPost Urgent Care Clinic in California and across the country is staffed with physicians, nurses and medical staff members specializing in emergency medicine, internal medicine and primary care. With low out-of-pocket costs and most patient visits lasting less than an hour, MedPost is an affordable alternative to the emergency room.

MedPost is focused on providing Huntington Beach and the surrounding areas of California with reliable and affordable urgent care services. To stay up to date on the latest health and wellness tips, follow MedPost on social media, using Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.


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