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HUNTINGTON BEACH..."It's the best on the planet," said Dave Neighbors of HB Scooters as he sat at his desk overlooking rows of  bikes and scooters. Neighbors wasn't just talking about just any bike or scooter, he was talking about his line of A2B electric bikes.

Dave Neighbors stands by one of his scooters

Last Saturday and Sunday Neighbor, his wife and employees held a free public demonstration in front of his store (16582 A Gothard St) to show off these vehicles.

Back in the distant past during the gasoline rationing of World  War II, if you were handy at making thing, you could make an electric bike or tricycle using an old starter motor and a six-volt car battery. It didn't matter if it 50 pounds more to the bike.

Employees line up bikes and scooters in front of the store

In the 1950s you could still make an electric bike using an old war surplus 24-volt motor and two of the newer 12 volt car batteries, but it still weighed a lot and it took hours to charge up the batteries.

Fast forward to today and with new technology in both batteries and motors, an electric bike now weighs not much more than a regular bike or scooter.

Close up of the new A2B line of e-bicycles

Neighbors should know about bikes and scooters, gas or electric. He has been a dealer of these vehicles since 1993 when he was located at Warner Ave and Springdale St. in Huntington Beach before moving to larger quarters on Gothard Street in December 2013.

Neighbors couldn't stop talking about  the A2B models and how they could help congestion on our roads today. The battery to run one of these new high-tech bike was carry a person up to 20 mph to work and back on a charge. To be an electric bike or scooter, the California DMV sets a maximum speed at 20 mph and can be ridden in a normal bike lane.

George Theakos shows off a new scooter Saturday

The top-of-the line A2B bike battery will take an 80% charge in one hour and be fully charged in four hours.

Electric bikes have all the features of a ‘normal’ bike, with the added benefit of a motor and propulsion system, which gives you extra power when you need it. With e-Bikes you can plan longer and more ambitious rides, choosing to use your own pedal power on the way if you wish, knowing you can cruise home with more support if you need it. An e-Bike can help you climb high or steep hills, increasing your journey options even further.


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.

  • Raymond M. Buccat, 18, Wilmington
  • Robert J. Saltarelli, 32, Huntington Beach
  • Edgar J. Nunez, 24, Burbank
  • William K. Schopp, 54, Huntington Beach
  • Patrick R. Murray, 27, Huntington Beach
  • Dkyler R. Shook, 23, Huntington Beach
  • Joshua N. Forsythe, 30, Norwalk
  • John A. Decker, 30, san Diego
  • Brian E. Wolfe, 22, Huntington Beach
  • Carson C. Smith, 36, Costa Mesa
  • Matthew A. Tilburg, 28, Costa Mesa
  • Kelly A. Gibson, 47, Huntington Beach
  • Evelina Butrimavicius, 27, Anaheim


HUNTINGTON BEACH...Police are searching for a man who robbed a CVS just north of Golden West College on Saturday, Apri l11, 2014. The armed man entered the store at approximately 9:45 p.m. and demanded money from an employee. The male fled the scene and no one was injured in the robbery.

Also on Saturday, April 11th Huntington Beach police were involved in a two-hour pursuit that began at Beach Boulevard and Heil Avenue when police attempted to stop a pickup truck. The pursuit continued all the way to Simi Valley and involved three police agencies.

The suspect, Willian David Smalling, 43, of Simi Valley, was finally stopped at a food market in Simi Valley and arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and evading police.


HUNTINGTON BEACH...The Huntington Beach Elks Lodge donated $1000 to Promoting Resources in Drug Education Inc., to help support their program “Every 15 Minutes”. This program vividly demonstrates the potentially dangerous consequences of drug/alcohol usage and driving.

Sgt. Bob Barr HBPD, John Nielsen PER and Richard Wright , board Member of Promoting Resources in Drug Education Inc., stand in front of auto wreckage used in this vivid simulation at Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach.

During this program a deadly accident is simulated to students complete with auto wreckage and police, fire and paramedics involvement. The powerful objective is to recognize that on average every fifteen minutes someone is involved in a deadly accident. The program involved students from Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach. Photo:HBElks


SIMSBURY, CT...Westminster School in Simsbury, Conn., has announced the following academic honor awards for the winter 2014 term.

Erin Ozturk of Huntington Beach, a junior, earned honors.

Derin Ozturk of Huntington Beach, a junior, earned honors.


HUNTINGTON BEACH...On Monday April 14, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, the Michael E. Rodgers Senior Center will host The Egg Paint an intergenerational art event. Seniors along with young people from the Goals program (Growth, Opportunities, Athletics, Learning and Service) and any others who wish to join will have the opportunity to paint and decorate large foam eggs in their holiday best. Artist Jack Knight and his helpers will be on hand to assist with any painting questions and aid with any decorating needs. Come on down and get your creative juices flowing to create an egg masterpiece or just get into the spring spirit with some fun painting and decorating with friends. Please call the Rodgers Seniors Center at 714-536-9387 to RSVP for the event.


HUNTINGTON BEACH...If some of the early morning risers seem  a bit grouchy walking in downtown Main Street , it may because Starbucks Coffee at Main and Olive is closed for remodeling.  But don't worry it will be open soon and you'll be able to get your jolt of caffeine and there is another Starbucks on other corners in Surf City.


CARLSBAD,...Army and Navy Academy Athletic Director Tom Tarantino has announced the 2014 Spring Season San Diego Union-Tribune Scholar Athletes.

The Union-Tribune San Diego All-Academic Team recognizes juniors and seniors who participate in a California Interscholastic Federation-approved varsity sport who have maintained an un-weighted grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the most current grading period.

Fifty Warrior athletes are acknowledged for their academic and athletic achievements during the Spring 2014 seasons for Baseball, Golf, Swimming, Tennis, and Track and Field.

Recognized Cadets include Alexander Amaro of Huntington Beach, Class of 2014, for his participation on the Varsity Baseball Team.

The Army and Navy Academy is pleased to announce its newest inductees to The National Honor Society, one of the oldest and largest recognition programs for high school students in grades 10-12 in the United States of America.

The Academy would also like to recognize Ian Kennedy of Huntington Beach (Class of 2016), our most recent inductee to this prestigious group.

The National Honor Society was founded in 1921 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and it honors those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. It is estimated that over one million students participate in the National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society.

Once selected, a student is awarded membership in their chapter at a special induction ceremony. With induction, each member assumes certain obligations as outlined by the chapter and the national constitution. The chapter must conduct a service project for the school or community and see to the development of an individual service project for each member. Chapters may choose to sponsor fundraising projects or otherwise involve themselves with the school to reach the chapter's goals.

"At Army and Navy Academy, all students are encouraged to get involved and push their physical potential. Our UT Scholar Athletes have truly embraced this, working hard on the field and in the classroom. We appreciate the efforts of the Union Tribune to acknowledge student athletes throughout San Diego," says Tom Tarantino, Athletic Director at Army and Navy Academy.

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, April 12th the Huntington Harbour Mall held a pre-Easter party for the kids. The kids had fun petting the baby lamb, goat, a duck, pig and other assorted animals in the petting zoo. Some of the children had their face painted while eager parents snapped photos on their camera. A bounce house gave other youngsters a fun time jumping around as cameras clicked away. An Easter egg hunt was planned for the day and a raffle with prizes added to the fun of the day.

A petting zoo for the children was part of the fun


"A little dab will do ya" Face painting the kid's faces


HUNTINGTON BEACH...Registration for the Summer 2014 Adult Softball leagues is now underway. The registration deadline is April 24, 2014. Senior Men’s leagues are offered on Sunday mornings and Thursday nights; Senior Coed leagues are offered on Tuesday nights; Senior Women’s leagues are offered on Monday and Thursday nights; Men’s leagues are offered on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; Coed leagues are offered on Sunday afternoons and evenings and Wednesday nights. The leagues will start play May 12 and will concluded in late July or early August. Registration packets are available on the City Adult Softball page. For more details or information, please contact the Community Services at 714-536-5230.


HUNTINGTON BEACH...People are bringing more items to the memorial for Genevieve Hall, 34, who was struck by a hit-and-run driver on Sunday, April 6th near the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Utica Avenue. A similar memorial with a bike is on Edwards Street, just north of Garfield Ave. for Antonio Magdaleno Jr., 29, of Oxnard,who was struck on February 19, 2014 while he was riding his bicycle.

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