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HUNTINGTON BEACH...The stars in the sky glowed their pinpoints of lights as people from Surf City and beyond got dressed, got into their vehicles and with headlights and street lights guided the way to this year's Surf City Alive Easter sunrise service at Pier Plaza.

By 6 a.m. the seats were filled and people continued to arrive to try and find a place to watch the service and to listen to the story of Christ and the empty tomb of some many years ago. The lawn in front of the plaza now filled with parents and children.

By 6:15 a.m. and the start of the service, the plaza lights turned off just as the first rays of light flooded the plaza. The attendees sat and listened to the music from Calvary Baptist worship group. Pastors from Hope Chapel (Paul Harmon), City At The Cross (Pastor David Copp), Calvary Baptist Church (Pastor Pat Cottrell), Evangelical Free Church (Pastor Kirl Balius), Rock Harbor (Pastor Andrew Schey), Alive Foursquare Church Pastor Jerrod Wagner), Christ Presbyterian Church (Pastor Gary Walkins), God's House (Pastor Eric Oleson), Vision Church (Pastor Michael Sanders), Shorelife (Pastor Andrew Garland), and Open Arms (Pastor Paul Cushman) were introduced to the audience.

People were asked to introduce themselves to the one seated next to you and reminded everyone that this morning we all came here in all flavors to be as one. The audience was asked to rise as they sang Our God is Greater. This was followed by a prayer from the Hope Chapel.

Pastor Eric Oleson offered a prayer for all to pray for our president, members of Congress and leaders of our community that they will lead us along God's path. Several pastors stepped up and led the people in prayers with the closing prayer given by Pastor Garland from Shorelife.

By now the sun warmed the hearts and bodies of all those present as they left the plaza to find their vehicles and to continue their family's Easter traditions.

LA MIRADA... The following local residents were among 1,594 students named to Biola University's Fall 2013 Dean's List for academic excellence:

Lydia Andrawes, resident of Huntington Beach

Rachel Blaser, resident of Huntington Beach

Lacee Bryson, resident of Huntington Beach

Makailynn Clark, resident of Huntington Beach

Mckenna Coffey, resident of Huntington Beach

Davis Green, resident of Huntington Beach

Lauren Hoenecke, resident of Huntington Beach

Breeana Humble, resident of Huntinton Beach

Marqwyn Jones, resident of Huntington Beach

Riley Mailman, resident of Huntingtn Bch

Jennifer Murdock, resident of Huntington Beach

Joshua Napier, resident of Huntington Beach

Whitney Palmer, resident of Huntington Beach

Jake Poss, resident of Huntington Beach

Joel Santos, resident of Huntington Beach

Laura Sehrer, resident of Huntington Beach

Lena Smith, resident of Huntington Beach

Raquel Thomas, resident of Huntington Beach

Kyle Vick, resident of Huntington Beach

Biola students are placed on the Deans' List to honor those with a grade point average of 3.6 or higher while enrolled in twelve of more credit units and whose cumulative grade point average is at least a 3.2. This past fall, 25% of Biola students achieved this academic goal.

"Inclusion on the Biola Dean's List is an indication that this student is performing exceptionally well in a rigorous academic program," vice provost for undergraduate education Patricia Pike said. "Our Dean's List students are bright, motivated, engaged, competent, and personable. They are already demonstrating the characteristics of success that results from applied intelligence and that will support future endeavors in society, community, career, and family life."

Biola's grade point average requirement for the Dean's List is one of the highest among Southern California Christian Universities.

Biola University is a leading Christ-centered university in Southern California that offers a premier, nationally ranked education within the setting of an all-Christian community. Founded in 1908, Biola is committed to the mission of biblically centered education, scholarship and service - equipping men and women in mind and character to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ. With more than 6,300 students at its Los Angeles-area campus and around the world, the university offers 145 academic programs through its six schools, ranging from the B.A. to the Ph.D. For more information, visit


BATON ROUGE, LA...The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to announce that Elaine Haghighat of Huntington Beach, Calif., was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Haghighat is pursuing a degree in Communications at California State University, Los Angeles.

Haghighat is among approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The Society has chapters on more than 300 college and university campuses in North America and the Philippines. Its mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."


HUNTINGTON BEACH...Residents of Huntington Beach and community members throughout Orange County are invited to the grand opening of the newly expanded Hoag Health Center Huntington Beach on Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Hoag Health Center Huntington Beach is located at 19582 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach.

The celebration will begin at 10 a.m. with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony hosted by Robert T. Braithwaite, Hoag president and CEO. In attendance will also be Huntington Beach Mayor Matthew Harper, State Assembly and City Council Representatives, as well as Hoag executives Cynthia Perazzo, senior vice president of strategy & business development and Sanford Smith, senior vice president of real estate, facilities, construction and operations.

Immediately following the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, surf legends Peter (“PT”) Townend and Jericho Poppler together with the Rotary Club of Huntington Beach will unveil a custom surfboard painted by Hoag Family Cancer Institute art therapy leader Carole Atkins and Hoag cancer patients, on display at Hoag Health Center Huntington Beach. The surfboard is one of several one-of-a-kind art pieces created by acclaimed artists and shapers offered through Surfboards on Parade.

The first 500 attendees at the event will receive a complimentary Hoag gift bag and all guests will enjoy festivities to include appearances by Huntington Beach Fire and Police Department personnel, health and wellness demonstrations, face painting, music, and more. Additionally, independent licensed Insurance Agents, Sue Tarvin and Darrick Tarvin, experts on Medicare, Medigap, HMO’s and Prescription Drug plans will be on hand to answer questions and assist with insurance plan information.

Throughout the day, guests can tour the enhanced, state-of-the-art facility, which provides Huntington Beach residents access to additional Hoag Medical Group physicians including pediatrics, enhanced imaging services, expanded breast diagnostic services including Tomosynthesis (3D Mammography), new heart and vascular outpatient services and additional Hoag-affiliated specialists. The center is conceived as a “one stop shop” for health care, with a design that offers both convenience and an enhanced continuity of care and communication among specialists to help individuals take better control of their health.

To demonstrate Hoag’s commitment to supporting Huntington Beach families with their health and wellness goals, an array of complimentary health screenings will be offered at the event including skin cancer screenings provided by Hoag-affiliated dermatologists, as well as carotid artery, blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), macular degeneration, balance, and strength assessment screenings.


IRVINE...Rebecca (Rierson) Lott of Huntington Beach, a 2010 graduate of Edison High School, has won honors in Concordia University’s 11th annual Academic Showcase.

Currently a senior majoring in History with an emphasis on Political History at Concordia, Rebecca’s research project, “The Modern Welfare State: From 16th Century Ypres to the World,” earned her third place in the upperclassmen category of the competition beating out 16 other finalists.

Rebecca (Rierson) Lott receives an award from Concordia University President Krueger

Rebecca’s fascination with the history behind social problems, particularly related to church or religious history, prompted her to investigate this subject. “This topic related to a social issue faced by the common man and it shed light on the changing relationship between the Church and the State when it came to poor relief from the medieval era to the modern age,” says Rebecca.

Of her experience in the research competition Rebecca says, “This experience definitely grew me as a student. I learned so much through working with my adviser, Dr. Daniel van Voorhis, about how to conduct research and write an academic paper, beyond what I have learned in the classroom. It helped me as a citizen because I was able to deal with relevant issues regarding the nature of poverty and poor relief on an academic level. By studying the history behind poor relief I am thus more informed as a citizen and my worldview regarding modern poverty has greatly expanded.”

Rebecca won a cash prize – wish she plans to use to travel with her husband this summer – and the opportunity to present her findings at an inter-collegiate undergraduate research conference in Fall 2014.

Dr. Daniel van Voorhis and Rebecca (Rierson) Lott

The competition provides a chance for students to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor to complete a full-scale undergraduate research project selected from any discipline. A panel of faculty, selected from across Concordia’s disciplines, serves as judges for the showcase and evaluates projects on use of literature, choice of methodology, and discussion of results and implications.

“The President’s Academic Showcase is a Concordia University tradition that aligns with the university’s mission to empower and equip students for lives of learning, service and leadership,” said Melinda Schulteis, director of the President’s Academic Showcase at Concordia University Irvine. “We are extremely proud of each student who took on the challenge in this year’s Academic Showcase. On behalf of the entire faculty, I would like to congratulate each of the winners on their accomplishment.”

Winners and runners-up of the Tier-One competition, for upperclassmen are:

· First place: Chase Harrington for her winning research on “From Brubeck to Brezhnev: How American Jazz Diplomacy Shaped the Cold War” (faculty mentor: Dr. Daniel van Voorhis)

· Second place: Shannon (Meredith) Prier for “The Hidden Imam in Iran: Apocalyptic Islam and Iranian Nuclear Policy” (faculty mentor: Dr. Adam Francisco)

· Third place: Rebecca (Rierson) Lott for “The Modern Welfare State: From 16th Century Ypres to the World” (faculty mentor: Dr. Daniel van Voorhis)

Honorees of the Tier-Two competition, for freshmen and sophomores are:

· First place: Thomas Moreno and Cy Perkins for their research on “Insights into the role of interactions between VDAC1, Bcl-2, and mutant Sod1 in familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease” (faculty mentor: Dr. Lindsay Kane-Barnese)

· Second place: Kendall Davis for “My Kingdom is Not of This World: Pre-Nicene Christians and the Roman Military” (faculty mentor: Rev. Dr. CJ Armstrong)

· Third place: Phoebe Weaver for “The Quenching Effects of Singlet Oxygen” (faculty mentor: Dr. John Kenney)

Winners will receive a cash award, and some will be invited to represent Concordia by presenting their research at an inter-collegiate undergraduate research conference in Fall 2014. Photos:Concordia University


HUNTINGTON BEACH...The Fourth of July Executive Board is pleased to announce this year’s 4th of July Parade and Celebration theme, Waves of Freedom. In addition, six parade grand marshals will headline the more than 100 entries in the 2014, 4th of July Parade.

They are:
Parade Grand Marshal:  Football Great Tony Gonzales
Community Grand Marshal:  Steve Bone
Military Grand Marshals: Colonel Terence Gibson, USAF (Retired) and
                           Colonel Robert Gibson, USAF (Retired)
Teen Grand Marshal:  Leo Howard, Radio Disney
Sports Grand Marshal:  Celebration of 100 Years of Surfing

The Huntington Beach Celebration includes a 3-day Pier Plaza Festival with entertainment each day, July 4-5 and 6, the Surf City 5K Run and Sports Expo, Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast in Lake Park, 110th Annual 4th of July Parade on Main Street, and Fireworks Over the Ocean at Pier Plaza.


HUNTINGTON BEACH...On the morning of Easter Sunday, April 20th, Huntington Beach police received several 911 calls at  approximately 4:33 a.m. that a male was lying in the street on Jacquelyn Lane, just north of Slater Avenue. When police arrived at the scene, they found a 21-year-old man had been shot several times and was alive and was quickly transported to a local hospital. Doctors report that the male is in critical but stable condition and is expected to survive.

Police are not saying what the motive for the shooting or who may have done the shooting at this time. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Huntington Beach Police Department Tip Line at 714-375-5066.


HUNTINGTON BEACH...Rebel Dogs Rescue, Huntington Beach, has joined thousands of animal welfare organizations across North America that list their homeless pets on Petfinder, the online leader in responsible pet adoptions. Petfinder, the largest database of adoptable animals on the Internet, has been committed to animal welfare and rescue organizations dedicated to the cause since its founding in 1996.

Over 13,000 rescues and shelters leverage Petfinder's website and mobile apps to connect homeless pets with prospective pet adopters. To get started, a potential adopter simply enters his or her search criteria and a list is returned that ranks the pets by proximity to the location entered. Adoptions are carried out by the animal placement group that is caring for the pet selected, following its policies.

Petfinder was established as a grassroots project by Betsy Banks Saul and Jared Saul to end the euthanasia of adoptable pets. Since its inception, the website has facilitated more than 21 million adoptions, making it the most life-saving initiative in animal welfare. Additionally, Petfinder is a digital destination for pet owners, providing resources on pet care, health and training while helping to provide happy, lifelong relationships.


HUNTINGTON BEACH...The award-winning Twilight Education Project has extended its current program session through July 24, 2014 so local English Language Learner families can continue getting the resources they need to succeed through the summer. This program is completely FREE OF CHARGE and offers the following:

· ESL classes for parents
· Parenting and life skills workshops for parents
· Childcare job skills training certificate for parents
· Homework help, tutoring and academic enrichment for school age youth
· A healthy meal for all participating youth each night the program runs
· Preschool instruction for young children
· Infant care for children 2 and under

Sessions will continue to take place at Golden West College three nights each week on Tuesday-Thursday evenings. The program takes place from 6:00-8:00pm in college classrooms and in the on-campus Robert Mayer Child Development Preschool. For school age youth, the focus will shift from homework help to positive use of leisure time and preventing summer learning loss through a reading program, educational and fun field trips, interactive STEM presentations and activities, and more.

Bus transportation is provided to and from the following stops throughout Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley and Westminster:

1 5:30pm – Slater & Van Buren

2 5:35pm – Huntington & Clay

3 5:35pm – Slater & Geraldine

4 5:40pm – 2212 Delaware

5 5:40pm – Delaware & Amber Leaf (at Huntington Creek)

6 5:40pm – Masuda School

7 5:40pm – Tamura School

8 5:45pm – Florida & Owen

9 5:45pm – Plavan School

10 5:50pm – Tamaru

11 5:50pm – 7747 Ronald Road (at end of cul-de-sac)

12 5:50pm – Goldenwest & Heil

13 5:50pm – Queens & Slater

14 5:50pm – Utica & Florida

15 5:50pm – Vista View Middle School

16 5:52pm – Koledo & Mandrell

17 5:55pm – Bolsa Chica & Heil

18 5:55pm – Oak View School/Oak Lane

19 5:55pm – Sun View School

20 6:00pm – DeMille Elementary School

21 6:00pm – Speer & Morgan (at rear entrance to mobile home park)

22 6:00pm – Warner & Nichols

23 6:05pm – Springdale & Edinger

24 6:05pm – Westminster & Locust St

The Twilight Education Project may add additional bus stops if needed. Interested families may call Program Director Rebecca Sanchez at (714) 842-5185, ext. 211 if none of the listed bus stops is convenient for them. Families are returned to their bus stops by approximately 8:30pm.

New families must register in advance by calling Program Director Rebecca Sanchez at (714) 842-5185, ext. 211. The program is designed for whole families to enroll together. Participating adults must have a child enrolled in the program, and participating children must have a parent or guardian enrolled in the program.

The Twilight Education Project is a partnership program led by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley. The Club’s partners include: Huntington Beach Adult School, Huntington Beach City School District, Fountain Valley School District, Golden West College, and Ocean View School District. The program is 100% supported by grants and donations, which makes it possible for families to participate in the program completely free of charge, including transportation. Supporters of the program include the Orange County Transportation Authority, Orange County’s United Way, Surf City Rotary Club of Huntington Beach, the Haynes Fund, and the Therese Plunkett Foundation. In February 2014, the Club also began partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank’s Kids Café program to provide a healthy meal for all participating youth each night that the Twilight Education Project runs.

The Twilight Education Project began in 2003 and has won numerous awards over its many years of service to the community. In 2011, the program earned the Annie E. Casey Family Strengthening Award from Boys & Girls Clubs of America, given to 15 programs throughout the country that exemplify the best family support programming offered by Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide. Past awards include the prestigious Golden Bell Award from the California School Board Association and an honorable mention in the Peter Drucker Awards for Nonprofit Innovation.


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.

  • Diego A. Banda, 29, Westminster
  • Glenn W. Croft, 27, Huntington Beach
  • Victor Acosta, 27, Huntington Beach
  • Charles J. Sommer, 29, Westminster
  • John R.M. Leon, 23, Huntington Beach
  • Eric L. Covert, 29, Tustin
  • Abdulaziz A. Alyahya, 19, Fullerton
  • Miguel Aldana Jr., 25, Norwalk
  • Kevin C. Jimenez,  28, Huntington Beach
  • Brandon G. Thomas, 19, Cerritos
  • Pete Becerra, 49, Garden Grove
  • Julio C. Espinosa-Sanchez, 34, Huntington Beach


HUNTINGTON BEACH,,,The members of the Huntington Beach Kiwanis Club and the City of Huntington Beach held an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19th in the city's Sport Complex for kids, parents and the general public. At the entrance to the sports complex across from the Huntington Beach Central Library's parking lot, the fire department brought in a fire truck that kids could see firsthand and to ask questions from the firefighters. The Easter bunny made a special appearance in Surf City to let kids have their picture taken with him.

The Easter bunny watches a long line of youngsters waiting to see him


The musical entertainment provided by the Creekwood band


Rows of vendors were on hand to advertise their businesses including PK Real Estate, Hoag Urgent Care, WAA Summer Writing Camp, Bolsa Chica Conservancy, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Bowermaster Insurance, Seashore Pest Control, Farmers Insurance, The Local News, My Gym, Z Ultimate Self Defense Studio, HB Community Services, Camp James and Mike Grumet Insurance.

Julie Smith stands next to a cutout of the Farmers Insurance professor


Stephanie Bloomquist from the city informs the public on city projects

There were fun and games over at the Kiwanis Fun Zone with ring toss, face painting, and all the fun events you remember growing up. From mini donuts to hot dogs to fill the stomachs of both kids and adults and if that was not enough there was the club's famous pancake breakfast. Live music was provided by the Creekwood band.

A long line of youngsters wait for the start of the hunt


The youngsters are off and hunting goodies

But it was the candy hunt that the kids came for Saturday. There were several divisions from disabled youngsters at the first hunt in wheelchairs. The second candy hunt a huge line on toddlers waited with their parents while the area was spread with goodies by Kiwanis Club members. When the tape was lowered a sea of youngsters rushed with baskets in hand or carried by their parents. Each child with the only ones to pick up the candy, no adults allowed even if they felt like kids again. This scene continued throughout the morning as the youngster's age groups got older. You can see more kids picking up candy on our second community news webpage.


HUNTINGTON BEACH...Well it's that time of year again as the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum (HBISM) presents its annual Surfin' Sunday band concerts.Time to kick back to listen to the most amazing variety of music and bands from around the world...Jodi Mc Kay, Jeff "Bigtikidude." The museum staff have worked diligently to bring you the best of the best for this year's Annual Surfin' Sundays Summer Concert Series.

The first concert will be held on Sunday May 4th, 2014 Time: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the north side of Pier Plaza at 315 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach. Concerts are dedicated to HBISM Founder Natalie Kotsch who recently passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Bands include:

THE ORBITRONS formerly known as Tsunami Blue got their name from the dragster Big Daddy Roth built in the early 60's. The Orbitrons have not played during Surfin’ Sundays for a few years so we welcome them back and look forward to hearing them play.

CHUM drummer Adrien Anthony’s group is situated in the heart of Marina del Rey and their claim to fame is being the “Killerest” surf band around with emphasis on the more modern sounding 3rd wave instrumental surf rather than the traditional sounds of the 60”s.

KELP first played during Surfin Sundays at Pier Plaza 2010 after retreating to the Santa Barbara area in 1998 where they remained actively playing at local clubs ever since. We are blessed to have them return for the fourth straight year and look forward to hearing them play.

RIPTIDES from San Pedro have graced our stage numerous times over the past several years with their traditional surf sounds and we are very glad to have them back performing with us again this year.

BOSS TIDE Danny Medrano (formerly with Wild Pink Horse) has regrouped to bring you another great band that is sure to please. We first heard this band last year and we know you will be as pleasantly surprised by what you hear.

They wish to thank Director at Large Cindy Cross for handling the administrative end of things and seeking sponsors for our highly successful programs...This year they offer "FREE" to the public 6 concerts at Pier Plaza and 2 at the museum's parking lot located at Fifth Street and Olive Avenue.

Pier Plaza Concerts feature not only great music but Vendors offer a wide variety of merchandise to choose from.. Hope you will be there for these amazing events located where the Pacific Ocean meets the sand or at the newly renovated museum with brand new exhibits.


HUNTINGTON BEACH...Two local Huntington Beach contestants who will be on everyone’s favorite game show, THE PRICE IS RIGHT.

Contestant Maria Valverde will be on THE PRICE IS RIGHT on Wednesday, April 23 (11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET; 10:00-11:00 AM PT) on CBS.

Contestant Holland McNabb will be on THE PRICE IS RIGHT on Friday, April 25 (11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET; 10:00-11:00 AM PT) on CBS.

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