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HUNTINGTON BEACH...On Wednesday, November 19th., the Monkey House Cafe will hold their holiday gift boutique featuring many great gift ideas for the entire family.

Angeli Poon surrounded with just a few of the many gifts for the holidays

Monkey House owner Angeli Poon has turned one section of the cafe and filled it with holiday treasures. Special packaged gift sets are just a part of the many gifts on sale. We will offer free gift wrapping so you will not have to hassle to find paper, tape, ribbon, etc. If you don't see the item you're looking for, just ask Angeli or a member of her staff.

Monkey House employee Elena Mora with more treasured gifts

The Monkey House Cafe is located at 18862 Beach Boulevard #101 in Huntington Beach.

HUNTINGTON BEACH...The Fair Housing Foundation will be holding a Walk-In Clinic for housing issues at the Huntington Beach City Hall- Economic Development Conference Room – 5th Floor at 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 from 10am-12pm on Monday, November 24, 2014.

This service is free and open to the public. Fair Housing Foundation will have a housing counselor present to counsel residents with housing issues or questions. This can include landlord/tenant disputes, lease agreements, discrimination, repairs, evictions, security deposits, disability modifications, rent increases, occupancy issues, etc..

The Fair Housing Foundation services residents of the city of Huntington Beach. We are contracted by the city of Huntington Beach and receive funds through the Community Development Block Grants. We educate the public about Fair Housing rights and responsibilities through workshops, trainings, and community events. FHF provides mediation and counseling services through our housing assistance hotline 1-800-446-FAIR and walk-in clinics. We also investigate issues of discrimination related to housing.  For more information, call 1-800-446-FAIR.


HUNTINGTON BEACH...It won't be long before the holidays are upon us and people are visiting friends and relatives. But for some of the homeless the holidays are just another day. Holidays can be a sad time for poor homeless shopping carts. Humans cast them aside without any feelings of how lonely these small shopping carts on wheels may feel.

Over a dozen carts gather together for safety from humans

But there is some hope when these wire-framed helpers when they can gather with their own kind for safety. For there is safety in numbers, Just one of those places is behind the Beachview Villa at 8102 Ellis Ave. During the day they must hide from humans behind a storage container in the back parking lot. But as night falls and the humans are asleep, these shopping carts come alive and race each other around and aroound in the parking lot and do all the same tricks that skateboarders do in the daylight. As the first rays of light come over the horizon, these small steel creatures hide again and stay very still in a group and wait for dark to come again.


HUNTINGTON BEACH...On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. in Room B-8 the Zoning Administrator will review the following items:

1. COASTAL DEVELOPMENT PERMIT NO. 14-011 (QUIJADA RESIDENCE): To permit the demolition of an existing two-story single family dwelling and construction of a two-story single family dwelling with attached garage at 16671 Carousel Lane, 92649 (west side of Carousel Ln. – Huntington Harbour). Please contact Joanna Cortez, Assistant Planner, for more information.

2. CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT NO. 14-027 (HIGH SPIRITS AND CIGARS LIQUOR STORE): To permit the establishment of a 2,500 sq. ft. retail store devoted to the sales, display, and storage of alcoholic beverages (more than 10% of the floor area) and other merchandise in an existing shopping center at 6021 Warner Avenue, 92647 (northeast corner of Warner Ave. and Springdale St.). Please contact Tess Nguyen, Associate Planner, for more information.


HUNTINGTON BEACH...It was a time for cheerleaders, students, past alumni and the public to gather on the grounds of Huntington Beach High for their first annual classic car and motorcycle show last Saturday, November 15th.

A restored 1955 Ford Fairlane on display

Row upon row of cars and trucks dating back from the brass era in the early 1900s to today's big muscle cars. Vendors were also part of the day's events as well as police and fire vehicles. This event is a fundraiser for the school's athletic department and athletic Hall of Fame.

Kevin Vidal and his 1920 Ford Model T

Retired Huntington Beach police officer Kevin Vidal drove his 1920 Ford Model T to the show and like most of the show's vehicle owners, answered questions from the public. One student with the same last name was inspecting Vidal's car and was wondering if they could be related.

Bobby Anderson and his 1929 roadster with Offy engine

Bobby Anderson brought his red truck with the Offy engine to the show and he and his wife took advantage to buy raffle tickets between times when he wasn't talking to old friends about, what else, cars.

HBHS Cheerleaders perform a number for the public

The school's cheerleaders performed several of their school's cheers as part of the day's entertainment.

John Bowman and son Andrew and their 1915 Ford Model T

John Bowman, an account manager for Wilmington Instrument Co. brought his 1915 Ford Model T that his son Andrew had polished for him the day before.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with a Model T. The first thing you'll notice is no starting motor. The car has to be started by cranking it from the front and you had better retard the spark lever found on the steering column or the engine could backfire and turn the crank backwards and possibly breaking a thumb.

A few of the vendors at the Classic Car and Motorcycle Show

Next you'll notice there are three pedals on the floor and none are used to make the car speed up, that is a lever on the steering column too. One pedal is for reverse, one for the brake and the third high, neutral and low gear. The 28 horsepower engine, well you may out run a snail maybe or race down Beach Boulevard at a fast 25 MPH downhill.

But T-buckets as some call the Model Ts wasn't the only vehicles seen at the show. a 1956 Mercedes Benz Gullwing with doors that opened upwards instead of sideways was popular with many of the public.

1932 Rolls Royce and in back a 1931 Auburn

Sitting side-by-side were a 1932 Rolls Royce and a 1931 Auburn, both restored to the max.

1934 Packard

But most car buffs were there to see the big muscle cars with their huge horsepower and ask questions about which brand of a part was the best to give it a little better performance and speed.

Kids had fun too

Young kids had their special places that included a bounce house face painting, etc. In all, the car show was a success and a fun time for the whole family.


HUNTINGTON BEACH...The Huntington Beach Elks Lodge 1959 hosted a Veterans Day dinner for 150 persons with Veterans dinners complimentary.  After the dinner 210 people attended the Veterans Day Program with keynote speaker Commander Erik Franzen USN of the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station.  The Lodge received $550 in donations from the event for the Christmas Stockings Program for out active duty troops. Photo:HBElks

L-R: Shannon Fransen, wife of Commander Franzen, Commander Erik Franzen, Executive Officer of the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station, Grace Burnett, Americanism Essay Winner, Leslie Neneman, First Lady , Greg Neneman, Lodge Exalted Ruler, and Linda Luft, Veterans Committee Chairman.


HUNTINGTON BRACH...The Huntington Beach Elks Lodge 1959 presented a check for $2000 to the Huntington Beach Youth Shelter.  This donation came from proceeds from the Lodges 3rd Annual Youth Shelter Golf Tournament.  The Youth Shelter is a Huntington Beach non-profit run by the Community Services Program.  The shelter is run entirely on donations and serves up to twelve 11 to 17 year-olds for a period of up to one month.  It has as its goal family unification.

L to R Greg Neneman Lodge ER, Elsa Greenfield Youth Shelter Director and Chris Carson-Elks Tournament Chairman.

The Shelter has a 90% success rate for family unification and the remaining youths are placed in safe placement.  The Shelter uses counseling among other activities to help its guests. Since its opening in 2006 the Shelter has had 810 guests. Photo:HBElks


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.

  • Matthew L. Turner, 36, La Mirada
  • Marilyn S. Callahan, 60, Huntington Beach
  • Cody W. Boyd, 19, Huntington Beach
  • Phillip W. Richards, 39, Huntington Beach
  • Michelle M. Alexander, 24, Huntington Beach
  • Neil A. Cherry, 51, Los Angeles
  • Dorothy M. Daross, 32, Huntington Beach
  • Frances M. Luyben, 54, Long Beach
  • Michael A. Cardoza, 42, Costa Mesa
  • Jordan A. Gagne, 19, Corona
  • Erik Martinez, 47, Seal Beach
  • Cynthia E. Lochner46, Huntington Beach
  • Tracy S. Randall, 50, Long Beach
  • Luke M. Kim, 23, Huntington Beach
  • Raymie J. Foster, 39, Huntington Beach
  • Eleanor C. Goudge, 24, Huntington Beach


WESTMINSTER...On Saturday morning, November 15th, Westminster police officers responded to a report of a male handing over the Magnolia Street bridge and 405 Freeway.

The 405 freeway was closed for a short time while the body was removed. Later that day the Orange County coroner’s office identified the male as Michael Byrd, 57, from Huntington Beach.

The Westminster police were aided by both the California Highway Patrol and the Fountain Valley Fire Department. The Orange County coroner’s office will be investigating  the incident.


HUNTINGTON BEACH...Next4Vets, a Huntington Beach 501(c)(3) nonprofit operating in, is funding a study conducted by Southern Utah University to help veterans suffering from Post Traumatic stress disorder.

The clinical study is being conducted to prove that Nexalin Technology's medical device will help those suffering from PTSD by treating the most common symptoms of the disease: Anxiety, Depression and Insomnia.

Nexalin Technology has been operating in Huntington Beach for over 8 years.

The actual study will take place at the Utah National Guard Armory, in Cedar City and will involve 18 veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars that suffer from PTSD. Half of the study group will be connected to Nexalin Technology's FDA cleared Medical Device and half will be connected to a non-working device . There will be a 3 month follow-up. At the end of the 3 months those on the non-working device will be offered a repeat of treatment on the actively working medical device.

Each veteran will receive 15 Nexalin treatments over a period of three weeks. Next4Vets, is dedicated to providing military members with advanced neurological solutions to improve mental health. Next4Vets is confident that Nexalin is an effective method to accomplish these goals.

Upon success of this trial there are plans to reaching out to the VA clinics in Orange County and the VA hospitals in both Los Angeles and San Diego Counties to repeat the trails. There will be an effort to reach out to Camp Pendleton for a similar study.

The Nexalin medical device is an FDA  cleared medical device which creates a low powered frequency and waveform that seems to affect key brain structures involved in the regulation of neurochemistry. Data suggests the Nexalin waveform effectively resets the hypothalamus of the brain, without the introduction of pharmaceuticals. Clinical research indicates that normalizing the production of various neurotransmitters, including Dopamine, Serotonin, and Norepinephrine may begin as early as the initial treatment. In recent studies, patients report on average, 80% to 97% of sustained improvement in all symptoms.


BOSTON, MA... Huntington Beach's Devin Cortez, majoring in BFA Musical Theatre at Emerson College, is part of Emerson Stage's production of The World Goes 'Round as an Actor.

Music! Humor! Romance! All that jazz! In a razzle-dazzle revue of one of musical theater's greatest composing teams--John Kander and Fred Ebb. An assortment of colorful characters careen through life, love, and many cups of coffee -- fighting to figure out what keeps them going, trying to make sense of the crazy world they live in, and struggling to discover what makes life worth living.

The World Goes 'Round is filled with favorite songs from Chicago, Cabaret, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, and others.

Emerson's production is directed and choreographed by Stephen Terrell and will run from November 20 - November 23 at the Greene Theatre (10 Boylston Place, Boston 02116) at Emerson College. Tickets can be purchased at any Emerson College Box Office, by calling (617) 824-8000 or by going online.


HUNTINGTON BEACH...On November 18 at 11 a.m. the Central Library will be hosting a free Medicare workshop. Do you want to know what’s new for Medicare in 2015? Are you newly eligible to Medicare and need to know what it’s about? Need information on Obama Care and how it impacts Medicare? Are you on Medicare and want to get the best plan at the lowest cost? If so, this workshop is for you!

The workshop will be given by Susan Zajfen RN, a representative from the Council on Aging. Susan started volunteering as a HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling Advocacy Program) counselor for the Council on Aging and began helping clients navigate the complicated world of Medicare and health insurance coverage. She has since joined the staff as the Education and Outreach Specialist.

They are asking interested patrons to sign up at the Reference Desk at the Central Library. Please join us for this Medicare information opportunity!


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