HUNTINGTON BEACH...The Huntington Beach Elks Lodge 1959 delivered $4000 in purchase cards to Huntington Beach High School and $3000 in purchase cards to Edison High School for distribution to students who are in distressed economic circumstances. The amount distributed to each school was determined by identified needs. The cards can be used in any retail organization for clothes and personal items. This activity, along with the distribution of food baskets to needy families, is a major effort on the part of the Huntington Beach Lodge’s annual charity efforts. Photos:HBElks
Huntington Beach High School Asst. Principal Jason Ross, ER Greg Neneman, Dr. Angela Hardy, Asst. Principal and member Ron Courreges.
Edison High School Student Support and Psychologist Linda Temple,, member Ron Courreges, Dr. D’Liese Melendrez, Principal and ER Greg Neneman.
HUNTINGTON BEACH...The Huntington Beach Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint this Friday night, December 19th, 2014, between the hours of 7:00 PM and 3:00 AM.
The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely.
In California, this deadly crime led to 802 deaths in 2012 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Nationally, the latest data shows nearly 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver. A recent analysis of DUI arrests in Huntington Beach provided some insight as to how and where these DUI drivers are apprehended. About 40% of DUI drivers are identified and arrested as a result of a traffic collision. These could be a hit and run collision where the driver and vehicle are located quickly or where the offender remains at the scene. Second to collisions, are the observations of officers in the field. Nearly 36% of arrests come from officers contacting the DUI driver after seeing some suspicious driving cue. This proactive approach results in a significant amount of impaired drivers being stopped before a collision occurs. The final portion of DUI drivers are reported to 911 dispatchers by citizens. Citizen callers often see poor driving and direct officers to the violator. These citizen initiated calls account for 22% of DUI related arrests. In general, the Huntington Beach Police Department relies heavily on the citizens in the city to observe and report criminal activity. Motorists are often the first to spot something unusual while driving and should not hesitate to call 911 to report a suspected DUI driver. In these cases, it is legally allowed to use your cellular phone while driving. Together, we can work to reduce collisions before they happen and arrest these DUI drivers before they crash and cause injuries. Be aware, be proactive, and be involved! Checkpoints are one form of education and enforcement which the HBPD uses to work towards our goal of ZERO alcohol involved collisions.
Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving. Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings
of $6 for every $1 spent. Nearly 90 percent of California drivers approve of DUI checkpoints.
DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.
Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.
Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Huntington Beach Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Drivers –Call 9-1-1’.
CARLSBAD...Army and Navy Academy is pleased to announce the students who have been named 2014 Fall Season San Diego Union-Tribune Scholar Athletes. The team includes Zachary Paish of Huntington Beach.
The Union-Tribune San Diego All-Academic Team recognizes juniors and seniors who participated 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.
Thirty-seven Warrior athletes are recognized for their academic and athletic achievements during the fall 2014 seasons for Cross Country, Football, and Water Polo.
Zachary Paish has been named to the All-Academic Football team, with a GPA of 3.4
"We are proud of our U-T Scholar Athletes; they exhibited outstanding commitment and discipline to excel in both on the field and in our classrooms," said Tim Cook, 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, December 13, the sold-out Breakfast with Santa event attracted more than 300 participants. The Lions Club prepared and cooked the pancake breakfast. Children and their parents had a wonderful time eating pancakes, doing arts & crafts, taking pictures with Santa, decorating cookies, playing in the bounce house, and enjoying holiday music. Photo:CIO
HUNTINGTON BEACH...City Holiday Schedule Its that time of year, the Holiday season is here! Time for laughter and cheer, quality time with our loved ones and Holiday schedules! City Hall
City Hall will close at NOON on Wednesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 31 City Hall will be closed on Thursday and Friday, December 25 and 26 and Thursday and Friday, January 1 and 2.
The Library will close at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24, and will be closed on Thursday, December 25.
The Library will close at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31, and be closed on Thursday, January 1.
The Library will be open on Friday, January 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Community Centers, City Gym, Art Center and Senior Center will be closed for maintenance beginning December 24 , reopening on Monday, January 5
Outdoor restrooms will be opened at the community centers daily.
Home-delivered meals will be delivered on December 29 and 30.
The Sports Complex will be open regular hours except will be closed Christmas Eve/Day and New Years Eve/Day.
WASHINGTON, D.C....U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) issued the following statement today in response to reports that the Pakistani Taliban killed at least 141 people - 132 of them children - in a brutal attack on a school operated by the Pakistani Army in Peshawar:
"I am heartbroken by this brutal attack on innocent children while they were studying at school. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims of this attack and their families.
"These heinous acts of terror have no place in the civilized world. I stand with Malala Yousafzai and all those fighting for the rights of children to get an education free from violence and fear."
HUNTINGTON BEACH...It was a holly jolly Christmas for shoppers Saturday afternoon, December 13th at the Bella Terra mall's amphitheater as they walked around window shopping. Shoppers with packages in hand could hear in the distance the sounds of the holidays coming not over loudspeakers as you would hear in some larger malls. The music they could hear was being played live by the Huntington Beach Concert Band.
Huntington Beach Concert Band
Gathered inside the mall's intimate outdoor amphitheater professional musicians play favorite Christmas carols and holiday songs under the able direction of director Thomas Ridley.
Thomas Ridley leading the Huntington Beach Concert Band
Throughout the one hour free concert, shoppers, some with young children in tow, sat and watched and listened while they rested from the massive crowds that filled the stores.
HB Concert Band playing one of the many holiday carols
The concert is the band's way of celebrating the holidays and thanking people who have come to listen to their music during the year. The Huntington Beach Concert Band sponsors the popular free outdoor Sunday evening Summer Music series in Huntington Central Park that draws hundreds of people to enjoy several different bands playing traditional jazz, 40's swing, Latin rhythms, music of the Roaring '20s with songs sung by vocalist Ginger Pauley and the popular toe-tapping Sousa marches each year.
Now in its 41st year, the concert band plays at several Orange County locations throughout the year for both young and old. The all volunteer band is composed of over 70 musicians.
HUNTINGTON BEACH...Be sure to come visit downtown Main Street TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23rd when the weather is expected to be 80 degrees and sunny! Surf City Nights is the best place for last minute gifts, fresh fruit and veggies for your holiday dinner, and lovely flowers to brighten your homes.
HUNTINGTON BEACH...At approximately 8 a.m. Tuesday morning, December 16, near the intersection of Brookhurst Street and Adams Avenue, a white truck lost control and veered off the road. The truck hit a brick wall and sheared off a telephone pole at the base. No other vehicles were involved and no one was injured. The driver was the only person in the truck. The driver showed signs of impairment and officers conducted a DUI investigation. The driver was arrested for DUI and a warrant for a prior DUI. Photos:HBPD
HUNTINGTON BEACH...NuVision Federal Credit Union is adopting military families for the holidays, helping to make the season brighter for the brave men and women who serve our country.
NuVision Federal Credit Union adopts local military families for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, filling their pantries and fulfilling their holiday wish lists
The credit union adopted 23 military families for Thanksgiving, delivering a full bag of groceries with an assortment of food items and a Ralphs/Food 4 Less gift card to each family. This is the fourth year NuVision has adopted military families for Thanksgiving, once again partnering with the US Army National Guard Council 79th IBCT.
NuVision is also working with the US Army National Guard Council this year to adopt 10 local military families for Christmas, fulfilling the holiday wish lists of everyone in the family from children to adults.
“All of us at NuVision are so grateful for the sacrifices that our military families make on a daily basis to keep our country safe,” said Attila Morgan, Manager of Community Involvement and Business Development at NuVision. “It is our honor to show our appreciation for their brave service, especially during the holidays.” Photos:VuVision
AZUSA... Huntington Beach resident Kristy Verone graduated from Azusa Pacific with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree on Sat., Dec 13, 2014, and joined nearly 900 graduates at the winter commencement ceremonies.
Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian university committed to God First and excellence in higher education. With 61 bachelor's degrees, 40 master's degrees, 17 certificates, 11 credentials, 8 doctoral programs, and 2 associate's degrees, the university offers its more than 10,000 students a quality education on campus,online, and at seven regional centers throughout Southern California.
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.
- Jessie A. Marley, 37, Huntington Beach
- Jessica S. Hoang, 22, Buena Park
- Muawwadh T. W. Alanazi, 25, Westminster
- Michael C. Barton, 34, Newport Beach
- Matthew W. Insley, 55, Huntington Beach
- Jordan G. Salazar, 20, Huntington Beach
- David E. B. Moore, 32, Santa Ana
- Gerald J. Martinez, 34, Fontana
- Brian H. Dawson, 55, Huntington Beach
- Efren Cruz, 18, Huntington Beach
- Andrew T. Vicente, 24, Norwalk
- Kierre M. Taylor, 41, Huntington Beach
HUNTINGTON BEACH...Mama's on 39 recently donated $1,585 to the science department at Edison High School. The donation brings the total amount this Huntington Beach restaurant has donated to nonprofits, youth sports groups and schools to nearly $50,000.
Through the restaurant's "Give Back Days," Mama's on 39 donates back 30 percent of the designated proceeds when groups dine at the eatery on the corner of Beach Boulevard and Atlanta Avenue. The restaurant campaign is meant to support community organizations and worthy causes such as the Matt Cwiertny Memorial Foundation (MCMF), McKenna Claire Foundation and schools like Edison High. The science department will use the money for its student lab supplies and new Innovation lab, said the school's Brittany Yonts.
Since Mama's on 39 opened at 21022 Beach Blvd. in 2012, owner Pete Truxaw has used the eatery as a vehicle to give back and support worthy causes.
"The community of Huntington Beach is our family, and it's our responsibility to support it in any way we can ... just as this community continues to support us," Truxaw said. Photo:Mamas39
HUNTINGTON BEACH...If you think fire fighters just sit around waiting for a chance to fight fires, think again. There is no end to the hats fire fighters wear. Many are gourmet chefs who prepare meals for their fellow firefighters. There are fire fighters that go out to schools to teach children about the dangers of fire and there are fire fighters who weed and plant with the best of gardeners.
On Sunday, December 14th., fire fighters of Station #1 on Gothard Street were out showing their green thumb. With the advice of The Plant Nerd, these members of our fire department were outside with rakes and shovels preparing the ground in front of their station for drought resistance plants.
The people from The Plant Nerd are the same people who planned and planted the beautiful garden at the Newland House Museum.
HUNTINGTON BEACH..."Here we come a-caroling, Among the leaves so green!" On Saturday, December 13th. at the Bella Terra mall there were green plants with green leaves, shoppers wearing green clothing and even green vehicles in the parking lots.
As for the caroling, they were there too. Dressed as if they just came from merry old England. They could have stepped out of Charles Dickens' 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol. Their Victorian costumes reflect an age long past. "Long past? no your past," as Ebenezer Scrooge would soon learn. He too may have even been roaming about the mall for all we know.
The four carolers were popular with both adults and children alike with their Christmas songs
HUNTINGTON BEACH...It may be ice and snow back East, but here in Surf City at Lake Huntington in Huntington Central Park there was not a sign of ice on the water, nor was it necessary to wear heavy woolen clothing. In fact, wearing long pants was optional.
HUNTINGTON BEACH...Another holiday lawn display found here in Surf City USA. This home display is on Inlet Drive by Huntington Central Park west.
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