| Sep 17, 2013
| 4:02 PM
Two weeks ago in this column, I wrote about Cherise Sheffner, a local 16-year-old suffering from a rare and debilitating disease called dysautonomia, a dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system.
I explained how Cherise's mom, Renee, needed some...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 6:23 PM
In a yarn shop on Hamilton Avenue near Bushard Street in Huntington Beach, great things are happening. You get a hint of it when you approach the shop and see, out front on a blue plastic table, photographs of soldiers and a red, white and blue beanie...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 11:52 AM
I took our dog out at about 11 a.m. Sept. 30 for our usual walk around the block, including the street that runs parallel to ours. We passed a group of young male workers who were in the neighborhood to do some underground work on the electrical system....
| Oct 14, 2013
| 4:31 PM
More than 8,000 miles away, in India, a groundbreaking is taking place thanks to someone who lives here in Huntington Beach.
Father Angelos Sebastian, who was born in Kerala, India, in 1975, left his home at age 14 to join the minor seminary in the...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 9:15 AM
Whenever I see an email from Bob Chatt, I never pause before opening because I know it will be something interesting.
I've written about Chatt before. He's the antique military collector in Huntington Beach who had his own reality show and boasts a...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 9:05 AM
On a balmy, breezy and drizzly morning, Suzanne Messina-Cervellone walked me around Bartlett Park.
The 28-acre park, located just behind the Newland House along Coldwater Lane, is a hilly, rugged and densely overgrown oblong plot that occupies land once...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 5:12 PM
The La Bolsa Tile Co. The Holly Sugar Factory. The Pacific Broom Co. The Pacific Oil Cloth and Linoleum Factory. And it goes on.
These are the ghosts of Huntington Beach.
But then there are the actual physical traces scattered all over the city. The...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 4:27 PM
It seems like it's becoming a bittersweet ritual here in Huntington Beach. Students going back to the grade schools to wander abandoned buildings and overgrown fields to say goodbye.
Recently this paper did a story on students returning to Wardlow...
| Jul 11, 2013
So how was your Fourth of July?
For most of us, it was a classic Huntington Beach holiday. Tens of thousands of beachgoers packed the sand, cooked out, enjoyed the parade and of course gathered around many bonfires into the night.
But there was a...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 2:21 PM
Several months ago, Air Quality Management District Chairman William Burke proclaimed that he was "100% positive" he would be able to ban all fire rings in Southern California. Clearly, he underestimated the power of a little place called Huntington...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 4:03 PM
A young Huntington Beach author has just published his first book.
It's a history book that manages to uncover many unique and interesting facts of which most people may be unaware.
When the author moved to Huntington Beach at around 5 years old, he...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 3:05 PM
You could hear a pin drop on Main Street at 10 p.m. Sunday.
It was eerie, abandoned and dead just an hour or so after having the life beaten out of it.
Broken glass crunched under each step while blue-and-red police car lights pulsated at each...