| 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...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 4:18 PM
Norma Gibbs' soft laughter blends peacefully with the wind chimes outside her airy and cozy Huntington Harbour home, which is all decorated for Christmas, complete with fresh-baked cookies and tea on the table.
She is recounting a moment from 1970, just...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 12:57 PM
When the famed marine-life artist Wyland unveils a new piece near the pier on Jan.14, he will be just across from the Golden Bear, where he painted a mural more than 30 years ago — before he was known for his building-size whales.
Wyland will be...
| Jan 9, 2014
The other day I was driving down Talbert Avenue. When I reached Newland Street, I saw the shrine.
Poinsettias had been placed where a huge portion of the fence had been ripped out. That's where, on Dec. 14, a car driven by a 77-year-old man collided...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 11:58 AM
The Friends of the Children's Library Author's Festival will return for its 26th year Jan. 28 with nearly two dozen authors slated to make presentations at local schools.
The 23 participating authors will be spread among 14 public and private schools...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 2:43 PM
When I spoke to Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) a few days ago, he was cautiously optimistic that the bipartisan Assembly Bill 1102, which he co-authored with Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton), would clear its first hurdle...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 8:21 AM
Cpl. Bradley Diaz is a 25-year-old firing range coach and Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton. Last week, he got a full dose of Huntington Beach hospitality and generosity, and I'm so happy that I was able to witness it.
Earlier this year, Diaz, who...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 2:28 PM
This is the second part of my column on Bartlett Park, which is located near the Newland House Museum in Huntington Beach.
It is also the place where two bodies were found this summer — apparently the result of a murder/suicide.
| Nov 12, 2013
| 3:46 PM
Just five months ago, astronaut Chris Hadfield, then commander of the International Space Station, struck an emotional chord with millions of people with his in-space performance video of the David Bowie classic "Space Oddity."
As poignant and...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 1:31 PM
I jotted something down last summer at the South Coast Air Quality Management District hearing held in Newport Beach when the fire pit issue was raging.
It was something that agency Executive Officer Barry Wallerstein said: "We do feel that the future...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 2:36 PM
I first saw them last week at the beach while I was riding my bike, what appeared to be a father pushing his young son in a wheelchair along the bike path and then over the sand toward the ocean.
The redheaded boy had a big smile, as did his dad. A...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 9:42 AM
Johnny Kresimir excuses himself during our conversation to recharge his cell phone for the third time that day.
He's never had to worry about that too much before but, given the national news attention, it now rings all day and night.
As many of you...