| Dec 5, 2012
| 9:48 AM
Nouha Hreish looks perfect in a Christmas hat — running around Wal-Mart at the crack of dawn, helping to organize the warm and loving chaos that is Clothe the Children.
For about 25 years, the Kiwanis Club of Huntington Beach has sponsored its...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 4:41 PM
When I walk at the Bolsa Chica wetlands I rarely wear a watch. That's because of the fire station located across from where I park at Warner Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway. There's a large sundial on the side of the building and so that's how I...
| Dec 17, 2012
| 3:27 PM
Tragedies like this catch us off guard, when we are vulnerable, leaving no time to prepare or to absorb the sickening blow.
Then the most brutal events imaginable begin to unfold. In the blur of modern technology and communication, shards of information...
| Dec 24, 2012
| 11:59 AM
So it's that time of year when kids are home and many adults take some time off from work, and in this column I like to call out a couple of nearby attractions or performances that might be a fun way to spend some time over the holidays.
| Jul 27, 2012
| 2:04 PM
It is with sadness this week that I report the closing of one of Huntington Beach's most beloved and venerable businesses, Springdale Country.
For 42 years, proprietors Harold and Karen Marcus have run a store that is just as popular with out-of-...
| Aug 6, 2012
| 10:18 PM
"A cement-covered marshmallow."
That's how Katherine Coones describes her husband Rusty, a 6-foot-5 biker bear of a man who, despite what some might consider to be an intimidating presence, is disarmingly warm and engaging.
On Goldenwest Street right...
| Aug 15, 2012
| 3:13 PM
I've never seen anything like this. It's hard to fathom. So rare is the view that I don't even want to blink for fear of missing a split second. Did I really just see that?
Recently, at a signing for my new book, "Baseball in Orange County," an elderly...
| Aug 21, 2012
| 9:55 AM
There's a concert I'm looking forward to nearby in Laguna Beach this Saturday.
Thirty years ago, it was seemingly everywhere: the earnest, feathery voice of a soft-spoken Texas balladeer, Christopher Cross. The charts back then featured a galaxy of stars...
| Aug 27, 2012
| 2:13 PM
One of the coldest cases on record has been solved. Call it "justice served, a la cart."
Back in May, I wrote about Mike Guidicianne, the 34-year-old Boston transplant/entrepreneur who owns and operates Orange County Slush here in Huntington Beach....
| Sep 4, 2012
| 4:24 PM
Costa Mesa Mayor Eric Bever wrote a strong editorial in the Daily Pilot last week calling out the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) for its "audacious scheme" that would "use billions of Measure M2 freeway congestion-improvement tax dollars to...
| Sep 10, 2012
| 10:55 AM
Next week, we're fortunate to have not one but two special author appearances at Barnes & Noble at Bella Terra.
At 7 p.m. Sept. 18, Martin J. Smith, editor-in-chief of Orange Coast magazine, will discuss and sign his new book, "The Wild Duck Chase:...
| Sep 17, 2012
| 5:02 PM
I can never again drive past hole No. 6 of Meadowlark Golf Club (on Heil Avenue between Graham and Springdale streets) without thinking about Bradley Smith.
At Mass at St. Bonaventure several weeks ago, Father Angelos Sebastian (whom I've written about...