June 12, 2007
Pier Swim - The 57th Annual Huntington Beach Open "Rough Water" Pier Swim will be held Saturday, June 16. The event is sponsored by the Huntington Beach Community Services Department. The first race is for ages 16-31 and will start at 8:45 a.m. The second race is for Masters through Ultra Masters and starts at approximately 9:30 a.m., followed by the Junior Men and Junior Women 12-15 years of age at 10:15 a.m. Trophies will be awarded, first through third places, in each of the 11 divisions with the Gene Belshe Memorial Perpetual Trophy going to the winning team and a trophy to the first Huntington Beach boy and girl. This is one of the first regular ocean swims of the season. Almost 400 contestants participated last year. The public is invited to participate or come and watch the competition. Late registration will be taken at the beach on June 16 between 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. for $15 without a shirt. For further information, please call 536-5486.
Friday Nite Funtime Dance – The monthly dance for developmentally disabled adults will be held this Friday, June 15, at Edison Community Center. With a fantastic DJ and snacks, it’s a fun night. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and a $2 donation can be paid at the door.
Learn Italian – Planning a trip to Italy this summer? You might want to learn some useful vocabulary for everyday situations. A 10-week course will begin at the Rodgers Seniors’ Center on June 25. The fee is $110, and classes are from 6 - 7 p.m.
Father’s Day Concert – Take Dad to the beach for a free concert on June 17. As part of the Summer Sunday Concert Series sponsored by Farmers & Merchants Bank, Bob Malone will perform New Orleans style blues starting at 1 p.m. in Pier Plaza. The following Sunday, June 24, the Mariachi Divas will be on stage.
School District’s Opening Night Art Reception Draws Colossal Crowd - Over 1,000 students and their family members celebrated “arts education” at the City School District’s first Student Art Exhibition held at the HB Art Center on June 1. The public reception highlighted the original artwork, dance, music, and theater performances of preschool through middle-school students. According to HB Art Center Educational Coordinator, Lindsey Cornell, “Art education is the one field of learning that can be used to teach all other subject matters. The impact it has on students, now and in the future, is vital to their development into culturally-rich individuals. This type of success definitely deserves an annual celebration.” The Second Annual City School District Student Art Exhibition will be held this time next year.
Firefighters Quest - On Tuesday June 5, the Fire Department participated for the ninth straight year in the charity fund raiser Firefighters Quest for Burn Survivors. Firefighters Quest was originally established to aid Glendale firefighters who were burned over 50% of their bodies while protecting homes in Malibu from a raging fire. Since then, Firefighters Quest has grown to include support for burn treatment centers, burn survivors, and their families. As a result of this fund raiser, communication and treatment protocols between burn treatment centers in Los Angeles and Orange County have increased, improving patient care and recovery. Burn survivors of all ages and walks of life have received emotional and monetary support from Firefighters Quest to aid in their complete healing. The goal is to raise $150,000 dollars through public and private donations.
House Fire - Firefighters responded to a house fire on the evening of Saturday, June 2, on Kingston Lane. First arriving units found the house charged with hot smoke and fire coming from the bedroom windows. The fire from the windows extended under the eaves of the roof and got into the attic before the fire was under control. The residents had already evacuated and watched from the sidewalk while fire crews battled the fire that had spread from the bedroom into the hallway. The couple was alerted to the fire by the smoke detector in the hallway. They had just changed the battery earlier the same day because of the chirping “low battery” warning sound. The husband found the bed burning and was unable to effectively operate his fire extinguisher. As a result, the call to 911 was delayed, and the fire was allowed to extend down the hall through the open bedroom door. An overloaded outlet, against which the bed was pushed, is suspected to have caused the fire. The house was uninhabitable as a result of the fire damage. Fortunately, the couple escaped without harm. The fire loss was estimated at $140,000 due to structure and content damage.
Residential Water Consumption May 2007 - CALL TO CONSERVE - Due to the extremely dry winter and water shortages in the Sacramento River Delta, Southern California is facing a possible water shortage this summer. The city of Huntington Beach Public Works Utilities Division is requesting that water customers immediately begin a voluntary 10% reduction in water use. For information on water conservation and ongoing rebate programs go to www.bewaterwise.com or www.mwdoc.com or call the Utilities Division at 536-5921. Remember, when you practice water conservation you also practice energy conservation by saving the energy that it takes to produce water and deliver it to your home or business. The average residential water use in Huntington Beach is 15 units, or 11,250 gallons per month. You can save 1,100 gallons per month by reducing automatic irrigation systems to alternate days instead of every day. A standard garden hose can use 10 gallons per minute. This means you can easily use 100 gallons of water with only a 10 minute pavement wash. Use a broom instead and you can easily save 10%.
The City maintains 124 traffic signals. Report malfunctions to (714) 960-8861(City) or Caltrans (PCH & Beach Blvd) (949) 936-3600. You can also report a malfunction online.