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Whittier Christian's Justin Osborn rushes past a Duarte defender.

Osborn carries Heralds past Duarte

Posted on 26 September 2015 by La Habra Journal

By Jason Burch
La Habra Journal

After watching an early lead evaporate, Herald running back Justin Osborn saved the day with his fourth score of the night to lift Whittier Christian over Duarte 29-26 at Whittier College Stadium.

Whittier Christian's Justin Osborn rushes past a Duarte defender.

Whittier Christian’s Justin Osborn rushes past a Duarte defender.

Midway through the fourth quarter with the Heralds lead cut to 21-20, Osborn carried the ball up the middle for a short gain to the Duarte 25-yard-line and was very slow to get up. He ended up leaving the game to get his ankle checked out and re-taped. Not only did he miss that offensive series, but the next defensive series Osborn wasn’t available to lead the defense at his usual middle linebacker spot either.

With Osborn out of the game, the Heralds failed to move the ball one yard and turned it over on downs at the 25.

Less than a minute later on the Falcons third play of the drive, running back Lorenzo Rios broke a couple tackles and sprinted down the sideline for a 60-yard touchdown to give them their first lead of the game 26-21, after the two point conversion failed.

With his right ankle freshly taped, Osborn got back in the game and capped off the next drive with a 24-yard score to give the Heralds the lead for good. Osborn finished his impressive night with 173 yards rushing, 40 yards receiving and four touchdowns.

“[Osborn] is a huge part of what we do offensively, we got a little nervous when he got hurt, but he battled back for us,” said Heralds Head Coach Sergio Gradilla.

The Heralds jumped out to an early two-score lead to start the game, thanks to a Falcons fumble that Heralds defender Hunter Jauregui returned 83 yards for the score.

After the hot start, the Heralds began to stumble with turnovers, penalties and miscues. Nonetheless, the seemingly outmanned Duarte team refused to quit.

Whittier Christian's Quinn Commans on the quarterback keeper.

Whittier Christian’s Quinn Commans on the quarterback keeper.

“Their record doesn’t indicate it, but we knew we were facing a real physical, tough team,” Gradilla said. “Last week they came really close to winning and their losses have been really close so we knew it was going to be a tough game.”

One thing that haunted the Falcons all night long was the quarterback-center exchange. At least six different times throughout the night quarterback Paul Garcia fumbled the snap or had the ball snapped over his head. None more costly than on the final drive with less than 30 seconds remaining, all but dashing their comeback hopes.

When he had time, which wasn’t often— Garcia looked good throwing the ball. He finished with 230 yards and 3 touchdowns.

The Heralds (3-2) have their work cut out for them next Friday as they try to make it three straight, taking on undefeated St. Margaret’s (4-0) back at Memorial Stadium.

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La Habra cleans up Coyote Creek

La Habra cleans up Coyote Creek

Posted on 24 September 2015 by La Habra Journal

By Naomi Osuna
La Habra Journal

 

LHJ Coastal Cleanup 2015

Volunteers working at the annual Inter-coastal cleanup of Coyote Creek

Giving back is always a great way to spend your day and many La Habra residents did just that as they took part in the annual Inner-Coastal & Watershed Clean-Up Day last Saturday.

Volunteers spent the day helping clean the community and the environment by picking trash and other pollutants out of Los Coyotes Creek behind the Ross shopping center.

The Los Coyote Creek cleanup is part of the annual statewide coastal and intercostal cleanup effort. La Habra has been doing its part for the past 19 years.

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Coordinator Melissa You has been organizing the Coastal Clean-up in La Habra for the last 10 years. She said that she is motived to help take care of her community and to keep the waterways clean.

One of the most serious pollution problems hurting our planet is trash in the ocean and in the waterways. Research has shown that the rising tide of marine debris is a growing threatening human health, wildlife and the overall environment.

LHJ Coastal Cleanup 2015

Annual Inter-coastal cleanup of Coyote Creek

You explained that at last year’s cleanup, the volunteers found about 600 pieces of trash, 500 of the pieces were trash, while 100 pieces were recyclable.

Volunteers at the Coastal Clean-up ranged in age. There were also Cub and Boy Scouts were working to give back to their community.

Bob Janicki, the Assistant Scout’s Master of troop 1814 has been attending the cleanup for 12 years.

Janicki said that the scouts want to help clean up and help their city.

“It’s an important event because the community gets cleaned up, and it shows the residents that the Scout’s care,” Janicki said. “I like to see it clean, it makes me happy.”

Michael Szekunda, the 17-year-old senior patrol leader of Troop 1814 has been volunteering at this event since he was a Cub Scout.

LHJ Coastal Cleanup 2015

Annual Inter-coastal cleanup

He said he chooses this event to keep the waterway clean because it goes straight to the ocean, and he enjoys the beach. He explained that he enjoys the feeling of accomplishment after he volunteers at the annual Inner-Coastal & Watershed Clean-Up Day because he feels he did something positive and important for the city.

“I want to give back to the community, for how they treat our [Boy Scout] troop,” Szekunda said.

La Habra Mayor Michael Blazey attended the event and helped pick up some trash at the annual clean up. He explained that this event is important because of the flow of water from Coyote Creek to the San Gabriel River and how it can be impacted due to the build up of trash.

He said that this event is also important to the community because there is an opportunity for volunteer service and it allows for La Habra to continue to be true to its motto of being a caring community.

LHJ Coastal Cleanup 2015

Annual Inter-coastal cleanup of Coyote Creek

LHJ Coastal Cleanup 2015

Annual Inter-coastal cleanup of Coyote Creek

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Highlanders

Improbable finish lifts Highlanders

Posted on 23 September 2015 by La Habra Journal

By Jason Burch
La Habra Journal

LONG BEACH—La Habra quarterback Eric Barriere connected with Eric Lancaster-Garcia on a hail mary with no time on the clock to defeat Los Alamitos, merely seconds after being stunned by a touchdown and two-point conversion by the Griffins to cap off a their second half surge at Memorial Stadium in Long Beach on Friday night.

Highlanders

Highlanders

“We just talked about getting those guys in the end zone, having Eric buy some time and give us a chance,” said Highlanders Coach Frank Mazzotta.

Within seconds, the entire Highlander team and faithful fans who made the trip to Long Beach rushed into the end zone surrounding their new hero, Lancaster-Garcia.

“I just knew it could be anybody’s ball and I had to go up and get it,” Lancaster-Garcia said. “It’s very overwhelming, but I’m just glad I was able to do it.”

With just 47 seconds to play, Griffins quarterback Jack Telenko connected with Drew Platt for a two-point conversion giving them their first lead of the game.

La Habra took the ball over inside their own 20, but things went from bad to worse for the Highlanders. The Griffins defense sacked Barriere back at the 8-yard-line setting up a third-down with the length of the field to go and under 30 seconds on the game clock. The probability of a last second comeback became increasingly improbable. Two quick throws underneath against the Griffins prevent defense brought the Highlanders all the way up to the Griffins 45-yard-line with 8 seconds remaining.

That is when Barriere made play one would have to see to believe. As he had been doing all game long, he scrambled avoiding a couple tacklers near the Griffins sideline, planted right and aired it out diagonally across the field towards the far pylon connecting with his senior wide receiver Lancaster-Garcia, who leaped up through a crowded end zone to make the grab for the 37-32 game winning score.

LHJ LHHS vs MV FB 2015

LHJ LHHS vs MV FB 2015

“I just wanted to make a play for my team,” Barriere said. “Coming into the game I felt really good, I knew if we had one final shot that we would win this.”

The Highlanders entered week-three still stinging from a tough loss to Mission Viejo just one week ago. Realizing the importance of dropping two straight they opened the game sharp, establishing a 24-7 halftime lead.

Similar to the previous week though, the Highlanders came out of the locker room flat, coming just seconds away from squandering a nearly flawless first half of play.

Just before halftime, the Griffins came up with a big stop that kept them in the game and provided a much needed boost to their confidence. The Highlanders had the ball, first and goal from inside the 10 with less than a minute to go. The Griffins defense clamped down and forced consecutive incomplete passes in the back of the end zone, keeping them within reach.

Telenko got into a rhythm and began spreading the ball around well in the second half, connecting with five different receivers more than once.

Both sides were hurt with costly penalties. The Highlanders were hit with four penalties on their first two drives of the second half. Griffins running back Schuyler Whitehead had a touchdown called back on a holding call, forcing them to settle for a field goal.

Whitehead led the Griffins on the ground with a pair of touchdowns.

Barriere played a significantly improved game from his showing a week ago, finishing with zero turnovers and a pair of touchdowns, one through the air and one on the ground.

Mazzotta pointed out after the game that it could have been an even bigger day thoug, as Highlander receivers dropped five perfectly thrown passes– at least three of which would have found the end zone.

Mazzotta knew his team was in for another battle this week playing against Los Alamitos. He praised the Griffins and the play of their quarterback, Telenko in the second half.

“It was two really good football teams going at it and it actually came down to the last play, it was amazing,” Mazzotta said.

La Habra (3-1) will be back in action Thursday in Ontario against Colony (1-1).

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Highlanders Hiccup

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Highlanders Hiccup

Posted on 13 September 2015 by La Habra Journal

A pair of costly turnovers late by the Highlanders sealed the victory for the Diablos.

By Jason Burch
La Habra Journal

The La Habra Highlanders took advantage of home field early looking to make it three straight wins to start the season on Friday night, but a resilient Mission Viejo team fought back and secured their own plan to stay unbeaten 24-14.

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Senior Amon Fellows breaks tackles Friday night against Mission Viejo. Photo by Jay Seidel

Following back-to-back blowout victories to begin the season, the Highlanders (2-1) looked like they were picking up right where they left off. The offense moved the ball seamlessly down the field on the 80-yard opening drive that finished with a 10-yard sweep by running back Cortlin Taylor strolling untouched into the end zone to put them on the scoreboard.

The Diablos (4-0) answered back with an equally impressive drive just a few minutes later, finished off with a similar sweep right by Jordan Loya for the 14 yard score to tie the game.

With the game tied in the second quarter, both defenses began to tighten up.

Quarterback Eric Barriere drove the Highlanders inside the 10-yard line, but on third and goal tossed an errant throw into the back of the end zone that the Diablos picked off.

The La Habra defense erased the turnover, forcing Mission Viejo to punt after just three downs.

The Diablos forced a Barriere fumble on the next possession, giving the Diablos the ball at midfield.

Trying to cash in on the turnover, Mission Viejo moved the ball all the way to the 6-yard-line setting up a first and goal. However, the Highlanders defense stiffened up as at least four different blue and white jerseys swarmed quarterback Brock Johnson for the sack on third down, forcing a 35-yard field goal seconds before the half expired.

Senior Eric Beriere pushes away a would-be tackler Friday night against Mission Viejo. Photo by Jay Seidel

Senior Eric Barriere pushes away a would-be tackler Friday night against Mission Viejo. Photo by Jay Seidel

The Diablos caught the Highlanders flat footed after halftime with an 80-yard strike from Johnson to wide receiver Austin Osborne for the touchdown, extending their lead 17-7.

La Habra answered back with a 12-play drive capped by a slant into the end zone from Barriere to wide receiver Gio Pavon bringing them with a field goal at 17-14.

On the Diablos next drive, Johnson got into a rhythm with wide receiver Jason Lee, connecting with him on four straight. However, on a critical fourth and eight, inside the red zone, Jacob Colacion stepped in front of Lee and picked Johnson off.

With four minutes to play, the Diablos pinned the Highlanders back on the 3-yard-line with a perfectly executed corner punt. La Habra was within a touchdown of the lead with just enough time for a miracle comeback.

La Habra's XX  makes a catch under pressure Friday night against Mission Viejo. Photo by Jay Seidel

La Habra’s Aamon Fellows makes a catch under pressure Friday night against Mission Viejo. Photo by Jay Seidel

Before the Highlanders drive even got started, Diablos linebacker Colin Shooler jumped in front of a routine check down throw to the flat by Barriere and took it 27 yards into the end zone, all but sealing the victory for the visitors.

Highlanders Head Coach Frank Mazzotta said he was disappointed, but realized the game would have been much different if his team would have cleaned up just a couple mistakes.

“The difference in the game was the turnovers by us and we didn’t catch a few balls that we should have,” Mazzotta said.

It appears La Habra could be closing the gap. The last time La Habra and Mission Viejo met, the Diablos ran away with it 49-20. Tonight was a much different type of contest.

“It’s always encouraging to see our guys come out and play tough and physical like they did tonight,” Mazzotta said, “but we have to correct the mistakes if we want to be a great team.”

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LH Art Walk is a picture of success

LH Art Walk is a picture of success

Posted on 04 September 2015 by La Habra Journal

By Kelsey Hutchison
La Habra Journal

People escaped the heat and ventured out to enjoy a little bit of art and community in La Habra.
The La Habra Business Connection and the La Habra Art Gallery co-hosted the first La Habra Art Walk last Saturday evening at the Imperial Promenade.

Jay Seidel/La Habra Journal Art appreciation: People enjoyed viewing the many art pieces on display at the first La Habra Art Walk last Saturday at the Imperial Promenade.

Jay Seidel/La Habra Journal
Art appreciation: People enjoyed viewing the many art pieces on display at the first La Habra Art Walk last Saturday at the Imperial Promenade.

Two previous attempts to introduce the event to the community were hampered by unexpected events and a rainstorm.  To organizers, the new event was a tremendous success with a good turnout by the public.
“The third time’s a charm,” said Michelle Bernier, one of the committee members responsible for the success of the event.
All proceeds from the artwork purchased will go toward the Children’s Museum at La Habra and the La Habra Youth Committee.
“We want to showcase local art and artisans, and give La Habra exposure to put the arts back out there,” Bernier said.
She explained that one of the main motivating factors for creating the event is to raise money so that children with Autism and special needs can have a day that they can just be themselves and enjoy a day at the LH Children’s Museum with their families.
Some of the art on display between the Chipotle and the Corner Bakery was created by several local children.
Each piece on display had a description of the artist who created it, where the artist is from, how long the piece took, and what materials were used.
Bernier partnered with Imperial Middle School PTA President, Suzanne Michele to coordinate the art and to help put the event together.
A watercolor station was set up  for the children so they could paint and keep busy while the adults visited each station.
For many who attended, a highlight of the event was the work exhibited by local artist Rowan D. Harrison.  LHJ 2015
Harrison, a pottery and ceramics artist, displayed colorful pottery and functional ceramic ware that were all handcrafted and hand-painted.  He also teaches classes for adults and children at The Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton.  The Center offers after school programs for children.  Harrison said, “Each piece is a creative journal.  I like to tap into my Native American culture and show people my culture through the artwork I have created and displayed here today.”
The La Habra Art Association had a booth to promote an upcoming exhibit featuring the contemporary work of several local artists.   The exhibit, called “LHAA 60 Years and Beyond,” is curated by Timarie Santana and Luz Spanks, and will be on display from September 5-30 at the La Habra Art Gallery 215 N. Orange Street in La Habra.  The exhibit will include photographs, memorabilia and other articles that chronicle 60 years of local art history.  For sponsorship opportunities, call (562) 691-9739.
The Children’s Museum in La Habra will be holding the 23rd Annual Gourmet Guys – Raise Bread for Kids fundraiser on October 18, 2015, from noon to 3:00 p.m.  at the La Habra Community Center.
Steven Montes, an outreach and volunteer coordinator for the museum, said, “We will be displaying a community art piece that we have been working on where children will trace their hands and it will be displayed at the museum.”  The fundraiser will also include amazing activities for children and adults, according to Montes.
The success of this year’s La Habra Art Walk will hopefully lead to another great event next year.  Talks are underway about moving the location to a larger venue and having music by local artists and food trucks.  The city looks forward to encouraging the work of its local artists with another fun-filled night of beautiful art and activities for all ages.
Bernier said all artists and art are welcome to participate in next year’s event.  Any questions regarding displaying artwork or opportunities to volunteer, please contact Michelle Bernier at (562) 458-3028 or find LHArtWalk on Facebook.

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Heights bond call provides savings

Heights bond call provides savings

Posted on 04 September 2015 by La Habra Journal

By Jay Seidel
La Habra Journal

La Habra Heights residents will see a lowered property tax bill in the upcoming year after the city was able to payoff of an assessment district bonds early.Seal_La Habra Heights
According to an official statement, the city of La Habra Heights, through its fiscal agent, the Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, will perform a bond call for its Citywide Street Reassessment District No. 1.  This  will save property owners an estimated $10,800 in interest.
“The property owners of La Habra Heights will be pleased to know that they will no longer see the assessment on their property tax bills,” said Mayor Michael Higgins in a press release.
The district accumulated sufficient funds that, when combined with its $192,000 of reserve funds, are enough to pay off the bondholders one full year early.
The original Assessment District was created in 1996 to fund major street construction and improvements that were beyond the City’s budget. Bonds in the amount of $4,000,000 were issued to pay for the improvements.
Those improvements and construction were completed in August 2002, and the city continued to pay the bonds.
The city reassessed and refinanced $2,750,000 bonds in July 2003, taking advantage of a lower interest rate.
This debt was secured by assessments against approximately 1400 parcels  in the city.
At the time, the projected payoff date was September 2016.
However, revenue from the Assessment District was made available to provide a credit to residents, which was reflected on their Fiscal Year 2014-15 tax bill.
This credit decreased assessments, on average, from $213.18 to $112.12.
Further, according to city estimates, residents within the district will no longer be subject to this assessment and the charge will not appear on any future tax bills.

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A final, personal farewell to community icon

A final, personal farewell to community icon

Posted on 04 September 2015 by La Habra Journal

By Jane Williams
La Habra Journal

The Journal editor was gracious enough to let me write an article about the Paul Goldenberg I knew. He’s the man who paid the ridiculous sum of $3,000 for a Golden Retriever puppy at the Boys and Girl Club auction eight years ago and turned around and  told them to give the puppy to me because I had admired her. Thus, The Queen came into our lives much to the former publisher’s dismay.PaulnJane
Paul could be brusque, he could talk your ear off while hanging on to your arm to make sure you paid attention. If he didn’t know you very well, but he knew you intended to ask for money, he could make you really work for it. All the same he was very generous to those who could not ask him directly.
When Paul’s TV was incredibly successful he decided it was time to give scholarships to the local high school graduates.  He talked to the people at Sonora and La Habra Highs.  He had decided he would give out five scholarships of $500, as I recall, at each school but more than that applied. So the counselors told him to pick the five he wanted at each.  He refused to do so. He didn’t want to turn down anyone so he wrote checks to cover all those who applied.
That only had to happen twice before the students at both schools caught on and more applied. The last few years he did it, he was giving out 15 scholarships at each school and it was the counselors who limited the applications.
August 13, was a sad day for  La Habra when Paul Goldenberg died.  A real original, Paul  was born in 1928.  His Eastern European Jewish parents raised him in the Dorsey High neighborhood where he completed his high school work in time to enter UCLA at the age of 16.  Years later, Dorsey High presented him with a letterman’s jacket that he proudly wore to any number of events.
In 1964 he moved his appliance and TV store to La Habra from Hollywood. Paul, his son Doug, and his wife settled in La Habra Heights above Hacienda Golf Club’s fairways.  He later bought a “beach house” in Newport Beach,  but the Heights house was always his home.
Paul fell in love with Hollywood and the movies as a child. When Mitsubishi introduced big screen TVs for home use, Paul bet people would want one for their home and be willing to pay for it.  He also bet people would be willing to come to La Habra if he promised same day delivery and installation. While Paul was thrilled to watch his favorite classical movies on the big screen, most of his customers wanted to watch sports on that big screen.
One Super Bowl Sunday the news helicopters circled the store on Harbor filming the lines of prospective buyers. Then his ad agency came up with the line for Paul to say, “I am the King.”  And he truly was as far as Mitsubishi was concerned.  GregJenn
Even before that when the store still carried appliances, Bank of America was more than willing to send an employee to pick up the store’s daily deposit and that person was Silvia Gomez Jenn.
“One of my fondest memories of Paul is that he had a close group of Paul’s TV employees and friends meet at the store.” Silvia recounted.  “We climbed into a limo, drove to John Wayne Airport, and boarded the Lear Jet  he chartered, and all 10 of us flew to San Francisco. He took us to Fisherman’s Wharf where we were wined and dined. On our way back, he had champagne and cake served so everyone could celebrate my 21st birthday in the air. I will never forget the celebration…it was so Paul’s style.”
“I knew Paul for 38 years,” she said. “He was not only a friend to me but to my family, friends and the organizations I volunteered for and supported. Most importantly he taught me to believe in myself as a strong woman. Paul was family and it was an honor and privilege to also call him a friend.”
Silvia’s son Gregory Jenn was very young when cancer struck his father, Robin. They were all living in San Diego and Robin was being treated at Scripps. Many nights Paul would drive down to see if there was some way he could help.  When Scripps exhausted their treatments, Paul sought and got the help of City of Hope. While Robin was there, Paul was disturbed that patients had to go outside on the sidewalk to get to their chemo therapy treatments.
When Robin lost his fight with cancer, Paul conferred with Silvia and then City of Hope and had a walkway built between buildings in Robin’s memory.
“Paulie became a father figure and mentor to me since my own father’s passing,” Greg Jenn explained.  “He was always there with great support and lots of advice. I personally feel honored to attend the university he was so proud of attending for a week. I will never forget his teaching and will continue my education to honor this great man.”
Greg also recalls that Paul  would tell me over and over again while dining at Marie Callenders,  “You know Gregory, I attended two of the finest universities. At the age of 16, I attended UCLA for two straight weeks. Then, in my forties, I attended Notre Dame for 1 straight week.” Paul would then add he didn’t understand why students take four years to graduate. He was so smart he was able to absorb all the knowledge he needed within a matter of weeks.”
“Once  I was accepted and decided to attend Notre Dame, Paul would constantly remind me of how proud he was that I was attending his ‘alma mater.’”
La Habra Mayor Pro Tem James Gomez recalled  Paul calling him and asking if he could donate anonymously when he learned that  Calvary Chapel planned to feed the people in the community who had no place to go for Thanksgiving. “He didn’t want anyone to know he had given the money,”  Gomez  explained. “From then on as the holiday drew near a check  would just arrive.”
One evening Paul spent at least 30 minutes telling the publisher he didn’t wish to be known as The  King. He wanted people to think of the good deeds he had made possible by helping others, like the women he helped go to medical school or the victims of Alzheimer’s who now live unrestrained at the Jewish Old Folks’ Home.
My husband and I sat with Richard Ziman after Paul’s funeral and heard the story of how, when asked for a donation to build the Alzheimers’ wing, Paul said “I’ll think about it” and then called back later and said “I figure if I pay for half and you pay the other half, we’ve go it done.”  Ziman’s only comment was, “That wasn’t what I had in mind.”
The wing is designed in a circle so those who feel compelled to walk, which many do, may do so as long as they wish. Paul would tell you the wing was badly needed, both  he and Ziman could afford to make it happen, so they did.
Now my own memories of Paul are varied. On October 3, 2001 he called me, and said, “You might want to drop by the store in an hour. We’re going to be having a special visitor, but don’t bring your camera. They’ll probably confiscate it.  And it would be nice if you put some make-up on.“  So I did and I stuck my camera in the car just in case.
It was around 10 a.m. when I walked into the store and all the employees were dressed up and looking spiffy. Paul was as nervous as a bride’s mother when I got there and promptly chewed me out, “Where’s your camera?”  To which I replied, “You told me not to bring it so I left it in the car.”  “Go get it!”  he ordered. “You know who’s coming, don’t you?”
It was not hard to guess. For years Paul was one of the Friends of Bill. Several times a year he and others would meet with President Clinton and tell him how things looked  in their part of the country.  All of them were major contributors to his campaign and after he left office, to Clinton’s foundation.
Within the hour three SUV’s pulled into the parking lot, secret service men and one woman jumped out and check the surroundings and went through the different areas of the store. One employee and I stayed outside where I asked an agent if it was okay if I took photos. He said I could, so I began to shoot.  Then the last SUV pulled in and Paul was there to greet the visitor.
Clinton might have been out of office but he was still campaigning.  He headed directly for the employee and the photographer to say hello and shake their hands.  Then Paul was able to steer him into the store where all the employees and their relatives were waiting to meet him.
I was fortunate enough to get a front page photo at one point when President Clinton and Paul stopped to look at a group of photos of both of them throughout  the years of Clinton’s presidency.
Paul was a very complex character who definitely marched to the beat of a drum he alone might be hearing.
He was not a saint nor an angel. But if a story of someone in need moved him, he would do what he could to help, particularly if she was young and cute, like the young lady he overheard telling someone she was going to have to drop out of college because she no longer had a car.
He called a local used car dealer near his store and ask him to set aside the best used car on his lot for about $6,000, took the young lady over there and made the purchase in her name.  That was vintage Paul.  With such a lasting impact on the community, my husband and I are not the only ones who are going to miss him.

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La Habra should  embrace art

La Habra should embrace art

Posted on 04 September 2015 by La Habra Journal

American author and poet Henry David Thoreau said, “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.”
This sentiment should inspire the creativity and the aspiring artist in all of us.
Artist Pablo Picasso further acknowledged our capacity for creativity when he said,   “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
This being said, art should be something we all contribute to and take part in. However, our community seems to struggle with developing its arts and cultural scene.
We are lucky to have an amazing place like the Children’s Museum to help inspire the creative minds of our children.  Buses with kids from school districts all over Southern California enjoy the museum.
However, citing Picasso’s challenge, when we grow up, where can we go in our community to ignite our own creativity, appreciate the work of artists and enjoy some culture?
Recently, the La Habra Business Connection, and in particular Michelle Brenier, initiated La Habra’s first Art Walk.  This event that allowed people to experience various types of art, was focused on helping to provide an outlet for local artists, children and adults alike.  Further, it was to generate an appreciation for art in general.
In addition to the Art Walk, the La Habra Art Association is opening a new exhibit that highlights the past 60 years of the association’s work and exhibits.
The annual Hillcrest Arts Festival in La Habra Heights is a well attended event that showcases art of all types and draws visitors from all over the surrounding area.
Further, other forms of art are working to be appreciated by the community.
In performances, Mysteryum Theater has been putting on a variety of shows at the historic Depot Theater and working to revitalize the theater and performances in La Habra’s central area.
While the Art Walk, the Art Association and Depot Theater are great vehicles in which to help bring art and culture to our community, there needs to be more effort made to help the La Habra community build its art and culture.
More outreach to the high schools (all three) and the middle schools (all three) should be done to cultivate young artists.
The Art Gallery should invite more artists to showcase and discuss their work. However, before this happens, more support, both financial and volunteer help, should be given to the LHAA by the city and by the community as a whole.
Businesses like restaurants, that can work as venues, should look to see how they might invite artists to their locations.
And finally, more effort needs to be placed on promotion and marketing.  If there’s an event held and nobody knows about it, is it really even worth it?
La Habra has the potential of growing its art community and really having something that could inspire future artists and make us all proud.
—The Editor

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LH Art Association celebrates 60 years with new gallery show

LH Art Association celebrates 60 years with new gallery show

Posted on 04 September 2015 by La Habra Journal

By Jay Seidel
La Habra Journal

In celebration of 60 years of serving the community of La Habra, The La Habra Art Association will showcase a new exhibit titled LHAA 60 Years and Beyond.  LHJ Buildings_0011
The exhibit includes a collection of photographs, memorabilia and articles  that chronicle the association’s 60 year history.
The show, curated by Timarie Santana and Luz Spanks, will run at the LH Habra Art Gallery from September 5-30.
The LHAA is a non-profit organization that is committed to promoting fine arts and providing a venue for artists to showcase their art and grow as artists.
Started in 1955, The LHAA holds year round exhibits, artist meet ups, art classes, demonstrations, drawing sessions, songwriting workshops and open mic sessions.
The La Habra Art Gallery is located at 215 N. Orange St. For more information call  (562) 691-9739 or email: lahabra_artgallery@att.net.

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Program helps families prepare for school

Program helps families prepare for school

Posted on 04 September 2015 by La Habra Journal

By Taylor Engle
La Habra Journal

La Habra City School District begins their fourth year of the School Readiness Center at Las Lomas Elementary on Monday, August 31, 2015.  The program provides free classes during the school year for children ages 0-5 and their parents to participate in.  The classes are in session all year until May 26, 2016.LHCSD Rediness sign
Each class is either half an hour or a full hour long and provides interactive lessons in manners and etiquette, health and fitness, character building, math, reading, dance, and art.  The parents are encouraged to allow their children to try out as many classes as they are interested in and choose which ones they will be taking from there.  The teachers stress that the parents follow the needs and interests of the child.
There are two teachers per classroom who pay attention to each child in order to plan the lessons around the children’s needs.  “Each age works at a different pace, so we make sure to modify everything to the child’s age and ability,” said Early Learning specialist Oralia Birakos.
The program also has a paid nurse who provides free medical screenings to the parents and students and is available to answer any questions a parent may have about their child’s health and wellbeing.
The character building classes focus on teaching the children proper health and oral hygiene.  “Basic hygiene that seems like common sense to us isn’t always common sense to kids, so we make sure they learn how to properly take care of themselves,” said Birakos.  The teachers also use puppets to act out proper use of manners and sharing.
The Orange County Department of Education provides a nutrition class, which teaches the parents about nutrition and fitness for their children.  The kids also plant fruits and vegetables in the campus garden, which they then learn to prepare and eat in the “Green Team” class.
The Read Aloud class encourages parents to interact and engage, reading to their children but allowing the child to read as well.  The teachers want the students to be able to take home what they learn and practice these skills beyond the classroom.
The program hosts a Golden Bell-winning Literacy Fair in February at Las Lomas.  The fair includes vendors with books, information on reading, and raffles.
Classes are also provided at the La Habra Public Library.  A popular class at the library is Building Blocks, where kids are taken around the city to locations such as the La Habra Police Department, the market, the bank, or the La Habra Farm, given a presentation, and then taken back to the library to build the place they visited with blocks.  “We make sure they build however they interpret what they saw,” said Birakos.  “We want to encourage creativity.”
The music and movement class, which won a Golden Bell, has parents and their kids sing and dance together.  There is an additional dance class provided for children ages 3-5 where National Honor Society students trained in dance teach the children dance routines that they perform for audiences.
Lastly, the School Readiness Center provides a ten-week training course for kids and their parents to run a mile in the OC Marathon.  The parents participate in the training but only the kids run the marathon.
Overall, the program encourages students to practice lifelong learning.  It is an opportunity for parents to learn along with their children and develop positive interactions to last throughout their relationships.

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