Around Town: Girls couldn't be stopped

Blanking and more blanking. The AYSO Girls U12 Extra Club Team Huntington Beach Region 55 team (whew!), also known as the Strikers, earned the League Cup 2012 Sunday.

Team mom Susan Steiner let us know that nobody could score off the team during the tournament at the Tustin Sports Complex.

The girls won two games Saturday, 5-0 against Newport Beach and 2-0 against San Juan Capistrano. They won Sunday 3-0 against Corona del Mar and finally 5-0 against Yorba Linda.

Coaches Nick Davison and Mark DiLauro players Amy Gitmed, Ella Davison, Ella Sacaccio, Ella McAndrews, Madelyn Botts, Natalie Doumanium, Rena Sacaccio, Sabrina Hillyar, Sidney Steiner, Summer Stewart and Taylor Voegeli to victory.


Top of the crop

Some of Huntington Beach's best assets were recognized Dec. 6 during the Chamber of Commerce's annual Business and Leadership Awards Luncheon at the SeaCliff Country Club.

The International Athena Award went to Janie Wolicki of Women Helping Women and Rotary of Huntington Beach.

The Outstanding Citizen of the Year went to community leader Bob Dettloff. Business Person of the Year went to Barbara Delgleize of RE/MAX Select One.

Business of the Year went to Suzanne's Catering (small business) and Gustafson Brothers (medium business). The Sustainable Business Award went to American Green Products/Earth-log (small business) and Rainbow Environmental Services (large business).

The Educational Partnership Award went to Greg Goran, adviser of Huntington Beach High School's sustainability club, and Judy Elmore of Elmore Toyota. The Legacy Award went to Affinity & Co. Jewelers.

Chairman's Member of the Year was awarded to Dianne Thompson of State Farm Insurance. The Ambassador of the Year went to Jerry Supernaw of SuperStarz Business Network.

"Our amazing quality of life that we have here in Huntington Beach would not be possible without the contributions of time, talent and treasure that these volunteers and businesses provide," Jerry Wheeler, chamber president/CEO, said in a press release.

For information, visit or contact Bridget Phelps at the Chamber at



Firefighters offer their boots

It may sound risque to stuff dollar bills in the boots of firefighters but this is for a worthy cause.

Huntington Beach firefighters (local 3354) are offering up their time and footwear to entice the public to drop some money for the sake of families living with neuromuscular disease through the Fill the Boot fundraiser.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday firefighters will stand at Beach Boulevard and Edinger Avenue seeking donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

For information about the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. Inc., call (714) 245-0921 or visit


Toys wanted for H.B. children

Huntington Beach's Project Self-Sufficiency is asking for unwrapped toys for children of the program's participants. The program is for families with single parents enrolled in school and learning to become self-sufficient.

Participants in the program must live, work or attend school in Huntington Beach or be referred to the program from an Orange County shelter. According to the program's website, strategies for success include case management, enrollment in college or a technical training program, child care, book reimbursement, financial counseling and addressing personal issues.

The ultimate goal is community members who are self-sufficient and no longer need public assistance.

Toys can be dropped off until Monday at the outreach building, 1718 Orange Ave. Information: The Project Self-Sufficiency office can be reached at (714) 536-5263.



Parents growing with technology

The Oak View Renewal Partnership and the One Million NIU Initiative have helped 13 Huntington Beach parents graduate from the Parent Engagement Through Technology Program.

The program provides free Internet and computer training to low-income families with an emphasis on guiding their children through college.

A graduation ceremony was held last week at the Oak View Branch Library, 17251 Oak Lane in Huntington Beach, where two graduates will present their Power Point presentations to display empowerment skills learned during the week-long course.

One Million NIU is an initiative made up of conferences to create awareness and training to lower student dropout rates.

The program is meant for parents who have limited technological experience. According to One Million NIU, 70% of the parents don't have access to the Internet at home, 95% don't have an email address and 90% have never used Google or a similar search engine.

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