Each year multiple police agencies converge on a few blocks on Main Street in Seal Beach to keep an eye on St. Patrick’s Day celebrations here. For details, visit www.sunnews.org and click on “Seal Beach Police gear up for St. Patrick’s.”

The annual pageant is this Sunday. The Miss Seal Beach Court recently held a mixer at O’Malley’s on Main. For details, visit www.sunnews.org and click on “Miss Seal Beach Pageant Sunday, March 9/”

The owner of Seal Beach Main Street’s Angel Store recently married. For details, visit www.sunnews.org and click on “Wedding Bells: Keith Souter and Marygrace Word.”

Friday, Feb. 14, will see the start of a weekend-long sidewalk sale in Seal Beach. For details, visit www.sunnews.org and click on “Three-day sidewalk sale set for Main Street Seal Beach.”

Sun Region readers discuss the future (if any) of Seal Beach retailers, DUI safety and holiday events.

For details, visit www.sunnews.org and click on “Letters to the Editor: Thursday, Dec. 19.”

The lights are officially on in Seal Beach’s Main Street business district. The ceremony was held not quite two weeks after the lights were actually turned on.

For details, visit www.sunnews.org and click on “Seal Beach officially turns on Main Street lights.”

Sean Crumby, Seal Beach assistant city manager and director of Public Works, said the new street lights would be on for the Friday, Dec. 6, Seal Beach Christmas Parade. For details, visit the sunnews.org homepage.

Blogger’s Note: The following is a staff report that I’m reposting here.—Charles M. Kelly

Here is a map of the 2013 Seal Beach Christmas Parade route. Pacific Coast Highway will be closed to traffic from Main Street to Bolsa Avenue from 6:45 to 10 p.m., according to the Seal Beach Police Department.

The following are tips for getting around the area of the parade and having a fun Friday night.

In order to ensure that everyone gets the most they can out of the Seal Beach Christmas parade, the Seal Beach Lions and the City wanted to share some key tips about this year’s event.

Main Street and Ocean (from 11th to 8th) will shut down at 5 p.m.

This includes complete closure of the 10th street beach lot for staging parade entrants. There will be a drop of zone for parade participants located on Ocean between 11th and 10th street.

All other municipal lots will be open with the usual restrictions including ensuring available handicapped parking as designated. In addition, the right turn lane of PCH heading south and the left turn lane headed north onto Main will also both be shut down.

Continuing this year, the southbound side of PCH from Main Street to 12th Street will also be shut down.

This will accommodate the right turn of the parade participants, and will also allow parking of some buses and other transport on PCH. This will cause southbound traffic to be routed around onto Bolsa Avenue via a left turn. All traffic will then proceed to 12th Street or to Seal Beach Boulevard.

Because of these closures, you may wish to communicate with visitors and guests in advance of potential parking impacts and access to various areas. Limited alley access will be available in the Main Street specific plan area. We encourage residents to park early and not to move their cars. Do not block other’s driveways, emergency red zones or other posted No Parking signs.

Some people may wish to park down by 1st and Ocean at the beach lot at the mouth of the San Gabriel river trail and walk up to Main Street. Remember that private commercial property may tow you if you are not a customer of their stores.

Be sure to check any posted signs to avoid towing.

The parade starts at 7 pm and is anticipated to last until 8:45 p.m. All participants should be in place by 6 p.m.

Streets will reopen generally within 30 minutes of the completion of the parade. This is the largest parade in the 35-year history of the event with over 3,800 participants and 120 entries.

The Seal Bewach Lions Club and the volunteers look forward to you enjoying the parade.

Please be sure to come back and shop local too for the holiday season!

I never had kids. My fading memories of Halloween are of my own adventures. I remember collecting candy for me and money for something called UNICEF, whatever that was, when I was small. And for March of Dimes, whatever that was.

In later years, I decorated my Long Beach house with scary headlines from newspaper front pages.

Now I watch co-workers pass out candy to children on Main Street while I try to think of something profound to say about the holiday that I will always associate with Charles M. Schultz’s implied lament over the commercialization of the holiday season.

And I smile, knowing that the best part of Halloween comes after the trick-or-treaters have gone home and the decorations have come down:

The 50 percent or more off after-Halloween candy clearance sales.

The thought almost makes me want to do the Snoopy dance.

I was on deadline at the Sun office on Seal Beach Main Street when I heard what turned out to be a car colliding with a store. At the time I wondered what it was and then guessed that two cars had collided.

I hit command save on the fire I was working on, grabbed my camera and ran out. Sun Editor Dennis Kaiser was already ahead of me. A crowd had already gathered. I overheard people say things that turned out to be imprecise at best or just plan wrong.

“Someone drove into the store.”

Someone accidentally backed into a flower shop. Fortunately, no one suffered life threatening injuries.

“Someone’s trapped under the car.”

That wasn’t true, but I feared it might be as I pressed forward to take pictures for the Sun. I remember thinking I didn’t want to see someone hurt. Does that count as prayer? I was relieved to see the vehicle was empty.

Dennis and our customer service rep Courtney Pettijohn gathered details as I went inside to call the police, add photos to the website and compose a couple of paragraphs for the online Sun.

This sort of thing is not the reason I got into community journalism. Some journalists say “If it bleeds, it leads.” Not my style, at least not anymore. (When I was young, I was a jerk.) But in our line of work, we have to be able to put aside our own feelings—and sometimes other people’s—and gather information. And stay out of the way of the emergency responders while we’re doing it.

And hope that it is a long time before I have to rush once more to the scene of an unknown event with a camera, bracing myself for the possibility that I’m going to be gathering news about someone being hurt. I’ll do it. That’s part of the job. But I’m here to chronicle the life of a community, not the spilling of someone’s life’s blood.