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Week in Review

December 31, 2006

NEWPORT BEACH

From being near to death to being new motherOn Christmas Eve, Amanda Edwards gave birth to a healthy baby girl. This wasn't the only blessing bestowed on Amanda during her life.

In May 1997, Amanda was seriously injured in a car accident that left one of her friends dead when the Chevy Blazer she was in flipped on a curve on Irvine Avenue.

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Amanda, whose last name was Arthur before her marriage, was in a coma for over four months. After waking up, Amanda struggled to recover.

But after four years of physical therapy and years of emotional support from friends and family, Amanda has made a recovery most didn't think was possible.

She now lives in Irvine with her husband, Mike Edwards, and new daughter, Audrey.

  • On Jan. 9, Newport Beach will officially be recognized by the National Weather Service as "tsunami-ready."

    To prepare for the title, the city devised a tsunami-response plan, a public education program and developed several methods to receive and disseminate tsunami warnings. Public need for such an agenda increased after the 2004 tsunami that ravaged Indonesia and a June 2005 tsunami warning in Newport Beach.

    The city is preparing presentations on tsunami preparedness, which will be circulated through local schools and homeowners associations.

    For more information on the city's tsunami preparedness, call (949) 644-3109.

    ENTERTAINMENT

    Musical 'Pippin' opens at arts center this week"Pippin" comes to Segerstrom Hall this week to open the new Curtain Call Series at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.

    Micky Dolenz of the Monkees fame stars as Charlemagne in the production that opened on Broadway in 1972.

    "Pippin" will run Tuesday through Sunday at the center, and tickets are available for $15 to $65. For more information, go to www.ocpac.org.

    COSTA MESA

    City employees donate leave time to help co-workerCosta Mesa city workers shelled out a dose of kindness to the city's video production specialist who needed to have surgery but didn't have enough sick days to cover his recovery time.

    Brad Long needed to have a fourth hip replacement surgery after he got an infection that could have caused him to lose a leg, and he needed months of healing time. The problem was, he only had three weeks' paid leave from his job. But this fall, some of his friends at the city donated more than 400 of their own leave-time hours so he could have the operation, recover, and pay the bills.

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