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City Life: Wishes from Newport-Mesans

December 24, 2010|By Steve Smith

2010 is a good year to be a Saturday columnist. So is 2011. This year, Christmas Day falls on a Saturday, as does New Year's Day. Over the past couple of weeks, I have been asking family, friends and colleagues what they want for the holidays, whether it's Christmas, Hanukkah or any other celebration. Here are some of the replies.

Newport Beach resident Linda Schulein wrote: "No surprise here. My wish is that every family who is fortunate enough to have enough extend their generosity to the families in our community who really, really need help and the outstanding professional organizations that work with them. Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter, Girls Inc. and Orange County Community Housing's SteppingUp are at the top of my list!"

Schulein is right that her wish is no surprise as she has been instrumental in improving the lives of the less fortunate for many years. She is setting an example for the next generation in her family and is a great credit to Newport-Mesa.

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Bill Graham is a Costa Mesa resident whose wife, Michele, usually gets the spotlight due to her involvement in what seems to be every community event supporting kids. But it takes two, and Bill's work creates a team that has made a great difference for children in the Estancia zone.

"My wish this holiday season is for people to stop and give something back to many of the worthwhile programs that support the youth of our communities," Graham wrote. "Give the gift of your time and experience to the kids. I know everyone is busy, but you can make a difference! Just say 'How can I help?' Happy Holidays!"

Former Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Trustee Linda Sneen wrote that "We need more heroes and positive role models for all ages."

I second that.

Sneen's husband, Bill, a former Costa Mesa City Council candidate, wrote that his wish would be "… to increase the level of gratitude in our country and decrease the level of entitlement."

My brother-in-law, Lewis Hines, is one of those selfless people that everyone should have in their lives to remind us of how we should all behave. He wants you to have "Happy Holidays."

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