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April 4, 2009
A Pekingese that paints and a soccer-playing border collie will perform as part of Spring Pet Days at the Orange County Market Place at the OC Fair & Event Center today. The event, which raises awareness about animal adoption in Orange County, features information about pet care. Soccer Collies, an interactive show where kids challenge an athletic border collie in a game of soccer, will run 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the event. A rescued Pekingese named Ziggy from Fallbrook that paints with the aid of a paint brush attached to a paper towel roll also will exhibit his work at the swap meet at 1 p.m. today as part of Spring Pet Days.
May 26, 2008
Local community members have a chance to give homeless dogs a home at an event in Newport Beach. Compassion in Action will host a dog adoption event from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 4 at Newport Harbor High School. The event will give individuals and families the opportunity to adopt dogs on-site and bring them back to a new home. The adoption will feature dogs of various breeds, ages and sizes. The event will also function as a fundraiser for Compassion in Action, with a silent auction, raffles, book signings, live music and organic food.
April 25, 2000
Sue Doyle NEWPORT BEACH -- A Humane Society investigation this weekend temporarily snagged a Claremont family's plans for the immediate adoption of three juvenile alligators. Jackie Jacobsen and her husband, John, are now waiting for approval from the Pomona Humane Society before they can adopt three young gators found in a Newport Beach hot tub last week. Jackie Jacobsen said someone clipped the Daily Pilot article that featured the couple and sent it to the Humane Society.
January 13, 2005
Susan Janechek When you think of exotic travels to faraway places, you tend to think of sunny beaches, cocktails with tiny umbrellas and room service. Somehow, the old Silk Road in Central Asia suggests thoughts of exchanging goods or trading silk products, not adopting babies. Well, that's where we traveled -- to Kazakhstan, a former Soviet country -- to build our family, twice! It all started nearly six years ago, while trying to start a family naturally.
June 5, 2002
Sierra is a lovable 7-month-old lap cat who enjoys getting all the attention she possibly can, and she will be available for adoption Saturday, said DiAnna Pfaff-Martin, founder of the Community Animal Network. Last week's cat, Baby, the mischievous Balboa Island cat that was passed over during adoption for the younger kittens, was finally adopted into a loving home, she said. However, the issue of kittens being adopted before cats remains a problem, Pfaff-Martin said.
By Rhea Mahbubani | April 10, 2014
Karen Mahmalji is in it for the wagging tails. It's common for the owner of Top Dog Barkery to see pooches, quivering with excitement, pulling their owners in the direction of the store. "It's hilarious and we love it," said the 49-year-old Irvine resident. "The dog knows he's going to get his favorite treat, so that makes us laugh and it's a great feeling. " The venue - with its tagline, "The Dog Lover's Boutique and Bakery" - is located in the Corona del Mar Plaza alongside Chico's, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Sienna Brown, Brighton Collectibles and other shops.
By Emily Foxhall | March 12, 2014
As some Newport Beach residents continue to mutter complaints about the abundant failings of an opulent Civic Center - or "Taj Mahal" as some continue to call it - one concerned denizen has had his issue resolved. The 36-inch metal seal that hung in the Newport Beach council chambers was replaced Monday with a 48-inch, $6,500 painted metal version, which came at the request of former Mayor and former City Councilman Don Webb just more than a year ago. An anonymous donor paid for the new colorful seal.
By Bradley Zint | September 19, 2013
An ordinance designed to allow Costa Mesa officials to address "chronic" problems unanimously passed the City Council earlier this week but faces more hurdles before becoming law. The Public Nuisance Abatement Ordinance had its first reading Tuesday and will come before the council again during the Oct. 1 session. If approved, it would take effect 30 days later. The ordinance, which the council last examined in June , would provide the city with a more streamlined approach toward fixing "chronic and long-term problems" that spill over and are detrimental to other properties, according to city staff.
By Jill Cowan | March 26, 2013
Public art had a night in the spotlight at the Newport Beach City Council meeting Tuesday, with discussion centered on the creation of an arts and culture fund and the selection of a sculpture to adorn the new civic center grounds. "We think it's [the fund] a meaningful and significant contribution to public arts in our city," City Arts Commissioner Robert Smith told the council members, who voted unanimously to set aside 2% of previously unallocated  fees from development agreements for art and cultural facilities.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 29, 2012
New curriculum at Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa is beginning to pay off with significantly more students passing California's bar exam, school officials announced Thursday. In July 2012, 99 out of 141 first-time test takers from Whittier passed. That 70% is compared to 56% in 2011 and 54% in 2010. This year represented the highest passage rate since 2008. According to the State Bar of California, the average pass rate for first-time test takers who graduated from American Bar Assn.-approved schools like Whittier was 77%. The overall pass rate was 55%. Whittier improved by analyzing where its students needed help on the test, said Tina Schindler, director of bar preparation at Whittier.
By Maria Dales | November 14, 2012
Whitney is a beautiful 4-year-old female shepherd who is loyal and affectionate. She was rescued from a public shelter when her time there ran out. Whitney is a medium-sized shepherd, about 65 pounds, with a beautiful silky coat. She knows some basic commands. Whitney enjoys dogs her own size, but she is not good with smaller dogs or cats. For more photos, visit . To arrange to meet Whitney, call (714) 974-7762, ask for Programs Director Althea Smith. A donation and home visit are required.
By Mike Reicher | September 5, 2012
The Costa Mesa City Council passed two measures Tuesday that make significant changes to city employees' compensation. The Civic Openness in Negotiations ordinance, or COIN, will expose future labor contract negotiations to added public scrutiny. In the other, the city's firefighters agreed to a new contract that eliminates minimum staffing requirements, reduces retirement benefits for future employees and freezes pay until 2017. Both items fit into the council majority's larger plan to shift power away from organized labor and to reduce the municipal employee payroll.
By Britney Barnes | August 31, 2012
With the sun shining and the ocean only steps away, the haze of lazy summer days can make it easy to forget not everyone lives this way. But a group of local kids got to meet someone who showed them how fortunate they are and made them want to help others like him. His name is Andrey, a 9-year-old Kyrgyzstani orphan. "We want to help the orphans and we want to help this kid, Andrey, get a new life," said 11-year-old Allyson Lobel of Newport Coast. "There's kids out there that don't have homes," said Gabby Brutman, 11, of Newport Beach.
From the Los Angeles Times | June 27, 2012
U.S. officials Tuesday were trying to assist an Irvine couple who were detained by police in Ghana after adopting four children in the African nation. Christine and Sol Moghadam adopted the four children June 14, but they were detained Monday by "Ghanaian officials who were looking into the legality of the adoption," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Tuesday during the agency's daily media briefing. The Moghadams had written about their effort to adopt the children in a blog called "Our adoption journey to Africa.
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