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March 20, 2013
Hundreds turned out for a community fair and three-on-three basketball tournament at the Neighborhood Community Center this weekend, according to a news release. The C3 Basketball Tournament winning team was Costa Mesa Police property aide Erika Soto, Costa Mesa Recreation Field Ambassador Brandon Diaz and Pastor Eric Wayman from Lighthouse Coastal Communities Church, the police release said. Saturday's festivities included a kids area with a bounce house and face painting. Mika Community Development Corp.
September 18, 2012
A Laguna Beach family made a $50,000 surprise donation to help provide HIV testing to at-risk Orange County residents. The William and Sue Gross Family Foundation made the donation last week to the AIDS Services Foundation Orange County, or ASF, a nonprofit that helps people affected by HIV/AIDS with housing, transportation, food, mental health counseling and emergency financial assistance. The organization also does HIV testing, prevention and educational programs. "Bill and I are very proud to support ASF as they work toward ending both the spread of HIV and the incidence of AIDS in our community," Sue Gross said in a prepared statement.
December 2, 2008
Country music singer Ty Herndon will perform tonight at The Shark Club in Costa Mesa for a benefit hosted by the Orange County AIDS Services Foundation. Sushi and tapas will be served while a silent auction allows participants a chance at a weeklong Mexican cruise, a three-day New York City vacation and a variety of other items. All of the funds raised will go to the foundation to pay for services for people living with HIV and/or AIDS in Orange County. Tickets to the benefit can be purchased at ocasf.
January 2, 2003
In an emotionally charged presentation, leaders of the L.A.-based Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundations came to Costa Mesa to inform, inspire and rally the support of Orange County activists in the fight against HIV and AIDS in children. Elizabeth Glaser, the wife of actor Paul Michael Glaser, contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion in the early years of the appearance of the disease, before medical knowledge was able to protect the blood supply.
May 22, 2001
-- Mathis Winkler Caroline Good is back in the saddle. Just as the Costa Mesa resident was getting ready to start her training program for the 575-mile AIDSRide from San Francisco to Los Angeles, someone stole her bike Wednesday. Devastated about the loss -- her only means of transportation -- Good had feared she would not be able to participate in the event, which benefits AIDS organizations. She wanted to ride to honor her cousin Jimmy who died of AIDS several years ago. And that's why Dover Shores resident Chris Miller decided to help Good out and bought her a new bike Monday.
May 19, 2001
Mathis Winkler Caroline Good was just about to start some serious training to get ready for the 575-mile AIDSRide on her bike. She'd even bought herself some stretchy pants, the ones that serious bikers wear, at a thrift store for 50 cents a piece. So far, raising the required $2,700 -- proceeds from the ride benefit AIDS organizations -- has been her biggest challenge. But then, after shopping at a local supermarket on Wednesday, the Costa Mesa resident found out that someone had stolen her bike.
October 18, 2007
Two local groups are teaming up to help charity. The Lemon Drop Club, a social group helping to support local charities, and Hope Wine, a company producing, bottling and pairing varietals with specific charities, will host a fundraiser from 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 26 at the Ritz Restaurant, 880 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Hope Wine donates half of its profits to charities that help battle breast cancer, autism and AIDS. Admission to the fundraiser is $20 for men, $10 for women and includes a buffet dinner and a disc jockey who plays top 40 music.
By Daniel Tedford | February 12, 2008
Taking an unusual vacation to South Africa and Malau, Botswana, Corona del Mar High School student Leanne Parsons was given the opportunity to meet a child she sponsored through World Visions. It wasn’t the most celebratory of unions. He had just lost both his parents to AIDS, slept on the ground in a shack with his siblings and was quiet, communicating very little with Leanne during the beginning of the visit. But later he opened up, Leanne said, and he helped make an impact on Leanne more than she could have imagined.
By JAMES P. GRAY | October 7, 2007
In last week’s column, we discussed why our policy of drug prohibition is not working and why it will never work. That probably was a discouraging column to read for many people. But today’s column will bring you hope, because it discusses drug programs that work worldwide. The first thing to do when focusing upon programs that work is to make the same important distinctions, such as the difference between drug crime on the one hand, and drug money crime on the other.
August 21, 2004
Timothy Titus Four years ago, I attended a service at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. I was impressed with the welcoming feel of this huge gothic cathedral. I walked past memorials to the victims of the holocaust and the world AIDS epidemic. The service was extraordinarily quick. During his homily, the priest explained that this was because he and his flock needed to make it to the city's annual AIDS walk in time to participate.
By Barbara Venezia | March 20, 2014
Is the Balboa Village Theatre project a go or a no? That depends on whom you talk to. Revitalization of the theater has been a lingering issue since it closed in 1992, and the nonprofit Balboa Performing Theater Arts Foundation was formed in 1996 to preserve and renovate it. The building, bought by Newport Beach in 1998, pretty much remains four walls and a dirt floor, as fundraising efforts have lagged. But at the council meeting March 11, city leaders seemed to give the project a cautious nod with a promise to provide $2 million toward the restoration, if the foundation can raise matching funds and produce a viable business plan before Dec. 31. Steven Beazley, president of the Balboa Village Theatre, tells me he sees this as a win, one he anticipates will open doors to fundraising for the theater.
By Emily Foxhall | February 19, 2014
A fifth candidate - the only Democrat - has entered the race for Assembly District 74. Anila Ali, a native of Pakistan who moved to Irvine in 1996, said she hopes to draw on her background as an immigrant and her roles as a mother and teacher to serve the state. Ali said she moved to the United States because of its promise of equal opportunity and access to education. Now the mother of two, she aims to help improve the educational system, grow the state's economy and ensure a high quality of life for future generations.
By Hannah Fry | February 4, 2014
Newport Beach police detectives have enlisted the help of an FBI lab in their ongoing investigation into the Corona del Mar High School cheating scandal. Police asked the federal agents for assistance in investigating the private tutor who allegedly helped a dozen students hack into the school computers to access tests and change grades. The students, 11 of whom were expelled from the high school last week, supposedly attached keylogging devices — allegedly provided by tutor Timothy Lance Lai — to the backs of several teachers' computers to boost grades and access English, science and history exams.
January 22, 2014
Students at Mariners Christian School in Costa Mesa are continuing fundraising efforts to help members of the military deployed a half a world away feel a little closer to home. In celebration of Valentine's Day, Mariners students will send boxes containing items like Chap Stick, hand lotion, eye drops, candy and magazines to the crew of the USS Harry S. Truman, which is in the Middle East. They began raising funds last year and around Christmas mailed $12,000 worth of phone cards and personal notes to the crew.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 18, 2014
Costa Mesa didn't envision a helicopter guzzling more than 8,000 gallons of water from the carefully engineered lakes it christened last year as part of 37 arces of man-made wetlands in Fairview Park, Public Services Director Ernesto Munoz said. But on Thursday, an Orange County Fire Authority helicopter did just that, swooping down to refill its tank almost two dozen times to help douse a three-acre brush fire in nearby Talbert Regional Park. "It was definitely a convenient thing to have a bunch of lakes," Munoz said.
By Rhea Mahbubani | December 12, 2013
Ariel Vapor was disheartened when he received the news, but not particularly surprised. He was HIV-positive. Seated at the UCI Medical Center, with his skin pockmarked by MRSA [methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus] infections, he knew his "promiscuous" lifestyle was to blame. The Costa Mesa resident, who identifies as gay, recalled thinking, "Thank God it's 2006 and not 1986 or 1996. " Having improved significantly over the past two decades, HIV/AIDS medications are now saving lives.
By Hannah Fry | December 5, 2013
Partygoers filed into Mesa restaurant Wednesday night for Katrina Foley's annual Holiday Soiree and Benefit, pausing at the door to sign an endorsement for the school board member's probable council run. Foley, 46, hasn't made an official announcement, but said she is "absolutely considering" joining the 2014 race for Costa Mesa City Council. She last served on the council from 2004 to 2010. She resigned her seat that November, during her second term, to serve on the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Trustees.
By Hannah Fry | November 20, 2013
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will donate $10,000 to UC Irvine for its development of a solar stove that allows people to cook without carbon emissions. The grant to the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UCI is one of more than 80 awards the foundation announced Wednesday, according to a news release. The awards are being given to institutions that foster forward-thinking solutions to persistent global issues. The stored-energy solar stove, which permits carbon-free cooking indoors and at night, was designed by a group of senior mechanical engineering students at UCI. The stove reduces deforestation, labor time and safety concerns for women who leave their villages to gather firewood, but also pollutes indoor air far less than the traditional cooking methods currently used in developing nations, the release stated.
October 30, 2013
A Newport Beach-based nonprofit is holding a fundraiser Sunday to benefit an East African refugee recovery program. Living Ubuntu's goal is to focus on mind-body issues, including the effects of stress and trauma. "Eyewitness to Genocide: The Journey of Carl Wilkens — An Event to Highlight Trauma, Refugees and Recovery" takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 2200 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach. Wilkens is an American who witnessed the 1994 Rwandan genocide, which led to 500,000 to 1 million deaths in about 100 days.
October 29, 2013
The 14th annual CHOC Regatta takes place this weekend at the Balboa Yacht Club in Corona del Mar. The event benefits the Children's Hospital of Orange County's post-anesthesia care unit. Regatta registrations for one-design boats 20 feet and under are due by 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The entry fee is $25. An awards ceremony, free appetizers and a no-host bar will follow the race from 3:30 to 5 p.m.. Registrations for boats longer than 20 feet are due by 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The entry fee is $50, and a post-race celebration and awards ceremony are planned for 3:30 to 6 p.m. Either entry fee can be completed the day of the race at the club or beforehand online, for an extra fee. A raffle for racers and supporters will be held.
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