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February 25, 2008
Newport developer named to building hall of fame John Martin, the principal of Martin & Associates in Newport Beach, is set to be inducted this year into the California Homebuilding Foundation Hall of Fame. The foundation, which has inducted members to its Hall of Fame for 24 years, announced eight new members this month. The class of 2008 will be honored at an awards dinner June 24 in San Francisco. Martin?s company provides assistance for the development of residential neighborhoods and market-planned communities, including ones overseen by the Irvine Co. Martin has also served as a lecturer at UCI and elsewhere.
April 17, 2005
More than 20 years ago, Paul Merage saw a trend approaching. After research and development, he introduced the world to Hot Pockets, a hot, hand-held meal that could be eaten on the run. Two years ago, Merage saw another trend approaching -- the rise of foreign countries as business powers and the possibility of an American decline in business superiority. After research and discussion, the Newport Coast resident has introduced the world to the Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine.
February 23, 2002
A listing of special events to entertain you through the weekend and beyond. TODAY Last chance to see it. Joe Hortua's "Making It" will play through Sunday at South Coast Repertory. Performances will be held at 2 and 7:45 p.m. today and Sunday. Set in a trendy Manhattan restaurant, the play reflects on money, power and the American dream. SCR is at 655 Town Center Drive. $27-$51. (714) 708-5555. SUNDAY Provoke your mind. 'The Dream of the Audience," a collection of works by late artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, will be on display through March 10 at UC Irvine's Beall Center for Art and Technology, at the campus, corner of University and Campus drives.
By Michael Miller | April 10, 2008
COSTA MESA — It looks like an image out of 1950s suburbia: a compact, freshly painted house surrounded by a white picket fence, with even a tiny putting green on the lawn. The only difference is that it’s not in the middle of a cozy neighborhood, but in a parking lot outside the local swap meet. The Orange County Market Place, which for nearly four decades has sold clothing, music, produce and just about everything else, made its first venture into housing at the end of March.
September 28, 2004
I'm struggling with what to write to attempt to convince the neighbors that eight additional Habitat for Humanity homes built in their backyards would be an asset to their neighborhood and the community. I fear that no matter what I write, I will not be able to convince the neighbors of the value of this project, proposed for a 1.5-acre property east of Harbor Center. However, what I do wish to convey, as a longtime Costa Mesa resident since 1963 and a volunteer with the Orange County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity since 1996, is that this project will give eight more families the opportunity for home ownership, the opportunity to improve their living standards and, most importantly, the opportunity to have their children live in a safe environment with good neighbors, attend excellent schools and live in this outstanding community.
December 19, 2003
ANDREW NGUYEN George C. Scott once said that "the human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it." The new film, "In America," exemplifies this idea of the human spirit beautifully, leaving audiences with a lump in their throat and an appreciation of life over material values. Director Jim Sheridan, who co-wrote the script with his daughters Naomi and Kirsten Sheridan, masterfully tells a tale of an immigrant father, mother and two daughters struggling to cope with the death of a son, amid a backdrop that symbolizes the American dream, New York City.
April 5, 2003
Cassady Jeremias Newcomers to filmmaking Jeff Blitz and Sean Welch will be at today's film festival to answer questions about their Academy Award-nominated documentary, "Spellbound." The film focuses on eight American children and their families as they make their way through the National Spelling Bee. Joining the filmmakers will be speller Neil Kadakia and his San Clemente family. Welch said their film is filled with rich, beautifully complex American stories.
October 9, 2000
Mathis Winkler NEWPORT BEACH--District 2 council candidate Steven Rosansky's arrival here 15 years ago resembled that of his Greek and Russian ancestors on Ellis Island many decades earlier. Fresh out of law school, he decided to settle in Newport Beach after visiting girlfriends from his university in the beach community. Riding his bike around Balboa Island, "I went up and down the street, looking for a 'for rent' sign," he said. Once he found one, he rented the place "on the spot."
By Paul Anderson | July 14, 2008
When Edith Sandoval and Tony Figueroa heard Barack Obama planned to be at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach on Sunday, they knew they had to be there. Problem was it cost a lot of money to meet the Democratic presidential contender. If you wanted to shake his hand and get a picture taken with him, it would cost you $28,500. If you just wanted to hear one of his stump speeches in person and see the man, that would cost $2,300. Why the difference? Because the maximum an individual can give a presidential contender is $2,300 in the general election.
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