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By B.W. Cook | July 27, 2012
The 21st annual Medallion Debutante Ball sponsored by the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa introduced 10 young ladies to Orange County society. The June 30 gala unfolded at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa and was chaired by Kathryn Schlesinger . Dale Johnston served as emcee for the presentation, which he has done for more than a decade. Joining Schlesinger producing the event were Assistance League Past Presidents Marie-France Lefebvre and Joanne Johnston . Dressed in traditional wedding-white, the young women wore long gloves and carried a pomander of pink and red roses as they made their formal entrance under a floral gazebo.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jessie Brunner | March 7, 2007
Larry Miller may have played plenty of jerks in his lifetime — including a vindictive doorman on "Seinfeld," the belittling and conniving Dean Richmond in "The Nutty Professor" and the obscenely flirtatious Max Berman in "Best in Show" — but he vows it's just an act. The stand-up comedian and actor is much more benevolent in real life, and he'll prove it when he comes to Orange County on March 17 to entertain audiences at the Assistance...
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By Alicia Robinson | September 13, 2006
COSTA MESA — When Jason Wittman joined the Boy Scouts 10 years ago, people didn't expect him to be an organizer, a builder, a doer. Now, a decade later, the Newport Harbor High School junior has dismissed those early expectations. He helps friends with volunteer projects, he joined the Order of the Arrow — a division of the Scouts devoted to community service — and he's exceeded the hours of service he needed to earn on his own Eagle Scout project. On Saturday, he got to see the results of his work.
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By Brianna Bailey | December 21, 2007
Seven-year-old Julio Urquiza ran outside his mother’s trailer Friday afternoon in Newport Beach in his socks when he saw the minivan filled with presents pull up outside. His favorite part of Christmas? “Opening presents,” he said without hesitation. It’s been a hard year for the Julio and his family. This is the first Christmas Julio will spend without his father, Miguel Urquiza, who died of Lou Gehrig’s Disease in July. The progressive disease of the nerve cells causes muscles to weaken and atrophy.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | March 21, 2013
It's time to dip and twirl for the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa. The 72-year-old nonprofit, which aids children and families via community programs, is organizing an annual ballroom dancing competition. Dancing for Tomorrow's Stars couples community leaders with professional dancers. The festivities, geared toward raising funds for the Assistance League's local efforts, also feature a cocktail reception, dinner spread and an open dance floor. "I put together the first [Dancing for Tomorrow's Stars]
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November 22, 1999
Newport Beach travel agent Lore Waechter has successfully completed the Switzerland Tourist Board's educational program to become a specialist in Switzerland travel.... The Newport Beach Community Services Department has received the "Outstanding Service Award" from the Orange County Municipal Athletic Association in recognition of its outstanding service and dedication to sponsoring cooperative efforts with the association.... The provisional class of the Assistance League of Newport Mesa created Thanksgiving baskets to distribute to families enrolled in the Assistance League program.
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April 7, 2005
B.W. COOK Broadway performer Patrick Cassidy, son of Shirley Jones and the late Jack Cassidy, came to the Balboa Bay Club & Resort in Newport Beach on behalf of the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa. Cassidy brought Joel Silberman, his exceptional pianist-composer- arranger and his stage show, complete with Cassidy family nostalgia and plenty of good-old-fashioned stage presence and vocal talent. It was all part of the annual Assistance League spring luncheon fundraiser, "Shamrocks and Rainbows."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2008
The Junior Auxiliary of the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa will host its first Cowboy Country Bonanza fundraiser at Strawberry Farms Golf Club April 19. A silent auction, and western music and line dancing instruction are featured attractions at the event. Guests will be fed a “hearty barbecue meal of chicken, tri-tip and all the fixings,” and given poker chips to play casino games. Admission costs $150 per person and all proceeds go toward the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa, a nonprofit volunteer organization that sponsors a variety of philanthropic projects that focus on children.
LOCAL
June 25, 2009
Submitted by Barbara Kimler  Assistance League of Newport-Mesa Assisteen’s recently held their recognition  luncheon in lieu of a Debutante Ball.  Held at the Balboa Bay Club, eighteen high school seniors were recognized for four years of service to the community. Two Assisteens with 100 hours of service (Erica Wheeler and Anna Palchikoff) received special recognition.  Assisteens were also featured in a Fashion Show by Lola Rouge at the event. As members of the Assisteens auxiliary of Assistance League of Newport-Mesa, each of these young women contributed hundreds of hours to the League’s approximate 40,000 hours of yearly community service and help to raise over one million dollars towards services to more than 13,000 low income children in the Newport-Mesa communities.
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April 23, 2014
Linda Lynne Peterson Colton, 66, longtime resident of Corona del Mar passed away peacefully in La Quinta, CA on April 17th, 2014. She was surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Chicago on October 1, 1947 to parents Norman and Ruth Peterson. Linda graduated from Highland high school in Albuquerque and received a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University. In 1975 she married Thomas James Colton and the couple resided in Laguna Beach and relocated to Corona del Mar where they lived for 30 years.
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By Jim de Boom | November 4, 2013
The Cheri Harris Children's Dental Health Center has kept drilling and filling since it was established in 1952 by the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa. The center provides comprehensive, ongoing dental care to underserved children and young adults in the community, according to director Anne Wong. The care includes general and preventive dentistry, root canals, composite restoration, crowns, bridges, sealants and emergency services. It also provides orthodontic treatments for children from pre-kindergarten through age 26. The center does not accept dental insurance, but a nominal fee is charged for all dental procedures.
NEWS
August 16, 2013
Marian Luke Turpin of Newport Beach passed away on August 12, 2013 at home surrounded by her loving family. Marian was born on July 5, 1925 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Pat Hadlock Luke and Louise McEwan Luke. She grew up in Westwood and attended University High School and Santa Monica City College. She married Bill Turpin in 1947 and had three daughters. They raised their family in the San Fernando Valley then moved to Newport Beach in 1970. Marian had many passions in life. First and foremost, she was devoted to her family and never missed an opportunity to spend time with her children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren.
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By B.W. Cook | August 15, 2013
If it's summer, it must be the season of the debutante for the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa. The 22nd Annual Medallion Recognition Debutante Ball unfolded recently in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, introducing 21 young women to Orange County society. As tradition dictates, all of the 2013 debutantes are members of the Assisteens Auxiliary of the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa, concluding six years of community service through a program that begins in the seventh grade and culminates with high school graduation.
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By B.W. Cook | April 11, 2013
It was an evening of glamour and glitter. Some 430 guests of the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa converged March 23 at the City National Grove of Anaheim for the sixth annual "Dancing for Tomorrow's Stars" fundraiser. By the end of the Saturday night affair that featured plenty of high kicks and sequined dance attire, more than $270,000 was raised for the cause. The big guns behind the party were dedicated Assistance League supporter Julia Argyros and her former ambassador husband George , joining extended family and grandchildren for the evening.
NEWS
By Rhea Mahbubani | March 21, 2013
It's time to dip and twirl for the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa. The 72-year-old nonprofit, which aids children and families via community programs, is organizing an annual ballroom dancing competition. Dancing for Tomorrow's Stars couples community leaders with professional dancers. The festivities, geared toward raising funds for the Assistance League's local efforts, also feature a cocktail reception, dinner spread and an open dance floor. "I put together the first [Dancing for Tomorrow's Stars]
NEWS
By B.W. Cook | July 27, 2012
The 21st annual Medallion Debutante Ball sponsored by the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa introduced 10 young ladies to Orange County society. The June 30 gala unfolded at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa and was chaired by Kathryn Schlesinger . Dale Johnston served as emcee for the presentation, which he has done for more than a decade. Joining Schlesinger producing the event were Assistance League Past Presidents Marie-France Lefebvre and Joanne Johnston . Dressed in traditional wedding-white, the young women wore long gloves and carried a pomander of pink and red roses as they made their formal entrance under a floral gazebo.
NEWS
April 10, 2012
Vivian    Muriel Vallely 1919-2012 Vivian Vallely, a 70-year resident of Balboa Island, passed away peacefully April 6, 2012 of natural causes. Vivian was born February 27, 1919 in Los Angeles, CA and she attended Eagle Rock, CA schools. In 1942, she married her husband, Roland, who pre-deceased her in 2003. Together they owned and operated Vallely Boat Rental. She was an original member of the Irvine Coast Country Club (Newport Beach Country Club) where she was an avid golfer and bridge player.
NEWS
May 19, 2011
CUYLER – Lee (“Cookie”) Cook Cuyler, 86, resident of Albuquerque, NM since August 2001, died May 14th, 2011.  Lee is survived by her sister, Smiley (Ken) Karst of Santa Monica, CA, and her five children, Robert (Millie) Cuyler of Corona del Mar, CA, David (Beverly) Cuyler of Albuquerque, NM, Patty Cuyler of Chicago, IL, Sue (John) Janosko of Frisco, TX, and Tom (Roxanne) Cuyler, also of Albuquerque, NM.  Lee was also blessed to leave behind fifteen grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.    Lee is preceded in death by her husband, Robert John Cuyler.    Born Caroline Lee Cook in Altadena, California in 1924, she attended Western College in Miami, OH for two years during the war, where she passionately enjoyed writing and directing radio dramas.  She finished her bachelor’s degree at University of California at Los Angeles, where she studied history and was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.  She met Bob Cuyler, her husband to be, at UCLA; they married after graduation in 1949 and Bob was hired by IBM.  During their 50 years of marriage, Lee and Bob lived in San Diego, CA; Binghamton, NY; Menlo Park, CA; Palos Verdes, CA; Balboa Island, CA; and Bend, OR.   In 2001, Lee moved to Albuquerque, where her sons Dave and Tom were living and working, following the death of her husband.  A life-long volunteer, Lee dedicated countless hours at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, CA; at Saint Charles Hospital of Bend, OR; and most...
NEWS
By B.W. Cook | January 21, 2011
Newport Bach Restaurant Week kicked off Friday and runs through Jan. 27. The previous week, Peggy Fort , president and CEO of California Marketing Concepts Inc., welcomed local VIP guests to a preview of the fifth annual event. She threw an incredible "tasting" party prepared and served by the culinary team at the grand Resort at Pelican Hill around its drop-dead spectacular pool and grill. Grilled scallops, seared ahi tuna, steak tar tar, sirloin beef sliders and a tantalizing pasta station had the crowd raving even before they discovered the gelato bar featuring an amazing array of choices, such as a caramel and sea salt, chocolate, pistachio and French vanilla.
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