June 26, 2003
Enormous balloon art sculptures swam in the pool of the Hyatt Newporter. Balloon palm trees, jumping dolphins and more set the festive tone for the sixth annual Crean Lobster Clambake to benefit the kids assisted by the Children's Bureau. It was an evening of summer fun without the sun. Hundreds of locals dressed in tropical tones converged on the resort as the music of a steel drum band blended with icy mai tai cocktails. It was a recipe for a summer blast that raised big dollars to make a big difference for kids lost in a world that can be as cold and tough and miserable in unimaginable ways.
October 3, 2002
It was an evening with Brian Jones, world-renowned pilot of the Breitling Orbiter 3, a hot-air balloon that traveled around the world in 20 days. Lula and Marion Halfacre, owners of Traditional Jewelers in Fashion Island, joined with Breitling, the family-owned, century-old Swiss watch-making firm, to host the Newport-Mesa crowd at an elegant evening at the Palm Gardens. The recent mid-week cocktail and dinner event introduced Jones to the crowd, which included David Muller, Karen Fleming, Russell and Kathy Lowe, Mary Petersen, John Rossi, John and Ursula Braeger, Eve and Clarence Barker, Tom Casey, Beth Kania, Ann and Viji Sadasivam, and Vera Oxblood of Dover Shores.
September 19, 2002
Paul Clinton Two former Newport-Mesa councilwomen, still familiar names in city circles, are squaring off for a seat on the 10-member Orange County Water District board. Jan Debay, a former Newport Beach mayor and councilwoman from 1992 to 2000, and Heather Somers, a former Costa Mesa councilwoman from 1996 to 2000, will meet in the Nov. 5 election. Five other candidates are also vying for the water district's Division 7 seat, which includes Costa Mesa and West Newport, the area Debay represented on the council.
May 4, 2001
Deepa Bharath and Jennifer Kho COSTA MESA -- Metallic balloons caught in power lines Thursday morning left 3,962 homes and businesses without power for about half an hour, officials said. The brisk Santa Ana winds blew the balloons, causing them to become tangled in the lines at Canyon Drive, north of Banning Avenue, said Paul Klein, spokesman for Southern California Edison. The outage that began at 9 a.m. lasted between 20 and 30 minutes in most areas, he said.
January 11, 2001
Danette Goulet CORONA DEL MAR -- Bright spots popped up in the otherwise gray skies over Corona del Mar High School early Wednesday as students sent homemade hot air balloons soaring. "That was pretty fun. It's nice and warm over there," said Donna Thomas, 13, with a shiver. While the rain held off, students in Julie Oblouk's eighth-grade science class were able to set off tissue paper balloons they had made in class and track the inflatable crafts' flight.
May 4, 2000
Danette Goulet To the haunting strains of a melancholy melody, friends and family of Brandon Cody Wiener and Sierra Beth Soto released dozens of purple and blue balloons into the late afternoon sky. It was their way of remembering the two young lives that were taken from them one year ago. Nearly 50 people gathered at Pacific View Memorial Park on Wednesday to lend their love and support to the families who lost...
February 19, 2000
Jenifer Ragland NEWPORT BEACH -- The Newport Dunes' revised proposal for a resort hotel that debuted at Thursday's Planning Commission meeting has, not surprisingly, received mixed reactions. While commissioners seemed impressed with the proponents' effort to address some of the project's critical issues, one opponent compared it to a bad experience at a used car lot. "It's like asking an insane amount of money for a car so the lowered price seems reasonable," said Bob Caustin, a local environmentalist and Dover Shores resident.
February 3, 2000
Treb Heining showed up for our January neighborhood poker game still a little dazed from his millennium labors in New York's Times Square. Treb played a kind of God role in that celebration. He was responsible for the cornucopia of blessings from above that rained down on almost 2 million people who hung out in the Square during the 24-hour celebration. From his eyrie on the eighth floor of the Minskolf Building, Treb used a walkie-talkie to direct crews stationed at a half-dozen other locations well above Times Square.