September 18, 2002
United Way begins fund-raising Orange County's United Way kicked off its $28-million campaign for 2002 during a luncheon for its top 500 philanthropists at The Turnip Rose in Costa Mesa today. Last year, United Way distributed more than $850,000 to nonprofit organizations in Costa Mesa, including the Boy Scouts, First Step House, Girls Inc., Jewish Family Services and Youth Employment Services. The organization also doled out more than $350,000 to Newport Beach nonprofits such as the Arthritis Foundation and Human Options.
January 17, 2007
School may have been out on Monday, but that didn't stop a group of Boy Scouts from stopping by Roy's restaurant in Fashion Island for some hands-on cooking experience. The boys, who attend St. Bonaventure School in Huntington Beach, learned the basics of kitchen safety and helped chefs prepare pot stickers and chocolate souffle. The project was one of the several that the boys — currently Wolf Scouts — are completing to move up the ladder to Bear Scouts. For Joseph Mastroni, 7, making a souffle was a first-time experience in more ways than one. "I don't think I've ever had one before," he said.
December 15, 1999
In the 1930s and '40s, singer Harry Babbitt gained fame performing with the Kay Kyser band and appearing in such movies as "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition." In 1961, Babbitt moved to Newport Beach and set to work making his presence felt in the community, not only as a singer, but as a Samaritan. He performed at hundreds of fund-raising events and racked up a long list of civic credits. Among his titles were Commodore of the Year, Citizen of the Year, and executive board member of the Boy Scouts of Orange County.
May 13, 2002
Bryce Alderton Together, Mothers and sons chomped on eggs, french toast, fruit salad and other enticing fare. Sitting alongside other family members, Boy Scouts from the Orange County Council of the Boy Scouts of America and their mothers enjoyed a Mother's Day brunch to close out the Scout-O-Rama, a weekend event honoring the Boy Scouts of America, at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort in Newport Beach. The Lodeen family, from Trabuco Canyon, sat together enjoying a late-morning meal.
December 4, 2005
Becoming an Eagle Scout is an institution for young men in the Hall, Gamble family.Ken Hall followed in his father's footsteps when he became an Eagle Scout in 1944 at age 16. His father, William McKinley Hall, was an Eagle Scout and a Scoutmaster of his son's troop, No. 31 in Tatum, N.M. Ken Hall had been in the Boy Scouts since he was 12; achieving the rank of Eagle Scout was a challenging and interesting experience, he said. Now 77 years old, Hall and his wife, Nancy, traveled from New Mexico to watch their grandson, 17-year-old Matt Gamble, become a fourth generation Eagle Scout on Saturday.
May 14, 2012
Slowly and delicately, a crane lifted the M1902U.S. Armyfield gun off its grassy resting place in Costa Mesa on Monday morning. The artillery piece had been in front of the Costa Mesa Police Department substation on West 18th Street for some 40 years, but now, for the next six to eight weeks, it will be getting restored by 16-year-old Brenden Fettis, an aspiring Eagle Scout and son of a Costa Mesa police officer. Brenden chose the restoration as his Eagle Scout project and will get help from other Boy Scouts.
October 7, 2011
John Uri Crites, 85, a retired aerospace engineer, husband, father (5), grandfather (14) and great-grandfather (21) passed away peacefully at home in Newport Beach, October 5, 2011. John was born in Los Angeles, 1925 to Viola Agnes Uri and Clarence Dynes Crites. His family, older brother and lifetime best friend, Cyrus, and younger sister, Mary, moved to Oklahoma when he was 9 years old. John graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1950. He was a loyal fraternal member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. At an exchange with Delta Gamma he met the love of his life and wife of 61 years, Edwina Cornish.
December 8, 2001
Dr. Dean Receives Spurgeon Award: John F. Dean, recently retired superintendent of the Orange County schools, was honored by the Orange County Council of the Boy Scouts with the Spurgeon Man of the Year Award at a luncheon attended by more than 250 friends, political, community, business and education leaders. Dean retired from the Orange County Department of Education in March, having been elected to three terms as county superintendent and a 50-year career in education.
January 31, 2009
Nestled among sunny hills covered in sage brush, green shrubbery and cacti, the 210-acre Outdoor Education Center is hosting its first campers, just a few months from its grand opening this summer. But it was far from a foregone conclusion that the facility would open on schedule and on budget until $10 million in contributions poured in during December alone. Alarm bells started to sound when the economy began to flounder, according to Mike Harrison, who imagined the project and has been its heart and soul ever since.
September 4, 2003
Boy Scouts conduct alumni search The Boy Scouts of America is seeking help to find former Scout members for a 50-year reunion. The Boy Scouts will host the 50th Anniversary of the historic Irvine Ranch National Jamboree from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Disneyland Grand California Hotel. With more than 40,000 scouts from all over Southern California participating, this annual event was the largest National Jamboree ever held and the only one on the West Coast.