January 13, 2006
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the final installment in Grant Dunning's training diary for the Orange County Marathon, held Sunday in Newport Beach. We did it! On Sunday, I pushed my daughter, Paige, 26.2 miles past the finish line of the Orange County Marathon. I can tell you now that it was one of the most rewarding days of my life. Having the opportunity to spend the entire day surrounded by family and friends in support of a great cause and experiencing the feeling of accomplishing a major milestone was unbelievable.
May 21, 2003
OBITUARIES Francis Richard Tunney Jr. Francis Richard Tunney Jr., a Newport Beach resident and former chief financial officer of Irvine-based Allergan Inc., died on Wednesday in a car accident near his ranch in Idaho. He was 55. Mr. Tunney was born and raised in Philadelphia. After completing high school and college, he served in the U.S. Army Reserve. He earned his law degree from Duquesne University School of Law. Mr. Tunney began his legal career as a clerk to the Chief Justice of American Samoa.
February 23, 2010
Monica Jean Smith, a longtime resident of Costa Mesa, has died at the age of 40 after a brief respiratory illness. Born April 7, 1969 in Winchester, Massachusetts, Monica died in Newport Beach on February 16. She is survived by her mother Jean Smith of Costa Mesa, brother Leighton Smith of Newport Beach and sister D’Arcy Krummrich of Washington, DC. She is predeceased by her father, Edmund John Smith.
April 24, 2010
Beyond Limits Newport Coast resident Bonner Paddock was born with cerebral palsy. This 39-minute documentary documents his journey to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Paddock made the climb in 2008, although he has limited mobility and weak legs. The film will screen with a series of short documentaries with environmental themes in honor of Earth Day. Cast: Bonner Paddock; Elbariki Kitomari; Jayson Dilworth; Jeff Dolen; Kent Bassett; Michael Clarke Duncan; Mitchell Mcintire Screening: 10:15 a.m. today at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Drive Newport Beach.
July 29, 2009
6/25/54 – 07/14/09 Don Perkins, 55, passed away at Hoag Hospital on July 14, 2009 following a brief illness. Don was born in Los Angeles on June 25, 1954. He was the only son of Carol Woldenberg Perkins and Robert Woodman Perkins. Don was raised in Corona del Mar, where he attended elementary school. Born with cerebral palsy, Don was still able to achieve a well rounded education, graduating from high school at Mardan School. He worked for all of his adult life at Mardan School as an office assistant.
December 24, 2007
Car dealerships employees donates $277,000 to charity Employees at the Wilson Automotive Group, which oversees Newport Lexus in Newport Beach and South Coast Toyota in Costa Mesa, donated $277,000 to a number of charities this holiday season. At the company?s Christmas party Dec. 9, the staff presented President David Wilson with a check representing the money they had contributed to charities throughout the area. Among the recipients were the Orangewood Children?s Foundation, the American Cancer Society, United Cerebral Palsy and Olive Crest.
May 29, 2003
Dorothy Gerner Dorothy Gerner, a 41-year Costa Mesa resident who dedicated her life to volunteering in her community, died Saturday of cancer. She was 77. Ms. Gerner was active in several local groups, including the Mothers March during the March of Dimes. Her daughter, Kathy Mauro, said Ms. Gerner started the practice of men accompanying the women during that march. Ms. Gerner was best known as a swimming instructor who specialized in teaching disabled children.
July 21, 2010
A Costa Mesa man faces more than 20 years in prison after being convicted as part of a Medi-Cal fraud ring that cost the program nearly $4.6 million. Dante David, 51, was one of six convicted of health-care fraud and conspiracy to commit health-care fraud — charges that together can carry up to 20 years in prison, federal officials said. David was also convicted of aggravated identity theft, which carries a two-year minimum sentence. The six convicted join 36 others indicted last year by the FBI, the state Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
March 5, 2013
The Festival of Children Foundation recently awarded $60,000 in grants to local charities for their work assisting children. A panel of six judges working for the Costa Mesa-based nonprofit chose 10 charities from among 48 applications to receive a portion of the funds. The recipients included the Costa Mesa-based Down Syndrome Assn. of Orange County, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley, based in Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley, and the Irvine-based organizations Families Forward and United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County.
November 24, 2005
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the latest entry in Grant Dunning's training diary as he prepares to run in his first marathon -- the Orange County Marathon on Jan. 6 in Newport Beach. Training for the Orange County Marathon has many challenges and hurdles. Sticking with the increasingly difficult training schedule is hard enough without any outside factors. One of the challenges I have encountered is sticking with the training schedule while traveling away from home. During the past two weeks, I have spent time in Denver, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and the Napa Valley.