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By Amanda Pennington | November 26, 2006
Every year growing up, Amanda Shipkey, 16, and her dad decorated their Costa Mesa house to the hilt for Christmas. They spared no expense and didn't leave a twinkling, colored light unlit. But when Amanda's dad, Steve Shipkey, died of a heart attack at the age of 48, she understandably didn't feel like diving headfirst into the Christmas spirit like she once did. "Mostly I used to watch my dad do it all with some of his crew members — he was a fisherman," Amanda said.
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By MIKE WHITEHEAD | November 11, 2005
Ahoy. The Daily Pilot's story this month, "Something's rotten in Back Bay," is amusing and brings back memories. Do you remember driving along Coast Highway just below Hoag Hospital where there was a smell that burned your nose and there was an exhaust stack with the eternal flame? Everyone is breathing a breath of fresh air since Hoag built the lower campus, eliminating the foul fumes and stack, but where did the fumes go? The lower bay has plenty of unusual smells, as many boaters can attest to as they cruise the waterways.
NEWS
November 30, 2003
DECORATE SAFE Here are some tips to best protect your home when hanging Christmas lights: Take time to inspect your lights before plugging them in. Look for places where the wires are bare or broken. Verify that all lights are designated for outdoor use. If an extension cord is needed, wrap the connection juncture tightly with electrical tape and keep suspended off the ground. Do not overload wall sockets. Be aware of power drains from extra appliances and common circuits.
NEWS
December 1, 2002
It's deja vu all over again. This is the day, my brothers. There's no way around it. It has to be done. Get them out, untangle them, climb that ladder and start tacking or stapling, your choice. Due to a deluge of requests -- assuming you consider three a deluge -- we herein reprise "The Official Peter Buffa Guide to Hanging Christmas Lights." Read it. Absorb it. Memorize it. But most of all, don't climb the ladder without it. Stretch and hang. Stretch and hang.
NEWS
December 20, 2001
Young Chang NEWPORT HARBOR -- Neighbors thought they were nuts in mid-November as Christmas lights, fake icicles and patriotic banners swallowed their Newport Beach homes. Some of them waited a few weeks before actually switching the lights on -- out of embarrassment, that is, from passersby who thought it funny to see Christmas lights twinkling against warm November skies. But the dozen winners of this year's Ring of Lights contest, which kicked off the 2001 Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade, don't feel embarrassed anymore.
NEWS
December 9, 2001
Karen Wight Are you crazed yet? I am. And from where I'm sitting, there's no light at the end of this tunnel. In fact, there may be some serious simplification in our program this year. Now, I've read all of the make-your-life-easier books: "Simple Abundance," "The Art of Doing Nothing" and "Confessions of a Happily Organized Household." I have a subscription to Real Simple magazine. But none of that seems to apply to the holidays. I am my own worst enemy when it comes to Christmas.
NEWS
September 3, 2001
Ahoy. Labor Day is the weekend that usually signals the end of summer and recreational boating as everyone returns from vacation to school and work. However, in our area, Southern California, I think that fall is the best time to be on the water because the weather is usually warm, the sea temperature is now in the 70s and the crowds are thinning. Since our waterways do not ice over nor do we experience the bitter cold, as in other northern waterways, we have the luxury of boating year-round (oh, the daytime air temperature may drop in the 50s, get me my parka)
NEWS
December 16, 2000
EDITOR'S NOTE: Last year, Gay Wassall-Kelly and her husband, Bill, won the Sweepstakes Award in the Ring of Lights competition, which honors the Newport residents along the waterfront boat parade route with the best light display. "In The Wings" will return next week. "You can never overdecorate," the serving platter that our friends and neighbors gave us last year says. So true. When the judges knocked on the door and said "You won," we screamed and yelled.
NEWS
December 16, 2000
It's "lights out" in the twin cities. Last week, former school board president Dana Black called Mariners Elementary School with an elementary request: unplug -- not remove -- the colored lights that parents had put up. The request caused ripples in the national media, which was searching for news because the lights went out on Al Gore's presidential bid. But there is no story here. Black was correct in placing the call to Mariners for it has been apparent for years that Christmas has no place in public schools, here or across the country.
NEWS
December 15, 2000
This is it. Hang on tight. Better yet, lash yourself to the nearest pine tree with some garland. The winds of festivity are reaching hurricane force. Decorations, lights, gifts, parties -- swirling around us from every direction. We have reached the core of the holiday vortex, the eye of the yuletide storm. We do have some new wrinkles this year, though. Lights are something of an issue. At Mariners Elementary School, we had a brief outbreak of political correctness -- an annual tradition in itself -- over some lights placed around the outside of the school by parent volunteers.
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