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By Patrice Apodaca | December 24, 2011
For most of her 13 years, Kacey Mathieson has missed her father's presence for months at a time. There were some birthdays he couldn't make, holidays when he was far away. And until Friday evening, she didn't know if the man she calls "my bestest buddy" would be home this Christmas. But when Kacey went to dinner with her mother and grandmother at Duke's in Huntington Beach, the "waiter" who approached the table was none other than her dad, an Air Force reservist who was granted a five-day leave and made it home in time to surprise his daughter.
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By Mark Wiley | December 23, 2011
It was almost the end of August, almost the end of summer. The tourists were all heading home. There was a good chance the national park would close in the next week until the following May. Snow was on its way. Summer's end was near. But for the park staff, it was a party. Maybe it should have been a goodbye party. Most of the staff would not see each other for nine months. They jokingly called it their city deployment. Or their pregnancy leave. So it should have been a time of tears and farewells, blended with vague promises to see you next season.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Greer Wylder | December 22, 2011
Now that Christmas Eve has become a popular night to dine out, it's easy to find great restaurants open for dinner — but not so much on Christmas Day or evening. But we found four, with different price points, including Royal Khyber, which is one of our favorites. In Laguna Beach, Las Brisas will be serving their popular four-course Mexican Riviera brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., which includes complimentary champagne, freshly baked Mexican pastries, and choice of coffee or tea. Entrée choices include sand dabs Puerto Nuevo, pasta con camarones and filete de res con huevos.
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By Steve Smith | December 20, 2011
In a foreboding first message as your new school board president, David Brooks did his best Ebenezer Scrooge "Bah! Humbug!" impersonation by saying, "We don't need critics" who are "bad-mouthing schools. " So to the many educators and others who have emailed me privately with your outrage, and to those who appear before the board to complain, Brooks would like you to put that coal back in the scuttle and get back to work. Teachers, you'll get back to work on Jan. 2, while the rest of the country observes a federal holiday.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | December 15, 2011
Over his prolific century on this planet, Irving Berlin composed many memorable songs, including the best-selling record in history. That would be "White Christmas," introduced by Bing Crosby in the 1942 movie "Holiday Inn" and identified with the crooner for the rest of his career, most notably in Crosby's 1954 flick "White Christmas," which now, after all these years, has become a Broadway musical. The touring version of that show, now in residence at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, is a sumptuous holiday treat, reconfiguring the movie plot and adding a few show-stopping surprises.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | December 14, 2011
COSTA MESA — Snoopy's new digs may be bigger than that one-story doghouse. As Costa Mesa couple Jim and Linda Jordan battle Wells Fargo in court over the deed to their home on Santa Ana Avenue, city officials have assured them that if the battle is lost, their cherished Christmas tradition doesn't have to be. "[City CEO] Tom Hatch offered me a home [for my decorations] there as long as we want, and I think that's outstanding," Jim Jordan said Wednesday, tired but happy after his family's annual Christmas setup premiered the night before on City Hall's front lawn.
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By Mike Reicher | December 13, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH - It's an unlikely place to find something out of a science-fiction novel. Next to the Balboa Boat Yard, where hulky trawlers are hauled out for repairs and rusted containers are stacked high above corrugated metal gates, is a yacht brokerage selling a new product: a water-powered jet pack. Employees of Jetlev Southwest, the company that sells and rents the packs, will take turns dressed as Santa Claus and fly - sans reindeer - alongside boats at the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade this Wednesday through Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Len Bose | December 13, 2011
I felt honored to be part of the crew who delivered the Balboa Yacht Club's new Committee Boat from San Francisco to Marina del Rey. I wanted to make one shout-out to our captain, Richard DeWolf: "I will go to sea with you any time. " Without a doubt, Rich is the most qualified and trusted skipper I have sailed with. Now that I am home safely, let's talk about what is going on in Newport Harbor this week. That's the 103rd annual Christmas Boat Parade, which runs from Wednesday through Sunday.
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By Joseph Serna | December 13, 2011
As Linda Jordan put the final touches on the characters in the "Snoopy House" Christmas display's dollhouse outside City Hall on Tuesday night, she broke down. "I just couldn't stop crying," she said. "It's not relief. I'm happy. I'm sad at the same time. " It's been a roller coaster of emotions for Jordan and her husband, Jim, 59. Just two weeks ago, Wells Fargo permanently locked the couple out of their home on Santa Ana Avenue, which they rented out for supplemental income.
NEWS
From the Los Angeles Times | December 9, 2011
Christmas boating rises to a whole new level at the 103rd annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, starting Dec. 14. For five nights, about 100 boats, canoes, kayaks and multimillion-dollar yachts will start at Bay Island and make a tour lighting up the entire harbor for more than two hours. The theme for this year's parade is "Feelin' Christmas-Sea in Newport Beach!" and some boat owners have spent more than $50,000 dollars on decorations. Many of the boats will be decorated in animated Christmas scenes, accompanied by music and costumed carolers.
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