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By Bryce Alderton, Daily Pilot | July 26, 2010
COSTA MESA — Ed Fawcett started a golf tournament 14 years ago in hopes of raising money for the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce. The tournament has developed into a convention of sorts, one where, at least for a portion of the day, businesses gather at a golf course instead of inside a building. Monday's 14th annual Costa Mesa Community Golf Classic at Costa Mesa Country Club's Los Lagos course generated 128 golfers playing a "shamble" format, one where two best scores per hole are used after playing from the best drive from the foursome.
By Mike Reicher, | July 1, 2010
When tourists pop into the Shore House Café near the Balboa Pier they're often confused. Are we on Balboa Island? Which way is San Diego? Bartender Brianne Parmeter, 26, directs them, she says, and does her best to convert their inquiry into a dinner sale. But tourism leaders and others in the business community think they can streamline the process. They want to install signs around the city that point to the big attractions and little neighborhoods, helping visitors get to their destinations faster.
By John Canalis | June 8, 2010
The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce on Friday will present its Citizen of the Year Award to longtime member and past President Ralph Rodheim at its Citizen of the Year Gala at 6 p.m. at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive. Rodheim, an active member of the chamber’s Commodores Club, serves as chief executive for Rodheim Marketing Group and Boat Rentals of America. He is a former chairman of the California State Boating and Waterways Commission, a Newport Beach Harbor commissioner and a past president and current board member of the Assn.
By Rachel Terrazas | March 23, 2010
Business and civic leaders will cheer Newport Beach police this morning as part of the 39th annual Police Appreciation Breakfast. The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Commodores Club will host the breakfast, which is being presented by Wells Fargo. As many as 60 police officers are expected to show up as honored guests. “It’s a great opportunity to say thank you for all year long,” said chamber President Richard Luehrs, who has attended the annual police appreciation event during each of the 28 years he has been in office.
By Brianna Bailey | June 25, 2009
Nobody seems to remember quite how long volunteers have been getting up at 6 a.m. to line East Coast Highway with American flags on holidays. “For decades, it has just been a tradition in this little village,” said Jacqueline Wittmeyer, a board member of the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the holiday displays. “It has kept this patriotic sense in Corona del Mar and has been a blessing for anyone who has ever wanted to participate.” Around town, Wittmeyer is known as the “Flag Lady of Corona del Mar.” She’s been volunteering to help put up the flags since 1993.
By Brianna Bailey and Alan Blank | May 27, 2009
Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce President Richard Luehrs has been appointed to the new California Commission on Disability Access. Luehrs, 62, said Wednesday he has been instructed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office not to respond to media requests about his appointment for the time being. The Commission on Disability Access was created in 2008 to study and report back to state lawmakers about disability access issues. The new commission also will coordinate with state and local agencies to make sure accurate information on disability-access requirements is available.
By Elizabeth EvansCitizen Correspondent | April 27, 2009
Share Our Selves is pleased to announce that Alan Greeley, Chef/Owner of The Golden Truffle Restaurant is the recipient of the 2009 Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Community Spirit Award.  He was presented the award on Thursday, at a luncheon held at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa. Alan, a Costa Mesa native, has consistently been an outstanding community member in Costa Mesa and throughout Orange County; providing local charities with leadership, financial support and hands-on philanthropic involvement.
By Brianna Bailey | March 31, 2009
Newport Beach educator and World War II veteran Norman Loats thought he was going to lunch with his friend, former Sen. Marian Bergeson, to reminisce about old times Tuesday at Big Canyon Country Club, where he was surprised to learn that he had been chosen as the 2009 Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. “What an honor, what a proud group,” Loats said, surprised as he walked into a luncheon in his honor at the country club Tuesday. Each year, the honoree is announced at a surprise luncheon with all of the past Citizens of the Year in attendance.
By Brianna Bailey | February 28, 2009
Local hotels, restaurants and shops will get an upswing in business when the Toshiba Classic rolls into town on Monday. The seven-day PGA Tour event generates millions of dollars for the local economy and raises about $1 million each year for Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. Everyone from local bartenders to florists benefit, said Jeff Purser, Toshiba Classic director. “I know of at least 1,000 dinners being booked next week and that’s outside of Toshiba.
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