September 18, 2013
Carl St.Clair, longtime music director of the Pacific Symphony, will turn his attention next year to a Pacific symphony of a different kind. St.Clair has accepted a one-year appointment as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, the Orange County symphony announced in a release. He will continue to hold his regular post while working in Costa Rica. The conductor, who has guest-conducted with the Central American orchestra three times in recent years, is scheduled to conduct six concerts for the symphony's official season and may put on additional shows, according to the release.
August 29, 2013
Former UC Irvine men's soccer standout Brad Evans has burst onto the national soccer scene in his recent appearances for the U.S. men's national team, and will now look to solidify his standing after making the 23-man roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. Team USA has four qualifiers remaining to try starting in Costa Rica on Sept. 6 to try and earn a spot in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The Americans follow that up with a match with Mexico, Sept. 10, in Columbus, Ohio before a brief hiatus that finishes with Jamaica on Oct. 11 and Panama on Oct. 15. The U.S. is atop the hexagonal with 13 points with its next opponent, Costa Rica, close behind with 11. The consensus seems to be that four points are needed to secure a spot which would constitute at least one win in the final four matches with the occasional draw also being acceptable.
April 6, 2013
As Newport Beach science teacher Jean-Paul Rimlinger put it, trapping voles and mice in Nova Scotia isn't typical professional development. Nevertheless, that's where he was for a week at the end of March, helping a group of scientists track mammal populations in a square mile of Canadian forest. Each day, he braved freezing temperatures to observe locations like a beaver lodge that were completely still one moment and active the next. "Boom, a beaver popped its head out, looked around, assessed the situation and went about its business," he said.
November 21, 2012
Cassidy Lundy, 17, spent her summer vacation in a rural Costa Rican village, where she lived with an unfamiliar family who spoke a foreign language, traveling with no one she knew. It was the trip of a lifetime. "Honestly, I've completely changed as a person because of this trip," the Corona del Mar High School senior said. "The trip was really about breaking out of my comfort zone on so many different levels. " Cassidy spent two weeks in San Salvador with Walking Tree Travel, a Colorado-based high school exchange program that focuses on community involvement and creating global citizens through service projects and living with host families.
July 20, 2012
Charles Wesley Amburgey and Jamie Alexis Freeman are excited to announce their engagement to be married on August 11, 2012 Jamie is the daughter of Troy and Debbie Freeman of Westlake Village. Charlie is the son of Ron and Kathryn Amburgey of Costa Mesa The ceremony will be in Agoura Hills at Paramount Ranch State Park, under an old oak tree adjacent to the western town movie set. The bride and groom both graduated from Chapman University, with a Doctorate degree in physical therapy.
March 14, 2012
Charlotte W. Alexander, a short-story writer, poet, book-lover, leader of book discussion groups, gardener, hostess and cook, and unabashed activist for liberal causes died in Newport Beach on Thursday, March 8, 2012. She was 75. The cause of death was heart failure. Charlie, as she was known, is survived by her husband Richard, sons Ethan of San Francisco and Matthew of Costa Rica, sister Pricilla Phillips of Barnstable, Massachusetts and brother Irwin Gordon of Naples, Florida. Memorial contributions may be made to the Newport Beach Public Library where Charlie founded, then led a vibrant monthly book discussion group for more than 10 years.
January 5, 2010
Editor’s note: The following is the second of two parts on Chuck Cassity’s predictions for 2010. Here are my New Year’s predictions: 8. The partnership of Orange County and Costa Mesa will submit a competitive bid to buy the Orange County Fairgrounds. Unfortunately, before the bid can be opened Sacramento will have closed. 9. A Force 5 hurricane will strike the Southeastern Seaboard in August. Congress will convene a committee to assess blame.
October 31, 2009
Between graduating from college in 1966 and entering law school in 1968, I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica. Many times since my return, people have told me that they always had wanted to be in the Peace Corps. My response almost always has been, well it was a great experience, and it’s not too late for you to do it now. But invariable the people then come up with some sort of explanation as to why they can’t do it, at least not now. Well, in 2011, the Peace Corps will be celebrating its 50th birthday, and it is continuing to do good work.
September 3, 2009
Kaleigh Gilchrist’s choice for her specialty sport will be a tough one. The Newport Harbor High senior is a standout water polo player and she’s also regarded as one of the top surfers in the nation. She actually showed that she could very well be one of the top surfers in the world with her performance on Sunday. Gilchrist won the girls’ under-18 division at the USA Championships at Huntington Beach Pier, beating surfing phenom Courtney Conlogue, a senior at Sage Hill School.
August 17, 2009
Courtney Conlogue, an incoming senior at Sage Hill School, won the Assn. of Surfing Professionals Grade-4 Supergirl Pro Junior event in Oceanside Sunday. Conlogue recorded a 7.40 out of a possible 10 points during a single-wave score in the final, helping her edge out Malia Manuel of Hawaii, 12.90 to 12.40. Conlogue won $5,000 for her efforts. The prize is the largest in the history of ASP North America. Conlogue has been excelling. She won the women’s title at the International Surfing Assn.