June 16, 2008
Last year, I commented on the lack of pranks and how what passes these days for pranks is really nothing more than common vandalism. Throwing equipment into a high school swimming pool, for example, is not a prank, it is willful destruction of public property. No statement is made with that action, other than one that tells school officials the vandals know how to climb a fence or cut a chain with bolt cutters. The lone local exception I made was a prank whose damage was less than minimal and whose annual appearance has become a tradition.
April 24, 2008
The world of golf lost a true innovator when Golf Course Architect Theodore (Ted) G. Robinson died recently at 84 of pancreatic cancer. Robinson’s fingerprints are on several Southern California golf courses, including Mesa Verde Country Club. Ironically the developer for that club hired Robinson to do the land planning for the entire area, including the golf course. When Robinson created the drawing by hand and gave it to the developer they thanked him, paid him, and then hired Billy Bell to do the golf course.
April 22, 2008
Breaking news: The Daily Pilot has a new competitor in the local news market, with a young innovative staff of newcomers set to rock the journalism world and raise the bar in reporting — the monkey bar, that is. The Kaiser Times, circulation 700, is a start-up newsletter from the children at Kaiser Elementary. Part of the school’s after-school enrichment programs, the new media group is composed of 12 of the school’s children who volunteered for the chance to learn what it is like to be a news reporter.
April 17, 2008
It had been a while since I had been to a California Pizza Kitchen. I remembered what a novelty they were when they opened in 1985. The pizza with its exotic ingredients seemed so revolutionary at the time. An old girlfriend and I were in college in the late 1980s, and that used to be our special place. We would order the roasted garlic chicken with extra garlic. It was a nice change from the pepperoni or sausage we got at the local Italian place. The salads seemed equally unique.
April 12, 2008
Newport Beach is on the lookout for an architect to design the next city hall. The city released specifications for a contest Friday to decide who will design the building. The winning architectural firm or team will get to design a new city hall next to the central public library on Avocado Avenue, an adjoining park and a parking facility that the city hall and library will share. A committee of architects will evaluate submissions and make recommendations to the Newport Beach Council, first on firms selected to participate in the design competition and then on the actual designs.
April 1, 2008
Art, activism and magic will be combined at a lecture from noon to 1:30 p.m. April 10 at UCI. Aaron Gach, co-founder and director of operations of the Center for Tactical Magic, will discuss ?Beyond Field: A Guide Through Practice and Discipline,? as part of the school?s Studio Art Department?s guest lecture series. Admission is free for the event, but visitors must purchase parking. The lecture will be at the UCI Student Center, Room C, building 113. Gach was inspired by work with a private investigator, a magician and a ninja to develop his unique outlook.
February 26, 2008
Peter Naghavi, Costa Mesa’s longtime transportation manager and acting public services director, has been named the full-time replacement of former Public Services Director Bill Morris. Naghavi had been filling in for Morris, who retired from the position three months ago. “I’ve always been extremely community-oriented — even if transportation isn’t a very well-liked department,” he said. “I’ve been able to make a lot of people happy, and I hope I can use this position to further extend that service.
January 1, 2008
Eyes glazed over when 20-year-old Veronica Rhoades poured the brightly colored sand onto the paper plates. She stood behind the table in front of the kids, telling them to sit down, stop talking and pay attention, but her instructions proved futile while the vibrant yellow, orange, purple and black sands were within the children’s reach. Before the last grain of sand settled, 14 kids between 6 and 8 years old circled Rhoades’ table, their little heads peering at the piles of brilliant sand they would soon get to play with.
December 5, 2007
Each Hanukkah, members of Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach bring menorahs of all shapes, sizes and colors into the temple sanctuary one night of the holiday. There are menorahs with political or sports themes, modern and traditional styles. “All the different styles and shapes, colors and materials really shows you the different colors and shapes we are,” said Rabbi Mark Miller of Temple Bat Yahm. Hanukkah began at sundown Tuesday. The holiday, which commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, has a different meaning for everyone.
October 22, 2007
Rachel Rosenblum has always had a love of teddy bears. And at an early age she decided to make sure all kids have their very own teddies to comfort them when they sleep. “I was 4 and had about $60 saved up in my piggy bank and I wanted to give to the hospital,” Rachel, 11, said. But instead of simply handing over cold cash, Rachel asked her parents if she could donate stuffed teddy bears to kids living in medical care facilities. For the first batch Rachel was able to give 12 bears with the money from her savings but did not stop there.