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By Brianna Bailey | April 1, 2009
The back fence in Corona del Mar resident Claudia Schmutzler’s yard is a living art gallery of staghorn ferns. The exotic ferns, which don’t require soil and get moisture from the air, explode like pieces of 3-D art from recycled picture frames Schmutzler hung on her fence. She got the idea after her dog, a springer spaniel named Russell, sniffed out an old picture frame that someone had thrown out in the trash one day. Since then, she’s hunted down old picture frames at yard sales to add to her collection, or made her own using scraps of wood.
By Alan Blank | October 16, 2008
Some might criticize Roger’s Gardens Corona del Mar for having the grand opening of its Christmas boutique weeks before Halloween, but after almost a year of difficult preparation and a monthlong setup period, you can hardly blame them for milking it. The boutique presents a collection of Christmas trees done up with decorations that follow a particular theme. They’re displayed in separate showrooms alongside matching table settings and other furniture. Designing the exhibit and buying all of the pieces involves recruiting artists to custom-make ornaments and travel around the globe, according to Creative Director Eric Cortina, who has built the exhibit for the last 12 years.
By Michael Miller | July 14, 2008
COSTA MESA — It’s called the front-pop shove-it late flip, and its steps are only slightly more complicated than its name. But to Carlos Lastra, the skateboard trick means something very simple: a world championship title. Lastra, who has been skateboarding for seven years, won the amateur finals Saturday in the ├ęS Game of SKATE competition at the OC Fair and Event Center. The contest, one of several in the Maloof Money Cup weekend skate tournament, invites participants to perform difficult stunts on their boards and challenge their competitors to duplicate them.
By Barry Faulkner | June 2, 2008
LINCOLN, Neb. — Call it double-decker dominance. The UC Irvine baseball team continued to show it could deliver its best performances in the biggest venues, such as 8,500-seat Hawks Field at Haymarket Park, where the Anteaters (41-16) blanked Oral Roberts, 8-0, Sunday to win the NCAA Lincoln, Neb. Regional at the double-decker stadium that the Nebraska Cornhuskers call home. Sophomore right-hander Bryce Stowell produced the best performance of his collegiate career to clinch a visit to LSU for the Super Regional, which will start either Friday or Saturday in Baton Rouge.
By Brianna Bailey | April 9, 2008
The Newport Boat Show has always been the place where yacht sellers from across the region come to show off their biggest, best and shiniest boats. Some show-goers come prepared to make a deal while others just want to indulge in an expensive daydream or two. Show organizers expect an all-time record of about 350 vessels at this season’s show, which kicks off today at Lido Marina Village. “Some people are looking to buy, others are looking to kill time,” said Bill Barrette, president of Altair Yacht Sales in Newport Beach, who has exhibited at the show for the about the past three years.
By Michael Miller | March 31, 2008
The first time Frank Davern got an order for a girl’s skateboard, he didn’t have one quite ready to ship. In fact, he had never made a skateboard in his life. The Balboa Island resident, who founded the Cool Girl Decks skateboard company four years ago, stumbled upon his enterprise through a happy accident. In the late 1990s, Davern launched the website to spotlight female musicians around the world. One day, a German magazine devoted to youth culture ran an article about the site — and since the magazine covered sports as well as music, a number of readers assumed Davern made both as well.
By Mike Whitehead | March 28, 2008
Next week the Southern California Marine Assn. hosts the 16th Annual Orange County Boat Show at the Anaheim Convention Center. I am making plans to cruise to the show, which will have more than 500 new boats on display. The Orange County Boat Show is packed with more than five acres of family runabouts, ski boats, fishing boats, pontoons, high-performance sportboats, cruisers and personal watercrafts that are all under one roof. In addition, SCMA will be hosting a special “Discover Boating” area where experienced boaters and novices alike can visit to receive valuable information on how to get more out of the recreational boating experience.
By Brianna Bailey and Chris Caesar | February 14, 2008
Final tallies of campaign fundraising for 2007 show U.S. Rep. John Campbell is raking in the dough while Democratic challenger Steve Young is running his campaign on a shoestring budget, according to Federal Election Commission documents. Young raised $26,670 last year, all from individual donors. Campbell amassed more than $570,614, including $186,000 from political action committees representing everything from the banking industry to beer wholesalers. Young spent $27,685 last year, much of it on political ads, polling and those charming robotic phone calls everyone loves so much.
By Brianna Bailey | December 21, 2007
Gondola Company of Newport owner Georgia Mahoney has seen a steady stream of newly engaged couples deboard her gondolas in the past few weeks. Suitors can opt to write out their marriage proposals, which are put into a bottle. A gondolier discreetly drops the bottle into the water for women to discover. “We are having a record number of proposals the week before Christmas this year,” Mahoney said. “We see a lot of diamonds, let me tell you.” Twinkling Christmas lights and fireworks make the holidays the ideal time for a romantic moonlit cruise on Newport Bay and beyond.
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