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By Lauren Williams, lauren.williams@latimes.com | July 13, 2011
When some think of natural disasters, a lack of food, clean water and safe shelter sometimes come to mind. But when Angela Edgerly thought of how she could help those affected by the 2010 Haiti earthquake, she thought of people's feet. The Hoag Hospital nurse connected with the Nashville, Tenn.-based Soles4Souls nonprofit to help protect the needy feet of those living in dangerous, unsanitary living conditions. Originally from England, the Hoag nurse of four years collected 2,214 pairs of shoes with the help of her colleagues over a four-week span in 2010 before travelling to Haiti with Soles4Souls in August.
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NEWS
By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | June 1, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — Venus de Milo reproductions have been rescued and repaired before, but in the case of one local garden, this plaster Aphrodite has never looked so "green. " The repurposed classical reproduction at Irene Dunlap's Newport Beach home now features lush succulents and trailing vines dripping from its midsection. Now a unique garden planter, it is just one of the many unusual home décor offerings to be auctioned for charity this weekend. Thursday evening through Sunday, Dunlap will open her home and garden to the public for the third annual A Harvest of Hope fundraiser.
NEWS
By Mark Wiley | March 26, 2011
He had been hiding for more than a month. He managed to escape into the desert when he first heard the news. The government death squads were after him. He was safe living in a desert cave, but now food and water were scarce. He could see himself dying soon, even if the assassins didn't find him. So, in desperation, he offered a "Hail Mary" prayer to God. The next night was strange. In the desert, there was a lighting fire storm with the loudest thunder he had ever heard.
NEWS
By Patrice Apodaca | March 18, 2011
Matt Brisbois has slept little since being awakened by a late-night phone call March 10, in which he received the news that Japan had suffered a major earthquake and that the ensuing tsunami could be headed our way. As the Newport Beach Fire Department's community-preparedness coordinator, he was part of a team charged with communicating with other agencies in coastal Orange County and carrying out plans to inform the public of the tsunami risk....
FEATURES
By Joseph Serna | May 4, 2010
Whether it’s for a college applications or high school graduation requirements, nowadays kids everywhere are volunteering community service hours. On Monday, a group of boys were doing that very thing when they stopped by the Bayview Landing Senior Apartment Homes in Newport Beach to hand out disaster kits. Except they weren’t keeping a precise tally on hours for school credit; they were doing it just because. “It feels like more of an accomplishment than when you’re doing it for a job. When you’re working for the money,” said 15-year-old Nick McGuiness, a freshman at Corona del Mar High School.
LOCAL
By Jim DeBoom | March 16, 2010
Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary has answered the call from Rotary International to provide Haitians with desperately needed housing. Club President Tim Brown received a check for $5,000 that paid for five “Shelter Boxes,” emergency kits made by a United Kingdom-based nonprofit. “The club members individually truly stepped up and demonstrated the Rotary Way,” Brown said. The Rotary Clubs of Newport-Balboa and Newport-Irvine gave enough money to buy one Shelter Box each.
FEATURES
By Jim Carnett | March 16, 2010
Editor’s Note: This week’s column and the next will describe how the Carnett family came to Newport-Mesa in 1942. When Hitler’s army invaded Poland in 1939, it precipitated the deaths of tens of millions. It also brought about the existence of millions who wouldn’t have been born otherwise. My mom and dad first met at Santa Ana Army Air Base in 1943, were married in 1944, and had their first child — me — in 1945. My maternal grandparents, William M. and Effie Fay Thomlinson, moved to Southern California from Coffeyville, Kan., in 1936.
FEATURES
By B.W. Cook | March 5, 2010
Despite mankind’s supreme technological advances, we are still at the mercy of Mother Nature. The recent magnitude 8.8 earthquake in Chile shocked an already horrified world reeling from the earlier disaster in Haiti. Americans can be proud of the fact that both government agencies and private citizens have donated manpower, life-saving food, water and medical supplies and hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Haitian relief fund. We are now stepping forward to assist Chile as well.
LOCAL
By Graciela Ennis Becerra | February 22, 2010
GET READY at the City’s Disaster Preparedness Expo The Huntington Beach Fire Department, coordinating with the Emergency Operations Center, is sponsoring a Disaster Preparedness Expo on Saturday, February 20 at the Central Library from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. Learn from experts what types of City resources are available, at this first of an annual event.  The event is free and will include fun and exciting demonstrations, information about local disaster volunteer organizations, disaster preparedness vendors (no sales only literature)
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