December 15, 2009
Whittier Elementary students dressed in their Sunday best — or Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim red — for a special day Tuesday. The school was presented with an $11,000 check by Wells Fargo at an assembly that also featured an Angels legend. The check passing was during the school’s kindergarten singing recital, in which children coincidentally wore gold tinsel halos. The multipurpose room was packed with proud parents who cheered when the ceremony was performed in English and Spanish.
August 20, 2013
Newport Beach resident Chloe Rice helped the United States Deaf Women's National Soccer Team win gold at the Deaflympics earlier this month in Sofia, Bulgaria. Team USA won its third straight gold by defeating Russia, 2-1, in the title match on Aug. 4. The United States side, which outscored its opponents, 25-0, in pool play, also defeated Great Britain, 5-0, in the semifinals. The United States is undefeated in international competition. Rice, who was the second-youngest player on the team, will be a sophomore at Corona del Mar High.
June 27, 2013
The 18th annual Gift of Hope Gala benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. unfolded June 8 at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach. Some 400 donors filled the elegant ballroom for the black-tie affair emceed by the beautiful blond media personality Jamie Gwen , attired in a stunning black satin gown accented by dazzling diamonds from Tiffany & Co.'s collection labeled Jazz Age Glamour. Gwen led the crowd in recognizing the evening's two very prominent local citizens named as the MDA's Man and Woman of the Year.
August 15, 2009
IRVINE ? A laugher. That?s the way the U.S. men?s volleyball national team win against Guatemala could have been described in the Americans? opener of the four-team qualifying tournament for the 2010 World Championships. At times Jayson Jablonsky nearly had to keep himself from laughing, as Team USA annihilated Guatemala, 25-8, 25-10, 25-6, in front of about 800 at UC Irvine?s Bren Event Center Saturday night. It was only two years ago that Jablonsky smiled plenty at UCI, then leading the Anteaters to their first national championship.
April 8, 2009
In 2007, Gregg Mottola directed the funny but very crass teen-comedy hit “Superbad.” He now takes this theme to a higher level with another coming-of-age movie that focuses on a slightly older crowd. The excellent but relatively unknown acting ensemble plays a diverse group of recent college grads living around Pittsburgh in the 1980s. They’re old enough to drink and have adult affairs. But they are still living with their parents and looking to take the next step in their lives.
December 23, 2007
It’s time for the book critics to weigh in. The National Book Critics Circle has decided to present an Internet-accessible list of the books they want to honor and share with others. They called their blog Critical Mass and have included award-winning novelists, historians, poets, critics and biographers in the conversation. Their list covers fiction, nonfiction, biography, autobiography, criticism and poetry. So, which top five fiction titles do these highly regarded people consider the “best,” and who made these decisions?
February 22, 2010
Kirk Dominic and 18 others entered Haiti from the Dominican Republic, but, he said, words cannot adequately describe the journey there and how it changed him. Dominic, Costa Mesa’s deputy fire chief, said that as he rode in a truck following a United Nations convoy into Haiti, the jungle canopy was so low it would slap you on the head if you poked your head out the window. As they snaked through the humid jungle, they’d see dead bodies on the roadside, and towns lay in ruins when they would reach their destinations.
December 3, 2004
Andrew Edwards Forget being interviewed. The photographer's mind was busy envisioning the next shot. "I'm going there after this is all over. It could be excellent," Ron Romanosky said as he eyed a feeding frenzy of pelicans and seagulls in the surf near the Wedge in Newport Beach. "This is an opportunity you don't usually get." The photographer took out his camera and slowly approached the flock of birds, resting on the sand after their meal.
July 16, 2012
Former UC Irvine All-American Carson Clark had a match-best 18 kills and 19 points to lead the United States men's team to a 29-27, 25-20, 25-11 victory over Argentina in the final of the Pan American Cup on Saturday in Colorado Springs. Clark, a 6-foot-5 opposite who was joined on the Team USA roster by former Anteaters Jordan DuFault, Dan McConnell and Ryan Ammerman, as well as Corona del Mar High and UC Santa Barbara product Dylan Davis, had a kill percentage of 62.1 and a hitting efficiency percentage of .517.
March 24, 2014
Hit by crippling, heat-induced leg cramps at mile 20, I was certain that the First Place, L.A. Marathon title that I had promised Daily Pilot readers was out of the question. Devastated by disappointment, I sat quietly during the ride home, while the Saturday Runners socialized in raucous celebration. Arriving at my house, we left the rented van and painfully climbed the steps to the dining room, where my husband waited with hot pizza and icy beer. Then home and hot showers drew the sore-legged crew to their cars, so I climbed the stairs to the computer room, looked at my time and let out a whoop: "First Place, four hours and 54 minutes" for my age class.