May 5, 2010
In the warm afternoon sunlight, Kim Moss stood at the door of the Costa Mesa Omelette Parlor recalling the time when she brought her 3-year-old son, Nick, and his grandfather, Frank, to the beloved restaurant. Now Nick is 30, and the place he grew up with will not longer be there. “We are sad, we’re all sad to see the place close,” said Moss, who worked there as a waitress for years and will have to look for another job. Vons, which owns the shopping center at 179 E. 17th St., home of the Omelette Parlor for 27 years, served the eatery with a 30-day notice to vacate, said Omelette Parlor owner Susan Adkins.
November 3, 2011
Some Corona del Mar High School students are preparing to get in on the Occupy movement to try and preserve the Balboa Fun Zone. The students are planning Project: Occupy the Fun Zone at noon Saturday during an open house for the upcoming ocean-themed educational and entertainment center, ExplorOcean, that is slated to replace the fun zone, said movement leader Courtney Brown, 16. "We've had so many memories there and we want to do everything...
July 22, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — Last week, it looked like Roxanne Kaiden might become the new face of Levi's. On July 14, she was pulling in 35% of the votes in a model search, putting her in second place as the future social media spokeswoman for the denim brand. However, on July 15, when it was coming down to the wire, the Newport Beach resident came in short. Although she was excited about the competition, she took the loss in stride, Tweeting July 20, "The Levi's Girl contest is over and while I didn't win I have got to thank all the supporters!"
September 27, 2011
COSTA MESA — Thieves broke into The Helm and stole construction equipment being used to transform the now-closed Newport Boulevard dive bar into a chic lounge, police said Tuesday. Costa Mesa police believe three suspects forced open a secured door and then took multiple tools from the decades-old bar. The break-in was reported to police Monday, but believed to have taken place at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Police did not provide an estimated value of the stolen items. The Helm closed in August after the property owners chose to stop renting the space out to the bar. During that time, a website and Facebook page cropped up that lamented the loss of the local watering hole at 1824 Newport Blvd.
February 14, 2011
An animal rights group plans to protest at a Fashion Island French restaurant Monday night for serving foie gras on its Valentine's Day menu. Animal Protection & Rescue League has scheduled a protest at 7 p.m. in front of Brasserie Pascal, one of the eateries run by chef Pascal Olhats. At 8 p.m., protesters will move to another of Pascal's restaurants, Tradition by Pascal on Bristol Street, according to the event's Facebook page . Foie gras is made from the liver of a duck or goose that has been specially fattened, often through force-feeding.
February 11, 2013
The Corona del Mar High baseball team's annual BBQ and alumni game is scheduled for Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. The event at CdM is open to all past Corona del Mar alumni baseball players and families. Alumni will play against this season's Sea Kings squad after a BBQ hosted by the current baseball families and The Meat House. More information can be found on the Facebook page: Corona del Mar High School Baseball Alumni Foundation or on the website at www.CdMBaseball.org.
September 5, 2012
A Costa Mesa church is holding a car wash fundraiser Saturday for a Newport Harbor High School senior recovering from a brain tumor. Lighthouse Community Church, 301 Magnolia St., will give 100% of the proceeds back to 17-year-old Shelby Benjamin. Shelby is recovering from two surgeries this summer to remove a tumor in her brain. She was diagnosed with pilocytic astrocytoma a few days after school let out in June after an optometrist spotted a problem during a routine eye exam.
March 23, 2010
One lucky Facebook fan will soon be packing his or her bags for a fun-filled, personalized weekend getaway in Costa Mesa, the Best of Southern California, and The OC’s premier shopping, dining and cultural destination. Offered exclusively on the Costa Mesa Conference & Visitor Bureau’s Facebook page, the contest invites entrants to select from the 10 Costa Mesa hotels listed below and dozens of the city’s restaurants. They can even select the exact meal they’d like to enjoy from their preferred restaurant’s regular menu.
August 17, 2012
The family of a Newport Harbor High School student who is struggling to recover from a brain tumor is looking for community support. Shelby Benjamin should be getting excited to start her senior year, but instead she is fighting to recover from her second surgery to remove the tumor. The 17-year-old was released from the hospital Wednesday and isn't out of the woods yet, her family said. "I would appreciate any support from the community - any support or prayers would be huge at a time like this to get her back to the awesome, fun-loving girl she is," said Chadd Benjamin, Shelby's 22-year-old brother.
September 21, 2010
COSTA MESA — As recently as last week, Beethoven sightings have been reported throughout Orange County. At least a dozen people have spotted the infamously temperamental 239-year-old German composer. Photographs show a diminutive Ludwig inside planters, next to a hungry dog, petting a black cat, socializing with Aflac ducks and enjoying Belvedere vodka. His ongoing sojourn even includes attending a performance of his Ninth Symphony at Irvine's Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.