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By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | June 20, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — Before Josephine Ozougwu gave birth to her second son, she wanted to make sure to give him a meaningful name. "We wanted to name him Chetachi, which means, 'Remember God,'" Josephine said shortly after eating during a party at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina Monday. "We knew that there would be times in his life that he would need to remember him and the blessings that he gives. And, this is it. " "It" was the Arrival Party for Chetachi, better known as Cheta, Ozougwu, even better known as Mr. Irrelevant XXXVI.
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July 8, 2001
Deepa Bharath When Liz Sullivan sees her brothers and sisters, the floodgates swing open and she gets caught in a pleasant maelstrom of memories and emotions. Sullivan, her three sisters and two brothers form the core group of the Smith family reunion committee, which has been successful in getting the whole family together every five years since 1991. This reunion, the family decided to meet in Costa Mesa, home to one of the sisters, Margaret Dailey, 75, the oldest of them all. The response was amazing.
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By Sue Thoensen | November 18, 2007
The South Coast Plaza Christmas tree makes its home across the street in Town Center Park for a reason. In addition to symbolizing the beginning of the busy holiday shopping season, the 96-foot-tall fir represents a family tradition that began 26 years ago with the Segerstrom family and the Christmas tree company with which it partnered. Victor’s Custom Christmas Trees, Inc. is the family-owned business that has selected, transported and installed the tree in Town Center Park for each of those 26 years.
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August 29, 2001
-- Story by Young Chang, photo by Greg Fry SHE IS A spectator of good times. STORY TIME Olga Garcia, who works at the Photo Lab in Costa Mesa, gets to see the pictures first. Through rolls of film that depict everything from candles getting blown to diplomas being received, she shares in moments that weren't supposed to be forgotten. Baby births are always moving. High school proms have glitter and frills. She has yet to grow tired of seeing the same Leaning Tower of Pisa or the Coliseum or Buckingham Palace or even Disneyland over and over again but through different sets of lenses.
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March 22, 2001
SHE IS: A teacher of the healing arts. A FAMILY AFFAIR Uscimaya (Maya) Apsaras, 33, teaches massage at California College of Physical Arts in Huntington Beach. Born in Malaysia, Apsaras recalls being introduced to the healing arts early on. "My godmother was known for her healing abilities and from the age of 5 until the age of 10, she was very responsible for teaching me about healing," Apsaras said. "I learned everything from cooking and herbal preparations to massage using homemade oils with special herbs and spices added.
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By Britney Barnes | January 14, 2012
IRVINE — Families gathered this week in a business park near the Irvine Spectrum Center to celebrate the grand opening of a Chinese language school's second location. A Little Dynasty Irvine Spectrum, 9844 Research Drive, opened to better accommodate the hundreds of families who enrolled at its original location, 6829 Quail Hill Parkway, since it opened in September 2010. The school teaches children as young as 15 months Chinese through singing and dancing, puppet shows, games, stories and other techniques.
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By Peter Buffa | May 14, 2011
Are you British? I'm not. Were you born in 1936? I wasn't. But I know someone that can answer "yes" on both those counts. Well, something actually, not someone — Five Crowns in Corona del Mar. The venerable landmark checked itself into rehab about a month ago after it started to look like a certain columnist I know. It was a little, um, worn, had to double pump to get up, and a few parts were falling off here and there. Nothing major, just a few. But that's over now. Five Crowns is back, fluffed, folded and fresh as a daisy.
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May 16, 2002
Story by Lolita Harper; photo by [tk] SHE IS A self-proclaimed animal person NOT JUST FOR HORSES Jenny Engelstad doesn't own a horse, but she can help a person find the right feed or grooming supply in a heartbeat. During her longtime post as the manager of the Feed Barn in Costa Mesa, Engelstad has learned a lot about larger animals but not enough to buy any, she said. Engelstad has two cats and a dog. "Horses are just big dogs to me," she joked.
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February 28, 2001
Richard Dunn NEWPORT BEACH - The first thing listed under "special interests" in the Senior PGA Tour media guide for Bruce Summerhays is his family. Next comes fishing, music, sports and church service. "There's nothing like family," said Summerhays, a two-time winner on the Senior Tour who employs one of his eight children to caddie for him each week. Summerhays, who has played in every Toshiba Senior Classic since the event started in 1995 at Mesa Verde Country Club, will have his son, William, on the bag this week at Newport Beach Country Club.
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March 23, 2003
When Chef Mila comes to the Wight house to do that thing she does, it's a family affair. Mila was our across-the-street neighbor for years. We had our second children almost simultaneously. There was laughter, tears and life changes that formed bonds to last forever. Some of the best meals our Somerset Lane annual progressive dinner had were created in Mila's kitchen, and she's still creating magic. So when Mila arrives to fix dinner for our extended family, it's a party.
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By Britney Barnes | January 14, 2012
IRVINE — Families gathered this week in a business park near the Irvine Spectrum Center to celebrate the grand opening of a Chinese language school's second location. A Little Dynasty Irvine Spectrum, 9844 Research Drive, opened to better accommodate the hundreds of families who enrolled at its original location, 6829 Quail Hill Parkway, since it opened in September 2010. The school teaches children as young as 15 months Chinese through singing and dancing, puppet shows, games, stories and other techniques.
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By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | June 20, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — Before Josephine Ozougwu gave birth to her second son, she wanted to make sure to give him a meaningful name. "We wanted to name him Chetachi, which means, 'Remember God,'" Josephine said shortly after eating during a party at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina Monday. "We knew that there would be times in his life that he would need to remember him and the blessings that he gives. And, this is it. " "It" was the Arrival Party for Chetachi, better known as Cheta, Ozougwu, even better known as Mr. Irrelevant XXXVI.
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By Peter Buffa | May 14, 2011
Are you British? I'm not. Were you born in 1936? I wasn't. But I know someone that can answer "yes" on both those counts. Well, something actually, not someone — Five Crowns in Corona del Mar. The venerable landmark checked itself into rehab about a month ago after it started to look like a certain columnist I know. It was a little, um, worn, had to double pump to get up, and a few parts were falling off here and there. Nothing major, just a few. But that's over now. Five Crowns is back, fluffed, folded and fresh as a daisy.
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By BY STEVE VIRGEN | September 29, 2009
When Baby Shane was born in January, it was safe to say that his life would include plenty of tennis, Estancia High tennis to be exact. It’s also fair to say there would be a lot of love in his life. With regard to tennis, this love meant so much more than the zero in a set. Baby Shane was born to tennis coach Rachel de los Santos and her husband, Derek Smith, the assistant coach. Instantly, he also became a part of the Estancia family, especially on the girls’ tennis team.
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By Sue Thoensen | November 18, 2007
The South Coast Plaza Christmas tree makes its home across the street in Town Center Park for a reason. In addition to symbolizing the beginning of the busy holiday shopping season, the 96-foot-tall fir represents a family tradition that began 26 years ago with the Segerstrom family and the Christmas tree company with which it partnered. Victor’s Custom Christmas Trees, Inc. is the family-owned business that has selected, transported and installed the tree in Town Center Park for each of those 26 years.
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By Tanya Lyon | December 26, 2006
Been dreaming of a white Christmas? The Newport Harbor High girls' basketball team didn't need to this year. Instead the girls are dreaming of the sun and waves. That's because the Newport Harbor girls' team left today for a trip to the big island of Hawaii for the World Youth Basketball Tournament 2006 Holiday Edition in Kona. The tournament runs today through the New Year but you won't hear these basketball players complaining. For the girls, the trip represents their longest since their travel to Alaska three years ago. "I decided it could be something that would be fun," said Newport Harbor Coach Jen Thompson.
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By Dominic Perrone | October 21, 2006
Tennis and family have always been synonymous for Jill Damion. The Corona del Mar High senior learned from her mother growing up. She watched as her sister, Leslie, four years her elder, went undefeated her senior year at Corona del Mar and won her second consecutive CIF Southern Section Division IV title. Damion's mother and sister have competed twice in national mother-daughter tournaments. And, as Damion, who is 25-2 on the year, leads the Sea Kings to a 17-0 record, she keeps a close eye on her brother, Chris, a junior on the boys' tennis team.
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February 20, 2005
Rick Devereux The grey clouds mimicked the gloomy faces of the Estancia High boys soccer team after the Eagles lost, 3-1, to host Sonora Saturday in the opening round of the CIF Southern Section Division III playoffs. "I feel sorry for the seniors," Coach Gannon Burks said. "They will never play with this group of players again. We became a family." The muddy conditions made passing tricky as the ball would suddenly stop in a puddle causing players to skid in an attempt to change directions for the loose ball.
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December 23, 2004
Marisa O'Neil They lined up a hundred deep Wednesday afternoon and loaded boxes, carts and baby strollers full of Christmas goodies. For the 19th year, the Costa Mesa Police Department handed out food, clothes and toys for residents in need. Volunteers from the department and the community filled shopping carts at the Westside substation Wednesday with age-appropriate and family-appropriate gifts and groceries. The local families anxiously loaded the bounty into all modes of transportation to get ready for Christmas.
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