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By Brianna Bailey | April 30, 2010
The Exchange Club of Newport Harbor plans to line a scenic trail at Castaways Park with 1,776 American flags this month in honor of military veterans. “It’s a way for us to pay tribute to all veterans, living or dead,” said Exchange Club member Ed Romeo, who is helping to organize the display. The group chose to raise the flags in honor of year the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The “Field of Honor,” as the Exchange Club has dubbed the project, is one of 16 similar efforts that will be sponsored by Exchange Clubs nationwide this year.
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By Patrice Apodaca | May 12, 2012
Now that Mom's been served breakfast in bed or treated to a day at the spa, why not look ahead to the next occasion and plan for something more meaningful to do than flipping burgers on a backyard grill this coming Memorial Day weekend? After all, the original intent of the holiday tends to get a bit lost these days, what with all the department store sales and the enticing whiff of summer on the way. Sometimes, a little perspective is in order. Memorial Day was declared a national holiday in 1971, but it arose out of an array of observances of our nation's war dead that took place in various places around the country since the Civil War. Throughout much of that history, it was more commonly referred to as Decoration Day, reflecting the intention that the occasion be used to decorate veterans' grave sites as a show of gratitude and respect.
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April 19, 2013
Today, while doing errands, I noted with great sadness the many United States flags being flown at half-staff around our city in honor of the victims of the violence in Boston. I greatly appreciate the gesture; the reason behind it is what makes me sad. Flags are to be flown at half-staff from Tuesday until sunset Saturday. Flag lowering, while a small thing to some, provides most of us with a sense of community with our fellow citizens in Boston for whom we can do little from a distance except to show respect for what so many there have experienced.
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September 17, 2006
When looking at Kent Treptow's photograph of the flags set up at Newport Beach Fire Station No. 8 for the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks, the first thing I notice are the flags. By crouching low to the ground and using a wide-angle lens, Kent was able use two flags as bookends, and two others to form a line that draws the eye into the framed New York Fire Department T-shirt. Paramedic Justin Carr in the frame reminds us of those in public service who risk their lives when tragedies large and small occur.
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By By Michael Miller | January 18, 2006
Student group will provide brightly colored flags for high schoolers using crosswalks near Newport Harbor High.Newport Harbor High School plans to install brightly colored flags for pedestrians at its two crosswalks next week, following a December traffic accident that put a student in the hospital. The school's Student Political Action Committee, led by advisor Phil D'Agostino, initiated the project last month and announced it to students Tuesday. Starting Monday, the crosswalks at Irvine Avenue and 15th Street, where hundreds of students pass every day, will feature stands on each side holding eight painted flags apiece.
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December 1, 2009
UC Irvine medical students marked World AIDS Day on Tuesday by planting 1,250 red flags on the campus and at the UCI Medical Center in Orange. Each flag represented 20,000 people who have died of the disease. More than half of the flags were planted in Aldrich Park in the shape of a large red bow. At noon, medical students and faculty met in the school’s Nelson Auditorium for a moment of silence, and paid tribute to those who have died from the disease — as well as those who continue to fight against it. — Candice Baker
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By Rhea Mahbubani | September 18, 2013
Visitors at Fashion Island on Saturday appeared to be stuck in a time warp. Parents paused beside chic - and high-tech - strollers, taking pictures with cell phones. The scene in front of them, though, seemed straight out of medieval Europe. Traditional Italian flag-bearers, dressed in colorful leotards and tunics, strode onto the grassy knoll outside Bloomingdale's, clutching intricately designed silk panels that fluttered atop staffs. Flanked by two similarly clad female helpers and a drummer, they executed an athletic and highly synchronized aerial ballet.
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By Julie Hagy | May 14, 2010
American flags swaying in the ocean breeze blanketed the hilltop of Castaways Park on Friday afternoon as a crowd gathered to honor and memorialize American service men and women. Through Monday at noon, the 1,776 flags are transforming the leisure park into a “Field of Honor.” The Field of Honor was erected by The Exchange Club of Newport Harbor in recognition of approaching Memorial Day. The club, whose members are primarily 70- to 90-year-old veterans of the Armed Forces, put on a dedication ceremony Friday afternoon that included a Color Guard presentation, retiring of the colors, address by Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry, a helicopter flyover by Newport Beach and Costa Mesa police departments and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
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By JIM DE BOOM | June 24, 2006
The Exchange Club of Newport Harbor honored Jeanette Chernovy, a member of the Costa Mesa Police Department traffic bureau staff, at a recent meeting by entering her name in the Book of Golden Deeds. In presenting the award, club member Gary Tewinkle noted Chernovy lost her father in the Vietnam conflict and decided to honor his memory by replacing torn and weathered American flags, at her cost. "She actually makes new flags and distributes them to those that seem to need them replaced," Tewinkle said.
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By By Michael Miller | January 24, 2006
Pedestrian accident prompts Newport Harbor students to mount crosswalk campaign.NEWPORT BEACH -- The wind whistled around Newport Harbor High School Monday morning, shaking the branches of trees and bending street signs back and forth. It wasn't the most auspicious weather for setting up traffic flags, but the members of the school's Student Political Action Committee pressed on anyway. Shortly after 7 a.m., three committee officers stationed themselves by a pair of crosswalks outside the campus.
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By Bradley Zint | February 12, 2014
Roger Chadderdon describes himself as an "old guy who wants to play softball. " And for 25 years, the Costa Mesa resident has been doing just that beneath the lights of the TeWinkle Park Athletic Complex, a pristine facility off Arlington Drive with three softball fields, one baseball diamond, a snack bar, ample parking and tree-lined entryways. In late January - a few days after signing up for the city's springtime men's softball league - Chadderdon, 53, received unexpected news: The players could no longer use TeWinkle on Friday evenings.
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By Hannah Fry | January 7, 2014
The Alaska Eagle has proudly displayed the Orange Coast College flag on its stern for 32 years and more than 290,000 miles. But Tuesday morning, as crew members worked to disassemble the 90-foot mast, OCC's flag had been replaced with the red, white and blue-striped symbol of the Netherlands. The change represents the School of Sailing & Seamanship's farewell to the 65-foot sloop. The college in Costa Mesa sold the Alaska Eagle earlier this month to Diederik Nolten, a Dutch sailor and businessman, for $350,000.
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By Jill Cowan | January 1, 2014
A group of Orange County attorneys is calling for the removal of Mississippi's state flag from a display at Santa Ana's Civic Center, saying its Confederate design symbolizes racism and hatred. The Mississippi flag is the last to feature the Confederate battle cross - a symbol “inextricably linked to a legacy of racism, exclusion, oppression and violence,” the Newport Beach-based Orange County Bar Assn. said in a statement. The association recently passed a resolution seeking the flag's removal from Santa Ana's Plaza of the Flags, where the banners of all 50 states ripple in a civic center that also includes the county's central courthouse.
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December 26, 2013
I recently received a letter requesting that I recuse myself from the blackball issue. It was from Equal Beach Access for All. The writers of the letter are concerned that my late father made harsh comments about surfers. He made some harsh comments about men divorcing their wives. Should I recuse myself from every issue involving divorced men? They also pointed to a comment of mine. I stated that I had read some of the online comments about The Wedge issue and was embarrassed to say I was a surfer.
SPORTS
November 20, 2013
The fourth-grade Minnesota Golden Gophers recently completed their championship run to capture the top spot overall in the Newport Mesa Friday Night Lights flag football league. The team finished the regular season with a 7-2 record and then won four games on the way to capturing the championship. The Golden Gophers beat out 33 other teams to gain the top spot in the third- and fourth-grade division. In the semifinal game, the team beat a scrappy N.Y. Giants team, 27-13. The Gophers scored first on a touchdown pass from Brandon Kincaid to Michael Gurka to take a 7-0 lead.
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By Bradley Zint | November 9, 2013
World War II veteran Thomas G. Riker has a morning routine, a short ceremony of patriotic clockwork. He walks the front yard of his Flower Street home in Eastside Costa Mesa and hoists the American flag. Then the 95-year-old salutes and quietly recites the beginning of the Boy Scout oath: "On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country. " Later in the afternoon, he takes the flag down in proper form and folding. He's been honoring Old Glory this way for about 40 years, almost every day unless there's inclement weather.
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By Steve Virgen | November 7, 2013
A group of boys walked near a field at the Friday Night Lights flag football league in Costa Mesa two weeks ago. The boys were members of the Arizona Wildcats team. They were in awe about what they saw on the field: a team of girls, playing flag football and playing well. "Did you hear about those girls?" one boy said to his teammate. "Those girls are winning. They're undefeated. " There's fascination when it comes to the North Carolina Tar Heels of the Friday Night Lights fifth- and sixth-grade division.
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This post has been corrected, as noted below. | October 11, 2013
Newport Beach will begin reviewing its surfing regulations at a community meeting Oct. 21. The public is invited to provide comment to the Blackball Working Group at 6 p.m. in the community room at the Newport Beach Civic Center. Blackball regulations refer to the yellow flags marked with black circles that indicate when beaches cannot be used for surfing. They are erected for safety reasons and to allow other beachgoers to enjoy the water. The city will be reviewing for the first time in more than a decade the times, dates and locations that these flags are used.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | September 18, 2013
Visitors at Fashion Island on Saturday appeared to be stuck in a time warp. Parents paused beside chic - and high-tech - strollers, taking pictures with cell phones. The scene in front of them, though, seemed straight out of medieval Europe. Traditional Italian flag-bearers, dressed in colorful leotards and tunics, strode onto the grassy knoll outside Bloomingdale's, clutching intricately designed silk panels that fluttered atop staffs. Flanked by two similarly clad female helpers and a drummer, they executed an athletic and highly synchronized aerial ballet.
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By Brittany Woolsey | May 25, 2013
With tears in her eyes but pride in her face, Abby Beck stood at Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary in Newport Beach on Saturday. "It's an honor being here," said Beck, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran. "You just really realize how important this is, and how great the luxuries and freedoms that we have are. Being a veteran made me realize how important those things are and how lucky we are to have them. " Newport Beach resident Beck and her son Levi, 7, helped place more than 250 American flags on the grave sites of fallen soldiers, as part of Costa Cub Scouts Pack 108's Memorial Day commemoration.
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