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By Mike Reicher | December 22, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH – As rain continued to pelt the region, city crews pumped water off low-lying islands in Newport Beach and mud swept a private garden off a hillside Wednesday morning. Large concrete blocks and metal handrails tumbled onto Bayside Drive, landing a few hundred feet east of the Balboa Island bridge. On Balboa Island, city workers spend a third day pumping water out of streets. A 6-foot high tide at 9 a.m. prevented rainwater from flowing out of storm drains.
NEWS
March 5, 2014
Two northbound lanes of MacArthur Boulevard in Newport Beach were closed briefly following a traffic collision Wednesday afternoon. A gardening truck and a Mini Cooper collided just before 4 p.m. north of San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said. The Mini Cooper driver suffered non-critical injuries and was transported to a trauma center for treatment, Manzella said. The gardening truck's two occupants were not hurt. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.
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By Ron Vanderhoff | April 8, 2011
You will usually hear them before you see them. House wrens are small birds, but they are a great addition to almost any garden. I'm standing in my garden watching a tiny brownish bird streak from the orange tree to the fence top. Once there it pauses, looks around for a moment, then begins singing. The song is melodious and wonderful, the way a songbird is supposed to sound, not chirpy, but musical. After a brief recital the tiny bird flits over to the vegetables, broccoli leaves quiver and off comes a small caterpillar.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Ron Vanderhoff | September 3, 2010
  In about an hour I am visiting a friend's garden in Newport Beach. I've never seen his garden, but after knowing him for a few years I certainly have a picture in my head of what I think it will be like. My friend is a landscape water conservation expert, one of the best in the West actually, and he invited me over to sit down for a few minutes and brainstorm some ways the city might encourage its residents toward even greater water conservation practices. But, he also invited me over simply to see his garden.
NEWS
By Sean Conway | October 7, 2011
Visitors to my garden frequently comment that it must take a lot of time to care for such a large piece of property. Yet the garden seems much larger than it actually is, owing to the fact that you can't view the entire property all at once. Passing from one area of the garden to another, guests traverse varied surfaces consisting of gravel walks, grass paths, bluestone patios, the sisal carpeted floor of a walk-through garden room, a patio paved with 200-year-old bricks, and patches of lawn.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | January 29, 2013
As a novelist and playwright, Ira Levin refused to be categorized or pigeonholed. He could produce such rollicking comedies as "Critic's Choice" and "No Time for Sergeants" or delve into more chilling fare like "Rosemary's Baby" or "The Boys from Brazil. " "Dr. Cook's Garden," now being revived at the Newport Theatre Arts Center, falls quite definitely into the latter category. It deals with a small-town Vermont physician and gardening enthusiast who prunes his roses and the village's undesirables with the same meticulous care.
FEATURES
By By Elia Powers | December 14, 2005
The Orange Coast College Children's Center has offered daily education to the youngest of area students, often for free, for more than 35 years. If juggling schoolwork and a full-time job is difficult, then balancing the two with child care can be nearly impossible. That's why Orange Coast College's Children's Center has been a staple on campus for more than 35 years. Housed inside the 13,000-square-foot Harry and Grace Steele Children's Center, the program provides discounted child care and developmental instruction to children in the community.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rene Lynch | November 4, 2013
They found the home listing in the PennySaver, of all places. Todd Porter and Diane Cu barely glanced at the interior of the run-down three-bedroom, two-bathroom house when they arrived for a walk-through, and instead they headed straight to the sprawling backyard overgrown with brush and suffocated by a giant pine. "We looked at each other and said, 'This is it,'" Porter recalled. The Costa Mesa backyard wasn't neat or squared off like Southern California yards are supposed to be. Instead, the 11,000-square-foot lot was a jagged, oddly shaped U. It was perfect for the couple's plans: To carve out a quiet oasis where they could live a garden-to-plate lifestyle.
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By ROBERT GARDNER | June 9, 2006
As family legend has it, centuries ago, our ancestors were dwelling in Scotland during a famine. The local peasantry was starving in the countryside, while the local lord was cozy in his castle. With the help of his knights, he had taken whatever food there was from the peasants. In addition, he had a substantial garden within the castle walls, so he and his were eating well. The peasants would have been wiped out if it wasn't for one person within the castle walls ? the lord's gardener.
NEWS
March 26, 2003
It's that time of year again -- we just returned from our semi-annual buying show. It was wonderful and so are the items we bought for the store. Since we specialize in gardens and 'garden rooms', our selection of plants and hand-painted country furniture is abundant. Lovely ferns of all types, beautiful flats of impatiens with shovel and garden gloves, pots of Iceland poppies, sunflowers and more are all available. Of course, no respectable garden would be complete without its share of frogs, squirrels, birds and more -- all are waiting to decorate your garden.
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NEWS
By Bradley Zint | April 24, 2014
Local historians urged the Orange County Fair Board on Thursday to approve a veterans garden for the fairgrounds to replace the one lost during the construction of the Pacific Amphitheatre more than 30 years ago. In a short presentation, Costa Mesa Historical Society President Bob Palazzola reminded the board and fairgrounds staff about the Orange County Memorial Garden Center , a 1.4-acre nonprofit facility erected in 1954 that commemorated the...
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By Bradley Zint | March 27, 2014
A group of veterans and local activists urged the Orange County Fair Board on Thursday to build a memorial garden at the fairgrounds that would honor veterans and the property's military heritage. The garden would be an appropriate addition to the fairgrounds' planned veterans exhibit near the Centennial Farm, the group told the board, and provide a park-like meeting place for county veterans where they could grow their own food like the victory gardens of yore. The group added that the land would signify the fairgrounds' history as a 150-acre section of the 1,336-acre Santa Ana Army Air Base, a World War II facility that was decommissioned in 1946.
NEWS
March 12, 2014
City crew members discovered the body of a man near Hamilton Community Garden in Costa Mesa on Tuesday morning, authorities said. About 7:40 a.m., police were notified of a possible dead body near the garden, at Hamilton and Charle streets, said Lt. Bryan Glass. Paramedics determined at the scene that the unidentified man, possibly in his early 50s, was dead. No unusual circumstances or suspicious activity is suspected, Glass said. The matter has been referred to the Orange County coroner's office, which as of Wednesday afternoon had not identified the man, pending an ongoing effort to notify his next of kin. The office said the man was “a local transient” and his death, at approximately 11 p.m. Monday, appeared to be of natural causes, though an autopsy is pending.
NEWS
March 5, 2014
Two northbound lanes of MacArthur Boulevard in Newport Beach were closed briefly following a traffic collision Wednesday afternoon. A gardening truck and a Mini Cooper collided just before 4 p.m. north of San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said. The Mini Cooper driver suffered non-critical injuries and was transported to a trauma center for treatment, Manzella said. The gardening truck's two occupants were not hurt. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.
NEWS
January 20, 2014
Roger's Gardens in Corona del Mar topped the list of the 2014 Revolutionary 100 Garden Centers in America as named by Today's Garden Center magazine. The Ohio-based publication evaluated independent garden centers of any size for the award. The honorees were selected on the basis of leadership and innovation, not revenue, according to a news release. In response to the question "What makes you revolutionary?" a message from Roger's Gardens published by the magazine begins: "Probably most significantly, we are a fashion-centric and experience-oriented retailer.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | January 11, 2014
Ruth Jolley likes to call it her "little oasis. " At the base of a hillside terraced with grapevines behind her Corona del Mar house, a rainbow of leafy greens basked in the sun one morning last week. Chard and peppery arugula sprouted from one 4-foot by 8-foot raised garden bed, while a kale selection that would make even the hippest foodie's head spin grew in another. Branches of a squat Satsuma orange tree drooped with fruit. A few yards away, snap pea tendrils crawled up a small trellis and bursts of magenta peeked out from beneath French radish leaves.
SPORTS
December 24, 2013
BOYS' BASKETBALL Costa Mesa 60, Los Amigos 37 Seniors Daniel Azurin scored 16 points and Kyle Hefner added 14 points to help lead the Mustangs to the Garden Grove tournament title Monday. Azurin, who grabbed eight rebounds, and Hefner earned all-tournament team honors. Sophomore Mason Tufuga contributed 12 points and nine rebounds for Costa Mesa. — BOYS' SOCCER Corona del Mar 6, JSerra 0 SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — John O'Connor and Max Premer scored two goals each for the Sea Kings in the nonleague game Monday.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | December 19, 2013
The onset of World War II transformed Costa Mesa's quiet farmland into a military zone preparing for battle. This, it was noted during Thursday's Fair Board meeting, forever changed the area and paved the way for the population growth to come. And so it is only fitting, veterans' supporters have contended, that there be something signifying the efforts of servicemen and women within the Orange County Fairgrounds. The land was once part of the Santa Ana Army Air Base, which existed from 1942 to 1946.
NEWS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | December 6, 2013
Everything seemed to be going as planned for the Corona del Mar High football team Friday night. The Sea Kings had been on this stage before, as they made their third straight trip to the CIF Southern Section Southern Division finals. For the second consecutive year and against the same opponent, CdM jumped out to a fast start against Garden Grove. Then the penalties began to pile up, seven for 80 yards. The biggest one came with less than 8 minutes left in the first half, as the usually respectful CdM sideline erupted and for the wrong reason.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | December 6, 2013
Just like last year, Corona del Mar High got off to a fast start against Garden Grove. The Sea Kings opened the CIF Southern Section Southern Division championship with a 14-0 lead at Orange Coast College on Friday night. A blocked punt by linebacker Hugh Crance and an interception by his twin brother, linebacker Hoyt Crance, set CdM up in Argonaut territory early. The Sea Kings took advantage, as tailback Anthony Battista rushed for a 20-yard touchdown and Cole Martin a 15-yard touchdown.
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