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By Candice Baker | October 7, 2009
In local fish lore, this tale’s a whopper. All of 10 years old, Christian Cernich of Corona del Mar managed to catch a California halibut Saturday, a 52-pounder about as large as himself. His haul was one pound shy of the biggest recorded rod-and-line catch of that type of fish, according to the International Game Fish Assn. Christian is a fourth-generation local fisherman, his father Eric Cernich said, and a sixth-generation Orange County resident. “What was really funny is that he had asked my dad specifically to go out and go fishing for halibut,” Eric Cernich said.
September 28, 2009
Whereas Jamshed Dastur (“Time to honor what we fought for,” Mailbag, Sept. 23) castigates demonstrators at town hall meetings and “tea parties,” Jeanne Broadway (“God bless all our patriots who help us,” Mailbag, Sept. 24) lionizes them: “They are members of the Greatest Generation, young people aware of the impending loss of freedoms.” The impender-in-chief, of course, is President Obama and his political agenda. Socialism writ large.
By Candice Baker | September 26, 2009
The opening day of St. John the Baptist School in Costa Mesa in 1959 was a blustery affair. “On the first day of school, we had the Santa Ana winds,” said Irish-born Sister Annunciata, who began teaching at the school when it opened. She described the winds as a “whirlwind” that left everything brown. Since then, the school has developed into a thriving, faith-centered community that is now serving its third generation of students. The school celebrated its Golden Jubilee this week with Masses and other special events.
By Brianna Bailey | July 4, 2009
Riding in pink and purple convertible toy Cadillac Escalade covered in American flags, 7-year-old Alyssa Miro led the Newport’s 37th annual Independence Day Parade and Celebration at Mariners Park on Saturday. Riding bicycles and scooters bedecked with red, white and blue streamers and tinsel and riding in flag-laden wagons, children and parents marched down the street during the parade on Saturday morning, followed by a carnival in Mariners Park. Proceeds from the event will go to fund educational programs at Mariners Elementary School.
By Alan Blank | May 28, 2009
In 1968, Bonnie Langseth watched with pride as her daughter Tonya Collier — then a 2-year-old with big blue eyes, curly brown hair and a blue sailor dress — was crowned the cutest baby in Costa Mesa by a panel of judges at the annual Fish Fry carnival. Then in 1987, Tonya’s daughter, Tara, won an honorable mention in the same contest. Now, 41 years and two generations after the first triumph, Tara’s infant daughter and Bonnie’s great granddaughter Sophia will attempt to capture the same prize her grandmother took home all those years ago while her distinguished family members sit on the sideline Sunday afternoon.
By RON VANDERHOFF | May 8, 2009
Why garden? Only two or three years ago gardening was pronounced dead. The baby boomers, who had grown up playing in the yard — and often in the dirt — were growing older, replaced by Gen X’ers, who instead, had grown up with video games, iPods and walkmen. Trips to the nursery gave way to trips to Starbucks. Dirt was dead! Planting seeds and mulching were quickly becoming as much a part of people’s lives as churning butter or milking a cow. We — myself and those of you who likely read this column — were an aging, shrinking group.
By Jim De Boom | March 3, 2009
Members of the Rotary Clubs of Newport-Balboa and Costa Mesa will spend Saturday morning at the fire station on Mesa Drive, titivating some 2,400 seedlings that will be presented to all third-graders attending public and private schools in Newport-Mesa next week. Titivating involves cleaning the excess roots, weeds and dirt off the plastic pot in which the seedlings sit. This year’s tree is the Pink Trumpet Tree, which can grow to a height of 20 to 40 feet, according to Peter Smith, Arbor Day chairman for Newport-Balboa.
By Brianna Bailey | February 28, 2009
Local hotels, restaurants and shops will get an upswing in business when the Toshiba Classic rolls into town on Monday. The seven-day PGA Tour event generates millions of dollars for the local economy and raises about $1 million each year for Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. Everyone from local bartenders to florists benefit, said Jeff Purser, Toshiba Classic director. “I know of at least 1,000 dinners being booked next week and that’s outside of Toshiba.
By David Carrillo PeƱaloza | February 24, 2009
Ira Garbutt has heard the joke so many times from golfers at the Toshiba Classic. The tournament chairman laughs every time he hears it. “They say, ‘I have to finish in the top 10 in order to break even,’ ” Garbutt said. “When the guys are playing in the pro-am, the wives are having their own pro-am.” The wives search for highs in department stores. The players shoot for lows on the golf course. The lows tournament organizers want to see are those turned in on scorecards, not at the gate or the traffic at businesses around town.
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