July 25, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Visitors to the Orange County Fair on Saturday could sample a 2003 Dark Side Sangiovese, or try a nice Miss Cab cabernet from Bellamy Wines. But don't expect to find either at the local wine shop. Members of the Orange County Wine Society entered more than 600 homemade wines into competition at the fair. And after Saturday morning's judging, fair crowds got to taste the fruits of their labors in a wine-tasting at the fair's Courtyard wine garden.
July 14, 2000
ANDREW GLAZER FAIRGROUNDS -- Stuffed Kermit the Frogs hung like clusters of green grapes on a vine. Posing for camera crews, safety inspectors leaned on thrill rides, smiling and pointing their thumbs to the sky. The Red Hot Billy Peppers, wearing brightly colored boxer shorts and Hawaiian shirts, blew "Louie Louie" from their brass horns. It's the calm before the 108th annual Orange County Fair, which runs from today until July 30. "When you order millions of supplies, there's always one that gets here late" said Fair General Manager Becky Bailey-Findley.
November 13, 2002
Mary A. Castillo Fine wine and fast cars might help raise a little money for the Costa Mesa Senior Center. The Orange County Marketplace will host a wine-tasting event and silent auction to benefit the center from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Automotive Road of Dreams Museum in the Orange County Fairgrounds. "We try to always give back to the city," said Ryan Miller, spokesman for the Orange County Marketplace. "This is the best fit to help the senior center raise money because they give so much to the community."
March 11, 2009
A financing company is probably eating sour grapes over the revelation that one of their customers, a Newport Beach vineyard owner, is being charged by federal prosecutors with bilking them out of millions of dollars. Viken Keuylian, 45, of Laguna Hills, has accepted a plea agreement that could get him 30 years in prison for allegedly accepting millions in financing from Volkswagen Credit Inc. for his exotic car dealerships then using the money to support his struggling Newport Beach vineyard on Coast Highway, federal prosecutors said.
November 8, 2003
Marisa O'Neil Students in Beth Nowlin's sixth-grade class at Kaiser Elementary School ate and dressed like Egyptians during their Egyptian Feast class on Friday. Wearing Egyptian costumes, the students sat amid brightly colored blankets and cushions, eating traditional Middle Eastern foods such as grapes, dates and figs as they listened to each others' reports about ancient Egyptian civilization. "I think it's a topic with a high interest level for them," Nowlin said.
July 30, 2003
INSIDE CITY HALL Here are a few of the items the Commission considered Monday. WINEMAKING APPLICATION The applicant proposed establishing a winemaking facility in a suite of an existing industrial building at 1954 Placentia Ave. The applicant anticipates producing about 500 cases annually, with the wine sold wholesale from the location. The primary use will involve the fermenting and aging of the grapes and wine. WHAT HAPPENED The commission approved the application, with a condition that the owners address any smells that are detected outside the facility to appease some Westside residents who are concerned about it. WHAT IT MEANS The applicant can establish a winemaking facility at this location.
August 25, 2002
Young Chang Forget symbolism and themes and debates about a novel's metaphors. When members of the Newport Beach Public Library's Manuscripts Book Discussion Group read a book, they've been known to burst into both tears and song. It happened once during an emotional discussion of "Captain Corelli's Mandolin." Charlie Alexander read numerous passages from the text, including one about Italian soldiers in the early stages of World War II being taken away on flatbed trucks to get killed by Germans.
February 5, 2000
Tony Altobelli CORONA DEL MAR - Kevin Hansen used the fourth quarter as his personal highlight show, leading Corona del Mar High's boys basketball team to a come-from-behind, 58-55 Pacific Coast League win over visiting Estancia Friday night. Hanson scored 14 of his 24 points in the final quarter, leading the Sea Kings back from an 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit. He was 4 for 5 from the field and 5 for 5 from the free-throw line. "We escaped big time tonight," Sea Kings' Coach Paul Orris said.
September 24, 1999
With a rocket launcher for a throwing arm, a team-first attitude and glittering Hollywood looks, Shane Foley played the perfect supporting role at USC. At a time when the Trojans had a cast of star quarterbacks to read the lead scripts, Foley would wait anxiously on the sidelines and prepare for any on-camera time available after Rodney Peete and Todd Marinovich. "I don't want to sound like sour grapes, or say I was a political victim, but some things that happened I'll never understand," said Foley, who ended his USC football career with broken promises and few explanations.
December 27, 2008
Now what do we do? No time for funny stuff this week. This is huge. There is a major, global, giganormous problem that must be solved immediately, if not sooner. If everything goes according to plan, it will all be taken care of at the stroke of midnight on Wednesday, which is New Year’s Eve, which falls on Dec. 31 this year. So what’s the problem? I’ll try to explain it to you, but being a layman, it may be hard for you to understand. Do you know what an atomic clock is?