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By Joseph N. Bell | April 28, 2010
When I checked my backyard this morning, as I do every morning, I thought I could detect some new green grassy spots in the mud. It may have been pure imagination. I’ve been fantasizing about that picture for so long that I can no longer separate high hopes from reality. Dealing with unfulfilled expectations that I might awake one day to a carpet of green surrounding my house has been a blight on my life — and my bank account — for several years. There’s a kind of certainty of failure in each new attempt to achieve it. It has been 50 years since I moved from a suburb of Chicago to Southern California, where a good many natives have never awakened to a vista of shimmering green grass.
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LOCAL
By Byron de Arakal | March 12, 2008
A specter has emerged on Costa Mesa’s horizon that may have parts of this place looking like Toontown. It seems the folks who keep tabs on the water situation around these parts want the Costa Mesa City Council to noodle on the idea of tweaking the city law that pooh-poohs artificial plants in public places like street medians and parkways. And why? To give fake grass a fighting chance to take root in Costa Mesa’s public domain. Now it already occurs that water-minded Costa Mesans who don’t much relish lawn-mowing cardio can collect a rebate from the Mesa Consolidated Water District when they purchase and install plastic grass in their yards.
NEWS
February 4, 2003
June Casagrande Youth sports leaders will explain to members of the city's Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission tonight why they think playing fields at Bonita Canyon Sports Park should open sooner rather than later. Newport Beach Little League board member John Della Grotta said his group plans to present testimony from a turf expert on why the fields could open sooner. City officials have delayed opening the fields until summer to allow grass planted there to become well rooted.
NEWS
June 27, 2003
Everyone knows that boats and teak wood are synonymous and that you usually find teak somewhere on every boat. However, teak may become scarce, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Assn., with the Senate passing legislation that is now moving quickly through the House. But wait. Why does a bill "To sanction the ruling Burmese military junta, to strengthen Burma's democratic forces and support and recognize the National League of Democracy as the legitimate representative of the Burmese people and for other purposes" affect the boating industry?
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | October 30, 2008
It couldn’t have been a prettier day Thursday. White clouds sprinkled the blue sky as a gentle breeze swept through the fresh green grass on Our Lady Queen of Angels School field. As if on cue, the clouds parted, and sunlight blanketed the field and the hundreds of children on it Thursday afternoon as a representative from USC talked about character, and just how much 7-year-old Carson Bosley embodied it. Family, friends and school officials at Our Lady Queen of Angels School in Newport Beach dedicated their renovated field to Bosley, who died earlier this year from a stroke.
SPORTS
By Dominic Perrone | March 12, 2006
Michelle Tolfa could feel the change in her feet. Standing barefoot on Corona del Mar High's outfield grass is no longer a painful proposition. Last season, just the sight of the 14-year old softball facility hurt, let alone standing on the "prickly" grass. Even sitting in the stands ? with only a 12-foot backstop fence to protect fans ? was risky. Everybody involved with the softball program knew the field needed to be fixed. The problems didn't stop there. The distance from home plate to the backstop and foul line to dugout did not meet CIF Southern Section regulations.
NEWS
December 30, 2002
Observers of Orange Coast College soccer teams next season won't have to travel to a new location to watch the team play. But they will have to shift focus in a slightly different direction. A slight change to the men's and women's field may be in ready to go when the Pirates begin play next fall. They won't be playing at a different site or anything like that but rather playing on the same patch of grass they currently occupy (across the parking lot from LeBard Stadium)
NEWS
March 6, 2002
Lolita Harper NEWPORT BEACH -- Ron Benedict will stand by this week as a year's worth of labor-intensive work is literally trampled on before his eyes. About 200,000 feet -- many of them cleated -- will tread over the 6,600 yards of perfectly manicured lawns at Newport Beach Country Club for the Toshiba Senior Classic as Benedict tries to save as much of his course as possible. "It is not pretty when they leave," said Benedict, the course superintendent for the last 12 years.
NEWS
April 3, 2008
Born in Buffalo, New York November 19, 1939   Joanie passed away in her home on Balboa Island, March 25th after a 2 year long hard battle with invasive cancer.  She had been with Balboa Island Realty and Coldwell Banker for many years. Joan was very involved with the Balboa Island Improvement Association. Chairman of just about everything from being the Head Photogher at any and every event, beautification committee, helping start the Balboa Island Historical Museum, and one of her favorites was   Christmas.
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