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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.
December 9, 2009
  Submitted by Scott Brown The Green Grass from AYSO Region 57 won the boys’ U14 Mayor’s Cup championship game, 3-0, over Costa Mesa Sunday. The Grass were anchored by their stalwart defense and goaltending, which did not allow a single goal in the tournament. Max Helman had a great game and was able to shut down Costa Mesa’s top goal scorer. Court Clark made several key defensive stops making things difficult for Costa Mesa the entire game.
By Brianna Bailey | October 20, 2009
A wrongful death claim filed against Newport Beach blames a hole in a grassy public area for the death of an 83-year-old man who flipped his motorized scooter there. In a claim filed against the city in September, Sharon Neben Fogg, of San Diego, alleges that the hole in a patch of grass in the 400 block of Narcissus Avenue caused former Corona del Mar resident Marvin Neben, 83, to die after falling there April 25. The relationship between Fogg and Neben remained unclear. Filing a claim is the first step in filing a lawsuit against the city.
By Alan Blank and Brianna Bailey | January 7, 2009
Kevin Doane, a man who is quickly propelling himself into the realm of local lore because of a dispute over his rights and obligations as a property owner in Costa Mesa, first appeared at a City Council meeting at the beginning of last month to tell the audience about his plight. The out-of-work contractor allowed the front lawn of his Mesa Verde home to deteriorate into a patch of dirt after he stopped watering it to save money on his monthly bills. He refused to pay the repeated citations the city issued him, which eventually totaled $400, and he came to the council Dec. 2 to let them know.
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.
By Brianna Bailey | October 29, 2008
Sports super agent Leigh Steinberg was arrested on suspicion of public drunkenness after police found him lying on the ground near Newport Auto Center on East Coast Highway last week, police said Wednesday. Newport Beach Police responded to a radio call of a man yelling about 7:45 p.m. Oct. 22 at 445 E. Coast Hwy. and found Steinberg “lying down in the dirt and grass,” Sgt. Evan Sailor said. “Upon contact, the subject was displaying symptoms of alcohol intoxication and was having difficulty speaking,” Sailor said.
By Matt Szabo | October 1, 2008
HUNTINGTON BEACH — “Change” is a big word in the upcoming presidential election, but it could be said the Newport Harbor High field hockey team is more old-school. The Sailors at least partly adhere to the policies of President Theodore Roosevelt in the early 1900s — they usually try to carry a big stick. But, on Wednesday in their Sunset League opener at Edison, Newport Harbor had to carry a, well, smaller stick on the Chargers’ fast artificial turf.
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.
By Chris Caesar | March 18, 2008
Newport Beach resident Connie Hollstein is just in love with her synthetic lawn. It keeps her water and gardening bills low, allergies at bay, and home ? once occasionally marred by her dogs? muddy paws ? conspicuously clean. ?It looks nice ? people walk by and don?t even know its artificial grass,? she said, adding neighborhood kids often knock on her door for permission to play on the lawn. Considering the significant amounts of water typically consumed by a square foot of conventional grass ?
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