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March 17, 2003
June Casagrande In just five weeks, the Newport Beach Country Club is transformed from a pristine and serene stretch of green into a makeshift city, bustling with the business of one big golf event. The work required to get the golf course ready for the annual Toshiba Senior Classic is staggering, but worthwhile. And nowhere is this more evident than on the 18th green. "There's a tremendous amount of preparation that goes into getting the golf course ready," said Jeff Purser, tournament director for the Champions Tour event.
By Sarah Peters | May 29, 2010
To Stephen and Mashid Rizzone, nothing is more beautiful than preserving the planet for future generations. In about a month, the Rizzones will move into their new "green" home on the bluffs of Corona del Mar. The residence on Dolphin Terrace will be powered almost entirely by solar panels built on the hillside sloping behind it. Occupying about 3,000 square feet on their property, the panels are expected to cover between 80% and 90% of the...
March 18, 2003
"St. Patrick died like a thousand years ago. ... People like to go to parades to celebrate." JACK BUNKER, 8 Costa Mesa "People celebrate by sometimes having parades and parties and sometimes just dancing." SAMANTHA IVY, 9 Costa Mesa "People celebrate St. Patrick's Day by wearing green and doing parades and special dances." CINDY MEJIA, 8 Costa Mesa "Some people celebrate St. Patrick's Day and put shamrocks on their cheeks and on their heads."
March 28, 2008
UCI will now serve only organic, free-range eggs in all its cafeterias as part of a campuswide effort toward sustainability and “green” eating habits, a spokesman said. “That means free range, with no hormones or antibiotics,” said spokesman Jason Mednick. “Our main goal is to make sure our students have access to quality, healthy food that’s good for them and the environment.” Other moves by the university’s dining services include a “weigh-to-waste” program in which students weigh the amount of food they throw away when they leave a dining hall, and the use of biodegradable trays in some places on campus.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | March 5, 2007
In his return to coach his alma mater last year, C.K. Green figured where Estancia High's baseball team could finish in league. "I was like, 'Wow! I hope we get fourth," said Green, a 2000 alumnus, who served as intermim coach in 2002. "Of course we finished last, but this year we definitely have a shot." At least a shot of securing fourth place, as Estancia is now in the four-team, Orange Coast League. Green likes his team's chances in the new league after it went 1-11 in the Golden West League.
September 6, 2007
Costa Mesa government is going green, the City Council decided this week. The council on Tuesday unanimously approved a sweeping new policy that requires any future city facilities to meet environmentally friendly standards, says new nonemergency vehicles for the city fleet will be alternative or hybrid-fuel vehicles, and specifies the city will try to increase efficiency and decrease waste in various other areas. Council members also approved an incentive program to encourage homeowners and businesses to add energy-efficient features such as tank-less water heaters.
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.
By Michael Miller | February 24, 2008
Patrick Hendry has a goal for the next six months: to learn about sustainable development all around the world. And the Newport Beach resident isn’t looking to do it through the Internet. Hendry, the principal of the recently formed Hendry Development Companies in Balboa, plans to board a plane today for Costa Rica and not return home for half a year. In the meantime, he intends to pass through South America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and even a corner of the Middle East to see what developers are doing to reduce their carbon footprints.
March 5, 2007
Most golfers describe the Newport Beach Country Club as deceiving. Brad Bryant, last year's Toshiba Classic Champion, said just when you think you've got a good read on it on one hole, you become victim to it on the next. Though Hale Irwin has won Toshiba twice (1998 and 2002), he's still not master of the domain. "There are more subtleties than the obvious at [NBCC]," Irwin said. "It's almost as if the more you play it, the more you feel comfortable, but then, later, you never feel comfortable."
December 15, 2004
Note: Yardages measured from white tees. Hole 5 -- Pelican Hill Golf Club (Ocean North Course) Par 4, 401 yards Part of the difficulty of playing this hole is trying to maintain focus with the picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean and the Newport jetty in the distance. The hole zigzags slightly from start to finish, with an ideal tee shot favoring the right side. Even though the hole shortens considerably along the left side, there is greater chance for an uneven lie whereas the right side offers a flatter landing area.
By Hannah Fry | April 22, 2014
Lincoln Elementary School students, some dressed head to toe in green, showed off their sustainable lunches to celebrate Earth Day on Tuesday. Parent Cherie Hemphill took note of the students who brought lunches that didn't include any type of waste - paper napkins, packaging, plastic bags or water bottles - for the No Trash Tuesday competition. The classes that garner the most participants receive a green trophy at the end of the week. No Trash Tuesday is something the Corona del Mar school promotes each week.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | February 19, 2014
When the sirens turn on, the lights will turn green. At least they will at some of Costa Mesa's busiest intersections, where stoplights will soon help first-responders cut through congestion by anticipating the paths of emergency vehicles and changing accordingly. The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the installation of what's known as an Emergency Vehicle Preemption (EVP) system at 25 intersections in the northern part of the city. "Every minute counts, and this will allow the emergency vehicles to change the lights to green so they can get to that person in need or distress" without being slowed by red lights, Mayor Jim Righeimer said at the council meeting.
By Bryce Alderton | October 11, 2013
The start of the 10th annual Boys & Girls Club of the Harbor Area Westside branch golf tournament was anything but ordinary. About 50 golfers formed a circle just past the ladies tees on the first hole of Costa Mesa Country Club's Los Lagos course Monday. The goal was to toss a golf ball into a hole cut into the grass. The bouncing and rolling white balls reminded me of large hail stones from the fiercest of storms. The golf ball toss was a fun lead-in to the real work of the day: playing golf, cracking jokes and laughing.
By Bradley Zint | October 8, 2013
Among the amenities at Vivante on the Coast are an indoor saltwater pool, salon, various lounges and, for the four-legged furry creatures, a dog park called Central Bark. The first residents - about 75 - of the upscale senior living facility in Costa Mesa's Westside are scheduled to move in Tuesday. The 7-acre campus at 1640 Monrovia Ave. has 185 units, 40 of which are designed to be "memory care" homes for people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. The community is open to residents 62 years and older, most of whom are likely to move there from nearby communities, officials said.
August 14, 2013
UC Irvine received the No. 3 spot in a ranking of the "greenest" universities compiled annually by the Sierra Club's magazine. The Sierra Club dubbed the list the nation's Coolest Schools, recognizing campuses trying to solve climate problems and maintain sustainability, according to a news release from the club. The University of Connecticut in Storrs and Dickinson College in Carlisle, Penn., came in first and second, respectively. "We are extremely pleased to be recognized by the Sierra Club for having a positive impact on our planet's future," UCI Chancellor Michael Drake said in a prepared statement.
June 15, 2013
The Newport Lightning Basketball Club's Green 12U/sixth-grade team won the Edge Summer Showcase Tournament last weekend at the Next Level Sports Complex in Garden Grove. The NLBC beat Jr. Hoops, OC Premier and I Am Rockfish in pool play on Saturday to advance to the semifinals where they beat Dominators on Sunday and went on to face Whittier Hawks in the championship game where the Lightning prevailed, 38-33. The Lightning were led in scoring by the big four of Adam Flood, Bryce Motal, Will Hanna and Tre Villalpando.
By Annie Kim | June 11, 2013
Despite protests that the city of Newport Beach spent too much on its newly erected Civic Center, city officials are saying some respite may be in sight, especially in terms of energy savings. The City Council recently received a one-time check for $261,150 from Southern California Edison for its completion of the Savings by Design program, California's new-construction energy efficiency program, and also expects to save more than $78,000 a year in savings on energy bills. "For relatively little costs, you can put in the savings if you really think about the design," said Steve Badum, Newport Beach assistant city manager.
By Rhea Mahbubani | April 25, 2013
Max and Jake Caliger were in for a treat at the Newport Beach Film Festival opening Thursday. The Newport Beach residents, who are 12 and 13 years old, respectively, arrived early at the Edwards Big Newport 6 to see their favorite band, Green Day. As it turned out, they got what they wanted - and then some. The Caligers positioned themselves at the end of the red carpet where the night's stars were arriving, and as Billie Joe Armstrong, Tré Cool and Mike Dirnt passed by, they stopped for a photo with the brothers.
By Rhea Mahbubani | April 24, 2013
When Doug Hamilton premiered his film "Broadway Idiot" this year in Austin, Texas, he had a particularly tough crowd to please. Hundreds of hardcore Green Day fans lined up outside the theater on Main Street, waiting to see the 80-minute documentary. The venue, with its 1,200-person capacity, added to the pressure because Hamilton's background in television had equipped him for screenings on small monitors with a couple of viewers. And to top it all off, members of Grammy-winning punk rock band Green Day were about to see his new effort.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | March 27, 2013
Costa Mesa named a new city clerk Tuesday, nine months following her predecessor's decision to step down after missing an election deadline. Brenda Green, who has served as interim city clerk since June, came out on top of an open recruitment process, according to the announcement. "I'm very happy," said Green, who explained she came to Costa Mesa after hearing about the interim position by word of mouth. Green will earn $116,736 a year, according to the city's announcement.
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