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By STEVE SMITH | April 19, 2006
In an attempt to prove that there is more to discuss besides illegal immigration, 50-meter swimming pools and April Fools' jokes, here's a topic everyone will appreciate. Several Sundays ago, movie director Peter Bogdanovich wrote an excellent op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times about the current crop of movies and why we are going less and less to see them in theaters. The bottom line for Bogdanovich: Better stories would help bring back the crowds. On our way home from New York last week, I read an article in the Wall Street Journal about how many families are turning to old movies to watch at home because family-friendly new movies are hard to find and the ratings do not always tell the whole story.
November 13, 1999
I read your article dated Oct. 28 ("Bewitching our children into reading," by Steve Marble). I was delighted to read the beginning of your column, feeling happy that your words on the front page would enlighten other parents about the dark side of "Harry Potter." Why would any parent want their child to read about beatings, abuse, neglect, casting spells and darkness when there are so many wonderful written words out there? Do we not have enough real atrocities in our world that we should rave about infiltrating more negatively into our children's minds?
October 27, 2007
At age 9, Davis Ferrero is the envy of all his friends in school. His parents, Heather and Tony Ferrero, are locking a rag-clad Davis and his 12-year-old brother Will in cages suspended from the ceiling of their Bonita Canyon home this weekend and are inviting all their friends and neighbors over to watch. Davis’ mom expects the line to wrap around the block. “I’m going to say, ‘Don’t let them take me, help,’” Davis said. “I’m a prisoner.
By Mary Ellen Bowman | June 17, 2007
On Saturday, June 23, at 10 a.m., the Newport Beach Public Library kicks off its 2007 summer reading program. All ages are invited to join in reading for fun, winning prizes and participating in fantastic programming. It's all free, with performances beginning at 10:30 a.m. Hear Brother Yusef sing the blues at the Central Library, see Annie Banannie twist balloons along with tales at the Balboa Branch or discover science secrets with Claire and Monte Montgomery at the Crean Mariners Branch.
October 31, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Headless witches, bloody corpses and any other manner of ghouls await brave souls looking for a Halloween fright. The big amusement parks have their own, expensive haunts, but more and more local residents and businesses are offering alternatives. With a little paint, some building materials and a whole lot of imagination, folks are scaring the heck out of their neighbors -- and amusing them too. "He's wild over here," Nat Herbert said of her neighbor, Greg Theisen, as she stood among an array of bloody corpses that were part of his annual haunted house.
By STEVE SMITH | November 19, 2005
A few years ago, I had the privilege of taking an evening tour of the Costa Mesa police headquarters. No, smarty-pants, I had not been arrested. During the tour, our group had a chance to see the 911 call center in action. I asked our guide if there were any days or periods that were routinely busier than others. "Saturday nights and every full moon," came the reply. I asked if she was serious and she replied, "Yes." This week has been a full moon week, not just astronomically, but emotionally and physically as well.
July 13, 2009
Costa Mesa City Councilman and restaurateur Gary “Skosh” Monahan is growing his hair out, dying it to remove the gray and shaving his beard and mustache to look like a 16-year-old. He will be tending his bar dressed as fictional child wizard Harry Potter on Wednesday in recognition of the release of the newest movie in the popular fantasy series, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” Don’t worry, the image overhaul is not part of an underage drinking sting operation or an attempt to attract the 10-to-15-year-old demographic to the bar: Monahan’s children and their love of Harry Potter, coupled with the obvious novelty value of the stunt, were the motivation behind it, he said.
By John Depko, Suzanne Perez | July 19, 2007
We have watched gifted actor Daniel Radcliffe grow up as Harry Potter in this blockbuster film series. Thankfully, the screenplays for these movies have matured along with Harry. The first film was kid-stuff fluff. But following the lead of subsequent efforts, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" reflects the growing adult situations the young upstart wizard confronts. A new headmistress from hell takes over Hogwart's School and banishes Harry's benefactor, Professor Dumbledore.
June 29, 2000
We are very pleased to note that July will be National Hot Dog Month. Clearly this is a momentous time for the fair city of Newport Beach, which is home to the fine Wienerschnitzel corporation, purveyor of such gustatorial delights as the Chili Dog and the Chili Cheese Dog. Wienerschnitzel has planned a few events in July to commemorate the special month, but unfortunately they will be held in Burbank and we must ...
June 19, 2003
Off the beaten path is Hoag Hospital's Thrift Shop, where bargains can be found on clothing, books, household items, decorative pieces and more. The thrift shop, staffed by volunteers, accepts donations that are in good condition and will pick them up. All proceeds benefit Hoag Hospital. Open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; and the first Saturday of every month. In the Quonset huts at 670 W. 17th St., No. F2, Costa Mesa. (949) 722-9106.
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