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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | July 23, 2009
For the past six summers, Newport Beach has been Ramon Delgado’s home away from home. Mi casa es su casa . My house is your house. Back in 2004, Newport Beach opened its doors to the 27-year-old from Paraguay. Uncertain about life here, Delgado came for his love. Tennis. To play tennis for the Newport Beach Breakers. Delgado, now 32, left town for probably the last time Wednesday night. He has a new love. Her name is Maria Fernanda, his 4-month-old daughter.
By Alicia Robinson | August 22, 2007
He designed Costa Mesa’s first reserve police officer training program, he helped build a medical group that swelled from two to 85 doctors, he’s performed an appendectomy at sea, and he still finds his wife beautiful after 67 years of marriage. It’s probably fair to say Jack Hammett has done it all. Today, Costa Mesa City Council members will present Hammett, 87, with a lifetime service award for the many things he’s done for the city and the larger community — the short list includes 22 years on active duty in the U.S. Navy hospital corps, 15 years on the Planning Commission and City Council, posts on state boards for aeronautics and medicine, and service as a reserve police officer for Costa Mesa.
By Matt Szabo | November 24, 2007
NEWPORT BEACH — At the start of his high school athletic career, Nate Castillo was still wearing Speedos well into November. At the end of it, the senior wore a Newport Harbor High football jersey. The Sailors’ starting left tackle saw his high school football career end with Friday night’s 35-14 loss to Long Beach Poly in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division playoffs. “We had our ups and downs this year, but all of our losses were against teams still playing [Friday night in the playoffs]
By Soraya Nadia McDonald | March 28, 2008
Tucker Peleuses might be a foodie, but he attracted USC Coach Bill Ferguson with the sort of cheese you’ll never find in the dairy case at Dean and Deluca. No, Ferguson knew he wanted Peleuses when he made a recruiting call and heard Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight,” (also known as one of the cheesiest ’80s songs ever) while he was waiting for Peleuses to pick up the phone. Ferguson had called before and heard the rap song “We Fly High” by Jim Jones, and he teased the senior Newport Harbor High outside hitter endlessly.
By Kathryn Rollins | July 18, 2009
Wally My rescue dog was just over a year old when I found him.  He hadn’t been living in the best of circumstances, I was his third owner and he wasn’t happy about another change.  As I drove him to his new home he leaned against the passenger door and glared at me the entire way.  Yes, dogs can glare… or at least he can.  He walked into my house, stared me down further, lifted his leg extra high and made his mark on the living room rug.  I changed his name, grabbed my book, “Good Dogs, Bad Habits”, took a deep breath and settled in.   He was a bit insecure for the first year.
By Alan Blank | May 8, 2009
Costa Mesa High School senior Ivan Martinez is not the type of guy who would usually win academic awards, which is a large part of what made him such a fitting candidate to win the Paul E. Snyder Leadership Award from the Coastline Regional Occupational Program on Friday. Martinez, who moved with his parents to the United States when he was young from a small village in Mexico, is not particularly motivated in math or science. He describes himself as an average student. But when he gets to the virtual enterprise class he has been taking for three years, he’s a whole different person.
By Alan Blank | October 10, 2008
With about 20,000 more Republicans than Democrats registered in his state assembly district, few people expect Democratic candidate Ken Arnold to unseat Assemblyman Van Tran, but the computer programmer and businessman thinks he could bring some pragmatism to the office. Because he has experience running a business and dealing with technology, Arnold thinks he can make some practical changes that improve government efficiency and reform business regulations in ways that transcend partisan politics.
By Jack Salisbury | September 2, 2008
Eight-year old Anthony Silva holds a dinosaur in the palm of his right hand. It’s one of his favorite subjects to draw. “I like to draw animals and all kinds of stuff,” he said. Drawing is Anthony’s passion, so it’s appropriate that he recently beat out 41 other finalists to win the Daily Pilot’s weather drawing contest. His drawing depicts a surfer on the crest of a wave during a bright and sunny day at the beach. “I felt like a king,” he said after finding out he had won. “I’m obviously very proud and happy,” Silva’s father, Craig said.
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