February 14, 2009
Newport Beach residents Mike and Tina Catlin began their day on Saturday with a chilly dip in the 55-degree waters off Corona del Mar State Beach. This was no leisurely Valentine’s Day morning at the beach — the couple are training for the Lavaman Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii, in March. “Our kids probably think we’ve gone crazy,” Tina Catlin said. “It’s a way we can go through our mid-life crisis together.” The Lavaman Triathlon begins with a 1,500-meter swim in the Pacific Ocean, then continues with a 40-kilometer bike ride on the big island of Hawaii.
April 14, 2003
1901 Newport condos set for vote tonight The Costa Mesa Redevelopment Agency -- the City Council acting under a different title -- will consider a 161-unit condominium project for 1901 Newport Blvd. tonight. The Planning Commission in February approved the project, which will include four four-story buildings. Part of the property, in the Downtown Redevelopment Zone, is the Spanish mission-style 1901 Newport building. While some residents complained about the project's density, commissioner Katrina Foley said the project represents the future of the downtown area.
May 1, 2009
It was arguably one of the most beautiful days to launch the Newport to Ensenada Yacht race. Hundreds of spectators lined the Corona del Mar cliffs to experience the spectacle on the Pacific Ocean heading south to Mexico. The race was founded in 1947, originally called The Governor’s Cup and sponsored by the venerable Newport Harbor Yacht Club, to reunite sailors coming out of service in WWII. In that first year, 117 boats entered the race, paying $22.50 each to compete. Only 65 boats finished the race.
October 10, 2007
Services for former Orange Coast College music professor and choral director Richard Raub will be later this week in Colorado Springs, Colo., school officials said. Raub, who directed the OCC choirs for 23 years, died in his Colorado Springs home Friday following a long battle with leukemia. He was 74. The Westminster Choir College graduate arrived at OCC in 1970 and was known for getting the best out of his singers, at times having them sing works rarely performed in Southern California.
September 9, 1999
Arden Flamson of Corona del Mar created the Richard J. Flamson Hereditary Screening Program at Hoag Hospital after her husband died of leukemia in 1991. The program is designed to help people who believe they may be hereditarily at risk for cancer. Flamson is a member of Circle 1000, Sandpipers, Foundation Fifty and the Festival of Trees, all of which raise funds for the hospital. Her efforts have helped to generate more than $3 million for the Cancer Center during the last 12 years.
September 22, 2004
Momba and kittens A cat named Momba and two of her five babies have tested positive for the feline leukemia virus. The founder of Community Animal Network, DiAnna Pfaff-Martin, said: "We hope the public will come forward and support our pro-quality life mission and adopt these beautiful and sweet animals two by two. The animals have no active symptoms of the virus, and their condition can be easily managed by ...
April 11, 2001
Big Kitty Kitty still needs help. He recently tested positive for feline leukemia and needs an indoor home without any other pets, or another leukemia-positive cat. He is a 1 1/2-year-old, neutered grey tabby. He is available for adoption through the Community Animal Network. Donations are being accepted to cover testing and boarding costs. Feline diseases are not transferable to people and doctors say cats like Big Kitty Kitty may live for many years without symptoms.
July 15, 2009
Cory Wanamaker passed away July 7, 2009 after a long courageous battle with Lymphoma / Leukemia. Born in Miami, Florida, September 28, 1956, she came to California over 30 years ago and became a long time Costa Mesa resident. Cory was a graduate of Cal State Long Beach. Cory worked primarily in the real estate field as a marketing executive before retiring to her preferred job of mother. She spent many volunteer hours at the Kaiser Schools and Newport Harbor High as well as donating her time and energy to many charity and volunteer endeavors.
May 9, 2002
Local moms pulled off the big one, raising an astounding $45,000 for Eastbluff Elementary School in Newport Beach. The third annual Eastbluff fund-raiser, billed as "Tropic of Paradise," brought out generous local parents intent on underwriting elementary school enrichment programs. The Hyatt Newporter was the setting for the upbeat evening celebration, which called for island attire and floral leis to create a tropical mood. The party was chaired by Marilyn Christian, Debra Pagliassotti and Susan Seger, creating a wonderful testimony to what neighborhood parents can do to make a difference in the school system.
January 10, 2004
B.W. COOK Lido Isle's lovely Marion Pickens said "yes" to a proposal of marriage from her handsome beau Dennis Pickens 56 years ago this week. World War II had ended, and the world was safe for a moment. Dennis and Marion were students at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where they fell in love on a first date at a fraternity party. Married two years later on Jan. 7, 1948, the Pickens would move to California, start a family, and build their lives together.