November 26, 2004
Deepa Bharath For 20-year-old Tyler Gray, home is 2,428 miles and two time zones away. The U.S. Marine looked at his watch as he sat in the living room of Joy and Chris Wynkoop's Cameo Highlands home. "My parents and sisters must've eaten by now," he said of his family in Blackshear, Ga. "This is my first Thanksgiving away from home." Two days ago, Gray also watched a birthday go by without his family by his side. The Marine, who is part of Camp Pendleton's 1st Battalion, 1st Marines -- an infantry unit that the city of Newport Beach adopted in December -- will be deployed yet again in less than two weeks.
January 30, 2005
Alicia Robinson At 81 years old and with six diverse careers under his belt, you'd think Gil Ferguson had earned his retirement. Tell that to his friends and supporters in Principles Over Politics, a political group he founded 20 years ago and tried to shut down in December. A career Marine and Republican state assemblyman who represented Newport Beach for 10 years, Ferguson has a lengthy list of friends and acquaintances who read his newsletter and attend his monthly political breakfasts at the Balboa Bay Club.
May 10, 2003
After the Newport Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council's National Day of Prayer breakfast on May 1, Margo Allen and I loaded some 22 file boxes and trash bags of goods donated by Daily Pilot readers, members of local churches, temples and synagogues, Interact clubs from Saddleback and Garden Grove High schools in my sport utility vehicle for delivery to the Marines and their families at the Twenty-nine Palms Marine Corps base....
December 22, 2002
Christine Carrillo The Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. sparked a fire under four members of the Newport Beach Cal Coast Track Club late October, giving them a simultaneous chance to revisit the capital and achieve a 26.2-mile goal. Mary Fletcher of Newport Beach, John Kenney of Corona del Mar, Tom Boris of Newport Coast and Gloria LaCommare of West Covina started and ended their run near the Iwo Jima Monument and got the chance to hit a number of other monuments along their route before reaching an exhausting finish.
November 10, 2007
NEWPORT BEACH — Dan Marcheano had a restaurant full of Marines to serve Saturday at lunch, so he prepared a dish familiar to anyone who had been in the service. Of course, since it was a special occasion, he made it taste a little better than it might in the trenches. The owner of the Arches Restaurant on 29th Street honors the Marine Corps’ birthday every year by inviting active and retired personnel and their families for a celebratory lunch. In addition to the usual steaks, seafood and other Arches favorites Saturday, Marcheano had his cooks whip up a batch of chipped beef on toast — a dish that, in the military, has a popular name unprintable in a family newspaper.
September 15, 2006
The Marine Corps Birthday Ball is an event that makes the men and their mates feel special, but it’s not one that is always affordable. “Our goal for raising money is to allow the lower ranks to go to the Marine Corps Ball -- sergeants and lower -- to go for free,” said 1st Sgt. John Kob of the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, Newport Beach’s adopted Marine battalion, which recently returned from Iraq where it lost 11 men....
February 6, 2008
Rep. John Campbell has introduced a bill that would rescind more than $2 million in earmarks for Berkeley in the 2008 Omnibus Appropriations bill and transfer the funds to the Marine Corps budget. The move, proposed in tandem with an identical Senate bill filed by South Carolina Republican Jim DeMint, is retaliation for a vote by the Berkeley City Council last week that declared a Marine Corps Recruitment Center in the city “uninvited and unwelcome intruders.” The resolution also encouraged “all people to avoid cooperation with the Marine Corps recruiting station,” and applauded those who “may volunteer to impede, passively or actively, by nonviolent means, the work of any military recruiting office located in the city of Berkeley.
December 30, 1999
From a news perspective, the 1990s in Newport-Mesa had it all. Million-dollar embezzlements by officials in a city and a school district. A sexual harassment scandal in the Newport Beach Police Department that took down the chief and his top lieutenant. A hard-fought and highly emotional political campaign over a proposed airport that divided the north and the south. An ongoing environmental story. An international sports star in our backyard. A devastating car crash and its aftermath, including what many called a modern miracle.
September 21, 2009
ORANGE COUNTY, CA – The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation will honor two prominent Southern California business leaders for their patriotism and professional achievements, as well as for their contributions to the country and their local communities. The awards will be presented by the evening's military guest of honor — Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James T. Conway — at the 27th Annual Marine Scholarship Ball on October 17th at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point.
November 22, 2007
NEWPORT BEACH — Michael Owens had to fight temptation while he put together the Island Hotel’s annual Christmas display — and he won some of the time. The hotel’s executive pastry chef had the task of overseeing the lobby display that accompanies the Island’s holiday toy drive, which benefits the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign. Inside the front doors, Owens helped to set up two statues, a giant greeting card and a mountainside village all made out of chocolate and confections.