February 23, 2004
Steve Virgen Sometimes when he thinks of the past and becomes teary-eyed, he will put his hands together, tilt his head upward and say a prayer of thanks for life. More than once, Lefteris Lavrakas has come dangerously close to death. During his 31 years of service in the United States Navy, the majority as a captain, the man they call, "Lefty," battled fate everyday. He saw many of his friends die in World War II. Such was the life he chose when he entered the Naval Academy in 1939 and left his dreams of baseball behind in Watertown, Mass.
June 21, 2001
Mathis Winkler Newport Harbor High School senior Joey Snelgrove hasn't been counting the days to his graduation today, and for a good reason. While hundreds of Snelgrove's fellow graduates in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District can look forward to months of summer fun, the 18-year-old has barely a week left before heading to Annapolis, Md., where he'll begin his basic military training at the U.S. Naval Academy on June 29. Graduation "is the beginning of me leaving," said Snelgrove, adding that he'll spend the next few days surfing and not working at all. "I'm excited to graduate, but school isn't that bad."
August 25, 2009
Local sailor honored Costa Mesa resident Michael Segerblom has been recognized by the Intercollegiate Sailing Assn. for outstanding service. Segerblom recently received the Graham Hall award, which recognizes organizers, administrators, advisors or coaches who have served the best interests of college sailing at the club/team, conference or national level. Segerblom, a 1986 graduate of USC, was an ICSA All-American in 1985 and captain of the school’s sailing team.
November 28, 2008
For many, Thanksgiving is time off with family. It is for Naval Academy students too, but for some, it’s also time to spread the word. A special program called “Operation Information,” or “Op-Info” for short, gives students of the United States Naval Academy — called midshipmen — a longer Thanksgiving break if they agree to talk to high school students about their experiences in Annapolis, Md. As part...
August 6, 2005
Dutton-Reimund Robert and Judi Dutton of Newport Beach are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Darci Rene Dutton of Palo Alto to Todd Edward Reimund of Palo Alto. The bride-elect graduated from the University of Southern California and earned her master's degree at the University of Colorado in Boulder. The future bridegroom, son of Charles and Jane Reimund of Irvine, graduated from Cornell University. An Oct. 15 wedding is planned at Auberge du Soleil in Napa.
October 22, 2008
U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s office has sent out a notice that those in his district interested in the United States Service Academies are facing a Nov. 3 deadline to complete their applications. “This is a unique opportunity for ambitious young men and women to earn a college degree while serving honorably in our armed forces,” Rohrabacher said in a statement. The academies, which include the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U. S. Naval Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, require nominations from officials like members of Congress.
August 29, 2001
Celeste Richardson of Newport Beach was one of three recipients awarded Rookie of the Year honors at FTD and VNS's three-day national sales meeting for FTD and VNS field service representatives who offer services to the U.S., Canada and Latin America. FTD is the world's largest floral organization linking 15,000 florists across the U.S. and Canada. . . . Koll Development Co. appointed Jake J. Ragusa vice president of marketing and development. Ragusa will be responsible for directing all aspects of the firm's new business development and corporate marketing.
August 13, 2003
Andrew Hurwitz, son of Robert Hurwitz of Newport Beach, was recently inducted into the Sigma Alpha Lambda Honors Society at Northern Arizona University ... Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeremiah Cleveland, a 1998 graduate of Costa Mesa High School, recently returned from the Mediterranean Sea and the Arabian Gulf while assigned to the guided missile destroyer Porter ... Navy Midshipman John Money, son of Christopher and...
September 18, 2002
Mike Ross of Newport Coast won Best of Show and the Best Modified Car Award at the third annual Endless Summer Car Show and Elvis Fest held at the Orange County Marketplace in August. Ross won a $300 cash award and trophies, which he received from Elvis Presley tribute artist Kirk Wall and marketplace president Jeff Teller ....Two Orange Coast College students, Jonathan Najman and Margaret Sharpe of Costa Mesa, were recently awarded $1,000 Coca-Cola scholarships for their academic success during the 2001-02 academic year.
July 1, 2011
David M. Roney, Jr. passed away on 28 May 2011 at the age of 88. The son of David Martin Roney and Dorothy Koenemann Roney, he was born in Philadelphia, PA on 8 September, 1922. David entered the United States Naval Academy following his graduation in 1940 from Frankford High School, Philadelphia. Under the accelerated wartime program, he graduated from the Naval Academy on 9 June 1943 and was married the same day to Madeline Dolores Sandbeck, also hailing from Philadelphia. Following their honeymoon in Sea Island, GA, David reported to Jacksonville NAS awaiting orders, and shipped out on Boise shortly thereafter.