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By Michael Miller | June 14, 2007
Ralph Grippo, a veteran luxury resort manager who has worked in the United States and Asia, has been appointed by the Irvine Co. to oversee a planned resort by the Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Coast. The Resort at Pelican Hill, which the Irvine Co. announced in 2003, features a 204-room hotel, 128 villas, restaurants, a new golf clubhouse, the existing golf club and a spa. Grippo, who most recently worked with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co., started work with the Irvine Co. on Monday and said he was thrilled to be at the helm of the new resort.
By Michael Miller | November 1, 2006
For Chase and Josh Roossin's bar mitzvah projects, they've chosen to celebrate a rite of passage other than their own. The Newport Coast brothers, who attend school at Tarbut V'Torah in Irvine, have spent the last several months filming a video and organizing a fundraiser for the start-up nonprofit Wonder Works Therapy. To date, the boys have raised more than $300 for the group — money that will go to business cards, literature and other expenses — and plan to host a silent auction and wine-tasting on Thursday.
By Michael Miller | November 2, 2006
A Sacramento veteran. A community activist. Two mothers whose children graduated from the same high school — albeit three decades apart. Whichever candidate voters choose for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's fourth trustee area next week, they are assured of one thing: They will get an experienced leader in office. The question, though, is what kind of experience will serve the schools best. Incumbent Serene Stokes, who is completing her third term on the board, has seen the district through its peaks and valleys of the last 12 years.
By Alicia Robinson | June 24, 2007
Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to visit Newport Coast today to raise money for his wife's 2008 presidential campaign, but you won't get much news about the event from your local papers. Why not? The press isn't invited — unless they want to donate between $300 and $4,600 to the campaign. That's not unusual either. Presidential contenders John McCain, a Republican, and Barack Obama, a Democrat, kept the doors closed on their fundraisers in town earlier this month.
By Barry Faulkner | May 31, 2013
COSTA MESA — Newport Coast Elementary Coach Ramzi Ammari has the rarest of rosters for the fifth- and sixth-grade girls' silver division in the Daily Pilot Cup youth soccer tournament. In the Coyotes' tournament-opening 2-0 victory over Whittier on Thursday at Davis Elementary, they displayed depth, balance, passion, unselfishness and organization. But after completely dominating the pace of the game and amassing a 21-2 advantage in saves, there is at least one area of concern for Ammari as his team moves ahead: "The goalkeeper position is probably the most challenging to fill," said Ammari, who praised the heart and Johna Zahed, who made one save but faced her greatest challenge trying to stay entertained while the ball remained at the other end of the field virtually the entire game.
By Barry Faulkner | January 13, 2012
Newport Coast resident Camille Levin and UC Irvine All-American CoCo Goodson were selected fourth and 12th, respectively, in the Women's Professional Soccer draft Friday in Kansas City, Mo. Levin, who helped lead Stanford to its first NCAA championship as a senior in 2011, was taken in the first round by Sky Blue FC, based in New Jersey. A first-team All-American as a senior, she played three positions for the Cardinal (25-0-1). She had an assist in the 1-0 NCAA final triumph over Duke and collected four goals and seven assists in 2011.
By Joseph Serna | December 11, 2009
Prosecutors have charged five men with various robbery, weapon and kidnapping charges related to a violent home-invasion robbery in Newport Coast earlier this week. Antoine Bashiri Boyd, 31, Mickael Andre Hastings, 36, Ronnie Labert Morrissette, 34, Darrin Mucker, 37, all from Los Angeles, and Peter Joseph Paturzo, 44, of Mission Viejo, are all charged with multiple counts of robbery, kidnapping and assault with a firearm. The men face life in prison if convicted of all charges.
By Michael Miller | October 28, 2007
Greg Encarnacion intends to tee off soon at the Irvine Co.’s new luxury golf club in Newport Coast. But it might take a few weeks and a few paychecks. Encarnacion, who worked in guest services at the Pelican Hill Golf Club before it closed for renovation two years ago, has bided his time ever since working — and playing — at the Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine. He remembers the old Pelican Hill as one of the lushest, most challenging courses in the region, and he knows many of his customers do too; they’ve peppered him with questions about the revised golf club that the Irvine Co. intends to reopen Friday.
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