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December 25, 2003
Dear Santa, What I really want for Christmas is for my mother-in-law to move out here from New York so we can spend all the holidays and all the days in between as a family. The gleam in the eyes of our little daughter and the smile on her face when she sees her Nana are the best presents of all. "The weather out there is frightful," but here, it is just delightful. Thank you, Santa. P.S. I promise to be a very good girl and hope the only coal in my stocking will be the kind that has been around for a very long time -- you know, the kind that is so old it is hard as a diamond?
FEATURES
By Jessie Brunner | December 24, 2006
With Christmas right around the corner, it may seem that every child in the country is clamoring for a PlayStation 3 or the latest iPod. But in their 94th year helping Santa Claus answer his mail, the U.S. Postal Service finds many families are simply looking to satisfy basic needs during the holiday season. This year, the district post office for the Newport-Mesa area, 3101 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, has already received about 1,200 "Dear Santa" letters en route to the North Pole.
NEWS
August 26, 2001
Young Chang We said "oh my gosh" and smiled as we looked at a vacation photo of the Cashions and the Fromes holding a recent issue of the Daily Pilot at the North Pole. One of the front-page pieces was an Orange County Fair story I had written in July with a big photo taken by my photographer friend. He and I laughed -- our story had traveled all the way to the home of Kris Kringle. We've seen our bylines in Africa before -- in Switzerland, Argentina, China and Hawaii too. But the top of the world made us giggle.
NEWS
December 26, 2000
The Daily Pilot asked students at Killybrooke Elementary School in Costa Mesa: Do you believe Santa Claus exists? No, I just think my parents get up at night and put the presents under the tree that they're hiding. I believe in the spirit though. FRANK DENOEWER, 9 Costa Mesa Yeah. Because if you ask for a gift and you send it to the North Pole, nobody else can get it for you but Santa. MARTIN GONZALEZ, 9 Costa Mesa Yes. Because once when I was 4, I saw something that looked like a shooting star and my dad said it was Santa Claus and when we went in, there were presents.
NEWS
December 10, 1999
-- Rebecca Harris NEWPORT-MESA -- Students can mingle with Santa and his closest helper, Mrs. Claus, at school today. For the 28th consecutive year, the spirited couple from the North Pole will visit eight area elementary schools. However, they will be giving the reindeer a day off. Santa and Mrs. Claus will fly to each school in one of the Newport Beach Police Department's helicopters. Police staff will join Santa and distribute candy canes to all students.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mona Shadia | November 19, 2009
It was a celebration where Santa Claus himself made an appearance. And there was Mrs. Claus, too, of course. It was a celebration of the first day of the holiday season where, as Santa told everyone, the tree at the North Pole of the community would be lit. And then when the tree was lit everyone was in awe. Children were mesmerized, adults were smiling and no one seemed to worry about anything in the world. Colton McCann came to watch the tree lighting with his mom, Kara, and brother, Cashin, from Aliso Viejo.
NEWS
By Michael Alexander | November 20, 2008
A sea of Santa hats turned eagerly to the stage as old Saint Nick himself popped up from a crowd of elves. Everyone had to move quickly, he said, if he was going to make it to South Coast Plaza by morning. “Tonight we light the North Pole community tree as a reminder of all that’s good in the world!” he shouted. A crowd of parents, children and the young at heart gathered across from South Coast Plaza for its annual tree-lighting ceremony, complete with carols and music from the Orange County High School of the Arts.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | November 23, 2012
A chain of family-run hardware stores that started in Corona del Mar is offering to mail letters to Santa Claus' workshop in the North Pole - and the Big Guy will write back. Families can drop off their letters at Crown Ace Hardware until Christmas Eve. Santa has promised to write back to any child whose letter is dropped off by Dec. 5. To receive an answer, letters must include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. "As a family-run business, we hope to treat our customers as family," Crown Ace Hardware President Mark Schulein said in a prepared statement.
NEWS
By Mike Whitehead | July 5, 2012
Ahoy! Wondering what to do in September after the summer ends? Then join me on a post-summer cruise to Alaska for a week of great food and helping to solve a murder mystery. CRN, the station that syndicates my radio show, is giving listeners a chance to meet its radio personalities aboard Princess Cruises' Star Princess. The luxury liner will depart from Seattle on Sept. 9, and immediately point her bow northerly, climbing the latitudes to Alaska. Stops are scheduled in several ports such as Ketchikan, Juneau, the Tracy Arm fjord, Skagway, and Victoria in British Columbia before returning to Seattle.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Depko and Susanne Perez | November 19, 2009
Tales of monumental destruction are the specialty of director Roland Emmerich. He stomped us flat with “Godzilla.” He destroyed the White House with relish in “Independence Day.” And the whole city of New York took a mighty big hit in “The Day After Tomorrow.” In “2012” he takes two hours and 40 minutes to offer his vision of our planet’s total devastation. A shower storm of solar radiation overheats the Earth’s core. The complete cracking of the outer crust causes gigantic earthquakes.
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By Britney Barnes | November 23, 2012
A chain of family-run hardware stores that started in Corona del Mar is offering to mail letters to Santa Claus' workshop in the North Pole - and the Big Guy will write back. Families can drop off their letters at Crown Ace Hardware until Christmas Eve. Santa has promised to write back to any child whose letter is dropped off by Dec. 5. To receive an answer, letters must include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. "As a family-run business, we hope to treat our customers as family," Crown Ace Hardware President Mark Schulein said in a prepared statement.
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NEWS
By Mike Whitehead | July 5, 2012
Ahoy! Wondering what to do in September after the summer ends? Then join me on a post-summer cruise to Alaska for a week of great food and helping to solve a murder mystery. CRN, the station that syndicates my radio show, is giving listeners a chance to meet its radio personalities aboard Princess Cruises' Star Princess. The luxury liner will depart from Seattle on Sept. 9, and immediately point her bow northerly, climbing the latitudes to Alaska. Stops are scheduled in several ports such as Ketchikan, Juneau, the Tracy Arm fjord, Skagway, and Victoria in British Columbia before returning to Seattle.
FEATURES
By Evelyn Rogers | November 28, 2009
The winter season is just around the corner. This time of year often brings visions of winter wonderland landscapes, including snowmen and icicles — scenes we don’t see much of here in Orange County, but which are plentiful in the north. This year, our northernmost state, Alaska, celebrated 50 years of statehood. The Newport Beach Public Library has a great variety of children’s materials relating to Alaska and other areas of the far north, and the people and animals that call arctic regions home.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Depko and Susanne Perez | November 19, 2009
Tales of monumental destruction are the specialty of director Roland Emmerich. He stomped us flat with “Godzilla.” He destroyed the White House with relish in “Independence Day.” And the whole city of New York took a mighty big hit in “The Day After Tomorrow.” In “2012” he takes two hours and 40 minutes to offer his vision of our planet’s total devastation. A shower storm of solar radiation overheats the Earth’s core. The complete cracking of the outer crust causes gigantic earthquakes.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mona Shadia | November 19, 2009
It was a celebration where Santa Claus himself made an appearance. And there was Mrs. Claus, too, of course. It was a celebration of the first day of the holiday season where, as Santa told everyone, the tree at the North Pole of the community would be lit. And then when the tree was lit everyone was in awe. Children were mesmerized, adults were smiling and no one seemed to worry about anything in the world. Colton McCann came to watch the tree lighting with his mom, Kara, and brother, Cashin, from Aliso Viejo.
NEWS
By Michael Alexander | November 20, 2008
A sea of Santa hats turned eagerly to the stage as old Saint Nick himself popped up from a crowd of elves. Everyone had to move quickly, he said, if he was going to make it to South Coast Plaza by morning. “Tonight we light the North Pole community tree as a reminder of all that’s good in the world!” he shouted. A crowd of parents, children and the young at heart gathered across from South Coast Plaza for its annual tree-lighting ceremony, complete with carols and music from the Orange County High School of the Arts.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker | October 1, 2008
“So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install, A lovely bookshelf on the wall.” — Roald Dahl’s Oompa–Loompas in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”   Thousands of young readers will descend on OCC Sunday for the fifth annual Orange County Children’s Book Festival. The event includes readings and signings with top authors and illustrators, exhibits, several stages of live entertainment and a popular wild animal arena.
FEATURES
By RON VANDERHOFF | May 19, 2007
You ought to have seen what I saw on my way To the village, through Mortenson's pasture to-day: Blueberries as big as the end of your thumb, Real sky-blue, and heavy, and ready to drum In the cavernous pail of the first one to come! And all ripe together, not some of them green And some of them ripe! You ought to have seen! Robert Frost wrote this poem, "Blueberries," about wild blueberries while in the northern woods of Massachusetts in 1915.
FEATURES
By Jessie Brunner | December 24, 2006
With Christmas right around the corner, it may seem that every child in the country is clamoring for a PlayStation 3 or the latest iPod. But in their 94th year helping Santa Claus answer his mail, the U.S. Postal Service finds many families are simply looking to satisfy basic needs during the holiday season. This year, the district post office for the Newport-Mesa area, 3101 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, has already received about 1,200 "Dear Santa" letters en route to the North Pole.
NEWS
December 30, 2003
The Newport Harbor High boys basketball team won for the second time in two games Monday at the Capital City Classic in Juneau, Alaska. But the Sailors may have sustained a season-altering loss. Jamie Diefenbach, a 6-foot-8 senior center who missed his junior season after tearing the ACL in his right knee, injured his left knee Sunday night in the tournament's slam dunk contest, Newport assistant coach Bryan Cottriel said. "He came down funny and, after looking at it on videotape, I'd be surprised if it wasn't a torn ligament," Cottriel said.
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