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November 11, 2000
Two very glamorous Orange County women, Pat Rypinski and Patricia Ann Marshall, both of Newport Beach, greeted the arriving crush Thursday evening on the patio fronting the new Bridge of Gardens at South Coast Plaza. Some 150 guests converged on the terrace in support of the Candlelight Concert, a major holiday fund-raiser benefiting the Orange County Performing Arts Center and presented by the Center's board of directors. The terrace was transformed from its stark contemporary landscape into a magical European topiary garden replete with living statues.
NEWS
September 15, 2011
A magnitude 3.5 earthquake hit the Newport Beach area early Thursday morning. The temblor occurred at 2:56 a.m. in the San Joaquin Hills area about two miles from Newport Beach and four miles from Irvine. It was felt over a large swath of Orange County, mostly notably Irvine and the South County region, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. There were no reports of damage. —From LATimes.com Twitter: @LATimes
OCNOW
By Anh Do | March 20, 2014
Orange County's vast network of toll roads will go cashless this spring, shutting down all of its toll booths and eliminating the need to fish for exact change. Motorists who travel the 51 miles of toll lanes can continue to use the FasTrak passes, which are scanned as drivers pass through toll plazas, or shift to a newly created ExpressAccount. The conversion will affect all of the county's toll roads -- the 73, 133, 241 and the 261 -- starting in May. The new ExpressAccount will operate on a vehicle identification system, with cars' license plates being scanned at toll plazas.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia | January 27, 2010
The Philharmonic Society of Orange County and New York's Carnegie Hall this fall will present JapanOC: a festival celebrating Japan's culture and arts at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, according to a news release from the Philharmonic. The festival is the second in a partnership that began last year between Henry Segerstrom and Clive Gillinson, executive and artistic director of the Carnegie Hall. Working together, the philharmonic society, Segerstrom and Gillinson brought Ancient Paths, Modern Voices: A Festival Celebrating Chinese Culture to Orange County.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | July 22, 2011
Summer on the Orange Coast is alive with people, parties and purpose. All that and amazing food and entertainment to go right along with the fun in the sun season. On Tuesday evenings in Newport Beach the venerable Ritz, in the capable hands of Ray Jacobi , features an amazing Southern barbecue and concert on the patio. On a recent Tuesday evening, the Fabulous Baker Boys in from Las Vegas entertained as the chef created the best barbecue this side of any Texas county line.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters | February 1, 2012
UC Irvine's Anteaters are about to start chowing down on a lot more oranges. Anteater athletes planted a grove of the citrus-bearing trees Wednesday afternoon near the Crawford Athletics Complex along West Peltason Drive. "They will grow there for years and years," said women's tennis team member Stephanie Hammel of the trees. "The fruit will give members of the community or athletes the opportunity to come here, pick the fruit and enjoy it. " The 24 trees were donated by the Orange County Great Park and are part of a project to upgrade the pool score board and beautify the surrounding area, said Cathy Lawhon, university director of media relations and community outreach.
NEWS
By Roger Vincent | September 3, 2013
Three office buildings in Mission Viejo and Irvine have sold in two transactions that, combined, industry observers valued at more than $90 million as investor demand for Orange County commercial properties heats up. The sales to large national investors are a sign that the county's office market is recovering from the drubbing it took after the mortgage industry began to contract in 2007, said real estate broker Ryan Gallagher of HFF. ...
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | May 9, 2012
DANA POINT - The Corona del Mar High boys' lacrosse team stayed perfect and it pulled off the feat in a game it failed to win the last two times. The contest is the biggest one in Orange County every year. In their third trip to the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section South Division finale in four years, the Sea Kings can call themselves champions. Top-seeded CdM grabbed the lead first and never trailed. The Sea Kings finished their opponent this time, beating third-seeded San Clemente, 9-6, at Dana Hills High on Wednesday night.
NEWS
August 15, 2004
PETER BUFFA Every two years, the world throws a party, and everybody comes. A few thousand athletes from a few hundred countries pack their bags and travel a really long way to wherever, compete like all get out for two weeks, then go home. It's called the Olympic Games. A few athletes are famous before they get there, or will be when they leave, but most will never be heard of, or from, before, during or after. Why do they do it? No one knows.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | March 14, 2009
President Barack Obama’s staffers are eyeing the OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa as a possible venue for a town hall meeting when the president visits Orange County on Wednesday, a Democratic party official said Saturday. “We haven’t gotten any confirmation yet, but there are rumors they are considering using the fairgrounds,” said Melahat Rafiei, executive director of the Democratic Party of Orange County. Obama will travel to Orange County on Wednesday afternoon, before heading to Los Angeles to spend the night, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said during a media briefing last week.
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By B.W. Cook | May 1, 2014
The Segerstrom Center for the Arts remains the cornerstone of culture in Orange County. The ever-constant devotion of a confederation of local guilds has, over some three-plus decades, provided a combination of enthusiastic moral and financial support. On April 12 in Costa Mesa, The Guilds of the Center gathered their combined formidable forces for the second spring celebration, billed as "Bet on the Wheels. " The evening of casino-style gaming, dining and dancing unfolded in the giant ballroom of the Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center, co-chaired by Amy Larson and Marty Olds . Also front and center for the event was overall guilds chair Marilyn McCorkle , who welcomed honored guests of the night Eve and Michael Ruffatto of Corona del Mar and Denver.
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SPORTS
April 26, 2014
With less than a lap to go in the boys' 1,600-meter seeded event at the Orange County Championships, Spencer Keith tripped while in fifth place, losing nine spots. The senior bounced back later, though. Keith went on to win the 3,200, recording a personal-best time of 9 minutes, 16.75 seconds at the meet at Mission Viejo High on Saturday. "He finished very strong after the spill," CdM Coach Bill Sumner said of Keith, who took 14th in the 1,600 in 4:24.54, which is also a personal record.
SPORTS
April 26, 2014
Corona del Mar High center Giovanni Gentosi, Costa Mesa High running back Oronde Crenshaw, Newport Harbor wide receiver Quest Truxton and Corona del Mar quarterback Luke Napolitano highlight four of seven Newport-Mesa seniors selected to play in the 55th edition of the Brea Lions Club Orange County North-South Prep All-Star Football Game at Orange Coast College on July 10. The seven locals will represent the South team, which has 36 players....
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | April 25, 2014
A recent report on the state of Orange County's communities paints a picture of a growing economy powered by job increases in major industries, but with the region's families struggling to keep up. The county's annual Community Indicators Report - a joint project of CalOptima, the Children and Families Commission of Orange County and United Way - tracks a variety of factors that contribute to residents' quality of life, from economic trends to...
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 12, 2014
Orange County officials this week unveiled the winning design for a monument to crime victims planned for Mason Regional Park in Irvine. On Saturday morning, dozens of victims or families of victims affected by violent or sexual crimes gathered at the site of the planned memorial. "This monument will serve as a place of contemplation and peace for crime victims and their families," Irvine Mayor Steven Choi said. The design reveal was the culmination of a year-long contest.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | April 10, 2014
He still remembers Georgia O'Keeffe on roller skates. Growing up as a painter's son in a small New Mexico town, Peter Sarkisian got a firsthand view of many of the art scene's luminaries - including the times when they set aside the brush and played party games with his family. In the abandoned school building that his parents converted to a living space, Sarkisian sometimes felt removed from mainstream society. Still, he witnessed the business end of the arts: the collectors who stopped by the house, the shows in New York, the revenues that paid the bills for years.
NEWS
By Lee Ramos | March 29, 2014
New Yorker magazine writer Tad Friend examined Costa Mesa's politics in September of 2011 and suggested that Costa Mesa was ground zero for the issues facing many cities in Orange County and across the country. But why Costa Mesa? For anyone who has lived here even a short time, the answer is obvious: Costa Mesa has more to offer residents than any other city in Orange County and it is the county's best place to live. In Costa Mesa there are four schools of higher education.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | March 29, 2014
A proposed ordinance that would ease building requirements for small developments faces its second reading Tuesday before the Costa Mesa City Council. The Small-Lot Subdivision Ordinance would be applied to projects containing up to 15 units in areas already zoned for multi-family housing. City staff contends that the law would "promote affordable ownership housing by providing more flexible development standards" and other maintenance issues for underutilized, multifamily residential lots.
SPORTS
March 28, 2014
Estancia High sophomore Kevin Pizarro earned the Orange Coast League Offensive MVP award in boys' soccer after he lifted the Eagles to the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 5 playoffs. Pizarro, a repeat first-team pick, produced 11 goals and 13 assists. The assists are the second-best total in Orange County. The Eagles (16-6-5, 5-2-3 in league) made their first semifinal appearance since 1999-2000 season. They placed third in league for the second consecutive season.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | March 27, 2014
As drivers whizzed north on the San Joaquin Hills (73) toll road Thursday, some veered right toward the cash tollbooths at the Catalina View Mainline Toll Plaza rather than continue through the FasTrak lanes. They discovered that where seven tollbooths once stood sentry, only six remained. Construction crews had removed the center booth earlier that morning in preparation for the toll road - as well as the three others in Orange County - to go cashless. The drivers chose among the other open lanes, shelled out the $6 weekday fee for their cars and continued on their way. Come May, at a specific date still to be determined, traffic will be routed instead through the automated lanes.
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