December 19, 2006
With only six days till Christmas, several toy drives across Orange County are in serious need of more donations, including the Spark of Love drive, run by Orange County fire departments, officials said Monday. The Orange County Toy Collaborative Warehouse gets toys to all the needy children served by the Spark of Love, Toys for Tots, Operation Santa Claus and St. Vincent de Paul toy drives. They pool their resources so that the different charity efforts don't duplicate their efforts.
July 16, 2009
The cable reality series “The Real Housewives of Orange County” is tossing a Newport Coast resident into the mix for season five of the hit series. Newport Coast resident Alexis Bellino, 32, will join cast members Tamra Barney, Lynn Curtin, Vicki Gunvalson, Jeana Keough and Gretchen Rossi for season five of “The Real Housewives.” Married to entrepreneur Jim Bellino, Alexis Bellino is a stay-at-home mom to 3-year-old son James and 20-month-old twins Melania and Mackenna.
May 5, 2000
Alex Coolman The use of pesticides in Orange County -- including some chemicals considered highly toxic and carcinogenic -- increased dramatically during the 1990s, according to a report released Wednesday by an environmental group. The report by Pesticide Action Network, a San Francisco nonprofit group, is a comprehensive study of pesticide use across California, with data broken down by region and by county. Between 1991-98 in Orange County, the group concluded that use of a class of pesticides known as "bad actors" increased by 51%. The "bad actor" class of chemicals includes acute poisons, carcinogens, reproductive or developmental toxins, neurotoxins and ground water contaminants.
June 15, 2007
After serving nine years as a dedicated member of the Newport Beach-based Junior League of Orange County, Stacey Kinney of San Juan Capistrano was named president at a recent board meeting, and Kelly Northridge of Newport Beach will now serve as vice president. The 2007-2008 board of directors will also include Carla Dillon of Costa Mesa and Isabelle Ord and Jennifer Martin of Newport Beach. The nonprofit consists of about 750 women who volunteer to nurture a healthier and safer community while promoting volunteerism.
November 27, 1999
Joyce Scherer Here is an oddity: Orange County was named before the area was teeming with orange groves. In fact, in the mid-1884s, Anaheim County was the favored name by those seeking the area's independence from Los Angeles, says Newport Beach resident David Lansing, author of the newly published "The County of Orange: Center of Southern California." "Historical records suggest Orange County was proposed because there was a feeling, by those who lived here, that the name was more evocative and that settlers would be more inclined to move to a land with such promise in its name," Lansing writes.
December 17, 2002
In a Dec. 14 letter, El Toro V-Plan proponent Russell Niewiarowski of Santa Ana Heights expressed his widely held confusion ("Dazed and confused by JWA situation"). He wrote: "I am confused as to how, on one hand, the elected officials of Newport Beach and the majority of the county of Orange Board of Supervisors could preach and sing the need for a 30-million-annual-passenger El Toro International airport, then so quickly discarded all such notions ... [and]
June 22, 2006
Many readers have reacted to the recent court decision that calls into question the future of KOCE-TV. They have expressed concern that the only station that regularly covers Orange County issues, educates Orange County school children and provides some of the best PBS programs in Southern California could be ultimately taken over by an out-of-state religious broadcast network. But there are critical issues that have not been publicly discussed in this debate about the fairness of the Coast Community College District's sale of KOCE to the KOCE-TV Foundation and the court's very narrow interpretation of a law designed to allow school districts to sell surplus property, such as furniture or vehicles.
January 25, 2010
Sparkle Restoration Services helps with online advice and answers urgent questions via Twitter Sparkle Restoration Services, an Orange County water damage emergency company launched its Twitter appearance yesterday on Wednesday Jan. 21 ( www.twitter.com/SparkleTweets ) . The company's management made the timely decision to use its Twitter appearance to address the community’s immediate concerns and questions regarding water intrusion, flooded homes and office spaces.
February 2, 2008
California’s decisive Feb. 5 primary is just days away, and Orange County is abuzz with grassroots political activity. It’s the first election in many decades that sees no obvious heir apparent for either party. While momentum from New Hampshire and Iowa has thinned each party’s pool of candidates, the parties and their advocates remain engaged in serious races for control of their party, and ultimately, the country. Boris Mamlyuk is one such soldier.
April 2, 2008
The cost of an average regular gallon of gasoline in Orange County rose to $3.579, narrowly beating the mark of $3.574 set Tuesday. The per-gallon cost of mid-level and premium gasoline and diesel fuel rose to $3.81, $3.872 and $4.217, respectively. Orange County gas prices have reached record levels more than once this year, although the prices had dropped slightly before surging again this week. Marie Montgomery, an Automobile Club of Southern California spokeswoman, couldn’t say exactly why the costs were up again, but said one factor might be that refineries are starting to produce summer-blend gasoline, which causes less pollution and costs more to make than the winter blend.