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By Joseph Serna | December 31, 2009
It was a year of transition for the Orange County Sheriff?s Harbor Patrol, as the unit saw two new leaders in one year and had to deal with the prospect of a smaller budget and new laws. Among the first changes was enforcing new requirements for boats anchored off Corona del Mar State Beach. Until a January council meeting, unmanned boats could be anchored off the coast for weeks at a time. The problem was that anchor chains and lines would break and boats would drift away. The new ordinance limited the time sailors can be away from their boat and how long they can anchor off the coast.
By Jill Cowan | January 17, 2013
Following the deaths of two homeless people, a pilot program shuttling Costa Mesa's homeless to spend nights at an emergency shelter in Santa Ana has been extended through Wednesday, service providers said. Pick-ups will take place at about 4 p.m. daily at the Lighthouse Church, 1885 Anaheim Ave., said Becks Heyhoe of the Churches Consortium, a homeless outreach program. They'll take homeless people to stay at the Armory emergency shelter run by Mercy House in Santa Ana. Then, a bus will leave Santa Ana for the Lighthouse at 6:15 a.m. Update: Organizers said the departure time from the armory in the morning is now scheduled for 6 a.m., not 6:15 a.m.  After a homeless man and woman were found dead on city streets Tuesday - just after the height of the cold snap - Costa Mesa scrambled to take action.
By Britney Barnes | March 8, 2012
Sitting criss-cross on the floor, four kindergartners each placed a hand on the double bass towering over them to feel the vibrations as it was played. "Wow! How does that feel?" asked Pacific Symphony bassist Doug Basye. "Does it tickle?" Basye gave a lesson Thursday morning to a class of kindergartners at Victoria Elementary School on how the double bass works, the different sections of the orchestra and the works of American composer Aaron Copland. It was all part of Class Act, a partnership between the Costa Mesa-based Pacific Symphony and schools, to connect students with musicians and introduce them to a composer.
By Brianna Bailey | April 15, 2010
Newport Harbor High School junior Jason Cernius, 17, likes shooting hoops and playing pingpong with his little brother, 15-year-old Andrew. “I didn’t think that he would be able to do the things other brothers do at first, but I taught him how to play sports,” Jason said. Andrew, who has problems with language and social skills, was diagnosed with autism at age 3. He was diagnosed with brain cancer when he was 16 months old and given only a 20% chance of survival.
August 29, 2002
Here are some of the decisions coming out of the Costa Mesa Planning Commission meeting on Monday. CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTER PARKING Costa Mesa planning commissioners unanimously approved a request from Christian Outreach Center officials to deviate from usual parking requirements for their new place of worship on Harbor Boulevard. Officials representing the Christian Outreach Center, slated to move into a 1,954-square-foot space in the Commerce Park complex, asked for a conditional-use permit that would reduce the required parking spaces from 25 to six. Plans for the church, which has about 30 members, call for a reception area, office space, sanctuary and restroom on the first floor and a youth room, "clothing and food room," and restroom on the second floor, according to a staff report.
April 24, 2009
A committee of local residents and business owners who have been evaluating ideas for improving Newport’s Oceanfront Walk will present their findings at a Newport Beach City Council study session at 4 p.m. Tuesday. The 3-mile path, which stretches from E Street to 36th Street on Balboa Peninsula is a popular, year-round destination for strolling, bicycling and roller-blading, The committee is implementing a community outreach program to inform users of basic safety guidelines for using the walkway, such as slowing down on their bicycles.
June 2, 2007
The Newport Beach Public Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., will pre-screen the PBS documentary, "Breaking the Curse," at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The documentary focuses on India's problems in dealing with the underprivileged classes in its country, and details the efforts of an Atlanta woman who initiated a successful program there to rehabilitate people afflicted with leprosy. Daryn Kagan, former CNN anchor, producer Brian Kosisky and Becky Douglas, president of Rising Star Outreach and the subject of the documentary, will present the screening in the Friends Meeting Room of the library.
October 2, 2003
Hoops game to raise funds for paramedic Firefighters from Newport Beach, Fountain Valley and Garden Grove will play a basketball game on Saturday against the Chinese Junior Olympic Men's team to generate support for Newport Beach paramedic Brian Slater, who was injured in a bodysurfing accident last month. Admission to the game is free. However, firefighters will be accepting donations and passing a boot allowing guests to make a donation for Slater.
December 12, 2002
GETTING INVOLVED runs periodically in the Daily Pilot on a rotating basis. For information on adding your organization to this list, call (949) 574-4298. COSTA MESA CIVIC PLAYHOUSE The playhouse needs volunteers for ushering, backstage work, mailings, typing, controlling lights and many other duties. (949) 650-5269. COSTA MESA HISTORICAL SOCIETY The society preserves and promotes the history of Costa Mesa and the harbor area.
By Dan Pittman | January 22, 2010
Costa Mesa-based Experian®, the global information services company, and the National Bankers Association (NBA) Foundation have announced a new pilot program focusing on financial literacy outreach in underserved communities. This initiative will reach consumers through NBA member banks, many of which are located in distressed urban centers. ?Ensuring all consumers have access to useful resources to help them better manage their finances is a core value for Experian,? said Maxine Sweet, vice president of public education at Experian.
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