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By Daniel Tedford | March 25, 2008
A young girl took a few dissatisfied, pouting steps forward, grabbed her wrecked box and walked away. Another lesson learned. But the education was all in good fun at Harbor View Elementary School on Friday when the school had its annual Egg Drop before the Easter weekend. Students got to package their eggs for maximum protection before they were tossed by the school’s principal, Charlene Metoyer, off the roof. Students wrapped their eggs in cardboard packaging, plastic wrap, Tupperware, cotton balls and some went as far as to attach parachutes to the fragile eggs.
April 13, 2001
Deepa Bharath The Costa Mesa Conference and Visitors Bureau earned top honors in this year's California Tourism Awards competition. The bureau won the award for its promotional package to tourists that contained complimentary certificates from stores and restaurants valued at $450. The package increased business by 20%, officials said. The purpose of the package, called "A Gift from us to you," was to provide added value to travelers and other guests at seven Costa Mesa hotels.
April 18, 2003
BRIEFLY IN THE NEWS Suspicious package evacuates building Several people were evacuated from a Newport Beach office building for about three hours Thursday afternoon after an employee received a package leaking a dangerous chemical, officials said. Five employees initially became sick from inhaling the fumes from the package, but said they felt better later, Newport Beach Fire officials said. Firefighters responded at about 2:05 p.m. to the building in the 4400 block of Von Karman Avenue after an employee reportedly became ill after receiving the package, which emitted an odor, said Donna Boston, public information officer for the Fire Department.
December 16, 2004
KAREN WIGHT No matter what occasion you celebrate, a beautifully wrapped package is always appreciated. Even if the "oohs" and "ahhhs" only last for a moment before the bow and paper are destroyed, the initial visual impact leaves a first and lasting impression. I love the entire ritual of wrapping packages. I like choosing the papers, the ribbons and the tags. I like combining ribbons and adding decorative ornaments. I am a wrapaholic. This time of year requires a certain amount of wrap-aptitude, and I'm the gal to provide it. Start with a wrapped package: Don't cheat on the folded edges; burnish them with the handle of your scissors.
May 19, 2003
Paul Clinton In some cases, overnight package delivery just isn't fast enough. So says Bruce Ross, who has introduced a same-day delivery service based in a small office near John Wayne Airport. Ross, a former police officer, promises to deliver any package weighing five pounds or less in less than four hours. The service is the centerpiece of Ross' relaunching of his ExpressAir Delivery Systems, a messenger service that has floundered since Sept.
By By Michael Miller | December 10, 2005
Corona del Mar High placed on lockdown Friday as police investigated suspicious bag.Corona del Mar High School locked down its campus for an hour Friday morning, keeping students in classrooms as police investigated a suspicious package outside. The lockdown ended after police determined that the package contained beer bottles. Around 7:40 a.m., according to Sgt. Bill Hartford of the Newport Beach Police Department, principal Fal Asrani called to report a suspicious item in the parking lot near the campus pool.
June 11, 2007
Payroll Woman of the Year announced The American Payroll Assn. recently named Sondra Dougherty of Costa Mesa Payroll Woman of the Year. Dougherty was chosen out of more than 22,500 members in the professional association. She is the director of support services for the Orange County Department of Education. She was honored in 2003 by the association with the Meritorious Service Award and a year later with a Special Recognition Award. "Her dedication to volunteerism and the payroll industry is unsurpassed," association executive director Dan Maddux said.
By Amanda Pennington | September 13, 2006
NEWPORT BEACH — Years ago, Newport Beach resident Beverly Morgan received a care package from her parents while she was away at camp as a child. The package was filled with simple things, candy and comic books, but Morgan has never forgotten how it felt to pick up the package and enjoy some of the everyday pleasures she had been without. Earlier this year, Morgan read about Operation Interdependence in a monthly e-mail blast from her employer. The delivery system program called for civilians to assemble care packages for the men and women deployed overseas.
February 2, 2006
indexAT A GLANCE ON THE WEB: WEATHER Expect high temperatures between 64 and 69 and sunny skies after a cloudy morning. See Page A4 SPORTS UC Irvine's baseball team opens the 2006 season with hopes of using its pitching and spacious ballpark to its advantage. See Page B1 HOW WE MET Did you find true love in an unex- pected place? Did you get thrown for a loop when you least expected it? Or did you always know that special someone, from the very first glance?
By Michael Alexander | October 3, 2008
Local politicians remain split on the merits, in ways that appear to cross party lines, of the $700-billion bailout package that was signed into law Friday. U.S. Rep. John Campbell, who has consistently supported the $700-billion rescue package, said its passage wasn’t something to celebrate, but that it was necessary. “I wouldn’t say that I or anyone else who voted for it is happy, but we are relieved,” he said. “I think that this will go a long way toward stabilizing our markets, so that they begin to operate or function rationally again.
November 27, 2013
Newport Beach police Wednesday warned residents about a spate of package thefts from homes' front porches. Three times between Nov. 15 and Nov. 21, recently delivered parcels were taken from the front of homes in the 3000 block of Corte Portofino, the 400 block of Vista Roma and the 600 block of Poppy Ave. Police asked residents to be on the lookout for suspicious activity during the holiday season when many gifts are shipped. Residents should call police at (949) 644-3717 if they see someone take a package from a doorstep or someone following a delivery truck and checking the porch after the delivery, the department said.
By Bradley Zint | May 18, 2013
Costa Mesa's preliminary budget for the coming year includes a significant increase in capital-improvement spending that, when combined with other proposed expenditures, would require dipping into city reserves. The preliminary, $157.4-million budget for fiscal year 2013-14, which was posted online Tuesday, assumes a $12.7-million deficit, according to a memo that Bobby Young, director of finance and information technology, sent to city officials Monday. The 63 planned capital projects make up nearly 21% of Costa Mesa's total budget, or about $31 million - roughly a 50% increase from last year's $20.7 million in capital improvement spending.
By Jill Cowan | January 23, 2013
The Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday instructed staff to develop a comprehensive parking plan for Balboa Village, authorized a voluntary buyout program for certain employees and gave City Attorney Aaron Harp a raise. * Balboa Parking Plan The proposed parking plan, which drew mixed reviews from neighborhood residents who came to speak on the matter, was recommended by the Balboa Village Advisory Committee. While the council ultimately voted unanimously to fund a more comprehensive study to fine tune a proposal, Councilwoman Nancy Gardner questioned aspects of the committee's recommendations about a residential parking permit program.
January 22, 2013
CureDuchenne, a Newport Beach-based nonprofit that funds research into a form of muscular dystrophy, is auctioning off two tickets to Super Bowl XLVII, courtesy of Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews. The package, which is valued at $5,000, includes Matthews' two terrace-level tickets to the game Feb. 3, plus four nights at the Best Western French Quarter Landmark Hotel, according to the nonprofit's website. Duchenne muscular dystrophy affects one in 3,500 boys and is the most common form of muscular dystrophy, the website says.
By Jill Cowan | October 1, 2012
Police evacuated Newport Beach City Hall on Monday after an employee reported finding an unattended backpack in a breezeway between the council chambers and an administration building. About 10 Balboa Peninsula businesses on 32nd Street between Newport Boulevard and Villa Way also participated in their own voluntary evacuation, said Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Kathy Lowe. The camouflage backpack contained "miscellaneous personal items," she said. The initial call to police came about 10 a.m., Lowe said "The [Newport Beach police]
By Brittany Woolsey | September 11, 2012
As a nurse for 25 years, caring had always been a part of Mary Anne Bane's personality, so helping service members in Afghanistan comes instinctively. For the seventh year, Bane, along with 10 other Costa Mesa seniors, put together care packages at Bethel Towers on Saturday for five soldiers in Afghanistan. "I just felt like it was time to do something," Bane said. "And this is our way of showing our support. We're seniors and we don't have a lot of money, but when you put it all together, our [care]
November 23, 2011
Newport Beach police are urging residents to hide their holiday packages in cars and at homes from potential thieves. Property crimes account for 90% of all crimes committed in Newport Beach, and, of those, 37% involve theft from vehicles, the Police Department said in a news release. In many cases, car doors are unlocked so police are encouraging people to leave packages out of sight and secure cars and houses. To prepare for the holidays, Newport Beach police are expected to conduct additional drunk driving checkpoints and patrols, and will be focusing on curfews of minors during the holiday season, the department said.
November 5, 2011
Irvine police spent hours last weekend sorting through more than 100 packages found in a suspected thief's home and car, police said. Tien Kim Vu, 27 of Santa Ana was arrested Oct. 27, according to a news release from Irvine police. Police assert that Vu burglarized more than 20 North Irvine area homes. On Oct. 27, an officer assigned to the area discovered a vehicle matching the description of the suspect's car. It had stolen plates and was filled with packages believed to be stolen from homes in the area, according to police.
By Joseph Serna | September 16, 2011
COSTA MESA - Though she drew a fraction of Texas Gov. Rick Perry's crowd in Newport Beach last week, Rep. Michele Bachmann's supporters showed no signs of losing faith at the Orange County Fairgrounds on Friday. About 150 to 200 supporters came to hear the Minnesota Republican stump for the GOP nomination for president. "We are ready to take our country back in 2012!" Bachmann cried. The "tea party" favorite immediately went on the offensive against President Obama, and the government's $535-million contract with the now-defunct energy company Solyndra.
By Joseph Serna | August 11, 2011
The Orange County Sheriff's Department bomb squad has responded to a suspicious package at the Orange County Fair, authorities said late Thursday. Police were notified at 8:40 p.m. about a suspicious backpack on the property and cleared the immediate area but have not evacuated the entire fair, said Lt. Gary Strachan. More details to come as the story develops. Updated 12:34 a.m.: A suspicious package at the Orange County Fairgrounds on Thursday night was not a threat, sheriff's department officials said early Friday.
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