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October 2, 2002
June Casagrande BALBOA PENINSULA--Pearl, the black swan beloved by many Peninsula residents, died Tuesday morning in the animal hospital where she was being treated for an infection. "It's so sad," said Gay Wassall-Kelly, who has fed and cared for Pearl and her mate Rupert for years. "I called yesterday and she was fine." Pearl was readmitted to the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center last week after an infection on her leg flared back up. The wound, which ultimately became infected and killed Pearl, may have been caused by a dog bite.
October 20, 2000
From the pearl obsession of Queen Elizabeth I to the distinct pearl-inspired fashion statements of such 20th century female legends as Gabrielle Coco Chanel, Barbara Mortimer,Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and former First Lady Barbara Bush, the pearl is not only a thing of great natural beauty, but also a symbol of taste, class, status, and a sign of personal taste and preference. In 1893, a Japanese man by the name of Mikimoto had an idea that would eventually capture and revolutionize the pearl market worldwide.
September 14, 2002
June Casagrande If swans could talk, it's not hard to imagine what Pearl and Rupert would be saying this week. "Boy, did I miss you." "I was so worried. I thought I'd never see you again." By all human accounts, the separation anxiety the Balboa Peninsula's two beloved black swans experienced last week was beyond consolation. "Pearl was losing a lot of weight. Rupert was driving us nuts, crying all night long like a newborn baby," said Gay Wassall-Kelly, the closest thing to a human mother that the two swans have.
October 15, 2002
June Casagrande A diesel fuel spill one year ago was probably the reason Pearl the swan could not recover from an infection and died earlier this month, animal experts have determined. A necropsy showed that the black swan had suffered extensive liver damage, probably from the spill in Newport Harbor that she survived last year. The damage left her immune system too weak to recover from an infection on her leg last month. "We had found her on the beach.
February 14, 2001
Patches, a kitten who lost both eyes because of an infection, is available through the Community Animal Network. Patches is about 9 weeks old and likes to chase string and play with his mother, Pearl. The Community Animal Network has requested that Pearl and Patches be adopted together by someone who does not move their furniture often, which will make it easier for Patches to find his way around. Donations are being accepted for Patches' veterinarian bills.
August 21, 2002
June Casagrande Gay Wassall-Kelly knew something was amiss the minute she noticed that Pearl the black swan seemed wet -- her normally impervious-to-water self dripping and hobbling on the sand. But when Pearl couldn't carry herself close enough to Kelly's house on Saturday night to get to some food, the adoptive mother of Balboa Peninsula's two black swans knew it was serious. "She was laying on the sand, and she was all wet," Kelly said. "I knew something was wrong.
April 16, 2007
When Sharon Hari first saw an Alaskan Klee Kai Miniature Husky at the America's Family Pet Expo in 2004, she reacted the way most people do. Wow! She had not even known they existed. "The dogs have only been out of Alaska for 17 years," Hari said, and Klee Kais — from the native dialect, meaning "small dog" — as a breed have only been around since the mid 1970s. Now, just a few years later, the 57-year-old Huntington Beach grandmother breeds them herself. This weekend Hari returned to the Pet Expo held on the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa with Pearl, the daughter of her first dog, Farro.
September 28, 2002
June Casagrande Just when the peninsula community thought everything was fine with Pearl the black swan, she's back in the hospital -- this time for about two months. What's worse: Some work going on at the Wetlands Wildlife Care Center will make it hard for her human caregivers to make good on a promise to keep her mate Rupert by her side. Pearl, a local celebrity of sorts, landed in the hospital early this month after what appeared to be a dog bite to her leg became severely infected.
July 26, 2001
There are best buys to be found at Rag Baby's semiannual summer blowout sale happening through Sunday at its Fashion Island location. Everything in the store is discounted 40%, with some items reduced up to 60%. Rag Baby's carries multicolored hand-batik clothing and accessories for children. Information: (949) 644-6369. Santa Monica Seafood will host an outdoor barbecue Friday through Sunday. There will be fresh grilling demonstrations with seafood samples to taste.
September 8, 2001
Jennifer K Mahal Corona del Mar's Linda Bergman and Costa Mesa's Caleb Siemon work in very different mediums. One designs jewelry dripping in pearls. The other shapes molten glass into stunning artwork. One sells to Nieman Marcus. The other sells to small galleries across the country. But both will have work on display -- and for sale -- at the Orange County Museum of Art's Pacific Craft Show next week. The show, which features 53 artists who work in everything from wood to metal, opens to the general public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept.
By Steve Virgen | February 6, 2014
Jonny Kaplan and the Lazy Stars released their fourth album in October, yet Kaplan admits they are not well known in the U.S. He's looking to change that. To that end, you'd think they would play in a large venue, well, at leastbigger than the Harp Inn in Costa Mesa. But Kaplan is looking forward to Friday night's show with great anticipation because he believes it will create a unique atmosphere at the small bar known for live music throughout the weekend. The Lazy Stars feature keyboardist Rami Jaffee, known for his work with the Foo Fighters and the Wallflowers, and Dave Krusen, the original drummer for Pearl Jam. The band also includes bassist Jokin Salaverria and guitarist Dan Wistrom, as well as Jessy Greene on violin.
By Lauren Williams | December 7, 2011
LONG BEACH - For veterans and Corona del Mar students alike, the excitement was palpable. Middle and high school students have been putting on shows, singing carols and distributing food and presents during the holiday season for 33 years, mostly at the veterans hospital in Long Beach. In the hospital's community room Wednesday, about 140 CdM students - in cheerleading and scouting uniforms, or wearing red and green outfits and Santa hats - joined about 200 veterans who filled the room with cacophonous noise.
By Stephen Johnston | December 6, 2011
I was born two years after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. My dad joined the Marines, and was in the war when I was born. My life has been, to some degree, defined by this horrible time of war. However, like tragedies in all parts of our lives, there is usually a learning process and good can come from bad. In remembering Dec. 7 this year, I plan to remember what America did to respond to a painful tragedy. We took a deep breath. We (my parents and a lot of wonderful patriots)
By Lauren Williams, | August 31, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH - Twelve years ago, he began patrolling parking lots, distributing crime alerts and checking homes while families were away on vacation. That was back when Earl Fusselman was only 81. Now, more than a decade later, Fusselman continues to serve as volunteer with the Newport Beach Police Department. On Wednesday afternoon, NBPD members quietly waited in a conference room to surprise him with a birthday party in advance of his 94th, which is Saturday. As Fusselman walked in, staffers hushed.
April 13, 2011
Elmer and Pearl Dendinger will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on April 15, 2011. They were married in St. Catherine of Siena Catholic church in Laguna Beach on April 15, 1941. Elmer was born in Harrington, NE and Pearl in Chickasha, OK. Elmer was co-owner of Laguna Sheet Metal for many years.  They were members of St. Joachim Church for most of their years in Costa Mesa and raised seven boys who attended the church school.  He retired as a  master metal smith  in 1976 and she is a retired housewife.
From | March 14, 2011
Have you noticed the way a few of the region's venerable nonprofit theaters have been turning into a marketing playground of star vehicles, empty-headed musicals and commercial retreads? The managers of these outfits, more impresarios than visionaries, seem to judge their own success by media buzz and box-office bumps. Connection to a community has become virtually an afterthought. One exception to this dismal trend is South Coast Repertory, which has stayed in the business of supporting American playwrights by regularly producing new American plays.
By B.W. Cook | November 13, 2009
The Beckstrand Cancer Foundation raised $800,000 at the sixth annual Diamond & Pearl Ball at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort in Newport Beach. The black-tie gala, an Evening in Wonderland, attracted more than 400 guests and paid tribute to a distinguished member of the local medical community, Dr. Robert Dillman of the Hoag Cancer Center. The evening also honored Women of Hope Jan Salta , Joni D’Amato , Tami Kahn , Tara Shapiro , Laura Cross , Tracy DiGiorgio and Susan Franklin . A significant part of the success of the evening came from a tremendous auction effort.
By Candice Baker | October 27, 2009
Volunteerism was in high style Tuesday at the 36th annual Corona del Mar High School and Middle School PTA Home Tour. Owners of some of the finest houses in Newport-Mesa opened up their properties to long lines of visitors, who had to wear bright blue booties to not damage the flooring. At several stops along the tour, there weren’t enough booties to go around. The tour is the PTA’s sole fundraiser for the year. Nearly three dozen women gave up nights, weekends and summer vacations to help bring the tour to fruition, organizers said.
By Brianna Bailey | June 12, 2009
Former UCLA men’s basketball Coach John Wooden looked on and smiled from one side of the crowded auditorium at Mariners Elementary on Friday as students recited cheers, read essays and sang the praises of the 98-year-old hall of famer’s “Pyramid of Success.” “ Success isn’t having trophies or toys. It isn’t a medal or friends of your choice. What is success? That’s easy to see. It’s trying to be the best you can be ,” Mariners students sitting on the floor of the school auditorium sang as the coach looked on. Words from the children’s book “Inch and Miles: The Journey to Success,” which Wooden co-authored with writer Steve Jamison, the verse also has become a beloved school song at Mariners.
By JOSEPH N. BELL | May 6, 2009
If you were old enough — and I was, and then some — to be watching television or reading newspapers in the winter of 1976, then you probably remember the swine flu media field day that Walter Cronkhite called “sensationalizing the coincidental.” You might even have been one of every four Americans who were inoculated for that disease before the treatment was abruptly halted. Well, we’re flirting with that emotional neighborhood again, and whatever we do by way of protection should be at least evaluated in the light of what happened 29 years ago, which, in turn, was conditioned by what happened in 1918.
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