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September 14, 2003
Living here in the United States, most of us have no idea how horrific war truly is. It's not everyday we see men and women who wear the scars of battle, let alone getting to hear the story behind their wounds. Spending an hour with Cpl. Bryan Bergey on this assignment gave me some insight on what life for a soldier in Operation Scorpion is like. Bergey was quite open about his tour in the Middle East, the experiences he lived, and the event that led to the loss of his right eye. The finished product, the portrait of Cpl. Bryan Bergey, came out fairly nice, the only thing that could have made it better would be switching out the Iraqi medal with a Purple Heart.
NEWS
July 24, 2013
Learning of the new look being given to the regionally famous airplane at the unofficially re-named Costa Mesa Airplane Park brought back many fond memories. After her appearance during the 1960 fish fry parade, she was towed to rest and became a landmark. Back then, she seemed so much larger, and I fantasized her landing here from some unknown world. I recall the plane being fairly intact, the weather-beaten skin and windshield the originals. You could actually climb into the cockpit, grab the stick, pretend to be the pilot or just have fun playing with all the wire-harness spaghetti still dangling with some of the connectors attached.
NEWS
December 13, 2010
Bernard (Bernie) Abrams, a decorated World War II officer, entrepreneur, merchant CEO, and philanthropist died on November 29th at the age of 90. Born in Brooklyn, NY on Valentine’s Day in 1920, Bernie moved to Connecticut as a young man, graduated from Bentley Accounting School, and enlisted in the Army Air Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant Navigator.  Flying a B 17 bomber called the “Flak Alley,” Bernie received the Distinguished Flying Cross for completing 33 missions over enemy territory.
NEWS
July 1, 2011
David M. Roney, Jr. passed away on 28 May 2011 at the age of 88. The son of David Martin Roney and Dorothy Koenemann Roney, he was born in Philadelphia, PA on 8 September, 1922.  David entered the United States Naval Academy following his graduation in 1940 from Frankford High School, Philadelphia. Under the accelerated wartime program, he graduated from the Naval Academy on 9 June 1943 and was married the same day to Madeline Dolores Sandbeck, also hailing from Philadelphia. Following their honeymoon in Sea Island, GA, David reported to Jacksonville NAS awaiting orders, and shipped out on Boise shortly thereafter.
NEWS
August 7, 2002
Fifty-two years ago, Newport Harbor High athletes found themselves being shifted to the war stage against the communist nation of North Korea. World War II had ended in early September of 1945 and the world looked forward to peace. Unfortunately, the peace would only last about five years. Although World War II would produce losses in the millions across the globe, Korea would initially be projected as a small war. While Harbor High's losses would be slight, the U.S. would eventually tally up more than 50,000 losses out of the war which ended in the summer of 1953.
NEWS
June 15, 2002
Don Cantrell One of the fond memories that return from Memorial Day connects with May, 1941, months before World War II unfolded on Dec. 8 with a declaration of war by President Franklin Roosevelt. The late coach Wendell Pickens had reviewed spring football practice at Newport Harbor High. It found Pickens' second year at Newport set for September and he had outstanding talent, including the legendary fullback Harold Sheflin, but only 13 players.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | February 15, 2011
A little less than four years ago, Paul Briggs gave me a quote that basically summed up what he thought of his life. Briggs, a former Orange Coast College football assistant and a high school coaching legend in Bakersfield, died on Monday at age 90 while in an assisted care facility. He coached for 57 years, including 20 seasons at OCC. At Bakersfield High, he guided the Drillers to a 210-99-15 record. He was such a great mentor to many, and one of my all-time favorite people.
NEWS
January 22, 2013
Markel, George Sidney died peacefully, January 18, 2013, with his wife of 68 years, Betty Chambers Markel, at his side. George was born on June 24, 1921 in Prescott, Arizona to Lillian Bridget Day and George Sidney “Sid” Markel. Sid was the Superintendent for the building of the Newport Pier and the sea wall around Balboa Island. Dad was the surviving elder of his three siblings, Carol Caruthers, Billy Markel, and Connie Cooper. After meeting his beloved, Betty, in Costa Mesa, CA, they both graduated from Newport Harbor High School.
NEWS
August 16, 2003
Former Newport Harbor High football player Joe Muniz shared the worldly view spoken by Mayor Itcho Ito of Nagasaki, Japan, relative to the atomic bombing of the city Aug. 9, 1945, by a U.S. B-29 bomber that marked the grim end of World War II. About 70,000 residents died. Hiroshima, Japan suffered a greater loss in the first atomic bombing earlier that week. Mayor Ito said the 58th anniversary prompted him to stress that the world's nuclear powers had dealt dangerous setbacks to arms-control efforts.
NEWS
By Byron De Arakal | August 16, 2007
A few Sundays ago, honor and reverence hung heavy in the air at Harbor Lawn-Mt. Olive Memorial Park. That morning, a collection of notable Costa Mesans, politicians and several crisply attired representatives of the nation's armed forces gathered to dedicate the Costa Mesa Veterans Memorial. The memorial is a reality because of the vision of Costa Mesan Bud Hohl, the support of the Costa Mesa Community Foundation led by the tireless Cindy Brenneman, and the selfless hours of investment by guys like the Costa Mesa Police Department's Victor Bakkila.
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NEWS
July 24, 2013
Learning of the new look being given to the regionally famous airplane at the unofficially re-named Costa Mesa Airplane Park brought back many fond memories. After her appearance during the 1960 fish fry parade, she was towed to rest and became a landmark. Back then, she seemed so much larger, and I fantasized her landing here from some unknown world. I recall the plane being fairly intact, the weather-beaten skin and windshield the originals. You could actually climb into the cockpit, grab the stick, pretend to be the pilot or just have fun playing with all the wire-harness spaghetti still dangling with some of the connectors attached.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | April 27, 2013
Alfred Molina accompanied Joseph Kibler at the AIDS Walk Los Angeles last year. This was no ordinary partnership. The actor, with roles in "Frida," "Spider-Man 2," "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Chocolat" to his name, offered support to Kibler, who is HIV-positive and paraplegic, but was determined to successfully complete the feat. "There's no event or way greater to show that not only am I proud of what it's taken to get to where I'm at, but what it's taken to get an entire community of HIV/AIDS survivors to that day," said the 24-year-old Glendale resident.
NEWS
January 22, 2013
Markel, George Sidney died peacefully, January 18, 2013, with his wife of 68 years, Betty Chambers Markel, at his side. George was born on June 24, 1921 in Prescott, Arizona to Lillian Bridget Day and George Sidney “Sid” Markel. Sid was the Superintendent for the building of the Newport Pier and the sea wall around Balboa Island. Dad was the surviving elder of his three siblings, Carol Caruthers, Billy Markel, and Connie Cooper. After meeting his beloved, Betty, in Costa Mesa, CA, they both graduated from Newport Harbor High School.
NEWS
July 1, 2011
David M. Roney, Jr. passed away on 28 May 2011 at the age of 88. The son of David Martin Roney and Dorothy Koenemann Roney, he was born in Philadelphia, PA on 8 September, 1922.  David entered the United States Naval Academy following his graduation in 1940 from Frankford High School, Philadelphia. Under the accelerated wartime program, he graduated from the Naval Academy on 9 June 1943 and was married the same day to Madeline Dolores Sandbeck, also hailing from Philadelphia. Following their honeymoon in Sea Island, GA, David reported to Jacksonville NAS awaiting orders, and shipped out on Boise shortly thereafter.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | February 15, 2011
A little less than four years ago, Paul Briggs gave me a quote that basically summed up what he thought of his life. Briggs, a former Orange Coast College football assistant and a high school coaching legend in Bakersfield, died on Monday at age 90 while in an assisted care facility. He coached for 57 years, including 20 seasons at OCC. At Bakersfield High, he guided the Drillers to a 210-99-15 record. He was such a great mentor to many, and one of my all-time favorite people.
NEWS
December 13, 2010
Bernard (Bernie) Abrams, a decorated World War II officer, entrepreneur, merchant CEO, and philanthropist died on November 29th at the age of 90. Born in Brooklyn, NY on Valentine’s Day in 1920, Bernie moved to Connecticut as a young man, graduated from Bentley Accounting School, and enlisted in the Army Air Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant Navigator.  Flying a B 17 bomber called the “Flak Alley,” Bernie received the Distinguished Flying Cross for completing 33 missions over enemy territory.
NEWS
By Byron De Arakal | August 16, 2007
A few Sundays ago, honor and reverence hung heavy in the air at Harbor Lawn-Mt. Olive Memorial Park. That morning, a collection of notable Costa Mesans, politicians and several crisply attired representatives of the nation's armed forces gathered to dedicate the Costa Mesa Veterans Memorial. The memorial is a reality because of the vision of Costa Mesan Bud Hohl, the support of the Costa Mesa Community Foundation led by the tireless Cindy Brenneman, and the selfless hours of investment by guys like the Costa Mesa Police Department's Victor Bakkila.
NEWS
September 14, 2003
Living here in the United States, most of us have no idea how horrific war truly is. It's not everyday we see men and women who wear the scars of battle, let alone getting to hear the story behind their wounds. Spending an hour with Cpl. Bryan Bergey on this assignment gave me some insight on what life for a soldier in Operation Scorpion is like. Bergey was quite open about his tour in the Middle East, the experiences he lived, and the event that led to the loss of his right eye. The finished product, the portrait of Cpl. Bryan Bergey, came out fairly nice, the only thing that could have made it better would be switching out the Iraqi medal with a Purple Heart.
NEWS
August 16, 2003
Former Newport Harbor High football player Joe Muniz shared the worldly view spoken by Mayor Itcho Ito of Nagasaki, Japan, relative to the atomic bombing of the city Aug. 9, 1945, by a U.S. B-29 bomber that marked the grim end of World War II. About 70,000 residents died. Hiroshima, Japan suffered a greater loss in the first atomic bombing earlier that week. Mayor Ito said the 58th anniversary prompted him to stress that the world's nuclear powers had dealt dangerous setbacks to arms-control efforts.
NEWS
August 7, 2002
Fifty-two years ago, Newport Harbor High athletes found themselves being shifted to the war stage against the communist nation of North Korea. World War II had ended in early September of 1945 and the world looked forward to peace. Unfortunately, the peace would only last about five years. Although World War II would produce losses in the millions across the globe, Korea would initially be projected as a small war. While Harbor High's losses would be slight, the U.S. would eventually tally up more than 50,000 losses out of the war which ended in the summer of 1953.
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