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February 17, 2012
Dr. David Maurice Smith In loving memory of Dr. David Maurice Smith, 55, of Newport Beach, who passed away on February 9, 2012. Born on January 9, 1957 in Whittier, California. Loving husband and father to four children. He grew up in Whittier along with his two sisters and brother and attended California High School. He met his beloved wife, Donna, while growing up in Whittier, and had been together since she was thirteen years old. He and Donna both went on to UCLA and then to USC School of Dentistry.
By B.W. Cook | September 24, 2010
It is one of the most beautiful annual events on the California Riviera. "Romance of the Mission," held on the ancient grounds of the historical Mission San Juan Capistrano, brought together more than 400 guests for an evening of fine food and wine, incomparable entertainment and, most importantly, a spiritual connection to the religious and historical pasts of early California. Special honors of the evening were bestowed upon Gilbert Aguirre, honorary event chairman representing the Mission Preservation Foundation.
By Cindy Frazier, | July 27, 2010
NEWPORT COAST — Laguna Beach restaurateur Azmin Ghahreman's Sapphire at School has been selected to provide meals for Sage Hill School in Newport Coast, beginning in August for the next school year. Sage Hill joins four other Orange County private schools that offer Mediterranean-style cuisine that emphasizes healthy eating. Ghahreman, owner of Sapphire Laguna restaurant, developed Sapphire at School in 2007 to provide students with a variety of healthy, restaurant-quality, globally influenced cuisine prepared daily by professional chefs.
July 22, 2010
COSTA MESA — Austin Di Giulio is not seeded in the boys' 14 singles division of the Costa Mesa Summer Junior Classic. But that's only because he's 10. So it might've appeared he completed an upset of sorts when he beat No. 2-seeded Alastair Hurry, a Corona del Mar resident, Wednesday at the Costa Mesa Tennis Center. But a look at the scores didn't make the win look like such a shocker. Di Giulio, a Newport Beach resident, won, 6-0, 6-3. He advanced to today's quarterfinals.
By Tom Ragan | June 10, 2010
I t's last call for Samantha Smith, who graduated as valedictorian from Orange Coast Middle College High School in late May, is heading off to college soon but would like to give all her fans a musical send-off. With her trademark guitar and mix of upbeat and mellow folk-rock ballads, Smith will be performing at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, opening for the Canadian New Wave act Crash Test Dummies. Tickets are going for $20 a pop for what amounts to a three-hour performance of great music in a perfect setting for parents who would like to celebrate the graduation of their teens across Orange County.
By Tom Ragan | May 22, 2010
S t. John the Baptist Catholic Church will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding on Sunday and more than 1,500 people are expected to attend a special Mass in the school yard behind the church in Costa Mesa. The Most Rev. Tod D. Brown, Bishop of Orange, will say the Mass at 10 a.m. as Sister Mary Vianney, the principal, and an estimated 600 students genuflect and then reflect the history behind the parish opened in May 1960. A native of Ireland, the 69-year-old Vianney has served the school for 48 years, 35 of them as principal.
April 6, 2010
A Newport Beach business owner has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for scamming corporations out of millions of dollars through fake workers’ compensation insurance policies. Mitchell Zogob, 51, of San Juan Capistrano, pleaded guilty Thursday to multiple counts of grand theft, fraud embezzlement and forgery as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. Between 2002 and 2003, Zogob, who owned Professional Employers Assurance Group and Program Administrators Inc., both on Birch Street, sold more than $4.6 million in fake insurance policies.
By Tom Ragan | April 5, 2010
It would seem that Samantha Smith, at 17, has the musical world by the strings. She opened for Al Stewart at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano over the weekend before an audience of 500. But that’s just one notch along the neck of her acoustic guitar. The Newport Beach resident and senior at Orange Coast Middle College High School also created the Young Singers of Orange County, an official nonprofit choir that tours and sings at public events. A few months ago, the 35-member choir managed to raise $2,000 for the children in Haiti.
March 18, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — Sophomore Mike Moorhead shot three-under-par 32, which included a hole-in-one, to help lead the Corona del Mar High boys’ golf team to a huge nonleague win over Servite Tuesday at Newport Beach Country Club. So just how big was the Sea Kings’ 182-185 victory? “That is the best win in my 12 years of coaching,” CdM Coach Mike Starkweather said. “It’s just a phenomenal win. To beat a team that is that accomplished, they were CIF champs last year, I’m still in shock.
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