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By Mona Shadia | June 6, 2012
When I was growing up in Cairo, there was a rumor that the Egyptian secret service placed an informant in every neighborhood who knew every little move you made, your family history and what you said about the government. Just one bad word about the regime, and you'd be snatched from your bed, never to be seen again. Though I was young and didn't understand politics, the idea of an informant scared me. I didn't really want to believe this rumor - unconfirmed as it was - about my neighbors, who were good and kind people.
NEWS
September 21, 2002
Worship location: Grant Howald Community Youth Center at Iris and 5th Streets, Corona del Mar Church telephone: (714) 641-8335 Denomination: Independent Year church established: 2001 Service time: 10 a.m. Sunday Minister: The Reverend Margaret Elizabeth Muegenburg Size of congregation: Approximately 15 Make up of congregation: Muegenburg describes the congregation as a group of...
NEWS
September 10, 2003
Tom Forquer While their team valiantly wins or loses on the field, the high school football supporter can be struck by any number of ailments, including fatigue, low morale or even disinterest. Fortunately, the teams and their supporters are looked after by the music and cheerleading programs. One way to keep the spirit flowing is a good fight song. Though it is the official song of the United States Navy, Newport Harbor High has long utilized "Anchors Aweigh" to bolster the spirit of its troops.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2008
Women won’t be the only ones allowed to wear skirts that show off their legs March 9 at Muldoon’s Dublin Pub in Newport Beach. The sixth annual ‘Sexiest Kilt Competition’ will be in the pub’s courtyard at 2 p.m. amid musical performances and entertainment to kick off St. Patrick’s Day week. Past contestants have shown their Celtic spirit by telling jokes, playing an instrument or simply sharing their love of plaid. The winner will be presented with the coveted Sexiest Kilt Trophy and a gift certificate to the Tartan Patch shop.
NEWS
October 14, 2001
Richard Dunn NEWPORT BEACH - When President Bush told the country to return to normal, everyday living, he probably didn't have the inaugural Da Dunes Pro-Am Beach Volleyball Tournament in mind. But only if all of America could have seen the event Saturday at the Newport Dunes waterfront resort. From wild outfits in the themed four-person teams to heavyweight championship-type boxing belts for prizes, the sand tournament featured 24 men's squads and eight women's teams in pool play with some of the game's elite, including Misty May, the beach volleyball Olympian at the 2000 Sydney Games and former Newport Harbor High Prep All-American.
NEWS
October 15, 2003
S.J. Cahn In September of 1993, the editors of the Daily Pilot -- current Los Angeles Timesmen William Lobdell and Steve Marble -- wrote this about their first Daily Pilot 103: "It was an impossible task, like putting together the best basketball team of all-time." I can only assume that the duo really had no idea how true that would continue to be. As the clock ticks toward deadline on Tuesday night, completion is feeling a bit like an impossibility, although if you're reading this now, we must have made it. And it's like this every year.
NEWS
By Todd Perkins | December 16, 2009
Those convinced that American culture is obsessed with celebrity have been given plenty of support in recent months. Shameless publicity stunts, conspicuous party crashing, questionable family planning, and other attempts at warrantless fame have been top stories, when not superseded by the latest celebrity gossip. In the past, such actions would have been embarrassments, but now they are seen as the ticket to the next reality show. So it’s refreshing for me to see that, right here at home, many of our children are still grounded in a different reality, one that seeks to provide comfort and hope to others who are in need.
NEWS
February 15, 2013
VERNON WAKEFIELD MONROE Vern Monroe has died.  He departed unwillingly on February 3, 2013 following a long siege with cancer, which eventually won the battle over his indomitable spirit.  He died at home at the ocean's edge in Newport Beach at the age 87 years young.  He is survived by his son Stephen of Costa Mesa and his dear friend Ann Cullen of Newport Beach.                                  A native Californian,...
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July 18, 2013
BILL GROUX Congratulations and best wishes on your half-century of life.  Many thanks from your loving family and friends for your love, spirit, and giving of yourself to others.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | April 14, 2014
Last summer in the Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Summer at the Center program, which provides musical training for at-risk teenagers, the instructor taught the class a medley of songs with wordless choruses: "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye," "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" and the like. If the program needs additional help this summer, perhaps Ms. McGovern can step in as the cool new teacher. McGovern - Maureen, that is - delivered a wordless tour de force Saturday at the center's Samueli Theater, where she played a three-night engagement with singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb.
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By Patrice Apodaca | April 5, 2014
Frances Saldaña is a petite woman with a soft smile and big, kind eyes. But behind her gentle demeanor lies a will of iron that has proved essential to enduring a life of unimaginable tragedy. Saldaña generously shares her story with anyone willing to listen, an act of courage in itself. Yet her decision to speak out, while for the most part an attempt to marshal action against the scourge that has decimated her family, can also be seen as an act of self-preservation. It is perhaps the only truly effective means to keep grief from consuming her. The demon against which Saldaña fights is Huntington's disease, a devastating degenerative brain disorder that robs the ability to walk, talk and reason.
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By Hannah Fry | March 24, 2014
Sweaty and visibly exhausted from their mile-long run, a group of boys from Harbor View Elementary School stood in a circle showing off their newly earned participation medals. A parent walked over and high-fived each boy. Ben Schaefer, a fifth-grader at Harbor View, shared his secret for a successful run with his friends. "They tell you to jog so you won't get tired, but I always sprint," the 11-year-old said. He admits, though, that he did get the dreaded side stitch that plagues even the most experienced runner.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | March 18, 2014
Students, teachers and families from Newport Beach and Costa Mesa will lace up their running shoes and race around Fashion Island on Sunday morning to support local schools and encourage youth fitness. The 31st annual Newport-Mesa Spirit Run, which hosts children's contests and adult 5K, 10K and 15K races, has raised $150,000 for Newport-Mesa Unified schools in the past three years, according to its website. What started as a small fundraiser for five Newport Beach elementary schools expanded to include nearly the entire district in 2011, said Diane Daruty, Spirit Run president and race coordinator.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | February 10, 2014
Talk about a perfect song for a small crowd on a rainy night. Thursday evening at the Irvine Valley College Performing Arts Center, former Byrds member John York opened with a truncated rendition of Bob Dylan's "Chimes of Freedom. " The song - a solid contender for Dylan's masterpiece, although no entry will hold that title in a catalog as deep as his - paints a picture of stragglers ducking out of the elements to share a vision: "Far between sundown's finish and midnight's broken toll / we ducked inside the doorway as thunder went crashing.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | December 12, 2013
Ask any random group of patrons of the Orange County theater world, and they can probably tell you that Hal Landon Jr. has played Ebenezer Scrooge in South Coast Repertory's "A Christmas Carol" for the last 34 years. What they may not know is that Landon isn't the only person who's stayed with the annual holiday production since 1980. While the actor has traced Scrooge's metamorphosis from gruff curmudgeon to bringer of cheer, the same director, John-David Keller, has guided him from the wings each time.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | October 8, 2013
It is difficult to show more team spirit than the Newport Harbor High girls' tennis team. "Our team has always been very spirited," Coach Kristen Case said. "I mean, even when I played here, we were ridiculously spirited. I guess you would say it's one of our trademarks. " Visiting Edison tried to match the Sailors on Tuesday afternoon. Players from both squads were constantly yelling out to teammates in support. On the court, however, Newport Harbor was just a little bit better in the key Sunset League match.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | September 12, 2013
Nick Moghaddam still savors victory. But the former Newport Harbor High and Orange Coast College football standout turned mixed martial artist does not fight to have his hand raised. In many ways, he fights to show that he can in fact raise his hand. After a recurring shoulder injury ended his football career following his junior season at East Carolina, Moghaddam, then a 6-foot-4, 266-pound defensive lineman, drove home and immediately spent more than $600 of his remaining $700 to join a mixed martial arts gym and purchase equipment to try his hand at fighting.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | August 28, 2013
Just after 7 a.m. Wednesday, rather than drive to the Orange County mortuary where he works, Mark Trask pulled into the Roger's Gardens parking lot. It was opening day of the Halloween display hosted annually by the long-established Corona del Mar home and garden store, and Trask hoped to be first inside. Among the wares on sale: wobble eyeballs, fake syringes and decorative pumpkins. "They go pretty quick," he said of the spooky items. Staff opened the gates at 9 a.m., guiding the early bird shoppers to an entrance cut from a giant gray-scale replica of Edvard Munch's painting "The Scream.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jeremiah Dobruck | August 17, 2013
A tuna dragon took shape in Costa Mesa on Saturday morning. Inside Surfas Culinary District at the South Coast Collection, a team of about six people stacked cans of chili to make the outer wall of a castle where a dragon made out of tuna cans would eventually perch. A chocolate sword would complete the display. "It's the sword of indulgence," Rebecca Kaminsky joked. She and a group from Building Trades Network in Santa Ana were one of three teams practicing building structures made from thousands of cans of food.
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