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By Mona Shadia | December 25, 2009
Orange County residents are commemorating the fifth anniversary of the south Asian earthquake and tsunami by raising awareness about the continued need of those who were impacted. Resplended Hope is a nonprofit that was formed by members from Mariners Church in Irvine. On relief trips, they saw the devastation the tsunami caused to the people of Sri Lanka. “The needs were so great,” said Kristi Kirkpatrick of Corona del Mar. “We started to share the stories of the people in Sri Lanka, we formed a 501(c)
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January 26, 2005
Andrew Edwards After spending her winter break helping tsunami survivors overseas, Imithri De Silva wants to put together a plan to continue relief efforts from home. De Silva, a 21-year-old neurobiology student at UC Irvine, was visiting family in Colombo, Sri Lanka, when the South Asian tsunami ravaged shorelines in that country on Dec. 26. De Silva was not in an area that was directly affected by the waves, she said, and though she felt moved to help the survivors, the Sri Lankan government blocked travel to devastated villages to prevent relief traffic from getting bogged down.
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January 14, 2005
Elia Powers When eighth-grade students at TeWinkle Middle School returned from winter break last week, they were greeted with a one-word message on Katie Gajda's white board: "Tsunami." Distressed by graphic, full-page photographs accompanying a recent cover story in Newsweek magazine, Gajda decided to start a student-led discussion on the Dec. 26 disaster. That conversation led to Gajda's classroom challenge: Raise $500 in relief money to send overseas.
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April 8, 2003
Deepa Bharath They range from screen-splitting martial arts action to side-splitting comedy. Asian films featured in this year's Newport Beach Film Festival certainly do run the gamut, senior programmer Keiko Beatie said. At one end is "Water Boys," a Japanese comedy about a swim coach who desperately tries to turn a hopeless team of misfit high school boys into graceful synchronized swimmers. "It's actually the best comedy we have in this year's festival," Beatie said.
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April 9, 2004
Senior outside hitter Kevin Joyce slammed a game-high 16 kills to lead the visiting Sage Hill School boys volleyball team to a 25-11, 25-11, 25-16 nonleague triumph over Calvary Chapel of Downey Thursday. Macsun Frederick tallied eight kills while Julian Smith-Newman, playing his third match since returning from a torn meniscus, amassed 20 assists for Sage Hill (9-1), which committed few serving or hitting errors, Coach Merja Connolly-Freund said.
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By Imran Vittachi | October 15, 2009
Enter the dragon. Newport Mesa has just kicked off Ancient Paths, Modern Voices, a six-week extravaganza showcasing the riches of China’s artistic, musical and cultural traditions. The festival should bring much excitement and fanfare to the area, as a procession of Chinese artists, musicians and other performers splashes down here during the coming weeks. This cultural coup, which can only help foster warmer Sino-American relations, was pulled off in no small measure through the clout of the Segerstroms, the family who largely built Costa Mesa into what it is today.
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January 31, 2005
Elia Powers He traveled to Sri Lanka as a photographer, asked to document the damage and recount a slice of the tsunami disaster. As Mikel Flamm spotted his first subject and grabbed hold of the camera lens, the true purpose of his mission came into focus. "I'll never forget what I saw," the 54-year-old said. "A man was sitting on a pile of rubble, on what used to be his home. I was taken aback. Even reporters were distraught by what they saw." Flamm, a former Newport Beach resident, works in the communications department at Habitat for Humanity International, an organization that builds permanent homes for low-income families worldwide.
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By TOM THORKELSON | July 31, 2009
People often ask me how I can accomplish so much in the same time that everyone has. When I was serving as an LDS Bishop of Santa Ana in the 1970s, we had a unique congregation and taught Sunday school in seven languages! It was an extremely busy time, with the building of a new financial services organization in Newport Beach and helping to raise a large family. Speaking assignments took me all over the world, and there were major demands of several civic responsibilities. I knew that I had the ability to use my time very efficiently.
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January 11, 2005
Elia Powers Unfolding a table-sized map of Sri Lanka, Newport Beach resident David Rager traced the path that he and his family traveled on the day the tsunami hit Southeastern Asia. He moved his finger less than an inch, showing the drive from a coastal community to an elephant orphanage a few miles inland. On that day, the short distance meant everything. While raging waters enveloped communities only minutes away, no one in Rager's traveling group of eight heard or felt anything.
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By Mona Shadia | December 25, 2009
Orange County residents are commemorating the fifth anniversary of the south Asian earthquake and tsunami by raising awareness about the continued need of those who were impacted. Resplended Hope is a nonprofit that was formed by members from Mariners Church in Irvine. On relief trips, they saw the devastation the tsunami caused to the people of Sri Lanka. “The needs were so great,” said Kristi Kirkpatrick of Corona del Mar. “We started to share the stories of the people in Sri Lanka, we formed a 501(c)
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By Imran Vittachi | October 15, 2009
Enter the dragon. Newport Mesa has just kicked off Ancient Paths, Modern Voices, a six-week extravaganza showcasing the riches of China’s artistic, musical and cultural traditions. The festival should bring much excitement and fanfare to the area, as a procession of Chinese artists, musicians and other performers splashes down here during the coming weeks. This cultural coup, which can only help foster warmer Sino-American relations, was pulled off in no small measure through the clout of the Segerstroms, the family who largely built Costa Mesa into what it is today.
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By TOM THORKELSON | July 31, 2009
People often ask me how I can accomplish so much in the same time that everyone has. When I was serving as an LDS Bishop of Santa Ana in the 1970s, we had a unique congregation and taught Sunday school in seven languages! It was an extremely busy time, with the building of a new financial services organization in Newport Beach and helping to raise a large family. Speaking assignments took me all over the world, and there were major demands of several civic responsibilities. I knew that I had the ability to use my time very efficiently.
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By Joseph N. Bell | May 27, 2009
I spent much of last week in New York City, my first visit there in five years. What I brought home with me beyond some fond memories is a sense of business as usual. The cab drivers are all still from eastern Europe, the arts are beyond the reach of those of us who aren’t chief executives or major league ball players (who mostly aren’t interested anyway) and crosstown streets are still better navigated on foot than wheels. The locals down Wall Street way — those still standing — would have us believe that our current economic crisis is not a depression they helped create at all but rather a recession that will go away as soon as the last corporate mouth is fed from Washington, a conclusion that a visitor to New York, reading surface signs, might well support.
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By Tracey Laity | June 9, 2006
The road to success has not always been smooth for mechanic Robin Van Ranzow. But after 20 years in the business as the owner of R.V. Volvo, he can finally start to appreciate the view from the top. Van Ranzow ? who specializes in repairing Volvo, Saab, BMW, Mercedes Benz, and other European cars ? is celebrating the Glendale shop's 20th anniversary this month. He said he has made hard work and honesty the cornerstones of his business and is proud of the relationships he has developed with his clients.
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By SUSANNE PEREZ | May 12, 2006
The exquisitely bittersweet "Water," written and directed by Deepa Mehta, gives Westerners a surprising look at how the old ways flourish in India in the midst of a changing world. The story takes place in 1938 and centers around Chuyia, a beautiful 8-year-old girl who doesn't remember getting married but has now become a widow. Following sacred Hindu customs, her head is shaved, she must wear a plain white sari, and she is banished by her parents to live the rest of her days in a shabby home for widows by the Ganges River.
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February 12, 2005
JIM DE BOOM Express Yourself is Mika Community Development Corporation's after-school urban arts program designed for at-risk youth, ages 7 to 17, so they can discover their artistic talents in a fun and safe environment. Offered in Costa Mesa through the Shalimar Learning Center and local schools, the program's goal is to help students realize that they can shine with the gifts God has given them, according to Melisa Jennings, Mika's youth arts director.
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January 31, 2005
Elia Powers He traveled to Sri Lanka as a photographer, asked to document the damage and recount a slice of the tsunami disaster. As Mikel Flamm spotted his first subject and grabbed hold of the camera lens, the true purpose of his mission came into focus. "I'll never forget what I saw," the 54-year-old said. "A man was sitting on a pile of rubble, on what used to be his home. I was taken aback. Even reporters were distraught by what they saw." Flamm, a former Newport Beach resident, works in the communications department at Habitat for Humanity International, an organization that builds permanent homes for low-income families worldwide.
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January 26, 2005
Andrew Edwards After spending her winter break helping tsunami survivors overseas, Imithri De Silva wants to put together a plan to continue relief efforts from home. De Silva, a 21-year-old neurobiology student at UC Irvine, was visiting family in Colombo, Sri Lanka, when the South Asian tsunami ravaged shorelines in that country on Dec. 26. De Silva was not in an area that was directly affected by the waves, she said, and though she felt moved to help the survivors, the Sri Lankan government blocked travel to devastated villages to prevent relief traffic from getting bogged down.
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January 16, 2005
Jeff Benson Costa Mesa resident Steve Abrams was hoping to live it up at one of Thailand's finest beachfront resorts, the Thara Patong Resort and Spa. His agenda included nothing more stressful than jet skiing excursions and day trips to neighboring islands. But his vacation ended the same day it started, Dec. 26, when he found himself dodging debris floating toward him, fighting waterborne disease and yanking more than a dozen people from chilly floodwaters.
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