August 24, 2007
Earlier this week I toured the three local Boys & Girls Clubs of the Harbor Area, two in Costa Mesa and one in Newport Beach. I was familiar with Boys & Girls Clubs. A dozen or more years ago when my daughter was seeking a basketball league to play in, we found the club in Irvine. Basketball is the most common way people find out about them. But two things struck me on my tour. One, the Boys & Girls Club of the Harbor Area is a lot more than just basketball. They’re about after-school programs many parents depend on. They’re about computer labs for kids, arts and crafts, SAT preparation programs, kindergarten programs, homework study programs and, in lots of cases, just a plain, fun place for young folks to hang out at. They all appeared to be an environment where children could escape the streets and get into structured, well-organized programs.
June 22, 2000
Alex Coolman The cake was cut in neat rectangles. Each piece had its own paper serving basket and was skewered, dead center, with a single plastic fork. But if dessert at the Back Bay and Monte Vista High School graduation looked uniform Wednesday, the people munching on it were anything but. The schools (both are under one roof) and the students who attend them are unconventional. Back Bay is considered a continuation program for students whose experiences in ordinary high schools haven't always been the best, and Monte Vista features independent study for kids whose lives are complex enough to require a flexible approach to education.
January 6, 2008
SOCCER AYSO Region 120 The Costa Mesa girls’ under-12 team of the advanced play program closed out 2007 with a Costa Mesa Classic championship Dec. 30. Goalkeeper Gracie Dimond provided stellar saves throughout the tournament with three shutouts. The bend-but-don’t-break defense of Emily Grady, Emily Gruber, Claudia Huerta and Marlene Calderon shut down some high scoring opposition. The dominating midfield play of Amy Heil, Sophie Shambrook, Jacqueline Hubbard and Amanda Moore provided tireless support on both offense and defense.
May 24, 2007
Rob Ukropina of Newport Beach credits his success not only to his loyal clientele and his inherited entrepreneurial spirit, but also to his employees, who help run the day-to-day operation. Ukropina, who owns Irvine-based Overnite Express, last week was named as the U.S. Small Business Administration's California 2007 small-business person of the year. He started the package delivery service 15 years ago as an answer to a problem he saw in the industry. "I knew that business didn't stop at 5 o'clock when the UPS, FedEx and DHLs stop pick-up," Ukropina said.
September 10, 2003
Mike Sciacca The 2003 prep football season will be a mix of the old and new for the Ocean View High Seahawks. It's new in that, for the first time, the Seahawks will play home games in their own home stadium. It's old in that Ocean View will continue to play what Coach Harold Eggers terms "ironman football." Like their predecessors, the 2003 Seahawks will have several players play on both sides of the ball. With a roster of 36 players, depth is at a minimum.
August 7, 2008
Justin Cassel was an All-American pitcher with a 15-0 record, a 1.13 earned-run average and eight ?shutouts as a senior at Chatsworth High. Yet, when it came to discussing athletic accomplishments around the family dinner table in Northridge, the former UC Irvine standout mostly listened in awe. Justin?s oldest brother, Jack, was then destined for a Major League mound with the Padres and the Astros, while older brother Matt had already won the first of two national football championships at USC, on his way to becoming Tom Brady?
January 6, 2011
ARIES (March 21-Apr. 19): Hold your horses. You are clamping at the bit to get on with it, but this isn't the time and you probably aren't even near the place where you can make a successful go of a new enterprise or project. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Something is poking a hole in your precious plans. This is not a good time to make presentations, make public appearances or try to persuade someone to cooperate wholeheartedly with you. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Don't revert to old habits.
November 11, 2000
Two very glamorous Orange County women, Pat Rypinski and Patricia Ann Marshall, both of Newport Beach, greeted the arriving crush Thursday evening on the patio fronting the new Bridge of Gardens at South Coast Plaza. Some 150 guests converged on the terrace in support of the Candlelight Concert, a major holiday fund-raiser benefiting the Orange County Performing Arts Center and presented by the Center's board of directors. The terrace was transformed from its stark contemporary landscape into a magical European topiary garden replete with living statues.
October 10, 2001
June Casagrande FASHION ISLAND -- The mood at this year's Taste of Newport was subtly different from the past -- underlying somberness that somehow enhanced the celebration. "It was very joyous," said April Florent of Gina's Pizza and Pastaria. "I think it was because we're celebrating our life and our independence and our freedom." When the three-day event wrapped up on Sunday, restaurateurs, organizers and community members were pleased to declare it a success.
August 26, 2002
Bryce Alderton Another cross country season looms on the horizon and with it yet another opportunity for the Newport Harbor boys cross country team to continue their recent run at success with a sixth straight Sea View League title in sight. The Sailors have won the last five league titles, sharing the honors last season with Woodbridge, and first-year Newport Harbor boys cross country coach Nowell Kay thinks his Sailors and the Warriors will be at the top by season's end. "I think we're definitely capable of winning league again," Kay said.