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May 4, 2004
There are usually two kinds of surprises that go with high school track and field preliminaries and the Newport Harbor High boys and girls teams managed to avoid the bad ones Monday at Irvine High. Perhaps the best surprise came from sophomore Hannah Bearden, who made her way into the eight-runner final in the 100 meters, as well as the 200. She ran 13.8 seconds in the 100 and 27.77 in the 200, qualifying eighth in each event. "It was good for her to qualify in both," Newport Harbor girls coach Eric Tweit said.
March 10, 2004
Steve Virgen With seven seniors lost to graduation and a first-year coach, expectations are unknown for the Newport Harbor High softball team. Coach Mike Davis wants the Sailors to surprise opponents and even themselves as they prepare for the tough Sea View League. There's little surprise as to who will lead Newport's offense and defense. Junior Ashley Gleason, who will be the No. 1 pitcher and play third base, will lead Harbor when the Sailors take the field.
January 7, 2005
I'm not surprised that Niketown is trying to bail out of Triangle Square. Regardless of the management in place, it appeared that there was never a "vision" for the mall. Perhaps now is the time to revisit my suggestion from a year ago and seriously consider the basement area, the site of several failed markets, as an indoor skate park/youth recreation venue. It's a safe location and could be used to attract more youth-oriented businesses to the mall.
October 5, 2003
"People are sick and tired of dirty money, closed doors, backroom deals and special interests. I will represent the people for a change." -- Arnold Schwarzenegger, a front-runner in the California recall campaign, during a stop at the Orange County Fairgrounds. "As a Democrat, I'm 100% comfortable supporting him." -- Maria Shriver, on her husband Schwarzenegger, during a talk at the Balboa Bay Club. "They fell in love with Balboa Island." -- Cabot Harvey, of Prudential Real Estate, speaking of Angels Manager Mike Scioscia and his wife, Anne.
August 25, 2002
There are many moments of laughs and cheers at the annual Senior Olympics, which are held at the Orange County Fairgrounds. And the one event, above all, that seems to get the most smiles and surprise is the shooting event. The surprise comes when the seniors find out they are pretty good at hitting the target. The smiles come when they make the shot. For this photo, all it really takes is the pull of the trigger, both hers and mine. The juxtaposition of the woman, eye firmly on her target, and the paint-ball gun makes for an unusual sight.
October 2, 2003
Newport-Mesa financial support for "Arnold" is not a surprise. We Republicans finally have a real chance of winning the top state job. However, the battle must continue into removing some ultra-liberals from the legislature next year . So keep those dollars coming, Newport-Mesa, as the cause is too great. LAURA DIETZ Corona del Mar The Peter Ueberroth money going to Arnold Schwarzenegger is no big surprise. I've been here for 48 years, and I know this is a Republican enclave.
August 26, 2000
"To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides." -- David Viscott Jon and I love our daughters, and we love being with them. Since they are both in college, we cherish any time we all spend together. Many of you know that our daughter, Kelly, has been studying and working in Argentina for five months. She was due to come home this week, and we were all counting the days until she arrived. Kelly called me about a month ago and said: "Mom, what do you think about me coming home eight days early and surprising Dad by being home on his birthday?"
January 24, 2002
Steve Virgen COSTA MESA - The biggest surprise about the Costa Mesa High boys soccer team's 2-0 Pacific Coast League victory over visiting Laguna Beach was that it wasn't a surprise at all ... not for the Mustangs. Costa Mesa's third straight shutout win Wednesday, puts the Mustangs, the defending PCL champions, alone atop the PCL after the first round. Yet another surprise: This isn't the best of the Mustangs. "We have not peaked," Costa Mesa Coach Eugene Day said.
By MAXINE COHEN | October 28, 2005
Truth be told, I've had many different kinds of relationships. I was married for many years. I've been divorced. I've had a couple of long-term, committed relationships, and in between, I've dated. I'm in one of those in-between times now. Hence, this column. I met a man. We went on a coffee date, which went well, surprise, surprise, and then on a dinner date, which also went well, surprise, surprise. It was time for him to pick me up instead of just meeting. He was obviously not an ax murderer.
By STEVE SMITH | November 13, 2007
One of the benefits of my line of work is that I get to interact with people who are much younger than me. To some, this may be a nuisance, but I have found over the years that as the world changes, these people help me keep up. These days, for example, kids often communicate anonymously. That is, they think nothing of posting an online comment or sending a publication a letter that has no name, a nickname or a name that is not theirs. To the old schoolers, writing a letter to a newspaper or even posting something online without revealing one’s name makes the comments null and void; not suitable for publishing or posting.
By Hannah Fry | April 18, 2014
It appeared to be a typical Thursday for Theresa Byrne. The Costa Mesa resident's days hadn't varied significantly in the nearly six months since her husband was deployed by the Air Force to Central Asia. That was about to change. With an anxious expression, Zachary Byrne straightened his camouflage cap, fitting it perfectly over his buz cut. He held his young son close to his chest as he swung open the door of the Killybrooke Elementary School office. Stepping out into the afternoon sunlight, he moved slowly with a nervous smile, eyes fixed on Theresa, her long, dark hair hanging over her blue polo shirt as she chatted with a fellow employee while watching a group of elementary students play on the nearby blacktop.
By Michael Miller | January 28, 2014
By all rights, this interview shouldn't be that interesting. The subject teaches biology and environmental sciences at Irvine Valley College, and he plans to parlay his side passion - acoustic guitar - into a concert on campus to raise money for scholarships. But as Tom Engelhardt, adjunct community college instructor, sits by the ocean in Laguna Beach and spiels his memories, it takes only a few seconds for Toulouse Engelhardt, guitar wizard, to take his place. "I was so close so many times," he says, clad in a sweater and slacks with gray hair dangling under a black knit cap. "I mean, I remember one night, I was performing at the Troubadour in Hollywood.
By John Canalis | October 3, 2013
I moonlight as a journalism instructor at Orange Coast College. After class on Wednesday, I began the walk from my classroom to the administration building on the other end of campus. There must have been something about my hurried gait, one made crooked by the book-and-laptop-laden messenger bag around my shoulder. A security guard in an electric golf cart pulled up next to me. "You look like you could use a ride," he said. "I could. " "Then hop in. " I did. The little engine whizzed like an electric toothbrush, and we were on our way. He was a kind older gentleman.
By Hannah Fry | October 2, 2013
Six students from Okazaki, Japan, took center stage this week to share a bit of their culture with students at Ensign Intermediate School in Newport Beach. For more than 30 years, the Newport-Balboa Rotary Club, working in conjunction with the Newport Beach Sister City Assn., has organized an annual student exchange that involves six students from Okazaki spending a week with host families in Newport Beach in October. In return, six students from Newport Beach travel to Okazaki in July to spend a week immersing themselves in Japanese culture, said Rotary Club board member Richard Oberreiter.
By Brittany Woolsey | May 21, 2013
As the sun beamed on the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine on Saturday, a sold-out sea of indie music fans danced and sang along to some of today's biggest rock artists at the 21st annual KROQ Weenie Roast. While many of the past years have focused on genres like hard rock and metal, the 2013 festival showcased mellower music and bluesy rock from bands like the Black Keys, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Imagine Dragons, Jimmy Eat World and more on the main stage. While that venue highlighted some of KROQ's top acts, two side stages, which were open to fans before the main stage opened in the evening, offered up-and-coming bands whose energy made them entertaining to watch.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 30, 2013
Kristen Johnson and Yassi Motamed work about 10 miles away from each other, but on Tuesday morning, they got the same surprise in their respective classrooms. Newport-Mesa Unified School District selected them as elementary and secondary school teachers of the year. Just after 8 a.m., school officials sneaked into Johnson's class at Newport Coast Elementary School, and then Motamed's, at TeWinkle Middle School in Costa Mesa. "It was a whirlwind yesterday - everything was a blur," Johnson said, adding that staffers at the front desk thought something might be wrong when the superintendent and school board members showed up asking for her. But they brought good news.
By Bradley Zint | December 21, 2012
His time at Harbor View Elementary School's morning flag deck ceremony made him as nervous as just about anything the Army's thrown at him so far. But for Spc. David Gustafson - who served in Afghanistan, Germany and now Fort Drum in upstate New York - it was all in good cheer and in the family. After all, the infantryman was at the Corona del Mar campus as a holiday/birthday surprise for Thomas Marrs, his cousin who turned 10 Friday. After Principal Todd Schmidt announced it was Thomas' birthday, he alluded to Gustafson's service.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | December 13, 2012
On my day off on Monday, I received a rather surprising email. The subject line read - "Marissa Booker has resigned as CdM Girls Head Volleyball Coach. " At first, I thought it was a joke, because a couple of hours earlier in the day, Booker emailed me. She sent me the names of three of her players she nominated for the Daily Pilot Newport-Mesa Dream Team. "Here are the 3 student-athletes that I think should be nominated from my team," Booker's email began. A couple of hours later, I learned from Don Grable, the school's athletic director, that CdM was no longer Booker's team.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | December 5, 2012
NEWPORT BEACH - After two matches in the young season, the Corona del Mar High boys' soccer team searched for its first win. Coach George Larsen said the team lacked energy in both contests. In the third match on the schedule, Larsen expected a turnaround. The Battle of the Bay always seems to bring out the best in the Sea Kings under Larsen. The Sea Kings traveled to Newport Harbor on Wednesday and they ran away with a 3-0 win in the rivalry match. "We just seemed like we woke up in general and it translated into a well-played game," said Larsen, who has led CdM to a 3-0-1 record against the Sailors in his four seasons in charge of the Sea Kings.
By Jeffrey Harlan | August 25, 2012
As someone who watches the Costa Mesa City Council meetings regularly, I often look for those moments where a good idea takes root, follows a natural course of development and hopefully grows to fruition. On Tuesday, much to my delight, I caught a glimpse of sensible decision-making. Twice, in fact. Kudos, to the council. First, in a rare instance of accord, the council voted unanimously to discontinue studying the privatization of the TeWinkle Park Athletic Complex. There has been no demonstrated demand and no community support for this project, which has flown under the radar for over a year.
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