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By Michael Miller | September 20, 2006
Audrey Presby might barely know it — she's a mere 2 years old — but this weekend, she'll be an inspiration to thousands. She'll also be a star in Times Square. The Costa Mesa resident, who was born with Down syndrome, is set to have her picture displayed in the heart of New York City today by the National Down Syndrome Society. Every year, the society puts together a video production in Times Square featuring photos of adults and children with the condition. This year, Audrey's face is among about 250 that made the final cut. Audrey's mother, Nicki Presby, guessed that she was mostly oblivious about her pending fame.
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By Mike Whitehead | April 29, 2010
I mentioned last week that I was off to Times Square in New York City for my wife’s birthday. The trip was great. I plan to chat in more detail on my Saturday radio show about the whole adventure, but I will give you some of the highlights to tease your travel bug. We stayed at the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel and the New York Marriott Marquis, both excellent hotels. I have to confess that I liked the much larger Marquis better than the more boutique feeling of the Renaissance.
NEWS
January 8, 2001
--Compiled by the Daily Pilot staff It's no secret that Newport Beach Councilman Steve Bromberg is an avid photography fan and has offered time and legal expertise to the Balboa Performing Arts Theater Foundation, which (let's keep our fingers crossed) finally will open the newly restored Balboa Theater this year. But Bromberg and his wife, Ronnie, recently outed themselves as connoisseurs of a somewhat unconventional spectacle for conservative Newport Beach.
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By: PETER BUFFA | July 31, 2005
Is it New Year's already? Not quite. But if Rich Goodwin has his way, you'll know when the next one gets here, down to the second. Goodwin is promoting a major New Year's Eve bash at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, complete with a slowly descending, big, shiny, orange ball that would rival the slowly descending, big, shiny, crystal ball that drives all those New Yorkers in Times Square wild every Dec. 31....
NEWS
December 13, 1999
With the Millennium celebration just around the corner we decided to ask students from Costa Mesa High School what they had planned for New Year's Eve. Here's what they had to say: "I'll be going on vacation with my parents to Texas. For me the fact that this will be the year 2000 makes no difference. We will probably be at home dancing." IVTTE ORDONEZ, 17, senior, Costa Mesa "I'm just going to stay at home. I'm kind of scared because the media has been saying something bad is going to happen.
NEWS
September 11, 2002
The skyline looks wrong. For a moment as I am driven into midtown Manhattan, I think I've traveled five hours to the wrong city. An alternate city. Not the city of my birth. In a way, perhaps I have. New York is not the same place I left in early September 2001. That was before the twin towers came down. Before the numbers 9-1-1 started to have a double meaning. Just before. Everything is different now. At least that's what the politicians and the pundits say. Americans have been touched by terror.
ENTERTAINMENT
By JOHN DEPKO | November 29, 2007
Disney’s “Enchanted” delightfully combines animation and live acting to bridge the family entertainment gap. Bill Kelly’s screenplay tells the story of a cartoon princess from a faraway land who suddenly comes to life in nasty New York. The wicked queen throws her into a cosmic sinkhole that propels her into the Big Apple through a manhole cover in the middle of Times Square. Still wearing her giant hoop skirt, she wanders the strange streets hoping for the kindness of strangers.
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By Greer Wylder | December 18, 2008
There’s nothing wrong with sitting home on New Year’s Eve and watching the ball drop in Times Square. But you can do better than that! You can ring in the New Year at a spectacular Black Tie Gala on the waterfront in Newport Beach! The Balboa Bay Club and Resort’s party begins at 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve with a reception featuring hors d’oeuvres and champagne. Immediately following, Chef Josef Lageder and his staff will prepare an elegant four-course dinner with paired wines.
NEWS
February 26, 2004
Terry Botros "Dad, what's New York City like?" asked my 8-year-old son Eli when I returned after a business trip in September. Business had taken me to New York City almost a dozen times over the past year, and each time I returned Eli would ask that same question (right after "Did you bring presents?"). I figured the time was right for a father-son visit to the Big Apple. We decided that the Columbus Day weekend was the time to go and with Eli's teacher's permission, I sprang him from school for an extra day, giving us a nice four-day weekend.
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By Mike Whitehead | April 29, 2010
I mentioned last week that I was off to Times Square in New York City for my wife’s birthday. The trip was great. I plan to chat in more detail on my Saturday radio show about the whole adventure, but I will give you some of the highlights to tease your travel bug. We stayed at the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel and the New York Marriott Marquis, both excellent hotels. I have to confess that I liked the much larger Marquis better than the more boutique feeling of the Renaissance.
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By Paul Anderson | December 27, 2008
There they were, maybe a million strong, and they were all singing, “All You Need is Love.” That alone would have been a sight for almost anyone, but it was especially amazing and poignant to Treb Heining as he directed his trademark confetti drop for the Times Square New Year’s Eve countdown. It was the year 2000, and despite doomsday predictions from too many crackpots that the world’s computers would all shut down, New Yorkers and all those countdown-loving tourists stood there defiantly reveling in the moment as they do every year.
LOCAL
By Paul Anderson | December 25, 2008
If you just can’t bear to stay home again and watch Carson Daly and Ryan Seacrest on TV at Times Square (and, let’s be honest, who can?), don’t worry, we have a pretty good idea how you can jazz up that house party. How about hiring a band? This week we check in with Bobbo Byrnes of local rockers The Fallen Stars.   This year you won best acoustic band at the Orange County Music Awards, so tell us the truth, are you still available for booking on New Year’s Eve?
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By Ashley Breeding | December 24, 2008
Everything’s on sale these days, it seems. Even a lot of the local businesses are offering discounted New Year’s Eve celebrations. But while the economy’s about as depressing as watching grandma’s tapes of Guy Lombardo doing the countdown in New York, now, more than ever, it’s a good time to shake the cobwebs off and ring in 2009 with some good, old revelry. Here’s a list of local attractions to ring in the new year.   Celebrate in Style The newly remodeled Sutra Lounge will host an exclusive and extravagant celebration with an elegant four-course dinner followed by DJ performances by Eric D-Lux, Rizzo and Langdon and their own resident disc jockeys.
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By Greer Wylder | December 18, 2008
There’s nothing wrong with sitting home on New Year’s Eve and watching the ball drop in Times Square. But you can do better than that! You can ring in the New Year at a spectacular Black Tie Gala on the waterfront in Newport Beach! The Balboa Bay Club and Resort’s party begins at 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve with a reception featuring hors d’oeuvres and champagne. Immediately following, Chef Josef Lageder and his staff will prepare an elegant four-course dinner with paired wines.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sue Thoensen | December 26, 2007
A mask, beads and a sense of adventure is all you’ll need to get in to the “Carnivale” spirit as 2007 comes to a close. Spread out over five acres at the Orange County Fairgrounds are more than 13 buildings, each with a unique theme. Guests will get a little bit of New Orleans, the Carnivale atmosphere of Brazil with a traditional fireworks show and a ball-dropping countdown (with a twist) reminiscent of Times Square in New York City. Party goers will be transported to O.C.’s version of Bourbon Street in New Orleans as the courtyard area at the fairgrounds’ main gate comes alive with lights, strolling musicians and fire-breathing sword swallowers.
ENTERTAINMENT
By JOHN DEPKO | November 29, 2007
Disney’s “Enchanted” delightfully combines animation and live acting to bridge the family entertainment gap. Bill Kelly’s screenplay tells the story of a cartoon princess from a faraway land who suddenly comes to life in nasty New York. The wicked queen throws her into a cosmic sinkhole that propels her into the Big Apple through a manhole cover in the middle of Times Square. Still wearing her giant hoop skirt, she wanders the strange streets hoping for the kindness of strangers.
FEATURES
By Kelly Strodl | January 1, 2007
New York City may have dropped the ball on New Year's celebrations, but in Costa Mesa things went down a little different, with the 100-foot plunge of a 6-foot orange at midnight. Orange County New Year's Eve 2007, also known as the Orange Drop, gave locals a party worthy of New York City's Times Square with enough live music to fill six stages for hours. Organizers kicked things up a notch from last year's impressive schedule, wrangling in bands that assaulted the airwaves back in the '80s, '90s and a few names to look for in the future.
BUSINESS
By Amanda Pennington | December 29, 2006
For the last 15 years, Newport Beach resident Treb Heining has made the pilgrimage to New York's Times Square every New Year's Eve. But unlike the observers, who watch the bands and celebrities perform while waiting for the ball to drop, Heining's role is larger than most. And definitely behind the scenes. At the stroke of midnight this new year — and every hour leading up to it starting at 7 p.m. — he, along with his crew, will drop a total of 7,000 pounds of confetti on the streets below his rooftop base.
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By Michael Miller | September 20, 2006
Audrey Presby might barely know it — she's a mere 2 years old — but this weekend, she'll be an inspiration to thousands. She'll also be a star in Times Square. The Costa Mesa resident, who was born with Down syndrome, is set to have her picture displayed in the heart of New York City today by the National Down Syndrome Society. Every year, the society puts together a video production in Times Square featuring photos of adults and children with the condition. This year, Audrey's face is among about 250 that made the final cut. Audrey's mother, Nicki Presby, guessed that she was mostly oblivious about her pending fame.
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