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By Rhea Mahbubani | February 13, 2014
Chase Bray was stumped. On the verge of launching his own business, the Newport Beach resident had a business plan formulated, investors lined up and a location in mind. What was missing was a name. One day, while working as a valet at the Montage Laguna Beach, he spent his lunch break flipping through a Latin dictionary. And there he saw the words "porro" and "vita," which together mean "long life. " "I'm basically trying to extend people's lives, be it a cancer patient or someone who is just trying to provide his body with healthier options and more nutrients," Bray said of his year-old venture, PorroVita, which offers healthy juices, acai bowls and smoothies.
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By Ron Vanderhoff | October 1, 2010
  I stopped to get my morning coffee at a little place not far from home. Sharing the same parking lot was one of the big home improvement stores. You know the one, a cavernous place with lots of pallet racks and forklifts. So, with my coffee in hand, I took a walk. Just inside the entrance to the garden department was a display of vegetables. As I'm sure you know, vegetable gardening is the fastest growing segment of gardening. It seems everyone nowadays, from Michelle Obama to the guy next door, has at least a few vegetables tucked somewhere in the garden.
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By Tom Ragan | April 26, 2010
There was starfruit. There was blood orange. There was dragon fruit. And they weren’t characters in some video game. They were exotic fruits, which Pomona Elementary School tasted last week for the first time — the result of a collaborative effort to cut down on obesity in the classroom. The 400 children at the Costa Mesa campus also hit the gym and recess with Principal Stacy Holmes, performing dance routines and playing old-fashioned kick ball in a program designed to get the children doing something they should be doing naturally at their age: moving.
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By Alan Blank | May 11, 2009
In addition to giving out rations of food to the area’s needy, Share Our Selves, a Costa Mesa nonprofit, will give out vegetable plants to its patrons in the coming weeks as part of an initiative to get people started growing their own food in their gardens. An alley near the charity’s administrative building now houses about 200 small pots holding newly sprouted plants of several varieties, including tomatoes, peppers, corn, okra and broccoli. In most cases, the green stems and leaves are just popping up from the soil, and the vegetables have yet to appear.
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October 5, 2001
Like watching cooking shows on television? Well, the Taste of Newport is giving people a chance to see dishes prepared live at the Gas Company Chef's Pavilion, which features cookware by Bloomingdale's. Today on the stage, the chef at What's Cooking Cafe will share the secret of making a great tasting, bread crumb-encrusted pork tenderloin. Though the cafe will not be among the restaurants serving up tastes at the Taste, we did persuade them to share their recipe for the dish.
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By Alan Blank | May 13, 2008
After recent budget cuts, the Costa Mesa Senior Center was planning on pruning down a popular grocery distribution program until two local women came forward with donations. Flo Martin donated $2,000 and Joan Cox donated $500 to the Senior Lunchbox program, more than making up for a $2,000 shortfall. City officials who are responsible for doling out federal Community Development Block Grant money gave the senior center $2,000 less compared with last year. The program allows the senior center to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, canned soups and meats, and other items that are given to low-income seniors.
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By Britney Barnes | October 12, 2012
IRVINE - As the tractor-pulled wagons slowed to a stop, smell was the first indicator that the youngsters were about to come face to face with barnyard animals. The first-grade students were not pleased. "It smells stinky," said Taylor Park, 6, making a face as some of her classmates covered their noses. Lincoln Elementary School on Friday took its three first-grade classes on the Newport Beach school's annual field trip to Tanaka Farms, a 30-acre working organic farm on University Drive.
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April 27, 2000
The Jewish National Fund in Costa Mesa will kick off a 30-day campaign Monday to jump-start a three-pronged program to increase water supplies for the people of Israel. The country is currently faced with its most severe drought since 1951. Funds raised will be used to build new reservoirs and flood dams for drinking water; recycle more waste water for agricultural irrigation; and conduct more research and development using brackish water to grow fish and vegetables, said Ronald S. Lauder, president of the fund.
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December 3, 2002
"Ice cream, `cause it's sweet, tastes really good and, on a hot day, it cools you down." STEPHANIE CASH, 11 Costa Mesa "I like to eat a certain kind of soup. It has quail eggs, vegetables and scrambled eggs. It is a Philipino soup." MELISSA TOWNSEND, 10 Costa Mesa "I like fast food because hamburgers are really good, and I like fries, too." MORGAN BRENNAN, 11 Costa Mesa "Chicken, because my mom fed it to me all the time and that just happens to be my favorite food."
NEWS
December 22, 2008
When more than 160 needy families heard the doorbell last week and found gift baskets full of toys, food and other goods, many of them had Newport Harbor High School students to thank. All of that was part of “Basket of Miracles,” the program by Irvine-based charity Miracles for Kids, that assembled holiday baskets for families in time for Christmas throughout Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Each basket held a whole chicken, eggs, vegetables, canned and dry goods, blankets, towels, toys and games.
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