April 12, 2010
A pair of Early College High School freshmen will visit England this summer after winning the school’s annual Global Awareness Project, which examines human migration. Freshmen McKenna Gordon and Brittany Stump took first in the project after building a website that explores the weighty topic. The announcement of their trip to Scunthorpe was made during a lunchtime ceremony at the Costa Mesa campus at Coastline Community College. “It’s rare that students have exposure to this topic at such a young age,” said Lisa Rodriguez, who teaches anthropology at the high school and was the instructor and the project coordinator.
February 25, 2010
Newport Beach has another reason to brag: It is the wealthiest place in the nation, by some measurements. The combination of high household incomes and home values brings Newport to the top of Portfolio.com ’s new rankings of America’s wealth centers. “But I hope that people realize that there’s more than just wealth here,” said City Councilwoman Nancy Gardner, a longtime resident. “There’s a good percentage of the population [that]
January 12, 2010
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church has been selected to preview a new video on human trafficking “At the End of Slavery: The Battle for Justice in Our Time,” and the public is invited to attend, according to Laura Weber, community outreach director at St. Andrews. The preview will take place at 5:30 tonight with dinner, a viewing of the new film at 6:45 and presentations by Howard Eisenberg, a retired Newport Beach police officer and head of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force, and a testimonial by a human trafficking victim who was rescued locally.
November 13, 2009
. CORRECTION: Story should have stated that O-MAMA website co-founder Michelle Tingler lives in San Clemente. Newport Beach resident Debbie Devine voted for John McCain. Michelle Tingler voted for Barack Obama. The two friends don?t always agree on the issues. But together, they hope to create a dialogue between women of all political stripes. Both busy mothers, Devine and Tingler are the founders of o-mama.com . That?s O-MAMA, as in ?Opinionated Mama.? The new website bills itself as a place for current news and events from a mom?
November 11, 2009
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District has set up two Web sites for interested parties to learn more about and discuss the new middle school enclaves planned at the Corona del Mar and Costa Mesa middle and high school campuses. The two enclaves will be created using Measure F funds. Information on the Costa Mesa enclave can be found at http://nmusd.ca.schoolloop.com/cmenclave . To learn about and discuss plans at the Corona del Mar site, visit http://nmusd.ca.schoolloop.
October 1, 2009
Jennifer Kugies, the mother of Reef Kugies, a 9-year-old boy who died Sept. 23 of complications from foot surgery, has created a website in his memory. New fundraisers also have been announced to raise money for his memorial fund. Reefkugies.com contains a blog, photos, memorial fund information and ways for people to get in touch with Reef’s family. Reef was born with Schizencephaly, an extremely rare developmental birth disorder characterized by clefts on one or both sides of the brain, his mother said.
July 29, 2009
Assemblyman Chuck DeVore has come up with a new way to raise money on the Internet in his battle to unseat Sen. Barbara Boxer in 2010. The unconventional Assemblyman has just unveiled chuckbucks.net , where people can donate money in small increments for his campaign needs. The site features a picture of DeVore taking aim with a sling shot, presumably at Boxer, who, in the assemblyman’s recent YouTube campaign spots, has been compared with Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers film series.
July 23, 2009
The federal government reported today that the number of people receiving unemployment benefits topped 9.1 million, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise the lines were long outside the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel in Costa Mesa for a job fair. Eager job seekers got there early before the doors opened at 10 a.m. By the time the job fair closed at 3 p.m., the job fair had attracted 1,718 job seekers. A total of 28 companies were represented. “There were a lot of people here that I was surprised to see looking for a job,” said Jason Sarkozi, who was looking for a summer job. “Orange County’s job rate is supposed to be better than that of other regions, but there’s still lots of competition here.