October 9, 2004
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January 25, 2011
As members of the Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council Board of Directors, we are appalled at the implied violence found in the graffiti attack on St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church in Irvine on Jan. 11. A graffiti attack and the implied violence on one religion is an attack on all religions. The freedom of religion, the right to worship or not worship, is a right of all Americans, guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. We affirm our continued support of our Catholic brothers and sisters in Orange County in the Newport-Mesa-Irvine congregations and are especially sorry that such an event took place right here within our three-city community.
January 7, 2010
Well the New Year is here, and I know all good boaters have made their New Year’s resolutions, which will be broken before the spring thaw. Oh wait, Newport Harbor does not have a spring thaw, so how do the yacht clubs plan the opening day, which is when the waters thaw? Just what kind of resolutions do boaters make anyway? How about that skippers will be courteous to everyone while on the water, whether sail or power boater. Reminds me of the wish to let there be world peace.
December 18, 2009
“The giving of gifts is not something man invented. God started the giving spree when He gave a gift beyond words: the unspeakable gift of His Son.” — Robert Flatt I first heard the phrase “re-gifting” a few years ago, but the practice has certainly been around far longer than that. People sometimes refer to re-gifting as something they do with a gift they don’t want but hope to pass on successfully to somebody else, preferably without being detected.
December 23, 2009
I read in disbelief retired Judge James P. Gray’s defense of the Obamas removal of Christ from “Christmas” and substituting it with the pagan “Happy Holidays” for their presidential greeting card message (“Obamas were mindful of the Constitution,” Dec. 20). Gray’s defense for the Obamas’ Christ-less greeting stems from his support of political correctness and states that for the president to wish everyone a Merry Christmas would be “to show presidential favoritism toward Christians, as opposed to other people in our country who hold other religious beliefs.
December 25, 2007
Once again, James Gray, with his clear, logical thinking, brings a significant issue to our attention, one that is essentially ignored by the vast majority of the press (“Let’s welcome tourists here again,” It’s a Gray Area, Dec. 23). I have one observation to add. I would like to include one more possible explanation to Gray’s list of reasons regarding the decline of tourism — the Iraq War. When we add up the cost of the war, the downturn of tourism is not factored into the equation.
May 14, 2010
H aving successfully subsidized world peace, Tony Stark has now become more of a supersized three-ring circus in "Iron Man 2," and that's the crux of this sequel in a nutshell. Aside from nifty special effects, the original film had star Robert Downey Jr.'s sly, offbeat humor at its core. It was more than just the sum of its techno wizardry and explosions — there was a real sense of fun. There is still fun to be found in "IM2" — just few and far between. As Stark wannabe Justin Hammer, Sam Rockwell is stupidly funny.
July 22, 2007
Corona del Mar resident and former Rockwell chief executive Don Beall has given UC Irvine's Paul Merage School of Business a $6.6 million endowment to foster innovation. "We want to help UC Irvine reach its full potential as a catalyst for economic growth in Orange County and the region," he said. The gift, from the Beall Family Foundation, will expand current activities and launch new programs of the Merage School's Don Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which will collect and organize global research on innovation to help businesses, the academic world and community groups understand opportunities and problems of innovation.
December 21, 2011
COSTA MESA - Zora McPhail, 11, is trying to raise money to travel as a student ambassador to Canada, where she will meet members of Parliament, build and sleep in a tepee, and learn about our neighbors to the north. There are plenty of cultural curiosities to explore as well. Canadians, for example, dip French fries in malt vinegar. "I want to try it," the young Costa Mesa resident said with a smile. "I don't know if it's going to be good. " Zora, a sixth-grader at the Waldorf School of Orange County in Costa Mesa, was accepted into the People to People Ambassador program, which President Eisenhower created to foster world peace through direct interaction between people of different cultures.
May 27, 2007
Gather the family and head to Lions Park at 18th and Park streets in Costa Mesa on Friday and Saturday for the annual Lions Club Fish Fry. There will be carnival rides, food booths, games and prizes, live entertainment and even a baby contest, Fish Fry Chairman Mike McIlroy said. It is a family-fun weekend, with activities for all ages. Over the years, I found the Fish Fry to be a place where you can meet local elected officials and community leaders who are often found serving up the fish and chips or working a game booth.