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September 30, 2006
YMCA RECEIVES DONATIONS Marge Hearn, the widow of legendary Los Angeles Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn, established the Chick Hearn Legacy Memorial Fund through the YMCA of Orange County by presenting a $50,000 donation Friday. The presentation in honor of Chick Hearn, who broadcasted Lakers games for 42 years, was made at the 31st Annual Reach Out Awards at the Costa Mesa Hilton. Marge Hearn, Arnold J. Kleiner, the President and General manager of ABC7, and David Lamb, a Newport Beach resident and Vice Chairman of the YMCA of Orange County board of directors, were honored.
November 14, 2007
Newport Beach received a serious makeover this weekend when nearly 200 volunteers combed for trash during the coast’s first Dolphin Nation Beach Clean-Up. Father and son teams — representing 11 tribes from the Central Orange Coast YMCA Indian Guides program — spanned from the Balboa to Newport piers, picking up plastics, cigarette butts and other disposables littering the park. “The clean-up was a great success, and a lot of fun for all,” said Rob Hendrix, chief of chiefs of the Dolphin Nation.
August 13, 2002
The registration deadline is quickly approaching for a September class for those interested in teaching water exercise courses. Aspiring water fitness instructors have until Sunday to sign up for the National Certification Course for Water Fitness Instructors held from 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Central Orange Coast YMCA in Newport Beach. The course is open to persons ages 16 and older who have an interest in becoming water fitness instructors and costs $158.
October 1, 2007
The first Chick Hearn Legacy Scholarship Award will be presented at the YMCA’s Reach Out Awards ceremony at the Costa Mesa Hilton Oct. 12. The award commemorates legendary sports broadcaster Chick Hearn, the “Voice of the Lakers” for 42 years until his death in August 2002. Hearn’s widow, Marge, will present the inaugural award that night at the 32nd annual Reach Out banquet. Marge Hearn created an endowment for the YMCA with a $50,000 donation last year in Chick’s name.
July 6, 2001
Danette Goulet NEWPORT BEACH - Just four years ago, Inger Jessen couldn't walk from the car into her Huntington Beach home. Now, a gold and bronze breaststroke medalist, Jessen is raising money to go back for another gold in the 13th World Transplant games, which will be held in Kobe, Japan, this summer. Jessen, 59, traded in her failing heart four years ago for one from a 19-year-old who died tragically in a car accident. In appreciation of that gift and her renewed health, Jessen competed in the last World Transplant games two years ago in Budapest, Hungary.
August 21, 2003
Deepa Bharath Several community members attended a town hall meeting on Tuesday night to express their opinions about using Santa Ana Heights' redevelopment funds for a regional community center. Newport Beach City Manager Homer Bludau, who was one of the panelists at the forum organized by the Santa Ana Heights Project Advisory Committee, a community committee, said a majority of the people at Tuesday's meeting spoke in support of building the $11.5-million community center, which the county would fund with redevelopment money.
August 5, 2003
June Casagrande A town hall meeting for Santa Ana Heights will try to get to the heart of the question of how to create a community center that people will use. In advance of the Aug. 19 meeting, resident leaders are sending out a questionnaire to their neighbors asking what amenities they want in their new community center. Their answers could help determine where the center is built. A favored site for the center is at 2300 University Drive, where the YMCA now stands.
By Kathleen Stinson | March 21, 2006
Two members of the Newport Beach City Council have waded into the debate over the length of the swimming pool at the proposed community center in Santa Ana Heights. Council members Tod Ridgeway and Leslie Daigle have asked the city to hire outside experts to lay out the pros and cons of a 25-meter versus a 50-meter pool. The Santa Ana Heights Project Advisory Committee, a group representing local residents, has thrown its support behind the smaller pool. A 50-meter pool would take away space that could be used for tables, chairs and an outdoor field, according to committee chairwoman Barbara Venezia.
November 13, 2013
Willard Caswell Courtney was born in Watts, CA on August 24, 1915 and moved to Orange County in 1916. where he lived for the next 97 years. His mother was a professional piano player and his father was a man of many occupations, including  railroad fireman, entrepreneur, and even functioning as a human cannonball in a traveling circus!  Willard survived a challenging Depression Era childhood, from which he emerged as the provider for his family, a role he carried for the rest of his life.  Willard had to leave high school at age 16 to take over the family tire business because of his father's poor health.  Willard described the day that he left Tustin High School  as the saddest day of his life.  He later earned a GED and attended college at night.
January 20, 2012
The Newport-Mesa Family YMCA on University Drive is hosting a grand reopening Saturday. The YMCA is celebrating the renovations to its facility with an open house from 7 a.m. to noon at 2300 University Drive in Newport Beach. Newport Beach Mayor Nancy Gardner proclaimed the day Newport-Mesa Family YMCA Day in honor of the event. "We are very excited about this honor and grateful to Mayor Gardner and the Newport Beach City Council for recognizing the important role the Y plays in advancing youth development, healthy living and social responsibility," said Executive Director Ron Erickson, in a prepared statement.
By Britney Barnes | December 10, 2011
COSTA MESA — Eight weeks ago, Nathalie Ayapantecatl struggled — along with about half of her peers — to run just one lap without stopping. It took hard work, but now the 8-year-old can run several laps. And after eight weeks of after-school activities that revolved around getting fit, Nathalie was one of 28 third-grade students at Whittier Elementary School who graduated Friday afternoon from the Newport-Mesa Family YMCA's Earn A Bike program. Each graduate walked away with a new beach cruiser bike, helmet and lock.
By Britney Barnes, | February 26, 2011
COSTA MESA — A delegation of Estancia High School students returned Monday from Sacramento where they spent five days doing the jobs of senators, lobbyists and a trial court defense attorney. Estancia sent 19 students to the state YMCA Youth & Government's 63rd annual Model Legislature & Court conference, a mock legislature and judicial government where students learn how the process works by doing it themselves. Students wrote and introduced bills, covered the proceedings as print or broadcast journalists and lobbied legislators to support or kill a bill as the worked in the State Capitol building.
By Bryce Alderton, Daily Pilot | July 26, 2010
COSTA MESA — Ed Fawcett started a golf tournament 14 years ago in hopes of raising money for the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce. The tournament has developed into a convention of sorts, one where, at least for a portion of the day, businesses gather at a golf course instead of inside a building. Monday's 14th annual Costa Mesa Community Golf Classic at Costa Mesa Country Club's Los Lagos course generated 128 golfers playing a "shamble" format, one where two best scores per hole are used after playing from the best drive from the foursome.
By Mona Shadia, | July 23, 2010
COSTA MESA — The Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce and the Central Orange Coast YMCA in Newport Beach are gearing up for their annual golf tournament at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Costa Mesa Country Club. The 14th annual Costa Mesa Chamber Community Golf Classic is the chamber's main fundraising event "Because of the economy, we decided to partner with the YMCA," Ed Fawcett, the chamber's president and chief executive said of the decision made two years ago."I thought it would be a great opportunity to fill up the entire tournament, and I still achieved my funding goals in dividing the revenues between us."
By Dan Pittman | April 1, 2010
When Joe Eustermann is not busy with his duties as a senior manager for Costa Mesa-based Experian, he finds time for another passion - volunteering as lead staff member for the Office of the Legislative Analyst within California’s Youth Legislature. Part of the YMCA Youth and Government, the Model Legislature and Court is a program where teen delegates write bills, select governmental positions to role-play, attend statewide training conferences, and run for various elected offices.
January 11, 2010
Newport Beach Eagle Scout Edward Kehoe and 14 Boy Scouts from Newport’s Troop 37 are working together this weekend to remodel a playground at a local YMCA. Working Saturday and today, the scouts will landscape the playground and build a new swing set at the Central Orange Coast YMCA, 2300 University Drive. An anonymous donor paid for half of the materials the group needs to fix up the playground, but Kehoe hopes to raise an additional $1,400 to cover the rest of the project.
December 3, 2009
YMCA participants at Davis Magnet School in Costa Mesa are now plugged into a whole new way to learn and have fun. The Davis Magnet School YMCA Afterschool Program was awarded a $5,000 grant from AT&T for a new computer lab. The Central Orange Coast YMCA and AT&T executives held a “plugging in” ceremony Thursday afternoon in the new lab. Davis is the first magnet school in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s history,...
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