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July 17, 2003
Considering all that has transpired, the decision the Orange County Fair board made to deny the bids of Tel Phil Enterprises and American Park 'n Swap to run the swap meet at the Orange County Fairgrounds and reopen the bid process was indeed a good one. Too much had been said and too many knots have been tangled that it is best just to cut the losses and start all over. We would also like to take this moment to commend fair board member Frank Barbaro for seeing the apparent conflict he has by owning a 51% share in a swap meet vendor and abstaining from his vote.
FEATURES
February 11, 2006
WILLIAMS-JAMISON Heidi Erika Williams of Corona del Mar and Eliot Alden Jamison of San Francisco (pictured above) exchanged vows Aug. 27 in a meadow in Yosemite National Park. The bride, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Williams of Corona del Mar, wore an ivory silk chiffon Vera Wang gown. The maid of honor was Lauren Michelle King. The bridesmaids were Adrienne Munson McRae, Jennie Fay Kerson and Leslie Sierra Jamison. The groom is the son of Dean Jamison of Pacific Palisades and Joanne Leslie of Santa Monica.
NEWS
December 14, 2010
Robert Luther Fry, former science teacher at Newport Harbor High School (1959-1981) and Corona del Mar High School (1981-1988), former Ranger Naturalist at Yosemite National Park, died on December 6, 2010, of a sudden heart attack after surviving cancer and major surgery. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marilyn Fry, a faculty member of Coastline Community College since it opened in 1976.  He is also survived by his sister, Carolyn Denham of Walnut Creek, and by his three children:  Gretchen Fry Harvey and Ronald Fry of Costa Mesa and Stephen Fry of Hermosa Beach.
NEWS
August 12, 2002
Newport artist in national competition Artist Roger Folk from Newport Beach has been selected to participate in a miniature competition by Arts for the Parks. Folk's artwork "LaLuna," which includes a representation of Yosemite National Park, was selected from more than 1,300 entries in the new competition titled "Mini 50." The competition was designed to bring attention to America's national parks. Arts for the Parks was originally founded by the National Park Academy for the Arts with the help of the National Park Foundation.
NEWS
By STEVE SMITH | April 12, 2006
A long time ago, I read a zero-sum economic theory that held that there was a fixed amount of money in the world and it just keeps moving around from region to region. I thought of that theory when the Japanese were flush with cash 15 years ago and seemed to be buying up everything American, including Yosemite National Park. Yes, even Yosemite. In 1990, Japan's Matsushita Electronics purchased the American firm, MCA. In that sale, Matsushita also acquired the MCA subsidiary that operated the concession stands at Yosemite National Park.
LOCAL
By Steve Smith | February 8, 2010
Barack Obama is too inexperienced to be president of the United States. That’s not a new sentiment here, but it is one that is increasingly being supported by his words and actions. Not everything he does, however, is wrong, and that is something that his detractors should acknowledge. Last week, the president called for greater civility among Washington politicians, which is a very good idea, though there is evidence that he is not always the civil person he’d like the rest of his colleagues to be. It’s more talk from a very good talker.
NEWS
July 10, 2003
Deirdre Newman FAIRGROUNDS-- One of the nine Orange County Fair Board members says he will recuse himself from voting on any issues relating to the Orange County Market Place, including a decision today on whether to consider a bid from the company vying against the 34-year operator of the high-end swap meet. Frank Barbaro said he will not vote on any Market Place business to prevent the illusion of a conflict of interest since he owns 51% of the stock of a corporation that has a booth at the swap meet.
NEWS
July 22, 2003
A change for the Orange County Market Place Bring on Delaware North, the company that is vying for management of the Orange County Fair's Market Place. Let's hear it for "back to the future!" Huh? Confused? Here's what I'm thinking: When my family first moved to within walking distance of the fairgrounds, the weekend event was nothing more than a sleepy community garage sale that had been in operation for just one year. Now, that's all changed. Tel Phil has created a weekend outdoor mall called the Orange County Market Place.
NEWS
By STEVE SMITH | January 4, 2007
No, I did not have a crystal ball to predict USC's huge win over Michigan in the Rose Bowl last Monday. My 27-17 guess was probably more like Criswell channeling me. A few people, some of them SC fans, told me I was optimistic at best; that if the Trojans did win, it would be close. But I believed otherwise. I believed then, and I believe now, that USC is either the No. 1 or No. 2 team in the nation and that USC's loss to UCLA in the last game of the season was nothing more than the result of an intense rivalry in which anything can happen.
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NEWS
December 14, 2010
Robert Luther Fry, former science teacher at Newport Harbor High School (1959-1981) and Corona del Mar High School (1981-1988), former Ranger Naturalist at Yosemite National Park, died on December 6, 2010, of a sudden heart attack after surviving cancer and major surgery. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marilyn Fry, a faculty member of Coastline Community College since it opened in 1976.  He is also survived by his sister, Carolyn Denham of Walnut Creek, and by his three children:  Gretchen Fry Harvey and Ronald Fry of Costa Mesa and Stephen Fry of Hermosa Beach.
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LOCAL
By Steve Smith | February 8, 2010
Barack Obama is too inexperienced to be president of the United States. That’s not a new sentiment here, but it is one that is increasingly being supported by his words and actions. Not everything he does, however, is wrong, and that is something that his detractors should acknowledge. Last week, the president called for greater civility among Washington politicians, which is a very good idea, though there is evidence that he is not always the civil person he’d like the rest of his colleagues to be. It’s more talk from a very good talker.
NEWS
By STEVE SMITH | January 4, 2007
No, I did not have a crystal ball to predict USC's huge win over Michigan in the Rose Bowl last Monday. My 27-17 guess was probably more like Criswell channeling me. A few people, some of them SC fans, told me I was optimistic at best; that if the Trojans did win, it would be close. But I believed otherwise. I believed then, and I believe now, that USC is either the No. 1 or No. 2 team in the nation and that USC's loss to UCLA in the last game of the season was nothing more than the result of an intense rivalry in which anything can happen.
NEWS
By STEVE SMITH | April 12, 2006
A long time ago, I read a zero-sum economic theory that held that there was a fixed amount of money in the world and it just keeps moving around from region to region. I thought of that theory when the Japanese were flush with cash 15 years ago and seemed to be buying up everything American, including Yosemite National Park. Yes, even Yosemite. In 1990, Japan's Matsushita Electronics purchased the American firm, MCA. In that sale, Matsushita also acquired the MCA subsidiary that operated the concession stands at Yosemite National Park.
FEATURES
February 11, 2006
WILLIAMS-JAMISON Heidi Erika Williams of Corona del Mar and Eliot Alden Jamison of San Francisco (pictured above) exchanged vows Aug. 27 in a meadow in Yosemite National Park. The bride, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Williams of Corona del Mar, wore an ivory silk chiffon Vera Wang gown. The maid of honor was Lauren Michelle King. The bridesmaids were Adrienne Munson McRae, Jennie Fay Kerson and Leslie Sierra Jamison. The groom is the son of Dean Jamison of Pacific Palisades and Joanne Leslie of Santa Monica.
NEWS
November 21, 2003
Alicia Robinson Sometimes in life, you have to take time to stop and smell the bay laurel. Environmental Nature Center founder Robert House did just that Thursday while giving a tour of the nature preserve that he founded in 1972. The 3.5-acre native plant garden next to Newport Harbor High School features habitats recreating 14 of the 28 ecosystems that can be found in California. House led the visitors who came for the tour through the center's desert, which boasts palm trees and cactuses; a freshwater marsh; a stream environment; and even a redwood forest area.
NEWS
July 22, 2003
A change for the Orange County Market Place Bring on Delaware North, the company that is vying for management of the Orange County Fair's Market Place. Let's hear it for "back to the future!" Huh? Confused? Here's what I'm thinking: When my family first moved to within walking distance of the fairgrounds, the weekend event was nothing more than a sleepy community garage sale that had been in operation for just one year. Now, that's all changed. Tel Phil has created a weekend outdoor mall called the Orange County Market Place.
NEWS
July 17, 2003
Considering all that has transpired, the decision the Orange County Fair board made to deny the bids of Tel Phil Enterprises and American Park 'n Swap to run the swap meet at the Orange County Fairgrounds and reopen the bid process was indeed a good one. Too much had been said and too many knots have been tangled that it is best just to cut the losses and start all over. We would also like to take this moment to commend fair board member Frank Barbaro for seeing the apparent conflict he has by owning a 51% share in a swap meet vendor and abstaining from his vote.
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