January 28, 2007
NEWPORT BEACH — All throughout high school and college, Fullerton resident Indika Wijesekera, 30, was living a partyer's life, which included drug abuse. After he got into some trouble, he landed himself in rehab at the Salvation Army and eventually found his way to the office of Working Wardrobes, a nonprofit that helps men and women in negative situations turn their lives around. After some help from the career counselors and wardrobe specialists at Working Wardrobes, Wijesekera pulled himself up, got a job he loves, has plans to graduate from college in May, and recently bought a house in Anaheim Hills.
February 26, 2006
If Newport-Mesa parents have not figured it out already, they remain ignorant of the Internet site Myspace.com at their peril. In the past few weeks, the site ? which acts as sort of an online meeting ground for teenagers and young adults ? has been the topic of a discussion between police officers and parents at Newport Harbor High and Ensign Intermediate and, more disturbingly, the cause for the suspension of about 20 TeWinkle Middle School students, who were linked to a page that threatened a fellow student.
June 19, 2003
One of the silliest things graduates are told is "Now, you're entering the real world." High school is the real world. There are real pains and struggles, love and triumph. What graduates are entering is the real world without a safety net. Most parents make sure their children have enough to eat and a place to sleep. But soon these graduates are on their own, responsible for their everyday lives and their future. To graduates, that lack of a safety net translates into freedom.
April 15, 2003
I am responding to the question in Wednesday's edition of the Daily Pilot: "What should go into the empty space at the Mesa Verde Center?" I am copying this message to Chris Steel, mayor pro tem of Costa Mesa, just so he can see the suggestion as well. I don't know who at City Hall is in charge of implementing these various projects, so I am hoping it will be routed to the appropriate person or committee. Thanks in advance. I think that since the Kohl's department store proposal fell through, another great use for the empty lot there in Costa Mesa would be to put a Hometown Buffet restaurant there.
February 17, 2003
Lolita Harper Industry insiders have a wish -- that young adults would just do it and make cultural arts the choice of a new generation. Still, with so many companies vying for the attention and spending power of young adults, area arts venues find themselves struggling to attract that high-demand market. Brian Langston, spokesman for the Orange County Museum of Art, said the museum has geared many of its displays toward the under-35 crowd, but it is hard to compete with companies such as Nike, Pepsi and MTV, which have more resources to attract that age group.
August 3, 2002
Founded in 1915 and headquartered in Indianapolis, Kiwanis International is a thriving organization of service- and community-minded individuals who support children and young adults around the world. More than 500,000 Kiwanis-family members in more than 80 countries make their mark by responding to the needs of their communities and pooling their resources to address worldwide issues. If the CEOs of Enron, WorldCom, Adelphia and the other companies that have found themselves in trouble lately had followed the "Kiwanis Objectives," they wouldn't be facing stiff jail terms, notes Charles Markel, past president of the Costa Mesa Kiwanis Club and a Realtor with Pacific Coast Realty Group.
October 11, 2001
--Lolita Harper The Youth Employment Service of the Harbor Area will host a run in Fairview Park on Saturday to raise money for the program. The entry fee of $25 per person will go directly to the Youth Employment Services, an organization that assists youth and young adults ages 14 to 22 by providing free job referrals, workshops and career exploration. The main 5K run will start at 8 a.m. at Fairview Park, 2525 Placentia Ave. It will be followed by a special one-mile run for children only at 9 a.m. Registration is still available the day of the event, but must be done at 6:30 a.m. Information: (949)
August 14, 2001
In response to Gay Geiser-Sandoval's column, ("Competitors compete with the very best," Aug. 7), we want to stress that at the Orange County Fair we fully encourage children, as well as young adults, to do and be their very best. That is why we offer many opportunities for children and young adults to participate in the fair, whether it is to entertain or compete in the many events we have open to them. The Orange County Fair has a rich history, and part of this history is to maintain the integrity of the fair's various competitions and activities.
April 27, 2001
Adolescence can be a baffling life passage for parents and teens, but there's help for unraveling its mysteries in new books from Newport Beach libraries. For young adults ready to look at the big picture, Jay McGraw provides a younger, hipper version of his father's "Life Strategies" in "Life Strategies for Teens." Written with the mantra "Don't like it, change it," the straightforward guide helps teens steer, rather than drift, in life. Topics include peer pressure, popularity, TV addiction, ambition and self-sabotage, all discussed with wit and enthusiasm by a youthful life coach.
December 2, 2000
-- Story by Michele Marr Church name: Harbor Christian Church Address: 2401 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. Nearest cross street is Santa Isabel Avenue Telephone: (949) 645-5781 Denomination: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Year church established: 1960 Service times: Sunday worship and communion is at 10 a.m., Sunday school for children 10 and younger meets at 10 a.m., and adult Sunday school meets before the worship service at 8:30 a.m. On Thursdays, a women's Bible study and prayer group meets at 10 a.m. Special December service: Harbor Christian will rededicate its sanctuary Sunday.