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June 27, 1988
A boy who helped police break up a youth gang that terrorized students at Pomona Elementary School and stole their lunch money has been selected as one of Newsweek magazine's 51 unsung American heroes. It will be the third award Juan Cordova has received in less than six months for his part in breaking up the gang, whose members were later convicted of extortion, robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. In February, Cordova won the Villa Nova restaurant's Outstanding Citizen Award.
September 6, 1995 | ENRIQUE LAVIN
Bruce W. Sumner, chairman of the Orange County Charter Commission, will speak about the county's economic outlook at a community forum Sept. 13. The 33-member Charter Commission was formed by the Board of Supervisors in March to study the merits and disadvantages of becoming a charter county--one governed by voter-approved statutes.
March 27, 1991
A fire late Tuesday night caused extensive damage to a Newport Beach restaurant, authorities said. The 10:56 p.m. blaze occurred at John Dominis Restaurant at 2901 W. Coast Highway, near Riverside Avenue. Fire officials did not immediately know the cause of the fire. Derek Campbell, a valet at the nearby Villa Nova Restaurant, saw the smoke and came outside shortly after 11 p.m. "The whole front of the roof was on fire," he said.
June 5, 1995 | HOLLY J. WAGNER
A debate on Measure R, the proposed half-cent sales tax increase, will be held Wednesday at Villa Nova restaurant on West Coast Highway. The debate will pit Jim Wood, publisher of The Coaster magazine and a supporter of the countywide tax increase, against Mark Petracca, an associate professor of political science at UC Irvine and an opponent of the tax. Refreshments will be available at 5:30 p.m. and the debate will begin at 6 p.m.
August 2, 1994
A city fire captain will discuss preparing for earthquakes and other natural disasters at Wednesday's meeting of Speak Up Newport. Capt. Craig Chastain will also explain how neighborhoods can work together during disasters by forming community emergency response teams. "Most people think that all you have to do in a disaster is call the Fire Department," said Mary Reuland, secretary of Speak Up Newport. "But they are not going to be able to do that if we are hit really hard.
November 2, 1994
At the turn of the century, Orange County was home to several popular health spas and resorts. One of the more famous was a weight-loss compound in the hills above Newport Beach. The resort was advertised in newspapers and attracted many dieters, especially from the East Coast. A sliver of the San Joaquin Hills near Corona del Mar was named Anti-Fat Canyon. Costa Mesa was home to a resort that featured several warm-water artesian wells for swimming.
Speak Up Newport, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, will host a discussion Wednesday on the controversy over gill-net fishing. Representatives of the California Gill-Netters Assn. and the Committee to Ban Gill Nets will address the group on the pros and cons of the proposed ballot measure, "The Marine Resources Protection Act of 1990."
August 15, 1985 | Robert Hanley \f7
Local sailors can show off their vessels by signing up for Newport Beach's 25th annual Character Boat Parade Sunday afternoon on Newport Bay. Sponsored by the Newport Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce, the parade will feature about 50 craft decorated to fit this year's theme, "America the Beautiful." Decorated boats of any size may join the parade. Private entries may participate free while commercial participants will be charged $100, according to Jeanne Savel, a chamber spokeswoman.
August 24, 1995
Two women who were struck by a car as they crossed Coast Highway were in stable condition Wednesday. Joann Daubert, 62, of Los Angeles and Betty Kelly, about 70, of Newport Beach were in front of Villa Nova Inc. restaurant in the 3100 block of Coast Highway about 10 p.m. Tuesday when they were struck by a car heading east, Police Lt. Tim Newman said. The women were not in a crosswalk, he said. "There are around 30 restaurants there," Newman said.
September 4, 1992 | MIMI KO
Mary Schroeder, a 30-year resident of Newport Beach, thought she was a pro-term limits advocate because her husband is--until a debate this week. Now she's torn and doesn't know how she's going to vote on the measure. A local mortgage broker, Barry Zanck, argued for the controversial measure that will appear on the November ballot, while an attorney, Jim Parker, offered an opposing view at the debate sponsored by Speak Up Newport at the Villa Nova restaurant.
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