| Apr 3, 2014
| 4:27 PM
In a classroom full of elementary school students, a vocal instructor pointed at fifth-grader Bryan Agustin, who promptly opened his mouth and sang one word: tuba.
His peers turned to look at him, eyes wide, and surprised by the beautiful sound that...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 1:03 PM
For as long as Frank Bruni can remember, food has played a lead role in his life.
In his Italian-American household in White Plains, N.Y., every family gathering was marked by culinary creations. He was a ravenous eater, with chubbiness to show for it....
| Mar 21, 2014
| 1:58 PM
When Becky Rigali-Jackson returns to her alma mater to demonstrate how to teach fitness classes for seniors, she knows exactly who to bring along.
Seniors from Newport Beach joined Rigali-Jackson on March 4 at Cal State Fullerton to help her instruct an...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 9:20 PM
For Deanne Tate, president and chief executive of Veterans First, the selling points of the Orange County nonprofit's new digs are many.
At about 9,300 square feet, the second-floor office suite in the heart of downtown Santa Ana has upwards of three...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 12:08 PM
Chase Bray was stumped.
On the verge of launching his own business, the Newport Beach resident had a business plan formulated, investors lined up and a location in mind.
What was missing was a name.
One day, while working as a valet at the Montage...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 8:16 PM
It's rare to see Kevin Pizarro get embarrassed on a soccer field. He's that talented as a player.
Yet, embarrassed is how Pizarro said he felt when during a December practice he lined up with the rest of his Estancia High teammates. As the Eagles...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 7:14 PM
A UC Irvine employee accused of posting anti-Semitic and anti-black photos online has been reassigned to a job that will minimize his contact with students, according to a campus officials.
The move, which was made Monday, comes after a campus...
| Dec 12, 2011
| 8:00 PM
LA Fitness, one of the largest gym chains in the country, has become an even more dominant player in the health club industry.
The Irvine-based company last week took over 171 Bally Total Fitness locations in 16 states, including about 40 in Southern...
| Dec 12, 2011
| 7:59 PM
Mary Hornbuckle has gone by lots of titles over the years: Costa Mesa mayor, city councilwoman, school director, community college district trustee.
Next summer, she'll have a new one: retired.
Hornbuckle will serve her last day as director for St....
| Dec 15, 2011
| 9:36 PM
COSTA MESA — Alexandria Kessinger wasn't a natural-born dancer, despite having an instructor for a mother.
But at age 4 she decided she would dance.
And that was that.
"There's no holding her back," said Paula Kessinger, Alexandria's mother...
| Aug 18, 2011
| 9:22 PM
Summer is the time for younger performers — teenagers and pre-teens — to stretch their theatrical muscles. Two weeks ago, South Coast Repertory's Young Conservatory Players took an impressive trip "Into the Woods" and now the Newport Theater...
| Dec 16, 2011
| 7:55 PM
I am pleased to announce that I will have a recurring column in the Daily Pilot and Coastline Pilot. I welcome your feedback. My goal is to grapple with relevant health topics, interwoven with the colors of local personalities, enterprises, and culture...