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Volume 2, Issue 66                                                                           August 17, 2017


Fair Game


Homer Bludau deservedly named Citizen of the Year

TomJohnson“Good things happen to good people” was evidenced again early this week when former Newport Beach City Manager Homer Bludau was named 2017 Citizen of the Year.

Homer is a friend. I, personally, couldn’t be happier. He is just simply a great guy…he also cheers for University of Arizona sports, which I think is another plus!

Some people might say that “Homer was paid to make Newport Beach better” as our City Manager.  

And, they’re right. For 10 years Homer led our City and appeared to be loved and respected by citizens and city workers alike for a job very well done.

But honestly, that had little to do with Homer’s selection as Citizen of the Year. The real reason is that since his retirement in 2009, Homer has been active in so many ways in the community, including with such organizations as the 1st Battalion 1st Marines Foundation (founding member), the Environmental Nature Center, the OASIS Advisory Committee, the Commodores Club, Orange Coast Community Foundation, Founding Co-Chair of the Newport Beach Relay for Life, and Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church – Eucharistic Minister.

Citizen of the Years are recognized for their contributions back to the community and honored by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. They’ll do that this year with a dinner in Homer’s honor on Friday, November 3.

You should plan to attend. Homer did a lot for all of us! Contact the Chamber at

B-t-w, behind every man is a better woman…congrats Janet Bludau! For her alone, Homer should be Citizen of the Year.

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A couple of years ago I got hooked on the Food Network. It actually got me to want to improve my culinary skills.

So you might imagine that I’m excited about the Pacific Wine & Food Classic this weekend (August 19-20) out at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort.

Lots and lots of great local Orange County chefs and a number of nationally recognized chefs…first year, but all indications are that it’s going to be good.

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So have you heard of SECOND CHANCE ORANGE COUNTY? They’re a good group and working toward helping low-income youth and adults recovering from addiction. They give the second chance, hence the name.

They need your support. On Tuesday, Sept. 12, SECOND CHANCE ORANGE COUNTY will host dinner and auction at the Lincoln Experience Center-Venue, between Macy’s and Starbucks in Fashion Island.

For more info go to

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Recorded a few community TV programs this week for NBTV. The idea is to re-introduce to the community the great men and women running our town.

This week we sat down with Public Works Director Dave Webb, Harbormaster Dennis Durgan, Police Chief Jon Lewis and Fire Chief Chip Duncan.

Readers, I can assure you, we’re in good shape! Check them out on NBTV on cable or on the City’s website.

Oh, and I get it, we’re not going to win any Emmys, but hopefully these help to bring the community closer together.

Previously recorded shows that are currently running include interviews with Recreation & Senior Services Director Laura Detweiler, City Manager Dave Kiff and Chief Lifeguard Rob Williams.

Newport Beach & Company and the City underwrite the programming.


Police Files

Beware: DUI Checkpoint Friday night

The Newport Beach Police Department Traffic Division will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Friday, Aug. 18, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8 p.m. and 3 a.m.

In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-related impaired driving crashes. The Newport Beach Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” 

If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a warning about driving or operating machinery on the label, you might be impaired enough to be arrested for DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing (especially when used in combination with alcohol or other drugs) and can result in a DUI arrest.

The deterrent effect of High Visibility Enforcement using both DUI checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol- or drug-involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely.  

DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are also chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

In California, alcohol-involved collisions led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a sober driver.

“Over the course of the past three years, the NBPD has investigated 210 DUI collisions which have claimed four lives and resulted in 304 injuries to our friends and neighbors,” said Sgt. Michael Schiavi.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing, delaying motorists only momentarily.

When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. 

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000… not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Your Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.
Fire Files

Power pole fire doused

Late Tuesday morning, Aug. 15, both the Newport Beach Fire and Police Departments responded to a power pole fire in the area of West Balboa Boulevard and 46th Street.

Both directions of Balboa were closed from River Avenue to 46th Street. 

Drivers in the area were re-routed temporarily.

The incident occurred just before noon.

No injuries were reported.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime reports


Stump the Stu

Don knows his Newport!

Okay, so you think you’re good. Here were some of the guesses: Rush Hill said, “birds on retaining wall on PCH below his house;” Michelle McCormack, “Coast Highway;” Peggy Palmer, “Pelican Point:” Tom Iovenitti, “Birds in the wall on PCH.”

Well, you’re all wrong.

The first correct guesses were from Don Webb and Debi Bibb. Way to go!

Centennial Mayor Don Webb gave us the details: “On first look you would say these were pelicans from the Pelican Wall on Coast Hwy. across from the Seabase. But the Pelicans are flying the wrong way. They are done by the same artist, Tom Van Sant, and predate the Pelican Wall birds by 24 years and were originally installed on the Conference Building behind the Irvine Company 550 building in 1968.”

Today they are on one of six panels decorating the new Irvine Company 520 tower outside courtyard. These are part of a collection of around 30 intaglios installed on the 500 & 550 Irvine Company buildings that depict the birds, animals, reptiles and sea life found on or adjacent to the Irvine Ranch.”

So, there you have it! Don, we’re impressed! 

Take the challenge, and submit your answers to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The correct answers will be in Thursday’s edition.

If you have a unique spot or icon around town that you think StuNewsNewport readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the answer, so we can challenge them!

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Guest Column

Keith Curry

Political Posturing costs Newport Taxpayers Hundreds of Thousands

Keith Curry

Former Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry 

In the last council meeting we experienced one of the most irresponsible and ideologically misguided acts in recent memory. Newport Beach was eligible for $480,000 in needed state funds to improve our streets, specifically MacArthur and University. Rather than pass a simple resolution to meet the eligibility criteria for these funds, our council by a 5-2 vote, rejected the application and thus turned down funding that was due our city, from revenue generated by Newport Beach motorists.  

Council Members said they wanted to “send a message” to Sacramento that they oppose the recent increase in the gasoline tax. I oppose this increase too. The California gas tax, like the sales and income taxes are the highest in the nation.  Sacramento needs to reduce taxes to promote economic growth. But refusing to accept money due to the city and generated by Newport Beach taxpayers is the height of ideological foolishness. The tax is not reduced by one penny. The “message” received by Sacramento is that our local officials are irresponsible and the California Transportation Commission should feel free to allocate tax dollars generated in Newport Beach to Los Angeles and Oakland, much the same way they redirect our property taxes. You can hear Sacramento laughing at us.

Team Newport told us we can’t afford to improve our streets, libraries and community centers. Then, they happily cut another $480,000 hole in the city’s revenues.  Unfortunately, this may not be the end of it. OCTA estimates this new revenue source could provide $1.9 million annually to the city for needed street and road improvements. Are they going to continue to “make a point” by refusing this money? Keep in mind, this is money generated by Newport Beach motorists.

We are used to ideological posturing by Council Member (Scott) Peotter on issues like this, but here he was joined by his Team Newport partners. Indeed, Peotter initially moved to approve the application, and then voted against his own motion when it became clear he was being outflanked by people more extremist than himself. Credit to Council Members Brad Avery and Diane Dixon for not participating in this political stunt.

We can calculate the cost to Newport taxpayers of this political posturing:  $480,000 this year and approximately $1.9 million each year thereafter when fully phased in. Newport Beach taxpayers cannot afford this level of irresponsibility. To deny Newport residents the benefit of the taxes they themselves pay is simply inexcusable.

Keith Curry

Former Mayor

Newport Beach


SaveNewport PAC to donate eclipse glasses


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The SaveNewport PAC will be donating eclipse glasses to the Newport Beach Public Library on Avocado Avenue for safe and direct viewing of the upcoming eclipse on Monday, August 21.

The library will also be live-streaming the full total eclipse on television from a northern broadcasting location, but children and adults alike can participate in live-viewing the partial eclipse event happening over the skies of Newport Beach, with more than half of the sun being covered (60.9 percent coverage).

The partial eclipse will begin in Newport Beach at 9:06:15 a.m., peak at 10:21:42 a.m., and end at 11:45:25 a.m., with nearly three hours of total local viewing time from start to finish.

Supplies are limited; sharing is encouraged.

Please note: The library does not have any glasses for sale (they are already getting flooded with calls asking about this, so I don’t want to contribute to that problem!)

Mike Glenn

Founder, SaveNewport PAC

Newport Beach

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Speak Up Newport presents student scholarships

The Speak Up Newport Board of Directors presented $10,500 in scholarships to five local high school students. The Speak Up Newport Foundation Scholarship Awards, previously known as the Dorothy Hardcastle Scholarship Awards, are awarded annually to graduating seniors at Corona del Mar High School and Newport Harbor High School, as recognition for their contributions to their community.

The 2017 scholarship recipients from Corona del Mar High School are George Adamson, Grant Brown and Megan Eusey.


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Three of the students attended a Speak Up Newport program and were introduced by scholarship chair, Kay Walker (far right). (L-R): Jose A La Torre, Grant Brown and George Adamson

George Adamson was president of the Speech and Debate Club, and as co-president of Peer Leaders, he matched 80 peer leaders with 25 students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He will be attending the University of Michigan School of Engineering, studying aerospace engineering.

Grant Brown was president of the Business Leaders of America for two years, in Youth and Government for all four years and was a member of Best Buddies. As an Eagle Scout, Grant created learning tools on the playground at College Park Elementary School. He will be attending Vanderbilt University to study economics, with minors in business and foreign language.

Megan Eusey served as president of HALO Dance for Autism for three years. During her tenure, she increased membership and school participation and raised $50,000 for families in the program. She was on the varsity dance team for four years and was founder and co-president of the Corona del Mar Guatemala Project. Megan will be attending USC to study health and humanity with a pre-med emphasis. Her goal is to become a surgeon.

This year’s scholarship recipients from Newport Harbor High School are Jose A La Torre and Sam Wertheimer.

Jose A La Torre was drum major of the marching band and ASB vice president during his senior year. He served on the leadership team with BRIDGES and was co-founder and vice president of Latinos Unidos. He will be attending UC Berkeley with a double major in civil engineering and business.

Sam Wertheimer was vice president of the Debate Club for two years and was president/consul of the Junior Classical League. He was selected by his school to attend the California Boys State 79th session in Sacramento. He participated in the Japanese Exchange Program, staying with a family in Japan, then hosting a Japanese student here. Sam will be attending Brown University with a double major in history and astronomy and wants to become a professor.

Pet of the WeekDog and Cat print

StuNewsNewport is delighted to be working with the Newport Beach Animal Shelter to help get the word out in search of loving homes for pets that deserve a warm, nurturing environment and a place to call “home.”


Courtesy of Newport Beach 

Animal Shelter


Sophie needs a loving home

Sophie is an 8-month-old Yorkie. She would love a family with children. She is spayed, microchipped and current on her vaccines.

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

At any given time, the shelter can have 4 - 5 dogs and 7 - 8 cats/kittens available for adoption. At times, they receive owner turn-ins that would do best adopted out together. 

If you are interested in finding out more about Sophie, or any other animals up for adoption, the Newport Beach Animal Shelter is located at 20302 Riverside Drive, Newport Beach. It is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 949.644.3656. Email Valerie Schomburg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To find out how you can help support the shelter, visit and click on “Our Animal Shelter” to view the wish list. They can always use food & treats; new toys; grooming, hygiene & comfort products; as well as laundry soap, dish soap, paper towels, sponges & scrub pads and lint rollers. If you are interested in volunteering, you can fill out and sign the application on the website.

The Committee to Recall lashes out at Peotter 

Scott PeotterThe Committee to Recall Scott Peotter denounced Peotter’s decision to refuse to apply for $480,000 in gas tax funds generated by Newport Beach motorists. These funds were to be used for needed street repairs on MacArthur and University. Peotter was part of a 5-2 vote on the city council that refused to approve the application for funding for this project.

“These gas tax funds were generated by Newport Beach motorists and Peotter would prefer the California Transportation Commission spend the taxes paid by Newport Beach residents in San Francisco or Sacramento. This is just unbelievably wasteful, irresponsible and financially reckless. This shows why we cannot wait another year to remove Peotter, his ideological political posturing is costing the city hundreds of thousands of dollars,” said Lynn Swain, a leader of the recall effort.  

“Peotter’s irresponsibility may not stop with just $480,000, the new gas tax is expected to generate $1.9 million annually to Newport Beach, revenues paid by Newport Beach drivers. We have never had a city council who willfully sent Newport Beach tax dollars to other cities in order to make a political point, we can’t afford Peotter’s ideological foolishness,” Swain continued.

In a bizarrely worded email to his supporters, Peotter called the gas tax “blood money” and “free money.”  

“It’s not free, it was paid at the pump by Newport Beach residents,” said Swain.

Peotter claimed credit for refusing the gas tax funds even though he originally made the motion to approve the application. He then oddly voted against his own motion refusing to use Newport’s gas tax funds.

“None of us like the increase in the gas tax, but refusing to utilize funds generated by Newport taxpayers does nothing to reduce the tax. It is simply irresponsible grandstanding. We need a city council focused on improving our roads, not responding to their political puppet masters,” Swain continued.

For more information regarding the recall go to

The numbers tell us it was another great OC Fair


Courtesy of Chicken Charlie’s

So you went to the Orange County Fair this year. Here are some facts and figures behind it all:

Lasted 23 days

Attendance: 1,334,753, compared to 1,344,996 last year

Gross revenue up 2 percent over 2016

More than 16,000 veterans or active-duty military enjoyed the Fair for free all season and 24,058 of their family and friends got in for half off

• Enjoyment rating surveys of OC Fair visitors scored 4.65 out of 5, compared to 4.45 in 2016

• 952 Title 1 program children received a free Fair experience

• Five clowns

• Five costumed “Foodie” characters

• A mama pig had 11 piglets at Centennial Farm

• More than 300 gamers participated in the inaugural e-sports gaming fest

• 30 sold-out performances in the Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar and Action Sports Arena

• 30,992 kids (ages 6-12) got in free on Thursdays during the Fair, and 75,058 kids (ages 5 and under) got in free all season

• 14,698 kids participated in the Read and Ride program, receiving three free carnival rides for reading and reviewing two books.

• 25,556 guests went for the season’s best deal, the Super Pass, a whopping 42 percent increase over last year

• 28.83 tons of food were collected and donated to OC Food Bank and Second Harvest Food Bank

• 94,078 children’s books were collected and donated to Think Together

• 43,995 pounds of clothing were collected and donated to Goodwill

• Some 104,000 school supplies were collected and donated to Share Ourselves

• The bus service that picks up from nine different OCTA locations on Saturdays and Sundays and delivers guests straight to the OC Fair saw weekend ridership of 87,541. Comparing last year’s Saturday/Sunday service, ridership for this year was nearly 33 percent higher

• 4,900 “Unicorn” Pork Legs were sold, and Fairgoers bought 20,000 pounds of bacon

• Chicken Charlie’s served 6,000 Fried Peanut Butter Meatballs, 4,000 Krispy Kreme Ice Cream Chicken Sandwiches, 4,500 Funnel Cake Burritos, 15,000 Pupu Wings and 6,000 Luau Chimichangas

• Juicy’s served 40,005 turkey legs

• RCS food vendors (including Biggy’s) mixed and fried over one ton of funnel cake batter, sold 12,000 feet of churros and 22,500 pounds of fries. They also fried an entire semi-trailer full of Oreos and sold four semi-trailers worth of cotton candy. Not to mention the truck load of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos that used two entire fields of corn, 2,200 pounds of fresh strawberries, 10,000 pounds of cane sugar, 7,000 pounds of ribs and 1,200 pounds of popcorn seed.

• 63 vehicles were smashed in the demo derbies! 

• La Grande Wheel XL was the number one ride and Bank A Ball was the No. 1 game.

• 4,500 postcards written in Heroes Hall will be sent to active duty military personnel and veterans in VA hospitals. A total of 43,418 Fairgoers visited Heroes Hall and 240 videos were recorded in the Heroes Hall story booth.

• 4,219 exhibitors submitted 23,000 entries this year, which is a 20 percent increase in exhibitors over last year, and a 112 percent increase in entries over last year. Nearly $90,000 was awarded in prize money and nearly 10,000 prize ribbons were handed out.

• At this year’s Junior Livestock Auction, 299 animals were sold for a total of $275,533.

• 12,315 smile photos were snapped and shared in the Fair’s social media kiosk.

That pretty much wraps up a very successful Fair run. Once again, they proved that they’re a lot more than just fun and games.

B-t-w, mark your calendar, the 2018 OC Fair will be July 13 - Aug. 12, 2018.

City leading appeal to FEMA’s proposed flood hazard map

The City of Newport Beach is taking the lead in appealing proposed changes to the flood hazard maps prepared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The changes would place thousands of Newport Beach properties in designated flood hazard zones.

FEMA is responsible for flood hazard mapping as part of the National Flood Insurance Program. Mortgage lenders use these maps to determine if flood insurance is necessary. Federally backed loans for properties within the designated severe flood hazard zones must have flood insurance. 

The areas of Newport Beach generally affected by the proposed map changes include properties in a large area of West Newport, on the Balboa Peninsula and Balboa Island, and in the Lido Peninsula Resort area. As proposed, local property owners that do not currently pay for flood insurance could find themselves paying up to $3,000 per year in new insurance costs. 

Currently, 1,200 Balboa Island properties are within FEMA’s Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). If the proposed mapping changes are adopted, 3,300 properties on the Balboa Peninsula would also be within the SFHA. 

With the City Council’s support, City staff and a consultant thoroughly reviewed FEMA’s study and draft maps and believe that its methodology did not take into account certain local conditions such as sea wall height variations. The City intends to file an appeal with FEMA that presents the additional, local information. 

Community Development Director Seimone Jurjis explained, “We believe the additional data we’ve collected could potentially remove more than 3,000 of the 4,500 affected properties from the proposed SFHA. FEMA is willing to consider our appeal and I encourage the local property owners affected by the changes to join he City’s appeal.” 

Concerned property owners can follow three short steps: 

Check the maps to see if your property is potentially affected.

Complete the online form at 

Submit the form to the City of Newport Beach no later than August 28, 2017.

For more information or questions regarding the proposed flood map changes, contact the City’s Community Development Department by calling 949.644.3200.

ENC to hold Taste of Twilight 


The Environmental Nature Center will be hosting its annual Taste of Twilight.

This dinner event, for ENC members and their families, will be on September 13 at 5:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy hands-on nature activities along the trails, a complimentary dinner, and live music by the Shadybrook Band. The evening will end with s’mores and storytelling around a campfire!

The Taste of Twilight is a member’s only event – if you’re not a member, you can become one at Pre-registration is required. For questions, call 949.645.8489 or visit the ENC website.

Little Lido Chica Chica Boom Boom!

Little Lido

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Calling all kids! Use your imagination while enjoying a book about the alphabet tree. Be crafty when you create a special tree of your own. And then shop for some great savings – all at Lido Marina Village today, Thursday, August 17 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Shop at Bailey44 for 15 percent off your purchase; Eberjey, for $25 off your purchase of $50 or more; Juice Served Here, 15 percent off your purchase; Lido Village Books, 10 percent off your book purchase; Sweaty Betty, first-time customers receive 10 percent off their purchase; and Yolk 10 percent off any one item.

Each person who RSVPs will receive one entry for a drawing of the Book of the Day from Lido Village Books, as well as a $25 gift certificate to Lido Village Books, a gift certificate to Sweaty Betty, several juices from Juice Served Here and a $10 gift card to Yolk. You must register to win!

Visit for complete event details.

Newport Beach Chamber to hold August Sunset Mixer at Seasons 52

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Join the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce at their August Sunset Mixer on Thursday, August 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Seasons 52 Fresh Grill.

Come discover new business relationships while enjoying a great atmosphere. There is a no-host bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and opportunity drawings.

Cost: NBCC members are free; guests, $35. Reservations are not required. Valet and self-parking.

Seasons 52 is located at 3333 Bristol Ave., #2802, Costa Mesa (next to Bloomingdale’s in South Coast Plaza).

For more information, call Pam Smith at 949.729.4411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Rosetta Stone

For those of you yearning to learn another language, now is the perfect opportunity. The Newport Beach Public Library is offering Rosetta Stone, the popular learning language program, for free! Patrons can gain free access to 30 different language courses at the beginning level.

Library card holders can log on to Rosetta Stone from home or at the library and take core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, as well as refine grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

For more information, visit

Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

Classic Cars

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Balboa Car Show | Every Sunday from 7 - 9 a.m. 

Fun Zone Parking lot, 600 E. Bay Ave., Balboa Peninsula

Back Bay Science Center, 600 Shellmaker Road, Newport Beach.

Festival Ballet Theatre – 10th Annual Gala of the Stars, August 18 at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $65. Festival Ballet Theatre’s 10th Annual Gala of the Stars brings the exciting performances of the world’s most exquisite ballet dancers to the Orange County stage. The Gala presents an incredibly unique evening; today’s renowned ballet stars share the stage in a program celebrating the passion of dance. This consistently sold-out annual performance showcases internationally revered guest artists from the world’s most recognizable dance companies along with young protégés, selected by the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix. These performers are our future stars of the ballet world. Guest artists will include dancers from the Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet, among others.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787,

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Ron Romanosky Photo Exhibit and Wedge Tree Bench Unveiling, August 24 from 5 - 12 p.m. Photography exhibit and slide presentation by Wedge archivist, lifelong chronicler and photographer Ron Romanosky. Special unveiling of the hand-crafted bench created by Marty Henke, Alan Buchanan and the Wedge Preservation Society from the recently fallen Wedge tree. Free. Register online on their website. 

Contact: 949.673.2261,

Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

Painting Class – Watercolor with Erna: Butterfly & Florals, August 29 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join local artist Erna Van Dyke as she teaches you how to paint with watercolors in this, you will explore, create and embrace the art that springs from your heart. Maximum 12 people. Fee: Members, $35; Non-Members, $45. 

Contact: 949.673.2261,

Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

ONCE, September 2 - 30. Performance times and ticket prices vary. This musical is based on the motion picture written and directed by John Carney and the book by Enda Walsh. “Once” tells the story of a Dublin street musician about to abandon his dream when a beautiful woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to new heights, and their connection becomes more than an everyday romance. A captivating tale that will draw you in from the very first note. Takes place on South Coast Repertory’s Segerstrom Stage. Recommended for ages 13 and above.

Contact: Box office, 714.708.5555,

South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, September 12 - 17. Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. This Tony Award®-winning new play by Simon Stephens, is adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel and directed by Tony® winner Marianne Elliott. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787,

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Dog in Night Time

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(L-R): Gene Gillette and Christopher Boone star in this Tony Award®-winning play

Soul of Korea, September 24 at 4 p.m. Tickets start at $20. The Irvine Korean Parent Association is pleased to present Soul of Korea in commemorating its 20th Anniversary. This concert will showcase Korean American performers from the Korean American Youth Performing Association (KAYPA) and the Korean American Music Academy (KAMA), an internationally renowned pianist, Sung Chang, award-winning young soloists, Sean Lee and Daniel Paik, and feature Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra and its conductor, Dr. Roger Kalia as guest artists. 


Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Cars & Café, September 25, October 30, November 26 and December 25. Hundreds of car enthusiasts flock for the monthly Cars & Café event at Moulin. You will view more than 100 luxury automobiles from antiques to exotics. Guests can sip free coffee as they meet and mingle with automobile owners and collectors.


Moulin Bistro, 1000 Bristol St. North, Ste. 10, Newport Beach.

Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, People’s Republic of China, September 30 at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $19. One of China’s most acclaimed acrobatic troupes, The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin features a company of more than 100 performers. For their Center debut, these award-winning artists will demonstrate breathtaking feats of balance, juggling, acrobatics, kung fu and more, in a show certain to delight the whole family.


Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Shi Zhiying, October 7 - December 31. In her first solo U.S. museum exhibition, Shanghai-based Shi Zhiying demonstrates the influences that Buddhism and the natural world have on her approach to painting. She is highly regarded in her native China for stark monochromatic paintings of uniform vistas – open water, Zen sand gardens, carpets of grass and facades of weathered ancient structures. This exhibition continues OCMA’s commitment to presenting the freshest voices from the Pacific Rim.

Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Admission: $10, adults; $7.50, students and seniors; children under 12 are free.


Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach.

Pivotal: Highlights from the Collection, October 7 - December 31. OCMA has always championed artistic experimentation and innovation through a commitment to showing and collecting the work of dynamic and groundbreaking emerging artists. This installation will reveal how impactful and prescient OCMA has been in supporting the careers of some of the most influential artists from this region at pivotal moments in their careers. Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Admission: $10, adults; $7.50, students and seniors; children under 12 are free.

Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach.

Ella Enchanted: The Musical, October 27 - November 12. Performance times and ticket prices vary. This musical directed toward youngsters ages 4 and up, is the story about Ella. As a baby, she was given the “gift” of obedience by a misguided fairy, and cannot disobey any order. Now a teenager, the strong-willed Ella must outwit her evil stepmother, escape hungry ogres and hold on to her best friend, all while getting rid of the troublesome curse and finding her own voice. Expect delightful music and plenty of girl power in this wonderfully modern and musical Cinderella story. Adapted from the book by Gail Carson Levine.


South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Police Beat Primer

Compiled by Tom Johnson 

Police Beat derives from information in the log maintained at the front counter by the Newport Beach Police Department and required under CA Government Code Section 6254 (f). The press does not have access to written police reports.

Information in the police department log is deemed reliable and StuNewsNewport is not responsible for mistakes made available as public record by

the Newport Beach Police Department.

Parents with children in school may contact 949-497-1615 to request that their names be omitted from Police Beat. The decision of StuNewsNewport is final.

Any person arrested is innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

Abbreviations sometimes used in Police Beat

647f – Public Intoxication; DUI – Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; NFA – No fixed address; RP – Reporting/Responsible Party; UTL – Unable to locate

DUI Arrests

Deborah Jane Tantalo, 68, Florence – Sunday, August 13

Sarah J. Rivard, 33, Newport Beach – Sunday, August 13

Steven Roger Squires, 54, Hesperia – Saturday, August 12

Mechael A. Pishenko, 20, Lake Forest – Saturday, August 12

Alejandro Albarranloeza, 22, Lake Forest – Friday, August 11

Frank Adam Luna, 23, Santa Ana – Friday, August 11

Amber Rose Ollestad, 32, Huntington Beach – Friday, August 11

Incident Reports

Monday, August 14

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Logan Joel Battles, 21, Diamond Bar

W. Coast Highway I 7200 Block I Paraphernalia and Controlled Substance

9:46 a.m. Christopher Craig Caputo, 46, Newport Beach, charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail set at $10,000.

6th Street & Beach I Warrant

7:49 a.m. Ian Nathaniel Perreira, 25, Riverside, charged with a warrant and sleeping on beach. Bail set at $1,500.

Sunday, August 13

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Joseph Perot Cooper, 21, Dallas

Richard Michael Maes, 28, Fullerton

Mary Alice Haines, 28, Newport Beach

20th Street & Court Avenue I Warrant

1:40 p.m. John Vidal Sedeno, 19, Orange, charged with a warrant. Bail set at $15,000.

W. Ocean Front & 22nd Street I Battery with Serious Bodily Injury

11:02 a.m. Robert John Ponsor, 43, Victorville, charged with battery with serious bodily injury. Bail set at $25,000.

Hoag Drive I 00 Block I Assault and Battery

6:51 a.m. Eric Michael Kretschmar, 24, Yorba Linda, charged with assault and battery. Bail set at $500.

28th Street & Villa Way I Controlled Substance and paraphernalia

2:39 a.m. Douglas John Robbio, 49, Irvine, charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail set at $2,500.

E. Coast Highway & Jamboree Road I Narcotics

12:05 a.m. Tyler Scott Boucher, 34, Newport Beach, charged with possession of narcotics. Bail set at $2,500.

Saturday, August 12

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Anthony Joseph Taylor, 25, Newport Beach

Roltin Lobju, 22, Santa Ana

Brandon Thien Tran, 19, Santa Ana

Jerome Jover, 19, Costa Mesa

R.D. Charley, 20, Garden Grove

Friday, August 11

E. Coast Highway & Irvine Terrace I Controlled Substance

10:55 p.m. Hector Eli Valladolid, 36, Wilmington, charged with possession of a controlled substance. Bail set at $2,500.

W. Coast Highway I Controlled Substance and Paraphernalia

4:28 a.m. Freddie Smith Jr., 22, Fontana, charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail set at $10,000.