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Volume 3, Issue 5                                                                           January 15, 2018


 
 
 

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Police Files

20-year-old Newport Beach man held in Bernstein homicide

A 20-year-old high school friend from Newport Beach is being held in the homicide of 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein. Samuel Lincoln Woodward, 20, was arrested at 1:15 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 12, by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department shortly after leaving his Newport Beach home.

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OCSD investigators suspect that Woodward “picked up Bernstein” the night he disappeared. The two then “drove around” and ended the night at Borrego Park in Lake Forest.

Woodward previously told investigators that Bernstein entered the park alone to meet someone else.

“Inconsistencies made him (Woodward) a person of interest,” Undersheriff Don Barnes.

During questioning, investigators noticed scratches on Woodward’s hands and dirt under his fingernails.

Bernstein was found in a shallow grave whose discovery was aided by the recent runoff from last week’s rains.

District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and his staff promised to work through the weekend and are expected to file charges against Woodward Tuesday morning, Jan. 16.

No cause of death or autopsy has been released.

Bernstein and Woodward attended Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana at the same time.

Dennis Rodman busted for DUI Saturday night in Newport Beach

Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman, 56, Newport Beach, was arrested on Saturday night, Jan.13, near the 4500 block of W. Coast Highway for driving under the influence. Rodman was initially pulled over for a traffic violation that led the Newport Beach Police Department to conduct a field sobriety test. Rodman failed.

He then submitted to Breathalyzer and blew more than the .08 legal limit.

He was booked into custody and then released on his own recognizance Sunday morning, Jan. 14, at 6:15 a.m.

Rodman played in the NBA for 14 seasons with the Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Lakers and others, winning five NBA Championships.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime reports

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Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Peotter’s on a winning streak…how long can it last?

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One year ago at this time the odds seemed stacked against City Councilman Scott Peotter surviving the year ahead.

He was connected to the losing side of the Museum House and targeted in a recall effort by a local citizen’s group.

After months of gathering, the Committee to Recall Scott Peotter turned in 10,696 signatures to the Newport Beach City Clerk and seemed confident of a positive outcome.

They only needed 8,445 valid signatures, so the padding seemed enough. However, eventually only 8,339 were confirmed valid. The Recall Committee had fallen short.

Peotter survived!

Then, last week the news got worse for the Recall Committee. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office seized all of the previously submitted signatures/petitions in what appears “inconsistencies.”

Former City Council candidate Phil Greer, who acts as the recall committee’s attorney, said he “doesn’t think anyone from the committee acted improperly.”

Peotter, on the other hand, has never agreed with the effort and claims the “circulators told lies to get people to sign the recall effort.”

Susan Skinner, one of the key players behind the recall, told StuNewsNewport, “You may have heard that the D.A. confiscated the petitions related to the recall of Scott Peotter. We understand that this occurred because one of the paid professional circulators allegedly forged signatures on the petition.”

She added, “The Committee to Recall Scott Peotter was shocked to learn that a paid professional circulator allegedly forged a small number of signatures on our petition. We applaud the decision of District Attorney Tony Rackauckas to investigate this matter and we urge his office to also investigate if this activity was coordinated with any third party in an effort to undermine the petition process.”

I’m sure Councilman Peotter is sleeping more comfortably these days. Rest up my friend, something tells me, the big next chapter comes in November.

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St. Andrews Presbyterian Church has been looking for a new Lead Pastor and Head of Staff since Dr. Richard Kannwischer left earlier last year to take the Senior Pastor role at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA.

Well, they appear to have found their man. Dr. Chapman “Chap” Clark has been proposed to the St. Andrews’ congregation following an extensive 100+ candidate search by the church’s Pastor Nominating Committee.

Dr. Clark’s resume includes extensive work with the Fuller Theological Seminary and a previous stint in Southern California at Glendale Presbyterian Church.

 Dr. Clark will be presented for affirmation to the congregation in a Session on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 12:45 p.m.

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Did you hear about the yellow-bellied sea snake that was found in Newport Beach last week? It’s a rare venomous, warm-water snake not usually found in these parts. In fact, only five similar snakes have ever been found locally.

So, why’s it here? Some folks are suggesting climate change.

It’s no longer here, however, so don’t worry. It’s now in a jar at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

So much for science.

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Congrats to Supervisor Andrew Do, First District, who was named Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors last Tuesday, Jan. 9. He replaces Supervisor Michelle Steel who served last year and represented Newport Beach in the Second District.

Supervisor Shawn Nelson, Fourth District, will serve as Vice Chair.

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Stump the Stu

Does Water = Good Luck?

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Water fountains used in Feng Shui may attract wealth or good luck, so what better way to move into the New Year than with a positive omen? If nothing else, water seems to exude a calm and relaxing presence. So, where is this water feature located? 

Take the plunge, 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 Stu News Newport readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the answer, so we can challenge them!


Auto racing legend Dan Gurney reaches life’s finish line

Dan Gurney

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Dan Gurney

Auto racing legend and Newport Beach resident Dan Gurney died Sunday, Jan. 14, following complications of pneumonia at 86.

During his career, Gurney became the first driver to win in Formula One, IndyCar and NASCAR. He retired from racing in 1970 with 51 victories.

Funeral arrangements are to be private, but the family asked that donations be made to the Hoag Hospital Foundation in lieu of flowers.

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CdM could see library/fire station construction begin in Spring

By AMY SNIDER SENK

CdM Library

Photo by Amy Snider Senk

It might be more expensive than it would have been a year ago when city staff first asked for construction bids, but it’s possible that the Corona del Mar fire station and library project might actually break ground in 2018.

The buildings on Marigold Avenue are about 60 years old, and city staff has been discussing plans to replace them for years. In 2014, staff confirmed they were considering a plan to demolish both buildings at the same time, then rebuild as one combined project, with a library downstairs and room for firefighters on the second floor.

But when the first official plans appeared a year later, locals were unhappy to learn that the library space in the new building would be reduced to 2,500 feet from its current 3,750 feet. A group called Friends of the CdM Library formed, calling for and attending town meetings. The library space grew, along with the project’s price tag, but in the end, the City Council approved the $7.35 million project. Bids went out in November 2016, but city staff found the results too expensive. But before they could re-bid the project, the City Council decided to put it on hold, possibly for five years, because of pension-related budget concerns.

In October, however, the Council had a change of heart and CdM representative Scott Peotter requested new bids be sought. So, city staff currently has opened the project for bids with a February 8 deadline. If all goes well, staff could ask the City Council to award a contract in March with construction beginning in the Spring.

But the construction business is booming, with costs increasing. From the summer of 2016 to the summer of 2017, construction costs for Newport Beach rose 5 to 6 percent, according to Mark Vukojevic, the city’s Public Works director. In the past six months, those costs ramped up even more, he said.

If the bids are out of line, he said, staff might try again. Or, he said, they might try to find money to pay for the increased costs if the bids seem in line with market costs.

“We’ll analyze it and make a recommendation in March,” Vukojevic said. “We’re excited to get this project off the ground.”

When (and if) construction begins, the project should take 18 months to complete, according to Vukojevic. Some library services will be offered at Grant Howald Park’s Community Youth Center, with the Central Library taking up the slack. The fire station will take over part of the OASIS Senior Center’s auxiliary parking lot at Fifth and Marguerite avenues, with firefighters working and sleeping in trailers.

Joy Brenner, founder of the Friends of the CdM Library group, said she worried that expensive bids might give the Council reason to delay the project.

“I think we’re in limbo,” she said. “I’m still hopeful. I have a wait-and-see attitude, but I’m hopeful.”

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Amy Snider Senk has lived in Corona del Mar for 17 years and was publisher of Corona del Mar Today, an online newspaper that ran daily for seven years. Senk, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, is involved in the Corona del Mar Residents Association and the Corona del Mar High School PTA. She and her husband have two children.

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Newport Beach Restaurant Week preview captures media attention

Mayor Duffield

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Photos by Lana Johnson

Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield welcomes invited guests

On Thursday, Jan. 11, Newport Beach Restaurant Week, presented by Dine Newport Beach and the Newport Beach Restaurant Association, hosted a media preview night at Fashion Island’s Lincoln Experience Center to whet our palates.

Nobu

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Nobu served Alaskan black cod on butter lettuce with shredded filo

Themed, “Beyond the Menu: A Culinary Journey,” we indulged in a variety of culinary samplings from some of this year’s Restaurant Week participants, including Nobu, Sessions West Coast Deli, CUCINA enoteca, The Bungalow, Balboa Lily’s, Andrea, and Mayor’s Table (in the soon-to-open Lido House), along with wines by COLOR WINE.

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Andrea at The Pelican Hill Resort offered pumpkin ravioli topped with smoked pumpkin seeds

Immediately following this event, a sold-out intimate dine-around experience took place for 100 guests who purchased tickets to enjoy tastings from each of the purveyors along with two glasses or beer. Those who had their “passport” stamped by visiting each of the dining establishments were entered into an opportunity drawing for a prize.

The Bungalow

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The Bunglow shared samplings of braised short rib over Yukon mashed potatoes

The event was the perfect kick-off to Newport Beach Restaurant Week, which starts today, Monday Jan. 15, and continues through the 28th.

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Sessions West Coast Deli featured “The Quint,” Carolina pulled pork with Spanish romesco sauce, pickled fennel and habanero aioli

According to Gary Sherwin, President and CEO of Visit Newport Beach, who addressed the guests, 56 restaurants will be participating in NBRW this year. Interesting statistics he shared were that Newport Beach has 450 food and beverage establishments throughout our city with a population of 86,000, and in 2017, there were 83,000 diners of which 84 percent tried a new restaurant and 98 percent recommended their experiences.

So, go out and discover new restaurants you have never dined at before, as well revisiting some of your local favorites. They will all be offering special prix fixe lunch and dinner menus.

For more information and to view all the participating NBRW restaurants, visit www.DineNB.com/Restaurant-Week.

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Guests share camaraderie over delectable food samples and wine

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Sign of the times

This was fun and we had a number of people who figured out that this tropical beauty resided at Billy’s At The Beach on Pacific Coast Highway.

We received correct answers from Sean Levin, Rachel Peterson, Charlie Ferrazzi, Troy Davis, Joe Stapleton and Mike Larkin.

And we loved hearing from Asia Jones, who along with her husband, Fletcher “Ted” Jones Jr., own this featured restaurant.

According to our readers, the mai tais are infamous!

If you know a business you would like to see featured in our treasure hunt, take a photo of it, let us know where it is and we’ll take it from there…just send the info. to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Happy Hunting!

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Word is out on the street…Ho Sum Bistro is making a comeback

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Ho Sum Bistro, a casual Asian eatery, is expected to reopen today, Monday, Jan. 15. What great news!

After a year and a half of rebuilding this Newport Beach Peninsula dining favorite following an electrical fire in June 2016, owner Ed O’Neill will be bringing back his signature favorites and many of his friendly staff.

The popular menu items consist of the famous Ho Sum Bistro Salad with roasted and shredded chicken breast with lettuce and a red ginger dressing, the Sesame Seed Chicken Salad with the same accompaniments and the Combo Salad, combining the two. The pot stickers, Greg’s Garlic Chicken and Shrimp, Szechuan Chicken, and, of course, the fried rice choices stacked high above the brim of the bowl will all be making their appearances again.

Ho Sum Bistro is located at 3112 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Speak Up Newport to hold Mayor’s Dinner

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Courtesy of Speak Up Newport

Save the Date for the 37th Annual Mayor’s Dinner on Friday, Feb. 2 beginning at 6 p.m. with a no-host reception followed by dinner and the program starting at 7 p.m. It will be held at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa.

Presented by Speak Up Newport, the evening will feature Newport Beach Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield delivering the 2018 State of the City Address, along with all past Newport Beach mayors being recognized. Peter Buffa will serve as master of Ceremonies.

Mayor Duffield was a Newport Beach Harbor Commissioner for 10 years (2002-2012) and was elected to the City Council in 2014 as the District 3 representative. He was appointed Mayor Pro Tem in 2016 and selected as Mayor in December 2017.

Tickets are $85 per person; Underwriter’s Tables of 10 are $1,200. Please RSVP by Friday, Jan. 26.

For more information call 949.224.2266 and visit the website at www.speakupnewport.com to reserve your seat.

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa is located at 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Speak Up Newport (SUN) is a non-profit, non-partisan citizens group organized to promote the common good and general welfare of the Newport Beach community.  Founded in 1979, SUN meets monthly, presenting a public forum to hear topics of interest to the local community.  


Newport Beach Restaurant Week kicks off today!

The Bungalow rack of lamb

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Beach Restaurant Week

A favorite dish at The Bungalow in Corona del Mar – coriander and pepper crusted rack of lamb with yukon gold mashed potatoes and brussels sprouts, garnished with a mint gastrique

Newport Beach Restaurant Week (NBRW) presented by Dine Newport Beach and the Newport Beach Restaurant Association kicks off today, Monday, Jan. 5 and continues through the 28th. Celebrating its 12th year, there are 56 restaurants participating including five new ones, so get out there and discover some unique culinary adventures, as well as revisiting some of your traditional favorites!

Touted as the longest-running restaurant week in Orange County, NBRW is the top-grossing culinary event in the City of Newport Beach. In 2017, this foodie experience garnered $3.3 million in consumer spending.

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The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar’s grilled filet mignon on a bed of succulent corn with prosciutto wrapped asparagus

Take a trip around the world to discover what’s so special about these 14 days of palate-pleasing experiences. You’ll embark on a culinary journey of two- or three-course, prix-fixe menus with lunches available for just $10, $15, $20 or $25, and dinners for $20, $30, $40 or $50. 

Participating restaurants range from local havens such as Summer House in Corona del Mar and 3-Thirty-3 Waterfront to chic dining experiences such as Red O and Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens. In addition to the stellar roster of fan favorites, new to Restaurant Week participants include Balboa Lily’s, Free Range, La French Touch, Pizza Nova and Nobu.

For more information and a complete list of participating restaurants, visit www.DineNB.com/Restaurant-Week.

Nobu Rock Shrimp

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Nobu’s rock shrimp tempura with creamy spicy sauce


Wake Up! Newport to feature John Campbell

John Campbell

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On Thursday, Feb. 1, Wake Up! Newport will feature U.S. Representative John Campbell.

This is a free opportunity to meet one-on-one with legislative and government officials, and stay updated on current local, state and federal issues.

The meeting, hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, takes place from 7:15 to 8:45 a.m. in the Central Library’s Friends Room located at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Breakfast treats will be provided, but please make reservations so that Wake Up! Newport can plan for food and seating.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Pam Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 9489.729.4411.


OC Fair & Event Center honored with 19 awards

OC Fair & Event Center (OCFEC) was honored with 19 awards, including five first place accolades for innovation and excellence, by the Western Fairs Association.

OCFEC received first place honors in photography, technology innovation, volunteer programs, working with nonprofit organizations and producing an event within an event. Many prize categories were specific to the 2017 OC Fair, and others were related to year-round events and programs.

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This photo of a transfixed audience at the OC circus show took first place honors

The photo of a transfixed audience at an OC Fair circus show won first place as did the Heroes Hall Veterans Story Booth, a permanent installation that archives videos of veterans telling of their military experiences. Other top awards went to the Friends of the Fair program that allows special needs guests to have a private, easy-access Fair experience, and to the OCFEC employee entry in the Damsels of Destruction demolition derby that benefited the Susan G. Komen Orange County. The other top award recognized the birthday party at Centennial Farm during which Fair guests were invited to a celebration to welcome a new litter of piglets.

“It is very special to be honored by our peers in the fair industry. We are proud of the work we do and these awards highlight our commitment to the community,” said Kathy Kramer, OC Fair & Event Center CEO. “The fact that our give-back programs continue to receive recognition means a lot to us and inspires the staff to continue to find more ways to connect with the community.”

OCFEC received second place awards for the new OC Fair Kids Club program that provides a free Fair experience for children from underserved areas. Heroes Hall, which opened last February, won second place in the new community outreach program category, and the management of the large-animal evacuation at the fairgrounds during recent Orange County fires received second place recognition. The Farm Fresh Fun fair theme, artist Kiel Johnson’s collaborative paper garden, The Red Barn dinner series and collaboration with OCTA on the OC Fair Express bus system also received second place honors.

Third place awards went to the OC Fair’s new California olive oil competition, Centennial Farm’s new wellness program, agricultural programming, the Fair’s souvenir program, new sponsorships and sponsorship innovations. A photograph of the Ferris wheel at sunset also won a third place award.

The Western Fairs Association presented the awards for 2017 achievements at its recent annual conference in Anaheim.

OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa is home to the annual OC Fair. Year-round attractions include Centennial Farm, Table of Dignity, Heroes Hall and Pacific Amphitheatre. Imaginology, a free three-day family event focusing on S.T.E.A.M.-related activities, will take place April 13 - 15, 2018. Throughout the year, events ranging from recreation shows to cultural festivals are held at the fairgrounds.

Orange County Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit www.ocfair.com.


Winter Sailing Series…what’s going on

By LEN BOSE

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Balboa Yacht Club 2017-18 Sunkist Series

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The Newport Beach winter sailing series is about halfway though its season, so I wanted to provide you with an update on races that will be taking place in our Harbor. 

Balboa Yacht Club 2017-18 Sunkist Series

Thirty-five boats signed up for this year’s four race Sunkist Series and like all the other harbor winter series it has been sailed in light winds and strong currents. The final race of the series just happens to be on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 4 with most of the competitors wondering how they will get home in time to watch the game.

In PHRF A fleet, Jim Devling’s shiny black boat “Carbon Footprint” has sailed very consistently and leads the fleet going into the final minutes of the game. Just behind, is team “It’s OK” that with a throw out, discarding their worst race, this series could end up in a tie breaker. It’s going to be close…let’s hope for wind.

PHRF B has “Amante” winning and if there is a throw out she does not have to go out on the field for the fourth quarter. Peter Wells sailing the J 120 “Adios” is in second followed by Seth Hall aboard “Marisol.”

In PHRF C, “Doubletime” has the overpowering offensive line in this series with three first place finishes and like Amante can sit the fourth quarter out should there be a throw out in the series. Tied for second is Brian Doughty J 105 “Legacy” and Bill McKeever “Reliance,” both boats with identical scores, this race will be close.

PHRF D appears to be a close one with Ray Booths C&C 35 “Altheris” only two points out of first with nine points to John Szalay’s Peterson 34 “Pussycat.” Third place is tied between Mark Rosene “RD” and Roger Gooding “Rhythm” both with 11 points. This series will be a barn burner with some of the best racing in the harbor. Now I really want the wind to show up!

PHRF E has another close game going on with Gavin Herbert Rhodes 41 “Madness” in first place with nine points. Followed closely by Caleb Everett’s Moore 24 “Tortuga.” All good stuff, so make sure you tune in.

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Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club Rum Series

Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club Hot Rum 2017-18 Series

Jan. 21 will be the last race of the three-part Hot Rum Series. Twenty-seven boats have entered and are split up in three PHRF classes and have been greeted with light winds and strong currents.

In PHRF A, The Richley Family sailing the mighty “Amante” has a thee point lead over Russell Grant’s “Wild Thing,” and in a close third is Bill McKeever’s well sailed “Reliance.”

Next up is PHRF B with Joe Degenhardt’s “Lickity Split” in third, Larry Kilger’s “Healer” in second and “Pussycat” with a strong lead in first.

PHRF C has Emile Pilafidis sailing “Party Globe” in third, Bob McDonald aboard “Undecided” is in second and with another strong lead, Bob Wineat is at the helm of “Carioca.”

NHYC Winter Series

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Newport Harbor Yacht Club Winter Series

NHYC 2017-18 Winter Series

Forty-four Harbor 20’s have entered Newport Harbor’s Yacht Club’s Winter Series this season. Racing has been close and the winds have been light as we approach the last race in the series on February 4. First race is an hour earlier at 12 p.m., because the start of some silly football game!

In Harbor 20 C fleet, Kathryn Reed’s “Wood in it be Nice” is leading going into the fourth quarter by six points to Mike Kohl aboard “A Tack Dragon” in second. Ross Watanabe is in third and only 11 points out of first.

In B Fleet, Doug Rastello brought in fleet champ Bill Menninger as his front line and they have rolled through the competition. Chris Allen racing his boat “Zephyr” with Walter Johnson as his crew are not known to give up, even though it appears the fat lady is clearing her voice. Allen is 15 points back and might just show up with a Cal Bears hats on and pull something out of his sail bag.

A fleet has “Shana’s Secret” with Mark Conzelman at the helm with a six point lead and has been the only team to keep a perfect attendance in the series. Conzelman will have to keep his head down and not look up at the game monitor going into the last quarter of the series. Should he decide to look up, he will see a yellow boat by the name of “Ping” with Anne and Kurt Wiese chasing him down. Over the last six races, team Wiese has not finished out of the top three and no one has thrown a flag at them.

Get out and enjoy the races!


“Be the One” to drive change in Orange County during Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Kathleen Neff

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Kathleen Neff, Junior League’s Human Trafficking Awareness Manager

In collaboration with the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF), Junior League of Orange County, California, Inc. (JLOCC), based in Newport Beach, is marking Human Trafficking Awareness Month with a number of activities and educational events to increase awareness of human trafficking in Orange County.

One primary focus is centered on a social media campaign called “Be the One” to inspire people to be the one to drive change in Orange County. Interested people are asked to post a photo of themselves in the month of January holding a sign that reads: BT1. BE THE ONE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Participants in this social media campaign are asked to create a tagline for their photos identifying who they are: “I am a mother,” “I am a teacher,” “I am a police officer,” “I am a volunteer,” etc., then paste in the following statement into their post: [Insert personal tagline]. Human Trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. I encourage you to replicate this photo at home and join the anti-trafficking movement with us. BE THE ONE to make a difference! Visit these websites, www.jlocc.org

and www.ochumantrafficking.com to learn more.  #BeTheOne, #EndItMovement, #HumanTraffickingAwarenessMonth, #StopTrafficking, #JLOCC, #OCHTTF, #OCTA

Another way JLOCC and OCHTTF are teaming up is by holding a drive to collect gift cards in $25 increments from Target, Walmart and Uber, along with other items for distribution to local victims of sex trafficking.

Members of the public can get involved by bringing donations during January to JLOCC’s office at 5140 Campus Drive in Newport Beach. The phone number is 949.261.0823. Appropriate items in their original packaging are as follows: laundry detergent, paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags and tampons. Alternatively, an Amazon Wish List has been created; click here for details: http://amzn.to/2qTJb0n.

According to OCHTTF, human trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the county involving primarily female victims as young as nine years old, who are recruited into this modern-day version of slavery, most often kept against their will and then sold repeatedly for sex. Statistics show 241 victims of sex trafficking were assisted in Orange County in 2016 alone, with each victim on average worth potentially more than $200,000 yearly to their pimps. This statistic only indicates those who have been assisted, and does not pinpoint how many victims are actually out there. The fluidity of this crime makes it hard to know how many people are truly affected.

While no young girl is completely safe from potential abuse, foster children are particularly vulnerable to human traffickers in that they often lack a stable home life and support system. Criminals use online advertising tactics to attract their potential customers, and find their victims at malls, skating rinks, schools and other locations.

The OCHTTF states commercial sex or prostitution involving anyone under 18 is human trafficking and those who are prostituted are considered trafficking victims. Members of OCHTTF and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office work proactively to protect women and minors from falling victim to commercial sexual exploitation.

Recognizing the breadth and cost of this crime, JLOCC has committed to focusing on foster youth and human trafficking by pursuing a human trafficking awareness and education campaign. It also supports the Orangewood Resource Center through the Bear Hugs and Bear Necessities project that is focused on supporting teenagers emancipating from the county’s foster care system, and helping to ease their transition into independent living and adulthood.

“Community partnerships, such as that with Junior League, are important to the overall success in addressing this issue in Orange County. The Task Force has always held to the belief that we can’t address this issue alone, said Linh Tran, Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force’s Administrator and Supervisor. “It takes a community to come together to send a message to help make Orange County a safer place for victims who were afraid to ask for help in the past and an unsafe place for traffickers and pimps to commit their crimes here.”

“Most people in Orange County are unaware that human trafficking exists here –and they would be shocked to hear that it’s happening in their own neighborhood. Junior League is pleased to do our part to educate the community and promote Human Trafficking Awareness Month,” said Kathleen Neff, Junior League’s Human Trafficking Awareness Manager. “We believe we can make an impact by expanding existing community-based education programs about how to identify and help victims of human trafficking in Orange County.”

Once a month, JLOCC helps support the Orangewood Foundation provide a public education forum for Orange County residents to continue to drive awareness throughout the year. To attend a public community forum, click here: https://orangewoodfoundation.org/what-we-do/trafficking.

For more information, visit www.egovlink.com/ochumantrafficking or https://jlocc.org.


Letter to the Editor:

Nancy Gardner column stirs thoughts of a favorite childhood teacher

Nancy Gardner’s article in your 1-8-18 edition regarding her former teacher at Newport Harbor High reminded me of my favorite teacher, who happened to teach 4th grade in a Sioux City, Iowa school. I never forgot this woman, who had never married or raised her own children, nevertheless was the most influential teacher in my life. Unlike Nancy’s teacher who sounded fun and progressive, Miss Trehune was known for endorsing long-held American traditions and rules which she believed important.

My respect for this teacher has grown with each passing year as I experience the rewards of living according to the words and truths she taught. She was unforgettable, but not due to her personality, looks, or any awards. In fact, she was exceedingly plain looking, deplorably blunt, and frighteningly honest. Yet, for more decades than I care to share, she remains the teacher that most influenced my life.

She always began Monday mornings asking if anyone would like to share something special they had done over the weekend. I had nothing to report of significance, but being a veracious child I raised my hand. When she called on me I began my little speech and soon realized it needed something a bit more exciting if I wanted to keep everyone’s attention. I was actually pretty good at embellishing at that age, but I didn’t get too far into the fiction portion before Miss Trehune stopped me and asked if what I had said was really true. Apparently, I had exaggerated beyond anything she found acceptable and used it as an example to the class that one must always stick to facts. I cannot tell you how embarrassed I was, but it accomplished my teacher’s apparent purpose. Not only did I strive to never exaggerate after that experience, I do my best to always be as accurate as possible.

Miss Trehune was even more eager to point out the good among her nine-year-old students, whenever she saw an example to do so. My Mom hadn’t time to make my lunch one morning and there was no school cafeteria. I was given money to go across the street to a local restaurant. I sat by myself at the lunch counter, ate, and went back to class. The first thing Miss Trehune did when class began was to announce she had just witnessed something special by a student in our class.

I was totally shocked when she identified me as that student. I had no idea Miss Trehune had lunched at that restaurant as well. She had noticed a man and his wife wanting to eat at the counter, but there weren’t two seats together. I saw their problem as well, so I told the couple I would move to another seat so they could sit together. Obviously no big deal, but from that time to now, due to Miss Trehune, I’ve purposed to think more of others in similar situations.

Miss Trehune never let a teaching opportunity go to waste. We were the children she never had and as such she devoted her life to teaching us more than just facts from books; she taught us tools to be better people. Teaching was not just her profession, it was her life. I sometimes wonder how many students she taught incorporated this amazing woman’s advice into their lives and thus benefited from her wisdom. A teacher like Miss Trehune is a gift that keeps on giving throughout life and thus helps make our World a bit better for everyone.

Bonnie O’Neil

Newport Beach


Pet of the Week Dog 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.”

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Animal Shelter

MEET MS. EINSTEIN

Ms. Einstein is playful, docile and intelligent…not to mention, loving

Introducing Ms. Einstein. The sweetest little doe Lionhead Harlequin rabbit. Ms. Einstein loves to give hugs and would enjoy being adopted into a family that wants to share carrots and yogurt nibbles with her.

Just in case you aren’t familiar, Ms. Einstein asked us to let you know that Harlequin rabbits are playful, docile and intelligent. And, like most rabbit breeds, Ms. Einstein can respond to her name and is litter box trained. She is gentle and, as all exotics, she will require consistent care by responsible and financially capable individuals.

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 and other pets 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 Ms. Einstein, or any other animals up for adoption, the Newport Beach Animal Shelter is located at 20302 Riverside Drive, Newport Beach. It is open Tuesday through Sunday 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 www.nbpd.org 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.


Newport Beach – A Look Back 

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Old Newport Realty with its sign that read, “We handle Balboa Island, Balboa Beach, East Newport and Newport Property.”

Visit Balboa Island Museum at 331 Marine Ave., Balboa Island. It is open Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Museum Store is open Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 949.675.3952. www.balboaislandmuseum.org


Shop Talk Shopping Bag

By LANA JOHNSON

Help to protect our oceans, when you shop for a good cause this Valentine’s Day

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On Thursday, Feb. 8, enjoy a special evening with Kendra Scott Jewelry in Fashion Island from 5 to 8 p.m.

Enjoy champagne, wine and gourmet desserts while you shop for the love of your life, celebrating Valentine’s Day.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Wyland Foundation.

Please RSVP to Erin O’Flaherty at 949.643.7070 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.by Feb. 6. If you are unable to attend the event call Erin O’Flaherty to place your order, and your purchase will still benefit the Wyland Foundation. Shipping is free.

Kendra Scott Jewelry Newport Beach is located at 235 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

The Wyland Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is dedicated to promoting, protecting and preserving the world’s ocean, waterways, and marine life. The foundation encourages environmental awareness through education programs, public arts projects and community events.

Editor’s Note: If you or someone you know operates a Newport Beach-based business that you would like to see featured in Shop Talk, please send the information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


OC’s largest mixer 2018 returns to the Fairgrounds

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Orange County’s Largest Mixer 2018 has announced its return to the Orange County Fairgrounds & Event Center on Thursday, March 29 from 4 to 8 p.m.

This 15th annual event brings together more than 175 exhibitors and 2,500 attendees including 25 chambers of commerce and professional business organizations.

While attending the OC Mixer, grab a free food sample or two from one of the many local restaurants who will be offering one of their signature dishes, or grab a cocktail from one of the cash bars. Make sure to visit the TEAM Referral Village for a speed networking session, or to improve your networking skills.

Cost of attendance is $20. If you are a business interested in showing your products or services, go to https://largestmixer.com/exhibit/exhibit-orange-county to reserve booth space and find out more details.

For additional information, visit www.OCMixer.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Call 310.862.2878.

Orange County Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. www.ocfair.com


Royal Philharmonic takes the Segerstrom stage

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The London-based Royal Philharmonic returns to the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall under the baton of celebrated conductor Thierry Fischer in a program including Respighi’s symphonic poem Fountains of Rome and Stravinsky’s

Petrushka (1911). Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins them with Camille Saint-Saëns’ exotic Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian.” The performance takes place on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. A pre-concert lecture by Brian Lauritzen begins at 7 p.m.

One of today’s most sought-after soloists, Grammy-nominated pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet is celebrated for his rare ability to combine poetic musical sensibilities with dazzling technical prowess, and a talent for coaxing subtle and surprising colors and textures from each work he plays.

Widely regarded for its exceptional quality and versatility, the Royal Philharmonic was formed by Sir Thomas Beecham in 1946 and since then has been directed by an illustrious list of distinguished conductors including Rudolf Kempe, Antal Doráti, André Previn, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Daniele Gatti.

Tickets start at $48 and are available online and at the Box Office, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts (and the Box Office) is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. www.scfta.org


Christmas Boat Parade Awards Dinner and Auction on January 26

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“El Navegante” took first place honors as the Best Powerboat

It’s not too late to make your reservations for the 109th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Awards Dinner and Auction. The event takes place on Friday, Jan. 26 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach, kicking off with a cocktail reception and five-star dinner with wine. 

Open to the public, the gala will honor the winners of the 2017 Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights competitions and raise funds for next year’s parade. All award winners receive two complimentary tickets to the event.

In addition to the awards ceremony, guests will have the opportunity to take part in incredible live and silent auctions. There will be hundreds of unique items to choose from including travel excursions, weekend getaways, fine dining, rare jewelry, art, hotel stays and more. Whether you are a seasoned bidder or a novice, there will surely be an item you’ll want to take home. And once the auction is over, put on your dancing shoes as you enjoy the fabulous live entertainment.

Individual tickets are available at $125, which includes a four-course dinner with wine. Table sponsorships are available for $1,500 for a table of 10, which includes sponsor benefits, preferred tsable location and more.

Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach is located at 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. For more information and to make reservations, visit www.newportbeach.com.


Newport Beach Chamber to hold blood drive

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On Wednesday, Jan. 17, Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce is holding a blood drive in conjunction with Hoag Hospital from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Donors are advised to drink plenty of fluids prior to donation. Maintain usual eating habits on the day of donation, avoiding fatty foods if possible. All donors must show picture identification.

Walkups are welcome, but appointments are preferred. Visit www.hoagblooddonor.org to schedule an appointment, or call 888.538.6199.

The blood drive will take place in the Chamber parking lot, located at 4343 Von Karman Ave., Newport Beach. Parking will be validated.

For more information, visit www.newportbeachchamber.com.


Anchors Aweigh online auction to benefit Harbor High

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Education Foundation

Newport Harbor High School’s annual fundraising benefit “Anchors Aweigh,” will hold an online auction from Feb. 7 – Mar. 2, and a silent and live auction at the Friday, Mar. 9 gala. The event will include a cocktail hour, dinner and dancing with rock band Audio Bomb, an opportunity drawing and dessert from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. The cost of the gala is $125 per person until Feb. 28 and $135 thereafter.

The goal is to raise $70,000 to provide free tutoring and academic support for all Harbor High students, state-of-the-art technology in classrooms, rigorous International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement curriculum, and professional development for faculty.

Sponsored by the Newport Harbor Educational Foundation, this non-profit fundraising organization for Harbor High gives $500,000 each year to enhance programs for the high school’s 2,400 students.

Local supporters are welcome to bid online and join in the gala event.

For more information about the online auction, visit www.BiddingforGood.com/NHEF. For additional details, contact Diana Long, NHEF Executive Director at 949.646.1556 ext. 1 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The gala takes place at the Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach. www.supportnhhs.com


CdM Chamber to hold sunset networking mixer

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Meet new people while you mingle and mix with community friends and neighbors at the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce’s sunset networking mixer and ribbon cutting on Tuesday, Jan. 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Harcourt Newport Properties.

In a sunset setting, enjoy a glass of wine and light appetizers which sharing your products or services with others.

This event is open to the public, so invite a friend or colleague to join you.

Cost: Chamber members are free; Guests, $10. This event does not require advance RSVP, but it is suggested for easy access and confirmation.

Harcourt Newport Properties is located at 2747 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar (next to Bruegger’s Bagels). Register at www.cdmchamber.com.

Corona de Mar Chamber of Commerce is located at 2855 E. Coast Highway, Ste. 101, Corona del Mar.


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

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Newport Harbor Educational Foundation | Newport Harbor High School Online Auction, February 7 - March 2.

Newport Harbor High School’s annual fundraising benefit “Anchors Aweigh,” will hold an online auction from February 7 - March 2, and a silent and live auction at the Friday, March 9 gala with a cocktail hour, dinner and dancing with rock band Audio Bomb, an opportunity drawing and dessert from 5:30 - 10:30 p.m. The cost of the gala is $125 per person until February 28; $135 thereafter. The goal is to raise $70,000 to provide free tutoring and academic support for all Harbor High students, state-of-the-art technology in classrooms, rigorous International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement curriculum, and professional development for faculty. Sponsored by the Newport Harbor Educational Foundation, this non-profit fundraising organization for Harbor High gives $500,000 each year to enhance programs for the high school’s 2,400 students.

Local supporters are welcome to bid online and join in the gala event. 

Contact: www.BiddingforGood.com/NHEF. For additional details, contact Diana Long, NHEF Executive Director, 949.646.1556, ext.1, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; www.supportnhhs.com.

The gala takes place at the Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

CureDuchenne | Napa in Newport, Saturday, March 3 from 5 - 10 p.m.

4th Annual Napa on Newport Wine Auction is Southern California’s premier annual event for the wine connoisseur who appreciates the earthen opulence of wine country, cult brands, exquisite cuisine and unparalleled auction lots. Amanda Harlan and Scott Gould of BOND co-chair and host more than 40 fellow Napa vintners. Each vintner will pour during the grand tasting and then will personally host a guest table during the dinner celebration. Chef Andrew Sutton of Disneyland Resort Signature Restaurants has created a decadent pairing menu exclusively for the occasion. Proceeds benefit CureDuchenne, based in Newport Beach, which is aimed at saving the lives of children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Sponsorships and VIP options available. This event will sell out.

Contact: Ancia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 949.872.2552, or Rachel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 949.872.2552. www.napainnewport.org.

Takes place at the Ritz-Carlton, 1 Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point.

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Guests enjoy a pouring during the 2017 Napa in Newport Wine Auction

Childhelp | 32nd Annual For the Love of a Child Fashion Show & Luncheon, Thursday, March 15 at 11 a.m.

This magic day benefits the children of Childhelp with a runway fashion show inspiring daring creations and dazzling sparkles, sponsored by South Coast Plaza. This year’s event, hosted by Honorary Chair Patti Edwards and Co-Chairs Linda Burns and Tami Smith, will feature opportunity drawings, a grand prize drawing and a fabulous luncheon. Honored recipients are Tilly Levine with the Children’s Friend Award and Beverly Cohen with the Our Inspirational Award.

Contact: Linda Burns at 949.463.8804 for more information. Visit https://one.bidpal.net/childhelpocfashionshow2018/welcome for reservations and donations.

Takes place at the Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Alzheimer’s Orange County | Broadway Backstage Memories, Saturday, March 24, 6 p.m.

Honors corporate, philanthropy and volunteer partners and recognizes those for lifetime achievement. All proceeds from this signature gala funds critically needed programs and services for the 84,000 local Orange County residents affected by Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Sponsorship opportunities available.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.alzocgala.org.

Takes place at the Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

Southern California Hospice Foundation | 11th Annual Hospice Golf Tournament, Wednesday, April 18, from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

The Southern California Hospice Foundation annual golf tournament is a place where you or your company can become active members of the SCHF family, as they offer a forum to mingle with individuals of common background who share the belief that hospice is a vital and indispensable service for our community. Join the day’s festivities as an individual player, sponsor, or both. You will enjoy breathtaking ocean views from every hole, offering a unique golf experience you will not soon forget. So, bring a guest, client, or colleague and enjoy the ultimate Southern California golfing experience. Your support allows this organization to continue to celebrate life and restore hope throughout the years to come. Ticket information: Individual, $550; Sponsorship opportunities from $1,000 - $25,000.

Contact: Michelle Wulfestieg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or

877.661.0087; https://www.socalhospicefoundation.org/events/life-links-love-annual-charity-golf-tournament

Takes place at The Resort at Pelican Hill Golf Club, 22800 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

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A foursome during the 10th Annual Hospice Golf Tournament at Pelican Hill

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Southern California | 24th Annual Golf Tournament at Pelican Hill, Wednesday, May 9, beginning at 11 a.m.

Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college. Seeking sponsors.

Contact: 949.515.8833, www.bhghsocal.org.

Takes place at The Resort at Pelican Hill Golf Club, 22701 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

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Pelican Hill Golf Course offers sweeping ocean views

Newport Harbor High School Home and Garden Tour | Tuesday, May 17 

Featuring beautiful homes and gardens, this public tour benefits the 2000 students at Newport Harbor High School, presented by the Newport Harbor Educational Foundation.

Schedule:

9 - 10:30 a.m.: The day begins with a Welcome Reception at Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach. Enjoy a hosted breakfast and a tour of a docked boat.

10 a.m. - 2 :30 p.m.: Hour Tour, Boutique and Opportunity Drawing (Attendees can continue to tour homes until 3 p.m.)

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Luncheon overlooking the Newport Harbor at the Newport Theatre Arts Center, 2501 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach. Lunch is generously provided by Mendocino Farms.

2 - 5 p.m.: Afternoon Reception at Barclay Butera Interiors, 1745 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach.

Contact: Newport Harbor Educational Foundation, 600 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and visit www.newportharborhometour.com. To be placed on the mailing list for Home Tour tickets, please email your first and last name and complete address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Takes place at homes throughout Newport Beach.

Editor’s Note: If you have a philanthropic event with a connection to Newport Beach you would like to see publicized, please email the information with an image and contact person with email address to Lana Johnson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If would like to reach out to Newport Beach non-profit organizations, visit https://greatnonprofits.org/city/newport-beach/CA.


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

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Upcoming Events & Workshops 

Mixed Media Collages by Phyllis Paxton, Continuing through March 2 . Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents an exhibition by mixed media artist Phyllis Paxton. While living in Paris in the 1980s, Paxton was working in watercolors and acrylics, showing her works through group shows. While this was interesting, her graphic arts background and work with ad agencies had kindled a desire to blend traditional art with the calls to action and emotional appeals of advertising posters. As Paxton explored Paris, she became fascinated with these peeling posters on the corners and walls of the city. Their artists were free from restricted academic boundaries and could explore colors and themes chosen in the hope of attracting viewers. Weather had worn them into peeling layers, exposing fragments advertising everything from nightclubs and theater to sports. They seemed almost to breed in layers that made Paxton feel like an archeologist as she peeled off strips and fragments to use in her paintings. After photographing the walls, the artist took pieces of paper to her studio where she soaked and separated them, revealing previously hidden layers that sparked fresh directions for her. The artwork is on display at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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Appreciate a Dragon Day Crafts, January 16, 2018 from 4 - 5 p.m. Join the fun in celebrating Appreciate a Dragon Day by making fun dragon crafts. Recommended for ages 3 - 8. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Takes place at the Mariners Library Branch, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Discussion Group-Life Skills, January 16 and 30 from 10 – 11:30 am. All learners are encouraged to participate in speaking on any number of topics that are presented during a session. Current events, either from television or printed materials, are favorite subject matters, which evoke very interesting debate and conversation. This group offers learners a chance to make new friends, talk freely about anything, ask questions, learn new vocabulary and acquire self-confidence in speaking with others. No pre-registration is required. You must be a registered learner in the Newport Beach Library Literacy Program in order to participate in this class. Call 949.717.3874 to find out how to join the program. Takes place at Central Library Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Introduction to Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest Databases, Also offered February 28 and May 23. Become familiar with and learn how to navigate the record collections available through the Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest databases. Through this class, participants will learn to perform basic and advanced searches in these two powerful genealogy databases to learn how to start or grow their family tree. Participants will use Media Lab computers to facilitate hands-on learning. Takes place in the Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Chilly Crafts, January 18 from 3 - 4 p.m. Come make cool crafts for this wintry time of year. Recommended for ages 3 - 8. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. First come, first served. Limited by room capacity. Takes place at the Corona del Mar Library Branch, 420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar.

Book Lecture by Karen Heath Clark, “Bill Clinton: America’s Bridge to the 21st Century”, January 18 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Bill Clinton, the first president born after the end of World War II, brought a new generation’s vision and attitude to the White House. His 1992 defeat of overwhelming favorite George H. W. Bush, who was running for a second term, is a fascinating story of the fickleness of presidential popularity. Clinton was an unknown Governor of Arkansas when he won the Democratic nomination, most big-name candidates having opted to forgo what they viewed as a hopeless race. Clinton emerged from a troubled childhood in Arkansas to become a Rhodes Scholar and a Yale Law School graduate. He was a man of great ambition, intellect and determination, but it was his charismatic personality and ability to reach out with empathy to others that made him such a popular president. While his inexperience led to bungling some legislative opportunities, he skillfully shepherded other measures through Congress while keeping the country peaceful and increasingly prosperous during his two terms in office. His presidency was marred by scandals created by his engagement in inappropriate sexual relationships with women, scandals for which he was relentlessly pursued by enemies willing to use scorched-earth tactics to try to destroy him. Clinton possessed unsurpassed resiliency, labelling himself the “Comeback Kid,” and managed to survive only the second impeachment in American history. Clinton left a legacy of peace and prosperity when he left office at the start of the 21st century, but the nation had become far more politically divisive. Author Karen Heath Clark studied history at both Stanford University and of The University of Washington, then taught history for several years before pursuing a legal career. After attending Michigan Law School, she joined the prestigious international law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher where she became a partner. She continues to have an abiding passion for both history and politics. Admission is free and seating is limited to capacity. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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Medicine in Our Backyard: Precision Medicine & Neurodegenerative Diseases January 22 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. This lecture features Leslie Thompson, Ph.D., who is a professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior and Biological Chemistry in the UC Irvine School of Medicine, and is a professor of Neurobiology & Behavior in the UCI Ayala School of Biological Sciences. Dr. Thompson is an expert in neurodegenerative disorders and is a leading researcher into the cause and treatment of Huntington’s Disease, an inherited, incurable and fatal neurodegenerative disorder.  Her research, including the potential use of stem cells for treatment, has received funding from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine and the National Institutes for Health. Dr. Thompson is also a leader in UCI’s precision medicine initiatives. Doors open at 6 p.m.; 7 - 8:30 p.m., lecture and Q&A. There is no charge to attend and no reservations are required.

Noteworthy Puppets Jack and the Beanstalk

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Jack and the Beanstalk: The Puppet Musical, January 24 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Noteworthy Puppets presents Jack and the Beanstalk. The classic tale of friendship, forgiveness and following your dreams comes to life with original songs and beautiful handmade puppets! Funded by generous contributions from the Friends of the Library. For kids of all ages. Takes place at the Balboa Library Branch, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

The Melting Watch

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Beyond the Canvas – Surrealism: Salvador Dalí, January 24 from 7 - 8 p.m. Award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will continue this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. Salvador Dalí was a prominent Spanish surrealist artist born in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain. He was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His painterly skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters. Dalí’s expansive artistic repertoire included film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media. Learn more about the great masters of art in a fascinating visual presentation. Free to the public; seating is first come, first served. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. (Pictured above is “The Melting Watch” by Salvador Dalí.)

Steve Lopez as part of the Library Live Literary Series, presented by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation, January 25 at 7 p.m. A California native, Lopez is the author of three novels in addition to his book of non-fiction, The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship and the Redemptive Power of Music. When Los Angeles Times reporter discovered a former Julliard student playing on Skid Row, he decided to help him off the streets. Their friendship – movingly recounted in The Soloist, which was also the basis for the film starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. inspired Lopez, recipient of the President’s Award from the Los Angeles Press Club, to raise awareness of homelessness and mental illness. This evening is one in a series of “Kempler Conversations” sponsored by Dr. Ike and Ginny Kempler. Admission is free. For more information and tickets, phone 949.548.2411; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Steve Lopez

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Teen Study Hall, January 27 from 12 - 5 p.m. Busy preparing for finals? They’re opening the Mariners Library Jorgensen Room as a study space exclusively for teens! Bring your schoolwork and study pals, and they’ll provide WiFi and snacks! Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

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News You Can Use, January 31 from 10 - 11:30 p.m. This new workshop is led by tutor extraordinaire, Helene Chaban. Participants will read and discuss stories from the “News for You” weekly newspaper. Contact the literacy office to sign up. You must be a registered learner in the Newport Beach Library Literacy Program in order to participate in this class. Call 949.717.3874 to find out how to join the program. Takes place at Central Library Conference Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Tutor Training, January 31 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Open to anyone who has already completed the Prospective Tutor Orientation online or in person. Pre-registration is required. Two, three-hour sessions are required for certification. Takes place at Central Library Conference Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Organizing Genealogical Information and Setting Research Goals, January 31 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. The amount of information a genealogy researcher compiles can be overwhelming, having the ability to cloud the big picture, cause haphazard approaches to searching and side-track research goals. This class will explore a variety of tips and techniques that will help participants create focused, efficient research plans and strategies as well as organize the information that they find in formats such as charts, timelines, and tables, allowing participants to identify patterns and contradictions in information as well as determine the most effective path forward for furthering their research. This class will not include the use of Media Lab computers. Takes place in the Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Wake Up! Newport to feature U.S. Representative John Campbell, February 1 from 7:15 - 8:45 a.m. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. This is a free opportunity to meet one on one with legislative and government officials, and stay updated on current local, state and federal issues. The meeting is hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. Breakfast treats will be provided, but please make reservations so they can plan for food and seating. Takes place in the Central Library’s Friends Room located at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. For more information and to RSVP, contact Pam Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 9489.729.4411.

Drop-in Crafts, February 1 from 12 - 3 p.m. Come make some fun crafts for this wintry time of year. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. First come, first served. Limited by room capacity. Takes place at the Central Library’s Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Friends of the Library Used Book Sale, February 3 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Quarterly book sale with “2 Bucks a Bag” all day. On February 2, this book sale is open to members only from 1 - 4 p.m. Takes place at the Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

LEGO Block Party, February 7 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

LEGOS Rubiks Cube

Sweetheart Crafts, February 8 from 3 - 4 p.m. Have fun making Valentines for your family and friends. Geared for children ages 3 - 8 years of age. this wintry time of year. Children must be accompanied by an adult. First come, first served. Limited by room capacity. Takes place at the Corona del Mar Branch Library, 420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar.

VDay crafts

David Frum as part of the 21st Annual Witte Lectures, which features renowned speakers on a variety of compelling, current topics presented by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation, February 9 at 7 p.m. and February 10 at 2 p.m.  Frum is a Senior Editor at The Atlantic and will speak about this ninth book, Trumprocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic, scheduled to be published by Harper Collins in January 2018. From 2001-2002, he served as speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush. Frum is the author of eight books, including most recently the e-book Why Romney Lost and his first novel, Patriots. His first book, Dead Right was described by Frank Rich of the New York Times as “the smartest book written from the inside about the American conservative movement” and by the late William F. Buckley as “the most refreshing ideological experience in a generation.” His memoir of the Bush administration, the Right Man, was a No. 1 New York Times bestseller. To reserve your seat, www.nbplfoundation.org/content/Witte-Lecture-Tickets.html.

Evaluating Genealogical Records and Citing Sources, February 14 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Discover how to classify and analyze information found in genealogical material as well as how those clasifications help you identify and use the best quality material in your research. This class will not include the use of Media Lab computers. Takes place in the Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Gary Taubes

Courtesy of Newport Beach Library Foundation

Gary Taubes as part of the Library Live Literary Series, presented by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation, February 15 at 7 p.m. Taubes will be speaking about his latest book, The Case Against Sugar which came from his 2002 New York Times Magazine cover story “What If It's All Been a Big Fat Lie?” The Case Against Sugar is a groundbreaking, eye-opening expose that makes the convincing case that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium. Admission is free; suggested $10 donation. http://garytaubes.com/blog. For more information and tickets, phone 949.548.2411; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Flotsam book cover

Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

Books & Babies – It’s never too early for storytime. Introduce language and reading to the littlest lap-sitters, 6 - 24 months. Central on Mondays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; CdM on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; Balboa on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Toddler Storytime – Start building a love of reading early with fun stories and songs for toddlers from 24-36 months. Please arrive on time and do not bring older siblings. Central on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Thursdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Songs & Stories – Children 2 - 5 years of age will enjoy stories and music, while being introduced to guided movement, yoga and instruments. CdM on Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Preschool Storytime – Stories, poems and songs will inspire literary, dramatic and musical fun for kids 3 - 5 years of age. Balboa on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; CdM on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Central on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Pajama Storytime – Children from age 3 - 7 can enjoy just-before-bed storytelling fun. Don’t forget to come in your pjs! Central on Mondays at 7 p.m.

Family Storytime – Enjoy family time with stories, songs and a craft geared especially for children ages 3-7. Central on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.www.newportkids.org

 

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.;

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.;

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday through Saturday,

9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Sundays

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday,

9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Sundays and Mondays.

www.newportbeachlibrary.org

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

Michael Andrew Lugo, 21, Newport Beach – Thursday, January 4 

Keri Ann Bungard, 30, Newport Beach – Tuesday, January 2

Incident Reports

Thursday, January 4

W. Coast Highway & Balboa Blvd. I License Plates Required, Narcotics for Sale and Controlled Substance for Sale

7:50 p.m. J.D. Walters, 40, Santa Ana, charged with failure to have two license plates on vehicle, possession of narcotic for sale and possession controlled substance for sale. Bail set at $25,000.

MacArthur Blvd. & University Offramp N I Irvine I Controlled Substance and Paraphernalia

5:07 p.m. Jesika Clement, 37, Irvine, charged with possession of controlled substance and possession unlawful paraphernalia. Bail set at $2,500.

W. Coast Highway & Highland Street I No Registration, No License and Warrant

6:08 a.m. William Chagas Melendez, 19, Huntington Beach, charged with no registration on vehicle, driving without license and warrant related to driving while suspended. Bail set at $750.

Dover Drive I 700 Block I Paraphernalia

4:36 a.m. Andreas Craig Grum, 55, Costa Mesa, charged with possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail set at $500.

Wednesday, January 3

Jamboree Road & Eastbluff Drive I Paraphernalia

4:54 p.m. Israel Antonio Valencia, 19, Garden Grove, charged with possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail set at $500.

Finley Ave. & Newport Blvd. I Narcotic and Drive while Suspended

3:09 p.m. Anthony Lee Dixon, 56, Costa Mesa, charged with possession narcotic and drive while suspended/revoked. Bail set at $10,000.

W. Ocean Front & 22nd Street I Warrant

2:25 p.m. Lora Denise Bender, 46, Costa Mesa, charged with a warrant related to post release supervision. No bail set.

Placentia Ave. I 300 Block I Paraphernalia and Warrant

8:29 a.m. Alexander William Gibson, 24, Yucaipa, charged with possession of unlawful paraphernalia and warrant for parolee at large. Bail set at $500.

Sea Gull Lane & 16th Street I Paraphernalia, Appropriate Lost Property, Narcotic, False personation, Warrant and Switchblade

1:38 a.m. Jordan Rachel Bias, 28, Santa Ana, charged with possession of unlawful paraphernalia, appropriate lost property and possession of narcotic. Bail set at $10,000.

1:34 a.m. Justin Michael Perry, 3o, Newport Beach, charged with possession of unlawful paraphernalia, false personation of another, warrant related to vehicle theft, carry a switchblade knife on person and possession of narcotic. Bail set at $20,000.

Tuesday, January 2

39th Street & Seashore Drive I Controlled Substance, Narcotics and Warrants

7:05 p.m. Chelsea Nicole Taylor, 25, Anaheim, charged with possession of controlled substance. Bail set at $2,500.

6:50 p.m. Jeremy Moreno, 30, Brea, charged with possession of narcotic and warrants related to driving while suspended and paraphernalia. Bail set at $9,000.

Marcus Ave. I 3400 Block I Trespass, Controlled Substance and Paraphernalia

5:55 p.m. Brendon Chad Larson, 32, Irvine, charged with trespass: occupy property without consent, possession of controlled substance and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail set at $10,000.

Bayside Drive I 1900 Block I Threaten Crime and Exhibit Deadly Weapon

1:08 p.m. Janet A. Carta, 61, Pomona, charged with threaten crime with intent to terrorize and exhibit deadly weapon other than firearm. Bail set at $50,000.

Seashore Drive & Orange Street I Paraphernalia

2:53 a.m. Johnathan Terrell Thompson, 34, Pomona, charged with possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail set at $500.