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Spots still available at Newport Bay Conservancy Golf Tournament

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Upper Newport Bay, one of the largest natural estuaries in Southern California

Spots are still available at the Newport Bay Conservancy’s (NBC) inaugural golf tournament, the Newport Bay Conservancy Classic, taking place this Saturday, Oct. 14, at Newport Beach Golf Course. 

This event is part of the grand re-opening of the Newport Beach Golf Course and debut of the adjacent restaurant, The Emerald Kitchen. 

Charity Tournament Chairman and Volunteer Naturalist David Waller, along with a group of local naturalists and volunteers, are looking to create an experience that is both fun and educational for the players. Waller explains, “Funds raised by the tournament will benefit the Conservancy’s ongoing efforts in education, restoration, research and advocacy. This year’s fundraising goal will help expand the Conservancy’s educational programs to schools that would otherwise not be able to afford them.” 

The fundraising event begins at 3:30 p.m. with tee-off at 4 p.m. Players will enjoy “Nine 4 Nature” on the back half of the course. Prizes for a hole-in-one, longest drive and closest to the pin, in addition to other contests, entertainment and drinks/snacks will be at various holes. 

Dinner, silent auction & awards at the Emerald Kitchen is open to the golfers, guests and anyone else interested in attending following play (approximately 7:30 p.m.).

Registration: Individual, $125; Foursome, $400; Dinner, silent auction and awards banquet only, $50.

The Conservancy welcomes any and all businesses and organizations to participate and sponsor the event. For more details visit www.newportbay.org or call 949.640.1751. Newport Bay Conservancy (NBC) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, Federal Tax ID # 33-0545786, dedicated to the protection and preservation of the Upper Newport Bay, one of the largest natural remaining estuaries in Southern California.

Newport Beach Golf Course is located at 3100 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.


Shop TalkShopping Bag

By LANA JOHNSON

Come celebrate the Grand Opening of Scout & Molly’s in Westcliff Plaza

Charity Genaw 

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Charity Genaw is among the helpful staff to assist in putting together a great look

Scout & Molly’s Boutique in Westcliff Plaza is holding their grand opening celebration on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check out their fashionable digs while enjoying opportunity drawings, gift cards, photo ops, and sips & snacks.

Scout & Molly’s is a women’s fashion boutique created by brother-sister duo Heather Halterman Wharton and Michael Halterman. Shop their array of stylish clothing and accessories with brands including Cupcakes and Cashmere, Sanctuary, Laila Jayde, and more.

Stop by for a unique personal shopping experience and meet their team who is ready to assist you in selecting apparel and accents that complement your individual style.

Scout & Molly’s is located at 1130 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. Call 949.612.7599. www.shopirvinecompany.com.

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..


School Notes

NMUSD 

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District will present Next Steps College & Career Night on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at the Orange County Fair & Events Center.

The event is open to students from 7 - 12th grades, who are encouraged to “start planning their future.” 

More than 200 colleges will be represented, with hands-on career technical demonstrations, along with college- and career-related workshops.

The event runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Costa Mesa Building at the OC Fair & Events Center located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

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On Oct. 24, the Board of Education of the NMUSD at their regular meeting to be held at 6 p.m. at the District’s Board Room, will conduct a public hearing to provide an opportunity for the community to provide oral comment to the Board regarding the proposed new trustee boundaries. Persons seeking information should contact the Superintendent’s Office, 714.424.5031.

Newport Harbor High School

The Newport Harbor High School Drama Department presents “Deception, Deceit & Dessert” – three one-act plays to whet your appetite – in the NHHS Blackbox Theater tonight (Oct.12), Friday (Oct. 13) and Sunday (Oct. 15). Curtain time is 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Ticket prices are $15/students and $25 for adults 21+ and are available online at www.NHHSdrama.com.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

 Recall is on; local church still can’t go home

TomJohnsonReading between the lines, the recall of City Councilmember Scott Peotter is on.

Yesterday, Joy Brenner, a community activist and a key part of the Recall Scott Peotter effort, announced her plans to run for Peotter’s seat (see Letter to the Editor in today’s edition).

She obviously knows the signature count in the recall effort otherwise it wouldn’t make sense for her to announce her candidacy plans.

Another claim made in her announcement is a “November validation” of the signatures.

Once validated the City Council then has a pre-determined window of dates to work with to call a special election.

In the election, registered Newport Beach voters would vote for or against the recall and then separately there would a candidate or candidates to select from in the event he is recalled.

So Brenner’s in, who else? I reached out to Mike Toerge to confirm his interest and he replied, “I’ve never gone out, unlike Joy. I’m all in.” 

The “unlike Joy” reference was a comment made by Brenner where she initially vacillated on whether she should run or not. Again, see her letter.

Toerge ran against Peotter in 2014.

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The second sale attempt of St. James the Great Church fell through this week according to The Rev. Canon John H. Taylor of the Diocese of Los Angeles.

Good news you might say for the Church’s previously displaced congregation. Not so.

Bishop Taylor wants the Church to be a “bishop’s chapel, with supply, or guest clergy invited to conduct Sunday services.” 

That basically means no local lay people, hence, little connection to the community and probably no Sunday school and things like that.

The existing St. James the Great congregation, which by the way meets at the Newport Beach Civic Center on Sundays, wants to move home, as you might imagine. And, the national Episcopal Church also recommended the same to the Diocese of Los Angeles.

So far, however, absolutely no cooperation between the two sides.

Remember though, every time this story seems over it somehow seems to “rise from the dead” so to speak.

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This is from Julie Hamilton, Balboa Island, “Just letting the (Balboa) Island know of the passing of Alex Kojoumjian last night (Tuesday, October 10). Alex passed away peacefully in his sleep. Alex and Rachael have owned Alex’s Fashion Center for nearly 50 years on the Island.”


ENC to hold Fall Faire this Sunday, Oct. 15

Fall Faire

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Youngsters check out the pumpkins waiting to be turned into jack-o-lanterns

Join ENC for the 42nd Annual Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch this Sunday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes will be available for sale. Children will participate in a variety of fun crafts and games. Face painters will paint spiders, bats and pumpkins on faces and Henna tattoo artists will create designs on hands and feet. The Fall Faire will also feature pony rides and a petting zoo. Laguna Beach DJs will provide lively music for guests to dance to. The OC Bird of Prey Center, the Young Singers of Orange County and Angela Vincent of Queen Green will also provide entertainment.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase at Savor OC, the ENC’s restaurant showcase. This year’s restaurant sponsors include Saltwater Catering, Bluewater Grill, Sensitive Sweets and The Pizza Bakery. The Newport Beach Fire Department will also be on hand grilling up hamburgers and hotdogs.

Editor’s Note: ENC needs your help to make this event successful! They are collecting the following items for the Fall Faire Craft Walk: toothpaste tubes, bottle caps, black buttons and corks. If you have any of these items, you can drop them off at the ENC this week. They are also seeking volunteers to help out at the Fall Faire. If you’d like to volunteer on Oct. 15, visit the website at www.encenter.org. If you can help them toss pumpkins on Oct.13, sometime between 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., email Lori Whalen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach.


Christmas Boutique rings in the holidays at Roger’s Gardens

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Roger’s Gardens’ talented Creative Director Eric Cortina, Holiday Buyer Hedda Staines, and their Visual Design team have outdone themselves again this year by curating an elegant and beautiful Christmas boutique that’s open now.

All that is merry and bright sparkles in their Joyeux Noël Christmas Boutique. It celebrates the diversity and richness of European Christmas traditions while enhancing them with modern influences and themes.

Buyers have traveled over rooftops to bring you curated holiday gifts and decorations that showcase some of the oldest European craftsmanship, where families pass down traditional art forms from generation to generation. Glass ornaments are hand blown and hand decorated in family workshops in Poland and Nutcrackers made in Germany accompany seasonal dinnerware from Portugal and Italy.

Browse the 20 trees – with names such as Pinecones & Ice and Retro Santa – adorned with more than 600 different ornaments.

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Whether you stay up to watch the first star in the night sky on Christmas Eve or leave a stocking for Santa or a shoe for St. Nicholas, Christmas is a time to celebrate traditions and create new memories – so come experience the magic that’s a bit closer than going to the North Pole.

Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar. Visit www.rogersgardens.com.


Villa Real Estate is honored at the Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate Awards

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Villa Real Estate was the only Southern California real estate firm to be honored at the Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate Awards last week at the 22nd Annual Luxury Real Estate Fall Conference in Toronto, Canada.

Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate’s Annual Fall Conference took place from October 1 - 4, with hundreds of luxury residential real estate brokers from across the globe connecting to share industry knowledge and honor the best of the best in the industry. Villa Real Estate was recognized for having the best marketing package for its listings.

“It is our mission to provide our clients with the best real estate experience and our agents with the best tools and technology they need to succeed,” said Brittney Champieux, Director of Marketing at Villa Real Estate. The company also recently unveiled a new website that allows clients and agents to collaborate throughout the home search process in real time, with detailed information and search functions.

Established in 2013, Villa Real Estate specializes in Orange County’s luxury properties along the coast.

For more information, visit www.villarealestate.com.


Chicago Symphony Orchestra to perform at Segerstrom

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Symphony Orchestrs

Opening night of the Philharmonic Society’s 2017-18 season features the multi-Grammy award-winning Chicago Symphony Orchestra on Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. Led by Conductor Riccardo Muti, performances include Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2.

Named 2010 Musician of the Year by Musical America, Muti has enjoyed an extraordinary career. He first came to international attention in 1967, when he was unanimously awarded first place at the Guido Cantelli Competition for conductors in Milan. Since then, he has served as music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra as well as music director of the Teatro alla Scala. His numerous accolades include France’s Officer of the Legion of Honor, Russia’s Order of Friendship, the Birgit Nilsson Prize, and Spain’s prestigious Prince of Asturias Prize for the Arts. In May 2012, he was awarded the highest Papal honor: he was made a Knight of the Grand Cross of the First Class of the Order of St. Gregory the Great by Pope Benedict XVI.

The performance takes place at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Tickets start at $58.

For more information, visit www.philharmonicsociety.org.


Burr White turns 50

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The iconic Newport Beach real estate company Burr White Realty is celebrating 50 years of doing business in the same location on the Balboa Peninsula this month.

The five-decades long history of Burr White Realty begins with Burr White himself, a long-time Newport Beach resident, who established the eponymous business in 1967. The business opened in its current location at 2901 Newport Blvd. in Newport Beach 50 years ago and continues to be the seminal boutique real estate office specializing in sales, property management and vacation rentals on the Balboa Peninsula.

Burr White pioneered the vacation rental business in Newport Beach. The tradition of vacation accommodations started In Newport Beach at the turn of the 20th century with tents on the beach. Now – more than 100 years later – the tradition continues with thousands of families visiting the peninsula each year, mainly during the summer months with many families coming back year after year.

Joan Trout and Craig Batley bought Burr White Realty in 1997 starting their ownership with a staff of six people and 70 rental properties. They have continued to do business with the same name and at the same location through the years. They’ve twice quadrupled the number of rental properties they manage and have grown the staff to 23 team members.

The Burr White Realty building is most notable today because of the large mural depicting the world-renowned Wedge at the entrance to the harbor on the wall facing the parking lot.

Coming from a real estate background, Batley opened the very first RE/MAX office in California in 1978. As the broker/owner for four RE/MAX offices in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Irvine and Tustin, Batley hired Trout as a manager in the late ‘80s. Over the years, Batley sold theIrvine office, then Tustin and merged Costa Mesa into Newport Beach. Trout went on to manage his remaining Newport Beach RE/MAX office until it was sold in 1991.

“When Burr White opened its doors, you could buy an oceanfront home for $100,000; today many of these homes sell for $5,000,000 and in some cases, much more. The peninsula is visited by over one million beach goers every year, many of them renting vacation homes and coming back to the same property year after year. It’s their home away from home,” Batley commented with perspective.

For more information about Burr White Realty and its history, visit www.burrwhite.com.


Bring the family to Art in the Park this weekend 

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Don’t miss Art in the Park, this weekend on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Newport Beach Arts Foundation hosts this 14th annual event with more than 100 Southern California artists and artisans displaying their unique works for sale.

Come talk to the artists, see their work, and purchase the finest in artwork and crafts in a variety of styles and media. Art activities for children will be provided by the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. New this year: The Bungalow Restaurant in Corona del Mar will be on site, offering food for purchase. This is a free event with plenty of free parking.

For more information, call 949.644.3151 and visit www.newportbeachartinthepark.com

The fun takes place on the Civic Green, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.


AlertOC Emergency Notification Callout

On Oct. 18 at 10 a.m., Newport Beach and more than two million other Orange County residents will receive a call to test the AlertOC emergency notification system. This is a test to replicate a large scale, multi-jurisdictional emergency requiring thousands of phone numbers to be called simultaneously across the Orange County region. This is the eighth annual regional test of the system and will include 24 participating cities as well as the County’s unincorporated areas.

Residents can do their part to prepare for emergencies by registering for AlertOC. The time is now to self-register cell phone numbers and e-mail addresses to be included in the notification system. For more information or to register alternate phone numbers or e-mail addresses, visit www.AlertOC.com or call 949.644.3620.


Stump the Stu

What’s up Dock?

We thought this one would be a tough one. Not quite…Doug Cavanaugh (Ruby’s fame), Jim Drayton, Mike Oviatt and, of course, Centennial Mayor Don Webb all correctly guessed. As usual, Webb gives us full details: “Today’s picture is the side gate to The Dock at 2816 Lafayette Ave. next to the Schock Boat’s storage yard in Cannery Village. The Dock has waterfront alfresco patio dining with an infused continental menu and an outstanding wine list according to their webpage.” Thanks Mayor! 

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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12th Annual Night of Miracles Gala raises nearly $1.2 million

On Saturday, Sept. 30, more than 500 people gathered at Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point for “Imagine a Miracle - the 2017 Miracles for Kids (MFK) Night of Miracles Gala” to raise nearly $1.2 million to benefit families whose children are facing life-threatening illnesses.

The 12th annual Night of Miracles Gala was an immersive event that not only raised awareness of the many challenges families with critically ill children face, but also honored their fearless spirit and determination while raising funds to forward the mission of Miracles for Kids to provide financial aid, health, wellness and advocacy services to these families.

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(L-R): Ken Gerdau of Newport Beach receives the 2017 Miracle Maker for Miracles for Kids award, pictured here with Autumn Strier and Curtis Green

During the event, Ken Gerdau of Newport Beach was honored as the 2017 Miracle Maker for Miracles for Kids in recognition to his tireless commitment to the organization and the efforts of his company, Pacifica Foods, to provide nutritious foods to families in need.

Miracles for Kids also honored the Gonzalez family, whose story embodies the many challenges faced by so many others whose children received a life-threatening diagnosis. With the help of Miracles for Kids, the Gonzalezes have been able to overcome extreme circumstances and are now a symbol of the hope that MFK provides.

“We are extremely grateful for all the generous support of everyone who attended the 2017 Night of Miracles Gala,” said Autumn Strier, co-founder and CEO of Miracles for Kids. “To watch so many in the community come together to share their strength and love for these families who are facing so many challenges and often feel isolated and forgotten is truly heartwarming.”

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This adorable Yellow Lab pup found a loving home with Jessica Nieto

During the course of the evening, guests enjoyed an exquisite evening filled with dinner, cocktails and live and silent auctions where three yellow lab puppies found new homes and a lucky guest won the opportunity to be a driver and judge at Robb Report’s VIP Car of the Year Experience and Getaway while another won a six-day luxury getaway to Casa Entra Rocas.

Maya and Layla Fischbein

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(L - R): Maya and Lyla Fischbein

The gala was filled with vibrant sounds, sights and spectacles including musical performances by Composer Stephan Moccio; The Tenors; soloist Maya Fischbein, who is a fourth grader at Harbor Day School; and the MONTAGE! Ensemble Choir.


Stump the Stu

Knock knock…who’s there?

Sometimes they say doors open new opportunities…so, where’s this one located? 

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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Single tickets now on sale for Segerstrom’s MOTOWN THE MUSICAL

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts and producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Motown Founder Berry Gordy are proud to announce that single tickets for MOTOWN THE MUSICAL are on sale now. 

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL returns to the Segerstrom Hall stage for one week only December 19 - 24, 2017. Single tickets start at $29 and may be purchased online at www.SCFTA.org, the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787.

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Kenneth Mosley as Berry Gordy and Trencye as Diana Ross star in this hit musical

Featuring more than 40 classic hits such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” MOTOWN THE MUSICAL tells the story behind the hits as Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Gordy, and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America.

Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more.

For more information, visit www.MotownTheMusical.com.


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.”

Sheena

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Animal Shelter

MEET SHEENA

Sheena is seeking a loving home

Sheena is a 4-month-old Dilute Tortie/British Shirt Hair mix. She is spayed, microchipped, feLv/Fiv negative and up to date on 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 Sheena, 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 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.


Who needs an Arts Commission (or the public)…when you have Mayor Muldoon?

By AMY SNIDER SENK

Ronald Regan statue

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Ronald Reagan statue at its new “home” in Civic Center Park

The city’s Ronald Reagan statue was quietly moved last month to the Civic Center Park, without the benefit of a healthy, open public conversation. Mayor Kevin Muldoon and the city attorney say this move was done legally and properly, and that the public did in fact have a chance to weigh in. And that’s true, if one squints one’s eyes. It’s definitely a 180 from the way previous councilmembers looked at the issue.

The current City Council did not put the matter on any public agenda before an April vote to relocate the statue from Bonita Canyon Sports Park. The city attorney said this summer that the public would be able to weigh in at a future City Council meeting – but it didn’t ever come up. The mayor took over, with very little input from the public, or from any parks or arts commissioners, and chose a place near the bunnies along Avocado Avenue.

This may not be a big deal if you love Reagan, or if you don’t mind a lack of public participation or a non-transparent city government. Even so, the contrast of this decision to the one six years ago shows a stunning change in the way local politics are conducted.

Back in 2010 and 2011, when a park named after Reagan or a statue were proposed, there were many public meetings and discussions with crowds of residents who protested both a Reagan statue in general and placing it near City Hall in particular. The council voted down two attempts in one meeting to name a park after Reagan. They later voted against placing the statue at the Civic Center, which at the time was under construction. One councilman said that while he supported the statue, he didn’t support it being “railroaded through” the process. There were council questions about whether the proper procedures had been followed, and why the city would even have an Arts Commission if the council didn’t seek its guidance. Council members listened to dozens of public comments, and described emails and letters from residents of all political backgrounds – all against a Civic Center Reagan statue.

Maybe the mayor is right and it was time for Reagan to be moved. Maybe the public ultimately would have supported it. But why not make sure by letting residents have ample time to weigh in? One wonders what the mayor and the current council would do if private funds were raised for a statue of another president – maybe Barack Obama, who once visited Corona del Mar. What are the chances that the City Council would approve its placement in a city park? Maybe it could be placed next to the smiling, waving Reagan? What, if any, public discourse would be involved?  

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Real Estate Wars

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(L-R): Eliisa Stowell, Spyro Kemble, Kylie McCollough and Kacey Taormina star in “Real Estate Wars”

Meanwhile, there’s some fun news for Corona del Mar. A new television show debuted last week on Bravo featuring one of CdM’s best-known Realtors, Eliisa Stowell.

The show, Real Estate Wars, “follows two top rival real estate teams, The McMonigle Team and Relegance Group, as they fight for supremacy in this distinct and wealthy enclave,” according to a Bravo Media news release. It airs at 10 p.m. on Thursdays on Bravo. “With 10 agents, eccentric clients, multi-million-dollar deals, old vendettas, and one common goal of winning, all is fair in real estate and war,” the release stated.

Stowell said they filmed the show last year, and the eight episodes feature several notable coastal properties that local viewers may recognize. She declined to give details about the specific properties or episodes of the show, but she did say it was a “very authentic portray of what happens” in the life of a high-end Realtor.

“There are so many agents in Orange County, and we’re all competing,” Stowell said. “It really is a lot of hard work. It is sometimes a little cut throat. There are a lot of real estate shows out there, but people love competition TV shows.” Stay tuned to see which team wins.

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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.


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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Children’s Hospitals in Cairo | Saturday, October 21 with the reception beginning at 5 p.m. Telemed Foundation hosts this event to raise funds for Cairo, Egypt-based Abu El-Reesh, the most prominent Children’s Hospitals of its kind in the Middle East, that treats approximately one million children annually in their outpatient clinic alone. With the original hospital established in 1928, funds will be raised to upgrade aging infrastructure and medical equipment, increase the number of nurseries and beds in the Intensive Care Unit and train quality nursing staff to continue providing the best care possible to their young patients. The keynote speaker is Dr. Zahi Hawass, former Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, National Geographic Explorer in Residence, Archaeologis. Tickets can be purchased online at www.telemedfoundationevents.com/events.

Contact: Dr. Adel Eldahmy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 714.390.6859, www.telemedfoundation.org.

Takes place at The Duke Hotel Newport Beach, 4500 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.

SAVE THE DATE!

HomeAid of Orange County | Doorways for Hope Gala, “Denim and Diamonds”, Saturday, November 4 from 6 - 10 p.m. For 28 years, HomeAid Orange County has worked with the Orange County community to provide housing as the first step for those who suddenly find they have no place to call home. By building these doorways, HomeAid, along with those who provide their support, offers hope to those who are experiencing homelessness and starts them on their journey of rebuilding their lives. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Contact: www.HomeAidOC.org/gala

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

Crystal Cove Conservancy | 21st Annual Crystal Cove Tree Lighting, Saturday, December 2 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.  with the tree lighting at 5 p.m. Ring in the season at California’s only coastal tree display. The all-day family event includes a festive bazaar, local plein air art, artisan gifts, a visit from St. Nick, strolling carolers and more. Complimentary cookies, cider and cocoa provided by The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove café. Free; parking is $15 maximum.

Contact: Kate Wheeler, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.376.6200, www.crystalcoveconservancy.org.

Takes place at Crystal Cove Historic District, 5 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast.

Hoag Hospital | 51st Annual Christmas Carol Ball, Saturday, December 9 beginning at 5 p.m. From its beginning in 1966, this has become a must-attend event which sells out every year. They anticipate more than 600 Hoag friends and supporters will join in the fun, fellowship and fabulous food, along with dancing and special holiday touches in a beautiful setting. This year’s event co-chairs are Joan and Andy Fimiano. Hoag Hospital Memorial Presbyterian has been a medical center of excellence in Newport Beach and surrounding communities. Attire: Formal black tie; hosted valet parking.

Contact: www.christmascarolball.org; www.monarchbeachresort.com.

Takes place at St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, 1 Monarch Beach Resort N, Dana Point.


Guest Column

Dave Kiff

An insider’s look at what’s going on in and around City Hall

Dave Kiff

Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff  

Here’s what might be of interest to you that’s on the agenda for the Newport Beach City Council meeting planned for Tuesday, October 10, 2017. I don’t summarize every item, so make sure you look at the City Clerk’s agenda page to read the whole agenda if you’d like. 

The study session begins at 4 p.m. with a couple of interesting items.  

Debt Policies and Procedures. We have a formal policy on debt management, but Mayor Muldoon and others have asked that we take a new look at it, along with considering whether there should be additional procedures in place in case the City planned on issuing new debt such as Certificates of Participation (COPs). 

The goal of this study session is to have the Council provide some direction to the Finance Committee, and have the Finance Committee work on it for a bit. Then it would return to the Council for a more formal discussion and adoption. 

Recall that the Civic Center and Park project was funded with COPs back in 2010. COPs, unlike “general obligation” bonds, do not currently require approval by the voters.  

Another type of debt – a “revenue bond” – also doesn’t require voter approval. An example of a revenue bond is debt to build a parking structure, or a water reservoir. In these cases, the debt is not a “general obligation” of the taxpayers but is funded from the proceeds from, say, parking or water rates.  

The Council could direct that these and other types of debt have greater visibility with the electorate and/or would go before the electorate for formal approval prior to the debt being incurred.

Drones. The PD will summarize the latest information on drone use and regulation – thus far, the City generally defaults to the FAA on local drone use.

Crosswalks on the Balboa Peninsula. Public Works has been formulating ideas (following some studies) about ways to improve pedestrian visibility at the many crosswalks and intersections along Balboa Boulevard and parts of Newport Boulevard. Our staff gave a presentation at Council Member Dixon’s September Town Hall, and generally the ideas were welcomed. This will be a repeat of that presentation, this time for the whole City Council.

Following closed session items, the evening’s Regular Session will start at 7 p.m. Here are the items that may be of interest to you:

We’ll ask to award a contract to improve the landscaping (currently it’s a mustard weed-scape) along the right side of MacArthur Boulevard (assume you’re driving towards the coast from Ford/Bonita Canyon but before San Joaquin Hills Road) – this project has been in design phase for a while, and is a fairly modest plan that would spruce it up just a bit.

Now that the Council has provided firm direction on how to cap and improve sea walls along Balboa Island, the contract award is up for consideration at this meeting. The low bid on this project (with contingencies and construction management) is about $1.7 million. When done, the project adds a 9” cap all along the sea walls of “big” Balboa Island (Little Island’s sea walls are already at the right height). Even with the 9” cap, the sea wall will have a slightly different height when you compare the coast/south side to the north side. The north side is not subject to as much wave action when there is a storm, so it can stay a bit lower. Construction on this project will roll out pretty soon, as this contract award starts a short clock running.

Some community notes:

For you pickleball fans, the new courts are open. They’re at the end of Old Ford Road, in the Bonita Canyon Sports Park. It was fun to see them open for business starting Friday. 

While as I was walking to the ribbon cutting, I overheard a group of ladies wondering what pickleball was, and one said, “I think you have to be over 60 to play it.” 

Very funny. Yet so untrue. I was able to politely explain that pickleball is fun for all ages.

 For all of our John Wayne Airport issue watchers (and there are many of us), the FAA still seems to be planning on implementing a change to the HHERO departure pattern on Thursday, October 12. We will all be watching that day. 

 The NB Fire Department has its annual Open House on Sunday, October 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Santa Ana Heights Fire Station. It’s a great time to bring kids and grandkids to see the fire trucks, fire engines, and ambulances.   

Thank you for reading. Please forward this Guide to family, friends and members of your HOA if you represent one. I always like hearing from you, too, so please don’t hesitate to ask a question or offer a comment. 

Sincerely,

Dave Kiff

City Manager

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949-644-3001


Halloween Spooktacular comes to Grant Howald Park 

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In celebration of Halloween, bring the entire family to the inaugural Halloween Spooktacular at Grant Howald Park on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 4 to 7 p.m.   

Festivities planned include a Trunk or Treat, two Haunted Mazes, Games, Bounce Houses, Food Trucks, Costume Prizes, and fun for all!

This event is free.

For more information, call 949.644.3151 and visit www.newportbeachca.gov/recreation

Grant Howald Park is located at 3000 5th Ave., Corona del Mar.


Healthy pumpkin creations debut at Project Juice

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Pumpkin spiced protein oats is made-to-order

Pumpkin time has arrived!

Board certified nutritional consultant and long-time Newport Beach resident Marra St. Clair is taking pumpkin up a notch with a healthy twist.

Her Project Juice in Laguna Beach is offering new made-to-order menu items with all healthy ingredients.

Among the offerings are pumpkin butter toast and pumpkin spiced protein oats. Pumpkin is a tasty source of vitamin A and is rich in beta-carotene, which aids in eye health, and it’s also loaded with antioxidants.

For health and wellness news, visit www.ritualwellness.projectjuice.com.


Hoag announces two major gifts for endowed chairs

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Hoag Hospital Foundation officials have announced two major philanthropic gifts that will be used to establish endowed chairs in developmental cancer therapeutics and aortic care. These important gifts bring Hoag’s total number of endowed chairs to 13, underscoring both its national leadership in innovative treatment and clinical research, and the vital role community philanthropy plays in making them possible.  

In her last of many significant gifts to Hoag before her passing in August 2017, Margaret Larkin, a long-time Hoag supporter and director on the Hoag Hospital Foundation Board, established an endowed chair in developmental therapeutics at Hoag Family Cancer Institute. The chair will be named the Margaret Givan Larkin Endowed Chair in Developmental Cancer Therapeutics in her honor. 

Decades-long friends and long-time supporters of Hoag, Martha and Jim Newkirk gave $3 million to establish the Newkirk Family Endowed Chair in Aortic Care. 

“Through the extraordinary generosity of people like the Larkins and the Newkirks, endowed chairs at Hoag are providing an important source of funding for physician leaders to bring medical advances to our community,” Hoag President and Chief Executive Officer Robert T. Braithwaite said. 

“While common in academia, endowed chairs are still fairly rare in a community health care setting,” Braithwaite added. “Our endowed chair holders have responsibilities above and beyond providing excellent patient care. In addition to acting as leaders among their peers, they stay continually apprised of the latest advances in their fields, and encourage and participate in clinical research and other academic pursuits. They understand the needs of patients from an organizational perspective in a much deeper and more profound way than they would as individual providers. These are lofty goals and our clinical leaders are meeting them thanks to the generous support of our endowed chair donors.”

The gift from the Larkins to establish the Margaret Givan Larkin Endowed Chair in Developmental Cancer Therapeutics highlights Hoag’s aggressive pursuit to provide early phase clinical research trials to patients locally, expanding access to the newest and most promising cancer treatments available. Hoag is recruiting a physician to officially hold the chair and direct the research that will take place supported by the funds it generates.

Developmental Therapeutics is the term used to describe an area of cancer research and treatment in which newly developed drugs are tested to treat patients not responding to standard treatments for advanced cancer. Traditionally, these early-phase “developmental therapeutic agents” have been available only through clinical research trials in specialized cancer centers.

But generous support from Hoag donors has enabled Hoag Family Cancer Institute to expand its Developmental Therapeutics program from one clinical trial to 11 – and the Larkins’ major financial gift is expected to help the program grow exponentially.

The Newkirks’ connection to Hoag goes back to its earliest days. Martha was a nurse at Hoag and Jim’s mother, Alta Newkirk, joined the first group of hospital employees as a nurse’s aide in 1952. All of the couple’s children and grandchildren were born at Hoag. To celebrate the family’s long affiliation with and affinity for Hoag, Martha and Jim made a legacy gift of $3 million to create an endowed chair to support aortic care, research and treatment. 

Anthony D. Caffarelli, M.D., F.A.C.C., director of Hoag’s Aortic Center and Hoag Cardiovascular Surgery, has been appointed the first physician to hold the Newkirk Family Endowed Chair in Aortic Care, which recognizes his leadership in treating cardiac and vascular diseases. With this endowed chair, Dr. Caffarelli and his team will ensure that Hoag’s patients continue to have access to the most advanced treatment options and quality care for generations to come.

“I had bypass surgery 15 years ago and that spurred our interest in making a gift to support cardiac care at Hoag,” Jim Newkirk shared. “When we met Dr. Caffarelli, we were both so impressed with the level of care he is able to give. We realized that a gift to create this endowed chair in aortic care had the potential for helping many people get extremely high quality care.”


Making Memories for Children with BARK! Reading program 

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Youngsters can practice their reading skills while enjoying a truly unique experience, when they read to a specially trained dog during “Making Memories for Children: BARK! Kids Read to Dogs.”

Taking place on Oct. 22 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Mariners Branch Library, kids ages 5 - 12 will read to an attentive furry friend in a special one-on-one session.

There is no charge for this event, but reading slots are limited and fill up quickly.

To make a reservation, register at www.nbplfoundation.org.

Mariners Branch Library is located at 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.


NBPD receives grant for public safety

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The Newport Beach Police Department has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic-related deaths and injuries. The NBPD will use the funding as part of the city’s ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education.

“Our department is always working to make the streets of Newport Beach as safe as possible. This grant allows us to target a wide range of concerns, from pedestrian safety to distracted driving to DUI. These aren’t new issues, but as long as they continue to affect the people who live, work and play in Newport Beach, we are dedicated to addressing them head-on,” said Sergeant Michael Schiavi. “The goal is to intervene before tragedy strikes. These funds from the Office of Traffic Safety allow us to allocate more officers to educating the public and to patrolling our roadways.”

After falling to a 10-year low in 2010, the number of persons killed in traffic collisions has climbed nearly 17 percent across the state of California, with 3,429 persons killed in 2015.  Particularly alarming is the six-year rise in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities (which now comprise nearly 25 percent of all traffic deaths), the growing dangers of distracting technologies, and the emergence of drug-impaired driving as a significant and increasingly relevant problem. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as drunk driving, speeding and crashes at intersections.

“Unsafe behaviors account for 94 percent of traffic crashes,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “This grant emphasizes the two most effective ways to change behaviors – education and enforcement. The NBPD, with assistance from the Office of Traffic Safety, will use these tools to help keep Newport Beach streets safe.”

Activities that the grant will fund include:

Educational presentations

DUI checkpoints

DUI saturation patrols

Bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement

Motorcycle safety enforcement

Distracted driving enforcement

Speed, red light and stop sign enforcement

While alcohol remains the worst offender for DUI crashes, the NBPD supports the new effort from OTS to raise awareness that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Prescription medications and marijuana can impair drivers on their own, or in combination with alcohol, and can result in a DUI arrest. 

Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


Newport Beach – A Look Back

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Check out this 1946 photo detailing the construction of 204 Grand Canal. Times and codes have certainly changed.

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


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

 Could a recall election be in the air?

TomJohnsonAre we getting closer to having the signatures delivered to Newport Beach City Hall calling for a recall against City Councilmember Scott Peotter. Sources say “yes.”

Here’s what I do know. There has been correspondence between City Clerk Lelani Brown and Lynn Swain from the Recall Scott Peotter committee concerning a “special election” cost in Newport Beach. 

The Peotter side and the Recall side quote varying costs. According to the Peotter side the costs will be “$500,000.” The Recall side says “$300,000.”

So what is it?

The official costs will be between “$242,584 - $273,385, with an additional $30,000 for production of a sample ballot.” 

How are those costs calculated? According to the Clerk’s office, “The calculation of estimates is based upon a projection of total jurisdictional participation and an average cost per voter. The total jurisdictional participation is calculated by taking the number of registered voters, 56,001 as of 4/18/17, and projecting a 10 percent increase in voter registration.”

So, if the recall does go to a vote, here are several more pieces to that puzzle. Candidates to potentially replace Peotter would also have to qualify for the ballot and a date would need to be selected for the election. That’ll make three elections in Newport Beach in a roughly six-month period of time.

And lastly, don’t count out Peotter. Peotter works with political consultant Dave Ellis. If you check out Ellis’ record you’ll see his candidates win.

Stay tuned.

• • •

The question of the week around City Hall has to be is Mike Glenn courting Diane Dixon, or is Dixon courting Glenn.

You might remember over the last number of weeks or so that Glenn and City Councilmember Dixon continue to disagree on what Glenn “owes” the City for a number of Public Records Requests.

Glenn took offense to comments directed to him by Dixon from the dais. He “requested an apology.”

That never came.

What eventually followed was a suit filed in Small Claims Court by Glenn. Dixon countered by working with City Attorney Aaron Harp in an attempt to have the case re-adjudicated to Superior Court. Last week the Superior Court judge rejected the attempt and sent it back to Small Claims.

This can’t really go to court, can it? 

This issue is only one of a number of lightening rods between Glenn and Dixon. They seem to heartedly disagree on the unofficial Dog Beach, the Balboa Peninsula Trolley, the new Welcome to Balboa sign, the Balboa Theater and, now, crosswalk lighting. Those disagreements have been apparent from both sides.

My advice, let’s figure out how to “kiss and make-up,” so to speak, and move forward on issues more important to this City.

That being said, I expect these two to remain at odds moving forward.

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If you like barbeque, you have to check out the Orange County Fairgrounds this Saturday, Oct. 14. Newport Beach resident Steve Bender will once again host the Orange County BBQ Championship, a sanctioned Kansas City Barbeque Society event.

The competition runs from noon - 7 p.m. in the Orange County Marketplace at the Orange County Fairgrounds.

There will be pro teams, amateur and kid teams. Go out and have fun. For more info, go to www.ocbbqcompetition.com.


Creatures of the Night invade Sherman Library & Gardens

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Come explore your wild side on Saturday, Oct. 14 during “Creatures of the Night” at Sherman Library & Gardens.

Back by popular demand, this evening will have the entire family interacting, observing and learning about many of the plants and animals most active at night. Receive a “passport” to explore live animal presentations and interactive stations that spark the imagination and create a greater understanding of a world covered in darkness. Get up close with Project Wildsong’s Ambassador Wolves, weave your way through the Gardens’ Forbidden Jungle and get a close look at carnivorous plants. Visit Bug Country where Adventures in Living Science will dispel myths of creepy crawlers, take a look at scorpions under the black light, and if you dare, stick your hand in the worm pit!

To accommodate all visitors, tickets are available for a 6 or 7:30 p.m. adventure time. Your experience will take approximately 1.5 hours. This event is always a sell-out!

Cost: Members, $10; Non-members, $15; and $5 for youngsters ages 6-17. Kids 5 and under are free.

For tickets, visit www.slgardens.org.

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


Corona del Mar Chamber Networking Luncheon

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Pasquale Talarico is the featured luncheon speaker

Come and join the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce during their networking and speaker luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at Bayside Restaurant. The topic discussed will be the collection and use of online date in the marketplace. What comprises online data? How is it collected? Google ad sense? Marketing pixels? Grocery rewards cards? How do you best market to your customers? Come find out how you can use online data to strengthen your business message and build your organization.

The featured speaker is Pasquale Talarico, deputy chief of staff for State Senator John Moorlach and CEO of HashtagPinpoint™.

Enjoy a delicious lunch as you mingle & mix. Check-in and networking: 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; lunch and program: 12 to 1:15 p.m.

To make your reservation, visit www.cdmchamber.com, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949.673.4050.

Bayside Restaurant is located at 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach.


Children’s Halloween Festival at Roger’s Gardens

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Calling all goblins, ghosts and super heroes! Kids, get ready to wear your favorite costume to the Children’s Halloween Festival at Roger’s Gardens on Monday, Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. Join in the fun at the costume parade, be creative during interactive crafts, discover spooky activities and trick-or-treat throughout the Gardens.

Adults – don’t forget to bring your cameras for unique photo opportunities.

Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar. Visit www.rogersgardens.com.


Balboa Bay Resort’s Jose Mendoza receives Rosalind Williams Service Excellence Award

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(L - R): Rick John, award presenter; Jose Mendoza, recipient of the prestigious service excellence award; and Gary C. Sherwin, president and CEO of Newport Beach & Company

Newport Beach & Company, the city’s tourism marketing agency, held its annual “state of the city tourism and travel review” over a gala dinner attended by some 230 local business leaders at the Newport Beach Country Club recently.

Among the important business and financial items discussed relating to tourism in Newport Beach, the program also selects and pays tribute to individuals working in the community whose contribution provides the engine that propels the tourist trade and brings in guests to experience all that Newport Beach offers.

This year, top honors were bestowed upon Jose Mendoza, an invaluable team member of Balboa Bay Resort’s dining department. Mendoza started his career with Balboa Bay Resort in 2008 taking a job as a cook in the hotel kitchen. He moved from cook to banquet server, and currently serves in the resort’s premier dining room, Waterline and additional dining venues such as the hotel’s pub A&O Kitchen+Bar on the harbor.

Mendoza was praised by officials, guests and fellow staff attending the annual dinner event. Sam El-Rabaa, General Manager for Balboa Bay Resort commented, “Jose is a special man, truly a family man. He supports children in college, one at Stanford and another at Cal Berkeley and family means everything to him. It’s that spirit of family he conveys to guests at the hotel, as well as members of Balboa Bay Club who frequent Balboa Bay Resort dining rooms.”

The Rosalind Williams Service Excellence Award recognizes the very best front-line talent that Newport Beach has to offer its guests and patrons. The award is named for Williams who served as the former president of what was previously known as the Newport Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau. Williams’ husband Rick John presented the award to Jose Mendoza.

Joining in the awards presentation were local dignitaries including Gary C. Sherwin, president and CEO of Newport Beach & Company; Don Welsh, president of Destinations International; Chris Thompson, event keynote speaker and CEO of Brand USA; and Newport Beach Mayor Kevin Muldoon.


Around the Harbor with Larry Tenney

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Photos by Larry Tenney

(Insta @LTenney1)

Sails up in Newport Beach on Thursday

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“Windward Passage” is a legendary 73’ sailing yacht that makes its home in Newport Beach. The one-time TransPac winner built close to 50 years ago has raced in nearly every major regatta.

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Newport Harbor is for the pinnipeds too!


A costume party that’s going to the dogs 

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Friends of Newport Beach Animal Shelter (FONBAS) is hosting its first event – a costume party for dogs! The “Howl-O-Ween” party is Saturday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., at Marina Park, 1600 West Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.   

Prizes will be awarded for Scariest, Prettiest and Most Newport Beach costumes, Best owner/pet ensemble, Best Trick and Most Personality.  

This free event features Vlad Roypate, the Russian Dog Wizard, who will offer tips on pet obedience as well as answer owners’ questions. There will also be adoption opportunities on-site featuring dogs from the Newport Beach Animal Shelter as well as a pick-a-prize opportunity drawing.  

FONBAS is a non-profit organization that raises funds to support the Newport Beach Animal Shelter. For more information, contact Nancy Gardner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 949.673.0706.

For more information on the Newport Beach Animal Shelter, visit www.nbpd.org.


2017 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Awards Dinner & Auction announced

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All lit up, this boat took honors in the 2016 Christmas Boat Parade

Save the Date! The 2017 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Awards Dinner & Auction has been scheduled for Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 at the Island Hotel Newport Beach, presented by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

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 will 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, step into your dancing shoes as you enjoy the fabulous live entertainment.

Island Hotel Newport Beach is located at 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

For more information and auction donations, visit www.christmasboatparade.com.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Vice President Pence is back in town

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As promised, Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States, comes to The Resort at Pelican Hill Monday, October 9, at 1:30 p.m. Pence was scheduled to come to Newport Beach and other Southern California cities for fundraising opportunities prior to the devastating hurricanes that recently hit Houston and Florida.

Pence will be joined by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Luncheon tickets are priced at $2,700, with a VIP photo opportunity priced at $10,000.

• • •

Now, after everything that has happened in recent months, Speak Up Newport is presenting a must-attend meeting next Wednesday, October 11. 

Matt Brisbois, Life Safety Specialist with the Newport Beach Fire Department is going to talk about preparing for disasters. Matt oversees the Newport Beach Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) so arguably nobody knows this stuff better. He has trained or mentored 1,800 residents, business and community leaders and educators.

Some of the things he’ll cover include how to prepare now, tips on a disaster preparedness kit, registering your cell phone into the county Alert OC system and more.

My friend Jim Walker of The Bungalow fame sets up a reception spread of food to kick things off in the Community Room of the Civic Center at 5:15 p.m. The program runs from 6-7 p.m.

The whole thing is free.

B-t-w, Matt will not be charging $10,000 for a VIP photo opportunity.

And, speaking of the Newport Beach Fire Department, there will be an Open House this Sunday, October 8 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Fire Station #7 in Santa Ana Heights. 

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You may have read this from the New York Daily News yesterday, but a package supposedly sent from Newport Beach evidently arrived to the home of a woman in South Carolina.

She met the postman expecting a package that would include a yoga mat she had ordered. However, the package she received supposedly contained 20,000 oxycodone pills with a value of $400,000.

She apparently contacted local authorities and was told that the package was sent to the wrong address. 

If the package did indeed come from Newport Beach, someone’s out a good chunk of money.

• • •

Thomas Gunderson, a Las Vegas shooting victim from Newport Beach, appeared on NBC News Wednesday night climbing out of his hospital bed to shake the hand of President Donald Trump.

On Twitter, Gunderson said, “I will never lie down when the President of this great country comes in to shake my hand.”

Prayers to all…Las Vegas seemed to touch us all.


Newport Beach Chamber to hold business luncheon

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Come enjoy a delicious lunch while making connections with other business professionals during the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Business Luncheon Series on Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Bayside Restaurant.

To register, visit www.NewportBeach.com or call 949.729.4411. Members with reservation: $30; Members at the door, $35; Potential members, $40. Includes lunch and complimentary parking.

Bayside Restaurant is located at 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach.


Knock out Diabetes at Fight for a Cure

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The 11th annual Fight for a Cure to eradicate diabetes is slated for Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Newport Beach Country Club from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Come celebrate the UCI Diabetes Center and fundraiser with an evening of heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, a research update, opportunity drawing, and wheel and silent auction.

Honorees include Tariq and Uzma Chaundray, with a special tribute to S. Paul and Marybelle Musco.

RSVP by October 7 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information, call 714.509.2010.

Newport Beach Country Club is located at 1 Clubhouse Drive, Newport Beach.


Good Morning Corona del Mar!

The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce Monthly Government & Community Affairs Discussion Group will meet Thursday, Oct. 12 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club.

Learn from county and NBPD officials about how they are dealing with the issue of homelessness in our community and what they are doing to assist. Featured speakers will represent the Orange County and Newport Beach Police Departments.

Also on the agenda will be legislative updates from the following official representatives:

Newport Beach Councilman, Scott Peotter

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher

Senator John Moorlach

Assemblyman Matthew Harper

Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel

This discussion is open to the community at large and no RSVP is necessary. The event is free of charge and complimentary refreshments will be provided.

For more information, visit www.CdMChamber.com. Call 949.673.4050 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club is located at 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar.


Tourism Matters

Gary Sherwin

Go Beyond/September 2017/Annual Marketing Outlook

Gary Sherwin

Newport Beach & Co. President & CEO

Each year we challenge ourselves to bring forth new and exciting initiatives to the destination, and each year we are thrilled to share our collective success at the Annual Marketing Outlook Dinner and in our Annual Report.

This past Thursday, Sept. 28, was a fantastic evening that brought together travel and tourism professionals, destination partners, and community members to celebrate the past year’s successes as well as look at initiatives to promote Newport Beach in the year ahead. In addition to looking at the wins of Newport Beach & Company, I also had the pleasure of sharing the latest statistics from our bi-annual visitor profile study. 

I’m happy to tell you, Newport Beach continued its historic visitation growth, setting another new record of welcoming 7.3 million visitors for the first time. This breaks the previous high of seven million, which is a 4 percent increase. Additionally, the increased visitation led to a 20 percent increase of $1.2 billion in economic impact.

Visit Newport Beach, Inc. efforts also garnered an all-time record high of 182,620 room nights booked, which was a 13 percent increase year-over-year, and generated $93.6 million in overall economic impact to the city. The group sales team exceeded its annual goal and booked 84,520 room nights, resulting in $21.3 million in direct revenue for Newport Beach hotels and resorts, and a total economic impact of $56.7 million. Leisure advertising campaigns garnered 98,100 visitor room nights, with an economic value exceeding $36.9 million, including the spend on hotel and resort stays, shopping, dining and in-market activities. 

As you can see, tourism is an economic engine for Newport Beach. It’s the city’s third largest revenue source and this income benefits residents who would have to pay over $1,000 more per household on property taxes each year to maintain the exceptional infrastructure expected in the community. Additionally, to keep the city’s economy churning at the same levels that tourism generates, each household would have to spend over $43,000 more locally each year. Furthermore, visitors to our beautiful city play a vital role in supporting local businesses and creating more than 16,000 jobs for our residents.

Finally, the evening also recognized two outstanding community members for their dedication to Newport Beach and serving its guests. For his commitment to Newport Beach & Company, as well as the community via his many public and civic roles, the late Dennis O’Neil was honored with the prestigious Partner in Progress Award, which was also renamed the Dennis O’Neil Partner in Progress Award. Additionally, Jose Mendoza of Balboa Bay Resort received the Rosalind Williams Service Excellence Award for his remarkable customer service that creates a welcoming environment for locals and visitors alike.

So, to the entire destination – Thank you! You’ve pushed and inspired us to achieve more.

Journey Well,

Gary C. Sherwin, CDME
President & CEO
Newport Beach & Co.


Grand Opening of C2 Education in CdM 

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Better grades and test scores start here!

Come to the grand opening festivities and ribbon cutting at C2 Education, 2121 E. Coast Highway, Suite 180 on Wednesday, Oct. 11.

You will have the opportunity to see the center and meet tutors and the center director from 3 to 5 p.m. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m., and at 4 p.m. you will discover 10 tips to get into the college of your dreams, by learning how to set yourself up for success and be a master of your college application. Space is limited, so register today.

For more information, visit www.C2educate.com and call 949.478.1256.


CdM Home Tour tickets on sale now

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The 44th Annual Corona del Mar Home Tour takes place Tuesday, Oct. 24, offering the public a unique opportunity to view beautiful homes throughout Corona del Mar and Newport Beach.

Your ticket (passport to visit the homes) for $80 entitles you to the following:

8 - 10 a.m., Light breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien, Fashion Island (also Will Call pickup)

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Home Tour

11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Luncheon by Pascal at Sherman Library & Gardens, Corona del Mar

11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Boutique at Sherman Library & Gardens, Corona del Mar

4 - 6 p.m., Afternoon reception at Bliss Home & Design, Corona del Mar

For more information, visit www.cdmhometour.com.


Fire Service Day slated for Sunday, Oct. 8 

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On Sunday, Oct. 8 the Newport Beach Fire Department will host a Fire Service Day Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fire Station #7 (20401 SW Acacia, Newport Beach). The Open House is a free family friendly event and everyone is welcome to stop by to watch the live demonstrations, check out all of the displays and learn more about what the Newport Beach Fire and Lifeguard departments do on a daily basis to serve Newport Beach residents. 

The Open House will include fire station tours throughout the day, a live rescue demonstration, a live simulated structure fire response and automobile extrications. There will also be fire, paramedic and lifeguard display booths with all of their equipment in tow.

CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) volunteers will also be there promoting community preparedness, and ready to answer any of your disaster preparedness questions. There will also be a bounce house and interactive activities for children.

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The Fire Department will also be selling their department T-shirts to benefit breast cancer awareness. The T-shirts are $20 and come in sizes for men, women and children. All proceeds from the t-shirt sales will go directly to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Come learn about the Newport Beach Fire Department and help fight breast cancer with your purchase of a “Pinktober” t-shirt.

For additional information on the Fire Service Day Open House, call 949.644.3355.


Renowned local stylist Louis Orozco coifs the Los Angeles Charger Girls for their 2017-2018 Swimsuit Calendar Unveiling Party

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Last Wednesday night, Sept. 27, high atop the famed Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, the entire Los Angeles Charger Girls squad celebrated its 2017-18 Swimwear calendar unveiling, with each member of the team finding out for the first time their featured month in the popular calendar.

The calendar, shot over a five-day period at the Roosevelt, featured swimwear provided by Dollstreet. In addition, all Charger Girls’ styling was provided by Madison Salon by Louis Orozco and MAC Cosmetics.

“It was an honor for my team and me to do the onsite styling for the Charger Girls Swimsuit Calendar at the iconic Roosevelt Hotel. They’re an incredible group of beautiful, hard working women and we’re thrilled to be working with them,” said renowned stylist Louis Orozco.

Michelle Stafford and James Patrick Stuart, who star as on-screen couple Nina Clay and Valentin Cassadine in ABC’s Emmy Award-winning daytime drama “General Hospital” served as emcees for the unveiling party on the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s rooftop.

Proceeds from sales of the calendar, which was shot at the Roosevelt by long-time Team Photographer Mike Nowak, will be donated to GlobalGiving – the largest global crowdfunding community connecting nonprofits, donors and companies in nearly every country.

The Charger Girls perform at all Los Angeles Chargers home games and serve as ambassadors for the organization at business, community and charity events. Formed in 1990, they are widely recognized as one of the premier dance teams in the National Football League; having performed at Super Bowls and internationally in cities such as Berlin, Tokyo and Sydney.

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Louis Orozco is the owner/operator of two prestigious styling salons located in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. As a veteran Oribe Educator, Orozco keeps a clean aesthetic and close-knit crew at the core of his life’s passion. Working side by side with Oribe he styled for music videos, couture shows and the cover of Vanity Fair, as well as soloed for a Vogue cover with Rihanna.

He just returned from New York Fashion Week, styling models’ hair for 11 shows. On Orlando Pita’s team, he worked with Tom Ford, Oscar de la Renta, Rosie Assoulin and Michael Kors. On Oribe Haircare’s team, he lent his creative talents to Cinq A Sept, Brandon Maxwell, Chromat, Eckahaus Latta, Rochambeau, Baja East and The Blonds.

After attending beauty school to hone his craft, Orozco traveled to Europe for six months, where he was introduced to hairdressers in Florence, Italy. He was hired at Jean Louis David without speaking a word of Italian. While there, he had the opportunity to travel to Paris and Milan.

Upon moving back to California, he worked for Allen Edwards salon in Newport Beach. A few years passed by when Orozco knew he wanted to open up his own salon. He took the plunge and was one of the first in Orange County to open with Bumble and bumble. They recruited him to be one of their U.S. educators, which eventually led to his role as art director for Shu Uemura.

According to Orozco, “One thing I learned early on is that every person has their own look, so it’s about custom styling and coloring, regardless of what’s happening in the world. I’ve also been fortunate enough to take my team around the world from New York and Miami to London. I have been lucky to have been able to build a team for the future.”

Elements of his salon that are standouts are the beautiful communal table from fallen trees in Thailand, a faux living wall in the floor’s center and the perfect kelvin to create the best natural light in the evenings. The next step – partnering with Oribe Beauty and Smith & Cult to introduce makeup.

Madison Salon by Louis Orozco has two locations: 502 30th St., Newport Beach, and 445 E. 17th St., Suite B, Costa Mesa. Call 949.270.6240. www.madisonsalon.com


Pumpkin Day at Little Lido Kids Club! 

Halloween

You’re invited to the Lido Marina Village Kids Club on Thursday, Oct. 19 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Lido Village Books. Bring your children and enjoy a reading of “It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse!” by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond.

Kids will enjoy creating a special craft hosted by Art + Soul Collective and moms will love the opportunity drawings and specials from participating Lido Marina Village retailers including Sugarfina candy bags and $25 off your purchase at Eberjay and 10 percent off your book purchase at Lido Village Books.

This event is free and open to the public, but it is requested that you RSVP by visiting bit.ly/LLalphabet. Each person who RSVPs will receive one entry for a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to Lido Village Books. You must register before 8 p.m. on Oct. 18, 2017 and be present to win.

Please Note: Little Lido Kids Club now meets monthly.

Lido Village Books is located at 3424 Via Oporto, Suite 102, Newport Beach.


Best-selling author to visit Newport Beach Public Library 

Tad Hills

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Tad Hills

The Newport Beach Public Library welcomes children’s author Tad Hills at the Newport Beach Central Library for a special presentation and book signing on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 4 p.m. The event will be held in the Central Library Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Author and illustrator Tad Hills will be introducing his newest book, “Duck and Goose: Honk! Quack! Boo!” featuring his popular bird duo in a Halloween adventure story. Hills is also the creator of the bestselling picture book series about Rocket the dog (“How Rocket Learned to Read” and “Rocket Writes a Story”), which inspires and encourages children to read and write their own stories.

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The event is free and no reservations are required. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Books will be available for purchase and signing, courtesy of Whale of a Tale Children’s Bookshoppe.

The Newport Beach Public Library presents a variety of programs that foster cultural arts enrichment.  For more information, contact the Library at 949.717.3830, or visit the website at www.newportbeachlibrary.org.


Art in the Park coming to our Civic Center 

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The 14th Annual Art in the Park takes place Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Newport Beach Civic Center.

Enjoy a festive day with the arts, have a bite to eat, and mingle with the artists and craftspeople who will be exhibiting and selling their original art and fine crafts. View and purchase works by more than 100 artists working in oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, acrylics, mixed media, sculpture, glass art, textiles, jewelry, woodcrafts and photography.

Art activities for children will be provided by the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

Children and pets are welcome.

The one-day event is held on the green at the new Newport Beach Civic Center adjacent to the Newport Beach Library, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Free admission and parking in the adjacent parking structure.

For more information, visit www.newportbeachartinthepark.com.


“Pirates” converge on Big Corona Beach

Captain Jack Sparrow and friends

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Photos courtesy of Newport Beach 

Chamber of Commerce

(L-R): Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff, Dorothy Larson, Marie Case and Newport Beach City Councilmember Diane Dixon with “Captain Jack Sparrow”

The annual Sandcastle Contest that took place at Big Corona State Beach on Sunday, Oct. 1 drew hundreds of spectators to view sand creations with this year’s theme, “Pirates of the Pacific.”

Presented by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, sandcastle building teams from novice to professional came out to carve amazing sculptures from sand.

K Wave Radio sandcastle

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K-Wave Radio won the Commodores Award for Overall Best Creation

 

This year’s winners included:

Commodores Award - Overall Best Creation: K-Wave Radio

People’s Choice Award - Best Creation: Imperial Beach Posse

Best Display of Theme: Imperial Beach Posse

Most Humorous Creation: Sandcrabs Too (Pie-rats)

Junior Division - 1st Place: Aviators (Girl Scout Troop 3159)

Most Unique Sandcastle - 1st Place: Sand and Deliver

Most Unique Sandcastle - 2nd Place: The South Coast Educational Primadonnas

Most Unique Sandcastle - 3rd Place: Robert Hindey Associates

Most Unique Sandsculpture - 1st Place: Doggie Walk Bags

Most Unique Sandsculpture - 2nd Place: Commercial Fire Protection

Most Unique Sandsculpture - 3rd Place: Sandcrabs

Best Schools - OLQA (Our Lady Queen of Angels) Cub Scout Pack 375

Honorable Mention - Girl Scout Troop 731

Honorable Mention – Newport Care Medical Group

Pirate Ship

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Each of the winners received a Sandcastle Trophy for their talents! Congratulations to all the participants.


NMUSD presents College & Career Night 

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On Wednesday, Oct. 18, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District presents “Next Steps – College & Career Night,” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the O.C. Fair & Events Center in the Costa Mesa Building.

The evening is open to students in 7th - 12th grade. More than 200 colleges will be represented along with hands-on career technical demonstrations, and college & career related workshops.

If you need a ride, transportation permission slips are available at the community facilitator’s office at your school. Free shuttle buses will pick-up at these schools: Whitter School at 6:45 p.m.; REA School at 6:30 p.m.; and Estancia High School at 6:45 p.m.

For more information, call 714.424.5044 and visit www.nmusd-ca.schoolloop.com.

The O.C. Fair & Events Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.


You Must Remember This: Blind Mullet

By NANCY GARDNER

It was said that Esther Williams swam the backstroke because her ambitious mother wanted people to see her pretty face. When my father learned to swim, he was taught the breaststroke so that his face was also out of the water – but not so that people could admire his beauty. In those early days, if you swam around here, you learned the breaststroke instead of the more effective Australian crawl (now freestyle) so that you could see what was in front of you. At that point, the toilets from the homes surrounding the bay didn’t discharge into some sewer system. They discharged directly into the bay. In swimming the crawl, you breathed to the side with no clue as to what was ahead. Taking that side breath, you might take in something besides air. You might take in something that came from someone’s toilet. With the breaststroke, this unpleasantness was eliminated. You could see what was ahead and thus avoid contact with what was called, euphemistically, blind mullet.

While the normal habitat of blind mullet was the bay, that habitat did extend somewhat. Even in those days the city had its share of tourists. Visitors could not be expected to spend an entire day here without relieving themselves, and so public restrooms were established for their comfort. If they were on the Balboa Pier and felt the urge, they walked back down the pier, walked another block or two, and there they found the thoughtfully provided rest station. The Newport Pier was a different story. It was a working pier. Those on it were not tourists admiring the view. They were employees providing a day’s labor, and to have such workers leaving the pier and walking a block or two to a restroom…time is money and that was a waste of both. To make things more efficient, an outhouse was installed at the end of the pier. Like residents’ toilets, this was not hooked up to anything. It discharged directly into the ocean beneath it, meaning that those frolicking in the water nearby would encounter the occasional ocean-going blind mullet.

Eventually health and aesthetic concerns forced change. Residents’ toilets were hooked up to a sewer system, and all that had formerly gone into the bay went to the treatment plant in Huntington Beach – thus the demise of blind mullet. We spend a great deal of time and money trying to save various populations from dying out. The disappearance of blind mullet is one extinction for which we can all be grateful.

As an added note, for many years the sewage sent to the Huntington Beach plant was given primary treatment – essentially straining out the solids before being discharged offshore. Today, the sewage is treated to the much higher secondary level.  Some of it is discharged into the ocean, and some of it goes to the groundwater replenishment system where it undergoes further purification as it slowly infiltrates through the subsoil into the aquifer where it is eventually pumped out for us to drink.

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Nancy Gardner, former Mayor of Newport Beach, long-time resident and daughter of Judge Robert Gardner, is a regular contributor to StuNewsNewport.


Wake Up! Newport welcomes you

Eric Woolery

Courtesy of Newport Beach 

Chamber of Commerce

Don’t miss out on an Orange County Financial Update during Wake Up! Newport today, Thursday, Oct. 5 at the Newport Beach Public Library.

The featured speaker is Eric H. Woolery, CPA, Auditor-Controller, County of Orange. Discussion topics will include: Financial State of Orange County, How You Can be a Taxpayer Watchdog and What’s on the Horizon for Orange County.

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

A complimentary breakfast begins at 7:15 a.m. followed by the program from 7:45 - 8:30 a.m.

To register for seating and food considerations, email Pam Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949.729.4411. Walkups are welcome on a space available basis. www.newportbrach.com

Newport Beach Public Library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.


The Elks National Hoop Shoot at Harbor High

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Kids, ages 8 – 13…if you love basketball, come compete in a free throw program, presented by the Newport Harbor Elks.

Contestants will compete in one of six divisions: Boys or Girls, ages 8 - 9; Boys or Girls, ages 10 - 11; and Boys or Girls, ages 12 - 13.

The hoop shoot builds grit by setting goals, working hard to achieve goals, failing and trying again, and working even harder next year!

The contest will take place on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Newport Harbor High School in the Large Boys Gymnasium from 8 to 10 a.m., 600 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

To compete in the contest, contact Jeff Ruzicka, Newport Harbor Elks Shoot Chairman, at 949.302.2260, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., no later than Oct. 10, 2017.


Stump the Stu

Excuse me, is that perhaps Sherman Library & Gardens?

So for all of you who think you know it all, follow the lead of Ellen Trujillo and Mary Ann Hemphill – they both guessed the tile wall inset at Sherman Library & Gardens. Kudos for knowing your Newport Beach, ladies!

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!

Stump the Stu 102

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Police Files

Man steals boat, but doesn’t get away

Jerret Mlagenovich, 32, Santa Ana, was arrested Tuesday evening, September 26, in the 3400 block of Via Oporto for multiple charges, including grand theft of boat/vessel.

Mlagenovich was also charged with battery, receiving stolen property, refusal to provide blood/saliva test and obstruction/resisting a peace officer.

His bail was set at $20,000.

Stalker breaks court order

Wesley Michael Lowe, 26, from Riverside, was arrested early Wednesday morning, September 27, at 18th Street and the beach for contempt of court and several outstanding warrants. 

The contempt of court charged was related to Penal Code 166(A)4 “willful disobedience of the terms as written of any process or court order or out-of-state court order, lawfully issued by a court, including orders pending trial.”

Lowe does have a warrant related to stalking and PC646.9  “where a person willfully, maliciously and repeatedly harasses another person and makes credible threats.”

Additionally, Lowe had a warrant related to possession of methamphetamines.

He was also cited for using the beach after hours.

Bail was set at $266,500.

Three women arrested on Harbor Island Drive for auto theft

Three Riverside women were arrested at 4:27 a.m. Thursday morning, September 28, in the 100 block of Harbor Island Road for auto theft, possession of burglary tools, possession of controlled substances and unlawful paraphernalia.

Dina Marie Gomez, 42, Ranette Doreen Sanchez, 40, and Monica Perez, 40, were each arrested.

Gomez was additionally charged with open container, Sanchez with fictitious checks and false impersonation of another.

Gomez and Sanchez were held on $20,000 bail, while no bail was set for Perez.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime reports


Assessment levels up across the School District

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Students in Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) show growth from 2015 to 2017 in statewide English Language Arts (ELA) and math assessments. NMUSD students also remain above the Orange County and California averages in ELA and math.  

The Smarter Balanced assessments are part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), which tests ELA and math standards for students in grades three through eight and grade 11. The Smarter Balanced assessments are computer adaptive tests that adjust the difficulty of the test items based on how a test taker responds. This provides a more precise measure of student performance.

The Smarter Balanced assessments, now in the third year, show an increase of 4.57 percentage points in NMUSD students having met or exceeded ELA standards, and an increase of 3.99 percentage points in students having met or exceeded math standards, when compared to the 2015 baseline assessments.

Many NMUSD schools have shown impressive growth during the three-year period. Ensign Intermediate School maintained growth all three years in both ELA (9.0 percentage point growth) and math standards (8.50 percentage point growth). Nine schools have shown a growth of more than 10 percent in ELA standards, with Adams Elementary showing a growth of 19.23 percentage points. Five schools have shown double-digit growth in math standards, again with Adams topping the list at 17.13 percentage point growth.

Specific to Title I schools, nearly all have shown growth in ELA and math standards. Adams, Sonora and Paularino Elementary Schools have shown double digit growth in both ELA and math standards.

“It is encouraging to see our Title I schools performing well,” said Deputy Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer Russell Lee-Sung. “This is a testament to the focus of our teachers, and principals to improve our instructional program for all our students,” he said.

The district has been focused on providing support for classroom intervention systems to better implement differentiation of instructional strategies. This allows teachers and instructional assistants to provide targeted support to struggling students and additional enrichment opportunities for high achieving students, such as small group instruction with specifically tailored instructional materials.

ELA and math results for English Learners have remained relatively flat throughout the three-year assessments. Our district is focused on improving English Learner proficiency by providing additional supports, such as the adoption of new elementary English Language Arts, English Language Development and math instructional materials. Our district has added two Instructional Specialists in 2017/18, for a total of three that are solely dedicated to improving English Learner proficiency in all subject areas.

Looking at grade levels, third and sixth grade students have shown consistent growth in both ELA and math, throughout the three years of the assessments. While the district looks at improvement at all grade levels, there has been a strong focus on the third grade foundational skills. It is widely known that if students are not reading at grade level by third grade, it is increasingly more difficult for them to meet future grade level performance.

Comparing results from 2016 to 2017 assessments, NMUSD students showed a slight growth of .57 percentage points in ELA standards and a decline of 1.01 percentage points in math standards.

“We are confident that the selection of new elementary math and ELA/ELD instructional materials being implemented this school year will improve student proficiency,” said Deputy Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer Russell Lee-Sung.

The current statewide assessments only focus on ELA and math standards, however it is anticipated that the California Science Test (CAST) will be included in the state testing program in 2019. In the meantime, NMUSD teachers continue to work on the next generation Science Standards (NGSS) to prepare for the CAST.

Individual student 2017 assessments were mailed to parents. The NMUSD Smarter Balanced testing schedule for 2018 is anticipated for March 20 through June 15.

While statewide assessments provide valuable information about overall student progress and areas for improvement, they do not provide a holistic view of student achievement. The new California School Dashboard is expected to provide a more detailed view of performance, based on multiple factors, beyond state testing results. These factors include graduation rates, suspension rates, chronic absenteeism and college and career readiness. However, the State is not expected to provide this data until December 2017.


Tangos Buenos Aires returns to Segerstrom Center

Direct from Argentina, Tango Buenos Aires returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts in a passionate and soulful program of music and dance in the new show, The Spirit of Argentina. The company of dancers, vocalists and musicians pay homage to one of tango’s leading superstars, French-Argentine singer, songwriter and composer Carlos Gardel. There will be four performances November 18 - 19, 2017 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

This presentation of Tango Buenos Aires is a part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. 

Tango

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An undisputed hero of Latin American music and dance, Gardel composed and recorded hundreds of classic tangos, many written with his lyricist and longtime collaborator, Alfredo Le Pera. Many of those seductive compositions are featured in this spectacular performance, which is also set to music by the legendary Astor Piazzolla and other heroes of tango.

Single tickets start at $39 and are now available online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa 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. 


The Elks National Hoop Shoot

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Kids…ages 8 – 13…if you love basketball, come compete in a free throw program, presented by the Newport Harbor Elks.

Contestants will compete in one of six divisions: Boys or Girls, ages 8 - 9; Boys or Girls, ages 10 - 11; and Boys or Girls, ages 12 - 13.

The hoop shoot builds grit by setting goals, working hard to achieve goals, failing and trying again, and working even harder next year!

The contest will take place on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Newport Harbor High School in the Large Boys Gymnasium from 8 - 10 a.m., 600 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

To compete in the contest, contact Jeff Ruzicka, Newport Harbor Elks Shoot Chairman, at 949.302.2260, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., no later than October 10, 2017.


Letter to the Editor:

“Art has won”

Barry Allen is a great guy. He is someone that I consider a friend and a person I respect as having contributed significantly to our community. His lovely wife, Debbie, is also a class act.

Unfortunately, Barry’s taste in, and appreciation for, contemporary art is on par with my appreciation and understanding of lacrosse.

Paraphrasing Councilman (Brad) Avery, art is subjective and is designed to, at a minimum, foster conversation among the viewing audience. And, when you add a beautiful environment and exquisite ocean view as the setting for that conversation, you realize why art is such an integral part of the human experience. Art encourages civilized discourse.

Councilman (Scott) Peotter hates the rabbits but he is still, to this day, talking about them. They are an essential part of his political essence. And therefore, in that context, the art in the park has served its purpose: it has stimulated conversation and become a substantial part of our community’s political dialogue. Art has won.

Mr. Allen might not like some of the pieces chosen by the Arts Commission and their consultants, but he is publically talking about them and his comments will, if nothing else, encourage people to go and see for themselves what he is talking about. And then, based upon each visitor’s subjective taste, that each visitor will either agree with, or disagree with, my friend Barry. But the very fact that they are visiting the garden, and then stopping at Ruby’s or Sprinkles or Gulfstream to discuss what they have experienced, contributes to our community in both a tangible and intangible manner.

We can quantify the tangible impact on the community by the revenues generated at our local businesses. We can quantify the intangible impact by simply looking at the diversity and number of the people who are enjoying their walks through the garden.

The Arts Commission, the consultants and the City Council all did their job and all should be commended. They have, at a very nominal cost, enhanced the soul of our community by creating a unique respite, like the tide pools and Buck Gully or Marina Park and Fashion Island, where residents and visitors alike can relax, recreate and converse. Our community has reaffirmed the importance of public art in public life. The City Arts Commission, the City Council and Barry Allen should all be thanked.

And, just for the record, it should be noted that since President Reagan has been relocated to Rabbit Hill, his smile seems a little bigger.

Phil Greer

Newport Beach


NB Wine & Food Festival celebrates the best food, vintages

By LANA JOHNSON

Taking it all in and enjoying all the chef demos, food samplings and varietal offerings, the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival was so fun and exhilarating! Just wanted to share some highlights: Chef demo by Top Chef gals Brooke Williamson, Shirley Chung and Casey Thompson was so upbeat; Lorena Garcia and Art Smith teaming up for their demo of Cazuela with prawns, beluga lentils and quinoa filled the space with delightful aromas; Brian Malarkey’s demo on charring carrots and cauliflower and hitting it with lemon acid and nut Dakkah for umami flavor is now the “new clean cuisine”; and Richard Blais rocking it with his Tacos Al Pastor and then a surprise presentation of Fried Chicken Oysters (with his infamous liquid nitrogen that froze pure tequila in front of my eyes). Look forward to Blais’ new restaurant opening of The Crack Shack in our neighboring Costa Mesa on November 13. Got him to sign his new book, “So Good.”

Greeley Salem Brown

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(L-R): Chef Allan Greeley, Golden Truffle; Stefanie Salem, founder and CEO of the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival; Steve Brown, GM of Jaguar, Land Rover Newport Beach and Aston Martin, the presenting festival sponsor

And for the samplings, my favorites were Amar Santana’s spiced confit leg of lamb with watercress puree and candied citrus, from Broadway by Amar Santana; Pelican Grill’s diver scallops with forbidden black rice, toasted almond and orange segments; and The Winery’s crispy pork belly with caramelized ginger and risotto, just to name a few.

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(L-R): Renowned chefs – Art Smith, Lorena Garcia and Hubert Keller shared their enthusiasm during the chef demonstrations

What I came away with was umami and acid are what elevates food to greatness.

I would welcome what you most enjoyed about this culinary celebration, so email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I’ll share your comments in an upcoming Farm to Fork.

Enjoy a slideshow of more great photos from this year’s Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival

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NBFD supports Susan G. Komen with Pinktober

Ladies in pink T shirts

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The Newport Beach Fire Department, through its Fire Association, supports the work of the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Each year, Fire Department personnel have supported research and awareness in two key areas: spreading awareness through the display of “Pinktober” T-shirts and research through proceeds from the sale of these T-shirts to the public.

Every October, Newport Beach Fire personnel wear the pink T-shirts as part of their daily uniform. Pink T-shirts, underneath their uniforms, have been a positive step towards spreading awareness throughout the community. The “Pinktober” season officially began with the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure that was held for the 26th straight year on Sunday, Sept. 24 at Newport Beach’s Fashion Island. The theme for this year’s race was “Be More Than Pink” to encourage more participants to get involved. The T-shirts were developed with other local fire departments as a way to bring more awareness and support for breast cancer awareness. Breast cancer is a major concern for women and families throughout the world. In 2017, there were approximately 300,000 new diagnosed cases.

The Newport Beach Fire Association has set a goal to donate $5,000 through the sale of their “Pinktober” shirts with all proceeds directly donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The Fire Department will be selling the T-shirts are their annual Fire Service Open House on Sunday, Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Newport Beach Fire Station #7 (20401 Acacia). The t-shirts are available for sale at $20. The family friendly event is open to all. Come learn about the Newport Beach Fire Department and help fight breast cancer with your purchase of a “Pinktober” T- shirt. 


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.”

Tanner

Courtesy of Newport Beach 

Animal Shelter

MEET TANNER

Tanner is shy but loves meeting people

Tanner is a 3 – 4-year-old Spaniel mix. He is shy but loves everyone he meets. He is neutered, microchipped and up to date on all 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 Tanner, 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 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.


JWA earns Best Large Airport Award

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On Sept. 21, J.D. Power announced that John Wayne Airport was selected as the recipient of the Best Large Airport Award in the 2017 North America Airport Satisfaction Study. Now in its 12th year, the study is based on responses from 34,695 North American travelers.

The 2017 North America Airport Satisfaction Study measures overall traveler satisfaction by examining six factors (in order of importance): terminal facilities; airport accessibility; security check; baggage claim; check-in/baggage check; food, beverage and retail. When compared to last year’s results, John Wayne Airport significantly improved in every category – an exceptional achievement.

Providing a superior guest experience has been a primary focus at JWA for the past 22 months. The Airport is in the midst of a $102 million Improvement Project in Terminals A and B, that include upgraded guest facilities and new amenities like a nursing mother’s lounge and post-security animal relief area. Additional improvements in the near future will include enhanced Wi-Fi in the Terminal, more outlets for electronic devices, and price reduction strategies for Airport concessions.


Newport Beach – A Look Back

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Sometimes it’s as simple as cruising down the boardwalk on a three-wheeler. Ah…the good old days.

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


Stump the Stu

Sure you’ve seen it, but where?

Okay, so maybe this “window” doesn’t provide the greatest view…but here, it’s what’s inside that speaks “volumes.” Where is it?

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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FIRE 101 at ENC

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ENC Executive Director Bo Glover

Join Environmental Nature Center Executive Director Bo Glover for FIRE 101 to learn about the basics of fire starting on November 11 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Building and maintaining a fire is an essential survival skill. It can provide you warmth, dry wet clothes, keep insects away, signal for rescue, boil untreated water and cook food. Along with survival necessities, fire also creates a sense of community. Glover will explain where to build a fire, what materials to use and which type of structure to build. As the sun sets, the pressure will be on to get your friction fire started!

Participants will make their own fires to cook with (dinner is included!). This program is for individuals, couples and families with kids nine years of age or older. Bring a fixed blade knife and come dressed for the weather – the program will occur outside, and it is rain or shine!

Cost: $20 for ENC members, $30 for non-members. To register and pre-pay, visit www.encenter.org.

Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. Call 949.645.8489.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Rams let Chargers know they’re fighting for Orange County

TomJohnsonRemember six to eight months ago when everyone in town was excited that the Chargers were going to be our “local” NFL team. Upon relocating to Costa Mesa, the Chargers seemed to do almost everything right. They got involved in the community, supported local youth sports programs and seemed to underwrite just about every local event presented to them. You really couldn’t ask for more.

All of that, however, has not yet translated in winning over Southern California fans. The Charger product on the field has let’s say fallen short…or maybe wide right. The crowds at the Stub Hub Center, their temporary 27,000 seat home stadium, remain underwhelming. There are rumblings that the NFL is actually concerned.

Then, into town roll the Rams, the Los Angeles Rams. At first I thought it was a typo by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce flier promoting this past weekend’s Sandcastle Contest. But no, it was the Rams underwriting the event along with UPS.

The Rams obviously are not giving up on years of history in LA or in Orange County.

It’s great to see our professional teams reaching out and supporting local events that are done for the “community good” and not to necessarily make thousands of dollars (although it helps there, too).

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B-t-w, after Sunday’s games, the Chargers are 0-4, the Rams are in first place at 3-1. Who woulda thunk? Count on Newport Beach to follow a front-runner.

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Newport Beach didn’t seem to show any reaction to their prodigal son’s (O.J. Simpson) release from prison yesterday. No word yet from Trojan for life Paul Salata on whether the Juice will join him at his 50-yard line seats at an upcoming SC game, but if anyone could pull that off, it would be Salata.

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No news is good news as far as I’m concerned for Scott Peotter. We now are in October with less than a month left for the signature gathering efforts to finish for the recall against him. For the side to Recall, should there be concern…folks say no, but time is running. I’m hearing stories that signature gatherers from both sides of the recall are going door-to-door to cause confusion amongst the voters.

It’s politics as usual in Newport Beach.


Balboa Island Veterans seeking those who served

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The Balboa Island Veterans are on a quest! They are seeking every veteran or service person who lives, works or has had any direct connection to Balboa Island.

To date they have found 78 veterans, 13 from WW II, 17 from the Korean Conflict and even have one from the first WAVEs!

They are collecting military history forms WE 53 or 55, or DD 214 along with photos of those who have served in uniform, as well as audio or video tapes of military histories. This data will be stored in the Balboa Island Museum and Historical Society to be accessible online as well as at the Museum, located at 331 Marine Ave.

Among famous veterans who have been associated with Newport Beach is Audie Murphy, one of America’s most decorated veterans who kept his boat here at one time.

So, please help them find you and share your service history with the close-knit community of Balboa Island. Contact Bill Stewart at 949.673.3588 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your information.


Back Bay Bistro to host legendary musician, French gourmet chef

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Bunny Brunel

Back Bay Bistro will welcome legendary musician and French gourmet chef, Bunny Brunel, for a special evening of jazz fusion and a feast inspired by the South of France on Saturday, Oct. 14. Doors/Dinner at 6 p.m.; Concert at 7:30 p.m. All ages welcome.

The dinner concert will feature an all-star band of highly acclaimed jazz performers, Brunel’s signature seafood main course with a curated wine pairing, and the panoramic view of the Back Bay.

The menu will feature:

Starter - Choice of Pumpkin Spice Soup with Crème Fraiche or Bistro Salad with

Mixed Greens, Candied Pecans, Dried Cranberries, Feta, and Champagne Vinaigrette

Entrée - Choice of Bunny Brunel Gambas À L’armoricaine or Jumbo Shrimp Sautéed in a Tomato Cognac Sauce served over Ratatouille; Coffee Crusted Prime New York served with Fresh Baby Arugula, Heirloom Tomatoes and Pointe Reyes Bleu Cheese; or Polenta Portobello Stack Pan Seared Vegan Polenta, Portobello Mushrooms and Heirloom Tomato Stacks over Grilled Vegetables

Dessert - Choice of Pumpkin Spice Crème Brûlée or Chocolate Molten Cake

Cost: Bar seating: $20; Floor seating: $30; VIP Package: $50; Dinner with Seating Combined: $75. (VIP includes signed CD by Bunny Brunel, band meet & greet and photo opportunity. Dinner with Seating includes table reservation, reserved seating, and 3-course meal)

Notes: Two-drink minimum per person, unless a dinner reservation is made. Dinner reservations guarantee priority seating, in front of general admission seating and with priority stage viewing. There is no additional cost for making a dinner reservation, but you are required to purchase a dinner entree, per person, excluding any beverage services.

Free validated parking when you enter the second gate on Back Bay Drive. Back Bay Bistro is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.

To purchase tickets, visit http://bit.ly/2f9PmIA. For dinner reservations, call 949.999.3121. For additional event information, visit www.newportdunes.com/event.


Balboa Blues: Music, Magic and Memories

By DUNCAN FORGEY

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The infamous Rendezvous Ballroom, welcoming Dick Dale and the Deltones

When people talk about music, cities like New Orleans, Nashville, New York City, Austin and San Francisco are thought to be centers for song writing and musical careers. The underlying influence of “Los Angeles-Hollywood” is a given because of its gigantic music industry.

One place that is not brought up often is Balboa. Newport Beach, now a fancy world-famous cosmopolitan city, is more well known for its yachting, wealth, harbor and real estate industry than its music. However, if you look a little deeper, Newport Beach has a musical style that has been exported worldwide.

In the early years of Newport Harbor, the town of Balboa was a Mecca for fun and partying throughout SoCal. Always wet when other towns prohibited alcohol, horses, automobiles and Red Cars brought many to Balboa. Noted for its gambling and its music, almost anything went on in Balboa. The Balboa Peninsula was the “Wild West of Old Orange County.”

After 1906, the Balboa Pavilion became a magnet for band leaders during the raucous ‘20s and ‘30s. Paul Whitman and Abe Lyman pounded out sounds of the latest dance crazes, the Charleston and Black Bottom. The “Roaring Twenties” lived in Balboa with gambling tables, a bowling alley, beaches and bathing beauties. The Pavilion attracted tourists to the town in droves.

The original Rendezvous Dancehall opened on Central Avenue to the sounds of the Trojan Tooters. These musicians were exploring and pushing the limits of then contemporary music. Balboa was a small center for entertainment during those wild times. Owners soon realized that the harbor area could become a music hub of SoCal.

In 1928, a much larger Rendezvous Ballroom was built at 608 East Oceanfront under the watchful eyes of Harry “Pops” Tudor and Ray Burlingame. The cost was $200,000. Admission tickets sold for 10-50 cents. Dancing was the name of the game for this one-of-a-kind venue. Young people came from all corners of Southern California to hear their favorite entertainers. The list of performers reads like a Whoʻs Who of mid-century artists. The Andrews Sisters, Les Brown, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, the Dorsey Brothers, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman, Harry James, Stan Kenton, Gene Krupa, Guy Lombardo, Artie Shaw, Dick Dale, The Beach Boys, The Righteous Brothers and the Challengers were all headliners from 1928 until the Rendezvous burnt down in 1966.

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Crowded downtown Balboa in the early 1930s

There were always alcoholic drinks available somewhere in Balboa despite restrictions elsewhere. During prohibition, a local speakeasy The Dragon was the place to imbibe. After the ban was repealed with the passing of the 23rd Amendment, restaurants once again jumped on alcohol sales to create a constant stream of tourists. After prohibition the introduction of the “Ban-Rum-Boa”, a five shot drink, became a town craze at the Bamboo Room and the precursor of the Adios Matha at the Studio Cafe.

Newport Beachʻs influence on the music industry dates back to one of its earliest residents, the unbelievably talented actor and musician Helena Modjeska. Henry Mancini was often seen pleasure boating in the harbor and the founder of Capitol Records, the extraordinary songwriter and singer Johnny Mercer drove his golf cart around Lido Isle while conversing with the kids.

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Johnny Mercer, American lyricist and songwriter

Jack Marshall, one of the top jazz arrangers of the post WWII era brought top musicians like Shelley Manne and Jack Sheldon to town. The Marshall clan also includes sons Phil, Matt and Frank all noted entertainers.

With the end of World War II and the huge population shift to our beloved beach town, new musical heroes and venues popped up all around town. Whether it was a drinking bar like The Village Inn or a fine dining restaurant like Berkshires, high quality musicians popped up throughout town. Musicians entertained both diners and dancers. Hundreds of restaurants over many years supported large numbers of entertainers from one man shows to larger many piece bands.

Old Newporters frequented Karemʻs in Lido Village, the piano bar at Villa Nova, the Prison of Socrates with Tim Morgan, Jose Felicianoʻs own Felicianoʻs, The Blue Beet, and Windows on the Bay to wine, dine and hear some great music.

Do not forget Newportʻs truly original musician/teacher Bass Hutchinson. A superb Jazz guitarist, composer and musical teacher, this Hollywood transplant chose Newport for its ideal environment to raise children. Bass and his beautiful wife Helen (The Honeybees) were a fixture in the Newport music scene for half a decade. He spawned dozens of student musicians such as the incredibly talented Anna Hamilton, Mark Turnbull and Craig Buhler.

Local band Honk made a name for itself with Tris Imboden, Steve Wood, Richard Stekol, Beth Fitchet, Craig Buhler and Don Whaley by composing and performing a complete score for the Five Summer Stories in 1972 (A film by locals Jim Freeman/ Greg MacGillivray). Still playing today to large and faithful crowds, Honk is a signature band originating from the Newport/Laguna beach culture.

More modern musicians hailing from Newport Beach are saxophonist Mark McGrath and Rodney Sheppard, founding members of the group Sugar Ray. Eric Marienthal, a classic jazz saxophone player, refined his music skills at Corona del Mar High School and Berklee College of Music.

A musical ride through Newport Beach has to include major events like the previous “Taste of Newport,” The Newport Beach Jazz Festival and the Music in the Park sessions. These venues bring outside talent into town to entertain residents, a reminiscence of old town Balboa in the 20th century.

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(L-R): The Downbeats: Craig Buhler, Anna Hamilton, Chris Babbit, Robin Field and John LaMontagne playing in the Richard’s Lido Market parking lot

So, next time you and friends are sipping chardonnay while cruising Newportʻs beloved bay, take time to travel back through the century. Imagine changes in the homes, the cars and the clothing. Understand the tremendous growth this once tiny blue-collar port has experienced.

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The Prison of Socrates

As you do this, listen to a band of horns blowing the fabulously fun Charleston or the Andrew Sisters singing Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Johnny Mercerʻs That Old Black Magic, Light my Fire by Jose Feliciano, Honkʻs Tunnel of Love or Bing Crosbyʻs White Christmas. These sounds are forever etched into the winds of Newport representing good times in old Newport. And todayʻs haze is not that of too many cars but rather stale smoke of the burnt down Rendezvous hanging in honor of all of our forgotten musicians. 

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Duncan Forgey, who made his home here in Newport Beach for many years, now resides in Hawaii. He is a monthly contributor to StuNewsNewport.


16-time Grammy winner David Foster kicks off Pops

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Pacific Symphony’s 2017-18 Pops season bursts out of the gate when the Symphony welcomes for the first time one of the most successful music producers/entertainers in history – 16-time Grammy Award winner David Foster.

This grand Pops Opening, led by Symphony favorite Albert-George Schram, features Foster performing hit songs, along with special hand-picked guests from his unparalleled catalog. Among his popular hits (written for artists that include Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Barbra Streisand and many, many others) are “You’re the Inspiration,” “The Prayer,” “The Glory of Love” and “St. Elmo’s Fire.” In addition to his numerous Grammy Awards, which include three for Producer of the Year, plus 47 additional nominations, Foster has won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe and garnered three Oscar nominations for “Best Original Song.”

“I have never had the opportunity to work with David Foster before, so I am eagerly looking forward to doing so,” said Maestro Schram. “He’s sort of the Big Cheese, the Grand Poobah, the Impresario, The Godfather to a few generations of musicians. He is truly respected, and has coached and produced recordings and performances for more artists than God. He’s also a gifted pianist, raconteur and gracious host. And he will be opening Pacific Symphony’s Pops Season. What a coup! Plus, he will have some unexpected, impromptu guests who will perform with us – so it promises to be an exciting weekend, indeed.”

The Symphony’s Pops Opening concert, “David Foster with Special Guests,” takes place Friday - Saturday, Oct. 13 - 14, at 8 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. 

Seven-concert subscriptions for Pops range from $245-$1,099. Single tickets are $35-$159. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 714.755.5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.


Okazaki students begin visit today to Newport Beach

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Friendship Statue donated by the City of Okazaki, Japan

Students from Okazaki, Japan, one of Newport Beach’s sister cities, begin their visit today, Thursday, Sept. 28 to our city. Let’s help welcome them!

Here’s their itinerary:

Thursday, Sept. 28:

4 p.m. Okazaki delegation arrives in Newport Beach from Los Angeles welcomed by host families at the Newport Beach Central Library. Bring welcome signs, flowers and balloons to welcome the delegation. Students/chaperones will spend the evening with host families.

Friday, September 29:

Delegates attend school assembly at Ensign Intermediate at 10:45 a.m. in the gymnasium with an Okazaki delegation performance. Following, chaperones will visit Newport Harbor High School, and then enjoy lunch with Ensign staff and visit Ensign classes in the afternoon. An evening beach party is planned from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at the fire ring left of Balboa Pier.

Saturday, September 30:

Family Day

Sunday, October 1:

Family Day

Monday, October 2:

Delegates attend school. Chaperones visit Newport Heights Elementary School and Roger’s Gardens in Corona del Mar for lunch. At 1 p.m., chaperones visit classrooms at Corona del Mar High School, then go shopping.

Famous Pumpkin Carving party and barbecue, hosted by the Newport Balboa Rotary Club at 5 p.m. Performances by the Okazaki and Newport Beach delegation.

Tuesday, October 3:

Delegates enjoy the morning with families and meet at Central Library at 9:30 a.m., then depart for San Francisco.

Sayonara!

For more information, contact Liddy Paulsen, president of the Newport Beach Sister City Association at 949.717.3801 and visit www.nbsca.org.


Komen Orange County celebrates 26 years of fighting cancer at Race for the Cure

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About 15,000 breast cancer survivors, supporters and volunteers from Orange County and beyond gathered in Newport Beach’s Fashion Island on Sunday, Sept. 24 for the Susan G. Komen Orange County Race for the Cure®. In its 26th year, this year’s Race called for supporters to “Be More Than Pink,” to get more involved, to build more awareness and to raise more funds for the breast cancer movement.

A day of hope, celebration and courage, the race brought the local community together to inspire hope for those fighting breast cancer, celebrate survivors and honor those who have lost their battle with the disease. This year, a special tribute was paid to Robin Pollok, a recognizable voice at the annual fundraiser, who performed every year at the Race since 2000. Pollock lost her third battle to the debilitating disease in June and on Sunday, her 17-year-old daughter, Emily, performed a poignant rendition of Celine Dion’s classic hit “My Heart Will Go On” in her mother’s memory.

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During the program, Komen Orange County Executive Director Lisa Wolter announced that the national Komen organization will focus its 2017 research grants portfolio on metastatic breast cancer, investing $30.7 million in new research grants. Additionally, in 2018, 100 percent of new grants for Komen’s Young Investigators Program, which invites young researchers to focus on breast cancer issues, will be focused on metastatic breast cancer and treatment resistance that leads to it.

“Every year, we are uplifted seeing the community come together to step up and take action against breast cancer,” Wolter said. “We are a movement that will not stop until our mission to end breast cancer is achieved. Komen’s new focus on the most lethal forms and stages of breast cancer is exactly what we need to reach our bold goal of reducing deaths from breast cancer by 50 percent by 2026.”

The first 5K kicked off with a 7:15 a.m. start time for early risers or those who chose to run. The Kids One-Mile Fun Run & Walk with Snoopy and friends, presented by Knott’s Berry Farm, began at 8 a.m. and the last, and largest, wave of runners/walkers participated at 9:45 a.m.

The hallmark moment of the event was the Survivor Tribute ceremony, which united more than 800 breast cancer survivors on the steps of the Pacific Life building. The tribute is a memorable and moving ceremony highlighted by inspiring speeches from survivors and advocates, and the release of white doves to recognize survivors and pay tribute to those who lost their battle to the disease.

Among the breast cancer warriors sharing their inspiring stories during the ceremony were:

Angelique Fong, a Rancho Santa Margarita resident, is a four-year breast cancer survivor who has been a dedicated Komen supporter and volunteer since the late 1990s. She had no symptoms when she received her breast cancer diagnosis at age 39. Luckily, Fong’s prognosis was positive due to being diagnosed early and she wants others to be able to say the same.  With more than a decade of Races for the Cure under her belt, Fong continues to walk/run for breast cancer survivors like herself, and for their families.

Veronica Mora, a Lake Forest resident, credits Komen Orange County for her surviving the battle against breast cancer after her diagnosis at the young age of 26. At the time, she was a student without insurance. Mora is now a survivor with more determination than ever and a proud graduate of Cal State Fullerton.

“Through our long-standing relationship with the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Komen Orange County, Pacific Life and its employees are inspired to help to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer,” said Tennyson Oyler, vice president of brand management and public affairs, Pacific Life, Race for the Cure’s Home of the Race sponsor. “As the home of the race for the last 26 years and a sponsor, we are proud to be a part of helping make the race a success.”

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Other sponsors of the Race include: The Allergan Foundation, Chevron and Knott’s Berry Farm (presenting sponsors); ABC 7, Ralphs and Food4Less, and Pacific Life Insurance Company (platinum sponsors); 100.3 The Sound, Fashion Island, First American Title Insurance Company, Hot Ticket Racing Carol & Becky Burch (diamond sponsors); Kaiser Permanente, Macy’s, Park Newport Apartment Communities and Spa Gregories (gold sponsors); Cox Communications, Myriad Genetics, Orora Packaging Solutions, Smart Levels, Sparkling Ice (silver sponsors) and founding sponsor the Orange County Register.

The 26th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure by the numbers:

As the largest and most successful breast cancer fundraiser in California, the Susan G. Komen Orange County Race for the Cure is expected to raise more than $2 million this year for the organization.

There were more than 420 teams, the largest being First American Caring for Our community with 6,981 members.

More than 1,600 volunteers assisted in preparation for the event, at booths, water stations, on the course and clean-up.

Doug McKay, who was Komen Orange County’s first male chair and is community grant and giving chair for Macy’s Orange County, served as Race Chair for the fourth consecutive year.

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Seventy-five percent of the funds raised through Komen Orange County events and initiatives support local breast cancer awareness and education programs, and diagnostic and treatment services for uninsured and underinsured women. The other 25 percent is allocated for the Komen Award and Research Grant Program to fund groundbreaking breast cancer research, and to support Komen researchers in their quest for a breast cancer cure.

For more information, visit www.komenoc.org/race

Editor’s Note: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so the community is encouraged to fundraise and donate through October 31 to reach this year’s goal of $2 million.


Guest Column

Dave Kiff

An insider’s look at what’s going on in and around City Hall

Dave Kiff

Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff  

I’m sorry to do this to you for the third time this month, but I had a couple of quick community notes.

1 – The annual Huntington Beach Breitling Air Show is this coming weekend – Sept. 29, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. According to our PD (and in light of what we saw and heard last year), we anticipate that there will be significant – and very different – air traffic over the waters at the western edge of Newport Beach. You can expect increased noise from the Show and its training flights between the hours of noon and 4 p.m. Training is likely to affect us on Thursday (today), too. Noise from the planes may be very loud. While that’s not new to us in the JWA departure path, it is new to the western edge of town. And these are different types of planes, sometimes flying very acrobatic patterns. Please be sure to make accommodations for anyone who may be disturbed, including pets. Residents and visitors to the city may also be impacted by increased traffic along Pacific Coast Highway during the event (approximately 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Sunday). Please use alternate routes when possible to avoid delay. Additional information about the air show can be found at www.hbairshow.com. To receive live updates, text HBAirshow to 888777.  I swear I am not smiling as I write this, but any complaints or concerns can be filed via the City of Huntington Beach’s website at www.hungtingbeachca.gov. You may also call 714.536.5985 to leave a message for Huntington Beach city staff.

2 – It’s sandcastle time at CDM State Beach. That’s this coming Sunday, Oct. 1 at Big Corona Beach in Corona del Mar. The theme is Pirates of the Pacific. In addition to one-eyed scurvy dawgs, there will be a custom built sand sculpture sponsored by The UPS Store and the Los Angeles Rams, a Capt. Jack Sparrow look-a-like and the return of the Bubble Lady. Teams will compete for cash prizes and trophies. The Chamber will be cooking food and serving beverages as well. Registration starts at 9 a.m. Competition is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and awards will be handed out approximately at 3:30 p.m. More information can be found at www.newportbeach.com/events/56th-annual-sandcastle-contest.

3 – The Civic Center will be busy as well, hosting the Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival. That’s also Sept. 29 – Oct. 1. More information for the Festival is at www.newportwineandfood.com. While this is not an official City event, it does impact the Civic Center and the Green, so folks should be aware of it should they use the Central Library or City Hall starting today (set up is going on now) through Sunday.

4 – Lastly, the City Council spent a good bit of time on the John Wayne Airport and NextGen issues at its meeting (Tuesday). It might be worth watching if you missed it. Click here to navigate to the video of the Study Session. Once you get to our Calendar, look at the “City Council – 9-26-17” item, and click on the video button way to the right. Then you’ll want to advance to where the video’s timer says 22:05, or click on the item below the video screen that says “SS4…”

Again, sorry for the additional Insider’s Guide in your inbox – I really wanted to make you aware of the air show before you heard it or saw it.

Dave Kiff

City Manager

City of Newport Beach

949-644-3001

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Farm to Fork: A Foodie’s Point of View Fork

By LANA JOHNSON

Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival arrives tomorrow!

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Sweet treats that pair perfectly with wines await

I have been waiting eagerly for this weekend, and it’s going to be a wonderful celebration of wine and food. Come out to one of Southern California’s most exclusive and acclaimed culinary events – the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival, presented by Land Rover, Jaguar, Aston Martin of Newport Beach. The festival takes place at the Newport Beach Civic Center on Sept, 30 – Oct. 1, with special events kicking off on Friday, Sept. 29.

Purchase your tickets now for a weekend of festivities, which will include tastings from 40 top Orange County restaurants and their executive chefs; 250 varieties of world-class wine, spirits and brews; celebrity chef cooking demos and dinners; Master Sommelier tasting panels; VIP events; live music; and a new “Havana Nights” after party on Saturday night.

On Friday, from 6 to 10 p.m., there is a Waterline Top Chef Women’s Dinner with Brooke Williamson, Shirley Chung, Casey Thompson and Rachel Haggstrom with Master Sommelier Reggie Narito. There will also be The Winery dinner with Hubert Keller, Yvon Goetz, Jean-Pierre Dubray and Rainer Schwartz, hosted by Master Sommelier Michael Jordan.

On Saturday, enjoy a VIP Top Chef Women All Star cooking demo with Brooke Williamson, Shirley Chung and Casey Thompson, hosted by Hubert Keller; VIP Champagne and Caviar with Alan Greeley and Christopher Klapp; and a Hedonistic History of Wine and Fermented Beverages.

On Sunday, don’t miss the VIP Top Chef All Stars winner Richard Blais demo; a VIP Riedel Glass and Hundred Acre Tasting; a Master Sommelier tasting panel; and Dinner with Nobu Matsushisa at Nobu Newport Beach.

As promised, here are more recipes from some of the celebrated chefs who will be appearing at the Festival. Enjoy!

Richard Blais

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Top Chef All-Star winner, Richard Blais, will demonstrate his special taco recipe

 

Chef Richard Blais’ Tacos al Pastor

Ingredients:

25 dried guajillo chiles, seeded and torn into pieces

7 cloves garlic peeled, chopped

1 Tbsp. achiote paste

½ Tbsp. ground cumin

1 ¾ cups white vinegar

¾ cup cider vinegar

salt to taste

6 ¼ lbs. pork shoulder

1 cup pineapple, small diced

50 3 - 4-inch corn tortillas

1 quart pickled red pearl onion petals

2 quarts picked fresh cilantro, shocked in ice water

1 clamshell cilantro, onion or radish flowers (for demo)

 

Preparation:

Soak chiles in a bowl with boiling hot water until chiles are softened, about 10 minutes; drain, but reserve some liquid. Blend chiles, garlic, achiote and cumin; add some reserved water back into mixture if needed to form a paste-like texture.

Pour vinegar and chile mixture into sauce pan and bring to a boil; cook and stir until mixture becomes a thick paste. Season with salt. Slice pork thin (on slicer is easiest) and rub slices liberally with chile paste. Stack marinated pork slices into a log shape, evenly distributing the fat throughout the slices. Wrap the pork slices tightly with plastic wrap maintaining the uniform log shape (you can truss if necessary) and seal in a cryo vac bag. (similar to a roulade). Refrigerate overnight.

 

Sous Vide pork at 68C for 8 hours. Remove from water when finished and cool pork in bags, using an ice bath.

 

When ready to serve, grill tortillas lightly on both sides. Place pork on spit or in oven and char all sides. Slice pork into thin slices. Divide pork onto corn tortillas and serve with onion, cilantro, flowers and pineapple.

 

Serves 50.

 

Note: Tacos al Pastor is inspired by shawarma. Lebanese immigrants moved to Mexico in the early 1900s and they brought their famous technique of spit-roasted meat, primarily lamb, with them. Tacos al Pastor are made from thin strips of pork that have been marinated in spices and chiles, and then stacked onto a long spit called a trompo

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Fabio Viviani, a Top Chef fan favorite, will be demonstrating his gnocchi dish

 

Chef Fabio Viviani’s Home Friendly Gnocchi Recipe

Ingredients:

4 lbs. of russet baked potatoes to equal 2.5 lbs. of clean dried potato (smashed through a fryer basket or ground through a meat grinder)

1 3/4 lbs. all purpose-flour

1 lb. grated parmesan cheese (Must be Imported Grana Padano)

2 tsp. fresh ground nutmeg

4 tsp. sea salt

3 Tbsp. fresh ground pepper

 

Preparation:

Bake the sheet tray of potatoes at 350F about 45 mins. or until fork tender. Remove from the oven and make a slit down the middle to release the steam. Push the ends together like you would a regular baked potato. Once the potatoes are cool enough to touch you can push them through a fryer basket or baking rack onto a clean sheet tray. Place the potatoes in the walk in and let dry for 2 - 3 days uncovered.

 

In a large mixer with a paddle attachment, mix ¾ of the flour, parmesan, nutmeg, salt and pepper together well, and then add potato. Mix about 4 mins. on slow until the dough comes together. The dough will look dry in the first few minutes. Give it time to combine and come together. Turn the machine off every 1 min. to scrap down the paddle. Give this dough a good 4 - 5 min to mix. At this point you can test the dough.

 

Roll a piece like a snake the thickness of your middle finger and cut it about the size of your finger tip. If the dough is collapsing in the middle than it needs to be mixed more and a little more flour needs to be added. Keep in mind this dough does not need bench flour until you’re about to cut it into the pieces. Test a couple of pieces in a pot of boiling water. Remove them immediately once they float to the top. Test for firmness; if they are too soft and fall apart than add more flour and mixing time. If they seem to dry than add more potato, once the dough is complete you can roll the dough into long threads.

 

Dust the gnocchi with flour and cut into pieces no bigger than your thumb tip. Place on a well-floured sheet tray and place into the walk in.

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Top Chef finalist, Melissa King, shares her Asian-influenced chicken creation

 

Chef Melissa King’s Coconut-Miso Chicken

Ingredients:

4-6 pieces of chicken thigh, boneless, skinless, large dices

1 onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 slices fresh ginger

3 slices galangal (Asian root similar to ginger but with a citrusy, piney flavor)

¼ cup white wine

3 stalks lemongrass, remove end, smash

¾ can - coconut milk (regular)

¾ cup - chicken broth, low sodium

1 Tbsp. white miso paste

1 pound carrots, peeled, large diced

1 daikon, peeled, large diced (substitution: diced potatoes)

6 - 8 each shiitake mushrooms, remove stem, slice

1 Tbsp. fish sauce

1 Tbsp. sugar

1 Tbsp. soy sauce (or tamari)

2 Tbsp. lime juice

Salt and black pepper to taste

cilantro, chopped

Thai basil leaves (optional)

lime wedges

steamed rice

 

Preparation:

Season diced chicken with kosher salt and black pepper on all sides. Heat a shallow pan on high heat and add oil. Sear pieces of chicken until golden brown on both sides. Add onions, garlic, ginger and galangal and sauté until translucent, about 2 minutes.

 

Deglaze with white wine until evaporated and use a wooden spoon to scrape the brown bits from the pan. Add lemongrass, coconut milk, chicken broth, miso paste, carrots and daikon. Simmer for 15 minutes then add shiitake mushrooms, fish sauce, sugar and soy sauce. Simmer for additional 5 minutes.

 

Finish the dish with fresh herbs and lime juice. Serve with steamed rice and extra lime wedges. Serves: 4 people. Prep time: 20 mins. Cook time: 20 mins.

To purchase tickets for the various events and more information on the culinary talent and offerings, visit www.NewportWineandFood.com.

Ciao Vincenza!


Conservancy to present inaugural golf tournament 

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Upper Newport Bay, one of the largest natural estuaries in Southern California

Newport Bay Conservancy (NBC) will present its inaugural golf tournament, the Newport Bay Conservancy Classic, on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Newport Beach Golf Course. 

This event is part of the grand re-opening of the Newport Beach Golf Course and debut of the adjacent restaurant, The Emerald Kitchen. 

Charity Tournament Chairman and Volunteer Naturalist David Waller, along with a group of local naturalists and volunteers, are looking to create an experience that is both fun and educational for the players. Waller explains, “Funds raised by the tournament will benefit the Conservancy’s ongoing efforts in education, restoration, research and advocacy. This year’s fundraising goal will help expand the Conservancy’s educational programs to schools that would otherwise not be able to afford them.” 

The fundraising event begins at 3:30 p.m. with tee-off at 4 p.m. Players will enjoy “Nine 4 Nature” on the back half of the course. Prizes for a hole-in-one, longest drive and closest to the pin, in addition to other contests, entertainment and drinks/snacks will be at various holes. 

Dinner, silent auction and awards at the Emerald Kitchen is open to the golfers, guests and anyone else interested in attending following play (approximately 7:30 p.m.).

Registration: Individual, $125; Foursome, $400; Dinner, silent auction and awards banquet only, $50.

The Conservancy welcomes any and all businesses and organizations to participate and sponsor the event. For more details visit www.newportbay.org or call 949.640.1751. Newport Bay Conservancy (NBC) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, Federal Tax ID # 33-0545786, dedicated to the protection and preservation of the Upper Newport Bay, one of the largest natural remaining estuaries in Southern California.

Newport Beach Golf Course is located at 3100 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.


Join the NBPD for “Coffee with a Cop”

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You’re invited to enjoy “Coffee with a Cop” with the Newport Beach Police Department on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

NBPD will be at the Starbucks, located at 3465 Via Lido, Newport Beach from 4 to 6 p.m., so stop by, grab a drink and chat with an officer or two.

They hope to see you there!


A day of sailing for the visually impaired

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A wonderful day of sailing awaits

On Saturday, Oct. 7, approximately 250 visually impaired adults, including Veterans along with their sighted escorts and guide dogs, will meet up with 40 - 45 volunteer sailors for a day of sailing around Newport Harbor and offshore. The 28th Annual Sail for the Blind and Visually Impaired is co-hosted by the Women’s Sailing Association - Orange County (WSA-OC) and the American Legion Yacht Club along with American Legion Post 291 at their Newport Beach facility. This annual event provides an opportunity for blind and visually impaired adults to spend a day sailing on local waters. Participants will have the opportunity to take the helm and steer the boat under supervision as well as try their hand at handling lines aboard the boat. 

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This pup gets pampered at doggy day care while its owner sets sail

The day includes breakfast, lunch, entertainment, an opportunity drawing and even doggy daycare for the guide dogs in attendance. Several hundred members of the Orange County community volunteer in this all-day event including skippers with their boats, members of other yacht clubs, Seal Beach Lions Club, Navy Sea Cadets and Harbor Patrol Explorer Scouts, along with dozens of WSA-OC and American Legion volunteers. 

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Happy participants took the helm and steered the boat under supervision

WSA-OC is a co-ed group dedicated to supporting women sailors throughout the Orange County area through land-based educational programs and on-the-water activities. The group’s mission includes a focus on serving the community through sailing-related activities. WSA-OC was originally founded in 1979 and was known for many years as the Women’s Ocean Racing Sailing Association (WORSA). The group relaunched in early 2015 as the Women’s Sailing Association - Orange County with an active membership and year-round activities.

Since 1991, the American Legion Family, comprised of AL Post 291 members and the American Legion Yacht Club, have provided facilities, boats, and volunteers to make this special day a reality. Numerous Orange County businesses have been supportive by donating goods and services for an afternoon opportunity drawing. The annual Sail for the Blind and Visually Impaired experience has truly become a community event. 

For information on WSA-OC or to learn how to participate in this year’s event, visit www.wsaoc.org, www.facebook.com/wsaoc or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more.


Laura’s House Groovy Gala raises $530,000

Lady in Red with NBC4 Emmy winning reporter Hetty Chang

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(L-R): Cheryl Osborn, president of Casco Contractors/Corporate Crystal Award honoree with NBC 4 Emmy-winning reporter Hetty Chang, who served as the evening’s emcee

Wearing disco fashions and boogying to the groovy sounds of the ‘70s, more than 300domestic violence advocates gathered on Sept. 16 at the Island Hotel Newport Beach to celebrate Laura’s House 23rd annual gala themed “Saturday Night Fever at Club Laura’s House.” Emceed by NBC 4 Emmy-winning reporter Hetty Chang, the successful soirée raised more than $530,000 for services benefiting domestic violence victims, including the Laura’s House emergency shelter, community programs, legal advocacy services, prevention, and education outreach programs and more.

The evening began with a cocktail reception that included a silent auction filled with unique experiences and luxury items such as a three-night stay at the Grand Wailea in Maui, Anaheim Ducks tickets, Kendra Scott jewelry, an Urban Decay beauty basket and Caribbean adventures. Setting the tone for the evening, guests were welcomed with a fun photo opportunity, followed by nostalgic performances of pop hits such as “Boogie Fever” and “Staying Alive.”

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(L-R): Mike Hayde; Lauri Khouri, Laura’s House board member and gala chair; Margaret Bayston, Laura’s House CEO/executive director; and Richard Bayston

“This event is critical in raising funds to support victims of domestic violence and their families, and to offer them a chance at a better life,” said Laura’s House Board Member and Gala Chair Laura Khouri. “It is also eye-opening and helps us realize that abuse affects so many people in our community, including people close to us – family members, neighbors, coworkers and others we would not necessarily suspect. More than ever, it is vital that we end the silence of domestic violence to educate and empower victims with the resources available to them.”

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 (L-R): Erik Cadle and Adrian Vasquez, 2017 Crystal Heart Award honorees

Laura’s House awarded its 2017 Crystal Heart Award to Erik Cadle and Adrian Vasquez from Irvine-based Western National Group, for their dedication and help in remodeling Laura’s House newest site, the 2,200-square-foot Domestic Violence Advocacy Center (DVAC) accommodating the Laura’s House fast-growing legal team, and offering therapeutic services, workshops and groups. Cadle and Vasquez mobilized their network and donated countless hours and weekend time to transform the office into a beautiful, safe and peaceful haven for Laura’s House clients to address their issues with therapists and legal advocates.

Casco Contractors, a company run by Laura’s House board member Cheryl Osborn, was honored with the 2017 Corporate Crystal Heart Award for unwavering and generous support of the nonprofit. Throughout the years, under Osborn’s leadership, Casco Contractors conducted major improvement projects at Laura’s House’s emergency shelter, transitional living facility and at its San Juan Capistrano and Lake Forest resale stores.

“We are grateful for our supporters who go above and beyond to help us in our mission of ending domestic violence,” said Margaret Bayston, Laura’s House CEO and executive director. “With their help, we have served nearly 55,000 people in need of shelter, counseling or legal assistance. Domestic violence does not discriminate and can happen to anyone, regardless of income, education, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. Our goal is to empower domestic violence survivors, but also to change once and for all the social beliefs, attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence.”

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Karen and Wayne Pinnell, Laura’s House board member

During the program, three emotional recordings of survivors calling 911 for assistance, one from a woman and two from children, were played for the audience, a reminder that domestic violence remains a prevalent issue for the entire family within our community. Attendees also heard a first-hand testimony from a survivor who shared her personal story of survival and experience working with the Laura’s House legal team. Bayston, Adam Dodge, legal director, and Jennifer Ponce, prevention education manager, also highlighted the areas of rapid expansion and the need for additional support in these areas, as Laura’s House continues to meet the needs of our community.

The program also included a live auction with fabulous prizes such as box seats to Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull and Janet Jackson concerts at the Honda Center, luxurious Maui getaways, and a special appeal ‘Rebuild a Life,’ directly funding programs and services provided by Laura’s House. The opportunity drawing winner captured a weekend getaway in a Tesla. Following the program, the fabulous disco Sensation Showband started the dance party with guests onstage for a fun rendition of the “YMCA.”

Presenting sponsors for the 2017 gala are Laura Khouri and Michael K. Hayde. I Will Survive sponsors are Nancy and Geoffrey Stack. Night Fever sponsors are the Julia and George Argyros/Argyros Family Foundation and the Lisa Argyros/Argyros Family Foundation. Dancing Queen sponsors are The Jacqueline Glass Family, Haskell & White LLP, The Joe MacPherson Foundation, David Stone & Aileen Karstofsky, The Thompson Foundation and Verizon Wireless. How Deep Is Your Love sponsors include

The David Ball Family, Norman & Sadie Lee Foundation, Neudesic, Park Newport Apartments, and Donna and Dick Pickup. Celebration sponsors are Patty Cyr, Laura and Mark Feld, Frome Family Foundation, Hittelman Strunk Law Group LLP, Pat & Rick McAuley, Rutan & Tucker LLP, US Bank and Casey & Tim Wolin,

Throughout October – domestic violence awareness month – Laura’s House is inviting advocates to become involved in various initiatives and fundraisers by visiting www.laurashourse.org.


SideDoor welcomes Oktoberfest, Five Crowns holds Porkerfest

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Corona del Mar’s autumn tradition of pork, beer and merriment returns as SideDoor and Five Crowns welcome the Fall season.

Beginning today, Sept. 28, SideDoor’s taps will be taken over by select German beers including Weihenstephaner Pils, Hofbräu München Hefe Weizen, Grevensteiner lager and Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel.

Then on Wednesday, Oct. 18, the 6th annual Porkerfest returns to the Five Crowns Greenhouse and Garden. A six-course meal will be paired with Firestone Walker beers and hosted by David Walker, himself.

Cost: During Oktoberfest, beer prices vary. Porkerfest, $115 per person (includes tax and gratuity).

To make reservations, call 949.717.4322 or viaEventBrite.

Five Crowns and SideDoor are located at 3801 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.


Can you tell fact from fiction? NBPD presents REALITY CHECK to challenge you

The Newport Beach Police Department is presenting REALITY CHECK – the game where you try to tell fact from fiction.

Ready to play? Okay. They have three stories about their Canines, Kajo and Hondo, and only ONE of them is true. Which do you think is the correct answer?

The video with all the options is posted on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/dMFguh0zyyY.

You can also make guesses count by entering their giveaway. One lucky NBPD fan will win a four-pack to the Orange County Police Canine Associations Annual K9 Show, PLUS a personal meet-and-greet with K9 Kajo (and his partner, Officer Wilson) at the show.

You can only play once, but there are options to qualify for additional entries through social media activity. You can see all the details at: www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/c41b6d3117/?.

NBPD will reveal the true story – and the giveaway winner – during their Canine Virtual Ride-Along on Twitter (@newportbeachpd) on Friday, Sept. 29.

Time is running out, so enter today! If you are interested in more details about the Canine Show, visit the Orange County Police Canine Association website at https://ocpca.org/show

Good luck!


Segerstrom Center kicks off Family Series

Segerstrom Center’s Family Series opens with two tales of adventure brought to life in Samueli Theater: Sing Along with The Muppet Movie, created by Heather Henson and IBEX Puppetry, on Oct. 14 and 15 and The Secret Life of Suitcases, co-produced by Ailie Cohen Puppet Maker and London’s Unicorn Theatre, on Oct. 28 and 29.

The Center’s popular Family Series engages, enchants and inspires the young and the young at heart with captivating stories brought to life through the magic of live performance. Extraordinary performers combine music, dance and theater that will be enjoyed by the entire family and create experiences that inspire an appreciation for the arts and create lifelong memories.

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Everyone will find a rainbow connection with the irresistible Muppets in Sing Along with The Muppet Movie, an interactive film experience. The Muppet Movie (1979) is a film classic that follows Kermit the Frog on a cross-country trip to Hollywood. Along the way, he meets many other misfit Muppets who join him to overcome danger, discover their true selves and build a future of friendship together. This totally “gonzo” interactive screening is full of surprises, including bubbles, streamers, kites, confetti pops and characters coming right out of the screen into the audience. Children and adults alike are urged to yell out famous lines, dance in the aisles, and, of course, sing along as they discover or rediscover this beloved film.

Admission is free with the purchase of a goodie bag. They are available at www.scfta.org, or at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787. Goodie bag must be purchased to reserve a seat. The 1 p.m. performance on Sunday, Oct. 15 will be ASL interpreted.

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Packed with wit and whimsy, The Secret Life of Suitcases takes Larry, an office worker, and audiences on a wild journey as his routine world gets turned upside down by a fantastical flying suitcase. Join Larry and discover the thrill of adventure and the joy of coming home again. This funny and enchanting puppet show is the first ever co-production between Ailie Cohen Puppet Maker, one of Scotland’s leading puppetry companies, and the Unicorn Theatre, the UK’s leading theater for young audience.

Tickets are $20 and available at  www.scfta.org, or at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787. The 1 p.m. performance on Sunday, Oct. 29 will be ASL interpreted.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts will celebrate the opening of its new Julianne and George Argyros Plaza on October 28 starting at 11 a.m. Audiences for The Secret Life of Suitcases are invited to enjoy the free performances and events on the Argyros Plaza before and after the show.


School Notes

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Manny Morales, President of Costa Mesa High School ASB, is joined on stage by ASB student ambassadors from all six NMUSD high schools

The Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation and Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) welcomed a sold-out crowd filled with guests, sponsors and volunteers on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at the Costa Mesa High School gymnasium for the State of the Schools Breakfast.

The morning’s program included: a welcome by NMUSD Board of Education President Karen Yelsey and Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation President Pat Courter; Color Guard/National Anthem by Boy Scout Troop Number 339 along with the Costa Mesa High School Madrigal Choir under the direction of Jon Lindfors; a school welcome by Costa Mesa High School Principal Jake Haley; a student performance by the Costa Mesa High School Jazz band under the direction of Sandy Gilboe; State-of-the-Schools address by NMUSD Deputy Superintendent Russell Lee-Sung; and parting words from Manny Morales, Costa Mesa High School ASB President.

What a great way to start the day! Some of the highlights of Lee-Sung’s speech included:

NMUSD’s commitment to the “support of the whole child” and creating a Positive School Climate (PBIS), where 16 schools were recognized with bronze, silver and gold accolades, and Newport Coast Elementary was honored with platinum – one of only 12 schools in the state of California.

Mental Health and Wellness to include Suicide Prevention training for both certified and classified school employees. To date, 25 are trained responders; by the end of this year, they are striving for 70. In addition, the district has added two social workers.

Facilities: In recent years, NMUSD has built two performing arts centers, modernized the Costa Mesa and Newport Harbor high schools’ fields, built new playground equipment at some elementary schools, and the current construction of a new aquatic center at Estancia High School.

Moody’s California School Finance Authority Credit Rating assigned NMUSD a AAA, 2017.

Gold Ribbons in NMUSD were bestowed upon 14 schools: 12 elementary, one high school and TeWinkle Middle School. Eight schools were added to the Honor Roll based on high achievement, improvement and reduction of achievement gap.

According to the Washington Post, two of America’s most challenging high schools are Estancia and Corona del Mar.

NMUSD was the recipient of three CSBA (California School Boards Association) Golden Bell Awards in 2016: Accountability/Assessment: Data Dashboards that Drive Strategic Decision Making (offering real time, interactive visualizations of the most import data district leaders need to make critical and timely decisions); Student Services: Bus in the Classroom (safety and life skills to students with special needs); and Wellness: Psychological Support Services Program.

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On the Harbor: Pitchin’ in for harbor cleanup and interesting tidbits from the Harbor Commission meeting

By LEN BOSE

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The Bose family participating in BCYC Family Championships

Fall is upon us and quite frankly this time of year just confuses me. I wake up, it is sunny. I put on my jacket, go out onto the harbor, and I am sweating like an engine mechanic in a bilge, then the wind goes up…I’m cold what are you gonna do?

I’ll tell you what I am gonna do, I plan on doing my mechanic impression Saturday, September 30 and take part in the “The Harbor Cleanup Event.” Registration is at 9 a.m. at the Balboa Yacht Club, Trash Collection from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with a BBQ from 12:30 to 2 p.m. BYC in association with the Ben Carlson Foundation is conducting a harbor cleanup day. The event is BYOV (Bring Your Own Vessel). You will need to have access to a dinghy, kayak, paddle board or other vessel to participate. If you need a kayak, contact the sailing center at Marina Park. I am sure they will be glad to rent you one. Nets will be provided. Not sure who’s idea this is, but WELL DONE! The chairperson of the event is Carrie Robertson, so odds are good it was her idea. If the Harbor Master gave out awards, at the end of the year each year, this one would have to be a favorite.

Speaking of favorites, the Harbor 20 fleet championships are on the same weekend as “The Harbor Cleanup Event,” September 30 and October 1. The early favorites in C Fleet are PJ and Mike Kohl, B fleet is anyone’s call. I am going to go with Gretchen and Richard Loufek. A fleet is much easier to pick: Diane and Bill Menninger are the heavy favorites, although there will probably be 17 other sailors bringing their best game. My gut tells me it is going to be a memorable weekend.

I attended the Harbor Commission meeting on September 13 with a couple of items on the agenda catching my attention. Because it is fall already, the discussion regarding standup paddle boards (SUP) might be forgotten until next summer, but with the drowning of a SUP user in Huntington Harbour last month this item could not be overlooked. Topics included quick safety lessons and mandatory lifejackets. This seemed like a wasted effort because who is going to listen or comprehend a quick safety lesson then place on a lifejacket on a hot sunny Newport day? In my opinion, the best idea came from Harbormaster Dennis Durgan when he asked, “Why don’t we require SUPs to wear a leash?” Key word here is wear and it seems to be an easily obtainable solution.

Next up, was the harbormaster report with most of it passing through one ear and out the other although two items took hold. Sea Lion Abatement was one item. I cannot think of anything that looks worse, on the harbor, than boat owners placing random netting and gallon buckets from Home Depot around their boats in an effort to deter sea lions. Nothing makes the phone ring more at the harbormaster’s office than when we have a large group of sea lions that are barking all night, what are you gonna do? The answer right now is coyote models, works like a charm. I first noticed them at the San Diego Yacht club about two years ago and finally figured out what they are for. If I had a boat on a mooring or a waterfront home, I would not hesitate to purchase a coyote model as a sea lion deterrent.

The next item that has been barking for attention for years, is harbor code enforcement. While showing a boat this week, I watched Newport Beach code enforcement officers place notices on nearby boats notifying them that they must cease and desist their Airbnb ads. Harbor operations workers have also been attaching courtesy notices on the dinghies that have been staying on the public docks too long. I have also watched code enforcement officers joining harbor operations on ride alongs. It’s all good and long overdue in my opinion.

Talking about public docks, next time you are over at Lido Park, next to the Elks Club, notice the new public dock off of Central Avenue. The concept for this dock is for 35’ foot or smaller vessels to tie up for up to three hours and go to West Marine or the local restaurants.

My “Silly” Idea of the Week: Lets re-consider disregarding fishing line canisters that we see in other harbors for fishermen on our public docks and highly used fishing areas like along the railing across from the new public dock to dispose of their line rather than throw it into the water.

For me, I am hoping I still have my mojo after winning the BCYC club championships sailed in Harbor 20’s last Sunday. This weekend is the two warm regattas with the fleet champs at the end of the month, wish me luck! 

Sea ya’

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Len Bose is a yachting enthusiast, yacht broker and harbor columnist for StuNewsNewport.


NBPD issues community message on noise impact from Breitling Air Show

According to the Newport Beach Police Department, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, the 2nd Annual Breitling Huntington Beach Air Show will be held along the coastline in Huntington Beach.

NBPD anticipates that there will be air traffic over the waters at the western edge of our city as the aircraft for the show reposition for the day.

Newport Beach residents can expect increased audible impact from these aircraft between the hours of 12 to 4 p.m. Training exercise on Thursday, Sept. 29 may also affect Newport Beach.

Noise from the aircrafts may be very loud; please be sure to make accommodations for anyone who might be disturbed, including pets.

Residents and visitors to our city may also be impacted by increased traffic along Pacific Coast Highway during the event (approximately 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Friday - Sunday.) Please use alternate routes when possible to avoid delay.

Additional information about the airshow is available at www.hbairshow.com. To receive live updates, text HBAirshow to 888777.

Any complaints or concerns can be filed on Huntington Beach’s website at www.huntingtonbeachca.gov, or leave a message for Huntington Beach city staff at 714.536.5985.


Little Lido Fresh Fruits at LMV

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Today, Thursday, Sept. 28, come use your imagination and get crafty for “Little Lido Fresh Fruits,” at Lido Marina Village from 10 to 11 a.m., 

Enjoy a story what might happen when you swallow a watermelon seed, then create your own one-of-a-kind watermelon slice.

Stores will also be offering discounts. Each person who RSVPs will receive one entry for a drawing of the Book of the Day at Lido Village Books, $30 off $100 at Sweaty Betty, a $10 gift card to Yolk and 10 free juices from Juices Served Here. You must be present to win.

Visit www.lidomarinavillage.com for complete details. Lido Marina Village is located at 3434 Via Lido, Newport Beach.


Vanguard University raises $225,000 to combat human trafficking

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Dr. Sandra Morgan, director of the Global Center for Women and Justice, addresses the audience

On Saturday, Sept. 16, Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ) hosted Priceless, the University’s 5th annual luncheon to end human trafficking. More than 300 community leaders, supporters and anti-human trafficking advocates attended the luncheon at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. The inspiring program honored victims and community members, and educated attendees about the startling issue of human trafficking here in Orange County and globally.

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(L-R): Gwyn Hoyt, event co-chair, Deborah Anderson and Helen Steinkamp, event co-chair

This year’s luncheon, co-chaired by Priceless committee members Helen Steinkamp and Gwyn Hoyt, featured keynote speaker John Cotton Richmond. Richmond, the founding director at the Human Trafficking Institute, has worked to decimate human trafficking throughout his lifetime. In honor of his efforts, Richmond was named Prosecutor of the Year by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation. In addition, the Department of Homeland Security recognized Richmond with the Outstanding Investigative Accomplishment in Human Trafficking award. With Richmond’s diverse background, he has been able to help many victims of modern day slavery.

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(L-R): Ed Royce and John Cotton Richmond, featured keynote speaker

“Combating human trafficking confirms dignity, secures freedom and provides hope,” Richmond said. “I was honored to join the Global Center for Women and Justice at Priceless to affirm these principles and to remove people from the fear that nothing can be done to stop human trafficking.”

This year’s Priceless luncheon continued the tradition of recognizing individuals, businesses and organizations in the greater Orange County community who have gone above and beyond in the fight to protect and defend survivors of human trafficking with the presentation of the Diamond Awards.

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Patti Edwards, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Jim Edwards

Lifetime Achievement Award, Patti Edwards

Newport Beach resident Patti Edwards was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her personal commitment to supporting vulnerable communities. Edwards has spent more than 30 years fighting child abuse, neglect and sex trafficking by promoting crisis intervention, treatment and prevention education with Childhelp. She has served as the chapter president for Childhelp Orange County, chair of the Childhelp California State Advisory Board and as a member of the Childhelp National Board of Directors.

Outstanding Individual Award, Joyce Capelle

The Outstanding Individual Award was presented to Buena Park resident Joyce Capelle, Crittenton Services for Children and Families CEO, for serving women and children at-risk of exploitation. Capelle has made it her life mission to apply her public policy and law degrees towards advocating for the health and well-being of system-involved girls.

Outstanding Organization Award, Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force

The Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) was presented with the Outstanding Organization Award during the luncheon. The OCHTTF is a collaboration of 80 law enforcement, victims’ service providers, nonprofit organizations, government entities, and community members who work to combat human trafficking and related crimes in Orange County.

Young Leader Award, Oree Freeman

The GCWJ recognized Westminster resident Oree Freedom, child sex trafficking survivor and advocate, with the Young Leader Award for her mission to be a voice for all victims of sex trafficking. Freeman currently serves on the Commercially Sexually Exploited Children State Advisory Board (CSEC) and travels across the state speaking and advocating for victims of human trafficking. She hopes to attend Vanguard University in the spring of 2018.

“This event was created to encourage our community to study the issues, be a voice and make a difference,” said Dr. Sandra Morgan, director of the Global Center for Women and Justice. “We are inspired by the outpouring of support we received from the community at Priceless 2017. With your support, we will generate hope and restore value to the millions of people trapped in modern-day slavery through education, prevention, advocacy and collaboration.”

Funds raised during the event will enable the GCWJ to provide scholarships to human trafficking survivors, host educational conferences and international trainings, engage organizations caring for survivors and more. To learn more about the GCWJ program visit www.vanguard.edu/gcwj.


The Winners of the 2017 Golden Foodies are announced

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The 2017 Golden Foodie Awards was a night to remember as it celebrated the outstanding achievement of local culinary talent on Sunday, Sept. 24 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. The sold out event played host to Orange County’s culinary elite who sipped on spectacular cocktails and delicious food. The red carpet affair awarded Golden Foodie Statues made out of pewter and plated in 14K Gold to the winners.

The event kicked off on the red carpet. Heads turned as the talented Who’s Who joined the affair including Simon Majumdar, known as the Food Network’s ‘toughest critic’ and Master of Ceremonies for the night’s event; Food Network Star Aarti Sequeira; Top Chef All-Star Marcel Vigneron; Master Sommelier Michael Jordan; and Wing Lam, co-owner of Wahoo’s, among others.

Drumroll please…

Here are the winners from Newport Beach!

2017 Best Cocktails in Orange County - Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens

2017 Best Lunch Spot in Orange County - Sgt. Pepperoni’s

2017 Best Wine Program - The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

2017 Pastry Chef of the Year - Elyssa Fournier of Mixed Bakery

2017 Chef of the Year - Chef Rich Mead with Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens

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Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens was awarded Best Cocktails in Orange County

Guests indulged in an overwhelming array of food and drinks in the Rose Garden overlooking the golf course. Culinary stations were presented by: Angelina’s Pizzeria, Filomena’s, Pascal & Baja Shellfish Farms, Mozambique, Sol Agave, Pizzeria Ortica, Mix Mix Kitchen & Bar, Waterman’s, Hook & Spear, Red O, Legado Bar + Kitchen, House of Blues, Skyloft, Urbana, Puesto, Taco Rosa and Melissa’s Produce. Libations were by Ketel One Vodka, Patron, Maker’s Mark, Kean Coffee and wines by Bouchaine.

The Winery and Wine Bar

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The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar garnered accolades as the Best Wine Program

The doors into the ballroom opened to reveal a fresh new Golden Foodie Awards stage, with a sophisticated style. Ballroom tables were decorated with edible art: Champagne by Nicolas Feuillatte, Moscato Grapes and Mixed Nuts by Melissa’s Produce, Fresh Baked Bread and Cheese by Sadie Rose Baking Co., Hand Painted Sugar and Chocolate cookies with “Words of Wisdom” by Ashley Guzman-Rose, and Classic Red Velvet Cake by Julie Thomas from Sweet Surrender Specialty Desserts & Pastries. Betsy Thagard from B. Toffee had her Handcrafted Toffee’s and Elyssa Fournier from Mixed Bakery served her Chocolate Saucisson, a decadent chocolate dessert. Wines were overflowing by Noble Vines, Mt. Veeder and Hundred Acre.

Elyssa Fournier

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Elyssa Fournier of Mixed Bakery was named Pastry Chef of the Year

Ballroom guests bursted with laughter as Simon Majumdar warmed the crowd and and new Golden Foodie Awards Chef videos were shown. Celebrity guests, top chefs and food industry icons presented awards in 18 categories of culinary excellence. All winners took home extravagant prizes including the Golden Foodie Statue and gift bags from Chefs Toys with fun kitchen gadgets.

Chef Rich Mead

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Chef Rich Mead of Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens was lauded as Best Chef of the Year

The extravagant evening ended in style as guests left the ballroom and into the Garden of Eden Lounge After Party. Sultry lounges by Sweet Salvage Rentals, music by DJ Miss Ninja, cocktails by Patron, Maker’s Mark Lounge, an outdoor Secret Garden lounge with Grilled Cocktails by DCS and Ketel One Vodka, Super Sexy PB&J Bar and Ice Cream Sammiches by Chunk N Chip. Guests, celebrities and winners celebrated the crisp autumn evening.

“Each year this event gets better and better, we are so honored to celebrate our talented and hard-working restaurant community,” said Pamela Waitt, creator and producer of the Golden Foodie Awards and President of the OC Restaurant Association Inc.

For a complete list of nominees and winners, visit www.goldenfoodieawards.com.


The Bluffs to hold semi-annual garage sale

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The Bluffs Homeowners Association in Newport Beach is holding its semi-annual garage sale on Oct. 7 and 8 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Bluffs is located at Eastbluff and Vista del Oro, Newport Beach (near Corona del Mar High School).

Various household items will be for sale from working TVs to patio umbrellas and everything in between. There are 647 condos in the association and various signs at
the streets where residents are participating.

For more information, contact association member Carol Strauss at 949.760.8508 or 949.280.8508. The association phone number is 949.759.1200.


Stump the Stu

Carmen Smith for the win!

Carmen Smith, go to the head of the class: “I believe this is a beautiful, but seldom seen kinetic sculptor by the artist George Rickey, who passed away in 2002. He was well known for is kinetic sculptures. Most (if not all) are abstract. This piece belongs to Mr. Donald Bren and is hidden between some large parking structures in Newport Center, behind The Irvine Company headquarters 500, 520, 550 Newport Center Drive. It really cannot be seen well from the street, but you can catch a glimpse of it as you drive down San Nicholas – if you know where to look.” Thanks Carmen.

B-T-W, Dominic Tucci, of Dominic Tucci fame, also sent in the correct location.

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!

Stump the Stu 9.25.17

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Student Art Contest begins at JWA

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John Wayne Airport’s (JWA) 28th annual Student Art Contest is underway. All Orange County public and private school students, including home-schooled students, in grades kindergarten through grade 12 are encouraged to submit artwork inspired by this year’s theme, “Flying in the Future.”

Entries should be submitted to the Orange County Department of Education, any Orange County Public Library Branch or participating city libraries, no later than 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.

“John Wayne Airport’s Student Art Contest is an opportunity for the young artists of Orange County to be recognized for their creativity,” said Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel. “Airport guests will be able to view our community’s great talent at the Student Art Contest Exhibition from December to January.”

Selected by sponsors of the International Aviation Art Contest, the contest theme differs each year. Artworks that best depict this year’s contest theme are selected for exhibition and prizes. Winners and honorable mentions from grades K - 12 will be exhibited from December 6, 2017 until January 8, 2018, on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4.

Each entrant will receive a certificate of participation from the Airport, and select winners will be awarded prizes donated by sponsors.

For more information about entering the Student Art Contest, visit http://bit.ly/2wPlVmL or contact Art Program Coordinator Jeffrey Frisch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Farm to Fork: A Foodie’s Point of View Fork

By LANA JOHNSON

 Wine & food aficionados: Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival this weekend is almost here

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Wine & Food Festival

Sample your favorite vintages and some new varietals at Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival

One of Southern California’s most exclusive and acclaimed wine and food events, the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival, presented by Land Rover, Jaguar, Aston Martin of Newport Beach, takes place at the Newport Beach Civic Center on Sept. 30 – Oct. 1.

Purchase your tickets now for a weekend of festivities, kicking off on Friday, Sept. 29, which will include tastings from 40 top Orange County restaurants and their executive chefs; 250 varieties of world-class wine, spirits and brews; celebrity chef cooking demos and dinners; Master Sommelier tasting panels; VIP events; live music; and a new “Havana Nights” after party.

I wouldn’t miss this “must attend” annual foodie event…so hope to see you out there, too!

StuNews was fortunate enough to have access to recipes that some of the celebrated chefs will be demonstrating at the Festival. You can view them today and in our Thursday edition, so hope you enjoy this sneak peek…it’s sure to whet your appetite!

Brian Malarkey

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Inventive gastronomist and Bravo TV’s “Top Chef” celebrity, Brian Malarkey, hangs his chef coat at Herb & Wood in San Diego 

 

Chef Brian Malarkey’s Carrot and Cauliflower Soup aka “Veggies Gone Wild”

Ingredients:

roasted carrots with Aleppo pepper yogurt

1bunch baby carrots with greens

½ cup Greek yogurt “Fage”

½ cup olive oil

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 Tbsp. minced shallots

½ Tbsp. Aleppo pepper

salt and black pepper to taste

 

Preparation:

Aleppo yogurt: Whisk together ½ tbsp. lemon juice, Aleppo pepper and salt to taste. Reserve until ready to use.

Carrot top pesto: In a blender, place blanched carrot tops, ½ tbsp. lemon juice, ¼ cup water, and turn on to blend. Add ¼ cup olive oil until blended, and season with salt and pepper. Fold in the brunoised (finely diced) shallot and reserve until plating.

Remove the greens from the carrots and cut the carrots in half. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. In a medium hot pan roast your carrots in the pan until they start to brown and caramelize. Place in the oven for 5-6 minutes until tender and remove.

To plate the carrots put the Aleppo yogurt on the plate and place the carrots over the yogurt, top with the carrot top pesto and enjoy. Serves 2 - 3 people as a side.

Lorena Garcia

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Latin America’s No. 1 celebrity chef, Lorena Garcia, will share her cuisine at the “Havana Nights” after party

 

Chef Lorena Garcia’s Beluga Lentils and Red Quinoa with Grilled Shrimp

Ingredients:

1 cup black lentils cooked (see recipe below)

1/3 cup purple potato sofrito (see recipe below)

½ cup red quinoa cooked (see recipe below)

½ tsp. parsley, finely chopped

½ tsp. cilantro, finely chopped

pinch of mint, chiffonade (slender ribbons)

2 ½ Tbsp. queso guayanese or queso panela cheese, in 4 pieces

2 each yellow and red cherry tomatoes), quartered

2 tsp. white balsamic dressing

micro greens (to garnish)

grilled shrimp (see recipe below)

 

Preparation:

In a mini serving cazuela (glazed ramekin) at low heat, add cooked lentils with its juice, bell pepper sofrito, and red quinoa and herbs. Mix together and cover.

In a separate container combine cheese pieces, cherry tomatoes and white balsamic dressing. Top the cazuela with the dressed tomatoes and guanayese cheese (for presentation, tomatoes should face flesh cut side up). Top with grilled shrimp and finish with microgreens.

 

White Balsamic Dressing:

yield: (almost ½ pint)

4 tsp. agave

3 tsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

4.5 Tbsp. white balsamic vinegar

3/4 cup olive oil

1 tsp. kosher salt

pinch fresh black pepper

In a bowl whisk together ingredients, while slowly drizzling olive oil as you whisk.

 

Red Quinoa:

yield: 2 quarts/800 grams

1.5 cups (1 pint) red quinoa

3 cups (1.5 pint) water

½ cup Spanish onion, brunoise (finely diced)

2 bay leaves

3 tsp. shaved garlic

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

3 tsp. kosher salt

 

Rinse the quinoa, set aside. In a saute pan sweat the Spanish onion, bay leaves and shaved garlic. Season with salt. Add the red quinoa and cook for a few minutes, add the water bring to a boil. Cook until liquid absorbs and then turn off. Let rest for 15 minutes and then uncover and fluff.

 

Black Lentils:

yield: 2 quarts/1370 grams

2 cups black lentils, soak 1 hour

6 cups water

¼ cup celery, whole

½ cup Spanish onion, whole

1.5 Tbsp. garlic, whole

3.5 Tbsp. carrot, whole

1 Tbsp. kosher salt

 

Drain the soaked lentils, put in a large wide cooking vessel and cover with water. Add celery, Spanish onion, carrot, and garlic, salt and bring to a boil, then turn to a simmer. Cook and check at 30 minute intervals, until creamy. Let rest and come to room temperature, before refrigerating, before reserving.

 

Purple Potato Sofrito:

yield: 500 grams (1 pint)

¼ cup green bell pepper, brunoise

¼ cup red bell pepper, brunoise

¼ cup yellow bell pepper, brunoise

3/4 cup)Spanish onion, brunoise

3/4 cup purple potato, brunoise (rinsed to not stain)

¼ cup carrot, brunoise

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tsp. grams kosher salt

Saute the veggies for 5 minutes. Cool in a single flat layer, and reserve.

Grilled Shrimp:

Red Argentine jumbo shrimp

lemons

salt and pepper

 

Amar Santana

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Bravo TV’s “Top Chef” All Star Amar Santana heads up the kitchens at Broadway by Amar Santana and Vaca

 

Chef Amar Santana’s Arroz con Pollo

Ingredients:

¼ cup olive oil

1 whole chicken, cut into pieces

1 Tbsp. sugar

1 onion, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

4 piquillo peppers

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 cups chopped stewed tomatoes

2 cups long grain rice

2 tsp. salt or to taste

1 tsp. dried oregano

½ tsp. ground black pepper

2 tsp. turmeric

1 pinch saffron

3 bay leaves

3 cups chicken stock, or as needed to cover

1 cup green peas

½ cup sliced black olives

½ cup raisins

¼ cup chopped scallions

2 bananas

 

Preparation:

Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven pan, add sugar and cook the sugar until brown color is achieved, cook and stir in the chicken for about 10 minutes.

Remove chicken from the pan and add garlic, onion, green bell pepper, rice, tomatoes, oregano, bayleaf, saffron, turmeric, raisins and cook about 5 mins. Add the chicken back, rice, chicken stock, salt and peppers.

Cook until all the liquid is evaporated, cover and cook at low heat for about 20-25 mins. Garnish with sliced bananas, piquillo peppers, scallions and black olives.

 

To purchase tickets for the various events and more information, visit www.NewportWineandFood.com.

Ciao Vincenza!


Airline traffic slightly down across the board in August

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Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport decreased in August 2017 as compared with August 2016. In August 2017, the Airport served 934,515 passengers, a decrease of 0.2 percent when compared with the August 2016 passenger traffic count of 936,059.

Commercial aircraft operations decreased 3.3 percent and commuter aircraft operations decreased 55.3 percent when compared with August 2016 levels.

Total aircraft operations decreased in August 2017 as compared with the same month in 2016. In August 2017, there were 26,250 total aircraft operations (take-offs and landings), a 1.4 percent decrease compared to 26,632 total aircraft operations in August 2016.

General aviation activity, which accounted for 69.3 percent of the total aircraft operations during August 2017, decreased 0.5 percent when compared with August 2016.

The top three airlines in August 2017 based on passenger count were Southwest Airlines (352,813), American Airlines (159,704) and United Airlines (142,970).


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

President and idols pose difficult questions for youth

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Wow, it’s been an interesting week listening to our President Donald Trump attack the sports world. First he tells the National Basketball League Champion Golden State Warriors to forget about his invite to the White House.

Second, he enters the fray primarily concerning the National Football League players who kneel during the National Anthem.

First of all, if I were ever invited to the White House, for whatever reason, even to wash the dishes, for this president or any other president, I’m there! Period!

I believe it’s been a nice tradition over the years that our top professional and amateur championship teams visit the White House. It’s too bad, like other things, that it all has become politicized instead of the honor it is. 

That being said, Trump’s somewhat abrupt manner, and that’s being kind, is alienating a large portion of our professional athletes.

Now, I’m certainly not going to sit here, or excuse me, stand here, and denounce anything but respect for our country and flag. In fact, I was touched by the one player on the Pittsburgh Steelers…the Steelers had decided to stay in their locker room during the National Anthem…however, one player, offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva, a former Army Ranger, came out and stood tall and proud as the anthem played.

To me, it was a great moment.

But here’s one to ponder: What happens in the discussions tomorrow in our schools. Or, are there even any? What do we tell the kids?

On one hand, we have the President of the United States denouncing our professional athletes, including those who stand at the top of the sports world, for their lack of respect toward the National Anthem. Now remember, these athletes are the same ones whose names don the T-shirts these same kids are wearing.

On the other side, those same athletes are showing unity by locking arms, some standing, most kneeling or sitting during the National Anthem at yesterday’s football games.  

Our kids must have questions. Do they emulate their favorite athlete or respect their president and/or the flag?

It’s up to us to give them a good answer. 

It’s something a lot of thought should go into.

For me it’s simple, on August 14, 1945, five days before the end of World War II, my uncle, Nathaniel Clifford Wolf, 21, gave his life in the Pacific so that others could have freedom. That freedom includes their right to be disrespectful.

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Kudos to the 26th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, 15,000 participants…some $2 million to be raised by October 31.

The Susan G. Komen Race for The Cure is the largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer.

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My fun of the weekend: I play fantasy football in my daughter’s league. That’s right, she’s the commissioner and she knows her stuff. Oh, and I’m defending champion, with a trophy to prove it.

I had to go against her this past weekend, mano a mano. On paper her team looked strong. And in our league we play two quarterbacks. It’s an important part. She has Derek Carr and Matthew Stafford; I have Aaron Rodgers and, let me clear my throat, Case Keenum.

Forget Rodgers and his 30 points, Case brings me 38.56 points. Tom Johnson is back where he belongs…first place.

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B-t-w, if you have any good stories or gossip of things happening around town, fill me in.


Corona del Mar is down one barber pole, but soon could be up a pizza oven

By AMY SNIDER SENK

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For 17 years, Connie Himmel got to know the boys and men of Corona del Mar, one haircut at a time. But late in August, she made plans to take down the CdM Barbers’ poles and locked the doors forever.

“It’s sad to be leaving CdM,” Himmel said on her last day of business. “Watching kids grow up and go to college…I watch their necks get bigger when they started playing football or water polo. It’s a 30-minute-a-month visit, but I get attached.”

The shop at 3533 E. Coast Highway has been a barbershop for about 40 years with at least three different owners, Himmel said. She got her first job there, answering a Pennysaver ad, and 17 years ago she bought the business. “I grew up there,” Himmel said. “I learned a lot there. I built a life there.”

But for the past seven years, she said, her landlord would not renew her lease. Meanwhile, she had been talking to a business owner in Laguna Beach about taking over his shop, and this summer that deal became solid. Himmel opened Boat Canyon Barbershop on September 5 at 1158 N. Coast Highway with hopes that her CdM clients will follow.

Another business, The Mail Room, also located in the CdM building, has closed and is now vacant. Word is that the owner wanted to sell, but without a lease, could not make a deal.

“I kept hanging out (month-to-month), but eventually I gave up,” Himmel said. “It’s been emotional for me. It’s been a rough time. But everyone says, ‘I’ll see you down the street.’”

Himmel said she will miss working in Corona del Mar, where she’d see longtime clients on their way to the farmers market with their families, or walking to dinner. She watched clients go through cancer treatments and come out the other side, and noticed when older clients eventually stopped making appointments. Loved ones might not think to let the barber know when there’s been a death, she said, but a good barber knows and feels the loss.

Besides the barber pole and the bowl of Tootsie Pops for customers, she said she was taking with her a barber’s clock that a client made for her. It shows the time in reverse, so she could read it properly looking into a mirror while giving a trim. “It says CdM Barbers on it, but I’m taking it anyway,” she said.

On the plus side, Corona del Mar could be getting a new restaurant to replace the Sweet Lady Jane Bakery that closed abruptly in February. Late last month, a sign was posted in the window showing that Mama D’s Italian Kitchen has applied for a beer and wine license for an “eating place” with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Online records show the license is pending.

Mama D’s has a location on the Peninsula at 3012 Newport Blvd., but it’s not known when the East Coast Highway location will open. City staff said the business has submitted an application to allow them to expand the interior and exterior dining areas, which would require additional parking. 

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Amy Snider Senk has lived in Corona del Mar for 17 years and until last year 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.


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.”

Nani

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Animal Shelter

MEET NANI

Nani loves adventure and seeks a loving home

If only ears could tell her story, it’d be a grand adventure I’m sure. Once stray but now found. Nani seems to be the mommy of little sweet Lilo and, how does that saying go? The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. So true when it comes to Nani and Lilo.

Nani is adventurous in spirit, gracious with personality and an abundance of love. She is medium in stature and seems to be a Jack Russell - Terrier mix. She’s a young, healthy adult that enjoys companionship and play. She’d do very well sharing life with an active family. It’s probably a definite that hiking and looking for treasures would definitely bring a huge smile to Nani’s face.

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 Nani, 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 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.


Pacifica and Pavel Hass Quartets to open Segerstrom’s Chamber Series

Brandon Vamos

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Brandon Vamos with the Pacifica Quartet

Segerstrom Center for the Arts launches its 2017-18 Chamber Series in October with two celebrated chamber ensembles performing in Samueli Theater: Pacifica Quartet joined by cellist Johannes Moser on October 9 and Pavel Haas Quartet on October 20. The Pacifica Quartet will feature the west coast premiere of “Splendid Hopes” written for Moser and the Pacifica Quartet by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe.

Single tickets start at $29 and are now available online at www.SCFTA.org and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa or by calling 714.556.2787. Ticket holders are invited to the free Preview Talks held prior to each concert at 7:15 p.m.

The Pacifica Quartet program includes two cello works – one contemporary and the other classical – and both feature cellist Johannes Moser. The evening begins with the exciting West Coast premiere of Wolfe’s “Splendid Hopes.” This composition was co-commissioned for Segerstrom Center by Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting. Wolfe was inspired by a letter composer Franz Schubert wrote towards the end of his life at the age of 31 to a friend. According to Wolfe, “splendid hopes” is the range of emotions experienced when hopeful. She stated, “Though the letter is incredibly sad, the idea of ‘splendid hopes’ somehow shines out and gave me pause to think about the idea of hope. The piece does not quote Schubert (whose quintet shares this program) but reflects the reach, desire, optimism and struggle so often a part of hope.” The evening also features one of Schubert’s works, the magisterial String Quintet in C Major D.956.


Local author Barbara DeMarco-Barrett serves as MC at the 4th Annual Ladies of Intrigue Event on Oct. 1

Corona del Mar’s own Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, author, instructor and KUCI radio host, will serve as Master of Ceremonies at the 4th Annual Ladies of Intrigue Event presented by the Orange County Sisters in Crime. The event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 1, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Embassy Suites by Hilton-Santa Ana Orange County Airport, 1325 E. Dyer Road, Santa Ana. 

During the program, best-selling author and criminal attorney Marcia Clark will be in conversation with DeMarco-Barrett. The other headliner will be New York Times best-selling author, Wendy Corsi Staub, aka Wendy Markham. 

Barbara DeMarco Barrett

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Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, local author, instructor and radio host 

Panelists include: Jill Amadio, Greta Boris, Naomi Hirahara, Sybil Johnson, Elizabeth Little, Nadine Nettmann, Kaira Rouda, Alexandra Sokoloff, Patricia Wynn and Pamela Samuels Young.

Aspiring crime novelists, writers and mystery lovers alike shouldn’t miss this day-long conference featuring female authors from the mystery-crime genre.

For additional information and registration: www.mysteryink.com

Mystery Ink Bookstore is located at 8907 Warner Ave. #135, Huntington Beach.


Guest Column

Dave Kiff

An insider’s look at what’s going on in and around City Hall

Dave Kiff

Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff

Here’s what might be of interest to you that’s on the agenda for the Newport Beach City Council meeting planned for Tuesday, September 26, 2017. I don’t summarize every item, so make sure you look at the City Clerk’s agenda page to read the whole agenda if you’d like. 

The study session is focused mostly on John Wayne Airport and the recent Next Gen actions. Study Session begins at 4 p.m. Following closed session items, the evening’s Regular Session will start at 7 p.m. Here’s more on the Study Session:

The big item is about the FAA, NextGen, and John Wayne Airport. It’s been a

short while since the FAA implemented new NextGen departure paths over us here in Newport Beach. A few things to know as you look at this issue with us: (1) NextGen is a nationwide effort. I was looking back to a briefing I gave nearly two years ago to the Council and our comments were “hey, this is coming and it’s not good”. Indeed, that’s where we are; (2) Of the three new departure tracks that affect us most, each of them seems to have something wrong with it. The biggest problems may be with the two departure paths (called FINNZ and HHERO) that are taking about half of all departures too far to the east; (3) the City Council moved to sue the FAA in October 2016, in part because we suspected that the FAA would get it wrong the first time; and (4) people should hold out hope that this can and will be improved, and that we are working on it diligently. 

I say this because in 2009, a very similar thing happened. The FAA released a new departure pattern (called the DUUKE) in September 2009. The DUUKE was our first RNAV departure, and the way it was coded brought planes well over Eastbluff with a turn over Corona del Mar. It took resident concern, City activism, and County participation to get the FAA to fix it – and they did. The best fix was the FAA’s third try, and took effect in March 2011 – a full eighteen months.  

But no, I will not tell you to be patient. No one needs to be patient. In fact, when 21 airports are involved and the FAA deals with them one by one, Newport Beach residents should be weighing in directly with the FAA. Because it’s hard to contact the FAA’s MetroPlex folks directly (snail mail appears to be the preferred way from the MetroPlex website), we recently set up a web page that allows you to comment, and then we’ll send all comments to the FAA for you. So comment away! That page is here.

But regardless of that, you can and should come to the 4 p.m. meeting to learn more and to speak your mind. One final thought: The Upper Bay is not configured to have a perfect departure pattern using only one turn. i.e. the landforms of the Upper Bay mean that one side is going to be affected a bit more than another after that first turn. The key is to figure out the path that affects the least amount of people and that follows the historic departure paths. 

At our Regular Session, there were only a few items that jumped out at me. These are:

Phase III of the Civic Center Sculpture Garden is up for Council review (following a public review and the Arts Commission’s selections). This involves nine sculptures, and would be the third two-year round of temporary sculptures for the Civic Center Park. There will be additional public comment about the selections. For those who have watched this in the past, a highlight of the public comment is resident Barry Allen’s three-minute analysis of what each piece looks like to him. I’m not sure if Barry is planning on coming down to speak, but I’m bringing popcorn just in case. I might live-tweet it.     

The Wastewater Fee increase was approved at the last meeting and comes back for a “second reading” on the consent calendar at this Tuesday’s meeting.

Also on the consent calendar is a long resolution that memorializes past City and community action regarding JWA, and hopefully expresses some intent and direction to address recent resident concerns about NextGen (as noted in the Study Session synopsis above).    

Some community notes:

For our West Newport friends, the Coastal Country Jam took place at Huntington Beach State Park this past weekend (Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24). Sound from this event impacted Newport Beach residents in the past, but I am told that the organizers have taken steps to reduce the noise impact on the surrounding communities. Residents with noise complaints or concerns can contact State Parks directly at 951-443-2969 (and ask for Huntington Beach Dispatch). Information on the event is available here.

The tragedy at Camp Pendleton several days ago affected many from the 1st Battalion/1st Marines, the USMC unit that the City adopted over 10 years ago. If you want to know more as to how to help, that link is here. Our thoughts and prayers remain with them and their families as they recover.   

On a very fun note, the long-awaited Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center at Marina Park opened, Saturday, September 23. This is a major accomplishment for the Girl Scouts of Orange County – they worked so hard to get this facility funded and built. Congratulations!! And many thanks to the Argyros family for supporting the funding for the Center. The Center replaces the “Girl Scout Hut” that resided at Marina Park for many, many years when the area was a mobile home park and trailer park before it. Good job, GSOC!

Enjoy your week, and thank you for reading. Please forward this Guide to family, friends and members of your HOA if you represent one. I always like hearing from you, too, so please don’t hesitate to ask a question or offer a comment. 

Sincerely,

Dave Kiff

City Manager

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56th Annual Sandcastle Contest, October 1

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An eye-catching sand creation

Summer may be over, but the beach is the place to head for the 56th Annual Sandcastle Contest on Sunday, Oct. 1 at Big Corona State Beach from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rally your team, whether you’re professional or first-time sandcastle builders for a chance to win cash prizes and have a fun day filled with camaraderie. Event participants receive a free T-shirt.

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This year’s Sandcastle Contest features “Captain Jack”

Argg! This year’s theme is “Pirates of the Pacific” and the day features a special appearance by Captain Jack, an uncanny look alike of Captain Jack Sparrow, portrayed by actor Johnny Depp in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film series.

Attracting thousands of spectators, this long-running event is presented by the Commodors Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

To enter your team and for more information, visit www.newportbeach.com.


Fly-n-Fish holds month-long fundraiser

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Executive Chef Julio Hawkins

Fly-n-Fish Oyster Bar is kicking-off National Seafood Month with its third annual “Chowder for a Cause” to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Throughout the month of October, proceeds from every order of New England Clam Chowder sold will be donated to the non-profit organization.

Year after year, guests of Fly-n-Fish are eager to support this great cause and in the past two years, the event raised more than $10,000 in one month. Owners and restaurateurs, Rick and Steve Loomis, who have been in the hospitality industry for nearly four decades, originally wanted to find a way to give back to their community and couldn’t be happier with the results and outcome of this annual event.

“At Fly-n-Fish, we strive to be a staple in the Newport Beach community with a focus on giving back and we are very excited to continue this annual fundraiser for the third year in a row. We are so fortunate to be well received by our guests and this is our way of saying thank you,” said the Loomis brothers.

Executive Chef Julio Hawkins will be serving his signature New England Clam Chowder recipe, packed with chopped clams, potatoes and leeks. To perfect the flavor profile, Rick, Steve and Chef Julio sampled 23 different clam juices to find the perfect match and coupled it with Triple Applewood Smoked Bacon.

Fly-n-Fish is a strong supporter of ensuring a healthy ocean future by focusing on sustainable seafood brought in daily from the most prominent and responsible purveyors of fine foods from around the world, such as Santa Monica Seafood.

Fly-n-Fish is located at 2304 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach. www.flynfishoysterbar.com.


You must remember this: Surfing has changed

By NANCY GARDNER

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Nancy Gardner with her surfboard in tow

I started board surfing when the transition to foam was being made. My first board was sold to me by the fellow who became my first husband. It was a badly waterlogged balsa board that sank about four inches under water as soon as you got on it which probably should have told me how that marriage was going to turn out, but the wedding was years away, and at the time I was happy to have a board – until I found that getting into a wave with my underwater log was a near impossibility. Soon I was at Hobie’s in Dana Point, ordering a new foam board. Just about all boards were custom in those days. You walked into Hobie’s or Velzy’s, picked your size and color, waited about a week, and you were set.

Today it’s a whole different sport, and I don’t mean just the smaller boards or the plethora of surf shops. Back in the ‘50s and ‘60s, the whole thing was much more of an adventure. There was no Surfline or other information service telling you where and how the waves were breaking. Occasionally, we heard of a big storm down south that might bring waves, but for the most part it was pure guesswork. If it wasn’t breaking at your home beach you got in the car and started driving. I remember one trip we started at Topanga, checked out Malibu, County Line, went all the way to Rincon without finding much, then stumbled onto Hollywood by the Sea which was actually breaking. There was one surfer in the water, and he was so good that we just sat and watched until he came in. It was Mike Doyle, one of the giants of the day, and we were stoked just to be at the same beach.

In addition to not knowing if there were going to be any waves, we didn’t have wetsuits. Imagine getting up at 5 a.m. in the middle of winter, going in water that was in the low 50s with the air not much warmer. As you sat waiting for a wave, you froze. If you caught a wave and fell, you froze, not just because of the cold water but because leashes hadn’t been invented, so you had to swim through that cold water to retrieve your board. If it was a rocky beach, your board always went up into the rocks so your board got dinged as did your ankles as you clambered over the cobbles. If you were surfing Trestles, there was the additional challenge of the beach being off limits. If the military caught you, they’d kick you out and often confiscate your board.

Today, I look at my grandsons all comfy and warm in their full-length wetsuits, their boards never more than a leash’s length away. I watch as they check their phones to see where it’s breaking best, and I’m just about to tell them how lucky they are when I think of how many fewer surfers there were in my day, of the relatively uncrowded waves, the easy parking and then I decide maybe those long, cold swims were not such a bad price to pay and keep my mouth shut.  

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Nancy Gardner, former Mayor of Newport Beach, long-time resident and daughter of Judge Robert Gardner, is a regular contributor to StuNewsNewport.


ENC to hold Fall Faire on October 15

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Tykes check out the pumpkins waiting to be carved

Join ENC for the 42nd Annual Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch on Sunday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  So, save this date to purchase your pumpkins for a wonderful cause.

Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes will be available for sale. Children will participate in a variety of fun crafts and games. Face painters will paint spiders, bats and pumpkins on faces and Henna tattoo artists will create designs on hands and feet. The Fall Faire will also feature pony rides and a petting zoo. Laguna Beach DJs will provide lively music for guests to dance to. The OC Bird of Prey Center, the Young Singers of Orange County and Angela Vincent of Queen Green will also provide entertainment.

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Pony rides await at the Fall Faire

Food and beverages will be available for purchase at Savor OC, the ENC’s restaurant showcase. This year’s restaurant sponsors include Saltwater Catering, Bluewater Grill, Sensitive Sweets and The Pizza Bakery. The Newport Beach Fire Department will also be on hand grilling up hamburgers and hotdogs.

Editor’s Note: ENC needs your help to make this event successful! They are collecting the following items for the Fall Faire Craft Walk: toothpaste tubes, bottle caps, black buttons and corks. If you have any of these items, you can drop them off at the ENC between now and Wednesday, Oct. 11. They are also seeking volunteers to help out at the Fall Faire. If you’d like to volunteer on Oct. 15, visit the website at www.encenter.org. If you can help them toss pumpkins on Oct. 13, sometime between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m., email Lori Whalen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Where in the world is this balancing is located? Hint, it’s in Newport Beach.

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. 

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Second Chance has successful fundraising event

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Second Chance Orange County had a well-attended fundraising event at the Lincoln Experience Center, Fashion Island, September 12th called, “More Second Chances.” The event venue, decorated with blue, green and purple balloons and colorful decorations, was the perfect backdrop for 86 people to enjoy dinner, drinks, and a program that included a successful client speaking on how Second Chance helped him. A silent auction with more than 40 items rounded out the evening. Pain Du Quotidien sponsored dinner and OC Kosher donated kosher wine and desserts.

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Second Chance Orange County exceeded its fundraising goal, and monies raised will go directly to programs to help low-income youth and adults recovering from addiction, so they can get the individualized help required to re-enter society and have a greater chance of success.

For more information, contact Deb Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit their website at www.secondchanceoc.org.


BYC hosts harbor cleanup Saturday

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The Balboa Yacht Club will host a harbor cleanup this Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in association with the Ben Carlson Foundation.

The Club’s slogan for the event is “our harbor gives us so much – it’s time for us to show it some love right back!”

The Club reminds all that this event is BYOC (bring your own craft). Recommended vessels are dinghies, kayaks, paddle boards and small boats. Nets and trash bags for collecting trash will be provided.

Registration begins at 9 a.m., trash collection is from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and then a free barbecue for participants with prizes follows.


Police Files

Man arrested for attempting to steal same yacht twice in three years

Whittier resident Richard Marco Rodriquez, 35, was arrested Tuesday, September 19 in Newport Beach for grand theft of a boat/vessel and attempt to commit felony crime. The incident took place in the 200 block of S. Bay Front at 3:44 p.m.

Rodriquez had been arrested back in 2014 and served time for attempting to steal the same boat back then. The boat is the 78-foot Stimulus.

His initial bail was set at $1,500,000.

Following the arrest, Rodriquez plead guilty to misdemeanor trespassing and was sentenced to 21 days in county jail and three years probation.

NBPD officer’s shooting was “reasonable and justifiable”

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department completed an investigation of a

Newport Beach Police officer-involved shooting and found Officer Matthews Biagi’s “actions were reasonable and justified…”

On April 15, 2017, Biagi answered a call concerning one David Airth, 56, a male who 35 years prior had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. On or about March 1, 2017, Airth displayed signs of persistent manic behavior.

On the evening in question Airth had become agitated, which escalated as an outage knocked out the power in his home and surrounding neighborhood.

Following several incidents Airth struck his wife of 36 years in the head with a pan. She ran outside bleeding from her head.

Officer Biagi arrived within one minute of being dispatched. He was immediately confronted by Airth, who at first held a pan as a weapon, but reappeared moments later holding a large butcher knife in an “attack position.” Biagi ordered Airth to drop the knife multiple times and to get on the ground. Airth finally complied.

However, moments later, while Biagi was in communication with dispatch, Airth made a move, jumped up, grabbed his knife and challenged the officer.

Biagi fired his weapon four times killing Airth.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime reports


Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

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People just hanging out at the Balboa Yacht Club in their earlier days. What, no boats?

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


Sunday Musicale: “Four Hands One Piano”

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(L-R): Marina Grozdanovic and Lucy Nargizyan

Come experience “Four Hands One Piano” at Sunday Musicale, Sept. 24 from 3 to 4 p.m. featuring the piano duo of Lucy Nargizyan and Marina Grozdanovic.

Nargizyan has been described as “a pianist with fluent grace, beautiful tone, great technique and presence.” She has been featured as soloist, chamber musician and accompanist throughout the United States, Europe and her native Russia.

Grozdanovic is a pianist whose performance critics describe as “virtuosic yet extremely expressive.” She was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia and has had a career as a soloist and chamber musician with performances throughout the United States, Yugoslavia, Russia, Italy, Spain and Germany. Presented by Friends of the Newport Beach Library.

The performance takes place at the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. www.newportbeachca.gov


School Notes

NMUSD 

Board of Education Meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 6 p.m. 

State of the Schools Breakfast, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 7 - 9 a.m. at Costa Mesa High School.

College & Career Night, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 6:30 - 9 p.m. at the OC Fair & Events Center.

Corona del Mar High School

Back to School Night, Thursday, Sept. 28, 6 - 8 p.m. 

Minimum Day, Friday, Sept. 29, out at 12:30 p.m.

Ensign

Back to school night, September 27, 6 p.m. presentation in the gym and 6:40 p.m. classroom visits.

Mariners Elementary

Mariners Pacific Chorale Academy is an exciting opportunity for students currently in grades 1 - 6 to participate in an award-winning vocal music program. Students will sing with NMUSD music teachers and professional teaching artists from the Pacific Chorale from a variety of repertoires. Instruction will be offered in music reading and proper vocal techniques. Students will be provided sheet music, a music folder and a Pacific Chorale Academy Shirt.

Dates: Fall semester: Every Tuesday and Thursday from September 26 - December 6
Spring semester: Every Tuesday and Thursday from January 9 - April 12

Program times:
Grades 4 - 6, “Academy Choir” Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:40 - 3:40 p.m.
Grades 1 - 3, “Crescendo Choir” Thursdays, 2:10 - 3:10 p.m.
Note that this program occurs during the school day for grades 1 - 3, and is partly during the school day and partly after school for grades 4 - 6.

Newport Heights

Shark Week beings Monday, Sept. 25 with Nerd Day; Tuesday is the Foundation Scavenger Hunt; Wednesday is College Day; Thursday is Hollywood in the Heights and Friday is Shark Pride Day. All of the events include links to higher academic success. 

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Susan G. Komen OC teams up with LA Chargers for Race for the Cure

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For the 26th year, Susan G. Komen Orange County’s Race for the Cure®, the largest and most successful breast cancer fundraiser in California, will unite thousands of supporters, breast cancer survivors and advocates this Sunday, Sept. 24, at Newport Beach’s Fashion Island.

Komen Orange County is excited to announce a partnership with the Los Angeles Chargers, who will raise awareness and funds through the creation of team Chargers for the Cure. Travis Benjamin, wide receiver and return specialist has been named Honorary Race Chair. Benjamin has been personally impacted by breast cancer: his mother, grandmother and aunt have all fought the battle against this disease.

Themed “Be More Than Pink,” this year’s race encourages participants to do more: to fundraise and to get more involved! The nonprofit’s goal is to raise $2 million at Race for the Cure to fund Komen’s Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50 percent by 2026. Funds raised will support expanding access to cancer care for the underserved population and research focusing on aggressive breast cancer types and metastatic disease.

A special tribute will honor Robin Pollok, who performed the National Anthem at the event since 2000, but this past year she lost her third battle to breast cancer. Pollok’s 17-year-old daughter, Emily, will perform at the event in place of her mother, who despite her numerous surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy treatments, never missed a race.

Komen Orange County’s first male chair, Doug McKay, community grant and giving chair for Macys Orange County, will serve as the Race Chair for the fourth consecutive year. Having lost his wife to cancer at age 27, he carries a deep understanding and passion for the mission of this event. McKay is guiding the race leadership committee in the strategic planning to make the event a success.

“On any given day in Orange County, at least five women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and one will die from the disease. For many of them, it does not have to be so. Early detections and treatments can save their lives,” McKay said. “It’s one thing to be aware of breast cancer, it’s another to do something about it. We’re very thankful for the thousands of people who participate in the race, who make pink so much more than a color by cheering for our cause, donating and raising funds!”

The Komen Orange County Race for the Cure is open to participants of all ages and skill levels, who are welcome to run, walk or stroll the course. For early birds, the first 5K begins at 7:15 a.m. with a “PLUS Timing Chip” option for those who plan to run the course. The Kids One-Mile Fun Run & Walk presented by Knott’s Berry Farm begins at 8 a.m., and a second 5K will begin at 9:45 a.m. for those who prefer a more relaxed pace. At 8:45 a.m., thousands of survivors will fill the steps of the Pacific Life Insurance Building after the Breast Cancer Survivor Parade, followed by the Survivor Tribute – a memorable and moving ceremony highlighted by the national anthem and the release of white doves to recognize survivors and pay tribute to those who lost their battle to the disease.

Race attendees also will have the opportunity to explore the Whole Health Expo and learn more about breast health, community resources and much more. New this year, all registered participants are invited to visit the “Orange Zone” hosted by Orangetheory Fitness to receive a 12-minute High Intensity Interval Training workout.

“Last year alone, Komen Orange County was able to assist more than 16,000 Orange County residents with their breast health needs,” said Lisa Wolter, Executive Director of Susan G. Komen Orange County. “The funds we raise at Race for the Cure are capital for the success of our mission of saving lives and ensuring that all people, regardless of race, income, geographic location, sexual orientation or insurance status, have access to screening and to quality, effective treatment and treatment support services.”

Race registration is still open. General registration for adults is $35; breast cancer survivors, $30; youth under 18, $15; and day-of registration, $40 for all participants. The Komen-branded “PLUS Timing Chip,” available for an additional $5 donation in the 7:15 a.m. race, allows competitive runners to show off their skills by tracking their times on a scoreboard. In celebration of the 26th race, participants can donate $26 at the time of registration to receive a limited edition I AM MORE THAN PINK medal. Those who can’t attend can still participate by registering as a Virtual Participant for $45 and receive a T-shirt and race bib by mail.

Race Day Schedule

The 26th annual Komen Orange County Race for the Cure kicks off with a Whole Health Expo at 6:30 a.m. in front of the Pacific Life Building at 700 Newport Center Drive. At 9 a.m., breast cancer survivors will be honored during the Survivor Tribute. Three different races will begin on Newport Center Drive.

Times are as follows:

5K Run/Walk - 7:15 a.m.; separate starting area for runners/PLUS Timing Chip participants

Kids One-Mile Fun Run & Walk - 8 a.m.

5K Run/Walk - 9:45 a.m.

Seventy-five percent of funds raised stay in Orange County and provide breast health education, screening and treatment for uninsured or underinsured community members. The other 25 percent raised benefits Komen research and scientific grant programs, which support groundbreaking breast cancer research.

Local Presenting Sponsors include The Allergan Foundation, Chevron and Knott’s Berry Farm. The Platinum Sponsors are ABC7, Pacific Life Insurance Company (Home of the Race), Ralphs and Food for Less. Diamond Sponsors are First American Title Insurance Company, Hot Ticket Racing, and Carol and Becky Burch.

Participants can register individually or as a team at www.komenoc.org/race.


NBPA Golf Classic day of fun = huge success

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The Newport Beach Police Association Charitable Foundation Golf Classic (NBPA), which took place Monday, Sept. 18 at stunning Newport Beach Country Club was a huge success! The Foundation raises much needed funds for scholarships and financial assistance to benefit local and regional organizations.

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(L-R): Vlad Anderson, Mario Montero, Joe Cartwright and Scott Woodyard

With the City of Newport Beach adopting the 1/1 Marines, the NBPA stepped up again this year to assist the 1/1 by holding the golf tournament, which last year raised $80,000 to benefit Marine families. With the recent tragic accident at Camp Pendleton, 100 percent of this year’s proceeds will go directly to the families who were impacted by the amphibious assault vehicle that caught fire, critically or severely injuring 15 Marines.

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(L-R): James Dwyer, Paul Garcia, George Kentner and David Lewis

Members of the community, local businesses and city officials came out to enjoy a day of golf all for a great cause. In addition to 18 holes of golf with picturesque ocean views, attendees were treated to food and beverages supplied by local restaurants, donation challenges throughout the day, and rewarded with a Casino Night, where they could mingle, relax and unwind.

Monies raised to date are $30,000, with more expected to roll in.

Tournament Winners who were awarded trophies (and receive bragging rights):

Longest Drive - Bruce Doucett

First Place Foursome - Alex Mohammed, Greg Brothwick, Richard Rosales and Bruce Doucett.

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Marines enjoying a special day at Newport Beach Country Club

“Local law enforcement serves our community every day to help keep us safe with the services they provide, while our Marines protect us and our freedoms on a world-wide level. This is why we want to support them,” said Vlad Anderson, who is a recently retired police officer and runs the Newport Beach Police Association Charitable Foundation.

A special thank you to the major sponsors – 5.11 Tactical and Mario Marovic, and to Newport Beach Country Club who stepped up as the host course.

For more information on the NBPA, visit www.newportbeachpa.org.

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McGrath of Newport Beach becomes USC hero

By STEVE VIRGEN

It took one game and three field-goal attempts (one missed and two huge kicks made) for USC placekicker Chase McGrath to become well known and a Trojans hero.

He went from being a freshman walk-on kicker from Newport Beach to being THE freshman walk-on kicker from Newport Beach who delivered two high-pressure kicks in USC’s 27-24 double-overtime win over Texas on Saturday.

However, McGrath knew all along what he could do. He said he had always had the confidence and was excited to show his stuff to Los Angeles, USC fans and a nationally televised audience.

He is proud of his accomplishments and his new fame, but he’s not one to rest on his laurels.

“I’m not done yet,” McGrath said during a phone interview on Wednesday. “I still have a long way to go. I was unknown. No one knew what I could do. Now that I’ve shown what I can do it just feels nice.”

McGrath made a 31-yard field goal at the end of regulation that sent the game into overtime. The Mater Dei High School grad then connected on a 41-yard field goal in the second overtime to give USC the win.

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Chase McGrath (40) is about to be engulfed by teammates

 “My life has changed a little bit,” McGrath said with a hint of sarcasm. “My phone was blowing up. Everybody has been messaging me. I’ve returned messages to say, ‘thank you.’ And they say, ‘you made my day,’ or ‘you’re my inspiration.’ I never thought it would be this way.”

McGrath has overheard his name and big-kick feats during casual conversations around the USC campus. Just the other day, he said he was crossing the street near campus and a school bus full of children recognized him. He said they cheered for him and pointed their phones toward him. He acknowledged them with a USC victory sign.

It seems McGrath has always been a USC fan. It has always been his dream school, even before he had decided to ditch all other sports and focus solely on football and kicking while growing up in Newport Beach.

He enjoyed playing soccer and intensified his love for kicking before the sixth grade, while attending Our Lady Queen of Angels in Newport Beach. McGrath has two younger sisters, twins Lauren and Faith, who are sophomores at Corona del Mar High School.

Kicking became McGrath’s life at Mater Dei playing for the Monarchs’ storied football program and legendary coach Bruce Rollinson.

After a junior season that saw him make 10 of 13 field goals, kicking on the next level became more of a reality. Rollinson helped McGrath with recruiting, McGrath said.

McGrath received one scholarship offer from Army, and preferred walk-on offers from South Carolina, Virginia, Texas Tech and Utah State.

“I was always wanting to go to USC,” McGrath said. “They didn’t really return my messages.”

He kept trying. In April, he said USC special teams coach John Baxter called for McGrath to visit.

“I was already thinking if USC was going to offer me anything, I was going to commit,” McGrath said.

McGrath, as you know, is a freshman walk-on. He won the starting kicking job. He missed his first field-goal attempt of the season against Texas from 46 yards. But he didn’t let that bring him down when the pressure-filled kicks came later in the game.

He said he tried to keep his mind blank before each kick just visualizing making it.

“You can lose yourself when you think about all the people in the stadium and all the people watching at home,” he said. “I know it’s a big stage. I try not to think about that. I just focused on doing my job.”

McGrath started trending on Twitter soon after his winning field goal, with many of the tweets encouraging USC coach Clay Helton to award the kicker with a scholarship.

McGrath says he remains focused on the season.

“Whatever the coaches decide to do (with one scholarship available) I am OK with,” McGrath said. “That was a big win. We have a long season. Nothing is going to change my mentality. I keep looking to the future. Keep doing my job.”

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Steve Virgen is a long-time community sports editor and columnist in Newport Beach/Orange County and is a regular contributor to StuNewsNewport.


State of the Schools Breakfast slated for Sept. 27

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Join the Newport-Mesa Unified School District in partnership with the Newport Mesa Schools Foundation on Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 7 to 9 a.m. for an update on the NMUSD as a whole. School, government and community representatives will salute our neighborhood schools, their goals and achievements.

This year, the breakfast will be held in Costa Mesa High School Gym, 2650 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa. Cost: A donation of $32 per person is tax deductible. Proceeds benefit the Newport Mesa Schools Foundation to support classroom activities district wide.

To make a reservation and purchase tickets, and for more details, visit www.newportmesaschoolsfoundation.com.


Stump the Stu

Stumped by a Stu imposter

The Stu does this every week! We must make it too easy. Lo and behold, carpeteer Brett Hemphill sends in one unique spot and boom, he stumps you. This is Altezza in Newport Coast. You say, tell me more. I say, ask Hemphill the next time you see him. 

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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Letter to the Editor:

Why to recall now

Tom Johnson’s questioning of the need for a special election is a fair inquiry. The question has also been posed by Mr. Peotter. Mr. Johnson’s goal in asking the question is, I believe, civic discourse. Mr. Peotter’s goal appears to be political manipulation.

Fourteen thousand Newport Beach residents signed the Museum House referendum, despite the aggressive efforts of Mr. Peotter and Team Newport to derail citizen participation. Public outrage, again directed at Mr. Peotter and his politically partisan crew, caused the City Council to reverse itself with regard to accepting gas tax revenues. The threat of a recall has tempered Mr. Peotter in both his votes on the council and his rhetoric in the community. Unfortunately, his interactions with recall supporters, and their mothers, and YouTube postings clearly show that underneath this apparent modification lies the same insensitive, uncaring fanatically ideological politician who the public wants to replace.

In theory, the public could wait until the end of 2018 to replace Mr. Peotter. Unfortunately, that wait has serious implications and consequences.

The city will pass another budget during Mr. Peotter’s remaining tenure, the general plan will be revisited, capital improvements will be made and economic decisions will be made with long-term ramifications. To allow Mr. Peotter to continue to have influence over these decisions will continue to take the city in a direction it has overwhelmingly said it does not want to go.

And finally, there is the political reality of what waiting till November 2018 allows Team Newport to do. In a general election, Mr. Peotter is on the ballot with any number of challengers. I would not put it past Team Newport to place one or more additional candidates on the ballot to split the vote and return Mr. Peotter to City Hall for another four years. On the other hand, a recall vote is a clean up or down vote with regard to the performance of Mr. Peotter. If Councilman Peotter truly believes that he represents the people of Newport Beach, he should have no hesitation in subjecting his reputation and performance to a single, direct vote of the people. The people do not want another four years of Scott Peotter, or four years of a clone who is still manipulated by Dave Ellis and his friends. The people want a change.

The recall effort, like the revolt against Museum House and the uprising for a reversal of the gas tax vote, is an organic citizen led movement that has emerged as a direct response to the insensitivity and disdain Scott Peotter and his ideological fellow travelers have shown for the public. Had Scott Peotter listened during the Museum House debate, had Mr. Peotter listened prior to rejecting the gas tax revenues, had Mr. Peotter listened at any time during his almost three years on the city council, the people could most likely be persuaded to wait. Unfortunately, Mr. Peotter does not listen and, therefore, the people cannot wait.

Phil Greer

Newport Beach


Retired OC pastor returns and now displays paintings

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Maui Surf by Gene Swanson

A series of paintings evoking photorealism by artist Gene Swanson will be on display September 18 - October 18, at John Wayne Airport (JWA) as part of JWA’s community Focus Space Program. 

These works can be viewed on the Departure (upper) Level near security screening areas in Terminals A, B and C, and on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4.

“Guests at John Wayne Airport will have the opportunity to appreciate the impeccable detail of Mr. Swanson’s work,” said Board Chairwoman Michelle Steel. “His paintings are so meticulous that it’s easy to see why some mistake his work for photographs.”

Swanson is a visual artist who began his art career in retirement. He studied painting and is self-taught in portrait sculpture. When commissioned for portrait sculptures, he seeks to capture the individual likeness of each person’s unique character.

He references F. Scott Fitzgerald’s quote about there being no second acts in America by saying, “The sculpting and these paintings I have done in retirement say au contraire (on the contrary) to Mr. Fitzgerald.”

Swanson is a retired pastor who served in Newport Beach for 22 years. Upon retirement and a move back to Orange County, he was ready to start a new career.

Swanson’s first paid commission portrait sculpting was of James Doti, Ph.D., former President of Chapman University. 

While working on sculpting commissions, Swanson studied portrait painting in pastel. He credits Saddleback Emeritus Institute classes and instructors with advancing his artistic background and abilities. 

As a current Laguna Woods resident, Swanson has shown his work in the Laguna Beach Art-A-Fair, had a one person show in the Laguna Woods Art Association, and has received numerous first prize and also Best of Show prizes in the Laguna Woods Art Association juried art shows.

Upcoming Community Focus Space Program artists include Zvi Peshkess (October 18 - November 16) and Evalyn Morris (November 16 - December 19).

To learn more about JWA’s Art Programs, visit www.ocair.com/terminal/artexhibits.


Reading in the Redwoods at ENC

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On Sunday, Sept. 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. join the Environmental Nature Center for a “Tree Hug Hike” out to the Redwood Forest with Valerie Bain. Enjoy a morning relaxing under their tallest trees while Bain reads “Leaf Man” by Lois Ehlert. What a great way to welcome Fall!

Afterward, children and their adults will go on a leaf collecting hike, make leaf rubbings, create their own leaf man and meet a decomposer that recycles dead leaves.

Parents must remain with children at all times. All ages are welcome. Bring your own blanket or towel. Cost: $5 per child, pre-registered member; $7 per child, pre-registered non-member; and $10 per child, unregistered walk-in.

Environmental Nature Center is located at 601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. www.encenter.org

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Rallying for hurricane relief continues

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Local organizations continue to rally around relief efforts for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Please join them in showing your support by donating much-needed items for the relief effort.

The following items are needed and whatever you can donate is greatly appreciated! Clean out your closets and/or pick up a couple extra items the next time you are shopping around town. Please try to sort bags by item type (e.g., children’s clothes, women’s clothing, etc.) and label bags with a general description of the contents for easier sorting.

The following items are most needed:

Gently used clothing, blankets and towels

Cleaning supplies

Diapers

School supplies

Toiletries

Unopened cat and dog food

All donated items will be transported to the Houston area in early October.

For more information and to make a financial donation, visit the Go Fund Me Link at www.gofundme.com/love-from-newport-relief-for-harvey.

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Laura Tarbox to offer investment advice at NB Public Library

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Laura Tarbox, Certified Financial Planner™

Laura Tarbox, a UCLA graduate with 37 years of investment and financial planning experience, will speak at the non-profit educational event, “It’s Your Money!” on Monday, Sept. 25 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Newport Beach Central Library’s Friends Room. This free session is part of a series on Financial Planning, with this week’s focus on finding the right adviser and how to think about your overall financial plan.

Tarbox, who founded her own wealth advisory firm in 1985, focuses on true, fee-only financial planning (including estate and tax planning, charitable giving, insurance and retirement optimization) for the total financial well-being of her clients. She will talk about how to find the right adviser, along with comprehensive financial planning and how to develop a healthy investment philosophy.

The program will be moderated by Peter Kote, founder of the workshop series and the not-for-profit www/FEELinControl.org.


Police Files

Newport Beach man sentenced for posing as fire marshal

Brian Lee Carsten, 37, Newport Beach, has been sentenced to six months in jail for posing as a fire marshal and charging small businesses across Orange County for fraudulent inspections.

Carsten pleaded guilty on Friday, Sept. 15, to the counts of extortion by force or threat, fraudulently personating fire personnel and possession of a firearm in violation of a protective order. He was sentenced to 180 days in county jail, three years of formal probation and also ordered to pay restitution.

On Aug. 31, 2016, Carsten entered Beach Auto Sound in Huntington Beach while wearing a uniform and identifying himself as a fire marshal. The defendant charged the victim $209 for his fraudulent inspection of the business and provided a bill and receipt on Cal-Fire letterhead.

On Sept. 12, 2016, Carsten entered State College Distributors in Anaheim, represented himself as a fire marshal, and performed a fraudulent inspection of the business. The defendant threatened the victim with a citation if he did not pay for the inspection. Carsten returned to the business the following day with forged invoices and receipts, and collected two payments of $209 for each lot from the victim.

The victim reported the suspicious circumstances to the Anaheim Police Department (APD) later that week.

On Sept. 16, 2016, Carsten conducted similar fraudulent inspections at Newport Awning and Imperial Auto Service, which are neighboring businesses in Santa Ana. The defendant extorted $209 from each business and provided receipts with forged Cal-Fire logos.

The victims in Huntington Beach and Santa Ana saw media coverage of the fraudulent inspection in Anaheim and reported the crime to their local police departments.

On Sept. 23, 2016, Carsten was found in possession of two firearms in violation of a domestic violence protective order.

Carsten was arrested by APD.

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Friends of Harbor, Beaches and Parks celebrates 20th anniversary

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The regional non-profit, Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks (FHBP) will hold its 20th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The event will be held at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Drive in Upper Newport Bay. FHBP has been working to protect natural lands throughout Orange County since the County’s bankruptcy that took much-needed resources away from our parks. Through their efforts, 1,300 acres across Orange County have been preserved forever, with 400 more acres being restored to native habitat.

Highlights of the October 14 event include photographs with several rehabilitated wild animals from the Nature of Wildworks; delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks while overlooking Upper Newport Bay; bidding opportunities on creative silent auction items; great conversations and reunions with old and new friends; and a memorable evening with supporters and partners.

You won’t want to miss this! Each ticket includes one complimentary alcoholic beverage (must be 21 years or older). Tickets purchased on or before Saturday, Sept. 30 are $40 per person. For more details, visit www.fhbp.org/about-us/events.


Farm to Fork: A Foodie’s Point of View Fork

By LANA JOHNSON

A night of delicious magic for guests of the Golden Foodie Awards this weekend

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The Golden Foodie Awards is getting ready to announce the 2017 winners in 18 categories during the 6th annual award show at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. The Golden Foodie Awards honors and celebrates chefs, bartenders, and food & drink of chef driven and independent restaurants throughout Orange County.

The red carpet gala will be joined by the who’s who in the culinary world, including the celebrity master of ceremonies, Simon Majumdar from the Food Network.

The Golden Foodie Awards will kick off with tantalizing food and libation stations for guests to enjoy with Ketel One Vodka, Roca Patron cocktails, Maker’s Mark, Acqua Panna water and wines by Bouchaine. Kean Coffee will have an iced coffee bar. Some of Orange County’s finest restaurants will be serving phenomenal food. Restaurants and food that will be enjoyed include: Angelina’s Pizzeria, Filomena’s, Pascal & Baja Shellfish Farms, Mozambique, Sol Agave, Pizzeria Ortica, Mix Mix Kitchen & Bar, Waterman’s, Hook & Spear, Red O, Legado, House of Blues, Skyloft, Urbana, Puesto, Taco Rosa and Melissa’s Produce.

During the awards ceremony, guests will delight in more delicious bites and drinks including champagne by Nicolas Feuillatte, Acqua Panna Water, chocolate saucissons by Mixed Bakery, Muscat grapes and premium nuts from Melissa’s Produce, breads and assorted cheese from Sadie Rose, toffee by B.Toffee, an assortment of hand painted sugar and chocolate cookies with “Words of Wisdom” by Ashley Guzman-Rose, and Red Velvet Petit Fours by Julie Thomas from Sweet Surrender.

Guests will end the evening in style with a Garden of Eden Lounge After Party, enjoying four lounges that feature Maker’s Mark, Patron, DCS & Ketel One Vodka, DJ Miss Ninja, Super Sexy PB & J Bar by Sadie Rose Baking Co., Ice Cream Sammiches by Chunk-N-Chip, Decor and Lounges by Sweet Salvage and Green Effect Event Foliage.

Nominees & Presenters of the 2017 Golden Foodies are:

2017 Bartender of the Year

Jose Zepeda - Hopscotch

Paul Joseph Piane - Orange Hill Restaurant

Tanner Johnson - Watertable

Presenting the award: Tim Sample and Leanne Chau with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

2017 Best Cocktails in Orange County

Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens

Vine Restaurant & Bar

Hopscotch

Presenting the award: Tim Sample and Leanne Chau with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

2017 Best Bar Program

The Ranch Restaurant

The Blind Rabbit

Vine Restaurant & Bar

Presenting the award: Celebrity Chef Marcel Vigneron and Brett Goering with Ketel One Vodka

2017 Best Lunch Spot in Orange County

The Deck

Sgt. Pepperoni’s

Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens

Presenting the award: Judy Walker with Golden Rule Charity and Rob Wilson Executive Chef of Montage Laguna Beach

2017 Best Brunch in Orange County

Bosscat

Old Vine Café

Taco Rosa

Presenting the award: Judy Walker with Golden Rule Charity and Rob Wilson Executive Chef of Montage Laguna Beach

2017 Best New Restaurant

Taco Brat

Mix Mix

Recess Room

Presenting the award: Neil Saavedra with KFI’s The Fork Report and Steve Dickler with Chef Toys

2017 Rising Star Chef of the Year

Chef Joel Harrington - Lido Bottle Works

Chef JT Walker - Pacific Hideaway

Chef Manny Velasco - SOL Agave

Presenting the award: Stacy Zeller and Peter Blake with Melissa’s Produce

2017 Favorite Food Influencer in Orange County

Connie Bang-Co Aboubakare - OC Comestibles

Neil Saavedra - The Fork Report

Sondra Barker - Pretty Fit Foodie

Presenting the award: Kelly Lam with The Whole Purpose and Wing Lam from Wahoos

2017 Best Wine Program

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

Napa Rose

The Ranch Restaurant 

Presenting the award: Michael Cho and Michael Jordan, Master Sommelier

2017 Best Beer Program

TAPS

Hopscotch

Skyloft

Presenting the award: Chad Ceretto with the Newport Beach Marriott and Chef Andy Arndt of Hook and Spear

2017 Outstanding Community Service

Bruno Serrato - Anaheim White House

Dave Hanna - Hanna’s Prime Steak

Pascal Olhats - Pascal’s

Presenting the award: Andrew Harris with the SoCal Restaurant Show and Dennis Kuhl Chairman of the Anaheim Angels

2017 Restaurateur of the Year

Alicia Whitney - SeaSalt & SeaLegs, Huntington Beach

Teresa Razo - Villa Roma, Laguna Hills

Blake Mellgren - Craft House, Dana Point

Presenting the award: Food Network Star Aarti Sequeira and Chef Jamie Gwen

2017 Best Dessert Menu in Orange County

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen

Mixed Bakery

AnQi

Presenting the award: Betsy Thagard and Cathy Thomas

2017 Best Entree in Orange County

Cowboy Ribeye - The Ranch Restaurant

Bosscat Burger - Bosscat Kitchen+Libations

Korean Fried Chicken - Krave Asian Fusion Restaurant

Presenting the award: Ashley Richardson and John Pettus, Aloha/SDCR

2017 Best Service Award

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

Selanne Steak Tavern

Villa Roma

Presenting the award: Corinne Baughman and Nick Bergamo with Moss Adams

2017 Pastry Chef of the Year

David Rossi

Elyssa Fournier

Jorge Sotelo

Presenting the award: Pastry Chef’s Ashley Guzman, ARG Bakery and Rachel Klemek, Blackmarket Bakery

2017 Chef of the Year

Chef Rich Mead

Chef Ross Pangilinan

Chef Michael Rossi

Presenting the award: Chef Zov of Zov’s and Chef Andrew Sutton, Napa Rose

Lifetime Achievement Award

Presenting the award: Pamela Waitt, President of the OC Restaurant Association

Stay tuned for the winners!

Ciao Vincenza!


Fairhaven Memorial honors CdM businesswoman

Gina Kay

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CdM resident Gina Kay, founder of In Home Care Solutions and Health Care Academy

Corona del Mar resident Gina Kay, founder of In Home Care Solutions and Health Care Academy in Costa Mesa, has enjoyed a storied career that spans practicing medicine and working in television and film industry in Hollywood. She is the newest recipient of the Oliver Halsell Care Award from Fairhaven Memorial Park & Mortuary.

Fairhaven Memorial created the recognition program in 2012 to pay tribute to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional care in their profession and community, improving the lives and spirits of those they help.

“We are happy to honor Gina Kay for the impact she is making in home care – an area of health care that grows more important every year,” said Rod Gomez, general manager of Fairhaven Memorial Park. “Gina has a well-rounded background, and we are impressed that she created not only a company to provide home care services, but also a school that ensures that home care workers are properly prepared for their important and very demanding roles in the home.”

Born in Brazil, Kay has always known she wanted to be in a career where she helped others. In 2003, she founded In Home Care Solutions, a premier home care company serving all of Orange County, and Health Care Academy, a school that provides education for nurses, medical assistants, certified nurse assistants and home health care aids.

“I’ve done many things through my life but I have to say that when I see our elderly clients enjoying life because of the work our home care employees have lovingly provided, I’m very proud and happy,” Kay said. She cited a recent example of her client, a 104-year-old woman who lives in Laguna Woods, who is still enjoying ballroom dancing with her 87-year-old boyfriend.

Kay, who speaks seven languages, practiced medicine in both Brazil and various parts of the U.S. and served as an adviser on medically oriented television shows before finally settling in Orange County and embarking on her career in home healthcare.

Fairhaven is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 Oliver Halsell Care Awards. For more information and to nominate an outstanding citizen, call 714.633.1442 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Argyros Girl Scout Center to debut Saturday

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The Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center on the Balboa Peninsula has a grand opening celebration this Saturday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

Some numbers say the new facility could touch 21,000 girl scouts throughout Orange County. That’s impressive! And what a nice statement from our community.

Coming from a family where my mom attained the Girl Scout Gold Award and my sisters were also Girl Scouts, this is big stuff.

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The Newport Beach Historical Society is “Celebrating 50 years of preserving our rich history” tomorrow night (Friday, Sept. 22) at the historic Balboa Pavilion.

There’s a bunch of stuff going on: cuisine stations from different local restaurants, live entertainment, some historical programs, even a presentation by the McFadden family.

Think Newport Pier, McFadden Square…yup, same family. They were here early.

Tickets are $50 and you can get them at www.nbhs.eventbrite.com.

There’s probably an opportunity drawing, auction, whatever…it’s a fundraiser for a great and committed group.

If you don’t believe me, just ask Bernie Svalstad. Sure, he oversees the group and will proudly be there.

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The Planning Commission meeting tonight has been cancelled.

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Hey, check out Steve Virgen’s column today in StuNewsNewport on Chase McGrath. McGrath had quite the career last Saturday in the USC football win over Texas.

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Kudos to the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District, the CdM Chamber and the City of Newport Beach for the installation of the new street signs around the community.

Love it that we still do the little things to add charm to our town.

The flower signs look great.


Little Lido Shoo Fly! today at Lido Marina Village

Horsefly and Honeybee

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Kids! Head over to Lido Marina Village today (with your special adult) for a morning of fun from 10 to 11 a.m. with Little Lido Shoo Fly! Day.

Enjoy a story about a little horsefly and a honeybee, then create a special fly of your own. After your crafts session, head over to Bailey 44, Eberjey, Juice Served Here, Lido Village Books, Sweaty Betty and Yolk for some great discounts on purchases.

Lido Marina Village is located at 3434 Via Lido, Newport Beach. www.LidoMarinaVillage.com


Coastal Cleanup Day: A rousing success

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County Coastkeeper

The stats are in and show that our community, which pitched in to clean up Newport Bay on Coastal Cleanup Day, Sept. 16, truly made a difference!

Newport Beach Cleanup By the Numbers:

193 volunteers

218 pounds of trash collected

35 pounds of recyclables

3.5 miles cleaned

85 percent brought reusable supplies

Most unusual trash: About 100 single socks

More than 52,000 volunteers joined Coastal Cleanup Day across California!

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CdM campaign offers chance to purchase older, vintage Flower Street signs

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With the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District (CdM BID) recently completing a project to install new decorative flower street signs along East Coast Highway through the CdM business district, a nostalgic campaign has been launched to offer members of the community the opportunity to obtain the older or vintage flower street signs.

The signs will be available through a silent auction during the 39th Annual Corona del Mar Christmas Walk hosted by the Corona del Mar Chamber, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. The vintage signs will be stored at the City Warehouse until the event and the plan is outlined. Details of the sign program will soon be available on the CdM BID website where you can also find details of past and future physical improvement projects, marketing campaigns and more by visiting www.CdMVillage.com.

The new decorative flower street signs are a project that stemmed from the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District’s Marguerite Intersection Improvements that began in 2014. Corona del Mar has long been known for its popular “Flower Street” names and the new signs include a colorful illustration of the flower in which the street is named.

The CdM BID is fully funding the project to include design, sign fabrication and installation for all of the flower streets along with the new matching signs for East Coast Highway. The only intersections not included are the locations with traffic signals or the signalized crosswalk. There are a total of 52 signs purchased (this includes the East Coast Highway signs) and the total estimated cost is approximately $16,000.


Take Five: Wine & Food Festival founder & CEO gives us an inside peek into this year’s event

By TOM JOHNSON

Four years ago Stefanie Salem founded the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival. Later this month, Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 1, the festival returns to the Civic Center Green.

We caught up with Stefanie to get the inside scoop on all of this year’s happenings.

Stefanie Salem

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Stefanie Salem, founder & CEO of the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival 

Q: Stef, what can people expect new this year at the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival?

A: Our biggest new event is our Saturday night (September 30) after party, “Havana Nights” and it will benefit our charity partner, Project Hope Alliance. This is an exclusive event, limited to 250 people at a private estate in Pelican Hill provided by MCKNOWN WEINSTEIN & ASSOCIATES. All of our guest celebrity chefs in town will be in attendance and Bravo’s Top Chef Masters Lorena Garcia, Art Smith and Rick Moonen will be creating Latin cuisine from Lorena’s new restaurant CHICA in the Venetian, Las Vegas. Guests can expect delicious food, live Cuban music, salsa, mojitos, a silent auction and more. This is an event not to miss.

At the daytime festival, we have cooking demonstrations, all by Bravo’s Top Chef Masters and All-Stars winners and contestants along with many new world-class restaurants and wineries. 

Our one-of-a-kind dinners where we bring celebrity chefs and local top chefs together to create a new menu has never been done before under the same roof. Friday, September 29, at the Winery, Chefs Hubert Keller, Yvon Goetz, Jean-Pierre Dubray and Rainer Schwarz will create a “Taste of Provence” experience with a 5-course tasting wine paired menu.  

Also on Friday, September 29, we have our Top Chef Women All-Stars event featuring season 14 winner Brooke Williamson, Shirley Chung, Casey Thompson and Rachel Haggstrom. 

Sunday, October 1, Nobu Matsuhisa will host a 5-course dinner with dishes off the menu and all paired with champagne from Moet Hennessy. Duke Spirits will create signature cocktails for all of our receptions.

Q: You really seem to get the top chefs. Who excites you and why?  

A: It’s difficult to pick just one chef that excites me as many of our guest chefs and local top chefs have become dear friends to me. All of them are incredible at their craft and I can’t wait to see and taste what each one brings to the table this year...but having Nobu Matsuhisa host our Sunday evening event is a particular honor. I have all of his cookbooks, have tried most of his recipes at home and have been going to Matsuhisa and Nobu for the past 25 years.

Q: Tell us about the different wine tastings?

A: We have our VIP Champagne and Caviar event with Master Sommelier Michael Jordan, Chef Alan Greeley and Christopher Klapp from Petrosian.

Guests will sip the best and most exclusive champagnes: Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage blanc, Ruinart blanc de blancs, Veuve Clicquot vintage rose, Dom Perignon 2009 blanc, Krug rose. 

Our VIP Riedel glass and Hundred Acre tasting will be led by the international V.P. of Riedel, Master Sommelier Peter Neptune and V.P. of Hundred Acre, Landon Patterson. Guests will taste how each wine is different in each glass and learn why it tastes best in the proper glass. Each will take home their own set of Riedel glasses.  

Michael Jordan will lead a Master Sommelier tasting panel: “Terroir of Willamette Valley” and sample three Pinot Noirs made by the same wine maker, but grown in different regions as well as a blend.  

Peter Neptune will lead a Master Sommelier panel: “Barolo and Brunello, Italy’s Greatest Red Wines” and do a comparative of some of the top wines of the two regions.   

Ted Talks star Wes Hagen will lead a tasting panel with J. Wikes wines titled: “Don’t talk about it, drink it. The hedonistic history of wine and fermented beverages.” 

Wine will be paired with each of our VIP chef demonstrations and guests will be able to sip 250 different varieties of wine in the Grand Tasting Pavilions.

Q: What was the thinking when you came up with the idea of a wine and food festival?  

A: When I started Newport Beach Wine & Food four years ago, there was no other food and wine event in Newport Beach so there was a void and need. I wanted to create something different, an event more like the best food and wine events across the country. Bringing in nationally recognized celebrity chefs, master sommeliers, executive chefs from the best local restaurants, exclusive wineries, spirits, live music and all set within an intimate and boutique experience where you actually get to mingle and converse with your favorite icons.  

Our constant goal is to provide something valuable for everyone involved. An experience for chefs and vintners to share and teach their passions, for foodies and wine lovers to indulge and for restaurants, wineries, sponsors and guests to all connect with each other in a welcoming environment. Being recognized on the world stage is our long-term goal.

Q: Cooking or wine? What does Stephanie Salem know more about?  

A: Definitely cooking. I grew up loving to cook with my mom and grandma’s, so I learned at a very early age that food brings people together. Food and different cultures have always been a driving force in my life. When I lived in Europe, Central Asia, Asia and Africa, I would have a local cook that made meals for our team. These cooks became my friends as we sat in the kitchen, taught each other our different languages and cooked together. 

I’m learning more about wine and would eventually like to take some of Peter Neptune’s classes at his wine school.

For more information of the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival go to www.newportwineandfood.com.


Roger’s Gardens to open Christmas Boutique

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All that is merry and bright sparkles in the Joyeux Noel Christmas Boutique at Roger’s Gardens, opening Friday, October 6. Come celebrate the diversity and richness of European Christmas traditions while enhancing them with modern influences and themes.

Roger’s Gardens buyers have traveled over rooftops to bring you curated holiday gifts and decorations that showcase some of the oldest European craftsmanship, where families pass traditional art forms from generation to generation. Glass ornaments are hand blown and hand decorated in family workshops in Poland, and Nutcrackers made in Germany accompany seasonal dinnerware from Portugal and Italy.

Whether you stay up to watch the first star in the night sky on Christmas Eve or leave a stocking for Santa or a shoe for St. Nicholas, Christmas is a time to celebrate traditions and create new memories.

Roger’s Gardens is located at 2302 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar. Call 949.640.5800. www.rogersgardens.com


Police Files

Doctor’s killer sentenced to life and then some

A man was sentenced Friday (September 15) to life in state prison for shooting and murdering his doctor in a Newport Beach medical office after being found legally sane. Stanwood Fred Elkus, 79, Lake Elsinore, found guilty by a jury on Aug. 21, 2017, of one felony count of first degree murder, special circumstances - lying in wait, and personal use of a firearm causing death, was sentenced to life in state prison without the possibility of parole plus 10 years in state prison.

In 1992, Elkus was diagnosed with a narrow urethra by victim Dr. Ronald Gilbert. Gilbert recommended that the defendant undergo a procedure to widen his urethra and the operation was performed by two different doctors.

Elkus developed an obsession with the procedure, believing that it had damaged his prostate and destroyed his sex drive. The defendant blamed the victim for the “failed procedure” and began plotting his revenge.

At approximately 2:45 p.m. on January 28, 2013, Elkus arrived at his doctor’s office in Newport Beach for an appointment while armed with a firearm. The defendant waited in an exam room until his doctor, victim Ronald Gilbert, entered. Elkus then pulled out the firearm and murdered Gilbert by shooting him multiple times.

Other doctors heard the shots and ran to assist Gilbert. They called 911 and attempted to revive the victim, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Elkus gave the firearm to a medical staff member in the office and surrendered without incident to the Newport Beach Police Department, who investigated this case.

At the sentencing, six emotional victim impact statements were delivered to the court by friends and family members of Dr. Gilbert pursuant to Marsy’s law. The victim’s brother and lifelong friends spoke of how he was an inspiration to them, how he helped hundreds of people both personally and professionally, and how he had made a lasting impact on society by pioneering medical treatments that have helped people around the world. His wife, Elizabeth Gilbert, spoke about how not only she and her two sons had been robbed of a loving husband and father, but how the defendant had selfishly taken Ron’s life after he worked so hard and sacrificed so much in order to fulfill his life’s ambition of helping others through medicine.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy of the Homicide Unit prosecuted this case.

Pastor busted for felony fire warrant

A “pastor” was arrested Tuesday (September 12) afternoon on a felony warrant for “being guilty of unlawfully causing a fire when she recklessly sets fire to or burns or causes to be burned, any structure, forest land or property.”

Lora Denise Bender, 45, from Costa Mesa, was arrested at 22nd Street and W. Ocean Front and listed her occupation as “pastor” on the arrest record.

There was no bail set.

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Lynn’s Spin

By LYNN SELICH

1/1 Marines set sail during BYC Beer Can races

Lynn sets sails with the Marines

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Lynn sets sail with the Marines

I’ve written in the past about my involvement as a member of the Newport Beach First Battalion, First Marines Foundation advisory board (the City of Newport Beach officially adopted the 1/1 in 2003), and I’ve got some really fun stuff to share with you, as well as an ask of our community.

First off, last Tuesday I was extremely honored to have been invited by a fellow 1/1 Foundation board member to be one of four guests from our foundation to attend a private dinner later this month at the home of new Camp Pendleton commanding officer, Major General Eric M. Smith and his wife.

His ascent from Brigadier General and assistant deputy commandant for USMC Plans, Policy and Operations to this new post has been widely reported in the media. Maj. Gen. Smith now commands the oldest, largest and most decorated division in the Marine Corps including nearly 23,000 Marines and Sailors who make up four combat ready regiments and seven battalions. To say what a great privilege it will be for me to attend this special evening at Camp Pendleton is simply not sufficient, so I’ll just leave it at…wow.

Closer to home, I recently had the pleasure again this year to join in the fun at Balboa Yacht Club’s Thursday beer can races along with thirty-three 1/1 Marines who recently completed some pretty intense training at 29 Palms. Mostly PFCs or Corporals, the Marines chosen to come up and enjoy some well-deserved leave were picked by their commanding officers for showing outstanding performance during the training in relentlessly hot and humid desert conditions. 

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Marines enjoy Beer Can races aboard “It’s OK” 

Carpooled up by designated drivers, the group’s commanding officers opted out so that the guys could kick up their heels without feeling the watchful eye of higher rank. BYC pulled out all the stops for these fine young men who enjoyed an all-expense-paid open bar and impressive post-sail waterfront barbeque. Even the wind cooperated at the last minute as the vessels teed up for an exciting race start.

I had the great fortune of being assigned to sail on “It’s OK!”, an Andrews 49.9, perhaps the fastest sailboat in its class, owned by some of the finest yachtsmen in the sport – Andy Rose, Tom Purcell and Lew Beery. Marines on board with us were given official “It’s OK!” race shirts which they wore along with some of the broadest smiles I’ve ever seen. I overheard one telling his buddy “this is the most fun I’ve had since I joined the Marine Corps 3 1/2 years ago!”

Remember, these young men hail from all over our great nation and many had never been to California before they enlisted much less found themselves out sailing aboard multi-million dollar vessels. It was pure joy listening to their cheerful banter and light-hearted bravado with the racing crews.

Dinner on the Deck

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Relaxing with a post-sail barbeque dinner at BYC

Balboa Yacht Club began the tradition of hosting 1/1 Marines for an afternoon of fun on the water almost 10 years ago under the direction of BYC members Art Mitchell and Bill Frederickson. As Art puts it, “Bill and I thought it would be a good idea to share what we consider to be a very blessed lifestyle with those who protect our freedoms, club leadership agreed and it’s now a line item in the budget. We have so much to be thankful for, it just seemed like the right thing to do given the spoils we enjoy each and every day here in Newport Beach.”

Special thanks go out to BYC Commodore Tom Mooers, photographer Mary Longpre as well as BYC General Manager Ernie Dunn; Project Coordinator Patti Yanochko, Sailing Director Becky Lenhart, and the entire staff at BYC for hosting such a fantastic, flawlessly executed event!

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NBPD Charitable Foundation 1/1 golf tourney and casino night has arrived

There are only a few spots left for one of the most anticipated golf tournaments of the year, the Newport Beach Police Association Charitable Foundation Golf Classic, taking place today, Monday, September 18 at the stunning Newport Beach Country Club.

This year’s tourney promises to be better than ever, and that’s saying a lot given the success of last year’s event held at Big Canyon Country Club. With a world-class venue and inclusions, the $300 players fee is a killer value that includes a cart, 18 holes of golf, a commemorative 5/11 T-shirt, lunch, dinner, exclusive limited-edition NBPA bottle opener and entry into the evening’s awards ceremony and Casino Night.

Best news of all, if you want to support NBPACF and their efforts to raise money for the 1/1 Foundation you don’t have to be a golfer, tickets for the Casino Night are only $50 (includes dinner and gambling chips) and can be bought at the door – cocktail reception starts at 5 p.m., dinner at 6PM. If you want to support our troops and haven’t been to the new, exquisitely revamped Newport Beach Country Club this is your opportunity!

So, my simple request to our community: If you golf, register to play in the tournament. If you don’t, come out for Casino Night – either way, it’s going to be a fabulous afternoon and evening in support of those who sacrifice for every one of us each and every day.

For more information and to register, visit www.NBPAgolfclassic.org. In the spirit of Semper Fidelis, I hope to see you there!   

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Avid boater, Lynn Selich is a 1st Battalion, 1st Marines Foundation board member. She resides in Newport Beach. She is a contributing columnist to StuNewsNewport. Reach her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Letters to the Editor:

Reader believes in “fair” play

Did I miss it?

You told me you needed my hometown because you were going to publish my letter. 

Next thing I know Rush Hill is ANOTHER anti-Peotter agent jumping into the fray. 

I’m not a Peotter supporter. 

I am a guy who believes in fair play. 

And it makes no sense, or cents, to demand the council accept the gas tax money while at the same time sweeping $300,000 under the rug. 

Since the first cost estimate of recall was 500k and the current number is 300k one can assume the real expense is probably somewhere in the middle.

So we are willing to spend the money that we get from the state’s gas tax on a recall? Funny, but the people demanding the gas tax money for road repairs think it’s ok to use to embarrass a council member up for re-election in a year. 

And then we wonder how stupid deals like the city hall and new hotel get through?

If Stu News can’t be objective you provide no service to this community.

Mark Adams

Newport Beach

Loves her “some” Nancy Gardner

I’m a huge fan of Stu News since I subscribed 4 - 5 months ago and read every edition, even when I was on vacation. One of my favorites in your publication are the articles from Nancy Gardner on the history of Newport Beach. I just love her stories and the way she writes them makes them so interesting. Keep it up!

Debbie Stevens

Newport Beach


Laguna Beach – The Art of Diversity

By DUNCAN FORGEY

Patsee Ober

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Patsee Ober at the 2017 Sawdust Art Festival

There has always been a kindred soul between Newport Beach and its neighbor to the south: Laguna Beach. Not having much in common over the years, people from both cities claim multi-generational friendships connected only by the Coast Highway.

Tongva Indians originally settled Laguna Canyon enjoying two fresh water lagoons and tide pools teeming with sea life. Because there is virtually no usable agricultural land, this portion of Orange County was not included in old Mexican land grants. The lands remained government property thus falling under homesteading laws.

According to the Timber-Culture Acts of the 1870s and under the “160 acres and a mule” principle, land was granted to anyone who would plant 10 acres of trees over 10 years. Laguna pioneers did just that resulting in plenty of trees but very few new settlers. In 1876, William Brooks sold his 169 acres for $50. By 1919, pioneer Henry Rogersʻ niece sold land encompassing much of today’s business district for $24,000.

The township was strikingly beautiful but had no railroad nor a good harbor. Early Laguna, unlike Newport to the north, was of little commercial value. 

Old Laguna Beach with cars

Old downtown Laguna Beach

The seeds to modern day Laguna Beach date back to 1921 when artist Issac Frazee organized an Indian Peace Pipe Pageant called “Kitshi-Manido”. In 1923, Wayne Moon established the Community Players, whose first play was Uncle Tomʻs Cabin. During this same time period, Laguna Beach became a meeting place for famous writers and intellectuals with their renowned “round table discussions,” while, some of the greatest plein air artists of the era roamed the hills capturing beautiful scenes of early California. The combination of these events was the precursor to todayʻs world-famous Pageant of the Masters, Art Festivals, and Lagunaʻs longtime commitment to the arts and humanities.

In 1927, this township of 1,900 people voted to incorporate and the city of Laguna Beach was officially born.

These early traditions remained steadfast through the 20th century and are still alive today. There has been an abundance of creative minds living and passing through Laguna Beach over the past 100 years. Mack Sennet used Laguna as a backdrop for his films while Captain Blood and Robinson Crusoe were shot there. Bette Davis, Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, Rock Hudson, Lorne Greene, Victor Mature, Mickey Rooney, Mary Pickford and Rudolf Valentino are famous past residents. John Steinbeck wrote Tortilla Flats while living at 504 Park Ave.

One cannot understand Laguna Beachʻs history without knowing about its Greeter, or shall I say Greeters. A favorite childhood memory was family trips to Laguna Beach to wave at the greeter. It felt as if the entire town welcomed you that day.

Without a highway or railroad strand, stagecoach was early Lagunaʻs only mode of public transportation. Their first greeter was long-haired and bearded Joe Lucas. In the town’s beginning, Lucas met and welcomed people arriving via stagecoach from Santa Ana. His long hair and beard were carbon copies of the later and most famous greeter Eiler Larsen. In the townʻs beginning, Lucas met and welcomed people arriving in Laguna via stagecoach from Santa Ana. 

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The Greeter Eiler Larsen welcomed all to Laguna Beach

Eiler Larsen, a vagabond, arrived in Laguna Beach in 1934 after hiking across the country. He was taken by Lagunaʻs artsy and folksy flavor. Until his death, several generations of Southern Californians remember his famous smile, pointed wave and drawn out “HALLO-OO-OO”.

Laguna Beach‘s first subdivision was created in 1887. Fifty-foot wide lots along the oceanfront from Laguna Avenue to Sleepy Hollow Lane sold for $1 a front foot.Prices in Laguna Beach have risen exponentially over the years because of the prominence of its “ocean view” properties.

Laguna Beach has a multifarious collection of homes. Small historical “Hansel and Gretel” cottages, sit near charming mid-century beach pads, which are close to hard contemporary homes with strong angles and lines. There are pastoral canyon homes surrounded by trees and greenery, in contrast, to the famous “cliffhangers” poised along hillsides like so many barnacles.

A liberal view of life has always been part of Laguna‘s inner core. The exception comes when someone discusses change. An effort to alter the “small town” feel of Laguna or the wrath of hell may be released upon you. The City and its watchdogs are bent on keeping a village feel despite the huge megalopolis closing in from all sides. Political in-fighting is commonplace. New Ideas are suspect. Alterations and remodels are closely scrutinized. This form of conservatism has helped the citizens of Laguna Beach take on the Irvine Company, the state, various municipal boards and numerous developers wanting to expand and modernize the once sleepy town.

In 1970, local promoters worked on a “Woodstock West” to take place in Laguna Canyon.The Christmas Happening festival and rock concert was less than a success. Weather was cold, wet and crisp. The musical extravaganza lacked organization and was an example of the then hippy philosophy that everything was to be free and easy. Visitors to the “Great Happening” experienced dirt, nudity, shivering nights, traffic jams, insufficient sanitation, overrun garbage pits, makeshift drum fires and at least one snake bite. It is more famous for LSD dropping in Christmas Cards from an airplane than the music.Bob Dylan and Jefferson Airplane never showed and Grateful Dead was not able to get in due to the extreme traffic jams. Disappointed and inebriated, visitors eventually forced a police shutdown of the event.

Fire Map

Scope of Laguna Beach fire that burned 160,000 acres

Laguna also experienced one of the largest fire losses in U.S. history. In 1993, an arsonist started a conflagration in Laguna Hills that traveled south to the Coast Highway. In its path, it took out 400 homes and caused $528 million in damage. Pushed by strong Santa Ana winds, the fire jumped several roads and fire breaks at an incredible speed of 100 acres per minute. Mystic Hills, Boat Canyon and Emerald Bay were devastated and the fire reached from El Morro all the way to Temple Hills. It was knocking at the door of Corona del Mar when a last-minute wind change literally stopped the fire’s advance.

Laguna Beach, known as a picturesque beach town, an arts town and a town of alternate lifestyles. Open to business executives, artists, writers, Woodstock hold-overs or professionals, Laguna Beach will open its doors to you with a smile and a “Larsenesque hallo-oo-oo”. Its diverse history of rum running, whaling, horse racing, Chinese coolie smuggling, plus a historical mix of Native Americans, Mormons, artists, actors, athletes, gays/lesbians, hippies, surfers and Hare Krishnas, has been a recipe for something out of the ordinary. Laguna Beach is anything but ordinary.

The cities of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach may be beach brethren as beach towns, but it is obvious that they have been guided by different desires. Their stories are truly a “Tale of Two Cities”.

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Duncan Forgey, who made his home here in Newport Beach for many years, now resides in Hawaii. He is a monthly contributor to StuNewsNewport.


Shop Talk Shopping Bag

By LANA JOHNSON

Jenni Kayne celebrates one-year anniversary

Jenni Kayne store

Join Jenni Kayne as it celebrates its first anniversary at Lido Marina Village on Wednesday, September 20 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Enjoy 15 percent off your purchase, flowers by The Flower Stand and food by Lido Bottle Works.

RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Jenni Kayne is located at 3434 Via Lido, Newport Beach.

(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..)


Stump the Stu

This is more than just fish “spit”

There are a lot of nice swimming pools around town. This isn’t one of them, although The Stu can only imagine. But staying on track, here’s the question: what is it and where is it? 

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!

Stump the Stu 9.18.17

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Today is National Cheeseburger Day

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Enjoy a juicy cheeseburger at Ruby’s Diner 

For all us cheeseburger lovers, today, Monday, September 18 is National Cheeseburger Day! Look around to find the best deals in and around town. Restaurants across Orange County will commemorate the day with discounted burgers, silent discounts and eating challenges.

At Ruby’s Diner, they have cheeseburger deals every Tuesday night (Family Night). From 4 p.m. until closing, youngsters ages 12 and under eat for Free! Valid at participating locations only, so check with the local Ruby’s Diner in Corona del Mar at 2305 E. Coast Highway, 949.673.7829.

If you find some great cheeseburger deals, let us know! Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Burger Fun Facts: Fifty billion burgers are eaten by Americans every year. Burgers are the most popular food, followed by hot dogs. Cheeseburgers were supposedly founded in Pasadena, Calif., allegedly started in 1926 when Lionel Steinberger was working in his father’s restaurant, The Rite Spot, and during an experiment dropped a piece of American cheese on a sizzling burger.


Special art show now on display at Central Library

Boats

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“Boats” by Dr. Justin McCall

Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents an exhibition of artwork from the Memories in the Making program of Alzheimer’s Orange County. More than 20 pieces, created by program participants with Alzheimer’s, Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), or related dementias, are on display at the Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., now through November 3, 2017. 

A special presentation about the art, artists and the Memories in the Makings program will be held on October 3 at 7 p.m. in the Friends Meeting Room at the Central Library.

Memories in the Making was created to provide a meaningful activity for persons with dementia, while focusing on creative expression as a form of communication. As part of the Memories in the Making program, patients with no art background can create art to regain the ability to communicate while boosting self-esteem and opening the channels of communication with loved ones.

The program gives something back to patients, families and the community that no other program has been able to duplicate. Patients benefit through the creation of art. Families benefit because communication is made possible, allowing them to develop a unique appreciation of their loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s. 

More information about cultural arts programs in the City of Newport Beach can be found on the City’s Cultural Arts webpage at www.newportbeachca.gov/CulturalArts.


Newport Beach – A Look Back 

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

A Look Back 9.18.17

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“Let me tell you a story about a man named Jed…” Of course, we’re talking about no one other than former Newport Beach resident Buddy Ebsen (red sweater). A celebrated Hollywood actor, Ebsen here joins the Topaz Avenue block party, circa 1980.

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


NBPD to focus on bicycle & pedestrian safety

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The Newport Beach Police Department will be conducting focused Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations today, Monday, September 18 and on Wednesday, September 27.

Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas that are frequented by bicyclists and pedestrians, and where recent traffic collisions have occurred, in an effort to reduce injuries. Education and enforcement will be targeted at drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians alike. The officers will be focused on specific offenses including driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, and any other dangerous activities.

Enforcement will be taken for observed violations when vehicles failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, or when pedestrians fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Citations will be issued to bicyclists who fail to follow the same traffic laws that apply to motorists, and to drivers who fail to share the road safely with bicyclists. Bicycle riders are reminded to always wear a helmet; those under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet by law. Pedestrians should only cross the street in marked crosswalks or at corners.

Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising in California as more people use these non-motorized means of transportation. Locally, the Newport Beach Police Department has investigated 10 fatal and 432 injury collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists during the past three years (statistics currently include September 2014 through September 2017). In 2014, California witnessed 697 pedestrians and 128 bicyclists killed in traffic collisions.

The Police Department remains dedicated to these efforts to prevent traffic-related deaths and injuries. They encourage motorists to stay alert and watch for bicyclists and pedestrians, especially when turning or changing lanes. The message to anyone on the streets in Newport Beach is: whether you are on wheels or on foot, it’s your responsibility to safely share the road.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Time is ticking on the Peotter recall

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I was looking at the calendar the other day and thinking about the recall effort against City Councilmember Scott Peotter and whether it was worth it or not.

Here are the issues in my mind.

On April 11, 2017, Peotter was served with a Notice of Recall at a Newport Beach City Council meeting. That meant the group behind the recall had five months, once the petition was approved, to gather 15 percent of the registered voter’s signatures from Newport Beach. 

That clock began May 23, meaning the signature gathering effort is required to end by late October.

So then what? Well, the signatures are then delivered to the City Clerk’s office. There, the signatures will be counted and then they’ll send them off the Registrar of Voters for confirmation of names, addresses and, again, signatures. If approved, it becomes certified and heads back to council. 

According to BallotPedia, “Once local recall petitions are submitted…the relevant elections department has 30 business days to determine the sufficiency of the petitions.”

Thirty business days could translate to mid-December. 

Remember, there usually isn’t a second council meeting in December.

So now we could be in January 2018 before the Certificate of Sufficiency is submitted to the council.

Council then has 14 days from that point to call for an election.

So now we’re approaching the end of January.

The special election now must be held between 88 and 125 days from that point.

So let’s say everything is approved by January’s second meeting (23rd), at that point the earliest a special election could be called is somewhere around April 21, 2018, and then before May 28, 2018. That means it misses the California Primary Election on June 5, 2018. If it comes thru earlier, really no change. If it comes through later and could be joined with the Primary, then I’d be okay with it.

If not, do we really want to pay whatever it is, some $300,000 at that point?

Whether you’re for Peotter or against Peotter, I think it’s a question that needs to be considered. He’s up for re-election five months later.

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Check it out, this Sunday, September 24 it’s the inaugural Balboa Island Carnival & Taste of the Island. It’ll take place on Marine Ave. 

Here’s what you can expect: carnival games and rides, dunk tank, bungee jump, pie-eating contest, food stations, fashion show, raffles, beer and wine garden…just a good ole carnival.

The event runs 1-5 p.m., with a fashion show planned for 2:30 p.m.

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According to the Newport Beach Police Department they will be posting a live virtual ride-along on their Twitter account - and this time, you’ll be riding along with a K9 officer. Tune in to @NewportBeachPD (or www.twitter.com/newportbeachpd) on Friday, September 29 starting at 1 p.m. to spend a shift with K9 Hondo and his partner, Officer Preasmyer.

The NBPD is doing a lot of cool stuff these days to engage the community. Kudos to Jennifer Manzella.

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The unleashing of the new political season, for 2018, is upon us. This week I received the first fundraising announcement, this one for District 1 Councilmember Diane Dixon. The co-hosts for the event are Scott and Shawn Cunningham and Joe and Sarah Stapleton.

It’s planned for Wednesday, October 4, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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Three Newport Beach Chamber events that should be on your calendar: 1) 20th Annual Newport Beach Fire & Lifeguard Appreciation Dinner. It’s Thursday, September 21, this week, at 5 p.m. at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa.

Great event! And women, what do I have to say?

2) Corona del Mar Sandcastle Contest, set for Sunday, October 1 at Big Corona. The theme is Pirates of the Pacific. Anybody can put together a team and enter.

Thanks to The UPS Stores and the Los Angeles Rams who have come in as presenting sponsors.

Yup, I said the Rams. They’re obviously not just gonna rollover for the newly arrived Chargers.

3) Finally, the Chamber will host a Hoag blood drive on Tuesday, September 19, 12-5 p.m. at the Chamber offices.

Checkout everything that goes on at the Chamber at newportbeach.com.


Echo56: New homes define beach lifestyle

BY LANA JOHNSON

ECHO56 residence on Seashore

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This ECHO56 residence offers breathtaking ocean and sunset views

StuNewsNewport Publisher Tom Johnson and I had the pleasure of being invited to view Echo56, a new home community situated on Seashore Drive and River Avenue –  known as Echo Beach. These new premier properties pay homage to 56th Street, the most legendary beach in Newport. The development offers sit-down, whitewater and Catalina views. The evening’s festivities included tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, a raw bar, signature cocktails, live entertainment and an art exhibit: ‘80s at Echo Beach.

Echo Beach, a 100-yard stretch of sand along our coast, harkens back to the rule-breakers and fashion trendsetters that set the stage back in the early 1980s for the now quintessential Southern California surf culture.

Situated near the infamous Lifeguard Tower 56, this community exemplifies the laidback coastal lifestyle while simultaneously offering luxurious amenities. The main living spaces are located on the bottom floor; the sprawling Master Suite with dual walk-in closets and built-ins occupies the second floor; then ascend to the rooftop deck with myriad ocean and sunset views. These three bedroom, three bath residences measure either 2,291 or 2,799 square feet.

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(L-R): Real estate agents Ann E. Metzger, Christopher Moreno and Cassie Hammond, Surterre Properties

Echo56 is presented by Cassie Hammond, Christopher Moreno and Ann E. Metzger with Surterre Properties. Sale prices range from $2,502,000 - $3,900,000.

For additional information and to reach the agents, visit www.iLoveNewport.com.

Members of the NB Boardriders Club

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Members of the Newport Beach Boardriders Club


Decorative Arts Society getting ready to kick off 2017/2018 Lecture Series

On October 10, the Decorative Arts Society will kick off their 23rd annual lecture series. They will welcome the esteemed design team of Steve and Brooke Giannetti. “Stories and Dreams: Designing a Personal Home” is the perfect theme for this much-anticipated lecture.

Steve is a renowned architect who specializes in the unique combination of classical and modern architecture. Since founding the firm in 1994 he has designed homes around the world for clients in nearly every architectural style. He is now working on homes in California, France, Connecticut and Nashville. Brooke runs the company’s interior design studio and is the author of the design blog, Velvet and Linen. She and Steve are the authors of two books, Patina Style and the new Patina Farm, which highlights their home in Ojai, Calif.

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Decorative Arts Society kicks off lecture series with renowned architect and interior design team Steve and Brooke Giannetti

The firm’s work has been published in Veranda, The New York Times, Santa Barbara Magazine, C Magazine and the Los Angeles Times, as well as several other publications. “We are so excited to kick off our 23rd series with such a rich lecture which will cover the blending of architecture, interior and furniture design from such renowned individuals,” said Maureen Madigan, President of DARTS. “Steve and Brooke have such a wealth of knowledge and expertise.”

The Giannetti product lines include custom furniture, antiques and a new collection of Giannetti garments designed by son Charlie Giannetti. With a unified philosophy to create only the highest quality, carefully hand-crafted product, the Giannetti lifestyle brand continues to expand across the country. Brooke and Steve live on Patina Farm with their children, mini goats, dogs, Sicilian donkeys, sheep, chickens, and Hector, the house bunny.

The Decorative Arts Society, established in 1995, is a membership group of community-minded women and men who support the organization by participating in an annual lecture series presented by nationally and internationally known experts in the field of the decorative arts, including interior and fashion, architecture and landscape design.

Through this series, their members expand their knowledge of the decorative arts. Their subscriptions and donations to the Decorative Arts Society provide funds for projects and programs which benefit women and children in Orange County.

For more information and membership opportunities, contact Laraine Eggleston, Membership Chairman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and visit www.decorativeartssociety.net.


Critters in the Dark: Ocean Edition at ENC

Aimee Arvidson

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ENC Enrichment Coordinator Aimee Arvidson 

Join the Environmental Nature Center’s Enrichment Coordinator Aimee Arvidson for an evening exploring the deep dark ocean at ENC!

Children in grades 1 - 6 and their parents will examine the critters that live in the deepest parts of the ocean.

Don’t miss out on this exciting nighttime event. Cost: $8 per participant ($5 for members). Pre-payment is required.

Visit the website at www.encenter.org to sign up.

Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach.


CdM Home Tour tickets on sale now

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The 44th Annual Corona del Mar Home Tour takes place Tuesday, October 24, offering the public a unique opportunity to view beautiful homes throughout Corona del Mar and Newport Beach.

Your ticket (passport to visit the homes) for $80 entitles you to the following:

8 - 10 a.m., Light breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien, Fashion Island (also Will Call pickup)

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Home Tour

11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Luncheon by Pascal at Sherman Library & Gardens, Corona del Mar

11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Boutique at Sherman Library & Gardens, Corona del Mar

4 - 6 p.m., Afternoon reception at Bliss Home & Design, Corona del Mar

For more information and tickets, visit www.cdmhometour.com.


CdM football owns Newport Beach

By STEVE VIRGEN

Times have changed when it comes to high school football in Newport Beach. That was evident before and after the Battle of the Bay at Davidson Field on Friday night.

Corona del Mar is no longer considered solely elite when it comes to the country club sports: golf and tennis. CdM has become a football school.

They bullied Newport Harbor and built a 20-0 lead en route to a 39-21 victory, the Sea Kings’ fifth straight win over their Back Bay rivals.

There had been a time when the Sailors owned the Sea Kings. But everyone appeared to know that would surely not be the case this year.

CdM, and its fans, were ready. The school had sold out tickets on Tuesday and issued a special T-shirt for each ticket purchased.

The bright baby blue shirt had, “THIS IS OUR HOUSE,” emblazoned on the front. And on the back: “Corona del Mar Kings Krew.”

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Much was made about CdM being the first team to play in renovated Davidson Field this season. The Sea Kings agreed to make Newport Harbor the home team on Friday even though CdM had been slated to be the home team in the annual rivalry.

However, the Sea Kings were not about to give this game away. Over the past decade they have built a strong program. Newport Harbor has remained steady for the most part, but in comparison to CdM, the Sea Kings rule Newport Beach.

“We’re just trying to work our butts off and build Corona del Mar’s football program,” CdM coach Dan O’Shea said. “I can’t speak for Newport Harbor. We have so much respect for that program and coach Brinkley. They’ve kind of set the tone in high school athletics especially here in Newport Beach. We’re just worried about ourselves.”

When it comes to participation numbers, CdM vs. Newport Harbor is no longer an even playing field. CdM had nearly 90 kids come out for its freshman football team this year. Newport Harbor could only muster almost half of that.

Newport Harbor leads the Battle of the Bay series, 38-18, but this was the first time in the rivalry that CdM has won five in a row. After the victory, CdM posed with the winning trophy and each player held up five fingers to signify the achievement.

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Look for the trend to continue, as CdM has solidified itself as a football school.

“Our kids know our priorities,” O’Shea said. “It’s academics, being a man of character, being terrific community servants and the last thing we worry about is football. We’re proud of the numbers we have and we’ll continue to focus on us.”

O’Shea believes those attributes have attracted athletes to join the football team at CdM. 

The energy has carried over to the student body. On the visitor side at Davidson Field mostly everyone wore the bright baby blue T-shirts.

Michael Dobyns, the Associated Student Body director for CdM’s middle school and high school, said many had been wanting for the fan club, “Kings Krew,” to take off. It had been a bit dormant. But it certainly came to life on Friday night. There were close to 5,000 fans at Davidson Field on Friday night. About 2,400 of those wore those T-shirts proclaiming, “This is our house.”

CdM is hopeful it will have a stadium of its own on its campus. For now, the Sea Kings have made Davidson their home.

“It’s a little knock on Newport Harbor for the game,” Dobyns said of the T-shirts. “But in general it’s our house.”

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Steve Virgen is a longtime local sports editor and is a regular contributor to StuNewsNewport.


1/1 Marines injured in Pendleton exercise

Fifteen Marines from 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, and 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion were injured, most critically or severely, when their amphibious assault vehicle caught fire during a training exercise on Wednesday, Sept. 13. 

Their families have traveled from near and far to be with their loved ones as they begin what is expected to be a long road to recovery. 

Newport Beach and the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines Combat Unit have had a close relationship since 2003 when our city “adopted” the unit to assist with emergency family needs, and Unit social and community programs. That relationship led to the formation of the Newport Beach 1/1 Foundation, led by a group of community leaders, to provide ongoing financial support and maintain the strong relationship with the Marines and their families.

Since the accident, there has been an outpouring of care and support for the injured Marines and their families and many have asked what they can do to help. The Newport Beach 1/1 Foundation will remain in contact with the Unit and is committed to helping the injured Marines and their families wherever possible.

Those wishing to make a tax-deductible donation can direct contributions to the Newport Beach 1st Battalion, 1st Marines Foundation, at www.oneonemarines.com.


Spinnaker Investment Group surpasses $200 million in 16 months

Nichol Bridges

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Nichol Bridges, Spinnaker Investment Group’s Investment Consultant

Spinnaker Investment Group, LLC (Spinnaker), a privately owned, boutique investment company that strives to help clients realize financial independence, has surpassed $200 million in assets under management within 16 months of business. In an effort to support the needs of its growing client base, Spinnaker also announces the hiring Nichol Bridges, the company’s Insurance Consultant.

“We feel surpassing $200 million in such a short period of time is a testament to the trust that people have in us and our approach,” said Morgan Christen, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Spinnaker.  “We have grown quickly because of our unwavering commitment to our clients and community…our clients trust and refer us because we provide the highest level of comprehensive wealth management services and have their best interest in mind.”

With the addition of Nichol Bridges, Spinnaker now offers insurance services to its clients. Bridges focuses on educating and assisting clients on insurance and asset production. She brings more than 16 years of account and client management experience, which includes six years at the investment firm PIMCO. She is very involved in the local community and has devoted years to non-profit work with organizations such as Counterclockwise.

“Nichol is a strong addition to our team and a great resource for our clients,” said Joseph Stapleton, President of Spinnaker. “As Spinnaker’s in-house insurance expert, she will help our clients navigate the sometimes complex world of insurance and ensure they are setup on a plan that is to their benefit.”

Morgan Christen and Joseph Stapleton, who previously worked together for eight years, founded Spinnaker Investment Group in May 2016. An independent practice that does not represent a specific company, bank or Wall Street institution, Spinnaker confidently and autonomously advises clients on what they believe is the best way to achieve financial freedom. Their services include: Financial Planning, Wealth Planning, Retirement Planning, Asset Management, and Securities and Insurance. Spinnaker serves a broad client base throughout Southern California, but also has clients across the United States. It focuses on goal-based investing, portfolio vigilance and financial independence throughout its holistic approach.

The Spinnaker Team includes: Morgan Christen, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer; Joseph Stapleton, President; Andrew Krongold, Vice President; Anthony Puma, Financial Advisor; Vanessa Vigoren, Portfolio Administrator; and Nichol Bridges, Insurance Consultant.

For more information about Spinnaker, visit www.spinninvest.com


You must remember this: An homage to Mr. Wentz, our drama teacher at Harbor High

By NANCY GARDNER

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For many years, the drama teacher at Harbor High was Bob Wentz. I suppose one mark of success of a drama teacher is the subsequent careers of his students. Those I personally knew include Stuart Cooper, who made his acting debut in The Dirty Dozen and then went on to become an award-winning director; Ken Frankel, with a long and successful career in Japan; and Peter Jason (nee Ostling) with a long list of television and movie roles, most recently as Christina Basket’s brother in Baskets. I’m sure there are many more who have made their mark, but Mr.  Wentz inspired many students who went in much different directions. He gave them the opportunity to explore their creative sides in drama class before going into, say, accounting, although who’s to say they weren’t creative there as well, hopefully to the benefit of their clients.

Every year, the big production was the senior play. Those were different times, certainly in terms of what was acceptable in everyday speech, and plays were carefully chosen to avoid any kind of offense which probably explains why there were so many productions of Our Town and why we were doing Teahouse of the Autumn Moon and not Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf or Marat/Sade. Still, there were pitfalls even with the innocuous Teahouse.  One line in the original was “Damn it to hell, damn it to hell, damn it to hell!” This was deemed too jarring for delicate ears and was changed to “D double damn it!” – a nuance that still escapes me. 

The big deal, after the play was selected, was casting. After all, this was the year’s major showcase, and all we embryonic actors wanted a part, and this is where Mr. Wentz particularly shone. He seemed to take almost a holistic approach, considering not only talent but also the whole social milieu in which we moved. We are a pretty white community today. We were even whiter then which made Ted Haddock rather conspicuous. I don’t remember Ted’s ethnic background, perhaps Filipino, but whatever it was, he was clearly different than most of us, and while I don’t remember him being shunned, I do imagine there were slights, intentional or not, to which he was subject. Mr. Wentz cast him in the lead as Sakini, and he was brilliant in the role, far better than Marlon Brando in the film (granted it wasn’t one of Brando’s great roles).  As a result, Ted had a new cachet at school.

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The other major roles were double cast. In the role of Lotus Blossom, he put Sherry Florin for the first night. This is the glamour role in the play, and Sherry was definitely one of our glamour girls, so it seemed a bit of typecasting, but for the second night he put in a complete surprise. In first grade, this girl, in the lovely savagery of children, was dubbed Cootie Kay. I would love to say I stood up and denounced such a name, but I didn’t. I didn’t know what a cootie was, and even at that age I hated displaying any ignorance. By high school, the name had been dropped but the scars had to be there, and suddenly there she was as the glamorous lead – particularly striking since she wasn’t even one of the department stalwarts – and it had to feel great: a characteristic example of Mr. Wentz’s remarkable casting.

Speaking of stalwarts, I was one, and my role? I played the grandmother sitting on top of the cart with one line – phonetically, “akamashi eye oh, iko iko,” which meant, “Let’s get the hell out of here.” Not only was there only one line, the translation was given by Ted, which meant I didn’t even get the laugh. It was a bit of a blow to the ego to be relegated to such an insignificant part in the biggest production of the season, but I’m quite sure that Mr. Wentz knew that I wasn’t the type of kid it was going to affect in any major way, and he was right. Besides, I got to do Peter in a production of Peter Pan. There was also some editing in that play, changing the word fairy to sprite. In this case it was not to avoid offending, but for fear of getting an untimely guffaw from certain boys in the audience.

Mr. Wentz had a long and respected career at Harbor. He is remembered for the professionalism of the productions, the energy, enthusiasm and often success of his students, but I remember him as a man who had tremendous empathy for what can be a difficult period for so many and who came up with creative ways to help. 

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Nancy Gardner, former Mayor of Newport Beach, long-time resident and daughter of Judge Robert Gardner, is a regular contributor to StuNewsNewport.


School Notes

Battle of the Bay

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Battle of the Bay is this Friday at Davidson Field

NMUSD 

The district has adopted new curriculum for Math (Bridges) for Grades K-5 and for Reading and Language Arts (Wonders) for Grades K-6.

Andersen

A PTA Parent Representative is available at 8:15 a.m. the second Thursday of each month to give you a school tour. If you are interested, please check-in at the front office a few minutes before.

Back Bay/Monte Vista High School

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is pleased to announce the selection of Michael Wagner as assistant principal. 

College Park

NMUSD is pleased to announce the selection of Ryan Longacre as assistant principal. 

Corona del Mar Middle School

Middle School Promotion will take place on June 21, 2018.

Corona del Mar High School

NMUSD is pleased to announce the selection of Samantha Payne as assistant principal of Corona del Mar High School. 

High School Graduation will take place on June 21, 2018.

Eastbluff

There are so many great ways to participate in your child’s education at Eastbluff. If you want to volunteer on campus, you will need to go to the district website’s volunteer page to register. It’s easy, just click the link to the volunteer form and you will be directed to the webpage.

Ensign

Do you have a new idea for a club on campus? If so, please pick up a club application from Ms. Fryer in the front office. Applications are due this Friday, September 15 to the ASB window.

NMUSD is pleased to announce the selection of Jennifer Fox as assistant principal.

Harbor View

First PFO General Meeting of 2017-18, including a tour of the revamped Innovation/Technology Lab and Library Friday, September 15, 8:40 a.m. in the multi-purpose room. All parents are encouraged to attend.

Lincoln

The PTA raises funds to pay for programs that the District and State do not fund. These include: technology programs, certified art instructor, student enrichment programs and workshops, P.E. teacher – lower and upper grades, supplement classroom supplies and classroom aides.

Mariners Elementary

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is pleased to announce the selection of Ryan Longacre as assistant principal. 

Newport Coast

Please see link for Remind Texts for the instructions to sign up to receive text messages from NCE. Your participation will help us to communicate with you quickly and efficiently with messages that are important to you and your family. 

Newport Elementary

PTA Executive Board 2017-2018 includes:

President - Kathy Sinacori

VP Membership - Dena Baron

VP Fundraising - Helen Mikkelsen

Secretary - Alex Valencia

Treasurer - Joe Stack

Historian - Abbey Hill

Auditor- Heather Hansberger

Parliamentarian - Kirsten Price

Newport Harbor High School

Battle of the Bay Football Game

Date: September 15

Time: 7 p.m.

Tickets are available at the ASB window at NHHS starting Monday, September 11.

This game is always a sell out, so get your tickets early!!

This game can be viewed on FOX Sports GO.

Newport Heights

The PTA at Newport Heights plans and supports many functions throughout the year. Every one of our activities and fundraisers goes back to our core goal of supporting our students and teachers at Newport Heights. For more information, visit http://newportheightspta.com/

(Schools and PTAs, please submit pertinent school news and photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


Will the townhomes by Gallo’s ever be built?

By AMY SNIDER SENK

Gallos

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It’s been nearly five years since the City of Newport Beach gave permission for Plaza Corona del Mar, a project that would turn a one-time seasonal Christmas tree lot into a high-end townhouse complex and upgrade Gallo’s Italian Deli. But behind a dark green construction fence, the empty lot is unpaved and the 44-year-old sandwich stand remains the same underneath its familiar blue awning.

Back in early 2013, Gallo’s owner Magdi Hanna learned the city’s Planning Commission approved his plans to remodel the sandwich shop, add a second-story office and replace the adjacent lot with six townhomes. At the time, he expected ground to break by the year’s end. Then two years later, he said he hoped that construction would begin in that spring. But nothing has happened that a passerby would notice.

Architect Marcelo E. Lische said the project is alive, but now construction is scheduled to begin in 2018. In the past, he and Hanna have said the project could take 12 to 18 months to complete.

Newport Beach Deputy Community Development Director Brenda Wisneski said the commercial portion of the project has been modified several times, and that currently the plan check is expired. “I believe they may be pursuing the residential portion of the development before picking up the commercial side and resubmitting for plan check,” she said. Building permits have been issued for the residential portion of the development. “It is my understanding that they are pursuing the utility work on this side of the project before initiating construction,” she said.

Originally, plans included construction of six detached townhomes, each with a private elevator and views, built on top of a subterranean parking garage. The project also was approved to add a second story for office space above the existing deli. 

Hanna has owned the lots at 3900 and 3928 E. Coast Highway since 1995. Years ago, a burger stand and a gas station were located on the lots, and in 1973, Joe Gallo opened the first-ever Gallo’s Italian Deli there. By the time Hanna purchased the sandwich shop and nearby lot, a Unocal gas station was gone, and the deli stood alone next to the empty lot. Hanna said he hoped to build an auto spa there, but neighbors protested, and he decided to take a break and leave the gravel lot empty. A few years later, he said, he was working on a deal for a Jaguar dealership to be built on the lots, but that too fell apart in early 2000.

Over the years, he opened other Gallo’s sandwich shops and began working with architects and city planners on ways to change the Corona del Mar lots’ zoning status to residential. Over the years, he said, he’s worked with five different planners, and survived a citywide Zoning Code change in 2010 that changed the number of units he could build.

Meanwhile, the empty lot had been used as a seasonal Christmas tree lot, and its construction fence never stopped boasting of the project with an image of Plaza Corona del Mar as a finished building. After 20-plus years, Hanna could see the project come to life in a matter of months – part of the ever-changing Corona del Mar business district.

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Amy Snider Senk has lived in Corona del Mar for 17 years and until last year 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.


Toast to Glasscapes artists at Sherman Library

Cristy Aloysi

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Artist Cristy Aloysi creating glass sculptures in her studio

Sherman Library & Gardens is hosting a Meet & Greet event on Friday, September 22 from 7 to 9 p.m., for the public to meet the artists behind the exquisite Glasscapes sculptures throughout the garden.

Artists Scott Graham and Critsy Aloysi of Viscosity Glass Studio will give a presentation on their creative process, and will showcase a special selection of their amazing glass works that will be available for purchase that evening.

This free event will also feature live music by Sweetwater Creek, light appetizers and a no-host wine and beer bar.

To RSVP, visit www.slgardens.org or call 949.673.2261.

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

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Thousands to deep clean Orange County coast

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Let’s hit our Newport Beach beaches on Coastal Cleanup Day!

On Saturday, September 16, thousands of volunteers will head to Orange County beaches, bays and inland waters to leave them sparkling on Coastal Cleanup Day – the world’s largest trash pickup.

Last year, nearly 7,200 Orange County volunteers collected more than 56,600 pounds of trash and recyclable materials during this three-hour event across all parts of Orange County. This year, Coastkeeper expects an even bigger turnout and more trash removed from our local waterways. Trash from inland communities travels to the coast via rivers and storm drains. Trash cleanups stand as a last line of defense to prevent this debris from polluting the water and harming wildlife. 

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Trash Cleanup will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., followed by a Trash Free OC Jamboree from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – a beach party to feature sculpture made from trash!

If you would like to volunteer, our Newport Beach cleanup location is at Upper Newport Bay, Back Bay Science Center, 600 Shellmaker Road, Newport Beach.

For more information, visit the Orange Coast Coastkeeper website at www.coastkeeper.org or call 714.850.1965.


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.”

Yankee

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Animal Shelter

MEET YANKEE

Yankee is a 1-year-old Chihuahua mix. He loves playing fetch with toys and will bring the toy right back to you.

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 Yankee, 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 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.


New Special Education Coordinator named by NMUSD

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is pleased to announce the selection of Kimberly Doyle as the new Special Education Coordinator. Doyle has more than 20 years of experience in Special Education. She has a broad range of experience in areas of autism, severe disabilities, positive behavioral support, academic curriculum and assessment, and full inclusion methodologies.

Doyle has served as a classroom teacher and has been an autism/preschool program specialist in the Ocean View School District. She has distinguished herself as an educational leader in her field with vast knowledge of special education law, curriculum, instructional strategies and a passion for students with special needs.

“I am excited to support Newport-Mesa students, parents and staff as the special education coordinator. I look forward to working as a team for the success of our students with special needs,” Doyle said.

As a preschool/autism program specialist, Doyle built an impeccable reputation for approaching a diverse range of difficult issues with empathy and respect. She works to build understanding and support for the students, schools, parents and staff that she supports. Her ability to listen for understanding has helped guide parents through more than 1,000 Individual Educational Plan (IEP) meetings. She has led professional development for teachers, administrators and support staff on the implementation of educational curriculum and supervised applied behavioral analysis programs.

“Ms. Doyle brings with her incredible knowledge, understanding and passion for special education,” said Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services Sara Jocham. “We are excited to have her as a member of our Newport-Mesa family.”

Doyle received her administrative credential through the Orange County Department of Education, her master’s degree in special education and her multiple subject and special education teaching credentials from the University of San Diego, and her bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from San Diego State University.

Doyle will begin her new role this month.


Stump the Stu

Why it’s Hi and Lo, of course!

This one opened the floodgate. Correct guesses came in from Terry Aune Callahan, Patricia Zartler, Judy Mertz, Keith Yonkers and Tina Dougan.

That being said, nobody answered it like Alice Brownell from Balboa Island. 

“Hi and Lo as they were called lived on Balboa Island for over 50 years. They were neighbors of ours and were the sweetest couple. They were always holding hands and walking around Balboa Island. She was so short and was called Lo – (her name was Lois) – he was taller and called Hi. In their later years they would sit on the bench at Apolena and N. Bayfront holding hands and speaking to friends that would walk by.

“Years ago Miriam Baker, an artist that lives on S. Bayfront was walking by them and asked if she could take their picture. After Hi and Lo passed away, the Balboa Island association with the City of Newport Beach wanted to commemorate Balboa Island’s 100-year anniversary.

“Miriam Baker submitted to the association the idea of her casting a sculpture of Hi and Lo (who she had only met when she took their photo). Miriam did a fantastic sculpture…funds were raised and Hi and Lo continue to enjoy the view sitting on the Bayfront!”

Thanks Alice! Wonderfully put.

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The Jewish Collaborative of OC invites you to experience the New Year

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Whether you love traditional services or prefer engaging discussions, healing & wholeness workshops, family services, text study, expressive movement or even a New Year’s hike, come build your own High Holiday experience with the Jewish Collaborative of Orange County.

Traditional and alternative choices for celebrating Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur will be offered at “Experience the New Year: A Festival of Renewal,” taking place at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 2200 San Joaquin Hills Drive, Newport Beach.

Schedule includes:

Erev Rosh Hashanah and Rosh Hashanah Dinner, September 20

Rosh Hashanah Days 1 and 2, September 21-22

Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur, September 29-30

Join this distinguished team of rabbis, scholars and teachers for prayer and play, music and movement, reflection, renewal and more – Rabbi-Cantor Marcia Tilchin, Rabbi Shai Cherry, Rabbi Rachel Bat-Or, Rabbi Jason Rosner, Rabbi Peter Levi, Rabbi Michael Gilboa, Scott Spitzer, Ph.D., “Freedom Writers” Erin Gruwell, “Two Worlds” Jill and Amnon Damti and pianist Ron Levy.

Childcare is available. College students and active duty military may participate at no charge. For more information and to reserve your tickets, visit www.JewishCollaborativeOC.org, or call 949.402.8004.


Segerstrom Center’s Grand Opening of Julianne and George Argyros Plaza offers artistic surprises

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The fountain at Julianne and George Argyros Plaza

Segerstrom Center for the Arts will celebrate the opening of the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza and the Center for Dance and Innovation on Saturday, October 28, with the dedication taking place at 11 a.m. The Michael Maltzan-designed Argyros Plaza and Center for Dance and Innovation (CDI) are transforming the Center campus with the addition of inviting and flexible outdoor spaces an array of performances, community events, international festivals, pre-show dining and picnicking. Following the dedication, there is a full day of free family activities and an array of performances on the new permanent outdoor stage.

As soon as the sun goes down, the new Argyros Plaza lighting design will add a glow for music and dancing to ‘60s - ‘70s “let go and let dance” band Orgone and Bay Area soul band Monophonics.

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BANDALOOP, high above the crowd, will perform on opening day

For a dramatic climax to the day, BANDALOOP returns to the wall of Segerstrom Hall high above the stage with another gravity-defying vertical dance performance that weaves intricate choreography with the art of climbing and rappelling.

According to Segerstrom Center President Terrence W. Dwyer, “The Julianne and George Argyros Plaza and Center for Dance and Innovation, and the programs they host, reflect our commitment to complementing great performances with innovative community-focused initiatives to contribute in every possible way to the vitality of the county. We look forward to welcoming families and guests of all ages to the Argyros Plaza, a welcoming new public gathering place where people can connect culturally and celebrate the dynamic diversity of the County’s many wonderful communities.”

On opening day, the entire Center campus will be activated and ready to be enjoyed: the lively, full-service café; permanent stage; shaded seating and picnic areas with free Wi-Fi; and an observation deck atop the café where visitors can take in the plaza ‘scene’ or pose for selfies. It’s a perfect location to catch the Center’s new fountain at the entrance to the Argyros Plaza, a reflection pool 60 feet in diameter with arches of shimmering streams of water shooting 24 feet in the air.

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Monophonics will bring their unique style of soul to the Plaza grand opening

There will be entertainment throughout the day by community artists, choirs, school ensembles, a marching band, Taiko drummers and folklorico dancers. Center resident companies Pacific Symphony, Philharmonic Society of Orange County and Pacific Chorale will also join in the festivities, as will South Coast Repertory and Orange County Museum of Art.

Orgone

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Orgone takes the stage as the “let go and dance band”

Kids of all ages will get a jump on the Halloween weekend, decorating trick-or-treat bags and trick-or-treating at candy stations throughout the Center campus. Other fun attractions will include a caricature artist, face painting, dance class for all, Imagination Playground, food trucks, Music Mobile, puppet shows, and opportunities to observe classes by students of the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School and the School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities. Center Docents will provide tours of the Argyros Plaza, theaters and Center for Dance and Innovation.

All events are free and the festivities will continue until 10 p.m. The Julianne and George Argyros Plaza is located at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information about performances, events and times, visit the Center’s website at www.SCFTA.org


NBPD to focus on bicycle & pedestrian safety

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The Newport Beach Police Department will be conducting focused Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations on Monday, September 18 and Wednesday, September 27.

Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas that are frequented by bicyclists and pedestrians, and where recent traffic collisions have occurred, in an effort to reduce injuries. Education and enforcement will be targeted at drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians alike. The officers will be focused on specific offenses including driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, and any other dangerous activities.

Enforcement will be taken for observed violations when vehicles failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, or when pedestrians fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Citations will be issued to bicyclists who fail to follow the same traffic laws that apply to motorists, and to drivers who fail to share the road safely with bicyclists. Bicycle riders are reminded to always wear a helmet; those under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet by law. Pedestrians should only cross the street in marked crosswalks or at corners.

Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising in California as more people use these non-motorized means of transportation. Locally, the Newport Beach Police Department has investigated 10 fatal and 432 injury collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists during the past three years (statistics currently include September 2014 through September 2017). In 2014, California witnessed 697 pedestrians and 128 bicyclists killed in traffic collisions.

The Police Department remains dedicated to these efforts to prevent traffic-related deaths and injuries. They encourage motorists to stay alert and watch for bicyclists and pedestrians, especially when turning or changing lanes. The message to anyone on the streets in Newport Beach is: whether you are on wheels or on foot, it’s your responsibility to safely share the road.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


Local church, service club reach out to Hurricane Harvey victims

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A residence in Houston, after Hurricane Harvey struck

Two more Newport Beach entities are reaching out to victims of Hurricane Harvey, and StuNewsNewport has partnered in helping to get the word out as to where Newport Beach residents and businesses can donate.

In addition to financial donations parishioners raised through Catholic Charities (https://catholiccharitiesusa.org/donate-to-hurricane-harvey-relief), Our Lady Queen of Angels School is accepting new school supplies to be delivered to Houston-area schools once they begin to reopen. You can assist in the student-to-student program by delivering new school supplies or gift cards to 2046 Mar Vista Drive, Newport Beach.

To make financial donations that will go directly to Houston-area Rotary chapters, consider donating through the Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary: www.newportbeachsunriserotary.org. All of the funds will be used to help individuals impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

If you would like to donate tools, new school supplies, or gift cards, but can’t get to one of these drop-off locations, schedule a pickup with the Volunteers in Policing program by calling 949.644.3668 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. One of our Newport Beach Police Department volunteers will collect your donation from your home or business and deliver it to one of the organizations referenced.

If you know of a local organization or business that is helping out with a donation drive, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you to all who have made contributions


Little Lido Superhero Day has arrived!

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Today, Thursday, September 14, all kid superheroes are invited to “Little Lido Superhero Day,” at Lido Marina Village from 10 to 11 a.m.

Enjoy a story to find out if superheroes have teddy bears, and create an awesome superhero wand!

Stores will also be offering discounts. Each person who RSVPs will receive one entry for a drawing of the Book of the Day at Lido Village Books, $30 off $100 at Sweaty Betty, a $10 gift card to Yolk and 10 free juices from Juices Served Here. You must be present to win.

Visit www.lidomarinavillage.com for complete details. Lido Marina Village is located at 3434 Via Lido, Newport Beach.


Images Salon in CdM holds 16th annual Cut-a-Thon to benefit CHILDHELP

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Ron Perez, co-owner of IMAGES Salon and Ashley Leester, Salon Manager

On Sunday, September 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., IMAGES Salon in Corona del Mar is holding its 16th annual Cut-A-Thon to benefit CHILDHELP.

All haircuts are only $45. Don’t need a haircut quite yet? You can also get a shampoo and blowout.

There will be an opportunity drawing and silent auction packages, too.

One hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to CHILDHELP group homes located throughout Orange County.

Images Salon

Please Note: All appointments must be pre-paid (cash or checks made payable to CHILDHELP). For more information, call 949.675.5531, as space is limited.

IMAGES Salon is located at 2515 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.


Police Files

“Unregistered” sex offender arrested in Newport Beach

Richard Deane Harrington, Jr., 50, from San Bernardino, was arrested in Newport Beach early Monday morning on charges of failure to register as a felony sex offender and appropriating lost property.

Harrington, who lists his occupation as a taxi driver, was arrested at 26th Street and Newport Blvd at 12:43 a.m.

His bail was set at $20,000.

Friday was busy day for auto theft

Friday in Newport Beach was a busy night for auto theft. Three different suspects were arrested between the hours of 12:50 a.m. and 11:01 a.m.

First, Chase Gregory Backman, 24, from Anaheim, was arrested in the 2200 block of San Joaquin Hills Road, for taking a vehicle without owner’s consent. Additional charges included possession of narcotics and unlawful paraphernalia.

His bail was set at $20,000.

Then, Chad Ryan Reynolds, 23, Mission Viejo, was charged with taking an auto without the owner’s consent shortly after midnight. Additional charges included possession of unlawful paraphernalia, driving while suspended and three outstanding warrants related to unlawful paraphernalia and driving while suspended.

His bail was set at $51,000.

Finally, at 11:01 a.m., Luna Gabrial Riekeman, 22, Santa Ana, was arrested in the 2700 block of Newport Blvd. for taking an auto without the owner’s consent. 

Her bail was set at $20,000.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime reports


Guest Column

Sean Bolton, Principal, NHHS

Kathy Scott, Principal, CdMHS

Rivalry game calls for better than last year

Dear Corona del Mar and Newport Harbor High School Educational Communities,

Last year the Battle of the Bay football game at OCC was memorable for all the wrong reasons, diverting attention away from the great competition that unfolded on the field between two great high school football programs. The storyline was not the plays, or players, or coaches, but rather the student and parent behavior of a few who compromised the purity and wholesomeness of high school sports. Both schools managed multiple embarrassing incidents, related to underage drinking and intoxicated parents.  

This year, both schools feel strongly that we need to keep the game in perspective – a game played by dedicated teenage student-athletes who deserve to play in front of their home crowds in a positive environment.

Underage drinking is a crime and will not be tolerated. We are hopeful that all of you will make the right decision and good choices on this day. If not, the Newport Beach Police Department will be ticketing and arresting anyone who is illegally consuming alcohol on campus. 

Furthermore, if students are drinking, or under the influence, they will be disciplined by their respective schools per California Education Code 48900. In addition to criminal/legal actions by the Newport Beach Police, Education code 48900 gives authority to school administrators to discipline, suspend and potentially expel students for possession, use, sale or being under the influence of alcohol or other controlled substances before, during and immediately after a school event or activity.

Finally, if we have a drug- or alcohol-related incident at the game on Friday night, the Battle of the Bay football game will not be played in the evening, but perhaps be played during the daylight in 2018.

Show up sober, spirited, and ready to support and respect your home team.

Parents, we strongly urge your support and partnership on this. The history, the tradition and the future of this football game depends on all of us. Remember that CdM and NHHS are public high schools sponsoring and hosting a student athletic event – viewing it any other way is wrong. Our players and coaches, who give maximum effort to their respective programs, deserve better, and they have earned the right to be the focus of 2017’s football game storylines.

Jointly, for the future of this wonderful rivalry,

Sean Boulton, Principal             Kathy Scott, Principal
Newport Harbor High School    Corona del Mar High School


Friends of Harbor, Beaches and Parks celebrate their 20th anniversary

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The regional non-profit, Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks (FHBP) announces its 20th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The evening event will be held at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Drive in Upper Newport Bay. FHBP has been working to protect natural lands throughout Orange County since the County’s bankruptcy that took much-needed resources away from our parks. Through their efforts, 1,300 acres across Orange County have been preserved forever, with 400 more acres being restored to native habitat.

Highlights of the October 14 event include photographs with several rehabilitated wild animals from the Nature of Wildworks; delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks while overlooking Upper Newport Bay; bidding opportunities on creative silent auction items; great conversations and reunions with old and new friends; and a memorable evening with supporters and partners.

You won’t want to miss this! Each ticket includes one complimentary alcoholic beverage (must be 21 years or older). Tickets purchased on or before Saturday, September 30 are $40 per person. To learn more, visit www.fhbp.org/about-us/events.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Peotter calls “slander”…say what?

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If you like local politics, you’ll like this little email exchange between the Committee to Recall Scott Peotter’s Lynn Swain and Peotter himself.

But before we go there, a little recent history. A week ago there was a public records request email floating around town from former State Assembly candidate and local activist Bob Rush. He was looking for an “enemies list” supposedly in City Hall.

Rush appears to be mistaken. The letter in question from a former councilperson advised the Newport Beach City Manager and Police Chief several months ago of a “potentially dangerous multi-count felon” addressing City Council.

That type of notice has become common practice among cities following a shooting several years ago at the Riverside City Council.

Following Rush’s request, the Committee to Recall Peotter issued a statement requesting that Peotter fire Rush. Earlier this year Rush came out in support of Peotter.

Here’s the back-and-forth:

Peotter to Swain: “You neglected to include Bob Rush in your slanderous accusations distribution list. BTW Rush runs an independent PAC against the recall and is not part of my campaign in any form or fashion.”

Swain back to Peotter: “Also, what exactly was it that I said that was slanderous?”

Peotter: “You did accuse him of working for me...  :)”

Swain: “It appears that Councilman Peotter considers it to be a “slanderous” statement to “accuse” Bob Rush of working for him.  Apparently “working for” Peotter has more negative connotations than even we realized.”

Okay, I noticed the happy face in Peotter’s response. And, Scott can be a funny guy. But that’s a weird exchange.

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Vice President of the United States Mike Pence has decided that issues in Florida will preempt a fundraising trip to California that included a visit tomorrow at the Island Hotel. Good for our Veep to make the right decision.

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My friend Ivan Calderon, executive chef of Taco Rosa, will host “Battle of the Tequileros” on Mexican Independence Day, Saturday, Sept. 16 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Ivan calls it the “most diverse tequila tasting in all of Southern California!” It’s his fifth year and brings together 26 different tequila and mezcal brands. Guests will also enjoy tray-passed tapas-style bites.

Tickets for the 21-and-over event are available for purchase for $75 and offer guests an all-inclusive access. Tickets can be purchased by calling 949.720.0980 or online here: http://bit.ly/tequilero.

So where does the money go? Well, Ivan always looks out for the kids. This event will benefit Save our Youth, a local non-profit that provides youth enrichment programs and activities for at-risk teens in Costa Mesa.

If you’ve been to Taco Rosa, you know how good Ivan is. If you haven’t, here’s your chance…2632 San Miguel Drive. You won’t be disappointed.

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This tweet came through this week: Delta Airlines has NEW daily nonstop flights out of JWA to Detroit! The good news is that there’s probably one coming back, so you won’t be stuck.

Although, now that I think about it, Detroit can be beautiful in the winter. I remember watching the old Lions play in December. Yuck. Book now and who knows, maybe they’ll throw in a set of Ginsu knives.


ENC needs your trash!

pumpkins and fall leaves

The Environmental Nature Center’s annual Fall Faire and Pumpkin Patch takes place Sunday, October 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and they need your help!

They are collecting the following items for the Fall Faire Craft Walk:

Toothpaste tubes

Bottle caps

Black buttons

Corks

If you have any of these items, you can drop them off at the ENC between now and Wednesday, October 11.

ENC is also seeking volunteers to help out at the Fall Faire. If you’d like to volunteer on October 15, visit the website at www.encenter.org. If you can help toss pumpkins on October 13, sometime between 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., email Lori Whalen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please save the date for the Fall Faire featuring Birds of Prey, Savor OC, pony rides, henna, crafts & games, and more.

Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach.


Corona del Mar’s new street signs add a floral touch

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Crews installed dozens of new street signs along East Coast Highway in Corona del Mar on Wednesday morning, September 13, completing a project that the CdM Business Improvement District had been working on since 2014.

The signs have customized flowers to correspond with the flower names of each village street, along with the street name, on a blue background. The project cost about $15,000, including the design, fabrication and installation of a total of 52 signs, said Mary Locey, a Newport Beach city spokeswoman.

The project stemmed from B.I.D. plans to improve the Marguerite and East Coast Highway intersection. The new signs are in place throughout the village except where there are traffic signals or signalized crosswalks, Locey said


Assisting Hands Home Care Newport Beach named 2017 Franchisee of the Year

Judy Brady

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Judy Brady, Assisting Hands Newport Beach franchise owner

Assisting Hands Home Care national offices has announced that Newport Beach franchise owner, Judy Brady, has been selected to receive their highest-ranking honor as 2017 Franchisee of the Year. Brady was recognized during the International Franchise Association (IFA) Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting held in Washington, D.C. 

Brady was also chosen to receive Assisting Hands’ Best Customer Service Award and Caregiver of the Year Award for the Southwest Region. She was also recognized as a Silver Top Producer, an achievement bestowed by Assisting Hands’ national to their most accomplished franchisees.

“Judy by nature is compassionate and thoughtful while providing outstanding care to the elderly and disabled in Southern California,” said Lane Kofoed, CEO of Assisting Hands Home Care national. “Judy embodies ‘service with a smile’ which has resulted in us choosing her to receive this most prestigious award by Assisting Hands as Franchisee of the Year.”

Kofoed added, “For more than a decade, Judy has consistently operated a very successful business at Assisting Hands. She proactively reaches out to the communities she serves and supports those in need of kind and competent assistance.”  

Brady credits her conscientious and reliable staff with her company’s accomplishments saying, “Our successes are a result of our collective collaborative efforts, both administrative and caregiving staff alike. I am very proud of the individual roles we each play and our accomplishment as a team in fulfilling our commitment to provide the best possible service to our special and unique clientele.”

Since Brady became an Assisting Hands Home Care franchise owner nearly 10 years ago, she steadfastly grew her business even in the midst of the economic downturns that came shortly after she took the helm. 

When asked about her business philosophy, she refers to a Warren Buffet quote, “Your premium brand had better be delivering something special or it’s not going to get the business.” Brady credits her consistent strategy of providing the best service in the industry to meet the distinct needs of each of the communities she touches. 

“It’s very rewarding to build a successful company and be recognized by our national office in this way,” Brady said. “But the best part is sharing it with everyone back home in Newport Beach who have worked right alongside me. There’s no better reward!” 

For more information about Assisting Hands Newport Beach, visit www.assistinghands.com/newportbeach or call 949.650.2550.


Guest Column

Dave Kiff

An insider’s look at what’s going on in and around City Hall

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Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff

Happy September!

Here’s what might be of interest to you that’s on the agenda for the Newport Beach City Council meeting planned for Tuesday, September 12, 2017. I don’t summarize every item, so make sure you look at the City Clerk’s agenda page to read the whole agenda if you’d like. 

The study session is short with two presentations. It begins at 5:30 p.m. Following closed session items, the evening’s Regular Session will start at 7 p.m. Here are the items that may be of interest to you:

There is a proposal to purchase the old/closed McDonald’s site along Newport Boulevard (near 28th Street) and to use it for a new fire station to replace the one off of 32nd Street. We’ve been looking at various paths to replace the station, including rebuilding at the same location, purchasing land nearby, and/or working with the parking lot across the street. The McDonald’s site is a good opportunity to increase the footprint to make the station work better, with less backing up and more room for the equipment here. As folks know, this is one of just two stations that house a ladder truck. While some have expressed concern about having a station close to residences at 28th Street, fire stations can actually be pretty good neighbors. If anyone has concerns about this, please give me a call.

After having offered kudos to the Friends of the Newport Beach Library last time, it’s time to offer the same to the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation, as they are providing $155,000 to our great library system for materials, new computers, the literacy program, and more. NBPLF always delivers with great resources to further enhance our library system – thank you!

Following notice to over 22,000 households and a 45-day protest period, the Council will measure protest and consider whether to increase wastewater rates. This is never an easy decision. It’s one of the toughest decisions that elected officials have to make – on the one hand, they help keep our wastewater system functioning as costs to operate it continue to rise. On the other, no one likes new fees or rate increases. They can be burdensome on persons with fixed income. We worked hard to study the issue well and to propose something that’s tiered and modest. Please read more about the proposal, and how it might affect you, here. If you do choose to take a position as to supporting or opposing the change, you are welcome to do that too. The protest provisions are explained here. If you support the increase, you can simply e-mail the City Council at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Some community notes:

As we watch our neighbors in Houston, Puerto Rico and Florida deal with natural disasters, two thoughts come to mind. First, this is a great opportunity to remind ourselves that each of us, in our own homes, needs to be prepared for up to three days of self-sufficiency. Our award-winning CERT program does some great things in this regard, and you can learn more about them (and what you should be doing at home) here.  Second, the timing could not be better for our upcoming (this Saturday!) Disaster Preparedness Day, held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 9) here at the Civic Center Green. The day is coordinated with the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce’s “Green on the Green” Expo.

On a much lighter note, for the many Tijuana Dogs fans in town, they are back and performing at Marina Park this coming Sunday, Sept. 10th from 4 to 6 p.m. More information is here. I think this is our first concert at Marina Park since its opening.  

As school gets back in session, there are a few changes out there. These are especially around Newport Heights Elementary and Ensign Middle School – more sidewalks – yay! By now parents and students have been navigating them for a few days, but allow me to respectfully remind us all to be extra careful (and slow and attentive) when driving in school zones and especially these first few weeks as routines are being adjusted and established. 

Lastly, the ever-present subject of John Wayne Airport and new NextGen flight paths. Patience is really important in our dealings with the FAA, and I know that folks get frustrated with the pace of updates and changes. Please know that we continue to work regularly – daily most weeks – to protect your interests. Our goal is and has always been to get the FAA to keep the planes centered down the middle of the Upper Bay, avoiding homes as much as possible. If you have any JWA questions at all, I am happy to personally answer them and work with you as we navigate through these challenging changes. Give me a call or shoot me an email, please. 

Thank you for reading. Please forward this Guide to family, friends and members of your HOA if you represent one. I always like hearing from you, too, so please don’t hesitate to ask a question or offer a comment. 

Sincerely,

Dave Kiff

City Manager

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949-644-3001


The Dirty Book Club author coming to Central Library

Lisi Harrison and The Dirty Book Club

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Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy invites supporters to enjoy Happy Hour with Lisi Harrison, author of The Dirty Book Club, on Saturday, October 21 at 6 p.m. in the Friends Meeting Room at the Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Scheduled for release on October 10, The Dirty Book Club marks the New York Times best-selling author’s debut into adult fiction. The event includes a wine and cheese reception before the program, as well as a Q & A session following it. Books will be available for purchase and signing. 

Harrison’s novel focuses on four modern-day strangers who mysteriously inherit a dirty book club started in the 1960s. The unlikely friends bond over naughty bestsellers, sharing intimate details of their lives with each other. Inspired by the characters in the novels they read – and the notes passed down by the club’s original members – the new members of The Dirty Book Club help each other find the courage to rewrite their own stories and risk it all for a happy ending. 

Before becoming a best-selling author, Harrison was the Senior Director of Development for MTV where she created and developed the show “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County” for the network. She is the author of more than 25 books, including many in the very popular young adult fiction series, The Clique. A native of Canada, Harrison now makes her home in Laguna Beach.

Tickets for the Happy Hour with Harrison are available at $25 per person beginning September 1 at www.newportliteracy.org. Space is limited and tickets are expected to sell out quickly, as they did last year. 

Proceeds from the event fund literacy services for adult learners at the Newport Beach Public Library. 

For more information, contact Cherall Weiss, Literacy Coordinator, at 949.717.3874 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Tiny Naturalists at ENC

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Join Outreach Coordinator Mindy Schwartz for an unstructured “Parent and Me” style class on the Environmental Nature Center grounds on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. from September 11 through October 16, 2017.

Each week, you’ll hike out to a different habitat along their trails, set up a big blanket and relax with your babies in the shade of the forest canopy. Parents will get to know one another while the babies experience “tummy time” and free play outdoors. Each session will end with story time and a song.

This new series is geared for babies 3 - 9 months and moms or dads. Strollers are discouraged; baby wearing devices encouraged. Registration is required; no walk-ins. Babies only; no older kids permitted to attend.

For more information and to sign up, visit the website at www.encenter.org.

Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. Call 949.645.8489.


Medley to sing for Hatfields…no loss of “lovin feeling” here

Bill Medley

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Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer Bill Medley will return to Newport Beach, his home of nearly 40 years, on Monday, September 18, to host A Simple Evening with Bill Medley, a benefit for Lupus International. The annual event, held at the landmark Lido Theater, honors Medley’s late musical partner Bobby Hatfield and his wife Linda, who lost her battle with lupus in 2010. September 18 would have been Linda Hatfield’s birthday. 

Now in its eighth year, the fundraiser will feature a cocktail reception, an opportunity drawing and a live auction by Kent French of the Anaheim Ducks. The highlight of the evening will be a concert by Medley, accompanied by his daughter McKenna Medley. Medley will perform the Righteous Brothers classic hits “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” “Unchained Melody” and others.

Sponsored by Via Lido Plaza and Fritz Duda Company, the evening will begin with cocktails and gourmet bites from The Cannery, Blue Water Grill, Newport Rib Company, Campus Jax and Sabatino’s. 

Tickets for the evening start at $100 per person or $150 per couple for general admission seating for the concert. Companies and individuals can also become Gold Sponsors for $1,500, which includes 10 tickets with VIP concert seating. Platinum Sponsorship is $2,500 and provides 12 tickets with VIP concert seating, and Double Platinum Sponsorship is $5,000 with 12 front row seats for the concert. All sponsors receive recognition on the Lido Theater movie screen and in the program.

All proceeds from the evening will benefit Lupus International, which provides funding for support and research for this chronic autoimmune disease, as well as pediatric rheumatology fellowships at major teaching hospitals and leading research centers throughout the country.

Medley, who has supported Lupus International for 29 years, since the Hatfield family began fundraising for the organization, hosts this annual concert to carry on the Hatfield family’s legacy. 

To purchase tickets or for more information about A Special Evening with Bill Medley, visit www.lupusinternational.com.


Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

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Nothing like an ice cream on a hot day in Newport Beach in your Sunday best…sans shoes. The Balboa Pavilion can be seen in the background.

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


NMUSD announces assistant principal appointments

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) has announced the selection of Michael Wagner as assistant principal of Back Bay/Monte Vista High School, Ryan Longacre as assistant principal at College Park and Mariners Elementary Schools, Samantha Payne as assistant principal of Corona del Mar High School and Jennifer Fox as assistant principal of Ensign Intermediate School.

Michael Wagner has 11 years of experience with NMUSD, spending eight years as a classroom teacher at Back Bay/Monte Vista and the past three years as a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) as an administrative intern at Back Bay/Monte Vista. He is known for his passion for alternative education and his unwavering dedication to the students and staff at his school. His collaborative approach to building and leading teams has built positive relationships through all facets of his high school community.

“I believe in giving students the attention that they need when they need it,” Wagner said. “I am looking forward to continuing to successfully support the students and staff at Back Bay/Monte Vista as we work to provide the tools necessary for each student to graduate,” he said.

Ryan Longacre has been an educator with NMUSD for the past 12 years, serving in a variety of teaching and leadership roles at Davis, Newport Coast and California elementary schools. He began his career with NMUSD as a sixth grade teacher and through the past 12 years has taught in grades four through six. He has experience with the Gifted and Talented Education program (GATE) and most recently served as a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) for elementary education.

“I believe that high quality instruction is imperative for all of our students,” Longacre said. “I eagerly look forward to working in collaboration with the great students and staff at College Park and Mariners elementary schools,” he said.

Samantha Payne has been with NMUSD since 2001, and has 17 years of experience in education as a teacher, and as a middle and high school administrator. Prior to her new role as assistant principal at Corona del Mar High School, Payne was an assistant principal at Ensign Intermediate School. She also was an administrative intern at Corona del Mar High School before joining Ensign.

“While I love and will miss the Ensign school community, I am excited to return to the CdM campus,” Payne said. “I look forward to working collaboratively to support students and staff, and continuing the many amazing successes at CdM,” she said.

Jennifer Fox has been with NMUSD since 2003 and prior to her new role as assistant principal at Ensign Intermediate School, she was a teacher and administrative designee at Estancia High School. Fox is known for her strong curriculum knowledge and ability to connect with and help students of all abilities succeed.

“Jennifer demonstrates a passion and desire to help students learn and has many and various experiences to draw from,” said Michael Halt, principal at Estancia High School. “She is a self-driven individual with a special talent to bring out the very best in everyone,” he said.

All assistant principal appointments are scheduled for Board of Education approval at the September 12, 2017 board meeting.


Interfaith Council to present mayors’ luncheon

Join the Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council on Wednesday, September 13 for a luncheon meeting, featuring a welcome to all new clergy in the area and an update on our cities from three local mayors: Newport Beach Mayor Kevin Muldoon, Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley and Irvine Mayor Donald P. Wagner.

The luncheon meeting begins at 11:45 a.m. and takes place at the Costa Mesa Baha’I Center, 1950 Church St., Costa Mesa. The cost is $12 with a reservation (RSVP by Tuesday, Sept. 12); $15 at the door (cash or check only). Some parking is available onsite.

For more information, email Farrah N. Khan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. www.NMInterfaith.org


Police Files

“Sober living manager” busted for DUI/drugs

Lindsay Morgan Davidson, 33, Huntington Beach, was arrested Thursday, Sept. 7, at E. Balboa Blvd. and Washington Street for Driving Under the Influence/Drugs. The incident took place at 11:08 a.m.

Davidson listed her occupation on the arrest log as “sober living manager.”

Bail was set at $2,500.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime reports


Stasha Has a Nose for News – bidding farewell to my monthly StuNews column…for now

Last month I wrote about getting a new dog in our house. My cousin Rocco came to live with us and now is a permanent member of our family. I’ve got to say it took a few weeks of getting used to another doggie, sharing toys and mom’s attention. But Rocco and I have worked through our issues and now we’re best buddies.

Rocco and Stasha

We hang out on the couch and watch DOGTV together. I’ve been busy introducing him to all my friends in Newport and in Las Vegas and we’ve been partying up a storm. We’ve been throwing pool parties for our pooch friends.

pups in the pool

Mom says Rocco and I are a bit more work for her, but I can tell she’s happy our fur family has grown. As the only pet in the house, it was a lot of pressure on me since mom’s focus was all about me. She’s more relaxed now that I have a constant playmate. This also means I don’t have as much time on my paws as I had before to write this column as my social calendar has really filled up. 

Cali and Stasha

My friend Cali and I were talking about it over Labor Day weekend, and September makes a year that I’ve been penning thoughts about the crazy canine world I live in for Stu News. And I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. But now it’s time to do other things. I’m not saying that you won’t hear from me from time to time, just not monthly as you have.

I want to take this opportunity to thank Tom Johnson for giving me the opportunity to be Newport’s first canine columnist for Stu News, and to my editor Lana Johnson for her encouragement. It’s not easy typing with paws and she makes sure she catches all my typos.

I hope my readers will continue to join me in supporting the new group in town, Friends of Newport Beach Animal Shelter (FONBAS) and their efforts. I’m planning on attending their first official fundraiser, a costume party for pets, Saturday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., at Marina Park, 1600 West Balboa Blvd., on the peninsula.

They’ll be lots of costume categories as well as celebrity judges – mom and I will be judges, as will my trainer Vladae the Russian Dog Wizard, voted Number One Dog Trainer in Orange County. Not only will Vladae judge events, he will give training tips to make your doggie the best behaved on the block. You can get more information on their site at www.fonbas.org.

I’m very blessed to have been a rescue dog and I would urge any family looking for a pet to save a life by rescuing, which is why it is so important to support FONBAS.

It’s been my pleasure to share thoughts and doggie tips with my readers this past year. Stay fun and in touch! You can reach me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Check out my past columns at www.bvontv.com.


Stump the Stu

Don’t you wish love was so easy?

We gotcha last week with no correct guesses. So, here’s an easy one. Sure you’ve seen it, but I want their names as well as their location. Bonus points for telling The Stu what the plaque reads. 

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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Lugano comes up big for SPIN

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(L-R): Jean Wegener, Executive Director of SPIN with Stuart Winston

More than 80 guests converged in the elegant salon of Newport’s Lugano Diamonds at the invitation of Lugano executive CMO Stuart Winston and Lugano owners Idit and Moti Ferder. 

The chic mid-week repast was catered by the Island Hotel with white gloved wait staff presenting amazing appetizers from Beef Wellington to Thai shrimp among the impressive selection served. 

Guests were greeted with champagne on arrival and ushered into the salon where exquisite models paraded and displayed the one-of-a-kind jewelry creations by Moti Ferder that have made Lugano internationally famous among the world’s most discriminating clientele.  

In one corner of the main room, a glass-enclosed box case featured elegant diamond and ruby drop earrings being donated by Lugano to SPIN as the opportunity prize for its upcoming annual gala dinner set for September 23 at Big Canyon Country Club. Valued at $10,000, the earrings will help SPIN raise needed funds to support its work with placement of homeless families in permanent housing in Orange County. Only 250 tickets will be sold at $100 per chance raising an anticipated $25,000 for SPIN.

Welcoming donors and guests including Kim and Dick Crawford, Peggy Listi, Melanie and Ed Fitch, Mary Lou and Wayne Shattuck, Christina and Ken Ryder, Anne and John Wortmann, Devon Wortmann, Kimo and Alison McCormick, Susan and Ken Krueger, Lana Sills, Chef Jamie Gwen, Barbara Eidson, Heidi Miller, SPIN’s executive director Jean Wegener and Kim Frazier, development director for the charity. 

Wegener commented,” When I stared with SPIN in 1991 we helped 40 families that year with housing placement and social services. This year we will help 450 families. The need is great. Your support changes lives one at a time. We are proud of our success and even more proud of the people we help.”

To learn more about the work of SPIN, visit www.SpinOC.org.

To purchase an opportunity ticket for the Lugano earrings, go to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 714.751.1101, ext. 19. 

A few tickets to the annual September 23rd dinner are also available at $300 per person.


Letter to the Editor:

Enough is Enough

Since leaving the city council, I have tried to refrain from commenting on the actions of the new council, but the irresponsible decision to turn down over $480,000 in tax revenue, paid by Newport Beach residents to fix our streets, demands comment. It was only citizen outrage that forced the council to reverse this misguided decision.

Right up until the day he flip-flopped, Councilman Scott Peotter was the primary defender of this action. He called the street improvement funds “free money” and claimed the amount was not really significant. Peotter disparaged other former council members who challenged this decision and he asserted he was “standing on principle” to send a message to Sacramento.

How foolish these arguments look in the light of the resident response. This is not the first time Peotter has put some vague political principle ahead of the interests of Newport Beach taxpayers. At the same time Peotter was defending the rejection of our own road improvement funds, Duffy Duffield was sending mail on behalf of Peotter claiming that if the recall moves forward, cuts in street improvements would be required. This cynical and deceitful exercise shows why now is the time to recall Peotter. Had the rejection of road funds continued, it would have cost city motorists $1.9 million annually. Peotter and Duffield wrap themselves in the “Republican” banner, but their policies are neither Republican nor conservative. They are simply financially incoherent and irresponsible.

I expect that Peotter and Team Newport puppet master Dave Ellis will respond to this commentary with some personal attack. It’s what they have done to other critics such as Nancy and Susan Skinner, Jean Watt, Keith Curry and Mike Toerge. They have nothing else. The two recent mailings by Duffield didn’t even mention Peotter’s name except in the legal disclosure and the rescission card. It’s time to return to a city council that considers road repair a core service of the city, not a vehicle to play political games. It’s time to return to a council that understands why the position is a non-partisan position dedicated to solving local problems, not perusing state and national partisan politics at the expense of our city’s tax payers.

Rush Hill, Mayor, 2013-2014

Newport Beach


Tourism Matters

Gary Sherwin

Newport Beach Summer highlights

Gary Sherwin

Newport Beach & Co. President & CEO

From beach chairs and umbrellas to notebooks and pencil sharpeners, the seasonal aisles of our local retail outlets have marked the shift from summer to fall. Of course, there’s still time to reflect on the phenomenal summer period that is coming to a close, as well as look at what’s in store during the cooler months ahead. 

Last month, I shared research as it related to room nights booked (more than 182,000 from both group and leisure guests) and how the economic impact from these visitors allows for the residents of Newport Beach to maintain lower taxes and the services and amenities they’ve come to expect. In fact, we have even more great news to share at the Annual Marketing Outlook dinner on September 28 (more on that later), but before then, I have to say, the summer success story this year is the Balboa Peninsula Trolley. With a projected forecast of 300 - 400 riders per day, the actual ridership was often double or triple that daily estimate, on average, and the Fourth of July holiday saw more than 2,000 Southern Californians using the service. The complimentary rides provide a fun and nostalgic mode of transportation that elevate the experience of the area while also relieving traffic congestion. All around it’s been a hit and many are looking forward to the Trolleys’ return next year.

Another recognition due was the recent announcement that beloved former City Manager Homer Bludau was presented with the 2017 Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award. A Newport Beach resident for almost two decades, Bludau has served in a professional capacity, as the aforementioned city manager 1999-2009, as well as serves the community as a board member for the Environmental Nature Center and Visit Newport Beach, which I can personally say he is a pleasure to work alongside. In addition, he is on the Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church parish council and is a Chamber of Commerce Commodore. A well-respected fundraiser, Bludau actively raises money for the local outpost of the American Cancer Society and is a past president of the Coastline Community College Foundation board. He is a Vietnam War veteran having served in the Air Force. 

Just like the end of the calendar year is a time for reflection and goal-setting for the year ahead, the end of summer marks the end of high-season for the destination making it the perfect time to take stock of the year past and look ahead. At Newport Beach & Company we do this via the annual Marketing Outlook (AMO) dinner. At AMO the team will share the results of our sales and leisure efforts, a new visitor profile study, and the new destination brand campaign shot and launched last fall. The theme this year is ‘Go Beyond’ and is a reflection of the destination’s ‘Journey Well Beyond’ tagline, but truly is an internal challenge to go the distance and to really elevate the brand and the experience for our guests. This theme truly resonates with the work done with our domestic and international initiatives, and is already guiding future efforts. I look forward to seeing you there and sharing the details in person!

Journey Well,

Gary C. Sherwin, CDME
President & CEO

Newport Beach & Co.


Farm to Fork: A Foodie’s Point of ViewFork

By LANA JOHNSON

Latest restaurant news around town

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Bayside Restaurant to hold monthly fundraiser for Harvey relief

Bayside Restaurant is holding a month-long fundraiser benefiting victims of Hurricane Harvey. Executive Chef Paul Gstrein has crafted a special menu available throughout September with a portion of the proceeds earmarked for those impacted by the storm. Bayside also will accept checks and other forms of payment for the American Red Cross/Hurricane Harvey fund. Bayside owner Marc Ghoukassian said that many of his staff have friends and family living in the Houston area who have been displaced from their homes and are in need of help.

 “It’s times like these when Americans set aside their differences and pull together as one to help our fellow citizens,” said Ghoukassian. “We are heartbroken for all those impacted by the storm and hope that our fundraiser will help those in need.”

For more information, visit www.baysiderestaurant.com. Reservations can be made by calling 949.721.1222 and visit www.RaysideRestaurant.com.

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Join baker & olive every other Friday at their Corona del Mar location for an exclusive chef demonstration with Chef Maria Crow. Contact the store at 949.759.1185 or visit their Facebook and/or Instagram (@bakerandolivecdm) pages to see what’s cooking! RSVP is required and space is limited. In addition, they carry an impressive selection of olive oils, balsamic & specialty vinegars, charcuterie and cheeses, pantry items and gift sets.

baker & olive is located in Corona del Mar Plaza at 928 Avocado Ave., Corona del Mar.

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Lido Bottle Works in Lido Marina Village is now open for weekend brunch, served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Specialties include Chorizo Hash, Smoked Jidori Chicken, Steak Frites, Dory Catch, and a Cheese & Charcuterie Board, among other selections. They pride themselves on using local and sustainable ingredients, which perfectly pair with specialty craft beer, wine and cocktails.

Lido Bottle Works is located at 3408 Via Oporto, Ste. 103. Newport Beach. For reservations, call 949.529.2784 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Marché Moderne, aka, “modern market” is bringing its distinguished French American cuisine to Crystal Cove Shopping Center and has just recently opened! The 4,200-square-foot restaurant hosts an exhibition style kitchen, a main dining room featuring Patrick Jouin-designed leather chairs and an expansive patio. Husband and wife chef owners Florent (executive chef) and Amelia (pastry chef) debuting new dishes to include Braised Veal and Crayfish Blanquette with yellow wine, fresh morels and tarragon; Ris de veau Gratine (parmesan-crusted sweetbreads with spinach and parsley); and Cabillaud (Scottish cod with green cauliflower, caper and chorizo). Save room for dessert for the caramelized peach financier cake with salted caramel crème fraiche, or the traditional Napoleon with raspberry crème or Grand Marnier-infused cream. Dinner service begins at 5 p.m.

Marché Moderne is located at 7862 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Coast.

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The Dub, a gastropub formerly known as Crow Bar and Kitchen, recently closed its Corona del Mar location. The shutdown comes a year after the original owner of Crow Bar sold the hipster bar to the operators of The Auld Dubliner in Tustin. When it opened in 2007, Crow Bar and Kitchen was a local pioneer with its gourmet pub grub menu. After the new owners took over, they made major changes to the local hangout including rebranding it to “The Dub.”

The Dub was located at 2325 E. Coast Highway, Corona de Mar.

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In conjunction with its 20th anniversary, the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) will host the 2nd Annual “Tastemakers of Orange County” culinary event on Wednesday, September 20 at SOCO and The OC Mix at 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa.

Participating chefs and their Newport Beach restaurants include Ivan Calderon, Taco Rosa in Newport Coast and Shelly Register, A Market in Newport Beach. The celebration will include food tastings, fun entertainment, and silent & live auctions. Tickets are available for $135 for VIP, which allows early entry at 6 p.m., and $95 for General Admission, from 7 - 9 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit www.tastemakersofoc.com.

Ciao Vincenza!


Corona del Mar Residents Association hosts monthly board meeting, September 21

The Corona del Mar Residents Association (CdMRA) will host its monthly board meeting on Thursday, September 21 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at OASIS Senior Center, Room #5, 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar.

This month’s meeting will begin with a City Council report and then be followed by these guest speakers:

Newport Beach Fire Chief Chip Duncan (National Disaster Preparedness Month: 2017 Hurricane & Wild Fire seasons)

Code Enforcement Supervisor Matt Cosylion (Short-Term Rental Updates)

The City’s new Community Development Director Seimone Jurjis

A business meeting will take place after the guest speakers. All Corona del Mar residents; there is no admission charge. 

For more information and to RSVP, contact the CdM Residents Association by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Call 949.478.2454.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON 

VP Pence coming to town with friends

TomJohnsonLooking for ideas for lunch this week? Check this out. Friday, Sept. 15, Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence will join House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy for a fundraiser at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach.

Get this, tickets are as follows: Event Host, $100,000, Co-host $50,000, VIP Roundtable $25,000, VIP Photo, $10,000 and for just a luncheon ticket, you can plop down $2,700.

That’s a little more than my pocketbook is comfortable with these days.

The event, however, will raise monies for California Victory 2018.

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Former State Assembly candidate and Newport Beach resident Bob Rush has supposedly been requesting access to an “enemies list” he claims is held at City Hall.

What it appears he’s talking about is an email some time back alerting Police Chief Jon Lewis and City Manager Dave Kiff to the presence of a potential problematic activist at a Council meeting.

In April, a blog commentator, ET Snell, made an appearance. A Google check of him shows, “He has two felony assault convictions in Pomona, he was arrested for threatening to rape the city clerk in Bell and plead no contest to a felony charge regarding this.”

Former City Mayor and City Councilman Keith Curry brought this matter to the attention of Lewis and Kiff for security measures for the Council.

“On an interagency basis, law enforcement exchanges information on frequent council gadflies who have the potential for violence. This is a result of the shooting at the Riverside City Council a few years back,” Curry said.

Rush, who came out earlier in the year as a supporter of Councilmember Scott Peotter in the recall efforts against him, appears to be trying to connect the “enemies list” somehow to the Recall for Peotter folks.

As the recall deadline approaches towards the end of October, expect more nastiness to occur.

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The Irvine Company, headquartered in Newport Beach, announced last Friday that they “will collaborate with the City of Irvine to submit a responsive and compelling proposal to lure Amazon’s second headquarters to the thriving and growing city. 

“Our proposal will meet Amazon’s ambitious specifications and offer a promising and productive environment to nurture its long-term success,” said Donald Bren, the Irvine Company’s visionary chairman. The proposal will be submitted by the October 19 deadline set by Amazon.

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Diane Daruty, president and organizer of the Newport-Mesa Spirit Run, has announced that, “There will be a memorial service celebrating the life of Juan Ramirez on Sunday, Sept. 17 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. at the Newport Beach Civic Center. Everyone who loved Juan is welcome and encouraged to attend.”

Ramirez was killed by a hit-and-run driver last month in Fountain Valley while he was out doing what he loved, running.

For planning purposes, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP and if you would like to participate in planning or conducting the service.

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A couple of birthdays or anniversaries to shout amongst the rooftops: Fashion Island turns 50 this month and your StuNewsNewport celebrates one year! 

Thanks to all of our readers and advertisers who have supported us.


Christopher Radko ornament honors Halloween

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Roger’s Gardens is offering a La Calavera Negra ornament, a glittering Day of the Dead skull ornament by Christopher Radko, exclusively available in their Collectible Radko room in the Gallery. This hand-painted gem belongs to the 2017 Halloween Collection and displays a traditional Latin pattern and style. It measures 4.5 inches and retails for $49.

Dia de los Muertos takes place Tuesday, October 31 - Thursday, November 2. According to tradition, it is believed that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them.

For additional Halloween décor and accessories, check out their Magic & Mayhem Halloween boutique, fall silk arrangements and wreaths in the Garden Room, tin pumpkins in the Potting Shed, and specialty pumpkins and gourds in all shapes, colors and sizes in the Gardens.

Roger’s Gardens is located at 230 San Joaquin Hills road, Corona del Mar. www.rogersgardens.com. Call 949.640.5800.


Café Ludwig and host Orli Shaham are back

Café Ludwig, Pacific Symphony’s perennially popular chamber music series, launches its 2017-18 season by asking the question: was Schubert Beethoven’s biggest fan? 

The incomparable pianist and host Orli Shaham, whose playing the London Guardian has called “perfection,” enters her 10th season of performing and curating the series with a tantalizing program that explores the relationship between the two musical giants, Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert.

Shaham’s intriguing programming always includes a thematic thread that connects the individual pieces. For this concert, the audience discovers that Schubert indeed became a passionate devotee of the older composer’s music. In fact, on his deathbed Schubert asked to be buried in a grave alongside Beethoven. 

In addition to Shaham, the program spotlights the talent of two exceptional Symphony musicians: violinist Paul Manaster and cellist Timothy Landauer.

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Timothy Landauer

Audience members sip coffee or tea and sample sweet treats in a coffeehouse-style setting, while enjoying the aural beauty of Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata and Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major, D. 898; plus, Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109.

The matinee performance of “Beethoven & Schubert” takes place Sunday, October 8, at 3 p.m., in the Samueli Theater at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. 

Season ticket packages are $189-$240. Single tickets are $70 and $89. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 714.755.5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.


You’re invited to the Corona del Mar Networking & Speaker Luncheon

Robert Knop

Come enjoy a delicious lunch, meet new business acquaintances and learn how to gain and retain clients using social networks! It’s all taking place at the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce Networking & Speaker Luncheon on Tuesday, September 19.

The featured speaker is Robert Knop, founder and CEO of Assist You Today. Traditional methods of gaining and retaining clients are becoming less and less effective. The solution is social selling, which has quickly become a game-changer to acquire new customers, onboard top talent and retain current clients. Discover tips and tools to transform your business, drive high-quality lead generation and nurture lasting exiting relationships via digital and social.

Check in and networking from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; lunch and program from 12 to 1:15 p.m. Cost: Chamber members, $30; non-members, $40.

The host location is Bayside Restaurant located at 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach. To reserve your seat, visit This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.673.4050.


See who won at the OC Fair from your neighborhood

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The 2017 OC Fair had a record year for competition entries with 4,219 exhibitors submitting 23,000 entries. This was 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 some 10,000 prize ribbons were handed out. At this year’s Junior Livestock Auction, 299 animals were sold for a total of $275,533.

The 2017 OC Fair ran July 14-Aug. 13 and was visited by 1.3 million people. The 2018 OC Fair will be July 13-Aug. 12. Visit www.ocfair.com for more information and for competition guides and deadlines that will be posted for next year›s Fair.

2017 OC Fair competition winners from the Newport Beach area are listed below by city. 

CORONA DEL MAR

First place winners:

Elyssa Fournier – Culinary Arts-Confections (Caramels); Confections (Other) / Special Placing: Staff Award, Division Winner/Judges’ Award

Mary Lee Gair – Floral Arrangement: Non-Professional Arrange (Bridal Shower); Floral Arrangement: Non-Professional Arrange (Exhibitor’s Choice) / Special Placing: Best of Show, Division Winner

Bret Hanson – Beer: Fruit Beer (Fruit Beer)

Tink Hays – Adult Fruit & Vegetable: Specimen in 2 classes (2 Cherry Tomatoes) (Tomatoes)

Second place winners in various categories: Elyssa Fournier, Mary Lee Gair, Bret Hanson, Tink Hays, Jordan Young

Third place winners in various categories: Elyssa Fournier, Mary Lee Gair, Tink Hays, Wendy Jeffries, Loretta Leat

Total number of wins from Corona Del Mar: 44

NEWPORT BEACH

First place winners:

Christine Carlson – Table Settings: Rectangle Table, 2nd Show (Paper or Plastic?)

Stanley Carlson – Culinary Arts: Leavened Bread (Wheat or Whole Grain Bread)

Penny Fleming – Collections: Collections (Household) / Special Placing: Best of Class/Judges’ Award

Nicholas Gunn – Photography: Color Photos, Places (Seascape, Waterscape)

Brody Jacobs – Youth Fruit & Vegetable: Largest Item (Largest Apple)

Joe Jacobs – Youth Fruit & Vegetable: Largest Item in 2 classes (Largest Onion) (Largest Radish)

Michele Jacobs – Adult Fruit & Vegetable: Most Unusual Looking (Any Other)

John H Livingston – Culinary Arts: Jellies in 2 classes (Pepper) (Single Fruit) / Special Placing: Division Winner/Judges’ Award

Ella Okeefe – Youth Fruit & Vegetable: Largest Item (Largest Carrot)

Donald Smith – Collections: Collections (Fantasy & Science Fiction) / Special Placing: Best of Class/Judges’ Award

Flo Vallejo – Adult Fruit & Vegetable: Specimen Produce in 2 classes (3 Berries) (Peaches)

Erik Weigand – Adult Cut Flower: Specimen Bloom (5 Hydrangea) / Special Placing: Best of Show, Division Winner

Dan Yovanovic – Collections: Collections (Dolls, Toys, Games & Novelty Items) / Special Placing: Best of Class

Nan Yovanovic – Collections: Collections (Sports) / Special Placing: Best of Class/Judges’ Award

Yovan Yovanovic – Collections: Collections (Movies, TV & Entertainment) / Special Placing: Best of Show/Best of Class

Second place winners in various categories: Julia Burnside, Penny Fleming, Verna Glancy, M Gunn, Sarah Jay, Kathy Kenna, Gaylene Litten, John H Livingston, Christopher Madsen, Kalika Slevcove, Claudette Truex, Jasmine Wilson, Dan Yovanovic

Third place winners in various categories: Penny Fleming, Eythan-James Francois, Brody Jacobs, Mike Slevcove, Claudette Truex, Lori Weigel 

Total number of wins in Newport Beach: 90

NEWPORT COAST

First place winners:

Amanda Milliken – Youth Poultry: Standard-Continental Breeds (Hen)

Sarah Milliken – Egg Contest: Eggs, Youth Competitors (Bantam Chicken Breed); Youth Poultry: Bantam, Modern Game (Pullet); Bantam, Rose Comb/Clean Legged (Pullet); Bantam, Rose Comb/Clean Legged, D’Anver (Pullet); Bantam, Feather Legged, All Other Breeds (Pullet); Standard, All Other Standard Breeds in 2 classes (Cockerel) (Pullet) / Special Placing: Youth Poultry Best Modern, Youth Poultry Champion RCCL, Youth Poultry Champion AOSB

Second place winners in various categories: Henny Halim, Amanda Milliken, Sarah Milliken

Third place winners in various categories: Amanda Milliken, Sarah Milliken

Total number of wins in Newport Coast: 44 


Shop Talk Shopping Bag

By LANA JOHNSON

Fashion Island Appreciation Day, Style Week

Come celebrate 50 years of style at Fashion Island during their Birthday Bash on Saturday, September 9 from 2 to 6 p.m. Celebrate with sweet treats, entertainment and exclusive in-store promotions in each major courtyard. Don’t forget to stop by the Atrium Lawn and get your 50th birthday photo opportunity! For information on stores that will be offering special discounts, visit www.shopfashionisland.com.

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Now trending: Style Week OC is returning to Fashion Island for a weekend brimming with celeb influencers, A-list bloggers, panels, pop-ups and parties on Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16. Moviegoers are in for a treat. THE LOT has signed a lease with Fashion Island and is slated to begin construction after Labor Day. The cinema will bring a new level of luxury to Fashion Island with sublime leather recliners, a standalone restaurant, and indoor-outdoor social space.

(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..)


Win a three-night stay in Crystal Cove Cottage #14

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Courtesy of Crystal Cover Conservancy

Enjoy the magic of Crystal Cove from the “suite-est” cottage on the beach!

Enter the 2017 Soiree fundraiser opportunity drawing for a chance to win three glorious nights in the beautiful two-story, two-bedroom, two-bath #14 ocean front cottage.

Occupancy: Six guests, and all existing cottage rental rules apply. Reservation dates to be coordinated with Crystal Cove Conservancy. Restrictions apply.

The winner will be drawn at the Soiree on Saturday, October 7, 2017. Need not be present to win. The winner of the opportunity drawing will be notified after the Soiree by October 13, 2017, and may select one date from the following weekends in 2018 on a first-come, first-served basis: January 12 -14; February 9 - 11; March 9 - 11; April 13 - 15; May 11 - 13; June 8 - 10; July 13 - 15; August 10 - 12; September 7 - 9; October 12 - 14; November 9 - 11; December 7 - 9.

Tickets are $100 each or seven for $500. To purchase tickets, call Crystal Cove Conservancy at 949.376.6200, ext. 201.

Good luck!


Stump the Stu

The Stu 1, readers 0

Well, that’s a first in awhile. Stu stumped our readers. This mural is located at 3407 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 

A little about Scooby-Doo: It was created for Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1969 and was called Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! This Saturday morning cartoon series featured four teenagers – Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley and Norville “Shaggy” Rogers – and their talking brown Great Dane.

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!

Stump the Stu 9.4.17

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The Steely Damned 2 rocked the bay!

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The Steeley Damned 2 rocking out on the Newport Dunes stage

They lined the beach and hovered over VIP stage front seating to Rock the Bay Saturday night, September 2 at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, as no one wanted to let go of summer. 

Music lovers celebrated Labor Day Weekend in Classic Rock style with The Steely Damned 2, SoCal’s No. 1 Steeley Dan Tribute Band, who proceeded to play a two-hour set as the crowd rocked out. In addition, special guest singer-songwriter David Rosales from Huntington Beach performed.

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David Rosales Band kicking up their heels

In addition to great entertainment, attendees enjoyed barbecue favorites provided by Back Bay Bistro, food trucks, a beer garden and full bars throughout the picturesque outdoor venue. 

Back Bay Bistro BBQ

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Back Bay Bistro serves up some great barbecue


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.”

Goofy

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Animal Shelter

MEET GOOFY

Goofy loves everyone … and other dogs

Goofy is a 6-month-old sweet Bassett Hound. He is neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. He loves everyone and other dogs. Bassett Hounds love to be vocal when they are left alone and want attention.

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 Goofy, 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 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 Public Library Foundation donates funds for critical improvements, resources

The Newport Beach Public Library Foundation has donated $155,025 to the Newport Beach Public Library to fund critical improvements and resources for the community to enjoy. This donation, made possible by the Foundation’s members and donors, will finance 10 important improvements that the library needs at this time.

“We are very grateful for the Foundation’s generous donation as it enables us to make improvements to the library that will truly benefit the more than one million customers that we serve annually,” said Tim Hetherton, Library Director. “The Foundation plays a vital role in helping us deliver on our mission to be the cultural, educational and informational heart of Newport Beach.”

NBPLF Donation to Library

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With the money, the library will make physical improvements to the Central Library as well as Mariners and Balboa branches, secure the eBook platform licenses to provide customers with continued free eBook downloads, purchase a wayfinding kiosk and informative signage, complete local publication digitization project, continue providing free remote access to www.lynda.com, add Early Learning Literacy stations at the Balboa Branch and Central Library, and support Literacy Services for adult residents.

“Thanks to our members and donors we are able to deliver cutting-edge resources to the library…enhancements that serve and benefit our local community,” said Tracy Keys, Executive Director of the Library Foundation. “We are so grateful for their support in keeping the Newport Beach Public Library exceptional.”

The Library Foundation is a membership-driven organization that receives no government funding and relies solely on tax-deductible donations to fulfill its mission. In addition to supporting the library, it hosts popular educational and cultural programs – such as ‘Library Live’, ‘Witte Lectures’, ‘Medicine in Our Backyard; and ‘Making Memories for Children’. Keys noted, “These invaluable programs would not happen without the generous support of our members and sponsors.” Members of the Library Foundation receive a variety of benefits such as advance notice about programs, the quarterly Bookmark publication, discounted or free tickets to programs, discounts at local merchants and more.

For additional information on the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation and how to support it, visit www.nbplfoundation.org/content/Become-a-Member.html, or contact Tracy Keys at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


NBPD sets sights on motorcycles

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As part of our grant-funded Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention (STEP) activities, the Newport Beach Police Department is conducting five specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operations in September. The first operation of the month took place on Saturday, September 2; additional operations will take place on Friday, September 8; Monday, September 11; Monday, September 18; and Monday, September 25.

Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas that are frequented by motorcyclists and where recent traffic collisions have occurred, in an effort to reduce injuries. Education and enforcement will be targeted at drivers and motorcycle riders alike. The officers will be focused on specific offenses including driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, driving on a suspended or revoked license, violations of motorcycle license endorsement, and any other dangerous activities.

During the past two years in the City of Newport Beach, 66 persons were injured in traffic collisions involving motorcycles, but none of these collisions involved a fatality. The Police Department remains dedicated to preventing traffic-related deaths and injuries. Everyone on the road is encouraged to stay alert and aware of your surroundings, especially when turning or changing lanes. Whether you are on two wheels – or on four – it’s your responsibility to safely share the road.

Safety tips for motorcycle riders: See and be seen

Use your lane position to increase visibility; change lanes only when there is ample room.

Match your speed to surrounding traffic.

Always wear a DOT-compliant helmet and brightly colored protective clothing.

Ride with lights on, even during daylight hours.

Safety tips for drivers: Share the road

Look twice for motorcyclists, especially when entering the roadway, turning, or changing lanes.

Remember that motorcyclists are allowed in HOV lanes, unless prohibited by signage.

Funding for these Safety Operations is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic and Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


Library to host free small business workshop

Small Business

Newport Beach Public Library is hosting a free small business workshop presented by SCORE Orange County on Tuesday, September 22 at 6 p.m. in the Friends Meeting Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 

Stuart Atkins of Atkins Marketing Solutions will present the workshop. Atkins is a marketing consultant, author, blogger, speaker and Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics.

Attendees will learn what makes a great website and how to attract, hold and convert new visitors and customers.

Experts will critique a live website and discuss best content, color and design, as well as page load speed, usability and security issues.

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. The series of workshops at the Newport Beach Public Library is funded by the NBPL Foundation.

For more information, go to the library website at www.newportbeachlibrary.org or orangecounty.score.org.


School Notes

Back to school

NMUSD Schedule

Newport-Mesa Unified School District

Tuesday, Sept. 12 - School Board Meeting, 6 p.m., 2985 Bear Street, Costa Mesa

Wednesday, Sept. 27 - State of the Schools Breakfast, 7 - 9 a.m., Costa Mesa High School, 2650 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa

Tuesday, Sept. 12 - School Board Meeting, 6 p.m., 2985 Bear Street, Costa Mesa

Back-to-School Night Schedule

Andersen

Thursday, Sept.14, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Corona del Mar Middle School

Thursday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m.

Corona del Mar High School

Thursday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m.

Eastbluff

TBD

Ensign

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 6 p.m.

Harbor View

Wednesday, Sept. 13

5:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. PreK & K Presentations

6:00 p.m. - 6:25 p.m. General Parent Meeting (MPR)

6:35 p.m. - 7:05 p.m.  4-6th Grade Classroom Presentations (6th Grade Parents & Teachers in MPR)

7:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.) 1st-3rd Grade Classroom Presentations (3rd Grade Teachers & Parents in MPR)

Lincoln

6 p.m. - Back to School Kickoff 

6:26 p.m.  - 7:10 p.m. Upper grade presentation

7:15 p.m. - 8 p.m. Primary grade presentation

Newport Coast

Wednesday, Sept. 13 - PreK, Kinder, 2nd and 4th 

Thursday, Sept. 14 - 1st, 3rd, 5th and 6th  

Newport Elementary

Thursday, Sept. 14

5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Newport Harbor High School

Freshman Family Night

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 6 - 8 p.m., Robins Loats Theater

Newport Heights

Thursday, Sept. 14 (Parents only)

6 p.m. - Kindergarten Presentations

6:30 p.m. - 4th thru 6th Presentations

7 p.m. - Principal & Foundation Presentations

7:30 p.m. - 1st through 3rd Presentations

(Schools and PTAs, please submit pertinent school news and photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 


Letters to the Editor:

Peotter’s Reckless Financial Management Continues

Public pressure forced Councilman Scott Peotter to abandon his foolish “political protest” of refusing $480,000 in gas tax (SB-1) funds for local streets in order to “send a message” to Sacramento. This cost would have risen to $1.9 million next year if it had continued. The gas tax debacle is only the latest example of Poetter’s fiscal recklessness and irresponsibility.

In 2015, he proposed refunding the civic center debt, even in light of a financial advisor’s report that showed his idea would cost $20 million more in debt service.

At the same time, he criticized the call features of the civic center debt, even when the same financial advisor showed him that changing the provision as Peotter would have wanted would have increased debt service by $719,000 annually for a minimum period of 10 years or $7,190,000.

In 2015, out of the blue he proposed reducing the business license fees by $3.5 million, creating an immediate deficit in the city budget. Even the business community did not support this imprudent action.

He proposed arbitrarily adding $5 million to the 2015-16 budget for “sea walls.” This was more than $4 million more than staff said could be reasonably spent and more than $2 million over the ultimate budget for these improvements. Here again, he would have created a budget deficit.

Peotter was the deciding vote in abandoning litigation and awarding over $300,000 to the owners of Woody’s Wharf, major Peotter campaign donors.

Peotter pushed to change the city policy so that his political ally Jack Wu could be appointed to the city Finance Committee. Wu was later convicted of embezzlement and resigned from his city appointment.

While Peotter has been long on partisan rhetoric, he has been short on real results. The city’s pension liabilities have grown $70 million since he took office and the operating budget has grown each year he has been on the council.

The near loss of our street improvement funds to political posturing and game playing show us how important it is to have thoughtful, responsible leaders on the city council, not political ideologues. We simply cannot afford more of Scott Peotter. Go to www.recallscottpeotter.com for more information.

Becky Hill

Corona del Mar

Scott Peotter Should be Recalled Because He Does Not Respect Our Community Values

Much has been written about the myriad of reasons for the recall of Councilman Scott Peotter and two of the many issues that come up in favor of recall are that he does not represent or respect the values of our community and that he has failed to conduct himself in a civil manner. I got to witness first hand, at the recent and last in the summer, Newport Beach Concerts on the Green, just how out of touch Mr. Peotter is with our community and how he does not conduct himself in a civil manner.

I have been collecting signatures for the Committee to Recall Scott Peotter at each of the concerts this summer and at the concert on September 3, Mr. Peotter showed up with a table and his own two-man crew to collect counter-signatures. Mr. Peotter set up his table and crew about 10 feet from the table manned by the Recall Scott Peotter crew.

I can only describe that two-man crew as ill mannered, boisterous, and aggressive, to put it politely. The Peotter crew was in sharp contrast to the Recall Committee table that was manned by a retired legislator, a doctor, a lawyer and an insurance agent, all longtime residents of our City. 

The Peotter crew kept taunting and insulting the Recall Committee crew and at one point, one of them came right up to me, cackling in my face, sounding like the cackler in the Surfaris’ song, Wipe Out and then screamed, “I am obnoxious.”  I turned away.  

Peotter did our city proud and displayed how out of touch he is with our community he really is. Peotter brought them to the party and supervised their obnoxiousness. He arrived with them, set them up, and stayed with them. I believe that this shows what an outlier Peotter is and how out of step with the community he really is, particularly to have this kind of behavior occur on Civic Center property under the watch of a Councilman. 

If Peotter were in step with the community, his table would have been manned respectfully.

Kristin M. Cano

Corona del Mar


Guest Column

Diane Dixon

Lido Fire Station Update and Town Hall Reminder

Diane Dixon

Newport Beach City Councilmember Diane Dixon

Happy September -- I hope you all had a pleasant summer! I have a few updates to share:

If you haven’t had a chance to file an appeal form to support the City’s appeal to FEMA regarding flood zone designations on the Peninsula, please follow these steps:

1. Check the maps http://www.newportbeachca.gov/fema to see if your property is potentially affected.

2. Complete the online form at http://www.newportbeachca.gov/appealform.

3. Submit the form to the City of Newport Beach this week. The deadline was August 28, but last minute forms may be accepted.

Lido Fire Station #2 (next to Lido House Hotel): Next Tuesday, Sept. 12, the City Council will be considering the purchase of property located at 2807 Newport Blvd. for the purpose of relocating the current Lido #2 Fire Station to this new site.

The City has reached a tentative agreement to purchase the former (and now closed) McDonald’s site on Newport Boulevard as the location for a relocated Fire Station #2.

Fire Station #2, built about 64 years ago, needs to be completely rebuilt. This new location is ideal from a Fire Department response time perspective. The current site is also slightly too small for our crews and vehicles housed there. The new site will allow for a much-improved fire station facility to serve our Peninsula community. It also allows us to build the new fire station while leaving our staff and equipment in place at the current site during the approximate two-year construction period.

City studies show that response times from Fire Station #2 will stay within the City’s goals and response parameters.

The funding for the construction of the Fire Station will come from the Facilities Financial Planning Fund (reserve); proceeds from the sale of the current site as well as other reserved funds.

I welcome your comments and encourage you to attend or watch the Council session. I will also provide regular updates as this project moves forward. Here is the link to the live stream for next Tuesday: http://newportbeachca.gov/government/departments/public-information-office/nbtv/nbtv-live.

The Agenda for the September 12 meeting will be posted at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7 and will include the complete staff report for this Item (#27).

The next Town Hall will be Monday, Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m., Marina Park.

The tentative agenda includes:

Lido Fire Station Update

Peninsula Safety including July 4 Follow up

Peninsula Crosswalk Safety and Study Update

I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the Town Hall on September 18!


Celebrate Grandparents Day at Little Lido Kids Club

2017 Grandparents Day

Submitted photo

You’re invited to the Lido Marina Village Kids Club on Thursday, September 7 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Lido Village Books to celebrate Grandparents Day!

Bring your children and enjoy a reading of Rock Away Granny by Mike DeSantis and Dandi Daley Mackall. Kids will enjoy creating a special card to give to their grandparents on Grandparents Day during craft time and moms will love the opportunity drawings and specials from participating Lido Marina Village retailers including $25 off your purchase at Eberjay, 15 percent off your purchase at Bailey44, 10 percent off your book purchase at Lido Village Books, 10 percent off your purchase at Sweaty Betty (first-time customers only), 10 percent off any one item at Yolk and 15 percent off your purchase at Juice Served Here.

This event is free and open to the public, but they request ask that you RSVP by visiting https://bit.ly/LLgrandparents. Each person who RSVPs will receive one entry for a drawing of a book of the day from Lido Village Books, one free week at Curl Fitness, a gift certificate to Sweaty Betty, a $10 gift card to Yolk and free juice from Juice Served Here. You must register before 8 p.m. on September 6 and be present to win.

Can’t make it? Don’t worry, the Little Lido Kids Club is held every Thursday.

Lido Village Books is located at 3424 Via Oporto, Suite 102, Newport Beach.


Cast your vote for the winning Canstruction design build 

Dragon

Submitted photo

It’s your turn to vote for the “People’s Choice” Award for Canstruction Orange County. The team with the most cash donations at the close of voting by 5 p.m. on September 27 wins the “People’s Choice” award.

By making cash donations to their favorite team, the public determines the “People’s Choice” Award” winner, additionally helping Canstruction Orange County and the Orange County Food Bank provide for those in need.

In the lead up to Labor Day Weekend, multiple design build teams constructed structures made entirely of food at three sites in Orange County: John Wayne Airport, South Coast Plaza and ARTIC. The teams are drawn from prominent architecture, engineering and construction firms throughout Southern California.

Canstruction Orange County is for the 10th year engineering its unique design/build competition where the “bricks” are canned food, which are then donated to the Orange County Food Bank. Occurring in conjunction with the Festival of Children at South Coast Plaza, and also hosted by John Wayne Airport and ARTIC in Anaheim, Canstruction Orange County is the most creative food drive in the South Coast.

The public can view the structures at the following link (or in person at the build sites through September 23rd, and vote for their favorite: http://canstructionoc.org/vote/.

Build sites: John Wayne Airport, 18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana; ARTIC, 2626 East Katella Ave., Anaheim and South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa.

Since 1992, Canstruction has contributed more than 30 million pounds of food to community food banks demonstrating that we can win the fight against hunger.


Bring your vessel and roll up your sleeves for Newport Harbor Cleanup Day

Newport Harbor by Don Ramey Logan

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Photo by Don Ramey Logan

Picturesque aerial view of Newport Harbor

Our harbor gives us so much – it’s time for us to show it some live right back!

On Saturday, September 30, the Balboa Yacht Club in association with the Ben Carlson Foundation is conducting a harbor cleanup. Come out and help keep our harbor healthy and clean.

This event is BYOV (Bring Your Own Vessel), and you will need to have access to a dinghy, kayak, paddleboard, or similar vessel to participate. Nets will be provided.

Registration takes place from 9 to 9:30 a.m., with trash collection from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Then stay for a delicious barbecue from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

To sign up and receive more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Balboa Yacht Club is located at 1801 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar. Call 949.673.3515.

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