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Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday...still time to get out there and help out

If you haven’t signed up yet to roll up your sleeves for Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday, Sept 15, two sites are still welcoming participants to show up onsite with scheduled cleanups from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Coastal Cleanup Day volunteers

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Volunteers rolled up their sleeves at Upper Newport Bay’s Coastal Cleanup Day last year

Upper Newport Bay – Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center

Get ready to get dirty! Wear old clothes and closed toed shoes or rain boots as most locations are muddy. Help reduce plastic use by bringing gloves and a bucket if you have them. You can also bring a reusable water bottle. Event and parking are free. Meet at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center to begin your cleanup day adventure. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Muth Interpretative Center parking lot, 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.newportbay.org.

Crystal State Park

Meet at either the Reef Point parking lot or Pelican Point parking lot #4. Parking fee will be waived for volunteers entering the park between 8:30 and 11 a.m. Bring your own grocery/retail plastic bags, bucket, garden trowel, and/or reusable water bottle. Sunscreen, close-toed shoes, hat and comfortable clothes are recommended. After the cleanup, enjoy a picnic lunch, go for a swim in the ocean, or walk along the beach. Fore more information, visit www.crystalcovestatepark.org.


Unraveling the Dead Sea Scrolls at St. James

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Dr. Bill Yarchin to discuss the Dead Sea Scrolls

What are the Dead Sea Scrolls? Who wrote them, and why? How do the scrolls affect our understanding of the Bible?

These are some of the fascinating questions that will be explored when Dr. Bill Yarchin returns to St. James Episcopal Church for a three-Sunday series on the Dead Sea Scrolls, beginning September 16. The first session will focus on the scrolls’ discovery and authorship, and the fascination they inspire among present-day scholars and the public.

The second session, on September 23, will look at the Biblical texts as copied in the scrolls. The final session, on September 30, will assess the scrolls’ impact on our understanding of the Bible and the biblical world. All three sessions with Dr. Yarchin will begin at 9 a.m. in The Lab at St. James Episcopal.

William Yarchin, Ph.D., has been a member of the faculty of the School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University since 1993, and teaches courses in biblical exegesis and interpretation. Yarchin’s scholarly interests revolve around the intersection of science and religion and the history of biblical interpretation. Lecturing on these topics has taken him to Canada, Israel and Sicily. A member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Catholic Biblical Association, Yarchin has published a book on the history of biblical interpretation. Prior to teaching at APU, Yarchin served as director of the Ancient Biblical Manuscript Center in Claremont, Calif.

St. James Episcopal Church has been serving the local community for more than 70 years. Services are held every Sunday at 10 a.m. St. James Episcopal believes the essence and purpose of a local church is to serve the greater community, and its members actively pursue this goal every day.

Further information on the church, the congregation and special events is available at www.StJamesNewport.org.


Schools! Sign up for Spirit Run 2019 Dash for Cash

Schools sign up for Spirit Run group

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For many years, Spirit Run’s net proceeds have benefited Newport-Mesa Unified School District schools.

Did you know that now all schools and even high school sports teams are invited to share in Spirit Run’s fun and funds?

With the “Dash for Cash” fundraiser, the more supporters who register to race for a school or team, the more money the school or team raises.

“Dash for Cash” is like dine-out or wrapping paper fundraisers, but better. While similar fundraisers pay 10 - 25 percent of what supporters spend, Spirit Run pays at least 25 percent and as much as 45 percent.

The percentage of registration fees that a school or team doesn’t receive benefits other children, not a for-profit business.

To sign up, visit www.nmspiritrun.org/partners.


Pacific Symphony presents special celebration concert

During Pacific Symphony’s 40th anniversary season, the orchestra will celebrate cultural, scientific and historic bridges between old and new worlds. Through the performance and exploration of Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World,” Pacific Symphony and Music Director Carl St.Clair will reveal extraordinary artistic and historic links between United States and Czechoslovakia.

The highlight of the concert will be a commemoration of the founding of Czechoslovakia 100 years ago. Dignitaries from the Czech Republic as well as from Southern California will join the audience for this unique celebration. Featuring multimedia elements, this special concert entitled, “Bridges of Awakenings: From Czech Lands to America and Beyond,” will take place on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

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The program opens with Music Director Carl St.Clair conducting Pacific Symphony in the American and Czech national anthems, followed by introductory comments by the consul general of the Czech Republic and Dr. Hana Ayala, president of Irvine-based Pangea World, which is sponsoring the concert. A specially commissioned film produced by the Baruch/Gayton Entertainment Group in collaboration with Pangea World explores globally transformative links between the American and Czech people. Then, St.Clair provides insights about Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony before the orchestra performs the entire work.

According to St.Clair, “As part of the orchestra’s 40th anniversary celebration, we are extending our hearts and our hands to different aspects of our community. This special celebration concert was conceived to connect us to the Czech people and to recognize a distinguished Czech-born leader, Dr. Ayala, who is forging new bridges between old and new worlds. We thank every audience member of Czech descent for four decades of support.”

In his two and one-half years in America, Dvořák profoundly influenced subsequent generations of American composers by drawing vivid attention to the rich musical landscape of music originating in America. In his Symphony No. 9, Dvořák drew from African-American spirituals and Native American dance to create a work fusing “old” and “new” worlds that resonates just as powerfully today as it did a century ago. Just as Dvořák’s remarkable journey to the United States helped to identify a unique American voice, some 25 years later, America played a central role in the creation of a democratic Czechoslovakia, when the visionary Czech leader and founding president Tomáš Masaryk proclaimed the country’s independence on the steps of Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

“On October 28, 1918, the sovereign state of Czechoslovakia was officially born when the nation declared independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire following World War I,” said Pacific Symphony president John Forsyte. “Today, a new Orange County institution, Pangea World, was founded by Dr. Hana Ayala. Their bold mission is to explore and expand the wealth of knowledge held in our natural environments, bridging new and old worlds.”

Forsyte added, “We are pleased to mark that historic event with an historic concert, linking UNESCO World Heritage sites and Pangea World’s mission to awaken the value of earth’s raw material of knowledge. We are grateful to Pacific Symphony supporter Dr. Hana Ayala for her sponsorship of this special event.”

Tickets start at $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 714.755.5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org. This concert is sponsored by Pangea World (Dr. Hana Ayala) with additional support from the Westin South Coast Plaza and KPCC 89.3 Southern California Public Radio.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Stump the Stu

Countryside in the middle of Newport Beach?

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Our Stump the Stu’s readers knew where this cow and chicken pastured in their cozy barnyard. They moo, graze, and hunt and peck at the red barn home on Abalone Avenue on Little Balboa Island.

Congratulations to Alice Brownell, Bill Finster, Debi Bibb, EP Smoot, Kelli Warrick, Kristie Hemstreet and Terry Callahan.

A special thank you to Mary Pat Earl who snapped this photo and sent it in to us.

Join us on Tuesdays as we try and stump you each week with a picture of something unique in our community, with answers and winners appearing on Fridays.

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


On the Harbor: Wrapping up summer and moving into fall sailing – lots to look forward to

By LEN BOSE

September brings less daylight to our harbor, yet the harbor always comes to a boil this time of year as the Harbor 20 fleet 1 championships make landfall on October 6 and 7. Leading up to the main event – BCYC Club Championships are on September 16 and on September 22 is The Harbor 20 Tune up Regatta. The following weekend is the Harbor 20 Fall One Design Regatta on September 30 at NHYC.

What does this mean to you, the average harbor user? Not a darn thing. For us Harbor 20 sailors, it means we have checked all our lines for chaff and all shackle pins and ring-a-dings have been taped and checked. We break out our “freshies” – new sails – and call our divers three times to make sure they don’t miss a spot on the bottom of the boat. Protest flags are pulled out from the bottom of the boat to make them more accessible and all the participants turn their hats around and put on their game faces.

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It’s too early to predict who are the top contenders, because registration has not opened up yet for the main event. To get a better idea on who has been on their game, I will review this past summer’s twilight scores. For the Harbor 20’s, the main two summer series are BCYC Taco Tuesdays and NHYC Twilights. Both series had more than 40 entries and more than 60 races combined between the two of them.

Top finishers in the BCYC Taco Tuesdays were, in C Fleet, Kathy Sangster finishing in 3rd aboard Dragon Lady, Dick Somers in 2nd sailing Stop Making Sense and Bob “Barbecue” McDonald taking home the pickle dish aboard Undecided. In B fleet, it was all PJ Kohl sailing A Tack Dragon to first place. In second, was Debra Haynes aboard Spirit and in third was Cole Pomeroy sailing A Salt & Battery. Over in A Fleet, David Camerini took home the third-place trophy. My wife, Jennifer and I, received the second-place award with our boat Only Child and this year’s A fleet and overall winner was Mark Conzelman sailing Shana’s Secret.

The NHYC Twilight Series runs over a three-month time span with awards handed out each month. Top finisher in C Fleet was Dick Somers taking a clean sweep across the board in first place. In B fleet, Peter Stemler won June, Jay Swigart sailing Holy Sheet won the July series and Mike Kohl was victorious in the August series. In A Fleet, Chris Allen won the month of June sailing Zephyr, in July it was Bill Menninger aboard his red boat Dart and in August, it was Perry and Brian Bissell sailing Bluebird into the top spot.

For the most part, this summer was sailed in the light breeze of under eight knots with only three races when we had evenings of breeze more than 10 knots. Another great summer on our harbor is complete...as we take off the gloves and kick it up a notch.

The best big boat racing was on Tuesday nights again during BCYC Taco Tuesdays and on Thursday nights, when Beer Cans sailed out of BYC. Taco Tuesdays had 23 entries and 16 races with Jim O’Conner sailing Celia to first place in C Fleet. Steve Fink sailed to first place in B fleet and Rhonda Tolar took home the Leopard’s skin in A Fleet sailing Wild Thing. Over at BYC, Beer Cans had more than 30 skippers sign up in a three-month series. The June series was won by John Cooper in PHRF 5 aboard Gem. PHRF 4 John Szalay aboard his boat Pussycat won his division, Larry Walter sailed Cha Cha Cha in PHRF 3, Seth Hall won Perf 2 aboard Marisol and in PHRF 1, it was It’s OK that rang the bell. In July, it was Wes Selby winning PHRF 1, Bill McKeever winning PHRF 2 aboard Reliance, Tracey Kenney sailed Slapshot to victory in PHRF 3, while Mark Hunter sailing his J 80 In Appropriate took PHRF 4. PHRF 5 was won again by John Cooper.

After I am done writing this, I am headed out to sail in the last race of the summer – so you will have to check back on who won the final series.

Wish me luck this month!

Sea ya

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


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

We’re back…and ready for a busy fall

TomJohnsonFirst off, thanks for the many, many well wishes. Now, we’re back, maybe a step slower the next few weeks, but good.

Thanks to Maureen Cotton for the invitation for me to moderate the Central Newport Beach Community Association Candidates Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at Marina Park. The program is jointly being sponsored by the Central Newport Community Association and Balboa Peninsula Point Association.

Let’s do it.

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It’s one of those subjects we’ve talked enough about...it’s time to start doing! That being said, the Newport Beach Foundation is presenting an event at the Newport Beach Civic Center on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 6 - 8:30 p.m. focusing on Bullying & Violence Prevention in our Schools. Three panelists will be featured: Barbara Coloroso, author of the Bully, the Bullied and the Not-So-Innocent Bystander; Micaela A. Thordarson, Ph.D., ASPIRE Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program from the Department of Psychology at CHOC Children’s Hospital; and Gary Clemente from the Newport Beach Police.

Here’s what you should expect that evening: specialists in the fields of clinical psychology, child behavior and public safety sharing insight on how to talk to our children about bullying, how to identify behavioral/emotional/mental health issues, and how to ultimately prevent unfortunate events from taking place in our schools and community.

We’re Newport Beach, yes, but we’re far from perfect. 

So, who or what is this Newport Beach Foundation? It’s a group of young leaders that have in one way or another have organically grown into the leadership of the younger Newport Beach movement. Not necessarily the names (yet) and the flash, but the very successful doers. This is a group that I believe will dramatically impact the Newport Beach future.

To RSVP to the event above, go to www.nb-foundation.org/events. And, here’s a plus: heavy appetizers provided by The Bungalow. Let’s get there early.

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Looking for something else to occupy those evening hours? The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), led by Matt Brisbois, is offering another extensive evening series from September 25 through October 27. It’s the down and dirty stuff like disaster psychology, disaster medical operations, search and rescue, terrorism and fire suppression.

And what would an extensive class be without a “Drill the Skills” graduation day?

Find out more here.

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Orange Coast College President Dennis Harkins announced Wednesday, Sept. 12, that he’s retiring at the end of the Fall 2018 semester.

Harkins leaves after a decade of service and during a time when OCC is celebrating their 70th Anniversary.


Award-winning Canstruction structures now on display

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Fluor Corporation won for Best Use of Labels. The structure is on display at John Wayne Airport.

For the 11th year, Canstruction Orange County, sponsored by Fluor Corporation, has engineered its unique design/build competition where the “bricks” are canned food, which are then donated to the Orange County Food Bank. Canstruction Orange County is the most creative food drive in the South Coast. Beginning August 30, the design build teams constructed structures made entirely of food at John Wayne Airport, South Coast Plaza and ARTIC. The teams were drawn from prominent architecture, engineering and construction firms in Southern California. In addition, the public was encouraged to come out and view the structures and vote for the “People’s Choice” award.

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TCA Architects/Englekirk Structural Engineers won for Best Meal. The structure is on display at John Wayne Airport.

Winners were announced at the Canstruction Orange County “Can-Do” Gala on Tuesday, Sept. 11, hosted by Henry DiCarlo, KTLA meteorologist, reporter and producer. Judges included Wing Lam, Pascal Olhats, Dave Nelson, Tim Smallwood and Kim Howard.

Other winnder included:

Honorable Mention

–Millennium Fal-Can – Hunger Can’t be Solved Solo

Architects Orange

4,600 Cans

–Banishing Hunger, to Infinity and Beyond!

Little Architects

12,100 Cans

Most Cans

–Banishing Hunger, to Infinity and Beyond!

Little Architects

12,100 Cans

Best Meal

You CAN Catch a Poke Bowl!

TCA Architects/Englekirk Structural Engineers

2,000 Cans

Structural Ingenuity

Ganesha – Blessing the Beginning of a Hunger-Free World

OCJ Stars

3,000 Cans

Best Use of Labels

WATER You Doing? Let’s Make Hunger DissapPier!

Fluor Corporation

5,100 Cans

Best Original Design

We CAN Make an Incredible Difference!

Disneyland Resort | Design & Engineering

8,500 Cans

The goal of CanstructionOC is to raise much needed foods and money for the Orange County Food Bank, and to provide public knowledge and raise awareness about hunger in Orange County, and the efforts that Canstruction teams make to counter hunger in Orange County. For more information, visit www.canstructionoc.org.


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Stu believes you will know where this fun logo beckons patrons to come in and feel great. 

Good luck! Stu loves publishing the winning answers on Tuesday.

Send your guesses to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

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Sidedoor welcomes Oktoberfest, for Five Crowns it’s a Porktoberfest

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Five Crowns and SideDoor’s autumn tradition of fine swine and craft brews returns with a variety of delicious dishes and an array traditional German and craft beers to showcase the fall season’s most delectable flavors.

Beginning Friday, Sept. 21, SideDoor’s taps will be taken over by select German beers from Hofbräu, the official beer supplier of Oktoberfest and Weinhenstephaner, one of the oldest operating breweries in the world. The tap lineup will showcase Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier, Hofbräu Dunkel, Weinhenstephaner Pilsner, Weinhenstephaner Hefeweizen and more. Enjoy favorite Bavarian brews along with a special menu of traditional German dishes like schnitzel, wurst and strudel courtesy of Executive Chef Alejandra Padilla.

Then on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m., the 7th annual Porktoberfest returns to Five Crowns. A five-course, plated pork centric meal will be served in the Greenhouse and Backyard Patio of Five Crowns. Each course will be expertly paired with a unique beer from the amazing lineup at Firestone Walker Brewing including a Barrel Aged Stout that has been kept on hand in the Five Crowns beer cellar, enhancing the flavor and complexity of this limited-edition ale.

Guests can also revel in the rich history of each beer as David Walker, co-founder of Firestone Walker Brewing Company, shares his vast knowledge and stories behind each of his craft beers highlighted during the dinner. 

Cost: Oktoberfest beer prices vary; Porktoberfest: $120 per person (includes tax and gratuity).

Five Crowns & SideDoor is located at 3801 East Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

For more information, visit www.lawryonline/five-crownsand www.sidedoorcdm.com.


Stasha Speaks!

My road trip to Lake Coeur d’Alene

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Stasha awaits her family road trip

It was a fun summer for me and Rocco. Just before Labor Day we had an adventure vacation visiting friends on Lake Coeur d’Alene. 

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View of Lake Coeur d’Alene from the boat

To give you some background, Lake Coeur d’Alene is a dam-controlled lake in northern Idaho, in the northwest United States. Its northern end is in the city of Coeur d’Alene. It spans 25 miles in length and ranges from one to three miles wide with more than 109 miles of shoreline, according to Wikipedia 

(www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Coeur_d%27Alene).

It all sounded like great fun. Rocco and I love road trips, and Idaho was going to be our longest ride to date, so I did have a talk with him about not hogging the back seat. 

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Stasha and Rocco in their dog bed as they travel

When traveling with fur babies, there can be some unanticipated bumps in the road as we discovered. Rocco and I packed food, toys and our favorite blankets. Anticipating the colder Idaho weather, we took sweaters and rain gear, as well as our life vests so we’d be safe and ready for fun on the lake. Needless to say, we don’t travel light.

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Stasha and Rocco don their life vests on their first day on the boat

Anticipating not every city is as dog friendly as Newport, before our trip, our doggie mama visited AAA in Newport to map our route and hotels along the way to avoid problems. Our AAA adviser suggested reaching Idaho with two overnight stops. The first being Salt Lake City, Utah and the Hilton Hotel. Though the Hilton represented itself as “dog friendly” according to AAA, we found that really wasn’t the case. 

Upon check-in, mom asked where the doggie potty area was located. When she found out it was two to three blocks away in a park area, she said that was unacceptable – especially if we had to do our business late at night which sometimes is the case. She canceled our stay there immediately, walked out and wasn’t happy about it. 

Back in the car she checked on our favorite site, www.BringFido.com, and found a great Best Western down the road a bit that was perfectly suited for our needs. BringFido is a great resource for hotels, restaurants and other doggie amenities across the country, because actual dog owners share personal experiences on the site with each place. It’s also important to note, that because we were traveling with two dogs, we had to look for places which had a policy, as it’s usually just one dog. And they had to accept big dogs – because Rocco is 40 pounds, and generally the weight limit is 30 pounds. To avoid another fiasco, we called our next hotel stop, the Comfort Inn Butte Montana. They assured us all was good, as there was a grassy potty area for us at their place. What they didn’t say was that the joint was under major construction! So, when we arrived the very next day the place was a mess, and again, we were out of there in a flash. With only five hours left to Coeur d’Alene, our parents decided to drive straight to our destination.

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Stasha and Rocco enjoying their car ride

At first, Rocco and I thought this sounded like a bad idea. But with a few stops in between to stretch, it actually was fine. Besides, we were looking forward to seeing our Auntie Vicki and Uncle Preston’s home.

Once we arrived, it was party time! Though our aunt and uncle don’t have dogs, they were excited to see us and rolled out the red carpet for Rocco and me. They took us boating several days on the lake.

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It’s all smiles during our boat ride

And we toured the town.

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Posing with my Auntie Vicki

But all fun vacations come to an end and I’m happy to report our drive home was smooth sailing as we passed through beautiful countryside.

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Sightseeing in Idaho Falls

And we got to stop at sights like Idaho Falls.

Now that vacation is behind us, apparently the “unfriendly dog hotel saga” we experienced on our trip isn’t. Had we booked our rooms directly, I guess there wouldn’t be a problem getting refunds on the hotels we didn’t stay at – and both the Hilton and Comfort Inn front desk clerks told us that. But the hotels weren’t booked directly – not even by AAA. Turns out AAA actually booked them through contract partners at a company called TravelBound, and that’s turning out to be a problem. TravelBound is claiming we never showed up at the Hilton Salt Lake, which our rep at AAA is arguing isn’t true – and she’s also arguing the Comfort Inn should have given full disclosure about the renovation mess. Needless to say the whole thing is a hassle and a cautionary tale when booking travel with pets.

It’s probably better to do your own bookings and make sure you ask plenty of questions. 

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Checking out Idaho Falls

I’ll be back in Stu News this winter with my annual Christmas gift guide.

You can email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and check out my past columns at www.bvontv.com

 

Bark at ya later, 

Woof Woof 

Stasha


You don’t have to be a millionaire to live like one

By DUNCAN FORGEY

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Balboa Bay Club welcomes you regally with its porte de cochere

On a hot July day, the Lido Gang met and devised a plan. Yesterday, it was 36th Street and body surfing after the black ball flag was raised. Today shows to be just as beautiful, but they are craving something different.

“Hey, let’s go to the BBC for swimming and lunch,” I offered, being one of two with memberships. The idea was unanimously accepted and the four of us bounded down Via Genoa, past the kid park, down to the pier and did varying degrees of swan dives and belly flops into the warm summer water. On the horizon was the famous Balboa Bay Club. Dodging an array of wooden boats, we swam towards the “best burgers in town.” Today, I don’t really know if they were the best, but surrounded by tennis, swimming and sailing, the burger reflected a lifestyle more than just a beef patty and a bun. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Bay Club, as it was affectionally called, gave membered families and their kids a real chance at “living it high.”

The Bay Club hosted Santa Claus, Easter Egg hunts, swimming and tennis lessons, as well as, grown-up charity events, fancy balls and important business meetings. For those old enough, the bars were known as a “place to meet wealthy women.” Newport Harbor High School classes of the 1960s regularly held 10-, 20- and 30-year reunions at the BBC because of fond childhood memories. 

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Balboa Bay Club celebrates its 40th anniversary

“Four burgers, three cokes, a vanilla malt and lots of French fries,” I asked on behalf of the excited boys, anticipating the delicious pot of gold at the end of this rainbow. Like a grown up in a fancy restaurant, I threw out “F-86” to close the deal. It was my family’s membership number, indicating we were the 86th member with a last name starting with “F.”

So why would this childhood paradise, a multimillion-dollar resort, open itself up for children and allow a bit of anarchy for 12 year olds? That, for all you newcomers, was the attitude in old Newport. Our parents’ generation’s motto was “work hard, so you can play hard, and show the youngsters a good life.” And that it was – a good life.

After two years of politicking and financing, the city decided to turn over to Tom Henderson and Hadd Ring the transition of 25 prime bayfront acres. It would change from a dilapidated sand pit of rusty cars, broken down Naval structures and an anchorage for old schooners to a world-class hotel complex, initiating Newport Beach’s beginning as a Southern Californian Shangri-La. This transformation was just in the nick of time, because the once happy Newport/Balboa Resort had fallen on hard times after Armistice day with Japan.

Some key features of the new resort would be a men’s spa, tennis courts, pools, restaurants and prime view rooms. A key subtlety of the Club’s success was that leading business moguls, political leaders and social dignitaries were deeply entrenched in its membership. Huge financial transactions were made and political alliances drafted while wining and dining at the Club. The Candy Cane Ball, the Debutante Ball, the Character Boat Parade and the Christmas Ball helped establish BBC as the backbone for all things “social” in town. Their magazine The Bay Window became the chronicler of social events in Newport Beach.

There are many prominent names in the development of the BBC over the years. Early ownership went from Ken Kendall to C.W. Murchison, one of America’s 10 richest men, to Jack Wrather, hotelier for Disney Corporation, to Bill Ray, then to his wife Beverly. During this reign of “old style” BBC owners, a 144-unit apartment complex was added, the Balboa Bay Club Racquet Club became an influential giant in tennis, the Newport Beach Country Club established the long-time tradition of the Toshiba Senior Classic, and the not-so-famous Six O’clockers morning club became a safe haven for men such as Jerry Dalebout, Chuck Spence, Jerry “the Coach” Tardie, Kirk Dawson, Bob Hitchcock and many more.   

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Bathing beauties grace the Balboa Bay Club

Key memberships were instrumental in giving the Bay Club its successes. Among thousands of businessmen, attorneys, doctors and deal makers were notables that included Morrie Smith and his wife Ramona of Lido Isle, one of the club’s first members, who raised their children on the Balboa Bay Club property. Others included the George Holstein family, the Jim Slemons family, the William Coulter family, and Jack and Betty Diamond, who celebrated their anniversary every New Year’s for half a century at the BBC.

It is impossible to not talk about those that made the club special in its zenith. Many employees come to mind, every time a valet, masseuse, gym attendant, waitress or bartender did something nice for you. However, Tom Deemer, Herbert Kalmback, Jack Macleod, and Sam and Annette Hurwitz were instrumental in the Bill Ray era, managing the ambiance of the Club. Henry Schielein knew how to “live the good life” and wanted his guests at the BBC to do the same. As CEO in the later years, he brought the finest of resort skills to Newport Harbor. 

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Barry Goldwater with BBC’s Grand Dame, Dorothy Yardley

Probably the most memorable is Dorothy Yardley. She worked first as an accountant but rapidly grew to dominance as “Ambassador of Goodwill for The Club.” This role had no real job description, so Dorothy was simply Dorothy. She was a woman of outgoing charm and class that epitomized what was needed in the Balboa Bay Club environment. As son George writes: “Love, not money was the reason she was at the Balboa Bay Club.”

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President Gerald Ford was among the heads of state who visited the BBC

Fitting perfectly in the celebrity crowd, Dorothy kept the club in the headlines by befriending the likes of Jack Benny, Art Linkletter, Andy Devine, Joey Bishop, Dorothy Lamour, Humphrey Bogart and many more. Chick Hearn, John Wooden, Yogi Berra, Roy Emerson, Billie Jean King, Bobby Riggs, Arthur Ashe and politicians Richard Nixon, and Barry and Peggy Goldwater were part of her social and business contacts. This “Grande Dame” always made her appearance long before she came into sight, by the ringing sounds made by her distinctive collection of charm bracelets.

As the Balboa Bay Club lost its exclusiveness over the past two decades, the essence of what was the BBC and old Newport has slowly slipped away. Balboa Bay Club, singlehandedly, set in motion a run on real estate and status in Newport Beach never seen before. As more money came to town from Los Angeles, Pasadena, Beverly Hills and environs, another great transformation began. Newport/Balboa/CdM, the small towns, quickly grew into a bigger and bigger city. In this process, Newport Beach lost some its innocence.

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Cruising the harbor with the Bay Club in the background

In 1948, when the Balboa Bay Club opened, a powerful, dynamic and an internationally renowned metropolitan resort was an infant. Seventy years later, Newport Beach is one of the finest resorts in which to live, work and play. Despite still being one of the greatest places on the planet, those of us that swam the channel to get that “best burger in town” are a bit nostalgic about our memories, that can only be found in black and white. 

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Duncan Forgey, a life-long resident of Newport Beach, now makes his home in Hawaii. He is a monthly contributor to StuNewsNewport.


Laura’s House gala at Balboa Bay Resort

Laura’s House (LH), the Southern California nonprofit committed to ending the silence of domestic violence, will hold its 24th annual gala on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Balboa Bay Resort, and present special awards to two dedicated domestic violence advocates: Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Sandra Hutchens and family law attorney Steven G. Hittelman, Hittelman Strunk Law Group.

Presenting Sponsors Laura Khouri and Michael K. Hayde will host the Ports of Call-themed event which will unite Laura’s House supporters to raise critical funds that will sustain the nonprofit’s emergency shelter, transitional living center, counseling and resource center, children’s therapeutic programs, legal advocacy and community prevention/education and outreach. Since 1994, Laura’s House has been respected in the community for its commitment to improving the lives of families affected by domestic violence in Orange County. More than 25,000 individuals receive services and/or educational outreach each year.

 “This event is our most important fundraiser as it helps ensure that our life-changing programs and services continue for victims of domestic violence,” said Margaret Bayston, Laura’s House CEO and executive director. “Each year, we look forward to an unforgettable night with loyal Laura’s House supporters, as well as new faces, and mobilizing advocates to end the vicious cycle of domestic abuse.”

The 2018 gala honorees are: 

Crystal Heart Award: Sheriff-Coroner Sandra Hutchens, as the top enforcement officer of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, has made it her mission to inspire hope and empower change with Laura’s House through many different channels. She has ensured that the Laura’s House Personal Empowerment Program is taught at the Women’s Central Jail, and that sheriff’s deputies are educated on domestic violence throughout the County. Hutchens also has supported local events and donation programs.

Legal Leader Award: Steven G. Hittelman, Hittelman Strunk Law Group, LLP, has supported the Laura’s House legal department in every way possible throughout the years and is known for going above and beyond as he stands up for Laura’s House clients and against domestic violence. Hittelman is one of Laura’s House’s longest standing legal clinic volunteers and has helped train other attorneys to volunteer in domestic violence legal clinics. Hittelman has helped numerous Laura’s House clients on a pro bono basis as they obtain restraining orders and is the first attorney called for clients with particularly difficult cases.

This year’s gala guests will embark on a memorable evening that begins with a Ports of Call-themed cocktail reception, followed by a gourmet dinner, awards presentation, live auction and dancing. Special entertainment will grace the stage throughout the evening.

Presenting Port of Monaco sponsors for the 2018 gala are Laura Khouri and Michael K. Hayde. Port of Rio sponsors are The Jacqueline Glass Family, Haskell & White LLP, The Joe MacPherson Foundation, The Thompson Foundation and Verizon. Port of Cape Town sponsors are Lenawee Trust, Napa Foundation, The Busch Group, Lucas Development Corporation, Neudesic, and Park Newport Apartments. Port of Bangkok sponsors are Patty Cyr, Laura & Mark Feld, The Frome Foundation, Brenda Gessell, Hittelman Strunk Law Group, LLP, IHP Capital Partners, Pat & Rick McAuley, R.D. Olson Development, Rutan & Tucker LLP and Casey & Tim Wolin.

Individual tickets are $250 and table sponsorship opportunities start at $3,500. For more information, visit www.laurashouse.org/gala.


Sponsorship deadline is nearing for CdM Christmas Walk

The 40th annual Corona del Mar Christmas Walk is taking place Sunday, Dec. 2, but if you would like to be a sponsor of this event that’s attended by more than 7,000 people, the deadline to sign up is Sunday, Sept. 30.

The walk features activities for all ages with live entertainment, food booths, a beer & wine garden, merchant promotions, and the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots Drive.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, visit www.CdmChamber.com.


Fourth Dory Deli Clean Up Day coming October 7

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Rolling up their sleeves for a cleaner Newport Beach

Come join the fun during the 4th annual Dory Deli Beach Clean Up on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. – all for a great cause. Meet up at Tower 22 for free coffee, hot cocoa, bags and gloves. 

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. All sponsor partners can set up a table and EZ up with their organization logo, literature and products. 

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Clean Up Day meet up is at Tower 22 near Newport Pier

For more information on the event including sponsorship opportunities, contact Janae Castellanos at (714) 930-6770.


Christine Dwyer to headline WAITRESS at Segerstrom Center

WAITRESS comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts November 13 - 25 in Segerstrom Hall. Now, Christine Dwyer will put on the apron and bake across the country as she steps into the role of Jenna in the national tour of WAITRESS – the Broadway musical from Grammy Award® nominee Sara Bareilles, inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s 2007 motion picture.

Dwyer has previously appeared in the national tours of Finding Neverland as Sylvia, RENT as Maureen and on Broadway and the 2nd National Tour of Wicked as Elphaba.

“WAITRESS is a little slice of heaven,” said Entertainment Weekly and “a monumental contribution to Broadway,” according to Marie Claire

Inspired by Shelly’s beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

Christine Dwyer to headline

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(L-R) Charity Angél Dawson, Desi Oakley and Lenne Klingaman appear in the National Tour of WAITRESS

Tickets to WAITRESS start at $29 and are on sale now atwww.SCFTA.org, by calling 714.556.2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, Nov. 24 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation. The Center offers many services for patrons with disabilities including removable wheelchair locations, binoculars and assistive listening devices. To learn more, visit www.SCFTA.org/accessibilityinformation.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Sign of the times

On Fridays we give you a partial glimpse of a sign around town. You guess what the overall name of the business is. 

Stu received correct guesses from our readers who are animal lovers and knew where this happy cat and pup reside – Petco in the Newport North Shopping Center at Bison Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard. 

Congratulations to: Charlotte Saydah, Debi Doolittle, Jessica Battiola, Kim Crawford and Rebecca Lightfoot.

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

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Save the Date: Newport Beach & Company’s annual marketing and outlook dinner

Newport Beach & Company, the tourism organization for Newport Beach, is holding its annual marketing and outlook dinner on Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Resort at Pelican Hill from 5:30 - 9 p.m.

The festivities include the Partner in Progress Award, presented to President and CEO Robert Olson of R.D. Olson Development, and the Keynote Presentation by President and CEO of U.S. Travel Association Roger Dow.

The cocktail reception takes place from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.; the dinner and presentation is from 6:45 - 9 p.m. RSVP by Friday, Oct. 12 to www.NewportBeachandCo.com/Outlook.

General admission is $100; table sponsorships are $900. Additional sponsorship opportunities are also available.

The Resort at Pelican Hill is located at 22701 Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.


Guest Column

Grace Leung

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

Grace Leung

Newport Beach City Manager Grace Leung   

Greetings to the Newport Beach community!

I must confess, with four days on the job, I feel a little strange calling this the “insider’s guide” so I hope you bear with me as I get to know the City and all that is going on in this active community. And there’s no better way than to just start diving right in to the City Council agenda.

For the next meeting, on Tuesday, September 11, the following are items that may be of interest. Following Dave’s caveat, this is not a summary of the entire agenda, which can be viewed here.

Study Session begins at 4 p.m., when the Library Foundation will present a check for $153,125 to the City. This will help fund valuable library resources, programs and cutting-edge library enhancements. Then Public Works staff will present an update on traffic signal system technology, a critical element to managing traffic circulation that is continually evolving. 

The Regular Session at 7 p.m. has these items of note:

On the consent calendar is the award of landscape architecture and civil engineering services for rehabilitation of Grant Howald Park. This will kick off much needed renovations for this park. A key part of this contract will be to begin the community engagement process for design features as it relates to the fencing around the park. Community outreach and design is estimated to go through Spring 2019 and construction to then start early 2020 (following the Fall 2019 soccer season). We are hopeful to complete this project summer 2020.

On for public hearing is an update to the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Ordinance. This update amends the City’s Zoning Code and Local Coastal Program to conform with new state requirements that took effect on January 1, 2018. Our current code only allows ADUs in single-family residential zoning districts. In order to conform with state law, the code will be amended to allow development of ADUs with single-family homes in all residential districts.

In my first week with the City, I am so impressed with the pride and love that people have for living and/or working in Newport Beach. I am incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to work for Newport Beach and feel a deep sense of responsibility to serve the community and the organization well. I know transitions can be challenging and I hope to make it as smooth as possible. As part of that effort, I will be evaluating how we as a City communicate with the community. Don’t worry, I will continue this Insider’s Guide, but it may evolve in the future as I look to ensure we are communicating as effectively as possible. 

Thank you for reading. I hope to get to meet and know you over the coming months. To that end, please don’t hesitate to ask a question or offer a comment. 

 

Grace K. Leung, City Manager

City of Newport Beach

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Stump the Stu

Countryside in the middle of Newport Beach?

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Stump the Stu is asking where this chicken and cow are grazing and hanging out. Looks like they are content in their own private barnyard.

Take the challenge and submit your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The answer will appear in Friday’s edition, along with the correct guesses. So, join us for this local adventure.

If you have a unique spot or icon around town that you think Stu News Newport readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the location, so we can challenge them! Happy Hunting.


CdM Chamber to hold networking luncheon on September 18

On Tuesday, Sept. 18, the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce will hold its networking and speaker luncheon at Bayside Restaurant. Come mix and mingle, and make new business acquaintances. This event is open to the public with an RSVP only by Thursday, Sept. 13.

The featured guest speaker is Professor John Quackenbush, professor of biology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. Quackenbush will be focusing on health in today’s data-rich world and precision medicine: using your DNA to customize your healthcare.

CdM Chamber to hold Quakenbush

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Professor John Quakenbush

Check-in and networking take place from 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; lunch and the program are from 12 - 1:15 p.m. The luncheon menu features pepper crusted ahi tuna, with couscous, cucumber, tomato, mini peppers, olives and white balsamic. A vegetarian alternative is also available; please notate your preference upon RSVP. The cost is $30 for CdM Chamber members and $40 for non-members and community friends.

For more information and to register, 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.


Two important expos you won’t want to miss tomorrow – geared for the entire family

Tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., come out to the Civic Green to experience the importance of the “green on the green” Newport Beach Eco Expo & 10th Annual CERT Disaster Preparedness Expo, presented by the City of Newport Beach, Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and Newport Beach Fire Department. This is a single use plastic free event.

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The petting zoo is among the interactive activities for kids

The green on the green eco expo features local businesses and organizations showcasing “green” practices, innovation, products and education. CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) will share myriad ways on how you and your family can prepare for an unexpected disaster.

Here’s the rundown:

–Free electronics recycling and document shredding

–Exhibit booths and educational displays

–New electric/hybrid vehicle showcase

–Petting zoo and interactive art for the kids

–Drawing and storytelling workshop

–Ocean awareness art exhibit

–Instruction on how to build a disaster supply kit

–Learn about the city’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

–Learn how to organize your neighborhood

–Learn hands-on only CPR

–Find out about the Newport Beach Police Department and Neighborhood Watch

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NBFD demonstrates CERT life-saving practices

Following the expo at 2 p.m., come meet America’s leading earthquake expert, Dr. Lucy Jones, who will be speaking in the Central Library’s Friends Room and discussing her book, Big Ones – How Natural Disasters Have Shaped Us. Sitting is limited.

Free parking is available in the Civic Center parking structure.

For more information, contact the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce at 949.729.4400 or www.newportbeach.com.

The Civic Green at the Newport Beach Civic Center is located at 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.


Stump the Stu

Where would you find this kneeling soldier?

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Several of Stu’s readers knew where this kneeling soldier is located. This memorial to fallen military members can be found at the base of the flagpole in front of American Legion Post 291 at the end of 15th Street in Balboa Village.

Congratulations to Carol Strauss, Charles Price, Don Webb, Jim Kaminsky, Judy Leeper and Richard Lee.

A special thank you to Bill Finster who snapped this photo and sent it in to us.

Join us on Tuesdays as we try and stump you each week with a picture of something unique in our community, with answers and winners appearing on Fridays.

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


NMUSD bus drivers continue to garner acclaim

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) bus drivers continue a long-history of statewide and national award-wining excellence in safety. At the School Bus Driver International Safety Competition this past summer, NMUSD Delegated Behind the Wheel Trainer Victor Garza placed first overall. This is Garza’s second international championship.

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NMUSD Delegated Behind the Wheel Trainer Victor Garza

“I am proud to support classroom teachers by building relationships with students and setting the correct tone each day when transporting students to school,” Garza said.

In past international competitions, Garza has placed second and fifth. In state competitions, he has amassed two first place wins, a second place finish and a third place finish.

NMUSD bus drivers Francine Harms

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Francine Harms (left), NMUSD School Bus Cover Driver

School Bus Cover Driver Francine Harms is another award-winning bus driver who received recognition earlier this year as an Orange County Classified Employee of the Year for her ability to manage bus routes, placement of students, mentoring drivers, maintaining records and general office management. Harms is known for her charismatic personality that builds camaraderie, support and success in the department.

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(L-R) Ricardo Sandoval, Julian Schaefer and Jason Greenberg, NMUSD bus drivers

In 2017, NMUSD school bus drivers Ricardo Sandoval, Juliann Scheafer and Jason Greenberg won top honors at the Orange County School Bus Roadeo. Sandoval, won first place in the county and first place overall. Scheafer was awarded third place in the county. As a team, they placed first countywide.

School Bus Safety Roadeos are held across the United States and require drivers to pass a written test prior to competing in the seven behind the wheel events. The emphasis throughout the competition is safety and by design, increases safety awareness. Various Roadeos occur throughout California, leading up to the statewide competition. Drivers that perform well at the state level are invited to compete at the International Roadeo competition. Part of NMUSD’s success in school bus safety roadeos can be attributed to the rigorous training program, ongoing education and testing that takes place within the district.

For more information, visit NMUSD’s here.


NMUSD welcomes students back to school

Summer may be drawing to a close, but school is in full swing, as students headed back to campus on Tuesday, Sept. 4 in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

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Newport Harbor High School students enjoyed donuts their first morning back

We wish them a great year filled with learning new subject matter, making new friends, and stretching their imaginations to discover and accomplish whatever goals and aspirations they strive for.

Enjoy a slideshow of more great photos from the first day of school in Newport-Mesa!

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The Inside Edge presents creator, founder of the Bullies Be Gone! Project

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, The Inside Edge will be holding its monthly meeting at the Pacific Club.

The lively program will feature Al Johnson, creator and founder of the Bullies Be Gone! Project. He has been teaching children, teens, and adults in California in anti-bullying, safety, awareness, and self-confidence skills since 1985. His program includes racial harmony, understanding and tolerance.

The Inside Edge Bullies Be Gone book cover

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Bullies count on kids not being aware. This makes it easy for a kid to be caught off guard. Johnson teaches them how to immediately “Hit the light switch!” (in their mind) when confronted by a bully or anyone else making them feel uncomfortable. Specific words, phrases and stanzas are engrained in them. The training is serious, yet fun, and in order to be used most effectively, what they learn is their secret to keep. Whenever they find themselves in an uncomfortable situation with a bully or anyone else seeking to take advantage of them, they’ll be ready.

All guests are welcome. Doors open, registration and a buffet line start at 6:45 a.m. The meeting begins promptly at 7 a.m. The Inside Edge would appreciate pre-registration to assist with food and seating needs. There is free and valet parking. Have your gate ticket validated at the front desk when you leave.

The Pacific Club is located at 4110 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.

For more information and to register, visit www.insideedge.org.

To find out additional details on Al Johnson’s Bullies Be Gone! Project, go to www.BulliesBeGoneProject.com.


Purchase tickets now for Newport Beach Wine & Food coming October 6 and 7

Tickets are now on sale for the 5th Annual Pacific Sales Newport Beach Wine & Food taking place October 6 - 7 at Newport Beach Civic Center. Presented by Jaguar & Land Rover, highlights of this must attend event include:

Grand Tasting and Cooking Demos 2018: Come wine and dine with all-inclusive tastings from some of the top-tier restaurants on the West Coast. Each day of the festival will feature a different lineup of restaurants and tastings. Wash down your bites with a variety of more than 250 wines. Eat, drink, dance and mingle with the elite of Newport Beach, Celebrity Chefs, Master Sommeliers, and restaurant owners from across the United States.

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Celebrity chefs in attendance at the 2017 Newport Beach Wine & Food

Two special events still open to attend (October 5), prior to the Civic Center happenings include:

Fire It Up at the Balboa Bay Resort on Friday, Oct. 5 from 2 - 6 p.m. Kick back and enjoy a top-notch BBQ prepared right before your eyes by 10 supreme celebrity chefs: Hubert Keller, Joe Flamm, Carrie Baird, Fatima Ali, Brian Huskey, Christopher Scott, Joe Sasto, Devin Alexander and Rachel Haggstrom. Wash down your gourmet bites with craft beer, wine and spirits while enjoying live music from the rock/reggae band Common Sense. The event is outside on lawns and the sand. Admission is $125 per person.

VIP Celebrity Chef Twilight Cruise in Newport Harbor on Friday, Oct. 5 from 7 - 10 p.m. Cruise through Newport Harbor and dance the night away on board the 140-foot Endless Dreams yacht brought to you by Hornblower. Live music, spirits, wine, desserts and light bites are available as you mingle with celebrity chefs. Shuttles provide round-trip transportation from the Balboa Bay Resort to the Hornblower and back. Boarding begins at 6:30 p.m.; the yacht returns at 10 p.m. Bring a sweater or jacket as top level is outside and it might be chilly after sunset. The cost is $150 per person.

Purchase your VIP or General Admission tickets now. Perks of being a VIP include a 30-minute early entrance to the festival grounds before general admission attendees for a meet and greet with celebrity chefs and exclusive access to 44 of the best restaurants along the West Coast. Experience cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs from across the country and sip on more than 250 varieties of wine, spirits and brews while dancing the afternoon away.

For a detailed list of events, celebrity chefs and restaurant participants, visit www.newportbeachwineandfood.com.


You Must Remember This: Irvine Regional Park and swings

By NANCY GARDNER

I was recently at Irvine Regional Park for a meeting, and it brought back a couple of memories. When I was a child, the park was a big deal because it had swings. I don’t dare make a blanket statement like, “At that time there were no swings in the city,” but there were none that we ever visited, and the same is true for parks. Forget newcomers like Sunset Ridge and Bonita Creek Sports Park. There wasn’t even an Irvine Terrace Park, because at that point there was no Irvine Terrace. Instead of parks, there were school playgrounds, but at CdM Elementary – the only school south of Harbor High and Horace Ensign – there were no swings. So, to go to Irvine Park where not only did they have swings but big swings – I’II assume the lake was there and other features – for me it was all about those tall swings where you got such height you felt you were touching the sky.

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Of course, at a certain point, I got too old for swings. Children are very definite about what they are and aren’t too old for, and that was one of those things that no matter how much fun it might be, I was now too mature to indulge. Since I had no particular desire to drive all the way to Irvine Park just to disdainfully dismiss the swings as something for little kids (while secretly yearning to hop on), a number of years passed with no visits, and then one spring day, Al Beltran suggested we ride there. Al ran the pasture (now Crystal Cove State Park), where we rode our horses like wild Indians through the fields, on the beach – wherever we wanted – but this was a new adventure. Now I’m quite sure if someone suggested such a ride today...almost every parent would forbid it absolutely, and those that did acquiesce would get arrested for child endangerment, but those were simpler times.

Ride from Newport Beach to Irvine Park – why not? About 20 of us set off, the oldest barely in her teens, most of us riding bareback, wearing our normal riding outfits of jeans, tee shirts and tennis shoes. As you shudder at this vision of irresponsibility, remember how different it was. Part of the way we rode undisturbed through the Irvine hills, being sure to shut all the gates so any cattle wouldn’t get out. When I say gate, I mean a barbed wire gate – three strands of wire attached to two poles. One of us would get off, unhook the fence and drag it aside while everyone passed, then hook it up again, hop on the horse, and off we’d go until the next gate.

We didn’t ride Irvine property the whole way, however. Eventually, we left the hills and began making our way through the towns. It’s hard to imagine a group of riders making such a trip today, skirting freeways, trying to find space on busy streets for a line of horses, but much of the county was still agrarian. (Yes, Virginia, there is a reason we are called Orange County). Instead of freeways, busy city streets and miles of concrete, there were acres of citrus groves, few cars and we were usually on dirt roads or shoulders. It couldn’t have been more bucolic, an adjective difficult to use about our area today. Once at the park, we camped out, roasted wienies and s’mores, and the next day we rode home.

It was a lovely adventure, but we didn’t repeat it, and Irvine Park gradually faded into childhood memories, mine, at least. But at a recent meeting, I learned that while I may not be visiting, a heck of a lot of other people are. In a survey of local parks, it was second only to Crystal Cove in visitors, drawing people from throughout the southland and beyond. Not bad for a site that began with the simple donation of an oak grove by James Irvine Jr. Now it has 490 acres with a train, a zoo, riding and bike trails, picnic areas, fishing and, of course, swings.    

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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.


Speak Up Newport to host candidates forum

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, Speak Up Newport will host a candidates forum at Newport Beach Civic Center in the Community Room.

The forum provides an opportunity to meet and query those who would be leaders of our community. The event includes a reception from 5:15 - 6 p.m., with a complimentary light supper provided by The Bungalow with wine available for purchase; the program and a Q&A is scheduled for 6 - 7 p.m.

There is no charge to attend, and the public is invited. Reservations are not necessary. Ample parking is available on site.

Candidates representing Districts 1, 3, 4 and 6, have been invited to participate. Note: (i) signifies the incumbent.

District 1

Diane Dixon (i)

Mike Glenn

District 3

Marshall “Duffy” Duffield (i)

Tim Stoaks

District 4

Kevin Muldoon (i)

Roy Englebrecht

District 6

Scott Peotter (i)

Joy Brenner

In addition to the forum, candidates will have tables outside the Community Room, offering materials and the opportunity to talk to attendees prior to and after the program.

For additional information, call 949.224.2266 or visit www.speakupnewport.com.

Newport Beach Civic Center is located at 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Stu believes all you animal lovers will know where this happy cat and pup reside. Along with your guess, tell us why you like to come to this business. 

Good luck! Stu loves publishing the winning answers on Tuesday.

Send your guesses to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

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Spyglass Hill Meet ‘n’ Greet Picnic for community residents planned

The 6th annual Spyglass Hill Meet ‘n’ Greet Picnic takes place on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 4 - 7:30 p.m. at Spyglass Hill Park.

Spyglass Hill residents are invited to come join the fun. Festivities include music, games and free ice cream. The first 200 RSVPs will receive free burgers, free chips and free drinks. A T.K. Burger food truck will be onsite with beef, chicken and veggie selections available, or bring your own picnic. Residents are asked to bring their own chairs and blankets.

RSVP to Lore at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949.721.0718.

The event is being organized by the Spyglass Hill Picnic Committee and sponsored by Will O’Neill, mayor pro-tem; the Spyglass Hill Garden Club; and VIEW magazine


National Geographic author headlines special children’s series

Newport Beach Public Library is launching an exciting series of children’s author programs with a visit by National Geographic author, Trudi Trueit, and Nat Geo Explorer and snake wrangler, Zoltan Takacs, on Friday, Sept. 28 in the Newport Beach Central Library’s Friends Room.

Trudi Trueit, author of Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret, was selected by National Geographic to launch the first book in their children’s fiction series. Her background in science and early career as a weather forecaster plays an integral part in inspiring her to write science-based fiction.

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National Geographic author, Trudi Trueit, will be speaking on her book, “Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret”

The Nebula Secret is an exciting, action-packed adventure, based on real-life technology, people, and places with lots of science facts, hidden puzzles and codes embedded throughout the book that will captivate readers ages eight and up.

National Geographic author Zoltan Takacs

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Nat Geo Explorer and snake wrangler, Zoltan Takacs

The author will be accompanied by Zoltan Takacs, a National Geographic explorer, snake wrangler, herpetologist and toxinologist. Takacs has been chasing venomous snakes in the world’s most remote locations since he was a teenager. He’s traveled to 133 countries and survived seven snakebites. But Takacs doesn’t go after these deadly creatures just for the thrill; he collects venom and brings it back to a lab, where he and his colleagues analyze it with the goal of treating diseases.

Admission for this event is free. Seating is first-come, first-serve, based on room capacity. A question and answer session along with book signing by the author will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase from Whale of a Tale Children’s Bookshoppe.

The Newport Beach Public Library presents a variety of programs that foster cultural arts enrichment. Author visits by John Flanagan, author of The Ranger’s Apprentice and The Brotherband Chronicles on October 7, and Sarah Mlynowski, author of the Whatever After series on November 2, are also scheduled.

For more information, contact the Library at 949.717.3800, option 2, or visit www.newportbeachlibrary.org.


Letters to the Editor:

Conflicts of interest...Newport Beach deserves better

It is widely believed that Councilmember Peotter has been retained by Mayor Duffield to assist in the relocation of some of Duffield’s boat manufacturing facilities to Utah. The refusal of Duffield and Peotter to answer the simple question, “Does Peotter work for Duffield?” is very troubling.

Duffield refuses to voluntarily answer the question, and Peotter calls it “rumor”.

This is not some political “gotcha” issue. Residents have a right to know if Peotter’s vote can be influenced by compensation Duffield pays to Peotter; or affect a vote over resource allocation between Duffield’s and Peotter’s districts; or is it just plain illegal.

Duffield is required to recuse himself on most harbor issues. However, Peotter votes on these issues, some of which may financially benefit Duffield. Is it allowable under conflict of interest laws? Should Peotter also be recusing himself because Duffield is a source of income to Peotter?

What about the City Council’s duty to police itself? Both Peotter and Duffield are already the subject of multiple complaints regarding campaign law and conflict of interest violations, none of which the Council has directed the City Attorney to review. Yet again Council shirks its duty, by not directing the City Attorney to look into this employment issue. How long will Council ignore its duty, as ethical issues pile up with Duffield and Peotter? This is politics at its worst, and confirms voter skepticism about the ethics of government officials.

What about the City Attorney’s independent duty to assure that Council is acting lawfully? When asked, the City Attorney reportedly said, “trying to find answers to these types of issues is not possible given the ethical rules related to the performance of your duties”. Really? This “don’t ask, don’t tell” attitude is disingenuous and disrespects his office as well as the citizens of Newport Beach.

I think it is entirely possible to find the truth. Duffield and Peotter should be asked directly, under oath, if necessary, so City business can be conducted in the open without fear of conflicts of interest. And then, depending on the answers, Councilmembers should conduct themselves in a lawful, transparent way without even the appearance of a conflict.

Open and transparent government in Newport will not begin until these kinds of egregious cover ups are stopped.

Mike Henn

Former Mayor, Newport Beach

Time to cancel the Team Newport Show in Newport Beach

The Newport Beach City Council has been on vacation for nearly a month, but like a TV series finale, they left us with a few cliffhangers.

On July 30, the council issued a statement designed to embarrass Jeff Herdman, but failed to reveal the three councilmembers who advanced the name of Shawn Nelson as City Manager. In response to a Public Records Act request, the city said they did not have any “relevant documents.” Really? Why don’t you just admit who it was? You were there.

It was revealed that Scott Peotter is apparently employed by Duffy Duffield to plan the relocation of part of Duffy’s business to Utah. This raises some significant conflict of interest issues for both councilmembers. At the West Newport Beach Association forum, Duffield flat out refused to answer the question, “Does Peotter work for you?” It’s time for Duffield and Peotter to stop the cover up and answer the question.

On August 14, the council approved $600,000 in contracts to four firms to provide maintenance services in the harbor. Only four firms submitted proposals and all four got contracts. Duffield declared he had a “source of income” conflict of interest on this matter. Exactly which firm or firms is a “source of income” for Duffield and how much is it? Looks more like Duffy is a source of income the other way. In addition, if Peotter is working for Duffy, shouldn’t he also have recused himself?

A court ruled that the public cannot compel the city council to appoint a special prosecutor, only the council can make that decision. Alright, what is the council going to do about the campaign finance and conflict of interest violations that have been piling up against Peotter and Duffield? So far they have done nothing. I thought Muldoon was running on “law and order?”

Finally, Peotter announced he was going to hold a fundraiser at the home of Bob McCaffrey. McCaffrey wrote a rambling and incoherent opinion piece in which he compared Peotter opponent Joy Brenner and other women leaders to “drooling dogs”. Will Peotter have the moral courage to move his event from McCaffrey’s home? If he does not, will the other members of the council attend and validate McCaffrey’s remarks? At West Newport, Peotter defended McCaffrey and Duffield was silent.

I am looking forward to the fourth, and hopefully final, season of Team Newport Follies.

Susan Skinner

Newport Beach

The future of Newport

The key concern which unites Newport Beach residents now is overdevelopment. Most of the other problems engender from this one main problem – traffic, pollution, safety issues, expansion of Pacific Coast Highway, code and General Plan noncompliance and lack of civility and trust between residents and City Council. As a result, Newport Beach is losing its vibrant personality.

For those who live in West Newport, the number one overdevelopment issue is the expansion of Pacific Coast Highway. This has been a concern that dates back to the early 1970s by a group who were called the “Freeway Fighters” and included the father of one of our current Council members. If expansion takes place, this area of Newport Beach which is considered by most residents as the heart of our city, will lose that “small town” feeling, and safety issues for students crossing the Highway to reach the three schools in the Newport Heights area will become a major concern. Already the lack of crosswalks and the dangerous speeds frequently maintained by people passing through the Heights have led to unfortunate and even tragic accidents.

Overdevelopment in other areas of Newport Beach has also impacted public views and tranquility. For instance, the development planned for Koll Center deviates from the character and guidelines for buildings in that area. Fortunately, concerned citizens have been able to stop plans for some of the other proposed structures and private homes whose sizes have violated code and General Plans. But it has been a constant struggle for residents who want to maintain the character of Newport Beach which is being violated by unwise development.

We have a chance to change this lack of communication and transparency by electing Joy Brenner, Tim Stoaks and Roy Englebrecht to City Council! They will work to preserve the quality of the city that we all love.

Tim Stephens

Corona del Mar


Interfaith Council meeting to feature school superintendents

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, the Newport – Mesa – Irvine Interfaith Council welcomes new clergy and two local school superintendents – NMUSD Superintendent Fred Navarro and Irvine Unified School District Superintendent Terry Walker – at their upcoming luncheon meeting, beginning at 11:45 a.m.

Interfaith Council Fred Navarro Interfaith Council Terry Walker

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and Irvine Unified School District

(L-R) NMUSD Superintendent Fred Navarro and Irvine Unified School District Superintendent Terry Walker

The cost is $12 with an RSVP, or $15 at the door.  To reserve your seat, RSVP to Farrah Khan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Tuesday, Sept. 11.

The meeting will be held at the Newport Sea Base, 1931 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach.


Guest Column by Jeff Boyles, 

Assistant Fire Chief, Newport Beach Fire Department

NBFD responds to the California Mutual Aid system request for assistance with several major wildfires this summer

NBFD responds Orange County Strike Team

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Orange County Strike Team

The Newport Beach Fire Department recently sent multiple personnel and apparatus to the prolific wildfires in Northern California. Our state has witnessed a wildfire trend in recent years that has public safety agencies utilizing the California Master Mutual Aid System for more major incidents than it ever has. What does this mean to the residents of Newport Beach? It means that your local Newport Beach and Orange County fire departments are being called upon to travel to some remote and unfamiliar communities to protect them from the devastating forces of these ravaging wildfires.

I use the words devastating and ravaging to accurately depict the images I witnessed firsthand. There is no other way to describe the look of grief on the faces of those who just lost all of their possessions or the look of gratitude when someone shakes your hand for saving their home. We experienced funeral processions of fellow firefighters while we were still assigned to the incident. Imagine saluting a fallen firefighter on the side of the road as their body is escorted from the incident, then returning to your assignment on the fire line. Our units were tasked with protecting structures, working in remote forest environments and a host of other fire related tasks that are not typical of our work day here in Newport Beach. Throughout much of the Mendocino Complex Fire, we were sent into the forest to protect cabins with a Strike Team from Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Culver City. With the volume of fires burning across the state and the reduction of firefighting resources, we have reached a point of critical mass. Local fire departments from across the state are called upon more frequently to provide protection in various locations performing a variety of different tasks.

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In all, the Newport Beach Fire Department sent resources to the Cranston Fire, Carr Fire and Mendocino Complex. A total of 22 Newport Beach fire personnel was sent over a 28-day deployment. We participated as part of the California Master Mutual Aid System. Simply put, this is an agreement in which local municipalities respond with their local resources to render assistance and aid in a variety of capacities when requested. Examples include wildfires, the flooding and mudslide disasters in Montecito, search and rescue following earthquakes and mass casualty incidents, to name a few. The State of California reimburses our agencies for our time and resources. Newport Beach sent resources as part of what is referred to as “Strike Teams”. Strike Teams typically consist of five like resources and a leader. In our case, we sent five fire engines with four fire personnel on each from Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Orange, Anaheim and Fullerton with two Chief Officers as the Strike Team leaders. The Strike Team leaders assume responsibility for the overall direction and safety of the 20 personnel assigned to the Strike Team regardless of their home agency. Our Orange County Strike Team interacted, worked and lived with Strike Teams from all over the state of California, from other states such as Arizona, Texas, Washington and even internationally from countries including New Zealand. It was truly a unique experience.

As of Labor Day, the totals from the three fires NBFD assisted with are very telling: between the Cranston Fire (Riverside County) Mendocino Complex (Mendocino County) and Carr Fire (Shasta County), over 700,000 acres have burned. More than 1,300 structures were destroyed with damage to an additional 1,200. The most chilling statistic is the fact that four firefighters died this summer fighting these three fires. The Carr Fire was caused by a mechanical failure to a vehicle, the Cranston Fire was deemed arson and the Mendocino Complex remains under investigation.

Back home in Southern California, we are preparing for our own set of challenges. Our active fire season in Orange, L.A., San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties tends to occur in September and October with Santa Ana driven winds. Our fire personnel around the County are ready for what comes our way – and will request reciprocal resources from around the state through the California Master Mutual Aid System when the need arises.

The Newport Beach Fire Department will be holding a “Wildland Fire Workshop” on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Newport Beach Central Library Friends Room for anyone interested in learning about our Mutual Aid response to the largest wildland fire in California state history. The workshop is free and is open to all. I will be presenting our department’s response and my experience on the Mendocino Complex fire.


Enter for a chance to win a VIP celebrity dinner during StyleWeekOC 

StyleWeekOC is coming to Fashion Island from Sept. 14 - 16 and you can enter to win a VIP celebrity dinner for two on Friday, Sept. 14. Along with top influencers, enjoy delicious bites, watch a fashion show presentation featuring some of the top fashion retailers, and leave with a goodie bag full of must-have products.

This exclusive event is invite only, but you and a friend get a chance to join the party.

Click here to enter.

StyleWeekOC, presented by Fashion Island and Simply, will feature panel discussions from top fashion and beauty bloggers and influencers, plus in-store shopping parties to showcase fall’s hottest trends, along with a Celebrity Influencer Pop Up Shop. For more information, visit www.styleweekOC.com.

Fashion Island is located at 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.


Dogtologist author Jeff Lazarus cancels NBPL appearance

Dogtologist author Jeff Lazarus

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Dogtologist author Jeff Lazarus has had to cancel his appearance in Newport Beach Central Library’s Friends Room, which was scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 13 from 7 - 8:30 p.m.

At this time, no new date has been scheduled for a future appearance.

For more information, visit www.newportbeachlibrary.org.


Battle of the Tequileros planned at Taco Rosa

Taco Rosa, Chef Ivan Calderon’s upscale Mexican restaurant in Newport Beach, will host its 6th annual “Battle of the Tequileros” on Sunday, Sept. 23 from 4 - 8 p.m. Bringing together 26+ different tequila and mezcal brands, the celebratory event will benefit Operation of Hope Worldwide, a local nonprofit providing free, life-changing surgeries and health care for children and adults in underserved areas of the world, while creating a self-sustaining program of hope through education.

Battle of the Tequileros tequilas

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As the most diverse tequila tasting in Southern California, the event gives guests an unparalleled opportunity to experience the unique nuances between a variety of tequilas and mezcals. Guests can also enjoy tray-passed tapas style bites from the Taco Rosa kitchen, exciting giveaways and a silent auction. A panel of esteemed judges will determine winners in three categories: Best Blanco, Best Añejo and Best Reposado, while guests will have the opportunity to cast votes for Best Margarita and Best Booth Presentation.

“Over the past six years, we have seen tremendous growth with Battle of the Tequileros and this year, we are proud to partner with Operation of Hope Worldwide, an organization whose global reach has impacted, and even saved the lives of thousands of people throughout the developing world,” said Chef Ivan Calderon.

Tickets for the 21-and-over event are priced at $75 and offer guests all-inclusive access to tequila and mezcal cocktails and samples. Tickets can be purchased by calling 949.720.0980 or online at www.bit.ly/battleofthetequileros. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Taco Rosa is located in the Newport Hills Shopping Center at 2632 San Miguel Dr., Newport Beach.

For more information on Battle of the Tequileros and other upcoming events at Taco Rosa, visit www.tacorosa.com/pages/events.


JWA July airline passenger traffic up year over year

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in July 2018 as compared with July 2017. In July 2018, the Airport served 991,003 passengers, an increase of 7.8 percent when compared with the July 2017 passenger traffic count of 919,223.

JWA July airline passenger jet

Commercial aircraft operations increased 4.7 percent and commuter aircraft operations increased 417.5 percent when compared with July 2017 levels.

Total aircraft operations increased in July 2018 as compared with the same month in 2017. In July 2018, there were 28,466 total aircraft operations (take-offs and landings), a 10.9 percent increase compared to 25,660 total aircraft operations in July 2017.

General aviation activity, which accounted for 70.4 percent of the total aircraft operations during July 2018, increased 12.6 percent when compared with July 2017.

The top three airlines in July 2018 based on passenger count were Southwest Airlines (355,171), American Airlines (159,681) and United Airlines (157,997).


Local bartenders unite to feed the hungry

This month, The Burrito Project, Greenbar Distillery and local bartenders are coming together to help feed the hungry – one cocktail at a time. Greenbar Distillery is donating one burrito per cocktail served at participating restaurants and bars using CITY Bright Gin.

These cocktails have been individually crafted by bartenders in local Orange County including Newport Beach bars like Javier’s, Cannery Seafood of the Pacific and Juliette Kitchen & Bar. The goal is to serve 75,000 cocktails in September and give out 75,000 burritos statewide between October and December.

Local bartenders unite Cannery

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The bartender at Cannery Seafood of the Pacific will be pouring for a good cause

So, belly up to the bar for a good cause...and please drink responsibly.

The Burrito Project is a charitable organization started by a group of friends who meet monthly to commune with one another and share quality food with disenfranchised people throughout California. By making and distributing freshly made burritos in the community, they address the crisis face-to-face and provide a hot meal to someone in need.

For more information, visit www.theburritoproject.org.


Newport Beach City Arts Commission to host concert in Peninsula Park

On Sunday, Sept. 23 the Newport Beach City Arts Commission is hosting “Concert at Peninsula Park: Southland Sings,” from 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Southland Sings will present a lively choreographed concert featuring upbeat contemporary and classic Broadway hits. Best-loved songs from Gershwin and Cole Porter to Rodgers and Hammerstein, combined with favorites from popular new shows will make a memorable evening for audience members of all ages.

Newport Beach Southland Sings

Courtesy of NBPL Arts and Cultural Services

Southland Sings to belt out Broadway hits in Peninsula Park

The concert is free and open to the public. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring picnic dinners, blankets and low-slung beach chairs to enjoy the evening. Local eateries near Peninsula Park provide great options for take-out or pre/post show dining. Paid parking is available in nearby lots.

Balboa’s Peninsula Park is located at 100 Main St. (between A and B streets, near the Balboa Pier), Balboa Village.

More information about cultural arts programs in the City of Newport Beach can be found at www.newportbeachca.gov/CulturalArts.


Tastemakers of Orange County featuring Newport Beach chefs takes place tomorrow night

On the heels of its 20th anniversary, the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) hosts the 3rd annual “Tastemakers of Orange County” culinary event tomorrow night, Wednesday, Sept. 5 in the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Celebrating the Asian and Pacific Islander community, culture and heritage, guests will have the opportunity to taste and indulge in Asian and Pacific Island-inspired cuisines and beverages from distinguished chefs throughout Orange County.

Tastemakers of Orange County A Market chefs

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(L-R) A Market’s Shelly Register, culinary director and Leza Kirk, pastry chef

Featured chefs from Newport Beach and Corona del Mar include Takashi Abe and Ted Lee, Bluefin; Ivan Calderon, Taco Rosa; Brian Huskey, Tackle Box; Ed Lee, Wahoo’s Fish Taco; Shelly Register, A Market; and Max Schlutz, Sessions West Coast Deli.

This year’s event has attracted the support of many influencers, including Ryan Patel, a global business executive and CNN Newsroom contributor, who will be in attendance. His interest in spreading awareness of Asian and Pacific Island-inspired foods and culture has led him to learn more about the work of OCAPICA.

The celebration at Argyros Plaza will include food tastings, entertainment, and silent and live auctions for guests to enjoy. Tickets are available to the public for $125 for VIP, which allows early entry at 6 p.m., and $85 for General Admission, from 7 - 9 p.m.

For more information and tickets, and to view this year’s line-up of chefs and restaurants, visit www.tastemakersofoc.com.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Two important expos you won’t want to miss this Saturday – geared for the entire family

This Saturday, Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., come out to the Civic Green to experience the importance of the “green on the green” Newport Beach Eco Expo & 10th Annual CERT Disaster Preparedness Expo, presented by the City of Newport Beach, Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and Newport Beach Fire Department. This is a single use plastic free event.

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The petting zoo is among the interactive activities for kids

The green on the green eco expo features local businesses and organizations showcasing “green” practices, innovation, products and education. CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) will share myriad ways on how you and your family can prepare for an unexpected disaster.

Here’s the rundown:

–Free electronics recycling and document shredding

–Exhibit booths and educational displays

–New electric/hybrid vehicle showcase

–Petting zoo and interactive art for the kids

–Drawing and storytelling workshop

–Ocean awareness art exhibit

–Instruction on how to build a disaster supply kit

–Learn about the city’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

–Learn how to organize your neighborhood

–Learn hands-on only CPR

–Find out about the Newport Beach Police Department and Neighborhood Watch

Two important CERT

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NBFD demonstrates CERT life-saving practices

Following the expo at 2 p.m., come meet America’s leading earthquake expert, Dr. Lucy Jones, who will be speaking in the Central Library’s Friends Room and discussing her book, Big Ones – How Natural Disasters Have Shaped Us. Sitting is limited.

Free parking is available in the Civic Center parking structure.

For more information, contact the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce at 949.729.4400 or www.newportbeach.com.

The Civic Green at the Newport Beach Civic Center is located at 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.


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Speak Up Newport to host candidates forum

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, Speak Up Newport will host a candidates forum at Newport Beach Civic Center in the Community Room.

The forum provides an opportunity to meet and query those who would be leaders of our community. The event includes a reception from 5:15 - 6 p.m., with a complimentary light supper provided by The Bungalow with wine available for purchase; the program and a Q&A is scheduled for 6 - 7 p.m.

There is no charge to attend, and the public is invited. Reservations are not necessary. Ample parking is available on site.

Candidates representing Districts 1, 3, 4 and 6, have been invited to participate. Note: (i) signifies the incumbent.

District 1

Diane Dixon (i)

Mike Glenn

District 3

Marshall “Duffy” Duffield (i)

Tim Stoaks

District 4

Kevin Muldoon (i)

Roy Englebrecht

District 6

Scott Peotter (i)

Joy Brenner

In addition to the forum, candidates will have tables outside the Community Room, offering materials and the opportunity to talk to attendees prior to and after the program.

For additional information, call 949.224.2266 or visit www.speakupnewport.com.

Newport Beach Civic Center is located at 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.


Sign of the times

On Fridays we give you a partial glimpse of a sign around town. You guess what the overall name of the business is. 

Stu received correct guesses from our readers who knew that this letter “n” with the leaf was in the front of the building at the Environmental Nature Center at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. It’s a local gem to visit and support! Their Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch is coming up October 14 and they are in the process of building their nature preschool.

Congratulations to: Ashley Johnson, Bob Wilson, Chase Rief, Derek Breaux, Dominic Tucci, Jim Kaminsky, Kelly Couzens and Vikki Swanson.

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

SOTT 9.4.18

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Newport Beach Marriott’s GM named Citizen of the Year

Debbie Snavely, general manager of the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, learned of her honor as Newport Beach Citizen of the Year on Friday, Aug. 31 at Gulfstream restaurant in Corona del Mar.

Newport Beach Snavely

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(L-R) Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Steve Rosansky, David Beek and Debbie Snavely at this year’s Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Awards Dinner & Auction

Gary Sherwin, president of Newport Beach & Company, met her for lunch under the guise of planning an upcoming tourism marketing trip to China.

An Orange County native, Snavely, 55, has worked for Marriott for 33 years, starting in the front office. As a general manager throughout the Marriott company for the last 18 years, she has opened hotels worldwide.

Snavely, a Newport native for the last six years, will be honored at a Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce dinner on Friday, Nov. 2.


Stump the Stu

Where would you find this kneeling soldier?

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Stump the Stu is asking where this soldier sculpture resides in quiet repose.

Take the challenge and submit your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The answer will appear in Friday’s edition, along with the correct guesses. So, join us for this local adventure.

If you have a unique spot or icon around town that you think Stu News Newport readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the location, so we can challenge them! Happy Hunting.


Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

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Meet the “Real House Wives of Balboa Island” welcoming you from their float in 2013 during the Balboa Island Parade

Visit Balboa Island Museum and the Museum Store located at 331 Marine Ave., Balboa Island. They are open Tuesdays - Sundays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, call 949.675.3952, visit www.balboaislandmuseum.orgor email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Marguerite Avenue paving project this month, new sharrows bring to mind old friends

By AMY SENK

Expect lane closures and detours on Marguerite Avenue beginning September 10, when crews begin a city project that will last through the end of October.

The pavement rehabilitation project, which the City Council approved in July, will cost $887,788 and will reconstruct deteriorated sidewalks, driveway approaches, curbs and gutters along with grinding and overlaying the pavement with rubberized asphalt concrete and striping. There will be lane closures and detours from 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. during construction, a city spokeswoman said.

Marguerite Avenue paving project

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Marguerite Avenue paving project

Recently, crews replaced a large water valve in the same area – also creating lane closures – in order to avoid damaging the new pavement.

Further up the hill, Marguerite Avenue and Pacific View Drive were recently slurry sealed, with newly painted sharrows added to the pavement. Sharrows are painted symbols on the roadway that remind motorists to share the road with bicycles. The city first began adding them in Corona del Mar in 2012, and the idea had been discussed since late 2009 when the city had first a task force and later a Bicycle Safety Committee – frequently with the group members disagreeing amongst themselves about whether they were a good or bad idea.

Former Corona del Mar resident Frank Peters was appointed to both groups, and he was the one who first presented information about sharrows back when the group was meeting at the old City Hall building. Seeing the newly painted sharrows – added without the debate or fanfare that accompanied the symbols six years ago – caused me to wonder where he ended up when he left Orange County a few years ago.

I reached out to Frank on social media, and he pointed me to a few blog posts that filled in details of what he’s been up to.

Leaving Newport Beach, he wrote, was largely to escape poor air quality, specifically from the beach fire rings near his home by Big Corona State Beach. Peters and his wife, Barbara, were leading opponents of the fire rings at the City Council level, then in front of the California Coastal Commission and with the Southern California Air Quality Management District.

In Portland, they embraced the bicycle infrastructure and civility of motorists and worked with locals concerned about air pollution. But the housing market was tight, and the couple’s long-standing dreams of living in Santa Barbara had them moving back to California after 18 months.

In Santa Barbara, he said, biking is a little dicier, but the city is beautiful and walkable. He continues to blog – SantaBarbaraCyclist.com – and he’s been appointed to the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District Hearing Board. He is also on the board of the Santa Barbara Bike Coalition board.

“I’d like to make a difference,” Peters wrote. “I’d like to make Santa Barbara a Platinum Bicycle-Friendly Community.”

I told him about the new Marguerite sharrows, which I said brought to my mind that he started the whole idea so many years ago in Council Chambers of a City Hall building that has been gone for years.

He said he no longer thinks sharrows are the answer, and that they seldom slow motorists.

“Sharrows haven’t lived up to expectations,” he said. “Today I advocate against them, in favor of protected bike lanes.”

Santa Barbara, he said, just cut the ribbon on its first protected bike lane. In Newport Beach, a Bicycle Master Plan was adopted in 2014. (As far as we know, there are no plans for protected bike lanes in the works for Newport Beach, but city staff did not respond to questions about those lanes.)

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Amy Senk has lived in Corona del Mar for 18 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.


Good Morning CdM features candidates forum

Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce presents a Newport Beach City Council Candidates Forum this Thursday, Sept. 6 at Good Morning Corona de Mar. Doors open at 7 a.m.; a continental breakfast begins at 7:15 a.m., and the program takes place from 7:30 - 9 a.m.

This event is free of charge and open to the community, so come meet the candidates and find out about the issues.

Candidates representing Districts 1, 3, 4 and 6 include – (i) signifies the incumbent:

District 1

Diane Dixon (i)

Mike Glenn

District 3

Marshall “Duffy” Duffield (i)

Tim Stoaks

District 4

Kevin Muldoon (i)

Roy Englebrecht

District 6

Scott Peotter (i)

Joy Brenner

Good Morning Corona del Mar, a monthly discussion group, takes place at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar.


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.”

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Courtesy of Newport Beach Animal Shelter

MEET CLEOPATRA

Cleopatra is an adorable 4-month-old kitten that loves attention.

Adoption costs at the shelter are:

–Dogs - $130 

–Puppies - $150

–Cats - $90

–Kittens - $110

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

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

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. The shelter 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, applications are available on the website.


Find out what’s happening at the OC Fair & Event Center in September

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The Fair may be over, but there are plenty of events coming in September to keep you revved up, including Sand Sports Super Show, Speedway races, and the season’s final Pacific Amphitheatre concert.

Here are some highlights of what you can look forward to:

September 7 - 8: Flying Miz Daisy

At Flying Miz Daisy, the goal is to bring together the best vintage exhibitors on the West Coast selling unique goods, all under one roof. Be inspired and shop in all the styled and curated spaces in The Hangar. Find out why Flying Miz Daisy is the No. 1 vintage market in California. Hours: Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7 - 8, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Cost: $5 general admission; free for military and children 12 and younger. Parking is $8. For more information, visit www.flyingmizdaisy.com.

September 8: Costa Mesa Speedway: Sidecars/Juniors

Costa Mesa Speedway has put fans right on top of all the action from the comfort of arena-style grandstand seating since 1969. Suitable for the whole family, this event features Speedway, Sidecars and Juniors at the Action Sports Arena. Hours: Saturday, Sept. 8 with gates opening at 6 p.m.; first race is at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $20 general admission; $15 seniors (65+); $15 juniors (ages 13 - 17); $10 children (ages 3 - 12); free for kids 2 and younger. Parking is $8. For more information, visit www.CostaMesaSpeedway.net.

September 8: Pacific Symphony – Tchaikovsky Fireworks Spectacular

Celebrate the summer’s end with Tchaikovsky’s “1812” overture, complete with live cannons and fireworks, as well as the composer’s greatest hits. Carl StClair, conductor. Hours: Saturday, Sept. 8, 8 - 10 p.m. (gates open at 6 p.m. for picnicking). Cost: Tickets start at $25. Parking is free. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.pacificsymphony.org.

September 14 - 16: Sand Sports Super Show

Each September, hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of attendees come together for the biggest and most exciting dune and dirt sports expo in the world. Enjoy three days of fun and get up close to the latest sand rails, UTVs, ATVs, side-by-sides, accessories, apparel and more. Hours: Friday, Sept. 14, 4 - 10 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 15, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 16, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cost: $20 general admission; children ages 10 and under are free. For more information, visit www.sandsportssupershow.com.

Sept. 15: Endurocross

Experience Endurocross at Action Sports Arena – off-road motorcycle racing on a custom track filled with insane obstacles including rocks, boulders, logs, sand, mud, giant tires and even a water crossing. A crowd favorite, the “No Joke Lane” obstacle returns – every pro rider must navigate this gnarly obstacle at least once to have a chance to win. Hours: Saturday, Sept. 15, 7:30 - 10 p.m. Cost: $30 general admission; $15 children 12 and younger; free for kids 3 and younger. Parking is $8. For more information, visit www.endurocross.com

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September 22: Cruisin’ for a Cure

Cruisin’ for a Cure is the world’s largest one-day charity car show with more than 3,500 vehicles on display and featuring more than 200 vendors and exhibitors. Participation in the event and donations support prostate cancer research. Hours: Saturday, Sept. 22, 6 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cost: $15 general admission (save $2 with your AAA card); children 12 and younger are free. Participants: day of car registration is $45. Parking is $10. For more information, visit www.crusinforacure.com.

Sept. 22, Costa Mesa Speedway: RSD – Super Hooligan National Championship Series

Costa Mesa Speedway has put fans right on top of all the action from the comfort of arena-style grandstand seating since 1969. Suitable for the whole family, this event features RSD – Super Hooligan National Championship Series. Hours: Saturday, Sept. 22 with gates opening at 6 p.m.; first race is at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $20 general admission; $15 for seniors (65+); $15 for juniors (ages 13 - 17); $10 for children (ages 3 - 12); free for kids 2 and younger. Parking is $8. www.CostaMesaSpeedway.net

For a complete list of all events, visit www.ocfair.com.

OC Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.


Celebrating our outgoing city manager at Dave 2.0 Jamfest

The Dave 2.0 JAMFEST took place Thursday, Aug. 30 on the Civic Center Green, honoring outgoing Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff for all his efforts, and wishing him success in his Dave 2.0 life – and what a party it was!

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(L-R) Dave Kiff receives a presentation from Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Steve Rosansky

The event was hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and the City of Newport Beach. Casual beach attire was the vibe...and the backyard fete was replete with live music by Public Rocks, a cake walk, beanbag toss, lawn volleyball and ice pops. Well-wishers donned Dave 2.0 Jamfest blue T-shirts with some matching caps.

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Dave Kiff with Newport Beach Fire Department staff

Kiff, delightfully “roasted and toasted” perched on a lawn chair on the stage, has served our Newport Beach community for more than 20 years.

The current city councilmembers chipped in on a $1,000 gift in his name to the Friends of the Newport Beach Animal Shelter (FONBAS).

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Dave Kiff hands off the baton to Grace Leung, Newport Beach’s new city manager, who will take the reins today, September 4

“The Chamber was excited to be a part of the celebration of Dave’s career,” said President and CEO of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, Steve Rosansky. “The Dave 2.0 Jamfest was a great send-off party with so many staff, businesses, residents and friends. We know his next chapter will be an adventure and we were happy to be a part of the fun.”

We wish Kiff well as the interim CEO at the Association of California Cities – Orange County and in his future pursuits.

He will truly be missed.

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Our community shares warm sentiments on this thank you banner to Dave Kiff


ARC Butcher & Baker to open in Cannery Village

ARC Butcher & Baker Noah

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Chef Noah Von Blöm

Restaurateurs Noah Von Blöm and his wife Marín Howarth Von Blöm, the proprietors of ARC, The Guild Club and ARC Pizza House, three eateries in Costa Mesa’s SOCO, will be opening ARC Butcher & Baker in Cannery Village at 401 30th Street this fall.

The 2,300-square-foot establishment will incorporate a butcher counter and bakery offering premium cuts of meat, fresh baked bread and ready-to-serve, family-style to go items, in addition to a dine-in menu, with seating on premises accommodating 30. Take-home American classics, which serve up to four, will range in price from $50 - $75 and feature grilled steak roulade, sausage & goat cheese baked pasta and classic meatloaf, along with unique salads and sides.

For those dining in, enjoy tasty entrees such as the Baby ARC burger, steak and potatoes, and Southern fried chicken and biscuits. A curated list of beer and wine is available by the glass.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, operating hours are 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.

For more information, visit www.arcrestaurant.com.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Good morning from the fourth floor at Hoag Hospital

TomJohnsonIf you’re reading this this morning, trust me, I’m a happy guy. Maybe experiencing some discomfort, but deep down, happy. You see, I went into Hoag Hospital early Wednesday morning of this week for some open-heart surgery. So, if you received this, I made it.

When I found out about my issues, Hoag was the place I wanted to go because of their renowned cardiologists. In my mind, it’s hard to get better than Rick Haskell or Aidan Raney. And so, many people I spoke with in our community agreed. 

Years ago, I remember being in a Hoag meeting with former Pimco CEO Bill Thompson. A group of us were trying to come up with a phrase that explained what Hoag Hospital meant to people that experienced it

The slogan we came up with at the end of the day was, “Hoag, for when it’s your time.”

This week, it was my time.

So, thank you Hoag.

I just wanted to let the Stu News Newport faithful know that I will return; and soon! In the interim, keep sending in your story ideas, events, photos, comments, ads, whatever.

We love your support.

See you soon Newport Beach.


Stump the Stu

Where would you find these flags of the nations?

Stump the Stu 8.31.18

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This one was indeed a tough one. No one guessed correctly, which means maybe we need more lawn bowlers out there. These colorful flags hang proudly at the Newport Harbor Lawn Bowling Club located at 1550 Crown Drive, Corona del Mar.

A special thank you to Bill Lobdell who snapped this photo and sent it in to us.

Join us on Tuesdays as we try and stump you each week with a picture of something unique in our community, with answers and winners appearing on Fridays.

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


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Stu thinks you might recognize this partial part of the sign. So, tell us where you would find it. Clue: We think it’s the perfect place for a scavenger hunt.

Good luck! Stu loves publishing the winning answers on Tuesday.

Send your guesses to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

SOTT 8.31.18

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Gourmet by the Bay raises more than $10,000 for Newport Bay Conservancy

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(L-R) Lauren and Kurt Miklinski, Cheryl and John Joliffe and David Waller, Newport Bay Conservancy volunteer naturalist and 50th anniversary event chair

On Saturday evening, Aug. 25, as the sun set in the west and with a full moon rising in the east, a near-capacity crowd was celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Newport Bay Conservancy at “Gourmet by the Bay” at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center.

Gourmet by the Bay Brian Huskey

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Chef Brian Huskey preparing short ribs

A menu, creatively designed by Brian Huskey of Tackle Box restaurants and Top Chef TV series, showcased items that can be found in our Bay. Guests enjoyed clam chowder, crab salad, duck confit croquettes with fennel and sage, and the most popular item – a California Cabernet-braised short rib with carrot, buckwheat and salsa verde. The delectable offerings were paired with Chardonnay, Rose, Pinot Noir and Estate Meritage Red wines donated by the Newport Beach Vineyard and Winery, along with special beers donated and brewed by Gunwhale Ales in Costa Mesa. One beer, made with oysters, was named after Shellmaker Island, and another custom brew was made specially for the event. The meal was capped off by a Tres Leche cake and coffee provided by Kean Coffee.

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(L-R) Linda Koluvek, Lance Gilbertson, Lane Koluvek, past president and Peter Furher, past president

More than $10,000 was raised through ticket sales, a silent auction and donations. Silent auction items included: dinner for 10 on the patio at the Muth Interpretive Center including a guided nature walk; a guided boat cruise of the Bay with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife; an opportunity to name the new Osprey chicks that will be born in Newport Bay in 2019; and a picnic for four at the exclusive Portuguese Bend Beach Club, among others.

Gourmet by the Bay NBC staff

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(L-R) Newport Bay Conservancy staff: Hilary Cunningham, assistant coordinator; Amanda Swanson, restoration coordinator; Carissa Macias, education coordinator; and Heather Cieslak, operations director

Newport Bay Conservancy would like to thank all of their supporters that attended and donated to the event. Every guest received a Newport Bay Conservancy 50th anniversary commemorative pin to remember the event.

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Gunwale Ales donated special brews for the evening


Foundations fund ferry trip to Catalina

Foundations fund ferry trip airport

Thanks to generous grants from the Louis & Gladyce Foster Family Foundation, whose president is Judith D. Witt, a resident of Balboa Island, and the Costa Mesa Foundation, clients of Project Independence enjoyed a day on Catalina Island as part of the nonprofit’s Access2Adventure program.

The adults with developmental disabilities enjoyed a conservancy eco-tour and beachside picnic. For many, it was the first time they were on a boat. They experienced a sense of achievement and wonder, while learning about the island’s history and ecology.

Eighty-seven cents of every dollar raised by Project Independence goes directly to support programs for people with developmental disabilities.

Project independence’s mission is to promote civil rights for people with developmental disabilities through services which expand independence and choice.

For more information, visit www.projectindependence.org.


Newport Beach Public Library to celebrate National Literacy Day

Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy will celebrate International Literacy Day with a special program on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the Newport Beach Public Library’s (NBPL) Friends Meeting Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. The event celebrates literacy achievements in the community and recognizes the contributions of the many volunteers and tutors who work in our local Literacy Program, as well as the learners who work so hard to acquire new skills.

The program honors the recipients of the Rochelle Hoffman Memorial Award, an annual award given to a learner that exemplifies the spirit of the program with hard work and dedication to acquiring literacy skills. This year two individuals will be recognized for their dedication and hard work: Jethro Feula and Kyhan Zaker. The award is given in memory of Rochelle Hoffman, who served as a tutor from 2002 until her death in 2004. Her daughters Risa Hoffman and Renee Hoffman Heath attend the International Literacy Day celebration each year to present the award.

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Risa Hoffman and Renee Hoffman Heath presenting the Rochelle Hoffman Memorial Award at last year’s ceremony

2018 Award Winners

Jethro Feula

Thirty years old, Feula has been in the program for 2.5 years. He was working for a Newport Beach motorcycle company when he started and has now opened his own motorcycle shop a few months ago. According to his tutor, “Jethro is one of the hardest working people I have ever met. He set goals and never looked back. After a long day at work, he meets with me (his tutor) and, after two years in the program, he has developed the confidence and ability to accomplish his goals. Jethro opened his own business and has built that business by working night and day to achieve his dream.”

Keyhan Zaker

Age 51, Zaker has been in the program for four years. He came from Iran for a better life and freedom from that government’s oppressive rule. He is married with one son. Zaker was a chess champion and teacher, but now drives a taxi. According to his tutor, “Keyhan came to the program reading at about a 1st - 2nd grade level. One of his goals was to read books with his then 8-year-old son. He has accomplished many of his original goals which include becoming a citizen, getting a job and reading books.”

This year, in addition to recognizing a special learner that has achieved their personal goals, the program will also honor the first four graduates of Career Online High School. They are Oyune Angel, Sheryll Pereira, Melinda Luege and Lilia Stephens.

These four women have worked hard for 18 months to receive an accredited diploma so that they can be better role models, citizens and employees. NBPL offers qualified adults in the community the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate through Career Online High School, a program supported in part by California State Library.

The Library’s program provides a limited number of scholarships for Career Online High School to qualified learners who are looking to earn a high school diploma and expand their career opportunities. To be considered for the program, applicants must be at least 19 years of age and successfully complete an online self-assessment and prerequisite course, followed by an in-person interview. Literacy Coordinator Cherall Weiss has worked in partnership with Career Online High School to select students to receive the limited number of scholarships for this program.

Once enrolled, Career Online High School pairs each student with an academic coach, who assists with developing an individual career plan, offers ongoing guidance, evaluates performance, and connects the learner with the resources needed to master the required courses. Students are able to graduate in as few as six months by transferring in previously earned high school credits, but are given up to 18 months to complete the program.

The public is invited to attend the International Literacy Day program and learn more about Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy at the Newport Beach Public Library and the personal stories of these adult learners. Refreshments will be served along with homemade specialties made by adult learners in the program representing their many different countries of origin.

For more information, contact Cherall Weiss at 949.717.3874. www.newportbeachlibrary.org.


Newport-Mesa Unified names director of transportation

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) announces the addition of Shelley Humphrey as the Director of Transportation.

Humphrey has spent the past four years as the manager of transportation at Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD). As the manager of transportation for SAUSD, she was responsible for all aspects of transportation, fleet management and oversight of a $20 million budget. Her experience includes coordinating complex routes, establishing processes and procedures to ensure safe operations, safety management and training, and compliance management. Prior to her experience at SAUSD she had 15 years of experience as a manager and director within the operations and client relations area, in related industries.

“In addition to Ms. Humphrey’s strong interpersonal and communication skills, her extensive background and experience in the transportation arena will fit very well with our department as it continues to provide first rate services to our students,” said Chief Human Resources Officer Leona Olson.

Humphrey obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University and carries a Class “B” Commercial Driver Trainer License. She will join the NMUSD team September 10.


On the Harbor: Sailing to Catalina during Long Point Race Week

By LEN BOSE

On the Harbor Sailing Stark Raving Mad

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Swan 60 “Stark Raving Mad” during the 2018 Long Point Race Week

In the time it takes to brush a mosquito away from your ear, summer is nearly completed and yet I am still itching for more.

As you hear the buzzing approach, you try not to look at the calendar to notice that fall is quickly approaching. We still had one weekend in the month of August which means we were headed over to Catalina for the Long Point Race Week. That perfect one last weekend to give summer one last whack upside the head.

Long Point Race Week brings in Southern California’s best racing boats and offers them a world-class sailing event. This year, we had the usual suspects entering the event with Hasso Plattner aboard his 68’ foot Reichel/Pugh CLAUDE, Roy Disney 70’ Andrews PYEWACKET and my favorite boat – Jim Maddens 60’ Swan STARK RAVING MAD.

Out of the 45 boats entered, 18 of the participants are from our harbor with Molly Lunch & Alan Andrews sailing DOUBLETIME to a 2nd place overall. Another fantastic result was Seth Hall aboard his J 124 MARISOL, finishing 3rd overall. Rounding out the top 10 was James Devling in 8th in CARBON FOOTPRINT, and our team aboard HORIZON finishing 9th.

Aboard HORIZON, we lean rather heavy into the fun meter inviting our regular crew members along with their spouses for a total of 15 people aboard. That’s close to doubling our normal amount of crew. With wine, ice and 150 cold beverages to help with the smiles over the three-day weekend we were well provisioned, which makes for a rather heavy race boat. Fortunately, Carson Reynolds allowed us to bring our camping gear and some of the provisions aboard his escort boat “Row Boat.”

One of the ways to win this event has always been who shows up with the biggest, baddest escort boat for the crews to sleep aboard and relax on after a hard day’s racing. But this year, there was a little twist added when more attention was given on who had the best floaty toys attached to the back of their boats. Late on Saturday afternoon, the crew from MEDICINE MAN started a parade by picking up a number of very large inflatable pink flamingos and other associate rafts and towing them around the anchorage.

With the Catalina backdrop, warm water, sunny days and sparkling nights, things just do not get much better than that. Yes, the sting of the ending of summer is approaching but the remembrance of the Long Point Race Week will last for a lifetime.

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Back at home, the last week of August brings the end to BCYC Taco Tuesdays and the NHYC Twilights Series. This last Tuesday, we had a cool summer breeze on the harbor with about 12 knots of wind coming out of the West. For us here in our harbor, that’s close to calling it a windy night, and as I looked up the race course, one of our best Harbor 20 friends Debra and Peter Haynes’ rigging had failed and their mast fell into the water. This is bad and while everyone was looking at who or what would come to the assistance of the Hayneses, out of nowhere came a gorgeous dark blue Duffy 22’ Bay Island to assist them. From afar, my first thought is how can anyone from a Duffy help a Harbor 20 with their mast and sails in the water. Within a very short period of time, the Duffy captain had the H20 in tow and assisted them back to safety. I was astonished on how easy it was for this Duffy captain to make this monumental effort to help a harbor user.

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Our own Newport Beach Mayor “Duffy” Duffield helping a distressed Harbor 20 during BCYC’s Taco Tuesday in the harbor

Later that evening, the Hayneses showed up at the after-race party where Debra told the story: “This very nice gentleman appeared out of nowhere and said he had a lot of experience in this situation and would like to help. Before I knew it, we were off the harbor and at a friend’s dock. When I thanked him and asked him his name he replied ‘Duffy.’ When I said yes, I know you have a nice Duffy, but what’s your name; whereby the skipper replied ‘Duffy’. I don’t think he heard me correctly,” Debra said.

I started to laugh a little because just after the incident, I noticed it was our Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield. It does not get any better than that and I have never, in all my years, seen someone help another harbor user more. Good stuff makes you smile and feel good about things going on in our harbor.

Speaking about feeling good about things, Rhonda Tolar continues to lead the way in making sailing fun in our harbor, with her continued promotion of Taco Tuesdays at BCYC. Just completing her 8th year and 128 weeks of gathering opportunity drawing prizes, she raises the energy level to where the participants gave her team of volunteers a standing ovation last Tuesday night. No one sells the sport of sailing better than Tolar in Newport Beach, and for that, we say well done and thank you.

Sea ya.

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


Segerstrom Center’s Family Series to open in September

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Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band

Get down with science and music, when Segerstrom Center’s 2018-19 Family Series opens with two shows jam-packed with family fun: Doktor Kaboom and the Wheel of Science on September 15 and 16 and Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band on October 6 and 7 in Samueli Theater. 

Doktor Kaboom! is an interactive one-man science variety show. Creatively blending theater arts with the wonders of scientific exploration, Doktor Kaboom’s supercharged (and super safe!) science experiments will have you erupting with laughter and bubbling with curiosity. Doktor Kaboom is having trouble picking his favorite science demonstrations, so he’s bringing them all. Unfortunately, there are way too many to do them all in one show. The solution: The Wheel of Science. Doktor Kaboom has built a great big spinning wheel and labeled it with everything from optical illusions to chemical reactions to a homemade hovercraft, and more. At least a dozen fantastic demonstrations are ready to go. Wherever the wheel stops, that’s what’s next! So, step right up, and let’s spin that wheel. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band are the very first Americans to ever win a Latin Grammy in the children’s album category. This bilingual husband and wife duo have been named “The face of kindie music” by the Washington Post, ‘SUPERSTARS’ by Red Tricycle, ‘The Rolling Stones of Kids Music’ by the Style Network, and PEOPLE Magazine called their album the No. 1 in COOLEST kids music! They create indie music sounds that are rooted in their whimsical child-friendly imaginations. Get ready to dance to their hip-shaking, head bopping music.

Audiences are encouraged to arrive an hour before each performance for free creative activities. The Center’s Education Department offers these enriching experiences to provide young people and their families more opportunities to play together creatively. Studies show that this is critical in helping to develop the ability to think and problem solve. 

Tickets are $20 each and are available online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling 714.556.2787.

Samueli Theater is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Find out what’s happening at the OC Fair & Event Center in September

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The Fair may be over, but there are plenty of events coming in September to keep you revved up, including the Great Labor Day Cruise, Sand Sports Super Show, Speedway races, and the season’s final Pacific Amphitheatre concert.

Here are some highlights of what you can look forward to:

September 1 - 2: Great Labor Day Cruise

One of the largest and longest-running events in the nation offers non-stop cruising around a 1.25-mile cruise route and features more than 1,200 classics, street rods and muscle cars along with food and family fun. Hours: Saturday, Sept. 1, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 2, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cost: $15 general one-day admission; $25 for a two-day pass. Children 12 & younger are free. Parking is $8. For more information, visit www.thelbabordaycruise.org.

September 7 - 8: Flying Miz Daisy

At Flying Miz Daisy, the goal is to bring together the best vintage exhibitors on the West Coast selling unique goods, all under one roof. Be inspired and shop in all the styled and curated spaces in The Hangar. Find out why Flying Miz Daisy is the No. 1 vintage market in California. Hours: Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7 - 8, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Cost: $5 general admission; free for military and children 12 and younger. Parking is $8. For more information, visit www.flyingmizdaisy.com

September 8: Costa Mesa Speedway: Sidecars/Juniors

Costa Mesa Speedway has put fans right on top of all the action from the comfort of arena-style grandstand seating since 1969. Suitable for the whole family, this event features Speedway, Sidecars and Juniors at the Action Sports Arena. Hours: Saturday, Sept. 8 with gates opening at 6 p.m.; first race is at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $20 general admission, $15 seniors (65+), $15 juniors (ages 13 - 17), $10 children (ages 3 - 12), free for kids 2 and younger. Parking is $8. For more information, visit www.CostaMesaSpeedway.net.

September 8: Pacific Symphony – Tchaikovsky Fireworks Spectacular

Celebrate the summer’s end with Tchaikovsky’s “1812” overture, complete with live cannons and fireworks, as well as the composer’s greatest hits. Led by Carl StClair, conductor. Hours: Saturday, Sept. 8, 8 - 10 p.m. (gates open at 6 p.m. for picnicking) Cost: Tickets start at $25. Parking is free. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.pacificsymphony.org.

September 14 - 16: Sand Sports Super Show

Each September, hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of attendees come together for the biggest and most exciting dune and dirt sports expo in the world. Enjoy three days of fun and get up close to the latest sand rails, UTVs, ATVs, side-by-sides, accessories, apparel and more. Hours: Sept. 14, 4 - 10 p.m.; Sept. 15, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; and Sept. 16, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cost: $20 general admission; children ages 10 and under are free. For more information, visit www.sandsportssupershow.com

Sept. 15: Endurocross

Experience Endurocross at Action Sports Arena – off-road motorcycle racing on a custom track filled with insane obstacles including rocks, boulders, logs, sand, mud, giant tires and even a water crossing. A crowd favorite, the “No Joke Lane” obstacle returns – every pro rider must navigate this gnarly obstacle at least once to have a chance to win. Hours: Saturday, Sept. 15, 7:30 - 10 p.m. Cost: $30 general admission, $15 children 12 & younger, free for kids 3 & younger. Parking is $8. For more information, visit www.endurocross.com

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September 22: Cruisin’ for a Cure

Cruisin’ for a Cure is the world’s largest one-day charity car show with more than 3,500 vehicles on display and featuring more than 200 vendors and exhibitors. Participation in the event and donations support prostate cancer research. Hours: Saturday, Sept. 22, 6 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cost: $15 general admission (save $2 with your AAA card), children 12 & younger are free. Participants: day of car registration is $45. Parking is $10. For more information, visit www.crusinforacure.com

Sept. 22, Costa Mesa Speedway: RSD – Super Hooligan National Championship Series

Costa Mesa Speedway has put fans right on top of all the action from the comfort of arena-style grandstand seating since 1969. Suitable for the whole family, this event features RSD – Super Hooligan National Championship Series. Hours: Saturday, Sept. 22 with gates opening at 6 p.m.; first race is at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $20 general admission, $15 seniors (65+), $15 juniors (ages 13 - 17), $10 children (ages 3 - 12), free for kids 2 and younger. Parking is $8. For more information, visit www.CostaMesaSpeedway.net

For a complete list of all events, visit www.ocfair.com.

OC Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.


Win a three-night stay in Crystal Cove Cottage No. 14 

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Welcome to Crystal Cove Cottage No. 14, just steps from the sand

Enjoy the magic of Crystal Cove from the “suite-est” cottage on the beach – the restored South Beach Suite. The winner of the opportunity drawing will receive three nights in the two-story, two bedroom, two bath oceanfront cottage – No. 14. Occupancy is six guests.

This is the only Crystal Cove cottage with a king-sized bed, large, sunny living room and expansive private outdoor deck just steps from the sand.

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The large sunny living room

Tickets to the opportunity drawing are $100 per ticket or $500 for seven (7) tickets. All existing cottage rental rules apply. Reservation dates to be coordinated with Crystal Cove Conservancy. Restrictions apply. The 2019 reservation dates indlue: January 11 - 13; February 8 - 10; March 8 - 10; April 12 - 14; May 10 - 12; June 14 - 16; July 12 - 14; August 9 - 11; September 13 - 15; October 11 - 13; November 8 - 10; and December 13 - 15.

Winners will be drawn at the annual soiree on Saturday, Oct. 6. Need not be present to win. Winner will be notified after the soiree on Friday, Oct. 12.

To purchase tickets, call Crystal Cove Conservancy at 949.376.6200, ext. 201.


ENC’s Fall Faire seeks sponsors, restaurants, volunteers and wants your trash

Be part of the excitement at the Environmental Nature Center’s (ENC) 44th annual Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch taking place Sunday, Oct. 14. This family-friendly festival attracts thousands of visitors who enjoy delicious food from local restaurants at their Savor OC restaurant showcase, entertainment at the Fire Circle Stage, a pumpkin patch, children’s games and crafts, face painting, live animals, pony rides, Birds of Prey and more.

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If you’re a company and would like to sponsor the Fall Faire, the deadline to sign up is Friday, Sept. 14. As a sponsor, you will receive exclusive benefits including recognition on the ENC website multiple times, on postcards mailed to thousands of local families, on banners at the event, via ENC’s social media channels, and more depending on your sponsorship level.

ENC is also recruiting restaurants and caterers for the Savor the OC restaurant showcase. To date, SOHO Taco, Greenleaf Chop Shop, Canyon Catering, Mi Casa, Kean Coffee and Sensitive Sweets have all come on board.

The Center is also collecting for the Fall Faire Craft Crawl. They are looking for: TP tubes, metal cans (15 oz. size or near this), egg cartons (cardboard), construction paper (orange, white, brown), felt (gray, black, pink, but others are welcome), fine-tipped black markers and scissors that can easily cut fabric (regular and pinking shears). If you have any of the items, please drop them off at the ENC between now and Friday, Sept. 28.

ENC is also seeking volunteers at the Fair. If you are interested in volunteering on October 14, sign up at http://encenter.org/blog/events/volunteer-fall-faire-4. If you can help toss pumpkins on Friday, Oct. 12 sometime between 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., please 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. For more information, visit www.encenter.org.


DUI enforcement operations planned this weekend

As we enter the final stretch of summer, spending time at the pool or barbecuing with friends and family, the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) would like to remind everyone of the importance of celebrating responsibly. Newport Beach Police Officers will be conducting DUI Saturation Patrols from Friday, Aug. 31 through Monday, Sept. 3, in support of their ongoing efforts to stop drunk driving and help save lives. 

Officers will be patrolling the areas of our city with the highest frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests, looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 10,497 people were killed in alcohol-involved crashes in 2016, which is an average of one person every 50 minutes. Unfortunately, the Labor Day holiday weekend is one of the deadliest times of year in terms of alcohol-involved traffic deaths, with a third of all fatal collisions involving drunk drivers.

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 “We are dedicated to the safety of our residents and visitors every day,” said Chief Jon T. Lewis. “During this holiday weekend, we’re putting more officers on the road to watch for the signs of impaired driving. This is not about writing tickets, or making arrests; it’s about getting the message out to everyone that you have to be sober when you get behind the wheel. Impaired driving is illegal, and it can be deadly.”

NBPD supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a warning about driving or operating machinery on the label, you might be impaired enough to be arrested for DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing (especially when used in combination with alcohol or other drugs) and can result in a DUI arrest.

In the 10 years from 2005 - 2015, the number of drivers in fatal collisions who had a drug other than alcohol in their system rose from 26.2 percent to 42.6 percent. As far back as 2012, a study of active drivers showed that more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that, if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify impairment.

If you will be drinking, plan your sober ride home before the festivities begin. Remember these tips to stay safe on the road:

–Designate a sober driver, use public transportation, or use a ride-sharing service to get home safely.

–If a friend or family member is trying to drive while they’re impaired, take away their keys and make arrangements to get them home safely.

–If you see a drunk driver, call 911.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Newport Beach Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


Desperado to perform at Concerts on the Green

Desperado to perform on stage

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Desperado will take the stage on the Civic Green on September 9

The City of Newport Beach presents its annual Concerts on the Green summer series featuring an array of performers for your entertainment. Desperado, the No. 1 Eagles Tribute Band, will take the stage on Sunday, Sept. 9 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. on the Civic Green Lawn located at 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Desperado has become one of the best and most well-known Eagles tributes in the United States. They boast a line-up of five lead singers and multi-instrumentalists, some of whom have been used to play with members of the Hall of Fame band itself. Desperado was founded in 2002 by lead singing guitarist and keyboardist Aaron Broering.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their beach chairs and blankets for an evening of fun. Attendance and parking are free. Picnics are welcome (alcohol is prohibited), and both sweet and savory food trucks will be on site.

Concerts on the Green are presented by the Newport Beach city Arts Commission. For more information, visit www.newportbeachlibrary.org.


Celebrate High Holy Days with Chabad Center for Jewish Life

Join a meaningful and inspiring High Holiday service with Chabad Center for Jewish Life in a warm, welcoming atmosphere, led by Rabbi Reuven Mintz and Cantor Yaakov Shusterman. Rosh Hashanah takes place September 9 - 11, and Yom Kippur is celebrated September 18 - 19.

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The shofar is used mainly on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. It is blown in synagogues to mark the end of the fast at Yom Kippur, and blown at four particular occasions in the prayers on Rosh Hashanah.

All are welcome to join in High Holy Days, and no membership fees or tickets are required. There will be spirited, song-filled prayer, Hebrew-English prayer books, user-friendly services and an exciting children’s program and service.

Due to the Chabad Center for Jewish Life being renovated, the free services will be held in the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Plaza Ballroom, located at 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach. There is complimentary self-parking. Donations are greatly appreciated.

To reserve your space, visit www.jewishnewport.com.


Casting announced for ABT’s “The Nutcracker”

Casting announced for snowflakes

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American Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” Snowflakes

Segerstrom Center for the Arts announces the return of its popular holiday tradition – American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker. Co-presented by the Center and ABT with choreography by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, The Nutcracker was praised by the New York Times as, “A production like no other, made with complete theatrical authority from first to last.” It will be performed December 14 through 23 in Segerstrom Hall. ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie has released principal casting, which includes Hee Seo as Clara, the Princess and Cory Stearns as The Nutcracker Prince on opening night, December 14. Pacific Symphony will perform for all performances.

Additional casts include Stella Abrera, Misty Copeland, Sarah Lane, Gillian Murphy, Christine Shevchenko, Herman Cornejo, Thomas Forster, Blaine Hoven and James Whiteside.

Single tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker start at $29 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 discounts for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. 

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Candidates Forum at OASIS Senior Center

Candidates Forum at OASIS

A Friends of OASIS Candidates Forum will be held at the OASIS Senior Center, 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar on Friday, Sept. 7 at 10:30 a.m. Tickets cost $8 which includes lunch; they can be purchased at the Friends office at OASIS. For more information, visit www.newportbeachca.gov.


Canstruction Design Build Contest comes to John Wayne Airport

Beginning yesterday, August 30, 11 design build teams started constructing structures made entirely of food at three sites in Orange County: John Wayne Airport (JWA), South Coast Plaza, and ARTIC. The teams are drawn from prominent Architecture, Engineering and Construction firms in Southern California.

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Canstruction Orange County Design Build structure at John Wayne Airport last year

For the 11th year, Canstruction Orange County is 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.

Schedule:

John Wayne Airport: Build took place on August 30 starting at 11 p.m.

ARTIC: Build to take place today, August 31 starting at 12 p.m.

South Coast Plaza on Bear Street: Build to take place today, August 31 starting at 10 p.m.

Builds take 5 - 8 hours, and the structures will be displayed at the build locations through Sunday, Sept. 30.

This annual event raises much needed food and money for the Orange County Food Bank, and to provide public knowledge and raise awareness about hunger in Orange County, and the efforts that Canstruction teams make to counter hunger in Orange County. For more information, visit www.canstruction.org and www.ocfoodbank.org.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Political claims being argued at city and school district

TomJohnsonPolitical races are heating up.

Quite an email exchange between Susan Skinner and Newport Beach City Attorney Aaron Harp. Skinner this past week requested Harp investigate a “potential” conflict of interest between Mayor “Duffy” Duffield and City Councilman Scott Peotter.

Harp says he’s not aware of any.

Skinner voiced a concern that Peotter had “potentially received income from Duffield.”

Harp had this to say in regard to Skinner’s request to investigate, “I understand you would like answers from our office and the other governmental agencies responsible for looking into these types of issues, this is not possible given the ethical rules related to the performance of our duties.”

Okay, not really sure how to interpret that, but, we digress.

A message to Duffield was not returned.

Skinner has been relentless in her emails to Harp.

And, that’s not the only person Skinner is after. She also directed an email to City Clerk Leilani Brown requesting that deleted verbiage be added back into council candidate Joy Brenner’s candidate statement.

The statement, “No more deals for political cronies, no more staff reorganizations that diminish public service,” was removed by Brown.

“I learned in my lawsuit against Measure Y that your decisions are absolute in local elections. This means that if you change your mind, you could allow Ms. Brenner’s statements to be re-instated as long as that decision is within the time frame required for printing the ballot pamphlets, which it is,” Skinner said.

Skinner hopes a lawsuit being heard this week on a similar deletion to a candidate’s statement in Costa Mesa might change Brown’s mind.

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Not into the council races? Well, how about the school board. 

Last week I reported that a political forum was being planned called Toes to the Stove. First off, I erred and said it was going to be at the Oasis Center. It’s not, it will take place at Fairview Community Church, 2525 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, on Monday, Oct. 1 at 6 p.m.

The group putting it on is the Newport Mesa Committee 4 Students.

Upon the announcement of this forum, it drew this response from NMUSD Board President Vicki Snell, “The Newport-Mesa Community 4 Students (not affiliated in any way with NMUSD) should not be putting on this school board candidate forum as they are biased. They are supporting a slate of candidates in conjunction with the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers Union. I am encouraging candidates to not participate as the intention is for them to highlight their candidates and not present a fair and unbiased forum. I believe PTA/League of Women Voters are working to put together a forum that presents all candidates fairly.”

Lots going on around town, we’ll try and keep you abreast.

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With school starting next week, maybe it’s time for you to catch up on what’s happening with your school board. Click here for a link to tonight’s NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda.

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Don’t forget there’s another candidates’ forum next week presented by the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce. It takes place Thursday, Sept. 6 at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 7 a.m. check-in, program begins promptly at 7:30 a.m. It’s free and you even get a little something for breakfast. 


Age Well Senior Services announces new board members

Age Well Senior Services, Orange County’s leading nonprofit provider of programs, services and resources for seniors, announces the appointment of Bob Bates, Bob Stegner, Jan Gameroz and Rob Schaeffer to its board of directors.

The new board members join CEO Steven Moyer in positioning Age Well to meet the increasing demand for its services to the senior population in south Orange County.

“We are delighted to add these prominent business and civic leaders to the expanded Age Well board and know their dedication and expertise will help us meet our goal to provide resources for older adults that promote their vitality and support their independence,” Moyer said. 

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(L-R) Age Well Senior Services new board members Bob Bates and Bob Stegner 

Bates, a Newport Beach resident, brings a wealth of marketing talent to Age Well and chairs the vital marketing committee. A 40-year veteran of the advertising industry, he was the co-founder of Bates/Lee Advertising in Costa Mesa and Honolulu. The full-service agency had clients in hospitality, finance and sports.

Stegner has more than 30 years of channel marketing/sales experience. He joined SYNNEX Corporation in 2007 as senior vice president, marketing, North America and is responsible for marketing efforts in the United States and Canada. Previously, he was vice president of worldwide market development for Ingram Micro Inc. and vice president of North American channel marketing and U.S. product marketing.

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New board members Jan Gameroz and Rob Schaeffer

Gameroz, MSN, RN, has multiple roles at MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center, including manager of oncology administrative services, disease management, and manager of community relations and outreach.

Schaeffer is vice president of US Resellers and AMS Channel Sales at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. He is responsible for the US Hewlett Packard Enterprise Group Business. Previously, he was a senior executive at PSC Consulting and Systems Technology Associates, Inc.

Since 1975, Age Well has provided critical services, resources and programs to seniors in 21 cities in south Orange County. Each year, Age Well serves more than 320,000 Meals on Wheels and more than 75,000 lunches; 65,000 non-emergency medical transportation trips to seniors in need and more than 2,400 hours of case management. In addition, Age Well operates 11 senior centers and offers health and wellness classes along, with a broad spectrum of activites, seminars and educational classes at the senior centers.

OASIS Senior Center in Corona del Mar is an Age Well center.

Age Well is funded through gifts, grants and contributions from private and corporate donors, along with the Older Americans Act and other governmental sources. Ninety percent of all revenues received directly fund Age Well programs and services. 

For more information, visit www.myagewell.org, or call 949.855.8033.


Sign of the times

On Fridays we give you a partial glimpse of a sign around town. You guess what the overall name of the business is. 

Stu received a lot of correct guesses from our readers who knew the three colorful circles within circles signified Sprinkles Cupcakes in Corona del Mar Plaza.

We thought it would be fun to share their favorite cupcakes with you. All of them have an affection for sweets!

Congratulations to: Diane Lamperts, her favorite is milk chocolate; Ellen Trujilo, chooses red velvet; Jan Landstrom, also a red velvet fan; Jim Kaminsky loves them all, but is top pick is red velvet, too; Jorge Portillo takes his three children here often, and their must haves are dark chocolate, red velvet and chocolate marshmallow, while he and his wife enjoy the Cuban coffee variety – all are ordered with a scoop of ice cream; Mary Ann Hemphill craves any of the ones with chocolate, but loves the strawberry ones, as well; Michelle Peschel has to have the vanilla cupcakes with vanilla sprinkles; Pam Smith chooses the lemon raspberry or chocolate varieties; Ruth Kobyashi is definitely a fan of lemon; Scott Palmer craves the Casamigos Marguerita cupcake around Cinco de Mayo; Sylvia Buarnett opts for the salty caramel with a shot of frosting on the side; and Trudy Naman has to have the red velvet or vanilla with sprinkles.

Thank you to all our winners for letting us know their cupcake faves.

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

SOTT 8.28.18

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Historical Society held summer BBQ, membership drive

The Newport Beach Historical Society (NBHS) would like to thank the City of Newport Beach Fire Department and the Jr. Lifeguard Foundation for partnering with the Society this past weekend to host a summer membership drive event and community BBQ celebrating the History of The Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard program. This fun-filled family event took place Saturday, Aug. 25 at the OASIS Senior Center in Corona del Mar.

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(L-R) Event presenters Graham Harvey, NBHS President Bernie Svalstad, Lifeguard Supervisor of the Year Jon Mitchell, Chief Lifeguard Mike Halphide and Lifeguard Training Captain and Program Director Brian O’Rourke

The Newport Beach Electronic Bike Company co-sponsored the event along with TK Burgers serving a delicious, full-service cooked-to-order BBQ dinner. There was an opportunity drawing and fun activities for the kids, in addition to a historical program celebrating the Jr. Lifeguard Program.

Opening remarks were made by acting Chief Lifeguard, Mike Halphide. Lifeguard Supervisor of the Year, Jon Mitchell, then talked about the History of the NBJGs program followed by Lifeguard Training Captain and current Program Director, Brian O’Rourke, who talked about the program today.

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Newport Beach City Councilmember Diane Dixon enjoying the event with Centennial Mayor and NBHS Board Member Don Webb

Graham Harvey, chairman of the Newport Beach Jr. Lifeguard Foundation, finished up the presentation with a look toward the future and the development campaign to raise funds to build a new junior lifeguard training facility at the Balboa Pier. All proceeds from the event support the work of the Newport Beach Historical Society.

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NBHS President Bernie Svalstad and Advisory Board Member Evelyn Hart enjoy a BBQ dinner provided by TK Burgers, along with guests

The Newport Beach Historical Society connects people – past, present and future – by collecting, inspiring, educating, preserving and protecting the unique and vibrant history of the City of Newport Beach, including Balboa, Corona del Mar, Newport Harbor (its islands and offshore), Upper Newport Bay, Newport Coast and Newport-Mesa.

For membership information, visit www.newportbeachhistorical.org.


Don’t mess with Mother Nature: Experiencing Hurricane Lane firsthand

By DUNCAN FORGEY

Throughout its modern history, Newport Beach residents have had close ties to the Hawaiian Islands. Generations have shared time in both places for a number of reasons – most relating to the ocean and beaches. What they have in common is historical ties to Duke Kahanamoku’s surfing and heroic lifesaving efforts at Big Corona, big wave surfing pioneers of the 1950-‘60s, and Newport’s many “colonies” of surfers on Maui, Kauai and the North Shore of Oahu. Additionally, the two cultures are also drawn together by the historic Transpac sailboat race from LA to Honolulu, open ocean canoe paddling and a love of fishing. Older generations have loved Hawaii for its vacations, retirement and real estate.    

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The eye of Hurricane Lane as viewed from space

In the past week, recent events surrounding Hurricane Lane were heavy on the minds of people on the mainland. Families and friends with Hawaiian ties were greatly concerned with the news of the possibility of a Category 4 hurricane landing on the shores of Paradise. Many of Hawaii’s friends on the mainland anxiously watched Hurricane Lane puff out its chest and threaten some of the most gorgeous lands anywhere on Earth.

The story that unfolded is one I am proud to share. For seven agonizing days, we were glued to weather apps and TV news. Continually, they made scary predictions about the size and power of Hurricane Lane, all of which were true. In an interesting dynamic, it became clear that their predictions had some flaws. Their greatest mistake was trying to predict what nature would do. As the old saying goes: “Don’t mess with Mother Nature.”

Dont Mess Mother Nature Ragtime

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Ragtime, the famous racing yacht, took Transpac honors from 1973 - 1975

As a Category 4 level hurricane with winds spinning counterclockwise at upwards of 145 miles per hour, Lane was shown heading straight for the main islands of the Hawaiian archipelago. At about 500 miles southeast of Hilo, this resulted in both hurricane watches and warnings. Day after agonizing day, and later, hour after stressful hour, residents of all the islands prepared for the inevitable. Potentially, the largest hurricane to ever assault Hawaii was “rushing” to the islands. 

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Surfers catch some waves as Hurricane Lane approaches

“Rushing, who said anything about rushing?” In actuality, the storm’s speed dropped to 5 - 6 miles per hour, making it potentially even more deadly. At this rate of speed, it takes about five hours to drive 30 miles, and as a dear friend Laura posted on Facebook, “I can walk faster than this hurricane.” Lane had hundreds of miles to go, which simply prolonged the agony. Night after night, weather experts and meteorologists droned on about timing and direction of the storm. It became evident that they didn’t have a clue as to what the final countdown or outcome would be.

Most people on the island drove to Costco, Home Depot and Walmart to stock up on necessities to last several weeks, in case this encounter turned out like 1992’s Hurricane Iniki. Iniki, a Category 4, hit the island of Kauai with 145 mile-an-hour winds, killing six, costing $3.1 billion in damages and virtually flattening the island’s structures.

With that memory in the minds of many, Lihue, Kauai was overrun with people. Looking like the day before Christmas, last chance shoppers were everywhere, but they weren’t buying presents for the kids. They were loading their trucks and SUVs with gasoline, water, food, batteries and plywood. 

Historically, hurricanes do not hit Hawaii often, because it is a tiny target in the largest ocean basin on earth. This is unlike the huge targets of Florida and the Gulf Coast that sit at the end of the hurricane’s paths.

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Flooding waters in Hilo, Hawaii

But don’t tell the people on the islands of Hawaii or Kauai not to worry about hurricanes. Hilo on the Big Island became the third largest water dump in American history this past week, and it is in deep trouble, especially compounding the destruction of this year’s Kilauea volcano.

Kauai, which would have been “a direct hit” if Lane failed to “turn left,” has Hurricane Iniki burned into the psyche of all its residents. Maui got hit fairly hard by Lane, but in the irony of all ironies, much of the news was from the Lahaina westside about a “brush fire” that blackened 2,000 acres and burned 13 houses. Oahu got roughed up, but the doomsday predictions of hotel flooding and 25-foot waves never materialized. This time, Kauai got away with one. On Kauai, as I write this story, the rainfall is constant and heavy, but Lane has “fallen apart” after its Saturday wobble, due to a combination of sheer winds and the beloved trade winds.

Hurricane Lane has died, but the tropical storm left in its wake will continue to rain on us until probably Wednesday. They just announced flash flood warnings and Hanalei is closed off. Clean-up efforts and restoration projects are underway, with the help of neighbors and charities. Local and federal governmental agencies are at work, because FEMA was already set up, due to the Kauai floods and the Kilauea volcano. 

On Honolulu, media was a tad overdramatic due to the fact that locals and tourists pretty much coasted through the assault and damage was minimal. But as the commentators and politicians repeated endlessly, “It is better to be safe than sorry.”

Dont mess Namaka

Namaka, goddess of the sea, water and storms

The residents of Hawaii are a hardy bunch, with a long history of overcoming disappointments and conflicts. Their love of nature and legends like Pele (the god of fire, volcanos and lava) and Namaka (goddess of the sea, water, storms) give locals a different approach to such “disasters.” They believe that such events are inevitable and can actually cleanse the islands of negative energy. They are determined to defend and rebuild their homes no matter the odds.

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Hurricane preparation on a resident’s porch

A simple example of this was 48 hours before predicted landfall on Kauai, thousands of people converged into Lihue expecting a Category 4 storm. Cars needing gasoline lined up into the streets; there was no parking at Home Depot, Walmart and Costco, and the checkout lines in Costco went all the way to the back wall.

In my four hours in Lihue, I didn’t see one incident of rudeness or frustration. Strangers shared friendly talk with others and everyone waited their turn. “D” batteries, bottled water, some canned items and other necessities were sold out. Despite the danger, disruption and inconvenience of Hurricane Lane, Hawaii’s Aloha spirit withstood the challenge and all the residents are bound together ready to rebuild once again. 

Dont mess JoJo

Linking Newport Beach to Hawaii – JoJo Toeppner, a Newport Harbor High School graduate, holds the record for the most consecutive crossings in the Molokai to Oahu Canoe Race

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Duncan Forgey, a life-long resident of Newport Beach, now makes his home in Hawaii. He is a monthly contributor to StuNewsNewport.


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.”

Pet of the Week Hudson

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MEET HUDSON

Hudson is a 4-year-old, Poodle mix, that would benefit from a diet, but he loves everyone he meets. He plays well with other small dogs and gives the best kisses.

Adoption costs at the shelter are:

–Dogs - $130 

–Puppies - $150

–Cats - $90

–Kittens - $110

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

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

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. The shelter 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, applications are available on the website.


Newport Dunes presents Labor Day on the Back Bay

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is presenting a three-day concert series this Labor Day weekend featuring ‘80s hits, patriotic country favorites and an authentic rock & roll experience.

The all-ages event kicks off on Friday, Aug. 31 and continues through Sunday, Sept. 2. Full bar service and food trucks will be available each evening for guests to enjoy delicious food and drinks while listening to live music in a waterfront setting.

Newport Dunes presents Labor Day Led Zepagain

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Led Zepagain to perform on Sunday, Sept. 2

Schedule of Events:

Friday, Aug. 31

‘80s ON THE BAY

Dig out your neon, legwarmers, spandex and sequins for an evening that features Sirius XM and Jack FM’s legendary ‘80s DJ, Richard Blade, spinning your favorite ‘80s hits. Live entertainment will be provided by IDOL X, the Ultimate “LIVE” Billy Idol experience. Takes place from 7 - 10 p.m. Event Price: $20 General admission, $40 VIP admission. For tickets and information, go to https://bit.ly/2vwP8Al.

Saturday, Sept. 1

BOOTS ON THE BEACH

Nashville meets Newport for a waterfront country celebration featuring headliners Troubadour Experience, a George Strait Tribute, along with special guests Redwood Black and Westward Sons. The evening will be hosted by David Bugenske from Go Country 105 radio. Takes place from 5 - 10 p.m. Event Price: Early Bird $20 General admission, $60 VIP admission. For tickets and information, go to https://bit.ly/2M9pWdk.

Sunday, Sept. 2

LED ZEPAGAIN

If you love rock & roll, you can’t miss world-renowned tribute bands, Led Zepagain with Petty and the Heartshakers. Dance the night away to nostalgic crowd favorites and take in the accuracy and authenticity of these seasoned performers. Takes place 6 - 10 p.m. Event Price: $25 General admission, $50 VIP admission. For tickets and information, go to https://bit.ly/2nmQyJg.

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.newportdunes.com.


NMUSD announces new appointments

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District announces the addition of Laura Dale-Pash as the coordinator of English Learner Programs, Dr. Michelle Stevens as an assistant principal of Corona del Mar High School, and Teri Schad as the assistant principal of Kaiser and Lincoln elementary schools.

Laura Dale-Pash, Coordinator of English Learner Programs

Laura Dale-Pash joins the Education Division as the coordinator of English Learner Programs. She has served as a teacher, Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) and as principal in schools with high populations of English learners. For the past three years, Dale-Pash has been the coordinator of categorical programs with the Ocean View School District, where she led efforts to support school sites in meeting the needs of English learners. Some of her key responsibilities have included: coordination of all aspects of the English learner program, which included the development and implementation of integrated, standards-based training programs; coordination of the District’s English Learner Advisory Committee; facilitation of parent education seminars; assistance with the adoption process of new instructional materials; and assistance with the development, tracking and evaluation of the district’s Local Control Accountability Plan. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies, with a minor in psychology, and a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. She also has her Administrative Services - Tier I and Tier II credentials.

Dr. Michelle Stevens, Assistant Principal, Corona del Mar High School

Michelle Stevens will join the NMUSD team as an assistant principal at Corona del Mar High School. She has more than 20 years of experience in education and has served as an assistant principal at Ganesha High School in the Pomona Unified School District for the past two years. Some of her key responsibilities have included: teacher support in lesson design; special education, technology and math department oversight; school-wide state testing coordination; and development of master schedules, individualized education programs, and academic and behavioral interventions. In addition to serving as a high school counselor in the Chino Valley Unified School District, she also has experience as an instructional coach, a special education teacher and an activities director. Dr. Stevens received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in political science from the University of California, San Diego, a Master of Arts in education and a Doctorate Degree in education from Claremont Graduate University, as well as a Master of Arts in school counseling from the University of LaVerne.

Teri Schad, Assistant Principal, Kaiser and Lincoln elementary schools

Teri Schad will serve as the assistant principal of Kaiser and Lincoln elementary schools. She has worked for NMUSD for 12 years in a variety of roles, most recently as interim assistant principal of Kaiser and Lincoln elementary schools. She also has served as an English Language Arts Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA), and a teacher at Paularino and Rea elementary schools. With a strong belief in fostering student achievement through relationship-driven approaches, Schad focuses on analyzing purposeful data to effectively monitor student progress and set attainable goals for all students. In her role as assistant principal, she looks forward to continuing to: support a safe school environment on both campuses, foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents; and foster a community-wide approach to ensuring students’ overall success. Schad received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in liberal studies, with a minor in psychology, from California State University, Northridge. She also obtained her Master of Arts Degree in pupil personal services, and her administrative credential from California State University, Los Angeles.

All staff appointments are scheduled for Board of Education approval at tonight’s August 28 Board of Education meeting.


OC Fair announces winners in classic competitions

OC Fair’s annual competitions get started months before the Fair, with entry deadlines as early as May. This year, there were 17,532 entries, culminating in 4,094 total ribbons awarded.

Here is a rundown of the winners from Newport Beach and Corona del Mar. Congratulations to all of them.

OC Fair announces winners floral arrangement

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Newport Beach (123 total winning entries)

1st place winners: Brian Falzgraf, Culinary Arts - Pies; Kathy Fowler, Culinary Arts - Canned Fruit Spreads & Other Products, Culinary Arts - Preserve & Conserve; Todd Hallenbeck, Adult Fruit & Vegetable - Specimen Produce (Week 3); Kathy Kenna, Home Arts & Crafts - Embroidery (counted thread/cross-stitch); Stacy King, Adult Cut Flower - Specimen Bloom (Week 4), Specimen Bloom (Week 4); John Livingston, Culinary Arts - Jelly, Specialty Jelly; Lori Okeefe, Adult Fruit & Vegetable - Specimen Produce (Week 3); Alison Ryffel, Adult Container Plant - Garden/Tray Landscape (Week 3), Specimen Plant (Week 5), Garden/Tray Landscape (Week 5), Dahlia (unknown, less than 6 inches) (Week 2); Mark Slevcove, Adult Cut Flower - Specimen Bloom (Week 4).

With special placing: Kathy Fowler, Division Winner, Culinary Arts - Preserve & Conserve, Division Winner/Judges Award, Culinary Arts - Other Pickles, Division Winner/Judges Award, Culinary Arts - Relish & Chutney; Richele Lowery, Culinary Excellence, Culinary Arts - Frosted Layered Cakes; Beth Millett, Best of Show, Adult Fruit & Vegetable - Largest Item (Week 1); Kelly Pierce, Best of Show/Best of Class, Collections - Collections; Karine Pouliquen, Division Winner, Culinary Arts - Liquid Honey; Erik Weigand, Best of Show, Adult Cut Flower - Specimen Bloom (Week 1), Specimen Bloom (Week 3), Specimen Bloom (Week 5); Slavica Yovanovic, Best of Class, Collections - Collections, Best of Class/Judges Award, Collections - Collections; Yovan Yovanovic, Best of Class, Collections - Collections.

Additional winners: 20 second place, 14 third place. Youth: 46 blue, red and white ribbons.

Corona del Mar (19 total winning entries)

1st place winners: Mary Lee Gair, Floral Arrangement - Non-Professional Arrange (Week 1); Summer Simpson, Adult Fruit & Vegetable - Specimen Produce (Week 2).

Additional winners: 4 second place, 5 third place. Youth: 6 blue and red ribbons.

For more information, visit www.ocfair.com.


Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents Rita Wilson: Liner Notes

Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes back actress, film producer and Broadway star Rita Wilson in the return engagement of her acclaimed cabaret show Liner Notes on October 11 - 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Samueli Theater.

Wilson is joined by special guests and notable songwriters Billy Steinberg, Lindy Robbins and Darrell Brown for an intimate evening, performing songs and sharing stories behind their most memorable music.

Segerstrom Center presents Rita Wilson

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Rita Wilson returns to Samueli Theater on October 11 - 13

Single tickets are on sale now starting at $89. Tickets are 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 of 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa-Mesa


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Where would you find these flags of the nations?

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Stump the Stu knows the Olympics aren’t taking place this summer, however, these flags are blowing in the wind...but where?

Take the challenge and submit your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The answer will appear in Friday’s edition, along with the correct guesses. So, join us for this local adventure.

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Wake Up! Newport presents citywide update

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce is presenting its monthly Wake Up! Newport meeting on Thursday, Sept. 6 at Newport Beach Central Library.

Come find out about the current and future projects in the City of Newport Beach.

Wake Up Newport presents Seimone Jurjis

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Seimone Jurjis, community development director, City of Newport Beach

The guest speaker is Seimone Jurjis, community development director, City of Newport Beach. Jurjis was appointed to his current position in August 2017. In his functions, he oversees the divisions of planning, building, code enforcement; life safety services; and real property. The community development department supports the city council, planning commission, building and fire board of appeals and other subcommittees.

Prior to his appointment to director, Jurjis served as chief building official for the City of Newport Beach. Seimone oversees a department of 60 staff members made up of full, part-time and contract staff with an annual budget of $12 million.

The morning begins at 7:15 a.m. with a complimentary continental breakfast followed by the program from 7:45 - 8:30 a.m. Reservations are requested to allow for seating and food considerations. Walkups are welcome on a space available basis.

To register, visit www.newportbeach.com or contact Pam Smith, membership director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 949.729.4411.

The event takes place in Central Library’s Friend’s Room located at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.


Newport Beach Wellness Week continues

Embracing our reputation as a health-centric city, Newport Beach launched its inaugural Mind, Body, Sail Wellness Week on August 24, which continues through August 30. Get involved in the program of events and special offers, experiencing ways to improve your physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Events take place around town.

Newport Beach Wellness Jans

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Jan’s Health is offering $5 off meals of $15 or more during Newport Beach Wellness Week – mention “WellnessNB” at checkout

Schedule of Events:

August 28 – Tuesday Tween Yoga with Miss Stacey at Sherman Library & Gardens from 4 - 5:30 p.m.

August 29 – Lido Marina Village Farmers’ Market; Art Walk with the Newport Beach Arts Foundation at 6 p.m.

August 30 – Closing Night at Lido Marina Village from 6 - 9 p.m. Activities include free instructor-led yoga at Curl Fitness; Complimentary Glow Getter Mini Facials from Tata Harper with Cos Bar; Complimentary B12 shots from The Hydration Room; and Tastings from Lido Bottle Works.

For detailed information and more information on giveaways and special promotions, visit www.NBWellnessWeek.com.


Newport Beach Public Library will host local author and dogtologist Jeff Lazarus

Newport Beach Public Library will host

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Local author and dogtologist Jeff Lazarus

Newport Beach Public Library will host a special program with local author and dogtologist, Jeff Lazarus, on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Central Library Friends Room.

Lazarus is a dog trainer, business coach, out-of-the-box thinker and dedicated animal lover. His hilarious books Dogtology: Live Bark, Believe and Catakism: Bow to the Meow are delightful reads that every pet owner can relate to, especially those who have a serious connection to their furry companions. There are also some great tips for communicating with pets and understanding what messages they are trying to impart.   

Both book lovers and animal lovers will enjoy meeting the author and listening to his innovative, outside-the-box thinking and irreverent wit. Admission is free. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Lido Village Books. Friends of the Newport Beach Animal Shelter will also host an information table at the free program.

This event is funded by the Friends of the Library.

The Newport Beach Public Library presents a variety of programs that foster education and cultural arts enrichment. 

For more information, contact the Library at 949.717.3800, option 2, or visit www.newportbeachlibrary.org.

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


Hoag first in SoCal to perform transoral endoscopic thyroidectomy 

Hoag first in SoCal Hoag Hospital

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian is the first hospital in Southern California to perform the scarless transoral endoscopic thyroidectomy procedure. Hoag is one of the first hospitals in the nation where this innovative technique is available. 

The minimally invasive approach eliminates visible scars by making three small incisions inside the mouth between the gum line and lower lip where surgeons can then use an endoscope to remove the thyroid gland.

“At Hoag we are always working to learn innovative techniques and the latest surgical advancements that can benefit our patients,” said Michael Demeure, M.D. F.A.C.S., M.B.A., F.A.C.E., endocrine surgeon and program director for Hoag Precision Medicine. “When compared to the conventional approach, performed through a two-inch opening in the neck, this option provides the cosmetic benefit of no visible scar.”

Surgeons Michael Demeure, M.D., and Colleen Coleman, M.D., performed the first two transoral endoscopic thyroidectomies on the same day in March 2018 and have completed additional procedures since. 

The transoral thyroidectomy was developed by a surgeon in Bangkok, Thailand. Other surgical methods, which involve making incisions through the breast and underarm, have higher rates of complications.

“The patients who have undergone this procedure were excited to be among the ‘first, appreciating the lack of a scar on their neck,’” Dr. Coleman said. “But given the positive outcomes, I expect this will catch on. Eventually, this new approach might become a standard approach.”


Dave 2.0 JAMFEST – come join the party

This is a party you’ll want to attend! Dave 2.0 JAMFEST takes place Thursday, Aug. 30 from 3:30 - 6 p.m. on the Civic Center Green, honoring outgoing Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff for all his efforts, and wishing him success in his Dave 2.0 life. The event is hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and the City of Newport Beach.

Dave Kiff

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Open to the public, the vibe is casual beach attire...with food, games and live music by Public Rocks.

Kiff has served the community of Newport Beach for more than 20 years. 

For more information, visit www.newportbeach.com/kiff, or call 949.729.4400.


Celebration of Global Friendships to honor dedicated humanitarians

Celebration of Global Friendships, an elegant gala spotlighting the international humanitarian work of the Plasticos Foundation, based in Newport Beach, and honoring local global humanitarians, will be held Friday, Sept. 14, at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa in Huntington Beach.

The 501(c)(3) nonprofit is funded primarily through private donors, corporations and foundations. Funds raised at the gala will enable the Foundation’s work to be spread even further to those in need. Guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions, and award presentations to individuals whose generosity has made a dramatic difference in many lives around the world.

Plasticos Foundation, founded in 1999, is dedicated to improving lives through reconstructive plastic surgery in the United States and worldwide. Surgeries are performed free of charge, by volunteer doctors and other health professionals, to underserved individuals whose situations range from traumatic injuries to disfigurement from cancer or congenital deformities. In addition, Plasticos volunteer doctors train surgeons in host countries to perform complex reconstructive surgeries.

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(L-R) Two nurses, Abby and Ellen, are with a young patient from their June mission in Mexico

“The work being done by the dedicated volunteers of Plasticos Foundation truly is life changing for the recipients, and while we have changed so many lives already, the number of people who need our help continues to grow,” said Susan Williamson, executive director. “The generosity of our gala participants enables us to transform lives both here in our own community and across the globe. We are deeply grateful for their investment in our program.”

While much of the work is conducted overseas in impoverished regions of low-to-middle income countries, the need at home receives attention as well. Called Reshaping Lives CA, this program provides free reconstructive surgery to uninsured or underinsured individuals in Southern California without access to care.

According to Pamela Harper, CEO of Luxury Life International and co-chair of the event, “The people we will honor at the celebration are outstanding individuals whose dedication and generosity is inspiring to all of us. By giving their time and their resources, each is making a huge difference in so many lives. We are thrilled to put the spotlight on them at our event.”

Those receiving the evening’s prestigious awards include:

Global Humanitarian Awards

Dr. Robert and Ruth Ann Burns - Co-founders of the organization, both have served on the board of directors since inception, with Dr. Burns participating on overseas and local medical mission teams. Additionally, Ruth Ann founded and presides over the Friends of Plasticos auxiliary group.

Celebration of Global Friendships Dr Bob

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(L-R) Dr. Bob and Ruth Ann Burns, Dr. Larry Richter and Dr. Jed Horowitz. Renowned surgeon, Dr. Nichter, founder of Plasticos Foundation, was featured in the Academy Award-winning documentary short, “A Story of Healing.”

Tim Glassett - Co-founder of the organization, Glassett, an attorney, has served on the board of directors as secretary and general counsel since inception

Corporate Humanitarian Award

Palo Capital - This Orange County-based investment advisory firm, and its co-owners Kevin O’Grady and Nella Webster O’Grady, have demonstrated a deep commitment to the organization. Nella has served on the board of directors and the Fund Development Committee. Kevin and his Palo Capital team have adeptly stewarded the Foundation’s assets through the last decade’s challenging financial markets, serving on a pro bono basis. 

For more information including information on tickets, visit https://plastico.ejoinme.org/Celebration2018.


Art in the Park returns October 13, call for artists

The Newport Beach Arts Foundation will host its 15th annual Art in the Park on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the Civic Green at the Newport Beach Civic Center.

More than 100 Southern California artists and artisans will have their works for sale, and visitors can meet the artists, see their work, and purchase the finest in artwork and crafts in a variety of styles and media.

Festivities of this free event include art activities for children, provided by the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, along with food and live music. This is a fun family day with plenty of free parking. 

Art in the Park booths

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Courtesy of Newport Beach Arts Foundation

If you are an artist and would like to enter your work, artists’ fees and registration information are available at www.newportbeachartsfoundation.org. The deadline to submit artwork is Wednesday, Sept. 5.

Proceeds from this event will help to provide support for school tours, acquisition of significant works of art for the city, as well as arts and cultural programming in Newport Beach.

Newport Beach Civic Center is located at 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.


You Must Remember This: Local notables who took on Newport’s surf

By NANCY GARDNER

I keep thinking I’m cleaning out drawers, when all I’m doing is digging up distractions. I found an article I wrote back in the ‘70s in which I said, “When surfing experienced its first surge of popularity, there was no question who was the best locally, and that was Kent Haworth. Other people might get good rides, but he was acknowledged as the supreme arbiter of style on a board.” On that little evidence, I will posit that the best local surfer in the late ‘50s was...Kent Haworth. If we ever have a local surfing hall of fame, he must surely be in it. He won’t be the only one, however.

Boscoe Burns was a local surfer who became known well beyond Newport’s borders. After making a name for himself locally, he and his wife (the former Judy Collins), moved to Hawaii where he became a premier board shaper. He was also the father of the highly regarded surfer Ronnie Burns, voted the second best Pipeline surfer in 1989, right after Derek Ho.

Another local surfer of note was Ben Cagle. Ben was one of those guys that had great control of his body, no matter what he did. A group of us took up skiing, and we’d all gone to the local mountains where we skied more or less together, at one point arriving at the bottom of the hill within seconds of each other. A few of us stopped ourselves with inglorious snowplows. A couple of us came in sideways, skis parallel, suggesting they had been that way all the way down, which was absolutely not the case. And then Ben came in and, to our collective chagrin, did a perfect tip roll to come to a stop. It was the same kind of flair he brought to his board. As for our day in the snow, we thought of abandoning him on the mountain, but eventually let him drive home with us. 

You Must Remember This

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Of course, when you talk about local surfing, you have to talk about the Wedge, which has produced a number of great body surfers, including Fred Simpson, creator of Viper Fins. His partner in the company, Don Redington, was also a noted body surfer. His nickname, from his swim team days at Harbor, was the Great White Whale, and I could never figure out whether it was because he was so pale skinned or because there was something cetaceous in the way he moved through the water. You could make a laundry list of terrific body surfers just from that one beach, but one name you probably wouldn’t find is Denny Devine, and yet he accomplished a pretty remarkable feat there. Denny, the son of Andy Devine, swam for USC under Peter Daland, which automatically qualified him as a very good swimmer, but he was not a surfer. He had come along with a few of us to the Wedge on a 10-foot day and was sitting there watching when, despite his lack of experience, he decided to go out. His lack of expertise meant just going out in the surf was a challenge, but he went out without fins. Any Wedge regular would tell you that not having fins is a big disadvantage. It’s very difficult to get into a wave without them and particularly to get in front of the wave, which gives you the best chance of actually making the ride without getting wiped out, and if you do get wiped out – then you really want fins, because it can be a real fight to get back to the surface. This information was provided to Denny, but he waved it off and charged in while the rest of us settled in with a certain ghoulish fascination as we waited for him to be ground up and spit out – except he wasn’t. He was such a strong a swimmer, that he got into the waves just fine and made two or three rides without a wipeout before coming in to find people staring at him in wonder. He didn’t ride the biggest waves the Wedge has to offer, and his rides wouldn’t win any style awards, so he probably doesn’t qualify for surfing’s hall of fame, but I’d say he deserves at least a footnote in local surfing lore.   

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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.


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Stu thinks you will recognize these three colorful circles. So, tell us where you would find them!

Good luck! Stu loves publishing the winning answers on Tuesday.

Send your guesses to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

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Newport Beach Wellness Week starts today

Embracing our reputation as a health-centric city, Newport Beach is launching its inaugural Mind, Body, Sail Wellness Week, August 24 - 30. Stay and play during this week-long program of events and special offers, experiencing ways to improve your physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Events take place around town.

Art Walk Popsicle

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“Popsicles” by Craig Gray is among the Art Walk’s tour of Civic Center sculptures

Schedule of Events:

August 24 – Let’s Get Social and Enter to Win a One-Night Stay at Pelican Hill Resort; Complimentary Glow Getter Mini Facials from Tata Harper with Cos Bar from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Lido Marina Village; Happy Hour Yoga with Christine Rutusznik, certified yoga instructor at Sherman Gardens at 6 p.m.

August 25 – Complimentary Workout at Fashion Island with Katie Dunlop from 8 -10 p.m.; Art Walk with the Newport Beach Arts Foundation at 10 a.m.; Newport Dunes Triathlon Clinic featuring Olympic silver medalist Clay Evans from 8 - 11 a.m.; and Corona del Mar Farmers’ Market.

August 26 – Water Obstacle Course at Newport Dunes Waterfront Playground, with a Celebrity Meet & Greet including event host Misty May-Treanor from 8 - 10 a.m. Favorite celebs and fitness pros compete using the inflatable obstacle course; Newport Pier Farmers’ Market; Big Canyon Bird Walk with Newport Bay Conservancy at 8 a.m. Special Family Day Pass for Activities.

August 27 – Art Walk with the Newport Beach Arts Foundation at 9 a.m.

August 28 – Tuesday Tween Yoga with Miss Stacey at Sherman Library & Gardens from 4 - 5:30 p.m.

August 29 – Lido Marina Village Farmers’ Market; Art Walk with the Newport Beach Arts Foundation at 6 p.m.

August 30 – Closing Night at Lido Marina Village from 6 - 9 p.m. Activities include free instructor-led yoga at Curl Fitness; Complimentary Glow Getter Mini Facials from Tata Harper with Cos Bar; Complimentary B12 shots from The Hydration Room; and Tastings from Lido Bottle Works.

For more information, including on giveaways and special promotions, visit www.NBWellnessWeek.com.


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Where would you find this rock?

Boulder 8.24.18

Stu was “rockin’” this week when several readers guessed correctly as to where this boulder was located. You will find it in front of 4343 Von Karman, where the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce is located, and next to The Pacific Club.

Congratulations to Craig Mardany, George Lesley, Joe Stapleton, John R French, Kent Elliott and Kristin Miller.

A special thanks to Pam Smith, Member Services Director at the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, for snapping and sharing this photo.

Take the challenge and submit your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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If you have a unique spot or icon around town that you think Stu News Newport readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the location, so we can challenge them! Happy Hunting.


Sunset Networking with the CdM Chamber

Sunset Networking with the CdM

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Crown Cove is the Sunset Networking Mixer venue

It’s summertime and the chance to mingle and mix with community friends and neighbors at the lovely ocean view deck at Crown Cove. This is the perfect outdoor venue to enjoy live music, wine & beer and heavy appetizers at the Corona del Mar’s Chamber of Commerce’s Sunset Networking Mixer on Tuesday, Aug. 28 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Complimentary valet parking is available and reservations are not necessary, however, advance reservations will speed up your check in.

Crown Cove is located at 3901 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.


No big surprises at opening candidates’ forum

No big surprise at opening

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(L-R) Scott Peotter, Joy Brenner, Roy Englebrecht, Kevin Muldoon Tim Stoaks, “Duffy” Duffield, Diane Dixon, Mike Glenn and moderator Lucy Dunn

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce held the first candidates’ forum of the season yesterday, Thursday, Aug. 23, at Newport Beach Central Library’s Friends Room. All candidates participated.

Even with that, no bombshells or campaign announcements dramatically changed the course of the election.

In their opening statements, in District 1, incumbent Diane Dixon championed saving money, working better with the people and keeping our community safe.

Her opponent, activist Mike Glenn, is basically against everything Diane Dixon. 

In District 3, it’s Tim Stoaks vs. Mayor “Duffy” Duffield. Duffy is happy with what has taken shape with the harbor and the fact that they saved major money in seawall costs.

Stoaks, on the other hand, “thinks the City is headed in the wrong direction.”

Boxing promoter, Roy Englebrecht, is battling incumbent Kevin Muldoon in District 4. Muldoon is proud of “what they’ve accomplished in the last four years and is devoted to public safety.”

Englebrecht is against “urbanization.”

In District 5, it’s the always controversial incumbent Scott Peotter vs. Joy Brenner. Brenner wants to “listen to everyone, do research and come up with solutions.” Peotter is the ultimate property rights guy.

All candidates agreed on airport issues protecting Newport Beach residents and no one was in favor of rent controls, short-term rentals in residential zones or the widening of Mariners’ Mile.

On Measure T, Certificates of Participation (COPs) issue, Duffy said, “he’d be happy if it passes.”

Muldoon and Dixon support it.

Englebrecht thinks it’s “disingenuous and can’t support it.”

Peotter thinks “voters should have a say.”

Brenner said, “we’re only playing politics. This should have gone through committees before it got on the ballot.”

And Glenn said, we’re about 7 - 8 years out where we won’t be able to pay our bills. I’ll vote yes. We can’t borrow to get Newport in more debt.”

Measure T, if passed, would require at least a 55 percent voter approval prior to issuing Certificates of Participation or Lease Revenue Bonds greater than $50M to finance capital projects.

This is the first of eight planned candidate forums that council candidates will be invited to.

Lucy Dunn, CEO of Orange County Business Council, was the moderator.


Tickets are still available for Newport Bay Conservancy’s Gourmet by the Bay 

Tickets are still available for Newport Bay Conservancy’s 50th anniversary celebration – Gourmet by the Bay – a special culinary event on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 6 - 9 p.m. Tickets are $75.

This evening of unique educational, environmental and gastronomical experience is designed to highlight the Conservancy’s efforts to restore native habitat and maintain balance in the Bay.

Tickets are still available Chef Brian Huskey

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Chef Brian Huskey of Tackle Box will create an inventive wild food menu

Festivities include gourmet wild food inspired by the Bay from local Chef Brian Huskey of the Tackle Box. Newport Bay Vineyards & Winery will be pouring their very own Back Bay Cuvée along with Gunwhale Brewery serving a Shellmaker (Island in the Bay) Oyster Stout along with a special brew served especially for the event. Bid on silent auction prizes from local merchants and one-of-a-kind experiences. All proceeds from the event will go to support the Conservancy’s ongoing restoration projects.

With breathtaking sunset views and live music, guests will have the opportunity to learn more about the wild plants and animals that inhabit the Bay, and hear stories of the rich history and community advocacy that helped save it from being developed, to current programs that continue the Conservancy’s mission of protecting and preserving the Bay.

Newport Bay Conservancy is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization whose heritage can be traced back to 1968 as the local resident force that opposed plans to turn a beautiful wetland into marinas and private docks.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.newportbay.org.

Gourmet by the Bay takes place at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center in Upper Newport Bay, 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach.


OC Night Market comes to the fairgrounds this weekend

Produced by 626 Night Market, OC Night Market features 200+ food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music, and entertainment attractions in an epic event that appeals to all ages. This annual event begins tonight, Friday, Aug. 24 and continues through Sunday, Aug. 26 at the OC Fair & Event Center.

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OC Night Market, inspired by the food markets in Asia, offers a bevy of culinary choices

The 626 Night Market aims to unite and empower the community by serving as a platform for showcasing local entrepreneurs, businesses, artists and talent.

General admission is $5; children 3 years of age and under are free. Parking is $8. Hours are: Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24 - 25 from 4 p.m. to midnight; Sunday, Aug. 26 from 4 - 11 p.m. Admission and parking is cash only, and most vendors only accept cash. ATMs are available throughout the fairgrounds.

For more information and a list of vendors, visit www.ocnightmarket.com.


Sara Fahy joins Mesa Water District as public affairs manager

Sara Fay joins

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Sara Fahy, Mesa Water District public affairs manager

Mesa Water District (Mesa Water®) welcomes Sara Fahy as public affairs manager, effective July 19. Reporting directly to Mesa Water’s general manager, Fahy will oversee the district’s public affairs department including leading strategies for public information, community outreach, education, media relations and partnerships. As Mesa Water’s community liaison, Fahy will work closely with local and regional businesses, community groups, and civic and nonprofit organizations.

“We are excited to have a talented local Costa Mesa resident like Sara leading community engagement at Mesa Water,” said Mesa Water General Manager Paul E. Shoenberger, P.E.

Fahy joins Mesa Water from her work as vice president of strategy and communications at Resonance Consultancy where she facilitated strategy for public and private entities from economic development agencies and destination marketing organizations to urban developers around the world. She spent 15 years developing strategy across corporate, government and nonprofit organizations in the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific. From public-private partnerships and technology startups to Fortune 100 pharmaceuticals, she has managed brand strategy, stakeholder engagement, international affairs and corporate social responsibility.

“I am passionate about supporting sustainability in our community and in the value of getting the right constituents, leaders and organizations around a table to work together and do things that matter. I am extremely proud to join the Mesa Water team,” Fahy said.

Fahy is an Orange County native, having earned her bachelor of arts degree in communications with a minor in industrial organizational psychology at California State University, Fullerton and her masters in international business from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, while working overseas for nearly a decade. She is on the board of the Orange County chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and active in the local community.

Mesa Water is an independent special district that provides water service to 110,000 residents in an 18-square-mile service area that includes most of Costa Mesa, a portion of Newport Beach and John Wayne Airport. For more information, visitwww.MesaWater.org.


Second Chance Orange County to hold gala

Second Chance County Deb Johnson

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Executive Director of Second Chance Orange County, Deb Johnson, MPA

Second Chance of Orange County is holding its More Second Chances Gala on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 5 - 9 p.m. in Floral Park Santa Ana. Second Chance Orange County operates out of Hoag The Center for Healthy Living on Placentia Avenue in Newport Beach.

The event celebrates achievements and raises money to help individuals recovering from drug/alcohol addiction and homelessness. The evening features drinks, dinner, dessert and entertainment. There are 50+ silent auction items including: a Sonoma Winery tasting tour, three nights at a Carlsbad beach house, an originally framed Plexiglas Kobe Bryant-singed Lakers #8, VIP tickets to the Broad Museum, $300 at Vineyard Vines, a 20-person wine class at Total Wines and More, a Baking Class for eight at Le Pain Quotidien, and more than 20 restaurant gift cards. 

Cocktail attire is requested. Must be 18 years of age to attend. Tickets are $75.

For tickets and more information, visit https://bit.ly2voPTeA.


September is a busy month at ENC

Youngsters will get their fill of exciting events this September at the Environmental Nature Center (ENC), so reserve your child’s spot to explore the natural habitats it has to offer.

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Schedule of Events:

Little Naturalists: Habitat Hike, Thursday, Sept. 6 at 9:30 a.m.

This Little Naturalists will be a Habitat Hike. Participants will embark on a story hike through habitats in search of wildlife from each habitat, meeting ENC Animal Ambassadors along the way. Participants will learn the insect song, hop like a bunny, crawl like a toad and slither like a snake as they travel the trails. Little Naturalists programs are outdoor experiential education classes designed for 3 - 5 year olds and their adults. Activities are designed to encourage exploration and discovery and to enrich a child’s emerging physical and cognitive skills. The cost is $8 per participant, $5 for ENC members. Pre-payment is required.

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Tiny Naturalists: Thursdays, Sept. 6 - Oct. 11 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Join ENC Outreach Coordinator Mindy Schwartz for unstructured “Parent and Me” style classes on the ENC grounds. Each week, parents will hike out to a different habitat along the trails, set up a big blanket, and relax with their 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 is a six-week series. For moms or dads and babies 3 - 9 months. Strollers are discouraged, baby-wearing devices are encouraged. Registration is required; no walk-ins. Babies only; no older kids permitted to attend.

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Little Naturalists: Leaf Man, Friday, Sept. 21 at 9:30 a.m.

Join ENC to celebrate the start of fall. Participants will create Tie Dye Fall Leaves, read Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert, gather their own nature items to make leaf creatures, and go on a “Crunchy Fuzzy Waxy Shiny Leaf & Rough Smooth Long Short Sticks Hike.” Little Naturalists programs are outdoor experiential education classes designed for 3 - 5 year olds and their adults. Activities are designed to encourage exploration and discovery and to enrich a child’s emerging physical and cognitive skills. The cost is $8 per participant, $5 for ENC members. Pre-payment is required.

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Reading in the Redwoods: WILD, Sunday, Sept. 30 at 9:30 a.m.

Join ENC for a “Tree Hug Hike” out to the Redwood Forest with Valerie Bain. Bain will read two classic nature themed books – Wild by Emily Hughes and Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak – under the canopy of the tallest trees, while your family relaxes together on a blanket or towel. Afterward, children and their adults will participate in hands-on activities related to the theme of the books. Parents must remain with children at all times. All ages are welcome. Bring your own blanket or towel. The cost is $10 per child, $5 for ENC members. No charge for adults. Pre-payment is required.

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

To register and for more information, visit www.encenter.comor call 949.645.8489.


Marines set sail last night in Beer Can Regatta

Story and photos by Lana Johnson

It was the perfect Newport Beach evening for a sail, complete with fair winds, when 33 Marines and sailors with the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines Division (1/1), stationed in Camp Pendleton, were guests of Balboa Yacht Club (BYC), during the club’s Thursday Beer Can Regatta, on August 23. BYC has sponsored the event for the past 7 years, and the city of Newport Beach adopted the 1/1 in 2003, so the two coming together for a night on the harbor made for a fitting partnership.

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BYC’s Staff Commodore Art Mitchell, along with Bill Fredrickson, who served in the Marine Corp, are the organizers of this annual event, ensuring the enlisted men have a memorable experience. Camp Pendleton provided bus transportation for the Marines to and from BYC.

The night started with refreshing libations, then 10 boats set sail around 5:30 p.m. Starting at BYC, the boats headed to the channel and up to the turning basin at the north end of Lido, arriving back around 7 p.m. 

“This is the first time that I’ve been on a sailboat, and I’m looking forward to a fun night,” said Daniel Sanchez, Uvalde, TX (0311 basic infantry), who’s been at Camp Pendleton for two years. “I went to Catalina for the Ball last year with my wife aboard a ferry. I have a 5-month-old daughter, but wasn’t there for the birth as I was deployed to Okinawa at the time.”

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After the race, they held a huge outdoor barbecue at BYC with everything from salmon to chicken and hamburgers (and all the fixings), along with an open bar and a steel drum band. Tables were set with a red captain’s hat at each place setting.

“There are four or five different classes of boats, depending on the size, and we have an awards ceremony recognizing the winners in each class,” Mitchell said. “For four or five hours they (Marines) escape reality – it’s just a great night for them.”

The Beer Can races run from early June through mid-September and are a great way to get your boat out on the harbor and enjoy other sailors’ company during the summer. Skippers from other local yacht clubs sign up with BYC on the Thursdays they wish to set sail.

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According to Peter Bretschger, a past BYC Commodore who was aboard the Tango last night, “Everyone’s a winner in this race. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and entertaining many of these fine men and women over the years at several events, including the annual Catalina Ball every spring, which BYC sponsors, when the Marines enjoy the gala along with their wives.

Check out more Beer Can Regatta photos below


Landmark Lido Theater celebrates 80th anniversary by raising more than $150,000 for Lupus International

Fritz Duda Company, owner of the Lido Theater, recently hosted two events celebrating the Newport Beach landmark’s 80th anniversary to benefit Lupus International. The back-to-back evenings included a Bill Medley benefit concert and special reception and screening of the Oscar-winning movie Jezebel, the first movie to be shown at the Lido Theater in 1938, and now part of the Library of Congress National Film Registry. Together, the events raised more than $150,000 for the charity.

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Bill Medley, a former resident of Newport Beach for nearly 40 years, is an advocate for Lupus International as his late musical partner Bobby Hatfield lost his wife, Linda, to lupus in 2010. Lupus International 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.

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Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Bill Medley performs with his daughter McKenna Medley to benefit Lupus International

The acclaimed movie Jezebel starred Bette Davis and Henry Fonda. It has been said that Davis, a Corona del Mar resident at the time, drove by the theater daily while it was under construction. She reportedly requested a sitting parlor in the ladies’ room, which was built and still remains today, and also told the original owners of the Lido Theater to open with her movie Jezebel, which they did.

Newport Beach Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill and city councilwoman Diane Dixon attended the reception and screening of Jezebel, and presented a proclamation to Fritz Duda, honoring him and his company for restoring the Lido Theater in recent years and maintaining its status as one of the only operating single screen theaters in California.

Fritz Duda Company acquired the property in 1986, and as only the second owner in its rich 80-year history, the company has added a new, state-of-the-art projection and sound system, while maintaining an air of Old Hollywood glamour. Moviegoers will notice the lobby chandeliers, vintage poster cases, the original box office, art deco architectural details, a balcony and a red velvet waterfall curtain on an elevated stage.

The Lido Theater also features some of its original Catalina tilework, revered at the time for its colorful hand-painted beauty, and rarely seen in Southern California today. The auditorium walls have stunning murals depicting underwater ocean scenes that appear to glow from black lights illuminating the walls when the house lights dim.

The Lido Theater is located in Via Lido Plaza at 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach. For additional movies and show times, call 949.673.8350 or visit www.RegencyMovies.com.


HOCUS POCUS Halloween boutique opens August 31

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Halloween comes early this year, when the HOCUS POCUS Halloween boutique opens Friday, Aug. 31 at Roger’s Gardens.

Wander the corridors of a most magical school where witches and wizards learn their craft. Prospective students are invited to tour the castle. Explore the Headmaster’s Study, a room filled with curiosities and antiquities. Discover where novice witches and wizards study in the Potions classroom, but be sure not to tamper with their mysterious experiments. Who knows what mythical creatures are lurking in the cabinets. Students wishing to learn about the magical properties of plants can visit the Greenhouse Conservatory where rare and unusual specimens are cultivated. Each of the many rooms in this castle is filled with enchanted objects and décor to fill your home with the spirit of Halloween.

Visit Roger’s Gardens this Halloween season and surround yourself in a world of magic.

Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach, and is open daily from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.rogersgardens.com.


Good Morning CdM features candidates forum

The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce will present its Newport Beach City Council Candidates Forum on Thursday, Sept. 6 at Good Morning Corona de Mar. Doors open at 7 a.m.; a continental breakfast begins at 7:15 a.m.; and the program takes place from 7:30 - 9 a.m.

This event is free of charge and open to the community, so come meet the candidates and find out about the issues.

Candidates representing Districts 1, 3, 4 and 6 include – (i) signifies the incumbent:

District 1

Diane Dixon (i)

Mike Glenn

District 3

Marshall “Duffy” Duffield (i)

Tim Stoaks

District 4

Kevin Muldoon (i)

Roy Englebrecht

District 6

Scott Peotter (i)

Joy Brenner

Good Morning Corona del Mar, a monthly discussion group, takes place at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

New era kicks off tonight for NHHS football

TomJohnsonThe Peter Lofthouse football era kicks off for Newport Harbor High School tonight on Davidson Field at 8 p.m. vs. the Sequoia Cherokees. Lofthouse replaces longtime Harbor Coach Jeff Brinkley.

Brinkley spent 32 seasons at the school finishing with a record of 244-130-4, eight CIF Southern Section final appearances and three championships.

Lofthouse, most recently, was the head coach at San Diego Mesa College and led his team to a 9-2 record in 2017, winning the Southern California Bowl

He’s an OC guy who’s happy to be home.

Go get ’em Coach!

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Okay, we’re all familiar with Barbara Venezia’s candidate forums called Feet to the Fire. In fact, she has one planned for the Newport Beach City Council candidates on Thursday, Sept. 20 and one for the 48th Congressional District on Saturday, Sept. 22. 

Wait a minute, now there’s a new group that wants to hold another political forum. Okay, when I say new, I certainly don’t mean the people involved; far from it. The group is calling their forum, get this, Toes to the Stove, and they’re highlighting the Newport-Mesa Unified School District candidates.

This event is planned for Monday, Oct. 1 at Fairview Community Church beginning at 6 p.m. Everyone likes food, so pizza is being supplied by Hotties Pizza.

Darnell Wyrick will be on hand, first with his Darnell Wyrick Trio to entertain during the meet, greet and eat. Then he’ll move over and moderate the forum.

Panelists are Scott Paulsen, Mr. Everything related to NMUSD schools over the years and a champion of children; Daily Pilot columnist Patrice Apodaca; and Cara Boyd, a Mariners Elementary teacher, former student, PTA rep. and CSEA rep.

As far as the participating candidates, they have until this evening to commit.

Here’s who’s invited: Trustee Area 2 features incumbent Charlene Metoyer vs. Michelle Murphy; Trustee Area 4 features incumbent Karen Yelsey vs. Gina Nick; Paul Hillson vs. Michelle Barto in Trustee Area 5; and Ashley Anderson vs. Diane “Dee Dee” Ruorock vs. Bertha Rodriguez in a three-candidates race for Trustee Area 7.

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Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff walks out the door at the end of the month. But, that doesn’t mean he’ll be losing a commute to work. 

Kiff will replace Heather Dion Stratman as the interim CEO at the Association of California Cities – Orange County, who left this week.

The ACC-OC will pursue a permanent CEO replacement while Kiff is at the helm.

It’s nice to still be loved. Congrats, Dave.

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A photo of Rosalind Williams came across my screen this week in an email announcing the upcoming Newport Beach & Company Annual Marketing Outlook Dinner scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Pelican Hill Resort.

Rosalind, of course, was a dear friend, but also the leader of the Newport Beach Conference & Visitors Bureau. Rosalind passed in 2000. 

Since that time, the NBCVB has morphed into Visit Newport Beach, which now includes a parent organization named Newport Beach & Co.

Each year at their dinner, Newport Beach & Co. remembers Rosalind with a Service in Excellence Award in her name awarded to a frontline service employee in the local tourism scene.


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Englebrecht receives Line in the Sand nod

Line in the Sand has announced its endorsement of Roy Englebrecht, District 4 candidate in the 2018 Newport Beach City Council race. 

Englebrecht, a Newport Beach resident for 36 continuous years, is a candidate whose values and views on issues such as traffic and development, and the need for a General Plan update and campaign finance reform, as he believes, are aligned with those of Line in the Sand. He was the only 2014 city council candidate to oppose Measure Y; he worked side by side with Newport Beach voters gathering signatures for the 2016 Museum House petition; and he regularly attends communitybased workshops which highlight general plans and the process of updating them.

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Roy Englebrecht

The same careful analysis used by Line in the Sand for its earlier endorsements of Tim Stoaks (District 3) and Joy Brenner (District 6) resulted in the selection of Roy Englebrecht for District 4. All three candidates are independent thinkers, have longstanding ties to the community, and believe that representing residents and local business owners should be the Council’s top priority. These three candidates’ philosophies and platforms are in stark contrast to the incumbents they are challenging. 

For more information about Line in the Sand Political Action Committee, visit www.LITSPAC.com.


After-school fun offered for kids through the City

After Class Enrichment (ACE) is a series of programs through the City of Newport Beach designed to further enhance a child’s curriculum by providing high quality instruction in a variety of recreational activities held immediately after school dismissal.

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Favorite instructors from the City of Newport Beach’s Recreation & Senior Services Department will host their class on campus, allowing youngsters the opportunity to expand their learning, discover a new hobby, and develop friendships for years to come.

From water activities, dance & movement to sports, science, arts & crafts, games and the culinary arts, programs are held at Mariners Elementary, Newport Coast Elementary, Newport Elementary and Newport Heights Elementary schools.

Registration opens Tuesday, Sept. 4 and fall classes start Monday, Sept. 17.

For more information, visit www.newportbeachca.gov/ACE.


Sign your children up for fall youth sports

By CONRAD KRUEGER

The new school year is just around the corner and we all know what that means. Fall youth sports lessons and leagues are also approaching. It’s time to help your children stay active and social by getting them involved in their favorite sports. Almost every sport is available through clinics or leagues ranging from basketball and soccer to equestrian, beach volleyball and karate. Experienced instructors are here to help students of all skill levels feel comfortable and up to speed. Make sure to sign up while spots leagues are still available.

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Here’s a sampling:

Equestrian and Horse Vaulting by OC Vaulting

Students will learn how to sit, stand and somersault on a real horse. Beginners will start on a stationary barrel and then progress to a moving horse. Lessons introduce and build Equestrian Vaulting skills that emphasize safety and fun. Student age range is between 7 - 15 years. No experience is needed. Wear leggings and thick, rubber-soled athletic shoes (no boots). Lessons take place at the OC Fairgrounds Equestrian Center. Lessons are available on Wednesdays between September 5 - December 19. The cost is $145.

Indoor Youth Volleyball by Beach Elite

Classes will focus on the fundamentals of volleyball and feature instruction by the professional coaches from Beach Elite. Skills taught include serving, spiking, passing and setting. Students are exposed to the game through fun drills and simplified competitions. Classes are small enough for personal time with every student.

There are two age groups, which are 7 - 9 years and 10 - 12 years. No kneepads are necessary. Bring water and wear comfortable clothes. Lessons take place at the Newport Coast Community Center. They are available between September 6 - November 15. The cost is $65.

Sign your children up karate

Karate instruction by David Crockett

Classes consist of traditional karate with emphasis on discipline, manners and self-defense. Itosu-kai is an older style of karate with a rich history in Japan. Students can earn belts as they progress over time. The advanced class is only for Itosu-kai students who have achieved Red Belt (junior), Brown or Black Belt (adult). Student age range is between 5 - 14 years. Uniforms can be purchased from the instructor for $35. Four classes are available split between beginner, beginner/intermediate, intermediate and advanced students. Lessons take place at the Newport Coast Community Center. They begin on September 4 and run through December 20. The cost is $185.

Skyhawks Basketball by Skyhawks Sports Academy

This fun, skill-intensive program is designed for beginning to intermediate players. It’s an active class of passing, shooting, dribbling and rebounding. The coaching staff will also focus on respect, teamwork, and responsibility. Student age range is between 7 - 10 years. Lessons take place at the Newport Coast Community Center. They are available on Fridays between September 21 and November 9. The cost is $149.

For more information on all the city sports leagues and programs this fall, visit www.newportbeachca.gov/recreation.


Sign of the times

On Fridays we give you a partial glimpse of a sign around town. You guess what the overall name of the business is. 

Stu seemed to stump all our readers with the numeral “1”, as there were no correct guesses!

Your will find it on the Pier 1 Imports sign at the store in Crystal Cove Shopping Center. There are some great finds here for designer furniture, housewares, bedding & bath, accessories, seasonal decor...you name it.

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

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Women’s Democratic Club to host candidates tonight

The Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club (NBWCD) will hold its monthly meeting tonight, Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the OASIS Senior Center, Room #1, 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar. Ample and convenient free parking is available. 

Featured speakers include: Katie Porter, Candidate U.S. Congressional District 45; Harley Rouda, Candidate U.S. Congressional District 48; Katrina Foley, Candidate Costa Mesa Mayor; and Andrea Marr, Candidate Costa Mesa City Council District 3.

There is a nominal admission fee. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for a networking social and light refreshments. The meeting begins at 6 p.m.   

Seating is limited, so RSVPs are required. Visit www.NBWDC.org to RSVP and for additional meeting information, or call 949.423.6468.


Tickets going fast for Newport Bay Conservancy’s Gourmet by the Bay culinary experience

Newport Bay Conservancy is celebrating their 50th anniversary with Gourmet by the Bay, a special culinary event on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 6 - 9 p.m. Tickets are $75 and limited, so purchase them now before they are sold out.

This evening of unique educational, environmental and gastronomical experience is designed to highlight the Conservancy’s efforts to restore native habitat and maintain balance in the Bay.

Tickets going fast for Upper Newport Bay

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Festivities include gourmet wild food inspired by the Bay from local Chef Brian Huskey of the Tackle Box. Newport Bay Vineyards & Winery will be pouring their very own Back Bay Cuvée along with Gunwhale Brewery serving a Shellmaker (Island in the Bay) Oyster Stout along with a special brew served especially for the event. Bid on silent auction prizes from local merchants and one-of-a-kind experiences. All proceeds from the event will go to support the Conservancy’s ongoing restoration projects.

The evening will feature breathtaking sunset views, live music, the opportunity to learn more about the wild plants and animals that inhabit the Bay, and stories of the rich history and community advocacy that helped save it from being developed, to current programs that continue the Conservancy’s mission of protecting and preserving the Bay.

Newport Bay Conservancy is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization whose heritage can be traced back to 1968 as the local resident force that opposed plans to turn a beautiful wetland into marinas and private docks.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.newportbay.org.

Gourmet by the Bay takes place at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center in Upper Newport Bay, 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach.


Stump the Stu

Where would you find this rock?

Stump the Stu 8.21.18

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Stump the Stu is “rockin’” this week. Where is this heavy boulder located? It’s in a beautiful place surrounded by plant life. Stu needs your help to find out where it calls home.

Take the challenge and submit your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The answer will appear in Friday’s edition, along with the correct guesses. So, join us for this local adventure.

If you have a unique spot or icon around town that you think Stu News Newport readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the location, so we can challenge them! Happy Hunting.


Sage Hill School ribbon cutting celebrated renovation of Johnson Family Library

On Monday, Aug. 20, Sage Hill School held a special ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the newly renovated Johnson Family Library.

Sage Hill School administration, faculty and trustees were on hand in addition to representatives from Westling & Associates, Commercial Builders Inc. and LPA Architects.

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(L-R) Sage Hill School President Gordon McNeil with his 3-year-old daughter, Head of School Patricia Merz and Sage Hill Board of Trustees Vice Chair Christy Marlin at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Johnson Family Library

The renovation of Sage Hill School’s Johnson Family Library adds new meeting spaces, enhanced student collaboration and study areas, and offices and working spaces. The Johnson Family Library renovation was made possible by $3.5 million in donations from current families, alumni, and alumni families and friends of Sage Hill School. The library also provides a new home for the School’s Hamoui Family Sage Center, in which dedicated personnel promote the integration of six key skills for success: character, collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking and cross-cultural competency throughout both academic and co-curricular programs, resulting in a fully integrated student learning experience.

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Ueberroth Family Reading Area in the Johnson Family Library

The ribbon cutting followed the convocation ceremony, kicking off Sage Hill’s first day of the new school year.

Sage Hill School is located at 20402 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Coast.


Celebrate Bixby & Ball’s one-year anniversary

Celebrate the first anniversary of Bixby & Ball in Lido Marina Village at a special ribbon cutting ceremony with the City of Newport Beach on Friday, Aug. 24 from 5 - 8 p.m.

Festivities include champagne cocktails, fresh-shucked oysters, lobster rolls, live music and “diving for pearls”.

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Bixby & Ball is located at 3424 Via Lido #103, Newport Beach.


Benefit for Harley Rouda this weekend

Benefit for Harley Rouda

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Harley Rouda

This Saturday, Aug. 25 from 3 - 5 p.m., there will be a benefit fundraiser for Harley Rouda, Candidate for Congress in the 48th District of California.

The event takes place at the Private Road Pool located at 2317 Private Road (off Irvine Avenue), Newport Beach.

The event is hosted by Councilwoman Katrina Foley, Dennis and Summer Bress, Mark Burnett, Nancy Clark, Lisa Gustafson, Cyndie Borco Martin, Teray Stephens, and Patty and Jim Turrell.

Checks can be made out to: Harley Rouda for Congress, 120 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, Calif. 92660.

RSVP to Patty Humphreys at 949.610.3497 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Join the Kendra Gives Back Party

Come join Kendra Scott for sips, sweets and jewels to support a great cause, tonight, Tuesday, Aug. 21 at Fashion Island from 6 - 8 p.m.

Twenty percent of all sales will be donated to Youth Employment Service (YES), which is an organization that continues to prepare, empower and build confidence in our youth so they can be prepared for work and for life.

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Invite your friends and RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., so that the store can plan on refreshments, which will include champagne and mini-cupcakes.

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


Landscapes inspired by “Earth Mom” at JWA

Inspired by the colors and movement found in nature, Steve Wang’s landscapes reflect a love for natural and harmonic living. An exhibit of his paintings is on display in the John Wayne Airport Community Focus Space now through September 13.

“Mr. Wang’s paintings reflect scenes of the stunning natural beauty found in Orange County,” said Orange County Board of Supervisors Chair Andrew Do. “Visitors and residents alike will enjoy these depictions of our magnificent coastline.”

Landscapes inspired by Earth Mom Steve Wang

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“Laguna Beach” by artist Steve Wang

Born to an artist father in China, Wang grew up in Taiwan. His homeland was a place of natural and harmonic living where people carried a deep appreciation of the sounds, scents, colors and movement of nature. The art in Wang’s mind comes from the “Earth Mom,” a natural expression of his love for the harmony found in nature.

Wang completed his architectural design bachelor’s degree in Taiwan and did graduate study at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. After a long career as an architectural designer and illustrator, he now devotes his energy to the pursuit of fine art. Wang has taught oil painting at Irvine Valley College since 2004.

He has won numerous awards and is an active member of Oil Painters of America, Southern California Plein Air Painters Association and Orange County Chinese Artists Association.

To learn more about Steve Wang, visit www.stevewangarts.com.

To find out about JWA’s Arts Program, go to www.ocair.com/terminal/artexhibits.


Newport Beach names new City Manager

 At the Tuesday, August 14 meeting, the Newport Beach City Council unanimously selected Grace Leung to serve as its next City Manager. Leung will assume the organization’s top administrative spot on September 4, replacing current City Manager Dave Kiff, who will retire on August 31 after 20 years of service to Newport Beach. 

Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield expressed enthusiasm for Leung’s hire, explaining, “The City Council launched a nationwide recruitment to find the leader with just the right mix of experience, education and talent to take the helm of our city organization. We had the privilege of meeting and interviewing some strong candidates and greatly appreciate the candidates’ interest in the position. Grace’s strong background in municipal finance, operations and administration, and strong communication skills, make her a fantastic choice for Newport Beach.”

Newport Beach names Grace Leung

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Grace Leung, Newport Beach’s new City Manager

Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill added, “Grace has a strong education base from Columbia University and Harvard University. She has a keen intellect that will serve our community, staff and City Council well. We welcome Grace and her family and look forward to her years of service in our great City.”

Leung has more than 20 years of experience working in local government. She was most recently Acting City Manager in Irvine, where she had previously been Assistant City Manager, managing day-to-day city operations and leading the Administrative Services, Community Services, Community Development, Transportation and Public Works departments. 

Prior to Irvine, Leung worked for six years as the Director of Finance for the City of Sunnyvale. Her responsibilities included the development of Sunnyvale’s performance-based budget and its 20-year financial plan. Leung began her career with the City of Long Beach. 

Leung holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in Urban Studies and a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Leung, and her husband Jim, have two children, Skylar and Miles. 

Leung said, “It is truly a great honor to be selected as the next City Manager for Newport Beach. I look forward to getting to know the community and working together with the City Council and staff to serve the residents and businesses. I am excited to be a part of a great team ensuring the high quality of life for which Newport Beach is widely recognized.” 


Newport Beach Wellness Week: from yoga to a celebrity water obstacle course

Embracing our reputation as a health-centric city, Newport Beach is launching its inaugural Mind, Body, Sail Wellness Week, August 24 - 30. Stay and play during this week-long program of events and special offers, experiencing ways to improve your physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Events take place around town.

Newport Beach Wellness Week

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Schedule of Events:

August 24 – Let’s Get Social and Enter to Win a One-Night Stay at Pelican Hill Resort; Complimentary Glow Getter Mini Facials from Tata Harper with Cos Bar from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Lido Marina Village; Happy Hour Yoga with Christine Rutusznik, certified yoga instructor at Sherman Gardens at 6 p.m.

August 25 – Complimentary Workout at Fashion Island with Katie Dunlop from 8 -10 a.m.; Art Walk with the Newport Beach Arts Foundation at 10 a.m.; Newport Dunes Triathlon Clinic featuring Olympic silver medalist Clay Evans from 8 - 11 a.m.; and Corona del Mar Farmers’ Market.

August 26 – Water Obstacle Course at Newport Dunes Waterfront Playground, with a Celebrity Meet & Greet including event host Misty May-Treanor from 8 - 10 a.m. Favorite celebs and fitness pros compete using the inflatable obstacle course; Newport Pier Farmers’ Market; Big Canyon Bird Walk with Newport Bay Conservancy at 8 a.m. Special Family Day Pass for Activities.

August 27 – Art Walk with the Newport Beach Arts Foundation at 9 a.m.

August 28 – Tuesday Tween Yoga with Miss Stacey at Sherman Library & Gardens from 4 - 5:30 p.m.

August 29 – Lido Marina Village Farmers’ Market; Art Walk with the Newport Beach Arts Foundation at 6 p.m.

August 30 – Closing Night at Lido Marina Village from 6 - 9 p.m. Activities include free instructor-led yoga at Curl Fitness; Complimentary Glow Getter Mini Facials from Tata Harper with Cos Bar; Complimentary B12 shots from The Hydration Room; and Tastings from Lido Bottle Works.

For detailed information and more information on giveaways and special promotions, visit www.NBWellnessWeek.com.


Pet of the WeekDog and Cat print

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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.”

Pet of the Week Prince Harry

Courtesy of Newport Beach Animal Shelter

MEET PRINCE HARRY

Prince Harry is a 3-year-old, mellow Orange Tabby. He loves to sit on your lap and be petted. He is neutered, microchipped and up-to-date on vaccines.

Adoption costs at the shelter are:

–Dogs - $130 

–Puppies - $150

–Cats - $90

–Kittens - $110

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

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

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. The shelter 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, applications are available on the website.


Historical Society to honor Jr. Lifeguards with program and BBQ Saturday

Historical Society to honor kids running on beach

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The Newport Beach Historical Society will honor the History of the Junior Lifeguards at a community event and barbecue on Saturday, Aug. 25 at the OASIS Center in Corona del Mar, from 5 - 7 p.m.

The Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard program was established in 1984. The first year started with two instructors and 50 junior lifeguards. The program rapidly expanded over the years and became one of the City of Newport Beach’s most popular youth education programs.

The program today utilizes about 60 instructors and support staff, and averages more than 1,350 program participants. Several current lifeguards and permanent staff members started their lifeguarding experience as junior lifeguards. 

Historical Society to honor groups of boys

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TK Burgers has partnered with the society and will cater this event with a delicious full-service cook to order a barbecue dinner. 

The Historical Society event partners include the City of Newport Beach Fire Department, the Junior Lifeguard Foundation and The Ben Carlson Foundation. There will be an opportunity drawing and fun activities for the kids, in addition to a historical program celebrating the Jr. Lifeguard Program. 

For online pre-sale ticket information, visit: https://nbhs.eventbrite.com. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children and those under six are free.

To reserve your tickets by mail, send your name and check payable to:
The Newport Beach Historical Society, P.O. Box 8814, Newport Beach, Calif. 92658.


Guest Columnist

Lily Williams

To Blaze: Wish You Were Here

To Blaze Wish you were here

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 (L-R) Blaze Bernstein and Lily Williams

Lily Williams is a 19-year-old freshman at Chapman University majoring in History. She is a native Newport Beach resident and attended Orange County High School of the Arts. She was best friends with Blaze Bernstein, the 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student who was found in an Orange County park, apparently murdered by 21-year-old Samuel Woodward, of Newport Beach, last January.

I’m in one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Ojai, California: a hippie resort town filled with yoga and apothecaries and intuitive healers, all things I usually scoff at. But my memories in this place formed before I was skeptical, cynical – a teenager – back when my parents would drop me off at day camp, so they could go to the spa. When I was older, I would ride a rental bike down trails shaded by oaks and bay laurels, passing dog walkers and elderly couples and feeling like I was the fastest thing on earth. It wasn’t until tonight, staring down from the edge of the Los Padres Forest into the Ojai Valley, watching the hills hug every bit of warmth from the streetlights and houses below, that I remembered being here with you.

This was the first place we ever traveled together. My mom loves to adopt my friends into her fold, and to support these efforts, she started letting me invite a friend on family vacations. Of course, I picked you. You’re my best friend.

We shared a loft together in the vacation rental. You would yell at me when I shook you awake before 10 a.m. I would make fun of you when you had to wear a rashguard to protect your skin at the pool. We listened to horrible music. We talked about which teachers we hated. We cooked together; well, I made you cook for me. Everyone always talks about how great of a chef you were. I think your food was good, but my palate isn’t all that refined, so what does my opinion matter?

I don’t actually remember how your food tasted on this trip, but I do remember us picking oranges from some of the trees next to our house.

“Are we allowed to pick these?” you asked.

“I don’t think so,” I said.

You shrugged and opened a paper grocery bag, beginning to fill it.

“It’s not like they have cameras.”

We went other places too. Never anywhere far, nothing out of state. Most of the time we stayed around Newport, and you would drive all the way up to visit me. I didn’t drive. I still don’t drive. Now that you’re not here, I don’t get around much.

You were so stubborn and particular. I was too. We both liked to pretend we weren’t. Our friends would say we acted like an old married couple. I could imagine us as such decades later, aged by the sun and fattened by your food, just without a marriage certificate.

We argued about little things. In high school, you complained about my boyfriends. You were right. When I stayed with you in Philly for Thanksgiving, I disagreed with you about directions to the farmer’s market. I was right.

Behind the little squabbles, you understood me like no one else. I would mention my mental health casually around my other friends, joke about it, but when my anxiety was making me spiral I would call you. You were always up past midnight, willing to FaceTime me and keep me distracted.

I would rattle off my racing thoughts. You would listen. You wouldn’t know the answers to my problems, but you knew that wasn’t what I needed.

“Have you seen this?” you’d say, tapping on your keyboard and sending me a link to a YouTube video. Something like “MAKING A 3-FOOT-WIDE DORITO!”

That worked better for me than any SSRI.

I would like to think I helped you too. I know you wouldn’t be comfortable with me talking about your personal life, though, so unless you come back to haunt me/give me permission, I won’t share them here.

Tonight, I am sitting alone, writing for the first time in a year, missing you so hard.

I’m so angry that you aren’t here. I am angry at Sam for thinking he had the right to take my best friend away. I am angry at the people who made Sam who he is. I am angry at myself for not being able to feel happy. I am angry at you, the one person I would want to talk about all of this with, for not being here.

I am looking down into the Ojai Valley tonight. From here, every spot of light seems to hold some story with you in it, tucked between the mountain where I met you and the mountain where you died.

And now I am in the middle of that valley, looking up. And I am wondering how the hell I’m going to climb this mountain without you.


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Good Morning CdM features candidates forum

The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce will present its Newport Beach City Council Candidates Forum on Thursday, Sept. 6 at Good Morning Corona de Mar. Doors open at 7 a.m.; a continental breakfast begins at 7:15 a.m.; and the program takes place from 7:30 - 9 a.m.

This event is free of charge and open to the community, so come meet the candidates and find out about the issues.

Candidates representing Districts 1, 3, 4 and 6 include – (i) signifies the incumbent:

District 1

Diane Dixon (i)

Mike Glenn

District 3

Marshall “Duffy” Duffield (i)

Tim Stoaks

District 4

Kevin Muldoon (i)

Roy Englebrecht

District 6

Scott Peotter (i)

Joy Brenner

Good Morning Corona del Mar, a monthly discussion group, takes place at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Political forums take forefront in an effort to educate community

TomJohnsonAs of last night, Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Steve Rosansky said 120 people have signed up so far for this Thursday’s Candidate Forum scheduled from 7 - 9 a.m. in the Friends Room of the Main Library

It’s the first forum of the political season, so Rosansky is expecting a sell-out crowd. If you want to attend, go here and register.

It should be good. One of my favorites, Orange County Business Council CEO Lucy Dunn, is the moderator. She will lead an interactive panel format to give residents a “first-hand look at their positions and experiences on various important topical issues.”

All candidates have confirmed their attendance. 

Now, if you miss this week’s forum, don’t worry, there will be others. For example, the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce has announced their own event scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 6, at 7:30 a.m. at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. You can check it out here.

Both events are free; and both offer a continental breakfast.

And, of course, it’s not officially political season until Barbara Venezia breaks out her black leather, fire emblazoned pants for her version of Feet to the Fire.

The name says it all, candidates participating will feel their feet to the fire.

Here’s their schedule relating to Newport Beach: Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. will feature Newport Beach City Council candidates in the Robert B. Moore Theater at Orange Coast College.

Two days later (Saturday, Sept. 22), same time and location, they move to the 48th Congressional race between Harley Rouda and incumbent Dana Rohrabacher. As of press time last evening, Rohrabacher has not yet confirmed.

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Lots of reaction to our piece last issue on City Councilman Scott Peotter concerning his inappropriate email exchange with city staff. 

“Thanks for calling out Peotter as the bully that he is; he’s bad for the city; I hope everyone has the sense to vote him out this November; and, thank you, thank you, thank you!”

To be fair to Scott, we’ve mentioned other candidates and their campaign kickoffs. Peotter has a Bay View Reception planned for Thursday, Sept. 13 at the home of Robert McCaffrey on the South Bay Front of Balboa Island.

On the invitation, there’s this plea, “It is critical for Scott to raise a substantial amount of money to ensure his seat is safe. Scott is facing tough opposition in November and needs your help!”

For more information, contact Julie Ackman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Sam Mikulak, 25, of Newport Coast, won the U.S. Gymnastics Championship at TD Garden in Boston on Saturday, Aug. 18.

Mikulak claimed the senior men’s championship for his fifth national title.

Next, Mikulak will join six other American male gymnasts who will travel to Qatar this October.


Community Days at Crystal Cove continue throughout August

There is still time for kids to enjoy Community Days at Crystal Cove State Park, which continue throughout August on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The free days are full of creative opportunities for youngsters to learn and express themselves artistically, with watercolor painting, origami and sea-glass jewelry making. Cottage #22, the Marine Research Cottage, is outfitted with educational exhibits including abalone and microscopes with plankton samples. It’s a great place for kids to learn about the wonders of the ocean right outside the cottage deck.

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“My favorite part of Community Days is interacting with the kids. They love painting and playing games, and it’s a lot of fun to work with them,” says Conservancy staff member Shelbi.

“I’ve been doing this for about seven years, and I’ve only missed 11 days,” said Rick Boufford, who enthusiastically hosts the sea-glass jewelry making station. “Sometimes we have more than 150 kids per day. I just love it, just seeing the joy on the kids’ faces, seeing them come back over and over. It originally started by accident, I was down in the Historic District with my niece, and a Crystal Cove Conservancy staff member told me that they needed someone to make jewelry in the new Education Commons they were building, and I’ve been coming ever since.”

For more information, visit www.crystalcove.org.


Club Pilates raises more than $31,000 for Miracles for Kids

Club Pilates, the nation’s largest premium boutique Pilates franchise, with its month-long partnership with Miracles for Kids, raised more than $31,000 to support the charity’s mission to provide financial assistance and support to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

Throughout the month of July, Club Pilates donated $30 to Miracles for Kids for every new member that joined one of its studios in California and $5 for every kids’ T-shirt sold. All told, More than 60 Club Pilates studios supported the cause, resulting in more than $1,000 a day raised.

Club Pilates has a studio at 1040 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach.

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“We are very thankful for the tremendous success of our Month of Miracles Campaign with Club Pilates,” said Autumn Strier, co-founder and CEO of Miracles for Kids. “Through this partnership, we will be able to significantly improve the lives of many children and families who are struggling with the challenges that come with battling life-threatening illnesses.”

Club Pilates further extended its support of Miracles for Kids by participating in the organization’s annual Surf & Paddle Summer Camp Program, which is designed to treat the critically ill children of CHOC Children’s Hospital, Mattel Children’s Hospital, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to a day of healthy outdoor fun and water activities.

“Club Pilates is committed to building healthy communities and partnering with Miracles for Kids is an important part of that mission,” said Anthony Geisler, CEO of Club Pilates. “Through this partnership, our new members will improve their fitness, while we are able to provide important funds to support families with children facing serious illness.”

Miracles for Kids families not only face the possibility of losing their child to a life-threatening illness, but also fight bankruptcy, depression, hunger and homelessness. The nonprofit is one of the only organizations on the West Coast dedicated to alleviating these stressors. Since launching in 2002, Miracles for Kids has served more than 1,000 at risk families with children in treatment at leading children’s hospitals across California – UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Mattel Children’s UCLA and CHOC Children’s. For more information, visit www.miraclesforkids.org.


Cleaning dirty CdM, and residents’ group hears sandcastle tips in advance of annual contest

By AMY SENK

For most of the summer, there’s been a dirty, discarded plastic tooth flosser on the alley pavement by my workout place. In the past few weeks, I’ve personally picked up loose nails and chunks of glass, but filthy dental hygiene products are not in my paygrade. I don’t know who should be cleaning up the alleys in CdM, but I do know it’s not being done.

Around the corner, the public sidewalk is also disgusting. Pods from privately owned trees are dropping on the pavement, staining the walkways and creating a layer of decaying plant material that stretches for half a block. In July, the pods were ripe and juicy, and you couldn’t avoid them without crossing to the other side of the street, so you were very likely to track the mess into your car or home.

Last month, I asked City Councilman Scott Peotter about the situation and who was ultimately responsible for cleaning it up.

“I think they are carrot wood trees (maybe coral trees),” he said later in an email. “But they are privately owned and making a mess on the public sidewalk. So, I will see if I can contact the owner to clean up the mess.”

The topic may be gaining traction, appearing on the agenda for the Thursday morning, Aug. 23 meeting of the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District board. (The meeting begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Corona del Mar conference room at the Civic Center and is open to the public.)

According to the agenda, Newport Beach code enforcement staff will provide protocol information about the sidewalk stain issue, and the board could request that staff enforce sidewalk stain violations.

Meanwhile, the August board meeting of the CdM Residents Association took a pre-election season break with a lighter-than-usual topic: sandcastles.

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Mr. Sandcastle Chris Crosson

The guest speaker was Chris Crosson, also known as Mr. Sandcastle, who is famous for building castles on Balboa Island and also has his sand sculptures on display at Sherman Library and Gardens until September 3. Sherman Library and Gardens is located at 2647 E. Coast Highway.

Crosson told the residents’ group that he sometimes earns commissions for his elaborate work, and that he first began sandcastle building in a Corona del Mar Sandcastle contest back in the 1990s. (This year’s contest will be held at Big Corona on Sunday, Oct. 7.)

Crosson showed off his sandcastle kit, which he sells online for $239.95. It includes a bucket, shaping tubes, a shovel, carving tools and more. He also sells a starter kit for $99. Then, he listed the five leading enemies of a sandcastle: gravity, sun, wind, 7-year-olds and dumb people. A child, he said, recently wrecked part of one of the sculptures at Sherman Library, he said. And once, he recalled, there were adult-sized rear end prints on a castle on Balboa Island.

The CdMRA members also briefly discussed a crime prevention meeting they organized at the OASIS Senior Center on August 15. City Council candidate and CdMRA President Joy Brenner said she was surprised at the enthusiasm for a proposal for more streetlights in Corona del Mar, and Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill said that it might be good to discuss that idea with SoCal Edison, which is preparing to upgrade light poles and equipment this fall in Corona del Mar.

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Amy Senk has lived in Corona del Mar for 18 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.


DUI/driver license checkpoint planned tonight

The Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) Traffic Division will be conducting a DUI/Driver License Checkpoint tonight, Friday, August 17, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8 p.m. and 2:30 a.m.

In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-related impaired driving crashes. The NBPD supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a warning about driving or operating machinery on the label, you might be impaired enough to be arrested for DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing (especially when used in combination with alcohol or other drugs) and can result in a DUI arrest.

DUI driver license checkpoint police car

The deterrent effect of High Visibility Enforcement using both DUI checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol- or drug-involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely. DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are also chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

In California, alcohol-involved collisions led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. “Over the course of the past three years, the NBPD has investigated 196 DUI collisions which have claimed three lives and resulted in 281 injuries to our friends and neighbors,” said Sgt. Michael Schiavi.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing, delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes.

Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that, if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify impairment.

Law enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of impaired driving. All it takes is a little planning ahead: designate a sober driver, take public transportation or a car service, or call a sober friend or family member to give you a ride home. You can also look up designated driver services in your area using the National Directory of Designated Driver Services (NDDDS). But, whatever you do, don’t drive under the influence.

The Office of Traffic Safety would also like to share two unique programs for designated drivers.

–OTS encourages community members to participate in the Designated Driver Very Important Person (DDVIP) Program. As a DDVIP, you can ensure that people get home safely and get rewarded for it. Partnering bars and restaurants statewide have created non-alcoholic specialty drinks (“DDrinks”) for sober drivers. More information can be found at http://bit.ly/OTSDDrinks.

–Recording Artists Against Drunk Driving (RADD) also offers a Designated Driver Rewards program at 43 college campuses statewide. Local bars and restaurants provide non-alcoholic drinks and/or food specials to designated drivers. More information can be found at http://collegeisradd.org/campus-partners

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions, and other expenses that can exceed $13,500…not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to our police department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’.


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Yelsey re-ups for District 4 School Board seat

Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board Member Karen Yelsey is officially kicking off her campaign for re-election. 

“It has been my honor to serve the residents of Newport Beach on the Board of Education,” Yelsey said. “We have done great work in improving our schools and I look forward to even more progress during the next four years.”

School board candidates KarenYelsey has outlined her priorities for the next four years: assure the highest quality instruction, integrating critical thinking, communication, technology, and creativity; provide safe and secure campuses for all stakeholders, including increased mental health support and outreach; expand distinguished academic programs and Career Technical Education in each of our school zones; and maintain financial stability.

Yelsey has served as a Trustee on the Newport-Mesa Unified School District for the past 12 years and has been president for three of those years. She has a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Afterwards, she held marketing management positions at Hunt-Wesson Foods and Neutrogena Corporation. 

Yelsey and her husband have lived in Corona del Mar for 40 years and all three of their children attended Corona del Mar public schools from elementary through high school. During this time, she volunteered in each of their schools, including serving as PTA President at both the elementary and high school levels. 

During Yelsey’s tenure at the Newport-Mesa Unified School District she led several key projects involving upgrades to all schools’ facilities, including the Corona del Mar Middle School Enclave and Performing Arts Center. Additionally, she supported the refinancing of debt, which realized savings of $140 million over the past year. She has also supported and worked closely with the CdM community to gain approval for the renovation of the athletic fields at Corona del Mar High School that will begin in early 2019.

Board VP also back for another run

Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board Member Charlene Metoyer will also seek re-election, entering the race for a second term. Metoyer was a teacher, principal and administrator in NMUSD for 24 years before serving as Area 2 Trustee.

School board candidates Charlene“Charlene Metoyer shows up for all events and sometimes that’s the most important thing we can do,” said Mary Hornbuckle, Coast Community College District, Board of Trustees Vice President. “Charlene keeps in touch with students, parents, teachers, and community members and has their best interests at heart.”

As a Trustee, Metoyer served on the NMUSD Arts Commission, OC STEM NMUSD Cohort, Costa Mesa Youth Sports Council, Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, all Costa Mesa PTAs, and the Vanguard University Teachers Advisory Council.

Metoyer makes decisions based on the best interest of the entire school community. While serving on the Board of Education, she has been instrumental in various projects, including: implementing a 1:1 Chromebook program and Dual-Language Academies in Spanish and Mandarin; expanding the team of mental health professionals, school nurses, and increased health assistant hours; and growing the summer programs, including a partnership with the City of Costa Mesa to provide all-day enrichment in music, arts, and sports as well as intervention in English and math.

Her priorities for the next four years: provide safe and secure campuses at all schools without sacrificing the welcoming neighborhood climate; support all Signature Academies at all schools Kindergarten - 12th grade, including the arts, engineering, and Dual Immersion programs; ensure school community input on major district decisions; and maintain financial stability.

Metoyer has served as a Trustee on the Newport-Mesa Unified School District for the past four years and has risen to board vice president in her first term. Metoyer has a BA in biology/math, MS in educational administration, and holds elementary, secondary, and administrative She has lived in Costa Mesa for 46 years and all five of her children attended Newport-Mesa Area 2 schools.


Two sewage spills close Upper Newport Bay

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The Environmental Health division of the OC Health Care Agency has closed the bay water area in Newport Beach from Upper Newport Bay to North Star Beach due to two sewage spills. 

The first spill of approximately 7,500 gallons was caused by a sewer main break in Costa Mesa; the second spill of approximately 7,500 gallons was caused by a private sewer lateral blockage in Santa Ana.

The affected ocean water area will remain closed to ocean water-contact sports until the results of follow-up water quality monitoring meet acceptable standards.

For information regarding Orange County ocean, bay or harbor postings and closures, call 714.433.6400 or visit www.ocbeachinfo.com. To report a sewage spill, call 714.433.6419.


The iconic Crab Cooker to close temporarily

With heavy hearts and great appreciation for the loyalty of its customers, the operators of the iconic 79-year-old Crab Cooker restaurant on Newport Boulevard have announced that it will be temporarily closing. The last day of business will be September 2.

The Crab Cooker building is in need of a major rebuild, as a result of irreparable damage caused by the construction of a nearby condominium project, a restaurant source said. The Crab Cooker has continued to operate since incurring the damage as the buildings were determined to be safe.

The Iconic Crab Cooker sign

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“Unfortunately, after multiple meetings with city technical experts studies and investigations it became clear that repairing the existing structure was impossible,” said Jim Wasko, son-in-law of Crab Cooker’s founder Bob Roubian and now its current owner. “We have worked tirelessly to ensure that the new building will pay homage to the past and maintain the same quirky look and feel as best we can – including keeping the ‘Don’t look up here’ sign, and the benches out front and green awnings. And, of course, it will be painted red.”

The demolition and construction should take a little less than a year. During that time, all the charming and kitschy décor pieces from the restaurant will be archived, cleaned and restored – like the clock on Newport Boulevard – and readied for re-installation in their new home.

“It goes without saying that we remain dedicated to providing our customers with the world’s best seafood and intend to be back as soon as possible ” said Wasko’s son and Manager Jimmy Wasko. “I’m the third generation to run this restaurant and we aren’t going anywhere.”

First built in 1938, the main building originally housed a branch of the Bank of Italy and later Bank of America. It has been occupied by the Crab Cooker since 1951 with the original vault converted to a refrigerator used to safe guard the restaurant’s precious fresh fish. Founder Bob Roubian hand-carved the front door that was a fixture on the Newport Peninsula for decades. Despite his having passed away last year, visitors to the restaurant still ask for him.

Having received numerous awards and accolades for serving the highest quality seafood cooked over a mesquite charcoal grill, the restaurant has become a favorite of locals and visitors alike. During the period that the Newport Crab Cooker is closed for construction repairs, seafood lovers can still enjoy the same menu items that they have enjoyed for decades in Newport at the Tustin Crab Cooker located at the Enderle Center located at 17260 17th St. in Tustin. 


Take 5

Newport Beach: it’s time to embrace Grace

By TOM JOHNSON

Newport Beach names Grace Leung

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Newly named Newport City Manager Grace Leung

Q: What do the first 90 days at the helm look like?

A: I feel fortunate that Dave has led the organization so capably and is leaving things in a good place. This provides me the time to get to know the operations and build upon the great work that’s been done. My priority in the first 90 days is to get to know the City Council, community and staff – what are the priorities, pressing concerns, what’s working well and what can be improved? I think it’s important to understand the history and context before recommending changes or solutions. 

Q: Newport Beach is a unique community with the bay, airport, lifeguards/beaches, etc. Tell us how you plan to get up to speed on these and more?

A: Even though I have worked in local government for over 23 years, each city has its own distinct characteristics and specific issues. A big part of what excited me about Newport Beach is the unique and wonderful assets in the community including the harbor, beaches and vibrant neighborhoods. I am looking forward to getting out into the community, attending events and meeting people to truly appreciate and understand Newport Beach’s amazing resources. With issues surrounding the airport and the bay, Newport Beach is fortunate to have commissions, groups and interested individuals who have dedicated time and resources to working with us on solutions. Getting up to speed will include meeting and learning from these groups and individuals. I believe complex issues require collaborative problem solving with as much input as time allows and that will be my approach as we tackle challenges and opportunities. 

Q: How do you plan to connect with residents and businesses and how approachable are you?

A: For me, the best part of working for a city is that our end goal is help make the community a great place to live and work. In order to be successful in this goal, connecting and engaging with residents and businesses is critical. I look forward to meeting and talking with residents and business owners as I’ve found that just a few minutes of a good, face-to-face conversation can generate a lot of ideas. And, one of the areas I will be evaluating is our communication channels and outreach methods to make sure those are effective and we can work to improve if and where it is needed. I am very approachable – please introduce yourself when you see me around town! I am also reachable by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please email me if you have an issue or have something on your mind! 

Q: Okay, dumb question, but humor me. What was appealing to you about the Newport City job?

A: What is there not to like? Newport Beach is the envy of other cities – along the coast, a beautiful and active harbor, a diverse and interesting community, with a quality of life that cannot be beat. It’s also a full-service city with a rich history and a bright future ahead. I cannot think of a better city to be a part of and I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity to serve Newport Beach.

Q: What does Grace do for fun?

A: I have two school-aged kids, so they keep me pretty busy. When I do have time, I love to paddle on an outrigger canoe in the Newport Harbor and along the coast. It is the best stress release! When I’m on the water, I feel like everything is all right in the world.


Stump the Stu

Where would you find this charming structure?

Stump the Stu 8.17.18

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Stu thought this was a stumper...but we had many smart readers who knew what this was and where it was located. This charming structure is located at The Tennis Club next to Newport Beach Country Club. It’s a snack/pro shop with a nostalgic wall filled with vintage wooden tennis rackets.

Congratulations to Barbara Peckenpaugh, Brad Dwan, Cindy Wiedemann, Diane Mondini, Glenda Winterbotham, Honey Hostetler, Joe Stapleton, Mary Pat Earl and Rick Langevin.

Join us on Tuesdays as we try and stump you each week with a picture of something unique in our community, with answers and winners appearing on Fridays.

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


Sign up for fall adult sports lessons and leagues

        Looking to stay active this fall and pick up a new sport? Then consider signing up for one of Newport Beach’s many sports lessons, clinics, or leagues. A wide array of sports are available, all the way from judo and jujitsu, to beach volleyball and everything in between. If you are new to a sport, check out the lesson taught by experienced instructors to get up to speed. However, if you are game ready, put a team together for one of the many leagues. Either way, this is a great opportunity to have fun, stay in shape, and showcase your skills.

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Group Golf Lessons instructed by John Leonard

PGA Instructor John Leonard has personally designed this course for the beginner and intermediate golfer. This course emphasizes stance, swing, and use of clubs.

Bring your own clubs or rent clubs at the course. Purchase a large bucket of balls/lesson before class. Lessons take place at the Newport Beach Golf Course on Saturdays from 1 - 2 p.m. Lessons are available weekly between September 8 - 29 and October 20 - November 10. The cost is $145.

Indoor Volleyball Combo instructed by Matt Taylor

Let UCLA three-time National Champion Matt Taylor take your game to the next level. This class is designed for intermediate to experienced players who are looking to sharpen their skills, strategies and technique. Enjoy both the indoor clinic and the indoor game play for a full night of instruction and competition. Lessons take place at the Lincoln Athletic Center on Tuesdays from 7 - 10 p.m. Lessons are available weekly between September 18 - October 16. The cost is  $125.

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COED Turf Flag Football by Beach City Sports

With convenient access off the 73, it’s the perfect venue for men and women to enjoy after work. Individuals can register to be placed on a team or register on an already-existing team. Captains can also register for an entire team of 12 - 16 players. Lower division is available for beginner to intermediate skill levels. Register at www.beachcitysports.com. Non-Residents pay an additional $10/person. Games take place at Bonita Creek Park on Tuesdays from 7 - 10 p.m. The league runs from September 11 - November 16. The cost is $85/person.

Drop-In Hoops by Newport Beach Sports Staff

This is pick-up basketball at its finest. Come down and join the fun of “pick up” style hoops. Teams will be broken down to 5-on-5 with a constant winner rotation. Individuals and teams are welcome. The gym will be staffed and monitored during play.

Drop-in cards can be purchased online, at City Hall, NCCC or OASIS. Games take place at the Newport Coast Community Center on Wednesdays from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Games are available weekly between September 5 - December 19. The cost is $3/person.

For more information, visit www.newportbeachca.gov.


On the Harbor: We need more sailors like Emily Wolken

By LEN BOSE

On the Harbor Emily

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Young sailor Emily Wolken

I headed up to Alamitos Bay this week to check out how all our local kids were doing in this year’s Junior Sabot National Championships. With more than 118 competitors from around Southern California, things seemed bunched up more than an oversized cork in a half bottle of wine. But that was just my first impression of the volunteers for the Long Beach Yacht Club.

After I was told I couldn’t go out to the race course with the coaches or the mark set crew, I was directed to head over to the press boat where I was inspected by the yacht club’s TSA senior agent and was then asked to walk through the full body scanner. I was denied boarding the first press boat but things got much better after I met Alex Demmier who was skipper of the second press boat. The reason I prefer to start with the coach boats is that I get the full history of our local competitors.

Fortunately, I ran into Demmier, who is a coach for the Long Beach Yacht Club who quickly updated me on the first two days of this series. Joining us was the photographer from the Long Beach Yacht Club, Mike Frat.

When Demmier asked what I was looking for, I informed him I always like to interview the sailors that are showing the most passion for the sport; they may not be in Gold or Silver fleet but you can tell from a glance that this is the place where they want to be. Fleets are split up into Gold, Silver, Bronze and Iron the first day of racing for the Jr. Sabot Nationals.

This is when Frat told me the story from yesterday when he watched Emily Wolken from the Lido Isle Yacht Club sailing in the Iron Fleet. On day two, race 2, of the series, she was called over early and returned to the starting line to clear herself of this infraction. By the third mark in the race, she had worked her way back up to second place when she was side by side with the first place boat when he tacked away and started sailing to the wrong mark. She kindly informed her competitor that he was sailing to the wrong mark where he changed his course and stayed in first place to win the race. Wolken held on to her second which was her best finish of the series. She finished 12th out of a fleet of 27 in the series.

After hearing about this story, I called Wolken’s stepmom, Amy, the day after the Championships and asked if it was okay to interview Emily. Emily is 10 years old and sails a Phoenix sabot; she explained the story and I should have asked why she just did not let her competitor sail in the wrong direction. After hearing the innocence in her voice, my gut tells me she would have answered: “Because it was the right thing to do.”

When I asked Emily if the race course was confusing, she said: “No, we had a day to practice before the race.” I then asked her what was her favorite race of the year and if she wants to continue sailing in the future. Her answer was short and simple. “I liked the Nationals and I will probably be back.”

The next sailor I noticed was Brooks Orradre from the Bahia Corinthian Yacht who had qualified to sail in Silver fleet. Orradre really didn’t seem to have a care in the world, yet he kept his focus and boat speed up around the race course. Orradre is 13 years old and took very good care of his boat with a soft landing at the dock, bailed all the water out of it, rolled his sail up and made a second look at the boat before walking up the dock. This is where I had a chance to interview him. The type of boat he sails is a sabot. He likes the mid-summer regatta and plans on sailing for a long time. “I like the competitiveness of sailing,” he said. Orradre explained how fortunate it is to be a BCYC member where one of his coaches is Mark Gaudio, who has coached him to recognize wind shifts and tack or gybe on them to get to the mark faster.

While watching the third race of the Gold fleet, I noticed sail number 10300 come into the leeward mark with a huge pack of boats. Huge gains or losses can be made at the turning marks in short course racing. This skipper was extremely patient by almost stopping her boat, holding on to position to round the mark and letting the crowd play through, then grabbing the inside lane and passing five boats with clear wind. After the racers returned to the dock I approached the skipper who is Sophia Devling.

Devling’s awareness on the race course is well advanced and it is always extremely educational for me to watch and learn. She comes from a sailing family and when I asked if she will continue sailing she replied, enthusiastically, that she enjoys sailing dinghies sabots and 420s. Devling plans on focusing on dinghy sailing for the near future. I asked if she planned on sailing on her dad’s boat on the upcoming Long Point race week – she said “no.” Devling sails a Phoenix sabot and enjoys the harbor’s Gold Cup races. “They feel the most competitive,” she said. I explained that she should sail with her dad while she can, but I think she was more interested in her friend pulling on her shoulder to go grab some lunch. Smart kid. It will be fun to watch this one grow up and take over the helm of her dad’s boat within the next 10 years.

So what did I learn by watching this year’s Sabot Jr. Nationals? I need to be better prepared with my questions and stay away from yes and no questions. I learned I needed to improve my race course awareness and stay away from a huge pack of boats. I also learned that it is more sportsmanship like to tell your opponents that they are sailing around the wrong mark, before you pass them and have put them away.

Sea ya

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


Saywitz hires new property and leasing manager

The Saywitz Company, one of the largest privately held commercial real estate brokerage firms in Southern California, recently hired Ostin Gaylord as a property and leasing manager for the company’s property management division. Gaylord will be working out of The Saywitz Company’s Newport Beach office. 

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Ostin Gaylord

Gaylord comes to The Saywitz Company with a diversified background in property management and leasing. She has previously worked for Tricon American Homes and Mosaic Properties in California and Arizona. She will assist the property management division in dealing with leasing, management and tenant relations. 

“We are excited to have a welcomed addition to our property management group as we continue to expand our portfolio,” said Barry Saywitz, president of The Saywitz Company. “Ostin’s role of assisting our property supervisors and coordinating with our leasing group and portfolio of tenants will continue to assist us in our expansion.”


Segerstrom Center presents Festival of Arts, Science and Family

Arts + Science = Family Fun…that’s the formula for the first Beckman Arts and Science Family Festival, taking place at the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts on September 15. Free entertainment, hands-on activities for the curious of all ages, fascinating and informative exhibits plus imagination-expanding workshops will fill the day from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Guests will be enthralled by the incomparable Doktor Kaboom!, Aman Dance, Phantom Projects Theatre Group, Dino Encounters and The MoonRays. And the Center’s own oversized creative building kits will inspire and challenge budding architects and engineers. All activities combine elements of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM). This day of discovery, experimentation and fun is made possible through the Center’s partnership with the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. 

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Doktor Kaboom!

According to Dr. Anne Hultgren, Ph.D., executive director of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, “Encouraging our next generation to approach science with curiosity and to learn it through innovation is a guiding principle at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. We understand the long-term value of enabling children to acquire their own answers for the “how” and “why” questions to build a foundation for learning. There are many paths and opportunities that can drive a lifelong passion for science, and we believe it’s important to share with kids a variety of STEAM activities that can help them explore their diverse interests. As title sponsor of the Beckman Arts and Science Family Festival, we’re excited to partner with Segerstrom Center for the

Arts to bring this unique event to Orange County – we hope to see you there!”

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Vice President of Education Talena Mara said, “We are so grateful to the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation for making it possible for us to invite families from all of Orange County’s diverse communities to come to our Argyros Plaza and have a chance to be curious, creative and to explore the fascinating intersection of the arts and science. Studies and academic reports, including the Center’s recent collaboration with the National Science Foundation, continue to confirm that the arts and science, technology, engineering and mathematics are complimentary. Our Beckman Arts and Science Family Festival will provide wonderful and fascinating opportunities to experience the synergy firsthand.”

Many community arts, science and education organizations are also adding their STEAM to the day: Discovery Science Foundation, Kids@Science Foundation, National College Resources Foundation, MagiKid Robotics Lab, Brain Builders, Irvine Public Schools Foundation and Science Heads. 

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit www.scfta.org.


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Stu thinks you will recognize this “1”…So, tell us where you would find this numeral!

Good luck! Stu loves publishing the winning answers on Tuesday.

Send your guesses to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

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Newport Beach Women’s Club monthly meeting to feature political candidates

The Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club (NBWCD) will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Aug 21 at the OASIS Senior Center, Room #1, 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar. Ample and convenient parking is available. There is a nominal admission fee. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for networking social and light refreshments. 

The featured speakers are:

Katie Porter, Candidate US Congressional District 45

Harley Rouda, Candidate US Congressional District 48

Katrina Foley, Candidate Costa Mesa Mayor

Andrea Marr, Candidate Costa Mesa City Council District

For more information, visitwww.NBWDC.org to RSVP, or call 949.423.6468.


Newport Beach names new City Manager

 At the Tuesday, August 14 meeting, the Newport Beach City Council unanimously selected Grace Leung to serve as its next City Manager. Leung will assume the organization’s top administrative spot on September 4, replacing current City Manager Dave Kiff, who will retire on August 31 after 20 years of service to Newport Beach. 

Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield expressed enthusiasm for Leung’s hire, explaining, “The City Council launched a nationwide recruitment to find the leader with just the right mix of experience, education and talent to take the helm of our city organization. We had the privilege of meeting and interviewing some strong candidates and greatly appreciate the candidates’ interest in the position. Grace’s strong background in municipal finance, operations and administration, and strong communication skills, make her a fantastic choice for Newport Beach.”

Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill added, “Grace has a strong education base from Columbia University and Harvard University. She has a keen intellect that will serve our community, staff and City Council well. We welcome Grace and her family and look forward to her years of service in our great City.”

Leung has more than 20 years of experience working in local government. She was most recently Acting City Manager in Irvine, where she had previously been Assistant City Manager, managing day-to-day city operations and leading the Administrative Services, Community Services, Community Development, Transportation and Public Works departments. 

Prior to Irvine, Leung worked for six years as the Director of Finance for the City of Sunnyvale. Her responsibilities included the development of Sunnyvale’s performance-based budget and its 20-year financial plan. Leung began her career with the City of Long Beach. 

Leung holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in Urban Studies and a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Leung, and her husband Jim, have two children, Skylar and Miles. 

Leung said, “It is truly a great honor to be selected as the next City Manager for Newport Beach. I look forward to getting to know the community and working together with the City Council and staff to serve the residents and businesses. I am excited to be a part of a great team ensuring the high quality of life for which Newport Beach is widely recognized.”


NBPD update on residential burglaries

Residential burglaries have been a hot topic lately, especially in the part of town that we call “Area 4”. Area 4 includes Corona del Mar, Newport Coast, Crystal Cove, Cameo Shores, Cameo Highlands, Spyglass Hill, Seaview, Newport Ridge, Harbor Ridge, Harbor Hill, Harbor View and Seawind.

Overall, property crimes (such as burglaries and thefts) are down in this area and across town in general. But what about residential burglaries in Area 4? From January 1 to August 7, the NBPD has seen a total of six more this year, compared to the same timeframe last year.

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Okay, so what do those numbers mean? For perspective, that amounts to one additional burglary every five weeks (on average). So, what is happening in response? Well, the NBPD notes that arrests in the “burgling and thieving” category are up by 10 arrests year-to-date, which is a staggering 90.9 percent increase. As with all property crimes, the NBPD follows a multi-pronged approach, with proactive field activity from their patrol officers, investigative work from their detectives, and crime prevention strategies…with all of you.

They list some important Home Security Tips below. You can also find their Home Security Checklist here, which you can use to conduct a security assessment on your home to see what security measures you can take to “harden the target”. They hope that this message helps spread important information to our community members. Feel free to share and forward this message to your friends and neighbors.

Home Security Tips

–Always lock your windows and doors when you go out, even if for only a few minutes.

–If you return home and find your pedestrian door that leads into your home locked, and you are certain that you left it unlocked, DO NOT GO INSIDE!

Call 9-1-1. Burglars often lock this door to slow down a victim, allowing the burglar extra time to get out of the home before the resident enters.

–If your home is equipped with an alarm, always activate it even if you’re only going out for a short walk.

Consider adding a motion sensor in your master bedroom/bathroom, which will activate the alarm if someone comes in through a glass window or door without opening it.

–Always keep your front and rear porch lights on from dusk to dawn and use motion detector lighting along the sides of your home or areas with little foot traffic.

–Use timers on indoor lamps to give the appearance that you are home.

–Adjust window coverings for optimal privacy while maintaining good visibility outside.

–If your garage door has a remote shutoff button on the wall-mounted control, located in the garage, consider locking the door nightly. This will prevent your garage door from being opened remotely.

–If you have a safe, make sure that it is properly bolted to concrete so that it cannot be easily removed.

–Always close and lock your safe and never leave a key or combination out or in an easy to find location (i.e. office, nightstand, etc.).

–When you leave on vacation, remember to call the Police Department to request a “Vacation Check” at 949.644.3681. Also, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your newspaper and mail while you are away.

Report all suspicious activity by calling the Newport Beach Police Department at 949.644.3717.

The NBPD Crime Prevention Specialist, Sara Verschueren, is also available as a resource for neighborhood watch programs and crime prevention information. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Halloween comes early at Hocus Pocus Boutique

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Experience a world of magic at the Hocus Pocus Boutique at Roger’s Gardens, opening Friday, Aug. 31 at 9 a.m.

Wander the corridors of a most magical school where witches and wizards learn their craft. Prospective students are invited to tour the castle. Explore the Headmaster’s Study, a room filled with curiosities and antiquities. Discover where novice witches and wizards study in the Potions classroom, be sure not to tamper with their mysterious experiments. Who knows what mythical creatures are lurking in the cabinets. Students wishing to learn about the magical properties of plants can visit the Greenhouse Conservatory where rare and unusual specimens are cultivated. Each of the many rooms in this castle are filled with enchanted objects and décor to fill your home with the spirit of Halloween. 

Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd, Corona del Mar.


Guest Letter

Dave Kiff

Dave Kiff

Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff   

A letter sent Wednesday, Aug. 14 from retiring City Manager Dave Kiff following Tuesday evening’s appointment of new City Manager Grace Leung.

Dear Colleagues –

As my days here come to a close, I wanted to tell you how excited I am to be able to hand over the baton to Grace Leung. Knowing that she was selected just made me smile. I can’t help but feel so parental towards all of you and towards this place, and hearing that it would be Grace that would take on the City Manager’s role was just something for me to smile about.

I have not known Grace for too long – maybe the last 18 months or so – but all of my experiences with her have been very positive. I’ve sat on an interview panel with her, as well as worked with her on various OC City Managers’ Association issues, including homelessness. I know that someone I think highly of – recently retired CM of Irvine, Sean Joyce – thought highly enough of Grace to bring her down from the Bay Area to work in that active and challenging city. 

My impression of Grace is the same one that the Council had – smart, calm, personable, thoughtful, a good listener, a good sense of humor, and an all-around niceness that is just really cool. I think you will find her to be that same type of leader here – first and foremost a nice, authentic, friendly person.   

Grace will of course be her own person and will be different from me. I am sure that you’ll enjoy and embrace that, just as you have any new work colleague, be it a department director or a new student aide. 

Grace starts the Tuesday after Labor Day, and I know her days will be busy. As my days are less busy at that point, know that I will still be thinking of all of you and will be very happy knowing that you are in such good hands.

Sincerely,

Dave 


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

New city theme should be “Embrace Grace,” while at the same time, Peotter’s time has run its course

TomJohnsonThe gold balloons behind him said it all, “Thank you Dave.” 

The messages from his supporters on Facebook echoed that sentiment, “Sad, sad night for our City.”

Last Tuesday evening, Aug. 14, the Newport Beach City Council voted unanimously to approve Grace Leung as our new City Manager, thus officially bringing to a close Dave Kiff’s service effective at the end of August.

For those bemoaning Kiff’s departure, perhaps it’s time to turn your attention to celebrating Leung. Her credentials are impressive. 

As Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill told me, “This is a home run.”

I like baseball analogies.

Kiff said, “My impression of Grace is the same one that the Council had – smart, calm, personable, thoughtful, a good listener, a good sense of humor, and an all-around niceness that is just really cool. I think you will find her to be that same type of leader here – first and foremost a nice, authentic, friendly person.” 

She served most recently in Irvine as Assistant City Manager, filling in for a short period as interim city manager and formerly as director of finance for the city of Sunnyvale.

Her education, too, is impressive. Okay, she didn’t graduate from Newport Harbor, but she did get her bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Columbia University and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University.

I know, it has certainly seemed like a bumpy road getting here over the last six months or so, but at the end of the day, I believe our city council got it right. And that’s what is important.

I wasn’t happy when Homer Bludau retired, but then we got Dave Kiff. Now we have Grace. Knock on wood, perhaps we’ve hit the jackpot again.

She certainly understands traffic issues, she understands density, the airport and such. 

I want to do the right thing when it’s due, congrats to our council!

Now, let’s get on with the election.

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Speaking of the election, we have a problem, it’s not new and many of you know it. It’s City Councilman Scott Peotter. His behavior is simply continually unacceptable.

I experienced twice Tuesday night watching city council where he seemed to bully people by saying something like, “Can you just answer, yes or no!”

Now remember, this is a guy that calls himself a Christian.

Stu News Newport received an email released in a recent open records request. Included in the information was an interchange of an email sent from Peotter to Dan Matusiewicz (Finance Director) and cc’d to Lelani Brown (City Clerk), Aaron Harp (City Attorney), Carol Jacobs (Assistant City Manager), Dave Kiff (City Manager), Will O’Neill (Mayor Pro Tem), Kevin Muldoon (City Council) and Patti Gorczyca (Finance Committee member).

The email is titled Re: Finance Committee Workplan summary 2016-2018 and was sent Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 11:11:12 p.m.:

“Dan (Matusiewicz), I would like a copy of the work plan from each finance committee meeting since its beginning as a 7-member committee…Do not give me this doctored, amended-as-you-go summary, it does not tell me what was not accomplished. Dan, I am getting very tired of your answering a question factually without giving a truthful answer.”

“Dave (Kiff), I am not happy with you for disseminating this junk from Dan as though it answered the question I asked, without giving a reasonable time to respond or clarify. I did not bring this in open session, but I can if you like.”

Wow, okay, I’ve worked with Dan. He’s bright and more than capable. Given a pick of who I’d rather have in the city, I’d pick Dan.

His condescending nature to Dan is beyond unacceptable. And notice the time he’s berating employees, this one comes in after 11 p.m.

Then he threatens Kiff with he can “bring something up in open session.”

We as a community should be fed up with Peotter’s behavior. Every time I think he can’t possibly stick his foot farther up his rear, he proves me wrong. 

No member of the council should be dealing directly with someone at Dan’s level, even though it’s a senior position. They should be dealing through the city manager, who in turn deals with his direct reports. And positively, no one should be using that tone to any city employee. It’s absolutely unacceptable.

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Interesting piece in the latest issue of Rolling Stone that claims someone hacked into our local congressional race. Dr. Hans Keirstead, who finished third to incumbent Dana Rohrabacher and challenger Harley Rouda in the 48th congressional district, claims to have had his campaign cyber attacked.

It’s serious enough that the FBI is investigating.

According to Rolling Stone, “Rohrabacher is a 15-term incumbent who is widely seen as the most pro-Russia and pro-Putin member of Congress and is a staunch supporter of President Trump.”

This will be interesting to watch.


You Must Remember This: Matriculating

By NANCY GARDNER

Back in the ‘70s, I went to UCI for a couple of years for graduate work. Today, I’m totally lost on campus, so much has it grown. I spent four years at Harbor High, and while I don’t exactly get lost, I do marvel at all the additions and changes. As for Corona del Mar Elementary, it doesn’t even exist anymore, but Horace Ensign – driving by it looks exactly the same.

The move to Ensign Junior High – or middle school, as it is now termed – was quite a leap. At CdM Elementary, we had been essentially the same group of kids since kindergarten. At Horace Ensign there would be a whole new group of kids from Newport Elementary to get to know. On top of that, we would have different teachers for every class. It was a lot to assimilate, but those weren’t the biggest changes. The biggest change was that on the Horace Ensign campus there were actual bad kids. Juvenile delinquents.

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The baddest was Jerry Fitzgerald. How did we know he was bad? He wore his pants really low, and he wore boots that bad kids wore. And if that wasn’t enough, he was rumored to have smoked marijuana, and we had been shown the movie, so we knew. One puff of marijuana, and you were doomed to madness, degradation, insanity. Now in actuality, to my knowledge, Jerry Fitzgerald was never suspended, never started anything on the playground during lunch, never did anything out of the way. Neither he nor his group ever picked on anyone that I heard about, but he wore his pants low, and he had those boots. Juvenile delinquent, clearly.

It wasn’t scary enough that there were bad boys. To make the matter even more alarming, there were cheap girls. Now, I could not have given you a definition of what cheap meant, I just knew it was not good, and so when the new girl arrived, I gave her wide berth because she was cheap. How did I know? She had pin curls, and everyone knew that only cheap girls wore pin curls. For those not in the know, to make a pin curl, you coil a lock of hair and fix it with a bobby pin. If you were just marginally cheap, you might have your hair pulled back in a pony tail with a pin curl at each ear, but this girl? She had pin curls over three-quarters of her head! And she hung out with Jerry Fitzgerald. What further proof was needed? I wasn’t astute enough to think: 1 - pin curls might have been the general style at her old school and 2 - if all the “nice” kids shunned her, who else was there to hang out with?

Despite these challenges, which proved rather illusory over time, Horace Ensign was a good experience. Instead of recess, we now had gym class where we were exposed to various sports including field hockey and volleyball. There was a studio/classroom where we took art, and then there was the grandiose experience of eighth grade. I’ve never felt so superior. We were kings and queens of the campus. We knew everything. For nine months we reigned supreme. And then three months later, we were lowly freshmen at Harbor, wandering the campus trying to find our classes, cowed by upperclassmen who weren’t juvenile delinquents but actual men and women – at least to this little freshman’s eyes. When we became seniors, we didn’t make our

eighth grade mistake. Yeah, we were on top, but this time we knew that in a few more months we’d be college freshmen, and on the bottom again. Probably not a bad life lesson. 

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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.


The Lido Theater celebrates 80th anniversary this week, screens Jezebel

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The decadent interior of the Lido Theater

The Lido Theater, a Southern California landmark, will celebrate its 80th anniversary with a special champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception this Thursday, Aug. 16 at 6 p.m., followed by a screening of the Oscar award-winning Jezebel at 7 p.m.

The acclaimed movie starring Bette Davis and Henry Fonda, now part of the Library of Congress National Film Registry, was the first movie to open the theater in 1938. It has been said that Davis, a Corona del Mar resident at the time, drove by the theater daily while it was under construction. She reportedly requested a sitting parlor in the ladies’ room, which was built and remains today, and also told the original owners of the Lido Theater to open with her movie, Jezebel, which they did.

A Lupus International benefit, tickets for the reception and movie are $20 per person and can be purchased at https//bit.ly/2NSlewZ.

Lupus International 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.

The Lido Theater and Via Lido Plaza were developed by the Griffith Company which also developed much of Lido Isle, and originally gifted the former City Hall property to the City of Newport Beach. The Fritz Duda Company acquired the property in 1986, and as only the second owner in its rich 80-year history, the company has renovated the theater in recent years and has maintained its status as one of the only operating single screens in California.

Restored in recent years, the landmark Lido Theater features a new, state-of-the-art projection and sound system, yet maintains an air of Old Hollywood glamour. Moviegoers will notice lobby chandeliers, vintage poster cases, the original box office, art deco architectural details, a balcony and a red velvet waterfall curtain on an elevated stage.

The Lido Theater also features some of its original Catalina tilework, revered at the time for its colorful hand painted beauty, and rarely seen in Southern California today. The auditorium walls are adorned with murals depicting underwater ocean scenes that appear to glow from black lights illuminating the walls when the house lights dim.

The Lido Theater is located in Via Lido Plaza at 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach.

For additional information, call 949.673.8350 or visit www.RegencyMovies.com.


Tastemakers of Orange County features Newport Beach chefs in culinary competition

Tastemakers Ivan Calderon

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Chef Ivan Calderon, founder and owner of Taco Rosa and Taco Mesa

On the heels of its 20th anniversary, the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) will host the 3rd annual “Tastemakers of Orange County” culinary event on Wednesday, Sept. 5 in the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Celebrating the Asian and Pacific Islander community, culture and heritage, guests will have the opportunity to taste and indulge in Asian and Pacific Island-inspired cuisines and beverages from distinguished chefs throughout Orange County.

Tastemakers Max Schlutz

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Chef Max Schlutz of Sessions West Coast Deli

Featured chefs from Newport Beach and Corona del Mar include Takashi Abe and Ted Lee, Bluefin; Ivan Calderon, Taco Rosa; Brian Huskey, Tackle Box; Ed Lee, Wahoo’s Fish Taco; Shelly Register, A Market; and Max Schlutz, Sessions West Coast Deli.

This year’s event has attracted the support of many influencers, including Ryan Patel, a global business executive and CNN Newsroom contributor, who will be in attendance. His interest in spreading awareness of Asian and Pacific Island-inspired foods and culture has led him to learn more about the work of OCAPICA.

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Chef Brian Huskey of Tackle Box

The celebration at Argyros Plaza will include food tastings, entertainment, and silent and live auctions for guests to enjoy. Tickets are available to the public for $125 for VIP, which allows early entry at 6 p.m., and $85 for General Admission, from 7 - 9 p.m. For more information and tickets, and to view this year’s line-up of chefs and restaurants, visit www.tastemakersofoc.com.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


OASIS Senior Center is drop off point for electric fans 

Hot weather is more than exhausting. It can be dangerous and deadly, especially for seniors. Nearly 200 Americans die of health problems caused by high heat and humidity every summer season. Seniors are more susceptible to heat-related problems because of aging-related physical changes.

Age Well Senior Services, a leading provider of critical services, resources and programs to seniors living in south Orange County, provides some cost-effective tips for seniors to help them tolerate the excessive heat and humidity, particularly when limited household budgets make air conditioning a luxury.

OASIS Senior Center electric fan

Keep Your Cool

When the temperature climbs above 90-degree Fahrenheit, older adults need to be proactive and take precautions. Stay out of the sun if possible.

Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of cool water, clear juices, and other liquids that don’t contain alcohol or caffeine.

Dress Appropriately

Wear loose, light-colored clothes to stay cooler.

Avoid Sunburn

Use broad-spectrum sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.

Cool Down

Place washcloths or towels dampened with cool water on your wrists, ankles and neck to provide heat relief.

Air Conditioning

Stay in air-conditioned spaces at home, at a local senior center or inside a mall.

Fan Away the Heat

An electric fan provides some heat relief. Of course, the air itself is not made any cooler by movement – it just makes us feel cooler when it blows by. The fans also help by replacing hot, humid air with cooler, drier air that allows more evaporation. If you can’t afford a fan, there is help.

Age Well is asking the community to bring new electric fans to one of the Age Well senior centers. Meals on Wheels drivers will distribute the fans to seniors who are in need.

OASIS Senior Center is an Age Well Senior Center drop off point for fans. It is located at 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar. For more information, call 949.718.1820.


Political Notebook Newport Beach Banner

Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce to hold Candidates Forum at the Library

On Thursday, Aug. 23, the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2018 Newport Beach Council Candidates Forum from 7 - 9 a.m. at the Library. The event will feature candidates running for office in Districts 1, 3, 4 and 6. The forum will be moderated by Lucy Dunn, CEO, Orange County Business Council, and will take place in Newport Beach Central Library’s Friends Room.

Candidates scheduled to participate include – (i) signifies the incumbent:

District 1

Diane Dixon (i)

Mike Glenn

District 3

Marshall “Duffy” Duffield (i)

Tim Stoaks

District 4

Kevin Muldoon (i)

Roy Englebrecht

District 6

Scott Peotter (i)

Joy Brenner

Following an interactive format, the event will give residents a first-hand look at each candidate’s position and experience on various important topical issues. A complimentary continental breakfast kicks off the morning at 7 a.m., followed by the program from 7:30 - 9 a.m. Admission is free.

The event will have limited seating, so reservations are strongly recommended. To secure a seat, register online atwww.newportbeach.com/events/2018-newport-beach-city-council-candidates-forum. Walk-ups are welcome on a space available basis.

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


Marines to set sail in Beer Can Regatta

Thirty Marines and sailors with the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines Division (1/1), stationed in Camp Pendleton, will be guests of Balboa Yacht Club (BYC) for an evening of sailing, camaraderie and fun during the club’s Thursday Beer Can Regatta on Aug. 23. BYC has sponsored the event for the past 10 years, and the city of Newport Beach adopted the 1/1 in 2003, so the two coming together for a night on the harbor seemed a perfect fit.

The true drivers of the Beer Can Regatta are BYC’s Staff Commodore Art Mitchell and Bill Fredrickson, who both served in the Marine Corp, ensuring the enlisted men have an enjoyable evening to remember. Assisting in the success, is BYC’s Sailing Administrator Becky Lenhart who takes applications, marks the race course, and attends to the exacting details.

Marines to set sail regatta

The evening will start off at BYC, with refreshing libations. Next, the Marines are escorted to the approximately 25 boats and head over to the starting line near Balboa Island and Little Island. The races start at 6 p.m. with boats from 20 - 50 feet in length heading up the bay, past the Balboa Bay Resort to the top of the bay, then turn around and finish at BYC. The Regatta lasts approximately one and one-half hours.

“After the races, we hold a huge barbecue at BYC with everything from salmon to chicken and hamburgers, along with an open bar and a steel drum band,” Mitchell said. “There are four or five different classes of boats, depending on the size, and we have an awards ceremony recognizing the winners in each class.”

Camp Pendleton provides transportation for the Marines to and from BYC, ensuring their safety at the end of the evening.

“For four or five hours they (Marines) escape reality – it’s just a great night for them and BYC makes sure we take care of everything,” Mitchell said.

So, why “Beer Can” Regattas? According to Mitchell, the races run from early June through mid-September and are a great way to get your boat out on the harbor and enjoy other sailors’ company during the summer. Skippers sign up with BYC on the Thursdays they want to set sail. And the name? Legend has it that the Regatta was named for the bobbing pop-top cans that once marked the course, but we’re also told...it’s a great night to drink beer.

“I’ve been involved with this event for the past 10 years, having owned one of the boats the Marines regularly sailed on,” said Peter Bretschger, a past BYC Commodore. “I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and entertaining many of these fine men and women over the years at several events. On August 23, I look forward to sailing again with those who serve us, as a member of the J133 ‘Tango’ crew.”

Balboa Yacht Club is located at 1801 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar. For more information, visit www.balboayachtclub.com.


Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

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An early map of the lots on Balboa island and Little Balboa Island. Interestingly enough, the red area was originally slated to be a large casino.

Visit Balboa Island Museum and the Museum Store located at 331 Marine Ave., Balboa Island. They are open Tuesdays - Sundays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, call 949.675.3952, visit www.balboaislandmuseum.orgor email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


HomeAid Orange County celebrates anniversary of Family CareCenter

HomeAid Orange County recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of its first-of-its-kind Family CareCenter, which serves a critical need in Orange County by providing children and their families experiencing homelessness with access to year-round emergency housing and support services critical to their survival. Since it opened in July 2017, the Family CareCenter has served more than 120 families consisting of 433 individuals and has helped nearly 90 percent of the families meet their goals set out in their housing plan.

HomeAid Orange County CareCenter

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HomeAid Orange County’s Family CareCenter located in Orange was largely supported by a $1 million gift from Newport Beach-based Pacific Life Foundation

During the open house celebration on August 4, Executive Director at HomeAid Orange County Scott Larson thanked the community members and donors who helped make the Family CareCenter possible, including the Pacific Life Foundation, based in Newport Beach, William and Willa Dean Lyon, William Lyon Homes, Mercy House, the City of Orange and its councilmembers, as well as HomeAid Orange County board members.

A woman, who was the first resident of the Family CareCenter, also addressed the crowd during the event to thank each person for their contributions to the center. Thanks to the help she and her family received at the Family CareCenter, they were able to find stable housing in just 45 days. She and her boys have been living in an apartment in Santa Ana for nearly 11 months, thanks to support from HomeAid Orange County.

HomeAid Orange County Jonathon Tupper

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Jonathon Tupper, senior vice president at PIMCO and Janine McKenna, Building Industry Association of Southern California celebrate the anniversary

HomeAid serves up to 16 families daily at the 56-bed, 10,000-square-foot facility, which was largely supported by a $1 million gift from the Pacific Life Foundation, and $500,000 from William and Willa Dean Lyon and William Lyon Homes. The Family CareCenter is open to families with at least one parent with one or more children under the age of 18 and focuses on rapidly rehousing families within 30 to 45 days. Mercy House, a qualified nonprofit with expertise in serving families who are experiencing homelessness, operates the shelter. The Family CareCenter also serves as an entry point and resource to other nonprofits, and is the first project HomeAid has developed and also owns.

For more information, visit www.homeaidoc.org and www.familycarecenter.org.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Former city leaders challenging current city leaders in court this Friday

TomJohnsonThere’s a lawsuit scheduled to be heard Friday morning in Superior Court. It was filed by former Newport Beach Mayors Keith Curry, Mike Henn, Rush Hill and former Mayor Pro Tem Jean Watt, collectively.

The basis of the argument is this: a few meetings back, the majority of the Newport Beach City Council voted to put a local measure on the November ballot. The amendment basically calls for a vote of the people “for the utilization of bonds for projects greater than $50M.”

You’d expect the backers of the issue, in this case Mayor “Duffy” Duffield and councilmembers Scott Peotter and Kevin Muldoon, to write why their proposed charter amendment makes sense. That’s what they did.

Here’s the problem, one of their own, Bob Rush, community activist, Peotter supporter and amendment supporter, wrote the side against the amendment and submitted it first to the City Clerk. The argument was accepted.

You can see the potential issue; one side is potentially representing both sides. Fair?

Well, Curry, Henn, Hill and Watt don’t think so. Former council candidate and local attorney Phil Greer will present their arguments on Friday, Aug. 17.

It’s just another example of a very divided Newport Beach.

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Kudos to Kathy Kramer and her team for another wonderful summer run for the Orange County Fair

So, what does the Fair mean to our community? Let’s start with a record 1,470,636 people in attendance; 35 sold-out shows, and most importantly, 11 new piglets.

During its run, the OC Fair with its We Care Wednesday program also collected 11,055 children books, 10,769 items of clothing, 8,849 cans of food and 8,229 school supplies, all for the local community.

The OC Fair is currently the second-largest fair in California by attendance, behind only the San Diego County Fair which runs three days longer. Nationally, the OC Fair ranks seventh by attendance.

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The Corona del Mar Residents Association board is concerned about the rash of burglaries in their part of town and are calling a special community meeting. Newport Beach Police staff will attend and answer questions and address concerns.

 The meeting takes place tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 15, at the Oasis Senior Center in the Evelyn Hart Event Hall from 6 - 7:30 p.m. 

This event is free and open to all residents of Newport Beach. You can register here.

Do me a favor, if you plan to attend, lock your house. Just saying.

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Remember a few weeks back, the young man leaped off the Lido Bridge crashing onto the canopy of a Duffy Electric Boat moving below?

The incident injured a woman in the boat and the man swam and ran away. But, NBPD eventually arrested him

Following all of that, I heard that Newport Beach had assigned a lifeguard to stand guard below the bridge to stop would-be jumpers. My first thought was, what a waste of money.

Fast forward to the Harbor Commission meeting last week where Newport Beach Harbor Resources Manager Chris Miller told them that 231 potential jumpers were stopped in the first two weeks, alone.

Didn’t realize it was that popular. Maybe the City is right.

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As just a whatever…Birds? Like’em, don’t like-em? Not the feathered ones, the scooter type. Well, it’s on tonight’s City Council meeting for discussion.

At least it’s not the Snowy Plover.


Pets of the WeekDog and Cat print

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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.”

Sassy mom Sterling son

Courtesy of Newport Beach Animal Shelter

MEET SASSY AND STERLING

Sassy and Sterling are mom and son. The shelter would like these two beautiful cats to be adopted out together.

Adoption costs at the shelter are:

–Dogs - $130 

–Puppies - $150

–Cats - $90

–Kittens - $110

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

If you are interested in finding out more about Stassy and Sterling, or any other animals up for adoption, call 949.644.3656 or email Valerie Schomburg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Newport Beach Animal Shelter is located at 20302 Riverside Drive, Newport Beach. It is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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. The shelter 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, applications are available on the website.


Think Together partners with PIMCO and The Child Creativity Lab to build robots with students

Think Together, a nonprofit organization that operates afterschool programs at more than 400 sites across California, recently partnered with Newport Beach-based PIMCO and The Child Creativity Lab to provide 20 elementary students living in the Shalimar neighborhood of Costa Mesa the opportunity to build robots with donated Legos, prescription vials and other fun, random upcycled materials.

Coming from around the world, PIMCO’s 40 summer interns spent one week of their internship giving back to the local community – this event was their final day of volunteering. The Whittier Elementary students from the Shalimar neighborhood each partnered with two interns who asked them how they wanted to design their robots. Two hours later, the three Shalimar apartments were full of robots of all different shapes and sizes. 

Think Together students

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Students from the Shalimar neighborhood show off their painted robots

According to Kaitlyn Lam, Corporate & Community Relations Manager for The Child Creativity Lab, “Creativity is like exercising a muscle. Just like practicing soccer, the more you do it the more it will come naturally.”

The volunteers helped the kids develop their “creative muscles” in the hopes it will inspire them toward STEM careers. Eight-year-old Eric was inspired – his favorite part about the day was “working with his partners and he can’t wait to be a doctor when he grows up.”

PIMCO volunteer Yunnie, an undergraduate student at Rice University in Houston, shared, “Kids think differently. They’ve come up with so many possibilities for these robots, it’s really cool!”

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PIMCO volunteers with students and their creative robots

Studies show that as early as middle school, children begin to make decisions about what they can and can’t do in life. With employment in STEM occupations growing much faster than employment in non-STEM occupations, providing students with engaging, hands-on STEM experiences at a young age is more important than ever. Think Together is focused on inspiring an interest in STEM and supporting students on their pathway from school to career success.

For more information, call 888.485.THINK or visit www.thinktogether.org.


Stump the Stu

Where would you find this charming structure?

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Where is quaint structure located and what is it used for? Stu needs your help to find out more about 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 answer will appear in Friday’s edition, along with the correct guesses. So, join us for this local adventure.

If you have a unique spot or icon around town that you think Stu News Newport readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the location, so we can challenge them! Happy Hunting.


Sign of the times

On Fridays we give you a partial glimpse of a sign around town. You guess what the overall name of the business is. 

Stu received several correct guesses, recognizing this “O” logo was at Red O Restaurant in Fashion Island...known for its authentic South of the Border cuisine and specialty margaritas.

Congratulations to Debi Doolittle, Denis Moran, Doug Forde, Jean Grainger, Jerry Murray and Pam Smith.

A special thanks to Angela Cortright who snapped this photo then sent it in to share with all of our readers.

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

SOTT 8.14.18

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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 is the “Insider’s Guide” for the Newport Beach City Council meeting of Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Staff has had three weeks between council meetings, so we’re tanned, rested, and ready. 

In this letter, I do not summarize all of the items on the agenda – only the ones that seem of large importance to most folks in town. Please read the entire agenda if you wish.

The meeting starts at 3:30 p.m. with a routine business item known as the Public Facilities Corp (PFC), which is where the City Council sits as the Board of Directors of the PFC, and basically reviews and approves the financial statements for the PFC for the year. The PFC itself is the body that formally would have approved various debt issuances, such as the 2010 Civic Center COPs. Obviously, no debt is planned at this meeting, but the financial statements must be reviewed annually.

Study Session

Then at about 3:45 p.m., we get back to business with some Study Session items. The ones that will generate the most discussion are the Newport Heights traffic study and our “ask” for Council direction on Bird Scooters and other shared-use mobility devices (“Lime” Bikes would be another thing like this). Shared-use devices are bookable by app, and are often one-way trips – like borrowing a bike or scooter from Point A to Point B, leaving it at Point B to shop or dine or whatever, and then finding another one to take you from Point B back to Point A. It’s likely that the device you pick up at Point B is not the one you left there, as someone else may have already taken it to Point C. Anyway, the mild concern that we have is that these can be left in a manner that blocks sidewalks or street corners and can also be ridden unsafely. Oftentimes the company offering the rentals typically won’t have a permit to operate on the public right of way. At Study Session, we’ll ask the Council what it would like to do into the future regarding this new trend.

Let me get back to the Newport Heights school-related traffic study now. It’s worth a read here. The recommendations include additional crossing guards, improved crosswalks, changes to the configuration of the Newport Heights Elementary access and egress plan, and more. Part of the “more” is using Clay Street as an enhanced way to bike to and from school (including Ensign and NH El). This would involve new on-street parking limits on Clay on school days during certain hours (it would vary by direction). If you live in Newport Heights, please read the study whether you have kids or not. At the evening Session, we will ask Council to formalize any direction they might have for us as to implement the study’s recommendations. Interested folks should definitely consider attending or watching the afternoon session though.   

Evening Session

During the evening session, a number of interesting things are up, including (potentially) both of the items discussed at Study Session. Remember that we don’t usually seek formal direction in the afternoon, so that’s why formal direction on the same two items is asked for at night. Other items are:

Some more big (and small) projects are all done. You know the Park Avenue Bridge is done (many moons ago), but so is the new Newport Elementary field (yay) and some improvements to Peninsula Point Park. Our good staff in Public Works has worked hard to get these and all projects completed, and you can imagine how tough it can be to squeeze them out between summer crowds, Christmas, Spring Break, school seasons, and more. This agenda includes the formal Notices of Completion on these projects. Well done, Public Works.

The effort to dredge the remainder of the Grand Canal (about 2/3 of the distance still needs to be dredged) ran into a hiccup, as the pricing was too high and well above our estimates. We will ask Council to reject all bids for this important project, and we’ll re-look at some of the constraints we put on it. Residents’ patience is appreciated there as we try again here. 

Thanks to our long-time partnership with NMUSD, we will expand our PD presence at the middle and high schools, as we add one new police position to help improve school safety. The City Council approved this position in the budget adopted for July 1, 2018. So, we’ll go from one to two officers whose assignment includes the public middle and high schools.

In 2013, the City Council agreed to help the Crystal Cove Alliance with a small amount of revenue that could be pledged to help this nonprofit group restore cottages at Crystal Cove State Park. Seventeen cottages remain to be historically restored, and the cost is pretty huge ($35M, including infrastructure). The agreement ended this year, and the now-Conservancy has asked that we consider upping the dollar amount to $50K per year (from $20K per year) for another five years. This $250K pledge would assist the Conservancy in securing construction loans for the restoration. Overall, the more cottages that are restored, the more hotel bed tax is generated from the Project to the City. And we all get more really fun places to stay near the coast.   

Our good Friends of the Newport Beach Public Library have come through yet again in $1 and $2 increments to provide $175,000 in support for library materials and programming. Thanks, Friends. 

Under Current Business, the aforementioned Newport Heights Traffic Study and Shared-Use Mobility Devices comes back near the end of the meeting for any formal direction by the Council.

Lastly, the Council has an item on there for the appointment of a new City Manager. As I write this, I understand that this agenda item is likely to happen, implying that discussions with the top candidate have been successful. Phew. My term here ends on August 31, 2018, so it looks like the baton will be passed successfully from me to this person without my bobbling it. 

Some Notes:

We’re coming up on our second-to-last Concert on the Green for the summer, as sponsored by the City Arts Commission. It’s Sunday, Aug. 12 starting at 6 p.m., and will be the well-loved local folks known as the Tijuana Dogs. Do I have to warn some of you not to imbibe and make a scene atop the parking structure? I’m sure I don’t.

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Deputy Public Works Director Mark Vukojevic as the new Director of our Utilities Department. Many of you know Mark via the complex projects he handles for Public Works, and now you will know him as the guy overseeing our water and wastewater systems, storm drains, and oil fields. Mark competed in an open recruitment with outside candidates and did very well obviously. I am glad to have Mark in this new role and hope you almost never have to hear from him (because when a utility works well, you don’t have to think about it much). I am very thankful to the good work of Interim Director Steffen Catron, who ably has run the Department since George Murdoch retired in December.

Speaking of The R-Word, there is some event honoring some guy who’s leaving at the end of the month (in 15 workdays!). The Guide was asked to promote the event, and it does so reluctantly. It’s Thursday afternoon, August 30 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the Civic Green, and is very informal (games, popcorn, silliness). Very informal. Did I say very? I meant very. Please come by and say hello, goodbye, “don’t let the screen door hitcha on the way out,” “hey, you never responded to that email,” “please tell us one last time the difference between the Pension Normal Cost and the Unfunded Liability,” whatever.

One more thought here about the Insider’s Guide. I will write one more time as the announcement of a new City Manager is made, so I won’t say goodbye yet. But I did tell the staff here that I think it might be perfectly appropriate for the new City Manager to create something (or nothing) different from this email. As a brief historical note, I started the Guide probably 8 years ago when news coverage of local government (and the City) was a bit dicey. It was often well-intentioned, but key things were missed that I felt residents needed to know about. So, we built an email list of nearly all of the city’s HOA contacts, the local press, and anyone else who wanted on the list – it wasn’t exclusive, but it was to provide an insider’s look at City Hall. My wish at the time was to make sure that our residents knew what was on the Council agenda, how it might affect their neighborhood, and to try to eliminate surprises. I could see retiring this Guide along with me.

Coverage of local government by local sources is better now (I am very thankful for that), and maybe the need is different. Regardless, I think this is something that the new person should decide (it can be a bit time intensive to write, especially when one is verbose. Which I am not. Not at all).

Thanks again for reading this and for your good feedback on many City issues.

Sincerely,

Dave Kiff

City Manager

City of Newport Beach

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There is still time to Free Your Inner Farmer – OC Fair ends August 12

Summer is whizzing by, but there’s still time to enjoy the 128th annual OC Fair before it ends this Sunday. Fairgoers won’t want to miss out on the annual favorites and new features rolling in for the final week of the 2018 Fair.

This Saturday and Sunday, iBUYPOWER GameFest contestants will compete in a variety of digital challenges for a chance to be the ultimate gamer and win thousands of dollars in giveaways and the coveted grand prize – a custom gaming room. Guests will have the chance to try new gaming technology for free between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Exclusively at the 2018 OC Fair, iBUYPOWER GameFest is one of the nation’s largest digital carnivals for all ages. Enjoy the latest in video gaming technology, featuring virtual reality and PC gaming experiences for all to enjoy. Come and meet your favorite eSports pros, streamers, developers and grab a selfie. The iBUYPOWER GameFest competition takes place at The Hangar at 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on site or online at Ticketmaster. The tickets include entrance into the competition and access to exclusive gaming opportunities. Entry prior to 6 p.m. is free for fairgoers.

There is still time Turkey Stampede 8.10

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The Wild Turkey Stampede keeps audiences thrilled

Here are 10 more don’t-miss OC Fair favorites to enjoy:

The Oasis Camel Dairy is back and there are even more opportunities to watch and interact with your favorite dromedaries as you learn what makes them, and their milk, special. Visit them in the Livestock Area and catch one of the daily shows.

The Wild West Turkey Stampede’s colorful characters are wildly dashing after treat-filled trucks and cracking up audiences daily in the livestock area. It will be tough to decide which flock to root for!

The All-Alaskan Racing Pigs are winding down with a final week of shows in their own arena. Grab a shady spot early for a good view of these trotters as they race to the finish line.

The visual arts, woodworking and crafts galleries are better than a trip to a museum, lots of variety and it’s all right here at the Fair. Photography, paintings, jewelry, quilts and more are on display in air-conditioned comfort.

Eating contests in the Explorium and on the OC Promenade Stage daily for kids and adults bring out that old-fashioned competitive spirit and are deliciously hilarious.

Kids Can Cook demos at Centennial Farm offer fun ways to get children interested in cooking, and eating healthy meals and snacks.

The Peking Acrobats amaze audiences with their feats of acrobatics, strength and balance several times daily on the Heritage Stage.

RNRX Live Band Karaoke gives up-and-coming performers the chance to take the stage and sing with a full band – you never know who will show up and what will happen.

Bands in Baja Blues offer an entertaining break that’s especially welcome on warm evenings. Bonus: Check out the Mexican line dancing at night in Hussong’s Cantina.

OC Fair deals continue with special deals today, Saturday and Sunday. Visit www.ocfair.com/deals for all the details.


Santa Catalina – 26 miles across the sea

By DUNCAN FORGEY

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Big White Steamship in Avalon

In Newport Harbor, everyone who has lived around a boat of any size, holds Santa Catalina as their own hidden paradise. A compass heading of 222 out of Newport Harbor, across one of the most traveled waterways in the country, will place you right in front of the famous town of Avalon. Most of the time, it is an easy and relaxing cruise that it makes even the most incompetent “sea captains” seem proficient. However, that is not always the case.

In August of 1959, Dr. Arthur S. Paris and his family were returning from Catalina after fishing. They were in three smaller boats with no idea as to what was coming. One of Southern California’s infamous “pineapple expresses” blasted across the San Pedro Channel with raging winds churning up the ocean. Being 3,000 feet deep in spots, the usually calm ocean can unleash a hell fury of anger from deep within the sea.

Freakish Storm in Avalon

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Freakish storm in Avalon

The Sabre, Bayonet and the Lilly Belle all struggled to make it home. With the aid of the Coast Guard, two made it, but one was lost. Dr. Arthur S. Paris and his 11-year-old son, Arthur S. Paris II were aboard. After a long search by the Coast Guard, only the father was found.

The classmates of the family at Newport Elementary School were devasted by the news. Not only did we know the kids and the family, but for many of the youngsters, this was the first unexpected death we had experienced and the tragedy sunk our hearts.

The San Pedro Channel was first used by the Shoshone tribes of Southern California. They pushed through four-foot swells in their flat-bottomed boats carved out of transient redwood trees brought south by strong winter storms. These ancestors of the Pemunga Indians discovered the isolated island on the horizon where the fish were so plentiful that food was never an issue.

This craggy rock island, born from the chaos of Pacific’s “Ring of Fire,” was enjoyed exclusively by the Native American Indians until Spanish explorer Juan Cabrillo discovered it and California in 1547. But it was Sebastian Viscaino who became the first European to anchor in what is now Avalon Bay. Viscaino named the 20-mile-long island “Santa Catalina” in 1602.

During the following centuries, pirates, fur traders, miners and later bootleggers and drug runners utilized the island. This odd assortment of adventurers and scallywags found a safe haven on Catalina. The Native Americans soon disappeared due to disease and an invasion of Russian-backed otter hunters, who brutalized locals while hunting for the fur of sea otters.

The Island’s modern history started in 1846 when the governor of Mexico granted the Island to Thomas Robbins. In 1887, George Shatto bought the island, still in its natural state, for $200,000. Shatto, an entrepreneur and businessman, saw great potential in creating an island paradise. Shatto’s sister-in-law came up with the name Avalon, in reference to Tennyson’s epic poem, “Idylls of the King.” Avalon, a Celtic word, means island of apples, symbolizing Eden, and a paradise of rest and contentment.

With the construction of Hotel Metropole, Shatto intended on turning Avalon Harbor into an offshore resort, feeding from the growing population of Southern California. In order to secure tourists, he leased a steamship from the Banning family of Los Angeles to ferry guests from the mainland. Lots sold for $150 and up.

William Wrigley Jr

William Wrigley Jr.

As with many real estate developments of that time, Avalon was not profitable and Shatto was forced to sell. His buyer was the Wrigley Family, famous for soaps and chewing gum. In 1919, the transaction was completed and the family put in place guarantees that the island would remain in a natural state. Avalon was allowed to grow, but with great restrictions. The Wrigley mansion was built in 1921 and the famous casino in 1929. A golf course designed by famous golfer Bobby Jones was created, plus the Chicago Cubs used the island for spring training purposes, attracting more people to the resort.

Throughout the early and mid 20th century, Catalina was a magnet for celebrities. Some notables were Charlie Chaplin and his brother Syd, who ran a delivery service to the island. Hollywood notables like Johnny Weissmuller, Laurel and Hardy, David Niven, Bing Crosby, John Barrymore, James Cagney, Marilyn Monroe and the fatal death of Natalie Wood highlighted celebrity news on the island.

General George Patton Jr. spent much of his boyhood on Catalina. Zane Grey, author of western novels, lived high atop Avalon Harbor. Winston Churchill, Calvin Coolidge, Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon all enjoyed time in Avalon during the peak of their political careers.

Avalon Casino

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Avalon Casino

The Avalon Casino, built on a rocky reef known as Little Sugarloaf, had a capacity for 2,500 people. Large crowds came to see the musical talents of Curt Houck and his Orchestra, Bob Crosby, Benny Goodman, Johnny Mercer, Danny Kaye, and Spike Jones and his City Slickers plus many more. More than 31 songs have been written about the island with the most popular being written by Bruce Belland and Glenn Larson and sung by The Four Preps.    


Twenty-six miles across the sea
Santa Catalina is a-waitin’ for me,
Santa Catalina, the island of romance, 
romance, romance, romance…

Living on Catalina has always been a bit schizophrenic. Winter residents lived a hermit-like existence with few visitors, cooler weather and brilliant sunrises. With the coming of the warmer months, tourists come to Catalina like seagulls to food scraps. In the summer months, Avalon become alive with private yachts, day visitors and large groups from tour ships. The streets bustle with tourists, and the food and drink abound. Everything from fine wines to filet mignon and cold beer to buffalo burgers are available. Visitors enjoy activities ranging from skin diving, sailing and waterskiing to golf, hiking and trips to the interior for its wildlife and natural settings. Hundreds of day sailors and infrequent fishermen end up in the Marlin Club and Luau Larry’s for multiple rounds of strong libations. There is a lively and celebratory attitude on the island during peak season.

White’s, Moonstone, Fourth of July, Lover’s, Paradise and Ripper’s are all individual coves with personal histories that go back many generations. Each one is isolated and loaded with childhood adventures by families, yacht clubs, schools and scouting organizations. Youngsters dream of many things once they depart from the mainland and converge on this magical island.

Paddling Contest

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Paddling contest, 1943

Avalon is one of those places where old timers wish they would have bought “one of those little beach houses way back when.” Dictated by rising values and an overpopulated mainland, Avalon is both a benefactor and a victim of the millions upon millions of people living a mere 25 miles to the east. That is the same distance from Newport to San Juan Capistrano, so it’s not hard to imagine what Catalina Island would look like if there was a freeway from San Pedro to Avalon. 

So, the next time there is an opportunity to go to Catalina, don’t say no. Don’t miss a visit to our very own Menorca, Rhodes or Santorini isles of the Mediterranean. Catalina is an island paradise only a few hours away. As you walk the beaches, streets and hillsides, be aware that within every nook and cranny there’s a colorful history of natives, explorers, smugglers and bad guys, alongside the finest sailors, fishermen, actors, crooners, creators and politicians. So, set your compass to 222 and head off to a spiritual place alive with special memories.    

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Duncan Forgey, a life-long resident of Newport Beach, now makes his home in Hawaii. He is a monthly contributor to StuNewsNewport.


Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa fills backpacks

Rotary Club of Newport Balboa backpacks

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Members of the Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa rolled up their sleeves to fill 312 backpacks for Orange County students: 100 were delivered to the Boys and Girls Club in Santa Ana on August 7; the remaining 212 will be brought to Rea and Wilson elementary schools later this month.

Rotary Club of Newport Balboa supplies

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The group gathered at Pete and Helen Maxwell’s house, who acquired the supplies including pencils and sharpeners, notebooks, healthy snacks and more. Volunteers were treated to a homemade chili dinner.

Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa meets Thursdays from 5:45 - 7:45 p.m. at Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, located at 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar.

For more information, visit www.newportbeachrotary.com.


Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale kicks off season

The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale kicks off the Philharmonic Society’s 2018-19 season on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

This opening night features the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale performing an all-Mozart program, including the Litaniae Lauretanae, the joyful concert aria Exsultate, Jubilate and the Coronation Mass.

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra conductor

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Conductor Nicholas McGegan

Conductor Nicholas McGegan is recognized for his probing and revelatory explorations of music of all periods. This season, McGegan enters into his 33rd year as music director of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale.

Tickets start at $38 and will be available September 4 at 10 a.m. at www.philharmonicsociety.org

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit www.scfta.org.


John Wayne Airport celebrates Laguna Art Museum

Turning 100 is quite an accomplishment, and the Laguna Art Museum is sharing their yearlong celebration with guests at John Wayne Airport.

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After 100 years, the Laguna Art Museum shares their celebration with John Wayne Airport

Guests strolling past the Orange County Destination Art and Culture exhibit located in the pedestrian walkway connecting Terminals B and C (pre-security) will have the opportunity to experience a visual history lesson about the Laguna Art Museum.

The “Laguna Art Museum Turns 100 – An Artistic Legacy in Orange County” exhibit is a succinct portrait outlining the Museum’s rich history that began in 1918 and includes reflections of the past 10 decades. The exhibit will be on display now through December 2018.

The Laguna Art Museum grew out of the Laguna Beach Art Association located in a board-and-batten cottage with a successful fundraising drive led by early Laguna Beach painter Anna Hills. In 1929, the Art Association opened the custom-built Laguna Beach Art Gallery, designed by the well-known Los Angeles architect Myron Hunt.

The cost to join the Laguna Beach Art Association in the 1940s was $1 a year for an Associate Membership, $5 a year for a Sustaining Membership or $100 for a Lifetime Membership. In 1972, the name changed to Laguna Beach Museum of Art. In 1986, the current name, Laguna Art Museum, was adopted to coincide with the new building expansion.

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Annual Laguna Art Museum membership dues in the 1940s were $1 - $5

Over the years, the museum has broadened its scope and kept pace with contemporary best practices. There is truly something for everyone at Laguna Art Museum, which specializes in California art. To learn more about celebrations, special events, exceptional exhibitions and family festivals for the museum’s centennial festivities, go to www.lagunaartmuseum.org.

Whether or not you are able to attend any of the planned activities, make it a point to visit John Wayne Airport to experience this local history exhibit.

To learn more about JWA’s Art Programs, visit www.ocair.com/terminal/artexhibits.


The Inside Edge features notable author, entrepreneur

The Inside the Edge is featuring author Kathy Gardarian at their monthly meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at the Pacific Club. The event takes place from 7 - 8:45 a.m.

Gardarian is the founder and CEO of Qualis International Inc., a multimillion-dollar sales and distribution company. She has nurtured a lifelong passion for spirituality even as she has climbed the corporate ladder of achievement. She started her company after being told by business executives that women can’t run a company. She is the author of Feet to the Fire: Finding My Soul in Success.

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Kathy Gardarian is the featured speaker at The Inside Edge monthly meeting

She will be sharing her story of love for spirituality and business and how to make those strange bedfellows compatible and productive lifelong mates, and provide clear and concise lessons, providing a powerful and soul-satisfying guide to a life of happiness and ease, starting now.

“I wanted to show them that women can run a company,” Gardarian said. A fateful trip to a hardware store got her waters running. The problem was a broken hose nozzle, the store was the then-fledgling Home Depot. The store became her first customer, the rest is history.

Since then, Gardarian has often been the first female voice on the boards of many up and coming as well as long-established businesses and prestigious organizations, namely Van’s Inc., Chapman University, the World Business Academy and the Gorbachov State of the World Forum, and the Woman’s Leadership Board at Harvard’s JFK School.

“The balance of feminine energy is so needed right now and courageous women can use their genius and passion to transform businesses into powerful centers of value for the common good,” said Gardarian, who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Gardarian resides in Newport Coast.

The cost of the event is $35 for first-time guests; $45 for returning guests.

The Pacific Club is located at 4110 MacArthur Blvd. Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.insideedge.org.


Enjoy the outdoors with ENC’s Science Nature Camps

Story and photos by CONRAD KRUEGER

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The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) of Newport Beach is one of the premier learning centers for local children. Throughout the summer, ENC has hosted several unique programs that have provided quality science education in an outdoor setting. One of their points of emphasis is experimental learning, making way for campers to learn in numerous ways. Activities include interactive exhibits, outdoor exploration, arts and crafts and science experiments. Their main goal is to create a structured and fun environment for the children to enjoy their summer, but learn along the way.

Every week, ENC focuses on a new topic of interest as a part of their Nature Adventure Camp program. In past sessions, the focus has been on “Incredible Insects!,” “Oceans Around Us,” and “Mad Science.” They have all been great successes, just like this week’s “We Love National Parks” program. 

To start this week, the campers learned about important trees such as the redwoods, sequoias, and Joshua tree. Afterwards, they were led through different activities related to our National Parks. Some of them included tasting different plants and leaves, crafting God’s eyes, and trekking around the grounds. Each day had a new central focus, exposing the campers to a wide array of facts and fun. 

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Camps run four days a week, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. with an option for early pick up at 1 p.m. Full Day Nature Camp runs at $265 for each week, while Half Day Camp is $180. This year’s Summer Nature Camp is for kids entering Kindergarten through 3rd grade in the fall.

For more information, call 949.645.8489 or visit www.encenter.org.

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


Cos Bar Newport celebrates 42 years

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Cos Bar Newport is holding their annual birthday part on Saturday, Aug. 25. This year marks their 42nd year in business and will be celebrated by an all-day party.

The event will feature complimentary services from Tom Ford and Chantecaille. Light bites and cocktails will be available from Bacoo Rum as well as cocktails and supplements supplied by HUM Nutrition.

For more information, visit www.cosbar.com or call 949.424.6572.

Cos Bar Newport is located in Lido Marina Village at 3422 Via Lido, Newport Beach.


Speak Up Newport presents $8,000 in annual Scholarship Awards

The Speak Up Newport Board of Directors presented $8,000 in scholarships to four local high school students at their July 11 program. The Speak Up Newport Foundation Scholarship Awards, previously known as the Dorothy Hardcastle Scholarship Awards, are awarded annually to graduating seniors at Corona del Mar High School and Newport Harbor High School, as recognition for their contributions to their community. 

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(L-R) Student Scholarship Award winners: Kevin Castaneda, Julia Gregory, Annika Bassey and Ryan Murphy

The 2018 scholarship recipients from Corona del Mar High School are Annika Bassey and Ryan Murphy.

Annika Bassey was a volunteer with the School on Wheels Organization, a nonprofit founded on the importance of education to homeless students. She worked with a third-grade student from Santa Ana, to help her catch up to her peers and get the most of her education. Bassey will be attending Harvard in the fall, where her focus will be in the sciences.

Ryan Murphy was a volunteer in the Junior Auxiliary Program at Hoag Hospital Newport Beach. For his volunteering efforts within the community, he earned the Hoag “Super Striper” award. Through this program, he was able to experience first-hand the importance of caring for others. Murphy will be attending Loyola Marymount University in the fall, with a major in biology premed.

This year’s scholarship recipients from Newport Harbor High School are Kevin Castaneda and Julia Gregory.  

Kevin Castaneda contributed more than 100 hours of community service at the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen. As a result of his many volunteer hours at the Soup Kitchen, he wants to create an organization which will provide services for those people who need a second chance on life – safe places around the world where one can come to receive the support, help and care they need to better their lives. Castaneda will be attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he will be majoring in business.

Julia Gregory loves working with children and has spent eight summers volunteering at St. Joachim Church Vacation Bible School. She had to learn to keep a proper schedule, maintain order, ensure safety and lead lesson discussions, all while handling a spirited group of first graders. Gregory has also been a junior clinic instructor at Costa Mesa Golf Course, where she combines two of her passions – golf and working with children. She will be attending USC as a communications major.

Speak Up Newport (SUN) is a nonprofit, non-partisan citizens group organized to promote the common good and general welfare of the Newport Beach community. Founded in 1979, it meets monthly, presenting a public forum to hear topics of interest to the local community. It produces the annual Mayor’s Dinner each February, featuring the Mayor’s annual State of the City address. Membership in the organization is open to the public; dues are $25 per year. For more information, visit www.speakupnewport.com.