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Where your playground extends to the sand

We gave you the cupola and the weathervane…we even threw in unique location. Well, I’m sure if you attended school there, you’d never forget it: the school on the sand, Newport Elementary. Harbor Commissioner Paul Blank was first in with a correct guess and congrats to Alison Ryffel and Patti Phillips, who also got it right!

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

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

Stump the Stu 6.19.17

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Police Files

Four arrested Monday…one has large capacity weapon magazine

Four individuals were arrested early Monday morning, June 19, for a variety of charges including the possession of a large capacity magazine that was illegally manufactured for a weapon and a variety of possession of controlled substance charges.

Ryan Barrett Conlon, 30, from Torrance, was charged with a large capacity magazine, in addition to identity theft charges. Bail was set at $20,000.

Christina Louise Gonzalez, 26, from La Habra, was also arrested. She was charged with possession of narcotics and unlawful paraphernalia. Her bail was set at $10,000.

Wesley James Davis, 32, of Arcadia, and Wilisha Janee Johnson, 22, of Bakersfield, were charged with possession of a controlled substance, unlawful paraphernalia and false identification.

Davis’ bail was set at $2,500 and Johnson’s was $500.

The group was picked up just before 3 a.m.

Be careful Newport Beach…DUI checkpoint tonight

The Newport Beach Police Department Traffic Division will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on tonight, Thursday, June 22, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8 p.m. and 2 a.m.

In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-related impaired driving crashes. The Newport Beach Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a warning about driving or operating machinery on the label, you might be impaired enough to be arrested for DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing (especially when used in combination with alcohol or other drugs) and can result in a DUI arrest.

In California, alcohol-involved collisions led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. “Over the course of the past three years, the NBPD has investigated 210 DUI collisions which have claimed three lives and resulted in 304 injuries to our friends and neighbors,” said Sgt. Michael Schiavi.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing, delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. 

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. 

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

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

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime reports


You must reminder this: Perception is everything

By NANCY GARDNER

I have always been surprised at how many people, particularly those in public life, seem so unaware of the importance of perception. I learned at an early age.

My father was friends with Alex Oser. Alex was an interesting fellow. He looked and sounded like Akim Tamiroff, for you old movie fans. He had managed to get to this country, as a young man, legally or not I don’t know, and spent a period sleeping on park benches and foraging in garbage cans to survive. At some point in some way he acquired some money, and did with it a very clever thing. It was right after WWII, and all the warplanes had been mothballed. There were sitting out in the desert costing the government money as they slowly corroded, and then, as if in answer to a prayer, in comes this guy who offers to take all these white elephants off the government’s hands.

The government reps took one look at Alex’s shambling manner, his broken English (which became more broken when he was doing a deal) and knew they had a real sucker. Not wanting to let him off the hook, they sped the deal through, and in almost no time Alex had acquired a bunch of obsolete aircraft. What he knew, and what the government had apparently overlooked, was that all those airplanes were assembled with platinum rivets. He salvaged the rivets, sold them, and made a fortune. He moved to Lido Isle where he had two houses next to each other, one for him and his wife Esther, and one for Sparky, his aide-de-camp, and he spent most of his time either fishing off his boat or doing philanthropic works.

Now to the perception. Alex loved to give presents, and one Christmas he outdid himself, giving my mother a mink stole (long before PETA and the anti-fur movement).  Shortly thereafter, my parents went to a party, Mother wearing her mink which she explained was a gift from a friend. Someone looked at the mink and said, “Spreckels trying to buy some influence?” At that time my father was handling the Spreckels divorce. Adolph Spreckels was heir to the sugar company, and he and his fifth wife were divorcing. This was before no-fault, so there were all sorts of allegations, and because of the Spreckels name the case got coverage in the papers, hence the comment. It was a joke, my father laughed – and the next day he returned the stole to Alex. It took some persuading, but he was finally able to make Alex see that the gift could lead to the wrong perception. No such luck with my mother. He could take his “perception” and… End result – she did get a mink stole, this one from my father. The lesson has stayed with me. No, not the one about how to get a mink stole. The one about perception. It matters, even if it’s not true. If you’re in public office, and people’s perception is that you’re not listening, for example, even if you know you are you have a problem which you better address.

As for the outcome of the trial, my father actually sentenced Spreckels to jail time. One might suspect there was an element of revenge, seeing that the man had inadvertently caused the judge a large and unanticipated expenditure, but actually there had been testimony about spousal abuse. As my father stated from the bench, Kay Spreckels “may have had dollar marks in her eyes when she married you, but I cannot condone the fact that you, a six-footer and a heavy-set man, gave a five-foot woman a beating.”  Spreckels was soon out and into his sixth marriage to a woman half his age while his ex went on to marry Clark Gable (only her fourth).

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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.


NMUSD to begin implementation of new logo

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As Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) celebrated its 50th Anniversary in the 2016/17 school year, it was an opportune time to consider re-designing the district logo. The new logo has been adopted and will be phased in starting in July.

In recent years, multiple versions of the previous NMUSD logo existed and were used interchangeably. The new logo was adopted in an effort to create consistent branding and to more accurately represent a unified district, inclusive of its various communities.

The new logo was designed based on input from a logo re-design committee, which included students, certificated and classified staff, administrators, community members and board member representatives. The logo is reflective of the district’s values of collaboration, unity and forward thinking/forward movement, as described by the logo re-design committee. 

“I appreciate and commend the committee for their vision that resulted in a modern and bold reflection of our forward-thinking district,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro. “We have strong ties to our community and our new logo reflects our unified approach to education,” he said.  

The logo is professional, modern, unique and visually appealing. It includes multicolored triangular shapes moving upward. The colors are representative of the district’s four school zones and the triangular shapes can be seen as arrows, fish, birds, or other items meant to symbolize individuals working together toward a common goal. Teachers may see the logo as them guiding students, principals may see it as a collaborative approach to working with students, staff and local communities, community members may see it as having an active role within the schools, students may see it as diverse student populations working together toward a common goal. As with all art, it is subjective and story of the NMUSD logo will be as unique as the person interpreting it. 

The NMUSD logo is timeless, yet current. While other school district logos contain dated imagery, such as apples, books, and pencils – all appropriate representations of education for their time, NMUSD’s logo is something that will work well into the future, without relying on period specific imagery that can become quickly outdated in the rapidly changing world of education. 

The new logo will slowly replace the district’s current logo of an oval containing a sailboat on one side of a curved line and two people holding hands on the other side. In an effort to be fiscally responsible the new logo will be phased in through a cost effective approach. The plan is to implement the new logo on all digital items and other no-cost items first and replace the logo on other items as current stock is depleted or the during the typical re-order cycle. Although, this will result in a few years with both logos, the district’s obligation to be fiscally responsible outweighs the need to fully implement the new logo at one time.

As the District’s 50th anniversary celebration concludes, they close one chapter in the Newport-Mesa history and look forward to the next chapter of excellence in education.


NBPD to focus on motorcycle safety Saturday

As part of our grant-funded Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention (STEP) activities, the Newport Beach Police Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Saturday, June 24.

Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas that are frequented by motorcyclists and where recent traffic collisions have occurred, in an effort to reduce injuries. Education and enforcement will be targeted at drivers and motorcycle riders alike. The officers will be focused on specific offenses including driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, driving on a suspended or revoked license, violations of motorcycle license endorsement, and any other dangerous activities.

Motorcycle fatalities have risen dramatically in California, showing a 28% increase over the decade low of 352 in 2010. In 2013, 453 motorcyclists lost their lives, marking the highest number of deaths in the previous five years. California collision data shows that the primary causes of motorcycle-involved collisions include speeding, unsafe turning, and driver/rider impairment due to drugs or alcohol.

During the past two years in the City of Newport Beach, 66 persons were injured in traffic collisions involving motorcycles, but none of these collisions involved a fatality. The Police Department remains dedicated to preventing traffic-related deaths and injuries. 

Funding for these Safety Operations is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic and Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Letters to the Editor:

Peotter has some explaining to do 

As citizens have reviewed and examined the record of Councilmember Scott Peotter, several distributing questions have arisen. Scott Peotter owes the community answers to these questions.

In 2015, Peotter reported $10,000-$100,000 income from Capitol Ministries, a religious organization whose web site indicates “ministers… must be capable of raising funds for their ministries”… Did Peotter solicit donations from undisclosed parties to support his living expenses? If so, from whom and how much did they provide for Peotter’s personal expenses?

During his four years on the Planning Commission, Peotter reported no income, including, spousal income, investments, investment income or gifts. Yet, during this time frame, he qualified for, and received, two loans, one for $7 million and one for $13 million that repaid the first loan. Shortly thereafter, Peotter defaulted on the second loan. How was Peotter able to qualify for a loan of this size while on the Planning Commission, with no reportable income?

In 2015 and 2016, Peotter reported an ownership interest in 14972 Culver Drive, Irvine. A search on Google maps shows that there is no such address. Why did he report a false address for his Irvine property?

Despite allegedly being the President of Aslan Companies in Irvine since 1992, why does Peotter not have a valid Irvine Business License?

In an April 13, 2015 email to the city manager, Peotter raised questions as to the status of the city tow contract, and specifically Southside Towing, a firm not under contract to the city. On January 26, 2016, Peotter made a substitute motion that overturned the recommendation of the Newport Beach Police Department and awarded a lucrative police towing contract to Southside. Southside is represented by Steve Baric, Peotter’s campaign lawyer and a donor to Independent Expenditure Committees linked to Team Newport. What is Peotter’s relationship to Southside Towing?

In July of 2014, Peotter was cited by the City Clerk for accepting contributions in excess of the legal limit from persons associated with Woody’s Wharf restaurant. Why did Peotter then schedule a September 2014 fundraiser at Woody’s and fail to report the expenses associated with that fundraiser until cited by a resident in 2015? Peotter was later the deciding vote in reversing a prior decision on Woody’s Wharf and settling litigation on terms highly favorable to Woody’s.  

When it was clear that the public rejected Museum House, why did Peotter refuse to rescind the approvals of the project and why did he oppose efforts to require his campaign manager Dave Ellis to disclose his relationship with the project developer?

Peotter should provide clear and complete answers to the public or he should resign.

Kristin M. Cano

Newport Beach

 

The Recall of Scott Peotter is necessary and is a worthy effort

WHY? His record speaks for itself. Consider this:

I. His business, Aslan Companies is functioning without a business license in the city of Irvine. 

II. Scott Peotter, president of Aslan Companies is subject to a $13 Million court judgement and makes $1,667 monthly restitution payments.

III. A recent complaint to the Fair Political Practices Commission shows he submitted a false address for property in Irvine, failed to report ANY economic interests during four years on the planning commission and has been raising private, undisclosed cash donations for living expenses.

IV. He is currently under investigation by the FPPC for violating campaign contributions limits.

V. He recommended the city take funds designated for pension cost reduction and instead 

speculate in the stock market.

VI. He recommended a refinancing of city hall debt; City’s financial advisors said this would cost $20 million more!

VII. He violated the Brown Act and was forced to read a public apology (his actions could have exposed the city to liability).

VIII. He changed the rules so that a man later convicted of embezzlement was appointed to oversee city finances. 

Peotter has demonstrated time and again that State laws don’t apply to him and he does not grasp or understand City issues. He supports high density and high-rise development, stating there should be high rises on Lido Island. He voted twice for the Museum House tower condominium project, among other development. Thanks Scott, for that 3,760-page petition.

If this recall is delayed until the 2018 election, Scott Peotter will be involved in two additional budget cycles and a revision of our General Plan. This will give him the opportunity to cause the city irreparable harm with his careless decisions. 

The number of bad decisions he makes - in his personal life and professional life - clearly demonstrate that he is ill informed and lacks judgement; he does not uphold the city goals and directions.  

He does not understand and is not guided by what is in the best interest of our community.

Do you really want a man of his caliber making important, long lasting city decisions for you and your community? 

Go to recallscottpeotter.com to sign the petition.

Marilyn Brewer, California State Assembly (retired)

Newport Beach


Have waffles with waffle the tortoise

Waffles

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The Environmental Nature Center is sharing a special Reading in the Redwoods on June 25 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

The day’s activities include:

9:30 - 10 a.m. Meet ENC’s “hares” (rabbits) and their new Desert Tortoise “Waffle”, and enjoy “Waffles with Waffle”! They’ll be serving up waffles with toppings, coffee and juice.

10 a.m. - Join in a “Tree Hug Hike” out to the Redwood Forest with Valerie Bain. Valerie will read the Tortoise & Hare 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 book! Parents remain with children at all times. All ages welcome. Bring your own blanket or towel.

Costs:

$5 per child, pre-registered member
$7 per child, pre-registered non-member
$10 per child, unregistered walk-in

No charge for adults.

Anyone interested, can register at www.encenter.org.

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


Symphony to perform at Civic Center in July

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Pacific Symphony, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, will perform on Sunday, July 16 at the Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive, as part of the “Symphony in the Cities” series.

The evening will begin with the Symphony’s “Musical Playground” starting at 5:30 p.m. which features many interactive and hands-on activities for children, including instrument making, a drum circle, an instrument petting zoo, and an opportunity to meet the musicians. Kids will have the chance to learn how to conduct with Maestro Carl St.Clair and later help lead the orchestra during the concert. 

The concert, featuring Pacific Symphony playing popular classics, pop music and patriotic tunes, will begin at 7 p.m. and end promptly at 8:30 p.m. Classical KUSC’s radio host Rich Capparela will serve as the emcee, and the audience is invited to participate in a sing-along of patriotic favorites.

Admission to the concert is free and free parking is available in the Civic Center parking structure. 

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner or purchase food and refreshments from food trucks that will be on site. Attendees should also bring low-slung beach chairs and blankets for the outdoor event. No alcohol. 

For more information about concert sponsorship or cultural arts programs in the City of Newport Beach please go to the City’s Cultural Arts webpage at www.newportbeachca.gov/CulturalArts or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Harper makes my day, OC Fair on the way

TomJohnson

So enjoyed having Assemblyman Matthew Harper (74th District) on my Sunday KOCI radio program last week. We talked about everything leading up to his first state run and then we discussed Sacramento and Washington.

The Gas Tax issue came up. I told him of an experience I had on Saturday. Driving west from Phoenix back to Orange County. I normally stop at the last Arizona gas station to get cheap prices. Saturday, the price per gallon was $2.25. Pretty cheap.

But I was hungry and decided to forgo that station, crossed into California, and stopped two exits up. Literally, just a couple of miles.

As I got ready to pump, it dawned on me the price was a buck more at $3.25. Oh, and I was filling up a U-Haul truck. Thirty wasted dollars later my tank was full.

It was really a reminder of how out-of-control California is.

Harper did tell me he thinks over time that Sacramento can come back from total Democratic control, but it just won’t be tomorrow.

Even though I’ve known Matt for a while, I must say I was impressed with his thoughts and candor.

He’ll definitely be back.

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Okay, so it’s Costa Mesa, but the Orange County Fair is too big to pass up. Besides, it’s the County Fair, of which Newport Beach is a part. 

The dates run from July 14 through August 13. The theme this year is Farm Fresh Fun.

This is great because it’s certain to highlight The Farm animals (particularly the pigs and little piglets) and their unbelievable vegetable gardens. Both are always at the top of my must-see list.

Orange County Fair & Event Center General Manager Kathy Kramer is also promising some great entertainment. At the Pacific Amp, Kenny Loggins and the B-52s will each separately perform with the Pacific Symphony.

If that doesn’t do it for you, check out comedian Gabriel Iglesias or Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kenny Rogers, Huey Lewis and the News, The Band Perry or even Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald.

You can check out everything happening at OCFair.com.

As always, it’s going to be good.

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I’m excited to check out the new Chamber of Commerce digs for Newport Beach tonight (Thursday, June 22) at their open house. They moved recently to new space at 4343 Von Karman Ave., Ste. 150-W.

The event runs from 4:30 - 6 p.m. Chamber President & CEO Steve Rosansky is featuring great tastes, beer and wine from the Island Hotel Newport Coastal Catering.

No reservations are needed to attend and it’s all free. Hope to see you there.


Peninsula trolley kicked off service on Saturday, June 17

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The City of Newport Beach is offering a free transportation option on the Balboa Peninsula during busy summer weekends. Service began on Saturday, June 17 to help visitors and locals to easily travel along and explore the Peninsula. 

The trolley is scheduled to operate each Saturday and Sunday through September 3, 2017. It will also be in service on the Fourth of July holiday. The hours of operation are from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. 

With 18 designated stops along the route, trolley users will be able to comfortably explore the Peninsula and its wide range of retail and dining opportunities, or spend the day at the beach without having to worry about finding parking.

“During the summer, the Peninsula often becomes a challenge for those seeking parking to visit the beach or many of our wonderful restaurants and businesses,” Newport Beach City Council member Diane Dixon said. “The trolley allows our residents and visitors an opportunity to move around the Peninsula without having to worry about finding a place to park or losing their parking place. This service has been envisioned for many years and I am ecstatic we finally found a way to make it happen.”

Free parking is available for trolley users in the lower Hoag Hospital parking lot at Hoag Drive and Coast Highway (enter from Coast Highway and turn left into the Sunset Lot). A trolley is scheduled to pick up users at every stop in 15-minute intervals, depending on conditions. Users are invited to climb aboard or exit the trolley at any of the stops along the way to and from the Balboa Pier and Fun Zone area. For those planning a day at the beach, the trolley can accommodate bicycles, surfboards under six-feet long and beach gear. 

Users can obtain real-time locations of the trolleys online at www.peninsulatrolley.com, or by downloading the mobile app, Ride Systems, and searching for Newport Beach from its list of agencies.

On Friday, June 16, the city celebrated the new trolley service with dignitaries, City of Newport Beach staff, representatives from Visit Newport Beach, the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Balboa Advisory Committee, as well as members of the press boarding the new trolleys and attending a ribbon cutting in front of the iconic Balboa Pavilion. Guest riders toured the Peninsula which included a trip to Newport Pier where lifeguards shared summer safety tips, Marina Park and an afternoon reception at Lido Marina Village. 

The City received funding for the trolley service through a competitive grant process from the Orange County Transportation Authority’s Measure M2 Project V-Community Based Transit Circulators. The City was awarded $685,454 in grant funding for a seven-year operating period and is required to match the funding by 12 percent. The grant program was provided for local agencies to develop transit services to meet the needs in areas not adequately served by regional transit. 

For additional information on the trolley, visit www.newportbeachca.gov/trolley.

We hope you enjoy this slideshow from Friday's trolley kick-off event!

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Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

A Look Back 6.19.17

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Balboa: Fun Zone Beach at the edge of “blue Balboa Bay”

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


Newport Beach billionaire sends low-income students to Ivy League schools

Thanks to the generosity of Newport Beach resident and billionaire, Dr. Henry T. Nicholas III (co-founder of Broadcom and Nicholas Academic Centers), 117 low-income students graduated and will attend prestigious Ivy League schools like Columbia and Harvard. These students are primarily from low-income households, 90 percent of them the first in their families to attend college. The students have gotten a boost thanks to the Nicholas Academic Centers (NAC) during its ninth annual graduation that took place on June 3, 2017 at the Anaheim Marriott.

NAC currently provides support to 660 underserved high school students to help them improve their academic performance in high school, earn acceptance to institutions of higher education following high school, attain scholarships and grants to make attending college possible, and support them through college to ensure they graduate. The largely Latino student population is besting every national, state and local school district rate for high school graduation and college or university admission.

The graduation ceremony featured a reception with entertainment such as the Santa Ana High School Mariachi Band, karaoke, strolling magicians, digital caricaturists and photo booths. Opening remarks were made by Dr. Nicholas and Retired Judge Jack K. Mandel; other speakers included NAC Executive Director Rosa Díaz and keynote speaker Ervin Meneses NAC Class of 2011, an electrical engineer who graduated from Union College in 2016 and is currently obtaining his Masters in Electrical Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. Dinner was followed by student reflections from the class of 2017.

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Dr. Henry T. Nicholas III, co-founder of Nicholas Academic Centers, addresses the audience at the ninth annual Nicholas Academic Centers’ Graduation Celebration 

 “This year’s graduating class should inspire other families striving to overcome financial and cultural barriers because they have beaten the odds and demonstrated that the pursuit of education can unlock successful futures,” said Dr. Nicholas. “We are especially proud to announce that this year’s NAC senior class earned more than $3.2 million in scholarships and grants, bringing the cumulative total of scholarships and grants, earned by NAC Scholars, to date to beyond $44 million, including $900,000 in direct annual NAC scholarships.”

To find out more about Nicholas Academic Centers, visit www.naccenters.org.


Pets of the Week Dog and Cat print

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

Lonny and Frazier

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Animal Shelter

MEET LONNY AND FRAZIER

Lonny and Frazier are brothers, 12-week-old orange tabby kittens

These two adorable brothers are just 12 weeks old. They also have three sisters looking for homes. They are very well socialized and love to give kisses. Both are fixed, microchipped and have started on their series of vaccines.

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

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

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

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


Police Files

NBPD travels to Tustin for early morning drug bust

Newport Beach Police went to the city of Tustin early Wednesday morning, June 14, to arrest Carlos Javier Salas Castelan, 30, of Tustin.

Castelan, who lists his occupation as entrepreneur, was arrested for possession of illegal narcotics with purpose of selling them. HS 11351, the charge against Castellan, is a more serious crime than simply possessing narcotics, and can result in harsh penalties and fines. 

In addition, those charged with violating this code are automatically disqualified from taking advantage of alternative sentencing programs, specifically PC 1000 and Proposition 36.

Salas was also charged with possession of marijuana for sale.

Bail was set at $100,000.

Pizza delivery man arrested for meth…wasn’t a topping! 

Dominic Christian Harrison, 27, of Newport Beach, was charged Tuesday, June 13, with possession of narcotics, possession of a controlled substance and unlawful paraphernalia.

The most serious charge was HS 11377(A), possession of methamphetamine.

Harrison was arrested in the 20100 block of Spruce Avenue.

He lists his occupation as “pizza delivery.”

Bail was set at $10,000.

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NAC Junior Rowers: another history-making performance

The Newport Aquatic Center Junior Rowing Program concluded its record-setting season with another history-making performance last weekend (June 7-9, 2017) at the USRowing Youth National Championships in Sarasota, Fla.

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NAC Junior Rowers conclude a record-setting season at Nationals

The varsity eight finished its season with another course record (5:48.3) and the title of national champions. Eight of the nine athletes were seniors with one athlete (Natasha Ellis, the coxswain who steers the boat) a junior returning next year. The graduating athletes were: Simon Dillon (USC), Jason Goode (Yale), Trevor Phillips (UCLA), Angus Batstone (University of Washington), John Sclafani (University of Washington), Evan Krum (Cornell), Will Warwick (Alabama) and David Zachry (OCC).

In total, the team brought six men’s boats and one women’s boat, placing five of the boats in the grand finals (places 1-6) and two boats in the 3rd level finals (places 13-20).

In addition to the varsity’s victory, the lightweight men’s four and men’s pair took home silver medals, placing them second in the nation. Only one senior was among those athletes (Jack Allen, Ohio State) putting the team in a strong position for next season as well.

NAC Nationals

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The men’s double (Wes Reynolds, UCSD and Spencer Ewanick, a junior) finished strongly in 4th place, just outside of the medals.

Additionally, the men’s varsity four finished 6th in the nation (with four juniors and a senior, JT Russell, UC Berkeley), while the men’s lightweight eight and women’s lightweight four finished 13th, winning their 3rd level finals easily.

For more information, contact the Newport Aquatic Center, located at 1 Whitecliffs Drive, Newport Beach. www.newportaquaticcenter.com


JWA displays OC points of interest and landscape art

Continuing through July 18, paintings by artist Tracey Moloney are on display at John Wayne Airport’s (JWA) as part of JWA’s Community Focus Space Program. The paintings can be viewed on the Departure (upper) Level near security screening areas in Terminals A, B and C, and on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4.

The Crab Cooker art

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Tracey Moloney’s “The Crab Cooker” captures the artist’s passion for capturing local iconic landmarks

“Tracey Moloney’s work immerses audiences into the paintings,” said Orange County Chairwoman Michelle Steel. “Her art expressively captures Orange County historical landscapes from the present as well as the past.”

As an artist and resident of Orange County, Moloney is passionate about painting landscapes and points of interest to capture and preserve open spaces of Southern California. She is influenced by the desire to capture history with the hope of showing the qualities of the extra-ordinary in everyday life. On her Web page, she quotes with a smile, “I have all the time in the world to paint my little heart out.”

Moloney began her artistic journey at the age of 12 after enrolling at the Roslyn School of Painting in Roslyn, New York. Her instructor, Charles Pasqulina, helped her see the world through an artist’s eyes. That experience and encouragement gave her the desire to pursue a career in art

Moloney moved from New York to San Francisco in 1988, received her bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of San Francisco and her Fine Art Degree from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. While there, she enjoyed several years of painting the city’s urban landscape, as well as the city’s tourist attractions for local clientele.

In 1997, Moloney relocated to Southern California, named her decorative painting and mural business MY ART AND SOUL, and has since been working with both private and public entities for the past 20 years creating unique designs.

Visit www.myartandsoul.net for more information about this artist’s work.

Upcoming Community Focus Space Program artists include Tom Griffithe (July 18 - August 17) and Joshua Madrid (August 17 - September 18).

To learn more about JWA’s Art Programs, visit www.ocair.com/terminal/artexhibits.


Head custodian Scott Matthews marks the end of an era, retires from Harbor View

By AMY SNIDER SENK

At Harbor View Elementary School, the end of this year’s celebrations also mark the end of an era with the retirement of Scott Matthews, the beloved head custodian who was always willing to root through trash for an errant retainer, kill a spider in a teacher’s classroom, or unlock a classroom door after hours for a crucial textbook the night before a big test.

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Harbor View students surround Scott Matthews who will be retiring on June 23

Matthews started working when he was 18 and went fulltime at 19. He’s worked only at three schools and has been at Harbor View for 26 years. Now 60 years old, he’s worked with six principals at the Goldenrod Avenue school, and he’s seen thousands of students make their way from tiny preschoolers to sixth grade graduates.

He dreaded telling current principal Todd Schmidt about his decision to retire, and both men were fighting tears during the November conversation. Ultimately, Matthews said, he decided to stay through the end of the school year, but every day he has regrets.

“The thing I’m going to miss more than anything is the children,” he said. “Seeing them grow from babies to big kids – I tear up.”

Matthews kept the school running. He was the first to help a boy who broke his femur while skateboarding one weekend on the playground. He fetched balls from the school’s low-slung roofs, and he often patrolled the grounds after the bell rang to start the day, making sure the gates were locked and no strangers were lurking. On more than one occasion, he would sit with a child all alone at the lunch tables, making conversation and letting the other students know the child was someone worth getting to know.

Former Harbor View principal and current Newport-Mesa Unified School District board member Charlene Metoyer called Matthews “the nicest, nicest man who cares so much. He knows that part of the culture a school is dependent on is how it looks and how the kids feel about it. He cared about every corner of his job and all the kids that attended the school.”

“I don’t know that I could have had anyone better in the role,” said principal Todd Schmidt at the school’s recent Open House. “You take pride in everything you do. You have been a mentor, you have been a friend.”

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At the recent Open House, students wave paper Hawaiian shirts on sticks, their custodian’s signature look

At the Open House event, parents, teachers and students applauded Matthews, with the kids waving sticks topped with paper Hawaiian shirts, in the school’s multipurpose room. Later that week, organizers held a surprise going-away party for Matthews at Corona del Mar’s Third Beach. Parents also held a private dinner party to thank him for his years of hard work.

“He’s the heart of the school,” said parent Karla Paz, whose family successfully bid many times for the Custodian of the Day item at Harbor View fundraisers. (At one point, there was a student rumor that the winning child got to go with Matthews onto the roof. It was untrue, but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm for the prize.)

“He’s a great surfer and person,” said Brock Paz, a fifth grader, who shadowed Matthews. “Everyone is going to miss him.”

Matthews’ last day will be June 23. He plans to spend his retirement with his three grandchildren (another is on the way) and to tackle projects around his house. Mostly, he said, his plans are to surf and fish in the ocean and in the Columbia River in Washington state. Over the years, Matthews has set six world records in fishing, but someone recently broke one of them.

“Now that I will have all this free time, I’ll get it back,” he said. “I’m determined to get that one back.”

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


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Could be the world’s neatest place of its kind 

This cupola, with weathervane, adorns one of Newport Beach’s most unique iconic landmarks. Where is it?

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

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Five Crowns presents High West Distillery dinner

Executive Chef Anthony Endy

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On Tuesday, June 20, Five Crowns will present a High West Distillery dinner hosted by High West Founder David Perkins from 6:30 to 10 p.m., guiding guests through his favorite pours.

The menu features: America Prairie cocktail with crispy corn & sausage fritters with maple mustard; BouRye with a chicory salad, aged bleu cheese, apples, glazed pecans and a red wine mustard vinaigrette; Silver Oat cocktail with hot smoked steelhead trout shaved fennel salad and horseradish cream; Yippee Ki-Yay! cocktail with BBQ beef brisket expresso mop sauce and shoestring sweet potatoes; Surprise Release with blackberry lacquered Texas quail summer succotash; and Midwinter Night’s Dram with stone fruit cobbler cinnamon crumbs and whipped cream.

Cost: $150 per person, taxes and gratuity included. To purchase tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/o/five-crowns-restaurant-14000469029. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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


Sage Hill salutes the Class of 2017

President Sage Hill

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(L-R): President Gordon McNeill, graduate Zayn Biviji, who will be studying at Brown University in the fall, and Head of School Patricia Merz

Sage Hill School in Newport Coast recognized its graduating Class of 2017 at ceremonies held on Friday, June 2. The class was comprised of 118 students, 100 percent of whom were admitted to a four-year college or university, and who will be heading to 56 different colleges across the U.S. and France.

Graduation speakers were Chair of the Sage Hill Board of Trustees Mark Danner, Head of School Patricia Merz, Faculty speaker Dr. Nisha Kunte, student speaker Brett Super (’17) and President Gordon McNeill.

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Students decorated their graduation caps with their future college/university logos

Brett Super

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Student speaker, Brett Super, who will be attending Pitzer College and playing baseball for the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens in the fall


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Happy Father’s Day Weekend, Tom!

Tom and Ashley

Tom, seen here with his daughter Ashley, is enjoying a few days off for Father’s Day Weekend. He will be back on Thursday!


ENC is seeking museum docents

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The Environmental Nature Center is seeking new museum docents to staff the front desk, answer phones, greet visitors and provide basic information about the ENC.

Currently they need assistance on Thursday afternoons, Friday mornings, and some Saturdays and Sundays. Docents staff the front desk from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. or from 12 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Training will take place June 24 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Anyone interested, can register at www.encenter.org.

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


Casting announced for Tony Award-winning best musical

Fun Home

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(L-R): Luké Barbato Smith as Christian, Henry Boshart as John and Carly Gold as Small Alison in “Fun Home”

Segerstrom Center for the Arts announced the casting for Costa Mesa’s engagement of the first National Tour of “Fun Home,” the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning Best Musical. The tour will come to Segerstrom Center for one week, August 1 - 6, 2017. Tickets are now on sale and start at $29. They are available online at www.SCFTA.org, by calling 714.556.2787, or at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, August 5 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation.


NB homebuilder creates new small living lots

New home builder and Newport Beach native Bryce Burnham of Homes by Brand, built these two small home lots in Cosa Mesa that are currently listed by Tracy Bowie of Villa Real Estate.

With the new ordinance in Costa Mesa, the lot was split in two. Small lot living is becoming increasingly popular in Orange County as we are seeing with other developments such as Vitae by Planet Home Living (Lisa and Sean Casey of Villa Real Estate are the agents) that is scheduled to host its grand opening in JulyBurnham is hoping to fill a unique niche with Homes by Brand, which evolved from a strong local need for high-quality homes that cater to today’s millennial demographic and people of all ages wanting to live smaller. He assembled a first class team to create the “Mod Cod” homes including: Ferguson Ettinger, an architect from Santa Barbara; John French of Castleton Development and local interior designers Steve Jones of Better Shelter (Former VP at Quiksilver) and Betsy Van’t Hof of Art by Design (Former TV and movie exec and McG’s sister) did the staging.


You must reminder this: Radio, TV and No 

YouTube…we had the good stuff

By NANCY GARDNER

I recently attended an event at Thurston Middle School in Laguna Beach that featured sixth graders presenting synopses of an oral history assignment. Most of them, like my granddaughter, had interviewed a grandparent. Since the presentations were limited to two minutes, it was “hit the highlights.” To my surprise, for a number of the students that meant emphasizing their grandparents’ lack of electronic devices. Forget wars and assassinations. Their grandparents had no smart phones or notepads, no YouTube or Instagram! However did they survive? Quite nicely, thank you.

The idea of sitting around listening to some story over the radio must seem bizarre to today’s youth, but for those of us old enough to remember, it was a great experience. It tended to be a family experience – one radio and everyone sat in the living room and listened together. The beauty of radio was that you created your own images of the characters. The Cisco Kid, Sam Spade, Amos and Andy – they looked the way you thought they should look, unlike in the movies. Sorry, Miss Garland, but as good as you are in The Wizard of Oz, you will never be my image of Dorothy.

Beany and Cecil

The family aspect carried over to the early years of television as well. One television, one room, one program at a time. The menu was meager compared to today, but there were some terrific programs. A particular favorite of ours was Beany and Cecil which told the adventures of young Beany and his companion, Cecil the Seasick Sea Serpent, as they battled Dishonest John, featuring the sly wit of a young Stan Freberg. Another great thing about early TV was that even with so few channels there wasn’t enough new programming to fill the hours, so we young ones had the treat of being introduced to old movies – not old in today’s sense of last year. Old as in 20 or 30 years before. Top Hat began my love affair with Fred Astaire, My Man Godfrey with William Powell.

And then there were the movies. Talk about getting your money’s worth. There was no IMAX, no computer graphics, but there was value because this was the era of the double feature. What’s that, you say? Exactly what it says – two movies the same evening, in addition to one or often two cartoons and the news. Such a deal. And then there were the matinees. On Saturday afternoon, we often went to the Lido Theater.  There we would see Craig, our school bus driver, who was also the manager of the Lido Theater, at least for the matinees, which makes sense. Handling a theater full of kids isn’t that different than handling a bus full of them. The matinees tended to feature B or B- movies, but there was one afternoon when I was transfixed by a film about an English family in India. There were no guns, no battles. It was an odd choice for a matinee, but it stayed with me. Imagine my surprise many years later to find out that its title was The River, directed by Jean Renoir. What a great way to experience a work of art – with absolutely no pre-conceived notions and a box of Milk Duds.

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So despite our grandchildren’s concern, our childhoods were hardly media bereft. Yes, there are lots more channels, more programs, more delivery methods today, but it seems like all that means is a lot more wading to find the good stuff.

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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.


Peninsula trolley is getting ready to roll

Penninsula Trolley

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The City of Newport Beach will offer a free transportation option on the Balboa Peninsula during busy summer weekends. Service will begin on Saturday, June 17 to help visitors and locals explore the Peninsula. 

The trolley is scheduled to operate each Saturday and Sunday through September 3, 2017. It will also be in service on the Fourth of July holiday. The hours of operation are from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. 

With 18 designated stops along the route, trolley users will be able to comfortably explore the Peninsula and its wide range of retail and dining opportunities.

“During the summer, the Peninsula often becomes a challenge for those seeking parking to visit the beach or many of our wonderful restaurants and businesses,” Newport Beach City Council member Diane Dixon said. “The trolley allows our residents and visitors an opportunity to move around the Peninsula without having to worry about finding a place to park or losing their parking place. This service has been envisioned for many years and I am ecstatic we finally found a way to make it happen.” 

Free parking is available for trolley users in the lower Hoag Hospital parking lot at Hoag Drive and Coast Highway. A trolley is scheduled to pick up users at every stop in 15-minute intervals, depending on conditions. Users are invited to climb aboard or exit the trolley at any of the stops along the way to and from the Balboa Pier and Fun Zone area. For those planning a day at the beach, the trolley can accommodate bicycles, surfboards under six-feet long and beach gear. 

Users can obtain real-time locations of the trolleys online at www.peninsulatrolley.com, or by downloading the mobile app, Ride Systems, and searching for Newport Beach from its list of agencies. 

The City received funding for the trolley service through a competitive grant process from the Orange County Transportation Authority’s Measure M2 Project V-Community Based Transit Circulators. The City was awarded $685,454 in grant funding for a seven-year operating period and is required to match the funding by 12 percent. The grant program was provided for local agencies to develop transit services to meet the needs in areas not adequately served by regional transit. 

For additional information on the trolley, visit www.newportbeachca.gov/trolley.


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The red, white and blue certainly gets noticed

Here we thought this might be a little tough, however, you proved us wrong. This red, white and blue hot air balloon sits outside the American Legion Post 291. Congrats to Norma Roosevelt, Tom Iovenitti, Mike Villani and Tom Andersen for correct guesses.

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

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Local OC Collector on display at JWA

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“The Marconi Automotive Museum & Foundation for Kids” exhibit is on display at John Wayne Airport’s ORANGE COUNTY: Destination Art & Culture exhibition space through September 2017. Featured as part of John Wayne Airport›s (JWA) Arts Program, the exhibit may be viewed pre-security along the pedestrian walkway connecting Riley Terminals B and C.

The Marconi Automotive Museum & Foundation for Kids was founded by Dick Marconi and opened to the public in 1994. Always a great car enthusiast, over the years Marconi amassed an impressive collection of high performance street cars and race cars. The Marconi Automotive Museum in Tustin features one of the largest collections of rare, exotic and high performance street cars in North America.

“This exhibit highlights the history of Dick Marconi, the auto museum, and the foundation for at-risk children that he established,” said Board Chairwoman Michelle Steel. “I encourage John Wayne Airport visitors to enjoy this meaningful slice of local history.”

Founder Dick Marconi relocated from Gary, Indiana, in the late 1950s. Based in Southern California, he built a company that became the world’s largest manufacturer of vitamins, food supplements and weight loss products. Along the way, Marconi developed his life’s mantra that is to “learn, earn and return.” In keeping with this personal philosophy, he established the Marconi Foundation for Kids and donated all of his vehicles and the building that housed his former race team. 

Today, the Marconi Auto Museum & Foundation for Kids hosts private events and sponsors fundraisers to support charities serving at-risk children that include Olive Crest, Drug Use is Life Abuse, Child Help, Orangewood, Covenant House, KidWorks and OC Rescue Mission.


You’re invited to the Newport Beach Chamber’s Open House

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce has move to beautiful new headquarters and they welcome you to visit their new facility!

On Thursday, June 22, come check out their new digs from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at 4343 Von Karman Ave., Newport Beach. It is adjacent to The Pacific Club and parking will be validated.

Enjoy a glass of wine or beer on their waterside patio, along with delicious bites from the Island Hotel Newport Beach.

For more information, call 949. 729.4400. www.newportbeach.com


Line in the Sand still fighting Museum House in court

Line in the Sand Political Action Committee (LITS) filed an appeal on Wednesday, June 7, to overturn Superior Court Judge (Geoffrey) Glass’s denial of LITS’s anti-SLAPP motion in the lawsuit brought by Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) against the City of Newport Beach, with LITS as a Real Party in Interest. 

The OCMA lawsuit seeks to set aside the Museum House referendum petition due to a font-size dispute about some of the petition’s 1,034 pages, despite the fact that not one signer complained of the font size to LITS. 

LITS’s anti-SLAPP motion seeks to dismiss the OCMA lawsuit as a “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation” (SLAPP). SLAPP lawsuits like this are used as a strategic maneuver by corporations claiming restraint of business. They are typically brought against individuals and activist groups in order to burden them with the cost of legal defense and ultimately silence them. 

LITS, as a named Real Party in Interest in the OCMA lawsuit, asked the court for relief on the basis that the suit was a compelling example of a SLAPP lawsuit. The judge denied LITS’s motion, and LITS is now appealing that decision. 

OCMA and The Related Companies spent more than $500,000 in their failed attempt to defeat the referendum, over five times the amount spent by LITS. In the end, Newport Beach voters prevailed, collecting nearly 14,000 signatures on the petition in just under two weeks during the busy holiday season. 

In addition to the referendum preparation expenses paid for by LITS donors (cash and a one-time in-kind contribution), LITS has incurred significant legal expenses to defend against the subsequent OCMA lawsuit, which attempts to invalidate the intent and the right of 14,000 voters to referend a City Council decision. 

LITS considers the appeal of the latest court ruling on its anti-SLAPP motion to be important in terms of standing up for all residents who participated in the referendum and believe they should have a say in matters threatening their quality of life.


Letter to the Editor:

Coalition to protect Mariner’s Mile has “simple” message 

Thank you for being a part of our Community Outreach Event this past Monday. We hope you realize how much our community appreciates your involvement to help inform and unite our residents who also treasure our bayside community.

The Coalition to Protect Mariner’s Mile message is very simple:

1. Protect the Property Owners 

The City along with Cal Trans intends to expand PCH and to accomplish the widening, they would have to take 12 feet of property away on the inland side from Dover to The Arches Bridge.

The City and Cal Trans call it ‘dedication’ or ‘master opportunity’, we call it eminent domain.

2. Protect our Local Merchants

The local merchants and businesses along PCH could lose their businesses, if the expansion of PCH occurs. There are 44 curb cuts on the inland side of this 1.3 mile stretch of road, it is a very dangerous stretch of highway, accidents occur almost on a daily basis. Making PCH a six-lane highway is not a good investment for the businesses and would potentially reroute traffic from the 405 freeway into the heart our town.

3. Protect our Children and Residents

We have 4,300 children attending school in Newport Heights and 1,500 Junior Lifeguards crossing PCH to get to and from the peninsula. We have four sailing and seamanship schools along this corridor that is summer camp to thousands of children. Why would we ever want to jeopardize lives, by adding more lanes to PCH that children travel across everyday?

The Coalition for Mariner’s Mile is looking forward to a smart, thoughtful and responsible development with the revitalization plan for Mariner’s Mile. We also need to make certain that we maintain our current 35-foot height limit, our views, our property values and qualities of our bayside town.

Thank you for those folks that made a donation at our event, your money will be going towards more community awareness, printed collateral and most importantly for our Protect Mariner’s Mile newly retained attorney firm. We are now a 501c3 tax exempt organization and your donations are tax deductible.

For more information or to make tax deductible donation or sign the petition, please visit our website: www.nopchfreeway.com or 

www.protectmarinersmile.com.

We truly appreciate your support. If you should have any additional questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Peggy V. Palmer

Newport Beach


Restoring Upper Newport Bay

For the first time, more than 150 volunteers hauled 20 tons of Pacific oyster shell in hand-sewn coconut fiber bags to restore Upper Newport Bay as part of the groundbreaking Living Shorelines project. Orange County Coastkeeper’s effort is unique to the west coast, combining oyster shell and eelgrass restoration to protect the shoreline from erosion and rising sea levels. Coastkeeper anticipates that this will improve water quality and result in a flourishing habitat for fish, invertebrates and other marine life.

Unlike most restoration projects that rely on plastic mesh bags, this endeavor with oyster shells used entirely biodegradable materials. In April, students and volunteers hand-sewed more than 500 bags using coconut coir, the fiber found on coconut husks, and filled the bags with 40,000 pounds of Pacific oyster shells. Then, for a full week, they woke up before dawn to transport the shell into four different sites in Upper Newport Bay during low tide.

“It’s not every day you see students from four universities and volunteers wake up at 2 a.m. to protect and enhance our shoreline,” said Orange County Coastkeeper Marine Restoration Director Katie Nichols. “Their hard work and dedication to the project was inspiring and we hope to see it pay off in the form of improved water quality and an enhanced native Olympia oyster population.”

Over the last five years, Coastkeeper and hundreds of volunteers planted more than 2,500 square meters of eelgrass as part of the Living Shorelines project and have already noted improved water quality and an increase in marine life. Now with oyster shell added to the site, Coastkeeper will use the restored area as a case study to evaluate the potential benefits of restoring eelgrass and oysters simultaneously. As it continues to monitor the area, Coastkeeper anticipates seeing more signs of habitat improvement, including increased endangered Olympia oysters and other native species.

Many east coast groups have seen positive results from laying oyster shells to naturally buffer shorelines from sea level rise, but few projects examine the combined benefits of oyster and eelgrass restoration simultaneously.

Since the 1990s, more than 85 percent of the world’s oyster reefs have disappeared according to The Nature Conservancy. Coastkeeper says in order to keep pace with future sea level rise and other climate-related stresses, conservation and restoration of these key habitat-forming species must happen now.


Jogger hit by vehicle on W. Coast Highway

On Sunday, June 11, at approximately 4:48 p.m. the Newport Beach Police Department was notified of a major injury traffic collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian on West Coast Highway, east of 61st St. 

A 37-year-old Newport Beach resident was jogging westbound on the

northside of West Coast Highway when he was struck by a black 2000 Toyota Celica that was traveling westbound on West Coast Highway. Preliminary investigation indicates the Toyota Celica lost control, drove onto the sidewalk, and struck the pedestrian.

The male pedestrian sustained critical injuries as a result of the collision. A female passenger in the Celica also sustained critical injuries. Both the male pedestrian and the female passenger were transported to Orange County Global Medical Center in Santa Ana for treatment. The driver of the Toyota Celica, Joshua Baird, a 22-year-old resident of Buena Park, sustained minor injuries in the collision and was treated at the scene by NBFD Paramedics. 

Baird was then arrested at the scene by NBPD Officers on suspicion of Driving Under the Influence.

The circumstances of the collision are still under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact Detective Chris Burns at 949.644.3747 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Guest Column

Hon. Diane Dixon

Hon. Will O’Neill

Promises Made, Promises Kept

Newport Beach enjoys extraordinary blessings, including weather, location, fiscal prosperity and community stewards, to name just a handful. Our City Council Members and dedicated citizen members have worked hard through public outreach and committee work to ensure that our budget meets community expectations.  

Newport Beach remains fiscally strong in the short-term, but has looming concerns in the long-term. At the positive end, we project another balanced budget, steady revenue sources, consistent surpluses, infrastructure maintenance on schedule and healthy reserves. Long-term, though, we remain concerned about pension liability, large infrastructure projects like sea wall rehabilitation, a structural deficit in our wastewater enterprise fund, and ongoing civic center debt payments.

Our current budget balances the community’s short-term goals with these long-term concerns. For example, we devote more than half of our general fund spending to our number one priority: public safety. Nearly $109 million out of our General Fund’s projected $202 million expenditures will go toward police, fire and lifeguards. We devote substantial resources from diverse external funds toward our Capital Improvement Program, including allocations to rebuild the fire stations in Lido Village and in Corona del Mar (yes, including the library, too).  

Seniors who frequent OASIS will continue to enjoy the extraordinary services and programs provided by top-class staff. Families who use our community centers and parks can expect clean facilities, safe parks and innovative programming. And everyone in between can drive our streets free of potholes with increasingly drought-friendly yet attractive median landscaping.

We have also followed promises made by setting aside more money toward our Harbor and pension liability than ever before. Last year’s budget surplus has afforded an additional $6 million be spent toward deferred harbor infrastructure, including sea walls.  

We will also spend an additional $9.1 million to pay down the City’s unfunded pension liability faster. This approach accelerates the CalPERS discount rate reduction and should save $15 million over 20 years. Our employees remain committed to helping pay their share of pension liability by contributing $10 million this year toward their “normal” cost. 

As more money is required toward pension liabilities, less money is available for important expenditures in our community. Infrastructure spending, for example, will be increasingly challenged as increasing pension liability and decreasing developer fee funds squeeze our ability to spend at expected levels.  

The City Council and our City’s Finance Committee remain vigilant to find the proper fiscal balance. 

We publicly thank our citizen Finance Committee members for their dozens and dozens of hours crafting fiscal policy and offering unvarnished and well-informed opinions about future liabilities such as pension and civic center debt. These members include Larry Tucker, Patti Gorczyca, Joe Stapleton and Bill Collopy. We also thank John Warner for his prior work.

July 1, 2017 starts our new fiscal year and the planning for the next budget. We invite increased public participation. We also look forward to continuing to serve you and keeping our promises.


Police Files

Realtor arrested for burglary, apparently no “open” house

Susan Carrie Lobel, 54, a realtor from San Clemente, was arrested last Friday, June 9, and charged with residential burglary with forced entry. The incident took place at 1:58 a.m. in the 400 block of Belvue Lane.

Newport Beach Police responded after neighbors reported seeing “a female breaking into a residence.” The property owner was not at home at the time of the incident. Lobel apparently knew the property’s owner, but did not have permission to be inside the residence.

Lobel was charged with disorderly conduct: alcohol; burglary with forced entry; vandalism, including graffiti/defacing property; and forcible entry causing property damage.

Bail was set at $50,000.

Roommate issue leads to assault with deadly weapon

An altercation between roommates led to Connor Thomas Mullin, 22, of Newport Beach, being arrested for assault with a deadly weapon last Friday, June 9.

Newport Beach Police officers responded to a disturbance call at 4:55 p.m. to a private residence in the 1900 block of 16th Street and learned that a crime had been committed.

Mullin was charged with assault with a deadly weapon/cutting instrument. His bail was set at $25,000. No injuries were reported.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime reports


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

By LANA JOHNSON

Celebrate Father’s Day by taking Dad out for a wonderful meal

There’s still time to make a reservation and take Dad out to one of these venues to celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday, June 18!

Avila’s El Ranchito – Can accommodate parties up to 30 people that can be set-up for a Mexican buffet or sit-down lunch/dinner. If you celebrate at home, Avila’s Party Trays are ready to serve for 10-100 people. Locations: 2515 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar and 2800 Newport Blvd., Balboa Peninsula. www.avilaselranchito.com

Back Bay Bistro

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Back Bay Bistro – Enjoy a Champagne Brunch that will be served 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. when Dads will receive a complimentary draft beer or Bloody Mary. The brunch features a seafood station with king crab legs, ahi poke, smoked salmon, shrimp and ceviche. Highlights “hot off the grill” include salmon, baseball cut top sirloin, flat iron steak, New York strip, swordfish steak and chicken, along with a baked potato station, cooked-to-order omelet station and more. Cost: $60 for adults (includes bottomless Champagne and Mimosas); $28 for children (12 years and under). 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach. www.backbaybistronewportbeach.com

The Beachcomber Cafe – Take in beautiful Crystal Cove views during a special prix fixe brunch which includes a Father’s Day Beer and Brunch menu, starting with a choice of craft beer, paired with beignets and ambrosia. Choose from eight entrees featuring surf & turf, grilled steak & eggs, Maine lobster enchiladas and barbecue beef ribs. Served from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $44.95 adults; children’s menu at $15.95. 15 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast. www.thebeachcombercafe.com

Canaletto Ristorante Veneto – This Fashion Island restaurant features flavors from the Tre Venezia Veneto region of northeastern Italy. It can accommodate large parties for lunch, starting at $28 per person and dinner at $42 per person. 545 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. www.ilfornaio.com

Five Crowns

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Five Crowns – Enjoy an a la carte menu featuring a choice of Pride of the Crowns, Summer peaches and burrata salad, tomato bisque soup or shrimp cocktail. ($9 supplement) included with any entrée of choice to include buttermilk fried chicken & waffles or grilled mahi quinoa salad, or for dinner, grilled deckle steak, pork chop, seared Icelandic salon and Five Crowns cut prime rib. Save room for C.C. Brown’s sundae or crème brulee. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; dinner starting at 4 p.m. 3801 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. www.lawrysonline.com

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar – Serving brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a dinner menu beginning at 4 p.m. They are offering the special three-course prix fixe Tomahawk steak dinner starting Friday, June 16 through Sunday, June 18 featuring lobster and shrimp tempura followed by a 35-oz. Tomahawk steak. Leave room for a Fleming’s house-made dessert. The three-course Sunday brunch will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with appetizer choices, signature dishes such as eggs Benedict, California-style steak and egg scramble, and New Zealand salmon cobb salad and a dessert choice. Cost: Dinner, $89 per person; Brunch, $47.95 per person. 455 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. www.flemingssteakhouse.com

Hornblower Cruises & Events – Celebrate on picturesque Newport Harbor! A beer brunch cruise sets sail at 11 a.m. or 12 p.m. In the afternoon, a beer buffet cruise leaves the dock at 4 p.m. Two-hour cruises include free-flowing beer, champagne and sparkling cider, as well as a brunch buffet. Dad will receive a souvenir pint glass. Cost: Starting at $74.95 per person. 2431 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach. www.hornblower.com/NewportBeach

Lighthouse Bayview Café – Enjoy brunch on the outdoor patio in Marina Park featuring entrees from salsa verde chilaquiles to short rib hash, prime rib Benedict and a pastrami burger. Dock space accommodates boaters. 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. www.thelighhousecafe.net

Mastro’s Ocean Club – They will be offering brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Enjoy dinner entrees such as a 24-oz. porterhouse, 32-oz. chef’s cut ribeye chop or an 18-oz. bone-in filet. All pair beautifully with their signature lobster mashed potatoes and a refreshing martini. For brunch, main courses include Maine lobster Benedict, smoked salmon & bagel, and a croquet madame, paired with sides such as thick cut Nueske’s bacon and artisan pastry basket. 8112 E. Coast Highway, Newport Coast. www.mastrosrestaurants.com

Sapori Restaurant – Savor Italian cuisine with an old-world vibe from Chef and owner Sal Maniachi with dishes such as mozzarella caprese, calamari fritti. Linguine frutti di mare and tiramisu. Garden patio dining, too. 1080 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach. www.saporinb.com

Sushi Roku

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Sushi Roku – They are celebrating their second anniversary and International Sushi Day in June with 50 percent off the entire menu on Monday, June 19 - Tuesday, June 20. They are also offering an exclusive Anniversary Menu now through Tuesday, June 20 with a la carte specials designed to showcase the unparalleled sushi experience for which the restaurant is known. Among the offerings are bamboo seafood risotto, kuma roll, tuna pizza and an anniversary Roku fusion libation with Svedka vodka, pineapple, honeydew, cantaloupe and watermelon dry Ice, served with a bamboo straw! Guests will also have an opportunity to experience craft cocktail, sake and wine pairings to complement the menu. 327 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. www.sushiroku.com.

Taco Rosa – Make Father’s Day a fiesta to remember! They can accommodate parties of 25-150 guests and in-house banquet menus range from $15 - $30 per guest. The menu features Mexico City tacos, steak and blackened chicken nachos, stuffed jalapenos, wild salmon cazuela, paella, osso buco puerco (pork shank) and pescado Veracruz (wild fillet of sole). 2632 San Miguel Drive, Newport Beach. www.tacorosa.com

The Winery

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The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar – Offering the finest waterfront dining experience, Chef Yvon Goetz’s a la carte brunch menu invites you to indulge in a combo of shrimp, tuna spoon, lobster tail, oysters and crab legs before you move on to Zinfandel braised beef short rib hash & fried eggs or The Winery Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Brandt beef patty with fried eggs, jasmine rice and mushroom sauce. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner service begins at 4:30 p.m. 3131 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach. www.thewinerynewport.com

Kicking back with Dad and barbecuing at home always makes for a great family get together! Put on a slab of ribs, or some flavorful steaks and sweet corn, and just hang out watching the U.S. Open golf tournament at Erin Hills, Wisconsin. Blissful!!

Ciao Vincenza!


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Someone’s having a great Father’s Day 

TomJohnson

Have you been to the Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar in Newport Beach? If so, chances are you’ve experienced some of the wonderful wine offerings by Managing Partner and Sommelier William Lewis.

He might be a good guy to get to know. 

First off, Lewis is a Level II Certified Sommelier with The Court of Master Sommeliers. And, he’s been recognized throughout Orange County with such awards as “Sommelier of the Year” by the Southern California Restaurant Writers Association; “Best Wine List” at the Golden Foodie Awards; and “Restaurant of the Year” by RIVERA Magazine, OC Business Journal, and the OC Concierge Association.

Great, great, great, but why should we get to know this guy? I have other friends that can tell me about good wines.

Well, the answer is baseball tickets and probably good baseball tickets at that.

You see, this week, Lewis’ son was selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft. Number one! 

Royce, a senior shortstop/outfielder out of JSerra Catholic High School (San Juan Capistrano), was selected by the Minnesota Twins. Since the draft, coaches and friends have praised the character and talent of Royce both on and off the field.

One can only imagine what William selected off the old wine list for that night’s celebration.

Congrats to the family, good times ahead. And William, Happy Father’s Day!

William Lewis

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Keep your eyes peeled tomorrow (Friday, June 16) as the Trolley makes its debut down the Peninsula with a press/elected officials/important people junket. 

Then Saturday it’s full speed ahead. The trolley is free and will run Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer and the Fourth of July.

Eighteen stops if you’re counting, 10 along the way towards the Balboa Pier and eight returning. 

The goal is to run four trolleys in 15-minute intervals.

Free parking is provided at the lower campus of Hoag Hospital.

According to the City’s website here are some good rider points to keep in mind: each trolley can accommodate two bicycles in a front rack; surfboards up to six-feet are allowed on-board, held upright (I can see the long boarders already organizing a protest of some sort); there’s space for luggage for travelers to Catalina; and there’s plenty of space for beach gear.

The hours of operation will be 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. 

We should all give it a try,


Pets of the Week Dog and Cat print

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

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Animal Shelter

MEET JYN AND PADME

These adorable sisters are both brown Tabby cats. They are 1 1/2 years old. Both are spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. They are super friendly and love other cats. It would be nice to see them adopted out together, but each would be great as a solo cat, getting all the attention.

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

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

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

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


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

On Tuesday, June 13th, the Newport Beach City Council will meet briefly for a few presentations starting at 6 p.m., then go to Closed Session, then have the Regular Session starting at 7 p.m. More detailed Council meeting information is at the end of the Guide. I don’t summarize every item on the agenda, so make sure you look at the City Clerk’s agenda page to read the whole agenda if you’d like. 

As noted, the evening’s Regular Session is at 7 p.m. The items worth noting are:

Two items under Public Hearings relate to the yearly renewals of the Business

Improvement Districts (BIDs) for Corona del Mar and for Restaurants across Newport Beach.

The annual City Budget is up for adoption, pretty much on schedule with past years. As I noted two weeks ago, this proposed budget:

Allocates a total of $50M for pensions (that’s a lot). About $9M of this is an “additional discretionary payment” above and beyond what we are required to pay. The LA Times wrote about this last Sunday. Importantly, about $10M of the $50M is paid for directly by employees (me included). A number of residents regularly ask me about pension issues. I am always happy to discuss it with anyone, so please call or e-mail me.

It proposes reserving about $6M towards critical harbor infrastructure, including sea walls around Balboa Island.

Is balanced.

The capital project side of it:

Proposes some new efforts that Mayor Muldoon first spoke of back in January, including using better technology for traffic solutions and to start an update of the 2006 City General Plan.

Allocates funding for the Corona del Mar Library and Fire Station, as well as for a replacement of Fire Station #2 next to Lido Isle. It allocates the funds, but does not expend them – that would take separate action by the City Council at a later date.

On the subject of the Budget, we have a new budget portal to allow you to get to know the budget better. What fun! You might want to take some time to look at the portal a bit – it’s really pretty interesting (says the guy who thinks budgets are interesting). Doing this will make you more educated about your local government and the least popular person at area cocktail parties.  

For our Newport Heights neighbors, the long-awaited Heights alley repair project is up for contract award. It’s nearly a $4M item. If approved, it means that work will start in just a few weeks – first up will be the new 15th Street Sidewalk. So, it’s actually an Alley Repair and Sidewalk Contract.

Today’s Fun Questions from Residents/Visitors:

Are we having Junior Guards this summer even with shark sightings off of the Orange County coast? Yes. For more details, I will defer to Amy Senk as she fills in relevant facts via her column in Stu News.

What’s new on July 4 this year? Well, it’s a Tuesday this year, which may tend to lower our crowd levels. Beyond that not much is new, but we still expect a fun time for all on Independence Day. If you live in the West Newport Beach “Safety Enhancement Zone” area, be sure to be aware of and learn more about the additional regulations that apply in this Zone between 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4, and 3 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5. Please do not bring in fireworks in any part of town. Fireworks are illegal here except for the really great shows that the City and others produce on the evening of July 4. Remember the family-friendly activities and parades – there will be one in West Newport and the Mariners neighborhood, as always. More details to come.

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

Sincerely,

Dave Kiff

City Manager

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Police Files

Newport resident arrested for intent to terrorize

Casey Waldman, 46, of Newport Beach, was arrested Wednesday, June 7, in the 5400 block of Residencia, for threatening a crime with the intent to “terrorize” and for exhibiting a “deadly weapon.”

Waldman is charged with “willfully threatening to commit a crime that will result in death or great bodily injury to another person, and is to be taken as a threat, even if there is no intent of actually carrying it out.”

The deadly weapon charge related to drawing or exhibiting a deadly weapon, other than a firearm, in a rude, angry, or threatening manner, or unlawfully uses a deadly weapon other than a firearm in any fight or quarrel.

Bail was set for Waldman at $50,000.

Transient arrested for appropriating stolen cabling 

A Newport Beach transient, Shane Michael Wardell, 45, was charged with appropriating lost property and receiving stolen property.

Wardell was arrested Wednesday, June 7, at 9:57 a.m., in the 1100 block of Irvine Ave. Police discovered “wire, cable, copper, lead, solder, mercury, iron, or brass” in his possession.

Additionally, Wardell had two outstanding warrants, including one for “entering and occupying real property or structures of any kind without the consent of the owner, the owner’s agent, or the person in lawful possession.”

Bail was set at $35,500.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime reports


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Father’s Day…then it’s Irrelevant

TomJohnson

What do I love about June?

The first thing that comes to mind is Father’s Day. Not for me, but for my dad, Bill Johnson. He left this chaos in 1996. But his leaving still seems like yesterday.

My dad loved politics and loved to talk about them. He was a well thought out conservative…not like some of these one issue nut jobs of today.

I often think about what a conversation with him would be like today. He’d certainly never understand the world he left, especially if he was suddenly plopped back into it in 2017.

Anyway, once again we’ll miss you, but Happy Father’s Day, Daddio!

As for my kids, on June 18 – save your money!

Also in June, is an event that has captivated me since I arrived in town, Irrelevant Week. It’s the celebration that’s been spearheaded by Paul Salata since 1976 that honors the last draft choice of the National Football League’s annual draft.

This year that’s Chad Kelly, a quality pedigreed quarterback, with a somewhat controversial college career.

Kelly played his college ball at Clemson, then East Mississippi Community College, before finishing at Mississippi; he was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the April NFL draft.

So, as is tradition, this year’s Irrelevant Week will take a Bronco spin. Hence, the “Giddy Up and Go” cycling event and the “Bronco Beach Bash.”

Of course, there’s still the traditional Lowsman Trophy Banquet and Roast that highlights the week on Friday, June 30. Paul calls out all his old buddies from his past sports life, particularly football, to put together an always-impressive dais of roasters (and you never know who will show…he’s even had a U.S. President! Really.).

Do yourself a favor, check the week out at www.irrelevantweek.com. It’s a great time to meet a legend, of course I’m talking about Paul Salata.

And if all this isn’t enough, remember summer rolls in here officially on June 21. Shortly thereafter, on June 27, is the “attack on our beaches.” Red swim suits, tee shirts, a towel and a bicycle. That’s right, if you said Junior Guards you are correct.

Another great part of our community, but remember, lots of new, spirited youth are heading out to our beachfronts. Let’s everyone be cautious and safe in our waters.


Newport Beach – A Look Back 

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

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Newport Beach has always been known as a great place to enjoy the beach. Here are two bathing beauties…any guesses as to who and when? Let us know.

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


McKown | Weinstein | Associates set a new record in Crystal Cove

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McKown | Weinstein | Associates (MWA) have closed another successful transaction in the gorgeous Crystal Cove community representing both the buyer and seller. After two short weeks of taking over representation for the lavish property located at 10 Coral Ridge, Rex McKown and Marcy Weinstein quickly delivered, selling the property for an incredible $17.5 million. This sale came after the estate was listed for more than a year with another real estate company.

The sumptuous custom residence infuses Mediterranean inspiration with contemporary elegance. Stepping onto the main floor, there are soaring ceilings with a captivating open floor plan that blends the beautiful interior with the alluring exterior. The main floor is drenched in soft sunlight as the breeze flows through. Endless vistas show off the deep blue Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island and the Southern Orange County coastline.

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The chef-inspired kitchen features professional appliances, two spacious islands, and a sun-splashed breakfast nook, which all open to the breathtaking great room. In addition to the expansive living space, there is a lounge, bedroom suite, powder rooms, library and a contemporary wood panel office.

Upstairs there are four bedroom suites and a bonus room, accompanied by an immense master suite with separate baths and closets which open to magnificent exterior views.

The subterranean level provides all-inclusive entertainment with amenities such as a wine cellar, billiards room, bar and stadium-style theater. The garage can accommodate up to eight vehicles and an elevator reaches all three floors.  This impressive residence is the epitome of luxury and offers a truly special dwelling space.

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The sale of this property contributes to more than $235.48 million in sales over the past five months for McKown | Weinstein | Associates. Within the past five months, MWA has closed an unmatched 14 transactions in Crystal Cove alone, and 22 total in Newport Coast. Along with their achievements, MWA has represented the highest priced residence ever sold in the history of Newport Coast at 8 Mystique as well as the highest price per square foot with the pending sale at 1 Pelican Crest Drive.


Letter to the Editor:

“Peotter caught again” 

Scott Peotter’s record of ignoring our laws, from public disclosures in violation of the Brown Act, acceptance of excess campaign contributions, failure to report his campaign expenses and mis-use of the city seal are well documented.  

Now we learn that Peotter has failed to properly report his economic interests to the Fair Political Practices Commission. For two years, he reported an interest in a property in Irvine, but provided an address on Culver Drive that does not exist.  

In 2015 he apparently worked in a “ministry” whose web site indicates “ministers” raise their own support from private, undisclosed, donations. Peotter reports he received between $10,000-$100,000 in income from this source. Exactly who was providing cash for living expenses to our councilmember?  

Our state does not allow elected officials to receive undisclosed gifts of cash and puts a $460 limit on the value of such gifts. 

For the four years he was on the Newport Beach Planning Commission, Peotter reported no income, investments, business interests, spousal income or gifts at all. 

How did he manage to live in Newport Beach during that time? It depends on which newspaper you read. In the Daily Pilot he said he lived off his savings (despite reporting no investments nor investment income). In the Orange County Register he says that his income came from outside the city and he did not think he needed to report it.

What’s next? 

Our community deserves council members who respect our residents and respect our laws.  Peotter fails on both counts.

Brad Alewine

Corona del Mar


“Chew for Charity” raises funds for Community Service Programs

Forget about “ladies who lunch.”

The 40 women who make up “Chew for Charity,” a group that raises funds and awareness for nonprofit Community Service Programs (CSP), has been meeting monthly since 2007 and has raised more than $80,000 for CSP, a nonprofit that provides counseling and support services to struggling OC children and families at their greatest time of need.

And every contribution collected, lunch organized, detail buttoned down is all volunteer-driven.

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(L-R): Donna Davis and Kaysene Miller at the guild’s May luncheon

On May 16, the latest Chew for Charity meeting was held in Corona del Mar at the home of Maile Busby and Brian Lindley and raised $1,000 for CSP. The luncheon guild members enjoyed split pea soup, chicken divan crepes, grilled romaine salad, grilled carrots, and for dessert, cheesecake and lemon soufflé.

For nearly a decade, the guild has met monthly and has been known to raise up to $12,000 to $15,000 a year for CSP. In addition to regular lunches, guild members also help to sell tickets for CSP fundraising events, and advocate on behalf of CSP throughout the Orange County community.

Funds benefit CSP and each of its programs.

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(L-R): Maddie Smith, Lyndal Smith, Victoria Sawtelle and Peggy Lymburner at the Corona del Mar home of Brian Lindley and Maile Busby

CSP’s youth shelter programs represent the largest, short-term shelter system for homeless, runaway and at-risk youth in Orange County. CSP has youth shelters in Laguna Beach (opened in 1979) and Huntington Beach (opened in 2006) and just last year opened a new shelter in Tustin. These youth shelters are part of CSP’s well-vetted Children’s Crisis Residential Program, designed to give youth ages 11-17 a safe alternative to living on the streets while receiving emergency services – including 24-hour supervision, counseling, tutoring and life-skills development – in a home-like and supportive group environment. With a total of 24 beds across all three locations, CSP serves as a 24-hour family crisis resource to parents and youths residing in Orange County, especially those who do not have the means to seek private help.

Community Service Programs (CSP) is a non-profit agency committed to serving children, adults and families living in Orange County who are involved with or at-risk of involvement with the justice system. CSP’s model programs assist more than 125,000 community members annually, including abused children, struggling families, acting out adolescents, victims of crime and those in need of mediation services. For more information on CSP and its programs, visit www.cspinc.org.


Arbor Real Estate replaces iconic trees at The Wedge…then what happened?

Several iconic trees lost in a winter storm at the Wedge in Newport Beach were replaced and dedicated to the City as a tribute to the local history and culture of this iconic and world-famous bodyboarding/bodysurfing spot by local real estate firm, Arbor Real Estate (arborrealestate.com).

In addition to adding beauty to the beach area, the Myoporum trees were considered to bring good luck to Wedge riders who would tap their trunks before heading into the water. This casual celebration ceremony that took place June 7 included the dedication of the trees and installation of a commemorative plaque, located at 2300 Channel Road. The Arbor Real Estate team – local agents known for giving back to the community – joined members of the Wedge Preservation Society, City Council member Diane Dixon and others to celebrate the replanting of the trees.

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(L-R): Chris Brigandi, founder of Arbor Real Estate, Newport Beach City Council member Diane Dixon and Jason Harney from the Wedge Preservation Society

But, little more than 24 hours later, people yet to be identified, uprooted and took out the trees! 

This is how the area looks now.

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Holes in sand where trees were

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It’s extremely unfortunate when locals who care so much to reach out to help beautify our community are thwarted by others who have a willingness to destroy the hard-working efforts of those committed to making Newport Beach such a wonderful place to live, work and play.


Just completed – 712 Heliotrope in Corona del Mar is a modern stunner

Built by the highly sought after and longtime local homebuilder, Longman Construction, this residence possesses a unique approach to custom home building. Longman Construction built this three-bedroom home with the goal to produce a residence that is beyond compare. The architect is Christopher Brandon.

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This brand new home cultivates new design trends with magazine quality interiors and efficient exteriors. Neoteric finishes and soft lines throughout add to exquisite open floor plan. Bifold doors sprawl across the frontage, utilizing the Corona del Mar lifestyle of the indoor/outdoor dynamic. Soaring ceilings, white neolith counters, and wide-white oak flooring assist in the restorative ambience. Commercial-grade appliances were selected for the chef’s kitchen amid solid oak custom cabinetry and sprawling counter space.

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The master bedroom features a unique walk-in closet, retreat area and spa-like bath in a luxurious setting. The generous rooftop deck offers a built-in kitchen cabana and open deck replete with spa plumbing and expansive ocean views.

Aside from the qualities and attributes, the home offers a functional core with purified reverse osmosis and soft water, zoned air conditioning and radiant barrier plywood.

Live the Corona del Mar lifestyle with an expansive front yard and proximity to world-class shopping, renowned dining and pristine beaches.

For more information and a private showing, contact Casey Lesher at HOM Sotheby’s International Realty, 949.702.7211 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visitwww.712Heliotrope.com.


Wooden Boat Festival pays homage to time-honored water crafts

On Saturday, June 10, the Balboa Yacht Club welcomed the public to the annual Wooden Boat Festival. The wooden boat works of art on display saluted their owners who maintain their crafts in pristine condition, and each comes with a storied tale.

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Here are the results!

VIP Judges Major Trophy Awards

1. Best of Show (Mayor’s Trophy) - Galatea, Brad Avery

2. Best Sailboat (BYC Commodore’s Trophy) - Dorade, Matt Jones

3. On-Land Power Boat (WBF Chairman’s Trophy) - Miss Stephanie, Thomas Bamford

4. Best Powerboat (Harbormaster Trophy) - Phantom, Rick Ingold and Dean Kiser

5. Best Sportfisher - Colnett, Bunker Hill and Steve Farwell

6. Best Replica - Acorn, Kevin Cassady

People’s Choice Awards

1. Cruisers Under 40’ - Dazzler, Kevin Kearns and Henry Durkee

2. Cruisers 40’ and Over - Phantom, Rich Ingold and Dean Kiser

3. Sailboats - Dorade, Matt Jones

4. Replica Boats - Firecracker, Mark Widder

5. Sportfishers - Drambuie, Alan Baron

6. On Land Boats - No Knot, Con and Carole Oarnek

2017 Special Awards

1. Best Presentation and Staging of the Boat of the Day - No Knot, Con and Carole Oarnek

2. Most Distinguished Provenance and Yachting/Racing History - Dorade, Matt Jones

3. Vessel which Travelled the Longest Distance - Dorade, Matt Jones

4. Best Owner Maintained/Used Vessel - ComOcean, Ron and Cathy Yatch

StuNews loved taking these photos. Enjoy the slideshow!

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The 56th Annual Roy Emerson Adoption Guild Classic surpasses all expectations

For more than a half-century, Southern California tennis aficionados have gathered over Memorial Day weekend to participate in a celebrated tradition of tournament tennis fronted by Australian-born tennis champion, Roy Emerson. A two-time Wimbledon victor in 1964 and 1965, Emerson, along with his tennis-pro wife Joy, have organized the Adoption Guild Classic for more than two decades. “It’s a labor of love,” the couple said. “We believe in the fine work of the Adoption Guild in support of Holy Family Services. What’s more important than caring for children?”

Tennis Classic organizers, led by Adoption Guild co-chairs Chris Garber and Katie Richardson and Tournament Director, Brad Albert, report that overall attendance and revenues hit record levels this season, up more than 20 percent over previous high-water marks.

The tournament attracted 382 entries participating in events including men’s and women’s open singles, men’s and women’s open doubles, mixed open doubles, as well as a series of NTRP men’s and women’s 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0 doubles.

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(L-R): Katie Richardson and Chris Garber, Adoption Guild co-chairs with Australian born tennis champion Roy Emerson

Matches were held over the long weekend at multiple venues in the area including The Tennis Club, Mesa Verde Country Club and The Racquet Club of Irvine, with final play unfolding at Palisades Tennis Club, Newport Beach. Spectators, family and guests witnessed great tennis over four days of play, and participated in social events created to foster a sense of greater community interaction.

Spotted on the men’s courts competing at the open level, were local tennis players Tanner Smith, Luca Marquard, Maximillian Wild, Bruce Man-Son-Hing, and Caleb Chakavarthi. Ladies hitting strong balls over the net were open players Emily Maxfield, Natasha Hill, Hannah Zhao, Hiromi Sasano, Sydney Van Alphen and Riley McQuaid.

Players and guests joined in celebration at the “Just For Fun Party,” midway through the tournament on Sunday evening, May 28. Area restaurants hosted food and beverage stations as the crowd enjoyed sunset on the coast.Participating bistros included Barolo Cafe, Bluewater Grill, California Pizza Kitchen, C’est Si Bon Bakery, Garduno’s, Hi-Time Wine Cellars, II Fornaio, Meyer Natural Angus Beef, Newport Rib Company, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Picante Martin’s of Balboa Island, Sabatino’s Lido Sausage Co., and Starbucks Corona del Mar. All proceeds from the party, which entertained some 200 tennis fans, were earmarked for Holy Family Services.

Finals day Monday, May 29, welcomed the crowd to center court at Palisades Tennis Club. VIP guests enjoyed a champagne brunch in the Sponsor Garden while viewing final play on Ken Stuart’s celebrated courts. Final play was interspersed with the announcement of the 2017 Hall of Fame Winners, Britt Meyer and Ken Stuart, as well as the drawing for opportunity prizes that contributed to the fundraising efforts for HFS.

The highlight of the action on center court was a heartfelt address from Roy Emerson sharing a bit of history on his lifelong love of the sport, as well as his observation on the growth of tennis worldwide today. As play concluded the lively crowd applauded tournament winners.

The Roy Emerson 2017 Adoption Guild Tennis Classic Open Champions:

 

Men’s Open Singles

Tanner Smith

 

Women’s Open Singles

Hannah Zhao

 

Men’s Open Doubles

Anthony Gomez

Rylan Rizza

 

Women’s Open Doubles

Cierra Gaytan

Natasha Hill (youngster player, age 15, to win a tournament event)

 

Mixed Open Doubles

Emily Maxfield and Max Wild

 

Holy Family Services strongly embraces the values of diversity and inclusion as they strive to provide caring, non-judgmental support for birth parents considering adoption, to unite children and infants in need of a home with hopeful adoptive parents, and to create strong, loving families of all shapes and sizes. Visit www.hfs.org.

The Adoption Guild is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization comprised of approximately 50 members based in Orange County. For more than 50 years, the Guild has raised funds to financially support Holy Family Services (HFS), a foster and adoption agency in Southern California, which provides critical resources and counseling for children, birth parents and adoptive families within the community. To learn more, visit www.AdoptionGuild.org.


Take a literary journey at Sherman Library

On Thursday, June 15 at 7 p.m. in the Sherman Library & Gardens Central Patio Room, take a literary journey through Southern California’s storied county.

In a talk “Orange County: A Literary Field Guide,” more than 60 writers, some well-known, others emerging, lead readers on a tour that begins at the coast and heads inland over the Santa Ana Mountains, through the canyons and into the cities of Anaheim, Irvine and Orange in search of vistas of truth.

Luminaries including Michael Chabon, Phillip K. Dick, Steve Martin and Susan Straight explore the complexities and contradictions of the county locating readers in a place made in equal measure by 950 square miles of land and the imagination.

The event is free, but space is limited, so RSVP to reserve a spot. Call 949.673.1880 or visit www.slgardens.org to register.

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


Stump the Stu

Honoring the red, white & blue

Lo and behold, the Stu ran across this. It could be temporary or it could be permanent…but the bet is it’s out for the Fourth. Where is it?

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Farmhouse field-to-fork dinner to benefit Weiser Family Farms

Tonight, Monday, June 12, join Farmhouse Owner and Executive Chef Rich Mead for a memorable farm-to-fork dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. at Roger’s Gardens.

Chef Mead is known for his support of local and sustainable farms, and is looking forward to celebrating his years of friendship with Alex of Weiser Family Farms with a special culinary experience.

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Chef Rich Mead of Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens

The evening will begin with signature cocktails, beer, wine and appetizers. A dinner buffet will offer stations featuring fruits and vegetable dishes, an heirloom pig from Weiser Family Farms, salmon from Superior Seafood, as well as grains from the Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project. Farmhouse’s pastry chef will prepare an array of desserts; cocktails, beers and wines will be served.

Mike Publisi of Electric City Butcher will be in attendance for the evening, along with Laure and Jonathan Porter of Smog City Brewing Company, Robin and Brian Christenson of the Blinking Owl Distillery, Chef Paul Buchanan of Primal Alchemy, Paddy Glennon of Superior Seafood and many other notables in the SoCal culinary circle.

Event proceeds will be used to buy new farming equipment to help the boutique family farm compete with big industrial growers, and help keep Farmhouse supplied with the freshest produce available for years to come.

Cost: $135 per person, tax and gratuity included. Space is limited. To make your reservation, call 949.640.1415. www.farmhouserg.com.

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


Students to star in free performances at Segerstrom

Summer at the Center (SATC), Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ program for high-risk and underserved teens, will have its 26th annual session July 17 - 28. The program, which was adopted by the U.S. Department of Education as one of its model programs, offers high school-age teens facing personal challenges a safe environment in which to develop self-esteem, confidence and positive friendships with peers along with positive/productive goals. SATC professional teaching artists use elements of musical theater to engage participants in fun, creative lessons and exercises.

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Summer at the Center 2016 rehearsal

The two-week program includes vocal training, dance, improvisation, audition techniques and stagecraft, with a special emphasis on how these presentation skills translate into success in their personal and professional lives.

On Saturday, July 29 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Samueli Theater, the students will perform a Broadway revue-style show demonstrating their newly discovered talents developed through teamwork and collaboration. The performances are free and open to the public; no reservations are required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Participants are selected through an interview process, developed deliberately as an opportunity for students to begin to step outside their comfort zones. These interviews help program coordinators to assess the level of interest and commitment to the program. They evaluate the applicants’ abilities to work in a team environment, adapt to new challenges and take the first steps towards positive change. This year, approximately 45-50 students will be selected from an applicant pool of more than 100 to participate in the program.

Bill Brawley, who has directed Summer at the Center since its first year in 1991, will return this year. Brawley has been the artistic director for “The Young Americans” for more than 40 years and works alongside his wife Robyn, who is the choreographer for Summer at the Center.

More information is available at www.scfta.org/satc.


Seaside Gallery & Goods to hold paint workshop

Join Seaside Gallery & Goods on July 22 for a “Plein Air Color Theory” workshop, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Pelican Courtyard.

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A painting by artist Jessica R. Byrne

The workshop will be led by Jessica R. Byrne of www.byrnestudio.com and is designed to accommodate all experience levels. In this class, participants will explore the significance of individual perception in the creative process and the effect of natural light on color and values as students paint from life.

Learn how to simplify a scene to create paintings with strength, balance and interest. There will be emphasis on color and value relationships, color theory, mixing pure and gray colors, brushwork, and improvement of drawing skills through accurate observation.

Beginners are welcome and materials can be supplied upon request. Intermediate and advanced students are encouraged to bring their own materials.

Byrne, a native Californian with an affinity for nature, continues in California’s rich tradition of plein air painting. Her style has become distinctive for its bold, descriptive brushstrokes and poetic use of light and color. She attended the Laguna College of Art + Design.

The cost of the painting workshop is $55 per person.

Seaside Gallery & Goods is located at 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach.


School Notes

Corona del Mar High School

Tuesday, June 13 - 6:30 pm in the Sea King Theater - Free Admission. CdM Concert Band, Academy Band and Drumline.

Early College High School

If you are interested in an alternative to the typical large high school and are motivated, mature and ready for the challenge of college classes, you may be a perfect “fit” for Early College High School. Come visit and see if they’re a match for you. ECHS will be accepting applications through June 30, by 4:30 p.m. @ ECHS. Call 714.424.4780 with any questions. 

Newport Harbor High School

Save the date for the Newport Harbor High School’s Davidson Field Grand Opening, September 8, 2017 at 5 p.m. The field and track have undergone a complete renovation. Davidson Field is located at 600 Irvine Ave.

Summer Engineering Academy

The NMUSD Summer Engineering Academy will take place this summer at Costa Mesa High School. Students can earn community service hours and work with other students in robotics, computer science and engineering. Dates of the Academy run from July 7 - 27, from 8:30 a.m. - noon.

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Alaska Airlines moving to Terminal B at JWA

Beginning yesterday, Sunday June 11, Alaska Airlines moved its John Wayne Airport operations to Terminal B. Alaska Airlines had been currently operating out of Terminal A.Insert 

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Passengers flying on Alaska Airlines at John Wayne Airport will find their ticket counters, gates and baggage carousel in Terminal B. Alaska Airlines guests will retrieve their checked luggage at Baggage Carousel 3, and the Alaska Baggage Claim office will be located on the Arrival (lower) Level in Terminal B.

Alaska Airlines’ move to Terminal B establishes balance to passenger traffic in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal and will improve the John Wayne Airport guest experience.

Alaska Airlines initiated service at John Wayne Airport in October 1987, and currently provides nonstop service between Orange County and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Portland; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Reno/Tahoe; San Jose; Santa Rosa/Sonoma; and Seattle. Alaska will inaugurate new nonstop service to San Francisco on June 15, and to Albuquerque, New Mexico, on August 18, 2017.

To contact Alaska Airlines, call 800.426.0333, visit www.alaskaair.com, or view the John Wayne Airport website at www.ocair.com/flightinformation/airlines.


Progress, Parades and Power Brokers

By DUNCAN FORGEY

For half a century, 100 tiny cat boats have painted a tableau on the calm blue waters of Newport Harbor.The beloved Flight of the Snowbirds (precursor to Flight of the Lasers) was one of the many attractions for those fortunate enough to live on the cherished Bayfront. These coveted homes, have always represented the finest of OC lifestyle.

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Collins Island during WWII

The bayʻs 50 miles of waterfront grew out of silt-laden streams, meandering over alluvial fans around the mouth of the Santa Ana River.In 1825, a major flood swung these waters south, sending sand-filled effluence and filling in low points.In 1888, the U.S. Engineer Corps deepened the channel between the peninsula and the bluff, creating a more usable bay.Local workers began erecting tents or wooden abodes.At that time, waterfront locations were not in demand due to unpredictable tides.

When Newport Beach was incorporated in 1906, it requested government money to further develop its harbor. The entrance, sloughs and sandbars were dredged trying to eliminate the many random hazards.Mudflats vanished and island neighborhoods took their place. Over the next 70 years Bay, Harbor, Lido, Newport, Linda, Balboa, Little, and Collins islands gave the harbor hundreds of new waterfront sites.

Famous bayfront homes have always been an important aspect of Newportʻs history.The earliest home celebrating wealth and success was that of developer William S. Collins.In 1907, after years of speculation, Collins built both an island and a home befitting his importance in the fledging town.Collinsʻ “Castle” was an ornate Venetian-style mansion with an arched entrance, pergolas, multiple gardens and a large boat dock.The interior of the cement structure was awash with ceiling murals of nymphs and cherubs.In 1938, screen favorite James Cagney obtained the property.One account says he won it in a poker game.He leased it to the Coast Guard during World War II and Collinsʻ Castle was leveled in 1953 for redevelopment.Today, it has eight beautifully located waterfront homes.

Equally impressive was the mansion of oilman William Bartholomae.Located on the tip of the Balboa Peninsula, this nearly two-acre site with a gargantuan adobe brick home was fronted by expansive grass above a seawall.An envy of the harbor, this home portrayed an unequalled elegance, especially when accompanied by the gorgeous motorsailer, Sea Diamond moored in front. Its perception of perfection was shattered when the controversial industrialist was stabbed to death by a frenzied maid.There are now six homes on the old Bartholomae property.

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The China House 24 hours before demolition with the historical “Newsboy” racing yacht in the foreground

On the east side of the entrance jetties, The China House was a landmark for decades since it was built in 1927 by a Pasadena resident out of love for his wife.Its unique architecture was responsible for the neighboring lagoon to be known as China Cove.The home greeted yachts and fishing boats for years before it was torn down in the 1980s for construction of two new homes. Almost directly across the bay, the Gillette family home (famous for their razors) was a huge three-story home. Local lore talks of two Gillette brothers, while engaged in a feud, boarding up all accesses and hallways connecting the two wings of the home.From that point forward the home functioned as two separate homes.In the 1970s, one of the homes was owned by surf-guitar legend Dick Dale, prior to his highly public legal and financial problems.

John Wayneʻs perfectly located home on the point in Bayshores was a favorite among locals until it was rebuilt by new owners.Wayneʻs specter will forever remain in our harbor with his larger than life image swaggering about town.Just this month a new park was name for the “Duke”.

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An aerial view of Bay Island

Directly across from the Wayne mansion was one of the most beautiful estates ever.Originally, bought and built in 1938 by violin virtuoso Jascha Heifetz,financier Howard Ahmanson updated it in the early 1950s into the cityʻs most phenomenal estate.Situated on the west end of the island, it faced forever sunsets.

A short list of other notable water dwellers through early years of Newport Harbor, includes land developers Bren to Kilroy to Koll to Warmington; a “friendly credit dentist” Robert Beauchamp; television visionary Robert Bennett, the Los Angeles Times Chandler family;Laura Scudder and her “nosiest chips in the world”; the Van de Kamp foods family; George and Grace Hoag; the Irvine’s blue beach house, as well as, entertainers Buddy Ebsen, Andy Devine, Madame Helena Modjeska and Joey Bishop.

Today, the list continues with fewer celebrities but many more developers, professionals and entrepreneurs.Most of the older homes have been razed and replaced with more contemporary ones. But there is one aspect of this lifestyle that remains true to today.“Keeping up with the Joneses” in Newport Beach can be a hazardous way of living.When you look around the harbor you can see the immense financial strength of its inhabitants.Their median amount of wealth is quite staggering.To accomplish a Bayfront level of success one must be both dedicated and focused on goals at hand.

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The famous Rendezvous Ballroom

So next time, you take that inevitable Duffy bay cruise (the electric Duffy Boat was conceived in a bayfront home on Linda Isle), try to imagine old wooden boats, Model A Fords and young couples dancing the Swing in the Rendezvous Ballroom to Stan Kenton.Remember images of masses of people coming to the harbor for Bal-Week, speed boat races on the north channel of Lido Isle, hundreds of boat parades,Beer Can regattas and thousands of small sailboat races. Savor the multitude of stormy days, nights of eerie fog, magnificent sunrises and sunsets, as well as, a personal view that changes each and every day.This is what these waterfront residents are blessed with and why their real estate is some of the most expensive anywhere.

The essence of Newport Harbor will never change, only its structures will.Todayʻs outstanding waterfront homes will become recollections for a new generation just as the classic old homes of yesteryear are nostalgic memories of a passing generation.

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


Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club announces 007 Fundraiser

Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club announced its Shaken But Not Stirred gala slated for June 10.

“The donations our Shaken But Not Stirred event raises will fund research for finding a cure for all cancer,” said BCYC member and Shaken But Not Stirred Event Chair Gail Cyprus. “This event is the ‘off the water’ event that is open to the public and BCYC members. The Shaken But Not Stirred night features a James Bond 007 theme and invites anyone who revels in the Bond universe to join this evening of fun and significant purpose,” Cyprus said. “BCYC proudly joins the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in supporting its research targeting a cure for all cancers,” Cyprus shared.

Thirteen years ago, BCYC began its journey to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to find a cure for blood related cancers. Last year, BCYC events raised $98,000 and achieved a remarkable $1,080,000 in total funds raised for Blood Cancer research and Patient Care to date. The Leukemia Cup Regatta is a series of sailboat competitions and related events to raise funds to advance the mission of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

BCYC - Leukemia Shaken But Not Stirred Fundraiser Saturday, June 10 Program:
5-6 p.m. Early Preview: Open Bar with Appetizers

6-7 p.m. Agent Hour: Hunt for Your Treasure

7:15 p.m. Dinner ($85/person) Includes: Bar Bonus: $20 value toward “Golden Opportunity” Drawing; Open Bar; Dancing, Fine Dining, 007 Surprises...and more!

Support and participation by their many sponsors, contributors and volunteers provide the magic. Through fun events like Shaken But Not Stirred, BCYC hopes to achieve a 2017 fundraising goal of $200,000.

“Your contributions and support mean a great deal to those affected by cancer’s devastating diseases,” said Nancy Levy, the BCYC Chair and tireless cancer advocate. All of the BCYC - Leukemia Cup events are open to the public.

For more information, call 949.644.953, or visit Someday Is Today.


McKown, Weinstein & Associates make history in Newport Coast

The coastal real estate experts, McKown | Weinstein | Associates continue to exceed expectations and make history along the way. They have established yet another record, selling the classic residence located at 1 Pelican Crest Drive for $24.1 million, which is the highest price per square foot to date in Newport Coast.

The breathtaking Mediterranean-inspired estate makes an eye-catching statement at nearly 13,500 square feet resting on arguably the best and most beautifully landscaped lot in Newport coast that spans nearly 31,300 square feet with views from three sides of the property from Laguna Beach all the way to Palos Verdes.

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The property boasts a wide variety of inspirations and styles, including craftsmanship influenced by the neoclassical Palladian palazzos of the Veneto, Louis XIV’s Versailles, the French and Italian Riviera, and Ralph Lauren Americana. No detail was left untouched in the seven bedroom, 11 bath home, as the artistry highlights the property’s custom design, exquisite details, and elegant finishes. The residence is comprised of two home offices, a grand living area, a recreation room equipped with a bar and lounge, home theater, climate-controlled wine cellar that can hold over 1,200 of your favorite vintages, and a fully equipped gym. Majestic Ionic and Doric columns declare stature throughout while shimmering crystal chandeliers adorn the interior. The floor plan includes ornamental wrought ironwork, gorgeously designed custom wallpaper, silk draperies, detailed honey colors, custom carved French paneling, molding, and cabinetry, fine Venetian plaster, inlaid Italian onyx, heated marble floors, alkalized water system, and a commercially sized elevator. The estate leaves you feeling it’s sumptuous warmth and grandiose existence.

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This transaction is one of three of the significant sales that have taken place within the last month for MWA. They consistently push the limits by showcasing their extraordinary skill set, putting their client’s needs at the forefront of every enterprise, and setting new records with each transaction. Their unparalleled sales history confirms they are the top real estate professionals, with sales equaling over $2 billion since their beginning.

MWA has been an authority in Orange County since 1991, proving to be the go-to local market experts for Newport Coast and the surrounding communities providing superior client assistance, high-caliber knowledge, and unprecedented negotiating skills with every transaction, setting themselves apart from the competition. Their success speaks for itself with their record-breaking sales and ascendency in the Newport Coast market.

MWA’s partnership with Surterre Properties®, a top luxury residential real estate brokerage known for its teamwork and integrity, gives them an extra edge in the industry providing an elite endorsement solidifying their streamline service.


Junior Guards…better than ever this summer

By AMY SNIDER SENK

A rumor has been going around parts of Corona del Mar that Newport Beach is canceling Junior Guards for the summer because of sharks. And while there have been shark sightings this spring off the shores of Orange County, the Newport Beach Junior Guards program’s not only going forward but also hasn’t seen a significant drop in registration.

According to city spokeswoman Tara Finnigan, the program currently has about 1,333 registrants, down about a dozen kids from a year ago. Lifeguard Captain Rob Williams said the numbers were in line with the past three or four years, and that cancelations typically are because of conflicts with sports or other obligations.

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Junior Guards hit the sand

Williams said that most of the recent shark sightings were closer to Dana Point and Long Beach, but Newport Beach uses receivers in the water that can sense sharks that have been tagged. There were a few hits of great whites in March and April, he said, and non-tagged sharks of course wouldn’t register. Last year, a woman was bitten by a shark near Big Corona, and during the summer, a shark seen near the Balboa Pier forced Junior Guards to stay on the sand during the afternoon session.

Lifeguards will be on alert for sharks this summer, Williams said, not just for guards but for all beach visitors. They use reports from swimmers and surfers, from other agencies, lifeguard boats and a helicopter based in Huntington Beach. This year, he said, they added personal watercrafts and an FAA-licensed drone to check out reports immediately.

“It’s mainly to evaluate risk,” he said. “If we can confirm sightings, we can clear an area even if the helicopter isn’t available.”

If a shark is nearby, swimmers, including guards, would be cleared from the water. “The same thing happened with lightning two years ago,” he said. “It’s the same kind of assessment.” That year, the lightning occurred just as the program was ending for the day, and afternoon guards were moved out of the water, away from the sand and to a nearby hotel parking lot for pickup. When the shark was seen by the Balboa Pier, activities moved to the sand.

Founded in 1984, the Junior Guards program teaches ocean skills to kids from 9 to 15 years old. They learn first aid skills and marine safety while participating in a variety of competitions in and out of the ocean, and the annual Monster Mile (run a mile in the sand, swim a mile in the ocean) is a program highlight.  Even City Manager Dave Kiff typically will join the older kids in the race.

“We’re right across from Marina Park and the Bay,” Williams said. “We can utilize that if we decide we need to keep the kids out of the water.” Sharks are rarely seen in bay water, and Williams said he couldn’t remember that ever occurring in the city.

He also said that last summer, the shark sightings dropped to zero when water patterns changed in early August. Beach attendance overall set records last year, mostly because of the beautiful weather. This year’s program will begin June 27 and run through August 10.

“We trust the Newport lifeguards and their vigilance,” one mom of two returning guards said. “It’s statistically more likely that people will choke and die eating a hot dog than they will be attacked by a shark in the ocean. And we’re still eating hot dog

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


Mariner’s Mile coalition offers community outreach

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The Coalition to Protect Mariner’s Mile invites you to attend a Community Outreach Soirée Monday, June 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at CP Restaurant & Lounge.

The Coalition is saying “enough is enough” in the face of plans to widen Pacific Coast Highway, along with the City›s proposed plan to drive mass, height and density into our community.

Come join your neighbors to become better informed, discuss the issues, and enjoy complimentary appetizers and a no-host bar.

For more information on Protect Mariner’s Mile and how you can get involved, please visit: www.nopchfreeway.org

Please note that for this event only, you may park across the street behind the Wells Fargo Bank and Starbucks Center at 2700 West Coast Highway.

CP Restaurant & Lounge is located at 2800 W. Coast Highway.


More Balboa Island Parade photos!

We took so many great photos that we wanted to share with you from Sunday’s parade! Enjoy...

Balboa Island Parade

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Flashback Heart Attack to kick off summer series

Flashback Heart Attack

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Newport Beach annual Concerts on the Green series will kick off on Sunday, July 9 with Flashback Heart Attack playing the best of the ‘80s. Other concerts in the series include: Pacific Symphony on July 16, Tijuana Dogs on August 6 and Night Shift on September 3.

Voted OC Weekly’s choice for “best live band/best rock band” eight years in a row, Flashback Heart Attack brings the authentic ‘80s cover band experience to the Newport Beach Civic Center in this outdoor Concert on the Green. The local Orange County band that has made it big, nationally and internationally, will be fired up the summer with a playlist that includes all the great ‘80s hits.

Admission to the concert is free and free parking is available in the Civic Center parking structure. The concert begins at 6 p.m., but concertgoers are encouraged to come early and bring a picnic dinner or purchase food and refreshments from food trucks that will be on site. Attendees should also bring low-slung beach chairs and blankets for the outdoor event. No alcohol is permitted.

For more information about concerts or other cultural arts programs in the City of Newport Beach, go to the City’s Cultural Arts webpage at www.newportbeachca.gov/CulturalArts or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Fire Department quickly knocks down CdM fire

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Last Sunday, June 4th at 3:42 pm, Newport Beach Fire Department personnel responded to a working structure fire at 3034 E. Coast Hwy in Corona Del Mar. 

The two-alarm fire was located within a one-story multi-unit building. First in units made an aggressive interior attack of the fire combined with vertical ventilation to contain the fire to the unit of origin. As a result of their quick actions, all surrounding units did not sustain any damage as the fire was contained to the unit of origin. 

During the response, a portion of Pacific Coast Highway was temporarily closed. 

From the initial 911 call, the fire was contained within 15 minutes. There were no injuries reported from the fire. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by Newport Beach Fire Department Investigators. 

Costa Mesa Fire Department, Orange County Fire Authority and the Newport Beach Police Department also assisted with the call. 


Stump the Stu

Church glass stumps our readers

Either we stumped you this week or our readers just don’t go to church. The answer is the Community Church Congregational, 611 Heliotrope Ave., in Corona del Mar.

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

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Stump the Stu 6.5

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

By LANA JOHNSON

A Market welcomes rosés from around the world

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On Wednesday, June 14 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., A Market will share their rosés from around the world with you. This special evening will include wine tastings paired with gourmet small bites, courtesy of the A Market culinary team. Space is limited and an RSVP is required. Email lThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve space.

Here’s what guests will enjoy:

Lallier Brut Rose NV - Champagne, France

AIX Coteaux D’Aix En Provence Rose 2016 - Provence, France 

Nervi Rosato di Nebbiolo Rosa 2015 - Piedmont, Italy 

Casa Do Valle Rosado 2016 - Vinho Verde, Portugal 

Brick N Mortar Rose 2016 - Sonoma Coast, California 

The cost is $24 per person which includes pairings.

A Market is located at 3334 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.amarketnb.com.

Ciao Vincenza!


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Wooden Boat Festival coming to town and it should be good

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I’m hearing good things about this weekend’s Fourth Annual Wooden Boat Festival at the Balboa Yacht Club.

Lots of great boats of all sizes entered. Additionally, see the evolution of Sportfishers on display, take a ride aboard the historic 82’ Schooner Curfew or tour the 100-foot fantail yacht Electra.

They’ll also have a kid’s toy boat building event, along with food, music, art and exhibitors.

The organizers have also added a free water taxi running the length of the Bay this year to help you get there. Boarding stops are at the Balboa Bay Resort, the Lido Isle Blue Park, Ocean Quest/Fun Zone Dock and at the Coral Avenue public dock on Balboa Island.

Service begins at 10 a.m. and runs throughout the day.

And don’t forget, the Wooden Boat Festival isn’t the Wooden Boat Festival without Ralph Rodheim. Ralph passed earlier this year, but this was one of his most beloved events. 

For more information, go to https://newportbeachwoodenboatfestival.com/.

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Speaking of boats. One apparently arrived early for the Boat Festival. Well, not really.

Late Sunday, a boat sailing from Catalina came ashore in Newport Beach. Fortunately, no one was hurt, well, except for one’s pride and pocketbook.

Someone said a friend loaned him the vessel. Yikes.

Save Newport’s Mike Glenn said the boat identified itself on the aft from San Diego, but was actually from Dana Point.

Obviously, the boat was a little off course, or as Maxwell Smart use to say, “You only missed it by that much!”

BTW, the boat was removed Monday afternoon.

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Congrats to Big Canyon’s Stewart Hagestad who qualified to play in the U.S. Open golf championship later this month.

Hagestad, who earlier this year played in the Masters, shot a morning round of 67 at Newport Beach Country Club and an afternoon 68 at Big Canyon. He finished third overall in the Sectional Qualifying. The top six advanced.

Next stop, Erin Hills, located in Erin, WI.

It’s a big course that can be stretched out to 7,800 yards.


Letters to the Editor:

McCaffrey calls out Skinner for Peotter attacks

Saying it often doesn’t make it true.

Susan Skinner’s recent email diatribes calling for Scott Peotter’s recall are an exercise in fantasy. Skinner is a well-known obstructionist with a personal vendetta against Councilman Scott Peotter. Scott is a conservative Republican and property rights advocate, Skinner isn’t. 

When she doesn’t get her way she sues the city at great cost to taxpayers.

Skinner calls for Peotter’s recall because he stood up for private property rights in supporting the Museum House project. After a two year planning process, the project was approved unanimously by the planning commission and by the city council on a 6-1 vote.

Skinner claims the Line in the Sand PAC raises its money “mostly in small amount from many people who support its goals.” Not the case.

Public records filed under the penalty of perjury confirm that Skinner has a PAC of her own, Newport 1st.

Newport 1st received $47,500 on December 16, 2016 from an anonymous donor funneling money through Citizens Against Urban High Rise Towers, a non-profit organization that doesn’t report donors’ names as required for PAC’s.

On the same day, Skinner transferred $46,506 from her PAC, “Newport 1st, to Line in the Sand PAC. In some circles this is called laundering political donations.

Why should taxpayers write a $500,000 check for Susan Skinner’s political vendetta?

Why doesn’t she just run against Peotter in 2018 and save taxpayers the money?

Bob McCaffrey

Volunteer Chairman, Residents for Reform

Balboa Island

Mom advocates for safety and helmet awareness for all

My name is Carmen Lofgren and I advocate safety and helmet awareness. I noticed some pictures (in StuNewsNewport) of kids on scooters without helmets. I thought it may be a good idea with summer coming and more families being out having fun, you may want to do a piece on safety, following rules, safety check for bikes, scooters, skateboards, etc., wearing helmets & proper fitting. 

It is a law for kids under 18 to wear a helmet riding any of the above and it is simply a smart idea to wear them no matter your age as accidents happen, and adult brains aren’t any stronger than a child’s brain. Parents should want to protect themselves (who will take care of their child if they’re hurt) and they should lead by example.

I have been raising awareness for the past 2 1/2 years. My son Gary Lofgren was 25 years old, a great human being, and his life was cut short from a bicycle accident. He was not wearing a helmet and all his injuries were to his brain. 

Please check out FB page, Love and Support For Gary to see what we have been doing in the community. I reached out to the CEO of Kaiser Permanente and he started a region wide Helmet Awareness Campaign because of my son’s story & my efforts; I started a Helmet Awareness program at the high schools in the OUSD; I’ve shared the video & donated helmets to students at Ensign Middle School in Newport Beach; did the same at La Purisima Church in Orange; and shared my story with Anaheim Fire and Rescue.

I am currently a member of the Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club and will be working to get a Helmet in a Box program started with Rotarian Steve Bender. I’ve done events with Kaiser Permanente, volunteered with Helmet Heads in Colorado, and recently the Mayor of Baldwin Park has asked me to speak on this very important issue over the summer. 

I hope you find this important enough to share. 

Thank you,

Carmen Lofgren

Concerned citizens still keeping an eye on JWA

Residents who live close to our bay and ocean enjoy incredibly beautiful neighborhoods and spectacular views, but many also have to endure the noise and pollution from airplanes flying out of John Wayne Airport. From the first time Orange County Supervisors introduced the idea of commercial flights from the former small airfield known as Eddie Martin, concerned citizens complained and initiated efforts to prevent the airfield from becoming a commercial airport. Some residents were so furious they developed a plan to lie on the tarmac of the runway, arm in arm, to prevent planes from departing. Orange County Supervisors stopped their plan with the promise they would seek an alternative site, a more appropriate one than that small piece of land.  

When El Toro Air Base closed and the Marines vacated the property, County Supervisors believed they had found the perfect site for a county airport. Having runways which had been used by Marine jet planes, the surrounding property was zoned to prohibit homes, parks, and schools, thus providing the perfect departure pattern. It seemed an ideal site. However, the city of Irvine and other southern Orange County cities waged war against the Supervisors’ proposed plan for this property and won. Irvine ended up with the large piece of property, with the promise they would build a “Great Park.” That was 15 years ago! To date, the Great Park has not materialized. Instead JWA was forced to increase in size, number of flights, and complaints from residents. Not a single official has been held responsible for broken promises. The following website provides a brief history and timeline of JWA: (http://articles.latimes.com/1985-01-31/news/mn-4981_1_orange-county-airport). 

The battle to keep JWA from further expansion has been a struggle ever since the first commercial flight left the ground. Fortunately, the Newport Beach City Council, County Supervisors and SPON developed a Settlement Agreement that was accepted by the FAA. It provides specific protections for those under the JWA flight path and is one of the few airports in our Country to have such a contract. It offers specific protections for impacted residents, such as having designated noise limits that are monitored by sound equipment and a curfew that prevents departures of commercial airlines between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. Residents most impacted by the planes resent the increasing number of airplane departures. They are concerned that the accumulated noise and pollution are detrimental to their health and have asked Newport Beach officials for an official study to determine the extent of these potential health risks.  

JWA has a “hot line” citizens can call to report any suspected violations of rules regarding commercial planes, such as those flying below the required height, planes that sound significantly louder than usual, or a commercial plane violating the curfew. It is helpful to provide as much information as possible regarding the plane in question, such as exact time of the flight, identification of the specific carrier, the plane’s identification number, and any other specific information to help JWA representatives identify the offender. The airport number to call is: 949.252.5185. 

Citizen groups such as AirFair, AWG, SPON and the Newport Beach Aviation Citizens Committee have worked to ensure all rules and regulations are followed. As a current Board member of AirFair, I invite all who are interested in airport issues to attend our meetings and join us in our efforts to keep Newport Beach as one of the most desirable places to live in the World by insisting JWA and the FAA consider citizens’ safety and health over airline profits. Please access our website for exact the dates and times of our meetings.

Bonnie O’Neil

AirFair Board member
Newport Beach


School Notes

Early College High School

If you are interested in an alternative to the typical large high school and are motivated, mature, and ready for the challenge of college classes, you may by a perfect “fit” for Early College High School.  

Come visit and see if it’s a match for you.

ECHS will be accepting applications through June 30, by 4:30 p.m. at ECHS. Call 714.424.4780 with any questions. 

Davidson Field

Save the date for the Davidson Field Grand Opening, September 8, 2017 at 5 p.m. The field and track have undergone a complete renovation.

Davidson Field is located at 600 Irvine Ave.

Summer Engineering Academy

The NMUSD Summer Engineering Academy will take place this summer at Costa Mesa High School. Students can earn community service hours and work with other students in robotics, computer science and engineering.

Dates of the Academy run from July 7-27, from 8:30 a.m. – noon.

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Police Files

Armed robbery leads to coke and other issues 

Daniel Charles Noh, 28, a server from Santa Ana, was arrested Sunday evening on a number of charges including armed robbery.

The arrest took place in the 100 block of McFadden Place at 11:50 p.m.

Other charges filed against Noh included being in possession of a controlled substance while armed, carrying a concealed weapon, exhibiting a firearm, carrying an un-registered loaded handgun, possession of cocaine base for sale, an addict in possession of a firearm and possession of ammo by a prohibited person.

Bail was set at $50,000.

Costa Mesa man charged with elder abuse

Mark Joseph Lucidi, 54, of Costa Mesa has been charged with elder/dependent adult cruelty and contempt of court.

Lucidi was arrested Sunday night at 10:30 p.m. in the 300 block of Hazel Drive.

The charges say he violated Penal Code 368(c) “Any person who, under circumstances or conditions, willfully causes or permits any elder or dependent adult, with knowledge that he or she is an elder or a dependent adult, to suffer, or inflicts thereon unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering, or having the care or custody of any elder or dependent adult, willfully causes or permits the person or health of the elder or dependent adult to be injured or willfully causes or permits the elder or dependent adult to be placed in a situation in which his or her person or health may be endangered,” could be found guilty of a misdemeanor.

Lucidi also was charged with contempt of court for willful disobedience of a court order.

Bail was set at $15,000.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime reports


Pacific Symphony kicks off summer concert series

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The Newport Beach City Arts Commission will host the kick off concert in Pacific Symphony’s popular “Symphony in the Cities” summer series.  Pacific Symphony, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, will perform on Sunday, July 16 at the Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive.

The evening will begin with the Symphony’s “Musical Playground” starting at 5:30 p.m. which features interactive and hands-on activities for children, including instrument making, a drum circle, an instrument petting zoo and an opportunity to meet the musicians.

Kids will have the chance to learn how to conduct with Maestro Carl St.Clair and later help lead the orchestra in Sousa’s “Hands Across the Sea” during the concert. The concert, featuring Pacific Symphony playing popular classics, pop music and and patriotic tunes, will begin at 7 p.m. and end promptly at 8:30 p.m. Classical KUSC’s radio host Rich Capparela will serve as the emcee, and the audience is invited to participate in a sing-along of patriotic favorites.

Admission to the concert is free and free parking is available in the Civic Center parking structure. Concert goers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner or purchase food and refreshments from food trucks that will be on site. Attendees should also bring low-slung beach chairs and blankets for the outdoor event. No alcohol is permitted.

For more information about concert sponsorship or cultural arts programs in the City of Newport Beach, go to the City’s Cultural Arts webpage at www.newportbeachca.gov/CulturalArts or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


NBPD focus on bike & pedestrian safety

The Newport Beach Police Department will be conducting focused Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations on Wednesday, June 7; Wednesday, June 14; and Monday, June 26. 

Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas that are frequented by bicyclists and pedestrians, and where recent traffic collisions have occurred, in an effort to reduce injuries. Education and enforcement will be targeted at drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians alike. The officers will be focused on specific offenses including driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, and any other dangerous activities.

Enforcement will be taken for observed violations when vehicles failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, or when pedestrians fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Citations will be issued to bicyclists who fail to follow the same traffic laws that apply to motorists, and to drivers who fail to share the road safely with bicyclists. Bicycle riders are reminded to always wear a helmet; those under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet by law. Pedestrians should only cross the street in marked crosswalks or at corners.

Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising in California as more people use these non-motorized means of transportation. Locally, the Newport Beach Police Department has investigated 14 fatal and 422 injury collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists during the past three years (statistics currently include 2013, 2014, and 2015). In 2013, California witnessed 701 pedestrians and 141 bicyclists killed, accounting for more than 28 percent of all traffic fatalities.

The Police Department remains dedicated to these efforts to prevent traffic-related deaths and injuries. We encourage motorists to stay alert and watch for bicyclists and pedestrians, especially when turning or changing lanes. Our message to anyone on the streets in Newport Beach is: whether you are on wheels or on foot, it’s your responsibility to safely share the road.

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


Seaside Gallery & Goods to hold paint workshop

Join Seaside Gallery & Goods on June 24 for a “Painting Light and Water” workshop, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Pelican Courtyard.

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A painting by artist Jessica R. Byrne

Learn how to simplify a scene to create paintings with strength, balance and interest. Painting water can be challenging, but with the proper tools and techniques the process of painting any subject matter can be simplified.

Painters of all mediums and all experience levels are welcome and materials can be supplied upon request. Intermediate and advanced students are encouraged to bring their own materials and an image to work from.

There will be emphasis on solid composition, color and value relationships, color theory, mixing pure and gray colors, brushwork and improvement of drawing skills through accurate observation.

The workshop will be led by Jessica R. Byrne of www.byrnestudio.com. Byrne, a native Californian with an affinity for nature, continues in California’s rich tradition of plein air painting. Her style has become distinctive for its bold, descriptive brushstrokes and poetic use of light and color. She attended the Laguna College of Art + Design.

The cost of the painting workshop is $55 per person.

Seaside Gallery & Goods is located at 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach.


You must reminder this: Here lived the Bandel family…all 19 of them

By NANCY GARDNER

The house across the street from me should have some kind of plaque in front, something to the effect of Here Lived the Bandel Family – all 19 of them. Yes, the Bandels had 17 children which in itself is remarkable, but even more remarkable is what a successful family it was. With the exception of one who had some issues, all the kids grew up to be stable, productive adults. As parents, I don’t know that we can ask for much more.

If there’s a hall of fame for great organizers, Mrs. Bandel must be in it. Just keeping 17 names straight is a feat, and think of the time management skills required to get them all fed and off to school in the morning. And as far as space planning – the Bandel home was on a typical Corona del Mar lot, and while it was a two story, it was set well back to provide a large front yard, so it was not a large home by any standard. Squeezing all those beds in must have been a bit like working a Rubik’s cube. Everything had to be just right.

The oldest of the children was Mary Anita who was in my class at school. Mary Anita was the best female athlete I ever knew, and having all those brothers meant there wasn’t a sport in which she didn’t excel. If it was basketball, we passed it to Mary Anita to take the shot. Baseball…she batted clean up. If we’d played football, she would have been the star wide receiver. You might think that with 16 sibs, you’d want to stand out where you could, but that was not Mary Anita. Not only didn’t she indicate in any way that she was exceptional in sports, I’m not sure she even knew. Unfortunately for her, this was well before Title 9, so all that athletic talent didn’t get her much – certainly not the scholarship she surely would have received today. She had to work her way through college as did her brothers and sisters.

I don’t know if any of the boys were as exceptional as Mary Anita, since I only interacted with them at the beach, but the ones I knew – Tom, Eugene, Fred and Red Dog (Timmy) – were all good body surfers. I know Tom was also a good board surfer. Any good south swell found him catching rides off the end of the east jetty.

In addition to being good in the water, the Bandel boys were also very responsible.  When I needed a new pair of fins, I smiled nicely, and my father bought them. When they needed new fins, they earned the money themselves. At least two of them are still in the area. Eugene has a stained glass studio on Old Newport Boulevard. Tom worked at the Corona del Mar Albertson’s for years, and now that he’s retired, spends his time surfing at Scotchman’s (Reef Point to you newcomers).

I ran into Tom the other day, and I am sorry to report that he looked 15 years younger than his actual years. Perhaps growing up in a large family makes you age well or –much more likely – there’s a painting of a hideous old person in a closet somewhere in his house. Either way it’s nice to know the Bandel clan, even in diminished numbers, is still in the area.

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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.


Corona del Mar 5K race results

And they are off

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And they’re off…

Whether you were a competitive runner, avid athlete in the 2-mile Celebration Walk or a small tyke taking off from the starting line in the Dolphin Dash, a great day was experienced by thousands during the 36th annual Corona del Mar Scenic 5K that took place Saturday, June 3 throughout the village streets.

1st place winner Michael Lucero

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Michael Lucero is the Overall 1st Place 5K race winner

All registered participants were treated to a complimentary Restaurant Row feast by local eateries. Racers also received a commemorative runner’s shirt and swag bag. The festive post party recognized the top winners with an awards ceremony, and race sponsors were also honored.

Lining up for the Mens 5K race

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Lining up for the Men’s 5K

Race Results (top winners):

Overall 5K

Male

1st Place, Michael Lucero, Santa Ana 00.16.33

2nd Place, Robert Perez, San Clemente 00:17:12

3rd Place, Joey Cianfrani, Newport Coast 00:17:15

 

Female

1st Place, Julia Tung, Newport Beach 00:19:20

2nd Place, Elin Wolker, Newport Beach 00:19:28

3rd Place, Kristen Reyes, Anaheim 00:19:57

 

Overall 2 Mile Youth Race (12 years and under)

1st Place, Drew Biegler 00:12:36

2nd Place, Nathan Dow 00:15:16

3rd Place, Zachary Menter 00:15:20

Cameron and Daniel Huss

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(L-R): Brothers Cameron and David Huss enjoyed the 2 Mile Youth Race. Cameron, age 7, took 3rd in his age category (7-8 years), while Daniel, age 9, placed 4th Overall and 2nd in his age category (9-10 years). They are from Glendora, were camping this week at Crystal Cove, heard about the CdM 5K and decided to sign up!

For complete race results by gender and age division, visit www.coronadelmarchamber.com.

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Youngsters lined up to have a memento from the day, thanks to the Balloon Lady


Newport Beach – A Look Back 

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

A Look Back 6.5.17

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This old photo came in and presented a number of questions. Anyone know who it is and what he’s doing or planning to do? Let us know.

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


O’Neill to host his “Office Hours”

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Newport Beach City Council member Will O’Neill will hold his “Office Hours” this Thursday, June 8. O’Neill regularly meets with citizens the second Thursday of each month from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Newport Coast Community Center. 

Citizens with questions, concerns or ideas about Newport Beach are encouraged to stop by. 

The Newport Coast Community Center is located at 6401 San Joaquin Hills Road (near the intersection of Newport Coast Drive and San Joaquin Hills Road).


Stasha Has a Nose for News – She shares summer vacation tips

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Summer is here, and if you’re doggie parents are like mine, they take you everywhere – including on vacation. 

But before embarking on the next fun adventure, there are things to consider when making furry travelers comfortable and safe. 

Here are a few of my travel tips. 

First off, when planning a trip, keep in mind there’s a big difference between “pet friendly” and “pet welcoming.”

Welcoming hotels not only accommodate us, but have amenities we’d enjoy like doggie room service menu items, designated dog runs, restaurants where we can dine with our parents and staff that are comfortable with animals.

We subscribe to “Fido Friendly Magazine,” a dog travel publication, which has reviews on pet welcoming hotels, resorts and more and great travel destination ideas. www.fidofriendly.com

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BringFido.com, www.bringfido.com, is another good site to check out as you plan travel. It contains lists of dog parks, restaurants, hotels, spas, beach rentals, hiking trails and more – just type in the area you plan to visit. The nice thing about this site is that there are reviews by pet owners who’ve been to these places, so you get first-hand information. And if you’re traveling by plane, Bring Fido has a page with links to many popular airlines outlining each carrier’s pet travel policies. Many have done away with pet travel in cargo areas, while others have height and weight restrictions for animals traveling in the cabin with their parents. Pet carrier size restrictions, as well as service dog requirements are also outlined. Visit this site to find out more. www.bringfidocom/travel/airline_policies/

The site cautions: Fees for pets vary and most airlines only allow one or two dogs on each flight, so always make sure a “seat” is available for your dog before buying your own ticket.

Food is at the top of my list when we pack for a trip. Mom packs a travel cooler with my favorite dog food and treats in Tupperware to keep it fresh. 

Drag Queen with Stasha

We’re big on Tupperware because my auntie Dee W IEye is one of the top Drag Queen Tupperware Ladies in the country and visits often.

My travel bag also includes doggie wipes, my Water Rover portable water/food dish, plenty of poop bags, a few toys, as well as Benadryl in case my allergies flare up, and some Pepto-Bismol for any potential travel tummy issues. An article on the American Kennel Club site explains the recommended dosage of Pepto for dogs is one teaspoon for every 10 pounds, and can be given to dogs every six to eight hours.

“But if your dog still has diarrhea after a few doses, stop the medication and call your veterinarian,” states the website www.akc.org/content/health/articles/is-pepto-bismol-safe-for-dogs/.

And as far as Benadryl goes, PetMD.com suggests “The standard dosage for oral Benadryl is one mg per pound of body weight, given two to three times a day.” www.petmd.com/dog/care/can-i-give-my-dog-benadryl-and-if-so-how-much. The site goes on to say, “Most drug store diphenhydramine tablets are 25 mg, which is the size used for a 25-pound dog.” 

Since we’re big on road trips, in the car I sit in the back seat, on my blanket and strapped into my doggie seat belt for safety. Front passenger seats can be dangerous for animals should the airbags deploy in a crash.

And Mom never lets me hang my head out the window as she drives. Road debris and wind are a major cause of eye injuries for dogs.

Stasha in the back seat

Bark at ya’ next month!

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Segerstrom Center welcomes back RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles

Join RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles as they celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and bring the album to life in its entirety along with other Beatles favorites! The celebration of this iconic album comes to Segerstrom Hall on April 11, 2018.

As “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles” (Associated Press), RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles’ discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio, but never performed for an audience. The 2017 tour features updated sets that include brand new LED, high-definition screens and multimedia content.

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RAIN will pay tribute to The Beatles on the Segerstrom Hall stage

Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that’s as infectious as it is transporting. Let RAIN take you back with all of the songs from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band along with all of your other Beatles favorites such as “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Hard Day’s Night,” “Let It Be,” “Come Together,” “Hey Jude” and more. This adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends! Like The Beatles, the onstage members of RAIN are not only supreme musicians, but electrifying performers in their own right.

Tickets for RAIN are on sale now and start at $39. They are available online at www.SCFTA.org, or by calling 714.556.2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.


Little Kids Club to be held at Lido Village Books

You’re invited to the Lido Marina Village Kids Club on Thursday, June 15 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Lido Village Books. Bring your children and enjoy a reading of “Escargot” by Dashka Slater and Sydney Hanson, followed by an interactive sing-a-long on the patio outside of Lido Village Books.

Escargot book cover

Kids will enjoy a fun snail-inspired craft and moms will love the specials from participating Lido Marina Village retailers including 10 percent off your book purchase at Lido Village Books and Sugarfina candy bags, as well as $25 off purchases at Eberjey.

This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP by visiting http://bit.ly/2rVkUWU. Each person who RSVPs will receive one entry for a drawing of a $25 gift certificate to Lido Village Books.

Can’t make it? Don’t worry, the Lido Marina Kids Club will be held every third Thursday of the month.

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


Letter to the Editor:

Mayor Pro Tem says wait until 2018

In my sixty-five years in Newport Beach I have always admired the kindness of our residents. My wife Terry and I have been blessed to raise our children and build a worldwide business in one of the most unique and beautiful harbors I have ever seen.

I was honored to be elected in 2014 to the City Council. As just a boat builder I was excited to give back to the community in the best way possible.  

I was unfamiliar with the intricacies of local politics but was willing to put in the time and use my business background to help bring common-sense policies to our great city. Maybe I was naïve, I thought doing the right thing for taxpayers was enough.  

The attempted recall of Councilman Scott Peotter has revealed an ugly side of our community.  

A few people led by former Councilman Keith Curry, are upset that they lost the 2014 election. They desperately want the controlling votes on the council. That’s what this is all about. To achieve this they continually write letters that are inaccurate and unfair.

For example, they claim Scott wants to gamble with tax dollars in the stock market. They don’t tell you that in 2007 Councilman Curry led the charge to create a section 115 Trust allowing the City to invest funds for employees receiving lifetime health insurance. It’s the vehicle we are reviewing to help pay down the City’s massive pension debt created by the Curry City Council.  

They didn’t recall former Mayor Rush Hill for swearing at constituents from the dais saying “We’re here in large part because previous councils did not want to take the kind of sh** you’re giving out.”  

They didn’t recall Keith Curry for saying, “This is designed to leave a big turd in the City after (Peotter) leaves. This is pathetic. This is bad public policy. Nobody else in America has this policy. It’s an absolute disgrace.” (Daily Pilot, June 15, 2016 - http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-charter-amendment-20160615-story.html)

They criticize Scott for his support of private property rights and the Museum House project. They don’t tell you that recall leader Keith Curry voted for it.  

Scott is hardworking and accessible. He’s on the ballot next year. That’s the time to hash out these issues, not in a recall election that will cost taxpayers $500,000.00, money that could be used to pay down our pension and Civic Center debt.

Duffy Duffield, Mayor Pro Tem

Newport Beach


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Everyone has a “spot” in StuNewsNewport including my friends from Costa Mesa

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It’s that time again when I reach out to our readers for a progress report to see how we’re doing here at StuNewsNewport.

Recently I received a note from Mark Jeremias. Mark is with Molly Wood Garden Design, just off 17th Street (1660 Orange Ave.) in Costa Mesa. Mark found it ironic that we would approach him for advertising with “perfect demographics” but not accept his editorial content because of their Costa Mesa location.

He said “90 percent” of their business comes from Newport Beach.

It’s been a comment I’ve heard before, so I thought I’d address it.

When we began StuNewsNewport, our guidelines stated that we cover the people and news of Newport Beach and only Newport Beach.

I can’t say we’ve been perfect, but it has to be like 99.99 percent Newport Beach content.

If we vary from that, we potentially change our target market over time.

I mean, if you’re a dog magazine, write about dogs. If you’re a gold fish company, you might advertise in the dog magazine attempting to reach pet lovers, but don’t expect a story or editorial coverage.

So how does Molly Wood Garden Design, a Costa Mesa company, or anyone else for that matter, get into the pages of StuNewsNewport? 

Editorially: Pitch us on a good story idea, with obviously a connection to Newport Beach. And just remember, advertising in SNN does not ever guarantee editorial.

Again, it’s part of our editorial mission.

The only way to guarantee your message in every issue is to advertise. We make it easy and perhaps the best buy in town the way we’re priced. And let’s not be bashful here, your advertising will also support increasing our community efforts.

It’s hard to believe that all of this started just nine months ago.

That being said, let me ask a few questions: 1) What are we doing right?; 2) More importantly, what can we improve upon?; 3) Any good story ideas (remember, Newport Beach)?; 4) Where would you like to see increased coverage?

And, any other comments, good or bad. That’s how we’ll better serve our community. Send them directly to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

BTW, we checked out Molly Wood Garden Design’s website at http://mollywoodgardendesign.com. I can see why they’re so popular in Newport Beach.


Curl Fitness presents Yoga on the Deck

On Saturday, June 17 from 9 to 10 a.m., you’re invited to join Curl Fitness for a free outdoor yoga class on the main deck at Lido Marina Village.

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Bring your water bottle, sunscreen and yoga mat…and start your weekend off surrounded by breathtaking views as you calm your mind and strengthen your body.

Come early to find the perfect spot and enjoy special offers, samples and discounts from Lido Marina Village vendors.

The event is free to the public. Reserve your space at http://bit.ly/2sc1j28.

Lido Marina Village is located at 3434 Via Lido, Newport Beach.


Police Files

Busted…one block from police headquarters

Laro Earleen Reid, 31, a hair stylist from Los Angeles, was arrested on a variety of charges, including an outstanding warrant related to prostitution.

Reid was arrested at Santa Barbara Drive and Santa Clemente Drive at 9:22 p.m. Saturday, May 3, a block away from NBPD headquarters.

Initial charges leading to the discovery of the outstanding warrant included possession of controlled substance, unlawful paraphernalia and being a passenger in a vehicle with an open container.

Bail was set for Reid at $62,500.

Illegal flashing lights lands felon back in jail

A felon, with an outstanding warrant, apparently drew attention to himself while violating Vehicle Code 25250 in utilizing “illegal flashing lights” at 17th and Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa. The incident took place at 12:27 a.m., on Saturday, May 3.

The Newport Beach Police Department responded and arrested Efren Ernest C. Abolencia, a 30-year-old student from Mira Loma, after it was discovered he had an outstanding felony warrant for “false imprisonment.”

Bail was set at $200,500.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime reports


Balboa Island Museum to present Vintage Home Tour

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 17 when the Balboa Island Museum presents the 3rd Annual Vintage Home Tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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The Rempel House on South Bay Front

Come celebrate historic homes on Balboa Island and a Vintage Yacht, “The Phantom.” You will view the “Rempel House” on Little Island, a 1954 mid-century modern and darling cottages.

Mid Century Modern on Ruby Avenue

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A Mid-Century Modern residence on Ruby Avenue

Tickets are on sale now. The cost is $35 for museum members and $40 for non-members. They can be purchased in advance at https://squareup.com/store/bimhs/item/vintage-home-tour, or at the Balboa Island Museum. Tickets can be picked up between June 1 - 17 at the Museum Store located at 331 Marine Ave., Balboa Island.

Vintage Yacht Phantom

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Tour this vintage yacht “The Phantom”

Proceeds from the tour benefit the Balboa Island Museum, a 501 (c)(3) organization.

For more information, call the museum at 949.675.3952 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Wing Lam and family lecture at Central Library was wonderfully attended

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Wing Lam with his parents Lee Cheong Kwong (father)

and Lee So Ching (mother) on the dais at Newport Beach Public Library 

On May 23, a very special lecture was presented at Newport Beach Public Library, presented in conjunction with the Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society, thanks to a cultural arts grant from the Newport Beach City Arts Commission.

The featured guests – Wing Lam, co-founder of Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, along with his parents, Lee Cheong Kwong and Lee So Ching – shared the incredible story of their journey from Mainland China to Balboa Island. The audience filled the Central Library Friends Room to hear the Lee family saga spanning more than half a century and across half the globe.

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Wing Lam with mother Lee So Ching and father Lee Cheong Kwong

Their journey began in Mainland China, winding its way to Hong Kong, Tokyo, Brazil and finally to Balboa Island, where they opened the first Chinese restaurant in the area, Shanghai Pine Garden. Through all the hardship and challenges that most of us could not even imagine, their passion for life and love of family resulted in a perpetual joy that radiates to all who come into their presence.

You can view the lecture in its entirety at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxzzeMwE5rU&t=1s.

The book, “The Monkey and the Lamb: A Tale & a Yarn” by author Young Lee is dedicated to his parents Lee Cheong Kwong and Lee So Ching. It tells the story of the experiences the Lee family shared during the library lecture, and goes beyond. It has been translated from Mandarin, so it has a unique stylistic approach. The purchase price of the signed book is $20 and is on sale at the Balboa Island Museum Store. You can view and also buy the book at https://squareup.com/store/bimhs/item/the-monkey-and-the-lamb.

Shirley Pepys and Lynn Selich

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(L-R): Shirley Pepys, president, Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society with Lynn Selich, chair, of the Newport Beach City Arts Commission


The sights and sounds of the Balboa Island Parade

The 24th annual Balboa Island Parade along Marine Avenue on Sunday, June 4 was filled with much fanfare! Once again, it brought the community together to celebrate the uniqueness of the Island in a fun, engaging way. 

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Some of Newport Beach’s notables make up the Keystone Cops, the longest running entry in the parade

From local dignitaries in vintage cars and our public service representatives to marching bands and doggie clubs, it was a great family day! 

Girls rocking the razors

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Girls rocking the razors

In addition to being broadcast throughout the U.S., it reached out globally to Europe, South America and Fiji. Welcome to summer on the Island!

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Remembering our heroes is a big part of the parade

More memorable photos from this year’s Balboa Island Parade 

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Look for more parade photos in the next edition!


Pet of the Week Dog and Cat print

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

Hopi

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Animal Shelter

MEET HOPI

Hopi is a 4-month-old female Terrier mix. She is spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. She loves everyone including other pets.

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

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

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

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


Summer is almost here…so let’s hit the pool

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On June 24 from 3 to 4 p.m., the city of Newport Beach is offering free sample swim classes, so you can try out one of their different swim lessons…at no charge.

Offered through the Recreation & Senior Services Aquatics Division, take advantage of his opportunity and sign up for a lesson.

From parent & me and preschool to level 5, classes are taking place between either 3 - 3:25 p.m. and 3:30 - 3:55 p.m. at the Marian Bergeson Aquatic Center.

To take advantage of the free classes, you must register by June 21 to participate.

To register online, visit www.newportbeachga.gov.

Marian Bergeson Aquatic Center is located at Corona del Mar High School, 2010 Eastbluff Drive, Corona del Mar.


Stump the Stu

Where art thou?

Okay, we can all agree that a stained glass window is most often found in a house of worship, so we’re going to give you that this week. The question The Stu has is where is this located?

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

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

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Segerstrom Center announces Movie Mondays line-up

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The 1961 film classic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” kicks of summer Movie Mondays

Segerstrom Center for the Arts kicks off its 2017 Movie Mondays series with beloved movies from five decades: 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s on July 10; 1978’s The Wiz on July 17 1988’s Stand and Deliver on July 24; 1990’s Edward Scissorhands on July 31; and 2003’s School of Rock on August 7. The showings are free, and, for the first time, the Center will provide closed captioning. Movie Mondays is one of Orange County’s most popular summertime events, with its fun-filled activities, picnic dinners, popular food trucks and the five fan-favorite films on consecutive Mondays.

Edward Scissorhands

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Edward Scissorhands starring Johnny Depp premieres July 31

The Center’s Julianne and George Argyros Plaza, where the films have been shown for the past 11 years, is currently undergoing construction and a dramatic transformation. This year, the films will be shown on the lawn next to the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, which is the site for the new Orange County Museum of Art. Families, friends and fans from all over the Southland are encouraged to arrive early for Movie Mondays, claiming their spaces and enjoying early dinners, music and people-watching. Set-up begins at 5:30 p.m., with movies starting at dusk (approximately 8 p.m.).

Guests may bring beach chairs or other easily portable seating items, snacks and picnic suppers. Each Monday will feature different food trucks serving culinary sensations. Barbecues and similar food preparation are not permitted, and, due to space limitations this year, guests are asked to not bring tables. Prior to shows, there will be audience participation events.

School of Rock

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Movie Mondays culminates with School of Rock on August 7

Don’t miss out! For more information about Movie Mondays, call 714.556.2787 or visit www.scfta.org/MovieMondays.


Police Files

 Drugs and alcohol lead to hit-and-run with injuries

Sean Paul McDonald, 32, of Rialto, was arrested early Saturday morning for DUI alcohol and drugs leading to hit and run resulting in injury,

At approximately 12:33 a.m., Newport Beach Police received multiple calls about a hit-and-run collision involving a driver and pedestrian at Balboa Blvd. and 20th Street. At the same time an officer was flagged down by a witness identifying the suspected vehicle.

The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, which initially fled before yielding at Newport Blvd and 29th Street. After a field sobriety exam, it was determined that the suspect (McDonald) was under the influence of a combination of drugs and alcohol.

When officers arrived on scene, the pedestrian was unconscious, but breathing. He was transported to a local trauma center with numerous injuries.

Bail was set for McDonald at $100,000.

Unhappy customer hits employee and chucks cash register

Sheila Dezfulian, 35, of Santa Ana, was arrested and charged early Saturday morning for vandalism of property, battery and assault.

At approximately 6:07 a.m., NBPD received a call from a food service business that a battery had just occurred. The caller reported that a suspect (Dezfulian) hit an employee and threw a cash register at another employee after a verbal argument over the charge for her food.

An officer responded and contacted Dezfulian in the area.

The first employee signed a Private Person’s arrest for the battery. The damage to the register is estimated at $1000.

Bail was set at $20,000.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime reports


Russo and Steele collector auto auctions this weekend

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Come out to Newport Dunes Resort & Marina this weekend, June 2 - 4 to view (and or bid on!) more than 400 cars. This is the ultimate collector car beach party! From woodies and corvettes to racecars and trucks, myriad American classics will be on auction. General admission is $20.

Newport Dunes is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.


Teens…volunteer for the summer library reading program

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Sign up to help Newport Beach Public Library with the Summer Reading Program (SRP) which runs June - August. You’ll explain the program to parents and children, help them with their reading logs and hand out prizes. Must be 12-17 years of age and enjoy working with children.

The minimum commitment is eight hours. SRP volunteers must attend one of the following one-hour training sessions: Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach: Saturday, June 10 at 11 a.m.; Saturday, June 10 at 4 p.m.; Tuesday, June 20 at 4 p.m. and at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach: Saturday, June 17 at 4 p.m. and Tuesday, June 20 at 4 p.m.

Make a difference this summer, come out and volunteer! www.newportbeachlibrary.org


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Tick, tick, tick…did you say Roger’s Gardens?

Time’s up! Several people said the clock at 19th Street and Westminster in Costa Mesa. Wrong! We’re a Newport Beach publication. This clock resides at Roger’s Gardens. Brett Hemphill guessed right! Congrats.

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

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

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Speak Up Newport welcomes Community Development Director Kim Brandt

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 “Speak Up Newport” will take place on Wednesday, June 14 at the Newport Beach Civic Center Community Room, featuring Community Development Director Kim Brandt.

Brandt will focus on the Balboa Peninsula, from Lido to Balboa Village including the following updates:

The Balboa Peninsula Trolley, which will officially begin service each weekend beginning on Saturday, June 17.

The city’s vacation home rentals, which are fully occupied during the summer season. What is Newport Beach doing to enforce regulations for property owners?

The latest on all of the new development projects under construction, including Lido Marina Village, the Lido House Hotel, Vue Newport and the Balboa Theatre.

Brandt is responsible for building and life safety, real estate administration, coastal act compliance, and code enforcement and planning.

A reception hosted by The Bungalow Restaurant takes place 5:15 - 6 p.m.; the program and a Q & A will follow from 6 - 7 p.m. There is no charge to attend and reservations are not necessary.

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


Letter to the Editor:

“Three compelling reasons” for Peotter recall

Many residents oppose Councilman Scott Peotter, but some wonder if a recall is the right thing to do.

I believe there are three compelling reasons why a recall is critical to our city:

First, Peotter has violated his oath to defend the Constitution and has compromised the rights of the residents to petition our government. When he added 3700 unnecessary pages to the Museum House petition, he was trying to stop all of us from exercising our right to petition our government. What’s next? Residents must stand up for our rights.

Second, Peotter simply refuses to obey the law. Twice, he violated the city contribution limits. This is a serious offense and the penalty is removal from office. Twice he violated the state Political Reform Act and is currently under investigation by the FPPC. On more than seven occasions he used the city seal contrary to local law and continued to do so citing a perceived “loophole”. He violated the Brown Act by disclosing confidential information that could have cost the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Because the city attorney believes he is prohibited from prosecuting and the city council has not appointed a special prosecutor, he thinks he can simply get away with it. We cannot tolerate lawlessness by our public officials. We must hold them to a higher standard.

Third, there is the potential for Peotter to do lasting damage over the next two years. In the upcoming budget, he wants to eliminate funding for several projects. These include traffic improvements, public safety buildings, and libraries. He wants to sell the old city hall site eliminating a long-term revenue source and potentially opening up the option for high-rise condo development on this site if the hotel is not successful. He wants to slash revenues by $3.5 million to create justification for more service cuts. He wants to take funds needed to reduce pension liability and speculate in the stock market. He wants to update the General Plan, so that it will reflect his high-rise vision of our city and he wants to replace our outstanding city management with those loyal to him. Our city could be changed forever in the next two years.

Some worry about the cost of a special election, but this is small compared to the millions in lost revenues and costs if even some of Peotter’s ideas are implemented. Visit www.recallscottpeotter.com for more information.

Lynn Swain

Committee To Recall Scott Peotter

Newport Beach


JWA passenger traffic down slightly in April

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Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport decreased in April 2017 as compared with April 2016. In April 2017, the Airport served 851,169 passengers, a decrease of 1.2 percent when compared with the April 2016 passenger traffic count of 861,164.

Commercial aircraft operations decreased 1.8 percent and commuter aircraft operations decreased 55 percent when compared with April 2016 levels.

Total aircraft operations increased in April 2017 as compared with the same month in 2016. In April 2017, there were 24,754 total aircraft operations (take-offs and landings), a 2.2 percent increase compared to 24,219 total aircraft operations in April 2016.

General aviation activity, which accounted for 70.3 percent of the total aircraft operations during April 2017, increased 4.4 percent when compared with April 2016.

The top three airlines in April 2017 based on passenger count were Southwest Airlines (350,810), American Airlines (147,233) and United Airlines (125,448).


It’s a block party...and you’re invited

Lido Marina Village will hold a “Shop the Block” summer kick-off on Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with live music, fun activities and shopping for a cause. They will donate 10 percent of the day’s sales to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) – just take your merchant receipts to the JDRF table on the main deck from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Schedule of the festivities:

Live Music: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Boat Fountain: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Lido Flash Tattoos: 1 - 3 p.m.

Stylized Stationery and Couture Cookies for purchase: 1 - 4 p.m.

Treats for sale the entire day

Many stores will be offering special deals throughout the day

 

Lido Marina Village is located at 3434 Via Lido, Newport Beach.


Human Options raises $678,000 at gala to help break the cycle of domestic violence

Human Options, an Orange-County based nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence, hostedtheir 2017 Serious Fun Gala on May 20 at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach. The event brought together more than 375 influential community leaders honoring their work to break the cycle of domestic violence, provide critical programs and services to victims, and give back to their community, while raising $678,000 in funding for the organization.

Human Options also honored longtime strategic partner and past board chair Julie Hill with the 2017 DOVE Award, which recognizes individuals or corporations who have made significant contributions to domestic violence prevention programs that enable women and children to overcome trauma and begin to lead safe and healthy lives. The event was co-chaired by Terry Theologides and Wendy Peterson and honorary chair, Kristen Monson.

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Human Options 2017 Serious Fun Gala co-chairs Terry Theologides and Wendy Peterson

The night kicked off with hosted cocktails, and silent and wine auctions, followed by entertainment celebrating the decade that Human Options was founded with the ‘80s cover band Flashback Heart Attack, dancing and a live auction.

DOVE Award recipient Julie Hill founded Hiram-Hill Development, a home building and land development company based in Newport Beach, Calif. in 1998, which she sold in 2003, and The Hill Company, which has a portfolio of interests. From 1991-1998, she was the president and CEO in the U.S. of Costain Homes, a division of the Costain Group based in London, England. She was previously a senior executive with Mobil Land Development Corporation in Atlanta, Georgia, a division of Mobil Oil.

As a devoted advocate for women’s rights, Hill has supported Human Options since 1993. While CEO of the U.S. division of Costain Homes, she was one of four builders to participate in an unprecedented public-private partnership that resulted in the construction of Human Options’ emergency shelter, the first in California specifically designed to house domestic violence victims.

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(L-R): Human Options CEO Marciela Rios-Faust, Peter Hill and DOVE Award honoree Julie Hill

“We are so proud to honor Julie as a visionary leader committed to making our world a safer place for all women. She has not only made significant contributions to Human Options, but is always inspiring others to make a difference,” said Maricela Rios-Faust, CEO of Human Options. “Thanks to our generous supporters, every day Human Options is one step closer to achieving a world where domestic violence does not exist.

To date, Human Options has counseled and sheltered more than 32,000 individuals suffering from domestic violence, responded to more than 70,000 hotline callers and crises, and educated more than 328,000 individuals in their prevention programs.

Diamond Sponsors included Julia and George Argyros/The Argyros Family Foundation, Amy and Ken Beyer, The Jaffe Family Foundation, and Kristen Monson and Brad Horner.


St. Andrew’s Church to hold rummage sale

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church is excited once again to hold its annual rummage sale. It will take place June 8 - 10. It is being organized by Shelley Atwood, who can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Rummage Sale hours: Thursday, 2 - 7 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Expect to pick up some new finds as they always have lots of items to choose from.

St. Andrew’s is located at 600 St. Andrews Road, Newport Beach. Call 949.631.2880. www.sapres.org


GLASSCAPES exhibit coming to Sherman Library

Sherman Library & Gardens is having a dynamic and temporary blown glass sculpture exhibit from June 3 to October 29. Artists Scott Graham and Cristy Aloysi are installing GLASSCAPES by Viscosity, of Viscosity Glass Studio, in Boulder Creek, Calif., five beautiful contemporary blown glass sculptures for their second exhibit in a public garden setting.

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GLASSCAPES is on exhibit at Sherman Library & Gardens, June 3 – October 29

This husband and wife team began their glassblowing careers at Urban Glass in Brooklyn, NY, where they became fascinated with the ancient process of glassmaking. The challenge of forming beautiful handmade objects out of molten material captivated them. While in New York they became involved in the city’s energetic art and design world and soon brought that influence into their work. After leaving New York, the couple went on to study at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, ME., Centro Studio Vetro in Venice, Italy and Pratt Fine Art Center in Seattle, WA.

In 2002 Graham and Aloysi moved to Seattle WA, the center of the American art glass movement, to create a line of contemporary glass objects for the home. Their goal is to create pieces that are unique in their clean lines and simple designs. The couple now resides in Boulder Creek, Calif., surrounded by the serene beauty of the redwoods, where they continue to design and make original blown glass pieces.

Inspired by the amazing plants and grounds of Sherman Library & Gardens, the two artists have created three original pieces just for the Gardens. These brand new pieces will accompany two sculptures previously displayed at Fioli Gardens in Redwood City, Calif. during the summer of 2016.

Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 Pacific Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. Call 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org


Farm to Fork: A Foodie’s Point of ViewFork

By LANA JOHNSON

Eat – Drink – Learn: An evening on the Mediterranean

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Join Chef Justin of JM Events + Catering at Seaside Gallery & Goods, on Wednesday, June 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. for An Evening on the Mediterranean Summer.

Indulge in an amuse-bouche of flavors found in the South of France and along the Mediterranean. Enjoy carefully seasoned salmon and lamb kabobs paired with delectable wines and traditional Mediterranean dips, rice and veggies. Cost: $75 per person all inclusive. The dinner will take place in Pelican Courtyard, 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach. Visit www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com for more information and to register.

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Sushi Roku celebrates second anniversary with special menu

In conjunction with the second-year anniversary of Sushi Roku Newport Beach and International Sushi Day in June, the Fashion Island restaurant will offer all guests 50 percent off its entire food menu on Monday, June 19 and Tuesday, June 20 (dine-in and dinner only). They will also offer an exclusive Anniversary Menu from Monday, June 12 - Tuesday, June 20 with a la carte specials designed to showcase the unparalleled sushi experience for which the restaurant is known.

Here’s the featured Anniversary Menu:

Uni Toast – Japanese Bread, Uni, Japanese Garlic Butter Sauce, Red Caviar, Green Caviar, Black Caviar

Tuna Pizza – Flour Tortilla, Marinated Tuna, Spicy Tuna, Wasabi Aioli, (Bacon or Crispy Mushroom), Balsamic Reduction, Chili Serano, Kaiware Sprouts

Bamboo Seafood Risotto – Bamboo Rice, Prawns, Calamari, Scallops, Shimeji Mushrooms, Butter Shallot Chicken Stock, Reggiano Parmesan Cheese, Black Truffles
Kuma Roll – Crab mix, Avocado, Smelt eggs, Salmon, Maui onions, Bonito flakes, Roasted garlic onion sauce (pictured above)
Summer Ramen – Bincho Grilled Prawns (Garlic, Salt and Pepper)Cucumber, Micro Cilantro, Poached Egg, Crispy Mushroom, Baby Frisee, Miso Sesame Soy Sauce, Ramen Egg Noodles
Anniversary Roku Fusion – Svedka Vodka, Pineapple, Honeydew, Cantaloupe, Watermelon Dry Ice, served with a bamboo straw
Carnival Cake – Cotton Candy, New York Cheese Cake, Strawberries, Bacardi 151 Rum

Guests will also have an opportunity to experience craft cocktail, sake and wine pairings to complement the menu. Executive General Manager and Sake Sommelier for the restaurant, Eiji Mori, curates a selective sake menu that embodies the complex flavors and aromas that define craft sake.

Sushi Roku Fashion Island is located at 327 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.sushiroku.com.

Ciao Vincenza!


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Challenge to Museum House petition to continue…as is Peotter recall

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As we tune in to the continuing saga of As the Museum House Turns.

When we last left our program, the Orange County Museum of Art had filed a lawsuit against Line in the Sand, challenging the validity of their circulated petitions. The main claim was that a font size used in the petition document was too small and, in their opinion, made the document “unreadable.”

Remember that LITS had gathered some 14,000 signatures, far exceeding the required number, in their opposition to the development of the Museum House condominium project in Newport Center.

LITS then filed to have the OCMA suit dismissed.

Well, this week, Orange County Superior Court Judge Geoffrey Glass ruled that the lawsuit originally filed by OCMA against LITS can continue.

Glass will continue to oversee the trial as it moves into the courtroom.

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The recall of Scott Peotter appears to be on. Expect to see signature gatherers to be out in the next few days as the signature process begins.

The recall group also has an online component to sign on their website at recallscottpeotter.com.

Peotter, meanwhile, tells you “Exactly what is going on” from his side at www.peotter.com

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Sometimes there are reasons to cross our city border…this weekend is one of those. 

The Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club is hosting their 70th Annual Fish Fry

What makes this worth pointing out is, not only the tradition, but the old-fashioned community feel to the event.

First off, it’s free to get in. There are carnival rides, vendors, entertainment, including their Annual Baby Contest on Sunday. Fish dinners will cost you $10.

If you’ve never been, it’s worth the trip.

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And don’t forget here in town. Saturday it’s the Corona del Mar Scenic 5K put on by the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce.

A fun run through a beautiful part of town.

And Sunday, it’s the Balboa Island Parade. It’s only three blocks long once they’re over the bridge, but it’s always a great community event.


Chambers to hold joint mixer

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce to host a Sunset Mixer at Water Grill on Thursday, June 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event will consist of an evening of networking and mingling with some of Orange County’s finest business professionals. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served in a stunning and modern atmosphere.

Cost: Members are free; guests, $35. A no-host bar is available, and there will be an opportunity drawing. Valet parking, $6. Reservations are not required.

Water Grill is located at 3300 Bristol St., Costa Mesa (adjacent to South Coast Plaza).


Balboa Island Parade is this weekend!

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Don’t miss the Balboa Island Parade this weekend on June 4! Join in the fun of this annual community event.

The 24th annual Balboa Island Parade and After Party starts at 11 a.m. and the After Party features the Fabulous Nomads and Big Wednesday, former members of Surfaris and Dick Dale, along with a beer & wine garden right after the parade is over.

An Island tradition along Marine Avenue, the parade features children on bikes, Island dogs, decorated golf carts and floats, vintage cars, the USC marching band, Keystone Cops, drill teams, marching bands, local dignitaries and more.

This year’s theme is “Bridge to Summer Fun.” The bridge closes at 10:45 a.m. so get there early with your beach chairs for a great viewing spot. Sponsored by the Balboa Island Improvement Association.


“Every 15 Minutes” challenges high school students to think about drinking and personal safety

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On Wednesday, May 31, the Newport Beach Fire and Police Departments participated in the “Every 15 Minutes” program at Newport Harbor High School. This is the 14th year in a row that both departments have taken part.

Each year the program alternates between Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar high schools. “Every 15 minutes” is a two-day program that focuses on high school juniors and seniors In Newport Beach that challenges our youth to think about drinking and personal safety. The title of the program comes from the fact that every 15 minutes someone in the United States dies in an alcohol-related traffic collision.

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Newport Beach Fire and Police work in conjunction with the Newport-Mesa Unified School District to set-up a realistic scenario to show students the consequences prior to their prom and grad night activities. Knott’s Berry Farm make-up artists volunteer their time to create realistic injuries on a simulated fatal drunk driving accident. The program has been extremely successful in underscoring the dangers and consequences of drinking alcohol and driving. Note: The photos shown here was from a simulated event; all crash victims are student actors. 


Pet of the Week Dog and Cat print

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

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Animal Shelter

MEET SAM

Sam is a 6-month old Lab/Cattle dog mix. He is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. He loves everyone including other dogs and cats.

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

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

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

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


On the Harbor: Shannon Levin leaves a legacy

By LEN BOSE

One of the hard things for me to do is keep a tight lip when breaking news occurs, around the harbor, and these last two weeks have been very difficult for me in so many ways. Many of you know I work two days a week as dock master at Marina Park. Over the last year and a half, I have worked closely with Harbor Resource Analyst Shannon Levin.

During the first part of May, Shannon was walking past my desk when she stopped, sighed and informed me she had just given her notice to the city and had accepted the job as Dana Point Harbor’s new manager. My first thought was of myself and to Newport Harbor that we had just lost a good friend. I quickly noticed that my friend was excited and congratulated her for achieving one of the most sought after jobs in the marine world.

Shannon grew up in Costa Mesa and attended high school at Mater Dei. She went on to a Bachelor of Science degree in biology at St. Mary’s College in Indiana and later received a Master’s degree in public administration. Her first job with the City of Newport Beach was 14 years ago in the Code and Water Quality informant division.

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Shannon Levin

In 2008, Shannon applied for the Harbor’s supervisor position. “I wanted the job and attended Harbor Commission meetings, researched the Harbor Codes and studied the harbor and bay elements of the general plan,” she said. After three interviews, she received the job and immediately went to work on beach maintenance programs for Balboa Island and China Cove. She was tasked with field surveys, permit applications, creating dredge profiles, hiring contractors, scheduling the work and on-site project management.

I then asked Shannon what has changed in the harbor over the last nine years? “The last six or seven years we’ve had many high-profile projects with multiple revisions of the harbor code, mooring codes and fees. We collected input from the Harbor Commission, City Council, along with political and capital interest,” she said.

Shannon went on to explain that one of the most difficult annual tasks in Harbor Resources is chasing the sea lions around the harbor and how relentless they can be. I changed topics and asked which of her projects is she most proud of? “My hallmark project was opening Marina Park – setting rents, staffing, creating rules/policies, training and procedures.” 

When asked what advice she would leave her replacement she said, “Managing public resources is a balance of making decisions based on what the community wants and how to best allocate the resources. It is a fine line and you just do the best that you can to give the general public the best use of them.”

We than talked about her new job as Dana Point Harbor’s manager. How it is similar but different with less hands-on operations and maintenance, more contract administration and leases. Shannon will be the go-to person for the harbor and county agencies. She will also be in touch with many of her contacts in the Coastal Commission, Boating and Waterways and Water Quality board.

She will be bringing with her the understanding of high profile complex projects. “If you work hard everything has a solution, be transparent and fair then everything seems to fit in the puzzle

Will we still see you around town? “I’ll still be around and I will be more relaxed, I will no longer have to keep an eye out for things that have to be fixed on Monday,” Shannon said.

Now that I reflect over the last year and a half, Shannon has found solutions to difficult problems. She is extraordinarily good with her presentations to government agencies and acknowledges work well done. At the same time, I clearly recall the days I made a few too many mistakes and took mind not to repeat those mistakes.

Shannon Levin is my friend and I will miss her and at the same time it always feels good to watch a friend move on to a better opportunity.

Sea ya

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


Police Files

Shoplifting, false ID lead to warrants

Zhora Hovsepyan, 28, from Sun Valley, was arrested in the 900 block of W. Coast Highway and charged with shoplifting, conspiracy to commit a crime and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Upon questioning by the Newport Beach Police Department, Hovsepyan was accused of false personation of another. 

It was subsequently discovered that Hovsepyan had outstanding warrants for robbery and grand theft auto.

Bail was set at $20,000.


Newport Harbor Home Tour raises $165,000

pool shot with grassCelebrating its 20th anniversary, the Newport Harbor Home Tour raised $165,000 to a sell-out crowd, benefiting the high school’s student programs and services.

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The morning reception was held at the Balboa Bay Resort, the luncheon was generously served by Mendocino Farms and the after party was hosted by longtime supporter Barclay Butera Interiors.

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Newport Elementary kids are the lucky recipients of a water-refillable station

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On Friday, May 26, Newport Elementary was the “model” school to receive a clean water refilling station. Each student was provided with a reusable water bottle at the event, which will foster pride in and a commitment to their beach community and environment as they re-fill their bottles.

Arbor Real Estate and the Rob Machado Foundation (founded by Rob Machado, a world-famous surfer) partnered in this venture.


Newport Beach – A Look Back 

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

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Who can remember the Market Spot? Notice the easy to remember telephone number.

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


Lido Marina Village presents Shop the Block 

Head on over to Lido Marina Village on Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. for a day full of live music, fun activities and shopping for a good cause during their Shop the Block Summer Kick-off! 

During this special event, you’ll enjoy the boat fountain and tasty treats, get your very own Lido flash tattoo and experience Lido Marina Village shopping and dining at your leisure.

Lido Village Marina will donate 10 percent of all sales made during the event to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) so don’t miss out on the opportunity to support a great cause as we kick off summer!

Lido Marina Village is located at 3434 Via Lido, Newport Beach.


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Sinatra summer extravaganza

Let The Good Times Roll at Campus Jax in Newport Beach featuring Steven Michael and the Paul McDonald Big Band, a 17-piece Big Band Orchestra on June 10, 2017. 

JAX is recognized as LA’s Best Jazz Band by CBS2 Los Angeles and includes players from the former Tonight Show Bands with special guest vocalist Hope Diamond.

The event is produced by SHOW: The Supper Club and features their signature vintage dancers, Miss Marquez and Carolina Cerisola, along with Cirque du Soliel aerialist Sasha Fedortchev. Event ticket includes a four-course dinner. 6 p.m. cocktails featurea vocal sensation, Hope Diamond; 7:15 p.m. Dinner service begins.

This event will sell out so call Campus JAX at 949.261.6270 for ticket reservations or purchase tickets athttp://jaxhideaway.com.


Gear up for the Summer Reading Program

Newport Beach Public Library will kick off the 2017 Summer Reading Program beginning June 24 at the Central Library and the three branch libraries, Corona del Mar, Balboa and Mariners. The Children’s Summer Reading Program will run from June 24 to August 12 with the theme “Reading by Design.”

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Children’s Librarian Liz Aaron from last year’s summer Reading Program and Pacific Productions Animal show with an adorable wallaby


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

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John Wayne is perhaps Newport Beach’s most celebrated resident; Friday, led in a ceremony by Mayor Kevin Muldoon, Newport Beach recognized the iconic actor by naming a community park in his honor.

What was formerly known as Ensign View Park is now John Wayne Park. It sits on a bluff on Cliff Drive overlooking the bay front and the Pacific Ocean off in the distance. You can also see Catalina Island, of course, weather permitting.

On Friday it was permitting and it was perfect.

The Mayor, along with members of the City Council, city staff, community leaders and residents joined members of the Wayne family for the festivities.

Duffy Duffield and Ethan Wayne

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(L-R): Marshall Duffield and Ethan Wayne

Ethan Wayne, the actor’s son, talked about Wayne’s love of Newport Beach as his home. He also pointed out that the park location overlooked what Wayne loved, including his beloved Wild Goose yacht.

Mayor Pro Tem “Duffy” Duffield spoke of the friendship between his dad and “The Duke” or Marion Morrison as he was first introduced to him years ago. “Duffy” noted that his dad and Wayne met years ago playing football at USC and continued that friendship for years.

The day of celebration was long overdue.

Originally, the City had passed a resolution way back in 1979 to honor Wayne in the exact same park. The idea at the time was with a statue, but it never happened.

Then Wayne passed.

Different ideas have been discussed over the years, but nothing ever happened.

Finally, Mayor Muldoon decided to take the “bull by the horns” several months ago and circumvented the Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commission, proposing his own motion for the idea. 

I must agree, he got it right!

Friday (May 26) also marked John Wayne’s 110th birthday and was denoted John Wayne Day by the City Council in 2016.


ENC to host 4th annual Summer Soiree fundraiser

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will host a Summer Soiree fundraiser on Saturday, June 10. The night will include cocktails & hors d’oeuvres served by the stream, dinner under the stars, live music, and a live auction – including the opportunity to release a rehabilitated owl into the wild.

The Summer Soiree, the ENC’s largest fundraiser of the year, begins at 5:30 p.m. The event is expected to bring together more than 150 guests and raise funds to support the ENC’s environmental education programs and help build the community’s first nature-based preschool.

“The ENC is proud to host our annual Summer Soiree,” said Bo Glover, ENC Executive Director. “This beautiful evening is a unique opportunity for our supporters to gather surrounded by nature to enjoy great food, great music and great company while raising funds for our Nature Preschool.”

Tickets are $150 per person or $1,500 per table. Casual attire and trail friendly shoes are recommended. RSVP by June 2. For more information, call 949.645.8489, ext. 103 or visit the website at www.encenter.org.

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


4th annual Arts & Business Leadership Awards at Segerstrom

Join the Segerstrom Center for the Arts at the 4th annual Arts & Business Leadership Awards dinner on Friday, June 2. The evening will be honoring Charles Zhang, principal founder, Zion Enterprises with the Distinguished Leader Award and Jesse D. Bagley, founder, president and CEO, Interior Office Solutions for the Rising Leader Award.

The evening’s festivities will begin with a networking cocktail reception at 5 p.m. followed by dinner and an awards presentation at 5:30 p.m. at Samueli Theater. At Segerstom Hall, beginning at 7:30 p.m. there will be a special performance of the Broadway hit “The Bodyguard.”

The post-performance VIP cast party will keep the evening alive at Water Grill.

For more information and to reserve your invitation, contact Courtney Dudman-Donley at 714.556.2122, ext. 4218 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Segerstrom Center presents “LOVE ON THE FLOOR” live dance tour starring Cheryl Burke

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents “LOVE ON THE FLOOR,” a live dance tour featuring professional dancer and television host Cheryl Burke for one night only – October 21, 2017. The national tour kicks off October 17 at the McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts in Palm Desert, California.

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Professional dancer and TV host Cheryl Burke

LOVE ON THE FLOOR, a highly creative dance show in four acts, will feature Burke, a two-time Dancing With The Stars Mirror Ball champion and Emmy-nominated choreographer. Burke starred for 19 seasons on the top-rated ABC program. In addition, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the 2014 Olympic Gold Medal-winning Ice Dancing duo will star alongside Burke on the tour. Davis was the Mirror Ball winner for Season 18 of Dancing With The Stars, with White placing fourth in the same season. Davis and White made history by becoming the first American team to win an Olympic Gold Medal in Ice Dancing when they struck gold in Sochi.

“The LOVE ON THE FLOOR Tour is definitely my greatest accomplishment to date, not only as a dancer, but also as a creative producer,” Burke said. “I created this show because no matter how many shows I went to see, no matter how many dance programs I enjoyed, they all missed out on telling a story from start to finish. Dance is the most universal form of communication. It transcends all languages as the most primal and original form of communicating with others. LOVE ON THE FLOOR reminds people that the language of love doesn’t necessarily need to be spoken.” 

Tickets for the Segerstrom Hall performance are on sale now, starting at $49. They can be purchased online at www.scfta.org, or at the Box Office, located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.


Obituary

Stu Saffer

June 20, 1942 – May 20, 2017

Laguna Beach’s Stu Saffer, respected journalist and founder of Stu News Laguna, mentor to many, community stalwart, baseball fanatic, and 2016 Citizen of the Year, passed away on Saturday May 20, 2017, after complications following a surgical procedure that he and his doctors had hoped would improve his health. For years, Stu had battled a progressive disease that affected his lungs.

Stu’s daughter Jackie Miller and his dear friend and business partner, Shaena Stabler, were at his side when he passed peacefully.

Police files, City news, nonprofit, sports and school events, and the achievements of Lagunans young, old and in-between – not to mention controversial viewpoints of all stripes  – all found a place in StuNewsLaguna, his and Shaena’s digital celebration of the town he adored.

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Stu in his element on Patriot’s Day, scooting down the streets of Laguna, flags flying

Stu Saffer was born in 1942 in Washington, DC and grew up in Middleburg in rural Virginia. His father died when Stu was just 11 years old. Stu always commented how his father, the town’s doctor, used to forgive the debts of those in the community who could not pay for healthcare. These were the values that guided Stu throughout his life: kindness, loyalty, and the importance of giving back to the community. He often told the story of attending his late beloved brother Doc’s funeral, where a relative told him that he was “just like his dad and his brother.” To Stu, that was the highest compliment he could be paid.

A gifted hitter, Stu won a baseball scholarship to the University of Virginia, but due to family circumstances, he was unable to accept the offer. Instead he studied radio broadcasting and advertising sales at night at what is now George Mason University, and by day, to support himself and a young wife and child, he held down two jobs, one as a mailman and the other coaching baseball at a junior college.

 Over the years, his passion for journalism grew and he was offered a job with the Houston Chronicle, but once again fate intervened in the shape of an older brother’s plea that Stu work with him in sales in California. 

After that, Stu became a semiconductor sales engineer for Teledyne with Orange County as his territory. 

Somewhere along the way, he sold everything “from swimming pools to leather-bound Great Books of the Western World.” 

Stu was proud that, after attending law school, he successfully passed the California Bar Exam. Later in his multi-faceted career, he founded a highly successful mortgage brokerage, Churchill Financial, which at one point had more than 100 employees.

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He also hosted a sports radio show in Orange County, where he showed off his encyclopedic baseball knowledge and became enmeshed in the Orange County sports world.

Stu coached Little League teams in Laguna for many years. It was his enthusiasm for Little League and his deep involvement in community sports that first made him a town fixture. He was the Laguna Little League commissioner from 1995-1996 and received the Rhoads Martin Award in 1999.

During these years, Stu’s continuing passion for journalism rather than business led him to ask the editor of Laguna’s Coastline News, Jerry Ledbetter, if he could write a column for the paper. Jerry said no, but offered him the job of beat reporter, which Stu undertook with typical gusto. In 1998, Jerry offered Stu the paper, which he bought with the help of a silent partner. 

In 2002, the paper was sold to the Times.

Stu decided to start a new local paper, the Independent. The Indy quickly became the town’s top news source with Stu at its helm until 2008, when his partner decided to sell. Stu walked away.

But, never daunted, Stu created what is known in the news business as a “hyper-local online newspaper” in the form of Stu News Laguna, which he modeled after USA Today. The new format proved successful, especially after Shaena Stabler became his business partner, handling the advertising and marketing side of the business. Not ten days after their meeting at a coffee shop (he had met her briefly a year earlier while she was raising money to help Haiti after the earthquake), he and Shaena became partners, a move he always talked about with the greatest joy. 

“Best decision I ever made,” he would say.

Stu and Shaena

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Stu and Shaena

In 2016, Stu and Shaena expanded their news model to Newport Beach, partnering with Tom and Lana Johnson on Stu News Newport.

As noted by Charles Quilter, in his description of Stu Saffer, Citizen of the Year: 

“Stu’s goal has been to ‘make the town smaller’ by following a policy of not taking sides, editorializing, publishing puffery, or censoring letters except for those that are outright personal attacks. By dedicating himself to providing the community with reliably objective and timely news of Laguna Beach that is available literally worldwide, Stu Saffer has made a significant and valuable contribution to us all.”  

Stu leaves behind his daughter, Jackie Miller, of Naples, California, and her sons J.R., 19, Charlie, 16, John, 14, and Peter, 14; Brandon Leahy, of San Francisco, with whom he had a close father-son like relationship; his daughter, Laura Law, of Atlanta, Georgia, and her children Katherine Law, 28, and Will Law, 25; as well as his sister, Claudia Young, of Middleburg, Virginia; and grandsons Ryan Lipert, 33, and Michael Lipert, 28, from his pre-deceased daughter. He was pre-deceased by his two brothers, Tom and Thornton “Doc” Saffer, and his daughter, Liz Lipert, of Capistrano Beach, who passed away five years ago.

A Celebration of Life is being planned. Further information will be provided as plans are finalized.

In lieu of flowers, Stu’s family requests that donations are made to Laguna Beach Little League or Friendship Shelter, two of Stu’s favorite nonprofits, or any nonprofit of your choice.


Newport Beach launches open-budget portal

The City of Newport Beach (City) launched a new open-budget portal on May 23 to provide citizens an in-depth and friendly view of the City’s financial data. The online portal provides a look at the City’s budget, expenditures and the Capital Improvement Program (CIP), which can be viewed by visiting newportbeachca.gov/budget

“This new tool opens the City’s ledgers for our citizens to see where their taxpayer dollars are going,” Mayor Kevin Muldoon explained. “This is an important milestone for the City’s continued efforts in providing and improving transparency in government.” 

The site provides users the ability to view the City’s financial data, which can be displayed in a table, chart or graph format. The interactive features allow for searching by departmental or other types of budget categories. The CIP portion of the site organizes information by funding category, funding source or by project. Users will also find project photos, the current phase of the project and a map showing the project’s location. (See the following pages for screenshots of the site.) 

The immediate goals are for increased transparency, accountability and efficiency of City operations while providing responsive services to citizens. Now, the City’s financial data joins the other online public records, and it is excited to announce this launch. They encourage community members to use the portal and welcome feedback on ways the site can be improved.

For more information about the City’s financial open-budget portal, contact Steve Montano, deputy finance director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 949.644.3127.


John Wayne Park dedication, May 26

The John Wayne Park dedication is taking place on Friday, May 26 at 3 p.m. at 2501 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach. On April 25, 2017, the Newport Beach City Council approved renaming a local park in honor of one of Newport Beach’s most renowned residents, John Wayne.

The Academy award-winning movie star was known and appreciated as a “regular guy” around town and fit seamlessly into the community – on land and in the harbor. Newport Beach was home to Wayne and his family for nearly two decades. The John Wayne Cancer Foundation today supports our lifeguards and, in 2016, expanded its “Block the Blaze” campaign to junior lifeguard programs in eight states.

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John Wayne

May 26 is recognized as John Wayne Day, which coincides with Wayne’s birthday; he would have been 110 years of age.


It’s time to get your art on

The deadline for submissions for the upcoming Newport Beach Art Exhibition, to be held Saturday, June 17 at the Newport Beach Civic Center, has been extended to June 2.

Applications should be submitted online at CallforEntry.org. Eligibility and submission guidelines can be found on the City website at www.newportbeachca.gov/culturalarts under “Newport Beach Art Exhibition” or at CallforEntry.org. If you need assistance with the online submission process, contact Francine Jacome at 949.717.3802.

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Artists, 18 years of age or older, may submit one or two original works of art to be displayed and judged. Entry fees are $30 for one entry and $40 for the maximum two entries. Categories include Painting: Watercolors and Painting: Oils and Acrylics, along with Photography and 3D Art. Awards in the one-day juried exhibition range from $100 - $300. Awards will be announced at the reception at 4:30 p.m. on June 17 in the Civic Center Community Room.

The Newport Beach City Arts Commission hosts the 53rd Annual Newport Beach Art Exhibition at the award-winning Civic Center on Saturday, June 17 from 1 - 6 p.m. The one-day juried event features more than 200 works of art, including painting, mixed media, sculpture and photography. The event is open to the public, giving art lovers the opportunity to view and purchase quality original artwork and enjoy an afternoon of art, music and a wine reception.

For more information, contact the Cultural Arts office, at 949.717.3802 or send email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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We’ve been here before…the old Bank of Newport building or now known to us as the home of Shape-Up Newport. This is one of eight intaglios on the building at 2101 E. Coast Highway. The artist is Tom Van Sant, who created them for the original bank development in 1980. 

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Vintage tin toy robot collection on display at JWA

Vintage tin toy robot

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A collection of vintage tin toy robots from the private collection of Orange County resident Steve Canning is on display now at John Wayne Airport (JWA). The collection is in the Vi Smith Concourse Gallery, located on the Departure (upper) Level, across from Gates 18 through 21 in Terminal C. Ticketed passengers can view the exhibit through September 4, 2017.

“This exhibition provides an opportunity for the traveling public to view remnants from an era of great ingenuity,” said Board Chairwoman Michelle Steel. “The Tin Toy Robot Collection at John Wayne Airport showcases the imagination of a generation that dared to reach for the stars.”

The great space race of the 1950s and the inventiveness of the decade led to the Golden Age of tiny toy robots. The culture of this period is reflective of the significant advancements and achievements made by some of the greatest innovators of the time.

Toy collecting is a globally recognized endeavor and in many instances, a professional cultural endeavor, predominantly circulated by the Internet.

Currently, many broadcast television shows illustrate the high values of historic toys and their original boxes. The exhibition at John Wayne Airport is a presentation of a particular niche within the toy-collecting realm. There are close to 100 toy robots, boxes and catalogs with a historic overview provided for each.

To learn more about JWA’s Art Programs, visit www.ocair.com/terminal/artexhibits.


Police Files

Two local docs charged in $22 million urine fraud case 

Two local doctors were charged along with four other individuals last week for medical insurance fraud. The group is charged with operating a $22 million urine test billing scheme that operated through sober living homes a family owned and operated in Southern California.

The doctors, Carlos X. Montano, M.D., 61, Newport Beach, and Suzie Schuder, M.D., 70, Corona Del Mar, are accused of writing unnecessary urine test orders in exchange for 20 percent of the net insurance proceeds from urine drug testing billing and a per-patient fee of $200, in violation of law.

Both doctors face charges of conspiracy to commit medical insurance fraud and multiple counts of insurance fraud.

Schuder faces a maximum sentence of 17 years and eight months in state prison, if convicted. Her continued arraignment is scheduled for June 2, 2017.

Montano faces a maximum sentence of 16 years and eight months in state prison, if convicted. His pre-trial hearing July 27, 2017.

Wanted fugitive arrested in Newport Beach

William H. Kelsea

 

William H, Kelsea, 43, was arrested and charged with grand theft auto Sunday afternoon, May 21, in the 100 block of E. Coast Highway.

Upon a records check by the Newport Beach Police Department, they discovered that Kelsea was a wanted fugitive from justice.

His bail was set at $120,000.

Kelsea, who lists his residence as “Butler,” also appears to have an extensive prior record for grand theft in Florida dating back to 2007, where he also served time in confinement.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime reports 


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

By LANA JOHNSON

Summer Fun at Island Hotel Newport Beach: Barbecue, Father’s Day and a Pampering Spa

Island Hotel Newport Beach is bringing the comforting smells of barbecue and relaxation this summer with new dining events and a super-deal Spa Happy Hour to help while away the lazy days.

For Father’s Day dinner at Oak Grill, two prix fixe dad-pleasing mains with accompaniments will be served, and the popular Slow Smoked Sundaze at Oak Grill is back for the summer. At Island Hotel’s Spa from June 18 through September 1, spa lovers can rejuvenate with the new Spa Happy Hour special – two 30-minute spa treatments selected and enjoyed from a spa menu, along with a glass of sparkling wine for $109. 

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Here’s the rundown:

Slow Smoked Sundaze at Oak Grill, starting on Sunday, June 11 and served from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

Oak Grill is reprising its popular and full-of-fun Slow Smoked Sundaze with a new menu. This family-friendly, smoked barbecue Sunday dinner is served every summer Sunday in the dining room or alfresco on the expansive deck, and it’s down home all day. To Start: B.L.A.T. Salad (Boston lettuce, gem hearts, heirloom tomatoes, bacon bits, California avocado and buttermilk jalapeño ranch); Pancetta Crumbed Deviled Egg and Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread; Next Halfway There Back Patio Entrees offer a choice of Fried Chicken, Whole Grilled Branzino, Smoked Polish Sausage, Prime Rib, Creole Shrimp, Baby Back Ribs and Petite Filet. Also, there’s a choice of two Sidekicks from a list of everyone’s favorites such as Creamed Corn, Mac and Cheese, Potato Salad and Baked Beans. Finish the meal with your choice of Lemon Meringue Pie, Seasonal Cobbler or Banana Bread Pudding. Complimentary Watermelon Mint Lemonade is served; Spiked Watermelon Mint Lemonade mixed with Ketel One Vodka is a $10 option.

Cost: $38 adult price includes starters, choice of one Back Patio Entree, choice of two sidekicks, one dessert and complimentary Backyard Lemonade; $12 for children five to 12 years of age. Price excludes tax and gratuity. Reservations encouraged. Call 949.760.4920 or visit www.opentable.com.

Father’s Day at Oak Grill, Sunday, June 18, starting at 5 p.m. 

To show Dad how much he’s loved, treat him to dinner specials he’ll savor at Oak Grill. Chef Peter is serving two prix fixe dishes for the night: Tomahawk Steak with Fries, Broccolini and Bordelaise Sauce; and Surf & Turf with Filet of Beef, Lobster Tail, Mashed Potatoes, Haricot Verts and Bordelaise Sauce. 

Cost: Tomahawk Steak and sides, $65; Surf & Turf, $60. Pricing excludes tax and gratuities. Reservations encouraged. Call 949.760.4920 or visit www.opentable.com. 

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Spa Happy Hour, Available Mondays through Fridays from 4 - 8 p.m., June 18 through September 1

Spa lovers will be pampered with an oh-so-invigorating happy hour at The Spa at Island Hotel. Select from two 30-minute treatments and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine for $109, exclusive of tax and service charge. 

Spa-goers can select two of the following 30-minute treatments: Reflexology Massage; Healing Head, Neck & Shoulder Therapy, Island Express Facial; Island Signature Manicure; Papaya Puree Body Polish; and Power Stretch. For Spa appointments, call 949.760.4992.

Island Hotel Newport Beach is located at 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Call 949.760.4920. www.IslandHotel.com

Happy Summer!

Ciao Vincenza!


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

City Clerk okays the recall effort of Councilman Peotter

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I received official word Tuesday afternoon from Paul Blank and Michael Toerge that City Clerk Lelani Brown has approved the signature gathering petition process for the Committee to Recall Scott Peotter.

Peotter, of course, is the controversial Newport Beach City Councilman who’s being attacked by the opposition on a variety of issues, including his support of the Museum House, accusations of Brown Act violations and potential FPPC Violations.

Blank and Toerge are members of the Committee to Recall Scott Peotter. Toerge also ran against Peotter in 2014.

The Committee is planning an “official” kickoff next week. They will have until October 30, 2017 to gather 8,445 valid signatures from registered voters in Newport Beach. 

Peotter’s Facebook page points out, “There isn’t anything that deserves a recall, or that can’t be hashed out in the next election. Instead it seems as though the Recallers are trying to intimidate me and others by using the recall to scare us into inaction.”

We’ll continue to follow as things develop.

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Okay, get ready for one of the best parties of the year, the 24th annual Balboa Island Parade and After Party on Sunday, June 4.

As sure as you can bet that Punxsutawney Phil will show up next Groundhog Day seeking his shadow, you can bet that at sometime during parade day, you will once again see that goofy guy running around in his coconut-shelled bra, grass skirt and straw hat. Oh, and don’t forget the plastic lei.

Actually, that’s Jack Callahan. If you haven’t figured it out, he’s into it.

The theme of the parade this year is Bridge to Summer Fun.

Never been? Here’s what to expect: kids on bikes, wiener dogs, lots of them, with Golden Retrievers right on their tail (get it?), the USC Marching Band, local dignitaries usually in pretty cool cars, decorated golf carts, more kids on bikes and lots of people lining Marine Avenue.

The parade comes over the bridge to the Island, down Marine Avenue three blocks, right turn and it’s done. Over.

Oh wait, not the day. Then there’s the After Party…the Nomads, BIG Wednesday (former members of Surfaris and Dick Dale), playing throughout the afternoon in front of the fire station.

Bring your beach chairs and enjoy! 

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Don’t forget, the day before the parade, June 3, is the Corona del Mar Scenic 5K, beginning at 6 a.m. You can still register, go to https://www.cdmchamber.com/.

I will not be participating this year because of a bad “hammy.”

Okay, I don’t have a bad “hammy,” I don’t run, and I especially don’t run at 6 a.m., unless it’s from someone. And that’s a column for another day.

Get out there and enjoy yourself.


ENC to hold Reading in the Redwoods this Sunday

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Join ENC Naturalist Valerie Bain as she reads “The Raft” in the redwoods

Join ENC Naturalist Valerie Bain on Sunday, May 28 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. for a “Tree Hug Hike” out to the Redwood Forest. As your family relaxes on blankets under their tallest trees, Bain will read “The Raft” by Jim LaMarche. This is the story of a boy who visits his grandmother over the summer and unexpectedly comes across a raft. Little does he know, the adventure the raft takes him on will lead him to appreciate the natural wonders of life and the people that surround him.

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“The Raft” will take listeners on an exciting adventure

After the reading, children and their adults will participate in hands-on activities related to the theme of the book. Register now at www.encenter.org. Parents must remain with children at all times. All ages are welcome. Cost: $5 per child, pre-registered member; $7 per child, pre-registered non-member; $10 per child, unregistered walk-in. No charge for adults. Bring your own blanket or towel.

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


Crystal Cove Alliance transitions to new name

On May 22, Crystal Cove Alliance (CCA) made a significant transition to its new name – Crystal Cove Conservancy (The Conservancy), just as it is poised to take on new and bold initiatives associated with its long-term mission of preservation, education and conservation at Crystal Cove State Park. Visitors to the park, the website, social media channels and all other communications, will view the comprehensive rebranding of the 18-year-old nonprofit organization.

For the past four years, CCA has been working behind the scenes to prepare for the future. To be ready for a more ambitious future at Crystal Cove State Park, CCA has developed an even stronger foundation by restructuring its board of directors and its organizational structure. 

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Historic rental beach cottages at Crystal Cove

While many people are aware of the restored, rental beach cottages at Crystal Cove, there is much more to the story. The Conservancy works in partnership with California State Parks to provide stewardship support for Crystal Cove’s nearly 2,800 acres of public lands including: The Crystal Cove Historic District and beach cottages, a site listed on the National Registry of Historic Places; 2,400 acres of pristine wilderness habitat including the unspoiled Moro Canyon watershed, a National Natural Landmark site; more than three miles of rocky beach coastline and intertidal habitat; 400 acres of coastal bluff habitat; and special underwater and offshore areas including the Crystal Cove State Marine Conservation Area.

Through the strength of the cooperative partnership with California State Parks and the social enterprise model it employs, The Conservancy aspires to promote and generate ongoing community support and sustainable earned revenue streams to provide educational programs and conservation initiatives for Crystal Cove State Park. Providing historic beach experiences for visitors, while cultivating the environmental advocates of the future, ensures that Crystal Cove, and places like it, live on for countless future generations. 

“We are grateful for the support this community has provided over the past 18 years. The ultimate success of the Alliance to date truly rests in the hands of many of its early supporters, members and investors in the vision for what Crystal Cove could be,” said Laura Davick, founder and vice president of the Crystal Cove Conservancy. “The future vision of The Conservancy belongs to all of us in this community. It is this community that will also complete the final vision and do the last heavy lifting through completion.”

Davick added, “Our new name has been a long-term vision for this organization and we all welcome the opportunity that this provides to tell the story about our work and the important legacy that we are committed to leaving for future generations.”

“This transition has been in the making for the past few years and marks yet another truly meaningful milestone for this organization and this park,” said Alix Hobbs, president and meaningful milestone for this organization and the park,” said Alix Hobbs. president and CEO of the Crystal Cove Conservancy. “The Conservancy is committed to creating a sustainable future for Crystal Cove and for our growing education and conservation programs here in the park. We are confident that not only our supporters, but also the greater community at large, will be intrigued to learn more about our plans for the future.”

The California Coastal Commission on March 8, 2017 approved the coastal development permit for restoration of Crystal Cove State Park Historic District’s final 17 cottages. California State Parks and CCA were joint applicants on the permit. This approval sets the stage for much of The Conservancy’s future ambitious initiatives. The project is planned to result in successful preservation of these 17 cottages as well as provide expanded Coastal Engineering education programs, increased public access to affordable overnight stays and, upon completion, a sustainable future for the Crystal Cove State Park.

“By being a stewardship partner for this Southern California jewel, The Conservancy has been uniquely positioned to develop a nationally recognized STEM education program that uses authentic field science and monitoring to immerse students and community members in the practice of conservation and open space management,” Hobbs said. 

Visit the new website at www.crystalcove.org.


Come out and help clean our harbor

On Saturday, June 3 beginning at 7 a.m., more than 100 volunteers will meet at the iconic Balboa Bay Club to launch the harbor’s first-ever underwater cleanup of the 25.2 miles of coastline in the bay and harbor waterways that are impacted by the trash that sits at the bottom of Newport Harbor.

The event is being organized by members of Help Your Harbor, a collaboration of businesses, organizations and environmental activists, including: Surfrider Foundation Newport Beach Chapter, Balboa Bay Club, Seas the Day SCUBA and the Newport-Irvine Rotary Club. Additional support is being provided by Body Glove, City of Newport Beach, Duffy Electric Boats, Hobie Surf Shop, K-Line & Company and Newport Beach & Company.

They are looking for certified SCUBA divers and snorkelers, as well as land-based volunteers to help clean up and preserve Newport’s most precious resource – our harbor.

Anyone interested can register at www.nhunderwatercleanup.com and will be contacted about the event. Participants will receive an official event T-shirt, complimentary food and beverages throughout the day, and prizes for the most unusual items recovered. From batteries to old bicycles, unwanted items will be removed via barge. There will also be informative booths sharing information about water quality. A post-cleanup party will take place at 12 p.m. featuring music, food & drinks.

Help Your Harbor was formed four years ago in Orange County by a group of dedicated environmentalists who felt a strong passion to remove trash, especially plastics, from our oceans, bays and watersheds. The organization has coordinated hundreds of volunteers to participate in a clean up on the first Saturday of every month to pull trash out of Newport Harbor and the Back Bay. To date they have collected more than 20,000 lbs. of trash.

Balboa Bay Club is located at 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.


Citizen Science Academy – VOYAGER Program

Come learn about the natural resources that surround you! Participants of the VOYAGER Program are presented with several opportunities to become actively involved in learning about interrelationships between nature and humans through history, plant and wildlife identification, ecological relationships, human impact, positive environmental behaviors and more.

Stewards for science and the environment take action at each site in order to assist in the preservation or restoration of these different locations as designated environmental study areas. Youth below the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent. Takes place at the Back Bay Science Center, 600 Shellmaker Road, Newport Beach.

Citizens Academy

Programs:

Terrestrial & Marine on Saturdays and Sundays. Cost: $240 for 12 sessions.

Terrestrial or Marine on Saturdays or Sundays. Cost: $120 for 6 sessions.

Terrestrial or Marine on Saturdays or Sundays. Cost: $25 for 1 session.

For more information and program dates, contact Michelle Clement at 949.644.3036 or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Big Canyon: From Indians and landfill to luxury

By DUNCAN FORGEY

Three of the Bandel brothers were the best “box sliders” east of the Back Bay. Being part of the largest family in Corona del Mar with 18 siblings, they grew up competing for everything from food and clothes to sports. Challenges and contests were a way of life for them.

On this day in 1959, dressed like commandos on a mission, they passed beneath barbed wire fencing, dodged cow patties and found the perfect hill for their adventure. Armed with thick Amana refrigerator cartons and enough Abba Zabbas for the day, they slid down the dry hillsides of what one day would become Big Canyon. Riding the “waves” of dirt and brush all the way to the canyon floor was a classic sign of childhood enthusiasm and innovation. The brothersʻ only concern was an occasional Jeep with Irvine security guards.

By 1970, this hillside would be incorporated into a luxury community touted as “home of over 100 corporate presidents.” The transformation from a village for the Gabrielino Indians, to Newport Beachʻs trash dump, to Irvine Ranch cow pastures, to a complex upscale housing development was completed.

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Big Canyon and Newport Coast sites were barren before development began in the 1960s. Big Canyon once was considered a site for a land-fill refuse dump.

Original goals for Big Canyon were aimed at creating a totally new “lifestyle” for Newport Beach. There would be nothing ocean or water related. Big Canyon initiated the ongoing expansion of our town to include a big city-style golf community. Sculptured with the distinction of LAʻs Hancock Park along with a touch of Los Angeles Country Club, Newport Beach was ready. It had no trouble taking off in the early 1970s

“The Big Ditch”, an affectionate moniker given by non-residents, gave Newport Beachers an opportunity to join the “establishment” by living in a finer neighborhood known for its exclusiveness and privacy.

Big Canyon became destined to house and host some of the most powerful people in Orange County. Many a business partnership came together while putting for par or buying a round at the opulent 19th hole. The membership of “The Club” read like a Whoʻs Who of West Coast business and finance. 

Original developers chosen by the Irvine Company were Richard B. Smith, McLain Development, Deane Development Company and Broadmoor Homes. This group blended apartments, condos and single-family homes into a beautifully designed country environment. Streets were named for world-famous golf courses. Additionally, there were vacant homesites ready for custom home development. These lots ringed the golf course with views of the various holes and fairways. 

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Big Canyon Country Club offers picturesque views

The entire package included guard gates for security and a large clubhouse with stylish amenities for its members, including swimming facilities, tennis courts, banquet and restaurant services, and scattered parks within the community. It was definitely a full-service family neighborhood.

Marion Buie, long-time Newport Beach real estate professional, was an early “pioneer.” On Sept. 1, 1971, Buie moved into his new home amid tractors, noise and dust. The residence was without electricity, so the developer put in a temporary pole until the neighborhood was completed.

Big Canyon hit the local real estate market with a bang. It added something new to the mix of neighbors available in 1971. People from other parts of Newport Beach “moved up” to Big Canyon. A Broadmoor home ranged from $71,000 to $81,500 depending on the floor plan and location. The 104 original custom home lots sold for $120,000 and up. Deane Condos, with sizing up to 5,000 square feet, sold in the aggressive range of $65,000 to $80,000.

During the 1990s, with the extensive marketing and publicity surrounding new developments in Newport Coast, real estate sales were impacted in “older” neighborhoods of Newport Beach. Promises of more contemporary living in the chic neighborhoods of Newport Coast challenged the “tired” homes of Big Canyon. It did not take long before buyers realized that the lifestyle of Big Canyon was one of kind.

During the 21st century, homes and infrastructure in Big Canyon aged, creating opportunities for a new generation of “Canyonites.” These owners have remodeled and rebuilt with gusto. Maximizing city codes, the transformation has been remarkable. This has been especially true in the Broadmoor community. New facilities and a remodeled clubhouse have upgraded the community even further allowing a resurgence in prices making Big Canyon one of Newport Beachʻs most stable developments.

Big Canyonʻs 390 acres of development, plus a little-known natural preserve nearer the Back Bay, are now the playground for a new collection of kids. Instead of marching half way across town lugging huge cardboard boxes for a day of racing down now non-existent hills, these contemporary youngsters hit golf balls in the morning, eat breakfast and lunch at “the “Club,” swim in the afternoon, play tennis later, then walk to Fashion Island for dinner and a movie. Not a bad place to hang your hat and a far cry from box sliding until your Abba Zabbas run out. 

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


Arbor Real Estate and Rob Machado partner on Newport Elementary School water bottle event

Arbor Real Estate and the Rob Machado Foundation, founded my famous surfer Rob Machado, are teaming up to donate a water bottle filling station and reusable water bottles to Newport Elementary School, Friday, May 26 from 8:15 to 9 a.m.

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Newport Elementary School

Both organizations work to encourage the use of refillable water bottles and to eliminate the use of single-use water bottles in an ongoing effort to keep beaches, oceans and the environment clean. Newport Elementary is the first (“model”) school to receive a clean water station. Each student will be provided with a water bottle at the event, which will foster pride in and a commitment to their beach community and environment as they re-fill their bottles.

Plastic waste is being addressed in Orange County in a variety of ways, including the plastic shopping bag ban and campaigns encouraging consumers not to use disposable plastic items such as drinking straws. Waste created by single-use water bottles continues to be a top contributor to overall waste, and through education and the opportunity to re-fill bottles through clean water stations, students are encouraged to conserve and eliminate waste.

Newport Elementary School is located at 1327 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.


1776 flags highlight Exchange Club celebration

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Sons of the American Revolution

There’s still time to view the Exchange Club of Newport Harbor’s 8th annual Field of Honor in Castaways Park – the event runs through Monday, May 29, Memorial Day. A total of 1776 American flags have been mounted throughout the park with the help of the 1/1 Marines from Camp Pendleton.

The celebration began May 19 with much pomp and circumstance, honoring those who have given their lives – the ultimate sacrifice – to defend our country’s freedoms.

Some of the beneficiaries of the Exchange Club’s generosity include the 1/1 Marines, the Wounded Warriors Project, Coastline Community College Military Programs and the Fisher House Foundation.

Castaways Park is located at Dover Drive and 16th Street in Newport Beach. Parking is available at the Newport Harbor Lutheran Church.


Pet of the Week Dog and Cat print

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

Carla

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Animal Shelter

MEET CARLA

This little cutie, Carla, is a 6-year-old Chihuahua mix. She is spayed, microchipped and up to date on vaccines. She is quiet, sweet and loves other people and dogs.

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

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

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

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


You must reminder this: Sam in the doghouse gives way to leash laws

By NANCY GARDNER

Back in the ‘50s, if someone had suggested Newport needed a dog park he would have been greeted with a blank stare. What on earth was a dog park? After it was explained, there would be another blank stare. Why on earth would we need one? There were no restrictions as to dogs on the beach in those former times, and if all dogs behaved as Magroot did, there might still be none today. Magroot belonged to Scotty, the handsome, silver-haired king of Little Corona. Scotty and Magroot would come to the beach, Scotty would tell Magroot where to sit, and Magroot would stay there until commanded otherwise. With that as a model, I decided to bring our dog, Sam the Beagle, which may be why there are now restrictions.

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(L-R): Sister Sally and Nancy Gardner with pup Sam

On our first outing to Little Corona, I told him where to sit, but instead of staying, he revealed himself as the anti-Magroot, tearing around the beach, kicking sand over everyone, and stubbornly refusing to be captured. Undiscouraged, I gave him a second chance, this time on the leash, and when I went in the water, I was careful to tie him to the guard tower. When I came in, I didn’t see Sam. I looked inquiringly at Wes Armand, the lifeguard, who scowled down at me. It seems Sam had started baying, a Beagle characteristic, as soon as I entered the water and wouldn’t stop no matter how many times everyone told him to shut up until Wes, at wit’s end and afraid of being distracted from his duties, plunked an empty trash can over him. I lifted the trash can to find Sam looking somewhat peeved but none the worse for the experience. However, by popular demand he was banned from the beach as, today, are all dogs at certain hours. Mea culpa.

There may have been leash laws back then, but if there were, they weren’t enforced. You put a leash on your dog if he was the sort to run away. Otherwise, why bother?  Later, the city tightened up – considerably. In the ‘80s there was one animal control officer who would hide herself so she could better spy out illegal activity, lurking behind bushes near beaches and parks to nab those whose dogs romped free. She once pounced on me. She had seen me running with my dog, and because my arms were moving normally, she assumed he wasn’t on a leash. It was like a drug bust. She came roaring up in the animal control truck, screeched on the brakes, leaped from the truck and whipped out…I thought maybe the cuffs from the dramatic approach but merely her citation book. I instantly realized where the problem was and pointed to the leash tied around my waist, explaining that I always did so when I ran with the dog. Having pointed out her error – very politely – I assumed that was the end of it. Nope. We had a five-minute discussion as to whether I had sneakily tied the leash on when I saw her. I at last convinced her that I didn’t have time, and she went on her way, but I’m sure my name was on her watch list.

Leash laws continue to be enforced, if a little less rabidly, but we now have an official dog park where our Rovers can romp, and a push to make the area at the mouth of the Santa Ana River a second. Due to lack of enforcement by the County, this has been operating as an off-leash area to the delight of dog owners but not necessarily the neighbors, and I understand the neighbors’ concerns. Not all dog owners are good citizens. I see unclaimed dog poop every time I walk my dog. I even see poop at the dog park, a place provided to dog owners by all the people of Newport Beach, including those who dislike dogs. You would think those using the park would be hypervigilant about picking up, and you would be wrong, so until we dog owners clean up our act –literally – we shouldn’t expect much support for more places for Lassie to lope.    

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


WAKE UP! Newport to hear from Costa Mesa

Katrina Foley

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Make reservations now for the June WAKE UP! Newport breakfast on Thursday, June 1, in the Friends Room of the Newport Beach Public Library.

Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley will be the featured speaker.

Foley is expected to discuss issues related to Costa Mesa’s new slow growth ordinance, their new marijuana ordinance, group homes, public safety and ballot box changes. The breakfast begins at 7:15 a.m.

The Library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave. To make reservations go to www.newportbeach.com.


Request for Bob Hailey Memorial Track and Field

Newport-Mesa Unified School District received a request to name the Newport Harbor High School (NHHS) track and field the “Bob Hailey Memorial Track and Field,” in honor of Mr. Bob Hailey, who was a NHHS teacher and coach. 

Hailey was a longtime track coach at Newport-Harbor; he passed away

November 8, 2013 at the age of 78.

For more information and to take the survey regarding this naming request, 

click the following link, www.surveymonkey.com/r/nhhstrack.

The survey will be available for public input until June 7, 2017.


Newport Beach – A Look Back 

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

A Look Back 5.22.17

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The Balboa Island Ferry…changes over time included enclosing a cab over the skipper and adding a safety bar to the bow and stern in an attempt to keep cars out of the Bay.

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


Letter to the Editor:

“Rules don’t apply” to Councilman Peotter

Of all of the characteristics embodied by Newport Beach City Councilman Scott Peotter, his disrespect is the one that bothers us the most.

We could have predicted that he would act in this manner because of the disrespect that he showed our neighborhood between 2007 and 2010 while building his house behind us. Although he was a Newport Beach Planning Commissioner at the time and certainly knew the city’s rules and requirements, he consistently behaved as if those rules didn’t apply to him. 

City rules allow 2 years for the construction of a home, but this particular site was allowed to remain unfinished for almost 4 years despite multiple complaints to the city begging for action to close it down. In an extraordinary departure from protocol, he continued to live in the construction site during this time. 

A 2009 OC Register article about the site contains photos of the mounds of debris present at the site, including mattresses and tires left outside. To those of us who endured this fiasco, his disregard for the very rules he was charged with enforcing presaged his future behavior on the council.

Respect for the rules is a basic expectation for our elected representatives, but Mr. Peotter continues to behave as though the rules don’t apply to him. The Brown Act requires that confidential information disclosed in closed session remain confidential for obvious reasons, but Mr. Peotter readily shared confidential information with his political associates.  

Rules concerning fundraising exist to ensure that politicians are not unduly influenced by donations, yet Mr. Peotter flouted those rules as well, with no expressions of regret.

How a councilman comports himself is important not just with those with whom he agrees, but also with those with whom he disagrees. He represents every resident in the city and it is incumbent upon him to behave like an adult and behave respectfully to everyone. Here again, Mr. Peotter continues to behave as though the rules do not apply to him. After voting in support of the Museum House, he published an editorial in the Daily Pilot in which he made this comment about the environmental organization SPON: “I like to spell it SPAWN (Still Pouting And Whining in Newport).” What kind of respectful person says that?  

It is time to restore respect and integrity to the Newport Beach City Council. It is time to recall Scott Peotter.

Liddy and Scott Paulsen

Newport Beach


Stump the Stu

Two of Newport’s biggest names dance where? 

If you’re thinking Wyland, perhaps you should play a new game. Anyway, tell me where I’m located?

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

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

Stump the Stu 5.22

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Hospice advocate honored with Care Award

Michelle Wulfestig

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At age 14, Michelle Wulfestieg was told she wouldn’t live to be 30. She had survived a massive stroke when she was just 11 years old and a second stroke, thought to be untreatable, was imminent. For Wulfestieg, this was a revelation: life is not about quantity, but rather quality. From that day on, she committed to making each moment count, not allowing her disabilities to hold her back. She went on to join her high school volleyball team, travelled to distant countries, earned a college degree, found a meaningful job and married the man of her dreams.

Wulfestieg, a Newport Beach resident, is the May/June recipient of Fairhaven’s Oliver Halsell Care Award. Fairhaven Memorial Park & Mortuary, with locations in Santa Ana and Mission Viejo, created the recognition program in 2012 to pay tribute to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional care in their profession and community, improving the lives and spirits of those they help.

Wulfestieg, 35, first discovered her passion for hospice work by volunteering with Betsy, an 84-year-old patient who, like her, had suffered a stroke that had left her paralyzed on one side of her body. Wulfestieg felt an overwhelming passion toward helping the disabled and the dying as she so well understood their struggles, feelings and their desperate longing to be comfortable and pain free.

After graduating from California Lutheran University at age 22, she began her career in hospice as a volunteer coordinator. Her own struggles, however, were far from over. A second stroke at age 25 left her comatose for eight days. Outwitting the surgeon’s prognosis, she survived the removal of a brain lesion, responsible for her two strokes. While recovering and regaining the ability to talk, feed herself and walk, Wulfestieg completed her master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University.

Fast forward nine years and she is now executive director at the Southern California Hospice Foundation in Costa Mesa, where she not only helps patients and their families with expenses such as groceries, utility bills or flying their loved ones to say last goodbyes, but also has a stellar track record of fulfilling patient last wishes. 

For seven years, Wulfestieg has helped many patients – both children and adults – realize their last dreams, including an 8-year-old boy with stomach cancer whom she flew to Legoland in a private plane and arranged for him to meet Star Wars’ Hans Solo, Harrison Ford. Other high-profile dream fulfillments have included Oprah, Selena Gomez, astronaut John D. Olivas and The Weeknd.

“Michelle Wulfestieg is an inspiration to us all,” said Rod Gomez, general manager at Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana. “She is steadfast, brave and kind – all qualities required to work in the hospice field. She has made a huge impact on so many end-of-life patients and their families by filling their last days with joy and love.” 

When not in the office, Wulfestieg can be found advocating for hospice care, often by giving motivational talks drawing from her award-winning autobiography, “All We Have is Today.” She also volunteers at Mariners Church Sunday school in Irvine and with her daughter’s kindergarten class. Additionally, she is a member of the Women of Chapman, a women’s group that raises money for Chapman’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.

“I’m so honored to be selected for this award,” Wulfestieg said. “Every day I wake up with a profound sense of purpose and I pray that God will use me to do his good work. And each day he does. Hospice work is more than a job to me, it’s a calling. I want to raise awareness of hospice care so that all people at end-of-life receive the dignity and comfort they deserve.”

In November 2017, Wulfestieg will be presented her award at Fairhaven’s Oliver Halsell Care Awards ceremony at its Mission Viejo facility. The Care Awards banquet will recognize six honorees’ accomplishments awarded during this year. Additionally, Fairhaven will make a donation on her behalf to the Southern California Hospice Foundation.

Fairhaven is accepting nominations for additional 2017 Oliver Halsell Care Awards. For more information and to nominate an outstanding citizen, call 714.633.1442 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Police Files

Boat reported stolen from Linda Isle

A boat was reportedly stolen from Linda Isle this past week according to the Newport Beach Police Department.

The grand theft took place sometime between Tuesday, May 17, and Wednesday, May 18, between the hours of 6 to 6 p.m.

The vessel was valued at $30,000.

“Fake” attorney arraigned for defrauding clients

James Frank Barker, 57, of Newport Beach, was arrested May 15 and arraigned May 17 for impersonating an attorney and defrauding several clients through debt consolidation and mortgage modification schemes.

Barker was charged on April 5, 2017 with the following felony counts: eight money laundering and three grand thefts. Sentencing enhancements include: aggravated white- collar crime of more than $100,000, property damage/loss of more than $65,000 and property loss of more than $200,000.

A pre-trial date is set for May 25 at 8:30 a.m. at the Center Justice Center in Santa Ana. If convicted, the maximum sentence is 11 years and eight months in state prison.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime reports


Public Safety Day celebrated in Newport Beach

Horses

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The Newport Beach Police and Fire Departments opened up their doors over the past weekend to celebrate Public Safety Day.

Residents were invited to experience and view all aspects of the departments, including K-9 patrols, beach vehicles (both on sand and in water), horseback officers, SWAT and fire vehicles, and even an antique fire engine.

Firefighters cooked hamburgers and hot dogs on their department barbecue, provided to them a number of years back by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Antique fire engine

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Guest Column

Mike Glenn – Save Newport

Save Dog Beach – your help is needed Tuesday

Mike Glenn

Courtesy of Save Newport

Save Newport Publisher Mike Glenn 

After many long months of dredging, the heavy machinery will likely be gone from Dog Beach by the end of next week and the next big South Swell will drop the sandbars back in the channel right where they used to be, returning the area to the Dog Beach we have all known and loved for 100 years.

However, as you might know, Newport Beach has been in the midst of an anti-dog-on-beaches campaign right now that was begun right as the Dog Beach is being released back into the hands of the dog-loving public. Newport has recently begun placing signs and enforcement agents at the mouth of the county land, blocking access from people who wish to use the off-leash area for their dogs. While we (and local residents!) have been asking for doggie bag dispensers there for years, the city has spent thousands of dollars on signage designed to scare people from the area. The recent Twitter “virtual ride along” with a patrol unit highlighted why dogs are supposedly not welcome on the beaches. The assaults are escalating.

Diane Dixon – the originator of the idea that we should close Dog Beach – wrote that she supported Dog Beach in the past, but recently used a private email account with city letterhead and the city seal to tell county officials that she no longer supports it. Suddenly, inside of the city, the ratcheting-up of anti-dog-beach sentiment has begun once again.

Our efforts previously won us a unanimous 7-0 approval by Parks, Beach and Recreation to not only approve, but actually to expand Dog Beach to Orange Street – making it partially on city land and partially on county land. Somehow, after the meeting, the meeting minutes were modified to strike this from the record – even though we have what was actually said and actually passed on video (we foresaw “oddities” and wanted to keep a record for ourselves in case they materialized).

The county voted 5-0 to approve Dog Beach, but then “certain elected officials” began emailing organizations and groups to get them to complain, stopping the process before it got to the required second vote. All and all, the Dog Beach remained – so we figured everyone was happy. But now the attacks have begun once again and it is time to go on the full offensive if we want to keep this treasured area of land for our four-legged friends. This time, we won’t stop until we have an actual official dog beach – and if that requires removing people from their positions, then that is what it will require.

Here is what we need from you: Please show up at Newport Beach City Hall (100 Civic Center Drive) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and speak on “Non-Agenda Items.”

Speak about why we need to keep and support Dog Beach.

Ask the council why the Parks, Beach and Recreation vote calling for the expansion of Dog Beach was modified in the meeting minutes to not reflect what was actually voted on.

Ask them who has approved the sudden enforcement against dogs in the area.

Ask them if they will hold Diane Dixon accountable for using the city seal and official city letterhead for non-official business (they previously held other council people accountable for this, so they should hold her accountable, too).

Ask council if they will hold Diane Dixon accountable for illegally withholding documents despite them being requested via a Public Document Request Act.

Ask Diane Dixon to explain the reasons why she is against Dog Beach (she won’t respond, but the public outcry will make media attention).

Ask the council to agendize expanding Dog Beach to Orange Street, as the Parks, Beach and Recreation committee had originally suggested a year ago.

Dog Beach has been around for a full 100 years, since 1917, it’s Newport Beach’s last remaining dog beach, and I do not want to see it go away. We need literally just three minutes of your time to speak on this, on Tuesday. Every voice makes a tremendous difference and can really help to sway council people. Please, share this with your friends. We need to send a message to council that we want to keep and preserve Dog Beach.


Guest Column

Dave Kiff

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

Dave Kiff

Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff

On Tuesday, May 23rd, the Newport Beach City Council will meet for a 3 p.m. Joint Meeting with the City’s Finance Committee to hear the first formal budget presentation of the year. Then the regular non-Joint Study Session gets underway 4 p.m.-ish. Finally, there is a 7 p.m. regular session. More detailed Council meeting information is at the end of the Guide. I don’t summarize every item on the agenda, so make sure you look at the City Clerk’s agenda page to read the whole agenda if you’d like. 

As noted, the Joint Meeting starts at 3 p.m. and is focused on the proposed Fiscal Year 2017-18 City budget. What’s newsworthy about it? A couple of things:

It socks away more money than ever before for pensions, including to address our unfunded liability issue. Another $9 million (!) is proposed to go towards a discretionary additional payment for pensions.

It proposes sending about $6M towards critical harbor infrastructure, including sea walls around Balboa Island.

It’s balanced (wait, that’s not news – our budget is always balanced).

Our capital plan proposes some new efforts that Mayor Muldoon first spoke of back in January, including using better technology for traffic solutions and to start an update of the 2006 City General Plan. 

Then the Study Session is really focused on one main item, that being preparing for Summer along Ocean Front Walk. Folks interested will hear about ideas from the PD for safer travels, as well as our ongoing discussions about things like Surrey cycles. If I were planning on listening in, I’d try for a little after 4 p.m. 

The evening’s Regular Session is at 7 p.m. The items worth noting are a handful:

An airport item involving how Commuter Aircraft at JWA are defined. A bit complex, but simple at the same time. Operators of commuter planes (like SkyWest) are buying new Embraer and Bombardier planes that have seating capacities of 76 seats, but the JWA Settlement Agreement defines commuter planes as having up to 70 seats. JWA is still governed by a “million annual passenger” cap that is in the Settlement Agreement – and any new seats filled on a plane count towards the cap. 

Some changes to the lease agreement involving the Lighthouse Café at Marina Park. The changes would include allowing the Café to have a mobile cart for some food (and coffee). Changes would also allow them to move from a beer and wine license to a spirits license (Type 47). The restaurant and all sales must end/close at 11 p.m. nightly.  

More turf removals are coming to town. The drought may be behind us, but it’s still not legal going forward to use potable water to irrigate turf in medians. That’s a state prohibition. So we’re continuing our efforts to remove turf from medians and to replace it with a colorful but drought-friendly palette – this time on San Joaquin Hills Road and San Miguel Road.   

The Calendar Notes involve some interesting and fun things:

Friday, May 26

3 p.m. – John Wayne Park Dedication, 2501 Cliff Drive. It’s helpful for this one if you RSVP. Please do so to Jenny Sudo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 949.644.3003.

Today’s Fun Questions from Residents/Visitors:

This one came to me from a gal at the gym. She wondered: On street sweeping day, if the sweeper has gone by but the “no parking” sign still has some time left (say it’s 11 a.m. and the sign says “no parking” until 12:30 p.m.), will I get a ticket if I park there? The answer:  Generally no, but this is a “spirit of the law” question at this point. To be safe, you should still try and avoid parking there during the street sweeping times, as sometimes the sweeper can surprise you by being delayed or on a different schedule because of an emergency somewhere else. The PD does, though, try to understand that parking is often tight and will work with known issues in a neighborhood to make sure residents get the most flexibility possible to get back needed parking spaces. 

A visitor from Utah asked me this week why there are small smelly tar mats along the beaches. He assumed they were from oil wells offshore. Though we’ve stepped on them, too, Newport residents know that this isn’t so (and how to dodge them) – they’re from naturally occurring seeps beneath the ocean floor, and often make their way to the beach in the form of innocent-looking small pieces of what appear to be thick black plastic. But they’re not, and when you step on them you’ve got some very sticky oil to deal with. He seemed better when he understood that this happens all up and down the Southern CA coast, again via natural causes. Thanks, NOAA.

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

Sincerely,

Dave Kiff

City Manager

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Peirsol featured speaker at Athletic Awards

Aaron Peirsol

Courtesy of Zimbio

The Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce will recognize the top athletes from Corona del Mar, Newport Harbor and Sage Hill high schools on Thursday, June 1.

The 56th Annual Athletic Awards Dinner will take place at the Radisson Hotel Newport Beach, 4545 MacArthur Blvd., at 6 p.m.

Three-time Olympic swimmer, seven-time Olympic medalist and world-record holder Aaron Peirsol will be the guest speaker.

To make reservations or to find out more about the event go to www.newportbeach.com.

The Premier Sponsor for the event is the Los Angeles Chargers.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Moving my mom before more people take advantage of her 

TomJohnson

I’ve decided that I’m moving my mother back to California. She’s been living in Arizona for the past number of years, although our family was raised in Northern California. Recently, she was widowed for the third time.

That’s right, three times.

Now 86, I figure Newport Beach is a good place for her.

All that being said, it’s what I’m finding out in Arizona as we’re packing her up that borders on elder abuse.

First off is the $8,000 solar system she was sold door-to-door. It doesn’t work, but my mother still owes a ton of money on it. The new owner of her home says he plans to remove it.

Next, the new windows installed throughout her house. She paid $7,000 and still owes most. Again, the man purchasing her house says he puts these in all the time for less than a $1,000.

She also has a relatively new car completely upside-down.

Unfortunately, there’s more.

Several weeks before her husband died, she was approached by a real estate agent telling her that he had a “great deal” for her on a new house.

Let me remind you again, my mom will be 87 next month.

She called my brother and told him about it. That’s sort of when we realized the time had come to step in.

So much has happened to her in a negative way. A sizable chuck of her savings will go toward cleaning up from people and businesses taking advantage of her in her older age.

It’s sad, but it’s a reality and good reminder for all of us to keep an eye on those elderly around us.

So why Newport Beach?

One thing that excites me for her is the OASIS Senior Center. Now, more than ever, I realize how important it is for our community. She still is sharp and in good physical shape, so I’m sensing it’ll be a fun place for her to attend.

She’s also into church…the Presbyterian Church. Does it get any better than St. Andrews? Well, I guess we’ll find out.

It’s going to be an interesting change for me in my life knowing I now will have to care for my mom.

All of that being said, it should be fun!


NMUSD has busy summer planned with construction

Davidson Field

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The following is a list of summer construction projects planned for the Newport-Mesa School District for the summer of 2017.

Newport Harbor High School (NHHS)

Davidson Field

Construction continues on the structural rehabilitation and refresh of Davidson field. Davidson field was upgraded to include artificial field, track and concessions building, as well as upgrades to the existing bleachers and press box. Construction is expected to be complete in summer 2017.

Scoreboard

The baseball boosters are funding a new scoreboard for the varsity baseball field to replace the existing scoreboard. This work is expected to begin in summer 2017.

Corona del Mar (CdM) High School

Learning Resource Center

Construction of the Learning Resource Center is anticipated to begin in summer 2017. The project includes alterations to existing CdM library to modernize the space into the new Learning Resource Center. This project is funded by the District and CdM Foundation.

Baseball Backstop

Construction to replace and relocate the existing baseball backstop to prevent stray foul balls from leaving the playing field is expected to begin in summer 2017. 

Sports Fields

The revised draft Environmental Impact report for proposed upgrades to sports fields is anticipated to be complete in summer 2017. 

Reclaimed Water Project

A project to convert the irrigation system at CdM athletic fields to reclaimed water is anticipated to being completed in summer 2017.

Andersen Elementary

Path of Travel Improvements

Construction to replace ADA path of travel on sidewalks and ramps is expected to begin in summer 2017.

Ensign Intermediate School 

Gym Fire

A project to repair fire damage in the locker room of the Ensign gymnasium is expected to continue through summer 2017.


Exceptional character awards to high schoolers

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) recognized high school seniors for their exceptional character leadership traits. For the fifth year in a row, Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro recognized one graduating senior from each high school who exemplifies one of the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

Each high school is asked to submit the names of six seniors they believe are exemplars of each pillar of character. A district team reviews the nominations and selects one student from each school that best represents one of the six pillars of character. 

In May each student received a surprise visit at their school and was presented a letter of recognition and an invitation to be recognized by the Board of Education at the June 13, 2017 Board Meeting. 

A banner for each student will be displayed in the district lobby with a photo of each student, name of their high school and their character trait. The banners will remain throughout the 2017-18 school year.

“This is one of my favorite awards because it allows us an opportunity to acknowledge students for just being genuinely good people,” said Superintended Dr. Fred Navarro. 

Haley Cohen

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Haley Cohen
Corona del Mar High School

Character Trait: Caring

Corona del Mar High School administration shared the following about Haley:

Haley is known to have a genuine compassion and concern for others. She exemplifies kindness in all walks of her life. She is especially mindful of caring for nature, wildlife, the local environment and making the world a better place to live. She is a responsible citizen of the planet and is dedicated to recycling and learning about renewable resources. Reaching out to others comes naturally for Haley. She will stand up for others, be inclusive of all, and do the right thing, even when no one is looking. She has a warm and welcoming spirit which draws people to her. Haley has a natural propensity to help and serve anyone in need. 

Jose A La Torre

Jose A La Torre

Newport Harbor High School

Character Trait: Citizenship

Newport Harbor High School administration shared the following:

Jose is a genuinely friendly, funny, hardworking, determined, resilient and talented young man. He truly knows he is blessed with great educational opportunities and doesn’t take it for granted. He engages in class and develops positive relationships with his teachers. He is willing to help his peers in class when they are struggling. He found out how rewarding this was and decided to volunteer as a tutor for a local elementary school last year and is now tutoring current peers. Jose is active in school and is currently the Associated Student Body Vice President, Drum Major of the marching band, and has held leadership positions with several other campus clubs. He makes his family very proud because he is not only a good student and leader but a reliable and helpful member of the family.


Davis Seabough: still dancing at 97

By AMY SNIDER SENK

Davis Seabough celebrated his 97th birthday this spring in typical fashion – lunch at the OASIS Senior Center in Corona del Mar, with cake, decorations, plenty of friends and the accordion-gutbucket duo featuring John Valeriano and Tommy Naughton.

Seabough, who lives in Corona del Mar, spent his childhood in St. Louis, where he saw Charles Lindbergh in Forest Park in 1927, launching a lifetime of love for airplanes. Later he studied electrical engineering at the University of Missouri, graduating in 1942, then served four years in the Army during World War II, inspecting airplanes and making sure planes made in California made it to Florida and then to England. Eventually he ended up in California, working for General Dynamics on the Atlas missile project, meeting John Glenn when they showed him the Friendship 7 rocket that would take him on an orbit of the Earth in 1962.

Davis Seabough

Courtesy of Amy Snider Senk

Davis Seabough celebrates his 97th birthday at OASIS Senior Center

Last year, a group of Mizzou alumni joined the party, bringing Davis gifts of black and gold swag. This year, besides OASIS friends, a few old neighbors stopped by with gifts. And of course, there was music.

This year, the celebration brought news that the Valeriano-Naughton duo had once again lost a place to perform a regular gig. For years, the men had been playing live music at Gina’s Pizza at 420 Iris Ave. But in late March, the manager told them that they were no longer welcome.

“It was packed every time,” Valeriano said. “But the neighbors were complaining there was too much singing.” (The manager did not respond to a request for comment.)

The men have had years of bad luck, trying to find a good, central Corona del Mar location for their music and dinner events. For a long run, they played at Pizza Royale on East Coast Highway, where friends would sneak in bottles of wine and order pasta and pizza dinners while they listened to live music. But in 2011, Pizza Royale closed, and the group had to find a new home.

The landed at Coco’s up the street, but soon that closed to make way for a bank. In 2013, the men moved even further up the street to Landmark Steakhouse, where they would take over a back room every third Thursday of the month. Evelyn Hart, the former mayor, attended, once even dancing right out of her shoe.

But Landmark also shut its doors two years ago, making way for El Cholo. So the men packed their accordion and gutbucket and moved to Gina’s, where they’d pack the patio dining area with as many as 30 people, eating, singing and dancing.

The men say they are no longer looking for a new venue, instead focusing on their lunchtime performances at the OASIS center. At Seabough’s birthday party, the men passed out song sheets and played “Home on the Range,” “This Land is Your Land,” “Get Me to the Church on Time” and more. The crowd sang along, barely looking at the sheets with the lyrics.

“I can’t see it, I’m deaf, but I’m still dancing,” Seabough said

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


Community invited to birdwatch at ENC

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) is inviting the community to birdwatch on their trails on Saturday, May 27 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. ENC Naturalist Chris Holland will introduce a small group to the basics of birdwatching.

Holland will demonstrate how to properly use binoculars and what features to look for when purchasing them. He will teach participants to read and use a field guide to identify different varieties of birds by their unique physical characteristics, calls and tracks. Attendees will be given the chance to put their new skills to the test on a hike in which they can encounter many of the ENC’s birds.

Egret

“Well over 100 different types of birds have been spotted at the ENC, including egrets, falcons, goldfinches, hawks, hummingbirds, sparrows, warblers and woodpeckers,” said ENC Executive Director Bo Glover. “Bird watching is a tradition at nature centers and wilderness areas everywhere, and I’m happy to see that tradition going strong at ENC.”

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


Check it out, Beerfest, this Saturday at the Dunes

Dunes Beerfest

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The Newport Beach Beerfest is an all-inclusive event, bringing guests to the sandy beaches of Newport Dunes. Sample more than 150 craft beers, wines and spirits. 

The event takes place Saturday, May 27, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Live bands and DJs will take the stage and get the crowd on their feet. The event will feature a food truck fest as well. 

The event supports and raises funds for the 1/1 Marine Foundation of Newport Beach.

General admission is $35 and includes unlimited samples. VIP admission is $50 and includes an additional 12 VIP breweries and admission to the VIP lounge.

The Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.

For more information and tickets go to https://www.newportbeachbeerfest.com/.


1776 flags highlight Exchange Club celebration

Sons of the American Revolution

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Sons of the American Revolution

The Exchange Club of Newport Harbor is celebrating their 8th Annual Field of Honor in Castaways Park. The event began last Friday and runs through Memorial Day, Monday, May 29.

A total of 1776 American flags have been mounted throughout the park with the help of the 1/1 Marines from Camp Pendleton.

Programming is planned daily leading up to Memorial Day.

Some of the beneficiaries of the Exchange Club’s generosity include the 1/1 Marines, the Wounded Warriors Project, Coastline Community College Military Programs and the Fisher House Foundation.

Castaways Park is located at Dover Drive and 16th Street. Parking has been available at the Newport Harbor Lutheran Church.


Thirst Gala honors local teachers

By AMY SNIDER SENK

A group of Corona del Mar High School students and teachers who are part of the school’s Global Studies Academy basked in the glory of the red carpet at the 8th annual Thirst Gala in Los Angeles on April 18.

Teachers Laura Mayberry and Kareem Captan were honored at the event as Volunteers of the Year for their leadership in helping students raise money to build wells to provide clean water throughout the world. About 50 students also attended the event, wearing black tie attire at the star-studded evening.

Thirst Gala

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Courtesy of the Thirst Project

(L-R): Laura Mayberry, Kareem Captan, Charisma Carpenter and Drake Bell

Mayberry, Captan and students also attended the gala last year after forging a relationship with the Thirst Project, an L.A.-based organization that is working to build a “socially conscious generation of young people who end the global water crisis,” according to the group’s website. Mayberry said the relationship began shortly after CdMHS launched its Academy of Global Studies program, which incorporates history, geography, language, a speaker series and more to develop students as “knowledgeable, engaged and competitive global citizens.”

The academy’s first speaker was Evan Wesley, a Thirst Project staff member, who described how better access to clean water can change the lives of villagers, particularly for women and children who no longer have to devote most of their time to lugging water and can instead work or attend school.

The students, fired up, began to raise money to build a well in Swaziland in Africa. The fundraising efforts began to take off, with freshmen outperforming sophomores and raising the bar, Mayberry said. The older students doubled down, organizing a piano recital and bake sale to raise money.

According to Mayberry and Captan, the students have raised enough money for four wells, and plans are in the works to take students to Swaziland in the next year or two to visit. “We’re making a global difference,” Captan said. “When the students see it with their own eyes, it’s very powerful.”


Stump the Stu

For whom the fountain flows

Stump the Stu 5.18

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Well, well, well…Stu thought this would be harder. Michele McCormack and Pam Smith came in early with correct guesses. The fountain is located at the entrance of Bayside Village, located at the corner of W. Coast Highway and N. Bayside Drive.

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

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


Police Files

Potential mailbox poachers arrested for residential burglary

Three men were arrested late Sunday night after the Newport Beach Police Department responded to a call concerning a “suspicious male” looking into mailboxes.

When the first officer arrived on-scene, he saw that the men had removed and concealed the license plate from the vehicle they were occupying (criminals often do this to avoid being identified during the course of committing a crime or leaving a crime scene).

Upon further checking, the officer noticed the car contained numerous burglary tools, gloves, a face mask, binoculars, an open container of alcohol, and a piece of mail addressed to a victim of mail theft in Long Beach.  

In the trunk, officers also located numerous items of jewelry.

Officers conducted a thorough field investigation and interviewed witnesses. They determined that the men had attempted to burglarize a home in the 400 block of North Star Lane.

Officers also contacted the victim from Long Beach whose mail was in the vehicle to confirm that it was stolen.

The NBPD arrested Bear Moe Smith, 21, from Albuquerque, Jamal Anthony Dawes, 24, Pecos, and Wayde Burton Land, 33, of Rosston. Each was charged with an attempt to commit a felony crime, residential burglary, possession of burglary tools and receiving stolen property.

Bail was set for each at $50,000.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime reports


OC Press Club honors Tom Johnson with the Lifetime Achievement Award and recognizes best local media 

By LANA JOHNSON

On Monday evening, May 15, the OC Press Club recognized the best in media achievement at their annual awards dinner at the Balboa Bay Resort. 

Tom Johnson was the recipient of the Sky Dunlap award recognizing his long-time commitment to local journalism.

OC Press Club

Photo by Brian Feinzimer, 

Courtesy of the Orange County Press Club

(L-R): Roger Bloom, president of the OC Press Club; Tom Johnson, the Sky Dunlap award winner; and Barbara Venezia

Here are the award winners:

 

BLOGS

Best Entertainment/Culture Blog

FIRST PLACE: Nate Jackson (editor), Heard Mentality, OC Weekly

 

Best Lifestyle/Family Blog

FIRST PLACE: Brad A. Johnson, Brad A. Johnson: Food & Travel

 

BROADCAST 

Best Broadcast

FIRST PLACE: Anthony Porrazzo, Spotlight Video

“Orange Catholic Foundation’s Conference on Business and Ethics”

SECOND PLACE: Matt Brown, Chapman University

“One Strong Teammate: Carter Ankeny”

THIRD PLACE: Matt Kollar, OC Weekly 

“The Donald Trump Rally: Orange Man Comes to Orange County”

 

PHOTO

Best News Photo 

FIRST PLACE: Steven Georges, Behind the Badge

SECOND PLACE: Richard Koehler, Orange County Register

THIRD PLACE: Michael Goulding, Orange County Register

HONORABLE MENTION: Eric Hood, OC Weekly

 

Best Sports Photo

FIRST PLACE: Michael Goulding, Orange County Register

SECOND PLACE: Matt Masin, Orange County Register

THIRD PLACE: Matt Masin, Orange County Register

 

Best Feature Photo 

FIRST PLACE: Matt Masin, Orange County Register

SECOND PLACE: Christopher Trela, Newport Beach Independent

THIRD PLACE: Steven Georges, Behind the Badge

HONORABLE MENTION: Steven Georges, Behind the Badge

 

Best Portrait

FIRST PLACE: Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register 

SECOND PLACE: Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register 

THIRD PLACE: Matt Masin, Orange County Register

 

Best Photo Essay/Slideshow

FIRST PLACE: Dustin Ames, OC Weekly

SECOND PLACE: Eric Hood, OC Weekly

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Meet Mr. Back Bay

Jack Keating

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Courtesy of Newport Bay Conservancy

Jack Keating has been the voice of the Back Bay for decades

Jack Keating has been the leading voice speaking on behalf of Back Bay in Newport Beach since the early ‘90s, picking up the mantle from Frank and Fran Robinson who led the citizens’ campaign to save the Bay through the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

On Saturday afternoon, a large gathering of community leaders, donors and active volunteers with the Newport Bay Conservancy, as well as members of the Keating family gathered in front of the Peter & Mary Muth interpretive Center to see the Keating Family name being installed on the Van Sant donor wall. This was their way of saying “thank you” to Keating for his tireless efforts to protect and preserve the Bay, including his lead role in fundraising for the Interpretive Center, and the popular Vista Point viewpoint at the corner of Eastbluff Drive and Back Bay Drive.

Fittingly, the weather was beautiful and the view from the patio across the Bay…stunning.

For more information on the Newport Bay Conservancy, visit www.neewportbay.org.


Lynn’s Spin

By LYNN SELICH

For the love of boats: 4th annual Newport Beach Wooden Boat Festival

I love boats. Big, small, fast, slow, sail, power – they’re all fabulous in my eye – 

I can’t get enough, and I never tire of the subject. One of my favorite boat names of all times: Navigo Ergo Sum – “I sail (navigate, travel by sea), therefore I am.” Brilliant.

So, it should come as no surprise that one of my all-time favorite annual boating events is our very own Newport Beach Wooden Boat Festival, hosted by the Balboa Yacht Club, coming the weekend of June 10.

(For purposes of full disclosure, I should mention that I am a member of the event committee, so yes, this week’s column is my shameless pitch to all of our StuNewsNewport readers on the finer points of this amazingly spectacular event – which has expanded quite significantly this year. More on that in a sec.)

On Saturday, June 10, more than 50 exceptional boats, both on land and in the water, will be on display at the Balboa Yacht Club, host of the annual festival, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  

Curlew

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Curlew schooner

This year’s event is gearing up to be the biggest and best to-date with expanded activities to include water taxi stops throughout the harbor, children’s activities at Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest, sailing and Sunday brunch harbor cruises, a boat parade and a sail-by.  

First, if you’ve never been to this family-friendly event, you are missing out – big time. Even if boating isn’t your thing, it is hard not to appreciate the superb craftsmanship and pure artistry on display: 50 exceptional wooden boats both on land and in the water. The Balboa Yacht Club pulls out all the stops with hospitality offering both shuttle service and admission to the event at no charge. Guests can leisurely peruse the boats throughout the docks and club grounds, while listening to live entertainment throughout the day, enjoy a no-host bar and delectable barbeque-style buffet and even vote for their favorite “People’s Choice” Award winners.  

Plus, there are exhibitors, artists, a silent auction (to benefit BYC’s Junior Sailing Program) and this year, there are boat rides…lots of them.

If all that isn’t enough, this year there are a slew of newly added activities and attractions including regularly scheduled complimentary water taxi trips throughout the harbor that will shuttle guests from BYC to various harbor destinations including the Balboa Bay Club and Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest (Fun Zone) where there will be a kids’ toy boat building pavilion and complimentary gallery tours of the hands-on, interactive exhibit the “Science of Sailing” (www.oceanquestoc.org). Throughout most of the day, I’ll likely be at Ocean Quest aboard the Mei Wen Ti, the authentic wooden Chinese Junk boat my father had built in China (www.mrwalt.com) that will be returning again this year and also be available for complimentary tours on Saturday. 

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Electra

But things get even better! On Saturday, the 100-foot, classic fantail vessel, Electra, which was built in 1929, will be available for complimentary tours throughout the day; and the legendary 82-foot schooner, Curlew, will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to Noon.  

Tickets can be purchased online for three two-hour cruises aboard Curlew for Saturday – times at Noon, 2:30 and 5 p.m., for $65 per person, $40 ages 2-12. Non-alcoholic refreshments will be included.   

Finally, two special Champagne Sunday brunches are being offered onboard Electra for $80 per person – this is a terrific way to be able to purchase individual tickets not normally available for this vessel. Eighty seats will be sold on a first come, first-served basis, and she will traverse the length of the boat parade and sail by.   

Champagne brunch aboard Curlew will be available for only 30 guests at $80 per person.  Departure and return will be from Balboa Yacht Club, tickets can be purchased at www.newportbeachwoodenboatfestival.com.  

The remaining visiting wooden boats from the show will parade through the harbor from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – the course will wind around Balboa Island up the main channel to Lido basin, then disperse from in front of the Balboa Pavilion. A traditional sail-by will then be held from the Lido turning basin commencing at 1 p.m. featuring Curlew and other yachts in full sail through the harbor which will be able to be seen from most harbor-facing restaurants.  

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.newportbeachwoodenboatfestival.com.

All together now: Navigo Ergo Sum!

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Avid boater, Lynn Selich is currently the Chair of the Newport Beach City Arts Commission and resides in Newport Beach. She is a contributing columnist to StuNewsNewport. Reach her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Letter to the Editor:

Peotter’s financial past brings questions of qualifications

The fact that Councilman Scott Peotter defaulted on his Ports Streets home and was compelled to move back to Irvine is well known in the community. What is less well known is that after moving back to Irvine, Peotter defaulted on a $13.7 million commercial construction loan and was sued.

In this case, Peotter executed a Commercial Guaranty on July 20, 2006 for $13.7 million. This was used to refinance a prior loan and to fund construction activity. By 2009, Peotter defaulted on the loan. In court documents, he argued that he did not believe the Guaranty would actually be enforced and therefore he should not be required to pay back the loan. The building was sold at auction for $9 million, leaving the lender with a $5.1 million loss guaranteed by Peotter. In his own court filing, Peotter acknowledged that the amount of the loan far exceeded his own net worth and capacity to repay, yet, he signed it anyway.

California Bank and Trust sued and in a settlement, our councilmember has been making court ordered financial restitution in the amount of $1,666.67 per month for five years. No wonder he has maneuvered to collect four public paychecks from the city, Sanitation District, TCA, and Vector Control District. Every dollar of taxpayer income goes to fund his restitution requirements.

This record of poor financial decision-making, and failure to honor his legal obligations is highly relevant to Peotter’s service on the city council where he has taken the lead in promoting policies that could cost the taxpayers millions and result in taxpayer liability for millions more.

For example, he has proposed refunding debt in a way that would have increased costs by $20 million. He has promoted the sale of the old city hall site that would otherwise be a perpetual revenue generator for our Tidelands needs. He has advocated speculating with millions of taxpayer dollars in the stock market, and he facilitated the appointment of his politically ally to the Finance Committee, a person subsequently convicted of embezzlement. Because of him, the city sewer system operates at a structural deficit. Many of us have made financial mistakes, but with a record like Poetter’s, we cannot allow him to do to the city what he did to his own personal finances. Scott Peotter should be recalled, before it’s too late. Please go to www.recallscottpeotter.com for more information.

Craig Sawin

Corona del Mar


Leigh Ann Tuohy, whose story inspired “The Blind Side”, headlines United Way breakfast

Orange County United Way hosted the 14th Annual Women’s Philanthropy Fund Breakfast on May 10 at the Hotel Irvine, raising more than $400,000 to support initiatives targeting the education, income, health and housing challenges facing women and children in low-income communities in Orange County. 

Keynote speaker, Leigh Ann Tuohy, the mother whose story about unconditional love and commitment to the homeless son her family adopted and who was portrayed by Sandra Bullock in the Oscar-winning movie “The Blind Side,” captivated the audience of the mostly female, 700 plus business and community leaders. 

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(L-R): JoAnn Albers, Leigh Ann Tuohy and Loreen Gilbert

“We were thrilled with the overwhelming support displayed at this year’s Women’s Philanthropy Fund breakfast,” said event co-chair, Loreen Gilbert, president, WealthWise Financial Services. “Since its inception, this annual event along with member contributions has raised nearly $36 million, all of which fund initiatives for at-risk women and children initiatives in the most underserved communities in Orange County.” 

Newport Beach philanthropist and co-chair JoAnn Albers, president, Albers Consulting LLC, noted that the added excitement of Tuohy along with former NFL players Vince Ferragamo (Rams, Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers), Steve Beuerlein, (Raiders, Cowboys, Carolina Panthers) and LeRoy Irvin (Rams) gave an added boost of excitement to the event. 

“It was very gratifying to see a room full of professionals connect over the power of philanthropy,” Albers said. 

Leigh Anne Tuohy and her husband Sean were raising two children when they adopted a teenage foster child. They raised him, ensured he got a good education and encouraged his passion for football. That once homeless and hopeless 17-year-old boy would grow up to become NFL Carolina Panthers, Super Bowl Champion Michael Oher.

Their story was chronicled in the best-selling book “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game,” which was adapted into the film “The Blind Side,” starring Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock as Leigh Ann. 

“Each of us must recognize the full potential of individuals in our communities and to find value in those whom society has deemed valueless,” Tuohy explained. “Imagine if someone as valuable as Michael falls through the cracks, gets left behind. 

“What United Way is doing is making a difference because they’re helping people who could be the next best salesman, teacher, auto mechanic, and all they needed was a chance.”

To learn more about the Women’s Philanthropy Fund or Women United, visit unitedwayoc.org/get-involved/engage/women-united/#wpf.


Leadership Tomorrow alum gets the party started

BY LANA JOHNSON

The first Leadership Tomorrow Alumni Mixer was held at Il Fornaio in Irvine on April 25. Alums from as far back to 1989 were in attendance from the affiliated Newport Beach, Irvine and Tustin chambers of commerce.

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If you aren’t familiar with Leadership Tomorrow, here’s the 411. This is a nine-month program that meets once a month and learns about what rock and rolls our local communities and how business professionals from myriad industries get a “behind the scenes” look at what makes our towns tick – from government and justice to arts and education.

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I went through this amazing program in 2008 and had the privilege of being on the board of directors, helping to influence workshop agendas and their direction. The most wonderful thing about LT is the people you meet become your friends and colleagues for life.

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At the mixer about 70 were there. Each received a glass of wine or beer. Appetizers included cheeses, risotto balls, bruschetta, artisan pizzas, meatballs and more. The photographer/videographer captured interviews. Current Leadership Tomorrow president Kristen Miller welcomed the guests and there were sign-up sheets for Alumni Committee, including the Guest Luncheon and Lobsterfest – events LT loves to be involved in.

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You can view images on Facebook and on the Leadership Tomorrow website at www.leadershiptomorrow.org.

If you haven’t gone through the program, I encourage you to do so. It’s a game changer.


Hoag names new director to develop tailored cancer treatment options

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian has named Michael J. Demeure, M.D., F.A.C.S, M.B.A., F.A.C.E, to serve as Program Director of Hoag Precision Medicine, a new program focused on tailoring cancer treatment options for each individual patient. 

In his new role, Dr. Demeure will lead the strategy and development for the program, as well as identify new partners, develop a Hoag molecular tumor board and assess new software development.

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“We are honored to have Dr. Demeure lead the Hoag Precision Medicine program,” said Burton Eisenberg, M.D., Grace E. Hoag Executive Medical Director Endowed Chair and professor of Clinical Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC. “This emerging approach for treatment will give clinicians a clear profile of a patient’s tumor genome abnormalities, and relevant information to offer more precise treatment options.”

Previously only accessible at large academic medical centers, Hoag Family Cancer Institute now utilizes precision medicine through genomic profiling, to hone in on the precise molecular abnormalities that create and sustain cancerous tumors. All tumors have molecular mutations in their DNA. By testing the molecular profile of the tumor cells, doctors can discover what mutations a particular tumor has and tailor a treatment specifically to that mutation. Currently, Hoag has applied this technique to provide targeted approaches to many different tumor types.

Dr. Demeure, a fellowship-trained endocrine surgeon, has been in academic surgical practice since 1991. His recent positions include Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer at Ashion®; Professor and Director of the Endocrine and Rare Tumors Program in the Division of Integrated Cancer Genomics at Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen); and Teaching Surgeon for the General Surgery Residency Training Program for Maricopa Integrated Health System. Dr. Demeure graduated from the Hahnemann Medical College and completed his surgical residency at the University of Arizona, where he also earned his MBA and later served as Professor & Chief of General Surgery. He completed a fellowship in endocrine surgery in Perth, Australia, and at the University of California, San Francisco. As an internationally recognized expert in cancer surgery and research, he has published more than 100 scholarly works.


Farm to Fork: A Foodie’s Point of ViewFork

By LANA JOHNSON

Lighthouse Bayview Café unveils new seasonal-inspired dishes

Executive Chef Ryan Sumner at Lighthouse Bayview Café in Marina Park and on the waterfront is introducing new breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and beverage menus, with more than 25 new seasonal dishes inspired by Spring and Summer. So, let’s take a sneak peek on what you can expect on your next dining adventure there!

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Breakfast:

Egg White Frittata: sautéed mushrooms, baby spinach, roasted tomatoes, parmesan cheese

Newport Omelet: pico de gallo, avocado, onions and peppers, pepper jack cheese. 

 

Brunch:

Heirloom Tomato Salad: burrata cheese, basil pesto, lemon vinaigrette, garlic bread crumbs.

Grilled Mahi-Mahi Tacos: grilled mahi-mahi, oregano slaw, pico de gallo, cilantro mayo. 

Lighthouse Wedge Salad: iceberg lettuce, tomato and bacon relish, gorgonzola dressing.

 

Lunch & Dinner:

Crispy Breaded Calamari: marinara sauce, house tartar, lemon.

Tuna Stack: ahi tuna, papaya relish, avocado, seaweed salad, chili ponzu sauce, wontons.

BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders: jicama slaw, pickled onions.

Crisp Brussels Sprouts: Spanish chorizo, balsamic vinaigrette.

Petite House Salad: spring mix lettuce, shaved carrot, cherry tomatoes, pecans, feta, house vinaigrette.

Chicken Caesar Salad: romaine and kale, house Caesar, white anchovies, parmesan herb croutons, red onions.

Slow Roasted Tri Tip Salad: little gem and arugula, heirloom carrots, pickled red onions, squash, chimichurri vinaigrette.

Oven Roasted Turkey Sandwich: avocado mash, maple bacon, roasted tomato aioli, tomatoes, bibb lettuce, herb focaccia bun.

Oven Roasted Chicken Panini: pesto mayo, roasted tomatoes, provolone, arugula, ciabatta bun.

Mama’s Chipotle Glazed Meatloaf Sandwich: lettuce, caramelized onions, tomato mayo, ciabatta bun.

Seared Blackened Ahi Sandwich: bibb lettuce, sliced tomatoes, crunchy wonton, sweet chili mayo, brioche bun.

Short Rib Grilled Cheese: braised short ribs, muenster, smoked gouda on parmesan sourdough, tomato soup.

Prime Rib French Dip: hand sliced prime rib, horseradish white cheddar, red wine au jus, French roll.

Fish & Chips: house battered Alaskan cod, fries, tartar, lemon.

Grilled NY Strip: 10oz NY strip, mashed potatoes, frilled broccolini, baby carrots, demi-glace.

Pasta Primavera: slow roasted tomatoes, broccolini, sweet peas, parmesan, garlic olive oil sauce.

Fried Chicken: boneless chicken, mashed potatoes, country gravy, broccolini, buttermilk biscuit.

Chipotle Ketchup Glazed Meatloaf: mashed potatoes, sweet peas and carrots, gravy.

 

New Beverages:

Sparkling Summer Berry Refresher: red berry puree, sparkling lemonade, berry garnish.

Michelada: spicy clamato, Mexican beer, chili spiced rim, escabeche skewer.

Watermelon Jalapeno Spritzer: fresh watermelon juice, sparkling lemonade, jalapeno, watermelon wedge. 

Enjoy the unparalleled views of Newport Harbor from the Lighthouse View Café – it’s the perfect place for a waterfront twilight dinner. Reservations are available online and via OpenTable. 

Lighthouse View Café is located at 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. www.lighthousenb.com.

Ciao Vincenza!


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Greer travels down wrong Street, loses in court

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Newport Beach City Council candidate Phil Greer lost in last fall’s election to Will O’Neill in the race for the District 7 seat.

First off, let me say that I think O’Neill has done a wonderful job on the dais, oftentimes leading the discussion on issues brought before the Council. He’s proven to me, and others, that he was the right guy, at the right time for the job.

That being said, I met and grew to like his opponent, Greer, during the campaign. 

This week, however, Greer lost again, this time in court. 

Let’s review. Former Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector Chriss Street was ordered to pay more that $7 million back in 2010 for a trust he was accused of “mismanaging.”

According to court documents, Street was hired to liquidate a trust a number of years ago, but instead he was accused of using it for some elaborate outside expenditures during the eight years he managed it.

Greer defended Street in his case.

Following the loss in the case, Street turned the tables on Greer and sued him for malpractice. This week the Orange County Superior Court jury agreed with Street’s case and awarded him nearly $10 million from Greer.

Yesterday (Wednesday, May 17), I spoke with Greer. He was his usual optimistic, cheerful and humorous self. He seemed confident that an appeal would turn out a different outcome.

Phil’s biggest concern was for his wife, Arlene. Arlene has been a driving force on the Newport Beach Arts Commission, serving as chair, and an integral part of the community’s overall fabric. 

Greer has told me on numerous occasions that Arlene is the rock in his life and his most staunch supporter.

We’ll keep an eye out on this as it works its way through the appeals process.

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So what’s happening with the recall effort against City Councilman Scott Peotter? Well, the Committee to Recall Scott Peotter says they’re waiting for the City Clerk to finalize his approval of the petitions.

According to the group, “(We) have taken advantage of the time between when the petition was served on Mr. Peotter and now to develop our organization and are ready to burst out of the gates when the petition is given final approval. The response from the community in support of the recall indicates a grim reality for Mr. Peotter in terms of his future employment.”

Once again, we’ll try and keep you in the know.


Community turns out for Cook kidney plea

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(L-R): Bruce Cook, Carole Pickup and Jerry Mandel

The Balboa Bay Resort hosted a gala reception last weekend honoring Bruce Cook, who is in serious need of a kidney transplant. 

Cook is the BBR’s longtime editor of their magazine, The Bay Window.

The event was hosted by Carole Pickup, the matriarch of the family that owns the BBR. She created the evening in great part to encourage Cook to share his story and spread the word in search of a donor.

The event attracted a major turnout of support for the cause including VIP guests George and Julia Argyros, Patti and Jim Edwards, Sally and Randy Crockett, Viki and Jim Coufos, Alison and Kimo McCormick, Billy Grubman and Judy Whitmore, Maralou and Jerry Harrington, Ernie Di Massa with Patricia Marshall, Lionel Crotin, Kathy and Jerry Thompson, Adrienne Brandes, Douglas Rowan, Susanne Lloyd and Christopher Lloyd Hayes, and TV host Peter Marshall and his wife Laurie.

After a short transplant awareness program, Cook joined the Jerry Mandel Band to perform songs from The Great American Song Book. 

Mandel is the former President of the Orange County Performing Arts Center (now Segerstrom Center For The Arts) and current President of the Irvine Barclay Theatre.


Be coyote smart

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A special neighborhood advisory has been issued from the Newport Beach Police Department, because unfortunately several residents have lost pets to coyotes that are skilled predators. Other people are concerned about recent sightings and the potential consequences of predatory animals with the urban environment.

Here are some helpful tips to protect your pets from nuisance animals like coyotes and other wildlife:

Fence off animal enclosures (fully enclose them, if possible)

Keep cats and dogs indoors

Feed pets indoors

Store trash in covered heavy-duty containers

Keep yards free from potential shelter, such as thick brush and weeds

Enclose the bottoms of porches and decks

Eliminate potential food and water sources, such as fallen fruit and standing water

Never feed coyotes! Providing food for wild animals is a violation of city and state law, and is a very serious problem. Coyotes fed by humans lose their fear of people, which can create a dangerous situation. If you are aware of anyone feeding coyotes, please report the violation by calling 949.644.3717.

Take special pet precautions – Cats and small animals should not be allowed outside alone, even in a fenced yard. (A dog or cat can be taken from a backyard enclosed by a six-foot fence or wall in a matter of moments.) Always accompany small pets when outside. Don’t allow your dog off leash. Coyotes generally hunt between sunset and sunrise, but can be observed at all hours of the day and will not pass up the opportunity to attack.

Use negative reinforcement – If coyotes begin frequenting your neighborhood, let them know that they are not welcome. Make loud noises, throw rocks, or spray them with a garden hose. For everyone’s safety, it is essential that coyotes remain wary of humans.

For help with an Animal Control issue, call 949.644.3717. More information is available at www.nbpd.org/community/animal_control/coyote_information.asp.


An opp to roll up your sleeve and give blood

Before busy summer schedules set in, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to roll up a sleeve to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients in need.

Donors of all blood types are needed now to help accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving cancer treatment.

Giving blood is an easy and thoughtful way to honor a loved one who has relied on blood products, to follow in the example of a family member who gives regularly or to simply help others.

A blood donation opportunity will take place on June 8, from 7:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., at Newport Harbor High School, 600 Irvine Avenue.


SPON announces “Spirit of Newport” Contest winners

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1st Prize in the Image Category by Alan Buchanan

Stop Polluting Our Newport (SPON), a non-profit organization that has been working since 1974 to protect the residential and environmental qualities of Newport Beach, announces the winners of their exciting citywide contest which challenged residents to “capture the spirit of Newport Beach” in five words or less, or in a photograph or drawing.

SPON’s Spirit of Newport Beach contest attracted high-quality submissions from across Newport Beach. There’s no denying that people appreciate the beauty and quality of life our town offers year-round to those who call it home.

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2nd Prize in the Image Category by Paul Malkemus

Three Contest jurors (Evelyn Hart, Tom Johnson and Steve Rosansky) were selected because of their long standing ties to the Newport Beach community and because they know the city as well as anyone. Working independently of SPON, they evaluated residents’ creative ways of depicting our very special city, and selected the following winners: 

 

Image Category (original photo, drawing or other non-video image) 

1st Prize: ($150 Gift Certificate): Alan Buchanan 

2nd Prize: ($100 Gift Certificate): Paul Malkemus 

3rd Prize: ($50 Gift Certificate): Madison Lugo 

 

Phrase Category (five words or less) 

1st Prize ($150 Gift Certificate): Linda Campbell (“Beauty and the Beach”)

2nd Prize: ($100 Gift Certificate): Pat Young (“Everyday is a Holiday”)

3rd Prize: ($50 Gift Certificate): Erin Reed (“Sunsets and Sailboats”)

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3rd Prize in the Image Category by Madison Lugo

Winner details, including phrases and images are available at http://SpiritofNB.org. Winners will be able to choose a gift certificate at a participating unique-to-Newport Beach business on SPON’s Treasures list at http://spon-newportbeach.org/treasures.

SPON with be celebrating its 43rd birthday on Saturday, June 24 at the Environmental Nature Center. This year’s theme is “The Spirit of Newport Beach, Past, Present, Future.” They will be recognizing contest entries as part of the program. All past, present and future SPON members are welcome.

For more information on SPON, visit www.SPON-NewportBeach.org.


You must reminder this: What Santa Ana was and is

By NANCY GARDNER

When I was three, I was hoisted atop the bar at the Santa Ana Country Club where I performed Miss Polly Had a Dolly. I did not go on to become a child star either because there wasn’t a producer in the house or, more likely, I had already evinced my inability to carry a tune.

At that time, the Santa Ana Country Club was the only game in town. The Irvine Coast Country Club (now the Newport Beach Country Club) hadn’t been built, nor the newcomer Big Canyon. So why if you’re the only game in town would you call yourself the Santa Ana Country Club as opposed to a nearby glamorous, thriving beach town? I mean, no knock on Santa Ana, but that isn’t the first city that comes to mind when visiting Orange County. Today’s mind, that is. There was a period when Newport/Balboa was this rather raffish entity on the coast while Santa Ana was the preeminent city in the county. People might have a summer cottage in Newport, but they lived and worked in Santa Ana, particularly worked. If you were a professional person, that’s where you wanted your offices. If you were an attorney, it meant easy access to the courthouse. If you were a doctor, to St. Joseph’s (no Hoag, then), but even more than proximity it meant prestige. When I got braces, I went to Dr. McCarthy. His son Billy was in my class at school, so Dr. McCarthy lived in town, but he preferred his office to be in Santa Ana.

This was long before Fashion Island and South Coast Plaza. There were shops in Newport, but the selection was small, so for serious purchases you went into Santa Ana, initially to Rankin’s on 4th Street. What I remember best is that when you paid the clerk for your purchase, the money was put in a cylinder which was then attached to a wire and sent off to the cashier. A quick minute or so later, back came the cylinder with your change. It was a system already several decades obsolete and may partially explain why the store eventually faded, but even if Rankin’s was no longer the place to go, a new store continued to bring us to Santa Ana. This was Buffum’s, on Broadway, which had a pretty good run until the changing demographics of the city and the county finally closed its doors.

Today, Santa Ana is still the administrative center of the county with various government entities located there, but if you’re a professional person, your choice of office location has shifted to Newport or Irvine. As for shopping, with all the stores in Newport you have to be really picky not to find what you want right here, but even if you felt the need to roam, Santa Ana would probably not be on your radar. As for Santa Ana Country Club – the diminished luster of its namesake has not diminished its prestige in the least. It’s sort of the grand dame of local country clubs. In thinking of the club, I thought about offering to resurrect Miss Polly Had a Dolly…and then I remembered Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Miss Polly’s dolly would be sick, sick, sick – and so would the audience.

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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.


Newport Hyatt Jazz Festival, June 2 - 4

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(L-R): Richard Elliott, Rick Braun and Norman Brown of West Coast Jam among the concert series headliners

Southern California’s scenic jazz festival will return to the Hyatt Regency June 2 - 4, and feature performances by a selection of the world’s top instrumental artists and riveting vocalists, sponsored by Bank of the West BNP Paribas.

Enjoy a star-studded line-up of talent musicians, delicious food and drink selections, and dancing on the lawn.

The entertainment line-up:

Friday night kick-off, June 2 with Euge Groove.

Saturday, June 3 with Vanessa Williams, David Sanborn, Bobby Caldwell, DW3 and Lindsey Webster.

Sunday closing day, June 4 with The O’Jays, West Coast Jam, Kandace Springs, Foreign Affair Tour and Jazmin Ghent.

Tickets: VIP, $100 single day pass for Friday; VIP, $150 single day pass for Saturday or Sunday. General Admission, $120 two-day weekend pass for Saturday and Sunday; General Admission, $65 single day pass for Saturday or Sunday. The festival is rain or shine. An International Food Court includes vendors serving eclectic cuisine. Purchase tickets at www.festivals.hyattconcerts.com.


Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

A Look Back 5.15

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1960 Photograph of Amelia and Greg in Amelia’s restaurant

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


Mixed media artwork inspired by ecosystems and networks displaying at JWA 

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A series of mixed media artworks by artist Richelle Gribble are on display at John Wayne Airport (JWA) continuing through June 15, as part of JWA’s Community Focus Space Program. These paintings, drawings and prints may be viewed on the Departure (upper) Level near security screening areas in Terminals A, B and C, and on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Claim Carousels 1 and 4.

Gribble explores life at every level of living systems to examine and reveal intricate and substantive interdependence. By visually revealing structural patterns and characteristics between cross-disciplinary networks, the distinctions between social, biological and technological networks blur into one integrated system – the connected Earth.

“Richelle Gribble’s passion for art, science and the natural environment is evident through her work,” said Airport Director Barry A. Rondinella. “The public is fortunate to enjoy Orange County ecosystems illustrated by a talented and accomplished artist.”


Letter to the Editor:

McCaffrey Wrong About Peotter

Bob McCaffrey, the political boss of Team Newport, recently wrote to the Daily Pilot in support of Scott Peotter.

We last heard from Bob when he acted as a shill for Dave Ellis and Peotter’s disgraceful efforts to deny residents the right to referend the Museum House project. Bob filed a Fair Political Practices Commission complaint against project opponents that was quickly rejected as being without merit.

Bob shares Peotter’s high rise vision for our city.

McCaffrey and Ellis control Peotter and use his vote to enrich themselves and their cronies. For example, Peotter voted for $500,000 in fee cuts to mostly out of town mooring holders.

Bob McCaffrey considers Peotter a “Fiscal Conservative”.

Fiscal conservative Bob? Peotter changed the rules so that a person who would later be convicted of embezzlement could be put on the finance committee. He wants to speculate in the stock market with our tax dollars and his refunding scheme would have cost us $20 million more. He also collects pay checks from four public agencies.

Adult in the room? With Peotter’s name calling, insults and bizarre videos of him vandalizing the civic center park that is the last word to describe him. Add to that his continued inability to follow our laws, including the ongoing investigation by the FPPC over his campaign law violations.

As for debt, Peotter himself has defaulted on a $13 million loan and even lost his own house due to financial mismanagement.

And Keith Curry is one councilman, how did he block the initiatives of the four vote Team Newport majority? I guess pointing out embarrassing facts and being able to do math was too much for Scotty and Team Newport.

You may want to pay closer attention Bob, last week your boy Peotter appeared in the paper playing and supporting Pickle Ball and last Tuesday he flip-flopped and now wants to support the Corona del Mar Library and Fire Station. I guess he is feeling the heat from the recall. Go to www.recallscottpeotter.com for more information.

Lori Morris

Balboa Peninsula


Kids! Come to Mariners Library to read to new furry friends

Youngsters will have a unique opportunity to share a book with an attentive pup on Sunday, May 21 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Mariners Branch Library.

Courtesy of BARK (Beach Area Dogs Reading with Kids) and in conjunction with the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation, kids ages 5 - 12 can practice their reading skills with a specially trained dog in a one-on-one reading session. Their BARK partner will be happy to listen quietly as a story is read to them.

According to Susan Groux, director of programs, Newport Beach Public Library Foundation, the reading sessions are approximately 10 minutes. “I pick the books that are all dog-related,” Groux said. “BARK has a suggested reading list on their website, so I use many of those selections as well as adding in some of my own favorites.”

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Brenden reads to a new furry friend, who listens quietly

“In our first session, which took place February 5, we had 40 children read and expect the same this time,” Groux shared. “We had an autistic child and a child who was trying to overcome their fear of dogs attend last time, and both spent a happy amount of time reading to a dog! This is just the second time we’re offering this program, and we hope to offer it quarterly.”

Each dog has a bookmark with his/her picture and information on it, and that is given to the reader when they finish their session. Breeds that will be participating again include Miniature Poodle, German Shepherd, Labradoodle and Australian Shepherd.

According to a study at UCI (February 2010), kids in reading dog programs increase their reading skills by 12 - 20 percent over kids not in a reading dog program. Because BARK’s volunteers are certified as therapy dog teams, they can also visit hospitals, nursing homes and other locations.

BARK began in 1997 by founder Josie Gavieres. Groux met her through their affiliation with animal rescue, and knew she wanted to bring the reading program to Newport Beach.

Founded in 2007, BARK is an all-volunteer program that encourages children to increase their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs. Students find it intimidating to read in front of classmates, but love to read to the non-judgmental, calming dogs. BARK now has 170 teams listening to kids in more than 100 schools and libraries throughout California.

Spaces are still available and the event is free of charge. To make a reservation, visit www.nbplfoundation.org. The reading session will take place at the Jorgensen Community Room, Mariners Library Branch, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949.548.2411. For additional information on BARK, visit http://barkdogs.org/.


John Wayne’s birthday celebration begins with photo exhibit

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Newport Beach City Arts Commission has announced John Wayne Enterprises will present “John Wayne – On Set with the Duke,” an exhibition of 15 modern archival prints of John Wayne by legendary photographer John R. Hamilton at the Newport Beach Central Library from May 26 to September 5, 2017.

Opening on May 26, which would have been Wayne’s 110th birthday, the exhibit will feature rare and never before seen images from such films as “The Searchers” (1956) directed by John Ford, “The Horse Soldiers” (1959) directed by John Ford, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962) directed by John Ford, “The Sons of Katie Elder” (1965) directed by Henry Hathaway, “El Dorado” (1966) directed by Howard Hawks, and “Hellfighters” (1968) directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. This is a rare opportunity to view this lost archive of Wayne images on set, with the film crew and his family.

Curators for the exhibit are Amy Shepherd by Laurie Kratochvil. The duo will talk about the photographs and their significance at a special visual presentation on Sunday, June 11 at 2 p.m. in the Central Library Friends Room. Shepherd is vice president of John Wayne Enterprises and the executive director of the John R. Hamilton Archives; Kratochvil is a photography dealer, appraiser, consultant and the former director of photography for Rolling Stone magazine and InStyle magazine.

The images selected for the exhibition are from the collection of John R. Hamilton, a photojournalist who achieved fame as a special photographer on films. He worked on some 77 films, many of them epic westerns starring Wayne. His photographs herald back to the golden age of Westerns and evoke a sense of timeless grandeur.

More information about cultural arts programs in the City of Newport Beach can be found on the City’s Cultural Arts webpage at www.newportbeachca.gov/CulturalArts.

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


John Wayne exhibit to open at Balboa Island Museum

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(L-R): John Wayne and Captain Bert Minshall aboard the “Wild Goose”

John Wayne Enterprises will present a curated show of images and memorabilia that showcase the Duke’s life at home. Hosted by the Balboa Island Museum, the exhibits features images of John Wayne at this house in the Bay Shores neighborhood, on his boat the “Wild Goose” (still docked here in Newport Beach) and enjoying life around Southern California and the Pacific coastline.

Opening on Friday, May 26 on what would have been Wayne’s 110th birthday, this temporary exhibit lets visitors get a sense of how he interacted with the place many of us still call home.

Included will also be a selection of Wayne memorabilia and a brand new Newport Beach capsule collection with proceeds benefitting the John Wayne Cancer Foundation and the Balboa Island Museum. On display through Labor Day weekend, stop by to view “John Wayne – At Home in SoCal, 1920 - 1979.” Admission is free and the display is curated by Amy Shepherd and Bonny Taylor.

Balboa Island Museum is located at 331 Marine Ave., Balboa Island. Call 949.675.3952. www.balboaislandmuseum.org.


Get ready to have your best year in sales

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce invites you to their Networking Luncheon Speaker Series taking place Wednesday, May 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Featured speaker Christi Mottola, president of Corporate Capital Growth Associates (CCGA), will delve into power presentations for success.

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Participants will learn the top 10 speaking tips from the pros, the must-haves in creating a powerful investor presentation, how to captivate your audience, proven techniques for overcoming the fear of speaking, how to hook them with your story and how to develop the “perfect pitch” that sells. 

Mottola is a mass communications specialist with more than 20 years’ experience in the strategic public relations, investor relations, marketing and advertising arena. As managing partner of CCG global investor relations and president of Christi Mottola Ent., Inc., she has represented a wide range of private and publicly held multi-million dollar and billion dollar corporations in various industries including healthcare, biotech, consumer products, technology, fashion, food and entertainment. She is also a published writer, media personality and strategic business coach.

Cost: Members with reservations, $30; members at the door, $35. Potential members, $35. Includes lunch and free parking; bring your business cards and marketing materials to display.

The luncheon takes place at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club,1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar.

Register at or by calling 949.729.4411.


Fancy Nancy High Tea Parties to benefit SCFTA dance, music programs for youth with disabilities

Fancy Nancy illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser is throwing two summer High Tea Parties to support Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities. The fun and fancy fundraisers will be held on June 3 and 4 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Glasser’s San Juan Capistrano home.

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Fancy Nancy to hold High Tea Parties

Inspired by the Fancy Nancy Tea Party book, guests will enjoy English tea and tasty treats, crafts and fabulous face painting, a posh dress-up trunk and photo booth, interactive playtime activities and essential etiquette games. Glasser will conduct tours of her art studio where she creates Fancy Nancy and her private Fancy Nancy Museum.

Fancy Nancy the Musical star Jillian Batt will perform songs from the show. À la Fancy Nancy is the attire of the day – children are encouraged to wear their favorite princess gowns, tiaras, opera gloves, boas and glittering accessories. Nothing is too fancy!

Fancy Nancy’s affinity for tutus and dance prompted Glasser, a former professional dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet, to host these special Fancy Nancy High Tea Parties to benefit Segerstrom Center’s School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities. The school’s classes are inclusive and designed for children with disabilities such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorders, audio and visual impairments and other complex needs as well as children that are developmentally typical. Children explore their full physical and social potential through dance, movement, music and creativity. They have fun while exercising and improving balance, coordination and confidence through personal and social growth.

Tickets are $85 and can be purchased by visiting www.scfta.org/fancynancy.aspx. To learn more about Fancy Nancy and the Fancy Nancy books, visit www.fancynancyworld.com.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Who’s going to help Bruce Cook find a kidney?

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Saturday night I was invited to a truly special event at the Balboa Bay Resort. It was an evening celebrating Bruce Cook.

Most people know Cook. He writes the Bay Window magazine for the Resort, is a noted society columnist around town and is just generally regarded as a wonderful guy. 

Saturday night Bruce sang, while accompanied by the Jerry Mandel Band, to a packed house in the Ballroom at the BBR.

The room was packed with the who’s who of Newport Beach.

To be honest, though, the people really weren’t there for Bruce’s singing or Jerry’s saxophone playing, although it was very good.

You see, Bruce Cook needs a kidney, and he needs it soon. The evening, hosted by BBR owner Carol Pickup, was to bring attention to Bruce’s dilemma.

Nephrologists Eric Wechsler, M.D., and Kambiz Vahabzadeh, M.D., from Southern California Kidney Associates, were on hand to discuss the transplant procedure for donors.

Colleen Coleman, M.D., was also there. You might remember her from earlier this year when she made news after donating one of her kidneys to a Hoag Hospital anesthesiologist, Brian Dunn, M.D.

Coleman, herself a surgeon who’s very familiar with the transplant process, said she “wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.”

Today, some 93,000+ people are on the kidney transplant waiting list. Some estimate the wait to be some five-plus years.

So in the meantime, Cook heads to dialysis three days a week for four hours each time. He deserves better.

In 2004, I needed a kidney. My brother stood up and volunteered his. It worked. I was lucky. No wait…no dialysis.

And, I believe, if asked, my brother would do it again, too.

Hopefully, through Carol Pickup’s support of Bruce and the word getting out, Bruce, too, will get lucky.

All he needs is a match.

If you want to try, give Southern California Kidney Associates a call and let them steer you down the path.

• • •

Sometimes, I just screw things up. Following last week’s City Council meeting, I reported that Councilmen Brad Avery, Scott Peotter and Jeff Herdman voted in the minority for the “roundabout option” on the Bayside Drive issue to slow down traffic. 

I was wrong and Avery reminded me of it, thankfully.

“Along with Scott and Jeff, I voted for the three-lane option, not the round-about option,” Avery wrote. “There is quite a difference between this and the four-lane option. Reducing to three lanes would have markedly made a difference in traffic calming. It would also look much better for the area, and overall make it more enjoyable for pedestrians and those on bikes. All of this without decreasing speed limit or flow.”

“However, things will be just fine with the four lanes; our fortunate lives in Newport Beach will go on!”

The vote that evening favored an updated four-lane option.

Great, now I feel better.


On the Harbor: Meet avid big boat racer Manouch Moshayedi

By LEN BOSE

Back in 2000, I received a phone call from a perspective client asking me if I would be interested in listing his IMS 50 “M-Project.” Knowing the boat and where she was berthed I was ringing the doorbell, within the half hour of hanging up the phone with Manouch Moshayedi. Unfortunately for me, I was unable to find a buyer for M-Project, although I was able to meet a person who had a newborn passion for big boat racing.

Moshayedi attended Cal State Fullerton from 1979 - 1981 and received a degree in structural engineering. He moved to New York and worked there in the field of engineering and construction project management until 1987; at the same time he attended Long Island University and received a MBA in corporate finance.

He married in 1983 and came back from NY with his wife and two daughters to Newport Beach in 1987. “I started sailing that year when my father in law who is an avid sailor came to visit in the summer,” Moshayedi said. “I then crewed on multiple boats, mostly in Beer Can races and small local races. I bought my first boat, Black Jack (a MacGregor 65’) in 1991.

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Rio 100, Sharon Green

“After sailing the boat for four years, I took about four years off and then I bought an IMS 50’ called M-Project in 1998. I sailed M-Project for four years and retired from sailing for seven years as I had taken my electronics business (Simple Technology) public in the year 2000, and was quite busy at work. In 2012, I purchased my first TP52 (RIO), In 2013, I purchased my second TP52, a Botin-designed boat and participated in the Super Series in the Mediterranean. This was by far the most enjoyable racing I had done. Very close racing at a very high level.”

Today, Moshayedi spends his off time racing two of the most recognizable yachts on the West Coast of the U.S. – Rio 100 and Rio 52; Rio 100 is a 100-footer that was

refitted in 2014 by Cookson Yachts in New Zealand. This boat was redesigned with one thing in mind and that was to win the Transpac Barn Door trophy. This trophy is awarded to the first boat to finish with only manually powered systems – no stored power, no canting keel, no water ballast, no daggerboards, no electric winches, and no hydraulic rams. Rio 100 completed this task in its first Transpac in 2015. She will be on the starting line again this year with the intention of overtaking the Barn Door time record set by Hasso Plattner’s “Morning Glory” of six days 16:04:11 set in 2005.

To get a better feel on how one organizes a two-boat sailing program with more than 16 crew members alone on the race to Hawaii, I asked about his team’s organizational chart and who does what. Both Rio 100 and 52 have one captain and that is Keith Kilpatrick, who grew up in Newport Beach. Kilpatrick maintains both boats and keeps them prepared for the season’s scheduled events. He also arranges for the crews’ hotel rooms, ships provisioning, preparing meals and delivering the boat home. Kilpatrick is a friend and has, for as long as I can remember, been a key fixture in Newport Beach boats that have made it to the Grand Prix level of yacht racing.

My next question to Moshayedi was what is the most important part in doing well in the Transpac race? “The most important part of the race is preparation that Keith always does a great job of making sure everything is as it ought to be,” Moshayedi shared. “Preparation and getting to the start line with confidence that everything has been double checked and we can finish the race barring any unforeseen incidents is probably the biggest challenge of the Transpac race.”

Moshayedi went on to explain his next project the Pac 52 fleet. “In 2015, my friend who owned a 2005 TP52, decided to upgrade his boat and after talking to me, he decided to build a new turbo TP52, which is called FOX. Knowing how enjoyable riding these boats are and how frustrated some of the owners were with the current rating systems, I spoke to quite a few and convinced two of them to also build or buy turbo TP52s. Two owners decided to build new boats ‘Invisible Hand’ and Bad Pack’. At the same time, I also ordered my PAC 52, Rio. We all sat around with our boat captains, designers and tacticians and came up with a schedule of regattas and a set of rules for our fleet of PAC 52s.”

You will have a chance to see these Pac 52s when they compete here in Newport Beach in the debut of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s One Design Offshore Championships June 9 - 11. It is my understanding that the boats will be berthed at the Sea Scout Base and OCC Sailing Base where the public can view these new Grand Prix racing machines. Extra attention will be given toward social media outlets with daily video releases during the regatta. For all the information about this new one-design fleet, go to www.pac52class.com.

Sea ya

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


Police Files

Bus monitor arrested for carrying concealed weapon

Newport Beach Police arrested Daryll Michael Bernard, 22, from Versailles, last Thursday at 7th Street and Balboa Boulevard for carrying a concealed dirk or dagger. 

A dirk or dagger is considered a straight knife that can be used to stab and seriously injure someone. When questioned by police he then presented false identification.

Bernard listed his occupation as a bus monitor. 

Bail was set at $20,000 for the felony charge.

Bicycle violation leads to bigger arrest in Newport Heights

A Yorba Linda man was arrested shortly after midnight last week in 400 block of Kings Road carrying a dirk/dagger (straight knife) and burglary tools with the intent to commit a criminal act. 

Police originally encountered Paul Gordon Benjamin, 37, riding a bicycle with a headlight violation and also discovered additional violations of identity theft and possession of stolen property.

Bail was set at $20,000.


Stump the Stu

Testing your fountain of knowledge

Stump the Stu 5.15

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First of all, it’s not the fountain of youth because if it were you’d see Stu plopped right down in the middle. The question is where is it?

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

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


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

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Upcoming Events & Workshops 

Assemblages, Continuing through May 26. The Newport Beach City Arts Commission is presenting an exhibition by architect Ron Yeo in the Central Library lobby gallery. The exhibit, titled “Assemblages,” aptly coincides with Earth Month, and features a series of art projects created out of recycled bottle caps, plastic tops, action figures and other assorted objects that Yeo gathered on his morning beach walks. Transitioning from architecture to art, Yeo turned to the collection of bottle caps that he had been saving for many years. Inspired by the urban (junk) art of Patrick Amiot, Kenny Irvin & Schickentzanz, he decided to put them to use by developing this series of art pieces. With his wide variety of caps, he has been able to assemble an interesting blend of colors and patterns in a whimsical display that captivates art lovers both young and old. Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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“Assemblages” by local architect/artist Ron Yeo

Medicine in Our Backyard: Dr. Claudia Helen Kawas, May 22 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. 90+ Study and Memory Disorders. Claudia Helen Kawas, M.D. is Professor, Department of Neurology, UC Irvine School of Medicine and Professor, Neurobiology and Behavior, School of Biological Sciences, UC Irvine. Dr. Kawas’ work is concentrated on the epidemiology of aging and Alzheimer’s disease, in the determinants of successful aging, longitudinal and clinical pathological investigations, clinical trials, and most recently, studies in cognitive and functional abilities of the Oldest Old (over 90 years of age). No charge to attend. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Tuesdays@2 featuring Reference USA, May 23 from 2 - 4 p.m. Consumer Reports. Learn about using the Newport Beach Public Library subscription to the online version of Consumer Reports, a valuable publication containing consumer product testing, research and reviews. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Let’s Talk Tech – Photoshop & Lynda.com, May 23 from 7 - 8 p.m. Photoshop and Lynda.com. Focuses on introductory tutorials for software and services in the Media Lab. The staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. This session will present an overview of the online resources and databases available from Newport Beach Public Library that can assist with creating a resume and job searching. Must have a valid library card to attend this session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Wahoo’s Wing Lam and Family, The Journey from Mainland China to Balboa Island, May 23 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Learn about the incredible story of the Lee family spanning more than half a century and across half the globe. Their journey begins in Mainland China and winds its way to Hong Kong, Tokyo, Brazil and finally to Balboa Island, where they open the first Chinese restaurant in the area, Shanghai Pine Garden. Their story is filled with hardship and challenges that most of us could not even imagine. Yet through it all, their passion for life and love of family resulted in a perpetual joy that radiates to all who come into their presence. The stories of the Lee family will fill you with laughter and possibly a few tears, as well. Come and find out how John Wayne helped to put Shanghai Pine Garden on the map (and experience a rare treat of Mr. Lee singing the Chinese opera song that Wayne enjoyed so much). This free lecture is presented by the Balboa Island Museum and Historical Society, thanks to a cultural arts grant from the Newport Beach City Arts Commission. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

LEGO “Block” Party, May 24 at 3 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOS at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

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Beyond the Canvas: Rene Magritte, May 24 from 7 - 8 p.m. Award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will continue this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. René Magritte was a Belgian surrealist artist. He became well known for a number of witty and thought-provoking images. Often depicting ordinary objects in an unusual context, his work is known for challenging observers’ preconditioned perceptions of reality. His imagery has influenced pop, minimalist and conceptual art. Learn more about the great masters of art in a fascinating visual presentation. This event is free; seating is first come, first served. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Genealogy Resources 104: Probate Records, May 24 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Probate records often contain valuable genealogical data, including names and relationships of family members, death information, ages, and residences, among other helpful information. This class will investigate wills, probates, estate records, and guardianship records to learn why these court records must not be overlooked when conducting genealogy research. Registration is required. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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John Wayne Exhibit – On Set with the Duke: The Lost Archive of John R. Hamilton, May 26 and continuing through Sept. 5. John Wayne Enterprises is pleased to present a selection of 15 modern archival prints of John Wayne by legendary photographer John R. Hamilton this summer. Opening on what would have been John Wayne’s 110th birthday on May 26, the exhibit will feature rare and never before seen images from such films as “The Searchers” (1956) directed by John Ford, “The Horse Soldiers” (1959) directed by John Ford, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962) directed by John Ford, “The Sons of Katie Elder” (1965) directed by Henry Hathaway, “El Dorado” (1966) directed by Howard Hawks, and “Hellfighters” (1968) directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. This is a rare opportunity to view this lost archive of John Wayne images on set, with the film crew and his family. Curated by Laurie Kratochvil and Amy Shepherd. Sponsored by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission. Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Tuesdays@2 featuring OverDrive Downloadable eBooks, May 30 from 2 - 4 p.m. Learn how to download free library e-Books and audiobooks on to your mobile devices (Android and iOS) using OverDrive on the library website. Users must have their own mobile device and a library card to begin downloading books. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Let’s Talk Tech – Film Editing & Lynda.com, May 30 from 7 - 8 p.m. Focuses on introductory tutorials for software and services in the Media Lab. The staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. This session will present an overview of the online resources and databases available from Newport Beach Public Library that can assist with creating a resume and job searching. Must have a valid library card to attend this session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

LEGO “Block” Party, May 31 at 3 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOS at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

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Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

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

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

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

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

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

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

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

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

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

www.newportbeachlibrary.org


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops 

Assemblages, Continuing through May 26. The Newport Beach City Arts Commission is presenting an exhibition by architect Ron Yeo in the Central Library lobby gallery. The exhibit, titled “Assemblages,” aptly coincides with Earth Month, and features a series of art projects created out of recycled bottle caps, plastic tops, action figures and other assorted objects that Yeo gathered on his morning beach walks. Transitioning from architecture to art, Yeo turned to the collection of bottle caps that he had been saving for many years. Inspired by the urban (junk) art of Patrick Amiot, Kenny Irvin & Schickentzanz, he decided to put them to use by developing this series of art pieces. With his wide variety of caps, he has been able to assemble an interesting blend of colors and patterns in a whimsical display that captivates art lovers both young and old. Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Assemblages

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“Assemblages” by local architect/artist Ron Yeo

Tuesdays@2 featuring OverDrive Downloadable eBooks, May 30 from 2 - 4 p.m. Learn how to download free library e-Books and audiobooks on to your mobile devices (Android and iOS) using OverDrive on the library website. Users must have their own mobile device and a library card to begin downloading books. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Let’s Talk Tech – Film Editing & Lynda.com, May 30 from 7 - 8 p.m. Focuses on introductory tutorials for software and services in the Media Lab. The staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. This session will present an overview of the online resources and databases available from Newport Beach Public Library that can assist with creating a resume and job searching. Must have a valid library card to attend this session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

LEGO “Block” Party, May 31 at 3 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOS at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Wake Up! Newport, June 1 from 7:15 - 8:45 a.m. Hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, this is a free opportunity to meet one-on-one with legislative and government officials, and stay updated on current local, state and federal issues. To make reservations, contact Pam Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.729.4411. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

John Wayne

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John Wayne Exhibit – On Set with the Duke: The Lost Archive of John R. Hamilton, Continuing through Sept. 5. John Wayne Enterprises is pleased to present a selection of 15 modern archival prints of John Wayne by legendary photographer John R. Hamilton this summer. Opening on what would have been John Wayne’s 110th birthday on May 26, the exhibit will feature rare and never before seen images from such films as “The Searchers” (1956) directed by John Ford, “The Horse Soldiers” (1959) directed by John Ford, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962) directed by John Ford, “The Sons of Katie Elder” (1965) directed by Henry Hathaway, “El Dorado” (1966) directed by Howard Hawks, and “Hellfighters” (1968) directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. This is a rare opportunity to view this lost archive of John Wayne images on set, with the film crew and his family. Curated by Laurie Kratochvil and Amy Shepherd. Sponsored by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission. Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Tuesdays@2: Medline.gov, June 6 from 2 - 4 p.m. Learn how to access the U.S. National Library of Medicine premier database of medical journal articles. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medicineplus/. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

LEGOS

LEGO “Block” Party, June 7 at 3 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOS at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Genealogy Resources 105: Land Records, June 7 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Learn how valuable genealogical information concerning names of family members, relationships, ages and locations of residence can be discovered through tracing ancestral land ownership. This class will examine the type of information found in deeds, land grants, mortgages and land ownership maps to unlock hidden genealogical information through the property owned by your ancestors. Registration is required. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Teen Volunteer Orientation – Summer Reading Program Assistant. Sign up to help with the Summer Reading Program (SRP) which runs June-August. You’ll explain the program to parents and children, help them with their reading logs and hand out prizes. Must be 12-17 years of age and enjoy working with children. Minimum commitment is eight hours. SRP volunteers must attend one of the following one-hour training sessions: Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach: Saturday, June 10 at 11 a.m.; Saturday, June 10 at 4 p.m.; Tuesday, June 20 at 4 p.m. and at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach: Saturday, June 17 at 4 p.m. and Tuesday, June 20 at 4 p.m.

Meet the Curators: John Wayne – On the Set with the Duke, June 11 at 2 p.m. John Wayne Enterprises presents a selection of 15 modern archival prints of John Wayne by legendary photographer John R. Hamilton this summer at the Newport Beach Public Library. Curators Laurie Kratochvil and Amy Shepherd are conducting a free lecture about this lost archive. Kratochvi is a photography dealer, appraiser, consultant and the former director of photography for Rolling Stone Magazine and InStyle magazine. Shepherd is vice president of John Wayne Enterprises and the executive director of the John R. Hamilton Archives. Sponsored by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Tuesdays@2: Digital Storytelling, June 13 from 2 - 4 p.m. The world is your oyster. Learn how to tell your story in a 21st century digital world with this introduction to story structure & online publishing. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

SCORE Workshop: 2017 Digital Marketing Trends for Small Business & Non-Profits, June 13 from 6 - 8:45 p.m. Digital marketing is changing thanks to widespread ownership of smartphones, ever-increasing data and video streaming, combined with a cultural desire for digestible and personalized content. Do you know which trends will impact your organization in 2017? By the end of this session, you’ll have a cutting edge on: Marketing Automation, Content Marketing, Video, Mobile, Facebook Ads, Big Data, analytics, website usability and more. Explore the top trends in digital marketing that we believe small businesses should be paying attention to in 2017. You’ll explore these trends and provide some simple ideas for incorporating them into your overall marketing strategy. Attendees will receive a workbook to use to identify which trends are right for them to implement in 2017. Stuart Atkins of Atkins Marketing Solutions presents this workshop. He is a marketing consultant, author, blogger, speaker and Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Spill Simmer

Book Discussion Group, June 14 from 9:15 - 11 a.m. “Spill Simmer Falter Wither” by Sara Baume, a captivating novel, will be discussed. Book Synopsis: Over the course of four seasons – a misfit man adopts a misfit dog. It is springtime, and two outcasts – a man ignored, even shunned by his village, and the one-eyed dog he takes into his quiet, tightly shuttered life –find each other, by accident or fate, and forge an unlikely connection. As their friendship grows, their small seaside town suddenly takes note of them and falsely perceives menace where there is only mishap. As a result, the unlikely duo must take to the road. This is one of those rare stories that utterly and completely imagines its way into a life most of us would never see; it transforms us not only in our understanding of the world, but also of ourselves. This is free and no reservations are required. If you have not finished or read the book, come anyway. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Teen Volunteer Orientation – Mariners, June 17 and June 20 from 4 - 5 p.m. Sign up to help with the Summer Reading Program which runs July - August. You’ll explain the program to parents and children, help them with their reading logs and hand out prizes. Must be 12 - 17 years of age and enjoy working with children. Minimum commitment is eight hours and volunteers must attend a training session at either Central Library or Mariners Branch; view the NB Library website for training days and times. Mariners Library Branch, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Teen Volunteer Orientation – Central, June 20 from 4 - 5 p.m. Sign up to help with the Summer Reading Program which runs July - August. You’ll explain the program to parents and children, help them with their reading logs and hand out prizes. Must be 12 - 17 years of age and enjoy working with children. Minimum commitment is eight hours and volunteers must attend a training session at either Central Library or Mariners Branch; view the NB Library website for training days and times. Central Library Branch, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Summer Reading Program Begins!, June 24 all day. The annual Summer Reading Program starts today. This year’s theme is “Reading by Design.” Kids through 6th grade may participate in the Children’s Program, where they spend time reading to earn prizes. Check out the weekly fun events at each NBPL branch! There are also separate reading programs for Teens and Adults. Takes place at all Newport Beach Public Library branches.

Brother Yusef, June 24 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Say hello to the “Building by Design” Summer Reading Program with Brother Yusef.“Celebrating the Blues” is an interactive program designed to introduce young people to the African American tradition of the blues. It includes singing, dancing and instrument playing. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Illusions by Allen, June 26 at 2 and 4 p.m. Magic show for all ages includes live doves and rabbits, lots of audience participation, sleight-of-hand, levitation and comedy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. Mariners Library Branch, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Illusions by Allen, June 27 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Magic show for all ages includes live doves and rabbits, lots of audience participation, sleight-of-hand, levitation and comedy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Illusions by Allen, June 29 at 11 a.m. at Balboa Library Branch and 3 p.m. at Corona del Mar Library Branch. Magic show for all ages includes live doves and rabbits, lots of audience participation, sleight-of-hand, levitation and comedy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076; 420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075.

Flotsam book cover

Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

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

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

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

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

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

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

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

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

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

www.newportbeachlibrary.org


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops 

John Wayne Exhibit – On Set with the Duke: The Lost Archive of John R. Hamilton, Continuing through Sept. 5. John Wayne Enterprises is pleased to present a selection of 15 modern archival prints of John Wayne by legendary photographer John R. Hamilton this summer. Opening on what would have been John Wayne’s 110th birthday on May 26, the exhibit will feature rare and never before seen images from such films as “The Searchers” (1956) directed by John Ford, “The Horse Soldiers” (1959) directed by John Ford, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962) directed by John Ford, “The Sons of Katie Elder” (1965) directed by Henry Hathaway, “El Dorado” (1966) directed by Howard Hawks, and “Hellfighters” (1968) directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. This is a rare opportunity to view this lost archive of John Wayne images on set, with the film crew and his family. Curated by Laurie Kratochvil and Amy Shepherd. Sponsored by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission. Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

John Wayne

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Tuesdays@2: Digital Storytelling, June 13 from 2 - 4 p.m. The world is your oyster. Learn how to tell your story in a 21st century digital world with this introduction to story structure & online publishing. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

SCORE Workshop: 2017 Digital Marketing Trends for Small Business & Non-Profits, June 13 from 6 - 8:45 p.m. Digital marketing is changing thanks to widespread ownership of smartphones, ever-increasing data and video streaming, combined with a cultural desire for digestible and personalized content. Do you know which trends will impact your organization in 2017? By the end of this session, you’ll have a cutting edge on: Marketing Automation, Content Marketing, Video, Mobile, Facebook Ads, Big Data, analytics, website usability and more. Explore the top trends in digital marketing that we believe small businesses should be paying attention to in 2017. You’ll explore these trends and provide some simple ideas for incorporating them into your overall marketing strategy. Attendees will receive a workbook to use to identify which trends are right for them to implement in 2017. Stuart Atkins of Atkins Marketing Solutions presents this workshop. He is a marketing consultant, author, blogger, speaker and Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Spill Simmer

Book Discussion Group, June 14 from 9:15 - 11 a.m. “Spill Simmer Falter Wither” by Sara Baume, a captivating novel, will be discussed. Book Synopsis: Over the course of four seasons – a misfit man adopts a misfit dog. It is springtime, and two outcasts – a man ignored, even shunned by his village, and the one-eyed dog he takes into his quiet, tightly shuttered life –find each other, by accident or fate, and forge an unlikely connection. As their friendship grows, their small seaside town suddenly takes note of them and falsely perceives menace where there is only mishap. As a result, the unlikely duo must take to the road. This is one of those rare stories that utterly and completely imagines its way into a life most of us would never see; it transforms us not only in our understanding of the world, but also of ourselves. This is free and no reservations are required. If you have not finished or read the book, come anyway. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Teen Volunteer Orientation – Mariners, June 17 and June 20 from 4 - 5 p.m. Sign up to help with the Summer Reading Program which runs July - August. You’ll explain the program to parents and children, help them with their reading logs and hand out prizes. Must be 12 - 17 years of age and enjoy working with children. Minimum commitment is eight hours and volunteers must attend a training session at either Central Library or Mariners Branch; view the NB Library website for training days and times. Mariners Library Branch, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Teen Volunteer Orientation – Central, June 20 from 4 - 5 p.m. Sign up to help with the Summer Reading Program which runs July - August. You’ll explain the program to parents and children, help them with their reading logs and hand out prizes. Must be 12 - 17 years of age and enjoy working with children. Minimum commitment is eight hours and volunteers must attend a training session at either Central Library or Mariners Branch; view the NB Library website for training days and times. Central Library Branch, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Summer Reading Program Begins!, June 24 all day. The annual Summer Reading Program starts today. This year’s theme is “Reading by Design.” Kids through 6th grade may participate in the Children’s Program, where they spend time reading to earn prizes. Check out the weekly fun events at each NBPL branch! There are also separate reading programs for Teens and Adults. Takes place at all Newport Beach Public Library branches.

Brother Yusef, June 24 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Say hello to the “Building by Design” Summer Reading Program with Brother Yusef.“Celebrating the Blues” is an interactive program designed to introduce young people to the African American tradition of the blues. It includes singing, dancing and instrument playing. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Illusions by Allen, June 26 at 2 and 4 p.m. Magic show for all ages includes live doves and rabbits, lots of audience participation, sleight-of-hand, levitation and comedy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. Mariners Library Branch, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Illusions by Allen, June 27 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Magic show for all ages includes live doves and rabbits, lots of audience participation, sleight-of-hand, levitation and comedy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Illusions by Allen, June 29 at 11 a.m. at Balboa Library Branch and 3 p.m. at Corona del Mar Library Branch. Magic show for all ages includes live doves and rabbits, lots of audience participation, sleight-of-hand, levitation and comedy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076; 420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075.

Flotsam book cover

Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

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

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

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

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

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

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

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

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

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

www.newportbeachlibrary.org


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops 

John Wayne Exhibit – On Set with the Duke: The Lost Archive of John R. Hamilton, Continuing through Sept. 5. John Wayne Enterprises is pleased to present a selection of 15 modern archival prints of John Wayne by legendary photographer John R. Hamilton this summer. Opening on what would have been John Wayne’s 110th birthday on May 26, the exhibit will feature rare and never before seen images from such films as “The Searchers” (1956) directed by John Ford, “The Horse Soldiers” (1959) directed by John Ford, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962) directed by John Ford, “The Sons of Katie Elder” (1965) directed by Henry Hathaway, “El Dorado” (1966) directed by Howard Hawks, and “Hellfighters” (1968) directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. This is a rare opportunity to view this lost archive of John Wayne images on set, with the film crew and his family. Curated by Laurie Kratochvil and Amy Shepherd. Sponsored by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission. Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

John Wayne

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Teen Volunteer Orientation – Central, June 20 from 4 - 5 p.m. Sign up to help with the Summer Reading Program which runs July - August. You’ll explain the program to parents and children, help them with their reading logs and hand out prizes. Must be 12 - 17 years of age and enjoy working with children. Minimum commitment is eight hours and volunteers must attend a training session at either Central Library or Mariners Branch; view the NB Library website for training days and times. Central Library Branch, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Summer Reading Program Begins!, June 24 all day. The annual Summer Reading Program starts today. This year’s theme is “Reading by Design.” Kids through 6th grade may participate in the Children’s Program, where they spend time reading to earn prizes. Check out the weekly fun events at each NBPL branch! There are also separate reading programs for Teens and Adults. Takes place at all Newport Beach Public Library branches.

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Brother Yusef, June 24 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Say hello to the “Building by Design” Summer Reading Program with Brother Yusef.“Celebrating the Blues” is an interactive program designed to introduce young people to the African American tradition of the blues. It includes singing, dancing and instrument playing. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Illusions by Allen, June 26 at 2 and 4 p.m. Magic show for all ages includes live doves and rabbits, lots of audience participation, sleight-of-hand, levitation and comedy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. Mariners Library Branch, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Illusions by Allen, June 27 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Magic show for all ages includes live doves and rabbits, lots of audience participation, sleight-of-hand, levitation and comedy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Illusions by Allen, June 29 at 11 a.m. at Balboa Library Branch and 3 p.m. at Corona del Mar Library Branch. Magic show for all ages includes live doves and rabbits, lots of audience participation, sleight-of-hand, levitation and comedy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076; 420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075.

Build a City!, July 3 from 2 - 3 p.m. at Mariners Library Branch. Calling all inspiring engineers. Let’s build structures from marshmallows, pasta and boxes; and roads from paper and cardboard to race cars through the city. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Happy Independence Day

Independence Day. All library branches are closed on Tuesday, July 4.

Build a City!, July 6 at 11 a.m.  at Balboa Library Branch and 3 p.m. at Corona del Mar Library Branch. Calling all inspiring engineers. Let’s build structures from marshmallows, pasta and boxes; and roads from paper and cardboard to race cars through the city. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076; 420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075.

Friends Patio Book Sale, July 8 – Three book sales to entice you at Central Library from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Vintage Book Sale in the library lobby from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Hardbacks, $3/1 in front of the library from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; and Buy-One-Get-One-Free (members only) in the book store from 10:30 a.m. - 4 :30 p.m. 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

marshmallows and pasta tower

Build a City!, July 8 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Central Library. Calling all inspiring engineers. Let’s build structures from marshmallows, pasta and boxes; and roads from paper and cardboard to race cars through the city. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Mad Science, July 10 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Mariners Branch Library. Welcome, all mad scientists! To this highly interactive show with fascinating science demonstrations. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Mad Science, July 11 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Central Library Friends Room. Welcome, all mad scientists! To this highly interactive show with fascinating science demonstrations. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Free Home-Buying Workshop, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Central Library Friends Room. Features guest speaker Mark Hiatt, vice president of Real Estate Lending for Credit Union of Southern California. Ready to buy a home? Discover the inside scoop to the home-buying experience! Topics to be included: Learn good or bad credit and how it affects you when purchasing a home; Discover mortgage basics such as loan types, terms, qualifying and costs; and Explore answers to key questions – How much house can I get? How much can I afford? 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Mad Science, July 11 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Central Library Friends Room. Welcome, all mad scientists! To this highly interactive show with fascinating science demonstrations. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Selma Mann

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Selma Mann: Whimsical Warrior, July 12 at 2 p.m. at Corona del Mar Branch Library. Meet author Selma Mann, poet, teacher, attorney and a presence about town in Newport Beach. Mann will talk about the joy of writing, featuring poems from her books “Whimsical Warrior” and “Morning Cloak,” and her insights about the gifts of loss, gratitude and journeys that have shaped her writing. She discovered her inner poet following a series of devastating losses. Grief woke the muse for her first book, “Morning Cloak,” published in 2013. Mann’s second book, “Whimsical Warrior,” is a tribute to resilience, and to aging with grace, laughter and whimsy. Enjoy an inspiring hour of poetry and laughter with fellow book lovers as part of the library’s summer Adult Reading Program. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Mann is donating half of the proceeds to the Newport Beach Library Foundation. 420 Marigold Ave., Newport Beach.

Mad Science, July 13 at 11 a.m. at Balboa Branch Library. Welcome, all mad scientists! To this highly interactive show with fascinating science demonstrations. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

Kid Mad Scientist

Plant a Seed, July 13 at 3 p.m. at Corona del Mar Branch Library. Start a little garden, decorate a pot and plant a seed. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 420 Marigold Ave., Newport Beach.

YAAC Science Fair, July 17 at 2 p.m. at Mariners Branch Library. Join the library’s very own Young Adult Advisory Council (YAAC) as they present fun science experiments for kids. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

YAAC Science Fair, July 20 at 11 a.m. at Balboa Branch Library and 3 p.m. at Corona del Mar Branch Library. Join the library’s very own Young Adult Advisory Council (YAAC) as they present fun science experiments for kids. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach and 420 Marigold Ave., Newport Beach.

Pacific Animal Productions, July 24 at 2 and 4 p.m. at Mariners Branch Library. Animals are the building blocks of our natural world. Where animals hunt, forage, grow their families, and make their homes has an effect on everything around them. There will be live animals in the library! Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Pacific Animal Productions, July 25 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Central Library Friends Room. Animals are the building blocks of our natural world. Where animals hunt, forage, grow their families, and make their homes has an effect on everything around them. There will be live animals in the library! Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Pacific Animal Productions, July 27 at 11 a.m. at Balboa Branch Library and 3 p.m. at Corona del Mar Branch Library. Animals are the building blocks of our natural world. Where animals hunt, forage, grow their families, and make their homes has an effect on everything around them. There will be live animals in the library! Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach and 420 Marigold Ave., Newport Beach.

3D Paper Crafting Lion

Art by Design, July 31 at 2 p.m. at Mariners Branch Library. 3D paper crafting! Paper is flat but we can use it to make projects with height, width, and depth…3D! Come fold and glue some fabulous creations in this artistic program. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Flotsam book cover

Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

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

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

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

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

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

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

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

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

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

www.newportbeachlibrary.org


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops 

Assemblages, Continuing through May 26. The Newport Beach City Arts Commission is presenting an exhibition by architect Ron Yeo in the Central Library lobby gallery. The exhibit, titled “Assemblages,” aptly coincides with Earth Month, and features a series of art projects created out of recycled bottle caps, plastic tops, action figures and other assorted objects that Yeo gathered on his morning beach walks. Transitioning from architecture to art, Yeo turned to the collection of bottle caps that he had been saving for many years. Inspired by the urban (junk) art of Patrick Amiot, Kenny Irvin & Schickentzanz, he decided to put them to use by developing this series of art pieces. With his wide variety of caps, he has been able to assemble an interesting blend of colors and patterns in a whimsical display that captivates art lovers both young and old. Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Assemblages

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“Assemblages” by local architect/artist Ron Yeo

It’s Your Estate, May 15 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. This annual eight-week series of workshops provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues so that they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. Featured is Susan Merritt and Peter Kote, speaking on The Role of a Trustee & Executor. Free workshop, but a $10 donation is suggested at the door. Series moderator is Peter Kote, founder of Professional Fiduciary Services. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Tuesdays@2 featuring Reference USA, May 16 from 2 - 4 p.m. Media Lab Open House. Staff will provide an overview of the VHS conversion stations, Lynda.com access and other specialized resources. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Coding for Kids!, May 16 at from 4 - 5 p.m. Would you like to learn computer coding? This is a special hands-on workshop introducing kids to simple coding techniques. No registration is required. Geared for ages 6-12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Let’s Talk Tech – Resume Building Tech, May 16 from 7 - 8 p.m. Focuses on introductory tutorials for software and services in the Media Lab. The staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. This session will present an overview of the online resources and databases available from Newport Beach Public Library that can assist with creating a resume and job searching. Must have a valid library card to attend this session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Seastar with Cherrios

Drop-in Beachy Crafts, May 17 from 2 - 5 p.m. Make crafts inspired by the beach, but without the sand! Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Geared for ages 3-7. Funding for this event is provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Balboa Branch Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Balboa. 949.644.3076.

LEGOS

LEGO “Block” Party, May 17 at 3 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOS at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Stephanie Danler

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Library Live presents Stephanie Danler, author of “Sweetbitter”, May 18 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Stephanie Danler is the author of the international and New York Times bestseller, Sweetbitter. The debut novel garnered international attention just one week after its release. Danler’s work has appeared in Vogue MagazineTravel and LeisureBon Appetit and O Magazine, to name a few. Hailing from California, Danler wound up working in the fast-paced and often chaotic Manhattan restaurant life before enrolling in graduate school at The New School, where she wrote Sweetbitter whose backdrop is that very experience in New York City. Light refreshments provided by baker & olive, Corona del Mar Plaza. Book sales and signing. Tickets: $20-$25. No refunds or exchanges on any tickets. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

2nd Annual Book Appraisal Clinic, May 20 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Reserve a spot to bring your collectible books and other works on paper to be appraised by rare book specialist, Greg Jung, from San Francisco’s PBA Galleries. This event is presented by the Friends of the Newport Beach Library. An appointment is required and must be made by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please specify morning or afternoon. There is a four-item limit per membership. Free for all Friends of the Library members. Non-members, $10 or sign up for a special $10 yearly membership and entrance is free. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Backhaus dance

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Backhausdance to perform on the Civic Green, May 20

Dance on the Civic Green, May 20 at 2 p.m. Backhausdance will present an engaging, interactive and entertaining outdoor performance for the whole family to enjoy. In addition to two repertory works, this critically acclaimed Orange County contemporary dance company will introduce a new dance specifically created for the Civic Center venue by Artistic Director Jennifer Backhaus. Supported by the City Arts Commission. Free admission and parking. Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Hudson reads to pup

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Hudson hones his verbal skills, as he reads to a furry listener

Making Memories for Children: BARK! Kids Reading to Dogs, May 21 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. Share a book with a furry friend. Courtesy of BARK (Beach Area Dogs Reading with Kids), you can practice your reading skills with a specially trained dog in a one-on-one reading session. Your BARK partner will be happy to listen quietly as you read a good story. Reading spots are limited, so sign up early. This activity is open to school-age children, 5-12 years old. There is no charge for this event. Reservations: www.nbplfoundation.org. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Black Canary Strings

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Sunday Musicale: Black Canary Strings, May 21 from 3 - 4 p.m. Blending sophisticated classical selections with the creativity and passion of jazz, Black Canary puts a different twist on the world’s greatest music. Black Canary is a contemporary improvising string ensemble that combines their varied and timeless repertoire of classical, jazz, pop, folk, world music in an acoustic or electric setting. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

It’s Your Estate, May 22 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. This annual eight-week series of workshops provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues so that they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. Featured is Steve Bemis and Peter Kote, speaking on Case Study & Review. Free workshop, but a $10 donation is suggested at the door. Series moderator is Peter Kote, founder of Professional Fiduciary Services. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Medicine in Our Backyard: Dr. Claudia Helen Kawas, May 22 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. 90+ Study and Memory Disorders. Claudia Helen Kawas, M.D. is Professor, Department of Neurology, UC Irvine School of Medicine and Professor, Neurobiology and Behavior, School of Biological Sciences, UC Irvine. Dr. Kawas’ work is concentrated on the epidemiology of aging and Alzheimer’s disease, in the determinants of successful aging, longitudinal and clinical pathological investigations, clinical trials, and most recently, studies in cognitive and functional abilities of the Oldest Old (over 90 years of age). No charge to attend. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Tuesdays@2 featuring Reference USA, May 23 from 2 - 4 p.m. Consumer Reports. Learn about using the Newport Beach Public Library subscription to the online version of Consumer Reports, a valuable publication containing consumer product testing, research and reviews. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Let’s Talk Tech – Photoshop & Lynda.com, May 23 from 7 - 8 p.m. Photoshop and Lynda.com. Focuses on introductory tutorials for software and services in the Media Lab. The staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. This session will present an overview of the online resources and databases available from Newport Beach Public Library that can assist with creating a resume and job searching. Must have a valid library card to attend this session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Wing Lam and family

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Wahoo’s Wing Lam and Family, The Journey from Mainland China to Balboa Island, May 23 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Learn about the incredible story of the Lee family spanning more than half a century and across half the globe. Their journey begins in Mainland China and winds its way to Hong Kong, Tokyo, Brazil and finally to Balboa Island, where they open the first Chinese restaurant in the area, Shanghai Pine Garden. Their story is filled with hardship and challenges that most of us could not even imagine. Yet through it all, their passion for life and love of family resulted in a perpetual joy that radiates to all who come into their presence. The stories of the Lee family will fill you with laughter and possibly a few tears, as well. Come and find out how John Wayne helped to put Shanghai Pine Garden on the map (and experience a rare treat of Mr. Lee singing the Chinese opera song that Wayne enjoyed so much). This free lecture is presented by the Balboa Island Museum and Historical Society, thanks to a cultural arts grant from the Newport Beach City Arts Commission. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

LEGO “Block” Party, May 24 at 3 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOS at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Rene Magritte

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Beyond the Canvas: Rene Magritte, May 24 from 7 - 8 p.m. Award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will continue this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. René Magritte was a Belgian surrealist artist. He became well known for a number of witty and thought-provoking images. Often depicting ordinary objects in an unusual context, his work is known for challenging observers’ preconditioned perceptions of reality. His imagery has influenced pop, minimalist and conceptual art. Learn more about the great masters of art in a fascinating visual presentation. This event is free; seating is first come, first served. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Genealogy Resources 104: Probate Records, May 24 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Probate records often contain valuable genealogical data, including names and relationships of family members, death information, ages, and residences, among other helpful information. This class will investigate wills, probates, estate records, and guardianship records to learn why these court records must not be overlooked when conducting genealogy research. Registration is required. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

John Wayne

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John Wayne Exhibit – On Set with the Duke: The Lost Archive of John R. Hamilton, May 26 and continuing through Sept. 5. John Wayne Enterprises is pleased to present a selection of 15 modern archival prints of John Wayne by legendary photographer John R. Hamilton this summer. Opening on what would have been John Wayne’s 110th birthday on May 26, the exhibit will feature rare and never before seen images from such films as “The Searchers” (1956) directed by John Ford, “The Horse Soldiers” (1959) directed by John Ford, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962) directed by John Ford, “The Sons of Katie Elder” (1965) directed by Henry Hathaway, “El Dorado” (1966) directed by Howard Hawks, and “Hellfighters” (1968) directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. This is a rare opportunity to view this lost archive of John Wayne images on set, with the film crew and his family. Curated by Laurie Kratochvil and Amy Shepherd. Sponsored by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission. Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Tuesdays@2 featuring OverDrive Downloadable eBooks, May 30 from 2 - 4 p.m. Learn how to download free library e-Books and audiobooks on to your mobile devices (Android and iOS) using OverDrive on the library website. Users must have their own mobile device and a library card to begin downloading books. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Let’s Talk Tech – Film Editing & Lynda.com, May 30 from 7 - 8 p.m. Focuses on introductory tutorials for software and services in the Media Lab. The staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. This session will present an overview of the online resources and databases available from Newport Beach Public Library that can assist with creating a resume and job searching. Must have a valid library card to attend this session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

LEGO “Block” Party, May 31 at 3 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOS at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

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Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

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

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

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

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

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

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

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

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

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

www.newportbeachlibrary.org


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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OC Women2Women | 4th Driving Forward in Style | Thursday, June 1 at 5:30 p.m.

The evening will be highlighted with a dinner and auction, and honors Truday Levindofske, CAE, executive director of the Orange County Bar Association. The organization recognizes many military personnel in need of legal assistance who are women, with their 2017 fundraising efforts supporting the Veterans Legal Institute (VLI), which provides pro bono legal services to the homeless, at risk, disabled, and low income and former service members. Register by May 26. Tickets: $165 per person through May 26; $185, thereafter with table sponsorships available.

Contact: www.ocwomen2women.org

Takes place at Fletcher Jones Newport Beach, 3300 Jamboree Road., Newport Beach.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society | 11th Annual Quest for Cures Gala | Friday, June 2 with a reception & silent auction at 5:30 p.m.; dinner & live auction at 7 p.m.

Honoring the Man & Woman of the Year, this promises an evening of inspiration, passion and celebration of their mission to find a cure for blood cancer. Participation gives real hope to patients and their families. Cocktail attire. Tickets: $240.

Contact: Alyssa Carillo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 714.418.5602,

www.mwoy.org/ocie.

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

Mission Hospital | Mission Hospital Golf Classic presented by Jessep Management Services, Thursday, June 8 with registration at 8 a.m.; shotgun start at 10 a.m. Always a sellout, this Audi • Infiniti • Volvo Mission Viejo Golf Classic includes nine holes of golf; swag bags; breakfast, lunch and dinner; contest; auctions and opportunity drawings. A highlight is a drawing for an Audi, Infiniti, or Volvo. Benefits Mission Viejo Hospital. Tickets: $700; foursome, $2,800.

Contact: Lana Nguyen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.347.6042, www.mission4health.com/golf

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

Environmental Nature Center | Summer Soiree, Saturday, June 10 with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m. and dinner under the stars with live music and an auction at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit their education programs and help to build the community’s first nature-based preschool. Casual attire and trail-friendly shoes recommended. Tickets: $150 per person or $1,500 per table. RSVP by June 2 to www.encenter.org

Contact: Lori Whalen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.645.8489, ext. 103, 

Takes place at Environmental Nature Center, 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach.

Boys & Girls Club of Central Orange Coast | Fourth Annual Leadership Breakfast, Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 a.m. This celebratory breakfast thanks donors, and corporate and community partners, and celebrates the past year’s impact. Tickets: $25; various table sponsorship opportunities available.

Contact: Kelly Shannon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 714.565.1098, www.boysandgirlsclub.com

Hoag Hospital | 30th Annual Hoag Summer Classic, Wednesday, June 28 at 5 p.m. This annual foodie and summer event features more than 30 of O.C.’s top restaurants and is hosted by the Hoag Hospital Foundation and 552 Club.

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

Takes place at Newport Dunes resort & Marina, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

Boys & Girls Club of Central Orange Coast | Fourth Annual Leadership Breakfast, Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 a.m. This celebratory breakfast thanks donors, and corporate and community partners, and celebrates the past year’s impact. Tickets: $25; various table sponsorship opportunities available.

Contact: Kelly Shannon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 714.565.1098, www.boysandgirlsclub.com

Working Wardrobes | Red, White, Blue & You Gala! Saturday, June 17 at 6 p.m. Enjoy an incredible evening and support the powerful programs offered to men, women, young adults and veterans at Working Wardrobes. Enjoy cool tunes, fine wines and lots of entertainment. Jackets required, ties are not. Black tie optional. Individual tickets: $250. Sponsorships available.

Contact: 714.210.2460, www.workingwardrobes.org

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

Hoag Hospital | 30th Annual Hoag Summer Classic, Wednesday, June 28 at 5 p.m. This annual foodie and summer event features more than 30 of O.C.’s top restaurants and is hosted by the Hoag Hospital Foundation and 552 Club.

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

Takes place at Newport Dunes resort & Marina, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society | Bubbles & Brunch to End MS, Saturday, August 26 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Don’t miss out on a fabulous day filled with premier silent auction items, a mimosa-laced reception, a three-course brunch and Ronda Giangreco as the keynote speaker who will share how she faced her personal MS diagnosis. The event supports the National MS Society’s vision to create a world free of Multiple Sclerosis. Tickets are $100 each; tables of 10 start at $1,000.

Contact: Heather Dean-Presnall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 760.448.8497, www.bubblesandbrunch.org

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

The Wooden Floor | Keep the Promise Wine Tasting, Thursday, September 14 at 6 p.m. Enjoy some of the highest-rated wines from around the world and come together as a community to raise funds to transform the lives of underserved youth through the power of dance and access to higher education.

Contact: Keegan Bell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 714.541.8314, ext. 140, www.thewoodenfloor.org/winetasting

Takes place at Big Canyon Country Club, 1 Big Canyon Drive, Newport Beach.

Vanguard University | Global Center for Women and Justice Priceless Luncheon, Saturday, September 16 at 11 a.m. Vanguard University’s GCWJ hosts its annual Priceless Luncheon. Funds raised go to the Global Center’s efforts to prevent and end human trafficking through programs of education and collaboration with community professionals and volunteers.

Contact: Nadia Hernandez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.vanguard.edu/gcwj/the-priceless-luncheon

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

Laura’s House | Annual Gala, Saturday, September 23 at 6 p.m. The Laura’s House annual gala unites community leaders and notable personalities for an evening of empowerment, celebration and hope for a world free of domestic violence. Individuals and corporations will be honored for their integral support of the nonprofit’s prevention, education and community programs. The charity soiree includes a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions and a dinner program.

Contact: Andrea McCallister at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.361.3775, ext. 211, www.laurashouse.org

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

Big Brothers Big Sisters | 53rd Annual Gourmet Dinner, Thursday, September 28. Join Big Brothers Big Sisters for its premier networking event that brings together more than 400 of Orange County’s most influential business leaders. At the nonprofit’s largest fundraiser of the year, guests enjoy a multicourse dinner, opportunity drawings, chances to bid on exciting live auction experiences and a heartfelt presentation from a child about the life-changing relationship he shares with his mentor.

Contact: Sloan Keane at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 714.619.7048, www.ocbigs.org

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

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

Contact: www.HomeAidOC.org/gala

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


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County | Big Brothers Big Sisters 40th Annual Golf Tournament, Monday, May 15.

Step out onto the green to experience a memorable day of golf. The format is a shotgun scramble, then unwind at the cocktail reception, followed by awards and opportunity drawings. This annual event raises critical funds for the organization’s life-changing youth mentoring programs. Entry fee: $1,000; foursome, $3,500. Sponsorship opportunities.

Contact: Sloane Keane at 714.619.7048 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.ocbigs.org

Takes place at Newport Beach Country Club, 608 ½ Clubhouse Drive, Newport Beach. 

CHOC Children’s | CHOC Charity Classic, Monday, May 15.

This golf tournament attracts our community leading philanthropists, business leaders and true golf enthusiasts who care about children and the future of their care. Enjoy world-class golf with 18 championship holes on Pelican Hill’s North and South Courses, along with superb ocean views. The day is comprised of a continental breakfast, shotgun start at 9:30 a.m., box lunch, Grand Champions Raffle and a short BBQ reception. Sponsorship opportunities from $1,000 - $25,000. Proceeds will provide healthcare, family services, education and research to children in need.

Contact: For sponsorships, Winnie Tran at 714.509.4229 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

www.choccharityclassic.org

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

CHOC Childrens Twoguys

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KidWorks | 2017 Annual KidWorks Golf Classic, Thursday, May 18.

Join OC’s top business leaders for this fifth annual event. The day includes on-course contests and activities, gourmet food, specialty cocktails, a live auction, dinner and awards. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; tee-off at 11 a.m. Proceeds fund educational enrichment and leadership development programs for at-risk youth who are growing up in Orange County’s most challenging neighborhoods.

Contact: Lisa Gels at 714.619.7560 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.kidworksoc.org

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

CHOC Children’s | 23rd Annual Glass Slipper Guild Gala, Saturday, May 20. The evening honors the lives of incredible children, families, physicians and staff of CHOC. Guests will experience a magical evening beginning with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a gourmet dinner and dessert and live auction. The after party will wrap up the unforgettable evening with music and dancing. Sponsorships available.

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

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

Human Options | A Night of Serious Fun Honoring Julie Hill | Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

This inspirational night welcomes more than 400 community leaders for dancing, dining and an exciting live auction, raising critical funds to provide safety, healing a way forward for families escaping domestic violence. Tickets: $425.

Contact: Melissa Walker at 949.737.5242, ext. 317, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.humanoptions.org

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

Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) | Art of Dining 2017, Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

Presented by Louis Vuitton, the evening honors artist Sun Xun, and will be held at the museum’s future home at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Join 300+ museum supporters who come out to celebrate creativity through modern and contemporary art. Corporate sponsorships, in-kind donations and live auction items are available.

Contact: Kellie Webb at 949.759.1122, ext. 240, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.ocma.net

Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

OC Women2Women | 4th Driving Forward in Style | Thursday, June 1 at 5:30 p.m.

The evening will be highlighted with a dinner and auction, and honors Truday Levindofske, CAE, executive director of the Orange County Bar Association. The organization recognizes many military personnel in need of legal assistance who are women, with their 2017 fundraising efforts supporting the Veterans Legal Institute (VLI), which provides pro bono legal services to the homeless, at risk, disabled, and low income and former service members. Register by May 26. Tickets: $165 per person through May 26; $185, thereafter with table sponsorships available.

Contact: www.ocwomen2women.org

Takes place at Fletcher Jones Newport Beach, 3300 Jamboree Road., Newport Beach.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society | 11th Annual Quest for Cures Gala | Friday, June 2 with a reception & silent auction at 5:30 p.m.; dinner & live auction at 7 p.m.

Honoring the Man & Woman of the Year, this promises an evening of inspiration, passion and celebration of their mission to find a cure for blood cancer. Participation gives real hope to patients and their families. Cocktail attire. Tickets: $240.

Contact: Alyssa Carillo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 714.418.5602,

www.mwoy.org/ocie.

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

Mission Hospital | Mission Hospital Golf Classic presented by Jessep Management Services, Thursday, June 8 with registration at 8 a.m.; shotgun start at 10 a.m. Always a sellout, this Audi • Infiniti • Volvo Mission Viejo Golf Classic includes nine holes of golf; swag bags; breakfast, lunch and dinner; contest; auctions and opportunity drawings. A highlight is a drawing for an Audi, Infiniti, or Volvo. Benefits Mission Viejo Hospital. Tickets: $700; foursome, $2,800.

Contact: Lana Nguyen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.347.6042, www.mission4health.com/golf

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

Environmental Nature Center | Summer Soiree, Saturday, June 10 with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m. and dinner under the stars with live music and an auction at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit their education programs and help to build the community’s first nature-based preschool. Casual attire and trail-friendly shoes recommended. Tickets: $150 per person or $1,500 per table. RSVP by June 2 to www.encenter.org

Contact: Lori Whalen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.