Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

 

Tomorrow is the competition of competitions, with the winner potentially getting a seat in a lifeguard tower

You remember old movies and TV shows? Virtually nothing seemed better as a young teen than someday hoping to be a lifeguard at the beach. Sun, tan, bikinis, the outdoors…what could be better?

First of all, those times have changed. Today, men AND women alike now sit in the prized lifeguard chairs dotting our beachfront…and that’s a good thing.

And to that point, the Newport Beach Fire Department will hold competitive tryouts for the position of Seasonal Ocean Lifeguard tomorrow, (Saturday, Jan. 27) at 9 a.m.

And guess what? The community can join in for one of Newport Beach’s great spectator sports as they gather to watch the competition for the coveted spots.

Qualified applicants will compete first in a 1000-meter ocean swim starting at 28th Street, followed by a 1000-meter run-swim-run beginning near 19th Street. Results are determined by a combined total score of both events.

Top finishers from tryouts will be invited to complete the City of Newport Beach hiring process. After completion, candidates will begin a 110-hour training academy to learn essential lifeguarding skills. Trainings focus on ocean rescue techniques and prevention, City Municipal Codes and Policies, CPR and First Responder skills.

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Courtesy of Newport Beach Fire Dept.

Ready, set, go! Candidates run down the beach for 1000-meter ocean swim

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Courtesy of Newport Beach Fire Dept.

Lifeguard candidates on the swimming course navigate ocean buoys

The City of Newport Beach is looking for highly qualified individuals who are service-oriented and possess strong aquatic ability and communication skills. Starting pay for seasonal ocean lifeguards is $19.63 per hour.

Here’s tomorrow’s schedule: 8:30 a.m. is check-in at the Benjamin M. Carlson Lifeguard Headquarters (Newport Pier); 9 a.m. is the start of the 1000 Meter Competitive Ocean Swim and at 10 a.m. the 1000 Meter Competitive Run-Swim-Run begins.

Get there early, grab yourself a coffee from perhaps Dory’s Deli, and take in the action. It’ll be fun!

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A hugely important part of raising children today is keeping them safe when they venture online. No telling what trouble they can find there. In fact, it’s so important that the Newport-Mesa Unified School District is presenting two evening programs (Tuesday, Jan. 30 and Wednesday, March 13) – Virtual Parent Education: Raising Responsible Digital Citizens.

The programs will be presented to parents via Zoom (including in Spanish) by the School District’s Education Technology Department. Registration for January 30 can be found at https://bit.ly/01302024 and the March 13 session at https://bit.ly/03132024.

After completing the registration process, you will receive the Zoom link via email.

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Also, speaking of the School District, next Wednesday, Jan. 31 is the College & Career Fair at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. The event is open to all 7-12 grade students and their families.

The College & Career Fair will offer various opportunities to learn about college programs, assistance opportunities, as well as connecting with colleges and universities from throughout the United States and internationally.

There will be Career Technical Education (CTE) demonstrations, a NCAA workshop, a FAFSA breakout session and more.

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Visit Newport Beach is sending a message to tourists everywhere to think about forgetting the slopes and the dead cold of winter, and instead coming for a visit to Newport Beach and embracing the sunshine-filled paradise we all enjoy here.

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Courtesy of Visit Newport Beach

Newport’s picturesque beaches

There’s a lot included in the messaging – things like a curated coastal running experience from VEA Newport Beach, to celebrating Valentine’s Day at the new Pendry Newport Beach, visits to our beautiful beaches and our stunning yacht harbor, but also ideas to enjoy our 10 distinct neighborhoods, each with their own unique culture, charm and history.

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Courtesy of Visit Newport Beach

SET Steak & Sushi at Pendry Newport Beach

Visit Newport Beach has exclusive guides on places to hibernate, from our posh coastal resort The Resort at Pelican Hill, to our charming boutique hotel Lido House, and more.

Additionally, Visit NB directs tourists where to indulge in gourmet dining and culinary events, from our glamorous shopping offerings to the finest wellness experiences at our many sumptuous spas.

And to those still saying that they still want snow, Visit Newport Beach even has an answer to that: pony up $50,000 for an ultra-indulgent Sea to Ski Package at VEA Newport Beach that includes a cosmopolitan coastal getaway at VEA Newport Beach paired with a sophisticated ski-filled holiday at The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, including private jet transfers and a personalized private shopping experience at Fashion Island.

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Courtesy of Visit Newport Beach

Rendering of Restoration Hardware, an 80,000-sq.-ft. luxury shopping experience coming to Fashion Island in spring 2024

To make all of the above happen, Visit Newport Beach has launched a very eye-catching “Winter Campaign.”

It’s truly without compare, opening with a female skier in complete colorful ski apparel from head-to-toe…from her warm, furry earmuffs and ski googles all the way down to fancy boots, apparently shushing her way down the slopes, ski poles in hand.

Then suddenly, the backdrop of the snow-covered mountain is gone and next it shows the skier, and her friends, on the sand-covered beaches in Newport, where they’re all now enjoying iconic Newport Beach moments in time – from hot tubbing, to resting atop surfboards in the sand, enjoying a favorite beverage while relaxing on a yacht that’s cruising the bay, and even one person doing “snow angels,” only Newport Beach style as “sand angels.”

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Courtesy of Visit Newport Beach

Discovering Newport Harbor in a Duffy electric boat

It’s clever…and it’s certainly Newport Beach.

The campaign is titled Après Ski Sea and you can get a taste of what I’m talking about here.

You should be proud of the way your community is being marketed to the rest of the world.

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If you’re a person out that’s involved in Newport Beach, you had to have met Marie Case. If you haven’t, you need to get out more! Sorry, but she seems like she’s everywhere.

Marie is a person that has been involved over the years in many ways, mostly promoting Newport Beach and/or some of the businesses or citizens that reside here. Besides her PR efforts and writing, Marie is instrumental in the management of KOCI-FM, our local community radio station.

Much of the time in her efforts, she’s the person that has her head down getting things done and not looking around seeking the attention; she makes those around her better. And, she’s also fun to be around.

Well, Tuesday evening (Jan. 23), Marie got her due at the Newport Beach City Council meeting. She was nominated for a Certificate of Recognition “for her longstanding contributions to the City of Newport Beach” by Mayor Pro Tem Joe Stapleton and presented the award that evening by Mayor Will O’Neill.

As her close friend, councilmember Robyn Grant said, “Bravo to Marie for her recognition. (She) gives freely of her time and talents in support of lots of philanthropic pursuits including the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Balboa Island Museum Newport Beach, the Newport Beach Library, the Newport Beach Art Foundation and many more.

We couldn’t agree more. Congrats Marie! Now, get back to work!

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