Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

 

NMUSD recognizes five who go “above and beyond” for our kids

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District recently celebrated by recognizing five employees “who go above and beyond their job descriptions” at their March 12 board meeting.

“Congratulations to our exceptional award winners whose commitment to excellence embodies the spirit of our collective mission to inspire, educate and elevate each other, our students, and our community. Your impact resonates beyond the walls of our schools,” said Superintendent Dr. Wesley Smith.

The five employees recognized include Kathy Gutierrez Miller – a buyer in the district’s Purchasing Department; Christine Holguin – an office assistant II, and part of the Engagement, Partnership & Expanded Learning area; Kristyn Day – a transitional kindergarten teacher at Andersen Elementary; Sarah Babovic – a library media technician at Woodland Elementary and Jon Lindfors – the piano teacher and choral director at Costa Mesa Middle and High School.

The honorees were presented with an official certificate, a crystal trophy and lapel pin recognizing their achievements.

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(L-R) NMUSD Superintendent Dr. Wesley Smith, Kathy Gutierrez Miller, Jon Lindfors, Christine Holguin, Kristyn Day, Sarah Babovic and NMUSD Board President Carol Crane

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Last Sunday, March 10, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church hosted their annual Packing Party benefitting Project Hope Alliance.

Church members and staff, prior to Sunday, delivered empty grocery bags to more than 2,500 neighbors “in the hopes that they would be filled with needed items for local kids in need.”

Well, guess what? The community responded, doubling the impact from the same event a year ago.

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Courtesy of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian

Items collected totaled more than 1,200 bags

Then come Sunday, St. Andrew’s received more than 1,200 bags of needed items, and more than 240 individuals then joined in to sort and pack the items. That afternoon the boxes were delivered to Project Hope Alliance, where they will be provided to the 100+ unhoused youth attending Ensign Intermediate School and Newport Harbor High School.

Did you get that? – unhoused youth.

St. Andrew’s wants to thank the local community for participating in this annual event…and Stu News wants to thank St. Andrew’s and other organizations like them who make a difference in our community.

It always reminds me that there is still “good” in our world.

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Courtesy of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian

Members congregate outside on the patio celebrating the good works of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

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Next week the community will gather to celebrate the best players from the PGA TOUR Champions as they play in the $2,000,000 Hoag Classic at Newport Beach Country Club.

Names of players in the field include Ernie Els, Freddie Couples, John Daly, Jim Furyk, Padraig Harrington, Davis Love III, Darren Clarke, Steve Stricker and so many others.

Tuesday officially kicks the week off with the sold-out Community Breakfast featuring former world #1 David Duval.

Wednesday and Thursday is the Aston Martin Newport Beach Legends Pro-Am, with full fields both morning and afternoon.

If you’re a fan, it’s a great way to get up close to many of your favorites.

Official tournament action is Friday through Sunday (March 22-24). Tickets will be on sale each day for walk-ups.

A reminder for those looking for a truly special way to enjoy the Classic, from premiere parking to specially chef-prepared food offerings, to viewing opportunities from private tents with elevation, the opening Friday night party, and more, you really need to check out The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Newport Beach Lux Club membership.

Trust me…it’s impressive!

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This Sunday is the Spirit Run up and around Fashion Island. Events include 1 mile to 5k events, run or walk, dog or no dog, family, kids and/or friends optional.

The event is about benefitting others and you can designate where you want your entry fees to go. Choose from groups such as our local schools, Newport Junior Guards, CASA OC, ALS for Peggy Fort and many other worthwhile causes. It’s important…and it’s a day of exercise and fun.

Participants will include those at the top of the running field, with the featured mile race, to walks and runs for every man and woman. I also mentioned kids – there are runs and walks for them, too; and, there’s also a run with your dog that everyone enjoys.

After running, or in lieu of running, stick around and enjoy the expo offering entertainment, fun activities and health & fitness information for all.

And Mother Nature looks like she approves, with a plan of decent weather making it a great day for a jaunt.

To register, go here; to see the date of action and what’s taking place where, click here.

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Anyone that argues it doesn’t take money to win a City Council seat should take note. Michelle Barto, a candidate for District 2 to replace a termed-out Brad Avery, announced this week that her campaign has exceeded the $100,000 mark in fundraising.

“I am thrilled with the very strong reception the Newport Beach community is giving to Michelle’s candidacy,” said former Mayor and current Councilmember Noah Blom. “I know that many of us on the City Council have endorsed Michelle because she shares our focus on preserving the quality of life that we all enjoy here in Newport Beach.

Barto added, “I am thankful for the support of city leaders, involved community members and neighbors.”


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