Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

 

Chamber honors those special scholastic achievers from our local high schools

I’m excited; elsewhere today in Stu News Newport we are recognizing the students from Newport Harbor, Corona del Mar and Sage Hill high schools who are being honored tonight at the 61st Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner held by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce at the Lido House.

We’ve included all of the students’ photos and the sponsors that help underwrite the dinner. Take a look, they deserve the recognition for their hard work. We’re proud to partner with the Chamber.

Congratulations to them all.

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When you think of the library, most immediately you think of books. These days let’s be honest, it’s so much more than that.

Here’s just one example: Did you know that if you wanted to visit a California State Park that you could actually check out, or borrow, a park pass from our library?

And guess what, I’ll save you a few bucks.

That’s right, Park Passes in Newport Beach are one of the most borrowed at any library across the state. In fact, NBPL has ranked second in the state for number of checkouts per pass among California libraries reporting these statistics.

Unfortunately, the new California proposed budget for the next fiscal year does not allocate funding for the library State Park Pass program. Go figure!

Hold on, the Library and the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation still want to continue that service, so the foundation is holding a special Library Giving Day fund request during National Library Week. They want to continue to purchase 50 Park Passes for library cardholders and will attempt to raise $10,000 to buy them.

You’re asked to consider donating this week by going to the Donate page on the foundation’s website, clicking on Library Giving Day – State Park Passes link.

It’s a nice service to have available!

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The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce’s WAKE UP! Newport presents a program this Thursday, April 4, in the City Hall Community Room offering a Housing Update.

Seimone Jurjis, the assistant city manager for Newport Beach, will offer up the presentation. It will be focused on how the city intends to handle the state’s recently mandated housing requirements calling for thousands of new homes, both market rate and affordable homes.

A complimentary continental breakfast kicks things off at 7 a.m., followed by the program from 7:45-8:30 a.m.

Please note, the Community Room is a NEW location.

Although the event is free, reservations are requested to the chamber at www.newportbeach.com.

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Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley hosted her third annual Women Making A Difference Awards on Saturday, March 30, at Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) in Costa Mesa with other local elected leaders and members of the community.

This year, Supervisor Foley honored women in the Orange County legal community who represent and/or advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion.

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Courtesy of the Office of OC Supervisor Katrina Foley

OC Supervisor Katrina Foley (front row, third from left) with other local dignitaries, along with nominees and awardees of the Third Annual Women Making A Difference Awards

One woman from Newport Beach was selected to be honored:

Mary-Christine (M.C.) Sungaila, a highly regarded appellate attorney. She heads the Orange County office of the prominent boutique law firm Complex Appellate Litigation Group.

M.C. has briefed and argued more than 170 appeals, including the sober living home appeal defending the City of Costa Mesa last week, and several appeals before the United States Supreme Court, multiple state supreme courts, numerous federal and state appellate courts and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Over the course of her career, she has taken on nearly 100 pro bono cases, many of which helped set precedents in the United States Supreme Court and international courts.

In addition, Sungaila created The Portia Project, a podcast which serves as a platform to spotlight women’s issues in the legal industry. She continues to champion driving forces such as equity, diversity and inclusion through women’s involvement in families, civic and community groups, businesses and legislative bodies.

“Congratulations to the nominees and awardees of my Third Annual Women Making A Difference Awards! As a lawyer and law firm owner, and the only woman on our County Board of Supervisors comprised of five lawyers, I understand the unique role of women lawyers breaking into professions traditionally dominated by men,” said Supervisor Foley. “Each year, the Women Making A Difference Awards presents a wonderful opportunity for our community to gather in celebration of women trailblazers in their respective fields. I am honored to recognize the outstanding women leading in our legal profession who make Orange County a more just, equitable and overall better place to live, work and play.”

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How’s your Bromeliad? If you answered, “I don’t even know what that is,” maybe you should plan on visiting Sherman Library & Gardens this Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7. They will feature the Bromeliad Show & Sale, presented by the Saddleback Valley Bromeliad Society.

According to the Home & Garden Info Center at Clemson University, “the bromeliad family is large and varied. Most bromeliads are easy to grow either indoors or in the greenhouse. They have attractive forms and leaf colors, and many with flowers that can last for months.”

Bromeliads grown as houseplants vary in size from one inch to two to three feet tall, and are fairly long-lived and slow-growing houseplants.

Check it out both days from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.


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