Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

 

2024 Newport Harbor High School Hall of Fame class named

It might not be Cooperstown or Canton, but locally it may be as big as both. The Newport Harbor High School Alumni Association has announced the members to the 7th Hall of Fame Class. Those recognized come from different fields and have pursued diverse goals, but what unites them is “the quality of their work and the way they embody NHHS’s most cherished values – personal excellence and service to the community.”

The Alumni inductees include: Steve Aoki (Class of 1995) – record-breaking musician and philanthropist; Denny Bean (1970) – outstanding athlete and developer; Seymour Beek (1951) – community builder and master sailor; Arlene Louise Goodfield (1982) – trailblazing pilot; David McKenna (1986) – thought-provoking screenwriter; Robert Nealy (1963) – dedicated waterman, teacher and inventor and Gina Heads Sudaria (1994) – devoted athlete and educator.

More about this year’s inductees can be found here.

The list also includes honored faculty members Scott & Janet Dukes, an engaging science teacher and innovative culinary instructor and Richard England, an inspiring band leader.

The new Hall of Fame members will be celebrated on Thursday, April 25, in the Robert B. Wentz Theater on campus. There will be a meet-and-greet in front of the school at 6 p.m., which will include the honorees, followed by the induction ceremony at 7 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, but seat reservations are recommended because of the large crowd expected. Reservations and information may be found at www.newportharboralumni.org/.

Then, on Saturday, April 27 at 2 p.m., the Alumni Association will be showing the film American History X, followed by a Q&A with the screenwriter and new Hall of Fame member David McKenna.

Tickets and info for the showing may be found at www.newporharboralumni.org/american-history-x.

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Yesterday, Lana and I went by to visit the Newport Beach Animal Shelter in advance of this Saturday’s (April 20) “Adopt A Shelter Pet Day” from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. It’s kind of an open house, with a purpose of adoption in mind.

First of all, all of the pets we encountered were extremely cute in their own way, many with personalities-plus to boot. For example, I’m not a cat lover, but there was Polly, an absolutely beautiful American Curl (sort of looking like a bobcat); or Carl, who rolled over on his back, sticking his paws through the cage in hopes of playing. And, when we wanted to take Carl’s pic, it was like he knew it and he hid in his bed, occasionally peeking out to see if it was still photo time and who was waiting. There were others, too…Pumpkin, Tommy, the sisters and more.

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Courtesy of the Newport Beach Animal Shelter

Polly doesn’t want a cracker…Polly wants a new home come Saturday’s “Adopt a Shelter Pet”

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Courtesy of the Newport Beach Animal Shelter

If you like to play some, Carl just may be your guy

To be honest, I left with a little more love for cats.

There were plenty of pooches, also. We were greeted out front in the welcome area by Nico, a mix who was extremely happy and lovable. As we toured the facility, to be honest, we somewhat skirted the dog halls because we didn’t want to wind them all up into a barking frenzy that sometimes, okay, always happens when guests arrive.

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Photo by Tom Johnson

Newport Beach City Councilmember and Friends of Newport Beach Animal Shelter (FONBAS) board member Robyn Grant shares some time with Shelter resident Nico in the welcome area

So, what’s in store for Saturday? First off, no appointments are necessary. Just show up if you’re looking for a pet…unfortunately, there may be too many to choose from and that’s one of the reasons for this Saturday’s event. WE WANT TO FIND LOVABLE, FOREVER HOMES FOR THE ENTIRE BUNCH!

We also want you to see the facility and fall in love with what it stands for to our entire pet community. Volunteers and donors, each in their own right, are what makes the place go.

Right now, as good as the shelter is, there still are needs that the community can help with: for example, poop bags. Sounds simple enough, but when you walk all of those guests several times a day, that translates to lots and lots of poop and, hence, lots of need for bags.

They also could use some $5,000 towards a commercial washer/dryer for the 10+ super-sized loads of blankets and towels laundered on a daily basis.

I hope you’ll check it out.

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Don’t forget, this afternoon is another gathering of Tackling Sports at the OASIS Senior Center with Laird Hayes and me. Everyone’s invited to this casual setting to talk everything about sports.

This month’s special guest is Newport Beach resident Julie Jacobs, whose connection to the sports world is that she used to be a member of the world-renowned Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. She’ll take us through what that life entailed.

Julie, BTW, is the fiancée of Newport Beach Mayor Pro Tem Joe Stapleton.

The meeting is free and no RSVPs are required. Our three rules – No dues, No politics and No religion.

Give me a “J”…give me a “U”…give me an “L”…give me an “I”…give me an “E”! What’s that spell? Julie!

Come out and cheer her on.

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I am honored to emcee next week’s Costa Mesa’s State of the City at the Hilton Costa Mesa. Join me and Costa Mesa Mayor John Stephens on Wednesday, April 24 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The event will include a local business expo, a city update by Mayor Stephens, a panel comprised of education leaders and a number of community leaders and stakeholders.

Go here for more info.


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