Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Oh what a week for our PD, and now we honor them with the 51st Annual Police Appreciation Day

I’m excited to celebrate our PD next Thursday, April 26 at the 51st Annual Police Appreciation Day over a luncheon at the Pendry Newport Beach. It’s also important to note that the guest emcee is NBC Dateline’s and Newport Beach resident Keith Morrison. He makes it special!

Lunch is 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. It was recently announced as sold-out, then maybe two handfuls of tickets were turned back in, but will now go quickly. Should you have an interest, give the Newport Beach Chamber a shout and maybe you’ll find a way in.

And what a time to celebrate them. They always do such a wonderful job in the community. This week, however, was atypical Newport Beach, with a home invasion shooting, that left one suspect shot multiple times and a second found in nearby bushes after reportedly taking their own life.

This all happened in Newport Coast on Tuesday. Then, within several hours, a vehicle plunged down a hillside on San Joaquin Hills Road near Spyglass Avenue. Police responded to that also. A helicopter was called to rescue a vehicle occupant from far down the embankment.

Our Mayor Will O’Neill took to the media with a convincing message saying, “I can tell you right now, if you come into Newport Beach to commit a crime, we will defend ourselves, and today is an example of that.”

I commend Will for this hardline approach. I could sense how ticked he was that it happened on his watch as mayor.

Later, though, as I thought more about his statement, I felt that including our police in the messaging would have reminded our residents that before we just go blasting firearms, let’s at least attempt to engage the police. That being said, it’s hard to fault anyone from protecting their loved ones and home by taking matters into their own hands.

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Speaking of The Pendry (where the police appreciation luncheon will be held), how about this?

Last week Travel + Leisure released their It List 2024 (The 100 Best New Hotels of the Year worldwide) and Pendry Newport Beach was on that list.

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Courtesy of Pendry Newport Beach

Pendry Newport Beach – you know when you’ve arrived!

The write-up discussed the connection to their parent Montage, just south in Laguna, but also outlined so many highlights around the Pendry, touching on food, the featured Bar Pendry, the members-only Elwood Club, the Topgolf Swing Suite, the Spa Pendry, their Paintbox kids club, their fabulous “cabana-lined pool and fireside Jacuzzi,” and even their Pendry’s Ride & Dine program, where guests just grab some keys to a Cadillac at no charge.

But what to me was even more impressive was to see the other names of hotels and resorts dotting that same list. Here’s an example: not only were there a number of U.S. properties, but also ones located in – Italy, Thailand, Bhutan, Kenya, England, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, France, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Singapore, Antigua, Greece, Costa Rica, Spain, Iceland, Buenos Aires, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Zambia, Philippines, Botswana, Dubai, Hong Kong, Marrakesh, Germany, Nepal, Grenada, Tanzania, Switzerland, Ireland, South Africa, Finland, Brussels and India.

No matter how you slice it, that’s some pretty heady company.

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Arbor Real Estate, as part of its commitment to the local community, has announced that they’re partnering with the Ben Carlson Foundation and the Rob Machado Foundation for the upcoming Epic Summer fundraiser on May 11, in support of the Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard Program (NBJLP).

The primary objective is to raise funds to benefit the young people of the NBJLP. Arbor Real Estate embraces the program’s mission to educate children about ocean safety and promote responsible recreation within our vibrant beach environment.

Kristin Barry, broker and partner at Arbor Real Estate, has expressed her enthusiasm about collaborating with the Ben Carlson Foundation and Rob Machado Foundation. “Working together is a natural choice for us because we share a deep understanding of the importance of instilling ocean respect in our youth, which will yield enduring benefits for our entire community in the years to come.”

Other event details besides the Saturday, May 11 date, are that it takes place from 5-7 p.m. at Arbor Headquarters, 425 30th St.

Find out a whole lot more about the event and buy tickets at https://epic-summer-event.eventbrite.com.

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Mother’s Day comes up Sunday, May 12. That almost gives us a month to put our thoughts together for a great gift for the mom or moms in your life.

The VEA Newport Beach folks contacted me with some great ideas – you could have mom enjoy their two-story spa haven, for example, which consists of 14 treatment rooms and a relaxing private pool with cabanas (and mom gets a free gift with treatment); there’s brunch at VIEW Restaurant & Lounge, and a simple but certainly enjoyable Sunday Funday Package. That includes a long weekend getaway, with a late 5 p.m. Sunday checkout on Mother’s Day. That way mom can sleep in, enjoy a poolside cabana sipping delicious cocktails or just sleep in after a deep tissue massage at the spa.

And, as good as these all sound, and they do sound wonderful, if you have something we also should be telling mom shoppers about, let me know and I’ll spread the word.

Just a reminder…if you have a mother, celebrate! It’s that simple. My mom, alive at 93, spends her days in an Alzheimer Assisted Living Facility in the Dallas area. Although extremely happy, her best and greatest days are behind her. It saddens me.

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The Newport-Mesa Unified School District is in the midst of gathering information for development of their Facility Master Plan. With that we remind you that they are encouraging community members to take the survey (closes May 7).

Information gathered will help NMUSD allocate resources to address needs. Feel free to contact the district at feedback@nmusd.us if you have any questions.


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