Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

National Police Week concludes, but the names of those who’ve given the ultimate sacrifice to our city live on forever

This week is a week for all of us to pause and give thanks to the Newport Beach Police Department, for the service they provide every hour, of every day. This week they observed National Police Week (May 12-18), solemnly remembering and honoring the brave officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for Newport Beach in the line of duty. According to the department, “Their courage, service and dedication to protecting our community will never be forgotten.”

Roll Call for Fallen Heroes: Officer John C. Marshall, End of Watch – September 29, 1962; Officer Robert J. Henry, End of Watch – April 13, 1995 and Sergeant Steven D. Van Horn, End of Watch – November 16, 1997.

“The week is designed to reflect on the sacrifices made by these valiant officers and all others who have laid down their lives in the line of duty. Their memory is honored by continuing to uphold the values each embodied: courage, integrity and an unwavering commitment to serve and protect,” said a department statement.

We have a lot to be thankful for!

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Speaking of our PD, they will host a mobile café on Saturday, May 25 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Java Bakery Café in the Bayside Shopping Center at 1064 Bayside Drive.

Mark it down and get out there to enjoy good coffee and good conversation with the men and women in blue.

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One question I’m repeatedly asked, “When is that sports meeting you and Laird (Hayes) host?”

First off, there’s a name for “that” meeting, Tackling Sports. But, in answer to the posed question, it’s held the third Tuesday of each month (next one being this Tuesday, May 21) at the OASIS Senior Center. And, OASIS has given us a bigger room because of the larger turnouts we’ve been getting.

The guest speakers joining us Tuesday are Charlie Buckingham and David Blackman.

First, Charlie: His credentials are more than impressive. Some of the highlights include several team national championships with NHHS and Georgetown University; multiple individual national titles across several disciplines and selection to the Intercollegiate Sailing Association All-American team each of his four years at Georgetown. He was also named Collegiate Sailor of the Year twice, in 2009 and 2011.

After graduating from Georgetown in 2011, Charlie joined the Sailing World Cup circuit, competing in the Olympic Men’s One Person Dinghy category, commonly known as the “Laser.”

He has participated in two Olympic games, won a bronze medal at the Pan Am Games, won multiple North American Championships, achieved podium finishes in several World Cup events, and was ranked the world’s #1 sailor in his discipline in the lead up to the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.

David, too, has exemplary accomplishments. He graduated from the NHYC’s Non-calm program into the championship-winning NHHS sailing team aboard Lasers, Laser IIs, Lido 14s, Santana 20s and just about anything for ocean racing.

In 1986, David accepted an appointment and nomination to the U.S. Naval Academy where he was a four-year letter winner, national team race champion and honorable mention all-American collegiate sailor in 1990.

Upon graduation, David earned a degree in Naval Architecture and a prestigious selection to the Navy SEALs. He successfully graduated Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Class 172 in February 1991 and subsequently joined SEAL Team ONE in Coronado, Calif. and qualified as a SEAL.

In 1993, David left the active duty Navy for the Reserves, married and returned home to Newport Beach.

Throughout the last 30 years, David remained active in sailing on national and international level with the Melges 24, Schock 35 and J105 classes, winning seasonal high point championships and competing against the likes of Dennis Conner, Dave Ulman and Vince Brunn in the prestigious Lipton Cup as NHYC’s designated skipper. He sailed with para-Olympic gold medalist Nick Scandone in the 1999 Melges24 Worlds at Long Beach, and most recently, David has been competing with the NHYC Grand Masters Team Racers.

At NHYC, David served on and as chairman of the Skipper Board during which he took part in the founding of the highly successful Newport Harbor Sailing Foundation supporting the participation of Newport Beach’s sailors in national and international competition.

From 2008 until 2023, David was selected and served as an international sailing umpire for various professional sailing regattas including the acts leading up to the 2013 America’s Cup, many men’s and women’s World Match Racing Championship regattas, including many Congressional Cup and Governors Cup regattas.

During the week, you’ll find David running his family’s jewelry store, Blackman Ltd. Jewelers in Lido.

Oh, that Blackman!

And just a reminder, our Tackling Sports is FREE to attend and runs from 3-4:30 p.m. It’s arguably the best deal in town! Laird and I hope to see you there.

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And as long as we’re talking about water sports, don’t forget that next Wednesday (May 22) is the Battle IN the Bay, where the NHHS girls and boys teams take on their counterparts at CdMHS in two games played IN the bay just southeast of Marina Park.

Come hungry…TK Burgers will have their food truck there and we’ve asked them to prepare for up to 400 burgers being sold. Don’t let us down.

The girls’ game begins at 3:30 p.m., followed by the boys around 4:30.

Admission is free.

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Tuesday (May 21), the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce celebrates the athletes from Newport Harbor High School, Corona del Mar High School and Sage Hill School for their superior achievements at the 61st Annual Athletic Awards Dinner.

Coaches of the Year from each school will also be honored.

The ticketed event will be held at The Pacific Club and feature Leah Amico, a three-time Olympic Gold Medalist of USA Softball, as the guest speaker.

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Two chambers, two mixers. First up is Wednesday, May 22 (5:30-7:30 p.m.), the CdM Chamber is holding one in the outdoor courtyard of Christie’s International Real Estate, hosted by Casey Lesher, at 2121 E. Coast Highway. Appetizers, refreshments, music, prize drawings and a chance to meet others. No RSVP is required.

The second one is the Newport Beach Chamber’s Sunset Mixer taking place on Thursday, May 23 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Balboa Fun Zone.

This one is sponsored by JP Morgan Chase & Co., with the food and no-host bar provided by Colette’s Catering Extraordinaire.

Prizes, rides and meeting others are planned for here too.

Chamber members are free; guests are $35. No RSVP is needed.

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Reminder…tomorrow (May 18) is the Second Love Newport Beach Volunteer Day. Forty projects to perhaps get a little dirty with will be happening around town for people to sign up for.

It’ll begin with a pre-project rally at the Newport Beach Civic Center which includes a free T-shirt, coffee and breakfast burrito from 8-9 a.m.

You may still sign up here.


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