Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Kudos once again to the police department we all know and love…this time dealing with an ugly incident that unfortunately invaded our community

Kudos to the Newport Beach Police for their rapid response to the extremely unfortunate incident that took place in Fashion Island earlier this week resulting in the death of a New Zealand tourist.

If you haven’t heard, the attempted robbery took place in the area outside of Barnes & Noble, and according to the New Zealand Herald account, two suspects attacked the elderly couple as they exited the stores, attempting to wrestle away their armful of shopping bags.

Patricia McKay, 68, was subsequently run over by the third suspect attempting to assist with the getaway car, after one of the other suspects threatened her husband by lodging a gun against his temple.

NBPD quickly located the vehicle and proceeded to give chase, being joined by multiple other agencies, before finally arresting one of the suspects in Cypress and later apprehending the other two in L.A.

They were all brought to the NBPD jail for processing on multiple charges including homicide and robbery.

It’s not what any of us expect to happen here in Newport Beach, and our hearts go out to Patricia’s family as they process this tragedy, on what I’m sure was to be a wonderful trip to the U.S.

Now, as everyone takes a deep breath, the NBPD has a Mobile Café planned for Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at Bristol Farms in CdM.

Although these cafés are held intending to allow community members to come together in an informal space to discuss community issues and build relationships, this one might just be a little bit different, and a great time to stop by and just say thank you.

Our police department responds any time, any place to anything, often times putting their lives on the line in order to guarantee our safety and to bring justice. We should all be extremely thankful for them!

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A little change of pace and perhaps something fun. The Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce has announced that the 116th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade will take place this year from December 18-22.

We all know the parade, five spectacular nights, nearly 100 beautifully decorated yachts and boats of all sizes setting sail along our 14-mile parade route.

But one thing is still needed, a THEME. Organizers invite the community to join the festivities and submit a theme idea for this year’s Boat Parade!

Submissions are open until July 22. Then, the Boat Parade Committee will select the top submissions and the winning theme will be whittled down and announced.

The person who submits it will enjoy:

–Admission for two (2) at the Christmas Boat Parade opening night VIP party.

–Two (2) guests on the official Lead Boat for the parade.

Submit your top three themes to
www.christmasboatparade.com/theme-2024/.

Submissions should be brief and allow boaters to potentially decorate around the theme.

For questions, call the Chamber at 949.729.4400.

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Get tickets now to the Tide to Table: Summer Seafood Boil at the Balboa Bay Resort taking place Friday, Aug. 9 on the waterfront lawn.

Tickets include unlimited access to a delectable array of oceanic delights, including Maine lobsters, jumbo prawns, mussels and clams. Add to that some live music and delectables, it promises to be a fun evening that “will transport your taste buds to the coast.”

Tickets start at $75 for children and $156 for adults, available here.

While we’re talking about the BBR, you should know that their signature waterfront restaurant, A+O Restaurant | Bar, just debuted a new summer menu. Some of the exciting new items include blackened salmon sliders, handmade fettuccini, salads, steaks, burgers, lobster rolls and more…and, we can’t forget the quenching new summer cocktails.

Might be the perfect time to check it out.

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You’ve probably heard of disc golf. Well, the Lido House is doing their own take on something they’re calling sort of a Disco Golf.

It’s actually a new take on mini-golf where, for a limited time, they’re pairing the opportunity to play a nine-hole Mini-Golf LED Neon Course while listening to music through wireless headphones instead of speakers.

Add in drinks and a little food from The Mayor’s Table and you have an interesting new take on a fun night out.

The golf and music take place on the Lido Lawn on the Friday and Saturday evenings of July 12 and 13 and July 26 and 27.

For tickets, check it out at here.

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So much to do and so little time…next week bring your family and friends to Marina Park to enjoy a screening of the animated movie Kung Fu Panda 4 on Friday, July 12. The event begins at 7 p.m.; showtime is at sunset.

There will be fun activities, free popcorn and food available for purchase. Remember to bring a chair and blanket for comfortable seating during the movie.

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Speak Up Newport will present their July program on “How will sea level rise affect Newport Beach?” Don Schmitz of Smart Coast California will offer insight on what that organization is attempting to implement to protect property from sea level rise.

The program is Wednesday, July 10, beginning with a reception at 5:15 p.m., followed by the program from 6-7 p.m. As always, Speak Up Newport programs are held in the Civic Center Community Room, just opposite the City Council Chambers.

No RSVP is needed.

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Former County Treasurer, OC Supervisor, Assemblymember and State Senator John Moorlach will present at the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce’s WAKE UP! Newport Beach meeting on Thursday morning, July 11 also in the Community Room. John will speak on the subject, “Is there life after serving in public office?

Something he would obviously know!

The program takes place from 7-8:30 a.m. A continental breakfast is served beginning at 7, followed by the program. Admission is free.

Just a reminder for regular Wake Up! Newport Beach attendees…this is a NEW location.

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Finally, two unscheduled vacancies have presented themselves on the General Plan Advisory Committee.

That committee meets as necessary on weeknights or weekdays (M-Th).

All applicants must be qualified electors of the city, none of whom shall hold any paid office or employment in city government (Section 702 of the City Charter).

The application and committee information can be accessed through the city’s website at www.newportbeachca.gov/vacancy, or picked up from the City Clerk’s Office at 100 Civic Center Drive, Bay E, 2nd Floor.

The deadline for filing applications is noon on Monday, July 15, or until filled.

If you feel a calling to get engaged in your city, maybe this is the one.

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And if anyone ever says, “there’s nothing to do in Newport Beach,” tell them to go jump in the ocean!


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