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Volume 6, Issue 19  | March 5, 2021


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Just when it’s time for my second Moderna shot weather delays it…but a renewed life is close

Fair Game Tom Johnson newLRTomorrow was supposed to be MY day. Yup, I was scheduled to head up to the Disneyland area for my 10:30 a.m. second Moderna shot. I was excited that after almost a year, I would now be able to move ahead in life with a little comfort under my belt.

Then yesterday came the announcement from the OC Health Care Agency announcing the temporary closure of the Disneyland Resort Super POD because of “a lack of vaccine supply.” The blame? Severe weather across the country which has delayed delivery.

A vaccine supply had been scheduled to arrive in Orange County this past Tuesday, but didn’t.

So, what now?

The Disneyland site is closed through Monday, Feb. 22, pending receipt of additional supplies by then.

Even the new Super POD site scheduled to open next week at the Anaheim Convention Center has been impacted and its opening is also up in the air.

What about Soka University and Santa Ana College sites? They remain OPEN because they’re dispensing the Pfizer vaccine which hasn’t as of yet been impacted.

So if you’re like me and waiting for a Moderna shot, you will receive a notification through the Othena app with information regarding rescheduled appointments.

Do we now need to worry about the delay in not getting our shot at the time due?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that the second Moderna dose should be given as close to the recommended interval as possible. That being said, CDC’s guidance does allow for the second dose to be given up to six weeks or within 42 days of the first, “if it is not feasible to adhere to the recommended interval.”

Still, my comfort is only going to be delayed several days and when I do finally get it, I realize that it still won’t make me fool-proof. I’ll still wear a mask entering stores and restaurants or when I interact with large groups of people. Afterall, it’s not only for my safety, but for others’ safety, too.

But really, here’s the beauty of my life when it finally happens. I had just started taking one day a week and making it Papa and Kate Day when this pandemic hit. Kate, of course, is my four-year-old granddaughter. Without concerns of the pandemic, our outings included things like a trip across the Balboa Ferry with the top down in the convertible, hitting Wiffle golf balls and utilizing a T-ball baseball set in Marina Park, we visited Centennial Farm at the OC Fair & Event Center and enjoyed petting the animals, spent a day at the Santa Ana Zoo and, of course, enjoyed ice cream, complete with sticky hands and drips down our fronts at Baskin-Robbins.

But as COVID worries increased, especially for someone like me with a compromised immune system, we had to put a halt to those days.

This second shot is going to FREE me to start these ventures again. I can’t wait. And just behind Kate is my nearly two-year-old grandson, Curty, or technically Curtis Dell IV

So, if you’re reading this and you have an idea or activity that Kate and I should experience, let me know, I’m certainly open to ideas knowing fun is just around the corner. Maybe we’ll even write about those experiences in these pages.

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Speaking of shots, what’s your status? If you’re 65+ and you haven’t done anything about it as of yet, you need to download the Othena app and get registered. Registering will connect you into Disneyland, Soka University, Santa Ana College and, coming next week, into the new Super POD at the Anaheim Convention Center. Once you’re registered, you simply wait until they contact you. 

There are also other options. For example, Hoag has recently started offering a limited number of appointments as they’re able to obtain supply.

Understand that these things fill up fast, so don’t get discouraged, you just need to stay engaged. Also check out UCI and soon CVS

But again, unless you sign up, you won’t get called. Good luck.

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My friend Beverly Morgan is tasked with “getting press” for Sherman Library & Gardens. She has a lot of experience and does a great job for them. 

So it was no surprise to hear that Sherman Library & Gardens is featured in the pages of Martha Stewart Living in the March 2021 issue on page 10. The write-up is in their travel column called “Out & About” under the headline “Newport Beach, Calif.” Granted, it’s not front page with a banner headline, but it’s still good publicity.

I know we’re all proud of that little gem in our community and happy now that Martha has discovered it, too!

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In response to Amy Senk’s recent column, “Murals come, murals go” that we ran in our Tuesday, Feb. 16 edition, a reader inquired about the murals’ artists. I want to thank Amy who did a little digging to provide this info. 

The redacted mural, inspired by the ticket stub to the movie Endless Summer, at 3400 E. Coast Highway near the 76 gas station, was created by Gregory Ashton. It replaced the Hawaiian mural created by Anthony L. Carnabuci.

The mural paying tribute to Kobe and Gianna Bryant, and the others who died in the tragic January 26, 2020 helicopter crash, situated near ighwayCarnation Ave., was created by Mike Trujillo, Julien Bleser and Alex Varasteh.

The zinnias mural located at the McKinnon building (commissioned by Roger McKinnon) at 2737 E. Coast Highway was painted by local artist Alyson Wong of Wall Art. She took less than two weeks to complete it and used a special paint to endure the UV rays of the sun and ocean exposure in the air. Two coats of special sealer completed the task. 

As always, thanks for the inquiry.

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The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce has a few interesting programs scheduled over the next two weeks.

First up, on Tuesday, March 2, is a presentation of Avoiding COVID Related Lawsuits. The Zoom program scheduled for 9 a.m. will examine the recent surge in COVID-related employment litigation and focus on best practices for small and medium-sized employers.

Featured will be Todd R. Wulffson, a partner in CDF Labor Law LLP.

Next up is the Chamber’s UPDATE Orange County program that will feature the OC’s CEO Frank Kim. This is scheduled for Wednesday, March 3, also at 9 a.m.

Kim will discuss the financial well-being of the County, discuss the progress of the vaccination effort and also discuss the impacts of the pandemic.

This program is in partnership with other chambers from Irvine, Costa Mesa and Santa Ana, along with the South Coast Metro Alliance.

Finally, on Thursday, March 4, at 8 a.m., Newport Beach Mayor Brad Avery will dust off his notes from his recent State of the City and offer an update.

The program falls under the Chamber’s WAKE UP! Newport series and will also be on Zoom.

You need to register for each of the events at www.NewportBeach.com under featured events.

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