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Volume 6, Issue 29  | April 9, 2021


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Don’t waste that fruit from your backyard gardens, NHHS student has an idea and needs your help

Fair Game Tom Johnson newLRI came across a Newport Harbor High School student on social media recently who discovered an idea to help others. 

First off, let me introduce you to 16-year-old Tyler Slutzky. He plays water polo for the Sailors and lives in Newport Heights.

Tyler read about a Brown University student who started his own produce delivery service where he would take produce from farms and deliver it to food pantries to avoid waste. The Brown student found success partnering with Uber and then successfully delivered more than three million pounds of produce over the course of a few months.

Tyler decided to modify the idea to work locally. He’s trying to connect to residents with home gardens and then partner with them or their gardeners to take the ripened unused fruit, collecting it and delivering it to SOS for those in need. The goal is to get the extra fruit before it falls to the ground or the birds pick through it.

It’s brilliant! 

Tyler’s idea is for you or your gardener to simply bag them up, schedule a pick-up and then put them out front or he’ll come and knock on your door. He’ll then take them home, refrigerate them until one of his scheduled delivery days to SOS, usually Mondays and Fridays, and then move them there.

Why is Tyler doing this? Sure he gets required community service hours for school, but he says he’s also been inspired to do something good like this on a local level.

Here’s how you can help. Simply text, phone, or email Tyler and let him know what you have. His phone is 949.220.3920 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Then he’ll get back to you with pick-up info.

At the end of the day, it’s neighbor helping neighbor and that’s what our community is all about.

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In this past year of COVID, fundraising for nonprofits has changed from some of the previous traditional formats. In-person auctions are now done online, banquets with speakers have now become Zoom events, and so on. Even golf tournaments have changed. No longer are there full fields with two to a cart.

So, I have to be honest, it didn’t surprise me when the group at Orange County Youth Sports Foundation found a new way to host a Scramble tournament. That’s the one where everyone in the group tees off and then you pick the best shot and everyone hits from there, continuing that for the rest of the hole.

First off, OCYSF joined forces with the Newport Beach Association of Realtors as their fundraising partner.

But here’s where the tournament is different. There is no host course and there is no specific tournament date. 

You simply organize your foursome, fill out the entry form at https://ocysf.org, then select any course you want to play in Orange County on any day convenient for you, between now and May 16. Then you play your scramble round and turn in your score per the rules on the OCYSF website. Just like always, low scores will prevail, and scores will be adjusted properly for the difficulty of the course and tee color played. 

And there’s another option, you can play as a twosome, threesome, or foursome.

There will be prizes awarded at the end.

It sounds like fun. Monies raised for OCYSF go to funding needy youth sports programs in OC, or to sending underprivileged or disabled local students to attend major sporting events, or, finally, to awarding college scholarships to graduating OC scholar-athletes.

Maybe your golf isn’t always up to snuff and you want to hedge your bet on winning by participating in their Opportunity Drawing?

So what are you waiting for? Dust off the clubs, call in sick and go out and do something good for the youth of Orange County. Again, you can check it all out at https://ocysf.org or at www.nbaor.com, then click on Scramble for the Kids.

It’s a win for everyone and a sign that we’re another step closer to putting the COVID pandemic behind us.

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Are you doing your part to conserve water? Well, Mayor Brad Avery is asking you to as Newport Beach attempts to win the title of the “Most Water Wise” city in the nation during the national Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation.

Mayor Avery, who is joining forces with the Wyland Foundation, is seeking residents to take the pledge at www.mywaterpledge.com indicating how you would like to conserve water during the month of April.

“I am excited to support the 2021 Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation on behalf of the City of Newport Beach” said Mayor Avery. “The pledge to conserve water promotes the importance of reducing our environmental footprint in Newport Beach and other cities throughout the nation. I encourage all residents to take the pledge and help make Newport Beach the most water-wise city in the nation.”

You’re invited to watch a video the Mayor has put together.

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Just to update your calendar, the Airport Land Use Commission meeting scheduled for April 15 has been canceled. The next meeting will take place Thursday, May 20 at 4 p.m.

The Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) is governed by the Public Utilities Code Section 21670 and has a basic responsibility to assist local agencies in ensuring compatible land uses in the vicinity of John Wayne Airport.

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Last issue I told you about the online auction going on to fundraise and cover costs for the annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Well, as even a surprise to me, the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce has added new items to the auction since we last updated you. So you need to check back, update any previous bids and check out what’s new. You can go here to see it all.

And as just a reminder, the monies raised will go to the 113th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parage that will set sail December 15-19.

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The middle of April is fast approaching, that means Tax Day, right? Wrong. Just in case you haven’t heard, deadline day has moved to May 17, giving you 32 extra days to file or pay income taxes for the 2020 tax year with no penalties or interest. (Estimated tax payments are still due April 15).

See, the pandemic has done something good. And now I don’t have to worry about being late for another month.

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