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Newport Beach

Volume 6, Issue 84  | October 19, 2021

Fair Game


Beaches and water back open to swimmers and surfers

Tom new picGreat news, as of 2 p.m. yesterday (Monday, Oct. 11), all City beaches were fully re-opened, following the oil spill off the coast reported back on October 2.

According to reports released by the City, all water quality testing shows that our ocean water is safe again for swimmers and surfers to return. Water samples collected last Friday were clear of “unhealthful levels of petroleum-related toxins.”

“Water quality samples were analyzed by Eurofins Calscience, an independent water-testing lab hired by the City. Ten locations were sampled that had been impacted by the spill, from the Santa Ana River Jetty to Little Corona Beach. Among other toxins, the samples were tested for Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) and total petroleum hydrocarbons, which are indicators for the levels of oil present in the ocean water.”

The City will continue to monitor water quality on our ocean beaches for the next several weeks.

You can continue to check out reports on the City’s website.

And while most onshore oil has been removed, it is still a possibility that the public may see “oiled materials and tar balls” still wash ashore. However, people are urged to not touch or spread any residue.

Additionally, cleanup crews will still be surveying our local beaches and cleaning up materials they find. Meanwhile, community members who would like to volunteer in the cleanup effort moving forward are encouraged to register at

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Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris has been appointed Chair of the newly formed Assembly Select Committee on the Orange County Oil Spill for 2021-22 Legislative Session

California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon made the announcement yesterday.

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Although my grandson is only 2, he may have found his calling in life last Sunday at the Newport Beach Fire Department’s Fire Service Day. The event took place at Fire Station 7 next to Newport Beach Golf Course. 

With several hundred families in attendance, the fire department and lifeguards put on a wonderful day, especially through the eyes of a little boy. Besides being able to climb aboard the fire trucks, kids were also able to aim and shoot a small water apparatus, get their faces painted, enjoy a burger or hot dog and each received a stick-on badge and plastic red firefighter’s helmet.

Fair Game with grandson

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Photo by Lana Johnson

Firefighter-in-training Curty Dell, 2, at the helm of the tiller, as Newport Beach Firefighter Bobby Salerno looks on

For the adults, there was a demonstration beginning from the initial call for assistance to the arrival of fire trucks and a paramedic unit, complete with a demonstration using the Jaws of Life to extract a dummy from one of two wrecked cars on-site.

And if that wasn’t enough, every minute or two another plane took off from JWA and flew overhead, putting a 2 year old in seventh heaven, as he did his best Fantasy Island Tattoo impression, pointing and saying, “airplane, airplane.”

It was a great day to be “Papa.”

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Victoria Kennedy is the owner of Kennedy Contemporary nestled in next to Kean Coffee on Westcliff. She notified me that she’s showcasing 13 new works by local wood sculptor Heather Zusman and is kicking it off with an artist reception this Thursday, Oct. 14 from 5-7 p.m.

The showcase is called Shadow and Form and here’s how Zusman creates her pieces. She uses wood, “creating intricate compositions that bend, curve and swell, casting shadows on the wall.”

Kennedy tells me that “while most wood sculptors bend single pieces of wood with heat or steam, Zusman uses a highly involved process, sometimes gluing together 15 to 20 layers of veneer, then placing the glued veneer in vacuum-sealed packs and manipulating the wood on a peg board. As the air is removed from the vacuum, the layers of veneer are solidified and transformed into graceful works of art.”

Zusman is the first American to train at the prestigious Waters and Acland Furniture School in Staveley, Cumbria, England, and later continued her training in Takamatsu, Japan, at the Naoki Ikushima Factory.

Thursday’s opening is benefitting the Neurology Department at Hoag Hospital, with a portion of sales going to fund Parkinson’s research.

The exhibition will run until November 8 and be available for viewing Thursdays through Sundays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Here’s one for the thirsty. The OC Boo Ha Ha, a haunted Oktoberfest offering “witchcraft beer” and live music, is planned for Friday, Oct. 29 and Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Pacific Amphitheatre on the OC Fairgrounds.

Guests can “enjoy three hours of unlimited beer tastings and live performances.” 

Friday will present Lit, with special guests Mest and Handsome Devil. Saturday offers up A Flock of Seagulls, with special guest The M80s.

It’s a ticketed event you can check out at Ticketmaster.

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My friend Jim Walker from The Bungalow restaurant in Corona del Mar always seems to be helping someone or some group in need. Here’s the latest: a group named Patient Safety Movement Foundation is holding a fundraiser on Wednesday, Oct. 27 where The Bungalow is donating 25 percent of all food and non-alcoholic beverage sales to the cause.

The Patient Safety Movement Foundation has a “bold vision of zero preventable patient harm and deaths across the globe by 2030.” After all, did you know medical errors claim the lives of more than 251K Americans each year?

In fact, prior to COVID, medical errors were the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer.

Sounds like something we all should support.

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The community must be relatively happy with things over at John Wayne Airport. For the second time in the last few months, the Airport Land Use Commission has cancelled their scheduled October monthly meeting.

The next meeting is now scheduled for November 18 at 4 p.m.

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