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Volume 5, Issue 77  |  September 25, 2020

Fair Game


Spa Gregorie’s and Stu News looking for deserving recipients for stress relief experience

Tom headshot 8.25.20This year, 2020, has been unlike any other in recent memory. Everyone has been impacted in one way or another, some more than others.

Stress has been the name of the game.

People have lost jobs, parents have had kids at home 24-7 with no in-classroom school, fire fighters have been forced to fight fires around the state, which in many cases meant leaving their loved ones behind to fend for themselves, and our healthcare workers have been forced to set aside risk and work the frontlines on the pandemic.

There’s no telling the toll it’s taken.

Enter Angela Cortright, owner of Spa Gregorie’s in Newport Beach. Angela came to us at Stu News Newport to partner with the intent to bring some “serious stress relief and pampering” to some lucky community members.

Here’s the plan. You, our readers, know someone who’s been stressfully impacted during the recent months. Now’s your chance to fill us in on a nominee to receive Spa Gregorie’s therapeutic and restorative spa services to “renew their spirit, energy and hope.”

First off, please know that anything shared with us is confidential, unless otherwise agreed.

You simply need to send us a short write-up (200 words max.) on why someone should receive the pampering of a massage or facial. Give us a compelling story.

From the entries received, Stu News will select five of the most in need and, hence, deserving recipients. The deadline to submit is 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16. 

Email your entries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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I was saddened Saturday night when the news broke concerning the deputies ambushed and shot in Compton. Sunday was even worse when I heard that protestors were gathering outside the hospital where the deputies were fighting for their lives and chanting, “I hope they die.”

What a sad commentary on today’s world.

Fortunately our lives here don’t necessarily reflect that same hate. I guess we’re just lucky to live where we do.

While those protests were taking place in Compton, here in Newport Beach a Support Our Police Silent Walk was taking place. Signs, flags, drums and some 100 people marched to the police station from Newport Center to show their “support and love,” according to organizer Sandra King.

We should all be thankful for what our men and women in blue mean to the safety of this city.

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Across the border in Costa Mesa, Fire Chief Dan Stefano, a longtime Newport Beach resident, has been sworn in as President of the California Fire Chiefs Association.

He is the first Costa Mesa Fire Chief ever to hold this position and the fifth from Orange County. That number includes Floyd Higgins from the City of Orange in 1969, Ron Adams from Laguna Beach in 1983, Jeff Bowman from Anaheim in 1996 and our own Tim Riley from Newport Beach in 1998.

Congrats to Chief Stefano.

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In normal times, the City regularly provides entertainment programming to the community through concerts and other events. Unfortunately, those all have been lacking in recent times due to, what else, COVID-19.

Well, good news. The Newport Beach Public Library is presenting saxophonist Andrew Harrison and pianist Jason Lo in a Sunday Musicale virtual concert on September 20 at 9:30 a.m.

Both entertainers are noted worldwide. 

It’s funded by Friends of the Library

It is definitely worth a listen at

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Reminder of a couple of Newport Beach Chamber events this week. Tomorrow, at 12 noon, is their September Business Connections in a Zoom format. It’s a wonderful opportunity for business networking.

The first half of the meeting features Rhonda Sher, a nationally ranked LinkedIn trainer and author. Rhonda has helped thousands of entrepreneurs, business owners and C-level executives to optimize and utilize their LinkedIn profiles to increase their bottom line. 

Then the second half includes networking breakout rooms.

To be a part of it, go here.

Also, Wake Up! Newport is Thursday at 9 a.m., featuring Orange County Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley. He’ll discuss everything related to the 2020 Presidential Election.

To attend, go here.

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The University of California, Irvine was named by U.S. News & World Report as the eighth ranked public university in the nation. It’s the sixth consecutive year they’ve placed in the top 10.

Additionally, amongst all American universities, public and private, UCI ranked 35th.

Schools were rated from “15 diverse indicators of academic quality.”

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