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Volume 4, Issue 66  |  August 16, 2019


Summer Dive-In Movie this Friday at Fashion Island Hotel...come see Ralph Breaks the Internet

TGIF at Fashion Island Hotel this Friday, as the luxe hotel’s Summer Dive-In Movie nights are back. Film lovers of all ages can sidle up poolside or relax on their own pool floats while sipping specialty cocktails and other beverages and munching popcorn and other yummy snacks.

Families, couples and groups of besties are cordially invited. This week’s feature film is Ralph Breaks the Internet.

Summer Dive In Movie

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Synopsis of this family-friendly film: Video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz must risk it all by traveling to the World Wide Web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, “Sugar Rush.” In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet – the netizens – to help navigate their way, including an entrepreneur named Yesss, who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site BuzzzTube. Stars: John C. Reilly (Ralph), Sarah Silverman (Vanellope von Schweetz), Taraji P. Henson (Yesss), Gal Gadot (Shank) and Ed O’Neill (Mr. Litwak), among others. Runtime: 136 minutes.

The cost is $10 for locals and free for hotel guests. For tickets, click here.

Fashion Island Hotel is located at 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.FashionIslandHotel.com.


Toast to summer at Veuve Clicquot dinner

On Thursday, Aug. 15, make a toast to summer at the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Dinner at Oak Grill in the Fashion Island Hotel.

Veuve Clicquot was founded in Reims, France in 1772 by luxury Champagne producer Philippe Clicquot, and one of its many claims to fame is being the first known maker of blended Rosé Champagne, which celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2018.

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This week, Oak Grill is hosting a special evening, serving five perfectly paired courses with sips of Veuve Clicquot’s memorable bubbles – Yellow Label, Rosé, Demi Sec, Rich and La Grande Dame Champagnes. A Veuve Clicquot representative will walk guests through the Champagnes. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. In addition, Veuve Clicquot Champagne by the glass will be featured in the Aqua Lounge on August 16-18.

The cost of the Veuve Clicquot pairings dinner is $155 per person; the price excludes tax and gratuity. Reservations are available by calling 949.760.4920.

Oak Grill and Aqua Lounge are located in the Fashion Island Hotel at 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.s


Succulents make lasting tablescapes

Succulents make a beautiful addition to your tablescape and they are available in myriad textures and subtle colors. To find out how to grow them, sign up for “Floral Class – Stylish Succulents” on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. at Sherman Library & Gardens.

Colorful succulents

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Learn how to create a lasting arrangement with bold succulents and funky fresh flowers in a long and low container perfect for a rectangular table. Pre-registration is required, and you can register at www.slgardens.org. The cost is $60 for Sherman Library & Gardens Friends or $70 for non-members.

The class will be held at Sherman Library & Gardens located at 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

For a calendar of upcoming Home & Garden happenings, visit our Calendars section here.


NBPD Tip-A-Cop to raise funds for Special Olympics

Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) Tip-A-Cop takes place on Tuesday, Aug. 20 from 5-9 p.m. at Javier’s in Crystal Cove Shopping Center.

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Join in this special evening as NBPD partners with the community to raise money for Special Olympics of Orange County. NBPD officers and Special Olympics athletes will be your celebrity hosts and servers...so tip-a-cop.

Javier’s in the Crystal Cove Shopping Center is located at 7832 E. Coast Highway, Newport Beach. For more information, call 949.494.1239.


Meal & A Movie features Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again at OASIS Senior Center

On Wednesday, Aug. 28, enjoy Meal & A Movie with the screening of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again at the OASIS Senior Center. The meal starts at 12 p.m.; the movie starts at 1 p.m. in the Evelyn Hart Event Center. Call 949.718.1820 by the prior Friday to request a meal.

Movie Synopsis: In this sun-soaked sequel, a pregnant Sophie (Donna’s daughter) is now running the family villa on Kalokairi and worried about facing motherhood minus her mom’s guidance. But Donna’s best friends reassure Sophie with tales about Donna’s experiences. Starring: Christine Baranski, Pierce Brosnan, Dominic Cooper, Colin Firth, Andy Garcia, Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Cher and Meryl Streep. Running time: 1 hr., 54 min.

OASIS Senior Center is located at 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar.

For a calendar of upcoming OASIS Senior Center events, visit our Calendars section here.


It’s picnic time for Moms and kids at Lido Marina Village

Join the fun for a Mommy and Me-styled picnic event on Friday, Aug. 16 at Lido Marina Village from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Moms and kiddos will enjoy a Sunshine and Rainbows-themed picnic lunch by The Picnic Collective, plus a flower bar by French Buckets and festivities by Wild Child.

The ticketed event includes a picnic lunch for Mom plus a kid’s meal, a spritzer mocktail bar, live music and endless harbor views. For tickets, click here.

Lido Marina Village is located at 3434 Via Lido, Newport Beach.


Crystal Cove hosts final Movie on the Beach

On Thursday, Aug. 8, Crystal Cove State Park hosted its final “Movies on the Beach” of the summer season. Attendees were treated to a free showing of the 1954 film Sabrina directed by Billy Wilder. Dozens set up picnics and chairs on the beach to watch the iconic movie on an inflatable screen. It was truly a unique, Southern California experience to have your toes in the sand, hear the waves crashing and watch the sunset while the movie played. Additionally, bonfires were burning so attendees could roast s’mores and stay cozy. This summer, The Little Mermaid (1989) and Dr. Strangelove (1964) were also shown.

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The sun setting while crowds enjoy “Sabrina” 

Although Crystal Cove’s “Movies on the Beach” is over for the summer, there is a plethora of events coming up. Every Wednesday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Crystal Cove Park hosts Community Days in the Education Commons with activities for the whole family. Learn to sketch, make a one-of-a-kind sea glass creation, try your hand at a traditional craft, or explore the science of  Crystal Cove State Park. Check out Cottage #13, the Film and Media Center and Cottage #22, the Park and Marine Research Facility. Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH inland at the Los Trancos stoplight, then walk across the street or take the shuttle.

For a calendar of upcoming events at Crystal Cove State Park, visit our Calendars section here.


The numbers add up to another successful Orange County Fair

The 23-day Orange County Fair ended its run on Sunday. Here’s a look at the numbers behind the numbers:

–1,393,482 guests attended.

–40,042 entered the first day that was free between 12 and 3 p.m.

–59,069 children received free admission on Kids Day or were under age 5.

–11,143 members of the military received free admission as did 2,071 first responders.

The numbers add up piglets

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Piglets born during the Fair draw crowds to Centennial Farm

–Community programs collected 87,300 school supplies, 25.69 tons of food, 82,984 children’s books and 31,069 clothing items for local charities.

–Friends of the Fair welcomed 3,363 guests with special needs for free, including admission rides, gift cards and bus service.

–Flamin’ Hot Cheetos used an entire truckload of crunch treats.

–Nine tons of sugar was used to make cotton candy, candied apples, funnel cakes and deep-friend desserts.

–Enzo’s Pizza tossed four tons of pizza dough.

–Ten Pound Buns dished up more than 7,200 pounds of their sourdough bread with toppings.

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This donut is the perfect sugary, fried food

–15,000 ICEES and 20,000 Hot Dogs on a Stick were sold.

–An entire grove of lemons was used to make Squeezers lemonade.

–29,000 olive oil samples were handed out.

–One couple got married in the “Love is in the Fair” Contest.

–73,000 yards of yarn were used by the Home Arts Craft Table.

–Four tons of clay was used by Muddy’s Studio to make pottery.

–There were 1,600 entries in the culinary arts competitions; $12,490 was paid out to competition winners.

–Garden and floral entries totaled 5,830; winners were paid $13,615.

–257 animals were featured for sale in the Jr. Livestock Auction.

–$279,476 were raised by the 4-H and FFA students in those auctions.

–One calf and 10 piglets were born during the fair in Centennial Farms.

–3,670 postcards were created by guests for veterans through Heroes Hall.

–3,600 balloons were popped at Pitch Burst.

–And, less than 365 days until the opening on July 17 of the 2020 Orange County Fair.

For more information, visit www.ocfair.com.


On the Harbor: Jr. Sabot National Championships light up our waters

By LEN BOSE

Not going to lie, I truly enjoy writing this harbor column, and as I headed out to the harbor aboard one of Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s coaching boats, which was so kindly lent to me without hesitation by NHYC race director Laurel Dinwiddie to observe this year’s Jr. Sabot National Championships, I was overwhelmed by all the Newport lovin’. After nine years of reporting this event, I went straight into my routine by heading to the coach boats and asking people like Mark Gaudio, Cameron MacLaren and Adrienne Patterson who I should be focusing on in the race. Gaudio has always directed me toward the new and upcoming sailors with the greatest passion. MacLaren seems to find the participants that are demonstrating the most sportsmanship on the water. And, while observing Patterson, you quickly notice the love she exudes for our sport and how infectious she is; the kids just soak it all in and leave her with a smile and the drive to compete...priceless. There is outstanding work by these coaches, and I hope you give them a “well done” the next time you see them at the club or on the water. 

On the Harbor Jr. Sabot Kingston on sabot

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Young sailor Kingston Keyoung in his sabot

I also did a little homework before heading out onto the harbor and had noticed that Chase Decker, sailing for BCYC, had good results in the qualification round on the first day of sailing. What I missed was that his brother, Read Decker, who was doing even better. My mistake that I did not interview both of them during the break after the first day of the championships. My sincere apologies go out to Read. I learned that Chase sails a Corsair sabot and has been sailing now for six years. When I asked him how he was doing after the first two races he replied, “It’s going okay, wish I was doing better though.” I then asked about the starting line, which side of the course he wanted and how he felt about his boat speed. “I wanted middle boat then right side, of course, top right. I was not on the line enough and I need to push the line more aggressively. My boat speed is pretty good, I need to improve my starts,” he said. I asked how he determines which part of the starting line he wants to be on? “I see my angle from the committee boat, then see my angle from the pin to decide where I want to start on the line.” Interesting to note that the two brothers tied for 5th in the Gold fleet and only 10 points out of first. It will be fun watching these two growing up...reminds me of the Pickney and Mayol brothers.

The next person I noticed was Sophia Devling, and by watching her sail, it brought back lessons I learned about the race course. After rounding the weather mark in the second race in 5th place, Devling rounded a little wide and with good speed to dive down below her competitors, who were sailing a little higher to keep their air clean. Devling had clean air and showed great patience staying on starboard jibe, the whole run, then sailing into the lead. I asked her what she was thinking about during this run. “I just wanted to stay on starboard because I knew the current was pushing me to the mark,” she shared. On this race course there are two marks to choose from, referred to as a leeward gate, whereby the racers decide which one they would like to round. While sailing downwind, I asked Devling why she picked the left mark as we look at them. “I felt that there were more righties and more pressure on the right side of the race course.” Working her way back toward the finish, a competitor who selected the opposite gate, hooked into a left wind shift and appeared to be crossing her to take the lead. When asked why she did not try to cross him, she felt that it was best to tack in the left shift. Keeping in mind that she still had a chance to win if the wind went back to the right, Devling knew she still had second place. As it worked out, the wind did shift back to the right and she won handily. For the second year, I noticed some amazing patience from this sailor who was focusing on consistent finishes. When I asked Devling what she concentrates on to stay consistent, she replied: “Not taking any big risks, just trying to sail my boat well...finding the pressure.” Last year, Devling finished 20th; this year her 10th goal was accomplished.

On the Harbor Jr. Sabot boats lined up

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Junior sailors aboard their sabots in the harbor

It always amazes me to see the same family names stay on top of the leader boards generation after generation. This is how I noticed Aidan Malm, whose father Jamie has been one of our harbor’s best sailors for many years. When I asked Aidan how his first day was going, he replied: “Alright, it could be better.” Malm sails a Phoenix sabot that had been passed down to him from his brother and was originally sailed by his mother. I asked Malm about his observations from the race course. “Whether you won the boat or you won the pin you had to win aside. There were two shifts coming down both sides of the course and if you missed one as I did, you would get passed. I had a really good start at the boat and I missed the shift to go out right, thought I would find a small lefty closer to the mark. The kids to the right got a puff and got to lay-line before I did.”

Malm felt his boat speed was pretty good, yet he planned on concentrating more on finding that first wind shift. When asked what his thoughts would be returning to the race course that day he said, “Keep my head in the game stay level headed, hopefully, I will get to the top.”

On the Harbor Jr. Sabot Kingston

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One of our harbor’s “blue diamonds” – Kingston Keyoung

I found two blue diamonds out on the harbor this last weekend, just like the one the old lady threw back into the ocean. First is Kingston Keyoung, who is 10 years old and has been sailing out of BCYC for the last two years. When I asked him what type of sabot he sailed, his reply was, “I’m not sure.” His goal for the championship was not to get last and when I asked about the starting line he said, “I start on starboard and then tack onto port.” It gets better. How did you decide which leeward gate to round? “I liked the right gate because everyone else was going to the left.” Without a doubt, Keyoung is a diamond and plans on returning next season. “I like the competition, it’s just a fun sport,” he said. It does not get any better than that and he will be a competitor to keep an eye on in the future.

There is one award I am always interested in which is the Jessica Uniack Memorial Trophy awarded to the Outstanding Junior Sportsman. Previous recipients include Becky Lenhart, Charlie Buckingham, Megan Kenny and Madeline Bubb, just to name a few. I heard the story as soon as I got on the water that a participant noticed that a competitor was left distraught and broke down crying, because she was unable to reattach her rudder before the start of the third qualification race. “People were just going past me and just looking, then a girl stopped and asked if I needed any help and I said, yes. She came and put my rudder in for me. Her name is Maddie Nichols,” said Olivia Corzine, who was sailing in her first National Championships. “This helped Corzine get through the first day and she ended up having a great first Nationals experience,” said Coach Cameron MacLaren.

On the Harbor Jr. Sabot Scott and Maddie

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NHYC Commodore Scott Mason and Maddie Nichols, who was awarded the Jessica Uniack Memorial Trophy for Outstanding Junior Sportsman

I will call the parents of kids to introduce myself and ask them if I can interview their child. When I reached Maddie’s mother, Melanie Nichols, I could feel the pride of her daughter’s sportsmanship in the inflection of her voice. Melanie was also quick to say her other daughter, Siena Nichols, had won the Iron fleet and she was on her way to the awards presentation. I talked to Maddie the following day, and she explained the situation to me over the phone. “I noticed a girl whose rudder had come out and she had just entered the starting sequence and I thought she would have enough time to put it back in place. When I came back around, I noticed that she was drifting backward, struggling with the rudder and crying. I asked her if she was okay, and she said, no. I then asked If I could help her and she said, yes, so I grabbed her boat and popped the rudder back in. I told her good luck, because I felt really bad for her, and didn’t want her to be sad during Nationals. Nationals is supposed to be fun. So, I thought I would go to help her.” You have to love this story, it puts a smile on your face, right?

I asked Maddie why she likes sailing. “I like sailing because of the different techniques you have to learn, and I like to learn. Two weeks ago, I moved up to C1 fleet which encouraged me to do better in Nationals.” She went on to tell me that she qualified for Bronze fleet this year and was only one spot out of making Silver fleet. “I did better than I did last year; last year I was last in Iron fleet,”  Maddie said. This year, Maddie finished 10th in Bronze fleet, but the way I see it, she is the true champion of our harbor. I hope each one of you shows her that harbor lovin’ she has so convincingly earned.

Sea ya!

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Len Bose is a yachting enthusiast, yacht broker and harbor columnist for Stu News Newport.


NMUSD gets schools prepared for students’ return on September 3

While kids have been enjoying summer, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) facilities and maintenance crews have been hard at work to ensure clean and beautiful facilities for the students return on September 3. 

And just so you know the size of that challenge, figure that two million square feet of building space makes up the district along with 13 million square feet of landscape and turf.

On the building side, here’s some of what was done: deep clean classrooms and carpets; replace carpet and flooring where needed; repaint; preventative roof maintenance; and preventative air conditioning maintenance.

On the field and turf side, playground wood chips were replaced with synthetic turf; parking lots were restriped; asphalt was coated and repaired; and concrete and sidewalks were repaired.

NMUSD gets schools maintenance CdM High School

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Work continues on the CdM High School sports fields

Additional work included the installation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning at Harbor View, Mariners, Newport, Newport Heights and Ensign.

B-t-w, Newport Harbor High School is on next year’s list.

Energy efficient lighting replaced much of the fluorescent lighting around the district that should result in savings of more than $100,000 and earn more than $700,000 in incentives from Edison.

Automated External Defibrillators were installed at every school that didn’t previously have one on hand.

Work continued on the Corona del Mar sports fields (completed by graduation 2020).

Security fencing was planned for future installation at CdMHS and Ensign.

You can learn more about the projects throughout the district at the link here.


Junior Lifeguards culminates with graduation, awards ceremony

The seven-week Newport Beach Jr. Lifeguard (NBJG) program culminated on Thursday, Aug. 8 with graduation and an awards ceremony. During graduation, each instructor gave out two instructor awards for each of their groups. Each division had a morning and an afternoon male and female high point award winner from the competition events on Thursdays. In addition, a NBJG Foundation Legacy Award winner was chosen from each age division, as well as a JG of the Year Award winner.

Junior Lifeguards Halphide, Clark, Boyles

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(L-R) Lifeguard Chief Mike Halphide, Junior Lifeguard of the Year Peter Clark and Newport Beach Fire Chief Jeff Boyles

This year’s JG of the Year Award went to Peter Clark.

The NBJG Legacy Award Winners were: A division - Casey Mader Dauk, B division - Kate McAllister, C division - Grady McMorrow and D division - Maddox Graham (pictured below left to right in the front row).

Junior Lifeguards NBJG Legacy Award Winners

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NBJG Legacy Award Winners from each division, given by the NBJG Foundation every year. The youth are chosen by each division’s group leaders and instructors, recognizing a JG who exemplified the core values of being a Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard.

The program, now in its 35th year, instilled the Jr. Guard motto of respect, represent and recognition in each of the 1,345 youngsters who participated. It was a summer well spent, filled with a variety of activities including ocean proofing, physical development, marine safety, team dynamics and first aid, along with lively competition and camaraderie. 

Junior Lifeguards guys with surfboards

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Two lucky Jr. Guard winners of the Taco Bell surfboard opportunity drawing

Junior Lifeguards last group photo

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One last group photo with the Jr. Lifeguards and instructors in the front


Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

Newport Beach A Look Back 8.13.19

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Most people remember the gas station that once sat at the corner of Marine and Bayside, where the medical buildings now sit. But a lot of people might not remember that, during Bal Week, the station would open its parking lot for kids to party and socialize at night. This particular photograph, taken in 1952, is one of the few documenting these parties.

Balboa Island Museum and the Museum Store are located at 210 B Marine Ave., Balboa Island. They are open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, call 949.675.3952, visit www.balboamuseum.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Sunday sailing along the harbor

Sunday sailing boats

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Sailboats line up to catch some weekend waves on the Newport Harbor


Hoag Promise Campaign surpasses $627 million and climbing

Hoag Hospital Foundation has surpassed the $627 million Hoag Promise Campaign goal 18 months ahead of its December 31, 2020 target, thanks to more than 22,000 donors who made 83,000-plus Hoag Promise Campaign gifts.

Hoag will continue raising funds for the Hoag Promise Campaign until its end date in a bid to meet or exceed its ambitious clinical fundraising priorities within the larger campaign.

“Health care will never stop evolving and innovating, and Hoag will never relinquish its vision of providing leading-edge care in all of our service lines,” said Flynn A. Andrizzi, Ph.D., Hoag Hospital Foundation president. “Philanthropy is the key to clinical leadership, and we will continually raise funds to build on what we’ve all accomplished to date. Our goals are mile markers, not stopping points.”

Hoag Promise Campaign Hoag Hospital

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As the Hoag Promise Campaign approaches its completion date at the close of 2020, our volunteers will remain the driving force behind its continuing success. More than 300 Hoag Promise Campaign volunteers are led by the Hoag Promise Campaign Leadership Council which includes Dick Allen, Terry Callahan, Pei-yuan Chia, Jim Coufos, David Horowitz, Roger Kirwan, Karen Linden and Ginny Ueberroth. 

“It’s so gratifying to witness the generosity and enthusiasm of donors who are passionate about supporting Hoag in providing world-class health care right here in our own community,” said Hoag Promise Campaign Leadership Council Member Ginny Ueberroth. “I look forward to finishing strong by well exceeding the goal we set for ourselves so that Hoag will continue to provide our community with access to future innovations and advances in care.”

Strategic priority areas for the Hoag Promise Campaign support innovation across the organization including leading-edge treatments such as precision medicine; research that transforms care including developmental therapeutics; recruiting and retaining renowned physicians through the Endowed Chair program; early adoption of technology such as 3D virtual reality surgical imaging; building exceptional facilities throughout Orange County; and continuing education through nurse scholarships and physician fellowship programs.

For more information about the Hoag Promise Campaign, visit www.hoagpromise.orgor contact Hoag Hospital Foundation at 949.764.7219.


Guest Column

Grace Leung

An insider’s look at what’s going on in and around City Hall

Grace Leung

Newport Beach City Manager Grace Leung   

Our next City Council meeting is (tonight) Tuesday, August 13. The following are items that may be of interest. As always, this is not a summary of the entire agenda, which can be viewed here.

The afternoon begins with the annual meeting of the Newport Beach Public Facilities Corporation at 4 p.m. This nonprofit corporation is required by the Federal IRS code in order to issue Certificates of Participation (COPs), so the City’s corporation was created in 1992 when COPs were issued for the construction of the Central Library and now also includes the COPs issued for the Civic Center Project. The Corporation consists of the Mayor and City Council members who will review the annual financial statements at this meeting.

Study Session will follow and includes two items for discussion. First is the review of the 2019 Water Rate Study. As you may recall earlier this year, the Utilities and Finance Departments kicked off a Water Rate Study, which does a deep dive into the water system financials. The City’s water system operates as an enterprise fund and all of the revenues and expenses are separately tracked, similar to a business enterprise. The cost of buying and pumping water have gone up, along with maintenance and operational costs. Also, to maintain our water system infrastructure, the City Council approved a new Water System Master Plan and the Capital Improvement program that will implement the Master Plan is in need of additional funding. It’s important to remember that water is a 24/7 service to the community and vitally important to public health and the environment. It’s been five years since the rates were increased and a rate increase is now necessary. The Finance Committee has reviewed the information and recommends that City Council consider the rate study and proposed rate adjustments. The proposed rate adjustments equate to an increase of about $3.28 per month for the average household for the first year. Following input from the community and the City Council at this study session, staff will formally present the study and proposed changes to the water rates at the September 10, 2019 Council Meeting. 

The second item for discussion is the Maintenance of Trees on Marine Avenue. As requested by City Council, City staff will discuss the current and past tree maintenance practices for the City street trees along Marine Avenue on Balboa Island. The City hired an independent arborist to conduct a tree risk assessment for the 42 Marine Avenue trees and the City’s staff arborist also conducted his own assessment and reviewed it with the hired arborist’s findings. Through these risk assessments, the City’s arborist is recommending the removal of 10 high-risk trees in this fiscal year, replacing the removed trees with 10 new eucalyptus trees. We will also be planting new eucalyptus trees in the five vacant tree wells. Staff will review the assessment report and the recommendations to maintain a healthy tree landscape while ensuring the safety of Marine Avenue for the residents, visitors and businesses.

The Regular Session begins at 7 p.m. and the following are items of note: On the consent calendar is the replacement of the Outdoor Warning System, which is used to notify community members of approaching tsunamis or other types of natural disasters. During a full power testing of the current system, we discovered the system is not fully operational, requiring parts that are difficult to obtain. Staff researched other vendors and is recommending purchase of an LRAD Corporation System, who is located on the west coast. A key improvement over the existing system is voice command capabilities. LRAD equipment is also utilized by neighboring coastal cities, providing the platform for joint activation in the future.   

For public hearing is the Call for Review of the Mesa Drive Townhomes Project, called up by Mayor Dixon. This project is an 8-unit condominium development located at 1501 Mesa Drive and 20462 Santa Ana Avenue. The project site borders the City of Costa Mesa and unincorporated Orange County (Santa Ana Country Club). 

Also for public hearing is consideration of planning and land use entitlements for Vivante Senior Housing, located at 850 and 856 San Clemente Drive, the Orange County Museum of Art site. The project will demolish the existing buildings and construct a 6-story senior housing (90 residential units) and memory care facility (27 beds). For Council consideration is a General Plan Amendment, Planned Community Development Plan amendment, development agreement, major site development review, conditional use permit, lot merger and addendum to the Environmental Impact Report.   

A contract for Park and Beach Public Restroom Janitorial Services is presented for Council consideration. The City switched from City staff provided cleaning and janitorial services for its 30 standalone park and beach restroom facilities to a contracted service provider in 2011. Since that time, we have had challenges in our contractor meeting service levels and have also experienced increased usage of these facilities over a longer period of time (extended summer seasons). We have changed contractors and increased services to address these challenges. In February 2019, following direction from City Council, we enhanced services levels, which significantly reduced complaints. We then prepared and issued an RFP for a higher level of janitorial services based on our experience and the increasing demands on the facilities. The recommended vendor is the current provider, Ed Building Maintenance. 

There is one City Council meeting in August so the next Council meeting will be September 10, 2019. As a reminder, public comment is welcome at the City Council meeting. The public can comment on any item on the agenda. If you cannot attend the meeting and/or want to communicate with the City Council directly on an item, the following email address gets to all of them: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Week in Review is also provided this week. It is posted on the City’s website; the latest edition can be found here

 Thank you for reading. Feedback is appreciated so please don’t hesitate to ask a question or offer a comment. 

Grace K. Leung

City Manager

City of Newport Beach

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Flashback Friday is here, we want your mug

Flashback Friday harkens back to yesterday, and we thought it would be fun if our readers submit their “mugs” and others try and guess who is it.

Send in a treasured past photo. It can be of you, your spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend, family member – you get the idea. 

We’re looking for eye-catching representations of your Flashback Friday to post in Stu News on Friday, to end the work week on a high note.

Please send your photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with Flashback Friday in the subject line. Let’s make Fridays a day to remember.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Newport Beach resident wins U.S. Gymnastics Championship and Mike Trout moves to town

Fair Game Tom NewSam Mikulak is a gymnast that’s the best in the United States and just may be the best in the world. He’s also from Newport Beach.

Over the weekend, Sam excelled at the United States Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Missouri. When I say excelled, I mean he took his sixth U.S. men’s championship, breaking a modern-day record that he previously shared with Blaine Wilson

Sam went to the top of the medal stand to accept gold in the all-around, the floor exercise, pommel horse, parallel bars and high bar.

Mikulak will be America’s hope in the 2020 Summer Olympics where they haven’t won the overall team event since 1984 when the likes of Peter Vidmar, Bart Connor, Tim Daggett and Mitch Gaylord starred.

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Speaking of sports, you may have a new neighbor in town. Arguably baseball’s best player in the game today, Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels has purchased a 9,000 sq. ft., 6 beds, 8 bath home in the Harbor Ridge guard-gated community.

The price tag was $9.15 million and the sale was handled for Trout by Celeste Gilles of Villa Real Estate. The listing agent was Gigi Thomas from Compass.

Just in case you’re wondering, it includes pretty much everything you’d expect in a $9+ million home, including a built-in backyard doggie bath for pets.

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Last Thursday night at the Los Angeles Sparks WNBA game at Staples Center, a celebration took place announcing Pat Summitt Leadership Night. Summitt, who died in 2016, was the longtime coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team.

In her 38-year career, she won eight national championships and had 1,098 wins, more than anyone ever in the sport.

That evening, the program also honored another legendary coach, our own Bill Sumner. Sumner, of course, coached cross country and track and field at Corona del Mar High School

His teams won 18 CIF Southern Section championships, nine CIF State titles and two national championships. 

Sumner was presented the Pat Summitt Leadership Group trophy and recognition during the Sparks game.

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One event in town that’s always a hit is the 22nd Annual Newport Beach Fire and Lifeguard Appreciation Dinner scheduled for the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa on Thursday, Sept. 19.

I know it’s still a ways off, so you don’t have to get your Tommy Bahama Hawaiian shirt on yet, but if you want to attend, you had better buy your tickets soon. Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Steve Rosansky tells me tickets are almost gone.

Go to www.newportbeach.com if you’re interested.

Speaking of the fire department, Newport Beach will pin/promote Jeff Boyles to the role of our new chief on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 4:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.

You as a resident should be proud, as Boyles will do the job proud.

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If you’re a foodie, great. Even if you’re not, it’s still okay. Now’s your chance to vote for the Golden Foodie Awards.

Now through Sunday, Aug. 17, you can help select the local best in the restaurant industry. Some of the categories include Bartender of the Year, Best New Restaurant, Rising Chef of the Year and Restaurateur of the Year. To vote, go to www.ocfoodies.com.

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And finally, this is the time of year I’d start hating life as a kid. I’d realize that the next school year was closing in on me. So, life as I’d grown to know it for the last three months was almost over.

For those counting, this year’s first day will be Tuesday, Sept. 3. That’s only 20 days.

So kids, enjoy life while you can.


CdM Chamber to hold sunset networking on the deck with ocean views

The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce is hosting a festive evening of networking, complete with ocean views. This mingle & mix event takes place on Tuesday, Aug. 27 on the outdoor deck at Crown Cove Senior Living from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

This get together provides chamber members, community friends and neighbors the opportunity to meet new business and social contacts. In addition to networking, enjoy wine/beer, heavy appetizers prepared by the house chef and live jazz music.

The event is free for CdM Chamber members; the cost for non-members and guests is $20. No advance RSVP is necessary, but may speed up check-in. To register, call 949.673.4050, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit www.CdMChamber.com.

Crown Cove Senior Living is located at 3901 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.


Cannery Village artists open studios for Art Walk on Thursday

Local painters and galleries are hosting the monthly Cannery Village Art Walk on Thursday, Aug. 15 from 5-8 p.m. This free evening event, starting at the intersection of Lafayette and 31st Street, is open to the public. Guests are invited to stroll through the historic community to visit artists’ studios and local art galleries. 

Cannery Village artists Paws of the Planet

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Paws of the Planet is among the studios open during the Cannery Village Art Walk every third Thursday of the month

Participating artists include Art and Treasures – Ilona Martin; Cannery Painters – Marilyn Poliquin; Carole Akins Gallery; Conserve Fine Art; Dana Ridenour Fine Art; Ethos Contemporary Art; Janet Bludau Fine Art Gallery; J. Bird Studio; Paws of the Planet; South of France - Wendy Johnson; Susan Nelson Gallery and Studio b. Gallery.

Download the map and learn more about the participating artists at www.CanneryVillageArt.com. Cannery Village is on the free Balboa Peninsula Trolley route.

The Cannery Village Art Walk, a collective of artists and gallerists, takes place every third Thursday of the month. It was organized and founded by artist Ilona Martin. For more information visit www.CanneryVillageArt.com.


Calmness in Corona del Mar

Calmness in plants

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A peaceful ocean view makes for the perfect summer day in CdM


What’s Cooking on Mariner’s Mile

Over the past year, Mariner’s Mile has changed quite a bitm bringing delicious, new cuisine to the waterfront. The beloved Joe’s Crab Shack is now GuacAmigos Tequila & Tacos, an upscale Mexican restaurant, and Pizza Nova was turned into Mama’s Comfort Food and Cocktails. If you are looking for a new restaurant to try or place to entertain guests, look no further than these two eateries...both with harbor views.

Whats Cooking on Mariners Mile GuacAmigos

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GuacAmigos sizzling fajitas, served with Mexican rice and charro beans 

GuacAmigos Tequila & Tacos combines “the heat of Mexico, the heart of California” with traditional Mexican dishes like street tacos, chimichangas and burritos as well as plenty of seafood options to choose from. Pair their mouthwatering taco decks with one of GuacAmigos’ more than 50 tequila varieties, including some of the rarest labels in the world. Their Low-Cal Libations like the Fresa-tini and Skinny Nicki Margarita are only 100 calories. Every Tuesday, enjoy all-day tequila and taco specials. Also, don’t forget their Brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. where you can indulge in their delicious Churro French Toast and much more. Reservations can be made on at www.guacamigos.com. 2607 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach. 949.650.1818.

Whats Cooking on Mariners Mile Mamas Burger

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Mama’s Burger...satisfying comfort food

Mama’s Comfort Food and Cocktails offers something for everyone from crafted charcuterie boards to pizza to fish. Enjoy traditional comfort food dishes like fried chicken and healthy options such as “Mama’s Gotta to Fit In Her Jeans” roasted spaghetti squash. Their all-day breakfast menu includes all of your favorite start-the-day items as well as plates like “Brianne’s Hangover Cure” and “Mama’s Breakfast Bomb.” Mama’s also offers a large variety of beers on tap to sip on while you enjoy the waterfront vistas. Monday through Friday, enjoy Happy Hour specials from open to 7 p.m. Additionally, guests can enjoy $6 Tito’s cocktails on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mama’s offers amazing specials nearly every day of the week. To check out more specials and their menu, visit www.mamason39.com. 2601 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach. 949.447.5444.


Susan G. Komen OC honors breast cancer survivors at celebration luncheon

Susan G. Komen Orange County recently held its annual Survivor Celebration and Award Luncheon on August 3 at the OASIS Senior Center in Corona del Mar, where more than 130 survivors, co-survivors and supporters gathered together in solidarity to recognize the brave men and women affected by breast cancer. 

Susan G. Komen OC honors Angelique Fong

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Angelique Fong (center) is honored as the “Most Inspirational Breast Cancer Survivor” and pictured with her family at the OASIS Senior Center

The event honored Mission Viejo resident Angelique Fong as the “Most Inspirational Breast Cancer Survivor” for her strength and courage as she continues her second fight with breast cancer. Fong spoke about her mother, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at 47 and one of the reasons Fong initially got involved in Susan G. Komen Orange County. Fong also confronted the obstacles she has faced – and still faces saying that early detection – for both of her cases – was key when it came to her surgery, treatment and a good prognosis.

“After my first battle with breast cancer, I became more involved with Komen OC as a volunteer and mentor,” Fong said. “I was obviously drawn to their mission, but I was also impressed with the work that this relatively small group of passionate and talented individuals was able to accomplish. I love that 75 percent of funds raised stay right here in our community, and the other 25 percent goes toward national research initiatives.”

Susan G. Komen OC honors Ambrocia Lopez

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Director of Mission Programs at Susan G. Komen Orange County Ambrocia Lopez addresses guests at the celebration luncheon

 The patio luncheon also featured a hat parade and contest as well as a presentation from Keynote Speaker, Rebecca Hultquist, a 14-year breast cancer survivor and the chair of the 2019 Orange County MORE THAN PINK Walk™.

Every day in Orange County, five women are diagnosed with breast cancer and one woman will die from the disease. This is unacceptable. Susan G. Komen Orange County hosts this annual luncheon to unite the greater Orange County community in the fight against breast cancer. You, too, have the power to change lives.

Give support to someone living with breast cancer by joining inspirational survivors, like Fong, and registering for the MORE THAN PINK Walk™ taking place on Sunday, Sept. 22 at Fashion Island (starting at the Pacific Life building) at www.komenoc.org/walk.


NMUSD is now enrolling for preschool

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is now enrolling 3- and 4- year-old children into its 2019-20 preschool programs. School starts Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Highlights

Preschoolers are immersed in age appropriate research-based literacy instruction in science, math and technology.

Curriculum is aligned to California State Standards.

Structured and independent play activities promote social-emotional, physical and cognitive development.

School nurses, counselors, speech pathologists are on site.

NMUSD is now enrolling child with blocks

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Tuition Preschool Program

NMUSD is currently enrolling fully potty trained 3- and 4-year-old preschoolers in their tuition-based program.

Full day programs:

–Five days/week (M-F)

–Three days/week (M, W, F)

–Two days/week (T, Th.)

Elementary School locations: Davis Magnet School, Harbor View, Newport Coast and Newport.

For more information, contact Tarek Houx at 949.515.6622, or
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Free State Preschool Program*

NMUSD offers a California State preschool program for children throughout Orange County, ages 3 or 4. Part day and full day programs are available.

Elementary School locations: Rea, Sonora, Whittier, Wilson, College Park, Killybrooke, Paularino and Pomona. A hot breakfast or lunch is served daily.

For more information, contact Giselle Garcia at 714.424.8978 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To access the NMUSD Preschool website, click here.

*Based on income and need


CdM Chamber to hold sunset networking on the deck with ocean views

The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce is hosting a festive evening of networking, complete with ocean views. This mingle & mix event takes place on Tuesday, Aug. 27 on the outdoor deck at Crown Cove Senior Living from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

This get together provides chamber members, community friends and neighbors the opportunity to meet new business and social contacts. In addition to networking, enjoy wine/beer, heavy appetizers prepared by the house chef and live jazz music.

The event is free for CdM Chamber members; the cost for non-members and guests is $20. No advance RSVP is necessary, but may speed up check-in. To register, call 949.673.4050, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit www.CdMChamber.com.

Crown Cove Senior Living is located at 3901 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.


Cannery Village artists open studios for Art Walk on August 15

Local painters and galleries are hosting the monthly Cannery Village Art Walk on Thursday, Aug. 15 from 5-8 p.m. This free evening event, starting at the intersection of Lafayette and 31st Street, is open to the public. Guests are invited to stroll through the historic community to visit artists’ studios and local art galleries. 

Cannery Village artists Paws of the Planet

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Courtesy of Cannery Village Art Walk

Paws of the Planet is among the studios open during the Cannery Village Art Walk every third Thursday of the month

Participating artists include Art and Treasures – Ilona Martin; Cannery Painters – Marilyn Poliquin; Carole Akins Gallery; Conserve Fine Art; Dana Ridenour Fine Art; Ethos Contemporary Art; Janet Bludau Fine Art Gallery; J. Bird Studio; Paws of the Planet; South of France - Wendy Johnson; Susan Nelson Gallery and Studio b. Gallery.

Download the map and learn more about the participating artists at www.CanneryVillageArt.com. Cannery Village is on the free Balboa Peninsula Trolley route.

The Cannery Village Art Walk, a collective of artists and gallerists, takes place every third Thursday of the month. It was organized and founded by artist Ilona Martin. For more information visit www.CanneryVillageArt.com.


You Must Remember This: Myron McNamara...UCI tennis coach, bomber pilot 

By NANCY GARDNER

An anteater as a mascot? No football? What was this newly established branch of the University of California thinking? Zot! It was thinking it was going to be an amazing institution with schools and departments among the best in the world, and not just in academics. It might be eschewing football, but it wasn’t ignoring sports. In 1970, only five years after being established, UCI won the first of six men’s tennis NCAA Division II titles – 1970 through 1973, 1975 and 1977 with runner-up positions in 1974 and 1976 – all under one coach. Zot, zot! The man who led the team to this proud record was Myron McNamara, one of a number of outstanding athletic leaders in those early years. Like many coaches, Myron had been a player himself, playing in the Junior Davis Cup alongside Jack Kramer and for USC, always strong in the sport. An injury cut short his playing career, but not his enthusiasm which led him to coaching, and not just at the college level. He brought along a number of young players, most notably Keri Phebus, who was the top ranked junior girl while a student at CdM High and went on to become the first UCLA player to win the national singles title, winning the doubles that year as well. 

You Must remember UCI Anteater

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Peter the Anteater, UCI Irvine’s mascot...zot

Like all good coaches, Myron wasn’t just knowledgeable about the sport. He was a great motivator, and he coupled this with high standards, standards which were tested when he was lured from UCI to coach at Arizona, where he had the misfortune to have Brad Gilbert on the squad. If you follow tennis, you know Gilbert as someone who has coached some of the biggest names in the sport, including Andre Agassi and Andy Murray. You also know him as an astute and engaging television commentator. However, during his playing days he was probably the most disliked player at any level. John McEnroe was so disgusted during one match that he screamed, “You don’t belong on the same court as me!”  Admittedly, it didn’t take much to rile Johnny Mac, but Gilbert was known for both his gamesmanship and his bad calls. It was the latter that particularly upset Myron. During their very first match as player and coach, Gilbert called a ball out that was in by several inches. When Myron pointed out the mark, Gilbert refused to change the call. It was not the beginning of a happy relationship, fortunately for UCI. Myron ended up returning to his former school where he assisted a new generation of players to success. Although he is no longer with us, his contribution to the school is by no means forgotten. He was elected to UCI’s athletic hall of fame in 1997, and the Myron McNamara Memorial was established in his honor, providing undergraduate student support for the tennis team.

Myron’s life wasn’t just tennis. Like so many athletes of his generation, he served in WWII. I don’t know what particular military role tennis prepares you for, but my first guess wouldn’t be bomber pilot, and yet that was what he did, flying 31 missions over Germany and receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross.  Dealing with troublesome athletes must seem pretty minor after you’ve been through that.

I met Myron when he recruited me for the UCI women’s tennis team. I was not an obvious candidate. I had graduated from college, gotten married, had a child, gotten divorced. What to do? Go back to school, of course. Thanks to good grades as an undergraduate, despite the time away I was accepted at UCI’s graduate school of English. In signing up for my classes, I noticed the athletic department offered tennis which I had started to play a few years before, so I signed up. The first day of class, two women and a rather jaunty gentleman arrived. The gentleman was Myron. He addressed our recreational tennis class:  Would any of us like to play for the women’s tennis team? Not try out for. Play for. This suggested a level of desperation, like a school that needed some women’s sports to meet Title IX requirements, but it sounded like fun, so I raised my hand, and without anyone seeing me hit a stroke became part of the team.

The two women that had accompanied him were our actual coaches. Myron’s role ended with my recruitment. You might wonder how his recruit did. I was bounced from the team after one match – not because of poor play, I hasten to add. My partner and I won our rounds. It was because I was a graduate student. At least that was the official reason. I suspect it was the glass of wine I had at the first team dinner. Maybe not the example the coaches wanted for the rest of the team, who were not only undergraduate but under age. So, a short career, but still...thanks to Myron McNamara, I can say I was a college player, even if I don’t play like one. 

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Nancy Gardner, former Mayor of Newport Beach, longtime resident and daughter of Judge Robert Gardner, is a regular contributor to Stu News Newport.


Turning up the heat at Sur La Table

Story and photos by EMILY SPAIN

Whether you are a Julia Child cooking prodigy or have never touched a spatula, Sur La Table cooking classes are a fantastic way to take your cooking abilities to the next level. With summer’s end in sight, Sur La Table will help you create transitional dishes for every season. Given Southern California hosts’ endless summers, outside grilling is a year-long practice which led me to take Sur La Table’s “Backyard Grilling” class. 

 “Backyard Grilling” was taught by Chef Alexis, who created an indoor “backyard” for our grilling experience with the help of portable stove tops and Le Creuset grilling pans. First on the agenda was the Panzanella salad: A traditional bread salad with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, basil and pickled onions. In order to maximize the flavor, we grilled the bread and tomatoes until charred. Then after mixing the ingredients together, Chef Alexis and the cooking team carefully combined all of the ingredients together. To ensure the flavors had adequate time to develop, we set the salad aside until it was time to eat.

Turning Up the Heat Summer Vegetables

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Light and tasty summer vegetables with feta vinaigrette

Next up was the Grilled Summer Vegetables with a feta vinaigrette featuring yellow squash, zucchini, red bell peppers and onions. This portion of the class was arguably the most interesting, as I realized there is an art to grilling vegetables. Often, when grilling vegetables like squash or zucchini, they turn out soggy or fall through the grill if you don’t use proper grill trays. Chef Alexis taught the class how to combat the issue by cutting the vegetables into medium sized bites, laying them out on a paper towel and sprinkling them with kosher salt. This step is important as kosher salt will aid in drawing out water from the vegetables in order to prevent them from becoming soggy after grilling. I, also, learned kosher or sea salts are better to utilize when cooking. They have less sodium, and it is harder to “over-salt” your food than when using table salt. After grilling the vegetables, we drizzled a delicious feta vinaigrette made with Greek yogurt.

Turning up the Heat grilled apricot glazed chicken

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Grilled apricot glazed chicken – the finished product

After making the delicious sides, it was time for the main course: Grilled Apricot Glazed Chicken. We used trimmed bone in, skin on chicken thighs as I learned they are one of the tastiest parts of the chicken and easy to grill. Seasoned with sea salt and black pepper, the chicken was first grilled until developing a perfect char. We then made a sweet apricot glaze with spicy brown mustard to drench the chicken in before cooking the chicken in the oven for 20 minutes. The finished chicken was my favorite dish, as it was the perfect balance of sweet and savory, truly perfect for summer. 

Last but certainly not least was the dessert: Grilled peaches and plums with vanilla whipped cream. After coating the fruits with a cinnamon and honey glaze, we put them on the grill for a few minutes. Finally, we used the remaining glaze on the fruits and added a generous dollop of vanilla whipped cream. The dessert is a simple yet delicious way to end any summer soiree. 

Turning up the heat dessert

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The class’s finale: grilled peach and plum with vanilla whipped cream

Cooking classes at the Sur La Table located in Corona del Mar Plaza are offered, beginning at $49. With every class you take, you receive a 20 percent discount off of your next class. After taking one class, I can guarantee you will be eager to sign up for more. Additionally, if you enjoyed a particular product used during class, you can get 10 percent off your purchase the day of the class. If you are looking for a fun date night idea or opportunity to learn new skills, I suggest you put an apron on and get cooking at Sur La Table.

To view the Corona del Mar Plaza location class schedule and book your next class, visit www.surlatable.com/classes. Bon Appétit!


Take Five: Meet Robert Cummings, OC Mosquito and Vector Control District

By AMY SENK

Like many cities, Newport Beach has a dirty little secret – rodents. But this summer more than ever, it seems like rat reports have been the talk of the town. It’s been a hot topic among neighbors on the street and on social media sites, and this week, Real Housewife of OC Kelly Dodd talked about it in the season premiere, ruminating about whether a feral cat might be the answer. To find out more, I caught up with Robert Cummings, Director of Scientific Technical Services for the Orange County Vector Control District.

Take Five Meet RobertCummings portrait

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Robert Cummings

Q: There’s been buzz around Newport Beach and Corona del Mar on social media and among neighbors about seeing more rats this summer. Has it been a bad summer for rats, and if so, what could be causing it? Or is it normal to see more rat activity in the hotter months? (I also notice people complain of rats after demolition of a home – with so much new construction, could this be a contributing factor?)

A: The roof rat is the leading cause of rodent problems in Orange County. Roof rat populations naturally increase in the spring and summer, which can create an additional awareness about rats in communities. During warm weather, residents often spend more time outdoors, barbecuing and enjoying the longer days, which may also lead them to seeing more signs of rat activity around their homes. In addition, hotter weather brings rats closer to residential homes as they look for food and water. The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District has not received any reports or noticed a large increase in rat populations in the county besides a natural, seasonal increase. As for new construction, if rats were using an area around a home or site for shelter, the demolition of that area could cause the rats to be displaced.  This displacement would contribute to more people noticing an increase in rat activity around that site.

Q: Rats have a bad reputation – are they dangerous or diseased?

A: Roof rats in Orange County can and have been known to carry diseases that can make people sick. The most common method of exposure to rodent-borne diseases is through the consumption of food or water that has been contaminated with rodent feces. However, after many years of testing thousands of rats in the county, the district has determined that the chances of someone getting infected with a rat-borne illness is extremely low. Roof rats can also be infested with biting mites, which will attack people when rat infestations are heavy.

Q: I’ve heard stories about rats getting into the hoods of cars and chewing up wiring and such – is this common, and is there any way to prevent this? What other places do rats like to go?

A: Rats are looking for three main things: food, water and shelter. Rats like to take shelter in dark, concealed places where they feel safe. Some examples would be thick vegetation, shrubs or plants; in BBQs and sheds; and inside crawl spaces and garages. As part of their anatomy, rats need to continuously chew in order to file down their teeth. This can lead to homeowners noticing rat gnawing around their property, including wiring in vehicles and homes. The best course of action is to set traps and rat proof in and around your home to make your property unattractive to rats and prevent them from accessing inside your home. 

Q: What is the best advice you have for someone trying to deal with a rat problem around their home?

A: The best method for rat control is to eliminate sources of food, water and shelter on the property. This will make your property unattractive to rats and limit their presence around the home. Shelter for rats includes dense vegetation, which should be thinned out or removed. If rats are inside a home, the District recommends the use of traps to eliminate them, identifying rat entry points, and sealing these access areas to prevent rats from entering the home. 

Q: What kind of work does Orange County Vector Control do to deal with rats?

A: The district provides an education program to help residents when they are having issues with rats. A district inspector will come out to a home and assess the situation to determine the best way to handle the rodent problem. The Inspector will check the exterior of the home and the yard to point out potential attractants to rats and possible access points that rats may be entering through. After a careful review of the property, the Inspector may provide traps to control rats on the property. Homeowners can learn how to rodent proof their homes by visiting www.ocvector.org/rats.

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Amy Senk is a long-time resident of Corona del Mar and a regular contributor to Stu News Newport.


On the Harbor: Racing the Transpac – 9 days, 6 hours and 39 minutes

By LEN BOSE

I have just returned from this year’s Transpac race from San Pedro, California to Honolulu, Hawaii – 2,100 miles across the never-ending dark blue Pacific Ocean. We completed the race, aboard the Santa Cruz 50 Horizon, in 9 days, 6 hours and 39 minutes, which is very close to a new record for this type of boat. We placed 2nd in class and 7th overall out of 95 entries, only 12 minutes out of first place. I’ve lost a Harbor 20 race, in our harbor, by more than 12 minutes before.

On the Harbor Racing Horizon in the deep blue

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Aboard the Santa Cruz 50 “Horizon” in the big, deep blue

I won’t bother you with the race’s finer details or “gremlins” as we called them on the boat. For example, an incoming wave threw the galley hatch, which landed on the laptop...frying it, which led to a very unhappy navigator who mentioned the possibility of that happening before the start of the race. On the second night, we had a shiv at the top of the mast blow apart, which chafed through one of our new halyards. Next, was a type of “Who done it,” when a crew member decided to open the holding tank on the boat which quickly overflowed. Our gremlin then decided to drop a winch handle in the wheel well during a maneuver and lock up the wheel, which spun the boat out of control and we blew up our new 2A spinnaker. The propane regulator decided to freeze up which led to missing dinner one night...this was fixed the following morning. Then to top it off, the wind instruments decide to crash the last five hours of the race. Most of these gremlins were caused by bad preparation on my part and they have been noted. Just when I thought I was getting pretty good at this, there is always more to learn.

Gremlins were jumping from boat to boat and our problems were minuscule to many other competitors. The Santa Cruz 70 OEX had a catastrophic rudder failure that caused the vessel to take on water and finally sink. Fortunately for OEX Mighty Mouse, Roy Disney on Pyewacket was a couple of miles behind them and retrieved the crew on OEX from their emergency life raft and saved the day! Nothing to joke about, Disney saved nine sailors from the cold blue 200 miles off the California Coast and withdrew from the race, returning to Marina del Rey. Unbelievable seamanship by both crews with no loss of life. On the vessel Lucky Duck, a crew member was changing the propane tank on the stovetop and caught himself on fire 100 miles from the finish. He spent five days in the Hawaiian hospital and is doing fine. In fact, he is bringing the boat home as I write. Many boats retired from the race because of rudder problems and if that was not enough, two days after the finish, the skipper of Chubasco, Jim Lincoln, passed away in his sleep at the age of 61. The crew of Chubasco was left speechless and deeply disturbed by the loss of their friend. I met Lincoln earlier this year, and was greeted with a big smile and a welcoming hello as if he was reaching out over the water to shake your hand. It goes without saying, Lincoln will be missed by many

With all that being said, let’s talk about the highlights of the race. I compare the race to a type of video game with the start of the game being relatively difficult, then somewhat easier before the grand finale, when everything is thrown at you at once. The race starts off easy with the light westerly breezes escorting you past Catalina and out to the outer waters, where you are then greeted to 20+ knot winds and steep waves. In full foul weather gear, the boat is moving similar to a bucking bronco and water is going over your head, as you hang on for two days of hell, living sideways. In fact, it is almost more dangerous inside the boat than outside in the darkness of the night. Trying to acclimate yourself to the watch system, the first time you hit the rack it is difficult to get any sleep. Then, while preparing yourself to come on deck and be on time to start your watch, you need to keep one hand on the boat and use the other for putting on gear. A couple of nasty falls occurred down below during this time, but fortunately, no one was hurt, just a little bruising and embarrassment. Then at the end of two days into the race, you are quickly reminded why we do this to ourselves. The breeze moves more behind us and the boat gets much flatter and more stable. The next seven days are filled with warm downwind sailing with the large spinnakers up and you’re surfing down the faces of the large Pacific waves. Life does not get better than that.

On the Harbor Racing Len Bose

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Downwind sailing, with the large spinnakers up...life is grand for Len Bose

With the full moon rising in the east while the sun is setting in the west for the first part of the race, we always had good light which makes sailing that much easier. For the first time, I saw a moonbow, not a rainbow or a Len Bose moonbow. With the full moon up and a passing rain squall, you could see a moonbow, which I’ve never seen before. Or course the stars are so close and clear that it feels like you can reach out and touch them, or you are in a virtual game flying between the stars. Just as you start to relax and take this all in, the video game starts again by throwing a few obstacles in front of you, like floating trees or other types of large flotsam that if you struck them, would ruin your whole day. As we pushed on into the warm tropical trade winds, the moon would raise a little later each night and the breeze would build into the mid-20s and it would get so dark that you could not see the person next to you. Just about then the navigator would inform us it was time to gybe the boat, which is a rather complex maneuver intensified by the increased wind, sea state and, of course, the darkness. While driving the boat through these maneuvers, thoughts of waiting for the moon to rise or why did we not do this before the sun went down, crossed my mind. I took a deep breath, looked up into the stars, and brought my head back down and told myself, “I got this.” All those dark gybes we nailed and I mumbled to the navigator, “You sure know how to test my skill level.” Knowing that I still got it or maybe even better than the past does place a rather large smile on my face. Now, if it was only easier to put my left shoe on, I would feel like I was in my early 30s again.

We are closing in toward the finish with a narrow lead with about 300 miles to the end, when the game kicks it up a notch or four and starts throwing everything it has at us. In the darkness of night, these low altitude clouds called squalls start attacking you, making the wind jump from the low teens into the 30s within a few seconds, then dumping buckets of rain on you just to make it that much more difficult to see, thereby raising the intensity level. These squalls appear to be dark bowling balls rumbling down the lane behind you to knock you over like a pin. Believe it or not, this is fun to us, to be that last pin standing and extend or gain back the lead in the race.

On the Harbor Racing Horizon finish line

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Closing in on the finish line...

Two good nights of fighting the squalls and noticing that your competition is gaining on you make you dig deeper. Now, there is one small bit of water before you that challenges you. This bit of ocean is referred to as the Molokai Channel. With the wind increasing to the low 30s, the sea state is most challenging with the waves suddenly increasing in size as they bounce off the different islands around you. If you have ever seen the Wedge break, it’s like that. You are setting up for a nice wave then all of a sudden it is three times the size. If that’s not enough, add in the commercial boat traffic and having to contact them on the VHF radio to make sure they see you and cross safely in front or behind you. Okay, I got this, then five miles out, if you are fortunate, you are finishing during the daylight and the photography helicopters show up. You can get a little distracted, but need to stay alert so you don’t get hit by a big blast of wind between Coco Head and Diamond Head called a Williwaw. Yes, the Hawaiians have a name for this sudden burst of wind. Now, you just have to bring the boat past the red channel buoy, red right returning, at the Diamond Head Lighthouse and it’s all Mai Tais from there.

Already looking forward to the next version of this game.

Sea ya!

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Len Bose is a yachting enthusiast, yacht broker and harbor columnist for Stu News Newport.


OC Night Market heads into sixth year, Aug 23-25

The OC Night Market heads into its sixth year at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa on August 23-25 from 4-11 p.m. Bring your friends and family to eat, drink and shop from 200+ local vendors at one of the biggest parties of the summer.

OC Night Market also features a diverse mix of activities such as an Art Walk, dance competition, eating contest, entertainment stage with live performers and more.

Single day tickets are $5; a three-night weekend pass is $10. To purchase tickets, visit www.ocnightmarket.com/tickets.

OC Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.


Newport Pier reflections

Newport Pier sunset

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Photo by Clark Reeder (Instagram @crca.photo)

When the sun sets beneath the pier all our worries are forgotten for a moment in time


Join a guided hike through Crystal Cove’s Marine Protected Areas

Join the Natural Resources Staff on a guided, informational 2.6-mile hike through Newport Beach’s Crystal Cove State Marine Conservation Area.

Hikes meet at Little Corona Lifeguard Tower #7 and are open to ages 13 years and above, and free.

Crystal Cove Conservancy tidepool from Instagram

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Explore the tidepools of Crystal Cove, a marine protected area

Hike dates & times:

–Saturday, Oct. 6 from 1-3 p.m.

–Saturday, Nov. 9 from 12-2 p.m.

–Saturday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Registration is available online at www.letsgooutside.org.

For a calendar of upcoming events at Let’s Get Outside, visit our Calendars section here.


Flashback Friday

Ride ‘em cowboy

Flashback Friday 8.9.19

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Here is our first Flashback Friday...harkening back to yesterday...and we thought it would be fun if you try and guess who it is.

Clue: This little buckaroo is riding high in the saddle in our city.

Good luck guessing this one. The answer appears today at the bottom of Stu News.

Send in a treasured past photo!

You can submit yourself, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend or family member. We’ll even surprise them if you want. 

We’re looking for eye-catching representations of your Flashback Friday.

Please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with Flashback Friday in the subject line. Let’s make Fridays a day to remember.


Flashback Friday: Answer

If you guessed Newport Beach Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill then you are correct!

Send in a treasured past photo!

You can submit yourself, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend or family member. We’ll even surprise them if you want. 

We’re looking for eye-catching representations of your Flashback Friday.

Please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with Flashback Friday in the subject line. Let’s make Fridays a day to remember.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Council looks at what could be in store for Marine Ave.

Fair Game Tom NewNext Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 4 p.m., the City Council will look at changes/enhancements to a potential revitalization plan for Marine Ave. on Balboa Island.

The changes are described as a “traditional” or “classical” look.

Here are some of the findings and initial observations going into the discussion. There is a “well established appearance and streetscape choreography existing; the aging trees are in decline; there are drainage issues; and construction phasing presents challenges.”

A committee for the potential project has been gathering input for the last several years and here’s what they’ve come up with: “trees must be replaced; repave walkways completely; desire upgraded lighting including café lights across Marine Ave.; canopy trees are preferred with some palms mixed in to add height; use of tree grates in walkways; maintain street geometry but consider ‘bump-outs’ at intersections and two mid-block locations; implement enhanced crosswalks; and reduce clutter.”

There’s a lot to it. The community is invited to attend and offer further input. Design plans and drawings will be available for observation.

B-t-w, there is some major opposition being formulated by the Balboa Island Preservation Association (BIPA). They’ve heard about the possibility of the trees being replaced and are not happy. Supposedly, they’ve hired an independent arborist who has confirmed that the eucalyptus trees in that area are in “general good health.”

The city’s findings disagree. They probably are influenced by the eucalyptus tree that fell a few years back near Irvine Ave. and 17th St./Westcliff that killed a young woman.

In any case, expect this opposition group to express their concerns when the issue is opened for public comments.

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OpenTable is an online restaurant reservation system. It was founded back in 1998.

This week they released their list of the “100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America.” Newport Beach made the list with none other than the Rusty Pelican Restaurant located smack dab overlooking our bay.

The Rusty Pelican says that they offer “seafood fine dining in a relaxed space, with views of Newport Harbor from an outdoor patio.”

They’ve been a Newport Beach dining destination since 1972. 

Speaking of the Rusty Pelican, they also made the list of the Wine Spectator’s “Best Restaurants for Wine Lovers.” They were presented an Award of Excellence.

Other Newport Beach restaurants recognized with the Award of Excellence were Bayside Restaurant, The Cannery Seafood of the Pacific, Canaletto Ristorante Veneto, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood and The Quiet Woman. The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar, Andrea at the Resort at Pelican Hill and Mastro’s Ocean Club all were recognized with the Best of Award of Excellence.

Cheers!

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Orange County has always been known as a Republican stronghold. Well, that has changed in recent times. For those counting, there are now more Democrats (547,458) than Republicans (547,369). Another group totaling 440,711 have no party preference listed. 

Speaking of Democrats, Sunday, Aug. 18, from 1:30-3 p.m., the Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club (NBWDC) will hold a special Day of Action at the Oasis Senior Center.

Here’s what’s in store. Their goal is “to effect change in Senate leadership by voting Mitch McConnell out of office.”

So, the NBWDC will provide attendees with postcards, pens and stamps to undertake a letter writing campaign to Kentucky voters.

If you want more information, go to www.NBWDC.org or call 949.423.6468.

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Did you find yourself sitting in the dark Wednesday night? If so, you were part of an Edison power outage due to “failed overhead equipment” near 17th St. and between Monrovia and Placentia.

The outage lasted from 8:23 to 10:27 p.m. affecting 2,800 customers. The area of the outage was south of Shalimar, east of Monrovia, and north and west of Dover Drive.

Always good to have candles and a match, or a flashlight on hand just in case.

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Okay, you’ve been waiting on the sidelines trying to decide, do I go to the Lobsterfest this Sunday or not? Well, I don’t mean to be pushy, but only 50 tickets remain.

Here is a reminder of what’s in store: fresh Maine lobster, a grilled NY strip steak, all the other fixings and live entertainment from the Pinch Me! Band.

Monies raised go to some good causes.

The festivities are on the Civic Center green from 2-7 p.m.

For tickets, go to www.lobsterfestatnewportbeach.com


Bookworms, don’t miss these upcoming events at Barnes & Noble, Fashion Island

Attention bookworms and bibliophiles of all ages – check out these upcoming events at Barnes & Noble, Fashion Island.

YA Book Club featuring Wilder Girls, Thursday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m.: The new YA Book Club continues the second Thursday of every month. Come discuss Wilder Girls, a story about three best friends living in quarantine at their boarding school, and the lengths they go to uncover the truth of their confinement when one disappears. Plus, get a coupon for $2 Teavana teas (Café stores only). Contact your local store or visit www.bn.com/yabookclub for details.

Bookworms dont miss Wilder Girls

YA Book Club features “Wilder Girls” by Rory Power

Back to School Educator Appreciation Shopping Weekends, Saturday, Aug. 10 at 11 a.m. Pre-K to grade 12 educators enjoy 25 percent off most books, toys, games, movie, music and more every Saturday and Sunday through September 15, in store and online plus 10 percent off Café consumables (Café stores only). While supplies last.

Storytime and Activities featuring Dear Girl and Dear Boy, Saturday, Aug. 10 at 11 a.m. These books are a reminder that everyone holds a valuable place in the world. Join in storytime and activities and receive a coupon from the Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4 (Café stores only).

Children’s Storytime, Saturday, Aug. 10 at 11 a.m. Enjoy storytime in the Children’s Department. Snacks and activities are included.

Barnes & Noble Kids’ Book Hangout, Saturday, Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. Come discover your next favorite book during the Kids’ Book Hangout. Enjoy games, activities and giveaways. Receive a coupon for a $1 Blondie Bar (Café stores only). Visit www.bn.com/yabookclub for details.

Baby & Me Storytime featuring ABCs of Engineering, Sunday, Aug. 11 at 11 a.m. Baby & Me Storytime continues for caregivers and children 0-24 months old. Join the fun as a book is read and participate in activities featuring sensory growth for your little ones. Plus, get a free Starbucks tall, hot or iced coffee (Café stores only).

Bookworms dont miss

“ABCs of Engineering” by Chris Ferrie will be read at Baby & Me Storytime

Barnes & Noble Book Club featuring The Nickel Boys, Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. Join in the discussion for The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead, the Barnes & Noble Book Club selection. This is a brilliant and blistering story of two boys from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad. Visit www.bn.com/yabookclub for details.

Bookworms dont miss The Nickel Boys

The Book Club discussion is on “The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead

Barnes & Noble, Fashion Island is located at 401 Newport Center Drive, Suite A215, Newport Beach. For more information, call 949.718.0109.


Surfboards in every color

Surfboards in boards

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Photo by Endless Sun Surf School (Instagram @endlesssunsurfschool)

Grab your favorite color surfboard and head to the beach for some summer surfing fun


Pen on Fire Series features two distinguished novelists on August 20

Lido Village Books presents an evening with novelists Janet Fitch and Leland de la Durantaye in conversation with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m.

Janet Fitch is the best-selling author of White Oleander, an Oprah’s book club pick, translated into 28 languages and the subject of a feature film. Her other works include Paint it Black, widely translated and recently made into a film directed by Amber Tamblyn; The Revolution of Marina M., an epic novel of a young woman’s coming of age during the Russian Revolution and Chimes of a Lost Cathedral, the novel that resumes the story of Marina M. Her short fiction and essays have been published in anthologies and journals such as Black Clock, Black Warrior Review, Los Angeles Noir, the Los Angeles Review of Books and Real Simple.

Pen on Fire Series Fitch Pen on Fire Series Durantaye

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Janet Fitch and Leland de la Durantaye are the featured authors at Pen on Fire Series on August 20

Leland de la Durantaye is a writer, critic, translator and professor of comparative literature. He has taught at the École normale supérieure and Harvard University, and is currently Professor of Literature at Claremont McKenna College. De la Durantaye is the author of three books and more than 80 articles on topics in philosophy, French literature, German literature, Italian literature, anglophone literature and the visual arts. His first novel, Hannah vs. the Tree, was published in November 2018.

Join in a lively discussion, book reading/signing and light refreshments.

Lido Village Books is located at 3424 Via Oporto, Suite 102, Newport Beach, California. For more information, visit www.lidovillagebooks.com.


Pet of the WeekDog and Cat print

Stu News Newport is delighted to be working with the Newport Beach Animal Shelter to help get the word out in search of loving homes for pets that deserve a warm, nurturing environment and a place to call “home.”

Simon is an amazing 7-month-old kitten that is looking for his forever home. He will do well in a home with another kitten between 6 months to two years of age, will be completely fine being an only cat that gets all of his family’s attention or will, most likely, enjoy the companionship of a cat-friendly dog.

Pet of the Week 8.6.19

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MEET SIMON

When Simon was found as a tiny kitten, he had two broken bones, one was fixed surgically and the other through cage rest. His foster parents paid for the surgery personally and Simon is now ready for his own forever home. He is a gorgeous cat that absolutely loves being a kitten and enjoys water more than the average feline. Together we can make Simon’s dreams come true.

If you are interested in finding out more about Simon, or any other animals up for adoption, the Newport Beach Animal Shelter is located at 20302 Riverside Drive, Newport Beach. It is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 949.644.3656. Email Valerie Schomburg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Newport Beach Animal Shelter adoption fees:

–Dogs - $130

–Puppies - $150

–Cats - $90

–Kittens - $110

To find out how you can help support the shelter, visit www.nbpd.org and click on “Our Animal Shelter” to view the wish list. The shelter can always use food and treats; new toys; grooming, hygiene and comfort products; as well as laundry soap, dish soap, paper towels, sponges, scrub pads and lint rollers. If you are interested in volunteering, you can fill out and sign the application on the website.


Tickets go on sale August 11 for new national tour of Miss Saigon at Segerstrom Hall

Tickets to Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical Miss Saigon – a smash hit in London, Broadway and across the UK – will go on sale Sunday, Aug. 11 for its highly anticipated engagement at Segerstrom Center for the Arts for two weeks, October 1-13. 

Miss Saigon tells the story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim, who is orphaned by war and forced to work in a bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American G.I. named Chris, but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For three years, Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he’s fathered a son. This new production features stunning spectacle and a cast of 42 performing the soaring score, including Broadway hits like “The Heat is On in Saigon,” “The Movie in My Mind,” “Last Night of the World” and “American Dream.”

Tickets go on sale Miss Saigon scene

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Anthony Festa stars as Chris and Emily Bautista as Kim in the North American Tour of “Miss Saigon”

Tickets to Miss Saigon start at $26 and are available for purchase at www.scfta.org, by calling 714.556.2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, Oct. 12 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation. The Center offers many services for patrons with disabilities including removable wheelchair locations, binoculars and assistive listening devices. This production is recommended for ages 14 and up. To learn more, visit www.scfta.org/accessibilityinformation.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Summer Dive-In Movie this Friday at Fashion Island Hotel to feature Bumblebee

TGIF at Fashion Island Hotel this Friday, as the luxe hotel’s Summer Dive-In Movie nights are back. Film lovers of all ages can sidle up poolside or relax on their own pool floats while sipping specialty cocktails and other beverages and munching popcorn and other yummy snacks.

Families, couples and groups of besties are cordially invited. This week’s feature film is Bumblebee.

Summer Dive In Movie floats

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Synopsis of this sci-fi/action film: On the run in the year of 1987, Bumblebee (Transformers character) finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. The film stars Hailee Steinfeld, Travis Knight and Jorge Lendeborg Jr and has a runtime of 119 minutes.

The cost is $10 for locals and free for hotel guests. For tickets, click here.

Fashion Island Hotel is located at 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.FashionIslandHotel.com.


Pen on Fire Series takes place August 20, features two distinguished novelists

Lido Village Books presents an evening with novelists Janet Fitch and Leland de la Durantaye in conversation with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m.

Janet Fitch is the best-selling author of White Oleander, an Oprah’s book club pick, translated into 28 languages and the subject of a feature film. Her other works include Paint it Black, widely translated and recently made into a film directed by Amber Tamblyn; The Revolution of Marina M., an epic novel of a young woman’s coming of age during the Russian Revolution and Chimes of a Lost Cathedral, the novel that resumes the story of Marina M. Her short fiction and essays have been published in anthologies and journals such as Black Clock, Black Warrior Review, Los Angeles Noir, the Los Angeles Review of Books and Real Simple.

Pen on Fire Series Fitch Pen on Fire Series Durantaye

Courtesy of Lido Village Books

Janet Fitch and Leland de la Durantaye are the featured authors at Pen on Fire Series on August 20

Leland de la Durantaye is a writer, critic, translator and professor of comparative literature. He has taught at the École normale supérieure and Harvard University, and is currently Professor of Literature at Claremont McKenna College. De la Durantaye is the author of three books and more than 80 articles on topics in philosophy, French literature, German literature, Italian literature, anglophone literature and the visual arts. His first novel, Hannah vs. the Tree, was published in November 2018.

Join in a lively discussion, book reading/signing and light refreshments.

Lido Village Books is located at 3424 Via Oporto, Suite 102, Newport Beach, California. For more information, visit www.lidovillagebooks.com.


Roger’s Gardens presents Nature Gardening Series on August 17

Come discover the importance of a nature garden at Roger’s Gardens’ “Nature Gardening Series – Birds, Butterflies, Bees, Pollinators and Much More with Ron Vanderhoff,” on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 9-10 a.m.

A nature garden is more than just birds and the butterflies, it supports an entire web of life and, if executed correctly, can turn a pretty garden into a living, thriving, alive space, filled with diversity and excitement throughout the year.

Nature Gardening Series butterfly

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Ron Vanderhoff, Rogers Gardens’ resident naturalist, horticulturist and ecologist will show photographs and discuss some of the rest of the insects and animals that are part of a fully functioning nature of habitat garden. Attendees will learn about how certain plants support specific insects and how those insects, in turn, support many of the birds, reptiles and small mammals that visit healthy habitat gardens.

This food web in a garden, when properly functioning, includes pollinators, caterpillars, soil insects, worms, microorganisms, fungi and much more.

Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar. For this illustrated discussion, meet in Rogers’ Gardens’ new garden classroom. 

For more information, visit www.rogersgardens.com.

For a calendar of upcoming Home & Garden happenings, visit our Calendars section here.


Lobsterfest takes over Civic Center Green this Sunday

The 11th Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Beach will be held at the Newport Beach Civic Green on Sunday, Aug. 11 from 2-7 p.m. This annual celebration of summer centers around a fresh Whole Maine Lobster dinner with dancing to live music, an opportunity drawing for a big screen TV and fun for the entire family. Live Whole Maine Lobster flown in fresh on the morning of the event is prepared on-site alongside a buffet that includes NY Strip Steak, corn-on-the-cob, red potatoes, salad, freshly baked sourdough rolls and dessert. Lobster lovers can enjoy craft beer and premium wine while rockin’ out to the tunes of Pinch Me! Band...guaranteed to keep the party rolling.

Lobsterfest takes over Civic Center

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A lobster feast awaits...complete with all the trimmings

According to Stephanie Murguia, a board member of the Lobsterfest Foundation, “The move (to the Civic Center Green) was a result of outgrowing the footprint for the event available to us at the Newport Dunes Resort & Marina. The Newport Beach Civic Center Park offers many amenities not available to us in prior years including free parking, more space for VIP and general admission guests, and our vendors are more accessible to the guests.”

Tickets are available in advance only. No tickets will be sold at the door. A limited amount of General Admission tickets will be available from Tuesday, Aug. 6 through Saturday, Aug. 10 for $75. Additional whole lobsters can be purchased for $25 each. A special kids box meal for children under 12 is available for $25 in advance only, which includes a turkey sandwich, chips, fruit and a cookie.

All net proceeds from the event will benefit Make-A-Wish® – Orange County and Inland Empire, Leadership Tomorrow – Orange County and Les Dames Dames d’ Escoffier Los Angeles/Orange County Chapter. Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Leadership Tomorrow – Orange County is a nine-month program designed for informed citizens committed to learning more about their communities. Les Dames d’ Escoffier Los Angeles/Orange County Chapter is an organization of outstanding professional women in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality. This philanthropic organization raises money all year to award culinary scholarships for those less fortunate.

Lobsterfest also makes cash donations to the Corona del Mar High School football team, the Newport Beach Police Explorers, New Directions for Women in Costa Mesa and the Costa Mesa High School High School Cheerleaders.

For more information and tickets, visit www.lobsterfestatnewportbeach.com.


Little Lido Kids Club this Thursday

All are invited to the Little Lido Kids Club this Thursday, Aug. 8 from 10-11 a.m. at Lido Village Books. Bring your children and enjoy the charming story The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt.

In addition to enjoying storytime, kids will get to be crafty and create a one-of-a-kind crayon box and be entertained by musician Michael SG.

Little Lido Kids The Day the Crayons Came Home

This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is recommended. Why? Because you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win either the book of the day at Lido Village Books, a free gift bag from Aesop or two free admission tickets to Pretend City. You must register by Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 8 p.m. to be eligible for the drawing and be present to win. Register at the link here.

Attendees will also receive discounts on shopping and dining at Lido Marina Village.

Lido Village Books is located at 3424 Via Oporto, Suite 102, Newport Beach, California. For more information, visit www.lidovillagebooks.com.


KiP Conference comes to Fashion Island Hotel

The KiP Conference is coming to Newport Beach this summer. The KiP (Knowledge is Power) Conference is a speaker symposium that serves to empower teenage girls over the age of 16 by offering tools and insight as for what to expect as they prepare for young adulthood. 

Taking place on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Fashion Island Hotel, the conference will host guest speakers who will focus on topics including finance, relationships, personal safety, drugs and alcohol, wellness and self-preservation.

KiP Conference Marnie Pronger

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Marnie Pronger is the founder of the KiP Conference

The featured speakers are: Darleen Santore, a board certified occupational therapist, addressing life, leadership and mental edge; Jennifer Herdman, a licensed marriage and family therapist, talking about mental health; Cynthia Palermo, who has taught law, civics and careers at the high school level, addressing finance and budget; and Natalie Kopperud, a retired police officer who specialized in juvenile investigations and assisted the school district by creating plans for campus safety, talking about her experiences.

All women are invited to attend no matter if they are venturing off to college or embarking on a different journey. Regardless of the path, all guests are guaranteed to leave with a plethora of valuable life knowledge along with an in-depth understanding of how to comfortably and confidently conquer adulthood.

Hosted and founded by Marnie Pronger, the KiP Conference’s concept is to create and cultivate an educational experience for teenage girls as they prepare themselves for their life’s next journey with the hope that all are inspired to take on the world.

The fee for the conference is $125 with lunch included. To RSVP, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For additional information, visit www.kipconference.com.


OASIS day trip to Getty Center scheduled for August 13

OASIS is hosting a day trip to the Getty Center on Thursday, Aug. 13, designed especially for art aficionados.

Enjoy a leisurely day at the Center. View the collection of European paintings, drawings, sculptures and more at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Stroll through the beautiful gardens. Relax with a tasty lunch on your own at one of the Getty Museum’s dining locations. And, maybe, visit the gift shop.

The tour departs from Newport Beach at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 5 p.m. The cost is $60 for OASIS members/$65 for non-members.

The departure/return location is the Newport Coast Community Center, 6401 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Coast (corner of Newport Coast Drive and San Joaquin Hills Road).

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One of the many antique sculptures in the Getty Museum

OASIS Senior Center is located at 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar. For more information, call 949.644.3244 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For a calendar of upcoming OASIS Senior Center events in addition to other day trips and extended trips, visit our Calendar section here.


Heading to the OC Fair? Here are some helpful traveling tips

The OC Fair ends this Sunday, Aug. 11, and if you haven’t been there yet, here are some helpful tips to make your visit more convenient.

–Take the OC Fair Express from one of nine locations. To find out more about the stops and download the full schedule, click here.

Heading to the OC Fair slide

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Courtesy of the OC Fair & Event Center

–If you do drive, check the latest traffic and 405 Project updates on Google Maps and Waze. Full construction updates are available on the OCTA website here and OCTA’s interactive map.

–Free parking is available at the Experian lot located at 475 Anton Blvd. (off the Bristol Street exit of the 405 Freeway) with free shuttles to the Fair.

–Carpool, use Uber, Lyft or take a taxi.

–Ride your bicycle. There are bike racks at every gate.

–Plan to arrive early, especially for concerts.

The OC Fair is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit www.ocfair.com.


Movies on the Beach to show Sabrina on Thursday

On Thursday, Aug. 8 from 8-10 p.m., Crystal Cove Conservancy will present a favorite historic film on the beach in Crystal Cove State Park’s Historic District.

The nonprofit will be showing Sabrina on the beach outside Beaches Cottage #13. The event is free to the public with a $15 State Park day-use fee. Bring blankets, beach chairs and a picnic to enjoy with your family. No alcohol is allowed on the beach at Crystal Cove State Park. There will also be a historic snack shop with popcorn and candy for sale.

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Movies on the Beach is showing “Sabrina” on the sand 

Movie Synopsis: A chauffeur’s daughter, Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn), returns home from two years in Paris a beautiful young woman, and immediately catches the attention of David (William Holden), the playboy son of her father’s rich employers. David woos and wins Sabrina, who has always been in love with him, however their romance is threatened by David’s serious older brother, Linus (Humphrey Bogart), who runs the family business and is relying on David to marry an heiress in order for a crucial merger to take place. Directed by Billy Wilder. The film received a Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. 

For a calendar of upcoming events at Crystal Cove State Park, visit our Calendars section here.


Date set for 2020 Newport Beach Restaurant Week

In a special meeting last Wednesday, July 31, the Newport Beach Restaurant Association Business Improvement District (BID) set the dates for the 14th Annual Newport Beach Restaurant Week – January 13-26, 2020, with a kick-off event planned for January 9, tentatively set for the Lincoln Experience Center in Fashion Island.

Date set for 2020

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In addition, the NB Restaurant Association BID nominated and voted on officers for the 2019-20 fiscal year: President (nominated in absentia) – Juan Carlos Godinez of On the Rocks Bar & Grill; Vice President – Kenyon Paar of Five Crowns; Secretary – Eunjoo Pleunneke of Balboa Lily’s; and Treasurer – Phil Crowley of Modo Mio. All officers were unanimously approved by the board.

Newport Beach Restaurant Week is presented by Dine Newport Beach and the Newport Beach Restaurant Association. For more information, visit www.visitnewportbeach.com/restaurant-week.


Wanted Newport Beach murder suspect captured in Mexico

Peter Chadwick, 54, of Newport Beach, on the run for the last four years from the law, has been arrested in Mexico and returned to Newport Beach for prosecution in the alleged murder of his wife, Q.C. Chadwick.

Wanted Peter Chadwick

Fugitive Peter Chadwick, accused of murdering his wife in 2012, was arrested in Mexico on Sunday

Following hundreds of tips, one led to Mexico, where Chadwick was arrested Sunday night, Aug. 4. near Pueblo. At the time of his arrest, Chadwick was in possession of numerous alias identification documents and living amongst expats.

“I want to thank the Mexico government for their cooperation,” said Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer. “As prosecutors, we will do everything in our power to get a conviction.”

Wanted Q.C

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Q.C. Chadwick was murdered in 2012

Chadwick is charged with one felony count of murder and faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison if convicted.

On the morning of Oct. 10, 2012, Chadwick is accused of murdering his wife, Quee Choo Chadwick, in their Newport Beach home over a dispute regarding a potential divorce and related financial issues. He is accused of then disposing of his wife’s body.

Wanted Todd Spizter

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OC District Attorney Todd Spitzer showing the contrast visually of the Chadwick’s Newport Coast home and where they found Q.C.’s body

That afternoon, neither Chadwick nor the victim arrived to pick up their children from school. Another parent drove the children home and then requested a welfare check from the Newport Beach Police Department. The subsequent search of the home revealed blood and signs of a struggle inside. NBPD then began investigating the whereabouts of the couple.

Q.C.’s body was found one week later in a dumpster in northern San Diego County.

Chadwick, who fled after posting a $1.5 million bail following his arrest, has been on the U.S. Marshals Service’s 15 Most Wanted fugitive list since September 2018.

Chadwick posters

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NBPD’s social media campaign helped keep pressure on Chadwick

Newport Beach Police Department launched a Countdown to Capture social media campaign internationally, the first of its kind, in September 2018 to hunt for Chadwick.

“The campaign kept the issue in the forefront of people’s minds and we feel kept pressure on Chadwick, which is what we wanted,” said NBPD Police Chief Jon Lewis.


Nostalgic Abalone Feed benefits ocean restoration projects

On Friday, Aug. 2, the nonprofit Get Inspired hosted its “2nd annual Abalone Feed” at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. The event was a re-creation of a nostalgic social gathering that was commonplace in Orange County in the 1950s, like clam bakes and lobster boils the Northeastern U.S. In that bygone era, at the end of a long summer day of frolicking on the beaches of Big Corona, Crystal Cove, or Doheny, sounds of ukulele music could be heard along with the pounding of abalone meat.

Nostalgic abalone feed abalone

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An adult abalone under the sea

“Abalone was once so plentiful along our coastline, you had to step over them to get to the water,” said marine biologist Nancy Caruso, the host of the event. The tasty one-shelled mollusk is related to snails and lives in our coastal kelp forests. Seven species of abalone once teemed the shores of California.  After decades of overfishing and disease, California waters now have two endangered species, three species of concern and two in decline. It is now illegal in the state of California to harvest abalone for any reason.

The “Abalone Feed” was attended by 110 guests and included live music, an historian from the Surfing Heritage and Cultural Center, and storytellers who remembered the “good old days” of collecting and eating abalone from our shores. Attendees dined on farm-raised red abalone grown on The Cultured Abalone Farm in Goleta, Calif.

Nostalgic abalone feed baby abalone

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A baby abalone that is growing and nearly ready to be planted in the ocean

Get Inspired is a nonprofit organization conducting ocean restoration projects along the 42 miles of the Orange County coast.

“We started by restoring the kelp forests, then we started growing white seabass and we are now growing and restoring green abalone to our coast,” Caruso explained.

And that’s not all. Caruso has done all this work with the help of almost 12,000 kids and 350 volunteers. “If the community does not have a stake in the restoration, it will not be successful,” she said. “The next generation must become the caretakers of our coastal ecosystem.” 

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Among the littlest baby abalone growing up on the farm

Caruso hopes to expand the restoration programs to include pismo clams, sea stars and other abalone species. The sold-out event raised $6,200 which will be used toward the purchase of a boat for these projects.

For more information or to donate to Get Inspired, call 714.206.5147, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and visit www.getinspiredinc.org.


Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

Newport Beach A Look Back 8.6.19

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This cottage might not look particularly special, but here’s the thing: This house was located on Marine Avenue in the 1930s. And if it looks somewhat familiar, that’s because today, it is the home of Dad’s Donuts.

Balboa Island Museum and the Museum Store are located at 210 B Marine Ave., Balboa Island. They are open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, call 949.675.3952, visit www.balboamuseum.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


City Manager’s Updates

From the desk of Grace Leung

City Maintains Aaa Credit Rating from Moody’s – Credit rating agency Moody’s recently released its latest credit rating for the City of Newport Beach. The report states, “The credit position for Newport Beach is outstanding. Its Aaa rating far exceeds the median rating of Aa3 for U.S. cities. Key credit factors include a very large tax base with an affluent wealth and income profile, a robust financial position, a modest debt burden and a significant pension liability.” The Moody’s Annual Issuer Report can be accessed at the link here.

Assist the OC Registrar of Voters in Selecting Vote Center Locations – Get involved in vote center planning by attending public meetings or providing feedback online. If you know a site that might make a great vote center, visit www.ocvote.com/fileadmin/vc/site_suggestion.html to make a suggestion. For additional information, including the schedule of public meetings, visit www.ocvote.com.

Vivante Senior Housing Project – The Vivante Senior Housing project, a 90-unit senior housing and 27-bed memory care facility located at 850 and 856 San Clemente Drive, was reviewed and recommended for City Council approval by the Planning Commission at the July 18 commission meeting. The Airport Land Use Commission also reviewed the project on July 18 and found the project consistent with the Airport Environs Land Use Plan for John Wayne Airport. The project applications include requests for a General Plan amendment, Planned Community Development Plan amendment, Development Agreement, Major Site Development Review, Conditional Use Permit, Lot Merger and certification of an EIR addendum. The project is scheduled for City Council review on August 13; the meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. 

Balboa Village Advisory Committee Meeting – The Balboa Village Advisory Committee (BVAC) met 17 at Marina Park. The BVAC was shown the final design concepts for the revamped wayfinding signage proposed throughout the Village. Installation of the new signage is anticipated for Fall 2019, and will include new directional signs as well as four kiosk-type signs to help visitors navigate through the Village using landmarks. 

Also at this meeting, the BVAC reviewed its progress with addressing the strategies identified in the City Council-approved Balboa Village Master Plan. At its next meeting, the BVAC will discuss a few of the specific strategies and how they have been addressed and will also discuss potential future initiatives. 

The BVAC meets on the third Wednesday of each month at Marina Park on an as-needed basis. For additional information, check the City’s webpage at the link here.

June Treasury ReportThe June 2019 Treasury Report is available on the City’s website at www.newportbeachca.gov/treasury.

As of June, the City’s portfolio totaled just over $291 million, from all sources. Roughly $29 million of this portfolio was highly liquid, meaning it was available for cash flows associated with day-to-day operations and cash funding of major construction expenditures. 

The short-term portfolio ($217 million) had a weighted average effective maturity of 1.84 years. The trailing twelve months’ total return was 4.00 percent. This return compared favorably to our benchmark for the same period, the BAML 1-3 Year Treasury index, which returned 3.96 percent. The income yield on the portfolio, a better measure of income derived from the portfolio, was 1.87 percent. 

Assessment Districts No. 116 and No. 116B Bond Financing – An underground utility assessment district is a special district formed by a local government agency, such as the City of Newport Beach, at the request of local property owners for the purpose of undergrounding utilities or other public improvements in the public right-of-way. The assessment district includes all property owners that will directly benefit from the undergrounding improvements. 

The purpose of Assessment Districts No. 116 (AD 116) and No. 116B (AD 116B) is to provide financing to underground power, telephone and cable facilities in the area generally bounded by 44th Street to 38th Street and Balboa Boulevard to Rivo Alto Channel, and on the east and west side of Balboa Boulevard between 47th Street and 45th Street. 

The underground utility improvements will provide conversion to an upgraded utility system and will enhance neighborhood aesthetics, safety and reliability. An assessment can be paid in cash or through bond financing. Once the assessment district has been approved by the City Council, property owners have the ability to pay the assessment in cash and any unpaid portion of the assessment is financed through the sale of bonds. If the property owner elects to finance the improvement, annual installments of principal, interest and administrative fees will be collected with the owner’s annual property tax bill. 

At the June 25 meeting, City Council authorized the issuance of limited obligation improvement bonds to finance the remaining unpaid assessments for AD 116 and AD 116B, in principal amounts not to exceed $1,575,000 and $665,000. Since then, Accounting Division staff has been working with the financing team comprised of a Municipal Advisor, Bond Counsel, Underwriter, Trustee and others, to finalize the necessary legal documents. On Tuesday, July 23, these two bond-financing transactions successfully closed without issue. Because the credit position of the City is considered outstanding, these bonds experienced high demand from investors and bear interest rates lower than anticipated ranging from 2.00 percent to 3.00 percent over a 20-year amortization period. The lower interest rates mean the total cost will be less for those property owners who financed their assessments. Up next for these two districts is the construction phase.

Underground Utility Assessment District No. 116 – Civil construction work for Underground Utility Assessment District No. 116 in West Newport has begun. The contractor, Asplundh Construction Corp., has completed work on the alley bounded by Balboa Boulevard and River Avenue and 39th Street and 38th Street. They are also currently working on the vault located at River Avenue and 38th and 41st Street.


Newport Harbor nights 

Newport Harbor lights

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Photo by Clark Reeder (Instagram @crca.photo)

Boats and beauty galore grace the shore once again


NMUSD shares 2019-20 priorities: academics, behavior and community

To ensure our neighborhood schools are the first choice of students and parents, Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is committed to “Inspire Students and Enrich Communities.” These district priorities were developed within a comprehensive and aligned system of initiatives that support student learning from pre-school to beyond graduation.

These priorities and action plans will be systematically monitored and evaluated to determine effectiveness, foster continuous improvement and address the evolving needs of our students. Goal: All students will master grade-level English language arts and math content standards at milestone (3, 6, 8, 10, 12) grades.

Academics

–A1. NMUSD students will be guaranteed a challenging Pre-School - 12th grade curriculum aligned to the CA State Standards that prepares them for success in college and careers.

–A2. NMUSD students will receive the highest quality instruction based on meaningful lessons that incorporate creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration.

–A3. NMUSD will support and expand rigorous, relevant, high-interest programs and coursework aligned to prepare and support students to meet the demands and rigor of college and industry standards beyond graduation.

–A4. NMUSD students will be educated in safe, attractive, functional and contemporary facilities.

–A5. NMUSD students will harness the power of technology and innovation through core academic subjects, career technical education, arts, athletics and extra-curricular activities.

Behavior

–B1. NMUSD will support the emotional, behavioral and mental health needs of students through relationship-driven school communities.

–B2. NMUSD will utilize intervention systems to provide learning opportunities that promote the holistic development of all students.

–B3. NMUSD will encourage all students to become responsible thinkers and problem solvers by providing them the opportunity to learn from the impact of their choices.

–B4. NMUSD will hold all students to the highest expectations for positive behavior, kindness, compassion and civic responsibility.

Community

–C1. NMUSD will build and foster meaningful partnerships and shared commitment with stakeholders including students, parents, employees, employee associations and community partners in the development of the whole child.

–C2. NMUSD students will have meaningful opportunities to apply their learning and skills in real-world settings while serving and enhancing our community.

To view the NMUSD’s Priorities website and for more information, visit 

https://nmusd-ca.schoolloop.com/priorities.


Vietnam era aircraft to land at Heroes Hall on Thursday

OC Fair & Event Center has announced a groundbreaking ceremony for the relocation of a Vietnam-era A-4M Skyhawk aircraft from the Santa Ana Civic Center to Heroes Hall. The plane has been a part of Civic Center Plaza for more than a decade but has to be moved due to construction plans.

A ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8 before the OC Fair opens. Refreshments will be served immediately following. 

Vietnam era aircraft Navy jet

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An A-4M Skyhawk aircraft similar to what will reside at Heroes Hall

The aircraft is expected to be transported to OCFEC by the end of September and to be installed prior to a Veterans Day dedication ceremony in November.

The plane is on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fla.

Heroes Hall is a free, permanent, year-round museum and education center with exhibitions, performances and educational programs that celebrate the legacy of Orange County veterans and others who have served our nation. The museum is located next to Centennial Farm on the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa and is open to the public year-round Wednesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and featured in school tours on Mondays and Tuesdays. 

Parking and admission for Heroes Hall is free except during the OC Fair and select year-round events.

OC Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.


Summer hues paint the Newport coastline

Summer hues paint

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Photo by Emily Kaszton (Instagram @thedroneangel)

Magnificent turquoise and blue hues paint the Newport coastline, as two summer beachgoers take in the sun and sand


Lido Village Books presents Olympic gold medalist author on Thursday

On Thursday, Aug. 8, Lido Village Books presents an evening with world-champion swimmer, Olympic gold medalist and former world-record holder Kaitlin Sandeno. She now uses her platform to help others, as the national spokesperson for the Jessie Rees Foundation (helping every kid fighting cancer to Never Ever Give Up), a coach for local youth teams and general manager of the DC Trident (one of eight clubs that make up the International Swimming League).

Little Village Books Golden Glow book cover

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Kaitlin Sandeno, Olympic gold medalist

Sandeno will be giving a short talk, answering questions and signing her book, Golden Glow: How Kaitlin Sandeno Achieved Gold in the Pool and in Life, which she co-authored with Dan D’Addona. 

The program begins at 6:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be served. Attendees should park in the Lido Marina Village parking structure. For more information, call 949.673.2549.

Lido Village Books is located at 3424 Via Oporto, Suite 102, Newport Beach, California. For more information, visit www.lidovillagebooks.com.


It’s August and CdM is thinking about Christmas

By AMY SENK

August is here – there’s still time to go to the fair or the beach, or plan a quick little vacation before school starts. But at the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce office, the discussion is centered on the December calendar and the annual Christmas Walk.

“It’s a lot of work,” said CdM Chamber President Linda Leonhard. “It’s why I work on it now.”

The date has been set – Sunday, Dec. 8 – which is later than usual because the traditional Christmas Walk day (the first Sunday in December) falls on Thanksgiving weekend. But getting the date pinned down is just the start.

The current to-do list involves gathering permits and collecting sponsorships for the event, which draws thousands of visitors to the village to shop, eat, drink and check out entertainment ranging from school choirs and dance groups to stilt walkers and bands. The next tasks include coming up with plans to handle trash, booking entertainment, deciding whether there should be artificial snow, security arrangements, logistics and more.

Leonhard said this year’s event could have more activities for kids, possibly in the Sherman Library & Gardens parking lot, but her idea to close parts of Bayside Drive to expand the event (and the popular beer and wine garden in particular) hit snags because of concerns about residents’ access to their homes. Each year, she said, she walks the event and makes notes for what needs to be changed or improved, often incorporating suggestions from vendors and visitors.

The Christmas Walk is one of the major CdM Chamber events of the year and will be celebrating its 41st anniversary – Leonhard’s 16th since “inheriting it,” she said.

“It started out as a grassroots event to bring shoes in the shops,” she said. “And it’s grown.”

She already is starting to get calls from local business owners who are starting to make their Christmas Walk plans.

Meanwhile, cars parked along East Coast Highway in Corona del Mar are getting an extra hour after a unanimous City Council vote last month to increase parking time limits from one to two hours. But at a recent CdM Business Improvement District board meeting, members had questions about whether the time limits would be enforced before the signs had been changed to reflect the bonus hour.

Its August parking sign

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Photo by Amy Senk

This parking sign on Pacific Coast Highway in Corona del Mar is affixed with the two-hour limit sticker

City spokeswoman Mary Locey said she investigated that question after the meeting and said crews began last week (July 26) to add stickers to show the two-hour limit, and that work was expected to be completed by week’s end. In the meantime, she said, parkers should obey the time limit indicated on the closest sign to avoid a parking ticket.

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And over by Little Corona Beach, crews have been working on the slope below the public restrooms above Buck Gully because of a storm drain issue.

“Staff noticed over the winter that the pipe wasn’t draining well (it carries storm water),” City of Newport Beach spokeswoman Tara Finnigan said. “They did a CCTV inspection last week and saw the old pipe needed to be replaced but couldn’t get down far enough to see what was blocking it and causing the draining issue. When the contractor was removing the old pipe this week, they found it was a root ball.”

The work was scheduled to be completed by August 2, replacing an older corrugated metal pipe with new PVC pipe, she said. The area around the pipe will be replanted with native plants in the fall.

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Amy Senk has lived in Corona del Mar for 20 years and was publisher of Corona del Mar Today, an online newspaper that ran daily for seven years. Senk, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, is involved in the Corona del Mar Residents Association and the Corona del Mar High School PTA. She and her husband have two children.


Flashback Friday is here, we want your mug

Flashback Friday harkens back to yesterday, and we thought it would be fun if our readers submit their “mugs” and others try and guess who is it.

Send in a treasured past photo. It can be of you, your spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend, family member – you get the idea. 

We’re looking for eye-catching representations of your Flashback Friday to post in Stu News on Friday, to end the work week on a high note.

Please send your photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with Flashback Friday in the subject line. Let’s make Fridays a day to remember.


Fire closes all JWA flights Friday evening

A Southern California Edison electrical substation fire caused a power outage Friday evening leaving some 28,000 customers without power. The issue also temporarily grounded all flights at John Wayne Airport.

The substation caught fire at 6:20 p.m. and affected both Irvine and Newport Beach residents and businesses.

The fire resulted in all three terminals at John Wayne Airport losing power and caused all incoming flights to be diverted.

The Orange County Fire Authority extinguished the substation fire at Jamboree Road and Michaelson Drive in Irvine.

JWA remained closed the remainder of Friday and resumed all operations Saturday morning at 7 a.m. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


City to hold abandoned boat auction August 15

On Thursday, Aug. 15 at 10 a.m., the City of Newport Beach will auction off abandoned vessels including a 34’8” Ericson Sailboat (EU CF 4980), two pedal boats and six kayaks.

At the same time and location, OCSD Harbor Patrol will auction off a 29’ Schock Sailboat (CF 9193 FT).

Abandoned boat auction boat deck

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Vessel viewing will be held the same day between 9 a.m. and 9:59 a.m. at the City of Newport Beach, Harbor Department, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd.

The following rules apply: vessels are sold as is and where is; minimum bid varies with each vessel; payment is cash only immediately after the auction; the Harbor Department must retain the CF registered vessels following the auction for a 10-day redemption period before vessels are released to the successful bidder; and, held vessels must be picked up Sunday, Aug. 25 by 5 p.m.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Candidates are raising money and did you notice Newport Beach’s “perfect” evening?

Fair Game Tom NewLast week we reported on the bankroll being put together by Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris for her expected 2020 re-election campaign to the tune of some $600,000+.

Our own Mayor, Diane Dixon, led the challengers to Petrie-Norris raising more than $200,000 in the six-month period ending in June.

On the State Senate side, Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley is expected to give incumbent John Moorlach a run for his money in the 37th District. Foley raised some $246,000 in the period compared to Moorlach’s $163,000.

Even more impressive was the third candidate in the race, Democrat challenger Dave Min, a UCI law professor, who has raised some $325,000.

On the local front, no opposition candidates have thrown their hats into the ring for our local city council races. However, that doesn’t stop those planning to potentially run for re-election to add to their coffers.

Will O’Neill took in some $51,000 in contributions, Jeff Herdman nearly $34,000 and Brad Avery sat this round out.

All three are expected to run in 2020.

Potential opposition in these races will probably come as we approach the first of the year.

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Do you live under the flight pattern of John Wayne Airport? If so, you and other Newport Beach residents had to call last Friday evening “perfect.”

Why, you ask?

An unfortunate fire in Irvine at an Edison electrical substation caused a power outage to some 28,000 customers and closed down JWA for flights that evening. The airport remained closed until the next morning at 7 a.m., when, guess what, the plane noise was back.

Oh, but for that one night of bliss!

Fortunately no one was injured in the fire.

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There’s a new celebrity in town. Her name is Cherie. She’s a dog, but not just any dog. She’s a French bulldog. But, not just any French bulldog. She’s a surfing French bulldog. But, not just any surfing French bulldog, she’s a gold medal-winning surfing French bulldog.

She goes by the moniker “Cherie the Surf Dog,” and for good reason. This past weekend she won the Medium Division of the World Dog Surfing Championships at Pacifica State Beach in northern California.

Fair Game Cherie the Surf Dog surfing

And, of course, being a celebrity, Cherie even has her own website at www.cheriethesurfdog.com.

Amy and Dan Nykolayko are Cherie’s proud owners who live here in Newport Beach.

To let you know how popular our canine friends are, estimates varied that between some 2,000-4,000 spectators were on hand to witness Cherie’s heroics.

Conditions for the day were reported as “ruff.”

Fair Game Cherie the Surf Dog with medals

Photos by Amy Nykolayko

Besides surfing, Cherie is a rescue and one of the spokesdogs for the French Bulldog Rescue Network. She and her “pawrents” have raised thousands of dollars for the nonprofit organization.

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Perhaps you’ve heard that Lynn Selich and I are doing a radio show on KOCI 101.5 called Stu News Sunday. In case you couldn’t figure it out, the show is on Sundays and airs from 11a.m.-noon.

Last Sunday we discussed the airport issue and had as guests Sue Dvorak, from Citizens Against Airport Noise & Pollution, Joe Daichendt, a partner in ACI Jets and Dr. Wade Smith, M.D., a medical oncologist.

The show was videotaped by Barry Friedland from Costa Mesa Brief. You can view the program at https://youtu.be/lmQA8ms3k8U.

Just remember, I have a face for radio.


Sunset Jazz at Newport Beach Marriott

After 10 years, the famed summer concert series Sunset Jazz at Newport is firmly in the groove, serving up a highly curated live musical experience every Wednesday night at 6 p.m. on the grounds of the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa.

Sunset Jazz saxophone

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Here’s the upcoming lineup you won’t want to miss:

–August 7 - Chuck Redd – Tom Scott Quintet. Tickets: $14.50-$31.

–August 14 - John Pizzarelli Quartet. Sold out.

–August 21 - Jackie Ryan with Bill Cunliffe Quartet. Tickets: $14.50-$24.50.

–August 28 - Byron Stripling/Bobby Floyd Quartet. Tickets: $14.50-$24.50.

–September 4 - Emmett Cohen Trio & James Morrison. Tickets: $14.50-$26.50.

–September 11 - Barbara Morrison’s Birthday with The Peak Experience. Tickets: $14.50-$26.50.

–September 18 - Tom Kubis Big Band with Vocalist Nicole Kubis. Tickets: $19.50-$26.50.

For tickets, visit www.goldstar.com/events/newport-beach-ca/sunset-jazz-at-newport.

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa is located at 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.


The Fab Four...celebrate Abbey Road

On Saturday, Aug. 3, concertgoers will be transported back to arguably the most recognized crosswalk in London – Abbey Road – when The Fab Four takes the Pacific Amphitheatre stage for “The Fab Four – The 50th Anniversary of the Beatles’ Abbey Road.”

Called “the best Beatles show in the world” by the Los Angeles Times, the Emmy award-winning cover band The Fab Four lovingly re-creates the sight and sound of the lads from Liverpool down to the smallest detail. They have so perfected their performance that you may just forget you aren’t actually watching the original four.

The Fab Four Abbey Road

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Courtesy of OC Fair & Event Center

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Abbey Road, The Fab Four will perform the landmark album in its entirety. Groove to groundbreaking songs like “Come Together,” “Here Comes The Sun” and, “Something,” beginning at 8 p.m.

You can purchase tickets and view the seating chart at the link here. All tickets include OC Fair admission.

Pacific Amphitheatre is located at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.


Vietnam era aircraft to land at Heroes Hall

OC Fair & Event Center has announced a groundbreaking ceremony for the relocation of a Vietnam-era A-4M Skyhawk aircraft from the Santa Ana Civic Center to Heroes Hall. The plane has been a part of Civic Center Plaza for more than a decade but has to be moved due to construction plans.

A ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8 before the OC Fair opens. Refreshments will be served immediately following. 

Vietnam era aircraft Navy jet

Courtesy of Wikipedia

An A-4M Skyhawk aircraft similar to what will reside at Heroes Hall

The aircraft is expected to be transported to OCFEC by the end of September and to be installed prior to a Veterans Day dedication ceremony in November.

The plane is on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fla.

Heroes Hall is a free, permanent, year-round museum and education center with exhibitions, performances and educational programs that celebrate the legacy of Orange County veterans and others who have served our nation. The museum is located next to Centennial Farm on the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa and is open to the public year-round Wednesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and featured in school tours on Mondays and Tuesdays. 

Parking and admission for Heroes Hall is free except during the OC Fair and select year-round events.

OC Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.


Movie Mondays to feature Hook

Get ready for Movie Mondays: Hook on August 5 at 8 p.m. at Julianne and George Argyros Plaza in Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

In Hook, when his young children are abducted by his old nemesis, Capt. Hook (Dustin Hoffman), middle-aged lawyer Peter Banning (Robin Williams) returns to his magical origins as Peter Pan. Peter must revisit a foggy past in which he abandoned Neverland for family life, leaving Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts) and the Lost Boys to fend for themselves. Given their bitterness toward Peter for growing up – and their allegiance to their new leader, Rufio – the old gang may not be happy to see him.

Movie Mondays Hook

Courtesy of scfta.org

This event is free. For more information, call 714.566.2787.

Julianne and George Argyros Plaza is located at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit www.scfta.org.


Macallan Whisky Dinner at Pelican Grill

On Thursday, Aug. 8, Pelican Grill presents an evening of whisky tasting featuring the Macallan and a four-course California grill menu.

Enjoy the Macallan’s 12-year double cask, 12-year matured triple cask and 25-year sherry-oak single-malt whiskies, which reveal a commitment to the mastery of wood and spirit unrivaled since the renowned distiller’s 1824 founding in Scotland. 

Macallan Whisky Dinner Pelican Grill

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Pelican Grill Terrace at The Resort at Pelican Hill

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and the cost is $385 (plus tax and service charge).

The Resort at Pelican Hill is located at 22701 Pelican Hill Road S., Newport Coast. For more information, visit www.pelicanhill.comor call call 888.507.6427.


Lido Village Books presents Olympic gold medalist author

On Thursday, Aug. 8, Lido Village Books presents an evening with world-champion swimmer, Olympic gold medalist and former world-record holder Kaitlin Sandeno. She now uses her platform to help others, as the national spokesperson for the Jessie Rees Foundation (helping every kid fighting cancer to Never Ever Give Up), a coach for local youth teams and general manager of the DC Trident (one of eight clubs that make up the International Swimming League).

Little Village Books Golden Glow book cover

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Kaitlin Sandeno, Olympic gold medalist

Sandeno will be giving a short talk, answering questions and signing her book, Golden Glow: How Kaitlin Sandeno Achieved Gold in the Pool and in Life, which she co-authored with Dan D’Addona. 

The program begins at 6:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be served. Attendees should park in the Lido Marina Village parking structure. For more information, call 949.673.2549.

Lido Village Books is located at 3424 Via Oporto, Suite 102, Newport Beach, California. For more information, visit www.lidovillagebooks.com.


Get outside and enjoy Buck Gully

Story and photos by EMILY SPAIN

Taking a hike in the Buck Gully Reserve, which connects Corona del Mar and Newport Coast, is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the summer weather and escape the hustle and bustle of tourist season in Newport Beach. Buck Gully is a 300-acre, natural habitat right in our backyard where you can hike, run and bike. Ongoing restoration projects spearheaded by the Irvine Ranch Conservancy have made the Buck Gully Reserve a safe and picturesque spot to immerse yourself in nature without having to go to the mountains or desert.

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The Buck Gully hiking routes are outlined on signs at all trail entrances 

The 2.6-mile hike is suitable for all levels of hikers as a majority of the trail is flat and gradually increases in elevation. The Fifth and Poppy avenues entrance in Corona del Mar is the best spot to start. After making your way down a small hill you will come across signage that will provide you with hike routes and other information. One of the most unique parts of the experience is the cell phone audio guide service. At several points throughout your hike, small square signs provide you with a cell phone number and code unique to your hiking location. Once you call the number, an automated operator will educate you about Buck Gully’s wildlife and vegetation. 

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Several bridges allow hikers to pass over streams with ease

Whether you are trying to break a sweat or find a place to think in peace, Buck Gully is a great spot. The noises from San Joaquin Hills Road and PCH fade out and the sound of birds and running water take their place as you progress on the trail. Sycamore and willow trees provide shade for most of the hike and lemonade berries, California sagebrush and other beautiful plants line the path. If you are lucky, you might even spot a few butterflies, birds and rabbits on the trail, too. 

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Water runs throughout the Buck Gully hike most of the year 

With three different trailheads, Buck Gully is very accessible. The Harbor Watch Park entrance, which is right off San Joaquin Hills Road, allows you to take Bobcat Trail down to the main Buck Gully hiking route. The view of the Pacific Ocean while you are descending down the trail is breathtaking. You can also park at the Newport Coast Community Center and walk to an alternative entrance to the trail. The Poppy and Fifth avenues entrance is also an option. All three trailheads have parking nearby, so you do not have to do a secondary hike to get to Buck Gully. 

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The breathtaking view from the Harbor Watch Park entrance

So, what are you waiting for? Get outside and enjoy all Buck Gully has to offer.

Editor’s Note: Explore the richness of Buck Gully Reserve by taking a guided evening Buck Gully Upper Loop Hike on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 5-8 p.m. The stream is running and the rich plant and animal life are enjoying the cool, shady canyon making for an evening hike in a natural oasis amid the suburban surroundings. This hike is free, but registration is required. Meet at Newport Coast Community Center, 6401 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Newport Coast. Bring water, a light trail snack, sturdy closed-toe shoes and supplies to keep you safe during the journey. Sunscreen and a hat are highly recommended. Register at www.letsgooutside.org.


Take Five: Meet Stephanie Murguia, Newport Beach Lobsterfest board member

By AMY SENK

For one day each August, Newport Beach channels its inner Maine with an annual Lobsterfest featuring live music (Pinch Me!), a feast including lobster (of course) along with corn on the cob, dessert, beer & wine and more. Tickets must be bought in advance (after August 5, VIP ticket sales will end, and limited general admission ticket prices will increase from $65 to $75). Check out www.lobsterfestatnewportbeach.com for more information. I caught up with Stephanie Murguia, a board member for the Lobsterfest Foundation.

Take Five Stephanie and Lido

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Stephanie Murguia and Lobsterfest’s Lido the Lobster

Q: This is the 11th Lobsterfest, but the first time at the Newport Beach Civic Center Park. Why the move?

A: The move was a result of outgrowing the footprint for the event available to us at the Newport Dunes Resort & Marina. The Newport Beach Civic Center Park offers many amenities not available to us in prior years including free parking, more space for VIP and general admission guests, and our vendors are more accessible to the guests.

Q: How many lobsters are we talking about, and how do you go about figuring out how to procure them, and how many months of planning go into organizing and running this often sold-out event?

A: Planning this event starts the day after the event. The event sells out because the lobster is shipped fresh from Maine the night before the event. Our lobsters have to be ordered five days in advance of the event. The lobsters are ordered by the pound; each lobster weighs between 1 and 1.5 pounds. The general admission ticket includes one Maine lobster, and then we calculate three pounds of lobster for each VIP ticket sold. Typically, our lobster order is between 1,800 to 2,000 pounds.

Q: What’s your favorite Lobsterfest memory, or what’s the craziest thing that ever happened at a Lobsterfest?

A: The craziest thing was a guest trying to sneak out of the event with 13 lobsters under her coat. Security was called to get the lobsters back. The VIP ticket is for lobsters to be consumed on site. We do not offer take out.

Q: There’s a chartable aspect to Lobsterfest – can you tell me more about the charities involved and how this works?

A: Lobsterfest supports the Leadership Tomorrow scholarship fund, grants a wish for Make-A-Wish Orange County Inland Empire and Les Dames d’ Escoffier Los Angeles/Orange County. Lobsterfest makes cash donations to New Directions for Women in Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa High School High School Cheerleaders, Corona del Mar High School football team and the Newport Beach Police Explorers. As the event grows, the Lobsterfest Foundation will be looking to support new charities.

Q: Do you ever eat lobster other times of the year? Is it your favorite food?

A: I do eat lobster other times of the year. Yes, lobster is a shellfish favorite of mine. Interestingly enough, I purchase a VIP ticket every year, and I am so busy at the event that I rarely get to eat a lobster.

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Amy Senk is a long-time resident of Corona del Mar and a regualar contributor to Stu News Newport.


Petrie-Norris leads opposition in campaign money reported for 74th Assembly race

Fundraising reports filed Wednesday with the Secretary of State’s office for California’s 74th Assembly District show that Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris begins her first re-election bid with a significant fundraising advantage over her two declared opponents. 

Since the beginning of the year, Petrie-Norris has raised $613,588 compared to Diane Dixon’s total of $207,789, and Kelly Ernby’s total of $72,433. Petrie-Norris also leads in the cash on hand category by a margin of more than three-to-one over Dixon and more than 10-to-one over Ernby. 

Petrie Norris Dixon Ernby

(L-R) Cottie Petrie-Norris, Diane Dixon and Kelly Ernby

 “Our strong fundraising numbers reflect the support our campaign has earned from individuals, businesses and organizations throughout Orange County,” stated Petrie-Norris. “Thanks to donations of all amounts – I am confident we will have the resources to run a sophisticated and effective campaign; one that is focused on the progress we are making on critical issues such as housing and homelessness, climate change, public safety and economic development. I look forward to continuing this momentum as we head toward next fall’s election.”

Petrie-Norris was elected to represent California’s 74th Assembly District in 2018. Over the course of her first year in office, she has introduced more than a dozen bills, including important legislation to combat sea-level rise, improve services for veterans, expand access to birth control, and save small business owners money. As part of the 2019-2020 State Budget, Petrie-Norris secured $4.5 million to help the Orange County Fire Authority’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance project protect Southern California from wildfires and $2.9 million to end Veteran homelessness in Orange County. 

Dixon currently serves as mayor of Newport Beach. 

“I am humbled by the outpouring of support since I started my campaign,” said Dixon. “It is clear Republicans are unifying behind me, and I look forward to a fully unified Republican effort to take this seat back from the Democrats and reduce the supermajority.

“By raising more money than any other non-incumbent running for an Orange County Assembly seat, I am in the best position to be able to unseat a sitting OC Assembly member.”

Ernby, the third candidate in the race, is from Huntington Beach and is a deputy district attorney in Orange County.


Monster “Medieval” Mile challenges Junior Lifeguards, winners announced

The Newport Beach Jr. Lifeguard (NBJG) program, now in its sixth week, held the long-awaited Monster Mile Competition on Thursday, Aug. 1. So, what exactly was it?

Monster Medieval Mile A boys

Monster Medieval Mile A girls

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A Division boys and girls winners

According to Mike Ure, the Lifeguard Training Captain who oversees both the Jr. Guards as well as all lifeguard training, “It is a run/swim, approximately a mile in length back and forth. It’s special because it is themed, with this year’s being a Medieval Castle. Instructors and kids are encouraged to dress up, and we deck out the lifeguard building.”

Monster Medieval Mile B girls

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B Division girls winners

Monster Medieval Mile C boy

Monster Medieval Mile C girls

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C Division boys and girls winners

The race began under Balboa Pier with a run down the shoreline, culminating with the juniors finishing the swim portion back to shore. Parents and well-wishers lined the beach, filled the pier and cheered the guards at the finish line.

The 1,345 junior guards participate in the seven-week Junior Guard program in four different age level divisions. The sessions run Monday through Thursday, with youngsters attending either the morning or afternoon program.

Monster Medieval Mile D boys

Monster Medieval Mile D girls

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D Division boys and girls winners

Here are the top finishers of the Monster Mile by division. Each of the top five finishers received a trophy.

A Division (14-15 years)

Boys

First – Mason Hunt, 25:00

Second – Owen Bartlett, 25:52

Third – Ryan Friedman, 26:01

Fourth – Tommy Richardson, 26:16

Fifth – Jackson Bryson, 26:47

Girls

First – Jillian Sclom, 27:10

Second – Alexandra Law, 28:13

Third – Maddie Malouf, 29:15

Fourth – Emily Park, 30:36

Fifth – Mia Kelly, 31:35

B Division (12-13 years)

Boys

First – Ty Hansberger, 25:45

Second – Dylan Flores, 26:45

Third – Carson Simonson, 27:35

Fourth – Ben Rosing, 27:50

Fifth – Luke Zimmerman, 28:02

Girls

First – Ellie Scalzo, 26:17

Second – Emma Lesieur, 30:05

Third – Skye Smith, 30:25

Fourth – Leah Schulman, 30:40

Fifth – Tyra Kitchens, 31:13

C Division (10-11 years)

Boys

First – Maddox Johnson, 28:30

Second – Avrum Xagororakis, 28:50

Third – Dash D’Ambrosia, 29:33

Fourth – Roy Ramirez, 29:45

Fifth – Tyler Law, 30:32

Girls

First – Ella Olsen, 29:58

Second – Allison Cohen, 30:42

Third – Ruby Scalzo, 31:17

Fourth – Ashley Hunt, 32:13

Fifth – Cliona Gaskin, 32:21

D Division (9 years)

Boys

First – Nolan Scott, 32:58

Second – Reese Sprout, 33:40

Third – Austin Cohen, 33:43

Fourth – Tucker Rannala, 34:03

Fifth – Ryan Anthony, 34:23

Girls

First – Addison Ting, 34:10

Second – Natalie Ng, 35:16

Third – Dana Le, 36:03

Fourth – Kendall Vandaele, 36:05

Fifth – Rita Laster, 36:30

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Jr. Guard girls get ready for the competition under Balboa Pier

Congratulations to all the Junior Guards who strived to do their very best in the run-swim. Next Thursday, Aug. 8, the Junior Guard program culminates with graduation taking place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. During the ceremony, graduation certificates and special awards are distributed and Jr. Guards get to celebrate completing the NBJG program.

Monster Medieval Mile running down the shoreline

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The running portion of the Monster Mile

Monster Mile Medeval girls

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Jr. Guard girls go Medieval and don their crowns and tiaras


Local golf star wins SCGA Women’s Amateur

Local golf star Alyaa Abdulghany won the Southern California Golf Association Women’s Amateur this week that was played at Newport Beach Country Club. Abdulghany, who played at Corona del Mar High School and is now an incoming junior at USC, fired a two-under par final round 69 to come from behind to earn the victory.

Katherine Muzi, from Walnut and also a member of the USC golf team, and Brooke Seay, from San Diego and a member of the 2018 USA World Junior Girls Team, were tied heading into the final round after shooting 73-68.

Local golf star wins Alyaa Abdulghany

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Alyaa Abdulghany

But Abdulghany, who sat two shots back at the start of the day, caught fire on the closing nine birdieing three of the final six holes to win over Amy Matsuoka, also from Newport Beach, Seay and Zoe Campos, of Stevenson Ranch, by two strokes with a 54-hole score of 212.

Highlights for Abdulghany over the past year include victories at Palm Resort Golf & Country Club in Malaysia where she won the Johor Amateur Open; the Battle at the Rock, a collegiate event in Riverside, where she finished first;  and a second-place finish in the Malaysian Amateur Open last month at Kelab Golf Sarawak.

Matsuoka is a senior at the University of Oregon and also played at CdMHS.


Flashback Friday

Wild hair and love child?

Flashback Friday 8.2.19

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Here is our first Flashback Friday...harkening back to yesterday...and we thought it would be fun if you try and guess who it is.

Clue: Taken at Thundercloud Lodge, Big Bear, California in 1978.

Good luck guessing this one. The answer appears at the bottom of Stu News.

Send in a treasured past photo!

You can submit yourself, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend or family member. We’ll even surprise them if you want. 

We’re looking for eye-catching representations of your Flashback Friday.

Please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with Flashback Friday in the subject line. Let’s make Fridays a day to remember.


Flashback Friday: Answer

If you guessed Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Steve Rosansky and his wife, Gina, then you are correct!

Send in a treasured past photo!

You can submit yourself, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend or family member. We’ll even surprise them if you want. 

We’re looking for eye-catching representations of your Flashback Friday.

Please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with Flashback Friday in the subject line. Let’s make Fridays a day to remember.


Inaugural Persian Music Beach comes to Newport Dunes on Sunday

Come enjoy a lively summer beach party while dancing to the best DJs during the inaugural Persian Music Beach Festival this Sunday, Aug. 4 at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. The event is presented by Koobesh Entertainment & Barcode the Lounge.

Don your bathing suits and bask in the sand and sun or cool off in the Back Bay, all while partying and treating your ears to the sounds of a talented lineup by some of the hottest Persian Music & House DJs in Southern California. Drinks and delicious food will be available for sale. Alcohol will be offered, but you must be 21+ to indulge in adult beverages. No outside food or drinks are allowed.

The beach party, open to those 18 and older, takes place from 1-7 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $40-$90 at the link here. Parking is available on site.

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.


Hoag named best in OC, 8th in California

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian was named the best hospital in Orange County in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-2020 Best Hospitals Rankings released Tuesday, July 30. Hoag was also listed as the fourth-best hospital in the Los Angeles metro area and eighth-best in California.

The annual Best Hospitals rankings and ratings, now in its 30th year, is designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions and common elective procedures.

Hoag’s 2019-2020 rankings also included national recognition for Hoag’s specialty services, including: No. 37 in Neurology & Neurosurgery, No. 41 in Gynecology, No. 41 in Orthopedics and No. 48 in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery.

Additional rankings included high performing in five adult specialties, including cancer, geriatrics, nephrology, pulmonology & lung surgery and urology, as well as high performing in nine procedures and conditions, including abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery.

“Receiving this prestigious national recognition is a tribute to Hoag’s commitment to delivering the highest quality, patient-centered care each and every day to the Orange County community,” said Robert T. Braithwaite, Hoag president and CEO. “We are so proud of our dedicated employees, medical staff, volunteers and our Board, who demonstrate compassion each and every day while providing this community a level of personalized care that is unsurpassed.”

This year marks the first that Hoag is nationally ranked in neurology & neurosurgery and gynecology – a reflection of the resources Hoag has invested in these areas, including giving patients access to the most leading-edge treatment and diagnostic options available.

“It’s rare for a community hospital to have access to the most advanced treatments, technologies and clinical trials, but at Hoag we are fiercely committed to exploring and perfecting innovative options for our patients and this community,” Braithwaite said.

The U.S. News Best Hospitals methodologies in most areas of care are based largely or entirely on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators. To view the full rankings of U.S. News & World Report, visit https://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.


Great things on the horizon

Great things sunset

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Photo by Stacia Stabler

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” –Charles Bowden


Breaking News in Newport Beach

Broadcom co-founder takes plea in Las Vegas drug charges

Broadcom co-founder and billionaire Henry T. Nicholas III and his co-defendant, Ashley Christine Fargo, both of Newport Beach, have agreed to an “Alford plea” in two felony drug possession charges against them in Las Vegas, Nevada.

An Alford plea is a guilty plea in criminal court, whereby a defendant does not admit to the criminal act and asserts innocence. 

Breaking News Broadcom Henry Nicholas III Breaking News Broadcom Ashley Christine Fargo

Courtesy of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police

Henry Nicholas III and Ashley Christine Fargo

Nicholas, while staying at the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, summoned hotel security when he was locked out of his room. Upon breaking through the latched door, hotel security found Fargo “unresponsive” with drug paraphernalia nearby.

Upon further investigation, police found heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and several psychedelic substances in several pieces of luggage in the room.

As part of their plea deal, Nicholas and Fargo will make a $1 million donation to Las Vegas area drug treatment and rehabilitation programs.

Nicholas founded Broadcom with a partner in 1991. Forbes has estimated his net worth at more than $4 billion.

Stabbing at OC Fair sends two to hospital, two taken into custody

Two people were sent to the hospital Wednesday night, July 31, with lacerations to their arms after being stabbed at the Orange County Fair.

The incident occurred around 9:40 p.m. The sheriff’s department was called in concerning an altercation between a group of young males in the Fair’s main mall area.

According to officials, no weapons were recovered, and witnesses did not report seeing any.

Two people were reportedly taken into custody, however, an Orange County Sheriff’s spokesperson said that there have been no arrests. She also said that an investigation continues, however, that there is no danger to the public.


Breakers close out season on a down note

The Orange County Breakers ended their season on Wednesday with a disappointing 25-15 loss to the Washington Kastles at home in Breakers Stadium at Palisades Tennis Club. 

The Breakers went into the match with an outside shot at qualifying for the World Team Tennis playoffs, however, they lost all five matches on the evening.

The loss dropped the Breakers to 6 - 8 on the year, tied with the Vegas Rollers in fifth place.

Breakers close out season


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Andreja Klepac serves for Breakers with partner Luke Bambridge in the foreground at net

Philadelphia, Springfield, San Diego and New York all qualify for tonight’s playoff semi-finals in Las Vegas at the Orleans Arena, with the winners returning tomorrow to play for the King Championship trophy.

Third-seeded San Diego will open against second-seeded Springfield, followed by fourth-seeded New York against top-seeded Philadelphia.

Coverage of all matches tonight and tomorrow will be live on the CBS Network.


Abandoned boat auction planned by city

On Thursday, Aug. 15 at 10 a.m., the City of Newport Beach will auction off abandoned vessels including a 34’8” Ericson Sailboat (EU CF 4980), two pedal boats and six kayaks.

At the same time and location, OCSD Harbor Patrol will auction off a 29’ Schock Sailboat (CF 9193 FT).

Abandoned boat auction boat deck

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Vessel viewing will be held the same day between 9 a.m. and 9:59 a.m. at the City of Newport Beach, Harbor Department, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd.

The following rules apply: vessels are sold as is and where is; minimum bid varies with each vessel; payment is cash only immediately after the auction; the Harbor Department must retain the CF registered vessels following the auction for a 10-day redemption period before vessels are released to the successful bidder; and, held vessels must be picked up Sunday, Aug. 25 by 5 p.m.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Kate and Papa do the Fair

Fair Game Tom NewThere’s nothing like the Orange County Fair, going on now through August 11 in Costa Mesa.

I got to enjoy it recently with my 2 1/2-year-old granddaughter, Kate. First stop was the Petting Zoo. And why not. Of course we bought our two ice cream cones filled with animal food and ventured into the pen.

There were all kinds of animals, and Kate, having two large dogs at home, wasn’t afraid of any of them. We took them on one-by-one. 

“What’s this?” I asked her as she hugged the first comer. 

“Papa, a goat,” she exclaimed.

As we moved through each of the animals, she identified them all.

“Cow, pig, sheep,” she said.

Then, a llama approached. She looked up at it with a quizzical look on her face, while feeding it some food.

“What’s this?” I asked.

With a big smile on her face, she looked back and blurted out, “It’s a giraffe!”

I guess the long neck fooled her. But I couldn’t argue.

We then left there and went to the always popular Centennial Farm to check out the newly arrived baby piglets and then hit some fair food.

We ventured through the sights and sounds of the arcade game area and listened to the vendors barking at us to take our turn. With amazement, she looked up at the rides that rocketed high into the night sky.

Oh, and the pony rides were a must. God only knows where she got the idea, but after a lap or two she put her hands up in the air, letting go of the reins and smiled at this huge accomplishment.

Fair Game Kate on pony

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Kate doing her best Annie Oakley

Finally, we arrived at the All-Alaskan Racing Pigs. Kate didn’t utilize the convenient grandstand seating offered to all guests, instead choosing to sit in the hay and dirt on the race track edge. And why not? Each time the pigs raced by, she could almost reach out and touch them, and each time they did, she looked back to me with a smile.

Yup, the fair is fun. But I have to tell you, it was even better with a 2 1/2-year-old in tow.

The good news for you is that there still are two more full weekends and a lot more fun out there, so I encourage you to get on out. Take a little one, you won’t regret it.

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Don’t forget, they’re selling books today and tomorrow at the Central Library. In fact, tomorrow it’s “2 Bucks a Bag” all day from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

The books are used, and the money raised goes to the Friends of the Library.

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If you like lobster, you need to buy your tickets to this summer’s Lobsterfest set for Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Civic Center Green.

Here’s what a ticket buys you: a whole Maine lobster, of course, flown in fresh from the East Coast the day of the event; a NY strip steak, red potatoes, corn-on-the-cob, a summer salad, a freshly baked roll and dessert.

You also get to enjoy live entertainment provided by the Pinch! Me Band.

Proceeds from the event provide scholarships for potential Leadership Tomorrow candidates, make dreams come true for Fund-A-Wish for the Orange County and the Inland Empire Make-A-Wish Foundation. This year the underwriters are also announcing a new philanthropic partner in the Les Dames d’Escoffier Los Angeles/Orange County Chapter to raise funds for culinary scholarships.

It’s a great event. And obviously, the food is good. For tickets go to www.lobsterfestatnewportbeach.com. Do it now, as it will sell out, and you must purchase your tickets in advance.


Little Lido Kids Club this Thursday

Little Lido apple on stack of books

All are invited to the Little Lido Kids Club this Thursday, Aug. 1 from 10-11 a.m. at Lido Village Books. Bring your children and enjoy a charming story of a little boy’s first day of school, My New Teacher and Me! by Weird Al Yankovich.

In addition to enjoying storytime, kids will get to create a back-to-school craft and take in the tunes of musician Michael SG.

Attendees will also receive discounts on shopping and dining at Lido Marina Village.

This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is recommended. Why? Because you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win either the book of the day at Lido Village Books, a free gift from Aesop or two free admission tickets to Pretend City. You must register by Wednesday, July 31 at 8 p.m. to be eligible for the drawing and be present to win. Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/back-to-school-tickets-66248851097#tickets.

Lido Village Books is located at 3424 Via Oporto, Suite 102, Newport Beach, California. For more information, visit www.lidovillagebooks.com.


Third Annual Pacific Wine & Food Classic comes to Newport Dunes on August 17 and 18

Pacific Wine & Food Classic invites guests to celebrate the season with summer-inspired bites from the region’s top chefs, exquisite wine pairings and refreshing libations at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort on Saturday, Aug. 17 and Sunday, Aug. 18 from 2-5 p.m. Recently named one of USA Today’s 10 Best Food Festivals in the nation for 2019, Pacific Wine & Food Classic is presented by Pacific Sales Kitchen & Home and powered by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.

Participating chefs will create dishes reminiscent of their favorite summer memories, and in between bites and pours, dance on the beach at the Silent Disco by Celebrity Cruise, relax at The Wine Lounge by Dacor Luxury Kitchen Appliances, or stop by the Bubble Bar for a glass of bubbly featuring G.H. Mumm.

Among the skilled culinarians offering their inventive samplings are these Newport Beach and Corona del Mar restaurateurs: General Admission – Atria, Back Bay Bistro, Bluewater Grill, Bosscat Kitchen & Libations, Bristol Farms, Coastal Catering (Sunday only), CUCINA enoteca, Filomena’s, Five Crowns Saturday only), Great Maple, Miss Mini Donuts, Oak Grill, Red O, Rusty Pelican, Sgt. Pepperoni Pizza Store, SideDoor (Sunday only), Sol Mexican Cocina, (Sunday only), Sushi Roku (Saturday only), Tackle Box and Ten Asian Bistro. VIP Admission – Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens (Saturday only), Lido Bottle Works (both days), Olea. Cellar. Craft. Cook (Saturday only) and Provenance (Saturday only).

Third Annual Lido Bottle Works

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An offering from Lido Bottle Works is brimming with summer flavors

Adding to the festivities, Lillet welcomes guests with a Lillet Spritz and The Dole Whip Guy will be onsite doling out frosty treats. The Maker’s Mark Truck will be back with an incredible bourbon experience and don’t miss specialty sips from the Absolut Elyx Bar.

In addition, exclusive summer-inspired cocktails will be offered in the Grassy VIP Gazebo Courtyard including Summer Margaritas by Hornitos Premium Tequila and refreshments from the Cruzan Rum Bar to pair with over-the-top tastes from restaurants like Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens, Olea, Lido Bottle Works and Mixed Bakery.

New this year, experience an extra element of luxury with the Luxe VIP Packages starting at $2,800 for a group of six. The purchase of a Luxe VIP Package offers six VIP tickets for either Saturday, Aug. 17 or Sunday, Aug. 18, your own Private Luxe Lounge with comfortable seating on the sand overlooking the bay, a bucket of chilled bottled water and security to ensure private access only. The Luxe VIP package includes a truly unique experience of a 30-minute tour of the bay in Newport Beach on a Mahogonite finished bay cruiser on the day of the event with reservation. Luxe VIP packages are in extremely limited supply. To inquire about the Luxe VIP Package and to purchase, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Early Bird tickets are available through July 31. Early Bird General Admission tickets are $109 for Saturday, Aug. 17 and $99 for Sunday, Aug. 18. Early Bird VIP Admission tickets are $159 for Saturday, Aug. 17 and $149 for Sunday, Aug. 18. VIP tickets include one-hour early admission at 1 p.m. and access to the Grassy VIP Gazebo Courtyard featuring views of the bay and several exclusive bites and cocktail offerings. VIP tickets are limited. The Pacific Wine & Food Classic is limited to guests ages 21 and over.

For more information on the Pacific Wine & Food Classic and to purchase tickets, visit www.pacificwineandfood.com.

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.


Working out at Peach on the Beach

Like working out but want to get out of the gym for the summer? Then Peach on the Beach is where you’ll want to be every Saturday from now through August. The next class is this Saturday, Aug. 3 from 7-8 a.m.

Meet at 17th Street and West Balboa Blvd. at Lifeguard Tower #17. Bring water, a towel and a blanket or yoga mat.

Working out at Peach girl on beach

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You will get your heart rate up with lots of varied workouts while keeping safe on the sand. There is yoga, body weight training, HIIT, mat Pilates, Buti yoga and more. Classes are complimentary, so bring a friend.

Street parking is free before 8 a.m.


Pacific Symphony SummerFest continues with “Star Wars: A New Hope”

Pacific Symphony’s entertaining SummerFest program for 2019 at Pacific Amphitheatre continues with John Williams’ thrilling soundtrack of “Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert,” performed live to film on Saturday, Aug. 17 beginning at 8 p.m.

Pacific Symphony Summerfest

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“Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert” at Pacific Amphitheatre, Aug. 17

Tickets are on sale, with a variety of vendor options onsite to serve up delicious selections from a gourmet menu for pre-concert dining. Dine pre-concert at Plaza Pacifica or in the seats during the performance. Gates open at 6 p.m. for picnicking.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 714.755.5799, or visit www.pacificsymphony.org.

Pacific Amphitheatre is located at the OC Far & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.


OC Fair focuses on sustainability 

This summer, the OC Fair not only wants you to have “Acres of Fun” as their agricultural theme suggests, but to make sure your fair experience is environmentally sustainable.

The OC Fair’s commitment to the environment and minimizing waste is apparent. As you make your way through the fairgrounds, you can find four agricultural-themed lounges to relax in. The lounges’ sofas, chairs, tables and stools are made of recycled OC Fair banners. Other areas throughout the fairgrounds feature drought-tolerant plants and decorative vignettes using repurposed items such as old bicycles, glass jars, cabinets and denim jeans.

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The Orange Grove is one of the several agricultural-themed lounges at the OC Fair this year

The Culinary Arts area in the OC Promenade also offers edible spoons that come in both sweet and savory flavors. Additionally, solar- and wind-powered stations in Plaza Pacifica allow visitors to charge their devices without using electricity from the power grid. Fairgoers are encouraged to take part in the OC Fair’s commitment to sustainability through reusing their OC Fair souvenir cups. 

The 2019 OC Fair continues through August 11 and offers days and nights of entertainment, food, rides, shopping, exhibits and more. Hours are 12 p.m-12 a.m., Wednesdays through Fridays, and 11 a.m-12 a.m., Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, visit www.ocfair.com.


OASIS monthly gathering to feature The Fabulous Nomads

Stop by the OASIS Evelyn Hart Event Center this Friday, Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. for OASIS’s Monthly Membership Gathering. This month, The Fabulous Nomads, featuring some of the best and most experienced musicians in Orange County, will entertain guests. Founded in 1979 by Phil O’Brien, the Fabulous Nomads are OC’s longest running surf band. From Sam Cooke to The Surfaris, Beach Boys, Chantays and Johnny Rivers to The Ventures, they will take you back to when hot rods drove surfers to the beach and old trucks parked on top of Goat Hill, and everyone was talking about what happened at the Rendezvous Ballroom the night before. 

OASIS monthly gathering The Nomads

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The Fabulous Nomads ride down Marine Avenue in the Balboa Island Parade earlier this year

As you arrive, enjoy the piano stylings of Deane Bottorf. In addition to the entertainment and meeting, a catered lunch includes salmon, rice and  vegetables, along with dessert. Admission is $8 for OASIS members and $10 for non-members. The event takes place in the OASIS Evelyn Hart Event Center; buy your ticket early, as this event sells out. The next monthly meeting will be held September 6.

For a calendar of upcoming OASIS Senior Center events, visit our Calendars section here.


Newport Dunes to host The WHO Experience 

Calling all WHO and rock and roll fans! Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is hosting “The WHO – Ultimate WHO Tribute” on Saturday, Aug. 3 from 8-10:30 p.m. Enjoy dancing to hits like “Behind Blue Eyes,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” and “Baba O’Riley” (Teenage Wasteland). General admission for the event is $15 and $20 for dinner table seating.

Newport Dunes to Host WHO

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Get ready to rock with The WHO Tribute Band 

For more event information and to purchase tickets, visit www.newportdunes.com.

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.


Newport Chamber seeks blood donors 

The saying goes, “You can’t get blood out of a turnip.” Well, the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce isn’t looking for any turnips, they’re looking for people. The Chamber’s Blood Drive is this Friday, Aug. 2, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Chamber parking lot at 4343 Von Karman.

Here’s what the chamber is asking you to do: go to MYSCBB.org/schedule to make an appointment or call 1.844.380.5220.

Once you arrive, you’ll need a photo ID. And, make sure you’re hydrated.

Donors will receive points to redeem for gift cards and more.

For more information, go to www.newportbeach.com.

Newport Chamber blood donation

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ENC announces new earth-friendly sponsor

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) has a new sponsor: Earth Friendly Products. Southern California-based Earth Friendly Products, maker of ECOS plant-powered cleaners, will provide the ENC and ENC Nature Preschool with a range of sustainable cleaning products like all-purpose and bathroom cleaners, hand soap and laundry detergent.

ENC view from breezeway 7.30

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Rendering of the breezeway at the ENC Nature Preschool, currently under construction

Earth Friendly Products is the world’s first carbon neutral, water neutral, TRUE Zero Waste Platinum certified company, which requires an organization to divert 95 percent or more of its waste from landfills and incinerators.

“We are so excited to have Earth Friendly Products as a sponsor, because our values here at the ENC align so closely with their commitment to environmentally conscious products,” said ENC Assistant Director Lori Whalen. “We especially appreciate their TRUE Zero Waste certified facilities, something we are striving towards as well.”

Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.encenter.org.


Chat and snack with a ranger at Crystal Cove, complete with s’mores

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State parks, campgrounds and s’mores are a summertime tradition. Come down to the Berns Amphitheater at Crystal Cove State Park on Fridays, Aug. 2 and Aug. 23 from 7-8 p.m. to Chat and Snack with a Ranger and learn about some of the nocturnal animals that live in the park.

Bring your s’mores fixing; Crystal Cove will have the fire pit lit. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at School-State Park stoplight, follow signs towards the campground.) Enjoy the $5 sunset rate.

For a calendar of upcoming events at Crystal Cove State Park, visit our Calendars section here.


SOCALPAPA artists return to Upper Newport Bay, juried winners announced

SOCALPAPA artists returned to the Upper Newport Bay this past weekend for the association’s Fine Arts Juried Event and Display Sale at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. The two-part celebration and showcase included a juried plein air art competition featuring the Back Bay and OC Parks on Friday, July 26 and a weekend display show and sale featuring a variety of original art of Newport Bay, OC parks, local iconic scenes as well as still lifes and iconic landscapes, both local and around the world by 40 artists. A portion of the sale proceeds will go to the Newport Bay Conservancy.

SOCALPAPA Eileen and Michael

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First place winner, artist Eileen McCullough for “Back Bay Stroll” in watercolor with nationally recognized artist, Michael Obermeyer, who judged the artworks

Here are the winning artists from the Juried Show:

–1st Place: Eileen McCullough for Back Bay Strollers, watercolor

–2nd Place: Sung Su for Reflections at the Back Bay, oil

–3rd Place: Kevin Davidson for Boat House, Irvine Park, oil

–Artist Choice (tie): Kevin Davidson for Boat House, Irvine Park, oil, and Kathleen Williams for Big Bend, oil

SOCALPAPA Sung Su

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Second place winner, artist Sung Su for “Reflections at the Back Bay” in oil

–Honorable Mention: Al Carlson for On the Trail, oil

–Honorable Mention: Jean Choi for Afternoon Glow, O’Neil Regional Park, pastel

–Honorable Mention: Steve Kell for Ridgeline, oil

–Honorable Mention: Kirsten Anderson for Reflections of Summer, oil

–Honorable Mention: Ursula Olsson for Equestrian Day in Limestone, oil

–Robinson Award: Kirsten Anderson for Reflections of Summer

–O.C. Parks Award: Kirsten Anderson for Sunset Surprise

SOCALPAPA Kathleen, Kevin and Caryn

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(L-R) Kathleen Williams, show co-director, treasurer of SOCALPAPA and Artist Choice (tie) for “Big Bend” in oil; Kevin Davidson, third place winner for “Boat House, Irvine Park” in oil; and Caryn Maldonado, show co-director and past president of SOCALPAPA

SOCALPAPA kid artists

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Budding young artists paint during the instructor-led art class

Free painting classes for kids 7-12 years old were offered on both Saturday and Sunday. SOCALPAPA artists and art instructors Sandra Morrison and Dawn Buckingham provided the children with an unforgettable fine art experience. All materials were supplied and participants took home a completed painting at the end of each class.

SOCALPAPA four ladies

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(L-R) Artist Rita Olin; Kathleen Williams; Ursula Olsson, show co-director and Honorable Mention forEquestrian Day in Limestone,” in oil; and Caryn Maldonado

This festival of fine art is a collaborative event organized by SOCALPAPA in conjunction with the Newport Bay Conservancy (NBC) and Orange County Parks. SOCALPAPA’s nearly 150-member association dedicates itself to painting outdoors from life. For more information about SOCALPAPA, visit the association’s website at www.socalpapa.com.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Flashback Friday is here, send us your photo(s) from back in the day

Fair Game Tom NewOkay, so we’ve previously had Stump the Stu, where readers guessed where a particular photo was from around town. To that, we added Sign of the Times. That’s where, again, readers took one part of a notable sign from around the community and told us what the rest said.

Both were popular in their own right, but both pretty much ran their course.

Well, now we’ve come up with a new idea. It’s called Flashback Friday!

We want readers to submit to us a “then” photo that shows you or a loved one (include names) from a time gone by with an estimated date and where it was taken.

I’ve added an example. Below is a picture of me in my college days, San Diego State, circa early 70s. 

You can submit yourself, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend or family member. We’ll even surprise them if you want. 

Fair Game Tom Johnson

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Tom Johnson (1970s)

Let’s have some fun. We’re looking for eye-catching representations of your Flashback Friday. Please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with Flashback Friday in the subject line.

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Newport Beach’s Mike Villani is a voice-over announcer. His latest gig has taken him to Lima, Peru, for the 2019 Pan American Games. Mike is the venue announcer for the softball tournament that is running through Aug. 11.

This isn’t Villani’s first go-round, he’s also announced in five previous Olympics, primarily in the volleyball arena.

Go USA!

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Governor Gavin Newsom’s signed AB 74, the 2019-20 budget bill and as a result, Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris earmarked $500,000 to the City of Newport Beach Arts Commission for arts education programs.

Cottie added, “I ran for office because for far too long, the representatives for coastal Orange County weren’t bringing home resources to our community. In my first six months in office I have worked to be an effective and responsive advocate for my constituents.”

Maybe there’s more to running for office in Sacramento or Washington than just sitting on your hands and doing nothing?

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Just a heads-up, the City will test its Outdoor Emergency Notification System this Friday, Aug. 2 between 12-12:15 p.m. It’s always done on the first Friday of the month, so don’t be alarmed. Get it, alarmed?

Anyway, there are three 50-foot poles around town that are connected to a control panel located at the Newport Beach Police station. The sirens themselves are four feet high on top of the poles, located along the Balboa Peninsula and at Big Corona Beach.

The difference between a test and the real thing is that an actual emergency notification, if utilized, will last for an extended time at a much higher sound level. 


Pet of the WeekDog and Cat print

Stu News Newport is delighted to be working with the Newport Beach Animal Shelter to help get the word out in search of loving homes for pets that deserve a warm, nurturing environment and a place to call “home.”

Pet of the Week 7.30.19

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MEET NILES

We are so happy to announce the availability of Niles, a 5-year-old Greater Swiss Mountain Dog mix. He is an absolute doll. Mellow, kind and happy, he takes treats gently, shares his affections, is attentive and definitely wants to be a part of a loving family. Every great quality that anyone would be looking for in a family furry is Niles. 

If you are interested in finding out more about Niles, or any other animals up for adoption, the Newport Beach Animal Shelter is located at 20302 Riverside Drive, Newport Beach. It is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 949.644.3656. Email Valerie Schomburg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Newport Beach Animal Shelter adoption fees:

–Dogs - $130

–Puppies - $150

–Cats - $90

–Kittens - $110

To find out how you can help support the shelter, visit www.nbpd.org and click on “Our Animal Shelter” to view the wish list. The shelter can always use food and treats; new toys; grooming, hygiene and comfort products; as well as laundry soap, dish soap, paper towels, sponges, scrub pads and lint rollers. If you are interested in volunteering, you can fill out and sign the application on the website.


Stranger in a not-so-strange land

By DUNCAN FORGEY

It’s late Sunday night at LAX. Flabbergasted by immense crowds at the gates, restaurants and sidewalks, all the way to the streets and car rentals, it feels like I am looking for a lifeboat on the Titanic. Los Angeles, once a sleepy pueblo called “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles del Rio Porciuncula,” has become a monster megalopolis that grows like unattended mold.

Driving alone on a transition road to the 405 Freeway, my rear view mirror is temporarily empty. But in an instant, speeding headlights pour angry light into my rear window as speeding cars fly by. My speedometer is 40 mph. I am driving Kauai-style. Speeding up to 65 mph, I slide into the freeway’s slow lane dodging others going 70-85 mph. My little Nissan and I made enemies all the way to Newport Beach.

In the course of the next eight days, five “mini” road rage incidents came into play due to my “cautious driving.” I was like a child in the NFL, always in the way and definitely out of my league. People yelled and their anger surfaced because I obeyed stop signs, drove the speed limit and took slow tight turns. I was constantly challenged by oversized SUVs, modified teenage cars and even a wrong-way skateboarder. Hostility boiled over like volcanic lava. It seems that  breaking the law is the norm and anyone not doing so is the recipient of middle fingers, derogatory names and hostile looks. I soon fell into line by increasing my speed and stress level.

Stranger Cub Scout Troop

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Cub Scout Troop, Lido Isle in the 1950s (Duncan is pictured in the second row, second from the right)

Within the city limits of Newport Beach, I felt a sense of relief. This will always be my town. My memories and experiences here are key to who and what I am today. Life around Newport Harbor is unlike anywhere else in the world. A “live-in Disneyland” with residents armed with tickets for all of its many rides.

I was home, or at least I thought I was home. Little did I realize how fast time changes things. There existed a sad detachment from the streets and neighborhoods that I have frequented since kindergarten.

First and foremost, I was on a business trip. But as we all know, Newport Beach is never all business. Old friends and colleagues reached out sharing some great times. Age has taken a ravaging toll on some, but they still remain lifelong playmates. In Newport, parties and friendships are to be celebrated.

Returning to Newport Shores, once the “poor man’s Lido Isle,” it looked the same. Famous for its “renters and partying locals” decades ago, the Shores has matured and is attracting more mainstream families. Like the rest of Newport’s neighborhoods, older houses are vanishing and in their place are larger contemporary homes. “Oldsters” are dying and small-town beach attitudes die with them.

Tom Stillwell has captured this phenomenon in his popular Facebook Page, “I lived in Newport Beach BEFORE it was the OC.” Those of us who experienced the “golden era” of the harbor (pre-1980) may sound a bit like snobs, but actually it is the reverse. Our love for the town is strong. Like fanatic Dodger fans, Trojan versus Bruin graduates or a diehard Marine, we honor the huge influence that Newport Beach has had on all of us.

Many current Newport residents don’t appreciate the smells, noise and intensity of oldtown. They stay away from the beach due to hassling crowds.  Developers are tearing down everything that is old in an antiseptic style. The city is an expert in dealing with invasions of tourists, having dealt with Bal Week, Fourth of July, hot summer Sundays and Christmas Boat Parades for decades, all of which bring thousands of tourists and challenges to residents and law enforcement.

Those who were raised here are different. We were raised with a sense of independence, desire for adventure and strong makeups that both attract and frustrate future spouses. Right before “For richer or for poorer…until death do us part” should be inserted: “…acceptance of my collection of quirky friends.”

Even in the beginnings of this great city, Newport Beach has produced an amazing collection of characters. The Gabrielino Indians were the first smart enough to enjoy the laidback beach life of the Santa Ana River and Big Canyon.  Joseph and Helen Duarte, The Sharp family, Edward Abbott, John Scarpa, George Hart, Dr. Gordon Grundy, Sid Soffer and thousands more have slipped into obscurity while sculptures of Bunny Rabbits circle around City Hall. The past sadly disappears quickly in Newport.

Field of Honor flags

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Flags line the path in the Field of Honor at Castaways Park

Shout outs are due to those quietly keeping Newport Beach’s soul alive.  The Exchange Club of Newport Harbor, the oldest existing service club in the harbor area is a roomful of wonderful people dedicated to old values and patriotism. Visit the annual Field of Honor in Castaways Park each spring with 1776 American Flags, or attend their movie fundraiser for prevention of child abuse, and you’ll see the heart and soul of Newport Beach. Spirits of Theodore Robins and his son Bob, Art Gronsky, Dick Freeman, Jack King and Jerry Wooters circle Newport Beach forever, leaving behind a vibrant tradition of self-sacrifice for the community.

Stranger Karams restaurant 1953

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Karams restaurant on Balboa in 1953; it latemoved to Cannery Village. Cruisers Pizza Bar & Grill is now located at this location.

The Commodores Club of Newport Harbor, created as part of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, consists of 35 of the best and brightest business men and women in Newport Beach. It has become the beating heart behind so much of the entrepreneurial and promotional events that makes Newport unique.  Annual Christmas Boat Parades, Sandcastle Contests, Flights of Lasers plus appreciation breakfasts for fire, lifeguards and police are aimed at celebrating how great our city is. But it is the Commodores’ influence regarding the politics and business environment that makes the club a force in town. Leaders like Paul Salata, Seymour Beek and Tom Johnson plus hundreds of others over the years keep the Commodores Club vital to modern day Newport Beach.

Stranger Flight of the Lasers

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Flight of the Lasers (now called Flight of Newport)

In my eight-day sojourn, I was also blessed to attend ongoing birthday celebrations. It became obvious that my fellow “children of the 60s” had changed. We once talked athletic accomplishments, jobs, boats, babies and finances. The subjects of conversation now are doctors, politics, ailments and memories. Prideful old injuries have long been forgotten and damaged organs, various cancers and faltering minds are today’s concerns. Baby boomers have moved past replacement surgery and entered into the “cross your fingers and hope not to die” stage of life. Among these groups of old hippies, Vietnam Vets and grandparents, laughter is sometimes a cover up for concern, but if you are lucky enough to have known them since elementary school that same laughter is the best prescription for a failing body.

War babies are now at the age when younger people tolerate them. These once unruly youth of the 1960s and 1970s shuffle as they walk and are hurtfully described as elderly. They are frightened of losing their relevance. By looking in the mirror, they see that Peter Pan has grey hair and a bad prostate and Tinker Bell can’t remember what she is supposed to do with her magic dust. But discussing the past makes it seem like it happened yesterday. Remembering with old friends ditching school and hiding from “Bring them Back” Jack King to surf or drive to Mammoth for a weekend of skiing.

Stranger Newport Pier

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Newport Pier, a constant throughout the years

Note to Millennials: If you happen to see one of these “oldsters” as they drift off do not worry. They are likely revisiting their favorite sandy beach circa 1960 with the warm summer sun baking their skin, while making fun of LA, Chicago and New York. You see, there were very few real challenges then, plus we experienced a trifecta of schools (Newport El, Ensign and NHHS), the harbor and its old boats, the Pavilion, dory men, and of course, the ferry boats…

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Duncan Forgey, a lifelong resident of Newport Beach, now makes his home in Hawaii. He is a monthly contributor to Stu News Newport.


Summer sunset swimming

Summer sunset pool

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Photo by Diane Katz (Instagram @dlkatzdesigns) 

The ultimate pool with a view, The Resort at Pelican Hill


Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

Newport Beach A Look Back 7.30.19

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Nearly barren! In 1920, the now infamous Wedge had almost nothing built on it. Furthermore, the Harbor had still not been properly dredged, as can be seen in the sandbars visible off Balboa Island (top right). The Harbor would not be completely dredged until the 1930s when federal funding was finally secured.

Balboa Island Museum and the Museum Store are located at 210 B Marine Ave., Balboa Island. They are open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, call 949.675.3952, visit www.balboamuseum.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Newport Beach finishes third in California Surf Championships behind the strong showing of Hayden Hemmens

The Newport Beach Ocean Lifeguard Association finished 3rd overall in the 2019 California Surf Lifesaving Championships at Carpinteria State Beach last weekend.

On Friday, July 26, the Junior Lifeguards competed against teams from Santa Cruz to San Diego, ages 9-15.

Newport Beach finishes Hayden Hemmens

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Newport Beach Lifeguard Hayden Hemmens, who competes internationally, takes first in the distance paddle 

Then, on Saturday, July 27, the Lifeguards (NBOLA) competed against guards from throughout California. 

NBOLA was led by Hayden Hemmens who won eight of nine events he entered in the men’s division. Hemmens took 1st in mens surf, mens board rescue, mens ironman, mens rescue, mens surf ski, mens board, mens ironguard, mens run-swim-run and finished 4th in the board relay for men.

Overall, he was responsible for 144.5 of NBOLA’s overall point total of 278.5.

Newport Beach finishes mens rescue

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(L-R) Nick Rice, Hayden Hemmens and Matthew Minaker team up to compete in the mens rescue, taking home first place

Nicholas Rice, Matthew Minaker and Sam Hunter teamed with Hemmens in the mens rescue for 1st.

Hunter also finished 5th in the mens run-swim-run and 12th in the mens surf.

Elliott Harrington finished 7th in the mens 2K beach run and Nicolaas Baljeu was 9th in the mens surf race.

Newport Beach finishes 3 girls

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(L-R) Carter Britt, Jaleh Moaddeli and Caroline Amling compete in the rescue relay at Lifeguard Regionals

Spencer Clark joined the team that finished 4th in the board relay for men.

For the women, Caroline Amling had a 7th place finish in the womens run-swim-run, Carter Britt was 13th in the womens 2K beach run, Jaleh Moaddeli was 5th in the womens 2K beach run and 9th in the womens beach flags.

Newport Beach finishes Rauth

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Owen Rauth dominated the competition while taking gold in the run-swim-run in the B Division

The women also finished 7th in the womens rescue race.

The California State Lifeguard Association won the overall team first place championship with 1,482.75 points, followed by LA County Surf Life Saving Association with 1,262.5.

Newport Beach finishes Schlom

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Jillian Schlom showing off her hardware after placing third in the girls distance swim

The Junior Lifeguard results from Friday were in A, B and C divisions:

The “A” division (14-15 year olds) co-ed swim relay took home 4th with athletes Emily Park, Robert Wright, Owen Bartlett, Alexandra Law, Jillian Schlom and Juliette Holdsworth. Owen Bartlett had a 2nd in the boys distance swim and Jillian Schlom got 3rd in the girls distance swim. Peter Clark and Robert Wright took 4th in the boys rescue relay.

Newport Beach finishes Edelhauser

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Jack Edelhauser defends his title as beach flags champion in the B Division

The “B” division (12-13 year olds) included 12 athletes. Jack Edelhauser defended his 2018 beach flags title by winning “B” boys again. The co-ed swim relay consisting of Skye Smith, Luke Zimmerman, Tyra Kitchens, Ty Hansberger, Jack Wright and Owen Rauth took home 2nd place. Rauth also took home 2nd in the boys distance swim and got 1st in the boys run-swim-run. Kitchens took home 4th in the girls distance swim.

Newport Beach finishes A Group Leaders

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A Group Leaders with their A Group Junior Guards enjoying an epic day of competition up in Carpinteria

In the “C” Division (10-11 year olds) Orlando Castano got 2nd in the boys beach flags. Parker Atkins, Orlando Castano, Kaylin Messenger, Katie Cross, Braden Avila and Scarlett Schmitt finished 2nd in the co-ed run relay. They also got 2nd in the co-ed rescue relay with Hudson Parks and Kaylin Messenger. The co-ed swim relay with Tyler Law, Hudson Parks, Ben Shumway, Harper Lohman, Sophia Lin and Ava Schmitt took home 3rd, along with Law in the boys distance swim.


Breaking News in Newport Beach

Local water polo star injured in South Korea balcony collapse

U.S. water polo player Kaleigh Gilchrist was among the injured early Saturday morning when a balcony and staircase collapsed at a nightclub in Gwangju, South Korea. Gilchrist is a former star player for Newport Harbor High School and USC. She was also a 2016 Olympic gold medalist.

Gilchrist was in the Coyote Ugly nightclub following the U.S. team’s gold medal victory in the FINA World Championships.

She suffered a serious laceration on her left leg and required surgery. Two people were killed in the incident and more than a dozen others were injured.

The accident happened around 2:30 a.m. in the club that was located near the athletes’ village. Some 370 people were inside the nightclub at the time.

On Friday night, the U.S. defeated Spain 11-6 to win their third consecutive World Championship gold medal.

Two other athletes from the men’s water polo team were also injured in the incident.

Former hospital administrator in trouble again

Former Corona del Mar resident Michael D. Drobot, 74, has agreed to plead guilty to charges of wire fraud, engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from unlawful activity and criminal contempt of court.

Drobot, who previously operated Pacific Hospital in Long Beach, is currently serving a five-year sentence in Taft Correctional Institution in Kern County for orchestrating the largest fraud in California history.

He now faces an additional maximum sentence of 50 years for the new charges when he’s arraigned in the coming weeks in U.S. District Court. 

In 2014, Drobot pleaded guilty to paying some $50 million in bribes to doctors and other professionals in order to have patients’ spinal surgeries and other procedures directed to his hospital. Thousands of patients were affected, and many have outstanding lawsuits against Drobot still pending.

At the time of Drobot’s sentencing in 2014, he was ordered to forfeit $10 million, including some collector cars, but failed to do so.


Breakers win twice yesterday to keep playoff hopes alive

The Breakers played twice yesterday, July 29. The first match was played in the morning beginning at 9 a.m. The Breakers were listed as the visiting team against the Washington Kastles, even though the match was played at Palisades Tennis Club.

Orange County took all five matches to win 25-11.

They then returned in the evening to host the Orlando Storm needing a win to keep their playoff hopes alive.

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Nicole Gibbs serving the Breakers to victory in women’s singles

The Breakers did not disappoint, winning 19-18 in a tiebreaker. In the tiebreaker, the Breakers’ Noah Rubin beat the Storm’s Evan King, 7-5, to earn the winning point.

The Breakers now play in Springfield this evening against the Lasers, before returning home tomorrow for their final regular season match of the season against the Washington Kastles. That match begins in 6 p.m.

The Breakers currently reside in fifth place in the 2019 standings, one game behind the New York Empire, San Diego Aviators and Springfield Lasers.  The top four teams qualify for semi-final play Friday night in Las Vegas, with the winners moving on Saturday to play for the 2019 Championship.

The schedule still offers hope to the Breakers who previously lost to Springfield, 19-18, but easily beat Washington 25-11. 

New York still has two matches against the league-leading Philadelphia Freedom, who are 10-2 overall; San Diego still plays Washington and Orlando; and Springfield plays the Breakers and Las Vegas.

The winner of the championship Saturday night earns the King Trophy. 

The Breakers previously won the WTT Championship in 2004 (over Delaware Smash) and in 2017 (over San Diego Aviators). They’ve lost in the finals five times.


Beautiful gloom

Beautiful gloom

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A canopy of gloom helps paint this beautiful, peaceful scene


2019 Wellness Week returns August 23-29

Newport Beach Wellness Week returns August 23-29, encouraging residents to take a break from the demands of everyday life and find their self-care sanctuary, without ever leaving our community.

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The kick-off event on “Throwback Thursday” features Newport Peach Nicole Kniss at Fashion Island, whose studio on West Coast Highway offers classes from boot camp and interval training to Buti Yoga and Peachstep.

For more information, visit www.visitnewportbeach.com.


Nancy Gardner named 2019 Citizen of the Year

Nancy Gardner, former Newport Beach mayor and avid community activist, has been selected as the 2019 Newport Beach Citizen of the Year.

Nancy has actively participated in many civic, resident and business causes. She was the co-chair of the General Plan Advisory Committee, a board member of the Balboa Arts Theater Foundation, worked with the Coastal/Bay Water Quality Citizens Advisory Committee and the Newport Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. She has also been active in the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District and CdM Residents Association. Most recently she was among the leaders in organizing FONBAS (Friends of the Newport Beach Animal Shelter).

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Steve Rosansky, president and CEO of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and Nancy Gardner

“There couldn’t be a more deserving person. We served together on the city council...she’s No. 1 in my book,” said Steve Rosansky, president and CEO of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Nancy graduated from Newport Harbor High School, received a B.A. from the University of Southern California and an M.A. from University of California, Irvine. She resides in Corona del Mar and has a daughter, Samantha, who lives in Emerald Bay.

Nancy is part of the first father/daughter combination Citizens of the Year. Her father, Judge Robert Gardner, was named Citizen of the Year in 1968.

Nancy is a contributing columnist to Stu News Newport.

A dinner in Nancy’s honor will be held at the Balboa Bay Resort on Friday, Nov. 15. Details to follow.


Save the Date: NMUSD State of the Schools Breakfast is on October 2

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, Oct. 2, when the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) will present the State of the Schools Breakfast.

The event will take place at Estancia High School beginning at 7 a.m.

Estancia High School is located at 2323 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa.


Orange County Community Foundation awards nearly $150,000 in support of the arts

The Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) has granted $146,000 to 30 local nonprofit organizations dedicated to the enrichment of arts and culture programs and arts education. Funding will support programming, venue repairs to performing arts venues, education and workshops, youth scholarships and music camps.

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Orange County School of the Arts is among the grantees

“In partnership with our generous donors, we are proud to support these organizations as they foster a diverse array of arts and cultural programs in Orange County,” said Shelley Hoss, president, OCCF. “From performing arts and music to historic cultural landmarks, these programs are enriching the lives of our youth and strengthening our entire community.”

Among the grant recipients are All American Boys Choir, KidWorks, Orange County School of the Arts, Pacific Chorale, Pacific Symphony, Philharmonic Society of Orange County and South Coast Repertory.

Grants are awarded from The San Clemente History, Arts & Culture Fund, The Robert J. & Doreen D. Marshall Fund for Dramatic Arts and Classical Music and The Jane Deming Fund.

For more information on OCCF, located at 4041 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach, visit www.oc-cf.org.


NBPD warn public about the dangers of leaving children in hot cars

The inside of a vehicle is much warmer than it is outside, increasing the risk of heat stroke for children left inside for even short periods of time.

Outside of crashes, vehicular heatstroke is the leading cause of vehicle-related deaths among children. It is why the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) is reminding parents, babysitters and anyone who cares for children to avoid leaving them alone in a hot car.

Last year, 52 children in the United States were killed as a result of being left in a hot car, a 21 percent increase from 2017 and the highest number in more than 20 years. More than half of all vehicle-related heatstroke deaths in children are caused when a parent or caregiver forgets they are in the car.

The temperature inside of a car can rise nearly 20 degrees in just 10 minutes and children are more prone to heatstroke because their body temperatures rise much faster than adults.

“Whether your child is fussy and doesn’t want to leave the car or is sleeping, it is important that you take them with you,” NBPD Sergeant Little said. “Even in temperatures under 80 degrees, the inside of a car can reach triple digits in half an hour.”

To avoid tragedy and a lifetime of pain, the NBPD is encouraging parents and others who care for children to take extra precautions to make sure a child is not left in the back seat or gets into a hot car:

–Make it a habit to look before your leave and lock the car. Put a stuffed animal, purse, phone or wallet next to the car seat as a reminder.

–Always lock your car and keep the keys out of the reach of children. Teach your child that a car is not a play area.

If you see a child in a hot vehicle that appears to be in pain or unresponsive, call 911 immediately. Try to find the parents or notify businesses in the area to use a PA system to alert the car owner.


Sol Mexican Cocina’s Chef Deb wins Guy’s Grocery Games, takes home $20,000

Our Newport Beach restaurateur, Sol Mexican Cocina’s Chef Deborah Schneider, won the “ABC Games” battle on Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games, airing Wednesday, July 24 at 9 p.m. She beat out three male chefs with her victorious win. The judges were renowned chefs Beau MacMillan, Richard Blais and Antonia Lofaso. 

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Sol Mexican Cocina’s Chef Deborah Schneider wins the “ABC Games” battle on “Guy’s Grocery Games” 

Here’s the breakdown of the show and what Chef Deb did, with each of the three rounds relegating the contestants to use ingredients starting with only one letter of the alphabet that host Guy Fieri chose, then making their own interpretations of the meal selection they’re given.

Round 1: The letter “C” to make an Ultimate Comfort Classic. Chef Deb made Queso Fundido with two types of cheeses and chorizo, topped with fried corn tortilla strips with a salsa of Campari tomatoes and cipollini onions. She beat out the other three chefs, two of who made their versions of macaroni and cheese with crab (Keith and Michael) and Alex who fried catfish and placed it atop creamed corn. “Deborah’s dish is ready to be on a menu that earns a James Beard award,” Blais commented. Chef Keith checks out.

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 (L-R) Chefs Keith Clinton, Deborah Schneider, Alex Eaton and Michael Lugo ready to face down in Flavortown Market

Round 2: The letter “S” to make the Best Seafood Dinner in “ABC Watch Your Weight” with contestants having to limit their ingredients’ combined weight to seven pounds. Chef Deb seared scallops atop salmon with seared shishito peppers and a sriracha, butter and red wine vinegar sauce with a side of fried sweet potato chips. Alex made grilled shrimp with salsa verde on top of a sunchoke puree with shishitos and a shitake mushroom/onion sauté, while Michael made saffron butter-basted scallops with braised Swiss chard. “The salmon is very still tender, moist and flavorful,” said MacMillan, commenting on Chef Deb’s dish. Chef Michael checks out.

Round 3: “What we have here is the Southern chef vs. the Southern California restaurateur,” Fieri said. And the letter is “B.” “For this challenge, I want you to make the Ultimate Fried Dinner. This is a ‘B’ for Budget Battle,” said Fieri, who rolled varying dollar amount disks...the nearest landing to the contestants was their shopping budget...$23. The two words that pop into Chef Deb’s head is beer and batter...so it’s beer-battered bacon and beef (steak). Brussels sprouts and basil (which she’ll fry) and a bunch of beets for beet chips she can also fry to round out the dish. Her shopping tab comes to $26.11. She puts back one of the cans of beer and half of the sprouts which now totals $22.64 and she’s off cooking. Alex chooses to make a country fried beef and bacon burger with fried rice and broccoli with a black bean vinaigrette, with ingredients for $18.50. Commenting on Chef Deb’s dish, Lofaso said the “beer-battered bacon is genius,” but thought it was lacking sauce. Blaise thought with so much sweetness in the beets it acted like a red wine sauce. And Chef Deb wins GGG All ABC Games...then goes shopping to gather all five ingredients on the list to win $20,000 with a photo finish!

 “If I win, I am going to donate some of the money to Home Boy, Home Girl Industries in Los Angeles,” said Chef Deb, who would also like to use some of the money to visit France. “I just won $20,000 because I know my ABC’s. You know what that means? I will always be cooking,” she quipped.

Sol Mexican Cocina is located at 251 Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.solcocina.com.


NBPD is conducting “Know Your Limit” education program tonight

Today, Friday, July 26, the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) will have officers out at local bars and restaurants to educate the public on how important it is to “know your limit.”

The “Know Your Limit” program is intended to inform the public on how little it takes to reach the legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC), which is .08 percent in all states but Utah, where the BAC is .05 percent.

The campaign will be from 6-10 p.m. in Newport Beach. During this time, officers will invite volunteers to take a breathalyzer test to see if they can guess their BAC. Those participating are asked how many drinks they had and whether they believe they are safe to drive. Following the test, officers will educate those out drinking on the impacts of alcohol on one’s ability to drive, and the consequences of a DUI.

“The goal is to help people understand the effects of alcohol so they can make smart decisions about how they get home after a night of drinking,” NBPD Sergeant Little said. “It only takes a few drinks to impair, and that’s why it is so critical that people know when not to drive.”

A person’s height, weight, food intake, drug and/or medication use and how much they drink over a time period are all factors that affect BAC. According to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, it takes two drinks consumed within one hour by a 120-pound woman and four drinks by a 180-pound man to be at the legal limit. One drink is based on 1.5 oz. of liquor (40 percent alcohol), 12 oz. of beer (4.5 percent alcohol) or a 5 oz. glass of wine (12 percent alcohol). The body lowers your BAC at a rate of .015 percent every hour.

The average cost of a DUI arrest is approximately $13,500, accounting for vehicle impound fees, fines, attorney fees, auto insurance hikes and other penalties. Plan ahead and avoid risking a DUI by designating a sober driver.

Funding for the “Know Your Limit” program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


Community National Night Out Safety Fair set for August 6

The Newport Beach Police Department invites locals to join together for the PD’s Community National Night Out – Safety Fair on Tuesday, August 6 from 4-7 p.m. Bring the family out to Bonita Canyon Sports Park for a variety of activities.

At the event, NBPD will provide information on crime and drug prevention, home security, child safety, the Citizens’ Police Academy and Volunteers In Policing. There will also be displays from CSI, SWAT, NBPD’s K-9 Officers, Animal Control, a Horse Mounted Unit, CERT and more.

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Take advantage of photo opportunities and food – don’t forget your camera and your appetite.

There will also be games, balloon animals and face painting for the kids. McGruff “The Crime Fighting Dog” will be in attendance. 

For more information, visit

www.nbpd.org/community/crimeprevention/nno.asp.

Bonita Canyon Sports Park is located at 1990 Ford Road, Newport Beach.


Find out what attendees are saying about the OC Fair along with helpful “getting there” tips

The OC Fair is an event that is enjoyable for people young and old, from all backgrounds. But what is it about the Fair that people find so enticing?

The Fair shared what guests loved about their experiences – and why they keep coming back year after year. Here are some of their answers:

Cindy: I love the energy here and the people are just great and everyone is really happy. The food’s good, the entertainment’s spectacular and the weather is just incredible, and it’s really nice to be here today.

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Spectacular entertainment keeps fairgoers coming back

Peggy and Don: This is always a great place to come. The weather is beautiful, all the good food and we like to come to a concert. We make it pretty much every year.

Kathy: I love the concerts that they have here – I’d come back to see three or four more shows.

Cynthia and Sky: We love coming to the fair to see concerts, eat, have a good time, walk around, people-watch, go on rides and play games, and try all the new foods.

Sal: We come out to see the animals. It’s something interesting that you get to see. In Southern California, where we live, you don’t really get to see that many of the animals.

Larry: I grew up in a farm in Ohio and so I love all the agriculture and the animals. I just love going out and seeing them all, staring at them, reading about them, learning about them.

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The piggies are always a crowd pleaser

Olive: I like to come to the fair because there’s a lot of my favorite stuff here, like cotton candy and popcorn.

Priscilla: What I like about the fair are the butterflies.

Audrey: My favorite part of the fair is the massage – and the pony rides.

Rinah: I love the food and the rides and just coming every year and seeing everything. There’s always something to see and it’s fun. 

If you are planning on going to the Fair, here are some helpful “getting there” tips:

–Traffic advisory: Plan to arrive early, especially for OC Fair ticketed events, including concerts. Ride-hailing services, public transportation, carpooling, OC Fair Express bus (Saturday and Sunday) and free offsite parking at Experian (Saturday and Sunday) are highly recommended.

–The OC Fair Express buses depart from nine locations on Saturdays and Sundays during the Fair and run from approximately 10 a.m.-12 a.m. If riding Metrolink, riders can show their valid Metrolink ticket and ride the bus for free. OC Fair Express costs $2 each way, or 75 cents for seniors 60+ and persons with disabilities. Riders of the OC Fair Express will receive a coupon for $4 OC Fair admission. For details, visit www.ocfairexpress.com.

Free parking and shuttle service is available on Saturdays and Sundays from the Experian parking structure at 475 Anton Blvd., located off the Bristol Street exit of the 405 Freeway. The shuttle operates from 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday and Sunday only.

The taxi, Uber and Lyft drop-off/pick-up site is located on the corner of Arlington and Fairview at the OCC parking lot. This is across the street from Gate 3 and the Green Gate admission booth.

If you do drive, check the latest traffic and 405 Project updates on Google Maps and Waze. Full construction updates are available on the OCTA website and OCTA’s interactive map.

The 2019 OC Fair continues through August 11 and offers days and nights of entertainment, food, rides, shopping, exhibits and more. Hours are 12 p.m-12 a.m., Wednesdays through Fridays, and 11 a.m-12 a.m., Saturdays and Sundays. 

For more information, visit www.ocfair.com.


John Cusack – Say Anything has been canceled at Segerstrom Center

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has announced that John Cusack – Say Anything on Friday, Aug. 23 has been canceled due to scheduling challenges. A new date has not yet been planned.

Ticket holders will be refunded their original purchase or may accept a credit toward a future purchase. For more information, call the Center’s Box Office at 714.556.2787.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit www.scfta.org.


Mexico’s celebrated children’s music artist to grace the Samueli Theater stage

Acclaimed children’s music artist Sonia De Los Santos opens the 2019-2020 Family Series at Segerstrom Center for the Arts September 21 and 22 in Samueli Theater with varying performance times.

Born in Monterrey, Mexico and described as “one of the Latin Children’s music artists you should know” by Billboard, De Los Santos performs positive, multicultural music that delights and engages families. Singing in both English and Spanish, her messages of joyful community music-making and cultural bridge-building inspire and excite children and grown-ups of all backgrounds. 

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Children’s music artist Sonia De Los Santos

Her songs are inspired by various Latin American rhythms hailing from Mexico, Colombia and Peru, as well as the North American folk traditions that reflect her experiences growing up in Mexico and moving to another country, learning about other cultures, and, in the process, feeling closer to her own heritage.

Tickets are $20 and are available online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787. Group discounts for groups of 10 or more are available at 714.755.0236. 

Audiences are encouraged to arrive one hour before the performance for free creative activities. The Center’s Education Department offers these enriching experiences to provide young people and their families with more opportunities to play together creatively. Studies show that this is critical in helping to develop the ability to think and problem solve.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


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OC Restaurateur David Wilhelm opens Tavern House Kitchen + Bar 

By EMILY SPAIN

You may have noticed that the former 3-Thirty-3 restaurant off Pacific Coast Highway has a new name and changing facade. Thanks to OC restaurateurs David Wilhelm and Gregg Solomon, your new favorite spot – Tavern House Kitchen + Bar – has taken over.

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Renowned restaurateur David Wilhelm welcomes all to Tavern House Kitchen + Bar

Wilhelm and Solomon were also behind former OC restaurants like Kachina, Bistro 201 and French 75. After a few years of pursuing individual projects, the duo teamed back up to create Tavern House Kitchen + Bar, which Wilhelm hopes will become the “local go-to place with its world-class location and straightforward food.” After continuing to operate 3-Thirty-3 for a period of time, Wilhelm and Solomon were able to convert the space into Tavern House in just two weeks. The upgraded interior features dark wood paneling and navy accented furniture giving the space an intimate and comfortable ambience to enjoy a meal with friends and family.

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Harbor views from the covered patio dining room

With bay front views and mouthwatering dishes and drinks, Tavern House is a feast for the senses. If you are stopping by for one of their Skinny Maggie drinks or for dinner, Tavern House’s menu has something for everyone. Wilhelm says the menu embodies the Golden Triangle of cuisine: Cabo, Hawaii and Southern California with dishes such as Ahi Poke, Bourbon BBQ Oysters and Prime Rib Dip. Compared to Wilhelm’s past restaurant ventures, Tavern House’s menu will feature more seafood dishes like San Francisco-style Cioppino and Wilhelm’s personal favorite, The Red Snapper “Veracruzana.”

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Red Snapper “Veracruzana” is Wilhelm’s personal favorite dish

Although Tavern House opened last week, the menu already has a star item: The Tavern Buttermilk Fried Chicken. It is the same craveable fried chicken recipe Wilhelm introduced more than 25 years ago at Sorrento Grille in Laguna Beach and is continually featured at his other restaurants. For weekend brunch, the fried chicken is complemented with malted waffles, bacon and thyme gravy. 

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Tavern House Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Tavern House Kitchen + Bar is the perfect spot for birthday parties, celebrations and taking visitors to for delicious and scenic drinks and bites to eat. Currently, Tavern House located at 333 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, is open for dinner, weekend brunch from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and weekday happy hour from 3-6 p.m. Reservations are encouraged, however, walk-ins are welcome. To make reservations or check out the menu, visit www.tavernhousekb.com.

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Tavern House Kitchen + Bar located off PCH and Bayside Drive


You Must Remember This: a reminder of our agricultural roots

By NANCY GARDNER

Think of the area between Newport Beach and Santa Ana. Eliminate UCI and the City of Irvine. Remove the freeways and parks. Erase the jets at JWA, and return it to an airstrip for small planes, so low key that drag races are held there on Sunday. Reduce MacArthur to a rambling road. You now have a lot of open space which, at one time, was all farm land. Much of it was farmed by John Hubbard who leased the land from the Irvine Company. He wasn’t simply a farmer, however. He was a dirt farmer, according to my father. Since my father was the source of all knowledge, I hardly dared question him, but this particular clarification seemed redundant (if I had known the word). “All farmers are dirt farmers,” I pointed out. “Everything grows in dirt.” This I knew, because my father had a vegetable garden in our small backyard, right next to the clothesline. He further clarified. A dirt farmer didn’t irrigate his crops. Ah, so. From then on...in my mind it was always Mr. Hubbard, Dirt Farmer.

The reason I knew Mr. Hubbard, Dirt Farmer, was that I played with his daughter, Suzie. The reason we played together was because we lived two blocks from each other. This will be surprising, but there was a time when parents figured children could amuse themselves. This meant parents didn’t make play dates and didn’t drive their children all over the place to interact with other children. Because of this, childhood friendships tended to be formed on the basis of proximity, rather than shared interests, which is how I became friends with Suzie.

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(L-R) Nancy Gardner with her little sister Patty peeking out, and Suzie Hubbard

I was completely into horses, and she wasn’t, but we were within easy walking distance of each other, so we became friends. Suzie liked dolls, so when I went to her house, I would usually bring a storybook doll. These were small dolls, about five inches tall, with ornate dresses, and were a popular gift for little girls. I mention the gift aspect because I never asked for dolls, storybook or otherwise. I always asked for horse statues, but some people gave me dolls anyway, so I had several. However, when I went to Suzie’s with my doll, I would also take one of my horse statues so we could work an equine angle into whatever plot line we came up with that day. Then my family moved to Shore Cliffs. That put an end to proximity to Suzie, and since neither of us felt strongly enough about the other to walk the much greater distance, our friendship faded away. Since we went to the same middle and high schools, we remained congenial, but we ran in different circles, and after graduation I lost all contact until 1985 when Jon Hubbard, Suzie’s younger brother, opened the Irvine Ranch Market in Fashion Island.

Using his father as a supplier, Jon started a produce stand in the mid-sixties.  It was on Myford Road, and he ran it during his summer breaks from college.  The stand was so successful that he built upon it, eventually establishing a small chain of upscale markets. As a competitor said, “Jon was one of the first to realize maturing and increasingly affluent baby boomers would buy high quality fruits, vegetables and meat at higher prices.” And it wasn’t just high quality products he wanted to provide. He wanted to provide a high quality shopping experience. Compared to the average supermarket of the day, his stores were positively opulent. In 1985, he brought Irvine Ranch Market to Newport Beach with a $4 million, 63,000-square-foot operation on the bottom floor of the Fashion Island atrium. I remember the opening. I don’t know why I was there – probably my father had been invited and I tagged along – but it was quite impressive, with all of the wonderful produce and everything else. Of course the Hubbard family was there, so I went up and said hello to Suzie, and then, much to my surprise,  Jon came up and said hello. I didn’t expect him to recognize me, a long-ago friend of his sister’s. About all the contact we’d ever had was something along the lines of, “Go away, Jon. Stop bothering us.” Never the less, he remembered, and it was interesting to see him after all those years – confident, successful – a far cry from the kid we used to shoo away – which is maybe why he spoke to me, just to underline the difference.

Jon certainly had his finger on the pulse of grocery shoppers. The Irvine Ranch Markets, all 11 of them, were very popular. Unfortunately, only one turned a steady profit, primarily because of high lease rates and too much debt in the construction of the markets. In 1988, the company filed for bankruptcy, most of the stores were closed, and about a year later the company itself was sold. The name still lives, however. Irvine Ranch Market seems to be thriving on Irvine Avenue, successful enough that it is taking over the old Hershey’s Market on Balboa Island. Even if Jon is no longer associated with it, it’s nice that the Irvine Ranch Market name remains, reminding us of our agricultural roots, even if they have been paved over.

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Nancy Gardner, former Mayor of Newport Beach, long-time resident and daughter of Judge Robert Gardner, is a regular contributor to Stu News Newport.


Farmhouse owner and Executive Chef Rich Mead to host National Oyster Day benefit

Farmhouse Owner and Executive Chef Rich Mead will host an evening of unforgettable food and great company in celebration of National Oyster Day on Monday, Aug. 5 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Benefitting Bracken’s Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that helps nourish the hungry in Orange County, the special event will feature an exclusive menu spotlighting fresh, shucked and grilled oysters from Clausen Oysters to be enjoyed al fresco, amongst the olive trees in Farmhouse’s picturesque garden setting.

Orange County’s renowned fishmonger, Paddy Glennon, is a partner of the Oregon-based oyster farm Clausen Oysters, which specializes in responsibly sourced, large style, single-seed and cocktail-style oysters harvested in Coos Bay.

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Farmhouse owner and Executive Chef Rich Mead

Each $60 ticket (tax and gratuity included) grants unlimited servings of oysters, either shucked with Weiser Farms melon mignonette and cocktail sauce, fried with roast garlic tartar sauce, grilled with a variety of condiments including garlic butter and pickled Fresno chiles, or grilled in the shell with barbecue sauce. The full buffet-style menu presents additional barbecued favorites including bratwurst from Electric City Butcher with whole grain mustard and caramelized onions and grilled Carolina Style Mustard Barbecue Chicken from Autonomy Farms, in addition to Chef Mead’s famous seasonal sides loaded with the freshest local veggies.

Toast to National Oyster Day with craft brews from Costa Mesa-based Gunwhale Ales and enjoy refreshing sips from Blinking Owl Distillery, located in Santa Ana. Anthony Laborin, head of Cocktail R&D at Farmhouse will prepare a selection of his non-alcoholic Counterfeit Cocktails to perfectly complement Chef Mead’s menu.

Meet and mingle with the real stars of the evening, the local food and drink artisans and members of the community who made the special dinner possible. The guest list for the one-of-a-kind event is ever evolving. Set to attend along with Chef Rich Mead is Bill Bracken from Bracken’s Kitchen; Brian and Robin Christenson of Blinking Owl Distillery; Justin Miller; Robert Fitzgerald and J.T. Wallace of Gunwhale Ales; and Paddy Glennon of Superior Seafood and Clausen Oysters, among others.

Space is limited. To purchase tickets, click here.

Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar.


Breakers return home tomorrow with service “ace” Sam Querrey

The Orange County Breakers return to home action tomorrow evening at the Palisades Tennis Club at 7 p.m. versus the Las Vegas Rollers. The match will feature Sam Querrey, the No. 65 ranked player in the world.

Querrey, who stands 6’6” tall, holds the record for the most consecutive service aces ever in a match with 10.

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OC Breakers’ Sam Querrey

Following tomorrow’s match, two more home matches are scheduled – one on Monday, July 29 versus the Orlando Storm and then the team closes out its season at home on Wednesday, July 31, against the Washington Kastles.

The Breakers will also play away matches, tonight in San Diego against the Aviators, then Tuesday, July 30 against the Springfield Lasers.

The Breakers are attempting to qualify for playoffs that will begin Friday, August 2, in Las Vegas at the Orleans Arena for the league’s top four teams. The championship match will be played Saturday, Aug. 3.


Chamber hosts networking event at Angels game on Tuesday

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) is holding its Chamber Night at Angels Stadium this Tuesday, July 30. The evening runs from 4:30 p.m. until the game ends.

Join the NBCC and multiple other chambers at this networking event in the Music Garden to kick off the night and then enjoy the game. Enter the stadium at Gate 1.

The Angels vs. the Detroit Tigers follow with exciting major league baseball action.

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Angels Stadium is the place to be for Chamber Night on July 30

Your ticket for the event includes a first drink, admission to the networking function and a seat in the “field all-star location” for the game.

To purchase tickets, visit http://angels.com/chamber.


Sweet summer sunsets

Sweet summer beach

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Photo by Megan Sickner (Instagram @Meganscoastalliving) 

Seagulls, sand and the beautiful Corona del Mar shore make for a picturesque summer night 


Take Five: Meet Andrew Dufresne, Newport Harbor Lawn Bowling Club

By AMY SENK

The club green, which sits along San Joaquin Hills Road across the street from Lincoln Elementary School, may have caught your eye – often there will be fluttering flags, signs announcing an event, bowlers shaking hands to start or end a game. Played by kings, American lawn bowling first appeared in 1725 when British officers installed bowling greens in the colonies. The sport’s popularity faded during the Revolutionary War but was revived a century later, eventually spreading to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco in 1899 and to L.A. a few years later. I caught up with board member Andrew Dufresne to learn more about the Newport Harbor Lawn Bowling Club in Corona del Mar.

Take Five Andrew Dufresne

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Andrew Dufresne, Newport Harbor Lawn Bowling Club board member

Q: Describe, in a nutshell, what lawn bowling is...what are the basic rules?

A: Lawn bowling is a derivation of the Italian game, bocce. Much like bocce, players roll out a smaller ball (in our game it’s called the Jack) and then they roll their bowls in alternating fashion, and once they’re all rolled, whoever is closest gets one or more points. There are two major differences between bocce and bowls. First, in bowls, you play on a leveled grass or artificial surface called a green, and second in bowls, the bowls themselves are unevenly weighted so that they curve as they travel on the green. This adds an extra layer of skill and challenge to the game. The game itself can be played as singles, pairs, triples or four-versus-four or rinks. Fun fact: The winter sport, curling, was invented as a cold-weather version of lawn bowling. 

Q: What’s the history of the Newport Harbor Lawn Bowling Club?

A: Newport Harbor Lawn bowling club was established in 1939, so we’re celebrating 80 years this year. The original location was at the site of the current VFW on Balboa Peninsula and was moved to the current location in Corona del Mar in the mid-‘70s to accommodate the growing membership.

Q: How many people are members, and how does a newcomer get involved?

A: We currently have approximately 280 active members. New members can join at any time of the year, and we do offer pro-rated memberships as our membership years run from January 1 to December 31 of every year. Individuals can send emails to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a tour of the facility or free lessons. We also hold our annual Membership Open House in April, historically around Mother›s Day weekend.

Take Five Gentleman lawn bowling

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Players enjoying a day on the club green

Q: What kinds of activities does the club plan this summer?

A: Our Social Committee holds a member event every month and they range from bowling plus food to board or card games and parties. We also have a regular, year-round, schedule of social bowling, club tournaments and divisional tournaments as we’re a top club in the U.S. Southwest Division of BowlsUSA.

Q: What is your favorite thing about lawn bowling?

A: This is a tough one to answer because I’ve been bitten by this bug in a bad way. My favorite thing about the game itself is that it’s a very easy game to pick up and play socially, and a very difficult game to master. My favorite thing about the social aspect of the game is that it is age and gender neutral, able to be played by people of all ages, and gender really doesn’t play a factor in comparing one bowler’s skill to another. We have 90-plus-year-old members who play every Saturday and do so at a pretty high-level of play. We happen to also have, arguably, the two best bowlers in the U.S. who happen to be a man and a woman.

Editor’s Note: For more information, visit www.newportharborlbc.com.

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Amy Senk is a longtime resident of Corona del Mar and a regular contributor to Stu News Newport.


Nature Gardening Series comes to Roger’s Gardens tomorrow

Roger’s Gardens will host its “Nature Gardening Series – The Best California Friendly Gardens” tomorrow, Saturday, July 27 from 9-10 a.m.

Local residents are invited to join Roger’s Gardens General Manager Ron Vanderhoff for a fully illustrated program celebrating some of the best California Friendly Gardens in Orange County. Now in its 11th year, the California Friendly Garden Contest has been acknowledging and rewarding the most beautiful and innovative gardens and gardeners in Orange County.

Nature Garden succulent gardening

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A succulent garden is colorful while being drought tolerant

California Friendly gardens are in sync with nature, they use less resources, provide more habitat and are friendlier to the earth than any other garden. This program will show numerous photos of contestant entries and winners, with discussion about the plants, designs and features of the gardens.

If you are thinking about removing the lawn, boxwoods or agapanthus, this might just be the inspiration you need. This event is free.

Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar. For more information, visit www.rogersgardens.com.

For a calendar of upcoming Home & Garden happenings, visit our Calendars section here.


Movie Mondays to feature Dreamgirls

Get ready for Movie Mondays: Dreamgirls on July 29 at 8 p.m. at Julianne and George Argyros Plaza.

 In Dreamgirls, a trio of female African-American soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s, facing their own personal struggles along the way. The film stars Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson. This event is free. For more information, call 714.566.2787.

Julianne and George Argyros Plaza is located at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit www.scfta.org.


Magical Newport mornings

Magical Newport pier

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Photo by Jason Berry (Instagram @ ts_jason_berry)

When the sun comes up in Newport, beauty is discovered 


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Rams reportedly roaming ‘round Newport Beach

Fair Game Tom NewKeep your eyes peeled for your Los Angeles Rams. Rumors abound that the Rams are staying in one of the major hotels in Newport Center for the next few weeks while in training camp at UCI.

That means you may be seeing them moseying about in the Fashion Island area catching a movie or visiting a restaurant or two during their downtime.

Kudos to the sales department at Visit Newport Beach for helping to secure that big piece of business. 

Remember, “heads in beds” supports the city through TOT taxes, fills our restaurants, stores and other venues with paying customers. Think of it this way, it’s money that residents would otherwise have to make up for needed city services.

And, in case you don’t know what kind of a job Visit Newport Beach does on an annual basis, here are a couple of numbers for your consideration. It wasn’t too long ago (maybe a decade or so ago) that a good year in room nights sold by VNB was 6,000-8,000 annually. In their just completed fiscal year, ending June 2019, that number has climbed to 111,000. That team is led by Michelle Donahue. Congrats to them.

And that my friends, is success!

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It’s The Ultimate Cocktail War for the Literacy Project next Tuesday evening, July 30, at The Winery. Two sets of bartenders will pour for an hour each, the team filling the biggest tip jar wins.

In the blue corner (7-8 p.m.) are real estate agent Devon Wortmann, from Arbor Real Estate, and Joe Stapleton, the President of Spinnaker Investment Group.

In the red corner (6-7 p.m.) are Stark CEO Todd Vande Hei and Stark Head Trainer Nick Peralta.

All proceeds benefit the Literacy Project. The Winery is located at 3131 West Coast Highway.

Who knows if Joe can even pour, since he doesn’t even drink? The good news is that Devon’s father is John Wortmann, of Balboa Bay Club fame, so we know she knows her way around a bar or two.

Here’s the way it works, you buy a drink and then you tip, BIG, for the team you want to win.

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The Friends of the Library Used Book Sale begins next Friday, August 2, for “Members Only” on the first day, from 1-4 p.m. It’s one of four sales the Friends hold throughout the year.

Day two, Saturday, August 3, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., doors open to the public and it’s “2 Bucks a Bag” all day.

It all takes place in the Friends Meeting Room at the Central Library.

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Tomorrow morning, some three dozen paddlers will leave Catalina Island paddling toward Newport Beach in the invite-only “Ben Did Go 4.0” Paddle.”

The crossing is some 30 miles.

The event hopes to raise $40,000 for the Ben Carlson Memorial and Scholarship Foundation.

The plan is to head east around 5 a.m., hoping to arrive somewhere in the mid-afternoon range at the Ben Carlson statue next to the Newport Pier.

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Huntington Beach City Councilman Mike Posey has announced his intentions to run for a seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors in, wait for it, 2022.

No reason not to be early.

Posey will run in District 2 which represents Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Fountain Valley, Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, Stanton, Buena Park, La Palma and Cypress.

Mike stands for “fighting to stop all new county taxes, paying down debt, making County services more efficient and attracting private-sector jobs.”

He’s already gathering endorsements and running an active campaign. For more info, go to mikeposeyforsupervisor2022.com.

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Gerardo Mouet, a member of the OC Fair & Event Center Board of Directors, will step down from his position on August 31.

He has served for the last eight years.


Palm tree perspective

Palm tree sand

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Photo by Stan Sievers (Instagram @stansievers)

“On the beach, you can live in bliss.” –Dennis Wilson


Orange County Bee Keepers seeks volunteers

If you love bees and truly appreciate their contribution as the world’s most important pollinator of food crops, the Orange County Bee Keepers Association invites you to volunteer at their booth at the OC Fair this week and weekend.

Orange County Bee Keepers bee pollinating

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The association is need of volunteers for the following shifts: July 24 from 6:30 p.m.-close (3 people), July 25 from 6:30 p.m.-close (2 people), July 26 from 6:30 p.m.-close (2 people), July 27 from 2-6 p.m. (2 people) and 5:30 p.m.-close (3 people), and July 28 from 5:30 p.m.-close (2 people). 

To sign up for a shift, visit www.ocbeekeepers.org.


Unleash your inner kid at the OC Fair 

Unleash your inner kid OC Fair kiss picture

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Love is in the air at the OC Fair

You do not have to be a kid to enjoy the magic and fun of the OC Fair. If you are looking for ways to have some grown-up fun, the OC Fair has a plethora of options to explore. First, check out live bands at The Hangar. Tribute bands like Queen Nation (Queen tribute) and Devotional (Depeche Mode tribute) will help you rock out and take you back in time. Also, drop by other live shows like hypnotist Mark Yuzuik’s nightly shows at the Heritage Stage at 6:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.

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Live band performing at The Hangar 

Enjoy the many adult beverage stands like the Craft Bar or Hussong’s Cantina. Keep feeding your taste buds at one of the seminars in the Culinary Arts building and try making your own sushi or cheesecake. 

Unleash Your Inner Kid OC Fair Culinary Kitchen Picture

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Pick up a few culinary tips and tricks at the culinary seminars 

Due to the popularity of the Fair, getting to the fairgrounds and finding parking can be difficult. However, ride-hailing services and carpooling can make a huge difference. The taxi, Uber and Lyft drop-off/pick-up site is located on the corner of Arlington and Fairview at the OCC parking lot. After getting dropped off, just walk across the street to the Fair and enjoy. Free parking and shuttle service are available Saturdays and Sundays from the Experian parking structure at 475 Anton Blvd. For OC Fair Express bus service, visit www.ocfairexpress.com.

OC Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive Costa Mesa. The 2019 OC Fair runs through August 11 and offers 23 days and nights of entertainment, food, rides, shopping, exhibits and more. Hours are 12 p.m.-12 a.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays, and 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. 

For more information, visitwww.ocfair.com.


Nature Gardening Series comes to Roger’s Gardens on Saturday

The Nature Gardening Series – The Best California Friendly Gardens is taking place on Saturday, July 27 from 9-10 a.m. at Roger’s Gardens.

Come celebrate some of the best California Friendly Gardens in Orange County. Join Roger’s Gardens General Manager Ron Vanderhoff for a fully illustrated program. Now in its 11th year, the California Friendly Garden Contest has been acknowledging and rewarding the most beautiful and innovative gardens and gardeners in Orange County.

Nature Garden succulent gardening

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A succulent garden is colorful while being drought tolerant

California Friendly gardens are in sync with nature, they use less resources, provide more habitat and are friendlier to the earth than any other garden. This program will show numerous photos of contestant entries and winners, with discussion about the plants, designs and features of the gardens.

If you are thinking about removing the lawn, boxwoods or agapanthus, this might just be the inspiration you need. This event is free.

Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar. For more information, visit www.rogersgardens.com.

For a calendar of upcoming Home & Garden happenings, visit our Calendars section here.


OCMA to present six new exhibits highlighting issues with the natural world

The Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) will present six new exhibitions of works by artists from the Pacific Rim, all of which consider the complexities of our relationship to the natural world. On view from September 21, 2019 through March 15, 2020, the exhibitions showcase a diverse group of artists – Carolina Caycedo (United States/Colombia), Daniel Duford (United States), Ximena Garrido-Lecca (Peru), Mulyana (Indonesia), Robert Zhao Renhui (Singapore) and Yang Yongliang (China) – whose work highlights a range of issues that relate to how humans are a part of, and interact with, nature.

Caycedo, Duford and Garrido-Lecca look to indigenous perspectives that take a long view of history and value preservation over short-sighted capitalist gain. Yongliang emphasizes the effects of industrialization on the Chinese landscape, Mulyana focuses on coral reefs as a barometer for climate change and the fragility of ocean ecosystems, and Zhao Renhui examines the vulnerability of the natural world and the value of insects to the health of our planet.

“For many, climate change is the single most pressing concern of our age,” said Todd D. Smith, OCMA’s director and CEO. “As we continue to explore through our exhibitions what it means to be citizens of the Pacific region, we cannot ignore the environmental changes that are affecting our communities. To help us understand these changes, we have invited a cross-section of artists who chronicle and examine both the conditions that are altering our natural world and the impact these shifts are having on our relationships.”

A closer look at the exhibitions:

OCMA announces third season Caycedo

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Carolina Caycedo’s “Wanaawna, Rio Hondo and Other Spirits”

Carolina Caycedo: Wanaawna, Rio Hondo and Other Spirits, curated by Cassandra Coblentz, OCMA senior curator and director of public engagement. Wanaawna, Rio Hondo and Other Spirits expands Caycedo’s Water Portraits series (ongoing since 2015) in which photographs of rivers and waterfalls are mirrored, altered and remixed as printed fabric works, still images and videos. The resulting imagery conjures bodies of water as living entities and as active political agents in environmental conflicts, rather than as resources for humans to exploit.

OCMA announces third season Duford

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Daniel Duford’s “Underworld Stories Told in Tree Time”

Daniel Duford: Underworld Stories Told in Tree Time, curated by Cassandra Coblentz. For the exhibition Underworld Stories Told in Tree Time, Duford looks to Gary Snyder’s poem “The Way West, Underground” to explore new narratives about our relationship to the natural world. Snyder’s poem tracks a mythological Black Bear across time and space from Oregon to Asia then northern Europe and finally down to Neolithic caves. The bear travels counter-clockwise, a symbolic move that rejects a Eurocentric lens and trajectory of conquering territory in order to control resources. Duford portrays the Earth as a living entity with the power to regenerate and survive over time.

OCMA announces third season Garrido Lecca

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Ximena Garrido-Lecca’s “Spectrums of Reference”

Ximena Garrido-Lecca: Spectrums of Reference, curated by Cassandra Coblentz. Garrido-Lecca explores the impact of natural resource exploitation on different social groups and cultures, with a particular interest in how industrialization and urbanization have historically affected the relationship between nature and culture. Increasingly, nature is considered to be in the service of science and technology, reduced to a mere object, as opposed to an ancient conception of nature as a living force. In her work, she blurs the boundaries between nature and culture by creating synthetic objects made from natural resources.

OCMA announces third season Mulyana

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Mulyana’s “A Man, A Monster and The Sea”

Mulyana: A Man, A Monster and The Sea, curated by guest curator John Silvis. This is Mulyana’s debut exhibition in the U.S., comprising three immersive environments that depict oceanic life. His large, visually kinetic installations are comprised of intricately constructed modules of organic shapes that coalesce into vividly colored clusters of abstract forms. The soft forms appear bound together by an invisible force as they occupy the floor, wall and ceiling. He re-purposes yarn and employs diverse communities of knitters in Indonesia, considering the act of knitting and crocheting as a form of meditation and prayer.

OCMA announces third season Zhao Renhui

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Robert Zhao Renhui’s “Effect”

Robert Zhao Renhui: Effect, curated by guest curator John Silvis. Zhao Renhui’s debut museum exhibition in the U.S. features two bodies of work that highlight the ubiquitous presence of flies and butterflies in our environment. Inspired by scientific methods of categorizing fly types, he appropriates scientific tools to explore the boundaries, systems and methods humans use to control fly populations, stemming from a dismissive attitude that belies their necessity. While the fly is seen as a nuisance, the Monarch butterfly, on the other hand, is seen as a beautiful creature; it is a symbol of transformation. In Effect, suspended fly traps and lures reflect Zhao Renhui’s fascination with the countless devices and methodologies invented by humans to exterminate insects.

OCMA announces third season Yongliang

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Yang Yongliang’s “Eternal Landscape”

Yang Yongliang: Eternal Landscape, curated by guest curator Melanie Ouyang Lum. Yongliang’s practice is rooted in his deep respect and reverence for Chinese art history, specifically classical Chinese landscape paintings (shanshui). The landscapes in this school of thought are landscapes of the mind – contemplative compositions in which the Chinese literati (scholar/artist/court official) would imbue their ideologies into images of mountains, rivers and trees. He grew up in Shanghai in an era of rapid urbanization and, while a student of tradition, he also embraced new media to make sense of the changing world around him.

OCMAEXPAND-SANTA ANA, located in South Coast Plaza Village at 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, is the museum’s temporary venue while it builds its Thom Mayne-designed new home at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Admission to and parking are free. Hours of operationa are Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 

For more information, visit www.ocmaexpand.org.


Nashville Gold to appear at OASIS Summer Concerts in the Courtyard on Friday

Mosey on down to the OASIS Senior Center on Friday, July 26 from 5:30-7 p.m., when Nashville Gold (Country Tribute) belts out their tunes during the last Summer Concert in the Courtyard series.

Tickets are $10 and sell out fast. Bring your own low-slung beach chairs and blankets. A boxed dinner is included with the price of a ticket. Beer and wine are for sale. No outside alcohol is allowed. The event is for 21+. Attendees will be let in based on their ticket number. 

Call 949.644.3244 or stop by the administration office to purchase your tickets.

OASIS Senior Center is located at 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar.

For a calendar of upcoming OASIS Senior Center events, visit our Calendars section here.


Hoag presents roadmap for addressing Alzheimer’s disease at international conference

Many causes of memory loss are treatable and even preventable. The key is early primary care involvement, according to findings presented at the 2019 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC).

Researchers and physicians from the Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute at Hoag presented several posters at this year’s annual conference, the largest and most influential international meeting dedicated to advancing Alzheimer’s science, highlighting compelling data from Hoag’s Orange County Vital Brain Aging Program (OCVBAP) that shows the benefit of early detection to stave off cognitive impairment and the dementia of Alzheimer’s disease.

 “This represents a shifting attention from Alzheimer’s chronic care to prevention,” said William R. Shankle, M.S., M.D., F.A.C.P., The Judy & Richard Voltmer Endowed Chair and director of the Memory and Cognitive Disorders program at the Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute at Hoag. “What you do in your mid-age affects what happens in your brain in your 70s and 80s.”

Hoag presents Brain Shankle

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Dr. William Shankle

Alzheimer’s disease affects 5.8 million people in the United States. Worldwide, an estimated 44 million suffer from the disease. The AAIC brings together leading researchers from 70 countries to share methods of prevention and treatment and improvements in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.

The OCVBAP, a multi-disciplinary program involving researchers, community leaders, health care educators and physicians, has been involved for nearly a decade in promoting early detection of memory loss and cognitive impairment as well as the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

Hoag’s study was based on published guidelines for preventing Alzheimer’s or dementia, and targets both the public as well as health care professionals. The public outreach included education seminars, an online education web portal, and tools for self-identification of risk factors.

It also includes a pathway for self-referred, confidential in-person cognitive assessments. These assessments are conducted by trained OCVBAP personnel in community settings.

“We’ve seen younger people taking part in the assessments because they are interested in prevention and want to take action,” Dr. Shankle said. “They have seen their parents’ or their grandparents’ decline, and they are scared. The stigma of Alzheimer’s is going away gradually. They are ready to do something.”

One troubling aspect of Hoag’s study, however, was that researchers found that primary care physicians were not always well informed enough to help. Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of all participants in the study were found to be in an impaired range, meaning that their conditions had gone unnoticed or unmentioned by their physicians.

“These people have either never brought up their concerns to their physicians, or their physicians said, ‘Don’t worry, you’re just getting old,’” he said.

That is why another critical component of the program is the education of primary care physicians (PCPs) to act as a first line of defense against Alzheimer’s disease.

“We found that by training PCPs to identify risk factors and early symptoms of cognitive impairment, we are able to help guide doctors to detect Alzheimer’s disease in its earliest, most manageable state,” said Dr. Shankle. “Educating physicians also helps patients rule out Alzheimer’s and dementia in cases where the underlying cause of cognitive impairment turns out to be something else, such as poor sleep, stress or depression.”

The Hoag study also highlights the importance of diet, exercise and social activity in delaying or preventing the onset of Alzheimer’s symptoms.

“We call these ‘below the neck conditions,’ such as high blood pressure, heart disease,” Dr. Shankle said. “We heavily encourage them to take part in social activities and hobbies and to speak to their primary care physicians to get their medical conditions under control.”

To further promote the important role PCPs play in brain health, Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute is hosting internationally renowned cognitive neurologist and clinician-researcher Alireza Atri, M.D., Ph.D., as the keynote speaker for the Neurosciences Symposium on September 13 to speak with physicians about the best clinical practice guidelines for evaluation of cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. His presentation will provide an overview of the aims, processes and recommendations to help physicians better recognize the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and develop a shared care plan with their patients to delay onset.

Reflecting the recent findings from the “Alzheimer’s Detection in the Primary Care Setting: Connecting Patients and Physicians,” Dr. Shankle encourages patients to speak to their physicians if they are concerned and for physicians to routinely ask about cognitive health.

“What we found was the PCP’s attitude is basically, ‘If something is happening, the patient will bring it up.’ Meanwhile, the patient is thinking, ‘If this is so important, my doctor will ask me about it,’” he said. “In Alzheimer’s, early detection can lead to treatments and interventions that delay the onset of the disease’s worst symptoms. That is why these conversations are so important.”


Movies on the Beach to show Dr. Strangelove this Thursday

On Thursday, July 25 from 8-10 p.m., join Crystal Cove Conservancy for Movies on the Beach and enjoy the favorite historic film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, in Crystal Cove State Park’s Historic District.

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Movies on the Beach is showing “Dr. Strangelove” on the sand 

Movie Synopsis: The story concerns an unhinged United States Air Force general who orders a first strike nuclear attack on the Soviet Union. It follows the President of the United States, his advisors, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a Royal Air Force (RAF) officer as they try to recall the bombers to prevent a nuclear apocalypse. Directed by Stanley Kubrick, the film stars Peter Sellers and George C. Scott

Starting at 8 p.m., the movie will be shown on the beach outside Beaches Cottage #13 and is free to the public with a $15 State Park day-use fee. Bring blankets, beach chairs, and a picnic to enjoy with your family! No alcohol is allowed on the beach at Crystal Cove State Park. There will also be a historic snack shop with popcorn and candy for sale.


Michael Chang and Kei Nishikori compete for charity at Newport Beach Tennis Club

On Saturday, July 20, the 9th Annual Michael Chang Tennis Classic (MCTC) featured world champion tennis players Michael Chang and Kei Nishikori, competing in a World Class Doubles Pro Exhibition to raise funds for HomeAid Orange County and the Chang Family Foundation. Chang became the youngest male player to win a Grand Slam singles title when he won the French Open in 1989 at 17. Nishikori is currently ranked the No. 7 professional tennis player worldwide. Chang has served as Nishikori’s coach since 2014.

Michael Chang foursome on court

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(L-R) Michael Chang, Mark Fujita, Kei Nishikori and Karl Hashimoto

The event, held at the Newport Beach Tennis Club, also included the professional exhibition match as well as a USC vs. UCLA undercard match and top sponsor tennis. 

Michael Chang Kei and Lani

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(L-R) Kei Nishikori and 8-year-old Lani Chang (Michael’s daughter) at the net

“We are very proud to support HomeAid, which is devoted to building new lives for homeless families and individuals in Orange County through housing and community outreach,” Michael Chang said. “The Chang Family Foundation is an extension of the Chang family’s faith leading them to serve people in need and giving them hope for a better tomorrow.”

The expo and tennis tournament raised approximately $130,000 for charity.


Pet of the WeekDog and Cat print

Stu News Newport is delighted to be working with the Newport Beach Animal Shelter to help get the word out in search of loving homes for pets that deserve a warm, nurturing environment and a place to call “home.”

Cutie Ed Sheeran would like to say hello. Full of personality, he loves the companionship of both other kitties and humans alike. Furry, feisty and full of independence, baby Ed will be the sunshine of your life. He wants everyone to know that this is his first day hitting the adoption circuit and that he’s totally looking forward to an awesome life. And like his namesake, the famous pop singer from England, Ed would love to be your rock star.

Pet of the Week 7.23.19

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MEET ED SHEERAN

If you are interested in finding out more about Ed Sheeran, or any other animals up for adoption, the Newport Beach Animal Shelter is located at 20302 Riverside Drive, Newport Beach. It is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., excluding major holidays. For more information, call 949.644.3656 or email Valerie Schomburg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Newport Beach Animal Shelter adoption fees:

–Dogs - $130

–Puppies - $150

–Cats - $90

–Kittens - $110

To find out how you can help support the shelter, visit www.nbpd.org and click on “Our Animal Shelter” to view the wish list. The shelter can always use food and treats; new toys; grooming, hygiene and comfort products; as well as laundry soap, dish soap, paper towels, sponges, scrub pads and lint rollers. If you are interested in volunteering, you can fill out and sign the application on the website.


Orange County comes together to support older adults in need, raising $73,000+ in only 24 hours

On July 17, five local nonprofit organizations partnered with the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) to host the second annual Preserving Dignity, a Giving Day for OC’s older adults in need. The 24-hour effort raised $73,000 with participation from more than 233 donors.

OCCF, based in Newport Beach, launched this bold initiative in 2017 to build the capacity of local nonprofits through a series of Collaborative Giving Days. Nonprofits with shared missions are invited to come together to boost collective giving for their causes. OCCF powered the Preserving Dignity campaign with seed funding to support the marketing assets, campaign resources and collaborative partnerships. 

Orange County comes together

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“With the number of older adults living in Orange County expected to increase 17 percent by the year 2045, it is up to the nonprofit community to provide vital resources to this growing population,” said Shelley Hoss, president, OCCF. “For the second year, we are proud to power the Preserving Dignity Giving Day and support local organizations with similar commitments to OC’s older adults.”

The five organizations that participated in Preserving Dignity included Alzheimer’s Orange County, SeniorServ, Council on Aging-Southern California, Southern California Hospice Foundation and St. Francis Home.

OCCF first challenged Orange County residents to “give where their heart lives” during the inaugural iheartoc Giving Day in 2015, raising more than $1.8 million through gifts to 347 participating nonprofits in just 30 hours. OCCF nearly doubled those results in 2016 during the second annual iheartoc Giving Day, receiving contributions totaling $3.2 million for 418 participating nonprofits.

In 2017, OCCF re-envisioned iheartoc as an expanded opportunity for nonprofits to connect with one another in support of their shared missions. The seven Giving Days held throughout 2018 raised a total of $1.4 million for local organizations. 

Additional collaborative Giving Days will be announced throughout the year. For more information, visit www.oc-cf.org/iheartoc.


Guest Column

Grace Leung

An insider’s look at what’s going on in and around City Hall

Grace Leung

Courtesy City of Newport Beach

Newport Beach City Manager Grace Leung   

Our next City Council meeting is tonight, Tuesday, July 23. The following are items that may be of interest. As always, this is not a summary of the entire agenda, which can be viewed here

Study session begins at 4 p.m. and we will have an overview of the State-mandated Organic Waste Recycling requirements. Over the last 19 years, the State of California has passed a number of regulations requiring cities to implement recycling programs. The first program required residents in all cities to reduce their waste by 50 percent by the year 2000. The City has been in compliance with this requirement since that time. Commercial recycling was implemented and became mandatory in July 2012. Organic recycling for commercial properties became effective in January 2019 and will become mandatory for everyone in 2022. The cost to the City for non-compliance can be as high as $10,000 per day. The mandates require cooperation between the City, the residents, the business community and the waste hauling community. Staff has been working to update both the City’s Municipal Code and waste hauler franchise agreements so that the City can come into compliance and enforce these state rules. The City Council will consider amendments to the Municipal Code and Franchise agreements in September. 

The Regular Session begins at 7 p.m. and the following are items of note: On the consent calendar is the purchase of Rule 20A credits from three cities, which will allow us to complete phase 2 of Underground Utilities District No. 22a on Balboa Boulevard. The acquisition provides $354,833 of credits, purchased for $195,158 – $0.55 per dollar. Phase 1 of this project began this month. 

For public hearing is the 2019 Drinking Water Quality Report on public health goals. The City is required to hold a Public Hearing every three years to present a Drinking Water Quality Report and how the City’s water compares to Public Health Goals and to standards. As is common in all water systems, not all goals are met. However and most importantly, Newport’s water system meets all state and federal drinking water standards.

I am pleased to present for Council consideration the proposed Employment Agreement with Jeff Boyles for Fire Chief services. Following an open and highly competitive recruitment process, I selected Assistant Chief Boyles for the Fire Chief position. With Jeff’s extensive experience and skillset, along with his knowledge and dedication to this community, we will have an exceptionally well qualified chief taking over from retiring Chief Duncan. Among his many accomplishments, I am especially grateful for Chief Duncan’s employee development and succession planning efforts and leaving the department in very capable hands. The Employment Agreement provides for salary and compensation terms. 

Under the terms of the agreement to provide destination marketing services to the City, Visit Newport Beach is required to submit its Business Plan Supplement and FY 2019-20 Budget for City Council review and/or approval. Visit Newport Beach also serves as the administrator for the Newport Beach Tourism Business Improvement District and is submitting the District’s FY 2019-20 annual report and FY 2019-20 budget for review and approval. 

As a reminder, public comment is welcome at the City Council meeting. The public can comment on any item on the agenda. If you cannot attend the meeting and/or want to communicate with the City Council directly on an item, the following email address gets to all of them: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Week in Review was provided last week. In case you missed it, we do post them on the City’s website; the latest edition can be found here

Thank you for reading. Feedback is appreciated so please don’t hesitate to ask a question or offer a comment. 

Grace K. Leung

City Manager

City of Newport Beach

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Egnot-Johnson wins the battle of New Zealanders for GovCup championship

The 53rd Governor’s Cup International Youth Match Racing Championship, hosted by the Balboa Yacht Club, has been won by Nick Egnot-Johnson (NZL) after an intense final match against now three-time GovCup runner-up Leonard Takahashi (NZL).

Egnot-Johnson won the first two of the best of five race series against Takahashi to take a commanding lead. However, Takahashi and his crew never lost confidence and quickly tied the series 2-2, to set up the final race. 

Egnot Johnson wins the battle boat

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Photo by Mary Longre

Egnot-Johnson and his crew reign supreme at end of GovCup week

At the final start, both boats fought for that right side and Egnot-Johnson got it. With a small lead at the first windward mark, he sailed virtually perfectly downwind. The final two legs featured Egnot-Johnson doing everything right to protect his lead, and he surfed across the finish line to win.

Earlier, Jack Parkin (USA) lost in his semi-final against Egnot-Johnson, which also went to the full five races. That put Parkin into the petit final against Frank Dair (USA) to determine third place overall in the regatta. 

Parkin won the best of five.

The other competitors who did not qualify for the semi-finals also sailed a best of three series to determine their final overall placing. 

Below are the complete final standings:

1.  Nick Egnot-Johnson (NZL)

2.  Leonard Takahashi (NZL)

3.  Jack Parkin (USA)

4.   Frank Dair (USA)

5.   Jordan Stevenson (NZL)

6.   Finn Tapper (AUS)

7.   Matt Whitfield (GBR)

8.   David Wood (USA)

9.   Clare Costanzo (AUS)

10. Cameron Feves (USA)

11. Jeppe Borch (DEN)

12. Mans Holmberg (SWE)


Breakers lose final set to fall to Springfield

The Orange County Breakers lost last night, 19-18, to the defending 2018 King Trophy winning champion Springfield Lasers in World Team Tennis action.

Steve Johnson joined the Breakers for the evening as their marquee player and took a team leading 15-14 advantage into the evening’s final set. However, Johnson lost 5-3 to Enrique Lopez-Perez to lose the match.

Johnson and Luke Bambridge did win an earlier men’s doubles match against the Lasers’ Jean-Julien Rojer and Lopez-Perez, 5-2.

The Breakers are now 2-4 on the season.

Johnson will return to action tonight against the Philadelphia Freedoms, along with Genie Bouchard and the rest of the Breakers. Play begins at Palisades Tennis Club at 6 p.m.

Breakers lose final set Bambridge backhand

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Breakers’ Luke Bambridge returns backhand in WTT action at Palisades Tennis Club in Newport Beach

Saturday Night (July 20) Results:

The Orange County Breakers won their home opener in front of a sold-out crowd over the San Diego Aviators, 24-17, Saturday night at Palisades Tennis Club.

The Breakers started slowly losing the opening set, before coming back to win the next four. 

The featured player of the evening for the Breakers was former world number one women’s player Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, who beat Danielle Lao, 5-1, in women’s singles. Lao formerly starred at USC.

Upcoming Matches:

The Breakers have the following five matches home over the next nine days: Tonight vs. Philadelphia, Wednesday vs. New York, next Saturday vs. Las Vegas, July 29 vs. Orlando and July 31 vs. Washington – and then the three-week WTT season will conclude with the final four championships on August 2 and 3. 

For more information, visit https://breakerstennis.com/.


Sol Mexican Cocina’s Chef Deb to battle on “Guy’s Grocery Games” this week

Cheer on Newport Beach’s restaurateur, Sol Mexican Cocina’s Chef Deborah Schneider, as she does battle on Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games this Wednesday evening, July 24 at 9 p.m. (PST). “ABC Challenge” is the theme of the show.

Sol Mexican Cocina Chef Deborah Schneider

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Sol Mexican Cocina’s Chef Deborah Schneider to star on “Guy’s Grocery Games” this week

Noteworthy is that Chef Deborah just finished her eighth cookbook, titled The Essential Mexican Instant Pot Cookbook. Sol Mexican Cocina is celebrating 10 years of business in our community in September, so there is plenty to commemorate.

Sol Mexican Cocina is located at 251 Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.solcocina.com.


Traffic gets Council attention, dead bees raise questions in Irvine Terrace

By AMY SENK

Happy summer! And by that, I mean, are you locals having fun sitting in the never-ending Corona del Mar/Newport Beach traffic jam that seems to get worse each year, especially in July?

At the July 9 City Council meeting, Councilmember Joy Brenner of CdM suggested that the City form a Traffic Affairs Committee or Commission, and the remaining council members agreed by voting to consider the idea at a future meeting. Brenner is proposing that, if it is formed, the group would comprise seven members representing each Council district and also include a liaison from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District to serve as an ex officio member. The committee members would hold public forums to hear about traffic complaints and suggestions and study “all matters referred to it concerning traffic movement and safety,” Brenner said. The group would ultimately make traffic improvement suggestions to the City Council, General Plan Update Committee and Planning Commission.