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Attention bee lovers…volunteer at Imaginology

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The Orange County Beekeepers Association (OCBA) is seeking volunteers to help out at their Imaginology booth this weekend, Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 15 at the Orange County Fair & Event Center.

This booth is a great way for the OCBA to reach to the public and especially the youth of our community. They will be hosting a live observation beehive (under glass), and selling honeystix and jars of honey to raise funds for the OCBA.

If you are new to the club or beekeeping, don’t worry – it’s the perfect time to learn. It also is an ideal way to get a crash course before working the booth at the 2018 Orange County Fair.

Available shifts:

Friday, April 13: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (one person needed); 12 - 3 p.m. (one person needed).

Saturday, April 14: 1:30 - 5 p.m. (one person needed).

Sunday, April 15: 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (two people needed); 1:30 - 5 p.m. (two people needed)

OCBA needs at least three people to cover each shift. If interested, please reply to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with shifts you can fill. You must include your name and phone number. Parking passes are needed on Saturday and Sunday. People signed up will receive information on picking them up. For more information, visit

A rare bald eagle sighting

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This rare sighting of a bald eagle was captured by nature photographer Russ Kerr at Upper Newport Bay. It is eating the remainder of an American coot.

“Suits for a Cause” clothing drive benefits WHW

The Orange County legal community concluded its month-long clothing drive supporting job seekers of nonprofit WHW with a celebratory luncheon on Thursday, March 29 at the Orange County Bar Association in Newport Beach. Seventy-four law firms and legal businesses and organizations joined together for the 8th Annual “Suits for a Cause” clothing drive throughout the month of March to donate professional suits to WHW, which provides the unemployed and underemployed the skills and resources they need to get and keep a good job.

This year’s “Suits for a Cause” provided more than 500 suits and thousands of pieces of business and casual attire, and accessories.

Justice Eileen Moore and honorary chair

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Associate Justice Eileen C. Moore and Honorary Chair Ron Brand of The Brand Firm

During the luncheon, Justice Eileen C. Moore provided an exclusive presentation on “Gender Issues in the U.S. Supreme Court and Hollywood Movies” which looked at law and culture with regard to women including how issues involving women have evolved in the nation’s highest court and how the movie industry has portrayed women at these same times. Her presentation was MCLE certified and fulfills the Elimination of Bias requirement for attorneys. The luncheon was sponsored by Skorheim & Associates, AAC.

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Colleen McCarthy and James Barone, law partners at Ferruzo & Ferruzo LLP, Newport Beach

The list of Newport Beach participants included: Bisnar Chase; Carlson & Jayakumar; Rynn & Janowsky, LLP; OC Women Lawyers Association; Call & Jensen; Archer Norris; Ferruzo & Ferruzo LLP; Risner & Associates, Inc.; The Foley Group, PLC; One LLP; Constitutional Rights Foundation; Blue Law Group; Robinson Calcagnie, Inc.; Janice A. Ramsay ALC; and Bick Law, LLP.

WHW was founded by two legal professionals and survivors of domestic abuse who faced the task of rebuilding their professional wardrobes and self-esteem to return to the workforce in 1993. WHW has grown from providing 63 women with professional apparel to help prepare them for interviews 25 years ago to now serving more than 8,000 job seekers (men and women) each year and empowering them to navigate a complex job search with a multitude of tools. WHW is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and since its inception has served more than 90,000 job seekers with programs including Employment Readiness Workshops, Computer Training, Job Placement Assistance, Employment Retention Assistance and Professional Apparel including interview-appropriate apparel and accessories.

For more information about “Suits for a Cause” and the full list of legal firms, groups and companies that participated this year, visit

Political Outreach Fair takes place April 14

Newport Beach Civic Center

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The Council of Youth Ambassadors presents the 2018 Political Outreach Fair taking place Saturday, April 14 from 1 - 3 p.m. at the Newport Beach Civic Center.

Attending Congressional Candidates include: Dr. Hans Keirstead, Kevin Kensinger, Michael Kotick, Paul Martin, Brandon Reiser, Boyd Roberts and Harley Rouda, In addition, local city councilmembers will be present.

NBPD re-releases video: “Lock It or Lose It”

Back in 2011, the Newport Beach Police Department released a video entitled “Lock It or Lose It.” The cost figures have become a bit outdated in the past seven years, but the message is still very applicable.

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NBPD tracks the circumstances around burglaries and thefts from cars, and in the vast majority (around 80 percent) of all these crimes, no force is used. Remember to take a minute to lock your car, roll up your windows, and remove your valuables – every time you park. Lock it…or lose it.

The video can be seen on YouTube at

“Cheers for Literacy” – the ultimate cocktail war

On Wednesday, April 25 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., join in an evening of friendly competition at “Cheers for Literacy,” taking place at The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar. Two teams will battle it out in the ultimate cocktail war! The team collecting the most tips – wins.

Cheers Left Cheers Right

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(L-R): Team One - Sabrina Neas and Nina Ardalan vs. Team Two - Michele Babcock and Liz Hurley

Team One from 6 - 7 p.m. is comprised of Sabrina Neas, senior account manager, Zillow Group and Nina Ardalan, trial attorney, Ardalan Law Group. These ladies will go head to head against Team Two mixing it up from 7 - 8 p.m., made up of Michele Babcock, principal, MB Realty Solutions and Liz Hurley, senior VP/partner, VOIT Real Estate Services.

All cash tips help at-risk children learn to read in conjunction with Literacy Project.

So, come root them on! For more information, call 949.721.1319.

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar is located at 3131 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

Boards and commissions openings at the City

The City of Newport Beach is currently accepting applications to fill the following upcoming vacancies (all terms are for four years, expiring June 30, 2022): Board of Library Trustees (one seat), Building and Fire Board of Appeals (two seats), City Arts Commission (one seat), Civil Service Board (one seat), Harbor Commission (three seats), Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commission (two seats) and Planning Commission (one seat). 

The deadline for filing applications is noon on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

All seats will become vacant when the existing terms expire on June 30, 2018.

All applicants must be qualified electors of the City, none of whom shall hold any paid office or employment in City government (Section 702 of the City Charter).

The City is also currently accepting applications to fill the following upcoming vacancies: Newport Coast Advisory Committee, requires a Newport Coast resident, (one seat), no application deadline; and Aviation Committee (two seats).

The application and additional information about the Boards and Commissions openings can be found at or obtained from the City Clerk’s Office, 100 Civic Center Drive (Bay E, 2nd Floor) or by calling 949.644.3005. Additional information about the City’s Boards and Commissions can be accessed through the City’s website at

For questions about serving on a City Board, Commission or Committee, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 949.644.3005.

Pelican Hill to hold Princess Tea & Story Time

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Calling all princesses! Tea is being served and your presence is requested.

On Sunday, April 8 from 2 - 4 p.m., Princess Tea & Story Time is taking place at The Resort at Pelican Hill, and your attendance will add to the day’s memorable festivities.

Come enjoy a magical afternoon tea time in the Great Social Lounge with special princess appearances and readings of classic children’s story books by the fireside.

The cost is $65 per adult and $45 per child under the age of 12. Parent supervision is required for all children in attendance. Prices exclude tax and service charge.

Additional princess tea and story times are scheduled for April 22, May 6 and 20, and June 3 and 17.

The Resort at Pelican Hill is located at 22701 Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast. For more information, call 866.284.7394.

One person’s garbage can now be your compost…free giveaway Saturday


The City of Newport Beach and CR&R Environmental Services (CR&R) will co-host a compost giveaway this Saturday, April 7 from 9 - 11 a.m. Newport Beach residents can receive two free 30-pound bags of organic compost while supplies last.

Residents can pick up their compost in the Big Canyon Reservoir parking lot, located at 3300 Pacific View Drive, Corona del Mar (near the intersection of Marguerite Avenue and Pacific View Drive). Residents should bring the event postcard recently mailed to them by CR&R, or proof of residency may be required.

For additional information, contact CR&R at 949.625.6735.

Darnell Wyrick Quintet at Back Bay Bistro

Darnell Wyrick

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Darnell Wyrick Quintet brings cool jazz to Back Bay Bistro

The Darnell Wyrick Quintet will perform at Back Bay Bistro on Saturday, April 7 from 8 - 10 p.m., a treat for all music lovers.

Guests are promised a night of wonderful music by some of Orange County’s great Jazz musicians, and fantastic food at a picturesque venue on the water.

Come early and enjoy dinner before the show. A full bar will be available during the show. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 949.729.1144.

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

GEMfest at Sage Hill School to engage middle school girls

On Saturday, April 28 from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., as many as 200 middle school girls from all over Orange County are expected to visit Sage Hill School for GEMfest, a festive day of panels and workshops designed to inspire 11- to 14-year-old girls.

Featuring two keynote speakers – Wende Zomnir, co-founder of Urban Decay Cosmetics and Sage Hill alumna Courtney Conlogue, ranked No. 2 in the Women’s Surf League – the event will include panels on careers in entrepreneurship and STEM.

Among the dynamic speakers are a Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer, a food scientist, a YouTube influencer and many more. Attendees at the unprecedented event will also choose from workshops on body image, public speaking, coding and tools for success. Each participant will receive an epic gift bag! The day will conclude at 1:30 p.m. following lunch, where the girls (all Sage Hill students) will participate in the school’s Service Learning Program, in which students identify a need in the local or global community and either create their own project or further the work of an existing organization. Seeking ways to mentor younger girls, five juniors and one senior this year created the Service Learning Group Girls Empowerment Movement (GEM), which is organizing the event.


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“I think it’s important to empower girls especially when they’re in middle school because that’s the point when they start figuring out who they are as women,” said GEM member Lily Humphrey, explaining how the idea for GEMfest developed. “It’s important to provide role models for them at that stage so they can feel positive about themselves and feel like they can do anything.”

“Not all girls have these amazing mentors in their lives,” said GEM member Eliza Feffer. “We’re bringing the mentors to them so they can get the inspiration they need to be successful.”

“GEM epitomizes the goal of Sage Hill’s service learning program,” said Patricia Merz, Head of School. “The members have embraced our school’s public purpose objectives by creating an opportunity for personal growth for younger girls from all over Orange County. At the same time, by organizing GEMfest, they are developing their own confidence and tools for success, no matter what paths they pursue.”

GEM members handled cold-calling potential speakers and organizing all the logistics of the day, as well as drumming up interest from local middle schools. When you’re reaching out to women who are much older than you and they’re really successful, you think, ‘I don’t know if they’re going to take me seriously,’” Feffer said. Reaching out to speakers “taught me that when you’re passionate about a project and you’re confident, they’re going to enjoy your message and want to be part of it,” she added.

Feffer was among those who visited local private and public schools to personally invite girls to attend. They have also partnered with Girls Inc. of Orange County to spread the word. Tickets are $12 with limited seating, but waivers are available.

“We really want a diverse range of girls coming in,” Feffer said. GEMfest was also awarded a $2,500 grant from Los Angeles non-profit Visionary Women, to help defray costs of the event.

“The feeling that our students have – that they want to reach out to younger women – they’re seeing the next generation above them feels the same way about them,” said their adviser, Director of Communications and Marketing Torrey Olins. “It’s a nice circle. Everyone’s paying it forward.” Which makes the GEMfest experience priceless for everyone involved.

For additional information about GEMfest and to purchase tickets, visit

Sage Hill School is located at 20402 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Coast.

Good Morning CdM welcomes Todd Spitzer

Todd Spitzer

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Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer

Good Morning CdM, the monthly government and community affairs discussion group, meets Thursday, April 12 from 7:30 - 9 a.m.

Come listen to Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer who will address the following topics: Public Safety, Homelessness (where we are now and the next steps), Crime Rates in Orange County and OC Drowning Prevention Task Force.

The morning will also feature legislative updates from these office representatives: NB Councilman Scott Peotter; Congressman Dana Rohrabacher; Senator John Moorlach; Assemblyman Matthew Harper; and Orange County Supervisor, Michelle Steel.

This event is open to the community at large, so bring a friend or colleague to attend. No RSVP is necessary and there is no admission charge. Enjoy complimentary refreshments.

Good Morning CdM takes place at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar.

For more information, visit

It’s time to Speak Up on the issue of homelessness


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Speak Up Newport is presenting a forum on Homelessness on Wednesday, April 11, in the Newport Beach Civic Center’s Community Room.

The crisis of homelessness affects almost every local community, including the City of Newport Beach.

A three-person panel of experts on the subject will look at what is being done in the county, and in our city, to provide services to the homeless. What works and what doesn’t? What are the advocates for this population doing to combat this crisis? What can concerned citizens do to help (and what shouldn’t they do?).

The panel for the forum includes Helen Cameron, Director of Supportive Housing, Jamboree Housing Corporation; Tony Yim, Homeless Liaison Officer with the City of Newport Beach; and Dave Kiff, Newport Beach City Manager.

The reception takes place from 5:15 - 6 p.m., hosted by The Bungalow, and the program and Q&A starts at 6 p.m. It is free to the public and people are encouraged to bring their neighbors. There is no charge to attend and the public is invited. Reservations are not necessary. For more information, call 949.224.2266.

Newport Beach Civic Center is located at 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Join in fun camaraderie at the Tri-Chamber Mixer

On Thursday, April 26 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., head over to Water Grill in South Coast Plaza for the After Hours Tri-Chamber Mixer. Participating chambers include Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Santa Ana.

Meet new friends and business acquaintances while enjoying cocktails and appetizers (no host bar).

Cost: Free to Chamber members; non-members, $35. Parking is $6. For more information, call 714.885.9090.

Water Grill is located at 3300 Bristol St., Costa Mesa.

You Must Remember This: The Depression


One day when Grandmother Harris, my mother’s mother, was babysitting me, she told me about the Great Depression and the neighborhood meals that were a part of it.  Everyone would bring what they had, as little as that might be, throw it in a big communal pot, and then everyone shared the meal. The other thing she told me about was the laugh circles. She described how when people were down they’d sit in a circle, and one person would start laughing, and soon everybody else was laughing. She demonstrated. We sat down on the carpet in the living room, and she started laughing, and pretty soon I was rolling on the floor. The result of all this was that I couldn’t wait for us to have another Depression. It would be such fun!

Grandmother Harris

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Grandmother Harris holding infant Nancy Gardner

Of course, as I got older I began to learn about the economic hardship that was behind the communal meals and laugh circles, and another Depression didn’t seem as attractive. Still, like much of history, it was hard to relate to until my father made it more immediate by telling about the building of Harbor High. He described the lines of men standing there every morning, hoping for a day’s work. They were ready to do anything – carry lumber, dig holes, pick up nails – just to be able to go home to the family with a little bit of money.

Unfortunately, many went home with nothing, but there they were, back the next day praying to be chosen. Nothing of this was ever mentioned in my four years at Harbor which is too bad. Think of the impact, if there had been even a small display of photos – not just of the triumphant groundbreaking for the school or the ceremonious ribbon cutting when it was completed, but of the desperate men lined up hoping that they would have a chance at a day’s work. That would have brought the Depression home in a way that studying the National Recovery Act never could. It also would have given some life to the building itself.

As for those who actually lived through the Depression, I think many of them suffered something like PTSD, at least if my mother was any example. The house was long paid off, she and my father were in great shape financially, and yet, she would have these weird reactions about some of the smallest expenses.

I remember once taking her to the market. Among the things on her list was sherry, a glass of which she enjoyed in the evening. She could easily have afforded a well-aged sherry, but that would have been a frivolous expense when there was Gallo’s at a fraction of the cost. Unfortunately, on this particular occasion, Albertson’s was out of Gallo’s half gallon sherry which is what she always bought. Not a problem. They had plenty of the smaller bottles, so I put two in the shopping cart. My mother immediately removed them. The reason? You saved 50 cents by buying the larger bottle compared to two smaller bottles. She was already buying the bargain brand, and now this? “You’d rather go without sherry than spend 50 cents?” I asked incredulously, but she was adamant. Fifty cents was 50 cents.

She could remember when…I thought about a laugh circle, but the liquor aisle of Albertson’s didn’t seem like quite the place. 


Nancy Gardner, former Mayor of Newport Beach, long-time resident and daughter of Judge Robert Gardner, is a regular contributor to StuNewsNewport.

Laura Tarbox to offer investment advice to locals

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Laura Tarbox, Certified Financial Planner™

Laura Tarbox, of Newport Beach-based Tarbox Family Office, a UCLA graduate with 37 years of investment and financial planning experience, will speak at the non-profit educational event, “It’s Your Money!” on Friday, April 20 and 27, at 1:30 p.m. at the Laguna Beach Senior Center. The event will be moderated by Peter Kote, founder of the “It’s Your Money” workshop series.

These sessions are part of a series on financial planning, with a focus on finding the right adviser and how to think about your overall financial plan.

Tarbox, who founded her own wealth advisory firm in 1985, focuses on true, fee-only financial planning (including estate and tax planning, charitable giving, insurance and retirement optimization) for the total financial well-being of her clients. She will talk about how to find the right adviser, along with comprehensive financial planning and how to develop a healthy investment philosophy.

Tarbox is one of the earliest pioneers of the financial planning profession. Her company, Tarbox, is recognized as one of the top wealth management firms in the country.

The Laguna Beach Senior Center is located at 380 Third St., Laguna Beach. No RSVP is required.

Tarbox Family Office is located at 500 Newport Center Drive, Suite 500, Newport Beach.

NBCC’s NAVIGATE to hold The Social at Center Club

Calling all modern professionals!

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce’s NAVIGATE is hosting The Social at The Center Club on Thursday, April 12 from 6 - 9 p.m.

NAVIGATE, a young professionals group is dedicated to providing a unique and interactive experience involving networking activities and professional development in a social and modern atmosphere with content specifically designed to engage ages 25 - 40.

Festivities include a Tap Takeover by Latitude 33 Brewing with complimentary appetizers. Business casual attire. Cost: $10 valet for guests. Reservations are required.

The Center Club is located at 650 Town Center Drive (Garden Level), Costa Mesa.

To register, visit

School Notes

In an effort to support a focus on school safety, Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro has assigned Deputy Superintendent Russell Lee Sung to immediately conduct an in-depth review of all safety related procedures, update policies and procedures (where necessary), and provide assistance to all school sites and work locations throughout the district. 

Since this will require focused attention in the next several months, Director of Curriculum and Instruction John Drake will temporarily assume many duties of Chief Academic Officer. 

While all NMUSD schools have comprehensive safety plans to respond to safety-related incidents that meet or exceed the compliance requirements of the state, NMUSD will have a renewed focus on all safety practices. 

Since October 2017, district administrators from various departments throughout the district have been meeting regularly to review all aspects of safety. Lee-Sung has facilitated this process and supported and worked with site principals and district management. 

On February 27, the Board of Education directed staff to provide recommendations for improved safety. 

Newport Coast Elementary

Newport Coast Elementary received the Distinguished School Award for their outstanding Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) model program, which supports academic achievement of all students, refines the implementation of character education programs, increases attendance and maintains a low number of suspensions.

The Distinguished School Award honors California’s most exemplary and inspiring public schools. Schools selected for the Distinguished School Award demonstrate significant gains in narrowing the achievement gap.

The PBIS program at Newport Coast Elementary follows state priorities of pupil engagement and school climate, as well as NMUSD priority of promoting students’ holistic development, becoming responsible thinkers and problem solvers with opportunities to learn about the impacts of their choices, and expectations of the highest positive behavior and civic responsibility.

The program has reduced the number of behavioral issues on campus and provided more effective in-classroom learning time. The increase in engaged academic activities has improved the academic performance of all students. Results show a steady overall growth in academics, as measured by district benchmark assessments, improved report card grades and teacher observations. 

Newport Coast Elementary also received recognition as an Exemplary Arts School for their arts education program. School administration and teachers work to provide consistent arts instruction, incorporate standards-based projects and demonstrate learning through the arts.

All grade levels receive instruction in dance, movement and music. Students submit more than 200 original works in dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts to the annual PTA Reflections Arts Contest.

Newport Coast Elementary

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NHEF Board Meeting – Tuesday, April 10 at 12:15 p.m. at Heritage Hall

Spring Recess – Monday - Friday, April 16 - 23

PTA General Meeting – Wednesday, April 25 at 9:30 a.m. at Library Reading Room

Spring Drama Musical: Grease – Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. at Robins Loats Theater


Footloose, the Musical – Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 8 at 2 p.m.

Spring Festival Concert – Monday, April 9 at 7 p.m.

Vocal Zone Concert – Tuesday, April 10 at 7 p.m.

Spring Recess – Monday - Friday, April 16 - 23

Sage Hill School

Parent Association General Meeting – Tuesday, April 10 at 8 a.m. at Le Bon Family Lobby

One Acts Performance – Thursday and Friday, April 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. at The Black Box Theater in the Studio

Spring at Sage Parent Information Night – Tuesday, April 17 at 6 p.m. at The Black Box Theater in the Studio

Parent Association – Career Series Mixer – Thursday, April 19 at 6 p.m. at Pelican Hill

Dance Performance – Saturday, April 28 at 7 p.m. at The Black Box Theater in the Studio

Alzheimer’s fundraising gala raises $.5 million+ for local Dementia support services, research 

Alzheimer’s Orange County’s (“AOC”) sold-out fundraising gala, headlined by title sponsor Julia & George Argyros, was a smashing success, shattering fundraising goals and raising more than $550,000 for the organization, a record-breaking amount in the event’s 19-year run history.

The gala, held at the Balboa Bay Resort on Saturday, March 24, was themed “Broadway Memories: Backstage.” EliteOC Productions transformed the venue into a glamourous backstage musical set, with whimsical details like studio lights shining on guests during cocktail hour and a makeup station outfitted with a professional makeup artist ready to dole out rouge and powder touch ups.

The night began with a cocktail hour in the outdoor patio, where 314 people gathered and showed support for AOC. Guests enjoyed drinks, a high-end whiskey tasting, and silent auction bidding, and were then ushered into the ballroom for a gourmet three-course dinner.

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(L-R): Cary Bren, Angela Bren, Victor Assad, Lia Iacocca Assad, Ronnie Beauchamp and Jack Cancelleri

AOC president and CEO, Jim McAleer, opened the program, with a video featuring the event’s eight committee co-chairs welcoming the crowd. Broadway star and actor Cheyenne Jackson started off the evening with a dazzling performance, followed by appearances from Juan Pablo Di Pace and Megan Hilty. Throughout the evening, AOC recognized the following four honorees, celebrating them for their tremendous contributions to the organization:

Philanthropy Partner - John Kelley

Community Partner - HCP, Inc.

Corporate Partner - Discount Tire & Service Centers

Lifetime Achievement - Debi and Tom Pavlik

Although the evening was a celebration of AOC’s work and of its supporters, the organization reminded its guests of the looming issue at hand: The alarmingly increasing rates of Alzheimer’s disease in Orange County, and the urgency to find a treatment. To cement AOC’s dedication to local research initiatives, McAleer announced that 25 percent of all donations raised throughout the evening will fund AOC’s research efforts, which include clinical trials education and a new research grant to fund young researchers.

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 (L-R): Jim McAleer, Debi Pavlik, Tom Pavlik and Margie Wright

AOC screened an emotional short video that both captured the hardships of loved ones of those afflicted with the disease, and the support that AOC provides to alleviate these burdens. Donations fired off strong during the “fund-a-need” portion of the evening, starting with a $25,000 commitment from the Pavlik family that was matched by sisters Alison and Catherine Beaumont, who recently lost their mother to the disease. The energy level in the room exploded during the live auction, where guests went toe-to-toe for exclusive items like a VIP Angels Baseball Suite Package, reservations at a lakeside villa in Italy, a weekend New York City getaway, and more. 

The gala was spearheaded by an event committee that was co-chaired by Debi Pavlik, Jacqueline DuPont Carlson, Lia Iacocca Assad, Nelly Harris, Bette Aitken, Alison Hahn,  Alaina Staimos and Leriza Panem-Bacchus.

Come to the Edge at The Pacific Club on April 11

On Wednesday, April 11, The Pacific Center hosts “Come to the Edge,” featuring author Jean Ardell, speaking on her work, Memoir: The Art and Craft of Telling the Truth of Our Lives.

Ardell grew up in New York City, the daughter of a mother who loved books and a father who loved baseball. She has worked in Orange County as a freelance writer since 1988, covering a range of subjects including domestic violence, politics, the environment, travel and baseball.


Jean ArdellHer work has appeared in numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, Orange Coast, where she was a contributing writer, and many others. Her profile of author Dean Koontz earned the Orange County Press Club’s 1995 Best Profile award. Her first book, Breaking into Baseball: Women and the National Pastime appeared on the Los Angeles Times best-sellers list, and continues to be used as a text in college and university sports history courses.

Ardell has led memoir writing workshops at such venues as the Newport Beach Public Library, the University of California Extension at Irvine, and local churches, as well as privately. She graduated with honors in English from the University of California at Irvine and holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California Master of Professional Writing program. She lives with her husband Dan, who played first base for the Los Angeles Angels, in Corona del Mar. 

Enjoy this fascinating speaker along with breakfast, table discussion and live entertainment. Doors open, registration and the buffet line begins at 6:45 a.m.; the program starts promptly at 7 a.m.

Pre-register for this event to assist with food and seating needs. The event is free and valet parking is available. You can validate your parking ticket at the front desk when you leave. To register, visit

The Pacific Club is located at 4110 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.

NMUSD recognizes “Reflections Arts Program” winners

Nearly 600 Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) students participated in the Harbor Council Parent Teacher Association’s (HCPTA) Reflections Arts Program. Twenty-five students advanced to the Fourth District PTA level of competition, which represents all schools with PTAs in Orange County. Adams Elementary School student Zarrar Zubair received the California State PTA Award of Excellence and advances to the National PTA competition. 

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Adams Elementary School student Zarrar Zubair advances to the national PTA Reflections Arts Program competition

HCPTA, which includes representatives from all PTAs in NMUSD, hosts the yearly Reflections Arts Program to enhance quality arts education by providing an opportunity for students to explore their artistic talents through visual arts, literature, music, dance, photography and film production. Each year the artwork must fit a particular theme; the theme for this year was “Within Reach.” The National PTA has sponsored the program since 1969.

Students are divided into four age divisions: primary (preschool through second grade), intermediate (third through fifth grades), middle (sixth through eighth grades), and high school (ninth through twelfth grades). Each of these categories and divisions are judged by the local school PTA, before submission to the Harbor Council PTA, then the District (Orange County) PTA, CA State PTA and National PTA.

The following 25 students were honored by Harbor Council PTA with an Award of Excellence:

Visual Arts:

Emerson Betz (Eastbluff Elementary)

Milo Ely McGregor (Newport Elementary)

Brooke Allen (Newport Elementary)

Dulce Estrada (Newport Harbor High)


Angeline Shipman (Newport Coast Elementary)

Avery Burk (Anderson Elementary)

Isabelle Goodman (Davis Magnet)

Celine Niu (Corona del Mar High)

Musical Composition:

Amelia Lake (Lincoln Elementary)

Jamie Chen (Newport Coast Elementary)

Ruby Brennan (Davis Magnet)

Nina Meindl (Corona del Mar High)

Special Artists:

Zarrar Zubair (Adams Elementary) - California State PTA Winner

Angelina Espinosa (Davis Magnet)

Film Production:

Finn Miller (Lincoln Elementary)

Natalie Ashworth (Lincoln Elementary)

Katherine Odeen (Corona del Mar Middle)

Ian Turner (Corona del Mar High)


Emmy Jacobson (Newport Elementary)

Aaron Gruber (Adams Elementary)

Iabi Ishida (TeWinkle Intermediate)

Isabel Kehoe (Estancia High)

Dance Choreography:

Brielle Foote (Newport Coast Elementary)

Ella Lin Espinosa (Newport Coast Elementary)

Haley Atkins (Newport Harbor High)

In 2016, 24 NMUSD students advanced to the Fourth District (Orange County) PTA Reflections level for consideration. Of these artists, four received an Award of Merit, and one received an Honorable Mention.

“It is an honor to recognize the amazingly talented students in our district,” said HCPTA Reflections Chair Cynthia Strasmann. “We are fortunate to have a district that values arts programs and that we celebrate all aspects of student achievement,” she said.

NMUSD schools can expect an announcement of next year’s Reflections Arts Program in the fall of 2018. Next year›s theme will be “Heroes Around Me.”

Police Files

Costa Mesa Police lead Newport Beach bust of fentanyl pill lab

Three Orange County men have been charged in a scheme to use the synthetic opioid fentanyl and a similar drug to manufacture and distribute counterfeit pharmaceutical pills designed to look like brand-name oxycodone pills. 

A criminal complaint filed Wednesday, April 4 in United States District Court, alleges that the men obtained fentanyl and an analogue called cyclopropyl fentanyl through Internet suppliers, used a pill press to make counterfeit pills, and distributed the narcotics through the mails, often arranging sales through a Darknet marketplace. 

The complaint alleges one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. The three defendants named in the complaint are: Wyatt Pasek, 21, of Santa Ana; Isaiah Suarez, 22, of Newport Beach; and Duc Cao, 20, of Orange. 

All three men were taken into custody Tuesday afternoon in conjunction with the execution of federal search warrants across Orange County. They were charged in federal court on Wednesday and made their initial court appearances on Wednesday afternoon. All three defendants remain in custody at this time.

When the defendants were arrested, authorities seized a pill press lab in Suarez’s apartment, along with bags that contained nearly 3 kilograms of what appear to be counterfeit oxycodone and Xanax pills, and bags that contained approximately 4.5 kilograms of white and blue powders that are currently being tested. 

A search of Pasek’s residence revealed approximately 13,000 pills that appeared to be counterfeit oxycodone and bundles of United States currency.

“Fentanyl is an extremely powerful drug that is further complicating the severe problems we are seeing in relation to this nation’s opioid epidemic,” said United States Attorney Nicola T. Hanna. “Using fentanyl in a counterfeit pill that appears to look like a less-lethal opioid dramatically increases the possibility of overdoses, and deaths that we see far too often.” 

“Our country is facing a multifaceted threat: dangerous opioids such as fentanyl and its analogues are inundating our mail system and are being pressed into counterfeit pharmaceutical pills that are flooding our streets,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge David J. Downing. “These are alarming trends, and multi-agency coordination is paramount to combating this epidemic.”

“We recognize that the opioid epidemic transcends the boundaries of our Costa Mesa community and this case is a prime example of that. Fentanyl is a highly dangerous opioid that contributes heavily to the epidemic,” said Costa Mesa Police Chief Rob Sharpnack. “We want to thank the agencies involved for partnering with us on the investigation that got these three individuals off the streets.” 

During a six-month investigation led by the DEA and the Costa Mesa Police Department, authorities recovered blue pills stamped “A 215” that resemble 30 mg pills of the opioid oxycodone. The pills, which were linked to Pasek, were later tested and determined to contain fentanyl or cyclopropyl fentanyl, according to the affidavit in support of the complaint. 

On March 5, Cao was observed depositing seven packages into a Postal Service collection box. When those packages were searched pursuant to a court order, authorities discovered approximately 1,400 blue pills with “A 215” markings that were being shipped to addresses across the United States, according to the affidavit, which noted that pills from all seven parcels tested positive for fentanyl. 

On April 2, Cao visited Pasek’s residence, then travelled to the pill press lab in Newport Beach, and then drove to a Post Office in Santa Ana, where authorities later recovered 13 boxes that were similar to those seized on March 5. The 13 boxes contained over 4,000 “A 215” pills. 

The affidavit describes intelligence obtained during the investigation that “indicated that Pasek only sells narcotics through the Internet and ships his products through the mail.” Authorities believe that Pasek’s drug trafficking activities are done through “Darknet marketplaces where the primary currency of doing business is bitcoin.” 

During his court appearance on Wednesday, Cao was ordered to be detained as he is a citizen of Vietnam and his student visa has expired. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 18, and an arraignment is set for April 23. 

Suarez’s detention hearing was continued until yesterday afternoon, and Pasek is due back in court today. 

If they were to be convicted of the charge of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, each defendant would face a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison. 

This matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Costa Mesa Police Department, the United States Postal Inspection Service, IRS Criminal Investigation, the Food and Drug Administration - Office of Criminal Investigations and the United States Marshals Service. 

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime report

The Australian Pink Floyd Show to take Segerstrom stage

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Australian Pink Floyd at Segerstrom for one night only

Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes the biggest and most spectacular Pink Floyd show on the planet: “The Australian Pink Floyd Show,” arriving for one night only, Thursday, Sept 6 to Segerstrom Hall. Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, “Aussie Floyd” has sold five million tickets worldwide and has been described by The Times as “The Gold Standard” and The Daily Mirror as “The Kings of the Genre.” The Australian Pink Floyd Show (TAPFS) gave its first ever concert in Adelaide, Australia in 1988. Since then, the show has been staged in more than 35 countries worldwide; played at David Gilmour’s 50th birthday celebration and were even joined on stage by Rick Wright. TAPFS is the leading and biggest show of its kind in the world.

Tickets for The Australian Pink Floyd Show start at $49 and are on sale now, available online at, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 20 or more, please call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

Performing the music of Pink Floyd with note for note perfection, this critically acclaimed tribute show has been astonishing audiences worldwide. Striving to reproduce the Pink Floyd experience for loyal fans and bringing their music to new audiences, the show continues to include a stunning light and laser show, video animations, state-of-the-art high resolution LED screen technology and other special effects. To accompany these visuals are several large inflatables including a giant pig and their own distinct Pink Kangaroo.

Tenant Rights Workshop at the Civic Center

On Thursday, April 18, the Fair Housing Foundation (FHF) will be holding a Tenant Rights Workshop at Newport Beach City Hall in the Corona del Mar Conference Room at 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach from 10 a.m. -12 p.m.

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This workshop is free and open to the public. Attendees will learn about how they are protected under fair housing laws, what their rights and responsibilities as tenants are, and how to deal with tenant-landlord disputes. A housing counselor will also be on hand to answer any questions from participants.

The FHF, servicing residents of the city of Newport Beach, provides mediation and counseling services through their housing assistance hotline at 1.800.446.FAIR and through walk-in clinics. They also investigate issues of discrimination related to housing.

For more information or to RSVP for the Tenant Rights Workshop, call 1.800.446.FAIR.

Sherman Library & Gardens: A fresh new look, inspiration

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Spring is a time for renewal, rebirth, rejuvenation, reconnection and refreshing your garden. Every gardener knows that gardens are never stagnant. They are full of energy and inspiration that changes, grows and evolves over time.  An organization should do the same.

After 50 years, Sherman Library & Gardens is embarking on a major change – they have adopted a new logo and updated their mission statement  as part of their

Vision for the Future initiative.

Why the change? The original logo, a group of fuchsia with Sherman Library & Gardens in an ornate script, did not translate well to the needs of the digital era. They found the need for an easily recognizable symbol that could work equally well on either a large sign or on a hat in the gift shop. The process started more than two years ago when Sherman Library & Gardens partnered with the Laguna College of Art + Design. Sherman Library & Gardens became a case study for a class, and each student worked on a branding concept from logos and typeface to signs and merchandise that would rejuvenate the Sherman Library & Gardens brand to reconnect the organization with a new generation.

To inspire the next generation of supporters and advance public understanding of how Sherman Library & Gardens serves the community the mission statement was also refreshed.

A mission statement is a short statement of an organization identifying the scope of its operations, what kind of product or service it provides, its primary customers or market, and its geographical region of operation. The mission can change to reflect an organization’s priorities. While their priorities remain the same as when Arnold Haskell founded the Library & Gardens, it has been refreshed to emphasize their three pillars of history, horticulture and the arts. A mission statement is also used to inspire staff, volunteers and members to join and support the organization.

Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

Stump the Stu

On a beautiful day, it’s tough to beat this descent

Stump the Stu 4.6.18

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When we said earlier in the week that “this really is a stairway to heaven,” we meant it.

Where is it you ask? Lynn Swain correctly guessed the Crystal Cove stairs…and, she wasn’t alone.

“The stairs lead you down from the Coast Highway by Ruby’s Shake Shack to Crystal Cove State Park and The Beachcomer Restaurant,” wrote Bill Finster.

“These are the steps that lead down to the beach (and up to the walking/biking trail) at Crystal Cove Park. This is at the western boundary of the state park,” added Doug Thomas.

A special thanks to Bill Lobdell, who shot and sent us this photo!

Join us on Tuesdays as we try and stump you each week with a picture of something unique in our community.

If you have a unique spot or icon around town that you think StuNewsNewport readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the answer, so we can challenge them!

Leadership in Heels presented distinguished panel to discuss “breaking the glass ceiling”

Many women in business strive to “break the glass ceiling.” On Thursday, March 22 at the Center Club in Costa Mesa, the Leadership in Heels speaker series hosted a panel of glass-breaking, C-suite executives for “Breaking the Glass Ceiling: What Happens When the Heels Get Too High,” who authentically shared their stories on what it takes to break the glass ceiling, the rewards of being glass-breaking executives and the sacrifices and struggles of “the heels getting too high.”

According to the Department of Labor in a report on this topic, the glass ceiling is an “invisible barrier between women and the executive suite, preventing them from reaching the highest levels of the business world regardless of their accomplishments and merits.”

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Leadership in Heels Founder and CEO Scharrell Jackson, a full-time partner, COO and CFO for Squar Milner in Newport Beach, addresses attendees

Panelists shared personal experiences with breaking the glass ceilings in their respective careers, including Kim Letch, managing partner of Irvine-based Ernst & Young LLP; Cheryl Osborn, p[resident at Casco Contractors in Irvine; Dr. Jackie Eubany, cardiologist; and Pernille Spiers-Lopez, former president and CEO of IKEA North America and author of the book Design Your Life.

Attendees received tangible tools and advice on how to break the glass ceiling, including: 

Identify what you want and have the confidence to ask for it.

Build your own power and strength.

Recognize and manage stress. Take the time to care for yourself first. 

Find a mentor or sponsor to help guide you.

Set boundaries and know when to say no.

Don’t get bogged down by the negative.

Have one life and don’t strive for ‘work/life balance’ but strive to be happy and positive in all aspects of your one life.

Take a pause, especially when times get frantic. 


Count your wins and make an inventory of why you are qualified, especially when you feel uncomfortable or underqualified.

Leadership in Heels Founder and CEO Scharrell Jackson, a full-time partner, COO and CFO for Squar Milner in Newport Beach, one of the top 70 accounting firms in the nation, moderated the panel and shared the challenges and rewards she has faced as a glass-breaking executive at this first Leadership in Heels event of 2018. Jackson began the leadership series with the goal to authentically pivot lives forward personally and professionally while stimulating the mind and penetrating the heart.

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(L-R): Dr. Jackie Eubany, Cardiologist; Kim Letch, Managing Partner of Irvine-based Ernst & Young LLP; Leadership in Heels Founder and CEO Scharrell Jackson; Cheryl Osborn, president at Casco Contractors; and Pernille Spiers-Lopez, former president and CEO of IKEA North America

“Many businesswomen want to break the glass ceiling but don’t quite know how. Others don’t consider the cost against the reward,” Jackson said. “I have shattered the glass ceiling, reaped many rewards and shed many tears. It is my goal to ensure that we understand not only what it takes to break the glass ceiling, but what happens when the heels get too high and how to win all the time!”

Attendees included C-suite executives, middle managers, entrepreneurs, community leaders, those just beginning their careers, and college students. In addition to interactive presentations and exercises, the Leadership in Heels speaker series offered breakfast, networking and giveaways.

In addition, each event honors an extraordinary business leader and on March 22, Leadership in Heels honored Pattie Grimm, host of the “Women Kicking Glass” radio show. Grimm was chosen for her unwavering commitment to highlight women who have broken the glass ceiling.

A portion of net proceeds from “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” benefited Irvine-based nonprofit American Heart Association, which is dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Leadership in Heels has raised thousands of dollars for Orange County nonprofits including WHW, Human Options, Girls Inc. of OC, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire, Successful Survivors, THINK TOGETHER, and Working Wardrobes.

For more information about Leadership in Heels, visit the website at

After 10 years of hands-free law, challenges still remain

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Ten years after “hands-free” driving became law, drivers are using their cell phones less often…but distracted driving remains a serious safety challenge. April is recognized as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the first week in April is California Teen Safe Driving Week, making this an ideal time for safety advocates to focus their efforts on education and enforcement statewide.

The Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the Newport Beach Police Department, and other local law enforcement agencies are joining with community partners throughout the state to make the roads safer by highlighting the dangers of distracted driving, especially as related to cell phones. The goal of Distracted Driving Awareness month is voluntary compliance by all drivers, but sometimes officer intervention – and citations – are necessary to communicate the importance of distraction-free driving.

Traffic officers throughout the state have issued hundreds of thousands of citations over the past three years to drivers who were texting or making calls on a hand-held cell phone. Recent legislation made it illegal to use any smartphone apps while driving, further limiting drivers’ cell phone activity. Still, we all continue to see people driving dangerously while distracted by their phones.

Since 2011, OTS has conducted an annual observational study of hand-held cell phone use. “This year’s study on the use of handheld cell phones and texting shows a decrease over past years; however, more work needs to be done to target those who were observed to still be breaking the law,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “The best way to put an end to distracted driving is to educate all Californians about the danger it poses. We will do this through enforcement and education efforts like our new advertising campaign ‘Just Drive’, reminding drivers to put down their phones and focus on the road.”

“California’s distracted driving laws have been saving lives for a decade now,” said former State Senator Joe Simitian, who authored the state’s hands-free and no-texting laws. “Every day, somewhere in California, someone is sitting down to dinner with their family who wouldn’t have made it through the day without these laws on the books. That’s tremendously gratifying.”

In 2007 (the last full year before the hands-free law went into effect), more than 33,000 drivers in California were involved in distracted driving collisions. Preliminary 2017 data shows that that number decreased to fewer than 22,000 collisions last year. 

“These numbers show a heartening and significant improvement, but there’s still work to be done,” said Chief Jon Lewis of the Newport Beach Police Department. “Smartphones are a part of our lives now; texting, phone calls, social media posts…the cell phone activity is constant, but doing these things behind the wheel can have deadly consequences. Changing these dangerous habits will help make our roadways safer for everyone.”

The NBPD has the following safety tips for drivers:

If you need to read a text message, or need to send one, pull over and park your car in a safe location. (If you are on a freeway, please exit; do not pull over to the side of the freeway.) Once you are safely off the road, it is safe to text.

If you have a passenger, consider making them your “designated texter.” Allow them to access your phone to respond to calls or messages.

Do not engage in social media scrolling or messaging while driving.

Cell phone use can be habit forming. Are you struggling to avoid the distraction? Consider putting your cell phone in the trunk or the back seat of your vehicle until you arrive at your final destination.

The Newport Beach Police Department is deploying extra officers with grant-funded resources throughout the month in city locations with higher numbers of traffic collisions. Violators will be stopped and cited, with fines set at $162 for first-time offenders. This campaign is funded by a grant from the California Officer of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Fair Game


Kiff agreement re-written, out on August 31…at the latest

TomJohnsonTuesday night at the Newport Beach City Council meeting, the council will discuss City Manager Dave Kiff’s “new amended agreement” and discuss the process to find his replacement.

First off, the new agreement, the sixth amended and restated employment agreement between the City and Kiff, calls for Kiff’s employment end-date to be changed from April 24, 2019 to August 31, 2018.

The current council must really want him out, check out his “good-bye” package: $20,000 in a deferred compensation contribution; up to $5,000 in legal fees and costs incurred by Kiff on the agreement; and an $84,000 one-time lump sum payment.

Good for you, Dave!

However, there are also a couple of other clauses in the agreement that should be noted, including that Kiff cannot be terminated prior to August 31, good; and, if a new city manager is appointed any time prior to August 31, they would immediately assume all duties. 

Kiff, on the other hand, would then be placed on Administrative Leave until August 31.

Hey Dave, don’t let the door hit you in *** *** on the way out!

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Also on Tuesday’s agenda will be the potential recommendation for a resolution opposing Senate Bill 54, California Governor Jerry Brown’s sanctuary state law he signed into legislation effective January 1, 2018.

A number of Orange County cities have passed resolutions in the last two weeks including Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley and Los Alamitos.

This seems like a natural for Newport Beach, but you never know who’ll show up from neighboring cities.

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Here’s some comforting news, yuck, yuck. Newport-Mesa Unified School District will continue their school air-conditioning updates this summer with six additional schools. One thing you always worry about in projects like this are cost-overruns.

You know government.

Cumming, a company from Aliso Viejo, will handle the project. 

Their team overseeing it and hoping to avoid those potential cost overruns is Regional Director Mark Fergus, contracted at $210/hour; Alan Campbell, Managing Director, $210/hour; Mario Antony, Senior Cost Manager, Lead, $175/hour; Mitch Berg, Senior Cost Manager, MEP, $175/hour; Kenny Rodgers, Senior Cost Manager, MEP, $175/hour; Simon Hovesepian, Senior Cost Manager, $175/hour; and Pasha Bank, Cost Manager, $160/hour.

Wow, that’s great oversight and at such a small cost. What possibly could go wrong?

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Perhaps you’re a churchgoer? Well, St. James the Great will return to their building on the Peninsula this Sunday, April 8 after being locked out since 2015. It should be quite a celebration.

Their pastor, Rev. Canon Cindy Voorhees, has been leading the congregation off-site for the last few years as several unsuccessful attempts to sell the property failed for a number of reasons.

Recently, the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, which oversees the property, decided to return it to the local congregation.

The church is located at 3209 Via Lido. 

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Stu News Newport is proud to be a sponsor for Corona del Mar Scenic 5K race/walk for the second year in a row.

Race day is Saturday, June 2, running through the beautiful streets of CdM. There are men’s and women’s 5Ks, a two-mile walk, a youth two-mile and a Kid’s Dash 1K.

This is one of the CdM Chamber of Commerce’s big events. You can register to run or walk at; or, if you’re a vendor looking to show off your services or wares, there are spaces still available. Call Linda Leonhard at 949.673.4050.

Full “STEAM” ahead at OC Fair

“Imaginology” is coming to the OC Fair & Event Center from April 13 -15…and it’s all about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) for kids!

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What better way for youngsters to learn than by trying things themselves? Plus, the event is free.

Here is a min-guide to some of the family-friendly hands-on activities taking place.

Scavenger Hunt - Put your wit, brain and legs to the test in a tricky, fast-paced game that will bring out your competitive spirit. Find hidden treasures in a scavenger hunt that may leave you scratching your head in a search for cool gadgets as you explore the fairgrounds. Plus, new this year is an Instagram component for social-media-savvy kids. 

Location: OC Promenade

When: Saturday and Sunday, all day

Learning category: All

Dig for Roots - Carrots and beets are delicious additions to suppertime, but what’s it like to harvest the bounty yourself? Find out on this mission to dig for real veggies. This activity is perfect for kids in kindergarten and younger.

Location: Country Meadows

When: Friday - Sunday, all day

Learning category: Science

Tech Play - Try your hand at the interactive LED installation, featuring ELENCO Snap Circuit toys and several Makey Makey demos to try out. Think you can use a banana to power a bulb? Find out!

Location: Action Gallery South

When: Friday - Sunday, all day

Learning category: Technology

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Radish Seed Planting - Offering a peppery, satisfying crunch with every bite, radishes have a unique place in the vegetable hierarchy. Learn about the array of colors, textures and variations they come in. Plant a radish to take home, grow and start your own mini farm.

Location: Country Meadows

When: Friday - Sunday, all day

Learning category: Science

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Clay Play - Let’s have a clay play day! There’s nothing wrong with getting your hands a little dirty, especially when it’s in the name of art.

Where: Action Gallery South

When: Friday - Sunday, all day

Learning category: Arts

Mini Hat Craft Workshop - Make a fashion statement of your own in the mini craft workshop and design a hat with your personal trademark style and creativity.

Location: Main Mall

When: Saturday and Sunday, all day

Learning category: Arts

The Amazing Maze - Think you can find your way out? Test your navigation skills here if you dare – just try not to get lost.

Location: Heroes Hall Lawn

When: Friday - Sunday, all day

Learning category: Engineering

Cornhole Competition - Practice the velocity and the angle of a throw by playing a classic game of cornhole at the Raising Cane’s booth.

Location: Main Mall

When: Friday - Sunday, all day

Learning category: Mathematics

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Community Service Project - Do a good deed and discover a new hobby. Learn calligraphy and make a card to send to someone serving our country – you’ll help put a smile on the face of a brave soldier.

Location: Action Gallery North

When: Saturday until 3 p.m.

Learning category: Arts

Sew Easy - And it will be “sew” fun! Learn the simple basics of sewing and make a plush piggy to take home.

Location: Action Gallery South

When: Friday - Sunday, all day

Learning category: Engineering

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Imaginology is open Friday, April 13 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, April 14 – 15 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is free and most activities are included. Parking is free on Friday; $8 on Saturday and Sunday. Friday is Field Trip Day and is open to the public; schools and large groups of 10 or more are encouraged to register, but it is not required. On Sunday, Imaginology will host the Dia del Niño festival, in collaboration with Arts OC and Media Arts Santa Ana; activities include workshops and performances throughout the day.

For a complete schedule of events and a list of exhibitors, visit

Kids…don’t miss out on ENC Summer Nature Camp


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Campers looking at ENC’s collection of insects

The ENC has offered Summer Nature Camps since 1977. Nature Camp provides quality science education in an outdoor, hands-on setting. ENC Nature Camp emphasizes experiential learning. Campers spend most of their time outside, having a great time observing nature up close using tools like binoculars, magnifying lenses and microscopes. Science concepts are introduced in a fun environment, with crafts, games and hands-on activities.

This year’s Summer Nature Camp at the Environmental Nature Center is for kids ages 3 through grade 8 with one-week sessions running from June 25 - August 16 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. or 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

 Camps include: Little Naturalists, ages 3 - 5 years; Nature Adventure Camp, grades Kindergarten - 3; Science Explorers Camp, grades 4 - 6; and Order of the Raven, grades 6 - 8.

Enrollment is limited to small classes of 15 students per teacher with a high school assistant, and most of the camp teachers are ENC Naturalists. Each week has a different theme and different activities, so sign up for more than one session.

Fees: Full Day Nature Camp (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) costs $265/student per session ($238.50 for ENC members). Half Day Nature Camp (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.) costs $180/student per session ($162 for ENC members). Fees include all costs of instruction, laboratory and art supplies, and an organic cotton camp T-shirt. Nature Camp is held Monday through Thursday. There is no camp on Fridays, except during the week of July 3.

To view the complete camp schedule and to enroll, visit

Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach.

Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Below you’ll find this week’s clue. What you see is a small part of an overall sign in Newport Beach, that many pass by on a daily basis taking in its “sparkle.”

Good luck!

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

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

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Sunday Musicale features Dali Ensemble

Dali Ensemble

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(L-R): Dali Ensemble is comprised of Catherine Del Russo, oboist; Kevan Torfeh, cellist; and Kirstin Fife, violinist

The Newport Beach Public Library presents a Sunday Musicale with the eclectic Dali Ensemble L.A. on Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m. in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

The Dalí Ensemble L.A. features three award-winning musicians, Catherine Del Russo, oboist; Kirstin Fife, violinist; and Kevan Torfeh, cellist. The trio will present a recital that is educational, diverse and entertaining with a repertoire that depicts a rainbow of the history of western music from the Renaissance Period to the 21st Century.

The program also features original compositions by Kirstin Fife, inspired by the Spanish Surrealist painter, Salvador Dali, and Latin flavored tangos and waltzes written by Spanish composers and arranged by the talented violinist.

Admission to the Sunday Musicales is free. No registration is required. Seating is first-come, first-served, limited by room capacity. Funding is provided by donations from the Friends of the Library.

For more information, call 949.717.3800, ext. 2 or visit the website at

City to host Special Olympics basketball tourney fundraiser and you can play

The City of Newport Beach will host a Special Olympics area basketball tournament for the first time in the city’s history on Saturday, April 28. To kick off the festivities, Special Olympics athletes, the City of Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Department as well as Newport Beach police, fire, city council, local officials and community members will participate in the official Unity Torch Walk, Hometown Hero Hoop Shoot Challenge and BBQ on Thursday, April 5 from 6 - 9 p.m. at the Newport Beach Civic Center. 

Special Olympics

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Newport Beach Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill and wife Jennifer announce the Special Olympics fundraiser with a couple of friends

The evening will include live music, craft beer, fine wines and a BBQ provided by Newport Rib Company. The Hoop Shoot Challenge will follow with police, fire, city council, local officials and community members partnering with Special Olympic athletes to battle it out on the court to see which team will be named Hometown Heroes for Newport Beach Hometown Special Olympics. 

Participation in this special event starts at just $65 and money raised will support the year-round training and competition events for the more than 539 Special Olympic athletes that call Newport Beach home. Teams can register to participate in the Hoop Shot Team event, be a torch walk participant or a torch walk supporter.

“The City of Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Department is energized by all the opportunity that keeps unfolding as we build community partnerships to provide inclusive programs for those with special needs to lead fuller lives and connect with their peers,” said Laura Detweiler, director, Recreation & Senior Services Department, City of Newport Beach. “We were inspired by our involvement with the Special Olympics World Games and are continuing to foster that relationship by co-hosting a Newport Beach Hometown Basketball Tournament. Additionally, we have been working diligently this last year to lay the foundation for a well-rounded special needs recreation program and are excited to see it come to fruition. Together we can do amazing things!” 

You can register and checkout all the information at

Independent Bookstore Day coming in April

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Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 28 to help celebrate Independent Bookstore Day.

Visit Lido Village Books from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and enjoy special merchandise created for and only available on this day. There will be free giveaways (while supplies last), and a 10 percent discount on all books purchased. Activities are being planned for youngsters.

For event details, visit

Lido Village Books is located in Lido Marina Village at 3424 Via Oporto, #102, Newport Beach.

Wake Up! Newport slated for April 5 with FONBAS


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On Thursday, April 5 start your day at Wake Up! Newport and Friends of the Newport Animal Shelter (FONBAS). Sponsored by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, come hear about a proposed public/private partnership to create a new city-owned animal shelter in Newport Beach. Representatives from FONBAS will outline this new proposal.

The event will take place from 7:15 - 8:30 a.m. at Newport Beach Central Library’s Friends Room.

This free monthly meeting affords participants the opportunity to meet one-on-one with legislative and government officials, and to stay current on local, state and federal issues.

To register, visit Please make a reservation so they can plan on food and seating. Breakfast treats will be provided. For additional information, call 949.727.4400.

Newport Beach Central Library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Movie in the Park to show “Surf’s Up”

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On Friday, April 13 from 6:45 - 9 p.m., bring the whole family to Marina Park to enjoy a screening of “Surf’s Up,” as part of the Movie in the Park series.

While you spend some family time outdoors, enjoy the bay view, nautical-themed playground and free movie. There will also be free activities, candy and most importantly, popcorn, for you to enjoy. Food will be available for purchase.

Bring a blanket, towel of folding quad chairs to sit on. The movie begins at sunset.

For more information, call 949.270.8150.

Marina Park is located at 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

NBFF coming later this month; announces film lineup

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The 19th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) is taking place Thursday, April 26 through Thursday, May 3, and tickets are now on sale.

Kicking off the film line-up is American Animals, a 2018 British-American crime drama (one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history) written and directed by Bart Layton, that will be having its West Coast Premiere during the festival. Starring Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner and Jared Abrahamson, it will be showing at Edwards Big Newport in Fashion Island. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and it is scheduled for release this June.

The film fest will feature nearly 350 films from 50 countries. In addition to short subject programs, documentaries, action sports films and narrative movies, there are seminars and panels, retrospective films and post-screening parties every night of the festival.

For more information and a complete schedule of film screenings, galas, costs and venues, visit

Side Deal to appear at Campus JAX

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On Saturday, April 7, Campus JAX presents Side Deal, a new band of hit makers featuring the founding members of Train, Sugar Ray and Pawnshop Kings.

This one night only intimate performance supports Side Deal’s first vinyl release. Tickets are $75 for VIP (with a special meet and greet and an acoustic set from 5 - 6 p.m.); $50 for general admission for either of two shows at 6 and 10 p.m.; and $500 for a booth. To reserve your tickets, call 949.261.6270.

Campus JAX is located at 3950 Campus Drive, Newport Beach.

Stump the Stu

This really is a stairway to heaven

Stump the Stu 4.3.18

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The question for you is where is this? What do you find when you get to the bottom or perhaps it’s at the top? We welcome any and all guesses.

Take the challenge and submit your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The correct answers are in Friday’s edition. We also run the correct guesses on Friday. So, join us in the fun.

If you have a unique spot or icon around town that you think Stu News Newport readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the answer, so we can challenge them!

Sign of the times

On Thursdays we give you a partial glimpse of a sign around town. You guess what the overall name of the business is. 

So, we gave you a glimpse of the “Q” on top of this sign. The sign is from Via Lido Drugs at 3445 Via Lido. One correct guess came in from Michelle McCormack. She said, “I’m thinking the Q stands for quality drugs.”

Close Michelle. There is a parent organization over Via Lido Drugs and several other Orange County pharmacies that is called Quality Drug Corporation.

Thank you for playing.

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

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Stasha Speaks!

Spring flowers – lovely to look at…but not ingest


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April showers bring May flowers is how the saying goes. And though Springtime flowers are beautiful, if ingested by us critters they can be deadly. 

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(L-R): My brother Rocco and I – ready for Springtime showers

Rocco and I love the Spring rain. My buddy and I put on our raincoats splashing around the yard as things begin to bloom. But our mom keeps a watchful eye on us – especially Rocco, because that dog puts anything and everything in his mouth! He’s a curious dog willing to eat most anything, which could get him in big tummy trouble.

If he were to dig up plant bulbs and munch on them, it could be deadly. Plants with bulbs like tulips, daffodils, narcissus, and hyacinths, can be particularly dangerous to dogs, especially the skin at the bottom of the bulb. Dogs eating these flowers or bulbs can experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or worse.

“More severe symptoms as a result of larger ingestions can include increased heart and respiratory rate, foreign body obstructions, and, in rare cases, cardiac arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats),” according to

If you’re not familiar with Pet MD, you should be. It’s a good website to keep up to date on the latest recalls of pet products, as well as overall information on animal health issues to stay abreast of.

But getting back to dangerous plant-eating for dogs, it’s what’s in bulbs that can be deadly for us furry pals.

Tulips and hyacinth, for example, contain lactone, which when chewed or swallowed, can cause tissue irritation to our mouths and esophagus.


Daffodils contain lycorine, an alkaloid with something that triggers vomiting.


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Lilies are especially tricky because there are several different types – Peace, Peruvian, and Calla lilies which contain oxalate crystals can cause tissue irritation to the mouth, tongue, pharynx and esophagus – resulting in minor drooling. Potentially fatal lilies are Tiger, Day, Asiatic, Easter and Japanese Show varieties – all of which are highly toxic to cats too! Even small ingestion (such as two – three petals or leaves) can result in severe kidney failure.


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There are two crocus plants: one that blooms in the Spring (Crocus species) and the other in Autumn. The Autumn Crocus is highly toxic and can cause severe vomiting, gastrointestinal bleeding, liver and kidney damage, and respiratory failure.


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Other plants equally as dangerous to dogs are azalea/rhododendron, foxglove and oleander.

For a complete list of symptoms, plants and fertilizers pet owners should be aware of for the safety of their animals, Nationwide Pet insurance’s page on Summertime Toxins is a good reference. Visit And a good phone number to keep handy is the Pet Poison Helpline’s emergency hotline (1.855.289.0358) available 24 hours a day.

If you suspect your animal has eaten something in the yard that could be dangerous, the first rule of thumb is to get them to a vet at once.

Stay safe this Spring and enjoy the flowers – just don’t eat them. 

Bark at ya later,

Woof Woof


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All-John Williams Boston Pops to take the Segerstrom stage

Conducted by Keith Lockhart, the Boston Pops Orchestra returns in an evening dedicated to the works of multi-Oscar winner and Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams, whose iconic film scores include E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and countless others.

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Boston Pops Orchestra Conductor Keith Lockhart

This one-night-only performance takes place Monday, April 16 at 8 p.m. in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $48.

Affectionately known as “America’s Orchestra,” the Boston Pops is famed for its annual Fourth of July concert at the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade, and also performed at the Statue of Liberty for the monument’s rededication in 1986.

A recipient of the 2017 Commonwealth Awards for Achievement, Lockhart is the 20th Conductor of the Boston Pops and the second longest-tenured conductor of the Boston Pops (after Arthur Fiedler, who was at the helm of the orchestra for nearly 50 years). Lockhart has led the Boston Pops on more than 40 tours of the U.S., and in appearances at Super Bowl XXXVI, the 2008 NBA Finals and the 2013 Boston Red Sox Ring Ceremony.

A pre-concert lecture by Brian Lauritzen begins at 7 p.m.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, call 714.556.2787 or visit

Book signing event at Barnes & Noble

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Join author/radio host/keynote speaker Richard Franzi, CEO and founder of Critical Mass for Business, for the signing of his new book, Killing Cats Leads to Rats, at Barnes & Noble in Fashion Island on Saturday, April 7 at 2 p.m.

Nationally recognized, Franzi is dedicated to making a lasting positive impact on the lives of business leaders through the power of peer learning. His work has been featured in media such as, CNBC, American Express Open Forum, and Orange County regional print publications.

For more information on Franzi, visit

Barnes & Noble is located at 401 Newport Center Drive, A215, Newport Beach.

Brad Orcutt of Newport Beach is honored with St. Mary’s School award

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2018 Father Ernest D. Sillers Legacy Award is bestowed upon Brad Orcutt

St. Mary’s School announced Brad Orcutt of Newport Beach, as the winner of the 2018 Father Ernest D. Sillers Legacy Award. Each year, St. Mary’s honors an eighth-grade student who demonstrates superior leadership skills, evidence of service and civic responsibility, and Orcutt was selected from a total of 12 finalists as the most outstanding.

The competition focuses on four main principles called the “Four A.C.E.S. of Leadership,” which form the cornerstones of a strong community – attitude, commitment, engagement and service. Some of Orcutt’s extracurricular activities include acting as student ambassador for St. Mary’s, serving as safety commissioner for the associated student body, three years of school volleyball and basketball, and four years of school football. He has also served his community by volunteering with the Orange County Food Bank, Friendship Shelter and CSP Youth Shelter. Additionally, he regularly assists an elderly neighbor with shopping, errands and odd jobs around her home. Orcutt was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award by Lion’s Heart in 2016 and is on track to receive it again in 2018 in recognition of the exceptional hours of community service he has logged.

Orcutt was announced as the recipient of the award at the Tribute to Leadership Assembly on March 16 at Coast Hills Church in front of more than 1,000 students, parents and members of the community.

“On behalf of the entire St. Mary’s community, it is my privilege to announce that Brad Orcutt has achieved a significant honor as the recipient of this year’s Legacy Award,” said Dean of Students, Jim Cox. “He is a shining example of St. Mary’s core values and the environment through which we cultivate and prepare our students to become innovative global leaders of tomorrow by instilling a lifelong pursuit of learning, leading and service.”

Among the list of finalists for the 2018 Father Ernest D. Sillers Legacy Award is Henry Lew, also of Newport Beach.

St. Mary’s School, established in 1994, is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School dedicated to inquiry-based academic excellence, developing well-rounded, confident children who flourish in a creative environment founded on Christian values. For more information, visit

Bramble Candles to hold grand opening this weekend

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This Sunday, April 8 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., stop by the Bramble & Co Candles studio in the Pelican Courtyard at Seaside Gallery & Goods for their grand opening celebration. Owner/instructor Michelle Bendetti is ready to welcome you to the world of candle making.

The festivities include BYOB candle making workshops (bring your favorite libation), where you’ll learn candle making basics from choosing the right container, to proper pouring temperature and burning instructions for extending the life of your candles. The cost is $55, which includes hands-on instruction and all supplies needed to make soy wax candles. The minimum class size is four and maximum 10 for in-studio. Larger events and parties are available in the courtyard. Nibbles will be served, and you’ll go home with a candle or two.

Bramble & Co Candles is located in Pelican Courtyard at Seaside Gallery & Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Newport Beach.

Burger Boss comes to town this month


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Burger Boss, a Corona-based chain, is scheduled to open its sixth location in early April. It will occupy a free-standing building (formerly Newport Burger) at the corner of Orange Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach.

According to the create-your-own American burger joint owner Mo Farha, they wanted an eatery near the beach, so when the location at 6800 Pacific Coast Highway became available, it seemed like the perfect venue.

Customers order via a large touchscreen kiosk upon entering. They can choose a protein patty of grass-fed beef, cage-free chicken or turkey, or black beans, and pick from 30 toppings, 15 sauces and a variety of cheeses.

Fresh made-to-order burgers and the beach, it doesn’t get much better. For more information, visit or call 714.882.5858.

NBCC Marine Committee to feature Coastal Commission update

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The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Marine Committee meets once a month to provide information and education on all topics that are “marine oriented.”

The Tuesday, April 5 meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m., will feature special guest speaker, Don Schmitz, president and principal of Schmitz and Associates, who is the Coastal Commission consultant to the City of Newport Beach.

Schmitz will be covering the following topics: an update on the local Coastal Plan, proposed Harbor Master Plan and an update on Eel Grass.

This is a free event and open to the public. Reservations are not needed and there is plenty of free parking at Marina Park (parking code is 170434).

Marina Park is located at 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

Letters to the Editor:

Planned condo towers seem out of place

I used to work in a four-story office building in Koll Center Newport and still have friends there who’ve been worrying lately about a new project that is being proposed next door called the Koll Center Residences. It is apparently three very large condo towers that will be put where the parking lots have been for the offices. They will tower over the next-door business properties and force workers to park farther away in another bulky parking garage.   

Even though Koll Center Newport is a fairly intense business complex by previous Newport standards, it was well laid out and provides a pleasant place to work with an open feeling that is a big relief from maneuvering around Los Angeles. 

Putting three bulky 160-foot high, luxury condominium towers in this location just seems out-of-place, out-of-scale and out-of-order. Are the people who work there going to be able to live in these very large luxury condos? It makes me seriously wonder who thinks up these things.

Thank you for considering publishing this so that other Newport Beach residents can be made aware and weigh in before it’s too late.

Tamara Watt

Newport Beach

Could a replacement for Kiff already be in the works?

The jungle drums are beating that the replacement for Dave Kiff has already been picked.

Meet Mark Denny, a man with a prior conviction for voter fraud and only 9 months experience as a city manager.

In 1996, Mark was convicted of voter fraud when he helped arrange a decoy Democratic candidate in a tight Assembly race. Dana Rohrabacher’s future wife was involved in that incident as well. He was working for Curt Pringle at the time.

He then worked as former Supervisor Bill Campbell’s chief of staff until he was hired as the director of county parks in 2008. Around 2014, he was hired as the Chief Operating Officer of the county, a position that involved overseeing the Registrar of Voters. This created a flurry of controversy given his prior conviction and he was ultimately stripped of the ability to oversee elections.

He was in the COO position for 3 years before moving to Dana Point as the Director of Parks and Recreation in the fall of 2016. During that time, the OC Register reported that he was under investigation for awarding $1 million dollars of no bid contracts while running the parks department. According to the article, the contracts were awarded to a friend of a friend of Denny’s with little oversight and no appropriate paperwork.

I spoke at length with a city official in Dana Point yesterday and this is what I learned:

Dana Point, like our city, has a council majority of three who often are at odds with the other 2 councilpersons. The gentleman I spoke with didn’t know if Dave Ellis was involved but said that it is commonly believed that there is an outside person or group who is directing decisions for the council majority (sound familiar)?

A bit more than a year ago, the city manager there said that he was planning to retire in a few years and that he thought that it would be good to have a Parks and Recreation director. The council agreed and created this position on a Tuesday night and by Friday, Mark Denny had been offered the job and accepted. It was clearly planned in advance. The information about his past became known after he had accepted the job.

The city manager then announced that he was going to retire immediately.

The city hired a recruitment specialist to find experienced candidates. The well-respected assistant city manager applied for the job and the recruiter found them a number of excellent candidates. Unexpectedly, the assistant city manager withdrew his application, leaving three finalists for the job. 

Mark Denny never even applied for the job, but when the selection occurred, the three members of the ruling cabal picked him in July 2017.

He has now been city manager for 9 months. The man I spoke with was quite guarded in his description of how Mark was doing on the job, but did say that he was “learning on the job.” He said that the skill sets Mark had acquired at the county are quite different from the skill set needed to run a city. 

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that this scenario is pretty similar to our own. If you google Mark Denny, there are quite a few articles written about him, many of them uncomplimentary. 

Newport Beach deserves an experienced, ethical city manager to replace Dave Kiff and we should settle for nothing less.

Please feel free to forward this widely. Sunshine is probably the only antidote to the dry rot that has taken hold of our city.

Susan Skinner

Newport Beach

Fair Game


Easter Sunday changes a life forever

TomJohnsonToday I was planning to write a column looking back on Easter Sunday. I was going to tell you how much I enjoyed attending the 9:30 service at St. Andrews Presbyterian. I was going to write about the impactful message given by Pastor Chap Clark, and the beautiful performances of the orchestra and choir. I even thought about mentioning the many colorful flower arrangements gracing the stage and representing in memorial a number of former church members.

But I’d also thought about what things need to be written concerning what’s going on around town. Like, Dave Kiff is leaving, who’s coming in? Some are saying someone has already been “selected.” Others aren’t saying. 

But heck, isn’t it just life as usual?

I was also thinking of writing about all of the board and commission seats opening up at the end of June that are important in the operation of our city. People would need to know they could find all the info on the city website.

Then I was going to remind everyone that the City of Newport Beach is hosting a Special Olympics area basketball tournament for the first time in the city’s history on Saturday, April 28. 

But even more importantly, I wanted to remind residents that it all kicks off this Thursday, from 6 - 9 p.m., when the City will be host the Unity Torch Walk, Hometown Hero Hoop Shoot Challenge and BBQ at the Newport Beach Civic Center.

Still more, like the plan to have the Special Olympics athletes joining city leaders, local officials, city staff and hopefully the public in the Unity Torch Walk, in-and-around basketball and a barbeque. And, obviously, everyone’s invited.

Those were all things I’d planned to write about and then something else happened. 

Early afternoon on Easter Sunday, my 17-month-old granddaughter (the one and only) pointed to me across a room filled with other people after being asked, “Where’s Papa?”

First time!

It came with a huge smile, as her eyes lit up. 

But then she did it!

What is it, you ask?

While still pointing at me, she said, “Papa.”

Papa? What a perfect day!

And the other good news is that I’ve obviously been called a lot worse. Some of those names more recently than others, but that goes with the territory.

What a fun chapter of life to look forward to. How did I get so lucky? recognizes NMUSD’s commitment to transparent curriculum adoption

Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s (NMUSD) successful approach to curriculum adoption was featured in a case study by, an independent nonprofit designed to improve K-12 education. increases the capacity of teachers, administrators and leaders to seek, identify, and demand the highest-quality instructional materials.

The case study reviewed NMUSD’s nine-month curriculum adoption process for elementary math and English language arts instructional materials. The case study notes NMUSD’s commitment to a transparent adoption process that was data driven, aligned to state standards and teacher-centered.

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NMUSD educators undergoing professional development training

As part of the process, NMUSD partnered with the Orange County Department of Education who supported the district with their deep knowledge and expertise to provide guidance on the adoption process, evaluation tools, professional development and final program selection process.

The adoption process began with a Steering Committee, which included educators throughout the district. The Steering Committee reviewed and determined which two instructional material programs would be piloted. The next step in the process was intensive training into the shifts in mathematics. Each program was then piloted for seven weeks.

After months of meetings, piloting and evidence gathering, the materials adoption team reviewed the results and began the consensus process to select the best instructional materials for NMUSD students. The first task in the consensus process was to build a shared definition and understanding of what consensus means.

“The idea is that all voices are heard, and you don’t move forward until everyone, even those who most oppose it, can see the will of the group emerging,” said George Knights, director for assessments for NMUSD.

Based on the analysis of the results, a consensus was reached through a variety of activities designed so that all voices would be heard and eventually reveal the will of the group. At the end of the nine-month process, the NMUSD Board of Education adopted the recommended math and English language arts curriculum for elementary students.

While the comprehensive, teacher-centered adoption process ends there, the implementation, ongoing support for students and teachers, and parent education continues.

The implementation process began with a summer professional development series, where teachers participated in various training opportunities to learn the new material and approaches on how to best implement the material.

NMUSD also has implemented a yearlong Moonlight Series, which are two-hour grade specific sessions to review upcoming units of study. The lead pilot teachers from the adoption process and district staff lead these monthly sessions.

As part of the momentum that’s building specific with elementary math instruction, schools also began incorporating parent education sessions. Each school site has flexibility as to how they engage, educate and provide parents with resources to support their child’s learning. Some schools have hosted “bring your parent to math class day” or “muffins and math day,” for parents to see firsthand what math looks like in the classroom today. Schools also have or will host formal parent meetings and presentations to provide a greater understanding of the state standards and how students are learning math concepts to best prepare them for future success.

To learn more, read the full case study here.

City’s longtime Crime Prevention Specialist announces exit


Newport Beach and Corona del Mar will lose a crime-fighting friend with the retirement later this month of Andrea “Andi” Querry, the police department’s crime prevention specialist for the past 19 years.

Querry’s last day will be April 27, and her replacement has not yet been selected.

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NBPD’s Andrea “Andi” Querry (on left) will be retiring at the end of this month, after serving the Newport Beach community for 19 years

“Over the years, many of my evenings and weekends have belonged to the wonderful Newport Beach community, but now I plan to be the mom that can always say ‘yes’ to volunteering at school, carpooling and attending a fieldtrip here or there,” Querry said. “I love to garden, and so that is my very own Neighborhood Watch secret. When you are out in the yard, you feel good, the yard looks beautiful and you get to know all your neighbors. I will also be filling my time with my love of art, sewing, refinishing furniture and DIY projects. Most of all, I am looking forward to more family time with my wonderful husband, Randy, and our two girls. I also plan to have dinner on the table before 7 p.m. on most nights.”

As the department’s crime prevention specialist, Querry coordinated Neighborhood and Business Watch programs and community presentations that educated the public on crime trends and prevention methods. She also conducted commercial and home security inspections.

“Andi has been phenomenal in her position of crime prevention specialist,” said her supervisor, Lt. Tom Fischbacher, who also is the chief’s executive officer. “Her relationships and credibility in our communities has been instrumental in a highly effective crime prevention strategy. She will be greatly missed by her NBPD family, but we wish her well in her new role as a stay-at-home mom.” 

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Querry, seen here at a community event, will relish her new role as stay-at-home mom

Over the years, Querry has watched as her job changed with evolving technology. Before cell phones, she and volunteers could spend days passing out fliers by the hundreds to alert residents about a crime trend in a neighborhood.

“Now, once I know about the crime trend or burglary, with a push of the button on average it goes to 800-plus residents,” Querry said. 

Residents, she said, also have shown growing enthusiasm for involvement.

“Last March we had 200 plus attend a meeting at OASIS, several meetings at the Civic Center with 80 or more, and in January, 100 plus at the Newport Beach Aquatics Center,” she said. “When you have a watchful, engaging community, there is less opportunity for criminals. Newport is that community,” Querry shared.

Construction on townhomes by Gallo’s is underway

Construction has begun on townhomes that are planned for the empty lot next to the Corona del Mar Gallo’s Italian Deli at 3900 E. Coast Highway. 

“Right now, they are working on undergrounding the utilities in the rear,” said Marcelo E. Lische, the project’s architect. 

Five years ago, the city’s Planning Commission approved plans to remodel the 45-year-old sandwich shop and build six townhomes on the adjacent empty lot, which years ago held a burger stand and a gas station. Over the past few years, the plans have been modified several times and permits expired, but now the project is underway and expected to be complete in 12 to 18 months. 

The good news for fans of the Gallo’s Combo or the meatball sub?

“Gallo’s will not close,” Lische said. “At some point they will move into a food trailer to be located at the property.”


Amy Senk has lived in Corona del Mar for 17 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.

OC Marathon, Half Marathon in Newport Beach

The 2018 SDCCU OC Marathon Running Festival, a world-class event with one of the best and most picturesque courses attracting 14,000 full-, half- and 5k participants from 46 states and 22 countries, begins in Newport Beach on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6.

Runners will navigate their way across diverse coastal and inland terrains, passing through Irvine and Santa Ana, and end at the Orange County Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa. In addition to the Marathon and Half-marathon, there is the Wahoo’s OC 5k, Kids Run the OC “Final Mile,” the Ultimate Finish Line Festival and the OC Lifestyle and Fitness Expo.

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The OC Marathon Running Festival welcomes Saje Natural Wellness as a sponsor

Saje Natural Wellness has been announced as the Official Essential Oils and Natural Wellness sponsor. This support will directly benefit more than 10,000 marathoners and half-marathoners, who will receive a Saje “Runner’s Reward” kit which includes Pain Relief and Peppermint Halo, and two 100 percent plant-based essential oil blends to help restore and relieve tired muscles.

To register for the races and for more information, visit

Passenger traffic up overall at JWA


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Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in February 2018 as compared with February 2017. In February 2018, the Airport served 763,505 passengers, an increase of 7.4 percent when compared with the February 2017 passenger traffic count of 711,010. 

Commercial aircraft operations increased 5.6 percent and commuter aircraft operations decreased 34.8 percent when compared with February 2017 levels.

Total aircraft operations increased in February 2018 as compared with the same month in 2017. In February 2018, there were 23,348 total aircraft operations (take-offs and landings), an 18.8 percent increase compared to 19,649 total aircraft operations in February 2017.

General aviation activity, which accounted for 71.5 percent of the total aircraft operations during February 2018, increased 25.3 percent when compared with February 2017.

The top three airlines in February 2018 based on passenger count were Southwest Airlines (275,908), United Airlines (121,920) and American Airlines (118,988).

Project Hope Alliance welcomes Boulton to BOD

Project Hope Alliance announced that Sean Boulton, principal of Newport Harbor High School, is joining their board of directors. Boulton is a veteran educator and is serving his fifth year as principal of Harbor High.

Sean Boulton“We are pleased to welcome Mr. Boulton to Project Hope. His experience and insight will be a great benefit to Project Hope and our mission to end homelessness, one child at a time,” said Jennifer Friend, CEO of Project Hope Alliance.

“It is an honor for me and my family to help end homelessness – it is something we are passionate about,” Boulton said. “Project Hope Alliance (PHA) actually does something about it – PHA does not round up homeless people, it does not just feed them a meal, or give them clothing. PHA actually deals with the root causes of homelessness and puts families back on track.”

Boulton is currently entering his fifth year as principal of Newport Harbor High School. Last year, he was named 2017 Catalyst of Hope, awarded at the Annual Project Hope Alliance Anti-Gala. The award recognized his work in supporting the Promotor Pathway Program. The Promotor Pathway program of PHA serves disconnected and disengaged homeless youth ages 14-24. The Newport-Mesa Unified School District is the first school district in California to adopt the program, which operates out of Harbor High School.

The Project Hope Alliance board of directors oversees the organization’s activities and is focused on accomplishing its mission to end homelessness, one child at a time. Current board members include: Alisha Ballard, The Legacy Foundation; Pete Deutschman, The Buddy Group; Lynn Hemans, Taco Bell; Joe Lewis III, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, University of California at Irvine; Eric J. Rans, Michelman & Robinson, LLP; and Ray Weston, Taco Bell. 

Since 2012, Project Hope Alliance has moved more than 900 children and parents out of homelessness. To learn more, visit

RIBBA 4 & Community Art Fair this Saturday

Local artists will exhibit their work this Saturday, April 7 at Coastline Art Gallery at Coastline Community College as part of the RIBBA 4 & Community Art Fair. The art fair will take place from 3 - 8 p.m. with the RIBBA 4 reception from 5 - 8 p.m.

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Artwork by Karen Feuer-Schwager will be on display this Saturday at Coastline Art Gallery

The Community Art Fair will feature hundreds of artists exhibiting and selling their arts and crafts. RIBBA 4 is an exhibition within the fair, in which participating artists have submitted their work to the gallery in the same style of frame from IKEA. As many as 150 members of the art community are expected to display their works of art on the walls as part of the RIBBA event.

Coastline Art Gallery is located at 1515 Monrovia Ave in Newport Beach.

For more information, contact David Lee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SAVE THE DATE: Summer Soiree coming to the ENC

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Escape to an evening inspired by nature at the Environmental Nature Center’s (ENC) Summer Soiree, to be held Saturday, June 9.

Schedule of Festivities:

5:30 p.m. - Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres

7 p.m. - Dine under the stars with live music and an auction

Cost: $150 per person or $1,500 per table. Casual attire and trail-friendly shoes are recommended.

Proceeds support the ENC’s environmental education programs and help to build our community’s first nature-based preschool.

RSVP by Friday, June 1 at For additional information, contact Lori Whalen at 949.645.8489, ext. 103. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Pet of the WeekDog and Cat print

StuNewsNewport 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.”


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Animal Shelter


The shelter would like to introduce you to Cupcake, one of two sisters who arrived at the shelter. She is a tad bit shy with her initial meeting of new humans, but comes around quickly. She is as cute as a button, and it is believed her breed type is miniature poodle mixed with dachshund. Cupcake seems to be the less-shed fur type. She is a really fun dog and will just continue to show her true personality the more secure she becomes. Shelter staff is certain that she will excel in a quiet home with pet parents that spend lots of time with her. 

 At any given time, the shelter can have 4 - 5 dogs and 7 - 8 cats/kittens and other pets available for adoption. At times, they receive owner turn-ins that would do best adopted out together. 

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

If you are interested in finding out more about Cupcake, 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..

To find out how you can help support the shelter, visit and click on “Our Animal Shelter” to view the wish list. They can always use food & treats; new toys; grooming, hygiene & 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.

in volunteering, you can fill out and sign the application on the website.

Camp James Open House announced

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On Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., come experience the joy of Camp James at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort for yourself! Meet some of their amazing camp staff, try a sample of activities, and check out the gorgeous site for the very reasonable price of free! They look forward to seeing you there.

If you have any questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.729.1098 for more information.

Camp James is located at 191 North Bayside Drive, Newport Beach.

Easter Egg hunt for the visually impaired this Friday

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On Friday, March 30, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Hazardous Devices Section (HDS) will help provide a unique egg hunt experience for blind and visually impaired students of the Santa Ana-based Blind Children’s Learning Center. Seventy of the Center’s students will search the grounds of the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort for beeping eggs built by the HDS, an OCSD team also known as the Bomb Squad.

In the weeks leading up to the event, members of the Bomb Squad sharpen their basic electronic circuit-building and soldering skills to create a beeping component that is encapsulated in large, brightly colored plastic eggs to provide visually impaired students a sensory version of an Easter egg hunt.

“This is a fun way for our bomb technicians to practice a basic skill, but what they look forward to the most is participating in the egg hunt with the students,” said Lt. Martin Ramirez, Special Enforcement Bureau supervisor. “This is a favorite community event for us, and we’re honored to be a part of it.”

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort will welcome the Center’s students from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. After the egg hunt, students will receive an Easter basket filled with candy and toys donated by AT&T Pioneers volunteer network and have an opportunity to visit with the Easter Bunny. The students also will be treated to a beachfront picnic provided by Back Bay Bistro to cap off the event.

“Imagine how you would participate in an Easter egg hunt if you couldn’t see,” said Carolyn Baker, director of development for the Blind Children’s Learning Center. “This adapted version of a traditional activity gives our children the opportunity to join in on the fun and excitement. We are so grateful to everyone involved for giving our kids and their families a morning of adventure and special memories.”

Second Harvest Food Bank names Newport Beach resident to its board of directors

Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County recently appointed Dan Grable, chief operating officer of Goodman North America, to its board of directors. Grable brings vast knowledge in the areas of operations, administrative development, organization in charitable foundation and leadership to the nonprofit.

Grable, a resident of Newport Beach, is actively involved with all operating and administrative functions at Goodman North America, including finance and accounting, treasury, human resources, risk management, charitable foundation and information technology. He is also responsible for capital markets related functions, including establishing and maintaining banking and lending relationships, and assisting in deal structuring, acquisition and investment activities.

Dan Grable

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Dan Grabel is named to Second Harvest Food Bank board of directors 

Before his time at Goodman North America, Grable gained more than 30 years of investment, finance and management experience in commercial and residential real estate. He served in executive positions with Pharris Properties, Merage Investment Group, LNR Property Corporation, William Lyon Company, Pacific Life, Lincoln Property Company and Price Waterhouse. Over his career, Grable has been involved in more than US$8 billion of real estate transactions.

Grable holds a MBA from Stanford University and a BS in Accounting and Finance from the University of Southern California.

“As we continue to lead the fight to end hunger in Orange County, we welcome the addition of Dan Grable to our board of directors,” said Nicole Suydam, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. “His extensive knowledge, leadership and commitment to the community will strengthen our work and make an even greater impact towards creating a future in which no one goes hungry.”

Banning Ranch Conservancy and Newport Banning Ranch settle six-year lawsuit

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View of a Banning Ranch trail

Banning Ranch Conservancy and Newport Banning Ranch LLC announced on March 16 that they have reached a mediated settlement of attorney fees related to the lawsuit against the City of Newport Beach. The lawsuit challenged the 2012 Certification of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and the City’s approval of the Newport Banning Ranch Project that would have allowed up to 1,375 homes.

In March 2017, the California Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Conservancy after a split-decision by the Orange County Superior Court and a setback at the Court of Appeals. As a result of the judgment, the City was ordered to rescind the EIR and project approvals.

“We consider this matter closed,” stated Steve Ray, executive director for Banning Ranch Conservancy. “We are looking forward to putting the contentiousness of the past 10 years behind us and creating a new dialogue with the City and the landowner.”   

Conservancy President Terry Welsh added, “We will continue our efforts to secure funding to purchase the Banning Ranch property for permanent open space.”

Newport Banning Ranch LLC Project Manager Michael Mohler noted, “We will continue to evaluate all options that could lead to accelerated cleanup of the oilfield and public access to the property. Banning Ranch Conservancy will be included in those discussions.”

Compost giveaway on April 7


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On Saturday, April 7 from 9 - 11 a.m., the City of Newport Beach and CR&R are holding another free compost giveaway for Newport Beach residents. There is a two-bag limit per household. Proof of residency may be required.

The event takes place in the Big Canyon Reservoir parking lot located at 3300 Pacific View Drive, Corona del Mar.

For more information, call CR&R at 949.625.6735.

Dig into Spring at Charlie & Me


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Come meet Weston + Fira, two adorable French Bulldogs, of WTFrenchie

You’re invited to “Dig into Spring” at Charlie & Me at Lido Marina Village with special guests, French Bulldogs – Weston + Fira of WTFrenchie.

Join the festivities on Sunday, April 8 from 1 - 4 p.m. for a meet and greet with the Insta-famous duo WTFrenchie, complimentary monogramming with purchase, and a special Vanderpump Pet Pop-Up shop inside Charlie & Me.

During the event you’ll enjoy Dirty Cookie treats, small bites and beverages for you and your four-legged friend. This event is free and open to the public with no RSVP necessary.

Charlie & Me is located at Lido Marina Village, 3505 Via Oporto, Ste. 103, Newport Beach.

Fair Game


Tuesday’s example of politics was not appreciated by the community as a whole

TomJohnsonCount to 10…just walk away…take a couple of deep breaths…go to your room and read a book. Those were all things my dad used to tell me as a kid when I was about to lose my temper and blow my lid.

Boy I wish my dad would have been sitting next to me Tuesday night in the Newport Beach Council Chambers. Unfortunately, he died in 1996.

Anyway, lots of folks attended Tuesday night’s council meeting to support City Manager Dave Kiff, as a report emerged over the weekend that his employment was going to end.

Some higher ups (our electeds) say he’s decided to “retire,” and others are saying he was “forced.” 

Here’s the difficult part, nobody is talking.

But if the example demonstrated Tuesday by our Mayor, Marshall “Duffy” Duffield, was any example, community participation is not important and not wanted!

Here’s the deal, Tuesday night, “Public Comments on non-agenda items” was one of the first few matters listed on that evening’s agenda. Instead of calling it at its planned time, the council skipped over it. 

In fairness, the Mayor had announced earlier in the evening that that one item would be moved in front of public comments.

I was told after the meeting that the reason was so that “Councilmember Diane Dixon, who had an airplane flight to catch, could participate in the discussion and vote.”

No problem. Who could argue.

It’s what the council did next that was the problem. Instead of moving back to Public Comments and assuming the publicized agenda, the council continued on from there with multiple public hearings.

The audience was mad…and getting madder. 

With every item introduced, audience members questioned the council’s actions.

The council continually reassured.

Forced to stay until the end, the Mayor finally called for “Public Comments on non-agenda items.”

I honestly believe that the members in question for the Kiff action hoped that those watching on TV and in the council chamber audience would become tired and tune out or leave.

Some did, most didn’t. Kudos to two Kiff supporters who stayed the course, 96-year-old Elenor Ramsey and Elaine Linoff, also a nonagenarian, who stayed the course. Shame on you council.

Nearly everyone who remained in the chambers was there for this item. People from all walks of Newport Beach spoke in support of City Manager Kiff and urged a hope to change plans. Many speakers castigated members of the council.

One councilmember even chose to fight back on certain issues. It probably wasn’t the best of ideas.

Overall, the evening was an ugly example of community politics and is an unfortunate example of where our community is.

We should expect more from our council in the months ahead…or vote them out.

Let’s face it, the community is mad that Dave Kiff is leaving. The contract that he most recently agreed to runs into 2019. Most community members believe that Dave would not leave early on a commitment he agreed to, after all, for 20+ years in Newport Beach his integrity has been one of his highest qualities.

Mayor and councilmembers, we expect better from all of you!

Can we all at least be civil and do the right thing?


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Orange County Youth Sports Foundation hosts OCYSY Sportsman of the Year 2018, Rod Carew, at the Fashion Island Hotel, Thursday, April 25. More details to come, in the meantime, check it out at

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Dr. Henry T. Nicholas III has donated $40,000 to the men’s and women’s UCI crew teams as they head to Georgia later this spring for a championship regatta.

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Congrats to Celine Niu, Newport Beach, tied for medalist honors in the AJGA Preview golf championships in Brookhaven, TX, in the Girls Division. Niu shot rounds of 78-74.

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St. James the Great will reopen to their congregation a week from Sunday, April 8. Details to come Tuesday.

Free monthly Sculptures in Civic Center Park lecture series to begin in April

Art lovers are invited to join artist Grace Divine for a series of free monthly lectures on the Sculptures in Civic Center Park to be held in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, beginning Monday, April 2 at 7 p.m.

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Artist David Boyer with his wind sculpture, “Getting Your Bearings,” is the topic of conversation at the Monday, April 2 lecture

Each lecture will feature a different sculpture, discussing the artist, composition, inspiration and unique features of each piece. The first lecture will focus on one of the most prominent sculptures in the exhibition, “Getting Your Bearings.”

Artist David Boyer will be attending to talk about how he crafted the kinetic wind sculpture and its debut at the Burning Man Festival in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada.

The series will consist of nine lectures, each held on the first Monday of the month from April 2018 through March 2019, excluding the months of July, November and December. The complete schedule is as follows:  

April 2 - “Getting Your Bearings” by David Boyer

May 7 - “Cultural Pedestrians” by Sue Quinlan

June 4 - “Be Still and Know” by John Merigian

August 6 - “Cosmic Glints” by Patricia Vader

September 10 - “Burnt Matchstick” by Karl Unnasch

October 1 - “Life is a Balancing Act” by Cindy Debold

January 7 - “Popsicles” by Craig Gray

February 4 - “No Swimming” by Oleg Lobykin

March 4 - “Flight” by Steven Rieman

This program is free with seating on a first-come, first-served basis, limited by room capacity. For more information on Newport Beach Public Library resources and programs, contact the Library at 949.717.3800, option 2, or visit the website at

Junior League Juniors held cleanup event at 15th Street beach

On Sunday, March 25, Junior League Juniors hosted a beach cleanup event at 15th Street beach in Newport Beach entitled “Keep Our Coast Clean.”

Kids in grades K-5 learned how they can help preserve our local beaches and help local wildlife through recycling, using reusable containers for their lunches and drinks, using less plastic, and knowing what can and can’t break down in the ocean or a landfill.

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Junior League Juniors collected more than 14 pounds of debris during the one-day beach cleanup

The Juniors decorated reusable lunch bags and signed pledges that they will help reduce marine debris before participating in a beach cleanup. In less than half an hour they collected more than 14 pounds of debris from the beach – including sporting goods, glass and clay pots, and lots of cigarette butts.

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Youngsters decorating reusable lunch bags

It was a great event and the Juniors are excited to keep our beach clean and spread the word about how their friends and family can help.

For more information about Junior League Juniors, visit

Women of Greatness holds Brunch & Bubbly event

The Women of Greatness philanthropy group officially kicked off with the inaugural Brunch & Bubbly event at Fashion Island Hotel on Sunday, Feb 25. The event honored Charlene Immell, their 2018 Woman of Greatness. Immel has been a long-time Club supporter and was the Club’s first female board member and first female board president. Her involvement and impact on the organization over the years is truly inspiring.

Brunch and Bubbly

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(L-R): CEO Robert Santana with board members Nicole Carrillo Hall, loanDepot; and Ronnie Coffie, KPMG; along with keynote speaker, Josephine Lee

The event’s key sponsors were KPMG and Anne MacPherson; other sponsors included Nicole Carrillo Hall, Taco Bell, Frank & Shannon Tucker and First American Trust.

The Women of Greatness philanthropy group that hosts quarterly networking events and the annual Brunch & Bubbly event, remains focused on raising awareness of and funds to support the Club’s family programming. Last year, their Family Strengthening program served 364 unique families through 42 nonprofit and community partners.

Based on the belief that strengthening the entire family unit will put kids on a greater path to success, this initiative works to educate, empower, and equip the parents in our community to improve their family’s education, finances and health.

To learn more about Women of Greatness, contact Kristle Duran at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 714.543.5540 ext. 305.

Orange County Bar Association awards $10,000 grant to Human Options

Human Options, a nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence, was presented a $10,000 grant from the Orange County Bar Association Charitable Fund. The grant will support the organization’s Legal Advocacy Program, which has been operating since 1986, and offers legal information, education and more to those affected by domestic violence. The Orange County Bar Association is located in Newport Beach.

The Legal Advocacy Program provides services including education on legal rights and remedies, court preparation and accompaniment, assistance with completing and filing applications for restraining orders, victim compensation, confidential address programs, and VAWA/U-Visas. Legal Advocates also provide support in domestic violence specific housing/lease and employment issues. Additionally, Human Options offers nine free monthly legal clinics with volunteer attorneys throughout the county on family law and immigration law issues. If a victim’s legal needs do not fit within the scope of the program, Human Options refers them to trusted community partners for services. 

Michael and Sandra

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(L-R): Michael Morris, partner at Minyard Morris with Human Options Legal Advocate Sandra Bear

“Legal support is critical for victims of domestic violence. Individuals who have experienced domestic violence often find themselves overwhelmed by a variety of issues in addition to physical abuse, including protection available to them under the law to obtain relief from the abusive partner,” said Maricela Rios-Faust, CEO of Human Options. “With this generous support from the Orange County Bar Association, we’re able to provide these comprehensive victim advocacy services in local courts.” 

Human Options is leading the way to end domestic violence, reaching more than 20,000 community members who received education through their prevention programs. More than 500 individuals found a safe home at their emergency shelter, and their teams have responded to more than 6,500 callers that contacted them for immediate crisis support, information and referrals through their 24-hour hotline.

For more information about Human Options, please visit

NBFD’s CERT held bi-annual “Drill the Skills” class


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“Drill the Skills” CERT classes are led by our Newport Beach Fire Department personnel

The Newport Beach Fire Department held its bi-annual Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) “Drill the Skills” on Saturday, March 24. The Newport Beach CERT “Drill the Skills” is held twice a year and serves as a final drill/graduation for both the fall and spring CERT programs.

This Spring, the Fire Department held two CERT programs – a Thursday Day program and an all-day Saturday program. Each CERT program includes approximately 24 hours of training. In total, 55 participants completed all of the CERT training classes and officially graduated on Saturday.


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CERT Volunteers observe a demonstration by an NBFD firefighter

For the drill, CERT volunteers participate in five hands-on drill stations that cover some of the most important aspects of the CERT training including: how to properly shore and crib, indoor search, fire suppression, triage and a medical operations review station.

The next Newport Beach Fire Department CERT programs will be held in late September with a Tuesday - Thursday evening program and an all-day Saturday program.

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NBFD firefighters and CERT volunteers join together for a group photo

NB Police Department employees honored

The 47th Annual Police Appreciation Breakfast was held Thursday morning, March 29 at the Hyatt Regency, Newport Beach. The event was hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Commodores Club, and sponsored by the Maseeh Family, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, and Newport Beach & Company.

Members of the Police Department were honored at the breakfast, which was also attended by city staff, community leaders, and members of the local business community.

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(L-R): NB Police Chief Jon T. Lewis, Connie Frink, Brandon Rodriguez, Lauren Wyse, Jason Blakely and Marc Spiegel

Nominations for the Police Department Annual Awards are collected by committees for each award category. Members of the Police Department who receive award nominations are discussed by those committees and then recommendations are submitted to the Chief of Police for consideration.

The following members of the Police Department received recognition in the listed categories:

Sergeant Jason Blakely, 2017 Officer of the Year

Sergeant Brandon Rodriguez, 2017 Sworn Supervisor of the Year

Records Supervisor Connie Frink, 2017 Civilian Supervisor of the Year

Dispatcher Lauren Wyse, 2017 Civilian of the Year

Volunteer Marc Spiegel, 2017 Volunteer of the Year

Additional awards were given to the following recipients:

Chief’s Citation presented to Margaret “Peg” Peterson of the Orange County Healthcare Agency

For the last five years, Peterson has been assigned to the NBPD in the role of Psychiatric Emergency Response Team clinician. She has been instrumental in the Department’s work with the homeless population, offering her extensive experience in the mental health field and her ability to build rapport with individuals in crisis. She is recognized for her dedicated service and for being a resource for the staff and our community.

Chief’s Citation presented to Reserve Officer Steve Schogel

In 2017, Reserve Officer Schogel began an innovative project, marrying his work as a part-time Reserve Officer with his profession as a Physician Assistant to create the Newport Beach Police Department Naloxone Program. After extensive research and recommendations by Reserve Officer Schogel, Naloxone (a medication used to rapidly reverse opioid overdoses) has been issued to every field officer in the Police

Department. Use of the medication has already saved a number of lives here in Newport Beach, with a few examples appearing below as Lifesaving Awards. Schogel’s expertise in the medical field has also led him to develop an eight-hour First Aid, CPR, and automated external defibrillator (AED) training course for the Department, ensuring that staff have the tools they need to render aid in critical situations. He is recognized for his diligence and his dedication to these significant projects.

Lifesaving Award presented to Officer Mark Fasano

On October 10, 2017, Officer Fasano responded to a call for medical aid at an apartment complex. A caller reported that his roommate, who had possibly overdosed on heroin, was no longer breathing. The caller began CPR, but when Officer Fasano arrived he found that the man still was not breathing and that his lips had turned blue. Officer Fasano immediately administered Naloxone, with the result that the man inhaled deeply and began to breathe again on his own. Officer Fasano stabilized the man until Newport Beach Fire Department personnel arrived and transported him to a local hospital, where he made a full recovery. Officer Fasano is commended for his quick and decisive action, without which this man might have succumbed to the heroin overdose and passed away.

Lifesaving Award presented to Officers Rachel Cox and Bill Hume

Just before 4 a.m. on August 26, 2017, the Department received several calls about screams emanating from the area of an abandoned building near the intersection of 15th Street and Monrovia Avenue. Officers Cox and Hume responded and began to search for the person in distress. By following the sounds’ muffled moans, they were able to locate a woman lying face down on the ground. She was breathing shallowly, her lips were blue, and her mouth was full of vomit. The officers quickly assessed the woman and identified signs of opioid overdose. At the beginning of that very shift, these officers had received their first training on the use of Naloxone; now, mere hours later, Officer Cox administered the medication. The woman regained consciousness and began breathing again. Both officers are commended for their heroic efforts in saving this woman’s life.

Lifesaving Award presented to Officer Ricardo Adame

On August 8, 2017, Officer Adame was dispatched to the Post Office on Riverside Avenue in response to an emergency call that a man had passed out in the parking lot. When Officer Adame arrived, he found the victim lying on the ground between two parked vehicles. He pulled the man (who was not breathing and had no pulse) out from between the cars, positioned him on his back, and immediately began CPR. Officer Adame continued his life-saving efforts until Newport Beach Fire Department personnel arrived and transported the man to a local hospital, where he regained his pulse and was placed on a breathing machine. The man ultimately made a full recovery. Officer Adame is commended for his quick response and immediate action in saving this man’s life.

Award of Merit presented to Sergeants Comte and Miller, and Officers Duenas, Jarema, Kimble, Maisano and Oberon.

On the evening of February 18, 2017, a man called the Department to report that his adult son had been kidnapped and was being held for ransom. The night before, the son had participated in a pre-arranged illegal narcotics transaction, where 60 pounds of marijuana was stolen at gunpoint. The son was blamed for the theft and subsequently kidnapped. The kidnappers threatened to kill the victim if a ransom of $130,000 was not paid by his family. Working under pressure of that threat, personnel from the Detective Division (Sergeant Miller and Detective Maisano from the Special Investigations Unit along with Burglary Detectives Chris Kimble and Jon Jarema) worked alongside Patrol personnel (Sergeant Josh Comte and Officers Duenas and Oberon) to determine the victim’s whereabouts. After an intense investigation, they determined that the victim was being held in an Anaheim apartment, but was being moved to another location. At great risk to their personal safety, this team of NBPD sergeants and officers intervened in the armed suspects’ activities and rescued the victim, who was returned to his grateful family. All seven of these employees are commended for their exceptional work in finding and rescuing this kidnap victim.

Medal of Valor presented to Officer Troy Zeeman

On October 1, 2017, Officer Zeeman was off-duty, attending the Route 91 Country Music Festival in Las Vegas with his wife. At approximately 10:10 p.m., a gunman on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel opened fire on the crowd of 22,000 people below. Officer Zeeman, who was wounded by the gunfire, worked with another off-duty law enforcement officer to get more than 20 other concertgoers to safety, only receiving medical attention for his own injuries five hours after the shooting occurred. He is commended for his heroic actions during this horrific event, which undoubtedly saved multiple lives.

At the Appreciation Breakfast, the Police Department also premiered a video entitled “A Sense of Service.” The video can be accessed at

Letters to the Editor:

Maybe we’re asking the wrong questions

I didn’t prepare myself to speak at the City Council meeting on Tuesday about the City Manager’s resignation because, even though I have the greatest respect for Dave Kiff, I felt I needed more facts and information. I basically believe that his sudden announcement to retire early without even the usual “need to attend to health or family matters” excuse is because of something certain City Council members have caused to happen.

I came away from the City Council meeting without much more in the way of facts and information, but I also came away with an opinion, some questions and a not so comfortable observation. My opinion is that at least four of the Council members have acted to coerce/induce the City Manager to resign all of a sudden without any notice to the public and at least to one of the other City Council members. (Brad Avery is totally silent, and Diane Dixon had left the meeting.)  That in itself is alarming, distressful and totally not understandable.

My questions come as a result of my having had the experience of serving on the City Council. It’s always the matter of getting four votes for anything. You can acquire and assure yourself of the four votes by telephone or whatever. In this case the only question that has been asked and answered is whether 3 Council members came to Dave and asked for his resignation – his answer was no. But no one has asked the myriad of other questions. Was it two members who came to his office; was it one member; was it a phone call? Did Council members Dixon and Avery get asked if they wanted to ask for his resignation?  We don’t know because Councilman Avery remained silent and Council member Dixon had fled the meeting.  

My observation was that the four Council persons who were consistently and vehemently accused by members of the public and past elected officials at the meeting chose to absolutely ignore the pleas and comments and people.  They noticeably and I would add arrogantly said nothing. I can’t believe that I, in their place would have said nothing, unless I was indeed in on the very thing the people were complaining about and felt that I could get away with it politically and legally. It looks to me that somebody/s has let their little power trip go to their little heads and this is most definitely not what the people of Newport Beach, let alone the City Manager, deserves. As has been said, it’s disgusting!

Jean Watt

Newport Beach

Former Mayor denounces council in Kiff action

The following is a complete transcript of former Mayor Michael Henn’s comments at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

Mayor Duffield and council members, my name is Michael Henn. I was Mayor of Newport Beach in 2011 and a city councilmember for eight years.

I am here tonight regarding the retirement of Dave Kiff, City Manager.

Dave, among a long line of great city managers for Newport Beach, you are the finest. Your knowledge, dedication, integrity, work ethic and accomplishments are second to none. I count among the foremost blessings of my life the opportunity to work with you for the betterment of our city. 

Congratulations to you and your team on 20 years of superb service to our residents. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. 

I wish you and Tom success and happiness in all the remaining chapters of your life.

However, it is with a heavy heart that I appear here tonight. It is alleged that you were encouraged to retire early by a small group of councilmembers, and that this was done: 1) in private, 2) without the knowledge of councilmembers Herdman, Dixon or Avery, 3) that the councilmembers who did this, did so without the authority of the council acting as a whole, 4) that this action was not based on any sort of performance reason, and without due process.

The voters should know that in my eight years on council, never once did a rogue group of councilmembers engage in such a serious action against a senior city executive without notice, due process or the proper authority.

This action, if true, is a terrible affront and is deeply disrespectful to fellow councilmembers, and to the voters who elected them.

Councilmembers Peotter, Muldoon and O’Neill, and Mayor Duffield, you, or some subject of you, are apparently the rogue councilmembers. You owe the voters of this city answers to the following questions:

1) Are the allegations true? 

2) If so, what were your true motivations? 

3) Who were the councilmembers that conducted this rogue act? 

4) Mayor Duffield: as mayor, one of your prime responsibilities is to assure proper due process and respectful treatment of all your council colleagues. You must have known about this. How could you be so feckless as to standby and allow this disrespectful and insulting action to occur, or worse yet, encourage it

5) Have the rogue councilmembers already picked a new city manager? Is it Mark Denny from Dana Point?

6) If not, how will council assure that a proper, fully-inclusive and objective process be used to select the next city manager?

Most of all, Dave Kiff, Councilmembers Avery, Herdman and Dixon, as well as the voters of Newport Beach, deserve an apology.

Mike Henn

Newport Beach

Kudos to Kiff from friend

In all the years I have known Dave Kiff I have found him to be an intelligent, knowledgeable, hardworking, caring person who will go out of his way to assist when he’s called upon, professionally or otherwise. 

He will always land on his feet and let them take him whichever way he chooses to go because he can!!

And, you can never not like a person that loves dogs!

Let us all know where you land, when you do, so we can keep track of you Dave!

Lynn Cathcart 

Friends of OASIS, Board of Directors

Newport Beach

Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times. Contestants, put your thinking caps on. Below you’ll find this week’s clue. What you see is a small part of an overall sign in Newport Beach. This one has been a city favorite for a long while…welcoming locals and visitors like.

Good luck!

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

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

SOTT 3.30.2018

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Spring Art Show and 2nd Annual Art in the Park celebration this Saturday

Watercolor CCC Art in the Park

Courtesy of Crystal Cove Conservancy

This Saturday, March 31, the Spring Art Show and 2nd Annual Art in the Park Celebration takes place from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Crystal Cove Historic District.

Join Crystal Cove State Park and Crystal Cove Conservancy with free family-friendly art events, such as sea glass wrapping, outdoor musical performances, watercolor painting, sing dancers, basket weaving and more. For a full schedule of events, visit

The Spring Art Show continues through Sunday, April 1 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos and then walk across the street or take the shuttle). Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15).

Stump the Stu

See horse at NBCC

Stump the Stu 3.30.18

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Well Newport Beach, you came through with flying colors. This piece titled “Empress of the Sea” was completed by David L. Spellberg for the Newport Beach Country Club in 2016. The artwork is located at the entryway of the Newport Beach Country Club.

There were many correct guesses: Bill Finster, Doug Forde, Jillian U. Sabaugh, Joe Stapleton, Judy Leeper, Peter Bretschger, Shari Esayian, Tom Anderson, Vicki Hatfield and Rachel Peterson.

Join us on Tuesdays as we try and stump you each week with a picture of something unique in our community.

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True justice in Newport Harbor?


California has been the centerpiece of “celebrity” crimes and trials since the beginning of the 20th Century. One of the earliest was the three-trial acquittal of silent film start Roscoe Conkling “Fatty” Arbuckle in 1922. One of Hollywood’s favorite silent movie stars, at the peak of his career, Arbuckle made the equivalent of $14 million in today’s money. He was accused of the rape and manslaughter of actress Virginia Rappe in San Francisco. The entire country was riveted with his court appearances.

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Comedian Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle starring in the 1919 silent film, “The Hayseed”

Then, of course, no history buff of California can forget Elizabeth Short, known posthumously as the “Black Dahlia.” She was an attractive young lady found murdered in Leimert Park in LA. Although unsolved (despite more than 500 confessions to the crime), the murder and its gory details had lasting cultural intrigue for Southern California.

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The “Black Dahlia” – Elizabeth Short

Recently deceased Charles Manson and his “family” created terror during a cult crime spree in the late 1960s. Murders were based upon his desire to start an apocalyptic race war (Helter Skelter). Having deep connections in both the drug culture and Hollywood, he often used other people to commit many of his crimes. His subsequent trial was a “must follow” battle between Manson and his “family” versus Vincent Bugliosi and the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office.

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O.J.’s “Dream Team”

But the granddaddy of them all is the story of Orenthal James “O.J.” Simpson. To this day, the O.J. Simpson trial draws tremendous interest and stirs up age-old racial issues. His acquittal of the deaths of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and waiter Ronald Goldman shocked the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office to its knees. O.J.’s life story of childhood struggles to football and Hollywood successes, to arrest, incarceration and failure is an epic plight proving the old Mark Twain adage: “Truth is stranger than fiction.”

When all these judgements came down, there was shock and disappointment in the legal system. Fatty Arbuckle, not guilty; Elizabeth Short, no arrest nor conviction; Charles Manson, no death penalty; and O.J., not guilty.

But what does this have to do with Newport Beach? Other than our residents following these landmark court cases riveted to their newspapers, radios and TVs, they did not directly affect Newport.

But there was one trial that did. The year was 1947 and the post-World War II boom was gaining momentum. The LA Dodgers hired Jackie Robinson, supersonic aircraft were being tested, Ferrari began its manufacturing of cars and the tubeless tire was born. People like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn were oft visitors to the then famous Newport Beach. Hillary Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Stephen King and O.J. Simpson were all born in 1947.

And it was the year for Newport Beach’s “celebrity” murder case. It had the same cultural aspects for Southern California as the others. A circus-like environment, packed courtrooms, volatile press coverage and emotional conflicts among all parties were a daily occurrence in the 133-day court trial. The plot line included all the elements of a classic murder mystery: wealth, greed, murder, stupidity and bitterness.

Most Newporters today have never heard of it. Virtually unknown, this crime resulted with laws regarding the sale and accessibility of dynamite. Paralleling today’s cries about accessibility to AK-15s and other guns, this trial changed behavior in America.

The victims were Walter E. Overell, 62, and his wife Beulah, 57. The killing took place on their 47-foot yacht, the Mary E, which was moored in the harbor east of Bay Island. The boat exploded. As police officers Larry Goddard and George Calihan responded, they saw a young couple running hand in hand in the opposite direction. The fire department was called and they found Walter and Beulah dead on the boat. The police scanned the scene, collected evidence and the bodies were taken to Baltz Mortuary in Corona del Mar.

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An advertisement for a 47-foot Chris Craft, the type of yacht that set the scene for the high-profile Overell case

Murder was not a consideration until the autopsy, the unusual evidence that was found and discussions with the Overells’ daughter, Louise, and her boyfriend George “Bud” Gollum, were completed. The young couple happened to be the two running away from the scene that night. They were engaged and in love, but George was not popular with Mr. and Mrs. Overell. The Overells were a high-society couple who lived in Flintridge near Pasadena and Mr. Overell was dead set against this romance.

Living among the wealthy, Mr. Overell made a “modest fortune” in furniture manufacturing and real estate investments. This gave the Overell family access to Newport Harbor, yachts and the “good life” of 1947 Newport Beach. Beulah was a well-known socialite and friend of Senator Frank Flint, developer of Flintridge.

They had one child, Louise. In those days, it was believed that children born to “older” women had inherent problems, and Beulah gave birth to Louise when she was 39. Therefore, Louise, considered unattractive and a spoiled child of wealthy parents, grew up under these circumstances. At the time of the murders, she was a first-year journalism student at USC. Her father had threatened to disinherit her if she married “Bud” Gollum.

Thinking the explosion was caused by a gas leak from the butane tank, Fire Chief Frank Crocker investigated and found a wire leading to 30 unexploded sticks of dynamite attached to a time clock. The clock was set, but failed to go off at the precise time when then the ship’s clock was stopped due to the initial and smaller dynamite explosion. According to the autopsy report, both parents suffered skull fractures that could not have been caused by an explosion. In fact, the injuries to their heads were the exact shape of a ball peen hammer.

The coincidence that the two kids were on board with the parents and happened to row to shore, eat hamburgers and malted milks at the time of the explosion seemed too convenient to Newport police officers, and murder was suspected.

As in most high-profile cases, different investigating parties started to assist each other. They found wire and a switch button to match those on the boat in George Gollum’s car. Plus, there was a bundle of his clothes spattered with blood. As confirmed by the Overells’ housekeeper, the alarm clock on the boat was found to have come from Louise’s bedroom and often did not work properly.

NB Police Chief Hodgkinson, Orange County Sheriff Musick and Captain McGaff of the Bureau of Records compiled the evidence and arrested and booked the young couple for suspicion of murder on March 19, 1947. Proof of purchase of the dynamite, locating the ball peen hammer and “Bud’s” bloody shoes, combined with inconsistent stories of what happened that night, took authorities only four days after the murders to come up with a powerful number of facts linking the young couple to the murder of Louise’s parents. Law enforcement thought they had a foolproof case.

While both suspects were incarcerated and awaiting trial, they started a long string of letters and communication, revealing a dark and treacherous relationship. Despite all of this, the jury voted differently.

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Louise Overell, after a non-guilty verdict

The not guilty verdict was as unsuspected as O.J.’s, Robert Blake’s and Casey Anthony’s from the legal system’s point of view. Just as in these more contemporary cases, a highly aggressive defense team attacked every prosecution witness viciously, discredited items of evidence and used a strategy of illogical conclusions to “confuse” the jury.

Marcia Clarke said after the O.J. trial, that her jury was manipulated from a “reasonable doubt” to a “reason to doubt.” As concluded by historian Brooks Wilson in The Newport Harbor Murders Revisited, the Overell jury was manipulated into deciding between “reasonable doubt” and “unreasonable doubt.” He concludes in the subtitle of his book: “The criminal justice system found guilty.”

Careers were made and ruined by the verdict. Dynamite was forever “controlled” so an impressionable young 21-year-old and his 17-year-old girlfriend could not simply walk in to buy some. 

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Newport Harbor, 1949

The post-trial lives of Louise and “Bud” never panned out the way they wanted. There was hostility in the two camps, so they never married after the acquittal. Her inheritance was much smaller than expected because of the trial. As they grew older, their short period of fame faded quickly. This meant that for the rest of their lives, they lived in shame for what they had done.

George “Bud” Gollum died in 2009 in Alaska. No one knew who he was or why he was “famous.” His local paper did not even run an obituary announcing his death. He left behind two ex-wives and two children.

Louise died in 1965 in Las Vegas, a victim of alcoholism.  


Duncan Forgey, who made his home here in Newport Beach for many years, now resides in Hawaii. He is a monthly contributor to StuNewsNewport.

Farm to Fork: A Foodie’s Point of View Fork


Celebrate Easter with these dining choices

Easter Sunday, coming April 1, is less than a week away, so if you haven’t chosen a dining venue yet to celebrate this Springtime holiday with friends and family, here are some suggestions. Make your reservations now to secure seating. This is the second in a two-part series.

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Bayside is serving both brunch and dinner. Sunday brunch is a three-course pre-prix menu with free-flowing champagne/mimosas. From starters such as roasted ruby beets with goat cheese and strawberries to main-course options ranging from frittata and king crab “Bayside” benedict to flat iron steak, grilled lamb chops and Alaskan halibut and for vegetarians…fusilli pasta primavera…leave room for dessert! There is also a Kids Menu. Cost: Adults, $49.75, tax and gratuity not included; Children 12 and under, $22. Sunday supper begins at 5 p.m. with a pre-fixe three-course menu available in addition to their regular dinner menu. You can select any dessert from their list. Cost: $40 per person, tax and gratuity not included. 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach. Call 949.721.1222.

Harborside, where you can celebrate Easter on the Bay! Enjoy the Grand Buffet Brunch served upstairs in the Grand Ballroom from, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Cost: Adults, $40; Children, $16. A bottle of Champagne, $6. Price doesn’t include tax or gratuity. They will be serving dinner beginning at 4 p.m. in the dining room. Reservations are required. Call 949.673.4633. 400 Main Street (Balboa Peninsula), Newport Beach.

Hornblower Cruise on Newport Harbor is awaiting those who enjoy the sweeter things in life. The brunch or supper buffet is brimming with classic breakfast fare, holiday classics and chocolatey treats. They’re taking Easter up a notch with free-flowing Champagne, live entertainment and even a visit from the Easter Bunny! Two-hour cruises take place at 10 a.m. aboard the Wild Goose, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Cost: Starts at $75 per person. Reservations are required. 3101 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach. Call 949.631.2469.

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Easter brunch or the dinner buffet aboard a Hornblower yacht yields spectacular harbor views

Lighthouse Bayview Café in Marina Park is offering a special Easter brunch menu. Start with a bruschetta trio or jumbo lump crab tacos among others, with entrees such as honey ham Monte Cristo, herb crusted New Zealand lamb chops or avocado country toast. Call 949.933.1001. 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

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Lighthouse Bayview Café in Marina Park affords bay vistas

Muldoon’s Irish Pub in Fashion Island will be serving a three-course Easter brunch from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Start with a bowl of fresh fruit or split pea soup (with fresh baked soda bread and sweet butter) with your choice of entrees such as Galway eggs benedict, Irish stew, Muldoon’s Reuben or BBQ salmon. Your sweet finish is a chocolate sundae or Irish berry tart. Some of the favorite libations are the Pub Bloody Mary, Irish Mule or Lucky Martini. Cost: $29.95. A children’s menu is available for those 10 years of age and under for $12.95. 202 Newport Center drive, Newport Beach. Call 949.640.4110.

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Start your Easter meal at Muldoon’s Irish Pub with fresh baked soda bread

Newport Landing is offering an Easter buffet brunch on the harbor from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Cost: Adults, $40; Kids under 10 years of age, $16. A bottomless glass of Champagne is $3. Price excludes tax and gratuity. 503 Easter Edgewater, Newport Beach. Call 949.675.2373.

Rockin’ Baja Lobster is serving specials all Easter weekend long. It’s Rockin’ Seafood Bucket is filled with Baja style- flavor and it’s made to share. Enjoy Canadian lobster tails, a snow crab cluster, shrimp, skirt steak, grilled chicken, free Caesar salad, grilled corn on the cob, “All You Can Eat” ranchero beans, citrus rice, warm tortillas, their famous honey chili butter and world-class fresh salsa bar. Cost: $59.99 for two. Available Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1. Reservations suggested. 2104 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach. 949.723.0606.

Roy’s is offering Easter brunch and dinner. From 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., celebrate Easter brunch with their one-day-only, two-course prix fixe menu featuring favorites like lobster & shrimp omelet, macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi and slow roasted prime rib of beef. For dinner service from 3 - 9 p.m., enjoy a special menu of Roy’s classics including their fresh-from-Hawaii blackened island ahi, roasted macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi and new chef creations like their USDA prime New York strip steak. Pricing varies. A children’s (keiki) menu with a fresh fruit medley starter, choice of entrée and beverage is also available for $13. 453 Newport Center Drive (Fashion Island), Newport Beach. Call 949.640.7697.

Sol Cocina where Easter brunch and live entertainment come together from 12 - 3 p.m. Enjoy huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, macha and more! Specialty cocktails include the new Sol’s Bloody Mary and Paloma, as well as the Fro-Mo, mimosas and Michelada. Brunch will also be served Saturday, March 31 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Call about pricing. 251 Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach. Call 949.675.9800. To make a reservation, visit

Sol Cocina libations

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Refreshing libations pair perfectly with Sol Cocina’s Easter brunch offerings

The Beachcomber, where you can enjoy brunch on the beach at Crystal Cove. Start with beignets and choose one of the Beachcomber’s delicious entrees, including surf & turf, dulce de leche pancakes, lobster mac & cheese, huevos rancheros and ribeye French dip and more from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cost: Adults, $39.95; Children, $14.95 (who order off the Kids’ menu). Bottomless Champagne, mimosa or orange juice, soda or coffee. 15 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast. Call 949.376.6900.

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After Champagne brunch at The Beachcomber, stroll the Crystal Cove shoreline

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The Bungalow is offering their Champagne brunch from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Start off with a basket of freshly baked assorted muffins and your choice of juice or coffee. Among the first course selections: lobster bisque, heirloom tomato salad, Bungalow salad or fresh fruit cup. Among the entrée selections are eggs benedict your way, grilled lime chicken salad, California chicken breast, grilled king salmon, grilled vegetable tart, or mixed berry waffle. For an additional $6, you can enjoy roasted prime rib of beef or New York strip & eggs. Desserts are available for $5 each. Cost: Adults, $29. Bottomless Champagne or Bloody Marys for an additional $10 per guest. There is a menu for children under the age of 12 for $14. 2441 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. Call 949.673.6585.

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Dining at The Bungalow is always a memorable experience

True Food Kitchen is celebrating with an Easter brunch menu featuring special offerings from its not-yet-released Spring Menu. Guests will have the option to choose from a selection of dishes and Spring beverages that will only be offered on Easter Sunday. Enjoy seasonal flavors with dishes like the new Spring toast, seasonal ingredient salad and a strawberry & rhubarb crisp, along with Spring sips like the lemongrass margarita, strawberry bourbon smash and the refreshing cucumber cooler. Pricing varies. 451 Newport Center Drive (Fashion Island), Newport Beach. Call 949.644.2400.

Happy Easter…

Ciao Vincenza!

Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

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Flashback to the Easter Holiday, 1951, when a group of girls were perched on a dock railing on their Balboa Island visit

Visit Balboa Island Museum and the Museum Store located at 331 Marine Ave., Balboa Island. They are open Tuesdays - Sundays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call 949.675.3952. www.balboaislandmuseum.organd  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Uncommon Goods: Artist Book as Object

Uncommon Goods

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The Newport Beach City Arts Commission is hosting an exhibition featuring a reinterpretation of the “book” by 25 University of California, Irvine student artists. Students researched the history and creative production of the artist’s books at the special collections department of UCI’s Langston Library. There they explored the infinite possibilities of constructing and organizing data, or in some cases interweaving visual narratives, using unusual materials, color, line and form.

Their collective activity underscores what Johanna Drucker, visual theorist and cultural critic, suggests that “artist’s books became a developed art form in the 20th century. In many ways, one could argue that the artist’s book is the quintessential 20th century art form. Artists’ books appear in every significant movement in art and literature and have provided a unique means of realizing works within all of the many avant-gardes, experimental and independent groups whose contributions have defined the shape of 20th century artistic activity.”

The exhibition will be on display on the 2nd floor of the Central Library during regular operating hours, April 7 through May 5.

An opening reception is being held on Saturday, April 7 at 12 p.m. in the exhibition area, and some of the artists will attend the opening event and discuss their works.

Newport Beach Central Library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Temple Bat Yahm to observe Passover Seder

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On Saturday, March 31 at 6 p.m., join the Family Passover Seder 2018 at Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach. Celebrate Passover with family and friends during the interactive service and Hagaddah reading, which tells the story of Jewish ancestors being led from slavery in Egypt.

There will be live music, children’s activities and kosher ceremonial wine (bring your own wine for dinner). Reservations are required and can be made via the website. Please RSVP by Friday, March 24.

Cost: Adult members, $60; non-members, $70; children 5 - 12 years of age are $30; and children under age 5 are free.

Temple Bat Yahm is located at 1011 Camelback St., Newport Beach. Call 949.644.1999.

Stump the Stu

Where is this Hippocampus?

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Okay Stumpers, you were off your game last week so we’re gonna throw out one that many of you may have seen for the first time in March. Think where you were and what you did.

B-t-w, this sculpture is titled “EMPRESS of the SEA” and was completed by David L. Spellberg. Nice work…probably par for the course.

A hippocampus you ask, comes from the Ancient Greek word hippos meaning “horse” and kampos meaning “sea monster.”

We try and stump you each week on Tuesdays with a picture of something unique in our community.

Take the challenge and submit your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The correct answers are in Friday’s edition. We also run the correct guesses on Friday. So, join us in the fun.

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Spring Art Show and 2nd Annual Art in the Park celebration this Saturday

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This Saturday, March 31, the Spring Art Show and 2nd Annual Art in the Park Celebration takes place from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Crystal Cove Historic District.

Join Crystal Cove State Park and Crystal Cove Conservancy with free family-friendly art events, such as sea glass wrapping, outdoor musical performances, watercolor painting, sing dancers, basket weaving and more. For a full schedule of events, visit Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos and then walk across the street or take the shuttle). Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15).

Sign of the times

On Thursdays we give you a partial glimpse of a sign around town. You guess what the overall name of the business is. 

So, we gave you a glimpse of a scripted “tree” edged in green. It came from the new “Wine country cuisine/chef-driven American bistro” Olea. It’s located at 2001 Westcliff Drive in The Walk. One correct guess came in from John Wortmann, from the famous Wortmann clan on Lido Isle.

Thank you for playing.

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!


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School Notes

PTA recognizes young artists

Annually, the Harbor Council PTA hosts a program called “Reflections.” The program is an art recognition program that has been sponsored by the National PTA since 1969.  

Each year, there is a theme established. The program honors students for their achievements in six categories: literature, film/video, visual arts, photography, dance choreography, and musical composition. Students are also divided into four age divisions: Primary (preschool through 2nd grade), Intermediate (3rd through 5th grades), Middle (6th through 8th grades), and High School (9th through 12th grades). Each of these categories and divisions are judged first at the school PTA Unit before being forwarded to the Harbor Council PTA.

After completing its judging, the Harbor Council PTA submitted their selections to the 4th District PTA which represents all schools with PTAs in Orange County. These are the names of the 4th District PTA Award of Excellence and Award of Merit honorees for recognition: Ian Turner, Corona del Mar High School, Award of Excellence, Film Production (High School); Katherine Odeen, Corona del Mar Middle School, Award of Merit, Film Production (Middle); and Angeline Shipman, Newport Coast Elementary, Award of Merit, Photography (Primary).


Spring Choir Concert – Wednesday, March 28, 6 - 8 p.m., Robert B. Wentz Theater

Band/Jazz/Orchestra – Friday, March 30, 6 - 8 p.m., Robins Loats Theater

PTA Executive Board – Wednesday, April 4, 8 a.m., Newkirk Conference Room

Spring Recess – Monday through Friday, April 16 - 23


Footloose, The Spring Musical, Wednesday, April 4 - Sunday, April 8 Performance times are April 4 at 4 p.m., April 5, 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. and April 8 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door for students, and $10 for general admission. You can purchase tickets at (BAPACO) or buy tickets at the door.

Spring Festival Concert – Monday, April 9, 7 - 8 p.m.

Vocal Zone Concert – Tuesday, April 10, 7 - 8 p.m.

Spring Recess – Monday through Friday, April 16 - 23

Sage Hill High School

Spring Break – Monday through Friday, March 26 - 30

Parent Association: 12th Grade Parent Lunch – April 4 from 12 - 2 p.m.

Parent Association: 9th Grade Parent Coffee – April 4 from 8 - 10 a.m., Le Bon Family Lobby (Studio Lobby)

Art Reception – April 5, 6 - 8 p.m., Studio at Sage Hill

Advisor/Advisee/Parent Conferences – April 9 (No classes)

Parent Association General Meeting – April 10 at 8 a.m., Le Bon Family Lobby (Studio Lobby)

Multicultural Symposium – April 11 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Sage Hill Campus

One Acts Performances – April 12 and 13 at 7 p.m., The Black Box Theater in the Studio at Sage Hill

Campus Tour – April 16 at 8:30 a.m.

Spring at Sage Parent Information Night – April 17 at 6 p.m., The Black Box Theater in the Studio at Sage Hill

Service Learning Day - Spring at Sage Afternoon – April 18 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Theater Ensemble Auditions – April 18 from 3:15 - 5:30 p.m., The Black Box Theater in the Studio at Sage Hill

College Counseling: 11th Grade Parent Spring Wrap-Up – April 19 at 5:30 p.m., Argyros Family Lecture Hall (MMLH)

Parent Association - Career Series Mixer – April 19 at 6 p.m., Pelican Hill

Junior Class Grade Level Meeting – April 20 at 9:25 a.m., Argyros Family Lecture Hall (MMLH)

Parent Association Gelato Day – April 28 at 11:30 a.m., Wilkins Town Square

Dance Performances – April 27 and 28 at 7 p.m., The Black Box Theater in the Studio at Sage Hill

Mariners Elementary School

Jog-A-Thon – Friday, April 6.

Register now for the CdM Scenic 5K

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CdM Scenic 5K runners crossing Goldenrod Footbridge

Join the popular Corona del Mar Scenic 5K RACE/WALK through the charming streets of Corona del Mar, taking place Saturday, June 2. The race begins at 6 a.m. at Ocean Boulevard and Heliotrope. Walk-in pre-registration takes place on Friday, June 1 from 12 - 7 p.m. at Newport Beach Civic Center (Community Room), 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Race Schedule:

Men’s 5K at 7:55 a.m.

Women’s 5K at 8:20 a.m.

2-Mile Walk at 8:50 a.m.

Youth 2-Mile Walk at 8:45 a.m.

1K Kids Dash at 9 a.m.

Entry fees: Men’s & Women’s 5K Run, $38; 2-Mile Walk & Youth 2-Mile Walk, $28; 1K Kids Dash, $15.

For more information and to register, visit or call 949.673.4050. Vendor exhibit spaces and sponsorships are also available.

Photographer’s work is on display at JWA

From March 20 - April 19, photography by Stephanie Hager will be on display at John Wayne Airport (JWA) as part of JWA’s Community Focus Space Program.

These works can be viewed on the Departure (upper) Level near security screening areas in Terminals A, B and C, and on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4.

Stephanie Hager Little Corona arch at night

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Little Corona arch at night by Stephanie Hager

“Ms. Hager’s work displayed at John Wayne Airport will engage the viewers’ senses,” said Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman Andrew Do. “Her world-class photography will be a delight for travelers.”

Hager’s photography is known for having a bold feeling with vibrant energy and clean lines. The negative space provides the observer room for thought.

“My goal is to have the viewer feel something new and unique to themselves through the use of light, color and patterns,” Hager said. 

The photographer graduated with a degree in photo communications from California State University, Fullerton and was fortunate to have studied with some of the top photographers in the United States.

Hager has been a professional photographer for more than 25 years and has worked with advertising and editorial clients photographing outdoor adventure sports and lifestyle, portraiture, architecture and landscapes.

Library reconstruction about to begin…but what about the “Seagulls in Flight?”


Amid a farewell party, a book sale and logistical details regarding the demolition and reconstruction of the Corona del Mar library branch and fire station – an interesting question popped up at a recent meeting of the Corona del Mar Residents Association.

What will become of the sculpture in front of the Marigold Avenue branch?

The short answer, according to Newport Beach Library Services Director Tim Hetherton, is that the sculpture, “Seagulls in Flight” will be stored at Central Library, out of public sight, for the duration of the construction. When that’s complete, sometime next summer, the artwork will be returned.

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“Seagulls in Flight” will return to the CdM Library site after reconstruction

It may be a small detail in the overall scope of the project, but the sculpture has a meaningful history for CdM residents, a history that was retold in 2015 when the city spent $4,450 to restore and repair the piece.

The sculpture was donated to the city in 1960, a year after the branch opened, to honor Molly McClintock, who lived in Shore Cliffs and died in a car crash shortly after graduating from Newport Harbor Union High School. The 18-year-old had been a drum majorette and popular student who is regularly remembered at class reunions every year.

Her friends recalled that she had moved to California from the south, and her mother was worried about her finding friends, but she fit in just fine. Her mother “made a huge sacrifice” to pay for the sculpture, which has an inscription that says: “To the youth of Corona del Mar in memory of Molly McClintock.” The piece, which depicts birds in flight with wings touching, originally was placed at Big Corona State Beach, but the salt air and sunlight caused damage, so it eventually was trucked to the shady spot by the library entrance.

Earlier repairs had been inadequate, Hetherton said back in April 2015. The piece was removed, restored, and replaced in about a month. Back then, Hetherton said he hoped to move the piece to another public area during library construction, but instead it will be kept safe in storage.

The branch is now formally closed, but a groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24 (changed from April 10), and the public is invited to attend.

In other news, the California Coastal Commission this month approved an expansion project for the Beachcomber Café at Crystal Cove State Park. Plans call for adding about 422 square feet to accommodate additional outdoor seating, as well as for repairs around the hostess area. About 40 extra seats will be added, with the work to take place during the off-season. According to a staff report from the Commission’s March meeting, such an increase typically results in increased parking demand, but parking already is in demand there, and the extra seating might help by reducing the café’s wait-time, which can be up to two hours on weekends.


Amy Senk has lived in Corona del Mar for 17 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.

Kiff announces exit from City Manager job

After two decades with the City of Newport Beach (City) and nearly a full decade as its city manager, Dave Kiff has informed members of the City Council that he will leave his post toward the end of 2018. 

Kiff is committed to implementing a smooth transition and to assisting in addressing key initiatives that take additional familiarity, like efforts to limit the noise and pollution impacts of John Wayne Airport. 

Kiff describes the transition as “preparing for Dave 2.0,” where he may focus his energies on specific issues near and dear to him, specifically including homelessness and the outdoors. 

According to Kiff, “I have loved this job and this community a great deal. This is an amazing community to work for, and I have felt honored to do so nearly every day. But this is a pretty grueling job, with demanding issues and a resident base that deserves and expects 100 percent focus. I have to admit that over time that has worn me out a bit. As I get less young, I don’t recharge as quickly. I see, too, that as my “time remaining” (“TR” as Mayor Duffy Duffield calls it) gets shorter, there are other efforts and experiences that draw my interest. 

“But for this community, I know that the next city manager will become the leader of one of the best teams of department heads that I have ever known. I am confident that the City Council will get a number of terrific applicants for this post.” 

Mayor Duffield stated, “Dave’s steady hand at the City’s helm has helped steer the City through good skies and bad. We remain a community thankful for public service and we appreciate Dave’s decades of commitment.” 

Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill also commented, “Dave’s willingness to lead regionally on issues like pension reform and homelessness have set him and our City apart. No doubt we will expect similar leadership from Dave’s successor.” 

“I won’t say goodbye yet, as there are more months ahead of me here, but I will say that all is good. I’ll encourage anyone reading this to know that I remain full of optimism for the City’s future and my own,” Kiff said.

You Must Remember This: Preserving Newport’s history might be worth a look at our pavements


As a city, we’re not that big on our history. Books have been written about it, we have a couple of historical societies that have small collections, but the physical history succumbs to high property values. When I lived in New Jersey, what impressed me were how many old – and I mean really old – houses there were, and how people seemed to value their age instead of viewing it as an impediment. If someone needed a bigger house, they either bought a bigger house, or they did an artful job of expanding the old house, leaving the historical part and adding on, sometimes in the same style, other times deliberately going very modern in contrast…but I never saw a house scraped while I was there.

Obviously, it’s a much different deal here. There is one old house on Ocean Boulevard that the owners obviously appreciate. Some years ago, they added a second story, and I defy anyone to detect where the original house ends and the new addition begins, because they were so careful to maintain the materials and style, but that is a rare bird. More common is something like this: One of the first houses in CdM? The home of the woman who saved Big Corona from development? That’s nice. Scrape it. So, piece by piece we lose the actual history and have to resort to photographs to remind us of what once was.

Griffith Company in pavement

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Griffith Company, 1927 is etched in this Corona del Mar sidewalk

However, there is one piece of physical history that is still pretty common. Walk around CdM and look at the sidewalk. What’s stamped there? Griffith Company, 1927. Ninety years and still going strong. I asked Dave Webb, the Public Works director, if the department made any particular effort to save these historical sections. He said no, so that just means they poured really good cement. Because it was 1927 and because I am sometimes dense and don’t make obvious connections, I decided to see what I could find out about Griffith. It took me about 10 seconds to find a company headquartered in Southern California, established in 1902 – oh yeah, and that has done a ton of work in Newport like Newport Coast Drive and MacArthur. Oh, that Griffith Company. Just to be sure, I sent an inquiry. Yes, indeed, they were the same company, and they provided this link: I went online, and the first part in particular is fascinating. If you want to see what California looked like 60, 70, 80 years ago, they’ve got some wonderful footage.

Griffith wasn’t the only company paving Newport. Sidewalks with J. Paul Benson, Contractor 1926 can also be found, but I couldn’t find anything on Benson. There are also sections stamped CNB 1977, and hopefully come 2067, some resident will stare at them and marvel at the history. Or maybe, they’ll just marvel that our particular history can be told as well or better in the much-trod-upon sidewalks rather than the buildings. 


Nancy Gardner, former Mayor of Newport Beach, long-time resident and daughter of Judge Robert Gardner, is a regular contributor to StuNewsNewport.

Junior League to hold 4th Annual Golf Classic

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Newport Beach-based Junior League of Orange County, California (JLOCC) invites golfers to participate in the 4th Annual Golf Classic and 19th Hole Party on Friday, April 6. The shotgun start is at 12:30 p.m. and the 19th Hole Party begins at 5:30 p.m.

All golfer packages include golf carts, catered lunch by Chick-Fil-A, range balls, gift bags, entry into the $10,000 cash prize Hole-In-One contest and admission to the 19th Hole Party, which will include dinner and a cocktail, live jazz by The Bradford Project and a helicopter ball drop with tickets sold separately, along with a silent auction and awards. Non-golfers are invited to attend the 19th Hole Party. The helicopter ball drop opportunity prize is an overnight stay to New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV and a pair of tickets to see Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil®. Helicopter Ball Drop tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets for the 19th Hole Party only are $50 per guest. Costs are $225 for single golfers and $860 for foursomes. Golfers can purchase the tournament skills package, including two mulligans and entry into the contests – Putting, Longest Drive and Closest-to-the-Pin, for $40 ahead of the event.

All proceeds benefit the League’s volunteer training programs and community projects in partnership with its community partners that include the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force, Orangewood Foundation, Samueli Academy, JLOCC’s own initiative, Junior League Juniors, which introduces children to volunteer and make an impact in the community, along with other additional volunteer projects throughout Orange County. There are sponsorship opportunities available, including advertising and event underwriting.

The event takes place at Oak Creek Golf Club, One Golf Club Drive, Irvine.

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Hop on over to Fashion Island for photos with the Easter Bunny

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Continuing through Saturday, March 31, grab your bonnets and your favorite Easter garb and head over to Fashion Island’s Atrium Lawn for photos with the Easter Bunny!

Our favorite bunny is available for pictures in his Spring garden on weekdays from 10 a.m. - 8 pm. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Hours of operation are subject to change, so call Guest Services at 949.721.2000 to confirm times.

Fashion Island is located at 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Guest Column

Dave Kiff

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

Dave Kiff

Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff   

Here’s what’s going on at the upcoming Newport Beach City Council meeting set for (tonight) Tuesday, March 27th at 7 p.m. Meetings are held in the Newport Beach Civic Center at 100 Civic Center Drive – the public is always welcome. I do not highlight all of the items on the agenda – please go to the City’s webpage and review the agenda if you want to see all of the items.

There is no study session in the afternoon, so the Regular Session starts at 7 p.m. The items that seem worthy of highlighting and/or explaining are these:

Council Member Muldoon asked his colleagues to consider a statement in support of a ballot measure proposed for the November 2018 statewide ballot. This relates to tightening up some of the things that arguably were loosened with recent ballot and legislative actions involving the parole system and who is eligible and when. It also would place new penalties on parole violations, among other things.

Some new improvements and maintenance are/is coming for Peninsula Point Park near the Balboa Pier, and Bayview Park near the Marriott Bayview.

I think folks will be happy to see improvements to the crosswalks along Newport Boulevard and Balboa Boulevard – recall that we’ve had a number of community meetings that Council Member Dixon has hosted about further enhancing the visibility of current crosswalks on the Peninsula.  

The Annual “Status Report” on the General Plan and its Housing Element. This is usually a pro forma item, but it allows the staff and Council to ensure that we are following State law relating to reporting in on how we’re implementing the General Plan and whether there have been any recent changes to housing activity in the community.    

I’ve placed Advocacy for a Port Master Plan back on the agenda and will explain why. The goal of having a special carve-out for aspects of Newport Harbor’s public and private permitting is (to me) a good one. Today, nearly all permits to do things like dredging around residential piers, residential pier repairs, sea wall repairs, and more all have to go to the Coastal Commission. Ideally, those permits could be assigned to the City and City Council for approval, provided that we considered them through the same lens that the Coastal Commission would – same concerns, same protections, same compliance with the Coastal Act. This concept will not cause Newport Harbor’s current character to change – it’s about permit authority, not becoming port-like (or even Port-lite). Anyway, in order to even be able to submit a plan for permit authority to the Coastal Commission, we think we need state legislation to allow us to send a Port Master Plan in for Commission review and approval. There are certainly good questions involved in this process, and good reasons to ask questions, but It seems to make sense to try it out. There could come a time in the near future when we decide this isn’t going to work, and our advocacy agreements allow us to pull the plug quickly. Speaking of advocacy, Council Members Dixon and Peotter and I had a good conversation between Council meetings to become more comfortable with the approach and staffing that Don Schmitz and Sean Henschel will provide. Therefore, I was comfortable putting it back on the agenda quite quickly. If anyone has any questions about this at all, please contact me and I’ll wade through it with you.  

A couple of random notes:

A lot is going on regarding homelessness in our region. In fact, I spent last Saturday morning in Judge Carter’s chambers listening to updates about the clearing of encampments in the Santa Ana riverbed as well as a planned clearing of the Santa Ana Civic Center encampment. While I won’t include it here, I recently wrote up an email that I sent to a number of residents about this issue, including what we’re doing as a City and community. I can send that to you if you ask me by return email.

Secondly, Speak Up Newport is planning their Wednesday, April 11 forum on this issue. SUN meets at 5:30 p.m. – with the program at 6 p.m. –  in the Community Room at the Civic Center. Note, too, that a small (12-unit) “permanent supportive housing” location in town has recently completed its renovation and is open for business, housing six veterans and six low-income seniors. It’s an amazing place and looks terrific.  

We’re chugging along on our airport efforts, thanks to great enthusiasm by our key community groups. We’re now in the thick of a data study looking at ways to improve departure procedures so that planes can depart in the quietest manner (but still safely, of course) possible. Our groups like AWG, Air Fair and CAANP are really engaged on this. It’s exciting. I’m happy to fill you in more on this if you ask. This coming week may (emphasis on “may” because stuff like this is very uncertain) also see the first few planes using a new pathway in the Upper Bay that involves two gentle turns, versus the current “just one” turn procedure. I will confess to trepidation as to how this will work, but we’ll be following it very closely.

I hope everyone has a pleasant Easter and great spring break in the upcoming weeks.  

As always, I enjoy hearing from you about this or any other community issue involving the city government. So does the City Council – remember that you can email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to express your thoughts or ideas.  

Thanks for reading!



Dave Kiff

City Manager

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Fair Game


Kiff out at City Hall…others cry foul


The first clue came just after church Sunday morning, when I was told there was a “plan” to oust Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff at the end of tonight’s council meeting. The story had it, true or false, that “three council members visited Kiff, with a fourth vote in pocket, demanding he resign or that he would be terminated.”

One side is saying Brown Act violation, the other says absolutely not.

I immediately sent Kiff an email asking if three council members visited him demanding his resignation or telling him he would be terminated.

Kiff responded with an email straight to the point saying, “Tom, that did not happen.”

I also contacted Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill with a similar question. His response also said that “no such meeting has ever taken place.”

Later Sunday afternoon, Tara Finnegan, the City’s Public Information Manager, issued Kiff’s resignation to the media saying, “After two decades with the City of Newport Beach and nearly a full decade as its city manager, Dave Kiff has informed members of the City Council that he will leave his post toward the end of 2018.”

“I am happy in making this request and want the community to know that all is good with me, my family, and my work. There are great things ahead for all of us,” Kiff added in a cover letter.

One source said that they were told “that Kiff was asked to move the press release announcement up to Sunday afternoon” as the story began breaking.

You can imagine the different stories coming out of other camps. One story had Council Members Diane Dixon, Jeff Herdman and Brad Avery urging Kiff to hang on until the community had a chance to voice their concerns at tonight’s meeting.

Obviously, Kiff has said no.

Former Mayor Kevin Muldoon had this to say, “Dave told me a few months ago that he was intending to retire in November. He is the best City Manager in Orange County and will be missed.”

Lynn Swain said, “Dave Kiff is a great city manager and he is highly respected. I think the public deserves an answer regarding the actions of a majority of the council who have been pushing him out to appoint their own person. Team Newport continues to degrade our community with these backroom politics. Dave Kiff was forced to retire or be fired.”

Here are some thoughts from other community leaders (all council members were invited to comment).

City Council Member and former Mayor Diane Dixon: “I am saddened and disappointed by the news of our highly respected City Manager Dave Kiff’s decision to leave the City of Newport Beach.  During my tenure on the Council, I have appreciated Dave’s outstanding professionalism and his commitment to the City and its residents. We are very fortunate to have had a city manager with his years of experience and deep knowledge of government.

The circumstances surrounding the actions of some members of the City Council that led to Dave’s decision baffle me. I only learned of this news this weekend. I am surprised to discover that this process may have been underway for four weeks. It is clear that all members of the City Council were not involved in this process. I expect that we will learn from our Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem more about this mystery at (tonight’s) Newport Beach City Council meeting.  

It is my hope that all of us on the City Council share a common belief that transparency in city government is one of our core values.”

City Council Member Jeff Herdman: “I want to say for the public record that I was not aware of any effort to oust the city manager, to negotiate an exit, or assert that there were four votes, in violation of the Brown Act, to accomplish this illegal act by the council majority (Muldoon, O’Neill, Duffield and Peotter). 

At no time has the entire City Council considered the termination of our city manager’s employment, and I am now deeply concerned about the public’s trust in this body going forward. 

And why did the council majority do this? Is it in the best interest of the city? Knowing that Dave Kiff intended to possibly take an early retirement after the upcoming election, and after getting council members oriented and settled in, they fired him anyway! 

Self-promotion and campaign tactics are at work here. Individually, Muldoon wants to be able to say in his campaign for re-election that he followed through on his 2014 campaign promises (clean the swamp, no tax increases, lowering fees, etc. etc.). 

This being the “Year of the Harbor,” Duffy wants to hire a new city manager that will be at his beck-and-call in terms of accomplishing what he wants to do, and I might add, at a tremendous cost to the taxpayers. 

Peotter? This is just another example of his use of poor judgement for what he thinks will win him reelection. 

As far as O’ Neill is concerned, he was elected on a Team Newport ticket, so I guess he must fall in line! 

Collectively, the Council majority has set the stage for hiring their own city manager that they will be able to completely control and manipulate for the purpose of self-aggrandizement and accomplishing their own personal agendas with complete disregard for their constituents and their needs and wants. 

The Brown Act violation that has occurred, and that can be proven, is known as the “chain effect.” I’ll assume that Muldoon, Duffy and O’Neill thought they were not violating the Brown Act when notifying Dave of the termination of his employment because there were only three of them present. But these three council members did so knowing they had a fourth vote in the form of Peotter and would therefore have no trouble getting council approval (4 votes are all that is needed). Knowing they had his critical fourth vote is the essence of the “chain effect” violation. It is flat out prohibited and illegal. 

After Dave’s departure, the collateral damage that has been created by this action on the part of the Council majority is what we will have to deal with. The council majority must be held accountable for their misinterpretation of Council Policy for which they justified their action under, as well as blatant Brown Act violations.” 

Former Mayor Nancy Gardner: “I have worked with Dave since he was an Assistant to Kevin Murphy. He is a person of great integrity and character. I have seen how much he takes to heart the well-being of this city, and I am very sorry to see him leave.  

It is one thing if he is leaving because he wants to seek new adventures. Then we can only wish him the best. If, as has been suggested, there was a covert effort by certain council members to get rid of him, then this is an insult not just to Dave but to the residents and businesses that he has worked so hard for. It would mean that they were afraid to openly dismiss someone with his standing and popularity in the community and resorted to subterfuge to accomplish this.  

For the sake of our city, I can only hope that this is not true because if it is, it widens the gaps between us when we should be pulling together.”

Keith Curry: “Hiring Dave Kiff was the best decision the city council made in my 10 years serving the city. He has a stellar reputation and he effectively led our city through the recession. His efforts reduced the workforce by more than 100 positions while preserving city services. 

It appears that this decision is the result of members of the city council acting without the authorization and involvement of the entire council to precipitate the action. This is a serious violation of policy and past practices and a full investigation should be commenced.”

City Council candidate (2018) Joy Brenner: “The loss of Dave Kiff is tragic for our city. Dave is well regarded by so many, including most if not all former mayors and council members. It has appeared to me for several years that he has been put in the very awkward position of trying to give the council what they want while legally and ethically staying in integrity. 

Some members of this council play politics so often that I don’t trust anything to be straightforwardly above board. Was there pressure on Dave in an attempt to get more of a “yes” man or woman in this position? We must now demand an open and transparent search for a replacement. And, if actions of certain members of the city council resulted in this announcement, then a Brown Act violation needs to be investigated.” 

Easter Sunrise Service at the beach


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On Easter Sunday, April 1, join Christ Church by the Sea United Methodist for its sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. at 14th Street Beach on Balboa Peninsula.

A complimentary breakfast will be provided across the street from the church following the service. Easter worship is also taking place in the Sanctuary at 10 a.m.

Christ Church by the Sea is located at 1400 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. Call 949.673.3805.

College Planning Seminars at Central Library

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The Teen Services Department at the Newport Beach Public Library (NBPL) is hosting a series of college planning seminars to help students and parents understand the college admission process and develop a strategy that optimizes the student’s potential for acceptance into a college that matches their goals.

The NBPL has partnered with Collegewise to present three different programs open to the public that are free of charge. The presentations scheduled include: College Planning for Freshmen and Sophomores on Tuesday, April 3; Highly Selective College Admissions on Tuesday, May 1; and Secrets of College Admissions on Tuesday, June 5. Register online to attend. All of the programs begin at 7 p.m. in the Friends Meeting Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Bob’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream fundraising program returns to the OC Market Place

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Bob’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream! In response to inquiries from local, non-profit organizations and in alignment with the mission of the Orange County Market Place® to be the premier gathering place for the Orange County community and to support local organizations, the Orange County Market Place® has reintroduced the Bob’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Fundraising Program.

Since its inception in 1969, the Orange County Market Place has been active in the community in many ways, including the work with nonprofit organizations for the betterment of the community. To help address the fundraising needs of organizations in the community, the Market Place developed a signature program. Originally developed in response to the September 11, 2001 tragedy, this program has proven beneficial in aiding community groups with their fundraising efforts.

Bobs Old Fashioned

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“We are elated to reopen the doors of the iconic Bob’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream stand with our first community fundraising group on March 31, 2018 at Grand Opening event,” said General Manager Adela Generally. “Our goal is to have a community group represented each weekend we are open in an effort to help fundraise and garner awareness for their cause in this community.”

The Orange County Market Place is currently accepting applications from 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. Those located within Orange County will be given preference for dates, but any non-profit interested in participating in the program is encouraged to complete the application, found at

The Market Place is a celebration of food, fun, value and the entrepreneurial spirit. With hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, it has grown to become the centerpiece of the Orange County outdoor shopping experience. Founded in 1969, the Orange County Market Place®, is owned and operated by Spectra and is located on the Orange County Fairgrounds at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. The Market Place operates every Saturday and Sunday of the year except during the Orange County Fair in July/August.

Stump the Stu

One reader stumps the masses

Stump the Stu 3.23.18

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Tuesday’s submission was from Sherry Black. Well Sherry, you stumped ‘em. No correct guesses. 

So, where is it, you ask? This little spot is located near the trellis at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach and Palisades Tennis Club. Rumor has it that it was a favorite spot of John Wayne’s to relax. Check it out.

Thanks Sherry!

Join us on Tuesdays as we try and stump you each week with a picture of something unique in our community.

If you have a unique spot or icon around town that you think StuNewsNewport readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the answer, so we can challenge them!

Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times. Contestants, start your engines. Below you’ll find this week’s clue. What you see is a small part of an overall sign in Newport Beach. Here’s a fairly new sign, but it’s seen a lot of traffic in its short life. 

Good luck!

Send you guesses to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

SOTT 3.23.18

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Police Files

Small plane takes nose-dive at JWA

Yesterday afternoon, March 22 at 12:50 p.m. “a single engine Piper Malibu aircraft skidded off runway 20R while landing, shearing off the nose gear. The disabled aircraft came to rest in the grassy infield ‘safety area’ between the two runways,” according to John Wayne Airport spokesperson Deanne Thompson.

The only person on board was not injured. Both runways at JWA were closed for approximately one hour while a runway safety inspection was completed, and the damaged aircraft was removed.

Man steals car, runs from police, takes meth break and is arrested

Monday morning, March 19, a caller contacted the Newport Beach Police Department to report that a driver of a gold Honda was driving poorly and seemed “out of it.” A check of the license plate showed that the Honda had been stolen earlier the same day in Westminster.  

Officers attempted to stop the Honda near MacArthur Boulevard and the 405, but the driver failed to yield. The pursuit proceeded into Irvine, where the driver ran several red lights and drove at dangerously high speeds. Eventually, with the assistance of air support from HB-1 (Huntington Beach Police Department’s helicopter) and OCSD personnel, an NBPD officer conducted a Patrol Intervention Technique (PIT maneuver) to disable the Honda on McGaw Avenue near Gillette Avenue. 

Then the driver proceeded to start to smoke methamphetamine from a pipe before exiting the vehicle. A search of his car later revealed meth and a meth pipe inside.  

The driver, later identified as Tuan Dinh Nguyen, 32, Santa Ana, initially lied about his identity to officers. He was eventually charged with taking an auto without the owner’s consent, evading peace officers with wanton disregard, possession of a controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and a warrant related to receiving stolen property.

Nguyen’s bail was set at $50,000.

Teen makes himself at home while owners out of town

At some undetermined time on Sunday, March 18, Jonathan Villa, 18, of Los Angeles, entered an unoccupied home in the 1500 block of E. Bay Avenue. Villa stayed overnight while the homeowners were out of town and used the shower, ate food from the kitchen and gathered up a number of items that he intended to remove from the house.

A neighbor contacted NBPD to report suspicious activity and Villa was arrested at 7:58 a.m. on Monday, March 19.

He was held on $50,000 bail for residential burglary with no forced entry.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime reports

Photographer’s work is on display at JWA

From March 20 - April 19, photography by Stephanie Hager will be on display at John Wayne Airport (JWA) as part of JWA’s Community Focus Space Program.

These works can be viewed on the Departure (upper) Level near security screening areas in Terminals A, B and C, and on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4.

Sunset over Catalina

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Sunset over Catalina by Stephanie Hager

“Ms. Hager’s work displayed at John Wayne Airport will engage the viewers’ senses,” said Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman Andrew Do. “Her world-class photography will be a delight for travelers.”

Hager’s photography is known for having a bold feeling with vibrant energy and clean lines. The negative space provides the observer room for thought.

“My goal is to have the viewer feel something new and unique to themselves through the use of light, color and patterns,” Hager said. 

The photographer graduated with a degree in photo communications from California State University, Fullerton and was fortunate to have studied with some of the top photographers in the United States.

Hager has been a professional photographer for more than 25 years and has worked with advertising and editorial clients photographing outdoor adventure sports and lifestyle, portraiture, architecture and landscapes.

On the Harbor: Catching up with my good friend Mark Gaudio 


I picked up the phone this week and called my good friend Mark Gaudio for an interview. If you have ever raced a Sabot, Lido 14, Harbor 20 or Cal 20 the name should be familiar to you.

Gaudio was first introduced to the harbor in the ‘60s by his father, Ed, who first owned a 20-foot Glasspar powerboat. “I remember doing speed circles in the Back Bay with my dad,” Gaudio said. His father was an electrician and after working on a house on Lido Isle, the owner gave him the old Sabot on the side of the house. “I think I was six and my father had painted the boat with some sort of latex house paint in some ‘60s color. We rigged the boat up and went sailing. Just about the time we reached the Lido Isle Yacht Club, we gybed the boat, while dad was sitting on the main sheet, and we flipped the boat,” Gaudio explained.

The Gaudio family was very active in the Orange Coast Yacht Club, which had its clubhouse at the American Legion. Later, the club would merge with the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club and the Gaudios where there for the groundbreaking of the clubhouse now located on Bayside. “I have a photo of dad somewhere with him planting a shovel into the ground on the club grounds.”

Gaudio recalled fond memories on the harbor now lost in time. “We used to sail our boat over to Shark Island, now Linda Isle, and play Army. From there we would walk over the Pacific Coast Highway bridge to Will Wrights for ice cream. Summer days seemed to have the wind blowing 10 knots out of the west. We could pull our boats up onto a beach at the Fun Zone and goof around there, or we would sail up to the 19th Street beach and go to Tasty Freeze. Sometimes Phil Ramming and I would just fill our boats with water balloons and throw them at people on Balboa Island. You cannot do that now, but it sure was a lot of fun then,” Gaudio recalled.

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(L-R): Mark Gaudio and Len Bose

Today, Gaudio spends most of his time on the harbor coaching sabot sailors. During the summer he has more requests for coaching than he can handle, while during the winter he coaches Friday afternoons for BCYC and gives private lessons on Saturdays. He is the go-to guy when it comes to finding the racing sabot our just tuning one up. “Tuning a sabot is all about mast rake, leeboard angle and a vertical rudder,” Gaudio said. Most sailors in the harbor who have been coached by him recall the words: “Get off your knees.”

I asked Gaudio what are the dos and don’ts for sabot parents? “Parents can be overly competitive, which can lead to performance anxiety at the wrong time. Sailing is a hard sport, with many variables, weather included, it can be frustrating…sometimes physical, but mostly mental. Once a kid starts moving up, stay away from move up itis,” Gaudio said.

Gaudio explained that one of his concerns today is that there is too much focus on racing, with not enough attention on just harbor exploring and having fun. There are some kids out there today that will not leave the dock without a coach. In the end game he feels that this is hurting our sport.

So, before we ended the interview I asked for some simple bits of advice that I can write on my notepad. “Don’t pinch in light air, keep the boat moving, always look around to assess your competition. The wind in our harbor is the trickiest when it is coming out of the southwest with a bearing from 200 to 245 degrees, when you should focus on connecting the dots. When the wind is left at 200 degrees, consider going left; when it is right of 240 degrees, consider the right side of the course. Remember that you have a lot of traffic in the harbor to stay away from, and he always reminds his students to anticipate the high odds maneuvers of competitors.

This Saturday, the Harbor 20 fleet will be racing in the Earl Corkett Regatta out of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. At BYC, the Lido 14s will be gathering on Sunday for the Harry Wood Regatta. And, the PHRF fleet will be sailing out of BCYC to Catalina on Saturday and returning on Sunday in the Bogart Race.

Keep it fun everyone.

Sea ya! 


Len Bose is a yachting enthusiast, yacht broker and harbor columnist for StuNewsNewport.

Newport Beach’s Laura Oatman drops out of congressional race, endorses Harley Rouda

Newport Beach business owner and architect Laura Oatman dropped out of the race for California’s 48th Congressional District yesterday, endorsing technology entrepreneur and Democratic businessman Harley Rouda.

Recent public polling from Fight Back CA indicated that Oatman was tied with Rouda for the lead among Democratic challengers to Rep Dana Rohrabacher. She had also been backed by several prominent progressive groups, including Democracy for America, Justice Democrats and Our Revolution.

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Newport Beach’s Laura Oatman endorses Harley Rouda

Calling for Democratic unity, Oatman released the following statement: “I am hoping all local activists…can now unite into one mighty force, and we can work together to get Dana out. I am calling on all six other Democratic candidates to do the same; this is not about any one of us. This is about all of us.

“I know Harley will be a strong and effective leader working to move us forward, from protecting our pristine coastline to fighting for Medicare for ALL, to tackling gun violence, to investing more in renewable energy like wind and solar and working to create more good-paying jobs. Orange County residents need a Congressman who will work hard for them, and after campaigning alongside him for over a year now, I am confident Harley is the right person for the job.”

Rouda expressed his gratitude for the endorsement by stating: “I am deeply grateful for this support from Laura Oatman, a widely respected progressive and environmental leader from our community. I look forward to campaigning with Laura throughout the 48th District in weeks and months ahead. In Congress, I will be an advocate for and champion of Laura’s Envision America 2050 Plan, which aims to create more good jobs and solve climate change.”

Newport Beach tops the list in the “10 Best Places to Visit in 2018” by

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Newport Beach Pier, an iconic city landmark

Newport Beach has topped the list in the “10 Best Places to Visit in 2018” by

Livability editors looked at more than 2,000 cities across the country to determine the 10 Best Places to Visit this year. Their ranking took into account important criteria like each city’s entertainment industry, cultural offerings and number of golf courses and parks, along with ease of transportation, crime rates, and average hot and cold temperatures throughout the year.

“The 2018 Best Places to Visit list includes a really fun mix of famous vacation destinations and off-the-beaten-path gems for any travel style and budget,” said Winona Dimeo-Ediger, managing editor. “Whether you’re looking for relaxation of adventure, these great cities will help you make the most of your vacation days.”

According to, scoring the coveted No. 1 spot on their list of Best Places to Visit in 2018, Newport Beach is a city that truly has it all – beautiful weather, outdoor adventure, golf, shopping, dining and cultural attractions galore. With 10 miles of coastline and a year-round Mediterranean climate, the community lays claim to Newport Harbor, the largest recreational harbor on the west coast, along with some of the best southern California surf spots that draw professional surfers from as far away as Australia and Hawaii. According to Visit Newport Beach, the area’s most famous place to see spectacular surf is The Wedge, located at 2172 E. Oceanfront, featuring massive waves most certainly not suitable for novice surfers.

“Newport Beach is a seaside holiday retreat beloved by millions of people around the world,” said Gary Sherwin, president and CEO of Newport Beach & Company. “A jewel of the southern California coastline, Newport Beach enjoys nearly year-round sunshine, which inspires an al fresco lifestyle of outdoor activities on the west coast’s largest recreational harbor, as well as dockside dining and shopping. With 10 unique and distinct neighborhoods and a calendar of special events, including the star-studded Newport Beach Film Festival, there is something for everyone.”

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CdM Chamber Sunset Mixer at Avila’s

All are invited to attend the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce’s Sunset Networking Mixer on Wednesday, March 28 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Avila’s El Ranchito in Corona del Mar.


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Join Chamber members and community friends for an annual mixer filled with celebrations and festivities at the legendary Avila’s El Ranchito. This is an ideal opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine or a popular margarita and light tray-passed appetizers while sharing your business’ products or services with others.

Cost: The first glass of wine/beer or a margarita is complimentary (special $5 price thereafter). Chamber members are free; non-members are $10.

Avila’s El Ranchito is located at 2515 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. There is parking in the back of the restaurant and on the street. No RSVP is necessary.

For more information, contact the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce at 949.673.4050, or visit

New parking payment system at JWA

John Wayne Airport (JWA) has recently upgraded its parking system with Near Field Communication (NFC) capability as well as Europay, MasterCard® and Visa® EMV chip technology. This new system will provide an additional level of security to credit card transactions as well as enhance the parking experience by providing multiple payment options for JWA guests including the ability to use Apple Pay.

Guests may select either a ticket or ticketless option to enter JWA parking facilities.

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For the ticket option, simply press the button on the parking entry kiosk to receive a ticket. Guests will use the same ticket for payment when exiting the parking facility.

Guests preferring a paperless route may use their credit card with a chip or the contactless Apple Pay feature for entry. The same credit card used upon entry must be used to exit the parking facility. Using the credit card or Apple Pay options eliminates the need for a ticket.

John Wayne Airport recommends that guests use the visual guides next to the machines and follow the prompts on the kiosk screen for assistance. Each parking facility has a staffed booth at each exit plaza should guests need additional assistance.

The new parking system upgrade provides additional security enhancements for airport guests using a credit card with a chip or Apple Pay. These options were not previously available. Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card and American Express are accepted in all airport parking locations.

New exhibition celebrates Dr. Seuss’ “Collection of Unorthodox Taxidermy”

“If I Ran the Zoo,” a new exhibition featuring Dr. Seuss’ little-known “Collection of Unorthodox Taxidermy,” and unveiling the world premiere of his “Powerless Puffer,” takes place at Lahaina Galleries on Saturday, March 24 with a free special opening reception from 4 - 7 p.m.

Eighty years have passed since Dr. Seuss produced what he called his “Collection of Unorthodox Taxidermy,” an amazing menagerie of Seussian animals often constructed from real animal beaks, antlers, horns, lions’ teeth, rabbit ears and turtle shells. In a long forgotten 1938 article featuring his extraordinary taxidermy sculptures, Look magazine dubbed Dr. Seuss “The World’s Most Eminent Authority on Unheard-Of Animals.”

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Celebrating the release of Dr. Seuss’s “Powerless Puffer” – the final Marine Muggs cast-resin sculpture in the “Collection of Unorthodox Taxidermy” – the traveling exhibition is being launched to feature all 17 of these incomparable artworks. This new exhibition, “If I Ran the Zoo,” marks the first time all 17 sculptures have been presented together in an exhibition dedicated to Dr. Seuss’ sculptural heritage.

The exhibition highlights Dr. Seuss’ little-known sculptural legacy and spotlights the fascinating correlations between his two-dimensional artworks and three-dimensional sculpture. A featured example of this relationship will be presented as a special tour edition, re-created from Ted Geisel’s 1931 pen and ink drawing depicting two gentlemen in tuxedos and top hats, unsuccessfully attempting to hunt down more than 25 wonderfully Seussian animals.

The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection is relatively unknown by the general public, however, art aficionados have avidly followed and collected estate-authorized editions from the collection for nearly two decades. More than half of the collection’s 17 taxidermy sculptures are sold out, making the exhibit’s premiere of the “Powerless Puffer” an enormous event for art collectors and fine art galleries around the world.

At a recent exhibition dedicated to Theodor Seuss Geisel’s artwork, collection curator Bill Dreyer spoke directly about these artworks: “Originally created in the 1930s during Ted Geisel’s most prolific sculpting phase, Dr. Seuss’ little-known collection of taxidermy rivals some of the hippest postmodern sculpture on the art scene today. Without question, the Unorthodox Taxidermy is a gem of Dr. Seuss’ career, and the authorized estate editions have become one of the most exciting and collectible elements of his entire artistic legacy. Kudos to those who have recognized these avant-garde creations as important and substantial artistic contributions from one of the world’s most important literary icons.”

“The Wonderful World of Dr. Seuss,” Robert Cahn’s July 6, 1957 Saturday Evening Post article said it best, “Ted’s animals are the sort you’d like to take home to meet the family.”

The exhibit will remain on display through April 15. To RSVP to the opening night reception, call 949.721.9117, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lahaina Galleries is located at 1173 Newport Center Drive in Fashion Island, Newport Beach.

Wine & Shine event at Levik’s Jewelers

You’re invited to a Wine & Shine party at Levik’s Jewelers by the Cove on Saturday, March 24 from 4 - 8 p.m. in the Crystal Cove Shopping Center.

Wine shine event

Come enjoy complimentary wine and appetizers as you browse the trunk show.

RSVP to 949.715.3899.

Crystal Cove Shopping Center is located at 7882 E. Coast Highway, Newport Coast.

National Library Week is coming in April

Enjoy a week’s worth of exciting events and happenings at the Newport Beach Public Library during National Library Week taking place April 8 - 14.

Check out these happenings!

Underground Railroad

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The Underground Railroad by author Colson Whitehead makes for a lively book discussion

Book Discussion Group: April 11 at 9 a.m., Central Library Friends Room – The book group is discussing The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. All are welcome and the event is free. Sponsored by the Newport Beach Library Foundation.

Shakespeare Reading Group: April 11 at 10 a.m., Central Library Sword Room – UCI Professor of English Andrea Henderson will be moderating this reading group in the discussion of Hamlet on April 11, 18, 25 and May 2, 9, 16 and 23. Registration is required. Call 949.717.3818.

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Meet storyteller and balloon lady, Annie Banannie

Annie Banannie’s Balloon Comedy Show: April 11 at 3:30 p.m., Balboa Branch Library – Audience volunteers help Annie tell fabulous stories with lots of balloon surprises along the way. The mind-blowing finale? The giant six-foot-balloon!


Author Annie Spence

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Annie Spence, author of Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks

Meet the Author: Annie Spence: April 12 from 7 - 8:30 p.m., Central Library Friends Room – Writer/librarian Annie Spence brings her sense of humor to this presentation on her laugh-out-loud collection of love letters to her favorite books in her heart-warming book, Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Break Up Notes to the Books in Her Life. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Admission is free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis which is limited by room capacity.

Physics Fun!: April 14 at 11 a.m., Central Library Friends Room – Prepare to be amazed by physics teacher James Lincoln as he demonstrates various scientific phenomena, and kids enjoy hands-on experiments.

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Check out this boa at Wild Wonders

Wild Wonders: April 14 at 3 p.m. at Mariners Branch Library – Kids of all ages are wild about live animals, especially in this “Walk on the Wildside” experience. See live animals! Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required. First-come, first-served basis which is limited by capacity.

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Guest Column

Will O’Neill

The Blurred Line Between Tax Education and Tax Advocacy

Will O'Neill

Newport Beach Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill

After Stanton residents voted to increase their own sales tax, the city’s Finance Director crowed to his fellow municipal finance directors about his city’s successful campaign. According to his article, the only thing that “went wrong” was that Stanton “didn’t suppress the opposition with one-on-one meetings early.”  

Cities throughout our State have been using Orwellian tactics to “suppress” opposition to tax increases through coordinated and premeditated “education campaigns.” These campaigns operate in a grey legal area because each campaign uses public resources to accomplish its goals.

The California Supreme Court in Stanson v. Mott stated resolutely that “a fundamental precept of this nation’s democratic electoral process is that the government may not ‘take sides’ in election contests or bestow an unfair advantage on one of several competing factions.” The Supreme Court in Vargas v. City of Salinas then created its own grey area exception by allowing governmental entities to express publicly an opinion on the merits of a ballot measure so long as the governmental entity “does not expend public funds to mount a campaign on the measure.”

Cities undeterred by the Stanson prohibition or blinded by their own fiscal desperation of their own making have driven Mack trucks through the Vargas limited exception. Cities throughout our State are hiring political campaign consultants or public relations firms to “educate” the public on the cities’ opinion. At what point, though, do campaigns move from education to advocacy?

In 2010, for example, the City of Tracy hired political campaign consultant Lew Edwards in connection with a sales tax increase. According to the consultant’s presentation, the consultant conducted a poll to determine “campaign messaging,” draft the “ballot arguments,” and create the “ballot question wording.” The City then sent “education materials” to voters through broadcast television and City-created newsletters, presentations, emails, and even sent the materials through utility bill inserts.  

Campaign consultants respond to cities’ requests for proposal by touting their “wins” or “successes,” which they define by whether a tax measure passes. One consultant bragged that it has “enacted more than $30 Billion in California revenue measures with a success rate of 94 percent.” Another consultant bragged that its “competitive strength” is that “we WIN.” Where the objective is supposedly public education, though, winning and losing or success and failure cannot be measured by ballot box results.

Enough is enough. Cities must stop using tax dollars to advocate under the thinly veiled guise of education.  

The City of Newport Beach recently passed a resolution prohibiting public expenditure on these “education” campaigns. We invite other City leaders to use our resolution as a model. We also invite residents throughout the State to demand that their leaders stop hiring campaign consultants who view tax increases as “wins.”  

Will O’Neill is Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Newport Beach. He will gladly provide anyone a copy of the City’s Resolution and can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Friends of the Library to host book sale this weekend

Friends of the Library will host a book sale this weekend, March 24 - 25, at the Corona del Mar Branch Library, located at 420 Marigold Avenue, Corona del Mar.

The sale will give community members one last chance to visit the branch building before demolition, as well as the opportunity to purchase books at bargain prices.


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(L-R): Friends of the Library Roberta Luque, Judy Kelly and Amy Hunt prepare for the book sale at the Corona del Mar Branch Library

On Saturday, the sale will be held from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. with hardback books on sale at two for $1 and paperbacks four for $1. On Sunday, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., bargain hunters will be able to pick up a bag of books for $2. Proceeds from the sale will fund future library collections and programs.

During the construction period, customers will be able to use services at Central Library or concierge services at OASIS Senior Center for pickup and return of materials.

Existing holds set for pickup at Corona del Mar have been re-routed to Central Library. Customers can change their desired pickup location by accessing their account online or by contacting the Library.

Storytimes will be held on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday mornings at 11:45 a.m. at Grant Howald Park’s Community Youth Center beginning April 10. A complete schedule of Central Library storytimes is available on the library website at

For more information on Newport Beach Public Library resources and programs, contact the Library at 949.717.3800, option 2, or visit the website.

Free Fun ahead in April at Argyros Plaza

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Prepare to dance this April, because things are about to start hopping and shakin’ on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Among the exciting free events planned is the final Swing Dance Lesson from a series that started in March and a Sip & Swing! Party on April 15 for anyone with all the right moves.

On April 14, the Center invites everyone from around Orange County to extend a heartfelt welcome to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on its return to the Center. Revelations Celebration! is a joyful community dance event where hundreds gather on the Plaza to learn signature Ailey dance movements and participate in a grand finale, performing a portion of Alvin Ailey’s beloved work, Revelations. Brilliance: A Night of Music and Light puts the Argyros Plaza in a whole new light! Visitors are encouraged to dress in vibrant colors that will glow and reflect in the special lighting effects planned for this luminescent evening. And for a final note – continue the Argyros Plaza evenings with Live Band Karaoke with Casual Encounters Karaoke.

Schedule of Events:

Swing at Six on Friday, April 6 from 6 - 7 p.m.

Sip & Swing! Party on Sunday, April 15 from 5 - 7 p.m. (Immediately preceding “Postmodern Jukebox” at 7 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, a ticketed event.) The final class in the Center’s Swing Dance lessons that started in March takes place on April 6 from 6 - 7 p.m. All in preparation for the Center’s big Sip & Swing! Party on Sunday, April 15 from 5 - 7 p.m. Martin Parker of Dance Scene Dance Studio in Costa Mesa will teach the West Coast Swing. Then on April 15, it’s all swank, swing and sway to the live music of Dave Stuckey & The Hot House Gang. All experience levels are welcome! Come dressed in your best for the chance to win the Dapper Costume Contest. 

Revelations Celebration! on Saturday, April 14 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. You’re in for a revelation, indeed – an Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Revelations Celebration! In anticipation of the Ailey’s April 19 - 22 performances in Segerstrom Hall, the Center and AAADT invite the entire community, dance fans and novices, to celebrate the joy of dance and learn signature Ailey movement and choreography from members of the company. It all culminates with a grand community dance where everyone can show off their new Ailey moves as they perform a portion of Alvin Ailey’s classic work, Revelations.

Brilliance: A Night of Music and Light on Saturday, April 21 from 7 - 10 p.m. Celebrating World Creativity and Innovation Day, when the sun goes down you can help to transform the Argyros Plaza into a world of light and color. Gather your friends, wear your favorite light-up or glow-in-the-dark accessories and enjoy a free concert with L.A.’s De Lux, a post-disco dance-punk DIY duo fresh from the South by Southwest Music. De Lux sounds like they could have come out of 1979 or 1982 just as easily as 2013. Take a break in the Center’s light painting booth, try some luminescent face paint and revive yourself with something from the Center 360 Café. At the end of the end, drive home safely with Uber. First-time users, some the Promo Code “SCFTA” and get up to $15 off your ride.

Live Band Karaoke with the Close Encounters on Saturday, April 28 from 6 - 9 p.m. Pick a song, nearly any song, because live band karaoke is back on the Argyros Plaza. Make it a meet up or your own “So You Think You Can Sing” party. Sing out, Orange County!

The Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit, or call 714.556.2787.

Villa Real Estate launches new mobile app

Villa Real Estate, one of Orange County’s leading luxury real estate firms, has unveiled a new mobile app to make home shopping easier than ever. The free app, simply named Villa Real Estate, allows home shoppers to search for a home using a variety of criteria, as well as search for a Villa agent based on their areas of expertise.

The Villa Real Estate app offers home searches from the location, size and price, to features such as fireplaces, pools, waterfront properties, and other amenities, for a more in-depth home search. The app refreshes every 10 minutes with current listings directly from the MLS.

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Users can swipe to the right on homes they like, or swipe left on homes that don’t fit their needs, to remove those properties from future searches. Home shoppers can tap on home to get more details and information on the property, and even sync open homes to their phone’s calendar.

Home buyers can also mark their favorite listings, share them with others via email or text message, schedule a showing at the click of a button, and communicate with their agent via in-app messaging. The Villa Real Estate app is available for both iOS and Android users. 

“At Villa, we pride ourselves on offering our agents and home shoppers with the latest technology and marketing tools for the best possible real estate experience, regardless if they are buying or selling a home,” said Brittney Champieux, director of marketing at Villa Real Estate, which also recently launched a new website with powerful search criteria. “Our new app provides detailed and accurate information on listings in real time, making home searching an easier process.”

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Farm to Fork: A Foodie’s Point of View Fork


Easter Brunch and more…enjoy the “hunt” for Springtime fare and some surprises, too!

Easter Sunday, coming April 1, is just right around the corner, so here’s a round-up of Newport Beach restaurants offering Easter dining, with a mélange of creative, fresh ingredients on the menu to savor with friends and family. Make your reservations now to secure seating.

Easter Bunny at Back Bay Bistro

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A visit from the Easter Bunny with some “big kids” at Back Bay Bistro

Back Bay Bistro, overlooking Upper Newport Bay, is serving Sunday brunch from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (the last reservation is accepted at 1:30 p.m.)  Enjoy signature breakfast dishes with a build-you-own omelet station, a carving station featuring honey-glazed ham and New York strip steak, a seafood station with King Crab legs, and an array of desserts, including white and milk chocolate fountains. Cost: Adults, $79 which includes bottomless Champagne and mimosas; Children 12 years of age and under, $38. Kids, young and “grown-up,” can expect a special visit from the Easter Bunny! Reservations are recommended. 1131 Back Bay Bistro Drive, Newport Beach (at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort). Call 949.729.1144.

Cucina Enoteca, a California-inspired Italian kitchen and wine shop, featuring Italian classics with a modern twist, is offering an all-you-can-eat buffet from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Cost: Adults, $45; Children, 12 years of age and younger are $18. 951 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Outdoor dining available. Call 949.706.1416.

Fig & Olive, known for the best olive oils, flavors and cuisine from the Riviera and Coastal regions of the South of France, Italy and Spain, is offering s prix fixe menu from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Cost: $42 per person. 151 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Call 949.877.3005.

Fashion Island Hotel, where it’s time to round up the family and hop over for an Easter feast and fashionable fun! They’re transforming the Ballroom into a colorful Easter wonderland with live entertainment, kids’ face painting and egg decorating, pictures with the Easter Bunny and a family photo to capture all the fun memories. The bountiful brunch buffet features favorites like made-to-order crepes, seasonal salads, tasty desserts and a selection of kids’ favorites. And what’s an Easter celebration without an egg-citing egg hunt on the front lawn? Seatings take place at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Cost: Adults: $80; Children ages 5 - 12, $20. Youngsters four years of age and under are free. Pricing includes tax and gratuity. 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Call 949.760.4913.

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Confectionery fun at the Fashion Island Hotel

Five Crowns, a Corona del Mar dining icon, is serving brunch from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and dinner from 4 - 8 p.m. Experience world-class hospitality while indulging in special three-course menus featuring holiday favorites and classic accompaniments courtesy of Executive Chef Alejandra Padilla. Both brunch and dinner prix-fixe menus highlight succulent starters such as lobster bisque with crème fraîche and Pride of the Crowns salad with bacon, toasted walnuts, gruyere and herbs de Provence dressing. Mouthwatering mains feature crab benedict with poached eggs, béarnaise and truffled potatoes on the brunch menu and seared salmon with leek soubise, zucchini, artichokes, dill and garlic chips on the dinner menu. Choose from decadent dessert options including Meyer lemon beignets during brunch and crème brûlée with champagne berries at dinner. Cost: Brunch: $38 - $85; Dinner: $44 - $85. Beverages, tax and tip are additional. 3801 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. Call 949.760.0331.

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Seared salmon with leek soubise, zucchini, artichokes and garlic chips is on the Easter dinner menu at Five Crowns

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, with a commitment to seasonal ingredients, is known for USDA Prime beef and its award-winning wine list of 100 wines by the glass. Enjoy a three-course brunch from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Cost: Adults, $50; Children, 12 years of age and younger are $16. 455 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Call 949.720.9633.

Great Maple Libations and Seasonal Plates, with its appreciation for seasonal produce, responsible seafood and farm fresh meats, is serving Easter specials from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Outdoor dining available. 1133 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Call 949.706.8282.

Oak Grill Fireside Patio at the Fashion Island Hotel will be brimming with holiday brunch selections to make the Easter Bunny proud. Guests can start their morning by visiting the build-your-own-omelet station or the pancake bar. For seafood lovers, “on the water” offers oysters, shrimp and a build-your-own-poke station. There are plenty of straight-from-the-farm salads, as well as a chef’s carving corner serving up meats and fish such as herb-roasted chicken and whole planked salmon. Kids will love all the live-action stations, but there are chicken tenders, hot dogs and other favorites too. Sweet temptations include vanilla bean cupcakes, lemon panna cotta, Oreo cheesecake and strawberry lemonade cake. To quench holiday thirsts, Hydrate is pouring bottomless mimosas, with Bloody Mary’s and margaritas at an additional charge. Cost: Adults: $90; Children ages 5 - 12, $25. Youngsters four years of age and under are free. Pricing excludes tax and gratuity. 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Call 949.760.4920.

Red O Mexican Taste of Mexico, featuring Chef Rick Bayless’ signature Mexican cuisine with a lighter California-infused menu is presenting a buffet from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Cost: Adults, $49; Children, 6 years of age and under are $15. 250 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Call 949.718.0300.

Pelican Hill Easter Egg Hunt

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Youngsters delight in the Easter egg hunt and a visit from the Easter Bunny at Pelican Hill Resort, with panoramic Pacific Ocean vistas

The Resort at Pelican Hill is offering myriad dining choices from brunch to dinner and a featured lounge menu. 22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Coast. Call 949.467.6833.

Traditional Easter Brunch in Mar Vista’s Grand Ballroom from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Let the little ones partake in the Easter egg hunt, then visit with the Easter Bunny! Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray presents traditional brunch favorites, accented with California and Tuscan flavors. Easter egg hunts begin at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Cost: Adults: $128; Children, ages 5 - 12, $60; Complimentary for children under age 5. Prices exclude tax and service charge.

Easter at Andrea Ristorante from 12 - 3 p.m. and 5 - 10 p.m. This traditional Easter feast is a prix fixe tasting menu from Chef Troy. Enjoy his award-winning Northern Italian cuisine, along with fine wines from regions throughout Italy. Bring the whole family for a three-course lunch from 12 - 3 p.m. or a four-course dinner from 5 - 10 p.m.

Cost: Lunch - Adults: $95; Children, 12 and under, $50; Dinner - Adults: $130; Children, 12 and under, $65. Prices exclude tax and service charge.

Easter at Pelican Grill. Chef Marc always has a few tricks up his sleeve, and he’s creating a special selection of á la carte dishes for Easter at Pelican Grill from 10:30 a.m. - 10 p.m., for Easter specials and a featured lounge menu. 

Coliseum French Toast

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The French toast is an Easter show-stopper at Coliseum Pool & Grill

Easter Breakfast at Coliseum Pool & Grill. Bring the entire family down to Coliseum Pool & Grill, as Chef Diego creates an extraordinary breakfast buffet. All of your favorites will be on display for breakfast from 7 a.m. - 2 p.m., and then they’ll feature á la carte Easter dinner specials into the night. Cost: Adults: $65; Children, 12 and under, $30 for the breakfast buffet; complimentary for children under age 5.

The Winery

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A toast to Easter at The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar, on Mariner’s Mile with views of the harbor, will be offering a three-course menu, courtesy of Chef Yvon Goetz, from 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Starters include Main lobster bisque, Santa Barbra smoked salmon and wild jumbo shrimp cocktail, among others; entrees such as The Winery eggs benedict and braised short rib hash & fried eggs or the grilled Mary’s chicken sandwich are sure to please; and end with sweet Pastry Chef’s petit fours. Enhance your brunch experience with The Winery seafood tower or Tsar Nicoulai reserve caviar and endless bubbles! Cost for the three-course brunch: $46.95 per guest, excludes tax and gratuity. 3131 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach. Call 949.999.6622.

Zinc Café & Market is serving Easter Brunch from 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. Order any of your breakfast favorites right off the menu. Specialties include French toast, breakfast burrito (bowl or wrap), Zinc waffle, huevos rancheros, baked spinach egg casserole, avocado toast and a banh mi sandwich, among others. While you’re there pick up some lemon shortbread chick & egg-shaped cookies baked in house and decorated with colored sugars and packaged in cellophane with a coordinated ribbon. You can also find Springtime basket stuffers such as artisan made chocolates and candies. Outside patio dining available. 3222 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. Call 949.719.9462.

Happy Easter…

Ciao Vincenza!


Editor’s Note: This is the first in a two-part series on Easter dining.

Fair Game


Here’s your chance to show off your college pride…

especially those Loyola Ramblers


Okay, so I was disappointed early in the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament when my team, Arizona, went down in the first round to, dare I say, Buffalo

As Joe Stapleton, an Arizona alum, who runs Spinnaker Investment Group and the Elite OC in Newport Beach told me, “We don’t pay Sean Miller (Arizona coach) $4 million a year to go out in the first round.”

I agree and disagree because I like Miller a lot. But all of this is beside the point. 

(B-t-w, in true disclosure, I did not attend Arizona, however, I paid for an education there for my daughter, so I feel I’m entitled.)

So, even with my team out, the tourney has still been fun to watch. This weekend we move through the rest of the Sweet Sixteen and into the Elite 8.

Here’s the deal, Stu News Newport wants you in your “rooting” college garb. So, identify yourselves by sending us a pic at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and make sure you provide caption names. The more the merrier. Maybe even some of you losers, like me, can still proudly post.

Paul Salata, wake up, I’ll need a picture of you, too, even though I’m thinking of barring NIT teams. Go Trojans!

Last night, the Loyola Ramblers beat the University of Nevada to advance. Loyola Chicago is an 11 seed and is shocking the college basketball world.

So, here’s what we’re going to do, as an added bonus: The first bonafide Newport Beach resident to send in a pic with Loyola Chicago garb (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) on gets a dinner for two at The Bungalow restaurant. I’ll figure out everything with their purveyor and friend Jim Walker.

Last night, the University of Michigan also advanced by easily beating Texas A&M. There have to be some Michigan fans out there. Other winners were Florida State over Gonzaga and Kansas State over Kentucky in a close one.

Tonight, it’s Clemson vs. Kansas, West Virginia vs. Villanova, Syracuse vs. Duke and Texas Tech vs. Purdue for their spots.

Who’s your team? Wear it proud! And don’t forget, send us your photo.

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Don’t forget the Friends of the Library will be hosting their “closing for construction” book sale at the CdM Branch Library tomorrow to begin clearing it out. Here’s the deal: Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., paperbacks are four for $1 and hardbacks are two for $1. Sunday you can go back from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and fill up a bag for $2.

The CdM Library is located at 420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar.

Run, don’t walk!

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We recently reported that longtime Newport Harbor High School Football Coach Jeff Brinkley stepped down after 32 years. Well, Harbor has gone to the college coaching ranks for their next coach.

Introducing Peter Lofthouse, the former coach of San Diego Mesa College and Citrus College prior. Lofthouse is from Orange County (El Toro High graduate) and looks at the NHHS job as a way to bring his family back home.

Last year, Mesa College finished 9-2 and went on to a victory over Santa Ana College in the Southern California Bowl. Sounds like good news for NHHS to continue the tradition.

And, in case you’re wondering when he starts, he has. Spring practice is upon us.

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Speaking of coaches, John Emme, baseball coach at Corona del Mar High School, posted this on Facebook earlier this week, “Today, I announced to my team I am retiring from coaching baseball at the end of the season. It has been a great run. The field/facility is done, the Hall of Fame is a fixture and the program is in good shape. I am looking forward to my boys making me proud for this one last run. Thanks for 21 great years CDM baseball. You got two-thirds of my adult life and I wouldn’t trade a moment.”

Under Emme, the Sea Kings won CIF Championships in 1999 and 2004.

He’ll certainly be tough to replace. 

CosmetiCare kicks off monthly “Custom You” series


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Newport Beach-based CosmetiCare, one of Orange County’s leading cosmetic surgery centers and medspas, will launch a new “Custom You” event series on Thursday, March 29 from 5 - 7 p.m. The new series will highlight a different treatment area each month while educating attendees about the various treatment options available.

This month’s topic, “All About Skin,” will demonstrate how to combat the harsh elements of winter that take a toll on skin during colder, drier months.  

This exclusive experience will give attendees a chance to learn from CosmetiCare’s industry-leading experts and discover the services available to keep skin more refreshed and revitalized. Attendees can also enjoy champagne, giveaways, exclusive discounts on skincare treatments and more.

Upon arriving, guests can have their photos taken and receive a free photo simulation of cosmetic treatments to tackle their problem areas. Space is limited and an RSVP is required. Call 949.718,.6900 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP.

CosmetiCare will offer exclusive discounts on products or procedures for those who RSVP.

CosmetiCare is located at 1101 Bayside Drive, Suite 200, Newport Beach. For more information about “Custom You,” visit

Check out these Spirit Run top winners…and some memorable moments

The 35th Annual Spirit Run, which took place on Sunday, March 18 at Fashion Island, produced some pretty terrific winners as well as memorable moments for all who participated, and/or came out to root on their favorite runners and walkers!

Congratulations to these top winners (and to all those who joined in a day of fun and fitness.)



1st Male Overall 

10k - Roosevelt Cook

5k - Daniel Herrera

15k - Roosevelt Cook

Open Mile - Taylor Huseman

Elite Mile - Daniel Herrera

Dog Mile – Eric Dyson


2nd Male Overall 

10k - Jose Madera

5k - Jorge Jabas

15k - Jose Maders

Open Mile -  Logan Yu

Elite Mile – Reid Buchanan

Dog Mile – Sean Gildea


3rd Male Overall 

10k - JJ Santana

5k - Roosevelt Cook

15k - JJ Santana

Open Mile - Dalton Seckinger

Elite Mile -  Mikey Davila

Dog Mile - Mike Erlanson


1st Female Overall 

10k - Shelby Buckley

5k - Margo Malone

15k - Juie Ertel

Open Mile - Olivia Huseman

Elite Mile - Ayla Granados

Dog Mile - Dana Ryan


2nd Female Overall 

10k - Mireya Vargas

5k - Maya Weigel

15k - Sue Davis

Open Mile - Donna Mills Honarvar

Elite Mile - Maya Weigel

Dog Mile - Sarah Reyna


3rd Female Overall 

10k - Gwendolen Twist

5k - Ayla Granados

15k - Barbara George Thomson

Open Mile - Tania Fischer

Elite Mile - Sandie Raines

Dog Mile - Jennifer Mammel



1st Male Overall 

5k - Dmitriy Major

Dog Mile (ages 13 - 18) - David Kennett

Open Mile (ages 13 - 18) - Grant Sweningson

Youth Mile (ages 11 - 12) - Zachary Blum

Youth Mile (ages 9 - 10) - Inban Kathiravan

Youth Mile (age 7) - Owen Lewis


2nd Male Overall 

5k - Zeid Hussain

Dog Mile (ages 13 - 18) - N/A

Open Mile (ages 13 - 18) - Dmitriy Major

Youth Mile (ages 11 - 12) - Aidan Yohn

Youth Mile (ages 9 - 10) - Iniyan Kathiravan

Youth Mile (age 7) - Xavier Martinez


3rd Male Overall 

5k - Seth Loomis

Dog Mile (ages 13 - 18) - N/A

Open Mile (ages 13 - 18) - Jacob Krantz

Youth Mile (ages 11 - 12) - John Uchytil

Youth Mile (ages 9 - 10) - Akyut Kiklic

Youth Mile (age 7) - Alex Preston


1st Female Overall 

5k - Sofia Gibson

Dog Mile (ages 13 - 18) - Kara Pauley

Open Mile (ages 13 - 18) - Ashlee Gallegos

Youth Mile (ages 11 - 12) - Madison Ledgard

Youth Mile (ages 9 - 10) - Elizabeth Lam

Youth Mile (age 7) - Eva Steyvers


2nd Female Overall 

5k - Makensie Mcrae

Dog Mile (ages 13 - 18) - Carolyn Kennett

Open Mile (ages 13 - 18) - Leah Farris

Youth Mile (ages 11 - 12) - Britta Wolker

Youth Mile (ages 9 - 10) - Kayla Tasser

Youth Mile (age 7) - Gabrielle Park


3rd Female Overall 

5k - Jadyn Zdanavage

Dog Mile (ages 13 - 18) - Michelle Percival

Open Mile (ages 13 - 18) - Sarah Klem

Youth Mile - (ages 11 - 12) - Kadan Lichthardt

Youth Mile - (ages 9 - 10) - Summer Wilson

Youth Mile - (age 7) - Marie Escherich


1st Male Overall 

Youth Mile (age 8) - Thomas Yohn

Youth 1/2 Mile (age 5) - Arie Pamell

Youth 1/2 Mile (age 6) - Kendrik Barrington

Youth 1/4 Mile (age 4) -  Breckan Moore


2nd Male Overall 

Youth Mile (age 8) - Lucas Dinapoli

Youth 1/2 Mile (age 5) - Jack Escherich

Youth 1/2 Mile (age 6) - Nicholas Steiner

Youth 1/4 Mile (age 4) - Xavier Bocan


3rd Male Overall 

Youth Mile (age 8) - Luxton Sorrels

Youth 1/2 Mile (age 5) - Seth Morris

Youth 1/2 Mile (age 6) - Kellen Pizarro

Youth 1/4 Mile (age 4) - Mike Latorre


1st Female Overall 

Youth Mile (age 8) - Lia Mcallister

Youth 1/2 Mile (age 5) - Sophia Hernandez

Youth 1/2 Mile (age 6) - Audrey Mosich

Youth 1/4 Mile (age 4) -  Camila Melvin Torres


2nd Female Overall 

Youth Mile (age 8) - Megan Moher

Youth 1/2 Mile (age 5) - Amelia Treichler

Youth 1/2 Mile (age 6) - Gemma Dinapoli

Youth 1/4 Mile (age 4) - Rylee Chumo


3rd Female Overall 

Youth Mile (age 8) - June Pollock

Youth 1/2 Mile (age 5) - Kt Bland

Youth 1/2 Mile (age 6) - Khloe Lien

Youth 1/4 Mile (age 4) - Londyn Kerr


For a complete list of winners and race results, visit For the second consecutive year, Stu News is proud to be a Media Sponsor.

Check out these photos from the Spirit Run

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Photos by Lana Johnson

Celebrate Springtime at Lido Marina Village


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On Saturday, March 31 from 11:00 a.m. - 3 p.m., you’re invited to celebrate Spring at Lido Marina Village.

Head to the Main Deck for children’s crafts, a roving balloon artist and face painter, live music, sweet surprises in the Secret Alley and fresh flowers from French Buckets for sale.

Kids will make fun bunny tail bags and then follow Bunny Treat maps to receive candy from participating merchants. Expect tons of family-friendly fun to officially welcome Springtime to Lido.

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

Celebrate Easter at Newport Dunes…the hunt is on for 6,000 eggs!

Easter Egg Hunt

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Newport Dunes’ Annual Easter Egg Hunt returns to the scenic waterfront resort on Saturday, March 31 beginning at 9 a.m. Hundreds of children will gather on the shores to search for more than 6,000 eggs containing goodies ranging from candy and toys to golden eggs containing cash prizes. One lucky kid will pick up an egg enclosed with a token for a new bicycle. The Easter Bunny himself will lead the hunt and be available for family photos. The hunt is free of charge.

Easter Sunday, April 1 at Newport Dunes begins with the renowned Sunrise Easter Service delivered by Mariners Church Pastor Tim Lukei at Pavilion E starting at 7 a.m.; enter at 101 Bayside Drive.

The service is followed by a gourmet Easter Brunch at Back Bay Bistro from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. with signature breakfast dishes, a build-your-own omelet station, a carving station featuring honey glazed ham and New York strip steak, a seafood station with king crab legs, an array of desserts including white and milk chocolate fountains and more. Bottomless champagne and mimosas are included for adults, and children will enjoy a special visit from the Easter Bunny. Reservations are recommended.

For more information, visit To make reservations for Easter Brunch at Back Bay Bistro, call 949.729.1144 or visit

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

Author Maira Kalman to speak at Central Library

Newport Beach Public Library Foundation hosts members and guests for a lively discussion with renowned author and illustrator Maira Kalman on April 6 and 7 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. The third speaker in the Foundation’s Witte Lectures Series, Kalman will speak on “Art & The Power of Not Knowing.”

Maira Kalman

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Public Library Foundation

Maira Kalman to speak at Central Library as part of the Witte Lecture Series

Kalman is the author and illustrator of 25 books for children and young adults including Why We Broke Up, which she created with Daniel Handler and received the 2012 Printz Honor Award, as well as the recent bestselling illustrated work Beloved Dog. A longtime contributor to The New Yorker magazine, Kalman is currently at work on an illustrated column based on her travels to museums and libraries. She is also in collaboration with choreographer John Heginbotham on a ballet inspired by her work The Principles of Uncertainty. In addition to performing in the ballet, Kalman has also created the costumes, sets and libretti.

Other celebrated projects include an illustrated edition of the Strunk and White classic, The Elements of Style. She and composer Nico Muhly created an “opera” of the text that was performed at the New York Public Library, “Dia Beacon” on the Hudson and Lincoln Center. Kalman’s design work is as extensive and successful as her literary work. She has designed fabrics and accessories with Isaac Mizrahi, Kate Spade, Michael Maharam and the Target Corporation, as well as ballet sets and costumes for the Mark Morris Dance Company and mannequins for Ralph Pucci.

There is a wine reception at 6:30 p.m. with the lecture and Q & A beginning at 7 p.m. Book sales and signing take place at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $50 for the general public; $40 for Library Foundation members; and $20 for students/teachers. Dessert and coffee will be provided.

For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 949.548.2411.

This event takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Orange County’s legal community joins together for “Suits for a Cause” clothing drive

OCWLA group shot USE! 

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Orange County Women Lawyers Association rallies for WHW

During the month of March, the Orange County legal community joins together for the 8th annual “Suits for a Cause” clothing drive, to support the job seekers of nonprofit WHW, which provides the unemployed and underemployed the skills and resources they need to get and keep a good job.

Sixty-nine law firms and legal businesses and organizations are working together to donate professional suits to WHW for one of the nonprofit’s largest clothing drives of the year, particularly for complete suit donations for job seekers.

The “Suits for a Cause” clothing drive concludes with a celebratory luncheon on Thursday, March 29 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Orange County Bar Association located at 4101 Westerly Place, Newport Beach.

During the luncheon, Justice Eileen C. Moore will provide an exclusive presentation on “Gender Issues in the U.S. Supreme Court and Hollywood Movies,” which will look at law and culture with regard to women including how issues involving women have evolved in the nation’s highest court and how the movie industry has portrayed women at these same times. Her presentation is MCLE certified and fulfills the Elimination of Bias requirement for attorneys.

WHW was founded by two legal professionals and survivors of domestic abuse who faced the task of rebuilding their professional wardrobes and self-esteem to return to the workforce in 1993. WHW has grown from providing 63 women with professional apparel to help prepare them for interviews 25 years ago to now serving more than 8,000 job seekers (men and women) each year and empowering them to navigate a complex job search with a multitude of tools. WHW is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and since its inception has served more than 90,000 job seekers with programs including Employment Readiness Workshops, Computer Training, Job Placement Assistance, Employment Retention Assistance and Professional Apparel including interview-appropriate apparel and accessories.

For more information about “Suits for a Cause” and the full list of participating legal firms, groups and companies visit

Capturing iconic Newport Beach

Back Bay

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 Artwork by Don Krotee

Upper Newport Bay near the Interpretive Center captured through pencil and architectural marker on paper. This is the view into the garden near the dirt road.


Don Krotee has been a resident of Newport Beach since 1986. He is a board member of the Newport Heights Improvement Association and SPON, and is an architect who has been drawing and painting from an early age. His architectural marker drawings are featured periodically in StuNews.

Stump the Stu

What a perfect place for a relaxing chat!

Stump the Stu 3.20.18

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The Stu found this one in our inbox. Another great submission, this one sent in by Sherry Black of Newport Beach. She also gave us some other details on this spot, but before we tell you those, you tell us where it is.

We try and stump you each week on Tuesdays with a picture of something unique in our community.

Take the challenge and submit your answers to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The correct answers are in Friday’s edition. We also run the correct guesses on Friday. So, join us in the fun.

If you have a unique spot or icon around town that you think Stu News Newport readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the answer, so we can challenge them!

Editor’s Note: In our March 16 edition, we shared that the “Mural on the Wall” was located at Avila’s El Ranchito at 2800 Newport Blvd. and painted by Clayton Parker in 2004. We also needed to mention that this terrific “Stump” spot was submitted by Paul A. DeRidder, MD, MBA. Thanks so much, Paul!

Fair Game


Special kids get special attention in community fundraiser

TomJohnsonImagine if we all joined in and supported Autism Awareness Month in the Newport-Mesa School District for the month of April. 

After all, newly released data shows that one in 42 boys and one in 189 girls in the United States have the disorder. Virtually everyone knows someone.

Autism T shirtSo, for a fundraiser, the school district is selling Autism Awareness T-shirts. The money raised is going to autism programming and classrooms throughout the district.

You can purchase an Autism Awareness T-shirt for $20, and the T-shirts are cool, then wear it each Tuesday during April.

Click here for more information.

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Arguably college baseball’s greatest coach, Augie Garrido, died last Thursday, March 15, in Newport Beach, following complications from a stroke. He was 79.

Garrido was a long-time coach at Cal-State Fullerton where he led the Titans to three NCAA titles in 1979, 1984 and 1995. 

He then moved on to the University of Texas where he coached until 2016 and won two more NCAA titles.

He was named national coach of the year on six different occasions.

Garrido is survived by his wife, the former Jeannie Grass of Newport Beach and a daughter.

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People ask me what’s going on at the Orange County Market Place? You know what I’m talking about, the “swap meet” that takes place virtually every weekend on the Orange County Fairgrounds

Well, we all know that Bob and Jeff Teller moved out of the picture, but I’m happy to report that a new group has moved in and they’ve promised the community a great grand re-opening on Saturday, March 31.

Here’s what’s in-store: Obviously the Market Place itself, with all of the booths and food and deals, okay you get the idea. But also, Behind the Picket Fence, a vintage and handmade marketplace, will add to the mix; an Easter scavenger hunt, face painting, wine tasting, an Easter egg hunt in Centennial Farm and more.

Proceeds from the day benefit COA (Community Outreach Alliance), a non-profit organization, whose goal and mission “is to offer fun and healthy activities to our community that has been deeply affected by the drug and addiction epidemic.”

Mark it down and plan to attend, it’ll run 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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I usually don’t recognize other media in this column, however, I actually urge people to check out the piece written yesterday in the Orange County Register by David Whiting.

You might remember that in January, Stu News reported the suicide death of 16-year-old Patrick Murphy from Corona del Mar High School. Murphy was found in a park near his home.

Shortly thereafter, we ran a community letter composed by Newport Harbor High School Principal Sean Boulton discussing the challenges young people face today. It was truly galvanizing to the community.

Whiting’s column continues that discussion. Find it here.

Newport to Santa Ana: more than just a modern highway


In the 19th Century, when Orange County was open and rural, its hills and valleys provided some of the most beautiful and serene vistas anywhere. Orange County, established after a dispute with Los Angeles County in 1889, was mostly open land with only a small number of key towns. Each settlement was separated by undisturbed natural landscape or sculptured farmlands. Tustin, Anaheim, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach and Newport Beach were individual hamlets, each with its own ambience.

The center of this spider web of townships was Santa Ana. For many reasons, location being a key, this settlement grew into the most influential city in Orange County’s early history. As the hub for agricultural products from all parts of Southern California, Santa Ana was the kick start for today’s massive economic engine that is Orange County. With direct ties to San Pedro and McFadden’s Landing in fledging Newport Beach, Santa Ana became the steady conduit for business in and around Newport Beach. Newport’s harbor was virtually useless up to that point, but with the birth and growth of Santa Ana, the waters of our bay became a key factor in the import and export of local goods. By 1891, Santa Ana was the 15th largest city in California marking the beginning of a “boom” that Orange County has ridden to this day.  

Dory Entrance

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Dory Fishing Fleet entrance, a famous Newport Beach landmark

Not only is Newport Beach connected to Santa Ana through business, farming and politics, there is one pioneer family that can be noted for the early development of both towns. They first come to light, when ex-Kentuckian, William “Uncle Billy” H. Spurgeon came to Southern California via Panama and the gold rush. He was tall, and contemporaries said his long legs were a definite advantage, allowing him to see over the tall foliage that covered the Santa Ana Valley.

Uncle Billy and his partner, Ward Bradford, bought 74.2 acres of this unused and fertile land. Because of the abundance and height of the mustard plants, Spurgeon climbed a sycamore tree, located near today’s Fifth and Sycamore Streets. His quotation is quite notable in describing what the early pioneers of Orange County were blessed to see as they arrived in the area: “I climbed up into the tree quite a way, perhaps 20 feet. I could look out over the mustard which appeared like a sea, with here and there sycamore trees rising above it.”

In his head, he quickly calculated that at $8 an acre, cultivating mustard would not sustain the property. There was definite risk in the purchase. So, within six months, he split the land which left Spurgeon with 33.5 acres. His total investment to this point was $297 plus a one-dollar transfer fee. But like millions of others would find out over the subsequent century, the cost proved a mere pittance to pay for what would become prime Southern California property. 

Elizabeth Hawleys tents

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Elizabeth Hawley’s tents, 1890s, went for $15 per week

Realizing that he must subdivide to make his money back, Spurgeon staked out 24 city blocks. The city of Santa Ana was born with the speculation of Uncle Billy and Orange County took its first baby steps towards today’s incredible megalopolis. After relocating in Newport Beach, the Spurgeon family lived here for four generations. Bill Junior, Bill III and Bill IV have all been played vital parts in the changing Newport Beach culture. It started with the great grandfather opening a store near the pier and being instrumental in not only the building of McFadden’s Wharf but the laying of a railroad to the beach. This ensured that his Santa Ana goods had a port. Other Spurgeon family highlights were William III’s work with Myford Irvine and the expansion of the ranch’s many acres. This included UCI and the industrial complex near Santa Ana Airport. William III was instrumental in organizing the Boy Scout Jamboree in 1953 and in partnership with long-time harbor advocate Ralph Whitford helped established the Sea Scout Base. If you’re a coffee drinker at Blackie’s surf spot near today’s pier, you’ve probably seen Bill Spurgeon IV stand up surfing or taking photos. A former Santa Ana school teacher, Bill IV was part of Newport’s early surf generation, an Eagle Scout and graduate of Newport Harbor High School. The Spurgeons, like the Beeks, Vallelys, Grundys and Stanley/Gallants are pioneer clans that are still in town. Truly an example of life’s circle going forth.

About the same time that Uncle Billy was founding Santa Ana, a 35-year-old New Yorker, James McFadden and his brothers, decided to subdivide their lands. (approximately 5,000 acres north and west of present day Costa Mesa) In order to attract buyers to his property he, too, sold acres for $8 - $10 an acre. Coming via covered wagons, these hardy souls bought up McFadden property loaded down with “an endless supply of scorpions, ground squirrels, fleas, jackrabbits and rattlesnakes.”  Roaming coyotes kept everyone alert at night. Tents and adobe structures were common due to the lack of usable wood, which could only get here via Los Angeles or San Pedro harbors and then wagoned south, making them expensive.   

McFadden Wharf

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McFadden Wharf, 1895, when the rail went to the sea

Now that Orange County had started to grow, the only thing missing was a port.  Newport Harbor lay awaiting its true calling. Seizing the opportunity, the McFadden brothers built a wharf in the mudflats of lower Castaways. Utilizing the upper levels as a staging area, they were able to transport agricultural product from inland and load them onto schooners. This also allowed the arrival of precious wood and building materials seriously needed by the evolving townships of Orange County.

The concept worked well with the exception of one major flaw. The entrance to Newport Harbor, known as San Joaquin Bay, was open to the Pacific Ocean. Great storm waves traveling thousands of miles from all directions hit the entrance with deadly force. Big waves, as demonstrated today with the pounding the peninsula takes each summer, made accessing McFadden’s Landing dangerous. Add to this, thousands of years of sand deposits moving about like men on a checkerboard and you have a situation ripe for disaster. Ships like The Vaquero from San Diego, loaded with 5,000 shingles and 5,000 square feet of lumber and the Golden Gate laden with fence posts, sailed off the briny ocean safely into Newport. Four months after these successes, the Solana went aground on a sand bar near the entrance to Newport Harbor. Thus, begins a decades-long struggle between the settlers of Newport Beach and the crafty ways of the ocean between the end of the sand peninsula and Rocky Point (Corona del Mar). 

The McFaddens knew that something had to be done if they were to establish Newport as a viable stopover for commerce. Analyzing the coastline, they came up with an idea. Move the wharf outside of the harbor to the open ocean. This was tricky in that most locations up and down Newport’s ribbon of sand simply took too much energy from the sea. Crashing shore break and huge storm swells were typical for 98 percent of the beach. They identified a spot where the peninsula takes a bend between southern and northern exposures. This turned out to be the perfect spot. Not knowing about a deep ocean canyon just offshore which softened the waves, they commenced construction and built a pier stretching nearly a quarter mile out to sea. Outbuildings and businesses were built at the foot of the pier. Within two years of this feat, a rail line was laid connecting the new sea port to Santa Ana. With that, Newport Beach was truly born and the infant city was healthy and ready to grow.

Market Spot

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Market Spot is now Hershey’s Market on Marine Avenue

The McFaddens, partnering with their friend Bill Spurgeon, created an outlet for merchandise and agricultural products accelerating growth in the county. Other influential real estate men like Edward J. Abbott, Benjamin Flint, Llewellyn Bixby, William S. Collins and James Irvine all provided land, clout and finances to other speculative real estate efforts.

Scottys Fish Fry

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Scotty’s Fish Fry

Soon McFaddenʻs Hotel and Sharpʻs Hotel, along with Mrs. Sarah Salter’s store for medical emergencies stood in the same locations as Blackie’s By the Sea, Oceanfront 21, Scotty’s Fish Fry and Henry’s Market – all are historical locations and icons for later generations of Newporters.


Duncan Forgey, who made his home here in Newport Beach for many years, now resides in Hawaii. He is a monthly contributor to StuNewsNewport.

School Notes

Ensign Intermediate

The Ensign Engineering Showcase is on Wednesday, March 28 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Ensign Intermediate School’s Engineering Lab/The Hive.

Come discover everything that Ensign Engineering students have accomplished in the first seven months of their inaugural year. They have been hard at work creating robots, designing and building foot orthoses and toy prototypes for children with cerebral palsy, writing programs and developing skills that can change the world.

There will be student demonstrations and presentations as well as information on their plans for next year and beyond!

Ensign Intermediate School is located at 2000 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach.

Ensign students

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Courtesy of Ensign Intermediate School

Ensign Engineering students team up to work on a foot orthotic project

HOPE Clinic to stay open later on select Wednesdays

Beginning Wednesday, March 21, HOPE Clinic will be open until 5 p.m. on select Wednesdays of the month.

Services include well child exams, sports physicals, immunizations, flu vaccines, tuberculosis screening, developmental assessments, health education promotion, resource information, and referral and health insurance assistance.

For appointments, call 949.515.6725.
HOPE Clinic is located at the BESST Center, 2045 Meyer Place, Bldg. C,

Costa Mesa.


PTA General Meeting – Wednesday, March 21, 8:30 a.m., Library Reading Room

Arreis Dance Production – Wednesday - Saturday, March 21 - 24, 7 p.m., Robins Loats Theater

Spring Choir Concert – Wednesday, March 28, 6 - 8 p.m., Robert B. Wentz Theater

Band/Jazz/Orchestra – Friday, March 30, 6 - 8 p.m., Robins Loats Theater

PTA Executive Board – Wednesday, April 4, 8 a.m., Newkirk Conference Room

Spring Recess – Monday - Friday, April 16 - 23


Spring Festival Concert – Monday, April 9, 7 - 8 p.m.

Vocal Zone Concert – Tuesday, April 10, 7 - 8 p.m.

Spring Recess – Monday - Friday, April 16 - 23

Spirit Run brings out the best in race action and fun

The 35th Annual Spirit Run took place on Sunday, March 18 at Fashion Island. What a turn out…when so many came out for a day of exercise, fun and to support our local schools!

Ayla Granados

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Photos by Lana Johnson

Ayla Granados, who competes for Strava Track Club in the Bay Area, took first place in the Female Elite Mile, female 20 and up

There was a race for everyone – from the Elite Mile to the Juan Ramirez 15K to the Dog Mile, Family Mile and eight races for children, including the Toddler Trot. Spirit Run arguably has the most impressive prizes of any running event around. It offered a $3,800 cash purse in the Elite Mile and more than 250 non-cash prizes. More than 150 were eligible to win the most coveted food prize: free pizza every month for a year at Blaze Pizza, Fashion Island. Other prizes included gift cards from Fashion Island, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Lazy Dog Café and Baking Betty’s and certificates for massage from Spa Gregorie’s.

Two runners 5k finishers

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Before and after the races, there was plenty of fun in store at Spirit Run’s Youth, Fitness and Dog Expo. Plum’s Café served a gourmet pancake breakfast and the kids took in all the action including the bungee trampolines, a rock climbing wall, a mini-skate park, a photo booth and giveaways. An array of vendor booths rounded out the festivities.

Among the top winners:*

Elite Mile

1st Place - Daniel Herrera, Male 20 and up in 3:58, New Orleans, LA

1st Place - Ayla Granados, Female 20 and up in 4:39, Chico, CA

Open Mile 

1st Place - Taylor Huseman, 19-99 Male in 4:22, Okoboji, IA

1st Place - Olivia Huseman, 19-99 Female in 4:55, Milford, IA


1st Place - Roosevelt Cook, 35-39 Male in 31:02, Hesperia, CA

1st Place - Jose Madera, 25-29 Male in 31:03, Santa Ana, CA

1st Place - Michelle Genin, 35-39 Female in 45:44, Running Springs, CA

1st Place - Shelby Buckley, 25-29 Female in 35:36, Newport Coast, CA


1st Place - (Elite Men) - Daniel Herrera, 25, Male in 15:10, New Orleans, LA

1st Place - (Elite Women) - Margo Malone, 24, Female in 17:07, (city not available)

Youth 5k

1st Place - Dmitriy Major, 15-19, Male in 16:39, Laguna Hills, CA

1st Place – Sofia Gibson, 13-14, Female in 18:43, Irvine, CA

OLQA Borzoi Dog Mile

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For more information about Spirit Run, visit

For the second consecutive year, Stu News is proud to be Spirit Run’s media sponsor.

*Editor’s Note: Detailed race results and a slideshow with more photos will appear in Stu News Newport this Friday, March 23.

Newport Beach Chamber to hold March Sunset Mixer

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The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce invites you to make connections and build your network at their March Sunset Mixer on Thursday, March 22 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Five Crowns restaurant. Come discover new business relationships while enjoying a great atmosphere.

The evening’s festivities include opportunity drawing prizes, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar. Reservations are not required. Cost: Chamber members are free; guests are $35. There is free self-parking; valet parking is $6.

For more information, contact Member Services Director Pam Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.729.4411.

Five Crowns Restaurant is located at 380 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

Police Files

Two out-of-towners arrested on identity theft and drug charges

Mitchell Austin Scott, 22, from North Hollywood, was arrested Wednesday, March 14, in the Pavilions shopping center in the 2600 block of San Miguel Road at 4:42 p.m. 

Scott entered a store in the center attempting fraud/forgery, with the attempt to commit a felony crime by false personation on another and identity theft by impersonating another to get money.

Scott, who did not list an occupation, was held on $20,000 bail.

Meanwhile, an acquaintance of Scott’s, Brian Clayton Campi, 21, Burbank, was also arrested nearby at Ford Road and San Miguel Drive. Campi was charged with possession of a narcotic controlled substance and possession of one oz. or less of marijuana while driving.

He was held on $2,500 bail.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime reports

Tsunami workshop planned for Thursday

In conjunction with Tsunami Awareness Week, the City of Newport Beach will host a Tsunami Awareness Workshop on Thursday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Newport Beach Central Library Friends Room. 

The workshop will have presenters from the State of California and the City of Newport Beach. Attendees will learn about the tsunami threat to Newport Beach, what the City and State are doing to prepare and what residents can do to prepare themselves. 

The workshop is free of charge and no registration is required. For additional information on the workshop, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

Newport Beach Central Library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Workshop for Landlords on Fair Housing Rights & Responsibilities

The Fair Housing Foundation will host a free workshop for landlords on Tuesday, March 27 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. The workshop will be held in the Corona del Mar Conference Room (first floor, Bay E) of Newport Beach City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive. This workshop is open to the public.

Fair Housing Foundation logoWorkshop attendees will learn about the rental application process, managing rental property, occupancy standards, rental increases, credit checks, and how to seek prospective tenants. They will also learn about Fair Housing Laws, the eviction process, the rights and responsibilities of a landlord or property management professional, housing discrimination, and foreclosure information.

The Fair Housing Foundation serves the Newport Beach community under an agreement with the City of Newport Beach. It receives funds through the Community Development Block Grant program. The Foundation educates the public about fair housing rights and responsibilities through workshops, trainings and community events. 

For more information or to RSVP for the Landlord Workshop, call 1.800.446.FAIR or visit

Sign of the times

On Thursdays we give you a partial glimpse of a sign around town. You guess what the overall name of the business is. 

So, we gave you a glimpse of a scripted “Fashion” from the new Fashion Island Hotel signage recently installed. Correct guesses came in from Dierdre Michalski, Jeff Parker, Joe Stapleton, Jorge Portillo, Mary Bacon, Patricia Zartler, Randall Ex, Rebecca Lightfoot and Terry Callahan.

Thank you all for playing.

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

Fashion Island Hotel

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Junior League Juniors seeking beach cleanup volunteers

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Organizers of the Junior League Juniors program, based in Newport Beach, are looking for kids and their families to join forces on Sunday, March 25 from 1 - 3 p.m. for a beach clean-up activity in Newport Beach, that will show them how our trash and recycling habits affect our local community. The group is meeting at 15th Street beach on the peninsula.

If you are interested in helping keep our beaches and ocean clean and want to sign up, visit

This program, in its third year, works to create a community of compassionate kids in Orange County. Through activities and philanthropic opportunities throughout our area, they strive to expose local children grades K-5 to ways they can begin to make an impact and better their community. Past events have included focuses on healthy eating, social isolation among the elderly, mental health, bullying and self-confidence, and caring for a community garden, among others. 

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Interfaith Council to hold April luncheon in Newport Beach

Save the Date! The Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council is holding its April luncheon on Wednesday, April 18 from 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at St. Mark Presbyterian Church.

The topic of discussion will be Interfaith 101: The Religion of Zoroastrian presented by Maneck Bhujwala.

Cost: To RSVP, tickets are $12; at the door, $15.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

St. Mark Presbyterian Church is located at 2200 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach.

Heroes Hall to host “A Salute to Women”

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The Heroes Hall Veterans Museum, situated on the Orange County Fair & Event Center grounds, will host “A Salute to Women” on Thursday, March 22 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. This free event celebrates those who came before, and those who inspire us today.

Schedule of Festivities:

5:30 - 6 p.m.: Wine & Cheese Reception

6 - 6:30 p.m.: Guest speakers include Eileen More, Robin Umberg, Barbara Bagneris and Ashleigh Aitken

6:30 - 7 p.m.: Guided tours of Heroes Hall Veterans Museum and Education Center

The public is invited to honor our female veterans and active military. To RSVP,


The Orange County Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Elite OC grows organically to largest young professionals group in Orange County

On Thursday, March 15 at the Fashion Island Hotel, with more than 150 leading young professionals in attendance, Elite OC hosted a lively discussion on “The Media Revolution – Adapting & Leveraging to Succeed” with top media/publishing executives including Brian Calle, publisher and CEO of LA Weekly; Samantha Dunn, executive editor of COAST Magazine; and Richard Reisman, publisher and CEO of the Orange County Business Journal. Attendees were asked to bring new towels, blankets, snack foods, or board games to benefit Orangewood Foundation, Samueli Academy and Junior League of Orange County. This is the first of four educational events that will take place this year, thanks to the sponsorship of New Majority Orange County.

Joe Stapleton et al 

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(L-R): Joe Stapleton, co-founder of The Elite OC and president of Spinnaker Investment Group; Richard Reisman, CEO and publisher of the Orange County Business Journal; Samantha Dunn, executive editor of COAST Magazine; Brian Calle, CEO of LA Weekly; Stacey Kaszton Jones, co-founder of The Elite OC and president of La Voz Marketing. 

The Elite OC (Elite OC), a nonprofit business league that empowers leading young professionals to positively impact the local community and grow professionally, has grown organically to be the largest young professionals group in Orange County. 

Focused on quality programming for leading, charity-minded individuals, Elite OC has hosted more than 100 events to date benefitting a variety of local Orange County-based charities. Instead of charging for events, Elite OC asks attendees to bring a donation for the chosen monthly charity, which has resulted in donations exceeding $135,000 and 23,000+ life-enhancing items given to 95 local charities since inception. Items such as books, school supplies, instruments, hygiene kits, and canned food have benefitted recipients from low-income families to veterans and the homeless.

In 2017 alone, Elite OC fed 1,485 low-income families with healthy meals and donated 60 new musical instruments to local schools. The group also partnered with a local low-income school, Heritage Elementary School in Garden Grove, to make a meaningful impact on young students. In addition to hosting a pep rally to welcome students back to school and reading to the classrooms, Elite OC donated $10,000 to fund the renovation of a new “Learning Commons” for Heritage Elementary.

Elite OC Women

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(L-R): Stacey Kaszton Jones; Michelle McCullagh, vice president of The Elite OC and sales representative at Lincare; Emily Kaszton, principal at Kasz Photo Creative; and Clare Bielecki, business development manager at Kitchell

Founded by Joe Stapleton and Stacey Kaszton Jones, The Elite OC is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit that ignites career growth and supports regional nonprofits through a variety of event types including: networking “schmoozers” at hip local venues, educational programs featuring established business leaders, VIP experiences with organizations such as Angels Baseball or Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and annual Signature events such as the “Cruise for a Cause.”

“Positively impacting the community is a primary focus of our organization and distinguishes us from other young professional groups,” said Joe Stapleton, president of Spinnaker Investment Group. “Being actively involved with the Elite OC can have tremendous benefits on your career and prepare you for other Board involvements.”

A purely volunteer-based board of directors (comprised of leading young professionals in distinct industries), generous community sponsors and member support enable the Elite OC to stay focused on driving results for local charities. Elite OC’s 2018 sponsors include: The UPS Store, Spinnaker Investment Group, CommerceWest Bank, Irvine BMW, New Majority and Laguna Family Dentistry.

We nurture current and future business leaders by offering quality educational and relationship-building programs that prioritize philanthropy,” said Stacey Kaszton Jones, president of La Voz Marketing. “Our events deliver a dynamic, comfortable way to grow your career or business and make a difference.”

For more information about the organization and membership, visit, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or join the group on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Adam Trent brings next generation of magic to Segerstrom Center

The Magic of Adam Trent

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The Magic of Adam Trent is direct from Broadway

Broadway and TV star Adam Trent brings his signature brand of magic and illusion to Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Sunday, July 1 in a high-tech stage spectacle in Segerstrom Hall.

Produced by the creative team behind The Illusionists, the world’s best-selling touring magic show, The Magic of Adam Trent ( is an immersive entertainment extravaganza of magic, comedy and music designed to entertain the entire family.

Showcasing his futuristic brand of magic, Trent has mesmerized live audiences around the globe, in person and as a featured guest on America’s Got Talent, The Today Show, Ellen, Rachel Ray Show and Disney Channel among countless other TV appearances. The 32-year-old also stars in his own 10-episode TV series, The Road Trick, on Red Bull TV.

Tickets for Adam Trent start at $49 and are available online at, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. The Center offers many services for patrons with disabilities including removable wheelchair locations, binoculars and assistive listening devices. To learn more, visit

2018 SoCal Xcel State Gymnastics Championships this weekend

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This weekend, Friday, March 23 from 2 - 10 p.m. through Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25 from 8 a.m. - 10 p.m., the 2018 SoCal Xcel State Gymnastics Championships take place in The Hangar at the Orange County Fair & Event Center.

All levels of Xcel compete for State Championship awards and also to qualify for the Regional Championships.

Cost: $10 general admission; $8 senior and military with valid ID; $5 for children 12 and under. Parking is $8.

The Orange County Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit

Letter to the Editor:

The BBC, where Dorothy knew everyone’s name

Loved the story about Dorothy Yardley. When I first came to the Balboa Bay Club as the wife of the new owner, Bill Ray, the first person I met was Dorothy, the heart of the club. She knew the name of every member, and to me, scared to death as I could recall NO names, she was my savior. In the reception line before a big party, Dorothy was always there to tell me the names as the members passed through the lines, saving me great embarrassment.

Once, when my dad was coming to California with his buddies to play golf, Bill and I wanted to give a party to welcome the Texans to Newport. I asked Dorothy if she thought John Wayne would come to the party if invited. “Well, of course he would,” she said. The four Cowtown guys were standing on the porch when The Duke ambled up, put out his hand and said, “Hi, I’m John Wayne.” Well, those four guys were speechless, thrilled to meet face-to-face with their long-time hero, and I can guarantee you, they were still talking about it at the 19th Hole at Colonial Country Club for years after!

Yes, Dorothy was the heart of the BBC, and no she didn’t pass after a long stay at a retirement home. Dorothy passed at Hoag Hospital after a short illness, but is still a fixture at The Club, having a drink with one of her multitudes of friends. I, still, think of her often as my mentor and much-loved friend.

Beverly Ray

Former Owner Balboa Bay Club

Newport Beach

Family-friendly pink paddle out at Newport Dunes raises awareness of breast cancer

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More than 1,000 breast cancer advocates and paddling enthusiasts will unite on Saturday, May 5 for the 7th Annual Standup for the Cure (SUFTC) fundraiser at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. All proceeds from the family-friendly event will benefit Susan G. Komen Orange County to support local breast health education, services and research.

“Standup for the Cure’s focus is to introduce non-paddlers to the healthy lifestyle of standup paddling while building a supportive community bound by the desire to save lives through early breast cancer detection while we search for a cure,” said Executive Director Dan Van Dyck.

The kid-friendly event welcomes beginner and experienced standup paddlers alike, as well as “dry-foot” participants who can enjoy activities on land, including yoga classes, free breast cancer and skin cancer screenings provided by Kaiser Permanente, live music and a delicious lunch. There is also an opportunity to win great prizes through the drawing and silent auction.

“Seeing the Sea of Pink paddlers united on the water and in their commitment to support women with breast cancer, I appreciate how powerful we are when we come together as a community, and our incredible potential to save lives,” said Lisa Wolter, Executive Director of Susan G. Komen Orange County. “Every day in Orange County, at least five women are diagnosed with breast cancer. The fundraising from Standup goes a long way to helping turn patients into survivors.” 

Schedule of Events:

8 a.m. - Registration opens

9 a.m. - Free standup paddleboard clinic and standup yoga clinic for all levels

9:30 a.m. - Kaiser Permanente Health expo opens for breast and skin screenings

10 a.m. - Hawaiian blessing of survivors and white dove release followed by the Sea of Pink, a ceremonial parade for all paddlers in attendance

10:30 a.m. - Advanced (5K) and Intermediate (2.5K) races (optional)

11 a.m. - Kids’ races and on-land yoga class for all levels (optional)

11:30 a.m. - Team relay races/Happy Hour begins with live music by Timo (optional)

12:30 p.m. - Lunch served by KJ Catering

2 p.m. - Prizes for races and top fundraisers are announced

Since its inception in 2012, Standup for the Cure has raised more than $1 million for the Susan G. Komen organization including $495,000 for the Orange County Affiliate. In addition, more than 1,800 women have received breast cancer and skin cancer screenings free-of-charge at Standup for the Cure events held across the United States, including in Miami, Seattle and Muskegon, Mich. Entry fee is $35 per person for regular registration and $30 for breast cancer survivors. Participants can register as individuals or as a team and set a fundraising goal at Online registration includes a complimentary pink Standup for the Cure jersey. All-day parking is available at Newport Dunes for $5 per vehicle. Although there will be plenty of boards available, participants are encouraged to bring their personal boards or rent them for the full day for easier access to the water. For more information, visit

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

Junior League Juniors seeking volunteers for beach cleanup

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Organizers of the Junior League Juniors program, based in Newport Beach, are looking for kids and their families to join forces on Sunday, March 25 from 1 - 3 p.m. for a beach clean-up activity in Newport Beach, that will show them how our trash and recycling habits affect our local community.

If you are interested in helping keep our beaches and ocean clean and want to sign up, visit The specific meet and clean-up location is being determined, so check back for more details.

This program, in its third year, works to create a community of compassionate kids in Orange County. Through activities and philanthropic opportunities throughout our area, they strive to expose local children grades K-5 to ways they can begin to make an impact and better their community. Past events have included focuses on healthy eating, social isolation among the elderly, mental health, bullying and self-confidence, and caring for a community garden, among others. 

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Stump the Stu

Enjoy this mural with perhaps a taco and an ice cold cerveza

Stu 3.16.18

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Some of you are good! This mural, painted by Clayton Parker in 2004, is found on the wall of Avila’s El Ranchito at 2800 Newport Blvd. 

Correct guesses came in from Bobbi Schaff, Joe Stapleton, again, and Tony Shaw (who recognized the artist’s name!). 

Join us on Tuesdays as we try and stump you each week with a picture of something unique in our community.

If you have a unique spot or icon around town that you think StuNewsNewport readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the answer, so we can challenge them!

Youth Track Meet of Champions coming April 6

On Friday, April 6, from 4 - 8 p.m., local youths, ages six to 15 (born between 2003 and 2011), will compete in fun, track and field events designed for all skill and experience levels during the 2018 Youth Track Meet of Champions. The competitions will be held at the Corona del Mar High School track.

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Runners competing in last year’s Youth Track Meet of Champions

The City of Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Department in conjunction with the Newport-Balboa Rotary Club co-host this multi-event competition, which is held in memory of Frank E. Anderson, a long-time Rotarian and supporter of youth sports. 

Depending on age and year of birth, participants are placed into one of eight divisions to compete against others their own age. The top six finishers in each event and division are eligible to receive awards. Field events include: long jump, high jump, softball throw and shot put. Running events include: 50m and 100m dash, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1600m run. Youngsters can enter a maximum of three events: two running and one field, or two field and one running, only.

All participants will receive an event T-shirt. Must be a Newport Beach resident, or attend a Newport Beach school to be eligible for records (as of 2016).

Registration fees: Newport Beach Resident - Before Friday, March 23: $10; after Saturday, March 24: $15; Non-Resident - Before Friday, March 23: $13; after Saturday, March 24: $18. Club Teams must submit a full team roster in Excel, individual waivers and register by Wednesday, March 21. Check in is held at the stadium entrance from 2:30 - 4 p.m.; opening ceremonies begin promptly at 4 p.m.

The school that earns the most points for its students’ performance wins the Spirit Cup (only NMUSD teams and schools will be eligible).

In addition to the Youth Track Meet, participants placing first through sixth, will qualify for the Orange County Champions Meet on Sunday, May 20 at Estancia High School. From there, they may move on to the Southern California Track Championships held on Sunday, June 3 at Warren High School in Downey.

For more information and additional guidelines on the day’s events, visit and email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.644.3151.

Corona del Mar High School is located at 2102 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach.

You Must Remember This: Yardleys leave behind a legacy in Newport Beach


Many years ago, I did a brief stint at the Bay Club, and during my short sojourn I got to know Dorothy Yardley who was the social secretary, a role she had held basically since the inception of the club.

My Aunt Marion was a good friend of Dorothy’s and described her as someone who “takes all the air in the room.” If you made a film about her you would cast Maggie Smith. What amazed me, seeing her every day, was her energy.

I can’t think of anything more exhausting than being a social secretary, having to be pleasant to everyone, constantly smiling, putting in long, long days – and yet even though she was well past the first flush of youth, I never saw her flag. She took care of member issues and made sure every guest was welcome, including a number of U.S. presidents. She seemed to be the very soul of the place, and it was hard to imagine the Bay Club without her, but she did eventually retire. I don’t know whether she then resided at home or went to a senior community, but if she did the latter, you can be sure that their social activities reached a new level.

George Yardley

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George Yardley, 1958, who played forward for the Detroit Pistons

Dorothy had two sons, George and Bob. I remember Bob vaguely from my childhood. He was one of those kids who actually acknowledged younger kids, which is probably why I remember him. Unfortunately for Bob, he was doomed to exist in the shadow of his brother. Both were good athletes, playing college basketball, but George went on to play for the Pistons, and he didn’t just play in the NBA – he set records.

In 1957-58, George set the single-season scoring record, the first player to score 2,000 points in a season. He made the all-star team six of the seven years he played, and in 1996 was elected to the NBA Hall of Fame.

For many years, the George Yardley Award was given annually to the outstanding Harbor High athlete. I couldn’t find anything on the school district site about the award, so I don’t know if it’s still given, but it was a huge honor in its day. He had graduated from Stanford with a degree in engineering, and after retiring from the NBA he started the George Yardley Company, which continues to this day.

Always the athlete, George took his skills to the tennis court where he was hard to miss. He looked like the Tin Woodman with all the braces and tape to hold together a body that showed the wear and tear of running up and down a basketball court for so many years. He couldn’t run anymore, so singles was out, but he still had great reflexes and at 6’5”…great reach. In a doubles match, he’d plant himself at the net and dare you to pass him. Those that tried usually failed.

George died of ALS (2004) which is such a terrifying disease for anyone, but it seems particularly malicious when it strikes someone of such athletic ability.

As for Dorothy, since her era, the Bay Club has become the Balboa Bay Resort. There have been all sorts of changes and improvements added, but I doubt very much, they’ve been able to improve on her.   


Nancy Gardner, former Mayor of Newport Beach, long-time resident and daughter of Judge Robert Gardner, is a regular contributor to StuNewsNewport.

Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times. Contestants, ready, set, go. Below you’ll find this week’s clue. What you see is a small part of an overall sign in Newport Beach. This one could be difficult because the signage recently changed and this is part of the new branding.

Good luck!

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

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

SOTT 3 16 18

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Pacific Life Foundation presents $10,000 grant to Human Options

Human Options, a nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence, was presented a $10,000 grant from Newport Beach-based Pacific Life Foundation. The grant will support the organization’s core services and programs, which includes crisis counseling, referrals, residential and education programs. The Pacific Life Foundation has been assisting the nonprofit through grants and volunteer efforts for more than 14 years. 

“We’re honored to stand together with Pacific Life Foundation in our ongoing and collective mission to prevent – and ultimately end – domestic violence in California,” said Maricela Rios-Faust, CEO of Human Options. “Their commitment to the safety of victims and survivors is critical to supporting our vital services and programs, which help individuals heal from the physical and emotional trauma of domestic violence.”

Pacific Life

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Human Options staff, volunteers and board member Doug Jackson and his wife, Sandi (front left), pose with volunteers from Pacific Life Foundation during a parent and teen conference as part of Human Options’ “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” campaign to raise awareness on teen dating violence

The grant will fund the nonprofit’s 24-hour bilingual hotline, crisis counseling, residential programs and community-based intervention and education programs. These programs provide safety, healing, education and a way forward for those affected by domestic violence. The overall goal of these core services and programs is to provide the tools and education necessary to increase awareness, prevent abuse and make Orange County a healthier place to live.

Human Options is leading the way to end domestic violence, reaching more than 20,000 community members who received education through their prevention programs. More than 500 individuals found a safe home at their emergency shelter and their teams have responded to more than 6,500 callers that contacted them for immediate crisis support, information and referrals through their 24-Hour hotline. 

For more information about Human Options, visit

NMUSD announces Classified Employees of the Year

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) announces the 2018 Classified Employee of the Year awards program winners. The winners will proceed for consideration in the Orange County Classified Employees of the Year Program.

The Classified Employee of the Year awards program recognizes employees that go above and beyond the expectations of their job duties to provide exemplary service to students, families and colleagues.

The 2018 Classified Employee of the Year winners are:

Daniela Logan, Office and Technical

Francine Harms, Transportation

Maria Gomez, Para Educator

Patricia Sanchez, Child Nutrition

Daniela Logan

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Daniela Logan (center) was honored in the category of Office and Technical

Daniela Logan serves as an accounting assistant III and has worked for NMUSD for more than 20 years and is the employee of the year in the category of Office and Technical. Logan is a talented and dedicated employee whose customer service focus builds strong relationships with various departments and school employees across the district. Her positive attitude and ability to truly connect with people of varying personalities, needs, and budget knowledge make her an invaluable resource to the fiscal team and district as a whole.

Logan is critical in assisting the management of programs that directly impact students such as early childhood education, after school enrichment programs and the preschool programs. She also developed and implemented a budget training program for the school sites and departments that she supports. This gives those departments a greater understanding of the budget process. Living in Long Beach, Daniela also serves students in that area too. She is a member of the Assistance League of Long Beach Mentoring Program. In this program she serves local high school students and connects them with internship opportunities, raises funds for college scholarships, organizes career-oriented workshops, and hosts cultural activities. She is dedicated to ensuring that all students know that anything is possible.

Francine Harms

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Francine Harms (third from left) was recognized in the category of Transportation

Selected as employee of the year in the category of Transportation, Francine Harms has worked with the district for more than 10 years in the transportation department. She started as a trainee bus driver and has worked her way up through the ranks and is now a bus cover driver managing 58 bus routes. Her ability to manage bus routes, placement of students, particularly those with special needs, mentoring drivers, maintaining records and general office management makes her a perfect fit in the transportation department.

Harm’s charismatic personality builds camaraderie, support and success. She regularly mentors, trains new drivers, and provides ongoing support and recommendations to experienced drivers. She comes to know drivers so well that she can actually tailor bus routes to match drivers to students that they can best connect with. She also has participated in the Bus In The Classroom program, which teaches students with special needs life-long skills in independent mobility. She is a positive change-agent, kind hearted and a collaborative problem solver. Harms works to build great morale among those around her in the workplace in many ways. Her random notes of kindness to drivers and positive inspirational quotes around the office make a deeply positive impact.

Maria Gomez

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Maria Gomez (center) garnered recognition in the area of Para Education

Maria Gomez has worked as a special education instructional assistant at Killybrooke Elementary for 12 years, and was selected as employee of the year in the category of Para Educator and Instructional Assistance. She is extremely creative, animated and models good behavior for her students. Gomez takes the time to get to know her students’ personalities, abilities, and preferences and then uses that to encourage success. She goes above and beyond what’s expected in order to help students unlock their passion and meet their full potential.

Gomez believes in helping students become more involved, build friendships and helping general education students become more accepting of all students. One year at a talent show, she had a student that loved dancing, so she worked with that student to choreograph a routine along with backup dancers. Gomez took the extra time and effort to make sure the students were prepared and comfortable. This is an example of how her passion and care benefits more than just the students that she works with directly. Due to her years of experience, Gomez also is able to offer tips and ideas to colleagues on how to encourage students.

Patricia Sanchez

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Patricia Sanchez (second from right) was honored for her service in Child Nutrition

Patricia Sanchez has worked for NMUSD for more than 25 years. She currently works at TeWinkle Intermediate School where she has served for the past 10 years. As employee of the year in the Child Nutrition category, Sanchez has served in a variety of roles in school kitchens. She displays this invaluable experience each day as she assists in the preparation of more than 700 meals at her site.

She has a genuine care for each student and impacts their lives in a positive way each school day. Sanchez regularly encourages students to eat healthy and trade cookies and chips for fruits and vegetables. She takes time to get to know students’ favorite meals so that when they are honored with an exemplary behavior award she is sure to reward those students with their favorite foods. She is extremely flexible and cooperative in the kitchen and steps into the leadership role easily when her supervisor is absent. Sanchez is able to lead and direct the work of her colleagues in a respectful and collaborative manner. She consistently exudes happiness and helpfulness in ensuring that the school lunch program is a healthy, positive place for staff and students.

The Classified Employees of the Year will be recognized at a future NMUSD board meeting and will be considered countywide for the Orange County Classified School Employee of the Year. 

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Newport Harbor Kappa Delta Sorority to hold Shamrock Luncheon


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On Saturday, March 24 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, the Newport Harbor Kappa Delta Sorority will hold its annual Shamrock Luncheon for the Prevention of Child Abuse.

The featured speaker is Dr. Edward Greer, who will provide a presentation about his experiences helping children and other victims in Haiti, as a member of the Doctors Without Borders organization.

Enjoy a delicious entrée of grilled salmon salad or Chinese chicken salad and a crème brulee tart while experiencing a silent auction, valuable gift baskets, an opportunity drawing, and onsite jewelry and clothing vendors.

Tickets are $55 per person, with all proceeds benefitting charities: 80 percent directed to the Women’s Transitional Living Center (a local shelter for abused women and their children), and 20 percent going to Prevent Child Abuse America.

To reserve you seat, RSVP to Barbara Harrington by March 9 at 714.556.6508, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club is located at 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar.

Newport Beach Chamber to hold luncheon on customer retention

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If you would like to discover how to keep customers coming back, then you won’t want to miss the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce’s business luncheon series on customer retention on Wednesday, March 21 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Fashion Island. 

As a business owner, find out how sales and marketing has changed in today’s world; how businesses need to adapt by finding and using the right tools for their business, based on their needs and budget; who your best customers are; where your customers are spending their money; and why using technology is important to customer retention and driving repeat customers.

The featured speakers, who will shed light on all these important topics, are Vicki Hoang, marketing director, REVZI and Eric Klauss, president, Partner Source Solutions and Amazon bestselling author.

In addition to these two informative speakers, come meet new fellow Chamber members and business professionals, and leave with contacts for your business success.

Cost: Newport Beach Chamber members with a reservation, $35; members at the door and potential members, $40. This includes lunch and free self-parking ($6 valet parking is also available).

You can register at the Chamber website:, or call 949.729.4411.

For more information, contact Member Services Director Pam Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is located at 455 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

New Directions for Women celebrates 10th Annual Circle of Life Breakfast

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New Directions for Women’s Executive Director Sue Bright

On Monday, March 19, New Directions for Women (NCFW) is celebrating its 10th annual Circle of Life Breakfast from 8 - 9:30 a.m. in the Balboa Bay Resort Grand Ballroom, Level 1. The organization’s largest fundraising event, it provides scholarship funding for women, their children and families in need of drug and alcohol treatment. Attendees are from the recovery and addiction field and philanthropic individuals who have been touched in some way by alcohol or drug addiction.

NDFW’s new Executive Director Sue Bright will share her vision for the future of the 41-year-old nonprofit organization. NDFW is an exclusively female, private drug and alcohol rehab program providing addiction treatment services for women of all ages, including pregnant women, women with children, women who have relapsed, and/or had prior treatments and suffer from a co-existing disorder.

To make a donation, contact Tania Bhattacharyya at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.313.1192, ext. 300.

The Balboa Bay Resort is located at 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

Increased DUI patrols planned for St. Patrick’s Day

As one of the country’s most popular holidays, St. Patrick’s Day is an occasion for millions of Americans to celebrate their Irish ancestry, and for many more to join in the festivities. Tragically, March 17 has also become one of the nation’s deadliest holidays. In 2016 alone, 60 people across the nation died as a result of drunk-driving traffic collisions during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period (6 p.m. on March 16 to 5:59 a.m. on March 18).

To help lower the number of deaths and injuries, the Newport Beach Police Department will be deploying extra officers on overtime this weekend to target problem areas (places with high numbers of DUI collisions and DUI arrests). Between the hours of 6 p.m. and 3 a.m., these DUI patrols will join our regular officer deployment in looking for the tell-tale signs of impaired driving.

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The unfortunate truth is this: While many people are making plans for St. Patrick’s Day, they aren’t all planning out a way to get home safely. Follow these tips to stay safe:

Before you start celebrating, decide whether you’ll drink or you’ll drive. You can’t do both. Some revelers think that they can play it by ear, and wait until after they drink to decide whether or not they’re “okay to drive.” By then, it’s too late.

Remember that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Drugs (such as many prescription medications, marijuana, or illicit drugs) can also lead to impairment and unsafe driving. If you mix in even a small amount of alcohol, the effects can be compounded.

If you do decide to drink, you have many options: designate a sober, reliable driver; find a taxi company (or two) and keep their numbers in your phone; or download the California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app to get connected with free designated-driver incentives at local establishments or to order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft, or Curb.

Help those around you be responsible too. If someone you know is impaired by alcohol or drugs, help them get home safely.

Be alert and report drunk drivers by calling 9-1-1 immediately.

One aspect that is often overlooked is that of pedestrians who have had too much to drink. The NBPD would like to remind the public that walking while intoxicated can be deadly, as lack of attention can put a pedestrian at risk of getting hit by a vehicle.

Funding for this deployment is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

CdM High School unveils state-of-the-art learning resource center


If you want to get a blank look, or a laugh, just ask any Corona del Mar High School student about the last time they checked out a book at the school library. The answer – they haven’t. Not for years.

“Over 80 percent of the books had not been checked out in five to seven years,” said parent Joe Stefano, a CdM Foundation board member. “In some cases, it was 10 years. It’s a different world.”

Stefano, along with about 75 parents, students, teachers and district officials, gathered on Wednesday, March 14 at the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the brand new CdMHS Learning Resource Center (LRC).

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 (L-R): Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro, Newport Beach Mayor “Duffy” Duffield, CdM High School Principal Kathy Scott and NMUSD board trustee Karen Yelsey 

Before, the 6,000-square-foot library was old-fashioned and underutilized. Then three years ago, the Foundation began to study ways to revitalize and modernize the space. Board members visited Mater Dei High School and toured its modern library space, interviewing that school’s librarian who also happens to have advanced degrees in library science and technology. The board then began raising money – the project cost about $2 million, partially paid for with district funds but with $1.5 million from the Foundation, the school’s PTA, Booster group and ASB. Construction began in the fall, and the new space was used for the first time since the ribbon-cutting ceremony, last night (Thursday, March 15) for an event for 100 kids and 47 colleges.

At Wednesday’s ceremony, the principal, district superintendent, board members and Newport Beach Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield and City Councilman Jeff Herdman were all on hand to make comments and help cut the blue ribbon. After, students gave tours and demos.

The new LRC has an open floor plan, with a classroom, “media scape” area and three private conference/study rooms. Each study space – the entire LRC in fact – has technology and sound throughout. The goal was to have rooms for students to work collaboratively within the library space, a concept used on top-tier university campuses across the country.

The space also features a corner area, about 600 square feet, designed for actual, physical books. “Fiction books,” Stefano said. “Students still want to sit down and hold those books.”

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(L-R): Façade of the CdM Learning Resource Center and a classroom

The LRC concept is the first for a district high school, Stefano said, but it could mark the future throughout Newport-Mesa. Superintendent Fred Navarro said he expected other representatives from other district high schools to tour the space and decide which elements would work for them in the future.

In other CdMHS news, a new CdM Alumni Association group has formed and will hold a kickoff party later this month. The group’s goal is to bring together former CdMHS students from all eras for reunions and social mixers, but also to network and offer help to current students, whether it be for senior projects, meetups during college campus visits or for summer jobs and internships.

The Taco Tuesday kickoff party will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20 at the offices of Titan HST at 500 Newport Center Drive. Complimentary food and beverages will be served. To reserve a spot, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Amy Senk has lived in Corona del Mar for 17 years and was formally the 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.

Birds of Prey visit Central Library this Sunday

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Kids…come “flock” to Central Library this Sunday, March 18 for “Making Memories for Children: Nature Series, Birds of Prey in Our Neighborhood,” presented by the Orange County Bird of Prey Center from 2 - 3:30 p.m.

This program will focus on some of the feathered predators that we see every day. Led by both human and feathered creatures, the Orange County Bird of Prey Center will be bringing along some of its bird ambassadors to visit.

This program is free, but registration is required. A $10 suggested donation at the door is requested.

For more information and to register, visit or call 949.548.2411.

This event takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.