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OCCF partnered with local nonprofits to raise funds supporting healthy teen relationships

On February 12, the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF), based in Newport Beach, partnered with seven local nonprofits to host Love Is, a Giving Day in support of healthy teen relationships in Orange County. The 24-hour event raised $89,643 with participation from more than 282 donors.

The Foundation launched its Collaborative Giving Day initiative in 2018 to bolster the capacity of local organizations. Nonprofits with shared missions are invited to come together to boost collective giving for their causes.

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The seven nonprofits that participated in the Love Is Giving Day included Orange County Women’s Health Project, Human Options, Waymakers, LGBT Center OC, Women’s Transitional Living Center (WTLC), Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties, Inc. and Laura’s House. 

“Thanks to the work of our local nonprofits and our compassionate community, teens throughout Orange County will be empowered to show respect and foster healthy relationships,” said Shelley Hoss, president, OCCF. “We’re thrilled with the success of the first collaborative Giving Day of 2019 – and we congratulate the efforts of our valued nonprofit partners who are tackling critical issues facing our county.” 

OCCF first challenged Orange County residents to “give where their heart lives” during the inaugural i©oc Giving Day in 2015, raising more than $1.8 million through gifts to 347 participating nonprofits in just 30 hours. OCCF nearly doubled those results in 2016 during the second annual i©oc Giving Day, receiving contributions totaling $3.2 million for 418 participating nonprofits. In 2017, OCCF re-envisioned i©oc as an expanded opportunity for nonprofits to connect with one another in support of their shared missions. The seven collaborative Giving Days held in 2018 raised a total of $1.4 million for local organizations.   

Additional collaborative Giving Days will be announced next year. For more information, visit www.oc-cf.org/iheartoc.


OC Fair’s Imaginology brings three days of free hands-on STEAM fun

Kids will have a blast at Imaginology learning about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) at the annual free event at OC Fair & Event Center taking place April 12 - 14.

This exciting, three-day exploration of STEAM-related topics and careers features hands-on learning on Friday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is free and most activities are included. Parking is free on Friday, and $9 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. 

Imaginology is where curious people of all ages go to discover the opportunities available in science, technology, engineering, arts and math fields. Students are encouraged to explore the possibilities as they learn by doing at a variety of workshops and exhibits. Food will be available for sale at the event.

OC Fairs Imaginology youngsters and microscope

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Youngsters queue up to view what’s under the microscope

Family-friendly activities and competitions for Imaginology include:

NEW e-sports gaming: Imaginology›s new e-Playground will feature an e-sports tournament for high school students, free-to-play PCs with STEAM games, and a parent and educator panel with industry professionals to discuss misconceptions about video games and share facts. Careers in the e-sports/gaming field will be emphasized.

Workshops and makeshops: Students can participate in activities including woodworking, sewing, creative crafting, tech play, ceramics, sun prints and more. Local professionals and Imaginology staff lead the demonstrations and all necessary equipment and supplies are provided. Participants can take home the crafts and artwork they create.

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A young boy adds color to his free craft project

Youth competitions: Budding scientists and artists will showcase their talents in photography, videography, fiber arts, fine art, poetry, science and engineering divisions. Competitions include 3-D printing, computer-generated art, fashion design, drawing, kinetic art, jewelry making, clay crafting, wood and metal art and more. All competitions are free to enter and open to Orange County students. The deadline for online entry submissions is Friday, March 22.

Cultural celebration returns: Día del Niño, Day of the Child, will be back for a second year at Imaginology on Saturday and Sunday, bringing an additional day of interactive arts workshops and performances by professional artists, local arts organizations, schools and community groups. Día del Niño is presented in collaboration with Arts Orange County and Media Arts Santa Ana.

Free on-site creative contests: Family members and friends can team up at Imaginology to compete in an on-site contest to decorate the best scarecrow on Saturday, April 13. Kids can enter the steampunk hat contest on Sunday, April 14. There are awards and prize money. It’s free to enter and basic materials will be provided, but people are encouraged to bring their own decorations to make their entry special. Visit www.ocfair.com/steam for details.

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A school group admires the gardens in the Centennial Farm

Centennial Farm: Imaginology visitors can check out animals and crops on the three-acre working farm and enjoy free tractor rides, an oxen exhibit, blacksmithing, sheep-shearing demonstrations, radish-seed planting, terrarium-making and the OC Beekeepers exhibit.

4-H competitions: Local youth are judged on their abilities to raise small livestock, their understanding of animal and veterinary sciences and their projects on community service, aerospace, electricity and more.

Vital Link STEM + the Arts Career Showcase: Vital Link provides resources to help students discover and consider professional careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics with exciting displays, workshops and competitions.

More free activities: Exhibitors will offer things to do and see including Wild Science Activity Area and family-friendly entertainment. Also new this year is Fort Blisters Boot Camp, located near Heroes Hall, where kids can enjoy fun physical activities.

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

For more information, visit www.ocfair.com/imaginology.


Anti-Defamation League to present 2019 Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Award

Three outstanding legal professionals and civil rights advocates will be the recipients of the 2019 Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Award to be presented by the Orange County/Long Beach region of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The dinner and presentation ceremony is scheduled for April 4 at the Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach, beginning at 6 p.m.

This year’s honorees are Mark Erickson, a partner at Haynes and Boone, LLP in Costa Mesa; The Honorable Wendy S. Lindley, Ret., Orange County Superior Court; and Brett Williamson of O’Melveny & Myers LLP in Newport Beach.

anti defamation league Mark Erickson

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Mark Erickson

Erickson has been solving business disputes through litigation, arbitration and mediation for more than 35 years, handling a wide range of sophisticated commercial and real estate litigation, including contract, trade secrets, healthcare law, and business governance and dissolution disputes. He honed his trial skills with a diverse practice that began with the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He then joined Latham and Watkins where he developed his current client base. He was later one of the founding partners of Dubia, Erickson & Tenerelli, a litigation boutique where he practiced for 16 years. A leader in the local bar and community, Erikson is a past president of the Orange County chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, and president-elect for the Orange County Bar Foundation.

anti defamation league Judge Wendy Lindley

Judge Wendy Lindley

Governor Pete Wilson appointed Judge Lindley to Orange County Municipal Court in 1994. Later, she succeeded upon majority vote of judges in the county to convert Municipal Courts to Superior Courts, effective August 10, 1998, thereby becoming a Superior Court Judge. Judge Lindley presided over the Adult Drug Court, Criminal Mental Health Court, DUI Court, Combat Veterans Court and the Homeless Outreach Court, all of which she played a crucial role in establishing. Judge Lindley was instrumental in the creation of the Community Court Building located in Santa Ana, which houses all of the Collaborative Court programs over which she presided. She has served on many committees and lectured extensively on therapeutic justice.

anti defamation league Brett Williamson

Brett Williamson

Williamson is a founding member of the Intellectual Property and Technology Practice within the O’Melveny Litigation Department. He has 30 years’ experience handling patent and technology litigation in a wide variety of industries, including computer hardware and software, telecommunications, electronics, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. He helps both established and emerging technology companies solve their most critical legal challenges through a practical approach that prioritizes fundamental “big picture” advice over procedural tactics that can obscure the client’s ultimate business goals, while maintaining the sharp adversarial edge required to ensure the best outcome possible. He co-founded O’Melveny’s Intellectual Property and Technology practice group, and currently heads that group in the Newport Beach office.

According to ADL Regional Director Peter Levi, “This year’s honorees truly exemplify Justice Kaufman’s legacy. Their professional records are outstanding and each has given a voice to people who were otherwise unheard. What both Mark and Brett have done for people in Orange County experiencing homelessness is critical and heartening, and the impact of Wendy’s court reform is inspiring. It is an honor to know them and a privilege to honor them on behalf of ADL.”

The prize is named after Justice Marcus Kaufman, the 103rd Justice of the California Supreme Court and a champion of civil rights. It is given annually to those attorneys who have made significant contributions to their communities and to the legal profession and embody ADL’s mission to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all.

Visit www.adl.org/OCJurisprudence2019 for event details and sponsorship options.

Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach is located at 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.


“Lucky 7” reasons to get your Irish on this St. Patrick’s Day at Spirit Run

Everyone wants to be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, so this year Spirit Run is the perfect place to get your Irish on. The 36th Annual Spirit Run takes place Sunday, March 17 in Fashion Island.

Here’s Spirit Run’s “Lucky 7” reasons to participate:

1. St. Patrick’s-themed Shirts – The adult, tri-blend shirts are soft and light weight, perfect for racing, the gym, or everyday wear. They are available in the styles and colors shown. The long sleeve is also available in white. Spirit Run upgraded its cotton youth shirt to tech.

Lucky 7 reasons T shirts

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2. St. Patrick’s-themed Costume Contest – Dress up yourself, or together with your family, friends, or teammates. Whether you come as a leprechaun or simply wearing a green hat or socks, this promises to be fun and festive.

3. Finisher Medals for Adults and Kids – Everyone can race for their lucky charm. Adults claim a four leaf clover; kids, a Spirit Run medal.

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4. Muldoon’s Coupon for a Free “Banger Bites” Appetizer – Enjoy Irish cuisine at Muldoon’s Irish Pub Starting with Irish Bangers (sausages). Muldoon’s, located about a quarter mile from Spirit Run’s expo, is honoring adult finishers with a coupon for a free “Banger Bites” appetizer.

5. Race to Win your Pot O’Gold – Spirit Run is offering a cash prize purse and more than 200 prizes for adults and children. Prizes include gift cards for shopping and eating at Blaze Pizza, Lazy Dog Restaurant, Balboa Candy and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Adults and children also compete for Spirit Run’s winner medals.

6. Take a Step Forward for Good Health and Luck in 2019 – Lace up your shoes to celebrate fitness at Spirit Run. With 15 running and walking events, Spirit Run has an event for every age, from toddlers to grandparents, and every fitness level, from walkers and joggers to elite athletes. Run or walk yourself, with your family in the Family Mile or 5k Family Walk, or even with your favorite furry friend in the Dog Mile. 

7. Participants and Spectators Enjoy the Youth, Fitness & Dog Expo – Adults, children, and even dogs will find something to enjoy at Spirit Run’s expo. Everyone will enjoy food and beverage, and live music. Kids, find your perfect summer camps at the Camp Newport Expo, and enjoy a rock climbing wall, bungee trampoline, mini skate park, and much more. Adults, bring your wallet to shop and visit health and fitness vendors. Bring your dog or adopt a new one at the Dog Expo. 

For event details and registration, visit www.nmspiritrun.org. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Renowned art critic, author to appear at OCMA

On Thursday, Feb. 21, renowned art critic Barbara Pollack will hold a lecture on her new book, Brand New Art from China: A Generation on the Rise, at OCMAEXPAND from 7 - 9 p.m.

Renowned art critic Barbara Pollack

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Barbara Pollack

Pollack will discuss China’s millennial artists who are rapidly emerging as international art stars due to their uniquely global approach to their work. A special book signing will follow the lecture.

The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, visit www.ocmaexpand.org.

Currently, OCMA is operating as OCMAEXPAND in South Coast Plaza Village at 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana.


OASIS holds inaugural Cars and Coffee car show

On Saturday, Feb. 9, the Friends of OASIS presented its inaugural, “Cars and Coffee” car show in the OASIS Senior Center parking lot. In attendance was Newport Beach Councilmember Joy Brenner, who represents District 6.

OASIS holds inaugural Best in Show

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Bob Dryden’s 1936 Rolls Royce Phantom III took “Best of Show”

Twenty-three exquisite cars were on display, and trophies were presented to these winners:

–Bob Dryden for “Best of Show” with a 1936 Rolls Royce Phantom III

–Tom and Jean Naughton for “Best Original” with a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air

–Bill Smirl for “Best Custom” with a 1939 Ford Convertible Coupe

–Herb Fisher for “People’s Choice” with a 1923 Model T Truck

OASIS holds inaugural Mike and Bill OASIS holds inaugural Best Custom

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(L-R) Mike Zimmerman, Friends of OASIS Board President, with Bill Smirl, who won “Best Custom” for his 1939 Ford Convertible Coupe (pictured right)

Braving the inclement weather, nearly 100 people came out to view the classic automobiles and enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast.

OASIS holds inaugural Model T Truck

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“People’s Choice” was awarded to this 1923 Ford Model Truck, owned by Herb Fisher

Friends of OASIS hopes to hold the next car show on September 7, so save the date. To view more car photos, visit www.friendsofoasis.org, click on events and scroll down to Cars and Coffee.

OASIS holds inaugural Chevrolet Corvette

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This 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible was among the classic cars displayed

OASIS Senior Center is located at 801 Narcissus Ave., Newport Beach. For more information on upcoming events and their programs, click here.


Postmodern Jukebox returns to Segerstrom Center

Segerstrom Center for the Arts announces the return of popular musical ensemble Postmodern Jukebox on Saturday, June 15 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at 8 p.m. as part of its “Welcome to the Twenties 2.0 World Tour.”

Postmodern Jukebox’s new tour is meant to prepare the world for a new decade – one that creator Scott Bradlee hopes will see a return to the style and craftsmanship that typified the music of past generations.

Postmodern Jukebox

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Bradlee says, “Last time around, the Twenties gave us Jazz, America’s one true art form. Who knows what is possible in the 2020s?” Originally a YouTube sensation, the famed time-twisting musical collective has continued to find new ways to put Bradlee’s trademark vintage twist on modern pop hits.

Since its inception, the project has come to shine playing hundreds of shows to sold-out houses across the globe, from intimate standing-room gigs to large-scale, theatrical extravaganzas.

Tickets start at $39 and will be available online at www.scfta.org, 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. A limited number of VIP ticket packages are available for this show. 

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


It’s time to make shift happen...find out how at Newport Beach Chamber luncheon

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce invites the community to its Business Luncheon Series, taking place on Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Is your “ask” too small and is your “but” too big? When you started your business, did you decide to be wildly mediocre? Maybe it’s time to make shift happen.

Featured speaker Stacey O’Byrne, a speaker, trainer, bestselling author, Certified Master Coach and Certified NLP Master Trainer, and creator of the Master Networker System and Success Mastery Academy, will share her knowledge and expertise.

O’Byrne started her professional career serving in the U.S. Army, and was recruited to attend West Point by the Post command, but chose not to make the military her career. After her term in the military, she started her career with corporate America. Climbing the corporate ladder very quickly, she became a national sales and sales operations manager within five years of transitioning. Having the responsibility of 300 - 500 employees and traveling in excess of 200,000 miles per year, she soon realized that she was living to work. September 11, 2001 changed O’Byrne’s perspective on life in many ways, as it did us all. It didn’t take her long after that to figure out that she was born to be an entrepreneur.

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Stacey O’Byrne is the luncheon guest speaker

Beginning the entrepreneurial phase of her career by acquiring a distressed printing company, within three years of taking over the company, it completely turned around from $197,000 gross sales and $200,000 total liability, to a very comfortable $1.2 million gross sales per year with $187,000 liability. This growth was achieved 100 percent through networking and relationship building. Having been on a personal and professional journey for more than 12 years, she found herself continuing to search for her passion.

In 2009, O’Byrne realized all her professional life was spent helping people make money and achieve success. It was then that Pivot Point Advantage was incepted and she began her journey as a speaker, trainer, instructor, success strategist and business coach as well as becoming a bestselling author multi times.

She has built two seven-figure businesses and two six-figure businesses 100 percent from word of mouth marketing. Teaching practical skills and strategies to optimize and increase business and personal performance in multiple areas, her goal is to help you achieve success.

A graduate of San Diego State University, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in business management.

Come meet with fellow Chamber members and business professionals, and leave with contacts for your business success.

This cost is $35 for members with reservations, $40 for members at the door, or $40 for potential members. The fee includes lunch. Valet and free parking are available.

The luncheon takes place at The Capital Grille in South Coast Plaza, located at 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa.

Register now at www.NewportBeach.com or call 949.729.4411.


Under the Balboa Pier on a stormy winter day

Under the sand

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Photo by Larry Tenney (Instagram @ltenney1)

We’re saying goodbye to the recent winter rain and anticipating some sunny days ahead


Swiss chocolate shop opens, SCE project moving forward

By AMY SENK

Teuscher Chocolates and Café has opened in Corona del Mar, replacing a real estate office that closed at 2515 E. Coast Highway.

The Swiss chocolate shop – famous for its Champagne truffles – previously had a location in Laguna Beach, and before that, in Fashion Island. The first week or so after opening, the shop’s coffee bar was not operating and a display case was filled with pre-packaged candies. Shipments of individual chocolates and other items were expected, but the owners were anxious to open despite the limited inventory, a worker said. Expect a full-service shop this month, he added, with a case of chocolates to choose from and a coffee bar that also will sell freshly made hot chocolate.

Swiss chocolate candies in case

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Photos by Amy Senk

Across the street and down a block, another business is closing. Brisas Del Mar at 2828 E. Coast Highway, a women’s clothing boutique, opened four years ago in a brand new building. 

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Meanwhile, nearly a year after utility representatives told CdM residents about upgrade plans that will interrupt power service and close traffic lanes, the Southern California Edison project has city permits but still no start date.

Last April, SoCal Edison representatives attended a Corona del Mar Residents Association meeting and described the project, which will close traffic lanes and cause power outages in CdM between Seaview and Fifth avenues. The project will replace and upgrade about 44,000 feet of overhead electrical wire, replace 26 utility poles, transformers, underground cable and other equipment. The work will last about six weeks, and residents and businesses in the area will have power outages – probably two planned outages for eight hours, said Susan Cox, a Southern California Edison spokeswoman.

Swiss chocolate SCE power lines

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The project also will close a traffic lane and alleys for eight hours each day, and residents will have to move cars from garages and alleys before those closures, she said. Signs advising parking and alley restrictions will be in place 48 hours in advance.

Last year, the hope was to get permits in place and begin the work after the beach season ended, possibly in September. Instead, permits were issued on January 11.

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Speaking of the beach, someone has driven a car on China Cove beach; nevermind that signs have been posted warning that it’s not allowed. A woman told members at the last CdM Residents Association meeting that tire tracks continue to appear in the sand.

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“They come down and keep going,” she said. “They do donuts.”

A Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman said she hadn’t seen any calls for service for cars on the beach at the area, but the tire tracks are frequently visible to passersby.

Swiss chocolate tire marks

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Mark your Calendar: The next CdMRA meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, Feb. 21, when Newport Beach Fire Chief Chip Duncan will introduce the new fire marshal, Kevin Bass, and there also will be a presentation on the Boys & Girls Club.

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


Capturing iconic Newport Beach

Capturing Big swell

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 Artwork by Don Krotee

“Big swell at Newport Beach...rolling into the storm” was created with transparent watercolor on handmade cotton paper

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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 Stu News.


Ruby’s Diner cravings at the Balboa Pier

Rubys Diner drone

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Photo by Tina Treglia (Instagram @ttregs)

A milkshake and fries with gorgeous ocean views sounds just right


Stump the Stu

Golden Dragon is illuminating

Stump the Stu 2.19.19

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We came upon this Golden Dragon and want to know where you would find this beast that correlates to sun deities or deities of the harvest. It is said illumination and revelation lie at its heart. Can you tell us where you would find this artwork that graces a longtime local establishment?

Take the challenge and submit your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The answer will appear in Friday’s edition, along with the correct guesses. So, join us for this local adventure.

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 location, so we can challenge them! Happy Hunting.


Sign of the times

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

This one must have been fairly easy, because Stu received several correct answers.

Congratulations to Bradford D. Dwan, Chris Wattson, James McCullough, Jan Landstrom, Jillian Sabaugh, John Wortmann, Pam Smith, Ruth Kobayashi and Scott Palmer who all knew that the partial glance of a sign that includes the word “UP” and a curvy logo can be found at Shape-Up Health Club located at 2101 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

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 2.19.19

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Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

Newport Beach A Look Back 2.19.19

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Originally, the Wedge was little more than a wide sand spit, barely recognizable as the ideal surf spot that it is today. This photograph would have been taken from the Corona del Mar Beach/China Cove area.

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


ENC to hold Reading in the Redwoods on Sunday

Join the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) for a special Reading in the Redwoods event on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 11 a.m.

Enjoy Shelter by Celine Clair under the canopy of ENC’s tallest trees while your family relaxes together on a blanket or towel. Afterward children and their adults will participate in hands-on activities related to the theme of the book. Parents need to remain with children at all times. All ages are welcome. Bring your own blanket or towel.

ENC to hold Reading Shelter

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“Shelter” by Celine Clair is the featured book during Reading in the Redwoods on Sunday

Schedule:

–9:30 - 10 a.m.: Check in and gather. There may be an additional animal to meet or some other interactive activity while you gather, so come early.

–10 a.m.: Hike out to the redwoods.

The cost is $5 per child for pre-registered members; $7 per child for pre-registered non-member; $10 per child for unregistered walk-ins and no charge for adults.

To register and pre-pay, visit www.encenter.org.

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


Pet of the WeekDog and Cat print

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

Pet of the Week 2.19.19

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Courtesy of Newport Beach Animal Shelter

MEET KENDRA

To start the week off right, we’d like to introduce you to Kendra, an absolutely gorgeous domestic, long-haired, white kitty with mesmerizing emerald eyes. Kendra is very social and loves interacting with everyone. She is a bit cat selective, so she should either be slowly introduced into her new environment that includes another cat, or would do wonderfully fine as an only cat that gets all of the attention. Kendra loves dry food and is pretty particular with her palate as far as her wet food preferences go. She seems to enjoy the fish-flavored pate best. She keeps her living quarters remarkably clean and tends to enjoy spending her day hanging out and just being mellow. Kendra is definitely a house cat that will require combing every few weeks. Her fur is astonishingly beautiful.

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

Adoption costs at the shelter:

–Dogs - $130

–Puppies - $150

–Cats - $90

–Kittens - $110

To find out how you can help support the shelter, visit www.nbpd.org and click on “Our Animal Shelter” to view the wish list. The shelter can always use food & 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.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

It’s the dawning of a new era in Newport Beach: the Hoag Classic

Fair Game Tom JohnsonTwenty years with Toshiba are in the bag, and in two weeks, the Hoag Classic premieres. It’s a new era.

The Hoag Classic golf tournament takes place March 6 - 10 at Newport Beach Country Club

Each year, this tournament raises in excess of $1 million for local charities, making it the most successful event for the PGA Tour Champions.

This year will be no different, as golfers from around the globe will come to Newport Beach to play in our event. Names include Fred Couples, John Daly, Bernhard Langer, Mark O’Meara and Colin Montgomerie.

The week kicks off with Womanology on Monday, a program “leading guests on a journey to better health and enhancing their well-being.”

Tuesday is Breakfast with a Champion. This year it’s Darren Clarke. With a Q & A, you’ll get an inside look at Clarke and his career in golf like you’ve never experienced before.

Wednesday and Thursday is the Legends Pro-Am.

Then Friday, Saturday and Sunday is tournament time.

Throw Military Appreciation Day into the mix on Saturday and Student Day in on Sunday and you have a look at what makes this event so special.

You can check it all out at www.hoagclassic.com

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Join the party, the General Plan Update Steering Committee will hold its first meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m., in the Civic Center Community Room.

Here’s what’s planned: First, they’ll discuss the draft of the Request for Proposals for a consulting service. The committee will be asked for any changes to the request and then give direction to the staff.

Second, they’ll discuss the frequency and timing of meetings. 

The next follow-up meetings, in case you miss this one, are March 6 and 29.

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The Newport-Mesa Unified School District Signature Academies opened up for registration last week. “Students enrolled receive unique curriculum options that complement the core academic programs and are available to students that reside within the district boundaries, regardless of their school zone of residence,” according to the District’s website.

The academies are as follows: Engineering and Design Academy, Medical Academy, Digital Media Arts Academy and Construction Technology Academy, all at Estancia High School.

Costa Mesa High School has the Delta Academy and the Academy of Creative Expression.

Corona del Mar offers the Performing Arts and Multimedia Academy, and the Academy of Global Studies.

Newport Harbor has the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.

Additionally, elementary programs include Mandarin Immersion at College Park and Spanish Immersion at Whittier.

To find out more, contact the District or go here.

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It’s Ski Week, that means it’s quiet around town, right? Wrong. Newport Beach is a destination, so while we’re sending our families off to the slopes, families from outlying cities are coming here.

Here are some things going on that you, too, can take advantage of, in case you’re sticking around.

Rent a stand-up paddleboard and then get another free at Balboa Water Sports. The same with bicycles at Balboa Beach & Bicycle Boutique. You can also get 20 percent off on boat rentals at Balboa Boat Rentals. And, how about a $1 off to each rider of the Ferris Wheel in the Balboa Fun Zone. Does it get any better than that? Okay, but let’s be honest, when’s the last time you even rode it?

The point is, things are happening around town, you just need to get out and find them.


Tomatomania! is coming to Roger’s Gardens

The world’s largest (and most fun) tomato plant sale is coming to Roger’s Gardens for the 7th year during Tomatomania, taking place March 1 - 10. Scott Daigre and his staff of Tomatomaniacs will offer an astonishing selection of more than 200 varieties of heirloom and hybrid tomato plants, including new varieties for 2019 and a large selection of peppers. 

Tomatomania Pigletwillies French Black

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Pigletwillie’s French Black is the 2019 Tomato of the Year

Daigre and staff will also be introducing the Tomato of the Year, “Pigletwillie’s French Black,” very dark red with chocolate shoulders, juicy flesh and an intense full-bodied meaty taste. Experts will answer any questions to ensure a successful tomato season. 

Tomatomania tomatoes on the vine

In addition to the plant sale, “all things tomato” free seminars will be taking place. Among them are: “Grow Your Perfect Tomato with tomato owner, expert Scott Daigre,” “Tomato Talk” – So Many Tomato Varieties...Which ones are right for me?,” “Grow Your Own...In March with horticulturist David Rizzo,” “Tomato Talk – Containers A - Z,” “Tomato Talk – Getting Your Seedlings Off to a Great Start,” “Tomato Talk – Proper Care Through Harvest of Your Tomatoes,” “How to Grow an Amazing, Organic Garden with Randy Richie (Malibu Compost),” “Tomato Talk – 5 Key Tips to Creating a Successful Summer Tomato Garden” and “Growing the Perfect Tomatoes in your Container Garden with horticulturist David Rizzo.” Seminar days and times vary, so visit www.rogersgardens.comfor a detailed schedule and more information.”

Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar. It is open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Speak Up Newport: Science & Social Media Innovations in Cold Case NBPD Investigations

Speak Up Newport will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 13, presenting Science & Social Media Innovations in Cold Case Investigations from the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD). Come find out about NBPD criminal investigations including cutting-edge techniques used in our city to combat crime and cold case investigations.

Two noteworthy Newport Beach cold cases:

Linda O’Keefe Homicide: July 2018 marked the 45th anniversary of the abduction of Linda Ann O’Keefe, an 11-year-old Corona del Mar girl. O’Keefe was last seen alive on Friday, July 6, 1973, as she walked home from summer school. Her body was discovered the next morning in the Back Bay. Her killer was never found. From July 6 - 8, 2018, the NBPD gave Linda a voice on Twitter (www.twitter.com/NewportBeachPD) – tweets in Linda’s “voice” were published narrating the last hours of her life.

Peter Chadwick & Countdown to Capture: Peter Chadwick was arrested for the murder of his wife, Q.C. Chadwick in 2012. In 2015, Chadwick, released on bail, escaped without a trace and is now wanted as a fugitive from justice. “Countdown to Capture” is a compelling podcast released by the NBPD in a series of short episodes covering the discovery of Q.C.’s murder, identification of Chadwick as the primary suspect in her homicide and efforts to locate Chadwick to this day. 

The featured speakers are Sergeant Court Depweg, Homicide Detective Supervisor, and Jennifer Manzella, a 16-year veteran with the NBPD.

Speak Up Newport Court Depweg

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Sergeant Court Depweg, Homicide Detective Supervisor

–Sergeant Court Depweg:

Depweg began his career with the NBPD in 2001 and has worked a variety of assignments including Patrol Officer, Gang Suppression Officer, Field Training Officer, Terrorism Liaison Officer, Burglary Auto Theft Detective, Crimes Against Persons Detective (On Loan), Regional Narcotics Suppression Program Detective and Covert Operations Informant Network Investigator or COIN. In July 2011, Court was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and remained working COIN. He was later assigned to the Patrol Division, where he oversaw a patrol team and the K9 Program. Former Chief of Police Jay Johnson selected him to work in the Professional Standards Unit (PSU), where he served as Sergeant. In September 2017, Court was assigned to the Crimes Against Persons Unit (CAP) as the supervisor. As CAP Sergeant, he oversees three CAP Detectives, who are responsible for investigating all violent crimes committed against a person and two Cold Case Homicide Investigators.

The Cold Case Homicide Unit was developed and implemented in 2016. The NBPD currently has eight cold case homicides. The Cold Case Investigators solved a 1994 cold case homicide in November 2017 and are currently working on solving more.

Speak Up Newport Jennifer Manzella

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Jennifer Manzella, administrative assistant to Police Chief Jon Lewis

–Jennifer Manzella:

Manzella has worked for the NBPD for more than 16 years, including more than five years as the Press Information Officer. A graduate of Vassar College, she used her background in English to create several memorable public campaigns for the Department, including Linda’s Story (Linda O’Keefe Homicide) and the Countdown to Capture (Peter Chadwick) podcast. Manzella currently serves as the administrative assistant to Newport Beach Chief of Police Jon Lewis.

Meeting Schedule:

–5:15 - 6 p.m.: Reception with a complimentary light supper provided by The Bungalow with wine available for purchase.

–6 - 7 p.m.: Program

There is no cost to attend and the public is invited. Reservations are not necessary.

For more information, call 949.224.2266 or visit www.speakupnewport.com.

The Speak Up Newport meeting takes place at the Newport Beach Civic Center Community Room, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.


Serious allegations of wrongdoings purported against Newport Aquatic Center

Following multiple complaints at recent Newport Beach City Council meetings, City Attorney Aaron Harp has contacted the management of the nonprofit Newport Aquatic Center (NAC) regarding a number of serious operating allegations. The allegations include misspent funds on credit cards and automobiles, personal loans and more.

First and foremost are apparent violations in the “requisite number of Directors set forth in the NAC By-Laws…shall consist of at least 8, but not more than 20.” Presently, four directors are listed on their website.

Additionally, Harp outlined a series of allegations made by members of the NAC community: 1) there is approximately $150,000 of unreported debt; 2) in 2014, approximately 22 percent of the dues, or approximately $147,000, for the Junior Rowing Program went unaccounted for; 3) in 2015, approximately 20 percent of the dues, or approximately $131,000, for the Junior Rowing program went unaccounted for; 4) monies raised for the Junior Rowing Program were restricted funds, but, in fact, $227,000 were used for other purposes; 5) that in 2017 the Junior Rowing Program raised $46,000 through a fundraising campaign to buy two four-person rowing boats, but that no such boats were ever purchased; 6) that $15,000 of the $46,000 raised was spent on May 3, 2017, to pay a Chase credit card; 7) that $20,000 of the $46,000 raised was spent on May 5, 2017, to pay a Chase credit card; 8) that Executive Director Billy Whitford purchased two automobiles in his personal name using NAC funds; 9) that one of those said automobiles is missing and unaccounted for; 10) that the NAC Board of Directors issues loans to the NAC in exchange for interest; 11) that Executive Director Whitford made personal use of funds derived from a loan to the NAC by a board member; 12) that Executive Director Whitford used NAC funds to pay a personal debt to the Internal Revenue Service and 13) that Executive Director Whitfield used NAC funds to purchase a personal life insurance policy.

Additional allegations include charges of sexual harassment, withheld employee pay, operations of separate for-profit businesses on site, retaliation against whistleblowers, the use of boat storage for personal gain and more.

“In light of the serious nature of the issues raised, please provide a response by March 8, 2019, to the matters…,” said Harp in his correspondence.


Casting announced for Disney’s Aladdin

Casting has been announced for Disney’s Aladdin at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The hit Broadway musical will begin performances in Segerstrom Hall on Wednesday, March 6 for a limited engagement of three weeks through March 23. 

The production features Clinton Greenspan (Aladdin), Major Attaway (Genie), Lissa deGuzman (Jasmine), Jonathan Weir (Jafar), Jay Paranada (Iago), Jerald Vincent (Sultan), Philippe Arroyo (Omar), Zach Bencal (Babkak), Jed Feder (Kassim), Korie Lee Blossey (Standby Genie & Sultan), Ellis C. Dawson III (Standby Genie & Babkak) and Adam Stevenson (Standby Jafar & Sultan).

Casting announced Jasmine and Aladdin

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Lissa deGuzman (Jasmine) and Clinton Greenspan (Aladdin) in the North American Tour of Disney’s “Aladdin”

Rounding out the cast are Michael Bullard, Michael Callahan, Cornelius Davis, Bobby Daye, Mathew deGuzman, Olivia Donalson, Erik Hernandez, Orianna Hilliard, Cameron Hobbs, Adrienne Howard, Cameron Mitchell Jackson, Albert Jennings, Kenway Hon Wai K. Kua, Jason Scott Macdonald, Pierre Marais, Charles McCall, Angelina Mullins, Celina Nightengale, Cassidy Stoner, Liv Symone, Annie Wallace, Michelle West and Zach Williams.

Aladdin will be performed Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 p.m. (Thursday, March 7 and March 21 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.); Saturdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 1 and 6:30 p.m. VIP Ticket Packages, which include a prime seat location, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available. Tickets are available at the Center’s Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, online at www.scfta.org, or by calling the Box Office at 714.556.2787. Orders for groups of 10 or more can be placed by calling 714.755.0236.


On the Harbor: NHYC’s Islands Race, BCYC’s Midwinters make for a busy weekend on the water

By LEN BOSE

Are you ready to rumble? NW winds 15 to 25 knots with gusts up to 30 knots is the weather forecast for this weekend’s Midwinters regatta and Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s (NHYC) Islands Race. No, I am not going to give you a weather forecast. For some reason, I just wanted to let you know I will be freezing my cojones off as the Horizon team starts the sailing season off by sailing around Catalina and San Clemente islands, and finishing in San Diego this weekend.

The Islands Race is nothing to be taken lightly. Once you are past Catalina, you are in the outer waters and one must reach inside their foulies and grab all their courage and boldness, hence the use of the word cojones, to compete in the ocean’s outer waters. This time of year we will find out our skill level three boat lengths into the race.

I enjoy this race, because I am always a little intimidated by the weather conditions. I also like how clear and crisp the air is along with the view of Catalina, and how green the island is this time of year. Once we round the west end of Catalina and I look back at the island with the snow-capped mountains in the background, it is as spectacular as viewing the earth from space. Breathtaking is always a good choice of words to describe this scene, because we are normally setting our 3A spinnaker and tight reaching in 30 knots of wind, and I take a number of huge freezing waves in the face.

To say the least, the crew is normally a little bunched up while power reaching in a big breeze until we reach San Clemente Island when the wind normally moves more behind us and the boat gets faster and flatter. I am always surprised by the population on the island, which is all military and possibly extraterrestrial life, because there is always loud explosions and flashes of light that appear from nowhere while rounding this island. Extra precaution is needed at this point of the race, because the island becomes a lee shore while sailing around it. A lee shore is dangerous because should you lose power, the wind will blow onto the island, which is bad and can ruin your whole day. Once past the east end of San Clemente, and a couple of the military exclusion zones, the race often becomes a sleigh ride into San Diego which is why we take all the pain to get to this point.

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At home and in the harbor this weekend, the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club (BCYC) will be running the Harbor 20 Midwinters which is a two-day regatta this Saturday and Sunday. Call me crazy, but I will be trying to make it home, leaving the boat in San Diego until the weather clears on Tuesday, to compete both days. Yea, wet zombie sailing on Saturday, but after a little more sleep, I should be a little closer to my game on Sunday. The Fleet has a Class Championships scheduled for March 1 - 3, so we should see more competitors with their game faces on for the Midwinters. The Class Championships will be sailed a little differently than most fleet races with all the competitors from around the country sailing on Friday to qualify for the two different fleets, Gold and Silver. The first goal for my wife, Jennifer, and me, and the most stressful, will be to qualify for gold. My plan is to be at one with the harbor and let the water flow around us. This is a big change for me, because my normal strategy is pound my feet on the cabin sole and whine like the “Only Child” I am. That’s why my boat is named “Only Child,” and why Jennifer does not talk to me until we get back in the car at the end of the day when I have one of my tantrums.

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On the Horizon, no pun intended, is the NHYC Cabo Race, which I will talk about more in a future column, as well as the Ensenada Race. Please mark your calendars for February 28 at BCYC at 7 p.m., where I will be speaking at a racing performance seminar for the Ensenada Race. Bruce Cooper, the owner of Newport Beach Ullman Sails loft, and I will be covering everything from sail trim, watch systems, food preparation and instrument calibration. Hope you can make it.

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Bueller? Bueller? Bueller? Anyone out there?

Another item to keep a look out for is the public outreach for the revision of Title 17 of the city codes that govern our harbor. I plan on bugging you again regarding this topic, because the last thing that we need is the chair to turn around after taking attendance and ask Bueller? Bueller? Bueller? That’s kind of funny, if you recall the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and why he was rumored out that day. 

Sea ya!

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

Stu News Newport.


OCMA receives honorable mention in the Progressive Architectural Awards

The Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) received an honorable mention in the 2019 ARCHITECT Progressive Architecture Awards. The architectural firm is Morphosis Architects, and the design director is Thom Mayne, FAIA.

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OCMA exterior rendering

According to architectmagazine.com, “Morphosis Architects’ design for the new Orange County Museum of Art marks a significant moment both for Southern California and for one of the region’s most celebrated firms. The town of Costa Mesa has effectively promoted itself as the de facto cultural capital of Los Angeles’ sprawling southern suburbs, thanks chiefly to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, a massive campus of performance venues and public spaces (including those designed by Charles Lawrence and Cesar Pelli, FAIA) which will play host to the new museum.”

When completed (projected opening in 2021), at a cost of $55 million, the new 52,000-square-foot museum will allow OCMA to organize major special exhibitions alongside spacious installations from its world-traveled collection. It will also feature an additional 10,000 square feet for education programs, performances and public gatherings, and will include administrative offices, a gift shop and café.

Currently, OCMA is operating as OCMAEXPAND in South Coast Plaza Village at 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana. For more information, visit www.ocmaexpand.org.


NBPLF presents Library Live with author Rachel Devlin 

On Thursday, Feb. 28 from 7 - 8 p.m., the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation (NBPLF) presents Library Live with Rachel Devlin, author of A Girl Stands at the Door: The Generation of Young Women who Desegregated America’s Schools.

In the years before the Supreme Court struck down school segregation with its 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision, the struggle to desegregate America’s schools was a grassroots movement, and young women were on the front lines. As early as the 1940s, parents and young girls were filing desegregation lawsuits.

NBPLF presents Library Live

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Author Rachel Devlin

Author Devlin’s research transforms our understanding of one of the 20th century’s most important civil rights battles, set in motion by undaunted students. After years spent researching these remarkable women, she brings to us their powerful stories of leadership, bravery and a steely resolve to gain civil rights. Devlin reminds us of the courage and sacrifice they endured and how relevant their struggle remains today.

This lecture is free, however, a $10 donation is suggested. Reservations are required. Sign up at www.nbplfoundation.org/content/freeevents.html.

The event takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.


LIFT program helps seniors find support at Valentine’s Day

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, a Dignity Memorial LIFT (Living Information For Today) event took place at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar, providing seniors an opportunity to participate in a social support group for Valentine’s Day. Seniors, who are often widowed and alone on this “day of love,” enjoyed an afternoon of fun and camaraderie.

LIFT program helps seniors Arlene and Joanne

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 (L-R) Arlene Glassman and Joanne McClure, neighbors from Lake Forest, enjoyed making miniature succulent gardens in china teacups and playing Bingo

During this free event, dubbed “Sips & Succulents,” local seniors made new and lasting connections while sipping afternoon tea, creating a Valentine’s Day-inspired succulent arrangement in china teacups and playing Bingo for fun and prizes.

LIFT is a social support group exclusively for seniors that provides activities, outings and education.

LIFT program helps seniors Cynthia and Marie

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(L-R standing) Cynthia Adair, community relations, Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana, and Marie Hess, location manager, Pacific View Memorial Park, co-hosted the Valentine’s Day event

Upcoming LIFT Events:

–April 11: A Tisket, a Tasket – Come create an Easter-themed floral basket to take home, followed by a delicious lunch at Park Plaza in Orange.

–April 16: Movie in the Afternoon – Don your finest bonnet and enjoy a screening of The Easter Parade featuring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire with movie snacks at Westminster Memorial Park.

–May 15: Norman Rockwell, Mary Blair, Bay Scene Paintings & California Masters – Take part in a curated tour of the Hilbert Museum of California Art at The Hilbert Museum in Old Town Orange.

–June 20: Flower Arranging Class – Takes place at Harbor Lawn-Mt. Olive Memorial Park in Costa Mesa.

–August 14: Concert, Coffee & A Little Less Conversation with an Elvis Tribute Artist – Put on your blue suede shoes and head to Fairview Memorial Services in Mission Viejo.

If you are a senior and would like to find out more information on these upcoming LIFT events, contact Cynthia Adair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 714.633.1442.


JWA improvements project completed

Busy travelers will be pleased to know that John Wayne Airport has completed the Terminals A and B Improvements Project 16 weeks ahead of schedule and more than $1.08 million under budget. The phased endeavor included numerous safety, code compliance, comfort, convenience and aesthetic improvements.

The project involved completion of approximately 30 individual tasks, several of which were not visible to the airport’s many travelers, tenants and staff. Throughout the duration of construction, tasks were completed with minimal disruption to airport service while maintaining a superior guest experience. All work was completed in accordance with an established strict implementation criteria, and adherence to safety was a top priority.

JWA improvements project completed

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Project highlights:

–Upgrades to vaulted ceilings, new carpet and paint, lighting renovations, interior signage improvements and stone flooring repairs.

–Seismic retrofitting on 175 columns inside and outside Terminals A and B, which was one-third of the overall project cost.

–Refurbished restrooms in Terminal A, Departure (upper) Level, and Terminals A and B on the Arrival (lower) Level.

–Nursing Mother’s Lounge and Animal Relief Area added near Gate 12, Terminal B.

–New signage master plan was implemented and new visual messaging screens for hearing-impaired guests were installed.

Nearly all work was completed after hours and equipment was stored out-of-sight when not in use. In addition, an elaborate scaffold system was designed and enclosed to catch debris and mask views from below. During construction, manpower ranged from 175 to 200 workers per night for nearly three years.


Hoag named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for 2019 by Healthgrades

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian has again been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals™ for 2019. This is the eighth consecutive year – 2012-2019 – Hoag has received this designation, and Hoag is the only Orange County hospital in the Top 50 and Top 100.

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“We are honored to be recognized by Healthgrades as one of the top hospitals in the nation for clinical excellence,” said Robert T. Braithwaite, president and CEO of Hoag. “This award underscores our commitment to providing the highest quality care in the communities we serve.”

Top performing hospitals were selected by Healthgrades for exhibiting clinical excellence across a range of conditions and procedures, and consistently delivering superior outcomes. Specifically, the recipients of America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™ have achieved the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ for at least six consecutive years, placing them in the top one percent in the nation.

For a complete list of all recipients, visit www.healthgrades.com.


Exotic underwater photography comes to the surface at JWA

As a certified National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) Dive Master and avid traveler, photographer Beverly Factor has visited every corner of the globe, taking photos of the world’s most pristine coral reefs and mysterious creatures deep below the ocean’s surface. An exhibit of her vibrant undersea images comes to the surface in the John Wayne Airport Community Focus Space from February 14 - March 19.

“Ms. Factor’s underwater photographic artworks explode with color, texture and visual excitement,” said Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett. “Visitors at John Wayne Airport are sure to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the underwater world and its inhabitants that many have never seen before.”

Exotic underwater photography Ardent

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Ardent (Papua New Guinea, 2011) by Beverly Factor

Factor’s photographic library consists of more than 10,000 underwater and action-packed sailboat race images taken all over the world. Her work has been widely published in magazines, books, calendars and exhibited in many galleries and fine art shows. Through her art, she brings awareness of the sea and emphasizes the importance of protecting the ocean to keep it healthy.

A Laguna Beach resident and NAUI Dive Master for 20+ years, Factor has logged more than 5,000 dives and was awarded the prestigious Scuba Schools International Platinum Pro 5000 Divers award as well as being nominated for the Women Divers Hall of Fame. Her award-winning children’s book Angelee Saves the Sea and coffee table book SEADUCTION captivate children and adults alike, immersing them into the magic and beauty of the underwater world.

Exotic underwater photography Splendid Branches

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Splendid Branches (Fiji, 2014) by Beverly Factor

Factor’s artwork 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. To learn more about Beverly Factor, visit www.beverlyfactor.com.

Upcoming Community Focus Space artists include painters Cunningham/Haight (March 20 - April 18) and photographer Jane Szabo (April 19 - May 16). To learn more about JWA’s Art Programs, visit www.ocair.com/terminal/artexhibits.


ENC to hold Reading in the Redwoods

Join the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) for a special Reading in the Redwoods event on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 11 a.m.

Enjoy Shelter by Celine Clair under the canopy of ENC’s tallest trees while your family relaxes together on a blanket or towel. Afterward children and their adults will participate in hands-on activities related to the theme of the book. Parents need to remain with children at all times. All ages are welcome. Bring your own blanket or towel.

ENC to hold Reading Shelter

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“Shelter” by Celine Clair is the featured book during Reading in the Redwoods

Schedule:

–9:30 - 10 a.m.: Check in and gather. There may be an additional animal to meet or some other interactive activity while you gather, so come early.

–10 a.m.: Hike out to the redwoods.

The cost is $5 per child for pre-registered members; $7 per child for pre-registered non-member; $10 per child for unregistered walk-ins and no charge for adults.

To register and pre-pay, visit www.encenter.org.

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


Community invited to roll up its sleeves at Surfrider beach cleanup on March 2

Coldwell Banker® invites locals to raise awareness about saving our oceans and beaches by volunteering at an upcoming Surfrider Foundation beach cleanup event on Saturday, March 2 from 9 - 11 a.m. Meet on the beach off Prospect Street, Newport Beach, and please arrive early. Volunteers will receive a free T-shirt as a thank you for their efforts, which they can proudly wear to promote being a conservation champion.

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There is limited free parking by Prospect Street available, with additional spaces off Pacific Coast Highway as well as metered city parking. Volunteers should carpool, if possible.

The following items will be provided: Water (please bring your reusable water bottle), gloves, trash grabbers and trash bags.

Surfrider is a community of everyday people who passionately protect our playground – the surf and sand that provide so much enjoyment. Remember: The beach belongs to all of us, so come on and join the wave.

For more information about Surfrider, visit www.surfrider.org.


Childhelp to hold annual fashion show and luncheon

This year, Childhelp is celebrating its 60th anniversary. In honor of that, the Orange County Chapter will host their 33rd Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Fashion Island Hotel, Newport Beach on Thursday, March 14. The event co-chairs, Linda Burns, Patti Edwards and Tami Smith, anticipate welcoming approximately 400 guests for an afternoon of friendship, fashion and fun as they raise funds for the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Childhelp founders Yvonne Fedderson and Sara O’Meara will be on hand to receive the Inspirational Award for their dedication in helping millions of children across the world. Childhelp celebrity ambassador, actress and singer Jen Lilley, will receive the Children’s Friend Award.

Childhelp to hold ladies

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(L-R) Julie Adams, Patti Edwards, Linda Burns, Tami Smith and Kathryn Cenci at last year’s fashion show and luncheon

Guests will be treated to a New York Fashion Week runway-style fashion show presented by South Coast Plaza and featuring the latest fashion trends from the likes of Bally, Escada, Intermix, Lafayette 148, Max Mara, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tadashi Shoji and Ted Baker London. David Yurman will offer informal modeling of their jewelry. There will also be an opportunity drawing for prizes provided by South Coast Plaza designer boutiques.

Tickets for the event start at $175 and can be purchased online at www.bidpal.net/childhelpocfashionshow2019.

It is estimated that more than five children die each day from abuse and neglect in the U.S, and for nearly six decades, Childhelp has worked to combat this epidemic. Benefitting Childhelp’s California programs and services, Childhelp Orange County has been strengthening families and bringing together a community to support victims of child abuse since 1970.

For more information, visit www.childhelp.org.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

General Plan Update Steering Committee to increase in numbers after complaints

Fair Game Tom JohnsonThere were complaints about the make-up of the General Plan Update Steering Committee from the community, particularly from Line in the Sand.

Well, to overcome the issue and not delay the process, the council agreed Tuesday night to add two more people to the committee in the coming weeks.

One name being bandied about is Tim Stoaks, a candidate from last fall’s city council race.

Stoaks would add “balance” from the Line in the Sand side.

Just to throw another name into the mix, how about former city councilman Tony Petros?

Tony understands the process and would add a lot of expertise to the committee. Plus, I’ve heard Tony would be interested.

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Can you believe the Hoag Classic (formerly the Toshiba Classic) golf tournament is just a couple of weeks away? Play will take place at Newport Beach Country Club on March 6-7 for the Legends Pro-Am and then the official tournament over the weekend from March 8-10.

Lots of things to participate in, including Breakfast with a Champion featuring Darren Clarke, volunteering opportunities, Womanology and Military Appreciation Day, to name a few. Check out the week at www.hoagclassic.com

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The Orange County Museum of Art may be in the process of moving, but that’s not stopping them from presenting six new exhibitions of works from Pacific Rim artists and a seventh show featuring objects from the museum’s collection.

The presentation is called OCMAEXPAND-SANTA ANA.

“The season of exhibitions by artists Diego Berruecos, York Chang, Victoria Fu and Matt Rich, Fritzia Irizar, UuDam Tran Nguyen, and Hiromi Takizawa continues OCMA’s proud history and trajectory as a leader in presenting the freshest art of our time,” says Todd D. Smith, OCMA’s director and CEO.

You can see it all at South Coast Plaza Village, 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana.

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Reminder, the 36th Annual Spirit Run will take place Sunday, March 17. Monies raised go to schools. Register at www.nmspiritrun.org.

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Things will apparently get more comfortable for students at some Newport-Mesa Unified Schools. The Board of Education agreed to put out contracts to install air conditioners at seven schools: Back Bay High School, Ensign Intermediate, Harbor View Elementary, Newport El, Newport Heights Elementary, Mariners Elementary and Whittier Elementary

The costs of the projects will be some $25 million.

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Speaking of schools, March is Inclusion Month. As such, the district is selling T-shirts with 100 percent of the money raised going to students in special education.

To get a shirt and support the effort, go here.

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The City is looking to upgrade Grant Howald Park. The new amenities would include synthetic turf athletic fields, new playground equipment, an upgraded picnic area and updated restrooms.

Grant Howald Park is 3.1 acres and has been serving the community since 1954. It’s located in Corona del Mar with Fifth Avenue frontage.

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At the recent city annual planning meeting, one idea that came up was moving the restaurant location on Newport Pier closer to the shore.

There are a number of reasons, including costs.

Stay tuned.


Stump the Stu

Lady golfer etched in glass

Stump the Stu 2.15.19

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This must have been a puzzler, as Stu received less than a handful of correct answers on this figure of a lady etched in glass, carrying a bag of golf clubs, and enjoying what we think is a cola. It can be found when you walk into Woody’s Diner (formerly Lido Diner) in Via Lido Plaza at 3461 Via Lido. A blast from the past (its walls are filled with old timey photos), stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Congratulations to Joe Stapleton, Lori Curtin and Sheryl Hiromoto.

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 location, so we can challenge them! Happy Hunting.


Snow capped mountains from Upper Newport Bay

Snow capped view

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Photo by Jason Berry (Instagram @its_jason_berry)

We get the best of both worlds in Newport Beach…the beach on one side and gorgeous mountains dusted with snow on the other


Newport Beach Foundation to hold next meeting February 27 at Balboa Bay Resort

Join the Newport Beach Foundation for a memorable evening of mixing and mingling on Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Balboa Bay Resort.

Come get acquainted with the Foundation and their inaugural Distinguished Citizen Program class. Get activated, connect with city leaders and learn more about the Foundation

Newport Beach Foundation is excited to support the Newport Beach Literacy Foundation as its charitable partner for this event. Business casual attire and adults only, please.

Newport Beach Foundation Balboa Bay Resort

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Courtesy of Balboa Bay Resort

The cost is $25 and covers hors d’oeuvres, beer (provided by Towne Park Brew) & wine (provided by Color Wines) and one of the finest views of the harbor. RSVP here.

For more information, visit www.NB-Foundation.org.

Balboa Bay Resort is located at 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.


Marvelous Mondays in Newport Beach

Marvelous Mondays wave

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Surfers lining up to catch the perfect winter wave in Newport on Monday afternoon


CDM Foundation hosts “Neptune in Vegas” fundraiser

On Saturday, March 2 from 7 p.m. - 12 a.m., the CDM Middle and High School Foundation presents “Neptune in Vegas” casino night. This every other year fundraiser is open to the public...so hope you are feeling lucky.

Bassman Blaine is the High Roller Sponsor for the evening, and is offering 20 percent off any piece(s) that you see on their showroom floor, with an additional 20 percent given back to the CDM Foundation.

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The CDM Foundation is a parent run group that invests in educational programs and campus improvements that help students prosper, have a positive school experience and prepare for their college careers.

Register to attend the event here. For more information, visitwww.CdMFoundation.org.

The event takes place at the Bassman Blaine home furnishings showroom located at 2485 McCabe Way, Irvine.


Balboa Island Museum held “Rocky Road to Success” event to sold-out audience

The Balboa Island Museum’s “Rocky Road to Success” event on Tuesday, Feb. 12 was a huge success! With a sold-out crowd and a lively audience, attendees left with a plethora of information and advice on how to take on the rocky road to success.

Balboa Island Museum Kimberly and Shirley

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(L-R) Kimberly Bates, founder of WSDM and event organizer, with Shirley Pepys, board president, Balboa Island Museum

Event organizer Kimberly Bates kicked off the event by telling her own story. Afterwards, each of the five members of the speakers’ panel shared their journey of their own “Rocky Road to Success.”

Balboa Island Museum panelists

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(L-R) “Rocky Road to Success” panelists: Stephanie Farnsworth Salem, Melissa Friebe, Annie Winger, Nancy Dahan and Daphne Freeman

The esteemed panel included:

–Melissa Friebe - SVP, Brand Marketing & Consumer Insights, Taco Bell

–Stefanie Farnsworth Salem - CEO and Founder, Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival

–Daphne Freeman - SVP Sales & Events at Urban Decay

–Nancy Dahan - Partner at Brown & Dahan LLP

–Annie Winger - Former COO and CFO of BVaccel

The panelists’ stories were unique and varied. From a dangerous drive in Nigeria to turning around a failing start-up company, there were tips and advice for all stages of one’s career (and life!). Additional topics discussed included how to know when to take that leap in your career, how to navigate tricky situations in the workplace, how to conquer what feels like a dead end and how to move past the bad to become successful.

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(L-R) Sue Sibley, Chris McClellan and Louise Sanchez with the Balboa Island Museum

Following the event, there was a Q&A session where audience members were able to ask the speakers specific questions. The entire evening was interactive, informative and inspiring.

At the end of the panel, audience members were asked to close their eyes and set an intention for the week by repeating to themselves, “This week I will ______.” Bates then asked the audience to email her what they do in the coming week that they set the intention of doing.

Balboa Island Museum audience

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Members of the audience enjoying the presentation

Once the event officially concluded, the Village Inn on Balboa Island hosted a social networking with snacks and drinks.

This event was a part of Kimberly Bates’ organization, WSDM, and was the first of the WSDM® (Wisdom) Salon Series for Women.

Balboa Island Museum is located at 210 Marine Ave., Balboa Island. Operating hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Backhausdance to perform at OCMAEXPAND this Saturday

Backhaus to perform at OCMA dancer

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Photo by Camryn Eakes©Backhausdance

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Founding Backhausdance member Amanda Kay White

Tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m., OCMAEXPAND presents Backhausdance With(in) OCMA: Keeping.

Immerse yourself in a new, original dance work by founding Backhausdance member Amanda Kay White, created especially for OCMAEXPAND. The performance is designed to place the audience in the center of the work so as to intimately witness the unfolding of the one-of-a-kind dance. Admission is free. RSVP at www.ocmaexpand.org.

OCMAEXPAND is located in South Coast Plaza Village at 1661 W. Sunflower, Santa Ana. For more information, call 714.780.2130.


Adoption Guild Patroness Luncheon and Fashion Show celebrates OC families

It was a celebration of family. A super-dedicated group of some 200 volunteers and donors, in support of the Adoption Guild of Southern California, gathered on February 1 in the ballroom of the Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach, to celebrate their 58th Annual Patroness Event, raising funds and rallying support for HFS Adoption and Foster Care.

Adoption Guild President Chris Garber joined Mistress of Ceremonies Patrice Werschmidt in welcoming guests for the luncheon, silent auction and fashion presentation of the annual program. The elegant luncheon affair was co-chaired by Christine Johnson and Michelle Swift working with a committee including Julie Reynolds, Pam Selber, Tina Retrosi, Pam Fossler, Angela Grasso, Marcy Sargenti, Nancy Collins, Sheila Forsum and Ryann Carissimo. Event volunteers included members of the working Guild.

Adoption Guild Patroness Chris Garber

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(L-R) Chris Garber, president of the Adoption Guild of Southern California; Michelle Swift and Christine Johnson, event co-chairs

In keeping with the spirit of the HFS mission, Susan Chakmakian, HFS Board Chairman, introduced a family who recently adopted a now 3-month-old infant boy. The parents shared their personal journey with HFS while holding their new son in their arms. Explaining that their original relationship was with a young woman who had agreed to give up her baby girl for adoption and then changed her mind choosing to keep the child, they shared that the deep disappointment felt by the potential adoptive parents reversed course weeks later, when they became the parents of a baby boy in need of a loving family. The new father did most of the talking, telling the Adoption Guild crowd, “We knew this was our son the moment we saw him.”

Adoption Guild Patroness Maxson

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 (L-R) Liz Maxson; Jackie Glass, sponsor; Carol Lincoln and Joyce Macardican

Guests were seated at round tables covered in winter white linen centered with tower displays of fanciful petit fours and assorted delicacies topped with a bouquet of winter blooms and hearts representing the symbolic logo of the Adoption Guild. Major benefactors supporting the cause included Jackie Glass, Britt Meyer, Pam Selber, Pam Fossler, Jeannie Hidey, Christine Johnson, and Ed and Angela Grasso. Generous corporate benefactors included OC Breakers, Landsea Homes, First American, Arcadia Capital, Olsen and Cahill, Grayse and William Harold & Sons Jewelers.

Adoption Guild Patroness Grayse and models

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 (L-R) Kelly and Marie Gray of Grayse (seated) with fashion show models

Marie Gray and her daughter Kelly Gray of Grayse joined Susan Stein and William Squire in presenting a very different twist on the traditional fashion show element of the charity luncheon. The presenters addressed the crowd on the evolution of fashion which included a runway show contrasting vintage fashion with the in-vogue styles of 2019. Joining professional models on the runway were women representing the patroness membership: Sue Podany, Julie Reynolds, Laurie Rounds and Magali Espejel.

A significant portion of the financial success of the event came from generous silent auction donors and also from vendor boutiques set up as pop-up stores in the Balboa Bay Resort ballroom foyer. Grayse joined JoFit, G2G Designs and BelaFit donating a portion of their sales proceeds to the Adoption Guild tally.

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Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so let’s see how well you know our town. Identify this partial glance of a sign that includes the word “UP” and a curvy logo. Where can you find it?

Good luck!

Stu loves publishing the winning answers on Tuesday.

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 2.15.19

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Drinks, dining and Valentine’s Day

By DUNCAN FORGEY

Drinks, dining red roses

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Its name dates back to the 3rd century Roman Saint Valentine. However, it was Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century that first altered the day to represent courting and love. From that point on, this unique celebration has grown exponentially. A vast assortment of gifts is given in an expression of love, making February 14th one of the busiest days of the year for chocolates, flowers and food. Well-heeled residents of Newport Beach gift Mercedes-Benz, Gucci and traditional diamonds to their beloveds. The finest of wines and top-of-the-line dining are enjoyed throughout town. Restaurants like Bayside, Oceanfront 21, Five Crowns and Mastro’s Ocean Club are perfect 2019 secluded getaways.

In a previous era, The Ritz, Villa Nova, Arches, Karems, Stuft Shirt and Dillman’s were full. Women were “queen for the day,” while marital proposals, recommitments and romantic dates were commonplace. Every restaurant in town was awash with handholding lovers clinking glasses. Chocolates in heart-shaped boxes showed up at home and at work. Kids were ecstatic and ate one candy at a time until they found a favorite. My search ended with chocolate-covered caramels, but it usually took me five to find it. See’s Candies was the crème de la crème; Bidwell’s, Atkinson’s or a day trip to Santa Ana’s Buffums provided the latest in fashion. Valentine’s Day Newport Beach style was by far the sweetest, least political but most inane of any modern-day celebrations.

At age five, we were too young to know why this day was significant, but there was candy in the house, so all was good. Mom and Dad put on fancy clothes and left us with a babysitter, a five channeled small screen TV and Swanson TV dinners. (My favorite was chicken, green peas and mashed potatoes, with that little pad of butter).

Drinks, dining, Newport Elementary

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Newport Elementary, where the playground is on the sand

Our family’s go-to girl was Vicky. Vicky was 14 years old and went to Horace Ensign, while we were all in Newport El. The daughter of a neighbor, Vicky was proper, polite and a great example for us kids. Long before maids, nannies or good-looking “au pairs” from Sweden, babysitting was an ideal job for young girls of that era. It made the gals feel important and rich with cash. 

After polite hellos and instructions from Mom, a pleasant evening of Jiffy Pop and dinner, some of our favorite shows began – Cecil The Seasick Sea Serpent, The Adventures of Superman and Bozo the Clown were my favorites, but due to timing issues and me being the youngest, we usually ended up watching I Love Lucy, the Life of Riley or Loretta Young, as she danced down that expansive stairwell in some distant Hollywood mansion.

We never gave Vicky a hard time because she was a sweet and dear friend of the family. So, as the adults went to Berkshires on the Bay for dinner, hard liquor, cigarettes and dancing, Vicky and the three of us snuggled up with candy chased with whole milk. When I fell into a hard sleep, I dreamt about the latest episode of Romper Room while snuggled up with our dog, Tiger Lily.

At age eight, the entire student body at Newport Elementary was abuzz with excitement because Valentine’s Day was more important than a sunny day at the beach. WHY? Because we got to pick “boyfriends and girlfriends” for a day. In our childish fantasies, most of us wanted to have a special friend of the opposite sex for some mysterious and unknown reason. 

Drinks, dining sweetheart candies

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Sweetheart candies were fun to give, get and share

School started out by sharing tiny bits of candies with sayings like “Be mine” or “I love you.” These little pink hearts were pure sugar and lots of silly love. Everyone wanted to receive them and ironically everyone also wanted to give them. But it did not end there. Little boys and little girls roamed the school giving out tiny but very special Valentine’s Day cards. These little Valentines covered with cutesy pictures of animals or cartoon kids asking, “Will You Be My Valentine?” made it a great day by deepening friendships that would last for decades to follow.

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Exchanging Valentines made that special day at school memorable

Valentine’s Day at Horace Ensign was a mad house. Hormones took off like rocket ships and there was enough energy bouncing through the halls to knock the walls down. Only the “Tough Love” policies of Coach Jake Jacobson and Vice Principal Stillwell kept the school from sinking like the Titanic. Girls grew so much faster than boys, that it made for many spicy conversations full of mistruths and exaggerations. We were now old enough to announce “going” with someone but still had little knowledge of what that really meant. Middle schoolers clumsily mirrored older siblings or friends at Harbor High, but were in desperate need to understand the complexities of a love relationship. Holding hands at school was a social taboo and doing so outside of school was really scary. Kisses were exchanged but saliva was not. Mixed couples carried on with an awkward form of laughter. Most gatherings had groups of boys and groups of girls with a limited amount of time for one on one with the opposite sex.

Too old to pass around candy, yet too young to really have a steady partner, our relationships in middle school were like New York taxi cabs: just wait and another will come along shortly. Feelings were constantly being hurt, but true love was still a deep dark secret while innocence was the mainstay. Menstrual cycles and breasts challenged the girls, while boys lost their whiny little voices and started to think about things other than sports, cars or music

In these simple days, puppy love ruled. Girls were to be respected. Homosexuality was still hiding deep in some closet. Not understanding created confusion about Liberace and Rock Hudson, and parents tried even harder to make their kids “perfect.” Families enjoyed the fruits of the greatest generation’s hard labor.

Drinks, dining, popcorn

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The perfect Valentine afternoon date was at the movie theater

A memorable Valentine afternoon “date” was meeting a cluster of guys meeting a gaggle of girls at the Mesa Theater. Sitting in the back of the theater, one row in front of the smoking room, my “girlfriend” and I watched Beach Party with Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon and music by Dick Dale. Trying to act grownup, I slipped my left arm around her so we could touch. Leaving it there for the duration of the movie, eventually my entire arm tingled and began to hurt. I refused to unravel it because this was an expression of love.

By the age of 16, all was ready to change. We were now cool and had driver’s licenses. Valentine’s Day was truly a date night. Saint Christopher medals and letterman’s jackets were the high schooler’s ultimate statement of love telling their entire world they were involved in a committed relationship. Thanks to Little Abner, a Sadie Hawkins dance where girls asked the guys became a favorite for Valentine’s Day.

The social scenes became quite active. Yearning and going out was full of excitement, joy and devasting heart break. Others watched the dating game like lions in a cage. Not able to participate because they thought they were not cool enough or pretty enough to be of value, they concentrated on music, grades, sports, family or work, while nursing a vast array of insecurities. Anxiety rode our teenage backs like a remora fish on sharks. Too fat, too skinny, too tall, too short, pimples, overweight or funky teeth syndromes were common place in high school.

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In the ‘60s, kids lived in a “time” known as Never Never Land

“If only I could be like _________.” (fill in the blank). Many youngsters believed that others had it all going on. The grass was not only greener for other teenagers, it never needed to be mowed. It was so easy for others. Many adolescents were not invited or allowed to go out, so they spent Valentine’s Day with their calculus and term paper, or helped their family preparing for their future and families. The rest of the ‘60s, kids lived in the Sea of One Thousand Islands like Peter Pan; getting ready to be Frat boys, Sorority girls, social butterflies, or the yet unborn Hippies. Little did J.M. Barrie know when he wrote his famous story that Never Never Land and was not a place...but it was a time. 

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


Guest Column

Grace Leung

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

Grace Leung

Newport Beach City Manager Grace Leung   

 Happy February! It’s hard to believe a month of 2019 has already passed, though it’s also been a busy year so far. Thank you to those who braved the weather and joined us for the City Council’s annual planning session last Saturday. Great input from the community as City Council and staff discussed service levels and projects in the context of developing the next budget. The next review of the developing budget will be an early look at the capital improvement projects (CIP) during a study session in March. 

Our next City Council meeting is Tuesday (tonight), February 12. The following are items that may be of interest. As always, this is not a summary of the entire agenda, which can be viewed here.

 We will have a Study Session beginning at 4 p.m. to discuss two items. There will be a discussion on the Beacon Bay Home Owners Association’s proposal to change how their current ground lease is calculated. Because Beacon Bay homes, located at the terminus of Harbor Island Road and Beacon Bay, are on land owned in fee by the City and filled tidelands owned in fee by the State, the residential properties are ground leased to the homeowners. The HOA has submitted a proposal to amend the rate of the most recent lease agreement. The second item is an overview of City Trees – how the City cares for, maintains and manages the over 35,000 public trees in the City. Discussion will include an overview of the City Council’s tree policies and the maintenance activities staff undertakes to keep the City trees in good condition.    

The Regular Session begins at 7 p.m. and the following are items of note on the consent calendar:   

There is an ordinance to amend the floodplain management section of our municipal code. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) updated the mapped flood zones and the City must update its ordinance to conform to these new maps. The properties affected by the revised floodplain maps are on Balboa Peninsula.

The Finance Commission is recommending several changes to various City Council fiscal policies following a detailed review. The proposed revisions are primarily to promote efficiencies and ensure smooth administrative operations.

An Aviation Ad Hoc Committee of the City Council is proposed to review the roles and responsibilities of the Aviation Committee. With the City’s ongoing and multifaceted approach to addressing the impacts related to John Wayne Airport, a review of the committee’s structure and duties is recommended to enhance the City’s efforts and ensure the community’s input is effectively received.

Confirmation of the Mayor’s appointment of five residents to the General Plan Update Steering Committee is also on the consent calendar. Following a review process, the Mayor is appointing: Nancy Gardner (chair), Ed Selich, Debbie Stevens, Larry Tucker and Paul Watkins. On a related note, the first community meeting on the General Plan Update is on February 13 at 6 p.m. at Marina Park.

Items of note for Public Hearing and General Business include: 

Planning and land use entitlement for the Harbor Pointe Senior Living Project, located at 101 Bayview Place. This project will demolish an existing restaurant building (Kitayama) and replace it with a 120-bed, 3-story senior convalescent and congregate care facility. Items for City Council consideration for this project include a general plan amendment, planned community development plan amendment, major site development review, development agreement and environmental impact report (EIR). The project was reviewed and approved by the Planning Commission.

An ordinance amending the Local Coastal Program (LCP) is proposed to ensure that both the City’s LCP Implementation Plan and the Zoning Code are consistent with each other and reduce conflicting code sections. In September 2017 the City Council approved submitting the amendments to the California Coastal Commission. In December 2018, the Coastal Commission approved the amendment with modifications. The amendment with modifications is now before City Council.

An appeal of the Harbor Commission’s approval of Newport Marina, a proposed marina reconstruction project, is on the agenda. However, both the project applicant and the appellants have requested the appeal be continued to March 12, 2019. This will provide time for the parties involved to attempt to resolve their concerns.   

A Master License Agreement with New Cingular Wireless (AT&T) is presented for City Council consideration. The agreement will allow AT&T to install small cell facilities on City-owned streetlights, a more recent technology for carriers to build out their networks and address coverage gaps. If approved, AT&T will submit applications for no less than 20 small cell sites within 90 days of agreement execution. 

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

The Week in Review was provided this week. In case you missed it, the latest edition can be found here [and also in Stu News this issue].

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

Grace K. Leung

City Manager

City of Newport Beach

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949.644.3001


A community message from NBPD: Be aware of purse-snatchers & pickpockets

If your plans include doing some shopping, going out to eat, or just spending time out of the house, it’s a good idea to put some simple habits into practice to make sure your belongings don’t fall into the wrong hands.

Here are some Crime Prevention tips for keeping your personal property safe whenever you are out and about:

–Never leave your personal belongings unattended.

–If you carry a purse, consider using a purse with a zipper. Keep the zipper closed when you are not retrieving something from or putting something into your purse. Don’t make it easy for someone to reach into your purse and remove your wallet.

When you are using a shopping cart, secure your purse to the cart by clipping the child safety belt through the straps. This will prevent someone from easily grabbing your bag and running while your back is turned.

–While you are out dining, don’t hang your purse on the back of your chair. Consider getting a purse hook so you can hang your purse from the table. This will help you keep an eye on your bag since it is next to you instead of behind you.

–Be aware of pickpockets. If you carry a wallet on your person, carry it in your front pocket instead of your back pocket.

–Thieves often work in pairs or groups. One might create a distraction so another can grab your valuables. Remember to not lose sight of your personal belongings.

Report all suspicious activity by calling the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) at 949.644.3717.


City Manager’s Updates

From the desk of Grace Leung

General Plan Update Community Meeting – The Community Development Department would like to remind everyone of the first community Steering Committee meeting to be held at Marina Park, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. This will be the initial forum to provide an overview of the General Plan Update process and to get feedback on the draft request for proposals for consultant services. 

Harbor Day School Redevelopment – Community Development staff is actively working with Harbor Day School on a potential redevelopment project of its campus at 3443 Pacific View Dr. The proposed project includes complete demolition of all existing structures and construction of an approximately 98,000 square-foot facility with larger classrooms, collaborative space, and innovative labs for science, art and music. While the structures may be expanding, there is no proposal to increase enrollment. Should the project proceed, construction times and phasing will be very important to ensure minimal interference with school operations and the surrounding neighborhood. Community Development staff is providing assistance to ensure a viable phasing plan is in place. It is anticipated the project will be heard by the Planning Commission in Spring 2019.

Koll Center Residences Study Session – The Planning Commission held a study session on the Koll Center Residences mixed-use project on January 31, 2019. The project consists of a mixed-use residential development of up to 260 residential condominiums, 3,000 square feet of retail use, a freestanding parking garage, a 1.17-acre neighborhood park to be built on the 13.16-acre surface parking lot, and common landscape areas of the Koll Center Newport Planned Community. The purpose of the study session was to provide the Planning Commission and general public with the opportunity to learn about the project. The Planning Commission did not take action at the study session but provided comments and directed staff to provide additional materials on the project for their consideration at a future noticed public hearing. Staff received extensive written comments from the general public regarding the proposed development and 41 persons spoke at the study session. A date for the public hearing at the Planning Commission has not been set at this time.

Uptown Temporary Occupancy Discussion – City staff met with the construction teams for the Uptown Newport Apartment project, to discuss temporary certificates of occupancy (TCO) for the opening of its first 94 units in the South Tower. The Uptown Newport project is located at the intersection of Jamboree Road and Fairchild Road in the Airport Area. The 462-unit apartment project is located within the First Phase of the 25-acre Uptown Newport mixed-use development. The leasing office is anticipated to open by the end of February for the opening of the first units by end of March 2019. 

The occupied areas in the South Tower will be independent of the North Tower construction site. Construction fencing will separate Fire Department access and construction parking associated with the North Tower. Public Works improvements (permanent traffic signal at the main entry) on Jamboree Road will be completed in April 2019, after the first release of the units due to material delivery issues.

CDBG Program - Funding Availability – The Notice of Funding Availability for fiscal year 2019-2020 was published in January for the Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The City receives funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development each year to facilitate programs and services that benefit persons of low- and moderate-income (defined as households earning less than 80 percent of Orange County’s median income). The Community Development Department will be accepting applications from nonprofit organizations seeking to provide CDBG eligible public services or fair housing and landlord-tenant services. Additional information can be found on the City’s website. Completed applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15 at the City of Newport Beach, Community Development Department, located at 100 Civic Center Dr, Newport Beach.

Treasury Report – The December 2018 Treasury Report is available on the City’s website at www.newportbeachca.gov/treasury.

As of December, the City’s portfolio totaled just over $278 million, from all sources. Roughly $24 million of this portfolio was highly liquid, meaning it was available for cash flows associated with day-to-day operations and cash funding of major construction expenditures. 

The short-term portfolio ($212 million) had a weighted average effective maturity of 1.82 years. With interest rates on the rise, the total return for the short-term portfolio was suppressed by unrealized losses from the declining market value of bonds (bond values move inversely to the direction of interest rates). Including these unrealized losses, the trailing twelve months’ total return was 1.69 percent. This return compared favorably to our benchmark for the same period, the BAML 1-3 Year Treasury index, which returned 1.58 percent. The income yield on the portfolio, a better measure of income derived from the portfolio, was 1.76 percent. 

OC Public Safety Agencies Launch Text-to-911 – All Orange County law enforcement and fire dispatch centers are now equipped with Text-to-911. This service allows dispatchers to communicate by text message with members of the community who are hearing impaired, speech impaired, or those in emergency situations who are unable to make a phone call. 

Remember: Call if you can, and text if you can’t. Calling provides a faster response time and better information for dispatchers and responding personnel. If you do use text messages to communicate in an emergency, the first information you should provide is your location, followed by whether you need law enforcement, fire response, or medical aid services. 

Here is some additional information for residents to be aware of:

–Before texting 911, ensure that location services on your mobile phone are turned on.

–Type “911” in the “to” field of the text message.

–Provide your location and the type of emergency services you need (police, fire, or medical).

–Use plain text and refrain from abbreviations.

–Dispatchers cannot accept pictures, videos, or icons.

–Text-to-9-1-1 cannot be used in a group text.

–If your text does not go through, you should receive a message directing you to make a voice call.

–Calling or texting 9-1-1 when it is not an emergency is a crime punishable by up to a year in County jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

City’s Water Master Plan – The update of the City’s Water Master Plan is nearing completion. Preparation of the 2019 Water Master Plan has been a huge effort for the Public Works Department, Utilities Department, and the City’s consultant, Arcadis US, Inc. The previous Water Master Plan was developed in 1999 and subsequently updated in 2008. It is good practice to periodically revisit water master plans to confirm adherence to this planning document and address any new regulations. Some of the key components of the master plan include:

–Analyzing water supply and demand,

–Evaluating the City’s Water System Infrastructure,

–Developing a hydraulic model of the entire system, and

–Recommending water capital improvement projects for the next 30 years.

Staff anticipates finalizing the 2019 Water Master Plan in Spring 2019.

Bayside Drive and Jamboree Road/Marine Avenue Improvements – The Bayside Drive Rehabilitation Project is currently underway to reconstruct aged pavement along Bayside Drive and Jamboree Road, modify existing striping, upgrade bike lanes, improve parking efficiency and construct new landscaped medians. This project began construction in January 2019, and has a tentative completion date of April 2019.

Contractor GMC Engineering is currently renovating the traffic signals, ADA ramps, sidewalk curb and gutter at the intersection of Bayside Drive, Jamboree and Marine Avenue. Additional work along Jamboree includes rebuilding the retaining wall along the bluff overlooking Balboa Island and harbor. Work has been delayed slightly due to recent winter storms but GMC is still on track to complete all work by the end of April 2019.

Recent Storm Events – During the City’s recent wind and rainstorm event, Public Works staff responded to over 30 storm-related tree issues. Issues included damaged or weakening City and private trees in addition to numerous limbs and branches obstructing the public right-of-way. As a result, 23 trees required removal. Crews and contractors responded quickly to remove debris and clear the right of way for the safety of the public. 

Other various incidents were reported, including a landslide at Pirates Cove and windblown sand accumulation on beach boardwalks and parking lot areas. Crews responded and the areas were cleared.

Big Canyon Reservoir TLC – Due to the recent rain events, weeds and vegetation have flourished at Big Canyon Reservoir. Public Work crews conducted mowing and brush clearing to keep the V-ditches clear of debris and vegetation. During this routine inspection, a severely leaning City Pine tree had to be removed. 

Bolsa Park Landscaping – As part of ongoing landscape work, Public Work staff has continued replacing old plant material with water saving succulents and updated the planters throughout Bolsa Park. Old shrubs and plants were replaced with newer, updated drought tolerant plant species. With a fresh coat of mulch to keep the weeds down, along with enhancing the planters, this park is looking great! 

Fostering interest in Nature (FiiN) – The Recreation & Senior Services Department is pleased to announce the inaugural year of Fostering interest in Nature (FiiN) program is starting on Tuesday, Feb. 19 and will host its first class of thirty-five fifth graders. This kicks off the 10-week season that will host 350 Title 1 schools from Orange County for a four-day, three-night science camp. Students will experience camping in tents, tide pool exploration at Back Bay Science Center, hiking the educational trails in Big Canyon, water safety with our lifeguards, a boat tour of the harbor and trying their hand at kayaking through the scenic and history-rich Newport Back Bay.

FiiN is set to run for the next 10 years, thanks to funds made available by the City of Newport Beach and the Lido House Hotel project. For many of the students, this will be their first visit to the beach in addition to the unique hands on activities we have planned for them. With an emphasis on marine ecology, the program promises to provide an outdoor experience they will never forget, and at the same time foster stewards of our precious resources. 

A tremendous amount of teamwork has gone into providing these students with an experience they will cherish for a lifetime. Special thanks to our partners in Planning, Building and Fire Prevention for assisting us in preparing for the program.

If you would like more information on the FiiN program, contact Derek Breaux, Recreation Supervisor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fishing for keys – A student from the local high school recently dropped their automobile key into the storm drain inlet. Staff from our Utilities Department responded to the scene and using a special tool was able to get on site and “fish the keys out” before the next rain storm washed the keys down the pipe. In fact, our storm drain crews receive more than fifty calls each year, relating to retrieving objects (keys, phones, glasses, skateboards, etc.).

Rain and tide pumping – We had another round of early morning and weekend pumping for dozens of our Utilities and Public Works Department staff members with this past weekend’s rains and high tides. Special thanks to our City staff who deployed and pumped at two dozen different locations in a coordinated effort at the closed tide-valve locations over the last few days. Since last Friday, we have received a total of 3.48 inches of rainfall. This brings the season total (since the beginning of July) to 15.03 inches with 10.32 inches being the average through the end of February and 13.40 inches being the annual average. From a groundwater standpoint, all of the rainfall that can be stored is being stored, pumped, diverted and saved for future reuse by our partners at the Orange County Water District.


Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

Newport Beach A Look Back 2.12.19

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This is not a view you will see anymore. This photograph taken of the far end of Little Island embodies a trend now rarely seen on Balboa: the naming of houses. The large house on the right to the edge of the photograph actually has a name – “Hudathunkit.” This was a trend early on in the Island’s history, but which eventually more or less died out. The photo is from the Smith Collection and was probably taken in the 1920s or 1930s. In other collections, houses included names such as “Eatstoomuch Inn,” The Quarterdeck” and “White Swan.” Perhaps the identifying names preceded property addresses and house numerals.

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


Epilepsy Support Network of Orange County hosts annual Star Wars-themed walk

Epilepsy Support Network of Orange County (ESNOC) is preparing for its biggest fundraiser, the 10th Annual Epilepsy Walk OC, a Star Wars-themed spectacular on May 4 – “May the Fourth Be With You” – at TeWinkle Park in Costa Mesa.

For those suffering with epilepsy, however, there are no lightsabers to conquer victory against the disease. 

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Epilepsy Support Network’s storm troopers

The challenges faced by people with epilepsy are unique and include improper diagnosis; ineffective treatments, which cause many devastating side effects; social stigma; lack of education about epilepsy among patients, caregivers, doctors and the population as a whole; and the life-altering effects that sudden, unpredictable seizures can cause.

Epilepsy Support Network of Orange County has been breaking barriers and shedding light on epilepsy for more than a decade, and is committed to bringing to the forefront the latest information and USDA drug approvals to help update epilepsy patients. ESNOC collaborates with CHOC Children’s Hoag Epilepsy Center in Newport Beach and UC Irvine Epilepsy Center. 

Since 1 in 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy, ESNOC Executive Director Janna Moore is asking each person to share the information with three of their friends, because it is a new day for epilepsy care and support. Be the first to start a conversation about epilepsy and it could help someone obtain the necessary specialized care.

If you are in need of epilepsy-specific help, would like to participate in the 2019 Epilepsy Walk on May 4, or donate to support the efforts, contact the Epilepsy Support Network of Orange County and help unseize the day.

For more information, call 714.916.0456, email Janna Moore at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit www.esnoc.org.


Sun shines after the rain

Sun shines after

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Although we saw some scattered rain showers, it was still a beautiful weekend in Newport Beach


Stopping to take in the beauty and serenity at Crystal Cove

Stopping to bench

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Saturday’s rain cleared for a calm winter night at Crystal Cove State Beach


Stump the Stu

Lady golfer etched in glass

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We came upon this figure of a lady etched in glass, carrying a bag of golf clubs, and enjoying what we think is a cola. Can you tell us where you would find this artwork that graces the entrance to a well-frequented local establishment?

Take the challenge and submit your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The answer will appear in Friday’s edition, along with the correct guesses. So, join us for this local adventure.

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 location, so we can challenge them! Happy Hunting.


The Takács Quartet returns to Segerstrom Center

The Takács Quartet, now entering its 44th season, continues to deftly blend the group’s trademark intensity with the lightness and humor for which they’re often noted. With a name that means “weaver” in Hungarian, the ensemble is considered among the foremost performers of Bartók’s works.

The Quartet returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts in the Samueli Theater on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. with its new second violinist Harumi Rhodes, who was welcomed into the group earlier this year upon the retirement of founding member Károly Schranz.

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The Takács Quartet to perform in Samueli Theater on February 28

Based in Boulder at the University of Colorado, the Quartet – Edward Dusinberre, Harumi Rhodes (violins), Geraldine Walther (viola) and András Fejér (cello) – performs 80 concerts a year worldwide. For their Segerstrom engagement the program includes Haydn: Quartet Op. 76 #1, Bartók: String Quartet #6 and Grieg: String Quartet.

Single tickets start at $39 and are available online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings of 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

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


Newport Beach Public Library Foundation appoints new CEO

The Newport Beach Public Library Foundation (NBPL Foundation) has appointed Meg Linton as its new Chief Executive Officer. Linton brings a vibrant new energy to the Foundation, backed by more than 20 years of leading and stewarding cultural institutions, nonprofits and academic arts programs. She will steer the nonprofit in its efforts to fund valuable library resources, programs and services, and engage the community through the creation and sponsorship of diverse literary, cultural and intellectual programs.

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Meg Linton, the new CEO of the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation

According to Cathy Voreyer, chair of the NBPL Foundation’s Board, “Our goal was to find a leader who understands the history as well as the vision of the Library Foundation, and who can propel us into the next decade with strong leadership and thought-provoking ideas. We are confident that Ms. Linton is that leader.”

Prior to joining the Foundation, Linton was the executive director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (formerly the Contemporary Arts Forum), director of Galleries and Exhibitions for the Ben Maltz Gallery at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and executive director of the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

She grew up in Newport Beach and fondly recalls her childhood memories visiting the Newport Beach Public Library. Linton completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at California State University, Fullerton, obtained a Certificate in Museum Leadership from The Getty Leadership Institute in Los Angeles and earned her Bachelor’s degree in English at the University of California, Irvine.

According to Peter Keller, president of the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, “Ms. Linton is highly skilled and knowledgeable, a person who will be a powerful addition to the Orange County community.”

Linton’s appointment follows the hiring of Kunga Wangmo-Upshaw as the Foundation’s new Director of Programs.

“I am thrilled to be appointed CEO of the Foundation and look forward to working closely with Kunga, the staff and board of directors to accomplish the organization’s worthwhile objectives,” Linton said.

For more information on the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation, visit www.nbplfoundation.org.


Orange County Community Foundation appoints Kate Duchene to board of governors

The Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) recently appointed Kate Duchene, CEO of Resources Global Professionals (RGP), to its board of governors. Duchene has nearly 30 years of experience in executive management, human resources, risk management, branding, business development and legal services, as well as a long history of leadership in the local nonprofit sector.

At RGP, Duchene is focused on business strategy and corporate culture, executive management, shareholder management and employee productivity and engagement. She is committed to setting up the structure, processes and practices that will enable the company to execute strategies effectively and drive desired outcomes. Duchene understands what needs to be done to move the business forward and evolve as a company.

Orange County Community Foundation Kate Duchene

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Kate Duchene

Duchene, a Tustin resident, has previously been honored for her exceptional work by the Orange County Business Journal as “Outstanding Woman in Business,” “Outstanding General Counsel of a Public Company with Revenue over $200 Million” and by OC Metro as one of the “Hot 25” top professionals in the county.

Prior to joining RGP, Duchene practiced law with O’Melveny & Myers LLP in Los Angeles. She focused on litigation, specializing in defense-side labor and employment matters.

Duchene received her J.D., cum laude, from New York University School of Law and her B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University. In addition to Duchene’s career success, she currently serves on the UCI Foundation as well as the California Minority Counsel Program. She has also served as a board member and board chair for Human Options, an organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence.

Founded in 1989, the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF), based in Newport Beach, works with donors, strengthens the local nonprofit sector and works to find solutions to community needs. Since its inception, OCCF has awarded $560 million in grants and scholarships and ranks in the top two percent in grantmaking activity among more than 780 U.S. community foundations. For more information, visit www.oc-cf.org.


Orange County Community Foundation hosts “Love Is” Giving Day today

Today, Tuesday, Feb. 12, the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF), based in Newport Beach, is hosting “Love Is,” a Giving Day to support healthy teen relationships in Orange County. Held during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, “Love Is” is the first Giving Day of 2019 and the latest in a series of Collaborative Giving Days launched by OCCF last year to boost the capacity of nonprofits through collective giving. The seven Giving Days held throughout 2018 raised a total of $1.4 million to benefit local organizations. 

 “Love Is” will be a 24-hour online effort to raise critical funds for seven nonprofits, including Orange County Women’s Health Project, Human Options, Waymakers, LGBT Center OC, Women’s Transitional Living Center (WTLC), Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties, Inc. and Laura’s House.

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“The ‘Love Is’ Giving Day will deliver crucial support to our local nonprofits empowering teens to show respect and engage in healthy relationships,” said Shelley Hoss, OCCF President. “We are proud to fuel this positive impact and help break cycles of abuse by encouraging collaboration as a powerful change-making tool.”

Orange County Community Foundation first challenged Orange County residents to “give where their heart lives” during the inaugural i©oc Giving Day in 2015, raising more than $1.8 million through gifts to 347 participating nonprofits in just 30 hours. Orange County Community Foundation nearly doubled those results in 2016 during the second annual i©oc Giving Day, receiving contributions totaling $3.2 million for 418 participating nonprofits. In 2017, OCCF re-envisioned i©oc as an expanded opportunity for nonprofits to connect with one another in support of their shared missions.

To give online during the “Love Is” Giving Day and for more information, visit www.oc-cf.org/iheartoc.

Founded in 1989, the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) works with donors, strengthens the local nonprofit sector and works to find solutions to community needs. Since its inception, OCCF has awarded $560 million in grants and scholarships and ranks in the top two percent in grantmaking activity among more than 780 U.S. community foundations.


Sign of the times

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

This one was somewhat easy as Stu received several correct answers. They knew that the partial glance of a sign that includes the word “BAKERY” can be found at The Pizza Bakery, located at 1741 Westcliff Drive. Their hot-out-of-the-oven pizzas can be topped with traditional or gourmet favorites. If you like thick air bubbly crust, this is the pizzeria for you. And when you catch it right, their free, warm garlic knots can’t be beat...just help yourself to a bag full. Delicious pasta selections are available, too.

Congratulations to Charles Davison, Courtney Davison, George Lesley, Kelly Couzens and Max Ukropina.

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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Pet of the WeekDog and Cat print

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

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MEET DUKE

If you’ve been looking for a magnetic, large breed dog that will be a fantastic partner in adventure seeking...meet Duke. This handsome fellow is truly one of a kind and friendly to all he meets. His new parents will need to be completely interactive with him and have a large area for him to enjoy as part of the family. He is highly social and does not have any desire to be caged. As a young adult, and a highly motivated learner, training classes with his new guardians would be enjoyable for this truly remarkable canine. He is playful and is never short on letting you know how much you mean to him whether that’s sharing his big smile or “talking” to you. He’s an incredible communicator and will thrive in an environment that is inclusive.

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

Adoption costs at the shelter:

–Dogs - $130

–Puppies - $150

–Cats - $90

–Kittens - $110

To find out how you can help support the shelter, visit www.nbpd.org and click on “Our Animal Shelter” to view the wish list. The shelter can always use food & 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.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

General Plan update and Rouda take center stage

Fair Game Tom JohnsonThe biggest item on tonight’s City Council agenda seems to be the appointments for the General Plan Update Steering Committee. And, it’s on the consent calendar.

Line in the Sand is making noises of their displeasure with the committee selections (see Letters to the Editor). The five names on the list are Nancy Gardner (chair), Ed Selich, Debbie Stevens, Larry Tucker and Paul Watkins.

The last thing Newport Beach needs is another controversial political issue. And this certainly has that appearance.

We’ll see what happens tonight.

B-t-w, if you want to get involved in the General Plan Update, the first community meeting is tomorrow, February 13, 6 p.m., at Marina Park.

Also on tonight’s council agenda is a plan to knock down the Kitayama restaurant at 101 Bayview Place and replace it with the Harbor Pointe Senior Living Project

The proposal is for a three-story, 120-bed senior convalescent and congregate care facility.

The project would require a general plan amendment.

It’s been previously reviewed and approved by the planning commission.

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Rep. Harley Rouda (CA-48) will host his first town hall locally at the Estancia High School Gymnasium in Costa Mesa on Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 5 - 7 p.m. 

“Once you cut through the noise of Washington, the title of this job is ‘Representative’. My constituents have asked me to serve in a position of public trust. I’m looking forward to hearing from them face-to-face and offering my plans for how we can improve the lives of people in our community.”

Space is limited.

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Representatives from Visit Newport Beach and the Newport Beach Film Festival were in London this past week, joining partner Variety, and honoring 10 Brits to Watch at the Langham Hotel in London.

They do this every year.

The celebration is part of the kickoff for the annual BAFTA Awards and brings worldwide attention to what happens here in Newport Beach with our event.

The 20th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival will take place from April 25 to May 2. Some 300 features and short films will be screened.

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John Wayne Airport is joining the list of sponsors for the 2019 Hoag Classic (formerly the Toshiba Classic) that will take place March 6 - 10 at Newport Beach Country Club.

According to the release, “The Airport is hosting the Live Music Happy Hour after play on the first day of the tournament, Friday, March 8, at the Victory Lounge. The Airport will bring the music program, JWALive, out of the Terminal and to the Hoag Classic for the first time. Guests are welcome to stick around to listen to live music and enjoy libations and hors d’oeuvres.”

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Speaking of JWA, did you know you can now preorder meals or snacks to pick up at select terminal locations? Orders can be placed through the free mobile app “Host2Coast,” paid for and scheduled for pick-up four hours prior to arrival.


ENC is now enrolling for Summer Nature Camp

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) has offered summer nature camps since 1977. Nature Camp provides quality science education in an outdoor, hands-on setting. Camps are geared toward ages 3 through grade 8 and run from June 24 - August 15. Hours are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. or 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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. There is a 10 percent discount for ENC members.

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Campers will be led by an ENC Naturalist for a hands-on, nature-based outdoor play curriculum filled with adventure experiences and learning activities. Campers in Little Naturalists will make a morning snack each day, and if attending for the full day, an additional afternoon snack. Nature Adventure and Science Explorers Campers will bring their own snacks. Families are to provide lunch and a hearty breakfast before camp is recommended.

Three summer camps by age/grade level are being offered:

–Little Naturalist Camp for ages 3 - 5

–Nature Adventure Camp for K - 3rd grade

–Science Explorers Camp for 4 - 8 grade

Each weeklong camp focuses on a different theme.

–Session 1: Nature Creativity: June 24 - 27

–Session 2: Oceans & Wetlands: July 1, 2, 3 and 5

–Session 3: –ologies in Science: July 8 - 11

–Session 4: Awesome Animals: July 15 - 18

–Session 5: Legends & Myths: July 22 - 25

–Session 6: Mad Science: July 29 - August 1

–Session 7: We Love California: August 5 - 8

–Session 8: Planet Protectors: August 12 - 15

Fees*:

–Full Day Nature Camp (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) costs $265/student per session ($238.50 for members).

–Half Day Nature Camp (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.) costs $180/student per session ($162 for members).

*Fees include all costs of instruction, laboratory and art supplies and an organic cotton camp T-shirt.

Note: Nature Camp is held Monday - Thursday. There is no camp on Fridays (except during the week of July 3).

For more information and to register, visit www.encenter.org or call 949.645.8489.

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


Don’t miss these two free events this week at Segerstrom Center’s Argyros Plaza

You won’t want to miss these two events this week on the George and Julianne Argyros Plaza. Both are free of charge, so come dance to the music and be inspired by the stories.

Swing Under the Stars on Thursday, Thursday, Feb. 14 from 6 - 9 p.m.

This Valentine’s Day, dance the night away to live music from Dave Stuckey and the Hot House Gang. The dance floor has room for everyone – singles, couples, seasoned dancers and those just learning. There will be an expert instructor on hand to help you find your dancing feet, caricature artists, giveaways by Bumble and a chance to make your own Valentine’s Day card for someone special.

There will be a bourbon tasting from High West Distillery (nominal charge), and George’s Café will offer a special menu for the evening’s festivities, to include “My Heart Beets for You” salad; “Let Me Warm You Up” seafood chowder in a house-made bread bowl; and all the sweetness of “Brownie ALA Mode” and “A Chocolate Kiss” special beverage.

Dont miss these two events

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We All Have Stories – Kindness on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 2 - 5 p.m.

In partnership with Heritage Future, Segerstrom Center celebrates storytelling through “We All Have Stories,” a new series on the Argyros Plaza exploring all forms of this unique medium from traditional to technological, introducing more ways to share your own experiences through podcasts and leave inspired. The first in the series is “We All Have Stories – Kindness.” All are welcome to this inaugural event, which will include engaging performances and readings by professional storytellers through spoken word and digital podcasts.

Along with other special guests, students from Trabuco Mesa Elementary SAKtivists will be on hand to share personal stories from their Random Acts of Kindness challenge, which the school has been taking part in since 2016. Inspired by the musical’s true story, students have been challenging cast members of Broadway’s Come From Away as the company crosses the country on its National Tour.

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


Celebrate all things cheese Wednesdays at SideDoor

SideDoor, Corona del Mar’s first and only English gastropub, will continue its popular monthly Cheese Takeovers beginning Wednesday, Feb. 20. 

The third Wednesday of each month will showcase a select portfolio of artisanal cheeses from various boutique creameries in California and across the country.

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SideDoor’s own certified cheesemonger, Tracy Nelsen, will be on hand at each takeover to educate guests on the various cheeses presented. The featured cheeses will also find their way into select SideDoor menu items for that evening only. A different creamery or style of cheese will be showcased monthly, culminating with an ultimate cheese party highlighting all creameries featured in the series. 

Schedule:

Wednesday, Feb. 20 - English Cheeses 

Wednesday, March 20 - Hook’s Cheese (Mineral Pt., Wisc.)

Wednesday, April 17 - Pennyroyal Farm (Boonville, Calif.)

Cheese Takeovers begin at 4:30 p.m. and continue until they run out of cheese. The cost is $28 for a five-piece cheeseboard.

For more information, call 949.717.4322 or visit www.SideDoorCdM.com.

SideDoor is located at 3801 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. A red key hangs over the entryway on Poppy Street.


Annual Newport Beach UK Honours kicks off BAFTA weekend with celebration of UK creative talent

In a star-studded celebration of the best of UK talent from film, television and music, the Newport Beach Film Festival kicked off BAFTA weekend with the Newport Beach Film Festival UK Honours on February 7 at The Langham London.

For 20 years, the Newport Beach Film Festival, one of the fasted growing luxury lifestyle film festivals in the U.S., has included a dedicated UK showcase during its 10-day program. Starting in 2015, the film festival and Visit Newport Beach partnered to elevate the connection to the UK industry by honoring talent via the Newport Beach Film Festival UK Honours held in London just ahead of the BAFTA Awards. Honours include Arts Champions, Breakout Talent, Artists of Distinction, Icons and Outstanding Achievement in Cinema.

In addition, starting in 2017, Variety, the entertainment industry bible, partnered to use the opportunity to present their annual list of 10 Brits to Watch. 

Annual Newport Beach UK Honours

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(L-R) Gregg Schwenk, co-founder, Newport Beach Film Festival; Louis Serkis (Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, Alice Through the Looking Glass); Hannah John-Kamen (Ant-Man and the Wasp, Ready Player One); Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms); Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth, Star Wars: Episode IX); and Gary Sherwin, CEO, Newport Beach & Co.

2019 Newport Beach Film Festival UK Honours Honorees:

Outstanding Achievement In British Cinema: Stan & Ollie – Jon S. Baird, Jeff Pope

Outstanding Achievement In Global Cinema: The Favourite

Icon Award: Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey), Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread, All or Nothing), John Llyod (Blackadder, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)

Artist Of Distinction Award: Rob Brydon (Gavin & Stacey, The Trip), Lily Cole (Balls, Snow White and the Huntsman), Richard Dormer (Game of Thrones, Fortitude), Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey, Liar), Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey, A United Kingdom)

Breakthrough Artist Award: Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth, The Bisexual), Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals, High Resolution), Hannah John-Kamen (Ant-Man and the Wasp, Ready Player One), Louis Ashbourne Serkis (The Kid Who Would be King, Mowgli)

Arts Champion Award: MediCinema, Women in Film and Television

Presented by Jenelle Riley, deputy awards and features editor, Variety’s 2019 10 Brits to Watch included Rhianne Barreto, Raffey Cassidy, Paapa Essiedu, Jess Glynne, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Billy Howle, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Jessica Swale, Joivan Wade and Fionn Whitehead. Profiles of the talent appear in the magazine’s February 5 issue and on www.Variety.com.


2019 Newport Beach Art Exhibition call for entries

The Newport Beach City Arts Commission invites artists to participate in the 55th Annual Newport Beach Art Exhibition to be held on Saturday, June 15 at the Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.

For more than 50 years, the Newport Beach City Arts Commission has recognized the talent and contributions of local and regional artists by hosting a juried art exhibition that gives the community the opportunity to view and purchase the art on display, mingle with the artists, and enjoy a festive atmosphere of music, wine and food.

2019 Newport Beach Art Exhibition

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Artists, 18 years of age or older, may submit one or two original works of art to be displayed and judged. Entry fees are $30 for one entry and $40 for the maximum two entries. Categories include Painting: Watercolors and Painting: Oils and Acrylics, along with Photography and 3D Art. Awards in the one-day juried exhibition range from $100 - $300. Awards will be announced at the reception at 4:30 p.m. on June 15 in the Civic Center Council Chambers.

The deadline for entries is May 27. Applications should be submitted online at www.CallforEntry.org. Eligibility and submission guidelines can be found on the City website at www.newportbeachca.gov/culturalarts under “Newport Beach Art Exhibition” or at www.CallforEntry.org.

For more information, contact the Cultural Arts office at 949.717.3802 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Farm to Fork: A Foodie’s Point of ViewFork

By LANA JOHNSON

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by taking your loved one on a romantic culinary excursion

There’s still time to make a reservation and take that special someone to one of these venues to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Thursday, Feb. 14.

Farm to Fork Back Bay Bistro

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An intimate setting with panoramic harbor views at Back Bay Bistro

Back Bay Bistro – Enjoy a romantic evening alongside your loved one with a live, smooth jazz performance by the Darnell Wyrick Quintet and a gourmet feast, courtesy of Executive Chef Daniel Jimenez. The dinner will feature a four course, prix-fixe menu and present mouthwatering first course options like Roasted Heirloom Tomato Basil Bisque, succulent main courses such as the Center Cut Filet with roasted fingerling potatoes, carrots, asparagus and green peppercorn sauce, and decadent desserts like Crème Brûlée served with chocolate-covered strawberries. Cost: $75 per person (includes four-course dinner with a special performance.) Beverages, tax and 18 percent gratuity are not included in per person price. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach. For reservations, call 949.999.3170. www.backbaybistronewportbeach.com

Farm to Fork Central Garden to Cafe

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Picturesque Sherman Gardens leading to Café Jardin

Café Jardin Features a romantic dinner surrounded by Sherman Gardens on February 14 or 15 from 5 - 8 p.m. The berry-themed menu features an Amuse Bouche strawberry salad with baked brie toast, Berry Sorbet with cassis liquor, and Roasted Duck Breast with duck confit lardons and grape cognac sauce. Additional choices are Lobster Bisque, Beet Salad with goat cheese and Grilled Local Halibut with salsa verde and Yukon potatoes puree. Leave room for the Opera Cake with Crème Chantilly. Before or after dining, stroll through the gardens. A take-home menu is also available. Reservations are required. Call 949.673.0033. Cost: $90 per person plus beverages, tax & gratuity. Admission to the Gardens is $5. 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. www.slgardens.org/cafe-jardin

Farm to Fork Farmhouse Heart Beet Cocktail

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The Heart Beets cocktail is specially crafted by mixologist Anthony Laborin

Farmhouse Cozy up with that special someone and dine al fresco at Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens. Experience a selection of lunch and dinner specials, courtesy of Owner and Executive Chef Rich Mead in the romantic, garden setting. On February 14, the seasonal menu will include seven new, special Valentine’s Day dishes including two small plates, two mouthwatering individual entrees, two shared entrees and one decadent dessert. Toast to your loved one with “Heart Beets,” a specialty cocktail crafted by Anthony Laborin, head of Cocktail R&D. Offered through the month of February and comprised of tequila, chartreuse, beet simple and pineapple, the refreshing, vibrant red beverage will be the perfect complement to a magical evening under the stars. Hours: Lunch is served 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Dinner is served, 5 - 11 p.m. For reservations, call 949.640.1415. 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar. www.farmhouserg.com

Fashion Island Hotel Dining & Late Night

Farm to Fork Oak Grill

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The bone-in pork chop at Oak Grill, Fashion Island Hotel

~Oak Grill – Love blooms with your Valentine’s date, or dine with a group of special friends. Chef Brittany Valles has created a romantic, four-course dinner featuring aphrodisiacal ingredients to be savored with a glass of Champagne or rosé, plus a budding rose for someone special. The evening starts with a choice of Beau Soleil Oysters with rose petal mignonette, or Burrata and Caviar with strawberries and brioche. The next course is Shrimp Ceviche with oro blanco, avocado, jicama and red onion jam or Carrot-Fennel Soup with Vadouvan walnut granola. The third course tempts with either Wagyu New York Strip accompanied by black truffle beef jus, pommes puree, charred leeks and crispy onion; Chilean Sea Bass with beet mole, lime crema, charred avocado, roasted beets and “flower” tortillas; Bone-in Pork Chop with charred cabbage, whole grain mustard pork jus, apple chutney and mustard frill; or Sunflower Seed Risotto made with roasted maitake mushrooms, baby broccoli and parmesan. A glamorous dessert is the final seduction. Serving Thursday, Feb. 14 from 5 p.m. to close. Cost: $125 per person for the four-course dinner and a glass of bubbly, pricing excludes tax and gratuities. Reservations available by calling 949.760.4920.

~Stupid Cupid Party at Aqua LoungeSaturday, Feb. 16, from 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.

Aqua Lounge’s anti-Valentine’s Day Party is a meet & mingle bash to celebrate the single life and admission is free for SoCal and hotel guests; singles only. Booths with table service start at $500. Reservations available by calling 949.706.5491.

Fashion Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. 949.759.0808. www.FashionIslandHotel.com

Farm to Fork Five Crowns

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Five Crown’s signature Prime Rib of Beef and Yorkshire Pudding

Five Crowns – Treat your loved one to a romantic evening at Five Crowns this Valentine’s Day with a decadent four-course dinner for two, courtesy of Executive Chef Alejandra Padilla. Offered on both Thursday, Feb. 14 and Friday, Feb. 15, the prix-fixe menu includes succulent starters such as Avocado Crab Mash with lime dressing and pita chips and an Endive Salad with beets, goat cheese and pomegranate vinaigrette. Multiple mouthwatering entrées will be offered including Potato Horseradish-Crusted Salmon with mustard cream sauce and green beans as well as Five Crowns’ signature California Cut Prime Rib of Beef with Yorkshire pudding, au jus, whipped cream organic horseradish and your choice of two classic sides. End your evening on a sweet note with indulgent dessert options like the Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée with mixed berries or Profiteroles with 70 percent dark chocolate mousse, almonds and hot fudge. Cost: $150 per couple. Hours: February 14: 5 - 9 p.m.; February 15: 5 - 10 p.m. 3801 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. www.lawrysonline.com

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar – A Valentine’s menu is being offered from February 7 - 18. with a three-course celebration. Fall in love all over again with Filet Mignon and your choice of North Atlantic Lobster Tail or Colossal Shrimp. Want to treat your Valentine to an exceptional, all-inclusive surprise? Add a luxury gift and premium Champagne with their customizable Wine, Dine & Sparkle dinner for two. See their website for more details. 455 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. www.flemingssteakhouse.com

Hornblower Cruises & Events – Grab your friends or someone special for a memorable time on the water with great food, drinks and views. Cruises: Cupid’s Champagne Cruise on Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb.17 to take in the sights and enjoy brunch; Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner featuring five delicious courses on Thursday, Feb.14; Signature Series Cruises: Find Your #First Mate Singles Valentine’s Day Cocktail Cruise; and Romantic Valentine’s Weekend Dinner Cruises. Each cruise is the crème de la crème. Visit the website for additional information, cruise times and costs. Departs from Hornblower South, 2431 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach. www.hornblower.com/NewportBeach

Il Barone Ristorante – Experience a cozy authentic meal on hearts day during a special Italian four-course dinner. Start with an Antipasti of Beef Carpaccio, Buschetta con crema di tartufo e funghi (roasted wild mushrooms and black truffles) or Capesante alla griglia (sea scallop with butternut squash puree); choice of salads; entrée selections include Pastas, Halibut, Boneless Center Cut Ribeye and Stuffed Breast of Chicken. Finish with your choice of Dolce – Espresso Tiramisu or Torta all’ Amaretto. Felice San Valentino! For reservations and pricing, call 949.955.2755. 900 Bristol N., Newport Beach. www.ilbaroneristorante.com

Marche Moderne – Indulge in a French dinner filled with romance from owners Florent and Amelia Marneau...as you enjoy three courses, each with a wine pairing. Main course entrees to choose from include Rack of Lamb, Veal, Scallops and Prawns and Sea Bass. Spacious bar. Call 714.434.7900 for reservations and more information. 7862 Pacific Coast Highway (in the Crystal Cove Shopping Center), Newport Coast.

www.marchemoderne.net

Nobu Newport Beach – What a treat! Indulge in a seven-course Omakase menu that includes Zensai - Nobu-style vegetable tacos, decadent Tasmanian Ocean Trout Zuke with Amarillo Tosazu, Bluefin Tuna Tataki Caviar with beet dressing, Nigiri, Shima Aji with dry miso quinoa cauliflower salad, Oven Roasted Lobster with mustard Meyer lemon Chantilly and Lobster dashi coulis, Pan Seared Lamb Loin, and Uni Abalone and Clam Miso with sweet potato dumpling. Finish with Pavlova with grapefruit curd and caramelized pineapple cream. Cost: $150 per person. Advance reservations required. Call 949.429.4440. 3450 Via Oporto #101 (Lido Marina Village), Newport Beach. www.noburestaurants.com

Pescadou Bistro Savor a taste of France during your special three-course dinner. Begin with an Amouse Bouche followed by fresh tomato puree soup with garlic croutons and basil oil or Salad Perigourdine with butter lettuce, duck confit and smoked duck with pear and walnut vinaigrette. Main dishes feature Chilean Sea Bass Fillet in lobster sauce, roasted New Zealand Lamb Rack with a Dijon mustard herbs crust or Beef Tenderloin with a cognac-peppercorn sauce. For dessert, there is a “duo” of Red Berries Crème Brulee and Mini Chocolate Mousse. Cost: $89 per person. 3325 Newport Blvd. Newport each. For reservations, call 949.675.6990. www.pescadoubistro.com

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An assortment of Valentine’s desserts at Provenance

Provenance Whisper, “Be Mine,” at Provenance and keep the love local. Chef Cathy Pavlos is serving up some seriously good eats this Valentine’s Day. As with all special occasions at Provenance, guests can look forward to a no-nonsense, no-fuss, straight-up good time. Lovebirds will enjoy a four course prix-fixe menu featuring your choice of dishes such as Black Canyon Filet Mignon and Plancha-Seared Wild Branzino Filet. To view the full Valentine’s Day menu, visit www.provenanceoc.com/menu. Cost: $75 per person, with an optional $25 or $40 wine pairing. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available upon request. For reservations, call 949.718.0477. 2531 Eastbluff Drive (Eastbluff Village Center), Newport Beach. www.provenanceoc.com

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Toast to your Valentine with Sol Cocina’s refreshing blackberry ginger Margarita

Sol Mexican Cocina Celebrate love with Valentine’s Day specials being offered from February 14 - 17. Overlooking the harbor, enjoy the tastes of Baja with fresh, savory and healthy Coastal Mexican specialties, paired with more than 100 types of tequilas and inventive cocktails. Dine on the waterfront or around the interior fire pit. To make a reservation, call 949.675.9800. 251 Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach. www.solcocina.com

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End your memorable meal with the chocolate bomb dessert at Sushi Roku

Sushi Roku – Chic, innovative and sexy! Spend your Valentine’s Day at Sushi Roku for an unforgettable culinary experience. Executive Chef Shin Toyoda prides himself in featuring global ingredients throughout the menu to create a contemporary sushi experience unlike any other in the region. The restaurant is offering its regular menu, along with a prix-fixe Valentine’s Menu for 2 ($180 per couple). Each couple will begin with two glasses of Pommery Champagne and appetizers of Brussels Sprouts Chips, Tuna Carpaccio, Yellowtail Diced Chiles, Hanabi and Beef Rib Eye-Wrapped Asparagus. You will then enjoy Tuna, Fluke and Salmon Sushi, Baked Crab Hand Roll and a White Lotus Roll. The meal will end with a Chocolate Bomb Dessert served with Tyku Coconut Sake. For reservations, call 949.706.3622. 327 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. www.sushiroku.com

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The Mayor’s Table beckons with warm, cozy furnishings

The Mayor’s Table Pacific Pub + Kitchen at Lido House  – Celebrate your memorable evening at The Mayor’s Table at Lido House with a four-course menu along with a rooftop bite (white chocolate Madeline and caviar Champagne) and coffee + tea in the Parlor (accompanied with mignardises). Menu: First Course (to share): Celery gimlet; Second Course (choose one): Black Truffle Risotto or Roasted Scallop; Third Course (choose one): Roasted Sturgeon with black truffle, Squab with baby root vegetables, or Petite Filet; Fourth Course (to share): Textures of chocolate. Cost: $135 per person with mixed beverage pairings for $65. Reservations can be made on OpenTable.com. 3300 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach. www.lidohousehotel.com

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Indulge in the luscious scallop, shrimp and fava bean risotto at The Winery

The Winery Restaurant & Wine BarCelebrate Valentine’s Day the Winery Way. It will be hosting a very special evening on Thursday, Feb. 14 with a special Oh Baby! four course prix-fixe menu created by Executive Chef Yvon Goetz. Cost: $109 per guest, with beverages, tax, and gratuity separate. The harbor views are at no extra charge. To make your reservation, call 949.999.6622. For a detailed menu, view the website. 3131 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach. www.thewinerynewport.com

Ciao Vincenza!


Pacific Chorale celebrates “UnSung Heroes,” showcases creative female composers

On March 30 at 7:30 p.m., in celebration of Women’s History Month, Orange County’s Pacific Chorale will highlight the creative genius of female composers in a concert titled “UnSung Heroes” at Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $20.

The evening’s program features music composed by women ranging from the medieval mystic Hildegard von Bingen to 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, and will include a world premiere commission by Seattle composer and conductor Karen P. Thomas, who also serves as the concert’s guest curator. Artistic Director Robert Istad will conduct the 140-voice Chorale with accompanist David Clemensen and guest musicians.

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Artistic Director Robert Istad conducting women of Pacific Chorale

“It’s no secret that women composers have been vastly underrepresented in music,” Istad said. “Until fairly recently in history, women were strongly discouraged from pursuing careers in composition, and what music they did write was rarely publicly performed or published.”

According to the website Bachtrack, which maintains listings of concert, opera and dance performances worldwide, women were represented in only 16 percent of classical music programming in the U.S. last year.

The Chorale’s aim is to introduce audience members to a selection of incredibly talented women – some of them historic, some of them iconic, and many of them active today – who have made and are making an impact in music. Among those featured are the multi-talented 19th century musicians Clara Wieck Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel – both of whom were overshadowed as composers in their lifetimes by the men in their families; the tragically short-lived French prodigy Lili Boulanger; veteran choral composer and arranger Alice Parker; African American composers Ysaÿe Barnwell and Rosephanye Powell; Galina Grigorjeva, representing the rich Estonian choral music tradition; and Hyo-won Woo from South Korea.

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Karen P. Thomas, Seattle composer and conductor

During this program, Istad will also recognize the major contributions of women in popular music, with selections from well-known English and American singer-songwriters Kate Bush, Carole King and Joni Mitchell included in the evening’s performance, and will prominently feature a number of the Chorale’s female members as soloists. 

According to Istad, “You may not yet be familiar with all the names on this concert, but we think you’ll agree their music is amazing!”

Prior to the concert, Segerstrom Center’s second annual ¡DAMAS! celebration will take place on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza beginning at 5 p.m. ¡DAMAS! celebrates women creators and will feature performances, activities and a panel discussion which will include Karen Thomas. As part of the plaza activities, Pacific Chorale will create a “gallery walk” of posters of great moments for women in music history and will provide free concert tickets to groups who primarily serve women’s causes.

For more information, visit https://scfta.org/events/2019/¡damas!-free.

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


Winter date night ideas in Newport Beach

By Mariam Makatsaria

This blog appears on www.visitnewportbeach.com

Edited by www.StuNewsNewport.com

That odd week in January when the weather decided to flip the script and turn warm? We all know that was a fluke, and we enjoyed it while it lasted. But now that we’re in the throes of winter again (as winter-ish as it can get in the Golden State), it’s hard to come up with date night ideas that don’t involve the outdoors. Especially here, in Newport Beach, which boasts a treasure trove of beach-oriented activities. And with Valentine’s Day around the corner, date ideas that don’t involve being outside, become a bit more difficult to plan. When everything turns gray outside, these date night ideas will be just what you’ll need to kiss your seasonal affective disorder goodbye – and have heaps of fun in the process.

Winter date nights Chaba Thai

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Unwind at CHABA Traditional Thai & Sport Massage

You promised one another that you’d learn to practice self-care this year. You’ve been going on more walks, stretching, keeping an arsenal of essential oils in your work drawers. You even downloaded that meditation app your friends have been yammering on about. One thing left to cross off your list? A complete, head-to-toe relaxation sesh. Enter Chaba Traditional Thai & Sport Massage. Although the spa specializes in Thai massage – an ancient practice that incorporates gentle rocking, acupressure, a little bit of yoga, some assisted stretches and meditation – you can also choose from a number of other pampering styles like deep tissue, Swedish, hot stone or combination. (Optional: If you go Thai, you can have a therapist walk on your back!) An hour-long couples massage will set you back $130, but your bodies will thank you for it long after your appointment is over. 1000 Bristol St. N Suite 19, Newport Beach.
www.thai-chaba.com

Winter date nights creme brulee

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Learn how to bake a crème brûlée – the perfect Valentine’s dessert

Cook up a storm at Sur La Table’s “Date Night” Cooking Classes

That pan-seared salmon you guys make? It’s delicious, but since the dish has been on heavy rotation this month, you’re already getting bored of it. Instead of relying on your dogeared recipe book, how about you try something new. And while you’re at it, make a date out of the experience. Sur La Table’s Newport Beach outpost plays host to a slew of cooking classes, but its “Date-Night” classes are what you want to register for. There are several options to choose from – take, for example, the “Bold Tuscan Flavors” class, during which you’ll learn how to cook strip steak with Chianti pan sauce and potato gnocchi with basil pesto. Or the “From Paris With Love” class, during which you’ll learn how to whip up things like pan-roasted chicken with fine herbs and whole-grain mustard sauce and French vanilla crème brûlée. Whatever you opt for, the folks at Sur La Table will make sure you walk out fed and happy, with a new set of cooking chops to impress your friends and family. 832 Avocado Ave. (Corona del Mar Plaza), Newport Beach. www.surlatable.com

Catch a movie and a dinner at The LOT, Fashion Island

Sure, you can stay in and eat leftovers while watching your Redbox rental – or you can jaunt over to The Lot for a much, much more elevated experience. Nestled inside Fashion Island, The Lot is a luxe space that houses a cafe, a bar, a restaurant and a movie theater all under one roof. The restaurant serves up a menu that features everything from pan-roasted Scottish salmon to chicken schnitzel. And that movie theatre? With tray tables and plush, reclining leather chairs, the auditorium is a destination in its own right. This also means: No more elbow-fighting over the armrest and knocking over your half-eaten popcorn box with your feet. And before you ask – yes, you can totally sip on your Aperol Spritz and eat your dinner in front of the screen. All to say...The Lot gives “movie night” a whole new meaning. 999 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. www.thelotent.com

Winter date nights bold reds

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The bold reds you’ve been waiting for: 2016 Zinfandel and 2016 GSM. Both are available exclusively at Orange Coast Winery

Sip some vino at Orange Coast Winery

Nothing takes the edge off after a busy week better than a glass of vino. But before you commit to a bottle from your local grocery store, consider this: At Orange Coast Winery, you can taste a lineup of six labels, served with a cheese platter. (The establishment also offers a fully fledged menu). During the wine tasting, let the winemaker himself tell you all about where the winery’s finest sips came from. Because, really how else are you going to appreciate that earthy aroma you detected when you stuck your nose into the glass? Or that fruity note that walloped your mouth when you swooshed the wine around your tongue? The winery’s experts will also answer your most pressing questions – i.e. what you’re supposed to drink with that grilled branzino dinner you love whipping up on weekends. At the end of all of this, you’ll walk out of the establishment feeling like a newly minted oenophile. 869 W. 16th St., Newport Beach. www.orangecoastwinery.com

Find your inner dancer at OC Ballroom Dancing Studio

Dancing? We know: you’re torn. Last time you tried the box step, you ended up, quite literally, stepping on some toes. On the other hand, you kind of really enjoyed swaying to the music. So it’s time to try again, and what better way to up your dancing game than with the help of a pro? Professional ballroom finalists Mikhail Avdeev and Olga Blinova – the duo behind the OC Dancing studio, which offers classes for both kids and adults – can teach you and your partner a slew of dance routines like slow waltz, tango, foxtrot and quickstep. Whether you’re serious about finding your groove or just want to have some fun with your date, OC Dancing will help you take that first step, step, step toward the right direction. 2220, 2014 Quail St., Newport Beach.


You Must Remember This: When our harbor functioned as an “actual” harbor

By NANCY GARDNER

Are you familiar with Central Boat Manufacturing Corporation on 31st Street? How about Dick’s Dock, Boat Repair and Painting at 801 Coast Highway, or The Davit Shop, Davits and Boat Fittings on 20th? Probably not, because they don’t exist anymore. Also gone are Lyle’s Boat Shop, Sterling Boat Works, Tronart Marine Radiophones...the list goes on.

It’s always interesting to read old publications. In the Southern California Beachcomber, a small 18-page general interest publication, in one 1947 issue there were 20 ads for marine-related businesses, not including yacht brokers. None of the businesses exist anymore. Some have been replaced, but most have not, and this has been a concern among boaters – the gradual disappearance of vital marine support services, driven away primarily by high land values. 

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An ad for the Centraliner 36, the newest in pleasure boating, 1947

The 2006 General Plan, in its Harbor and Bay Element, reflects this concern. Goal HB1 calls for the preservation of the diverse uses of the harbor including those that provide needed support for “water dependent and water-related commercial activities”  including boat/ship repair and maintenance. So how has this been addressed in the intervening years? Not at all. We still have such services, but they are always at threat, and are slowly getting picked off one by one.

Here’s the problem. Someone owns waterfront property. Whether a person has recently bought the land and paid a hefty price for it or has had it for a while and seen the value skyrocket, there is a huge incentive to further monetize the holding – either by redeveloping into more remunerative fields or jacking the rents up to the point that certain kinds of businesses can no longer afford to be tenants. And so we see these vital support businesses slowly diminish.

Now boats to me are insidious vehicles designed to induce nausea, a nefarious plot to boost the sales of Dramamine, so I am not spending much energy on this issue, but you out there putting around in your boats or enjoying a cocktail at your yacht club, should be up in arms about this. No matter what you do, we probably won’t see a return of Seafood Specialties Co. (Let Us Can Your Albacore) and others long gone, but there should be a way to maintain the existing businesses so that the harbor functions as an actual harbor and not just a pretty backdrop to bayside dining and waterfront homes.

The General Plan update will be an opportunity to put more teeth in existing policies, but what about something more? The Harbor Commission, under the late Ralph Rodheim, developed a list of businesses critical to the health of the harbor. What about using that as a foundation to create a harbor plan that protects these businesses in a way that is also considerate of property rights? It will take some creative thinking, but I can’t believe with all the passion out there that solutions can’t be found. Boat owners of Newport Harbor unite!

Or, you can sit idly by and let the businesses disappear and then grumble at the added nuisance and expense of trailering your boat inland to wherever these businesses have retreated to, while those of us non-boaters will continue to enjoy the bay whether it is a well-functioning boat harbor or not.

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


Mayor’s Dinner brings community together

The 38th Annual Mayor’s Dinner, which took place on Thursday evening, Feb. 7 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, was a true coming together of those who call Newport Beach home. The festivities began with the Invocation led by State Senator John Moorlach, followed by Newport Beach Chief of Police Jon Lewis leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Master of Ceremonies was Peter Buffa who recognized honored guests and kept the program lively.

Mayors Dinner Ed Selich

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Speak Up Newport President Ed Selich welcomes guests

This much anticipated yearly event is presented by Speak Up Newport, so it was fitting that Ed Selich, president of this organization, welcomed attendees.

Former Mayor and Speak Up Newport Board Member, Rush Hill, presented the prestigious Sunshine Award, which isn’t necessarily given out each year. But this year it was, and it is always done as a surprise introduction, providing clues to the audience as to who the recipient is. And what a surprise it was! Our own co-founder and publisher of Stu News Newport, Tom Johnson, was recognized for his longtime contributions and commitments to our very special community.

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Tom Johnson, recipient of the 2019 Sunshine Award, with his daughter, Ashley

During dinner, people visited one another’s tables to share in warm camaraderie, followed by Buffa saluting our Newport Beach Mayors, who all took center stage up on the dais.

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Newport Beach Mayor Diane Dixon delivers her State of the City Address

Newport Beach Mayor Diane Dixon presented a fun and candid video of the councilmembers, answering relatable questions from what’s your favorite type of boat to what was the first album/tape you ever owned. This was followed by the Mayor’s State of the City Address, touching upon the highest priorities of City Council, which include the Budget, General Plan and John Wayne Airport.

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Debra Allen received special recognition for her contributions to Speak Up Newport

A special thanks to dinner co-chairs Debbie Allen and Kathy Harrison, the underwriters who supported the event and all those who worked behind the scenes to make the evening so enjoyable.

Speak Up Newport, founded in 1979, is a membership organization that meets monthly and presents public forums featuring topics of local interest. In addition, it grants scholarships to graduating seniors from Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar high schools. For more information, visit www.speakupnewport.com.


Lantern Festival comes to Segerstrom Center

For the fourth year in a row, Pacific Symphony and South Coast Chinese Cultural Center (SCCCC)/Irvine Chinese School (ICS) join hands to present a free, fun, family-friendly Lantern Festival, commemorating the end of the Lunar New Year celebration.

The festival, spread throughout the concert hall and the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza, features culture, music and arts, including a variety of colorful performances showcasing local music and dance groups. Entire families are encouraged to come and celebrate the Year of the Pig with numerous activities traditionally associated with the Lantern Festival, a Chinese festival traditionally celebrated on the 15th day of the Lunar New Year. 

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Lanterns adorn the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

The Lantern Festival takes place on Saturday, March 2 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, with performances in the theater, activities in the lobby and interactive demonstrations on the Argyros Plaza. The event is free and open to the public, but due to the limited capacity, remaining available tickets will go fast. Entry is first-come, first-served; tickets must be reserved in advance through www.pacificsymphony.org or with their Box Office at 714.755.5799.

The Lantern Festival is made possible through the support of the James Irvine Foundation, and is presented in cooperation with Segerstrom Center for the Arts, with additional support from the Taiwan Tourism Bureau and Wang Intellectual Property.

As in years past, this Lantern Festival community celebration will include a variety of musical and performing arts acts and activities, such as performances by the Pacific Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the South Coast Chinese Orchestra, Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra Octet, Lac Hong Performing Art Group, Chinese folk-dance lessons and a ukulele sing-along. Activities such as lantern making with the Bowers Museum, a petting zoo featuring this year’s animal, the pig, and Chinese knotting classes will keep the whole family busy. Don’t miss the numerous photo opportunities, like where festivalgoers can try on traditional Áo Dài Vietnamese outfits, and the finale of the day: the colorful Dragon Dance. To view the complete Lantern Festival lineup, visit www.scfta.org/events/2019/lantern-festival-2019

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


Human Options to host “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” Conference at Harbor High

Human Options, an Orange County-based nonprofit dedicated to ending the cycle of relationship violence, will host “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” Teen Dating Violence Conferences to raise awareness on teen relationship violence and digital safety.

Locally, the Love Shouldn’t Hurt Conference takes place on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Newport Harbor High School from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The day includes featured workshops led by Human Options staff member for parents and teens, complimentary breakfast and lunch, and children’s activities for younger siblings and more. Students and parents from all over the county are expected to attend, and the conference is open to the public. Pre-registration is highly encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome.

Human Options to host

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Youth share their sentiments on teen dating and relationships

The conferences are being held in February, during National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. While many are celebrating love in February, one in three teens in the U.S. experiences dating violence, which is more than any other age group. The conferences are designed to get students talking about healthy relationships, destructive gender stereotypes, warning signs of dating abuse, and help them learn safe ways to address occurrences of abuse in their own lives. 

This year’s workshops will also include the importance of adults and teens knowing the facts surrounding digital relationship violence. Defined as the use of technology to bully, harass, stalk or intimidate a partner, this can include constant texts and phone calls, using social media or GPS to track locations, stealing passwords, pressure to send explicit photos and videos and sending negative messages. 

For more information and to register for the conference, click here.

Newport Harbor High School is located at 600 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.


ENC seeks volunteers for President’s Week Camp

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) is looking for responsible high school students that love nature and working with children to be a part of the Leader in Training (LIT) program for their upcoming President’s Week Camp, taking place February 18 - 21.

Students will assist the knowledgeable staff members with Nature Camps. Here, they will gain experience and responsibility and learn more about the nature around them along the way. Volunteering for the ENC will not only enhance a student’s resume but it will look great on college applications too.

ENC seeks volunteers

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Although it is a volunteer position, applicants must interview to be eligible. Students, not parents, are responsible for communicating with ENC staff regarding the Leaders in Training opportunity.

In order to participate, students must be available for mandatory training for President’s Week Camp: February 13, 3:15 - 5:15 p.m. and Spring Break Camp: April 3, 3:15  5:15 p.m.*

2018-19 Camps:

–President’s Week: February 18 - 21

–Spring Break: April 8 – 11

–Summer Camps: June 24 - August 15

Once the ENC receives a student’s application and reference form, they will contact the student to schedule an interview. Experienced LITs that have volunteered as LITs at the ENC in the past need not submit a reference form or interview.

*Additional training time is required for Little Naturalist and Science Explorers Camp.

For more information, call 949.645.8489, ext. 103.

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


City of Hope expands to Newport Beach

In one of the most ambitious initiatives in its 106-year history, City of Hope is expanding its world-class cancer network in Orange County, beginning with the purchase of a 12,500-square-foot facility at 1601 Avocado Ave. in Newport Beach. This major expansion, projected to open in late 2019, will be the first spoke of the main health campus planned for Irvine’s Great Park and the official start to City of Hope extending its personalized, compassionate and technologically advanced care to the county.

Despite their health-conscious reputation, the 3.2 million Orange Countians are not immune to the physical and emotional toll of a cancer diagnosis, now experienced by one in three Americans.* Nearly 20 percent of Orange County residents diagnosed with cancer currently leave the area for treatment,** often to City of Hope in Duarte, and sometimes to out-of-state facilities. As a result, patients and their families experience unnecessary hardships that can impede treatment and recovery.

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The City of Hope 12,500-square-foot facility in Newport Beach

“This undertaking is a response to the call of our patients, families and supporters to bring City of Hope’s innovative discoveries and specialized therapies closer to their homes,” said Annette Walker, president, City of Hope Orange County. “Our respectful approach to caregiving, wealth of experience in diagnosis and treatment, high-impact biomedical research enterprise and ability to deliver the most advanced therapies have made City of Hope a frequent choice for patients with the most complex needs. Orange County patients will also benefit from City of Hope’s designation by the National Cancer Institute as one of just 49 comprehensive cancer centers in the country.”

With City of Hope’s unique approach to care, physicians and scientists are connected through a powerful research environment that speeds the development of new drugs and interventions to the bedside, allowing patients to access the latest advances in cancer care, including more than 500 clinical trials which are currently being conducted. As one of the nation’s leading independent research clinical enterprises, City of Hope maintains 30 clinical network locations, two large research centers focusing on cancer and diabetes, three GMP manufacturing facilities, and, through an alliance with TGen, advances in genomics technologies for the application of precision medicine. All of this is accomplished while providing state-of-the-art comprehensive, multidisciplinary support from compassionate experts setting the standard for medical systems worldwide.

City of Hope aims to make life with cancer more manageable and improve quality of life by providing innovative supportive care programs that provide peace of mind for patients, families and friends. For those already intimately familiar with City of Hope, this first step in expanding the Orange County network is welcome news.

Todd Kennedy, a Coto de Caza resident, has commuted for the past year to City of Hope’s Duarte campus to receive lifesaving stem cell, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and radiation treatment for advanced multiple myeloma. He says, “Cancer is very complex and the science to treat the disease is advancing rapidly. When I initially learned I had cancer, I knew that my long-term success would depend on consulting physicians with deep expertise in my specific cancer, and getting the right diagnosis, the right treatment plan and the right coordinated care team at the right time. I found all of this at City of Hope.

“My highly personalized treatment plan has produced encouraging results with manageable side effects,” Kennedy said. “When I think about the sobering statistics that one in three of my friends and neighbors will get cancer at some point in their lifetime, I am so grateful and, frankly, relieved that City of Hope will be in Orange County. I can’t wait!”

Lori McGee tells a similar story of commuting from Huntington Beach to City of Hope in Duarte when her husband, Liam, was treated for brain cancer. She says having services closer to home will make a big difference for local families.

“We used to drive 88 miles round-trip from our house at least two days a week to City of Hope because we knew they understood cancer,” McGee said. “We believed not only were the doctors experts in research and development, but also the level of holistic care and support we received was unmatched. To have City of Hope right in our backyard will bring a level of peace for me and many OC residents. Wow, what a blessing!”

Walker and the City of Hope team understand the immense benefits of City of Hope expanding into OC. “People like Todd and Lori are why we are committed to being in this community and working with other cancer champions. We welcome all in the community who would like to join our efforts,” Walker. said “This is the first of City of Hope’s many steps to become an essential partner with Orange County.”

To learn more about the latest developments at City of Hope Orange County, or to make a donation, go to www.CityofHope.org/oc.

*Sources:

3.2 million OC residents – United States Census Bureau

One in three Americans diagnosed with cancer – American Cancer Society: www.cancer.org/treatment/understanding-your-diagnosis/after- diagnosis/who-gets-cancer.html 

**Source:

–Nearly 20 percent – OSHPD 2016 Cancer Discharges Based on Primary Diagnosis


Women’s Empowerment event at Macy’s Home South Coast Plaza promoted prioritizing your health

On Thursday, Jan. 31, more than 100 women came together at Macy’s Home South Coast Plaza for the final installment of the three-part series of Local, Global & Me, a Women’s Empowerment Series. Sponsored by Orange County United Way and Bank of America, the event featured a special presentation promoting the power of prioritizing your health and how it can transcend to positively impacting your community.

Womens Empowerment Jafari and Gwen

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(L-R) Dr. Mahtab Jafari and Chef Jamie Gwen

Three panelists, Sue Graham, vice president and store manager of Macy’s at South Coast Plaza; Dr. Mahtab Jafari, professor and vice chair of UCI’s Department of Pharmaceutical Services; and celebrity chef, lifestyle expert and Newport Beach resident, Jamie Gwen, shared personal stories, anecdotes and inspiration.

Attendees watched a live cooking demonstration in the newly expanded Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School and Cafe led by Chef Jamie Gwen, as well as networked with Macy’s cosmetic vendors who provided free touch-ups and consultations.

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(L-R) Sue Graham, Macy’s South Coast Plaza; Chef Jamie Gwen; Shari Battle, Bank of America; Shirley Quackenbush, Merrill Lynch; Dr. Mahtab Jafari, University of California, Irvine; and Susan B. Parks, Orange County United Way 


Good Morning Corona del Mar meeting on Feb 14 to feature Councilmember Brenner

Good Morning Corona del Mar, the monthly government and community affairs discussion group, will hold its next meeting on Thursday, Feb.14 from 7:30 - 9 a.m. at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club.

Presented by the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce, the featured speaker is newly appointed Newport Beach Councilmember Joy Brenner for District 6.  Enjoy the Meet & Greet with Brenner, who will provide city updates, followed by a Q&A.

Good Morning Corona del Mar Joy Brenner

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Newport Beach Councilmember District 6, Joy Brenner

There will also be legislative updates from our local representatives.

The meeting is open to the public and free of charge. No RSVP is necessary. Complimentary refreshments will be available.

For additional information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949.673.4050. For details on other upcoming Chamber events, visit www.CdmChamber.com.

Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club is located at 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar.


Stump the Stu

Rippling water offers quiet repose

Stump the Stu 2.8.19

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Stu readers who are walkers, runners and bikers knew this photo of the Delhi Channel can be seen from the bridge overhead which is located on the Bayview Trail at the head of Upper Newport Bay.

Congratulations to Charles Davison, Charlotte McAuliffe, Dennis Baker, Dennis Moran, Joe Stapleton and Mary Pat Earl.

A special thanks to Kristie Hemstreet who snapped this photo and sent it to us.

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 location, so we can challenge them! Happy Hunting.


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so let’s see how well you know our town. Identify this partial glance of a sign that includes the word “BAKERY.” Where can you find it and what would you find in their oven?

Good luck!

Stu loves publishing the winning answers on Tuesday.

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 2.8.19

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Orange County Community Foundation to host “Love Is” Giving Day on Tuesda

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF), based in Newport Beach, will host “Love Is,” a Giving Day to support healthy teen relationships in Orange County. Held during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, “Love Is” is the first Giving Day of 2019 and the latest in a series of Collaborative Giving Days launched by OCCF last year to boost the capacity of nonprofits through collective giving. The seven Giving Days held throughout 2018 raised a total of $1.4 million to benefit local organizations. 

 “Love Is” will be a 24-hour online effort to raise critical funds for seven nonprofits, including Orange County Women’s Health Project, Human Options, Waymakers, LGBT Center OC, Women’s Transitional Living Center (WTLC), Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties, Inc. and Laura’s House.

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“The ‘Love Is’ Giving Day will deliver crucial support to our local nonprofits empowering teens to show respect and engage in healthy relationships,” said Shelley Hoss, OCCF President. “We are proud to fuel this positive impact and help break cycles of abuse by encouraging collaboration as a powerful change-making tool.”

Orange County Community Foundation first challenged Orange County residents to “give where their heart lives” during the inaugural i©oc Giving Day in 2015, raising more than $1.8 million through gifts to 347 participating nonprofits in just 30 hours. Orange County Community Foundation nearly doubled those results in 2016 during the second annual i©oc Giving Day, receiving contributions totaling $3.2 million for 418 participating nonprofits. In 2017, OCCF re-envisioned i©oc as an expanded opportunity for nonprofits to connect with one another in support of their shared missions.

To give online during the “Love Is” Giving Day and for more information, visit www.oc-cf.org/iheartoc.

Founded in 1989, the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) works with donors, strengthens the local nonprofit sector and works to find solutions to community needs. Since its inception, OCCF has awarded $560 million in grants and scholarships and ranks in the top two percent in grantmaking activity among more than 780 U.S. community foundations.


Monday’s jaw-dropping sunset

Mondays jaw dropping sky

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Another wondrous winter night at the beach in CdM


Hutchins Consort to present “Bach and Rock”

The Hutchins Consort will present “Bach and Rock” on Sunday, Feb. 17. Brilliant pianist Maksim Velichkin rejoins the Consort for a new installment of their popular Bach and Rock series, this time for Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, juxtaposed with rock classics by the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Yes.

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Hutchins Consort will present “Bach and Rock”

The concert takes place on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 2200 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach.

Tickets are $35 for adults; $20 for seniors and children; and a family package (two adults and two children) is $60.

To purchase tickets, visit www.hutchinsconsort.org, or purchase at the door.


CdM Residents Association Board meeting to feature Newport’s new Fire Marshal, Kevin Bass

The Corona del Mar Residents Association Board will host its monthly board meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 a.m. Newport Beach Fire Chief Chip Duncan will introduce our city’s new Fire Marshal, Kevin Bass.

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Newport Beach Fire Marshal Kevin Bass

Attendees will hear from Duncan and Bass on the goals and activities that Bass will be implementing. All members are welcome.

The meeting is held at the OASIS Senior Center Room #5, 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar.

For more information, visit www.Cdmra.org or call/text 949.478.2454.


A stunning pier sunset after the storm 

A stunning sky

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Winter beauty found at the Newport Pier on Tuesday evening


Take Five: Mark Patterson, jewelry designer and co-owner of Mark Patterson jewelers

By AMY SENK

Mark Patterson jewelers has been a Corona del Mar destination for nearly a decade, but the couple behind the designs have been in the business since the mid-1980s. Mark and Josette met as students at the Gemological Institute of America, then began their business in New York City. Besides operating their flagship store and studio at 3425 E. Coast Highway, their brand is sold in more than 50 independent retail stores nationally, and brides around the world wear their rings. I asked Mark about being in the wedding ring business during this busy time of year.

Take Five Mark Patterson

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Mark Patterson, jeweler

Q: You’ve been a jeweler for about 30 years – what does it take to become an expert in this field, and what drew you to gems?

A: Education, obviously and experience. Not coming from a jewelry family background, the GIA was a great launch to my career in jewelry. Fine colored gemstones have always intrigued me and were an excellent starting point to design and create a piece of jewelry. This led to my traveling the world in search of the finest gemstones, which furthered my education as to the origins, the expertise of cutters and various treatments of gemstones. Having been in the heart of the jewelry district in New York City for over 25 years immersed and enhanced my jewelry fabrication skills and furthered my deep connections to the finest diamond and gemstones sources.

Q: You have a shop and work studio in Corona del Mar, but you sell your designs in jewelry stores throughout the world, and are well known as a wedding and engagement ring designer. What are the latest trends in the bridal jewelry industry?

A: Simplicity of design and finer, larger center diamonds. In the past, ornate rings with many if not hundreds of tiny diamonds pave set in halos and all over the band were the normal. Today the solitaire, simple and beautifully constructed plain ring is often joined with a more important diamond eternity band to complete the look.

Q: Do you have a good proposal story with Josette? Or from a customer? What’s the best engagement ring story you have?

A: The best is a young man who traveled all the way to China with his engagement ring to propose to his American girlfriend who was on a business trip. She was surprised to find him waiting on one knee in the hotel lobby.

Q: What’s the most important thing people consider when selecting an engagement ring?

A: There are two aspects that most couples focus on: the center diamond and then the ring design. With most approaching this together, often the guy focuses on the center diamond, maximizing his budget to achieve the right balance between size and quality. She tends to be more focused on the actual ring design. When quality and craftsmanship of the two are at its maximum, the result is truly a spectacular engagement ring.

Q: What is your favorite gemstone?

A: That is like having to choose your favorite child! But, if I had to declare one, it would be intense, brilliant blue sapphires.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Surprise, surprise…guess who won the Sunshine Award

Fair Game Tom JohnsonLast night was the 38th Annual Mayor’s Dinner at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. It’s the annual celebration where the who’s who of Newport gathers, where the former mayors are introduced and recognized, and where the sitting mayor gives their state of the city.

This year it was Diane Dixon’s turn again. She did it a couple of years back during her first appointment to the top slot.

Several things preceded our mayor’s speech. First, and certainly not to be skipped over, is the job of emcee, once again handled by Peter Buffa. There’s a reason he gets the “job” every year – he’s good.

One of the major parts of Peter’s role is getting all the former mayors up on stage for their annual picture. It’s sort of like herding cats. Everyone’s trying to get them organized and they’re too busy yapping with one another trying to catch up from the past year.

The other part of the evening is an award presentation. It’s not always given annually, but this year it was. It’s called the Sunshine Award.

Past recipients include Marian Bergeson, Evelyn Hart, Bill Ficker, and John and Donna Crean, to name a few.

The award is given in recognition for the recipient’s long-term positive impact on the community for volunteer service over and above professional accomplishments.

Former Mayor Rush Hill usually handles the duties of the surprise introduction by offering clues to the recipient’s past. This year, after a half dozen or so of these clues, I realized he was introducing me.

Surprise, surprise. And I certainly was.

And so, after a 2018 that saw me spend more than my share of time in the hospital battling medical issues, tonight was truly like a coming out party.

I thanked Speak Up Newport, I thanked Hoag Hospital, particularly for saving my life, and I thanked the people of Newport Beach for making our community special and allowing me to be a part of it.

It felt good to be back!

• • •

Margarita Avila died earlier this week. She was the matriarch of the Avila family known for their El Ranchito restaurants. Margarita was 93.

I was lucky enough to meet her a decade or so ago through my friendship with her daughter, Maria Elena Avila. Maria Elena owns and operates the El Ranchito restaurant in Costa Mesa.

Margarita was the wife of Salvador, mother, grandmother and great grandmother of a proud and successful family. Her children, in addition to Maria Elena, include Salvador Jr., Victor, Sergio and Margarita. Her son Jose Luis preceded her in death a number of years ago. She also had 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, many of them directly involved in the family’s 13 restaurants throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. 

I got to enjoy the family’s hospitality some years ago over the Christmas holidays. Their love and pride as a family was overwhelming.

She will be missed.


Saxophone superstar Kenny G to perform Valentine’s concerts with Pacific Symphony

Popular saxophonist Kenny G returns to the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall as Pacific Symphony’s guest artist for the “Valentine’s Day with Kenny G” concert, led by guest conductor Albert-George Schram. After Pacific Symphony opens the show with lush love themes by Puccini, Offenbach and Gottschalk, including Richard Rodgers’ “My Funny Valentine,” Kenny G will perform his greatest hits.

Saxophone superstar Kenny G

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Saxophonist Kenny G

Tickets for “Valentine’s Day with Kenny G” concerts start at $46 with performances on Feb. 15 - 16 at 8 p.m. This concert is part of the 2018-19 Pops series that features “music’s most enduring favorites backed by the ‘Hollywood’ sounds of Pacific Symphony,” sponsored by The Westin, PBS SoCal and K-Earth 101.

Kenny G has produced 23 albums and sold nearly 75 million records worldwide, with 45 million in the U.S. alone over a three-decade career. With music that blends R&B, Pop, Latin and traditional Jazz, he is definitely a smooth jazz superstar and one of the best-selling artists of all time. He made his Pacific Symphony debut on February 2013 for his first Valentine’s Day weekend concerts and returned in 2014 for the Summer Festival. This year will be his third time performing with Pacific Symphony.

Albert-George Schram last conducted Pacific Symphony earlier this season for Jackie Evancho’s Christmas concert, and continues to conduct various Pops concerts. Primarily as a Pops conductor, Schram has worked with artists such as James Taylor, Chris Botti, Boyz II Men, LeAnn Rimes, Olivia Newton-John, Smokey Robinson and Aretha Franklin.

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

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


Save the Date: Kontrapunktus to perform in May

Save the Date when Kontrapunktus comes to Newport Beach on Saturday, May 11, as part of their spring concert season. The neo-baroque orchestra will perform Vivaldi’s “Venice” with the DeAngelis Vocal Ensemble at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church, from 8 - 10 p.m.

Save the Date Kontrapunktus

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Cost: Special reserved seating, $40; General admission, $25; Seniors (65+), $20; and Students, $10. Note: A service fee applies.

For more information and tickets to an evening of Venetian enchantment, visit www.deangelisensemle.org/calendar.

Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church is located at 2046 Mar Vista Drive, Newport Beach.


Legendary actor Ed Asner stars in GOD HELP US! at NHHS

In a political comedy for our times, the Newport Harbor drama department presents the legendary Ed Asner starring as God in GOD HELP US! in three performances on Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 23 at 2 and 7 p.m. These special benefit performances benefit the Robert S. Wentz Theater. In addition to Asner, the play also features Stewart J. Zully and Pamela Guest, among other cast members.

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Legendary actor Ed Asner stars in three performances at Harbor High

GOD HELP US! is a play ripped from today’s headlines, an evening’s entertainment that is at once hilarious, unifying and thought provoking. Two pundits, Larry (a liberal lad) and Randi (a conservative gal), find themselves confronted by GOD (the legendary Ed Asner), a wise, sarcastic, cantankerous and wildly funny character who is offended by what America’s political leaders have done to America. He has brought Randi and Larry to Purgatory for a lively debate about the issues of our time. And whomever he finds more persuasive, will get God’s “mighty thumb on the scale” in one or the other’s favor. We learn that Randi and Larry were a couple back in their college days, but politics tore them apart – in large measure because they couldn’t learn how to disagree without being disagreeable. God interrogates them on a wide array of topics – domestic, international and personal – while commenting on the Bible, the Big Bang, the origin of mankind and so much more. Given the current state of our politics, GOD HELP US! speaks to audiences of all political persuasions with one essential argument, that we must listen to each other so that we can all live – and laugh – together. The play is written by Samuel Warren Joseph and Phil Proctor, and directed by Mitch Levine.

Tickets range from $25 - $40 and cant be purchased at www.NHHSDrama.com or SeatYourself.com.

The Robert S. Wentz Theater at Newport Harbor High School is located at 600 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.


Segerstrom announces February lineup of free events at Argyros Plaza

There’s much to take in this February on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza with a diverse blend of free performances and events. Experience the best of local talent as two fresh faces make their Argyros Stage debut this month with live performances from the music collective Santa Ana Social Club (February 5), followed by indie artist Lauren Black (February 7).

Bring the whole family to commemorate the Year of the Pig with a festive Lunar New Year Celebration on February 9, filled with live music and cultural performances. Then, dance the night away at Swing Under the Stars for Valentine’s Day (February 14). All skill levels are welcome on the dance floor, where an expert instructor will be there to help you find your groove!

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February free events come to the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza

The Center spotlights stories of kindness through We All Have Stories – Kindness (February 16), a new series on the Argyros Plaza exploring all forms of storytelling from traditional to technological. Lastly, don’t miss the chance to take in the visual splendor of Brilliance: A Night of Music and Light (February 23) as the Argyros Plaza transforms into a sensory feast of light, color and music for one magical night. 

Performance Line-up:

Live on the Argyros Stage: Santa Ana Social Club on Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. Enjoy a free performance by the Santa Ana Social Club, a collective of Southland musicians who transcend genres with their creative collaborations. Singer-songwriter Miguel Pulido will lead the evening with original material and an eclectic style that makes you feel every note. 

Live on the Argyros Stage: Lauren Black on Thursday, Feb. 7 from 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. One of the most in-demand artists on the indie music scene in Southern California, Lauren Black, makes her Argyros Stage debut. Black’s strong vocals and country influence are accessible and have garnered her a following all over Orange County. 

Lunar New Year Saturday on Feb. 9 from 5:30 - 7:45 p.m. Celebrate the Year of the Pig with Segerstrom Center for the Arts and Pacific Symphony. Enjoy cultural performances ranging from traditional Chinese folk dance to contemporary K-pop. Then, head over to the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall box office and grab a ticket for Pacific Symphony’s Lunar New Year concert.

Swing Under the Stars on Thursday, Feb. 14 from 6 - 9 p.m. This Valentine’s Day, dance the night away to live music from Dave Stuckey and the Hot House Gang. The dance floor has room for everyone, from singles, couples and seasoned dancers to those just learning. There will be an expert instructor on hand to help you find your dancing feet, along with a bourbon tasting from High West (nominal charge), caricatures and a chance to make your own Valentine’s Day card for someone special. 

We All Have Stories – Kindness on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 2 - 5 p.m. In partnership with Heritage Future, the Center celebrates storytelling through “We All Have Stories,” a new series on the Argyros Plaza exploring all forms of this unique medium from traditional to technological. All are welcome to this inaugural event, which will include engaging performances and readings by professional storytellers through spoken word and digital podcasts. Along with other special guests, students from Trabuco Mesa Elementary will be on hand to share personal stories from their Random Acts of Kindness challenge, which the school has been taking part in since 2016. Inspired by the musical’s true story, students have been challenging cast members of Broadway’s Come From Away as they cross the country on tour. 

Brilliance: A Night of Music and Light Saturday on February 23 from 7 - 10 p.m. As the sun goes down, watch the plaza transform into a world of light and color. Wear your favorite glow-in-the-dark accessories and join the crowd on the dance floor for a silent disco. Grab a pair of light-up headphones and tune in to your favorite one of their three Silent DJs. While you take a break from dancing, step into the light painting photo booth. Then, in partnership with UC Irvine’s new Emergent Media + Design program, discover and explore interactive and technology projects created by students and faculty. 

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


Pacific Symphony presents world premiere of David Robertson’s arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg variations

Pacific Symphony musicians Dennis Kim, Bridget Dolkas, Meredith Crawford and Timothy Landauer will join Café Ludwig host and pianist Orli Shaham to perform another unique chamber music concert – the Bachanalia. The program features the world premiere of “A Goldberg Conjecture,” conductor David Robertson’s arrangement of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations.” The concert will also include “Classic Suite” by Perle, Mozart’s “Five Fugues, Transcribed for String Quartet” from Bach’s “The Well-Tempered Clavier” and Liszt’s arrangement of Bach’s “Prelude and Fugue in A minor.” 

“Bachanalia” takes place on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. in the Samueli Theater. The concert is sold out. Doors open at 2 p.m. While there is no pre-concert talk, Orli Shaham will introduce the music from the stage. This performance is sponsored by Dot and Rick Nelson. The Café Ludwig series is sponsored by Avenue of the Arts Hotel. 

A consummate musician recognized for her grace and vitality, Shaham has established an impressive international reputation as one of today’s most gifted pianists. Hailed by critics the world over, she is in demand for her prodigious skills and admired for her interpretations of both standard and modern repertoire. The New York Times called her a “brilliant pianist” and the Chicago Tribune recently referred to her as “a first-rate Mozartean.”

Pacific Symphony Dennis Kim

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Pacific Symphony Concertmaster Dennis Kim

Dennis Kim is the new concertmaster of Pacific Symphony. He was first appointed concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra at the age of 22. He then served as the youngest concertmaster in the history of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, before going on to lead the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in Finland. As guest concertmaster, Kim has performed on four continents, leading the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.

Pacific Symphony Bridget Dolkas

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Second violinist Bridget Dolkas

Bridget Dolkas is Pacific Symphony’s Principal Second Violin. As first violinist and founding member of the California Quartet, she co-founded the Connections Chamber Music Series, of which Tim Mangan of the Orange County Register wrote, “a worthy series.” Since the year 2000, the California Quartet has performed in Europe and the U.S. to great acclaim. She performed for eight years in the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Opera Orchestra. Dolkas studied chamber music under such masters as Joseph Silverstein, Kim Kashkashian, Fred Sherry, Toby Appel, as well as with the Juilliard, Alexander and Miro Quartets.

Pacific Symphony Meredith Crawford

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Principal violist Meredith Crawford

Meredith Crawford is the Principal Viola in Pacific Symphony. She graduated in 2009 from the Oberlin College and Conservatory under the direction of Peter Slowik. Crawford was the first-prize winner of the Ohio Viola Society’s annual competition in 2007, the 2009 Skokie Valley Symphony Annual Young Artist Competition and the 2009-10 Oberlin Conservatory Competition in which she was the first win for a violist in more than a decade. Crawford is also an active chamber musician performing frequently with the L.A.-based Salastina Music Society, the Historic Portsmouth Chamber Music Series in Portsmouth, N.H. and the High Desert Chamber Music series in Bend, Ore.

The New York Times hailed Pacific Symphony Principal Cellist Timothy Landauer “a cellist of extraordinary gifts” when he won the coveted Concert Artists Guild International Award in 1983 in New York. Landauer is the winner of numerous prestigious prizes and awards, among them the Young Musicians Foundation›s National Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Cello Award, the Samuel Applebaum Grand Prize of the National Solo Competition of the American String Teacher›s Association and the 1984 Hammer-Rostropovich Scholarship Award. 

For more information, call 714.755.5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.


On the Harbor: About guest moorings and the N2E

By LEN BOSE

I am sitting in my office today, Saturday, Feb. 2, watching the approaching winter storm front approach; it is due in about 13:00 [1 p.m.] today. With winds reaching some 40+ knots, a number of local sailors are up in Cabrillo Beach waiting for the front to pass over before starting the Los Angeles Yacht Club’s Around Catalina Island Race. This race is one of my favorite races of the season, yet sitting at my desk, still in my robe, with a fresh cup of hot coffee, I am feeling pretty good.

That was up until I had noticed that the Newport Beach City Council at its January 22 meeting had passed a rate increase for guest moorings, raft up permits and mooring extensions. I am feeling like I would rather take on the approaching winter storm front.

Guest mooring was a flat rate of $27 a night; last year we had a winter rate of $18 a night at $1.25 per foot. So let’s do the math. You have a 40-foot boat and you would like to stay in Newport Beach for a night...which tallies to $50, plus a $17 application fee, which takes you to $67. Should you have a bit of a problem and you tangle up the mooring sand line, that will cost you $102 to replace it. So, after every guest mooring rental, the Harbor Department is going to check the sand lines. Let’s say, I am a cruising boater and can get a guest slip – I said slip not a mooring – at Long Beach for $46 a night, and I can get a guest slip in Dana Point for $46, so you know what I am going to do. That’s right, I am going to sail past Newport Beach and show them my pet bird. I always thought the concept around Marina Park and the change in the Harbor Department were to make Newport Beach a friendlier harbor? Now, it appears that the Harbor Department patrol will be carrying bananas aboard the patrol boats.

This price gouging will really affect the local harbor users more than anyone else. For example, we have a number of nonprofit organizations within our harbor that use our guest moorings for boats that they use on a daily basis, or that they are storing donated vessels on. Their mooring fees have just doubled starting on February 21, 2019. Other harbor increases will include a fee to evaluate the possibility of extending a mooring length from zero to $326. Should you want to gather a few friends together for a raft up in the East Anchorage that will now cost $62. If you have a sea lion problem on your moored boat and the Harbor Department deploys a sea lion deterrent, that will cost you $136.

I just hung up the phone with one of my better sources for harbor information and I was surprised to hear that they felt these increases were all in line and comparable to other locations around California. I must just be getting grumpier in my old age and with my concerns regarding the reduction of smaller slips, and the demand and costs increasing for them. My gut tells me we are decreasing the accessibility to our harbor, and to me, that is more uncomfortable than going to sea in the approaching winter gale.

On the Harbor Horizon sailboat

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“Horizon” starting at the 2018 N2E race

Speaking of going to sea, the 72nd annual Newport to Ensenada Race on April 26 - 28 is starting to show up on my long-range radar. This year, I have volunteered to speak at five different locations regarding race planning, how to sail the course and review how to get your boat home safely. Please mark your calendars for February 28, when I will be speaking, along with Bruce Cooper from Ullman sails, at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club at 19:00 [7 p.m.].

Some people might wonder what keeps me returning to this race, as I have participated in 33 of them. I have to say, it’s all about the good memories from no wind to gale force...the thrill of victory to the agony of defeat. Quotes from past crew members: “Why do we do this to ourselves?” and “We are going to be there before the bars close.” Sleeping in Volkswagen vans to the suites at the Coral Hotel. Falling off donkeys, both statue and real, or waking up with a new hat on. It’s all been good times and I want more while I can get them. That’s why I sail this race and stay for the party.

Sea ya!

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


Hutchins Consort announces February program

The Hutchins Consort will present “Bach and Rock” on Sunday, Feb. 17. Brilliant pianist Maksim Velichkin rejoins the Consort for a new installment of their popular Bach and Rock series, this time for Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, juxtaposed with rock classics by the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Yes. 

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Hutchins Consort will present “Bach and Rock”

The concert takes place on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 2200 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach.

Tickets are $35 for adults; $20 for seniors and children; and a family package (two adults and two children) is $60.

To purchase tickets, visit www.hutchinsconsort.org, or purchase at the door.


Orange County Community Foundation to host “Love Is” Giving Day

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF), based in Newport Beach, will host “Love Is,” a Giving Day to support healthy teen relationships in Orange County. Held during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, “Love Is” is the first Giving Day of 2019 and the latest in a series of Collaborative Giving Days launched by OCCF last year to boost the capacity of nonprofits through collective giving. The seven Giving Days held throughout 2018 raised a total of $1.4 million to benefit local organizations. 

 “Love Is” will be a 24-hour online effort to raise critical funds for seven nonprofits, including Orange County Women’s Health Project, Human Options, Waymakers, LGBT Center OC, Women’s Transitional Living Center (WTLC), Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties, Inc. and Laura’s House.

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“The ‘Love Is’ Giving Day will deliver crucial support to our local nonprofits empowering teens to show respect and engage in healthy relationships,” said Shelley Hoss, OCCF President. “We are proud to fuel this positive impact and help break cycles of abuse by encouraging collaboration as a powerful change-making tool.”

Orange County Community Foundation first challenged Orange County residents to “give where their heart lives” during the inaugural i©oc Giving Day in 2015, raising more than $1.8 million through gifts to 347 participating nonprofits in just 30 hours. Orange County Community Foundation nearly doubled those results in 2016 during the second annual i©oc Giving Day, receiving contributions totaling $3.2 million for 418 participating nonprofits. In 2017, OCCF re-envisioned i©oc as an expanded opportunity for nonprofits to connect with one another in support of their shared missions.

To give online during the “Love Is” Giving Day and for more information, visit www.oc-cf.org/iheartoc.

Founded in 1989, the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) works with donors, strengthens the local nonprofit sector and works to find solutions to community needs. Since its inception, OCCF has awarded $560 million in grants and scholarships and ranks in the top two percent in grantmaking activity among more than 780 U.S. community foundations.


City of Newport Beach offers President’s Recess/Ski Week excursion for kids

The City of Newport Beach is offering a President’s Recess/Ski Week Camp from Feb. 18 - 22 for kids in K - 6th grade from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Campers will enjoy crafts, games, tournaments and various structured activities. Children will take a planned field trip to GlowZone in Huntington Beach on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

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Camp is staffed by recreation leaders and is designed for youngsters to expand their abilities, discover new talents and have fun.

The cost is $150.

Refund Policy:

–No refunds or transfers once camp begins.

–A $25 refund fee applies to withdrawals with seven days or more notice.

–A $50 refund fee applies to withdrawals with six days or less notice.

Campers must be enrolled in K - 6th grade during the 2018-2019 school year.

Camp takes place at the Community Youth Center (CYC) located at Grant Howald Park, 3000 Fifth Ave., Corona del Mar.

For more information, visit www.newportbeachca.gov.


Balboa Island Museum to welcome combat artist

On Monday, Feb. 11, Balboa Island Museum welcomes Ed Bowen, combat artist, from 6 - 8 p.m.

Balboa Island Museum to welcome Ed Bowen

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A museum visitor spends some time with Ed Bowen (right)

In 1969, Bowen served as a combat artist in Vietnam and completed more than 100 drawings and 20 paintings as part of the assignment of the Combat Artist Tour during the Vietnam War.

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Bowen is an accomplished painter, sculptor, jewelry artisan and author.

Join an evening that is sure to be as informative as it is a moving experience.

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Balboa Island Museum is located at 210B Marine Ave., Balboa Island. For more information, visit www.balboaislandmuseum.org.


Tattoo studio appeals decision to deny its CdM location; Smart & Final could be replaced

By AMY SENK

Savaanah Gallegos describes herself as a free bird, a Florida-born artist who has traveled the world and, at 22 years old, wants to open a gallery in Corona del Mar that would display art and offer by-appointment tattoos.

In December, the Newport Beach Planning Commission said no – that such a studio would be inconsistent with surrounding businesses and would add to an already tight parking problem in the area.

A couple of commissioners disagreed, noting that “societal acceptance of tattoos and the environment of a tattoo business have changed.” At that hearing, one resident spoke against the shop; others wrote letters in support and signed a petition.

There are five other tattoo shops in Newport Beach, none in CdM; Gallegos believes she’s the only woman tattoo artist in town, which could be appealing to other women who might be considering a body art addition. “My touch is lighter physically,” she said. “Men can be more rough.” Her boyfriend would also tattoo, so they’d be the only two employees.

The proposed E. Art Gallery location at 2721 E. Coast Highway is down a fairly steep flight of stairs in a mixed-retail building. Currently, Gallegos is using the space as an art studio. Ultimately, she envisions rotating exhibitions of her own and artist friends’ work. The gallery would not have signs advertising tattoos; Gallegos would work by appointment only, and kids wouldn’t be allowed during tattoo appointments, unless they were with a parent. There also might be small, all-age art classes, and during the classes, no body art appointments would occur.

The question of whether a tattoo studio would degrade Corona del Mar doesn’t seem to be an age issue, Gallegos said. Some older people support her, even if they personally don’t have tattoos. And it’s not as if CdM is filled with only high-end shops selling jewelry and furs. The village has tobacco shops, a psychic reader, liquor stores and vacant businesses galore.

To some, the idea of tattoos brings to mind a drunken sailor, a gangster, or a motorcycle club member. CdM residents debated the issue last fall on the Nextdoor website until the post and comments were finally removed because the debate got ugly. A follow-up post about the business was generally supportive.

“I can’t see any problem with a tattoo parlor in CdM,” one woman wrote. “Everyone (but me) has a tattoo. Used to be only the dregs of the earth had tattoos, right? But now every other person in CdM has one. I may have to get one if there’s a tattoo parlor down the street.”

Gallegos agreed. And whether she opens her studio or not, she believes that ultimately everyone in CdM will have a tattoo or know someone who does.

“It’s a pure form of expression,” Gallegos said. “I know I’m not different than other people are. I have the same values and morals.”

Gallegos has appealed the Planning Commission’s split vote to the City Council, and a hearing should take place at a meeting later this month. Gallegos said she hopes she prevails.

“We’re protected by the First Amendment,” she said. “Tattoos are not banned here. Our landlord loves us; we will be regulated by the county health department.”

Tattoo studio Smart and Final

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Smart & Final Extra! at 3049 E. Coast Highway may be replaced

Meanwhile, some CdM residents are buzzing about a plan that could replace the Smart & Final Extra! grocery with a CVS pharmacy, according to a series of emails that have been circulating among business owners, city officials and residents.

The Smart & Final Extra! Store opened in 2016, replacing a Haggen grocery that had been an Albertsons before that. Locals are concerned that if Smart & Final leaves, there would be no grocery in the village, and really no market within easy walking distance.

City Councilwoman Joy Brenner asked the city’s community development director, Seimone Jurjis, for information after another CdM pharmacist asked about the proposed changes.

“Yes, we have been speaking with CVS to take over the Smart & Final store,” Jurjis replied. “Our understanding is that no deal has been finalized, and the parties are still in negotiations. Unfortunately, if CVS reaches a deal and takes over the Smart & Final space, there is nothing the City can do it about it. It is going from a retail use to a retail use, and the City cannot discriminate between companies that adhere to the City’s code.”

The store is located at 3049 E. Coast Highway.

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


Stump the Stu

Rippling water offers quiet repose

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This peaceful body of water looks so picturesque, that you might think to stop on the bridge above and take in the scenic views. But where would you find it?

Take the challenge and submit your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The answer will appear in Friday’s edition, along with the correct guesses. So, join us for this local adventure.

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 location, so we can challenge them! Happy Hunting.


ENC to hold Little Learners Nature Series

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) has teamed up with the Fullerton Arboretum to present the “Little Learners Nature Series” on February 6 and 10. All classes take place from 1 - 2 p.m. at the Arboretum.

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February Schedule:

–Wednesday, Feb. 6 - Habitat Hikes for Tykes. Using dramatic play, kids will pack their backpacks and head out for a “hike” through different habitats, encountering live animals along the way. The program will end at the Arboretum’s pond, where youngsters see what kind of wildlife might be there. This program is targeted for early childhood, ages 3 - 5. The cost is $15 per child. Register at www.fullertonarboretum.com/Hikes/.

–Sunday, Feb. 10 - Herpetology Hike. Participants will compare and contrast several reptiles and amphibians – learning about life cycles, animal behavior and reproduction along the way. Participant will get to meet and interact with serval ‘herps’ and even make a visit to the Arboretum’s resident pond turtle population. This program is geared for ages 6 - 13. The cost is $15 per child. Register at www.fullertonarboretum.com/Hikes/.

For more information, visit www.fullertonarboretum.org. If you have questions, contact Miguel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fullerton Arboretum is located at 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton.


CdM couple throws Super Bowl extravaganza for Marines and veterans

A party they’ll never forget: That was what the generous hosts wanted to give 500 invited active-duty and retired military guests at the 10th Crisp Family Super Bowl Event – 

and that’s what they got. The private event offered guests abundant food, drinks, games, spa-style treatments, celebrity guests and live entertainment.

Undeterred by rain, the party for five busloads of Marines from Camp Pendleton and dozens of veterans at the American Legion Post 291 in Newport Beach went on as scheduled. As they disembarked from the luxury coach buses and filed through a giant inflatable American eagle, hosts Julie and Gary Crisp greeted each guest while 30 singers from Compton’s ECM Gospel Choir performed. They were treated to breakfast, then lunch, and all manner of entertainment as they watched the New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII. 

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Five busloads of Marines from Camp Pendleton filed through a giant inflatable American eagle to American Legion Post 291

The Crisps of Corona del Mar own Crisp Imaging, a Costa Mesa-based printing and technology company with 12 locations in California and Washington state. They presented a check for $25,000 to the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group. The nonprofit organization provides assistance to soldiers and sailors stationed at Camp Pendleton and their families (www.danapoint5thmarines.com).

The over-the-top event served as a day of fun, football and non-stop action for young recruits, many of whom will be deployed in the coming months, and veterans, including several who served in World War II.

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(L-R) Julie and Gary Crisp with Vietnam veteran Manny Montanez, a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient who helped organize the event

“Julie and I do this to acknowledge and honor the courage of our Marines and veterans, and affirm Orange County’s support for these brave men and women,” Gary said. “These service people often don’t get the recognition they deserve. I have heard back from party guests from past years who wrote me to say that the memories from this event sustained them through tough times. That’s so gratifying and exactly what we aim for with this event – unfettered, good, clean fun and our family’s expression of love and gratitude for our American military personnel. Everybody, including my wife Julie and I, just had the most fantastic time with our party guests.”

Festivities included a barbecue feast, ice cream and a variety of carefree diversions – professional wrestling shows, boat cruises, therapeutic massages, barbers, custom-labeled cigars, mechanical bull riding, a video game truck, a green screen video photo booth, boxing, harbor cruises on five Lear electric boats, ping pong, and live music by the famed Derek Bordeaux Group, a tribute band to the Rolling the Stones and the high-stepping USC Marching Band.

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Gary and Julie Crisp with the Los Angeles Chargers’ cheerleaders, who signed posters and performed a dance routine for attendees

The Los Angeles Chargers’ cheerleaders signed posters and performed a dance routine. Sports stars, including five-time world and international boxing champion Mia St. John, signed autographs and posed with guests for photos. During a halftime opportunity drawing, $10,000 worth of cash gifts and prizes were handed out, including a helmet autographed by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. As the event concluded, there was a fiery performance by Polynesian dancers. What a memorable day!


Pet of the WeekDog and Cat print

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

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MEET AUTUMN

Introducing Autumn. She came to the Newport Beach Animal Shelter pregnant and fiercely protected her babies after she had them. The love, care and nurturing that she provided to her pups was first class. She’s a wonderful young dog (just over a year old) that loves having fun. She’s a terrier that scrunches her blankets up all together to sleep, is a great eater, doesn’t make a big deal out of much, is attentive, enjoys outings and is very loyal. She’s very smart and your relationship with her will be a truly devoted friendship. She’s a dog that, once she’s committed to you, will stand by you forever. She is well adjusted and acknowledges kindness with the gift of her affections.

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

Adoption costs at the shelter:

–Dogs - $130

–Puppies - $150

–Cats - $90

–Kittens - $110

To find out how you can help support the shelter, visit www.nbpd.org and click on “Our Animal Shelter” to view the wish list. The shelter can always use food & 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.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Foley to challenge Moorlach for senate seat

Fair Game Tom JohnsonYesterday, February 4, Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley announced her intentions to run for California State Senate District 37.

Foley, in November, became the first directly elected citywide mayor of Costa Mesa. 

In her run, Foley will challenge incumbent and fellow Costa Mesa resident John Moorlach, who was elected to the seat in March of 2015.

“I am running  to champion our issues unique to Orange County. We sure could benefit from a leader with the relationships in Sacramento and focus on the issues that working families most care about, including a living wage, quality affordable health care and housing, clean and safe communities, and schools modernized and sufficiently funded to allow their children to reach their potential,” Foley said.

Following the announcement, Foley received endorsements from newly elected U.S. Congressman Harley Rouda and State Assembly member Cottie Petrie-Norris.

The election is still nearly two years away.

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Bond king Bill Gross is calling it quits after some 40 years in the business. Gross has spent the last four years at Janus Henderson Global Unconstrained Bond Fund.  His performance there measured far short of the success he previously had in his years at PIMCO.

Gross will now focus on giving through the charitable fund he operates with his two children.

His personal net worth is estimated to be $1.5 billion after a divorce from his wife that forced him to spilt assets.

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The City of Newport Beach is calling for entries for its “Invitational Sculpture Exhibition,” or as we know it, Art in the Park. “Artists, private collectors, galleries, and museums/non-profit institutions are invited to submit artworks for consideration for a 

temporary exhibition at the site.” The temporary exhibition lasts two years. 

Ten pieces will be selected.

The sculpture garden resides opposite City Hall on the hill, and attracts visitors and residents throughout the year.

If you’re interested in submitting a piece, here you go.

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Nothing says Newport Beach history like John Wayne. Tomorrow night, February 6, at 7 p.m., Sherman Library & Gardens will present the classic movie Rio Bravo, starring the Duke himself, with Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson.

Yup, that Ricky Nelson, famous from Ozzie and Harriet.

The event is free and open to the public. They’d like you to RSVP to 949.673.1880 or online at www.slgardens.org.

Prior to the showing, there will be a brief talk about John and Pilar Wayne and their ties to Newport Beach.

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It’s that time again to register for the 36th Annual Spirit Run scheduled for Sunday, March 17. The Spirit Run affords any and all schools the opportunity to raise money. And this year, all participants will receive St. Patrick’s Day medals for participation.

To register, go here. You get 15 percent off fees if you do it by February 10 and use the code LUCK.


Rain, rain was here to stay this weekend

Rain rain Pier

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Photo by Larry Tenney (Instagram @ltenney1)

A stormy winter weekend at the Balboa Pier


Sign of the times

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

This must have been an easy one as Stu received plenty of correct answers. The  neon yellow and green logo that reads “WAY” can be found around town at your neighborhood Subway, known for its made-to-order sandwiches and salads with freshly cut ingredients and bread. We snapped this photo in Atrium Court at Fashion Island.

Congratulations to Charles Davison, Chris Watson, Courtney Davison, Ellen Trujillo, John Wortmann, Kim Crawford, Max Ukropina, Ricki Lundstrom, Scott Palmer, Vikki Swanson and Wendy Kerr.

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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Storm beauty from Corona del Mar

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A stormy weekend at the beach didn’t stop Jason from capturing its beauty


Pen on Fire speakers to appear at Lido Village Books tonight

Enjoy an evening with authors Pam Houston and Sarah McColl in conversation with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett at Lido Village Books tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m., as part of the Pen on Fire Speakers Series.

Houston, a professor of English at the University of California, Davis, is the prize-winning author of Contents May Have Shifted and her short story collection, Cowboys are My Weakness. In her brand-new memoir, Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country, she writes, “How do we become who we are in the world? We ask the world to teach us.” In her travels from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska, Houston explores what ties her to the earth – her 120-acre homestead in the Colorado Rockies most of all.

Pen in Fire speakers Houston

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Pam Houston

McColl is the author of the recently published memoir Joy Enough, in which she explores how the dual losses of both her young marriage and her beloved mother forced her to confront her identity as a woman. Her writing has appeared in the Paris Review, McSweeney’s and Story Quarterly, which nominated her essay on singer-songwriter Connie Converse for a Pushcart Prize. She has received fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, Millay Colony and the MacDowell Colony, where she was named the 2017 Mary Carswell Fellow. She is based in Los Angeles. 

Pen in Fire speakers McColl

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Sarah McColl

Tickets are $20, which includes nibbles and sips, and can be purchased at www.barbarademarcobarrett.com/speakers-series. Advance tickets are required to guarantee a seat.

Pen on Fire is a monthly series, held at Lido Village Books, hosted by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, which features authors, literary agents and others involved in the field of writing.

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


Newport Beach Lifeguard tryouts on Sunday

The Newport Beach Fire Department will hold competitive tryouts for the position of Seasonal Ocean Lifeguard on Sunday, Feb. 10. Applications were due online no later than Monday, Feb. 4 by 5 p.m. Qualifying applicants will compete in both a 1,000-meter ocean swim and 1,000-meter run-swim-run on Sunday, Feb. 10. Top finishers will be invited to an interview scheduled for Monday, Feb. 11.

The top candidates from the combination of these events will be invited to complete the City of Newport Beach hiring process, including a physical and background check. Starting pay for seasonal ocean lifeguards is $18.15 per hour.

Newport Beach Lifeguard tryouts on the sand

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After successfully completing the hiring process, candidates will be invited to a 110-hour training academy to learn essential lifeguarding skills. Trainee pay is $12 per hour. Classes will be held weekends in March and April. The training classes focus on Ocean Rescue Prevention and Techniques, City Municipal Codes and Polices, CPR and First Aid.

The City is looking for highly qualified individuals who are service oriented with  strong aquatic and communication skills.

Tentative Tryout Schedule:

–8:30 a.m.: Check in by 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10 at Benjamin M. Carlson Lifeguard Headquarters at Newport Pier. No new applications will be allowed at this time.

–9 a.m.: 1,000 Meter Competitive Ocean Swim begins

–10 a.m.: 1,000 Meter Competitive Run-Swim-Run begins

For additional information, contact Newport Beach Lifeguards at 949.644.3047, or visit www.newportbeachca.gov/jobs.

The Benjamin M. Carlson Lifeguard Headquarters is located at 70 Newport Pier, Newport Beach.


Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

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The Balboa Island Methodist Church isn’t around anymore, but in 1951, it stood on Agate Avenue beside the Ferry. Carroll Beek Park now exists where it once stood, but a large stained glass window that was created for the church minister there now resides at the Newport Center United Methodist Church at 1601 Marguerite Ave. in Corona del Mar.

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


NBFD holds 11th Annual CERT dinner and awards banquet

On Wednesday evening, January 30, the Newport Beach Fire Department (NBFD) recognized the efforts of its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers at the 11th Annual State of CERT dinner and awards banquet. The event at the Oasis Senior Center filled the Evelyn Hart Events Center.

The festivities highlighted the Newport Beach CERT Program’s most recent accomplishments and its upcoming goals. Volunteers were recognized for their collective contributions in 2018.

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Newport Beach Fire Engineer Alan Baker addresses the audience after receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award. He will be retiring this year.

Newport Beach Fire Chief Chip Duncan and Newport Beach Mayor Diane Dixon kicked off the night by welcoming guests, the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Newport Beach Mayor pro tem Will O’Neill, and dinner was shared with an address by Newport Beach Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Boyles, followed by the NBFD presenting awards in several categories for outstanding contributions by its volunteers. 

The keynote speaker was Newport Beach Fire Department Life Safety Specialist 2 and CERT Program Coordinator Matt Brisbois. Brisbois shared a look back to 1999 when the CERT program began, reviewed CERT’s accomplishments in 2018 and covered the future direction of the program.

CERT noteworthy points:

–Since its inception in Newport Beach, 77 CERT programs have been conducted with 2,038 graduates.

–Currently, there are 540 active CERT volunteers.

–In 2018 alone, five CERT programs occurred with 108 new volunteers.

–Starting in April 2019, Newport Beach will offer the first CERT program to City employees, and in September 2019, a teen program will ensue.

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Richard Eimers receives special proclamations. He was deployed to Butte County to assist in the Paradise fire for a week’s period of volunteerism. He will conduct a presentation of his experiences on March 4 in Central Library’s Friends Room.

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(L-R) Newport Beach Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Boyles, a representative from Sage Hill School receiving the School of the Year Award and Newport Beach Fire Chief Chip Duncan. Keynote speaker Matt Brisbois is pictured in the background.

NBFD holds Mark Herman

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(L-R) Newport Beach Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Boyles, Newport Beach Lifeguard Captain Mark Herman receiving recognition for the CERT Instructor of the Year Award and Newport Beach Fire Chief Chip Duncan

NBFD holds Doak Hefner

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(L-R) Newport Beach Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Boyles, Doak Hefner receiving the Marilyn Broughton CERT Volunteer of the Year Award and Newport Beach Fire Chief Chip Duncan

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CERT High Flier volunteers are honored for 100+ hours of service

The recipient of the Spirit of CERT Award was Darlene Covington, who was not available for a photograph. 

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Dianne’s Creature Feature

Will the groundhog see his shadow on Saturday?

By DIANNE RUSSELL

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck 

If a woodchuck could chuck wood? 

Who among us doesn’t remember hearing that Mother Goose rhyme as a child?

Well, unbeknownst to me, it turns out a woodchuck is the same thing as a groundhog. However, February 2 is not called Woodchuck Day, it’s Groundhog Day, and on Saturday, we’ll know whether winter will continue or if spring is just around the corner. 

Groundhog Day derives from the Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog emerging from its burrow on this day sees a shadow due to clear weather, it will retreat to its den and winter will persist for six more weeks, and if he does not, due to cloudiness, spring season will arrive early. 

Although we have to wait until tomorrow to find out, it’s probably safe to assume winter will continue for at least another six weeks as the groundhog’s native range is North America. But, for residents of Newport Beach, February weather can mean 70 plus degree weather. 

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Will he see his shadow?

Another misconception: I always believed the lovable creature in the movie Caddyshack was a groundhog, but it’s a gopher. To be sure, it’s easy to confuse groundhogs and gophers – both are brown, fuzzy rodents that like to dig holes. But there are marked differences in their appearances and habits. While their geographic ranges overlap, gophers and groundhogs differ in many aspects.

Groundhogs are the largest members of the squirrel family and are considered part of the marmot group containing 14 species. The woodchuck is the most common and widespread groundhog, ranging from the southern United States up to Alaska and Labrador in Canada. They belong to the order Sciuromorpha, family Sciuridae, which includes squirrels, chipmunks, marmots and prairie dogs. Although they are usually seen on the ground (hence the name I suspect), they climb trees and are also capable swimmers. 

Groundhogs snooze from first frost until spring

These rodents live a feast-or-famine lifestyle and gorge themselves all summer to build up plentiful reserves of fat. After the first frost, they retreat to their underground burrows and snooze until spring, drawing their sustenance from body fat. While hibernating, the animal’s heart rate plunges, and its body temperature is not much warmer than the temperature inside its burrow. 

They frequent the areas where woodlands meet open spaces, like fields, roads, or streams. Here they eat grasses and plants as well as fruits and tree bark. 

And to the distress of many a gardener, groundhogs can decimate a plot while voraciously feeding.

Gophers

The word “gopher” refers to 35 different rodent species divided into five genera. Gophers belong to the suborder which contains pocket gophers, kangaroo rats, kangaroo mice and pocket mice. The typical gopher is the pocket gopher. They’re called pocket gophers, not because they can fit in your pocket, but because they have giant pockets in their cheeks that they use to store food. Gophers fill their cheek pouches with roots and tubers, their primary food source, and transport the food to their storage burrow (as opposed to the groundhog who stuff themselves over the summer).

Will the gopher smallSide by side, a gopher and a groundhog look quite different because the gopher’s large incisors protrude from its mouth, even when closed, and the groundhog’s teeth sit inside the mouth when closed. Woodchucks have white teeth, which is atypical among rodents. 

Gophers have yellow or brownish teeth. Many gophers have pink feet, while groundhogs tend to have dark brown or black feet. A gopher’s tail is hairless where a groundhog’s is short and covered in thick fur, and the gopher’s front feet are also more highly adapted for digging, with the claws curved away from the face to fling dirt over the shoulders during excavation. Size-wise, gophers tend to max out at about two pounds for the largest species, groundhogs can weigh up to 13 pounds. 

With all of these obvious differences, how could I have confused them?

On Saturday, whether Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow or not – or even if he was a gopher and not a groundhog – it will have little effect on Newport. 

Lucky us!


What a memorable evening at the Christmas Boat Parade Awards Dinner & Auction

It was a memorable evening for the Awards Dinner & Auction held on January 25 at the beautiful Fashion Island Hotel, to benefit the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and the host organization, the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

The event featured nearly 300 silent and live auction items, ranging from hotel stays around the country, to courtside Clippers tickets to joining the crew in a PAC52 world-class sailboat race. Nearly 300 people, including winners from the Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights, were treated to a great night of dinner and dancing, recognition and celebration.

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Newport Beach Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill accepts an award on behalf of the City as a Community Sponsor of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade from Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Steve Rosansky

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(L-R) Ring of Lights competition winners Donna DiBari for First Place, Lights and Animation with Janet Curci for Daily Pilot/StuNews Award

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(L-R) Kent Browning with an auction item he purchased, along with Dorothy Larson and Linda Beimfohr

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(L-R) Joe and Sarah Stapleton, David Beek and Auction Chairperson Marie Case

More memorable photos from the Christmas Boat Parade Dinner & Auction 

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OC Fair & Event Center brings home 11 industry awards

The OC Fair & Event Center (OCFEC) was honored with 11 awards for innovation and excellence by the Western Fairs Association. OCFEC received first place honors in inspiring collaboration and sponsorship programs.

 “Bravemind,” an exhibit at Heroes Hall developed in conjunction with USC’s Institute for Creative Technology, was recognized for helping viewers understand how virtual reality technology assists veterans in confronting the fears and anxieties of post-traumatic stress disorders.

The other first place award went to a sponsorship program with Quiet Cool that resulted in cooling stations for fairgoers in addition to promotional opportunities for the sponsor.

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Pig races are always a crowd pleaser at the OC Fair

A stunning nighttime image of the OC Fair carnival captured a second place photography award as did OC Fair’s TV ad and the fair program.

“It is an honor to be recognized by our peers, people also working to bring communities together to celebrate our collective agricultural heritage,” said Kathy Kramer, OC Fair & Event Center CEO. “It is especially heartwarming for Heroes Hall, our veterans museum, to be honored for the ‘Bravemind’ exhibit that showcased our collaboration with the innovators at USC. This combination of the past and the present keeps us true to our mission while remaining relevant.”

OC Fair & Event Center received third place awards for radio advertising, outdoor advertising, community photography, fair poster and theme program for an event within an event. The latter honored My Fair Selfie, a pop-up display of vignettes built for social media photography that was visited by some 36,000 fairgoers during its limited three-week run.

Many prize categories were specific to the 2018 OC Fair and others were related to year-round events and programs. The Western Fairs Association presented the awards for 2018 achievements at its annual conference last week in Reno, NV.

OC Fair & Event Center is home to the annual OC Fair. Year-round attractions include Centennial Farm, Table of Dignity, Heroes Hall and Pacific Amphitheatre. Imaginology, a free three-day family event focusing on S.T.E.A.M.-related activities, will take place April 12 - 14. Throughout the year, events ranging from recreation shows to cultural festivals are held at the fairgrounds. Support of OCFEC provides year-round educational opportunities and helps fund community give-back programs.

For more information, visit www.ocfair.com.

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


Pen on Fire speakers to appear at Lido Village Books

Enjoy an evening with authors Pam Houston and Sarah McColl in conversation with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett at Lido Village Books on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m., as part of the Pen on Fire Speakers Series.

Houston, a professor of English at the University of California, Davis, is the prize-winning author of Contents May Have Shifted and her short story collection, Cowboys are My Weakness. In her brand-new memoir, Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country, she writes, “How do we become who we are in the world? We ask the world to teach us.” In her travels from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska, Houston explores what ties her to the earth – her 120-acre homestead in the Colorado Rockies most of all. 

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Pam Houston

McColl is the author of the recently published memoir Joy Enough, in which she explores how the dual losses of both her young marriage and her beloved mother forced her to confront her identity as a woman. Her writing has appeared in the Paris Review, McSweeney’s and Story Quarterly, which nominated her essay on singer-songwriter Connie Converse for a Pushcart Prize. She has received fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, Millay Colony and the MacDowell Colony, where she was named the 2017 Mary Carswell Fellow. She is based in Los Angeles. 

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Sarah McColl

Tickets are $20, which includes nibbles and sips, and can be purchased at www.barbarademarcobarrett.com/speakers-series. Advance tickets are required to guarantee a seat.

Pen on Fire is a monthly series, held at Lido Village Books, hosted by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, which features authors, literary agents and others involved in the field of writing.

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


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so let’s see how well you know our town. Identify this partial glance of a neon yellow and green logo that reads “WAY” and you will end up at a well-liked destination, or two or three.

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

Stu loves publishing the winning answers on Tuesday.

Good luck!

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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Stump the Stu

Ay Carumba...it’s a Chihuahua!

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Quite a few of our readers knew where to find this happy Chihuahua! You will find it licking its chops atop the recently opened Chihuahua Cerveza taproom in The Landing shopping center at the corner of 32nd and Newport Boulevard on the Peninsula.

Congratulations to Dennis Moran, Derek Fox, Dominic Tucci, James McCullough, Jerry M Murray, Jessica Battioli, Joe Stapleton, Kelly Couzens, Mike Glenn, Paul A. Ridder, Tom Szulga and Wendy Kerr.

And Tom Szulga shared his own photo with Stump, so we wanted to feature it here. Thanks, Tom!

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 location, so we can challenge them! Happy Hunting.


Take Five: Meet Debra Miller, founder of CureDuchenne

By AMY SENK

In 2002, Debra and Paul Miller’s world turned upside down when their only son, Hawken, was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Muscular dystrophy diseases are genetic disorders, and Duchenne is the most common and severe form – historically, most boys who have it do not survive past their mid-20s and will be using wheelchairs by age 12 as the disease weakens muscles, eventually causing heart muscles to fail. The diagnosis spurred the Millers to search for a cure for their son and for the 300,000 other boys living with the disease throughout the world – and CureDuchenne was formed. It is based in Newport Beach.

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Debra Miller, founder of CureDuchenne

Q: When you founded CureDuchenne after your son was diagnosed at age 5, you had no idea what his future held – what is Hawken up to these days?

A: Hawken is graduating from USC’s Annenberg School of Communications in May with a journalism major. He will take an internship with a major media outlet (to be announced) on the east coast this summer. We are obviously very proud of him. Duchenne does not define his life and he has big plans for the future. He also knows the value of each day and is always full of gratitude.

Q: Your job seems enormous – from fundraising to meeting with some of the top medical experts and scientists in the world. Which part has been most challenging, and which has been most rewarding?

A: I’ll start with the most rewarding. We now can see the fruits of our early work. Ten to 15 years ago, the money we raised went off to labs or biotech companies, and every year or so we’d get an update. The pace of drug development has accelerated now. Our early funding projects are well into human clinical trials, with one approved drug that helps slow down the disease. Our more recent investments could be real game-changers. We funded a gene therapy trial in 2016, and they have dosed boys with this one-time treatment. Although it’s too early to know the long-term results, the boys are doing well. We also funded a gene editing company that has shown dramatic improvement in animal models. So, not only has the pace of the research and drug development accelerated, but the effectiveness of these potential treatments has exponentially improved. We also host a series of workshops around the country for both families and healthcare providers. Given the inconsistency in care nationally, it has been very gratifying to see boys’ lives improve just because of better care, some of which is pretty basic.

Q: What is the most cutting-edge medical research you’re supporting?

A: CureDuchenne co-founded a company named Exonics Therapeutics. We partnered with one of the premier muscle scientists, Dr. Eric Olson at UTSW (University of Texas Southwestern). Exonics is developing a technique for Duchenne called CRISPR Cas9 gene editing. If it works as well in Duchenne patients as it does in animal models, and proves to be safe, this could permanently correct the defective gene that causes Duchenne.

Q: What advice would you offer a family with a recent diagnosis of Duchenne, and what advice would you offer their friends who want to be supportive?

A: Parents need to be advocates for their kids. There are advocacy groups that are not focused on the cure enough. Especially for younger Duchenne patients, there is so much hope to have treatments in their lifetime, that we need to shift focus from that shoulder to cry on to proactive focus on fundraising and uncovering the best science. Parents also need to shop for their son’s medical team. There are a few in the country that are worth traveling to.

Q: What events are in store in 2019 for CureDuchenne?

A: CureDuchenne will be celebrating its 5th Annual Napa in Newport wine event March 2 at the Monarch Beach Hotel. A total of 45 of Napa Valley’s finest and hard-to-get wines will be presented along with a dinner created by celebrity chef Casey Thompson. The website is www.NapaInNewport.org. In September, Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf and his wife Paige will host the 9th Annual Getzlaf Golf Shootout, again at Monarch Beach Links. All proceed from both of these events help CureDuchenne fund the promising research and programs that will cure Duchenne.

Editor’s Note: For more information on CureDuchenne, visit www.cureduchenne.org.


Newport Beach Mayor Diane Dixon to hold town hall meeting on Monday

Newport Beach Mayor Diane Dixon will hold a town hall meeting on Monday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the large meeting room of the Marina Park Community Center. All community members are welcome to attend.

Mayor Dixon will give a brief update of the state of the City of Newport Beach and share her recent trip to Washington, D.C.

Newport Beach Mayor Diane Dixon

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Newport Beach Mayor Diane Dixon

The preliminary agenda also includes:

–Explanation of the General Plan Update process

–Highlights of the Feb. 2 City Council planning session

–Introduction of the City’s new harbormaster

–Overview of the City’s 2019-2020 budget planning

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


NBPD’s game plan for Super Bowl Sunday

It’s almost kickoff time for America’s most-watched sporting event. This Sunday, Feb. 3, as fans tune in for Super Bowl LIII, lots of their game day socializing may include drinking. That’s why the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) joins the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and Police Departments, Sheriff’s Departments and the CHP statewide in sharing this reminder: If you plan on drinking on Super Bowl Sunday, designate a sober driver to get you home safely.

NBPD will deploy additional officers on DUI Saturation Patrols during and following Sunday’s game. These officers will be tasked with stopping and arresting drivers who show signs of alcohol or drug impairment.

Impaired driving near or above the .08 BAC limit can be deadly, and even small amounts of alcohol can impair judgement to make driving unsafe. In 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 10,497 people died nationwide in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drunk drivers. Right here in California, 1,059 DUI deaths involving a BAC of .08 or above were reported to NHTSA that year. 

NBPD supports the message from the Office of Traffic Safety that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Drug-impaired driving is a problem on California roadways. Driving while impaired – by alcohol, by drugs, or by a combination of the two – is dangerous and illegal. Whether the drug is legally prescribed, an illicit drug, or marijuana, driving while drug-impaired poses a threat to the safety and lives of drivers, vehicle passengers, pedestrians and other motorists.

“Be sure to have a game plan for Super Bowl Sunday so you – and everyone else on the road – can get home safely,” said Lieutenant Cartwright. “If you aren’t sober, you have options: a designated driver, ride sharing, public transit...but do not make the decision to get behind the wheel if you are impaired.” 

There are many other ways to ensure a safe ride home besides relying on a friend. The OTS DDVIP app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. The app offers enhanced features, allowing users to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California.

Additionally, the app users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb.

This enforcement effort is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who reminds everyone to be alert and ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911’!


Magical mornings at Crystal Cove 

Magical mornings beach

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Pastel hues usher in a beautiful new day on Wednesday


Human Options appoints three new board members

Human Options, an Orange County based nonprofit dedicated to ending the cycle of relationship violence, appointed three new board members, including Diana Robertson, adviser for Lincoln Financial Group; Olga Smirnova, co-founder and chief executive officer of Plan A Foundation; and Vina Leite, chief people officer for Cylance Inc.

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Diana Robertson

Newport Beach resident Diana Robertson has more than 25 years of financial planning experience from managing her practice, Lincoln Financial Group, which has received Sagemark’s highest annual planning honor, “Top of the Council.” Robertson has also served as treasurer for organizations including the Corona del Mar Water Polo Foundation and Newport Hills Swim Team.

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Olga Smirnova

Newport Coast resident Olga Smirnova has more than 25 years of translation industry expertise. She was an integral part in building Global Language Solutions, Inc. and growing it into a $25 million business with 120 employees in eight international offices. Prior to Global Language Solutions, Inc., Smirnova worked for an international export-import consulting firm, assisting with marketing and advertising, public relations and strategic development. 

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Vina Leite

Irvine resident Vina Leite leads the human resources strategy and operations for Cylance Inc. Prior to joining Cylance Inc., Leite served as chief human resources officer for QLogic, and also held human resources roles at DELL EMC and RSA where she served as vice president and chief of staff to the executive vice president of human resources.

We’re confident that these new additions bring strategic value and a growth mindset to our already strong board of directors,” said Maricela Rios-Faust, CEO of Human Options. “Their experience as business leaders and commitment to our cause will enable Human Options to strengthen our ability to provide all those affected by relationship violence a safe place to be heard and healed.”

For more information about Human Options, visit www.humanoptions.org.


Broadway’s Aaron Lazar brings cabaret show to Segerstrom in April

Following his performances at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen, Aaron Lazar returns as Aaron Lazar in his cabaret show “Broadway to Hollywood” on April 11 - 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Samueli Theater.

A critically acclaimed actor and singer on stage and screen, Lazar was called Broadway’s “Hunky Heartthrob” by The Cabaret, Indianapolis. Described by the Associated Press as a “vocal powerhouse,” Lazar’s show follows his expansive stage-to-screen career with songs from his many Broadway credits (including The Last Ship and A Little Night Music among others), a medley of film and musical theatre classics and more. 

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Aaron Lazar brings his cabaret show to Samueli Theater

Lazar has starred in 11 Broadway shows and is touring the country as Larry Murphy in the Tony Award smash hit musical Dear Evan Hansen, including this past January’s engagement at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. His Broadway debut was in The Phantom of the Opera and his breakout with Lincoln Center’s production of The Light in the Piazza, both of which were broadcast live on PBS. Other Broadway credits include: Oklahoma! (with the late Patti Duke), Les Misérables (Drama Desk Award nomination), Impressionism (opposite Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen), A Tale of Two Cities (world premiere), Mamma Mia, A Little Night Music (opposite Catherine Zeta Jones and Angela Lansbury) and Sting’s musical, The Last Ship.

On film, Lazar has worked for acclaimed directors Clint Eastwood in J. Edgar; Mary Harron in The Notorious Bettie Page; Shawn Levy in This is Where I Leave You (opposite Tina Fey); and Martin Scorsese in The Wolf of Wallstreet.

On TV, Lazar is on Season 3 of FX’s The Strain and Season 2 of ABC’s Quantico. Other TV credits include more than a dozen guest star appearances for all the major TV networks, including: NBC’s The Blacklist, CBS’ Blue Bloods and The Good Wife, FOX’s The Following, Disney’s Girl Meets World and rugged reporter O’Brady Shaw on IFC’s hilarious The Onion News Network

In addition to his Broadway and musical theater work, Lazar has been a guest artist with many of the world’s most prestigious symphonies, including The New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall (opposite Neil Patrick Harris, Patti Lupone and Stephen Colbert), The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, The National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center, The Boston Pops at Tanglewood, The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra at Masada, The English National Opera Orchestra on the West End in London and The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (opposite Brian Stokes Mitchell and Reba McEntire).

Single tickets start at $89 and are available online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings of 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Readers respond with churches of their choice

Fair Game Tom JohnsonTuesday in this column I discussed church shopping. Readers certainly have their opinions.

“Well, we will miss you at St. Andrews. I could not be more pleased with Chap Clark and his unbelievable knowledge of the Bible,” wrote Nancy Bell.

I couldn’t agree more Nancy. Chap is extremely knowledgeable, and his delivery is captivating.

Nancy also pointed out that I got my Racheal mixed up with Sarah. Sarah, of course, was Abraham’s wife, while Racheal was the woman Jacob fell for.

Kathleen Schwarz chimed in with this, “In November we decided to visit Corona Del Mar Community Congregational where we had attended when our children were young. I felt welcomed, loved and needed from the moment I walked in the door. Our presence matters there. We committed to the church in January.”

Then there was Jo Ann Sweig who wrote, “Now, I’m not Baptist. They’ve always scared me with the fire and brimstone screaming speeches and the rules and regulations. But when I walked into Liberty Baptist on Jamboree and Bison and talked to the Youth Pastor and he answered everything off my list I had a feeling I found my church home. Three years later and I STILL can’t wait to go to church on Sunday! Who would have thought? They are an independent Baptist church.”

I also received several nice invites to attend Sunday service with some of the readers.

So, the search continues, I’ll keep you posted.

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No surprise here. The Resort at Pelican Hill has earned AAA’s Five Diamond rating, making them just one of 121 hotels nationwide to make that list, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California.

Others that made the list in SoCal include the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort; Golf Club & Spa in Carlsbad; The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla; Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa in Rancho Santa Fe; Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego; The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows; The Peninsula Beverly Hills; Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point; The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel; Montage Laguna Beach; Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village; Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara in Montecito; and Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.

Four Diamond hotels in Newport Beach include the Balboa Bay Resort; Fashion Island Hotel; Lido House, Autograph Collection; and Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel.

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Finally, the City of Newport Beach proudly showed off their new oil spill response trailer yesterday at Marina Park

According to Tara Finnigan from the City, “The towable trailer will contain an array of oil spill response equipment, including 1,000 feet of containment boom, absorbent materials and other response gear for the City of Newport Beach’s use and quick deployment into Newport Harbor in the event of an on-water oil spill incident.”

The trailer was made possible by a $35,000 grant provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Office of Spill Prevention and Response. The grant will also fund training for the Harbor Department and lifeguard staff members.


A refreshing start to the day at Tower 19

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Hitting the reset button this week with this stunning Newport Beach sunrise


Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast receives $250,000 grant from Pacific Life

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast is the recipient of a $250,000 grant from the Pacific Life Foundation, based in Newport Beach, presented at their Annual Grants Reception.

The grant will support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast’s “Pursuing Greatness” campaign, which aims to raise $6.5 million for the redevelopment and enhancement of four Club locations in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine and Santa Ana by equipping each location with the tools and resources needed for 21st century success.

The campaign is a bold initiative that will enable Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast to immediately increase their capacity to serve more kids and families, expand their family strengthening program into three new Club locations, enhance the local communities by becoming a hub for nonprofit and city partnerships and ensure financial sustainability for the Clubs moving forward.

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Friends at the Boys & Girls Club, Newport Beach, which is one of four sites to be redeveloped and modernized, supported by the “Pursuing Greatness” campaign

“The best way to truly know an organization is to understand what it stands for and what it believes. As a longtime supporter of our Club and our initiatives to provide the support systems and skills kids need to help them pursue greatness, Pacific Life exemplifies its commitment to have a positive impact on our community through its investments,” said Robert Santana, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast. “Giving back is in their DNA. We are so thankful to the Pacific Life Foundation for its ongoing support of our mission and this gift of $250,000 to our Pursuing Greatness campaign. This investment in our Clubs is not only for the thousands of youth we currently serve, but for future generations as well.”

“Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast is a vital resource that is proven to make a difference in the lives of children,” said Tennyson Oyler, president of the Pacific Life Foundation. “We’re proud to be part of their evolution in meeting the needs of our local youth and communities.”

When realized, the Pursuing Greatness campaign will enable Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast to create neighborhood centers equipped to educate youth for the careers of the 21st century while continuing to advance the IMPACT Model that motivates members to graduate on time, plan for their futures and prepare for success. The IMPACT Model is a nationally recognized learning method that brings a holistic approach to youth development and helps keep kids on track with up to 60 additional days of academic instruction per year.

The public is asked to engage with the #PursuingGreatness capital campaign by visiting www.boysandgirlsclub.com/pursuinggreatness.


Taylor Fritz takes home men’s singles trophy from Oracle Challenger Series in Newport Beach

The Oracle Challenger Series Newport Beach wrapped up over the weekend at Newport Beach Tennis Club with California boy Taylor Fritz winning the men’s singles with a 7-6 (7), 6-4 win over Canadian Brayden Schnur.

The first set came down to a tiebreaker that Fritz was able to steal. He then held serve the rest of the match to win. Fritz had 16 aces to defend his Oracle Challenger Series title and moved to a career-high world ranking of No. 40.

“It’s really important for me to start the year strong,” Fritz said.

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Taylor Fritz takes home the men’s singles title trophy

The victory places Fritz at the top of the Road to Indian Wells leaderboard, next to Oracle Challenger Series Houston champion Bradley Klahn. The Oracle Challenger Series Indian Wells, which kicks off next month, leaves coveted wild cards up for the taking.

“It’s a big opportunity to get a chance on the big stage for these guys who aren’t ranked as high,” Fritz said. “It’s awesome that Oracle provides these opportunities for Americans.”

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Oracle Series Houston champion Bradley Klahn will vie against Taylor Fritz at the Road to Indian Wells next month

Fritz defeated No. 2 seed Mackenzie McDonald in the third round.

On the women’s side, Canadian Bianca Andreescu regrouped, after losing the first set 6-0, to beat Jessica Pegula in the women’s finals. Andreescu now enjoys a career-high ranking of No. 68 in the world.

Information, courtesy of www.oraclechallengerseries.com.


Some of Newport’s nautical nightmares: jetties and groundings

By DUNCAN FORGEY

Long before the jetties, the masses of people and the houses, Newport Harbor was considered nothing more than a marshy inlet built and reshaped annually by the waters of the Santa Ana River. Upon its discovery by the schooner Humboldt in 1860, Newport Harbor was known as the Bahia de Ranas [bay frogs]. Since then, risky entrepreneurial ventures by early visionaries pushed Newport Beach closer to its 21st century status, but always lagged far behind San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles harbors. There was no Dana Point Harbor, Redondo Breakwater or Marina Del Rey, and the concept of a small boat harbor used for pleasure boating was still more than a half a century away. Harbors in early California were “strictly business,” catering to hardened fishermen and salty seamen on wooden schooners loaded with hides, livestock, grains and building materials.

Newport Harbor grew slowly and steadily via real estate speculation and growing businesses. Small villages became small towns and finally a small city, when in 1906, Newport Beach was incorporated. After disastrous flooding in 1916 when the Santa Ana River meandered over many parts of Huntington Beach and took out 1,000 feet of the Pacific Electric track, Newport looked at its rough shod harbor entrance as a hinderance to future growth. Newport felt virtually cut off by the flood and its dangerous harbor entrance.

Fundraising, hampered by Washington’s interest in World War I, finally came through based upon possible military value for the small harbor. The engineering firm Wm. Ledbettor Co. was hired to create a safe harbor entrance for the Balboa/Newport area. Ledbettor bought 40,000 tons of rock at approximately $1.85 per ton. Residents of Newport/Balboa were so overjoyed by this news that on the first day of work, the entire town celebrated with a huge free fish barbecue.

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Heavy surf in a 1939 hurricane pounds Newport Pier, after tearing away its front half

This event started a series of jetty buildings and re-buildings, completed in 1936, when FDR pressed a telegraph key at the White House signaling that both the east and west jetties were finished. Newport Harbor was now ready to begin the middle stage of growth from a mudflat to the internationally famous metropolitan city that we see today.

Newport’s entrance was a scary and unpredictable place despite the many efforts to tame it. The south facing beaches of Balboa Peninsula and Corona del Mar’s Main Beach were a final destination for tremendous swell energy sent via hurricanes from as far away as New Zealand, which resulted in some of the biggest waves on the Southern California coast. Today, the Wedge’s hammering A-frames and CdM’s jetty waves give us only a slight inkling as to what early 20th century captains faced. 

As early as 1871, the schooner Solano was grounded and pounded by oncoming waves on a sandbar near Main Beach. Solano sat for more than a month before it was extricated, acting as a warning to other sea captains.

In October 1913, in an answer to the annual battering by large south swells, Newport formed an emergency response organization called the Frost Life Saving Corps. Dr. Lowell C. Frost was a local doctor attending to injuries or drownings in town. On October 27, he was called in to help two drowning victims, only to find out upon arrival that they were his wife and child. Both died that day.

In 1916, a fleet of 29 trireme* galleys was built on the sands of the Peninsula by locals. These “ships” were used in the filming of the movie Cleopatra starring Theda Bara. Hardy Newport Beach fishermen were hired to row these crafts into a battle with Roman soldiers. After losing at the famed Battle of Actium in the film, the entire Egyptian fleet was burned in what Hollywood called “one of the most magnificent and spectacular scenes ever taken on water.” After the shooting and while all went to celebrate, a burglar raided Cleopatra’s surviving galley and robbed it of its jewelry and sails worth around $1,000.

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The film “Cleopatra” (1917) was filmed In Newport Beach starring Theda Bara

On October 14, 1919, the day after the end of the shooting of the movie Treasure Island, the old barkentine Fremont under full sail with 45 people aboard encountered a swift current running out to sea and got into trouble. Springing a leak, the Fremont ended up aground on a sandbar. Most of the actors could not swim, so local fisherman Al Dixon led a rescue team to the ship. While it was being hit by large waves, rescuers removed the panicked crew and passengers, allowing authorities to break up the ship using dynamite. Filming of this explosion was used for many years in later films of that era.

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“Treasure Island,” filmed in Crystal Cove, was released by Paramount Pictures in 1920

In June 1924, 17 people were washed off a fishing launch resulting in five deaths. But the most renown tragedy took place in 1925. The Thelma capsized at the entrance to the harbor. Duke Kahanamoku, Charlie Plummer and several other members of a local surf club grabbed their surfboards and paddled out to rescue those aboard. In three trips, Kahanamoku rescued seven men while the others rescued another five.  Unfortunately, five additional fishermen drowned. 

The most ironic of all the tragedies was that of George Rogers Jr. In 1926, Rogers and his buddies raced their Dodge speedboat around the harbor. Because they were having so much fun, they went against warnings from lifeguard Antar Deraga, and raced out the entrance toward the open ocean. The combination of speed and swells sent the boat airborne and it capsized. George Jr., a victim of polio, was dragged down by the weight of his leg braces and drowned. His father, George Sr., an early harbor booster, became instrumental in getting the jetties modified and extended to help protect boaters entering and leaving Newport Harbor. After both jetties were completed, George Sr. and his daughter, on his yacht Memory, took a nostalgic ride out to the spot where his son had died. While remembering his son, George Sr. succumbed to a heart attack and passed away.

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Howard, Jack and George Rogers Jr.

In February 1976, amid dense fog, a former World War II landing ship barely missed the Balboa Pier on its way to LA Harbor. The Coos Bay ran aground at 10 p.m., just after high tide. The large ship pushed its way deep into the berm of sand among rumors that the Puerto Rican ship was smuggling marijuana and other contraband. Customs was called, but no such items were found. Word spread quickly around town and the shipwreck brought thousands of spectators, partying locals from neighboring bars and school kids from Newport Elementary to watch the salvage process. Crew members dug out sand from the propellers and with the help of the tugboat Sea Otter and 600 feet of cable, they were able to pull the stern out, start the engines and back it out. The next day, the only visible signs of the beached ship were thousands of footsteps left in the sand by the locals.

Over the past century, there have been many boats shipwrecked or sunk around Newport Beach for any number of reasons. Some were caught in storms, some smuggled alcohol, drugs and aliens, some crashed because of drunk or inexperienced skippers and others used bad judgement and ended up dead-heading into the sand or rocks. My two personal favorites were two high school buddies coming back from a fishing and drinking trip off Catalina and a high-profile businessman who was on a clandestine love escape both of which drove their boats directly onto Big Corona’s sands and onto the front page of the local newspaper.

*Note: According to Wikipedia – A trireme, derived from the Latin triremis (with three banks of oars), was an ancient vessel and a type of galley that was used by the ancient maritime civilizations of the Mediterranean, especially the Phoenicians, ancient Greeks and Romans. 

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Duncan Forgey, a life-long resident of Newport Beach, now makes his home in Hawaii. He is a monthly contributor to StuNewsNewport.


Pacific Symphony promotes Conductor Roger Kalia

Pacific Symphony has promoted Assistant Conductor Roger Kalia to the position of Associate Conductor, as well as extended his contract through August 31, 2020. It’s been four years since the Symphony first announced Kalia as its second in command (under Music Director Carl St.Clair). Kalia’s position, endowed by The Mary E. Moore Family, began at the start of the 2015-16 season. In addition to assisting St.Clair with conducting duties, Kalia has played – and will continue to play – a vital role in the Symphony’s education initiatives. These include programming and conducting the Family Musical Mornings series presented by Farmers & Merchants Bank, which introduces children ages 5 - 11 to the exciting world of orchestral music through engaging and educational concerts.

Pacific Symphony Conductor Roger Kalia

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Associate Conductor Roger Kalia, Pacific Symphony

 “Roger has made important musical contributions to Pacific Symphony,” Maestro St.Clair said. “In just a little over three short years, he has gained the respect of the musicians and also the staff with whom he works very closely. Because of the wonderful job he has done, we were pleased to offer Roger this promotion to the position of associate conductor and also to extend his contract to August 31, 2020.”

 “I am thrilled to have been promoted to Associate Conductor with Pacific Symphony. I am extremely grateful to Maestro St.Clair and the amazing musicians and staff of Pacific Symphony for their trust and support in me,” Kalia said. “It will be very special to be a part of Maestro St.Clair’s 30th anniversary as music director, which is a momentous occasion. I have made so many special memories with this organization – from the tours to Carnegie Hall and China to the PBS Great Performances broadcast. I look forward to continuing my work with the fantastic Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, and conducting Pacific Symphony in our Family Musical Mornings, Class Act Youth Concerts and other exciting projects.”

Kalia continues in his role as music director of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra (PSYO), a premier training orchestra for instrumentalists in grades 9 - 12, preparing them for a three-concert series each season. Among his many accomplishments with the Symphony thus far, Kalia led the youth orchestra on its highly successful 10-day international tour to China in June 2016.

“One of the great joys of my position is serving as music director of the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra,” Kalia shared. “Over the past four seasons, we have accomplished so much together. I am constantly inspired by their talent and creativity, and I cannot wait to continue our work together.”

Additionally, Kalia’s duties will include welcoming more than 12,000 elementary school children to the concert hall at the end of each of the next two school years for the Class Act Youth Concerts, which annually conclude a year of music lessons and performances in Orange County schools given by Symphony musicians.

Hailed as a conductor who leads with “passionate intensity” and recognized as “one to watch,” Kalia is one of America’s most exciting young conductors. A three-time recipient (2018, 2017 and 2013) of The Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Kalia was recently named music director of Orchestra Santa Monica. He is in his fourth season as assistant (now associate) conductor of Pacific Symphony and music director of the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. Kalia also serves as co-founder and music director of the Lake George Music Festival in upstate New York, which was recently featured in Symphony, the League of American Orchestras’ magazine, as one of the premier summer classical music festivals in the country.

Prior to joining Pacific Symphony, Kalia held conducting positions with the Charlotte Symphony, the Young Musicians Foundation (YMF) Debut Orchestra and the Columbus (IN) Symphony Orchestra.

Born and raised in New York, Kalia resides in Southern California with his wife, musicologist/violinist Christine Wisch, and their dog, Burney.

For more information on Pacific Symphony and their upcoming concerts, visit www.pacificsymhony.org.


N2E 2019 – better racing with ULBD classes

To give racers the opportunity to sail with boats that perform most similar to their own at the upcoming Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race (N2E), officials will create ULDB and non-ULDB classes.

The Newport Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA), organizers of the coastal classic, typically provides tight class breaks simply because it is a major event with a lot of boats. But the separation of planing and non-planing boats will account for the large variety of sailboats that perform very differently from each other when wind conditions change.

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Boats are registering and getting ready for the annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race, seen here at the start of the race in 2018

For participants, tighter ratings mean that sailing skills will have more effect on the outcome than random weather events, which of course means more fun and well-earned wins.

“This is just one of several innovations we are adding to this year’s Newport to Ensenada race,” said Commodore Daniel Hodge. “Quality of race results is important to a lot of our participants. It cannot be called fair handicapping when the wind picks up and the light boats in your class take off. We think the new ULDB classes will provide for much better racing.”

The 72nd running of the iconic N2E taking place April 26 - 28 includes a choice of three courses to meet every sailor’s skill level, distance goals, desires and capabilities: Newport to Ensenada (N2E), Newport to San Diego (N2SD) and Newport to Dana Point (N2DP). Trophies are awarded to racers in more than 40 classes of cruisers, multihulls, monohulls, ocean and nearshore sailboats of every type. There’s something for everybody.

For more information, visit www.nosa.org.


The Takács Quartet to perform at Segerstrom

The Takács Quartet returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m.

The ensemble, considered to be one of the world’s greatest string quartets, welcomed second violinist Harumi Rhodes earlier this year, following the retirement of founding member Kàroly Schranz. Quartet members include Edward Dusinberre and Harumi Rhodes, violins; Geraldine Walther, viola; and Andràs Fejér, cello.

The Takacs Quartet to perform

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The Takács Quartet takes the Segerstrom Center stage on February 28

Single tickets start at $39 and are available online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings of 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

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


There’s something special about mornings in Newport Beach

Theres something glow

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Photo by Michelle Mar (Instagram @msmichellemar)

A warm winter sky at Big Corona


Time out for a Selfie

Woodie mobile will travel…

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Stu came upon this Woodie mobile at the Balboa Island Museum that beckoned passersby to stop, take a seat and snap a selfie – which sparked an idea.

There are so many Instagrammable spots throughout Newport Beach, that we welcome you, our readers, to find a picturesque location around town, featuring you front and center.

Choose an iconic landmark, sprawling beach, breathtaking sunset, nature-inspired space, or a special hangout you enjoy frequenting. Then take a selfie, tell us where you are and why you snapped the photo there, send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will publish it.

Happy Snapping!


UVSA Tet Festival comes to OC Fair & Event Center

The UVSA Tết Festival is back for the Year of the Pig at the 38th annual Vietnamese New Year celebration. This year’s theme is “Stories of Our Heritage – Hướng Về Cội Nguồn.” The festival will take place in Lot I and the Los Alamitos Building at the OC Fair & Event Center. Dates/hours include: Friday, Feb. 8 from 4 - 10 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 10 from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

UVSA Tet Festival

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Lion Dance at UVSA Tet Festival

The UVSA Tết Festival (Hội Tết Sinh Viên) of Southern California is the largest Vietnamese New Year festival in the nation. It is run entirely by volunteers consisting of high school and college students, young professionals and parents. Their goals are to help preserve and share the Vietnamese culture, and to serve our community.

Admission is $6 for general tickets and free for children 2 years of age and under. Parking is $9. On Saturday, Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., there is free admission for guests wearing a scout uniform, military uniform, or traditional Vietnamese attire.

For more information, visit www.tetfestival.org, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 714.388.6711.

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


Top 5 Things to Do at ENC in February

Get outside in 2019 with the Environmental Nature Center!

Here’s a countdown of the Top 5 Things to Do at the ENC in February:

1. Preschool Information Session, February 6 at 6 p.m. Join ENC Nature Preschool Director Sue Bierlich and Director Bo Glover for an information session about the ENC Nature Preschool. They will discuss the school’s timeline, philosophy, curricula, a typical day, and layout and design of the buildings and Nature Play Area.

Top 5 Things ENC Nature Preschool

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ENC Nature Preschool

2. Hummingbird Parenting, February 12 at 5:30 p.m. Join ENC Nature Preschool Director Sue Bierlich and Valerie Bain. They’ll help you find a comfort level with standing back and making space for independent nature play. Come share exciting ways to play and learn with your children in nature.

3. Presidents’ Week Camp, February 18 - 21. The ENC has offered Nature Camps since 1977. They provide quality science education in the outdoors. Campers learn while adventuring. Learning outside increases kids’ ability to think creatively and improves problem-solving skills.

4. Reading in the Redwoods, February 24 at 9:30 a.m. Join ENC for a very special Reading in the Redwoods event. Enjoy Shelter by Celine Clair under the canopy of ENC’s tallest trees. Afterward, children and their adults will participate in hands-on activities related to the theme of the book.

5. Little Naturalists (ages 3 - 5 years), February 28 from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. For this class, participants will read Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson, then learn about animal tracks. You’ll track the characters from the story along the Trail Hike, then make your own Play Dough for Animal Tracks to make and take.

Top 5 Things Bear Snores

For more information on these programs and to sign up, visit www.encenter.org.

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


Sherman Library & Gardens to hold bonsai events this weekend

Experience the age-old art of bonsai this weekend at Sherman Library & Gardens, during a bonsai workshop and demonstration showcasing the natural beauty of this graceful plant. Bonsai is the art of growing certain trees and shrubs, of many varieties, in small, shallow containers. It is through careful and precise training and pruning, that the plant is slowly shaped and manipulated to give the appearance of an older, mature tree.

Sherman Library multiple tree

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A multiple tree Juniper planting

A hands-on bonsai workshop is being held on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 11 a.m., led by Jason Chan of Eastern Leaf Bonsai (www.easternleaf.com). Participants will learn the basics of initial tree designing, wiring and repotting of a Juniperus Prostrata. Chan will be assisted by mentors from the Orange Empire Bonsai Society. This is a two-hour session with a lunch break after the first hour of work. Class size is limited to 10. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $75 for Sherman Library & Gardens Friends, $100 for non-members. 

Chan is very active in the bonsai community. In 2014, he was elected to the Board of the Golden State Bonsai Federation (GSBF). In 2015, he became the editor of Golden Statements, GSBF’s quarterly bonsai publication. Chan is a founding member of the Chino Bonsai Club. He frequently holds demonstrations for local clubs and participates as a demonstrator at the Huntington Library in San Marino. He also contributes regularly to various bonsai publications, including Bonsai Club International and GSBF. In 2017, he helped establish Bonsai Jidai, Southern California’s premier bonsai school.

Sherman Library California Juniper

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A 150-year-old California Juniper

A bonsai exhibition and show takes place on Saturday, Feb. 2 and Sunday, Feb. 3 from 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., presented by Sherman Library & Gardens and Orange Empire Bonsai Society. The event will include Winter Silhouette Bonsai as well as a variety of other bonsai trees. In addition to the Saturday bonsai workshop at 11 a.m. led by Jason Chan, on Sunday at 1 p.m., Debra Mauzy-Melitz will demonstrate the making of a Saikei (a small landscape with multiple trees) with audience participation. All visitors to Sherman Library & Gardens on that day are welcome to participate. Mauzy-Melitz is a member of the Orange Empire Bonsai Society and was a demonstrator at the Fullerton Arboretum during Green Scene. A sale table will be available on both days with bonsai trees, small accents and pots offered. Admission to the exhibition and show each day is $5.

Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. For more information, visit www.slgardens.org.


Sign of the times

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

This must have been a tough one, because Stu stumped everyone! The “C” logo with waves can be found out front of Crew Coffee + Cremerie at Lido House located at 3300 Newport Blvd. Stop by to experience “simple perfection,” where you’ll be served curated blends of coffee and yummy ice cream with an inventive spin on classic flavors.

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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Stump the Stu

Ay Carumba...it’s a Chihuahua!

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Stu thought this happily contented Chihuahua must lead to a place of enjoyment. Where would you find this oversized “tail wagger” who is happily licking his chops?

Take the challenge and submit your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The answer will appear in Friday’s edition, along with the correct guesses. So, join us for this local adventure.

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 location, so we can challenge them! Happy Hunting.


State grant enables city to acquire oil spill response trailer for protecting Newport Harbor

A special new trailer will roll into the Marina Park parking lot this Thursday, Jan. 31, thanks in large part to a grant provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR).

The towable trailer will contain an array of oil spill response equipment, including 1,000 feet of containment boom, absorbent materials and other response gear for the City of Newport Beach’s use and quick deployment into Newport Harbor in the event of an on-water oil spill incident.

State grant enables city

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Oli spill mobile response trailer comes to Newport Beach

Newport Beach Mayor Diane Dixon, Harbor Commission Chairman David Girling and Jon Victoria from the Department of Fish & Wildlife will join City of Newport Beach officials and staff for a brief ceremony to mark the trailer’s arrival and view its features. The event will start at 11:30 a.m. at Marina Park, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

“We’re grateful that moving forward, our staff and first responders will have access to this mobile response trailer and the equipment needed to help protect Newport Harbor and its wildlife in the event of a local oil spill,” Harbormaster Kurt Borsting said.

The trailer, equipment and the related onsite training for the City’s Harbor Department staff and lifeguards are collectively valued at $30,000.

The OSPR equipment grant program, which began in 2007, has funded approximately $1 million in equipment and training opportunities to more than 50 local government agencies and tribes across California.


Newport Beach Mayor Diane Dixon to hold town hall meeting

Newport Beach Mayor Diane Dixon will hold a town hall meeting on Monday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the large meeting room of the Marina Park Community Center. All community members are welcome to attend.

Mayor Dixon will give a brief update of the state of the City of Newport Beach and share her recent trip to Washington, D.C.

Newport Beach Mayor Diane Dixon

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Newport Beach Mayor Diane Dixon

The preliminary agenda also includes:

–Explanation of the General Plan Update process

–Highlights of the Feb. 2 City Council planning session

–Introduction of the City’s new harbormaster

–Overview of the City’s 2019-2020 budget planning

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


Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

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Balboa Island was dredged from the sea, and as a result, a sea wall was necessary to keep the harbor waters at bay. The original sea wall wasn’t as strong as it needed to be though, and the Island would frequently flood as a result. Date of photo is unknown.

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


Newport Bay Conservancy to hold symposium on Native Americans, wetlands on Saturday

Newport Bay Conservancy (NBC) will present an innovative and enjoyable program on Native Americans and Wetlands, to be held on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Back Bay Science Center, in conjunction with World Wetlands Day. This is the fifth in NBC’s series of symposiums celebrating the Ramsar Convention, the intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.

Newport Bay Conservancy Adelia Sandoval

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Adelia Sandoval with the Tushmalum singers of the Juañeno Band of Mission Indians will perform after the opening prayer

The program will provide a mix of prayers, music and dance presented by Native Americans, as well as some more formal presentations about the history of local tribes and their watercraft. There will also be opportunities to learn about and practice some Native American crafts. Participants will be able to help build a tule boat under the direction of a tribal elder, and learn how to make musical instruments including clapper sticks and flutes using natural materials that will be provided.

Newport Bay Conservancy Alan Salazar

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During the symposium, Alan “Spirit Hawk” Salazar will preside over the presentation of the 2001 voyage to Santa Cruz Island in the traditional tomol plank canoe ‘Elye’wun, and the film screening of “Return to Limuw”

At the end of the program, there will be kayak tours available, and a chance to help with invasive plant removal in the bay. Some snacks from the wetlands, as well as a light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Newport Bay Conservancy Jon and Sabrine Sherman

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Jon and Sabrine Sherman of Dryad will perform with handmade flutes

A detailed schedule of events and tickets are available on Eventbrite at https://goo.gl/mVxkgu, with reduced rates for NBC members and students.

Newport Bay Conservancy is a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of Upper Newport Bay and its watershed through education, restoration, research and advocacy since 1968.

Back Bay Science Center is located at 600 Shellmaker Road, Newport Beach.


NBFD to hold Badge Pinning Ceremony on Wednesday

The Newport Beach Fire Department (NBFD) will host a badge pinning ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 8:30 a.m. in City Hall’s Newport Beach Community Room.

NBFD to hold Badge Pinning Halphide  NBFD to hold Badge Pinning Bass

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(L-R) Lifeguard Battalion Chief Mike Halphide and Fire Marshal Kevin Bass

The ceremony highlights the achievement for new fire personnel completing their probationary period, welcomes the department’s new Fire Marshal and promotions for fire/lifeguard personnel.

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 (L-R) Fire Paramedic Ray Kang and Probationary Firefighter Paul Cortes

Honorees include the following fire and lifeguard personnel:

–Lifeguard Battalion Chief Mike Halphide to Lifeguard Assistant Chief

–Fire Marshal Kevin Bass

–Fire Paramedic Ray Kang to Fire Captain

–Probationary Firefighter Paul Cortes

–Probationary Firefighter Javier Gonzalez

–Probationary Firefighter Thomas Thornbury

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 (L-R) Probationary Firefighters Javier Gonzalez and Thomas Thornbury

Congratulations to all the recipients, who we thank for their service both on land and in our waters.

The Newport Beach Community Room is located at 100 Civic Drive, Newport Beach.


Capturing iconic Newport Beach

Capturing iconic Balboa Pavlion

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 Artwork by Don Krotee

“Balboa Pavilion” was created with transparent watercolor on handmade cotton paper

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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.


A golden glow over Newport Beach

A golden drone

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The sun setting on a perfect winter weekend in Newport Beach, which saw an 82-degree high temp on Saturday


City Manager’s Updates

From the desk of Grace Leung

General Plan Update – The City Council initiated the General Plan Update process on January 22. The Council also created a five-member resident Steering Committee to assist staff and the community with the initial phase of the process. The Steering Committee will assist in the preparation of a request for proposals for consulting services, selecting the consultant and guide the initial “listen and learn” community outreach effort. The City Clerk will accept applications for appointment to the Committee through noon on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Confirmation of Mayor Dixon’s appointments to the Committee will be considered by the full City Council on February 12. For residents interested in applying to be a part of the Committee, applications can be obtained at the City Clerk’s office. The application and Committee information can also be accessed through the City’s website at www.newportbeachca.gov/vacancy

General Plan Update Community Meeting – It is anticipated the Steering Committee and staff will conduct the first community meeting at Marina Park, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd. on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend and participate. The purpose of this initial forum is to provide an overview of the General Plan Update process and to review a draft request for proposals for consultant services. 

Beacon Bay Lease Terms – Community Development Department staff met with representatives of the Beacon Bay Homeowners Association (HOA) and the City’s consultant, Keyser Marston Associates, Inc. (KMA), to review KMA’s modeling of the HOA’s proposed changes to the terms of the Beacon Bay lease agreement and the impact to revenue projections. Staff will be presenting a brief history and overview of Beacon Bay to City Council during a study session on Tuesday, Feb. 12. This will include an overview of the changes to the lease terms being proposed by the HOA, as well as any potential impacts to City revenues.

Results of Residential Parking Enforcement – Pilot Program – The City concluded a three-week pilot parking enforcement program to see whether increased enforcement would be an effective means to manage construction-related parking impacts.

The following can be concluded from the program:

–529 parking citations were issued along with 222 warnings to residents and contractors.

–75 percent of parking citations issued were to residents and 25 percent were issued to contractors.

–Most people cited were cooperative when educated on the nature of the parking violation.

–Most violations occurred in two specific areas:

a. Parking in red zones

b. Parking in the alley

–Contractor parking violations dropped as the word of additional parking enforcement spread.

Finley Tract Resident Parking Permit Program (RP3) – The City’s Zoning Administrator approved a coastal development permit for a proposed resident parking permit program for the Finley Tract in December 2018. The Finley Tract is located just west of Lido Village on the Balboa Peninsula. Mr. Jim Mosher filed an appeal of the action with the California Coastal Commission (CCC). The CCC will consider whether there is a “substantial issue” with the program at their March meeting (March 6-8) that will be held at the California African American Museum located at 600 State Drive in Los Angeles.

Harbor Pointe Senior Living Project at Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) – Community Development Department staff attended the January ALUC meeting on behalf of the City for the proposed Harbor Pointe Senior Living Project. Harbor Pointe is a proposed 85,000-square-foot, three-story senior convalescent and congregate care facility (i.e. memory care and assisted living) as a State-licensed Residential Care Facility for the elderly with 120 beds. The project site is located on the corner of Bayview Place and Bristol Street and currently developed with the Kitayama restaurant. 

When originally adopted, ALUC determined that the City’s general plan and zoning code were consistent with the land use policies of the Airport Environs Land Use Plan (AELUP) for John Wayne Airport. Since the Harbor Pointe project includes both a general plan amendment and planned community development plan (zoning) amendment, it was required to be heard by the ALUC to determine if the proposed amendments are consistent with the AELUP. After conducting a public meeting, the ALUC concluded the project was consistent with the inclusion of two minor edits, one to proposed CEQA mitigation/conditions of approval, both related to aircraft noise. The Harbor Pointe project was also heard at Planning Commission on December 6, 2018, which voted unanimously to recommend approval of the project to the City Council. The City Council hearing is tentatively scheduled for February 12.

Recent Storm Events – During last week’s storm, the City Landscape Crew and contractors responded to several storm-related issues. The crews took care of four City trees and four private trees that collapsed during the storms. One of the trees was on Narcissus Avenue where only minor damage to a hedge was reported. Crews also took action to remove several broken City and private tree limbs. The City’s ambitious tree trimming program likely prevented excessive incidents.

Dunes Trail Debris Removal – Public Works staff responded to one landslide on the Dunes trail caused by the storms. Our Field Maintenance Crews removed approximately 15 tons of debris and the road was promptly reopened.

High Surf Occurrence – The storm, in combination with the King Tides, also brought in high surf. One unusual location impacted by the high surf was at 35th Street, where flooding occurred. No damage was reported and Field Maintenance Crews built windrows (barriers) with a loader. The Public Works staff remained on standby alert during the four-day period of the King Tides just in case of more flooding occurrences.

Lido Village & West Newport Water Main Replacement – Construction for the Lido Village and West Newport Water Main Replacement project continues to progress. Since our last update, the contractor has completed most of the water main replacements for this improvement project, which focuses on replacing deteriorated cast iron water mains. Recently, the contractor finished work for Short Street and is currently working on Lake Avenue and alleyways between Balboa Avenue and Lake Avenue. All work for this project should be wrapped up by March.

Marina Park Earns “People Love Us on Yelp” Sticker Award – Yelp recognized Marina Park for the positive ratings and reviews it has earned on the social networking site last year. Visitors love Marina Park, rating it 4.71 out of 5 stars. In recognition of our City’s accomplishment, we were presented with the “People Love Us on Yelp” sticker, which is awarded to the most highly rated and best-reviewed businesses on Yelp. Marina Park is proudly displaying the sticker on its front window as you enter the facility to show customers it is highly rated by the Yelp community for the second year in a row.

Boys and Girls Club Renovation – The Recreation & Senior Services staff met with the Boys & Girls Club of Newport Beach to discuss their progress on renovating the club this summer. As part of a successful fundraising effort, the Newport Beach club will be getting updated facilities, STEAM-based learning equipment and a brand new gymnasium by September 2019. This boost in technology and building upgrades will enhance programming at the club to serve generations of children to come. Staff is also working with the Club on renewing the lease agreement to serve the community in that location in Eastbluff Park until 2069. 

Emergency Storm Drain Repair in Mariners Mile next week – Next week, the Utilities and Public Works Departments will begin the emergency repair of a storm drain, which runs underneath West Coast Highway Mariners Mile. (This past week, repairs were made to the storm drain line upstream and downstream of this location.) Traffic control for the necessary lane closures will be staggered to minimize the impacts for the morning and evening commutes. Construction is expected to be completed in one week.


Pet of the WeekDog and Cat print

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

Pet of the Week 1.29.19

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MEET KENNY

Kenny is approximately 2 years old and is a Terrier mix. He is a little shy at first, and would do best with another dog as his buddy.

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

Adoption costs at the shelter:

–Dogs - $130

–Puppies - $150

–Cats - $90

–Kittens - $110

To find out how you can help support the shelter, visit www.nbpd.org and click on “Our Animal Shelter” to view the wish list. The shelter can always use food & 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.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Church shopping again…but it won’t take 14 years

TomJohnsonI’m church shopping again. It’s something I’ve done a few times during my adulthood. Most recently I was attending St. Andrews Presbyterian.

In the last year they’ve gone through changes, including bringing in a new pastor, Chap Clark. So much is right with St. Andrews that it’s tough to just walk away, but I felt like something else was calling.

A week ago, friends invited me to Compass Bible Church in Aliso Viejo. The ministry is huge, and the message was good, but it wasn’t in our local community. That was a big minus as far as I’m concerned. 

This past weekend, I returned to Mariners Church. I used to love going there back a decade or so ago. The songs and spirit ring out loud to begin the service, then they deliver a strong message. The place is alive.

This past weekend, Pastor Jared Kirkwood spoke. He connected with me and with things going on in my life.

You see the topic was patience, something I rarely have. I’m the guy who gets angry with bad drivers on the roadways and I hate it when people are late...my family hates my impatience.

Kirkwood talked about a passage in the Bible that focused on Jacob, the son of Isaac and Rebekah, and the twin brother of Esau.

The story goes like this, Jacob meets a woman named Sarah. It’s actually his cousin and that’s kind of weird, but the Bible sort of skips over that part. Jacob wants to marry Sarah and goes to her father, Laban, to ask for her hand.

Laban basically agrees that before Jacob can marry her, he has to work for Laban for seven years.

Boy, now that’s a big commitment for any guy, but Jacob does it.

After seven years, he goes to Laban and says it’s time for the wedding. Laban tricks Jacob during the wedding ceremony and Jacob actually ends up marrying Sarah’s older sister, Leah.

Boy, is he ticked.

He goes back to Laban and announces his disappointment. Laban says if Jacob commits to working for him for another seven years, then he can also have Sarah’s hand.

For those not counting, that’s 14 years of work. And this isn’t just office work, it’s in the fields with cattle, sheep and goats. It’s dirty.

But Jacob does it.

That’s patience!

It was a message that stuck with me as I exited Mariners’ doors and went about the rest of my Sunday. And, I have to be honest, throughout the rest of the day I felt patience.

It was a good feeling.

So, is Mariners the place I’ll eventually hang my hat? Who knows? But anytime a pastor can stand in front of hundreds of people and deliver a message that seems directly intended for me, that’s a good thing.

I’ll definitely be back.

Maybe there’s a church you like and a pastor that connects with you. Let me know, I’m still shopping. But, one thing is for certain, you can bet I’m going to demonstrate patience in my ultimate decision.


Orange County Community Foundation awards $918,000 to nonprofits

The Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF), in partnership with the Orange County Real Estate Industry, recently awarded $918,000 in grants to 13 nonprofit organizations serving the critical needs of Orange County veterans and their families. The grants are part of OCCF’s OC Veterans Initiative (OCVI) to help returning military veterans successfully integrate back to civilian life.

The OC Veterans Initiative led by OCCF seeks to align philanthropic resources with opportunities to benefit the health, education and employment of veterans and their families in Orange County. Since its founding in 2011, the initiative has granted more than $2.3 million to nonprofits reaching more than 15,000 veterans and their families. 

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“Through our Veterans Initiative, we collaborate with high-performing, veteran-focused organizations in Orange County to improve outcomes for local veterans and their families,” said Shelley Hoss, president, OCCF. “We are proud to channel the efforts of our generous donors and partners toward the common goal of offering the most effective services to the men and women who have sacrificed so much for us.”

The funds specifically support referral services for veterans and their families, transition support programs and educational and employment support programs. OCCF also provides opportunities for the cohort of grantees to work together toward meeting common goals and objectives and improving coordination of services.

One example of this increased service coordination is the funding that was distributed to the HUB at the Tierney Center, which is bringing together high-performing nonprofit veteran-serving organizations to build their capacity, serve a broader audience and address the varying needs of OC vets all under one roof.

In the fourth year of the grant program, OCCF has once again partnered with the OC Real Estate industry to develop collaborative funding strategies.

The fourth annual Orange County Real Estate Luncheon will be held on April 18 to raise critical funds for nonprofits focused on services for veterans in Orange County. To purchase tickets, sponsor or donate to the 2019 Orange County Real Estate Luncheon, visit www.oc-cf.org/ocrel/.

The partnership has awarded grants to the following veteran-serving organizations: 211 Orange County’s Military and Veterans Central Clearinghouse; Cal State Fullerton’s Veterans Resource Center; Child Guidance Center to support Strong Families, Strong Children; Goodwill Industries of Orange County to support the veteran employment program and the Tierney Center for Veterans Services; Irvine Valley College Foundation to support the Veterans Resource Center; University of California, Irvine to support UCI in its new role as convener for the Orange County Veteran & Military Family Collaborative; Saddleback College to support the VETS program; St. Jeanne de Lestonnac Free Clinic for free dental exams, X-rays and procedures; Strength in Support to support the Vet to Vet Mentorship program; Volunteers of American LA to support the Battle Buddy Bridge Peer Navigator Program; Warrior Scholar Project to support the one-week academic boot camp; Working Wardrobes for a New Start to support VetNet; and zero8hundred to support the Transition Assistance Program.

Orange County Community Foundation is based in Newport Beach.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Mismanagement claims voiced against Newport Aquatic Center

TomJohnsonProblems have been brewing for some time at the Newport Aquatic Center. It’s a board and management fight against the general membership over apparent claims of runaway spending.

Only four board members remain from what was once a healthy board, as lawsuits are filed claiming mismanagement.

A number of junior rowers and parents/members spoke at Tuesday’s Newport Beach City Council meeting requesting the City become involved. The NAC utilizes City-owned land.

Their requests apparently did some good as new councilmember Joy Brenner asked that the issue be put on an upcoming agenda.

Claims include rampant credit card overspending on meals, fuel and supplies, most of which are supposedly not directly associated with the NAC.

It’s gotten ugly and it appears the fall people are becoming the junior rowers and some of the coaches who have spoken up. Some coaches have been fired and a group of junior rowers have been forced from the program.

Parents are also claiming that fundraising efforts are being made under false pretenses.

Expect this to really heat up in the weeks ahead.

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Maybe one of your dreams is to serve on the City’s General Plan Update Steering Committee. If so, you’ll need to submit an application by noon on Wednesday, Jan. 30 to the City Clerk’s office.

Don’t worry, however, if you miss it. There will be plenty of other opportunities to have your voice heard. Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 13, the first general meeting will be held at Marina Park

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We received a note from Mayor Diane Dixon who is in Washington DC attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors and meeting with our congressional representatives to discuss local issues, including John Wayne Airport and harbor dredging.

She reminds us that her next town hall meeting is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 4, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at Marina Park.

Not to be outdone, Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill will continue his monthly office meetings. One change to be noted, instead of the usual second Thursday, Feb. 14, 8 - 10 a.m. time, he’ll move it up a day to Wednesday, Feb. 13, same time, at the Newport Coast Community Center. The change is due to a conflict in his schedule with a transportation board meeting.

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There will be an auction of abandoned vessels on Friday, Feb. 8 at the Harbor Department, which is located at 1600 W. Balboa Blvd. Don’t get your hopes up. Only two boats are on the list: a 1991 20’ Duffy and a 1992 31’ Beneteau.

No dinghies, tenders, kayaks or SUPS will be available.

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Three upcoming dinners you should be aware of: The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce hosts the Christmas Boat Parade Awards Dinner & Auction this evening at the Fashion Island Hotel; the 11th Annual State of CERT Awards Banquet is Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Oasis Senior Center; and Speak Up Newport will host the 38th Annual Mayor’s Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m., at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa.


Oracle Challenger Series finals this weekend 

Photos by Scott Bashier

The Oracle Challenger Series is taking place this week in Newport Beach at the Newport Beach Tennis Club now through January 27.

Thomaz Bellucci, former No. 21 in the world

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Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci, ranked World No. 21, was defeated by Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic in three sets: 62, 61, 62

This professional tennis tournament is the third stop of the 2018-2019 Oracle Challenger Series, designed to promote American tennis and help up-and-coming players secure both ranking points and prize money, so come out and see some of the sport’s future stars.

Katie Volynets representing USA

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Katie Volynets representing the USA

The race is heating up on the Road to Indian Wells, as the top two American women’s and men’s points-getters over the course of the Series receive wildcards into their respective singles main draws at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, one of the most prestigious events in professional tennis.

Maier Bouzkova representing Czech Republic

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Maier Bouzkova representing the Czech Republic

The matches are free and open to the public. For tickets, visit https://bit.ly/2SjcrGE.

For additional information and up to date results, view the tournament website at www.oraclechallengerseries.com.

Newport Beach Tennis Club is located at 2601 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach.

Marcelo Arevalo of El Salvador hydrates

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Marcelo Arévalo of El Salvador rehydrates


Star of record-breaking smash hit Hamilton, Leslie Odom Jr. makes Pacific Symphony debut at Segerstrom 

Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr., who rose to national fame after his show-stopping debut performance as Aaron Burr in the Broadway smash hit Hamilton, will be making his debut with Pacific Symphony on March 15 and 16 at 8 p.m., under the baton of guest conductor Matt Catingub for a full night’s show, including intermission. A stellar performer of Broadway and American classics, Odom Jr.’s show will include numerous hits from Hamilton, the evergreen jazz gem “Autumn Leaves,” “Joey Joey Joey” and a Nat King Cole medley. 

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Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr.

This concert is part of Pacific Symphony’s 2018-19 Pops, a series of five concerts that celebrates popular music’s most enduring favorites, sponsored by The Westin, PBS SoCal and K-Earth 101. 

Multifaceted performer Odom Jr. completed his run on Broadway starring as Aaron Burr in the original cast of the blockbuster hit musical, Hamilton, a role that earned him the 2016 Tony Award for Lead Actor in a Musical. He is also a Grammy Award winner as a principal soloist on Hamilton’s Original Broadway Cast Recording, which won the 2016 award for Best Musical Theater Album.

Odom Jr. made his Broadway debut at the age of 17 in Rent before heading to Carnegie Mellon University’s prestigious School of Drama, where he graduated with honors. He is the recipient of a 2002 Princess Grace Award for Acting, which is dedicated to identifying emerging talent in theater, dance and film. Additional theater credits include Leap of Faith on Broadway, for which he won the 2012 Astaire Award for Outstanding Male Dancer on Broadway and was nominated for a Drama League Award; the 2014 musical Venice, which also played at The Public Theater; and the Encores! OffCenter production of Tick, Tick... Boom! which was his first time working with Hamilton creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Single tickets begin at $47. For more information or to purchase tickets call 714. 755.5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.

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


Spots are still available at ENC Presidents’ Week Nature Camp

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) has offered nature camps since 1977. Providing quality science education in the outdoors, campers learn while adventuring.

This Presidents’ Week, the ENC is offering nature camps for youngsters ages 3 - 6. Little Naturalist Camps (ages 3 -5) is currently sold out, but there is still room available at Nature Adventure Camps for grades K - 6. Camp runs February 18 - 21 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Half Day Camp runs from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and the fee is $180. Full Day Camp runs 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and the fee is $265. There is a 10 percent discount for ENC members.

Spots are still available at ENC Kids and frog

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Learning outside increases kids’ ability to think creatively and improves problem-solving skills. Children who participate in outdoor education have increased enthusiasm for learning, improved academic performance and improved critical thinking.

Time spent outdoors also correlates with increased physical activity and fitness in children. Each day, ENC nature campers make crafts, play games and participate in hands-on age appropriate activities.

For more information and to register, visit www.encenter.org/blog/events/presidents-week-camp-4/or call 949.645.8489

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


Sherman Library & Gardens to hold bonsai events

Experience the age-old art of bonsai. Bonsai is the art of growing certain trees and shrubs, of many varieties, in small, shallow containers. It is through careful and precise training and pruning, that the plant is slowly shaped and manipulated to give the appearance of an older, mature tree.

On February 2 and 3, Sherman Library & Gardens is hosting a bonsai workshop and demonstration to showcase the natural beauty of this graceful plant.

Sherman Library multiple tree

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A multiple tree Juniper planting

A bonsai workshop is being held on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 11 a.m., led by Jason Chan of Eastern Leaf Bonsai (www.easternleaf.com). Participants will learn the basics of initial tree designing, wiring and repotting of a Juniperus Prostrata in this hands-on workshop. Chan will be assisted by mentors from the Orange Empire Bonsai Society. This is a two-hour session with a lunch break after the first hour of work. Class size is limited to 10. Pre-registration is required. Cost: Friends, $75; Non-members, $100. Chan is very active in the bonsai community. In 2014, he was elected to the Board of the Golden State Bonsai Federation (GSBF). In 2015, he became the editor of Golden Statements, GSBF’s quarterly bonsai publication. Chan is a founding member of the Chino Bonsai Club. He frequently holds demonstrations for local clubs and participates as a demonstrator at the Huntington Library in San Marino. He also contributes regularly to various bonsai publications, including Bonsai Club International and GSBF. In 2017, he helped establish Bonsai Jidai, Southern California’s premier bonsai school.

Sherman Library California Juniper

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A 150-year-old California Juniper

A bonsai exhibition and show takes place Saturday, Feb. 2 and Sunday, Feb. 3  from 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., presented by Sherman Library & Gardens and Orange Empire Bonsai Society, which will include Winter Silhouette Bonsai as well as a variety of other bonsai trees. In addition to the Saturday bonsai workshop at 11 a.m. led by Jason Chan, on Sunday at 1 p.m., Debra Mauzy-Melitz will demonstrate the making of a Saikei (a small landscape with multiple trees) with audience participation. All visitors to Sherman Library & Gardens on that day are welcome to participate. Mauzy-Melitz is a member of the Orange Empire Bonsai Society and was a demonstrator at the Fullerton Arboretum during Green Scene. A sale table will be available on both days with bonsai trees, small accents and pots offered. Admission to the exhibition and show each day is $5.

Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. For more information, visit www.slgardens.org.


Second Harvest Food Bank receives $100,000 grant

Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County has received a $100,000 grant from the Ueberroth Family Foundation, based in Newport Beach, in support of Park-It Market Operations in Orange County. The newest weapon to fight hunger in Orange County, the Park-It Market is a walk-up market on wheels, providing fresh, nutritious food to seniors as it travels throughout Orange County on scheduled visits to low-income senior housing communities and senior centers.

“This grant will support our latest innovation in providing food to the thousands of seniors in our community who are at risk of missing meals,” said Gloria Crockett, chief development officer of Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. “The Ueberroth Family Foundation’s longstanding support has made a tremendous impact and we are grateful for their commitment to ending hunger in Orange County.”

Second Harvest Food Bank Park It Market

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Launched in May 2018, Park-It Market is the first free, full-service mobile market in the country that’s run by a food bank and provides services to seniors. The partially refrigerated trailer was customized for Second Harvest to carry 6,000 pounds of food and is estimated to provide the equivalent of one million meals to seniors each year. Clients choose from a wide array of fresh produce, dairy products, and other perishables conveniently from displays easily accessible from the outside of the trailer. There are no pre-packaged grocery bags; shoppers simply grab what they need.

The Park-It Market is part of a larger plan by Second Harvest to address a mounting challenge in our community. Currently, 22 percent of the senior population in Orange County is food insecure – and that population is anticipated to double by 2045. The rate of hunger among seniors aged 60 and older has increased by 53 percent since 2001, a trend that worsened dramatically when retirement nest eggs were impacted after the 2008-09 recession.

Since 1984, the Ueberroth Family Foundation has been committed to giving back to the community and assisting community-based organizations that are making a difference in Orange County. The Ueberroth Family Foundation supports local organizations, including youth programs, education, health and human services and has been continually committed to fighting hunger in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.

More than 300,000 Orange County residents don’t know where their next meal is coming from, in fact one in six children are at-risk of hunger in the county. The Ueberroth Family Foundation is one of the strongest financial supporters of bold and innovative methods of solving hunger in Orange County. Since 1996, the foundation has donated a total of $588,200 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, advancing some of the food bank’s newest and most notable programs.

For more information on Second Harvest Food Bank, visit www.shfb.org.


Hoag receives Women’s Choice Awards

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian has been named as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care and Obstetrics by the 2019 Women’s Choice Award®. This is the sixth consecutive year (2014-2019) that Hoag has received awards in these categories. 

“It’s an honor to continuously be recognized as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care and Obstetrics by the Women’s Choice Award,” said Robert T. Braithwaite, president and CEO of Hoag. “These awards reflect our dedicated team of physicians, nurses and staff who always put our patients first and give them the confidence that Hoag offers the best in terms of quality care and patient safety.”

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These evidence-based designations signify that Hoag is in the top 8.4 percent of 4,797 U.S. hospitals offering heart care services and in the top 17 percent of 2,778 U.S. hospitals offering obstetrics.

The methodology for the America’s Best Hospitals is unique in that it combines national accreditations, Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) and hospital outcome scores with primary research about women’s healthcare preferences. It is the only award recognizing excellence in patient services based on robust criteria that consider patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.

Additionally, each service line award has supplementary criteria that are specific to the service line.

For more information about the America’s Best Hospitals lists, visit www.womenschoiceaward.com/awarded/healthcare/.


JWA posts December 2018 statistics

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport decreased in December 2018 as compared with December 2017. In December 2018, the Airport served 828,070 passengers, a decrease of 7.9 percent when compared with the December 2017 passenger traffic count of 899,451.

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Commercial aircraft operations decreased 2.4 percent and commuter aircraft operations increased 530.6 percent when compared with December 2017 levels.

Total aircraft operations increased in December 2018 as compared with the same month in 2017. In December 2018, there were 24,579 total aircraft operations (take-offs and landings), a 4.2 percent increase compared to 23,592 total aircraft operations in December 2017.

General aviation activity, which accounted for 67.7 percent of the total aircraft operations during December 2018, increased 5.5 percent when compared with December 2017.

The top three airlines in December 2018 based on passenger count were Southwest Airlines (250,357), United Airlines (137,197) and American Airlines (135,704).


NBFD to hold Badge Pinning Ceremony on January 30

The Newport Beach Fire Department (NBFD) will host a badge pinning ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 8:30 a.m. in City Hall’s Newport Beach Community Room.

NBFD to hold Badge Pinning Halphide  NBFD to hold Badge Pinning Bass

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(L-R) Lifeguard Battalion Chief Mike Halphide and Fire Marshal Kevin Bass

The ceremony highlights the achievement for new fire personnel completing their probationary period, welcomes the department’s new Fire Marshal and promotions for fire/lifeguard personnel.

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 (L-R) Fire Paramedic Ray Kang and Probationary Firefighter Paul Cortes

Honorees include the following fire and lifeguard personnel:

–Lifeguard Battalion Chief Mike Halphide to Lifeguard Assistant Chief

–Fire Marshal Kevin Bass

–Fire Paramedic Ray Kang to Fire Captain

–Probationary Firefighter Paul Cortes

–Probationary Firefighter Javier Gonzalez

–Probationary Firefighter Thomas Thornbury

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 (L-R) Probationary Firefighters Javier Gonzalez and Thomas Thornbury

Congratulations to all the recipients, who we thank for their service both on land and in our waters.

The Newport Beach Community Room is located at 100 Civic Drive, Newport Beach.


Newport Bay Conservancy to hold symposium on Native Americans, wetlands

Newport Bay Conservancy (NBC) will present an innovative and enjoyable program on Native Americans and Wetlands, to be held on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Back Bay Science Center, in conjunction with World Wetlands Day. This is the fifth in NBC’s series of symposiums celebrating the Ramsar Convention, the intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.

Newport Bay Conservancy Adelia Sandoval

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Adelia Sandoval with the Tushmalum singers of the Juañeno Band of Mission Indians will perform after the opening prayer

The program will provide a mix of prayers, music and dance presented by Native Americans, as well as some more formal presentations about the history of local tribes and their watercraft. There will also be opportunities to learn about and practice some Native American crafts. Participants will be able to help build a tule boat under the direction of a tribal elder, and learn how to make musical instruments including clapper sticks and flutes using natural materials that will be provided.

Newport Bay Conservancy Alan Salazar

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During the symposium, Alan “Spirit Hawk” Salazar will preside over the presentation of the 2001 voyage to Santa Cruz Island in the traditional tomol plank canoe ‘Elye’wun, and the film screening of “Return to Limuw”

At the end of the program, there will be kayak tours available, and a chance to help with invasive plant removal in the bay. Some snacks from the wetlands, as well as a light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Newport Bay Conservancy Jon and Sabrine Sherman

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Jon and Sabrine Sherman of Dryad will perform with handmade flutes

A detailed schedule of events and tickets are available on Eventbrite at https://goo.gl/mVxkgu, with reduced rates for NBC members and students.

Newport Bay Conservancy is a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of Upper Newport Bay and its watershed through education, restoration, research and advocacy since 1968.

Back Bay Science Center is located at 600 Shellmaker Road, Newport Beach.


PGA TOUR legends to tee off at inaugural Hoag Classic 

The Hoag Classic, Orange County’s only official PGA TOUR Champions event, premieres March 6 - 10, with presenting partners Konica Minolta and City National Bank. The event will draw golf legends back to Newport Beach Country Club to compete for the $1.8 million purse.

With more than $20 million in total proceeds raised throughout its history, the tournament is one of the most successful philanthropic events on the PGA TOUR Champions. This year, newly minted as the Hoag Classic, the tournament’s net proceeds will benefit Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian’s programs and services, as well as other local charities. 

PGA TOUR legends Vijay Singh

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Vijay Singh will defend his 2018 win when he returns to Newport Beach Country Club for the Hoag Classic

“For one week each year, the international spotlight shines brightly on Orange County as we showcase the best of our community, as the tournament draws close to 70,000 guests, 200-plus sponsors and 800 volunteers,” said Jeff Purser, executive director of the Hoag Classic. “We are proud to name this event Hoag and to provide an unparalleled opportunity to contribute to and enhance the health and vitality of our wonderful county.”

“Hoag is proud to be a partner and beneficiary of the Hoag Classic,” said Robert T. Braithwaite, president and CEO of Hoag. “When Hoag opened its doors more than 65 years ago, our founders envisioned a hospital to serve those in need in Orange County. The Hoag Classic stands for the very same purpose – to benefit and help meet the needs of the local community.”

PGA TOUR legends Fred Couples

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Fred Couples won at Newport Beach Country Club in 2010 and 2014 when the Hoag Classic was known as the Toshiba Classic

Golf legends such as Fred Couples, John Daly, Bernhard Langer, Mark O’Meara, Vijay Singh (2018 champion), and newcomers Darren Clarke and Retief Goosen are expected to join more than 80 players to compete in the 2019 tournament. In years past, the Hoag Classic has featured players with more than 400 worldwide professional victories, including 50 major championships. The event has also featured more than 40 PGA TOUR Championship members in the World Golf Hall of Fame, many of who are still competing. A current list of players is available at hoagclassic.com/player-field.

The Hoag Classic is an experience for the whole family. Attendees will have access to activations throughout the course, including Hoag Health Village presented by Blue Shield of California, Orange County Golf Zone, Corona Premier Pavilion, Coca-Cola Game Zone, PAU Maui Hawaiian Village and Autograph Arena.

On Monday, March 4, the third annual Womanology event, presented by Allergan, RightSourcing, Helton Law Group, and CIGNA, will feature a panel co-hosted by Hoag women’s health experts Allyson Brooks, M.D. and Grace Lozinski, M.D., discussing a variety of topics with Nirav Savalia, M.D.; Elizabeth Yanni, M.D.; Patricia De Marco Centeno, M.D.; Aditi Correa, M.D.; and Dipti Itchhaporia, M.D.

The annual “Breakfast with a Champion,” presented by Allergan, will be held in advance of the tournament on Tuesday, March 5 at Newport Beach Country Club, offering an exclusive opportunity to meet one of the PGA TOUR Champions up-close and personal.

On Wednesday, March 6 and Thursday, March 7, the Legends Pro-Am presented by Konica Minolta is the first event of tournament week open to the public. Attending these days gives fans an opportunity to catch golf legends in a more relaxed environment before the competition begins.

PGA TOUR legends John Daly

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John Daly, always a “colorful” player on the PGA TOUR Champions, is guaranteed to attract a following at this year’s event

Schedule of Events:

–The Hoag Classic Championship Weekend will kick off on Friday, March 8 with Corporate Day presented by City National Bank, giving local business professionals an opportunity to get out of the office and engage with clients during the first round of competition. All City National Bank clients will receive complimentary admission when presenting a bank-related resource (such as a debit or credit card, check, etc.) at the admissions gate. After play, attendees are invited to listen to live music and enjoy appetizers presented by John Wayne Airport.

–Saturday, March 9 will honor current and former servicemen and women with Military Appreciation Day presented by CoreLogic. All active duty, military reserve, National Guard, military retirees and veterans – and up to three guests each – will receive complimentary admission with food and beverage to thank them for their service.

–For the Final Round on Sunday, March 10, students ages 18 and under will receive complimentary admission for Student Day presented by Kingston Technology. Youth can enjoy the Kids Fun Zone with a variety of games and prizes, and participate in the putting contest with the opportunity to win tournament merchandise, tickets to local attractions and more. Kingston Technology and Hoag Charity Sports will also be awarding $70,000 in scholarships in support of The First Tee of Orange County to local students who have participated in the program.

Tickets:

Good Any One Day tickets for the Hoag Classic are available online before the event for $25. Tickets purchased at the Main Gate on the day of the event are $30. Tickets can also be purchased in advance at participating Roger Dunn Golf Stores. Children age 11 and under receive complimentary admission.

For more information, visit HoagClassic.com.


You Must Remember This: A February 1947 edition of Southern California Beachcomber conjures up bygone days

By NANCY GARDNER

Delving once more into the vaults, I came across a tattered copy of a publication of which I was unaware. This particular issue has a red and white striped cover with Southern California Beachcomber across the top, the price of 10 cents in a red circle, and The Newport Harbor Feature Magazine across the bottom. In the center was a black and white picture of some sailboats, and the caption, the PCs. The date is February 1947.

You Must Remember This A February 1947 beachcomber

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“Southern California Beachcomber” in February 1947 sold for 10 cents

One of the articles features the “Ranch home of the O. S. Matsons nestled among 20 acres of orange grove at 1950 Tustin Avenue.” That’s not a typo. 20 acres. It’s hard to remember that we weren’t always cheek to jowl in terms of housing. Another home featured is that of the James D. Garibaldis in Bay Shores, a “combination of French Provincial and modern tropical interior by the Onalee shop on Balboa Island.” Not to question the taste of Onalee, but that seems like a strange combination, as does the color palette chosen for the living room – Kelly green and chartreuse.

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 The O. S. Matsons’ ranch house was situated on 20 acres of orange grove

There is a column by Velma Barber, Porthole Peeper, which seems a little creepy for a title, but the contents are bland enough with coverage primarily of the yacht clubs and their members. There is a bunch of pictures of sailboats racing – Snipes, PCs, Stars, International 14s, none of which means anything to me, but I’m sure was very informative and welcome to sailors.

Also, there is the seventh installment of the book “by the late Dr. Albert Soiland on the early days of Newport Harbor.” If you ever wondered why we have the jetties, this one chapter explains it. He writes of entering and exiting the harbor: “We would strike bottom coming and going and would wallow in the rough breakers from time to time with several narrow escapes from hitting the rocks on the [Corona] del Mar side.” He goes on to tell of the time when he had easily surmounted a few swells, only to see the final wave looming much larger. “It was too late to come about...in a moment it struck us dead on with a crash. The bow rose straight up and it seemed an everlasting time for it to make up its mind whether to go forward or rear back over our heads and engulf us.” He survived but notes, “This was our last trip over the Newport bar until the first jetties were built.”

You Must Remember This Miss Mollys Nursery

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Miss Molly’s Bal-Isle Nursery School

There are, or course, lots of ads which reminded me of how different prices are. Mary’s Bay and Surf Beauty Shoppe in Balboa, for example, offers a “Beautiful Cream Oil Lanolin Permanent Wave” for $17.50. It’s also a catalog of former establishments. Does anyone else remember La Posta on Newport Boulevard? How about Lady Grace Studio of Reducing on Balboa Island “using the new gyro-lator method” to help clients lose inches. And then there was the little feature on Miss Molly’s Bal-Isle Nursery School. Everybody went there. By everyone, I mean the kids I knew on the island like Ann Broering, Christin Neal and Sue Sibley. I myself am a graduate of that luminous institution. Although I’m embarrassed to say, I have only the vaguest sliver of a memory of my time there. I’m sure it was a splendid experience, and had nothing to do with why in later years I refused to be shipped off to summer camp. 

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


Winter waves at The Wedge

Winter waves surfers

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Photo by Stan Sievers (Instagram @stansievers)

The swell’s been good in Newport Beach


Stump the Stu

Row...row...row your boat

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It appears several of our readers knew where to find this wooden row boat in the sand – at the newly expanded location for our beloved Balboa Island Museum at 210 B Marine Ave. on the Island. If you haven’t visited the new digs, you owe yourself the trip to take in the time-honored displays, as well as the retail brimming with nautical-themed décor, books, artwork, greeting cards, games and more. Don’t forget to sign the guestbook.

Congratulations to Carol Strauss, Charles Davison, Diane Toedter, Don Webb, Francine Jacome, Jim Kaminsky, Joyce Shepherd, Nancy Turner, Rush Hill, Siouxzie Salisbury, Steve Rosansky, Tom Iovenitti and Wendy Kerr for guessing correctly!

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 location, so we can challenge them! Happy Hunting.


Take Five: Meet Tony Brine, Newport Beach’s Traffic Engineer

By AMY SENK

When you’re driving, you don’t like the red lights. When you’re walking, you don’t like cars that run the red lights. And nobody, especially in the summertime, likes traffic. In Newport Beach, one city employee has the task of managing traffic in the city, from signals to congestion, bike lanes to crosswalks. Tony Brine, the Newport Beach traffic engineer, oversees it all. I caught up with him.

Take Five Tony Brine

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Newport Beach’s Traffic Engineer Tony Brine

Q: Former City Manager Dave Kiff once told me that everyone in town thinks they know enough to be a traffic engineer. What skills make a really good city traffic engineer?

A: Education and experience are the keys. It’s important to put safety first and be consistent with your improvements. To be a good city traffic engineer you have to know the unique settings and needs of each roadway and each neighborhood in the city. In my experience, there is always a history behind the issues and concerns of the residents. Many requests for traffic improvements have been reviewed in previous years, and it’s important to know that background when you have a conversation with a resident.     

Q: What traffic-related projects are your top priority for the year?

A: The completion of a project that upgrades traffic signal control hardware at 13 City of Newport Beach and 14 Caltrans intersections, installs three CCTV cameras, and updates traffic signal timing and coordination plans. This project will enhance traffic signal coordination and reduces travel time delay along a number of intersections on Coast Highway. Also, the beginning of the General Plan Update is exciting. We will be writing a new Circulation Element that will cover policies for autonomous vehicles, complete streets and vision zero safety programs, among other topics.

Q: What is the No. 1 complaint you get – is it a particular signal or intersection, or something more general?

A: The No. 1 concern I receive is related to traffic speeds in residential neighborhoods. Parking in neighborhoods, particularly in coastal areas, is also a big issue. 

Q: Who determines how much time a pedestrian gets to cross a street?

A: The City is required to follow the state and federal guidelines for pedestrian timing of signals. The time is based on the width of the street and an established walking speed. The pedestrian timing has to address the needs of all users, including senior citizens and those with disabilities.

Q: Will traffic ever get better in Newport Beach?

A: We will keep working to increase road efficiency using continually improving technology (responsive signal timing and monitoring traffic from City Hall). Other methods could reduce traffic (more car sharing such as Uber, and perhaps driverless cars in the future). Adding or improving alternative options (bicycle lanes and sidewalk projects) will also help. It’s a constant process and challenge to address increasing traffic from regional growth. 


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so let’s see how well you get around town. Stu thinks this might be a tricky one, as it is fairly new, but gets lots of foot traffic. The logo will lead you to a pleasurable experience, so where would you find it?

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

Stu loves publishing the winning answers on Tuesday.

Good luck!

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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Local photographer donates proceeds from photos to charity

Story by Stacia Stabler

Local photographer Eric Goodman captures beautiful scenic photos in Newport Beach. We found Eric on Instagram and were instantly drawn to his wonderful images. All proceeds from Eric’s photos are donated to charity.

Local photographer sunset

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Photo by Eric Goodman

One of Eric’s stunning Newport sunset shots

One of the charities Eric works with is MotorGospel Ministries, which works in cooperation with the LAPD to help at-risk youth involved in gangs, drugs, and illegal street racing.

Aaron Schwartzbart left the space program after 28 years as a rocket scientist to devote his time to his charity MotorGospel Ministries. With degrees in physics and theology, he is a three-time champion race car driver and ordained minister. 

Goodman has a track record for exceptional photography. His exploits in the business, automotive, and philanthropic divisions are legendary. He picked up his first camera in early 2018 and has quickly become acclaimed as one of the most important new artists in Southern California. 

For more information on MotorGospel Ministries, visit www.motorgospel.org

To learn more, visit www.galeriabezalel.com/online-art-sales.html

For more of Eric’s breathtaking photos, follow him on Instagram @ericgoodmanphotos.


A humpback whale spotted off the coast of Newport

A humpback ocean

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Photo by Eric Hernandez (Instagram @pacificcoastsurf)

This beautiful humpback was sighted over the weekend on board with Newport Coastal Adventure


A celebration 100 years in the making: “Wrigley’s Catalina” exhibition to open at Catalina Island Museum

This year – 2019 – marks a significant milestone in the history of Santa Catalina Island: the 100 year anniversary of William Wrigley Jr.’s purchase of the Santa Catalina Island Company. Beginning Saturday, Feb. 16, the Catalina Island Museum will revisit 1919 and the following decade of improvements during its special exhibition “Wrigley’s Catalina: A Centennial Celebration.”

Wrigley, an innovative businessman who turned a modest soap factory into a multi-million-dollar chewing gum empire, transformed Catalina Island into a world-class resort destination in just 10 years. The incredible impact of that decade is still evident today.

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The Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building at the Catalina Island Museum

Invited by other businessmen to invest in an island out in the Pacific, Wrigley essentially purchased it sight unseen. Following the purchase, he visited Catalina Island for the first time in February 1919 and was stunned by the island’s beauty and potential for development. Inspired and brimming with imaginative ideas, he quickly purchased controlling interest, vowing to never let the island pass out of his hands.

On February 18, 1919, the Catalina Islander reported: “Although it was his first trip to the ‘Magic Isle,’ Mr. William Wrigley Jr. expressed his great delight at finding Avalon and Santa Catalina Island far beyond all his expectations in scenic beauty, charm and pleasure resort possibilities.”

A celebration 100 years Wrigley and family

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William Wrigley Jr. and his family at the beach in Avalon

The special exhibition, “Wrigley’s Catalina,” commemorates Wrigley and the execution of his vision for the island by highlighting many of his improvement projects, especially during that first year of ownership. From selling parcels of land to residents, building new homes, shops, hotels, infrastructure and utilities, to improving industry such as mining, production of furniture and building supplies to transportation, the addition of a professional sports team and more, Wrigley’s achievements exemplify his devotion to Catalina Island, its residents and visitors.

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William Wrigley Jr. with Charlie Chaplin on Catalina Island, circa 1921

His remarkable and ambitious plan will be revealed using photographs, letters, original documents, plans, blueprints, maps, steamship artifacts, advertisements, tools and objects relating to the various projects and industries. The exhibition also offers patrons a rare angle from the inside of the operation, infused with Wrigley’s energy, integrity and unique jovial spirit. In addition to Wrigley’s own quoted declarations and explanations of his goals for the island, the museum will exhibit several of his personal belongings and excerpts of recently digitized historic audio recordings that captured Wrigley’s family and several close associates as they recalled stories surrounding his work on the island.

A celebration 100 years vintage postcard

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Vintage postcard entitled “A Glimpse of Avalon Bay,” circa 1922

“I am putting money into Catalina because I am happy and I want others to be happy. The development of Catalina Island will be one of the greatest pleasures of my life,” said William Wrigley Jr., in February 1919, after visiting the island for the first time.

 “From Sir Winston Churchill to Houdini, Marilyn Monroe, Bogie, Ronald Reagan and Tiger Woods – they all trekked to Avalon – and the Island of Romance left its permanent impression and imprint on each of their lives,” said long-time Newport Beach resident, Dr. Donald W. Wise, a trustee and board member of the museum.

A celebration 100 years William and Ada

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William and Ada Wrigley Jr. at their home on Catalina Island, circa 1923

The exhibition is open to the public from February 16, 2019 - January 19, 2020. Admission to the museum is free for its members, $17 for adults and $15 for seniors, military and students with a valid I.D. Children, age 15 and under are free every day with a paid adult admission.

The Catalina Island Museum offers the best in art and history exhibitions, music and dance performances, lectures by guest speakers from all over the world, and the finest in silent, documentary and international film. It is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., except New Year’s Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. The new Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building is located in the heart of Avalon at 217 Metropole Avenue.

For more information, call 310.510.2414 and visit the website at www.CatalinaMuseum.org.


Stasha Speaks!

This New Year...stay in shape

Stasha Speaks Stashas New Years tips

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Stasha’s New Year’s tips focus on weight management

With a New Year comes resolutions. The number one resolution in my house is to lose weight. Now I’m not overweight. I’ve kept my girlish figure at a solid 30 pounds which my vet says is the perfect weight for me. But my buddy, Rocco, on the other hand, gained five pounds over the holidays.

Even though our doggie mama is very strict about anyone feeding us food from the dinner table, our house was one big party from Thanksgiving all the way to New Year’s Eve. And many of our visitors weren’t actually following mom’s rules. Rocco had the whole begging at the table thing down pat. 

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Rocco puts on a face that no one can refuse

Rocco puts his little face on everyone’s lap and stares up at them with his cutest expression. If no one gave him any food, he moved on to the next person and systematically worked his way around the table. The odds were in his favor that someone would be a sucker for his cuteness.

I’m a bit classier, and a picky eater, so this kind of behavior isn’t my thing. Rocco ballooned to 45 pounds over the holidays, and since mom is on a diet too these days, Rocco’s food fest is pretty much over. Seems if mom isn’t eating her treats, then neither is Rocco.

According to the site Pet Obesity Prevention, www.petobesity.org, in 2017 an estimated 60 percent of cats and 56 percent of dogs in the U.S. were overweight or obese. That equals an estimated 50.2 million dogs and 56.5 million cats who are too heavy, based on 2017 pet population projections provided by the American Pet Products Association (APPA).

And though we may look furry and cuddly with more weight, there are serious health issues that come with those extra pounds. In addition to a lack of energy, overweight pets can suffer from inflammation resulting in arthritis as well as joint and hip problems. Fat furry friends are also more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance as well as hypertension, which is the leading cause of blindness in cats and dogs. Kidney disease is another factor, as are certain types of cancers. Even though there are medications to manage illnesses, it’s costly and administering drugs takes a lot of patience for our parents.

My best advice is to lose the weight, take more walks, run and play, visit your vet and talk about better nutrition.

There are sites that offer weight management food and programs for dogs such as  NOM NOM NOM at this link. This site has a dog nutrition calculator where you put in your dog’s current weight and goal weight, and rate his or her activity level. It will then tell you how many “Kcalories” your animal should be consuming per day.

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Stasha and Rocco chillin’ in the New Year

Just because you’re on a diet, doesn’t mean the food can’t be yummy. NOM NOM NOM offers meals delivered to your home based on your pet’s nutritional profile like: Chicken Chow-Wow that is made up of chicken thighs, sweet potatoes, squash, spinach, fish oil and NomNomNutrient Mix. Another favorite is Porkalicious Potluck that comprises pork, potatoes, kale, green beans, zucchini, mushrooms and NomNomNutrient Mix.

As the New Year gets into full swing, start a new routine to a healthier and happier 2019 for you and your furry friends.

Bark at ya later, 

Woof Woof 

Stasha