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2018 is the Year of the Harbor

Harbor Commissioner and Vice Chairman

Part Two in a Two-Part Series

The Harbor Commission, Harbor Resources and the Harbor Operations Division work closely together to ensure that the Harbor is operating efficiently and smoothly. I have listed some examples of Harbor projects and initiatives below that are the responsibility of the Harbor Commission, Harbor Resources and now the Harbor Operations Division.

--Public piers oversight and vessel sewage pump-out station maintenance: There are 13 public piers in Newport Harbor and 10 publicly available pump-out stations. 

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Public Pump-Out Stations and Public Piers in Newport Harbor

--Mooring Management: There are 10 mooring fields within City jurisdiction totaling approximately 1,200 moorings (800+ offshore and 400+ onshore). The City also allows approximately 50 liveaboards throughout the offshore mooring fields.

--Ongoing sand replenishment throughout the Harbor (Balboa Island, China Cove, various street ends, etc.).

--Balboa Island Grand Canal dredging: Currently securing permits and hoping to dredge the section from Park Avenue bridge north in the fall.

--Balboa Island sea walls: The bulkhead cap along portions of Balboa Island is currently being raised.

--Development of the ongoing dredging program, which is much like the one that is administered in Santa Cruz Harbor, whereby sediment can be removed on a more regular basis.

--Water wheel: Proposed to be located adjacent to the Jamboree Bridge immediately above the Upper Newport Bay, and designed to filter debris before it enters the Upper and Lower Newport Bays (currently seeking grant opportunities). 

--Lower Castaways: The Harbor Commission has been tasked with finding the highest and best use for the last undeveloped waterfront parcel owned by the City (ongoing).

Harbor Area Accomplishments 

--Marina Park: A state-of-the-art marina serving visitors for up to 30 days, with a sailing center, recreation facility, community rooms, restaurant and park.

--Central Avenue Public Pier at Lido Marina Village: This new pier will help to promote the newly renovated Lido Marina Village by accommodating a number and variety of dinghies and smaller boats arriving from the adjacent anchorages and surrounding residents and businesses.

--Harbor Dredging

a. 2011 Rhine Channel Cleanup: Removed approximately 100,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment that was disposed and permanently encapsulated at the Port of Long Beach.

b. Lower Bay Dredging project: Phase I removed approximately 600,000 cubic yards of material, achieving the goal of partially deepening the channels.

c. Lower Bay Dredging project: Phase II is designed to complete the dredging to deepen the channels to their federally authorized depths. Currently focusing on funding and coordination with the Army Corps of Engineers, the entity that is responsible for maintaining depths, and our federal legislatures.

--RGP-54 Dredging Permits: In an effort to simplify the process for permitting maintenance dredging projects for waterfront homes and marinas, the City manages the permitting process to allow small maintenance dredging projects within designated areas of Newport Harbor.

--Temporary Anchorage at the west end of Lido: Successfully implemented three trial anchorages over the past three summers. The Harbor Commission recommended a permanent anchorage and will ask City Council for approval for the fourth trial this summer (Labor Day until Memorial Day).

--SUP Safety: Initiated new safety guidelines for SUP and other human-powered watercraft operators to ensure greater safety throughout the Harbor.

Newport Harbor is a one-of-a-kind place and, as residents of Newport Beach, we sometimes take it for granted. Hopefully this article will enable you to more fully utilize and appreciate the Harbor’s many amenities. Make sure to get out and enjoy Newport’s greatest asset.

For a more information on the Newport Harbor Commission, visit the City website at


Dave Girling has been a Newport Beach Harbor Commissioner since 2012 and will term out in 2021. He currently serves as its Vice Chairman and served as its Chairman from 2015 to 2016. Dave is a Realtor in Newport Beach, with more than 30 years of financial services industry knowledge and experience.

OC Press Club honors outstanding journalist achievements

Bud Miller

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(L-R) Charles “Bud” Little received the Sky Dunlap award

The Orange County Press Club has a rich history dating to the 1950s and gathers each year for an annual event to acknowledge their peers.

The 2018 Annual OC Press Club Awards dinner gala took place Thursday, June 14 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa in Fashion Island.

Reiff and Reisman

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 (L-R) Rick Reiff, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award, with Richard Reisman, publisher and CEO of the Orange County Business Journal

The club honored two men for their outstanding achievements in journalism: Rick Reiff and Charles “Bud” Little.

Reiff, editor at large of the Orange County Business Journal, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a Pulitzer Prize and Gold Mike Award winner, and three-time Emmy nominee. He authors the popular Orange County Business Journal OC Insider column, and hosts and produces “Inside OC with Rick Reiff” on PBS SoCal.

Little, a professor and journalism adviser at Santa Ana College, was bestowed the Sky Dunlap Award for life achievement and community service. The award is named for John William “Sky” Dunlap (1912-1968), who owned and published the Globe, an independent newspaper. Past recipients include Frank Mickadeit, formerly of the OC Register; Gustavo Arellano, former editor of OC Weekly; Steve Churm, former chief executive of Churm Media; and Tom Johnson, publisher, Stu News Newport. The award was presented by Tom Johnson, last year’s award recipient.

The event was hosted by Barbara Venezia, an opinion columnist, and Roger Bloom, OC Press Club treasurer, who also served as the evening’s co-chairs. Gary Sherwin, president and CEO of Newport Beach and Company, delivered a warm welcome to all the guests.

Here is a wrap up of the evening’s award winners. 

Best Blog

First Place: Behind the Badge

Best Sports Broadcast or Video - First place: Rick Reiff, “Inside OC with Rick Reiff” (for “After the Fall” with Todd Marinovich)

Best Feature Broadcast or Video

First: Anthony Porrazzo, Spotlight Video (for story on Father Damien, JSerra High School Chaplain)

Second: Rick Reiff, “Inside OC with Rick Reiff” (for the episode “He Writes the Songs”)

Third: Shawn Price, Halloween Every Night (for coverage of Night of the Living Dead)

Best News Broadcast or Video

First Place: Anthony Porrazzo, Spotlight Video (for coverage of a mock DUI event at Santa Margarita Catholic High School)

Second Place: Rick Reiff, “Inside OC with Rick Reiff” (for the episode “Campus Conflict”)

Best TV News Program

First place: Rick Reiff, “Inside OC with Rick Reiff”

Best Use of Multimedia

First place: OC Speakly podcast (submitted by OC Weekly)

Best Graphic 

First Place: Jeff Goertzen, “Shark Tech” published by Orange County Register

Judges’ comments: All really well-designed graphics like Shark Tech have some common characteristics. Often, the reader is never aware of these traits, and that’s even better.

Best Page Design

First Place: Denise Smaldino Rainey, “Fairy Tale Manor”

Second Place: Dustin Ames, “Away & Home Summer Guide 2017”

Third Place: Denise Smaldino Rainey, “Make a Splash This Summer!” 

Judges’ comments: “This is just a wonderful, active layout. It flows nicely from the activity shots to the more posed ‘reclining on the beach’ shots and then, products.”

Best Illustration

First Place: Leslie Again, “Angels in the outpatient room” published by OC Weekly

Best Political Cartoon

Leslie Again, “Snitch Trap” published by OC Weekly

Best Cover

First Place: Dustin Ames, Sept. 8 cover of OC Weekly

Second Place: John Cheresh, the Story of OCSA

Third place (TIE): Denise Smaldino Rainey, July cover of OC Family

Third Place (TIE): Dustin Ames, OC Weekly Best of 2017

Best Food/Restaurant Story or Review
First Place: Shawn Price, “Chow Time with Anaheim Fire & Rescue: Coq au vin” in Behind the Badge

Best Feature Story

First Place: Liz Goldner, “Sarah Rafael García Captures Santa Ana’s History and Gentrification through Fairy Tales” in KCET Art bound
Second Place: Shawn Price, “Anaheim Fire & Rescue strike teams: ready for the long haul” in Behind the Badge
Third Place: Jessica Peralta, “OCSD’s human remains detection dog, Cinder, is hard at work in training” in Behind the Badge

Best Music or Entertainment Story or Review

First Place: Jessica Peralta, “‘Lavender’ Highlights the Horror of the Mind” in Halloween Every Night

Best News Feature Story

First Place: Greg Hardesty, “OCSD deputies recount terror in Las Vegas: ‘I had never felt that close to death before’” in Behind the Badge

Second Place: Jessica Peralta, “OCSD’s TSA K9s are federally trained dogs at the ready to sniff out explosives” in Behind the Badge

Third Place: Greg Hardesty, “Nearly killed by DUI suspect, Orange police officer is humbled by outpouring of support” in Behind the Badge

Best Arts/Culture Story or Review

First Place: Liz Goldner, “Deconstructing Liberty: A Destiny Manifested” in Art and Cake

Best Feature Photo

First: Steven Georges for photo of a tiny police driver

Second Place: Steven Georges for photo of a fire & rescue team member

Third Place: Christopher Trela for photo of Moulin in Newport Beach Independent

Best Slideshow (online)

First Place: Brian Feinzimer for photos of the Anaheim Hills Blaze on

Second Place: Steven Georges for his series of homeless in OC

Best Photo Essay (print)

First Place: Dustin Ames, “With 18 Bajillion Things to Do, See and Eat, No Single Trip to Tokyo Will Leave You Satisfied” in OC Weekly

Best News Photo

First Place: Richard Koehler, Mercedes vs. Semi published in Orange County Register

Second Place: Jeff Antenore, Sheriffs patrolling homeless camp in Voice of OC

Third Place: Brian Feinzimer, photo used for the OC Weekly cover “Fill ‘em up”

Best Public Affairs Story

First Place: Mary Carreon, “Orange County’s First Needle Exchange Tries to Bring Hope to a Wretched Situation” in OC Weekly

Second Place: Jordan Graham, “Orange County homeless deaths hit all-time high” in Orange County Register

Third Place: Jeff Collins, “Eviction decline is no solace for thousands of renters losing their homes” in Orange County Register

Best Feature Story

First Place: Chris Haire, “Is time running out on Holy Jim Canyon? Nature, feds are threatening” in Orange County Register

Second Place: Mary Carreon, “Tree of Life Nursery Is Saving Our Ecosystem One Seed at a Time” in OC Weekly

Third Place: Donia Moore, “San Clemente Island Got Your Goat?” in San Clemente Journal

Best Education Story

First Place: Roxana Kopetman, “Pink slips lead to a special court hearing for hundreds of local teachers facing possible layoffs” in Orange County Register

Second Place: Roxana Kopetman, “Anaheim Union denying hundreds of school transfer requests, sparking tears and appeals” in Orange County Register

Best Series

First place: Teri Sforza, “Twins Divided” for Orange County Register

Second place: Denisse Salazar, “Gang Victims: A Program Aimed at Helping and Healing” for Orange County Register

Third place: Barbara Venezia, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa should do Background Checks on Commission Applicants for Daily Pilot

Best Sports Columnist

David Jerome, Mr. Bucket list in Orange County Register

Best Sports Story

First place: Ryan Kartje, “Inside the unregulated world of recruiting consulting services” in Orange County Register

Second place: Mirin Fader, “California doesn’t regulate athletic trainers. Here’s why that’s bad for high school athletes” in Orange County Register

Third place: Chris Haire, “On Saturday, a rematch will play out in Little Saigon” in Orange County Register

Best Business Story

First Place: Margot Roosevelt, “Is it fair that the amount of bonding time you get with your baby hinges on the size of your employer?” in Orange County Register 

Second Place: Jeff Collins, “Investor demand for SoCal apartments contributes to rising rents” in Orange County Register

Third Place (TIE): Jeff Collins, “Meet YIMBY: Pro-development groups join the battle in California housing wars” in Orange County Register

Third Place (TIE): Gabriel San Román, “Will Buena Park’s New Retail Center the Source Put It on the Map – Or Be Its Biggest Boondoggle?” in OC Weekly

Best Cannabis Coverage

First Place: Brooke Edwards Staggs

Best Religion Story

First Place: Gabriel San Román, “A Gay Pastor Leaves His Santa Ana Flock, Exposing the United Methodist Church’s LGBT Rift” in OC Weekly

Second Place: Deepa Bharath, “A Bible and a gun? How churches, temples, mosques are rethinking security” in Orange County Register

Third Place: Cindy Carcamo, “Like an invisibility cloak, Latina Muslims find the hijab hides their ethnicity – from Latinos” in LA Times

Best Environmental News Story

First Place: Amy DePaul, “To Desalinate or Not to Desalinate: UCI Debate over controversial Huntington Beach Plant” in Voice of OC

Second Place: Mary Carreon, “Activists Protest Plans to Bury Nuclear Waste at San Onofre State Beach” in OC Weekly

Best Arts or Culture Story

First Place: Gabriel San Román, “El Centro Cultural de Mexico finally gets a Home but will Next Generation of Activists Come” in OC Weekly

Second Place: Cynthia Rebolledo, “Frederico Medina Captures Life and Culture in the Golden City” in OC Weekly

Best Arts or Culture Review

First Place: Dave Barton, “William Wray’s Seemingly Straightforward Building Portraits Tell a Deeper Story” in OC Weekly

Second Place: Christopher Trela, “Artscapes: Backhausdance Premieres Quartet of New Works at The Barclay” in Newport Beach Independent

Third Place: Dave Barton, “Laguna Art Museum Celebrates the Legendary Beginnings of the California School of Fine Arts” in OC Weekly

Best Travel Story

First Place: Edwin Goei, “Montreal Has Poutine, Yes, But Go With the Jewish Food First” in OC Weekly

Second Place: Anne Valdespino, “Touring Castle Country in Scotland” in Orange County Register

Third Place: Kedric Francis, “Road trips for a realist” in Orange County Register

David McQuay Award for Best Columnist

First place: Norberto Santana Jr., Voice of OC

Second place: Kedric Francis, Orange County Register

Third place: Joe Vargas, Behind the Badge

Best Profile

First Place: Ryan Kartje, “The Ballfather: Lavar Ball and his three sons intend to change basketball forever” in Orange County Register 

Second Place: Keith Sharon, “Would you kill if ordered? Orange County resident and WWII Navy survivor of Port Chicago disaster faced that question” in Orange County Register

Third Place: Margot Roosevelt, “July 4th fireworks: Meet the Orange County maestro who lights the nation’s skies” in Orange County Register

Best Music or Entertainment Story

First Place: Gabriel San Román, “After Her Mother’s Death, Turntables Brought DJ Lala Out of Depression and Into the Spotlight” in OC Weekly

Second Place: Nate Jackson, “Meet Lorne Conner: The Happy Coachella Guy” in OC Weekly

Third Place (TIE):  Patrice Marsters, “Izabella Alvarez Is Only 13, But Has Already Appeared on Westworld, Shameless – With More to Come” in OC Weekly

Third Place (TIE): Kathleen Luppi, “Pat Boone” in Daily Pilot 

Best Music or Entertainment Review

First Place: Liz Goldner, “The Monster Builder: Amy Freed’s Take on Architecture as a Metaphor for Life” in Artillery

Best Political Columnist

Norberto Santana Jr., Voice of OC

Best Food or Restaurant Story

First Place: Caitlin Yoskiko Kandil, “Little Saigon’s restaurant scene revives as second-generation Vietnamese Americans mix it up” in LA Times

Best Food/Restaurant Review

First Place: Edwin Goei, “Tin Vuong’s LSXO Combines Hip-Hop and the Best Vietnamese Food Outside of Little Saigon” in OC Weekly

Second Place: Edwin Goei, “The New Northgate González Market in Anaheim Is Like a Mexican-Food Disneyland” in OC Weekly

Third Place: Brad A. Johnson, “Pacific Hideaway channels a rebellious surfer vibe” in Orange County Register

Best Round-Up or Best Of

First place: Edwin Goei, “Korean Fried Chicken Is Becoming a Thing in Orange County. Here Are Three New Spots” in OC Weekly

Second place: Brad A. Johnson, “These are Orange County’s 20 Best Mexican Restaurants” in Orange County Register

Best Beat Reporting

First Place: Nick Gerda, Voice of OC

Second Place: Deepa Bharath, Orange County Register

Third Place: Meghann Cuniff, Daily Journal

Best Breaking News Story

First place: Hannah Fry, “Man shot and killed by H.B. officer was homeless Navy veteran, mother says; new video surfaces” in Daily Pilot

Second place: Alma Fausto, Tony Saavedra and Sean Emery, “Serial killings: 5th victim identified in cases of men accused of murdering 4 women” in Orange County Register

Third place: Luke Money, “Costa Mesa council unseats Katrina Foley as mayor and names Sandy Genis to replace her” in Daily Pilot

Best News Feature Story

First Place: Cindy Carcamo, “At Napa vineyards untouched by wildfires, the grapes must still be picked” in LA Times

Second Place: Margot Roosevelt, “Is Social Security cheating the disabled? The wait time to get a hearing is nearly 2 years” in Orange County Register

Third Place: Denisse Salazar, “Here’s one Santa Ana family’s story of generational gang violence. Can the city’s latest efforts break the cycle in Orange County Register

Best News Story

First Place: Roxana Kopetman, “Same visa Trump uses at his hotel helps bring workers to Southern California fairs” in Orange County Register

Second Place: Hannah Fry, “‘It’s been a night from hell’: Homeless pushed out of Santa Ana River face uncertain futures” in Daily Pilot

Third Place: Nick Gerda, “Airport Controversy Heats Up as Supervisors Award Contract to Low-Ranked Firm” in Voice of OC

Best Investigative Story

First Place: Jordan Graham and Tony Saavedra, “Southern California jailers are injuring inmates with abusive ‘chicken winging’ holds” in Orange County Register

Second Place: R. Scott Moxley, “Orange County’s Informant Scandal Yields Evidence of Forensic Science Deception in Murder Trials” in OC Weekly

Third Place: Nick Gerda, “Hundreds of Dollars in ‘Gifts’ From Contractors to Supervisor Nelson Raise Legal Questions” in Voice of OC    

Watchdog Award

First Place: Orange County Register Staff

Marjorie Freeman Award for Best Humorous Story

First place: Kedric Francis, “Women of Influence” in Orange County Register    

Second Place: Anne Valdespino, “These are the worst restaurant and food trends of 2017” in Orange County Register

Third place (TIE): David Jerome, “Scattered Thoughts for Your April Fool’s Day” in Orange County Register

Third place: Luke Money, “Christmas is the most pun-derful time of the year for this Costa Mesa family” in Daily Pilot    

The Real O.C. Award

First place: Deepa Bharath, “Most Influential 2017: Rida Hamida and Benjamin Vazquez bring halal tacos, cultural mingling, to mosques throughout Southern California” in Orange County Register

Second place: Brooke Edwards Staggs, “senior’s board ‘cannabis’ for trip to medical marijuana dispensary” in the Cannifornian

Third place: Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil, “Latino Muslims find home at mosque led by Cambodian refugees” for NBC News

Congratulations to all the winners!

Fair Game


Former Irvine Co. exec Larry Thomas passes at 70


Former long-time Irvine Company executive and political aide Larry Thomas died Monday at 70.

“L-T” as his friends called him, was a senior vice president of corporate communications for the Irvine Co. and broke off several times to work with politicians, including former Governor Pete Wilson.

Following a serious battle with cancer, Thomas spent the past number of years traveling and enjoying family.

Many of Orange County’s most successful journalists and publicists have a path that leads back to L-T’s influence.

He counseled many during trying times and will be missed.

Larry’s daughter Leigh Thomas Beach posted the following on social media, “While I’m not sure how to carry on without him here physically, I take great comfort in knowing he’s no longer in pain. I assume he sauntered through Heaven’s gates and asked for a glass of wine. God knows he deserved one or two.”

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Final totals in the Dana Rohrabacher race for the 48th Congressional District are still being counted. Latest totals still show Hans Keistad in second with a lead of just under 400 votes over Harley Rouda

Scott Baugh appears out at this point.

One of the two appear to be headed to a November runoff with Rohrabacher.

Another Orange County runoff is in the 74th Assembly District where incumbent Matt Harper received 35,116 votes or 41.9 percent. He’ll face off in November against Cottie Petrie-Norris who received 23,686 votes or 28.3 percent.

At the County level, Michelle Steel easily won the 2nd District Supervisor race with 62,292 votes or 64 percent. Brendon Perkins finished a distant second with 23,568 votes or 24.2 percent.

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Okay, it’s the best car wash in town. The Newport Beach 1/1 Marine Foundation will be holding a car wash fundraiser on Saturday, June 23 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Newport Dunes.

What’s the money go to you ask? The monies earned offset the cost of their annual Marine Corp Ball. The requested donation is $20, but feel free to dig deeper. 

Heck, I’d suggest just driving up and donating $20 and forget the car wash. It’s an easy way to say thank you.

B-t-w, our 1/1 Marines have just returned from an overseas deployment and are now here in So Cal to regroup before their next deployment training.

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Congrats to Daniel Valenzuela who has been selected as the new assistant principal of TeWinkle Intermediate School in Costa Mesa.

Valenzuela, who’s been with the Newport-Mesa Unified School District for 10 years, most recently served as assistant principal of Corona del Mar High School.

Today is National Lobster Day...a reminder to save the date for the 10th Annual Lobsterfest on August 5

Today is National Lobster Day, a day to pay homage to the delicious and mouthwatering crustacean that so many of us love.

If you savor the freshest Maine lobster, the 10th Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, held on Sunday, August 5 from 3 - 8 p.m., is definitely a must.

This annual celebration of summer centers around a fresh whole Maine lobster dinner with dancing to live music, an opportunity drawing for a big screen TV, and fun on the beach for the entire family.

Live whole Maine lobster flown in fresh on the morning of the event is prepared on-site alongside a buffet that includes New York strip steak, corn-on-the-cob, red potatoes, salad, freshly baked sourdough rolls and dessert. In addition to serving a whole Maine lobster dinner and all its complements, the event features a full bar with spirits, craft beer and premium wine. “West Coast Party Crashers,” the high-energy four-piece dance band that was a huge hit last year, will supply the live entertainment, covering everything from Contemporary Rock to Hip Hop, ‘90s Alternative, ‘70s Disco/Funk and ‘80s New Wave/Rock...guaranteed to keep the party rolling.

Lobster Plate for middle

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Courtesy of Lobsterfest

All proceeds from the event will benefit Make-A-Wish® – Orange County and Inland Empire and Leadership Tomorrow – Orange County. Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Leadership Tomorrow – Orange County is a nine-month program designed for informed citizens committed to learning more about their communities.

General Admission tickets include one-pound whole Maine lobster (additional lobsters can be purchased in advance), Grilled New York steak, salad, red potatoes, corn-on-the-cob, drawn butter, freshly baked rolls and dessert. There is a no-host full-service bar available. GA tickets are $75 per person in advance or $100 at the door (very limited number sold at the door on a first come first served basis. Not available if the event sells out before August 5). Additional whole lobsters can be purchased for $30 each. VIP Tickets include reserved stage-front seating for the day, all-you-can-eat whole Maine lobster, New York strip steak, corn-on-the-cob, red potatoes, salad, drawn butter, freshly baked rolls, dessert, Essentia bottled water and two glasses of complimentary craft beer or premium wine. VIP Tickets are $150 and available for purchase in advance only at Kids Meal – A special box meal for children under 12 is available for $25 in advance only (includes a turkey sandwich, chips, fruit and a cookie. VIP Tables (advance purchase only) are $1,500 and include table seating for 10 people with signs of your company or personal name on your reserved table. Your logo or name will also be on the Lobster Fest website year-round and the event will include you periodically in their social media. VIP Tables includeall-you-can-eat whole Maine lobster, New York strip steak, corn-on-the-cob, red potatoes, salad, drawn butter, freshly baked rolls, dessert, Essentia bottled water and two glasses of complimentary craft beer or premium wine.

For tickets and more information, visit

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is located at 1131 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach (enter via Bayside Drive).

Letter to the Editor:

A Good Day for Residents

As someone who is occasionally critical of the city council, I think it is appropriate to offer a word of thanks when it is due. On Tuesday, the council rejected Councilman Scott Peotter’s proposal to implement the City of Irvine political patronage model for the City Finance Committee. This 6-1 vote ensures that the Finance Committee will continue to enjoy the strong participation of experienced members of the city council and not become a place to use political appointees to wage surrogate battles in backrooms.

More importantly, the closed session report indicates that the council has put to rest efforts to sell the old city hall/Lido House Hotel site. This project will generate tens of millions of revenue for the benefit of Newport residents in the years ahead. Selling the property has been a longstanding objective of Councilman Peotter.

Third, the council adopted a sound budget. I give the council credit for finding ways to expand needed public safety services, improve the harbor and fund capital improvement projects. 

Councilmembers Will O’Neill and Diane Dixon made special note of our efforts to accelerate the pay down of our unfunded pension liability. This continues the efforts begun by the prior council and is to be commended. Here again, on a 6-1 vote, the council decisively rejected a last-minute effort by Councilmember Peotter to divert $8 million of our pension pay down into a  separate investment fund. In essence, he believed the city could “beat the stock market” on our own. The city gets no credit on reducing its pension liability and the liabilities continue to accrue interest at 7.25 percent unless and until we pay down the money with CalPERS. The council was right in rejecting this reckless proposal by Peotter who alone, voted against the budget.

Finally, the council decided to send the Peotter proposal to require a vote on lease obligation debt to the Finance Committee for fiscal review. 

I expect there will be an effort to provide emergency exemptions, raise the threshold level for a vote and otherwise address the many problems of this proposal. At the end of the day, you cannot fix bad legislation with cosmetic changes. Hopefully the council will continue to separate itself from Peotter on these financially costly and misguided ideas. The last council meeting was a good start


Keith Curry, Former Mayor

Newport Beach

Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Stu is feeling chefy today and wanted to explore the culinary arts, because who doesn’t love sweets? Tell us where you can find this chef’s toque and you will come up with the perfect recipe...ah...answer.

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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 6.15.18

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Roy Emerson Adoption Guild Tennis Classic brings out record crowd

Joy Emerson et al

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Photos by John Ridgely and Frank Berry

(L-R) Joy Emerson, Libby Doughty (tournament co-chair), Roy Emerson and Katie Richardson (tournament co-chair)

For more than a half-century, Southern California tennis aficionados have gathered over Memorial Day weekend to participate in a celebrated tradition of tournament tennis fronted by Australian-born tennis champion, Roy Emerson. A two-time Wimbledon victor in 1964 and 1965, Emerson, along with his tennis-pro wife Joy, have fronted the Adoption Guild Classic for more than two decades. “It’s a labor of love,” offers the couple adding, “We believe in the fine work of the Adoption Guild in support of Holy Family Services (HFS). What’s more important than caring for children?”

Tennis Classic organizers, led by Adoption Guild event chairs Katie Richardson and Libby Doughty, along with president, Chris Garber, report that overall attendance and revenues hit record levels this season, up more than 20 percent over previous high-water marks. The tournament attracted 416 entries participating in events including men’s and women’s open singles, men’s and women’s open doubles, mixed open doubles, as well as a series of NTRP men’s and women’s 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, and 5.0 singles, doubles and mixed competitions. The “over 50” players had their own division this year. Matches were held over the long weekend at multiple venues in the area including The Tennis Club at Newport Beach Country Club, Mesa Verde Country Club and The Racquet Club of Irvine, with final play unfolding at the host site, Palisades Tennis Club, Newport Beach. Spectators, family and guests witnessed great tennis over four days of play and participated in social events created to foster a sense of greater community interaction.

Spotted on the men’s and women’s courts competing at the open level were local tennis players Annika Bassey, Cornel Catrina, Susan Devens, Art Hernandez, Bjorn Hoffman, Shahin Khaledan and Riley McQuaid.

Sean Abdali et al pic with check

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(L-R) Sean Abdali, Roy Emerson, Jenson Brooksby (Men’s Open Singles Winner) and Ken Stuart

More than 200 players and guests joined in celebration at the Tournament Party, held on Saturday night at The Tennis Club at Newport Beach Country Club and chaired by Sue Podany. Area restaurants hosted food and beverage stations as the crowd enjoyed the sunset over the coast.Participating bistros included Authentic & Organic Italian, Bluewater Grill, California Pizza Kitchen, Garduno’s, Hi-Time Wine Cellar, Ho Sum Bistro, Meyer Natural Foods, Newport Rib Company, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Sapori Ristorante. All proceeds from the party were earmarked for Holy Family Services.

Finals day on Monday, May 28 welcomed the crowd to center court at Palisades Tennis Club. VIP guests enjoyed a Champagne brunch in the Sponsor Garden, chaired by Maria Zucht, while viewing final play on Ken Stuart’s celebrated courts. Final play was interspersed with the drawing for opportunity drawing items that contributed to the fundraising efforts for HFS.

During the presentations, Roy Emerson shared a bit of history with players and guests on his lifelong love of the sport, as well as his observation on the growth of tennis worldwide today.

Jeannie Hidley et al

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(L-R) Jeannie Hidey, Pam Selber, Chris Garber and Patrice Werschmidt

As play concluded, the lively crowd applauded tournament winners. The Roy Emerson 2018 Adoption Guild Tennis Classic Open Champions shared prize money amounting to $15,000 donated by Orange County Breakers, a professional world team tennis organization.

The 2018 Open Winners:

Men’s Open SinglesJ. Brooksby

Women’s Open SinglesJ. Sherif

Men’s Open Doubles – B. Hoffman and J. Gresh

Women’s Open DoublesH. Ritterova and I. Masarova

Mixed Open Doubles – B. Walker and J. Ventura-Cruess

Holy Family Services strongly embraces the values of diversity and inclusion as they strive to provide caring, non-judgmental support for birth parents considering adoption, to unite children and infants in need of a home with hopeful adoptive parents, and to create strong, loving families of all shapes and sizes.

To learn more, visit Donations can be made and mailed to Adoption Guild, P.O. Box 95, Corona del Mar, CA 92625.

Peat lands, petroleum and finally...prestige


HB Bathing Beach

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Huntington Beach lauds its bathing beaches

Our sister city to the north, Huntington Beach, has been a magnet to beachgoers for more than a century. Known as Pacific City or Shell Beach, for its abundance of collectibles on the shoreline, and Gospel Swamp for its countryside religious gatherings, this oceanfront hamlet had it all. In its earliest days, the landscape was as picturesque as a Rogers and Hammerstein musical. “Oh What a Beautiful Morning,” could be sung to eight-foot cornstalks, fields of potatoes, green celery and the pastoral serenity of beachside farmland. In those days, the Santa Ana Blade called the area a “poor man’s paradise.”

Developer P.A. Stanton wanted to develop a resort rivaling Jersey’s Atlantic City. His Huntington Beach Company subdivided large segments of land into 25’ x 117.5’ lots and sold them for $100 in 1901. By 1902 the first wooden pier was built, and by 1904 the Red Cars arrived from Los Angeles. The resort was outfitted with power lines, streets and even a grammar school. In 1909, the town was incorporated with less than three square miles of land. By 1920, Huntington Beach had 1,687 residents. Huntington Beach, named after industrialist and businessman Henry E. Huntington, was on the map.

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A Red Car above the beach

However, great changes loomed over the horizon with the discovery of Bolsa Chica No. 1 known affectionally as the “Wonder Well.” This ushered in decades of petroleum production, with the well producing 1,742 barrels of oil a day. Unprepared locals could not stop the onslaught of crude oil as it flooded local farms. They called in 500 emergency workers to build a reservoir to corral excess oil. Standard Oil quickly pounced on this opportunity and became a caretaker of 2.5 miles of oceanfront property.

With a virtual forest of oil wells, 47,000 barrels a day production turned out to be a double-edged sword for the city. Low taxes were a positive, but the blight of an oil field stifled growth and expansion for ocean-related homes and businesses. The resort vanished and in its place was truly a “poor man’s paradise.” Even many oil workers chose to live in Newport Heights and on the Balboa Peninsula and commute a few miles north.   


With oil wells in the background, business flourishes along PCH

As World War II approached, came and went, Huntington Beach with its open space became a haven for industrial, manufacturing and commercial real estate, further strengthening the common man’s image for the town.

It was not until 1963, with the development of Huntington Harbour, that the city moved into the higher-end real estate market. Downtown remained quaint and desirable for a few, but this new 875 acres north of town was touted to become “America’s most luxurious marina.” This became a master planned, water-oriented community centered around executive homes ranging from $40,000 to $100,000. The idea was that Huntington Harbour could compete with Newport Harbor, all the while closer to LA and Long Beach.

The design included 18 miles of waterfront real estate, with yacht anchorages that accommodated about 2,000 boats. Some key historical areas were incorporated into Huntington Harbour’s new master plan, funded by Christiana Oil Company and designed by noted architect William Pereira.

Bolsa Chica wetlands and the once famous Lomita Gun Club stood proudly on the bluff above the Bolsa Chica Reserve. It was famous for entertaining Hollywood’s elite with their duck hunting and high lifestyles. The infamous Tin Can Beach and its squatters drove a wedge between Huntington Beach for years, whereby Huntington Harbour forced the cleanup of the homeless community. 

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Tin Can Beach, 1957

With the advent of slant drilling and the building of offshore oil wells, the oil forest was cut back and mostly disappeared. This encouraged individuals and small developers to buy remaining lots and build new. Homes and condos sprouted up in the 1980s and 1990s after a dedicated city council and aggressive police department pushed hard to eliminate a hardened party crowd that was hurting the town’s reputation. Police, armed with new ordinances, calmed the crowds, and “Surf City” re-awoke as a family beach town with accommodations for locals, tourists and businesses. New hotels and retail stores spread quickly around its legitimate Main Street. With the recent completion of Pacific City and adjoining hotels, an upscale touch has been added.

Whether it is the surf, the endless sandy beaches, the restaurants or the downtown, Huntington Beach became a destination resort. This beach city provides fun and activities for the entire family: from donuts to fine dining, flip flops to fancy apparel, coffee to cocktails and surf attire to ice cream, downtown Huntington Beach is open for business and thriving.

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Huntington Pier lured these competitive surfers in 1962

Huntington Beach has leaped into the 21st century with an eclectic group of surfers, skateboarders, volleyballers, youth, conventioneers, corporate soldiers and CEOs.

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A surfer near the pier heads out to catch the “perfect” wave

So, next time you leave the pristine beauty of Newport Beach and head north, preferably by bike, take a minute to reflect on salty old fishermen who once worked the pier, the last of the saltwater plunges, roustabouts with their oily black faces, drinking warm beer at a local saloon, and groups of religious revivalists praising God with loud hallelujahs in the swampy waters surrounding old Highway 39.

Images of Hawaii’s David Nuuhiwa nose riding all alone has morphed into gigantic crowds of onlookers and partiers watching the best surfers in the world surf some of the most inconsistent waves on the tour. One hundred years of music emanates from the cracks and crevices of long-forgotten structures. And when it returns to a blur, walk the new shops along Coast Highway, and you’ll realize that Stanton’s east coast resort has finally come to fruition. 


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

Stump the Stu

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Stump the Stu Answer 6.15.18

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Stu had several guesses this week, but this was a tough one. Where would you find this charming wooden bench? It is located outside of Bear Flag Fish Company at 3421 Via Lido. We received only two correct answers from David Pittman and Diane readers, with summer nearly here, get out and explore our community!

Thank you so much to our dear friend Mike Villani for sending in this photo.

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

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

Newport Beach Woman’s Democratic Club announces monthly meeting featuring Assembly Member Quirk-Silva

The Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club (NBWCD) will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 19 at OASIS Senior Center. Sharon Quirk-Silva, California State Assembly Member, District 65, will be the featured speaker.

As a former councilwoman and mayor, Quirk-Silva earned a reputation for solving problems and working collaboratively as a part of a team. That’s what teachers do with their students, and that’s how she approaches public service. She knows it doesn’t take a democrat or a republican to pave a street, fix a pothole or rebuild an aging bridge. It takes people working together, regardless of party, to find common ground when solving the state’s challenges.

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Her history of local service guides her philosophy on how state government should operate. She believes strongly in transparency, innovation and collaboration. An advocate for reaching out to citizens, Quirk-Silva created the popular “Walk and Talk” program in Fullerton, in which she led citizens on walks through specific areas of the community and discussed issues of concern.

Quirk-Silva’s priorities are simple: 

--Use constituent feedback to prioritize the issues important to our community.

--Focus on finding and adopting solutions, not scoring political points. 

--Work across party lines to move our state forward.

--Demand Orange County be treated fairly by state government.

Quirk-Silva is a mother, teacher and former mayor of Fullerton. She has deep ties to Orange County, and has lived in Fullerton since she was two years old. Educated in Fullerton’s public schools, she went on to earn her associate of arts degree from Fullerton College, received her bachelor’s degree from UCLA and secured her California Teacher Credential from California State University, Fullerton, which named her one of its 50 leading Latina graduates.

She found her passion for education helping her community as a college student, and has been teaching for 31 years. Quirk-Silva is currently teaching at Golden Hill Elementary School. Education is a family affair. Her husband, Jesus Silva teaches math at Nicolas Junior High School, and her four children, Molly, Catherine, Patrick and Jack Ryan, all attended local public schools.

The meeting will be held at the OASIS Senior Center Room #1, 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar. Ample and convenient free parking is available. There is a nominal admission fee and light refreshments will be provided. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited, so RSVPs are required.

For additional information and to RSVP, call 949.423.6468 and visit

Join the Primitive Skills Society at the ENC

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Before doctors and man-made medicine existed, people depended on plants for their healing abilities. Interested in learning more? Join the Primitive Skills Society at the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) on Friday, June 29.

Each monthly class discusses the medicinal uses of plants. The first one is from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., and it will also bring in the topic of plants being consumed as food. Meetings end with a small meal cooked over a campfire. 

From navigation to arrow making, this society goes above and beyond the average lecture. It is the instructor’s goal to establish those primitive skills back into people’s everyday lifestyles. 

If you are already a Primitive Skills Society member, then this will be absolutely free! For ENC members, it will cost $20. For non-members, it will be $30.

For more information visit

ENC is located at 1601 16th St., Newport Beach.

School Notes


NMUSD Board of Education Meeting – Tuesday, June 26, 6 - 8 p.m., Boardroom, NMUSD.


Graduation – Thursday, June 21, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at NHHS.

Grad Night – Thursday, June 21, 8:30 p.m. through Friday, June 22, 2:30 a.m.


12th Grade:

Senior Breakfast – Monday, June 18, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. in the Small Gym.

Disneyland – Tuesday, June 19 - Leaving CdM at 8:30 a.m. Leaving Disneyland at 7 p.m.

Senior Lunch – Wednesday, June 20, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Small Gym.

Graduation Practice – Thursday, June 21, 10:30 a.m. at the Track.

Graduation – 6 p.m. Students report to tennis courts at 5 p.m.

8th Grade:

Knott’s Berry Farm Trip – Tuesday, June 19. Bus leaves CdM at 1 p.m.; leaves Knott’s at 8 p.m. 

Promotion Ceremony – Wednesday, June 20 (no classes) at 4 p.m. on Newport Harbor High School Davidson Field. Students report by 3:15 p.m.


Promotion Party – Friday, June 15, 6:30 - 9 p.m. at Ensign Gym.

Former CdM High assistant principal named to help lead TeWinkle Intermediate

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Daniel Valenzuela has been named the new Assistant Principal of TeWinkle Intermediate School. Serving most recently as Assistant Principal of Corona del Mar High School, he has been with the Newport-Mesa Unified School District for 10 years.

Prior to his role at CdM High, he served as interim assistant principal and administrative intern to CdM High as a teacher at Estancia High School.

One of the things that attracted Valenzuela to his new position at TeWinkle was the opportunity to return to the Estancia school zone, where he has built positive staff and community relationships.

While at Estancia High School, he served as the World Language Department Chair and taught several Spanish courses. He leverages instructional strategies and the use of technology to engage students and reinforce learning. His dedication at Estancia resulted in his recognition in the district’s Super Star Award program and earned him a Teacher of the Year Award.

In his administrative roles at CdM High School, Valenzuela gained experience working alongside administrators, counselors and teachers at both the high school and middle school levels. He is knowledgeable about school operations, curriculum and instruction, attendance, discipline through restorative measures, security and facilities and disaster preparedness. He is also a member of the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) team, fostering a positive school climate.

“As assistant principal, I hope to aid in establishing a school culture that maximizes student learning and promotes a positive educational environment,” Valenzuela said.

Valenzuela obtained his master’s degree in educational administration through Concordia University and his bachelor of arts degree in Spanish language and culture, with a minor in educational studies from UC Irvine.

Valenzuela’s appointment is scheduled for Board of Education approval at the June 26 Board of Education meeting. 

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


Celebrate Father’s Day by taking Dad out for a wonderful meal

There’s still time to make a reservation and take Dad out to one of these venues to celebrate Father’s Day this weekend! Here’s a lineup that any Dad will surely enjoy.

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Back Bay Bistro

Back Bay Bistro – Celebrate Father’s Day with a gourmet brunch buffet, a complimentary draft beer or Bloody Mary for Dad, bottomless champagne and mimosas, and an unforgettable waterfront atmosphere on Sunday, June 17 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The main buffet includes applewood smoked bacon, country sausage links, eggs Benedict, muffins, bagels, pancakes and waffles. Seatings are at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Cost: $70 for adults (includes bottomless champagne and mimosas); $28 for children (12 years and under). Call 949.729.1144 for reservations. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.

Bayside Restaurant – Revel in a two-course brunch menu that will include complimentary bottomless champagne, mimosa or draft beer (choice of Stella, Goose Island IPA or Kona Big Wave). Cost: $49 for adults; $22 for children (12 years and under menu). Call 949.721.1222 for reservations. 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach.

Billy’s at the Beach – Come celebrate Dad with Billy’s at the Beach’s special Father’s Day menu all day long. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. or lunch from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., and features great harbor views. For reservations, call 949.722.1100.

Fig & Olive – Take Dad on a getaway to the French Riviera. Fig & Olive will be celebrating Dad with a Father’s Day brunch and dinner menu. Cost: brunch, $42 per person; dinner, $62; wine pairing, $30. For reservations, ball 949.877.3005. 151 Newport Center Drive, Fashion Island.

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Five Crowns

Five Crowns – Step inside this iconic English Country Inn and be greeted by warm hospitality and a convivial atmosphere for the perfect summer celebration. Offering brunch from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and dinner from 4 - 8 p.m. Savor special prix-fixe menus of seasonal favorites, Crown Classics and traditional accompaniments, courtesy of Executive Chef Alejandra Padilla. Call 949.760.0331 for reservations. 3801 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse – Your love for Dad is big. Like 35-oz. big. This Father’s Day weekend, June 15 - 17, treat Dad to a three-course prix-fixe dinner featuring Fleming’s 35-oz. prime tomahawk steak. For a drink as strong as he is – enjoy a premium bourbon tasting experience of Buffalo Trace, Basil Hayden’s and Knob Creek. If Dad prefers the signature eggs Benedict, they’re opening early at 10 a.m. for brunch on June 17. Call 949.720.9633 for reservations. 455 Newport Center Drive, Fashion Island.

Great Maple – Here are just a few the of many plates Great Maple is offering this Father’s Day: Dad’s buttermilk biscuits & gravy, steak & eggs and short rib sweet potato hash. Toast to Dad with a maple bacon old fashioned, clean margarita or blackberry cobbler adult libation. A kids menu is also available. For reservations, call 949.706.8282. 1133 Newport Center Drive, Fashion Island.

Harborside – Spend the day with Dad at the beach! A buffet brunch will be served upstairs in the Grand Ballroom from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Cost: $34 Adults; $16 Kids. A bottle of champagne is $6. Large parties are welcome. The regular dinner menu is available from 3:30 - 9 p.m. For reservations (required), call 949.673.4633. 400 Main St., Newport Beach. www.harborside-pavilion.ocm 

Hornblower Father’s Day Beer Brunch & Supper Cruises – Hornblower’s Father’s Day Beer Brunch Cruise includes all of Dad’s favorite dishes in a hearty buffet, as well as free-flowing beer and champagne. The Father’s Day Beer Supper Cruise includes a four-course seated dinner on a 2 1/2 hour yacht cruise with scenic coastal views. If the enticing menu, spectacular scenery and quality family time aren’t enough, Dad gets to take home a souvenir pint glass! Cost: Brunch for adults – $80.95 per person; Supper for adults – $95 per person. Tax, service charge and landing fee are additional. Discounts are available for seniors, military and children. See website for boarding and cruising times. Reservations are required at 1.888.Hornblower. 2431 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

Lighthouse Bayview Café – Celebrate Dad with brunch and great views of the harbor. Reserve your spot on the Lighthouse’s open-air patio in Marina Park – soak up the sun and feast on delicious eats, compliments of Chef Ryan Sumner. The exclusive brunch menu features options catered especially to Dads. For reservations, call 949.933.1001. 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.


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Muldoon’s – Offering some of the best burgers in the OC, an epic beer list, hand-cut pub fries, BBQ salmon, Muldoon’s signature Reuben sandwich, and much more. No prix-fixe menu, so you can order exactly what you like. Serving brunch and dinner. From 2 - 4 p.m., take in a live concert by Shana Morrison, who blends pop with a side of rock & blues, a dash of country/R&B and a sprinkle of jazz. She is the daughter of the legendary artist and Irishman, Van Morrison. Call 949.640.4110 for reservations. 202 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Newport Landing – Come for the brunch and picturesque bay views! The restaurant will be offering an omelet station, prime rib carving station, a dessert station and more from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Cost: Adults, $40; Kids 10 and under, $16. A glass of champagne is $3. To make your reservations, visit the website or call 949.675.2373. 503 East Edgewater, Newport Beach.

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Oak Grill at the Fashion Island

Oak Grill – Show Dad how much you love him with dinner specials he’ll crave. Bring him to Oak Grill this Father’s Day, where Chef Peter Lai is serving up a four-course prix-fixe dinner. Dad can take a break from the grilling today, and enjoy these offerings: Course One: cauliflower leek soup; Course Two: slow-braised pork belly with baby kale, candied pecans, roasted pears and balsamic dressing; and Course Three: a surf and turf with tomahawk steak, herb butter lobster tail, roasted asparagus and demi sauce. To satisfy his sweet tooth, the decadent Old-Fashioned Drumstick is vanilla ice cream, candied peanuts and hot fudge. Cost: Adults – $75; regular children’s menu is also available. Prices exclude tax and gratuity. Call 949.760.4920 for reservations. Fashion Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Provenance – Your local farmhouse eatery specializing in seasonal, local fare will be serving brunch from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. with selections such as a wild soft shell crab BLT, filet mignon eggs Benedict and breakfast tacos. Dinner served from 5 - 9 p.m. will feature entrees such as wild local halibut, wild branzino, BBQ beef tri trip, pork tenderloin and beef shortribs. Call 949.718.0477 for reservations. 2531 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach.

Red O – The restaurant’s Father’s Day Brunch Buffet is being served 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Cost: $49 per adult; $15 for children under 12. Children 6 and under are free. Enjoy $20 endless drinks including mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, sangria, house margaritas and tequila sunrises. Dinner with the regular menu available is being served 5 - 10 p.m. Call 718.0300 for reservations. 143 Newport Center Drive, Fashion Island.

Rockin’ Baja Lobster – Treat Dad to the Baja Bucket he wants the most. Bring the family in and enjoy this Big Baja seafood bucket that’s made to share! The bucket includes Canadian lobster tails, a snow crab cluster, shrimp, grilled chicken, grilled corn on the cob, “All You Can Eat” ranchero beans, citrus rice, warm tortillas, Rockin’ Baja’s famous honey chili butter & world-class fresh salsa bar. Cost: $49.99 for two. This is available all Father’s Day weekend, starting Friday, June 15 and going through Sunday, June 17. For reservations, call 949.723.0606. 2104 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach.

Roy’s – This Father’s Day, give Dad the gift of a warm family gathering at Roy’s.

Brunch begins at 9 a.m. with an enticing two-course brunch. The menu includes the one-of-a-kind Roy’s filet mignon Benedict and lobster & shrimp omelet, among other delightful choices. Starting at 3 p.m., the restaurant will be serving a special menu of classics including their fresh-from-Hawaii blackened island ahi, misoyaki “butterfish” and new creations like their USDA prime New York strip steak. A children’s menu will also be offered. Plus, to celebrate the restaurant’s 30th anniversary, each table receives a $30 Dining Card to enjoy on a future visit (Valid 6/19 - 7/31/18). Call 949.640.7697 for reservations. 453 Newport Center Drive, Fashion Island.

Sol Mexican Cocina – For a taste of south of the border, treat Dad to a memorable meal. The special menu includes grilled Kobe steak, beer-batter shrimp tacos, crab & shrimp Benedicto, and beer and tequila. Reservations are recommended, so visit the website or call 949.675.9800 to schedule a seating. 251 E. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

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The Beachcomber Cafe

The Beachcomber Cafe – Take Dad on a daycation on the sand and enjoy this special Father’s Day Beer and Brunch fixed menu. With a choice of craft beer, paired with beignets and ambrosia, followed by a choice of eight delicious entrées featuring surf and turf, grilled steak and eggs, Maine lobster enchiladas and giant BBQ Beef ribs, Dad’s appetite might finally be satiated. Served from 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Cost: $46.95 adults; children’s menu at $16.95. The restaurant only accepts reservations online. 15 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast.

The Bungalow From 3 - 9 p.m., enjoy a special BBQ menu for $39 per guest, featuring mesquite smoked baby back ribs, grilled king salmon, half BBQ chicken, grilled flat iron steak and mixed grill kabob. To all the Dads joining The Bungalow on Father’s Day, your first cocktail, beer or wine (from their special Father’s Day cocktail menu) is on the house! Call 949.673.6585 for reservations. 2441 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

The Village Inn – Take Dad to the Island for Father’s Day specials, including South of the VI (homemade carnitas), Back Yard (combo of sliders, beef, chicken BBQ pork and a meatball served with French fries) and King of the House (slow-cooked ribs with coleslaw, BBQ baked beans, mashed potatoes, green beans and corn on the cob). Prices range from $18 - $27. Each special includes a choice of a 16-oz. beer or a specialty cocktail. Call 949.675.8300 for reservations.

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar – Offering brunch from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., and dinner from 4:30 p.m. to close. For reservations, call 949.999.6622. 3131 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

W Café & Restaurant – The restaurant will be open for breakfast and brunch. Chef Wais Omar has created a unique brunch menu to celebrate all fathers and the wonderful things they do. W Café’s special brunch menu includes the very popular Cave Man breakfast, tiramisu dessert and their own Bloody Mary. W Café invites you to bring the whole family. Call 949.873.5242 or book online to make reservations. 1703 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach.

Editor’s Note: Kicking back with Dad and barbecuing at home always makes for a great family get together, as well! Put on a slab of ribs, or some flavorful steaks and sweet corn, and just hang out in the backyard, poolside, or watching the U.S. Open golf tournament at Shinnecock Hills, New York. Blissful!

Happy Father’s Day to all you deserving Dads...

Ciao Vincenza!

CodeREV ultimate summer camps: from Bots to Minecraft

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CodeREV’s summer tech camp will keep kids engaged and busy this summer by encouraging them to explore and develop their multimedia STEM skills.

Young campers will be enthralled in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, including: Adventures in Coding, Robotics & Engineering, Modding in Minecraft, Virtual Reality & 3D Game Design and Creator Bots, to name just a few of the classes.

Weeklong sessions from Monday through Friday are taking place now through August 3 and are geared to ages 6 - 10 and 10 - 14. The cost of a full day is $549 per week. The curriculum has been created by education tech experts from Harvard, Stanford and MIT.

Classes take place at Newport Christian School, located at 100 Bison Ave., Newport Beach.

For more information or to register, call 844.490.TECH (8324) or visit

Fair Game


Should “we” sell the Lido House Hotel property…and what about a proposed Charter amendment?


I received an email last evening from City Manager Dave Kiff noting two items on tonight’s City Council agenda that may have gone somewhat under the radar.

First of all, Dave’s intent was to have one of the items moved to later in the month but blames that failure on a “backpacking trip to the Sierras with zero cell phone coverage for miles.”

Oh Dave, welcome to the sounds of retirement.

The first item is the Lido House Hotel (LHH) planned for a Closed Session discussion. According to Kiff, he and staff met with LHH ownership following rumors they (LHH) were interested in purchasing the hotel’s site.

“No commitments were made by Bob (Olson) or by me and this matter is on the Closed Session agenda at our City staff’s request,” Kiff said.

The second item is a proposed Charter amendment debate “to discuss a possible City Charter amendment that would require voter approval of certain debt, like lease-revenue bonds and Certificates of Participation (COPs),” Kiff added.

According to Kiff’s email, he still plans to try and push this one back to the June 26 council meeting.

Both items can dramatically alter City financial paths moving forward and should be watched and understood.

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On a more fun note, are you a fan of golfer Rickie Fowler? Well, you might be seeing more of him around town when he’s not out playing golf worldwide.

Last Friday, Fowler proposed to his girlfriend Allison Stokke, of Newport Beach fame. Stokke is a graduate of Newport Harbor High School, where she excelled nationally in pole vaulting. 

She continued her athletics and education at the University of California, Berkeley, and still continues to vault and model.

Friday was National Best Friend Day and Fowler posted a picture on Instagram with a caption of, “Today is National Best Friend Day so I wanted to lock mine down…I WON!!”

The accompanying photo with the Instagram post showed Fowler on bended knee proposing to Stokke on a beach in the Hamptons. 

Fowler plays in the U.S. Open beginning this Thursday at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in New York.

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Speaking of golf, I wrote in these lines last week that I was playing in a golf tournament in South Carolina, with a hope of just “returning home alive.”

Well, we won the whole thing! That’s right, my partner Jeff Rhodenbaugh and I won the second flight in a match play championship format. From there we moved on to an alternate shot Horse Race with all other flight winners and won it all in a three-team sudden death playoff.

Best shot of the day: Rhody’s 125-yard approach shot to eight feet in sudden death at the 18th hole. Luckiest shot of the day: I roll in that downhill eight-footer.

Best week in a long time.

Surterre Properties ranks among top 10 percent of U.S. brokerages

Surterre Properties, a leading luxury real estate brokerage in Orange County, has been named among the top eight percent of brokerages nationwide – with a ranking of 72 on the just-released T3 Sixty Swanepoel Mega 1000 list. The prestigious list is the most thorough and accurate ranking of the largest real estate brokerages in the country.

Considered benchmarks in quality research in the residential real estate brokerage industry, T3 Sixty’s reports provide objective data and analysis from a neutral and trusted source to tens of thousands of real estate leaders and professionals. The high ranking for Surterre Properties solidifies the company’s long-held reputation as an industry leader in sales, marketing, client service, technological innovation and community engagement. 

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 “Surterre Properties built its reputation on the guiding principle of offering our agents, and clients, the best and most advanced luxury real estate sales and marketing platform available,” said Gary Legrand, president of Surterre Properties. “Our placement on the Swanepoel Mega 1000 List is powerful acknowledgment of the effectiveness of our model, which is powered by the best agents and most talented marketing and technology professionals in the business.”

According to T3 Sixty, the $1.4 trillion residential real estate brokerage industry, “remains fragmented and fiercely independent,” making it difficult to determine which claims of size and rank are legitimate and which are exaggerated. For the past 13 years, T3 Sixty has produced reliable, objective reports, data and analysis including the SP200 (Swanepoel Power 200), considered to be the definitive ranking of the leaders and executives in the residential real estate brokerage industry. The Swanepoel Mega 1000 is a new report to present the T3 Sixty’s annual analysis of brokerages, franchisors and real estate holding companies.

“We are pleased to be recognized by T3 Sixty as among the leading and best residential real estate brokerages in the country in this prestigious new report,” Legrand said. “But the ranking that means the most to us is our No. 1 status with our clients, agents and the community. Orange County is our home and every day, we strive to make it a place others can call ‘Home’ as well.” 

2018 is the Year of the Harbor

Harbor Commissioner and Vice Chairman

Part One in a Two-Part Series

Newport Beach is a special place to live, and I make sure to take stock of that fact every day. There are many aspects to Newport Beach that make it great, but without a doubt its greatest asset is the Harbor. And, 2018 promises to be a year where Newport Harbor will receive a great deal of attention with Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield at the helm. Duffy has spent most of his life on, around and in the Harbor and with his love for the Harbor, Newport’s greatest asset stands to be a direct beneficiary.

As a Harbor Commissioner for six years, I have been honored to serve at the direction of our City Council, and to work with the City’s Harbor Resources Division within the Public Works Department. I am very proud of the accomplishments of the Harbor Commission over the years, and look forward to more successes in the years to come.

In this article, I will attempt to give you a brief overview of the mandate of the Harbor Commission, the Harbor Resources Division and the Harbor Operations Division led by the City’s new Harbormaster Dennis Durgan. I will then summarize and list some of the projects and accomplishments throughout Newport Harbor.

The Harbor Commission consists of seven Harbor Commissioners that are appointed. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month in the City Council Chambers. Make sure to watch for the next Harbor Commission Harbor Tour conducted on one of the Balboa Island Ferryies, which are open to the public. It’s a great way to learn about the Harbor Commission and it’s always spectacular to be out on the Harbor.

Harbor Commission

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Newport Beach Harbor Commission

Newport Harbor supports numerous recreational and commercial activities, waterfront residential communities and scenic and biological resources. The purpose of the Harbor Commission is to provide the City of Newport Beach with an advisory body representing these diverse uses of Newport Harbor and its waterfront. For a more detailed list of the responsibilities of the Harbor Commission, visit the City website at

In 2014, the Harbor Commission commenced an annual process for establishing its Goals and Objectives that are ultimately submitted to the City Council for approval.  The 2018 Objectives fall under the following six distinct functional areas:

--Harbor Dredging

--Harbor Operations and Management

--Harbor Amenities and Capital Improvements (Mooring Fields, Shore Facilities, Docks)

--Harbor Policies, Codes and Regulations

--Commercial, Recreational and Educational Activities

--Long-Term Vision for the Harbor

For a more detailed list of the objectives that fall under each of the functional areas, see the Harbor Commission’s webpage listed above.

The Harbor Commission works closely with and receives input from the Harbor Resources Division led by Chris Miller of the Public Works Department. Harbor Resources is responsible for the protection and improvement of the resources of Newport Harbor and Upper Newport Bay to ensure their proper use and enjoyment by all things that derive life, recreation or commerce. Some responsibilities of Harbor Resources include maintaining public piers and public vessel pump-out stations, dock and pier construction, dredging, and maintaining or improving water quality.  For more information about Harbor Resources visit

Additionally, on July 1, 2017, the newly formed Harbor Operations Division led by City Harbormaster Dennis Durgan, assumed many of the Harbor Patrol responsibilities (mooring management, guest moorings and anchorages, sea lion management, harbor oversight, etc.) that had previously been administered by the Orange County Sheriff’s Harbor Patrol. The Orange County Sheriff still has a presence on the Harbor with responsibility for law enforcement on the Harbor in conjunction with the NBPD. 

For more information about the Harbor Operations Division, visit


Dave Girling has been a Newport Beach Harbor Commissioner since 2012 and will term out in 2021. He currently serves as its Vice Chairman and served as its Chairman from 2015 to 2016. Dave is a Realtor in Newport Beach, with more than 30 years of financial services industry knowledge and experience.

SCAPE gallery to hold artist reception

On Saturday, June 16 from 6 - 8 p.m., stop by SCAPE gallery in Corona del Mar to meet four artists who are exhibiting their work in “ARCHIPELAGO, an Island POP-UP.” The artists include David Kuraoka, Tim Lieber, Lila Roo and Bruna Stude.

Kuraoka art

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“Blue Hapu’u” by Ceramicist David Kuraoka

David Kuraoka

This American ceramic artist was born in Lihue, Hawaii and grew up in Kauai. He received Bachelor of Arts and master’s degrees from San Jose State University. Selected collections include the Hawaii State Art Museum; Hillary Rodham Clinton, The White House, Washington, D.C.; and SFMOMA Artist’s Gallery, San Francisco.

Red Ochre Vessel Tom Lieber 36x36 2018

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“Red Ochre Vessel” by painter Tom Lieber

Tom Lieber

A painter of large abstractions, Lieber is, according to writer Carter Ratcliff, an artist whose work “invites us to note how complex the act of looking becomes when we attend carefully to its pleasures.” His paintings are in the collections of the Tate, Guggenheim, MOCA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Roo art

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“Onyx Pierce” by artist Lila Roo

Lila Roo

She creates art pieces made entirely from refuse materials, primarily plastic. Roo hand collects, braids and binds these materials, the remnants of global capitalism, and brings them to life in the communities in which she lives throughout the world. She works intimately with people and places to create portraits, and performance & installations that are transformative and empowering.

Stude art

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“Squid Ink No. 2” by photographer Bruna Stude

Bruna Stude

Born and raised in the port town of Split on the Dalmatian Coast, Stude was given her first 35 mm camera at age of 10. She graduated from the Law University in Split, Croatia, then left in 1987 to pursue a life at sea. Her current work results from her interest in the conceptual question of “presence of absence” in relation to the use of light within a photograph and “the tension between that which is and that which is not disrupts our assumptions about photographic narrative and representation.”

The “ARCHIPELAGO” exhibit is on display from June 11 through July 28.

SCAPE gallery is located at 2859 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. For more information, visit

Letters to the Editor

Don’t Be Fooled by Political Ploy

Once again, without proper fiscal or public review, the Newport Beach City Council is considering a Charter Amendment to require lease obligation debt, which by legal definition does not involve an increase in taxes, to be submitted to the voters. 

No other city in California, nor to my knowledge in the entire country has this requirement. That should tell us something. This is a bad idea from Scott Peotter. Currently there is no projected need for lease debt for more than 50 years. Some of the council members who will consider the next debt issue have not yet been born. The city currently has the highest bond ratings of any city in the nation and our current lease debt service is less than the annual budget surplus and very affordable.

Election requirements cause debt proposals to be larger, not smaller as they are increased to involve multiple projects to broaden political support. It prevents the timely award of construction bids because bids will either be padded by 30 percent or will expire before an election can be held. Alternatively, it requires going to the voters without a sound basis of a project’s cost. Of course, there is the added cost of an election itself and the sequencing of projects into the season immediately following a biannual election date will cause project costs to rise.

It will prevent future city councils from responding to natural disasters such as an earthquake, fire, tsunami or landside where critical infrastructure could be destroyed. Puerto Rico shows us what happens when a jurisdiction does not have immediate capital markets access after a disaster. Depending on wording and limits, it could require our next police car replacements to be voted on.

It will pit neighbors against each other as the council will pay cash for projects favored by a majority while requiring others to seek voter approval, irrespective of actual financial analysis.

What is truly disappointing is that the real reason for this proposal is to allow council members in the November election to evade the campaign spending limits by using a committee formed to support this measure. Remember the “Team Newport 2016” signs from the last election paid for by Measure MM donors? Don’t you think this council would pay more attention to following our campaign laws?

Don’t be fooled by this cynical effort to create a phony issue by people who have actually accomplished nothing for the good of the community. 

Keith Curry, Former Mayor 

Newport Beach


Want to support Koll Center Residences but canceled workshops prevent that

I have been looking forward to expressing my support for the Koll Center Residences at a Planning Commission workshop on two separate occasions now. This is a General Plan compatible project that will generate tens of millions of dollars in fees for the City. 

It won’t affect traffic in my neighborhood – Eastbluff – or any of the other established neighborhoods in our town. I understand there was an issue about a quorum, but I’m wondering is something else up? Why is this taking so long to be heard? 

Lisa Fogarty

Eastbluff Community

Newport Beach


Former mayor says potential financial moves bad for city

I spent a 40-year career as Chief Financial Officer of publicly held companies, and 9 1/2 years in service to the residents of Newport Beach, first on the planning commission and then on City Council where I chaired the Finance Committee for several years.

I am intimately familiar with the workings of the City’s budget and the City’s financial standing. There is no need whatsoever for the proposal to require a vote prior to issuance of COP’s. It will hamstring future Council decisions to properly move forward with large projects or financing of potential catastrophic events afflicting our City. It is not necessary, since our City has ample financial flexibility to budget for costs of necessary large-project financings. Is the City’s Finance Director recommending this action? This proposal is a very bad financial policy for our City. Please reject this idea, or, at the very least, refer it to your Finance Committee for careful study before you consider it.

Similarly, there is no need to sell City assets, including the Lido House land. What is the proposed need that drives this idea? It certainly can’t be a budgetary need. It certainly can’t be a need to make extra payments on our pension obligations…we are already doing that in steady, meaningful amounts, which is the proper dollar-averaging approach to do it. I believe this is a slippery slope to embark on. Why stop at Lido House? The City has many assets it could sell, but I believe it’s bad policy to do so and curb the City’s flexibility to manage those assets over time. Please reject this idea.

Mike Henn, former Mayor City of Newport Beach

Newport Beach

Heal the Bay releases Beach Report Card

Heal the Bay just released its 28th annual Beach Report Card (2017-2018), which assigns yearly A to F water-quality grades for more than 400 beaches statewide based on levels of harmful bacteria.


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To earn a spot on the Honor Roll, a beach must be monitored weekly year-round and have received only exceptional (A+) grades during all seasons and weather conditions.

Newport Beach’s beaches that made the Honor Roll are: Balboa Beach at 15th/16th Street, Balboa Beach Pier, Corona del Mar and Crystal Cove.

Orange County-wide, summer and winter dry grades were on par with the five- year average, with 98 percent A or B grades for the summer and 91 percent A or B grades for the winter. Lack of rain dramatically improved the grades. According to the report, bacterial pollution at our local beaches dipped dramatically in 2017-18. Some 95 percent of the beaches monitored in Southern California earned A grades during the busy summer season, a five percent uptick from the reporting period’s five-year average.

For summer beachgoers, some 94 percent of Orange County’s 121 monitored beaches notched A grades in summer dry weather.

To view the Beach Report Card in its entirety, visit

Guest Column

Dave Kiff

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

Dave Kiff

Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff   

There is a busy afternoon and evening planned for the Newport Beach City Council when it meets this coming Tuesday, June 12. Here is the Insider’s Guide for that meeting. The Guide is not an attempt to summarize every item on the agenda – just the ones that seem of specific interest to me. I encourage you to read the full agenda if you wish. 

In the afternoon session starting at 4 p.m., we will talk about three things: Learning about advances in earthquake warning systems. They won’t give any of us a lot of time, but maybe just a short time to get away from windows and old buildings, and to electronically send signals to elevators to stop and open at the nearest floor. Technology can be a good friend here. Council Member Muldoon asked for this to appear on the agenda.

Going deep into undergrounding. We’ll talk about costs for current and planned undergrounding districts, as well as some strategies to reduce those costs. Folks in the pending CdM District (near Avocado), on the Peninsula along Balboa Boulevard in the 30s-50s, and other neighborhoods interested in undergrounding may want to listen in.

An update to the Council on a proposed Harbor Department, further stepping up some of our efforts to make the Harbor even more customer-friendly.

The Regular Session at 7 p.m. has a whole bunch of items, but not all are Guide-worthy. The ones that are include Sunshining a tentative agreement with our good colleagues represented by the Newport Beach Police Association. The NBPA represents both rank-and-file officers as well as non-sworn folks in records, the jail, dispatch, and more. Hard work on both sides brought an agreement forward that I think respects the interests of the community, the Association members, taxpayers and the city government.

A few parents from Carden Hall have written to the Council in recent weeks concerned about a planned mobile needle exchange program that could route its way through western Costa Mesa, not far from our city limits. A couple of Council members asked me to bring a statement of concern forward for consideration that the Police Chief would later send to the State agency that reviews the program’s certification. 

The proposed Fiscal Year 2018-19 City Budget is up for adoption. The budget process here is a tad unique – to get a good grasp of it, you would review the Budget that I proposed back in April and then layer on a document called the “Budget Checklist” over it. The Checklist, if adopted along with the Budget, is the late catch-up and correction items that came up between April and today. All in all, and in my biased eyes, this is a fairly conservative budget that adds no new full-time positions from what we have right now, while still accommodating new needs for the Harbor and safety in our schools. And while continuing our very aggressive pension paydown program – where we pay more (nearly $9 million more) than we have to pay to get ahead of the unfunded pension liability. A nostalgic note: this is my last budget that I’ll prepare here, and I am pretty proud of it. I am even more proud of the staff from our Finance Department and our Department Heads and budget analysts that help wade through it with me – in meeting after meeting, and mind-change after mind-change. 

A big dollar item is up after that (all within the Budget’s parameters) that would award a contract to a private sector provider to manage our parking infrastructure. That’s meters, pay stations, on-street parking spaces, and our big beach and other parking lots. We’ve contracted that out for about 6-7 years now, and it’s gone OK with some bumps. I think people are still surprised to see the “KGB Car” (as I call it) that goes around using License Plate Recognition (LPR) to see if folks are current with their meter payments and pay stations.

Council Member Peotter asked his colleagues to consider changing the structure of the Finance Committee to an all-citizen body, so that’s up for discussion Tuesday night. Today, three Council members and four non-elected citizens sit on the Committee, which advises the Council on a number of things involving the City’s finances (pensions, audits, budgets, more).    

Thank you for reading. Please forward this Guide to family, friends and members of your HOA if you represent one. I always like hearing from you, too, so please don’t hesitate to ask a question or offer a comment. 



Dave Kiff

City Manager

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ENC Reading in the Redwoods

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The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) is hosting a nature walk on Sunday, June 24, known as the “Tree Hug Hike,” in the Redwood Forest with Valerie Bain. Relax with your family on a blanket under the trees as Bain reads On a Magical Do-Nothing Day by Beatrice Alemagna.

Check in is from 9:30 - 10 a.m. According to the ENC website, “There MAY be snacks and there MAY be an educational animal to meet or some other interactive activity while we gather, so come early!”

After Bain finishes the story, the fun is not over yet! There will be activities related to the theme of the book, including nature art, meet out bugs and nature magic. Parents need to stay with their children as they are participating.

If you are a pre-registered member, then it will cost $5 to spend the day under the canopy of these redwoods. If you are a pre-registered non-member, the price increases to $7. For an unregistered walk-in, it will cost $10. 

For more information, visit

ENC is located at 1601 16th St., Newport Beach.

Segerstrom Center presents 2018 – 2019 Family Series

Doktor Kaboom

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“Doktor Kaboom and the Wheel of Science” kicks off the Family Series

Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ fun-packed 2018 - 2019 Family Series is guaranteed to entertain, inspire and – just be a whole lot of fun! Many of the past year’s internationally renowned theater companies are returning by popular demand with new shows and casts of characters.

New this year is a concert by the Latin Grammy Award-winning indie pop rock group Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band.

The Discovery Series is perfect for children ages 4 - 8 and the Explorer Series has been designed for children ages 7 and older. (But kids of all ages and their parents will have a blast.)

Each show is an adventure in storytelling, creativity and theatrical magic that will pique young imaginations and engage families with marvelous tales from around the world. Each performance also features free pre-show family activities. All performances will be in Segerstrom Center’s Samueli Theater except Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which will be in Segerstrom Hall. 

The performance of Shadow Play on November 17, 2018 at 10 a.m. and of The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites on February 2, 2019 at 10 a.m. are sensory-friendly performances designed specifically so families with children with sensory sensitivity can share the magic and amazement of live performances. These performances can be purchased together as a separate subscription. All engagements will offer sign-language interpretation at one performance to assist the deaf and hard-of- hearing. 

Subscriptions prices: 

Explorer Series Subscriptions: $52

Discover Series Subscriptions: $80

Sensory-Friendly Subscriptions: $32 (Shadow Play, November 17 and The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites, February 2) 

Current and new Family Series season subscriptions are available now. Single tickets will go on sale approximately eight weeks prior to individual engagements. 

Kicking off the season is Doktor Kaboom and the Wheel of Science, geared for families and children ages 4 - 8, making its Center premiere on September 15 and 16 in Samueli Theater. Science and performance have always been actor/comedian David Epley’s (AKA Doktor Kaboom’s) passions. With the wizardry of a scientist and the creativity of an artist, he has concocted (almost magically) the perfect entertainment and educational potion for children.

Visit the Center’s website at for more information about the 2018 - 2019 Season. For inquiries about group ticket discounts, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

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

Newport Jeweler to celebrate grand opening


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Newport Jeweler in Westcliff is celebrating its grand opening on Wednesday, June 27 at 4 p.m. and all are invited!

Operating Manager Jacob Bill Walker is welcoming locals to his brand new store, specializing in fine diamond jewelry, engagement rings, custom design, and on-premises services for jewelry and watches.

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce with President/CEO Steve Rosansky and members of his staff will be on hand, and dignitaries from the community have been invited.

Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be provided and no RSVP is required.

Newport Jeweler is located at 2043 Westcliff Drive #101 (next to Kean Coffee and Susie Cakes), Newport Beach. For more information, call 949.535.0222 or visit

Newport Beach – A Look Back 

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A Look Back 6.12.18

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This house was built in 1925 by Louis Perry at 220 Onyx Avenue. It was one of the first guest cottages on Balboa Island. It was torn down in 2014.

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

It’s “Sinatra” on the civic center green for Father’s Day

Matt Mauser

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The Newport Beach City Arts Commission will kick off the 2018 summer concert series on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17 at 6 p.m. at the Newport Beach Civic Center. 

A perfect way to celebrate dad and the beginning of summer – bring a picnic dinner or purchase food from food trucks on site at the Civic Center. The Concert on the Green will feature Matt Mauser in “A Celebration of the Music of Frank Sinatra.” In this musical tribute to the legendary singer, popular Matt Mauser & The Sinatra Big Band, conducted by Pete Jacobs, will capture Sinatra’s timeless roster of hits like “That’s Life,” “Come Fly with Me,” “Night and Day,” “All the Way,” “My Kind of Town,” and “New York, New York.” 

Concerts on the Green will be on the Newport Beach Civic Center lawn, 100 Civic Center Drive. Concerts begin at 6 p.m. and end promptly at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and free parking is available in the Civic Center structure and library parking lot. Concert goers should bring low-slung beach chairs and a picnic dinner, or purchase food from gourmet food trucks. No alcohol is allowed.

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

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 Eagle left its aerie and landed where? Four of our readers knew that this majestic bird made its home at First Republic Bank, located at 2800 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

Congratulations to Adrienne Salyer, Brian M. Coombe, Clinton Palmer and David Pitman, who all answered correctly!

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 6.12.18

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Stump the Stu

A bench seat...

Stump the Stu 6.12.18

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You might have passed this wooden bench many times and never noticed it. For those of you who took a few moments to sit on it…where is it located?

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

The correct answer will appear in Friday’s edition, along with the correct guesses. So, join us for this fishy 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 answer, so we can challenge them!

Congratulations to the Class of 2018 Sage Hill School graduates


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Sage Hill School in Newport Coast recognized its graduating Class of 2018 at a ceremony held on Friday, June 8. The 118 students in the Class of 2018 plan to enroll in 66 colleges in 26 states in the U.S. as well as the United Kingdom.

Graduation speakers included Board of Trustees Chair Mark Danner, Head of School Patricia Merz, Student Council President Miles Wilson (‘18), Dean of School Life Jon Poffenberger, student speaker Henry Lavacude-Cola (’18) and President Gordon McNeill. The ceremony also included a performance by the Sage Hill Concert Choir.

Sage Hill School is located at 20402 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Coast. For more information, visit

CdM Residents Association announces monthly meeting

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The Corona del Mar Residents Association Board of Directors hosts its monthly Board Meeting at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 21. The board will hear from Newport Beach Deputy Finance Director Steven Montano and Budget Manager Susan Giangrande regarding the 2018/2019 City Budget.

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 or call/text 949.478.2454.

Camp Newport offers summer fun

The City of Newport Beach Recreation Department offers day camps and more than 500 weeklong specialty camps, including sports, such as surfing, sailing, baseball, tennis, volleyball, soccer as well as beach camps, school prep, art, theater & film, adventure, technology and enrichment.

OC Dance Mermaid Academy

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OC Dance Mermaid Princess Academy

Aquatics Fun

In addition to camps, the Recreation Department offers swim lessons at Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar high school pools. Group or private lessons are available.  Visit for class information.


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Swim lessons take place at Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar high school pools

Camps run now through August 31, from Monday - Friday, with varying times per camp.

Splash Bash is also a fun event to attend at Newport Harbor High School on Fridays, July 13 - August 9 from 12 - 3 p.m. Children and adults can recreationally swim or play on a 45-ft. multi-colored pool inflatable for hours of climbing, sliding and jumping fun! Splash Bash includes music, games and a BBQ. The cost is $5 and includes lunch.

For more information on Camp Newport, visit

A column of farewells...


One month after celebrating his 98th birthday, Corona del Mar resident Davis Andrew Seabaugh died on May 24.

Seabaugh was born in Kime, Mo. on April 29, 1920, according to an obituary written by family members. He was the son of Gladys Eve Davis and Walter Alexander Seabaugh, and was preceded in death by his sister, Vera. He attended the University of Missouri, where he received a degree in electrical engineering. A World War II veteran, he served in the Army Air Force aircraft engineering unit and oversaw the maintenance of B-25, B-26 and P-38 planes. He also worked in the Signal Corp as a member of the first team to receive a return signal on the radar system that was being developed in England.

David Andrew Seabaugh

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Davis Andrew Seabaugh on his balcony

“After the military, Davis spent a long and noteworthy engineering career working on a variety of guided missile and spacecraft launch systems,” his obituary states. “Davis prepared the final inspection of the launch vehicle which took astronaut John Glenn on his flight circling the earth three times. The two met during a celebration at the factory, and Davis was honored to be part of the team which took John Glenn on that historic flight.”

Seabaugh once recalled that in 1961, he asked Glenn to write something on the missile, and he did – “Do good work.”

“Until very recently, Davis maintained his daily walk through the main street of town,” his obituary said. He was recognized on sight by many in Corona del Mar and regarded with much affection. You could count on a hearty greeting, a discussion of current events, or sharing a scotch or glass of red wine if you happened to frequent his favorite local spots when he was there. Many knew him, and he will be very much missed by family, friends and local residents.”

Private services were planned with a cremation and burial at sea.

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As the school year ends, local families will say goodbye to many longtime beloved teachers at area schools.

Three teachers

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(L-R): Edie Archibald, Michele Creason and Pam Caskey are retiring from Harbor View Elementary School

Three Harbor View Elementary School teachers will retire: Edie Archibald, who worked at Harbor View for 23 years; Michele Creason, who worked there 21 years; and Pam Caskey who was at the school 17 years, according to Principal Todd Schmidt. Students and parents will celebrate the women at the sixth grade promotion ceremony scheduled for June 22.

Harbor Day teachers

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(L-R): Kristin Rowe and Katie Robinson are retiring this year from Harbor Day School

At Harbor Day School, Kristin Rowe and Latin teacher Katie Robinson will be retiring. A farewell event will take place June 14, according to a school email. Rowe is the private school’s director of Lower School and Admissions, and also has taught fourth grade during her 35-year tenure. Robinson has taught Latin at the school for 28 years. She also was the school’s World Language chair, and sponsored many clubs and activities, including annual student trips to Italy. She will be replaced and Latin will continue to be offered at Harbor Day, said Noelle Becker, Harbor Day School’s director of communications.

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The Rendez-Vous restaurant at 3330 E. Coast Highway has changed owners. The French café and bakery opened in late 2012 when owners Olivier and Nathalie Bocchino bought the business, which was formerly Le Petit Bateau. Previously, the location was the site of Pizza Royale, which had operated there for 24 years. The Bocchinos have returned to France, an employee said, but the new owner has kept the café’s name and pastry chef, and so far has made only cosmetic changes to the space.


Amy Senk has lived in Corona del Mar for 17 years and was publisher of Corona del Mar Today, an online newspaper that ran daily for seven years. Senk, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, is involved in the Corona del Mar Residents Association and the Corona del Mar High School PTA. She and her husband have two children.

Fair Game


Rohrabacher breezes through round one…what’s next?

TomJohnsonCongrats to Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, 48th District, on his performance in last Tuesday’s election. 

All the signs said, “30 years is enough.” 

However, the voters on the first go-around Tuesday appear to be saying they still want more. 

Who runs against him come November? Well, that will be interesting to see. Hans Keirstead or Harley Rouda, both Democrats, appear on their way, but it’s still too early to call. 

It’ll also be interesting to see how Dana’s new lapdog, Scott Baugh, comes crawling home to the OC GOP after a somewhat divisive campaign.

Baugh, of course, tried to “eat one of his own” by running against Rohrabacher.

Expect at some point in the future that when Rohrabacher is finished with his service that Supervisor Michelle Steel will become the anointed one.

As for Baugh, “Congressman Rohrabacher would like another cup of coffee.”

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So, the Newport Beach Wooden Boat Festival runs today through Sunday. 

But really, if you want to visit and see the boats, tomorrow is the day and the Balboa Yacht Club is the place to be. The cool thing is that you can see and board some 50 wooden boats on display. 

According to the BYC website, “The Festival salutes the passion, time and effort the owners have put into their vessels to preserve the heritage and timelessness of seafaring adventure.”

How good is it? Well, last year some 4,000 people visited.

Also, tomorrow is the day at the BYC where there will be maritime art and exhibits, food and drinks, music, et al. You get the drift, it’s a good time and a big party.

Hey, and while you’re there enjoying things, remember our old friend Ralph Rodheim who is truly the founder of this event. Ralph, of course, passed in early 2017 from complications related to ALS.

Ralph had hoped that this festival would become a legacy event in the community, and through his efforts and a lot of others, it has.


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If you’re a football fan, don’t forget about Irrelevant Week, celebrating the last draft pick annually of the National Football League. Paul Salata started this thing locally 43 years ago.

Instead of celebrating the first pick and awards like the Heisman Trophy, Salata offers up his version of the Lowsman Trophy to the last pick each year. Then he brings them to Newport Beach for a party.

This go-around, welcome Trey Quinn, wide receiver, taken #256 by the Washington Redskins

Who is Trey Quinn? He played college ball at SMU and LSU and set national receiving yardage records while in high school.

So, here’s how it works: Quinn comes to town and there are a series of fun, Newport Beach/SoCal activities.

One of them is the Irrelevant Week Banquet honoring Quinn which will be Monday, June 18, at the Balboa Bay Resort. Sports talk radio personality John Ireland will be the emcee and with celebrity guests, it’s a fun event. To purchase tickets, sponsor, donate, whatever, go here.

KidWorks golf tournament at Pelican Hill raises record funds

Thanks to the generosity of Title Sponsor Michael F. Harrah and Caribou Industries, and other key tournament sponsors, including Wells Fargo, CBRE and Lyon Living, the 6th Annual KidWorks Classic Golf Tournament earned a record $270,000 for their College Success Initiative.

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(L-R) Craig Realty Group Consultant Pat Murphy watches as Steven L. Craig of Craig Realty Group takes a shot

KidWorks College Success Initiative provides their students with the tools, resources and support needed to graduate from both high school and college. This is critically important as 89 percent of low-income first generation college students drop out before earning their diploma. By providing one-on-one guidance, career strategy development, internship opportunities and mentorship, KidWorks is ensuring college success. Thanks to a matching grant for the College Success Initiative, each dollar raised at the tournament was doubled providing valuable support for this program.

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(L) Paul McDonald and April Palmer of Fidelity National Title 

(R) Caribou Industries was a Title Sponsor

KidWorks Board member Bruce Pasqua and the Nevell Group won the tournament, which was played for the third time at acclaimed Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Coast. Other sponsors included Ben’s Asphalt, Rockwell’s Bakery, and Watson’s Soda Fountain and Café.

“We want to thank all of our sponsors and especially acknowledge the generosity and spirit of Mike Harrah and Caribou Industries,” said David Benavides, KidWorks CEO and Santa Ana City Councilman. “Mike has shown that he, like KidWorks, believes in Santa Ana and in building our city’s future by investing in our youth.”

“The KidWorks Classic is one of the top charity tournaments in Orange County,” said Sharon Kline, event Chair and KidWorks Advisory Council member. It’s an over the top day with delicious food, specialty drinks and something fun and unique on most every hole. A great day was had by all!”

To learn more about KidWorks and to read its success stories, visit

On the Harbor: My observations


Taco Tuesdays at BCYC

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Taco Tuesdays at Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club is one of several summer sailing experiences

It has been a long time since I took a tour of the bay looking for a story, so I did just that this week. My first stop was at the 15th Street public pier next to the American Legion where I met a friendly couple who were starting their daily errands.

I am going to refer to this couple as Jane and Mike who have been living aboard their vessel in the mooring fields just in front of the public dock, a little over five years. I first asked Mike how was the rotation of the dinghies on the public dock? In other words, has he seen more than one dinghy tied up to the dock for weeks or months without moving. “No, it has been really good lately. In fact, the 72-hour zone has kept empty for the most part; harbor services has been doing a good job enforcing the time limits on the dock,” Mike said.

He wasn’t in a rush, so the conversation moved toward how is living aboard on a mooring. He replied that things have gotten much better, then commented that it used to be rather “rough” in the J & H mooring fields with drugs, people stealing dingy fuel and other late-night antics. “It’s really cleaned up out there over the last year, since harbor services has taken over the mooring management,” Mike said. Jane and Mike have their own mooring permit and are permitted liveaboards. I asked if they have been inspected, as each year liveaboards are inspected by the city making sure their vessels are in good order and meeting the permit requirements. Jane replied, “Yes, we have been inspected twice this year.” She went on to explain how Harbor Services has been fair with them as well as others; they don’t pounce when things seem be a little out of place. Both Jane and Mike are very pleased with the change in city codes to allow them to transfer their mooring permit should that day ever come. They also felt that a few things can be made better, such as a dinghy rack on the beach, or even a floating dock on a nearby mooring were people could tie up their dinghies for longer periods of time and just kayak out to them. I thought Mike had a great idea for the liveaboards, and that was to be given a card so they could slide the card to show when they’re using the pump out systems around the harbor. Either that, or show their invoices from the mobile pump-out services.

There has been more discussion with council members regarding charter operations in Newport Harbor. I took a simple count around the harbor and found 21 large charter boats. Most of the docks where these charter companies work from are in good to very good condition with proper lighting, electric outlets and firefighting equipment. Although, if city code enforcement took a closer look, then they’d notice what I saw: improper lighting, electric cords running over the water and very suspicious docks in three locations. I would have to assume that the Charter Boats have to log when and how they empty their holding tanks.

My observations around the harbor: I still notice more than one dinghy tied up to moorings, there are many derelict boats tied up to shore moorings, the fishing charter boats are very aggressive to other boaters that are whale watching, and I keep noticing one of the electric boat rental companies coming very close to overcapacity on their rentals. If that’s all I can complain about for now...we’re doing pretty good to start the summer!

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The Balboa Angling Club (BAC) is sponsoring their 16th Annual YSH (Yellowtail, Seabass, Halibut) Tournament on Thursday, June 14 through Saturday, June 16. Anyone can enter, and no membership is required. Tournament hours are from 8 p.m. on Thursday through 5 p.m. on Saturday. Fish may be weighed in at any certified scale location, but weigh slips must be emailed, faxed or delivered to BAC before 5 p.m. Monday, June 18. Call to confirm that the club has received your weigh slip. One fish per angler, per species limit for the trophy awards.

Summer sailing has started with the American Legion’s Monday nights, BCYC Taco Tuesdays, SSYC Hibachi Wednesdays and the NHYC Twilight Series on can sail almost every night of the week!

Sea ya.


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

Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Here is a partial glimpse of a sign around town. Can you guess where this Eagle soars?

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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 6.18.18

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Stump the Stu

This “fish” out of water was a stumper...

Stump the Stu 6.8.18

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Stu had several guesses this week, but none were correct. We think this perfect predator got the best of our readers. This shark out of water makes its home at Joe’s Crab Shack on Mariner’s Mile, down Pacific Coast Highway. Next time you stop by there for some great food, drink and harbor views, look above and to the left of the entrance. It will be waiting for you!

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

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

Guest Column

Will O’Neill, Mayor Pro Tem

Brad Avery, City Council

Why you should consider mentoring… 

In recent years the pressures on our youth and high school students have become regular talking points in communities across the nation. Our own community, as blessed as it is, has not been immune from the fallout from these pressures. We know our children and teenagers are under threat from a world that is more difficult to navigate than ever before.

Students today face pressures brought on by social media, cyber bullying, more available and potent drugs, the specter of school violence, and what New York Times columnist David Brooks has called “the tyranny of the grade point average.” 

For those of us without teenagers in the house – and even sometimes when we have teenagers in the house – these pressures are often not evident. A persistent online presence can often lead adolescents to develop masked identities and not reach beyond their device.   

Our institutions are making a huge effort to address these issues, but results are hard won. As usual, real progress lies in focused work that needs to be performed by all of us, throughout our community. We are talking about the work of attention, of taking time to be with individual students, to listen, and to care.   

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church recently hired Chap Clark as its pastor, a person who has a passion for bettering our community’s adolescents. Before becoming a pastor, Chap wrote a secular study about teenagers called “Hurt 2.0” in which he chronicled the lives of adolescents in modern high schools. Parents of teenagers anytime in the past decade know that the world Chap studied is not the same one we experienced in our youth.

In Hurt 2.0, Chap asked a school’s teacher of the year what made a great teacher.  He responded: “The same thing it takes to be a great spouse, or parent, or coach, or leader in any setting. It’s not mystical, and it sure isn’t a secret. It is just caring enough for each person in front of you that they know they matter to you.” 

Fortunately, hundreds of adults in our community have stepped up to spend time with teenagers. Local hero Debbie Brostek runs the mentorship program at Newport Harbor High School. Each year, juniors in high school are paired up with volunteer community mentors. Most mentors are professionals who are actively engaged in their careers. From fall through spring, mentors spend time with their mentees at their workplace, at the ballpark, on the golf course, sailing, surfing, or just hanging out. While a main objective is to introduce their mentee to their profession, the most significant outcome is a great friendship. 

Our students are now in front of us. Not one of them is without concerns about their present and future. The only way to know the depth of these concerns, and to be able to help a student through them, is to be a friend who cares. It’s about having fun together, building trust, and taking the time to discuss the world, listen and understand.  Most of all, it’s about demonstrating how much they matter to you. This is mentoring, and it’s hugely rewarding for both mentor and mentee. Think about it.

Volunteer registration is easy through the Newport-Mesa Unified School District website:

Brad Avery and Will O’Neill both serve on the Newport Beach City Council and have both been mentors in the Newport Harbor High School program.

Giving Day for OC neighbors raises record-breaking $86,523

Cortez Ramos

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Ivan Cortez, Travel Trainer and Michelle Ramos, Independent Living Skills Instructor of the Dayle McIntosh Center, a participant in Giving Day

Nine local nonprofits partnered with the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) to host Empowering Possibilities, a Giving Day for OC neighbors with disabilities on May 31, which raised $86,523 with participation from more than 306 donors.

OCCF, based in Newport Beach, launched this bold initiative to boost the capacity of local nonprofits to meet our community’s needs through a series of Collaborative Giving Days over the coming year. Nonprofits with shared missions were invited to come together to boost collective giving for their causes.

“Thanks to the work of local organizations and generous donors, our OC neighbors with disabilities are receiving the support they need to help them live full and productive lives,” said Shelley Hoss, president, OCCF. “The success of this campaign is a testament to our community’s kindness. We are proud to support exemplary local nonprofits to tackle the most important issues facing our county.” 

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

The nine participating organizations in the Empowering Possibilities Giving Day included Rehabilitation Institute of Southern California, Dayle McIntosh Center, Family Support Network, Down Syndrome Association of Orange County, UCP of Orange County, Free Wheelchair Mission, Association for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities, Project Independence and Vocational Visions. 

Additional collaborative Giving Days will be announced over the coming year. Since its inception, OCCF has awarded $510 million in grants and scholarships and ranks among the top 10 percent in asset size among more than 780 U.S. community foundations. 

For more information, visit

Orange County Community Foundation is located at 4041 MacArthur Blvd. #510, Newport Beach.

City’s Annual Employee Appreciation Luncheon honors outstanding service

On Thursday, June 7, the City’s Annual Employee Service Awards and Appreciation Luncheon was held in the Civic Center Community Room.

The following awards were bestowed honoring outstanding service:

Service Awards

Lifeguard Captain Boyd Mickley was recognized for his 35 years of service to the City of Newport Beach. Mickley was hired as a lifeguard in 1983. He rose through the ranks and was promoted to his current position in 2009.

This year, 15 employees were recognized for providing 30 years of service to the City, they are: Police Civilian Supervisor Terri Craft, Utilities Specialist Denny Davidow, Groundsworker II Brian George, Lifeguard Mark Herman, Police Sergeant Michael James, Senior Services Manager Celeste Jardine-Haug, Utilities SCADA Coordinator Jeff Kerr, Senior Equipment Manager Andrew Martinez, Police Community Services Officer Susan Meade, Life Safety Specialist Steve Michael, Storm Drain/Street Sweeper Supervisor Tom Miller, Lifeguard Captain John Moore, Police Sergeant Mario Montero, Park Maintenance Supervisor Anthony Petrarca and Facility Maintenance Worker II Daniel Villanueva. Service awards were presented to those employees recognizing five, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of services to the City.

Anne Doughty

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Anne Doughty, recipient of the 2018 Dorothy Palen Employee of the Year Award

Dorothy Palen Award (Employee of the Year)

In 1993, Dorothy Palen retired after 47 years of dedicated service to the City of Newport Beach’s Finance Department. Since her retirement, City staff submits nominations for a City employee who best exemplifies the characteristics of Palen – cooperation, dependability, integrity, initiative and judgment – to be honored as the employee of the year. Before the Employee Service Awards, the nominees are reviewed by a small committee who select five individuals for presentation to the City’s management team for final selection. The award winner is announced during the annual luncheon.

The nominees for 2018 were Administrative Manager Angela Crespi, Recreation Coordinator Melissa Gleason, Crime Prevention Specialist Erica Bloom and Fire Engineer Andrew Hopper. The 2018 Dorothy Palen Employee of the Year award winner was Anne Doughty, administrative technician with the Recreation and Senior Services Department.

George Murdoch

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George Murdoch was bestowed with the Randy Scheerer Lifetime Service Award

Randy Scheerer Lifetime Service Award

In honor of a highly respected fire training chief who served the City for 28 years, the Randy Scheerer Lifetime Service Award was established in 1993 after he died suddenly at home. Scheerer was well known in the community and within the fire service for his commitment to serving people. This award is presented at the discretion of the City Manager.

City Manager Dave Kiff presented his first Randy Scheerer award to retired Municipal Operations Co-director George Murdoch (retired in December 2017) for his 37 years of committed service to the Newport Beach community.

In a surprise turn of events, Assistant City Manager Carol Jacobs presented a Randy Scheerer Lifetime Service Award to City Manager Dave Kiff. Both award recipients received standing ovations.

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce has sponsored the Employee Appreciation Luncheon for the past five years. The City would like to thank the Chamber, its staff and its members for their gracious support.

Christopher Radko June Buyers Select at Roger’s Gardens

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In honor of the June wedding season, Roger’s Gardens is featuring the “Uptown Honeymoon” ornament by Christopher Radko.

This five-inch-high work of art is a replica of a luxurious chauffeured getaway car with a “Just Married” couple inside.

The Christopher Radko Company has been designing and producing the highest quality European mouth-blown glass ornaments for more than a quarter of a century.

The keepsake collectible retails for $60.

Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar. Visit for more information.

Chapman art professor to judge Newport Beach Art Exhibition

David Kiddie

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David Kiddie to judge Newport Beach Art Exhibition

The Newport Beach City Arts Commission has chosen Chapman University art professor, David Kiddie, to judge the 54th Annual Newport Beach Art Exhibition on Saturday, June 16 at Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach. 

Professor Kiddie is a faculty member of the Wilkinson College of Arts at Chapman University where he has taught a full range of art classes since 1988. Kiddie works with a variety of media, such as painting, drawing, printmaking and ceramics. His ceramic works are in many national and international collections, and he has shown at numerous galleries and museums including the American Museum of Ceramic Art, Orange County Museum of Art, Cal Poly Pomona University, University of La Verne and the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art.

Kiddie will determine award winners from the nearly 250 entries in categories of Painting: Watercolors (includes pen and ink, pastels and charcoal); Paintings: Oils and Acrylics; 3D Art (including sculpture and mixed media); and Photography. Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice awards will also be announced at the end of the one-day show. Awards will be presented by Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield and the City Arts Commission at 4:30 p.m. in the Civic Center Council Chambers.

NB Art Exhibition

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The Newport Beach Art Exhibition provides the opportunity to view and purchase original art from talented local artists as well as artists from various parts of California. Paintings, mixed media, sculpture and photography will be for sale with a percentage of the sales going towards funding community art programs. A food, wine and beer pavilion on the Civic Center Civic Green will feature lunch from The Bungalow restaurant, and a spot to relax and enjoy live music.

Admission is free. Free parking is available in the Civic Center parking structure and the Central Library parking lot. In addition to the art on display, the Friends of the Library will be presenting its annual Art Book Sale.

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St. Mary’s School held groundbreaking ceremony
on May 24

St. Mary’s School, the only independent Preschool through Grade 8 International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in Orange County, held a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, May 24 to celebrate the beginning of extensive renovations and state-of-the-art campus improvements.

As part of the school’s Master Plan, the redevelopment project is being funded in large part by two transformative gifts – one from the Bhathal and Merage families and the other from the Green family, all of whom are Newport Beach residents. These families have students attending St. Mary’s as well as alumni from the school. 

St Marys

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Lisa Merage and Scott Green, supporters of the redevelopment project, at the groundbreaking ceremony

“The Faculty and Administration of St. Mary’s prepare our children to be the global leaders of tomorrow and to think creatively and solve problems for careers that do not exist today,” said Lisa and Richard Merage on behalf of the Bhathal and Merage families, including their parents Raj and Marta Bhathal and Paul and Lilly Merage. “We are excited that our gift will enable St. Mary’s to have advanced facilities to match its innovative, forward-thinking program.” 

“We are honored and excited to participate in St. Mary’s groundbreaking ‘Imagine More Campaign,’” said Karen and Scott Green. “St. Mary’s has long been at the forefront of academics with their IB programs and the new innovative facilities will further help to enhance each student’s holistic educational experience.”

In honor and celebration of the gift from the Bhathal and Merage families, St. Mary’s will name the Bhathal Merage Academic Center, which will include 21st century classrooms for lower and middle school, three science labs and a new arts wing to stimulate creativity in as many ways as possible to inspire children to become passionate learners.

The first lead gift of the campaign was made by Karen and Scott Green. This gift will be honored by St. Mary’s with the Green Family Commons, which will include a food service and teaching kitchen along with inside and outdoor dining spaces. 

Welcome summer with Taco Bell Cantina’s Frosé

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When the weather heats up, what better way to quench your thirst than with a refreshing libation?

Taco Bell Cantina in Newport Beach is offering a new strawberry-forward frozen rosé called the Berry Frosé Twisted Freeze, retailing between $6 - $8.

The Newport Beach location is only one of two Taco Bell Cantinas in the country offering this inventive 16-ounce beverage, now until the end of summer.

Taco Bell Cantina is located at 2121 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

The Bungalow restaurant to celebrate National Martini Day on June 19

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The Bungalow’s Cosmopolitan Martini

The Bungalow in Corona del Mar will be celebrating National Martini Day on Tuesday, June 19 with specially priced martinis offered throughout the day.

This favorite neighborhood eatery, made famous for its oversized signature martinis since 1996, will offer 12 specialty martinis at the value price of $6.19 throughout the day and evening. These will be available in the bar only.

“National Martini Day is a perfect fit for The Bungalow, as this iconic drink has always had its permanent place in the line-up of classic cocktails on our menu,” said co-owners Jim Walker and Louie Feinstein. “We’re excited to recognize this national celebration with our existing guests as well as those local martini lovers that may not have sipped or dined with us before.”

The Bungalow will also be offering a National Martini Menu on this day in the bar only, from 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.

For more information, visit

The Bungalow is located at 2441 East Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

Letters to the Editor:

Appreciation for City is important to this former mayor

When deciding who should represent me on city council, one of the most important attributes I look for is an appreciation for our city’s culture and history.  It is a critical factor in the evaluation of the projects and programs that determine our future. With such an appreciation, new projects will be organic and fit in well.  Without it, too often they will be out of character, discordant and disruptive. I am supporting Joy Brenner because she has this appreciation. 

That is not the only reason for my support. I have worked with Joy, and I have been impressed with her preparation, her thoughtfulness and her efforts to be inclusive. Joy is one who puts in the hard work. She reads the boring reports, she does the necessary research, and she reaches out – not just to one side or group, but to as many people as she can to get a full picture. When it comes time to make a decision, there is a solid foundation for her action.

Finally, Joy has a strong moral compass. She will be steadfast in standing up for her positions. Her decisions will be based on what she sincerely believes is best for the city, not because of pressure from some group or individual. This is the kind of person we want to represent us. I urge you to vote for Joy as council member for District 6.

Nancy Gardner

Former Council Member for District 6

Newport Beach

Another call to stop the development

I am writing to add my voice to the growing number of Newport Beach residents speaking out about overdevelopment in our city. The city council continues to approve high density developments and is now proposing the Koll High Rise Residential building near the John Wayne Airport.

As voters, we have made it clear to the Newport Beach City Council that this type of development is not wanted. In 2000, a large majority of voters approved the Greenlight initiative limiting run-away growth. In 2014, a large majority of voters rejected a General Plan Update that would increase growth in the city.  And in 2016, voters signed a referendum petition that stopped the Museum House Condo Tower.

It’s time for the Newport Beach City Council to start listening to their constituents and reject the Koll condo project outright. Newport Beach Citizens do not want high density, high rise developments. 

Thank you,

Melody L. McCulloch

Newport Beach

OC Fair deals and discounts will keep you coming back for more

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There are ways to save every day at the OC Fair, so grab your overalls and plan ahead to take advantage of all these great deals. You can “Free Your Inner Farmer” till the cows come home!

New this year is Overalls Day. All fairgoers wearing overalls get free admission every Thursday from 12 - 3 p.m. A weekend carnival special has also been added. Grab $35 unlimited ride wristbands from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and use them until 4 p.m.

Returning favorite promotions include Free Till Three on Opening Day; that’s free Fair admission and parking from 12 - 3 p.m. on July 13 only. And the weekend commuter specials, the OC Fair Express bus and offsite Experian parking save time, money and traffic headaches.

2018 Super Pass

Super Passes include admission to all 23 days of the OC Fair. Other perks include a carnival value book, 20 percent off OC Fair merchandise (one-time purchase), free admission to the Orange County Market Place for the calendar year, two-for-one tickets to select events at Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar and Action Sports Arena, and the ability to purchase up to 10 general admission Fair tickets for $10 each. Super Passes are $40 (general admission) and $33 (seniors and youth), and are available for purchase at

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Weekday Deals

Wednesdays – We Care Wednesday (12 - 3 p.m.) Free admission and one carnival ride with a donation to that day’s charity. July 18, school supplies drive; July 25, food drive; August 1, children’s book drive; August 8, clothing drive.

Thursdays – New! Wear Overalls Day (12 - 3 p.m.) Fairgoers who wear overalls get free admission. $3 Taste of Fair Food (12 - 4 p.m.) Sample a variety of food from different vendors for $3 each. Kids Day (all day) Children 12 and younger receive free admission.

Fridays – Seniors Day (all day) Guests 60+ receive $5 admission and free Ferris wheel and merry-go-round-rides. $2 Rides & $2 Games (12 - 4 p.m.) Try out all of the Carnival and Midway attractions for just $2 each.

Weekend Deals

Saturdays – Best Deal Ever! (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.) Admission is half price ($7) for all guests, and rides are half the carnival tickets to ride.

Sundays – New! Sunday Fun Day (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.) Admission is half price ($7) for all guests. Rides are half the carnival tickets to ride, or guests can purchase a $35 unlimited ride wristband (11 a.m. - 1 p.m., valid until 4 p.m.).

Limited-Time Deals

Free Till Three on Opening Day (Friday, July 13, 12 - 3 p.m.) Admission and parking are free at all gates on Opening Day of the 2018 OC Fair until 3 p.m. First Responders and Law Enforcement Week (August 8 - 12) With an issuing agency ID, active-duty and professional staff of the police, sheriff, fire and emergency services departments receive free admission.

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Daily Deals

Salute to Heroes – Veterans and active-duty military receive free admission with a valid ID and are also able to purchase up to six general admission tickets for half off.

Fair It Forward – With the original ticket, guests who attended the San Diego County Fair, Ventura County Fair or OC Fair can receive free admission to both of the other two fairs.

Read & Ride – Bookworms ages 5 - 11 who read two books and complete the online book report form (available at will receive three free carnival rides. This deal can be redeemed at the Information Booth in Centennial Farm during regular Fair hours.

Pacific Amphitheatre & Carnival Ticket Bounce-Back – Guests who attend a Pacific Amphitheatre concert receive one free ride on La Grande Wheel XL in the Main Midway with their valid ticket stub.

OC City Coupon – Orange County residents can pick up a coupon for $2 off full-price general admission from their local city halls or libraries. This coupon is valid for up to four people; must present original coupon.

Commuting Deals

Free offsite parking (every Saturday and Sunday) Park at the Experian lot in Irvine for free, and take the courtesy shuttle straight to the OC Fair.

OC Fair Express (every Saturday and Sunday) Fairgoers traveling to the Fair on OCTA’s OC Fair Express bus receive a coupon for $4 Fair admission. The bus fare is $2 each way ($4 round trip; $1.50 for seniors). Buses run 10 a.m. - midnight and will pick up from nine different locations throughout Orange County. For more information, visit

The 2018 OC Fair is July 13 - August 12, open Wednesday - Friday from 12 p.m. - midnight and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. - midnight. Regular pricing: General admission is $12 Wednesday - Friday and $14 Saturday - Sunday. Seniors (60+) and youth (6 - 12) admission is $7. Parking is $10.

For more information on these deals and this year’s OC Fair, visit

Enjoy these children’s storytimes at Barnes & Noble, Fashion Island

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Barnes & Noble, Fashion Island is offering a roster of storytimes this summer.

Check out the schedule:

June 9 at 11 a.m. – Storytime and activities featuring Incredibles 2: Sweet Dreams, Jack-Jack. “The Incredibles” are back navigating the heroics of everyday life when a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot that only “The Incredibles” can overcome together. Activities to follow.

June 13, 20 and 27 at 3:30 p.m. – Children’s Wednesday Storytime in the Children’s Department, where you will read books, have activities and a snack.

June 16 at 11 a.m. – Father’s Day Storytime featuring, With My Daddy: A Book of Love and Family. Join the fun with a book celebrating all that is great about dads. Activities to follow.

June 23 at 11 a.m. – Storytime and activities featuring Jurassic Park Little Golden Book. Introduce little ones to the world of Jurassic Park. This action-packed (and age-appropriate) title is great for dinosaur lovers, both new and old. Activities to follow.

Pete the Kitty

June 30 at 11 a.m. – Storytime and activities featuring Pete the Kitty and the Groovy Playdate. Before he was the beloved Pete the Cat, he was Pete the Kitty. Join Pete on a cat-tastic playdate as he learns a lesson about sharing with his friend, Grumpy Toad. Activities to follow.

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

ENC is recruiting student leaders for nature camps


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The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) is accepting applications for its Leaders in Training (LIT) program. LITs are high school students that volunteer to help with the ENC’s Nature Camps during school breaks.

“The program is a perfect opportunity for high school students to develop leadership skills,” said Bo Glover, ENC Executive Director. “It also offers room for teens to grow out of their comfort zones and blossom into young adults with skills that they can bring into their careers and other future leadership roles.”

Recruitment is in full swing for all eight sessions of Summer Nature Camp from June 25 through August 16. LITS must submit an application and reference form, be interviewed by ENC staff and attend a mandatory training. LITs must commit to volunteering for at least two sessions.

“We are looking for individuals who show enthusiasm for environmental stewardship and for working with children,” said Lori Whalen, the ENC’s assistant director. “Ideal candidates show a history of responsible behavior and present a capacity to take initiative without the need for a lot of direction.”

For more information, visit

ENC is located at 1601 16th St., Newport Beach.

Countdown to NHHS Graduation Night


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The Newport Harbor High School PTA’s Grad Night Committee 2018 invites graduating students, parents, friends and community partners to this year’s Grad Night festivities on Thursday, June 21 from 8:30 p.m. - 2:30 a.m. (doors close promptly at 9:30 p.m.) at Harbor High!

You can purchase your Grad Night ticket for $135, which includes a live band, games, hypnotist, food/waffles, ‘80s fun and surprises, and much, much more. No tickets will be available at the door. All attending seniors must have signed waivers to attend, which are available at ASB and in the library. They need to be turned into the library by Tuesday, June 19.

Attendees can also purchase a parking lot spot in the junior lot. All funds raised through the sale of these parking spots for graduation support students in need to attend Grad Night. For parking lot tickets, click here.

Want to contribute? There is a need for prize and cash donations to sponsor students in need to attend Grad Night. For more information on donating, click here.

Volunteers are also needed to assist in making this night of fun a memorable one. Go to the Grad Night 2018 Volunteers page here to pay it forward.

For more information and tickets, visit

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

Celebrate World Oceans Day in the Back Bay with a screening of “Before the Flood”


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Friday, June 8 is officially World Oceans Day, recognizing the importance of the sea and its wondrous offerings. This year’s theme is plastic pollution, bringing awareness to the threats plastics pose to marine life and their habitats.

Celebrating the day locally, Muth Interpretive Center located at 2301 University Drive in Upper Newport Bay, will be screening “Before the Flood,” a climate-change documentary starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Follow the actor as he travels around the globe to witness first hand the devastating effects of climate change and what can be done to solve the climate crisis.

The free event beginning at 7 p.m. is sponsored by Orange County Coastkeeper.

Fair Game


I can almost remember when a day on the golf course was something I looked forward to

TomJohnsonI’m excited about the week ahead of me, I think.

Several months ago, my best friend from high school called me and said, “I want you to come to South Carolina to be my partner in a golf tournament.”

For a reason only God knows, I accepted.

Now let’s review my training for this event. I’ve had so many injuries over the last few years, seeing a golf course has pretty much only been from a distance. My training has included limited walks, lots of naps and a very poor diet. Alright, I banged it around Strawberry Farms with Bill Pierpoint, unsuccessfully I might add, a few weeks ago and then Bob Callahan invited me to play Pelican Hill Golf Club a week or so ago and I thought I was going to die. 

That’s right, die!

Hey, it happens. If I remember correctly, Bing Crosby died on the golf course. Hence the old joke, “Hit the ball, drag Bing.” Okay, it wasn’t that good back when I originally heard it.

Back to golf. Here’s what I’m facing, 18 holes today as a practice round. We’re in The Cliffs at Keowee Falls, South Carolina.

This will give you a sense of what I’m up against, my partner looks at me discussing the upcoming round today and says, “You know, this is a great walking golf course.”

Are you kidding me! I have trouble carrying my bag from the car to the pro shop and he thinks I’m walking 18 holes. It’s going to be mid-80s, maybe 90s and probably a little sticky. 

Why did I say “yes?”

Then tomorrow, we’re back at it with another practice round. (Please, someone send me some pain medication for my upcoming back problems.)

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, you guessed it, more golf. Tournament golf. It’s the 11th Annual Stumphouse Invitational

We’ll play five, four-ball, nine-hole matches against other teams. Winners of each division move on to a playoff Saturday afternoon. 

Oh, why did I say “yes?”

That my friends, is a lot of golf. Especially for someone who hasn’t been playing regularly.

My partner and host this week is Jeff Rhodenbaugh and, of course, his lovely wife Sherry. Growing up, Jeff and I played golf virtually every day for a number of years. We went to high school and then college together. However, there was a difference when it came to golf, he became really good; and me, oh, I still stink.

Anyway, it’s good to be here and give this a try. My plan is to be back in the OC on Sunday, hopefully sitting in a nice window seat, versus in a wooden box down in the cargo area.

Oh, why did I say “yes?”

See you soon Newport Beach.

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Hey, a reminder, don’t forget to exercise your right and privilege to vote today. Left, right, blue or red, it doesn’t matter. Get out there and be heard.

Pet of the WeekDog and Cat print

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


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Animal Shelter


Introducing Bisbee. He is approximately three to four months old. And look at those gorgeous eyes you are sure to fall in love with.

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

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

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

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

You’re invited to Summer Networking Soiree

Summer Soiree

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Kick off the summer season in style at the Summer Networking Soiree, on Tuesday, June 26 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Presented by the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce and The Resort at Pelican Hill, the event takes place at picturesque Pelican Hill Resort’s Great Room Social Lounge connecting to Andrea Restaurant at the top of the hill.

Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine ($5 Happy Hour thereafter), tray passed small bites and live music. Receive a complimentary issue of Pelican Hill Magazine.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet new business and social contacts in an ocean view setting. Advance RSVP is required by Wednesday, June 20.

Cost: Free for Corona del Mar Chamber members; $20 for non-members and guests. Valet is complimentary.

Register at or call 949.673.4050.

The Resort at Pelican Hill is located at 22701 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

Stump the Stu

Look what came crashing in…

Stump the Stu 6.5.18

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This shark took a wrong turn, or perhaps it experienced a feeding frenzy... but where?

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

The correct answer will appear in Friday’s edition, along with the correct guesses. So, join us for this fishy 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 answer, so we can challenge them!

Summer Movies in the Park schedule

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Supervillian Gru from “Despicable Me”

Bring the whole family along with a blanket or towel and folding chairs and come enjoy this summer’s lineup of Movies in the Park. Screenings begin at sunset and go until around 9 p.m.

This summer’s lineup includes:

June 22 – Despicable Me at Buffalo Hills Park (Andersen Elementary School), 1891 Park Provence Place, Newport Beach

July 27 – Ferdinand at Cliff Drive Park, 301 Riverside Ave., Newport Beach

August 24 – Coco at Grant Howald Park, 3000 Fifth Ave., Corona del Mar

September 21 – Cars 3 at Channel Place Park, 4400 Channel Place, Newport Beach

There will be free activities, free candy and most importantly free popcorn for you to enjoy. Food will also be available for purchase.

For more information, call 949.270.8150.

Urban Arts OC offers summer art camp 2018

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This summer, Urban Arts OC is hosting art camp for kids. Sessions are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (full day) or from 2 - 5 p.m. (half day).

Classes include sewing, baking, painting, drawing, paint jamming, sculpture, cooking, printmaking, and arts & crafts. Each day, youngsters will explore new projects. The camp is geared toward children ages 4 and older.

These sessions are currently still open:

Week 1: June 11 - 15

Week 3: June 25 - 29

Week 4: July 9 - 13

Week 5: July 16 - 20

Week 7: July 30 - August 3

Week 8: August 6 - 10

Week 10: August 20 - 24

Week 11: August 27 - 31

Cost: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. is $75 per day (or $275 per week); 2 - 5 p.m. is $55 per day. Please note: classes are filling up quickly.

Urban Arts OC is located at 4250 Scott Drive, Newport Beach. For more information, visit or call 949.474.1552.

Wild Goose replica on display at Lido House

Wild Goose

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A replica of the Wild Goose, John Wayne’s 136-foot WWII minesweeper turned pleasure yacht, is now on display inside a case at the Lido House hotel lobby. The five-foot long model is reminiscent of the real craft that is docked in Newport Harbor and now operated by Hornblower Yachts.

You Must Remember This: Larry Capune


There are probably a large number of people who have never heard of Larry Capune, but he was a fixture in town for a number of years. Larry made his name as a paddleboarder, and he was one of the giants of that sport, covering more than 16,000 miles of the American coastline during his life. He once paddled 542 miles in 18 days...some sort of record

I met him briefly in 1975. I was doing a column for a local paper, and the editor asked me to do an interview with him and to not be critical. It seems some earlier coverage had been a little sharp. I’m afraid I failed as my opening indicates: “Larry Capune is tan, blond, good looking: Exactly what an Easterner thinks of as a typical Californian. He paddles a board and carries a chip on his shoulder.”

Looking back, I was probably unfair, but in my defense, he was one of those people whose personality tics made it difficult for himself. There was definitely a chip. He scorned advertisers who paid professional athletes to endorse their products, feeling they should endorse him instead. The pro basketball player was “over commercialized and had lost his credibility” whereas “if I endorse a product, people are going to say, ‘Larry chose it. He must really like it.’”

Larry Capune

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Larry Capune was a trailblazer in the sport of paddleboarding

That basketball was a huge sport and paddleboarding almost unknown, that a lot more people would be aware of a professional basketball player than they were of him – that didn’t seem to register. Any turn down was viewed as a slight, such as Sea & Ski’s response to his request for support. They sent him a VIP kit. “Anybody that walks in the door gets a VIP kit,” he fumed, and yet, just when you were ready to write him off he would demonstrate just how much he held to his own values.

He had very little money to fund his paddling, hence his desire for an endorsement deal, and yet he turned down a lucrative beer commercial because he didn’t believe in alcohol. He refused to “stamp out cans in my uncle’s factory,” which would have provided a lot more than the subsistence income he had, but he was more than willing to speak at school assemblies where he described the various incidents experienced on his paddles and urged kids to “take an adventure instead of drugs.” With all the passion he brought to things, he must have really connected with the students, particularly since they weren’t jaded or part of the system that he so often resented. With them he could drop the chip and let them see high principles in practice.

At some point, he got a regular gig as a lifeguard in Dover Shores, which seemed like a perfect job for someone like him, combining the outdoors and kids. Being who he was, I imagine there were occasional strained exchanges with some of the adults in the area, but that was easily counterbalanced by the enthusiasm he brought to working with the younger residents which included putting on movies at the beach for the kids there. 

Larry was only 61 when he died in 2004. As with a number of people who spend their lives on the water, it was melanoma. If he felt a bit unrecognized during his lifetime, his death was widely covered, and he would have enjoyed his obituaries which highlighted both his exceptional achievements on his board and his work with young people.

I don’t think we would ever have gotten along that well, but I’m sorry I couldn’t look beyond the prickles and find more bright spots when I wrote about him.


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

NBFD dispatched to help battle Aliso fire

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The Newport Beach Fire Department (NBPD) came to the frontlines to help battle the Aliso Woods Canyon fire with four engines and 12 firefighting personnel on hand. As of Sunday morning, June 3, they were released from duty there.

Currently, there are 525 personnel including 33 Incident Management Team members combating the fire which on Monday, June 4 at 6 p.m., was 65 percent contained after burning 175 acres. Nearly 500 firefighters in total have been on the line working around the clock since Saturday, rotating shifts in 24-hour increments.

Burned terrain

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According to Thanh Nguyen, public information officer of the Orange County Incident Management Team, the fire began on Saturday, June 2 at 1:07 p.m., when the first call came in. “At this time our investigators are still out at the scene and we don’t have a conclusive cause (of the fire) yet. We’re actually asking for the public’s assistance if they were in or around the area at the time the fire started, to contact the Tip Line at 1.800.222.TIPS (8477).”

According to Nguyen, “The weather pattern that we’ve had for the past several days – in the morning it’s fairly calm and in the afternoons it picks up – that’s what got this fire going. That in combination with the topography. You have steep hillsides. If the fire starts at the bottom, the heat moves upward, so that when the fire actually gets to it (the base of the hillside), it takes off really easily. And then, the drought situation doesn’t help with the fuel moisture so that vegetation lights up pretty fast.”

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On the first day, at least two air tankers were dispatched, and then subsequently helicopters were deployed. The fire came extremely close to Soka University, but with firefighters on the scene fairly quickly, they were able to stop the forward progression.

According to Nguyen, “There were a total of three injuries reported (of firefighters). One was taken off the line, but did not go to the hospital. The second one did go to the hospital to be evaluated – their injuries were minor. The third one on Monday was out on the line – I don’t know the extent of that person’s injury either, however, he was airlifted to the hospital via OCFA helicopter.”

It is unknown at this time how much wildlife was lost.

“I have no idea how long we will be out here,” Nguyen said. “They’re working in some steep terrain there, so it might take a while.”

Orange County Coastkeeper releases MPA Watch report

Orange County Coastkeeper recently published its latest MPA Watch report, an analysis of human activity at Orange County’s seven Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in 2017. The report is based on recent data collected by Coastkeeper volunteers who patrol local MPAs to research and protect vulnerable ecosystems.

Upper Newport Bay and Crystal Cove are among the seven Marine Protected Areas.

MPAs protect valuable marine environments by prohibiting or limiting activities like fishing, oil drilling or development projects. They create safe places for marine populations to grow and thrive, while also providing beautiful destinations for people to enjoy. By maintaining healthy marine environments and species within MPAs, non-restricted waters can offer healthy fishing stocks for sport and commercial fishers.

“Our data show that thousands of locals enjoyed our pristine, healthy MPAs last year. It’s all thanks to the passionate volunteers who spend their time patrolling the waters that make Orange County so special,” said Ray Hiemstra, associate director of programs for Orange County Coastkeeper. “It’s an inspiring reminder that the health of our oceans is up to all of us.”

OC MPA map

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Orange County Marine Protected Areas include Upper Newport Bay and Crystal Cove

Coastkeeper reports that volunteers counted 21,176 people visiting local MPAs during its surveys; 85.2 percent of observations were onshore recreational activities like swimming, sunbathing, running and wildlife viewing. Offshore activities like surfing, diving, snorkeling and boating comprised 14.8 percent of total activity.

The surveys found that more than 98 percent of recorded activities were non-consumptive, allowing marine life to thrive undisturbed. Volunteers also counted 101 potential violations of MPA regulations. Coastkeeper says these potential violations demonstrate a need for continued community education to inform the public how to sustainably enjoy MPAs. The organization also calls for increased enforcement of MPA regulations to hold violators accountable.

“When I learned that our government agencies need information on the activities occurring in our MPA in order to protect them, volunteering seemed like a great way to fill the gap,” said Lauren Hisatomi, a Coastkeeper volunteer in the MPA Watch program. “I get to keep Orange County fishable and swimmable while spending time at the beach.”

Volunteers in Coastkeeper’s MPA Watch program receive classroom and field training to gather accurate, reliable information on human activity in MPAs. The program’s ongoing research ensures MPAs continue to protect our coastal ecosystems so they can be enjoyed for generations.

To view the full 2017 MPA Watch report, click here. To view a full list of Orange County’s Marine Protected Areas, go to

For more information on Orange County Coastkeeper, visit

Newport Theatre Arts Center features “Lend Me a Tenor”

Lend Me a Tenor

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Get your tickets now for “Lend Me a Tenor” at Newport Theatre Arts Center, on stage Thursdays through Sundays until July 1.

The show’s synopsis: “The world’s greatest tenor Tito Merelli has come to Cleveland, Ohio, to save its Grand Opera Company by singing Otello. When he is unexpectedly incapacitated, Max, the Opera Director’s meek assistant, is given the daunting task of finding a last-minute replacement. Chaos ensues – including a scheming soprano, a tenor-struck ingénue, a jealous wife and the Cleveland Police department.” 

According to Newport Theatre Arts Center, “Lend Me a Tenor” is the most requested play by NTAC patrons since they first produced it in 1995.

For tickets and box office hours, visit

Newport Beach Association of Realtors presents Tax Landscape 2018 

Diane Harkey

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Diane L. Harkey, chairwoman, Board of Equalization

On Wednesday, June 13 at 9 a.m., the Newport Beach Association of Realtors (NBAR) is presenting “The Tax Landscape 2018,” featuring Diane L. Harkey, chairwoman, Board of Equalization, as the guest speaker.

Topic discussions will include:

--The New Focus - Property Tax

--Legislative Updates from Sacramento Regarding Property Tax

--State Budget Update

As of January 1, 2018, the Board of Equalization oversees property tax, insurance tax and excise tax on alcohol.

The presentation takes place at the Newport Beach Association office at 401 Old Newport Blvd., Suite 100, Newport Beach.

The cost is $10 for members, $25 for guests, and registration is required. Register by calling 949.722.2300. Seating is limited and there are no refunds.

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 proved a bit challenging...but four of our readers knew that the red “z” was for zpizza in the Crystal Cove Shopping Center, located at 7956 Pacific Coast Highway Newport Coast.

Alice Brownell, Debi Bibb, Ernest Bastien and Lynn Swain all guessed correctly. Congratulations!

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 6.5.18

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Meet young authors at Lido Village Books

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Miss Sander’s first grade class at Woodland Elementary invites you to come meet at Lido Village Books on Wednesday, June 6 from 5 - 6 p.m., as the young authors will present handmade toys and their books about themselves.

Lido Village Books is located at 3424 Via Oporto, Suite # 102 in Lido Marina Village, Newport Beach. For more information, call 949.673.2549  or visit

Little Lido Kids Club this Thursday

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This Thursday, June 7 from 10 - 11 a.m., head over to Lido Village Books for music, reading and fun crafts during Little Lido Kids Club.

Join in the fun when “Elmer and the Rainbow” by David McKee is read, telling the story of everyone’s favorite colorful elephant and a colorless rainbow, and then youngsters will create a rainbow tambourine!

RSVP to by Wednesday at 8 p.m. to be entered into a drawing for gift certificates and to ensure craft materials for your child.

Lido Village Books is located at 3424 Via Oporto, Suite #102 in Lido Marina Village, Newport Beach. For more information, call 949.673.2549 or visit

Heroes Hall to debut Bravemind exhibit at OC Fair


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Bravemind exhibit to debut at Heroes Hall

Heroes Hall, OC Fair & Event Center’s veterans museum and education center, will debut a new exhibit during the 2018 OC Fair.

Bravemind is a virtual reality experience created by USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies to enhance established therapeutic techniques to treat post-traumatic stress. The immersive tool is also used for resilience training for soldiers before they are deployed.

At Heroes Hall, the exhibit will include a VR segment for visitors to see firsthand how the technology works, as well as several videos and informational displays about the tool and those it has helped.

During the OC Fair, guests will be able to use specialty goggles to view a two-and-a-half-minute virtual reality segment on the first floor of Heroes Hall. Guests will enter the virtual world of war, and see the type of scenes typically used to help veterans. The content is recommended for viewers 13 years and older.

Guests can get a preview of the new exhibit from June 28 through July 1.

Experience this fascinating and eye-opening exhibition firsthand, and learn about how Bravemind has become a valuable resource for helping military and veterans.

Heroes Hall, an exhibition space honoring Orange County’s veterans, is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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

Eastbluff Elementary to open Innovation Lab

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Eastbluff Elementary School, along with their PTA and eDADS foundation is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of their newly constructed Innovation Lab. The event takes place on Thursday, June 7 beginning at 5:30 p.m. with an ice cream bar; the ceremony starts at 6:15 p.m.

The lab fosters fundamental problem-solving, critical thinking and communication skills, through hands-on and high technology experiences focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) principles. The lab will include access to materials and technologies such as Chromebooks, robotics, circuitry, coding, Legos and more. The event will include STEAM stations where students will be able to access all this fun learning immediately.

Eastbluff Elementary School is located at 2627 Vista Del Oro, Newport Beach. For more information, call 949.515.5920.

37th Annual CdM Scenic 5K was a huge success

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Runners at the starting line of the 37th Annual CdM Scenic 5K

This past Saturday, June 2, the 37th Annual CdM Scenic 5K was an enormous success with 1,700 participants, unique exhibiting vendors, live entertainment and the ever-popular Restaurant Row.

Highlighting the morning’s festivities, Hoag Hospital was celebrated as a Presenting Sponsor of the Scenic 5K for the 10th year.

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Andrew Guarni, Hoag Chief Financial Officer (on the right), ran the Men’s 5K and is also a Corona del Mar resident.

A special thank you also goes out to Casey Lesher with Coldwell Banker Global Real Estate. Lesher has been a Corporate Sponsor for many years.

Additional sponsors included the City of Newport Beach, Stu News Newport, Mariners Escrow, Porsche Newport Beach, Priestly Family Chiropractic, Newport Floor Covering and CR&R Environmental Services.

This year’s charity was the Magic Shoe Foundation putting shoes on the feet of those in need.

NBFD to hold promotional ceremony tomorrow

The Newport Beach Fire Department (NBFD) is holding a promotional ceremony tomorrow, Wednesday, June 6 at 8:30 a.m. at the Newport Beach Central Library Friends Room. A total of six fire department personnel will be recognized including four Firefighters, a Lifeguard Officer and the Administrative Assistant to the Fire Chief.

Firefighter Brendan Keyes Firefighter Adam Levins

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(L-R): Firefighter Brendan Keyes and Firefighter Adam Levins

The following fire personnel will be promoted to Firefighter after completing their academy and probationary period: Brendan Keyes, Adam Levins, Jeffrey Stribling and Jeffery Terzo.

Firefighter Jeffery Terzo Firefighter Jeffrey Stribling

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(L-R): Firefighter Jeffery Terzo and Firefighter Jeffrey Stribling

Lifeguard Andy Hayes will also be promoted to the rank of Officer, and Administrative Assistant to the Fire Chief Erika Rivera has completed her probationary period.

Lifeguard Officer Andy Hayes Admin Assistant Erika Rivera

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Lifeguard Officer Andy Hayes and Administrative Assistant to the Fire Chief Erika Rivera

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

25th Balboa Island Parade makes for a fun-filled day along Marine Avenue 

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Crowds lined Marine Avenue on Sunday, June 3 for the 25th Annual Balboa Island Parade!

Giant dog float

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Themed “Silver Bells, Sea Shells and Sandy Beaches,” this Island tradition brought out children on bikes, Island dogs, decorated golf carts and floats, vintage cars, the USC Marching Band, Keystone Copes, drill teams, horses, school marching bands and local dignitaries, among others.


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Spectators came for the parade and stayed for the after-party, which featured live local music surf legends on stage. And there was plenty of dancing in the street.

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Sponsored by the Balboa Island Improvement Association, the fanfare signaled the unofficial start of summer.

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Summer jazz comes to Argyros Plaza

Dan St Marseille

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OCSA Ambassador Jazz Orchestra features Dan St. Marseille on June 15

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is set to kick off the Orange County summer music scene with a very cool Summer Jazz on the Argyros Plaza series, outdoors on the new Julianne and George Argyros Plaza.

The Center has helped make Orange County a Southern California jazz mecca, presenting the world’s finest musicians and vocalists in its annual Jazz Series for more than 30 years. Now it takes the music outdoors starting today, Friday, June 1 for 11 consecutive weeks. Shows are from 7 - 9 p.m. Bubba Jackson, KJAZZ DJ and jazz legend himself, will be on-hand to host each evening. All the concerts are free.

According to Bubba Jackson, “This series is like no other in Southern California, and I’m thrilled to be part of it with Segerstrom Center. Jazz embodies the musical cultures of the various ethnicities, beginning with Africa. These musical styles from around the world showcase the melting pot that is America. Its greatness comes from its many distinctive cultural, artistic, ethnic and historic influences. Each Friday, we’re going to experience a part of that rich heritage with this series. We’re going to hear the voices of the past coming to us through these phenomenal artists who have made jazz their artistic language here and around the world.”

Jackson explained, “What we have put together are 11 weeks of the finest and most exceptional artists from around Southern California. From seasoned professionals to the next gen of jazz, such as OCSA’s Ambassador Jazz Orchestra. These teenagers “swing and rock” and are on par with any of the top professional groups. Music fans are in for a real treat, and I can’t wait to share these Friday adventures with everyone.

Brian Bromberg

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Brian Bromberg and His Electric Band appear on August 10

Among the headliners are The BBB featuring Bernie Dresel, Eric Marienthal, OCSA Ambassador Jazz Orchestra featuring Dan St. Marseille, Ron Kobayashi Trio featuring Andrea Miller, the George Gilliam Quartet with Elena Gilliam and Brian Bromberg and His Electric Band, among others. For the complete line-up and performance schedule, visit

Jazz fans and families from across the county are encouraged to arrive early to settle in to enjoy early picnic dinners, music and people-watching. The Center’s Café 360 will be open and serving a special Summer Jazz menu. Barbecues and similar food preparation are not permitted, and, due to space limitations, beach chairs and easily portable seating items are welcome, but guests are asked to not bring tables. Set-up begins at 6 p.m., with concerts starting at 7 p.m.

Voice for Girls rallies business leaders, educators and influencers

Parks and Dixon

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(L-R) Susan Parks, CEO, Orange County United Way with Newport Beach City Councilwoman Diane Dixon

Today’s youth are immersed in technology from the time they are born. With technology fueling collaboration, tomorrow’s leaders will expect – even demand – collaboration in the workplace. But that hasn’t always been the case. Many of today’s leaders were mentored by command and control (or top-down) managers, and the culture of many organizations is still based on command and control norms.

A record 240 Orange County business leaders, influencers, and representatives from the Orange County Department of Education rallied together with local Girl Scouts at Newport Beach Country Club on May 11 to discuss ways we can foster collaborative leadership in our organizations, schools and communities, and pave the way for the next generation of tech-savvy leaders.

Sponsors for the 7th Annual Voice for Girls forum included Presenting Sponsor BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Breakfast Underwriters Jeff and Caron Winston and O’Melveny & Myers LLP, and Invest in Girls Education Sponsors Beacon Pointe Advisors, Blizzard Entertainment, Cox Communications, KPMG and Western Digital.

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(L-R) Girl Scouts Alisha Sehgal, Sharleen Loh, Panel Moderator Gina Cervino, Maaryah Sattar and Julia Offenberger

Reflecting on the importance of this advocacy forum, Girl Scouts of Orange County CEO Vikki Shepp shared, “From the board room to the courtroom to the caucus room, women bring diverse perspectives to the workplace. Through our unparalleled leadership development programs, Girl Scouts is fueling the female leadership pipeline for employers across every industry.” Shannon Kennedy, President of US Markets – Southwest and Girl Scouts of Orange County Board of Directors Executive Committee member, shared, “Now, more than ever, it is vital for companies to get behind organizations like Girl Scouts that are building strong, confident young women who are prepared to take on tomorrow’s toughest challenges.”

Gina L. Osborn, FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge of Cyber and Computer Forensics, headlined the event. As keynote, she provided candid insights into her own experiences coming up through the ranks in a male-dominated workforce (only 14 percent of FBI agents were female at the time she joined in 1996). Osborn also shared how she used collaborative leadership to bring together 17 law enforcement agencies across Southern California to create the Orange County Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory. She advised girls interested in pursuing male-dominated fields to “just do it” and let go of the idea that they need to be perfect in order to compete.

The keynote was the perfect segue into a table exercise where attendees discussed what their organizations currently do to foster collaboration in the workplace and what they could be doing to encourage greater collaboration.

Girl scouts board members

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(L-R) Girl Scouts of Orange County board members Chris Scheuneman, Geri Cerkovnik and Molly Jolly

Following the table exercise, guests had a special opportunity to listen in as Girl Scout Alum and Attorney at Law Gina Cervino interviewed four Gold Award Girl Scouts: Sharleen Loh (17), Julia Offenberger (17), Maaryah Sattar (17) and Alisha Sehgal (18). The Girl Scouts provided keen insights into how they use collaboration as Girl Scouts, the technology they use to collaborate, and what they will be looking for in their future workplaces.

Before the event concluded, panelist and 2017 GSUSA National Young Woman of Distinction Sharleen Loh from Placentia shared a rousing testimonial about how Girl Scouts transformed her from a shy little girl into a leader who created the non-profit STEMup4Youth to share her love for STEM with more than 10,000 underprivileged children.

Voice for Girls 2018 attendees left empowered with new tools to enhance collaboration in their personal and professional spheres and inspired to make sure every girl is acquiring the courage, confidence and character she needs to take the reins of leadership in the 21st century. 

OC Market Place partners with Goodwill for community garage sale

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Dust off your treasures tucked away in your attic or basement, and bring them out to the OC Market Place on Saturday, June 9 to participate in the Spring Cleaning Community Garage Sale. Spectra, managers of the OC Market Place, is hosting this community sale from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free admission is presented by Goodwill of Orange County for this second Saturday weekend event into the OC Market Place.

The Community Garage Sale is open to all individuals looking to clean out their personal property. All spaces are just $20 and limited spaces are available. The deadline to apply is June 4.

Goodwill of Orange County will be on-site to collect donations of remaining sale items as well as showcase their wealth of community programs and initiatives taking place here in Orange County. The organization has provided thousands of people with disabilities and other barriers the opportunity to achieve their highest levels of personal and economic independence through competitive employment.

Concurrently, patrons can shop the Market Place, which features a variety of products and services offered by small, local businesses through their pop-up shops. Take advantage of the food and beverage offerings found throughout the Market Place at major concession stands.

To find out more about the Community Garage Sale or apply to participate, visit For information about Goodwill of Orange County, visit

The OC Market Place is located on the OC Fairgrounds located at Fair Drive and the 55 Freeway, Costa Mesa.

OCMA unveils plans for new museum

OCMA Rendering

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View of the grand outdoor stair joining OCMA to Argyros Plaza

Craig Smith, president of the board of trustees and Todd D. Smith, Director & CEO of the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA), just unveiled the design for the museum’s new building at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, created by Morphosis, the global architectural and design firm led by Pritzker Prize-winner Thom Mayne. Expanding on the museum’s legacy of community enrichment and presentation of modern and contemporary art from artists rooted in Southern California and the Pacific Rim, OCMA’s new home will be defined by an open and engaging urban presence within Orange County’s largest center for arts and culture.

Groundbreaking for the new building will take place in 2019, with a projected opening in 2021. OCMA will close its Newport Beach location on June 17, following a celebrated 41-year history at its current location. Temporary exhibitions and programs will be presented starting this fall at a gallery space in South Coast Plaza Village in Santa Ana. Morphosis was selected to design the new OCMA building following a multi-year planning process and international search.

“Morphosis has designed an extraordinary new home for the museum, which will support our mission of enriching the lives of a diverse and changing community through innovative and thought-provoking presentations of modern and contemporary art,” said Smith. “The change will be transformational, as we continue to grow and play an ever-larger role in southern California’s dynamic arts scene.”

Thom Mayne

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Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne

“Morphosis’ design for the museum evolved from both the ‘outside-in’ and the ‘inside-out,’” Mayne said. “The building is a final puzzle piece for the campus at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, responding to the form of the neighboring buildings and energizing the plaza with a café and engaging public spaces. At the same time, the design also responds to a desire to enhance access to OCMA’s permanent collection through neutral, flexible exhibition spaces that can complement art of all media.” 

“The move to Segerstrom Center for the Arts fulfills the museum’s longstanding priority of better serving its visitors with an expanded program of concurrent special exhibitions and installations from the collection,” said Wells. “We are tremendously grateful for the support of the generous donors and partners in this project who are joining us in this bold vision for the future.”

With nearly 25,000 square feet of exhibition galleries – approximately 50 percent more than in the current location – 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 a café. Designed to provide flexible and functional spaces while creating an inviting and memorable atmosphere, the building has a main floor dedicated to reconfigurable open-span exhibition space. Complementing this space are mezzanine and street-front galleries that can accommodate temporary and permanent collection exhibitions spanning a variety of scales and mediums. A spacious roof terrace, equivalent in size to 70 percent of the building’s footprint, serves as an extension of the galleries, with open-air spaces that can be configured for installations, a sculpture garden, outdoor film screenings or events. Hovering over the soaring, light-filled lobby atrium is an inspiring and dynamic architectural space for performance and education, illuminated by a full-height window overlooking the terrace. On the outside, a grand public stair curves toward the entry, linking the museum to Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Argyros Plaza and the adjacent performing arts venues, and creating an inviting public gathering space for pedestrians and visitors. A distinctive façade of light-colored, undulating bands of metal paneling, glazed curtain wall, and exposed concrete plays off the forms and language of neighboring works of architecture.

The building’s design choreographs a rich and diverse visitor experience, from approach and entry to procession through the galleries, concluding with an invitation to linger on the steps, in the café, or in the museum store. With its gradient of architectural intensity, from complex forms at the museum’s entry to rectilinear and flexible forms within the galleries, the building is a memorable and striking environment that connects indoor and outdoor spaces.

For more information, visit

Stump the Stu

We went on a surfing safari...

Stump the Stu 6.1.18

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Stu had some clever readers jump on this Woodie with the correct answers! Congratulations to Barbara Peckenpaugh, Brian Coombe, Carol Strauss, Charles Davison, Clinton Palmer and Mary Pat Earl, who knew these cool wheels were parked outside of Valinda Martin’s “Art for the Soul” whimsical shop at 210 Marine Avenue #A on Balboa Island.

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

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

Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Here is a partial glimpse of a sign around town. Can you guess where this “Z” leads you to, and when you get there, what would you order?

Good luck!

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

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

Let’s have some fun!

SOTT 6.1.18

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No...It’s not the Wedge!


It was a really hot day in September 1962. The town was abuzz all week about the incoming surf. A storm some 6,500 miles south was sending a new swell!

Three Harbor High freshmen and two Ensign Seabees gathered in a back alley of Lido. The excitment was excruciating. This afternoon would be a coming of age day when struggle helps boys become men. In the world of adolescent masculinity naivete, risk, fear, courage, and of course, stupidity, rule. Ultimately, it is left up to God, who will survive this precarious transition in one piece.

A maelstrom deep in the South Pacific was sending huge swells from a chain of islands which the boys had never heard of. Just as Don Quixote “tilted at windmills” in 1604, the Lido gang would do so today.

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Black ball flag signifies no hard surfboards allowed in the break

Newport Beach had raised the black ball, a flag representing bureaucratic stupidity forbidding ocean knowledgable residents to go in the water (hard surfboards are not allowed in the break), leaving small children, inlanders and poor swimmers in the ocean. For locals, this left only two options: mat or body surfing. 

“Letʻs swim to 15th Street and walk the point. All the tourists are gone getting ready for school,” declared Tom with the wisdom of a sage. The others agreed because no one chickens out in adolescence.

Body surfing in really big surf is less like surfing and more like free falling the Niagara Falls. Rides last seconds and diving through the walls of waves feels like pushing through wet drywall.

Reassembling at the boat gardens, each boy sported Reed trunks and black Duck Feet fins. I grabbed a pair of light blue “shoe fins” made for scuba diving with some fancy French name. Stupidity in the ocean starts with incorrect equipment. God made a note.

Being the weakest swimmer of the five, I was last to reach the dock at the American Legion. In youthful style, no one waited. It was not a Three Musketeers’ “One for all, all for one,” but rather “survival of the fittest” or “every man for himself.”

John and Greg were already off the dock. Bruce and Peter were next and I was determined to keep up. Jay-running across Balboa Boulevard got us to the 15th Street boardwalk and the beach. A distant thunder of the breaking waves removed all other stimulation from the scene.

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Newport’s biggest waves

It was big. Sets were coming in at anywhere between eight to 10 feet. Not gigantic by todayʻs standards, but to wimpy little kids, it was a scary challenge. The inner waters were awash in white foam indicating an angry ocean. Red flags flew at the lifeguard towers warning people to stay clear. Stay dry – do not go in the water. Lifeguard Doesberg, sitting high and proud in the 15th Street tower, hoped no one would go out. We, however, had a different plan. 

The group reassembled between 16th and 17th Street, based upon the myth that the wall of water there was not quite as steep. A handful of older boys were out; two doing well. Larry and Mike had grown up on the Peninsula, so this is all they knew. Eight to 10 feet was pretty much their max, so today was pushing even them to the edge.

Then there was us. The first time for any of us to venture out in double digit waves. Mostly board surfers, this part of the beach was not our favorite, except for freefalling on hard rubber rafts. This day was one of those very rare epic swells. Newport Beach was rocking. Crowds of viewers enjoyed it from the safety of the sand.

I checked my trunks to make sure they were tight. Walking out of the water nude is a bit embarassing, especially for a young teen. Bruce, our best swimmer, was already working his way out. Tom was right behind him. I walked in with Peter. John had already disappeared. 

The water was no higher than my calves when it grabbed me with the strength of a wrestlerʻs grip. Still barefooted, I slipped on the wet sand as I was pulled out. By the time I was waist deep, the ocean was already in total control. I ducked under and wrestled with my fancy French fins and popped up facing the horizon. Several waves were in various stages of breaking. First was four feet of rolling whitewater. Taking a deep breath, I dove under and swam hard. The next wave was a bit further out, more whitewater and a lot stronger. Waves are amazing creatures, like earthquakes, they grow exponentially in strength, with each foot it gains in height.

“Swim hard, swim hard, swim hard,” was my mantra! “Deep breath, dive, kick hard, kick hard,” my inner voice instructed me like a swim coach walking the side of the pool. Finally, I passed the breaking waves. It seemed calm in the blue water. But within a split second, a stranger sitting next to me yells, “OUTSIDE” and breaks into a panic swim. Turning, I see a swell so large that it is all that I can see. Twenty yards further out, it has the aura of Godzilla. I, too, swam madly straight at the monster.

When I looked up, the wave was poised and ready to pounce. It was 18 feet; an absolute freak of a wave. Probably more than one morphed into a rogue. Worse yet, the top had already collapsed targeting the top of my head. My inner voice commands, “Dive, dive, dive,” like a submarine captain dodging Nazi mines in WWII. 

The dive goes well. Not much current this far beyond the breaks, so I find sand quickly. Kicking  and clawing my way across the sand, I hear a sound like a freight train going overhead. A grumbling and rumbing indicating just feet above me thousands of gallons of water are rushing to shore. As the noise lessens, I mistakenly relaxed just a little. “Made it,” I told myself. God made another note.

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Swell graphic showing waves at 16th Street

At that precise moment, two monster hands grabbed my legs and pulled me back into the swirling whitewater. The term used is the washing machine, but I would have rather been in a washing machine than where I found myself. Both fancy fins ripped from my feet…it is now just me and the broken wave. I am in so much water, I do not know up from down, right from left.  All I know is to curl up, like a runaway bowling ball, and get ready for whatever comes next.

Next is air. I have been down so long, my lungs were crashing. Donʻt panic I told myself, not knowing whether it is already too late. Up, down, right, limbs were being torn in a lot of different directions. Suddenly, there was a huge impact on my right shoulder as I hit hard sand. Intense pain shoots through my body, but now I know where I am. Using every muscle in my legs, I catapulted up from the depths. Stretching and stroking a liquid ladder for the surface, I scambled toward the light.      

Duck feet fins

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Duck feet fins

Breaking the surface, I gulped desperately for oxygen. Wonderful oxygen that I take for granted each and every day of my life. Unfortunately, there is a six-inch layer of foam coating the waterʻs surface. Harsh and distasteful salt water accompanies the air. Coughing and gasping simultaneously, I look to the horizon. Miraculously, all is calm. The rogue wave has spoken and the ocean lies quiet.

By now the beach is a safe distance. Seemingly small six-foot waves are now welcome. Without fins and exhausted, I fight back wash and currents using the smaller waves. It is a painful chore, but one I gladly accepted. It was the hardest thing I had ever done up to that point of my life. But I was alive! I made it.

Staggering out of the water and falling onto the sand, I see John lying prostrate next to me also in a state of exhaustion. There is no one left in the surf. The rogue had cleaned the slate and the ocean was victorious. Lifeguards hustled around like ants at a picnic.

Lying in soft shock, I wondered where that rogue came from. It was, in retrospect, a gift from God, because that day I learned to appreciate life, but most importantly to respect the ocean.

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Paddling out for Lifeguard Ben Carlson

Decades later, in that exact spot, lifeguard Ben Carlson dove in the ocean and saved a floundering swimmer and died. As I paddled out for his memorial with hundreds of others, I remembered my day at 16th Street. Why did I hit my shoulder on the sand and live, when he might have hit his head on the sand and didnʻt. It was only a matter of inches or seconds. And God took notes. 


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

Segerstrom Center announces Summer Dance 2018

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ “Summer Dance – From Broadway to Ballet” is back for its second year, taking place June 4 - 22 and July 30 - August 17. Classes are for children ages 3 through advanced college level.

Once again, there will be four separate dance programs from which to choose that meet each person’s specific needs and expectations. Classes will provide a wide range of dance styles in a fun environment – including ballet pointe/pre-pointe, jazz, modern, musical theater, hip hop, stage production, all-abilities creative movement and hula, plus Pilates, floor barre, stretch and yoga.

These are classes for young dancers taught by a faculty of principal dancers representing many of the nation’s leading ballet companies, as well as Broadway and Hollywood. No auditions and no prior dance experience are necessary for most classes. And to help make summer planning easier, there are a variety of flexible packages to choose from.

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For Kinder and Beginner levels, students must enroll for a minimum of two weeks, but weeks do not have to be consecutive. Intermediate and Advanced level dancers may select from a variety of package options, or drop in to any class to best suit busy summer schedules. Dancers can sign up for one or both sessions. Space is limited for some classes and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

For complete information and registration, visit, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 714.556.2122, ext. 4104. 

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

Sherman Library & Gardens to hold nature youth camp

Sherman Gardens waterfall

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Sherman Library & Gardens waterfall and pond

Join Miss Stacey from Monday, July 23 - Thursday, July 26 at Sherman Library & Gardens’ youth summer camp. 

Stacey Fetterman, local artist and yoga teacher, will assist campers to mindfully connect to their inner landscapes through exploring the outdoor landscape of the Gardens.

Children will spend their day observing and learning about the magic living in the Gardens, and create art inspired by nature. Yoga will be weaved throughout the day to move energy, experience joy and reconnect to the present moment. To end each day, a mindfulness practice will bring everything together, reinforcing how you can find a place of peace in any environment. The camp is geared to children ages 8 – 14.

Camp hours are 1 - 4 p.m. The cost is $220 for Friends and $240 for Non-Members.

Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. For more information, call 949.673.2261 or visit

Negroni Week for a cause at Farmhouse 

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The classic Negroni cocktail

Seven days...three Negroni great cause.

Join Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens for Negroni Week from June 4 - 10, presented in conjunction with Imbibe Magazine and Campari.

Negroni Week started in 2013 as a way to raise money for charities around the world while celebrating one of the world’s great cocktails.

To put a Farmhouse spin on the Italian cocktail made from gin, vermouth and Campari, award-winning cocktail guru, Anthony Laborin, has crafted a limited edition Negroni Sbagliato that he calls “The Crasher.”

Laborin’s rendition of the Negroni Sbagliato is made from sweet vermouth, fruit-infused Campari and bubbles: a perfect refreshing sip to enjoy in the lively garden setting.

To satisfy all Negroni tastes, the Farmhouse Whim cocktails for the week will feature a Negroni Sour with lemon, honey, sweet vermouth, fruit-infused Campari and gin as well as a classic Negroni with sweet vermouth, Campari and gin.

Fifty percent of the proceeds from Farmhouse Negroni cocktail sales will benefit Slow Food, a grassroots organization founded in 1989 to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, to counteract the rise of fast life and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us.

Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar. For more information, visit

Fair Game


Baugh, Rohrabacher, or heaven forbid a democrat…times are weird around Election Day

TomJohnsonI’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but if you’re enjoying all the robocalls, the non-stop political ads on TV and, of course, a mailbox filled daily with political fliers, it all ends next week. Then, of course, you’ll have to wait until fall.

But before we get to the fall, what happens Tuesday? Right here in the Republican stronghold of Orange County, we have a congressional race that pits 48th Congressional District incumbent Dana Rohrabacher against the long-time Orange County Chairman of the Orange County Republican Party, Scott Baugh.

They used to be pals. 

Now, Baugh claims 30 years is enough and Rohrabacher needs to go. Meanwhile, opponents of Baugh are claiming he has a number of previous illegal political misgivings that should make him unfit for the office.

It’s truly a case of Republican battling Republican and it is dividing many of their usual supporters and champions.

To make matters worse, for the first time in a long time, the Democratic Party seems to be organized behind a couple of candidates, Harley Rouda and Dr. Hans Keirstead. However, “a couple of candidates” may be their downfall by splitting liberal vote in the end. 

The OC remains conservative at the end of the day, so does that mean there will still be enough Republican voters to prevail and get both their “players” elected to the fall ballot?

For the party sake, one would almost hope not. It’s been ugly to see what’s gone on between Baugh and Rohrabacher to this point. I can’t imagine it getting any better.

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Stu News Newport is looking to coaches, camp counselors, teachers and parents…anyone that can fill us in on the summer activities of Newport Beach kids. 

We want local club results (soccer, baseball, swimming, tennis, golf, surfing...), local tournaments or opportunities for youth participation, camps included. You get the idea?

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

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Finally, congrats to the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and their presentation of the 57th Annual Athletic Awards Dinner, honoring athletes from Corona del Mar, Newport Harbor and Sage Hill. B-t-w, it took place at the newly flagged Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel (think formerly Fairmont Hotel and Sutton Place).

Tom Telesco, general manager of the Los Angeles Chargers was the special guest speaker and was outstanding. 

The accomplishments of all the recognized athletes was once again, over the top. Schools throughout the country will benefit from our kids, but UCLA and USC lead the pack as the athletes announced their college intentions.

Joe Stapleton, Mr. Everything Newport Beach, handled the emcee chores and Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill was on hand to deliver a congratulatory message to the audience and then individually congratulate each athlete.

The event always amazes me about the next generation. Congrats to the parents on a job well done.

City tests outdoor warning siren system today

Outdoor emergency siren locations

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Courtesy of NBPD and the City of Newport Beach

Outdoor Emergency Siren locations with tone coverage

The City of Newport Beach will be testing its outdoor warning siren system today, Friday, June 1 between 12 - 1 p.m.

The system’s three sirens, located at the West Jetty View Park, Marina Park and West Newport Park, are regularly tested the first Friday of each month at a low decibel level. This test will be performed at a higher decibel level than was used previously for the regular monthly testing.

The outdoor emergency warning system is in place to provide immediate notification during any type of disaster or hazard when immediate action from the public is necessary. If the sirens are heard in the community and it is not the first Friday of the month, community members should tune their radio to station 107.9 KWVE and await further instructions.

For inquiries about the outdoor warning system or disaster preparedness, contact the City’s Disaster Services Coordinator Katie Eing at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Celebrate with the CdM community at the Scenic 5K tomorrow

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The weather prediction for the CdM Scenic 5K? Perfect!

Come out tomorrow, Saturday, June 2 and participate in the Men’s or Women’s 5K, 2-Mile Celebration Walk, 2-Mile Youth Run, Dolphin Dash for the little ones, or team competition. Spectators, come out and root on your friends, neighbors and family as they burn some calories and experience the picturesque ocean view streets throughout the village. Runners, you can still register on race day!

Participants receive a runner’s commemorative T-shirt, runner’s swag bag, chip-timed bib and a Restaurant Row breakfast feast, courtesy of local eateries. Medals will be given out for place winners, along with the crystal awards ceremony.

Don’t miss the Vendor Exhibit Fair!

Arrive early, as there is no vehicle access onto the course route after 7 a.m.

The even is presented by the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit

2018 So-Cal Biggest Business Mixer & Networking event of the year is coming

American Entrepreneurship Foundation is holding Southern California 2018 Biggest Business Mixer & Networking event of the year on Thursday, June 7 from 6:30 - 10 p.m.

Every year, hundreds of successful investors, entrepreneurs and business owners get together to expand their professional network. This year, entrepreneurs, organizations and businesses can introduce/pitch for two minutes in front of cameras and all attendees upon reservation.

General admission is free upon a reservation at

Don’t forget to bring your business cards and fliers. Dress code is business formal. Music adds to the festivities

The event takes place at Envy Lounge, 4647 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.

Camp Coastal Wild this summer at Crystal Cove

Crystal Cove coastline

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Courtesy of Crystal Cove Conservancy

Youth, ages 7 - 11, are invited to join in the fun this summer at Camp Coastal Wild!

The one-week camp, held June 25 - 29 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., is conducted by Crystal Cove Park Naturalists and Lifeguards, blending the backcountry and the coastal areas of the park.

The camp includes hikes, birdwalks and tidepool exploration, then after lunch, two hours of coastal activities with park lifeguards, such as volleyball, boogie boards, kayaks, and more.

The cost is $165 per camper.

For more information, contact Winter Bonnin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949.497.7647.

Don’t miss these upcoming summer events at Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar

Which Ones Pink

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Which One’s Pink takes the stage on July 21

Pacific Amphitheatre and The Hangar are showcasing some terrific talent this summer during the 2018 OC Fair. All tickets include free admission to the Fair from July 13 - August 12. The Fair is open Wednesday through Sunday.

Here’s some of the headliners and events:

Which One’s Pink? – Saturday, July 21 at 8 p.m.

Commemorating the 45th Anniversary of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster, ranging from $16 - $25.

iBUYPOWER GameFest 2 – August 11 – 12 at The Hangar

The e-sports world returns to the OC Fair with one of the nation’s largest digital carnivals for all ages. Featuring new video gaming attractions, virtual reality demos and e-sports pros, the event is accessible with Fair admission during the day, and will host a special ticketed tournament series beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and available via Ticketmaster or at the Pacific Amphitheatre Box Office. To participate in the tournament, visit

Stray Cats

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Stray Cats to perform with The Paladins on August 17

Stray Cats/Cherry Poppin’ Daddies – Thursday, August 16 at 7:30 p.m.

The performance will now include the swing and ska rockers Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, well known for the hit “Zoot Suit Riot.” Stray Cats will also perform on August 17 with The Paladins. Tickets for both shows are on sale now, starting at $55.

Ziggy Marley

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Catch Ziggy Marley, The Green with special guest Josh Henrichs on August 19

Ziggy Marley with The Green and special guest Josh Heinrichs – Sunday, August 19 at 6 p.m. 

Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster, ranging from $28 - $58.

Thievery Corporation/Steel Pulse/Simpkin Project – Friday, August 24 at 6 p.m.

Electronic music duo Thievery Corporation will headline a special posst-Fair show, with help from reggae favorites Steel Pulse and Simpkin Project. Tickets start at $35 and are on sale now.

For tickets, visit or the Box Office at Pacific Amphitheatre, open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. For a complete line-up of summer events and concerts, visit

Fair Game


Bay clean-up, 5K and a parade…this weekend in Newport Beach


Stu News Newport is proud and honored to be listed as a sponsor for this Saturday’s Newport Harbor Underwater Clean-up. What could possibly be better than supporting an effort to save our most prized resource in town, our bay.

The morning gets underway early with check-in at The Balboa Bay Club beginning at 7 a.m.

Here’s what’s needed, certified SCUBA divers and land-based volunteers. If you join the action you’ll get to enjoy the day collecting or sorting junk. What could be more fun? 

But you’ll also get a T-shirt, enjoy music, food and beverages, and, if you’re diving, there’ll be prizes for the most unusual stuff brought up from below.

If you want to join the fun, sign up here.

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So, if you’re not on the water, we want you running, jogging or walking Saturday morning in the Corona del Mar Scenic 5K put on by the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce. This is also an early one with an event day registration beginning at 6 a.m. You’re better off not waiting until then, though, because it’ll cost you more.

The first race is the men’s 5K and starts at 7:55 a.m., the women’s 5K is at 8:20 a.m., the two-mile fun walk and youth run are at 8:45 a.m. and the always popular 1K Kid’s Dolphin Dash is at 9 a.m.

To register go here. 

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We’ve run, we’ve walked and some even swam. Now it’s time to saunter down to Balboa Island and enjoy their 25th Annual Parade on Sunday, June 3. Honestly, if you’ve never seen it, you should. It begins at 11 a.m., but is only a couple of blocks long. In fact, the pre-event line-up in longer than the entire parade route.

Here’s what you can count on: decorated golf carts and floats, dogs, kids on bikes, vintage cars, local school marching bands. And what would a Newport Beach parade be without the USC Trojan Marching Band?

Don’t forget, it’s also an election year, so every politician needing a Newport Beach vote will be seeking a ride down Marine Ave. 

But I really want to remind everyone about the After-Party Concert that takes place immediately following the parade in front of the fire station. There’ll be three different sets of music throughout the afternoon, with the opening set featuring musicians who played in famous surf legend bands. 

The second set will feature Bobby Cochran of Rockabilly fame and then the final headlining set will be The Youngmen. Bring your beach chairs and join the fun!

It’s gonna be a party. B-t-w, the bridge closes at 10:45 a.m.

If you get lost, look for a portly fella, dressed in a grass skirt, with no shirt on, wearing a plastic, of course, lei around his neck, oh, and a straw hat covering his sun-susceptible high forehead. And if you see Jack Callahan, say, “Hi,” to him. He’s a mainstay and, to be honest, it’s hard to miss him.

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Finally, kind of a cool little event for art lovers this evening or maybe even for parents of budding young artists. Why not see what the next generation is doing as the Newport-Mesa Unified School District presents their Visual Arts Showcase in the Orange Coast College Gallery on the campus of OCC.

Doors open at 5 p.m., and there will be an awards presentation at 6 p.m. in the Frank M. Doyle Pavilion.

Former CdM administrator publishes parenting book, new Port Restaurant opens, safe stolen in burglary


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Author Daniel Patterson with his new book on parenting teens

Have you thought about drug testing your teen? Fighting school administrators over a dress code violation? Wondering whether to let them go to a party, or if they are using social media irresponsibly? 

Daniel Patterson, former assistant principal at Corona del Mar High School, wrote a book that may help you answer those questions while you navigate your way through parenting teens. The Assertive Parent: Hacks, Traps & Strategies for Raising Authentic Teens will be published May 29. Patterson recently met over lunch at True Foods with writers and parents to discuss the book, which can already be purchased online.

“It’s a very anxious time for pre-teen parents,” Patterson said. “They can see it coming.” Kids are watching the new season of “13 Reasons Why,” a Netflix show about teen suicide, or worrying about cyberbullying or school shootings. Parents are trying to keep their teens sober, responsible and honest.

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Parents and writers meet with Daniel Patterson at True Foods to discuss his book

Patterson taught at CdM Middle School before becoming assistant principal, with a total of more than 15 years of experience in working with teens. He left the school late in 2016, and a year later launched his consulting firm, Patterson Perspective Inc., where he’s worked with more than 100 families from 10 Orange County high schools. He’s seen it all – he even was personally cyberbullied for six months – and this past week was telling moms at the book luncheon about how innocent students get caught up in the “spectator sport” of online bullying, and where local students go to buy edible Xanax bars. “They’re everywhere,” he said.

The book covers how to get smarter about what your students are up to, both in real life and online. There’s a section on Finstas (Finstagram, Finsta for short, is defined by Urban Dictionary as “a mixture of Fake & Instagram” and not as public as a first Instagram account), and another part that describes the typical way a student gets allowed to go out for a night of “nomadic partying.” The book has checklists that break down how you think about your teen’s behavior, how your own behavior may or may not be sending a mixed signal, and how to avoid traps like making threats about drug testing with no clue how to follow up in case the result is positive.

In general, he said, the book does not focus on CdM students, whose problems tend to be typical of students throughout the country. If anything, he said, the scale is grander in Newport Beach.

“Everything is bigger here,” he said. “What’s better is better, what’s worse is worse. But I don’t think it’s any different.”

The book retails for $18 and is available on Amazon.

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A Corona del Mar home was burglarized when someone crawled through a dog door and took a safe, according to a post on social media. The burglary, in the 300 block of Evening Canyon Road, was reported Wednesday, May 23, online police records show. A police spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for more information.

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The Port Restaurant in Corona del Mar has opened a new location at 4221 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach. The Port Grill & Café was scheduled to hold its grand opening Saturday, May 26. The restaurant will be open seven days a week serving breakfast from 8 - 11 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

“Port Grill and Café is our fast-service restaurant concept that brings natural, fresh fare to the John Wayne Airport area,” owner Ali H. Zadeh said in a statement. “Not only are we passionate about serving Newport Beach and Irvine great-tasting comfort Mediterranean food with a healthy twist, we are also positioning ourselves to fulfill tons of delivery and take-out orders for the surrounding business community.”  


Amy Senk has lived in Corona del Mar for 17 years and was publisher of Corona del Mar Today, an online newspaper that ran daily for seven years. Senk, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, is involved in the Corona del Mar Residents Association and the Corona del Mar High School PTA. She and her husband have two children.

Hoag Summer Fest takes place June 27

Rusty Pelican

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More than 40 restaurants, including Rusty Pelican, will serve culinary delights

Celebrating its 31st year, the Hoag Summer Fest (formerly Hoag Summer Classic) will bring together more than 40 of Orange County’s finest restaurants, live music and thousands of Hoag donors and friends on Wednesday, June 27 at 5 p.m. at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort.

Thanks to generous donors, restaurants and volunteers, the Hoag Summer Fest has raised more than $2 million and introduced many new friends to Hoag. This year’s festival-themed event is co-chaired by Drs. Valery and David Brouwer and community leaders Lauri and Steve Delson.

 “We are very excited to celebrate the 31st anniversary of Hoag’s 552 Club’s signature summer event and we look forward to bringing excellent cuisine from the best local restaurants and great live music to all of our Hoag friends,” said Dr. David Brouwer.

“For 31 years, this event has not only served as a way to benefit Hoag and health care in our community, but also to bring the community together for a night of fantastic food, fun and entertainment,” said Flynn A. Andrizzi, Ph.D., president of the Hoag Hospital Foundation. “We are incredibly grateful for our community partners who not only have helped shape Hoag into what it is today, but are also helping determine what Hoag grows into tomorrow.”

Coastal Catering

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Coastal Catering by Fashion Island Hotel offers decadent desserts

The community is invited to meet some of Orange County’s top chefs while sampling food and beverages from more than 40 of our finest local restaurants. Hoag Summer Fest restaurant partners, many of whom have been loyal participants for decades, are vital to the overall success of this popular event.

The Hoag Hospital Foundation deeply appreciates this year’s participating restaurants for donating their time, talent, food and beverage to the 2018 Hoag Summer Fest: A Restaurant, Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails, Bayside Restaurant, Bluewater Grill, Café Tu Tu Tango, Coastal Catering by Island Hotel, Cowgirl Winery, El Cholo, Fresh Brothers, Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen, Gavina Gourmet Coffee, Georis Winery, Hi-Time Wine Cellars, Ho Sum Bistro, Kéan Coffee, LCA Wine, Maggiano’s Little Italy South Coast Plaza, Muldoon’s Irish Pub, Newport Beach Firefighters Association, Newport Rib Company, RED O Taste of Mexico, Royal Thai Cuisine, Rusty Pelican, Sabatino’s Lido Shipyard Sausage Company, Straub Distributing Company, The Cannery Seafood of the Pacific, Turnip Rose Elite Catering, Zotovich Vineyards and Winery and many more. To see the most current list of participating restaurants, visit

Live music will be performed by Jumping Jack Flash, known as the world’s greatest tribute to The Rolling Stones.

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Fresh pour-over coffee, courtesy of Kean Coffee

Guests will have the chance to purchase opportunity drawing tickets for their chance to win gift packages from restaurants, local vendors and other exciting items. The grand prize item is a one-year lease of a new 2018 BMW X3, courtesy of Sterling BMW of Newport Beach.

Individual tickets are $125 and include all food and beverages. Tickets and underwriting opportunities are available at the website, so visit

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

Letters to the Editor:

We argue that parking lifts are not the answer

Developing the property at 435 Old Newport Blvd. was a very contested project. A developer sought to create a medical building on a small lot with insufficient parking. 

The project was denied several times by the planning commission, brought to the previous city council, back to planning and through some mysterious process, finally approved.

The solution – PARKING LIFTS.  

ALL the neighboring property owners were against this solution. The lifts are just now being installed and I would invite you all to drive by and have a look! It is a massive, unsightly installation that no amount of bushes will be able to hide.

The lifts actually look bigger than the building and even seem to encroach onto the public sidewalk. We neighbors have always felt that patients coming to this property will just drive around and park in our attractive, flat, safe parking lots; parking lots that comply with building department requirements.

We would ask you (City Council) to look into this and determine if the lifts are, in your opinion, a good solution. Further, do you want these lifts installed all around town? Do you think Newport Beach should decide this was a mistake and lifts should not be allowed as a solution to insufficient parking?

Rick and Sandie Haskell

Newport Beach

Not happy, “city is on the wrong track”

I found a review of the responses to the recent survey on the qualities of the new City Manager to be illuminating. Overwhelmingly, residents want a city manager to reflect the skills and values of Dave Kiff. In fact, residents want to keep Kiff.

Dozens of residents expressed their outrage over the way the Gang of Four (Duffy Duffield, Scott Peotter, Will O’Neill and Kevin Muldoon) forced the ouster of Kiff. I share this outrage.

The survey showed that the top issues for residents are development, traffic and airport noise. This is because under the Gang of Four, development has accelerated, traffic is much worse and airport noise is a bigger problem than before. When you also consider the ongoing political campaign violations, failure to address lobbyist abuses, special interest spending, discrimination claims, and budget increases, it is clear the city is on the wrong track. 

It’s time to restore normalcy to the city council, end the partisan posturing, stop wasting money and restore trust with the community. That will only happen with a city manager that reflects the approach Dave Kiff brought to Newport Beach and with the replacement of the Gang of Four in the upcoming election. (That would be the 2020 election for you O’Neill.)

Gerald A. Giannini

Newport Beach

Still remember four-digit number and party line

Tell Nancy (Gardner) I remember we had a four-digit phone number (1044) on a four-party line! That’s right, there were 4 families on the same line with four separate rings (one for each family). Ours was three rings! And if one was particularly nosy, one could listen in on the other three lines!

Bill Coté

Newport Beach

Pacific Symphony Pops gets Saturday Night Fever

Staying Alive

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“Staying Alive” is a tribute to pop icons the Bee Gees

Pacific Symphony’s Pops season lights up this June with Stayin’ Alive, the world’s No. 1 tribute to the Bee Gees, the quintessential pop culture icons of the 1970s.

Under the baton of Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman, Pacific Symphony backs the rock group’s energetic disco-pop, providing a lush orchestral atmosphere to the carefully crafted harmonies and grooves of the timeless sound of the Bee Gees.

“Saturday Night Fever – Music of the Bee Gees” takes place Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9 at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets are $54 - $169.

Stayin’ Alive offers audiences the songs and sights of a full Bee Gees playlist, singing blockbusters such as “Night Fever,” “Jive Talkin’,” “How Deep Is Your Love,” “You Should Be Dancing,” “Nights on Broadway” and “Stayin’ Alive.” In addition, the band will perform softer poetic ballads such as “I Started a Joke,” “Massachusetts,” “Fanny Be Tender,” “Words” and “To Love Somebody,” among other great hits.

Stayin’ Alive is the largest and most definitive production of its kind, offering big-screen video clips, photos and dazzling imagery. This group is the quintessential tribute band to the Bee Gees, capturing the excitement of live performance.

Stayin’ Alive band members include Tony Mattina on lead and backing vocals and guitar, Todd Sharman on lead and backing vocals, Joseph Janisse on backing vocals and keyboard, “Smokin’” Joe Peeres on guitar, Cheryl Hardy on backing vocals, Chris Mullin on bass and Tom Wolf on the drums.

During the first half of the evening, Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman will set the atmosphere for summer by leading the orchestra in light classics and pops favorites, such as Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever,” John William’s “The Men of Yorktown March” from “Midway,” Alexandre Desplat’s Main Theme from “Monuments Men,” and more.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 714.755.5799 or visit

Segerstrom Hall is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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 was a tough one...but three of our readers really “keyed in” to where this sign is located.

Debi Bibb, Dominic Tucci and Paul Hoffman all guessed correctly that the large white key was part of the Villa Real Estate sign at 2700 E. Coast Highway, Ste. 100 (at Fernleaf Avenue), Corona del Mar. Congratulations!

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

We’re going on a surfing safari...

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With the weather heating up and summer just around the corner, let’s wax down our boards, jump into the Woodie and head down to the beach! Okay...this is a colorful metal replica of the real thing...but where is it parked? 

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

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

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

The Exchange Club of Newport Harbor’s Field of Honor recognized our service men and women


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Flags line a walkway in Castaways Park

In honor of Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day, the Exchange Club of Newport Harbor hosted its 9th Annual Field of Honor from May 18 - 28 at Castaways Park (Dover Drive and 16th Street, Newport Beach).

During the Field of Honor, 1776 U.S. flags unfurled honoring military men and women. On Memorial Day, Castaways Park was filled with people – some walking their dogs, some families on bikes – many stopping to read the touching memoriams and view the snapshots of those remembered for their military service on the dedicated flags.

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Newport Harbor Exchange Club dedicates 100 percent of net proceeds to military families in need, Americanism projects and local youth charities

The public was encouraged to dedicate a flag in honor of those who protect us. Flags were available for $45 per honoree. One hundred percent of net proceeds will be donated to families of our service men and women, Americanism projects and youth charities in our community.

Student Art

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An Eastbluff Elementary School student created this poster extolling our freedoms

New Segerstrom show based on Apple’s top-rated podcast

Serial Killers

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Mix old-time radio, modern radio and a brand-new stage show based on two of America’s favorite podcasts, and you get Serial Killers Live on Stage.

Produced by Parcast Network and Right Angle Entertainment, the show gives Americans obsessed with murder mysteries and the true crime genre a glimpse into the minds, methods and madness of the most notorious cults and serial killers.

Serial Killers Live on Stage comes to Segerstrom Hall on October 20 for one evening only. A limited number of exclusive VIP packages are available, which include premium seating, a 60-minute, pre-show meet and greet and photo opportunity with Serial Killers podcast hosts Greg Polcyn and Vanessa Richardson, and a special immersive sleuthing activity.

Serial Killers Live on Stage VIP packages are $125. Regular ticket prices start at $59, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online at, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

Hands-on workshop with award-winning photographer at Sherman Gardens

Charles Needle artwork

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Artwork by Charles Needle

Courtesy of Sherman Library & Gardens

Join award-winning Irvine-based flower and garden photographer Charles Needle for a hands-on one day workshop at Sherman Library & Gardens at the peak of summertime bloom.

Photograph the gardens on Saturday, June 9 from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. before Sherman Library & Gardens opens to the public, as well as during regular hours through 4 p.m. The morning is a special time when plants and flowers are bathed in warm, golden light.

Needle, a full-time professional photographer, will guide you through the technical craft of flower and garden photography, and you’ll receive lots of personalized, one-on-one instruction from him in the classroom and in the field. Learn tips and techniques for capturing artistic close-ups and intimate garden landscapes through slide-illustrated lectures and field demos.

Topics covered will include: suggested camera equipment and accessories, effective lighting techniques, mastering artistic compositions, creative macro photography, Impressionistic flower and garden photography, in-camera multiple-exposures, soft-glow montage and creative smartphone photography.

Cost: $250 per person, which includes admission to the library and gardens. Only a few seats are left; limited to the first 14 participants who register. The deadline is May 31 and there are refunds. To register, visit

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

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church Rummage Sale this week

Rummage Sale

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Looking for some treasured finds? Then you won’t want to miss the St. Andrews Presbyterian Church Rummage Sale, which takes place over three days this week and weekend.

Stop by on Thursday, May 31 from 2 - 7 p.m.; on Friday, June 1 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; and on Saturday, June 2 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. for some great finds. Happy hunting! The sale takes place in Dierenfield – A Section.

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

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church is located at 600 St. Andrews Road (across from Newport Harbor High School), Newport Beach.

Crystal Cove Conservancy announces three new members to its board of directors

Crystal Cove

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Crystal Cove Conservancy has announced the election of three new members to its board of directors at its annual meeting in April to define the priorities for the 2018/2019 fiscal year and welcome its three newest members.

Priorities for the new year include: building the infrastructure to restore the remaining 17 historic cottages in the North Beach; supporting new and expanded educational programs; restoring full access to the public beach and state park; and protecting the natural environment.

The Conservancy’s highest priorities are the initiative to complete the restoration of the remaining cottages on the North Beach and to continue to expand the educational programs, which have seen a growth of 36 percent since the 2017/2018 fiscal year. 

Joining the 14-member board of directors are Stephanie Quesada, Eric Smyth and Richard Swinney. Each has a strong connection to Crystal Cove, and a passion and dedication to Crystal Cove Conservancy’s bold and ambitious mission. 

Stephanie Quesada, Contrarian Group, Inc.

Quesada joined Contrarian Group, Inc. in 2005 as executive assistant and office manager and became a partner in 2008. She provides high-level support to the chairman and is responsible for oversight of all businesses owned and invested in by the chairman, including a world-renowned hotel and golf resort. Quesada has experience coordinating and preparing for TV and other media interviews both domestically and internationally, and served as a volunteer with the U.S. Olympic Committee from 2005 - 2008. 

Eric C. Smyth, CIP Real Estate

Smyth is a founding principal and CEO of CIP Real Estate. He is a licensed California real estate broker and has been actively involved in the industry since 1982, including as a principal of Smyth Asset Management Company, a private family development firm. A native Southern Californian, Smyth grew up along the coast in Dana Point and Laguna Beach, attending Dana Hills High School. He graduated from USC with a B.S. in real estate finance and entrepreneurship. He is married to Ann Smyth, and together they have three grown sons and reside in Newport Beach

Richard B. Swinney, retired licensed California attorney

A graduate of Loyola Law School and a licensed California lawyer, Swinney has had a 41-year legal career with extensive leadership and managerial experience. The last 34 years of his career were as a corporate attorney within the financial institutions industry, where he was primarily involved with defense litigation, regulatory compliance, numerous corporate initiatives and corporate governance. Throughout his legal career, he has dedicated significant time to volunteer activities, which has continued since his retirement in 2016. 

Crystal Cove Conservancy is the nonprofit public benefit partner to Crystal Cove State Park, employing a social enterprise model to fund important preservation, education and conservation initiatives that will cultivate our planet’s next generation of environmental stewards ensuring that Crystal Cove, and places like it, live on for generations. The Conservancy, formerly known as Crystal Cove Alliance, was founded in 1999 by Laura Davick to save the Crystal Cove Historic District from being developed into a luxury resort property.

For more information, visit

Restaurant Association to hold special meeting 

On Wednesday, May 30, the Newport Beach Restaurant Association (NBRA) is holding a special meeting at 9:30 a.m. to discuss the possible transition to a Business Improvement District (BID).

The public is invited and can participate during public comments.

The meeting takes place at 1600 Newport Center Drive, Ste. 120, Newport Beach.

Cos Bar to participate in National Cancer Survivors Day

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Cos Bar in Lido Marina Village

On Sunday, June 3, Cos Bar in Lido Marina Village is offering all local cancer survivors who are living with and beyond cancer a complimentary makeup application or mini facial. They will be among the 20 locations nationwide donating 10 percent of all proceeds to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Moon Shots Program to support cancer research.

“Both my husband and I were treated at MD Anderson, and we are honored to be able to further their efforts to make cancer history,” said Cos Bar founder and cancer survivor, Lily Garfield. “Whether you are a cancer survivor or recently diagnosed, your strength and courage are an inspiration.”

CEO David Olsen added, “Cos Bar is honored to continue supporting MD Anderson in their incredible research efforts.”

Cos Bar Newport Beach, carrying a curated assortment of high-end makeup, skincare, fragrances and bath & body products for men and women, is located in Lido Marina Village at 3422 Via Lido, Newport Beach. For more information, call 949.424.6572 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Newport Beach – A Look Back 

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

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This photograph, taken in 1932, highlights the Ocean Front Bath House, a building once located near the famous Rendezvous Ballroom.

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

Check out these upcoming events in June at OC Fair & Event Center


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Bride World Expo on Sunday, June 10 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Experience OC’s bridal super show with 150 florists, photographers, DJs, wedding venues, photo booths, invitations, decor ideas, honeymoon packages, fashion shows, a gown sale and DIY seminars. Meet local experts and find amazing wedding planning values. Fashion shows are held at 12 and 2 p.m.; DIY Planning Seminar at 1 p.m.

Cost: $12 general admission; free for active military with ID and children age 12 and younger. Parking is $8 (enter at Gate 8).

For more information, visit

OC Night Market on Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16 from 4 p.m. - 12 a.m., and Sunday, June 17 from 4 - 11 p.m.

Produced by 626 Night Market, OC Night Market features 200 + food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music, and entertainment attractions in an epic event that appeals to all ages. 

Cost: $5 general admission; children 3 and under are free. Parking is $8. 

For more information, visit

Fire Truck

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Truck Adventures for Kids on Saturday, June 16 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This unique fun-filled event brings families and children together in the community. Children of all ages will be able to get up-close-and-personal with all types of trucks and other exciting vehicles they see every day on the road. Fire trucks, police cars, construction vehicles and many more will be on display for children to see, explore, sit in the driver’s seat and talk to the individuals who drive these vehicles.

Cost: $15 admission. Parking is $8.

For more information, visit

Visit for a complete schedule of events.

2018 Sculpture Photo Contest winners announced

Sunset in Newport

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Newport Beach City Arts Commission

“Sunset in Newport” by Anita Rasmussen

The Newport Beach City Arts Commission has chosen the winners amongst all outstanding submissions in the 2018 Sculpture Photo Contest. This year’s winners, selected for the best representation in the following three categories, are:

Creativity: “Sunset In Newport” by Anita Rasmussen

Sense of Place: “Flying Over Newport” by Barnet Rawitch

Human Element: “Flying Fish” by Gabriel Encinas

Flying Over Newport

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“Flying Over Newport” by Barnet Rawitch

The Sculpture Photo Contest was designed to encourage public awareness of the new sculptures in Civic Center Park. The winning entries were selected from more than 200 photographs that were submitted showing one or more of the sculptures on display in the Sculpture in Civic Center Park Exhibition, Phase III.

According to contest committee chair Barbara Glabman, “Selecting winners was a difficult task. We appreciated the participation by so many talented individuals of all ages, and we were impressed by the diversity of style and originality in the submissions.”

Flying Fish

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“Flying Fish” by Gabriel Encinas

Prizes include gift certificates donated by local restaurants Modo Mio Rustic Italian Kitchen, Bluewater Grill, and Bistango, which will be awarded at the June 14 City Arts Commission meeting. The winning photographs, along with other entries, are currently on display on the City’s Cultural Arts website at under Sculpture Photo Contest.

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

Stump the Stu

Stu loves that so many of our readers “chimed in”

Stump the Stu 5.25.18

We couldn’t have imagined there would be so many correct responses. This is one for the books! Forty-eight of you are winners!

These giant chimes are located in Newport Center’s Fashion Island, on the southwest side in front of Macy’s.

The best part is that so many of you had nostalgic and historical information (about the chimes and more!), that we wanted to share some of these thoughts that readers sent in.

“They used to be free flowing and would chime, however, apparently the noise was so loud neighbors complained and they had to freeze them.” – Angela Miner

These are the bells at Macy’s Fashion Island. The bells have been there since the Mall opened up in 1967, when the store was Robinson’s. The name of the store has changed several times from Robinson’s to Robinson’s May and now Macy’s.” – Bill Finster

“I am hooked. I look forward to the new editions to StuNews every week. You stumped me with the butchery, but the wind chime is easy. It is in Fashion Island, facing the parking lot towards the old Cocos, which I think is now Red O. I know there is a plaque on it that states it is the largest wind chime in the world, but I don’t think that is actually true anymore.” – Brian Coombe

“Those are the lovely Fashion Island wind chimes located right outside the southwest Macy’s entrance. A little history: “When the wind blows in front of the Macy’s store at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, you may want to stand back from the biggest wind chime in the world. The sound resonates at about 40 to 50 decibels. Made of bronze, the installation takes up an entire panel wall of the building and is considered a sculpture created by mural artist Tom Van Sant. The chimes were installed in September 1967, and set a Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest wind chime. Bell-shaped domes cover all the wind chime pipes from view and reduce the overall volume.” – Francine Jacome

“Macy’s Fashion Island!! My 8-year-old daughter just asked me about these a week ago & I told her I’m not sure the history on them but that we should look it up!!” – Melissa Markos

“Oh, the number of times I have waited and waited and waited for my wife Ronnie to complete her Macy’s Fashion Island shopping under those dang bells.” – Paul Watkins

“Today’s Stump Stu is a picture of the Wind Chimes on the side of the May Co. Store (used to be Robinson’s) in Fashion Island. It is one of the many works of artist Tom Van Sant created to adorn buildings in Newport Beach. This one was probably completed in the late 1960s shortly after Fashion Island opened. A stroll around the buildings in the 500 Block of Newport Center will give you a view of the many local animals, birds and marine life creatures that used to roam our hills. These intaglios were created by Van Sant and cast into the buildings’ concrete walls when the they were built. The old Bank of Newport building, now Shape Up Gym, near the corner of Coast Highway and Avocado has a sampling of nautical figures, each with a quote from a pertinent author or poet. Driving along Coast Highway across from the Sea Base is a flight of pelicans on the wall created for the City by Van Sant. Entering Hoag Hospital on the northerly side, you can enjoy the shore birds wading before the rolling waves along the entry wall. From Newport Boulevard, a pod of dolphins jump skyward on the side of the Hoag parking structure. The Upper Newport Bay Muth Center has the “Marsh Bird Rising” sculpture. Tom Van Sant’s studio was in Santa Monica and he has created sculptures and intaglios in many places in the world. When we were building the retaining wall across for the Sea Base in 1992, I searched him out in Santa Monica and was able to commission him to create “Flight Forms” for us to enjoy on our Coast Highway journeys across town. Online it says that according to Guinness’ list that Cary, Indiana now has the largest Wind chime at 55 feet.” – (Walking Don Webb)

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Thank you...Adrienne Salyer, Alice Brownell, Angie Miner, Barbara DeGroot, Bill Cote, Bill Finster, Brad Dwan, Brian Coombe, Carol Strauss, Charles Davison, Charlotte Saydah, Clinton Palmer, Danube Dani Marandi, Debi Bibb, Dominic Tucci, Don Webb, Doug Forde, Francine Jacome, Genevieve Kinney, Jason Sabaugh, Jennifer Gregory, Jerry Murray, Jim Kaminsky, Jim Somers, Jim Sutter, Jo Carol, Joe Stapleton, John Petry, Joyce Shepherd, Karen Carlson, Kathy Ursini, Kelly Couzens, Lauri Preedge, Mary Pat Earl, Melissa Markos, Michelle McCormack, Natalie Basmaciyan, Pam Smith, Patti Phillips, Paul Blank, Paul Watkins, Scott Lynch, Steve Michael, Steven Conklin, Suzanne Gauntlett, Sylvia Burnett, Timmy Conklin and Vicki Hatfield.

If you’d like to play, take the challenge and submit your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The correct answer will appear in Friday’s edition, along with the correct guesses. So, join us in the fun!

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

Happy Hunting!

11th Annual Pacific Coast Wine Festival takes place June 2

Attendees share a convivial moment

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Photos by Annie White, 2017
Courtesy of Pacific Symphony

Wine Festival attendees share a convivial moment

Now entering its second decade, the Pacific Coast Wine Festival has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Pacific Symphony’s many arts and education programs each year, thanks to the generosity and support of attendees.

This sensational evening of first-class wine tasting includes a delicious wine-paired feast and both silent and live auctions, offering rare bottles and exceptional experiencers!

The 11th Annual Pacific Coast Wine Festival takes place Saturday, June 2, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Balboa Bay Resort. Seating for this increasingly popular event is limited and starts at $375 per person. Tables are available at the Jeroboam level ($10,000), which includes a dinner paired with wines curated from a single boutique winery paired exclusively for the table’s guests, with varietal stemware and a representative from the winery to pour and discuss the wines, plus elevated décor and extra details.

Guests enjoying learning about wines

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Guests enjoy tasting and learning about an array of available wines

Tables are also available at the Magnum level ($7,500) and Bottle level ($5,000), both with upgraded paired wine.

The event this year will be co-chaired by board member and Wine Festival founder Mike Kerr and Brian Pollack.

“Wine and music are a perfect pairing,” Kerr said. “As a fundraiser for Pacific Symphony, the Pacific Coast Wine Festival has something for everyone. Our 2018 Pacific Coast Wine Festival will be better than ever – it’s an event not to be missed!”

Wines up for bid

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A selection of wines up for bid including Del Dotto, William Cole and Blackbird

The Festival is generously sponsored by Jaguar, Land Rover and Aston Martin Newport Beach.

For more information, contact the Symphony’s special events department at 714.876.2364, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Here is a partial glimpse of a sign around town. Are you “keyed in” to where this is located?

Good luck!

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

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

Let’s have some fun!

SOTT 5.25.18

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Police Files

Newport couple charged in $5.9 million real estate scheme

A Newport Beach couple was charged Wednesday, May 23 with stealing more than $5.9 million in a real estate fraud scheme and laundering money to purchase a luxury car and a winery.

Ronald Cedric Touchard, 59, Newport Beach, and Misty Denise Touchard, 43, Newport Beach, were arrested on multiple counts of money laundering, grand theft and recording false or forged documents.

Between June 13, 2016 and July 1, 2016, Ronald Touchard is accused of taking over the titles of three residences in the city of Newport Beach he did not own or have claims to by submitting paperwork to the State of Delaware indicating he was the sole officer of Capital Win Corporation and Gainquick LLC (CWCG), an investment company based in Laguna Beach.

Ronald Touchard is accused of convincing “hard” money lenders that as the president of CWCG, he held the deed of trust for each residence although he did not. Touchard is further accused of taking $5.9 million in equity out of the three residences for his and his wife’s financial benefit.

Ronald and Misty Touchard are accused of using the stolen funds to make numerous large purchases including a Land Rover and a winery, and moving the money between various bank accounts in a pattern consistent with money laundering.

Ronald Touchard is charged with 62 counts of money laundering, three counts of grand theft and three counts of recording false or forged documents. He faces a maximum term of 55 years and four months in state prison.

Misty Touchard faces five counts of money laundering and three counts of grand theft. She faces a maximum sentence of 24 years and eight months.

Extra holiday patrols will be out this weekend 

This holiday weekend, the Newport Beach Police Department will be deploying extra officers on overtime to target problem areas (those places in town with high numbers of DUI collisions and DUI arrests). Thursday, May 24 through Monday, May 28 between the hours of 6 p.m. and 3 a.m., these DUI patrols will join regular officer deployment in looking for the tell-tale signs of impaired driving. 

The unfortunate truth is this: While many people are planning to enjoy alcoholic beverages this weekend, they aren’t all planning a way to get home safely. Follow these tips to stay safe:

--Before you start celebrating, decide whether you’ll drink, or you’ll drive. You can’t do both. Some revelers think that they can play it by ear and wait until after they drink to decide whether or not they’re “okay to drive.” By then, it’s too late.

--Remember that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Drugs (such as many prescription medications, marijuana, or illicit drugs) can also lead to impairment and unsafe driving. If you mix in even a small amount of alcohol, the effects can be compounded.

--If you do decide to drink, you have many options: designate a sober, reliable driver; find a taxi company (or two) and keep their numbers in your phone; or download the California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app to get connected with free designated-driver incentives at local establishments or to order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft, or Curb.

--Help those around you be responsible too. If someone you know is impaired by alcohol or drugs, help them get home safely.

--Be alert and report drunk drivers by calling 9-1-1 immediately.

One aspect that is often overlooked is that of pedestrians who have had too much to drink. The NBPD would like to remind the public that walking while intoxicated can be deadly, as lack of attention can put a pedestrian at risk of getting hit by a vehicle.

Funding for this deployment is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime report

NMUSD employees recognized in Super Star Awards Recognition Program

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board of Education recognized 10 employees in the district’s Super Star Awards Recognition Program, which celebrates employees who demonstrate high levels of service excellence, and going above and beyond expectations to make a positive and recognizable difference within our district.

Meet our school district’s honorees!

Kristine Cross

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Kristine Cross, English Teacher

Kristine Cross – English Teacher

Having designed, improved upon and perfected grade appropriate units of literary study now used by all seventh grade language classes at Ensign Intermediate School, this Super Star has had a profound impact on students and co-workers alike. Driven, analytical, insightful and dependable, this teacher has rightly earned the reputation for being one of Ensign’s most valued instructors. From captivating unit introductions, to Socratic seminars, to personal and group reflection and much more, her hard work and masterful execution in the classroom drive students to excel.

Annemarie Stellman

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Annemarie Stellman, School Psychologist

Annemarie Stellman – School Psychologist

Diligent and fully invested in the success of students, this Super Star handles her workload with positivity, humor and a proactive attitude. Despite the packed schedule, she never hesitates to take on new responsibilities, such as joining the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) team and launching the Sea Kings Unified Sports program at Corona del Mar High School, in which general and special education students compete with other high schools in a unified sports league. The Unified Sports program has been a complicated venture, but the joy and inclusion it brings for all students has been immeasurable. A team player, avid collaborator and strong advocate for students, this sincere, thoughtful and compassionate Super Star is a treasured member of the Corona del Mar school community.

Kelli Adams

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Kelli Adams, Special Education Teacher

Kelli Adams – Special Education Teacher

Nominated by an immensely appreciative parent, this selfless Davis Elementary School Super Star helps transform the lives of or students and their families. She has a relentless drive and motivation to ensure that all students have the abilities and knowledge to succeed and thrive. Whether writing grant proposals to secure additional items for the classroom or organizing parents to participate in fundraising walks, this dedicated, thoughtful, generous, compassionate and tireless educator is more than deserving of this award and recognition.

Kira Brogden

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Kira Brogden, Receptionist

Kira Brogden – Receptionist 

Professional, polite, kind and hardworking, this Super Star is remarkably well-suited to be the face and voice of our district. Responsible for a multitude of tasks, in frequently challenging situations, her composed character is invaluable as she works with the public and staff. Possessing an uncanny ability to anticipate the next step of any situation, she quietly and modestly provides an immensely positive impact on her co-workers and on how the district itself is perceived.

Sourin Chanlasen

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Sourin Chanlasen, Health Assistant

Sourin Chanlasen – Health Assistant

With a humble, kind and calm manner, this Whittier Elementary School Super Star has an immensely positive impact on her school community. Despite a significant workload, she is persistently thorough, caring, and ensures the students feel comforted and valued. She supplies her office with back up clothing and personal items for students in need, at her own expense, and never hesitates to assist with regular office duties whenever there is a need. With a contagious positive attitude, this reliable, caring, diligent and kind employee improves the workplace for all at her site.

Judi Chimitz

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Judi Chimits, School Administrative Assistant

Judi Chimits – School Administrative Assistant

This Super Star has been a transformational employee in just one school year at Victoria Elementary. Kind and energetic with a student-first philosophy, she has gone far beyond her job description, including writing a grant proposal to redesign and furnish the employee lounge and front office. Prioritizing an attractive school environment both visually and functionally, her influence in team building has been exceptional, her relationship-building with students has been genuine and significant, and her impact has been immediate and admired.

Sonja Prescott

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Sonya Prescott, Health Assistant

Sonya Prescott – Health Assistant

A model of kindness and empathy, this Super Star creates a feeling of importance, safety and comfort with every child. She gives each youngster her full attention, is an expert at quickly recognizing when issues arise, and is highly regarded by both current and former students. She is organized and always prepared, ensuring that the health office is well-stocked. She has built remarkably positive and caring relationships with students, families, and staff, and is the heart of the Killybrooke Elementary School community.

Gloria Rios

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Gloria Rios, School Administrative Assistant

Gloria Rios – School Administrative Assistant 

As the “go-to” person on the Costa Mesa High School campus, this Super Star employs a diversified approach, instantly reads situations, and appropriately assists, directs, and facilitates conversations until a positive outcome is achieved. She is caring, confident and maintains confidentiality in all her dealings. She provides personal, sensitive and caring service and guidance to every student who walks through her door. She has an uncanny ability to find a solution and a genuine desire to assist, and is an invaluable asset and highly deserving of this commendation.

Maria Santana Baiza

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Maria Santana Baiza, Lead Instructional Assistant

Maria Santana Baiza – Lead Instructional Assistant

Coordinator of the Project Kidz Connect program at Whittier and Adams elementary schools, this Super Star is responsible for training and implementation of the after-school program for more than 175 students from dismissal time until 6 p.m. She expertly guides and supports a team of nine instructional assistants in everything from classroom behavior techniques to enrichment activities, while managing a safe and productive environment for students. She encourages student leadership through a student council and being attentive to student suggestions and ideas. With her collaborative and motivating approach, the program has grown and improved tremendously under her brilliant supervision.

Claudine Steck

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Claudine Steck, Inclusion Assistant

Claudine Steck - Inclusion Specialist

This Super Star from the Special Education Department is continually pulled in many directions. With vibrant energy and a devotion to her work that cannot be matched, she never says no when there is a request for help and always finds a way to provide assistance. Her role involves often working in tense and emotional situations, with general and special education students, however she remains calm, helpful, creative and student-centered.

Congratulations to all the winners!

For more information, visit

Fair Game


No surprise in city manager survey


So, the results are in for what we want in our new city manager. And, surprise, surprise, it’s all of the stuff our current city manager is and is working on, and very effectively I might add. 

Over the past two weeks, the City conducted a voluntary survey asking a few questions on what’s important as we move forward in the job search.

First off, 361 people took the survey. The first question related to what kind of experience should our next city manager have. Overwhelmingly, the response wanted someone from the public sector.

Biggest issues moving forward, the airport and development were big, city services were important, pensions, as were traffic conditions and public safety.

All of the same issues we deal with today.

I’ve finally resigned myself to the fact that Dave Kiff is leaving; that being said, the Newport Beach City Council has a tall order in finding his replacement. 

Obviously, candidates entering the quest for the job will not want their names publicized until a final job offer is presented to them.

So, the requests from the community for transparency and such don’t really work in this situation. That being said, I hope all members of the council are listened to and respected for their thoughts.

This, my friends, is a big decision.

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B-t-w, I’m hearing early rumblings of a send-off party taking shape for Dave Kiff. Rumor has it the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce will organize an event on August 24. We’ll keep you posted.

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Speaking of Chamber, the 57th Annual Athletic Awards will be hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, May 30. Tom Telesco, general manager of the Los Angeles Chargers, will be the featured speaker.

The event will take place at the new Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel (the old Fairmont Hotel) beginning at 6 p.m.

Student athletes from Sage Hill, Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar will be recognized, along with some local coaches.

It’s a good event that makes you feel good about the next generation. If you’re interested in attending you can find information here.

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Well, if you live close to Newport Harbor High School, don’t be alarmed between the 10 - 11 a.m. hour today if you hear gunshots. NHHS is hosting their 28th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony which will include a “21-gun salute.”

In honor of veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice, American Legion Post 291 Color Guard and Rifle Squad will perform the salute in front of the bell tower off of 15th Street.

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The special Newport Beach Planning Commission Meeting called for Thursday, May 31 has been cancelled. The meeting was to discuss the Koll Residential development being discussed in the airport area.

It will be rescheduled for a later date.

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Here’s something kind of fun to join in on. The Newport Beach Police Department will hold a “virtual ride-along” with animal control officers tomorrow. The NBPD will be posting on their Twitter account @NewportBeachPD or beginning at 10 a.m.

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The Mexican restaurant chain Chipolte will be moving its headquarters to Newport Beach. They currently employ some 400 people at their Denver headquarters.

Chipolte’s new CEO, Brian Niccol, is from Southern California and was previously CEO of Taco Bell.

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Don’t forget, the Balboa Peninsula Trolley Service is back this weekend and then through the summer. Biggest change is parking shifts from last year’s Hoag Hospital lower lot to the Avon Street municipal parking lot in Mariner’s Mile at Tustin Avenue and Avon Street.

Childhelp Rich Saul golf tournament raises in excess of $475,000

Jack Slater et al

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Photos by Ann Chatillon

(L-R): Jackie Slater, Sam Perricone, Phil Olsen, Golf Tournament Chair Eileen Saul, Jack Youngblood and Vince Ferragamo

The 36th Annual Childhelp Rich Saul Memorial Golf Classic was held on May 17 at Pelican Hill Resort and netted more than $475,000!

Los Angeles Rams legends who attended include Jackie Slater, Phil Olsen, Jack Youngblood and Vince Ferragamo.

Title Sponsors Jacquie and Michael Casey were on hand, as well as donors Patti and Jimmy Edwards, Mae and David Wheeler and Cleo Bluth.

The event is named in remembrance of Rich Saul, Los Angeles Rams center, who succumbed to leukemia in 2012 at the age of 64. He was a resident of Newport Beach.

Childhelp men’s and women’s committees and volunteers contributed to the success of the golf tournament.

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(L-R): Mike Abel, Howard Abel, Dennis Bader and Garrett Abel with their awards

Childhelp leads the way in support of abused children with their 1.800.4.A.Child hotline, which receives more than 118,000 calls a year, and donations support the Childhelp local group homes and the Childhelp Merv Griffin Village in Beaumont, Calif.

The organization is proud of the fact that for each dollar expended, more than 90 cents is invested into serving the children in need of their program services.

For more information on Childhelp, visit

Airline passenger traffic creeps up at JWA


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Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in April 2018 as compared with April 2017. In April 2018, the airport served 893,668 passengers, an increase of five percent when compared with the April 2017 passenger traffic count of 851,169. 

Commercial aircraft operations increased 4.4 percent and commuter aircraft operations increased 12 percent when compared with April 2017 levels.

Total aircraft operations increased in April 2018 as compared with the same month in 2017. In April 2018, there were 24,999 total aircraft operations (take-offs and landings), a one percent increase compared to 24,754 total aircraft operations in April 2017.

General aviation activity, which accounted for 69.3 percent of the total aircraft operations during April 2018, decreased 0.6 percent when compared with April 2017.

The top three airlines in April 2018 based on passenger count were Southwest Airlines (329,158), American Airlines (138,974) and United Airlines (138,374).

Orange County Community Foundation adds new board governor

John Williams

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John M. Williams III

The Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF), headquartered in Newport Beach, recently appointed John M. Williams III, partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Orange County office, to its board of governors. Williams has extensive knowledge in representing private equity funds, business owners and boards of directors for both public and private companies, as well as a long history of leadership in the local nonprofit sector.

Williams, a San Juan Capistrano resident, has been involved with numerous nonprofits throughout Orange County including Boy Scouts of America, the Ocean Institute and Court Appointed Special Advocates. He currently serves as the Chair of the Social Sciences Dean’s Leadership Society at the University of California, Irvine, where he was also recognized, along with his wife of 25 years, as the Outstanding Alumni from the School of Social Sciences in 2017. Williams is also involved with the Boys & Girls Club of Capistrano Valley, where he serves on the Advisory Board and the Boys & Girls Club of Central Orange Coast, where he provides pro bono legal assistance. Members of the Southern California legal community selected Williams to be included in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2008.

For more information on the Orange County Community Foundation, located at 1931 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach, visit

YMCA of Orange County raises more than $10,000 at inaugural “Ride 4 Healing” event

Riders on stationary bikes

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Riders at the inaugural “Ride 4 Healing” event celebrate the end of their 300 mile ride (the distance from Orange County to Las Vegas)

The YMCA of Orange County hosted its inaugural “Ride 4 Healing” event on May 19 at the Newport-Mesa Family YMCA for those who have experienced trauma in their life. Attendees rode stationary bikes as part of a team, riding the distance from Orange County to Las Vegas (300 miles) in support of the recent Las Vegas shooting.

The event featured motivational speakers, yoga and art workshops and self-defense classes for those living with the effects of a traumatic experience and who are seeking support. The event raised more than $10,000 to benefit the YMCA scholarship program and local nonprofit Crime Survivors as they help those who suffer from PTSD. 

During the event, survivors of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting and other survivors of trauma gathered together for a dove release to honor the 58 victims of the Las Vegas shooting. Guests were also able to participate in therapeutic art, yoga and self-defense classes.

Jacoby and Lessard

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Newport-Mesa Family YMCA Membership Director Allie Jacoby, whose best friend went missing in 2013, and Huntington Beach Family YMCA Membership Director Jimmy Lessard, survivor of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting

Survivor of the October shooting and Membership Director of the Huntington Beach Family YMCA, Jimmy Lessard, created the event with the help of another YMCA staff member and trauma sufferer, Allie Jacoby. Although both Lessard and Jacoby still face obstacles due to the traumatic events they have faced in their lives, the daily support of the YMCA staff allows them to pour into their work, providing for those who need it most.

The YMCA of Orange County is deeply aware of its responsibility to the community. This event is in line with the nonprofit’s core values, which includes demonstrating a sincere concern for others, for their needs and well-being. To meet this responsibility to the community, the YMCA is focused on helping victims of trauma heal and find hope by providing a team atmosphere and support system.

During the Ride 4 Healing event, victims of trauma experienced a safe and inviting atmosphere where they can find love and healing.

For more information on the YMCA Orange County, visit

Trolleys return this Memorial Day weekend

Trolley Fleet

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Gold and burgundy trolleys provide 22 designated stops along the route

The Balboa Peninsula Trolley returns just in time for the busy Memorial Day weekend! Starting Saturday, May 26, the familiar gold and burgundy trolleys will shuttle visitors and locals to enjoy and explore all that the Peninsula has to offer. 

With 22 designated stops along the route, trolley riders will be able to explore the Peninsula in style without having to worry about the struggle of finding a place to park. The trolley is a free service and is scheduled to operate each Saturday and Sunday during the summer and on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. Regular hours of operation are from 9:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

A trolley is scheduled to pick up riders at every stop in 15-minute intervals, depending on traffic conditions. Riders are invited to climb aboard or exit the trolley at any of the stops along the way to and from the Balboa Pier and Fun Zone area. 

For those planning a day at the beach, the trolley can accommodate bicycles, surfboards under six feet long and beach gear. Trolley riders traveling to the area can find free parking at the City’s Avon Street municipal parking lot located near the Tustin Avenue and Avon Street intersection within Mariner’s Mile. 

Riders can obtain real-time trolley locations online at or by downloading the mobile app “Ride Systems” and searching for Newport Beach from the list of agencies.

The City received funding for the trolley service through a competitive grant process from the Orange County Transportation Authority’s Measure M2 Project V-Community Based Transit Circulators. The City was awarded $685,454 in grant funding for a seven-year operating period and is required to match the funding by 12 percent. The grant program was provided for local agencies to develop transit services to meet the needs in areas not adequately served by regional transit. 

For additional information on the trolley, visit

Speak Up Newport meeting to feature Crystal Cove restoration

Crystal Cove Cottages

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Crystal Cove cottages along the shoreline

This month’s Speak Up Newport meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 13 at the Newport Beach Civic Center Community Room, and will feature a presentation by Crystal Cove Conservancy on the state of restoration of the cottages and the park. The reception takes place from 5:15 - 6 p.m., with the program and Q&A will follow from 6 - 7 p.m.

Laura Davick, founder and vice president of Crystal Cove Conservancy, and Alix Dunn, president & CEO, will lead the discussion and provide a behind-the-scenes look at the Heritage Legacy Project.

There is no charge to attend and reservations are not necessary.

For more information, call 949.224.2266 or visit

The Newport Beach Civic Center Community Room is located at 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Segerstrom Center presents Liza Minelli and Michael Feinstein

Liza Minnelli and Michael Feinstein

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Beloved American entertainment icons Liza Minnelli and Michael Feinstein appear together at Segerstrom Center for the Arts for the first time, in conversation and performance, on June 30 in Segerstrom Hall.

A star-powered event, this will be a rare opportunity to get to know the personalities of two of the entertainment world’s most talented and celebrated artists and to hear them perform many of their own favorite songs from the Great American songbook.

Minnelli’s vast talents have been acknowledged with an Academy Award®, Emmy Award, Grammy Award®, four Tonys® and two Golden Globes. Musician, composer and conductor Feinstein has received five Grammy and two Emmy nominations and has been the proprietor of some of the leading clubs in New York.

Single tickets start at $79 and are now available online at, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

Segerstrom Center is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit

On the Harbor: Let’s do our part to keep it clean


While attending last month’s Harbor Commission meeting, John Kappler, Newport Beach’s Water Quality Manager, started his presentation of the quality of the water in our harbor. This is when I normally shut down when engineers start talking about parts per million and water flow. As Kappler continued, I sat up in my seat when he started talking about the tons of trash and organic materials that his team keeps out of the harbor annually. I quickly made a note that I needed to learn more from this guy.

When I called for the interview, Kappler returned my call quickly. I don’t speak engineer at all, and he made it easy for me to understand what we can do to make our harbor cleaner.

Len Bose

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Len Bose retrieved a plastic bottle from our harbor

Kappler moved from Ohio, with an engineering degree, about 15 years ago to escape from the winters, and had family in Orange County. Soon after arriving, he got a job with the City of Newport Beach. He spends his leisure time surfing and stand up paddling, and engages in competitive ocean swimming, where he regularly competes in the local Ocean Swimming series and the Balboa to Newport Pier race.

Kappler’s job as Water Quality Manager is within Public Works, where he is tasked with environmental water quality, water testing, monitoring and placing systems to keep trash out of the bay, managing the different grants, public education, and inspecting shipyards and construction sites. The list went on and on, and I started to think...when does this guy sleep?

As you would guess, fall and winter are his busy seasons, making sure the underground CDS units are cleaned. The CDS is a hydrodynamic separator using swirl concentration and continuous deflective separation to screen, separate and trap trash, debris, sediment and hydrocarbons from storm water runoff. I had never known that the city had this type of equipment. There are also Marina Trash Skimmers, catch basin screens and the different types of booms that gather trash.

“The city has done a good job of chasing money and implementing projects,” said Kappler, while describing all the different grants the city has obtained to manage the equipment costs each year.

The City is also working toward marine recycling centers, where boaters can dispose of used engine oil and absorbent bilge pads. There has been a center in place at Marina Basin that will be remodeled and expanded in the next couple of weeks to include transmission fluid and batteries. If it all works out, there might be two additional centers in the future at the Harbor Marina under the 55 bridge/and PCH and another near Marina Park.

So now the real question. How do we keep our harbor clean? We are going to have to want it...which is evident in the annual harbor clean up days. Starting with the Newport Harbor Underwater Clean-Up on Saturday, June 2 at the Balboa Bay Club. You can check this out at Help Our Harbor is looking for certified SCUBA divers and land-based volunteers to help clean up and preserve Newport’s most precious resource – our harbor. Go to the Register page and provide your email address, and you will be contacted about the event. This is all good stuff. We also have Help your Harbor at with clean up updates the first Saturday of every month from April through August.

Okay, so if you are like me and go sailing or boating every weekend and you just don’t make time for organized events, what can you do to make a difference? It’s the simple things that make your connection to the harbor important. If you drop trash or see trash in the streets, it’s going to end up in our harbor. It’s a lot easier to pick it up from the streets than when you see it flowing in the harbor, according to Kappler. When you are at a restaurant, keep in mind you might not need all those napkins, condiments or straws you grabbed. It would overwhelm you how many of these items end up in our bay.

This all seems rather simple to me. Before every race, I always look around for man-made flotsam. Balloons, plastics...whatever should not be in our harbor or the ocean. Then catch and dispose of the flotsam. Makes for good juju on BCYC Taco Tuesdays, if you take a photo of the item you picked out of the harbor. Rhonda Tolar, and her team will give you an extra opportunity drawing ticket...and you will be surprised how good it makes you feel.

I am headed back out to sea again this weekend aboard Horizon participating in this year’s California Ocean Racing Week starting in San Francisco with stops in Monterey, Santa Barbara and San Diego. As always, wish us luck, and I could use a favor. Newport Shipyard is remodeling their marina and has evicted us from our slip for Horizon. We ended up having to leave the harbor and would prefer to stay in town. So, if you know of anyone that would like to rent us a slip, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sea ya.


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

Memorial Day BBQ to celebrate, honor veterans

On Monday, May 28, the Balboa Island Museum and the Balboa Island Improvement Association (BIIA) will co-host a BBQ to honor all veterans, living or deceased who are connected in any way to Balboa Island, and remember all Newport Beach veterans Killed in Action (KIA). The event will be held at the Carroll Beek Community Center, 115 Agate Ave (Balboa Island Park), Balboa Island near the Ferry Landing, from 12 - 3 p.m.

Jeremy Sarchet

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Courtesy of Balboa Island Museum

Jeremy A. Sarchet, U.S. Army, served in the Pacific Theater during WWII. He spends a good deal of time on Balboa Island, visiting his daughter who is a resident there.

Balboa Island’s first inaugural Memorial Day celebration is special, because it is a continuation of their first Vietnam War Commemoration Day celebration held on March 29.

Balboa Island Museum will be presenting certificates and lapel pins to several categories of people connected to a Vietnam War Vet. If you or someone you know is possibly connected, please contact the Museum’s Veteran History Curator, Bill Stewart, by text at 949.673.3588 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., so that you/their personalized awards will be available for you/them at the BBQ.

A Vietnam War Veteran is a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975 regardless of location. These veterans will be awarded a lapel pin and other items.

Besides gifts to all Vietnam Vets themselves, there will be special presentations of Certificates of Honor to surviving family members of KIAs from all of Newport Beach.

Please ask your friends and neighbors if anyone qualifies for any of the above honors related to Vietnam Veterans, and help in their search to find any other veterans, living or deceased who are connected to Balboa Island in any way. All are invited to the BBQ. Uniforms and Covers are encouraged.

Balboa Island Veterans will eat and drink for free!

International Peace Run to pass torch in Newport Beach

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Peace Run team carrying the torch in Monument Valley, Arizona

The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, one of history’s largest grassroots efforts for peace, will be passing through Newport Beach on Saturday, May 26 at approximately 1 p.m., in case you would like to root them on. The team will be running north on Pacific Coast Highway coming from Laguna Beach and heading toward Huntington Beach. They will cover 87 miles starting in San Diego and going all the way to Long Beach passing the Peace Torch along the way.

The international team is from seven different countries, and will be on the road for four months in a 11,000 mile-plus relay to promote peace, harmony and friendship. Along the route they meet with schools and youth organizations to share the message of peace and to pass the torch.

For more information on the Peace Run, visit

Good Morning CdM to welcome Tony Rackauckas

Tony Rackauckas

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Orange County Attorney General Tony Rackauckas

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

The featured speaker is Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas with the featured topic – Crime Trends in Orange County: How to Protect Yourself and Your Business.

The meeting will also feature legislative updates from the following office representatives: Newport Beach Councilmember Scott Poetter; Congressman Dana Rohrabacher; Senator John Moorlach; Assemblyman Matthew Harper; and Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel.

This event is free of charge and no RSVP is necessary, so bring a friend or colleague. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949.673.4050.

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

CdM Scenic 5K: Do something healthy for a great cause


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Donate your running shoes on race day

The upcoming 37th Annual Scenic 5K, taking place throughout the picturesque streets of Corona del Mar on Saturday, June 2, will be an energizing experience. It also provides a rewarding opportunity to give back.

The race benefits the Cynthia Holcomb Magic Shoe Foundation, which collects gently worn athletic shoes for those in need.

So, lace up your shoes for the Men’s/Women’s 5K, the 2-mile Celebration Walk, Youth 2-mile Run and Dolphin Dash...and bring a pair of gently worn running shoes (or leave your own!) for the Magic Shoe Foundation on the day of the race.

To register and for more information on the CdM Scenic 5K, visit

Capturing iconic Newport Beach

Newport tug

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 Artwork by Don Krotee

This tug was one that assisted with the dredging in portions of Newport Bay in and around 2009, and used to side tie over near the Castaways. The work is a drawing with pencil, plain white porous copy paper and architectural alcohol-based markers. The inexpensive copy paper promotes a “running of some of the colors, on the paper” and this is part of the technique making this media resemble a watercolor.


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 and watercolors are featured periodically in StuNews.

Fair Game


Girl falls in fire pit, suffers burns

TomJohnsonIt’s the kind of outing so many parents would eagerly look forward to, particularly dads in this case. Last weekend at the Newport Dunes it was a YMCA father-daughter campout on the beach. Does it get any better?

No so fast, on Saturday morning disaster struck. One of the daughters, in this case 10-year-old Charlotte Chapin, accidentally fell into one of the fire pits sustaining a number of burns and other injuries.

Fast acting parents, including Orange County Fire Authority fire fighter Mike Heddleston, who was there with his daughter, pulled her from the fire and treated her with cold water and towels. 

The Newport Beach Fire Department responded and transported her to the Orange County Global Burn Center.

The good news is that a couple of days later, reports are saying she should realize a full recovery.

And that’s good news for everyone.

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A new political action committee began taking formation over the weekend with the announcement of the Take Back Our City campaign that is doing a crowdfunding fundraising effort here. The group is concerned about current members of the Newport Beach City Council and their reelection efforts primarily this fall.

Activist Susan Skinner is one of the keys behind the effort.

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Had fun interviewing Newport Beach’s Deputy Director of Recreation and Senior Services Sean Levin and Lifeguard Battalion Chief Mike Halphide yesterday for NBTV. The City, under Tara Finnigan’s direction, is trying to introduce to the community through NBTV a number of people who make things happen in and around City Hall.

Levin talked about all the summer camps that are coming up this summer through the city.

Halphide is responsible for keeping our miles of beaches safe and proudly talked about his years of association with Junior Lifeguards.

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Corona del Mar High School Boys Volleyball continued their resurgent play beating previously undefeated Newport Harbor, 3-2, in the CIFSS 2017-18 Volleyball Championship.

Now it’s on to CIF SoCal Boys Volleyball Championships for both teams. CdMHS begins tonight by facing Westview at home, while NHHS also plays at home against La Jolla. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.

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Okay golfers, let me ask you a question? When you think of a great golf course designer, who comes to mind? Nicklaus, Weiskopf, Fazio, Dye, Jones? All, obviously, good choices.

But how about Todd Eckenrode Origins Golf Design? Have you even heard of them? Well, you should. First off, they’re here in Orange County. Just recently, their renovation of Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank was awarded First Place by Golf Inc. as the 2018 Renovation of the Year, Classic.

In golf circles, Lakeside Golf Club is about as good as it gets. When you think of famous members, think Bob Hope and Groucho Marx.

So, what does all of this have to do with Newport Beach you ask? 

Well, longtime Newport Beach resident Charles (Charlie) Davison is a principal in Origins Golf Design and a friend of Stu News. This year’s award-winning renovation is Origins Golf Design’s third consecutive, previously renovating Brentwood and Virginia country clubs.

Charlie is one of the true good guys and deserves the recognition. Besides, if I ever need a tee-time, he’s a good guy to have in the rolodex.

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Congratulations to Colleen Costello, a marketing manager at Visit Newport Beach, who last week was named in the “30 Under 30 class of 2018” by Destinations International.

The industry program was developed to recognize “up-and-coming people” in destination organizations nationwide.

Colleen, if I remember correctly, came to VNB as an intern and has nicely advanced her career forward since.

Police Files

Man allegedly threatens another with knife near Newport Pier area and is ushered off to jail

Chad Michael Craddock, 28, Mission Viejo, was arrested early Friday morning, May 18, after an alleged altercation at Sharkeez Bar at 141 McFadden Place. 

A Newport Beach Police Department Officer was walking by the patio of the bar at 12:26 a.m. when the alleged victim, an adult male, told him about a subject who he said threatened him with a knife in the bar. 

Simultaneously, the bouncers of the establishment were removing the subject from the bar. The same NBPD Officer detained Craddock and recovered a knife from him. 

After further investigation and witness interviews, Craddock was arrested for exhibiting a deadly weapon other than a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon (a cutting instrument), threatening a crime with the attempt to terrorize and obstructing/resisting a peace officer. 

Craddock’s bail was set at $50,000.

Man arrested in school classroom after hours 

Tyrone Benjamin Gilbert, 42, of Houston, was arrested in a classroom at Lincoln Elementary last Thursday night, May 17, at 8:40 p.m. 

Alert janitors at the school found Gilbert in a classroom and Newport Beach Police were called. Upon their arrival, police found Gilbert in the classroom, which had been ransacked in what appeared to have been “a search for food.”

It appears that there was no forced entry and the classroom may have been unlocked. School officials responded to the scene and confirmed that Gilbert had no permission to be at the school. 

Gilbert was arrested for commercial burglary with no forced entry and trespassing for occupying property without consent. His bail was set at $20,000.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime report

Newport Beach – A Look Back

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A Look Back 5.22.18

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In 1916, Helen Buss and her friend Margaret Ruegg climbed to the top of a large rock at the Corona del Mar State Beach. It’s still there today.

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

Letter to the Editor:

Wait…aren’t Koll Center Residences part of the plan?

Since when is it considered bad business practices to submit a proposal that fits exactly within the General Plan-2006 and ICDP-2012 the voter-approved development guidelines for the City of Newport Beach? The Koll Center Residences proposal is a high-density condominium project proposed on 10 acres, with a public park, paseos and pickleball courts. Exactly what they painstakingly laid out in the planning documents. Housing in the John Wayne airport area? That’s exactly where the voters and our city’s planning documents direct us to build.

As a lifelong Newport Beach resident, active community leader and a local Realtor, the airport area is where I’d like to see future growth in Newport Beach, away from PCH and not in our established neighborhoods. 


Mary Pat Earl

Newport Beach

Guest Column

Dave Kiff

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

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Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff   

The Guide was exceptionally lazy this weekend and is reaching near-peak tardiness, having spent the weekend not thinking much about the upcoming Council meeting ‹til about now (shame on all who just whispered “short-timer’s syndrome…”).

This Insider’s Guide is not an attempt to summarize every item on the agenda – just the ones that seem of specific interest to me. I encourage you to read the full agenda if you wish. Those of you who read the agendas regularly might be a little confused as you do, because you have to click on two links – one for a Joint Meeting and one for the regular meeting/study session side of things. 

So then, here’s a summary of what’s on the agenda of the next City Council meeting (set for tonight/Tuesday, May 22): 

Speaking of the afternoon session, our second 2018 budget session is lined up for Tuesday starting at 4 p.m. in a Joint Meeting with the City’s Finance Committee. During this session, we will go over the expense side of the ledger (last time was the revenue side) and will highlight a few key issues, including our pension approach. For those who will miss the meeting, our pension approach is basically this – pay more now than we need to pay, without cutting today’s services or programs. Could we pay less? Yes, but that could negatively amortize the pension liability. Could we pay more? Yes, but that could lead to some reductions in other actions that hopefully protect and enhance the quality of life in Newport Beach today.

Case in point: we will also talk about more police staff to link to CdMHS and NHHS. I wish we didn’t have to even think this way, but we do.   

One other Study Session item involves how wireless telecom antennas are installed on City-owned street lights, for those interested in that issue. 

The Regular Session at 7 p.m. has these items worthy of note: 

While the item itself is a bit minor, the program it will introduce isn’t. We are soon to embark on an effort to modernize all 20,000+ water meters in the community that receive City water, probably including yours. That means a couple of things – first, a big expenditure item ($9.2 million!) that is built into the rates you pay. Over the long term, it saves money because it automates the reading. Second, it gives you more information - it allows you to track water use almost real-time, as well as whether you have a leak in the house or yard. Third, it should allow for all of us to save more water, because some of these older meters actually aren’t sealing correctly all the time, and where this involves irrigation it can mean water loss. 

A notice of completion associated with a water main on Balboa Island, at least Phase I of it. I just mention this to note my sincere appreciation and thanks to both our staff who worked on this project as well as the very, very patient residents of Balboa Island and Little Balboa Island, who have put up with an awful lot in recent months. Or years. With a sea wall cap, a new bridge to Little Island, this water main, and the pending possible re-do of Marine Avenue, the Island is enduring a lot of construction. Please know that the patience you have exhibited is appreciated very much, Islanders. 

Thank you for reading. Please forward this Guide to family, friends and members of your HOA if you represent one. I always like hearing from you, too, so please don’t hesitate to ask a question or offer a comment. 


Dave Kiff

City Manager

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Balboa Artwalk attracts thousands to South Bayfront

Mary Hardesty Award of Excellence

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(L-R): Erika Primeau, Mary Hardesty, Mark Fehlman – the Mary Hardesty Award of Excellence winner – and Debra Huse

Featuring more than a mile of art and live music, the 24th Annual Balboa Island Artwalk took place on Sunday, May 20 along the South Bayfront of Balboa Island.

This fine art show is the premier showcase for talented local artists and marks the start of the Island’s summer season.

Thousands of spectators enjoyed 85 artists exhibiting paintings, fine jewelry, blown glass, sculpture and photography. The festivities were complemented by live music by Gary Gould, The Retros, Jim Roberts, Don Ross & Rose and the Rick Sherman Duo on four stages along the walk.

Duffield and Oden

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Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield presents artist Paige Oden with the Mayor’s Choice Award

The Mary Hardesty Award of Excellence was chosen by Mary Hardesty and Erika Primeau of Mary Hardesty Realty and awarded to Mark Fehlman, an oil painter. Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield selected Paige Oden for the Mayor’s Choice Award.

For a complete list of Balboa Island Artwalk award winners, visit

Upcoming events at the OC Fair & Event Center

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Here’s what’s on the calendar at the OC Fair & Event Center!

Schedule of Events:

Scottish Fest USA – Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The Scottish American Celtic Festival is a family-friendly event celebrating Celtic culture. It’s a lot more than bagpipes, and being Scottish is not required. A new Irish stage has been added to four other stages showcasing Celtic music featuring the most recorded piper Eric Rigler from Bad Haggis and the popular Wicked Tinkers. This event salutes military veterans and first responders both days, and will feature the 3rd Marine A/C Wing Band on Sunday. There will be more than 50 Celtic merchants, genealogy with 70+ Scottish Clans, sheep herding, child inflatables, junior athletics, archery, Celtic food including haggis and more.

Cost: $18 general admission, $16 seniors (62+), $3 children ages 4 - 11, free for children 3 and younger. Military and first responders get in free. VIP packages are available starting at $125. Parking is $8.

For more information, go to

Crossroads of the West Gun ShowSaturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This is a two-day gun and western Americana show with guns, accessories, tactical gear, ammunition, safes, personal protection products and more. It takes place in the Huntington Beach, Anaheim and Los Alamitos buildings, OC Promenade, Santa Ana Pavilion and Main Mall.

Cost: $18 general admission, children 12 and younger are free when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parking is $8.

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Costa Mesa Speedway – Harley Night #1/SidecarsSaturday, June 2, gates open at 6 p.m.; first race is at 7:30 p.m. in the Action Sports Arena.

This is dubbed as the most exciting, colorful and unpredictable live action racing event in the nation, suitable for the whole family. Costa Mesa Speedway has put fans right on top of all the action from the comfort of arena-style grandstand seating since 1969. Features Harley Night #1, Speedway and Sidecars. Harley Night #2 is August 18, and Harley Night Finals is October 13.

Cost: $20 general admission, $15 seniors (65+), $15 juniors (ages 13 - 17), $10 children (ages 3 - 12), free for kids 2 and younger. Parking is $8. 

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Fight Club OCThursday, June 7, 7 - 10:30 p.m.; Happy Hour specials from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

This Pro Boxing and Pro MMA show features a 40-foot big screen with instant replay, an outdoor cigar lounge, 14 VIP Suites and about the most fun you can have on a Thursday night in Orange County!

Cost: $60 general admission. Parking is $8. Enter at Gate 1.

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Flying Miz Daisy Vintage Market Saturday, June 9 and Sunday June 10, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

At Flying Miz Daisy, the goal is to bring together the best vintage exhibitors on the West Coast selling unique goods, all under one roof. Come be inspired and shop the styled and curated spaces, and find out why Flying Miz Daisy is the No. 1 Vintage Market in California!

Cost: $8 general admission, $5 senior (65+), free for children 12 and younger. Admission is good for both days. Parking is $8. 

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Three Newport Beach families funded gifts for St. Mary’s School, groundbreaking on May 24

St. Mary’s School, the only independent preschool through grade 8 International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in Orange County, will be holding a groundbreaking ceremony at St. Mary’s Field on Thursday, May 24 from 2:30 - 3 p.m. to celebrate the beginning of extensive renovations and state-of-the-art campus improvements.

As part of the school’s Master Plan, the redevelopment project is being funded in large part by two transformative gifts – one from the Bhathal and Merage families and the other from the Green family, all of whom are residents of Newport Beach.

These families have students attending St. Mary’s as well as alumni from the school. The Bhathal and Merage family students are Vaughn Vogel 2018, Charlie Vogel 2021 and Leo Merage 2022; and the Green family students and alumni are Maddie 2013, Cooper 2017 and Brady 2020.

At the groundbreaking event, members of the Bhathal, Merage and Green families will take the first ceremonial swing at drywall from the buildings which are being gutted and renovated. Sharon Taylor, Head of School at St. Mary’s; Matt Stewart, Chairman of the St. Mary’s Board of Trustees; and Maddie Green, St. Mary’s alumna and the eldest daughter of the Green family, will speak at the celebration.

Rendering of the Bhathal and Merage Academic Center

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Rendering of the Bhathal and Merage Academic Center

In honor of the gift from the Bhathal and Merage families, St. Mary’s is naming the Bhathal Merage Academic Center, which will include 21st century classrooms for lower and middle school, three science labs and a new arts wing to stimulate creativity in as many ways as possible to inspire children to become passionate learners.

The first lead gift of the campaign was made by Karen and Scott Green. This gift will be honored by St. Mary’s with the Green Family Commons, which will include a food service and teaching kitchen along with inside and outdoor dining spaces. “We feel the Commons is a wonderful differentiator for St. Mary’s, as we focus not only on academics but on the whole child,” said the Greens. “So much of life is centered around meals and dining together. Not only will the Commons help facilitate a unique sense of community, this facility also will enable us to teach kids the importance of healthy eating and an overall sense of wellness.

Rendering of the Green Family Commons

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Rendering of the Green Family Commons

“We are honored and excited to participate in St. Mary’s groundbreaking ‘Imagine More Campaign,’” said Karen and Scott Green. “St. Mary’s has long been at the forefront of academics with their IB programs and the new innovative facilities will further help to enhance each student’s holistic educational experience.”

St. Mary’s School is located in Aliso Viejo.

Stump the Stu

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Stump the Stu 5.22.18

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When the breezes blows, you might want to stand downwind of these giant chimes. Where are they located? And can you share a bit about their history?

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

The correct answer will appear in Friday’s edition, along with the correct guesses. So, join us in the fun!

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

Pet of the WeekDog and Cat print

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


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Animal Shelter


Introducing Sammy. He is a 2-year-old that has been thought about a great deal in his short life. He is learning to trust people, and loves other dogs. Sammy needs to be adopted to a home with people that have experience and must have another dog.

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

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

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

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

NMUSD presents its 3rd Annual Robotics Competition

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On Saturday, June 9, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District presents its 3rd Annual Robotics Competition from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Big Gym in Estancia High School. NMUSD middle and high school teams will be in the zone!

Participating Newport Beach schools include Corona del Mar Middle and High Schools, and Ensign Intermediate School. Newprt Beach students will be competing against Costa Mesa High School, Estancia High School and TeWinkle Middle School.

The event is sponsored by the departments of Education Technology, and Career and College Education.

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

You Must Remember This: Operator...number please?



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Looking at the 1952 issue of The Bay Window reminded me of that long-ago period when we had telephone extensions. All the local numbers were either HArbor or BEacon. For all those post-area code babies, you dialed the first two letters, and then the number which was three or four digits. As the town grew, we got more extensions and added a letter at the end. I remember my mother’s indignation when Corona del Mar got ORiole as an extension. Where did ORiole come from? Unlike HArbor or BEacon, it had nothing to do with the city, yet that’s what we were stuck with. The beauty of that system was that it made telephone numbers easy to remember. I still recall our number from that time – ORiole 1979-R – while today I have to look up my cell phone number almost every time I give it out.

As the number of phones grew, the extension system became more and more pressured, and finally, the phone companies decided to switch to all-digital to accommodate the growth. Not so fast said some people, who liked the extensions which they felt added a certain humanity and character to what would otherwise be a purely mechanical system. To fight this “creeping numeralism,” the Anti Digit Dialing League was established by, among others, Samuel Hayakawa. Dr. Hayakawa, a noted semanticist and, strange combination, U.S. Senator from California, felt the elimination of extensions was depersonalizing and one more threat to good communication. In his book Language in Action, he posited that when people are careless with language, this can lead to them being more susceptible to messages of fear and hatred than of accommodation and respect, with dire results. The Anti Digit Dialing League seemed to be an extension of this concern, and there was a lot of agitation for a period, but it was a losing battle. The dreaded area code and all-digit dialing became the way phones operated. Did this lead to language challenges as he feared? OMG! Have you looked around? Did you hear about...IMHO (in my humble opinion) he was on to something.

As far as phones themselves, I feel like I’ve just about seen it all. I don’t go back to crank phones, but I do remember a time when you picked up the phone and an operator said, “Number, please.” I’ve been through the rotary dial and then the huge leap forward, buttons to punch, a method so much faster you saved several seconds on every call. Thanks to that time-saving device, I’ve probably saved an extra hour or two over the years. This was when all phones had cords, and having a long cord was very important when you were in high school. A short cord meant you were stuck wherever the phone was, inevitably close to your parents. That meant a high-wire act of trying to convey to the person on the other end all of the emotion you two were exchanging while maintaining voice tones that didn’t alert the folks. With a long cord, you could move out of the room and freely exchange all the syrupy endearments you wanted. Eventually, cordless phones provided an extra privacy layer in that situation, and then the whole phone thing was revolutionized with smart phones.

I’m afraid I am rather a laggard when it comes to my smart phone. I have two apps. I don’t do Snapchat or Instagram. I don’t Tweet. I don’t object to any of that, I just can’t imagine why anyone would be interested. I do text, however, because if I didn’t, it would be hard to communicate with my grandchildren. That’s their language, and now that two of them are away at college (Santa Clara for one, NYU for the other) it’s busy thumbs and lots of typos. R U there, Dr. Hayakawa?


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

Save the Date: Ina Garten is coming to Segerstrom Center on December 5

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TV celebrity and cookbook author, Ina Garten

Ina Garten, an American culinary icon, author of 10 New York Times bestselling cookbooks and host of the popular Emmy and James Beard Award-winning Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics show on Food Network, returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Wednesday, Dec 5.

Garten is celebrating her newest instant-classic cookbook, Cook Like A Pro. She will share stories that bring you behind the scenes of filming her television show (now in its 13th season), writing bestselling cookbooks, and enjoying food with friends and family. She will also take questions from the audience.

From America’s favorite home cook: recipes, tips, and why-didn’t-I-think-of-that tricks for cooking your best, Garten shares 85 never-before-published recipes that teach home cooks dependably delicious dishes along with the keys to achieving 

success and confidence in the kitchen.

As seen on her latest TV series Cook Like A Pro, each recipe focuses on techniques, tips, insights, make-ahead guidance, and kitchen efficiency that will turn you into a better and more intuitive cook. From Red Wine Braised Short Ribs to Blue Cheese Grits and a simplified Baked Alaska that will wow your friends, this collection represents her go-to recipes and techniques that every cook wants to know.

Barefoot Contessa, the hugely popular store in The Hamptons, which Garten purchased in 1996, was celebrated both for its delicious food and its style. She built an office over the store and tried her hand at writing a cookbook. The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook came out in 1999 and turned out to be the most exciting thing she’d ever done professionally.

Happily, that first cookbook was a surprise bestseller. By 2002, Garten had published two more cookbooks and started filming a show for Food Network, also called Barefoot Contessa.

By 2015, she had published nine cookbooks and filmed 14 years of TV shows for Food Network. At the same time, she’d written monthly columns for Martha Stewart Living, Oprah magazine and House Beautiful. She continues to write a monthly column for Food Network Magazine.

This past year marked the publication of Garten’s 10th book, Cooking for Jeffrey, which is not just a collection of recipes for dishes that Jeffrey (her husband) adores, but it’s also a bit of a love letter to her him for always encouraging her to do what she loves most. 

Tickets for Ina Garten start at $49.50 and are on sale now. They can be purchased online at, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 20 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

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 little piggie went to market...but where?

Two readers guessed correctly! Charles Davison and Dominic Tucci said The Butchery in Crystal Cove Shopping Center at 8058 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Coast. Congratulations, gentlemen!

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!

The Butchery

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Lido Marina Village announces Farmers’ Market

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We’re getting a Farmers’ Market at Lido Marina Village!

Starting tomorrow, May 23 and every Wednesday, a Farmers’ Market will be at Lido Marina Village, operated by the Orange County Farm Bureau, the same organization that runs successful weekly farmers’ markets in Laguna Beach, Irvine, Tustin and Costa Mesa.

Vendors will bring a carefully curated selection of fresh produce, nuts, oils/vinegars, cheeses, flowers, fish and more.

The market takes place along 3400 - 3450 Via Oporto and the top of Secret Alley from 1 - 6 p.m.

Let’s support our local farmers!

Kick off Summer with 15th Annual Newport Beach Wine Festival this Memorial Day weekend

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Don’t miss the celebration of fine wine and cuisine over Memorial Day weekend at the 15th Annual Newport Beach Wine Festival at the Balboa Bay Resort from Friday, May 26 through Sunday, May 27.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, May 25 from 6 - 10 p.m. – Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel Winemaker Dinner and Reception. Enjoy Napa Valley wines, while at the same time enjoying a five-course dinner paired and prepared by Executive Chef Rachel Haggstrom at the Waterline Newport Beach. Tickets: $175 per person (excludes tax and gratuity).

Saturday, May 26 from 12 - 2:30 p.m. – The Wine Blending Experience where you will blend, bottle, label, and then take home your own wine. Tickets: $65 per person (all inclusive).

Saturday, May 26 from 3 - 7 p.m. – Afternoon Wine and Food Fest where 25 premium and award-winning wineries will offer tastes to more than 100 varietals, with live music, hors d’ oeuvres and bay views. Tickets: $115 per person (all inclusive).

Saturday, May 26 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. – Champagne Harbor Cruise Aboard the Ambassador Yacht. During this sunset cruise, champagne is paired with decadent desserts, aboard the resort’s private yacht. Tickets: $75 per person (all inclusive).

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Sunday, May 27 from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 pm. – Mumm Sparkling Wine and Seafood Buffet Brunch. A sparkling pairing at Waterline Newport Beach, featuring Mumm Napa Valley and selections from Executive Chef Rachel Haggstrom. Tickets: $95 per person (all inclusive).

Sunday, May 27 at 12 and 2 p.m. – Afternoon Wine Tasting Duffy Excursions. Enjoy an intimate wine tasting and bay breezes with pairings selected by The Wine Militia. Tickets: $75 per person (all inclusive).

Festival Experience Combination tickets are also available, including the complete “weekend of wine” experience. Choose any three wine events taking place on Saturday or Sunday, and receive a combo ticket at the discounted rate of $25 per person (all inclusive).

Balboa Bay Resort is located at 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 949.630.4207.

JWA launches JWAlive music program

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John Wayne Airport (JWA) recently launched the JWAlive music program in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal. Featuring a rotating roster of musicians, ticketed passengers at JWA can enjoy live acoustic guitar and piano performances while waiting for a flight.

“As part of our commitment to elevating the superior guest experience at John Wayne Airport we introduced JWAlive, featuring live music in the post-security area of the Terminal,” said Airport Director Barry Rondinella. “Live music in the Terminal creates a peaceful ambience for our guests to unwind and relax before their flight.”

The JWAlive music program is made possible through the support of QSC and Keyboard Concepts. The program utilizes a professional live sound system featuring the QSC TouchMix digital mixer and two K.2 Series powered loudspeakers. This highly portable and flexible system provides performing musicians with a combination of professional-level sound quality and incredible ease-of-use throughout the JWA facility.

“QSC is honored to sponsor the JWAlive program,” said Chris Humphrey, vice president marketing, QSC. “As a proud Orange County Top Workplace recipient for six of the last seven years, it is a rewarding and gratifying feeling to know that our products are being utilized to enhance our local airport environment, helping to create a more enjoyable travel experience for the many passengers who visit here, as well as those who, like QSC, call Orange County their home.”

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The Yamaha N3X AvantGrand piano in use at JWA is a major step forward in the evolution of the piano. This instrument combines cutting-edge digital technology with the same action as Yamaha’s renowned grand pianos in a space-saving instrument. It offers the same touch, tone and most important, artistic connection of the Yamaha’s finest nine-foot concert grand piano without ever needing to be tuned.

“Keyboard Concepts is honored to have been asked to help enhance the guest experience at the John Wayne Airport,’ said Jeff Falgien, vice president, Keyboard Concepts, Inc. “The JWAlive music performance program is an incredible idea, and by providing the Yamaha N3X AvantGrand piano for use by the professional musicians and performance groups, we feel as if we’re playing a part in making air travel more enjoyable and less stressful.”

For a complete schedule of performances, locations and artist bios, visit, and follow John Wayne Air on Instagram (@johnwayneair) for videos of JWAlive performances.

Early bird tickets now on sale for Pacific Wine & Food Classic

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Celebrate summer and the bounty of Southern California at the second annual Pacific Wine & Food Classic presented by Pacific Sales Kitchen & Home at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort on August 18 - 19.

Recognized by The International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association as one of the Top 10 food and wine festivals in the world, the two-day event presents 60 of the best local chefs serving vibrant summer-inspired cuisine, more than 150 wines, and cold beer and delicious crafty cocktails for a first-class epicurean event.

Take advantage of early bird ticket sales to enjoy the all-inclusive experience featuring new activations including a Paella and Sangria Lounge by Villa Roma, the Summer Wine Garden, Taco & Beer Lounge by Towne Park Brewing and Chela’s, a Fresh Baja Shellfish Bar, live broadcast of KFI AM 640’s The Fork Report with Neil Saavedra and much more.

Powered by Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, this elevated wine and food festival invites culinary enthusiasts and wine lovers to enjoy the soft sands and bay front view while experiencing more than 100 stations to savor the perfect summer weekend.

The event offers a limited number of tickets to ensure a premium experience for all. Purchase early bird tickets now through June 5, and upgrade to VIP for even more exclusive access and offerings. VIP guests will not only enjoy one-hour early entry, admission to a VIP lounge area, and additional premium cocktail stations, but also food stations courtesy of Chef Rich Mead of Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens, Chef Ross Pangilinan of Mix Mix Kitchen Bar, Chef Zach Scherer of The Country Club and Chef Lauren Lawless of FOX’s MasterChef season 8, among many others.

VIP Admission: 1 p.m.; General Admission 2 - 5 pm. Prices: Single day Early Bird, $99 GA, $139 VIP; Two day Early Bird, $189 GA, $259 VIP. The Classic is limited to guests ages 21 and over.

Net proceeds will be given to the Golden Rule charity as the beneficiary of the Pacific Wine & Food Classic in order to give back to the restaurant industry that works so hard. Golden Rule is a local charity founded to give back and support those in need in the restaurant industry. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website at, call 949.287.EAT1 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

Couples can learn about water-efficient landscaping at Mesa Water’s Free “Date Night” event

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The Mesa Water District (Mesa Water®) board of directors invites customers and community members to bring their partner-in-gardening to learn about drought-tolerant landscaping at Mesa Water’s summertime “Date Night” landscape workshop.

This event takes place in the boardroom on Wednesday, June 27 from 6 - 8:30 pm. and is taught by the district’s Water Use Efficiency Analyst. The free workshop is open to the public and dinner is provided.

Participants will learn more about using water wisely outdoors, including:

Turf Removal Methods

Landscape Design & Maintenance

California Friendly Plants

Water/Money-Saving Rebate Programs

Efficient Sprinkler Systems, Drip Irrigation and Smart Sprinkler Timers

To RSVP online, visit or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also call 949.631.1200. Space is limited, so sign up now.

Mesa Water District is located at 1965 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa.

Mesa Water is an independent special district that provides water service to 110,000 residents in an 18-square-mile service area that includes most of Costa Mesa, a portion of Newport Beach and John Wayne Airport. Mesa Water provides 100 percent local reliable groundwater to its customers due to the Mesa Water Reliability Facility. For more information, visit

School Notes

NHHS leads local schools in national rankings by U.S. News and World Report

Three Newport-Mesa Unified School District schools (NMUSD), including Newport Harbor High School, were ranked by U.S. News and World Report as top performing high schools in America.

The annual list published by U.S. News and World Report, looks at public high schools throughout the United States (more than 20,000) to select the best schools. Top performing schools are based on those serving all of their students well. Rankings are determined by student performance on state proficiency tests, graduation rates, and the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.

Early College High School and Estancia High School also made the list.

NHHS ranked 1074th nationally and 195th within California and was the highest ranked school in the NMUSD. Estancia ranked 1723rd nationally and 325th in California, while Early College ranked 1920th and 378th.

“We are extremely proud that our schools have been recognized for their hard work in preparing students for success,” said NMUSD Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro. “Congratulations on this well-deserved honor; keep up the great work” he said.

To learn more about the high school rankings, visit the U.S News and World Report website.


NMUSD Board of Education Meeting – Tuesday, May, 22, 6 - 8 p.m., Boardroom, NMUSD

NMUSD’s 3rd Annual Robotics Competition – Saturday, June 9, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Estancia High School’s Big Gym, for middle and high school robotics teams.


24th Annual Evening of the Arts – Wednesday, May 23, 6 - 9 p.m., featuring visual art displays, music and dance performances. Award-winning Culinary Arts students will provide a delectable assortment of foods for purchase. Pre-sale food tickets are available online at or at the door that evening. Otherwise, admission is free.

NHHS will host the 28th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony – Friday, May 25, 10 - 11 a.m. In honor of our veterans, American Legion Post 291 Color Guard and Rifle Squad will perform a “21 Gun Salute” for our fallen veterans – the highest honor bestowed. The ceremony will take place on campus in front of the bell tower off of 15th Street. Please note, during the “21 Gun Salute,” you might hear three brief loud noises. Please contact Ann Brown at 949.515.6314 with any questions or concerns.

ENC to hold Science Explorers Camp at Back Bay Science Center this Summer

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Calling all water-loving scientific 9 to 11-year old campers! It’s almost time for the Environmental Nature Center’s (ENC) Science Explorers Camp located at the Back Bay Science Center. Campers will enjoy quality science education in an outdoor, hands-on setting while having fun adventures in the Back Bay. Nature Camps have been offered by the ENC since 1977. The ENC offers eight four-day camps during the summer, each with a different theme.

Based at the Newport Back Bay Science Center, ENC Science Explorers emphasizes experiential learning. Campers will spend most of their time outside, immersed in marine environments making scientific observations using tools like binoculars, magnifying lenses and microscopes. They will perform experiments in a real science lab, hike the coastal trails and canoe the Back Bay, interacting with live marine and terrestrial animals.

Sessions Schedule:

1. Tidepool Discovery: June 25 - 28

2. Wondrous Wetlands: July 2 – 6

3. The Art of Science: July 9 – 12

4. Exploring Ocean Zones: July 16 – 19

5. Shark Week: July 23 – 26

6. Think Like a Citizen Scientist: July 30 - August 2

7. Captivating Camouflage: August 6 – 9

8. Microscopic Magnificence: August 13 - 16

Campers should bring a snack, lunch, a reusable water bottle filled with water, water-appropriate shoes, sunscreen and a hat.

Fees: Full Day, Four-Day Nature Camp (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) costs $405 for Newport Beach residents or $425 for non-residents. Half Day, Four-Day Nature Camp (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.) costs $270 for Newport Beach residents or $290 for non-residents. 

Camps are held Monday through Thursday. Fees include all instruction, laboratory and art supplies, and an organic cotton camp T-shirt.

About a week before each session begins, you will receive a camp email newsletter with specifics about the daily schedule, appropriate clothing and parking/drop off information.

Drop off and pick up takes place at the Back Bay Science Center, 600 Shellmaker Road, Newport Beach.

To register, go to the City of Newport Beach website here. Contact Aimee directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive your ENC member discount.

For more information, visit

OCMA and NBFF present a free screening of “BEAUTY AND RUIN”

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Youngsters visiting the Detroit Institute of Arts

Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) and Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) present a free screening of BEAUTY AND RUIN, 2018, Documentary, USA, 75 minutes), directed and written by Marc De Guerre. Celebrating its 14th year, Cinema Orange is a free monthly film program presented by OCMA and NBFF designed to spotlight fresh cinematic works of independent filmmakers from around the world. The film will screen as part of OCMA’s Free Fridays program, with support provided by Visionaries, The Segerstrom Foundation, City of Newport Beach Arts Commission, PIMCO, Capital Group Companies, and the Alcon Foundation. Seating is first come, first served.

The screening takes place on Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m. at OCMA.

BEAUTY AND RUIN follows the fight over the artwork in the Detroit Institute of Art as Detroit faces bankruptcy. The city retirees face losing their pensions and the creditors want the art sold. At stake are the pensions of all city retirees, and the museum wants to keep this important cultural treasure safe for future generations. What is the price of culture? It is the biggest battle over an art museum in history. The Detroit Institute of Arts is one of America’s great art museums, housing a staggering collection of European masterpieces, including priceless paintings from Titian, Van Eyck, Rembrandt, Bellini, Brueghel, and Fra Angelico and dozens of others.

Orange County Museum of Art is located at 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach. For more information, email Nicole Inal at OCMA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Leslie Feibleman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Newport Beach Arts Commission plans a weekend of art and music

The Newport Beach City Arts Commission is kicking off summer with a weekend of art and music on June 16 - 17 at the Newport Beach Civic Center. The 54th Annual Newport Beach Art Exhibition will be held on Saturday, June 16 from 1 - 6 p.m. and a concert on the Green will be held Sunday, June 17 at 6 p.m. Both events are at the Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach. 

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Arts and Cultural Services

Newport Beach Art Exhibition – June 16, 1 - 6 p.m.

The 2018 Newport Beach Art Exhibition will feature the original artwork of hundreds of local and regional artists who enter their best paintings, sculpture, photography and mixed media in the annual juried event.  Art lovers have the opportunity to mingle with the artists, and view and purchase the art with a portion of the proceeds benefiting cultural arts programs in the community. The Exhibition is in the Community Room and surrounding Civic Green area where guests can enjoy a festive atmosphere of art, live music, food and wine. There will also be art activities for children and a reception following the awards announcements in the afternoon. Event admission is free. Free parking is available in the Civic Center parking structure and the Central Library parking lot.

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Concert on the Green – June 17, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

The 2018 summer series of outdoor concerts kicks off on Father’s Day with Matt Mauser in “A Celebration of the Music of Frank Sinatra.” In a musical tribute to the legendary Frank Sinatra and his timeless roster of hits, Matt Mauser & The Sinatra Big Band, conducted by Pete Jacobs, capture Sinatra at the height of his career, singing hits like “That’s Life,” “Come Fly With Me,” “Night and Day,” “All The Way,” “My Kind of Town,” and “New York, New York.”

Concerts on the Green will be “on the Green” at the Newport Beach Civic Center, beginning at 6 p.m. and ending promptly at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and free parking is available in the Civic Center structure and library parking lot. Concertgoers should bring low-slung beach chairs and a picnic dinner, or can purchase food from gourmet food trucks. No alcohol is allowed.

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

Lido House announces official grand opening

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Yesterday, Thursday, May 17, R.D. Olson Development and Autograph Collection Hotels, part of Marriott International, Inc., announced the official opening of Lido House, a stylish celebration of Southern California’s iconic coastal lifestyle in the heart of Newport Beach. At Lido House, with interior design led by EDG Design, nautical flair merges with Cape Cod-style architecture to deliver the ultimate coastal retreat in Orange County.

“Lido House is a place that has been fully inspired by its surroundings, reminiscent of my own home on Balboa Island,” said Lido House’s developer, Robert D. Olson. “This is a passion project in every sense of the word; Lido House is a place where the very best of Newport Beach comes together in one sophisticated celebration. A true partner in our community, a place for locals to come together and for visitors to discover what makes Newport Beach a must visit destination.”

Set on the site of the former City Hall, the hotel pays homage to the historic landmark through its thoughtful interior design and culinary excellence. The intimate 130-room resort is just steps away from Lido Marina Village, Newport Beach’s marina, retail and dining hub.

Embracing the “home away from home” concept, the hotel also features five residential-style, three-level cottages, each spanning 1,300 square feet, including a rooftop patio, personal BBQ and fireplace. Each of the one-of-a-kind cottages features a distinct and authentic design motif created by a different local designer: Grace Blu Design, Jennifer Mehditash Design, Brooke Wagner Design, Erica Bryen Design and Blackband Design.

“We are thrilled to welcome our first Autograph Collection Hotel in Newport Beach with Lido House, a seaside retreat that embodies the history and culture of the neighborhood,” said Jennifer Connell, Vice President, Brand Marketing & Management, Autograph Collection Hotels. “With 10 Autograph Collection Hotels currently open in California and six more hotels slated to open in the next few years, we’re thrilled to welcome Lido House, which remains true to the brand’s promise of delivering an exactly like nothing else experience.»

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The Bar at Lido House is a social hub

Set to serve as Newport Beach’s new culinary hot spot, Lido House offers a variety of distinct dining options to satisfy every craving and occasion. The Mayor’s Table Pacific Pub & Kitchen, the hotel’s signature restaurant, honors the site’s City Hall roots in its name and its comfortable, contemporary design with a menu of sustainable seafood and vegetable-forward fare; inventive, chef-driven cocktails; a raw bar; chef’s counter and vibrant open action kitchen.

Topside Roof Deck serves as Lido House’s captivating rooftop bar – the only one in Newport Beach – offering a lively, sophisticated scene; while Crew Coffee + Cremerie offers up curated blends of coffee and classic ice creams, made with ingredients from around the globe and served up with a decadent twist.

Lido House Boost Spa

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Boost Spa at Lido House

Designed as an all-in-one destination, Lido House features the full-service Boost Spa, a state-of the-art-fitness facility, saltwater pool and cabanas, and 15,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor event space.

For more information, visit and

Fair Game


NHHS and CdMHS play for volleyball supremacy in tomorrow evening’s CIF-SS Championship


It’s for bragging rights and local volleyball supremacy. Tomorrow night, Newport Harbor High School, 31-0, versus Corona del Mar, 30-4, for the CIF-SS Boys Volleyball Division 1 Championship at Cerritos College in Norwalk at 6:30 p.m.

Locally, it is the Super Bowl of volleyball.

The two squads have faced each other twice this year, the Sailors winning 2-1 in their first meeting on March 19, and 3-0 in their second meeting at NHHS on April 7. Since that loss, the Sea Kings have won 14 matches in a row, losing only two games in that stretch.

Newport Harbor, undefeated for the year, has lost only one game in their first four CIF matches.

I asked NHHS Head Coach Rocky Ciarelli how the Sailors avoid complacency to a team they’ve already beaten twice. “We are in the CIF finals. Hopefully that will keep us from being complacent. Our keys to the match, serving and passing.”

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A number of residents in and around Mariner’s Mile are concerned about future development now being termed “Newport Village” on the Ardell Property on Coast Highway.

Property owner Manouch Moshayedi, who is battling a group called the Coalition to Protect Mariner’s Mile, apparently has agreed to install “story poles” to the front of the parcel to demonstrate building heights and size. The poles will be installed this Tuesday, May 22, and taken down two days later.

So, if you’re concerned, make sure you get a peek.

Moshayedi also owns property across the street but will not at this point include story poles there.

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Looking for a little afternoon fun today? Well, the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce is having their Barbecue by the Lake today from 4:30 - 6 p.m.

Here’s even better news…it’s free. There will be beer, wine and burgers, people, lots of people, and the event takes place overlooking the lake outside the Chamber offices at 4343 Von Karman Ave., next to the Pacific Club.

No RSVPs required, just go and enjoy yourself.

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Rock for our Riders takes place tomorrow night (Saturday, May 19) as a fundraiser for Back Bay Therapeutic Riding Club at the Merrell Estate in Newport’s Back Bay.

It has all the typical stuff we enjoy at our events including live music from rock band Satisfaction, a therapeutic riding lesson demo, and live and silent auctions, including collectible art and vacations. Plum’s Café will cater the event.

For tickets go here.

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Finally, kudos to the Orange County Youth Sports Foundation. Last month at the Fashion Island Hotel, OCYSF honored former Angel great and first ballot Hall of Famer Rod Carew as their 2018 Sportsman of the Year.

Carew did the trick. Estimates are the club raised a record amount. That’s good, because the monies go back in to bettering youth sports all around Orange County.

You want some proof, last week the group met to recognize a number of OC athletes, giving away 13 scholarships to students from 12 different high schools for a total of $32,500.

Oh, and if you’re wondering, those 13 recipients will attend 13 different colleges and universities across the country. Pretty impressive.

Counting down to the CdM Scenic 5K...


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The 37th Annual Corona del Mar Scenic 5K is taking place on Saturday, June 2, and it’s a family affair for all ages.

The event offers activities such as the Men’s & Women’s 5K Run, the 2-mile Celebration Walk, the Youth 2-mile run and the simply adorable Dolphin Dash for the little guys and gals.

Participants will also enjoy the popular Restaurant Row and be treated to some of Newport’s finest local restaurant tastings. The morning brings together hundreds of folks to enjoy the scenic ocean view streets of Corona del Mar, mingle among the unique sponsor and vendor exhibits, and enjoy the festive awards ceremony and tremendous social scene.

It’s not too late to register! For more information, visit or call 949.673.4050. Vendor exhibit spaces are still available.

The Irvine Ranch: heart and soul of Orange County


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Architect William Pereira (second from left) looking at the UCI masterplan

Newport Beach’s first residents knew nothing about Europeans, the U.S. nor The OC.

Gabrielino Indians lived life day to day. Utililizing a self-sustaining lifestyle based on nature’s bounty, the local Indians mixed peacefully with surrounding tribes. The Cahuilla, Chumash,  Mojave, Juaneno and Luiseno tribes occupied neighboring lands. They were not only friendly, but engaged in active trade with one another. Life was good. Marred only by occasional drought, flood or violent death by a grizzy bear, temperate weather and an abundance of food kept them content. This comfortable lifestyle disappeared quickly with the coming of Europeans.

The Spanish were first to explore the region. By the late 1700s, the Spanish king distributed large parcels of land to loyalists as rewards for spreading Spanish influenences. Brutality, Bibles and bubonic plague decimated the way of life for indigenous peoples.

Russians and the French, with an obsession for anything with fur, were aggressive and overpowering to natural and human occupants in all parts of the west. Early in the 19th century, Americans started coming over land or by ship to California. They sought out political and religious freedoms, animal skins, open land and the ultimate payoff – gold. Manifest Destiny became a driving call for American westward expansionism.

Once the Indian belief of open land was lost, God-given mother earth came under control of these new peoples with their American/European culture. This resulted in crops, cows, horses, towns, cities, rails and wires changing forever the lay of the land. This early period of Southern Californian modernization created a “new future.”

An initial precedent was set with the concept of El Camino Real (The King’s Highway). This historically famous road connected 21 Franciscan missions stretching from San Diego (Mission San Diego de Alcala) to Sonoma (Mission San Francisco Solano). The original designers built each mission one day’s ride apart from each other. This allowed for a rest spot for travelers and established California’s first “freeway system.” This easy travel was the beginning of a centuries’ long land grab that still exists.

Ranchos dating back to the King of Spain were eventually sold off, allowing the creation of the Irvine Ranch. With this event, a new concept of Orange County had begun to take shape which has resulted in more than 3,000,000 people calling The OC home.

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Irvine bean and grain storage barn

The epic story of the Irvine Ranch reads like a Great American Novel. Its century and a half story combines tremendous risk, extravagrant wealth, fierce competition, a mysterious death, multiple deceptions, lawsuits and constant battling for political control. These power struggles were waged within the Ranch itself, with developing cities and against the state of California.

In 1866, James Irvine and his partners purchased the ranch for 25 cents an acre. Previously part of Rancho San Joaquin, Rancho Lomas de Santiago and Rancho de Santa Ana, the approximately 100,000 acres were consolidated into the transaction. They paid $25,000 for property that would be re-valued 20 years later at $748,500. Orange County’s incrediable rise in land values had begun. In today’s Newport pricing, $748,500 is barely enough for a down payment for a home.

James Irvines sugar refinery

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James Irvine’s sugar refinery

By the 1860s, the die had been cast. Orange County was destined to evolve into one of the fastest growing and most expensive population centers in the country. From this auspicious time forward, the people and politicians of Orange County have been hell bent on developing its land as densely as possible.

The Irvine Company, OC’s largest landowner, hopscotched over its vast holdings selling, developing, donating and protecting parcels. All this, in an effort to create a long-standing profit center. People came in droves to enjoy its creations.

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An early aerial view of Irvine and Culver boulevards when agriculture soared

The roster of residential homebuilders on ranch lands is unparalleled anywhere else in the world. Just imagine the excitement felt by architects, developers, builders and financiers as Irvine lands opened up for development. Parcel, after parcel, after parcel of premier empty lands became available for housing, industrial and commercial uses. Like “kids in a candy store,” these professionals became experts in building individual structures, as well as, entire cities. Neighborhoods were built around retail centers and industry, resulting in many communities rising out of the vast fields and rolling hills of the Irvine Ranch.

As far back as 1903, Corona del Mar founder, George E. Hart, bought 700 “non-productive” Irvine acres for $150 an acre. This transaction set a building precedent between the Ranch and Newport Beach, also setting into motion a long standing love-hate relationship between the Irvine Ranch and Newport Beach residents. These still last to this day. After the completion of the Newport Coast development in the past decade, many Newporters thought the Irvine Company’s expansion was over. However, old wounds were re-opened in 2017 with a proposal for The Museum House, a 25-story residential building in Fashion Island.

Elsewhere in Orange County, Irvine Ranch lands were essential for growth spurts in Anaheim Colony, Tustin City, Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, and, of course, the entire master-planned community of Irvine with its university, technological centers, massive residential development and retail centers.

As in all great American novels, the founding family rose as the overseers of a massive empire, and then faced many challenges throughout the years. Three Irvines headed the family-owned Ranch (James, JI and Myford). By the mid-20th century, as The Ranch restructured into The Company, outsiders began a long process that resulted in the takeover of the vast holdings from the family. Many schemes were launched and attempts made. Joan Irvine Smith eventually lost her long fight to keep control, and by 1983, after much repositioning, a hardened and successful developer, Donald Bren, took over leadership of the Irvine Company. Today, he is the owner, and his billionare status and secretive lifestyle make him a perfect character to play out this intriguing story.

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Aerial view of early Newport’s Back Bay

Bren’s involvement with the Irvine Company has been instrumental in the refacing of Orange County. The Company has added Newport Coast, Tustin Ranch, Bonita Canyon, Quail Hill, Shady Canyon, North Irvine and much more. Commercially, there has been construction, upgrades and expansion in Fashion Island, Newport Coast and most conspicuously, Irvine Spectrum Center. This colossus is a multiple-phase development near the junction of major freeways. Irvine Spectrum has grown into a “monster” mall with the activities of an amusement park, and an endless amount of residential housing and office space.

Aerial view Big Canyon

Big Canyon and Newport Coast sites were barren before development began in the 1960s

Needless to say, Irvine Ranch lands have been the single most influencial factor on why once-sleepy Orange County has become the glitzy and glamorous OC. With strategic planning and an ever-present attention to detail, the Irvine Ranch has grown from an agricultural region, to a middle-class haven, to a complex megalopolis serving all levels of the population from immigrants to the mega-wealthy.

Combining Orange County’s huge contributions in growth and development with what has happened in surrounding Los Angeles and San Diego counties, it has resulted in California passing the United Kingdom to become the fifth largest economy in the world. Without a doubt, the Irvine Ranch was one of the seeds that started it all. 


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

Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Here is a partial glimpse of a sign round town. Where would you find this piggie? Stu thinks this is a “choice” one for all you meat lovers out there.

Good luck!

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SOTT 5.18.18

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SCAPE Gallery to hold Artists’ Reception this Saturday

Ann Weber

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Artist Ann Weber’s “Happiest Days of Our Lives” elevates found cardboard, staples and polyurethane

SCAPE Gallery in Corona del Mar is holding an Artist Reception this Saturday, May 19 from 6 - 8 p.m. to celebrate the MONO | MANO exhibit on display through Saturday, June 9.

Artists whose work is on display include Ann Weber, Caesar Alzate Jr. and Mary Little.

Caesar Alzate Jr

 “Object No. 005” by artist Caesar Alzate Jr., is an acrylic on canvas

MONO | MANO obscures the line between painting and sculpture. Understated and elegant, the works’ three dimensionality engages the viewer. Subtleties of light and shadow play off heavily textured surfaces and are enhanced by the artists’ reductive color palette. Unifying these artists is their ability to transform common materials into refined and engaging objects.

Mary Little

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“Caughie,” unbleached artist canvas, by Artist Mary Little

SCAPE Gallery is located at 2859 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. For more information, call 949.723.3406 or visit

Divers to monitor how seagrass in Newport Bay can combat effects of climate change


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On Tuesday, May 29 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., a team of scientific divers will strap on their masks to retrieve four-foot water sensors from the bottom of Newport Bay to discover how eelgrass beds may buffer against ocean acidification.

Seagrass beds are critically important for their potential to buffer acidified waters because of their high amounts of photosynthesis. By removing carbon from our seawater, eelgrass beds may fight the effects of ocean acidification and climate change.

The local survey and data collection efforts in upper Newport Bay are one component of a multi-year study led by UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz scientists at multiple bays in California. Orange County Coastkeeper serves as field expert for the local portion of the study.


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Map of eelgrass beds in Newport Bay

The study compares how natural and restored eelgrass beds absorb carbon by addressing the following questions:

--To what extent does eelgrass buffer estuaries, mitigating the impacts of ocean acidification across multiple seasons and years?

--As the chemistry of water is modified as it flows through eelgrass, how does this influence organisms living within and outside of the eelgrass?

--To what extent is carbon being trapped and stored in sediments, and how does this change seasonally and inter-annually?

The dive takes place at the Back Bay Science Center located at 600 Shellmaker Road, Newport Beach.

Sixth Generation Rabbi Elana Zaiman to speak at Inside Edge Foundation for Education®

Elana Zaiman

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On Wednesday, June 13 from 7 - 8:30 a.m., the Inside Edge Foundation for Education® welcomes sixth generation Rabbi Elana Zaiman.

Zaiman will speak on her intriguing and moving memoir and spiritually based book, The Forever Letter: Writing What We Believe for Those We Love. Inspired by the centuries-old tradition of the ethical will, The Forever Letter is “a heartfelt letter that we write to people who are most important to us, with the hope that even if the letter itself isn’t kept forever, the wisdom and love that we share will be,” Zaiman writes.

The letters are meant to deepen, heal and uplift relationships that matter to us the most. Members from all over Orange County are planning to attend.

Zaiman is the first woman rabbi in a family of six generations of rabbis. She’s a chaplain in a retirement community, a Wise Aging Instructor, and the Ethics and Spirituality Columnist for LivFun – a publication for Leisure Care retirement facilities in 10 states. She travels throughout the U.S. and Canada as a scholar-in-residence, a speaker and a workshop facilitator at synagogues, churches, elder residences, educational institutions, corporations and salons. 

Come enjoy breakfast, conversation, social and business networking and music, as you welcome this dynamic speaker.

Cost: $35 for first-time guests; $45 for returning guests. Membership is $75 per month.

The event takes place at The Pacific Club, 4110 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach. 

The Inside Edge Foundation for Education is a not-for-profit membership organization for intellectually curious and spiritually oriented men and women enjoying the second half of life. They provide a forum for sharing the leading edge of life-enhancing information.

Sherman Library & Gardens to display creations by sand sculptor Chris Crosson

Chris and Grandson Oliver

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Chris Crosson and his grandson, Oliver, enjoy building sandcastles together

Sherman Library & Gardens is presenting “Sandscapes,” featuring sand sculptures by Chris Crosson, on display from June 1 - September 3. 

Known as “Mr. Sandcastle,” Crosson’s passion for creating sandcastles has taken his family all over the country to compete in contests. They have won awards in Siesta Key, Florida; Cannon Beach, Oregon; and Port Aransas, Texas; as well as local contests in Long Beach and San Diego. The family’s favorite competition is the Newport Beach Sandcastle Contest at Corona del Mar’s Main Beach. The Crossons have participated in this annual event with friends, neighbors and family members every year since 1994.

Crosson grew up on Balboa Island from 1958 until the late 1970s. He attended Corona del Mar High School while also working at the local McDonald’s on Pacific Coast Highway. This is where he met his wife Laura, who was working the shake machine. He graduated from OCC and USC and after college, the couple moved to Woodbridge to raise their family. This past April, they celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary.

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“Mr. Sandcastle” and his whale sculpture

Crosson, Laura and their three children (Christine, Stephanie and Christopher), would often spend their weekends at the beach. He has always loved playing and creating in the sand, and what started as a fun past time, later turned into a passion the entire family enjoys. Even his 2-year old grandson has become a sandcastle enthusiast.

With a goal of trying to keep communities and beaches clean, Crosson and Laura started Doggie Walk Bags, Inc. in 1988 – the original blue bag for picking up after your dog. This year they are celebrating 30 years in business. Crosson has also created a Sandcastle Kit (, so beach lovers of all ages and skill levels have the right tools to make great sandcastles.

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Crosson builds a tall tower castle on South Bay Front 

On Saturdays, you can often find Crosson down on Sapphire and South Bay Front on Balboa Island working on his art. He might be working on a commission sculpture or teaching a class. Every week there is a castle or holiday-themed sculpture for all to enjoy.

Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. For more information, call 949.673.2261 or visit

Rutter’s “Requiem” to be performed at newly recaptured St. James Church

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John Rutter’s “Requiem” will be performed by the Laguna Beach Chorale & Orchestra on Sunday, May 20 at 2 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church in Newport Beach. Admission is $20 at the door.

Rutter’s “Requiem” has become one of the most popular sacred choral works of the 20th century. The composer sought to blend elements of modern forms into traditional music, and this is reflected most prominently in the second movement, “Out of the Deep,” with a strong jazz influence in the harmonic structure and particularly in the notable melody for solo cello.

The chorale and orchestra will be under the direction of Daniel F. Resch, conductor, and Michael I. Denison, accompanist.

Following the performance at St. James, the chorale will travel to Italy to perform “Requiem” under the direction of Rutter himself at Basilica de Santa Croce in Florence.

The St. James performance is in memory of Guinevare Breeding. 

St. James Episcopal Church is located at 3209 Via Lido, Newport Beach. Free parking is available in the church lot at 32nd Street and Lafayette Road, across the street from the church. Free child care will be available.

Stump the Stu

This potted plant caught readers’ eyes, but packed an ‘earthy’ punch

Stump the Stu 5.18.18

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Stu nearly stumped all our readers!

This large, flowering potted plant with tall succulents welcomes you to Newport Ridge Park, located at 6331 Newport Ridge Drive East in Newport Coast.

Congratulations to Scott Lynch and Jim Backlund who guessed it correctly!

This stumper was sent in by Jan Landstrom, and it was a tough one. Thanks Jan, for this baffling submission!

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

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

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

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

UCP of Orange County’s Life Without Limits gala raises $470,000, honors Scott Pievac and loanDepot

UCP of Orange County (UCP-OC) held its stunning Life Without Limits gala on May 5 with guest host Tarek El Moussa of HGTV’s popular Flip or Flop. More than 300 guests helped raise just in excess of $470,000 at the Latin-inspired black-tie fundraiser which honored the significant support from Scott Pievac and loanDepot.

UCP-OC also celebrated its 65th year of providing comprehensive services to children and families affected by developmental disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and developmental delay.

Guests were welcomed on the red carpet by UCP-OC ambassador families before enjoying a hosted cocktail reception and online silent auction. Dinner and the program followed with a welcome by celebrity host Tarek El Moussa and UCP-OC President and CEO Ramin Baschshi, M.D.

Actress Lauren Potter, best known for her role as Becky Jackson in the TV show Glee, joined UCP-OC ambassador Brianna Pievac on stage to present the Individual Impact Award to longtime supporter Scott Pievac (Brianna’s father). 

Melissa and Brian Ramos et al

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(L-R): Melissa and Brian Ramos, honoree from loanDepot, with Kimmy Cameron and Newport Beach resident and honoree, Scott Pievac. In front is Carter Ramos.

Brian Ramos, loanDepot executive licensed lending officer and father of a 5-year-old UCP-OC child, accepted the Corporate Impact award on behalf of loanDepot with a powerful testimonial. Within two years of working together, loanDepot team members raised almost a quarter of a million dollars for UCP-OC programs allowing for several children to move off of the services waitlist while creating memorable onsite events for UCP-OC children, families and staff.

“We are very humbled to receive this honor,” said Alex Madonna, senior vice president of sales for loanDepot. “For us, getting to know the children and families of UCP-OC has been a tremendous privilege, and we are so proud and grateful to be a part of helping Orange County children and families live lives without limits. It’s a great feeling knowing that our efforts help ensure that children and families move off of waitlists and into programs which can help them grow and thrive.

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Group shot of the UCP-OC Ambassadors

The evening’s live auction was led by auctioneer Jim Nye with the fund-a-need generating $158,000 to support therapy programs for 31 children with disabilities currently on a wait list.

Another event highlight was a musical performance by 2018 American Idol participant Effie Passero. Guests and ambassadors enjoyed live music and dancing throughout the evening.

Life Without Limits gala co-chairs were Laura Meier of Meier Law Firm and Michele Maryott of Gibson Dunn.

For more information about the gala or UCP-OC, call 949.333.6401 or visit

Nonprofit Forever Footprints honored women who have suffered infant loss

Forever Footprints (formerly known as OC Walk To Remember), a nonprofit that provides support, education and remembrance for families who have suffered a pregnancy or infant loss, hosted 100 women who have experienced the loss of a child at its annual “Nurture To Remember” event to bring hope and healing to these mothers and to celebrate Mother’s Day. Two sessions were held on May 8 at The Venue by Three Petals.

Designed to create an atmosphere of support, connection and pampering, the event provided women with beauty services, meditation, yoga, arts for healing and more at no cost to participating mothers. In a time of unimaginable grief and loss, the event provided these women with a very rare opportunity to nurture themselves.

Stefanie Castro in a peaceful painting session

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Stefanie Castro (third from the left), resident of Newport Beach and a registered nurse and doula, enjoys a peaceful morning painting and connecting with other mothers who have lost children sharing her journey with miscarriage and loss

Mayra Bejarano was among the mothers during the first session. Bejarano’s baby, Ivan, passed away peacefully at 30 weeks and was born sleeping. Forever Footprints was at the hospital to help their family through this difficult time and helped them to create memories that they will carry for the rest of their lives – from bringing a photographer to take pictures, to creating molds of Ivan’s hands and feet, to making a preemie outfit for him to wear, and providing their older son with a sibling backpack. Not only did they receive support during pregnancy, but the family now attends a Forever Footprints monthly support group for grieving parents.

Sarah Hambarian attended the second session. She lost her first born son, Jameson, and credits Forever Footprints with connecting her to other families and moms that have experienced what she has endured and for giving her family a safe place to honor her son and all the babies gone too soon. Hambarian participates in Forever Footprints’ support groups, the OC Walk to Remember, and other support events such as Nurture To Remember.

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