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Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Below, you’ll find this week’s clue. What is this whale sprouting about? And where is it located? Stu thinks if you’re smart, you should be able to quickly identify its whereabouts...even though it’s out of the ocean.

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 5.4.18

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Rock for Our Riders...a great cause

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Courtesy of Back Bay Therapeutic Riding Center

Rock for Our Riders, a Back Bay Therapeutic Riding Club fundraiser, is taking place Saturday, May 19 from 4 - 8 p.m. at the Merrell Estate in Newport’s Back Bay.

Rock your casual attire and dance until dusk to Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones experience.

The outdoor lawn event features a therapeutic riding lesson demo; hosted welcome libations from 4 -5 p.m. and a cash bar until 8 p.m.; Plum’s Café Spring dinner; and live and silent auction items, collectible art, vacations and more.

Tickets are $150 with open table seating. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information, visitwww.backbaytrc.org.

The Merrell Estate is located at 2182 Mesa Drive, Newport Beach.


Randy Higbee Gallery to host artist reception, book signing

Crystal Cove Cottages bookcover

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Courtesy of Crystal Cove Conservancy

This Saturday, May 5 from 6 - 8 p.m., the Randy Higbee Gallery is hosting an exhibition, sale and book signing celebrating the beauty of what is one of his favorite places in the world – Crystal Cove.

Come meet various artists and authors from the book “Crystal Cove: Islands in Time on the California Coast” (second edition). All proceeds from the book sales and 10 percent of art sales will be donated to the Crystal Cove Conservancy.

The book signing takes place 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Click on this link to view and purchase some of the amazing pieces in the exhibition and sale.

Randy Higbee Gallery is located at 102 Kalmus Drive, Costa Mesa. Call 714.546.2156.


Newport Beach resident honored by KidWorks for her volunteerism

Camille Strader

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Camille Strader encourages and tutors eager youngsters

KidWorks, a Santa Ana-based nonprofit that provides academic, spiritual and leadership programs for underserved children and teens, has named Camille Strader as its volunteer of the year.

Like clockwork, the Newport Beach resident volunteers her time every week to encourage and tutor the eager young minds who gather at KidWorks’ Dan Donahue Center to brush up their academic skills as they prepare for bright futures. Strader began volunteering at KidWorks in 2016.

She measures success one student at a time. “A young lady arrived at the Center early just so she had time to share her grades with me,” Strader shared. “I told her how proud I was of her, because I knew she had worked so hard to earn those good marks. Another elementary school student and I spent time memorizing multiplication tables for the number three. She stayed with it and now she is well on her way to success with the other numbers, too.”

“Camille has made a significant impact in the lives of many of our students through both one-to-one tutoring and her time in the classroom,” said David Benavides, KidWorks CEO. “Our students know and love her because she truly cares for them and we are thrilled to recognize Camille’s service to KidWorks and our students.”

Of Strader, Betty Garcia, KidWorks assistant program leader, said, “Camille has made such a positive impact on the lives of our students.  She goes out of her way to greet each one personally and to get to know them. There are dozens of student names to remember, and she does!”

Strader is also a 2018 OneOC Spirit of Volunteerism honoree.

For more information and to volunteer, call 714.834.9400, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit https://kidworksoc.org/summer-programs.


Newport Beach Arts Foundation to host gallery evening

SCAPE

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SCAPE Gallery in Corona del Mar

As part of their continuing effort to introduce members and guests to the wide range of galleries and other art venues in and around Newport Beach, the Newport Beach Arts Foundation is hosting a Tuesday, May 15 meeting at SCAPE Gallery in Corona del Mar from 6 - 8 p.m.

Gallery owner Jeannie Denholm will talk about the exciting artworks in her gallery. Come see what is on display while enjoying refreshments and appetizers.

The event is open to the public and free of charge. Please RSVP to Carmen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to Pat Jorgensen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SCAPE Gallery is located at 2859 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.


Find out about Camp James during open house

Camp James

Courtesy of Camp James

There’s a reason Camp James has been voted the No. 1 Day Camp in Orange County by readers of Parenting OC Magazine for the past 10 years – every kid has a blast and wants to go back! Yours will too.

Located at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Camp James is a day camp for children ages 4 - 13. With groups put together by age, and a variety of activity classes that rotate daily, your little one’s thirst for adventure will surely be satisfied. They will come home talking of archery (8+), arts & crafts, bounce houses, canoes, dance, drama, gaga, go-carts (6+), kayaks (8+), laser tag, martial arts, magic (select weeks), miniature golf, music, nature lore, playgrounds, rock climbing (6+), sports, stand-up paddleboards (8+), swimming, targets (4-7), trikers (4-7), the water park (6+) and zipline (10+).

Come find out more about Camp James at two upcoming open houses scheduled for Sunday, May 20 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Wednesday, May 30 from 4 - 6:30 pm. You’ll get to check out the camp area, meet the staff and try a sample of activities – all for free.

To register and for more information, visit www.campjames.com

Camp James is located at 101 North Bayside Drive, Newport Beach.


Expect road closures for OC Marathon this weekend

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

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

The Newport Beach Police Department is advising that the Orange County Marathon on Sunday, May 6 will result in road closures and delays beginning at 5 a.m. throughout Newport Beach, lasting in some areas through 12 p.m. 

Recommended Driving Directions/Areas to Avoid:

Corona del Mar Residents

The areas around Corona Del Mar will be heavily impacted from 5 - 8 a.m. Anyone needing to leave the area during these times is advised to leave before 5 a.m. If leaving after 5 a.m., residents are advised to park east of Orchid Avenue and take East Coast Highway west to MacArthur Boulevard and then north to the 73 Freeway.

Eastbound traffic on East Coast Highway will be closed from Avocado Avenue to Orchid Avenue from 5 a.m. to approximately 8 a.m.

Residents who live near China Cove are advised to park north of Bayside Drive between Carnation Avenue and Fernleaf Avenue. You can exit the area by driving west on Second Street to Avocado, north to East Coast Highway, and west on East Coast Highway to Jamboree Road.

Balboa Island/Promontory Point/Linda Island/Harbor Island Residents

These areas will be heavily impacted from 5 - 8:45 a.m.

Eastbound traffic on East Coast Highway will be closed from Avocado Avenue to Orchid Avenue from 5 - 8 a.m.

Bayside Drive from Marguerite Avenue to East Coast Highway will be closed from 5 - 8:45 a.m.

The Balboa Island Bridge (Jamboree Road and Bayside Drive) will be closed from 5 - 7:45 a.m. Residents on Balboa Island returning or leaving the island during these hours will have access through the Balboa Island Ferry.

Dover Shores/Irvine Ave Residents

These areas will be impacted from 5 - 10:30 a.m.

Northbound Dover Dr. from East Coast Highway and 16th Street/Castaways Lane will be closed from 5 - 9 a.m.

Westcliff Drive from Dover Drive to Santiago Drive will be closed from 5 - 9:30 a.m.

Santiago Drive from Westcliff Drive to Galaxy Drive will be closed from 5 - 9:30 a.m.

Galaxy Drive from Santiago Drive (south) to Santiago Drive (north) will be closed from 5 - 9:45 a.m.

Santiago Drive from Galaxy Drive to Irvine Avenue will be closed from 5 - 9:45 a.m.

Northbound Irvine Avenue from Santiago Drive to University Drive will be closed from 5 - 10:30 a.m.

All residents that live east of Santiago Drive and need to leave between 5 and 9:45 a.m. are advised to park west of Santiago Drive.

For more information regarding road closures, call 949.228.9532, email

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the OC Marathon Road Closure Information Page at www.ocmarathon.com/race-weekend/directions/road-closure-info.aspx.


ENC’s Spring Faire this Sunday

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Courtesy of ENC

This Sunday, May 6 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., come to the Environmental Nature Center’s Spring Faire and Butterfly House opening!

Promising a fun-filled day for the entire family, the ENC’s 13th annual Spring Faire will feature a Youth Art Show, crafts, face painting, sing alongs with local performers (Vermillion Voc lists and the Young Singers of Orange County), a dramatic reading of The Lorax on the “Fire Circle Stage,” nature games, live native animals, and delicious food and beverages from local restaurants.

There will be animal crafts galore, but if that’s not enough to keep you busy...ENC is also bringing you live hawks and owls from the OC Bird of Prey Center (OCBPC)! Francisco the Bug Guy will also be on hand with some interesting arthropods. Don’t miss the ISOpod (Interactive Sea Life Outreach), a unique mobile aquarium featuring sea stars, a shark and a sea anemone. You will also have the opportunity to purchase native plants that will attract butterflies and birds to your yard.

In conjunction with the Faire, young artists ages 4 - 18 will be exhibiting their artwork in the 7th Annual Youth Art Showcase contest, exploring the diversity of California’s ecosystems.

To find out more about the Spring Faire and schedule of events, visit http://encenter.org/visit-us/spring-faire

Environmental Nature Center is located 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. For more information, call 949.645.8489.


DUI saturation points for Cinco de Mayo

In the United States, the Cinco de Mayo holiday is often associated with parties and alcohol. In the midst of the celebrations, it’s easy to forget the most important Cinco de Mayo plan of all: designating a sober driver. Too many people are lying to themselves about the dangers of impaired driving. Some think that they can play it by ear, and wait until they are heading home to decide whether or not they are “okay to drive”. But by then, it’s too late. Remember to designate a sober driver or make alternate transportation plans before you leave home.

This weekend, law enforcement officers from police departments, the sheriff’s departments, and the CHP will be out in force, looking for the signs of impaired driving. On Friday and Saturday between 6 p.m. and 3 a.m., the Newport Beach Police Department will deploy officers on special DUI Saturation Patrols specifically for the purpose of identifying and stopping impaired drivers. Additionally, every NBPD traffic and patrol officer on duty will be on heightened alert to prevent a senseless tragedy due to alcohol or drugs.

In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. The Newport Beach Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Taking prescription drugs (particularly those with a warning on the label about driving or operating machinery) or using marijuana (especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs) can be incredibly impairing, and result in a DUI.

If you don’t designate a sober driver ahead of time, or have a solid plan for how you will get home safely, you are setting yourself up for disaster. When you drive while impaired, you run the risk of killing yourself or someone else. An impaired driver is also subject to many consequences: jail time, the loss of a driver license, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car or motorcycle towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work. Even if you don’t harm anyone, the average DUI costs about $10,000…which far exceeds the cost of a ride home.

The NBPD points out that the California Office of Traffic Safety offers a free mobile app – DDVIP – aimed at thanking the sober designated driver with perks and free offers at area bars and restaurants. App users can also easily request a ride home from Uber or Lyft.

If you are planning to partake in the festivities for Cinco de Mayo, keep some numbers in mind. Throughout 2016, on average nationwide, someone was killed in a drunk-driving crash every 50 minutes. On Cinco de Mayo weekend, that equals 51 lives lost. Make the decision today that you will not get behind the wheel after drinking or when you are impaired by drugs. If you know someone who is about to drive buzzed or high, step in and help; take their keys and help them make arrangements to get home safely.

Funding for this enforcement effort is provided to Your Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1’.


Come be a part of “A Purr-fect Sunday Funday”

On Sunday, May 6, Junior League of Orange County, California (JLOCC), based in Newport Beach, presents “A Purr-fect Sunday Funday,” featuring the final book in the Fancy Nancy Series, Fancy Nancy: Oodles of Kittens. This will be the final Fancy Nancy event with JLOCC before the series moves to Disney ownership.

The event will take place at Aliso Viejo Country Club, located at 33 Santa Barbara Drive, Aliso Viejo.

Robin Priess Glasser

Interested parties can choose the morning showing from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. that includes a breakfast spread, or an afternoon session from 1 - 3 p.m. that includes a plated lunch. Adult tickets include a champagne toast. Both showings will have entertaining activities for children, including face painters, a photo booth and kitten adoption. All children attending will receive free copies of the book. A highlight will be an in-person book reading by the Fancy Nancy book series illustrator, Robin Preiss Glasser. In addition, Anthill Shop and Play, Mary Kay Cosmetics and Whale of a Tale will all have tables at the event.

While they last, tables of 10 and individual adult and child tickets can be purchased at www.jlocc.org/fancy-nancy. VIP options are available, too.

Fancy Nancy is a series of children’s books by American author Jane O’Connor, featuring a young girl who likes to wear fancy things like boas, tutus, ruby slippers and more. She also likes to use lots of fancy words, including French phrases. She gets bored by plain attire, and encourages people to dress more extravagantly.

Fancy Nancy book cover

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“Fancy Nancy: Oodles of Kittens,” is the final book in the Fancy Nancy Series

“We invite adults to attend with their little ones, wearing their fancy outfits, bringing along their friends to enjoy this fun event together, while supporting JLOCC’s focus of building a better community in Orange County through the training and leadership of women,” said JLOCC President Maria de Vera-Suarez.

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


Adults with developmental disabilities paddle out

Chris with paddle

 

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On Wednesday, May 16, beginning at 10 a.m., more than a dozen Orange County adults with development disabilities who are clients of nonprofit Project Independence of Costa Mesa and participate in its Access 2 Adventure Program will safely be involved in the Polynesian sport of outrigger paddling. They can enjoy this experience, as there are no special adaptations needed to the equipment.

The event takes place at the Newport Aquatic Center located at 1 Whitecliffs Drive, Newport Beach.

Paddlers

The paddling activity has been arranged in conjunction with the MAKAPO Aquatics Project that was founded in 2007 to meet the recreational needs of the blind community in Orange County and beyond.

Project Independence‘s Access 2 Adventure Program is made possible in part through a generous gift from the Louis & Gladyce Foster Family Foundation. Project Independence has been working with adults with developmental disabilities since 1977.


School Notes

Newport-Mesa 2nd Annual Senior Art Show

The Newport-Mesa 2nd Annual Senior Art Show will take place in the Hurley Town Hall Building, 1945 Placentia Ave., on Thursday, May 3 from 5 - 9 p.m.

The show will feature artwork from Corona del Mar, Newport Harbor, Costa Mesa and Estancia high school seniors.

Art Show

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Artwork by Allison Chen, CdMHS

District

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

NHHS

“Grease” – Spring Drama Musical – Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, 7 p.m.; Sunday, May 6, 2 p.m., Robins Loats Theater

Sage Hill School

Choral Performance – The Black Box Theater in the Studio at Sage Hill, Thursday, May 4, 7 p.m.

Instrumental Music Performance – The Black Box Theater in the Studio at Sage Hill, Thursday, May 11, 7 p.m.

Theater Ensemble Performance – The Black Box Theater in the Studio at Sage Hill, Thursday, May 18, 7 p.m.


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. 

So, we gave you “ek” that we snapped from a fairly new business’s sign. The answer is emerald kitchen, the new restaurant (formerly The Tee Room) at Newport Beach Golf Course on Irvine Avenue.

Stu stumped everyone with this one!

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.

Those who like to guess, please send your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Let’s have some fun!

SOTT 5.1.18

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Stump the Stu

Look up to see these waves...

Stump the Stu 5.1.18

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You might have passed this leaded glass wave art many times, but needed to look up to see it.

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

The 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!


Police Files

Pharmacy employee IDs counterfeiters, NBPD nabs them

The Newport Beach Police Department received a call early Wednesday morning, April 25, about three suspicious individuals in a parking lot outside of a pharmacy. The men had been in the parking lot for over an hour, and a pharmacy employee believed that they were the same individuals who had attempted to use a counterfeit $100 bill at the location several weeks prior.

One of the men left the area before officers arrived, but the officers found the remaining two men, later identified as Justin Andrew Jariabka, 31, of Anaheim, and Shane Kelly Murray, 29, Foothill Ranch, sitting in a black sedan in the parking lot. 

According to NBPD, there was a meth pipe in plain view in the vehicle, which was later determined to belong to Jariabka. A subsequent investigation revealed that Jariabka was also in possession of methamphetamine and several counterfeit $100 bills.

Murray was found to be in possession of three more counterfeit $100 bills, used syringes and heroin.

They were arrested without incident for the following charges: Jariabka, possession of a controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia, forgery and conspiracy to commit crime. His bail was set at $20,000.

Murray was arrested for possession of a narcotic controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia, forgery and conspiracy to commit crime. His bail was set at $50,000.

Be aware of “Kidnapping Scams”

The Newport Beach Police Department is warning the community of “Kidnapping Scams.” Here’s how they work: You get a call, saying that a loved one has been kidnapped. The caller may make threats, demand money, or lead you to believe that your loved one is in danger.

But, is the caller who you think it is? Scammers are good at pretending to be someone they’re not. They can be convincing: sometimes using information from social networking sites, or hacking into email accounts, to make it seem more real. And they’ll pressure you to send money before you have time to think.

Here’s what you can do: Stop. Check it out; Try to contact the loved one who you are concerned about, or call friends or another family member; Keep your information (and your money) safe; Never give out personal identifying information, such as bank account or credit card account numbers, to anyone you do not know; And never send money to an unknown person; Pass this information on to a friend. You may not have received one of these calls, but chances are that you know someone who will – if they haven’t already.

If you believe you’ve been the victim of a scam, please file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov/complaint.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime report


Newport Beach Animal Shelter attended America’s Family Pet Expo

Pet Expo

Courtesy of the Newport Beach Animal Shelter

The Newport Beach Animal Shelter attended America’s Family Pet Expo this past weekend, which took place at the OC Fair & Event Center.

The great news is that they adopted out 16 dogs, four cats and one rabbit to loving homes!

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 any of the 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 www.nbpd.org 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.


Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

A Look Back 5.1.18

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The China House circa 1930s in this photograph. The pagoda-styled home was located at the mouth of the Newport Harbor for years before being demolished in the 1980s.

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..


Mini Open House at Assistance League

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Courtesy of the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa

Assistance League of Newport-Mesa board of directors

Want to make a difference in the Newport-Mesa community? You’re invited to the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa’s Mini Open House on Wednesday, May 16 at 4 p.m. Volunteerism is comprised of Adult Members and the Assisteens Auxiliary, the latter which is comprised of teens entering grades 7 - 12 in Fall 2018 from Corona del Mar, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa.

Philanthropic programs include: Cheri Harris Dental Center, Operation School Bell®, Scholarship program and The Kids on the Block.

Volunteer opportunities include: board and leadership positions, book and clothing distribution, dental center, program and/or organizational committees, thrift and consignment shops and tutoring.

Assistance League of Newport-Mesa is located at 2220 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa. For more information, call 949.645.6929 or visit www.alnm.org.


Letter to the Editor:

We believe Community Involvement is the name of the game

Thank you for covering our Annual Meeting this year and stressing our theme of Community Involvement. Nowhere is that more evident than in reading Stu News. I am continually amazed at the wealth of opportunities for our citizens to engage with a wide variety of organizations. We are an inspiring community and most it seems are living in gratitude while addressing problems and solutions. Our residents are not sitting back and complaining, they are taking action in ways that support others and ourselves. 

Joy Brenner, President

Corona del Mar Residents Association


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Rats at NHHS lead to walkout

TomJohnsonRats and rats! The two definitions of the word have apparently collided at Newport Harbor High School. Rats, the “rodent that resembles a large mouse,” and rats, “the expression of mild annoyance or irritation,” both led to a student/teacher walkout last Friday.

Apparently, both groups were fed up with the conditions caused by the rats. 

First off, in the District’s defense, several things should be kept in mind here. One, NHHS recently had all of the construction done at Davidson Field, which was bound to turn up a few rodents. And, of course, we then have the adjoining Environmental Nature Center. Add to the mix the Back Bay and Castaways Park and voila!

It’s no wonder NHHS has a rat problem. So, what is being done and is it enough?

I contacted the NMUSD office for a comment and received the following statement: 

“The health and safety of our students and staff has always been a priority. The school and district maintenance staff implemented an on-going Integrated Pest Management program consistent with state safety guidelines. In addition, work orders related to pest management are given high priority status. 

“The district and site administration are committed to continue to monitor the situation and take all appropriate actions to maintain a safe and healthy environment.”

Is the District giving a voice to the concerned students? And, teachers for that matter.

NMUSD Board President Vicki Snell assured me that the District is on top of the problem with “an ongoing maintenance program” and that “there has only been one rat-related work order from NHHS in the last four months.”

Snell also reminded Stu News that the District is currently in negotiations with the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers. And that kind of raised this story to a different level.

Do we have a rat problem? If so, why only the one complaint in four months? Is the Union trying to use our students by raising classroom conditions as an issue in their negotiations? I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

Next step, the NMFT is reportedly filing a formal complaint with CalOSHA concerning the rats.

Time will tell who is on the up-and-up on this.

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Support the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce this week and attend their May WAKE UP! Newport Breakfast. Here’s what you’ll get if you attend: a free breakfast. 

Not good enough, okay. You’ll also hear from Newport Beach & Co’s President & CEO Gary Sherwin and get the latest updates on what tourism means to our community.

Some people say tourism equals traffic. They couldn’t be more wrong. Tourism is the third largest tax generator for our City and helps cover everything from cops to potholes.

Without tourism, I guarantee you’d either be complaining about a lack of services from the City or a higher tax bill.

Visit NB, at the end of the day, makes Newport Beach better for all involved. If you still don’t believe me, ask a retailer or a restaurateur how much they depend on tourism dollars.

Anyway, support the Chamber and give Gary a listen. Both are important community entities. Chamber President Steve Rosansky would want me to remind you that he is “proud to host as the Mayor of the business community.”

Mayor being the operative word. Or, as he also says, once a mayor always a mayor. 

WAKE UP! Newport is being held on Wednesday, May 3 from 7:15 - 8:30 a.m. in the Newport Beach Central Library’s Friends Room. If you haven’t already signed up, visit www.newportbeach.com to register.

Trey Quinn

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Courtesy of irrelevantweek.com

Mr. Irrelevant, Trey Quinn, was drafted 256th by the Washington Redskins

It started off Thursday evening, April 26, in Dallas, with the announcement that the Cleveland Browns had selected Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield as the NFL’s number one draft pick. Finally, two days later, the Washington Redskins selected SMU wide receiver Trey Quinn as the 256th and final pick, or as we say in these parts of the world, “Mr. Irrelevant.”

So, who is Trey Quinn? He signed with LSU out of high school and played sparingly in two years before transferring to SMU and breaking out last season with 114 receptions for 1,236 yards and 13 TDs.

Quinn is listed at 6’, 203 lbs. and is Mr. Irrelevant XLIII.

The draft started out with the Atlanta Falcons owning the last draft selection, which they eventually traded to the Los Angeles Rams, who later sent it to the Redskins.

Trey, we’ll see you in June, where we promise that you’ll be anything but Irrelevant!


Construction on CdM sidewalks, a 98th birthday party and a “post office” in the park...

By AMY SENK

Tow away sign

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Photo by Amy Senk

The sidewalk concrete replacement program stretched from Carnation to Poppy avenues in Corona del Mar

Construction work that closed lanes of East Coast Highway and restricted parking on Monday, April 30 continues today, Tuesday, May 1, but should be complete by 7 a.m. The work began Monday at 9 a.m. and was part of a sidewalk concrete replacement program that stretched from Carnation to Poppy avenues.

“These areas have been identified as needing replacement due to the potential of tripping hazards,” said Mary Locey, a city spokeswoman. “On Tuesday, May 1, the contractor will pour new concrete starting at 4 a.m. until approximately 7 a.m. to minimize the impacts to traffic.”

Once that work is done, CdM can get ready for more road closures and parking restrictions when the Orange County Marathon rolls through town on Sunday, May 6. Those closures along the race route will begin at 4 a.m. and be removed by 10:30 a.m.

Play post office

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Courtesy of the City of Newport Beach

Play post office in Grant Howald Park shows tykes how the U.S. mail system works

A new play “post office” has been installed in Corona del Mar in a playground inside a park named for a former CdM postmaster.

A community member wanted the history of the park to be displayed, and city staff brainstormed to come up with the idea of a play post office that includes information about Howald as well as how the U.S. mail system works, said Sean Levin, the city’s Recreation & Senior Services Deputy Director. CdM resident Walt Howald, son of the park’s namesake, told members of the CdM Residents Association board about the new addition at the group’s April board meeting. The park is located at 3000 Fifth Ave.

Davis Seabough

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Davis Seabough celebrates his 98th birthday among friends

At the OASIS Senior Center last Friday, April 27, friends celebrated Davis Seabough’s 98th birthday with cake, decorations, lunch and the accordion-gutbucket duo featuring John Valeriano and Tommy Naughton.

Seabough, who lives in Corona del Mar, grew up in St. Louis, where he saw Charles Lindbergh in Forest Park in 1927. Later, he studied electrical engineering at the University of Missouri, graduating in 1942. He served four years in the Army during World War II, and he ended up in California, working for General Dynamics on the Atlas missile project, meeting John Glenn when they showed him the Friendship 7 rocket that would take him on an orbit of the Earth in 1962. 

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Newport Beach Lifeguard Assistant Chief Rob Williams will retire Friday after 33 years of service, according to a city memo. Williams started his career as a seasonal lifeguard in 1985, then became a unit operator in 1990, and was promoted to lifeguard captain in 2001 and to battalion chief in 2006.

“In 2001, he was promoted to his current position as Chief Lifeguard for Marine Operations,” the city memo said. “Chief Williams has been instrumental in maintaining the Fire Department’s motto of ‘Safety, Service and Professionalism’ within Marine Operations. He has held several leadership positions for the United States Lifesaving Association, the California Lifesaving Association and the Orange County Drowning Prevention Task Force. Chief Williams gave pivotal assistance to Newport Beach Lifeguards when the death of Seasonal Lifeguard Ben Carlson occurred in 2014…We will miss him.”

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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.


Segerstrom Center welcomes the legendary Tony Bennett

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Grammy Award winner Tony Bennett to perform for one night only

Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes back Tony Bennett, whose career spans six decades and includes 19 Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award – making him a true international treasure. Bennett performs on Friday, June 1 in Segerstrom Hall, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

With worldwide record sales in the millions, and dozens of platinum and gold albums to his credit, Tony is a musician who touches the hearts and souls of audiences with his signature vocals and charming stage presence. His infamous tunes, such as “Steppin’ Out With My Baby” and “I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” are part of the fabric of American music culture. Often billed as the world’s most boyish octogenarian, Bennett remains a vital musical artist at the peak of his powers.

Tony celebrated his 90th birthday in August 2016, which included the presentation of “TONY BENNETT CELEBRATES 90: The Best is Yet To Come,” a two-hour prime time television special that aired this past December. A companion CD of the same name was released simultaneously. Last fall also saw the release of Tony’s fifth book, Just Getting Started, which he co-authored with journalist Scott Simon.

Tickets to Bennett’s concert start at $79 and are on sale now. They are available online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 20 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. 

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


Top local finishers: Newport to Ensenada

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Top local finishers: Newport to Dana Point

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Segerstrom for the Arts announces Hamilton ticket lottery

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Hamilton Producer Jeffrey Seller and Segerstrom Center for the Arts are announcing a digital lottery for tickets that will begin with the show’s first performance on Tuesday, May 8 in Segerstrom Hall. Forty Orchestra Level tickets will be sold for every performance for $10 each. The digital lottery will open at 11 a.m. Pacific Time on Sunday, May 6 for tickets to the Tuesday, May 8 performance. Subsequent digital lotteries will begin two days prior to each performance. 

How to enter:

Use the official app for Hamilton, now available for all iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store (http://hamiltonmusical.com/app).

You can also visit http://hamiltonmusical.com/lottery to register.

The lottery will open at 11 a.m. PT two days prior to the performance date and will close for entry at 9 a.m. PT the day prior to the performance.

Winner and non-winner notifications will be sent at approximately 11 a.m. PT the day prior to the performance via email and SMS (if mobile number is provided).

No purchase or payment is necessary to enter or participate.

Each winning entrant may purchase up to two tickets.

Only one entry per person is allowed. Repeat entries and disposable email addresses will be discarded.

Tickets must be purchased online with a credit card by 4 p.m. PT the day prior to the performance using the purchase link and code in a customized notification email. Tickets not claimed by 4 p.m. the day prior to the performance are forfeited.

Lottery tickets may be picked up at Will Call beginning two hours prior to the performance with a valid photo ID. Lottery tickets become void if resold.

Additional rules:

Patrons must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid, non-expired photo ID that matches the name used to enter. Tickets are non-transferable. Ticket limits and prices displayed are at the sole discretion of the show and are subject to change without notice.

Lottery prices are not valid on prior purchases. Lottery ticket offer cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. All sales are final – no refunds or exchanges. Lottery may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. No purchase is necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not improve the chances of winning.

Tickets for Hamilton, which runs May 8 - 27, are currently on sale. Patrons are advised to check the official Hamilton channels and www.SCFTA.org for late release seats which may become available at short notice.

Hamilton is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now.

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


NBFF closes eight-day run on May 3 with West Coast Premiere of ALL SQUARE, followed by gala

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A scene from the closing night screening of ALL SQUARE

The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) will conclude its eight-day run with the closing night film and West Coast Premiere of ALL SQUARE on Thursday, May 3 at 8 p.m. at the historic Regency Lido Theater.

ALL SQUARE is a gambling drama film following a down-on-his-luck bookie trying to make it big in a small town. After a one-night stand with an ex-girlfriend, the smalltown bookie (Kelly) strikes up an unlikely friendship with her 12-year-old son and develops a plan to recoup the money owed to him by taking bets on the town’s Youth League Baseball games.

Following the screening there is a Q&A with screenwriter Tim Brady, actors Tom Everett Scott, Jay Larson and Andrew Sikking, and producers Ben Cornwell and Yeardley Smith.

The film will be followed by the last event – the Closing Night Gala at Via Lido Plaza. NBFF, in partnership with Schiefer ChopShop and Via Lido Plaza, will host the post-film celebration which features a hosted bar by Tito’s Vodka, Oban Whiskey and Guinness, with culinary tastings from Orange County’s premiere restaurants.

Cost: $95 for the film and gala; $65 for the gala only. Post party attendees must be 21 years of age; ID is required. Cocktail attire is required; coat or jacket recommended for this outdoor event.

Via Lido Plaza is located at 3425 Via Lido, Newport Beach.


Newport Coast resident to deliver commencement address

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Dr. Daniel Amen to address Vanguard graduates

American psychiatrist, 10-time New York Times bestselling author, brain disorder specialist, and director of Amen Clinics, Dr. Daniel Amen, will give Vanguard University’s Commencement address on Friday, May 4 at Mariners Church in Irvine.

Dr. Amen is a Newport Coast resident, who graduated from Vanguard in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in biology, when the college was known as Southern California College. This year’s commencement will mark 40 years since beginning his own professional work in the medical field.

Dr. Amen is one of American’s leading psychiatrists and brain health experts, helping millions change their brains through his health clinics, top-selling books and public television programs. He is double board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has authored and coauthored 70 professional articles and more than 30 books during his illustrious career. A well-known celebrity doctor, Dr. Amen has also appeared on Dr. Phil, Larry King, Dr. Oz, The Doctors and The View. His work has been featured in Newsweek, Time, Huffington Post, ABC World News, 20/20, BBC, New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times and Men’s Health. He is the chief executive officer and medical director of the six Amen Clinics.

“Dr. Daniel Amen has been a pioneer in the medical field, impacting millions of lives, and we are honored to have him back at his alma mater 40 years later to speak to our graduating class of 2018,” said Dr. Michael Beals, president of Vanguard University. “Dr. Amen has continued to model Vanguard’s mission of pursing knowledge, cultivating character, deepening faith, and leading a spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service.”

Approximately 439 undergraduate and professional studies students and 94 graduate students will receive diplomas at Vanguard’s commencement this year.

Dr. Amen will give the commencement address at the undergraduate ceremony at 10 a.m. and the professional studies and graduate ceremony at 4 p.m. Both ceremonies will take place in the Worship Center at Mariners Church.


JWA passenger traffic increases year-over-year by five percent

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Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in March 2018 as compared with March 2017. In March 2018, the Airport served 898,418 passengers, an increase of five percent when compared with the March 2017 passenger traffic count of 856,025. 

Commercial aircraft operations increased 3.3 percent and commuter aircraft operations decreased 19.4 percent, when compared with March 2017 levels.

Total aircraft operations decreased in March 2018 as compared with the same month in 2017. In March 2018, there were 25,419 total aircraft operations (take-offs and landings), a 0.7 percent decrease compared to 25,598 total aircraft operations in March 2017.

General aviation activity, which accounted for 69.4 percent of the total aircraft operations during March 2018, decreased 2.7 percent when compared with March 2017.

The top three airlines in March 2018 based on passenger count were Southwest Airlines (326,810), United Airlines (141,839) and American Airlines (140,472).


Little Boots DJ house set at Newport Dunes’ Back Bay Bistro

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MDA Events (Modern Disco Ambassadors) presents the second installment of Summer Home, the monthly summer series highlighting the best in music at an idyllic beachside venue.

On Sunday, May 6 from 3 - 8 p.m. at Back Bay Bistro, dance waterside to the music of international sensation Little Boots. The UK native, known for her massive pop hooks and otherworldly electronic soundscapes, will be performing a special disco house set.

Supporting artists include local DJs Torosbros, Daniel Minaya and Herswerve. Indulge in food and specialty craft cocktails courtesy of Back Bay Bistro, while enjoying a picturesque day on the bay.

Cost: $10 - $20. Food and beverages are sold separately. For additional event information and to purchase tickets, visit www.followmda.com

For reservations and information about Back Bay Bistro, call 949.729.1144 or visit www.newportdunes.com/back-bay-bistro. Please note: there is free validated parking when you enter from the 2nd gate on Back Bay Drive.

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


Indulge in the Great Plein Air Art Experience at Crystal Cove this summer

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Discover your inner artist this summer during Crystal Cove Conservancy’s summer art classes.

Celebrate more than 100 years of plein air art at Crystal Cove State Park, and spend a relaxing day capturing the beauty of the Cove on canvas with the help of a Crystal Cove plein air artist. No experience is required; this introductory class is recommended for novices only. Instructors include Alan Nowell, who will be teaching on June 14, July 10 and 17, and August 9, 23 and 30; and Laura Rosenkranz, who will be leading participants on June 21 and 28, and August 2.

Classes take place from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in Cottage #13 (The Beaches Cottage) in the Historic District. Cost: $85 per workshop; $70 for Crystal Cove Conservancy members. All supplies will be provided. Class size is limited to 12. Minimum age is 18.

To register, visit https://crystalcove.org/visit/things-to-do/art-in-the-park-programs.


Free document shredding on May 12

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The City of Newport Beach and CR&R Environmental Services will offer free document shredding for CR&R’s Newport Beach customers on Saturday, May 12, from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Big Canyon Reservoir Parking Lot, 3300 Pacific View Drive (near the intersection of Marguerite & Pacific View), Corona del Mar.

Securely shredding old documents, records and items that contain personal or sensitive information can help prevent identity theft and fraud. Newport Beach residents are encouraged to round up and bring the following types of documents: bank and financial statements, credit card statements or pre-approved credit card offers, old IRS tax forms, checks or bills, old credit cards and plastic/paper membership cards.

Documents, including junk mail, of any size and color will be accepted and can be bound with staples or paper clips. Unfortunately, the shredder cannot accommodate X-rays or larger plastic items such as binders.

This free service is for CR&R’s Newport Beach customers and proof of residency may be required.

For more information, call CR&R at 949.625.6735.


Filmmaker, writer to speak at Newport Beach Public Library

Jennifer Newsom

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The Newport Beach Public Library will host a special program featuring Jennifer Siebel Newsom, documentary writer, director and producer, on Tuesday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Newsom is a filmmaker, CEO, advocate, and thought leader, and is the wife of California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom.

After graduating from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Newsome wrote, directed, and produced the 2011 award-winning documentary, Miss Representation. As a result of the documentary’s powerful impact, she launched The Representation Project, a nonprofit that uses film and media as a catalyst for cultural transformation.

Her second film as a director, The Mask You Live In, premiered in 2015 and explores how America’s narrow definition of masculinity is harming boys, men and society at large. Newsom is also an executive producer on two Emmy award-winning documentaries, The Invisible War and The Hunting Ground, and she serves on the Advisory Council for the Imagine Kids Bus Project, as well as the Common Sense Media Gender Initiative. Newsom resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their four young children.

The program is presented by Imagine Action OC. Admission is free. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis, limited by room capacity.

For more information on programs and services at the Newport Beach Public Library, call 949.717.3800, option 2, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


N2E: Fast or slow, YB tracking shows a tale of three fun races

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Mighty Merloe, HL Enloe’s ORMA60 and Tom Siebel’s Orion, the MOD70, approached the start of the 71st Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race (N2E) like thoroughbred horses; chomping at the bit, side by side, jockeying for position, waiting to spring from the gate and best the other to the finish line, in front of the Hotel Coral and Marina in Ensenada.

Orion was defending their 2016 best elapsed time record and Mighty Merloe was looking to claim it to go with all the other records it has collected in the last four years. Orion stumbled at the start, one of its hulls slightly over early, and had to circle back to the start while Mighty Merloe sailed for the horizon.

Following yet another duel between the two mighty trimarans, as seen thanks to the YB Trackers, it was Mighty Merloe at the finish line by 2 minutes and 30 seconds. However, Orion’s record was safe for another year.

Meanwhile, in Dana Point, the race saw its first ever 1:48:41 finish courtesy of Charles Brewer’s Heartbeat 4. With Richard Mendoza’s Cricket bringing up the rear at 3:21:19 in his Cal20, the entire fleet, including a handful of Lasers, completed the first-ever N2E Dana Point Sprint before happy hour.

Melissa Herzfeld, who was has been volunteering on the check-in boat for four years now, was a little surprised when the first Laser pulled alongside, its enthusiastic skipper reporting the sail number and its sole passenger. Conversely, 15 was the largest crew reporting in this year.

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Dennis Pennell’s Reichel/Pugh 50 Blue Blazes blazed down the Border Run Course home to San Diego like it was late for dinner, finishing with a time of 7:48:27. Dave Griffins and his Fair Haven crew likely had a dinner at sea, finishing the course with an elapsed time of 19:08:31.

The largest boat to finish, Damon Guizot’s Zephyrus (Reichel/Pugh 77), had a stellar race, being the first monohull to finish at 12:27:03. Most of the larger boats, which sail outside the rhumb line, crossed the finish line before 2 p.m. on Saturday. Racers reported that the coastal winds that propelled many of the competitors into Mexico began perishing about midnight, and stayed lax with shifty pockets through most of the day.

As the sun set on the Hotel Coral, the YB Trackers showed 10 boats still drifting towards the sounds of the mariachi band at between 3.8 and 5.6 knots. With all having less than 11 nautical miles to go, it’s possible they arrived just in time for the fireworks, a fitting finish to N2E 71 given that a burst of firecrackers is how the YB Tracker shows the race starting.

Final results and trophy winners were announced at Sunday’s awards ceremony and can be seen below. Watch race replays to all destinations online via YB Tracking at www.nosa.org.

For more information, contact Laurie Morrison, NOSA Communications 310.720.9011 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


ENC to hold Nature Preschool information session

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Join ENC Nature Preschool Director Sue Bierlich and ENC Executive Director Bo Glover on Thursday, June 14 from 6 - 8 p.m. for a free information session about the ENC Nature Preschool.

Bierlich and Glover will discuss the school’s timeline, philosophy, curricula, a typical day, and layout and design of the buildings and Nature Play Area. Note: This is the second information session, and it’s identical to the first sold-out session. It is an adult-only event.

To register for the event, call Lori Whalen at 949.645.8489, ext. 103.

To donate to the ENC Nature Preschool, visit www.encnaturepreschool.org/donate or contact Executive Director Bo Glover at 949.645.8489, ext. 101, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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


Emergency outdoor warning system test on May 4 at higher decibel

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The City of Newport Beach will be testing its outdoor warning siren system on Friday, May 4 at 12 p.m. This test of the 10-year-old system will be performed at a higher decibel level compared to the regular monthly testing. 

The system’s three sirens, located at West Jetty View Park, Marina Park and West Newport Park, are regularly tested the first Friday of each month at a low decibel level. The lower setting could only be heard by those who were immediately adjacent to the sirens.

During the May 4 test, the system will be set at a higher decibel level to ensure the sound is traveling to the designated coverage areas. The system’s sound is similar to an air warning siren. City staff will be out in the community during the testing to record the results of the higher setting. 

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.

Also at this time, the cities of Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach will be testing their outdoor warning systems, which are separate from Newport Beach’s system.

A disaster or emergency situation can occur at any time. Community members are encouraged to take action now to be prepared before a disaster strikes.

The City has resources available online at www.newportbeachca.gov/disasterpreparedness

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..


Early bird tickets on sale now for Pacific Wine & Food Classic

Pacific Wine & Food Classic (PWFC) takes place on August 18 and 19 at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. Early bird tickets have just been released, with prices ranging from $99 - $259. Early bird ticket prices are the lowest they will be and will increase soon. This year’s event is presented by Pacific Sales and powered by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.

The annual wine and food festival will feature more than 100 not-to-miss summer- inspired experiences. A small sampling of what festival guests can enjoy includes: a Summer Wine Garden, Celebrity Cruise Silent Disco, Taco & Beer Lounge by Towne Park Brewing and Chela’s, Paella and Sangria Lounge by Villa Roma, Official “Pacific Burger” by Burger Boss, “Off the Hook Seafood” by Anderson’s Seafood, Fresh Baja Shellfish Bar, Gelato Bar featuring Classic Summer Flavors by Golden Spoon, Live Broadcast of The Fork Report with Neil Saavedra, US Foods Chef Lounge, Sommelier Wine & Food Journey by BXCR Wine Bar, Melissa’s Produce Grilled Corn and many more delicious happenings.

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The Classic was recently acknowledged by the International Food, Wine and Travel Writer’s Association as among the Top 10 food and wine festivals in the world. The Classic offers guests a unique festival that is not oversold or overly crowded and has a fun summer vibe with fantastic food, wine, beer and cocktails. Guests can enjoy the sand and bay during a perfect summer weekend.

Come meet our local chef community during the PWFC. More than 60 restaurants and chefs will be serving up summer-inspired cuisine. This event offers guests an incredible opportunity to experience myriad Southern California restaurants in a one or two-day span. Meet the people behind the food while exploring 150 plus wineries, local craft beers and an Anheuser-Busch lounge, and crafty cocktails by Maker’s Mark, Bacardi and Sauza.

VIP Guests will experience an hour early entrance to enjoy the VIP section and the entire festival; tickets are extremely limited. Guests with a VIP ticket will also enjoy: summer-inspired cocktails by Hornitos; premium rum cocktails featuring Bacardi Cuatro, Ocho and Diez; a bread and cheese experience by Sadie Rose and Cabot Cheese; exquisite wines; gourmet desserts by Mixed Bakery; and food by Chef Linda Johnsen, Filomena’s Italian Kitchen, Chef Manny Velasco, Sol Agave, Chef Tin Vuong, Bluegold, Chef Ross Pangilinan, Mix Mix Kitchen Bar, Chef Zach Scherer, The Country Club, Chef Cathy Pavlos of Provenance, Chef Lauren Lawless of MasterChef Season 8 and Pastry Chef Elyssa Fournier.

For more information and tickets, visit www.PacificWineandFood.com. No one under the age of 21 is permitted.

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


Celebrate a Run for the Roses at Five Crowns

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And they’re off…

If you can’t make it to Louisville this weekend, then come celebrate the Kentucky Derby with an afternoon of televised horse races and a Louisville-inspired menu at Five Crowns’ fourth annual Bourbon Derby Party on Saturday, May 5 from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Experience a Kentucky welcome with a traditional Mint Julep made with Woodford Reserve bourbon upon arrival to Five Crowns’ patio and garden area, which will be transformed into Corona del Mar’s own “Millionaire’s Row.” Enjoy watching the race while learning about fantastic bourbons and celebrating the favorite horses.

Executive Chef Alejandra Padilla will prepare an exclusive menu for the event to pair perfectly with the five featured whiskies.

Don’t forget to dress to impress in Derby attire as prizes for “Male Best Dressed” and “Female Best Dressed” will be awarded, in addition to a prize for the “Race Bet Winner.”

Tickets are $155 per person (includes tax and gratuity) and space is limited. To purchase tickets, visit https://bit.ly/2Gj0bR3.

For more information or to make reservations, call 949.760.0331 or visit www.lawrysonline.com/five-crowns

Five Crowns is located at 3801 East Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.


Artist James Strombotne goes Behind the Brushstrokes

Dreamcatcher

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“Dreamcatcher” by artist James Strombotne

The Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents an exhibition of paintings by renowned artist James Strombotne at the Newport Beach Central Library May 7 - July 6, and an informal reception and short lecture on Thursday, May 24 at 7 p.m. at the Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Strombotne, along with his daughter Emily Strombotne, will be there to meet guests and talk about his paintings and their collaboration on a new book, Behind the Brushstrokes. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

A nationally recognized American artist, Strombotne had his first one-man show in 1956 in San Francisco at a gallery called Studio 44 on Fillmore Street. He was 21. At that time, he would paint and draw every day. More than 50 years later, he still paints and draws daily. 

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“Reunion” by artist James Strombotne

Since that first one-man show, Strombotne has shown his work in more than 100 one-man shows, including 14 retrospectives. His work is housed in many of the finest public collections in the country and is also included in numerous prestigious private collections. In this special exhibit, he continues to captivate audiences with his provocative paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture.

The exhibition will be available for viewing during Central Library operating hours, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 12 - 5 p.m.

For more information about cultural arts programs in the City of Newport Beach, visit the City’s Cultural Arts webpage at www.newportbeachca.gov/CulturalArts.


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Below, you’ll find this week’s clue. What you see is a partial glimpse of a business sign. It is a newcomer, so this may prove to be somewhat challenging. Stu thinks if you’re astute...”it’s in the bag.”

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 4.27.18

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Stump the Stu

This dolphin is adored (and ridden) by many youngsters

Dolphin

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What Stu thought was a sea lion, turned out to be a dolphin! And we got “schooled” by local long-time resident Don Webb. So, we wanted to share his answer with all of you: “Your picture today is the second Mariners Park Dolphin. The first was probably installed when the park opened in about 1960. I know it was there when we bought our house near the park in 1969. In the late ‘70s or early ‘80s some overzealous park safety person determined the dolphin was a safety hazard and sent workers out to ‘murder’ the dolphin with sledge hammers in front of many young park users. Most were in tears. The Mariners community raised such a stink that in a few months, the pictured dolphin appeared and has been enjoyed by park users since. That includes my two sons and four grandchildren among others.”

And thank you to all of our other readers who remembered our resident dolphin in Mariners Park fondly and guessed correctly! Congratulations to: Alice Brownell, Andy Lingle, Bobbi Schaaf, Debi Bibb, Debra and Bill Finster, Jim Drayton, Jim Kaminsky, Jody Chapman, Joe Stapleton, Lynn Swain, Michelle McCormack, Sean Levin, Tom Anderson and William Lobdell.

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!


Newport Beach student exchange with sister city, Antibes

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French exchange students tour the grounds at Newport Beach Civic Center

During the City Council’s study session on Tuesday, April 24, students from Newport Beach’s Sister City, Antibes, France were welcomed for the first time in nine years to our city. The group was comprised of 15 students and three chaperones from Antibes; the students attended classes at Corona del Mar and Newport Harbor high schools with their host student.

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Newport Beach exchange students visiting the Picasso Museum in Antibes are joined by Cherri Penne-Myers, chair of the Newport Beach Antibes Committee on the far right

Cherri Penne-Myers, chair of the Newport Beach Antibes Committee, led a sister city exchange, accompanied by eight students, one teacher chaperone and another committee member to Antibes on April 13. While there, the students attended classes at Lycee Audiberti High School, visited Monaco and their oceanography museum, toured Nice and Old Town Antibes going to the Picasso Museum, and then enjoyed activities on the days when the bus and trains were not on strike.

Newport Beach is celebrating 28 years of its sister city relationship. In April 2019, they will send a group of students over to Antibes, and French students will come here. In July 2020, there will be a Newport Beach adult delegation celebration over in France during their jazz festival; in turn, the French adult delegation will come to Newport Beach in fall 2020.

If you would like to find out more about the sister city exchange and how to get involved, visit www.nbsca.org.


N2E: Mexican dignitaries welcomed at Mayor’s Reception

The Newport Ocean Sailing Association celebrated 71 years of friendships integral to the success of the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race (N2E) at the annual Mayor’s Reception last evening, Thursday, April 26.

Commodore Daniel Hodge welcomed officials from both namesake cities and extended an invitation to all participating boat owners to come meet and celebrate those responsible for continuing the traditions of this iconic race and for making it happen year after year. The reception started at the Bayview Marriott’s Seaview Terrace and joined the annual Sail Away party following the official ceremonies.

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Attendees enjoying the N2E reception in the Bayside Marriott’s Seaview Terrace

“I’ve been around sailboats my entire life, sailed in and around Newport Harbor since I was a small child, and raced boats all over the world,” said Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield. “Some of the most fun I had was competing in the N2E as it brings together professional and recreational sailors for a 125-mile race across the border. The City of Newport Beach has a long tradition of supporting the race and we are proud to serve as one of its host cities.”

Mayor Duffield welcomed officials that included William Ostick, US Consul General from Tijuana; Maurio Cuevas Zamora, of the Mexican Consul General Santa Ana; Arthuro Sanchez, the Mexican Consul for Press & Commercial Affairs; Gabriel Juarez Alvarado of the Mexican Tourism Los Angeles Board; and Petra Svehlova, who works in conjunction with the Mexican Board of Tourism and is representing many wineries of the Guadeloupe Valley. Representatives from the State of Baja, a congressman from Mexico City, the Mexican Consul General of Los Angeles, and the owners of the Hotel Coral and Marina, Andreas Martinez, and his wife Rossana Martinez, also attended the ceremonies.

“The friendship and graciousness of so many Ensenada area leaders is the primary reason for the continuance of this highly successful event that brings two nations, dozens of businesses and thousands of people together,” said Hodge. “Our race shows how working together can bring mutual success to the communities of Newport Beach and Ensenada while providing N2E sailors an unforgettable, competitive, and fun race.”

The contingency of dignitaries will watch the start of the race, now featuring three courses to three destinations, today, Friday, April 27, at 11 a.m. from the Balboa Pier, before returning to Ensenada’s finish line. 

For more information, visit www.nosa.org.


Corona del Mar residents named to Human Options board of directors

Human Options, an Orange County-based nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence, announced the addition of two new board members, Susan Heller, co-managing shareholder at Greenberg Traurig’s Orange County office, and holistic health coach Lisa Hummelberg. Both are Corona del Mar residents.

Heller also serves as Greenberg Traurig’s chair of global trademark and brand management and co-chair of the Greenberg Traurig Women’s Initiative (GTWI). She is consistently recognized as having one of the pre-eminent international trademark practices in the country. Heller helps her clients monetize and optimize their critical IP assets through strategic and creative positioning, management and enforcement of their worldwide trademark, copyright and domain name portfolios and extensive collateral product licensing. Most recently, she was singled out by Euromoney, naming her “Best in Trademark” at its Americas Women in Business Law Awards, and Best Lawyers in America named her the “Lawyer of the Year” in Trademark Law for Los Angeles.

Heller Hummelberg

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(L-R): CdM residents Susan Heller and Lisa Hummelberg appointed to Human Options board

Hummelberg is a holistic health coach who worked previously as a certified public accountant for Deloitte, where she was responsible for auditing financials and client relations. More recently, she worked with Free Wheelchair Mission to distribute wheelchairs in Peru; she also joined its newly formed OC Women’s Council.

Before being appointed to the Human Options board of directors, Hummelberg served on its gala committee. As a mother of four daughters, she is passionate about the mission of Human Options and interested in deepening her commitment to the organization.

“We’re confident Susan and Lisa will add strategic value to our already strong board of directors,” said Maricela Rios-Faust, CEO of Human Options. “Their perspectives – as progressive business executives and community leaders committed to social change – will enable Human Options to strengthen our ability to provide all those affected by relationship violence a safe place to be heard and healed.”

For more information about Human Options, visit www.humanoptions.org.


Corona del Mar Residents Association annual meeting was highly attended, addressed pertinent issues

Harbor View PFO reps

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Representatives from Harbor View Elementary PFO shared the importance of volunteerism

The Corona del Mar Residents Association (CdMRA) and the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District (CdM BID) co-hosted a successful annual meeting on Wednesday evening, April 25, where more than 200 residents, guests and public employees were in attendance.

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Social Hour afforded attendees the opportunity to interact with Expo participants

The very popular Community Social and Expo taking place between 5 and 6 p.m. kicked off the event, and included representatives from the City of Newport Beach and local community organizations who were on hand to answer questions about a wide range of topics, including crime prevention and emergency planning, recreation and seniors’ programs, public works projects, and more.

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Newport Beach Police Chief Jon Lewis spoke to the gathering on public safety

This year’s topics were Fire Prevention, Public Safety and Community Involvement. Both Newport Beach Chief of Police Jon Lewis and Newport Beach Fire Chief Chip Duncan spoke and addressed questions from the audience.

For the first time, two of the local elementary schools – Harbor View and Lincoln –participated, to help emphasize how much the volunteers in our community contribute to the success for all of us.

For more information and how you can get involved, call the CdM Residents Association at 949.478.2454 or the CdM Business Improvement District at 949.673.4050.


Assistance League honors Newport Beach resident with OneOC Spirit of Volunteerism Award

Chris Kjaer

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Chris Kjaer is honored by the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa

Assistance League (AL) of Newport-Mesa honored Newport Beach resident Chris Kjaer at the OneOC Spirit of Volunteerism Awards, held in the Disneyland Hotel Ballroom yesterday, Thursday, April 26.

Kjaer joined Assistance League of Newport-Mesa in 2012 and from her first day as a member, she expressed the true Spirit of Volunteerism. With her husband, Edward, an equally dedicated teenage daughter and a professional career in electrical transportation consulting, innovation and change, Kjaer’s life embodies both classic and contemporary lifestyles.

In addition to all of her volunteer duties as an Assistance League member, such as volunteering at on-site shops and in philanthropic programs, Kjaer took on a leadership role as Operation School Bell chairman and, most recently, vice president of all philanthropic programs. Her daughter, Emma, is a member of the Assisteens Auxiliary; the members of this auxiliary may know Kjaer best as their grade level adviser, taking the time to lead and encourage these young ladies as they develop their own leadership skills and community service.

The chapter’s newest philanthropic program, the Pop-Up “Free” Shop was created by Kjaer. This program distributes unsold clothing and home goods from their Thrift Shop to their Community Partner families comprised of low-income and underserved members of our community. AL’s Closet, an idea also managed by Kjaer, is designed to help students that would not qualify for clothing from the Operation School Bell program. Middle school and high school students in need can select clothing from a clothes closet set up and stocked with current and appropriate fashions at their schools. Kjaer expanded the Operation School Bell program to year round youth literacy programs, partnered with Think Together and Girls Inc. The Cheri Harris Dental Center, the chapter’s largest philanthropic program, was made even more accessible by her skill and perseverance in applying for and obtaining the Denta-Cal program for the dental center.

Kjaer’s exemplary style is a true model for volunteerism. Her hard work, calm demeanor, sense of humor and professional expertise inspire everyone around her to do their very best as we work to serve the community.

For membership information about Assistance League of Newport-Mesa, located at 2220 Fairview Drive, Costa Mesa, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949.645.6929. www.alnm.org


VUE Newport offers unique bayfront commercial space

VUE Newport

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VUE Newport features 11 hyper-unique waterfront creative office condominiums

Redwood West (RW), a boutique real estate firm that specializes in tenant representation, leasing and investment sales, announces the sale of 11 hyper-unique waterfront creative office condominiums at VUE Newport.

Located in the heart of the Balboa Peninsula on Newport Harbor, VUE Newport offers the opportunity to own bayfront commercial space in a brand-new, mixed-use development surrounded by a range of high-end residential, specialty retail and acclaimed eateries.

“Since 2004, we have handled the majority of the commercial leasing, sales and asset management transactions in coastal Newport Beach – from Mariner’s Mile and Lido Village to Cannery Village and Balboa Peninsula,” said Ben Gott, co-founder of Redwood West. “We are thrilled to bring this offering to market and can confidently say that VUE Newport affords business owners a one-of-a-kind opportunity to own waterfront commercial space.”

Boasting open floor plans with bi-folding doors providing direct access to ocean breezes, these coastal office condominiums are quite unique. Overlooking the bay and a mere 100 yards from the ocean, VUE Newport features eight ground floor condos and three second floor condos ranging from approximately 680 to 6,400 square feet. For those looking to enjoy the full Newport Beach lifestyle, the property gives office owners access to a wealth of on-site amenities including:

Two eateries, one fast-casual and one full-service

Three specialty retail shops

Ample parking - four per 1,000 square feet

Priority access to public dock slips

Preferred access to lease private slips accommodating boats up to 75 feet

Use of the dog walk area, as commercial spaces are dog-friendly

Access to paddle boards and other water activity equipment

Ability to live where you work, with VUE Newport’s exclusive collection of residences for sale

In addition, owners can take advantage of prominent signage opportunities along

Newport Boulevard.

Third Palm Capital, based in Texas, owns VUE Newport and selected Redwood West to handle the sale of the office properties due to their hyper-local expertise and relationships.

“We worked closely with the Newport Beach community and city to revitalize commercial coastal development in Newport Beach,” said John Pomer, co-founder of Redwood West. “There is plenty of waterfront residential development here, but given the barrier to entry for new, ground-up commercial development along this coast, it is likely this opportunity will never be recreated.”

VUE Newport also includes an intimate collection of 27 luxury bayfront villas and townhomes, which are being represented for sale by the Tim Smith Group of Coldwell Banker in Newport Beach. VUE fronts a channel along Newport Bay, and many of its casually elegant villas feature unobstructed bay views. In addition, every luxe VUE flat and townhome spans up to 3,015 square feet and incorporates coastal modern architecture, gourmet kitchens appointed with chef-inspired appliances, spacious patios, private garages and innovative interior design. The commercial office condos can also be connected with the residences, making the combined work/live lifestyle a reality.

For commercial tours and information, contact Ben Gott at 949.945.2648 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Additional information can also be found at www.VueNewport.com.


You Must Remember This: Bay Window ads conjure up past CdM landmarks

By NANCY GARDNER

Silhouette Shop Ad

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An alluring ad for The Silhouette Shop

I was rummaging through some family stuff and came across a copy of the Bay Window, the monthly magazine of the Balboa Bay Club, dated September 1952. As one would expect, the bulk of the magazine was devoted to social coverage of members, but it seems that different issues had different themes. This particular issue featured Corona del Mar, and the ads in that section were all of Corona del Mar stores. I had the bright idea of walking Coast Highway to find what is currently on the site of the old stores, so Finn, my very good natured but not particularly well-trained Weimaraner, and I set off only to find that there was no correlation of numbers. In 1952, the addresses in the ads ranged from 121 Coast Highway to 1611. Today they range from 2200 to 3900 – and they’re reversed. In 1952, the low number was at the south end of town. Today, it’s at the north. However, with some rudimentary sleuthing I was able to make a few matches.

Where Crown Cove is today, there was Kay Finch Ceramics where, according to the ad, you could “see pottery made” and purchase gifts from $1 to $100. Today’s El Ranchito was Ragan’s Restaurant, John H. “Cap” was the Ragan’s owner, and next door was O’Brien’s dress shop, showing “your Rosewin Coat in Strook Pom Pom Shag,” whatever that is. Bliss Home & Design was the home of Brandt’s, “Corona del Mar’s Popular Department Store,”; Bandera was once Gene’s; and Gulfstream was Merle’s Drive-in, “Home of the Schoolboy Breakfast.” I was not allowed to go to Merle’s for breakfast or any other meal. My mother thought there was a rather louche group hanging out there.

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Ragan’s Restaurant was located where El Ranchito is in CdM Village

Next to what is now Bruegger’s Bagels, was the Unique Shop which offered “smart, youthful styling” and next to that was the Silhouette Shop, asking, “How can you look so naughty and feel so nice? Warner’s Merry Widow.” If memory serves, this is where I got the nightgown that I passed off as evening wear at the senior Prom. I had been forced to go shopping for a dress, dragged through store after store. I was exhausted. Finally, we went into the Unique Shop, but despite its promise of smart, youthful styling, there was nothing, at least for me, and then I saw this blue sparkly thing in the adjoining shop.  That’s it! “It’s a nightgown,” I was informed. No, a nightgown is flannel and baggy and warm. This was some smooth shiny material. It had spaghetti straps and a somewhat fitted bodice. If you slept in it you would be cold and uncomfortable, ergo, not a nightgown, at least not at this point. My mother, as exhausted as I was, was too tired to argue, so that’s what I wore, and nobody said anything...so, we either fooled them or they were all very polite.

Silhouette and Unique shop

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Street view of The Silhouette Shop and Unique Shop

Beyond the CdM section, there were ads from around the city including one for a 56-foot twin diesel yacht for $25,000, which I imagine would be a real bargain today and ads from as far away as Beverly Hills, home of Grande Maison de Blanc offering “our new Marlin Blanket...indispensable for sleeping aboard.” It seems a little incongruous that a store with a French name would feature a blanket with a fish on it, and even more incongruous that someone would drive from here to Beverly Hills to buy one, but I guess it’s no more incongruous than getting a ball gown in the lingerie section. 

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


Foodies are in for a treat during the NBFF Culinary Film Series

Three Days of Glory

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“Three Days of Glory” depicts the wine celebration that took place in Burgundy during the brutal 2016 season

The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) presented by Pacific Sales is expanding its non-fiction programming with the introduction of its Culinary Film Series, a new documentary film program that celebrates emerging and prominent gourmet chefs, the art of gastronomy, international food culture, and the craft of winemaking and distilling.

From the Burgundy Hills of France to the Michelin star restaurants of San Sebastian to the ramen shops of Tokyo, the program spotlights eight films that explore a mouthwatering array of flavorful regional and local cuisines of the culinary world. Filled with cinematic artistry, the films go behind the scenes into bustling kitchens of renown restaurants, to remote rural villages, into potager gardens and vineyards of today’s chefs, vintners and distillers. The films explore the history of culinary traditions and capture the fascinating personal stories of these passionate innovators and reveal the challenges, triumphs and the vital ingredients essential to achieving success in the culinary industry.

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“Ramen Heads” is screening on Monday, April 30 at Triangle Cinemas

The Culinary Film Series features the World Premiere of Three Days of Glory (directed by David Baker and Scott Wright), a documentary about Les Trois Glorieuses, the colorful wine celebration that took place in Burgundy during the brutal 2016 season. The lineup includes the West Coast Premiere of Cuban Food Stories (directed by Asori Soto), a documentary about Soto’s journey to discover the hidden flavors of Cuba from his childhood. Screening as part of the Pacific Rim Showcase, ULAM: Main Dish (directed by Alexandra Cuerdo) chronicles the emerging Filipino culinary movement in the United States. Other films in the series include Constructing Albert (directed by Laura Collado and Jim Loomis), Michelin Stars: Tales from the Kitchen (directed by Rasmus Dinesen), Grand Cru (directed by David Eng), Ramen Heads (directed by Koki Shigeno) and Scotch - A Golden Dream (directed by Andrew Peat).

With more than 60 Orange County restaurants, local culinary schools, presenting sponsor Pacific Sales (a leader in kitchen and home products) and Dine Newport Beach participating in the Festival, along with the popularity of food-centric films at past editions (Chef, 42 Grams, American Wine Story, La Tradition), the newly curated Culinary Film Series expands the Festival’s menu of food themed offerings and gives fest goers an opportunity to enjoy the latest in culinary cinema on the big screen, along with tastings created by local chefs and vintners for an all-encompassing culinary experience.

Michelin Star Guy Savoy

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Guy Savoy is among the chefs featured in “Michelin Stars: Tales from the Kitchen”

The 19th annual Newport Beach Film Festival takes place from April 26 - May 3. Films in the Culinary Film Series begin screening on Friday, April 27 with Constructing Albert at The LOT starting at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $15. The series will be shown at Edwards Big Newport (300 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach), The LOT in Fashion Island (999 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach), The Triangle (1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa) and Regency Lido Theater (3459 Via Lido Drive, Newport Beach). 

For the complete schedule, visit www.newportbeachfilmfest.com – hit the 2018 Film Guide tab and scroll down to Culinary Films.


Dignitaries and library supporters attend CdM fire station and library groundbreaking 

Councilmembers

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City of Newport Beach and NBPL

Newport Beach City Council members and NBPL Board (L-R): Janet Ray, Paul Watkins, Diane Dixon, Brad Avery, Will O’Neill, Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield, Kevin Muldoon, Scott Peotter, Doug Coulter and Jeff Herdman

The City of Newport Beach held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the Corona del Mar Fire Station No. 5 and Library Replacement project on Tuesday, April 24 at 2 p.m.

The ceremony was held in front of the CdM Library, located at 401 Marigold Ave. Community members were invited to join in the celebration.

Friends of the Library

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 (L-R): Friends of the Library Linh Do (with daughter Adele Do), Danielle Rivas and Joy Brenner join CdM Branch Librarian Annika Helmuth and Newport Beach Fire Chief Chip Duncan

The new 10,314-square-foot library and fire station were designed in close coordination with input from community members, the Library Board of Trustees, the Library Services Department and the Fire Department, and replaces the existing 60-year-old buildings. The City Council awarded contracts for the construction and construction-support services of the joint facility on February 27 for a total amount of $8,333,000.

Construction demolition began in April and is expected to be completed in summer 2019.


Sign up for the Roy Emerson Adoption Guild tennis tournament taking place Memorial Day weekend

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Anthony Gomez and Rylan Rizza competing in Open Doubles

Attention tennis players! The 57th Annual Roy Emerson Adoption Guild Tennis Classic (a USTA-sanctioned event) is taking place May 25 - 28 at the Palisades Tennis Club...so sign up now!

Awaiting you is $15,000 in prize money, sponsored by the Orange County Breakers for all open events, men’s 35 doubles and 50 & over events.

Tournament dates include a consolation round. NTRP level of competition is 3.5 - 5.5 in singles, doubles and mixed. There is a new division this year for those who are 50 years of age and older in men’s and women’s, and singles and doubles.

The entry deadline is Sunday, May 13 at 9:59 p.m.

There will be a tournament party on Saturday, May 26 at 6 p.m. at The Tennis Club at Newport Beach Country Club, One Clubhouse Drive, Newport Beach.

Enter online at www.adoptionguild.org.

The Palisades Tennis Club is located at 1171 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach.


Deadline is nearing to enter ENC Youth Art Showcase

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Youngsters ages 4 - 18 will have the opportunity to exhibit their art at the Environmental Nature Center’s (ENC) Spring Faire on Sunday, May 6. Children are encouraged to enter the 7th Annual ENC Youth Art Showcase to display their artwork that explores California’s diverse ecosystems, the plants and animals that call them home, and the people who work in them, care for and enjoy them. The deadline is Sunday, April 29.

Guidelines

Art must reflect the theme: “Ecosystems of California”.

Art may be dropped off between Friday, April 20 and Sunday, April 29 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the front desk of the ENC.

Ages 4 - 18 may enter.

Upon drop-off of artwork, a simple form will be filled out.

With the exclusion of film, all mediums/sizes accepted as long as it can fit through the doorway (including photography)

One entry per person. No group entries.

Age Categories and Prizes

Ages 4 - 7:

First – Art Supply Warehouse $50 gift card

Second – Art Supplies from Saddleback College Fashion Program

Third - TBD

Ages 8 - 10:

First – Art Supply Warehouse $50 gift card

Second – Art Supplies from Saddleback College Fashion Program

Third – TBD

Ages 11 - 13:

First – Art Supply Warehouse $50 gift card

Second – Art Supplies from Saddleback College Fashion Program

Third – TBD

Ages 14 - 18:

One winner TBD

All participants will receive a ribbon for entering.

Artwork must be picked up May 7 and 8 between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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For more information, visit www.encenter.org, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can view past winning artwork on the website.


California dreaming with author Nathan Turner

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On Thursday, May 3 from 2 - 4 p.m., you’re invited to a book signing with acclaimed designer Nathan Turner at Newport Beach Design Shop in Lido Marina Village. He will be sharing his book, I Love California – Live, Eat, And Entertain The West Coast Way.

Stop by and enjoy recipes from Turner’s new bestseller and hear his top tips for entertaining during the summer season.

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

Newport Beach Design Shop is located at 3636 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach.


Movie in the Park scheduled for May 4

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On Friday, May 4 at 6:30 pm., bring the whole family to Mariners Park to enjoy a screening of “The Sandlot,” as part of the Movie in the Park series.

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

Bring a blanket, towel of folding quad chairs to sit on. 

For more information, call 949.270.8150.

Mariners Park is located at 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.


Be part of a fun team...volunteer at the CdM Scenic 5K

2015 CdM 5k

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Giving back to the community is what makes our neighborhoods so special! The 37th Annual CdM Scenic 5K, taking place Saturday, June 2, is seeking volunteers. It is a great opportunity to have some fun and meet new people. There are a variety of positions available, and you can sign up at the website or attend the kick-off meeting to learn more.

The volunteer kick-off meeting takes place on Wednesday, May 2 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce office located at 2855 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

Vendor Exhibit spaces are available, and they are offer the perfect chance to promote your business throughout the community.

For more information, visit www.cdmchamber.com.


Junior League Juniors visit Pacific Marine Mammal Center

PMMC

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Recently, Junior League Juniors, based in Newport Beach, took a tour of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) in Laguna Beach, where they learned about the steps the Center follows to help local marine life be nursed back to health.

From rescue to rehabilitation to release, the Center has helped more than 9,000 animals since opening in 1971. The Juniors got to see a successfully run mostly-volunteer organization and how volunteering can help their community.

They also learned steps they can take in their own lives to help prevent these animals from needing rescue, like reducing plastics use, keeping our oceans clean and not feeding wild animals. It was a great event and the kids all learned a lot, while getting to see many “patients” of the Center up close and personal.

For more information about Junior League Juniors, visit www.jloccc.org.


April, May events at OC Fair & Event Center

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April 27 - 29: America’s Family Pet Expo

The 29th annual America’s Family Pet Expo is the largest pet- and pet-product event of its kind. Exhibits include retailers, groomers, hobbyists, rescue organizations, breeders and pet experts. 

Hours: Friday, April 27, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sunday, April 29, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Cost: $15 general admission, $13 seniors (60+), $10 children (ages 6-12), free for kids 5 and younger. Active and retired military members are free with valid ID. Parking is $8 on Friday; $10 on Saturday & Sunday. For more information, visit www.petexpooc.org.

May 4 - 6: OC Marathon Running Festival

Now in its 14th year, this world-class event will feature the SDCCU Marathon and Half Marathon, Wahoo’s 5k, Kids Run the OC, and the OC Lifestyle and Fitness Expo.

Hours: OC Lifestyle and Fitness Expo is Friday, May 4 from 4 - 8 p.m., and Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Kids Run the OC is Saturday, May 5 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Wahoo’s 5K begins Saturday, May 5 at 5 p.m. Full Marathon begins at Newport Center on Sunday, May 6 at 5:30 a.m. and Half Marathon at 6:15 a.m. Finish Line Party at OC Fair & Event Center is Sunday, May 6, from 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Cost: Registration fees vary. Parking is $8 on Friday; $10 on Saturday & Sunday. For more information, visit www.ocmarathon.com.

May 9: Orange County Hiring Fair

Find information and employment opportunities in either the public or private sector. It is also an opportunity for local businesses to find qualified candidates and promote their work.

Hours: Wednesday, May 9, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Cost: Free admission. For more information, visit www.ochiringfair.com.

May 11: Voices – Veterans Storytelling Project

The voices of veterans come alive at Heroes Hall as former military men and women share their very personal and poignant stories of service.

Hours: Friday, May 11

Cost: Free admission. For more information, visit www.ocfair.com/heroeshall.

May 12: Food Preservation Workshop

This workshop, led by OC Fair’s Culinary Supervisor Pam Wnuck, is a hands-on lesson in steam canning, during which participants will make dill pickle spears. Leave the class with three pints of pickles to enjoy at home, give as a gift or enter in the 2018 OC Fair competitions.

Hours: Saturday, May 12, 9:30 a.m.

Cost: $25 includes materials and handouts. Please bring three 1-pint canning jars with lids and rings. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to sign up, go to www.ocfair.com/gardenclasses.

May 12: Costa Mesa Speedway

Featuring the Jack Milne Cup, celebrating 50 years of Legendary Speedway Racing, Costa Mesa Speedway has put fans right on top of all the action from the comfort of arena-style grandstand seating since 1969.

Hours: Saturday, May 12, 7:30 p.m.

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 $10. For more information, visit www.costamesaspeedway.net.

May 18 - 20: Gem Faire

Fine jewelry, precious and semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold and silver, minerals and more at manufacturer’s prices, sold by nearly 200 exhibitors from around the world.

Hours: Friday, May 18, 12 - 6 p.m.; Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; and Sunday, May 20, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Cost: $7 admission; children 11 & younger are free. Parking is $8 on Friday; $10 on Saturday & Sunday. For more information, visit www.gemfaire.com.

May 18 - 20: OC Night Market

Produced by 626 Night Market, OC Night Market features 200+ food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music and entertainment attractions in one event for all ages. 

Hours: Friday & Saturday, May 18 - 19, 4 p.m. - midnight, and Sunday, May 20, 4 - 11 p.m.

Cost: $5 admission. Parking is $8 on Friday; $10 on Saturday & Sunday. For more information, visit www.ocnightmarket.com.

May 26 - 27: Scottish Fest USA

Celebrates Celtic culture with 50+ Celtic merchants, genealogy with 70+ Scottish clans, sheep herding, child inflatables, junior athletics, archery, Celtic food including haggis and more. New Irish stage added to four other stages with Celtic music featuring the most-recorded piper Eric Rigler from Bad Haggis and the popular Wicked Tinkers.

Hours: Saturday & Sunday, May 26 - 27, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Cost: $18 admission; $16 seniors (62+); $3 children ages 4 - 11. Free for children 3 & younger, and military and first responders. Parking is $8 on Friday; $10 on Saturday & Sunday. For more information, visit www.scottishfest.com.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Council to address “Initiation Process” for New City Manager behind closed doors…some cry foul!

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There’s a lot of finger-pointing going on around City Hall and it’s leading to a lot of speculation and, in some situations, new threats of legal action.

A Closed Session item on today’s Newport Beach City Council agenda calls for the “Initiation of Recruitment Process for New City Manager.”

The question on people’s minds is should this have been handled behind closed doors or in an open public forum.

In social media circles, community activist Jim Mosher said, “I am unable to find any justification for a closed session on that topic in the Brown Act, and if there is no statutory justification, then it’s illegal.”

Activist Susan Skinner agrees (see her letter in today’s SNN Letters to the Editor) and sent correspondence to the city attorney saying so.

City Attorney Aaron Harp, on the other hand, said, “I do appreciate your (Skinner and Mosher) concern but please know that the noticing for the meeting as well as the items to be discussed in Closed Session are authorized by the Brown Act.”

And that’s not all, another question being asked is how long City Manager Dave Kiff will oversee the City? His new, updated contract, has his final date being no later than August 31, 2018.

But, there’s also some who say certain councilmembers want him out sooner-rather-than-later and they can do that by naming an interim city manager. Then they’ll just pay Kiff through August just to disappear.

Could that happen tonight, too?

If true, the community should be generally sad for Kiff. Kiff has been an exemplary City Manager!

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The 19th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival begins Thursday evening, April 26, with their Opening Night Film & Gala. The film will be American Animals and it begins at 7:30 p.m. at, where else, Edwards Big Newport.

According to Rotten Tomatoes, “American Animals is the extraordinary and thrilling true story of four friends who brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history.”

Let’s get out there and enjoy yourselves. More than 350 films, from more than 50 countries and it all ends one week later on Thursday, May 3.

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This Friday, sailors will be heading south with the kickoff of the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race.

There are also a few changes this year. First off, the usual course to Ensenada will continue, however, two new races will also be run. The first is the Border Run Race to San Diego and the second is the Border Run Sprint to Dana Point.

Hopefully these additions will enlarge the field and open up new opportunities for other sailors.

The Newport Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA) has hosted the race since 1947.

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The National Football League will host their annual draft beginning this Thursday, April 26, from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It’ll run through Saturday, all leading up to the selection of Mr. Irrelevant, the last player selected.

The last choice this year is owned by the Atlanta Falcons at number 256. 

Of course, Newport Beach’s own Paul Salata and now his daughter Melanie Salata-Fitch have been doing this Irrelevant thing for 43 years. They bring the last draft choice each year to town and host him to a wonderful week in Newport Beach, where he’s treated more like the top pick.

Irrelevant Week is tentatively planned for June 15 - 18. 

It’s always fun!


CdM Residents Association Town Meeting tomorrow

The Corona del Mar Residents Association (CdMRA) and the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District (CdM BID) will co-host this year’s Annual Town Meeting on Wednesday, April 25 from 5 - 7:30 p.m. at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 East Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

The CdM Town Meeting is a unique forum which brings together Corona del Mar residents, businesses and Newport Beach officials to discuss issues, projects and opportunities which have a direct impact on Corona del Mar.

The very popular Community Social kicks off the event from 5 to 6 p.m. and includes representatives from the City of Newport Beach and local community organizations who will be on hand to answer questions about a wide range of topics, including crime prevention and emergency planning, recreation and seniors’ programs, public works projects, and more.

The Speakers’ Program between 6 and 7:30 p.m. will focus on both residential and business projects and issues. The Business Improvement District will provide an overview of city updates and projects in and around the business community. CdMRA will feature public safety leaders, NBFD Chief Duncan and NBPD Chief Lewis, who will provide valuable updates on safety and prevention. CdMRA will also focus on those community service organizations and volunteers who truly make our CdM the “Crown of the Sea.”

Everyone who lives in or operates a business in Corona del Mar is encouraged to attend.

For more information, call the CdM Residents Association at 949.478.2454, or the CdM Business Improvement District at 949.673.4050. 


Stump the Stu

Is this dolphin like a fish out of water?

Stump the Stu 4.24.18

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Maybe this dolphin should be frolicking in the waves...but it looks quite content basking in the sand. Where is it sun bathing?

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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!


OC Fair Board to review new master site plan, public invited

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This Thursday, April 26, the OC Fair & Event Center’s board of directors will review a draft of a new master site plan concept, and the public is invited to share comments and ideas.

Johnson Consulting will present the latest draft version of a new roadmap for the future of the fairgrounds, home to the annual OC Fair and some 150 events throughout the year. Public comment on the master site plan draft concept will take place following the presentation.

The meeting takes place at the OCFEC administration building, located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. The meeting begins at 9 a.m., and the draft master site plan is the main item on the agenda. The agenda and supporting documents can be viewed at https://ocfair.com/publicmeetings/board-directors-meeting-april-26-2018

Public comment on the master site plan is always accepted online at www.ocfair.com/public-information/master-plan. A May public meeting will be set in the evening to review the next version of the plan.

OC Fair & Event Center is home to the annual OC Fair. Year-round attractions include Centennial Farm, Table of Dignity, Heroes Hall and Pacific Amphitheatre. Throughout the year, events ranging from recreation shows to cultural festivals are held at the fairgrounds. For more details, visit www.ocfair.com.


Sherman Library Private Gardens Tour inspired, engaged the senses

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On Saturday, April 21, the 22nd Annual Private Gardens Tour took place, presented by the Sherman Library & Gardens Volunteer Association. Participants were treated to a “behind the scenes” look at six gardens throughout Corona del Mar, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. Each was an extension of the house and the people who live in them, ranging from a cottage garden by the bay to a vineyard where the residents bottle Cabernet Sauvignon onsite.

Scott LeFleur

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Sherman Gardens Director Scott LaFleur handed out bottles of Sababa Water that were generously donated. It is a One Into One Company, whereby with the sale of every product, Sababa donates a nutritious meal to a hungry child in the U.S.

The homeowners who graciously opened up their exquisite gardens to the public were Jack and Kathy Brown, Jeff and Karen Farmer, Jeff and Mardi Frum, Peter and Marion Hartwich, Bill and Romy McFarland, and Rick and Sue Taylor.

Hal Brisco

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Hal Brisco was the artist in the garden at Peter and Marion Hartwich’s home. Marion loved Hal’s paintings so much that she purchased one.

At each of the homes, an artist was painting in the garden. These works of art are on display and for sale from now through May 3 in the Café at Sherman Gardens. There will be an Artists’ Reception on May 3 from 5 - 8 p.m. to meet the artists, along with complimentary refreshments.

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(L- R): Garden Tour Committee members Joyce Duff, Clara Frantz and President Karla Worsdell

A light lunch was served at Sherman Gardens with live entertainment provided by David Carruthers & OC Jazztet; while an opportunity drawing and silent auction were held throughout the afternoon.

Julie Jenkins

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Julie Jenkins, a Balboa Island resident and Sherman Gardens volunteer since 1976, kept busy selling opportunity drawing tickets. Prizes were generously donated by local businesses.

Proceeds raised from the Private Garden Tour are earmarked for an ongoing campaign to raise funds to improve the beauty and visibility of the Pacific Coast Highway entrance. Landscape designer Ruben Flores has developed a plan to visually unify the property along Coast Highway, from Fernleaf Avenue to Dahlia Avenue, through innovative plantings and large display boards describing the history of Sherman Library & Gardens. He has proposed a larger, more dramatic entrance that will entice people to discover the “jewel” of Corona del Mar.

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A few of the tireless volunteers of Sherman Library & Gardens hosting lunch in the Gardens. (L-R): Joanne Padour, Debbie Ogorek, Sumie Jossi, Judie Appleby and Jenni Samuel

Save the Date: Sherman Gardens’ next big event is the annual Fuchsia Festival on Saturday, May 19 from 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. This fun family day will feature games and crafts for kids, a scavenger hunt, docent-led tours of the Gardens, fuchsia growing lectures, a plant sale, and handmade crepes available in the Tea Garden Creperie between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults; those 12 - 18 years old are $3; and youngsters 11 years of age and younger are free.

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Sherman Gardens’ Fuchsia Festival takes place Saturday, May 19

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


Pacific Symphony concludes season with Youth Orchestra’s “An American in Paris”

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On Sunday, May 20 at 7 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra’s (PSYO) 2017-18 season finale celebrates young talent by spotlighting this year’s Concerto Competition winners, violinists Danielle Liu and Leo Matsuoka. The concert opens with Matsuoka’s performance of the first movement of Alexander Glazunov’s beautifully searing violin concerto, with its rich melodies and gorgeous orchestration, cast with extreme lyricism. It has become a modern classic, standing among the top concertos in the repertoire. The first movement of Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto then takes full advantage of the violin’s expressive range, from the rippling high chords to the growling alto notes, delivered impressively by Liu. The concert closes on a sumptuous note with the ever-popular “An American in Paris” by George Gershwin. 

Led by Pacific Symphony Assistant Conductor and PSYO Music Director Roger Kalia, PSYO is comprised of Southern California’s most talented young symphonic musicians, grades 9 - 12. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, PSYO concerts are free to attend but tickets are required. To reserve a general admission seat, call the Symphony’s box office at 714.755.5799 or visitwww.pacificsymphony.org.

“This season was an amazing one, full of strides,” Maestro Kalia said. “Each concert highlighted something different, and my goal for these young musicians was to expose them to as many different styles of music by a variety of composers. We close our season with one of the most beloved American composers of all time, George Gershwin, and a performance of ‘An American in Paris.’ This concert also features our two Concerto Competition winners.”


Orange County Community Foundation launches Giving Days 2018

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Project Hope Alliance is one of the 16 organizations participating in the Help Them Home Giving Day on April 25

The Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF), located in Newport Beach, is launching a bold initiative to boost the capacity of local nonprofits to meet our community’s needs through a series of Collaborative Giving Days throughout 2018. Nonprofits are invited to partner together to frame a shared vision and ambitious fundraising goals for a common purpose.

“We’re excited to empower aligned nonprofits to work together to maximize impact,” said Shelley Hoss, president, OCCF. “We anticipate that up to 12 Giving Days will be hosted by nonprofit collaboratives over the next year, focused on their shared missions and communities. We are thrilled to provide these groups with the resources they will need to be successful, including a marketing toolkit and a robust online fundraising platform.”

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 6,000 gifts to 347 participating nonprofits in just 30 hours. OCCF nearly doubled those results in 2016 during the second annual iheartoc Giving Day, receiving 7,000 contributions totaling $3.2 million for 418 participating nonprofits. In 2017, OCCF re-envisioned iheartoc as an expanded opportunity for nonprofits to connect directly with the broad base of donors that support their specific missions.

This year, OCCF is inviting local nonprofits to come together for collaborative online giving events on the day of their choosing. For the first Collaborative Giving Day on April 25, OCCF will power the “Help Them Home” campaign, a 24-hour online effort to raise critical funds for 16 local organizations providing resources and relief for the more than 4,400 individuals who are homeless on any given night in Orange County. OCCF will provide seed funding to support the marketing assets, campaign resources and collaborative partnerships. Led by Families Forward, HomeAid Orange County and Thomas House, the 16 participating organizations aim to collectively raise $500,000. 

OCCF has also announced “Empowering Possibilities: A Giving Day for OC Neighbors with Disabilities” which will take place on May 31. Additional collaborative Giving Days will be announced throughout the remainder of 2018.

Founded in 1989, the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) works with donors, strengthens the local nonprofit sector and works to find solutions to community needs. Since its inception, OCCF has awarded $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 www.oc-cf.org  or call 949.553.4202.


On the Harbor: Meet Lt. Chris Corn, OC Sheriff’s Harbormaster

By LEN BOSE

I counted how long I have been writing my Harbor Column – 13 years – and I had to use three hands to count which gets much more confusing to me. I started counting the years, because I was looking back on how many times I have written: “There is a new sheriff in town.”

While attending this month’s Harbor Commission meeting and reviewing the previous month’s minutes, I noticed that Lt. Mark Alsobrook had informed the commission that he was being replaced by Lt. Chris Corn. I was kind of bummed, because Alsobrook left without even saying goodbye. I reached out by email to Alsobrook thanking him for his two and a half years of service to the harbor, and unfortunately never heard back from him. Over the last eight years, the harbor has been extremely fortunate to have had five harbormasters that have been very approachable and easy to talk to. Of the five, Alsobrook went the extra mile and attended most of the Harbor Commission meetings himself.

I will be reaching out to our new harbormaster Lt. Chris Corn over the next week for an interview. On my first attempt to contact Lt. Corn, I was placed on internal hold and never followed back up. My gut tells me it’s not going to be as easy for Corn with the change of mooring management and harbor services being transferred to the city. For example, is there one of two Harbormasters that we have now? The county’s website has him listed as the harbormaster, and as we approach the first anniversary of Harbor Services, the newlyweds are still unclear on who is tasked with what within our harbor.

Chris Corn

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Lt. Chris Corn, OC Sheriff’s new harbormaster

That statement is a bit of an exaggeration although from my observations there are a few things that still need to be ironed out. For example, at the last Harbor Commission meeting, there was a resident complaining about the noise level at night. Seems that this resident has been kept up at night with people partying out on their boats located on moorings in front of their house. The resident has called Harbor Services but they close down at 17:00; the resident then calls the Sheriff’s Harbor Department that informs them they are no longer tasked with managing the moorings. At this point, my mind flashes back to the old TV show the “Newlywed Game,” and I snicker at the thought of having the two harbormasters on a panel and asking them questions to write down answers on the back of a card. Anyway, back to the noise question and how to resolve it when you have some people parting too loud on the harbor in the early hours of the morning. I’m not sure if this is in effect yet, but city staff is looking into the idea of using the city lifeguards to respond to late night complaints. With the lifeguards on call 24/7 with access to boats and the ability to ticket, this was the simple answer. Have to wonder about the response time for the lifeguards, but hey...baby steps, right?

Speaking of baby steps, it was 2008 when then Sheriff’s Harbormaster Deana Bergquist felt the need to strictly enforce the harbor speed limit of 5 knots. As you might recall, there was a bit of a community uproar, and policy on the harbor was quickly changed back to allow certain harbor users to exceed the speed limit. Now, because of the hard work of harbor commissioners Blank and Drayton, the concept of a permitting process for the harbor users to formalize the speed limit exception will now go before city council...and with its blessing...be forwarded to the Department of Boating and Waterways. Confidence is high that this process will be accepted by the two agencies.

More good news was discovered at the Harbor Commission meeting when John Kappeler, a city senior engineer tasked with harbor water quality, grabbed my attention when he started talking about Marine Recycling Centers being placed around the harbor. I first noticed Marine Recycling Centers in Dana Point and Cabrillo Beach in 2011, and threw out the idea then of having them here in Newport Beach. The city came close one other time to having these centers, but was stalled by the different agencies involved. It looks really positive at this time, that these centers will be open very soon.

I thought I’d give you all a little heads up – seems like the sea lions are returning, as I heard the loud barking from a couple of boats and docks this week. For all of you waterfront homeowners and boat owners – check on your sea lion deterrence. Have to wonder if the lifeguards will respond to sea lions barking in the middle of the night...

Sea ya

Editor’s Note: The City of Newport Beach hired Dennis Durgan as our Harbormaster. When City Harbor Services started last July managing the moorings, they also selected the term harbormaster, which is assigned to the Lt. at the OC Sheriff’s Harbor Department.

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


Utilities project to bring six weeks of planned outages to CdM

By AMY SENK

Utilities

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A Southern California Edison project to replace and upgrade overhead electrical wires, utility poles, transformers and more will cause six weeks of planned outages throughout the village of Corona del Mar, probably beginning in the fall.

Utilities representatives attended the April board meeting of the Corona del Mar Residents Association on Thursday at the OASIS Senior Center, where they described the work as part of a $13 billion project that covers 50,000 square miles of SoCal Edison territory. The upgrades will improve safety, said Susan Morgan, a senior compliance manager for SoCal Edison, as well as upgrade the system that used to handle customers with a toaster and a refrigerator, and now contends with multiple laptops, electronic vehicles and more.

The project still needs city permits, which likely won’t be issued before summer beach traffic hits, which could mean a start date after Labor Day, Morgan said. The project will include customers between Carnation Avenue and Hazel Drive, and from Seaview to Fifth avenues. Residents and businesses will have two planned outages during the six-week construction, each lasting about eight hours, and some traffic lanes and alleys will be closed. Letters will be sent to residents informing them about the planned outages, and representatives will visit business owners and likely plan to do commercial stretches at night.

The CdMRA board members also heard City Council reports, including one from Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill, who said that the city’s proposed budget for 2018-2019 includes adding a civilian fire marshal position. The CdMRA board discussed fire safety at its February meeting and later urged city officials to staff the position. Technically, the fire chief served as the marshal, but the civilian position had been vacant since the former marshal retired in 2010. The budget will go before the City Council at a May Study Session, followed by a vote at a June meeting, O’Neill said.

Former mayor Nancy Gardner attended the meeting, suggesting that the board follow up its fire marshal success by working with city staff to urge a cleanup of overgrown ivy on one of the Goldenrod Footbridge’s columns. The group also asked board member and CdM Business Improvement District chairman Bernie Svalstad why the Marguerite dolphin topiaries were still decked out in St. Patrick’s Day gear a month after the holiday. He said there was confusion about taking down the hats and beads, but that it would be done soon.

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Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 28, when Harbor Day School will host its third annual Maker Faire Day. The community event will take place from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the school’s gym at 3443 Pacific View Drive, Corona del Mar.

“The purpose of the Maker Faire is to support the building of a community of collaborative problem-solvers, future engineers and designers,” according to a news release. “This is also an effort to raise awareness and interest in the science, technology, art and engineering fields.”

Members of the community are invited to attend with kids and participate in activities that include creating cardboard and tape structures, making LED light circuits, printing objects using 3D printers and more. The activities are designed for students from kindergarten through eighth grade; organizers ask that you RSVP at www.harborday.org if you plan to attend. 

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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.


Teens from underserved school become water scientists in Newport Beach’s wetlands

Back Bay Science Center

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Back Bay Science Center

Today, Tuesday, April 24 and Wednesday, April 25, students from Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove, a Title I low-income community school, are taking a field trip to Newport Beach’s wetlands to measure pollution and biodiversity levels. These youths have previously measured water pollution levels at their school’s construction site, and will now use boats and scientific equipment to investigate what impact the pollution has on downstream coastal ecosystems. The field trip involves a visit to Newport Beach’s Back Bay Science Center.

The trip is part of two Orange County Coastkeeper education programs – 

DROPS: Drought Response Outreach Program For Schools, a partnership between Orange County Coastkeeper, Garden Grove Unified School District and ClimateResolve, and WHALES: Watershed Heroes: Actions Linking Education to Stewarkship, a program offering Orange County junior high and high school students field-based science curriculum at no additional charge to schools.

Both programs empower students, including Bolsa Grande High School students and others in low-income communities, to become conservation leaders by bringing them into the process of storm water treatment at their schools.

Last year’s WHALES report showed that students on the field trips scored a successful average of 85 percent on worksheets that assessed their understanding of watershed science and human impacts on local waters and habitats.

Back Bay Science Center is located at 600 Shellmaker Road, Newport Beach.


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. 

So, we gave you a “letter” from a popular business sign. The answer is LIDO, the greenery sign in the courtyard at picturesque Lido Marina Village.

We received correct guesses from Debi Bibb, Angela Cortright and Julie Martin. Congratulations, ladies!

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.

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Let’s have some fun!

LIDO 4.24.18

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Sax quartet headlines Sunday Musicale in May

City of Angels Quartet

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On May 20 from 3 - 4 p.m., come enjoy the Newport Beach Public Library’s Sunday Musicale featuring the sounds of the City of Angels Saxophone Quartet.

Championing the emergence of saxophone quartets on the concert stage for more than 25 years, the ensemble performs a wide and varied repertoire developed and seasoned over time. They constantly seek new ways to connect with audiences by focusing on the human stories behind the music that they perform. 

The event is free and takes place at the Newport Beach Central Library’s Friends Room, 100 Avocado Ave., 

Sunday Musicale is presented by the Friends of the Newport Beach Library.

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


OCC students’ shorts featured at NBFF

Kim Abeles Terra Firma

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“Kim Abeles, Terra Firma,” is a documentary by Jennie Park, an OCC student

On Sunday, April 29, seven Orange Coast College (OCC) short films will be shown during the Newport Beach Film Festival at the Regency Lido Theater for just $5 beginning at 1 p.m., as part of the Collegiate Showcase. Students were able to submit projects they’ve completed at OCC in the past to be chosen to be shown. In addition, they also submitted documentaries.

The Collegiate Showcase includes student filmmakers from Orange Coast College, USC, UC Irvine, CSU Fullerton, CSU Long Beach, Chapman University and Saddleback College. Each year, the Festival gives college students an opportunity to showcase their short films on the big screen, engage in Q&A sessions with filmgoers, and connect with film industry professionals, new audiences, alumni, media and other filmmakers.

Among the OCC films being shown:

“Kim Abeles, Terra Firma,” by Jennie Parks, is a documentary inspired by the LA artist Kim Abeles, who had an exhibition showing four decades of her work on campus last semester.

Drained

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A scene from “Drained,” by student filmmaker Daniil Kiselev

“Drained,” by Daniil Kiselev, a 20-year-old film and TV major, is a short that tells the story of a one-night stand that leads to pregnancy.

“Wreck,” by film and TV major Aura Meza, 24, is a story of a girl taking care of her disabled father and learning the truth behind his accident.

“Magic Touch,” by Sofia Gomez, a former OCC student who majored in film and TV, created a short that is a parallel to the Greek Mythology of King Midas with an incorporated love aspect.

“The Art of the Pole Dance,” by Yvonne Nguyen, a 30-year-old photography major, is a documentary showing more than what people “assume,” incorporating fitness, art and the competitive aspects.

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Student filmmaker Kyle Clayton’s “The Big Boss,” is being screened as part of the Collegiate Series shorts

“The Big Boss,” by Kyle Clayton, is the story of a new employee’s first day in the boardroom.

“Mary,” by Tim Nieto, is about a girl playing “Bloody Mary” to prove to her sister it isn’t real. Days later, she can’t help but feel watched with every step she takes.

For tickets, visit https://newportbeachfilmfest.com/event/orange-coast-college-shorts

Regency Lido Theater is located at 3459 Via Lido Drive, Newport Beach.


Newport Beach – A Look Back 

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

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This photo was taken of the inside of Hal Will Smith’s office in about 1930. The fireplace is still standing and is now part of the dining room in Wilma’s Patio. Do you have any stories to share about Hal? If so, send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will share them.

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..


New art on display at JWA

Catching the Bull

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“Catching The Bull” by Brennan Roach

Now through May 17, mixed media art by Brennan Roach will be on display at John Wayne Airport (JWA) as part of JWA’s Community Focus Space Program. These works can be viewed on the Departure (upper) Level near security screening areas in Terminals A, B and C, and on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4.

“Each of Mr. Roach’s pieces tells its own story, with underlying themes of self-reflection that are revealed in the intricacy of his work,” said Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman Andrew Do.

Roach is inspired by the themes of consciousness and environment. Specifically, his window pieces are threaded together as a collage from separate moments in his life, most of which involved his drawings on napkins at bars or restaurants. His doodles came from playful thoughts that seemed meaningless at the time. As more drawings developed, the relationships between the various doodles began to appear and a composition came into view.

“I make a line on paper, it’s there, it stays there, I react to it, I add more, I react to that, I feel the lines, the shapes, what it could be, what it wants to be,” Roach shared.

The artist pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton after discovering a passion for the visual arts while creating artwork for t-shirts and fliers for his band, Time and Energy. He continues to pursue a career in music with the band, while working on new material in his studio at the Advertising Arts Building, one of the last standing art colonies in Orange County.

Visit www.brennanroach.com for more information about Brennan Roach’s work.

Upcoming Community Focus Space Program artists include Connie Major (May 17 - June 14) and Greg Sullivan (June 14 - July 16).

To learn more about JWA’s Art Programs, visit www.ocair.com/terminal/artexhibits.


Luxury entertainment: The LOT in Fashion Island to open April 26

The LOT, a luxury entertainment venue that operates two popular movie theaters in San Diego County, is bringing its brand of premium cinema to Newport Beach.

Carlos Wellman, founding partner and co-owner, said it will open its third location on April 26 at the former Island Cinema in Fashion Island, which shut down in September 2017.

After nearly eight months transforming the property into a seven auditorium, 448-seat movie house, patrons will be able to order drinks and gourmet food from plush, reclining seats wired with waiter call buttons.

Expect to pay a little extra for the experience, with ticket prices ranging from $15 (child) to $21.50 (adult).

The LOT is located at 999 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. For more information, call 949.281.0069. www.thelotent.com


ENC is seeking Nature Camp teachers

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The Environmental Nature Center is searching to hire Nature Camp Teachers. Camp Teachers are responsible for teaching environmental and social science education programs to children.

The Nature Camp Teacher’s goals are to encourage students’ awareness and appreciation of the environment, broaden students’ knowledge of science concepts and foster students’ commitment to the protection of the natural environment.

This is a part time temporary position, but some Camp Teachers may be offered a permanent part time position beginning in the Fall, as part time Naturalists for their school programs.

For more information on how to apply, visit http://encenter.org/about-us/employment/.


CdM fire station and library replacement groundbreaking today

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Demolition on the old CdM fire station and library

The City of Newport Beach is holding a brief groundbreaking ceremony today to celebrate the Corona del Mar Fire Station No. 5 and Library Replacement project.

The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. (Tuesday, April 24) in front of the CdM Library located at 401 Marigold Ave. Community members are invited to join in the celebration.

Newport Beach City Council members, members of the Library Board of Trustees and Civil Service Board, City executive staff and representatives from the Library Services Department and Fire Department are planning on attending.

The new 10,314-square-foot library and fire station were designed in close coordination with input from community members, the Library Board of Trustees, the Library Services Department and the Fire Department, and replaces the existing 60-year-old buildings. The City Council awarded contracts for the construction and construction-support services of the joint facility on February 27 for a total amount of $8,333,000.

Construction demolition began in April and is expected to be completed in summer 2019.


Guest Column

Dave Kiff

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

Dave Kiff

Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff   

Here is a summary of what’s on the agenda of the next City Council meeting (set for tonight, April 24). Below, I try to summarize items that caught my attention. I don’t summarize the whole agenda, though. To see that, please click here.

Study Session begins pretty early at 3:30 p.m., with the Regular Session convening at 7 p.m.  

At the Study Session, we’ll talk to the Council about concepts to reduce parking problems in residential areas that are heavily impacted by construction vehicles. As folks know, in several parts of the community it seems like everyone is remodeling something. All of those workers need to park somewhere, and that somewhere includes perfectly legal parking on public streets. Run the street sweeper by, and the problems get worse. Compounding that, the most typical areas for remodeling seem to be our older areas (CdM, Balboa Peninsula, Balboa Island, Lido Isle, and others) that can also have narrower streets with more limited parking. 

The Regular Session at 7 p.m. has these items that caught my attention:

An item that may bring a loud cheer from West Newport Beach and Newport Shores: We’re finally okaying the contract for landscaping improvements along Coast Highway on that side of town (between Newport Boulevard and the Santa Ana River). While this project will be bitten off in pieces, this is the first bite of that. Residents there (shout out to George and Gina Lesley) have been waiting a long time. This Phase 1 will go from Highland to a bit east of 61st Street (past Cappy’s). How exciting.   

A minor item (a Notice of Completion) marks the conclusion of a project that improved the landscaping along MacArthur (the slope on the western side of MacArthur near Big Canyon). As I drive by, I like the look of the landscaping although the plants seem pretty small right now. It’s quite an improvement on the mustard weed and brush that usually populates that slope.  

I’ve asked the Council to consider steps forward on the concept of a Port Master Plan (PMP), now that the California Coastal Commission has voted to formally oppose our legislation which would have allowed us to submit a PMP to the Commission (AB 1196, Harper). Various options could include moving forward until at least the first bill hearing in June, considering other alternatives already in the Coastal Act that may secure something similar to a PMP without new legislation (as the Commission in part suggested), or dropping the effort altogether.

Council may decide on a firm to conduct the recruitment for the next city manager. There is a closed session item about this, too.

A few notes for your calendar:

The CdMRA’s annual town meeting is this coming Wednesday, April 25 at Sherman Library and Gardens. The event is from 5 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., with an expo at the beginning and a program (starting at 6:45 p.m.) closing it out. More information is here.

The Newport Beach Film Festival runs April 26 - May 3. The festival will include more than 350 films from 50 countries and offer more than two dozen special events, including free filmmaking seminars on April 28 and 29. The festival brings visitors to town, but a lot of Newport Beach residents and businesses help to put it on each year.        

The City Clerk will host a free, brown bag lunch and workshop to assist residents in applying to serve on a City board or commission on Friday, May 4 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Community Room, 100 Civic Center Drive. For more information and to RSVP, call 949.644.3005 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Important note: The City will accept applications through May 9 at 12 p.m. for about a dozen board and commission seats that are eligible for appointment on July 1.

This is a bit off in the future but mark your calendars for another free document shredding day. The City and CR&R Environmental Services will offer free document shredding for CR&R’s Newport Beach customers on Saturday, May 12 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Big Canyon Reservoir Parking Lot, 3300 Pacific View Drive (near the intersection of Marguerite & Pacific View), Corona del Mar.

In closing today, I wanted to offer two items of congratulations – one to Reverend Cindy Voorhees and her parishioners at St James Church, for being back in their sanctuary after too long a time and working so hard to save St James. I have a special affinity for this group because they’ve had to use city facilities (including parks) to stick together during their time without a building. They always paid the market rate, but we’re happy to see them back home.  

Also, congratulations to Bob Olson – in the same neighborhood as St James – who opened the new Lido House Hotel this past week, exactly five years from the day that he (Bob) won a challenging RFP competition set forth by the City. Bob “wowed” everyone with his proposal at the time – it’s now up and running in real time at the “old” city hall site, and it’s even more amazing than I had thought it would be.

Congratulations, Bob. Congratulations, Rev. Cindy. Here’s to a long, prosperous future for you both.

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.

 

Sincerely,

Dave Kiff

City Manager

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Check out the new trash collector that may be coming to Newport Beach

Speak Up Newport’s May meeting will focus on Tackling Floating Trash: The City’s Proactive Approach to Cleaning up the Harbor on Wednesday, May 9.

Dr. Robert Stein, Assistant City Engineer with the City of Newport Beach Public Works Department, will provide a briefing on the progress of the City’s comprehensive effort to prevent trash and debris from entering the bay, including the construction of the Santa Ana Delhi Channel regional trash collection facility and planning for the San Diego Creek Water Wheel.  

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Baltimore Water Wheel, a trash interceptor that removes trash from the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. It is powered by both water and solar power and is a model for the vessel that would be used in the proposed project in San Diego Creek.

Dr. Stein will provide details on how Newport Beach is teaming up with the cities of Costa Mesa and Santa Ana on a pilot project to curtail trash at the source to reduce future operation and maintenance costs.

The program will take place in the Newport Beach Civic Center Community Room, 100 Civic Center Drive, with a reception from 5:15 - 6 p.m. and the program from 6 - 7 p.m. There is no charge to attend. The public is invited, and reservations are not necessary.

Speak Up Newport (SUN) is a non-profit, non-partisan citizens group organized to promote the common good and general welfare of the Newport Beach community. www.speakupnewport.com


August brings these headliners to the OC Fair 

The 2018 OC Fair lineup has expanded even more with new shows added to the 2018 Toyota Summer Concert Series at the Pacific Amphitheatre. Plus, several exciting demolition derbies will converge in the Action Sports Arena head-on. Tickets for these shows are now on sale.

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Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss to take the Pacific Amphitheatre stage on August 9

In August, Willie Nelson & Family and Alison Krauss, Hunter Hayes/Runaway June/Coffey Anderson, Best in Show with Rick Springfield, Loverboy, Greg Kihn and Tommy Tutone and The Fab Four – 50th Anniversary of Yellow Submarine, hit the stage.

The Line-Up:

Willie Nelson & Family and Alison Krauss on Thursday, Aug 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $47.50. Nelson will be releasing a brand-new album, “Last Man Standing,” on April 27. The show will feature classic favorites as well as new tracks from what will be Nelson’s 73rd studio album. 

Hunter Hayes Live in Concert with special guests Runaway June and Coffey Anderson on Wednesday, Aug 1 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $40. Hunter Hayes is nothing if not “Wanted,” which is the title of his most successful single, reaching more than 3.4 million sold, and making this country star the youngest male act to too the Billboard Hot Country Songs. He’ll be joined by Nashville’s all-female country group, Runaway June, as well as YouTube Star, Coffey Anderson.

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Hunter Hayes has been topping the Billboard charts

Best in Show – Rick Springfield, Loverboy, Greg Kihn and Tommy Tutone on Thursday, Aug 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $32.50. It’s sure to be a night of dancing and singing along as the ‘70s and ‘80s pop-rocker Rick Springfield brings the Best In Show with Loverboy, Greg Kihn and Tommy Tutone. Springfield’s newest album, “The Snake King,” released in January, explores the blues.

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Rick Springfield to bring Best in Show on August 2

The Fab Four – 50th Anniversary of Yellow Submarine on Saturday, Aug 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20. By popular demand, The Beatles tribute band, The Fab Four, returns to the OC Fair, this time to commemorate the 50th anniversary of “Yellow Submarine.” Besides its namesake, the album also includes favorites such as “All Together Now” and “All You Need Is Love.”

Let’s rev it up at the Action Arena with this year’s Demolition Derbies!

Motorhome Madness Demolition Derby, Wednesday Aug 8 at 8 p.m. and Motorhome Madness Demolition Derby – Police vs. Fire Chiefs + Emergency Pursuit Figure 8, Saturday, Aug 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $17.50. Be ready to watch these motorhomes get absolutely destroyed! 

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Motorhome Demolition Derbies hit Action Sports Arena on August 9 and 12

Orange Crush Demolition Derby – Police Dept. vs. Fire Dept. + Figure 8, Thursday, Aug 9 at 8 p.m. and Orange Crush Demolition Derby + Figure 8

Sunday, Aug 12 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $17.50. Action Sports Arena will be the center of destruction when Orange Crush is in the rink. On August 12, the last day of the 2018 OC Fair, fans get one more chance to cheer for intense head-on crashes!

Damsels of Destruction Demolition Derby + Figure 8, Friday, Aug 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $17.50. Women take center stage...and they don’t go easy on each other! Pick your favorite and watch as they ram, sideswipe and demolish, all while staying pretty in pink.

Terrible Trucks – Full Size Truck Demolition Derby + Figure 8, Saturday, Aug 11 at 1 p.m. Tickets start at $17.50. Fans asked for bigger and better, so the OC Fair has delivered – expect a chaotic, crushing race to the end!

Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com. Super Pass holders can purchase tickets to select Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar and Action Sports Area performances at a two-for-one-discount. The 2018 Super Pass includes admission to all 23 days of the OC Fair. To purchase, visit www.ocfair.com/superpass

The 2018 OC Fair takes place July 13 - August 12 and is open Wednesday through Sunday. It is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. www.ocfair.com


Police Files

These three can tell you it’s never a good time to drive in Newport Beach after you’ve been drinking

It was a bad week for DUI issues around Newport Beach. 

Monday, April 16, just before 6 p.m., Madison Sherrill Fairfield, a 26-year-old dental assistant from Riverside, was arrested for DUI. However, because of a minor passenger(s) in the vehicle, she was also charged with cruelty to a child with possible injury or death. Fairfield’s bail was set at $100,000.

There was also Brett Robert Thurston, 37, Newport Beach, whose DUI was made possible by driving without lights at dark. The arrest was made at 10:30 p.m., Saturday, April 14, on W. Balboa Blvd. and 7th Street. To make matters worse, Thurston was driving with a suspended license. His bail was set at $10,000.

Finally, we have Sergio Arredondo Cervantes, 36, from Pomona, who was arrested Sunday, April 15, at 6:44 p.m. at 9th Street and Balboa for DUI. Here was his problem – Cervantes had 3+ priors listed for DUI. Bail was set at $50,000.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime report


Letters to the Editor:

Elected officials should be held accountable

After some sanctimonious pontification about election integrity, it looks like the City Council did not need subpoenas to investigate violations of our campaign laws, they could have just looked at Scott Peotter’s campaign reports on the City Clerk’s webpage.

Once again, Peotter has accepted excess contributions from Woody’s Wharf and from Duffy Duffield. Amazingly, these are the same two donors who made excess donations to Peotter in 2014. Then, the city attorney and city council ignored the violation. These are serious offenses and the penalty in the Municipal Code for both making and receiving an excess donation is removal from office.

In 2015, Peotter and Duffield were key votes in reversing the city’s position, allowing Woody’s to play loud music late into the evening and awarding them $355,000 in taxpayer’s money. No wonder the owners can afford to be generous to Peotter.

The council is spending taxpayer dollars to pursue subpoenas related to state election laws, where they have no jurisdiction, in an effort to harass their opponents. The council actually is responsible for enforcing the Municipal Code and the entire city is watching to see if they will pursue these violations by Peotter and Duffield with the same vigor. I am not holding my breath.

Our elected officials should be held accountable for obeying the laws of the city. Their two-faced, political hypocrisy is now on full display for all to see.

Gerald A. Giannini

Newport Beach

Thanks for the memories...Duncan

I enjoyed Duncan’s article (“Free Flowing,” published April 13), which brought back many fond memories having moved to Newport with my family in 1953. Looking forward to future articles.

Lawrence Cunningham

Newport Beach


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

What in the world is going on at City Hall?

TomJohnsonBecause only one side is talking, here’s what appears to be going on at City Hall. Remember we wrote Tuesday about potential campaign contribution violations with Newport Beach Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield and City Councilman Scott Peotter? Did they violate campaign contribution laws, for a second time?

Well, trying to get legal documents served to Peotter and Duffield has proven challenging to the opposition. City Attorney Aaron Harp is refusing to accept them on the councilmembers’ behalf. And, apparently Peotter and Duffield have been laying low. Harp, himself, has been served.

One of the issues in the document they’re refusing to receive is a potential conflict between Harp and them. As a subordinate, Harp might not have the power to act. 

Those issues include not only dealing with the alleged improper campaign contributions, but now with a story developing about next Tuesday’s City Council agenda.

Apparently, two items were anticipated to show up under the agenda’s Closed Session. The first was a request by Lauri Preedge to correct the Council’s apparent Brown Act violation related to City Manager Dave Kiff and his subsequent “resignation.” The other is the Martha Peyton vs. the City of Newport Beach for the municipal code violations.

Why aren’t these items agendized? Was that a Duffield-Peotter decision or a Harp decision?

If shenanigans are continuing to go on behind closed doors, then we need to find a way to get to the bottom of it. Our City is better than this.

Harp needs to either step up to the plate and take on the issues in question with the support of a court or a special counsel needs to be appointed. 

I don’t know if something right or wrong is going on, but the fish might be starting to rot from the head.

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On a more positive note, a new movie is in the works detailing the life of Ben Carlson, the Newport Beach Lifeguard killed back in July 2014. Part of Water” is a tribute to fallen hero Ben Carlson and the world of Lifeguarding.

Carlson was a lifeguard for 15 years in Newport Beach and became the first lifeguard in United States history to lose his life in the line of duty.

The film is by Tim Burnham and Jack Murgatroyd, both former producers of Dirty Old Wedge.

One of Ben’s closet friends, Skeeter Leeper, is also joining the project management team for the film. Leeper was a roommate, fellow lifeguard and traveled the world surfing with Carlson.

Carlson, of course, was killed diving into the heavy surf in a rescue attempt of a swimmer in trouble. The swimmer managed to survive, but Carlson didn’t. 

However, Ben’s name has continually remained in the news locally with great support for the Ben Carlson Foundation. He’s had our lifeguard headquarters dedicated in his name, a statue in McFadden Square, scholarships in his name and more.

And, it’s all deserving!

A Kickstarter campaign for the film has been started here.

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Our own Newport Beach Carlo Valdes, who competed on the U.S. Olympic Bobsled Team in the South Korea Winter Olympics, was honored at Mariners Christian School with the inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award. He attended elementary school there. Congrats!


Stump the Stu

Plaque unveils famous quote

Stump the Stu 4.20.18

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This one was a bit challenging...the plaque is located on the outside of a drinking fountain located above Little Corona Beach. It was correctly guessed by Deb Pirdy and Jim Kaminsky, the latter who gets extra points for understanding the verbiage.

Kaminsky shared, “The photo is of the plaque on the drinking fountain that overlooks Little Corona Beach at Poppy and Ocean Blvds. It is from the poem “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” from poet Samuel Coleridge. Legend has it, that if you sip from the fountain, an albatross will soar above the cliffs.

Stu loves research and found the stanzas from “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” that read:

Farewell, farewell! but this I tell
To thee, thou Wedding-Guest!
He prayeth well, who loveth well
Both man and bird and beast.

He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.

A special thank you to Millie Rosing who took the photo and to her friend, Lisa Applebee, for sharing it with us!

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!


Sign up today for ENC’s Reading in the Redwoods

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ENC Executive Director Bo Glover reading “The Lorax” in the redwoods

Join the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) for a very special Reading in the Redwoods event this Sunday, April 22 beginning at 9:30 a.m.

ENC Executive Director Bo Glover will read The Lorax (you’ll LOVE his silly voices when he reads this one, and he may even have a few magic tricks up his sleeve!).

Enjoy this classic “Earth Day” themed book under the canopy of their tallest trees while your family relaxes together on a blanket or towel.

Afterward, children and their adults will participate in hands-on activities related to the theme of the book: Lorax Bingo, Earth Lanterns, and Planting Butterflies, Hummingbirds & Bees. Parents must remain with children at all times. All ages are welcome. Bring your own blanket or towel.

Schedule:

9:30 - 10 a.m.: Meet the Endangered Amphibian Ambassadors and have a snack during check-in

10 a.m.: Hike out to the Redwoods

Cost: $5 per child, pre-registered member; $7 per child, pre-registered non-member; $10 per child, unregistered walk-in. There is no charge for adults.

To register and pre-pay, visitwww.encenter.org.


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Below, you’ll find this week’s clue. What you see is the letter “L” which is just a partial glimpse of a sign in Newport Beach. Stu thinks this one captures the perfect breeze.

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 4.20.18

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Lido House opens with grand fanfare

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Community leaders, Newport Beach Chamber Commodores and supporters, NBFD personnel and city residents gathered together on Wednesday, April 18 to ring in the grand opening of Lido House. The turnout of hundreds was overwhelming for the ribbon cutting!

Steve Rosansky, president and CEO of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, was on hand presenting recognition, in addition to Newport Beach Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield, council members Brad Avery, Diane Dixon and Jeff Herdman, as well as representatives from the offices of Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, Senator John Moorlach and OC Supervisor Michelle Steel, who presented proclamations.

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Robert Olson, developer of Lido House, gets ready to cut the ribbon

Lido House developer Robert D. Olson welcomed the crowd, and after the ribbon cutting, invited attendees to enjoy a champagne reception, keeping the afternoon festive!

Seeking the ultimate beach retreat? Lido House is a four-story property exuding “casual” luxury. It has 130 guestrooms, a presidential suite, several executive suites, and five charming three-story guest cottages. The 2,248-square-foot Mayor’s Table Pacific Pub & Kitchen seats 142 people and serves three meals daily. Get pampered at the Boost Spa. Stop by for a freshly brewed coffee or an ice cream from Crew Coffee and Creamerie, accessed from the street, offering locally roasted brews and syrups made in-house, as well as the hotel’s own specialty ice cream flavors.

Olson, a true visionary, incorporated many of the elements of this Cape Cod-inspired boutique hotel from his own charming abode on Balboa Island. General Manager Adam Beers oversees the day-to-day operations.

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NBFD personnel came out to support the grand opening

Lido House is located at 3300 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach. For more information, call 949.524.8500 or visit www.lidohousehotel.com.


Author Colson Whitehead engages audience at NBPLF Literary Series talk

By LANA JOHNSON

Colson Whitehead

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Colson Whitehead getting ready to sign my copy of “The Underground Railroad”

Extremely engaging...erudite...witty and very humorous is the way I would like to begin to describe writer Colson Whitehead, who I had the privilege of meeting, as well as listening to at Newport Beach Public Library Foundation’s (NBPLB) Library Live Series on Wednesday evening, April 18.

Whitehead spoke about his recent novel, The Underground Railroad, a No. 1 New York Times bestseller that won both the 2016 National Book Award and 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He read passages from two of its chapters (Georgia and Indiana)...as well as sharing the intimacies of his life and his passion for writing...peppered with a very dry sense of humor.

Born and raised in Manhattan, he mentioned multiple times that he “loved staying at home,” which I found hard to believe as he appeared extremely gregarious and outgoing. His favorite pastime readings were comic books, sci-fi and anything by Stephen King.

Whitehead said his first writings were two five-page epics in his junior year at college; researching this...I found he attended Harvard.

From 1991 - 1996, he had a stint at NYC’s Village Voice, a weekly alternative newspaper. He hooked up with a TV editor of “Growing Pains” and “Who’s The Boss,” then began making a living as a fiction writer.

In Spring 2000, he created his vision for The Underground Railroad, and four years ago sold the concept to his editor. Chronicling a young woman’s journey through slavery during a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South, Whitehead takes us through different U.S. states, creating a “human train,” with each locale offering “new possibilities.”

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His book, which he has traveled with for the past one and one-half years, has been translated into four languages and is slated to be turned into a TV mini-series.

What’s next for this award-winning prolific writer of eight books, who has established himself as one of the most versatile writers in contemporary literature? Could be a love story or science fiction...so stay tuned.

Editor’s Note: To find out how to become a member of the NBPLF and the many benefits it offers, such as receiving live streams of the Literary Series, contact Susan Groux, Director of Programs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A special thanks to Dan and Linda Schmenky of Lido Village Books, who were onsite selling Whitehead’s book to be signed. I will treasure mine.


A Night of Music and Magic on Argyros Plaza

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LET THERE BE LIGHT! on Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Julianne and George Argyros Plaza this Saturday, April 21. The Center presents “Brilliance! – A Night of Music and Light.” The Center is encouraging guests to gather family and friends of all ages to don their favorite light-up and glow-in-the-dark fashion statements to help transform the Argyros Plaza into a sensory feast of light, color and music. 

Santa Ana electronic artist Dulse kicks off the evening’s magic at 7 p.m. The spotlight hits the Argyros Stage and De Lux promptly at 8:30 p.m. LA’s popular post-disco dance-punk DIY duo that sounds like they could have come out of 1979 or 1982 just as easily as 2018 will be on hand until 10 p.m.

Snap a one-of-a-kind photo in Brian Stocker’s Light Painting Photo Booth – definitely not your standard Kodak moment! Embellish your face with luminescent paint designs and wander through the Blacklight Forest. Local innovators Summit Technology Laboratoy (UCI) will be premiering prototypes of lasers on the Interactive Veil, the Mediaquarium and 3D projections in Design Your Vase.

The Plaza’s Center 360 ‘Glow Bar’ will be open for snacking and beverages. And, at the end of the night, drive home safely with Uber. First-time users, enter the promo code “SCFTA” and get up to $15 off your ride.

It’s trippy, it’s fun and it’s free.

For more information, visit www.scfta.org.

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


Pacific Symphony unveils the sublime beauty of Beethoven’s “Emperor” with pianist André Watts

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Virtuoso pianist Andre Watts

Considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century and a perennial favorite of Pacific Symphony, André Watts returns to the stage with one of Beethoven’s most beloved works – his Fifth Piano Concerto, “Emperor.” A work prized for its serene and tender second movement, Beethoven’s last piano concerto is a testament to the composer’s emotional range.

From sheer beauty to dazzling grandeur, the “Emperor” requires extreme virtuosity from its soloist, making it an ideal centerpiece in the hands of the talented Watts. Complementing the evening is Shostakovich’s electrifying Symphony No. 10, full of tragedy, terror and – ultimately – triumph, when the orchestra, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, delivers an unforgettable night of deeply contrasting music.

“Watts Plays Beethoven” includes image magnification during the performance to enhance the experience and provide a closer look at the artists at work. The concert takes place Thursday - Saturday, May 3 - 5 at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets are $35 - $126. A preview talk with Alan Chapman begins at 7 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 714.755.5799, or visit PacificSymphony.org

“André is an American treasure as an artist and musical ambassador,” said Maestro St.Clair. “What a joy and honor to perform with him. He has never stopped searching or finding deeper and deeper meaning in all the repertoire he performs. This, combined with his virtuosity and vast experience, makes him the consummate musician we all know him to be. We have performed Beethoven’s Third and Fourth Piano Concertos together in past seasons. So, I thought why not do the ‘Emperor?’ Lastly, we are dear friends with mutual trust and respect for one another’s musicianship. This is a rare gift in our musical world.”


NBFF welcomes Irish Spotlight films

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“Maze” is based on a high-security prison breakout

The 19th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival presented by Pacific Sales will screen the West Coast’s largest celebration of Irish Cinema from April 26 - May 3. Highlights include an Irish Showcase Celebration, premieres of feature-length narrative and documentary films, two Irish Shorts programs, and Q&A’s with Irish filmmakers and actors.

On Sunday, April 29, the Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) will present its Irish Showcase, an evening celebration of Celtic cinema and culture. The event will feature the premiere of the three highly anticipated Irish films, Maze (2017), The Drummer and the Keeper (2017), and Michael Inside (2017), followed by a festive post-screening party.

Based on the true story of the 1983 Maze High-Security Prison breakout, Maze (directed by Stephen Burke) follows the development of a prisoner’s improbable friendship with his warden, who was born on the opposite side of North Ireland’s political divide. As the film unravels, it becomes clear that the prisoner is grooming the warden for use in his master plan of escape, resulting in severe consequences for the both of them.

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“The Drummer and the Keeper” brings Asperger’s syndrome to the forefront

The Drummer and the Keeper (directed by Nick Kelly) opens as a rock drummer begins occupational therapy for his recent bipolar diagnosis. As part of his treatment, he takes up soccer, where he encounters a teen with Asperger’s syndrome. While the two don’t get along at first, they eventually develop a mutual friendship as they help each other cope with their conditions and the world around them.

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“Michael Inside” is a multiple cinema award winner

Winner of the Galway Film Fleadh’s Best Irish Film and the Cork Film Festival’s Audience Award in 2017, Michael Inside (directed by Frank Berry) brings audiences an unforgettable on-screen experience. Caught holding drugs for his friend’s older brother, 18-year-old Michael is sentenced to three months in prison for a crime he did not commit. Once inside, he is befriended by an older drug dealer and exposed to severe violence and intimidation.

The Irish Showcase films will screen on Sunday, April 29 with viewing times at 6 p.m. for Maze, 6:15 p.m. for The Drummer and the Keeper, and 6:30 p.m. for Michael Inside at Edwards Big Newport, 300 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

The post-screening celebration takes place at 8 p.m. at Muldoon’s Irish Pub, 202 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, and will feature music by Sligo Rags and hosted hors d’oeuvres. Admission to the Irish Spotlight Film and the Post-Screening Party is $25.

The Festival will also celebrate Irish feature-length narrative and documentary films as well as an outstanding Irish Shorts program.

Two outstanding short films from Ireland will screen on Sunday, April 29: Irish Coffee & Shorts at 12 p.m. at The LOT in Fashion Island, 999 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, and Shorts O’ the Irish at 3 p.m. at Edwards Big Newport, 300 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. The Irish Shorts programs are curated collections of some of the most influential Irish films on the international festival circuit and feature several North American premieres. Admission to the (non-Showcase) Irish feature-length narrative and documentary films and the Irish Shorts programs is $15.

For ticket information and updates visit www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com.


Local non-profit receives $87,072 grant to work with Hoag Hospital

Santa Ana-based nonprofit MOMS Orange County recently received a $87,072 grant from the HealthCare Foundation for Orange County (HFOC). The “Partners for Health” grant will directly support MOMS Orange County’s program of monthly home visitation to help mothers and their families have healthy babies. MOMS Orange County will be working with Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian to implement this program. 

Through this low-cost, high-impact program, MOMS Orange County expects to serve approximately 2,000 women during pregnancy and 1,500 infants beginning at birth through the infant’s first birthday. HFOC support is focused on the central Orange County cities of Anaheim, Garden Grove, Orange, Santa Ana and Tustin.

“We are deeply grateful to The HealthCare Foundation for Orange County and our partners at Hoag for their continued support and commitment to our programs and the families we serve,” said MOMS Orange County CEO Pam Pimentel, RN. “This grant will help us continue to serve new mothers and their families in the initial stages of development.”

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MOMS Orange County clientele spending playtime with their infant

Provided by MOMS Orange County Maternal-Child Health Coordinators under the supervision of staff RNs, mothers living in vulnerable conditions receive one-on-one health education, risk screenings and support during pregnancy to help increase their chance of delivering a healthy baby. After babies are born, the focus turns to promoting their healthy growth and development resulting in more knowledgeable, confident parents and healthier, thriving babies who are on track with their development. The program helps build the protective factors that are essential to positive infant health and development. In addition to the nonprofit’s home visitation program, MOMS Orange County offers group classes for new and expectant mothers and fathers, as well as parent-baby group classes.

“Hoag is honored to partner with MOMS Orange County on such a pivotal program that is improving the lives of at-risk pregnant women and babies in our community,” said Michaell Rose, DrPH, LCSW, Director of Operations, Hoag’s Department of Community Health.

The HealthCare Foundation for Orange County was formed in 1999 and is dedicated to funding effective, preventative health programs for women and children through independent and collaborative grant making activity.

“We are fortunate to have such strong organizations in Orange County that are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children and women and we are pleased to invest in MOMS Orange County’s programs to help families have healthy babies,” said David Dobos, chair of the Grants Committee for HFOC.


Sherman Library & Gardens Private Gardens Tour this weekend

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The 22nd Annual Private Gardens Tour, hosted by the Sherman Library & Gardens Volunteer Association, is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, April 21 and will feature six amazing gardens in the Newport Beach area from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Attendees will mingle with musicians and artists as they stroll the gardens. The Tour includes a light lunch at Sherman Library & Gardens from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

This year, the Garden Tour Committee has found gardens that they believe will inspire, engage and stimulate your sense of what a garden can be. These gardens are an extension of the house and the people who live in them. They are examples of how gardens make the house a home and connect your family to the natural world. 

For the third year, proceeds from the Tour will go toward the PCH Frontage and Entrance Redesign Project. Ruben Flores of Visionscape, Inc. has completed the conceptual design, keeping with the style and history of the Library & Gardens. The plans will be unveiled in a few months as the official fundraising campaign is launched.

Thanks to the support of the Tour by Friends of Sherman Library & Gardens and many in the community, the Volunteer Association has already donated $50,000 in support of the frontage project. You are invited to participate by attending the Tour and to also help by making an additional donation.

New this year, is a silent auction and opportunity drawing, valued at more than $12,000! Select prizes and tickets will be at the homes and at Sherman Gardens. Among the silent auction items: “It’s Vegas, Baby”: A two-night stay at the Cancun Resort, Las Vegas, worth $400; “A Tear of Delicious Pies”: A freshly baked Polly’s Pie every month for one year and Starbucks coffee goodies, worth $200; “Summer Fun for Watersports Fans”: A day of fun awaits at Newport Beach Aquatic Center and a gift card to The Counter, worth $300. The silent auction takes place at Sherman Gardens.

Tickets: $50 Friends; $60 Non-members. Tickets will include a map of the gardens. You can start at any garden you like and visit the gardens in any order you wish. Shuttle tickets, which are optional, are $45. The shuttle will visit each garden on the tour, plus make a one-stop at Sherman Library & Gardens for the light lunch. The shuttle meets in the front of the Yard House restaurant in Fashion Island at 10:30 a.m. It will depart promptly at 11 a.m. There will be no other shuttles after 11 a.m.

To purchase tickets, visit www.slgardens.org/22nd-Annual-Private-Gardens-Tour or call 949.673.2261.

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


You Must Remember This: Follies

By NANCY GARDNER

For many years, my mother was active in the Assistance League. I don’t think she was ever involved in the administration, but she went every week to the dental clinic and the thrift shop. Unlike my father who could (and did) make a story out of crossing the street, she never talked that much about what she did. It was the doing that she liked, not the relating of it, so I’m rather vague about her exact duties. However, there was one Assistance League event that I remember quite well, and that was the Follies they put on for several years.

It was a revue. A professional came down from Hollywood with a script and music, and all the women and their husbands made up the cast. I got to go to a couple of the productions, and the thing that was amazing was these were people I knew. Like most kids, I didn’t pay much attention to my parents’ friends. They were grownups, what else could you say – until the Follies. Suddenly, they were not simply folks who dropped by for a drink with my folks. They were glamorous stars, up there on stage belting out songs.

It wasn’t just the music though. I loved every part of it, even the skits. It didn’t matter that most of them went over my head. It was the stage. It was acting. So great was the impression, that I still remember one. It featured Margie Neal and Van Hays. She was sitting on a couch, and her line was “Art, art, how I love art.” There was some back and forth as he tried to impress her, and then at the finale, he ripped open his shirt, and cried, “The tattoo!” It brought down the house. I had no idea what was going on or why people were laughing, but I laughed and clapped as hard as I could. You couldn’t have asked for a better audience.

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A dance number from “The Boyfriend” musical

It may have been the Follies that spurred my desire to appear in musicals. First semester at UCSB was my big chance. They were putting on The Boyfriend, and I was determined to get a good part, and then – horror of horrors – I woke up the morning of the tryouts with laryngitis. I’d never had laryngitis. Why now? Not to be deterred, I went to the audition. Dancing no problem, then it was time to sing. I croaked through a few lines of song – and found myself cast in the second lead. Wow! That just shows that if you’ve got talent, it comes through no matter what the circumstances. Several weeks into rehearsal with me singing my heart out each day, the director pulled me aside. “Do you get laryngitis often?”  “Never,” I assured him, only to see his face fall. My voice with laryngitis was funny. My natural voice...somehow, I had gone 18 years without realizing I didn’t have one. Fortunately for everyone, I decided to transfer from UCSB before the production, so they never had to fire me.

As for the Follies, I don’t know when or why they discontinued it. Perhaps it was more trouble than it was worth, but it made a big impression on me, much bigger, I’m sorry to say, than the truly worthy Assistance League productions – the dental clinic and thrift shop.

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


Las Vegas mass shooting survivors organize cycling event

Brittany Lessard, 33, and Jimmy Lessard, 34, of Laguna Niguel, were enjoying the final moments of the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas watching the final act, Jason Aldean perform. 

At 10:05 p.m., Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort, using 12 AR-15 rifles modified with bump-fire stocks firing at an automatic rate for approximately 10 minutes – resulting in 59 people being killed and more than 500 injured.

The Lessards suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from this atrocity, and want to raise awareness for PTSD. Jimmy and his associates from the Newport-Mesa YMCA have teamed up to form Crime Survivors, which will host Ride 4 Healing, a 300-mile stationary bike event to reach out to those who have experienced trauma in their life.

Ride 4 Healing takes place on Saturday, May 19 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Newport-Mesa Family YMCA. The event is free of charge to attend.

Teams of five (200 will take turns biking a total of 300 miles) will cycle on stationary bikes for four hours. The mileage is significant in that it is the distance between Orange County and Las Vegas. Registration fees: $500 for a team of five; Single riders are $150.

Additional planned activities include yoga, painting and self-defense class – activities chosen to help participants thrive in a “safe space.”

To register as a sponsor and to find out more about Ride 4 Healing, visit www.YMCAOC.org.

Newport-Mesa YMCA is located at 2300 University Drive, Newport Beach.


Kathleen Neff named OneOC Spirit of Volunteerism honoree

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Kathleen Neff of Junior League of Orange County, headquartered in Newport Beach, has been named a 2018 OneOC Spirit of Volunteerism honoree for her volunteer work with the nonprofit, whose mission is promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

A resident of Irvine, Neff is currently serving as the League’s Human Trafficking Advocacy Manager. She has embraced her role with enthusiasm and passion, leading her committee in supporting the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force’s (OCHTTF) efforts in bringing awareness to the presence of human trafficking in Orange County. Neff and her committee coordinated the League’s 4th Annual Human Trafficking Roundtable, coordinated the League’s involvement in OCHTTF’s “Be the One” social media campaign in January 2018, and led a donation drive for victims of human trafficking.

Neff is dynamic and exhibits a positive spirit. Her passion about advocating on behalf of human trafficking victims is contagious, and the League is very fortunate to have her as a member and a leader. She will receive her honor at the Spirit of Volunteerism event, set for April 26 at the Disneyland Hotel.

For more information on Junior League of Orange County, visit www.jlocc.org.


Deadline is approaching for City Grant applications

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The City of Newport Beach is accepting applications from community and non-profit event organizers seeking financial support for their Newport Beach-based events occurring between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. The application deadline is Friday, April 27 at 5 p.m.

The special event support grant program enables community event organizers to apply for funding to help cover some of the costs associated with hosting an event in Newport Beach. This is a competitive process. Submitting an application does not guarantee funding. Applicants should read the Special Event Support Program Overview to gain an understanding of the program’s eligibility, qualification and evaluation criteria and how the grants are funded.

To learn more about the program or to submit an application, visit www.newportbeachca.gov/specialeventsupport.


Imaginology welcomed more than 46,000 students, parents to the OC fairgrounds

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Kids enjoy friendly competition during the sack races

The robots are being dismantled and packed away, the glue and glitter is being cleaned up, and the animals are resting after three days of visitors. With record-breaking attendance, OC Fair & Event Center’s largest community give-back event, Imaginology, has come to a close. In total, Imaginology hosted more than 46,000 guests over the weekend, up nearly 30 percent from 2017.

Several events took place within Imaginology, including Dia del Nino, an annual festival that was previously held in Santa Ana, and featured several performances and artist workshops on Sunday. Throughout the weekend, Vital Link hosted its STEM Showcase, which celebrated tech and gadgets in a hands-on way, featuring robot competitions, 3D and VR demonstrations and more. Over in Livestock, 4-H and FFA groups competed in master showmanship events, and in Baja Blues, Academic Chess

hosted its Tournament of Champions.

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Cow-milking demos attracted crowds to Millennium Barn

With myriad exhibitors, demonstrations and hands-on activities, here are a few numbers to help digest the fun:

--46,131 guests attended 2018 Imaginology

--1,000 LEGO pieces were used by contestants in the Bytes and Bots MiniMAKEathon competition

--400 paper airplanes flew across The Hangar during Aerospace Adventure

--30 gallons of milk were produced from the cow-milking demos in Millennium Barn

--16 community entertainment performances took place on Main Mall Stage

--400 boys and girls participated in Fishing in the City

--450 people took a ride on the tractor that circled the fairgrounds

--6.5 pounds of wool was shaved off during sheep shearing in Centennial Farm

--8 hats were entered into Imaginology’s first-ever Steampunk Hat Contest

--60 pounds of honey were sold by OC Beekeepers Association

--1,346 burgers and brats were sold by Boy Scout Troop 339

--14 other vendors and local organizations provided delicious dining options for guests, including Boy Scout Troop 274, OC 4-H Tri-City, Cathy’s Cookies and Scooter’s Italian Ice

--Finally, six scarecrows were entered into the annual Scarecrow Contest, including one made by Xander Leising, age 9, of Long Beach. Leising didn’t let his severe allergy to hay stop him from entering the contest. Instead, he decorated his scarecrow while wearing a Hazmat-like suit and mask.

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Xander Leising decorates his scarecrow in a Hazmat-like suit to combat allergies

Imaginology 2018 was held April 13 - 15 in an effort to showcase S.T.E.A.M.-powered education. The event provided exhibits and demonstrations based on the facets of science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The event offered various educational hands-on activities designed to inspire and encourage academic and career exploration. Several arts-related competitions were hosted by the OC Fair with participation from hundreds of local schools. Results of the competitions are posted at www.ocfair.com/imaginology.

The OC Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. www.ocfair.com


Come find out about goat yoga!

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Adorable bouncing baby goats will take over Centennial Farm at OC Fair & Event Center this Saturday, April 21 as Orange County’s only goat yoga event kicks off.

The Goat Yoga Experience & Fun Farm Day offers a unique opportunity to be part of the latest viral sensation. It’s a traditional yoga class with baby pygmy goats invited in to frolic, nuzzle and climb on class participants.

But there’s more – and it’s free! Although the two goat yoga sessions quickly sold out, there is plenty of goat fun to be had with goat selfie stations, playtime with goats and chick petting. Centennial Farm is open for exploration – perfect for human and goat kids of all ages.

Come watch as Spectra Yoga of Costa Mesa offers two beginner level sessions from 10 - 11:30 a.m. and again from 12 - 1:30 p.m. on the lawn in front of Centennial Farm’s Millennium Barn. The Fountain Valley Cloverdales 4-H Club will supply cuddly baby goats to join in on the fun. The Farm is open until 4 p.m.

“We’re excited about introducing agriculture to the community in a unique and fun way, as well as partnering with two great Orange County organizations such as the Fountain Valley Cloverdales 4-H Club and Spectra Yoga,” said OC Fair & Event Center CEO Kathy Kramer.

The event will also feature a bake sale and frozen fruit bars fundraiser, and opportunity drawings for farm-fresh gift baskets, with proceeds benefiting the Fountain Valley Cloverdales 4-H Club and Centennial Farm. Exclusive souvenir T-shirts will also be sold.

The OC Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. www.ocfair.com


Celebrate Earth Day in Upper Newport Bay

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Orange County Parks in partnership with Newport Bay Conservancy presents Earth Day at the Bay on Sunday, April 22 at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Upper Newport Bay celebrates its 28th Earth Day – a day to think about how we can protect our planet and preserve it for the future. Many booths will feature family-friendly activities including arts & crafts and science discovery. There will be a scavenger hunt with small prizes for all participants and entry into larger prize drawings. The day will be filled with live music from Danny Maika.

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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife will emphasize protection of Marine Protection Areas. Environmental Nature Center, OC Parks and OC Bird of Prey will participate in live animal presentations. OC Health Care Agency, OC Vector Control, Irvine Ranch Water District, OC Used Oil Recycling Program and OC Lead Poisoning Prevention Program are among a host of others that will be in attendance.

The entire event is free and open to the public, but bring some money for the opportunity drawing, featuring great prizes from local merchants. All proceeds benefit the Upper Newport Bay. Food will be available for purchase from local food trucks.

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Newport Bay Conservancy is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of the Upper Newport Bay, one of the largest natural remaining estuaries in Southern California. The Interpretive Center is an OC Parks facility. As a steward of significant natural and cultural resources, OC Parks manages and operates a system of regional parks, beaches, harbors, trails and historic sites that are places of recreation and enduring value.

For more information, visit www.newportbay.org, or call 949.923.2290.

Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center is located at 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach.


CdM Chamber Sunset Networking Mixer set for April 24

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Join the Corona del Mar Chamber for their upcoming Sunset Networking Mixer at El Cholo Restaurant on Tuesday, April 24 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

The evening’s festivities will include delicious bites like chips and duo salsas, tray-passed chicken taquitos, mini quesadillas and pecan pralines. Ole!

Enjoy a complimentary first margarita, wine, or beer with special Happy Hour prices thereafter.

Cost: CdM Chamber members, free; Non-members, $10.

El Cholo Restaurant is located at 3520 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. Parking is available in back of the restaurant or on the street.


Attention bee lovers…volunteer at America’s Pet Expo

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The Orange County Beekeepers Association (OCBA) is seeking volunteers to help out at their America’s Pet Expo booth on Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29 at the Orange County Fair & Event Center.

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

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

Available shifts:

Friday, April 27: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (three people needed)

Saturday, April 28: 2:15 - 4 p.m. (four people needed)

Sunday, April 29: 2 - 6 p.m. (three people needed)

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


Stump the Stu

We hope this one will wet your whistle…

Stump the Stu 4.17.18

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Perhaps, this is the Stu’s favorite yet! The words on this plaque are part of a famous quote. Okay. Where are these words located? And you get extra points for who this quote can be attributed to. Good luck!

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 is 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!


Newport Beach is going “John Wayne Crazy” starting April 25

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John Wayne and his captain, Bert Minshall, aboard the Wild Goose

John Wayne fans will be in for a treat when Hornblower Cruises & Events continues its tradition with an exclusive series of cruises honoring John Wayne, beginning on Wednesday, April 25, on board the famous yacht, Wild Goose. The John Wayne Celebration Cruises commemorate Wayne’s life and times in Newport Beach.

Get in on the fun and #talklikewayne on Hornblower’s Facebook page at @HornblowerLA to win tickets aboard the cruise. All you have to do is record your best impersonation of the legend and post it with #talklikewayne, and you’ll be automatically entered to win tickets on one of the John Wayne Celebration Cruises on Hornblower offered now through June 2018.

Highlights of the Cruise: Passengers will be transported back in time as they choose a variety of cruises aboard Wild Goose, between April 25 - June 16. Guests will have the chance to meet Wayne’s Captain, Bert Minshall, who will be on board to share stories and autograph his book available for sale, On Board With The Duke.

In addition, Hornblower annually collaborates with Madame Tussauds Hollywood to reunite the wax replica of John Wayne in True Grit attire back on board the Wild Goose.

Stroll the outer decks or explore the family salons and staterooms on Wild Goose. Hornblower will cruise by the location that was formerly John Wayne’s 10- bedroom, seven-bath waterfront mansion, where he and his family lived, and where the Wild Goose was docked for many years. Passengers will enjoy an unforgettable front seat to the sights and sounds of Newport Harbor, and guests can also indulge in adult drink specials made with “Duke Kentucky Straight Bourbon.”

To purchase tickets, call 888-Hornblower or visit the website at www.hornblower.com/port/category/nb+diningcruises. Discounts are available for children, groups, seniors and the military. Taxes, service fees and landing fees are additional. Cruises depart from Hornblower Cruises, South, 2431 West Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach.


Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

A Look Back 4.17.18

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The large sailboat in this photograph from 1922 is The Wave, a boat owned by Hal Will Smith. Balboa Island was nearly a decade and a half old at the time and there were still many empty properties on the island, as shown by the empty lots visible on South Bay Front to the right of the castle.

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


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Petition lists possible issues with Peotter donations and asks the court for help

TomJohnsonMartha Peyton, of Corona del Mar, appears to have opened up a hornet’s nest with her Superior Court filing last week requesting a Petition for Writ of Mandamus, listing Newport Beach City Attorney Aaron Harp as the respondent, and City Councilman Scott Peotter and Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield as the Real Parties of Interest.

So as best I can tell, and I’m no lawyer, back in 2017, Duffy and Scott Pappas, one of the principals in Woody’s Wharf, each had $1,100 contributions reported on Peotter’s mid-year 460 report.

The $1,100 is the maximum allowed by Newport Beach Municipal Code Section 1.25.030 for an individual donation to a political campaign per election cycle. The “per election cycle” being the key here. 

A violation of the campaign contribution limit is potentially a misdemeanor.

Additionally, a misdemeanor conviction also “voids” the elected official’s office.

So fast forward to December 6, 2017, Duffy invites potential donors to a hosted event for Peotter at Woody’s Wharf, complete with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. That all was followed by a harbor cruise on Duffy’s new 56’ private yacht.

It sounded like a nice evening. However, someone has to claim those in-kind donations from Pappas and Woody’s Wharf, and Duffy.

On February 5, 2018 (five days after the legal deadline for filing), the Committee to Oppose the Recall of Scott Peotter reported an in-kind donation of $1,799.28 from Woody’s Wharf.

Did Peotter or Duffy do something wrong? That’s for the legal process to decide and where the writ of mandamus comes into play. 

You see, City Attorney Aaron Harp is the one who should be reprimanding any council wrong-doings. However, in Harp’s defense, he reports up to that same council.

So, you can see the problem and the conflict: If Harp raises a red flag, the council could simply turn around and make life very difficult for him. Must I remind you of Dave Kiff.

So, a writ of mandamus would be an order from a court to a government official, in this case Harp, ordering him to properly fulfill his official duties and/or correct an abuse of discretion.

I pity Harp.

B-t-w, I contacted Harp, Duffield and Poetter for comment. Harp responded that he hadn’t seen the petition yet and Peotter, when I asked if he’d like to comment, answered, “Not to you.” By press time, Duffield did not respond.

So, I guess Scott and I are no longer friends. I’ll get over it.

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Well look who’s making his way back home. Former editor of the Daily Pilot, Steven Cahn, will be the featured speaker at the 57th Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner on Wednesday, April 25. Cahn is now a partner in California Strategies, LLC. California Strategies, a leading public affairs and government consulting firm.

The event is put on by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and honors the outstanding student scholars from Newport Harbor, Corona del Mar and Sage Hill. Additionally, the event will honor the Teacher of the Year from each school.

It all takes place at the Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport, 4545 MacArthur Blvd., the old Radisson Hotel, from 6 - 8:30 p.m.

For information on the event, go here.

B-t-w, I hear the “new” Hyatt Regency is “very nice,” according to Visit Newport Beach President & CEO Gary Sherwin.


ENC to hold Spring Faire with lots of surprises

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Mark your calendar for Sunday, May 6 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., when the Spring Faire and Butterfly House opening (only one of its kind in OC!) take place at the Environmental Nature Center.

Promising a fun-filled day for the entire family, the ENC’s 13th annual Spring Faire will feature a Youth Art Show, crafts, face painting, sing alongs with local performers (Vermillion Voc lists and the Young Singers of Orange County), a dramatic reading of The Lorax on the “Fire Circle Stage,” nature games, live native animals, and delicious food and beverages from local restaurants.

There will be animal crafts galore, but if that’s not enough to keep you busy...they’re also bringing you live hawks and owls from the OC Bird of Prey Center! Francisco the Bug Guy will also be on hand with some interesting arthropods. Don’t miss the ISOpod (Interactive Sea Life Outreach), a unique mobile aquarium featuring sea stars, a shark and a sea anemone. You will also have the opportunity to purchase native plants that will attract butterflies and birds to your yard.

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In conjunction with the Faire, ENC is calling all young artists, ages 4 - 18, to exhibit their art. Guidelines include exploring one or more California ecosystems, and can include plants, animals and people. For additional information and on how to enter your creative art (winners will receive awesome prizes!), visit http://encenter.org/visit-us/spring-faire/childrens-art. The entry deadline is Sunday, April 29.

To find out more about the Spring Faire and schedule of events, visit http://encenter.org/visit-us/spring-faire

Environmental Nature Center is located 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. For more information, call 949.645.8489.


Brew Hee Haw to come to OC Fair

OC Brew Hee Haw

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If you enjoy sampling a great IPA or blonde, “hop” on over to the 5th Annual Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup, returning to the OC Fair with three craft beer roundup sessions on Saturday, July 14 at 12 and 6 p.m., and Sunday, July 15 at 12 p.m. 

The successful, award-winning collaboration between Brew Ha Ha Productions and OC Fair & Event Center offers four hours of unlimited tastings, a commemorative tasting glass and free admission to the OC Fair. Awarded First Place at the Western Fairs Association’s Annual Convention for Best Event Within an Event, Brew Hee Haw features dancing, fun games and unlimited tastings from some of the country’s top breweries. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy unlimited tastes of more than 80 craft beers with a wide selection of styles ranging from pale ales, IPAs, stouts, saisons, hefeweizens and many more. Located next to the Pacific Amphitheatre, craft beer enthusiasts can enjoy sips from their favorite brewers throughout Southern California and beyond, including Artifex Brewery, Chapman Crafted Beer, Four Sons Brewing, Faction Brewing, Beachwood Brewing, Stone Brewing Co., Unsung Brewing Co. and many more.

In addition to fun games and catchy tunes, guests will enjoy four hours of unlimited tastings and a commemorative festival glass.

For the fourth year in a row, the Big Brothers Big Sisters of OC & Inland Empire are partnering with the Brew Hee Haw team and will receive a portion of the proceeds. 

Tickets are available for purchase at www.BreHeeHaw.com. Limited early bird tickets are $45 online. Regular ticket prices are $55 each and, if available, day-of prices are $65 each. The 5th Annual Brew Hee Haw is a 21 and over only event. IDs will be checked.

The OC Fair is open Wednesday - Sunday, July 13 - August 12. OC Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. www.ocfair.com

Early-bird ticket prices are $45 and on sale now (while supplies last). Presale ticket prices are $55 and general admission is $65. Visit www.ticketmaster.com


O’Neill recognized with tax watchdog award

Last week, Orange County’s independently elected Auditor-Controller Eric H. Woolery, CPA, recognized Newport Beach Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill with a coveted Taxpayer Watchdog Award. 

“As a Member of Newport Beach’s Finance Committee and City Council, Will O’Neill has actively worked to find aggressive pro-active solutions to looming pension challenges in Newport Beach,” Woolery said. He added, “All communities would benefit from having Watchdogs like Will O’Neill in public leadership keeping a close eye on Taxpayer funds.” 

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Newport Beach Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill receives the Taxpayer Watchdog Award from Orange County Auditor-Controller Eric Woolery

O’Neill, who began championing fiscal responsibility and transparency as a Member of the City of Newport Beach’s Finance Committee, has continued to provide leadership on financial matters since his election to the City Council in 2016. 

“Pro-active attention to pensions are critical as our liabilities continue to grow,” said Mayor Pro Tem O’Neill. He added, “I’m proud of the stance Newport Beach has taken to have the public’s interest and Taxpayer dollars constantly on our minds.” 

Mayor Pro Tem O’Neill joins a list of Taxpayer Watchdogs that includes attorney and former County Public Financing Advisory Council (PFAC) Chairwoman Lisa Hughes, longtime County Audit Oversight Committee (AOC) Chairman Dr. David Carlson, Senator Patricia Bates, County Treasurer Shari Freidenrich, former Sutter County Auditor-Controller Robert Stark, Irvine Mayor Donald P. Wagner, Huntington Beach Mayor Mike Posey, Huntington Beach City Treasurer Alisa Cutchen, Cypress Mayor Pro Tem Stacy Berry, Orange County Taxpayers Association CEO Carolyn Cavecche, and others. 

Woolery is a Taxpayer advocate who was elected to serve as Orange County’s Auditor-Controller in June 2014. He previously served as Treasurer of the City of Orange and the chief financial officer of a county department. Woolery graduated from Orange Lutheran High School and California State University, Fullerton. 

O’Neill is serving his first term on the City Council. He continues to serve on the City’s Finance Committee as a City Council representative. In addition to public service, O’Neill is a partner with the law firm of Ross, Wersching & Wolcott, LLP, and is a member of the Newport Harbor Exchange Club.


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. 

So, we gave you a “letter” from a popular business sign. The answer is Nespresso in Fashion Island at 401 Newport Center Drive. We received correct guesses from Jessica Battioli-Caputo, Alice Brownell, Carolyn DiOrio, David Pittman, Jeanine Emigh, Rebecca Lightfoot and Michele McCormack. Congrats to all of you who know a thing or two about a great cup of coffee...and home brewing.

Thanks for playing!

If you’re a business and you want to play, please send a high-quality photo of your sign to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

Nespresso full front

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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.”

Milo

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Animal Shelter

MEET MILO

Here’s to the best dogs! Meet Milo, a medium-size guy with a pug/boxer background. He’s full of fun, intelligence and shares his joy with all those around him. He’s a little shy but in a perfect, quiet way. It’s going to be such a wonderful, heartfelt moment when his new family purchases him with his very own, brand new, comfy harness, puts it on, leashes him up and the gratitude flows for the adoption of this wonderful, brindle beauty. Milo – a one of a kind pup.

 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 Milo, 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 www.nbpd.org 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.


Here’s what’s happening in CdM...

By AMY SENK

Firehouse

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The CdM fire station at its temporary digs at the OASIS Senior Center

The old Corona del Mar fire station, along with the CdM library branch, are now vacant on Marigold Avenue, with the temporary fire station now in place in the OASIS Senior Center’s auxiliary parking lot. A groundbreaking event is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24 for the new, combined fire station and library, which should be complete by summer 2019.

A corner of the OASIS lot at Marguerite and Fifth avenues has been turned into the temporary fire station, with portable buildings, curved tent-like structures to protect equipment, a flagpole and even a CdM fire station sign.

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Meanwhile, the school year is heating up for local high school students, who are getting ready for Advanced Placement exams, finals, SATs and ACTS – and the Newport Beach Recreation Department has developed a new program to help ease the pressure.

“In light of the recent teen suicides, the Recreation Department has put together a new program to try to assist teens with relief from the academic and general pressures of being a teen,” said Jennifer Schulz, a recreation supervisor, in an email. “We are calling it Study Break and it will be free recreation classes for high school-aged teens on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. alternating between the Marina Park and OASIS community centers. We have a variety of different classes – meditation, mindfulness, art, cooking, fashion design sketching, yoga and fitness for students to take a little break from these pressures. Our wonderful instructors are volunteering their time to make this program happen.”

Corona del Mar High School administrators have been promoting the Study Break program in its daily announcements. The first event will be at Marina Park on Wednesday, April 25, followed by an Art Night on Wednesday, May 2 at the OASIS center. The events, which are scheduled weekly through mid-June, are free. For more information, call 949.270.8150 or follow #CNBSTUDYBREAK on Instagram.

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Mark your calendars for the Corona del Mar Annual Town Meeting, scheduled for 5 - 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25 at Sherman Library and Gardens. The event, organized by the Corona del Mar Residents Association (CdMRA) and Corona del Mar Business Improvement District, is free and open to the public and features refreshments, a Community Expo and social hour from 5 - 6 p.m., followed by the Speakers Program and opportunity drawings.

The social hour will take place in the gardens at 2647 E. Coast Highway, where organizations will have representatives at tables to offer information and materials, with a chance to meet and greet. Organizations scheduled to have representatives attend include city departments like Community Development, Public Works, Recreation and Senior Services, police, fire and lifeguards and more. There also will be representatives from the OASIS center, the Boys & Girls Club, Newport Beach Film Festival, UCI Oceans and Friends of the Newport Animal Shelter, among others. Corona del Mar’s City Council representative, Scott Peotter, will speak, as well as Newport Beach Fire Chief Chip Duncan and Police Chief Jon Lewis, who will discuss fire prevention and public safety.

“Following on the heels of the 2017 fire storms that devastated communities in Santa Barbara and Napa and Sonoma counties, fire prevention is so very important for all of us now,” said CdMRA President Joy Brenner.

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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.


Discover colorful treasures heading to Crystal Cove

Los Trancos tunnel

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A mural in the Los Trancos tunnel heading to Crystal Cove’s Historic District

The walk from the Los Trancos parking lot towards the Crystal Cove Historic District is always a pleasant one, passing under the shade of trees along the frog-filled creek. But a particularly interesting part of this path is the Los Trancos tunnel and its many murals that decorate all 300 feet. The majority of these were painted during one of our Earth Day events back in 2001. About 200 volunteers, visitors, families and park staff, all joined together to leave a lasting legacy to future generations on the importance of the commitment to protecting the park we love.

Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from the Crystal Cove Conservancy Wave Enewsletter.


Two Spring Break Art Workshops this Thursday

Youngsters…enjoy some art this week during Spring Break! Art + Soul Collective is offering two workshops this Thursday, April 19.

Clay/Mobile Spring Break Camp: Geared to ages 6 - 12, join Miss Leslie from 2 - 4 p.m. in this fun-filled clay workshop. You will create a mobile with all sorts of summer clay pieces, and attach them to driftwood for a celebration piece to welcome in the sun. The cost is $60.

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Beach Art Spring Break Camp: Geared to ages 8 - 12, join Miss Leslie from 9 - 11 a.m. for a morning of beach art. You will make art from where you live and celebrate summer, which is just around the corner. Two projects are in store. The cost is $30.

Art + Soul Collective is located in Cannery Village at 3111 Villa Way, Newport Beach. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.438.0736. For a schedule of upcoming art classes and workshops (for youth and adults, alike), visit www.artsoulcollective.com.


Sheriff to be featured speaker at WiNN forum

The third annual Women in Newport Networking (WiNN) Community Forum will be held on Monday, April 23 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive. 

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens will be the forum’s special guest speaker. 

The event was originally planned for Wednesday, April 25, but after an unanticipated scheduling conflict recently arose for Sheriff Hutchens, the event was rescheduled to Monday, April 23.

Sheriff Hutchens“We’re delighted to have Sheriff Hutchens as this year’s keynote speaker,” said Diane Dixon, a Newport Beach City Councilmember and one of the founders of the WiNN forum. “She is highly engaging and readily shares what she’s learned and experienced throughout her career in public service. I’m confident forum guests will be inspired and entertained by what Sheriff Hutchens shares with us.” 

WiNN forums are designed to create awareness of ways to serve the Newport Beach community and civic organizations. The April 23 forum will highlight opportunities to serve on City of Newport Beach boards and commissions or with City support groups.

The event is free and open to the public. 

“I welcome Newport Beach women and men to attend this year’s forum to network and learn about the many volunteer-based civic and community groups doing outstanding work in our city,” Dixon added. 

Representatives from the following City boards, commissions and support groups will be on hand to share information and answer questions: The Board of Library Trustees; the City Arts Commission; Civil Service Board; the Harbor Commission; Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission; the Planning Commission; the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation; the Newport Beach Arts Foundation; Friends of the Newport Beach Animal Shelter; Friends of OASIS; Community Emergency Response Team (CERT); and Leadership Tomorrow.

For more information or to RSVP, visit www.newportbeachca.gov/winn.


Segerstrom Center presents Brentano Quartet

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Brentano Quartet

The Brentano Quartet will be joined by five-time Grammy Award winner and beloved American soprano Dawn Upshaw at Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Friday, April 27 in Samueli Theater at 8 p.m.

The concert promises to be an inspired finish to the Center’s current Chamber Music Series. The Brentano’s “luxuriously warm sound (and) yearning lyricism” (The New York Times) will be beautifully matched with Upshaw’s “tonal luster and pristine musicianship” (South Florida Classical Review).

Alone, the Brentano will perform Mozart’s String Quartet K. 465 “Dissonance” and a novel juxtaposition of a pair of works by Viennese composers from different centuries, the Webern/Schubert Bagatelles interspersed with Schubert Minuets, Op. 89. Upshaw will be featured in Respighi’s “Il Tramonte” (“The Sunset”) and Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 2.

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Soprano Dawn Upshaw

Single tickets start at $29 and are available online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. 

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


NMIIC Interfaith Council announces National Day of Prayer breakfast

Newport - Mesa - Irvine Interfaith Council (NMIIC) is holding its annual prayer breakfast at Our Lady Queen of Angels on Thursday, May 3 beginning at 7 a.m. The guest speaker is the President and CEO of United Way, Sue Parks, who will discuss “United to End Homelessness.”

Sue Parks

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Sue Parks, President and CEO, United Way

Tickets are $20 per person or $160 for a table of eight with a reservation by Tuesday, May 1. The cost is $25 per person at the door.

Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church is located at 2046 Mar Vista Drive, Newport Beach. For more information and to register, visit the website at www.nmiinterfaithcouncil.org.


Letters to the Editor:

Koll Center Residences “too much”

I received a mailer from the Koll Center Residences asking me, “Where Should Newport Beach Grow?”

They have a project that is three 13-story buildings they want to add to the Airport area. (They don’t say the size in the mailer, but that’s what it is).

So, in answer to their question about growth…I don’t want this large, this massive, this tall and this dense of a project anywhere in Newport Beach. If I only consider traffic, it’s too much. I believe most citizens of Newport Beach would say the same.

Since our Planning Commission and City Council have made so many changes to our City’s existing General Plan, we need to work together to update a General Plan where we can all be in agreement.

Thank you,

Jo Carol Hunter

Newport Beach

Reflecting on the PTA Reflections Program

I was thrilled Stu News highlighted the PTA Reflections Program recently. Reflections is dear to my heart. 

As a five-time PTA president, twice on Harbor Council, a Reflections chair in several Newport Beach schools, and on Fourth District PTA (all of Orange County), I was privileged to revise the program and give workshops about it at two California State PTA conventions. 

As many know, PTA’s slogan is that PTA advocates for all children, in every way, in everything. That’s what’s so special about Reflections. It encourages creativity for children at every grade level and in every area of the arts – no boundaries. And now it is incorporating technology arts. Thank you for a wonderful article and encouraging the Reflections Program.

Bonnie Engstrom

Former PTA president at:

Roy O. Andersen Elementary School

Corona del Mar High School

Mira Vista High School

Harbor Council PTA (all Newport-Mesa schools)

Is Rohrabacher perpetuating misunderstanding on sanctuary city laws?

There seems to be a misunderstanding of what the three California “sanctuary” laws are intended to do, which is being perpetuated by Dana Rohrabacher, a partisan city council, and a lack of appropriate and informed reporting on the part of the Daily Pilot.

Under the laws, state and local agencies would not be able to detain immigrants for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement based on mere “hold” requests, something many departments already stopped doing after a 2014 court ruling. Subpoenas and court orders would be honored and followed but not mere requests.

Electronic fingerprint records for all offenders, booked into state prisons and local jails, will continue going to the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, concurrent with the booking.

Police and sheriffs will continue sharing inmates’ release dates and transferring people to immigration authorities if they have been convicted within the last 15 years of one of roughly 800 offenses outlined in the Trust Act. That California law prohibits state and local law enforcement from holding people past their release dates for federal immigration agents unless they’ve been convicted of certain crimes.

Those certain crimes include all serious and violent crimes, registered sex and arson offenses, domestic violence charges and other felonies. They also cover many nonviolent offenses and “wobblers” – crimes that can be charged as either a felony or misdemeanor.

The California law is designed to enable the State to better enforce its state laws, most particularly its criminal laws. When people are afraid to call the police because they or their families may be deported, violent criminals are free to act without consequence. California has lawfully decided that it wants people to report crimes instead of just hiding. The State has also properly decided that it does not want to be forced to defend lawsuits brought by people who are arrested by ICE and confined for years without cause or a court order. ICE makes law enforcement more difficult, not better. 

Second there is Supreme Court precedent exactly on point which provides that the federal government is responsible for enforcing federal laws and it cannot force states to “deputize” state law enforcement personnel to do that job. The federal government may not punish states for refusing to cooperate with federal law enforcement agents by withholding federal funds unrelated to the action in question. There have been repeated suits over this and California has successfully challenged the Trump administration for threatening to withhold federal funds over rules which forbid collusion with ICE officials. The only unfortunate possibility is that the US Supreme Court, as now politicized, is only too willing to ignore or reverse established precedent, particularly when it comes to immigration. It is sad when we must hope for justice and not expect it.

I object to the City Council spending one penny of the City’s money on a partisan issue that is being more than adequately challenged by A.G. Sessions and the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Kristin M. Cano, Attorney at Law

Corona del Mar


When Newport Beach was free flowing

By DUNCAN FORGEY

Two brown baggers

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Two brown baggers going to Newport Elementary

Returning to Newport Beach this month, I am looking at our town from a totally different perspective. This is the last visit as a resident, because after a long and difficult decision, my wife and I have decided to cut the cord. We are leaving Newport Beach, the longest relationship of my life. Being a fifth generation Californian and lifelong resident of Newport Beach, the driving factors are crowds, the intensity of life, the loss of any semblance of small town and, of course, age.

I spent this month visiting memories and searching out a wonderful group of lifelong friends. Everywhere I went, past faces and experiences were clouded by a maze of population or lurking in the shadows of new construction and McMansions. Certain locations still remind me of the previous era when Newport Beach was much more kind. My memories since 1951 can only be described as “epic.”

Life started in a tiny rental on 13th Street with my family and 11 cats. It was summer and day after day was spent at the beach. This behavior set patterns in the mind of an almost 4 year old that remains to this day. Old Newport Beach taught all its citizens how to really love life.

Stars were prolific in the night sky. There were no airlines, only occasional prop planes. There was no traffic and sunsets were crisp and clean, like a tropical paradise. Radio waves from LA were non-existent and we talked to a lady on the telephone to make a call. Crowded days came only on hot summer weekends and holidays. Lifestyles were easy going and clothes were basic. Fathers dressed for work, but the rest of the time everyone was casual.

Outdoors won out over indoors. We learned to not wear shoes, to smile a lot, and fun always seemed to be the centerpiece of activities. Even during deaths of grandparents, hard times or tragedies, everyone came together in a sincere and helpful manner. It was not “The Little House on the Prairie,” but more like a beachfront Ozzie and Harriet. Life was good.

Newport Beach was truly a small town; a village, a hamlet. It was paradise. The rest of the nation talked about Newport News, Virginia and Newport, Rhode Island. To the rest of the world, Southern California was the not-so-wild west with too many farms, crazy Hollywood and a growing aircraft industry. Egos on the east coast thought of Southern California with the same respect they held for “southerns” and “hillbillies.” Little did they know that we had it all.

To this quiet environment came a group of baby boomer kids from all over Southern California. Babes to teens ventured out into the city in ways that would terrify today’s Newport Beach mothers. Over the decades, organized baseball came about, the Scouts were popular and church life created outlets for youngsters’ energy. These, however, were not able to satisfy our zest for life, so the ocean, mountains and hillsides became our escape. A child’s day went from breakfast to after sundown. Home was for eating, sleeping and being safe.

Lido Isle Cub Scout Troop

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Lido Isle Cub Scout Troop

In those early years, it was our chain of education that instilled real character into us. This “Newport attitude” constantly surprises or shocks others, but is a treasured vitality by those of us that lived it.

In Newport Elementary, learning levels were surreal. Sure, there was reading, writing and memorization of arithmetic, however, these were not the deepest learning experiences underlining our education. Boys and girls, rich and poor, smart and not-so-bright, athletes and musicians all banded together on our blessed beachfront blacktop to experiment with fun.

We watched the large surf and felt its trembling energy under our feet. We ran to help, only to cry for a beached whale. There were intense games of marbles, foursquare and baseball. Boys and girls were equals, only in very different ways. Food sharing was commonplace and puppy loves evolved and disappeared as quickly. Today, we still talk to one another with an innocent love totally different than any other kind.

Even as we and the town grew, Newport El kept its unique distinction and charm. The teachers, dedicated to learning, were as much in love with the school as the students and parents. Fathers worked, mothers cared and kids learned to be independent.

A “safety patrol,” composed of fourth and fifth graders, attired in yellow hats and sashes made sure the rest of the student body behaved. Teaching us responsibility, respect and a sense of right from wrong was an everyday presence.

Bicycling to Newport El was a major breakthrough. It got us off the bouncing bus driven by Craig, who worked at the Lido Theater and after two jobs ran our only pet store. He was just one of the many common folk heroes that evolved around us in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Money was noticed and sometimes brandished about, but depth of a person’s sincerity was paramount. We had already learned how to free flow. By chipping away at our parents’ control, we tried to take control of our lives early on.

Gangs of 7-year-old boys and girls were forming on the “mean” streets of Lido, Peninsula Point, West Newport and the Heights. Each with their territory and not truly understanding the cultures of the others. Sleepovers gave us a look at how the different neighborhoods defined fun.

The Lido gang consisted of about seven boys and five girls. Each step along life’s way was shared with children we truly trusted. Moms had a rule when we first got bikes. “Do not go off the Island! You can ride the streets and stradas of Lido but not off island,” they would say in unison like grizzled union bosses. The breakout came when one of the gang convinced his mom that other moms were giving in. Probably a “little white lie,” but the next day, brown lunch bags in hand, we all left for Newport El.

Crossing the bridge for the first time was exhilarating. We passed Harry the barber, where he gave out Pluto Platters with haircuts. Straight to the boardwalk and then left toward McFaddenʻs Landing. A long stop at Henry’s Market, where we would stand staring at the wall of candy. I always settled for wax candy and Abba-Zabbas. Hadley’s had the best fresh glazed donuts in the world, making each day memorable.

Abba Zabba

Abba-Zabba…the candy bar of choice

After growth spurts that made girls change and boys uneasy, Horace Ensign came about. Back on the buses and “up the hill.” Feeling so grown up and important because we had graduated from elementary school, a whole new world erupted.

Girls grew breasts and boys talked dirty. Santa Claus was definitely gone, but Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale took his place. Radios could now be heard and music became important. The Santa Ana airport was a tad busier, but no more than an obnoxious fly buzzing around your head. Homes seemed to be popping up everywhere, entire neighborhoods were born out of our playgrounds. New construction provided plenty of wood for skateboards. Life still seemed simple.

Horace Ensign was the last great melting pot of Newport Beach. New friends from Costa Mesa, the Heights and Corona del Mar gathered with those of us from the beach. After a short period of testing each other and a few fights, Newport Beach youth was intra-connected from the Santa Ana River Jetties south to the Irvine Ranch and east to the Back Bay.

Blessed, once again, with dedicated teachers with a flair for discipline, a new wrestling match began between pre-adolescents and adults. Most conflicts revolved about fun and fads.

To energetic pre-adolescent boys of that era, one teacher stands out. Mr. Jacobson or “Jake” as he was known. Jake was ex-military with a metal plate in his head, or so the rumors went. He looked 8 feet tall with shoulders that rivaled King Kong. And like the great ape, Jake knew what to do if any of his “monkeys” acted up. If his tough manner and whistle failed, the final resort was the “paddle.” If he quietly invited you into his “office” you knew it was trouble. Tears flowed in that office not because of the pain from the swats, but from the guilt felt by disappointing one our true “heroes.”

Eighth grade rumors were that seniors at Newport Harbor High School would haze freshmen in humiliating displays of power over newcomers. It did not matter, because once you stepped into the hallow halls of NHHS you had attained the only goal in life that you had up to that point. The right to be a “Sailor” meant you will soon drive a car, play sports, push your music or surfing skills to new levels, meet and fall in love.

Band on the Newport Harbor High School quad

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Matt Marshall’s band on the Newport Harbor High School quad

It had been a shrine our entire young life. Older siblings and friends told tales of getting jobs, climbing the steps of the tower, ditching school to go to the beach, playing football against Anaheim, getting ready for college, swimming, cheerleading, the Senior Play and going to Disneyland for Grad Night. This was the eve of a new dawn.

Childhood passed into adolescence and life was still very good, less the acne, insecurities and naiveté. Challenges, mischief and lessons of NHHS remained a form of fun for student and teacher alike.

Street Light

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The street light reminded us when it was time to go home…it was getting dark

We will always remember these wonderful times growing up during the waning years of the Golden Years of California. Unique relationships were built upon years of experiences. Stories of tragedy and sadness kept us in reality. Accidents, disease, divorces and eventually drugs, alcohol and Vietnam killed friends, family and eventually the fun. Young people marched boldly to the edge of life where they stood at the cliff and watched others fall over. Death and sadness stood next to us like whispering demons because that is simply life’s journey.

But now with seven decades behind us, it is our fantasy that today’s youth be injected NOT with heroine or meth but with fun, hope and faith, which are so fleeting when growing up. We now sit here like our grandparents wishing that we had known where life was taking us back when it was truly fun. 

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Duncan Forgey, who made his home here in Newport Beach for many years, now resides 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. Below you’ll find this week’s clue. What you see is a small part of an overall sign in Newport Beach, that may just perk you up.

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 4 13 18

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Stump the Stu

Hardly a stump here…seems like the whole community got this one right

Stump the Stu 4.13.18

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Tuesday we said, “Let’s pray you get this one.” The correct answer was St. Andrews Presbyterian Church at 600 St. Andrews Road, Newport Beach. 

Well, God has a nice way of answering prayers. Correct guesses were plenty and came in from Bill Finster, Carol Strauss, Charles Davison, Chase Reif, Christina Chacon, Don Webb, Gloria Sullivan, Gordon Bowley, Mickey Dunlap, James McCulloch, Joe Stapleton, Judy Leeper, Judy Weightman, Julie Lenk, Keith Yonkers, Linda Daniels, Lou Ellen Long, Lynn Swain, Michele McCormack, Nancy Thompson, Peter Bretschger and Tony Shaw. 

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!


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

 Surprise, surprise, council votes to oppose SB 54

TomJohnsonThe City Council did vote to accept a new amended contract of the employment of City Manager Dave Kiff, with his “in office” duties ending August 31.

He has buyout provisions as if he’s being terminated, but the council majority is saying no, no, no, this is a resignation. 

I urge you to read city councilwoman Diane Dixon’s comments, published in their entirety, that she expressed to her fellow councilmembers Tuesday night with regard to the Kiff ouster.

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It’s certainly not rubber stamp time at Newport Beach City Hall these days. At Tuesday’s council meeting, coming up on the consent calendar, two councilmembers voiced objections over the approval of Balboa Peninsula Trolley Program summer program.

Their concerns didn’t go anywhere, and they really didn’t expect it would.

Funded by a grant from the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), the new proposal called to expand the trolley operation from 10 weeks to 15 and included some additional parking changes.

The opposition came from Mayor pro tem Will O’Neill and councilmember and former mayor Kevin Muldoon.

I asked Muldoon, “Why?”

“It is a quaint amenity, but I think the free market is better suited to meet transportation demands,” he said.

Muldoon is probably referring to Newport Beach’s financial commitment. Originally the City signed up for a 10-week summer agreement (last year) with their contribution being $93,471. 

Expanding this year, an additional five weeks will add another commitment of $69,600 from the City.

O’Neill added, “The trolley’s ridership numbers were good last year, but the cost per rider were high. I’d like to see us get the costs per rider down before expanding a program that requires matching funds.”

The program was approved for the expansion in spite of their opposition.

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Nobody should be surprised that Newport Beach voted to adopt a resolution opposing Senate Bill 54, called by some as the Sanctuary State bill signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown last October (2017).

U. S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has filed a federal lawsuit aimed at SB 54.

Anyway, Newport Beach, with their unanimous vote, joins Mission Viejo, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Yorba Linda, Aliso Viejo, Westminster, Orange and Los Alamitos as cities against the state bill.

City councilman Scott Peotter brought the resolution item back to the council during a recent meeting. 

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Everyone’s friend, John Ursini, of Newport Rib Company fame, keeps reminding me that OCYSF needs more help, more publicity.

It’s hard to argue with John and the group. 

John gives money and John raises money.

In this case, they’re raising money for kids in Orange County who couldn’t participate in youth sports programs without them.

OCYSF…stands for Orange County Youth Sports Foundation

They have a banquet coming up on Tuesday, April 25, at the Fashion Island Hotel, where they’re honoring Rod Carew as their 2018 Sportsman of the Year.

It will be a fabulous evening with an auction of great sports items, dinner and program, plus a live auction. Then there’s the head table and their interactions with Carew.

Autograph seekers, it’s easy.

You have to pay to play, but the money is going to where it should. Check it all out at www.OCYSF.org

I promise you, you’ll have a great time.


Dixon attacks Mayor and Mayor pro tem for what she says were their parts in Kiff “firing”

By Newport Beach Councilwoman Diane Dixon

Diane DixonThey wanted to fire him. They decided to fire him. They fired him. But they didn’t tell anyone. 

On what basis did a minority of two council members decide they had the authority to force out Dave Kiff? 

Please see the timeline (below), as presented to me by the city manager. 

I would like to know how the Mayor and Mayor pro tem, without authority, without advising the full Council and without seeking its input, advice, counsel or approval, singlehandedly approached the city manager last February to demand that he retire four months earlier than planned. Then, also without consulting the full Council, they took steps to terminate the contract of the city manager and singlehandedly dictated and negotiated the terms of a new contract to end his employment. 

We are a city with a Charter and with City Council policies that dictate a process and procedures for the hiring, firing and performance evaluation of our city manager and other high-level appointees. 

The actions of the Mayor and Mayor pro tem are completely inconsistent with our council/city manager form of government, which has served this city and its residents exceptionally well for over six decades. 

Our City Charter allows for the honorific titles of mayor and mayor pro tem. Honorific. The two councilmembers who hold these temporary titles are first and second among equals – equal to the other five members of the Council. They are not the chief executives, the king or dictators. They are not empowered to act unilaterally without consultation, debate and if necessary a vote of the full Council. 

Where is transparency? There was no vote of the full Council. There was no discussion among the full Council. There wasn’t even a meeting of the full Council. This was simply an ambush by two councilmembers who – independently of the full Council – took these actions applying some tortuous legal scheme to terminate the employment of the city manager.

Your Council did not approve the idea, the negotiations or the terms. 

The Council was never presented with a draft document. 

Councilmembers Avery, Herdman and Dixon only saw this contract for the first time last week when it was released to the general public. Yet negotiations have been underway since mid-February. There was ample time and opportunity to schedule a closed meeting for the Council to review the city manager’s performance and his contract. But the Mayor and Mayor pro tem hid their actions from the Council and the public. 

If this matter had been processed according to the Charter and Council policy, and a closed session with full debate had been appropriately scheduled, the outcome may have been the same – or it may have been different. That is what democracy is all about.

Transparency. Debate. Vote. 

But we will never know, because democracy didn’t happen here. 

The actions of the Mayor and Mayor pro tem were not those of public officials acting in the public interest. They were the actions of officials trying to pull something over on the public, to do something in their own political or personal interest without regard to the good of the city and its residents, to do something that may not stand the light of day. 

The Mayor pro tem in particular ran in 2016 on a platform stressing ethics and transparency. Please tell the people of Newport Beach: Where is the transparency in secretly forcing the retirement of the city manager and creating and negotiating the terms of a 50-page contract without City Council review and debate? How is that ethical? 

Looking to the future, I hope that the result of this sad chapter in our city’s history will result in a new majority on the Council that will return transparency to our city government, respect to our citizens and restore the mutual bonds of trust that must exist in a representative form of government. 

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CHRONOLOGY

(This is a chronology of events that Dixon claims to have happened between the Mayor, Mayor pro tem and the City Manager leading up to Tuesday night’s vote for “resignation.”)

Prior “hints and directives” in public:

2015: (Mayor) Duffield: “We have Kiff where we want him. We want to get rid of him.” Stated to several people in the community and reported back to Kiff.

2016: “Give him a gold watch and move on.” Duffy and (Scott) Peotter to Herdman; reported in Barbara Venezia’s column in the Daily Pilot.

2016: Duffy in NHYC table conversation: “Dave will be fired and given a gold watch and patted on the back and retired.” Reported to Kiff by a mutual friend.

2016-17: Peotter recommends Mark Denny, assistant City Manager of Dana Point, to come in as Kiff’s successor.

February 12, 2018: Mayor Duffield and Mayor pro tem O’Neill meet with Kiff at the regular Monday agenda review meeting (City Attorney Harp was dismissed):

Duffy, O’Neill: “We want to talk some serious business with you about speeding up your retirement.”

Kiff: “I was planning to retire after the November election, as the timing might allow for better candidates to apply.”

Duffy: “That makes sense.”

O’Neill: “No. That’s not going to work.”

O’Neill: “We” want this change during summertime. “We” will make sure you are whole. We will have time to celebrate your career. You will be on the books until December 31, but you would leave in the summer when a replacement is hired. Think about this and get back to us Friday (February 16) with your terms.

February 16, 2018: Kiff presented his terms:

Amicable transition, stay until age 54 (November 2018), city-paid attorney;

$20,000 in retiree medical/or paid into deferred compensation account. Subsequently, Kiff’s lawyer and the City’s outside counsel negotiated terms resulting in Kiff’s retirement effective August 31, 2018 with the contract ending December 31, 2018.

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Former mayor and current city councilwoman Diane Dixon made these comments at the Tuesday, April 10 City Council meeting with regard to the vote to accept the “resignation” of City Manager Dave Kiff and the offer of a severance package to him. The council would later vote to accept Kiff’s resignation.


City Hall cancels Political Outreach Fair

By AMY SENK

A Political Outreach Fair featuring 48th district congressional candidates, city council candidates and a voter registration drive – was cancelled just 48 hours before it was scheduled to take place at the Newport Beach Civic Center. The city-affiliated club was formed this school year and is comprised of Corona del Mar students.

Club member, event organizer and CdM senior, Zach Glabman, said he was driving after school on Thursday when a friend called to tell him to check his texts. He went to a coffee shop and found out that the city had pulled the plug on the event.

“I freaked out a lot. I immediately drove to City Hall, then drove to school to talk to Mrs. Scott,” Glabman said, referring to Kathy Scott, the school principal.

Glabman said he personally invited all the candidates, and that seven congressional candidates and two or three city council candidates were scheduled to appear. The event was scheduled to take place from 1 - 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14 and was to include free refreshments.

Glabman said his first reaction when the city wouldn’t reconsider was to move the event to the Corona del Mar High School campus. Scott was on board, he said, and he filled out a facilities request to use the school’s lecture hall. But within an hour or so, he realized that changing the location at the last minute was “unreasonable.”

“It is frustrating,” Glabman said. “But I’ve dealt with stuff like this before. It happens.” He had already contacted all the candidates to inform them of the cancellation.

According to Deputy City Manager Tara Finnigan, “I’m still gathering details, but there seem to be a couple of event prep/execution reasons why staff decided it was best to have it at a later date.”


Celebrate July at the OC Fair with these performers

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Hotel California – A Salute to The Eagles

The 2018 OC Fair lineup is expanding with several more tribute bands at The Hangar, including Hotel California, Journey Unauthorized and Zeppelin Live, plus Daredevils and Wheels at Action Sports Arena. Tickets for these shows are on sale now. In addition, the Fourth of July pre-Fair show is presented by Pacific Symphony at the Pacific Amphitheatre, featuring Brass Transit. Tickets for this show are also available now.

The Line-Up:

Hotel California – A Salute to The Eagles on Thursday, July 26 at 8:30 p.m. at The Hangar. Tickets start at $17.50. Celebrate the music of The Eagles with Hotel California, a tribute band that features a dynamic and exciting show with five highly experienced music industry professionals. The performance will include a showcase of mega hits, such as “Take It Easy,” “Heartache Tonight” and, of course, “Hotel California.”

Journey Unauthorized – A Tribute to the Music of Journey on Friday, July 27 at 8:30 p.m. at The Hangar. Tickets start at $17.50. In a complete concert production, Journey Unauthorized pays tribute to the music of Journey, featuring the full range of well-known songs such as “Any Way You Want It,” “Faithfully,” “Wheel In the Sky,” and the ultimate sing-along fan favorite, “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

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Journey Unauthorized – A Tribute to the Music of Journey

Zeppelin Live – A Live Rock Tribute to Led Zeppelin on Saturday, July 28 at 8:30 p.m. at The Hangar. Tickets start at $17.50. Zeppelin Live has paid tribute to Led Zeppelin since 1999, performing favorites like “The Song Remains the Same,” “Kashmir” and “Stairway to Heaven” at concerts, clubs and festivals all over the world. By popular demand, this will be their 10th year in a row at the OC Fair.

Daredevils and Wheels on July 18 – 20 at 8 p.m.; July 21 at 2 and 8 p.m.; July 22 at 1 and 7 p.m. at Action Sports Arena. Tickets start at $17.50. The Nerveless Nocks will present five nights of Daredevils and Wheels, an extreme aerial stunt show featuring jaw-dropping tricks at dangerous heights, and motorcycle stunts inside a giant metal ball. Warning: these shows are not for the faint of heart!

Tickets are available via Tickemaster. More performances and action sports at the 2018 OC Fair will be announced in the coming weeks.

Celebrate the Fourth of July at Pacific Amphitheatre with the music of Chicago, known as the “rock and roll band with horns.” Brass Transit, a Chicago tribute band, will perform hits such as “If You Leave Me Now,” “You’re the Inspiration” and “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” with the Pacific Symphony, conducted by Richard Kaufman. The evening will also include patriotic tunes and a fireworks displsay. This concert is part of Pacific Symphony’s SummerFest 2018. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster. Attendees of this pre-Fair show can save their ticket stub for one free admission to the 2018 OC Fair on any of the 23 days of the Fair.

The 2018 OC Fair takes place July 13 - August 12 and is open Wednesday through Sunday. It is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. www.ocfair.com


Letters to the Editor:

Could the Kiff exit get even uglier

Newport Beach’s City Manager Dave Kiff will be retiring soon. Normally, his myriad of fans would simply wish him well, but this is not a normal situation. Team Newport (Councilmen O’Neill, Muldoon, Peotter and Duffield) are running him out of town despite wide acknowledgement among his peers and the residents that he is one of the best city managers in California. 

Our bay is no longer covered with green mats of algae because of his advocacy for clean water. We are proactively addressing our pension liability under his direction. His enormous depth of knowledge about the airport benefits everyone under the John Wayne flight plan, making his departure especially mourned by those concerned about flight noise.

Team Newport claims that Dave is retiring of his own accord and vigorously deny that they have pushed him out, but his newly amended contract calls for severance pay. 

Have you ever heard of a retiree getting severance pay? Of course not. 

Councilpersons Herdman, Avery and Dixon were left completely out of this power play and were never even aware that Mr. Kiff’s contract was being discussed until it was a done deal. 

At Tuesday’s meeting, Ms. Dixon presented Mr. Kiff’s description of events, confirming that he had been forced out. These backdoor dealings are clearly a violation of the Brown Act, for which the maximum penalty is removal from office.

The jungle drums are beating that Team Newport has Mr. Kiff’s ultimate replacement already chosen. Meet Mark Denny, a man with a prior conviction for voter fraud and exactly 10 months experience as a city manager. What Mark does have is a virtual web of political connections to the people who have the greatest influence over Team Newport and this may well be enough to get him the job. It is telling that he was hired as city manager in Dana Point even though he never even applied for the job, had absolutely no experience as a city manager and there were other excellent candidates for the position. 

Making a bad situation worse, there is much speculation that Team Newport is considering removing Mr. Kiff effective immediately and replacing him on an interim basis with Assistant City Attorney Michael Torres. Mr. Torres has no experience whatsoever as a city manager and has had no opportunity to develop administrative nor leadership skills in his current position. This is a situation that can only lead to chaos. Newport Beach deserves better than this, but we may not get it.

It is time to clean house in Newport Beach, but not by removing Dave Kiff. It is time for Team Newport to be swept from office and elect representatives who put “city before self” on the City Council. Character matters. Team Newport has revealed with absolute clarity the foul nature of their character through their words and deeds. 

I can only hope that the next election will rid us of the dry rot that currently permeates our city council and I will do my level best to ensure that occurs.

Susan Skinner

Newport Beach

Is the housing project worth it?

Once again, we are facing down an enormous housing project designed to enrich some developer but entangle the rest of us with more traffic and more high rises. I’m not sure why our decision makers aren’t listening to the residents, but they aren’t. 

The vast majority of my neighbors see no value whatsoever in these monstrous developments, but they keep coming and coming. At the moment, it’s the Koll Center Residences, three high-rise luxury condominium towers. Eventually we will exceed the capacity of our roads and face gridlock all the time, just like L.A. Not exactly what I signed up for.

Tom Baker 

Newport Beach


Young professionals give back to the community

On Monday, April 9, the Newport Beach Association of REALTORS® Chapter of the Young Professional Network (YPN) volunteered at Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa, to give back to the community.

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(L-R): Amber McDonough, Katie Hughes, Bree Lepante, Carly Smith, Michael Tsamoudakis, Ivan Novakovic and Sacha De La Cruz, with NBAR’s Young Professional Network (YPN)

The Newport Beach Association of REALTORS® is located at 401 Old Newport Blvd., Ste. 100, Newport Beach. For more information, call 949.722.2300 or visit www.nbaor.com.


Sherman Gardens seeking high school intern

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Sherman Gardens is seeking an inquisitive, energetic and motivated high school student to join the horticulture team for a fascinating educational experience. This internship will provide a chance to experience the horticulture profession in a botanical garden setting.

The intern program is a mix of educational experiences including mini-classes led by guest speakers which provide hands-on learning sessions on topics such as gardening skills, orchids, bromeliads and palms. Field trips and behind-the-scenes tours to other botanic gardens, private gardens and nurseries provide interaction with colleagues involved in different aspects of the horticulture industry.

The selected intern will be working alongside the Gardens’ horticulture staff and recipients of the Arnold D. Haskell Scholarship. The Haskell Scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in the public horticulture major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Together they will work on gardening projects at Sherman Gardens. An individual project will provide an opportunity to research a plant or species of interest and share that research with Sherman Gardens guests via the Discovery Cart. The Discovery Cart is an interactive mobile learning station.

The intent of the internship is to show high school students that horticulture and botany are viable and rewarding college majors and career paths. 

--- Here are the details:

Compensation: $15.50 per hour

Duration: 6-8 weeks (20 - 30 hours per week). Schedule is negotiable.

Dates: July 9 - August 24

Number of Positions: One

Qualifications: High school student entering junior or senior year with a 2.5 or higher GPA

--- How to apply: Cover sheet with name, grade level, email address, phone number, extracurricular activities, clubs or organizations. Include activities, employment or vacations internship needs to be scheduled around

--- Write an essay: 500 words or less, 12 pt. font, double spaced on “Why does this internship appeal to you? Why is horticulture, the environment and/or plants important to you?”

--- Application due date: Tuesday, May 1

Email your information to: Gardens Director Scott LaFleur at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hard copies can be mailed to: Scott LaFleur, Gardens Director, Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 East Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, Calif. 92625


Last chance to sign up for ENC Spring Break Camp

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Kids…get up and get active during spring break and join the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) for Spring Break Camp, taking place April 16 - 19. Each day, campers participate in exciting, age appropriate hands-on activities. Both full and half day camps are available.

ENC will be holding Little Naturalist Camp for children ages 3 - 5, and Nature Camp for elementary-aged youngsters in kindergarten through 6th grade. For more information on registration and costs, visit http://encenter.org/blog/events/little-naturalists-spring-break and http://encenter.org/blog/events/spring-break-camp-3

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


CdM Chamber luncheon features Film Fest CEO

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On Tuesday, April 17, join the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce at their monthly networking and speaker luncheon from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Bayside Restaurant.

The featured speaker is Gregg Schwenk, Newport Beach Film Festival CEO. Come find out what films, celebrities and parties are happening during the NB Film Fest and how you can obtain discount tickets.

In addition, attendees will enjoy a delicious lunch, which includes roasted chicken, seasonal vegetables, potato puree and lemon sauce as you take advantage of networking opportunities. A vegetarian alternative is also available. The event is open to the public with an RSVP only by Friday, April 13.

Check in and networking takes place from 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; the lunch and program is scheduled for 12 - 1:15 p.m.

Cost: CdM chamber members, $30; non-members and community friends, $40. No payments will be accepted at the dor.

For more information, call 949.673.4050 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bayside Restaurant is located at 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach. www.cdmchamber.com


Newport Boat Show coming to Lido

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Calling all boating enthusiasts! Here is the show you’ve been waiting for – the 45th Annual Newport Boat Show, coming to Lido Marina Village from April 19 - 22. The Newport Boat Show is the premier yacht show in the west. Newport is the one show that features big boats and trawlers. With more than 200 boats on display and no limit on the size of bigger vessels, this is the show that serious buyers won’t want to miss.

This year’s show will feature the newest vessels to reach the Western United States, plus, there will be a whole host of exhibitors on hand shoreside and in the water to showcase innovative products and services that make owning and operating a big boat more enjoyable.

Boat Show Hours:

Thursday, April 19: 12 - 7 p.m.

Friday, April 20: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 21: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 22: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Ticket prices: Adults, $15; Children, 12 years and younger are free; Military (with ID) receives a $5 discount. Advance online savings of $2 is good through April 14.

The boat show will take place at 3432 Via Oporto, Lido Marina Village, Newport Beach. Free off-site parking and shuttle service (every 30 minutes) will be available from Hoag Health Center, 500 Superior Ave., Newport Beach. Parking in the Lido Marina Village structure will be $30 per vehicle per day.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website at www.newportinwaterboatshow.co.


NBPLF Witte Lecture Series features Masha Gessen

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Masha Gessen will be speaking on The Future is History on April 28 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. as part of the Witte Lecture Series in Newport Beach Central Library’s Friends Room. A self-proclaimed “opposition journalist in Russia,” Gessen is the author of many books, including Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot.

As a journalist living in Moscow, Gessen experienced the rise of Vladimir Putin firsthand. In her 2012 bestselling book The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin, she gave a chilling account of how a low level, small-minded KGB operative ascended to the Russian presidency and, in a short time, destroyed years of progress and made his country once more a threat to her own people and to the world.

Gessen will speak about her new book The Future Is History, recently longlisted for the National Book Award, in which she follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy in Russia. Each of them came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children and grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each with newfound aspirations of their own – as entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers and writers, sexual and social beings. The author charts their paths against the machinations of the regime that would crush them all, and against the war it waged on understanding itself, which ensured the unobstructed reemergence of the old Soviet order in the form of today’s terrifying and seemingly unstoppable mafia state.

The lecture and Q & A begin at 2 p.m., with book sales and signing at 3:15 p.m. Tickets are $35 for the general public; $30 for Library Foundation members; and $20 for students/teachers. Dessert and coffee will be provided. For additional information on purchasing tickets, visit www.nbplfoundation.org, or all 949.548.2411. 

Newport Beach Central Library is located at 100 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. www.newportbeachlibrary.org


Welcome Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to the Segerstrom stage

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes the return of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in an exclusive Southern California engagement April 18 - 22. The Company will dance new programs that feature five works never before seen at the Center and several set to music by legends of the jazz world. The three Southern California Premieres are: Members Don’t Get Weary (2017), choreographed by Bessie Award Winner Jamal Roberts to music of John Coltrane; Victoria (2017), choreographed by Spanish choreographer Gustavo Ramírez Sansano to music by Michael Gordon; and a new production of Mass (2004/2017), choreographed by Ailey Artistic Director Robert Battle to music of John Mackey. Two works new to Segerstrom Center are Ella (2008), to music of Ella Fitzgerald and In/Side (2008), to music of Nina Simone.

The programming also includes beloved Ailey classics The Golden Section (1983), choreographed by Twyla Tharp to music of David Byrne; Stack-Up (1982), choreographed by Talley Beatty to music of Earth, Wind & Fire, Grover Washington Jr., Fearless Four and Alphonze Mouzon; and the American Masterpiece Revelations (1960), choreographed by Alvin Ailey.

In addition, the engagement opens on April 18 with Discover Ailey, a special hour-long moderated performance that includes complete performances of Members Don’t Get Weary, Ella and Revelations. Discover Ailey is an ideal introduction to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and the Company’s energy, artistry and spirit of dance. Tickets starting at $19 are specially priced for this unique and informative evening.

In anticipation of the Company’s return to the Center, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s stay begins with its popular free Ailey community dance event – Revelations Celebration on Saturday, April 14 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. Visitors of all ages are invited to participate and engage with Company performers, teaching artists and to enjoy other activities as well.

Acclaimed Company teaching artist Nasha Thomas-Schmitt, master teacher for Arts In Education and former AAADT star, will teach the distinctive movements from three of the most well-known pieces in the Company’s cornerstone work, Revelations, including “Rocka My Soul,” “Wade in the Water” and “I’ve ‘Been Buked.” Fans and novices alike are welcome.

Ticket prices for the full performances start at $29. Tickets for Discover Ailey on April 18 start at $19. Tickets for all performances are available online at www.scfta.org or by calling 714.556.2787, and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. For inquiries about group ticket discounts, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. Free Preview Talks by Company members will be conducted one hour prior to each performance. The Friday evening, April 20 Preview Talk will be sign language interpreted. Audiences can also participate in a number of fun and informative pre-show activities. Artists and program are subject to change. 


NBCC to hold upcoming April events

On Wednesday, April 18 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., join the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce for a business networking luncheon at The Capital Grille in South Coast Plaza.

Topics will include: What companies are looking for in today’s candidates, The RIGHT way to prepare for interviews, Why face to face communication still matters, How to stand out in a competitive job market and How social media is critical to your career success.

Cost: Chamber members with a reservation, $35; members at the door and potential members, $40. This includes lunch and free self parking.

To secure a reservation, visit www.newportbeach.com/events/april-business-luncheon-series-getting-hired

Water Grill

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On Thursday, April 26, join Chamber members from Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Santa Ana at the After Hours Multi-Chamber Business Mixer from 5:30 - 7:30 at Water Grill in South Coast Plaza. Enjoy an evening of networking fun, appetizers and cocktails (no host bar).

Cost: Chamber members are free, and non-members are $35. Parking is $6.

For more information and to sign up, visit www.costamesachamber.com or call 714.885.9090.

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


Real estate professional Adrienne Brandes is named to the CdM Chamber board of directors

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Adrienne Brandes with Newport Beach Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield

Adrienne Brandes of Surterre Properties has been chosen to serve on the board of directors of the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce, and was recently appointed by the mayor during a special ceremony at Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach

 As one of the most successful real estate professionals in the area, Brandes has been a resident of Orange County for more than 25 years. Her philanthropic work has aided Heartfelt (screening young athletes for Sudden Cardiac Arrest), Orange County School of the Arts, The Center Stars (Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts), Chapman University and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Prior to her board appointment, she regularly volunteered for the Chamber.

“The Chamber greatly enhances the quality of life for the residents of Corona del Mar,” Brandes said. “Through fundraising events and other activities focusing on the development of local businesses, the Chamber increases the sense of community. This is important to me not only as a resident but also as a real estate agent, since the majority of clients I serve are right here in Corona del Mar.”


Pinwheel Project at Fashion Island benefits CASA

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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County will be displaying 3,100 pinwheels on Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15 at Fashion Island in conjunction with Child Abuse Awareness Month recognized during the month of April. The pinwheels represent each of the 3,100 children who are currently in the Orange County foster care system.

Stop by the CASA booth next to the display on the Neiman Marcus/Bloomingdale’s Lawn to view the pinwheels and show your support. With a donation of $25 or more made at the pinwheel site, you will receive a card with exclusive offers to Fashion Island merchants, redeemable all weekend.

Exclusive offers include:

Mariposa at Neiman Marcus: Enjoy one complimentary appetizer listed on the menu between restaurant hours from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

CUCINA enoteca: Take $15 off your purchase of $50 or more. *Discount applies to food purchase only. Not valid on alcohol, tax or gratuity.

FIG & OLIVE: Receive a complimentary Crostini Trio with any purchase.

GARYS: Enjoy 25 percent off any one item. *Cannot be combined with any other offer. In-stock items only.

Rebecca Taylor: Take 20 percent off full-priced items. *Not valid on 3rd party items or La Vie.

CASA thanks participating businesses and volunteers assisting with this event from the Capital Group and Kids 4 CASA of Corona del Mar High School.

To sponsor a pinwheel, visit https://secure.qgiv.com/for/pin201.


N2E announces event schedule

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The 71st Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race is less than three weeks away, which means Newport Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA) members are not only putting the final touches on preparations for the iconic race but on the celebratory events leading up to race day.

Before starting the West Coast’s largest, most fun and competitive race Friday, April 27 off the Balboa Pier, racers are invited to share the race committee’s enthusiasm and appreciation for N2E sailors at three local events.

“We look forward to spending time with sailors before the race, to show our appreciation, to impart last-minute tactical strategies, ensure pre-race preparedness and of course and most importantly, share in the camaraderie that made N2E famous,” said Vice Commodore John Long.

The annual Skippers Luncheon, a 25-plus-year N2E tradition, takes place at Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club on Wednesday, April 25 at 11:30 a.m. Ullman Sails professionals will be the keynote speakers. For the past four years, the Ullman team has provided valuable inside information about racing that only sailmakers are privy to, along with how to use sail knowledge to effect winning strategies. Topics also include the latest in weather forecasting, and recognition is given to skippers who have sailed N2E more than 20 times. RSVP is a must; cost is $15 per person.

The Skippers VIP Reception typically earmarked for boat owners and crew, city officials and sponsors is also on Wednesday, April 25. Sterling BMW’s Newport Beach showroom has graciously hosted memorable N2E events. For the past five years, this reception has become the primary fundraiser for the charities the organization supports in Ensenada via opportunity drawing prizes and a silent auction. Last year, more than $9,000 was raised for Centro de Atencion Especializada Para Autistas, an underserved and deserving school for autistic children. RSVP is a must, and it takes place form 6 - 9 p.m. 

On Thursday, April 26 from 6 - 10 p.m., skippers, crew and guests are invited to the must-attend N2E event of the year – the annual Sail Away Party – at the American Legion Yacht Club. This tradition dates back to the second race when sailors attended a formal dinner in suit and tie. Today’s racers show up in festive team gear to enjoy tasty bar favorites and dance to live entertainment, and maybe win opportunity drawing prizes.

For those partaking in the festivities in Ensenada, “Fiesta de Baja” will be held at the Hotel Coral & Marina from 6 p.m. to midnight on April 28. All sailors and their support crew are welcome to enjoy a Guadalupe Valley-style barbeque dinner with local beer, wines and cocktail pairings. Dance the rest of the night away to a live band and enjoy fireworks at 11 p.m. to begin to end your night!

For more information, email NOSA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949.644.1023.


Monster and Sea 24 Team Newport paddleboards for cancer

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One in three people will battle cancer at some point in their life.

Cancer is an all-encompassing disease that taxes our energy, spirit and finances to their limits.

What about the rest of us? It’s our job to stand up and lend a helping hand – be it emotional, spiritual or financial when we can. That’s why Monster and Sea began the 24-hour paddle out four years ago.

For the third year in a row, Team Newport, a group of six paddlers, will paddle in shifts over 24 straight hours, beginning at 8 a.m. on April 14 and finishing at 8 a.m. on Sunday, April 15 to raise funds to help people battling cancer. Your donations go straight to helping those that need it most during their most desperate hours.

In 2017, this event raised $17,000; this year, the goal is $20,000. There will be $1,000 envelopes given directly to cancer sufferers. The event takes place at 18th Street and Bay.

For more information, visit www.gofundme.com/59ko09c?member=21052.


Pink Fantail electric boat is showcased during Lido Boat Show for a good cause

During this year’s Newport Boat Show, taking place April 19 - 22 at Lido Marina Village, you’ll see some colors like never before!

Nestled on the boardwalk at Lido Marina Village will be the first ever Pink Fantail, a French Riviera-inspired electric boat. EB Rentals, a new electric boat company located in Lido, has acquired the boat with a mission and a cause.

 Partnering with Susan G. Komen and Stand Up for a Cure, these two non-profit organizations are promoting breast cancer awareness from the proceeds of sales and rentals of this boat.

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Pink Fantail electric boat

EB Rentals will donate 15 percent of all proceeds generated from the rentals of the Pink Fantail to these two organizations, while the Canadian Electric Boat Company, builder of the Fantail, has agreed to donate $5,000 on all sales of Pink Fantails to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The Pink Fantail can be viewed on the main boardwalk at Lido Marina Village from April 20 - May 15, after which it will be available for rental at EB Rentals.

Reservations at EB Rentals can be booked online directly at www.eboatsrental.com or by phone at 949.612.8248. The Pink Fantail can be ordered online from the Canadian Electric Boat Company’s website at www.electricboats.ca

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


Little Lido Kids Club features The Rainbow Fish

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You’re invited to the Little Lido Kids Club on Thursday, April 26 from 10 -11 a.m. at Lido Village Books. Bring your children and enjoy a book about a famous rainbow fish.

Kids will enjoy creating a one-of-a-kind rainbow fish of their very own and moms will love the opportunity drawings and specials from participating Lido Marina Village retailers including $25 off your purchase of $50 or more at Eberjey, 15 percent off your purchase at Bailey44, 10 percent off your book purchase at Lido Village Books and 10 percent off your purchase at Sweaty Betty (first-time customers only). This event is free and open to the public, but the Club asks that you RSVP by visiting bit.ly/LLrainbowfish.

Each person who RSVPs will receive one entry for a drawing for a copy of the book of the day from Lido Village Books, a free week at Curl Fitness, a gift certificate to Sweaty Betty, and a free gift bag from Aesop. You must register before 8 p.m. on April 25 and be present to win.

Can’t make it? Don’t worry, the Little Lido Kids Club will be held the third Thursday of every month!

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


Beyond the Canvas – Surrealism: Joan Miró

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Award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will continue this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements at Newport Beach Public Library, taking place April 25 from 7 - 8 p.m.

Joan Miró was a Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist born in Barcelona. Earning international acclaim, his work has been interpreted as Surrealism, a sandbox for the subconscious mind, a re-creation of the childlike, and a manifestation of Catalan pride.

Learn more about the great masters of art in a fascinating visual presentation. Free to the public; seating is first come, first served, taking place in Central Library’s Friends Room. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Newport Beach Central Library is located at 100 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. www.newportbeachlibrary.org


Stump the Stu

Let’s pray you all get this one

Stump the Stu 4.10.18

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Last week we talked about “a stairway to heaven” here in Stump the Stu. That one led to the beach. Well, there’s no stairway this week, but heaven certainly comes to mind. Where is it? We welcome any and all guesses.

Take the challenge and submit your answers to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The correct answers are in Friday’s edition, 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!


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. 

So, we gave you a glimpse of a crown with a “W” at the front of the awning. The sign is from Winston’s Crown Jewelers in Mariner’s Pointe at 100 W. Coast Highway #101, Newport Beach. We received correct guesses from Barbara Peckenpaugh, David Pitman, Carol Reinhold, Bobbi Schaaf, Lynn Swain and Laurie Veitch. You all shine bright!

Thank you for playing.

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

Let’s have some fun!

Winston Crown Jewelers

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Sailors and spectators alike: N2E to set sail April 27

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“Choice” is the theme of this year’s Newport To Ensenada International Yacht Race, as participating sailors can choose from one of three competitions to enter in the Orange County-to-Mexico competition.

The Newport To Ensenada Race kicks off on April 27 this year. Two other races will start on the same day: Border Run Race and Border Run Sprint.

Sailors can decide which one of the three races to participate in, with the Border Run Race ending in San Diego and Border Run Sprint finishing in Dana Point. All three races begin in Newport Beach; the Newport To Ensenada Race runs from April 27 - 29, while Border Run to San Diego takes place April 27 and 28.

The Newport Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA) purchased both Border Run events in 2017 and decided to run all three races – Newport To Ensenada, Border Run Race and Border Run Sprint – at the same time.

NOSA itself was formed in 1947 and launched its first race – the Governor’s Cup – shortly thereafter. Sailors arrived at Newport Harbor Yacht Club on April 23, 1948 to participate in the Governor’s Cup, which would navigate from Newport Beach to Ensenada. There were 117 boats in this first-ever race, with the registration fee set at $22.50. Only 65 boats completed the 125-nautical-mile contest, according to NOSA. The Governor’s Cup was renamed Newport To Ensenada International Yacht Race, or N2E, in 1949.

Those competing in the Border Run Sprint to Dana Point will start and finish on April 27. Newport To Ensenada competitors are expected to arrive at Hotel Coral and Marina by late afternoon on April 28. A trophy presentation will take place at Hotel Coral and Marina on April 29 at 2 p.m.

A bus will transport some people from Ensenada back to the United States; the bus ride is $50 per person and leaves at 5 p.m. on April 29 from Hotel Coral and Marina. NOSA will host a “Saturday Night Fiesta” event at Hotel Coral and Marina from 6 p.m. to midnight on April 28. Contact NOSA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949.644.1023 for more information.


On the Harbor: What’s happening in Spring?

By LEN BOSE

Spring has arrived, and the harbor is blooming. The removal of the mooring cans in front of Newport Harbor Yacht Club (NHYC) indicates that a swarm of Harbor 20s will soon be showing up to team race in two different events from April 9 - 14.

The first event on April 9 and 10 is the Palmer Grandmasters, followed by the main event – the Baldwin Cup taking place April 12 - 14. You might ask what is the difference between the two events? The simple answer is the old folks’ race is the Palmer and the kids’ race is the Baldwin. Which is kind of cool, because us old guys still like to have our day in the sun.

I won’t be competing in this event, because I have no clue how to team race, and frankly I have never reached the skill level these competitors have. I always defer to the NHYC website for its team racing definition: “Team racing, like most traditional team sports, involves strategy, advanced skill and teamwork. However, unlike other fleet racing, team racing pits a team of four against another team of four boats. This added dimension forces players to have a tremendous amount of boat-handling ability and quick reactions.

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Harbor 20s in the bay

“The key to watching these races and understanding if your team is winning the race is counting the place of each of your team’s boats, and if that number is less than 18, your team is winning the race. This is why you’ll see leading boats turn around and try to slow down the opposing team’s boats, making an effort to have their teammate pass an opponent.”

I have written this before…the excitement level has increased tremendously. While attending these events, the umpires are “informed” of their bad calls. Yes, team racing has umpires on the water similar to an umpire on the baseball field. Quite often you will hear the gallery shouting, “Come on, ump! Make a call!”

If this peaks your interest, you can go to http://baldwincup.com/racing/web-cam to watch the action. I will be on the docks drinking one or two of the 25 cent beers, heckling the umpires and telling the old guys to pull their pants up and get back in the race. Always good times and I will buy you a beer if you see me and tell me you read my column. 

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Other activities around the harbor include the 71st Newport to Ensenada yacht race scheduled April 27 - 29 along with the 55th Annual Lily Call Bay Fishing Tournament April 28 and 29 hosted by the Balboa Angling Club.

I know more about team racing than I do about fishing, and what I’ve noticed is the number of people fishing in the harbor with their game faces on. It’s rather obvious who is competing, because there is no lawn chair or beverage cooler next to them. These fishermen are taking notes and climbing fences to find the right spots. Here are the details of the event: 4# Test Max in Newport Harbor for Croaker, Corbina, Halibut and Bass. It is limited to the first 75 anglers and entries must be received by Wednesday, April 25. The cost is $40 per person with an awards banquet at the Chicken Coop on Sunday, April 29 at 4 p.m. I’m a huge fan of the Balboa Angling Club, so if you’re still looking for ways to get your kids involved with the harbor, this is the place at 200 A Street, right next to Hills Fuel Dock.

We’ll be sailing in the Ensenada race this year aboard the Santa Cruz 50 Horizon. This will be No. 33 for me, and I’ve never been more ready to get off the starting line. The owner of the boat can’t make it this year and threw me the keys. It’s the same feeling as my father throwing me the keys to the car for the first time. We’ll be flying the BCYC burgee and have put together a solid team of Doug Carey, Craig Chamberlain, Carson Reynolds, Max Moosman, and Kat and Andy Dibbel. 

Wish us wind and luck!

Sea ya

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


Newport Beach Association of Realtors® to hold poker tournament for charity

On Wednesday, May 9, the Newport Beach Association of Realtors® is holding its Charity Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament.

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Highlights of the evening include food by Red O Taste of Mexico of Fashion Island, a cash bar, music, roulette, blackjack and prizes. The Buy In is $80 (unlimited re-buys are available until break); $30 for non-poker players includes admission and food (with roulette and blackjack tables for non-poker players).

Check in is at 4 p.m. with music and food; play starts sharply at 4:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the final three.

Proceeds benefit Childhelp Orange County, whose treatment programs help children affected by child abuse and in the prevention of child abuse.

For more information and to register (deadline is Friday, April 27 for reserved seating), visit www.nbaor.com, or call 949.722.2300.

Newport Beach Association of Realtors® is located at 401 Old Newport Blvd., Suite 100, Newport Beach.


Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society 

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It’s 1931, these two young girls look to escape the heat of the sun…well, in those days the best you could do sometimes was a rain umbrella. As you can see, the island was not fully developed back then and there were still empty, undeveloped lots like the one behind them.

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


NBFF features “Living the Change: Inspiring Stories for a Sustainable Future”

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Practicing eco farming

Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF), Orange County Parks and the Newport Bay Conservancy are presenting a screening of “Living the Change: Inspiring Stories for a Sustainable Future.” Shown in conjunction with the 2018 Earth Day at the Bay and as part of the quarterly Environmental Film Series, the screening is free, open to the public and takes place Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m. at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center in Upper Newport Bay. Seating is first come, first served.

Living the Change explores solutions to the global crises we face today – solutions any one of us can be part of – through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way.

Directors Jordan Osmond and Antoinette Wilson of Happen Films have brought together stories from their travels around New Zealand, along with interviews with experts able to explain how we come to be where we are today. From forest gardens to composting toilets, community supported agriculture to timebanking, Living the Change offers ways we can rethink our approach to how we live. Timebanking is a time-based currency. Give one hour of service to another, and receive one time credit. You can use the credits in turn to receive services, or you can donate them to others. Each and every one of us has the power to create change. The film aims to generate discussion as widely and deeply as possible about how each of us views the future and our part in it.

Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center is located at 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach. Call 949.923.2290.


Letter to the Editor:

Don’t like the Koll Center Residences

I try to stay current with developments proposed to my City…especially a major project like the Koll Center Residences.

I oppose it in its current size. It’s three huge 13-story buildings. So dense, so massive, so imposing on other buildings. It also will add a large amount of traffic. There is no way this project fits into the area for which it’s proposed. I would turn it down.

Since our Planning Commission and City Council many times don’t recognize our current City’s General Plan, let’s work together to update a General Plan with which we can all agree.

Thank you for listening,

Jo Carol Hunter

Newport Beach


In Memoriam: Rabbi Mark Miller

By WILLIAM LOBDELL

Rabbi Mark Miller

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Rabbi Mark Miller

Newport Beach lost the most influential spiritual leader in the city’s 111-year history last week with the passing of Rabbi Mark Miller after a lengthy illness. He was only 70.

His funeral on Sunday, April 8 at Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach attracted more the 750 people, and a shiva minyan – a prayer service that starts a week of mourning – will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 at the synagogue and is open to the public.

I first met Rabbi Miller when I became editor of the Daily Pilot in 1990. But before I get to some personal stories, here are the outlines of his remarkable life.

His grandparents, fleeing religious persecution in Russia, immigrated to the U.S. in the 1890s and settled in Chicago. His father, a decorated war hero, survived the Bataan Death march and internment in a Japanese prison camp during World War II. Rabbi Miller’s parents owned a deli and practiced Reform Judaism.

Rabbi Miller described growing up in a close family that lived a “simple Jewish life” that included “fond memories of lots of food and warm holidays.” Rabbi Miller studied politics and the law at American University, and received a Masters of Arts degree in Hebrew Letters, Rabbinic Ordination and Doctor of Divinity degree from the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. He served for three years as associate rabbi of Temple Sinai in Roslyn Heights, N.Y. before coming to Newport Beach.

Rabbi Miller arrived at Temple Bat Yahm in 1977, a year after the fledging Reform synagogue bought a prefabricated building from a savings and loan in Newport Center and moved the structure in a 2 a.m. convoy down Jamboree Road to a newly purchased four-acre site on Camelback Street. It was said to be the first Jewish house of worship on the Irvine Ranch.

Over the next 35 years, Rabbi Miller’s leadership enabled Temple Bat Yahm to evolve into one of the most prominent synagogues in the country. The congregation swelled to more than 650 families, and Rabbi Miller – with his passion, intellect, charisma and humor – had an uncanny knack for getting world-renowned Jewish leaders to make pilgrimages to Newport Beach (not known as a center of American Jewish life) to speak. Those included four Prime Ministers of Israel: Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak; Holocaust survivor, writer and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel; and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

A renaissance rabbi, Miller also taught at UCI and Chapman University, wrote columns for the Daily Pilot and Orange County Register, served on a variety of boards that supported local, national and international Jewish causes, and delivered the invocation for sessions of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives (you can view one of those prayers here to get a sense of his oratory style). A long-suffering Cubs fan (“Every team can have a bad century,” he often joked), he also had the honor of giving the invocation for the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2003.

He became rabbi emeritus at Temple Bat Yahm in 2012. If you want to see the love the congregants had for Rabbi Miller, check out the moving comments about his passing on Temple Bat Yahm’s Facebook Page.

Now for some of my memories of Rabbi Miller.

He loved to tell stories. Like the one about the time he sat behind home plate at an Angels game, his biblical beard standing out among the spectators. The game went into extra innings, and the play-by-play announcer pointed out the bearded fan on the television monitor and said, “I don’t want to say this has been a long game, but that guy was clean shaven when it started.”

He was one of Israel’s staunchest defenders. For many years, I taught a class at UCI called “Religion, Politics and the Media,” and Rabbi Miller would always be gracious enough to come in and talk with my students. The Muslim students in the class didn’t always appreciate his hawkish views on the defense of Israel, but he never backed down and answered each question they had. One evening, things got so heated that I had to cancel the rest of class – and Rabbi Miller asked me to escort him to his car, just to be on the safe side. The inability to have a respectful exchange with college students really shook him.

He established a thriving Jewish community of national renown in a community and county that, especially back in the day, wasn’t all that welcoming. I remember he told me about the debate to put a directional sign for Temple Bat Yahm on Jamboree Road: Yes, it would help congregants find the synagogue but it would also do the same for anti-Semites. That’s a tough world for a leader to be in, but he always did it with grace and perspective.

He talked often and lovingly about his family, including his wife and five children. His email address was Abbaof5@... . He leaves behind his wife Wendy; his children Ariella, Talya, Eliya, Jacob and Neely; son-in-law Jarret Calmenson; his brother Scott Miles; and his mother Renata Zaks.

He had the unusual trait of actually liking journalists. When I was editor of the Pilot and later religion writer for the Los Angeles Times, Rabbi Miller would be gracious and patient in explaining Jewish traditions or issues. He could be counted on for delivering the perfect quote and sending an email complimenting me on a story.

He lit up any stage. Each year, for example, Rabbi Miller made the Daily Pilot’s Top 103 Most Influential list. At the annual Top 103 luncheon, we’d ask various honorees to give short speeches, but always placed Rabbi Miller in the final slot – and gave him extra minutes – because he was our cleanup hitter. He brought down the house each time with a booming oratory that made the crowd laugh, sometimes cry and always feel empowered to make the world a better place.

Each year, he’d come off that stage with a twinkle in his eye and ask me, “How’d I do?”

I replied, “You’re the best. As always.” 

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William Lobdell is the former editor of the Daily Pilot, a religion writer for the Los Angeles Times and the author of “Losing My Religion.”


Guest Column

Dave Kiff

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

Dave Kiff

Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff   

Here is what’s going on at the upcoming Newport Beach City Council meeting set for tonight, April 10, 2018. Meetings are held in the Newport Beach Civic Center at 100 Civic Center Drive – the public is always welcome. I do not highlight all of the items on the agenda – please go to the City’s webpage and review the agenda if you want to see all of the items.

There is a brief study session in the afternoon with a number of presentations, like National Library Week. Lots of cool stuff happening during the upcoming week at our always-terrific Newport Beach Public Library system. 

Study Session starts at 4:30 p.m. in case you want to attend. Then the Regular Session starts at 7 p.m. 

The items that seem worthy of highlighting and/or explaining are these:

With the Balboa Peninsula Trolley getting prepared to roll into its second summer (with some changes, like the offsite parking area will be off of our Avon Street Lot near Tustin Avenue, instead of at the Lower Hoag Campus), the Council will be asked to finalize the grant agreement with OCTA that helps fund the program.

A quiet but important agenda item involves the disposition of a special improvement district’s reserves – in this case, back to the property owners associated with the taxes paid into the district. This includes about 273 parcels and is part of what we referred to as the Circulation Improvement and Open Space Agreement (CIOSA) that was envisioned in 1995.

The Council will consider an amendment to the city manager’s contract (that’s me) that plans for a transition for me, as well as for a recruitment for a new city manager. I’m actually not allowed to comment on it, so I will save you some reading time. 

Lastly, the Council will consider an action relating to Senate Bill 54 (De Leon, 2017) which some have dubbed the “Sanctuary State” act. The Council previously opposed aspects of SB 54 as it was going through the Legislature last year. The proposed resolution to be considered on Tuesday would state the City’s continued opposition to SB 54.  

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

Thanks for reading!

 

Sincerely,

Dave Kiff

City Manager

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949-644-3001


Friendship Circle plans Spring Festival

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Friendship Circle will hold a Spring Festival on Sunday, April 15 from 2 - 4 p.m. for Orange County children with special needs and their families. The event takes place at Bonita Creek Park, 3010 La Vida, Newport Beach, and will offer children with disabilities and their families a fun-filled and entertaining time, giving caregivers a chance to find out about the free year-round recreation programs that Friendship Circle offers to children with special needs.

During the festivities, children will be paired with a trained teen buddy, enjoy a bubble show and playtime hosted by Bubblemania, carnival games, face painting and more. Drinks and an edible art project/snack will be provided. An informational booth and registration areas will be available to help answer questions about the Friendship Circle’s special needs programs including sports leagues, Sunday circle, cooking classes, and summer and winter camps.

“Friendship Circle has made a tremendously positive impact on my autistic son. I am so happy that more families with children with special needs will be able to find out about Friendship Circle’s terrific programs through this fun-filled Spring Festival,” said Elayne Blieden, longtime Friendship Circle parent.

The Friendship Circle Spring Festival is a great opportunity for children with special needs and their caregivers to discover the happiness that Friendship Circle provides for its members and the respite it provides for parents of children with special needs.

To register and for more information, contact Helen Cohen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information about Friendship Circle, visit

www.FriendshipOC.org or call 949.721.9800.


College decision time approaches…have you done all you should?

By Cara Jones

Screams of joy and excitement and sighs of disappointment are being heard by students as they receive the news of acceptance, rejection or waitlist from the universities they applied to. 

April is the college decision month. Applications filled out and college essays written and completed months ago, the submit button pushed and the nerves set in. Nothing evokes more trepidation for students than waiting to hear the answer to the question: “Did I get in?” It was once a letter in an envelope, large and bulging with papers if accepted; small and one page if declined. Now students receive email alerts and log in to navigate application portals to find out their educational fate.

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The decision can be the easiest component on the road to college if all steps prior were taken. It begins with high school course selection and balancing extra circular activities at and away from school. Where to apply is the most critical component to college planning. As (Wayne) Gretzky said, “You miss every shot you don’t take,” however, with application fees averaging $65 each and time being of the essence, comprising the where to apply list needs to be generated by reflecting the student’s individual profile.

There is no “perfect” university and rankings are just that; numbers on a sheet. What can be perfect is the fit. When a student is accepted to one or more universities that they are qualified for and thrilled about attending is the goal.

College campus visits are one of the best ways to decide where to attend. Take the campus tour, held by senior students who are a plethora of information. Take time by yourself and walk around, visit the library, a dorm if possible. Attend a sporting event or play and get the flavor that the city provides.

Once accepted there is a long “to do” list of items and it is imperative that all are completed by specified due dates. Universities have another section of those wait listed and hoping for admittance. May 1 is the last day to accept; known as “college decision” day.

The college decision can also be to attend a two-year college and then apply as a transfer student to a four-year university. The competitiveness of the top 40 universities and sky-rocketing costs of attendance continues to make this a legitimate and respected option. General education courses enable students to customize their educational schedule to reflect their intended future schools requirements (UC, Cal State, Private or Out-Of-State universities). Coastline Community College District in Orange County is one of the most respected and esteemed districts in the country, consisting of Orange Coast College, Golden West College, Santa Ana College, Fullerton College, Irvine Valley College, Cypress College and Saddleback College.

The college decision process takes parents and students on an emotional roller coaster. When the ride is over, take a deep breath and be proud of the decision and celebrate your future as a college student.

Cara Jones is the principal of College Access, an Orange County company that strategizes with families to maximize college admissions and ensure all deadline dates are met with requirements fulfilled.


City offers grant process for local event support

The City of Newport Beach is accepting applications from community and non-profit event organizers seeking financial support for their Newport Beach-based events occurring between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. The application deadline is Friday, April 27 at 5 p.m.

The special event support grant program enables community event organizers to apply for funding to help cover some of the costs associated with hosting an event in Newport Beach. This is a competitive process. Submitting an application does not guarantee funding. Applicants should read the Special Event Support Program Overview to gain an understanding of the program’s eligibility, qualification and evaluation criteria and how the grants are funded.

To learn more about the program or to submit an application, visit http://www.newportbeachca.gov/government/open-transparent/online-services/special-event-support-grants


CdM Residents Association to meet

The Corona del Mar Residents Association Board of Directors hosts its monthly board meeting at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 19. The board will hear from Southern California Edison representatives regarding an upcoming project to upgrade electrical transmission equipment in portions of Corona del Mar that will require construction activities and temporary electrical outages. All members are welcome.

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

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


Attention bee lovers…volunteer at Imaginology

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

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

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

Available shifts:

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

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

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

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


A rare bald eagle sighting

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


“Suits for a Cause” clothing drive benefits WHW

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

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

Justice Eileen Moore and honorary chair

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about “Suits for a Cause” and the full list of legal firms, groups and companies that participated this year, visit http://whw.org/contribute/suits-for-a-cause


Political Outreach Fair takes place April 14

Newport Beach Civic Center

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

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


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

MEET GANDALF

What a wonderful day to introduce one of the biggest beauties currently available at the Newport Beach Animal Shelter. His name is Gandalf. He LOVES love and isn’t fazed by meeting new cats. He will be an absolute wonderful addition to a peaceful household where he can nap underneath comfy blankets and sweetly peek his head out to greet you. If you’ve been looking to add an unforgettable gentleman to your family, feel free to stop by and meet Gandalf at your convenience.

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 Gandalf, 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 www.nbpd.org 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.


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

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

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

The video can be seen on YouTube at https://youtu.be/Mmi2LRF7al8.


City offers high school students a free break from the grind with a variety of classes

The City of Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Department is offering free study break sessions for Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar High School students. It’s the City’s way to offer students a break from the academic pressures and enjoy a variety of classes to help renew and refresh themselves.

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Classes take place Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. beginning April 25 at Marina Park and alternating with the OASIS Senior Center.

The schedule is as follows:

April 25 - Mindfulness & Meditation with Jennifer Lambert (Marina Park)

May 2 - Art Night with Lisa Albert (OASIS)

May 9 - Fashion Design Sketching Instructed by Fashion, Design and Sew (Marina Park)

May 16 - Unique Fitness and Strength with Michael Ryan (OASIS)

May 23 - Unique Fitness and Strength with Michael Ryan (Marina Park)

May 30 - Healthy Recipes and Cooking with Nasira Burkholder-Cooley, DRPH, RDN (OASIS)

June 6 - Mindfulness, Meditation and Yoga with Jennifer Lambert (Marina Park)

June 13 - Paddle Night with UCI (Marina Park)

For more information, call 949.270.8150 or follow on Instagram at #CNBSTUDYBREAK.

Marina Park is located at 1600 West Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach and OASIS Senior Center is located at 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar.


Sunday Musicale features Dali Ensemble

Dali Ensemble

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sign of the times

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

Good luck!

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

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

Let’s have some fun!

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

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Campers looking at ENC’s collection of insects

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

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

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

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

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

To view the complete camp schedule and to enroll, visit www.encenter.org.

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


Full “STEAM” ahead at OC Fair

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

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

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

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

Location: OC Promenade

When: Saturday and Sunday, all day

Learning category: All

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

Location: Country Meadows

When: Friday - Sunday, all day

Learning category: Science

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

Location: Action Gallery South

When: Friday - Sunday, all day

Learning category: Technology

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

Location: Country Meadows

When: Friday - Sunday, all day

Learning category: Science

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

Where: Action Gallery South

When: Friday - Sunday, all day

Learning category: Arts

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

Location: Main Mall

When: Saturday and Sunday, all day

Learning category: Arts

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

Location: Heroes Hall Lawn

When: Friday - Sunday, all day

Learning category: Engineering

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

Location: Main Mall

When: Friday - Sunday, all day

Learning category: Mathematics

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

Location: Action Gallery North

When: Saturday until 3 p.m.

Learning category: Arts

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

Location: Action Gallery South

When: Friday - Sunday, all day

Learning category: Engineering

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

For a complete schedule of events and a list of exhibitors, visit www.ocfair.com/steam.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

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

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

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

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

Good for you, Dave!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You know government.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The church is located at 3209 Via Lido. 

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

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

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


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

Cell phone driving

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The NBPD has the following safety tips for drivers:

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Build your own power and strength.

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

Find a mentor or sponsor to help guide you.

Set boundaries and know when to say no.

Don’t get bogged down by the negative.

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

Take a pause, especially when times get frantic. 

Meditate.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.scharrelljackson.com/about-leadership-in-heels.


Stump the Stu

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

Stump the Stu 4.6.18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sherman Library & Gardens: A fresh new look, inspiration

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

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

Vision for the Future initiative.

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

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

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

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


Tenant Rights Workshop at the Civic Center

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

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

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

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


The Australian Pink Floyd Show to take Segerstrom stage

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Australian Pink Floyd at Segerstrom for one night only

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

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

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


Police Files

Costa Mesa Police lead Newport Beach bust of fentanyl pill lab

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NMUSD recognizes “Reflections Arts Program” winners

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

Zarrar Zubair

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

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

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

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

Visual Arts:

Emerson Betz (Eastbluff Elementary)

Milo Ely McGregor (Newport Elementary)

Brooke Allen (Newport Elementary)

Dulce Estrada (Newport Harbor High)

Photography:

Angeline Shipman (Newport Coast Elementary)

Avery Burk (Anderson Elementary)

Isabelle Goodman (Davis Magnet)

Celine Niu (Corona del Mar High)

Musical Composition:

Amelia Lake (Lincoln Elementary)

Jamie Chen (Newport Coast Elementary)

Ruby Brennan (Davis Magnet)

Nina Meindl (Corona del Mar High)

Special Artists:

Zarrar Zubair (Adams Elementary) - California State PTA Winner

Angelina Espinosa (Davis Magnet)

Film Production:

Finn Miller (Lincoln Elementary)

Natalie Ashworth (Lincoln Elementary)

Katherine Odeen (Corona del Mar Middle)

Ian Turner (Corona del Mar High)

Literature:

Emmy Jacobson (Newport Elementary)

Aaron Gruber (Adams Elementary)

Iabi Ishida (TeWinkle Intermediate)

Isabel Kehoe (Estancia High)

Dance Choreography:

Brielle Foote (Newport Coast Elementary)

Ella Lin Espinosa (Newport Coast Elementary)

Haley Atkins (Newport Harbor High)

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

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

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


Come to the Edge at The Pacific Club on April 11

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Philanthropy Partner - John Kelley

Community Partner - HCP, Inc.

Corporate Partner - Discount Tire & Service Centers

Lifetime Achievement - Debi and Tom Pavlik

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

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

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

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


School Notes

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

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

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

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

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

Newport Coast Elementary

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

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

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

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

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

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

Newport Coast Elementary

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NHHS 

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

Spring Recess – Monday - Friday, April 16 - 23

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

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

CdMHS

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

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

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

Spring Recess – Monday - Friday, April 16 - 23

Sage Hill School

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

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

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

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

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


NBCC’s NAVIGATE to hold The Social at Center Club

Calling all modern professionals!

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

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

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

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

To register, visit www.newportbeach.com/events/navigate-social-center-club-orange-county.


Laura Tarbox to offer investment advice to locals

Laura Tarbox

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Laura Tarbox, Certified Financial Planner™

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

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

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

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

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

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


You Must Remember This: The Depression

By NANCY GARDNER

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

Grandmother Harris

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Grandmother Harris holding infant Nancy Gardner

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

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

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