Back to Top

Sign of the times

Sign of the Times - on Thursdays we give you a partial glimpse of a sign around town. You guess what the overall name of the business is and where it’s located. 

Here’s the key to this week’s guess, you either know it or you don’t.

Send your guesses to Lana Johnson, SNN Editor, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’ll print the names of those that correctly guess on Monday.

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

Let’s have some fun!

SOTT 2 22 18


Segerstrom Center presents HAMILTUNES:AN AMERICAN SING-ALONG on the Plaza

Argyros Plaza

Photo by Nick Koon

Segerstrom Center for the Arts invites fans and fanatics of Broadway’s mega hit Hamilton to gather on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza and let their collective voices ring out during HAMILTUNES: AN AMERICAN SING-ALONG.

Everyone is a star in this fun community sing-along on Saturday, March 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. (between the 2 and 7:30 p.m. performances of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I in Segerstrom Hall). Costumes are encouraged!

HAMILTUNES: AN AMERICAN SING-ALONG will be hosted by three-time Emmy Award-nominated Broadway conductor, pianist, comedian, writer, SiriusXM Broadway channel deejay, and host of his own talk show, Seth Rudetsky.

HAMILTUNES is absolutely free, and there are many ways to participate. For those with stage fright – join the chorus of your Hamilfriends who will share the Argyros Plaza with you. Those who aspire to portray solo roles must sign up in advance on the Center’s website at www.SCFTA.org, and answer three questions: What songs would you like to sing? What role would you like to portray? And, within the role you would like to portray, which of that character’s songs would you like to sing? No previous experience anywhere is required. Casting is at random on the evening of the show.

Some roles may be multi-cast, with several people portraying the same character. Individuals singing solo roles will be coached and rehearsed by Rudetsky prior to the performance. Who will portray King George? Who will be Aaron Burr? Who will be the Schuyler sisters? And…who will be the evening’s Alexander Hamilton? It will be a great event when voices from all over Orange County gather to sing out for HAMILTUNES. So, sign up now!

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


Pet of the Week Dog 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.”

Rocky

Courtesy of Newport Beach 

Animal Shelter

MEET ROCKY

Rocky is a 10-month-old male guinea pig. He is neutered and microchipped. Guinea pigs, also known as cavies, have been beneficial to humans for thousands of years. They are very social animals, and If well taken care of, have a life expectancy of 8 - 10 years.

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 Rocky, 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. to 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 and treats; new toys; grooming, hygiene and comfort products; as well as laundry soap, dish soap, paper towels, sponges and scrub pads and lint rollers. If you are interested in volunteering, you can fill out and sign the application on the website.


Party like a planner at this open house

Civic Center

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of the City of Newport Beach

The City of Newport Beach’s Community Development Department is hosting an open house and community forum to showcase the planning process and how to participate and stay informed. The event is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 26 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Civic Center Community Room, located at 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach. 

Community members are encouraged to attend to meet the City staff who are responsible for processing projects, large and small, through the many City codes, zoning and other requirements. There will be a brief presentation with staff providing a general overview of a few projects they are working on. Then, attendees will have plenty of time to ask questions and mingle with staff. 

Whether you are curious about the planning process or you want to know more about the work of a city planner, the City’s planning staff is eager to share with you in this informal setting.

For questions about the event, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Newport Beach Jazz Festival takes place in June

Mark your calendars for June 1 - 3, when the Newport Beach Jazz Festival returns to the scenic Hyatt Regency Newport Beach.

Enjoy three days of music, food and friends in a picturesque setting.

Brian Culbertson

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

Instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Brian Culbertson will be appearing on June 3 at the jazz festival, as part of his “Colors of Love” tour

General admission: A two-day pass for Saturday and Sunday is $110 which includes festival admission featuring 20 artists on two stages, and unreserved lawn seating (bring your own blankets and low-back beach chairs).

VIP admission: A three-day pass for Friday - Sunday is $310 which includes preferred seating for Friday night with a hosted pre-concert reception, reserved seating in front of Main Stage on Saturday and Sunday, access to VIP beverage tent and six complimentary drink coupons.

For more information and an update on the talent appearing, visit www.festivals.hyattconcerts.com.

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach is located at 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach.


Newport Beach Chamber to hold upcoming ribbon cutting

Help support local business by attending the ribbon cutting to celebrate the grand opening of Home Care Assistant on Tuesday, March 13 from 4 to 7 p.m., with the ribbon cutting take place at 5 p.m. Refreshments will follow.

Home Care Assistant is located at 3734 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

For additional information, contact the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce at 949.729.4401. www.newportbeach.com


Newport Beach – A Look Back 

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

A Look Back 2.22.18

Click on photo for a larger image

On Monday we presented you this wonderful aerial photo of Balboa Island taken in 1920. However, the image was displayed backwards. Thanks to a quick alert by our friend Tom Iovenitti, we corrected it. However, we also thought we’d run it again properly.

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


Letter to the Editor:

Protecting integrity of elections is foundation of democracy

Mr. McCaffrey’s enthusiasm for retaliation against the committee who sought to recall “his” councilman Scott Peotter is clouding his logic. He appears to be suggesting that we knew that a paid professional circulator had forged signatures and encouraged this practice. May I point out that the recall failed by a miniscule number of signatures (106) and that the forged signatures clearly contributed to that failure? If we had known about it, we would have stopped it AND submitted 107 more signatures to qualify the recall. To suggest otherwise is ludicrous. 

We encourage the District Attorney’s investigation and will assist in any way we can. On the other hand, the City Council’s desire to see our private emails and confidential invoices is nothing more than political payback by Peotter, who clearly is orchestrating this witch-hunt. The District Attorney is the appropriate person to conduct this investigation and we look forward to supporting his results.

Lynn Swain

Newport Beach


Join ENC for its monthly Mystery Treks Hiking Club 

Mystery Treks Hiking Club

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of ENC

Have you always wanted to take advantage of the fabulous hiking trails Orange County has to offer, but don’t know where to start? Wouldn’t you love to go on a monthly naturalist-led hike, where you’re given all kinds of helpful information about native plants and animals, as well as hiking tips?

The Environmental Nature Center’s (ENC’s) Mystery Treks Hiking Club is designed to do just that. Each month, they meet at the ENC for a mini seminar on a different hiking topic, then venture out to a fantastic hiking spot in OC and enjoy nature together.

This Saturday, Feb. 24, from 8 to 10:30 a.m., the topic with focus on staying hydrated and nourished.

To make the morning even more exciting, hiking destinations will be enshrouded in mystery, but you’ll receive details upon registration. Hiking Club Members are members of the ENC and have paid an annual fee of $78 entitling them to attend these monthly meetings at no cost. For more information on how you can become a member, visit www.encenter.org.

For more information, email Lori: 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.


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

By LANA JOHNSON

OC Restaurant Week celebrates a decade of dining out

LanaJohnsonSM

Orange County Restaurant Week is celebrating its 10th anniversary as the region’s most celebrated culinary event when it runs from Sunday, March 4 through Saturday, March 10. This year marks the most expansive OC Restaurant Week, with more than 150 participants offering diners a wide variety of options, from casual and family friendly establishments, to upscale and fine dining, which will once again allow for a “luxe experience” with a select group of menus priced at a $80 price point.

The Winery Restaurant food

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of OC Restaurant Week

The Winery Restaurant’s jumbo Maine Scallops with wild white shrimp

During the weeklong event, participating restaurants will offer special three-course menus, many with a cocktail or signature item at no additional charge. Each restaurant will have the freedom and flexibility to showcase its best offerings by talented chefs who will, no doubt, personalize each menu to reflect their individual culinary style.

Participating restaurants will offer prix-fixe menus within the following price categories: lunch for $10, $15 or $20; and dinner for $20, $30, $40, $50 and $80. Once again this year, a limited number of restaurants will offer a special $80 “Luxe” menu featuring dinner with wine or cocktail pairings.

Guests have the opportunity to search the list of participating restaurants by name, location and price point atwww.OCRestaurantWeek.com.

“Over the past decade, I’ve witnessed OC Restaurant Week become Orange County’s most treasured culinary event, showcasing the many talented chefs and innovative restaurants we are lucky to have in our backyard,” said Pamela Waitt, president of the OC Restaurant Association. “OC Restaurant Week has become a true culinary celebration that greatly impacts both restaurants and members of the community, which uses it as a week to come together and reconnect with family and friends.”

Many participating restaurants will be showcasing a special OC Restaurant Week cocktail or dessert, featuring Chambord, Ketel One, Don Julio, Bailey’s and/or Bulliet. 

This year’s festivities will kick off with an official “A DECADE OF DINING OUT” Launch Party on Saturday, March 3 from 2 - 5 p.m. at Marriott Irvine Spectrum. Guests attending the launch party will have the unique opportunity to experience an array of bites prepared by some of the most innovative OC Restaurant Week participants. Tickets for the event are available for purchase online at 

www.ocrestaurantweek.com/launch-party.html. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend.

So, go out and discover some new dining experiences!

Ciao Vincenza!


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Discovering poke and liking it

Tom Johnson

Someone asked me recently if I like poke. To be honest, I told them that I’d never had it. After all, if I needed a fish fix, I’d always just head over to Wahoo’s, polish off a few fish tacos and I was good to go. Need I say more?

That being said, my lifelong poke absence all changed this week when I came across a new place named Aloha Poke Co. It’s just across the border in Costa Mesa, at 283 E 17th Street, next to the Burger Lounge.

Never having eaten it before, I let their Regional Executive Director, McKensie Kahnweller, order for me. She suggested the crunch bowl, saying it was packed with- white rice, marinated tuna & salmon, green onions, jalapeños, cucumbers, edamame, onion crunch (the secret best ingredient). Then, the bowl was topped with sesame seeds, tobiko, and their signature samurai sauce and spicy mayo.

It was outstanding. Where have I been?

The vibe at Aloha Poke Co. is cool, with communal tables in a relaxed setting. 

Here’s another thing, when I spoke with their management team, they told me that they want to get heavily involved in the community, specifically mentioning Newport Harbor High School

So, whoever you are in Newport Beach or Costa Mesa, if you’re looking for a fundraiser or party place, or a caterer, give them a try.

• • •

It’s always nice to see good things happen to good people. Just found out that Beverly Morgan has the new position of Event & Venue Coordinator for Sherman Library & Gardens.

Her LinkedIn post explains her positions as follows: “I maintain a 360-degree view of the Library & Gardens events, including floral and garden classes, painting workshops, yoga classes for kids and adults, movie nights and Library lectures, all open to the public. The property is also a desirable destination for wedding ceremonies and receptions, special luncheons, brunch, afternoon tea and Celebration of Life ceremonies. (Our) annual fundraisers include the Private Gardens Tour, taking place on April 21, and Nights of 1,000 Lights, a dazzling array of unique light displays for one week during the holiday season.”

Sounds like she’s found the right spot.

• • •

Mark your calendar for the Fifth Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival, scheduled in the fall on October 5 - 7 at the Newport Beach Civic Center

Can’t believe this will be five years.

Stefanie Salem always seems to do a great event and attracts the big names as headliners. She also adds new components each year that become extremely popular, so make sure you watch for her announcements.

• • •

Okay, so have you entered the Spirit Run? It’s coming up in the Fashion Island area on Sunday, March 18. 

Here’s why this is a great event…they pretty much have something for everyone. There’s an Elite Mile with a cash purse for those better runners.

There are kid runs, a dog run, serious 10k events and more. Plus, if you’re any good, there are lots of prizes to be won. There are also fundraising opportunities for youth team entries. The good news, there’s still time to enter.

Check it out at http://nmspiritrun.org


ENC is calling out to young artists

Kids and art at ENC

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of ENC

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. Enter the 7th Annual ENC Youth Art Showcase to display your 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.

Redwoods

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

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.

Wolf

Courtesy of ENC

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. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.


Crescent Hotels flips Duke Hotel Newport Beach to a Renaissance hotel

Crescent Hotels & Resorts rebranded the Duke Hotel Newport Beach to the Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel. All of the hotel’s 444 guestrooms, as well as the lobby, restaurant and banquet space, will be fully renovated for the conversion, which is expected to be completed in spring 2018.

The upscale hotel located at 4500 MacArthur Blvd. is two minutes from the John Wayne Airport, and offers business and leisure guests access to Balboa Island, the Newport Beach Pier and Fashion Island.

Former Duke Hotel Newport Beach

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Marriott International

The former Duke Hotel Newport Beach

The property offers a variety of rooms and suites for guests traveling alone or with the entire family. Each guestroom is decorated in cool relaxing colors. Some rooms offer balconies, while others include pool views or overlook Orange County.

The 10-story Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel’s amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, valet parking, laundry services, a rooftop swimming pool, an outdoor garden area and a 10,000-square-foot patio complete with a waterfall and fireplace. The hotel also provides a 24-hour fitness center, a basketball court, a bocce court and tennis court.

The hotel has a new restaurant and full-service bar – Current – serving coastal cuisine, local craft beers and specialty cocktails, and offers live entertainment from 5 - 7 p.m. nightly. The lobby experience has been redesigned, and with the addition of the Driftwood Ballroom providing natural light, the hotel now has 27,000 square feet of meeting space to accommodate functions for up to 750 people.

Crescent Hotels & Resorts currently operates more than 100 hotels, resorts and conference centers in the U.S. and Canada. Crescent also operates a collection of independent lifestyle hotels and resorts under Latitudes Collection, Lifestyle by Crescent. Crescent’s clients are made up of hotel REITs, private equity firms and major developers.


CdM’s fire risk could be annual town meeting topic

By AMY SNIDER SENK

For almost 30 years, city fire officials and Corona del Mar residents have worried about a fire in Buck Gully or Morning Canyon that could spread embers and flames and burn down the entire town. After wildfires last year brought historic levels of death and destruction to California, the danger locally has once again reclaimed the spotlight.

“I don’t want to read that five or 10 homes have burned down, and that a fire is out of control, and that’s what could happen,” said Linda Oeth, a CdM resident, at the February board meeting of the Corona del Mar Residents Association.

Buck Gully

Photo by Sandie Haskell

A view of Corona del Mar from Lower Buck Gully

The meeting’s featured speaker was Newport Beach Fire Chief Chip Duncan, who has been with the department since 1987 and last year took the top job. He described the city’s regular inspection of Buck Gully, Morning Canyon and Newport Coast, and he said fire risk management is taken seriously but is being managed safely. When homeowners in the inspected areas aren’t following the code regarding brush, tree height and other risks, they are cited. Eventually, he said, they could be fined and the city would take over cleanup of the property.

But residents at the meeting, held at the OASIS Senior Center, said that the city should consider stricter rules and enforcement following the devastating wildfires last year throughout the state.

Oeth read a 1990 newspaper article that described some residents’ resistance to clearing brush from Buck Gully, and another member recalled that a decade or so later, a resident formed a group called Friends of Buck Gully to fight against clearing vegetation for fire control reasons. That group appears to have disbanded, but for years, there was a certain level of resistance when it came to clearing the canyons from fire fuel.

“I think the time has come to revisit this and not back down,” said CdMRA board member Sandie Haskell, who lives along lower Buck Gully. “I’ve personally had to pull little kids out of the canyon who were about to set off fireworks. It’s (a wildfire) destined to happen.” And if a fire starts in a canyon, embers and sparks could cause it to spread, especially if high winds and other hazardous conditions are in place.

“It’s going to cascade,” said CdM resident Laura Curran.

Nine years ago, the city’s fire marshal, Steve Bunting, warned of the same danger, saying his big fear was that “we’re going to lose the whole village.” Bunting retired in 2010, and currently there is no fulltime replacement in place. Chief Duncan has been acting as the city’s official fire marshal, but he conceded that he has more experience in operations that in studying and rewriting municipal codes. Hiring a full-time fire marshal to work on risk management with expertise in not only local regulations but with state rules, environmental concerns and enforcement policies could be key to managing and updating the city’s approach to fire danger.

City Councilman Scott Peotter said he’d have “no problem” bringing the matter up to the Council, and the CdMRA board decided to form a committee to consider the issues and to work with city staff.

Meanwhile, the topic will be discussed again at the CdM Annual Town Meeting scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 at Sherman Library & Gardens.

~~~~~~~~

Amy Snider Senk has lived in Corona del Mar for 17 years and until last year 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.


Artist Reception this Saturday at SCAPE

On Saturday, Feb. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m., stop by SCAPE gallery in Corona del Mar for an artist reception with Julie Easton. Her Frequencies series is currently on display through March 31.

Julie Easton Frequencies

Click on photo for a larger image

Artwork by Julie Easton/

Courtesy of SCAPE

Frequencies 1117 by Julie Easton is composed of dry cleaning tags, beeswax, resin and dye. It measures 40 x 40 inches.

Easton’s art is a meditative interweaving of art inspired by music, sunlight and fragments of everyday paper. Ubiquitous, overlooked scraps of paper from our everyday lives, such as dry cleaning tags and torn cash register tape, become the artist’s core materials for this series. She reveals that these fragments of paper have their own unique form and allure – the beautiful block type font on the dry cleaning tags, the gentle curve of the cash register receipt. Bits of detritus that are normally ripped off, crumpled and discarded are instead, cloaked in artist’s beeswax, resin and dye, meticulously layered one by one, to transform the independent elements into a calming, intriguing and complex composition.

Through this series, Easton hopes to show the viewer through considered accumulation and repetition the unanticipated beauty of everyday forms.

Trained as a formalist, her work is substantially about texture and structure. Easton’s choices of materials inform and direct her artist concepts. The artist’s concerns are often best articulated through work that juxtaposes organic with man-made materials. Committed to a variety of disciplines, her sculptures, works on paper and installations exemplify her view of the world in which the mundane often becomes extraordinary. The I Ching says, “The most perfect grace consists not in external ornamentation, but in allowing the original material to stand forth, beautified by being given form.”

SCAPE gallery is located at 2859 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.723.3406.


Touch-a-Truck comes to Orange County Market Place

Touch A Truck

Submitted photo

The inaugural Touch-a-Truck rolls into the Orange County Market Place on Saturday, March 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spectra, managers of the OC Market Place, are hosting this free, interactive experience for kids of all ages during normal Market Place hours.

Touch-a-Truck is an interactive hands-on experience where children can learn about their favorite trucks and vehicles, honk their horns, and interact with the drivers. Featured vehicles at the event will include a fire truck, police vehicles, construction trucks, and vintage vehicles, just to name a few.

This year at Touch-a-Truck there will be a “no honking” period during the last half hour of the event. This is for children and families who want to experience the event without any loud distractions. The “no honking” period is from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be opportunities for kids, along with their families, to win prizes by visiting the OC Market Place booth in the South Event Space during Touch-a-Truck.

The Orange County Market Place, an outdoor shopping market, is equipped with a variety of vendors, concessions and live entertainment, and will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., making it an exciting outing for the entire family.

For more information, visit www.ocmarketplace.com.

Orange County Market Place is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.


Today’s Presidents Day closures

Closed

Today, Monday, Feb. 19, City Hall and most City facilities will be closed in observance of the Presidents Day Holiday. Residential trash collection will be on its regular schedule for the week. There will be no street sweeping on Monday, Feb. 19, however, it will follow its regular schedule for the remainder of the week. 

Federal and county offices and most banks will be closed.

Additionally, Newport-Mesa Unified School District observes “Ski Week” from today through Friday, Feb. 23. 


Stump the Stu

You don’t want to lay an egg on this one!

Stump the Stu 2.19.18

Click on photo for a larger image

Why did the chicken cross the road? We don’t care. This is about this piece of poultry under this eave. Where is 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 answers will be in Thursday’s edition.

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!


Stasha Speaks! (and this one is eye-opening)

Stasha

Submitted photos

Stasha strikes a perfect pose

High blood pressure, are you kidding?

That’s what I was thinking last month when the vet announced to my doggie mama that my blood pressure was 275 and dangerously high. Apparently, the normal blood pressure range for dogs is 100 - 150!

Surprisingly, high blood pressure in dogs and cats is more common than you think.

The bad news is that it’s rarely diagnosed in time to save the animal’s eye sight. Routine annual vet check-ups don’t include blood pressure testing.

I was lucky to be diagnosed early, because I visit Eye Care for Animals Veterinary specialists in Tustin once a year. That’s because when I was two years old – I’m six now – Mom started noticing a blueish colored dot on my left eye. Because of my age at the time, our regular vet suggested we just watch the spot over time to see if anything changed.

Within weeks it got larger and that’s when we were referred to a specialist at Eye Care for Animals: www.eyecareforanimals.com/location/tustin-practice/.

I was diagnosed with a fast growing cataract, and if surgery wasn’t performed quickly, I’d lose sight in the eye. Cataracts are not uncommon in older dogs, but in younger dogs it’s rare, but can be a result of a scratch or eye injury – which I hadn’t had. In even rarer cases, it could be due to genetics – and that apparently were the cards I was dealt.

During surgery, it was discovered I also had lens damage, and had a lens replacement. Though it sounds scary, the surgery and recovery were pretty non-eventful for me. I do have prescription eye drops administered once a day for the rest of my life to keep that lens eye healthy. And that’s a small price to pay to save my eyesight, so I don’t mind it.

We visit the eye doctor once a year measuring pressure behind my eyes, and he does a bunch of other tests to ensure my eyes are healthy. On my January visit, the doctor noticed tiny blood vessels behind my eyes had started to break – an indication of high blood pressure which leads to blindness, or worse…stroke.

Thankfully we caught my high blood pressure in time the doctor said. As you can imagine, my Mom asked a lot of questions as to why I developed this condition. I’m a chill dog, not some crazy nervous wreck.

My diet is well controlled, and I never get to eat people food, no matter how much I beg. As it turns out, high blood pressure is commonly a secondary symptom as a result of heart disease, kidney disease or abdominal tumors. Food doesn’t play into this equation in animals. After a battery of tests showing I had none of these, it was determined again, I’m one of the rare cases of being hereditarily predisposed to this condition.

Now, in addition to my daily eye drops twice a day, I take a blood pressure pill. 

Thankfully, my blood pressure has dropped within normal range.

My situation should serve as a cautionary tale to all dog and cat owners to request a blood pressure check at every vet appointment to get a baseline reading. 

At my brother Rocco’s last appointment, Mom requested a blood pressure check on him, too. As crazy as that dog is, his blood pressure was normal, so go figure.

Rocco

Rocco, Stasha’s brother

Amazon.com sells blood pressure machines specifically made for cats and dogs. We bought one for $49.99, that’s easy to use.

Contec

CONTECR automatic blood pressure monitor tonometer

Here’s a helpful link to the CONTEC automatic blood pressure monitor tonometer:

www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075CVM9R6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1.

Be sure your dog or cat owner orders the correct cuff size, and it’s a good idea to take it to your vet to properly learn how to use it. Though our vet says it’s not as accurate as his office machine, it’s close enough and is a good way to check for blood pressure spikes in between office visits.

Needless to say, my experience here has been eye opening.

To learn more about eye conditions that can cause blindness to cats and dogs, visit www.eyecareforanimals.com/conditions/.

Bark at ya in a few months again,

Woof  Woof

Stasha

You can email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and check out my past columns at www.bvontv.com.


Stars and Stripes Appreciation Night celebrated at Winston’s Crown Jewelers

Stars and Stripes 1

Submitted photo

(L-R): Day Fercano, Zlatko Zadro, Patty McDonald and Andrea Kirkenslager join together for the “Love of Community” appreciation night presented by the Stars & Stripes organization at Winston’s Crown Jewelers

The Stars and Stripes Appreciation Night “Love of Community” was hosted on February 1 at Winston’s Crown Jewelers on Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach. The evening gave gratitude to donors, contributors and supporters of the annual Stars and Stripes Tournament.

The annual Stars & Stripes Tournament held on the last weekend of June in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, is a four-day fishing, golf and music fundraiser benefitting local children’s charities. Since 1997, the hugely popular event has raised and donated more than $30 million to worthy youth charities.

The Appreciation Night is an opportunity for Stars and Stripes to thank and appreciate the contributors who make it all possible. Through the generous support of Glenn and Michelle Verdult of Winston’s Crown Jewelers, the event was completely underwritten. The evening’s theme of “Love of Community” was carried throughout Winston’s sparkling showroom and entrance with a red and white color scheme, mood lighting and long-stemmed red roses for each guest.

Stars and Stripes 2

(L-R): Moni Mosharaf, Autumn Strier, Gary Standel and Paula Ansara-Wilhelm

The 22nd Annual Stars & Stripes Tournament will be held June 28 - July 1, 2018 at the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort in Mexico, and support seven youth organizations: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, Miracles For Kids, Orangewood Foundation, HomeAid Orange County, Tilly’s Life Center, South Bay Community Services (SBCS) and Building Baja’s Future. The 2018 Honorary Charities include PLASTICOS Foundation and Halo for Freedom Warrior Foundation. 


Sign of the times

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

So, we gave you a circle of “W”s…put the two together and the circle stands for “One” and the “W”s for west. Hence, One West Bank, located at 3700 East Coast Highway in Corona del Mar…you can bank on it!

Correct guesses came from Chuck Cortwright, Clinton Palmer, Lori Cabanas and Karen Carlson. 

Thank you all for playing.

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

Let’s have some fun!

One West Bank

Click on photo for a larger image


Newport Beach Chamber to hold networking luncheon

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly networking luncheon on Wednesday, February 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar.

Arvee Robinson

The special guest speaker is Arvee Robinson, master speaker trainer, international speaker and author. Her presentation, “Speak Up…Cash In,” outlines the real-time benefits of speaking to grow your business. Many business owners and service professionals struggle with speaking in front of clients. They struggle because they don’t know what to say or how to say it. Consequently, they give up before they even try. This doesn’t have to happen to you. Instead, Robinson teaches the secrets of persuasive speaking to attract more clients and customers than you ever dreamed possible.

Topics being discussed include: how to captivate your audience and leave them wanting for more, identifying the three talks every business owner needs, using the most inexpensive marketing strategy around and generating unlimited qualified hot leads.

Tickets cost $35 for Chamber members and $40 for non-members and can be purchased at www.newportbeach.com.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar is located at 455 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.


Newport Beach – A Look Back 

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

A Look Back 2.19.18

Click on photo for a larger image

This wonderful aerial photo of Balboa Island, we believe, was taken in the 1920s. You can see Little Island in the top right. All those years of dredging that followed certainly had a huge impact on the development of our Bay.

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..


Most tax forms available at libraries

Tax form

Newport Beach Public Library has the following tax forms and instruction booklets available at all locations: 1040 Form, 1040 Instruction, 1040-A Form, 1040-EZ Form, 1040-EZ Instruction, 540-2EZ Instruction (includes form), and 540-2EZ SP Instruction (includes form).

The following publications are still expected but not yet received: 1040-A Instruction, 540 Instruction (includes form), and 540-NR Instruction (includes form).

Most tax forms are available online: Click hereto search for California tax forms or hereto search for Federal tax forms.

Library staff does not provide advice or assistance with tax form completion but if you need help finding a form, please ask them. Visit www.irs.gov for more information.


Letter to the Editor:

Protecting integrity of elections is foundation of democracy

I applaud the Newport Beach city council for undertaking an investigation of “irregularities” in the Scott Peotter recall petitions.

Protecting the integrity of our local elections is the foundation of our Democracy. 

Leaders in the recall campaign have already admitted to submitting fraudulent signatures – that’s a crime.

They reported paying folks $25 per signature thereby creating an incentive for people to break the law.

Did they orchestrate a conspiracy to break the law? Did they knowingly submit fraudulent signatures?

We won’t know until a thorough investigation is done by the District Attorney and our city.

Bob McCaffrey, Volunteer Chairman, Residents for Reform

Balboa Island


KidWorks Reading Week is coming…

KidsWorks

Submitted photo

With the goal of helping pre-school students at Santa Ana-based nonprofit KidWorks develop a passion for reading, the rhyming words of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) will be read aloud to them by local volunteers from a variety of organizations, February 26 through March 2 as part of KidWorks Reading Week.

KidWorks Board member Jeff Garell of Newport Coast and KidWorks fund development committee member Melissa Ley, who works in Newport Beach for CBRE, along with Board Chair Erlinda Martinez, Ed.D. Board Chair and Santa Ana College, President Emeritus, will be reading to students. Other volunteer readers are coming from the Orange County Fire Authority, the Santa Ana Police Department and the Orange County Community Foundation, among others.

The event at KidWorks is held in conjunction with the National Education Association’s Read Across America annual reading motivation and awareness program, which culminates on March 2 – the birthday of Seuss. A Dr. Seuss storybook character will also visit the KidWorks students each day of Reading WQeek.

“We want our preschool students to develop a passion for reading and to develop literacy and language comprehension skills,” said David Benavides, KidWorks executive director. “This is one tangible way we transform the lives of the students we serve. We thank our volunteer readers for their time and passion.”

Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.

For more information, visit www.kidsworksoc.org.


Junior League Juniors visit Heroes Hall

The Junior League Juniors group from Newport Beach-based Junior League of Orange County, recently visited Heroes Hall at the OC Fair & Event Center.

Highlights included a discussion about veterans and the different branches of the U.S. military, as well as the history of the building and land.

Junior League

Submitted photo

(L-R): Junior League Juniors Lukas Magoffin, Alexander Van Wagner, Elise Sarpy and Isabel Lewis, along with mom, Anya Magoffin, are writing and coloring notes to be included in care packages that will be sent overseas to our troops

The group toured the museum as a Marine veteran explained the displays. After the tour was done, the Juniors used their creativity to create colored postcards for the veterans. After the postcards were completed, the Juniors’ parents put together care packages while the Juniors decorated the box covers. The packages to be sent overseas included deodorant, wet wipes, a toothbrush, bar of soap, headphones, peanuts or sunflower seeds, a beef stick, a valentine, a juice powder packet, a crossword puzzle book or cards, Chapstick and a pen.


Jazz at Lincoln Center with Chick Corea comes to Segerstrom Concert Hall

Chick Corea

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Chick Corea Productions

Innovator, music pioneer, composer and pianist Chick Corea pairs with the incomparable king of American jazz orchestras, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall for a powerhouse concert on Sunday, March 25 at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $39.

Since embarking on a solo career in 1966, Corea has been at the forefront of jazz, both as a renowned pianist forging new ground as an innovative electric keyboardist with his acoustic jazz bands Return to Forever, the Elektric Band, and now, the electro/acoustic Vigil. Of one icon about another, Sting said about Corea, “He completely devastated the landscape. It was like scorched earth – so musical, so powerful, so incredibly virtuosic.” And the Chicago Tribune wrote of JLCO, “In a way, this evening showed that there’s really more than one Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. You could hear the band continually redefining itself through the ethereal tone and translucent textures.”

Purchase tickets online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For Group Sales, call 714.755.0236.

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


It’s a Toy Swap at ENC

Toys

Submitted photo

Do you have toys your kids are no longer playing with? Swap, don’t shop! Bring gently used toys to the ENC’s Toy Swap event on Saturday, March 3 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and leave with different toys for your kids to enjoy.

Swapping items reduces waste in the landfill, eliminates packaging, conserves energy, and much more. 

Join in this fun Living Greener Series event! The environment will thank you and so will your wallet. This event is $5 per participant and free to ENC members.

Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 W. 16th St., Newport Beach. www.encenter.org


Get your creative side on at Wilma’s Patio

Artist Paints

Submitted photo

Unlock your creativity! Let the drinks and creative juices flow at a workshop with a twist this Thursday, Feb. 22 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., when Wilma’s Patio will be holding an artistic workshop, providing step-by-step instructions for creating your own acrylic painting, while enjoying food and drink.

The cost is $45 per person. To register, call 949.433.1400.

Wilma’s Patio is locating at 203 Marine Ave., Balboa Island.


Fighting fires – Newport style

By DUNCAN FORGEY

“And each separate dying ember wrought the ghost upon the floor.” Edgar Allen Poe

In the wake of recent fires throughout California, residents have been impacted personally and emotionally by these oft-occurring tragedies. Orange County, with its many forested areas built to the brim with homes is very aware of the dangers.  Combine a spark, lightning or a pyromaniac with the bedeviled Santa Ana Winds (Santana winds generic to Southern California) and you have a true disaster. 

Brush Fire at the 73 Freeway

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photos

A brush fire at the 73 Freeway 

On the last day of the infamous Laguna Beach Fire in 1993, six Newporters walked out on the Irvine Boulevard bluff to watch the fire as it marched toward Newport Beach.  The destructive conflagration had run through Laguna with abandon. Newport Coast and Buck Gully were now in its path. If it jumped Newport Coast Road, it could have been the spark for the possible destruction of hundreds of homes in CdM. It did not. WHY?

As one of the observers on the bluff that late October day, I witnessed a miracle of nature and a true mystery. The fire and wind generated so much heat as it destroyed Laguna Beach, that it created its own weather anomaly. With fiery hot air rising, Mother Nature needed something to fill the void left by the escaping heat. Now closer to the ocean, the fiery skies sucked in cool moist air from the surface of the sea. The Santa Ana wind stopped cold in its tracks and the fire stalled just outside Newport city limits.  In a matter of hours, the Laguna Beach Fire had ceased.

The remnants of this blaze resulted in a staggering amount of destruction to our neighbor to the south. At its zenith, 200-foot flames raced 100 acres a minute across Emerald Ridge. Included in the fire’s path were Canyon Acres, Mystic Hills, Emerald Bay, Boat Canyon, Skyline, Mystic Hills, El Morro and Temple Hills. In all, The Laguna Beach fire consumed 16,000 acres, destroyed more than 400 homes and caused $528 million in damages.

Newport Beach dodged a deadly bullet that day. The layout of our city is less conducive to fire dangers faced by many of our neighbors. All the way to Riverside County other municipalities are entrenched in hillsides and forests. Newport Beach residents worry more about tsunamis and earthquakes than wind-driven fires.

The history of the Newport Fire Department starts with a small group of volunteers and has grown into one of the most sophisticated and well-supplied fire departments in the state. Throughout history, each of Newportʻs notable fires, plus its rapid population growth caused the city to improve its firefighting capabilities accordingly. 

Old Fire Truck

The old firetruck on Balboa Island

One of the earliest fires to tax the cityʻs resources was in 1911. The city had a volunteer fire department, two 60 gallon wheeled fire extinguisher tanks, purchased for $760, and 400 feet of two-inch hose bought for $.45 a foot. This was the beginning of firefighting in Newport Beach. W.A. Cornelius was named the first Fire Chief and construction was begun on a new fire house. By 1921, a fire razed Robinsonʻs Newport Garage, and the fire department’s new Rambler hose truck stored in the facility was destroyed. The excuse given for a slow response time was the “fire bell” located on the pier could not be heard due to wailing “east winds.” (Santa Anas)  

Castways Restaurant

The famous Castaways Restaurant was a favorite meeting place of notables

Another fire of historical note, was the destruction of Castaways Restaurant in November 1956. The building was originally built in 1904 as clubhouse for the local golf club. Castaways Restaurant was established in the 1930s. It became one of the most notable dining establishments during World War II and the post war period. Decorated in beach and Polynesian decor, it was well known for its cocktails and $2 lobster and abalone. Officers from the many military bases surrounding Newport frequented the establishment, and it also became a favorite meeting place of notables. Errol Flynn, Bette Davis and locals James Cagney, Andy Devine and John Wayne could be seen frequenting its bar and restaurant. This all-wood structure burnt down in a short period of time…never to be rebuilt.

Probably Newport Beachʻs most famous fire, still in the minds of locals and tourists alike, took place in 1966. The Rendezvous, a long-time dancehall and ballroom, was built in 1928 to fill a need to dance and celebrate the “Roaring Twenties. The Rendezvous brought people from all over Southern California to swing to the music of the era’s big band sound. It caught fire in 1935 which did extensive damage to the structure. Re-built with the latest designs and materials, The Rendezvous had reinforced concrete arched ceilings and a 12,000-square-foot floating hardwood dance floor. It reopened filling its venue with the greatest music available for the next three decades. The second time flames appeared was on August 7, 1966 at 4 a.m. Fire Captain Bill Thomas was one of the first to arrive. “When we pulled up, I knew the Rendezvous was gone.” Former home to great entertainers such as Les Brown, Harry James, Benny Goodman, Guy Lombardo, Johnny Mercer, Dick Dale and the Deltones, the Beach Boys and the Righteous Brothers, the destruction of this famous building ended a historic run.  

Aerial view of Mariners Mile

An aerial view of the 1975 Mariner’s Mile fire

Old building standards were a main factor in the 1975 Mariner’s Mile fire on Pacific Coast Highway. The fire started in a Cable TV office and spread upwards. The problem with the Mariner’s Mile structure was it had a common attic with no firebreaks. The flames spread swiftly and were further ignited by incendiary paints and chemicals in a marine hardware store. The fire was horrific and spread quickly. Upon leaving his home in Costa Mesa, Fire Chief Leo Love was quoted as saying, “It looked like the whole world was on fire.”

Over its century of existence, Newport Beach has experienced countless burning boats, crashing aircraft, auto blazes, oil fires and explosions, as well as, the normal house, warehouse and building fires. The Newport Beach Fire Department has risen to each and every occasion.

Though not a likely target for “forest fires,” Newport Beach, because of its density, remains a highly volatile and inflammable city ripe for future conflagrations. Even as the aging buildings and residences are being replaced, the Newport Beach Fire Department is prepared for flames and fires, but must have resources to protect its citizens from a multitude of natural or man-made disasters rare to this jeweled city.  

~~~~~~~~

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


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

School threat last week deemed not credible

TomJohnson

Newport Beach Police say that a threat reported last week at Corona del Mar High School was not deemed to be credible.

That being said, neighboring Our Lady Queen of Angels School cancelled their classes on Friday, Feb. 16, as a precaution, while CdMHS remained opened.

Obviously, people everywhere are on pins and needles with the latest school shooting in Florida that last week killed 17 people.

God bless the Parkland community. One can only imagine.

I believe strongly in our Newport Beach Police Department, the School Resource Officers and our education leaders. That being said, I hope they’re never challenged!

• • •

On a different school subject, when I was a kid, we celebrated February 12th as Abraham Lincoln’s birthday and then February 22nd as George Washington’s birthday. It was one of the things I looked forward to when I was in school, two extra days off in a short month.

In 1971, the federal government took away the “fun” of two February holidays with the passing of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. Hence, Memorial Day, Labor Day, etc.

And so, Presidents Day was created and moved to the third Monday of the month as a way to honor all presidents, past and present. Yippee.

Fortunately, I graduated that year, so I never really had reason to complain.

However, some 44 years later, I’m somewhat mad. You see, we never had Ski Week, a whole week-off! What a great idea. The only thing that would make it better is Ski Weeks!

For me, it would’ve rivaled Christmas time.

As I look on social media sites, I see a number of locals doing exactly what the holiday week is planned for, skiing and enjoying family.

So, today I say happy Presidents Day and enjoy your ski week.

Ski Week…five days off…it’s just not fair.

• • •

The Toshiba Classic comes to town in two weeks to Newport Beach Country Club. That means the best players of the PGA Champions Tour, their caddies and a number of other visitors come to town to enjoy the festivities.

It’s not unusual to see some of the recognizable tour players out on the town during the week enjoying some of our finest dining establishments.

But what about the caddies, where do they hang?

Well, my answer came in an email this week. John Ursini, Newport Beach resident and part of the owning family of the Newport Rib Company, said they are going to host Caddyshack Rib Co. “Friday” on Tuesday, March 6 at 5 p.m.

Confused yet? Well, John hosts regular Friday events throughout the year at the Rib Co. He’s moving this event one-time to attract the caddies prior to their start of the Toshiba Classic. 

It’ll allow the caddies to tip a few and only have the Classic Pro-Am to face the next day. They actually might enjoy having a hangover to deal with four amateurs, all whom for two days think they’re suddenly playing on the PGA tour.

“Excuse me, can you get that trap…don’t forget that divot…how about reading this putt…did that shot leave a ball mark…I think you under-clubbed me.”

One way or the other, they’re probably facing a headache, so who really cares.

The event is open to all.

Who knows, maybe a pro will tag along.


Enter the City Arts Commission photo contest for prizes

Calling all photographers to give us your best shot!

To encourage public awareness of the Sculpture Exhibition in Civic Center Park, the Newport Beach City Arts Commission is sponsoring a photography contest, and you are invited to enter.

From now through April 15, submit your photographs of one or more of the sculptures on display in Civic Center Park, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Popsicles

Sculpture by Craig Gray/

Courtesy of the City of Newport Beach

This whimsical sculpture entitled, “Popsicles” by Craig Gray, stacks three giant colorful popsicles in a pop art creation. It is constructed of steel, wood and stucco and covered in colorful epoxy that appears to be melting as it hits the warm concrete base.

Interaction with the sculptures is encouraged, however photos cannot depict any climbing, hanging, modification or physical abuse of the sculptures. Note: The “bunnies” in the park are not considered sculptures.

The contest is open to all, professional and amateur, regardless of age, gender or nationality. Entrants under 18 years of age require the permission of a parent or guardian. Submissions should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Entries will be accepted through April 15. Complete entry guidelines and instructions can be found at www.newportbeachca.gov/culturalarts.

Grand Prize, Runner Up and Honorable Mention will be awarded. Prizes include gift certificates donated by local restaurants, including Modo Mio Rustic Italian Kitchen, Bluewater Grill and Bistango. Winning photos will be displayed on the City’s Cultural Arts website. For more information, contact the Cultural Arts office, at 949.717.3802 or send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

So…get clicking!


ENC Nature Preschool Project has broken ground

ENC Groundbreaking

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Lana Johnson

Local dignitaries including Mayor Duffy Duffield and Newport Beach Councilmember Brad Avery join ENC board members and ENC Executive Director Bo Glover (third from left) and ENC Nature Preschool Director Susan Bierlich (third from right) during the groundbreaking

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) celebrated the official groundbreaking of its highly anticipated state-of-the-art Nature Preschool on February 15. The ENC Nature Preschool will be the community’s first nature preschool and nature play area. It will be located on 1.3 acres bordering the Nature Center’s Redwood Forest at 745 Dover Drive, Newport Beach.

The ENC Nature Preschool will teach the building blocks of a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education by providing young children with the opportunity to become familiar with the natural world by playing – and learning – while surrounded by nature.

Qualified early childhood educators and environmental educators will teach the basics of a typical preschool and more. Indoor spaces will be warm, welcoming and conducive to learning, but the majority of the day will be spent learning outside.

“It is becoming increasingly evident that nature-based preschools are more effective in terms of learning and health benefits,” said ENC Executive Director Bo Glover. “Our Nature Preschool will provide quality education and nature exploration opportunities for preschool children, and help them develop into environmentally literate adults, which is needed today more than ever.”

ENC preschool

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of ENC

ENC’s Nature Preschool is designed by LPA Inc. and will be constructed by Consolidated Contracting Services

The ENC is aiming to achieve a Platinum Level LEED Rating on the new facility. The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

The preschool was already awarded a citation from the American Institute of Architects Orange County Chapter (AIAOCC). The ENC’s Nature Preschool was one of eight projects selected to receive an award out of the 56 projects that were entered into the design competition. It was the only project to receive an award that was not a completed project.

“The ENC’s Nature Preschool will have play areas but no playgrounds,” said ENC Nature Preschool Director Sue Bierlich. “Students will spend the majority of the day outdoors, where they will have ample time for unfacilitated nature experiences.”

ENC pond and forest

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Lana Johnson

ENC’s pond and forest are among the nature experiences awaiting the preschoolers to explore

The ENC Nature Preschool will also engage parents in active learning, serve as a model nature preschool, and provide a research forum on early childhood and environmental education.

“I truly believe that this Nature Preschool and Nature Play Area will be an integral addition to the community making an essential impact on the next generation,” said Rick John, long-time Newport Beach resident and ENC board member. “We are urgently seeking community members to join us in supporting the ENC Nature Preschool.”

Anticipated completion date for the Nature Preschool is April 2019.

For more information or to donate to the ENC’s Nature Preschool, visit encnaturepreschool.org or contact ENC Executive Director Bo Glover at 949.645.8489, ext. 101 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Crystal Cove accepting applications for Spring Art Show

Crystal Cove cottages and cliffsLRG

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

Crystal Cove Conservancy is holding its Spring “Art in the Park” Show from March 30 - April 1, and is looking for art submissions to celebrate art and nature at Crystal Cove. Last year, thousands were in attendance at the art show!

Eligibility:

All traditional media (oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, etc.) will be accepted, with the subject matter being Crystal Cove State Park: the historic district, coast, or backcountry areas. The show is open to any artist who is able to drop off and pick up their work in person. Unfortunately, they don’t accept shipments from outside the area. All paintings must be priced for sale, framed and ready to hang. Keep artwork to a maximum size of 12x16.

Entry Fees/Forms:

There is a flat fee of $20 for up to three (3) images. Artists selected for the show will be asked to fill out forms related to payment and insurance information.

Entering Your Images:

Entry form must be filled out in its entirety, including unframed dimensions, framed dimensions, medium and price. List sizes up to the nearest half inch. Submitted images must not include matting or frame. Crop the photos to include only the artwork. Be sure your images are right side up. For best results, make sure your image is 1920 pixels at 72 dpi on the longest side. Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space.

Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at www.OnlineJuriedShows.com/help.aspx. If you need assistance in entering your images or are unable to, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. åor call 949.287.8645.

Prizes:

There will be $500 in awards given by Randy Higbee Gallery. The awards will be credit for frames by www.kingofframe.com, split among five (5) artists.

Important Dates:

Entry Deadline: March 9, 2018

Notifications of Acceptance: March 14, 2018

Deadline to drop off artwork: March 26, 2018

Artist Reception: March 30, 2018, 5 - 7 p.m.

End of Show: April 1, 2018

Spring “Art in the Park” Show Schedule:

March 30: Friday night’s rollicking opening reception has live music, food and beverages to get people in the mood to purchase artwork.

March 31: On Saturday, the Cove fills with art and nature lovers and their families, here to participate in workshops, view musical performances, and meet the artists during the optional paint-out (a great opportunity to promote your work during the event!). 

April 1: The show continues through Sunday, and certain artists may be offered space to display their work in the park store’s permanent gallery.

Proceeds from the show are split 50/50, with half going to the artist and the other half benefiting Crystal Cove Conservancy.


A commitment to youth fitness and education remains top priority over 35 years

College Park Competitors

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos courtesy of Spirit Run

College Park Elementary School competitors at Spirit Run

With 15 events for toddlers to grandparents, elite athletes to walkers, and even our furry four-legged friends, Spirit Run celebrates all ages and ability levels. However, after 35 years, its first allegiance is to its founding principles – celebrating youth runners and supporting local schools.

Spirit Run’s dedication to youth fitness extends beyond race day. In 2010, Newport-Mesa Spirit Run, Inc. (NMSRI), the 501(c)(3) non-profit that presents Spirit Run, introduced its Youth Running Training and Scholarship Program. With the help of members of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Track Team, NMSRI trains students for Spirit Run.

To ensure every student has the chance to participate in Spirit Run, NMSRI offers free entries to underprivileged Newport-Mesa Unified (NMUSD) students. It also provides free bus transportation from Costa Mesa schools to Spirit Run. Sponsors supporting this effort include the Rotary Club of Newport Balboa from 2012 through 2016, and Hoag’s Community Benefit Program in 2017 and 2018.

Each year since 2011, NMSRI has conducted training in as many as four NMUSD schools. NMSRI has had coaches at 10 different NMUSD elementary and middle schools, and donated 2,100 entries.

Ashton Garcia, a senior on UCI’s Track Team, coached at Pomona Elementary for Spirit Run 2017. Currently, he is preparing Victoria Elementary students for Spirit Run 2018.

“I saw NMSRI’s training programs as an opportunity to help out a great cause,” Garcia shared. “From what I take away from practice, everyone seems to be having a great time. I hope to give these kids an insight into the sport of running.”

Pomona training

Students training for Spirit Run at Pomona Elementary School

Pomona Elementary has been part of NMSRI’s program since 2012. With 100 percent of its students qualifying for Federal free lunch, participating students took advantage of all Program benefits – free training, free entries and free buses.

Megan Brown, Pomona’s Principal, appreciated some less obvious rewards. “I enjoyed watching our students’ faces as they experienced a big race for the first time,” she explained. “Many of our students included their participation in the Spirit Run as one of the highlights of their year.”

The UCI students inspired her students about more than running. “The running club not only promoted fitness and hard work, but the UCI involvement helped support our college-bound culture.”

NMSRI is not the only organization in NMUSD dedicated to improving youth health and fitness. Beginning in 2004, teachers and parents have started elementary school running clubs throughout NMUSD to prepare students for Spirit Run and other races.

Julie Smith, a 3rd grade teacher at College Park Elementary, introduced the first of these running clubs. “The Running Club at College Park started as a lunch time activity for just a couple of grade levels over a decade ago,” Smith said. “It is now for all grade levels and the majority of our 500 plus kids participate each Wednesday.”

College Park students with medals

Click on photo for a larger image

College Park students pose with their Spirit Run finisher medals

Smith founded the club with a clear vision. “The spike in childhood obesity, diabetes etc. not only impacts student health but also academic performance,” Smith explained. “We try our best to promote healthy activities for our students. Running is an accessible activity for our students, most who come from economically challenging situations.”

Smith appreciates Spirit Run’s support of her club. “Spirit Run has been very generous to our program from providing UCI student athlete coaches, scholarships, transportation, and most recently connecting us with USA Track & Field’s Run Jump Throw program,” Smith continued.

Upwards of 80 College Park students enjoy Spirit Run each year. Afterwards, NMSRI rewards the school with a donation. “We use this money to promote running in the form of purchasing equipment for our training practices, awards for Running Club, and this year for the Run Jump Throw Track meet,” Smith stated.

Other NMUSD schools have followed College Park’s lead. NMUSD schools with running clubs have included Davis, Eastbluff, Harbor View, Kaiser, Killybrooke, Newport Heights and Paularino Elementary.

Harbor View Viking track club

Click on photo for a larger image

Members of the Harbor View Elementary School Vikings Track Club

Eastbluff Elementary’s Fast Feet and Harbor View Elementary’s Vikings Track Club run a close second to College Park in terms of longevity. Fast Feet and Vikings Track Club were founded by parent volunteers in 2005 and 2010, respectively. Each year they prepare members for Spirit Run, the Newport Beach Track Meet and other races.

Shane and Rebecca Corbin, Harbor View Elementary parents, assumed leadership of Vikings Track Team in 2016 from program founder, Julie Means.

“Our passion for running and sharing that with the kids is our main goal,” Shane Corbin said. “The Spirit Run has been a great event for the kids to look forward to and give them something to train for. The kids realize being part of a team is something special!”


Seeking Vietnam veterans from Newport Beach to march in Patriot’s Day Parade

Veterans by Mary Hurlbut

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Local Vietnam veterans have reserved a position in this year’s Patriots Day Parade scheduled for Saturday, March 1 in Laguna Beach. The organizers are seeking area veterans interested in forming a group to walk in the parade. This group, calling themselves the South Orange County Vietnam Veterans, has participated in this parade every year since 1985. All branches of the service are welcomed, and the group is encouraging all U.S. service veterans – World War II, Korea, Cold War, Iraq and Afghanistan – to participate and be recognized for your service.

Veterans are encouraged to wear old uniforms (or parts thereof). The group will form near Laguna Beach High School, located at 625 Park Ave. between 9 - 10 a.m. Please ask the check-in booth at the corner of Park and Short streets as to where the group is forming. Most probably they will be in the school district parking lot across from Laguna Beach High School.

The parade will cover about six blocks (all downhill or level) and will begin promptly at 11 a.m. A convertible vehicle will accompany the group, and vets needing to ride, rather than march, can do so in the convertible.

There is a traditional annual get together at Hennessey’s Tavern at 213 Ocean Ave. immediately following the parade.

Interested veterans are encouraged to contact Patrick Freeman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949.497.7473.


Sign of the times

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

Here’s the key to this week’s guess, you either know it or you don’t.

Send your guesses to Lana Johnson, SNN Editor, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’ll print the names of those that correctly guess on Monday.

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 215

Click on photo for a larger image


Stump the Stu

Well, you’ve certainly had plenty of time to discover this around town..so no excuses

Stump the Stu 21218

Click on photo for a larger image

Surprise, surprise…this is one of two at the entrance to the Lido Theater, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year.

Since we didn’t receive any correct guesses, perhaps a little history lesson: Did you know the theater opened way back when with the Bette Davis movie Jezebel? And, that as resident of nearby Corona del Mar, Miss Davis is said to have traveled by the site daily while the theater was being built, and requested a sitting parlor in the ladies room, that still remains today.

Visitors today will notice the elegant lobby chandeliers, vintage poster cases, the original box office, art deco architectural details and a magnificent waterfall red velvet curtain on stage.

Let’s put it this way, the place is truly a Newport Beach gem.

Thank you, Jane Gillespie local PR guru, for the submission.

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!


Tupelo Junction Cafe brings Southern favorites to Newport Beach

Blackened Wild Salmon Chopped Salad

Click on image for a larger photo

Courtesy of Tupelo Junction Cafe

Blackened Wild Salmon Chopped Salad with black beans, corn, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and avocado

Tupelo Junction Café was a State Street staple for years in Santa Barbara, known for its all-day menu of Southern favorites. It closed late last year and resurfaced in Newport Beach a few months ago. 

Check out these fan favorites: cinnamon-apple beignets, pulled pork sloppy joe, fried chicken and waffles, pan seared Dungeness crab cake, fried green tomatoes BLT, pecancrusted trout, blackened wild salmon chopped salad and cowboy ribeye. 

Tupelo Junction is located in Cannery Village at 508 29th St., Newport Beach. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering small and large plates. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

For more information, call 949.877.0280 or visit www.tupelojunction.com.


Women’s Democratic Club to hold monthly meeting

The Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club (NBWCD) will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the OASIS Senior Center. 

Local attorney Brandon Love will open the speakers’ program with a discussion about the important role county governance plays in our lives. It is his hope that heightening awareness of this topic will help ensure that Orange County continues to be the special place we all know it to be. Love holds a degree in Political Science from UCI and is a graduate of Chapman University School of Law. 

Brett Murdock will also address the group about his campaign and platform. Murdock is a lifelong Orange County resident and business owner. He was elected to Brea’s City Council and served as mayor. He also has a long history of community involvement which includes serving as President of the Orange County Division of the League of California Cities, Chair of the Orange County Council of Governments, Chair of the Orange County Waste Management Commission, and Chair of the Operations Committee of the Orange County Sanitation District. Murdock is also an active member of the Brea Rotary Club, and the President of a non-profit organization that provides and maintains low-income housing for seniors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego, and earned his Juris Doctorate from Chapman University School of Law. 

Visit www.NBWDC.org to RSVP and for additional meeting information, or call 949.423.6468. There is a nominal admission fee. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for a networking social and light refreshments. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Seating is limited, so RSVPs are required. 

The OASIS Senior Center is located at 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar. Ample and convenient free parking is available.


Refreshing $10 cocktails during OC Restaurant Week

Orange County Restaurant Week will celebrate its 10th anniversary as one of the region’s most celebrated culinary events from Sunday, March 4 – Saturday, March 10. In honor of this milestone, many participating restaurants will be showcasing a special $10 cocktail featuring Chambord Liqueur, Don Julio Tequila, Baileys Irish Cream, Ketel One Vodka or Bulleit Whiskey.

Among the Newport Beach restaurants featuring a $10 cocktail are: Back Bay Bistro, Cucina Enoteca, Dory Deli, Provenance, Stag Bar + Kitchen, Taco Rosa and Woody’s Wharf.

Mon Cheri

Courtesy of OC Restaurant Week

Provenance is offering the Mon Cheri during OC Restaurant Week. Made with Ketel One Vodka, muddled English cucumber, a house dark cherry cordial and fresh lime shaken well, it is served up garnished with a cucumber ribbon and Luxardo cherry skewer…all for $10.

This year marks the most expansive OC Restaurant Week, with more than 150 participants offering diners a wide variety of options, from casual and family friendly establishments, to upscale and fine dining, which will once again allow for a “luxe experience” with a select group of menus priced at a $80 price point.

Visit www.OCRestaurantWeek.com for the full list of restaurants participating in OC Restaurant Week.

Editor’s Note: Stu News Newport will provide ongoing coverage of the upcoming OC Restaurant Week festivities!


Outrigger canoe club open house this Saturday

IMUA

Courtesy of imuaoutrigger.com

Are you athletic and want to get in shape? Do you love the water? Then come join the IMUA Outrigger Canoe Club this Saturday, Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. during its Open House, where you can try out the sport.

Paddle their canoes with experienced team members, eat free food, enjoy the aloha spirit, and make new friends. Just look for the blue and orange canoes.

IMUA Outrigger Canoe Club is located at the Newport Aquatic Center (NAC), located at 1 Whitecliffs Drive, Newport Beach.

To find out more about the rowing club, visit www.imuaoutriggerclub.com.


On the Harbor: Keeping you updated on the winter series races and more…

By LEN BOSE

To say that things around the harbor are “heating up” is a bit of pun with the weather we have been having.

I was in Basin Shipyard this last week and they are working hard with the yard at full capacity. While walking by the outside of the shipyard it reminded me of a busy Sunday morning at the Galley restaurant with all the customers wrapped out around the corner waiting for their table.

Over at Newport Harbor Shipyard, things seem to be just as busy with a number of large racing sailboats getting ready for the upcoming season. Two new race boats, to our harbor, have been recently added with Newport Harbor Yacht Club members Jim Bailey having purchased the Trans Pac 52 “Destroyer” and the David Team with the Trans Pac 52 “Vesper” under charter. Destroyer will be making her Southern California sailing debut in the Islands Race on February 16. Vesper has been seen heading out of the harbor looking for wind to start practicing for the upcoming season. They are headed to San Diego February 10 - 11 to compete in the TP 52 Mid-Winters event that promises to have nine TP 52 boats attending.

If you are wondering about the outcome of our winter series races across the harbor…here are the results. In the BYC Sunkist Series, in PHRF class A with no throwout – James Dealings’ “Carbon Footprint” took first and held off team “It’s OK. In B class, The Richley family aboard “Amante” kept rolling for the win and in class C “Doubletime” swept the series with straight bullets. The real race in class C was for second with Bill McKeever’s “Reliance” holding off Brian Dougherty’s “Legacy.” Class D came down to a tiebreaker for first with Ray Booth sailing “Altheris” just nipping out John Szalay’s “Pussycat.”

Over at the BCYC Hot Rum Series, in PHRF C, Bob Wine sailing “Carioca” won the class. “Pussycat” took class B and “Amante” won class A. In the Harbor 20 NHYC Winter series, Ann and Kurt Wiese won class A, Doug Rastello brought home the class B trophy and Kathryn Reed held on to her lead to win class C.

The Balboa Angling Club is off to a fast start this year. Harbor 20 sailor and past Balboa Angling Club President Chris Allen took off on New Year’s Eve with crewmember Nate Dunham aboard his boat “Taravana.” Dunham caught a 16.71 lb. BFT (I hope that means bluefin tuna) and a 5.42 lb. yellowtail, which allows Allen to bring home the first two flags of the year. Allen described the weather as perfect with flat seas and a whole lot of fish. He still had a rather large smile when telling me about his trip a month later. Another big day at the Angling center is receiving the 1,700 juvenile sea bass on January 19, 2018. I assume most of you are familiar with the sea bass cages in the mooring fields just in front on the Balboa Angling Club. The sea bass are released later in the year, with the volunteers from the center talking care of them in the meantime.

Upper Channel Markers

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Tad Palmer

Upper Newport Bay channel markers

News around the harbor: A number of topics have been brought up during the Harbor Commission meetings, and I have heard some rumors around the harbor. It has been indicated that three old channel markers 6, 10 & 12 will be removed and replaced with new floating markers. This is long overdue, and we can only hope this task is completed this year. Another topic broke the surface at the last meeting, and that is marine recycling so that all you boaters will now have a place to dispose of your hazardous waste without driving miles inland to do so properly. I’ve heard these centers will be around the harbor sooner rather than later. My little harbor birds also informed me that the upper bay channel markers have a very good chance of being lit up at night, so you can make your way through the upper bay much easier when it’s dark. The word around the harbor, during the recent Blue Moon high tides, is that the amount of flotsam that was collected was overwhelming. One boatsman from the NHYC reported that he scooped up a whole drowned chicken. The good news is that with the large water flush, people are telling they have never seen the water so clear. This is very good news for the harbor, because when you add the amount of sunlight we have been having, the chance of a good crop of eelgrass might follow for this year’s surveys. Remember eelgrass is our friend!

Wish us wind and luck as we will be competing in the Islands race on “Horizon” in preparation for this year’s Puerto Vallarta race.

Sea ya!

~~~~~~~~

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


Fire at JWA: 144 people evacuated, five sustain injuries

A Southwest flight caught fire at JWA Monday evening, Feb. 12, leading to the evacuation of 139 passengers and five crew members. Five people sustained minor injuries but were not transported. The injuries apparently resulted from the chute exit and not the fire.

The plane was headed to San Jose.

The fire is suspected to have started in the Boeing 737’s auxiliary power unit.

All passengers were re-ticketed on a flight later that evening.


Guest Column

Hon. Diane Dixon

Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill

Keeping us Fiscally Strong

Diane Will

Submitted photos

Hon. Diane Dixon and Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill

Mayor (Duffy) Duffield’s State of the City speech recently highlighted a handful of Newport Beach’s strengths. One highlighted strength is our fiscal picture and outlook, for which our Council is cautiously optimistic.

Indeed, we project a $12.5 million surplus, will forward toward a faster discretionary pay down of pension liabilities, and project an unfunded pension liability decrease for the first time in four years.

Our fiscal strengths undoubtedly outnumber our weaknesses, but that balance continues only if we guard against weaknesses consuming cities across our Golden State.

First, our fiscal strengths. Our property tax revenue continues its steady climb as Newport Beach’s real estate market remains hot and many Proposition 13 tax bases remain well below market prices. Our reserves meet our well-established thresholds and our credit rating remains the highest in California.  

Our roads are paved, our streets are swept, our police patrol, our fire department responds, and our Capital Improvement Program is on schedule. We are even looking toward rebuilding two new fire stations built in the 1950s, which will increase first-responder safety and decrease response times to our Peninsula Point residents.  

But weaknesses exist and threaten our future residents and City Councils with terrible choices unless our current residents and current City Council address them head-on. We continue to pay $8 - $10 million per year toward Civic Center debt service. We see our sales tax flattening as people increasingly turn to online retailers rather than local shops. No weakness, though, is larger than the pension tsunami off our shores.

Over the past two weeks alone, article after article sound alarms of looming deficits in neighboring cities. The Voice of OC reported that Santa Ana faces a $17 million budget hole that city officials attribute to skyrocketing pension costs and employee raises awarded last year. Santa Monica faces a deficit starting in 2019 thanks to a $460 million unfunded pension liability. And the League of California Cities released a report last week projecting that cities’ payments for pensions will increase an estimated 50 percent by 2025. These are big numbers of taxpayer dollars.

Some cities have addressed these holes by increasing sales taxes like Stanton did in 2014 and Fountain Valley and Westminster did in 2016. But those fixes are quickly engulfed when a City Council like Fountain Valley’s gives their police 11.5 percent increases over three years less than a year after citizens approved the sales tax increases.

Ultimately, we must balance current residents’ expectations with our obligation to future generations. We must not make decisions now that will force future Councils to cut core services.

To that end, Newport Beach has continued its aggressive pension pay down started in 2014. We no longer carry two years of interest that CalPERS regularly charges its members. We no longer sit back and wait for discount rates to fall and payments to increase. We make calculated and prudent decisions that are equal parts vitally important to our ongoing fiscal health and terribly boring to discuss at cocktail parties.

To paraphrase an ancient saying, Newport Beach grows great when leaders plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. And if all goes well, we will even make sure there are funds to trim those trees while they are growing too.

Hon. Diane Dixon is Chair of the Newport Beach City Council Finance Committee. Will O’Neill is Mayor Pro Tem of Newport Beach.


Heather Ezell to speak at Lido Village Books

Heather Ezell at Lido Books

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

Author Heather Ezell

You’re in for a treat when Heather Ezell, author of “Nothing Left to Burn,” appears at Lido Village Books on Saturday, March 17 at 5 p.m., and in conversation with Booktuber Natasha Polis.

A synopsis: A destructive California wildfire is at Audrey Harper’s doorstep, but she has “nothing left to burn.” Her problems began when a first love turned toxic and a fascination with fire turned lethal – now Audrey is left with a choice that will change the course of her life forever.

Based on author Ezell’s own life experiences with California wildfires, “Nothing Left to Burn” is the unputdownable read of Spring 2018.

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


Hutchins Consort to perform in Newport Beach

Hutchins Consort

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of The Hutchins Consort

The Hutchins Consort

Music lovers are in for a treat, when the Hutchins Consort comes to Southern California with one performance in Newport Beach.

“All’s Fair in Love and War,” will take place Sunday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 2200 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach. This brand new arrangement of Biber’s extraordinary Battalia (battle) is paired with the motets of Don Carlo Gesualdo, and other works of love.

The Hutchins Consort plays on eight scaled violins from the tiny treble violin, tuned one octave above the standard violin, to the large bass violin, tuned one octave lower than a cello. That broad palette of instruments helps the ensemble produce an astonishing range of sounds. The instruments designed and built by luthier Dr. Carleen Hutchins, whose research into the acoustic properties of string instruments resulted in an innovative process called free-plate tuning: a precise method of refining the top and back plates of a violin before it is assembled to bring it to peak acoustic performance.

Cost: Adults, $35; Senior/Student, $25; a Family Package for two adults and two children, $60. For tickets, visit www.hutchinsconsort.org, or purchase tickets at the door.


Letter to the Editor:

Recall signature investigation should be handled by District Attorney

In December, we learned that the recall of Newport Beach City Councilman Scott Peotter failed to qualify by only 106 signatures. A month later, the Orange County District Attorney opened an investigation into the allegation that one of the paid professional petition circulators had forged signatures, contributing to the insufficiency of signatures.

On Tuesday, Mr. Peotter and the Newport Beach City Council (excluding Mr. Herdman and Ms. Dixon), gave themselves subpoena powers to investigate the recall committee. Their stated reason was to restore trust in the election processes, but are they the best ones to do so? They clearly have skin in the game and most of them openly supported Mr. Peotter while we were collecting signatures. In contrast, the District Attorney has no skin in the game and his investigation will be both competent and thorough. Those of us on the recall committee support such an unbiased investigation by the DA, with an emphasis on the word “unbiased”.

Mr. O’Neill inadvertently revealed the underlying agenda when he spoke about forcing the release of confidential invoices as well as the private emails of the recall committee. It is hard to imagine how that data will lead to the arrest of a rogue individual who may have forged signatures, but it isn’t hard at all to imagine how information about the workings of his opponent’s campaign will be helpful to Mr. Peotter. The immense power of the subpoena that the council has voted upon themselves is that they will be able to compel answers to any questions that they wish while someone is under oath. Can we trust them to exercise that power responsibly? I would argue that we cannot. 

Democracy works best when democratic processes are respected. Mr. Peotter’s investigation is a thinly disguised threat to those who dare to challenge his position and should not be tolerated. Anyone who thinks that Mr. Peotter will fairly investigate his own recall is in error. The Orange County District Attorney is the only person we can trust to appropriately investigate this situation.

Susan Skinner

Newport Beach


NBFD to hold lifeguard tryouts

Lifeguards

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of NBFD

The Newport Beach Fire Department will hold competitive tryouts for the position of Seasonal Ocean Lifeguard on Saturday morning, March 3. Applications are due online no later than Tuesday, Feb. 27 by 5 p.m. Qualifying applicants will compete in both a 1,000 meter ocean swim and 1,000 meter run-swim-run on Saturday. Top finishers will be invited to an interview scheduled the following Monday, March 5.

The top candidates from the combination of these events will be invited to complete the City of Newport Beach hiring process, including a physical and background check. Starting pay for seasonal ocean lifeguards is $17.79 per hour.

After successfully completing the hiring process, candidates will be invited to a 110-hour training academy to learn essential lifeguarding skills. Trainee pay is $11 per hour. Classes will be held on Wednesdays and weekends this spring. The training classes focus on Ocean Rescue Prevention and Techniques, City Municipal Codes and Policies, CPR and First Aid.

The City is looking for dedicated, aquatic-minded individuals with a strong desire to serve the public.

Tentative Tryout Schedule:

8:30 a.m.: Check-in by 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 3 at the Benjamin M. Carlson Lifeguard Headquarters at the Newport Pier. No New Applications will be allowed at this time.

9 a.m.: 1000 Meter Competitive Ocean Swim Begins

10 a.m.: 1000 Meter Competitive Run-Swim-Run Begins 

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


OC’s Largest Mixer seeks exhibitors

Largest Mixer Logo

Submitted photo

Calling all businesses! Orange County’s Largest Mixer 2018 is taking place Thursday, March 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the OC Fair & Event Center…and it’s seeking exhibitors. Come showcase your company in front of 2,500 business professionals from across Orange County. This 15th annual event is open to the entire business community and general public with general admission at $20 per person.

If you are interested in participating, visit www.largestmixer.com to view the different exhibitor costs and benefits, sponsorship opportunities, and to sign up. You can also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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


Enter the City Arts Commission photo contest for prizes!

Cosmic Glints from Civic Center Park

Click on photo for a larger image

Sculpture by Patricia Vader/

Courtesy of the City of Newport Beach

This kinetic wind-driven metal sculpture entitled, “Cosmic Glints” by Patricia Vader, utilizes mostly upcycled materials in its structure, including bicycle wheels and reflectors

Calling all photographers…to encourage public awareness of the Sculpture Exhibition in Civic Center Park, the Newport Beach City Arts Commission is sponsoring a photography contest, and you are invited to enter!

From now through April 15, submit your photographs of one or more of the sculptures on display in Civic Center Park, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Interaction with the sculptures is encouraged, however photos cannot depict any climbing, hanging, modification or physical abuse of the sculptures. Note: The “bunnies” in the park are not considered sculptures.

The contest is open to all, professional and amateur, regardless of age, gender or nationality. Entrants under 18 years of age require the permission of a parent or guardian. Submissions should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Entries will be accepted through April 15. Complete entry guidelines and instructions can be found at www.newportbeachca.gov/culturalarts.

Grand Prize, Runner Up and Honorable Mention will be awarded. Prizes include gift certificates donated by local restaurants, including Modo Mio Rustic Italian Kitchen, Bluewater Grill and Bistango. Winning photos will be displayed on the City’s Cultural Arts website. For more information, contact the Cultural Arts office, at 949.717.3802 or send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

So…get clicking!


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Fuel docks see rent decrease, subpoenas coming and see who’s back in town

TomJohnsonA resolution passed at Tuesday night’s Newport Beach City Council meeting adjusting the rent charged for commercial fuel docks. City staff had been directed last July to bring back “information regarding calculations of fair market rents.”

Staff did so and following a comprehensive appraisal of like docks by George Hamilton Jones, Inc., proposed three calculations, all basically pointing toward a 76- cent fair market price. In communication with the two fuel dock providers, staff determined they wanted scenario 1, a flat 76 cents, and it was subsequently approved.

Former Mayor and current City Councilman Kevin Muldoon, “I’m happy to see their overall rates reduced to reflect fair market value. Having multiple fuel docks operating in our harbor is beneficial to boaters, so I’m glad the operators were included in the process.”

Council also approved a $500,000 facelift to our Newport Beach Police Department. The facility was built in 1973 and the last significant interior remodel was in1985.

This remodel, according to the staff report, focuses on “updating the Detective, Interview, Squad, CSI and CSU rooms; updated lighting, ceiling tiles, a new electrical system, minor wall modification and repair, painting and preparing the rooms for new furniture.

“The new furniture will be provided under a separate contract by the Police Department and installation coordinated with this construction work. The project is also planned so as to accommodate current and future police staffing needs.” 

Perhaps the hottest issue of the evening was the Council’s discussion on the potential “Issuance of City Council Subpoenas to Investigate Alleged Voter Fraud in the Unsuccessful Recall Signature Gathering Effort.”

There was a good discussion. It seemed as though the organizers of the Recall were concerned about this subpoena process being directed at them.

However, comments by Muldoon and Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neil seemed to make it clear that their targets are the signature gathering companies, the gatherers themselves and the campaign managers organizing them.

As both said, these actions need to be taken to protect the integrity of Newport Beach politics.

Councilpersons Jeff Herdman and Diane Dixon voted no on the investigation wishing instead to wait a period of time to see what the Orange County District Attorney’s office accomplished in their review.

I can argue this either way, but I commend the Council for taking the bull by the horns. Their biggest challenge will be to present a united front and not a Team Newport lynching, which I’m confident they can do.

Finally, there was a very angry Susan Riddle, of 510 South Bayfront, who announced through public comments that she was “suing the City of Newport Beach for giving a 50-year lease to John Vallely for the docks in front of her home.”

She claims Brown Act violations and more.

Obviously, more to come. We’ll check it out and get back to you on Monday.

• • •

Welcome back to town to Steve Games and Nyda Jones-Church who have purchased HOM Sotheby’s International Realty in Newport Beach.

Games and Jones-Church used to own Prudential California Realty and there created the largest real estate company in California. 

That business was eventually sold to billionaire Warren Buffett.

Their current company is San Diego-based Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. Following the sale, this will create one of the world’s largest Sotheby’s franchises.


Dublin Irish Dance to perform at Segerstrom Center

Irish dance

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of CAMI and scfta.org

Dublin Irish Dance will perform Stepping Out, a high-energy extravaganza of sights and sounds, at Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Segerstrom Hall on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

A company of world champion Irish step-dancers, along with an eight-member traditional Irish band and vocalist, take the audience on a journey, exploring the history and evolution of the Celtic cultural experience through favorite Irish melodies, traditional steps and Celtic instrumentals.

This entertaining production reveals influences that have shaped Irish music and dance throughout history: from the farms of rural Ireland in the 1800s, to the vibrant Irish community that migrated to New York – a bygone generation that crossed the Atlantic to escape the Great Famine in Ireland, lured by the promise of the American Dream. Once here, Irish and American cultures blended and influenced each other.

Greeted by diverse cultures and rich traditions from around the globe, the new Irish emigrants congregated in dance gatherings where ancient Irish melodies fused with African rhythms, creating American tap dance and early roots music. Stepping Out celebrates the incredible evolution of Irish traditional dance and music, showcasing the new pioneers who will define the new standard of traditional Irish music and dance.

This company of high-steppers has toured the world, many appearing in the original Riverdance and Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance. Dublin Irish Dance is led by its two principal choreographers and movement directors – Ciarán Connolly and Alan Scariff.

Tickets for Dublin Irish Dance start at $29 and can be purchased online at www.SCFTA.org, 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.


Celebrate love with a benefit concert for Inland Opera

Crista Marco

Photos courtesy of Inland Opera

Christa Stevens, soprano, and Marco Antonio Lozano, tenor

You are invited to enjoy a concert of love-themed operatic and musical theater solos and duets, featuring soprano Christa Stevens, tenor Marco Antonio Lozano and pianist Stephen Karr in a special performance, “Celebrate Love: A Benefit Concert for Inland Opera.”

The event takes place on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Community Church Congregational in Corona del Mar. This performance is free of charge, however, all donations will benefit future Inland Opera events.

Last season, Lozano and Stevens were engaged as representatives of Redlands Opera Theatre to present education outreach programs at several elementary schools throughout the Redlands Unified School District. These programs, sponsored by the Redlands Noon Kiwanis, introduced opera to numerous children in the K - 5th grades. 

This season, their engagements include a benefit concert for Inland Opera, return guest appearances for the Riverside Opera Guild and Classics at the Merc, and a joint concert at a private home as part of the Wrightwood Classical Concert Series. They will also perform for the 222 East – Central Library Plaza Series in downtown Glendale, and will appear in two concerts as part of Inland Opera’s inaugural education outreach program in partnership with the First Presbyterian Church of Redlands, sponsored by the Redlands Noon Kiwanis.

Karr, a pianist, is establishing himself as a compelling interpreter of opera and orchestral works. In 2011, he co-founded Pacific Opera Project, for which he was music director until 2016. With POP, he led productions of Trouble in Tahiti, Così fan tutte, The Turn of the Screw, La Calisto (LA premiere), Ariadne auf Naxos and The Rake’s Progress, among others. He has served on the staff of opera companies around the U.S., including the OPERA Iowa tour, the Glimmerglass Festival, Opera New Jersey and Palm Beach Opera. His international appearances include the Royal Opera House in Oman and an appointment as Cultural Envoy from the U.S. Department of State to Rotterdam.

For more information, call 909.353.4954 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Call for submissions: NB Film Festival seeking Irish films

Ireland

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of nationalgeographic.com

The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) announces “Call for Entries” for Irish films. The 19th annual Newport Beach Film Festival will take place from April 26 - May 3, showcasing more than 350 films from around the globe.

On Sunday evening, April 29, the NBFF will present its annual Irish Spotlight event, celebrating Irish cinema, culture and cuisine. The Irish Spotlight film series will include a variety of feature-length Irish narratives, documentaries and curated Irish short films.

Selected Irish films will qualify for audience and festival awards. NBFF will assist participating Irish filmmakers with outreach and promotion to various film industry executives and media.

The NBFF has more than a decade-long history of screening notable Irish films such as The Secret Scripture, A Date for Mad Mary, Tomato Red, Sanctuary, Moon Dogs, Cardboard Gangsters, Song’s for Amy, My Name is Emily, Life’s A Breeze and The O’Briens.

Irish film submissions must be sent using Film Freeway. Qualifying film entries must have a completion date of January 1, 2017 or later. Film entries must not be available via Internet, or broadcast nationally via cable or satellite television in the U.S. prior to the Festival screening in order to be eligible. Entry deadline is Friday, Feb. 23. NBFF waiver code for Irish film submissions: IreNBFF18. To submit Irish films, visit www.filmfreeway.com/NewportBeachFilmFestival.

For more information, visit www.newportbeachfilmfest.com.


Business is burgeoning in CdM: a restaurant, gallery and real estate office slated to open

By AMY SNIDER SENK

New CdM restaurant

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Lana Johnson

A new restaurant owned by the A Restaurant group will open in the building formerly occupied by The Dub and Crow Bar

A “new American dining concept” is in the works at the old Crow Bar restaurant space, which has been empty for months at 2325 E. Coast Highway. The Crow Bar opened in 2007 as a gastropub, serving elevated pub food including duck fat fries, gourmet burgers and flatbreads. But after about a decade, the owner sold the business to the Auld Dubliner group. The menu changed, and eventually the restaurant was renamed The Dub and the building was painted a bright shade of blue. It eventually closed last year.

Today, there’s a liquor license sign in the window that indicates the applicant is River Jetty CDM LLC. The group’s website says that besides operating the A Restaurant and Market at 3334 W. Coast Highway, the new Corona del Mar restaurant will open this summer. Emails seeking additional information were not answered, but “A” is known for its 1920s-era building and classic steakhouse food and atmosphere.

Barclay Butera Real Estate

Photo by Amy Snider Senk

Barclay Butera Properties is a new venture for the famous interior designer

Corona del Mar also will see a new real estate office opening next week at 2435 E. Coast Highway, as Barclay Butera expands his interior design empire to include house hunting. Butera opened his Westcliff Drive showroom nearly 25 years ago, then a Park City showroom about 15 years ago and a CdM shop that opened last year at 2824 E. Coast Highway. Butera’s designs – coastal casual yet sophisticated – are hugely popular locally (and nationally), and he’s been working with builders for years during construction, adding input on tile, flooring, cabinets and other elements. So, branching out to help clients find their dream homes, not just decorate them after the fact, seemed like a natural progression. The business will replace the Warren Christopher flooring showroom that relocated to Costa Mesa.

At the other end of town (and in some ways at the other end of the spectrum aesthetically), the Rockstars of Art Fine Art Gallery has opened at 3555 E. Coast Highway in the old Jackson Newman Interiors space. Corona del Mar High School graduate Cory Marie and her husband Greg Frey have operated a similar gallery in Las Vegas for 10 years, and they have been working for months to get the CdM space ready. According to Marie, the gallery will represent seven artists, including Michael Godard.

“Our art is edgy,” Marie said. “If you’re looking for your classic seascape, traditional art – we’re different from that.” She describes the art as bright and fun – and yes, there will be pieces from an artist who creates actual rock star portraits. A grand opening event will take place in April with artists in attendance, and featuring art being created specifically for the Corona del Mar gallery.

Heron

Photo by Amy Snider Senk

Heron is closing after less than three years in Corona del Mar

Unfortunately, Corona del Mar is losing two businesses, with both advertising liquidation sales: Heron Haberdashery at 2700 E. Coast Highway is closing after less than three years, and Tivoli Jewelers and Fine Gifts at 2919 E. Coast Highway near the Port Theater. A manager from Tivoli Jewelers said the business was negotiating a lease nearby, but declined to specify where. 

~~~~~~~~

Amy Snider Senk has lived in Corona del Mar for 17 years and until last year 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.


American Vintage House opens in warehouse district

American Vintage

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

American Vintage House, one of Orange County’s newest, most eclectic vintage boutiques, has recently opened a new home furnishings and accessories showroom in the warehouse district of Newport Beach at 877 W. 16th St.

The modern rustic industrial space houses unique vintage items from the ‘40s to ‘70s – all handpicked by owner JoAnn Sarvak and artfully arranged with polished precision. A visit to the retro haven presents elevated vintage lifestyle, from rare mid-century modern furniture to short stacks of Levi’s 501 Jeans.

A self-described “second generation picker,” Sarvak discovered her passion for unique vintage pieces as a child. Hot on the flea market selling scene, she quickly realized the immense need for a brick-and-mortar shop and event space inspired by nostalgia blended with effortless modernism. Enter American Vintage House, a carefully curated collection of vintage furniture, men’s and women’s apparel, art, jewelry, collectibles, lighting, rugs and hard-to-find rarities.

American Vintage House “finds” include a colorful vintage motorcycle helmet collection, an original 1960s concert poster collection, and a handsome 1970s mechanics card catalog and parts holder cabinet. Old auto doors and macramé creations hang from the walls, while industrial shop lights strung to the high ceiling illuminate a medley of old-school vinyl, racks of flannels and cropped band tees, planters filled with succulents, and an assortment of vintage industrial stools. Alluring in its funky vibe and stunning merchandising, it’s an ever-evolving vintage wonderland unlike any in Orange County.

“I want my customers to enjoy the space and find community over a shared love of all things vintage,” Sarvak said. “Here at American Vintage House, we welcome lovers of unique vintage goods and designers. We want the person who isn’t afraid to be herself through creative expression and lifestyle.”

In addition to its retail component, American Vintage House stands as an event space for photo and video shoots, parties, and more. Staging and prop rentals are also available.

For more information, call 949.386.0111 and visit the website at www.americanvintagehouse.com.


The Witte Lecture Series presents Dr. R. David Edelman

David Edelman for Witte Lecture Series 2.12

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Newport Beach Public Library Foundation

Dr. R. David Edelman will be speaking on artificial intelligence

Thanks to the Newport Beach Library Foundation, the 21st Annual Witte Lecture Series continues to feature renowned speakers on a variety of compelling, current topics at Newport Beach Public Library. Tickets are required as space is limited.

The next special speaker is Dr. R. David Edelman appearing on Saturday, March 3 at 2 p.m. (The Friday, March 2 event is already sold out.) He will be speaking on Artificial Intelligence: How Technology is Changing our Economy, National Security & Daily Lives.

Dr. Edelman was Technology Adviser to the President during the Obama Administration, and has spent a decade as one of the government’s foremost voices on how technology is changing our economy, national security and daily lives. He served as Special Assistant to the President for Economic and Technology Policy at the National Economic Council (NEC) and led the White House team focusing on the digital economy – broadband, telecommunications, spectrum and technology trade as well as consumer cybersecurity, domestic and international data privacy, high-tech patent and copyright issues and anti-trust competition.

An expert on some of the most pressing challenges facing the world today from cybersecurity and privacy threats to artificial intelligence (A.I.) and automation, his insights have helped shape national and international policy at the highest levels. In 2017, Dr. Edelman joined MIT’s Internet policy team as Director of the new Project on Technology, the Economy and National Security.

Dr. Edelman’s lecture will guide participants through this period of unprecedented change and provide insight into how technologies like artificial intelligence and self-driving cars work, as well as explain the implications they will have for individuals, existing industries and geopolitics.

“This season we chose speakers that will address topics that are timely and relevant to our audience,” said Newport Beach Public Library Foundation Executive Director Tracy Keys. “We have an activist, a bestselling author and two past presidential staff joining us to share their knowledge on topics ranging from the Trump Administration to Artificial Intelligence.”

The lecture and Q & A begin at 2 p.m. with book sales and signing taking place at 3:15 p.m. Tickets are $35 for the general public; $30 for Library Foundation members. Dessert and coffee will be provided.

For additional information on purchasing tickets, visit www.nbplfoundation.org, or all 949.548.2411. The event takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

The series will also present authors Maira Kalman and Masha Gessen in April.


You Must Remember This: Can “old clothes” define the person?

By NANCY GARDNER

My father narrowly escaped being picked up as a vagrant, not as some errant youth but while he was a sitting judge. He was walking down PCH, headed home after running some errand when a police car pulled up next to him for some brisk questioning. Why would a policeman do such a thing to a respected member of the community? Well, first of all, this was the Glavis era, and Chief Glavis ran a tight ship. 

He espoused the broken window school of policing before there was a name for it, and his officers were quick off the mark. On one occasion, my father and I had gone over to Fifteenth Street to surf. We parked on Balboa Boulevard, and were walking toward the beach when we encountered an impediment in the middle of the sidewalk.  To get around it we stepped into the street. No sooner had our feet touched the pavement when there was that funny little whir from a cop car, then, “Out of the street!” I’m quite sure there was some profiling going on, not on the basis of race, of course, but of pastime. Board surfing was experiencing its first big surge, and there was a sense among some that surfers were not a positive element. We were obviously going surfing, thus were suspect, and the force was going to be sure we toed the line. Which we did.  We uttered not a peep, but hopped right back on the sidewalk and kept our eyes resolutely forward as we headed for the sand. So, this was the general atmosphere when my father was stopped on Coast Highway.

To set the scene, he had been working in the garden and hadn’t bothered to change. His garden clothes consisted of his (and probably the world’s) last remaining pair of Balboa blues, often washed but irremediably soiled and frayed; a worn, faded sweatshirt that looked like moths had had a Thanksgiving feast; and a pair of once-white tennis shoes that might have been on the Bataan death march. There was not a single item that the Goodwill would have accepted, so one can understand the police officer not immediately recognizing this particular pedestrian as a noted jurist.

Fortunately, my father was able to convince the officer that despite his somewhat derelict appearance he was not a vagrant, but actually a resident of the city heading for his home in Shore Cliffs, and he was allowed on his way. When he got home and told the story, I laughed hysterically. Like him, I had a great fondness for well-broken-in clothing. My mother was not amused. She did not support my penchant for old clothes.  I had to be on my toes, because she was constantly throwing out some offending (to her) garment, only to have me retrieve the precious item from the trash when her back was turned.

Given this, imagine my surprise when the world caught up with me. All of a sudden, everywhere you look you see jeans and leggings practically in shreds. My first reaction was distaste. It seemed a little “let them eat cake.” Just as Marie Antoinette liked to play at being a shepherdess, all of the bright young things were playing at having old clothes. However, I quickly found another side. All of my old jeans, the ones I’d worn to pieces and put away – had now made me suddenly fashionable! Or, so I thought until I actually wore a pair. My daughter looked at the jeans, and looked at me.  “What are you wearing?”  “It’s the style.” Then I found out. It’s the style if you’ve spent several hundred dollars to have denim artfully ripped by a manufacturer. If you spend 30 dollars and wear them so long that the material gives up the ghost – those are just old clothes. All I can say is, it’s a good thing Glavis isn’t around. His cops wouldn’t be making such nice distinctions, and there’d be a lot more stops for vagrancy.

~~~~~~~~

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


Stump the Stu

Sidewalk art...where is it?

Stump the Stu 21218

Click on photo for a larger image

Well, welcome to this week’s Stump the Stu…we hope this one doesn’t weigh you down. Quite simply, it’s a couple of anchors and a boat’s steering wheel. Here’s the question as always, where is it?

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 answers will be in Thursday’s edition.

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


Sign of the times

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

So, we gave you a glimpse of the block lettered “Fish” on the Pearson’s Port sign last week. You see their sign at 100 Pacific Coast Highway when you visit their great seafood market, located literally in the harbor after you pass under the bridge, on the north side of Coast Highway. 

No correct guesses came in…but please keep fishing!

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!

Pearsons Port 21218

Click on photo for a larger image


School Notes

Hearing to approve NMUSD trustee areas

Newport-Mesa Unified School teachers Amy Tupa and Caryn Broesamle have been selected as the district’s Teachers of the Year. 

Tupa, of Ensign Intermediate, and Broesamle, of Lincoln Elementary, will move onto the next level of consideration for the Orange County Teacher of the Year award. 

NHHS 

Brandon Clay received Newport Harbor High School Teacher of the Year recognition/award last Thursday night, Feb. 8. 

Additionally, Gwen Gaylord received a grant to fund a special project in her English classes. 

And, congrats to NHHS for winning their first Sunset League boys’ basketball title since 1980.

School Site Council

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Black Box Theater

PTA Executive Board Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 8 - 9:30 a.m.

Newkirk Conference Room

NHEF Board Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 12:15 - 2:15 p.m.

NHHS

Presidents’ Recess

Monday, Feb. 19 - Friday, Feb. 23

CdMHS

Olympic Gymnast and Bronze Medalist at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Jamie Dantzscher, will speak at One Recovery, Monday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Sea King Theatre.

Tickets are free but limited: https://jamieone.eventbrite.com.

PTA Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 9 a.m.

Lecture Hall until Library is completed

Pama Recital

Thursday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m.

CdMHS

Presidents’ Recess

Monday, Feb. 19 - Friday, Feb. 23


Sailing for a nuclear-free world peace boat tour and documentary premiere at Newport Sea Base

Golden Rule

Submitted photo

You’re invited to a once-in-a-lifetime party with the crew of the Golden Rule peace boat, and the world premiere of the documentary, “Peace Sail: The Story of the Golden Rule.The event, ‘Sailing for a Nuclear-Free World, A Party with a Purpose’, takes place at Newport Sea Base on Sunday, February 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. The cost is $30.

Guests are invited to see the Golden Rule and enjoy conversation with the crew. Wine and snacks will be served followed by the film premiere and a silent auction.

It has been 60 years since the Golden Rule’s attempted voyage to the Marshall Islands to interfere with U.S. atmospheric nuclear bomb testing. In celebration, they will be raising funds for the Golden Rule’s upcoming voyage to Hawaii, the Marshall Islands, Japan and maybe even the Korean Peninsula.

This event raises public awareness about the need to abolish nuclear weapons. Sailing this historic anti-nuclear sailboat across the Pacific is a dramatic way to spread the word in the U.S. and around the globe. Tours of the historic Golden Rule sailboat, docked at the venue, will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. (before, during and after the event).

For more information, contact Helen Jaccard at 206.992.6364 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Newport Sea Base is located at 1931 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.


Sage (Hill School) Prosthetics to feature former MLB pitcher Jim Abbott and others in conversation

Jim Abbott

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo courtesy of JimAbbott.net

Former Angel great Jim Abbott

The Sage Center for Innovative Curriculum at Sage Hill School presents a morning of conversation featuring three inspiring speakers with upper limb deficiencies or deformities who have overcome hurdles with and without the use of prosthetics on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 10:30 a.m. The event will take place in the Black Box Theater in the Studio at Sage Hill and is open to all Sage Hill School parents and students who are available during Service Learning Day.

This event was developed in conjunction with Sage Prosthetics, a group of Sage Hill students and faculty who design and create 3D-printed prosthetic hands for those in need.

The speakers include:

Jim Abbott, a former Major League Baseball pitcher, who played despite having been born without a right hand. He played 10 seasons in Major League Baseball for teams including the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Lauren Scruggs Kennedy, a former model and current fashion journalist and blogger, who lost her left hand in 2011 after stepping off a friend’s single-engine plane and walking into a spinning propeller. She has since created the LSK Foundation, which exists to bring hope, restore confidence and ignite faith in girls and women with limb loss by providing cosmetic coverings for prostheses.

And, Stephen Ley, a local resident from Hemet, who races and builds mountain bikes for a living. Stephen’s hero is Abbott, whom he previously met as a child. Ley is a soon-to-be recipient of a 3D-printed prosthetic hand from Sage Prosthetics and is inspired to speak about his experience and give a perspective on what life is like for children in need of a prosthetic.

Since Sage Prosthetics began in fall 2016, the group has created multiple prosthetic hands for children all over the world. This event will showcase the impact these students can have on the recipients of the hands they create. The feedback and advice from these three speakers will help shape the direction and vision of the group going forward.


NB Chamber to hold Government Affairs Committee with special guest

Tim Hetherton

Courtesy of the City of Newport Beach

Tim Hetherton, library services director, City of Newport Beach

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce will hold its Government Affairs Committee Meeting on Thursday, Feb. 15 from 8 to 9:15 a.m. at the Chamber office.

The meeting will feature Tim Hetherton, library services director, City of Newport Beach, so come find out what’s new at our library!

Hetherton became library services director in January 2014, having previously served the City of Newport Beach for more than 15 years as a reference librarian, adult services coordinator and library services manager. He came to the Newport Beach Public Library as a librarian in 1998.

With more than 20 years of experience with public libraries, throughout Hetherton’s tenure, he has concentrated on making the Newport Beach Public Library a customer-centered organization that is highly responsive to its community of users. He oversees the Newport Beach Central Library and three branch libraries, a full-time and part-time staff of approximately six dozen employees, a $7.2-million annual budget, and works closely with support groups such as the Friends of the Library and the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. He also provides staff support to the Board of Library Trustees and the City Arts Commission.

This month’s meeting, sponsored by Craig Batley, Burr White Realty, will include an interactive Q&A with Hetherton.

To register for the meeting, visit www.newportbeach.com.

Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce is located at 4343 Von Karman Ave., Ste. 150-W, Newport Beach.


Newport Beach – A Look Back 

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

A Look Back 21218

Click on photo for a larger image

Here’s Andy Gengler with the “Newport-Balboa” fire engine in 1931. Gengler was part of a team that did the construction on Balboa Island’s original fire station. According to the book Newport Beach Fire Department, published by Michael J. Novak, “a small lot was purchased on Marine Avenue and leveled using a horse and weighted plow.”

Volunteer firefighter Gengler was instrumental in the construction that began in October 1930.

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..


Newport Beach Public Library offers small group meeting space

The Newport Beach Public Library has opened the Charles Sword Room, located on the upper level of the Central Library, for small group meetings. The room was refurbished, with donations from the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation, to facilitate groups of six to 10 for book discussions, presentations, committee meetings or study groups.

According to Library Services Manager, Tim Hetherton, “We receive frequent requests from community members for a meeting place, so we are pleased that we now have a space designated for that purpose.”

The meeting room can be reserved for use during library hours for a maximum of four hours, up to four weeks in advance. There is no charge to reserve the room, but customers must have a valid Newport Beach Public Library (NBPL) library card on file before using the room.

To reserve the room, interested parties should contact the Library Administration office at 949.717.3801 during office hours, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Complete details and room policies are available on the website at www.newportbeachlibrary.org under Services/Study/Meeting Rooms.


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.”

Turbo

Click on photo for larger image

Courtesy of Newport Beach 

Animal Shelter

MEET TURBO

Here’s to Kindness, Love and Care curing hearts!

Introducing sweet Turbo. This name suited him upon intake because the shelter staff knew that if he had the chance to escape, he’d be outta there faster than lightning. Things have changed for Turbo – since those first five days of knowing nothing but to cower. With the gift of patience and gentleness, Turbo has become the vibrant and highly sought after dog that he should have always been able to be. He now runs like a pony and plays with toys. He gets happy to see everyone and smiles knowing that he’s truly cared for and about. Knowing what a phenomenal medium-size pup he is, the shelter thinks that he’s ready to start meeting potential adopters. If you’d like to add more true love to Turbo’s newfound life, the shelter staff will be happy to introduce you to Turbo and show you around.

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 Turbo, 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. to 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.


NB Chamber Mixer is scheduled for February 22

Lincoln Experience Center

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of the NB Chamber of Commerce

The Lincoln Experience Center serves as the perfect venue for sunset mixer

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its sunset mixer on Thursday, Feb. 22 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Lincoln Experience Center in Fashion Island.

Come discover new business relationships while enjoying a great atmosphere. Amenities of the evening include opportunity drawing prizes, no-host bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and mingling with some of Orange County’s finest business professionals.

Explore the Lincoln Experience Center, including their: Connectivity Lounge where you can relax and recharge, while igniting your imagination on its innovative connectivity tables; Story Wall to discover unique facets of the Lincoln brand – craftsmanship, artisans and more – through this ever-changing combination of digital displays and tactile elements; and the Custom Fit Studio where you can design your Lincoln vehicle on an interactive, digital configurator, and bring it to life with the materials wall – showcasing authentic wood, exterior paint and fabric samples and storytelling.

Complimentary self-parking is available. Cost: Free for NB Chamber members; $35 for non-members and guests.

To register, visit www.newportbeach.com.

The Lincoln Experience Center is located at 139 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.


Kontrapunktus to debut new concert series

Neo-Baroque orchestra, Kontrapunktus, will be marking its new classical concert season debut at St. Mark Presbyterian Church on Friday, March 9 beginning at 8 p.m.  

Kontrapunktus will be performing a 90-minute concert featuring a rare and dynamic classical repertoire commemorating influential Baroque composers Johann Sebastian Bach and Arcangelo Corelli, while also introducing new Baroque music from a young, local, living composer – Mark Moya.

Conductor

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Kontrapunktus

Conductor Edward Hong leads the Kontrapunktus orchestra

The program, entitled Mentors, Pupils & Scions, consists of music from legendary Baroque composers who were impacted by Bach and Corelli, including Francesco Geminiani, Pietro Locatelli, Domenico Scarlatti, Charles Avison, George Frideric Handel, George Philipp Telemann, Johann Adolph Hasse, Unico W.R. van Wassenaer, and Bach’s prolific sons, Wilhelm Friedemann, Carl Philipp Emanuel and Johann Christian.

Kontrapunktus is a classical neo-Baroque orchestra led by conductor Edward Hong, who also designed the musical program as artistic director. Joining him on stage will be violinists Eduardo Rios, Madeleine Vaillancourt, Hannah Ji and Kako Miura; violists Tanner Menees and Christopher Rogers-Beadle; cellist Vardan Gasparyan; bassist Marlon Martine; and harpsichordist Esther Lee. Together they represent a young array of talent who hail from the prestigious Colburn School. There will be a “meet-and-greet” reception with the musicians after the concert for patrons.

Admission is $25 and parking is free. To reserve your seat, visit www.konrtrapunktus.com.

St. Mark Presbyterian Church is located at 2200 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach.


Guest Column

Dave Kiff

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

Dave Kiff

Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff  

Here is what’s up for the next City Council meeting (set for Tuesday, Feb 13) that might be of interest to you. In the below email, I try to summarize items that caught my attention. I don’t summarize the whole agenda, though. To see the full agenda, please click click here.

Study Session is at 4:30 p.m. with the Regular Session at 7 p.m.

During the Study Session, we’ll discuss: An update on All Things John Wayne Airport. We’ve been trying to update you more often, because a lot is going on. If you can’t make the meeting, I did a recent letter that we put on the website – you can access that here.

(And we’ll discuss) Some ideas to upgrade some of the audio and visual aspects of the City Council Chambers. We’ve been here in the new Civic Center almost five years now (hard to believe!), and some things are being used differently than we thought in that room. And AV technology has raced ahead of what we installed back in 2012-ish. There is an opportunity to use specially designated funds for these changes, so Council Member (Scott) Peotter wanted us to explore that further with the public and Council.    

The Regular Session at 7:00 p.m. has these items of note: A reiteration (and maybe formal adoption) of what we (staff) thought we heard at the Council’s annual planning session. Basically, that’s (a) to start on a “Port Plan” that would be akin to an LCP for the waters of Newport Harbor; (b) continue full speed ahead on our Harbor Operations tasks, including improving customer service to boaters, visitors, and others on and around the harbor; and (c) to hold off on an immediate dive into a General Plan Update, instead spending some months going about the community hearing more about what’s working, what’s not, etc., in other words, asking you what you think. I may have entirely misread the Council (I can do that), so this item could still be adjusted at the meeting by Council members.  

An item would adopt a resolution associated with issuing subpoenas to those who may have (allegedly) broken election law associated with signature gathering in the recent recall petition effort. The City Charter has allowed the Council to do things like this. For more information about the subject, I would encourage you to click on the agenda and read the staff report.  

We have had a practice of “sunshining” labor agreement changes for one meeting before the agreement appears on the next meeting’s agenda for adoption. As such, there is a first review of some changes to the City’s agreement with Newport Beach Firefighters on this agenda.

We’ve been working for a long time on a project that would enhance some public safety (think Police and Fire) communications bandwidth in busy areas, like the Peninsula, and also to help us stay compliant with the rapidly changing needs, demands and technology of cellular service. A proposed agreement with Verizon would lay out how we’ll work with them for a public safety system primarily. But it also makes it more streamlined for Verizon to seek permits for other coverage areas like Newport Coast, Spyglass, and the Peninsula. This concept, having a master agreement template where sites are added (and removed) from Verizon’s inventory, is one that still involves public notifications and input regarding cell sites for non-safety customers like you and me.

Our hard-working and creative Harbor Commission makes its annual trek to the Council to make sure that the Commission’s goals for 2018 are aligned with the wishes of the City Council.

The long saga of adjusting certain rental rates in Newport Harbor comes to a public hearing for just fuel docks, following some appraisal work.  

A few notes:

We’re into our Fifth (Friday, March 9) “Friday Forums” on John Wayne Airport (JWA) issues. Our next one will be co-hosted by the County of Orange again and will cover the very interesting (really!) subject of how the Airport allocates air carrier slots via the Access Plan at JWA. 

Still speaking about airports, the Aviation Committee’s next meeting is Monday, Feb. 12 at 4:00 p.m. in the Civic Center Community Room.

Some breaking news about the Corona del Mar Fire Station and Library, at long last! Our Public Works staff is excited to announce that we recently opened bids for the new CdM Fire Station and Library replacement project. We received great interest from construction companies, with 16 closely spaced bids. The lowest bid came in from Telacu Construction, based out of Orange, and the proposed bid cost was a bit less than we had feared going in, given the state of the economy (in a good economy, labor and materials costs can spike). Public Works is preparing to bring the bids to the City Council very soon. If approved, we could see construction activity before May (yes, 2018, smarties).   

In the meantime, we need to set up a Temporary Fire Station #5. We’ll be at the OASIS Auxiliary parking lot (NW corner of Marguerite and 5th). So, starting this Sunday, that lot will be temporarily closed as we start mobilizing. The parking lot will reopen on Tuesday the 13th and the western part of the lot (close to the grass) will be used as the new temporary station. The remaining two-thirds of the parking lot will be open and available for OASIS and other public use after Tuesday. The temporary station will house five staff members, one Engine and one Ambulance, plus gear) in modular living quarters. The temporary station is expected to be fully relocated and operational in mid-March. For my OASIS and Jasmine Creek friends, your Station #5 team will be with you for quite a while – I know you will find them to be good neighbors and nice folks who will respect the quiet of the neighborhood.

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

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

949.644.3001


Give us your best shot…enter a photo contest for prizes!

Burnt Matchstick from Civic Center Park

Click on photo for a larger image

Sculpture by Karl Unnasch/

Courtesy of the City of Newport Beach

Physically inspired by a 40-foot radio tower, the “Matchstick” sculpture in Civic Center Park, captures a fleeting moment in time with varying combinations of amber, black, blue and white domestic opalescent glass aggregate

Calling all photographers…to encourage public awareness of the Sculpture Exhibition in Civic Center Park, the Newport Beach City Arts Commission is sponsoring a photography contest, and you are invited to enter!

From now through April 15, submit your photographs of one or more of the sculptures on display in Civic Center Park, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Interaction with the sculptures is encouraged, however photos cannot depict any climbing, hanging, modification or physical abuse of the sculptures. Note: The “bunnies” in the park are not considered sculptures.

The contest is open to all, professional and amateur, regardless of age, gender or nationality. Entrants under 18 years of age require the permission of a parent or guardian. Submissions should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Entries will be accepted through April 15. Complete entry guidelines and instructions can be found at www.newportbeachca.gov/culturalarts.

Grand Prize, Runner Up and Honorable Mention will be awarded. Prizes include gift certificates donated by local restaurants, including Modo Mio Rustic Italian Kitchen, Bluewater Grill and Bistango. Winning photos will be displayed on the City’s Cultural Arts website. For more information, contact the Cultural Arts office, at 949.717.3802 or send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

So…get clicking!


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Irvine Co. announces layoffs and former City employee files claim

TomJohnsonAccording to a Friday, Feb. 9 announcement, the Irvine Company is eliminating 80 positions in their apartments division. Of those, 17 employees will be offered positions elsewhere in the organization.

The Irvine Company “is in the process of refining the long-term apartment communities’ focus on high-quality management services and first-class apartment property conditions.”

Sounds like a rent hike to me!  

• • •

Leonnie Mulvihill, a former Newport Beach Assistant Attorney, has filed a claim against the City of Newport Beach and City Attorney Aaron Harp

Mulvihill’s claim cites “discrimination, harassment, retaliation by demotion, denied a work environment free of discrimination and retaliation.” She also claims she was forced to quit.

At the time of the original complaint by Mulvihill in 2017, then Mayor Diane Dixon said she “took these allegations seriously and immediately retained independent outside counsel to conduct a thorough investigation.”

According to a City statement, “The investigation included dozens of interviews and a review of thousands of pages of documents. After months of work, the investigation concluded Ms. Mulvihill’s claims were unsubstantiated.”

Harp said, “I was surprised and disappointed that Ms. Mulvihill decided to file a claim against the City of Newport Beach. I always thought we had a mutual and professional respect for each other. The allegations in her claim are untrue and do not reflect my understanding of Ms. Mulvihill’s experience working at the City.” 

Records also indicate that Mulvihill “voluntarily resigned from the City of Newport Beach to assume a similar position with the City of Anaheim.”

• • •

Wow, the 47th Annual Police Appreciation Breakfast is upping their game this year with NBC Dateline’s Keith Morrison as the emcee. If you watch TV news magazine programming, you know Morrison’s voice even if you don’t recognize his name. He’s as good as it gets.

Keith MorrisonThe breakfast is hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and takes place March 29, 7:15 a.m. – 9 a.m., at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach.

The event honors a Special Officer, Reserve Officer, Civilian, Supervisor and Volunteer of the Year, and is open to the public. 

Check out www.newportbeach.com for more info. I promise you, this will sell out so get in early.

• • •

Here’s something fun that you don’t want to miss! Mark your calendars for Saturday, Feb. 24, for the Second Annual Winter Bar Crawl for a Cause, benefitting Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Orange County Chapter.

The itinerary is as follows: 1 p.m. you meet at Malarky’s Irish Pub, say “hi” to Mario Marovic, where you’ll kick things off and enjoy a “special drink.” From there you’ll venture to Newport Beach Brew Co. for some “free” food platters and happy hour pricing for all pints. Then the day continues to Woody’s Wharf (20 percent of liquor sales donated back to CFFOC), Baja Sharkeez Newport Beach (buy one drink, get another for 25 cents) and finish at 5:45 p.m. at the Blue Beet for more drinks and an opportunity drawing.

It’s a fun-type of fundraiser if everyone uses their heads. That means support the event, don’t get stupid – enjoy an Uber/Lyft ride home.

It’s $20 to join the party. Go to barcrawlforacause.eventbrite.com.

• • •

The Orange County Health Care Agency has removed the restrictions on the sewage spill area between Pearson’s Port and Bayshores. Last week, some 100 gallons of sewage overflowed into the Bay from a manhole cover.

Through quick action, the City was able to confine the spill to a small area.


CdM Chamber to hold networking speaker luncheon

The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly networking speaker luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 20 beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Bayside Restaurant. The event offers the perfect opportunity for guests to introduce their business, keep informed on interesting topics and meet new people.

Keith ONeillBack by popular demand, Keith O’Neill, Ph.D., CH.t, is the featured speaker during the “Embrace the Power of Choice” event. A successful business coach, Dr. O’Neill will address: How your subconscious thoughts directly affect your conscious choices; Techniques to control your emotions, find clarity and make better personal and professional decisions; and Boundary-setting strategies: The power to say yes or no comfortably when appropriate.

The luncheon costs $30 for members and $40 for non-members and friends. Open to the public with an RSVP only. Check-in and networking takes place 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Program and lunch occurs from 12 - 1:15 p.m. The menu features cast iron seared salmon with potato puree, asparagus and Reisling sauce, with a vegetarian alternative of penne pasta with forest mushrooms, shallots, parsley and parmesan. Please indicate your entrée choice upon RSVP. Visit www.cdmchamber.com to secure your seat, prior to February 16.

Bayside Restaurant is located at 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach.

For more information, call 949.673.4050 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


“The Magic Flute” to present some of the greatest arias

Pacific Symphony

Courtesy of scfta.org

Pacific Symphony and Pacific Chorale present one of Mozart’s most popular operas, “The Magic Flute.” This is a fairy tale about love telling the story of Tamino and Papageno, a prince and bird catcher tasked by the Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter Pamina from the confinements of a mysterious high priest. Prepare yourself for an evening filled with magic, comedy and some of opera’s greatest arias, taking place Feb. 22, 24 and 27 at 8 p.m. in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $25.

Conductor Carl St.Clair and Robert Irstad, the chorale’s artistic director lead the cast and soloists.

Segerstrom Center is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Call 714.556.2787. For more information, visit www.scfta.org.


The finest five minutes in Newport Beach: Balboa Island Ferry

By DUNCAN FORGEY

Ferry arriving

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photos

The ferry links Balboa Island to the Peninsula via Newport Harbor

In 1910, a young entrepreneur, W.S. Collins, set his sights on a low ridge of sand known as “Snipe Island.” Collins, like an endless number of Newport Beach developers to follow in the coming century, saw an opportunity. Envisioning an island neighborhood unlike any other, he took the sand bar, overrun by birds, dredged it to size and sold lots to visitors from LA and Riverside. He was the original believer in “build it and they will come.”

Balboa Island was soon a reality. An even younger, Joseph A. Beek, was hired to oversee the building of a bridge to this new island. This set in motion a series of events that helped Balboa Island become one of the most unique lifestyles anywhere in the country. With the help of his family, the Beek legacy lives on, over 100 years later.

1921 archive

An early ferry, 1921

Collins wanted to access other parts of the harbor, so he hired Captain John Watts to pilot the first ferry boat in the harbor. The small boat was named “Teal.” His ferry navigated the bay with a repeating and monotonous “putt, putt” of its little single cylinder engine. Locals heard Watts’ resounding voice, singing “negro ballads,” bouncing across the still and silent bay. Truly a unique reflection in Newport Beach history.  

Frank Vallely also ran a ferry in the early years of Balboa. Taking people from McFaddenʻs Landing, before the pier was built, his route went from todayʻs Bayside Drive to Rocky Point (Corona del Mar) to Abbottʻs Landing (Balboa). Vallely was a fixture on the bay. Local lore says he logged more hours on the harbor than anyone else in those pioneer days of the harbor.

Other ferry operators were M.J. Monnette and the Wilson Brothers. It was the Wilson Brothers that gave up the ferry contract in 1918 allowing Joseph Beek to obtain control. A century later, the Balboa Island Ferry is still in the loving control of Beekʻs offspring. This feat is unheard of in a city where businesses are bought and sold as easily as potatoes in a farmers’ market. 

NHHS student

Click on photo for a larger image

Newport Harbor High School graduate, Mark Crutchfield, working the ferry

The experience of riding a Balboa Island Ferry ranks high in Californiaʻs list of “must dos.” San Franciscoʻs “Crookedest Street in the World” (Lombard Street), or Mendocinoʻs Skunk Train have nothing on the “Finest Five Minutes in Newport Beach.”

Even as Newport Beach turns into one of the most sophisticated residential and financial centers in the country, the five-minute ride on Beeks’ ferry boats is a guaranteed relaxant. As much a transport function as a tourist lure, the Beeks’ ferry takes the edge off even the most uptight stockbrokers, real estate investors or 21st century professionals. Riding the grumbling old barges, surrounded by architectural newness morphing in every direction, allows blood pressures to drop and smiles to replace frowns. The ride includes giggling children, photo-snapping visitors, ghosts of early Newport, thoughts of lost love ones and visions of dated romances. Memories flood through your mind, easing the soul and removing the hassles of living in todayʻs complexity. Returning past residents, and there are many, cannot wait to hook up with an old ferry just “one more time” so they can feel like a youngster without a care.

ferry with fun zone

A perfect day aboard the ferry, with the Fun Zone in the background

Previous ferries named the Ark, Islander, Joker and Fat Fairy are part of history, but unknown to most of todayʻs guests. It is the Commodore, the Captain and the Admiral, built in the 1950s, that carry cars, bicycles and people into the 21st century. Showing great reverence to these grand old boats, Marine Law gives the ferry ultimate right of way over all other vessels.

So unique in todayʻs wild and ever-changing world, the Balboa Island Ferry represents a calming steadfastness to the millions who have experienced its magic. Ultimately, these wonderful old bastions of a “by-gone era” represent the famous adage – “If it ainʻt broke, don’t fix it.”

~~~~~~~~

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

 


Stump the Stu

Unidentified walking objects identified

Stump the Stu 2518

Click on photo for a larger image

Well, it’s obvious that some of you need to get out more. This piece of art is titled “A Courting Prance” and is located outside the Olen Properties headquarters in Corona del Mar at the corner of Corporate Plaza Drive and Avocado Avenue. One person correctly guessed this sculpture correctly, which was built in 2004: And it’s no surprise that it was Joe Stapleton. Congrats!

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


Sign of the times

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

Here’s the key to this week’s guess, you either know it or you don’t.

Send your guesses to Lana Johnson, SNN Editor, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’ll print the names of those that correctly guess on Monday.

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


Spirit Run continues to expand over its 35 years

Spirit Run was introduced 35 years ago as a 5k and Kids Run benefiting three Newport Beach elementary schools. It has evolved into a multi-faceted running and expo event, attracting and celebrating runners of all ages and ability levels, and benefiting schools throughout Newport-Mesa Unified (NMUSD) and beyond.

In the early 1980s, a teacher at Harbor View Elementary School envisioned a running event to raise money for schools. Harbor View’s Parent Faculty Organization (PFO) together with Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) from Lincoln and Andersen Elementary Schools made that vision a reality. In 1983, they introduced the first Spirit Run, consisting of an adult 5k and a Kids Run.

Over the years, Spirit Run grew to add a 10k and to expand from a single kids race to several races based on age. As participation in Spirit Run increased, an event day expo was added. After they opened in the early 2000s, Newport Coast and Eastbluff elementary schools joined in presenting Spirit Run and in sharing its net proceeds.

Karen Yelsey, NMUSD board member, has been a Spirit Run enthusiast from the beginning. As a parent, she enjoyed participating with her children, Josh and Anne. As a PTA member, she volunteered even serving as Spirit Run chair. 

Yelsey and kids

Photos courtesy of Spirit Run

Karen Yelsey with her children, Anne and Josh in the mid-1980s

“Having been a part of the Spirt Run from the beginning as a participant, director, fundraiser and cheerleader, I am so proud to watch this event evolve,” Yelsey shared.

In 2010, the PFO and PTAs decided to give up Spirit Run, choosing instead to focus on individual school jog-a-thons. A group of Newport Beach parent volunteers founded a 501(c)(3) non-profit called Newport-Mesa Spirit Run, Inc. (NMSRI) to continue Spirt Run. NMSRI invited all NMUSD schools to participate. It also offered free running training to elementary schools new to the event, along with bus transportation and free entries to underprivileged NMUSD students.

Yelsey supported Spirit Run’s transition, desiring to continue Spirit Run’s legacy of promoting youth fitness and education. 

Steve Scott and Yelsey kids

Click on photo for a larger image

Olympian Steve Scott with Josh and Anne Yelsey

“From initially raising funds for CdM zone schools, the new Spirit Run financially supports all schools in Newport-Mesa,” Yelsey explained. “It continues to develop a strong sense of community and encourages our kids to be physically active.”

Indeed, Yelsey is enjoying the full Spirit Run experience. She will be attending Spirit Run this year with her grandson, Noah.

On March 18, Spirit Run will celebrate its 35th anniversary, its eighth with NMSRI. Like the PTAs, NMSRI has endeavored to maximize donations to schools, donating more than $300,000 in cash and 2,000 event entries in the last seven years. 

NMSRI has another mission – to include and celebrate runners of all ages and ability levels, both in and outside of NMUSD. NMSRI has slowly expanded Spirit Run and its school outreach over seven years. It has more events than ever for individuals to enjoy themselves, with family, and even with their furry four-legged friends!

In 2016, Spirit Run introduced adult mile races. The new point-to-point course traveled around Fashion Island, primarily on a decline, and promised a fast finishing time. Spirit Run challenged elite athletes to break four minutes, enticing them with a cash purse and other prizes. It encouraged other runners to set a personal record or test their fitness on the fast mile course.

Elite Mile

Click on photo for a larger image

Elite Mile competitors

Jorge Jabaz, elite runner and coach, enjoyed the new mile races. He offered improvements for 2017, including adding a Dog Mile. Jabaz claimed many human-dog duos were eager for the challenge.

Jabaz was right! In 2017, Eric Dyson and his dog Griffin, won the Kriser’s Dog Mile in four minutes, 41 seconds, followed seconds behind by Sean Gildea and his pooch, Sven.

Even USATF Southern California (So Cal USATF) caught the buzz! For 2018, So Cal USATF selected Spirit Run to host its Road Mile Championship. It also chose Spirit Run for its 2018 10k Championship and Grand Prix Championship Series. These impressive distinctions and So Cal USATF’s promotional efforts are certain to grow the enthusiasm of both elite and dedicated runners from Southern California and beyond.

NMSRI’s expansion efforts, however, are not limited to serious adult runners. Spirit Run continues to create new ways for students, families, and the local community to join in the fitness and fun.

In 2017, NMSRI introduced “Dash for Cash” for schools outside NMUSD to participate and raise funds through Spirit Run. “Dash for Cash” is simple. The more students, families and school supporters who register and run for a school, the more money the school raises. Visit www.nmspiritrun.org/partners to learn more.

Our Lady Queen of Angels (OLQA) is gearing up for its second year with “Dash for Cash.” Spirit Run’s 5k Family Walk was popular with OLQA participants wanting to participate as a family.

Spirit Run appreciates and admires the desire of families to celebrate fitness together. In 2018, Spirit Run is offering another family event – the Family Mile.

The new Family Mile is for parents and children to enjoy together. With 20 minutes to finish, there’s plenty of time for the whole family to jog or even walk the course together. Individuals are also welcome to enjoy a casual stroll.

Even better, Spirit Run is offering new Family Rates in the 5k Family Walk and Family Mile. Register the family for savings up to 35 percent off individual entry fees. Add the grandparents and save as much as 50 percent with the new the Grand Family Rate. Visit www.nmspiritrun.org/registration/ to learn more.

Catch the Spirit Run fever! Participate yourself or with your family, your dog, and/or your school, to celebrate fitness, fun, and funds to youth education and fitness. To register and for event details, visit www.nmspiritrun.org.

For the second consecutive year, StuNewsNewport is proud to be Spirit Run’s media sponsor.


SideDoor monthly cheese takeover is on February 21

SideDoor Cheese Takeovers

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

SideDoor, the English gastropub in Corona del Mar, continues its popular monthly Cheese Takeovers on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

The third Wednesday of each month showcases a select portfolio of artisanal cheeses from various boutique creameries across the country.

SideDoor’s own certified cheese monger, Tracy Nelsen, will be on hand at each takeover to educate on the various cheeses presented.

The featured cheeses will also find their way into select SideDoor menu items for that evening only. A different creamery will be showcased monthly, culminating with an ultimate cheese party highlighting all creameries featured in the series.

This month, enjoy a delectable cheese from Beehive Cheese Co. in Uintah, UT, that takes place beginning at 4:30 p.m. and continues until they run out of cheese.

Cost: Enjoy a five-piece cheese board for $28.

SideDoor is located at 3801 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. Look for the red key that hangs over the entryway on Poppy Street. For reservations, call 949.717.4322 or visit www.sidedoorcdm.com.


Newport Beach Chamber to hold networking luncheon

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly networking luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 11:30 a.m.  to 1:30 p.m. at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar.

Arvee RobinsonThe special guest speaker is Arvee Robinson, master speaker trainer, international speaker and author Her presentation, “Speak Up…Cash In,” outlines the real-time benefits of speaking to grow your business. Many business owners and service professionals struggle with speaking in front of clients. They struggle because they don’t know what to say or how to say it. Consequently, they give up before they even try. This doesn’t have to happen to you. Instead, Robinson teaches the secrets of persuasive speaking to attract more clients and customers than you ever dreamed possible.

Topics being discussed include: how to captivate your audience and leave them wanting for more, identifying the three talks every business owner needs, using the most inexpensive marketing strategy around and generating unlimited qualified hot leads.

Tickets cost $35 for Chamber members and $40 for non-members and can be purchased at www.newportbeach.com.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar is located at 455 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.


Newport to Ensenada race adds trackers to the mix

Newport to Ensenada

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Visit Newport Beach

Raising the safety bar for the 71st annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race while setting a new standard for the involvement of friends and family is what its new relationship with YB Tracking is all about, said Newport Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA) officials.

Racers on all three courses: The iconic 125-mile course to Ensenada, the new short course to Dana Point, and the Border Run course to San Diego will carry the trackers.  

“We’re all about safety first, but it’s also an amazing opportunity for the sailing community and non-sailors to see what this classic and storied race is all about,” said NOSA Commodore Daniel Hodge. “It’s a very exciting opportunity for N2E that also provided the race through international exposure. I’m really excited that NOSA has stepped up; not only to create more opportunities for racers but also for up-and-coming racers all the while garnering worldwide exposure for our sponsors.”

For the high school and collegiate racers on the short course, YB Tracking will serve as a valuable learning tool. Racers can review the race data and analyze how to do better from a different perspective.

For N2E sponsors, YB tracking will be available on the Website of our major sponsor, the Los Angeles Times, on the NOSA Web site, and on mobile and social media apps so shore side sailing enthusiasts can follow along.

The move means N2E joins the like of other major sailing regattas like Transpac, San Diego to Puerto Vallarta Race, the Islands Race and even the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race that use YB Tracking.

“As a racer, I am very excited YB Tracking will be implemented for the 2018 Ensenada Race so that friends and family can follow the race as the boats head to Mexico. It will allow spectators to keep track of their favorite boats and gain insight into tactical decisions and overnight lead changes that usually go unnoticed,” said Shaun Prestridge, a new NOSA board member. “Like many racers, I will be sharing a link to the tracking page on my social media handles.”

YB Tracking, previously known as Yellowbrick Tracking, has been providing racers on land and at sea its satellite mapping hardware and software since 2009. 

Race mapping can be accessed free of charge via links which will be posted before the race. As the start of N2E 2018 nears, a link will populate in the list of upcoming races at www.ybtracking.com.

Additionally, the monitors behind the front desk of the Hotel Coral in Ensenada will display the progress of the fleet so those checking into the hotel will quickly know the location of all boats.

To be a participant rather than an observer in N2E 2018, get a sneak peek at your competition and register for the race at www.nosa.org. Racers are encouraged to register early to ensure the availability of trackers.  

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


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.”

Bruno

Click on photo for larger image

Courtesy of Newport Beach 

Animal Shelter

MEET BRUNO

Bruno is highly social and playful

In a sheltering situation you know that any life can come your way, at any moment, for any reason. Hence how the Newport Beach Animal Shelter staff and volunteers met highly social and playful, Bruno.

Bruno’s dad loved him A LOT and was in a position to gift Bruno with the ability to become a highly socialized terrier. The staff is pretty sure that there isn’t a human that Bruno doesn’t love. Sadly, a few months back, Bruno’s dad passed away unexpectedly and Bruno found himself in unfamiliar territory at the shelter. Even with the absolute best care that the city can provide him with, he is still spending much of his time behind a gate, which is a far “cry” from the highly socialized life that Bruno grew accustomed to and is longing for again.

The shelter is seeking a highly motivated, loving, responsible, active, living this life adopter for a very special, affectionate and fun-filled dog.

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

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

If you are interested in finding out more about Bruno, 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. to 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.


Sewage spill closes portion of bay near Pearson’s Port

Sewage spill

Click on photo for a larger image

Map courtesy of OCBeachInfo.com

On Monday evening, Feb. 5, at 7:45 p.m., the Newport Beach Police Department received a call regarding wastewater overflowing from a manhole cover in the 600 block of St. Andrews Road. 

The on-duty personnel from the Newport Beach Municipal Operations Department arrived within 45 minutes and immediately built a berm to stop the wastewater from flowing into the storm drain system. 

Tree roots were the cause of the blockage. Crews removed the roots from the line and cleaned the area.

It is estimated that approximately 100 gallons of wastewater flowed from the manhole, of which approximately 60 gallons reached the storm drain system. The channel at De Anza Ramp, near Pearson’s Port to Bayshores is closed temporarily for swimming.  

The Orange County Healthcare Agency samples this area weekly as they do a number of other locations around the bay.


Monster Truck Destruction Tour coming this summer to OC Fair’s Action Sports Arena

Monster Truck

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of OC Fair & Event Center

The OC Fair has announced a five-day run of the Monster Truck Destruction Tour in the Action Sports Arena, July 25 - 29, during the 2018 OC Fair. 

Schedule:

Wednesday, July 25, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 26, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 27, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 28, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 29, 1 and 7 p.m.

Fans won’t want to miss a second of the loud, crushing, knockout Monster Truck Destruction Tour as Monster Trucks and Freestyle Moto-X rumble through the Action Sports Arena for seven shows. VIP meet and greet and photo opportunities are available.

Tickets, starting at $17.50, go on sale Saturday, Feb. 10, at 10 a.m. Each ticket includes admission to the OC Fair and assigned seating in the grandstand of the arena. There are also premier-viewing seats available for $20 and $22.50 each. Fairgoers without a ticket to the performance are welcome to watch the show from the bleachers, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are available for purchase at www.ticketmaster.com.

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


Lunar New Year to be celebrated at Fashion Island

Year of the Dog

Submitted photo

On Saturday, Feb. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m., the 2018 Lunar New Year will be celebrated at Fashion Island in the Neiman Marcus/Bloomingdale’s Courtyard.

Ring in the “Year of the Dog” with Chinese dragon dancers, Korean fan dancers, an Asian calligraphy artist, greeters distributing fortune cookies (while supplies last), lucky red envelopes (while supplies last), themed stilt-walkers and musical entertainment.

Adding to the festivities will be shopping and dining exclusive offers throughout Fashion Island.

Fashion Island is located at 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. For more information, call 949.721.2000 or visit www.shopfashionisland.com.


Littles + Love Valentine’s Day Pop Up at Lido Marina Village

Lido Marina Village is hosting a fun family Valentine’s Day Pop-Up event this weekend on Sunday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Enjoy some wonderful shopping opportunities at the following merchants:

Kids Clothing Launch Party Kasey Blue – This stylish and playful children’s clothing line is designed and sustainably made in Southern California. Made for little ones, ages 2 - 8.

Kasey Blue

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos courtesy of Lido Marina Village

Mini Photo Sessions at Alison Bernier Photography – Free mini-sessions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children and their parents are invited to come have pictures taken with a backdrop styled by Beijos Events with flowers from Rooted and Wild, calligraphy by POPPYjack and balloons by Wild Child Party. Images will be available for purchase afterward from an online gallery posted the same day. Individual digital images will be $30, two for $50 or three for $65. No bookings are required; a sign-up sheet will be provided the day of.

Alison Bernier

Design/Styling by Beijos EventsFull-service events and design styling. When it comes to planning a celebration, their goal is to make your party stand out! They will use your input and their creativity to make each celebration memorable and unique.

Girls Accessories: The Daydream Republic – Spirited accessories for all the wildflowers and wallflowers. Unique accessories and custom headbands for that special little girl in your life.

Calligraphy Artist: POPPYjack Shop – One-of-a-kind calligraphy pieces for your wedding, home or beyond.

Balloon Art Installation: Wild Child Party – Where the party starts! Full-service event styling, balloon bar and party supply shop.

Rooted and Wild

Flowers: Rooted and Wild – With a specialty focus on events and weddings, Rooted and Wild’s art is a reflection of natural balances that create lasting impressions. This is your chance to take home a Rooted and Wild arrangement.

Treats: Sweet & Saucy Shop – Specializes in custom desserts that taste as good as they look. Co-owners Melody Brandon, head Pastry Chef, and her mother, Eileen, started Sweet & Saucy Shop with the desire to create gorgeous, delicious, modern looking desserts.

Kids Crafts: Violet’s Nook – Let’s imagine it and create it. Violet’s Nook is a creative and crafty DIY mother/daughter team that helps your little ones make beautiful crafts, and whip up recipes that are kid friendly and mother approved.

Sugar Paper – Grab your kids and bring your friends to Sugar Paper, who is teaming up with Foto Vibe to create sweet photo memories at their photo booth, and the first card is on them!

Lido Marina Village is located at 3434 Via Lido, Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.lidomarinavillage.com.


Guest Column

Jeff Herdman, Newport Beach city councilmember

City Council priorities for 2018/2019 fiscal year

Jeff Herdman

Newport Beach City Councilmember Jeff Herdman

Having just completed the annual City Council Goal Setting Meeting, I thought you might find it interesting to know about two of the areas the Council considers to be priorities for the 2018/19 fiscal year. The two areas of focus are the Harbor, and an update of the General Plan. 

(This year) 2018 has been deemed “The Year of the Harbor” with Mayor (Duffy) Duffield placing the Harbor as his highest priority. The jewel of our City now that our Harbor Operations are separate from Harbor Patrol (Phase 1), Harbor Operations has a larger focus than ever before. A welcoming and friendly approach to customer service, more interaction with all harbor users, and Code enforcement on the water will be included in Phase 2. Code enforcement involves noise violations, nuisance abatement, regular supervision of activities, environmental improvements, trash removal, containment of spills, and checking of vessels.

Management and organization of the Harbor Operations are currently underway. The Harbor Commission is tackling a complete update of Title 17 (Harbor Code). A review of Charter Operations, and the purchase of a work boat will be coming before the Council this year. Possible fee adjustments in relation to short-term guest rentals and inspection fees for some vessels will also be considered.

Phase 3 will involve increased law enforcement presence by the NBPD on the water. Phase 4 is targeted to increase fire suppression ability on the water.

And what about dredging? The City is currently considering a plan to obtain Federal and other dollars to clean out as much materials as possible, including material not suitable for beach disposal. If this is accomplished we will apply for permits to have a regular, routine dredging that costs less than a one time every 10-year program, and that allows us to place dredged sand on beaches. Annual maintenance dredging (slips, beaches, shoals, etc.) is the Council’s immediate and long-term goal. 

And finally, taking a look at a Local Coastal Plan on the water through the Coastal Commission would allow us to have greater control over basic harbor capital efforts, both public and private.

As far as the General Plan Update, clear support from the Council and the community has resulted in the following plan:

Each Council Member will host a series of community input meetings within their district, at varied venues, times and days of the week. We want to provide plenty of opportunity for input on the General Plan from each District. These meetings are expected to take place over a 3- to 6-month period. 

At the conclusion of the information gathering process, the Council will be able to determine whether or not a complete update of the General Plan is necessary, or perhaps just specific sections.

Then the work begins with the appointment of a Steering Committee, a call for applications from community members to be a part of the process, and a consultant hired to guide and advise. 

This process could take multiple years to complete, and so be it for it is critical that the end result be a comprehensive and clear expression of what the citizens of this City want it to look like in the years ahead.

As always, I remain at your service, and welcome your contact at any time via a phone call or email.

Jeff Herdman
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

949.922.3594


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Sitting down with Diane Dixon

TomJohnsonHad a wonderful sit down yesterday with former mayor and current Newport Beach City Council person Diane Dixon. To Dixon’s credit, we had to meet at Woody’s Diner, obviously in her district.

We talked about everything Newport Beach. We talked about property taxes and the importance of continuing to keep home values increasing. She reminded me that 16 percent of property taxes paid to Sacramento comes back to Newport Beach. When values increase, property taxes increase, and the City gets more money.

Next, we discussed sales tax and what cities receive. Right now, it’s one percent. But those are on purchases taking place within the City. 

What happens when purchases move to the Internet? Who gets the sales tax? If the fulfillment takes place in say the Inland Empire, do they get the tax?

Dixon says that this is potentially a huge issue as more sales move away from brick and mortar. Can you say Amazon?

She also guesstimated that there are some 300+ ballot issues in the state trying to figure this issue out.

However, when you’re talking politics and finances, it’s hard to skip over the pension issues facing cities throughout California.

Here are some numbers she gave me that are pretty staggering: 2007 Newport Beach unfunded pension liability was $1 million; move ahead to 2018, the Newport Beach unfunded pension liability is more than $320 million.

Good for Newport Beach today, because they’ve put a plan in place to address the issue and have committed annual funds moving forward to pay down and eliminate the debt.

Fortunately, the City is in strong financial shape and able to do so.

One thing Dixon would like, is to get the pension system stabilized. She estimates today that it’s only 68 percent funded and that’s a problem.

She’s also concerned the CalPERS investment group is divesting investments along party lines. Examples she mentioned are tobacco and fossil fuel companies that traditionally strong companies invest in.

Finally, we talked about development fees tied to city projects. Now, some people always argue against development. Over the years, these fees were tied to the approval of major projects. To the tune of millions of dollars.

These fees enabled many improvements to the City in the way of parks and some community buildings without ever touching the General Fund.

Those fees don’t project out as well looking forward as they’ve been in the past.

Finally, Diane reminded that she looks forward to continuing “to make our community better.” And that she truly enjoys representing the residents and businesses of her District.

She’ll run again this fall and is putting together a pretty strong war chest to do so.

• • •

Best wishes to our friend Jake Rohrer. Rumor has it he was injured over in Hawaii playing in the waves. He needs some prayers. Get well soon!

Jake, over the years, has been instrumental in the success of the Toshiba Classic as a co-chairman.


ENC Preschool Project breaks ground February 15

ENC street view

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos, courtesy of ENC

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will celebrate the official groundbreaking of its highly anticipated state-of-the-art Nature Preschool on Thursday, Feb. 15. The ENC Nature Preschool will be the community’s first nature preschool and nature play area. The preschool will be located on 1.3 acres bordering the Nature Center’s Redwood Forest, at 745 Dover Drive, Newport Beach.

Nature preschools are popular in countries such as Germany and Finland, and are gaining popularity in the US. These innovative schools teach the building blocks of a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education by providing young children with the opportunity to become familiar with the natural world by playing and learning while surrounded by nature.

Qualified early childhood educators and environmental educators will teach the basics of a typical preschool and more. Indoor spaces will be warm, welcoming and conducive to learning, but the majority of the day will be spent learning outside.

“It is becoming increasingly evident that nature-based preschools are more effective in terms of learning and health benefits,” said ENC Executive Director Bo Glover. “Our Nature Preschool will provide quality education and nature exploration opportunities for preschool children, and help them develop into environmentally literate adults, which is needed today more than ever.”

ENC view from breezeway

Click on photo for a larger image

The ENC is aiming to achieve a Platinum Level LEED Rating on the new facility. The US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. It is also the ENC’s goal to achieve certification through the Living Building Challenge.

The preschool was already awarded a citation from the American Institute of Architects Orange County Chapter (AIAOCC) in 2015. The ENC’s Nature Preschool was one of eight projects selected to receive an award out of the 56 projects that were entered into the design competition. It was the only project to receive an award that was not a completed project; meaning the jury saw great potential in the building. It was noted during the award ceremony “that the site design and building worked seamlessly and a great deal of thought was given to the creation of a learning environment where nature was the focus.”

ENC preschool rendering

Click on photo for a larger image

“The ENC’s Nature Preschool will have play areas but no playgrounds,” said ENC Nature Preschool Director Sue Bierlich. “Students will spend the majority of the day outdoors, where they will have ample time for unfacilitated nature experiences.”

The ENC Nature Preschool will also engage parents in active learning, serve as a model nature preschool, and provide a research forum on early childhood and environmental education.

“I truly believe that this Nature Preschool and Nature Play Area will be an integral addition to the community making an essential impact on the next generation,” said Rick John, long-time Newport Beach resident and ENC board member. “We are urgently seeking community members to join us in supporting the ENC Nature Preschool.”

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


A salute to Heroes Hall

soldier with flag

Submitted photo

You’re invited to celebrate the first annive rsary of Heroes Hall on Thursday, Feb. 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the OC Fair & Event Center’s veterans museum and education center. Special gifts will be given to the first 100 visitors of the day, including a commemorative Heroes Hall coin and Heroes Hall coffee mug. Cake will be served at 2 p.m.

There is free admission and parking.

OC Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit www.ocfair.com/heroeshall.


TONY – THE MOVIE makes its OC premiere

Orange Coast River Park and the Newport Beach City Arts Commission in partnership with Illumination Foundation and the Newport Beach Film Festival are presenting the OC premiere of TONY – THE MOVIE, a documentary about homelessness on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. The free screening takes place at Marina Park Community Center with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

Tony with Bike

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

Directed by Dennis Stein, this 2017 film revolves around Tony, who ends up homeless after losing his job as a waiter in San Diego, and is faced with the daily struggles of life on the streets. His search for housing begins, but then turns into a quest for solutions to homelessness, not just for himself, but for thousands of people living on the streets across the country. The investigation takes him to the top levels of government locally, but also to regions across the country where progress is being made. What do communities do to significantly reduce homelessness? What is happening in San Diego? And does Tony find housing?

Following the screening, there is a panel discussion featuring Dennis Stein, Tony Rodriguez (lead subject) and Paul Leon, president and CEO of Illumination Foundation, beginning at 8:15 p.m.

Seating is first come, first served.

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

For more information, visit www.ocriverpark.org and www.tony-themovie.com.


Stump the Stu

Dented footballs with legs? No, this is art

Stump the Stu 2518

Click on photo for a larger image

This piece of art is titled “A Courting Prance” and was completed in 2004. Hope that helps because that’s all you get. As always, where is 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 answers will be in Thursday’s edition.

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


Sign of the times

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

So, we gave you a glimpse of the scripted “B” on the Barclay Butera Interiors sign last week. You see their signs in Corona del Mar at 2824 E. Coast Highway and in Westcliff Plaza at 1745 Westcliff Drive. Their designs and interiors are exquisite. 

Correct guesses came from Kelly Couzens-Brooks, Kim Crawford, Brett Hemphill, Jane Owen, Bobbi Schaaf and Dominic Tucci.

Thank you all for playing.

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

Let’s have some fun!

Barclay Butera 

Click on photo for a larger image


Segerstrom Center announces upcoming community events on the Plaza

Argyros Plaza

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Nick Koon

This month and continuing through March, brings more free entertainment and fun activities to Segerstrom Center’s Julianne and George Argyros Plaza.

The Argyros Plaza, which opened in late October, has quickly become a popular gathering place to enjoy family fun, free entertainment and special cultural and community celebrations.

February Plaza fun begins with performances by MenAlive, Orange County’s popular gay men’s chorus, one hour before the February 9 and 11 performances of “Kinky Boots,” a sensational Chinese New Year celebration on February 10, heART bEAT Valentine’s Day party on February 14, free Ukulele Classes February 21, 23, 28 and March 2 and a Céilí Irish Party on February 24 immediately before the performance by Dublin Irish Dance in Segerstorm Hall.

Enjoy these free performances and pre-show events, or stop by for a quick bite at their new café, Center 360, with seating at shaded picnic areas and free Wi-Fi. 

Schedule of free events:

Kinky Boots Pre-Show Music by MenAlive on February 9 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and February 11 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. MenAlive, Orange County’s acclaimed gay men’s chorus, will perform two live concerts on the Argyros Stage before the February 9 and 11 performances of the Broadway hit Kinky Boots in Segerstrom Hall. MenAlive combines song, dance and theatrical flair to create a joyful and energizing experience that can be enjoyed by everyone.

Chinese New Year on February 10 from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Join Segerstrom Center for the Arts and Pacific Symphony as they celebrate Chinese New Year and welcome in the Year of the Dog. Enjoy an evening of music, colorful dance performances, family-friendly craft projects, and traditional foods. The Lotus Bud Guzheng Ensemble of Irvine will perform from 7 to 7:40 p.m.

heART bEAT on February 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. Whether you’re looking for love or you’ve already found it, the Center is the place to be this Valentine’s Day. Sip specialty drinks created especially for the occasion, sample a one-night-only menu at the Center 360 cafe, and enjoy Casual Encounters, a live karaoke band sure to entertain.

Ukulele Class Series on February 21, 23, 28 and March 2 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aloha! Bring your uke along and join the Center for a series of free ukulele classes. The Center proudly welcomes popular teacher and author of many ukulele instruction books Andrew McCormick as ukulele instructor-in-residence for the series. Have no fear – musicians of all levels of accomplishment and ambition are welcome.

Céilí Irish Party on February 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. To celebrate the Center debut of Dublin Irish Dance, join fellow Celts and Celts-at-heart for a traditional Irish céilí, or party, on the Argyros Plaza. There will be Irish food plus live music by Southern California’s authentic Irish musical masters, The Reelers.

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


OC Fair announces first tribute bands line-up

The OC Fair has announced its first batch of performances in The Hangar at the 2018 OC Fair, including tribute bands Rumours, Dead Man’s Party and Elton: The Early Years, and a Sunday evening show featuring Firefall and special guest Poco. Tickets went on sale February 3.

Rumours

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos courtesy of OC Fair & Event Center

Rumours – The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Show takes place on the first day of the fair, Friday, July 13 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $17.50. Rumours recreates the Fleetwood Mac experience with songs like “Gold Dust Woman,” “Say You Love Me” and “Go Your Own Way.”

Dead Man’s Party – The Oingo Boingo Tribute takes place Friday, July 14 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $17.50. Dead Man’s Party, an eight-piece tribute band is an homage to the classic Oingo Boingo lineup, featuring a three-piece horn section, guitar, bass, keys, drums and front-man. Party along to Boingo favorites like “Just Another Day,” “No Spill Blood” and “Only A Lad.”

Dead Mans Party

Click on photo for a larger image

Firefall/Poco perform on Sunday, July 15 at 7:15 p.m. Tickets start at $20. For more than 40 years, Firefall has toured the world, performing well-known tunes like “You Are the Woman,” “Just Remember I Love You” and “Cinderella.” The show will feature co-headliner Poco, a country rock band that’s also been around for decades with hits like “Heart of the Night,” “You Better Think Twice” and “Crazy Love.”

Elton – The Early Years A Tribute to Elton John is scheduled for Wednesday, July 18 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $17.50. Kenny Metcalf performs as Elton John in a tribute to the ‘70s sound of Elton John. The show will commemorate the 45th anniversary of the classic album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road as well as feature favorite early hits such as “Rocket Man” and “Crocodile Rock.”

Tickets are available via Ticketmaster here and include admission to the OC Fair. More performances and action sports at the 2018 OC Fair will be announced in the coming weeks. Sign up for pre-sale emails at www.ocfair.com/newsletters.

Super Pass holders can purchase tickets to select Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar and Action Sports Arena performances at a two-for-one discount. The 2018 Super Pass is a season pass that includes admission to all 23 days of the OC Fair, as well as several exclusive discounts. To purchase, visit www.ocfair.com/superpass.  

The 2018 OC Fair runs July 13 - August 12, open Wednesday through Sunday. It is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.


Open Air Market at Seaside Gallery & Goods

Seaside Gallery

Courtesy of Seaside Gallery & Goods

Seaside Gallery & Goods

Just in time to pick up unique items for that special someone on your Valentine’s gift-giving list, Seaside Gallery & Goods is holding a Valentine’s Open Air Market in the Pelican Courtyard on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Shop these participating vendors for jewelry, hats, flowers, succulents, paintings, carpenter bags, clothing, spa items, and more: 16th Colony, Bella Grace Jewels, Bexo, Bleudog Floral, Charnae Jewelry, Creek Avenue, Fig and Twigs, Heroe’s Beauty, Lavender and Canvas, Solid Sun Logistics, V Holland and Whim Things.

In addition, visit these proprietors who call Pelican Courtyard home: Blackprint Interiors, Bramble Candles, Face it Facials and M – The Salon.

Inside Seaside Gallery & Goods, attendees will have the opportunity to view art, crafts, clothing, home accessory & décor lines and pieces, along with baby & infant collections by the following: Belle Boutique, Bluegrass Beauty, Bluegrass Baby, Echelon, Esther Williams Fine Art, Eva Florence, Frank Royce, Helen Kathleen Designs, Honey Hostetler, Ilona Martin Art and Treasures, Indie Republic Designs, Jeff Sewell Fine Art, Jonathan Luczycki Fine Art, Kathy Worden, Kim Faris Photography, LP Garden Works, Mercedes Schaffer, and Pacific and Rose.

Seaside Gallery & Goods is located at 124 Tustin Ave., #100, Newport Beach. For more info, call 949.290.7249. www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com.


Political Notebook banner91px

Brenner for Council campaign kicks off

–From a press release

C Dobbs Boutique in Corona del Mar was the setting for a festive and successful campaign kick-off event for Joy Brenner, Newport Beach City Council Candidate for District 6. A portion of the evening’s shopping proceeds was donated to the campaign by event host Carol Dobbs.

Joy BrennerThe January 25 kick-off event brought together more than 100 friends and supporters from all over the city. Supporters included past mayors Nancy Gardner, Clarence “Bus” Turner, John Cox and current Councilman Jeff Herdman. Many thanked Brenner for her willingness to challenge the District 6 incumbent on issues that matter most to Newport Beach voters. 

Wendy and Fred Salter said they support Brenner because of her years of commitment to Corona del Mar and Newport Beach as evidenced by her activism, abilities and success in pulling the community together, listening to all points of view, and working collaboratively with city staff and officials to get the job done. 

Brenner shared stories of her work for and commitment to the Newport Beach community. Her local community activism began at the age of 15 while attending Newport Harbor High School and then Corona del Mar High School. As a young adult, she helped organize and was a founding member of the Corona del Mar Residents Association, an issues-based advocacy group working to improve residential quality of life through collaborative efforts with business and city leaders. Today, she continues her work on projects and issues that are meaningful to Corona del Mar residents, such as the CdM Branch Library project, airport issues, public safety and more. 

During her remarks, Brenner made clear that one of her goals is to encourage City Council to be more responsive to citizen input. “Our residents should not have to stand in front of stores and in public spaces to collect signatures on issues before Council listens. Council members need to reach out and listen to their constituents, and vote in ways that actually represent them,” Brenner said.

For information about Joy’s Newport Beach City Council District 6 campaign, visit www.JoyForNewport.com.


School Notes

Hearing to approve NMUSD trustee areas

The Orange County Committee on School District Organization is hosting a public hearing meeting regarding Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s request to approve and establish Trustee Areas from which the Governing Board Members will be elected in a By-Trustee Area Election Process.

The meeting will be held Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Boardroom, 2985 Bear St., Costa Mesa.

NHHS Calendar

School Site Council

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Black Box Theater

PTA Executive Board Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 8 - 9:30 a.m.

NHHS Newkirk Conference Room

NHEF Board Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 12:15 - 2:15 p.m.

NHHS 

Presidents’ Recess

Monday, Feb. 19 - Friday, Feb. 23

CdMHS Calendar

PTA Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 9 a.m.

Lecture Hall until Library completed

Pama Recital

Thursday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m.

CdMHS

Presidents’ Recess

Monday, Feb. 19 - Friday, Feb. 23

Sage School Calendar

Winter Play Performance: Twelve Angry Jurors

Thursday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 10, 2 and 7 p.m. 

The Black Box Theater in the Studio at Sage Hill

Parent Association General Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Le Bon Family Lobby (Studio Lobby)

Presidents’ Day Holiday/Mid-Winter Break

Monday, Feb. 19 - Friday, Feb. 23


Newport Beach – A Look Back 

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

A Look back 2218

Click on photo for a larger image

Traffic, what traffic? This photo shows the south bay front in the 1920s.

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..


Guest Column

Tony Rackauckas

Orange County District Attorney

Changes in law required to protect all community members 

Tony Rackauckas

Submitted photo

Orange County DA Tony Rackauckas

Over the last several weeks, we have discovered a glaring omission in our laws to protect all members of our community, especially LGBTQ members. This community is often targeted for persecution and prejudice. I asked Senator Janet Nguyen to carry this new legislation as she is not just a strong advocate for public safety laws, but she is someone who can build bipartisan support to get the law enacted. Most recently, Sheriff Sandra Hutchens and I worked with Senator Nguyen to create Erica Alonso’s law which elevated the crime of dumping a deceased body from a misdemeanor to a felony.

We are grateful to Senator Nguyen who will lead the efforts in Sacramento to bring about this much needed change to provide protection to ALL members of our community, regardless of their sexual orientation. We need to expand the existing language of special circumstances murder, Penal Code section 190.2, subsection 16, to add “sexual orientation” and “gender” to the existing protected classes of “race, color, religion, nationality and country of origin.” The term “sexual orientation” and “gender” will be defined as currently stated in Penal Code section 422.56.

As we strive to protect all members of society, it’s a glaring omission that sexual orientation is NOT a protected class of crime victims of special circumstances murder in California. Interestingly enough, they are protected members in other penal code sections. If the sexual orientation of a victim is a substantial factor in a defendant’s intent to murder, then he or she should be subjected to the punishment of life without possibility of parole and face the possibility of a death penalty.

Unfortunately, laws often need to be revised in light of tragic situations. It’s time that California places members of the LGBTQ community as a protected class of victims of special circumstances murder. Although this draft legislation will not have an impact on the (Samuel) Woodward case, it will fortify the existing language and address the gap in the current law to include this much needed classification. We are hoping that this draft legislation, SB 971, will gain momentum as it goes through the process. 

Tony Rackauckas made the above comments at a recent sentencing hearing for Samuel Woodward. Woodward is being held for the stabbing murder of Blaze Bernstein, a 19-year-old from Lake Forest. Bernstein was openly gay.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Mayor’s Dinner was the place to be, as Ed Selich will tell you

TomJohnsonHat’s off to Speak Up Newport for another very successful Mayor’s Dinner, their 37th annual. It’s always one of the who’s who events of Newport Beach that everyone seems to attend. 

Politicians were a plenty, and of course for some, it’s that season. Always good to see State Senator John Moorlach, State Assemblyman Matt Harper and Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel pressing the flesh in our town.

One of the better highlights of the evening included Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield announcing up front that his “speech had been written by Bob McCaffrey and Dave Ellis.” Both sides of the community aisle had to laugh.

Duffy’s State of the City focused mostly on harbor improvements and related issues, but he did take time to thank and commend the senior leadership at City Hall. He particularly noted the skill of Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff, for “being able to always keep seven council people happy.”

As Duffy even admitted to during his speech, something to the effect of “you never know what you’ll get with Duffy,” I, too, had wondered what to expect. Would he challenge the brevity of Nancy Gardner’s speech, a speech that many in the audience totally appreciated, would he provide a humor-filled presentation or what? 

The answer, he was very mayoral, on-point and certainly respectful to the commitment to the office and the importance of the evening. 

As a former teacher used to say, give the man an atta-boy sticker! Actually, back then it was “give that kid a sticker,” but you get my drift.

Also, during the evening, former three-time Mayor Ed Selich was presented with the SUNshine Award

The Speak Up Newport SUNshine Award is given to someone who lives or works in the Newport Beach “for the recipient’s long-term positive impact on the community for volunteer service over and above professional accomplishments.”

Ed’s service goes much beyond his terms on city council and as mayor. At last count, there was a number being bandied about of service to more than 40 local commissions or committees. 

He joins a list of previous recipients that includes such names at Marian Bergeson, Evelyn Hart, John and Donna Crean, Dan Marcheano, Paul Salata and Bill Hamilton.

That’s good company and Eddie is certainly deserving.

• • •

So, did you enjoy the Super Bowl? What was on the table at the party you attended? Here are a few facts for that you might now understand. 

Yesterday, Americans were expected to eat some 1.3 billion chicken wings, according to the National Chicken Council. Not to be outdone, according to the National Restaurant Association, Domino’s sold some 12 million slices and Pizza Hut sold more than 2 million pizzas, that’s right, the whole pie.

As you might imagine, that kind of food doesn’t just wash down by itself. So, add nearly 52 million cases of beer to all of the above and now you know why you feel the way you do today. 

That being said, what a great game.


ENC to hold native plant sale

Proud to be a California native? Love where you live? Show it by planting beautiful native plants in your yard.

On Sunday, Feb. 11, visit the Environment Nature Center (ENC) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to choose from various locally native plants available for sale.

native plants

Submitted photo

ENC members receive a 10 percent discount on native plant purchases.

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


Auction of abandoned vessels slated for February 16

The City of Newport Beach and the Orange County Sheriff Harbor Patrol is holding an auction of abandoned vehicles on Friday, Feb. 16 from 9 to 10 a.m.

Interested parties can view the vessels one hour prior to the auction from 8 to 9 a.m.

The auction takes place at Harbor Patrol located at 1901 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar.

To view the items up for bid and for more information, visit www.newportbeachca.gov/Home/Components/News/News/32983/2720.


Annual Mayor’s Dinner…a sold-out success

Nearly 450 guests attended the sold-out 37th Annual Speak Up Newport Mayor’s Dinner on Friday evening, Feb. 2, held at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa.

The Master of Ceremonies was Peter Buffa, who provided humorous opening remarks, with music was provided by Jim Roberts.

Former Newport Beach Mayors

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos by David Kawashima/

Courtesy of Speak Up Newport

Former Newport Beach mayors gather during the annual Mayor’s Dinner

Fourteen formal Newport Beach mayors attended the dinner, along with local dignitaries, city staff, and business and community leaders.

Former Mayor Rush Hill lll made a surprise presentation of the SUNshine Award to another former mayor – Ed Selich. This award was given to Selich, for “many years of community service and contributions to the quality and enjoyment of life in Newport Beach.”

Rush Hill and Ed Selich

Click on photo for a larger image

Rush Hill lll presents the SUNshine Award to Ed Selich for his community service and contributions

Mayor Duffy Duffield’s State of the City remarks included comments on topics ranging from the harbor and local development to the airport and other city issues. He concluded by relating the story of the creation of his Duffy Electric boats.

Mayor Duffy Duffield

Click on photo for a larger image

Newport Beach Mayor Duffy Duffield delivers the State of the City address

Nearly $3,000 was raised from the sale of table centerpieces, which goes toward scholarships to local public high school students. This amount will be supplemented by matching funds from two anonymous donors.

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. Founded in 1979, SUN meets monthly, presenting a public forum to hear topics of interest to the local community. It produces the annual Mayor’s Dinner each February, featuring the mayor’s annual State of the City address.


AAA names Diamond Hotels…see who made the list!

AAA has announced its prestigious Five and Four Diamond Lists for Hotels in 2018, of which only 121 earned a place on the Five Diamond list, nationwide.

In Orange County, The Resort at Pelican Hill was among only four hotels to earn the coveted AAA Five Diamond rating.

The Resort at Pelican Hill

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Pelican Hill

The Resort at Pelican Hill offers picturesque Pacific Ocean views

 “Diamond Rating is an exceptional accomplishment that signifies meticulous attention to detail, creativity in enhancing comfort, outstanding service and memorable guest experiences,” said Michael Petrone, director, AAA Inspections & Diamond Ratings.

According to the AAA website, the hotels receiving a Five Diamond Rating undergo a number of checks and balances including in-person inspections, anonymous overnight stays and, finally, review by a panel of experts to ensure credibility. Fewer than half of one percent of the more than 27,000 AAA Inspected & Approved hotels receive the Five Diamond Rating.

In addition, three Newport Beach hotels that earned a Four Diamond listing were the Balboa Bay Resort, Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach and The Duke Hotel Newport Beach.


LanaJohnsonSMFarm to Fork: A Foodie’s Point of ViewFork

By LANA JOHNSON

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with romance

There’s no better way to say “I Love You” than a date on Valentine’s Day. Here are some suggestions on where to dine out. Make your reservations in advance and inquire about special presentations that you can surprise your significant other with during the meal. Special celebrations are offered on Wednesday, Feb. 14 unless otherwise noted.

Pom Martinis 2 Back Bay Bistro

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Back Bay Bistro

Pom Martinis at Back Bay Bistro against a sunset backdrop

Back Bay Bistro

Valentine’s Day with vocals

Make your Valentine’s Day special inside Back Bay Bistro, the scenic, waterfront restaurant, featuring a special five-course dinner and the vocals of singer/songwriter, Mandy May Blest.

Menu:

Amuse Bouche - Goat cheese and herb gougeres

First Course - Choice of golden and red beet carpaccio with micro greens and blood orange vinaigrette or lobster bisque with cognac crème fraiche 

Second Course -  Ahi poke with avocado and chives on a wonton crisp
Main Course - Choice of rack of lamb with mint jus and herb crusted goat cheese polenta, or center cut of filet of beef with Point Reyes bleu cheese sauce and roasted Yukon potatoes, or pan seared barramundi with citrus sauce and wild mushroom risotto saffron

Dessert - Choice of vanilla bean creme brulee with seasonal berries or decadent chocolate heart cake with fresh raspberry 

Cost: $85 per person. Reservations are required, call 949.729.1144, or online at www.NewportDunes.com/Bistro.com. Bar seating is available during the performance. Limited menu after 9 p.m.

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

Beachcomber Cafe

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

Charming Beachcomber Café is on the sand in Crystal Cove

The Beachcomber Café

Romantic dining on the sand

With crashing waves and coastal cliffs as the backdrop, the Beachcomber Café at Crystal Cove has crafted the perfect Valentine’s Day four course prix-fixe menu to make the occasion unforgettable.

Menu:

First Course - Choice of dungeness crab cake or rosemary pear comfit crostini

Second Course - Choice of baby mixed greens salad or lobster bisque

Third Course - Choice of surf & turf (filet mignon and colossal shrimp) with potato puree, English peas & hen of the woods mushrooms with a port wine reduction, or Maine diver bacon-wrapped scallops with roasted asparagus and baby carrots, Sambuca butter sauce, grilled ciabatta and bloom blonde frisee salad, or braised lamb osso bucco, with a goat cheese polenta tamale, pepperonata and balsamic gastric, or pan roasted Jidori chicken with cauliflower gratin, crispy Applewood bacon and rosemary au jus, or verde risotto with English peas, organic spinach, broccolini, asparagus and parmesan cheese

Dessert - Choice of homemade chocolate cake or a fresh fruit tart

Cost: $110 per person. For more information and reservations, call 949.376.6900

and visit www.thebeachcombercafe.com.

The Beachcomber Café is located in Crystal Cove at 15 Crystal Cove, Newport

Coast.

Café Jardin

A garden setting beckons romance

Cafe Jardin in picturesque Sherman Library & Gardens is featuring a special romantic “Love You Berry Much” dinner.

Menu:

Amuse Bouche - Mini puffed chees bite with Pascal’s homemade strawberry jam

Appetizer - Port wine duck liver pate with strawberry chutney or seared Scottish salmon on tender leek with a caper Champagne beurre blanc

Sorbet - Pear sorbet with current and berry liquor

Entrée - Sautéed prime beef sirloin with cognac pepper berry sauce, roasted brussels sprouts and butternut puree or roasted duck breast with grape berries, sauterne sauce, fingerling potatoes persillade and haricot vert

Dessert - Manassero Farms strawberry trio comprised of crème brulee tartelette, grand marnier, chocolate-coated strawberry and strawberry sorbet

Reservations are required. Call Café Jardin for the cost and to make a reservation at 949.673.0033.

Café Jardin is located at 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 

Five Crowns

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Anne Watson

Toasting to a five-course meal

Five Crowns

Five courses of romance

Treat that special someone like royalty this Valentine’s Day at Five Crowns with world-class hospitality and a romantic, five-course menu for two, courtesy of Executive Chef Alejandra Padilla.

Menu:

Amuse Bouche - Gougères stuffed with potato and parmesan truffle tuile

Starter for Two - Avocado crab mash with lime dressing, or beet and endive boats, or steak tartar

Soup/Salad - Choice of warm kale salad with bacon vinaigrette, spiced walnuts, radish and dried cherries, or cauliflower soup with lemon, crispy sage

Entrée - Choice of winter risotto with mushrooms, brussels sprouts, fennel and parmigiana, or seared salmon with purple cauliflower purée, honey roasted beets and pomegranate, or pappardelle pasta steak ragu with rosemary horseradish and breadcrumbs, or California cut prime ribs of beef au jus with Yorkshire pudding and whipped cream organic horseradish

Sweetheart Dessert for Two - Profiteroles with Nutella ganache, strawberries and almonds, or vanilla bean crème brûlée with mixed berries, or poached pears

Cost: $125 per couple (excludes beverages, tax and tip). For reservations, visit lawrysonline.com/five-crowns, or call 949.760.0331.

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

Great Maple

Enjoy a dessert and Champagne bar

Celebrating Valentine’s from Friday, Feb. 9 – Wednesday, Feb. 14 with their regular menu in addition to Valentine’s specials. They will also have a dessert and champagne bar on February 14.

For more information and to make reservations, call 949.706.8282.

Great Maple is located in Fashion Island at 1133 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. www.thegreatmaple.com

Hornblower Cruises

Brunch or Dinner on the Harbor

Find romance between the sea and the sky on Newport Harbor, where you will take in spectacular views, delicious cuisine and music for dancing.

When:

Cupid’s Champagne Brunch Cruise: Saturday, Feb. 10 and Sunday, Feb. 11
Romance Dinner Cruise: Friday, Feb. 9, Saturday, Feb. 10 and Wednesday, Feb. 14
Date Night Dinner Cruise with a Live Dance Band: Thursday, Feb. 15

Cost: Brunch Cruises: Starting at $68.95; Dinner Cruises: Starting at $87.95. (Tax, service charge and landing fee are additional). Cruises depart from Hornblower South, 2431 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach. Reservations are required. Purchase tickets online at www.hornblower.com.

For more information, visit the website at www.hornblower.com/port/category/nb+valentines.

IL Farro

Italian cuisine on the Peninsula

Celebrate Valentine’s Day from Sunday, Feb. 11 through Wednesday, Feb. 14 with your loved ones, while enjoying authentic Italian cuisine. A special Valentine’s menu will be offered. Along with an extensive wine list, their regular and children’s menus are available. For reservations, call 949.723.5711.

IL Farro is located at 111 21st Place, Newport Beach.

Lighthouse Bayview Cafe Cosmo

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

Pair your meal with this refreshing Cosmo cocktail

Lighthouse Bayview Café

A decadent three-course meal

Executive Chef Ryan Sumner has curated a three-course menu of mouthwatering dishes to help create the perfect romantic evening. Pair your meal with a selection from the all-new full bar menu: find sweet cocktails like the Cosmo, made with vodka, Cobier Orange Liqueur, fresh lime juice and cranberry juice, or the Thoroughbred, a house favorite, made with, lemon juice and Clover Honey Syrup.

Menu:

Starter - Choice of jumbo lump crab cake, or lobster bisque, or grilled artichoke

Entrée - Choice of crispy skin king salmon with caramelized fennel puree, blood orange fennel slaw and red wine braised Belgium endive, or slow tender braised pork with sweet potato farro risotto, butter braised wild mushrooms, puffed barley, apple cider gastrique (*can be made vegetarian without pork), or butter poached California lobster tail with sweet pea orzo pasta, corn fritters and celery salad, or beef Wellington with truffle potato puree, garlic spinach and sauce béarnaise, or Jidori airline chicken breast with spinach, lemon puree, confit new potatoes and dark chicken jus

Dessert - Choice of lavender scented port poached pear with crème anglaise, or rich chocolate mousse with strawberries and gingersnap streusel

Cost: $65 per person. To make reservations, call 949.933.1001, and visit www.lighthousenb.com.

Lighthouse Bayview Café is located in Marina Park at 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 

Mr. G’s

Elegance on Balboa Island

Enjoy an elegant evening with a four course prix-fixe menu, accompanied by a complimentary glass of Setteanime Prosecco.

Menu:

Starter - Oysters with watermelon gazpacho, cucumber and celery foam

Pasta - Choice of black truffle gnocchi with pecorino romano and black pepper, or short rib ravioli with wild mushrooms and cheese fondue

Main Course - Choice of pan seared branzino with candy cane beets, Tuscan kale and blistered grape balsamic, or petite filet with glazed root vegetables, black garlic and butternut squash puree

Dessert - Petit four duo: red velvet dark chocolate and vanilla sponge with Swiss buttercream and apricot filling

Cost: $85 per person. To make a reservation, visit www.mrgsbistro.com.

Mr. G’s is located at 305 Marine Ave., Balboa Island. 949.675.6193

Oak Grill Patio

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

Dine on the cozy, intimate outdoor patio at Oak Grill

Oak Grill at the Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach

A Four course prix-fixe meal

Dinner and bubbling champagne – what’s not to love? Whether you are enjoying a special evening with your beloved or dining with a group of adored friends, Oak Grill’s four course prix-fixe meal will make it a memorable one.

Menu:

First Course - Crudo duo of hamachi and ahi

Second Course - Choice of Valentine’s Day salad with shaved fennel, strawberries and candied pecans, or creamy lobster bisque with lump crab and brandy crème fraiche

Third Course - 12 oz. bone-in filet with sauce bordelaise, or shrimp and mussels with a champagne cream sauce, or red snapper Milanese, with all entrees accompanied by sumptuous sides.

Fourth Course (Dessert) - The sweet for sweethearts is shared: strawberry au chocolate shortbread with Grand Marnier cream. A glass of champagne or rosé, plus a budding rose awaiting a special someone is included.

Cost: $125 person, excluding tax and gratuity. To make reservations, visit www.opentable.com/oak-grill. For more information, visit www.oakgrillnb.com.

Oak Grill, is located in the Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Call 949.760.4920.

Coliseum Pool and Cabana

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Pelican Hill

The Coliseum Pool & Grill Cabana

The Resort at Pelican Hill 

A variety of Valentine’s celebrations from afternoon tea to candlelight dining alfresco

Valentine’s Tea Moderno - Wednesday, Feb. 14 through Saturday, Feb. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Treat your loved one to a special Valentine’s tea in the Great Room Social Lounge, where there’s a modern twist on the time-honored tradition of gathering for English Afternoon Tea. Sip contemporary blends featuring classic selections and emerging tea markets, while noshing savory and sweet Italian-inspired small bites. Tea-based cocktails and sparkling wines available à la carte.

Cost: $60 per adult and $40 per child under the age of 12.

Il Menu dell’ Amore at Andrea - Chef Troy presents a special Italian lovers’ menu, offering four courses with “his and her” choices on February 14. From Thursday, Feb. 15 through Saturday, Feb. 17, a la carte specials will be available. Andrea offers Valentine’s diners a casually elegant ambience, heated ocean-view terrace, a charming live guitarist and an exquisite selection of Italian wines.

Cost: Lunch available February 14 for $90 per person or $150 per person with wine pairings. Dinner available February 14 for $150 per person or $200 per person with wine pairings. Call 1.877.563.5102 for reservations.

Valentine’s Dining at Pelican Grill - On February 14, Chef Marc at Pelican Grill offers a special three-course menu designed for him and for her. From Thursday, Feb. 15 through Saturday, Feb. 17, a la carte specials will be available. Spend an afternoon or evening on the ocean-view terrace or in the dining room with an open-display kitchen, while tasting the best of quintessential California cuisine and wine.

Cost: Available February 14 for $120 per person or $160 per person with wine pairings. Call 1.877.563.5102 for reservations.

Candlelight Cabana Table for Two at Coliseum Pool & Grill

Overlooking Pelican Hill’s iconic Coliseum Pool and the breathtaking Newport coastline, private luxury cabanas invite romantic Valentine’s dining by candlelight. Coliseum Pool & Grill’s Chef Diego creates a four-course menu for tables of two. Customized music, flowers and décor are available upon request. Advance reservations strongly recommended.

Cost: Available February 14 for $150 per person or $190 per person with wine pairings. Call 1.877.563.5102 for reservations.

Valentine’s Dining at Coliseum Pool & Grill

From Wednesday, Feb. 14 through Saturday, Feb. 17, Chef Diego at Coliseum romances your palate with a la carte specials designed for two. Dine amidst architectural splendor reminiscent of Italy’s iconic Coliseum, while overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

For more information and reservations, call 1.877.563.5102.

The Resort at Pelican Hill is located at 22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Coast. www.pelicanhill.com

Provenance

A special three-course menu

Enjoy a creatively inspired three-course menu on Valentine’s Day. It includes an Amuse-Bouche with myriad choices, and they will also be offering a vegetarian menu and items that are gluten free.

Cost: $75 per person with optional wine pairing or crafted cocktails for an additional $25 or $40. To make a reservation, visit www.opentable.com/provenance-newport-beach.

Provenance is located in the Eastbluff Village Center at 2531 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach.

Sushi Roku Crudo Special

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

The Crudo Special at Sushi Roku

Sushi Roku

Prix-fixe and Crudo specials

Sushi Roku is offering their regular dinner menu, in addition to an Izakaya prix-fixe menu for $160 and a Crudo Special for 2 for $65. It is available Friday, Feb. 9 through Sunday, Feb. 11 and on Wednesday, Feb. 14. They will also have a DJ spinning tunes from 7 - 10 p.m. on Valentine’s Day.

The Crudo Special Menu: A great starter for a couple and comes with two pieces of each:

Oyster, uni, caviea, ponzu jello

Salmon, wasabi aioli

Spanish Mackerel, spicy miso

Amberjack, mango jalapeño

Blue Fin Tuna, tamari truffle

Golden Eye Snapper, sweet vinegar, black lava salt

Japanese Scallop with pressed caviar

Dessert Special - Red velvet chocolate cake with berries and caramel ice cream

To reservations, for additional menu selections and hours, visit www.sushiroku.com.

Sushi Roku is located at 327 Newport Center Drive (adjacent to Macy’s and across from True Food Kitchen), Newport Beach.

Waterline at the Balboa Bay Resort

Dining specials along the water’s edge

Treat your loved one to a romantic and unforgettable Valentine’s Day along the water’s edge. Valentine’s Day specials will be available on Saturday, Feb. 10, Sunday, Feb. 11 and Wednesday, Feb. 14 to accompany their regular dinner menu. For reservations, call 949.630.4145. Balboa Bay Club member discounts apply.

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

Ciao Vincenza! (Happy Valentine’s Day)


You Must Remember This: Dora Hill, first “feminine” mayor

By NANCY GARDNER

Dora

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Nancy Gardner

Political language has changed. I was looking something up in the book, Fifty Golden Years, the Story of Newport Beach, by S. A. Meyer, when I came across this heading: First Feminine Mayor. Interesting. Presumably all prior mayors had been macho types, and this particular mayor was more in touch with his feminine side. Intrigued to learn more about this early metrosexual, I read on, only to learn that the writer was actually talking about the first woman mayor, Dora Hill. If the heading seemed a little odd, it was nothing compared to what followed: “Her pictures never do justice to the soft impeachment (sic) of sparkling eyes, petal-toned cheeks and alluring lines.” Okay, the book was written in 1957, and times change, but if you know your city history, Dora Hill was not just the first woman mayor. She served three terms as mayor and was the driving force behind the city’s Charter, the document that completely changed the way the city was governed. All this, and the best the writer can come up with is petal-toned cheeks? Still, to give him a break, he was trying to add color to what otherwise would be little more than a name in a history book, so here’s some color on three signers of the city’s Charter, people I actually knew because they were friends of my parents.

When I first looked at the list of signers, it took me a moment to realize I knew Lawrence Broering since I never heard him called anything but Hans. Hans served a couple of terms on the city council and owned La Cantina liquor store in Corona del Mar. He and his wife Marge lived on Balboa Island where Marge was known for her knitting talent, creating sweaters that were of remarkable quality. At some point, Hans moved out, earning him bad marks with my mother who was close friends with Marge. They eventually reconciled – Hans and Marge, that is. I don’t think my mother ever quite forgave him.

According to my father, Marco Anich, another signer, was the best waterman he ever knew. He was so good that he was adopted by the beach boys at Waikiki as one of their own when most haole (individuals who are not descendents of native Hawaiians, and usually born on the mainland) were driven off the sand. Marco’s father, Pete Anich, was like the godfather of the fishermen in town. In the early days, if you were a local politician, you wanted Pete on your side because he could bring all those fishing votes…so it’s no surprise that Marco was involved in city government. After leaving the beach boys, Marco got into insurance and married his wife Pat who was a fabulous cook. She gave me my first garlic press. I remember asking my mother what it was, and she hadn’t a clue. If she needed garlic, she poured it out of a shaker.

The final name I knew was that of Les Steffensen, a white-haired man who came over to visit my parents occasionally. He sometimes brought his wife Mary who for some reason reminded me of Glinda in The Wizard of Oz. I knew Les the least of the three, but from everything I’ve heard or read, he was a very witty man. He and my father were founding members of Amigos Viejos, the organization established as the flip side of such worthy groups as the Rotary Club and Kiwanis. The purpose of Amigos Viejos was not to have a purpose, so the monthly “meetings” were an excuse to have a very wet lunch and be amused by the emcee combination of Steffensen and Gardner.

So, there are three of the charter signers with a little bit of color added to their names, if not their faces. And just as a reminder of who Dora Hill really was, here’s my father’s description of her: “One of the all-time greats in Newport Beach political history…strong, intelligent, capable.” Just think, all that and petal-toned cheeks.

~~~~~~~~

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


Stump the Stu

Lawn art proves to be popular in CdM

Stump the Stu 2.1.18

Click on photo for a larger image

Well, well, well, this one was certainly recognizable. Karen Rhyne, who often “bicycles by this fun, whimsical sculpture” tells us it’s in Corona del Mar on Ocean Boulevard at Larkspur. It looks to be made of reclaimed mechanical parts.

Eighteen locals who know our community shared their correct guesses including Carol Abram, Debra Allen, Paul Blank, Janet Bludau, Karen Carlson, Jody Chapman, Charles Davison, Mary Ann Hemphill, Francine Jacome, Scott Jones, Jan Landstrom, Judy Leeper, Scott Lynch, Julie Martin, Heidi Miller, Harold Parker, Bobbi Schaaf and Don Webb. To date, this has been the most who have Stumped the Stu for one photo!

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


Sign of the times

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

Here’s the key to this week’s guess, you either know it or you don’t.

Send your guesses to Lana Johnson, SNN Editor, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’ll print the names of those that correctly guess on Monday.

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!

Sign of the Times 2.1.18

Click on photo for a larger image


POP-UP exhibit at SCAPE Gallery

Merge 7

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

Merge #7 by artist Scott McMillin is among the artwork on display at the pop-up exhibit at SCAPE Gallery

SCAPE Gallery in Corona del Mar is hosting a POP-UP exhibit featuring artists from Logan Creative Studios now through February 21.

Logan Creative is a compound for working artists where individual and collaborative exploration flourishes.

Among the artists is Scott McMillin, who SCAPE has represented and exhibited for more than 10 years. He has moved his studio to Santa Ana, sharing space with other artists. Other artists whose work is on display include Adam Sabolick, Lesley Kice Nishjigawara and Greg Price.

SCAPE Gallery is located at 2859 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. Call 949.723.3406 for more information.


NBPD recognizes staff with Citation Awards

Jon Lewis and Jay Short

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Lana Johnson

(L-R): Newport Beach Police Chief Jon Lewis and Newport Beach Police Deputy Chief Jay Short 

On Monday, Jan. 29, the Newport Beach Police Department held a ceremony in the Civic Center Community Room to honor several staff members with Newport Beach Police Chief Jon Lewis’ Citation Awards.

Jon Lewis and Steve Green

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo courtesy of NBPD

(L-R): Newport Beach Police Chief Jon Lewis and Newport Beach Senior Police Mechanic Steve Green

Among the Citation Award recipients who were sworn in were Jay Short, who was promoted to the position of Newport Beach Police Deputy Chief and Steve Green, promoted to Senior Police Mechanic. Swearing in ceremonies also commemorated Officers Salvador Torres; Alexis Bakas; and the newest police officer on the force, Brian Craddolph.

Brian Craddolph swearing in

Click on photos for larger images

Photo by Lana Johnson

(L-R): Newport Beach Police Officer Brian Craddolph sworn in by Newport Beach Police’s Executive Officer Lt. Tom Fischbacher

In addition, investigators Bryan McMahon and Michael Dugan, were recognized for their work on the 1994 “cold case” homicide of Marjorie Van Uden: In November 2017, due to their efforts, John Van Uden lll was arrested for his mother’s murder.

Jon Lewis McMahon and Dugan

Click on photos for larger images

Photo courtesy of NBPD

(L-R): Newport Beach Police Chief Jon Lewis with Investigative Officers Bryan McMahon and Michael Dugan

Attendees filled the room to capacity which included many community notables: Newport Beach Mayor Duffy Duffield; Newport Beach Mayor Pro-Tem Will O’Neill; councilmembers Diane Dixon, Jeff Herdman and Scott Poetter; Newport Beach Fire Chief Chip Duncan; Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff and Assistant City Manager Carol Jacobs; and Tim Whitacre, district representative for OC Supervisor Michelle Steel.


Off Center Festival is going strong with “The Car Plays”

Red Car

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Doug Gifford

Blurring the lines between theater and real life, “The Car Plays” is a unique, site-specific theatrical sensation at Segerstrom Center and it’s continuing on February 2 and 3.

Five cars, five different 10-minute plays, and you’re right in the middle of each one. Conceived by Paul Stein and produced by Moving Arts, this “adventurous theater is packed into a Jeep, or Jetta or an Audi” (Huffington Post). So, hop in for the ride of your life!

The audience moves more than actors in this novel production. Pairs of ticket holders are ushered to a car parked outside the theater, and once they’re situated in the backseat, a 10-minute play unfolds in the front seat. Each pair moves from car to car, eventually taking in five short plays.

This is interactive theater at its best, with tickets starting at $25. Performance times vary. Takes place at the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza.

For more information, visit www.scfta.org.

Segerstrom Center is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Call 714.556.2787.


Little Lido Kids Club is all about penguins

Penguins

Submitted photo

You’re invited to the Little Lido Kids Club on Thursday, Feb. 15 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Lido Village Books. Bring your children and enjoy a book about a sneezy penguin.

Kids will enjoy creating a one-of-a-kind penguin of their very own and moms will love the opportunity drawings and specials from participating Lido Marina Village retailers including $25 off your purchase at Eberjey, 15 percent off your purchase at Bailey44, 10 percent off your book purchase at Lido Village Books, 10 percent off your purchase at Sweaty Betty (first-time customers only) and 10 percent off any one item at YOLK.

This event is free and open to the public, but the Club asks that you RSVP by visiting www.bit.ly/LLpenguins.

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 $10 gift card to YOLK. You must register before 8 p.m. on February 14 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.


Human Options appoints two to its board of directors, one a resident of Newport Beach

Kerri Summers Joe Ferrentino

Click on photos for larger images

Submitted photos

Kerri Summers and Joe Ferrentino named to the board of directors for Human Options

Human Options, an Orange County-based nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence, announced the addition of two new board members: Kerri Summers, legal assistant at Call & Jensen, and Joe Ferrentino, partner at Newmeyer & Dillion.

Newport Beach resident Kerri Summers is a legal assistant at Call & Jensen, and is very familiar with the support and guidance the Human Options team provides to domestic violence victims. As a volunteer with Human Options clients since 2009, Summers has lent her knowledge to the nonprofit helping clients gain independence while also offering her services as a volunteer and speaker. She was recently honored as the graduate speaker during the nonprofit’s 2017 Fall Luncheon, where she gave a powerful speech about the important work of Human Options.

Joe Ferrentino is a resident of Villa Park and a partner at Newmeyer & Dillion, where he practices law in the areas of construction, business, real estate and insurance. He has represented developers in some of the most complex and publicized construction defect cases in California, including the defense of a builder involved in the Laguna “Niguel Summit” landslide case, which resulted in a multi-million dollar settlement. Ferrentino was selected as Orange County’s “Attorney of the Year” in 2013 in the area of real estate by the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Lawyers in America list, which he has been featured on from 2012 - 2017.

“We are excited to welcome both Joe Ferrentino and Kerri Summers to our board of directors,” said Maricela Rios-Faust, CEO of Human Options. “We believe their strong experience, resources and commitment to the community will prove to be extremely valuable as Human Options works to raise awareness on the impact of domestic violence on families and improve Orange County’s response.”

For further information about Human Options, call 949.737.5242, ext. 211, or visit humanoptions.org.


Guest Column

Sean Boulton

This is a message the entire community needs to read 

Sean Boulton

Submitted photo

Newport Harbor High School Principal Sean Boulton

All Sailors ache for the family and friends of the student who died at Corona del Mar High School, and there have been a number of supportive emails from our community. Yet there remains valid, heartfelt concern for this tragic incident, specifically from notes that the deceased student left, notes which made mention of the pressures of school and growing up in Newport-Mesa. A lot to ponder, and many conversations and changes ahead but how did we get here? 

Our teachers and District have simply created and maintained a system that our community/country has demanded from us over the past 20 years since college admissions mania went into hyper drive, since vocational training programs were dismantled, and since earning “A’s” in AP classes became the norm.

Our teachers feel the pressure, administration and counseling feel the pressure, and now parents/students are really feeling the pressures. When we grew up nobody asked us what our GPA was, and it was “cool” to work on the roof of a house. This competitive culture has significantly impacted our young adults. We endlessly discuss test scores, National Merit Scholarships, reading scores, AP scholars, comparisons to other school Districts and this is when we start losing our collective souls – and our children. 

We often shield our students from failure. We think that earning a “C” grade in a class is the end of the world, and we don’t allow our students to advocate for themselves. We have also devalued a military career, a plumbing or welding job, and we are a little embarrassed if our children wish to attend vocational training schools instead of a major university.

We say hooray for those students who enter the armed forces, who want to work with their hands, who don’t want to be weighed down with the burden of being perfect in high school, and who earn a “C” in a tough class and are proud of themselves.

ALL of us as a community have to get to this point if we want to avoid our students feeling shamed, isolated, or worthless. 

We had a waiting list this year for culinary at NHHS and construction technology at Estancia – this is a telling statistic. We consistently have students lost in our administrative/counseling offices, and in classrooms whom we tell, “College is not for everyone, but look at what you can do.” We invite military recruiters to our campuses, so they can work with students on valued and significant careers in the armed forces.

Please know there is so much behind the scenes we do to diffuse this environment, but we cannot do it alone anymore. 

A very intuitive parent gave an analogy recently that hit home: “Our kids are not teacups; they are meant to be bumped around from time to time.” 

It is during these bumpy times that we can applaud a “C”, applaud a student going to the military or junior college, properly support failure with introspection not blame, take an 89.5 percent as a B+ in stride, or applaud a student in one of our CTE pathways. My British father would always quip, “It is the sum of our experiences that should always outweigh the sum of our bank accounts.” 

We must reach the point where, if our sons and daughters don’t live a perfect young adult experience, it is not the end of the world...it is simply an opportunity to lift the sails and head in another direction.

I sound like a broken record. If this offends anyone I am sorry. 

We need to start now. 

Sean Boulton, Principal 

Newport Harbor High School


ENC is seeking nature camp teachers

Campers

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of ENC

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) 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. To learn more and apply, visit the website at www.encenter.org/about-us/emplyment

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


CdM Chamber to hold ribbon cutting

Jofit

Submitted photo

The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce is holding a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 5:15 p.m. at Jofit Golf & Lifestyle in Corona del Mar Plaza.

Immediately following the ceremony with city and legislative officials in attendance, enjoy appetizers, refreshments and a networking mixer.

Jofit is located at 932 Avocado Ave., Corona del Mar.

For more information, contact the Chamber at 949.673.4050 or visit www.CdmChamber.com.


Villa Real Estate unveils new mobile app

Villa Real Estate, one of Orange County’s leading luxury real estate firms, has unveiled a new mobile app to make home shopping easier than ever. The free app, simply named Villa Real Estate, allows home shoppers to search for a home using a variety of criteria, as well as search for a Villa agent based on their areas of expertise.

The Villa Real Estate app offers home searches from the location, size and price, to features such as fireplaces, pools, waterfront properties and other amenities, for a more in-depth home search. The app refreshes every 10 minutes with current listings directly from the MLS. 

Villa Real Estate app

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

Users can swipe to the right on homes they like, or swipe left on homes that don’t fit their needs, to remove those properties from future searches. Home shoppers can tap on home to get more details and information on the property, and even sync open homes to their phone’s calendar.

Home buyers can also mark their favorite listings, share them with others via email or text message, schedule a showing at the click of a button, and communicate with their agent via in-app messaging. The Villa Real Estate app is available for both iOS and Android users.

“At Villa, we pride ourselves on offering our agents and home shoppers with the latest technology and marketing tools for the best possible real estate experience, regardless if they are buying or selling a home,” said Brittney Champieux, director of marketing at Villa Real Estate, which also recently launched a new website with powerful search criteria. “Our new app provides detailed and accurate information on listings in real time, making home searching an easier process.”

Established in 2013, Villa Real Estate has 160 agents and four offices with locations in Laguna Beach, Balboa Peninsula, Corona del Mar, and the company’s headquarters in Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.villarealestate.com.


Traffic, traffic…everywhere

By AMY SNIDER SENK

My neighborhood is under construction, one house at a time. At one point late last summer, there were seven active construction sites in various stages within a block of my home. Workers arrive well before their official 7 a.m. start time, and among the various unwelcome habits they have exhibited, they usually take all the legal parking spaces, then take over the illegal ones, too. They block street sweepers, they fill cul-de-sacs, they look at red curbs like they were reserved specially. It’s really annoying – how many times in a day does one feel like calling parking control to rat out their neighbors’ workers?

I’m not alone. At a Corona del Mar Residents Association meeting recently, others said construction in their neighborhood was booming, and parking problems were a direct result. From Shore Cliffs to Hazel Drive to the Flower Streets – it’s everywhere.

Traffic

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Amy Snider Senk

So, my ears perked up when City Councilman Scott Peotter last week made the suggestion that the Council consider a plan to require a parking management plan from builders if there are multiple projects grouped together.

Staff will prepare a report, he said, looking at different options to help control construction parking. The topic will likely come up at a future study session meeting.

“We want to be reasonable in how we approach it, but I don’t think the citizens and the residents should have to bear the burden of construction on the site which is what they’re doing now,” Poetter said. “And it’s compounded on street-sweeping days.”

He envisions a plan that would allow building inspectors a lot of latitude in deciding whether a parking management plan is needed. If only one project is underway on a street, then there likely wouldn’t have to be a parking plan. But if a fifth project breaks ground on the same street, the inspector could be able to go to all builders and ask that they use the front of their parcel for unloading only, and have workers park remotely. Or perhaps, residents park on one side of the street while workers park opposite. Or “anything in between” that staff comes up with, Peotter said. “You don’t want neighbors to be penalized.”

In other car-truck-traffic-congestion Corona del Mar news, the CdM Business Improvement District board met Thursday and had a first look at a report on the CdM Coast Highway Bypass Study. The study showed that depending on the time of year, like in summer, taking East Coast Highway can be slower than other routes, like taking Newport Coast to San Joaquin Hills Road to MacArthur Boulevard. Ultimately, city staff envisions a plan that would use Bluetooth detectors on streetlights that would capture traffic data from cell phones in passing cars, then provide live time estimates to motorists for the fastest routes to Fashion Island, say, or to the 73 Toll Road.

The project would be funded through different grants – but the city would need the approval of Caltrans before placing the signs on sections of Coast Highway. So, there’s no real estimate on when motorists actually would see the signs.

During the meeting, a few BID members said that diverting traffic away from Corona del Mar might not be the best thing for their businesses’ bottom line. Why pay CdM rent prices if you don’t enjoy the drive-by traffic?

Peotter, who attended the BID meeting, said many CdM residents have believed for a long time that traffic grew worse when the Transportation Corridor Agency began charging tolls for motorists who exited the 73 at Newport Coast. But a TCA study that tracked cars and their final destinations showed that even if the toll was removed completely, at most 200 cars in the morning and 200 cars in the evening would be removed from the East Coast Highway stretch through Corona del Mar. That stretch sees as many as 50,000 cars a day, so the reduction would be negligible.

“A lot of people have this idea that it was wonderful before and now it’s bad,” Poetter said. “But there’s been development. It’s not all the toll roads.”

~~~~~~~~

Amy Snider Senk has lived in Corona del Mar for 17 years and until last year 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.

 


Tall Ship Lady Washington sails into Newport Harbor

Lady WashingtonLRG

Submitted photo

Lady Washington, the official tall ship of Washington State, and her companion vessel the Hawaiian Chieftain, will visit Newport Beach on January 31 through February 5.

They will offer family-oriented Evening and Battle Sails featuring a living history experience with demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing and maritime amusements. A ticket is required for all passengers, including babes in arms. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

One-hour tours are available for a $5 donation, and take place Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 3, Battle Sail takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. and costs $42 - $49. On Sunday, Feb. 4 Adventure Sail takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and costs $42 - $49; the Battle Sail occurs from 2 to 5 p.m. and costs $42 - $79. Closed Monday, Feb. 5.

Events take place at the Newport Sea Base, 1932 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach. For more information, call Grays Harbor Historical Seaport at 1.800.200.5239, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Stump the Stu

Let’s see if you can make the cut on this one

Stump the Stu 1.29.18

Click on photo for a larger image

Looks like someone had a few extra parts sitting around…or maybe it’s a collectible art piece. In any case, have you seen 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 answers will be in Thursday’s edition.

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!


Special City Council meeting scheduled tonight

A special Newport Beach City Council Planning Session/Goal Setting Meeting is being held tonight, Monday, Jan. 29 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Marina Park Community Center in the Collins/Bay Island Rooms, located at 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

The City Council welcomes and encourages community participation in this Planning Session meeting. Public comments are generally limited to three minutes per person to allow everyone to speak. Written comments are encouraged as well. The agenda is available at www.newportbeachca.gov/agendas.


Sign of the times

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

So, we gave you a glimpse of the key from the SideDoor sign in Corona del Mar, 

located at 3801 E. Coast Highway. Their gastropub menu includes great sandwiches, hamburgers, soups and salads, and sumptuous side dishes. 

Correct guesses came from Jennifer Carey, Kim Crawford, Mary Ann Hemphill, Sue DeMille, Pam Smith, Ben Davis, Breanne Eshelman, Julie Martin, Michele McCormack, Paul Blank, Rebecca Lightfoot and Carol Strauss. 

Thank you all for playing.

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

Let’s have some fun!

SideDoor CdM

Click on photo for a larger image


Scam Alert: Auto Repair Scams

Auto repair

Submitted photo

Have you heard about “Auto Grandkid Scams”? According to the Newport Beach Police Department, here’s how they work: You get approached by a stranger (in a parking lot, or at home) who says they do mobile car repairs. They claim they can fix your dents, paint, or other cosmetic or mechanical issues for a fraction of the price of a body shop or repair shop, all with the convenience of on-site service.

Is it too good to be true? YES. These “repairs” often include shoddy workmanship and damaging products that will leave vehicles in worse shape than they began. Beware of high-pressure sales tactics that force you to make a quick decision.

Here’s what you can do:

1. Stop. Don’t enter into an agreement or pay for repairs without doing your research first. Ask questions (like: Are they licensed?), shop around for several quotes, and look online and see what others have to say about the company. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do once you have paid for these services, so the time for caution is before any work begins.

2. Pass this information on to a friend. You may not have received one of these offers, 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, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov/complaint.


Pet of the Week Dog 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.”

Charlie

Click on photo for larger image

Courtesy of Newport Beach 

Animal Shelter

MEET CHARLIE

Charlie enjoys playing, prancing and sharing his love with everyone

Charlie is checking in to wish everyone a charming day. This sweet, sweet male is currently awaiting an extra special adopter to make his life complete. As one of the most affectionate, intelligent and loyal best friends that you will ever meet, Charlie enjoys his days playing, prancing and sharing his love with all. If you ask anyone at the shelter who their best guest is right now, they’d all say, “It’s Charlie!” He’s perfect in every way.

 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 Charlie, 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. to 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 1.29.18

Click on photo for a larger image

The Newport Beach wharf and station where trains arrived two or three times a day to bring people from Anaheim, Santa Ana and Tustin in the early 1900s.

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..


NBFD recognizes CERT volunteers at awards dinner

4081

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos courtesy of NBFD

(L-R): Newport Beach City Councilmember Jeff Herdman, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Lifeguard Battalion Chief Mike Halphide, Fire Chief Chip Duncan and Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Boyles

On January 24, the Newport Beach Fire Department recognized the efforts of its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers at the 10th Annual State of CERT dinner and awards banquet, which took place at OASIS Senior Center in the Evelyn Hart Events Center, Corona del Mar.

This event highlighted the Newport Beach CERT Program’s most recent accomplishments and its upcoming goals. Volunteers were recognized for their collective contributions in 2017.

4063

Click on photo for a larger image

(L-R): Newport Beach City Councilmember Jeff Herdman, CERT Instructor of the Year Fire Captain Jim Boland, Fire Chief Chip Duncan and Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Boyles

The keynote speaker for this year’s event was Newport Beach Fire Department Life Safety Specialist and CERT Program Coordinator Matt Brisbois, who reviewed the CERT program accomplishments in 2017 and covered the future direction of the program.

4055

Click on photo for a larger image

(L-R): Newport Beach City Councilmember Jeff Herdman, Spirit of CERT Award recipient Karen Mascitelli, Fire Chief Chip Duncan and Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Boyles

The Newport Beach Fire Department presented awards in several categories for outstanding contributions to its volunteers.

Award recipients included:

Marilyn Broughton CERT Volunteer of the Year - Ardith Chaffee

CERT Neighborhood of the Year - Bayside Village

CERT Instructor of the Year - Fire Captain Jim Boland

Spirit of CERT Award - Karen Mascitelli

Business of the Year - Pacific Life

School of the Year - Harbor Day School

Lifetime Achievement Award - Lifeguard Battalion Chief Mike Halphide

For additional information about the Newport Beach CERT Program, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.644.3112.


Local attorney named OC Bar Chair

Deputy District Attorney Craig Cazares of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) was named Chair of the Orange County Bar Association’s (OCBA) Criminal Law section for 2018.

Cazares was elected by fellow section members as the Criminal Law section’s Chair-Elect in 2017 and he progressed to be the section’s Chair for 2018. He joined the OCDA in December 1990 after earning his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. Cazares has held various assignments throughout his career with the OCDA including vertical assignments to the Major Fraud Unit and the Family Protection Unit, where he specialized in the prosecution of elder and dependent adult cases. Cazares is currently assigned as a senior member of the Felony Charging Unit at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach.

The OCDA is the largest law firm in Orange County and employs more than 250 attorneys who review and prosecute cases ranging from misdemeanor DUIs to special circumstances murders in more than 34 cities in Orange County. 

The OCBA is one of the largest voluntary bar associations in California, with more than 9,000 members who meet regularly in sections and committees dedicated to discussing several areas of law. The OCBA Criminal Law section serves as a forum for open discussions, networking and continuing legal education for the practice of criminal law.


Little Naturalists Camp is enrolling

Little Naturalists

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of ENC

Educational outdoor fun awaits preschool campers, ages 3 - 5 at the Environmental Nature Center’s (ENC) Little Naturalists Camp occurring February 19 through February 22. Each day Little Naturalist Campers will be led by an ENC Naturalist for a hands-on nature-based outdoor play curriculum filled with adventure experiences and learning activities.

Little Naturalist campers will make a morning snack each day and if attending for the full day an additional afternoon snack. (It is recommended that families provide lunch and a hearty breakfast before camp.)

Cost: Full Day Camp takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the fee is $300. Half Day Camp takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the fee is $230. There is a 10 percent discount for ENC members.

For more information and to register, visit http://encenter.org/camps/little-naturalists-camp/.

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


Junior League Juniors tour NBPD facility

Jr League

Submitted photo

On January 21, Junior League Juniors of Junior League of Orange County (headquartered in Newport Beach), held a public safety-themed event named “Walking the Beat with the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD).”

Seventeen children attended with their parents and/or guardians to participate. Carol McDonald, a volunteer with the NBPD, hosted the event with a small presentation and tour around the facility. McDonald has been working with the department for more than 20 years.

Highlights from the tour were seeing the juvenile holding cells, the squad room, the gun cleaning room and the 911 dispatch call center. The youngsters learned about officer training, police neighborhood patrol, the use of police dogs & horses and how the 911 call center works. After the tour, the kids were rewarded with NBPD coloring books, badges and toy whistles.


Hutchins Consort to perform in Newport Beach

Hutchins Consort

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of The Hutchins Consort

The Hutchins Consort

Music lovers are in for a treat, when the Hutchins Consort comes to Southern California with one performance in Newport Beach.

“All’s Fair in Love and War,” will take place Sunday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 2200 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach. This brand new arrangement of Biber’s extraordinary Battalia (battle) is paired with the motets of Don Carlo Gesualdo, and other works of love.

The Hutchins Consort plays on eight scaled violins from the tiny treble violin, tuned one octave above the standard violin, to the large bass violin, tuned one octave lower than a cello. That broad palette of instruments helps the ensemble produce an astonishing range of sounds. The instruments designed and built by luthier Dr. Carleen Hutchins, whose research into the acoustic properties of string instruments resulted in an innovative process called free-plate tuning: a precise method of refining the top and back plates of a violin before it is assembled to bring it to peak acoustic performance.

Cost: Adults, $35; Senior/Student, $25; a Family Package for two adults and two children, $60. For tickets, visit www.hutchinsconsort.org, or purchase tickets at the door.


First headliners revealed for Pacific Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series

Kool The Gang

Submitted photo

Kool & the Gang to headline Summer Concert Series

Concerts at the Pacific Amphitheatre have become a Southern California summer tradition, and the will be returning to the outdoor venue in July 2018. Who will be rocking out at the upcoming Toyota Summer Concert Series?

The first headliners for the season were recently released and include:

Kool & The Gang and the Village People will be performing on Wednesday, July 18; Straight No Chaser and Jon McLaughlin on Sunday, July 8; Steve Martin, Martin Short, The Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko on Friday, July 20; and Brett Eldredge and Honey Country on Sunday, July 29.

Online presale tickets go on sale Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. For presale ticket information, visit www.ticketmaster.com. 1.800.745.3000.

The Pacific Amphitheatre Box Office is located at 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa and opens Saturday, Jan 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Woodward appears to have ties to extremist group

TomJohnson

Have you heard the latest about 20-year-old Samuel Woodward, the Newport Beach resident who is charged in the recent slaying of 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein?

Last week ProPublica.org reported that according to three people who knew Woodward, he “is an avowed neo-Nazi and a member of one the most notorious extremist groups in the country.” 

The group in question is the Atomwaffen Division, “a small neo-Nazi group whose members are preparing for a race war to combat what they consider the cultural and racial displacement of the white race,” according to the Anti-Defamation League.

Bernstein, who was home for the holidays from the University of Pennsylvania, was stabbed some 20+ times and buried in a shallow grave in a Lake Forest park.

Woodward has been arrested and charged with the murder.

Bernstein was openly gay and Jewish.

• • •

You have to give credit where credit is due. Friday night the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce held their annual Christmas Boat Parade Awards Dinner & Auction. As usual the event was one of the community’s best, taking place at the Fashion Island Hotel. The Chamber just seems to continue to up their game. 

But what really struck me about the evening’s event was the auction. Plain and simple, it’s as good as it gets locally. 

Two people really made this happen: the first is Marie Case, the event chair, who seems to have contacted everyone in coastal Orange County for a donation; and the other is Newport Beach Marriot Hotel & Spa General Manager Debbie Snavely, who donated a large number of trips literally throughout the world.

Really impressive.

Marie Case

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by David Kawashima

(L-R): Newport Beach Commodores and live auction bidders, Paul Blank and Craig Batley, flank Marie Case, event and auction chair, at the Christmas Boat Parade Awards Dinner & Auction

• • •

Chap Clark was confirmed yesterday by the Session at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church as their new Lead Pastor and Head of Staff.

Chap comes from Fuller Theological Seminary and has been an occasional speaker at St. Andrews.

Ran into my friend Laird Hayes right before the Session and we talked about getting out to play some golf. He said he’d bring Chap. It seemed like a fun idea when he said it, then I thought, my game is so bad, can I really go 18 holes without swearing?

Laird, I’ll give you a call when I’m ready.

• • •

Speaking of golf, now’s the time to volunteer your time for the Toshiba Classic. It’s how the tournament runs and how more than $1 million is raised each year for local charities.

The tournament runs March 7 - 11 at Newport Beach Country Club.

Click here for volunteer info.

• • •

Last week we reported a Major League baseball star getting married at The Resort at Pelican Hill.

This week a Major League player buys a home in town. Nori Aoki, who has played professionally in the U.S. for seven teams, most recently the New York Mets, purchased a home in the Dover Shores area on sale for $2.7 million.

• • •

Finally, congrats to Carlo Valdes for representing Newport Beach in the upcoming 

PyeongChang 2018 Olympics in South Korea next month.

What’s his sport? He’s from Newport Beach, so of course it’s the bobsled. Go figure.

Valdes qualified for both the two-man and four-man races.

He grew up in Newport Beach and participated in track and field at UCLA, prior to becoming a bobsledder.

• • •

Here’s a rumor that will be great, if true. Supposedly, Bob Olson, who has the Lido House project, and our Mayor “Duffy” Duffield have seriously discussed a replica model of the Wild Goose for the new hotel’s lobby.

What a fabulous idea!

Craig Batley and Bob Olson

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Lana Johnson

(L-R): Newport Beach Commodore Craig Batley, Burr White Realty and Bob Olson, president and CEO of R.D. Olson Development enjoying the Christmas Boat Parade Awards Dinner & Auction


Can you even improve on the Toshiba Classic? Organizers say…yes

Toshiba Jay Haas

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Tom Johnson

Toshiba Classic Defending Champion Jay Haas

The 2018 Toshiba Classic returns to Newport Beach for its 23rd year, with a slate of new programs designed to enhance spectator experience and a powerful PGA TOUR Champions lineup competing for the $1.8 million purse. This year’s event will be held March 7 – 11 at Newport Beach Country Club, and marks Hoag Hospital’s 20th anniversary as host, manager and beneficiary of the tournament, which generates more than $1 million annually for charity. As it has since 2011, proceeds from this year’s Toshiba Classic will benefit the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center and other Hoag programs.

“We are proud to host the only official PGA TOUR Champions event in Orange County,” said Jeff Purser, executive director of the Toshiba Classic. “Over two decades, we have raised more than $20 million for Hoag Hospital and more than 45 other local charities. This is our annual opportunity to showcase the best of our community, as the tournament draws over 80,000 patrons, 200-plus sponsors and more than 1,000 volunteers every year. In addition, the Toshiba Classic fills local hotel rooms, restaurants and businesses during tournament week, providing an enormous influx of dollars into our local economy.”

The Toshiba Classic brings players with more than 400 worldwide professional victories and more than 50 major championships to Southern California. In its history, the Toshiba Classic has hosted 40 PGA TOUR Champions members in the World Golf Hall of Fame, many of whom are still actively competing.

In addition to Fred Couples, John Daly and defending champion, Jay Haas, 80 players are expected to compete in this year’s tournament, including Bernhard Langer, Scott McCarron, Vijay Singh, Mark O’Meara, Tom Lehman, Colin Montgomerie and Corey Pavin. 

Additionally, in advance of the tournament, the annual Breakfast with a Champion presented by Allergan will be held on Tuesday, March 6 at the Balboa Bay Resort. 

Lanny Wadkins, 21-time PGA TOUR winner and 2009 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee, will be this year’s Breakfast with a Champion Guest of Honor. Wadkins is well-known for his television career. During his time on the PGA TOUR Champions, he divided his time between competing and broadcasting with CBS. Currently, Wadkins is The Golf Channel’s lead analyst. 

In addition, Ira Garbutt will be recognized for serving as Tournament Chairman of the Toshiba Classic for the last 10 years.

The Championship Weekend will kick off with the third annual Military Appreciation Day presented by Microsemi on Saturday, March 10, where all active and retired service members and up to three guests will receive complimentary admission plus food and beverage vouchers. 

Continuing with tradition, the tournament will provide funding to military causes, including the Open Hearts for Purple Hearts Foundation, 1/1 Foundation, Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, and a military family will be chosen to receive direct financial support. 

Patriotic opening and closing ceremonies will bring together local military members and dignitaries to honor all the brave men and women who served our nation. Also, a “Messages for Military” board will be on display so spectators can write personal notes of gratitude.

On Sunday, March 11, the second annual Student Day will give complimentary admission to students ages 18 and under. Family-friendly activities will include a Kids Fun Zone with games and prizes. All high school and middle school-aged students in attendance will be invited to participate in a putting contest for chances to win scholarships, golf equipment, tickets to local attractions and more.

Good-Any-One-Day tickets for the Toshiba Classic are available online at www.toshibaclassic.com/tickets before the event for $25. Tickets purchased at the Main Gate on the day of the event are $30. Tickets can also be purchased in advance at participating Roger Dunn Golf Stores.


Authors featured during Pen on Fire Speaker Series

Meet critically acclaimed and best-selling novelists Attica Locke and Ivy Pochoda as part of the Pen on Fire Speaker Series taking place Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at Lido Village Books.

Locke’s novel, Bluebird, Bluebird was named as Best of 2017 book by The New York Times, Washington Post and Financial Times. Pochoda’s, Wonder Valley, was a Los Angeles Times Book of the Year.

IvyAttica

Submitted photos

(L-R): Authors Ivy Pochoda and Attica Locke

This monthly series, hosted by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, features authors, literary agents and others involved in the field of writing. Happening at Lido Village Books, the salon is a mecca for literary devotees who listen to readings, take part in discussions and attend book signings.

Purchase tickets at www.barbarademarcobarrett.com/speakers-series

Lido Village Books is located at 3424 Via Oporto #2 (Lido Marina Village), Newport Beach.


Americans win Oracle Challenger

Taylor Fritz

Submitted photos

Taylor Fritz wins Oracle Challenger Series men’s title

Americans Taylor Fritz and Danielle Collins captured the biggest titles of their professional careers as they won their respective singles titles at the Oracle Challenger Series at the Newport Beach Tennis Club.

In the men’s singles final, Fritz overcame a slow start and finished in dominating fashion as he scored a thrilling 3-6, 7-5, 6-0 victory over fellow American Bradley Klahn in one-hour and 35 minutes.

Fritz struggled early in the match against the left-handed Klahn, a native of Poway, who now trains in Los Angeles. After losing the first set in 28 minutes, Fritz cut down on his unforced errors and found his groove. In a tight second set, Fritz broke Klahn’s serve in the 12th game to even the match at one set all.

In an 18-minute third set, Fritz dominated from start to finish and cruised past Klahn, serving three love games and dropping only three points in the set to win the championship.   

“I was definitely struggling with his serve and the shots in the beginning. It took me a while to get my timing, but in the second set I felt like I started getting hot and I got really pumped up and I just carried it into the third set,” said Fritz, following the trophy presentation.

Danielle Collins

Danielle Collins wins Oracle Challenger Series women’s title

It was a dream week for American wild card Danielle Collins, as the 24-year-old from St. Petersburg, Fla. won her first career WTA singles title with a come-from-behind 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over 18-year-old qualifier Sofya Zhuk of Russia in the singles final.

“I didn’t start off the match very well today. I got off to a little bit of a rough start. I made some unforced errors. It was very difficult for me at first, but I had some experience playing Sofya,” Collins said. “I knew if I could keep my head on right, and be just a little tougher than she was, I would have a chance to win the match.”

The men’s and women’s doubles finals were played on Saturday afternoon. Second-seeded Leander Paes of India and American James Cerrentani captured the men’s title with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Treat Huey of the Philippines and American Denis Kudla.  

Japan’s Misaki Doi and Jil Teichmann of Switzerland edged Rebecca Peterson of Sweden and Jami Loeb of the United States 7-6 (4), 1-6, (10-8) to win the women’s doubles title.


2017 Christmas Boat Awards Dinner and Auction – a huge success!

The Christmas Boat Parade Awards Dinner and Auction was held on Friday, Jan. 26 at the Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach, to officially celebrate the 109th Annual Boat Parade. The evening, hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Commodores Club, was a sell-out with guests enjoying delicious food, wine, dancing and one of the best live and silent auctions of the year.

Larry Smith and Viviana Fabrizio

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by David Kawashima

Larry Smith, Surterre Properties and Commodore with Viviana Fabrizio, Ring of Lights winner of the Sweepstakes: Best Overall

Winning Ring of Lights House

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Bleu Cotton Photography

Ring of Lights winner for Sweepstakes: Best Overall is located at 1407 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar, owned by Bruce and Viviana Fabrizio

A private awards reception was held for the distinguished winners of the Boat Parade and Ring of Lights hosted by The Commodores Club. Among the many Boat Parade Winners were “The Last Hurrah,” represented by Rob Meadows and Cathy Wick who also received the Sweepstakes Award and “Paradise Found,” represented by Greg and Nor Killingsworth who were honored with the Non-Commercial Sweepstakes Award. Among the Ring of Lights Winners was the Sweepstakes Best Overall at 1407 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar, represented by Bruce and Viviana Fabrizio (Simple Green).

Rosansky, Beek, Snavely

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Lana Johnson

(L-R): Steve Rosansky, Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce president and CEO and Commodore; David Beek, Parade Co-chair and Commodore, Island Marine Fuel; and Debbie Snavely, general manager, Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa

Highlights of the night included a welcome and recognition of award winners by Marie Case, dinner and auction chair, Commodore; message from Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Steve Rosansky; a live auction conducted by professional auctioneer Jim Nye, The Benefit Auction Guy; and dancing from “A Night to Remember Entertainment” DJs.

Michel, Rhyne and O'Neills Jon and Darcy Lewis

Click on photos for a larger image

Photos by Lana Johnson

(L-R): Mike Michel, Karen Rhyne, Newport Beach Mayor Pro-Tem Will O’Neill and his wife, Jennifer; Newport Beach Chief of Police Jon Lewis with his wife, Darcy

For a complete listing of Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights winners, visit www.christmasboatparade.com.


When fishing was fun…and plentiful

By DUNCAN FORGEY

Fun Zone Boat Co

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photos

Albacore caught off Balboa Pier

In its early years, Newport Harbor was one of the premier small fishing ports on the west coast. With a relatively large and protected harbor, Newportʻs “Gospel Swamp” became a perfect home for the thriving fishing industry. The Southern California bight, a top-notch location for sports fishing and fishing fleets, created vibrant marine and cannery industries.

Local Indians were the first to discover the treasure of life in our Pacific. Sea otters and salmon once ranged all the way to San Diego. Corona del Mar had a large kelp forest, and was home to myriad species of fish, many of which disappeared with the kelp. Seaweed was used extensively in cosmetics and ice cream in the 1950s.

Gabrielino Indians, living in one of the worldʻs most moderate climates, had endless amounts of fish. Native Americans living in local villages, Genga and Moyo, used spears, nets and sculpted wood or shell hooks to catch shoreline fish. This was supplemented by a plethora of lobsters and clams.

man holding a halibut

Click on photo for a larger image

A large catch…halibut!

Fishing became a part of everyoneʻs life in pioneer Newport. John Sharps, “Big Jim” Stauus, Robert and Alberto Duarte, Indian Joe, and others fished when not working around McFaddenʻs Landing. It was a way of life.

Decades later, kids in row boats dropped lines all around Shark Island in search of some tasty halibut. Elsewhere, others fished the many harbor docks hoping to catch butter-mouth perch, all the while, trying to avoid the dreaded sculpin.

Adventure fishing boat

Click on photo for a larger image

Adventure, an early fishing boat

Access to “sport fishers” like the now-vintage wooden Christ Crafts or the more sophisticated Rybovich designed “fishkillers,” placed the 14-mile bank and Catalina close enough to catch every imaginable pelagic fish. From mackerel and marlin to bait and broadbill, the waters off Newport were simply full of fish.

Extraordinary fish, including sea bass and tuna, were caught off the cityʻs two piers and three barges. On special days, families caught and cooked grunion by hand on many sandy beaches.

grunion hunt

Click on photo for a larger image

Catching grunion by hand

Fishing clubs, team tournaments and deep friendships grew during these dark to sunset sessions. It was the ultimate “rite of passage” for young Newporters.

Sailboat racers throughout the bay paid close attention to powerboats as they returned flying their fish burgees. There was a sense of security among Newport residents knowing that their oceans abounded with tuna certain times of the year. Young boysʻ adrenaline peaked when boats displayed multiple marlin or swordfish flags. The love of the ocean was strong to these small town and carefree kids. Life was good!

Western Canners CoLRG

Click on photo for a larger image

In 1934, Western Canners Company was founded to take over the first commercial fish cannery built along the Rhine channel between 30th Street and Lido Park Drive. Today, it is where The Cannery Seafood of the Pacific is located.

Organized sport fishing businesses like Port Lido, Artʻs Landing, Norms Landing and others promoted fishing. Fishing was a boom to tourism, and in struggling years tourism helped the town grow.

However, this “endless” supply of adventure and food did not last. The balance of life within the sea was forever disrupted starting with the arrival of the Russians and Europeans. Populations of marine life were ruthlessly hunted beginning a centuries-long decline. By post World War II, technology and an increased human population killed kelp forests, while “organized sport fishing” harmed larger species, then nets and long lining and airplane spotters decimated the rest. Competition was keen and life in the oceans fell under assault.

teeming with fish men

Teeming with fish

In those early days it was not a matter of catching enough fish to eat. Fishing was a matter of how many fish could you catch. Environmentalism and protection of species were still decades away. The frenzied killing of fish was considered normal for this generation and their offspring. Today, we have removed at least two-thirds of the large fish in the ocean, and one in three fish populations have collapsed since 1950.

Put simply, there are too many boats chasing too few fish.

~~~~~~~~

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


Tide pool photos on display at JWA 

Patsee Ober

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

“The Gang’s All Here” by Patsee Ober

From now through February 19, underwater photography by Patsee Ober 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.

“Ms. Ober’s work truly captures the unique vibrancy of Orange County’s fascinating coastal tide pools,” said Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman Andrew Do. “Travelers coming through our world-class John Wayne Airport will get a taste of the natural beauty Orange County has to offer through these stunning, unedited pieces of photographic art.

“The intimacy of the tide pools allows Ms. Ober to explore space, angles, reflections and light as they constantly change with the tide, currents and path of the sun. Her intention has always been to explore the tide pools, not alter them. Ober’s images are taken in the marine protected areas of the shallow tide pools and reefs along the coast from Laguna Beach to Corona del Mar, and since 2015, the protected marine areas of the Sea of Cortez, Belize and French Polynesia.”

“The idea here is to have an image flip from photo-realism to an abstract image, imagined but very real,” said Ober, who does not edit her images with a computer or a dark-room. A resident of Laguna Beach for more than 30 years, she spent her formative years in Newport Beach. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Whittier College and her Master of Public Administration degree from California State University, Long Beach. Ober is an annual Sawdust Festival exhibitor who is a representative for saltwater inhabitants and their pristine ocean homes, and accomplishes this by revealing their world through her work.

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


Take 5

With shootings, fires and other disasters occurring regularly, a local businessman is out to take on the world 

By TOM JOHNSON

Vic Merjanian

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

Titan HST Founder & CEO Vic Merjanian

Q: Tell us where you come from and how you got to Titan HST?

A: I grew up in Newport Beach before going for undergrad to the University of California San Diego and law school at the University of San Diego. I experienced first-hand many emergency incidents that affected me with my friends and family. In each event, they were surrounded by people, but couldn’t get connected with help fast enough. I believe in the power of people. We order food, household items, play games, and even date via mobile phones and apps. Why not get help via them? With Titan HST you can.

Q: Okay, so what is Titan HST and how’s it going to change the world?

A: Titan HST is an emergency mass 2-way communication system supercharged with cutting edge technology like real-time translation and augmented reality. There were 18 million uses of Titan HST during emergencies in 2017 across the United States. Titan HST saved the first life within 20 minutes of deployment (thwarted suicide attempt). Titan HST has been growing 8x every 6 months for two years straight. Titan HST reduces emergency response times by 50 percent+ on average. This has enabled individuals with medical emergencies such as seizures, overdoses and heart attacks to get the help they need in record time. In 2017, Titan HST also helped emergency responders thwart an attempted kidnapping. One of many incidents it was used for.

Q: Where is Titan HST being currently utilized?

A: Titan HST is being used by private businesses, government agencies, the educational sector and now the tourism industry. Locally, it’s in Newport Beach City Hall, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, Our Lady Queen of Angels and Concordia University. 

Q: Let’s say Titan HST had previously been implemented in areas such as Houston or Las Vegas or even the fires and mudslides up north, what difference could it have made?

A: In every instance, we could have connected people immediately via our redundant communication channels, utilizing cellular, WiFi, landline, email, web notifications and soon, even mesh networking (allowing users to connect complexly off grid when all networks are down or out of reach) In Vegas, we could have helped police notify users of what’s going on, and give direction on what to do and where to go. In Houston, we could have alerted people, received geo-stamped emergency alerts to see where to send help. In Houston and during the mudslides and fires, we could have scanned through the ceiling of flooded attics to find people or seen through smoke and fire to find people in need of help, even those hiding in swimming pools, by using our Augmented Technology. In all instances, emergency personnel could have uploaded documents telling people what to do, or even videos training for CPR in the event of Vegas. With our Real-Time Translation, regardless of what language people are speaking, they would have been able to communicate back and forth.

Q: What’s your biggest challenge in getting the word out?

A: We are privacy centric by design. We never share our user data, and accordingly, many of the incidents we prevent or de-escalate, as a matter of privacy, we don’t share. However, this also makes it very challenging to get the word out about our platform and all the difference we make in people’s lives.


Stump the Stu

Dillon off the “bench” for the win

Stump the Stu 12218

Click on photo for a larger image

“That bench is at Sherman Gardens and it’s made from the tree that fell at the Wedge last year. It was made by Alan Buchanan and donated,” so says Ralph Dillon, VP Business Development for WOPR Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Predictive Stock Analysis.

Ralphie, you’re right! 

Other correct guesses came in from Michele McCormack, Sue DeMille, Joe Stapleton, Dominic Tucci, Tina Treglia and Mike Smith.

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


Sign of the times

Sign of the times 1.25.18

Click on photo for a larger image

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

Here’s the key to this week’s guess, you either know it or you don’t.

Send your guesses to Lana Johnson, SNN Editor, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’ll print the names of those that guess correctly on Monday.

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!


Segerstrom Center welcomes the legendary Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Brian Adams

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, Tony remains a vital musical artist at the peak of his powers.

Antonia Bennett

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of scfta.org

Antonia Bennett, Tony’s daughter, will open the evening’s performance

Tony’s daughter, Antonia Bennett, who tours with her father, will open the performance with a collection of jazz/pop standards. Antonia is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music.

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 Tony Bennett’s concert start at $79 and will go on sale Sunday, Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. They will be available online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 20 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. 

Tickets start at $39 and are available online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings 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.


Scam Alert: Grandkid Scams

Have you heard of “Grandkid Scams”? Here’s how they work: You get a call: “Grandma, I need money for bail.” Or money for a medicine bill. Or some other kind of trouble. The caller says that it’s urgent, and tells you to keep it a secret.

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 your loved one’s email account, 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:
        1. Stop. Check it out. Look up your grandchild’s phone number yourself, or call another family member.
        2. 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 unless you have verified that your relative is really in trouble.
        3. 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, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov/complaint.

Editor’s Note: This also has occurred regarding calls for sons and daughters. The voice at the other end of the phone can also try and lure you out of the house, so you don’t have access to your cell phone or the Internet to try and contact your loved one in question to see where they really are at that moment.


Rescued pelican, seriously injured by fishing lure, to be released this week back to the wild 

white pelican

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Sandrine Biziaux-Scherson

After inspiring community concern – and thanks to a concerted team effort on the part of local Audubon chapters, the Newport Beach Police Department, Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center, and International Bird Rescue – an injured American White Pelican has made a full recovery and is set to be released back into the wild on Thursday, Jan. 25.

The pelican caught the public’s attention in November 2017 with a severely fractured mandible and a foot entangled in a fishing lure. After the pelican was spotted at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, several rescue attempts were made; but all were unsuccessful until the pelican landed in the driveway of a Newport Beach residence, weak and disoriented. That was when Newport Beach Police Department Animal Control Officer Nick Ott was able to capture the bird and get it quickly transported to the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center, where it received stabilizing care and had the fishing lure carefully removed. 

Volunteers then transported the pelican to International Bird Rescue (Bird Rescue) to have its injuries treated by their team of wildlife experts including staff veterinarian Rebecca Duerr, DVM, MPVM, Ph.D. 

When the pelican arrived at Bird Rescue, it was extremely thin, anemic, and suffering from multiple critical neck and foot wounds plus a grisly lower jaw fracture. All of these injuries are suspected to be the result
of fishing lure entanglement, making this a unique case. 

“I have seen a lot of horrible wounds from this type of lure before, but this is the first time I’ve seen a bird fracture its jaw due to one,” Dr. Duerr said. 

The specialized care from Bird Rescue’s team has enabled this pelican to thrive and nearly double its weight over an intensive two-month recovery. During its treatment, this patient captured the hearts of many and was included on the roster of candidates for 2017 Bird of the Year in hopes of drawing attention to the challenges of fishing line and fish hook entanglement. 

Executive Director JD Bergeron added, “We are grateful for the actions of the people that found this pelican and for all the organizations that collaborated to rescue it. We can all do a bit more to keep an eye out for wildlife in danger and to remove dangerous litter like fish hooks.” 

Bird Rescue is excited to share the wonderful news of this patient’s recovery, and to invite all those who are interested to come take part in its upcoming release back into the wild. The release takes place Thursday, Jan. 25 at 12 p.m. at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, 5 Riparian View, Irvine. Parking is available on site.


Quintessa Winery Winemaker Dinner at Balboa Bay Resort

Waterline dining room

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Balboa Bay Resort

A special winemaker dinner is planned at Waterline where guests will take in picturesque harbor views

Wine aficionados, seasoned and novice, are in for a very special evening! On Friday, Feb. 9 from 6 to 10 p.m., enjoy a Quintessa Winery Winemaker Dinner at the Waterline in the Balboa Bay Resort.

Delight in a reception and four-course wine dinner amidst views of Newport Harbor, featuring the award-winning and premier Napa Vallery winery, Quintessa.

Special guest and Quintessa’s California region manager John Rice will be in attendance.

Cost is $125 per person (not including tax & gratuity). To make a reservation, call 949.630.4207.

Waterline is located at 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.


Obituary

Elizabeth Steele

May 5, 1921 – January 16, 2018

Betty Steele

Click on photo for a larger image

The Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) announced the passing of prominent Orange County philanthropist Elizabeth (Betty) Richardson Steele, who died peacefully from natural causes at age 96 at Hoag Hospital on January 16, 2018. Steele and her husband, Richard (Dick), were among Orange County’s most generous supporters of the arts, education, health services, environment and safety net organizations over a lifetime of selfless and impactful giving.

“Betty never sought attention for herself but quietly and carefully went about the work of strengthening Orange County’s most important charitable institutions, ensuring that generations of families will benefit from her wise and caring approach to stewarding her family’s philanthropic legacy,” said Shelley Hoss, president, OCCF. “Through her actions, Betty demonstrated that strategic and thoughtful philanthropy can yield immeasurable benefits for the community and bind a family together in a lifelong commitment to giving.”

Betty was born on May 5, 1921, in Auburn, New York. She attended Finch College, a baccalaureate women’s college in Manhattan before working for the United States Department of War during her 20s. Steele is survived by three daughters – Elizabeth Holden of Eugene, Oregon; Anne Steele of Seattle, Washington; and Patricia Steele of Maui, Hawaii – eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband and their son Richard, who died in a yachting accident at the age of 18 in 1962.

Betty was lovingly tended in recent years by caregivers who became part of the Steele’s extended family, including Loise Chegge, Elaine Chegge, Julie Chegge, Caroline Mwai, Elena Davila, Lilian Hodge and Esther Gachie.

Throughout her life, Betty spent months at a time at sea with her husband, an avid sailor and yachtsman, to which she adapted with characteristic energy, humor and skill. She equally embraced community activities and entertaining her wide circle of friends, challenging them to her favorite games – bridge and dominoes – where as both thoughtful mentor and formidable foe her true spirit shone through. Betty was a life-long learner who enjoyed travel and spending summers with her family in the northwest.

The Steele family considered philanthropy a central part of their commitment to the community they called home. Betty devoted considerable energy to helping form the Junior League of Orange County in 1956, then called the Newport Harbor Service League. She also served as the founding registrar for the Orange County Museum of Art, a volunteer position that required her to inspect and record each piece of incoming art.

Following her husband’s death in 1996, Betty continued to support the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum in his memory. Through the Richard and Elizabeth Steele Fund at OCCF, she supported more than 50 nonprofit organizations throughout Orange County annually; nearly all of these organizations received consistent support since 2000, when the fund was established. The variety of these organizations speaks to Betty’s diverse interests and keen intent on prioritizing charitable giving based on greatest needs.

Memorial gifts in Betty Steele’s honor may be made to OCCF, 4041 MacArthur Blvd., Ste. 510, Newport Beach, CA 92660, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.


Have an opinion on municipal services? Take the LAFCO survey 

The Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission (OC LAFCO) is currently conducting its Municipal Service Review (MSR) process. MSRs are comprehensive studies of municipal services (e.g., water, sewer, police, fire, library, etc.) in Orange County. 

OC LAFCO invites residents to participate in this important survey. The deadline for responses to the survey is Friday, Feb. 2. 

This survey will give the residents of Orange County the opportunity to note key areas of interest regarding municipal services that are provided to residents. Your feedback will be an integral component in assisting with data compilation. OC LAFCO’s survey is available online here.

 


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Legendary Newport Harbor High School Coach calls it a career

TomJohnson

Newport Harbor High School Football Coach Jeff Brinkley is hanging it up after 32 seasons. In case you’re counting, that equals 244 career victories and CIF titles in 1994, 1999 and 2005.

I asked NHHS Principal Sean Boulton where we go from here: “Coach Brinkley is irreplaceable, and I loved working with him; he was a man of character, determination, and the legacy he leaves is a significant one. 

“He went out on his own terms, and I kept reminding him he goes as long as he wanted to.

“The process to hire a new coach will be determined through the open process, we do not have anyone earmarked.”

Here’s my two cents, and I’m certainly not on the hiring team, but just across town in Costa Mesa is a guy that should be seriously considered, Estancia High School Football Coach Mike Bargas.

Bargas has led what appears to be a strong and growing program at a much smaller Estancia that includes not only teaching the kids football skills, but life lessons as well, by being active in the community and by introducing them to key local business leaders in the classroom.

If my recollection is right, Bargas was an assistant to Brinkley prior to the Estancia job, so he knows the expectation of the community and he learned from the man himself.

Just saying.

• • •

In Tuesday night’s City Council Study Session, Council agreed to have City staff bring back an agenda item to continue the Balboa Peninsula Summer Trolley Program to a future meeting.

In case you’re wondering, last summer’s ridership was 23,560 riders. That’s a lot of cars off the Peninsula parking pressure.

At the Study Session, virtually everyone spoke in favor of the program with just a couple of minor tweaks. There will be some slight parking changes, the start date will begin earlier on Memorial Day weekend, and Fridays will not be added to the regular summer schedule.

Mayor “Duffy” Duffield praised current City Councilmember and Former Mayor Diane Dixon for “persevering” in getting the trolley program successfully up and running.

• • •

There’s been a lot of discussion about Dana Rohrabacher’s run for re-election in California’s 48th Congressional District. Who’s going to run against him? Will another big-name Republican formally jump in? Is there anyone formidable enough from the other side who could pose a challenge?

To that issue, this week Democrat challenger Harley Rouda announced that he has raised more than $1.2 million for his war chest.

A recent poll conducted by Tulchin Research shows that Rohrabacher is facing serious challenges in his re-election bid.

Stay tuned.

• • •

Remember for years after winning the Super Bowl or World Series the MVP would immediately come on and say, “I’m going to Disneyland.”

Well, I don’t know if he made it to Disneyland or not, but last Saturday, Jan. 20, George Springer, World Series MVP for the Houston Astros this past fall, was in town to get married.

Reports are that Springer and Charlise Castro were married in a lavish ceremony at The Resort at Pelican Hill.

Congrats to the newlyweds.

• • •

As is customary these days, I went to a gender reveal party for my second grandchild who is scheduled to arrive on July 17.

My son-in-law is Curt Dell III. He’s also the expectant father. Did you notice the “third” after his name? He was feeling pressure going into the balloon pop Sunday that would reveal the gender. So, everyone gathered around, and the balloon was popped. Guess what, it exploded in pink!  Curt Dell III is having another daughter.

She’ll join big sister Kate, who’s 15 months old and b-t-w, is the cutest little thing in the world. If you don’t believe me, just ask her grandmother.

No word yet on whether there will be another attempt made at Curt Dell IV.

Finally, as for the idea of letting a 15-month-old pop a balloon that was bigger than she was…probably not the best idea.

Hopefully, after extensive counseling, she’ll someday be able to enjoy a balloon again.


EV Charging Stations ribbon cutting held

On Tuesday, Jan. 23, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the Newport Coast Community Center to celebrate the installation of 20 new, electric vehicle charging stations. The charging stations are available for public use at four City facilities.

Councilmembers EV RC

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

Newport Beach City Council representatives participate in the EV ribbon cutting at Newport Coast Community Center (L - R): Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill, Mayor Duffy Duffield, Councilmember Diane Dixon and Councilmember Jeff Herdman

The project installed a mix of both Level 2 and DC Fast charging stations. A Level 2 charging station can typically charge an empty battery in three to eight hours. While a DC Fast charging station has the capability of charging an empty battery in 20 minutes to one hour.

The charging stations throughout Newport Beach are located at:

Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach with 2/DC and 7/L2.

Marina Park Community Center and Sailing Center, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach with 2/L2.

OASIS Senior Center, 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar with 2/LR.

Newport Coast Community Center, 6401 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Coast with 1/DC and 6/L2.

The project was funded by the California Public Utility Commission, EVgo and the Air Quality Management District’s AB 2766 Motor Vehicle Subvention Program. AB 2766 provides a funding source for projects that result in the reduction of motor vehicle emissions. 


Crystal Cove Conservancy to host special book signing, tour

Crystal Cove bookcover

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Crystal Cove Conservancy

“Crystal Cove Cottages: Islands in Time on the California Coast” 2nd Edition is authored by Karen E. Steen, Laura Davick and Meriam Braselle

Join Crystal Cove Conservancy for a unique program featuring “Crystal Cove Cottages: Islands in Time on the California Coast” 2nd Edition book signing with co-author Laura Davick, founder and vice president of The Conservancy, on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (two presentation times are available). Learn about the rich history of Crystal Cove and about the final capstone North Beach Restoration Project. 

“This is more than just a book signing. We are excited to raise awareness for completing the restoration of the final 17 cottages on the North Beach Restoration Project for Crystal Cove State Park and to protect this national jewel for future generations,” Davick said. The Sunday program will include a Q&A session, book signing and a 15-minute tour and overview on the sand in front of the North Beach Cottages.

“Crystal Cove Cottages: Islands in Time on the Coast” was originally published by Chronicle Books in 2005. The authors share a love story about the families that built the cottages and the spirit that still exists in them today: Meriam Braselle, a former resident of Abalone Point and one of the founding members of Laguna Plein Air Painters; Karen Steen and her family who share deep roots of the tent-camping era at the cove; and Laura Davick who had the good fortune to call historic Cottage #2 her home for 40 years.

The launch of this treasured 2nd Edition was made possible through the generous support and partnership of Randy Higbee.

“We are elated to shine the light on the North Beach as Crystal Cove Conservancy begins its largest preservation initiative to date,” Davick said. “We invite you to participate in the ongoing effort to protect and preserve this pocket of paradise for all to enjoy.”

Books will be sold at the event and can also be purchased for $34.95 at The Conservancy’s interpretive store in the park or on the Crystal Cove website www.crystalcove.org.

The event takes place at the Crystal Cove Visitor Center in Cottage #00. Please RSVP by Monday, Feb. 19. Members receive a 10 percent discount on their book purchase. Refreshments will be served. Parking $5/hr. (max. $15). Guests can park at the Los Trancos parking lot on the inland side of Pacific Coast Highway for $5 per hour or for a maximum of $15 for the entire day. The Beachcomber shuttle bus will be available from the Los Trancos parking lot for $1.50 each way.

All proceeds from book sales will be donated to support the mission of Crystal Cove Conservancy. 


Cannery Painters Art Show is set for February 10

Marilyn Poliquin art

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

A painting by Marilyn Poliquin

You won’t want to miss this upcoming art show taking place in quaint Cannery Village!

On Saturday, Feb. 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., stop by Cannery Paints located at 416 31 St., Newport Beach. Local owner/artist in residence Marilyn Poliquin will be displaying and selling her artwork, as well as those of students.

Poliquin is a California native and has been painting since childhood. Her art degree is from UCI, and she has been teaching for more than 30 years. Her medium is oil and acrylic. Art classes are held at Cannery Paints on Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with Poliquin teaching on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


Airline passenger traffic up some 3.3 percent year-over-year at JWA

Airplane

Submitted photo

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in December 2017 as compared with December 2016. In December 2017, the Airport served 899,451 passengers, an increase of 3.3 percent when compared with the December 2016 passenger traffic count of 870,956. 

Commercial aircraft operations increased 2.1 percent and commuter aircraft operations decreased 25.8 percent when compared with December 2016 levels.

Total aircraft operations increased in December 2017 as compared with the same month in 2016. In December 2017, there were 23,592 total aircraft operations (take-offs and landings), a 10.9 percent increase compared to 21,266 total aircraft operations in December 2016.

General aviation activity, which accounted for 66.8 percent of the total aircraft operations during December 2017, increased 16.3 percent when compared with December 2016.

The top three airlines in December 2017 based on passenger count were Southwest Airlines (361,163), United Airlines (140,317) and American Airlines (136,969).


Adoption Guild Patroness Spring Luncheon, “Celebrating Family” slated for March 2

Anyone looking to “adopt” a worthy cause can do no better than join the rest of Orange County society at the 57th Annual Adoption Guild Patroness Spring Luncheon, “Celebrating Family.” It will be held on Friday, March 2 at the Newport Beach Country Club, where 250 guests will dine together in the ballroom while watching a fashion show sponsored by Grayse, the new design house from mother/daughter duo Marie Gray and Kelly Gray.

These two Orange County icons (formerly of St. John Knits) will dress the models in the spring collection from Grayse, which puts a modern spin on luxurious separates. Of course, the fun begins much earlier, as guests enjoy a welcoming champagne reception inside and outside on the terrace overlooking the golf course, where they can check out the must-have wares of local vendors who offer jewelry, handbags, clothing, linens and fashion accessories.

Adoption Guild Fashion show

Submitted photo

The event, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 pm, is always a big draw and tickets sell out early, due to the prizes offered by generous donors. One of the opportunity drawings is a $2,500 shopping spree, and there are silent auction items and 25 opportunity drawing prizes, according to Adoption Guild Patroness Luncheon chairs Marie Zucht and Christine Johnson.

While the luncheon is always a glamorous affair, its beneficiary has a long and distinguished history. The Adoption Guild of Southern Orange County is a financial auxiliary of the Holy Family Services Adoption and Foster Care Agency, whose mission is to give “every child an opportunity to have a loving family.” It was founded in 1949 by Mrs. Bob (Delores) Hope to provide counseling, resources and emotional support to birth parents considering adoption. (Bob and Delores adopted their two children and Delores wanted to set in place an organization where birth parents could receive lifelong counseling in a trusting, unbiased environment in order to make the best choices for their child.)

Tickets are tax-deductible: Holy Family Services (now HFS) is a state-licensed, non-denominational nonprofit 501(c)3 agency providing quality adoption services to residents of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

For tickets and more information, visit the website at www.adoptionguild.org, or contact Maria Zucht at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Newport Beach Country Club is located at One Clubhouse Drive, Newport Beach.


Adela Generally named new GM at Orange County Market Place

Adela Generally

Spectra, the new manager of the Orange County Market Place, has named a new General Manager of the property, Adela Generally. Generally is not a new face to the Orange County community, as she most recently served eight years with Spectra Food Services and Hospitality at the Orange County Fairgrounds as an Assistant General Manager.

Generally’s previous employment as an event coordinator and house manager with the Gillioz Theatre in Missouri sets her up to bring a unique and needed skillset to the Orange County Market Place management team. That, coupled with her more recent tenure at the OC Fair & Event Center, means a lot of new and exciting initiatives and changes for the Market Place.

“Adela has been a longstanding employee of Spectra and really shown great initiative and creativity in her position with the OC Fair & Event Center,” said Tony Hendryx, regional vice president of Spectra Food Services and Hospitality. “We look forward to the fresh ideas and leadership she will bring to the Orange County Market Place.”

Items at the top of the list for Generally include the Grand Reopening for the Orange County Market Place to take place on Saturday, March 31. The Grand Reopening will allow patrons and vendors alike to “Experience the Difference” Spectra has to offer!

To stay up to date on all upcoming events at the Orange County Market Place, including coupons, free admission and special offers, sign up for Orange County Market Place’s E-Club at www.ocmarketplace.com/eclub and visit www.ocmarketplace.com.


Upcoming Valentine’s Cooking Classes

French Macarons

Submitted photos

Just in time for Valentine’s Day! Home chefs, old and young, sign up for these upcoming technique and hands-on cooking classes to add creativity to your culinary creations for those you love. Or, invite that special someone to join in for the class.

Sur La Table

Lavender Macaroon Workshop

Sunday, Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 6 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 2 - 4 p.m.

Menu Highlights: Lavender cookies, rose jam filling and white chocolate ganache.

For ages 18 and older. Cost: $75 per person (hands-on).

www.surlatable.com/sku/4115606/Lavender+Macaron+Workshop

Night Out: French Romance

Saturday, Feb. 10 from 4 - 6 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 11 from 1- 3 p.m.

and Wednesday, Feb. 14 from 5 - 7 p.m.

Menu Highlights: French Onion Soup, Seared Chicken with Mustard and Bacon and Roasted Winter Vegetables.

For ages 18 and older. Cost: $85 per person (hands-on).

www.surlatable.com/product/CFA-4120663/Night+Out%3A+French+Romance

Night Out: Rosé

Sunday, Feb. 11 from 4 - 6 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 14 from 8 - 10 p.m.

Menu highlights: Duck with Rosé Cherry Gastrique and Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Rosé-Butter Glazed Radishes with Fresh Herbs, and Rosé and Strawberry Tiramisu. For ages 18 and older. Cost: $85 per person (hands-on).

www.surlatable.com/product/CFA-3991023/

Night Out: Ti Amo, Tuscany

Monday, Feb. 12 and Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Menu Highlights: Risotto with Pancetta and Shrimp, Steak Tagliata with Arugula and Fried Capers, and Dark Chocolate-Espresso Budino.

For ages 18 and older. Cost: $85 per person (hands-on).

www.surlatable.com/sku/4123865/Night+Out%3A+Ti+Amo%2C+Tuscany

Chocoholic

Wednesday, Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Menu Highlights: Chocolate Hazelnut Cake Rolls - White Chocolate Gelato with Pistachio Cream Swirl - Flourless Chocolate Almond Cake

For ages 18 and older. Cost: $75 per person (hands-on).

www.surlatable.com/product/CFA-3990918/Chocoholic

To register, visit the websites or call 1.800.243.0852.

Sur La Table is located at 832 Avocado Ave. (in Corona del Mar Plaza), Newport Beach. 949.640.0200

Williams-Sonoma

Valentine’s Day Baking

Sunday, Feb. 11 at 10 a.m.

Sweeten your Valentine’s Day with decadent desserts that are easy to make at home. They’ll share some favorite recipes, plus baking tips and tricks to make your desserts “Instagram Worthy.”

Cost: $30 which includes a Valentine Cakelet Pan (technique class)

www.williams-sonoma.com

Williams-Sonoma is located at 8032 E. Coast Highway (Crystal Cove Shopping Center), Newport Coast. 949.464.2168

Le Pain Quotidien

Making & Decorating

Sunday, Feb. 4 at 1 p.m.

Do you and your child love to bake? Then you will both love this Mommy/ Daddy & Me Workshop. Come with your little one and have a great time creating delicious, easy recipes and learning new techniques. Lunch is included, and you will go home with all your baked goods. Cost: Adults (13 and over) $65 per person; Children $20 per person.

To sign up, visit www.lepainquotidien.com/fashion-island-bakery-xlasses/#.WmKL0-vyuJB

Le Pain Quotidien is located at 1103A Newport Center Drive (Fashion Isand), Newport Beach. 949.287.5592

VDay Cookies

JUST FOR KIDS – Junior Chef Class

Williams-Sonoma

Valentine’s Day Baking

Saturday, Feb. 10 at 10 a.m.

Want to learn how to make yummy Valentine’s Day treats to share with your friends and family? This is the class for you. You’ll whip up delicious desserts and then enjoy your heart-shaped creations.

Suitable for ages 5 - 13. There is no charge for this class.

www.williams-sonoma.com

Williams-Sonoma is located at 8032 E. Coast Highway (Crystal Cove Shopping Center), Newport Coast. 949.464.2168


Valentines Kids’ “Camp” at Timree Art Studio

Valentines Kids Camp

Submitted photo

Kids, reserve your spot for some painting fun during Valentines Kids’ Camp at Timree Art Studio on Friday, Feb. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Each camper will make one painting and two crafts. All supplies are included, and pizza will be served. Must be 6 -11 years of age. Cost: $75.

To register and for more information, visit www.timree.com, or call 949.723.1300.

Timree Art Studio is located at 1651 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach.


Stump the Stu

Don’t sit on this one...guess early, guess often

Stump the Stu 12218

Click on photo for a larger image

You might need to sit and ponder this one…and this would be a great spot to do that. The question is, where is 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 answers will be in Thursday’s edition.

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!


NB Chamber to hold ribbon cutting at NeuroSpa

Come celebrate the grand opening of NeuroSpa Brain Rejuvenation Center with the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Feb. 1 from 4:30 to 8 p.m.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

NeuroSpa uses digital and precise objective measures to diagnose and identify areas of brain dysfunction. While many offices use potentially harmful and/or toxic chemicals, radioactive ions, or rely solely on the bias of a psychiatrist or psychologist, their methods use proven diagnostic tools including quantitate EEG and MRI imaging, to evaluate the central nervous system. Come find out more about the treatment modalities.

NeuroSpa is located at 2121 E. Coast Highway, Ste. 260, Corona del Mar. To RSVP, call 949.652.7301. www.neurospabrain.com


NBPD offers home security tips

In effort to keep your home safer when you are on vacation and/or at the office, the Newport Beach Police Department has compiled the following Home Safety Checklist.

Always lock your windows and doors when you go out, even if it’s for only a few minutes.

If you return home and find your pedestrian door that leads into your home locked, and you are certain that you left it unlocked, DO NOT GO INSIDE! Call 9-1-1. Burglars often lock this door to slow down a victim, allowing the burglar extra time to get out of the home before the resident enters.

If your home is equipped with an alarm, always activate it even if you’re only going out for a short walk. Consider adding a motion sensor in your master bedroom/bathroom, which will activate the alarm if someone comes in through a glass window or door without opening it.

Always keep your front and rear porch lights on from dusk to dawn, and use motion detector lighting along the sides of your home or areas with little foot traffic.

Use timers on indoor lamps to give the appearance that you are home.

Adjust window coverings for optimal privacy while maintaining good visibility outside.

If your garage door has a remote shutoff button on the wall-mounted control located in the garage, consider locking the door nightly. This will prevent your garage door from being opened remotely.

If you have a safe, make sure that it is properly bolted to concrete so that it cannot be easily removed.

Always close and lock your safe and never leave a key or combination out or in an easy to find location (i.e. office, nightstand, etc).

When you leave on vacation, remember to call the Police Department for a “Vacation Check” at 949.644.3681 or sign up online at www.nbpd.org. Also, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your newspaper and mail while you are away.

To report any suspicious activity, contact the Newport Beach Police Department at 949.644.3717.


Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

A Look Back 12218

Click on photo for a larger image

Birdseye of Bay Front looking west from Balboa Pavilion, Balboa (circa 1910)

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..


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.”

Twinkle 122

Click on photo for larger image

Courtesy of Newport Beach 

Animal Shelter

MEET TWINKLE

Twinkle is playful, docile and intelligent…not to mention, loving

Introducing one of five of Cinnamon’s kittens. Twinkle is another friendly and highly social girl that gives the special gift of showing admiration to all those she meets. She enjoys running around playing with her siblings and carrying catnip mice in her mouth when she’s playing fetch with you. She is a calico but is her very own kind of calico. Her markings are absolutely stunning, and she is white, tangerine and cinnamon in color. Her amber eyes bounce beautifully off of her fur colors. She is 15 weeks old and ready for adoption.

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 Twinkle, 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.


School Notes

Harbor DECA team excels

At the Newport Harbor High School DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) conference this weekend, the Sailors far exceeded expectations with five grand award trophies, 19 individual medals and 36 finalist pins.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Newport Harbor team

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

NHHS Calendar

School Site Council

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Heritage Hall 

Final Exams Week

Monday, Jan. 29 - Thursday, Feb. 1

Winter Formal Dance

Friday, Feb. 2, 8 - 11 p.m.

Knott’s Berry Farm

Buena Park

School Site Council

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Black Box Theater

PTA Executive Board Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 8 - 9:30 a.m.

Newkirk Conference Room

NHEF Board Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 12:15 - 2:15 p.m.

NHHS

Presidents’ Recess

Monday, Feb. 19 - Friday, Feb. 23

CdMHS Calendar

Final Exams Week

Monday, Jan. 29 - Thursday, Feb. 1

PTA Executive Board Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 8:30 - 10 a.m.

Lecture Hall

Halo Show

Friday and Saturday, Feb. 2 - 3, 7 - 9 p.m.

CdMHS Theater

PTA Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 9 a.m.

Lecture Hall until Library completed

Pama Recital

Thursday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m.

CdMHS

Presidents’ Recess

Monday, Feb. 19 - Friday, Feb. 23


Sign of the times

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

So, we gave you a photo of Fresh and Natural boxes. Backing up a little to get the whole sign in and you’ll see Olive Oil & Beyond.

Located at 210 Marine Ave., Olive Oil & Beyond is an independent company and importer of Ultra-Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Premium Aged Balsamic Vinegar products.

Correct guesses came from C. Scott Palmer, Pam Smith and Michele McCormack.

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!

Olive Oil and Beyond

Click on photo for a larger image


Spirit Run is going to the dogs, happily…and for our schools

Man’s best friend is more popular than ever! It’s commonplace to see these four-legged friends shopping, dining and even flying with their humans. But did you know there’s a growing trend of human/dog road running teams?

Research reveals that people who walk their pooches are 34 percent more likely to achieve federal benchmarks on physical activity. It also shows that those who walk their dogs have higher overall levels of moderate and vigorous physical activities. It’s certainly not uncommon to see owners running with their dogs. 

lady with two dogs

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos courtesy of Spirit Run

Exercising with humans also benefits our furry friends. As migratory animals, dogs need daily physical activity and enjoy exploring the world around them. It also improves their mood by allowing them to release pent up energy. Running or walking with your dog helps prevent obesity. Sadly, more than 50 percent of dogs in the U.S. are overweight. Read, “Why our Pooches Need Exercise,” “Tips for a great Dog Walk,” and “Dog Walking Essentials” and others at Kriser Natural Pet’s blog: https://krisers.com/blog/.

Running events are catering to this trend. Not all runners are aiming for a PR (personal record) in their races. Most want some exercise in a festive setting. And, for dog lovers, it can’t get much better than enjoying the morning with their best canine friends.

The 35th Annual Spirit Run is joining the trend. Spirit Run is hosting the Second Annual Kriser’s Dog Mile on Sunday, March 18th at Fashion Island. This event is open to all ages and ability levels to experience walking or running with your canine friends. Participants have 15 minutes to finish, allowing enough time to jog or walk the course. 

Sean Gildea and his dog

Click on photo for a larger image

Sean Gildea and his dog finished last year’s race in 4 minutes and 41 seconds

This race also attracts highly competitive humans and dogs. Last year’s winner finished in 4 minutes and 41 seconds. The second-place finisher was only seconds behind. 

Krisers guy with pup inside his coat

Click on photo for a larger image

Mark your calendar for March 18th to bring your furry friend to Spirit Run for a morning of fitness, community and fun. Help your running partner prepare with “Nine Training Tips to Make Him a Happy and Healthy Training Partner.” After your race, visit the Dog Expo for dog treats and much more, including how you can support non-profits benefiting dogs and other animals.

Visit www.nmspiritrun.org/partners to find out if your children’s or grandchildren’s school is participating in Spirit Run, or if not, how it can do so.

For event information and to register for Spirit Run, visit www.nmspiritrun.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For the second consecutive year, Stu News is proud to be Spirit Run’s media sponsor.

Helpful Links

Research - http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2011/dog-walkers-more-likely-to-reach-exercise-benchmarks/

Nine Training Tips to Make Him a Happy and Healthy Training Partner - https://www.shape.com/fitness/cardio/ultimate-guide-running-your-dog

Why our Pooches Need Exercise - https://krisers.com/blog/your-four-legged-friends-need-their-daily-walk-heres-why/

Tips for a great Dog Walk - https://krisers.com/blog/5-tips-for-a-great-dog-walking-experience/

Dog Walking Essentials - https://krisers.com/blog/walk-your-dog-week/


January Newport Beach Chamber Mixer at Muldoon’s

Muldoons

Make connections and build your network at Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce’s January Mixer taking place at Muldoon’s Irish Pub on Thursday, Jan. 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Come discover new business relationships amid the comforting atmosphere of Ireland. Adding to the festivities are a no-host bar, opportunity drawings and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Valet is $6 and there is free self-parking available. Cost: Chamber members are free; guests are $35. No reservations are required.

Muldoon’s Irish Pub in Fashion Island is located at 202 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

For more information, visit www.newportbeach.com, or call 949.729.4400.


Airport Update

Jeff Herdman

Settlement Agreement with the FAA

Jeff Herdman

Newport Beach City Councilmember Jeff Herdman

By now you should be well acquainted with the fact that the City/County negotiated a Settlement Agreement with the FAA, thus avoiding having to move the lawsuit to a judicial setting. The specifics of the agreement have been well publicized in the local newspapers and on social media platforms. Here’s a quick recap of the most important aspects of this Agreement: 

First, The FAA has agreed that the NextGen flight takeoff path will stay between the existing seven noise monitors, and will design a curved departure procedure for flights that will cause planes to follow the curves (an “S” curve) of the Upper Newport Bay, thus avoiding flyover of as many residential neighborhoods as possible. Implementation of the “S” curve departure route is scheduled to be implemented in the next couple of weeks.

Second, and in my opinion the most significant “win” for the City, is that we have gained a place at the table with the FAA when it comes to any further changes in flight paths which will be analyzed under the National Environmental Policy Act. This insures the City of the FAA’s commitment to working with us and the airport on a going-forward basis.

And third, protection was secured against excessive “early off-shore turns” which protects the communities of Corona del Mar, Newport Coast, and to the north, Huntington Beach. 

So, what’s next?

Our job now is to work with the air carriers flying out of JWA, and the most effective way of doing this is through organized community groups such as Airfair, the Airport Working Group, and the newly formed Citizens Against Airport Noise and Pollution (CAANP). Steps have already been taken by the Council to protect our community against the negative effects that the airport creates related to our quality of living.

First, additional noise monitors have been installed in key locations along the flight takeoff routes to determine if the seven existing noise monitors are providing accurate readings. The Council will be considering the purchase of permanent noise monitoring equipment to be placed on or near Balboa Island to continually measure the noise of departing flights in order to identify the difference between air carriers, and then to ask why?

Second, the City is in the process of hiring a public relations firm to work with community groups and the City to get air carriers to embrace the concept of “flying higher and flying quieter”.

And third, the City will be hiring a lobbyist firm to advocate for us with our elected officials at the State and Federal Levels as well as the air carriers. This may take the form of future legislation that would further protect our quality of living from the effects of JWA on our community.

Future meeting dates are:

Community Airport Forum Meeting 

Friday, Jan. 26, 3 p.m. City Council Chambers

Aviation Committee Meeting 

Monday, Feb. 12, 4 p.m. - City Hall, Community Room

 As always, I remain very reachable and will always be a good listener. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or observations.

Jeff Herdman, Councilman

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

949/922-3594


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 up for the next City Council meeting (set for Tuesday, Jan. 23) that might be of interest to you. In the below email, 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 is at 5 p.m. with the Regular Session at 7 p.m. 

There is only one item on Study Session (again, starting at 5 p.m.), and that’s the Balboa Peninsula Trolley. This is a chance for the Council to hear more about how the Trolley did in Summer 2017, and to talk about whether it should continue in Summer 2018 and/or whether some changes should be made to routes or days. Remember that last year it ran on Saturdays and Sundays, with July 4 and Labor Day added in. If you have a thought about the Trolley program either way, I know that the Council and staff would appreciate your opinions.  

The Regular Session at 7 p.m. doesn’t have a lot of items on it. But it does have the item I wrote about 2 weeks ago regarding Lido Marina Village and a parking management plan. This was delayed because one of the principals from Lido Marina Village had his home impacted in the Montecito mudslides. The item itself is an appeal of the Planning Commission’s decision to adopt the City staff-recommended parking management plan for LMV. This is a public hearing, so public comments are very much welcomed. At the conclusion of the hearing, the City Council will determine the merits of the appeal, and then can decide to reject, modify, or accept the parking management plan.     

A few notes:

On Friday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, we’ll have our third “Friday Forum” on John Wayne Airport (JWA) issues. This forum will be co-hosted by the County of Orange, and the subject is “Noise 101” – basically how the JWA Access and Noise Office does its work. Please join us if you can. There will be at least two more Forums (planned for February 9 and March 9) where County staff will co-present.

Speaking of JWA, be on the lookout for a special e-mail from me that summarizes lots of recent activity about the airport. I wanted to include it here, but I’m not quite done with it yet. One of the hopeful things I’ll write about is the Boeing 737-MAX. We learned recently that the MAX had one of its first flights out of JWA (in late December - a Southwest flight to Phoenix). The noise readings were very promising, compared with a similarly weighted Boeing 737-700 that Southwest uses more typically. The Boeing 737-MAX and the Airbus 320neo are billed as being quieter and less emitting, and we seem to be able to anecdotally confirm the former. It will take a while for these planes to enter the fleets, and there is no promise that many will be at JWA (yet!). Boeing has done some MAX videos – yes, they are promotional videos, so take them with a grain of salt. Ridiculous takeoffs and turns are here (but know that this is not how it flies with passengers). A video about the MAX and noise is here.

Consider coming to the City Council’s annual planning/goal setting session on Monday evening, Jan. 29 at Marina Park, starting at 5:30 p.m. I can talk more now about the subjects on that agenda – one is whether to (and when to) start a General Plan Update. For all of you folks interested in that issue, this would be a good meeting to attend. We’ll also spend some time on fiscal issues, the harbor (this is the Year of the Harbor, after all), and more. And cookies.

One bit of quirkiness for you. If you come by City Hall and the Civic Green now, you might see something odd – a robotic, electric lawn mower. This actually isn’t quirky to customers here – the gas-powered lawn mower noise was pretty loud before. So now, a nice US-made “Roomba for Lawns” is out there plodding along as quiet as can be. Mayor Duffield actually brought this up to us, wondering why we were mowing lawns the old noisy & smelly way. So in comes this little guy. Sometime soon they will make a robotic City Manager, one that also roams about, turns or backs up when he runs into walls, goes smoothly up and down problematic hills, and basically gets the job done with little fuss (except leaving clumpy grass cuttings) and no snark in his e-mails nor an astronomically priced pension benefit.

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

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

949-644-3001


Dolehide leads qualifying for local Oracle Challenger Series

Caroline Dolehide

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

Caroline Dolehide

Nineteen-year-old Caroline Dolehide of Orlando, Fla., advanced to the second round of qualifying at the Oracle Challenger Series with a hard-fought 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Ashley Kratzer of Newport Beach.

After splitting the first two sets on Stadium Court at the Newport Beach Tennis Club, Dolehide took a 5-2 lead in the third set and went on to close out the match in two hours as she broke Kratzer’s serve in the tenth game.

“She (Kratzer) played a really amazing first set and then I stepped up my level. She was playing really well and when someone is playing that well, you just have to stay in there doing the right things,” Dolehide said after her victory. “Coming from Australia, this is the perfect spot. It’s really good for Oracle to have this kind of a tournament.”

In other first-round qualifying action, Americans Dennis Novikov of San Jose, Calif., and JC Aragone of Yorba Linda, Calif., advance by winning third-set tiebreakers in their respective matches. Novikov defeated Japan’s Kaichi Uchida 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (1), while Aragone got past Dominik Koepfer of Germany 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (5).  

Among the Americans in the women’s qualifying draw who advanced to the second round were Amanda Anisimova of Aventura, Fla., who eliminated fellow American Hanna Chang 6-4, 6-4 and Danielle Lao of Arcadia, Calif., a 6-3, 7-5 winner over Sofya Zhuk of Russia.

Tournament officials announced that men’s top seed Kei Nishikori of Japan will play his first-round main draw singles match on Tuesday, Jan. 23 against a qualifier. Tuesday’s Order of Play will be released on this afternoon.

The Oracle Challenger Series – Newport Beach is free to spectators. General Admission tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis at the Newport Beach Tennis Club starting at 9 a.m. each day. Tickets will not be available in advance. Individual spectators will be permitted up to two tickets at the time of entry.

For the men’s and women’s main singles draws and live scoring, go to: www.oraclechallengerseries.com

Newport Beach Tennis Club is located at 2601 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach.


Councilmember Dixon to hold District 1 Town Hall

Diane DixonSave the Date! City Councilmember Diane Dixon will host a District 1 Town Hall meeting on Monday, Feb. 5, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Marina Park.

The preliminary agenda includes 2017 crime statistics, updates on homeless, community development and John Wayne Airport/FAA issues and 2018 issues and opportunities for the Peninsula.

Councilmember Dixon is also open to other agenda suggestions. You can email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

No reservations are necessary.

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


Costa Mesa looks to Newport Beach for animal help

Newport Animal Shelter

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

The City of Costa Mesa has entered into an agreement with the Newport Center Animal Hospital and Pet Hotel Suites in Newport Beach to provide animal shelter services and veterinary care.

This agreement is on a temporary basis until a permanent solution to the city’s animal care needs can be analyzed and a long-term decision made by the City Council.

The Newport Center Animal Hospital is owned by Dr. Anthony M. Rizk, who has direct experience in shelter medicine and disease control.

“We believe the Newport Center Animal Hospital will offer high-quality care for the dogs, cats and other animals that are lost or abandoned in the City of Costa Mesa,” City Manager Tom Hatch said. “Because Dr. Rizk is experienced in shelter medicine, we think this is an ideal short-term solution for us and for our residents who care deeply about their pets.”

Under the new agreement, a veterinarian will be on site six days a week and on call on Sundays. The city will pay the hospital $20,833 per month for the shelter services.

“My interest is to provide the best care for the animals that come to my hospital,” Dr. Rizk said. “I am looking forward to working with the city of Costa Mesa and the community to assist these animals. I’m excited to be back to where I started in shelter medicine and to fully utilize my shelter care skill sets.”

The multi-level Newport Center Animal Hospital is fully indoors and climate controlled with animals afforded larger spaces with unique amenities, including cat condos equipped with perches. For dogs, there are play areas as well as calming videos and music.

Newport Center Animal Hospital and Pet Hotel Suites is located at 1333 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.


CdM Chamber to hold ribbon cutting for Mathnasium

kids in math class

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

Join members of the press, legislative and city officials, and community friends when the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce welcomes Jazmin Mortazavi, owner of the new Mathasium (The Math Learning Center) of Newport Beach franchise in Corona del Mar on Thursday, Feb. 8.

The event will include presentations by city and legislative officials, introduction of members of the press for photo opportunities, and a brief overview of the Mathnasium concept.

Ceremonies will begin promptly at 12 p.m., followed by a ribbon cutting and refreshments.

Mathnasium operates on the core belief that every child can become great at math. It brings fun and effective supplementary math programs for children in grades 2 - 12.

“Our students will receive the fundamental practice they need to master number facts, build computational skills and improve number sense, an intuitive understanding of how numbers work,” said Jasmin Mortazavi, owner and center director of the Mathnasium of Newport Beach franchise. “Our goal is simple: To teach math in a way that makes sense to kids,” Mortazavi said. “Mathnasium centers across the country have helped struggling students develop into ‘A’ students and ‘A’ students go on to even greater achievements. We are thrilled to be able to bring our Mathnasium MethodTM to support the families of Newport Beach.”

Mathnasium is located at 2610 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. Call 949.538.2424 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information, visit www.mathnasium.com/newportbeach and www.cdmchamber.com.


A Field Report from Crystal Cove Conservancy

Emerging butterflies in the changing seasons

Monarch Butterfly

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photos

The Monarch butterfly

The rainy season brings new life to the Crystal Cove backcountry. Southern California experiences a Mediterranean climate, characterized by dry summers and moderately wet winters. To adapt to these conditions, many perennial plants will drop their leaves in the summer to save water, however, once the rainy season arrives, leaves will begin to regrow. This season also sees a surge of annual plants, most of which will not survive for long once the summer sun dries out the landscape. While many of these plants begin to grow in the rainy season, it may not be the rain that directly triggers their growth. While some plants directly respond to precipitation, many others respond to cues in temperature or photoperiod (the amount of light in the day) to emerge from estivation.

These complex responses to seasonal cues are also critical to myriad butterflies and moths who must correctly time their diapause. Diapause is a period of suspended development that many lepidopterans or butterflies and moths undergo to avoid difficult conditions. If this occurs too early, the plants they need may not be ready. However, if it is too late, they may miss them entirely. To time their activity right, they also respond to environmental cues about both when to begin and end diapause. Temperature and photoperiod are common environmental cues for this process.

The monarch butterfly famously undergoes reproductive diapause as an adult. During this time the reproductive organs are suspended in development and the butterflies group together to form massive clusters. Once the spring comes, they quickly become reproductively active and continue their life cycle. The Anise swallowtail undergoes diapause as a pupa, which will not end until the proper conditions are met. The butterfly can remain in this state for up to seven years.

A lot is known about these processes through the science of phenology, which studies the life cycles of plants and animals. One huge unknown in phenology is how it might change in the future. Warmer temperatures and aberrant rainfall patterns will undoubtedly affect both plants and lepidopterans.

Will plants begin to bloom sooner, and if so, will butterflies be able to adjust so they have the resources they need once their diapause has ended? These are questions that have yet to be answered.

Sara Orange tip butterfly

Click on photo for a larger image

The Sara Orange Tip butterfly

Crystal Cove Conservancy and citizen scientist volunteers have begun to monitor both the butterflies in the park and the flowering time of plants. Once a month, they walk the trails of Moro Canyon and record their butterfly and plant observations. By doing this, they hope to begin to answer some of these questions in Crystal Cove. While we are still early for most butterflies, some Sara Orange tips and Cabbage Whites have been seen at this time of year in coastal Orange County.

If you are interested in participating in Crystal Cove’s monthly butterfly surveys, email Chris Halsch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Political Notebook Newport Beach Banner

Englebrecht announces intentions to run against Muldoon

Roy EnglebrechtLong time Newport Beach resident Roy Englebrecht announced Monday, Jan.15 that he will seek the District 4 Newport Beach City Council seat currently held by Kevin Muldoon in the November 2018 election.

“It is pretty simple why I have decided to once again run for Newport Beach City Council in the 2018 election. If we don’t address the current unfunded liabilities and health benefits that is reaching nearly $400 million dollars…. and if we don’t seriously tackle current city pension and health benefits reforms, the City of Newport Beach will be in serious financial trouble in the not so distance future. When the current City Manager of Newport Beach Dave Kiff says in an interview that “the only thing that keeps me awake at night is the city’s unfunded liabilities,” you know we have a problem.

Englebrecht ran for the District 4 seat in the 2014 election and in an unconventional campaign with no fund raising, no advertising, no mailers, and no campaign signs received 2,882 votes, losing to Kevin Muldoon and Tim Brown. 

“I will aggressively compete in 2018,” Englebrecht said.

Englebrecht is one of California’s busiest fight promoters and the promoter of the highly successful Fight Club OC shows held six times a year in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center. 

He has lived in Newport Beach for more than 30 years and currently serves on the City’s Park, Beaches and Recreation Commission. He has been married for 47 years to Nancy who was a Realtor in Newport Beach for 30 years. Their two children, Allison and Drew, are both graduates of Corona del Mar High School.


School Notes

Want to transfer the kid to a different school? Now’s the time

Newport-Mesa Unified School District allows Parent School Choice Transfers for residents within the district boundaries. Dependent upon availability, the parent or guardian of any school-age resident student may request for their child to transfer to another school. 

The Parent School Choice transfer request application period for the 2018 - 2019 school year is now open and closes on March 15, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Please visit www.nmusd.edu/transfers to apply. 

A lottery process is used to rank the applications in priority order. Parents will be notified regarding the status of their Parent School Choice Transfer request application by email or in writing by May 15, 2018. 

NHHS Calendar

School Site Council

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Heritage Hall 

Final Exams Week

Monday, Jan. 29 - Thursday, Feb. 1

WinterFormal Dance

Friday, Feb. 2, 8 - 11 p.m.

Knott’s Berry Farm

Buena Park

School Site Council

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Black Box Theater

PTA Executive Board Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 8 - 9:30 a.m.

Newkirk Conference Room

NHEF Board Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 12:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Presidents’ Recess

Monday, Feb. 19 - Friday, Feb. 23

CdMHS Calendar

Final Exams Week

Monday, Jan. 29 - Thursday, Feb. 1

PTA Executive Board Meeting

Wednesday, Jan 31, 8:30 - 10 a.m.

Lecture Hall

Halo Show

Friday and Saturday, Feb. 2 - 3, 7 - 9 p.m.

CdMHS Theater

Pama Recital

Thursday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m.

Presidents’ Recess

Monday, Feb. 19 - Friday, Feb. 23


Sign of the times

Stu News Newport was out and about and spotted these letters. Can you guess what the complete sign says and where to find it?

Enjoy the treasure hunt, and submit your answers to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The correct answer will be in Monday’s edition.

If you know a business you would like to see featured in Sign of the times, take a photo of it, let us know where it is and we’ll take it from there…just send the info to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Happy Hunting!

OOB sign

Click on photo for a larger image


Stump the Stu

This just may be the place to enjoy a perfect cup of coffee

Stump the Stu 11818

Click on photo for a larger image

From Nancy Pedersen: “The beautiful fountain is in a shopping center on Riverside Drive and Coast Highway. It is adjacent to the C’est Si Bon bakery at 149 Riverside Drive and a stone’s throw from the post office. The shopping center is under renovation and the courtyard with the fountain is finished. It’s a lovely place to sit with a friend and have a cup of coffee.”

Well said Nancy and thanks for the update.

Other correct guesses came from Tony Shaw of Seaside Gallery & Goods, Joe Stapleton, of course, and Paul A. DeRidder MD, MBA, who “goes there every day for coffee.”

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!


Urban Arts OC’s upcoming workshops

Urban Arts OC

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Urban Arts OC

Urban Arts OC, a co-op space near the John Wayne Airport, offers art classes for all ages and artistic abilities, as well as hosting events.

On Tuesday, Jan. 23, join in the creative experience of Acrylic and Mixed Media Painting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The class will be led by Lynne Kaplan, a mixed media artist and longtime educator, who received a degree in Fine Art and Industrial Design.

On Thursday, Feb. 15, participate in the Valentines Art & Wine Event from 7 to 10 p.m. Art & Wine is stroke by stroke, but their goal is that you learn to use your materials and walk away with your own personal masterpiece in addition to skills that allow you to continue to explore painting. Cost: $45 per person with a discount for two of $75.

Urban Arts OC is located at 4250 Scott Drive, Newport Beach. Call 949.474.1552. For more information and upcoming workshops and to register, visit www.urbanartsoc.com.


You Must Remember This: American Samoa

By NANCY GARDNER

Judge Gardner

Click on photo for a larger image

Judge Robert Gardner, Chief Justice in American Samoa

Courtesy of Nancy Gardner

My parents spent three years in American Samoa when my father was appointed Chief Justice of the court there. This was before the Internet and cell phones, and my mother did not believe in spending a lot of money on long distance, particularly if it involved trunk lines, so we communicated almost exclusively by mail. After two years, I decided a visit was in order, just to see for myself that all was fine, so my daughter and I set off.

I don’t know how it is today, but then you took the flight to Honolulu where you had a six-hour layover. This meant finding a bench in an unoccupied portion of the airport and trying to get a few winks – hopeless. Then we boarded the plane for a six-hour jaunt to Samoa. It was one of the more interesting flights I’ve taken. The plane was full of people, many of whom looked like they played in the NFL, and the plane was not only full of people but of packages. Everything had to be imported, so if you went off island, you came back with as much stuff as you could manage. There were cardboard boxes (termed Samoan Samsonite I was told) everywhere – in the overhead bins, in people’s laps, in the aisles, and nobody seemed to mind, certainly not the stewardesses.  

The plane, which seemed horribly overloaded, lumbered down the runway, and as I was trying to figure out how I could get my daughter and myself up and around all those boxes to the emergency exit, the plane actually became airborne, and off we went, flying through the night sky. Six hours later we approached the Pago Pago airstrip that didn’t look big enough for a Piper Cub, and somehow the pilot nailed the landing like he was Nadia Comaneci. It was near midnight as we got off the plane, and there were my parents, of course, but there were also about twenty other people, all come to greet us. Twelve o’clock! That, I learned, was Samoa. You supported your friends, so this group came out to welcome us, but not only that. They also came to party, even though to some people it might seem a little late. As I was to learn during our brief stay, the people on the island made any event an excuse to celebrate. Off everyone went to my parents’ house where they brought out their guitars and sang and danced into the wee hours, long after my daughter and I collapsed and went to bed.

In the morning, my father rushed off to the market because it was rumored that a load of lettuce had come in. Again, I don’t know what it’s like today, but thirty years ago there wasn’t a regular supply of fresh produce, so everybody swooped in when it arrived. You also waited for television. Tape would actually be shipped in, so they would all gather for the Super Bowl, for example, days after it actually took place. Everyone on the island went into radio and newspaper silence for the days leading up to it, trying to avoid learning the results.  

For me, it was reassuring to see how well integrated my parents were. My mother played golf several times a week (that had been a requirement – a golf course) and was on a women’s bowling team, and the friendships they made were maintained after they left the island. Once home, my father, never one for retirement, went on assignment to the Superior Court in Santa Ana. It must have been something of an adjustment, having to wear a black robe again. In Samoa, he presided in a Hawaiian shirt and a lava lava [rectangular cloth worn as a skirt], although the lava lava was a decorous gray, in keeping with the dignity of the court.

~~~~~~~~

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


Music comes to life in the “Anatomy of the Piano (for beginners)”at Segerstrom Center

Anatomy of the Piano

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of scfta.org

Will asks Father Christmas for a spaceship, but he gets a piano instead. As he tries to work out how he might use it to reach the moon, Will is drawn into a fantastic pianistic adventure that takes him to a cave where he meets Johann Sebastian Bach, is introduced to an ill-tempered Ludwig von Beethoven and jams with ‘Fats’ Waller.

With music, humor and fascinating stories about the piano and legendary composers and musicians who used it to create glorious music, Will discovers that, through music, you can go anywhere you want.

“Anatomy of the Piano (for beginners)” and Will’s amazing journey come to life on February 17 and 18 in Samueli Theater. Performances are at 1 p.m. The Sunday performance will be ASL interpreted.

Tickets for “Anatomy of the Piano (for beginners)” are $20 and are available online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling 714.556.2787.

Part of Segerstrom’s Center 2017 - 2018 Family Series, it continues with “The Gruffalo” (March 24 - 25), “Shh! We Have a Plan” (April 14 - 15) and “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” (April 22).


Joshua Bell to grace Segerstrom Center

Joshua Bell

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Chris Lee

Segerstrom Center welcomes violinist Joshua Bell on Friday, March 9 at 8 p.m. in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

One of the most celebrated violinists of his time, Bell returns with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in a program featuring Mendelssohn’s Overture from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6. He was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2005 and was named Musical America’s 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year and appointed Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in 2011.

Single tickets start at $48 and can be purchased online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

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


Hoag named one of America’s best for Heart Care and Obstetrics 

Hoag Hospital

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian announced Tuesday, Jan. 16, that it has been named as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care and Obstetrics by the 2018 Women’s Choice Award®. This is the fifth consecutive year (2014 - 2018) that Hoag has received awards in these categories.   

“It’s an honor to once again be recognized as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care and Obstetrics by the Women’s Choice Award,” said Robert T. Braithwaite, president and CEO of Hoag. “High quality care is at the core of Hoag’s mission and we are proud to have a team of dedicated physicians, nurses and staff that always put our patients first.”

This evidence-based designation is the only award that identifies the country’s best health care institutions based on robust criteria that consider patient satisfaction and clinical excellence. 

The awards signify that Hoag is in the top nine percent of 4,812 U.S. hospitals offering heart care services and in the top 17 percent of 2,720 U.S. hospitals offering obstetrics.

“This prestigious award gives our patients the confidence that Hoag offers the best in terms of quality care and patient safety,” said Allyson Brooks, M.D., Ginny Ueberroth Executive Medical Director Endowed Chair and Chief Quality Officer, Hoag Women’s Health Institute. “It speaks volumes that this recognition is based in part on feedback from our female patients. We strive to deliver care to women of all ages and life stages, through a comprehensive array of programs and specialized services.” 

The America’s Best Hospitals scoring process is unique in that it combines national accreditations, Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey results and hospital outcome scores with primary research about women’s healthcare preferences. 

For more information about the America’s Best Hospitals lists, visit www.womenschoiceaward.com.


Fly JWA and survey says you should be satisfied

Airplane

Submitted photo

John Wayne Airport (JWA) has announced the results of its most recent passenger survey, conducted in October and November 2017. The biannual survey is conducted to measure traveler preferences and satisfaction.

The 2017 Passenger Survey confirmed that JWA continued to earn very high approval ratings from travelers, both visitors and residents alike. The passenger survey collected responses from passengers in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal and from Orange County residents by telephone.

Overall, 95 percent of passengers surveyed are satisfied or very satisfied with their experience at John Wayne Airport. Two-thirds (65 percent) of passengers rate JWA as a 5 on a scale of 1 - 5.

Among Orange County residents surveyed, 91 percent of residents who flew out of JWA within the past 12 months are satisfied, rating the Airport 4 or 5. About half (48 percent) of Orange County residents rate JWA as a 5 out of 5.

The proportion of pleasure/leisure travel has increased to 52 percent, while business travel has decreased to 22 percent, and an additional 21 percent responded they were traveling for personal reasons.

Key drivers of overall passenger satisfaction include overall customer service provided by everyone at the Airport, courteous and professional TSA security screening staff, and feeling safe and secure in the terminals. 

“The 2017 passenger satisfaction survey confirms that passengers appreciate the superior guest experience and safe and secure environment found at John Wayne Airport,” said Barry A. Rondinella, airport director. “We will continue to find ways to enhance the guest experience and provide a safe, secure and convenient airport for residents and visitors alike.” 

To view the survey in its entirety, click here.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Baseball legend to be honored locally by OCYSF

TomJohnsonMy friends at the Orange County Youth Sports Foundation have announced plans to honor Hall of Fame baseball great Rod Carew as their 2018 Sportsman of the Year. The dinner will be held Tuesday, April 24, at the Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach.

Carew is a seven-time American League batting champion and an 18-time All-Star during a career that spanned from 1967 to 1985 with the Minnesota Twins and California Angels.

There’s no doubt that Carew’s name belongs on the list of previous OCYSF honorees, that includes the likes of Jim Nance, Pete Carroll, Peter Ueberroth, Dick Enberg, Jerry West, John McKay, Bill Walsh, Mike Scioscia and Tommy Lasorda, to name a few.

Take it from someone who’s emceed this event a number of times, it’s a fun dinner. OCYSF invites a dais full of sports celebrities and others just show up…it’s kind of fun rubbing elbows with people you cheered for.

There’s also an auction…silent and live. As you can imagine, both are heavily sports oriented.

One year the honoree, broadcaster Jim Nantz, donated his Final Four tickets to the auction on the spot; and then there was the time Scioscia took the microphone from Olympic gymnast great Peter Vidmar in the middle of the auction and raised the entire event to new heights.

Great stuff. 

Check them out at ocysf.org

And, if you want to go to the event or even buy a table, reach out to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll put something together.

• • •

As long as we’re in the world of sports, we’ll bring you to the Dennis Rodman show.

First off, Rodman will not, I repeat, will not, be honored by OCYSF this year, or any other year for that matter. 

That being said, Dennis is doing something good for himself. And that’s great news!

We reported last issue that the Newport Beach Police Department had arrested Rodman last Saturday for a DUI.

Although driving drunk is not funny, my first reaction was “there goes Rodman again” kind of makes you chuckle, until you realize that he, like many, is struggling with alcohol.

The good news is that reports have Rodman entering Turning Point Rehabilitation Center in Paterson, N.J., yesterday. He previously spent three weeks there in 2014 after returning from a trip to North Korea.

He’s had previous DUIs in 1999 and 2003.

Let’s all wish our neighbor good thoughts.

• • •

Hey folks, I’d be remiss if I didn’t say get out there and dine! Newport Beach Restaurant Week is alive and well, running now through January 28.

Best place to go to find participating restaurants and make reservations is DineNB.com.

Get out there and enjoy!


ENC Presidents’ Week Camp to stretch young minds as they explore the outdoors 

kids magnifying

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of ENC

Want a great way for your child to spend a week off from school in the great outdoors that’s practically in your own backyard? Boredom or homebound just went out the window with the freedom and sheer exuberance of being in nature.

Youngsters will see, learn and delight in the awesomeness of nature at the Environmental Nature Center’s Presidents’ Week Nature Fun Camp for Kids. The camp welcomes children in kindergarten through 6th grade with age-designed outdoor crafts and activities.

According to Alex Zaphiris, an M.D, in Mill Valley, kids who spend time in nature are healthier and smarter because their brains are reacting to the experience moment by moment and their bodies are more alive. “The benefits of children being in nature are on many levels,” Zaphiris said. “It’s a whole-body experience that’s healing.”

The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting Monday, Feb. 19, to Thursday, Feb. 22. The four-day camp costs $265 and includes lunch. A half-day camp is also available, which ends at 1 p.m., at $180 for the session, lunch included. There’s a 10 percent discount for ENC members.

Campers will experience crafts and activities designed for their age, and explore and make natural crafts to take home using tools made from materials found in nature, such as making string from native plants, weaving and mask making. They’ll explore the natural world, including traveling back in time and going on a “Native American Adventure” to learn about the tools, trade and customs of the native people of the Tongva (Gabrielino) and Acjachemen (Juaneño) people of Orange County. They’ll sing and play music using authentic Tongva instruments. They will see, touch and smell the plants used centuries ago.

At the ENC, campers will be given the freedom to explore, imagine and make their own fun. They’ll be given boundaries, a few supplies, a set of ground rules and supervision. They’ll be able to talk, laugh and have a great time while creating things like rock towers, stick-and-leaf boats and forts. Materials will be provided to campers to draw, paint, make tassels and play board games.

The week will fly by and they’ll leave with renewed energy, more alert minds and happier spirits to finish out the school year.

For more information, become an ENC member or to register your child, call the Environmental Nature Center at 949.645.8489 or visit www.encenter.org.

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


Cinema Orange to feature documentary on New York Public Library

NY Public Library

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of OCMA/

The New York Public Library

On Friday, Jan. 26, the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA), will be hosting a free screening of “Ex Libris: The New York Public Library,” a 2017 documentary, as part of its Cinema Orange series. The film goes behind the scenes of one of the greatest knowledge institutions in the world and reveals it as a place of welcome, cultural exchange and learning. With 92 branches throughout Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island, the library is committed to being a resource for all the inhabitants of this multifaceted and cosmopolitan city, and beyond.

The New York Public Library exemplifies the deeply rooted American belief in the individual’s right to know and be informed. It is one of the most democratic institutions in America where everyone is welcome. The Library strives to inspire learning, advance knowledge and strengthen communities. This is presented by the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA), the Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) and the American Institute of Architects Orange County (AIA OC).

Cinema Orange spotlights the cinematic works of independent filmmakers from around the world, and is celebrating its 14th year as part of OCMA’s Free Fridays program.

Orange County Museum of Art is located at 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach. www.ocma.net


Capturing iconic Newport Beach

Balboa Pavilion

Click on photo for a larger image

Artwork by Don Krotee

Balboa Pavilion on the Peninsula is a Newport Harbor landmark

~~~~~~~~

Don Krotee has been a resident of Newport Beach since 1986. He is a Board member of Newport Heights Improvement Association and SPON, and is an architect who has been drawing and painting from an early age. His architectural marker drawings will be featured in StuNews.


Stump the Stu

Does Water = Good Luck?

Stump the Stu 1.15.18LRG

Click on photo for a larger image

Water fountains used in Feng Shui may attract wealth or good luck, so what better way to move into the New Year than with a positive omen? If nothing else, water seems to exude a calm and relaxing presence. So, where is this water feature located? 

Take the plunge, and submit your answers to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The correct answers will be in Thursday’s edition.

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!


Winter Sailing Series…what’s going on

By LEN BOSE

BYC Sunkist

Click on photo for a larger image

Balboa Yacht Club 2017-18 Sunkist Series

Courtesy of Joysailing.com

The Newport Beach winter sailing series is about halfway though its season, so I wanted to provide you with an update on races that will be taking place in our Harbor. 

Balboa Yacht Club 2017-18 Sunkist Series

Thirty-five boats signed up for this year’s four race Sunkist Series and like all the other harbor winter series it has been sailed in light winds and strong currents. The final race of the series just happens to be on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 4 with most of the competitors wondering how they will get home in time to watch the game.

In PHRF A fleet, Jim Devling’s shiny black boat “Carbon Footprint” has sailed very consistently and leads the fleet going into the final minutes of the game. Just behind, is team “It’s OK” that with a throw out, discarding their worst race, this series could end up in a tie breaker. It’s going to be close…let’s hope for wind.

PHRF B has “Amante” winning and if there is a throw out she does not have to go out on the field for the fourth quarter. Peter Wells sailing the J 120 “Adios” is in second followed by Seth Hall aboard “Marisol.”

In PHRF C, “Doubletime” has the overpowering offensive line in this series with three first place finishes and like Amante can sit the fourth quarter out should there be a throw out in the series. Tied for second is Brian Doughty J 105 “Legacy” and Bill McKeever “Reliance,” both boats with identical scores, this race will be close.

PHRF D appears to be a close one with Ray Booths C&C 35 “Altheris” only two points out of first with nine points to John Szalay’s Peterson 34 “Pussycat.” Third place is tied between Mark Rosene “RD” and Roger Gooding “Rhythm” both with 11 points. This series will be a barn burner with some of the best racing in the harbor. Now I really want the wind to show up!

PHRF E has another close game going on with Gavin Herbert Rhodes 41 “Madness” in first place with nine points. Followed closely by Caleb Everett’s Moore 24 “Tortuga.” All good stuff, so make sure you tune in.

BCYC

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Joysailing.com

Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club Rum Series

Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club Hot Rum 2017-18 Series

Jan. 21 will be the last race of the three-part Hot Rum Series. Twenty-seven boats have entered and are split up in three PHRF classes and have been greeted with light winds and strong currents.

In PHRF A, The Richley Family sailing the mighty “Amante” has a thee point lead over Russell Grant’s “Wild Thing,” and in a close third is Bill McKeever’s well sailed “Reliance.”

Next up is PHRF B with Joe Degenhardt’s “Lickity Split” in third, Larry Kilger’s “Healer” in second and “Pussycat” with a strong lead in first.

PHRF C has Emile Pilafidis sailing “Party Globe” in third, Bob McDonald aboard “Undecided” is in second and with another strong lead, Bob Wineat is at the helm of “Carioca.”

NHYC Winter Series

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of NHYC H2O Fleet 1

Newport Harbor Yacht Club Winter Series

NHYC 2017-18 Winter Series

Forty-four Harbor 20’s have entered Newport Harbor’s Yacht Club’s Winter Series this season. Racing has been close and the winds have been light as we approach the last race in the series on February 4. First race is an hour earlier at 12 p.m., because the start of some silly football game!

In Harbor 20 C fleet, Kathryn Reed’s “Wood in it be Nice” is leading going into the fourth quarter by six points to Mike Kohl aboard “A Tack Dragon” in second. Ross Watanabe is in third and only 11 points out of first.

In B Fleet, Doug Rastello brought in fleet champ Bill Menninger as his front line and they have rolled through the competition. Chris Allen racing his boat “Zephyr” with Walter Johnson as his crew are not known to give up, even though it appears the fat lady is clearing her voice. Allen is 15 points back and might just show up with a Cal Bears hats on and pull something out of his sail bag.

A fleet has “Shana’s Secret” with Mark Conzelman at the helm with a six point lead and has been the only team to keep a perfect attendance in the series. Conzelman will have to keep his head down and not look up at the game monitor going into the last quarter of the series. Should he decide to look up, he will see a yellow boat by the name of “Ping” with Anne and Kurt Wiese chasing him down. Over the last six races, team Wiese has not finished out of the top three and no one has thrown a flag at them.

Get out and enjoy the races!


Speak Up Newport to hold Mayor’s Dinner

Mayor Duffield 1

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Speak Up Newport

Save the Date for the 37th Annual Mayor’s Dinner on Friday, Feb. 2 beginning at 6 p.m. with a no-host reception followed by dinner and the program starting at 7 p.m. It will be held at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa.

Presented by Speak Up Newport, the evening will feature Newport Beach Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield delivering the 2018 State of the City Address, along with all past Newport Beach mayors being recognized. Peter Buffa will serve as master of Ceremonies.

Mayor Duffield was a Newport Beach Harbor Commissioner for 10 years (2002-2012) and was elected to the City Council in 2014 as the District 3 representative. He was appointed Mayor Pro Tem in 2016 and selected as Mayor in December 2017.

Tickets are $85 per person; Underwriter’s Tables of 10 are $1,200. Please RSVP by Friday, Jan. 26.

For more information call 949.224.2266 and visit the website at www.speakupnewport.com to reserve your seat.

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

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.  Founded in 1979, SUN meets monthly, presenting a public forum to hear topics of interest to the local community.  


Royal Philharmonic takes the Segerstrom stage

Jean Yves Thibaude

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of scfta.org

The London-based Royal Philharmonic returns to the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall under the baton of celebrated conductor Thierry Fischer in a program including Respighi’s symphonic poem Fountains of Rome and Stravinsky’s

Petrushka (1911). Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins them with Camille Saint-Saëns’ exotic Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian.” The performance takes place on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. A pre-concert lecture by Brian Lauritzen begins at 7 p.m.

One of today’s most sought-after soloists, Grammy-nominated pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet is celebrated for his rare ability to combine poetic musical sensibilities with dazzling technical prowess, and a talent for coaxing subtle and surprising colors and textures from each work he plays.

Widely regarded for its exceptional quality and versatility, the Royal Philharmonic was formed by Sir Thomas Beecham in 1946 and since then has been directed by an illustrious list of distinguished conductors including Rudolf Kempe, Antal Doráti, André Previn, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Daniele Gatti.

Tickets start at $48 and are available online and at the Box Office, 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 (and the Box Office) is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. www.scfta.org


Sign of the times

This was fun and we had a number of people who figured out that this tropical beauty resided at Billy’s At The Beach on Pacific Coast Highway.

We received correct answers from Sean Levin, Rachel Peterson, Charlie Ferrazzi, Troy Davis, Joe Stapleton and Mike Larkin.

And we loved hearing from Asia Jones, who along with her husband, Fletcher “Ted” Jones Jr., own this featured restaurant.

According to our readers, the mai tais are infamous!

If you know a business you would like to see featured in our treasure hunt, take a photo of it, let us know where it is and we’ll take it from there…just send the info. to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Happy Hunting!

Billys At The Beach

Click on photo for a larger image


Pet of the Week Dog 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.”

Ms Einstein

Click on photo for larger image

Courtesy of Newport Beach 

Animal Shelter

MEET MS. EINSTEIN

Ms. Einstein is playful, docile and intelligent…not to mention, loving

Introducing Ms. Einstein. The sweetest little doe Lionhead Harlequin rabbit. Ms. Einstein loves to give hugs and would enjoy being adopted into a family that wants to share carrots and yogurt nibbles with her.

Just in case you aren’t familiar, Ms. Einstein asked us to let you know that Harlequin rabbits are playful, docile and intelligent. And, like most rabbit breeds, Ms. Einstein can respond to her name and is litter box trained. She is gentle and, as all exotics, she will require consistent care by responsible and financially capable individuals.

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

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. 

If you are interested in finding out more about Ms. Einstein, 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. to 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.


OC’s largest mixer 2018 returns to the Fairgrounds

OC Mixer Logo

Submitted photo

Orange County’s Largest Mixer 2018 has announced its return to the Orange County Fairgrounds & Event Center on Thursday, March 29 from 4 to 8 p.m.

This 15th annual event brings together more than 175 exhibitors and 2,500 attendees including 25 chambers of commerce and professional business organizations.

While attending the OC Mixer, grab a free food sample or two from one of the many local restaurants who will be offering one of their signature dishes, or grab a cocktail from one of the cash bars. Make sure to visit the TEAM Referral Village for a speed networking session, or to improve your networking skills.

Cost of attendance is $20. If you are a business interested in showing your products or services, go to https://largestmixer.com/exhibit/exhibit-orange-county to reserve booth space and find out more details.

For additional information, visit www.OCMixer.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Call 310.862.2878.

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


OC Fair & Event Center honored with 19 awards

OC Fair & Event Center (OCFEC) was honored with 19 awards, including five first place accolades for innovation and excellence, by the Western Fairs Association.

OCFEC received first place honors in photography, technology innovation, volunteer programs, working with nonprofit organizations and producing an event within an event. Many prize categories were specific to the 2017 OC Fair, and others were related to year-round events and programs.

OC Fair Crowd

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Orange County Fair & Event Center

This photo of a transfixed audience at the OC circus show took first place honors

The photo of a transfixed audience at an OC Fair circus show won first place as did the Heroes Hall Veterans Story Booth, a permanent installation that archives videos of veterans telling of their military experiences. Other top awards went to the Friends of the Fair program that allows special needs guests to have a private, easy-access Fair experience, and to the OCFEC employee entry in the Damsels of Destruction demolition derby that benefited the Susan G. Komen Orange County. The other top award recognized the birthday party at Centennial Farm during which Fair guests were invited to a celebration to welcome a new litter of piglets.

“It is very special to be honored by our peers in the fair industry. We are proud of the work we do and these awards highlight our commitment to the community,” said Kathy Kramer, OC Fair & Event Center CEO. “The fact that our give-back programs continue to receive recognition means a lot to us and inspires the staff to continue to find more ways to connect with the community.”

OCFEC received second place awards for the new OC Fair Kids Club program that provides a free Fair experience for children from underserved areas. Heroes Hall, which opened last February, won second place in the new community outreach program category, and the management of the large-animal evacuation at the fairgrounds during recent Orange County fires received second place recognition. The Farm Fresh Fun fair theme, artist Kiel Johnson’s collaborative paper garden, The Red Barn dinner series and collaboration with OCTA on the OC Fair Express bus system also received second place honors.

Third place awards went to the OC Fair’s new California olive oil competition, Centennial Farm’s new wellness program, agricultural programming, the Fair’s souvenir program, new sponsorships and sponsorship innovations. A photograph of the Ferris wheel at sunset also won a third place award.

The Western Fairs Association presented the awards for 2017 achievements at its recent annual conference in Anaheim.

OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa is home to the annual OC Fair. Year-round attractions include Centennial Farm, Table of Dignity, Heroes Hall and Pacific Amphitheatre. Imaginology, a free three-day family event focusing on S.T.E.A.M.-related activities, will take place April 13 - 15, 2018. Throughout the year, events ranging from recreation shows to cultural festivals are held at the fairgrounds.

Orange County Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit www.ocfair.com.


Newport Beach Restaurant Week preview captures media attention

Mayor Duffield

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos by Lana Johnson

Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield welcomes invited guests

On Thursday, Jan. 11, Newport Beach Restaurant Week, presented by Dine Newport Beach and the Newport Beach Restaurant Association, hosted a media preview night at Fashion Island’s Lincoln Experience Center to whet our palates.

Nobu

Click on photo for a larger image

Nobu served Alaskan black cod on butter lettuce with shredded filo

Themed, “Beyond the Menu: A Culinary Journey,” we indulged in a variety of culinary samplings from some of this year’s Restaurant Week participants, including Nobu, Sessions West Coast Deli, CUCINA enoteca, The Bungalow, Balboa Lily’s, Andrea, and Mayor’s Table (in the soon-to-open Lido House), along with wines by COLOR WINE.

Andrea

Click on photo for a larger image

Andrea at The Pelican Hill Resort offered pumpkin ravioli topped with smoked pumpkin seeds

Immediately following this event, a sold-out intimate dine-around experience took place for 100 guests who purchased tickets to enjoy tastings from each of the purveyors along with two glasses or beer. Those who had their “passport” stamped by visiting each of the dining establishments were entered into an opportunity drawing for a prize.

The Bungalow

Click on photo for a larger image

The Bunglow shared samplings of braised short rib over Yukon mashed potatoes

The event was the perfect kick-off to Newport Beach Restaurant Week, which starts today, Monday Jan. 15, and continues through the 28th.

Sessions

Click on photo for a larger image

Sessions West Coast Deli featured “The Quint,” Carolina pulled pork with Spanish romesco sauce, pickled fennel and habanero aioli

According to Gary Sherwin, President and CEO of Visit Newport Beach, who addressed the guests, 56 restaurants will be participating in NBRW this year. Interesting statistics he shared were that Newport Beach has 450 food and beverage establishments throughout our city with a population of 86,000, and in 2017, there were 83,000 diners of which 84 percent tried a new restaurant and 98 percent recommended their experiences.

So, go out and discover new restaurants you have never dined at before, as well revisiting some of your local favorites. They will all be offering special prix fixe lunch and dinner menus.

For more information and to view all the participating NBRW restaurants, visit www.DineNB.com/Restaurant-Week.

Girls

Click on photo for a larger image

Guests share camaraderie over delectable food samples and wine


Wake Up! Newport to feature John Campbell

John Campbell

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

On Thursday, Feb. 1, Wake Up! Newport will feature U.S. Representative John Campbell.

This is a free opportunity to meet one-on-one with legislative and government officials, and stay updated on current local, state and federal issues.

The meeting, hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, takes place from 7:15 to 8:45 a.m. in the Central Library’s Friends Room located at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Breakfast treats will be provided, but please make reservations so that Wake Up! Newport can plan for food and seating.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Pam Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 9489.729.4411.


Word is out on the street…Ho Sum Bistro is making a comeback

Ho Sum Bistro Salad

Ho Sum Bistro, a casual Asian eatery, is expected to reopen today, Monday, Jan. 15. What great news!

After a year and a half of rebuilding this Newport Beach Peninsula dining favorite following an electrical fire in June 2016, owner Ed O’Neill will be bringing back his signature favorites and many of his friendly staff.

The popular menu items consist of the famous Ho Sum Bistro Salad with roasted and shredded chicken breast with lettuce and a red ginger dressing, the Sesame Seed Chicken Salad with the same accompaniments and the Combo Salad, combining the two. The pot stickers, Greg’s Garlic Chicken and Shrimp, Szechuan Chicken, and, of course, the fried rice choices stacked high above the brim of the bowl will all be making their appearances again.

Ho Sum Bistro is located at 3112 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Page 5 of 17