CdM Bridal Walk to Take Place Sunday

posted: March 6th, 2015 05:27 am | 0No Comments

The Corona del Mar Bridal Walk will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The annual event will begin with registration at Sherman Library & Gardens at 2647 East Coast Highway, where each bride will receive a map and list of participating businesses. Brides-to-be may then take a self-guided tour of Corona del Mar businesses that offer wedding services, including Francis-Orr Fine Stationery, Beach Candy, Mark Patterson and B.Candy (Corona del Mar Today advertisers) and more.

The event will conclude with a reception from 4 to 5 p.m. at Five Crowns Restaurant at 3801 East Coast Highway.

For more information or to sign up to participate, click here.


Tickets Available to “This is Your Brain on Music” Witte Lecture

posted: March 5th, 2015 12:35 pm | 0No Comments

The author of the bestseller “This is Your Brain on Music” will be the featured speaker at a Witte Lecture series event scheduled for March 20 and 21, according to a library news release.

Daniel Levitin, a neuroscientist, also is the author of “The World in Six Songs,” the release said, and “The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload.”

The Friday lecture event costs $50, or $45 for Library Foundation members, and includes a wine and cheese reception with DJ Mister Child from 6:30 to 7 p.m., followed by the lecture and Q&A from 7 to 8:15 p.m. There also will be a chance to buy books for signing with a coffee and sweets reception.

The Saturday event is $35, or $30 for Library Foundation members, and includes a 2 p.m. lecture followed by book sales and signing and coffee and sweets at 3:15 p.m.

There is a discounted price of $20 for students and teachers on both days.

Click here to purchase tickets.


Friday is Deadline for City Fire Rings Survey

posted: March 5th, 2015 11:06 am | 0No Comments

A Newport Beach online survey, which presents nine plans for the city’s beach fire rings, will close on Friday.

The survey was launched in January and originally presented seven options with a February deadline. The survey currently shows that it has had 226 interactions.

“The proposed plans attempt to restore some or all wood-burning fire rings to Newport’s beaches, while complying with certain regulations and laws,” the survey states. Ultimately, the city will present one plan to the California Coastal Commission for approval.

The “officially recommended plan,” or plan one, is the plan approved by the City Council.

“This 60-ring plan places 18 fire rings at Corona del Mar (CdM) State Beach, 26 near the Balboa Pier area, 9 north of the Newport Pier, and 7 at the western side of the Newport Dunes lagoon. All are spaced 100′ apart,” according to the city’s fire ring webpage.

Other plans include returning to a charcoal-only plan, placing charcoal-only rings among wood-burning ones and different spacing and location options; click here for information on all nine plans.

To see the survey, click here.

Read our earlier stories here, here and here.


Siren Test Scheduled for Noon Friday

posted: March 5th, 2015 05:03 am | 0No Comments

The Newport Beach Outdoor Emergency Notification System will be tested between noon and 12:15 p.m. Friday, according to the city’s website.

The system consists of three warning sirens connected to a control panel at the Newport Beach Police Department. The sirens have been placed so they can be heard at Big Corona Beach as well as in West Newport and along the Balboa Peninsula.

The tests will be brief and the siren will sound at a reduced level. City officials say that if an actual emergency occurs, the sirens will sound for a longer time period and at much higher levels.

The tests occur regularly at noon on the first Friday of each month.


From the Police Log: Commercial Burglary, Contempt of Court Order

posted: March 4th, 2015 01:46 pm | 0No Comments

Newport Beach police took a report of a commercial burglary with forced entry on Monday on Corporate Plaza Drive, according to a report.

The burglary occurred between noon Sunday and 5:30 a.m. Monday, the report said. The loss was $5,381.

Police also recovered a stolen vehicle at 11:06 a.m.Monday in the 100 block of Newport Center Drive. Officers also took two reports of contempt of a court order in the 600 block of Marigold Avenue on Tuesday. The first incident was reported at 4:03 p.m., and a second incident was reported at 4:17 p.m., reports said.


CdMHS PTA, Pediatric Cardiologist May Develop Student Screening Event

posted: March 4th, 2015 01:39 pm | 1Comment

Screening all student athletes throughout the United States for cardiac problems could cost $2 billion — a price tag that makes mandatory screening unlikely, a pediatric cardiologist told members of the Corona del Mar High School and Middle School PTA at a meeting at the school today.

But thorough cardiac screenings can detect heart conditions that could cause sudden death, said Dr. Uthara Mohan, who spoke to about 50 PTA members.

“Really, the parents have to be the advocates here,” she said. “You can pay 600 bucks on shoes and gear for the year. Why not this? It’s important to focus on the kids and get them screened.”

The topic of cardiac screenings hit close to home to the CdMHS community. On Feb. 7, a junior became ill at home after a club soccer game. His heart stopped, the result of a genetic condition. He was in a medically induced coma, has undergone surgery and is now recovering at home, family friends said.

The school requires student athletes to have a medical exam that does not include a complete cardiac screening. In the United States, Mohan said, doctors rely on physical exams and family histories before they perform echocardiograms, electrocardiograms or exercise testing. In Italy, she said, the law requires athletes to have echocardiograms.

Mohan said athletes should be screened between 12 and 17 years old, although she has screened children as young as 7 and found problems. Undiagnosed cardiac issues have caused sudden death in student athletes, although it is rare, she said.

Mohan offered to work with the PTA to create a screening event at the school. She has portable equipment, and some PTA members said they or their family members were trained medical professionals who could assist. The group did not take formal action on the event, but agreed to work to organize it. The event likely would be open to all students, not just athletes.


Small Dog Park, New Dog Park to Go Forward to City Council

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The Newport Beach Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commission voted Tuesday to move forward with plans to add a second dog park, probably in West Newport, as well as to carve out a section of the existing Civic Center dog park for dogs under 25 pounds.

The small dog park would have a separate entrance off MacArthur Boulevard and would cost about $25,000, said Laura Detweiler, the city’s recreation and senior services director.

Commissioner Roy Englebrecht was the lone opposing vote, saying that city staff should have planned for small dogs before the current dog park opened two years ago.

“This is really, really unbelievable,” he said. “We spent all this money, and did no one ask what should be in a dog park? All this money…wasted. I’m incredulous. I’m without speech. We built this, and no one thought to say we need the separate area.”

Detweiler said the park was built on a long, thin piece of available land, and the shape of the land drove the park. Staff has spent time in the park, talking to users, and incorporated their ideas into the new plan, she said.

Commissioner Marie Marston said a small dog park within the park was a good idea, particularly after a “tragic incident” last summer, when a small dog was killed in the park by a larger dog.

Detweiler said the small dog park would be for dogs that weigh less than 25 pounds.

The commissioners unanimously approved a plan to add a new dog park in West Newport, possibly in Lower Sunset View Park.

A few residents spoke against that location, saying that parking was already a problem in that area, and that safety was a concern.

The City Council would have to approve funding for the new park at a future meeting.

The meeting began with an update on the new mobile marine lab known as the ISOpod, which was parked outside City Hall for an hour.

More than 50 people toured the ISOpod (which stands for Interactive Sealife Outreach pod) on Tuesday. The ISOpod cost about $150,000, funded through grants, and will visit schools and be parked by Little Corona Beach on weekends and on summer weekdays.

The ISOpod will help students and other beach visitors learn about sea creatures that live in tidepools without causing harm, said Michelle Clemente, the city’s marine education supervisor.

“We’re excited to teach people before they get down to the tidepools,” she said. “We hope to soften the impact of all those people. They (tidepool creatures) were being loved to death. We’re here to guide people on how to enjoy the tidepools.”

Read our earlier story here.


Reader Photo By Ron Yeo: High Tide and Big Surf

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Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles to Perform at Free Library Event

posted: March 4th, 2015 05:17 am | 0No Comments

The Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles will perform at a free family concert scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Central Library’s Friends Room, according to a library news release.

“The whole family will enjoy listening and learning from the musicians in Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Ensembles, including several violin, cello and piano trios, a string quartet and the Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble,” the release said. “The talented young musicians will play pieces by Schoenfield, Dvorak, Shostakovich and other composers.”

The Pacific Symphony Youth Ensemble, which includes musicians in grades 6 through 12, has three performing ensembles, the release said, including the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble and Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings.

Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Friends of the Library group funded the concert.

The library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave.


San Miguel Drive Lane Closures Planned For Wednesday Through Friday

posted: March 3rd, 2015 04:24 pm | 0No Comments

Road work will close lanes on San Miguel Drive between MacArthur Boulevard and San Joaquin Hills Road from Wednesday through Friday, according to the city’s webpage.

The work is part of the city’s street overlay project, the webpage states. Traffic delays are expected and alternate routes are recommended.

Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction.