CdM This Weekend: Five Great Things For Your To-Do List

posted: November 28th, 2014 12:47 pm | 0No Comments

1. Roger’s Gardens will host the All American Boys Chorus on Saturday, with seasonal songs will be performed at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Also, beginning today and through Dec. 21, Santa Claus will be in the original Disneyland bandstand gazebo to hear your wishes and to take photos. Santa will be available from noon to 6 p.m. daily. Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road.

2. Help clean the beach from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The City of Newport Beach staff is organizing beach cleanups on the last Saturday of each month, and this month you can join the effort at Little Corona Beach.

3. Crystal Cove State Park is hosting a beachside ranger chat from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Education Commons in the Historic District. There also will be a 3-mile Family Hike that meets at 9 a.m. Sunday in the Berns Amphitheater, which is inland at the School-State Park entrance. Events are free, but there is a $15 day-use parking fee at state park lots.

4. Recycled Rags will host its monthly parking lot party from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, featuring refreshments as well as discounted items on racks in the back lot. Recycled Rags is located at 2731 East Coast Highway. For more information call (949) 675-5553. Note: organizers say they currently have “a good supply of holiday wear in the shop now along with incredible high end designer clothing and fur items.” Don’t miss it. Also, the first 25 customers to arrive will receive a coupon good for $5 off any purchase of $25 or more, to be used on the day of the sale.

5. The Top Dog Barkery in Corona del Mar Plaza will host a bake sale for human treats from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, with all donations benefitting dog rescue efforts. Professional pet photographer Diana Lundin will offer 15-minute pet portrait sittings for $59.95, which includes an ornament with your dog’s picture on it. Looking forward, from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7, Santa Paws will be in the store with treats for puppies and cards for owners. Top Dog Barkery is located at 924 Avocado Ave.


Salon Event Aims to Educate, Help Women With Cancer

posted: November 28th, 2014 12:23 pm | 0No Comments

The Ashtin Salon will host an event Sunday, where women can donate 8 inches of hair for wigs for women fighting cancer, according to a news release.

The event is part of Tracy Stayton’s MelaNOma Awareness campaign, the release said.

“This event is in honor of my friend Becky, who passed away from melanoma a day after her 33rd birthday,” Stayton wrote in an email. “In addition, it is the second act of service in a year long project entitled 34tunate that kicks off on Thanksgiving In short, I am taking a year to give back and will be performing 34 acts of service, locally and globally, in my Thirtyfourtunate year of life.”

For more information about Stayton’s efforts, click here.

The salon event will honor Becky Hofmann-Morris, who was Stayton’s sorority sister and friend, whose melanoma was discovered by her hairdresser, Stayton said. Women can donate 8 inches of unbleached hair between 2 and 5 p.m. at the salon at 2600 East Coast Highway. There also will be music, refreshments, a raffle and information about melanoma prevention and detection.

For more information, call (414) 899-6030.


Bay Near BCYC Reopens After Sewage Spill; Warnings Remain in Place

posted: November 28th, 2014 09:37 am | 0No Comments

The Orange County Health Care Agency’s Ocean Water Protection program has reduced from a closure to a warning an area near the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club affected by a sewage spill.

The spill occurred Monday near the Civic Center, said agency spokesman Larry Honeybourne. Tree roots in the area clogged a pipe, pushing 500 gallons of sewage into a storm drain and into the harbor. The closure affected 1,000 feet of the water way near the club at 1601 Bayside Drive.

Today, the agency’s website states that a warning remains in place, affecting “100 feet upbay and 100 feet downbay of the projection of El Paseo Drive at the Bajia Corinthian Yacht Club.”

Warning signs are placed on ocean and bay when bacterial levels in the water exceed health standards, the website states.


Sherman Library to Host “Nights of A Thousand Lights” Event

posted: November 28th, 2014 05:10 am | 0No Comments

A thousand luminarias, holiday lights and other decorations will light up Sherman Gardens for two nights only on Dec. 12 and 13, according to a news release.

Luminary bags will light pathways, and each section of the gardens will have different lighting and decorations, including an evergreen forest with white flowers, a display of red lanterns, and a centerpiece of a Christmas tree surrounded by flowers. There also will be hanging baskets of poinsettias in the tea garden and antique toys and classic Christmas photos on display, the release said.

“The sounds of The Icicle Carolers will fill the air and coffee, hot chocolate, wine or champagne will warm the soul,” the release said. “There will also be children’s activities, and a special visitor from the North Pole will make surprise appearances throughout the night.”

The event costs $5 for members of the Sherman Library & Gardens Friends program and $7 for non members, and children under 5 years old are free. The event will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday Dec. 12 and Saturday Dec. 13. Tickets will be available at the gate or online.

Cafe Jardin also will offer a special prix fixe menu both nights; to reserve a space, call (949) 673-0033. Dinner guests must pay for admission to the event. The Garden Shop also will be open with a selection of stocking stuffers, ornaments and gifts.

The gardens will be decorated for the holidays beginning Dec. 6 through Jan. 4. Regular hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 East Coast Highway.


Rain in Forecast for Sunday Night, Monday

posted: November 27th, 2014 01:13 pm | 0No Comments

The National Weather Service is forecasting a clear and sunny Thanksgiving Day, with a high temperature of 79 degrees. But over the weekend, there will be cooler temperatures and fog, with a slight chance of showers for Sunday night.

On Monday, the weather service website states, the high temperature will be 69 degrees with a chance of showers, There’s a chance of rain by Monday night, and on Tuesday, rain is likely, and the high temperature will be 67 degrees.

There also is a chance of showers on Wednesday, and a high temperature of 68 degrees is expected.


Giving Thanks, A to Z (CdM Style)

posted: November 27th, 2014 05:00 am | 2Comments

A…Arthur Pescan. A Corona del Mar High School junior who seems to do it all — cross country, the school musical, class president, mock trial, standing up to an angry crowd to support a new school sports complex. A school board trustee told us once that Arthur will be president of the United States one day, and we wouldn’t count him out.

B…Ben Would Go. Ben Carlson died last summer while saving a man’s life, the only Newport Beach lifeguard to die in the line of duty. A junior guard told us last summer that he was a real-life hero, and that’s the best kind. We agree and give thanks.

C…Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce. Thank you for the Christmas Walk, the Scenic 5K and the Coastline Classic car show. We appreciate your work with the Business Improvement District to arrange holiday decorations and the monthly luncheons and networking events.

D…Dan, Andy and all the CdM postal workers. They make a trip to the post office a lot more pleasant even when there’s a long line.

E…Elections being over. Now we’ll see what our newly elected leaders will do.

F…Farmers Market. Whether you go for the fresh bread, eggs, honey, flowers, popcorn, fruits, veggies or just to hang out with friends, we all should be thankful that we have a Saturday morning market right in the center of town.

G…Outgoing City Councilwoman Nancy Gardner of Corona del Mar. Thank you for all your work to help Corona del Mar and its residents during your terms in office.

H….Harbor View Elementary School on Goldenrod Avenue, and Principal Todd Schmidt. We love attending events at the school and seeing the students, teachers and staff working together to create a positive place for kids to learn.

I…iPhone 6. We love our smart phone and have been known to use it to take photos, write stories and post stories for Corona del Mar Today while on the go.

J…Jim Mosher. A Newport Beach resident who attends city meetings, some at 7:30 a.m. and others the same day after the sun goes down. Jim reads agendas, staff reports, makes comments and shares his observations — all of which help make the city a better place and the government more transparent for us all.

K…Dave Kiff, the Newport Beach City manager. Kiff has one of the hardest jobs we can think of but brings a sense of kindness and practicality to the issues of the day.

L…Loyal Advertisers. Corona del Mar Today would not exist without them. Thank you to Bob Garrett of State Farm, B. Candy, Saritasa, Your Car, Our Driver, the Bungalow Restaurant, Brown and Stowell of Surterre Properties, Peter M. Rivas of Edward Jones, Strength Systems, Jabulani Yoga, Green LLP, Villa Real Estate, the Newport Beach Police Department and Mark Patterson Jewelry.

M…John Manly. A Corona del Mar resident and lawyer who specializes in representing young victims of sexual abuse. He will literally pound on the door and ring the phone off the hook when there’s news breaking, and he helped us with a legal issue this summer that could have been a giant pain. Thank you!

N…No on Y. The grassroots campaign defeated a measure that would have increased development in Newport Center and likely clogged Corona del Mar’s streets with traffic.

O…Christopher Owens. An artist from Aliso Viejo who turned Big Corona Beach into works of art last February by combing and carving large arts and other patterns on the sand; read our story here.

P…Pirozzi Corona del Mar. Alessandro Pirozzi’s restaurant replaced the old KFC and created a fun new place to grab pizza and pasta. It’s now open for lunch on weekends — but when will it be open for lunch all week long?

Q…Our Lady Queen of Angels church. Thank you for letting PTA members park in the church lot near Corona del Mar High School. With new parking restrictions on some streets near the school, PTA members can relax about getting a ticket thanks to the church’s generosity. Parents also use the lots on Open House and on Back to School night.

R…Rainbows. We haven’t had much rain, but when he have, we also had amazing double rainbows. Definitely something to be grateful for.

S…Dan Sereno. The Newport Beach parks and trees superintendent helps make sure that diseased, old trees that get cut down are replaced appropriately. He’s helped Shore Cliffs this year with new coral trees — thank you.

T…Tidepools. Little Corona Beach’s tidepools never stop being amazing.

U…Unveiling new businesses. In the next few weeks and months, Corona del Mar will see the openings of Sweet Lady Jane Bakery, PUR juice bar and El Cholo and more. Welcome!

V…Veterans programs in our local schools. From Veterans Day assemblies at Harbor View each year, to the Living History program that Corona del Mar High School sophomores participate in, our community shows respect to veterans.

W…Window painting for Halloween. Josette Patterson missed the Halloween window painting events every year in her New York neighborhood, so for the past several years she’s created a Corona del Mar version, inviting kids from 2 to 13 to decorate windows of East Coast Highway businesses. She supplies the paints, brushes and even cleans up. Thank you, Josette, for this new CdM tradition.

X…X-country coaches. The Corona del Mar High School cross country and track programs give all students a chance to join the team and go for personal bests. Thank you, Coach Bill Sumner and others for your dedication.

Y…Chris and Karen Yould. The owners of Corona del Mar Florist, one of the most beautiful shops in town, also are great tipsters and throw a wonderful Christmas Walk party.

Z…Zoning Administrator Brenda Wisneski. A Newport Beach employee who always helps Corona del Mar Today figure out what’s going on in town, whether it’s a new business seeking a permit or the latest update on fire rings.


Spark of Love Toy Drive Underway

posted: November 26th, 2014 09:51 am | 0No Comments

Donations are now being accepted for the Newport Beach Fire Department’s annual Spark of Love toy drive — the only toy drive created and operated by firefighters, according to a city memo.

New, unwrapped toys or sports equipment, or gift cards, can be dropped off at all fire stations, Lifeguard Headquarters at the foot of Newport Pier, the Central Library and at City Hall Bay C.

“In Orange County, Spark of Love combines efforts with the U.S. Marine Corps Toys For Tots program, Social Services Agency’s Operation Santa Claus, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Holiday Charities program,” the memo states. “Working together as the Orange County Toy Collaborative, these agencies collect and distribute approximately 300,000 toys annually to Orange County children who may otherwise go without during the holiday season.”

The Spark of Love campaign began in 1993 as a partnership between firefighters throughout Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles, Ventura and San Bernardino counties and is celebrating its 22nd anniversary this year, the memo states.

Donations will be accepted through Dec. 24.


CdMHS Reflections Winners Advance in PTA Contest

posted: November 26th, 2014 05:19 am | 0No Comments

Eight Corona del Mar High School and Middle School students will advance in the PTA Reflections art contest, according to a PTA email.

The Harbor Council winners, announced last week, include Allyson Lobel, eighth grade, who won a second place Award of Merit in the Dance Choreography category for a piece called “A Smile on the Inside.”

Kendall Kurzweil, a junior, placed first and won an Award of Excellence in the Dance Choreography category for “Hope.”

In the Film Production category, Celine Niu, eighth grade, placed first for “The Power of Cooperation,” and Hannah Schoenbaum, a sophomore, placed first for “Unmasked.”

In the Literature category, Miranda Chang placed first for “Everyone in the World Could Help Each Other Out,” and Joaquin Andrade, a freshman, placed first for “The Power of Humanity.”

In the Music Composition category, Brandon Getter, a freshman, placed first for “Imagination.” In the Photography category, Alex Hachigian, a sophomore, placed first for “Tower of Knowledge,” and in the Visual Arts category, Lelya Rakshani, eighth grade, placed first for “Opportunity” and Katherine Gerlt, a sophomore, placed second for “What if Someone Cared Enough to Reach Another.”

All first place winners will move on to compete at the 4th District Level, the email said.


Sewage Spill Closes Section of Newport Bay in CdM

posted: November 25th, 2014 04:09 pm | 0No Comments

A sewage spill on Monday has closed part of the Newport Bay near the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency’s Ocean Water Protection Program.

The club is located at 1601 Bayside Drive.

“Ocean and bay waters are closed when an immediate health hazard is identified such as a sewage spill,” the agency’s website states. The bay water in the area is closed to swimming and diving until Wednesday at the earliest.


Dolphin Topiary Replacements Delayed

posted: November 25th, 2014 10:34 am | 0No Comments

A new school of dolphin topiaries, which will be planted in Corona del Mar’s East Coast Highway median, need a bit more time to mature before they’ll be ready, city staff said.

In February, the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District board voted to replace the 12 dolphins, which were planted in 1993 and become overgrown and misshapen. Since 2011, City Councilwoman Nancy Gardner and B.I.D. members have discussed the need for replacements, saying the dolphins looked like manatees that needed a diet, and that crews were having problems shaping them correctly.

Replacing the dolphins, including median landscaping and improvements, will cost about $13,000, city staff has said.

Originally, B.I.D. members said the new dolphins would be planted in September, but city staff then said it would be November. This week, staff said January or February is a more likely target date.

“They are being grown right now by a private grower, but they’re not ready yet,” said Dan Sereno, Newport Beach’s landscape manager.

The private grower is based in the Inland Empire, Sereno said.

“He’ll grow you a turtle, he’ll grow you whatever you want,” he said.

The B.I.D. had hoped to auction the current dolphin topiaries as a fundraiser, but Sereno said there would be high costs associated with transplanting them, and it was likely half would die as a result of being moved.