The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee will meet at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club at 1601 Bayside Drive.
This month’s featured topic the Toll Roads and how changes to the roads could affect you, and there will be a presentation by Mark Dierking, community outreach coordinator for Transportation Corridor Agencies.
Refreshments will be served, organizers said.
There also will be legislative reports from representatives for U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, Assemblyman Allan Mansoor, Sen. Mimi Walters and others, including information about state and federal budget issues. Refreshments will be served.
For more information call (949) 673-4050.
A 54-year-old Newport Beach woman was arrested Sunday on suspicion of DUI and abuse of a dependent elderly adult, according to a police report.
The woman was arrested at 3300 East Coast Highway at 12:19 p.m. Sunday. Her bail was $50,000. Online jail records indicate she has been released from custody. No other information was immediately available.
Police also arrested a 31-year-old Garden Grove man at 2:22 p.m. Friday on suspicion of transporting a controlled substance. The man’s bail was $1 million, and online records show that he remains in jail.
Police stopped the man on a vehicle code violation, said police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella. He was arrested in the 6700 block of Via Burrone at Pelican Hill Road North.
“The investigation revealed that he was in possession of a large amount of methamphetamine,” she said.
Police also arrested a 22-year-old San Jose woman at 6:17 p.m. Friday in the 500 block of Newport Center Drive on suspicion of three charges, including passing a completed check with the intent to defraud, filing a false report to law enforcement and forging a false check. Her bail was $20,000.
“Bank officials asked for our assistance in a possible fraud investigation,” Manzella said. Police met the suspect at the scene and interviewed her, she said.
Police arrested a 45-year-old Costa Mesa woman at 10 p.m. Saturday in the 3200 block of East Coast Highway on suspicion of disorderly conduct while intoxicated; bail was $500. Police also took a theft of a grand theft by an employee at Nordstrom at 901 Newport Center Drive at 1:16 p.m. Saturday. No other details were available.
Police arrested a 30-year-old woman on suspicion of possession of concentrated cannabis and unlawful paraphernalia at 8:14 p.m. Sunday at 3400 East Coast Highway; no bail was set.
Police also took a report of suspicious circumstances in the 600 block of Jasmine Avenue on March 4; no additional details were available. Officers took a report of a petty theft at Corona del Mar High School at 2101 Eastbluff Drive at 10:10 a.m. Wednesday. The loss was an iPhone worth $200, Manzella said.
Registration is open for a paper airplane event to take place at the Central Library from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday.
The paper airplane launch will take place in the Friends Room of the library at 1000 Avocado Ave.
“Join us and learn how to fold and fly paper airplanes,” the library’s website states. “How far can you make it go? How high? Let’s fly!”
The event is aimed at kids between 4 and 9 years old. Organizers recommend brining a camera for a photo booth. To register, click here.
This summer will mark the 30th anniversary of the Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard program — but the season unofficially began this morning when about 800 swimmers arrived for the program’s first swim test.
Some families arrived as early as 7:15 a.m. to save a spot in line. Testing began at 9 a.m., and lines quickly looped from the pool at Corona del Mar High School and around the parking lot.
All swimmers had to swim 100 yards, or four lengths of the 25-yard pool, within time limits based on age. Swimmers who met the time requirements then had to tread water before begin released.
Newport Beach Lifeguard Capt. Brian O’Rourke is overseeing the program this year, and he said there are surprises in store for participants to celebrate the 30th anniversary.
“It’s a great program, and it will be a great summer,” he said.
In all, he said, about 1,600 swimmers between 9 and 15 years old will try out for about 1,400 openings. The eight-week program begins in June and ends in mid-August and emphasizes safety, respect, physical fitness and discipline, all while teaching about ocean environment, first aid, competition and lifesaving methods.
By Susan Hoffman, special to Corona del Mar Today
Two agencies from different cities, the Costa Mesa Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Harbor Patrol, partnered to make a sick little boy’s dream come true on Thursday.
Nikolai Greco, who has leukemia, wants to be a policeman when he grows up, so family friend and Costa Mesa Police officer Chris Brunt arranged for a land-and-sea police adventure to lift Niko’s spirits.
When Niko arrived at the Sheriff’s Department’s Harbor Patrol facility on Bayside Drive, Sgt. John Hollenbeck awarded him with a handful of OCSD logo “challenge” coins and placed an official “Marine Operations pin on his collar. After touring the command center Niko boarded the fire boat where he got to not only steer the boat but operate the bow monitor, or water canon and also shoot the water hose.
Nikolai, of Lake Forest, was diagnosed two months ago after he began complaining of knee pain.
“In a split second life completely changes,” said his mother, Erin Greco. “One minute your child can be fine, and the next minute he has leukemia.”
Niko has B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a common type that is treatable. The cure rate, which is around 95 percent, has gone up in the last few years. There is intense chemo, sometimes four times a day, and also the continuous lumbar puncture to draw fluid from his spine to be tested, and then injections of chemo into the spine.
“This is our new normal, and we don’t take for granted anything,” Erin said.
Erin and Mark Greco said they were grateful to Children’s Hospital of Orange County for taking such good care of Niko, that they created a nonprofit organization called Team Niko. Their goal is to help raise money for CHOC as well cover some of their own expenses. Mark was recently laid off from his job at Hostess and is having difficulty finding work as a result of being over qualified for current available positions, they said.
The day with police and sheriff’s deputies was fun, Niko told his parents later.
“It was the coolest experience ever, and I want to do it again,” they said he told them.
To read more about Niko’s police adventures, click here.
1. Changes are in store for Corona del Mar High School students, including new AP classes and the elimination of most honors classes; read more here.
2. A new project could replace a parking lot off Goldenrod Avenue with homes and a two-level parking structure; read more here.
3. The Team Kids empowerment program has returned to Harbor View Elementary School; are our story here.
4. The Corona del Mar Sprint shop has closed; read our story here.
5. The California Coastal Commission will decide on permits for two Corona del Mar homes at its March meeting; read our story here.
Corona del Mar’s SCAPE gallery will host an artist reception from 3 to 7 p.m. today featuring artist Helen Lundeberg.
Lundeberg’s work will be exhibited through April 5 and is opening in celebration of International Woman’s Day, according to an event announcement.
The exhibition, called Blue View, includes 10 paintings that reference the ocean and Southern California’s coastline, where the artist is from.
SCAPE, which stands for Southern California Art Projects and Exhibitions, is located at 2859 East Coast Highway. For more information, call (949) 723-3406.
“We will also be putting up some banners with the ‘Charcoal Only’ message,” said city spokeswoman Tara Finnigan. “Municipal Operations is also painting, in white lettering, ‘Charcoal Only’ on the top of each fire ring. No permanent signs are planned.”
As of March 1, the city needed to reconfigure the beach fire rings to comply with the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s amended beach fire rings rules. Because the city can’t move the rings, or remove any rings, without a permit from the California Coastal Commission, charcoal is the only legal option for now.
SCAQMD could fine the city thousands of dollars a day if wood fires are burned in the rings, but the air quality district staff has agreed to wait to begin enforcement until after Persian New Year on March 18. Persian New Year, or Nowruz, traditionally brings thousands of visitors to Big Corona State Beach to build bonfires they jump over as part of an annual tradition. The city’s own municipal code, which will ban wood from the beach fires as a temporary step, won’t take effect until March 12.
For now, city officials said, education and outreach is the main focus rather than issuing citations.
“Park Patrol is spending time at both beaches, educating the public regarding the new rules,” Finnigan said. “This time of the year, we don’t see much fire ring use, but Park Patrol will be checking and educating anyone using the fire rings. No citations will be issued for now, just warnings and education. Eventually, after we have spent some time educating and warning people, if they choose not to comply after being requested to do so, a citation would be issued. They are administrative citations and carry a fine of $100 per violation.”
Some Newport Beach city staff experimented with different kinds of charcoal at a Big Corona fire ring, and their preferences with information about price and where to purchase is available on the city’s website.
The city plans to submit an application to the Coastal Commission to implement a plan that would remove more than half the city’s beach fire rings, but that would allow wood to be burned again in the existing rings.
City Manager Dave Kiff has said that permit might not be granted until late summer because the California Coastal Commission can take six months or more to issue a permit.
But Finnigan said this week that the city may need several months before even submitting the permit application.
The reason for the delay, she said, is that the application will include a project description for a plan to implement a pilot project at the Balboa Pier. The pilot project will use gas to fuel beach bonfires.
“AQMD has entered into contracts with two firms to develop the prototype rings,” Finnigan said. “But is will likely be several months before the product details are available and the quantity and location of the rings is more closely determined.”
Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, when clocks will move forward one hour. And as part of a tradition aimed to save lives, the Newport Beach Fire Department uses the Daylight Saving Time change to remind residents to replace smoke alarm batteries.
Most residential structure fires occur between 10 p.m. and 6 a .m., and smoke alarms save hundreds of lives a year and cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half.
Smoke alarms should be cleaned at least once a year; batteries should be tested monthly. For smoke alarms that use the 9-volt batteries (as compared to the newer 10-year battery life smoke detectors), fresh (not “borrowed”) batteries should be installed twice a year. Smoke alarms should be replaced at least every 10 years. It is recommended that old smoke detectors are replaced with the newer 10-year battery life models.
For more fire safety information, call the Newport Beach Fire Department at (949) 644-3104.