CdM Sunset, 10/30/2014

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From the Police Log: DUI Arrest, Burglary Report

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Newport Beach police took a report of a commercial burglary with no forced entry in the 500 block of Newport Center Drive on Wednesday. The burglary, with a loss of $3,140, occurred between 1:11 and 1:26 p.m.

Officers also tok a report of vandalism with property damage in the 900 block of Newport Center Drive on Wednesday. The incident, with no loss listed on the report, occurred at 3:25 a.m.

Police arrested a 68-year-old Seal Beach man at 8:16 p.m. Wednesday on suspicion of DUI near East Coast Highway and Fernleaf Avenue; his bail was $2,500.

Police also arrested a 30-year-old Newport Beach man at 6:47 p.m. Tuesday in the 1000 block of Avocado Avenue on suspicion of narcotics possession and a misdemeanor warrant.

CdM Middle School to Host New Holiday Boutique

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A holiday boutique will be held on the Corona del Mar High School campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Nov. 15, featuring jewelry, hostess gifts, candles and wreathes, women’s clothing, items for kids, accessories and more.

The event will raise money for the Corona del Mar Middle School cheer team, organizers said. There also will be refreshments available for purchase. Cookie Lee Jewelry, Heather Pullis Designs, Christina Favreau Jewelry Design, Monkey Baby Clothes, Stella & Dot and Scentsy Candles all will be featured.

Vendor spots are still open; anyone interested in more information should call Elaine Greengard at (714) 342-7622.

Harbor View Elementary School traditionally held a holiday boutique fundraiser every December, but parent volunteers decided to focus on other fundraisers instead about three years ago, said Mindy Froehlich, former Harbor View Elementary School Parent Faculty Organization president. Parents who had worked on that school’s boutique decided to create a similar event on the high school campus this year.

The school is located at 2101 Eastbluff Drive.

Roger’s Gardens Hosting Halloween Events on Thursday

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Roger’s Garden will host its annual Pumpkin Decorating contest and children’s costume parade from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

“Dress your children up in their favorite costumes and bring in your decorated Halloween pumpkin for a chance to win a Roger’s Gardens’ gift card and other prizes,” Roger’s website states.

Pumpkins will compete in three categories — carved, decorated/painted and children 12 years old and younger. A panel of staff members and designers will be the judges, and entries must be ready for judging by 4 p.m.

Children in costumes will parade around Roger’s grounds and will receive treats, the website states.

Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road.

NBPD Announces $350,045 Crash Prevention Grant

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The California Office of Traffic Safety has awarded a $350,045 grant to the Newport Beach Police Department for a yearlong program of “special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries,” according to a news release.

The grant will fund a variety of programs, the release said, including:

• Bicycle and pedestrian enforcement operations in areas of high bicycle and pedestrian traffic

• Specialized DUI and drugged driving training

• DUI Saturation Patrols

• Motorcycle safety enforcement

• Distracted driving enforcement

• Speed, red light and stop sign enforcement

• Warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders

• Court “sting” operations to cite individuals driving from court after having their driver’s license suspended or revoked for drunk driving

• Stakeout operations to observe the “worst of the worst” repeat DUI offender probationers with suspended or revoked driver licenses

“The Newport Beach Police Department is committed to using the funds provided through the Office of Traffic Safety to have more officers patrolling our roadways, in an effort to improve traffic safety,” said Lt. Tom Fischbacher in a written statement. “While the number of alcohol-involved accident victims in our city is decreasing, we still have more work to do.”

Statewide, the release said, the number of people killed and injured in traffic collisions increased slightly in 2011 and 2012 after falling dramatically between 2006 and 2010.

“Particularly worrisome are recent increases in pedestrian and motorcycle fatalities and the dangers of distracting technologies,” the release said. “:This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as drunk and drugged driving and speeding.”

City to Honor CdM Artist With Saturday Events

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Rex Brandt, considered one of the finest 20th Century American watercolor painters, will be honored on Saturday at two city events scheduled to coincide with the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Brandt, who died in 2000, lived and worked in a Corona del Mar studio, called Blue Sky, which was located near the Goldenrod Footbridge.

“Blue Sky, once located to the right at the top of the bluff, was the home and studio of California Scene painters Rex Brandt and Joan Irving Brandt,” according to a program for a Saturday event. “For nearly 40 years, Blue Sky was the site of the Summer School of painting, where Rex and Joan instructed countless students in the art of watercolor painting.”

The City of Newport Beach will host a ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Footbridge, where the area will be officially designated an Historic Point of Interest. The actual studio was torn down in the 1990s.

The ceremony will include the unveiling and dedication of a plaque in the Brandts’ honor. The Brandts’ daughters, Joan Brandt Scarboro and Shelley Brandt Walker, will attend.

The Rex Brandt Centennial Celebration will continue at the Central Library with an art exhibition of his work, which will open at 9 a.m. and run through Dec. 15.

At 2 p.m. Saturday in the Friends Room of the library, there will be a presentation of his life and art by Gordon McClelland, with a discussion and Q&A with E. Gene Crain, friend of Rex Brandt and collector of his art, George James, renowned artist who studied at the Brandt/Dike Summer School of Painting, and his daughters, Scarboro and Walker. After the event, there will be a reception in the Bamboo Courtyard of the library, located at 1000 Avocado Ave.

The Brandts served on the Library Board of Trustees during the 1940s and 1950s and were active in the founding of the Newport Harbor Art Museum, an event program says, and Rex Brandt designed the City of Newport Beach official seal.

The events and reception are free and open to all members of the public.

Photos courtesy of the City of Newport Beach.

From the Police Log: DUI, Battery Report

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Newport Beach police arrested a 61-year-old Newport Beach man at 10:36 a.m. Monday on suspicion of DUI in the 800 block of Avocado Avenue, reports state.

The man’s bail was $2,500.

Police also took a report of a battery in the 400 block of Goldenrod Avenue on Monday. The incident occurred between 12:55 and 12:58 p.m., a report said.

Equipment Failure Caused Power Outage

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A power outage that affected 1,720 customers, including the Newport Beach Civic Center, Central Library and Harbor View Elementary School, was caused by equipment failure, a Southern California Edison media representative said today.

The outage occurred at 1:09 p.m. Monday, and power was fully restored at 4:22 a.m. today, said Susan Cox, a company spokeswoman.

The outage affected customers between Back Bay Drive, Marguerite Avenue, Bayside Drive and Marine Avenue.

Libraries to Host Halloween-Themed Events for Kids, Teens

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The Corona del Mar Library branch will host a Halloween-themed craft events for children from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to the library’s website.

Ghostly Crafts is aimed at children from 3 to 8 years old. The branch is located at 420 Marigold Ave.

For older kids, the Central Library will host a HallowTeen Hangout from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Friends Room. Activities will include Halloween Jeopardy, with prizes, crafts, scary stories, hot chocolate and popcorn and a show. The event is open for seventh through twelfth grade teenagers, and no reservations are required.

The Central Library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave.

Slight Chance of a Rainy Halloween Night

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The National Weather Service forecasters say there’s a chance of rain this weekend, beginning with showers on Halloween night.

According to the agency’s Los Angeles Facebook page, the last time the area had measurable rain on Halloween was in 2003, when it recorded .53 inches.

The online forecast says today and Wednesday will be sunny and clear with high temperatures in the 70s. By Wednesday night and Thursday, we could see patchy fog with clouds developing by Thursday night.

On Friday, Halloween, the forecast indicates decreasing clouds during the day with a high temperature of 70 degrees, but there’s a chance of showers on Friday night and Saturday.

Sunday and Monday should be mostly sunny with high temperatures in the 70s again.