1. Earl Fusselman, a Newport Beach Police Department volunteer since 1998, died at age 96; read our story here.
2. A Harbor View Hills South home was burglarized with a loss of more than $157,000; read our story here.
3. The Newport Beach Police Department launched an anti-theft awareness campaign with a stylish approach; read our story here.
4. Harbor View Elementary School students raised nearly $58,000 at this year’s Jog-A-Thon; read our story here.
5. Firefighters responded this week to a report of smoke in the attic of an Irvine Terrace home; read our story here.
“That was a little chilly, but it’s absolutely worth it,” said Schmidt, shivering and wrapping himself in a towel, after the dunking. “It’s just amazing to see what these kids, and these parents can do.”
Schmidt promised students that if they met the fundraising goal for this year’s Jog-A-Thon, he would be willing to be doused with Gatorade. The goal was $50,000, and the students collected pledges per lap and ended up raising nearly $58,000, said Sharon MacDougall, a parent volunteer and Jog-A-Thon organizer. Click here to read our earlier Jog-A-Thon story.
The school has held Jog-A-Thon events for five years, and former principal Charlene Metoyer began the trend of agreeing to be drenched if fundraising goals were met. When she retired, parents asked that any new principal be open to Gatorade drenching; read our story here.
1. The Corona del Mar Christmas Walk will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, featuring live music, a petting zoo, Santa, a beer and wine garden and more. At the CdM library at 420 Marigold, you can enjoy refreshments, crafts and magic. Other local businesses will offer snacks and specials, and there will be a Fireman’s BBQ and a vendor fair in the Bandera parking lot. Click here to read more.
2. Crystal Cove State Beach will host a beachside Christmas tree lighting event at sunset Saturday, capping off a daylong holiday celebration that includes an art fair, Santa Claus, carolers and more; read our earlier story here. There also will be a beachside ranger chat from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Education Commons in the Historic District. On Sunday, you can join a free, guided family hike that meets at 9 a.m. at the Outdoor Nature Center, which is inland at the School-State Park entrance.
3. Friends of the OASIS Center will host their monthly pancake breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Pancakes, syrup, sausages, coffee, milk and juice will be served, and tickets cost $4 per adult and $2 per child. OASIS is located at Fifth and Marguerite avenues.
4. The Central Library will host an afternoon of crafting from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Children’s Storytime Room. No reservation or registration is required. The event is aimed at children between 3 and 8 years old. The library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave.
5. Stop by Roger’s Gardens between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for a chance to meet dancers from the Festival of Ballet Theatre. The ballet company will be presenting “The Nutcracker” from Dec. 13 through 24 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, and some of the dancers will be on hand and doing mini performances at Roger’s Gardens this weekend. Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District board today voted to move forward with a pilot program that could add gas-fueled beach fires at the Balboa Pier area.
The SCAQMD board voted on the measure as part of a consent calendar without any discussion, said Sam Atwood, ann agency spokesman. The meeting was held at the agency’s Diamond Bar headquarters.
Last month, the agency’s Technology Committee voted to award contracts to two companies for propane and natural gas beach fire rings; read our story here. Also last month, the Newport Beach City Council approved a plan to remove more than half the city’s beach fire rings and to work with the AQMD on a pilot program to add gas beach fires beginning at Balboa Pier; read our stories here and here.
The City will need approval from the California Coastal Commission before removing ring or adding the gas fires; an email seeking information about whether an application has been submitted was not immediately answered.
The next step before gas fires are installed for testing at beaches — possibly at the Balboa Pier and at Doheny State Beach — would be to negotiate and execute a contract with the two selected vendors, Atwood said in an email. That should take a month or less, he said. After that, the contractors would develop the clean-burning fire pit prototypes, and then up to 30 rings would be demonstrated during a 12-month period, he said.
A 59-year-old Newport Beach man was arrested at 12:48 a.m. Thursday at Newport Center Drive and East Coast Highway on suspicion of DUI, a report said. The man’s bail was $2,500, and he had a $10,000 warrant, the report said.
Police also arrested a 26-year-old Los Angeles woman at 1:40 a.m. Thursday at the same location, also on suspicion of DUI, a report said. Her bail was $2,500.
Police took a report of a residential burglary int he 2600 block of Bungalow Place at 1:10 p.m. Thursday. The burglary, which resulted in a loss of $200 with $500 in damage, occurred between Oct. 28 and Nov. 14, the report said. Police also arrested a 43-year-old Laguna Beach man at East Coast Highway and Seaward Road at 8:56 p.m. Tuesday on suspicion of disorderly conduct while intoxicated; his bail was $500.
The 17th annual tree-lighting ceremony at Crystal Cove State Park will take place Saturday afternoon, part of the park’s daylong “Deck the Cove” celebration of the holiday season.
The Deck the Cove activities, which are free and family-oriented, will begin at 9 a.m., according to a Crystal Cove Alliance news release.
“Throughout the day, the holiday bazaar will have hand-crafted holiday gifts for sale and the fine art show and sale will feature recognized California plein air artists with paintings featuring Crystal Cove,” the release said.
The bazaar will include free lessons on how to wire-wrap Crystal Cove sea glass to create unique jewelry and ornaments, which participants can take home free of charge, the release said.
The tree-lighting ceremony will feature strolling carolers and Santa Claus’ arrival at 4 p.m. The Beachcomber Café will provide hot cocoa and homemade cookies while guests search for a prime spot on the sand to prepare for Santa Claus’ arrival.
The main event, the release said, is the tree-lighting ceremony. Strolling carolers will be on hand, and Santa Claus will make a beachfront appearance at 4 p.m. The Beachcomber Cafe will offer hot cocoa and homemade cookies for participants waiting on the sand for Santa to arrive, the release said.
“At sunset, the Cove’s picturesque beach will be illuminated by twinkling lights and decorative ornaments on a statuesque evergreen tree,” the release said. “Décor will reflect the vintage character of the historic district’s time period between 1935 and 1955. In addition to the tree lighting, the historic district’s seaside cottages will be transformed into a seasonal display of holiday lights, vintage decorations and giant candy canes.”
“We look forward to this tradition every year because it awakens the magical history and old-fashioned holiday spirit of Crystal Cove,” said Laura Davick, founder of the Crystal Cove Alliance, in a statement. “This is an extra special time for children to get a few private beachside words with Santa about their holiday wishes.”
Parking for the ceremony is located at the Los Trancos lot on the east side of East Coast Highway. The $15 parking fee will be waived beginning at 3 p.m., and shuttles are available for $1 each way.
Proceeds from sales throughout the entire holiday season will benefit restoration, conservation and education efforts for Crystal Cove State Park and the Historic District, the release said.
The city’s Outdoor Emergency Notification System will be tested between noon and 12:15 p.m. today, 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.
Newport Beach firefighters responded to a report of smoke coming from the eaves of a single-family home in the 1200 block of Seadrift Drive at 12:12 p.m. today, according to a department news release.
Eight units responded, with firefighters finding signs of light smoke outside the building, the release said, and thermal imaging cameras indicated unusual heat in the attic.
“Smoke was found in the attic, although due to remodeling, some areas of the attic and roof structure were very difficult to access,” the release said. “Ceiling drywall was eventually pulled down and revealed an electrical appliance in the attic, which was producing high heat, impacting the blown insulation, which in turn caused heavy smoke.”
About 20 firefighters spent about an hour at the scene, the release said.