A Los Angeles County Fire Department arson investigators used CraigsList to track illegal fireworks to a Newport Beach house over the weekend, according to a news release. Officials also detailed a 15-year-old Newport Beach boy for possession of illegal fireworks on Sunday, the release said.
“After the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) Arson Unit arrested an illegal fireworks manufacturer in Glendora, CA, subsequent investigation lead them to a Craigslist ad showing similar illegal fireworks for sale in the Newport Beach/Costa Mesa area,” the release said. “Undercover personnel from LACoFD contacted the seller and arranged a meeting for a ‘buy-and-bust’ operation.”
The Newport Beach Police Department, the Newport Beach Fire Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Bomb Squad assisted, the release said.
“Within hours, these public safety agencies seized over 51 pounds of illegal fireworks from a residence on King’s Road,” the release said. Investigators also found other “destructive explosive devices” that they seized from a home on Residencia. The devices included two M-80s, four M-1000s and 20 M-5000s — also known as quarter sticks and half sticks.
The 15-year-old was released to the custody of his parents.
The Corona del Mar High School’s Make-A-Wish Club is halfway to its own personal wish — to raise $5,000 to help a sick child.
On April 26, the club will host a family fair Wish Day to try to raise the last $2,500.
“The club is hosting it, and all the proceeds will go to granting a local child’s wish,” said Sabrina Froehlich, a club member and event organizer. “The whole event is being put on my CdM’s Make a Wish club, so it is entirely student run with some help from our teacher supervisor.”
The fair, which will take place by the track at the school at 2101 Eastbluff Drive, will be based around the four types of wishes — To Meet, To Have, To Be and To Go, Froehlich said.
“To Have will have a spinning wheel with prizes, To Be will have face painting, To Go will have cultural foods, and to meet will have people in costumes,” she said. There also will be a raffle, games, pie throwing and more. Tickets for the games will be sold at the event.
“We want to make the event a huge success, and our goal is the raise enough money to grant a wish,” Froehlich said. “Each wish cost $5,000 to grant, and we already have about half of that, so our hope is around $2.500. We know that will be near impossible, and very difficult though, so our focus is not merely raising money, but providing people with information on what Make A Wish is and why it is so important to support.”
Anyone who wants to help with the event, including volunteering or donating a prize, can email cdmmakeawish at gmail dot com.
The Newport Beach Bicycle Master Plan Oversight Committee’s subcommittee to consider ways to improve safety along the trails on Back Bay Drive will hold three meetings this month, a member said in an email.
The group was formed at the April 7 committee meeting after members of the Newport Bay Conservancy sent a letter seeking input about safety issues on Back Bay Drive, which is used by motorists, cyclists, joggers and pedestrians. The letter said there have been collisions between cyclists and pedestrians, and Conservancy members said they worry that a fatal collision could occur if safety is not improved.
Committee member Frank Peters asked for the subcommittee to be formed, and he requested more than 30 days for the group to meet. But City Councilman Tony Petros said the group had 30 days only to meet and come up with safety improvement ideas.
The subcommittee’s first meeting will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Civic Center, when the group will define its scope and seek input, Peters said in an email. Then, there will be an 11 a.m. bicycle ride on Saturday, meeting at Bayside Drive at Coast Highway and heading to Back Bay Drive. Finally, there will be a meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday April 30 at the Civic Center to compile the group’s findings and draft recommendations.
1. A stretch of westbound East Coast Highway was closed most of the week between Marguerite Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard for construction of a city water main transmission pipe project. The project began last summer and should end in May with some traffic disruption but no more complete road closures. Read our stories here, here and here.
2. BOOM! It felt like an explosion, or an earthquake, but what we actually felt on Wednesday afternoon was a sonic boom. Read our story here.
3. Corona del Mar will see 50 new bicycle racks throughout town; read more here.
4. Street sweeping parking limits could be fine tuned and made shorter, a City Council member has said; read more here.
5. Corona del Mar High School’s PTA will fund a television studio on campus with $20,000 in funds from the group’s Home Tour; read our story here.
A “For Rent” sign has been placed in the window, and an employee said the shop will relocate. The owner has not returned calls seeking information about where the new location will be and when the shop’s East Coast Highway location will close.
According to city business license records, Farah’s received its license in October of 2009. Farah’s website states that the business sells furniture, including European pieces and reproductions, as well as home accessories.
Good news for motorists driving through Corona del Mar — East Coast Highway should be open early this evening, and while work will continue on a city water transmission main project through next month, lanes should be open for the rest of the yearlong project.
The $4.4 million project is replacing 1920s water pipes to improve water flow to Corona del Mar homes and businesses as well as to increase water flow for firefighters. Work began last summer near San Miguel Drive, then moved to MacArthur Boulevard and Carnation Avenue. On Tuesday, westbound lanes of East Coast Highway were closed from Marguerite Avenue to MacArthur Boulevard from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Newport Beach Assistant City Engineer Mike Sinacori said lanes were scheduled to reopen at 3 p.m. today, but an issue with asphalt developed, pushing the opening time to about 6 p.m.
For the next few weeks, he said, construction will take place near Fifth and Dahlia avenues and in other locations, at time closing a lane of traffic.
“Most of the time, two lanes will be open,” he said.
In two weeks, the free right turn from East Coast Highway onto MacArthur Boulevard will be closed temporarily, he said. Roads also will be closed when they are repaved, including Carnation Avenue, where the street was closed a block at a time this winter while crews worked.
The project should be complete by the end of May.
Extra police were on hand this week to direct traffic at Marguerite Avenue intersections, but the city and police received few calls and no issues were reported.
Sinacori said he was “very happy at how the week went.”
1. The Orange County Museum of Art will host a Free Second Sunday event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, which also is the opening day for the new exhibition, Sarkisian & Sarkisian. Artist Peter Sarkisian will be in the galleries to meet and greet between noon and 2 p.m., and there also will be a showcase of performances from students at the Orange County Educational Arts Academy between noon and 3 p.m. Throughout the day there will be hands-on art projects, story times and family gallery tours, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Grilled Cheese truck will be available. The museum is located at 850 San Clemente Drive; call (949) 759-1122 for more information. For a complete schedule of activities, click here.
2. National Library Week begins Sunday at the Central Library with a Sunday Musicale featuring Masterworks for Flute and Guitar from 3 to 4 p.m. The performance will feature Mary Palchak and Adam Petit, who will play music by Robert Beaser, Matthew Van Brinck and others. The event will take place in the library’s Friends Room at 100 Avocado Ave. To read more about other National Library Week events here.
3. Crystal Cove State Park will a tour of the Historic District at 10 a.m. Saturday; use the Los Trancos parking lot and meet in the Historic District reservation office. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, there will be a Beachside Ranger Chat in the Historic District’s Education Commons. There also will be two guided hikes on Saturday, including a tidepool walk that meets at 1 p.m. at Pelican Point Lot #2, and a Night Hike that meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Berns Amphitheater, which is inland at the School-State Park entrance. On Sunday, you can join a 3-mile Nature Hike that begins at 9 a.m. at the Berns Amphitheater.
4. Roger’s Gardens will host Growing Vegetables Year Round: The Organic Way with Pat Welsh from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday. “In Southern California, vegetables can be planted, grown and harvested year round, but one needs to know which crops to plant when and how to raise and harvest them,” Roger’s Garden’s website states. “Emmy-Award winner and author of ‘Pat Welsh Southern California Organic Gardening, Month- by Month’ and other books, Pat Welsh will be discussing and demonstrating how to time your crops for bountiful harvests year round.” Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road.
5. “StinkyKids: The Musical” will run through Sunday at the Laguna Playhouse, telling the story of a perfect girl who ends up not being quite so perfect in an hourlong, music-filled performance aimed at young children. Shows include a 7 p.m. Friday performance, as well as shows at 1 and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $18 for kids and $20 for adults and can be purchased online. The theater is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.
The Witte Lecture Series 2014 will feature Anna Deavere Smith as the last speaker of the year at events scheduled for Friday April 25 and Saturday April 26 at the Central Library, according to a news release.
Smith will discuss “Snapshots: Portraits of a World in Transition,” the release said.
“Playwright, actor and professor, Smith uses her singular brand of theater to highlight issues of community, character and diversity in America,” the release said. Her acting credits include “Nurse Jackie,” “The West Wing,” and “Philadelphia.”
The Friday event begins at 6:30 p.m. with music and a wine reception, followed by the lecture and a Q&A at 7 p.m. At 8:15 p.m., there will be a book signing and dessert reception. Tickets cost $50.
The Saturday lecture begins at 2 p.m. with the lecture and Q&A, followed by a book signing and dessert reception at 3:15 p.m. Tickets cost $35.
For more information or to order tickets online, click here.
The Central Library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave.
A motorcycle and SUV collided near Fashion Island Wednesday night, seriously injuring the motorcyclist, police said.
The collision occurred at 9:40 p.m. at East Coast Highway and Newport Center Drive, online logs state.
“The collision involved a Kawasaki motorcycle, which had been traveling westbound on Coast Highway, and a silver Toyota 4Runnner,” police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said in an email. “The Toyota had been traveling eastbound on Coast Highway and was turning left onto northbound Newport Center Drive.”
The woman driving the Toyota and two passengers were not injured, she said. The motorcyclist, a man in his 20s, sustained serious injuries and was transported to a trauma center. His injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, Manzella said.
Alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor in the collision, she said.
In other police news, officers and firefighters responded to a dumpster fire at 9:35 p.m. in the 600 block of Marigold Avenue. Firefighters extinguished the blaze, and police assisted, Manzella said.