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

posted: August 29th, 2014 02:51 pm | 2Comments

1. It’s Labor Day weekend — back-to-school shopping time.

2. If you’re ready for summer to be over and for Halloween to be here, head to Roger’s Gardens, where the holiday boutique is now open to the public. You also can view the new exhibition called California Beaches, which will run through Sept. 30 and feature Northern California guest artists Kathleen Dunphy and Clark Mitchell and others. Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road.

3. Recycled Rags will host its monthly parking lot party from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, featuring hotdogs, lemonade and coffee, 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.

4. Crystal Cove State Park will host a beachside chat from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Education Commons in the Historic District, and there will be a Family Walk at 9 a.m. Sunday that meets at the Berns Amphitheater, located inland at the School-State Park entrance.

5. It’s Labor Day weekend — head to the beach!


From the Police Log: Thefts from Vehicles, Drug Arrests

posted: August 29th, 2014 12:38 pm | 0No Comments

Newport Beach police took two reports of grand theft of motor vehicle parts in the 3400 block of Seabreeze Lane on Wednesday.

One case occurred between 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. Wednesday, and the loss was $1,025. The other case occurred between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 9:28 a.m. Wednesday, and the loss was $4,000. No other details were immediately available.

Police also made two arrests at 12:37 a.m. Thursday at Marguerite Avenue and East Coast Highway, reports stay. A 26-year-old Anaheim man was booked on suspicion of narcotics possession, and a 20-year-old Anaheim man was booked on suspicion of possession of concentrated cannabis. Bail for each was $20,000.

Police arrested a 49-year-old San Clemente man at 3:46 p.m. Wednesday at Corporate Plaza and Newport Center Drive on suspicion of DUI with three priors. Online jail records indicate the man remains in custody.

Police took a report of petty theft from a motor vehicle in the 100 block of Newport Center Drive on Thursday. The theft, with a loss of $535, occurred between 9:34 and 11:50 p.m. Aug. 22. Officers also took a report of a petty theft with no monetary loss in the 1100 block of Sandcastle Drive on Thursday. The theft occurred between 8 and 8:03 a.m. that day, a report said. Officers also took a report of petty theft from buildings in the 22700 block of Pelican Hill Road South on Thursday. The theft, with a loss of $850, occurred between 3:15 and 4:50 p.m. Aug. 22.


Bike Committee to Meet Tuesday

posted: August 29th, 2014 12:38 pm | 0No Comments

The Newport Beach Bicycle Master Plan Oversight Committee will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Civic Center Community Room.

The meeting will include a presentation of the Bicycle Mater Plan document as well as a police update on recent bicycle accidents and other bicycle statistics, according to an agenda posted on the city’s website.

The meeting is open to the public, and members of the public may make comments.


Shoppers Find their Inner Ghouls With Opening of Roger’s Gardens Halloween Boutique

posted: August 29th, 2014 05:02 am | 0No Comments

The sun may be shining and the surf may be up, but for a certain segment of the population, it’s time for Halloween, and Roger’s Gardens agrees.

“Halloween is definitely it for us,” said Lisa Hovagimyan, who has shopped at Roger’s Gardens Halloween boutique with her brother, Jilber, for the past 10 years.

“It’s the way we get our pagan on,” joked Jilber as they headed into the boutique during a sneak preview earlier this week for loyal customers.

The boutique opens to the public at 9 a.m. today, with this year’s theme being “Hauntingly Beautiful.”

“We’re showing that Halloween can be beautiful and elegant,” said Eric Cortina, Roger’s Gardens’ creative director. “It’s definitely elevated.”

Shoppers entered the boutique past enormous busts and statuary, then passed displays of skeletons, folk art candlesticks, pens shaped like blood-filled needles, dolls, hats and more. As they filled baskets with creepy faux plants, fake frogs, ornaments and other items, staff took the full baskets to set aside and replaced them with empty ones. Some shoppers were dismayed when a few items were already sold, apparently to V.I.P. customers who had been in even earlier in the week.

Rhiannon Brown, 12, of Irvine, was eying an extremely high-backed black chair ($1,100), which she said she would use year-round if she could afford it.

“I love Halloween,” she said, as her mother, Diane Brown, gazed at a table set with bloody martini glasses below a chandelier created of goblets and crystals. Nearby, a wall was filled with rams heads that sparkled next to equally sparkling busts.

Julien Hereld, 12, of Huntington Beach had a small gift box that he showed several employees. When they opened it, a bloody finger rested inside.

“My dad showed it to me last night,” he said. His grandmother, Phyllis Hereld, said she’d been bringing him to the boutique since he was a newborn.

The boutique will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Oct. 28. Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road.


Waves Attract 50,000 Visitors to NB; Lifeguards Make 73 Rescues

posted: August 28th, 2014 11:30 am | 1Comment

With waves as high as 20 to 25 feet at some Newport Beach beaches on Wednesday, lifeguards made more than 73 rescues while more than 50,000 visitors flocked to the city for a peek, according to a city news release. Lifeguards also made 8,000 preventative actions on Wednesday, the release said.

The high surf and strong rip currents, caused by Tropical Storm Marie off Mexico, will continue today, the release said.

“Large crowds are expected again today to the Balboa Peninsula which will create heavy traffic and severely limited parking,” the release said. Visitors should be prepared for traffic delays of two hours or more, and police will have a “heavy presence” in the area to make sure cars move and don’t block roads. City officials urge visitors to use public transportation, bicycles or walk to the area.

Newport Beach Lifeguard Capt. Rob Williams said that today’s surf is about 6 to 10 feet with some larger sets.

“We have already had rescues this morning as the current is very strong throughout our City, especially around the rock jetties,” he said. “With the surf being a little smaller, people have more confident so we have more people in the water today than yesterday.”

On Wednesday, a sig alert was issued for the Peninsula; read our story here.

Photos courtesy of Karin Helfrich.


NBPD to Conduct DUI Checkpoint on Friday

posted: August 28th, 2014 08:17 am | 1Comment

The Newport Beach Police Department Traffic Unit will conduct a DUI checkpoint starting at 8 p.m. Friday at an undisclosed location, according to a news release.

The checkpoint will end about 3 a.m.

The checkpoint will be funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the release said.

“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed one life and resulted in 186 injury crashes harming 245 of our friends and neighbors,” Sgt. Michael Schiavi said in the release.

According to the release, officers “will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily.”

“Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely,” the release said.

Statewide, driving while intoxicated led to 774 deaths, the release said. According to recent statistics, 30 percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their system.


Library to Host Free Financial Literacy Workshops

posted: August 28th, 2014 05:15 am | 0No Comments

The Newport Beach Public Library Foundation is sponsoring a series of free financial workshops called It’s Your Money, according to a library news release.

“Since 1994, the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation has offered It’s Your Money, an eight-week series of workshops, to provide a safe space to receive invaluable information about all aspects of financial planning,” the release said. “These free workshops are presented as a community service—for education only. Nothing will be sold and professional advisors will not be given attendees’ contact information.”

Peter Kote, an award-winning founder of Professional Fiduciary Services, will host the lead the workshops with other financial experts.

The series will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday from Sept. 15 to Nov. 3 in the Central Library.

The first session will feature an introduction and quiz, and the second session will cover annuities and mutual funds, both with Kote leading, the release said. Other sessions will feature Delia Fernandez covering financial planning; Carole Ann Burr covering long-term care; Edward Rennie and Gary Rennie covering equity Investing; Lauren Klein covering fixed income; and Laura Tarbox and John Prichard covering “The Big Take Away & Stock Market Contest.”

No reservations are required, and participants do not need to attend all sessions. There also will be complimentary refreshments.

For more information, call (949) 548-2411 or click here.

The library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave.


Big Wave Photo Gallery By John Hollenbeck

posted: August 27th, 2014 06:21 pm | 1Comment


Sig Alert Declared for Balboa Peninsula

posted: August 27th, 2014 01:06 pm | 0No Comments

The Newport Beach City website has been updated throughout the day today with information related to high surf conditions, including a 12:10 p.m. update that says a sig alert has been declared for the Balboa Peninsula.

“A sig alert has been issued for the Balboa Peninsula with traffic coming to a virtual gridlock along Newport Boulevard and Balboa Boulevard,” the website states. “It is estimated that traveling down the peninsula is taking up to an hour and there is no available parking – vehicles are simply circling the area.”

Anyone not already in the area is encouraged not to try to do so, the website states.

“If you do take the time to sit in the traffic, there is a good chance that you will not find a place to park,” the website states.

Police are monitoring and controlling the traffic, the alert states, and there are no drop-off locations. Police are trying to keep traffic flowing and maintaining access for emergency vehicles.
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Earlier today, the website said that lifeguards estimated the surf at 10 feet with sets up to 20 feet, with several thousand people on the beach in the Wedge Area and 500 people at the Point. Extra lifeguards are on duty to handle the waves and crowds.

At 7:45 a.m., a missing swimmer report was made at 10th Street, but lifeguard contacted the swimmers who safely returned to the beach. Just after 9 a.m., a body surfer in the water at the Wedge sustained a minor injury.

“Four lifeguards assisted the swimmer to an awaiting rescue boat where initial treatment was performed,” the website states. “The lifeguards transported the swimmer to Newport Beach Paramedics inside the harbor.”

At 10:30 a.m., a stand up paddler/surfer went through the Newport Pier with the current, but his board went on one side of the piling and he went on the otherside, trapping him in a strong current where he was unable to free himself from his board/leash, the website states.

“Lifeguards from the beach and a rescue boat assisted the indivudual by removing his leash and freeing him from a dangerous situation,” the website states. “Lifeguards brought the individual and the board back to shore.”

The City’s Municipal Operations Department created a sand berm in anticipation of the high surf, the website states, but some waves have breached the berm and caused some areas of minor flooding.

“In addition, some beach spectators have been hit by these waves as they come up the beach,” the website states.


From the Police Log: Burglary, Theft Reports

posted: August 27th, 2014 12:53 pm | 0No Comments

Newport Beach police took a report of a commercial burglary Monday in the 600 block of Newport Center Drive, a police report said. The burglary, which involved fraud or forgery, occurred at 4:24 p.m., the report said. No loss was given.

An arrest report indicates that a 25-year-old Lancaster woman was arrested at 4:16 p.m. Monday at the same location on suspicion of commercial burglary/fraud, and her bail was $20,000.

Officers also took a report of a commercial burglary with no forced entry on Monday in the 900 block of Avocado Avenue, a report said. The burglary, with a $500 loss, occurred between 5 and 5:55 p.m. Police also took a report of a petty theft from a motor vehicle in the 2000 block of Sabrina Terrace on Tuesday. The petty theft, with a $220 loss, occurred between 8 and 11:30 p.m. Monday, the report said.

Police took a report of someone taking an auto without the owner’s consent in the 3300 block of Ocean Boulevard on Tuesday. The incident occurred between 8 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Tuesday, a report said. Officers took a report of identity theft in the 600 block of Newport Center Drive on Tuesday. The incident occurred between midnight June 22 and midnight June 29.