Central Library Could Add ATM, Credit Union

posted: April 19th, 2015 06:05 am | 1Comment

The Central Library could soon let you check out a book, grab a coffee and hit the ATM all in one stop.

The Board of Library Trustees will meet Monday, and a report included in the online agenda states that the Credit Union of Southern California has expressed interest in leasing a vacant retail space on the Central Library’s second floor.

In November, the trustees discussed whether a travel agency or arts organization could take the space that is part of the second-floor expansion area; read our story here.

The credit union would operate a branch at the library space from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Library Services Director Tim Hetherton wrote in a memo included in the meeting’s online agenda.

“They would also install a full-service, deposit- taking and cash dispensing ATM,” he wrote. “The ATM would be installed through the outer wall of the branch in order for it to be available during hours that the branch would not be open.”

For years, he wrote, library patrons have regularly asked for an ATM at the library.

Hetherton could bring a complete staff report to the May 18 Board of Library Trustees meeting for more information and approval.

The meeting, which begins at 5 p.m. in the Central Library, also will be the public’s first chance to meet and ask questions of the architect working on the project to rebuild and combine the Corona del Mar fire station and library; read our story here.


CdM Today’s Top Stories This Week

posted: April 18th, 2015 02:49 pm | 0No Comments

1. The architect for the new, combined Corona del Mar library and fire station will be on hand to answer questions Monday at the library Board of Trustees meeting; read our story here.

2. A Balboa Island resident has written a second letter with allegations against City Councilman Scott Peotter; read our story here.

3. The owner of a Corona del Mar boutique captured an apparent shoplifting duo on camera this week; read our story here.

4. The City Council voted to add the Corona del Mar entryway project to next fiscal year’s capital improvement budget; read our story here.

5. Is it junk? Or is it art? A City Arts Commission member spoke this week at the Corona del Mar Residents Association’s board meeting; read our story here.


Students Get Creative at Inaugural Maker Faire Event

posted: April 18th, 2015 02:06 pm | 0No Comments

Hundreds of children spent hours Saturday getting in touch with their inner inventor at Harbor Day School’s first-ever Maker Faire event.

“There’s a maker movement, where kids make things,” said James Gapp, Harbor Day School’s director of technology and organizer of the event. “The goal is to create an engineering mindset. The kids can be the producers and the makers.”

The faire filled the school’s gymnasium with tables set up for activities including 3D printing, beading, making houses out of cardboard boxes and building models from gumdrops, toothpicks and marshmallows.

“I love it,” said Harbor Day parent B Walbridge. “People came and said they would stay an hour, and look — they’re still here, hours and hours later.”

The first maker faires were held in San Mateo beginning in 2006, according to the Maker Faire Facebook page.

“It’s county fair meets science fair meets farmers market meets burning man for families!” the Facebook page states.

At Harbor Day, located at 3443 Pacific View Drive, students made paper airplanes, experimented with building circuits and learned Scratch code. Gapp said that it was important for students to create without expectations or instructions.

“You want to teach them to keep trying, even if they fail and have it not work at first,” he said.

Hundreds of students, mostly from kindergarten through sixth grade, attended the event, which was open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“It’s cool,” said Corona del Mar resident Grant Loth, a Harbor View Elementary School sixth-grader, who was taking apart wooden clothespins to make a miniature table.

“It’s really interesting to teach the little kids, and then to see them start to figure things out for themselves,” said Harbor Day seventh-grader Darcy Chung.

Organizers said they hoped to make the Harbor Day maker faire an annual event.


Sunny Weekend Could Make Way For Showers by Wednesday

posted: April 18th, 2015 09:55 am | 0No Comments

The National Weather Service forecast is for a chance of showers Wednesday through Friday, the agency’s website states.

Today’s weather should be sunny with a high temperature near 71 degrees, the website states. But patchy fog is forecast for Sunday, with clouds Sunday night, Monday and Tuesday.

Wednesday and Thursday will be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and a high temperature of 63 degrees. Friday should be partly sunny with a chance of showers and a high near 62 degrees.


Sanitation Construction on West Coast Highway to Take Summer Break

posted: April 18th, 2015 05:28 am | 0No Comments

A sewer line construction project that has snarled traffic on West Coast Highway for months will take a short summer break starting in May, a City Councilman told members of the Corona del Mar Residents Association this week.

The project is replacing a 70‐year‐old sewer line from Dover Drive to the Santa Ana River in Newport Beach, which takes wastewater to a treatment plant in Huntington Beach. The project began in September, shutting down traffic lanes and removing on-street parking. In January, crews twice ruptured gas lines, creating even worse traffic problems, and in February crews accidentally damaged a power line that caused a traffic signal outage.

The project is not finished, but City Councilman Keith Curry said that work will stop on May 22 for the summer.

“It will go back to at least two lanes each way,” he said.

In September, he said, work will begin again and go through April 2016.


Corona del Mar Library/Fire Station Architect to Attend Monday Meeting

posted: April 17th, 2015 02:13 pm | 0No Comments

The first chance for residents to meet with a project architect to ask questions and learn more about the proposed new Corona del Mar library and fire station — which some city staff members have been calling a “fibrary” — will take place at Monday afternoon’s Board of Library Trustees meeting at the Central Library.

On March 24, the City Council approved a $457,750 contract with WLC Architects, a Rancho Cucamonga a firm that has designed more than 100 fire stations throughout the state. The firm will design a building that will replace and combine the fire station and library branch, which are on adjacent lots in the 400 block of Marigold Avenue.

Some residents, however, have expressed concerns that the library part of the project seems small — a one-story library with 2,500 feet, compared to its current 3,750, and a two-story fire station with living quarters on the top floor.

“As part of the design process, Public Works and WLC Architects will prepare several outreach opportunities to the surrounding community, the Board of Library Trustees, and Library staff,” a staff report for Monday’s meeting states. “These opportunities will give the public and end users the opportunity to meet with the Project Team to discuss the features, aesthetics, and/or other elements to make the project a success for the entire Community.”

The project’s architect, Kelly Needham, will attend Monday’s meeting to discuss the design process, possible design elements and to hear feedback from residents, the staff report states.

“He has a wide variety of experience and expertise in project design,” the report states. “His work has a strong emphasis on human needs and how to integrate these needs into the built environment. He has experience in a wide variety of project types but has specialized in the design of civic, educational and essential service facilities.”

Read our earlier story here.

The trustees also will vote on the placement of two paintings that were donated by Gene and Diane Crain.

Earlier this month, the Newport Beach Arts Commission voted to accept the Crain’s donation of two paintings by Rex and Joan Irving Brandt; read our story here. The library trustees now must approve the placement of the watercolor paintings, and then the City Council will have to approve accepting the paintings into the city’s art inventory.

The paintings could be displayed in the Local History area on the second floor, the entry hallway to the Library’s administrative offices or on the second floor utilities column, adjacent to the reference desk, a staff report states.

The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. in the Central Library at 1000 Avocado Ave. The public may attend and make comments.


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

posted: April 17th, 2015 02:01 pm | 0No Comments

1. Celebrate Earth Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Crystal Cove State Park, where volunteers will be able to help with projects including painting curbs, sweeping ramps, power washing signs, planting cactus, removing concrete and other debris, weeding the hummingbird garden and cleaning the beach. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #4. At 2 p.m. Saturday, when the tide falls to a low of 0.2, you can join a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot. From noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, you can tour the 12-acre Historic District and learn about the cove’s history and plans to restore 17 more cottages. Park at Los Trancos parking lot and meet at the bluff top deck of the overnight rental check-in cottage. At 5:30 p.m. Sunday, a park naturalist will lead a sunset hike that will explore the park’s bluff and share information about the Coastal Sage Scrub plant community. Wear sunscreen, a hat and shoes that work on pavement and sand and bring a light jacket, water, a snack and came. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot. The events are free, but there is a $15 day-use fee to park in state park lots.

2. Roger’s Gardens will host Backyard Bluebirds with Bob Franz from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, where you can learn about how to attract and encourage bluebirds to nest in your gardens. Franz is the former president of the Southern California Bluebird Club. The event is free. Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road.

3. The City of Newport Beach will host a free hike to explore the flora and fauna of Buck Gully from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Meet at the OASIS Senior Center’s auxiliary parking lot at Fifth and Marguerite avenues.

4. Harbor Day School is hosting a Maker Space Faire from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to raise awareness and interest in the science, technology, art, and engineering fields. The faire, aimed at students from kindergarten through eighth grade, will feature mini computers, made straw rockets, create widgets using a 3D printer and more. The faire will be held in the Blass Gymnasium at the school at 3443 Pacific View Drive. For more information or to R.S.V.P., click here.

5. Celebrate the final days of Library Week 2015 with Annie Banannie, a balloon storyteller, who will appear at the Vincent Jorgensen Community Meeting Room at the Mariners library branch at 1300 Irvine Ave. from 3 to 3:45 p.m. Saturday.


CdMRA Group Discusses Civic Center Sculptures

posted: April 17th, 2015 12:19 pm | 0No Comments

The Corona del Mar Residents Association board met Thursday, discussing the Civic Center sculptures that will double from ten to 20 in the fall.

Newport Beach Arts Commission Vice Chair Arlene Greer was the guest speaker at the meeting, and she explained that the city had issued a call for entries for the second round of its inaugural Sculpture in the Civic Center Park exhibition. The new artwork will be added to the park in August, and the original ten and the new ones will be displayed together for a year. In September 2016, the original ten will be de-installed, and the second round will remain until September 2017.

Corona del Mar resident Barry Allen, who has criticized the sculpture choices publicly in the past, told Greer that the sculpture garden was “junk.”

“The alleged works of art were very upsetting to me,” he said. “‘Pretty Boy’ is an insult in everyone’s intelligence,” he said, referring to an 11-foot-tall sculpture now in the park. Another piece called “Big Wet Dog,” he said, depicted a dog lifting its leg on city property. He added that he had changed his mind and now appreciated a piece called “Cub Triptych” by Gerardo Hacer.

Other CdMRA board members also spoke, including Laura Curran, who said she wished the artwork in the park had an association with the native plantings.

“One of the goals of these art exhibitions is to engage conversation,” said CdMRA President Karen Tringali.

Greer agreed, thanking the board members for their input.

“I will take comments back to the (sculpture in the park) sub-committee,” she said. “Art is subjective. We’re not perfect. We do the best we can.”

The arts commission, she said, was working on a program to reach out to schoolchildren so they could visit the park and learn about the sculptures.

“It brings people to our city,” she said.

Image of “Pretty Boy” courtesy of the City of Newport Beach.


From the Police Log: Man Arrested on Obstruction Charge After Police Say He Rode Bike on Sidewalk

posted: April 17th, 2015 11:59 am | 1Comment

A 35-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested Thursday afternoon on suspicion of obstructing and officer, a misdemeanor warrant and for riding a bicycle on a sidewalk, a report said.

The man was arrested at 1:33 p.m. at Granville and Newport Center drives. His bail was $500.

Police also arrested a 30-year-old Riverside man at 8:42 a.m. Thursday in the 300 block of Iris Avenue on suspicion of possession of unlawful paraphernalia. His bail was $500, according to a report.

Officers also took a report of shoplifting in the 1100 block of Newport Center Drive on Thursday. The theft, with a loss of $240, occurred between 3:16 and 3:19 p.m., a report said.


Harbor Day to Host Maker Space Faire on Saturday

posted: April 17th, 2015 05:00 am | 0No Comments

With a goal of building a community of problem solvers and future engineers, Harbor Day School will host a community Maker Space Faire event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The faire, aimed at children from kindergarten through eighth grade, will let participants create cardboard and tape structures, build Raspberry Pi computers, print 3D objects and control them with Arduino computers, code in Scratch and make videos, a news release said.

“This is also an effort to raise awareness and interest in the science, technology, art, and engineering fields,” the release said.

OC STEM and Discovery Science Cube also will attend, along with Harbor Day and Sage Hill alumni, said Noelle Becker, a school spokeswoman.

“We have a ton of other booths to create mini computers, made straw rockets, create widgets using a 3D printer, and so much more,” she said.

The faire will be held in the Blass Gymnasium at the school at 3443 Pacific View Drive.

For more information or to R.S.V.P., click here. Organizers requested advance registration.