Brazen burglar takes $9,500 sculpture in grocery cart in wee hours
Ray Redfearn has owned an art gallery in town for many years. He saw something he’d never seen before on Wednesday morning.
Photos courtesy LBPD
“American Bison” bronze by Michael J. Hart – 23” x 19.5” x 7.75”
Engraved near the right rear hoof is 4/30
A stockbroker nearby called him at home at 6:15 informing him that the storefront window of the gallery in the 1500 block of S. Coast Hwy had been smashed overnight. He arrived at the gallery and confirmed that someone had smashed the window by throwing a rock and that a Michael J. Hart bronze, “American Bison”, was missing.
The suspect had been able to reach into the display area through the broken window and grab the limited edition bronze values at $9,500. Nothing else was taken.
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Redfearn viewed a surveillance video and clearly saw the suspect pushing an empty grocery cart past a doorway (above). Moments later, the suspect was seen running while pushing the cart with a large item inside (below).
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Teens arrested near Heisler Park for felony possession of hash
An officer checked out two occupied vehicles parked in the 700 block of Cliff Drive at 3:57 a.m. Sunday and arrested two 17-year-olds for felony possession of concentrated cannabis (hash).
All together four juveniles were contacted. Arrested were a male from Garden Grove and a Long Beach female. She was also charged with being a minor in possession of alcohol.
Two other females, ages 16 and 15, were cited for curfew violation and later released after police contacted their parents.
So – just what was that ship out there Sunday afternoon?
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Dennis Myers took this photo at about 2:30 Sunday afternoon. His email subject was: “Great day for tourists”. We say great day for anyone with a curious mind.
The first inquiry we received Sunday afternoon said, “There’s a battleship right off Main Beach!”
The US Navy ship offshore Sunday was the USS Independence (LCS 2) – a 418’ long Littoral Combat Ship – less than half as long as Iowa Class battleships.
USS Independence was commissioned in 2010 and is part of the modern Navy. The ship was designed for close-to-shore ‘multi-mission’ support and as an agile, swift assault ship.
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US Navy photo somewhere off the California coast – as its wake shows, it is agile
Those who watched yesterday will confirm the agile and swift adjectives seeing the USS Independence performing sharp maneuvering moves only a couple of hundred yards offshore. The ship has only a 14-foot draught!
The USS Independence is based in San Diego with a crew of 40 and facilities to add up to 35 mission-related crew.
It was indeed quiet a sight.
Laguna’s four schools all named to CBEE Honor Roll
All four schools in the Laguna Beach Unified School District were named to the 2013 California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) Honor Roll. The Honor Roll recognizes public elementary, middle and high schools that demonstrate consistently high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement over time and reduction in achievement gaps.
For high schools, the CBEE Honor Roll recognition also includes measures of college readiness. The four LBUSD schools were named to the 2013 Honor Roll after an extensive analysis of student achievement data for every public school in California demonstrated their ability to raise students to grade-level proficiency and beyond.
The CBEE has identified a common set of success factors in higher performing Honor Roll schools and districts that include high expectations for all students; ongoing collaboration among teachers to improve practice; continual intervention for struggling students; mastery of content knowledge and pedagogical practices; and targeted use of data to pinpoint challenges and monitor progress.
The Honor Roll list grew from 261 schools in 2005 to the current 2,099 for 2013. A full list of the Honor Roll schools can be found at http://www.cbee.org
Painter Sandra Jones Campbell presents/discusses 35 of her oils Thursday at Pacific Edge Gallery
Photos by Rick Lang
Sandra Jones Campbell
Laguna Outreach for Community Arts invites the public to an inspiring discussion with painter Sandra Jones Campbell. The event is on Thursday March 13, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Pacific Edge Gallery, 540 S. Coast Hwy, #112.
Campbell will present 35 oils, of portraits and figures in social settings. Her unique style is comparable to the 20th Century German Expressionist movement. She will share much insight about the identity of her models, some of which are sourced from Facebook. Also revealed, will be some fascinating stories behind the works.
Campbell completed her formal education in her native Oregon, and later settled in Laguna Beach. A longtime exhibitor at Pacific Edge Gallery, her award-winning work has also been in numerous shows at Laguna Art Museum. Community Art Project commissioned her largest installation, a public mural on Forest Lane at Coast Highway, in 2011.
Richard Farnell, former Laguna Beach resident and OC Deputy DA, injured in plane crash that killed his wife
Richard Farnell, 71, a former Laguna Beach resident, was critically injured in a Placer County plane crash Monday. His wife, Darla Sue, 55, was killed. Reports say that the Lake Tahoe, CA residents left John Wayne Airport 90 minutes earlier and crashed in a mountainous region about four miles from their destination, the Truckee Airport around 11 a.m.
Farnell still owns a home on Crescent Bay Drive here, a family friend said.
From 1968 – 1981, he was a prosecutor in the OC District Attorney’s office and gained notoriety when he successfully prosecuted serial killer Rodney Alcala.
Farnell is expected to recover and remains in Reno Hospital.
Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach’s Austin Willhoft named Orange County’s Club’s Youth of the Year
The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach celebrates the achievement of long time club member Austin Willhoft. He was named Boys & Girls Clubs of Orange County’s Teen of the Year on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the Hilton in Irvine, California.
LBHS senior and Boys & Girls Club teen, Austin Willhoft
Austin, a senior at Laguna Beach High School, secured the prestigious title out of 16 very worthy applicants; all stellar teen members of their communities. Out of 16 Club representatives from as far north as Brea to San Clemente in the south, Austin won the hearts of many with his inspiring story of overcoming childhood trauma, self-esteem issues, finding peace in service to others at the Boys & Girls Club and ultimately achieving his dream of going to college. After 10 years at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, he continues his journey after high school at the University of Oregon in pursuit of a Cinema Studies degree.
The prestigious Youth of the Year Award of all Orange County Club’s promotes Austin to move onto the next level in hopes to achieve state wide goals.
While Austin refers to the Club as his second home, he also humbly mentions the guidance and support he has received over the years. “Now that I’m older and about to go off to college, I know that I owe a lot of thanks to the Club, they helped in shaping me to be the man I am today.”
LBHS Breakers All Orange Coast League Selections
Winter Varsity Teams
CIF Division 1 Champion Girls Water Polo
MVP Makenzie Fischer
First Team: Cara Borkovec, Aria Fischer, Bella Baldridge
Second Team: Jenna Knott, Taylor Julson, Haley Evans, Natalie Selin
MVP Noah Blanton
First Team: Alec Wulff, Josh Adams, Matt Jones
Second Team: Bryan Ludloff
First Team: Jackie Cenan, Alexandra Lewis
Second Team: Jane Wallin
Offensive MVP: Chris Tellez
Defensive MVP: Dante Amadeo
First Team: Zach Jacobs, Rory Saunders, Harrison Gregory
Second Team: Charlie Warner, Jake Hexberg, Willy Wheeler
MVP: Johana Abarca
First Team: Amy Hewlett, Audrey Pillsbury, Summer Stanaland
Second Team: Katelyn Carballo, Paige Vitolo, Janie Crawford
LBHS art students are experiencing innovations in art technology
Photo by Kevin Yates, LBUSD
LBHS student Charlotte Broomer utilized a variety of mixed media techniques including photography and painting with the Epilog Laser to create her art project
Laguna Beach High School Art students are creating distinctive mixed media art using an innovative tool in art technology, the Epilog Laser. The Epilog Laser was made possible through generous donations from a SchoolPower Endowment Teacher Grant, a Festival of Arts Foundation Grant and funding by LBUSD.
Festival of Arts Foundation President Scott Moore said, “The Festival of Arts Foundation puts special emphasis on supporting the arts in our schools. The future for all of us is in the hands of our children and young adults, and helping to provide funds to bring the latest innovations in the arts to the students in our community is a very high priority for the Foundation. It not only helps forge careers, but creates well rounded young men and women. The Festival of Arts Foundation is proud to have a hand in this effort.”
SchoolPower Endowment President Bill Moore said, “The most satisfying time of the year for the Board of the SchoolPower Endowment Fund is during the teacher grant process, as that is when we see the innovative ideas that come from our teachers and we get an opportunity to bring those ideas to fruition.”
LBHS Graphic Art and Design teacher Kerry Pellow said, “Our students are so motivated with the latest technology trends we have been able to expose them to that learning the new skills has not really been considered work. They are truly inspired; this has made teaching fun again.”
LBHS Visual Arts Department Chairperson Scott Wittkop said, “The technology has helped many students look at art in a new way, it is great to see the students’ creativity open up.”
LBHS students are using the Epilog Laser in many of the Fine Arts Department classes including ceramics, art, computer art, production art and production design.
Zur Schmiede campaign kickoff March 16 at Aliso Creek Inn
Planning Commission Chair Robert M. Zur Schmiede will formally commence his campaign for City Council at a reception and fundraiser on Sunday, March 16, 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Aliso Creek Inn, 31106 Coast Highway.
Zur Schmiede’s candidacy has been enthusiastically received and the campaign is already attracting volunteers, contributions and endorsements from a broad spectrum of Laguna Beach voters.
“Having witnessed Rob in action for many years on the Planning Commission, I appreciate his thorough understanding of the nuances of each issue as they relate to our community, and his clear commitment to resolving intricate challenges with a logical, humanistic and equitable approach,” said Reception Host Committee Chair and local business owner Mark Christy.
“Rob will bring a fresh, independent perspective to Council based upon his decades of successful experience in city planning and economic development in the cities of Long Beach, Fullerton and Anaheim,” added LBUSD School Board Member and former President Betsy Jenkins, who is also on the Reception Host Committee. “He’s a smart, well-informed, fair-minded guy who will listen to all points of view and treat everyone with respect.”
The Aliso Creek Inn reception is open to the public. A minimum contribution of $85 per person is requested, with larger amounts welcome up to the $360 maximum donation per person for Council campaigns. Supporters who have already donated $360 are invited to attend this event as guests of the campaign.
To ensure that everyone can be accommodated, those interested in attending the reception are asked to RSVP and in advance by clicking on the “EVENTS” tab at the top of the home page on the campaign website www.robzurschmiedeforcouncil.com.
In addition to Christy and Jenkins, other members of the Reception Host Committee include Chamber of Commerce president-elect Gregg Abel, former Mayor and Council Member Kathleen Blackburn, Arts Commissioner Mary Ferguson, investor and philanthropist Sam Goldstein, public affairs executive Tad Heitmann, Planning Commissioner Anne Johnson, Water Commissioner Marv Johnson, Emergency/Disaster Preparedness Committee Chair Sue Kempf, campaign Treasurer Matt Lawson and Laguna Beach Attorney Keith Wisbaum.
Prayer and healing - explore the connections at Christian Science church with Internationally known speaker Mark Swinney Sunday
Worldwide, people are discovering more each day about the ways prayer can make huge differences in life. International speaker, Mark Swinney, says, “I have found in my own experience that gaining even just a little understanding of how prayer works means that your life never again will be the same.”
Swinney will present a talk titled, “What is it that connects prayer with healing?” on Sunday, March 16, at 2 p.m. at the Christian Science church at 635 High Drive, Laguna Beach.
“This lecture is all about the power of God’s love to heal,” says Swinney. “I will explore how feeling—how sensing spiritually—the presence of God as Love has the effect of bringing moments of wonderful inspiration and enlightenment—moments that actually reform and cure.”
Swinney’s ideas are based on the teachings of Jesus as recorded in the Bible, and as discussed in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.
Practitioner and teacher of Christian Science healing, Mark Swinney has devoted more than twenty-five years both to praying with people and empowering people to pray effectively for themselves. A prolific author with more than 250 published articles addressing numerous facets of prayer and healing, Mark’s love for God shines very brightly. He has traveled much of the world speaking about his heartfelt love for God and Christian healing, and is known for his honesty, humor, and candid style.
Swinney is a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship. He travels from his home in Sandia Park, New Mexico, especially for this event.
A telephone conference line is available for those who wish to hear the lecture but cannot attend. The telephone number is (712) 432-0926. The access code is 947426#. For instructions during the call, press *4.
Purim NYC makes its debut at the Chabad Jewish Center - featuring Big Apple style holiday bash
The New York themed Purim party at Chabad Jewish Center on March 16 will begin with a Multimedia Megillah Reading in Madison Square Garden at 5 p.m., followed by an array of buffet stations at popular NY locations! Stop by the Lower East Side for your favorite deli and knishes, enjoy Hamentashen and Hot Dogs in Hell’s Kitchen, and Linguini dishes in Little Italy!
Check out street performer Rusty Yates in Times Square, take pictures at the statue of Liberty, and take the kids to Central Park for crafts and face painting! Klezmer music, great spirit, and Holiday fun!
“A great combination of ancient Jewish traditions with a modern twist,” says Rabbi Eli Goorevitch of Chabad. “Our goal is to provide innovative holiday programs, yet still keep with the holiday theme”.
In the spirit of Purim, come in costume! Please RSVP at www.chabadoflaguna.com or call 949 499 – 0770. It’ll cost $18 for adults and $12 for children.
The holiday of Purim celebrates the salvation of the Jewish people living in the fourth century BCE, from one of the most colorful villains in Jewish history. It is observed by public readings of the Megillah - “Scroll of Esther,” sending food portions to friends, giving gifts of money to the poor, and enjoying a festive meal. It is also customary to eat delightful cookies called “Hamentashen” (triangular pastry filled with poppy seed or jelly).
Chabad is located at 30804 Coast Hwy., across from Montage Laguna Beach.