Neighbor reports possible domestic violence nearby
A 9-1-1 caller reported Sunday night just before 10 o’clock that they could hear yelling from a man and a woman coming from a neighbor in Laguna Terrace Park. As the caller remained on the line, it was reported that the woman had crawled out of a window to get outside.
Officers arrived on scene and found a happy couple singing Christmas music and hanging lights on the outside of their home.
LBPD Captain Jason Kravetz did not know how well they sang.
It seems that methamphetamine doesn’t agree with this woman
An employee of the North Laguna Shell called 9-1-1 Friday night at 6:56 asking for assistance in removing a female from the inside store area.
Captain Jason Kravetz said the clerk told the dispatcher that the unwanted customer was, “A woman in a red dress, weighing about 80 pounds and missing her teeth and possibly on drugs…”
Officers arrived on scene and arrested Lindsey Marie Samples, 31 of Costa Mesa was charged with no bail violation of parole and misdemeanor being under the influence of methamphetamine.
Laura Ann Henkels named to Executive Director post of The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce
Larry Nokes, President of the Board of Directors for the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to announce the appointment of Laura Ann Henkels as Executive Director of the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Henkels brings a strong commitment to providing quality service to the Chamber’s growing membership by providing business development, education and outreach services that facilitate establishment, retention and growth of local businesses.
Laura Ann Henkels
“The Chamber Board of Directors is very excited to have Laura as Executive Director. We were about to commence our search to replace Kris Thalman, who has been working with us on an interim basis. We interviewed Laura, who has been working with us on events for a little over a year, and agreed that she absolutely fit the bill for what we were looking for. Laura will continue to bring energy, excitement, and new ideas to the Chamber. In her work with the events, she has made it a point to meet as many of our members as possible. Her first priority is to continue building relationships with our members and with area business leaders. Laura is a self-starter who will hit the ground running, making sure our members’ needs are met, and the Chamber’s mission is fulfilled.”
Ms. Henkels holds 2 Bachelor’s degrees (Political Science and Philosophy) and a minor in political sociology. She has completed a number of professional programs that have certified her as a Series 7 licensed stock broker, a Certified Financial Planner and a Paralegal. She is currently in the process of becoming an Accredited Chamber Executive with the Western Association of Chamber Executives.
Ms. Henkels brings a wealth of marketing, advocacy and events experience to the chamber and is tasked with creating new marketing channels, providing value to Chamber members, and advocating for all Laguna Beach businesses. Prior to joining the chamber, Ms. Henkels served as an Executive for Citibank, The Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register, Harte Hanks & Valassis. Ms. Henkels has advised small business, Fortune 500 companies, and everything in between. Clients have included Target, Merrill Lynch, ACE Hardware and Taco Bell. She has also worked with community and business leaders that include Michael Bloomberg, Magic Johnson, Howard Schultz, Charles Schwab and Sir John Templeton.
In her spare time, Laura can be found reading, running, hiking or at a yoga class. Ms. Henkels is an active advocate for autism and volunteers with Surfer’s Healing, TACA and NMUSD. She resides in Newport Beach with her two sons, ages 11 and 13, and her 2 cats, McKayla and Cecil B. DeMille.
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10-yr-old at TOW has started “A Good Foundation”
When 10-year-old Nico Cambruzzi learned that over 525,000 children in the United States are homeless, he knew he had a responsibility to help.
Nico, who is a 4th grader at Top of the World’s Community Learning Center, decided to structure his service learning project, which is required by his teacher, Laia Hansen, around helping homeless children in California.
He started earlier this year by volunteering at a facility for homeless preschoolers. By reading books to children, providing healthy snacks, and playing games with them, Nico saw the reality of homelessness and the immediate positive impact he could have.
“We all can have an impact no matter how young we are. Those kids are so…[eager]…it’s not their fault they are where they are. There is so much need, I can only start at the basics and work up from there,” said Nico.
Nico (center) at a preschool for homeless children in Long Beach
So Nico started “A Good Foundation”, with the mission of helping hands for homeless children. Not only is he spending his own free time volunteering with children in need, he is asking the community to help as well.
During this season of giving, Nico is asking for donations of new boys and girls underwear, t-shirts and socks in sizes 2-6. Until Dec 10, drop off locations are TOW Elementary and Curls on Top Hair Studio at 998 S. Coast Highway. He will also be collecting donations at the Saturday Farmers Market on Dec 6 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Historic Irvine family flicks shown by LB Historical Society
Tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 25 from 7:30-8:30 p.m., Irvine Family historian Eric Jessen will present the DVD production filmed by James Irvine II and Myford Irvine between 1920-1932. The program was produced by Eric Jessen along with Mark Chamberlain of BC Space Gallery for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, Huntington Library, and Irvine Museum archives.
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Photo courtesy Eric Jessen
(Left): Katie Wheeler circa 1924 and Myford Irvine circa 1918
No need to RSVP and you are welcome to bring a friend! The movies will be shown at the Laguna Beach City Hall, 505 Forest Ave.
Mission Hospital Laguna Beach says it is here to stay
Since joining our community five years ago, Mission Hospital has helped transform Mission Hospital Laguna Beach (MHLB) from a facility that was at risk of closing, into an advanced local hospital with a top-notch Emergency Department. Yet many in our community are still concerned about the future of our local health services – and particularly of the Emergency Department.
Community members want to know that Mission Hospital is committed to making the required investments to sustain its Emergency Department. Many residents have heard the story of how the local hospital started 55 years ago, after a Laguna Beach police officer could not get the local care he needed. This has fostered the need to know that there will be access to 24-hour, immediate emergency care for years to come.
Michael Beck, Mission Hospital’s Vice President of Operations, gave an emphatic answer. “Mission Hospital is here to stay,” Beck said. “We are completely committed to providing quality care in Laguna Beach, and to investing in our local hospital now and into the future.”
Over the last five years, MHLB has made a number of key investments in the hospital’s Emergency Department, which cares for 12,000 patients each year. Those have included a major $20 million effort to retrofit Mission Hospital Laguna Beach so that the facility can remain open; purchasing new CT scan, ultrasound and imaging equipment to support the ED; and a $1.8 million overhaul of the hospital’s central plant, which replaced failing utility equipment and will enable the hospital’s utilities to operating for another 30 years.
Beck also said that the hospital is constantly looking at what new services it might be able to bring to the community.
Mission Hospital has also worked hard to maintain and improve safety standards at all of its locations. Most of the community knows that Mission Hospital Laguna Beach postponed elective surgeries for two weeks in October. Beck explained that the hospital made that decision so that it could make sure the best and most updated safety procedures were standardized at all of Mission Hospital’s locations.
“We realize that interrupting surgeries can be confusing and frustrating, but we made the decision to do so because we felt strongly it was in the best interests of our community,” Beck said. “Patient safety has to come first, and postponing those surgeries gave us the chance to put improvements in place quickly.”
The hospital identified areas where it could standardize its safety procedures after four patients who underwent surgery in Mission Viejo contracted the same type of bacterial infection. Though most of the areas of improvement primarily affected Mission Hospital Mission Viejo, Beck explained that the hospital wanted to ensure the newest protocols were also in place in Laguna Beach. The hospital kept its Emergency Departments at both locations completely open the entire time.
Whether it has been bringing in more advanced medical technologies, making capital improvements, or focusing on patient safety, MHLB has shown that it will be in Laguna Beach for the long run.
For more information about Mission Hospital Laguna Beach, please visit mission4health.com/lagunabeach.
Council recognized Woman’s Club for its K-9 efforts
On Nov. 18 Mayor Elizabeth Pearson read a proclamation recognizing the Woman’s Club for the fundraising efforts toward the purchase and training of the City’s new Police Dog.
Earlier this year at the 2014 Budget Meeting, the public was told that the City budget did not have the funds available to hire a K-9 officer, purchase a K-9 vehicle and purchase and train the police dog. During that meeting the Woman’s Club pledged to raise the necessary funds for purchase and training and the City agreed to fund the officer and the vehicle. The deal was made and the Woman’s Club has been hard at work ever since!
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Mayor Elizabeth Pearson (left) read the proclamation recognizing the efforts by the Woman’s Club in securing the PD’s new K-9 “Ranger” with his LBPD handler Officer Zach Fillers with members of the LB Woman’s Club on November 18
At last week’s City Council meeting, “Ranger” and the officer who will be his handler, Zach Fillers were introduced to the community. The police department has named Ranger after fallen officer Jon Coutchie who was an Army Ranger.
“It warms my heart to see the community pull together to raise the money to purchase Ranger” said Barbara Crane, the current Woman’s Club President, “I am so proud of the Woman’s Club members and the board that pulled together to raise the money for Ranger”.
Although Ranger has been selected and has begun training, the Woman’s Club is still in need of funds. To date the Woman’s Club has raised approximately $7,000, which was enough for the down payment and the commencement of training. If you would like to contribute toward the remaining $13,000 to complete the purchase, please visit the Woman’s Club website at: http://wclb.org/. Your contribution will make you a part of Laguna Beach history. Checks can be mailed to: Woman’s Club (K-9 Donation) 286 St. Ann’s Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
List of Contributors to date (please contribute to be added to this growing list!): $1,000 + Kelly Boyd; Cheryl Kinsman; Alan Anderson; $500+ Ellie Ortiz (Laguna Beach Legal); Barbara Crane (Crane Investments); Chuck Simpson; Matt Lawson; $250+ Kavita Reddy (Buy Hand); Len & Nancy Joseph; Sandra Hovanesian; Barbara Hamkalo; Miscellaneous contributions made by: Gayle Waite (Turning Point Properties); Sima Jafarinia; Cheryl Smith; Robert Zur Schmiede; Charles Barr; Barbara Corman; David Mitchell; Marvin & Ann Johnson; Harry & Suzi Bithell; Elizabeth Roger; Shelly Michelson; Judith Regan; Gene Gratz; Many contributors from the Taste of Laguna; Many contributors from the Farmers Market.
Saint Catherine partners with Pacific Symphony’s Class Act’s 20th Anniversary & the theme of “Sharing the Joy of Music”
Saint Catherine of Siena Parish School announced today that it will once again partner with the Pacific Symphony’s flagship youth education program – the Frieda Belinfante Class Act School. Class Act places individual Pacific Symphony musicians at up to 30 K-8 partner schools throughout Orange County for the entire school year. This year Class Act celebrates its 20th Anniversary with the music of Leonard Bernstein and the theme, “Sharing the Joy of Music!” Saint Catherine of Siena Parish School’s prestigious arts program will continue to benefit from the additional musical education gained through its partnership with Class Act.
“Class Act is thrilled to continue its partnership with Saint Catherine of Siena Parish School,” said Carl St. Clair, Musical Director and Conductor of the Pacific Symphony. “Our partnership over the last year has proved immensely beneficial not only to Saint Catherine of Siena Parish School’s thriving Arts program, but also to our continued mission to further increase exposure to classical music in our community. We look forward to this continued partnership and ‘Sharing the Joy of Music’ with our students and their families.”
The Class Act Partnership fosters the Pacific Symphony’s main goal of enriching the human spirit through the superior performance of symphonic music and community engagement. Each year talented teaching artists, including nine Pacific Symphony trained and passionate musicians, work with more than 16,000 students to share the life and music of a Composer of the Year through a standards-based music curriculum.
Michael Letourneau, principal of Saint Catherine of Siena Parish School stated, “We are honored to continue our partnership with the Pacific Symphony Class Act Program and are excited to help celebrate their 20th season of enhancing the quality of music education in schools. Class Act has allowed Saint Catherine of Siena Parish School students to form a closer relationship with classical music and the Pacific Symphony, and has increased their overall exposure to the Arts in our community.”
Pacific Symphony is the third largest US symphony orchestra in California and the largest symphony formed within the last 40 years. Pacific Symphony is the resident orchestra of Orange County, making its home at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Class Act has grown from serving 5,000 students in 1994 to 16,000 students in the coming year; the program’s growth is the result of a partnership between the Symphony, schools, and parents dedicated to bringing quality music education to Orange County’s elementary students.
Saint Catherine of Siena Parish School, Laguna Beach, is rooted in a rich 57-year history based on academic excellence for grades Transitional Kindergarten and K-8. With the highest accreditation from WASC and WCEA, the school provides a comprehensive Christ-centered education within an inspiring, safe environment.
Laguna Beach PD Citizen’s Academy: Week 12
By ALLI MARTIN
StuNewsLaguna Staff Writer
Ed. Note: This is the final installment of Alli’s Citizen’s Academy class
Our final class was a collaboration between the LBPD and the fire department, two entities that often go hand in hand. Whether you call 9-1-1 for a crime or for a fire or for a medical emergency, the same dispatchers at the police department will answer, and the necessary apparatus will respond.
Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse came to give the presentation on the fire department; unfortunately, his voice missed the memo and failed to appear. Captain John Kuzmic filled in so that the chief could rest his vocal cords and get his voice back.
Fire Captain John Kuzmic explains the LBFD
The fire department’s mission is to protect lives, the environment, and property from the threat of fire, explosion, or other disaster through emergency action fire prevention, and public education, and to provide medical aid. If you have a medical emergency, the fire department will be the first on the scene.
When it comes to rescue, life always comes before property. Steps will be taken to save a life first in the approximately 100 fires per year, 2500 medical calls per year, and 20 remote rescues per year.
We were treated to lasagna, salad and sausage by Sarah Browning, Donna Ewald and Katie Takade…not to mention cookies and brownies for dessert! I’m going to miss the food from this class.
Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse is not doing a pole dance
After dinner, we walked over to the fire department (Station 1 of 4 in Laguna), where Engineer Chip Gilmore, Firefighter Zach De John and Reserve Pat Knodle gave us a tour, while Fire Chief LaTendresse supplemented where he could.
It’s not something you realize every day, but the station is their life. Firefighters are at the station for 24 hours, sometimes more, in a single shift, living there, eating there, sleeping there, working out there, and, most importantly, working there.
Seeing it in person really increased my level of respect for the fire department.
In two weeks, we have a graduation, and that’s it for Class 20 of the Citizen Academy. Who knows what’s next?
Until then, Happy Thanksgiving, Laguna!
Cal Poly Drone Team Places Second at International Student Design Competition; Gordon Belyea leader
Belying its unwieldy name, Cal Poly’s large unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) “SkyBarge” deftly hovered through an obstacle course to a second-place finish among 21 collegiate teams at the 22nd annual American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Student Design Competition on Nov 17 in Montreal, Canada.
Gordon Belyea, a 2012 LBHS grad, led the team.
Held at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exhibition at Montreal’s Palais des Congrès, the competition included a roster of topflight engineering teams from China, France, India, Peru, Turkey and the US. To advance to the finals, Cal Poly won the ASME’s western regional competition held at Cal Poly in April.
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The California Polytechnic SkyBarge team (Belyea is third from right)
The teams were tasked with designing and building an original drone that could navigate a series of high and low obstacles, complete a targeted payload drop, and return to the start in one piece.
The Cal Poly team included mechanical engineering student Belyea, as well as fellow students Garrett Gudgel (pilot), Ethan Juhnke, Brandon-Roy Sadiarin, Eric Dreischerf and Seyhun Oh; aerospace engineering students Hank Mandsager and Armand Lim; and agricultural engineering student Shane Thulin.
Russell Westphal, faculty advisor to the team, singled out Belyea and Gudgel for extra praise. “Garrett is a great pilot whose experience with radio-controlled flight as well as actual aircraft — he’s a licensed glider pilot — was highly valuable,” Westphal said. “And we had excellent leadership by Gordon. Just a sophomore when the project began, Gordon amazed me with his highly polished and professional approach to management of the nine-student team.”
The first place prize was awarded to the University of North Dakota.
To watch a two-minute video of the competition, go to: http://inr.synapticdigital.com/ASME/studentdesigncompetition/
2014 Holiday Palette Competition winners announced
Michael Ervin, Dedre Sines and Shannon Sybirski had their designs selected in an anonymous juried process by the Arts Commission as winners of the 48th Holiday Palette Competition. Their designs along with past winners will be displayed along city streets this holiday season.
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Winning Palette by Shannon Sybirski
One of this year’s winners in the City of Laguna Beach Holiday Palette Competition is Laguna Beach artist and resident Michael Ervin. The competition, a project of the city’s Arts Commission and funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach, invites artists to create holiday-themed art that is displayed on lampposts throughout the city during the holidays.
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Winning Palette by Michael Ervin
Ervin’s design features a sea lion with a festive holiday twist. “I knew I wanted to depict something that was sea oriented, and that means something special to Laguna Beach,” said Ervin. “I support and so admire the work that the Pacific Marine Mammal Center does in our area, so painting the ‘Santa Sea Lion’ was a natural selection.”
While painting and sculpting for 40 years, Ervin simultaneously spent much of that time leading an advertising and design firm that served world-class clients in a variety of industries. While that firm, Ervin Ad, is still running today, he devotes most of his time to the arts through painting and sculpture.
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Winning Palette by Dedre Sines
KX 93.5 is throwing another kick-butt party at the Marbar on Thanksgiving night – it’s “KXGiving”!
Jump into your sweatpants and benefit KX 93.5 and Laguna Food Pantry
Once the Thanksgiving family festivities slow down, you’ve eaten the last piece of pie and you’ve risen from your second turkey nap, slip on your sweatpants and head down to the Marine Room Tavern for another kick-butt party brought to you by KX 93.5.
The Marine Room party, which begins at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov 27,is only $5 at the door, and all proceeds benefit KX 93.5, Laguna’s Only FM and Whole Foods “Feed 4 More.”
Sweatpants are not required, but strongly encouraged for this turkey-themed shindig complete with drink specials from Wild Turkey served by the illustrious Wild Turkey girls. Well-known Laguna DJ and on-air personality Steve “The Ruckus” Whelan, will be spinning an eclectic mix sure to keep the crowd on the dance floor from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. There will be fun giveaways, raffle prizes provided by Whole Foods like gift cards and baskets and a chance to do your good deed for the Thanksgiving season.
In keeping with the spirit of giving, KX 93.5 has partnered with Whole Foods to help celebrate the season of gratitude. A portion of the funds raised at KXGiving will go to Whole Foods’ “Feed 4 More” program, which focuses on providing pantry stockers and shelf-stable items to the Laguna Food Pantry. Funds raised will be used to purchase the pantry stockers and the food will be delivered in January to the Laguna Food Pantry.
Party with a purpose this Thursday night!
Don’t forget your sweatpants.
MY HERO art project recreates kelp forest life at Laguna Art Museum’s Art & Nature Family Festival
The MY HERO Project partnered with the Laguna Art Museum and the Laguna Beach Community Foundation at the Second Annual Art & Nature Festival held Sunday, Nov. 9 in the museum. Media Arts Educators from MY HERO, an online educational web journal, provided over 300 participating children and their family members the opportunity to learn about who lives in the kelp forests along our coastline.
Children were presented with sheets representing the animals that reside in the Pacific Coast kelp beds and assorted art materials including construction paper, pipe cleaners, crayons, popsicle sticks and stick-on decorations to recreate a mini kelp forest and its life cycle.
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Young artists busy at work at MY HERO project at Laguna Art Museum
The inspiration for this art project was the MY HERO produced video, “The Kelp Lady,” and it was available to be viewed at the Art & Nature Festival. This short film describes the activities of Nancy Caruso and the Get Inspired! organization. Nancy has spearheaded the replanting of the kelp beds and has continued to educate the public about the life cycle of our coastal kelp forests.
“The children really got involved in our project and they spent a lot of time imagining their artful kelp bed recreations! Their parents and grandparents also got a chance to sit down, make art and learn from the materials at the MY HERO tables,” explained Victoria Murphy, Arts Education Director of the MY HERO Project. “We had a lot of fun and the finished artworks were original and vibrant! We are very grateful to the Laguna Art Museum for giving the community this terrific opportunity!”
MY HERO is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to sharing stories of heroes around the world. For more information on The MY HERO Project, please visit our website at www.myhero.com
“Striking 12” opens its Playhouse run on December 6
The Laguna Playhouse Executive and Artistic Directors, Karen Wood and Ann E. Wareham are presenting the third show of their 2014-2015 season and the perfect confection for the Holiday season, the Orange County Premiere of “Striking 12,” with book music and lyrics by Brendan Milburn, Rachel Sheinkin and Valerie Vigoda and directed by Janet Roston.
“A holiday musical twist on a wonderful Hans Christian Andersen classic for our subscribers and audiences who are going to simply fall in love with “Striking 12,’” said Wood. “The music of GrooveLily coupled with this delicious cast and the wonder of Janet Roston’s work will provide a perfect show that will resonate throughout the season,” added Wareham.
Ring in the Holiday Season with “Striking 12.” This Bay Area Theatre Critic’s Choice concert-with-a-story is quickly becoming a holiday classic. Combining pop-rock, musical comedy and an old-fashioned uplift with a 21st century sensibility, “Striking 12” weaves Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fable “The Little Match Girl” with a modern-day New Year’s Eve twist and is a holiday treat suitable for audiences of all ages.
“Striking 12” will begin previews on Wednesday, Dec. 3 and will open on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. and run through Sunday, Dec. 28 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road. Tickets range from $41 to $66 and can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling 497-ARTS (2787). Group discounts are available by calling 949-497-2787 ext. 229.