By DENNIS McTIGHE
May 22, 2015
Why upstate New York gets more snow than NYC…
Every month this year up until May has seen at least three or more days with temps in the 80’s here in Laguna. It hasn’t even gotten close to that mark yet here in May and it looks like we won’t make it to that point as a long low pressure trough continues to camp out along the Pacific West Coast with a pretty healthy low hovering just off the coast of Point Conception posing a threat of some precipitation in the form of convective showers on Friday.
Average temps for the month have been well below seasonal norms even in the desert areas with temps in the upper 70’s and low 80’s. Normally it’s 95-100 out there.
I was chatting about weather with local Tom Combs the other day down at our committee bench at Main Beach when he brought up a great question about why does say New York City at Latitude 40 north have such colder winters than say Barcelona Spain, also located at 40 north? New York can get up to 75 inches of snow in the winter while much milder Barcelona only gets a couple inches, if that.
Here’s the deal…New York is vulnerable to blasts of Polar Continental air while Barcelona is ruled by Atlantic Maritime air masses, plus they are under the influence of the Gulf Stream; that wide band of warmer water that runs northward up the Atlantic Coast of the U.S. and curves to the east past Nova Scotia and across the Atlantic into western Europe. Most winter time storms there arrive from the west unlike a lot of the storms in New York originate from way higher latitudes.
With NYC situated near the ocean, snowfall amounts are much lower than upstate New York because of the relatively warmer waters from the Gulf Stream.
I’ll be back – on Tuesday! Aloha!
“You Can’t Take it With You”
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LBHS will be performing the hilarious Academy Award winning, Pulitzer Prize winning play “You Can’t It With You” on Friday May 22, Saturday May 23, Thursday May 28 and Friday May 29 at 7:30 p.m., and Sun May 24 at 2:30 in the Artist’s Theatre at 625 Park Ave. The box office phone number is 497-7769.
Laguna Playhouse presents a special engagement of Love, Loss, and What I Wore now through June 7
This limited engagement opens Wednesday, May 20 at the Laguna Playhouse. The Laguna Playhouse Executive and Artistic Directors, Karen Wood and Ann E. Wareham present a special engagement of the smash-hit, Off-Broadway play, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, a play by Nora and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman and directed by Jenny Sullivan.
“We are overjoyed to bring this heartfelt play from Nora and Delia Ephron to our audiences who are going to adore the women we have committed to doing this extraordinary piece,” comments Wood.
“Jenny Sullivan is one of our finest directors and we are thrilled to have her back on our stage with this remarkable work” adds Wareham. Love, Loss, and What I Wore will begin performances on Wednesday, May 20 and will run through Sunday, June 7 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.
A great show is always in fashion! Love, Loss, and What I Wore is a funny and often poignant collection of anecdotes that use clothing, accessories and the memories they trigger to tell stories relating to matters of the heart and matters of the closet.
Different casts each week, including during our opening week: Nancy Dussault, Lisa Hale, Amber Mercomes, Dee Dee Rescher and Erika Whalen Schindele.
Week Two will include: Alyson Lindsay, Linda Purl, Joanna Strapp, Dawn Wells and Hattie Winston. Week three will include: Stephanie Zimbalist, Ava Burton, Pat Kollenda, Eileen Galindo and Jennifer Leigh Warren.
Jenny Sullivan (Director) directed Love Loss…for Geffen Playhouse and Rubicon Theatre. Recent: Off-Broadway four-month run of Wiesenthal. Laguna Playhouse: The Year of Magical Thinking; Steel Magnolias. Nominations: The Mystery of Irma Vep (5 Ovation Nominations including Best Direction); Wiesenthal (Ovation Nomination, Best Direction); Indy Awards - Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Hamlet; Dancing at Lughnasa; The Lion in Winter; The Clean House; Good People & Moon for the Misbegotten. Some favorites: The Dresser; Our Town; Tea at Five; Doubt; Trying; You Can’t Take It With You; One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest; Tuesdays with Morrie; Defying Gravity; Happy Days; Art; The Rainmaker; Little Foxes; Old Wicked Songs; Vagina Monologues and the World Premiere of Jane Anderson’s The Baby Dance. FILM: Access All Areas and The Next Best Thing (in which she had the good fortune to direct her father Barry). Jenny is most proud of the world premiere of her play J for J with Jeff Kober and the late great John Ritter.
Love, Loss, and What I Wore will open on Wednesday, May 20 and will run through Sunday, June 7 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road.
Performances are Wednesdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays & Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m.
Tickets range from $41 - $61 and can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). Group discounts are available by calling 949-497-2787 ext. 229.
The box office is open Mondays – Sundays: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (open until 7:30 p.m. on performance days).
Beach Volleyball Olympic Champion at Main Beach
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Photo by Mary Hurlbut
Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Misty May-Treanor (at the net) was on the court at Main Beach Thursday. Ford Motor Company hired her to do a clinic for some of Ford’s nationwide dealers. Kirk Morgan whipped together a few locals to assist May-Treanor who retired from the AVP after her daughter was born last year. She and playing partner Kerri Walsh Jennings are considered the greatest team ever.
Montage steps in again to host an end to childhood hunger
Story and Photos by DIANE ARMITAGE
Last Sunday, Montage Laguna Beach Chef Craig Strong welcomed seven renowned LA - based chefs to his home turf for an afternoon of fantastic food, drinks and fundraising for the Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation event.
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The setting was California’s “Riviera” at its finest on the lawn above the ocean
A national touring event, Taste of the Nation was devised several years ago as a culinary benefit to end childhood hunger. Nearly 50 cities are participating this year alone, but few can offer the dazzling backdrop of California’s “Riviera” here at the very edge of the Montage Laguna Beach property.
In yet another annual repeat performance, guests at Sunday’s Taste raised nearly $200,000 for the “No Kid Hungry” project, which provides millions of meals and nutritional support services to US - based children and their families struggling with hunger.
As Laguna’s locally grown band, The Kalama Brothers, crooned popular tunes, hundreds of guests roamed the grounds at the Studio restaurant, supping on gourmet small plates, sampling fine wines and top shelf cocktails, and bidding on silent and live auction items.
Their booth situated by the Studio’s own organic gardens, Chef Strong and Sous Chef Thomas Capretz proffered Grilled Octopus with Cauliflower Cacciatore, Amaranth and Piperade Sauce. Fellow chefs featured popular beef sliders, beef tartare, grilled scallops, inventive scoops of Ahi and more.
San Clemente’s Cellar restaurant offered a sprawling table of specialty cheeses and freshly baked treats (their house made lavender honey came awfully close to stealing the show). Not to be outdone, Montage Executive Pastry Chef Lee Smith commandeered the Studio’s entire front dining room with a variety of fluffy decadent desserts, each of which featured fresh strawberries.
Chef Craig Strong
“This is an event we absolutely love doing,” said Chef Strong. “And the guests who attend this event are so generous for this great cause.
“Childhood hunger is an issue near and dear to our hearts here at the Montage, and we participate at many levels because we’re committed to creating a better solution,” says Strong. “This event, though … this is something we all really look forward to and enjoy. A published writer and marketing agency owner for 30 years, Diane Armitage authors the popular blog, www.LagunaBeachBest.com and the newly revised book,
The Best of Laguna Beach: The Travelers’ and Residents’ Guide
Namesakes attended Mission Hospital dedication: the Sue and Bill Gross Emergency Dept. is state-of-the-art
Sue and Bill Gross visited Mission Hospital Laguna Beach last week to get their first glimpse at the transformation currently taking place at their namesake – the Sue and Bill Gross Emergency Department. Last fall, the Grosses donated $10 million to enhance and expand emergency services and invest in superior imaging technology.
“Sue has a passion for our Laguna Beach community and a special interest in health care, particularly programs that support emergency services,” shared Bill Gross at a private reception at Mission Hospital Laguna Beach. “We have been blessed with good fortune and we are delighted to share our resources with Mission Hospital Laguna Beach.”
Bill and Sue Gross
The Spirit of Giving of Sue and Bill Gross will allow Mission Hospital Laguna Beach to implement a comprehensive plan that includes new imaging technologies, expanded and enhanced facilities, and the provision of emergency support services to ensure sustainability for generations to come.
This gift will support the hospital’s mission to continually improve the health and quality of life of people in the communities Mission Hospital is so privileged to serve.
“The need for advanced imaging technology is critical in caring for emergency medicine patients,’’ says Dr. Michael Ritter, medical director of Emergency Services at Mission Hospital. ‘‘The Gross’s gift will allow Mission Hospital Laguna Beach to invest in imaging enhancements that will enrich patient comfort and convenience, promote optimal healing and augment the efficiency of treatment.”
Among the new pieces of technology are a state-of-the-art open magnet MRI, portable X- Ray machine and portable C-Arm. ‘‘Portable imaging allows us to bring technology directly to the bedside rather than moving patients to the technology when they are too fragile,’’ shares Dr. Ritter.
In addition to technology enhancements, the Emergency Department will be reconfigured to accommodate higher volumes of patients with varying degrees of illness and injury. Individual treatment areas will be created to increase the functional space via protective walls that maintain patient privacy.
“Nearly six years ago Mission Hospital made a significant investment in the Laguna Beach community when we purchased South Coast Medical Center,” shared Mission Hospital President and CEO Kenneth D. McFarland at the celebration. “We recognized the vital role that the hospital plays in the community and saw a precious jewel that needed a bit of polishing to reach its full potential.”
Serving an average of 12,000 patients per year, the Laguna Beach Emergency Department is critical to the safety and well-being of Laguna Beach residents. With 24/7 access, it is the only Emergency Department in close proximity to provide services for the people who live, work and vacation in our coastal communities.
Also in attendance at the event were City of Laguna Beach Mayor Pro Tem Steve Dicterow, City Manager John Pietig and Chief of Police Laura Farinella.
Dicterow thanked the Grosses for helping to ensure that the finest emergency care will be available to Laguna Beach residents and visitors when they need it.
“I am inspired and humbled by the philanthropic leadership and compassion of Sue and Bill Gross,” said Kenneth D. McFarland, president and chief executive officer of Mission Hospital. “Their incredibly generous gift will have an immediate and substantial impact on the delivery of exceptional health care in Laguna Beach and the surrounding communities.”
To learn more about the exceptional care and services at Mission Hospital Laguna Beach, please visit www.mission4health.com or call (949) 499-1311. To donate to Mission Hospital, visit www.mission4health.com/donate.
May is Better Speech & Hearing Month - Identify the Signs!
Learning to identify the signs of common speech and language disorders in adults and children between birth and age four can be an important stage in early detection of communication disorders.
Children: Signs of a Language Disorder
Does not smile or interact with others (birth and older)
Does not babble (4-7 months)
Makes only a few sounds or gestures, like pointing (7-12 months)
Does not understand what others say (7 months-2 years)
Says only a few words (12-18 months)
Words are not easily understood (18 months-2 years)
Does not put words together to make sentences (1.5-3 years)
Has trouble playing and talking with other children (2-3 years)
Has trouble with early reading and writing skills (2.5-3 years)
What Parents Can Do
Listen and respond to your child
Talk, read, and play with your child
Talk with your child in the language you are most comfortable using
Know it is good to teach your child to speak a second language
Talk about what you are doing and what your child is doing
Use a lot of different words with your child
Use longer sentences as your child gets older
Have your child play with other children
See a speech language pathologist for a speech, language screening or consultation
Children: Signs of a Voice Disorder
Uses a hoarse or breathy voice
Uses a nasal-sounding voice
What Parents Can Do
See a doctor if your child sounds hoarse or breathy or has a nasal-sounding voice
Tell your child not to shout or scream
Keep your child away from cigarette smoke
Children: Signs of Stuttering (Disfluency)
Struggles to say sounds or words (2.5-3 years)
Repeats first sounds of words—”b-b-b-ball” for “ball” (2.5-3 years)
Pauses a lot while talking (2.5-3 years)
Stretches sounds out—”f-f-f-f-farm” for “farm” (2.5-3 years)
What Parents Can Do
Give your child time to talk
Do not interrupt or stop your child while he or she is speaking
See an SLP if you are concerned (Many young children stutter for a short period of time. In most cases, the stuttering will stop.)
For more information, check www.asha.org - Identify the Signs Campaign.
If you have concerns regarding your child’s communication development, contact Laguna Beach Language & Speech Clinic for a free consult: Laguna Beach Language and Speech Clinic
Lynn Epstein, MS, SLP-CCC (949) 715-5845.
Blue Water concert presents The PawnShop kings Saturday
Blue Water Green Earth, the producers of the Blue Water Music Festival, are kicking off a monthly (every 4th Saturday) concert series designed to showcase Southern California’s most talented original artists.
These showcases will take place at Bridge Hall, located at 340 St. Ann’s Drive in Laguna Beach beginning Saturday, May 23 (Memorial Day Weekend) from 6 - 10 p.m.
This concert series was created to transport our area’s elite musical artists out of the bar atmosphere into a more intimate setting that allows the artist to engage with their audience.
The first featured artist is The PawnShop kings (www.pawnshopkings.com), from Sony Music / Essential Records.
Rolling Stone Magazine named PawnShop kings one of “10 New Artists You Need To Know.” Driven by formative, familial experiences on their Arkansas plantation, born in Texas, and raised on the beach in Southern California, PawnShop kings play the music of the American South with equal parts rock, gospel, country and pop. Their inspiration stems greatly from the melodic sensibility and purpose of the Staple Singers and Bob Marley atop the brilliant musical sounds and honesty of the Beatles. An early exposure to Southern black churches during their childhood fostered a deeper lyrical significance.
At LB Library in conjunction with LBUSD
Math Readiness Program parent workshop - how to build math skills with toddlers and preschoolers
Laguna Beach Public Library in collaboration with the LBUSD School Readiness program will be presenting a Storytime and Parent Ed Workshop for families on June 3rd at 10:30 a.m. This program is for caregivers with preschoolers or toddlers. The workshop will take place at 11 a.m. immediately following storytime.
Led by Julie Olsen of LBUSD, learn how to promote awareness and empower parents with easy to use ideas about everyday Math. You will learn how to recognize teachable moments in your daily routines and maximize opportunities to enhance numeracy skills. This program is free. Preregistration is required.
Must RSVP by Monday, June 1st.
‘Garden Fusions,’ an Experiential Dining Event: Artful Displays ~ From Gardens to Plates with Ruben Flores
Sherman Library & Gardens’ highly successful Garden Fusions dinner series will continue on Wednesday, May 27th at 6 p.m. with the theme: Artful Displays ~ From Garden to Plate. The evening will highlight the inaugural Sherman Library & Gardens’ sculpture exhibit “Metaling in the Garden” sponsored by Ruben Flores of Laguna Nursery.
During Hors d’Ouevres, Mr. Flores will discuss art in gardens and will share how to select and display outdoor art to reflect one’s own personality while adding color and drama.
Chef Pascal Olhats, culinary star of the evening, will employ textures, colors, aroma, architecture and balance during his tableside cooking demonstration ~ “Art You Can Eat”.
The hors d’oeuvres will be a cheese and fruit platter. The three course dinner includes an “Art” Beet Salad, Braid of Salmon and Halibut, steamed and served with sorrel vermouth sauce, and Roast Stuffed Free Range Chicken Hers Mousseline with Blanch and Brune Truffle Sauce. Dessert will be a mini Croque en Bouche.
Garden Fusions dinners will be held February thru October where Chef Pascal matches wine and epicurean delights and a horticulturist host shares knowledge relating to each evening’s theme. A signature drink is included during hors d’oeuvres. Other beverages, tip and tax not included.
The cost for Friends members is $55 per person; for non-members, $65 per person.
Call Café Jardin (949) 673-0033 for reservations. Limited to 50 guests.
Sherman Library & Gardens membership available on line www.slgardens.org or by calling the Gardens Office: (949) 673-2261
Council seeking applications for three members to serve on Housing and Human Services Committee
The City Council of the City of Laguna Beach is accepting applications to serve on the City’s Housing and Human Services Committee. The Committee consists of seven members who serve two-year terms. The terms of three members expire this June 30.
The Housing and Human Services Committee was created to provide input to the Council regarding affordable housing, as well as housing opportunities for all segments of the community. The Committee is familiar with the City’s Housing Element of the General Plan and annually reviews the progress of its policies and programs. Human services, including but not limited to, services for senior citizens and disabled community members, is also a focus of the Committee.
Residents of Laguna Beach who are interested in applying are required to submit an application that is available at the City Clerk’s office or on line at the City’s website, www.lagunabeachcity.net. The application must be filed with the City Clerk by Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 5 p.m.
All applicants will be interviewed by the City Council at their regular meeting of June 16, 2015 at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 505 Forest Avenue.
Blue whale watching dates announced by the Ocean Institute
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Blue whale watching season is coming to Southern California; join Ocean Institute scientists in the search for the world’s largest animal! The Ocean Institute will offer Blue Whale Watching Discovery Cruises which takes participants to the feeding grounds of the great blues. Recommended for ages 8 and up, under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Upcoming dates are June 20, 21, 27, 28, July 5, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, August 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30, September 5, 6, 20 & 27, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
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Institute marine biologists lead the cruises aboard the Sea Explorer, which makes use of equipment such as an acoustic array, plankton nets, video microscopes and a sediment sampler.
Cost is $35 for adults, $22 for children (age 4-12). For more information, call (949) 496-2274.
¡Bailamos! is a dance party, May 28, celebrating Laguna Dance Festival’s Cuban connections
“No embargo on fun at this high-spirited party saluting the art and culture of Cuba!”
The dance floor at [seven-degrees] will sizzle on Thursday, May 28 as Laguna Dance Festival celebrates its 11th anniversary with the Cuban-themed gala ¡Bailamos!
It will be a festive night of mojitos, food, and dance – including red-hot salsa performed by Oksana Dmytrenko Platero from Dancing with the Stars and her husband Jonathan Platero from So You Think You Can Dance.
Photo courtesy MSA Agency
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Jonathan and Oksana Platero, stars of TV dance shows, will perform a salsa number, then teach the guests salsa steps so they can join in
Gala guests need not simply watch – they can join the fun on the dance floor when Oksana and Jonathan teach a salsa class during the party.
Dancers from Los Angeles’ Jacob Jonas The Company will greet guests entering the party with their signature contemporary street-dance vibe. Inside, during the event, there will be dances performed by classical duo Jeremy Zapanta and Tess Lane, both of California Ballet Company, and Nikki and Ethan White, contemporary ballet dancers who finished as finalists on the CBS show Live to Dance.
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Ethan and Nikki White, who dazzled guests at last year’s gala, will perform again at the Laguna Dance Festival’s May 28 party
Musical entertainment will be by the Candi Sosa Quintet. Vocalist Candi Sosa, who grew up among the sugar fields of Central Cuba, was part of the covert Operation Pedro Pan in the early 1960s, which sent more than 14,000 Cuban unaccompanied minors to the United States in an effort by Cuban parents to protect their children from Marxist-Leninist indoctrination. She and her two siblings lived for several months in a Miami refugee camp, where she became the premier performer at weekly talent shows held to entertain the children. The three children lived in a foster home in Long Beach, and were reunited with their parents after three years. Candi settled in Southern California, where she has had a long, successful singing career.
For information and tickets ($200 each) please visit www.lagunadancefestival.org. Phone: 949-715-5578.
Coming up in September, two of the world’s hottest dance companies, Malpaso Dance Company from Havana, Cuba – hailed for its “pristine technique” by the New York Times – will give two performances, as will San Francisco’s Alonzo King LINES Ballet, during the Laguna Dance Festival September 10 –13. Tickets for all four onstage September performances will go on sale in June. The festival includes free performances during First Thursdays Art Walk and several master classes for intermediate and advanced dancers age 12 and older.
The Laguna Dance Festival, established in 2005 by former ballerina Jodie Gates, is regarded as one of Orange County’s major annual cultural events. It continues to be an important showcase for new and established dance companies and artists.
Police Beat Primer
Police Beat derives from information in the log maintained at the front counter by the Laguna Beach Police Department and required under CA Government Code Section 6254 (f). The press does not have access to written police reports.
Information in the police department log is deemed reliable and StuNewsLaguna is not responsible for mistakes made available as public record by the Laguna Beach Police Department.
Parents with children in school may contact 949-497-1615 to request that their names be omitted from Police Beat. The decision of StuNewsLaguna is final.
Any person arrested is innocent until found guilty in a court of law.
Abbreviations sometimes used in Police Beat
647f – Public Intoxication; DUI – Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; NFA – No fixed address; RP – Reporting/Responsible Party; UTL – Unable to locate
Police Beat 052215
Reef Point | Tuesday, May 19 | 11:58 p.m.
Aubree Marie McVeigh, 22, Garden Grove
Wednesday, May 20
Alta Laguna Extension | False Information to an Officer
12:01 a.m. Peter Norman Walker, 49, Texas, was arrested after first claiming he was another person – a faked name…Wilson Carl Norman.
Tuesday, May 19
High Drive | 400 Block | Burglary, vehicle
7:17 p.m. The RP said two bottles of rare Scotch, prescription glasses, gift cards and cash with a combined value of $2500 were taken from his locked vehicle overnight.
Crescent Bay Drive | 100 Block | Burglary
2:48 p.m. An unknown suspect(s) broke into a locked area in an underground lot and took deep cell batteries used in cell site transmissions. Loss: $6400.
Catalina Street | 1000 Block | Theft from a Vehicle
9:03 a.m. The RP found boxes on the ground that had been inside his unlocked Chevy Silverado. They had been removed overnight and tools valued at $800 were stolen.
Wave Street | 200 Block | Vandalism, vehicle
A window was smashed on a 2009 Kia SUV overnight.
Thalia Street | 200 Block | Violation of a Court Order
8:12 a.m. The RP reported that a person ordered by the court to remain at least 100 yards away from the RP had been near the RP’s office on two occasions.
Monday, May 18
Canyon Acres Drive | 200 Block | Trespassing
8:23 p.m. The RP came to the police station to report that neighboring kids “continually trespass” on her property. She said she had spoken to the parents – who were “not receptive.”
Chateau Way | 2800 Block | Attempted Burglary, residential
12:18 p.m. A razor blade was used to cut the outside screen on a bedroom window and bushes next to the area appeared to have been trodden down. No entry was made.
S. Coast Hwy | 1200 Block | Burglary, commercial
12:09 p.m. Documents and sundry paperwork were taken from an office while the business owner was out of town for a week.
Coast Hwy | 30900 Block | Warrant Arrest
10:37 a.m. Wade Franklin Hipp, 74, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a Harbor Court traffic warrant with $1500 bail.
Sunday, May 17
Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Drunk in Public
3:53 p.m. Wayne William Chancey, 43, no fixed address, was arrested for being drunk in public.