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Community & Clubs: Pastor Short retires

August 03, 2010|By Jim de Boom

On July 24, my wife, Barbara, and I had the honor to attend the retirement dinner for Dennis Short, the pastor at Harbor Christian Church in Newport Beach for the past 15 years, who was retiring from the active Disciples of Christ of ministry after 41 years of dedicated service. It was a full house of church members, leaders from other faith communities, family and friends for dinner in Harbor Christian Searcey Hall. In fact, additional tables were set up outside to handle the overflow crowd who came to pay tribute to Short.

After dinner, a number of people talked about his life,including his high school coach, colleagues from Chapman University, leaders of the Interfaith Peace Ministry of Orange County, Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council, Planned Parenthood, and past and current regional ministers for the Pacific South West Region. What a wonderful job Nan Collett, Jeanne Funnell, Elaine Quick, Sandy Everett, Brian Barr, Dave Everett and Jack Golden did in organizing an outstanding event to honor Short.

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After the dinner, Barbara wanted to see if the new Arches restaurant was open. We found the Arches on the corner of Dover and Westcliff, and greeting us at the front entrance was none other than owner Dan Marcheano. The Arches is beautifully decorated with Marine Happy Hour is from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The dinner menu is extensive and prices are reasonable. Good food and great service in the Arches tradition.

On Sunday morning, we left out of Newport on the Catalina Flyer for a week's vacation in Avalon. On the way, Capt. Steve Forbath slowed the boat down so all could enjoy the dozens of dolphins swimming in the boat's wake. On Catalina we found that the Pavilion Lodge has been redone and renamed the Pavilion Hotel. During the winter months it underwent extensive remodeling, adding suites, a walk front lounge and wine bar. The Island Co. brought in an experienced hotel general manager in Lubos Pech. The Avalon Grille is a new fine dining restaurant that imported all of its staff from the mainland. Great steaks, fish and burgers. I tried the lobster burger, and it was delicious!

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