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Corona del Mar Today: Five Crowns' marketing manager to retire

January 28, 2012|By Amy Senk

Brask said she had not considered retirement, even when her husband retired in February 2011 after 26 years.

Chef Brask had no special plans for retirement and has been busier than ever, she said.

"He feeds the homeless, he goes to the food bank, he prospects for gold in the mountains with his friends," she said.

As she watched her husband enjoy retirement, she said she began to give her own some serious thought. Finally she submitted her resignation letter in July, making plans to take several vacations to Arizona, New York and Lake Tahoe.


"It wasn't an easy decision," she said. "But at some point in your life, you have to relax. I have had a wonderful home here, but I'm ready. It's just time."


CdM car show faces crosstown rival

The Coastline Classic Car Show fills Big Corona State Beach's parking lot each September with hundreds of vintage cars and thousands of enthusiasts.

But a new car show that would benefit Newport Elementary School on the peninsula is being planned for the same month, causing concerns among two City Council members and CdM Chamber organizers.

"I'd just like to go on record that I don't think that's a very good idea for that second car show to be held close in time to the Corona del Mar show that's been going on for a long time, has achieved real critical mass and success," Councilman Mike Henn said in a study session Tuesday at City Hall. "I'm not against Newport El having a car show, that's for sure, but I don't think we want it in such close competition with Corona del Mar."

Councilman Ed Selich said he agreed.

Recreation and Senior Services Director Laura Detweiler said that the Newport Elementary School Foundation organizers were working on a special event permit application, and that she would pass along the council's concerns.

Matt Wiley, a Newport Elementary School parent who is organizing the car show, said he had no concerns that the two shows would be in conflict.

"There are three car shows every weekend," he said. "There are tons. I've been told it kind of doesn't matter. These people will come out. There's no conflict."

But Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce President Linda Leonhard, who organizes the Coastline Classic, said the shows should be at least six months apart to avoid conflicts with sponsorships and car collectors.

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