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By Jim de Boom | April 22, 2014
Each school year, the Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club underwrites Ben Franklin and his Museum on Wheels to visit several schools around Newport Beach. This creative educational outreach, a program of the International Printing Museum in Carson, makes history and learning come to life for students of all ages, according to John Hedlund, club project coordinator and former printer. Club members attend the presentations. The assembly programs last for just under two hours, starting with one hour at the mobile history exhibit outside, where the Printing Museum curator explores the world of books and printing from before Gutenberg to the time of Franklin.
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NEWS
April 22, 2014
Barbara's courageous battle with cancer came to an end at her home on Saturday, April 12, surrounded by her immediate family.  She was 66.   Barbara was born on July 27, 1947, in Pasadena, CA, to John Edward Arens, of Plainfield, NJ, and Ruth Colwell Hamilton, of Cranford, NJ.   She lived her early years in San Marino, CA and moved to Newport Beach in 1964.  She is a 1965 graduate of Desert Sun School, Idyllwild, CA.  She received her BA from United States Intn'l Univ. in San Diego, her JD from Western State Univ., and was admitted to the Bar 1992, Barbara was a member of Balboa Yacht Club for over 40 years and an avid Harbor 20 sailboat racer.
NEWS
By Jim Beauchamp and By Jim Beauchamp | April 22, 2014
On Friday, the Daily Pilot reported the death of a female cyclist on Adams Avenue in Huntington Beach ("Bicyclist dies after being struck by car " ). The accident occurred where Adams, a three-lane, 45-mph road, transitions from having a bike lane to no bike lane. On the same front page is a story about the Newport Bay Conservancy having concerns about the safety of Back Bay Drive and suggesting that runners and cyclists be banned from traveling south on the road. Such a ban would force cyclists to ride south on Jamboree Road, which has three lanes of heavy traffic, a 55-mph speed limit and no bike lane.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 22, 2014
Morningside Recovery this week dropped its fight against a court ruling that barred it from operating group homes for recovering addicts in Newport Beach. The decision closes the book on years of legal sparring over whether Morningside could operate the sober-living facilities in the city's residential neighborhoods. Morningside requested that an appeals court judge dismiss the case Monday, but the organization's attorney, Ron Talmo, declined to answer questions about the appeal or why it was dropped.
NEWS
April 19, 2014
The Boys & Girls Club of the Harbor Area recently raised more than $300,000 toward its operating budget, about three times more than the nonprofit's original goal. A large portion of the Costa Mesa-based group's annual It Just Takes One campaign came from Newport Beach philanthropist David Pyle, who donated $140,000. Pyle is the founder and CEO of American Career College. "It has been my personal mission to support community organizations like the Boys & Girls Club of the Harbor Area because of the important services they provide to our youth," Pyle said in a prepared statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | April 19, 2014
Dennis Baker is inclined to associate with winners. That's not to say he won't help an organization, initiative or individual get closer to victory. But, when that doesn't work, he has no misgivings about cutting loose or moving on. "My energy goes to where I see success," the Corona del Mar resident said. "I like being associated with things that work. I like to think that I'm part of why they work. " One such alliance is with the Newport Beach Film Festival. In 2001, Baker, then a member of the city's Arts Commission, attended an event where he met Leslie Feibleman, director of special programs and community cinema.
NEWS
April 19, 2014
Call it a Christmastime pun, an ode to wintertime life on the harbor: "Deck the hulls with bows of jolly. " That's the theme for the 106th annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, event officials said in a release Friday. The local person who crafted the words, however, wants to remain anonymous, officials said. The winner will receive a free VIP excursion on one of the leading boats during the parade, whose roughly 100 participants take a nearly 15-mile route around Newport Harbor.
SPORTS
April 18, 2014
Newport Harbor High senior Christina O'Beck has committed to the University of Michigan for women's water polo, she said Friday. O'Beck was the leading scorer this past winter for the Sailors. The team's primary center, she had 66 goals, helping Newport Harbor (23-8) advance to the CIF Southern Section Division 1 title match for the third straight year. O'Beck said she liked the Michigan campus when she went there for a tournament in seventh grade, as well as last year for the school's "Junior Day. " "I've always wanted to leave California and get out of this bubble of Newport Beach," O'Beck said.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 18, 2014
A man who fired a handgun 54 times at Fashion Island because it reportedly made him "feel better" was sentenced Friday to 12 years in state prison. Marcos Gurrola, 42, of Garden Grove pleaded guilty to 54 counts of shooting at an occupied building and two felony counts of aggravated assault. In December 2012, Gurrola drove to Newport Beach, pulled into Fashion Island's parking lot and began firing a .40-caliber Glock toward Macy's. No one was hit, but in the ensuing panic, a woman and her 4-year-old daughter were hurt while trying to run away, leading to the assault charges.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | April 18, 2014
The Battle of the Bay game is special in each sport, but in girls' lacrosse it's maybe just a bit more friendly. The Newport Wedge girls' lacrosse program was started eight years ago by Lauren Mulvaney and the Davin family. Players from both Corona del Mar and Newport Harbor high schools have started playing there in middle school, before moving on to high school. CdM Coach Aly Simons has coached both future Sea Kings and Sailors in the Wedge program. She and Newport Harbor Coach Matt Armstrong have a good working relationship.
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