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By Jacquelyn Rumfola | May 29, 2008
With summer nearly here, many Orange County rescue workers gathered Thursday in Fullerton to prep parents on water safety. The Costa Mesa and Newport Beach firefighters and lifeguards at the training session talked about the various barriers like gates, netting and door alarms that could be used to keep unsupervised kids away from the water. But there’s no substitute, they said, for a parent’s watchful eye. “We really emphasize the ABC rules,” said Jennifer Schulz, spokeswoman for Newport Beach fire department.
LOCAL
By Kelly Strodl | September 14, 2007
With so many people visiting the Orange County coast throughout the summer, lifeguards and safety crews were kept busy assisting stranded or exhausted swimmers caught in the surf. But people who drown don’t always meet their peril at the beach. According to the Orange County Fire Authority, 350 people in the United States drowned in bathtubs last year. Last month a Costa Mesa teenager drowned while swimming with a relative in a community pool. The Swim For Life Foundation tries to prevent as many drownings as possible.
FEATURES
By Kelly Strodl | September 7, 2007
It’s easy to take the ocean for granted living in the Newport-Mesa area, where the smell and sound of the sea floats in with the breeze. But not for a group of about 20 children who call the Costa Mesa Motor Inn on Harbor Boulevard home. The children live month-to-month, crammed into one room with their family, and the only body of water they see usually is in the over-chlorinated pool outside their temporary home. Some of the area’s more-privileged residents have banded together to give these kids a nautical experience they won’t soon forget.
NEWS
August 23, 1999
Stacy Brown NEWPORT BEACH -- Tonight, the City Council will make a decision on just how sweet the water should be. The council will consider whether to support a proposed ground water replenishment system. Two Orange County agencies -- the Orange County Water District and the Orange County Sanitation District -- plan to build a pipeline and treatment facilities if the concept is publicly supported and receives approval from federal, state and local authorities.
LOCAL
By Kelly Strodl | September 18, 2006
When UC Irvine freshman Lyndsay DePaul got out of the water Sunday she looked like she had just won a race. But there was no finish line and no competition. It was more important than that. She was participating in the fourth annual "Swim for Life" at Corona del Mar's main beach. Lyndsay, 17, and her swimming buddy for the day, Kim Marks, 14, were the first to complete the water-safety event. Their prizes were a brisk swim and helping to raise awareness for water safety, especially among children.
NEWS
By Brittany Woolsey | October 13, 2012
Instead of walking with Newport Beach residents, Mayor Nancy Gardner decided to share her love of paddling with them by taking a paddling trip around the city's waters Saturday morning. "So much of what we talk about on the walks and what we do involves the harbor," she said. "And, yet, it never seems like we really celebrate it in a casual way. " Gardner, who has been paddling for a little over a year, was joined by about 20 Newport Beach residents on the 3.75 mile-long trip that included China Cove Beach, Bayside Beach and Little Balboa Island.
NEWS
May 25, 2002
The Southern California Beach Safety Challenge, aimed at promoting water safety awareness, will visit Newport Beach on Monday. The Challenge, organized by the California State Lifeguard Assn., coincides with National Beach Safety Week. The event that began in Imperial Beach, south of San Diego, on Monday will finish at Huntington State Beach this Monday. The event is a grueling one in which lifeguards and water safety professionals run, swim and paddle from the Mexican border to Huntington State Beach.
NEWS
By: Natalie Venegas | August 5, 2005
For parents interested in providing exploration in water sports and safety for children, the Newport Aquatic Center in Newport Beach is a dream come true. The NAC is in the seventh of 11 one-week sessions of a kids paddle camp, which introduces children to canoeing, kayaking and rowing. "Kids love to be in the water," said executive director and builder of NAC, Billy Whitford. "We're here so they can have fun, but really we're teaching them critical water safety."
NEWS
April 29, 2005
Lindsay Sandham Opening day -- almost every yacht club observes it. It's the first official day of sailing season. And even in Southern California, where sailing season is year-round, the long-standing tradition remains. But it's a little different for the Newport Sea Base -- more of a community facility than a yacht club -- which is holding its opening day ceremony this Saturday. Marking its one-year anniversary since reopening last April, the Sea Base has a lot to celebrate.
NEWS
By: Lauren Vane | July 29, 2005
A strong breeze gave temporary relief from the noontime heat for children crowded on a Newport Harbor dock Wednesday, as they waited for a red Harbor Patrol firefighting boat. It was a perfect day for sailing and for these children, a welcome break from the scenery of a motel on Harbor Boulevard, where many of the children and their families are full-time residents. A day of boating and water safety education for these children is the result of a pilot program started by the Balboa Yacht Club, in partnership with the Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol and Mariner's Church in Irvine.
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By Brittany Woolsey | October 13, 2012
Instead of walking with Newport Beach residents, Mayor Nancy Gardner decided to share her love of paddling with them by taking a paddling trip around the city's waters Saturday morning. "So much of what we talk about on the walks and what we do involves the harbor," she said. "And, yet, it never seems like we really celebrate it in a casual way. " Gardner, who has been paddling for a little over a year, was joined by about 20 Newport Beach residents on the 3.75 mile-long trip that included China Cove Beach, Bayside Beach and Little Balboa Island.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2011
SUNDAY Cut-A-Thon The Images Salon, 2515 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, will hold its 10th annual Cut-A-Thon from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All of the proceeds go to CHILDHELP group homes in Orange County, an organization fighting child abuse. Ocean Swim The Swim for Life Foundation holds its ninth annual ocean swim at 10 a.m. at Corona del Mar's main beach to promote water safety. Olympians Janet Evans, Jason Lezak and others are expected to come out to show their support for the 1-mile swim.
NEWS
By Mitch White | May 31, 2011
In an attempt to clear up her comments, Councilwoman Leslie Daigle managed to clear up only one thing (Community Commentary: Official clears up lifeguard services comments," April 22): She does not have any idea what the permanent lifeguards do for the city of Newport Beach. She suggests they are only needed for water safety, and described the beach as having three distinct regions — the water, the beach (sand) and the boardwalk. I have lived in the Newport area my whole life and have worked as a lifeguard for more than 35 years, and the beach is considered everything from the homes and businesses out into the ocean.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | September 18, 2010
IRVINE — The U.S. Navy did not detect toxins beneath the former El Toro Marine Base's runways and progress is steadily being made on a plume of contamination beneath other sections of the former base, residents were told at last week's City Council meeting. The Navy plans to reevaluate its findings every five years, and if traces of trichloroethylene (TCE), a chemical solvent used on the base in the 1970s, are detected in new areas, the Navy will continue to clean it up, said Jim Callian, Navy Base Realignment and Closure environmental coordinator for El Toro.
LOCAL
By Kristin Scheithauer | September 21, 2009
  Four hundred Southern California spectators flocked to Corona del Mar’s main beach on September 20 as approximately 250 swimmers between the ages of 6 and 75, residing as far away as Brixham, England; Phoenix, AZ; Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo, and San Marcos, CA, took to the waves during the Swim for Life Foundation’s annual ocean swim to raise awareness of water safety measures. Three-time Olympian Janet Evans was among the first to congratulate each swimmer as they exited the waves.
LOCAL
By Jacquelyn Rumfola | May 29, 2008
With summer nearly here, many Orange County rescue workers gathered Thursday in Fullerton to prep parents on water safety. The Costa Mesa and Newport Beach firefighters and lifeguards at the training session talked about the various barriers like gates, netting and door alarms that could be used to keep unsupervised kids away from the water. But there’s no substitute, they said, for a parent’s watchful eye. “We really emphasize the ABC rules,” said Jennifer Schulz, spokeswoman for Newport Beach fire department.
LOCAL
By Kelly Strodl | September 14, 2007
With so many people visiting the Orange County coast throughout the summer, lifeguards and safety crews were kept busy assisting stranded or exhausted swimmers caught in the surf. But people who drown don’t always meet their peril at the beach. According to the Orange County Fire Authority, 350 people in the United States drowned in bathtubs last year. Last month a Costa Mesa teenager drowned while swimming with a relative in a community pool. The Swim For Life Foundation tries to prevent as many drownings as possible.
FEATURES
By Kelly Strodl | September 7, 2007
It’s easy to take the ocean for granted living in the Newport-Mesa area, where the smell and sound of the sea floats in with the breeze. But not for a group of about 20 children who call the Costa Mesa Motor Inn on Harbor Boulevard home. The children live month-to-month, crammed into one room with their family, and the only body of water they see usually is in the over-chlorinated pool outside their temporary home. Some of the area’s more-privileged residents have banded together to give these kids a nautical experience they won’t soon forget.
LOCAL
By Kelly Strodl | September 18, 2006
When UC Irvine freshman Lyndsay DePaul got out of the water Sunday she looked like she had just won a race. But there was no finish line and no competition. It was more important than that. She was participating in the fourth annual "Swim for Life" at Corona del Mar's main beach. Lyndsay, 17, and her swimming buddy for the day, Kim Marks, 14, were the first to complete the water-safety event. Their prizes were a brisk swim and helping to raise awareness for water safety, especially among children.
FEATURES
By Lauren Vane | June 20, 2006
You've heard it a million times: Don't dive headfirst into the water, shuffle your feet so you don't get stung by a stingray and watch young children at the pool. But in Newport-Mesa, where there are hundreds of pools and miles of open coastline, public safety officials remind everyone that when it comes to water safety, it's wise to heed the advice. The most common danger at the beach is the rip current, which can be strong ? and unexpected. Depending on wave conditions, rip currents form around piers and rock jetties.
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