October 26, 2006
Newport Beach's junior lifeguard program will return to one eight-week course with limited enrollment in 2007, after this summer's trial of two shorter programs was determined to be less than ideal. It was far from a flop — the program's soaring enrollment is why city officials decided to split it into two four-week sessions. But many of this year's participants and more than 90% of the instructors said the shorter program just wasn't the same. The junior lifeguard program, run by the Newport Beach Fire Department, teaches ocean and water safety to children from 9 to 15. Lifeguard officials had capped the program at 1,200 kids for safety reasons.
November 27, 2000
Alex Coolman NEWPORT BEACH -- Across the barren waste of sand, a truck crawls like an insect, and inside is John Moore. For miles and miles, Moore has been on patrol. A lifeguard specialist for Newport Beach, he is charged with protecting the lives of beachgoers. In summer, it's a heavy responsibility. The sand teems with Coppertone-slathered tourists, boogie board-wielding 5-year-olds and wading grandmothers. In winter, it's a different story.
February 27, 2002
One of Orange County's largest general contracting firms hired Randy Meier as preconstruction director. Meier joins McCarthy Building Cos. Inc., with offices in Newport Beach, having 24 years of experience in the construction industry. He has owned his own construction company and was recently the project manager for the CBS Studio Center parking structure that won the 1998 Excellence in Concrete award from the American Concrete Institute. The Encinitas resident will be responsible for estimating, preconstruction, design/build management and procurement of parking structure projects.
June 22, 2007
It seems that pool lifeguards never get the same respect as their counterparts watching the turbulent ocean waters. But a program for teens offered by the City of Newport Beach's Recreation and Senior Services Department could change that. Not only will youths get trained in First Aid, CPR and the basics of aquatic rescues, they will get a course in professionalism. In addition to the lifesaving techniques involved in water safety, instructors will cover job search skills that can prove valuable in obtaining work.
August 24, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Students in the Newport Aquatic Center Kids' Paddle Camp took to the water last week, island-style. The 8- to 12-year-olds learned to paddle kayaks and sleek outrigger canoes that are popular on the Hawaiian Islands. And though Newport Harbor doesn't have the lush, tropical scenery of Kauai or Maui, the paddlers had plenty of places to visit. During the five-day camp, which offers sessions all summer long, students get to paddle the outrigger or kayaks around Newport Harbor for fun in the sun. "We get to paddle to different places and do stuff at the beaches," 8-year-old Allex Walters said.
August 17, 2004
Jeff Benson For some children, summer camp means roughing it in some mountainous hole in the wall, repelling mosquitoes, counting pine cones, sniffing dirty socks and making papier-mache hats. In sunny Newport Beach, camp has gotten a lot cooler -- or is it "sicker" -- as dozens of kids learn to surf next to the Newport Pier. In the city-sponsored beginning and intermediate camp, surfing instructor Scott Morlan believes he can transform anyone 7 and up into a "gnarly" board rider in only 7 1/2 hours.
July 6, 2004
Simon Brown Though summer is upon them, school is still in session for kids at the Balboa Beach Camp at 18th Street in Newport Beach. Four days a week for the next 10 weeks, about 30 kids ranging in age from first- through sixth-grade will learn the finer points of beach and water safety, as well as simply having fun in the ocean. "They learn to clean up their trash and respect the beach and ocean around them," said Jenny Moeller, 22, a camp counselor.
August 29, 2006
Mail CALENDAR items to Daily Pilot Calendar, 1375 Sunflower Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. SUNDAYS NIKE GET FIT GIRL Take part in a guided 3-mile walk or run. Men, women, children, walkers and runners are all welcome. Warm-up and stretching starts at 9 a.m.; the run and walk begins after that. The Nike store will provide water, snacks and a workout journal, and hold a monthly raffle.
November 8, 2001
June Casagrande BALBOA ISLAND -- Responding to residents' complaints that the scores of ducks flocking around one Grand Canal home have created a smelly nuisance, city officials have drafted a law to restrict feeding and breeding waterfowl in the city. "I've had probably 20 complaints about the duck issue on Grand Canal. It's a problem that's been ongoing for years," said City Councilman Steven Bromberg, whose district includes Balboa Island. At Bromberg's request, city staff have written a preliminary ordinance to prohibit all but "de minimus" feeding of ducks.