Car Pulled to Safety After Teetering Off Balboa Island Ferry

posted: June 29th, 2015 08:27 am | 0No Comments

FerryA black car on the Balboa Island Ferry was left hanging off the end mid-channel early Sunday evening, but rescue crews were able to secure the car.

The incident was reported at 6:17 p.m. Sunday, when Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Harbor Patrol dispatchers received a call about a vehicle hanging off the ferry mid-channel, online blotter reports state. The vehicle was teetering with one person inside, the blotter states. Rescue crews managed to pull the vehicle off the edge and secure it to another vehicle, and the ferry took it safely back to dock.

The Toyota Prius had gone through the front barrier of the ferry, said Sgt. DJ Haldeman of the Harbor Patrol.

“The front tires had gone over the edge of the ferry and was at risk of falling into the channel,” he said. “The occupant was able to exit the vehicle safely.Sheriff’s Harbor Patrol deputies were able to secure the vehicle using a chain until the ferry could be brought back into the slip safely.”

A tow truck was able to get the Prius back on the ferry, and there were no injuries, Haldeman said.

“The cause is unknown as to the reason why the vehicle went through the barrier,” he said.

Sgt. DJ Haldeman
In January 2012, five people were rescued after a collision on the ferry sent a car plunging into the harbor; read our story here.

Photo courtesy of Tracy Gillard Wood.

New Haberdashery to Open in CdM

posted: June 29th, 2015 07:24 am | 0No Comments

IMG_5758A new menswear store called Heron Haberdashery will open this summer at 2700 East Coast Highway.

Owner Nathan D. Rosenbaum said the shop would be the first of five he hopes to open by 2018. The shop could open the first week in August, he said.

“We are an upscale, casual men’s apparel line,” Rosenbaum said. “It’s kind of skewed toward a resort casual. You could go to a high-end resort wearing our clothes, and you could go from the pool to the restaurant to the bar — everywhere.”

The Heron Haberdashery line includes linen and cotton sports shirts, cashmere sweaters and casual footwear, but the shop also will sell bottoms including denim, and belts. Products are made in Italy, he said, except swimwear that is made in Portugal.

“It’s a full-on outfitter for the Southern California lifestyle,” he said. The prices will be below the highest-end luxury lines, he said, but still high-end, with sports shirts costing about $300 to $350.

Rosenbaum said he and his father design the items i the Heron line, and that the line was available online two months ago.

The building currently is painted red, but Heron Haberdashery will have a marine blue facade by the time it opens, Rosenbaum said.

The East Coast Highway location, he said, was attractive because of drive-by and foot traffic and the local clientele.

“We certainly love the community,” he said. “Nothing says Southern California luxury quite like Corona del Mar.”

CdM Today Poll of the Week

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July 4 Holiday Closures

posted: June 28th, 2015 01:27 pm | 0No Comments

City Hall will be closed Friday because of the July 4 holiday, the city’s website states.

There also will be no street sweeping in Newport Beach on Friday, the city’s website states. Trash collection will be unaffected this year by the holiday, which falls on Saturday.

All library branches will be closed on Saturday July 4.

Residents Turn in Nearly 100 Worn Flags in New Bin’s First Two Weeks

posted: June 28th, 2015 04:43 am | 0No Comments

In just more than two weeks, Newport Beach Fire Department employees have collected nearly 100 worn American flags in a newly installed bin at the Central Library.

A city library employee suggested the worn-flag collection bin, and the bright red “Worn Flag Deposit” bin was unveiled on June 10 at the Central Library next to the book and video return area. Fire department staff will collect the worn flags weekly, then deliver them to the Newport Harbor American Legion, where members will dispose of the flags with proper etiquette and ceremony.

By Saturday, 93 flags had been collected, said Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Kitch.

“I have emptied it twice, once per week, and both times the Bin has been very full,” Kitch said. “Clearly there is a demand in the community for resources such as this, and we are pleased to be able to lend a hand.”

Traditionally, U.S. flags are disposed of by burning them with silent reflection or a flag salute, then the ashes are buried.

Read our earlier story about the bin here.

CdM Today’s Top Stories This Week

posted: June 27th, 2015 01:14 pm | 0No Comments

1. A 17-year-old Newport Coast resident was killed in a crash at Jamboree Road and Bristol Street this week; read our story here.

2. Construction is underway at the Corona del Mar High School pool lot to install solar panels; read our story here.

3. City officials unveiled a new plaque at the Goldenrod Footbridge this week, officially designating the 1928 bridge as an historic site; read our story here.

4. The Newport Beach City Council has approved 10 new sculptures that will be added this summer in the Civic Center Park, but not without some residents’ complaints and a switch to an alternate choice when one of the original proposals was deemed not family-friendly; read our story here.

5. Corona del Mar could be getting new news racks to replaced worn out racks after the City Council considers an ordinance to pave the way at a meeting later this summer; read our story here.

Rain in CdM; Forecast Predicts Sprinkles Through 11 P.M.

posted: June 27th, 2015 12:39 pm | 0No Comments

It’s raining in Corona del Mar — a light sprinkle with a chance of more through 11 p.m. tonight.

The National Weather Service website says today should be partly sunny with a chance of sprinkles and a high temperature of 77 degrees.

Sunday morning should see patchy fog until 11 a.m. with a high temperature of 75 degrees. The forecast through Friday is similar, with patchy fog in the morning and high temperatures from 72 to 76 degrees.

SCAPE Gallery Announces Summer Exhibition, Reception

posted: June 27th, 2015 04:34 am | 0No Comments

The SCAPE art gallery at 2859 East Coast Highway will host a summer exhibition called Currents, which will run from July 8 through Aug. 15.

An exhibition reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday July 9, an event invitation states.

The exhibition will be a “rotating summer group show presenting a selection of artworks that vary in composition and material but connect by way of their subtle reference to movement, and artistic reverence for water,” the invitation states.

For more information, call (949) 723-3406.

CdM This Weekend: Five Great Things For Your To-Do List

posted: June 26th, 2015 02:20 pm | 0No Comments

1. Sherman Library and Gardens will host a free garden tour from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday. John Bishop, Sherman Gardens’ horticulturist, will lead the private tour. Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 East Coast Highway.

2. Roger’s Gardens will host a Rare Plant Show from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. To enter, bring a rare, unusual or bizarre plant between 9 and 11 a.m. Saturday, when staff will be available to help you. Only amateurs may compete, and the show is an amateur show that doesn’t conform to rules of officially judged flower and plant shows; click here to see a complete list of rules. Winners will be awarded ribbons and gift certificates at about noon Saturday, and you don’t need to be present to win. Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road.

3. Crystal Cove State Park will host a free, guided sunset hike that meets at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Berns Amphitheater, which is inland at the School-State Park entrance.

4. Recycled Rags will host its monthly parking lot party from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, featuring refreshments throughout the day as well as discounted items on racks in the back lot. The first 25 customers will receive a coupon for $5 off any purchase of $25 or more to be used the day of the sale, and there will be a chance to win a $100 gift certificate. Recycled Rags is located at 2731 East Coast Highway. For more information call (949) 675-5553.

5. The 37th annual A Taste of Greece festival will be held this weekend at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church in Irvine, featuring food, wine, music, a Greek coffeehouse, dancing and lessons and boutique booths reminiscent of Plaka, a historical neighborhood in Athens. The festival is open from 5 to 10 p.m. tonight, from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday at the church at 4949 Alton Parkway, between Culver Drive and Jeffrey Road. The festival also will feature games and a full-scale carnival. Admission is $3 per person, and children under 10 are admitted free with an adult. Free parking also will be available with free shuttle buses. For more information, click here.

Goldenrod Bridge Historical Plaque Unveiled in Thursday Ceremony

posted: June 26th, 2015 12:27 pm | 0No Comments

IMG_5790A plaque marking the Goldenrod Footbridge as local historic structure was unveiled officially at a short ceremony Thursday afternoon.

Mayor Ed Selich spoke about the bridge, which was approved, planned and built in 1928 in just seven months.

“We couldn’t even get it on an agenda in that time today,” he said. “It’s amazing.”

In 1928, he said, there were 2,000 people living in Corona del Mar when the bridge was proposed to to link 300 and 400 blocks of Goldenrod Avenue over Bayside Drive, which was then called Pacific Gulch.

The historic status of the Footbridge came up last year, when Corona del Mar architect Ron Yeo noticed the bridge had no plaque designating it as an official historic landmark. There’s a sign on the bridge that describes its history (including how it was built for $10,884), but it does not indicate any historical designation. So Yeo began pushing for historic status for the bridge; read our story here.

The City Council asked staff to research historic status for the bridge, and the Parks Commissions in September unanimously approved that status, with the City Council approving it in October.

The 6-foot wide footbridge is 243 feet long and is known for its pink geraniums in planters along the length of the structure.

“I just liked driving under the bridge,” Selich said. “It was such a cool thing to look up and see the flowers hanging down.”

The Newport Beach Historical Society donated the plaque, which cost about $400 and is on the First Avenue side of the bridge. The plaque was unofficially unveiled in time for the Corona del Mar Scenic 5K runners, whose race course took them over the bridge.