Three people were injured when a smoldering ornamental plant filled the Island Hotel’s 11th floor with smoke early this morning, according to a news release.
The fire was first reported at 3:41 a.m. at the hotel at 690 Newport Center Drive, online police logs state. At 3:44 a.m., Newport Beach Fire Department units were dispatched, and the first alarm units to respond discovered smoke on the 11th floor.
“Firefighters and hotel staff quickly initiated evacuations of hotel occupants, while other firefighters searched for the source of the smoke,” a news release said. Because the building is a high rise, and the potential threat to occupants, the battalion chief on scene requested a second and third alarm.
Then crews found the source of smoke — an ornamental plan — and quickly extinguished the smoldering fire and began to remove smoke. The second and third alarms where then canceled, and evacuated guests were allowed to return to their rooms after smoke was cleared and elevators were working again.
Crews remained at the scene until 5:27 a.m., assisting to restore the building’s fire protection system, the release said.
“Three adults required medical attention as result of the evacuation,” the release said. “One patient was evaluated and treated at the scene by Newport Beach Firefighter/Paramedics. The two other patients were evaluated, treated and transported to a local hospital for further medical attention. No firefighters were injured during this incident.”
The fire caused about $5,000 in damage to the interior of the building. The cause remains under investigation.
Many Newport Beach city offices and facilities will remain closed for the holidays though Friday Jan. 1, according to the city’s website. All facilities will reopen Monday Jan. 4.
On Monday, the Corona del Mar library branch will be closed, but all other libraries will be open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. On Tuesday and Wednesday, libraries all will be open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., then on Thursday they will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and closed on Friday.
There will be no street sweeping on Thursday and Friday.
Trash collection will be on a regular schedule this week through Thursday, with no collection on Friday. Instead, residents with a regular Friday collection date will have trash picked up on Saturday.
Fire, police and park services will be in effect, and the OASIS Senior Center will have limited hours.
The first Orange County Natural History Lecture Series event of the new year will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday Jan. 6, according to an event invitation.
The event will feature Josh Weinik, who will speak about “Our Local Threatened Shorebird, the Western Snowy Plover,” the invitation states. The talk will focus on the basic ecology of the western snowy plover, and the “role that public beaches play in the persistence of this threatened species,” the invitation states.
Weinik works for the city of Newport Beach as a natural resources interpreter and also is a biologist for the OC Western Snowy Plover Beach Roost Survey for the Audubon Society. He earned a master’s degree in environmental studies from California State University in Fullerton, and his graduate work included habitat assessment of the western snowy plover habitat in Newport Beach.
The event will be held at Back Bay Science Center at 600 Shellmaker Road in Newport Beach. The gates will open at 6:30 p.m. and close at 7:15 p.m.
The event is free, but organizers request you reserve a space by emailing marine education at newportbeachca dot gov.
1. A man was jailed after a family argument led to a shooting in which no one was injured; read our story here.
2. Bicycles for Christmas? This group makes it happen; read our story here.
3. Police took a report of stolen packages in Corona del Mar; read our story here.
4. A drug arrest was made in Shore Cliffs; read our story here.
5. A sewage spill closed the beach near the BCYC; read our story here.
The National Weather Service today issued a High Wind Warning, stating that areas of strong gusty north to northeast winds should be expected through 3 a.m. Sunday.
Winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 65 mph can be expected, with the strongest and most widespread winds expected into this evening.
The agency’s website also states that there’s a 10 percent chance of showers on Sunday night and a 20 percent chance of showers before 10 a.m. Monday.
By Susan Hoffman, special to Corona del Mar Today
“Anyone here have an interest in OASIS having speed dating or if you know of anybody interested, please raise your hand,” asked OASIS Health and Wellness Supervisor Leslie Hardy following the recent screening of the documentary film “Age Of Love” at the OASIS Senior Center.
This may be a bit of an eye-opener, but there are some singles well into their golden years who still go on dates. Just because a person has gray hair and wrinkles doesn’t mean that their desires are gone, which was the point of the film.
“Age Of Love” follows 30 seniors from Rochester, N.Y. who sign up for a first-of-its-kind speed dating event exclusively for 70- to 90-year-olds.
The film helps to raise awareness about what it’s like to grow older without a partner by pursuing intimate confessions from the speed daters. The knowledge that was gained as a result of the in depth interviews helped shed a light on the stigma attached to age-related physical appearance that seniors face when they set out to look for new beginnings.
The people interviewed were comprised from a medley of assorted backgrounds and diverse personalities, sometimes comical, sometimes touching.
For instance it was funny when Lou, the 75-year-old bodybuilder, flexed his muscles and talked about weightlifting competitions but grew serious when he described his feelings about not giving up on life.
“I think you miss something if you don’t have love in your life,” he said. “It gives you a new lease on life to have someone by your side.”
The audience roared when Donna poured her beer into her “Grandma” mug and settled down in front of the computer to surf online dating sites.
“It’s fun to turn on the computer and see that I’ve got mail from eight different guys,” she said. “I’m not looking for some hot sexy guy. All I want in life is for someone to love whose going to love me back. Like when I’m doing the dishes, I want a guy to nuzzle my neck and give me a hug.”
Linda, who was self conscious about her appearance, worried about the wrinkles on her face and neck and her flabby arms.
“I’m disappointed others can’t see the person inside,” she said. “I don’t feel 70 inside. The years have gone by, love is still out there. I just have to keep my eyes open and see what happens. My dream is to find my soul mate, someone to share with.”
The speed-dating event was held at a local restaurant. The daters wore name tags and sat across from one another at numbered tables where they had a brief interaction until the bell timer rang after 5 minutes signaling them to move to the next table.
Addie, an adventurous attractive blonde, was on a mission to find a man who could keep up with her. Most of the prospective matches just gaped at her when she said that for fun she jumped out of a plane, traveled to exotic places and worked out five days a week at the gym.
“It’s lonely, losing the love of your life,” she said. :I wanted to be physical with someone…I’m still alive and want to be needed, to be part of the world, people get into a persona of being old. For me, no marriage, no sleepovers, or live ins. I’ll never grow old, as long as I’m out there on the dance floor, having fun.”
Matt, dependent on oxygen, had been alone for five years but felt virile. He talked about his perfect date watching the sunset. At 79, he said he felt like he was still 63 or 64.
“I can’t breathe, can’t hear, but my attitude hasn’t changed,” he said. “It doesn’t have to be a 24-year-old model. I’ve dated women older and some good lookin’.”
The common thread was that they all wanted to experience love, and excitement.
As for the response from the OASIS audience…judging by the show of hands, there was definitely an interest in a speed dating adventure, with the stipulation of lowering the age to 55.
“By screening the ‘Age of Love,’ we were able to engage our seniors in a discussion about companionship and love in turn sparking a conversation about future programming ideas at the OASIS,” said OASIS Recreation Supervisor Jennifer Sisoev. “The screening’s attendance of 100-plus proves that the desire for love never fades.”
1. Crystal Cove State Park will host a guided Tidepool walk at 2 p.m. Saturday that meets at Pelican Point lot number 2. There also will be a Family Hike that meets at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Berns Amphitheater, which is located inland at the School-State Park entrance. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday there will be a Beachside Chat that meets in the Education Commons in the Historic District. And there will be another Tidepool walk that meets at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, also at Pelican Point parking lot number 2.
2. Recycled Rags’ monthly parking lot party will take place 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 customers who arrive before the 9 a.m. opening will have a chance to win a $100 gift certificate. Recycled Rags is located at 2731 East Coast Highway. For more information call (949) 675-5553.
3. The Corona del Mar Farmers Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Bayside Drive and Marguerite Avenue.
4. Go to the beach.
5. It’s the season for sales…if you can face the crowds.