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City and Business Calendar Monday, September 6

Wednesday, September 8

City Hall Offices Closed In observance of Labor Day, Dana Point City Hall offices will be closed. 33282 Golden Lantern, 949-248-3501, www.

School Starts in CUSD The 2010/2011 school year begins for all public schools in the Capistrano Unified School District. www.capousd.

Labor Day Concert 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. The city of Dana Point presents a Labor Day concert featuring the Tijuana Dogs and the Dave Silver Band. Admission is free. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Lantern Bay Park, 25111 Park Lantern Road, 949.248.3530,

Thursday, September 9 – Sunday, September 12

24399 Dana Drive. For more information, visit

Friday, September 10 Sunday, September 12 Toshiba Tall Ships Festival Explore the majesty and wonder of real, working tall ships through living-history reenactments, including exciting “cannon battle” cruises aboard the ships and interactions with “pirates” land side. Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive. For more information and ticket prices, visit www.tallshipsfestival. com.

Richard Henry Dana Charity Regatta The annual event, presented by the Dana Point Yacht Club runs through September 12. Proceeds benefit the Ocean Institute. Dana Point Harbor,

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…Craig Brandmeier Passes Away?

THE LATEST: Craig Brandmeier, son of Judy and Brad Brandmeier, long time Dana Point residents and owners of Beacon Printing, passed away on August 28 following a twoyear battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia—a type of blood cancer. Craig was diagnosed with the disease in November of 2008. After a nearly year-long battle and relapse Craig underwent a bone marrow transplant from his brother Rick (a partial match donor) in September of 2009 and then fought another relapse in March of this year. Throughout Craig’s fight, he unselfishly broadcast the story of his daily struggle on the web at, posted updates on his website, and was featured on an episode of the MTV show, “True Life.” Craig fought bravely, kept his sense of humor and always lived up to his self-proclaimed personal motto—Relentless. His open willingness to share his story illuminated the dire need for bone marrow transplants for the treatment of leukemia and other diseases and inspired many people to joint the “Be the Match, National Marrow Donor Program registry.” The Brandmeier family would like to express their thanks to the community of Dana Point for rallying around Craig, offering both emotional and monetary support at events held in his honor by local groups such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9934 and RJ’s Café, as well as by sending kind words of encouragement and donations via his website. Craig grew up in Dana Point but most recently resided in Oregon with his wife Kat. He is survived by his parents, three brothers and his wife. Craig was 26 years old. WHAT’S NEXT: The Brandmeier family hopes that Craig’s message will live on and continue to inspire people to register as potential bone marrow donors. FIND OUT MORE: To find out more about bone marrow donation, log on to and click on “Be the Match” or visit directly at A message board

to send a message to the family is available on the website as well. —Andrea Swayne


…Dana Point Harbor “Boat Barn” Plan?

THE LATEST: The Dana Point Harbor Parking Advisory Group, comprised of the Dana Point Harbor Boaters Association (DPBA) and the OC Dana Point Harbor staff, have recently decided that the original proposal for a dry, 65-foot tall, 300-foot long and up-to 400-boat storage facility—dubbed the “boat barn”—would probably not work as an efficient part of the Harbor revitalization plan to create space and accommodate boaters who need harbor access. They’ve come up with a new plan, than if approved, will result in a less expensive, smaller and more userfriendly option for boaters. The group has been working for almost two years on the conundrum of the proposed structure on the Embarcadero. They did come up with some alternative designs, however, one of which includes 822 parking structure spaces, 493 dry storage spaces for boats and trailers, 34 vehicle-with-trailer spaces for day use and 144 boater-only spaces, among other attractive attributes. Brad Gross, director of OC Dana Point Harbor, said that the public, along with several harbor user groups are evaluating several options for the dry boat storage structure and that many factors are undergoing a review process. “With their input, the conceptual design alternatives being explored by the group look at a number of design refinements … to achieve the total parking count and configuration of spaces as required by the approved Land Use Plan.” WHAT’S NEXT: According to DPBA head, Roger Beard, there are many compelling reasons that one of the alternatives to the original boat barn idea is better for both boaters and the community. “Money always speaks the loudest,” he said, as the alternative will cost $8 million less, leaving a larger budget for land use. Beyond cost, though, the alternative will allow boaters to store their vessels and trailers together, when the original proposal would have required them to store—and pay for—the two separately

and grants boat owners 24-hour access as well as transient slips. Furthermore, the people who protested building heights will be pleased that the original facility will likely give way to a more modest structure. Beard insists that the advantages of the alternative to the original “boat barn” idea “are pretty obvious if you spend some time looking at why it works.” Still, all proposed designs must be finished and refined. “Some feasibility things need to be worked through,” Beard added.

challengers of the incumbent board, because Dunning allowed stand various statements that a measure to change how trustees are elected is not union-backed, as well as candidate John Alpay’s assertion that he is not supported by a union. Dunning did alter —using Alpay’s suggested language—his claims saying school boards can’t raise taxes or deficit spend. Dunning says the Mello Roos is a tax and districts can deficit spend. She also changed Alpay’s statement that the district has “hundreds of attorneys,” instead allowing Alpay to say he will try to reduce non-classroom spending, including money spent on attorneys. On the initiative, Measure H, Dunning threw out a statement by initiative supporters alleging the trustees were backed by “special interests hostile to public education” and tried to stop the ballot initiative.

FIND OUT MORE: —Christina Scannapiego


…Appeal Filed in Pot Lawsuit?

THE LATEST: An appeal has been filed in the case filed by Malinda Traudt against the city seeking to prevent the closure of the medical marijuana dispensary where her mother fills her prescriptions. The case was thrown out of court on July 13, a judgment that was entered formally last week opening the issue for appeal. The judge’s ruling, citing precedent setting case law, stated that, 1. There is no constitutional right to obtain medical marijuana; 2. The Compassionate Use Act and the Medical Marijuana Program Act do not preempt the city’s ability to regulate or ban medical marijuana collectives or dispensaries and 3. There is no authority that a patient has a fundamental constitutional right to obtain any particular controlled substance.

WHAT’S NEXT: Another series of hearings was scheduled for Friday on challenges filed against ballot statements submitted by the incumbent trustees, as well as other challenges related to Measure H, the election-process initiative. FIND OUT MORE: See the “Beyond the Blackboard” blog at —Jonathan Volzke


WHAT’S NEXT: The 4th District Court of Appeals will consider the appeal filed by Traudt’s attorney Jeff Schwartz. FIND OUT MORE: —AS


…CUSD Court Decisions?

THE LATEST: Orange County Superior Court Judge Kim Dunning on Wednesday settled the first in a spate of cases related to Capistrano Unified School District elections in November. Technically, the rulings were split, but practically the victories went to the

…Unofficial Spirit Wear?

THE LATEST: Capistrano Unified School District officials asked retailers to stop selling sweatshirts and other spirit wear with unauthorized Dana Hills High logos. The clothing was spotted at Walmart in San Clemente and prompted calls to district headquarters. CUSD officials issued a statement announcing the district has not approved any agreement with retail stores, or vendors, to feature school logos on merchandise, and related products. Additionally, no arrangement has been made for schools to benefit from the sale of such items, the statement says.. WHAT’S NEXT: The only way to purchase official school merchandise is to buy products through the Associated Student Body, PTA or parent booster clubs on campus, the district says. FIND OUT MORE:


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City Council Election 2010 With three open City Council seats, Dana Point will choose from a field of five candidates. Here is a look at the three incumbents and two hopefuls vying for the positions in the November election. By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


he 2010 election ballot roster is finalized at five candidates, each hopeful to bring their own brand of enthusiasm, skills and experience to City Council for the betterment of the community. Three incumbents—Councilmembers Joel Bishop and Lisa Bartlett, along with Mayor Steven Weinberg—look to defend their seats and are seeking reelection. Newcomers, William “Bill” Brough and Dana Kislig have tossed their hats into the ring to challenge them for the honor of serving on the Dana Point City Council. In this edition we kick off our weekly pre-election coverage by introducing the candidates via their first addresses to their constituents—their ballot statements. Candidates’ ballot statements are presented here in the same order they will appear on the November ballot. In the weeks ahead, leading up to the November 2 General Municipal election, we will provide a forum for the candidates to respond to questions regarding their take on the issues Dana Point will face in the near future and get to know more about each of them. Our 2010 election coverage will also explore other races pertinent to the community of Dana Point, including the South Coast Water District and Capistrano Unified School District elections.

Concours d‘Elegance, and provided family friendly movies and concerts in our beautiful parks • Opened Strand Vista Park, the Headlands trails, Nature Interpretive Center, Sea Terrace Park expansion, and Veteran’s Memorial As a fiscally conservative Mayor and Councilman, I’m committed to keeping Dana Point in excellent financial shape. I’m still a “no nonsense” businessperson answering to nobody but you, the citizens. I will uphold our outstanding quality of life in Dana Point, Capistrano Beach, and Monarch Beach. I appreciate your continued support and your vote.

Dana Kislig Occupation: Law student/father Website:

Steven H. Weinberg Occupation: Mayor, City of Dana Point Website: Ballot Statement: Dana Point has been my home for 23 years. It’s an honor to serve as your Mayor. Over the last four decades, we have raised three daughters who graduated from DHHS and we’re proud grandparents. As a veteran, business executive, Mayor of Dana Point, Councilman, and former Dana Point Planning Commissioner, I understand the importance of commitment, leadership, action, and community service. Accomplishments during my tenure: • Balanced the budget, keeping money in the bank for healthy reserves • Maintained Police, Fire, and City services without reductions • Community survey results state 96 percent of residents are pleased with our quality of life and an overwhelming majority satisfied with the City’s performance • Attracted world class events like the Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling, Dana Point Page 6 • Dana Point Times • September 3–9, 2010

Ballot Statement: My life began in South Orange County with my first job at the local Dana Point Baskin Robbins while playing basketball for Dana Hills. Dana Point was a wonderful place to grow up and now it is the place my wife and I chose to raise our five children. Often times growing up here and even today people ask about whether I was named after Dana Point. I was not, but want to represent the fine people of our city to make Dana Point even better. I have no experience in city government; I have no ties to either. I am not seeking office for a political track or for personal gain. As an outsider to the political field I promise to remain true to my strong conservative, traditional moral values of small government, with a heavy emphasis of pro-business, economic freedom, anti-regulation, and lower taxes. There are numerous concepts that should materialize for our city, eliminate wasteful spending, cleaner parks and beaches, dogs allowed on beaches in the off season, less hotel taxes to increase tourism, legalized fireworks, accountability for all city government employees by placing all accounts online. As the only non-incumbent in this year’s race, I request your vote for City Council. NOTE: At the time Kislig’s statement was submitted, he was the only non-incumbent candidate qualified to be added to the ballot.

William “Bill” Brough Occupation: Dana Point business owner Website: N/A Ballot Statement: I am running for Dana Point City Council because as a small business owner, I possess the background, skills and experience to revitalize our local business environment and restrain the growth and intervention of our city. I was first introduced to Dana Point when I worked for Congressman Chris Cox, and following service as the White House liaison to the Department of Veterans Affairs, my wife Michelle and I returned to her native Orange County and we made Dana Point our home. I will fight to ensure our beaches and coastline are protected, I will fight to strengthen our public safety to combat drugs and graffiti in our community, and I will oppose any increase in fees or taxes on our community. As your fiduciary to the city, I will request a complete audit of the city budget, salaries and benefits of all employees – including members of the Council and Commissions, and every program and outside contract under the purview of the City Council. I served in the United States Army after high school and currently serve on the Dana Point Historical Society and Lantern Village Association boards and volunteer as a Dana Point Youth Baseball coach. Please vote Bill Brough for Dana Point City Council.

Joel Bishop Occupation: Councilman, businessman Website: Ballot Statement: It has been an honor to represent Dana Point as an elected of-

ficial for the past 14 years, with the last four serving on the City Council. This tenure has given me the experience to lead our city through some challenging times. Even in a down economy, Dana Point has been able to dedicate to the community seven parks and other facilities, as well as our stunning pedestrian bridge! The City budget has been balanced every year and citizen satisfaction within the City is an astounding 96 percent. We’ve done well and when reelected, I promise to continue in our progress. My first priority is to protect the quality of life that we enjoy in Dana Point. We must keep our communities safe and secure, as we promote Dana Point as a 5-star resort community. We can continue to supply world class amenities to our residents, while holding faithful to our small, family friendly, harbor town lifestyle. I will strive to implement a quiet zone in Capo Beach, revitalize the Harbor and refresh the Town Center. My family and I ask for your vote and support in keeping Dana Point strong, safe and moving forward.

Lisa Bartlett Occupation: Councilmember/businesswoman Website: Ballot Statement: It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the residents of Dana Point for the past four years on the City Council and as Mayor last year. Since taking office I am proud to report that we continue to maintain our wonderful quality of life and achieved a 96% positive rating on a recent community survey. The city has a balanced budget with significant reserves, completed numerous capital improvement projects and enhanced the business climate. I have an open door policy and routinely meet with residents, the business community and visitors. As a 21 year resident I understand the importance of balancing business requirements with our residents’ desire to retain our small town atmosphere and what it takes to preserve our unique coastal community. I believe in working on a regional basis to better serve our city and I hold positions on boards and commissions that focus on transportation, environmental and government related matters. We all have a vested interest in the future of our city and by working together we can ensure that we “Harbor the Good Life” for many years. I would be honored to continue to serve you and I respectfully ask for your vote. DP

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As the Pendulum Swings School Election Could Shift Power—Again By Jonathan Volzke Dana Point Times


ike a pendulum swinging back and forth, voters in the Capistrano Unified School District will once again have the opportunity to create a major shift in the district’s leadership. Now the question is whether voters want reform from the reformers. Although elections for the seven-member board are designed to avoid complete changes by staggering terms, a string of recalls has put the majority of the board members before voters in the last two elections. And voters also have the opportunity to change the method trustees are elected by— a ballot initiative asks whether school board members should be elected only by voters in the areas they represent, rather than by voters districtwide. In November, five of the seven seats are in play, as Trustees Ellen Addonizio, Anna Bryson and Larry Christensen—the original “ABC” candidates from the 2006 reform movement—see their first terms end and Trustees Ken Lopez-Maddox and San Clemente’s Mike Winsten face recall votes. Lopez-Maddox himself joined the board in a special recall election in 2008, and Winsten was elected that November. With Sue Palazzo and Jack Brick, the reform movement holds

Capistrano Unified School District headquarters. File photo

all seven seats. Winsten says the reform group has lived up to its promise of fiscal conservatism, and hired a solid leader in Superintendent Joe Farley. Critics say the board is ineffective, spends too much money on lawyers and litigation and ignores the public. That has led a parents’ group to form

and present a slate of five candidates, too. The incumbents are shaping the election as a battle of control against the teachers’ union, which the challengers deny. Even the ballot statements of the various candidates have led to a series of lawsuits over their accuracy and veracity—with claims of union support at the core of

many of the disputes. The lawsuits—against the ballot statements filed by all five incumbents, challenger John Alpay of San Clemente and the pro- and con- statements on the initiative—were expected to be heard in Orange County Superior Court on Wednesday, September 1. On the ballot, Winsten, an attorney, is up for recall, and Alpay, also an attorney, is the only candidate if the recall is successful. In the other races: Bryson is challenged by 2010 Dana Hills graduate Saam Alikhani, who served as the student trustee last year; Addonizio is challenged by Martha McNicholas; a school volunteer who lists her occupation as “Engineering Entrepreneur;” Christensen faces Lynn Hatton, a small business owner; If Lopez-Maddox is recalled, community college professor Gary Pritchard is the slate candidate, while retired teacher Gary Miller and retired CPA Paul Hebbard are also on the ballot. The greatest challenge facing whatever board governing the 52,000-student district is seated in December will likely be the budget. The district receives its funding from the state, and is now working with a budget that has been trimmed more than $90 million since 2006. DP

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What’s going on in our neighboring towns, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano SAN CLEMENTE

Shooting in San Clemente Authorities found an apparent victim to a San Clemente shooting in the wreckage of a flipped-over vehicle Tuesday night. Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene of a “shots fired” call about 7:30 p.m. near Calle Campana and Calle Canasta, which is off Camino de los Mares. Deputies there found a .22-caliber shell casing in an alley, and witnesses told them three men in the alley had been approached by others in a white Honda, sheriff’s Lt. Lloyd Downing said. During the confrontation, one of the men in the alley fired at the Honda with a rifle. The Honda sped away. As deputies were investigating the shots fired call, a report came in of a white Honda overturned on the northbound off ramp of the San Diego Freeway at the Crown Valley Parkway exit. The driver of the car had a gunshot wound to his abdomen. Authorities identified the driver as Adam Sulli, 22, of Lake Forest. Authorities are continuing to investigate the crime. As of early Wednesday morning, the passenger in the Honda had refused to give his name to authorities. —Jonathan Volzke

Abandoned Boat Washes Ashore On Monday morning, an abandoned boat was found washed up on shore just north of the San Clemente Pier.

Sheriff’s Deputies and Border Patrol agents are investigating the incident. After conducting a rigorous inspection of the boat, likely a panga used to transport illegal immigrants into the United States from sea; deputies were seen taking out fishing gear and other clothing items from the boat. “Agents came on scene at about 7 a.m. after receiving a call from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department,” said Ralph DeSio, public affairs specialist with Customs and Border Protection. “The incident was near tower 12 just south of the San Clemente transit center, and the investigation was initiated by a concerned caller. The boat found was approximately 22 feet in length and blue and orange in color. A total of 10 fuel containers were also found on board. I certainly wish there were some arrests associated with it, and we’re trying our darndest with these kinds of activities. It is both troubling and dangerous as smugglers tend to overcrowd these small open vessels, and tend to place emphasis of profit over victims safety.” The boat had apparently been stranded on the shore since 6 a.m. on Monday, authorities said. Other items found near the boat included several life vests that were tossed closest to a nearby road. No persons were taken into custody as a result of the investigation, and Sheriff’s Harbor Patrol was dispatched to tow the boat from shore. For more information, log on to ww.cbp. gov. —David Zimmerle

Fallen SC Marine Honored with Scholarship Lance Cpl. Donald J. Hogan of San Clemente, killed in action while fighting in Afghanistan one year ago, will be honored with a scholarship. Those who help coordinate the 26th Annual Marine Scholarship Golf Tournament, which will be held at Old Ranch Country Club, 3901 Lampson Avenue, in Seal Beach on Monday, Sept. 20, will use the event as a platform for the Lance Cpl. Donald J. Hogan Memorial Endowed Scholarship. Hogan, 20, was killed August 26 during combat operations in Afghanistan’s Helmund province, according to Camp Pendleton officials. A 2007 graduate from Tesoro High School, Hogan was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. George Ellis, a retired Marine helping to spearhead the scholarship effort, said a key point to help make this drive successful is to have the scholarship set at $3,000 and have it awarded to offspring of either active or retired Marines and members of the Navy. “Proceeds from the 26th Annual Marine Scholarship Golf Tournament and awards banquet will be donated to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation in Princeton to establish the Lance Corporal Donald J. Hogan Memorial Endowed Scholarship,” Ellis said. “Additionally, a portion of the tournament and banquet proceeds will be donated to Devil Pups Youth for America

Program—a tremendously successful ‘growth through challenge’ program for high school youth ages 14 to 17 hosted at Camp Pendleton for over 56 years.” The community and city officials are welcome to take part in the 26th Annual Los Angeles Marine Scholarship Golf Tournament and Banquet by attending, participating and/or donating to the fund. More information can be found at ww.mcsf. org or —DZ SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

Juaneno Indians Await Federal Recognition Decision After nearly 30 years, the Juaneno Band of Mission Indians will learn in a few weeks whether their petition for federal recognition will be granted. R. Lee Fleming, director of the Office of Federal Acknowledgement, said the announcement will be made on or before October 4. The decision comes after the Juanenos scrambled to change course in the wake of a preliminary ruling in 2007 that found the tribe did not meet four of the seven criteria for federal recognition. Federal recognition would allow the tribe to form its own government, enforce laws (both civil and criminal), tax, license and regulate activities, zone, and exclude persons from tribal territories—which can be acquired from the federal government. The recognition is also a key step in allowing a tribe to operate a casino or other business enterprise. –JV September 3–9, 2010 • Dana Point Times • Page 7

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Business Beat

By Rachel Namson

News and updates on Dana Point’s business community ranging in value from $200 to $1000 tracing the evolution of money throughout America’s history. Some pieces currently displayed in the shop include a $500 bill, which has been out of print since 1935, a shipwrecked coin from 1808, which is the first coin be made on a steam press, and coins from the Carson City Mint. RC Numismatics also carries a selection of rare Persian rugs and antique collectibles including furniture, tools and other assorted knick-knacks. RC Numismatics is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. everyday. 27226 La Plaza in Dana Point, 949.322.3845, —Rachel Namson

RESTAURANT NEWS SteerCrazy International BBQ and Grill Two esteemed local chefs will sharpen their knives and step into the culinary ring to determine just who is Orange County’s “Top Chef,” as presents the inaugural Orange County Sunday Night Chef Fight cooking competition live Sunday, September 19 at 6 p.m. at the Standards of Excellence Kitchen Showroom in Huntington Beach. It’s “Punk vs. Patina” as Chef Phil Knoke, former drummer in numerous O.C. punk bands and current chef/owner of SteerCrazy International BBQ & Grill in Capistrano Beach, will face off against his opponent, former Patina Group executive chef and current chef/owner of The Lido Deck in Newport Beach, Chef Don Schoenburg. Each Sunday Night Chef Fight is a fastu

RC Numismatics owner Ron Caya. Photo by Rachel Namson

NOW OPEN RC Numismatics Take a journey through time and explore the antique coins and collectibles of RC Numismatics. Owner Ron Caya recently made his debut in the world of numismatics and opened his shop in Dana Point two months ago. “I have always had an appreciation of the monetary value of coins and been intrigued by the history art behind them,” Caya said. RC Numismatics features precious coins u

DP Sheriff’s Blotter Compi le d By Madi Swayn e All information below is obtained from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Web site (www.ocsd. org) and reflects data available from calls placed from the field by the responding officer(s). An arrest doesn’t represent guilt. The items below are just a sampling of the entries listed on the OCSD Web site.

Friday, August 27 DISTURBANCE Manzanita Drive, 25200 Block (12:50 p.m.) Sheriff dispatchers received a frantic call from a woman who was screaming at a male. The woman was yelling about locks, but dispatchers were unable to understand much of what she was saying because she was so panicked. WELFARE CHECK Crystal Lantern/Pacific Coast Highway (1:53 p.m.) Deputies were contacted in regard to a subject reportedly lying halfway on the grass and halfway on the sidewalk across the street from a hotel. The subject was said to

paced, no-holds-barred culinary showdown similar to popular cooking competitions on TV, but with a few extra twists thrown in to entertain and switch things up. Before each event, the chefs are given three ingredients— a protein, vegetable, and starch/grain—that must be included in their creations. Chefs also receive a shopping allowance and a week to plan and prep their dishes. Then, during the Sunday Night Chef Fight itself, each chef and his or her sous-chef will have only 30 minutes to cook and finish their dishes as well as incorporate a “mystery ingredient” into the mix, while host Chris Kern peppers each chef with questions and comments keeps the audience apprised and entertained as to what’s going on behind the stove. The 60-member audience then rates each chef’s creations in three categories, the totals are tallied, and at the end of the night one chef will be crowned the winner. The chef who emerges victorious will receive the coveted Sunday Night Chef Fight trophy, the title of “Champion Chef of Orange County,” and the opportunity to defend his or her title against a new local chef challenger at the next Orange County Sunday Night Chef Fight, to be held in early December. Each Sunday Night Chef Fight will also include as an “undercard” bout, Vino Vidi Vici, a blind wine tasting competition in which all audience members taste three themed but unlabeled wines, select a favorite, and then have the opportunity to purchase either the winner or the wines they liked best. Limited information about each bottle will be revealed over the course of the Chef Fight and the winning (and losing) wines will be unveiled before the Champion Chef is crowned. The Standards of Excellence Kitchen Showroom is located at 16001 Gothard Street on the corner of Gothard and Edinger in Huntington Beach. Tickets are $50 per

be wearing a beige T-shirt, long grey pants and tennis shoes. There was a large black trash bag behind him.

stop yelling and swearing at him. The caller also reported his juvenile neighbor repeatedly called his house.

CITIZEN ASSIST Cockleshell Drive, 33400 Block (3:12 p.m.) A caller contacted authorities to report he suspected his neighbor was the culprit who cut some of his trees down.

ILLEGAL PEDDLING Doheny Park Road, 34100 Block (3:11 p.m.) A female was walking up to customers in a sporting goods store and asking for money. The woman was described to be wearing a pink shirt. It was also reported that she looked Middle Eastern in ethnicity. The color of her pants was unknown.

KEEP THE PEACE Calle Hermosa, 26800 Block (5:40 p.m.) Authorities were called when an unknown male in a black shirt and black pants tried to get into an apartment. The owner of the apartment was out of the country and had reportedly left the doors unlocked. The caller told the man to leave, but he refused. A female in a white Audi accompanied the subject. DRUNK DRIVING Camino de Estrella, 26800 Block (11:51 p.m.) Authorities were called when an informant saw a man who looked like Justin Timberlake. The caller said it definitely was not Timberlake, but the driver was wearing a white T-shirt and tan shorts. The caller could see both the driver and his vehicle, and was concerned the driver may have been under the influence of alcohol.

Saturday, August 28 DISTURBANCE Cheltam Way, 33400 Block (12:37 p.m.) Authorities were contacted when the caller’s 13-year-old neighbor would not

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CITIZEN ASSIST Alcazar Drive, 33800 Block (11:28 p.m.) A caller reported that a 21 year-old-male kept emailing his 17-year-old daughter.

Sunday, August 29 PROWLER Selva Road/Pacific Coast Highway (3:49 a.m.) Deputies were contacted after a woman heard someone knock on the side door of her house. She then heard footsteps in front of the residence. The caller did not see anyone outside. PETTY THEFT REPORT Robles Drive, 33800 Block (2:46 p.m.) It was reported that a subject stole a license plate off of the caller’s motorcycle. SUSPICIOUS PERSON Del Prado, 24500 Block (8:21 p.m.) An older male with grey hair, a plaid shirt and jeans was seen digging through the trash. More specifically, it was reported that the subject was opening mail that he found in the trash.

SteerCrazy International BBQ owner/chef Phil Knoke. Courtesy photo

person, which includes the two-hour competition, samples of both chef’s culinary creations and one pour of each Vino Vidi Vici wine. For tickets or more information on Sunday Night Chef Fights, visit or e-mail 34700 Pacific Coast Highway #105, Capistrano Beach, 949.481.6999, www.steercrazybbq. com

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SUSPICIOUS PERSON Sea Knoll Drive, 33100 Block (11 p.m.) An informant reported a group of juveniles walking around near an abandoned residence. The caller reported that when she drove by, the juveniles scattered as if they were up to no good. The caller requested that authorities investigate the situation.

Monday, August 30 ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Ocean Hill Drive, 33200 Block (10:10 a.m.) The Orange County Fire Department requested a sheriff investigation of a 43-year-old woman. The woman was unconscious with an empty vodka bottle next to her bed. The female was a reported alcoholic, with various other medical conditions. WELFARE CHECK Verrazanno Bay, 23600 Block (2:11 p.m.) A welfare check was requested for a young 14-year-old girl who had been roaming around late at night. The caller reported she looked dirty, had matted hair and seemed depressed. The subject was last seen at the residence earlier that morning. WELFARE CHECK Periwinkle Drive, 33300 Block (4:07 p.m.) An 85-year-old woman called to report her son would not let her take a shower. The woman also stated that her son locks her in the house for two to three days at a time. He reportedly leaves her all by herself. There was mention that she has also been abused.

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—Compiled by Andrea Swayne

Props, Recognitions and Morsels of Info The City of Dana Point presents “Star Spangled Spectacular,” a free concert in Lantern Bay Park on September 26 at 3 p.m. The Capistrano Valley Symphony lead by conductor John Santana will present all-American music including works by Bernstein, Copland, Ellington, Gershwin, Foster and Sousa. The spectacular 1st Marine Division Band from Camp Pendleton will be presenting patriotic favorites. From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. musicians will be presenting a hands-on activity for kids at the “Instrument Petting Zoo” where children will be able to hear, touch and play various orchestra instruments. This is a great way to spark a child’s creativity and open a new world for them. Selected students from the South Orange County School for the Arts program at Dana Hills will be performing alongside professional musicians in the orchestra as a part of the city’s commitment to education. Picnic tables will be made accessible in the park and people are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. The Capistrano Valley Symphony was founded in 1984 by the late Donn Lawrence Mills, a noted conductor, composer, author, and the music director for Chapman University in addition to a number of orchestras in the United States and Canada. For the past 25 years the symphony has worked to provide the communities of South Orange County exciting musical programs at a variety of venues, both indoors and out. The 1st Marine Division Band, based out of Camp Pendleton, consists of 50 Marine musicians. Organized during World War II in the Pacific Theater of Operations in the early 1940s, 1st Marine Division bandsmen have since drawn their rifles in support of several operations, including Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom I and II. The band was attached to Headquarters Company, Regimental Combat Team 5 and deployed to Camp Fallujah, Iraq from February 2006 to January 2007, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 05-07. The City of Dana Point is proud to present this free community event that aims to inspire patriotism, foster arts education and encourage civic involvement through music. For more information about the symphony or Marine Corps band, visit and For questions regarding the event, call 949.248.3530 or send an email to


Musician Craig Colley—formerly known as “Eddie Kidd”—will debut his new band, CC3, on Labor Day weekend, Friday and Saturday, September 3 and 4 at Harpoon Henry’s in Dana Point. Enjoy the music of CC3 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Harpoon Henry’s is located in the Dana Point Harbor at 34555 Golden Lantern. Call 949.493.2933 for more information.


Craig Colley’s new band CC3. Courtesy photo

Impact Giving members (L to R) Karen Wilson, co-founder and board chair; Betsy Gosselin, communications chair; Carol Lindquist, policy chair; Susan Marx, information systems chair; Liz Landon, finance chair; Ann Duncan, co-founder and vice chair; Sam Dawson, grant chair. Courtesy photo

A group of women has gathered to help change the world and they invite you to join them. Honoring the old African proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone; If you want to go far, walk together,” members of Impact Giving, a nonprofit women’s collective giving organization, pool their charitable donations then select both global and local charities as grant recipients. The group will be hosting an opportunity to learn about the power of collective giving at a luncheon event, “The Power of We…Women Working Together to Change our World” on Wednesday, September 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Pacific Club, 4110 MacArthur Blvd. in Newport Beach. Founded just over a year ago by five like-minded Orange County women, Impact Giving now boasts over 100 members. In its inaugural year, the group awarded $90,000 to seven nonprofit groups. Grant recipients included an Ethiopian charity that provides surgeries for children with spinal defects, a local organization that makes and delivers free wheelchairs to handicapped people in the third world and a Costa Mesa-based outreach program that strives to keep girls from dropping out of school while propelling them towards college. Impact Giving’s mission is to grow to 1,000 members, who each give $1,000 annually, allowing the organization to collectively award $1 million each year, 100 percent of which will go directly to the grant recipients. Susan Samueli, community activist, philanthropist and entrepreneur, will be the featured speaker at the upcoming luncheon. She founded the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine at UCI and is a co-founder of the Samueli Foundation, a prominent, local philanthropic organization that has donated millions to area universities, medical institutions and agencies dealing with at-risk children as well as international causes. Samueli and her husband, Henry, also own the Anaheim Ducks. The luncheon will also launch Impact Giving’s second grant season, during which members can submit grant applications on behalf of their favorite charities. A grant committee then evaluates each applicant looking for groups who have measurable objectives. Finalists are voted upon by the entire membership. The luncheon event will also feature a silent auction offering condo-stays in New York City and Beaver Creek, Colorado, along with jewelry from Rock Martin Jewelers and opening tickets to I Loved Lucy at The Laguna Playhouse. Luncheon tickets are $65. Tables of 10 can be sponsored for $650. Seating is limited. Those interested can register online at or contact Ann Duncan at 949.838.7444 with questions.


Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), a program designed for mothers of preschoolers and their children from birth through pre-kindergarten, is now registering new members. MOPS meets every Thursday morning from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Capistrano Valley Church. Moms enjoy breakfast, a speaker and craft, while the children are cared for through their Moppets program. Registration is open now for the fall session, which begins September 23 and runs through December 2. Registration can be done online or by visiting the church office at 32032 Del Obispo in San Juan Capistrano. More information is available at or by calling 949.661.4991.


Photo: Dave Hart and his wife Lisa. Courtesy photo

A benefit golf tournament will be held to raise money for the cancer treatments of Dave Hart on Friday, September 17 at Bella Collina Golf Club, 200 Avenida La Pata, in San Clemente. Hart—well-known in Dana Point, both as a local surfer and dedicated baseball coach and youth baseball umpire for the last 15 years—was diagnosed with stage-4 lung cancer in September 2009. He underwent surgery in April 2010 and had his lung removed. Most recently the cancer has metastasized to his adrenal gland and blood stream. Hart’s daughter-in-law and son are organizing the event in an effort to defray some of the cost of his treatment and 100 percent of the tournament proceeds will go directly toward his medical bills. The benefit, in addition to the golf tournament, will include a dinner, silent auction and raffle. Tickets are $125 per person and include golf and dinner. (Tickets are $40 for dinner only.) Entry deadline is Friday, September 3, so call Ashlee Hart at 949.292.1163 or email her at ashlee. for a last-minute entry. On September 17, registration begins at 10 a.m. before the shotgun start at 11 a.m. and dinner will begin at 5 p.m. Donations for the silent auction will be greatly appreciated. For those who are unable to attend but would like to contribute, an account has been opened at Wells Fargo for the family and donations can be made at any branch under the name The Hart Foundation. The Federal Tax ID/EIN for the Foundation is 32-0294784.


Truly basic computer classes will be offered, free of charge, at the Dana Point Library, on September 7, 8, 9, 13 and 14 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The first day will introduce you to the parts of a computer, vocabulary and how to use a mouse. As classes continue, students will be introduced to navigating web pages and by the end of the first three days, will have created an email account and know how to send and receive emails. In the second week, the basics of Microsoft Word will be taught. By the end of this session students will be able to write, format and save a letter or other document and be able to attach that document to an email. Class size limit is limited so call now for availability. The library is located at 33841 Niguel Road in Dana Point. For more information call Jennifer Johnson at 949.496.5517.


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In his recent attempt to defend his tenure on the Board of Trustees (DP Times, Aug. 13, Vol. 3, Issue 33), Michael Winsten lists several accomplishments he described as “reforms” which he believes makes a case that the effort to recall him should be defeated. In reality, once he took his seat on the Board of Trustees, Winsten has worked efficiently and effectively as a unifier of each and every segment of the CUSD community—against him. Winsten’s article is a complete work of fiction and exhibits his hubris, arrogance and incompetence which continues to translate to unnecessary suffering within CUSD. Many of us involved in the effort to recall Winsten actually supported his election into office. At no point were we aligned with the “old guard” or support the “status quo;” we wanted meaningful change. And now after two years of him in office, we have had enough of his lies, deceit and deception. Mind you, we are homeowners, taxpayers and voters who are reacting to the actions of Winsten and others on the Board of Trustees. The Recall, Remove, Recover campaign is not a product of any union activity. The repeated mantra of “Union Takeover” is nothing more than an attempt to divert our attention to the incompetence and breach of trust by Winsten and boils down to “ignore the man behind the curtain.” Here are some facts that have convinced me that Winsten and the other four trustees on the November ballot must to be recalled or removed. TEACHERS STRIKE

GUEST OPINION: By Beverli Jinn

Follow In the Footsteps of R.H. Dana D o you suppose that, 175 years ago, Richard Henry Dana once stood atop the promontory that we now call The Headlands? There are good reasons to believe that he might have. He writes in Two Years Before the Mast that he and the crewmembers of the Beverly Jinn brig Pilgrim climbed the steep bluffs overlooking what is now Dana Point Harbor and hurled dry cowhides to the rocky beach below. Probably they unsuccessfully explored the area in search of an easier way to get the skins to the ship, which would have been anchored some distance out to sea—no jetty, no channel, no dock, no Yacht Club. The Headlands was not a hospitable place. Oh, sure, today, if you hike up the 100 concrete steps from your parking place on Green Lantern, you’ll find yourself in the middle of a trail that has only recently been carved into the hardened clay. The trail, defined by a fence made of green metal support posts and four heavy cables, winds around the highest point of the promontory and drops down to the PCH entrance to building pads that are envisioned, someday, to have luxury homes occupying Page 10 • Dana Point Times • September 3–9, 2010

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them. Right now these pads, perhaps 30 of them, are green and manicured and empty. Of course R. H. Dana would have seen no building pads. If the Pilgrim’s crew had crunched their way through the Coastal Scrub, the California Box Thorn, the Cliff Spurge, and the Prostrate Spineflower to the top of the hill where a viewpoint has now been constructed, they would have enjoyed a beautiful panorama: The ocean, Saddleback Peak, Catalina. The sailors would not, however, have seen any green building pads. They would have found no easy route to the shoreline. They may have disturbed a few Pacific Pocket Mice or Coastal California Gnatcatchers, but, in general, there would have been no edible game to take back to the brig for dinner. The Indians who preceded Richard Henry Dana by hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years were probably not much interested in this bleak area jutting out into the Pacific. A short distance to the southeast, a natural river emptied into the bay. It was a wonderful place to fish and harvest abalone. There was no need to struggle with ascending or descending steep cliffs. Why then did the crew of the Pilgrim choose to climb up rugged terrain and hurl the hides to the beach below? Why not beach their longboats in the sand and leisurely load them with hides from the carts that were driven almost to the water’s edge? On the “Hide Trail” along the cliff between Violet Lantern and Amber Lantern, the Dana Point Historical Society has placed a statue of a sailor (called a Drogher) hurling a huge cowhide toward the beach below. No one insists that this is

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The teachers strike only occurred because Winsten and the rest of the Board intentionally forced a strike. Their deliberate strategy was to do anything but negotiate in good faith. They wanted to impose a permanent pay and benefit cut on teachers, while allowing all other CUSD employees temporary reductions. In essence, they forced an impasse, giving approximately 90 percent of all CUSD teachers no choice but to vote for a strike. By striking, the teachers voluntarily gave up three days of pay in addition to the 10 percent pay and benefit cut they had publicly agreed to accept. The Board of Trustees chose to pick a fight with the teachers and did so with conscious disregard for our children and the lost educational time. IMPROPER OUT-OF-COURT SETTLEMENTS In September of 2009, Winsten and his allies approved out of court settlements that resulted in payments in excess of $650,000 to individuals who directly contributed to the campaigns of the sitting Board of Trustees. Three Trustees abstained because of the readily apparent conflict of interest. However, Winsten, along with Ken Maddox and Anna Bryson, voted to approve these settlements. Directly impacting CUSD’s general fund and the classroom, these settlements diverted money to certain key political donors who now have larger bank accounts and fatter wallets. VOTE BY TRUSTEE AREA When Winsten and friends first ran for School Board, they promised to support a change in the way we elect trustees to a “by trustee voting” method. This is a needed change to bring local control and cost savings to CUSD (upwards of $200,000 per election cycle). After assuming office, Mr. Winsten changed his position and not only opposed the parents that placed this issue on this November’s ballot but voted to spend


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over $100,000 on attorneys to fight this ballot initiative. Instead of supporting reform in CUSD, Winsten reformed his position, much to the detriment of our community. In closing, CUSD does not need the “reforms” Winsten and fellow puppets advocate. We need honest advocates for public education that put children and the communities ahead of narrow political agendas or the financial benefit of their campaign supporters. I hope that all CUSD voters, homeowners and taxpayers will see through Winsten’s smoke screen and join the community to Recall, Remove, and Recover. To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, e-mail us at letters@ or send it to 34932 Calle del Sol, Suite B, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624. Dana Point Times reserves the right to edit reader-submitted letters for length and is not responsible for the claims made or the information written by the writers.

the exact spot that Dana writes about in his journal. In fact, docents at the Interpretive Center theorize that the droghers actually stood atop a smaller promontory that existed just south of The Headlands and was removed as part of the construction of the harbor in the late 1960s. All of which is beside the point. The brig Pilgrim did load cowhides from the Capistrano Valley. R.H. Dana and the crew most certainly did explore The Headlands and the cliffs and the beach that existed before the harbor was built. And today it’s possible for anyone with a little energy to follow at least one of the four trails that define the Dana Point Preserve. There’s an especially comfortable one at the corner of Green Lantern and Cove Road that requires only about 15 minutes of walking but that takes you to a spectacular view of the harbor. With a lot of energy, one can follow the trail from Strand Vista Park (Selva and PCH), up the hill past the green building pads to a viewpoint at the top of The Headlands, to the Interpretive Center and the trail along the cliff’s edge, down to the sandy beach, north to the funicular and up to Strand Vista Park, where, thank goodness, you parked your car. If walking isn’t your thing, at least stop for a while at the Interpretive Center itself, where you can park and enjoy the displays and ask the docents a lot of questions. That’s what R.H. Dana would have done. PLEASE NOTE: The opinions offered here are solely those of the guest columnist and may or may not be shared by the Dana Point Times staff. We appreciate, however, their willingness to share their views, and we invite responses to be sent to




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The List

A day-by-day guide to what’s happening in and around town this week. Compiled by Tawnee Prazak

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Justin Taylor Band

9 p.m.-1 a.m. Live dance music every Friday & Saturday at Brio Tuscany Grille. 24050 Camino Del Avion, Monarch Beach, 949.443.1476,

After Party

8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. The band plays everything under the sun at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.

New Arrivals Wine Tasting

5:30 p.m.–9 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company introduces you to new wines to the shop. $15 for seven wines or choose from the daily tasting menu of four wines for $10. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067,

First Friday Film

11 a.m. The San Juan library hosts a showing of the movie Spellbound about regional and national spelling bees. $2 donation. 31495 El Camino Real, 949.493.1752,

Live Latin Guitar

6 p.m.-9 p.m. Hang out at the Ritz’ ocean-front lounge, 18oblu, and enjoy live music, drinks, appetizers and more. One Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point, 949.240.5088,

Skatefest 2010 Summer Campout

Go See Do

The City of Dana Point presents a free Labor Day concert in the park on September 6 at Lantern Bay Park, featuring the Tijuana Dogs and the Dave Silver Band from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The show promises to be a high-energy rocking good time. From classic rock to ‘90s alternative, to pop, these two great bands have the genre well covered. The Tijuana Dogs kick of the concert at 1 p.m. and play until 2:30 p.m., then the Dave Silver Band takes the stage at 3 p.m. to finish out the event. Admission is free, but bring your appetite, as members of the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group and members of the Fighting 5th will be on hand selling delicious food at their benefit barbecue and beverage garden. Proceeds

Pacific Festival OC

11 a.m. Two-day “launch party weekend” concert showcasing more than 30 bands and musical artists performing in five areas at Triangle Square in Costa Mesa. Food and beverage available. Tickets $25-$100. 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, www.

Pet Adoption

12 p.m.-4 p.m. Capo Animal Rescue Effort (CARE) hosts a pet adoption every Saturday at PetSmart. Gallery of available pets online. 33963 Doheny Park Road, San Juan Capistrano, 949.240.1735,

Surf Art Reception: “Close to the Equator”

5 p.m.-8 p.m. The Surfing Heritage Foundation presents an opening reception for artist James Finch featuring originals and prints at the museum & gift store. Exhibit runs through Oct. 1. 3333 Bear St. #303, Costa Mesa, 714.800.1654,

The Fab Four

5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. The fan-favorite Beatles’ tribute band performs at The Mission’s outdoor summer concert series. Features catered dinner. Table tickets starting at $30 still available. 26801 Ortega Hwy., 949.234.1300,

Tribal Seeds


7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Waterhouse Reggae Band performs onboard Dana Wharf’s live band music cruise; features indoor/outdoor seating and a full bar. Tickets $19. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949 496-5794,

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Dana Point Farmers Market

9 a.m.–1 p.m. Fresh produce and much more every Saturday at La Plaza Park, intersection of PCH and Golden Lantern. Page 14 • Dana Point Times • September 3–9, 2010

Boeing Rocket Lab

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Learn about the science of space, rockets, engineering and more in a fun exhibit for all ages at Discovery Science Center. Adults $12.95, kids $9.95. 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, 714.542.2823,

Hollywood Blonde

6 p.m.-9 p.m. Popular band at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

Bluegrass Brunch

10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lively and harmonious bluegrass music during brunch at San Clemente’s newest bar and kitchen The Next Door. Every Saturday. 647 Camino de los Mares, 949.940.8845,

Kids’ Fishing

12 p.m. Free fishing clinic on the dock followed by a half-day fishing trip for kids hosted by Dana Wharf every Sunday. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,

Spirits and Headhunters

8 p.m. OC-based reggae band at The Coach House also with The Dealers and Entropy. Tickets $15. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

11 a.m. The San Juan library hosts a free showing of the fun film James and the Giant Peach by Tim Burton. Free popcorn. 31495 El Camino Real, 949.493.1752,

Live Music Harbor Cruise


10 a.m.-4 p.m. The popular exhibit featuring the cinematic history of Zorro at Mission SJC is extended until Sept 6. Admission $5–$9. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300,

Family Film Feature

Tyrone Wells & Pawn Shop Kings

5 p.m. Join The Melting Pot on Friday evenings for a threecourse fondue experience and movie pass for $27 per person. 647 Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, 949.661.1966,

Zorro Unmasked

10 a.m.-4 p.m. View the exhibit featuring art of the Pacific Islands at Bowers Museum. Tickets $9–$12; under 6 free. 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 877.250.8999,

7 p.m. End the summer with an all-night skateboarding fest at Etnies Skatepark. Includes meals, snacks, drinks, video games and more through Saturday morning. Tickets $45. 20028 Lake Forest Drive, Lake Forest, 949.916.5870,

Fondue & a Flick Fridays

from the food sales will go to support the 5th Marine Regiment. Whether you choose to bring a picnic dinner or enjoy the delicious food choices offered for sale by the 5th Marine Regiment Support Group, you’d be hard pressed to find a nicer way to spend an evening outdoors on the traditional last day of summer. Spread out a blanket, have a bite to eat then Photo by Robin Gray dance (or tap your toes) to the music in beautiful Lantern Bay Park, overlooking the Dana Point Harbor. Lantern Bay Park is located at 25111 Park Lantern Road. For more information, log on to or call 949.248.3530. —AS

8 p.m. Reggae bands play at The Coach House also featuring Irieside and Phat Reggae Dub Status. Tickets $15. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

6:30 p.m.; 8:30 p.m. The LA-based group performs an eclectic mix of Mexican, Afro-Cuban, jazz, R&B and rock outdoors at the library as part of the Multicultural Arts Concert Series. Tickets $10 adults, $5 kids. 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1752,,

8 p.m. Pop-soul-rock singer/songwriter at The Coach House also with Linsey Yung. Tickets $15. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

Labor Day Concert

First Sunday Village Art Fair

9 a.m.-3 p.m. More than 60 vendors will have arts, crafts and other fabulous items along Avenida Del Mar in downtown San Clemente. 949.218.5378,

Flying 57’s

3 p.m.-7 p.m. The band plays blues, jazz, R&B and originals at Coconuts. 34235 Doheny Park Road, Capo Beach, 949.248.2448.

Common Sense

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Labor Day Concert

1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. The City of Dana Point hosts The Tijuana Dogs & The Dave Silver Band at Lantern Bay Park. The bands will perform rock & pop music. The 5th Marines will be serving food and drinks to raise funds. 25111 Park Lantern Road, Dana Point, 949.248.3530,

Labor Day Pig Roast / Autumnfest

Swallow’s Inn hosts a celebration for the holiday and change of season. 31786 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.3188,

$5 Mondays

5 p.m.-8 p.m. Join SC Wine Company for happy hour featuring three wines for $5, glasses of selected wines for $5 and mugs of beer from $5 and up. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067,

Smokey Karaoke

8 p.m. Sing fearlessly behind a cloud of smoke at BeachFire and enjoy Mojito Monday. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,


DP Times Restaurant Spotlight

By Madi Swayne

I Love Bagels


32545 Golden Lantern, Ste. B, Dana Point, 949.443.3300

Have you eaten at this restaurant?

BEST KNOWN FOR: Over 20 varieties of handmade bagels MOST POPULAR ITEM: Plain bagel Bagel lovers rejoice! After a four-month hiatus, I Love Bagels is back and better than ever. The new location opened on August 28, with a line out the door. “I Love Bagels is happy to be here and happy to be back!” said Manager Aaron Martin. “After 16 years in our previous location— just across Camino del Avion—the new store is bigger and better and our regulars have found us.” At I Love Bagels everything is handmade—the same way owner Howard Amster did it 20 years ago, the same way his dad did it for 40 years prior to that and the same way his grandfather taught him back in New Jersey. I Love Bagels offers 23 varieties of bagels, and is always taking suggestions. Regardless, the plain bagel is still the most popular. It is simply delicious—no need for salt, sugar, or even cream cheese. I Love Bagels also offers six flavors of fresh brewed coffee and other menu items including pizza bagels, a veggie sandwich and a tuna melt. They strive to make everything, “as affordable as possible” said Martin. Not only will your tummy be happy, your wallet will be too. Oscar Servin (left) and Manager Aaron Martin behind the counter at I Love Bagels’ new Dana Point location. Photo by Madi Swayne

PRICE RANGE: $.95-$9.99 PAYMENT: Cash, credit card RESERVATIONS: Not necessary HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 5:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 5:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Go to and rate your overall experience. We’ll post the results in next week’s issue of the DP Times.

Last week online voters gave

Burger Junkies

½ 415 Avenida Pico, San Clemente, 949.498.5865 (Rated on a scale of 1–5 stars)

ABOUT OUR REVIEWS: In each issue we’ll highlight universally critical points including “Most Popular Dish,” “Best Known For” and “Price Range.” But most importantly, we’re inviting you to participate each week and rate the restaurant based on your experiences. Go to and under “Restaurant Guide” rate it from 1 to 5.

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6:30 p.m.–8 p.m. Trivia games at Irons In The Fire with prizes and an extended happy hour; everyone is welcome to enjoy the fun. 150 Avenida Magdalena, San Clemente, 949.218.1915,


Receive 10 percent off tickets September 7-30 on Capt. Dave’s Dolphin Safari whale-watching adventure. Includes state-of-the-art equipment, underwater camera, brownies and more. Departures daily, please call for departure times. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828,


7 p.m. Taco-Tuesday night at Caliente Coastal Cantina, plus popular DJs spinning ’80s hits and drinks specials for those in ’80s attire. No cover. 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.493.0549,


8 p.m. Rock band with ’70s-’80s power pop punk sounds at The Coach House also with Judson & Mary. Tickets $20 advance, $22 door. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,


7 p.m.-8 p.m. Educational wine tasting and food pairing every Wednesday at Vine. $40 each. 211 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2079,

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4 p.m.-6 p.m. Four-day fundraising event runs Friday through Sunday with live and silent auctions, sailboat races, SUP and powerboat events, fishing tournament, breakfasts, evening parties, awards and more all at the Dana Point Harbor. 24399 Dana Drive, Dana Point,


7:30 p.m. Live country music and dance lessons with the Kelly Boyz at OC Tavern. Cover $5 before 9 p.m. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877,

12 p.m.; 2 p.m. Dana Wharf hosts daily whale watching cruises off the coast aboard the state-of-the-art catamaran, OC Adventure. Tickets $39 adults, $29 kids 3-12. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,




8 p.m.–12 a.m. Jam session and open mic every Tuesday at Brio Tuscany Grille. 24050 Camino del Avion, Suite B, Dana Point, 949.443.1476,


7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Incredible one-man show at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

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3 p.m.–7 p.m. Every Wednesday at El Camino Real and Yorba in San Juan Capistrano; 949.493.4700.


7:30 p.m.-1 p.m. Music at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


10 a.m. Casa Romantica hosts storytime for youngsters ages 3-5; free. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,

9 p.m.-close. The ladies and college students pay no cover and get drink specials at Caliente Coastal Cantina. 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.493.0549,


8 p.m. A new and exciting musical surf experience at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


8 p.m. World-famous guitarist at The Coach House also with Shawn Jones and Jonathan Blake. Tickets $22.50. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,


Live music at Mahe. 24961 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.240.6243,

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Piranha in the Water There are some serious film fans that only enjoy a feature if it’s A-list, contains completely original material, is modestly produced and ultimately earns award nominations. And then there are fans that don’t care if a movie is well-made at all—even over the top, cheesy, low budget and unintentionally (or even intentionally) bad. These types of movies often receive cult followings and have almost turned into a genre all their own. The most popular theme for these corny cult films are based on horror, and are rooted mostly in the ’80s with films like Sleepaway Camp or An American Werewolf in London. Some directors have come to embrace the following and have fun with parodying their own material while not caring about critical reception. Most recently, it’s Alexandre Aja and his star-studded, CGI-infested, stereotypical themes that you will find in Piranha 3D. The problem with giving yourself a decent budget, cast and crew, and creating a spoof or farce as a director is that a lot of people are likely going to miss the joke or point and take it seriously. Although with actors like Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O’Connell, Ving Rhames, Christopher Lloyd and Richard Dreyfuss, why else would they sign up for a blatantly obvious Jaws re-boot with different fish and characters? And to top it off, the producers have given the final touch probably the most overused effect in Hollywood today: 3D. So now, not only can the audience receive plenty of nudity, blood, violence and foul language, but also experience the sense that it’s all happening five feet in front of them as well. Piranha 3D gives its audience exactly what they are expecting—summer vacation on Lake Victoria with a family and tons of other young yuppies who all end up covered in blood, trying to keep their sanity (and clothes) together for barely an hourand-a-half of screen time. For those who are in for the over-acting, cliché one-liners and obvious computer-generated special effects, grab your bucket of popcorn and 3D glasses, and enjoy the gore. DP —Megan Bianco September 3–9, 2010 • Dana Point Times • Page 15

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Oral Piercing: Is It Worth It? Tongue rings. “Way back in the day” as a teenager, I remember entertaining the idea of getting one. However, my parents made sure my idea remained just that: an idea. Did you know that oral piercing is making a comeback? Recently, I have been asked some questions about oral piercing and thought I would offer some expert insight. Piercing, like tattooing, is one of today’s popular forms of “body art” and self-expression. If you’re thinking about getting a piercing – or if you already have one or more – let me share some health risks you should know about. Your mouth contains millions of bacteria, and infection is a common complication of oral piercing. Just touching your mouth jewelry (tongue barbells and lip and cheek labrettes) can lead to infection. Many people who have piercings tend to regularly touch them – which increases the chance for bacteria to enter the piercing sites. Also, food particles that collect around piercing sites can lead to infection. Pain and swelling are other possible side effects of piercing. Your tongue – the most popular piercing site in the mouth – could swell large enough to close off your airway! Piercing also can cause uncontrollable bleeding or nerve damage. Damage to the tongue’s blood vessels can cause serious blood loss. The hoop, ring, stud, and barbell-shaped jewelry can hinder your ability to talk and eat. Some people also develop a habit of biting or playing with their piercings – which can lead to cracked, scratched teeth; gum damage and recession; and sensitive teeth. There may also be a need for restorations, such as crowns or fillings, and additional dental treatment due to piercings. Consider the potential pitfalls of piercing before getting one. Keep in mind that it will be an added responsibility to your life, and will need regular upkeep. Make sure that you’re committed to the task of taking care of it for the full healing period and beyond. If you have an oral piercing, pay special attention to it. Clean the piercing with antiseptic mouthwash after eating, and brush the jewelry when you brush your teeth. I believe in self-expression. Explore those avenues. However, remember that self-expression in the moment may have long-term health effects in the future. If you have any questions or comments for me, please go to my website at www.drericjohnson and click “Ask the Dentist.” Dr. Eric Johnson Aesthetic, Implant, and Comprehensive General Dentistry 647 Camino de los Mares Suite 209 San Clemente, CA 92673 949.493.9311

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Do You Have Problems With Gum Recession? Gum recession can be caused by a number of things and may or may not need treatment.

Do you want to help protect the environment and reduce runoff? If the answer is yes, Eco Friendly Lawns is here to help. Eco Friendly Lawns (EFL) uses a fertilizing system that can work with your exciting in-ground sprinklers or with a standard water faucet (bib). This technique of applying products through the water is called “fertigation” and it saves on water while significantly reducing the risk of fertilizer runoff. EFL and the products we use embrace a new way of thinking about fertilizing. No longer is it necessary to use broadcast fertilizing techniques when you can get a better result for your landscape for less money while virtually eliminating negative environmental impacts. Fertigation (fertilizing through your irrigation system) is a process that is more responsible and a smart way to water and feed your entire landscape. How Does EFL Reduce Water Usage? Water is used in the plant’s growing process. The effects of fertigation on the plant’s growth processes are twofold. If water is applied above ground (i.e. through spray heads), the process of foliar absorption causes nutrientrich water to reach the chlorophyll producing section of the plant directly without going through the root structure. Extensive studies have shown that foliar absorption is the most efficient way to apply the nutrients in a form that is immediately available to the plant. This comes into play when dealing with turf grass since sprinklers and spray irrigation are the predominant means to water grass. The second growth process, enhanced by fertigation, occurs by increasing systemic (root) absorption of fertilizers and nutrients. Root health and root mass are critical to the health of all plants. Increasing the root mass provides more surface area in the soil, which in turn increases the plant’s ability to absorb water and nutrients. Larger, deeper roots result in less overall need for water. The result is increased plant health and drought tolerance. With increased uptake efficiency by the plant, water usage can be reduced 20-50% using fertigation. Not only will an EFL system pay for itself, it will pay for the ongoing fertilizing costs funded through your water savings. Eco Friendly Lawns will be there to help you throughout the year, with our highly knowledgeable lawn experts we will make sure we are using the right blend of natural and organic nutrients to feed your lawn. We will be there to fill and maintain the system making certain your lawn is beautiful, healthy and reaching the goals we have set forth. And most of all, you will have peace of mind knowing you are doing your part to help the environment. For more information please visit us at efriendlylawns. com. Eco Friendly Lawns 111 Avenida Del Mar, Suite 210, San Clemente, CA 92672 949.481.1010

CAUSES OF GUM RECESSION INCLUDE: 1) Destructive toothbrushing with a hard toothbrush. Usually there will be grooves worn into the teeth. To prevent future destruction, use a soft toothbrush, preferably electric, and brush at a forty-five degree angle to the gum line with short, firm, strokes. 2) Dental plaque. Ineffective toothbrushing can result in gum recession because bacteria left on the teeth produce enzymes that destroy the gum tissue. 3) Tooth position. People with malocclusions and people who have had braces are at increased risk for recession. 4) Factitious habits like toothpicks and nail biting can cause recession. 5) Genetics. People with a thin biotype are more at risk for recession from the above factors. REASONS TO TREAT GUM RECESSION: 1) Teeth are sensitive because of exposed dentin. 2) Esthetics is a problem 3) You’re planning on braces and the braces may make the situation worse 4) It appears that the condition is worsening over time. 5) There is no attached tissue. Each tooth should have a zone of firm pink gum tissue around the tooth that is attached. If there is no attached tissue, the tooth is more vulnerable to decay and periodontal disease because it is hard to keep these teeth clean. HOW IS GUM RECESSION TREATED? 1) The most common treatment is a connective tissue graft. The donor tissue is obtained from the roof of the mouth and put into a “pita-pocket” type incision at the recipient site. The area in the roof of the mouth is prepared with a slit like incision. Tissue is taken from the underside of the slit and closed with sutures. The recovery is usually pretty easy. 2) Free gingival graft. The tissue is taken as a strip from the roof of the mouth and left bare. This technique is generally more painful than a connective tissue graft. If there is an option, most people would prefer a connective tissue graft but there are some circumstances where there isn’t a choice. 3) Cadaver skin. The advantage with this technique is you don’t have a second surgical site and there is no limit to the number of teeth you can treat in one visit. 4) Biological products. There are some products on the market that can be used to promote gum growth. 5) Human placenta. Recently approved by the FDA. Works like gum tissue and multiple sites can be treated at once. DO YOU HAVE MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT GUM RECESSION? GO TO MORANPERIO.COM. USE THE ASK THE EXPERT FEATURE AND DR. MORAN WILL PERSONALLY ANSWER YOUR QUESTION.

Dr. Alice P. Moran 1001 Avenida Pico, Suite K San Clemente, CA 92673 949.361.4867(GUMS)

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MUSIC INSTRUCTION Chick’s Plumbing, Inc. Proudly Serving South Orange County Since 1975 949.496.9731

Accurate Bookeeping                   949.412.5345 ELECTRICAL delta G electrical 949.360.9282 CA #657214,


EMAIL MARKETING Coffee Importers Espresso Bar 949.493.7773 Concept2Design Marketing 34531 Golden Lantern, CATERING


CHRISTIAN CHURCHES Christian Science Services 34102 La Plaza


CLUTTER CONSULTANT Organize/Simplify - Terri Hochman


COFFEE SHOP Coffee Importers Espresso Bar 949.493.7773 34531 Golden Lantern,


Creative Environments Construction 949.496.3728 Design & Build #464468

Contractors - Painting LH Painting, CA LIC. # 647760 949.240.8795 33391 Sea Bright Dr.,


EMBROIDERY ABC Signs & Embroidery Shop 34135 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste. E,


FITNESS PROGRAMS Fit Club - Boot Camp 949.831.7984 Jazzercise, O.C. Sailing & Events Center 34451 Ensenada Place, 949.492.7817


Dana Point Dental 949.661.5664 34080 Golden Lantern, Ste 201, Dr. Hannah Lewis, DDS 949.496.5713 24655 Unit E La Plaza,

Party Hosting The Party Girl


Painting LH Painting, CA LIC. # 647760 949.240.8795 33391 Sea Bright Dr.,

PET GROOMING Dawgy Style 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy #112,


Beach Cities Pizza 34473 Golden Lantern St. 34155 Pacific Coast Hwy.



Insurance Services Statefarm/Elaine LaVine 949.240.8944 34080 Golden Lantern, Ted Bowersox 949.661.3200 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste 204,

Girl in the Curl Surf Shop 949.661.4475 34116 Pacific Coast Hwy., Infinity Surfboards 949.661.6699 24382 Del Prado, Jack’s Surfboards 949.276.8080 34320 Pacific Coast Hwy,

TUTORING English Tutoring by Susan 949.481.0481 Mathnasium 949.388.6555 32411 Golden Lantern, Ste. Q,

Upholstery Dana Point Upholstery 949.240.2292 24402 Del Prado Jeddy’s Yacht & Home Interiors 949.240.9569 34118 Pacific Coast Hwy,

Jeddy’s Yacht & Home Interiors 949.240.9569 34118 Pacific Coast Hwy,


Wonderful Windows A to Z Leak Detection                   949.499.4464 Chick’s Plumbing 949.496.9731 34172 Doheny Park Road, DC Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning 949.365.9044 Mission Plumbing & Heating 949.492.4303




Corinne Rupert PhD, PsyD, MFT 949.488.2648 33971 Selva Rd. Ste. 125, 949.496.1957

Monarch Bay Haircutters 20 Monarch Bay Plaza Paragon Salon 949.489.1955 34161 Pacific Coast Hwy. Utopia Salon 949.661.1664 Barry 949.661.1664 Gary 949.231.9755 Morgan 949.433.3960 24582 Del Prado, #B,


Window Coverings 949.496.0606

Under-Wraps Gift Baskets                  949.291.0300 Beacon Printing - Brad & Judy Brandmeier 24681 La Plaza, Ste. 125 949.661.3877, Printing OC 949.388.4888 27134 Paseo Espada #B 203, HANDYMAN SERVICES

ICE CREAM Mary Kay Cosmetics & Career 949.248.2868 Opportunities, Ind. Sales Director - Marline Adams, Coffee Importers Scoop Deck 949.493.7773 34531 Golden Lantern, DENTISTS


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Kenny’s Music & Guitars 949.661.3984 24731 La Plaza, Danman’s Music School 949.242.4431 24699 Del Prado,

PIZZA 949.276.6921

San Clemente Computer & Network Services Robert’s Professional Handyman Services 949.276.1581 Lic. # B853695 949.606.6425 Solution Tek-nologies 949.400.0080 HAIR SALONS




ABC Signs & Embroidery Shop Sunburst Landscaping                   949.632.0081 34135 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste. E,         949.493.3670

Azalea Salon & Boutique 949.248.3406 24452 Del Prado Ave. Ste. A, Lic# 310654 Paragon Salon 949.489.1955 34161 Pacific Coast Hwy. DOG GROOMING Salon Revelation - Dayna Dallas 949.248.8595 Dawgy Style 949.496.3315 34192 Violet Lantern #2 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste. 112, Bookkeeping

Smokey’s House of BBQ 32860 Pacific Coast Hwy. #4,

Smokey’s House of BBQ 32860 Pacific Coast Hwy. #4,

Capistrano Roofing, Inc. 949.246.7740 Dana Point Jeweler 949.489.1165 Lic# 936828, 24845 Del Prado,


James D. Hornbuckle, Esq. 949.499.7370 34204 Pacific Coast Hwy,

Norma Mardian Interior Design 949.492.6271


Jim Ettinger Design 949.246.0224 33742 Big Sur St., Nona Associates - Raymond J. Nona A.I.A. 26901 Camino de Estrella, 949.496.2275



REAL ESTATE - RESIDENTIAL Prudential California Realty, Shirley Tenger 949.487.7700 JHill & Associates 949.488.7653 25471 Evans Pointe, Jill McGovern Real Estate 949.481.5259 34231 Doheny Park Rd., Lantern Bay Realty 949.661.6441 34179 Golden Lantern, Ste. 103,

RESTAURANTS Agostino’s By The Sea 949.661.8266 34700 Coast Hwy., Ste 100, Brio Tuscany Grille 949.443.1476 24050 Camino Del Avion, Jolly Roger Restaurant 949.496.0855 34661 Golden Lantern,

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GARAGE SALES Garage Sale Saturday September 4th Cordova St in Dana Point. (crosstreet between Golden & Violet Lantern) Household items, Kitchen stuff, Clothing, Furniture, Collectibles, Antiques, VHS movies, CD’s, etc! 7:30 am - 2pm garage sale: CAPISTRANO BEACH 34202 Camino Capistrano. Indoors. Refrig., clothes, household, ect. Saturday, 9/4. 7:30 am to 11

HELP WANTED EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Career Change? Agents Wanted. Become a Real Estate Agent Now. Live Licensing Classes – earn while you learn. Leads provided in license training for quick earnings. Call 800.727.7277, ext. 381 Office Asst for SJC Chamber of Commerce. p/t, Tues/Fri, 9-4. $10 per hr. Other days as need. Must be highly organized, professional, proficient in customer service, data entry and filing. Excellent phone etiquette and computer skills required. Email resume to or fax (949) 489-2695.


Erin Lynne Schwenck Castelli Loving mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend, Erin Lynne Schwenck Castelli passed away suddenly Aug. 25 in San Clemente. She was born March 11, 1968, in Stockton, daughter of the Rev. Robert L. Schwenck and Bernice Smith Schwenck. She grew up in Dana Point from age 3. She loved the ocean, her home and rearranging furniture. Erin graduated from Dana Hills High School in 1986. But her crowning achievement in life was her three sons, Anthony Jiganti, Shane DeCillo and Clayton DeCillo. She was a terrific mother and great friend. She was a wonderful wife to her husband, Fred Castelli, and cared deeply for her stepchildren, Jackie and Bryan. Always an animal lover, she also adored her dogs, Oscar and Charlie. Erin is survived by her husband, Fred; sons Anthony, Shane and Clayton; stepchildren Jackie and Bryan; parents Bob and Bernie Schwenck; brother Eric Schwenck; nieces Zoe, Arabella and Dorothy; nephew Zachary and many friends who loved her. Erin’s memorial service is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at Community Presbyterian Church, 32202 Del Obispo St., San Juan Capistrano. For more information, call the church at 949-493-1502. Arrangements are being handled by Lesneski Mortuary in San Clemente. Per Erin’s request, her ashes will be scattered in the ocean. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to an education fund established for Erin’s sons. Mail contributions to Schwenck Castelli Family, 33341 Seabright Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629. —Courtesy of Lesneski Mortuary

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SUDOKU by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9X9 grid that has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of 3X3 squares. To


solve the puzzle, each row, column and box must contain each of the numbers 1 to 9. Puzzles come in three grades: easy, medium and difficult. Level: Medium Last week’s solution:


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Looking Up

World’s tallest man Sultan Kosen has a brighter smile thanks to local dentist By Chris Bashaw San Clemente Times


ou have to crane your neck to see it, but the smile of the world’s tallest man is a little brighter, thanks to the work of San Clemente dentist Dr. Eric Johnson. Sultan Kosen, 27, towered 8 feet 4 inches over San Clemente on August 23 when he came to town for a cosmetic dental overhaul that included gum restoration, cavity treatments, tooth extraction and root canals— topped off by the installation of veneers. “You never build a house on a rocky sewer,” Johnson said at a news conference on Wednesday, August 25, explaining the overall health of Kosen’s gums and teeth had to be restored before veneers could be mounted. Kosen’s procedure has an estimated value of $50,000, but Johnson and his collaborators agreed to give Kosen his new smile pro bono. The totality of Kosen’s treatment, which would normally take four months, occurred in ten days with Kosen clocking in approximately 50 hours of chair-time, Johnson said. Gary Vaughn of Frontier Laboratories, one of the companies providing materials for Kosen’s procedure, said Kosen’s veneers were produced in two days—a process that typically takes three or four weeks.

Kosen, a native of Turkey, is scheduled to return home on September 1. Before he came to San Clemente, Kosen received an operation at the University of Virginia to treat the brain tumor on his pituitary gland and halt his growing. Since he was 10 years old, the pressure the tumor placed on his pituitary gland has secreted a copious amount of growth hormones and is responsible for Kosen’s extraordinary height. It’s a surreal feeling to shake his 10.8-inch hand, but bear in mind that although Kosen’s size makes him an uncommon man, his one desire in life is a little more so. “Like everyone else, I want my own family,” Kosen said through translator and Guinness Book of World Records spokeswoman Kelly Garrett. “Hopefully it will happen one day.” On August 26 Kosen visited the Boys and Girls Club of the South Coast Area in San Clemente. Staff member Andy Brosche said Kosen was met by a flood of “wow”s as he stepped out of the van and headed to the gym for photo opportunities. A root canal performed that day that prevented him from speaking for a long period of time, but Kosen answered questions about his height, shoe size and his favorite food and sport, which are Mexican and soccer,

World’s Tallest Man in Search of World’s Largest Mammal

Vivian Rose, 2, and her mom Sally Tapia, meet Sultan Kosen aboard Dana Wharf Whale Watching vessel, Dana Pride. Photo by Roxann Pope

Sultan Kosen boards Dana Wharf Whale Watching vessel in search of Blue whales One stands 8 feet 4 inches, while the other grows to be 100’ long. The Blue Whale is largest mammal on earth and Sultan Kosen is world’s tallest man. Kosen was hoping to get a view of the largest mammal on earth when he boarded Dana Wharf’s Dana Pride for a whale watching excursion on August 25. “This is a first!” said Captain Corey Hall. “We see all kinds of people on our ocean adventure cruises, but this is one for the records!” Man, that guy’s huge,” said Chris Parker, 13 of San Clemente. Whale watching passenger, two-year old Vivian Rose, told her mommy she was going to eat her vegetables so she would grow to be big and strong like Sultan.

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Sultan Kosen stands with Dr. Eric Johnson and the rest of his dental team at a press conference last week. Photo by Chris Bashaw

respectively. “He was really gracious to the kids,” Brosche said, adding Kosen would wave and point out kids who patiently raised their hands to ask him a question. At 8 feet 4 inches Kosen overshadows Yao Ming, the National Basketball Association’s tallest, active player at 7 feet 6 inches. There is sometimes a discrepancy in reports of Kosen’s height: When he was crowned with the tallest man in the world in September 2009, he stood at 8 feet 1 inch; when he was measured at the University of Virginia last week he stood at 8 feet 4 inches. At a news conference on August 25, Garrett said Kosen “has since been measured at 8 feet 2 inches.” Whatever the circumstances surrounding the discrepancies in Kosen’s height, it is an

undeniable fact that he’s tall—so much so that his height cripples him: He must use crutches to support him wherever he walks or stands. Kosen’s crown as the Tallest Man in the World is inherited from Leonid Stadnyk of the Ukraine, who measured 8 feet 5 inches but has since refused to be measured by the Guinness Book of World Records. Stadnyk hates his height, once saying it was “God’s biggest punishment for [him].” Kosen, however, said being the tallest man in the world has changed his life for the better. “Before I was crowned with the title, I was almost living in a box; Guinness Book of World Records [has] opened that box,” he said. “I’ve been to several countries [and] some people are fascinated by me or scared, but at the end of the day I’m a normal person—so don’t be scared,” Kosen added. SC


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Sharks vs. Dolphins, Dana Hills High School Sept. 3, 7 p.m. In a battle for the seas, the Dolphins will host the Sharks of Santiago High School in their opening game of the 2010 season. Info:

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Giants vs. Dodgers, UCI Invitational, Dodger Stadium Anteater Pool Sept. 3, 7:10 p.m. Sept. 4-5, 8 a.m.

Indians vs. Angels, Angel Stadium Sept. 6, 7 p.m.

Dolphins vs. Lions, JSerra High School Sept. 7, 5 p.m.

As the regular season enters its final month, the Dodgers are still in the hunt for October, but first have to figure out how to get past the Giants in this three-game series. Info:

The Anteaters are back in the pool for the 2010 season and will start with a friendly group of games that will also include top ranked programs like USC and Stanford. Info:

After back-to-back series on the road against Seattle and Oakland the Angels return to Anaheim for a three-game series with the Indians.

The Lady Dolphins get back to the court as they travel to play JSerra in their first scrimmage match of the season.


Prime Time at DMJs

Billabong Surfing America Prime Event No. 1 at Camp Pendleton kicks off competition series By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


t’s that time of year again. Time for the best under-18 surfers in the Western United States to gather together in competition vying for points to earn invitations to the Surfing America USA Championships in June and a chance to compete for a coveted spot on the 2012 PacSun USA Surf Team. The 2010/2011 series kicked off on August 28 and 29 with event No. 1 at Del Mar Jetties (DMJs) on Camp Pendleton. Competitors were greeted with an ample south swell (3- to 6-foot) and only mild wind, on and off, during the two-day event. Saturday’s overcast gave way to a more sunny Sunday and surfers were treated to a late afternoon glass-off on both days. The DMJs contest has served as the traditional kick-off event of the now three-year-old Prime series and seems a very patriotic place to debut each season’s Team USA West Coast hopefuls. Surfing America, the National Governing Body for surfing in the USA, produces the Surfing America Prime Series presented by Got Milk? with the support of sponsors including the California Milk Processor Board, PacSun, Billabong, Hurley, O’Neill, Vans, New Era, Verizon, Gidget, Kicker, Surfer, Surfing, TransWorld SURF,, Fuel TV, and Eastern Surf Magazine. Invitee selection is based on Western Surfing Association (WSA) ratings, after Westerns, and National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) season ratings. Competition is organized around 4-man, 20-minute heats and judging is performed to Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) standards by ASP certified judges. Surfing America Prime also holds a contest series on the East Coast. The West Coast series schedule includes six stops at some of the West Coast’s top breaks: August 28-29: Camp Pendleton, DMJs; October 9: San Onofre State Beach, Church Beach; November 13-14: Dana Point, Salt Creek Beach; January 16-17: Santa Cruz, Steamer Lane; February 19 -20: San Onofre State Beach, Upper Trestles (tentative); March 19-20: Oceanside Harbor, South Jetty (tentative). At the season’s conclusion, the top four event scores will be tallied and the resulting ratings will determine invites for the Surfing

Lulu Erkeneff of Dana Point took fourth place in Girls U16 at the highly competitive Surfing America Prime Event No. 1 at Camp Pendleton on August 28. Photo by McDaniel/

RESULTS: Billabong Surfing America Prime, Presented by Got Milk?, Event No. 1 Camp Pendleton, Del Mar Jetties BOYS U14: 1. Kanoa Igarashi, Huntington Beach, 13.56; 2. Jacob Davis, Capistrano Beach, 12.73; 3. Jake Marshall, 10.60 pts, 4. Colt Ward, San Clemente, 10.23. BOYS U16: 1. Parker Coffin, Santa Barbara, 13.37; 2. Kanoa Igarashi, Huntington Beach, 13.10; 3. Patrick Curren, Santa Barbara, 11.17; 4. Taylor Clark, Encinitas, 11.13. BOYS U18: 1. Conner Coffin, Santa Barbara, 15.74; 2. Derek Peters, Huntington Beach, 13.06; 3. Taylor Clark, Encinitas, 11.80; 4. Jacob Halstead, La Jolla, 9.30. GIRLS U16: 1. Kulia Doherty, San Clemente, 9.17; 2. Harley Taich, La Jolla, 7.20; 3. Frankie Harrer, Malibu, 6.93; 4. Lulu Erkeneff, Dana Point, 5.36. GIRLS U18: 1. Lakey Peterson, Santa Barbara, 14.83; 2. Lani Doherty, San Clemente, 10.73; 3. Jasset Umbel, Florida, 8.20; 4. Kulia Doherty, San Clemente, 7.83. America USA Championships in June of 2011. The 2012 PacSun USA Surf Team will be selected after the USA Championships. For more information, log on to and to follow this season’s action via Verizon Live Webcast, tune in to DP

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S C O R E B OA R D Softball / Kickball City of Dana Point Adult Softball and Kickball: September 1, 2010 Key: W=wins, L=losses, T=ties MONDAY SOFTBALL: 1. Prestige Worldwide, W-8, L-0, T-0; 2. Feel the Heat, W-5, L-3, T-0; 3. No Glove No Love, W-4, L-4, T-0; 4. Dr. Eckl’s Green Team, W-3, L-5, T-0; 5. The Blasters, W-2, L-6, T-0; 6. Caliente Cantina, W-2, L-6, T-0. MONDAY KICKBALL: 1. Skills that Kill, W-6, L-2, T-0; 2. Cobra Kai, W-5, L-1, T-2; 3. bAllStars, W2, L-5, T-1; 4. St. Regis Blue Ball Crushers, W-1, L-6, T-1. WEDNESDAY SOFTBALL: 1. Ricardo’s Place, W-7, L-1, T-0; 2. Where My Pitches At?, W-6, L-2, T-0; 3. Da Playaz, W2, L-4, T-0; 4. Balls & Dolls, W-1, L-7, T-0. WEDNESDAY KICKBALL: 1. Dirtbags, W-7, L-1, T-1; 2. Absolut Ballers, W-6, L-2, T-0; 3. Free Ballers, W-3, L-3, T-2; 4. Mixed Nuts, W-3, L-4, T-1; 5. Sofa Kings, W-3, L-5, T-0; 6. The Ballers, W-1, L-7, T-0.

Grom of the MONTH Ben Bagg Age: 14, Marco Forster Middle School An enthusiastic participant in US Ocean Safety Junior Lifeguards for the past five years, Ben Bagg returned as an assistant this summer. Lifeguarding is “in his blood” according to many that know this versatile young waterman whose next goal is to become a lifeguard. He recently won the intense physical “iron man” style contest—a grueling series of “run, swim, paddle” physical challenges—in both of this year’s Junior Lifeguard sessions. “His stamina is amazing. When I surf with him he takes all the waves. I’ve been making him a deal; he owes me three waves for every ride to the beach,” joked his dad Michael. Ben will start his freshman year at San Juan Hills High in the fall and plans to try out for the surf team. The 2009/2010 season was Ben’s Courtesy photo first year of surf competition. He did very well in NSSA interscholastic competition—third at States and fifth at Nationals in longboard. Prior to catching the competitive surfing bug a year or so ago, he played lacrosse for the La Paz Storm, NJB basketball, baseball, San Clemente Flag Football and soccer. Ben finished his middle school career in high style by earning straight As, was honored for having perfect attendance in all three years at Marco Forster and was “the backbone” of the longboard team. Ben plans to spend the rest of summer surfing his favorite breaks—Church Beach and the Point at San Onofre. —AS

SURF RESULTS NSSA Southwest Explorer Event No. 1 August 28-29, 2010 Huntington Beach, Pier Local finishers only. JUNIORS: 3. Breyden Taylor, San Clemente. MENEHUENE: 3. Kei Kobayashi, San Clemente. SUPER GROMS: 4. Noah Hohenester, San Clemente. WOMEN: 4. Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente. GIRLS: 3. Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente. LONGBOARD: 2. Christian Stutzman, San Clemente.

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In Fine Formation

Dolphins looking to build experience and knowledge one game at a time on the gridiron this fall



In Fine Formation Dolphins looking to build experience and knowledge one game at a time on the gridiron this fall BY STEVE BREAZEALE


wo years ago, head coach Brent Melbon was handed the reins to a team that, the year before went 1-8 in 2007. Now after implementing his tactics and shifting the team’s mindset to focus on his style of play, he has turned Dana Hills into a top contender in the tough South Coast League. 2009 was somewhat bittersweet for the Dolphins. They made a big statement and dominated the South Coast league, going 4-1 in league play. The Dolphins’ effectiveness within league is just the sort of thing that Melbon and his staff have come to expect from their teams. But on the other hand, they came within one win of a league title in the last game of the regular season against Mission Viejo and were eventually ousted from the playoffs by Edison. The Dolphins had a great season considering where they came from the year before but after getting that close only to fall short is a tough blow. Now, after a year in which they had seven returning starters, the 2010 version of Melbon’s Dolphins find themselves with only four- and three of them will be playing both sides of the ball. Almost all of the offensive line is gone but will be anchored by two solid seniors. The defensive line is plagued with injuries and the linebacker core will have three players who are brand new to the position. Needless to say, Melbon’s goal for the off-season has been an attempt to build experience and knowledge. But at the Dolphins’ core, there is a solid group of playmakers who have the ability to take over games. Their skill positions will be stacked and even though some players are at new positions, they are seniors who have been around the game long enough to know that anything can happen out on the gridiron come Friday night. TRIPLE THREAT The Dolphins have something that most teams in high school football do not: A triple threat of top talent at three important skill positions—on both sides of the ball. Melbon describes the senior trio consisting of quarterback/strong safety Trent Mason, wide receiver/ defensive back Chris Kearney and new transfer running back/cornerback Tyler Shirozono as: “Three home run hitters…those three alone are going to cause defenses a lot of problems”.

Trent Mason and Chris Kearney at summer practice. Photo by Gibby/

Okie Dokie In an attempt to switch up their defensive looks, the Dolphins will

employ a scheme that Melbon describes as “old school.” It is called the 50-Okie. Normally the Dolphins defense has four linemen up front, but in the Okie there will be five. The extra lineman allows the Dolphins’ noseguard to line up with the opposing teams’ center. Look for it in short yardage scenarios when Dana is trying to stop the run. Entering his senior year and poised to have his biggest season yet, veteran Chris Kearney is an opposing teams’ worst nightmare. With almost Swiss army knife-like versatility, Kearney can play both sides of the ball at a very high level. “I think he’s one of the three best players in the county personally,” Melbon said, “He does everything and he’s even improved a lot [over the off-season].” In 2010, Kearney will be a part of the Dolphins’ game plan on almost every down. On his list of positions that already includes receiver, defensive back, punter, punt returner and kick returner, Kearney will also see more snaps at the tailback position in 2010. Mason has emerged as one of the teams’ leaders on the field. With a big frame and explosive quickness, he is a rare type of quarterback. “He’s the strongest quarterback we’ve had,





Sept. 3

Corona Santiago

Dana Hills

7 p.m.

Sept. 10

Aliso Niguel

Aliso Niguel

7 p.m.

Sept. 16



7 p.m.

Sept. 24

Mission Hills

Dana Hills

7 p.m.

Oct. 1

El Toro

El Toro

7 p.m.

Oct. 8

Capistrano Valley

Dana Hills

7 p.m.

Oct. 15

Mission Viejo

Mission Viejo

7 p.m.

Oct. 22

San Clemente

Dana Hills

7 p.m.

Oct. 29


Dana Hills

7 p.m.

Nov. 5

Trabuco Hills

Trabuco Hills

7 p.m.


when I look at my records,” Melbon said. You don’t usually see a quarterback playing both sides of the field, but Mason’s skills are anything but usual. He is a second team all league strong safety and helps shut down opposing teams as well as run the score up against them. Mason rushed for 257 yards last year and should add another running option out of the quarterback spot for the Dolphins this year. A newcomer to Dana Hills, transfer Tyler Shirozono gives the Dolphins explosive talent in the backfield. The running back started last year at his old school, JSerra, and comes in highly touted. “He’s got great balance, he’s real shifty, he’s got great vision and he’s got break-away speed,” Melbon said. STEPPING UP A key concern for Melbon and his staff this off-season was the depth of their offensive/defensive lines and the gaping hole at the linebacker positions. With the loss of graduating seniors and an injury to senior defensive end, Taylor Perdue, the Dolphins are stretched thin. Melbon has had to insert juniors into these positions and will have to wait and see if they can produce like veterans. Seniors Cody Meddaugh and Taylor McReynolds should solidify things up front on defense and junior Matt Romano has had a great summer settling into Purdue’s former defensive end position according to Melbon. But the middle is where the head coach is most concerned. Fortunately, senior Tanner Denso has shown over the off-season that he will do what it takes for his team to succeed. The


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’09 Record: 9-3 (4-1 in South Coast League) Playoffs: Loss to Edison in second round 46-16 Returning Starters: Offense: 3; Defense: 3 Offensive set: Spread Defensive: 4-3, 4-4 and new Okie 50-50 Head Coach: Brent Melbon Coaching Staff: John Donnelly (Asst. Head Coach, Def. Coordinator); Phil Skinner (Off. Line coach); Mike Molinaro (Running backs/Defensive backs coach); Tim Kuzunic (Wide Receivers coach); Bill Mazurek (Defensive ends coach); Les Owens (Defensive tackles coach)

senior is moving from his normal defensive back position to go and play strong side linebacker. Joining Denso at the linebacker positions will be juniors Will McKinley, who will play up the middle, and Colton Freedman, who will play the weak side. The offensive line is also a spot where inexperience could hurt the Dolphins. The starting roster currently consists of three junior offensive linemen responsible for creating holes and blocking for the Dolphins’ talented backfield. Just like on defense, Meddaugh and McReynolds will be the only two on the line who have much experience. Melbon stressed how the current offensive line is just as strong as last years, but what makes them different is the experience level. Juniors Forrest Anderson (LG), Wade Kraus (RG) and Garret Guidotti (RT) will make up the rest of the Dolphins line. This influx of young talent is something that Melbon seems to think the teams’ success will hinge on. “Football always comes down to what you do up front and the linemen are the key and we’re young up front, they have to get good quick, they have to grow up,” Melbon said. “Hopefully with the experience, they get the knowledge and improve; if they do then we can be pretty good, if they don’t…you know the playmakers can only do so much.” SOUTH COAST GAUNTLET The South Coast League is one of the more competitive leagues in Southern California high school football. The powerhouse that is Mission Viejo coupled with emerging programs like Tesoro and Trabuco Hills makes for a daunting schedule. Not only is the Dolphins’ league schedule tough, they will be playing against an Edison High team that is ranked No. 20 in the nation according to Melbon, however, seems to be focusing his teams’ attention at the task at hand and will worry about league play when the time comes. “The first game [against Santiago] is important just because we’re young. If we can get a win, that would really help the confidence and development of the kids,” Melbon said. Even down to his game preparation, Melbon is sticking to his off-season mentality of building experience and knowledge one game at a time. “There are no easy games on the schedule. It’s going to be a mighty tough task,” Melbon said, “If we stay healthy and mature quick, we’ll be in every game. We’ll play tough and the kids will play hard.” DP





Danny McAndrews

DB, WR 5-9/165 12


Eddie Flynn

DB, WR 5-11/170 12


Chris Kearney

DB, WR 6-0/185 12


Andrew Jitratanajinda

DB, WR 5-11/175 11


Trent Mason


6-3/205 12


Conner Kelly


5-10/185 12


Mathias Bedolfe

DB, WR 6-0/180 12


Taylor Perue



Logan Warren

DB, WR 5-9/150 10


Matt Romano

DE, WR 6-3/205 11


Ryan Nicholson



Hunter Briggs

DB, WR 6-2/180 11


Shane Scambray



6-2/200 12



5-8/175 12

25 Dylan Bernier

DB, WR 6-0/170 12

26 Colton Freedman

DB, WR 5-11/185 11

28 Brenden Beckley


29 Joe Klingensmith

DB, WR 5-9/170 12



5-10/160 11

32 Will McKinley


6-0/200 11



5-10/175 11

Jimmy Dean

DB, WR 5-9/170 11


Luis Prior


5-9/190 11

44 Tanner Denso


5-10/205 12

47 Mitch Marowitz

DB, WR 5-9/160 11

50 Mike Brown


6-0/240 11



6-0/260 11

53 Joey Vasco


6-0/235 11

54 Michael Pearson


5-11/210 12

55 Taylor McReynolds


6-3/225 12

56 Wade Kraus


6-0/230 11

57 Devin Vise


6-5/185 10

58 Edgar Avelino


5-6/185 12

60 Blair Darr


6-1/215 12

64 Stephan Hudgins


5-8/195 12

65 Brandon Strickland


6-1/215 12

66 Brett Wilshire


6-1/260 11

70 Brennan Calley


5-10/205 11

72 Mason Cummings


6-1/210 10


Garret Guidotti


6-3/235 11


Daniel Hoffman


6-3/270 11

77 Tyler Wileman


6-5/240 11

78 Cody Meddaugh


6-3/270 12

79 Gage Gross


Wide Receiver

Tyler Shirozono (5-8, 175): A newcomer to the South Coast league, the JSerra transfer completes a triple threat at the skill positions for the Dolphins. Coach Melbon describes Shirozono’s vision and ability to cut up-field quickly as the keys to his success.

Brenden Beckley (6-1, 170): As the kicker for the Dolphins last year, Beckley racked up a team high 85 points and averaged just over seven points a game. Look for Beckley stepping up to make a clutch field goal when a game is on the line in 2010.





Taylor McReynolds (6-3, 225): The center position is often one of the most overlooked in football, but McReynolds plays the position as well as you could ask for. The line will need his experience and leadership if they are to form a solid unit.


Wide Receiver


#2 Eddie Flynn #15 Hunter Briggs

6-1/170 12

35 Colin Kennedy

Forrest Anderson

Chris Kearney (6-0, 185): About as athletic and versatile as they come. Kearney played a huge part in the Dolphins’ success last year where he played multiple positions. In 2010, Kearney will continue to be the go-to guy for coach Melbon’s playmaking needs.


6-3/180 11

DB, WR 6-1/160 12

Jonny Ontivero

Trent Mason (6-3, 205): Playing as a back up last year behind Josh Dean, 2010 will be Mason’s year to make his mark. The senior, who Melbon says is the strongest player at the position in recent history, has the ability to make explosive plays on both sides of the ball.

5-11/205 11

20 Keith Montross Tyler Shirozono



#1 Danny McAndrews #4 Andrew Jitratanajinda

#78 Cody Meddaugh #77 Tyler Wileman

#51 Forrest Anderson #60 Blair Darr

#55 Taylor McReynolds #70 Brennan Calley

#56 Wade Kraus

#75 Garret Guidotti

#3 Chris Kearney #10 Logan Warren

#8 Mathias Bedolfe #11 Matt Romano


Running Back

“NO HUDDLE, HURRY UP, SPREAD” OFFENSE #5 Trent Mason #16 Shane Scambray

#21 Tyler Shirozono #32 Will McKinley

T H R E E T O WAT C H D E F E N S E Cody Meddaugh (6-3, 270): As a second team all league defensive player in 2009, Meddaugh solidified his spot on this year’s squad. Last year he amassed 64 tackles to go along with 6.5 sacks. This year, Melbon will have Meddaugh starting at both the LT and DT positions, which shows how unique a player he is. As a member of the 1,100 pound club and a great student of the game, Meddaugh is a force to be reckoned with, no matter what side of the ball he is on.

Eddie Flynn (5-11, 170): This year Flynn will be one of the many Dolphins who will start at both sides of the ball. Flynn’s speed and agility should be a good fit at the cornerback position, where Melbon thinks he will play very well.

Tanner Denso (5-10, 205): The senior will be playing in a whole new position this year in an attempt by Melbon and his staff to strengthen an inexperienced linebacker core. Last year at the safety position, Denso had 29 tackles. This year, he will have to adjust and help bring veteran leadership to a position that Melbon sees as a big question mark on his depth charts.




“4-3” DEFENSE End


Cornerback #11 Matt Romano #9 Taylor Perue

#2 Eddie Flynn #20 Keith Montross

5-11/235 12


Free Safety

#4 Andrew Jitratanajinda #3 Chris Kearney

#78 Cody Meddaugh #75 Garret Guidotti

Outside Linebacker

#44 Tanner Denso

#55 Taylor McReynolds, #79 Gage Gross

Inside Linebacker

#32 Will McKinley #57 Devon Vise

#60 Blair Darr, #57 Devon Vise #8 Mathias Bedolfe #21 Tyler Shirozono

Outside Linebacker

Strong Safety

#26 Colton Freedman #33 Jimmy Dean

#5 Trent Mason #47 Mitch Marowitz



September 10

September 16

September 24

October 1

SANTIAGO SHARKS Location: Dana Hills Time: 7 p.m.

ALISO NIGUEL WOLVERINES Location: Aliso Niguel Time: 7 p.m.

EDISON CHARGERS Location: Huntington Beach High Time: 7 p.m.

MISSION HILLS GRIZZLIES Location: Dana Hills Time: 7 p.m.

EL TORO CHARGERS Location: El Toro Time: 7 p.m.

ABOUT THE SHARKS 2009 Record: 5-6 (4-3 league) 09 vs. DH: DNP Affiliation: Big VIII Coach: Jeff Steinberg 2010 Team Overview: The Sharks will have plenty to build on in 2010 as they field a healthy mix of six returning starters on offense and five returning on defense. Last season, the Sharks were a very pass heavy team. They threw for 2,166 yards and their former quarterback, Brandon Connette, connected with his receivers for 18 touchdown passes. The Dolphins should expect the same kind of offensive attack out of the Sharks this year as Santiago’s leading receiver, junior Jemond Hazely is returning. Last year Hazely led the team in receptions (44) and receiving yards (695). Joining Hazely in the passing lanes will be senior WR Mile O’Dell, who had 33 receptions for 374 yards in 2009.

ABOUT THE WOLVERINES 2009 Record: 2-8 (0-5 league) 09 vs. DH: Loss 50-0 Affiliation: Sea View Coach: Jeff Veeder 2010 Team Overview: They key to the Wolverines’ success in 2010 will be their defense. Last year they allowed an average of 35.4 points scored against them. That’s a number that needs to come down if they are to have their first winning season since 2006. The Wolverines’ rushing game was somewhat anemic last year as well. With seven different players getting 10 or more touches over the course of the year, Aliso only ran for a total of 708 yards as a team. The task of maintaining the Wolverines active passing game looks to be senior Andrew Ossola’s (5-11, 155) responsibility. Last year, with limited snaps, Ossola completed 50 percent of his 19 passes and threw for 124 yards.

ABOUT THE CHARGERS 2009 Record: 13-1 (5-0 league) 09 vs. DH: Won 34-17 Affiliation: Sunset Coach: Dave White 2010 Team Overview: When Dana Hills hits the road to play Edison this year, you can expect some high tension. Last year, the Chargers put a dent in the Dolphins’ season early, beating them 34-17. After that defeat the Dolphins went on a winning streak that put them in the playoffs, only to find themselves squaring off with Edison yet again. The outcome was the same and Dana Hills’ season ended with a 46-16 loss. But this year the Dolphins will see a different, less experienced Edison team. They will be without starting QB Matt Viles, who torched the Dolphins last September with a season high 485 passing yards and three touchdowns. The Chargers will also be without star WR/RB, Wade Houston.

ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES 2009 Record: 9-3 (4-1 league) 09 vs. DH: DNP Affiliation: Avocado – East Coach: Chris Hauser 2010 Team Overview: After a solid 2009, the Grizzlies enter the new season with some familiar faces. Senior Hunter More (6-3, 190) returns to lead the offense along with four other offensive starters. With the offense returning a healthy number of players, the defensive side appears to be lacking. Only two starters from last year will be returning on defense. Luckily for the Grizzlies, their senior middle linebacker John Ludlow (5-11, 210) is back. With no other defensive starters in tow, Ludlow will have to show his experience as he plays one of the more crucial positions in the game.

ABOUT THE CHARGERS 2009 record: 8-4 (4-1 league) 2009 vs. DH: Loss 34-13 Affiliation: Sea View Coach: Robert Frith 2010 Team Overview: The Chargers will be playing this year with a chip on their shoulder. A solid 2009 proved that they can play in the tough Sea View League, but with only 10 players returning from last year’s squad, they will have to prove that ‘09 was no fluke. The good news for El Toro is that of the 10 returning players , several of them were key parts of their 2009 run. Holding down the offensive line will be tackle Jack Alvarez (6-4, 280). If Alvarez can unite the offensive line, it will make room for senior running back Nico Jackson to do some damage. Jackson led the team in rushing with 77.2 yds/game last season.

October 8

October 15

October 22

October 29

November 5

CAPO VALLEY COUGARS Location: Dana Hills Time: 7 p.m.

MISSION VIEJO DIABLOS Location: Mission Viejo Time: 7 p.m.

SAN CLEMENTE TRITONS Location: Dana Hills Time: 7 p.m.

TESORO TITANS Location: Dana Hills Time: 7 p.m.

TRABUCO HILLS MUSTANGS Location: Trabuco Hills Time: 7 p.m.

ABOUT THE COUGARS 2009 record: 4-6 (1-4 league) 09 vs. DH: Loss 34-17 Affiliation: Sea View Coach: Matt Poston 2010 Team Overview: The Cougars appear to have a tough season ahead with only seven players (four on offense, three on defense) returning. They will have to play with a new QB with top RBs and WRs in the mix. But whoever steps into the new QB position will have two legitimate WRs to throw to in seniors Cole Winninghoff (6-4, 185) and Alex Heineman (6-1, 195). Capo Valley slightly improved last year under new coach Matt Poston—3-7 in 2008-09 to 4-6 in 2009-10. With another year of experience under his belt, and an easier schedule, Poston and the Cougars should come away with a few more wins than last year and develop a progressive trend in the win category.

ABOUT THE DIABLOS 2009 record: 12-1 (5-0 league) 09 vs. DH: Won 49- 17 Affiliation: South Coast Coach: Bob Johnson 2010 Team Overview: On paper, the reigning South Coast league champs appear to be at a disadvantage before they kick off their 2010 season. The Diablos will be without their starting QB, top RB and WR from the 2009-2010 season. But coach Bob Johnson has pride in his program’s depth. Year after year new players are inserted into the system and for the most part, they get results. 2010 looks to be no exception as the junior varsity team went a perfect 10-0 last year. Five players will return for Johnson on offense and five will be returning on defense. As a sophomore last year, junior QB Alex Bridgford completed 64 percent of his passes for a total of 339 yards and should win the spot for 2010.

ABOUT THE TRITONS 2009 Record: 6-5 (3-2 league) 09 vs. DH: Loss 38-14 Affiliation: South Coast Coach: Eric Patton 2010 Team Overview: A game against San Clemente is always a big one for both schools. The fact that the Dolphins get to play the Tritons at home will be a much needed advantage. Last year, Dana Hills earned an important league win and beat San Clemente 38-14. San Clemente will have a new QB in junior Travis Wilson (6-6, 215), who has been studying the Triton offense for the past two years. The Dolphins will have to try and stop Wilson from connecting with the senior WR tandem of Jordan Micalef (6-2, 185) and Terell Johnson (5-8, 160). Both receivers had effective 2009 seasons and are a threat against any team’s secondary.

ABOUT THE TITANS 2009 Record: 2009 Record: 5-5 (2-3 league) 09 vs. DH: Loss 37-34 Affiliation: South Coast Coach: Brian Barnes 2010 Team Overview: Coach Brian Barnes and his team are looking to rebuild. They were 13-1 in 2008 but only managed a five win season in 2009-2010. The Titans struggled in league play last year and won only two South Coast league games. But aside from all of the mediocrity of last year, the Titans have a lot to look forward to in 2010. A key part of the Titans defense will rest on the shoulders of senior defensive end, Sean O’Grady (6-3, 230). Last year, O’Grady had 48 total tackles to go along with 5.5 sacks. Tesoro’s top receiver, Kyle Woolbright, is also returning for 2010. Woolbright looks to follow up on an impressive 2009 where he had 42 receptions and 989 all purpose yards.

ABOUT THE MUSTANGS 2009 Record: 2009 record: 12-2 (5-0 league) 09 vs. DH: DNP Affiliation: South Coast Coach: Scott Orloff 2010 Team Overview: Trabuco Hills’ depth charts have been depleted due to graduating seniors and will only have five returning players for the 2010 season. And the Mustangs will be without their starting quarterback, top running back and top receiver from 2009. Even though they are missing key offensive players from last year, Trabuco Hills will maintain their steady defensive squad that kept them in games in 2009. Last year, the Mustangs allowed an average of 10.2 points scored against them. Senior linebacker Nick Cody (6-1, 225) will be a key figure on defense as he looks to back up a junior year where he had 81 total tackles that included 5.5 sacks.



Dana Point Times  

Vol. 3, Issue 36, September 3-9, 2010

Dana Point Times  

Vol. 3, Issue 36, September 3-9, 2010