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City and Business Calendar Saturday, November 27 “Thanks to the Ocean” Beach Cleanup 9 a.m. – Noon Everyone is invited to the last Adopt-a-Beach cleanup of the year to “give thanks” to the ocean for the joy and beauty it provides. Meet at 9 a.m. at the new Lifeguard Headquarters, adjacent to the mouth of San Juan Creek at Doheny State Beach.

Tuesday, November 30 Senior Christmas Tree Decorating Luncheon 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Dana Point Community Center, 34052 Del Obispo

Street. Donations of $4 per person will be appreciated. For more information, call 949.248.3536.

Toastmasters 7 p.m. Dana Point Harbor Toastmasters meets every Tuesday at the Dana Point Library. 33841 Niguel Road, 949.496.2275, www.danaharbor.

Coastmasters 7 a.m. the Coastmasters of Dana Point (a Toastmasters affiliate) meets every Thursday at the Jolly Roger Restaurant, 34661 Golden Lantern, 949.496.9610,

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Friday, December 3

Sunrise Rotary Club 7 a.m. the Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at the Ritz-Carlton. 1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, 949.493.2759,

Harbor Hospitality Night 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dana Point Harbor. Admission is free.

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…Restraining Order Closes Medical Marijuana Dispensary?

THE LATEST: On November 19, the Orange County Superior Court issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting the operation of the Holistic Health medical marijuana dispensary located in Dana Point. A previously received injunction against the dispensary—based on zoning violations—was temporarily stayed by the state of California. Despite this fact, the city is cautiously optimistic that the Court of Appeal won’t intervene this time, since the basis for this injunction is the failure of the dispensary to operate in compliance with the California medical marijuana laws, including for-profit marijuana sales, said Dana Point City Attorney Patrick Munoz. A sign posted at the entrance to the dispensary reads: “Holistic Health is temporarily closed due to our endless battle against the city of Dana Point. We are continuing to fight and are hoping to re-open in about a week. Please feel free to call 949.542.7722 for updates. Thank you for your continued support!” WHAT’S NEXT: The closure order stands, pending a December 3 hearing on a preliminary injunction. FIND OUT MORE: Stay tuned for updates. —Andrea Swayne


…Homeless Shelter Seeks Volunteers?

THE LATEST: Capo Beach Calvary (CBC) Tri City Homeless shelter opened Saturday, November 20. This year the shelter will be hosting men and women from Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano in need of shelter. By the third day of operation, the shelter had already accommodated 45 overnight guests. The shelter is situated in the café area of the Capo Beach Calvary Church at 25975 Domingo Avenue in Capistrano Beach and opens nightly at 9 p.m., after all ministries have been completed. Overnight guests leave the shelter at 6 p.m. each morning. The shelter is a non-government organization supported by numerous other churches in

the tri-city area as well as generous donations from the public. WHAT’S NEXT: The shelter is in desperate need of a few good men and women to serve as volunteer chaperones for overnight guests. To volunteer, please call Joel Ravan at 503.781.7537 or Bill Devin at 949.295.8497. CBC shelter will be open until March 2011. FIND OUT MORE: Homeless Ministry contacts are as follows: Pastor Steve Hagy, 949.412.6775; Assistant Pastor Bill Devin, 949.295.8497; Assistant Pastor Curtis, 949.456.3100; Overnight Chaperone Coordinator Joel Ravan, 503.781.7537; Donations Coordinator, Jess, 949.554.4627 and Food Preparation Coordinator, Vivien Hartley, 949,291.6546. To find out more about the Capo Beach Calvary Tri-City Homeless Shelter log on to the CBC website at www. —AS


…Child Molester Sentenced?

THE LATEST: An intramural sports coach from San Clemente was sentenced this month to 51 years to life in state prison for molesting three boys, ages 11 to 13, after befriending their families and spending time alone with the victims, and for being in possession of more than 2,000 explicit pornographic images and videos of children. Cameron Joseph Baca, 29, was found guilty by a jury August 5 of nine felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14, four felony counts of distribution of pornography to a minor, one felony count of attempted lewd acts on a child under 14 and one felony count of possession of child pornography. Between Jan. 2, 2006, and Dec. 18, 2008, Baca molested three boys between 11 and 13 years old. The defendant met the victims while working as their intramural sports coach for football, lacrosse and basketball in South Orange County, including San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano. Baca befriended the families of the victims and groomed the boys by spending time with them, attending their sporting events that he was not coaching, buying them baseball cards and inviting them to his home for meals and to do work around the house.

Baca sexually assaulted the three victims including touching their penises and buttocks and engaging in oral copulation. The defendant also showed the victims pornography. In December 2008, John Doe #1 told his family about an assault. Investigation by sheriff’s deputies revealed two additional victims. WHAT’S NEXT: A mother of one of the victims submitted a victim impact statement read at Baca’s sentencing. She wrote, “I trusted you! I loved you like my own children. But you sir are incapable of knowing what love truly is. Instead you were a predator and we were your prey.” FIND OUT MORE: See the District Attorney’s full announcement at www.danapointtimes. com —Jonathan Volzke


…A Curfew Sweep?

THE LATEST: Dana Point was part of the largest-ever Orange County curfew sweep conducted November 18 by more than 300 law enforcement officers, netting 51 juveniles in violation of city curfew laws. These curfew sweeps, organized by the Gang Reduction and Intervention Partnership (GRIP), aim to prevent juveniles from being victims of or participants in gang crimes. GRIP works to identify at-risk youth, increase school attendance, and decrease gang activity. Starting late Thursday and continuing into early Friday morning, officers patrolled Orange County cities and unincorporated areas for children ages 17 and under. Curfews in Dana Point begin at 11 p.m., and last until 6 a.m. Minors are prohibited from being in public during these hours unless they are accompanied by a parent or participating in employment, educational or emergency activities. Countywide, minors ranged from 12 to 17 years old. The curfew sweeps focused mainly on areas with a high volume of gang and/or criminal activity and all gang injunction Safety Zones. The minors found in violation of curfew laws were taken in patrol cars to sheriff’s headquarters and held until their parents arrived to pick them up.

WHAT’S NEXT: The legal consequences of violating curfew laws could include misdemeanor criminal prosecution with penalties ranging from fines up to six months in jail for the parent or juvenile hall for the child, plus the associated financial costs. Parents also met with representatives from Community Service Programs, Inc. for information on resources available to them to help with their children. FIND OUT MORE: See the full announcement at —JV


…Cox Cell Phones?

THE LATEST: Orange County is one of three markets where Cox Communications is launching its “Unbelievably Fair” mobile phone service. The OC joins Omaha, Neb. and Hampton Roads, Va. The decision comes, company officials said, after Cox’s market research revealed that consumers wanted a more fair approach to wireless and Cox is responding with MoneyBack Minutes. Cox is the first wireless carrier to provide cash back on customers’ bills for unused minutes each month—up to $20 a month—a departure from the industry standard in which consumers lose unused minutes or carry them over month-to-month. Additionally, Cox Wireless automatically provides customers with free text message Usage Alerts when they approach their maximum number of monthly minutes and messages, the company said in an announcement. Bundling packages with other Cox services is also available. WHAT’S NEXT: Cox Wireless will debut with Cox features already integrated into many of the mobile devices, such as the ability to program the home DVR and see TV listings from their mobile device. Additional features include Voice Mail to Text, which converts voice mail messages to text and delivers them to the Cox Wireless devices. FIND OUT MORE: For more information about Cox Wireless service, see or the Cox Solutions Store inside Dewey’s TV at 1542 N. El Camino Real in San Clemente or at 28950 Golden Lantern in Laguna Niguel. —JV

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Back in the Black Dana Point business community joins Small Business Saturday movement in an effort to encourage residents to shop locally By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


lack Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, the traditionally biggest shopping day of the year, is here again. With current economic conditions, local businesses—and businesses in general—are feeling an urgent need for holiday sales to pull them out of the red and into the black. Then there’s Cyber Monday, the biggest online sales day of the year. But what is there in-between? What is there to encourage shopping local? Introducing the first-ever Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday was started by American Express OPEN and designed specifically to support the small business owner. With an eye on a great need for Americans to spend our money close to home near what Small Business Saturday refers to as, “the heartbeat of our communities and local economies,” American Express OPEN is asking shoppers to take a pledge in support of small businesses and join the movement. Both public and private advocacy groups have joined in this first-of-its-kind national effort that is using the new social media as the main avenue to “spread the word” and get us thinking about putting our money toward the hometown small businesses we love. Small Business Saturday has its own Facebook page, www., where online users can “like” Small Business Saturday and share news about the day and spread the word about specials being offered by local businesses with their Facebook friends. For every “like” the Facebook page receives, American Express will donate $1—up to $500,000—to Girls Inc. to be put toward the education of young women as tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. Twitter is also a popular venue for sharing this information. So far, the effort seems to be working like a charm. Thousands have joined the Facebook page and more and more are being added every minute. And, people are “buying” into the program, realizing that Small Business Saturday is not something only for American Express customers, but is instead, a sort of “cyber-generated shot in the arm” with a real potential to help heal the economy from the bottom up—a grassroots effort on a homegrown playing field. American Express has also announced that it will give a $25 credit to its first 100,000 cardholders who shop at a locally owned businesses on Saturday. To redeem the $25 credit offer, cardmembers must enroll online at They will also give $100 of free advertising on Facebook to the first 10,000 small businesses who sign up to promote the event. Business owners can also log on to download promotional materials and social media tools to promote their businesses on this inaugural Small Business Saturday. The Small Business Administration defines “small” as “any business with less than 500 employees.” That means that nearly every business in Dana Point is small. We all know them well, and quite frankly, the city wouldn’t be the same without them. The SBA says that over the last decade 60 to 80 percent of new jobs were generated by small businesses, represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms and employ half of all private sector employees. Small Business Saturday aims to remind us that as consumers we have the power to give our local economy a hand up by making one simple decision—the decision to make a concerted effort to do our holiday shopping within the city limits. Economic Development Manager Christy Teague has prepared a short, and very doable, list of three ways that Dana Point will benefit directly from its residents’ participation on Small Business Saturday. Here is what she had to say. 1. Buying local maintains and creates jobs. Half of all employees in the United States work for small businesses, and are currently the engine creating 60 percent of new jobs. By participating in Small Business Saturday, you foster job creation in a tangible way, by supporting Dana Point businesses and their employees.

Kathy McCool, owner of McCool’s Flowers says she’s “all in” when it comes to the Small Business Saturday movement. McCool Flowers is a 15-year staple in Dana Point. Photo by Jasmine Smith

2. Small business fosters a sense of community. If you walk through Town Center or the harbor, you will find a community of small business owners. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and hold our community together. By buying local and supporting your neighborhood small businesses, not only are you fostering a strong sense of community, but you are helping create a sense of place and destination. 3. Buying local boosts the local economy. According to Civic Economics, for every $100 spent at a local small business, $68 stays in the local economy through payroll, taxes and other purchases by the businesses. In Dana Point, most of our businesses are small businesses—which means when you shop local, more money stays local. The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce has joined in support of Small Business Saturday and is urging its members to also lend their support. The Chamber contacted Business Strategist Barbara Wold to get her take on the best reasons for local merchants and consumers to spend their holiday shopping budgets at home. Wold gave the following reasons as her Top 5 list: Buying local creates jobs. Small business fosters community. Buying local keeps the dream alive. Buying local boosts your local economy. And finally, buying local creates a ripple in society. That ripple is just what the doctor, or more appropriately, the economist ordered. American Express OPEN is hoping that a ripple effect will take hold with so many merchants and shoppers buying into the effort. McCool Flowers owner Kathy McCool says that local shoppers are the lifeblood of her business and without the support of Dana Point residents her business and many others wouldn’t be able to survive through these tough times. “I have a sign in my window right now that says ‘Now, More Than Ever, Shop Local’ to encourage people to shop small stores,” said McCool. “I am also wearing a button that says, ‘Shop Small Stores.’ It’s a play on words as in (s)mall stores, not mall stores. The sign and the button are conversation starters because people seem genuinely concerned with how we are doing and want us to stick around. I absolutely love Small Business Saturday. I think it is a brilliant effort and am happy that the idea has taken off so well.” McCool said she will join in by passing out coupons and offering discounts all day on Saturday. Marla Sherman Balmuth, owner of DaVine Food &Wine, says she will offer a 10 percent discount to any customers on Saturday, November 27 who mention Small Business Saturday while shopping at any of her three harbor area stores—Da Vine Food & Wine, Golden Galleon and the Upstairs Store. So, while doing your shopping on Saturday, think outside the box. As a tourist destination, Dana Point has many exciting adventures, activities, fine dining and weekend getaway

BLACK FRIDAY AND CYBER MONDAY STAYS LOCAL TOO After you get things going on Saturday, keep it local on Cyber Monday as well. Many local businesses are also offering online specials as well. The Ocean Institute has enhanced its online store to help support its educational programs. The online store is an extension of the Institute’s gift shop and will offer the following deals: On Friday, November 26, in-store guests will receive a 20 percent discount on all purchases and a free Ocean Institute canvas tote (limited quantity; available on a first-come, firstserved basis; discount cannot be combined with other offers). On Monday, November 29, online shoppers will receive a 10 percent discount and free shipping. Use coupon code “112910” at checkout. The online store can be found at The online store will also offer free shipping through the end of November The St. Regis Monarch Beach is also getting in on the Cyber Monday sales. Beginning on Monday, November 29, their online sale runs for five days only and offers special rates starting at $279 per night, representing a savings of more than 55 percent off. “The Cyber Monday Sale at The St. Regis Monarch Beach is our holiday gift to travelers,” said General Manager Johnny So. “We invite guests to take advantage of this limited-time special to enjoy a beautiful Southern California experience at its most legendary.” Cyber Monday rates will be available for stays between January 1 and April 30, 2011. Reservations can be made at www. opportunities. Whale watching and sportfishing adventures make great gifts as does dinner gift certificates, movie tickets and overnight stays at our beautiful resort hotels. Even something as simple as a gas or grocery gift card can make a great gift for the teens and college students in our lives. The harbor offers a bounty of interesting shopping opportunities. Have you ever stopped in at the Ocean Institute gift shop, the Laurena G. Chambers Gallery? You’ll be surprised at the variety of books, toys and decorative items you’ll find there. “Our store is a treasure trove of alluring items for all ages—things you typically won’t find elsewhere,” said store manager Debbie Franks. The point is, whatever you need, you can probably find it here... So get out and explore what Dana Point has to offer on Small Business Saturday. Get creative, have some fun and help the local community in the process. DP November 26–December 2, 2010 • Dana Point Times • Page 5

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What’s going on in our neighboring towns, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano Irvine. He served as Tournament Chairman for 18 years, setting the standard for others to follow. He also played on the wheelchair tennis tour and won the gold medal in doubles at the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona with the late Randy Snow. For his contributions to wheelchair tennis, Parks recently became the first person associated with wheelchair tennis to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Wheelchair tennis became a fully integrated part of the ITF in 1997 and has since become one of the fastest growing Paralympic sports, currently played in more than 100 countries. The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, organized by the ITF, currently consists of 160 tournaments in more than 40 countries offering more than $1 million in prize money. The tour includes wheelchair tennis events at all four Grand Slam tournaments. —USTA


New Gallery Opens in Los Rios District San Juan’s Los Rios District may be the oldest neighborhood in California but its historical significance certainly doesn’t prevent the buzzing yet bucolic area from producing fresh, new, progressive ideas. “This street is magical,” said new Los Rios gallery owner and San Juan resident Tim Rusmisel, scanning over his quaint neighboring storefronts, cafes and glowing, lit courtyards as another sunset turned into dusk. “I’ve always been drawn to this area.” Rusmisel, a photographer since his high school days, had his eye on the small cottage—previously a retail shop selling knick-knacks and antiques— that now houses the Tim Rusmisel Gallery. “I had visualized this property as a gallery for years,” he admitted. On a summer bike ride with friend and fellow photographer, Carly Slawson (who’s now one of Rusimisel’s featured artists), the pair spotted a For Rent sign in the cottage’s window and, naturally, the wheels began turning. “It went from an idea to a conversation to actually opening the doors,” all within a few days time, Rusmisel said. That fated bike ride fell on a Saturday “and I was open the next Thursday,” he recalled, almost in disbelief. He timed his opening with the reopening of the Montanez Adobe and filled the space with his own work to start things off. A strict vegan, Rusmisel swore off traditional film because of the use of gelatin in the material and, a decade ago, was turned on to the somewhat rare and archaic process of wet plate photography by a then-coworker at White Coyote Photo (now closed) in San Clemente. Back then, digital photography wasn’t without its problems and Rusmisel fell in love with the anachronistic method (although he employs digital photography as well, now). The result is a unique image with a handcrafted, detailed and intimate look. In the world of photography, only a relative handful of fine-art photographers work with the wet plate method. “It’s easy for someone to have a camera that produces great images,” he said, “but you can’t always give it your signature. [Wet plate photography] lets me be way more involved with the finished product; it’s an amazingly beautiful process.” And this sort of integrity, seemingly inherent in Rusmisel’s personality, reaches far past his sense of aesthetics. Because the self-proclaimed “social justice activist” had been showcasing his work off and on in other people’s galleries for years, he wanted a chance to let others show their work and to run a gallery with a sort of moral compass that he hadn’t always encountered. Part of his goal included promoting local artists without reaping an unfair percentage of their profits. But perhaps an even bigger aspiration was to allow them to use their talent and money for good causes. Rusmisel aligns every show with a different cause and relevant organization. For instance, his first group show, which opened on October 30, entailed a mix of work from all vegan-only artists and their proceeds go to Animal Acres (, a rescue sanctuary for farm animals. Other organizations on Rusmisel’s future wish list include Lora’s House, the Surfrider Foundation, a local, struggling community garden as well

Gallery owner Tim Rusmisel and featured artist Carly Slawson. Photo by Christina Scannapiego

as an exciting group show featuring the art of the Sea Shepherd crewmembers (of Whale Wars fame). In addition to his planned showings, Rusmisel rents the building’s ample courtyard space to artists to show their work and processes off, be it painters, sculptors or jewelry makers, giving them a chance to sell as well. For more information, or 949.973.7325. The gallery is at 31766 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano. Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (and sometimes Thursdays.) —Christina Scannapiego

Historical Society Hosts Camp Pendleton Tour The San Juan Capistrano Historical Society’s Annual Camp Pendleton Ranch House tour, which also includes the base’s Amphibious and Mechanized Vehicle museums, is scheduled for December 7. The cost is $45 per person. The tour includes luxury bus transportation to Camp Pendleton, a tour of the Rancho Santa Margarita y Flores Ranch House, the USMC Mechanized Vehicle Museum, lunch at the South Mesa Club, Camp Pendleton and a tour of the USMC Amphibious Vehicle Museum in the USMC/ Navy Harbor. Departure time from the O’Neill Museum in the Historic Los Rios District is promptly at 9 a.m. Arrival back in San Juan Capistrano is around 5 p.m. Reservations are required by calling the O’Neill Museum, 949.493.8444, since the event is limited to100 people. The tour is expertly narrated by Col. Jim Williams (Ret. USMC ) and Col. Tom McKeowan (Ret. USMC). —JV

Stallions’ First Trip to Playoffs Ends Abruptly The San Juan Hills High School Stallions made a valiant showing in their first trip to the CIF football playoffs last Thursday, November 18, but ultimately

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fell to Cypress 63-37. This season marked the first time the Stallions played with seniors on the team, as the San Juan Capistrano high school opened just four years ago. SAN CLEMENTE

Brad Parks Named Wheelchair Tennis Ambassador The USTA announced today that Brad Parks, 53, of San Clemente and the founder of wheelchair tennis, was selected as one of six ITF Wheelchair Tennis Ambassadors Brad Parks. File photo to help promote wheelchair tennis worldwide. “I am extremely honored to have been asked to be an ambassador of wheelchair tennis for the ITF,” said Parks. “The sport of wheelchair tennis has been such an important part of my life and I am very pleased to be able to give back to the sport and the ITF. After my accident wheelchair tennis gave me back a sport that I could enjoy with able bodied friends and family and then as the sport grew it gave me the opportunity to compete at sports’ highest levels. I hope and look forward to contributing whatever I can to the sport that has given me so much.” Parks is the pioneering founder of wheelchair tennis. Injured during a freestyle skiing competition when he was 18, the American began experimenting with tennis as recreational therapy, and in 1976 wheelchair tennis was born. Parks and several other disabled athletes began promoting wheelchair tennis in numerous exhibitions and clinics in the United States. The sport quickly grew as a result of this high exposure level, and in 1977, the first wheelchair tennis tournaments were held. Parks staged the first international wheelchair tennis event, the US Open, in

Boys & Girls Club of the South Coast Area Honors Donors, Youth of the Year The ballroom at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott in Dana Point was full of men and women dressed to the hilt Saturday night, but the most important people in attendance were in T-shirts. They were the young members of the Boys & Girls Club of the South Coast Area, (located in San Clemente) there to show club supporters why donations were important. At the conclusion of another spectacular silent auction and a wonderful dinner, young members from the club took to the audience to high-five those who made sponsorship donations during the live auction. That portion alone raised more than $40,000, officials announced. Many in the audience were moved to tears when the club’s “Youth of the Year” Jessica McGinnis took the stage. Her family had been homeless, but still donated to a food drive for those in need. And now, Jessica is enrolled in the Marine Corps, ready to start boot camp as a reservist so she can attend college at Liberty University in Virginia. She’ll also play lacrosse there. “The Boys & Girls Club taught me to give back … they pushed me to do my best,” McGinnis said. “Great futures do start here. I’m proof of it.” She received a standing ovation. —JV

Boys & Girls Club of the South Coast Area “Youth of the Year” Jessica McGinnis. Photo by Jonathan Volzke


A Very Harbor Holiday Mark your calendars for fun holiday activities at the Dana Point Harbor HOLIDAY IN THE HARBOR Celebrate the holiday season in the harbor on Friday, December 3 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The three areas of the harbor, Dana Wharf, Mariners Village and Mariner’s Alley will all host holiday activities geared to families and children. Santa is anxious to hear your holiday wishes and is available for photos (bring your camera). There are many fun family activities planned, including photos with Santa, performances by various characters, holiday crafts, people painting, carolers and other activities. Activities start on the grass in front of Harpoon Henrys at 34555 Golden Lantern, Dana Point Harbor (at Dana Pointy Harbor Drive). The parking and events are free! For info call 949.496.2979 or 949.923.2255 or log on to BOAT RIDES WITH SANTA Come aboard the Sum Fun for a twentyminute harbor cruise with Santa and his helpers. Boat rides with Santa will run Saturday and Sunday, December 4 and 5 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Santa will be hearing those holiday wishes as you cruise the harbor. The El Camino Real Junior Woman’s Club will be on hand to take photos for a $1 donation. What a unique and fun way for kids of all ages to visit with Santa, so dress warm. Location: East end of Dana Point Harbor at Dana Wharf Sportfishing docks,

DP Sheriff’s Blotter COMPILED BY M A D I SWAY N 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

34675 Golden Lantern, between the Jolly Roger and the Wind & Sea. Boats donated by Dana Wharf Sportfishing. For more info call 949 923.2255 or 949.496.5794 or log on to or www. 36th ANNUAL BOAT PARADE OF LIGHTS The 36th Annual Boat Parade of Lights will be held on Friday and Saturday, December 10 and 11 and Friday and Saturday, December 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Jingle Bell Rock.” Boaters from all around Orange County decorate their boats and vie for the awards of Judges’ Choice, Best Theme, Best Use of Lights, Best Animation, Most Colorful, Most Original, Best Sailboat, Best Powerboat and the perpetual trophy for the yacht club with the most entries. New awards and cash prizes will help to inspire participants. Be part of the parade and enter your own boat by calling 949.923.2255, pick up an entry form at Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching or go online at www.danapointharbor. com. You can view the parade for free from anywhere in the harbor or make reservations at one of our restaurants to view it from a cozy and warm spot. Come on down and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. Dana Point Harbor is at 34555

MUNICIPAL CODE VIOLATION Dana Strand Road, 34300 Block (10:20 a.m.) The same caller that reported people smoking in a public park at 9:57 a.m. called back to report that she had seen a county worker in a county vehicle smoking. MUNICIPAL CODE VIOLATION Dana Strand Road, 34300 Block (9:57 a.m.) An informant called to report people smoking in a park parking lot near a gold Jeep Grand Cherokee. The smoker was reportedly wearing a fuchsia sweatshirt. The caller requested that the police respond, even though the subjects were leaving, because she had witnessed numerous violations in the past hour. Responding authorities neither saw the vehicle nor issued a citation.

the field by the responding officer(s). An arrest doesn’t represent guilt. The items below are just a sampling of

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the entries listed on the OCSD Web site.

Tuesday, November 23 DISTURBANCE Camino de Estrella/Camino de los Mares (1:01 p.m.) A caller reported four juveniles on skateboards were trying to hitch rides by hanging on to cars as they left a grocery store parking lot. INVESTIGATE PERSON DOWN La Cresta Drive/Golden Lantern (11:01 a.m.) Authorities were contacted and asked to check on a 20- to 30-year-old male at the bus stop with a beige sweatshirt pulled over his head.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON Domingo Avenue, 25900 Block (8:48 p.m.) A caller reported hearing approximately five to six subjects inside his apartment. The caller said he had no idea how the subjects managed to get into the residence. DISTURBANCE Mariner Drive, 23700 Block (10:14 a.m.) A gate guard called to report six males that had been throwing rocks at the maintenance crew within the neighborhood. The male subjects had been asked to leave after destroying property on the grounds.

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Golden Lantern. Landlubbers can also participate in the parade! Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching offers boat rides so you too can experience the fun of actually riding on a boat and joining in the parade. The boat is located at Dana Wharf docks, 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children. Kids will be able to participate in the judging of the Dana Wharf Kids Cup Trophy. Call and make your reservations at 949.4965794. For more information call the harbor info line at 949.923.2255, email info@ or visit the website at OCEAN INSTITUTE PARADE OF LIGHTS JAZZ CRUISE The Ocean Institute will present a Parade of Lights Holiday Cruise with Jazz! FM 88.5 KSBR radio on Friday, December 17, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Participants can enjoy Christmas cheer and listen to the easy sounds of jazz radio while participating in the 35th Annual Parade of Lights in Dana Point Harbor. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, sweets and beverages. Tickets are $50 adults, $40 for children ages 4-12 (Ocean Institute members $45 adult, $36 child). For cruise information and reservations, call 949.496.2274, dial “0” for the operator. DP

Dana Wharf Sportfishing Captain Jack VanDyke (left) and Zach Murray stand with Peggy Stein and her 30.7pound catch—a white sea bass. Courtesy photo

WHOPPER OF THE WEEK Peggy Stein reels in a huge sea bass on a Dana Wharf half-day fishing trip Peggy Stein caught this whopper on Monday during a half-day Dana Wharf Sportfishing trip aboard the Dana Pride. The white sea bass weighed in at 30.7 pounds. For information on sportfishing trips offered by Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching, log on to their website at www. DP

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parking lot near the community.

DISTURBANCE Selva Road, 34100 Block (4:17 p.m.) Two male juveniles, one in a black beanie and a black sweatshirt, the other in an orange and yellow t-shirt, were seen walking around, trying to open car doors and possibly painting light posts in the area.

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MISSING JUVENILE Ritz Cove Drive, O Block (10:56 a.m.) A female caller’s 14-year-old daughter had left the house 15 minutes before she contacted authorities to report her missing. The daughter was described as Filipino, about 5’1” with long brown hair and a long sleeve shirt. She was also wearing black leggings. The girl may have been in the company of a 19-year-old Hawaiian male. The mother had been in an argument with the daughter in regards to this male subject. He was reportedly visiting from Hawaii and had drug issues. He may have also been staying with a friend. The mother was unsure whether her daughter left to go be with him. DISTURBANCE Dana Drive, 24700 Block (12:40 a.m.) A man in a gold Nissan Sentra called to report a cab driver who had become very upset when the gate to the community did not open. The cab driver had entered his code, and it did not work so he proceeded to try to open it manually. The cab driver disturbed the peace when he began to get verbal with the caller. The caller told him to stop. The cab driver got back into his vehicle and started to race around the

ILLEGAL PEDDLING Sea Island Drive, 32700 Block (3:26 p.m.) Two female subjects were seen going door to door asking for money to go on a trip to Europe. The caller suspected the females were scamming people in the neighborhood and wanted to follow them. Authorities advised the caller not to follow the subjects. The caller continued to swear the subjects were “scammers” and that they were on methamphetamines. SUSPICIOUS PERSON La Paz Avenue/Alcazar Drive (1:50 a.m.) A 6’1” blond male with spiky hair and wearing black clothing was seen hiding in the bushes for two hours.

Friday, November 19 SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Pacific Coast Highway, 34100 Block (10:27 p.m.) Deputies were called to investigate a parked white truck with a camper shell. The caller was concerned someone may have been living out of the vehicle because there was a lot of stuff on the driver’s seat. The caller also reported seeing movement in the back of the truck indicating someone was back there. WELFARE CHECK Alcazar Drive, 34100 Block (4:18 p.m.) A three-year-old male in a white T-shirt and blue pants was seen running down the street barefoot. The child was alone and was running through the alley.

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Props, Recognitions and Morsels of Info Looking for a job and need some guidance? Look no further than the Dana Point Public Library. Career Transitions, a program that walks users through the steps of finding a new job and helps them prepare to do so, is now being used—free of charge—in nearly 800 library locations throughout California. The program was developed by Gale, part of Cengage Learning, and assists library patrons in finding the career-seeking information they need all in one easy location. This program is also available in other Orange County branch libraries. Career Transitions is an online career guidance center that walks users through the job-search process from beginning to end. It brings together all the tools needed to explore and take the leap to a new career. Career Transitions employs a step-by-step approach to help people explore new career possibilities, assess their interests and experience, identify ways to improve their prospects, including networking and education, prepare for a job search and search and apply for jobs. The program also includes localized content specific to California, including info on and access to the state websites for unemployment insurance, social services and Medicaid. The Dana Point Library will also bring back its three-part Job Hunting Workshop on Wednesdays in January (January 12, 19 and 26) from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission for the workshop is free but registration is required. To reserve your spot, or to find more information, contact Adult Services Librarian Jennifer Johnson at 949.496.5517.


Join Dana Point Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9934 on Monday, December 6, 10 a.m. at Shorecliffs Golf Course, 501 Avenida Vaquero in San Clemente for their “Bring the Wall” Golf Tournament. Proceeds from the event will go toward funding a visit to Dana Point of the traveling Vietnam Wall Memorial from May 11 to 16, 2011. There are just over 58,000 names on the Memorial and the traveling wall is an 80 percent replica. This visit will mark the first time the wall has made an appearance in Orange County. Your $99 entry donation will include lunch, a no-host bar and snack bar and silent auction. Prizes will be awarded for first through third place, longest drive and closest to the pin. Don’t play golf or unable to attend? Sponsor an entry for a Marine. You may also sponsor a hole for $100. For registration information, call Col. Joe Snyder at 949.487.5288 or Taro at Shorecliffs Golf Course, 949.492.1178. To register online, log on to Registration forms may also be printed out and mailed (no later than November 26) to VFW Post 9934 c/o Bill Manes, 25665 Fisherman’s Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629-2165.


The Art Department at Saddleback College will present two separate holiday sales of student artwork. On December 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Student Services Center 212, a holiday jewelry sale will take place. A display of handcrafted jewelry, art glass and holiday gifts made by students, faculty and alumni will be hard to resist for early shoppers. On December 7, 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Saddleback College Art Gallery, the 38th Annual Holiday Student Art Sale will be presented. A wide selection of student art for sale includes ceramics, photography, paintings, watercolors, prints, graphics and much more. Proceeds for this sale fund student scholarships in the arts and master classes by internationally known artists. Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Pkwy in Mission Viejo, just east of Interstate 5 at the Avery Parkway exit. Parking is available in Lot 12.


On December 2, the Dana Point Woman’s Club will host a Gala Christmas Party luncheon at the Community House, 24642 San Juan Street in Dana Point. Ray Woods and the Dana Hills High School choir will be performing. Rose Marie Fossi will be sharing her Asian artistry and creation of the “Gordy Girls.” Come early, 11 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., wear sparkle and bring an unwrapped toy to share around the tree for the Toys for Tots holiday toy drive. For reservations, call Jean at 949.837.5227.


u Laguna Ballet, a nonprofit junior ballet company serving Orange County families since 1985, presents its 25th anniversary production of The Nutcracker December 16 through 19 in its fourth season at the McKinney Theater stage at Saddleback College. Ticket sales for six performances are underway. More than 90 Orange County students come together each year, under the direction of Shery Gilbert, to perform in a full-length production of The Nutcracker, one of America’s most popular holiday traditions. This year’s guest artists are Anton Pankevich, a former member of Dutch National Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and currently with San Jose Ballet; and Vardan Khachatryan, former principal with Israel National Ballet and The Armenian Opera Ballet. Tickets are going fast so purchase yours today by calling 949.582.4656 (noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday) or online at Ticket prices are $24 general; $22 students/seniors/Angels; A scene from The Nutcracker. Courtesy of Laguna Ballet $20 children 12 and under and Saddleback College students and staff with current ASB card. Performances are scheduled for December 16 and 17 at 7 p.m.; December 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and December 19 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Laguna Ballet is a nonprofit junior ballet company that provides Orange County with exceptional productions. Laguna Dance Theatre and Laguna Ballet, both based in Mission Viejo, were established together in 1985 under the artistic direction of Shery Gilbert. Laguna Dance Theatre (LDT) is a classical ballet school focusing on pre-professional caliber training and is the home of Laguna Ballet. LDT also offers excellent training for children and adults in Ballet, contemporary dance, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip hop, Scottish highland dance, musical theater, Pilates, yoga and Zumba. For more information and class schedules, please call Laguna Dance Theater at 949.855.4702 or visit Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Pkwy in Mission Viejo, just east of Interstate 5 at the Avery Parkway exit. Parking is available in Lot 12. Take Avery Parkway to Marguerite Parkway turn left to the third traffic light, which is Saddleback’s Marguerite entrance. Turn right into the campus and take the third left to “Theatre Circle,” turning right into Lot 12.

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u The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel presents A Season of Giving—a number of ways for community members to enjoy the holidays and give back at the same time. The Third Annual Holiday Surfboard Auction is now open and will run through December 31, with proceeds going to Surfers Healing in order to support children with autism. So, tell your friends, family, community and let the bidding begin! The auction includes the personal boards of pro surfers, collectibles such as handmade koa wood boards and boards that feature the artwork of talented local artists. The Holiday Surfboard Auction is part of The Ritz-Carlton’s Community Footprints program. Community Footprints was created to encourage leadership in volunteerism, fundraising, product donations and mentoring programs at a local level. No project is considered too large or too small. Dedicated Ritz-Carlton ladies and gentlemen provide a wide range of support and services to their community, including fundraising for local charities, reading to the blind, preparing and serving lunches at homeless shelters, donating books to schools and Surfboard from the 2010 Boost Mobile Pro signed by competitors including 10-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater—priceless. Courtesy of the Ritz-Carlvolunteering at food banks. ton, Laguna Niguel Third Annual Holiday Surfboard Auction The Ritz-Carlton Community Footprints stresses that the most important resource is not always money, but time. In celebration of the giving season, the hotel is collecting canned goods, non-perishable food items, toys, books and stuffed animals to be donated to local Orange County charities. In return, the resort will present donors with the gift of an Anniversary Card that provides 15 percent off in the resort’s restaurants, spa and retail shops, as well as complimentary day valet parking. Canned goods and non-perishable items are being collected during the Christmas Day Buffet on Saturday, December 25. All food items will be donated to the Orange County Rescue Mission. The programs are designed to give comprehensive services that move homeless men, women, and children to self-sufficiency. Children’s books and toys are being collected at Holiday Story Telling events, which will be held Fridays and Saturdays from December 3 to December 18. All toys and books collected will go to Miracles for Kids whose mission is to improve the lives of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Guests are asked to bring a new teddy bear when they attend Teddy Bear Tea, Sunday, December 5, 12 and 19. Children’s Hospital of Orange County relies on community support to provide leading-edge care for infants, children and adolescents close to home and is the recipient of all of the stuffed animals that are collected. The resort has also partnered with Getaway to Give to provide both travelers with a new way to give back to their communities. When guests reserve the Getaway to Give package, they enjoy a two-night stay with breakfast for two each morning and 10 percent of the room rate will be donated to the four sponsored charities, including Lupus LA, Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire, Oceana and Special Olympics Southern California. For more information about holiday events and activities, visit

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Have We Chosen Well? W ith the 2010 election cycle now complete, we can only wonder if Capistrano Unified will continue to solidify its reputation as a district in constant turmoil or if we have come to the point where we can convert our proverbial swords into ploughshares. It will be a while before we truly know the answer to this question, but the election results and more importantly the actions taken immediately following may very well determine if Capistrano Unified will have hope for the future. In this last election, voters had the ability to choose between two slates, “Children First” and the “Reform Committee,” each supporting five different candidates with control of the Board of Trustees ultimately hanging in the balance. By now we all know the results; neither side swept the election as most people had expected. Instead, the voters chose candidates not because they were associated with one particular slate, but because of their perceived individual qualifications and ability to perform. Additionally, voters also wholeheartedly supported Measure H, which converts all future Capistrano Unified elections from the “at large” to “by area” methodology. This means that, for example, all future San Clemente-based candidates no longer need to campaign for votes in far-away Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita. This affords candidates the opportunity to get to be known in their own community and at the same time significantly lower the cost of running an effective campaign. More specifically, slates of candidates are less likely in future elections as voters will now have the greater ability to focus on the candidates as individuals. The message could not be clearer; voters are not interested


in dueling slates and the political bickering that it brings. Such activities may be appropriate in Washington or Sacramento, but they have no place in South Orange County, at least as it pertains to education. The only real question is whether both sides of these recent political battles hear the message. Once again, San Clemente serves as a baromJohn Alpay eter with all signs pointing to “Yes.” In this hopeful spirit of reconciliation, soon after the election, my opponent Mike Winsten called to congratulate me on my victory. The tone of the conversation was professional, courteous and, above all else, sincere. Also, Mike graciously offered to be available to me for school district matters as I may need in the future. I am sure there will be some well-intentioned, very engaged and committed members of our proud district family that will take umbrage with his possible continued involvement in Capistrano Unified. However, we should all bear in mind that regardless of which side we fought on during our recent political battles, we all did so because we believed we were acting in the best interests of the school district and its students. We should also remember the core mission and purpose of Capistrano Unified is to provide a quality education to the generations that will follow. As any teacher will readily admit, true learning is by no means confined to homework assignments and textbooks. How we conduct ourselves in providing an appropriate learning environment will have a far bigger impact on our youth than we may realize. After

SPECIAL THANKS Robert Miller, George Mackin, Rebecca Nordquist CONTRIBUTORS Tawnee Prazak, Christina Scannapiego

Online Reader Poll What main dish will be served on your Thanksgiving table? Turkey 28% Ham 0% Both turkey and ham 56% Other 17% Make sure to sound off each week on the “DP Times Poll of the Week” at Then go to our community Message Board and share your opinions. Bookmark it today! The DP Times Online Reader Polls are not scientific and do not reflect the opinion of the DP Times.

all, children who live with hostility will learn to fight, children who live with tolerance will learn to be patient and children who live with fairness will learn to be just. Within Capistrano Unified, we can all work as a team to focus on providing a quality education for our children. If this is the ultimate district-wide outcome of our most recent election, then the voters will have chosen well indeed. San Clemente resident John Alpay was elected to the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees on November 2. He will be sworn in in December. PLEASE NOTE: The opinions offered here are solely those of the guest columnist and may or may not be shared by the San Clemente Times staff. We appreciate, however, their willingness to share their views, and we invite responses to be sent to

Letters to the Editor What Did We Learn from the Elections? Bob Fairbanks, Dana Point

Our recent elections were generally conducted at a high level, except for some negative hit pieces mailed to Dana Point voters in the final weeks of the campaign. These mailings targeted Lisa Bartlett, who won reelection to our City Council, and Dick Dietmeier, who lost his seat on the SCWD Board. Four of the smear pieces that slammed both candidates were mailings that offered a slate of candidates, all of whom paid to be recommended. You pay your money and you get recommended. It’s interesting to note that one of these pieces included 31 ads for state and local candidates and issues. Only eight of the ads succeeded; 23 of the 31 failed on Election Day. The only DP candidate paying for space was Joel Bishop, City Council incumbent and a former mayor generally considered to be an easy winner. Bishop lost. He attributes his unexpected loss to the ads he took out in all those slate mailings, by being identified with the negative advertising. The monies collected by these paid ads allowed Jim Lacy, the former council member behind them, to put out expensive hit pieces against Bartlett and Dietmeier. The most outrageous of all the smears was the “torture ad” about waterboardPage 12 • Dana Point Times • November 26–December 2, 2010

ing against Dietmeier, a former U.S. Marine officer. This hit piece went out to Dana Point voters twice. Lacy’s name wasn’t mentioned in any of these mailings, but there is ample evidence he was behind them all. If our future candidates realized that most of those who buy slate mailings are not helped, but actually hurt by being identified with negative ads on the same mailing piece, perhaps we’d have fewer smears in future elections. Further, all election mailing pieces should be identified with the names of the people responsible, not allowing them to hide behind such high-minded names such as Taxpayers for Safer Neighborhoods. Then Mr. Lacy’s influence on future Dana Point elections might weaken. Maybe the smears would stop.

A Letter to Voters Richard E. Dietmeier, South Coast Water District Director

The Registrar of Voters has completed the count and certified the results of the election which was conducted on November 2, 2010. I want to thank my volunteers who campaigned door to door on my behalf. They did an excellent job. The voters have elected a veteran Director

in Richard Runge and I congratulate him and his team for the excellent job that they did in this campaign. He has an excellent record of service with both Dana Sanitary District and South Coast Water District. Since water agencies in the State of California do not have term limits, it is up to the voters to change the composition of the various boards on a timely basis. The last ten years service in water and waste-water agencies has been eventful and enjoyable. Water quality has improved, beaches are cleaner and you currently buy water for five gallons per penny. When you call with a problem someone comes in a timely manner to help you out. Unlike many public agencies which you can read about, South Coast Water District is solvent and operating within its budget which was adopted by majority vote at a public meeting. Unfortunately some of you believed the hate mail which came to you late in the period just prior to the election. That’s life. I will survive, and so will this agency and its work force which serves you so well. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as a director in this agency. To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, e-mail us at 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.

Special Advertising Section

The holidays are here again and so is our annual DP Times Holiday Gift Guide. Whether your holiday shopping list includes presents for friends and family or an array of gifts for professional and business acquaintances, Dana Point and its neighboring cities provide an abundant source of great shopping opportunities. Local merchants also carry everything you need—from decorations to delicacies—to create a memorable celebration. So, shop locally this year. We’re sure you will find everything you need to delight everyone on your list. Happy Holidays!




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A day-by-day guide to what’s happening in and around town this week. COMPILED BY TAWNEE PRAZAK

friday26 forecast: sunny • high: 66° low: 43°


7:30 p.m.-close. Live music at Mahe. 24961 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.240.6243,


8 p.m. Camino Real Playhouse presents a comedy that brings together Jewish and Catholic characters during the holidays. Runs through Dec. 19. Preview tickets $18. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082,


7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Premier Rolling Stones tribute band plays at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


8 p.m. Acoustic show featuring Dick Dale at The Coach House, also with Ken Garcia Band. $25. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,



Kick off the holidays California style at tree as the sun sets over the Pacific. the St. Regis Monarch Beach’s 8th Annual Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there to Holiday Tree Lighting and Sand Sculpture pose for pictures with the children while Dedication on Sunday, November 28. guests mingle and enjoy hot chocolate, At 4:30 p.m. a giant sand sculpture cider and fresh baked cookies. built in the hotel’s entry foyer will be Log on to the website at www.stregunveiled. The sculpture, constructed by and click on “Event Calendar” Jill Smith and Thomas Koet of Sandto see other upcoming holiday special sational Sand Sculpting, is expected to events like Storytelling with Santa’s Elves, take three days to complete and will be Sunday brunch visits with “Mr. and Mrs. Last year’s festivities. Courtesy of St. Regis made of eight tons of sand. The St. Regis Claus for a Cause” in support of the sand sculpture tradition is a marvel and a highlight of the Breast Cancer Angels of Southern California, the Gingerbread season—a definite must-see. House Academy and Motif’s Holiday Afternoon Tea. Following the sand sculpture unveiling, the celebration will The St. Regis Monarch Beach is located at One Monmove to the Grand Lawn at about 5 p.m. where visitors will arch Beach Resort in Dana Point. For more information call be treated to the lighting of the hotel’s magnificent 35-foot 949.234.3272.—AS

The first two people to email us with DP Times Free Concert Tix in the subject line will receive a pair of free concert tickets from The Coach House to see Dick Dale on November 26 or Brother on November 27. Please include your name and phone number in the e-mail. E-MAIL:



10 a.m.-5 p.m. Holiday exhibit at the Discovery Science Center with gingerbread fun! Features activities, shows, displays, cookie decorating, workshops and more. Open through Jan. 2. Adults $12.95, kids $9.95. 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, 714.542.2823,


5 p.m.-9 p.m. An evening of holiday cheer, shopping and fun for the whole family along Avenida Del Mar in San Clemente. Downtown shops stay open late, there will be photos with Santa and live entertainment. 949.218.5378,


The Ritz Carlton is home to the ultimate gingerbread display with a surf-inspired theme. Free to view. 1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, 949.240.2000,


sunday28 forecast: partly cloudy • high: 63° low: 46°


9 a.m.-2 p.m. Brunch at The Next Door with lively and harmonious bluegrass music starting at 11 a.m. 647 Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, 949.940.8845,


9 a.m.-5 p.m. Check out the exhibit that examines Lewis and Clark’s remarkable adventure at Mission San Juan Capistrano. Runs through March. Free with admission $5–$9. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300,


11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tom Morey entertains during brunch at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799,


Capt. Dave’s Dolphin Safari gets you up-close and personal with whales and sea life aboard a high-tech catamaran sailboat. Call for times and ask about discounts. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828,


9 a.m.–1 p.m. Fresh produce and much more every Saturday at La Plaza Park, intersection of PCH and Golden Lantern.

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Soulful acoustic music during brunch at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company welcomes Rich Smith from Bianchi Winery in Paso Robles. Tasting fee is $15 for seven wines with cheese, crackers and chocolate. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067,






The Sawdust Festival presents “A Palette of Holiday Treasures” featuring more than 170 exhibitors. Open weekends through Dec. 12. Tickets $3-$6. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030,


9 p.m.-12 a.m. Craig Colley and his band perform at Harpoon Henry’s Friday and Saturday night. 34555 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.493.2933,


8 p.m. Artist plays live at Wind & Sea Restaurant Friday and Saturday night. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500,

saturday27 forecast: partly cloudy • high: 64° low: 45°

THANKS TO THE BEACH OCEAN CLEANUP 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The last Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup of the year at Doheny Beach. Meet at Lifeguard Headquarters. 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.6172,,

9 p.m.–1:30 a.m. Live band with romantic pop and oldies at Brio Tuscany Grille. 24050 Camino del Avion, Suite B, Dana Point, 949.443.1476, 9 p.m.-11:55 p.m. Live music at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799,


1 p.m.-3 p.m. Surf Artist John Van Hamersveld, known for creating the iconic The Endless Summer image, signs copies of his new book at the Surfing Heritage Foundation Store. 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa, 714.800.1654,


10 a.m.; 12 p.m.; 2 p.m. Dana Wharf has your front-row ticket to see the action. Adults $29, kids $19. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,


7:30 p.m. Mariachi los Camperos de Nati Cano take you on a musical journey through Mexican culture at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $30. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.ARTS,


8 p.m. CD release party at The Coach House with Brother, Jack Avalon, Trevor Green and Deal by Dusk. Tickets $15. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

11:15 a.m.; 1 p.m.; 2:15 p.m.; 3:45 p.m. Special tours at Mission SJC to enhance your experience and learn the history of Mission grounds and California. Admission $5–$9 plus $1-$2 for tour. 26801 Ortega Hwy., 949.234.1300,


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,


2 p.m. The Barclay Theatre presents a celebration of a Christmas evening in Ireland with music, traditional dance, storytelling, laughter and plenty of Irish soul. Call or go online for tickets. 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646,


3 p.m.-7 p.m. Open mic at Caliente Coastal Cantina. 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.493.0549,


5 p.m.-8 p.m. Bring your ukulele, sing along or listen to the music at Hulaville’s newest event. Every Sunday. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905,


7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, (Cont. on page 19) November 26–December 2, 2010 • Dana Point Times • Page 17


DP Times Restaurant Spotlight

By Madi Swayne

Stacks Pancake House


34255 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, 949.429.2222

Have you eaten at this restaurant?

BEST KNOWN FOR: Pancakes and coconut syrup MOST POPULAR ITEM: Captain Mac Nut French toast Stacks Pancake House has been open for three weeks now and, according to co-owner Ovita Wijaya, “It’s been going great!” Ovita and her husband, Nixon Tanuwidjaja, are first-time restaurant owners but Nixon has been in the restaurant industry for almost 20 years. Nixon has a background in Japanese cuisine and spent three years in Hawaii working as a breakfast chef. The Hawaiian influence shows in the menu, which features many traditional items like Moco Loco (a hamburger patty on rice with eggs and gravy), Spam and eggs, Kalbi short ribs, Portuguese sausage and the must-have pancake and French toast topping of Hawaii—coconut syrup. Coconut syrup is hard to come by on the mainland and the fact that Stacks has it makes for some very excited customers indeed. The syrup tastes great on the popular Captain Mac Nut French toast (made with Hawaiian sweet bread and topped with Cap’n Crunch cereal and macadamia nuts), as well as the already famous Stacks pancakes. These flapjacks are light, fluffy and available in eight unique flavors. Try the banana macadamia nut variety with coconut syrup for a real taste treat. Ovita Wijaya with banana & Nutella crepes, Captain Mac Nut French toast, eggs Benedict and macadamia nut pancakes. Photo by Madi Swayne

PRICE RANGE: $.95-$8.50 RESERVATIONS: Not necessary

PAYMENT: Cash, credit card HOURS: 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Sunday

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

Humphry’s Sandwich Shop

¼ 800 Avenida Pico, Suite S, San Clemente, 949.361.1093 (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. (Cont. from page 17)

monday29 forecast: sunny • high: 66° low: 45°


7 p.m. Saddleback College Jazz Studies presents a concert in McKinney Theatre featuring guest clarinetist Philip O’Connor. Tickets $10 general; $7 students/seniors. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656,


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


wednesday01 forecast: mostly sunny • high: 65° low: 47°


10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saddleback College Arts Department hosts a jewelry sale with handcrafted work in Student Services 212 through Dec. 2. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656,


7 p.m. The South Orange County School of the Arts presents Little Women for their fall musical in Porthole Theater. Performances Thursday-Sunday through Dec. 11. $10-$12. 33333 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.240.1994,


8 p.m.-11 p.m. Classic rock, blues and modern rock 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,

8 p.m. Multi-cultural musical phenomenon at The Coach House. Also with Kat and Josh Fishel. Tickets $13 advance, $15 day of show. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,



12:15 p.m. Games offered Mondays and Wednesdays Dana Point Community Center. 34052 Del Obispo St., Dana Point, 949.248.3536,

10 a.m.-1 p.m. The first and third Wednesdays of the month, experience the art of basket weaving at Mission San Juan Capistrano. Admission $5-$9. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300,



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


5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. San Clemente kicks off the holiday season with the tree lighting at the Community Center. Includes guest appearance by Santa and his elves, reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, yummy treats and more. Fun for the whole family. Free. 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.361.8264,

9:30 p.m. New comics every week at Molly Blooms Irish Bar & Restaurant, 21+ no cover. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente 92672, 949.218.0120,

UPCOMING: December 3




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11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Senior event at the Dana Point Community Center. 34052 Del Obispo St., 949.248.3536,


Half price on all fishing trips, whale watching and other adventures at Dana Wharf every Tuesday. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,


8 p.m. Vanguard University presents a musical holiday celebration at the OC Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $25. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.ARTS,


7 p.m.-10 p.m. Smooth jazz at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


10:30 a.m. Dana Point Library offers storytime for youngsters. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517,


8 p.m. Band plays at Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188,

7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Live band at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Join San Clemente Wine Company for their annual Holiday Beer Tasting with guest Bryon Molar of Wine Warehouse. Fantastic beers for your holiday feast or gift giving. Tasting fee is $15 for seven beers, plus tasty treats. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067,

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4 p.m. Fun for kids ages 5 and older at The Dana Point Library. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517,


11 a.m.-2 p.m. A variety of gourmet food trucks that changes weekly at the OC Fair & Event Center. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500,


6 p.m.-8 p.m. Hulaville invites all musicians, along with singers and hula dancers, to step up and showcase your talents for an appreciative audience. Every Thursday. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905,

4 p.m.-8 p.m. Celebrate the holiday season in the Dana Point Harbor with family fun and entertainment including appearances by Santa and Frosty the Sno-Man, holiday crafts, puppet show, carolers, live music, performances and much more. UPCOMING: December 4


10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dana Wharf invites families to join Santa and his helpers on a free 20-minute boat cruise through Dana Point Harbor. No reservations required. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, UPCOMING: December 10


7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. The 36th annual holiday boat parade in Dana Point Harbor with decorated boats full of lights and holiday spirit; this year’s theme is “Jingle Bell Rock.” Show dates: Dec. 10, 11, 17, 18. Watch from the shore or take a cruise with Dana Wharf, Capt. Dave’s Dolphin Safari, Ocean Institute or others. More info at

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AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING Oasis Air Conditioning & Heating 949.420.1321 31648 Rancho Viejo Rd. Ste. A,

ARCHITECTURE - PLANNING 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

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Azalea Salon & Boutique 949.248.3406 24452 Del Prado Ave. Ste. A, Paragon Salon 949.489.1955 ELECTRICAL 34161 Pacific Coast Hwy. delta G electrical 949.360.9282 Salon Revelation - Dayna Dallas 949.248.8595 CA #657214, 34192 Violet Lantern #2

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CAFE - DELI Coffee Importers Espresso Bar 949.493.7773 34531 Golden Lantern,


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



Capistrano Beach Steam Clean 949.240.5875 Fit Club - Boot Camp 949.831.7984 Jazzercise, O.C. Sailing & Events Center CATERING 34451 Ensenada Place, 949.492.7817 Smokey’s House of BBQ 949.388.8102 32860 Pacific Coast Hwy. #4, GIFT BASKETS

CHRISTIAN CHURCHES Christian Science Services 34102 La Plaza



Robert’s Professional Handyman Services Lic. # B853695 949.606.6425



Monarch Bay Haircutters 949.496.1957 Coffee Importers Espresso Bar 949.493.7773 20 Monarch Bay Plaza 34531 Golden Lantern, Paragon Salon 949.489.1955 34161 Pacific Coast Hwy. COMPUTER REPAIR & SERVICES Utopia Salon 949.661.1664 Barry 949.661.1664 San Clemente Computer & Network Services 949.231.9755 949.276.1581 Gary 949.433.3960 Solution Tek-nologies 949.400.0080 Morgan 24582 Del Prado, #B,

CONTRACTORS - GENERAL Creative Environments Construction 949.496.3728 Design & Build #464468

ICE CREAM Coffee Importers Scoop Deck 949.493.7773 34531 Golden Lantern,



949.496.1900 Mary Kay Cosmetics & Career 949.248.2868 Patricia Powers Opportunities, Ind. Sales Director - Marline Adams, License#0737080, Statefarm/Elaine LaVine 949.240.8944 34080 Golden Lantern, DENTISTS Ted Bowersox 949.661.3200 Dana Point Dental 949.661.5664 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste 204, 34080 Golden Lantern, Ste 201,


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Girl in the Curl Surf Shop 949.661.4475 34116 Pacific Coast Hwy., LANDSCAPING/SPRINKLERS Infinity Surfboards 949.661.6699 Sunburst Landscaping 949.632.0081 24382 Del Prado, 949.493.3670 Jack’s Surfboards 949.276.8080 34320 Pacific Coast Hwy,


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

Kenny’s Music & Guitars 949.661.3984 UPHOLSTERY 24731 La Plaza, Danman’s Music School 949.242.4431 Dana Point Upholstery 949.240.2292 24699 Del Prado, 24402 Del Prado Jeddy’s Yacht & Home Interiors 949.240.9569 PET GROOMING 34118 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dawgy Style 949.496.3315 WINDOW CLEANING 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy #112, Bayside Window Cleaning 949.290.8230 PIZZA Wonderful Windows 949.369.7263 Beach Cities Pizza 949.496.0606 34473 Golden Lantern St. WINDOW COVERINGS 34155 Pacific Coast Hwy. 949.496.2670 Jeddy’s Yacht & Home Interiors 949.240.9569 PLUMBING 34118 Pacific Coast Hwy,

A to Z Leak Detection 949.499.4464 Chick’s Plumbing 949.496.9731 Mission Plumbing & Heating 949.492.4303 949.291.0300


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Dana Point Jeweler 949.489.1165 ABC Signs & Embroidery Shop 24845 Del Prado, 34135 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste. E,

Maureen B. Fletcher Interior Design 714.889.9597 Norma Mardian Interior Design 949.492.6271

PRESCHOOLS San Clemente Preschool 949.498.1025 163 Avenida Victoria,

PRINT SHOP Beacon Printing - Brad & Judy Brandmeier 24681 La Plaza, Ste. 125 949.661.3877 Printing OC 949.388.4888 27134 Paseo Espada #B 203,

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

REAL ESTATE - RESIDENTIAL Prudential California Realty, Shirley Tenger 949.487.7700 J. Hill & Associates 949.488.7653 34270 Pacific Coast Hwy., Ste. A, Lantern Bay Realty 949.661.6441 34179 Golden Lantern, Ste. 103,

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RESTAURANTS Brio Tuscany Grille 949.443.1476 24050 Camino Del Avion, Jolly Roger Restaurant 949.496.0855 34661 Golden Lantern, Smokey’s House of BBQ 949.388.8102 32860 Pacific Coast Hwy. #4,

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HELP WANTED PROGRAM AIDE – GRIPCARE Part-time Program Aide position to work with middle-school students. Hours will be prior to school hours: 7 am – 9 am, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 7 am – 10 am Tuesday. Duties will include planning and implementing activities in one or more of the following areas: education; social recreation; arts and crafts; and physical education. Requirements: high school diploma, experience working with children, communication skills to deal with children and with the general public (bilingual in Spanish a plus), CPR and first aid certified. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley is an equal opportunity employer. If interested, please contact Nicole Belair, Unit Director, at 949.240.7898 extension *19 or by email at

MISC. EDUCATION SERVICES IN-HOME TEACHER I am credentialed and have a Masters Degree in Education. I will develop lessons for students based on their current needs. I have 10 years experience in all grade levels and a high success rate with student grade improvement even with the most reluctant learner. Excellent references upon request. Call 949-363-8414. THE OC ENGLISH TUTOR Award winning tutor at Saddleback’s Tutoring Center. Competitive pricing, evenings preferred. (949) 682-8133

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SUDOKU by Myles Mellor 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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Hospice Focuses on Life November is National Hospice Month; training for new volunteers scheduled By Kirsten Amavisca Sacher Dana Point Times


hey were so wonderful to me!” Marilyn Jennings, volunteer for the Hospice Care of California, said of the hospice staff members who came to her house when her husband was sick. She had a social worker to handle logistics, a nurse to administer medication to her husband, a caretaker to help him with daily activities and volunteers ready to help. During this time, Jennings needed the emotional support just as much as all the medical and logistical support. “A small gesture, like a hug or a talk, can just mean the world,” said Jennings, which is why she now offers her time as a volunteer for Hospice Care of California. “Hospice care helps patients and families focus on living by allowing more time together with less stress and greater comfort,” said Ann Hablitzel, founder of Hospice Care of California. Hospice provides a team of people to care for a patient, as Jennings saw firsthand. A San Clemente resident and nurse for 21 years, Tana Larson, recently joined the hospice team “because it’s more than just administering medicine, I’m caring for the person as a whole and their family.” Hospice is a Medicare benefit for those no longer seeking curative treatment and most private insurances work with hospice as well. “There are many myths associated with hospice care,” explained Gary Tucker of San Juan Capistrano, who spent many years as a hospice chaplain. “But an important aspect to understand is that a patient can revoke hospice care at any time if they want to try a new treatment, and they can come back on the program at any time as well.” While some may think hospice means a patient has given up on life, “those of us who have worked in the field have seen firsthand how hospice care can improve the quality of life,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care organization. “There is even a growing body of research showing that hospice care may prolong the lives of some people who receive care.” And an integral part of hospice care, for both the patients and the staff, are the volunteers. Volunteers allow nurses or family members to take a break, as well as being a much needed diversion or friend to the patients. “The beauty of being a volunteer,” said

Robert Arnold of San Clemente serves as a hospice worker. Photo by Heidi Mefferd

Barbara Amavisca, Volunteer Coordinator for Hospice Care of California, “is that while doctors, nurses and social workers have an agenda they need to complete, volunteers just go, visit and be a friend.” At 84 years old, Robert Arnold from San Clemente has spent at least one day a week for three years visiting hospice patients as a volunteer. Sometimes he reads to the patients, takes them for a walk or plays a game, but most often he finds himself chatting with the patients over a cup of tea. “They like to talk and tell you about their lives, their friends and family,” Arnold said. “They have all lead very interesting lives and enjoy telling you about it.” Arnold appreciates volunteering for hospice because it’s personal and you can see the results. Although he has run successful companies and raised a large family, volunteering with hospice “always makes me feel like I accomplished something,” he said.

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It’s not uncommon for volunteers to become great buddies with the patients they visit. Jennings, who used to be a hair stylist, never visits her patient without bringing her curling iron. “Last week I cut and curled her hair and she just loved it!” November is National Hospice Month, recognizing that over 1.5 million people receive care from the nation’s hospices every year, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “Although November is a valuable time to raise awareness, the time a family might need us doesn’t occur only during this season,” Hablitzel said. A volunteer training seminar with Hospice Care of California will be held early next year to train more volunteers for this special aspect of hospice care. Volunteers from Dana Point and south are especially needed and the seminar will prepare volunteers so they won’t feel scared or insecure.

Training covers topics such as bereavement and dying, as well as state-mandated topics and anything else a volunteer might come up against. By the time volunteers go out and visit, they have a good idea of what to expect either visiting patients, or giving caregivers a break. Time commitments differ for each volunteer, but the goal is that each patient who has requested a volunteer will get a visit once a week. “If you have the time, volunteering for hospice is something that is very, very rewarding because you are doing something directly for someone else,” Arnold said. “And there is always a need for volunteers.” The training session is January 21, January 28, and February 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Aliso Viejo Library on 1 Journey in Aliso Viejo. All sessions are mandatory for those considering visiting patients. Those interested in being a volunteer for Hospice Care of California can contact Barbara Amavisca at 714.577.9656 or at DP


Sending Care and Comfort The Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group will send holiday goodies to Marines in Afghanistan By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


he Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group is asking for the community’s help with collecting holiday “goodie box” item donations as part of their annual Operation Care & Comfort. Donations will be taken through Wednesday, December 15. Donated items will then be packaged by the volunteers of the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group, Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club and Interact Club students from Dana Hills High School and then mailed for delivery just in time for the holidays. Items needed include toothbrushes, Q-tips, deodorant, disposable razors, tuna/chicken salad in easy-open cans or pouches, beef jerky, sand flea and/or mosquito repellent containing DEET, socks and much more. A complete list of holiday goodies needed, item drop-off locations and ways to donate money or gift cards can be found on the DanaPoint-

Above: Marines receive goodie boxes from last year’s Operation Care & Comfort. Courtesy of 5th Marines Right: Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary members assembled over 200 goodie boxes for 5th Marines in Afghanistan last year. Courtesy of Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary website. As the holiday season approaches, the community is asked to remember our Fighting 5th Marines deployed in Afghanistan and keep them in our hearts. “As we are gathering for Thanksgiving and Christmas with our friends and loved ones, sitting by the fire and enjoying the comforts of home, our Marines will be far from their families and many will be ‘outside of the wire’ in crude and unsafe circumstances defending our freedoms,” said 5th Marine Regiment Support Group Director of Support Outreach Terry

Rifkin. “This care package program will be especially important this year as Marine casualties have increased recently and we have lost 14 of our brave defenders. There are over 20 injured 5th Marines in the Bethesda Military Hospital; many of which are single and double amputees. Our goodies, cards, support and appreciation for their service will let them know we are here for them. Moral support for those still

fighting is also very important. The troops are penetrating new and very hostile territory in Afghanistan and good wishes from home will mean so much.” In addition to goodie box donations the 5th Marine Regiment Support Group has made a list of other ways to help: • Write a holiday card to a Marine from you and your family. • At your church or school, please ask children to make cards. Remember, these men will not be with their children for the holidays and homemade cards really put a smile on their faces. • Put a collection box in your place of business and ask your fellow workers to contribute. • Ask your neighbors to shop for our Marines. • Gift cards of any type and value are also needed to brighten the holidays for our stateside Marines and their families based at Camp San Mateo. For a complete shopping list of goodies or to make a secure credit card donation online to help pay for postage or for volunteers to do the shopping for you, please visit the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group’s website at You may also mail a gift card or donation by check made out to “Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group.” Write “2010 Operation Care & Comfort” on the check’s memo line and mail it to: Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group, Attn: 2010 Operation Care & Comfort, P.O. Box 471, Dana Point, CA 92629-0471. If you have any question, please contact Terry Rifkin, at 949.495.5007. DP

South Coast Water District Board Adopts Resolution Honoring Outgoing Director Richard Dietmeier South Coast Water District Dana Point Times

O Left: DHHS Interact Club President Danielle Styles serves up a feast. Right: Event emcee Gene Burris and City Recreation Supervisor Sherry Murphy. Photos by Alan Wickstrom

Service to Seniors Rotary and Interact clubs serve Thanksgiving meal By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


hanksgiving came early for more than 120 Dana Point seniors who attended the annual Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Thanksgiving luncheon at the Dana Point Community Center on November 20. Rotarians joined forces with members of the Dana Hills High School Interact Club— led by Interact President Danielle Styles—to cook and serve the heaping plates of traditional Thanksgiving fare. Community Center attendees weren’t the only ones partaking in the tasty feast. Rotary member John Hayden personally delivered meals to about a dozen more seniors who are unable to leave their homes. “Our club members really look forward to serving Thanksgiving dinner to our local seniors each year,” said Rotarian and de facto

dish washer Alan Wickstrom. “It puts a smile on their faces as well as on ours.” The Rotary club buys the food each year and regards the event as an annual highlight of living their motto: Service Above Self. “Dana Point icon Gene Burris emceed the event. His golden voice welcomed the seniors, offered a moment of thankful prayer,” said Wickstrom. “His gracious thank you to the clubs for their service is done with such class and ‘from the heart.’ Many thanks also to Danielle Styles, president of the Dana Hills Interact Club and the dozen club members that came to serve today. Fantastic job everyone!” For more information about Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club, please visit To see a photo slideshow from the event, log on to DP

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n November 18, the South Coast Water District Board of Directors adopted a resolution honoring outgoing Director Richard Dietmeier for his exemplary service as past president and member of the board. Dietmeier has served eight years as a Director, three of which were spent as board president. He was recognized in the resolution as a champion of water conservation throughout the community, leader in development of local groundwater and active proponent of ocean desalination for our future water supplies. Following a unanimous board vote on the resolution, 2010 Board of Directors President Wayne Rayfied Wayne Rayfield - President commented, “I cannot think Richard Gardner - VP of anyone in our community Richard Dietmeier who has done more for the Ingrid McGuire Wayne Rayfield and Richard Dicause of water, wastewater Bob Moore etmeier. Photo by Linda Homscheid treatment and water conser2011 Board of Directors vation than Director DietRichard Gardner meier…Dick has been the that got done last year, and Ingrid McGuire epitome of a knowledgeable, particularly the Dana Point Bob Moore caring, involved and commitdesal committee.” Wayne Rayfield ted Director…I’ve certainly Joel Bishop, former DirecRichard Runge admired his integrity, his tor and past President of (Officers will be selected depth of understanding and South Coast Water District, on Dec. 3, 2010) his willingness to work on recognized Dietmeier as behalf of all the residents here well, saying, “If you look in Dana Point and south county.” at the period of time when you’ve been on Capistrano Beach resident Cathrene this board, all of the accomplishments, it’s Glick addressed Dietmeier during public overwhelming . . . You’ve been a really inspicomments, “I am truly honored for all the rational leader.” work you have done . . . you have been On December 3, recently-elected Bob the absolute driving force . . . with the Moore and Richard Runge will be sworn onto groundwater treatment facility, the water the board, and the five board members will conservation program and the ordinances select their 2011 officers. DP







Kings vs. Clippers, Staples Center Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m.

Pacers vs. Lakers, Staples Center Nov. 28, 6:30 p.m.

LA’s other team is starting to gain some traction and will face its rivals from NorCal for a Thanksgiving Day meeting.

The purple and gold return home from a road game against Utah in time to host the Indiana Pacers.






Dolphins vs. TriKings vs. Ducks, tons, San Clemente Honda Center High School Nov. 29, 7 p.m. Nov. 29, 5 p.m.

Dolphins vs. Tritons, San Clemente High School Dec. 1, 4:25 p.m.

The Dolphins varsity soccer team hits the pitch for a non-league game against the San Clemente Tritons.

The Lady Dolphins sprint to the start of another season as they travel to take on rival San Clemente.

It’ll be an icy battle for SoCal bragging rights as the Anaheim Ducks host the Los Angeles Kings. Info:



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By David Zimmerle

BOYS AND GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY • Both the boys and girls cross country teams showed up and performed at an elite level during the CIF-SS-Ford Cross-Country Championships at Mt. San Antonio College on November 20. In the Division 1 boys race, Dana Hills finished in second place with 97 points and a total team time of 80:49. Arcadia (43 points, 73:38) finished in first place while Trabuco Hills (101, 80:52) finished in third. Ricardo Campuzano (15:52) finished in eighth place overall while Connor Kaddatz (15:52) took ninth place. The Lady Dolphins also finished in second place overall in the Division 1 race with 101 points and a total team time of 95:17. Great Oak (73 points, 94:33) ran down first place while Simi Valley (112, 94:25) finished in third. Sheridan Gomez (18:49) finished in 14th place overall while Laura Beresford (19:00) ran down 22nd place. Alaina Alvarez finished in 27th place overall with a time of 19:06. Next 7 days: Nov. 27 at California State Meet at Woodward Park in Fresno, TBA GIRLS TENNIS • The Lady Dolphins (22-2) were cut down in the CIF-SS Division 1 girls tennis championship losing 10-8 (180) to Campbell Hall at the Claremont Club on November 20. This was the second time

Dana Hills lost to Campbell Hall this season—the two first met back in September with Dana also losing 10-8. Mixing up their rotation in singles and doubles play, Dana Hills coaches Justin Green and Mark Spearman had its No. 1 singles player Joanna Smith playing in doubles and breaking up the team’s usual No. 1 doubles team of Cassidy Spearman and Jessica Perez. Smith and Perez hit the top of the doubles ladder while Spearman and Margo Pletcher were at No. 2 doubles. It was a good move as Spearman and Pletcher slammed down sweeps, including a big win against Campbell Hall’s No. 1 team of Zoe Katz and Valerie Thong. After the dust settled, Katz and Thong experienced their first loss in team play this year. But this tremendous effort by Spearman and Pletcher was overshadowed by sweeping wins from Campbell Hall’s No. 1 and No. 2 singles players Sabrina Santamaria and Sarah Lee. This fearsome duo combined to lose only lost two games in six sets. The Lady Dolphins went even the next two rounds, but fell short just as it had a year ago losing 10-8 to Campbell Hall in 2009’s championship match. But on a brighter note, the Lady Dolphins became

Dana Hills High School football coach Brent Melbon resigns. Photo by Mike Betzler

only the third team in the history of the county to appear in four straight CIF finals. Next 7 days: N/A BRENT MELBON RESIGNS FROM HEAD COACHING POSITION AT DANA HILLS HIGH Dana Hills High School is now on the search for a new head coach for its varsity football team. On Monday, November 22, Brent Melbon resigned as head coach from Dana Hills’ football program in order to spend more time with his wife and hopefully add a child to the family, he

told the DP Times. In three seasons Melbon led the team to a winning 18-14 overall record and propelled the Dolphins into the playoffs in 2009—it was the first time Dana Hills’ football program had reached the postseason since 2004. Last year the Dolphins locked down a first round win against Orange Lutheran for the school’s first playoff victory since 1991. However, the team eventually went on to lose to Edison in the second round of the playoffs last season. This year the team fell short of that illustrious mark going 4-6 overall with a 1-3 record in the South Coast League.

South OC Patriots March Toward Championship


he South Orange County Patriot Jr. All American football program has held a long a long tradition of championship teams—and this year is no exception. Even Cincinnati Bengal quarterback Carson Palmer, a Heisman Trophy winner at USC, is a former Patriot. The Patriot Jr. Midget White team, consisting of 12 and 13 year olds, has steamrolled the competition right into the AFL/NFL Championship game this Saturday at 7 p.m. against the Carson Colts at Irvine High School. Capistrano resident Kevin Murphy, head coach of the Patriots Jr. Midget team, said he couldn’t be happier with how his team has played and he is proud of their accomplishments. The team has been called “the machine” for their intense offensive drive down the field

OC Patriots. Courtesy photo

and their incredible wall of defense. Seemingly unstoppable, the team moves and plays with skill, enthusiasm, toughness and commitment to each other. Keep an eye out for these talented players that hail from Dana Point, Laguna

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Niguel, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach. You will be seeing many of them stand out at the Division I High School level in the next year or two. In the meantime, Coach Murphy hopes for a resounding win this

Saturday to clinch a spot in the final Superbowl game next Saturday, December 4 at 5:15 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Baldwin Hills. The roster includes: #4 Jay Schuyler, #5 Quentin Longrie, #9 Trevor Wise, #10 Devin Siu-Leiataua, #12 Devon Modster, #14 Rex Pflueger, #21 Connor Murphy, #22 Oscar Gomez, #24 Corey Selenski, #26 Luke Williams, #32 Brian Scott, #33 Quinn Toohey, #40 Ty Dunn, #42 Tyson Hedgren, #44 Jordan Bocko, #45 James Hammond (Dana Point), #51 Patrick O’Brien, #54 Ethan Parker (Dana Point), #55 Brett Tracy, #58 Cayden Adkison, #62 Spencer Golanka, #64 Jeshua DiGravio, #66 Brett Bill, #67 Cameron Phung, #72 Zachery Davoren, #76 Gavin Zanella, #80 Chad Bauer, #84 Rameen Moslehi, #88 Jake Smith, #99 Mason Boyack. DP —Dana Point Times

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