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Graduation Special Congratulations Dana Hills class of 2011 SPECIAL INSERT

Dana Hills High School 2011 graduates throw their caps in celebration following the commencement ceremony on Wednesday at the school stadium. Photo by Alan Gibby/

City Opposes Redistricting Plan

Toll Road Fees to Increase 25 Cents as of July 1

DHHS Girls Basketball Team Honored for Highest Average GPA




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City and Business Calendar Friday, June 24 Movies in the Park 8 p.m. The city presents a free screening of Despicable Me (PG) at Lantern Bay Park, 25111 Park Lantern Road. Popcorn is free and other refreshments available for purchase. Proceeds benefit local schools and nonprofits. For questions, call Community Services at 949.248.3530.

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Dana Point Lobster Fest 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Doheny State Beach, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, picnic area A. Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary presents

Summer Concerts in the Park 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Free concert by Bella Donna: A Tribute to Stevie Nicks & Fleetwood Mac at Heritage Park, 34400 Old Golden Lantern. Bring low back lawn chairs and blankets. For more info call 949.248.3530 or see

the 2nd Annual Lobster Fest, all you can eat steak and lobster dinner benefiting local children’s charities. Cost is $75. For tickets and more info, see www.

Sunday, June 26 Dana Point Concours d’ Elegance 10 a.m.-5 p.m. See antique and vintage American and European cars, muscle cars, motorcycles, exotics and more on the lawn of the Monarch Beach Golf Links at St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point. General admission is $30, $25 for students age 12-18. For tickets or more info, see

Monday, June 27 City Council Meeting Canceled 6 p.m. City Council Chambers, 33282, Golden Lantern, 949.248.3501, www.

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…an Economic Summit Held in Dana Point?

THE LATEST: The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce was one of six area chambers to host the summit to discuss the state of the local business community. A panel of experts spoke at the breakfast meeting June 17 at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa. Key note speaker Edward Leamer, Director of the UCLA/Anderson Forecast said that the current recession has been very similar to many of the past (1948, ’57, ’60, ’69, ’73 and ’81 for example) with respect to the downward turn and continued 3 percent growth of the Gross Domestic Product—the difference this time being the failure of the economy to recover within the traditionally seen two-year cycle. “We saw some recovery in Quarter 2 of 2010, but the economy has been idling since then,” said Leamer. Leamer predicts that although the GDP will grow at the “normal” 3-percent rate through 2013, the amount and areas of growth will not be adequate to kick start real recovery. Topping his list of reasons for the stalled recovery is the permanent displacement of jobs. “I don’t think the downturn has changed the fundamental spirit of our economy, however,” said Leamer as he offered four possible “what comes next?” scenarios for the next couple years. According to Leamer the possibilities include a 6-percent rapid recovery, no recovery and normal 3-percent growth, “PIMCO new normal” at 2-percent growth or a double dip followed by 2-percent growth. The most likely scenario, he said, is no recovery and 3-percent growth. Lucy Dunn, President and CEO of the Orange County Business Council said she believes that key to recovery will be a Dana Point Times June 24–30, 2011

reliance on our state’s historic use of innovation and that the $5 billion in transportation projects now in the planning stages will help jump start the economy. “More and more we will have to rely on our own creative and alternative ways to fund these projects,” she said. Rancho Mission Viejo Senior Vice President of Governmental Relations and corporate Communications Dan Kelly said he believes the worst is behind us and he expects to see new home construction help bring the county out of the recession beginning in 2013. John Severini, President of the California Travel Association called travel and tourism one of the biggest drivers of the Orange County economy and said that his organization will continue to be “strong proponents of bills that drive the business economy and improve the “California brand.” He also pointed out that Leamer’s comment regarding exports is good news for the travel and tourism industry because of its dependence on international travel. WHAT’S NEXT: Leamer offered a prediction that the GDP component most likely to be the “locomotive” for recovery will be exports and that U.S. schools need to make changes with regard to educating students for a much different future. “We need strong export growth,” he said. “The country is moving from an industrial to a post industrial economy and our high schools’ curriculum needs to reflect that. FIND OUT MORE:, —Andrea Swayne


…the City Opposing Proposed Redistricting?

THE LATEST: Dana Point City Council on June 13 voted unanimously to oppose the California Citizens Redistricting Commission’s proposed plan for redistricting State

The California Citizens Redistricting Commission’s proposed redistricting map. Courtesy image

Assembly and Senate seats in Orange County. The plan would create two Assembly districts—an Orange County coastal area reaching from the Dana Point Headlands north to Seal Beach and another beginning at the Headlands and stretching south to include the areas commonly known as South Orange County. The two Senate districts the plan would create would see one encompassing the North Orange County coastal area along with central and north inland areas and another that would include South Orange County and North San Diego County. The two plans would effectively divide the City of Dana Point in two, a move that Councilman Bill Brough called “ridiculous” for such a small city. The city’s letter to the commission reads, in part, “The DPCC strongly feels that our entire city should be grouped with other south Orange County cities for state Senate and Assembly purposes because of the common issues these cities face as well as the strong working relationships and cooperative arrangements they have developed over many, many years. Shared issues include, but are by no means limited to, ocean water quality, regional transportation at both the local (Orange County Transportation Authority) and state (Caltrans) levels, regional land use planning and affordable housing.” The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors on June 21 voted to support the City Council’s resolution to object

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the first draft of proposed district lines. WHAT’S NEXT: The deadline to submit written public testimony to the commission regarding the first round draft maps is this Friday, June 24.Input can be submitted via email to or by fax to 916.651.5711. The commission will accept supplemental attachments such as maps in a .pdf or .jpg format. A second round of hearings is happening now and final maps come out August 15. FIND OUT MORE: To find out more about the California Citizens Redistricting Commission and the criteria considered in deciding the districts, visit . To read the city’s resolution and letter to the commission, log on to www.danapointtimes. com. ­—AS


…A Smoother Ride on Freeway?

THE LATEST: South Orange County motorists on the San Diego Freeway will find a safer and smoother ride after a $16 million project to resurface the lanes between Coast Highway and Oso Creek. The California Transportation Commission on Thursday allocated $825 million in new funding to 92 highway, transit, and rail projects statewide. The allocations included nearly $9 million from Proposition 1B, a 2006 voter-approved transportation bond. To (Cont. on page 4)

Eye on DP (Cont. from page 3) date, the state has allocated nearly $8 billion in Proposition 1B funds. The road resurfacing, which will cover 82 lane miles, was the only Orange County project included in the list. In a statement announcing the projects, Caltrans Acting Director Malcolm Dougherty said the work will have a dual impact: making roads better and providing jobs. “From one end of the state to the other, transportation projects are providing jobs and improving mobility for people and businesses in California,” Dougherty said. WHAT’S NEXT: Don’t take the spill lids off those coffee cups yet. Tracey Lavelle, the CalTrans spokeswoman for the district encompassing South Orange County, said work won’t start for a couple of years. FIND OUT MORE: See the complete list at —Jonathan Volzke


…No Body Murder Conviction?

THE LATEST: Despite never having recovered a body, an Orange County Court on Tuesday convicted a Virginia man of murdering an investor to cover up stealing nearly $1 million from him between 2004

and 2008 by promising big returns on fraudulent investments. A jury found Gary A. Shawkey, 47, of Mechanicsville, VA, guilty of one felony count of special circumstances murder for financial gain, one felony count of grand theft and a sentencing enhancement for stealing in excess of $200,000 said a news release from the Orange County District Attorney’s office. Shawkey is accused of luring 71-yearold victim Robert Vendrick, of Phoenix, AZ on to his boat and leaving Dana Point Harbor on February 16, 2008 en route to San Clemente Island for what Shawkey told Vendrick was a meeting to solidify that new “lucrative investment deal” with the Federal Government for the development of top-secret computer software. A deal that Shawkey said would yield $1.2 million. The DA’s report said, in part, that “As the victim became reluctant to continue investing money with Shawkey, the defendant persuaded Vendrick to invest in a new venture” to the tune of $100,000, then murdered him and threw his body into the ocean. Video footage—captured by a camera atop the harbor building that houses Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari—presented in court showed Shawkey and Vendrick boarding a boat together and departing out of Dana Point Harbor on February 16, 2008. According to Deputy

District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh, that was the last time Vendrick was seen or heard from. Public Defender Brian Waite told the jury that shortly after departing on the boat, Vendrick told Shawkey he was uncomfortable about making the trip on rough waters in such a small craft and asked to be dropped off at the Dana Wharf docks near Turk’s Restaurant so he could make the trip by himself on the Catalina Express and meet Shawkey on Catalina Island later. Waite also said that without a body there is no proof that Vendrick is even dead and added that his client had seen him alive in Mexico following his disappearance. WHAT’S NEXT: Shawkey faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole. His sentencing is set for July 22, 2011, in Department C-30, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana. FIND OUT MORE: Log on to for more stories related to this case. —Andrea Swayne


… Toll Road Rate Increases?

THE LATEST: It will cost more to ride the

toll roads under the 2012 budgets approved this month by the Transportation Corridor Agencies directors. For the first time, a fractional increase was included in FasTrak transactions, as the board—including Dana Point Councilwoman Lisa Bartlett—increased FasTrak rates 5 percent and added 25 cents to cash transactions. The increases apply to both the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor (73) and the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor. Driving the entire length of the 73, between San Juan Capistrano and Newport Beach, would now cost $5.75 at peak traffic times and $5 for FasTrak users. Directors also included $18.3 million in the 2012 budget to continue the effort to extend the Foothill south from Oso Road in Rancho Santa Margarita to the San Diego Freeway south of San Clemente. Toll road officials said traffic on the 73 dipped slightly in May 2011 compared to May 2010. Average weekday transactions for May were 78,882, a 1.4 percent decrease. That’s also off from peak traffic in 2007, but the declines have leveled off, officials said. WHAT’S NEXT: The increases take effect on July 1. FIND OUT MORE: See more at —Jonathan Volzke

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

More Talk about North Beach North Beach returns to the General Plan Advisory Committee for further discussion despite city staff’s recommendation against it. At the City Council’s request, the committee, known as the GPAC, weighed in on the Triangle site at North Beach last month. The group spent nearly three hours discussing the future of the parking area that forms a triangle and answering only two of the five proposed questions. Since then, the city’s consultant hired to assist with the GPAC wrote a memo saying more planning needs to happen before the committee revisits the topic. Director of Community Development Jim Holloway expressed concern at Tuesday night’s meeting that the one parcel was being singled out rather than viewed in the context of the entire General Plan, which serves as something of a roadmap for the city. “That’s not good planning in my opinion,” he told the council. Dana Point Times June 24–30, 2011

Nevertheless, Mayor Lori Donchak asked the committee to finish its discussion in a “60-minute speed dating sort of way.” “It’s just kind of a temperature check,” she said. The City Council wants the advisory committee to finish answering the final two questions: What shall occur at the triangle site? What are the priorities for revitalization at North Beach? Where in the list of the city’s other priorities should the area lie? The GPAC will convene another meeting to finish its discussion of North Beach, but the date has not been finalized. See the latest staff report at the city’s website at —Stacie N. Galang

Staffing at New Aquatics Center Going private may not always better when it comes to city operations. The City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday night to approve a plan that would keep operations of the aquatics center at the underconstruction La Pata-Vista Hermosa Sports Park in-house rather than paying an outside operator.

Despite prevailing wisdom that privatizing is less costly, an analysis by city staff showed that a publicly run pool operation better fit the city’s budget and philosophy, said Parks Director Sharon Heider to the City Council Tuesday night. Heider said the city received proposals from the YMCA and recreation asset management company KemperSports, which was quickly eliminated because its costs were higher from the get-go than the city’s. After the analysis, Heider eventually ruled out the YMCA because its board is drawn from all over Orange County and would not be focused on San Clemente. The YMCA would also start another recreational swim team taking more pool time, and would make its programs a priority. The staff report said a city-run program can “more effectively and efficiently plan the aquatics programming in San Clemente.” The city estimated the total operational costs at $495,155 and revenue at $341,598 for the six months of operation in fiscal 2012, according to the staff report. —SNG

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Talks of Sex Offender Ban at City Parks Registered sex offenders could be banned from San Juan Capistrano parks, as the City Council on Tuesday discussed joining a growing list of Orange County governments enacting the prohibition. The county first banned registered sex offenders from parks—ranging from regional campgrounds to Dana Point Harbor—in April. Westminster has moved ahead with the law, as has Rancho Santa Margarita. Irvine passed an ordinance that applies only to sex offenders who committed a crime against a child. Under the county ordinance, violators may be punished with up to six months in jail and/or a $500 fine. Mayor Sam Allevato, a retired police officer, asked the council consider the ordinance, to give authorities another tool, he said. The council will formally discuss an ordinance at an upcoming meeting. —Jonathan Volzke

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News and updates on Dana Point’s business community


held his Grand Opening on Friday, June 17. “It’s the first dedicated longboard store of its size in the country,” he said, proudly, of over 200 boards in stock representing the downhill, freeride and cruising disciplines. Their extensive offering includes brands like Landyachtz, Rayne, Arbor, Comet, Original, Loaded…the list goes on. Edge Boardshop even sponsors both a professional and an amateur team comprised of a talented group of the area’s best riders. Both teams will be competing in the largest international longboard skateboard event, the Maryhill Festival of Speed. Edge Boardshop carries premade setups as well as the essentials to build your own. Stop in and check it out at 34255 PCH. For more information visit them on the web at or call 949.542.8855.

Pinky’s Closet. Photo by Christina Scannapiego u Dana Point local, Christina Kosinski has

just opened Pinky’s Closet, a second-hand store carrying “clean, funky, name brand, vintage and extremely cute clothing, shoes, handbags and costume jewelry,” she said. According to Kosinski, they also do feather hair extensions and their average price for everything is between $5 and $15. Pinky’s buys, consigns and trades and Kosinski handpicks all her items, including labels like True Religion, Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, Pac Sun, Steve Madden, Volcom, Vans, Juicy Couture, among many others. “In this economy, it’s a win-win. People come in here and tell me they don’t need to go to the mall and they save tons of money.” Pinky’s is located at 24671 La Plaza. You can’t miss the huge leopard shoe and blackhaired mannequin named Lola out the front. Call them at 949.496.1455.

COMING SOON u Luxury real estate brokerage, Surterre Properties, recently announced that Jerry La Mott and his team of agents have joined the company, with their approximately 40 active listings. La Mott and his team will work out of Surterre Properties’ new Monarch Beach office slated to open in late June 2011. “Jerry is one of Jerry La Mott. the most genuine Courtesy photo real estate professionals I have ever met and he truly cares for each of his clients and their homes,” said Gary Legrand, president and chief executive officer for Surterre Properties. La Mott has an outstanding professional track record as a top national performer. He and his team are well-known for representing luxury real estate in Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Nellie Gail and Laguna Niguel. “I have always believed in continually stretching myself to learn new things and new ways of doing business from others, which will ultimately benefit my clients. That’s how I saw this opportunity with Surterre Properties,” said La Mott. For more information about Surterre Properties, visit

(L to R) Michelle Lindley, Mike Bobovnik, Chamber of Commerce Chair Russell Kerr and owner Brian Greer celebrate at the Dana Point Athletic Club ribbon cutting and grand opening on June 14. Photo by Lauralyn Loynes

on Tuesday, June 14 at 5:30 p.m. The event gave attendees the opportunity to explore the facility, with state-of-the-art Pandora sound system and a variety of classes from spin to yoga to some more unusual fitness classes. Mahe Restaurant and Salt Creek Grille served “Taco Tuesday” appetizers with protein shake samples by Visalus Sciences. Attendees were also offered discounts off general membership and personal training sessions. Drop in at 34270 PCH, Suite M. For more information, log on to www. or contact them by phone at 949.240.1818.

CHAMBER NEWS u The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce is encouraging the entire community

to shop local on Shop Local Day, July 13. They’ve estimated that for every $100 spent locally, about $65 stays in the community. The Chamber has declared the theme for this Shop Local Day to be “Family Fun.” For more info, contact the Chamber at 949.496.1555 or

NEWLY EXPANDED u Rite Aid, at 24829 Del Prado has recently expanded their store and they now offer an ice cream station, expanded pharmacy and have also added liquor to their inventory. They officially celebrated their ribbon cutting, with the help of the Chamber of Commerce, on Friday June 3. Call them at 949.496.1555 or go to

UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP Edge Boardshop. Photo by Christina Scannapiego u Mike Bornstein has been a longboard skater his entire life, his passion for it finally driving him to open Edge Boardshop next to Stacks Pancake House on PCH. Bornstein

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u To celebrate Brian Greer’s new ownership of the Dana Point Athletic Club, recent upgrades and a successful 12 years in town, the gang at DPAC and the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce held an official ribbon cutting ceremony and open house

(L to R) Rite Aid Pharmacy Store Manager Jerry Tutor, District Manager Daniel Pina, City of Dana Point Mayor Scott Schoeffel and Dana Point Chamber of Commerce Chair Russell Kerr at the Rite Aid expansion ribbon cutting and grand opening June 3. Photo by Kelly Straine

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P rops , R ecognitions and M orsels of I nfo Lecture Series at Ocean Institute

Institute volunteers Milt and Ann McMenamin. Courtesy photo

The Ocean Institute kicked off a new, six-part lecture enrichment series featuring professional speakers and Institute volunteers Milt and Ann McMenamin with the true story of pirates on June 15. Five more lectures are scheduled to run between July 6 and August 31. Lecture topics include: July 6, Great Whales and Mysteries of the Deep; July 20, The Extraordinary Explorations of Captain James Cook; August 3, Panama Canal: The Impossible Achieved and August 17, Amazing Rainforest Wildlife. The McMenamins live in Laguna Niguel

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

Monday, June 20 DISTURBANCE Adriatic Drive, 32600 Block (6:28 p.m.) Police were sent to respond to a roommate who was upset over being served a 30 day eviction notice. The subject reportedly slammed doors and poured water on the floor. No further details were given. ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Del Obispo Street, 33800 Block (4:49 p.m.) An apartment resident called authorities to report a vehicle that had fallen on a person near the complex. The call was disconnected shortly after giving the report. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/ CIRCUMSTANCES Gable Street, 27500 Block (2:41 p.m.) A woman called deputies when a man Dana Point Times June 24–30, 2011

and began volunteering at the Institute 16 years ago, serving as greeters and tour guides, manning wildlife touch tanks and teaching many of the 60 state-approved education programs which match the curriculum being taught at California schools. “We’re deeply committed to the Ocean Institute’s mission, ocean preservation through education,” said Milt. “All of our lectures are painstakingly researched for accuracy.” Milt also noted that the average lecture takes three months to research. Both are retired teachers and once hosted a Los Angeles radio program, “The Travel Show.” They spend part of their year traveling on cruise ships delivering lectures on 32 different topics, including the six they’ll present at the Institute. The McMenamins are also actors, and assume the role of real life characters for some of their presentations. For example, Milt becomes the character of Clerk, first in command to British explorer James Cook, when he tells the story of Cook’s explorations of Pacific Islands. All presentations are on Wednesday evenings at the Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive beginning at 6 p.m. Cost is $7 per person, or $25 for a

repeatedly came to her house and knocked on the front door. The man at the door refused to leave because the caller’s daughter had supposedly not paid for shuttle services he provided. DISTURBANCE Camino Capistrano, 34200 Block (11:33 a.m.) A caller, who was riding his bike, contacted police when a driver of a red truck got upset with him and told him he was going to kill him. The upset driver, who was believed to have a gun, told the caller to meet him by the railroad tracks.

Sunday, June 19 BATTERY Malaga Drive, 33800 Block (7:28 p.m.) A 14-year-old girl called police to inform them that she had just been battered by her mother. The girl went to her friend’s house.

Dana Point Woman Named Ambassador of Peace

Pamella Oliver, Ph.D., (right) of the Violence Prevention Center of Orange County presents Laurie Zagon with the “Ambassador of Peace Award.” Courtesy photo

DISTURBANCE Crown Valley Parkway, 32400 Block (12:31 p.m.) A woman called police saying that her neighbor approached her that morning and was verbally aggressive because her dog had been barking at night.

with the award by Pamella Oliver, Ph.D., an associate professor at California State University, Fullerton and member of the Violence Prevention Center executive board. Since founding her company in November 2000—the nonprofit organization that supports emotional healing through art and creative expression for those living with pain, grief, fear or stress—has touched the lives of more than 28,000 through its Art4Healing® workshops. Her recognition celebrated her role in helping Orange County children and families live violence-free lives. Zagon also received a Certificate of Congressional Recognition, signed by Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) and a State of California Senate Certificate of Recognition, signed by Senator Lou Correa, State Senator, 34th District. And on May 21 she was given a “Family Matters” award in the category of “Arts” by WomanSage, Inc., an Orange County-based nonprofit that provides a platform for women to unite in support of each other and community outreach. For more information Art & Creativity for Healing Inc., see

Dana Point resident, Laurie Zagon who is also founder/director of Laguna Niguelbased Art & Creativity for Healing, Inc. has been designated an “Ambassador of Peace” by the Violence Prevention Center of Orange County. At a luncheon held June 3 at the Turnip Rose in Costa Mesa, Zagon was presented

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Golden Lantern, 34600 Block (1:16 a.m.) A witness reported a male trying to pick a fight with multiple people—at the same time—in a restaurant. The subject had no weapons and it was unknown whether he was under the influence of narcotics.

hypodermic needles near her body. The subject is currently in custody at the Intake Release Center. Her bail is set at $20,000.

Saturday, June 18 DISTURBANCE Robles Drive, 33700 Block (9:11 p.m.) A woman called police to report a noisy party at a neighbor’s unit on the second floor. She said the partiers were being loud on the balcony and had been in a conflict with her after she asked them not to park illegally. DISTURBANCE Pacific Coast Highway, 34400 Block (7:47 p.m.) An employee of a hotel called 9-1-1 when a homeless male was causing a disturbance. The homeless man threatened to throw a rock at another employee.

DISTURBANCE Ocean Hill Drive / Stonehill Drive (4:07 p.m.) A woman called 9-1-1 to report a domestic disturbance involving a person throwing something at a car. No further details were given.


family of four. Those who purchase a ticket to the 2011 Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle will receive free admission for one lecture of choice. Million Dollar Raffle tickets can be purchased by calling 949.542.3600. Register by calling 949.496.2274 or log on to

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Calle Maria, 26800 Block (6:42 a.m.) A caller reported several nails positioned under the tires of a gray Nissan. The caller believed they were purposely placed.

Friday, June 17 ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Pacific Coast Highway, 34400 Block (1:45 p.m.) An unresponsive female was found in a hotel room with several

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ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Barque Way, 25200 Block (10:57 a.m.) A woman called police and stated she was having trouble breathing. A man got on the phone and was verbally aggressive to the woman saying she didn’t need to call the authorities. Orange County Fire Authority responded.

Thursday, June 16 CITIZEN ASSIST Seastar Court, 0 Block (11:42 p.m.) A caller requested the assistance of deputies in locating subjects using marijuana nearby. The woman said the smoke had been inflaming her bronchitis. 9-1-1 HANGUP Doheny Park Road, 34000 Block (10:44 p.m.) A Spanish-speaking female called asking for assistance from authorities and hung up before reaching a translator. On the call back she said she was okay, but sounded like she was crying.

Wednesday, June 15 RECKLESS DRIVING Sidney Bay / Ports O Call (6:12 p.m.) Police responded to a report of a car doing donuts. The caller claimed that the driver was showing off for their friends.



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HARBORING THE GOOD LIFE: By Lisa Zawaski, Senior Water Quality Engineer, City of Dana Point

Getting Ready for Summertime Fun e’ve had some sneak peaks of hot, summer days between the typical May grays that have heralded the annual excitement for the beginnings of Lisa Zawaski summer. Here are some reminders of programs to protect your health and the environment as we gear up for summertime time. ELECTRIC LAWN MOWER EXCHANGE Interested in upgrading your old gas powered lawn mower for an electric one? South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (AQMD) offers AQMD residents, which includes Dana Point residents, an opportunity to help clean the air by exchanging an old, operable gasoline-powered lawn mower and purchasing a new electric lawnmower. Pre-registration is required. There are five models to choose from, with your cost being $100, $160 or $230 depending upon the model. The closest exchange event is scheduled in Anaheim for July 23. Please see the link for more details on the program: www. GREEN POOLS AND PONDING WATER When it comes to pools, “being green” is not good. Green, unmaintained pool water and other locations of ponding water provide the ideal habitat for mosquito breeding. For your protection, eliminate potential water holding containers such as old tires, cans, and bottles and other various containers that may be on your property. Water in bird baths, ornamental pools, flower pots and children’s wading pools should be changed at least once a week. Even a few tablespoons of water are enough for breeding. If you are aware of a green pool or observe ponding water, please contact the Orange County Vector Control District at 949.654.2421 or check out www.ocvcd. org for more information. DAILY BEACH WATER QUALITY INFORMATION Curious about the daily status of the


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beach water quality at your favorite beaches? The Orange County Health Care Agency provides up-to-date beach water quality information for all public beaches in Orange County at www.ocbeachinfo. com. This information is also posted on the Dana Point Times website at www. FREE HOUSEHOLD BATTERY AND CELL PHONE DISPOSAL If you use more portable gadgets when hitting the beaches, you may accumulate used household batteries. Please remember that batteries cannot be disposed of in the regular trash. The City offers a free service to collect your used household batteries and cell phones, so they can be properly disposed of. Please bring these items to the city building lobby counter, located on the 2nd floor at City Hall, 33282 Golden Lantern. Batteries and cell phones must be placed in plastic bags which are located conveniently near the box. Please call 949.248.3571 for more information. FREE COMPACT FLUORESCENT BULB COLLECTION AND RECYCLING Did you know that if every American home replaced just one light with an Energy Star qualified CFL bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year? That’s about $700 million in annual energy cost savings and prevents greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the emissions of about 800,000 cars per year. Unfortunately, CFL bulbs contain mercury and cannot be disposed of in your regular trash. In an effort to facilitate the disposal of CFLs and encourage the practice of environmental responsibility, the City of Dana Point provides collection centers City Building Counter lobby, located on the 2nd floor at City Hall, 33282 Golden Lantern and at Dana Point Hardware located at 24422 Del Prado. Please call 949.248.3571 for more information. ENERGY UPGRADE REBATES Thinking about energy upgrades? The

Energy Upgrade California program helps homeowners or renters make home improvements that increase the energy efficiency and comfort of their homes. The program offers a “one-stop-shop” clearinghouse for information, incentives, and rebates including alternative financing for residential and commercial building improvements and financial incentives by lenders to guide you through the energyefficiency upgrade process. This includes selecting a package that suits your project, finding a participating contractor to do the work and applying for financing to help pay for your upgrade. For more information, visit: https:// overview. We hope that this article provides reminders of some of the great programs that are offered to our residents. Enjoy your summer. This column is a cooperative effort of the City of Dana Point and South Coast Water District to cultivate conscious living to protect and preserve our coastal

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

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I walked Heritage Park on Father’s Day and was amazed that no one thought about just moving the grandstand further down the slope. It could be in front of the dog run thus doubling the audience space. It would be like the Hollywood Bowl. The folks that like their music a bit more quiet could sit in the back and those that want to rock out, can go up front. Problem solved! There is more than one way to address a problem than just moving it further north to Sea Terrace Park. If people want Heritage

Park to remain the main venue, speak up or it won’t happen. I am starting a petition addressing this and will be all over town. Who wants to help? I will be at Ralph’s, the harbor, etc. Who at Parks and Recreation do we talk to? What was their thought process? I’d like to talk to this person. To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, e-mail us at letters@ or send it to 34932 Calle del Sol, Suite B, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624. Dana Point Times reserves the right to edit reader-submitted letters for length and is not responsible for the claims made or the information written by the writers.

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The Universal Truths of Graduation Top grad delivers commencement speech, urges students to leave mistakes in the past and focus on the future BY DEVIN ROY VALENCIANO, DANA HILLS HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLAR OF SCHOLARS

o I figured I could take two possible approaches to this speech. I could try to be funny, crack a couple Rebecca Black jokes, maybe talk about Charlie Sheen’s tiger blood and wrap up with a couple cheesy lines to describe the hilarity that ensued during our four years at Dana. Or I could take a more serious approach and try my shot at being inspirational, using my few minutes to try to affect at least one student in this audience. I decided to stick mostly with latter, with hopefully a few funny moments sprinkled in. Since I followed a mostly academic track during high school, it’s easy for me to write a speech that caters to those with experiences similar to mine. Instead, I want to talk about the universal truths of this graduation—the facts that apply to all of us, no matter what color we’re graduating in, how many clubs we ran, or what sports we played. When we came to Dana, let’s face it—we were all snotty freshmen, still ridiculously insecure and unsure about our future position in this high school. But most of us came to an amazing realization—high school was a place where each student could find their own niche, full of other students with similar interests and suddenly we grew out of our awkward middle school shells. Suddenly it

CLASS OF 2011 BY THE NUMBERS 683 Graduates 86 Valedictorians (students with GPA of 4.0 or higher) 116 Academic Distinction Awards (students with GPAs ranging 3.5 to 3.99) 30 percent (approximately) of the graduating class earned Valedictorian or Academic Distinction status 41 AP Scholars 25 AP Scholars with Honor 30 AP Scholars with Distinction 1 National AP Scholar 17 National Merit Scholarship Commended Students 4 National Merit Scholarship Program Finalists 2 National Merit Scholarship Recipients 6 South Coast League Varsity Athletics Titles 4 Sea View League Varsity Athletics Titles

wasn’t lame to want to act in musicals; suddenly enjoying a class wasn’t the irreversible mark of a nerd and suddenly we all got a glimpse of who we may become in the future. So we wrote the essays, read the books, did the outlines and took countless tests. We ran races, won matches and dominated the big games. We felt the most amazing highs and plummeted to the most amazing lows. We lost first loves, we brewed in melodrama and

we all felt a little like the Catcher in the Rye at some point. But we beat those cursed hormones in the end. We passed our classes and now here we sit—ready to graduate. Some of you may be heading college, others may be going to work, others may enter the service, and still others may take some time off to plan their next move. It doesn’t matter. One fact is still true about everyone sitting on this field; this is possibly the most pivotal moment of our lives, where we can leave our mistakes in the dust and take on the world with a fresh start. Any single person in this class can do any single thing they desire if they only stop in this moment—focus on their peers, their families and themselves—and realize that if they commit themselves to hard work, this moment can truly be anything. I believe this to be an absolute truth, while it may come easier to some than to others. But don’t let the world sit on you, and don’t give yourself excuses not to take advantage of this golden opportunity. The world doesn’t run on GPAs, the world doesn’t care about National Honor Society, and the world is not dressed in white. Go, my fellow warriors, and conquer wherever life leads you. And everyone, take a moment to look to your family and thank them for putting up with a rotten teenager. Thank you Mom, Dad, Mike and Salil, for being there even when I didn’t want you to be. I love you all. And thank you, Dana Hills Class of 2011, for allowing me to speak to you today. •

2011 Graduates

DANA HILLS HIGH SCHOOL Names of the 86 Valedictorians appear in bold type. Students earn the distinction of Valedictorian by earning a GPA of 4.0 or higher.

Jessica Lindsey Abassi Kamron William Abedi Naseem Parnaz Abedzadeh Nolan Michael Adair Andrew David Adams Tyler Hawkesford Adams Tala Adnan Alyssa Renee Ahigian Celine Michelle Ahigian Nick Patrick Ahrold Omar Hussein Akasheh Jair O. Alba Brian Connor Albert Rachel Evan Albright Maria Evelyn Alcala Emily Margaret Aldama Victor Manuel Aldana Jake Preston Allen Kayle Andalis Almacen David Alonso Eman Bassam Al-Smadi Nicholas George Altuzarra Alaina Anne Alvarez Anthony George Alvarez Jonathan Christian Amato Alexandria Lynn Anderson Andre George Andraos Axel J. Anez Alex Dustin Angelakis Matthew Douglas Angioli Connor Buck Angle Shannon Marie Anter Taylor Jordan Arizobal Marina Frances Arruda Blake Philip Ashby Shellsy Laine Ashen Andrew James Atkins Sohrob Azarnia Melissa Louise Bade Brianna Nicole Baetz Devon Rochelle Baggs Megan Eileen Bailey Dillon William Bain Bronte Nicole Baker Elisabeth Claire Balmer Talia Karyn Banarie Jordan Patterson Bandy William Barclay Erin M. Barry Jack Francis Barry Jeremy Michael Bass Brenden Lee Beckley Mathias Maitland Bedolfe Ashlyn Irene Beierle Brooke Danielle BenBen Jana Marie Benjoya Joseph Grant Benjoya Laura Danielle Beresford Dylan Scot Bernier

Cody Daniel Bernstein Marwa Durabi Berouti Jacob Scott Berryhill Ignacia M. Bezanilla Derek Ross Bill Lindsey Annika Bitowft Sandra Nicole Bitowft Steven Martin Block Christopher Bryan Bloom Paul Curtis Bockstedt Brandon Michael Boland Madison Marie Bolick Bryan William Borenstein Taylor Miles Bowen Rachel Marie Boyle Desiree Jan Bramlette Michelle Autumn Brant Sloane Irene Braun Alexandra Eugenie Breault Alex Jay Breithaupt Carissa Ann Bricker Kathleen Rose Briggs Ryan Lisa Brintle Alfredo Brito Matthew Ryan Brouwer Michael Anthony Brown Michael Danforth Brown Nathan Masao Browne Hannah Leigh Brozek Annie Elise Bubinski Maxwell Sinclair Buckler Jason Patrick Buhler Nicole Danielle Bullard Matthew Cooper Burchill Richard Jackson Bushnell Gabrielle Renee Cabral Alvaro Cabrera Tanya Calderon Vanessa Calderon Alina Marie Calva Veronica Camarillo John Roger Campbell Nicholas Taylor Campbell Skyler Ryan Campbell Ricardo Campuzano Alexa Nikolasa Felipe Cancio Kyra Alexandra Caputo Madison Nicole Carlyle Hannah Beth Carman Bryant Bradford Carroll Nicholas Harold Carter Kevin Casimiro Cheyenne Dale Catli Jacie Lianne Cecil Courtney Eunae Chang Theresa Elizabeth Chappell Amber Sequouia Charton Alec Martin Chasman Katherine Margaret Chastain Juan Jose Chavez Morgan Nicole Chelf Marian Terri Chen Stephanie Man Jan Cheng Morgan Nicole Chiate Matthew Chilton Brian Choi Jenna Rose Chudzicki

Joshua Anthony Ciolek Katherine Lynn Clark Alexandra Arianna Cline Jonathan Max Coel Brandon August Cole Laura Marie Columbus Sarah Elizabeth Colvin Steven M. Connell Felicia Marie Connors Nathan Allen Cook Trevor Robert Cook Mae Rose Cooper Sergio Noe Coria Ismael Cortes Paxton Taylor Cota Alexa Laurenne Cotcamp David Covarrubias Juarez Lauren Marie Craig Cole Robert Crays Christopher Maurice Cretel Kelly Samantha Cronin Brittany Lee Crum Toni Nicole Crumm Natalie Charmayne Cullom Katherine Damiano Vivian T. Dang Peter Andrew Danskin Blair Philip Darr Ian Daniel Davis Jana L. Dawson Sarah Chamberlin Dean Nicholas J. DeAngelo Adam George DeBrosse Bryce Nicole Dehring Maritza DeLaCruz Trevor Jensen Dell Kayla Ashley Delucia Tanner Skiles Denso Austin Robert DeVone Kathlyn Margaret DiBene Kaylyn Michelle Dickmann Maria Magdalana Dietz Angelina LaRue DiFrancesco Andrea Caroline Dill Kyle Matthew Dillahunty Jasmine Montana Dillon Brendan Salvo Dilloughery Phillip Tomas Doyle Hansel Jovanni Duarte Salil Hari Dudani Clayton John Dunlap Chancellor Marc Dunne Garrett Michael Dyer Lauren Ashley Earl Shireen Ebrahim Sean Luke Edkins Blakely Marie Ehlers Curtis Scott Ehlow Jeremy Thomas Ellis Madison Marie Elsner Shane Thomas Engelerdt Stephanie Enriquez Ternel Justin Enriquez Daniel Robert Erickson Tannaz Ashley Eskandari Nicolas Espinoza Wendy Espinoza

Andrea Celeste Estay Adrienne Kendall Evans Reza Evini Michael R. Fairbanks Kayla Carol Farfone Nicholas Ray Fauria Michael Faust Ashlyn Rebecca Fay Andrew James Ferm Kara Monique Ferrari Christine Nicole Ferry Catherine Jane Fevery Spencer Margaret Fields Nicholas Gabriel Finch Jaisen Allan Finona Samuel Blake Fitzmaurice Don Robert Flora, Jr. Anna Cecilia Flores Dustin Lael Floyd Taylor Louise Floyd Edward Paul Flynn Jennifer Marie Foca Jaclyn Andrea Fogle Briana Renee Foster Makena Marie Fox Jennifer Anne Frahm Layne Mieko Francis Brandon Michael Frank Tara Judith Franz Ruth Michele Frey Sasha Emily Friedkin Evan Conner Frykman Talia Marie Fuentes Alexander Quinten Gagnet Collin Joseph Gallagher Jacklyn Leigh Galloway Vanessa Nicole Gamboa Daisy Garcia Jessica Marie Garcia Zachary Thomas Gavin Ashton Paige Gebele Emmie Lauren Gelat Ryan David Germain Yasmine Paulina Ghanem Jenna Marie Giammalva Sean Anthony Gilloon Ryan Gregory Gillum Manon Angelique Glennon Brent Christopher Godlewski Mikaela Francine Goetz Sara Lauren Gold Emily Gordee John Howard Goss Dylan J. Gourd Hannah Elyse Goveia Laura A. Grant Quin Taka Greenberg Gage Eric Greenspan Carys K. Greer Tasha Cara GrifďŹ ths Dillon Anthony Grimsley Gage Neil Gross Kevin Randal Guck April Vanee Guerra Jose Uriel Guerrero Tyler Christopher Guerrero Scott Andrew Haas

Chelsea Noelle Haefner Mahshad Haji Ali Akbari Shannon Hall Kaitlin Jill Halloran Sean Jay Hamilton Hailey Millicent Hammond Bryce John Haney Jaclyn Lee Hannah Clayton Riley Harbin Tyler Patrick Hardy Kelsey Morgan Hargreaves Daniel James Harp James Joseph Harris Chloe Bryn Elizabeth Harris-Gleason Devin Wesley Harrison Brooke Nicole Hartman Eleanor Lee Hawes Alexander Henry Hefter Alyssa Miranda Heldman Brooke Ashlee Henderson Daniel Cameron Heredia Taylor Marie Herges Juana Yazmin Hernandez Victor Hernandez Armando Hernandez Santillan Cristian Alexandar Hernando Conner Edward Herrmann Mackenzie Erin Hewitt Claire Mari Hirashiki Trevor Scott Hogshead Brooke Taylor Holland Edwin Tyler Horton Darya Hosseini Esfehsalari Nastaran Natalie Hosseinipour Storm William Howe Morgan Mary Howit Eric Tzong-Lin Hsieh Wendy Hu Stephen Michael Hudgins Grace Kathryn Huiberts Jennifer Jaclyn Hurst Amanda Raye Hustrulid Catherine Wonjoo Hwang Lyndsey Marie Hyde Connor Kai Ito Matthew C. Jaeger Yuriy Gochayevich Jananashvili Garret Alan Montoya Jancich Daniel Robert Jaques Jordyn Chanel Jauregui Nickan Javanshiri Conner Matthew Jeffrey Celia Georgia Jenkins Darrian Ashaun Jenkins Jessica Jeronimo Ramzi Darwish Jneid Michelle Joeuson Bradley James Johnson Brody Michael Johnson Kailyn Mariko Johnson Lauren E. Johnson Stephanie Marie Johnson Megan Leigh Jones Tayler Jolynn Jones Shaina Rae Julian Connor Edward Kaddatz Nicole Katharine Kaemerle (cont.)

Geoffrey Merrill Kaufman Elizabeth Morgan Kaufmann Christian Cole Kearney Nicholas Robert Keeney Conner Evan Kelly Jessell Elizabeth Kelly Julia Christine Kenworthy Natasha Khounani Sarah Ann Kiddoo Kenneth Edgar Kirkpatrick Taylor Ross Klee Tanner Paul Klemm Moorea Kai Knights Victoria Nicole Kobata Nicolas Kushino Kouatli Marissa Elizabeth Kouracos Alec Christian Kratzer Kaitlin James Kronquist Ryan Hwa Kung Allison Anne Kutcher Brian Kwak Caitlin Elizabeth Lacy Alexis Kirren Laidlaw Samuel Ryan Landeros Ashley Marie Landry Mikayla Nicole Lang Haley Paige Lange Emily Michelle Langill Luke Langohr Ryan William Largey Jordyn Ann Larkins Lise Ann Latronica Christopher Joseph Laurel Darci Jae Lawrence Allison Michelle Leader Jacquelyn Michelle Leos Louis Jhovanni Lepe Zachary Leuthaus Kevin Michael Lew Annie Li Joshua John Lichtner Jeremy Lin Chandler West Lindner Christopher Gerald Linn Ellen Valerie Lomonico Mitchell David Longerbone Carlos Antonio Lopez Krysania Ariel Lopez Kaila Losee Krystal Losee Chad Brendan Love Sydney Malia Lovejoy Connor Michael Lowder Christian Alexander Lucero Ashley Lukes Derrick Michael Luque Trevor Cody Lynn Lauren Adele Madeo Brennan Tierney Mancebo

Joseph Alexander Manger Cebrina Rae-Lynn Mansfield Scott Benjamin Marcom Peter Louis Maris Kristopher Raymond Marlowe Lynette Noemy MarquinaVazquez Jessica Florence Martin Elizabeth Martinez Ernesto Martinez Andrew Thomas Masline Trenton Cooksey Mason Justin Solomon Massey Samuel Walker Matthews Daniel Connor McAndrews Trevor Robert McCloud Devon Michelle McCormack Kelly Heid McCormick Anna Faye McCowan Scott Henry McGinley Kyle M. McKnelly Mia Faith McKown Colleen Emily McNaught Raquel Elyse McNeff Shannon Dorothy McNulty Allison R. McPherson Taylor Brandt McReynolds Cody Robert Meddaugh Sachin Medhekar Brenden Oliver Meek Adrianna Lucia Mendoza Angelica Gloria Mendoza Guadalupe Mendoza James Robert Mendoza Laura Mendoza Daniel Merino Cruz Karen Atef Mikhael Kassie Marie Miller Katie Noel Miller Jenna Christine Mish Danielle Nicole Mitrak Jennifer Michelle Modes Rishi Pankaj Mody Jamie Taylor Mondello Hanna Sofia Montazami Madison Paige Montgomery Keith August Montross Jessica Lyn Mooney Carver Austin Moore Jared Richard Moore Carlos G. Morales Phillip Moreno Hayden Richter Morris Joshua Toby Morrison Carissa Leani Mossman Noe Munguia Brian Ulias Munguia Barcenas Edgar Gutierrez Muniz Kenneth Bert Murphy, Jr. Patrick Riley Murphy Jonathan K. Nagano Julian Phillip R. Narciso Nicholas Arthur Nardulli Christina Teresa Navarro Rabecca Ilene Navarro Sahand Nayebaziz Amanda Melanie Neesan Gabriella Patricia Nichols William Dylan Nicklin Lorena Nieto Morgan Marie Nieto Kristi Kimiko Nishihira Haley Andrea Nordbak Alexandra Megan Obaya Blake Harrison Ochse

Francesca Maria O’Connor Andrew Allen Oh Makenzie Ohmer Brenda Yesenia Olague Joshua Joseph Oller Nathaniel Joseph Olsen Maryanne N. Olson Joshua Timothy Oltman Lance Eldon Orgill Sam Haas Orozco Gunnar Mardon Orsland Burns Monserrat Ortiz Kelsi Grace Ott McKenzie Lynn Owen Victoria Elizabeth Packer Jamie Louise Florence Pannozzo Fernanda Daniela Paredes Delgado Sarah Michael Patrick Hannah Aiu Patterson Michael Gerald Paul Benjamin Arlen Payne Michael Mac Donald Pearson Paul Cassou Peleti Imelda Janet Pena Ortiz Alan Samuel Peralta Hernandez Zachary Edward Perea Jarett Joseph Perez Jessica Perez Sebastian Antonio Perez Allegra Rowan Perry Mikailin Rae Perry Taylor Alexander Perue Cassandra Pestana Larson Robert Pfeil Rebecca Eugenia Phillips Kevin F. Pichinte Jeffrey Pina Emily Jean Pollard Trevor Vaughn Powers Adelle Marie Price Liam Terrence Quigley Colin Samuel Radcliffe Cortney Jane Radusovsky Kareem Rafi Rajput Carlos Ismael Ramirez Deanna Del Rosario Ramirez Fredi Ramirez Vanessa Ramirez Jairo Ramos Cristoffer Ramos Prado Chancellor Joseph Ray Nicholas Thomas Redding Christopher Paul Reed Alan James Reeve Hector Giovanie Renteria Casey Thomas Rhatigan Shelby Mary Rhodes Zane Lucas Dixon Rice Jeremy Sebastian Richard Ethan Richtsmeier Brett Robert Riedlinger Emma Jane Rinchik Kimberly Nicole Roberts Alexandria Jasmine Robinson Cayleigh Lorynn Robinson Miranda Lys Robinson Armando Alexander Rodriguez Oscar Murillo Rodriguez Sofia Alicia Rodriguez Kerry Shaelyn Rodriguez Schultz Bradley Yuzuki Rogers David Alan Rohrer Nayeli Rosales Jacob Daniel Rosen Tyler David Ross

Jonathan Phillip Rothenberg Katherine Jean Rudzki Katie Marie Rueda Micaela Ann Ruppert-Majer Ali Mackenzie Russell Cole Alexzander Ryan William Saenz Brian Michael Sakansky Tania Lizbeth Salazar Cabrera Marco Antonio Sanchez Viridiana B. Sanchez Lauren Sangster Joshua Jordan Schoenloh Dylan James Schumacher Spencer Davis Scobie-Gilpin Gina Denise Scott Trevor Joseph Scott Ashley Elizabeth Seefried Bryan Paul Seefried Adrian Segundo Collin Weston Sellers Jesse R. Selstad Ian Michael Selzer Tatyanna Bedya Senel Nicholas John Senzig Misha Sesar Dilan Dipak Shah Mia Karina Sharron Quincie Lynne Shaw Lauren Elizabeth Shiebler Tyler Chikara Shirozono Shahriar Shojaei Kristen Emily Shutt Miguel Angel Silva Rachel Shanna Simmons Morgan Paige Simmsgeiger Nicholas G. Sirianni Michelle Lorraine Ocampo Sison Danielle Lauren Slade Shannon Elizabeth Sleeth Brendon James Sleven Alex Ryan Sloan Benjamin Arthur Smith Collin Russell Smith Dylan Smith Jenna Elizabeth Smith Jessica Ann Smith Joanna Mary Smith Keaton Harold Smith Karen Solano Jose Daniel Solis Mary Angelica Solis Corey Michael Solomon Nicolette Soto Martinez Theodore J. Soulopulos Molly Spear Stephanie Jean Ann Sponagle Dakota Willet Staggs Nicholas James Stavert Shelby Lee Steinfeld Kyle Steven Stilwell Bryan Charles Stiver Michael Stoeffler Alexander Paul Stolinski Natalie Michele Streeter Brandon Strickland Craig Tyler Stuart Breann Jordan Studebaker Danielle Styles Michelle Styrpejko Tyler Wayne Sudman Grant Alexander Sutton Rachel Lynn Swirczek Andrew Mitchel Sy Ryan Joseph Tachibana Dahlia Taheri

Ronald Michael-Adam Taitz Layla Tamaddon Nathan Ikaika Tan Aaron Wesley Taylor Mikhaila Rae Taylor Benjamin James Tearle Madison Leigh Techmanski Trevor Nathan Tejera Jason Joseph Temple John Elijah Craige Terrack Alexander Gage Thompson Christopher Matthew Thompson Cori Lee Thomson Jordan Patrick Toavs Rachel Noelle Trujillo Brandon Christopher Truman Gregory Spencer Tuley Jessica Sakura Uchi Cortney Kay Udall Kaylee Lynn Uddberg Nikki Brooke Usui Omar Valencia Devin Roy Valenciano John T. VanHofwegen Claudia E. Varney Yacciry Cuate Vasquez Brandon James Vause Austin David Vegh Katelyn Vermeulen Johnathon James Veta Tyler Louis Vogado-Hartung Thomas Dean Vont Brandon Scott Waddell Ryan Larry Walker Jeffrey R. Wall Allyson Marie Ward Matthew David Ward Mallory Sierra Warr Kaitlyn Kusic Waterbury Daniel Joseph Wayner Sondra Marie Weisberg William Devin Wells Emma Kate Werderman Haley Margaret Werk Kelsey McKenna Werner Alexandra Renee Weyer Elizabeth Marie Weyer Kelly Kathleen Whelan Kassandra Alane White Joshua Stephen Wilkins Kelly Diane Wilson Mark Alan Wilson Ryan George Wilson Blake Robert Wiltse Rebecca Winkle Olivia Chase Winokur Cole Patrick Winterbottom Alexander James Wold Carolyn Patricia Wood Toni Ann Wood Meghan Jane Woodhouse Avery Thomas Woodhouse Ross Kevin Anthony Wyman Merrick James Wyman Zachary Jacob Ybarra Joshua David Young Edith Jia-Jiun Yuan Gina Catalina Zatica Alexander Zavala John Manuel Zavala Mayra Alejandra Zepeda Ariana Ziae-Mohseni Lea Zimmermann

Award Winners Graduates of the Dana Hills High class of 2011 earned accolades too numerous to list on these pages. Log on to to see the full list of awards as published in the commencement program. NATIONAL HISPANIC RECOGNITION PROGRAM FINALISTS Nicholas Altuzarra, Cassandra Pestana SENIOR CLASS LEADERSHIP President: Mia McKown; Secretary/ Treasurer: Richard Bushnell

NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM COMMENDED STUDENTS Alexandria Anderson, Jeremy Bass, Stephanie Cheng, Bryce Dehring, Angelina Difrancesco, Salil Dudani, Samuel Fitzmaurice, Sara Gold, Claire Hirashiki, Eric Hsieh, Sarah Kiddoo, Annie Li, Ellen Lomonico, Sachin Medhekar, Danielle Mitrak, Rishi Mody, Andrew Sy NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FINALISTS Alexandria Anderson, Stephanie Cheng, Salil Dudani, Sachin Medhekar NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS Stephanie Cheng, Sachin Medhekar

ASU LEADERSHIP AWARDS Jeremy Lin, ASU President; Mia McKown, Senior Class President; Alex Sloan, Senior Director of Communications; Kailyn Johnson, Senior Co-Director of Activities; Michael Stoeffler, Senior CoDirector of Activities; Richard Bushnell, Senior Class Secretary/Treasurer; Dilan Shah, ICC President; Austin DeVone, Commissioner of Athletics; Christine Ferry, Commissioner of Pep; Connor Angle, Intramurals Commissioner PRINCIPAL’S LEADERSHIP AWARD Jeremy Lin UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY APPOINTMENT Samuel Fitzmaurice

UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS Scholastic Excellence Award: Stephanie Cheng, Devin Valenciano; Distinguished Athlete Award: Joanna Smith, Eric Hsieh; Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence: Tasha Griffiths, Danny Wayner DANA POINT HISTORICAL SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIP Alexandria Anderson, Ellen Lomonico SOUTH COAST WATER DISTRICT SCHOLARSHIP Desiree Bramlette, Ellen Lomonico, Raquel McNeff, Molly Spear


DANA POINT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SCHOLARSHIP Business Scholarship: Larson Pfeil; Community Service: Garret Jancich; Athletic: Jonathan Amato; Athletic: Allyson Ward

DHHS WALL OF FAME Alaina Alvarez, Jonathan Amato, Laura Beresford, Paxton Cota, Kevin Guck, Kelly McCormick, Colleen McNaught, Larson Pfeil

PTSA SCHOLARSHIPS Connor Angle, Kathleen Briggs, Andrea Dill, Shaina Julian, Darci Lawrence, Emma Rinchik, Dilan Shah, Kaitlyn Waterbury, Olivia Winokur, Meghan Woodhouse


Dana Point Grads FROM AREA PRIVATE SCHOOLS JSERRA CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL Sean Conway Georgie Courtney Joseph Hughes Courtney Johnson Tyler Krause Mark Luburic

Ryan Male Jessica McFadden Kaitlyn Neighbours Andie Reed Victoria Salazar-Hudgins

ST. MARGARET’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL Arya Amirhekmat Chloe Hoff Shannon Kelly

William McCarthy G. Jared Schoeffel Erin Thomas

Members of the JSerra Catholic High School 2011 graduating class. Courtesy photo




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


Britney Spears 7:30 p.m. The hit star performs at the Honda Center with special guests Nicki Minaj, Jessie and the Toy Boys and Nervo. Tickets start at $30.50. 2695 E. Katella, Anaheim, 714.704.2500,


Common Sense 8 p.m. Reggae concert at The Coach House, also featuring John Sotter, Worm and the Night Crawlers, Motavation. $15. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, AustraliaN Wine Tasting 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company welcomes Tik Tok Winery. $15 for seven wines with snacks. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, Movies in the Park: Despicable Me 8 p.m. The city of Dana Point presents a free showing of Despicable Me at Lantern Bay Park. 25111 Park Lantern Road, Dana Point, 949.248.3530, Dana Point Concours d’ Elegance 12 p.m.-8 p.m. Weekend-long annual celebration of automotive elegance with private car collections on display, art, auctions and more at St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort. $30. Weekend hours extended. 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, 800.839.7520, Derek Bordeaux 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799, Entropy 9 p.m. Live music and Aloha Friday at BeachFire; dress “island style” for specials. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232, Kimo West Slack Key Concert 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Concert at Hulaville. Tickets $5. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905, Dana Point Times June 24–30, 2011


Historical Society BBQ at Doheny

Looking for a family-friendly mid-week outing? How does dinner al fresco at the beach sound? The public is invited to join in a food and fun celebration of the leaders of the future at the Dana Point Historical Society annual BBQ at Doheny State Beach, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive on Wednesday, June 29. The event will be held at picnic area ‘A.’ The event will honor the Historical Society’s class of 2011 $1,000 scholarship recipients, Alexandria Anderson and Ellen Lomonico—both Dana Hills High School grads. This is an important event for the Historical Society, said President Carlos N. Olvera. “We do it because we are the largest nonprofit in Dana Point that is active in the community—for the community,” he said. “Also, our students are our future members who will continue to preserve and display the history of Dana Point.” The event begins at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. The menu includes tri tip steak, chili, coleslaw, salad and all accompaniments. Beverages will include soft drinks, beer and wine. Tickets are $25 and available at the door. Please call 949.248.8121 to RSVP. Money raised at this event will go toward funding next year’s scholarship program. —Krysta Worthen


2nd Annual Dana Point Lobster Fest 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club’s Lobster Fest with an all-you-can-eat buffet benefiting local charities at Doheny State Beach. $75. 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point,

Summer Concerts in the Park 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. The city of Dana Point presents its annual free concert series at Heritage Park. Tonight is Bella Donna, a Tribute to Stevie Nicks & Fleetwood Mac. 34400 Old Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.248.3530,

Wine Tasting 1 p.m.-8 p.m. DaVine Food & Wine hosts wine tastings every Friday, Saturday and Sunday featuring their hand-selected wines paired with cheese. Cost $15-$18. 34673 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.493.4044,

Gone Fishin’ (in Southern California) Exhibition 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Casa Romantica holds a family-friendly special event to debut its new exhibit featuring fishing memorabilia and artifacts. Event features special guests, music, activities and much more. Admission $5. Exhibit on display until August 14. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,


Music Under the Stars Summer Concert Series 6:30 p.m. Mission San Juan Capistrano kicks off its annual concert series with a performance by The Derek Bordeaux Group (Motown, Soul and R&B). Tickets start at $28. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300, Dana Point Farmers Market 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Fresh produce and much more every Saturday at La Plaza Park, intersection of PCH and Golden Lantern.



Ashun 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Live music at Wind & Sea. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, SJC, 949.496.6500, Midnight Ride 2:30 p.m. Live music at Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.3188,

Chris Cram 8 p.m. Live music at Wind & Sea. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500,

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

Flock of 80’s 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Popular ’80s cover band at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

Corey Leal 9 p.m. Live music at BeachFire. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,

Live Music Cruise 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Dana Wharf’s Saturday music cruise. Bar onboard. $19. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,

Marine Wildlife Cruise 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Cruise with the Ocean Institute. $22-$35. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274,

Great American Backyard Campout Join OC Parks, REI and thousands of campers for a family event at Caspers Wilderness Park. Reserve online. $5 per vehicle. 33401 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.923.2207, Country Western Classics 8 p.m. Live country music at Agostino’s. $15. 34700 Coast Hwy., Capistrano Beach, 949.661.8266, Funniest Housewives Of Orange County 8 p.m. Comedy show and male dancers at The Coach House. $20. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, Page 21


WaterWorks: Soak Up the Science 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Exhibition on the world of water at the Discovery Science Center. Adults $12.95, kids $9.95. Open daily. 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, 714.542.2823, (Cont. on page 23)


THIS WEEK’S WEATHER 6.23 Partly Cloudy H: 75° L: 61° 6.24 Mostly Cloudy H: 73° L: 59° 6.25 Mostly Cloudy H: 71° L: 59°

6.26 Mostly Cloudy H: 74° L: 61° 6.27 Partly Cloudy H: 75° L: 61° 6.28 Sunny H: 75° L: 63° 6.29 Sunny H: 73° L: 62°

GETTING OUT (Cont. from page 21) Tequila Tasting Dinner 6 p.m. Salt Creek Grille presents a special three-course dinner with paired drinks. Cost $25 each. Call for reservations. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949-661-7799,

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27221 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, 949.388.4978,

Comedy Show 9:30 p.m. Comedians get some laughs at Hennessey’s every Monday night. Free. 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, 949.488.0121, Jamie Arroyo Soccer Academy 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Award-winning summer break soccer camp runs today through June 29 for ages 6-15 at Liberty Park in San Clemente. Cost $100. 949.291.2678, Sunshine Art Camp San Clemente Art Supply hosts art camps for kids ages 5-8 (9 a.m.-12 p.m.) and ages 9-12 (2 p.m.-5 p.m.). 1531 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.369.6603,



Cheryl Silverstein 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Live vocalist at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.

Two-for-One at the Wharf Dana Wharf has half price on all fishing trips. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, Benny / Flamenco Guitar 7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,


The History of Sport Fishing and the Catalina Island Tuna Club 7 p.m. Special guests Mike Farrior and Bob DeNault at Casa Romantica in conjunction with the new “Gone Fishin’” exhibit. General admission $7. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,


Best known for: Scratch-made continental cuisine Most Popular item: Original schnitzel When Rene and Sonja Barth decided to move their family from Germany to America, they knew they would have to open an eatery. “We owned a restaurant there, too,” said Rene Barth. “Much bigger, many more employees. But we wanted to make something smaller and more like home.” The criteria behind Barth’s were simple. First, everything needed to be fresh Crispy schnitzel sandwich. Courtesy photo to account for Sonja Barth’s allergy to preservatives. From soup stock to sauerkraut to sausage, the Barths decided homemade dishes were their top priority. The new restaurant would also have a menu that paid homage to their heritage. “We want to make the food that our mothers and grandmothers taught us to make,” said Sonja Barth. The restaurant has been open less than two weeks, but the husband and wife team have already had return customers. “We have a lot of fun with them,” said Rene Barth, who can frequently be found truant from his kitchen station, socializing with and amusing his customers. If friendly service and quality food weren’t enough, Barth’s boasts economical prices and an extensive offering of the family’s favorite German beers. Reservations: Not needed Price Range: $1-$17 Payment: Cash, credit Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-10 p.m., closed Sunday Go to and under “Getting Out” share your thoughts about this week’s restaurant.

Rihanna With Special Guests 7:30 p.m. The hit star performs at the Honda Center with special guests Cee Lo Green and J. Cole. Tickets start at $23.75. 2695 E. Katella, Anaheim, 714.704.2500,

Dana Point Historical Society Annual BBQ 6 p.m. The DPHS presents its annual barbecue at Doheny State Park featuring lots of food, socializing, a scholarship award ceremony and much more festivities. Cost $20-$25. 949.248.8121,

Karaoke 7:30 p.m. Wind & Sea Restaurant. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500,

Lions in Iron 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Lounge/blues band at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

Summer Series: Cheese & Wine Pairing Class 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company hosts an event featuring Starr Cornwall, cheesemonger, and Eric Reichenbach, wine sommelier, to explore the wines and cheeses of California. $35 for five wines, cheeses and materials. Reservations required. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, 949.429.7067,

Andrew Corradini 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Acoustic music at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799,


Art Alexakis of Everclear Brings Acoustic Set to The Coach House


or Art Alexakis, charismatic frontman and driving force behind the multi-platinum powerhouse Everclear, there’s truly no debate about evolution. If you’re not growing and changing and getting creative with your classic songs over time, he says, “then you’re not a band, you’ve become a jukebox.” And every so often, to remind oneself that making music is still the invigorating joy it’s always been, it’s a great idea to take a look back at the music writer’s classic songs, as Alexakis does on Everclear’s 429 Records debut, In A Different Light. We caught up with Alexakis on his thoughts about the upcoming show. What was the impetus for an acoustic set? How does that fit in with the Coach House as a venue? In the past, I’ve always performed solo acoustic sets at the beginning of a new album cycle to showcase the new material I was recording at the time, but in the past few years I’ve been performing solo acoustic concerts all around the country because it stretches me as an artist. It’s just me and my guitar. It’s also a lot of fun Dana Point Times June 24–30, 2011

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and provides much more interaction with the audience than when I play with Everclear. Unlike most performers, I look forward to being heckled … I will enthusiastically heckle back. What has influenced your evolving musical style over the years? Did your daughters play a significant role as many kids do with their musician parents? I think living life has been the main thing to influence me in my writing ... and both of my daughters are a part of that for sure ... I think learning and growing and learning how to express my experiences as well as constantly trying to improve my craft as a songwriter has helped me. What’s next with regards to Everclear? We are working on a brand new Everclear album, and we hope to have it out by fall. Tickets will be going fast so make sure you call the Coach House and get yours soon. Art Alexakis performs The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. The Show is Saturday, July 2, and tickets are $20. Doors open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. DP —A.J. Bardzilowski Page 23


90 Minute Sunset Harbor Cruise & Beyond 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. New cruise offered by Dana Wharf. Adults $25, kids (3-12) $15. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,


Heartless 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Local band playing everything at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, Dementia Lecture 8 a.m.-10 a.m. The public is invited to a free informative lecture at the San Clemente Villas titled “Validating the Older Person With Dementia.” RSVP. 660 Camino De Los Mares, San Clemente, 949.289.1534, Brandon Wildish 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Live music at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799, The Memphis Kings 7:30 p.m.–11 p.m. Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855, *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at Have an event? Send your listing to

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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:

SOLUTION SOLUTION SOLUTION SOLUTION See today’s solution in next week’s issue.


A 2011 Look at Internet Dating for Seniors new dating website specifically for singles over 50 is now active. Before describing it, let me mention these cardinal rules of Internet dating: • Never lend or send money to anyone you’ve ON LIFE AND LOVE AFTER 50 never met. By Tom Blake • Trust your instincts. If someone seems too good to be true, that’s exactly the case. • You cannot fall in love with a person you’ve never met. These rules apply to all Internet dating sites, including the one I am writing about today, which is called It’s not an entirely new site. The company’s press release states: “ was created by combining the membership of SeniorPeopleMeet. com and With more than one million active members, OurTime. com is now the largest online community catering to singles over 50.” is owned by the same company that owns I interviewed Dr. Terri Orbuch, OurTime’s dating and relationship expert. I was impressed with her dating knowledge and her reassurances about the site’s safety. Dr. Orbuch said, “OurTimes’s highest priority is member safety. We have safety experts constantly patrolling the site. Internet dating is no safer or less safe than meeting strangers in other ways.” Do her words guarantee singles won’t encounter scammers on Of course not. This week, a woman named Judie emailed me about a 73-year-old friend of hers who met a man on the former who claimed to be an American working in Malaysia. His story didn’t add up. Eventually, he asked the woman for money.

Boomer believes that old age doesn’t begin until age 72, according to a 2009 Pew Research survey, not age 65.” Hooray for that. While Internet dating has its risks, it also has its rewards. It provides an easy way for singles to test the waters and to not have to wait for a telephone call to interact with potential mates. Women can be assertive. Plus, singles can talk with more than one potential mate in a matter of minutes. They can’t do that when they’re out on a date with one person. The OurTime website link: Email me at to share your experience with this new dating website.


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Internet dating is a double-edged sword. Singles dramatically increase their chances of meeting a mate because these sites have members throughout the world. But, meeting someone who lives far away often results in a long-distance relationship. These relationships can work out, but there are many added challenges to them. Dr. Orbuch said, “Before getting involved in a long-distance relationship, each person must communicate his or her expectations about who would move and who wouldn’t. If neither is willing or

unable to move, it’s hard to have much of a relationship, particularly if they’d like to be together regularly.” Dr. Orbuch also stressed that singles should carefully review the safety tips and dating guidelines on the OurTime. com website before beginning the search for a mate. I checked those pages and agree with her. According to the OurTime press release, approximately 65 percent of their users have been divorced and 25 percent widowed. And now for the best news for seniors, the press release also stated: “The typical

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READER COMMENT: Susan, “I am a Dana Point resident for 20 plus years, and I look forward to reading your “Life and Love after 50” articles. (I will be 50 in two weeks.) Having spent the last five years on Match, Eharmony, and even Plenty of Fish, and having been on over 40 first dates, I met someone special eight months ago. (I’m still in shock.) “I read your story about romance scams and don’t understand why people on these dating sites entertain the idea of starting a relationship with someone not within a reasonable driving distance. It just spells trouble for so many reasons. Of course, not giving money is a no-brainer, but when you meet someone in person, it’s harder to hide your intentions.” Tom Blake is a Dana Point business owner and San Clemente resident who has authored books on middle-aged dating. To comment on his column, email him at tompblake@gmail. com. See his website at DP PLEASE NOTE: The opinions offered here are solely those of the guest columnist and may or may not be shared by the Dana Point Times staff. We appreciate, however, their willingness to share their views, and we invite responses to be sent to



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Angels vs. Dodgers Dodger Stadium

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June 24, 7:10 p.m.

The City of Dana Point is currently taking registrations for a range of summer camps to keep you active in the months ahead.

There’s a freeway series just ahead as the Angels hit the road to take on the Dodgers in the first of a three-game series.

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Outdoor Adventure 25th Annual Fitness Club Tinman Triathlon Mount Baldy Cal State San June 25, TBA Bernardino Advanced hikers are encouraged to scale the summit of Mount Baldy. The cost for non-members is $25. Info: 949.366.1010

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June 26, 7 a.m. The 2011 Tinman Triathlon features a both a 5K and Kid’s Triathlon at the beautiful campus of Cal State San Bernardino University.


Nationals vs. Angels Angel Stadium June 27, 7:05 p.m. After wrapping up a slew of games on the road, the Angles head home in time to host Washington in the first of a three-game series. Info: www.losangeles.angels.


Join the Blue Crew Dana Hills High School coaching staff hosts summer baseball camp

Players ages 14 and under are invited to brush up on their baseball skills at the Blue Crew Summer Youth Baseball Camp. The camp is run by the coaching staff of the Dana Hills High School varsity baseball team, pictured here. Courtesy photo

By David Zimmerle Dana Point Times

(L to R) Former varsity head coach Taryn Commins (current head coach for San Juan Hills High School), Allyson Ward, Haley Nordbak, Katherine Chastain, Kristi Nishihira, Olivia Winokur, Molly Spear and Laura Johnson celebrate receiving the CIF Academic Award during a ceremony at Angel Stadium of Anaheim recently. Not pictured is Tori Nishihira. Courtesy photo

MVPs with GPAs Lady Dolphins earn CIF Academic Award By David Zimmerle and Greg Spear Dana Point Times


hough the dust settled early on their post-season efforts, the Dana Hills High School’s varsity girls’ basketball team topped off their season as big winners in an entirely different category. The team was honored by the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) with the coveted CIF Academic Award during a pre-game ceremony at Angel Stadium of Anaheim at the Angels vs. Chicago White Sox game on May 9. Cumulatively, the team finished with a 3.775 grade point average–the highest of any girl’s varsity basketball team in the Southern Section.

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As academic champions for large schools over 1501 students the Lady Dolphins beat out North Torrance High School who finished second with a team average of 3.627 and Foothill High School who finished third with a 3.620. Mesa Grande Academy from Calimesa finished first in the small school category with 1500 students or less with a 3.901 GPA team average. “To win a CIF Academic Award is a huge accomplishment for a program and a school,” Dana Hills co-athletic director Matt Reid said. “There are 581 schools in the Southern Section of CIF, so to win this award says a lot about our girls. As a team, they also came in second place for the award last year, which is also a big accomplishment.” All six of the team’s graduating seniors are off to play for various universities. Allyson Ward is headed to University of San Diego, Haley Nordbak to Somona State, Katherine Chastain to University of California, Irvine, Kristi Nishihira to San Diego State, Olivia Winokur to Cornell University in New York and Molly Spear to San Jose State. DP Page 28


apistrano Community Education will hold its Blue Crew Youth Baseball Camp this summer at Dana Hills High School. Players can look forward to improving their baseball skills while being instructed and evaluated by the Dana Hills High School baseball coaching staff, led by head coach Tom Faris. Those who opt to participate will also receive a camp Tshirt along with personalized instruction to further develop fundamental baseball skills. The camp includes learning new drills, challenges and true baseball etiquette. It is asked that those who sign up for camp bring their baseball gear and baseball clothes including a glove, hat, bat, helmet and water. Session 1 is slated for players ages 10-14 years old and will run from July 11-15 from 9 a.m. to noon. Session 2 is also for players ages 10-14 years old and will run from July 18-22 from 9 a.m. to noon. And Session 3 is strictly for players ages 6-10 years old and will run from July 25-29 from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants should be dropped off at the baseball diamond at Dana Hills High at 8 a.m. on the dates provided. The total cost of the camp is $200 per session with $100 going to the Blue Crew Baseball Camp, and the other $100 going directly to the Capistrano Unified School District. For more information or to download a camp registration form, log on to For questions, contact Coach Tom Faris by phone at 949.510.7381 or send an email to DP





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Grom of the WEEK David Levy Age: 13, Marco Forster Middle School David Levy first jumped onto a surfboard at the age of 6 and hasn’t looked back since. He enjoys both surfing and bodyboarding but says that his serious training is devoted to longboarding. David intends to continue surfing for the Marco Forster Middle School surf team next year and will focus on continuing to improve in hopes of making the Dana Hills High team the following year as a freshman. “David is a really good solid surfer who keeps improving,” said Coach Carol Weinhardt. “His style is shaping up to be pretty progressive and I can definitely see him being one of the team leaders next year.” David Levy. Photo by Melanie Levy When not in the water, he also enjoys skateboarding and hanging out with his friends. David is no slouch in the classroom either. He is a straight ‘A’ honor student whose name has been a fixture on the Superintendent’s Honor Roll in every quarter of his school career so far. David likes English class, enjoys writing and is definitely college-bound. He intends to keep up his grades and hopes to get into a university that will keep him close to the ocean he loves. David said that, although he likes school, he is really happy that summer is here so he can spend long days at Doheny and San O surfing two to three sessions every day.—Andrea Swayne

Surfers’ Hall of Fame Inductees Announced Surf luminaries will cement their place history at annual sidewalk ceremony By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


he Surfers’ Hall of Fame pays tribute to those who have made an enduring mark on the culture, sport and industry of surfing. Chosen honorees are immortalized by placing their hand and footprints in cement at the foot of the Duke Kahanamoku statue on the corner of PCH and Main in Huntington Beach. The ceremony is set to take place during the US Open of Surfing on August 5 at 10 a.m. This year’s induction ceremony will honor Hawaiian waterman George Downing. Downing has made an indelible impression in the surfing world as a big wave pioneer, Waikiki beachboy, board shaper, contest director and mentor to fellow surfers.

Surf ForecasT Water temp: 60-64˚F Water visibility and conditions: San Clemente: 15-18’+ Fair+; Catalina: 15-25’+ Fair-Good Remarks: A decent mix of building Southwest groundswell and minimal Northwest windswell prevails on Thursday. Surge is light-moderate and visibility is pretty good, making for fair+ diving conditions overall. Short range: Size is in the 3-4’(waist-chest high) zone on Thursday as Southwest groundswell slowly builds and trace Northwest windswell mixes in. For Friday 3-4’+(waist-shoulder high) surf is the norm as Southwest swell holds and small Northwest windswell continues to mix in. Conditions look fair to good for the mornings with calm to light/variable winds. Long range: Fun surf prevails over the weekend as successive Southwest and South-Southwest groundswells offer up 3-4’+(waist-shoulder high) surf at good exposures. Standout spots pull in larger 5’+(head high+)sets around the correct tides, as light morning winds offer up favorable conditions. Stay tuned to for updates.

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Duke Kahanamoku and George Downing. Courtesy photo

“The Surfers’ Hall of Fame is proud to honor George Downing one of the great pioneers of big-wave surfing, leaders of our sport and major force in preserving oceans, reefs, waves and beaches. George is an ambassador to our sport of surfing, a legend and is true surf royalty,” said Surfers’ Hall of Fame founder, Aaron Pai. “We are thrilled to be able to thank George Downing for his contributions and achievements to our surfing world and stoked that he will be here for his

induction into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame.” Downing will be joined by fellow 2011 inductees Simon Anderson, Taylor Knox and Chuck Linnen as they join the likes of past honorees Laird Hamilton, Andy Irons, Jack O’Neill, Corky Carroll, Robert August, Bob Hurley, Sean Collins, Kelly Slater, Lisa Andersen, Pat O’Connell, Al Merrick, Shaun Tomson and Rob Machado. The ceremony is free and open to the public. For more information, see DP

Surfing Walk of Fame Declares Honorees The Surfing Walk of Fame induction ceremony is set for August 4 on the corner of PCH and Main in Huntington Beach outside of Jack’s Surfboards at 10 a.m. Seven will be placing their hand and footprints in cement on the Walk of Fame. Each will be honored in their respective categories. They are: ­ Rob Machado (Surf Champion), Skip Frye (Surf Pioneer), Dick Dale (Surf Culture), Debbie Beacham and Kathy “Gidget” Kohner (tied for Women of the Year), Bill Fury (Local Hero) and The Hole in the Wall Gang (Honor Roll). For more information, see Page 22

BOARD SHORTS San Clemente Schools Reign at NSSA Nationals Surf teams from San Clemente High and Shorecliffs Middle Schools dominated at the 2011 NSSA National Interscholastic Championships, June 16 to 18 at Salt Creek Beach. The teams took their 11th and ninth national titles, respectively. San Clemente commanded the team competition with 111 points to runner-up Edison with 103. Five SCHS surfers made podium appearances in varsity competition. The Men’s Shortboard division saw Breyden Taylor in first, Trevor Thornton fifth and Tanner Rozunko sixth. Longboarder Eli Gillis took the fifth spot and Emmy Lombard came in sixth in Womens Shortboard. Shorecliffs went way out in front of second place Dwyer, 136 to 74. Middle school team competition also saw Marco Forster in fourth, Shorecliffs ‘B’ in fifth and Bernice Ayer ninth. Shorecliffs’ Colt Ward took the top spot in Boys Shortboard as did Mason Shaw in Longboard. See for full results. NSSA National Interscholastic Championships, June 16-18, 2011, Dana Point, Salt Creek Beach HIGH SCHOOL TEAM: 1. San Clemente (111); 2. Edison (103); 3. Newport Harbor (90); 4. Huntington Beach (64); 5. Malibu (57); 6. Laguna Beach (55); 7. Kamehameha (50); 8. Mira Costa (45); 9. Jupiter (41); 10. Melbourne (38); 11. Palos Verdes (17); 12. Marina (11). MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAM: 1. Shorecliffs ‘A’ (136); 2. Dwyer (74); 3. Aviara Oaks (68); 4. Marco Forster (49); 5. Shorecliffs ‘B’ (47); 6. Thurston (42); 7. Kamehameha (40); 8. Sowers (28); 9. Bernice Ayer (26). 

UPCOMING EVENTS June 21-25: Surfing America USA Championships, San Onofre State Beach, Lower Trestles June 25: DLSA Menehune Surf Championships, Dana Point, Doheny State Beach June 25-July 3: Billabong ISA World Surfing Games, Panama, Play Venao June 26-July 3: NSSA National Open, Explorer and Airshow Championships, Huntington Beach, Pier July 23: WSA Menehune Surf Fest, Huntington Beach, Goldenwest Street July 30-August 7: U.S. Open of Surfing, Huntington Beach, Pier

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