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Marine Scientists Grown Here Ocean Institute offers research internship opportunities for high school students interested in marine science careers E Y E O N D P/ PAG E 4 Julianne Steers, Ocean Institute chief aquarist, mentors student intern Meriah Long, 17, of Dana Point, as part of the institute’s Marine Science Careers and Internship Academy program. Photo by Andrea Swayne

Three Candidates Pull Papers to Run for City Council

Mom of Marine Accused of Killing Three Others in DUI Accident Seeks Donations for His Defense

Ellie Plouff Earns Gold Award, Girl Scouting’s Highest Honor











Farmers Market 9 a.m.–1 p.m. La Plaza Park, 34111 La Plaza Street. Admission is free. For more information or to inquire about purchasing a booth for $25, please call 949.573.5033 or 951.271.0669.

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

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,


CITY COUNCIL DARK THROUGH AUGUST: The next City Council meeting is scheduled for September 18, 6 p.m. at City Council Chambers, 33282, Golden Lantern, 949.248.3501,


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Family Pajama Story Time 7 p.m. Free family pajama story time at the Dana Point Library, 33841 Niguel Road, 949.496.5517,

Sunrise Rotary Club 7 a.m. The Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club meets Wednesdays in Dana Point. For more information and meeting location, call 949.493.2759 or see


What’s Up With... 1

…the Election?

THE LATEST: Since the July 16 opening of the nomination period for the Dana Point City Council elections, three candidates have pulled papers to run for the two open seats in the November election. According to City Clerk Kathy Ward, as of July 25, Councilman Scott Schoeffel, Planning Commissioner Norm Denton and Dana Point Historical Society President Carlos N. Olvera had picked up their nomination papers. One of the two open seats will be vacated by Mayor Lara Anderson who has termed out and the other by Councilman Schoeffel who will be up for reelection. All three have yet to return their completed nomination papers to make their candidacy official. WHAT’S NEXT: The deadline to return papers is August 10 at 5 p.m. If an incumbent does not file papers by that date, the deadline will be extended to August 15 at 5:30 p.m. FIND OUT MORE: See for more information. —Andrea Swayne



THE LATEST: “Faulty computer modeling” and “manufacturing issues” were the primary sources of problems at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, a 94-page inspection report from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says. The two factors contributed to the premature wear of tubes on the relatively new steam generators and the radiation leak January 31 that led to Unit 3’s shut down. The Unit 2 reactor had been offline for upgrades January 9. Neither reactor has produced power since. Dana Point Times July 27–August 2, 2012

The report also states that plant owner Southern California Edison complied with federal regulations when it proposed the replacement steam generators in the first place, a point SCE made sure to note in its own statement about the report. “We are committed to continuing to work with the NRC on the steam generator issues and will continue to use conservative decision making as we work on repairs and planning for the future,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer Pete Dietrich in a statement. But anti-nuclear groups called the commission’s report a “dangerous coverup.” Gene Stone of San Clemente-based Residents Organized for a Safe Environment said SCE’s plan to restart Unit 2 is “extremely risky.” WHAT’S NEXT: SCE must submit its formal response to questions raised by the NRC, which the utility must do before it can restart the reactors. Separately, the California Public Utilities Commission plans to open an investigation of the plant, according to its August 2 agenda. FIND OUT MORE: Visit —Stacie N. Galang


… a Red Tagged House?

THE LATEST: City Council in a July 17 closed session meeting voted unanimously to direct staff to move forward with abating a nuisance at a red-tagged home at 3447 Camino el Molino. The home, owned by Marianne Stahl, was red-tagged and boarded up February 29 after a probation sweep led to the discovery of unsafe conditions. Citing a history of code enforcement issues, the city moved forward with standard nuisance abatement procedures. Stahl filed an appeal in March.

WHAT’S NEXT: The city will seek a court appointed receiver to move forward with dealing with dangerous and substandard conditions at the Stahl property, said City Attorney Patrick Muñoz. FIND OUT MORE: See —AS


…a Marine Mom’s Website?

THE LATEST: The mother of a Marine accused of the deaths of three fellow Marines after an early morning crash February 14 near Golden Lantern and Terra Vista has created a website claiming his innocence and asking for donations to defend him. Terrisena Freeman said online that her son Sgt. Jared Ray Hale, 25, was the designated driver when out with his buddies at Hennessey’s Tavern. The District Attorney’s office, however, has charged Hale with three felony counts of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated without gross negligence and having a blood alcohol level of 0.16, twice the legal limit. Hale lost control of the Dodge sedan, jumped the median and crashed into a tree on the passenger’s side, according to the DA’s news release. Hale suffered brain trauma and a fractured arm. He was arraigned June 13. Freeman said money is tight because she has been working part time to pursue her nursing degree. “I thank God every day that I still have him, and I question God every day why three other mothers do not have their sons,” she said.


…Harbor Dry Boat Storage?

THE LATEST: A July 11 draft report recommends a dry stack boat storage building over a dry boat storage deck as part of the Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Plan. The analysis, prepared for the County of Orange by Irvine-based consulting firm MVE Institutional, was based on providing 493 spaces for dry boat storage, 334 spaces for visitor vehicles with trailers and 157 parking spaces for both boat storage and retail/office visitors. The report compares the two options, favoring an enclosed dry stack five-level, 50,000-square-foot building with a 400-boat capacity and an automated craned boat delivery system. The remaining 93 boat spaces would be located in a surface storage area south and east of the building. The dry boat storage deck option would be a two-level structure of 393,300 square feet. It would hold 327 boats on trailers on the upper level, 32 boats with trailers on the lower level and 134 boats in a surface storage area to its south. Both plans include a 7,600-square-foot marine services building. Recommendation of the dry stack building is based on its estimated $30.3 million price tag—$1.6 million less than the deck plan—a smaller footprint that would cause less disruption during construction, better circulation, less congestion due to a dedicated boat launch ramp separate from the visitor ramp and a lesser obstruction of views.

WHAT’S NEXT: Hale’s next court appearance is September 14.

WHAT’S NEXT: According to the report, the estimated construction start date would be January 2015 and the project would take approximately 12 months.

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FIND OUT MORE: See the full report at —AS

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Marine Scientists Grown Here Ocean Institute offers research internship opportunities for high school students interested in marine science careers By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


he Ocean Institute is quite well known when it comes to educational programs offered to elementary school-aged children. Thousands of local kids have tales to tell of lifelong memories made during an overnight aboard the tallship Pilgrim as part of a historic seafaring reenactment program or performing their first squid dissection, but internships for high school students are also an important part of the institute’s mission to educate area young people. The Marine Science Careers and Internship Academy for students 14 through 17 accepts only about 40 students each summer. During the camp the kids learn about the myriad ocean science related careers—oceanography, marine biology, animal husbandry and more—and gain skills that would be applicable to these fields. Upon completion of the camp, those who find themselves especially inspired by the hands-on learning they’ve been exposed to, have the opportunity to apply for a yearlong internship. “Generally, about three quarters of our camp students are interested in applying,” said Julianne Steers, chief aquarist for the Ocean Institute and animal husbandry internship mentor. “They come in for a detailed interview where we gauge their interest level, find out what area they’d like to focus on and hear about some of their other background experiences. Then we choose the best candidates.” The interview process also requires students to submit a detailed application and provide recommendations from teachers, coaches or other mentors. This year 18 students made the cut. The incoming interns are then paired with a mentor based on their area of interest. Steers mentors students interested in animal husbandry. Coordinator of At-Sea Projects Tim Sullivan mentors those interested in working aboard the research vessel, RV Sea Explorer, to study marine mammals and other species in the waters off Dana Point. Mentor Carly Rocha is paired with teens who want to focus their studies on projects in the institute’s Old Cove Native Plant Garden habitat. Some are also paired with the city’s Natural Resources Protection Officer Jeff Rosaler, who has since left for another job. The program, now in its fifth year, is generally structured in this way although the team is always looking for ways to expand interest areas, Steers said. “Previously, we offered a high school internship program that required only a 20-hour commitment,” she said. “Now we’re arming interns with greatly expanded skill sets that they can apply toward applying to college and their future careers.” Hours vary from program to program, she said, but as an example, animal husbandry students are required to commit to a minimum four-hour shift per week. On the RV Sea Explorer, two shifts per month are required and during certain times of the year when extreme low tides happen, students performing research in the Dana Point Times July 27–August 2, 2012

San Clemente High School graduate Kelsey Remmes, now a college student, was recently hired on to a paid internship and says her two years in the program during high school made a big difference in solidifying her desire to pursue a degree in marine biology. Photo by Andrea Swayne

tidepools behind the Institute may need to be in the field more frequently during those times. “We realize that high school students are very busy and we do try to be flexible to allow for school work and extracurricular activities,” Steers said. As a third-year intern, Dana Hills High School student Meriah Long, 17, is one of this year’s crop of interns who is making the most of her experience. “This whole program is priceless because they give us so much professional experience,” Long said. “While still in high school you experience the interview, the application, committing to a scheduled shift and clocking in. It keeps you on your toes and gives you a taste of what will be required in the real world after high school. I know how to build a resume. I know how to prepare for an interview and things like that.” Long, who will start her senior year in the fall, plans on a college major in biology with a minor in marine biology and feels strongly that her internships will add favorably to her high school resume by demonstrating a dedication to her interests and valuable “know how” in the field of science. One of the program’s most valuable experiences for students, according to both Long and Steers, is the annual summer symposium, when interns present their research to an audience, just as adult scientists present their work to colleagues in the professional scientific community. “When I was in school, I had no opportunity to get realworld practice in developing a research proposal, perform real research, write a structured abstract and present my work,” Steers said. “We are especially proud of being able to offer this experience to our interns.” This year’s symposium on July 11 featured presentations of student work ranging from studies monitoring coastal resources in the Dana Point Marine Protected Area, animal behavior studies and identifying native plants in California ecosystems to abstracts with titles like, “Effects of Light on Moon Jelly Strobilation,” and “Distribution Patterns of the Pisaster Giganteus and Patrina Miniata.” Long’s abstract detailed her creation of a Quick Recognition, or QR, Database to be added to Ocean Institute signage allowing visitors to scan barcodes with their smart phones and be linked to an online database full of information, pictures, facts and videos about the exhibits at the facility. Page 4

Each year the interns stay on through October to help train the incoming group chosen from among the summer camp program. Although preparing for the symposium presentations is the most technically demanding assignment during the year, the experience is not short on fun, Long said. “One of my fondest memories as an intern happened when I was out on the boat and first saw a blue whale,” she said with passion showing in her eyes as she teared up just thinking about it. “It was otherworldly and life changing, and it was at that moment that I knew this is what I want to do as a career. And, as silly as it sounds, another favorite happened when I was cleaning a tank and a swell shark came up to the surface and spit at me. I just couldn’t stop laughing. I don’t know why, but getting drenched in salt water by a swell shark totally made my day. It’s not part of their usual behavior and somehow I felt honored by it.” The excitement of the other students in the program came through loud and clear at the symposium, illustrating the impact that this program is making in the future lives of budding young scientists and reinforces the resolve of Steers and other Ocean Institute staff at continuing to expand the program. “We started with 12 interns five years ago, and now with 18, we have been able to grow the program,” Steers said. “We do, however, manage to make it happen without dedicated funding.” There is no separate funding for these full-year internships beyond any extra funds brought in via the summer camp fees. The program relies heavily on the dedication of the mentors, careful rearranging of the budget and even creative recycling for the procurement of materials necessary for completion of student projects. As a scientist who is very appreciative of the impact that mentors had in her life, Steers said that, for her and her colleagues, putting in the time necessary to continue offering these internships is really a labor of love. “This program is a chance to give back to the next generation and share what really excites us,” she said. “It’s just what we do. We grow future scientists at the Ocean Institute.” To learn about the many opportunities for the public to help support programs like the Marine Science Career and Internship Academy at the nonprofit Ocean Institute, log on to the website at DP


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Dana Point Police Services COMPILED BY ANDREA MABEN All information below is obtained from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department website. The calls represent what was told to the deputy in the field by the radio dispatcher. The true nature of an incident often differs from what is initially reported. No assumption of criminal guilt or affiliation should be drawn from the content of the information provided. An arrest doesn’t represent guilt. The items below are just a sampling of the entries listed on the OCSD Web site.

Monday, July 23 INDECENT EXPOSURE Golden Lantern, 32500 Block (11:04 p.m.) Police were called when a man in red convertible in the Ralphs parking lot was seen with no pants on and his privates exposed. The man appeared to be on what was described as a “sex call.” SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Camino El Molino, 34400 Block (4:36 p.m.) A caller reported hearing a recording that said, “No one likes you over there.”

CITIZEN ASSIST Pacific Coast Highway, 34300 Block (3:13 p.m.) A South Coast Water District worker said juveniles in a small blue vehicle threw gummy bears and hard candy at his back. He told police he was concerned because the incident happened at a dangerous work site.

Saturday, July 21

TRAFFIC HAZARD Amber Lantern, 34100 Block (12:44 a.m.) A woman reported hearing two noises coming from her backyard. The woman said that she had a prowler near her bathroom window last year and based on that experience, she thought the sounds could have been footsteps.

WELFARE CHECK Pacific Coast Highway/Golden Lantern (8:14 p.m.) A 56-year-old man, who identified himself as a dentist, was arrested after a caller reported the man appeared to be passed out in a tan Mercedes. The caller noticed the man sleeping and then went into a nearby store for 20 minutes. After leaving the store, the caller tapped on his car window, but the man did not respond. The man was cited and released.

Sunday, July 22 KEEP THE PEACE Golden Lantern, 34500 Block (9:46 a.m.) A caller reported that a woman’s dog was barking at people in front of a business. The caller thought the woman was unable to control her dog and was worried for the safety of the customers. The caller was very upset and began yelling at the woman with the dog. Police found no violation had been committed.

ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Crown Valley Parkway/Camino del Avion (11:24 a.m.) A mountain lion was reportedly seen across the golf course from the St. Regis near a walking trail. The Department of Fish and Game was notified.

Friday, July 20 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Mariner Drive, 23700 Block (9:07 p.m.) A woman called to report a suspicious white male, possibly homeless, across from the Dana Point Library. The woman said the man followed her and became aggressive towards her. He was also yelling and talking very loudly to himself.

PATROL CHECK Ocean Front Lane, 0 Block (2:29 a.m.) A patrol check was requested in the Headlands at Strand community when a mountain lion was seen walking past the guard shack and heading further into the community.


FIREWORKS VIOLATION Blue Lantern Street (9:28 p.m.) Police received calls reporting fireworks being set off in the area. Police determined the noise was related to a fireworks show at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES La Cresta Drive/Violet Lantern (4:45 p.m.) A 10-year-old called police after two men approached him at the park and asked if he’d like to smoke marijuana from a bong.

Thursday, July 19 DISTURBANCE Domingo Avenue, 25900 Block (6:55 p.m.) A 46-year-old woman was arrested for causing a disturbance at Calvary Chapel and refusing to leave when asked. The woman was taken into custody, cited and released. UNKNOWN TROUBLE Camino El Molino, 34200 Block (7:00 a.m.) A 39-year-old male, whose listed occupation is a painter, was arrested after a woman reported that the man had a knife and was threatening to kill her husband. The man is currently in custody.

Wednesday, July 18 PETTY THEFT La Cresta Drive/Violet Lantern (5:53 p.m.) Two females took unknown amounts of beer from the Buena Vista Market. The caller stated that the females entered and ran from the back to the nearby park. SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Calle Portola/Calle Juanita (9:49 a.m.) A woman reported that a male in an older white van drove past her slowly while laughing at her and then drove off. The woman said the man just looked creepy.

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PROPS, RECOGNITIONS AND MORSELS OF INFO The party will feature a raffle, live music by The Killer Dana Duo and Meercats and dance performances by the Halau Hula Lani Ola Dancers. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. and will include a Hawaiian style buffet dinner, pig roast and drink specials. Tickets are $25 per person for Aventura members and guests, $15 for children ages 7-12 and kids under 7 are free. Call 949.493.9493 to purchase tickets. Aventura Sailing is located at 24707 Dana Drive just across the Island Way bridge at Dana Point Harbor. For more information, see

Who wants to be a Millionaire? The Ocean Institute’s 8th Annual Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle is underway and after ticket sales close October 18 one lucky winner will have the choice of a Laguna Beach dream home or $1 million. Tickets are $150 each and multi-ticket, early bird and refer-a-friend purchases qualify entrants for a chance at winning a share of $100,000 worth of bonus prizes. Other prizes include cash awards of $5,000, $10,000 and $15,000, dream vacations, shopping gift certificates, original art, Prius automobiles, iPads and more. This raffle is the Institute’s largest fundraiser of the year and proceeds from ticket sales support children’s educational programs. Last year’s proceeds funded visits by over 110,000 students to the Institute for unique hands-on learning experiences. The deadline for entry into the first early bird drawing is August 16. The grand prize drawing is scheduled for noon Saturday, November 3 at the Ocean Institute. Dana Point Times July 27–August 2, 2012

A room with a view, inside the Laguna Beach dream home in this year’s Ocean Institute Million Dollar Home Raffle. Courtesy photo

The Laguna Beach Home Raffle is also one of the few home raffles that have given away the grand prize every year since its inception. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 949.542.3600. For more information including a full list of rules and prizes, log on to

City to Host Blood Drive

It’s Luau Time at Aventura Aventura Sailing Association will host its 18th Annual Luau Saturday, July 28 at 3 p.m.

The City of Dana Point is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive Tuesday, July 31 from noon to 6 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers, 33282 Golden Lantern. The city is sponsoring a blood drive due to the urgent, ongoing need for blood. According to the Red Cross, nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3

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seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime. Log on to for more information and a link to schedule an appointment to avoid waiting in line.

SOCSA Summer Musical: Honk! The South Orange County School of the Arts will present its summer musical theater production, Honk! July 25 through 28 at 7 p.m. in the Porthole Theater on campus at Dana Hills High School, 33333 Golden Lantern in Dana Point. Honk! is a family-friendly musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors and can be purchased online at or at the door.

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Challenges and Choices


ummer is a great time for kids. In Dana Point Harbor, summer is the time to learn to sail—either in your own little boat or on a large tallship. Yesterday I watched the tall ship Spirit of Dana Point leave her dock at the Ocean Institute and navigate around and through a large group of little sabots dashing through the anchorage between Dana Point Yacht Club and the Ocean Institute. It looked like quite a challenge for all the moving vessels out there and I was delighted to see that good choices were made by all the sailors. The Spirit had a “crew” of happy campers between the ages of 12 and 14. Along with the regular crew, these kids were learning about how much effort it takes just to raise a sail on a tallship and how tricky it is to maneuver the ship away from her dock and through the channel out to sea. Once at sea, the crew breathes a sigh of relief, realizing they have made that part of the trip safely. Coming back in to the harbor at the end of the trip will present even more choices and challenges, but it’s all part of the experience that the veteran crew provides for the young-

sters aboard. Contrast that sailing experience with the 8-year-old juniors in their little sabots. Each of these young sailors has learned BARB A R A MERR IMA N enough about the wind and the rigging on their small vessels to afford them a level of comfort in handling their boat alone in the harbor, under the watchful eye of the instructors, following in motorized dinghies. Some of them also learn how cold the water is, even in summer. There are challenges for these junior sailors, especially when a much larger boat is moving toward them. Safety is one of the first and most important lessons that the kids learn in junior sailing program at Dana Point Yacht Club, Dana West Yacht Club, WestWind Sailing and the Sea Scouts, as well as in the summer camps at the Ocean Institute. In addition to the wonderful summer sailing and camping programs we have here in the harbor, there is something new as of three weeks ago—Tuesday

The mingling of different sized vessels in the Harbor challenges sailors of all ages. Photo by Barbara Merriman

night Soda Can Races. The Soda Can Races are a kid-friendly version of the adults’ Thursday Beer Can Racing events and start at 5:30 p.m. On the first Tuesday we had 15 little boats competing, including Naples Sabots, Lasers, CFJs and Capri 14s. On the second and third week, there were 30 boats racing around the buoys in the harbor. As the fun and friendly Tuesday

night race program grows, organizers are looking forward to hosting even more kids from all four of the abovementioned programs as they race and enjoy each other’s company in this new, year-long program. The young sailors will learn to make choices, overcome challenges and have a blast while doing it. Summer is a great time for kids—especially at the Dana Point Harbor. DP



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Letters to the Editor KENNY’S MUSIC ROCKS NANCY ALLARD, Oxford, Mich.

Regarding your news about Kenny’s Music earning NAMM Show honors in last week’s issue of the DP Times; Dana Point should be doubly proud of Kenny’s Music as a national award winner. The quality of the store only reflects on the community that houses and frequents such a fine facility. Each feed and nourish the other. What a win- win situation for your city. I have visited Kenny’s Music on my trips to California and follow them on their website. I am very impressed with the Dana Point community as well.


It seems that we can criticize President Obama, Senator Feinstein, Governor Brown or Mayor Anderson, but woe to the individual who makes a critical comment about a member of the Board at the Friends of the Dana Point Library bookstore. Instant penalties ensue. Volunteer hours may be cut and application for membership rejected. My check dated May 15 was returned July 10 with a note that stated, “After Dana Point Times July 27–August 2, 2012

INTERNS Kevin Dahlgren, Sara Gold, Lindsey Jones, Neville Roane-King, Andrea Maben

consultation with the Friends of the Dana Point Library attorney the Board of Directors have made a decision to decline your membership application.” Disallowing new members and revoking membership of individuals, even a lifetime member, is so childish and so transparent. “We don’t want members who don’t agree with us” is the message sent loud and clear. Membership is to be encouraged because these funds support library programs and activities. New members, old members, all members deserve the opportunity to choose whom they feel is the most experienced and best qualified to lead this nonprofit organization. The right to vote and the right to speak up are so fundamental to our democratic society but obviously lacking in this organization. Yes, the Board has adopted a proprietary attitude. But—surprise —it is not their store! The generous residents of Dana Point give us the books, volunteers donate their time and the Board exists only to help with organizational issues. Sadly, they are woefully negligent. No records of membership are maintained or available to the public. No daily ledger is maintained, in ink, of receipts. This is an almost all-cash operation. Such sloppy

financial management would be unacceptable in any other organization. Isn’t it strange that with everything in disarray, the president of this group, Mr. Terence Inouye, published in the summer issue of the bookstore newsletter a notice saying, “Volunteers Wanted,” after 16 volunteers have been dismissed or resigned? He also solicited funds saying, “Your Contributions Matter,” after he authorized checks to be rejected. I’m still a volunteer...but wondering. I suspect my days are numbered. Signed: Another “Girl Who Played with Fire.”


Last month, we were on a plane taxiing out at JFK Airport in New York, headed back to California after our vacation in the Caribbean. Our plane came to a halt and the pilot explained the delay. The President of the United States was arriving from a speech in Ohio and headed to a fundraiser at Sarah Jessica Parker’s home in Manhattan. With engines running, we all sat there for one hour. So did every other plane at JFK and surrounding New York area airports, including LaGuardia and Newark. Hundreds of planes and thousands

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of passengers were delayed to allow the president’s plane to land. Of course, this happens all the time. Every time the president leaves the White House, a part of America is disrupted. Certainly there are many legitimate reasons for the president to attend meetings and conferences around the country and around the world. But how many millions of dollars in American time and monies are spent for trips to Ohio and elsewhere for speeches and to fundraisers in Manhattan and, of course, to our Hollywood area? Many years ago we built and still maintain at great expense a wonderful living and working place for the president. It’s called the White House. Our presidents should spend more time in that White House and think twice before spending the taxpayers’ time and money on out-of-town political speeches and fundraisers. Mr. Obama is losing the air passenger vote. 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.




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


RINGLING BROS. & BARNUM AND BAILEY CIRCUS 7:30 p.m. Circus at the Honda Center through Aug. 5. Check for varying dates and times. Tickets start at $21.50. 2695 E. Katella, Anaheim, 714.704.2500,


HART & SOUL 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Songs from the Great American songbook at Adele’s. 2600 Avenida Del Presidente, San Clemente, 949.481.1222, DAMES AT SEA 7:30 p.m. Saddleback College Civic Light Opera presents a singing and dancing extravaganza onstage McKinney Theatre with shows through July 28. Tickets $12-$27. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656, JERRY “HOTROD” DEMINK 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855, LIVE DJ & DANCING 10:30 p.m. OC Tavern. No cover. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877, ENTROPY 9 p.m. Live music at BeachFire. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232, JIMMIE JAMES 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Live music at Wind & Sea Restaurant. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500, RIVERBEND VINEYARD & WINERY TASTING 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company welcomes Riverbend Vineyard & Winery from Los Olivos, Santa Barbara County. Try seven tastes for $15, plus crackers, cheese and chocolate. 2 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, DELOREANS 9 p.m. Live music at Goody’s Tavern. 206 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.3400, Dana Point Times July 27–August 2, 2012

AT THE MOVIES: ‘THE DARK KNIGHT’ THRILLS The final episode of the most innovative comic book/movie franchise of the last decade arrives in DC Comics and Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. After a reluctant acceptance of Batman Begins (2005), Katie Holmes dropping out of the The Dark Knight (2008) and the sudden, shocking death of Joker actor Heath Ledger months before the release of the second film, the sequel becoming one of the most critically and financially successful movies of all time was certainly overwhelming. Now, four anticipated years later, the saga ends with The Dark Knight Rises. The story picks up eight years later, and nasty, mask-hidden terrorist Bane (Tom Hardy) is ready and willing to take the Joker’s place. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has become heavily reclusive, but cat burglar Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway), optimistic cop Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway in The Dark Knight Rises. © Warner Bros. Entertainment John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and socialite Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard) might help him save the day. Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman return for the finale, and Matthew Modine and Juno Temple are added as sidekicks. Bale, Hathaway and Gordon-Levitt lead the film effortlessly, and Hardy and Cotillard are visually impressive despite some awkward lines. The tragedy of the recent Colorado shootings has movie-goers understandably cautious to see The Dark Knight Rises. But those who do will find one of the most thrilling, action-packed, star-studded, surprising and, ultimately, entertaining endings to an era of Batman or any superhero. — Megan Bianco

FRIDAY NIGHTS AT THE SHORE 9 p.m.-12 a.m. The new music hot spot every Friday night at The Shore; this week featuring the Cholulas. 201 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.481.6089, ELLIOT ON PIANO 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,

macaroons with MOF Stephane Treand at The Art of Pastry shop. Cost $100 each. 903 Calle Amanecer, Suite 100, San Clemente, 949.340.3772, CHRIS CRAM 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Live music at Wind and Sea Restaurant. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500,

JIM SUMMERS & FRIENDS 8 p.m. Live music at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


WARRIOR GAMES SHOOTING COMPETITION 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Shooting competition at OnTarget Shooting Range with prizes. Net proceeds to benefit deployed Marines through Socks for Heroes. Individual entry $25. 27692 Camino Capistrano, Laguna Niguel, 310-728-9166,


NEIGHBORHOOD RESOURCE FAIR 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Event at the iHOPE Resource Center to educate on free and low-cost services for families in need, including wellness programs, kids programs, healthy lifestyles, job assistance, legal services and much more. 106 W. Canada, San Clemente,, FAMILY PROMISE OF ORANGE COUNTY GALA DINNER 6:30 p.m. Event at the Wilcox Manor featuring the non-profit organization whose volunteers open their houses of worship to provide support to homeless families. Tickets $75-$125, tables for $550. 310 Pasadena Ave., Tustin, 714-353-0428, ART SHOW GRASSROOTS 6 p.m. San Clemente Community Market presents Art Show Grassroots at The Coop featuring local artists, music, food, drinks, and more. 1506 Calle Valle, San Clemente, 949.441.1266, SOCAL VIBES 9 p.m. Live music at BeachFire. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232, PASTRY WORKSHOP 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Food enthusiasts invited to this intro workshop to learn to make French Page 8

A band plays on the deck of the Dana Pride during a past music cruise. Courtesy photo

LIVE MUSIC CRUISE 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Dana Wharf hosts the music cruise with Cali Conscious on the 95-foot Dana Pride with a full bar and more. Cost $19. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, JUMPING JACK FLASH 8:30 p.m. The local Rolling Stones tribute band plays a show at The Hangar at the OC Fair. Free with fair admission. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500, EARTH, WIND & FIRE 8 p.m. Concert in the Pacific Amphitheatre at the OC Fair. Tickets start at $19.75. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500, BAZAAR NIGHTS 8 p.m. StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, THEO & THE ZYDECO PATROL 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855,


BLUE WHALE SAFARI 8 a.m.-1 p.m .The Ocean Institute offers a whale watching cruise led by marine biologists on the Sea Explorer. $49-$55. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274, (Cont. on page 10)


GETTING OUT (Cont. from page 8) COAST CULTURE EXHIBITION: FOSSILS, SHELLS AND SEA COWS 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Casa Romantica features a local-interest exhibition that explores the diverse marine, plant, and wildlife of the southern California coast dating back 45 million years to the Eocene epoch. Runs through August 19. Admission $5. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,

Free Concert Features Fan Halen and Fusion Beat

FLOCK OF 80’S 3 p.m. Live ‘80s covers at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, WHALE AND DOLPHIN TOURS Capt. Dave’s Safari has daily 2.5 hour whale and dolphin watching tours on a high-tech catamaran with underwater viewing pods and more. Call for times and reservations. Cost $55 adults, $35 children, 2 and younger free. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828, RABBI BLUE 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, THREE DOG NIGHT & THE GUESS WHO 7:30 p.m. Concert in the Pacific Amphitheatre at the OC Fair. Tickets start at $17.50. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500, THE OUTSANE AND SEA CURE 7 p.m. Concert at The Coach House. Tickets $12. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,


SLAM IN THE RIBS POETRY NIGHT 8 p.m. Open mic for Poetry at The Rib Joint Roadhouse, get onstage and perform beat, slam, hip-hop, haiku, spoken word or whatever you want! 34294 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949. 661.9500,


TREASURES IN YOUR ATTIC? ANTIQUE EVENT 7 p.m. Jennifer Garey, of Arts and Antiquities, Inc., visits the library to talk about collectible treasures and how to value them. Attendees can bring one small treasure for an informal evaluation. 242 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3493, MOMMY MOVIE MONDAY 10 a.m. Special screening of the movie “Step Up Revolution” for parents of infants at the Krikorian, with early bird prices. 641 Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, 949.661.7469, KIDS’ ACTING CAMP: DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Camino Real Playhouse hosts a week-long acting camp for kids themed “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.” Cost $250 for the week. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082,



DANA POINT BLOOD DRIVE 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Donate blood at the DP City Hall. 33282 Golden Lantern, Dana Point,

KALEIDO-KIDS REPTILE SHOW 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Every Tuesday is a fun event for kids at the Kaleidoscope for their summer event series. This week is a it’s a reptile show. Free. 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy., Mission Viejo, Dana Point Times July 27–August 2, 2012

Derek Fan Halen performs with the tribute band Fan Halen. He and his bandmates will be in Dana Point Sunday. Courtesy photo

f live music and dancing al fresco sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday evening; you “Might As Well Jump” to the city’s next Summer Concert in the Park featuring Van Halen tribute band, Fan Halen. Fan Halen, the No.1 Van Halen tribute band according to, will headline Dana Point’s next free concert on Sunday, July 29. The concert will run from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Sea Terrace Park at Pacific Coast Highway and Niguel Road. Opening act, Fusion Beat, will kick things off from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and then Fan Halen takes the stage from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. This summer concert is the last one in July, but four more are slated for August to finish out the series of shows.


Future lineups include tribute bands to Carlos Santana, ABBA and Bob Seger while one night will be devoted to ’70s disco music with a performance by the Boogie Knights. August shows will take place at Lantern Bay Park. The 23-year-long tradition of free summer concerts are designed to be a family affair, with one held every Sunday from the last week of June until the end of August. The parks and recreation department suggests bringing low-back lawn chairs and blankets for use while enjoying the music. And, don’t forget your dancing shoes. For more information call 949.248.3530 or email —Neville Roane-King

WILL HEARD & GARY ROACH 9 p.m. Live music at BeachFire. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,

ART EXHIBIT: THE RACERS 10 a.m.-6 p.m. New exhibit on endurance car racing with vintage photos now on display at Scott Mc Kiernan’s KONA Gallery and Photojournalism Center through September 21. 412 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.481.3747,


AEGIS OF DANA POINT ANNIVERSARY EVENT 6 p.m.8 p.m. Aegis celebrates 12 years of service at this event with a concert, refreshments and more. 26922 Camino de Estrella, Dana Point, 949.488.2650,


TEARS FOR FEARS 8 p.m. Concert in the Pacific Amphitheatre at the OC Fair. Tickets start at $25. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500, OPEN MIC 7:30 p.m. Perform in front of a crowd at Agostino’s open mic night every Wednesday at Agostino’s. 34700 Pacific Coast Hwy., #100, Capistrano Beach, 949.661.8266, WEDNESDAY WINE TASTING 7 p.m.–8 p.m. Educational wine tasting at St Roys Chef’s Pub at Vine featuring four-course food and wine pairings; menu changes weekly. Cost $40 per person. 211 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.9376, Page 10


WHALE WATCHING 12 p.m.4 p.m. Dana Wharf has daily two-hour whale watching trips departing throughout the day. Cost $30-$45. Times may vary. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,


SAWDUST FESTIVAL 10 a.m.-10 p.m. The annual arts and crafts exhibit is now open featuring more than 200 local Laguna artists. Tickets $7.75 general admission. Runs through Sept. 2. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030, *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.


South OC Champs Meet and Greet Club has Successful Debut


n Thursday, July 19, the South OC Champs, a newly established meet and greet age 50-plus singles club, held its first gathering at Tutor and Spunky’s Deli in Dana Point. More than 70 singles attended. Phyllis Taylor, San Juan Capistrano, said, “I had a really good time! I have a male friend I will bring next time; it was ON LIFE AND LOVE AFTER 50 fun talking to the other women also. A By Tom Blake special, fun evening and great eats, too!” As the owner of Tutor and Spunky’s, my life partner, Greta Cohn, of San Clemente and I decided to establish the meet and greet club. Cohn said, “We have lots of older single friends who frequently tell us they’d like to have a place to gather in a casual environment. With the deli now open at night, and serving beer and wine, we decided to give it a try. Based on the great turnout at our first gathering, we plan to have meet and greets on the second Thursday of each month.” Nicole Marie and her friend Stella Henry took a bus from Newport Beach down Pacific Coast Highway to attend. It took an hour and then they took the bus back at 8:15 p.m. Nicole Marie said, “Every Champ who attended Thursday’s meet and greet is grateful to you for hosting the event and allowing a roomful of strangers to descend upon the deli. Stella was thrilled to get a ‘personal escort’ to the bus stop!”

From left Shea, Nicole, Tom, Stella and Greta. Courtesy of Tom Blake

Ken Stetter, Aliso Viejo, said, “I enjoyed the first singles night, got to see a couple of good friends, Shirley and Bill. What a very small world it is. I have two single male friends that I will attempt to get to attend the August event.” Bob Fox, Laguna Beach, and Greta’s son, Tony Marchello, San Juan Capistrano, volunteered as bartenders. Of course, as bartenders, one responsibility was to engage in conversation with the Champs. They did that well. Fox winked and jokingly said, “For a buck, we will check their ID to ensure they are old enough to have an

adult beverage.” Cohn said, “We need to improve the ratio of women to men. The quality of the women who attended was exceptional. Once single guys find that out, they will be lining up at the door.” Alex Rentzeperis, owner of the Sports Barber, Dana Point, got a few chuckles from the crowd when he announced that he will tell all of the age 50-plus men whose hair he cuts that they have to attend future meet and greets or he will shave their heads. Cohn added, “For the August 9 meet and greet, we are having a contest with a prize for the woman who brings the most single men that they aren’t dating: a complimentary meal for four at the deli.” There is no age limit. Widows, widowers, divorced and never- married people are welcome. The environment is casual and non-intimidating for older singles, with a focus on developing friendships. Any romantic connections that evolve would simply be the frosting on the cake. We hope older singles will spread the word. To be added to the mailing list, email me at Next South OC Champs Meet and Greet: Thursday, August 9, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Tutor and Spunky’s Deli, 949.248.1681. No cover charge. Happy hour prices. Light snacks served. Low-cost special evening menu. DP PLEASE NOTE: The opinions offered here are those of the guest columnist and may or may not be shared by the Dana Point Times staff. We appreciate their willingness to share their views, and we invite responses to be sent to

THIS GIRL SCOUT IS GOLDEN Dana Point resident Ellie Plouff earns the Gold Award, Girl Scouting’s highest honor


llie Plouff of Dana Point recently received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor in the organization, and was recognized by the City Council at the Tuesday, July 17 meeting. Plouff is a 12-year member of Troop 379. As part of her Gold Award project, Plouff initiated and presented a program for middle school girls called Heart, Body and Soul that covered issues like self esteem, nutrition, body image, sun safety, high school preparation and hosted from five to 70 girls at her monthly meetings.

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With this program and many other projects she committed to, Plouff completed more than 100 hours of service. Mayor Lara Anderson presented Plouff with a certificate or recognition, her official Girl Scouts of America Gold Award pin and a City of Dana Point pin for her sash. Plouff thanked her mother, Girl Scout advisor and the city for their assistance and recognition. Plouff will begin her senior year at Dana Hills High school in the fall. DP —Andrea Swayne

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Ellie Plouff of Dana Point receives a commendation from Mayor Lara Anderson for earning the Girl Scouts’ highest honor, the Gold Award. Photo by Lindsey Jones








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Alex Begg runs in last year’s Orangeman. Courtesy photo

It may still be July, but for those wanting to sign up for the Orangeman Triathlon, now is the time. The 2012 version of the Orangeman Triathlon is set to take place the morning of September 23. The half distance triathlon and relay race will feature a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run. There will also be an aquabike event that consists of a 1.2-mile swim and a 56-mile bike ride. Both races will start with a swim portion at Doheny State Beach, where contestants will swim out to a buoy in the water and loop back to the starting point. From there, the contestants will hop on

their bikes and ride through Dana Point and into San Juan Capistrano, until they reach Ortega Highway, where they will have to navigate the twists and turns of the famed road. Once the bikers return to the starting point at Doheny Beach, they will run about half a mile up Pacific Coast Highway and back. The triathlon is open to all ages, men and women, and features an “elite” men’s and women’s age group. Cost is $295 for an individual triathlon, $395 for a triathlon relay and $250 for the aquabike race. Visit www. to register. —Steve Breazeale

A Remarkable Run Baseball team’s World Series quest ends at Super Regionals By Steve Breazeale Dana Point Times


he Dana Point Youth Baseball 12U Bronco All-Star team made a run all the way to the PONY League Super Regional stage but lost their last two games, ending their season and a remarkable run. The team was two stages away from qualifying for the PONY League World Series. On July 20, the Bronco team beat Whittier handily, 16-1, and followed that win up with a 10-8 victory over Ramona. The team was riding high but ran into last year’s World Series runner-up Torrance and lost, 10-1. Facing elimination, the Broncos squared off against La Mirada and were defeated 5-2.

“This group of 12-year-old young men surpassed our expectations. We played in seven total tournaments, won three championships, were runner up in three others and represented our league and our city in a fashion we are all proud of,” Bronco manager Chris Chudacoff said. “This team fought hard against some of the toughest teams in California and really grew together as friends.” The 12U Bronco All-Star team is made up of: Stephen Muzi, Jack Landgraf, Lucas Ellinger, Carson Matthews, Remington Rapp, Kaleb Marschall, Nicholas Velazquez, Ryan Chudacoff, Brandon Wu, Jaden Loftis, Brenton Lowery, Manager Chris Chudacoff, Coach Doug Ellinger, Sawyer Chesley and Lance Chimenti. DP

The DPYB 12U Bronco All-Star team made it all the way to the PONY League Super Regional section of play. The Bronco team was two stages away from qualifying for the World Series. Courtesy photo

SCOR E BOAR D KICKBALL & SOFTBALL DANA POINT REC LEAGUE KICKBALL AND SOFTBALL TEAMS NEAR MID-SEASON MARK The Dana Point Parks and Recreation adult coed kickball and softball leagues are reaching the season’s halfway mark and first place is still up for grabs in both leagues. As of press time, this week’s Wednesday night softball scores and standings were not available. Here are the scores and standings for all other leagues as of July 23. KICKBALL BEGINNER (JULY 23) Cobra Kai 6, Hot for Teacher 3 Blue Ball Crushers 3, bAllstars 2 Ballbarians 9, Hairy Larrys 0 Standings: The Ballbarians hold the best record at 3-0 and have allowed only four runs in three games played. Cobra Kai has moved up in the standings and is now 2-1. Hot for Teacher and Blue Ball Crushers are in the middle of the pack with records of 1-1. bAllstars (1-2) and Hairy Larrys (0-3) round out the bottom of the standings. KICKBALL ADVANCED (JULY 23) Puff n Suds 4, BOHICA 3 Ron Swanson’s P&R 0, Just Can’t Kick Enough 0 (Tie) GROG 2, Saved by the Balls 1 Standings: GROG is the team to beat in the early goings and holds a 3-0 record. Ron Swanson’s P&R are in second with a 1-1-1 record including a tie. A logjam in the middle Dana Point Times July 27–August 2, 2012

of the standings in the advanced league, has four teams boasting 1-2 records (Puff n Suds, BOHICA and Saved by the Balls). Just Can’t Kick Enough has yet to break through for a win and is 0-2-1 with a tie. MONDAY SOFTBALL (JULY 23) Feel the Heat 9, Hennessey’s New Kids 5 Honey Badgers 7, T-B-D 1 The Trivista Subs 17, Bring Out the Gimp 4 Standings: Feel the Heat (3-0) and Hennessey’s New Kids (2-1) squared off in a battle for first place with Feel the Heat coming out on top. The Honey Badgers, Bring Out the Gimp, The Trivista Subs and T-B-D are all dead even at 1-2. With their 17-4 victory the Trivista Subs finally got their elusive first win. WEDNESDAY SOFTBALL (AS OF JULY 18) *Current results not available at press time Baby Brigade 8, Team Ricardo’s 3 Luxe Restaurant/Martini Bar 13, Bagel Shack 12 Who’s on 1st 14, Capo Beach Calvary 8 Standings: While their name may not be the most original, Luxe Restaurant/Martini Bar continues to put up runs and remains undefeated at 2-0. Baby Brigade is also 2-0. Team Ricardo’s and Who’s on 1st are notched at 1-1. Capo Beach Calvary (0-2) and Bagel Shack (0-2) are still winless. Page 14

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GROM OF THE WEEK Ethan Schaffer Age: 14, San Clemente High School Ethan Schaffer spent last season surfing SSS contests as a member of the Bernice Ayer Middle School team. This summer he’s putting in the hours preparing for San Clemente High School team tryouts in the fall and the upcoming WSA Championship tour. Ethan started surfing three years ago after picking up the sport himself and learning the basics through trial and error and paddling out with friends. This summer’s sessions—nearly every day at Lowers, Rivi or T Street—have largely been devoted to improving his airs and landing them consistently. In school, Ethan is a straight ‘A’ student whose favorite subject is math. “School is important to me so I Ethan Schaffer. Photo by Sheri Crummer/ can have a good job and better opportunities in life,” he said. Ethan wants to go to college but says he can’t help but chase a professional surfing career as well. “Of course, I’d like to be a pro surfer but after that I hope to be in a career where I can help people,” he said. Ethan also enjoys basketball and after seven years of Pop Warner football, he’s considering trying out for the high school team as a sophomore. When asked where his greatest support comes from, he answered, “Mom,” without hesitation. “My mom is pretty awesome and cool. She supports me by taking me to the beach and shooting photos of me. She’s a great photographer. I’m proud of her for starting her own business. She works very hard at it and her hard work inspires me to always do my best.” —Andrea Swayne

Catching Waves at the ‘Greatest Show on Surf’ 36th Annual San Clemente Ocean Festival offers variety of competitive events for surfers By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times

SUP TEAM RELAY 1. Candice Appleby, Anthony Vela, Fernando Stalla and Ryan Helm; 2. Mitch Kahn, Rob Pelkey, Brandi Baksic and Byron Kurt; 3. Taylor Morgan, Bryan Murphy, Brett Wolf and Alison Riddle.


he 36th Annual San Clemente Ocean Festival isn’t just for swimmers, dory boat racers and rubber duckies; the event offers plenty of competitive opportunities for board sports athletes as well. From stand-up paddlers and surf skiers to grom surfers ages 14 and under, the Ocean Fest brought out some of the area’s most talented, fit and stoked competitors to test their skills at the San Clemente Pier, July 21 and 22. Here are results from the surfing and surf-related portion of the weekend’s events. Full results from the Groms Rule Surf Contest are listed along with the top three finishers in each of the SUP and surf ski events. For full results and more photos, log on to SC


San Clemente resident Malia Ward is all smiles as she makes a turn off the top in the Groms Rule Surf Contest, July 22. Photo by Sheri Crummer/

2. Alison Riddle, 3. Kristin Thomas. MEN OPEN 14: 1. Byron Kurt, 2. Chance Fielder, 3. Sean Pangelinan. MEN OPEN SURF SKI: 1.Rick Sprout, 2, Brian Murphy, 3. Rob Pelkey.

GROMS RULE SURF CONTEST BOYS 10U: 1. Kai McPhillips, San Clemente; 2. Hagan Johnson, San Clemente; 3. Thatcher Johnson, Hawaii; 4. Luca Aza, San Clemente; 5. Kade Matson, San Clemente; 6. Jackson Fleming, Dana Point. BOYS 11-14: 1. Conner Dand, San Clemente; 2. Curran Dand, San Clemente; 3. Kei Kobayashi, San Clemente; 4. Drew Hemnes, San Clemente; 5. Ethan Mudge, Capistrano Beach; 6. Shane Hardy, San Clemente. GIRLS 10U: 1. Liv Stokes, Aliso Viejo; 2. Grace Pelkey, San Clemente; 3. Zoe Mortensen, Capistrano Beach; 4. Makenna Doan, San Diego; 5. Alaina Heater, Florida; 6. Reese Dewey, San Clemente. GIRLS 11-14: 1. Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente; 2. Michelle Mason, San Clemente; 3. Malia Ward, San Clemente; 4. Alexxa Elseewi, San Clemente; 5. Cate Stokes, Aliso Viejo; 6. Kalifornia Senn, San Clemente. Dana Point Times July 27–August 2, 2012

SURF RACE MEN OPEN: 1. Anthony Vela, 2, Micah Carlson, 3. Scott Diederich. WOMEN OPEN: 1. Taylor Spivey, 2, Alison Riddle, 3. Samantha Cain. John Clark of San Clemente competes in a SUP race at the San Clemente Ocean Fest, July 21. Photo by Andrea Swayne

OPEN OCEAN PADDLE MEN OPEN STOCK: 1. Brian Lauich, 2. Tristan Holls, 3. Colin McPhillips. MEN OPEN UNLIMITED: 1. Anthony Vela, 2. Deon Loureus, 3. James Bruce. WOMEN OPEN STOCK: 1. Candice Appleby, 2. Kelsey O’Donnell, 3. Jo Ambrosi. MEN OPEN 12: 1. Ryan Helm, 2. Fernando Stalla, 3. Dave Boehne. WOMEN OPEN 12: 1. Brandi Baksic,

SURF SKI RACE MEN OPEN: 1. Tom Penney, 2, Rich Sprout, 3. Rob Pelkey. WOMEN OPEN: 1. Tandis Morgan, 2, Alexandra Brown, 3. Emma Armstrong.

1K PADDLE RACE MEN OPEN: 1. Brian Murphy, 2. Shane Scoggins, 3. Tyler Morgan. WOMEN OPEN: 1. Alison Riddle, 2. Candice Appleby, 3. Taylor Spivey.

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JUNIOR GIRLS 12: 1. Alleanna Clark, 2. Alexandria Higgins. JUNIOR BOYS 12: 1. Nick Scheel. OPEN WOMEN 12: 1. Candice Appleby, 2, Brandi Baksic, 3. Diane Wenzel. OPEN MEN 12: 1. Anthony Vela, 2, Keith Meter, 3. Kevin Nerison. SENIOR WOMEN 12: 1. Suzette Barruc, 2. Jericho Poppler. SENIOR MEN 12: 1. Bruce Brunson, 2, Scott Cheney, 3. Norm Scheel. OPEN MEN 14: 1. Eric Starnes, 2. Tatsumi Kawai, 3. Mike Irete. SENIOR MEN 14: 1. Rod Loftis, 2, Bob Farrar, 3. Mike Downey. OPEN WOMEN SURF: 1. Lori Heckenkame, 2. Kathy Ashmore. OPEN MEN SURF: 1. Mark Leierhoefer, 2. Ryan Kollock, 3. Bill Carey.

T. PATTERSON HOSTS SUP DEMO T. Patterson Surf Shop is hosting a series of SUP Demo Days on Tuesdays at Baby Beach in Dana Point. The next event is scheduled for July 31 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. A five minute course will be set up in the water where attendees can learn new skills and try out new Riviera stand-up paddleboards and equipment. Following the demo, boards will be available for rent. SUP Luck, a potluck and paddle social, will run concurrently. Bring a dish to share, your own board and have fun making new friends and paddling through the harbor. Potluck starts at 6 p.m. Find out more on the T Patterson Surfboards Facebook page.

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