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It’s All in the Details Ocean Institute nears completion of the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center E Y E O N D P/ PAG E 6

Kajsa James (left) formed the Maddie James Foundation to honor her 5-year-old daughter, Maddie, who died in 2011. The foundation raised over $1 million to help complete the Ocean Institute’s new learning center, which carries Maddie’s name. Julianne Steers (right) the Ocean Institute’s Director of Husbandry has overseen the project from its initial phases through completion. Photo by Andrea Papagianis

Ex-DP Yacht Broker Arrested in Florida Awaits Extradition

Tribute to the Fallen Fighting Fifth Journeys Cross Country

Dolphin Report: Dana Hills Boys Swim Team Takes League Title








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CITY AND BUSINESS CALENDAR SATURDAY, MAY 18 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, call 949.573.5033 or go to

SUNDAY, MAY 19 History Tour 9 a.m.–11:30 a.m. The Nature Interpretive Center, 34558 Scenic Drive, hosts this two-hour, docent led walking tour, exploring

the history of the area. Advanced registration is required. For more information or to register, call 949.542.4755 or email wqintern@

City Council Meeting 6 p.m. City Council Chambers, 33282 Golden Lantern. Check with for a look at the night’s discussion.



Toddler Storytime 11:30 a.m.– Noon. Children age 3 and under are invited to enjoy stories, songs and silliness. Walk-ins are always welcome, no registration required. Visit, for more events.

Senior Twilight Dinner 5 p.m. Dana Point Community Center, 34052 Del Obispo St. Recommended $8 donation. To find out more, call 949.248.3536.


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…City Council and the Budget?

THE LATEST: On May 21, the Dana Point City Council will hold a public hearing to discuss the city’s two-year budget, including funding plans for the Town Center Revitalization Plan. The hearing is a part of the regularly scheduled City Council meeting set for 6 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers, 33282 Golden Lantern. “I think this budget will be approved in short order, the same as last time,” said Mayor Steven Weinberg. “The city remains fiscally strong with our reserves intact. This budget is balanced and funds everything we need to fund, including the first phase of the Town Center Plan.” The initial phase concentrates on infrastructure work necessary to change Pacific Coast Highway into a two-way street to prevent traffic flow disruption through downtown during the final Del Prado phase, when it too will be made two-way. Funding for the PCH phase will draw $9 million from Capital Improvement Project (CIP) and General Funds in FY 2014— July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014—Weinberg said, but the city hopes when this phase of the work is completed, private development will follow. WHAT’S NEXT: Another item on the agenda is the quarterly Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) status report. FIND OUT MORE: See the full agenda at —Andrea Swayne


… the Arrest of a Former DP Yacht Broker?

THE LATEST: Four years after fleeing Dana Point Times May 17-23, 2013

Dana Point, a man accused of defrauding local residents of more than $1.5 million is expected back in Orange County next week after being arrested in south Florida, officials said. Edward Sellers Fitzgerald, 60, a former Dana Point yacht broker was detained by authorities in Delray Beach, Fla. last Friday, on charges he defrauded 26 people through yacht investment and sales schemes, said Farrah Emami, spokeswoman for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Fitzgerald elected not to fight extradition and is expected to be on his way to Orange County by May 23, Emami said. A near three-decade veteran of the yacht brokerage industry, Fitzgerald is charged with securing loans from investors under the false pretense of purchasing and selling boats. WHAT’S NEXT: Fitzgerald emptied his bank accounts and disappeared in July 2009, but authorities were able to locate him in Florida last year, said Sean O’Brien, the deputy district attorney prosecuting the case. He is charged with more than 50 felonies. If convicted on all charges, Fitzgerald could face up to 58 years in state prison. FIND OUT MORE: Stay with for updates. —Andrea Papagianis


panel of legal and technical judges employed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that rules on adjudicatory and licensing issues—said the environmental group Friends of the Earth had proven that the NRC’s investigation into whether to restart the plant safely essentially amounted to a change in the way Southern California Edison intends to operate the plant—a license amendment. As such, the public is allowed to ask for an adjudicated—presided over by judges— public review of the utility’s proposal to restart the plant. However, the board did not go any further, which closes out that particular hearing, according to NRC spokesman Scott Burnell. Southern California Edison submitted its response to the NRC’s Confirmatory Action Letter last October. The response outlines what steps need to be taken to resume operations at the plant safely. Opponents of re-starting SONGS have advocated strongly for an adjudicated hearing, which they hope would allow for cross-examination of Edison officials and engineers as to the state of the steam generators. WHAT’S NEXT: Burnell said a local public hearing on the status of the NRC’s investigation into the utility’s restart petition would be coming “in the not too distant future.” FIND OUT MORE: For the full story, visit —Jim Shilander

… the Possible Addition of SONGS Hearings?

THE LATEST: A federal panel on Monday ruled the public can petition for an extended hearing process before a panel of judges regarding plans to restart the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, but stopped short of setting such a process in motion. The Atomic Safety Licensing Board—a


… CUSD Bus Fare Going Up?

THE LATEST: The daily fee to transport Capistrano Unified School District students is set to go up next year after the school board approved a 20 percent increase last Wednesday.

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The increase raises the current daily school bus fee from $2.68 to $3.22. The increase will help mitigate the rising cost of fuel, according to district staff. Transportation costs for school districts are not typically funded by the state, according to Deputy Superintendent Clark Hampton. The state education code caps the maximum allowable fee at $8.82 per day, which is roughly equal to the actual cost, Hampton said. Most of the funding for school buses comes from the district’s general fund. WHAT’S NEXT: Students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches are also eligible for free transportation. The last fee increase was approved in 2009. FIND OUT MORE: For the latest CUSD news, stick with www.danapointtimes. com.—Brian Park


... an NFL Player Arrested in Nearby SC?

THE LATEST: Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young was arrested Friday in San Clemente after a number of calls to police were made throughout the city referencing the troubled player. Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Amormino said three calls were made for a man matching Young’s description in a six-hour period from different parts of the city. This culminated in his arrest following a call close to midnight that Young had broken into a resident’s home on Calle Casino. WHAT’S NEXT: Young faces a felony burglary count and five counts of misdemeanor assault on a peace officer. FIND OUT MORE: For updates, visit www.—JS


A Legacy of Learning Ocean Institute nears completion of the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center By Andrea Papagianis Dana Point Times


he flowered soles of a pair of shoes, kids’ size 10, stand imprinted in bronze. Placed at the foot of an 800-gallon viewing tank, the impression of Maddie James’ favorite gold sandals will forever be a part of the Ocean Institute’s new Seaside Learning Center carrying her name. “It’s just absolutely perfect,” said Kajsa James, of the small plaque decorated with the soles of her daughter’s golden sandals. “It was all about the gold sandals. I love it, it’s perfect.” Warmly called Maddie, Madeleine Reese James, a kindergartner from Capistrano Beach died at the age of 5, on March 13, 2011, just two months after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. After her diagnosis, Kajsa said she wanted to pay tribute to Maddie in some way, and the Ocean Institute was the first place that came to mind. In what appeared to be stroke of fate, the institute was seeking $1 million to complete the renovation of an ailing dock, into an interactive, waterfront facility. Maddie’s parents began the Maddie James Foundation with hopes of raising $1 million to help complete the long-planned seaside learning center at the Ocean Institute—Maddie’s favorite place.

Five-year-old Maddie James’ favorite pair of golden sandals were imprinted on a bronze plaque and placed at the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center. Photo by Kajsa James

In February 2011, they received their first donation and through additional contributions, a gala event and the first “A Mile for Maddie” walk, their goal was achieved by May of that year. “The Foundation was really the driving force that enabled us to finish the project,” said Dan Stetson, president of the Ocean Institute. “It’s been the most heartbreaking, yet inspiring journey that the organization has ever been on.” After making the decision to help fund the project, James said she held on to the Institute’s plans and looked at them often. Maddie would watch her mother looking at the plans, and asked one night, “What is that?” James recalled. “It’s what the Ocean Institute wants to build,” James told Maddie. “It’s their dream to build this.” Then Maddie looked at her mother and asked, “Are we going to help them build it

Maddie James is the namesake of the Ocean Institute’s new seaside learning center. James died at the age of 5 of an inoperable brain tumor. Courtesy photo

Mommy?” “And I just said, ‘Yes, yes we are.’” Now, after 10 years of planning, the Ocean Institute’s dream, now named the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center is nearing completion. Built directly on the water, the new 300-foot, 10-inch Ocean Science Discovery Landing features hands-on science and maritime history exhibits. Equipped with tanks filled with various aquatic species, a growing pen for white sea bass and moveable learning stations,

the new facility will be able to grow and change as their students do. “As the research in the area changes, just as what the students are studying changes and the curriculum in their schools changes, this lab is designed to be as flexible as possible to accommodate their whims and desires,” said Julianne Steers, director of husbandry at the Ocean Institute, who has seen the project from infancy on through. Pulling from the Ocean Institute’s nautical history program, the center also includes a 100-foot maritime pier. Featuring replicas of original fixtures on the brig Pilgrim that Richard Henry Dana, Jr. sailed to Dana Point in 1835, the pier gives visitors the opportunity to raise and lower sails on a historic mast and load cargo onto the tall ship Spirit of Dana Point, docked nearby. “Being on the water and touching the water, it really speaks volumes,” said Steers, of the hands-on experience. Steers herself was raised on the water and knew her path in life would lead to ocean sciences. She said the hope is to inspire more students and provide them with a respect for the environment and the ocean. With the expansion of learning facilities, the Ocean Institute estimates and additional 15,000 to 20,000 students will come through their doors. “I just can’t wait to see the kids here,” James said. “This is not a shrine, this is not a place to be somber. This is a place to celebrate her life and what she loved in the place that she loved,” James said. “To see that in every child who comes here is a beautiful legacy.” On Saturday, May 18, when the Ocean Institute officially opens the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center, Maddie will be there, forever standing among her peers. “It is very special to know that she will be here with Julianne,” James said. “She’s part of my team now,” added Steers. DP


Kajsa James (left) formed the Maddie James Foundation to honor her 5-year-old daughter, Maddie, who died in 2011. The foundation raised over $1 million to help complete the Ocean Institute’s new learning center, now carrying Maddie’s name. Julianne Steers (right) the Ocean Institute’s Director of Husbandry has overseen the project from its initial phases through completion. Photo by Andrea Papagianis

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Registration for A Mile for Maddie is closed, but day-of registration is available and welcomed, said Kajsa James, for the Saturday, May 18 walk. This year the Maddie James Foundation hopes to raise $100,000 to continue funding educational programming at the Ocean Institute. Check-in opens at 7 a.m. in the Strand Beach parking lot (end of Selva Road, just south of Pacific Coast Highway) and closes at 9 a.m. The official start time of the 1.2-mile walk to the Ocean Institute begins at 8 a.m. with waves of walkers being released every five to 10 minutes. In celebration of the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center opening, the Ocean Institute will host an open house from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. for all participants. For more information on the walk, visit

The third annual A Mile for Maddie will be held on Saturday, May 18. Photo by Andrea Papagianis And to hear more of Maddie’s story, visit the Maddie James Foundation at For additional information on the Ocean Institute and upcoming educational programs, go to



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PROPS, RECOGNITIONS AND MORSELS OF INFO Local Church Sends HIV/AIDS Care Packs to Swaziland u Nearly 200 members of a local church boxed up 1,400 packages to aid caregivers in the care of HIV/AIDS patients in Swaziland, a small southeast African nation. Working in partnership with World Vision International, a Christian ministry serving more than 30 million HIV/AIDS patients throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America, parishioners of the South Shores Church in Dana Point put together care kits to help more than 35,000 people. “This is a great way for us to reach out beyond our local community and help people in need around the world,” said Rob DeKlotz, pastor of community at South Shores Church. Each kit includes non-medical supplies such as latex gloves, washcloths, petroleum jelly and soap to care for 25 patients. In addition to supplies, volunteers wrote personal notes of encouragement to receiving caregivers and placed one in each kit. This is the church’s second international compassion project. Last year South Shores, at 32712 Crown Valley Parkway, sent more 40,000 meals to Haitian children. For more information on South Shores, visit www. and for more on World Vision, go to

Girl Scout Juniors Raise Funds for Less Fortunate Youth u With the highest honor in Girl Scout Juniors in sight, the fourth and fifth graders of Girl Scout Troop 335 will host two bake sales on Sunday, May 19 to help rescue children from Latin American streets. Troop 335 will be at Capo Beach Church,

located at 25975 Domingo Ave., Capistrano Beach, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and at The Wee Loft Toy Shoppe, 32585 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. As part of their Bronze Award project, the Girl Scouts will be raising funds for Niños de la Luz, an organization dedicated to rescuing street children in Central and South America. To learn more about Niños de la Luz, see The Bronze Award is a leadership adventure aimed to get scouts out into their communities, meeting people, gaining confidence and working in a team to make a difference. For more information about the Girl Scouts, go to

Yacht Club Regatta to Benefit Wounded Warrior Project u The Dana West Yacht Club announced

all proceeds from its annual charity regatta on June 8 and 9 will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. “Dana West Yacht Club has a longstanding tradition of supporting our military, especially those from Camp Pendleton,” said Steve White, vice commodore of the Dana West Yacht Club. “We are extremely excited to extend our support this year to the Wounded Warrior Project.” The two-day regatta will be held off the coast of the Dana Point Harbor and the club will also host a live and silent auction on the evening of June 8. Race entry forms and further information on the regatta can be found online at The Wounded Warrior Project supports a full range of programs and services for this generation of injured veterans and their families. Over 47,000 servicemen and women have been injured in the recent military

John Kari, of Dana Point, prepares a carton of HIV/AIDS care packages for shipment to Swaziland, Africa as part of the South Shores Church’s partnership with World Vision International. Photo by Alina Pop

conflicts. In addition to the physical wounds, it is estimated as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. “We look forward to fun, competitive races, a great auction and donating all the proceeds to this worthy organization,” White said. For additional information on the Wounded Warrior Project, go to

Historical Society Selects Founders Day Honoree u The Dana Point Historical Society has selected longtime Dana Point resident Ingrid McGuire as this year’s Founders Day honoree. McGuire will be honored at the society’s annual Founders Day event on Wednesday, May 23 at the Community House, located at 24642 San Juan Ave. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. followed by a Historical Society meeting and award presentation at 6:45 p.m. To learn more about the Dana Point Historical Society, visit

Partnership Encourages Students to Think Green

Girl Scout Troop 335 will host bake sales on Sunday, May 19 to raise funds for Ninos de la Luz, a ministry dedicated to rescuing street children in Latin America. Courtesy photo

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u To raise awarneess for best practices in energy conservation, American Residential Services (ARS), an Orange County residential heating and cooling company, has partnered with the Capistrano Unified School District Foundation to give back to the CUSD students. ARS and the CUSD Foundation have created an opportunity for children to expand their critical-thinking skills by submitting ideas focused on energy conservation. The contest is open to all “green” ideas, with cash prizes, up to $500 for the first place winner.

“Our hope is that we can encourage our youth to think about the impact they can make on our environment and share those ideas with the community as a whole so we can start making changes right here in Orange County,” said Colin Martodam, Southwest regional manager of American Residential Services. Submissions for the “Think Green” contest will be accepted through May 31. To enter, students must submit an energysaving idea in the form of a written essay, drawing or model. All entries must include an explanation of the idea, the potential impact, and how the idea can be implemented in community. Winners will be announced in the first week of June. Projects can be submitted to For more information about the contest, visit

Five CUSD Seniors Named as National Merit Scholars u Five high school seniors from Capistrano Unified School District are among the 2,500 students named in the second wave of National Merit Scholars, the organization announced last week. The five—Amanda Buckingham from Dana Hills High School; Jamasb Sayadi and Ryan Song from Aliso Niguel High School; Nicholas Burakoff from Capistrano Valley High School and Clay Coleman from Tesoro High School—will receive $2,500 college scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship corporation.

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Dana Point Police Services COMPILED BY ELYSIA GAMO 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 website.

Monday, May 13 INDECENT EXPOSURE Lantern Hill Drive, 24300 Block (7:15 p.m.) A woman reported that a female neighbor exposed herself to her husband. The sound of the caller’s irate husband was heard in the background during the call.

DISTURBANCE Golden Lantern, 33900 Block (6:04 p.m.) A woman reported that her drunken ex-boyfriend was breaking things and had hit her in the face. Four friends of the ex-boyfriend—three men and one woman—were also present. No weapons were seen. A 22-year-old woman whose occupation was listed as “server” was arrested and taken to the Intake Release Center and released the following day. DISTURBANCE Cheltam Way, 33300 Block (10:29 a.m.) A man reported that a gardener tried to pick a fight with him because the man was washing his car the day before and told the gardener to stop getting dirt on it. Deputies determined no crime was committed. DISTURBANCE Blue Fin Drive, 33100 Block (9:17a.m.) A man said his ex-girlfriend locked herself inside the house and was throwing things. There were two handguns and one or two rifles in a gun case inside and the woman reportedly had the key. Deputies ordered the woman to come out with nothing in her hands. The woman came out of the house about 15 minutes later and both subjects were detained while deputies performed a walk-through to clear the property. The woman eventually agreed to leave.

Sunday, May 12 DISTURBANCE Pacific Coast Highway, 34300 Block (8:28 a.m.) Two men were seen fighting in a parking lot in front of a laundromat. One was swinging a chain and the other had an axe. Both subjects were detained then released by deputies. No injuries were reported and no further action was taken. DISTURBANCE Pacific Coast Highway, 34000 Block (1:22 a.m.) Three males were seen arguing with security personnel about fake IDs at The Point restaurant. DISTURBANCE La Serena Drive, 34100 Block (1:09 a.m.) A caller reported that a woman was possibly drunk or on drugs because she was creating a disturbance by running, jumping and being loud.

Friday, May 10 WELFARE CHECK Rising Tide Court, 33600 Block (9:31 p.m.) A caller reported that a drunken woman picked up her two young children from the after school program at the YMCA. The family left in a white Lexus with tinted windows. ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Vista De Dons, 27600 Block (8:03 p.m.)

Animal Control was contacted when a large German Sheppard was seen running loose in the neighborhood and baring its teeth at everyone. The caller said neighbors could not leave their homes because the dog would chase them down. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Stonehill Drive/Del Obispo Street (6:47 p.m.) A man described as being in his late-20s with long dirty blonde hair and wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt was sitting on a box at the corner and yelling at passersby.

Thursday, May 9 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Pacific Coast Highway, 34100 Block (2:51 p.m.) A caller reported seeing a woman changing her clothes near an automotive business parking lot and refused to leave. At the time of the call, the woman had pink pants on and nothing else. SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Golden Lantern/Terra Vista (1:22 p.m.) A male juvenile in a white BMW was seen parked in the Jack in the Box parking lot and drinking Mike’s Hard Lemonade. The caller phoned deputies a second time when it looked as if the subject was throwing away his empty bottles and getting ready to leave. The caller was concerned that the boy would be driving drunk.



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GUEST OPINION: Wavelengths by Jim Kempton

It’s the Way We Work Politicians do the opposite of what many want, because our forefathers set it up that way


e citizens have become increasingly frustrated with the gridlock in our nation’s capital. Everywhere I hear folks asking why our representatives seem to thwart the national demands the electorate agree on. It may seem counter-productive now that we have become a much more unified United States of America, where we consider ourselves Americans first and Californians or Virginians a distant second. But that was not how the original colonists saw it. They were independent sovereign colonies and they were not only fearful of the British, but also a little distrustful of each other. Little Rhode Island did not want big Pennsylvania to overwhelm them with voting population. South Carolina did not want anyone taking away their slaves. Massachusetts did not want their imported goods taxed too much, and New Jersey wanted as much say as their giant neighbor New York. So they set up a system that allowed each representative to work for their own

constituents—not “We the People.” They left that to the President. What we must understand is the way the political system was set up, and why. The responsibility of WAVELENGTHS our representatives is By Jim Kempton to go to Congress, work with other politicos and bring funding back to their own district. That is their job. And this concept—that each state, each area or each district would protect its own interests—is what the Founding Fathers agreed upon over many, many years of bickering, badgering and belly-aching. Take the “Bridge to Nowhere.” That multi-billion-dollar boondoggle in Alaska. While it may have seemed a giant waste of taxpayer money to the rest of the nation, it certainly had a purpose for Alaskans. It brought lots of work to the county it was in—not only jobs for those who were building it, but for those who supplied the food, housing and entertainment

for those who were building the bridge as well. It made that area’s economy sing. If any one of the politicians from that Alaskan district (from either party) had done the right thing for the country and turned down the funding for the project, they would not have been in the next session of Congress. Why? Because if they did vote down spending in their own locality their constituents would have voted someone else in—someone who would promise to bring home the bacon (jobs, infrastructure and services) instead of refusing it. There is a reason why every single state has at least one military base. It is because they are big money bags for the people of that district. Think of where we would be without Camp Pendleton. Multiply that times 300 and you will know why no representative wants to shut down a military base, no matter how redundant it may be. It may be a bridge to nowhere for the nation, but it is path to prosperity for the district and road to reelection for the representative.

The reason representatives don’t do the right thing for the nation is because it is not their job. We know this if we have read how the Founding Fathers argued and connived for the benefit of their own colony, their own region and their own districts. That’s the way we work. But memories too painful to remember, we simply choose to forget. Jim Kempton is a writer, surfer and cooking fanatic, who also enjoys reading American history. He knows that all good citizens have always wanted to reduce the size of our government spending. Just as long as it is in someone else’s district. DP PLEASE NOTE: In an effort to provide our readers with a wide variety of opinions from our community, the DP Times provides Guest Opinion opportunities in which selected columnists’ opinions are shared. The opinions expressed in these columns are entirely those of the columnist alone and do not reflect those of the DP Times or Picket Fence Media. If you would like to respond to this column, please email us at


It’s a dark and dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it. I’m talking about the 30 plus scuba divers who participated in Saturday’s Dana Point Harbor Cleanup. And with prizes on the line, those divers pulled out a ton of stuff, including marine parts, building and plumbing materials, electronics, fishing gear, crates, bottles, Dana Point Times May 17-23, 2013

laptops—even Old Glory. Poor girl, she wasn’t in good shape but we propped her up and saluted her nonetheless. For those who have not participated, here’s the exercise in a nutshell: put on a heavy wetsuit, hood and gloves, throw a tank on your back and jump into 60-degree water with zero visibility and crawl around the bottom of the harbor (in the muck) trying to locate trash and lost items. The only way to describe it is surreal, but completely satisfying because after

you’re done you know you’ve helped the environment and the water quality in your backyard. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the expert coordination of Kelly Rinderknect and the crew at Dana West Marina, the County of Orange, the U.S. Coast Guard, the sponsors and all the other volunteers who pitched in. They are to be commended for hosting an important environmental volunteer opportunity that seems to get better and better each year. Page 8

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


DANCING FOR A CAUSE 6 p.m. Five San Clemente charities join to host the third annual Dancing For a Cause at the Casino San Clemente with dinner, auctions, dance competition and more. $125 per person. 140 W. Avenida Pico, San Clemente, 949.369.6600,


ANTIQUARIAN BOOK SALE 9 a.m.-2 p.m. San Clemente Friends of the Library has 40 boxes of rare and collectible books for sale; proceeds support the library. 242 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.276.6342. PHOENIX 8 p.m. A play at Camino Real Playhouse inspired by the life, death and rise to fame of singer/songwriter Nick Drake. $18. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082, WHALE AND DOLPHIN TOURS Get eye-to-eye with dolphins and whales without getting wet on Capt. Dave’s hi-tech Sailboat. $35-$55. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828, DOHENY BLUES KICK-OFF PARTY 9 p.m. Mighty Mojo Prophets at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, JT DOUGLASS 8 p.m. Live music at Wind & Sea Restaurant. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500, POUL PEDERSON 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The artist makes his debut performance at DaVine Food & Wine along with wine tasting that starts at 4 p.m. $15. 34673 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.493.4044, WINE AND MUSIC CRUISE 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Dana Wharf’s cruise on a luxury catamaran with wine, snacks, music and more. Tickets $49. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, MARTIN SEXTON 8 p.m. Concert at The Coach House. Tickets $20-$25. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, Dana Point Times May 17-23, 2013

AT THE MOVIES: ‘GATSBY’ IS STYLE OVER SUBSTANCE F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is one of the most read novels in American literature. But for whatever reason, the story can never seem to get a proper film adaptation. The 1974 version felt stoic and dull, and a TV movie adaptation in 2000 was distractingly low-budget and underacted. Now Baz Luhrmann’s attempt at the classic is the perfect example of the director’s common criticism of style over substance. On Long Island in 1922, Midwestern bond salesman Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) moves in next door to and befriends wealthy playboy Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), fellow socialites Daisy and Tom Buchanan (Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton), Jordan Baker (Elizabeth Debicki), the more proletarian Myrtle and George Wilson (Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke) and the © 2013 Bazmark Film III Pty Limited mysterious Meyer Wolfsheim (Amitabh Bachchan). Luhrmann’s trademark wild, colorful aesthetics played out to various pop songs worked before with Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Moulin Rouge! (2001), but here it comes across much too animated and out of place. The actors are fairly miscast, save for Debicki, and their acting is just as over-the-top as the direction. The use of rap and dubstep in dramatic scenes takes the viewer out of the film, though Florence Welch and Lana del Rey provide two beautiful ballads. Those who love the 1920s might enjoy the eye candy of The Great Gatsby, but fans of Fitzgerald or Luhrmann will probably feel disappointed and tired by the end. —Megan Bianco


A MILE FOR MADDIE 8 a.m. The third annual 1.2-mile fundraising walk to benefit The Maddie James Foundation beginning at the Strand parking lot and ending at The Ocean Institute. After the walk enjoy an open house at the Ocean Institute. For more information and to register:


DOHENY BLUES FESTIVAL 11 a.m. Two days, three stages featuring top-name bands, vendor village and international food and beverage court. Featured artists include Ben Harper. Free shuttle service from Dana Hills High School. General admission $60 single day; $110 both days. 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.360.7800, IN THE GARDEN OF THE CASA: AN EXHIBITION BY GIANNE HARPER 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Casa Romantica artist-in-residence Gianne Harper has been painting the Casa gardens for months, and now you’re invited to see Harper’s work. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, THE BAYOU BROTHERS WITH SPECIAL GUEST 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855, DSB TRIBUTE TO JOURNEY 8 p.m. America’s No. 1 Journey tribute at The Coach House. Tickets $15. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, FLOCK OF 80’S AND DJ RUCKUSS 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Party and music at Sunsets, 34700 Pacific Coast Hwy., Capistrano Beach, 949.276.8880, DOHENY BLUES AFTER PARTY 9 p.m. Head to StillWater after the Blues Fest and get more music with San Pedro Slim and The Memphis Kings. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, DUKE ELLINGTON ORCHESTRA 8 p.m. Musical ensemble at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Tickets start at $25. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2121, LADY ZEP 10 p.m. Concert in the OCT Room at OC Tavern with the all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band. Tickets $10. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877, Page 10

KROQ WEENIE ROAST Noon. KROQ’s annual music festival at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.212.0360,


LOCAL SUNDAY SESSIONS 6 p.m. Local musicians at Cabrillo Playhouse featuring Kyara Kalb, Melody Ryan and Taken by Canadians. $5 cash donation for entry. Beer and wine served for cash donation. 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente, 949.492.0465,


REQUIEM 2 p.m. The Saddleback College Department of Music presents Giuseppi Verdi’s famous work in the McKinney Theater. General admission $15. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656, BIRD WALK 8 a.m.-10 a.m. The Reserve/Richard and Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy’s bird walk at Horno Baisin in Ladera. $5-$10. Reservations required. Call for info, 949.489.9778, MARINE WILDLIFE CRUISE 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. The Ocean Institute hosts a cruise with ship-board view of whales, dolphins, sunfish, sea lions and other creatures of the sea. Cost $22-$35. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274, SIERRA SAGE NATURE WALK 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Join the Sierra Club to enjoy the scenery of The Reserve/ Richard and Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. $5-$10. Call for info, 949.489.9778, FREIGHT SHAKERS CHICKEN BINGO 1:30 p.m. Live music at The Swallows Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188, THREE MUSTACHES 4 p.m. Party and music at Sunsets, 34700 Pacific Coast Hwy., Capistrano Beach, 949.276.8880, ASHUN 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Live music at Wind & Sea Restaurant. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500, THE SERRA CHAPEL TOUR 11:15 a.m. Tour at the Mission in honor of Father Junipero Serra, who was born 300 years ago this year. $6-$9. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300, (Cont. on page 13)

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MEMORIAL DAY PARTY COOKING CLASS 6:30 p.m.9:30 p.m. Cooking class at Antoine’s Cafe with Chef Caroline Cazaumayou. Includes recipes, a glass of wine and dinner. $50 per person. 218 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.1763.


FOOD TRUCK: CURBSIDE BITES 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Head to San Clemente High School for some good eats with a few of Orange County’s top gourmet food trucks. 700 Avenida Pico, San Clemente, 949.751.6192,

STUNG! LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING 6:30 p.m. Lisa-ann Gershwin will present her new book “Stung!” at The Ocean Institute, which highlights jellyfish blooms and the future of the ocean. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274,



CURIOSITY CARTS 10 a.m.-Noon A hands-on learning experience for kids 5 and older with replicas of mission artifacts used by the Juaneno Indians at Mission San Juan Capistrano. 26801 Ortega Hwy., 949.234.1300, DUSTIN FRANKS 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,

BROWN BAG LUNCH: LAVENDER WORKSHOP Noon. Casa Romantica hosts a “brown bag lunch” to spend an hour learning about lavender and its uses with a master gardener. Free event. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,


STORY TIME FOR CASA KIDS 10 a.m. Kids ages 3-5 are invited to hear stories at Casa Romantica. Free. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,


CHERYL SILVERSTEIN 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Jazz and blues standards with Cheryl and guests at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST EXHIBIT: MEDIA RECEPTION 6:30 p.m. The RitzCarlton presents a tribute to the 80th annual Pageant of the Masters featuring the work of 12 artists who will be featured this year. Exhibit opens to the public May 24; runs through September. 1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, 949.240.2000,


FARM TO FORK: ADULTS COOKING CLASS 6 p.m.7:30 p.m. The Ecology Center invites adults to explore the gardens and prepare a meal with a professional chef. Cost $35-$45. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223,

SAN CLEMENTE TOASTMASTERS WORKSHOP 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Toastmasters host a communication workshop on training and teaching others at the Best Western Plus Casablanca Inn. Cost $30. RSVP in advance. 1601 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.728.8969,

IT’S YOUR ESTATE WORKSHOP 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. The Ocean Institute’s free series of financial workshops to educate you on ways to plan for your financial future. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274,

DON CARLOS 8 p.m. Concert at The Coach House, also with Joint Committee and Rascalin. Tickets $20. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

WEDNESDAY WINE DINNER 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Vine features a four-course food and wine pairing. Cost $40 person. 211 N El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949-3612079, ALL UP IN THERE 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Local band at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855,

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SUDOKU by Myles Mellor Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9X9 grid that has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of 3X3 squares. To solve the puzzle, each row, column and box must contain each of the numbers 1 to 9. Puzzles come in three grades: easy, medium and difficult. Level: Medium Last week’s solution:

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From Sea to Shining Sea, Fighting Fifth Memorial Journeys Home Monument for fallen Marines makes cross-country passage from Vermont quarry to Camp Pendleton memorial site By Andrea Papagianis Dana Point Times


arved from a granite quarry in central Vermont, a monument dedicated to the fallen 5th Marines in the nation’s Operation Enduring Freedom campaign is en route to its final resting place at Camp Pendleton. The monument’s 3,000-mile journey from Barre, Vt. began in the early hours Saturday morning. Members of the local Patriot Guard Riders stood watch as the seven ton granite structure was placed on its carrier—a flat-bed semi-truck—donned with signs bearing images of the monument and 5th Marine insignia, and those of their attached comrades in arms. And just as they have at many funeral processions—for the nation’s fallen, with American flags flying—leather clad motorcyclists escorted the monument on the first leg of its journey. “In my 25 years of driving trucks, this has got to be tops,” said Henry Lafreniere, the truck driver seeing the

The Operation Enduring Freedom Monument will travel from Vermont to its final resting place at Camp Pendleton. The semi-truck carrying wooden crates housing the granite monument is donned with signage showing the contents of its load. Pictured here, driver Henry Lafreniere gives his haul a final look before heading west. Courtesy photo

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tribute across the nation. “I don’t see where I can do anything to top being part of this journey to California.” Calling from Walcott, Iowa on Tuesday night, Lafreniere, a Navy veteran, had just met with resident Patriot Guard Riders, as the men of the local branch would lead the next 150 miles to Des Moines on Wednesday morning. Along the monument’s route, riders have accompanied Lafreniere through Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, parts of Indiana, Illinois and Iowa. “Some of those names on the monument we escorted across the country,” said Steve McRoberts, regional ride captain with the Southern California Patriot Guard Riders. McRoberts, who organized riders nationwide to accompany the monument, said state Patriot Guard captains drop everything to make sure they honor the fallen, in any way they can. “To honor those 89 young men who gave their lives for our freedom, that is what it is all about,” he said. Riders are slated to lead the way from Omaha, Neb. to Denver, across Utah and into Las Vegas where a large contingent will bring the monument home, to the 5th Marine Regiment’s area—called Camp San Mateo—on the eastern end of Camp Pendleton. Battalions from the 5th Marine Regiment were deployed to Afghanistan’s Helmand Province—a southwestern region of the country, bordering Pakistan—in August 2011 and returned one year later. Before their homecoming, the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group called upon the regiment’s five adoptive cities—Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Laguna Hills, Rancho Santa Margarita and San Clemente—and their support groups to gather funds for a tribute to the “Fighting Fifth” Marines and members of attached units killed in Afghanistan. “It gives me chills to see this vision becoming a reality,” said Terry Rifkin, president of the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group, while fighting back tears. “To see the Patriot Guard Riders bringing these boys home, in the form of this solemn tribute is really incredibly special.” After 20 years of coast-to-coast trips, Lafreniere swore to stick close to home. But when the opportunity arose to bring this monument home, he knew it was a load he Page 14

Fallen Marines from the Camp Pendleton-based 5th Marine Regiment and attached service members were recently memorialized in granite for their service and sacrifices made in Afghanistan. Pictured (L to R) Brian Coty, director of the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group, and DJ Hardaker, the artist behind the monument. Courtesy photo

“To honor those 89 young men who gave their lives for our freedom, that is what it is all about,” he said. —Steve McRoberts, Southern California Patriot Guard Riders

wanted to carry. “When I hear about fallen soldiers, Marines or any member of the service, it tears at my heart strings,” Lafreniere said. “It’s more than amazing … Knowing these Marines will be remembered forever and there will be a place for people to remember those who gave their all for what they believed.” If all goes according to plan, the monument will arrive in Camp Pendleton early Monday, May 20. The 7-ton granite monument, standing 7 feet high and 8 feet wide, will be placed adjacent to a monument paying tribute to the 221 Marines, from the “Fighting Fifth” who died during Operation Iraqi Freedom combat deployments. An official dedication ceremony for the Operation Enduring Freedom Monument is scheduled for Thursday, June 6 at 10 a.m., at the 5th Marine Memorial Park on Camp Pendleton. Col. Roger Turner, commanding officer of the 5th Marines, is expected to be joined by gold-star family members of the fallen Marines, for which the monument is dedicated to. For a full list of those named on the monument, visit You can also track the cross country journey as Lafreniere updates the 5th Marine Regiment Support Group along his route, by visiting the organization’s Facebook page. DP


Seniors Glimpse into Acjachemen Nation Program at senior living center explores ancient culture

Surrounded by his handmade creations, Francis “Piney” Hunn, a direct descendent of the Acjachemen Nation Tribe, spoke to more than 30 residents of The Fountains at Sea Bluffs on Tuesday. Photo by Andrea Papagianis

By Andrea Papagianis Dana Point Times


e used to climb pine trees all the time, when he was small. “And one day he came down and his auntie told him, ‘My God he smells piney,’” Evelia Hunn said, while her hands, wearing silver and turquoise, feverishly weaved pine needles and raffia. And ever since then, that’s who he’s been, Piney. Francis “Piney” Hunn, a direct descendent of the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, may be the only male basket weaver in the rich history of the Acjachemen Nation, a skill passed down from his Aunt Clara— the woman who also coined his nickname. Now, Piney shares his love of interlacing natural elements to whoever seeks the knowledge. From his daughter, Grace Elliott, and his grandsons Luke and Dustin to visitors of the tribal office and Juaneño elders, Piney passes on his craft. On a recent Tuesday afternoon, he shared his handmade creations—from earrings and ceremonial staffs to baskets and instruments—with residents of The Fountains at Sea Bluffs. Some 30 members of the senior community gathered for the lifetime learning course, dedicated to promoting mind and body fitness. “They want people to know that they are still here,” Evelia Hunn said. “Many do not know that there are a lot of indigenous people, direct decedents of the Acjachemen people here.” Nearly 2,000 Juaneño blood descendants can trace their individual lineage to Acjachemen ancestors. The native inhabitants of the land, now comprising Orange County and parts of San Diego, Riverside and Los Angeles counties, the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, helped build key local landmarks, such as Mission San Juan Page 15

Capistrano. Surrounded by a table carefully decorated with intricately weaved baskets, fine beaded jewelry, wooden instruments, arrowheads and ceremonial creations constructed of pelts, shells and bone, Piney told the history of his people, the native inhabitants—through his hands, through his craft. “Here you have your pine needles, here your raffia,” he said. “This is what they use for basket weaving nowadays,” Piney explained, “but many years ago we only used the grasses and plants found in the area, like yucca, juncus and deer grass.” “It takes longer to prepare the materials than it does to make the basket,” Piney Hunn said. “We break them down, let them dry … and this is the part I don’t understand, after you let them dry, you get them wet,” he quipped to a roomful of laughter. While the landscape may have changed and natural resources become scarce, Piney’s work remains true to that of his ancestors. And he’ll continue to teach basket weaving to anyone willing to learn. “You don’t know what’s going to come out until you start working it,” Evelia said, while carefully uniting pine needles and raffia. “Sometimes they go like this, sometimes they go like that. It just depends on how your fingers are feeling that day.” To find out more about learning opportunities at The Fountains at Sea Bluffs, 25411 Sea Bluffs Dr., and to register for an upcoming lecture on the arts and culture of the Acjacheman Nation, contact Heather Oldfield at 949.234.3000. For more information about the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemen Nation, visit or stop by their office, located at 31411-A La Matanza St., San Juan Capistrano. DP






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After raising nearly $200,000 last year, NHL All-Star and Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf and his hockey brethren are coming back to the Monarch Beach Golf Links to take part in the third annual Getzlaf Shootout, organizing officials announced this week. The Getzlaf Shootout benefits CureDuchenne, a nonprofit organization that raises funds and awareness to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a devastating muscle disease that impacts one in every 2,400 boys worldwide, according to www. In the U.S. nearly 20,000 boys are living with Duchenne and over

Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf will host the third annual Getzlaf Shootout at Monarch Beach Golf Links. Courtesy photo

300,000 worldwide. Boys are usually diagnosed by the age of five and in a wheelchair by 12. Most don’t survive their mid-20s. Last year’s special guests included Anaheim ducks winger Corey Perry,

Los Angeles Kings winger Dustin Penner and actor Kevin Connoly. The event is set for September 8 and registration is now open. A golf foursome—with a celebrity or athlete as a fifth—and admission to the pre-golf dinner reception costs $2,500 if paid before June 2. A pre-golf dinner reception will be held on Saturday, September 7 at Sutra Lounge in Costa Mesa. The tournament will kick off with a shotgun start at 10:30 a.m. on September 8. To register or learn more about Duchenne, visit —Steve Breazeale

Junior Sailing Season Kicks off in Dana Point Harbor By Steve Breazeale Dana Point Times


ith summer approaching, the Dana Point Harbor sailing clubs are preparing to kick off their annual junior programs. The Dana Point Yacht Club’s junior program begins on June 17 and registration is now open. Dana Point Yacht Club takes all skill levels, from beginners to advanced, and offers three two-week courses. Something new at the Dana Point Yacht Club this year is the half-day program for high school students. The new three-hour

Dolphin Report By Steve Breazeale

DANA HILLS BOYS SWIM TEAM TAKES LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP The boys swim team at Dana Hills won the Sea View League championship on May 2 at Capistrano Valley. The team ran away with the title after posting 580.5 points at the meet, 208 points clear of second-place San Clemente. Sophomore Jan Kaatz helped collect valuable points for the Dolphins by winning the 200-yard individual medley (1:54.23) and the 100-yard breaststroke (57.77). Kaatz was also part of the winning 200yard medley relay team and the Dolphins’ second-place 200-yard freestyle relay team. Brandon Jannard, Bailey Harris and Mitchell Heimbach made up the rest of the 200-yard medley relay team. Dana Point Times May 17-23, 2013

instructional period runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and cost is $200 per session. For more information on the Dana Point Yacht Club’s junior program visit Westwind Sailing is in the midst of its 27th year of offering public access to educational sailing and boating programs, and has undergone a transformation in recent months. The club has begun incorporating STEM or, science, technology, engineering and math, lesson plans into their junior programs. The club partnered with the U.S. Sailing Reach program to help build their own STEM-oriented model

that’s been made popular in California. The club is currently running a 20 percent off special on registration fees for any of their multi-day, junior and teen summer programs. The discount will end on May 20. For more information on the club and their junior program, visit www. Dana West Yacht Club is another option in the Harbor that offers a junior sailing program. The program is open to children ages eight to 14 with three different sessions, ranging from eight days to 10 days, available. Visit for more information. DP

Senior Kord Boniadi took home the 100yard butterfly title after posting a time of 53.44 seconds. The Dolphins relay teams went on to compete in the CIF-SS Championship meet on May 11, with the 200-yard freestyle team taking ninth place and the 400yard freestyle team placing seventh. Diver Chris LaBella placed seventh. As a team, the Dolphins finished 15th overall. The Dana Hills girls swim team battled with Mission Viejo at the league championship meet but ended up finishing 70 points behind them in second-place. The girls 200-yard freestyle relay team, made up of Bridget Greuel, Haley Scot, Kathryn Querner and Cassidy Humphrey, posted a time of 1:41.36, good enough for a second-place finish. The same group finished third in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Humphrey would go on to finish second in the 500-yard freestyle (4:57.55) and third in the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.68).

over Tesoro on May 10 proved to be a crucial victory, as it vaulted the Dolphins into third-place in the South Coast League. The third-place finish in the fiveteam league guaranteed the Dolphins a spot in the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs. The team was set to travel to play Mayfair in the first round on May 16. Results were not available at press time. The Dolphins entered the playoffs having won two out of their last three games.


VOLLEYBALL OUSTED BY THE OILERS IN QUARTERFINALS Three-set sweeps of the opponent had become the norm for the Dana Hills boys volleyball team as they headed into the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs. In their previous four matches before a May 11 quarterfinals game against Huntington Beach, the Dolphins had won all four in convincing, three-set sweeps. But in the match against the fourthseeded Oilers it was the Dolphins who were swept, 25-20, 25-18, 25-22, putting an end to their season.

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Junior sailors in the Westwind sailing program set sail in Dana Point Harbor. Courtesy photo

The Dolphins were led by senior middle blocker and Long Beach State commit Bryce Yould, who had 10 kills. Senior outside hitter Doug Hamman tallied nine kills and junior outside hitter Christian Hessenauer had eight in the loss. MASCIORINI ADVANCES TO CIF TENNIS INDIVIDUALS Junior Chase Masciorini has compiled an impressive 32-6 overall record as a singles player for the Dana Hills boys tennis team this season. As a result of his solid play, Masciorini has earned a spot in the CIF-SS Individual Tennis Sectionals round of 32. Masciorini attempted to defend his South Coast League individual title on May 1 but lost to El Toro’s Jayson Amos, the eventual champion. In the first round of the CIF-SS Team Championships on May 8, the Dolphins came up short against Northwood, 15-3, and were eliminated from the playoffs. The Dolphins ended their season with a 10-7 overall record and a 5-3 record in league.


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Age: 14, Ladera Ranch Middle School, Marco Forster Middle School surf team When most surfers say they surf every day, they really mean almost every day, if the waves are good and the water’s not too cold. When Dana Point resident Meg Roh says she surfs every day, she means every, single, day. May 31 will mark her second straight year of surfing daily—day No. 730. Two years ago Meg set a goal to surf 365 days straight, “just for fun,” she said. After meeting that goal she decided to keep going to see if she could make it through year two. Now, with that goal in sight, she’s upped it to 1,000 days. “I just want to keep surfing, it’s a habit now and it’s fun,” she said. “I’m not sure what I want to do after that, but I hope to start traveling.” This eighth grader also maintains a 4.0 GPA in school, an accomplishment that this month earned her the Scholastic Surfer Award at the SSS Middle School State Championships. Meg came in third in Girls Longboard individually and led her team to a first-place finish in the division. “This season was my best ever. I learned a lot, surfed a bunch of different places and made a lot of progress with my noseriding,” Meg said. “I’ve been working on my style, riding boards from the ’60s. It’s so fun to watch the old-school surfers. They have such cool style.” —Andrea Swayne


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Meg Roh with her SSS Scholastic Surfer prize. Photo by Sheri Crummer/

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Water Visibility and Conditions: Local: 8-10’ Poor-Fair Catalina: 15-20’+ Fair-Good

By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


handful of professional surfers from San Clemente made headlines last week in both Association of Surfing Professionals contests abroad and the non-ASP pro surf series, the American Pro Surfing Series here in Southern California. Season two of the APSS—led by event producer Scott Waring and held at the Huntington Beach Pier—kicked off with Event No.1, the Shoe City Pro, May 6 through 11. In women’s competition two San Clemente surfers made podium appearances, Anastasia Ashley earned second-place honors and Tia Blanco took fourth. The division was won by Chelsea Tuach of Santa Barbara and Barbados-born surfer Chelsea Tuach took home the third-place trophy. The top spot in the men’s division was claimed by San Clemente’s Nathan Yeomans, followed by runner-up Kilian Garland of Santa Barbara, third-place finisher

RESULTS SSS Middle School State Championships, May 4-5, Oceanside Harbor Overall team, season champions and local finishers only. OVERALL TEAM: 1. Shorecliffs, San Clemente, 344; 2. Bernice Ayer, San Clemente, 218.5; 3. Oak Crest, Encinitas, 206.5; 4. Aviara Oaks, Carlsbad, 191.5; 5. Earl Warren, Encinitas, 174; 6. Mission Hill, Santa Cruz, 173. BOYS TEAM: 1. Shorecliffs, San Clemente, 198; 6. Bernice Ayer, San Clemente, 72. BOYS LB TEAM: 1. Shorecliffs, San Clemente, 53; 2. Bernice Ayer, San Clemente, 43. GIRLS TEAM: 4. Shorecliffs, San Clemente, 24; 6. Bernice Ayer, San Clemente, 21. GIRLS LB TEAM: 1. Marco Forster, Dana Dana Point Times May 17-23, 2013

Patrick Gudauskas (pictured here) won his opening heat at the Billabong Rio Pro, advancing directly into Round 3 along with fellow San Clementean, Kolohe Andino. Photo by ASP/Smorigo

Nathan Yeomans of San Clemente took the win at American Pro Surf Series, Event No. 1 in Huntington Beach. Photo by John Salanoa

Timmy Reyes of Huntington Beach and in fourth, Hawaiian Kalani Robb. In ASP news, the Billabong Rio Pro in Brazil—event No. 3 of 10 on the 2013 ASP Point, 44; 2. Bernice Ayer, San Clemente, 36; 6. Shorecliffs, San Clemente, 19. COED BODYBOARD TEAM: 1. Shorecliffs, San Clemente, 50; 2. Bernice Ayer, San Clemente, 42.5. SCHOLASTIC SURFER AWARD: Meg Roh, Marco Forster. SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD: Luke Overin, Bernice Ayer. COACHES: 4. Joe Hohenester, Bernice Ayer. COACHES LB: 2. Mike Takayama, Bernice Ayer; 4. Patrick Derry, Marco Forster. BOYS: 1. Kei Kobayashi, Shorecliffs; 5. Ethan Mudge, Shorecliffs; 6. Ryan Martin, Shorecliffs. BOYS LB: 1. Jacob Atwood, Shorecliffs; 4. Fisher Quigley, Bernice Ayer. GIRLS: 2. Tera Richardson, Shorecliffs. GIRLS LB: 1. Teresa O’Connor, Marco Forster; 3. Meg Roh, Marco Forster; 4. Maya Harrison, Bernice Ayer; 6. Gabriella McCormick, Bernice Ayer. COED BODYBOARD: 2. Luke Overin, Bernice Ayer;

World Championship Tour with a May 8 through 19 waiting period—has been on hold since wrapping up Round 1 on May 10. Day 1 saw San Clemente-based pros Kolohe Andino and Patrick Gudauskas both take command of their respective first round heats for the win and automatic advancement into Round 3. Gudauskas’ two-wave score of 11.50 (out of 20) in the first heat of the event ousted Australian, Josh Kerr (10.27) and Alejo Muniz of Brazil (1.40). Andino closed out the round with a score of 12.43, beating Australian, Adrian Buchan (8.56) and CJ Hobgood of Florida (7.43). As of press time Friday another lay day 4. Kien Feiner, Shorecliffs; 6. Derek Reynolds, Bernice Ayer. NSSA Southwest Explorer, Event No. 9, May 4, San Diego, Pacific Beach, Crystal Pier JUNIORS: 5. Ethan Carlston, San Clemente. MENEHUNE: 4. Kade Matson, San Clemente; 5. Jett Schilling, San Clemente. SUPER GROMS: 1. Jett Schilling, San Clemente; 2. Kade Matson, San Clemente; 3. Hagan Johnson, San Clemente; 5. Kai McPhillips, San Clemente. WOMEN: 2. Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente. GIRLS: 1. Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente. MASTERS: 1. Ed Custodio, San Clemente. NSSA Southwest Explorer, Event No. 10, May 5, San Diego, Pacific Beach, Crystal Pier JUNIORS: 4. Ethan Carlston, San Clemente.

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Immediate: Friday size is down in the kneethigh- waist-high zone for best breaks. Calm to light southerly winds each morning give way to a westerly seabreeze in the afternoons. Long Range Outlook: The weekend starts slow, with a new southwest groundswell on the rise by the afternoon on Saturday as northwest windswell picks back up. By Sunday the new southwest groundswell energy is good for waist- chest- shoulderhigh (3-4’+) waves at better breaks, with more size showing through the day. Check out Surfline for all the details!

had been called but with a good swell on the forecast, event organizers said conditions would be reassessed at 7:30 a.m. Saturday for a possible Round 2 start. For more on these events, log on to and DP MENEHUNE: 3. Kade Matson, San Clemente. SUPER GROMS: 1. Jett Schilling, San Clemente; 2. Kade Matson, San Clemente; 5. Kai McPhillips, San Clemente. WOMEN: 2. Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente. GIRLS: 1. Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente. DUKE: 3. Peter Townend, San Clemente. PERFORMERS OF THE EVENT: Malia Osterkamp; Jett Schilling. 2013 CHAMPIONS: Remy Juboori-Men; Bryce Marino-Juniors; Jake Marshall-Boys; Dagan Stagg-Menehune; Kade Matson-Super Groms; Malia Osterkamp-Women; Malia Osterkamp-Girls; Rick Takahashi-Masters; Rick Takahashi-Seniors; Rick Fignetti-Super Seniors; Rick Fignetti Duke; Larry Schlick-Longboard; Tom LinnKneeboard. Log on to for full results.

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