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Leaving in Legendary Form Beloved surf icon and master surfboard shaper Terry Martin passed away on May 12 E Y E O N S C / PAG E 6

Surfboard shaper Terry Martin at work in the shaping room. Photo by Micky Munoz

Photo by Brett Shoaf

Trestles Bridge Underwent $8 million in Upgrades

Community Rallies around Educator Diagnosed with Cancer

Take a Hike on the Forster Ridgeline Trail in San Clemente







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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO Mission San Juan Capistrano has been conducting an audio test that aims to bring the famous cliff swallows back to the historic site. Wednesday, May 9 was a milestone day for the project when one was observed nearby, according to Mission spokeswoman Christina Haakenson. A speaker fixed near the statue of Father Junípero Serra has been playing an audio recording of male swallow courtship calls since April 12, in an attempt to attract swallows foraging near San Juan. The Mission has consulted with ornithologists, Charles Brown from Tulsa University and his colleague Walter Piper from Chapman University, for the project. Piper observed the single swallow swoop down and direct its attention toward the vocalization. The experiment is targeting a large flock of swallows less than a quarter mile from the Mission.




A rare basking shark was seen May 5 by one of Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari boats and more recently, by Captain Frank Brennan of Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching. Nick Wegner, a researcher with the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and the National Marine Fisheries Service, is part of a study to tag basking sharks in the Pacific Ocean. According to Wegner, the creatures are so rare researchers have only been able to tag three in two years. “It’s a pretty rare species,” he said. “We’re excited when we hear reports of basking sharks.” Due to heavy fishing, basking sharks have been named a protected species and are difficult to track. Anyone who sees a basking shark is asked to call the fisheries service hotline at 858.334.2884 or email For more information visit


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THE LATEST: U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, wants answers about design changes at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, sending letters this week to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and plant owner Southern California Edison. The chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee sought documentation on the replacement steam generators installed at the power plant and the reasons SCE was not required to obtain an amendment to its operating license as part of the installation. Both SONGS’ steam generators have been offline since January. Unit 2 was removed from service January 9 for planned upgrades and refueling. Unit 3 underwent rapid shutdown January 31 after a small radiation leak was detected. Tubes in both steam generators, which are both relatively new, have shown early wear. SCE has since decided to plug about 1,300 of the tubes. In a statement, SCE said its investigators continue to review data and conduct testing to provide the commission with its formal response. “At all times during both the steam generator replacement process and the ongoing outages in Unit 2 and 3, SCE has provided open and transparent information to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission,” SCE said in a statement. WHAT’S NEXT: Boxer asked for a response from the NRC and SCE by Monday, May 21. FIND OUT MORE: Visit for updates. —Stacie N. Galang


… Trestles’ Bridge?

THE LATEST: San Diego officials marked the completion of the $8 million replaceSan Clemente Times May 17–23, 2012

ment bridge at Trestles Beach Monday, May 14. The renovated San Mateo Creek Bridge, which now has the letters T-R-E-S-T-L-E-S etched in its concrete supports, was paid for with federal stimulus funds, according to a news release from the San Diego Association of Governments. The work began in fall 2010. The 858-foot wooden post-and-beam bridge was built in 1941. The bridge is part of the LOSSAN corridor, which stretches 351 miles from San Luis Obispo to downtown San Diego. The tracks were purchased by the North County Transit District in 1992. Approximately 43 passenger and freight trains cross the bridge in a given day. Because of the condition of the trestles, trains were required to cross slowly to reduce vibration and wear and tear.

Landry’s never responded to multiple letters about the lease and its breach of contract. The city has been unable to find another tenant. Landry’s attorney said that since moving Bubba Gump, it has been the city’s responsibility to find a new tenant. “We have been in communication with the city of San Clemente working to resolve the situation,” said Steve Scheinthal, Landry’s executive vice president and general counsel. “However, to date, [we] have been unable to reach an amicable agreement concerning a lease termination agreement.” He said Landry’s is still hopeful an agreement could be reached, but was prepared to defend its position.

WHAT’S NEXT: Rail traffic is expected to double in the coming years, jumping to 60 trains a day, seven days a week, by 2030.

FIND OUT MORE: See the lawsuit at —SNG



… Bubba Gump Lawsuit?

THE LATEST: The city is suing the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. for breach of contract after the restaurant chain secured a lease in city-owned property but never moved in. Bubba Gump’s five-year lease was set to start January 1, 2011, according to the lawsuit filed May 7. The city expected to receive $661,475.50 in rent. San Clemente paid its broker a $46,300 commission and spent another $48,790 for improvements to the 910 Calle Negocio space. But Bubba Gump was later acquired by Landry’s, which moved the restaurant chain to Houston, Texas. The city claims

WHAT’S NEXT: Landry’s has 30 days to reply to the complaint.


… Irons in the Fire?

THE LATEST: An interim operator of the Irons in the Fire restaurant at the San Clemente Municipal Golf Course took the reins Monday, May 14 until a permanent operator is selected. The city negotiated a four-month agreement with Gary Greenberg, who runs the concession stands at Steed Park and the La Mirada Arts Center. He has agreed not to apply to be the permanent operator, according to a news release. City Manager George Scarborough said the selection of Greenberg would help ensure a smooth transition of the restaurant operations. Dave Donaldson, who ran Irons in the Fire and his downtown restaurant BeachFire, voluntarily terminated his lease with the city last month after four years. Since then, the City Council agreed to purchase

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the restaurant’s assets so the city can keep the restaurant open while it seeks a replacement. WHAT’S NEXT: The city has already received interest and expects to open up bids for a replacement soon. FIND OUT MORE: Visit www.san-clemente. org to see the staff report. —SNG


… Voter Registration?

THE LATEST: The last day to register to vote is Monday, May 21 to participate in the June 5 primary. Orange County has 1.6 million registered voters, of which San Clemente has 40,936 registered as of this week, according to Orange County Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley. “We’re getting ready,” Kelley said of the nearing primary. On June 5, voters will decide their party candidate for a host of offices, including president, congressional and other area offices. Voters will also decide on two statewide ballot measures. Measure 28 reduces the time state legislature office holders can serve from 14 years to 12 years. Measure 29 imposes a $1 per pack tax on cigarettes and tax increases on other tobacco products. Orange County voters will consider Measure A to make the county’s public administrator position appointed rather than publicly elected. Measure B asks voters to decide whether Orange County Board of Supervisors should be required to enroll in the minimum pension plan offered to county employees. WHAT’S NEXT: As of Monday, 12,718 ballots had been cast, Kelley said. FIND OUT MORE: Visit to learn more. —SNG

EYE ON SC CITY AND COMMUNITY CALENDAR Thursday, May 17 City Council Workshop 6 p.m. Meeting on the 2013 budget in Council Chambers. 100 Avenida Presidio, 949.361.8200, www.

Friday, May 18 Old American Tribute 12 p.m. Fun at The Dorothy Visser Senior Center with Robert Fields performing. 117 Avenida Victoria, 949.498.3322,

Saturday, May 19 Astronomy Night 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Peer through the telescopes of our volunteer astronomers at The Reserve/Richard and Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. Cost $5-10. Call for info and directions, 949.489.9778,

Sunday, May 20 San Clemente Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fresh produce, flowers and more every Sunday along Avenida Del Mar. Rain or shine. Soul Food: ‘The Light Within’ 11 a.m. Monthly program at The Baha’i Center with live music, readings, audiovisual pieces and much more. 3316 Avenida Del Presidente, San Clemente, 949.981.8805,

Monday, May 21 Toddler Storytime 10:30 a.m. Event for kids and caretakers at the library. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493,

Tuesday, May 22 Ukulele Class 10:15 a.m. The Dorothy Visser Senior Center. 117 Avenida Victoria, 949.498.3322, San Clemente Toastmasters 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Practice public speaking every Tuesday in a friendly and supportive atmosphere at the Community Center. 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.361. 8463,

Wednesday, May 23 SC Chamber Fiesta Meeting 4 p.m. OC Tavern. 2369 S. El Camino Real, 949.492.1131,

Thursday, May 24 BNI Meeting 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Meeting every Thursday at the Bella Collina Towne and Golf Club. 200 Avenida La Pata, San Clemente, San Clemente Times May 17–23, 2012

A brown Labrador was locked inside a car in an Albertsons parking lot and was not moving. A caller saw the dog and tried to get it to respond by tapping on the window but the dog did not move. Animal Control responded to the call.

SC Sheriff’s Blotter

SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Calle Los Olivos, 700 Block (12:07 p.m.) Two men in a white Toyota Tundra were seen driving around a neighborhood for hours.

COMPILED BY STEVE BREAZEALE 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.

Tuesday, May 15 SUSPICIOUS PERSON-CIRCUMSTANCE Calle Quieto, 3200 Block (5:04 a.m.) A caller was walking by a house and saw a man trying to open the door to a van that was parked in the driveway. The caller alerted police after the man ran from the car and jumped into some bushes, acting like he was trying to hide. HIT AND RUN MISDEMEANOR Avenida Pico/Camino La Pedriza (3:58 a.m.) A white Nissan Sentra was left abandoned after it hit a pole. The owner of the car returned about an hour later and requested assistance. VANDALISM IN PROGRESS Calle Del Comercio, 2700 Block (4:06 a.m.) A caller alerted deputies after hearing one of the windows in the house shatter. The caller did not see anything or was not in the room when it happened.

Monday, May 14

DISTURBANCE Avenida Santa Margarita, 100 Block (9:20 a.m.) A man described as homeless was behind a caller’s fence yelling at her dog, causing it to bark. SUSPICIOUS PERSON-CIRCUMSTANCE Calle Sarmentoso, 1200 Block (8:07 a.m.) A blue van followed a boy all the way to school. The boy first saw the van when it was parked by a community pool off Costa Maritima. The van had no back windows.

Sunday, May 13 RECKLESS DRIVING Camino De Los Mares/Diamante (10:42 p.m.) A caller reported that there was drag racing taking place down Camino De Los Mares. According to the caller, it was not the first time cars had been racing down the street. STOLEN VEHICLE Avenida Magdalena, 100 Block (5:07 p.m.) A man walked up to the golf carts that were parked outside San Clemente Municipal Golf Course and rode off with one. A friend of his tried to do the same thing moments later but was stopped. The golf cart was eventually returned. ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Avenida Pico/Camino De Los Mares (8:26 a.m.) A bus that was heading north on Avenida Pico had a man onboard who was being aggressive with the bus driver and refusing to get off. When the bus driver alerted deputies, he was out of the bus but instead of walking away he decided to sit on the bike rack that was attached to the front of the bus.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON-CIRCUMSTANCE Ola Vista/Avenida Cordoba (5:47 p.m.) A man was dancing and glancing repeatedly over his shoulder as he was walking down the street. A caller alerted deputies because he thought the man might be on drugs. ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON Avenida San Antonio, 200 Block (1:57 p.m.) A woman with “scraggly, white hair” thrust a sharpened stick at a caller. The woman was last seen walking north bound on El Camino Real. ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Avenida Pico, 900 Block (1:13 p.m.)

DISTURBANCE El Camino Real, 900 Block (9:34 a.m.) A woman repeatedly kept coming into a bank to scream at the customers and employees. When deputies got the call, the woman was sitting inside the bank.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON-CIRCUMSTANCE Trafalgar Lane, 200 Block (7:36 a.m.) Three men were camped out in the canyon below a caller’s house. SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Avenida Victoria, 300 Block (6:53 a.m.) After pulling over to the side of the road,

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two men got out of a car and relieved themselves in different ways. One man threw up into the street and another urinated in some bushes. Afterwards they got back into the car and drove down Avenida Victoria, heading towards the Pier.

Saturday, May 12 DISTURBANCE Camino Vera Cruz/Calle Sarmentoso (10:34 p.m.) Multiple teenagers were throwing water balloons at passing cars. DRUNK DRIVING El Camino Real/Avenida Pico (2:17 p.m.) A man in a white SUV was swerving on the road and almost hit a family that was walking in a crosswalk, according to a caller. The caller followed the swerving car for a while before giving up and leaving it to deputies. DISTURBANCE El Camino Real, 2400 Block (1:03 p.m.) A woman was evicted from a motel May 11 and came back the next day to harass the owner. This time she returned wearing a skirted bathing suit and carrying bananas in both hands. She was seen making “rude gestures” with the fruit and was giving the middle finger to the owner. DISTURBANCE Avenida Rosa, 100 Block (10:48 a.m.) A caller was cleaning out a vacant lot near the cross streets of La Placentia and Avenida De La Estrella when a nearby homeowner yelled at him. An argument took place and the caller told the man he would call the cops, to which the homeowner responded, “Go ahead and call the police. I have a gun.” SUSPICIOUS PERSON-CIRCUMSTANCE Calle Campanero, 400 Block (7:56 a.m.) Two men in a red sedan were parked and taking pictures of a caller, who decided to call deputies immediately. TRAFFIC ACCIDENT Avenida La Cuesta, 200 Block (5:59 a.m.) A caller witnessed a car drive up his neighbor’s driveway and flip over.

Friday, May 11 SUSPICIOUS PERSON-CIRCUMSTANCE Avenida Vaquero/Via Cascadita A caller, who lives near a Salvation Army drop off donation location, saw a van parked next to the location filled with people who he thought were taking the donations. DISTURBANCE El Camino Real, 2400 Block (11:43 a.m.) A man and a woman were outside the Sea View Motel arguing about a Mother’s Day card.


Leaving in Legendary Form Beloved surf icon and master surfboard shaper Terry Martin passed away on May 12 By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


rolific, iconic, masterful. All are words used to describe the surfboard shaping expertise of the late Terry Martin, 74, who passed away at his Capistrano Beach home in the early morning hours of May 12 following a battle with melanoma. But just as likely as one is to hear these words describe Terry Martin, are the words faithful, wise, generous and loving. With a conservative estimate of 80,000 surfboards planed into existence at the hands of master shaper Terry Martin, many inventions and techniques that revolutionized the art of surfboard making and the thousands of friendships he forged along the way, it is no wonder that in his passing leaves a legacy so interwoven into the fabric of the surfing community and the history of the sport that it is safe to say he will never be forgotten. The surfing community and the community in general lost one of its most beloved men that morning. And although his passing stirred a profound sadness in many, according to his wife Candy Martin, most who were close to him are taking comfort in knowing that Terry Martin was at peace with his fate, satisfied with the blessings life brought his way and would want friends and family to take comfort in his acceptance of the end of his time on Earth. “Not being able to shape was more difficult for him than the pain and weakness in his last few months,” his wife said. “He wanted nothing more than to be able to continue to do what he loved. He was determined to finish the last two boards for (Capistrano Beach surfer) Rachael Tilly. He wanted to say ‘yes’ to many requests by others too but he just couldn’t. I think that was the hardest for him. He never complained about the pain only that he didn’t have the energy to shape surfboards.” Against the odds, he did finish Tilly’s last two boards and a few others, including shaping an iconic wood hot curl board— his last—and friends and fellow shapers Chuck Basset and Donny Brink put the final touches on it. The day before he died Terry Martin mustered up the strength to go out to his shaping racks in his garage to sign a Phil Edwards model shaped by Mark Johnson for the Terry Martin: A Body of Work from Wood to Foam project fundraiser being planned in his honor for May 20 at the Ocean Institute. “Terry was right where he wanted to be when he passed,” said Candy. “Surrounded by family and friends, he was able to spend quality time with us.” Candy said the final hours were spent praying and singing Psalm 73 and talking

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Terry Martin working with a Micky Munoz noserider model. Photo by Micky Munoz

with a pastor from the couple’s church, Heritage Christian Fellowship in San Clemente. Terry and Candy Martin shared a 42year marriage that started about a year after Candy Martin’s brother pro surfer Micky Munoz introduced them. Terry Martin came to Dana Point back in 1963 from San Diego because he wanted to shape for the biggest and the best, and that, to him, was Hobie Surfboards. Candy Martin quit her job as a flight attendant in 1968 and moved to Dana Point to stay with her brother. Munoz introduced his sister to his friend and she began working as a nanny to Terry Martin’s son from a previous relationship, David, 50. The two were married a year later. Together the couple had two children, Josh, 41, and Johana, 33. Terry Martin is also survived by their five grandchildren—four are grown and the youngest at nine months old, is Johana’s son Reef. As much love as Terry Martin gave, it came back to him tenfold. “The generosity that friends saw in Terry out in the community is the same thing we saw at home. He was a man who didn’t have a selfish bone in his body and had many friends. It was a joy to be married to such a wonderful man,” Candy Martin said. This spirit of generosity and love is mentioned over and over by those reflect-

ing on the life of Terry Martin. Friend and brother-in-law Micky Munoz said that he and Terry Martin first became friends through their common interest in surfing, shaping and, back in the day, even racing motorcycles together. “In our younger days Terry was a bit conservative and I erred more toward the radical side of life,” said Munoz. “He had a sort of intuitive way about him that balanced me. Terry was just born with an innate ability to bring balance to those around him. He was always a spiritual soul and a voice of reason for me and others close to him.” Munoz went on to say that in the end Terry asked permission to leave and permission was granted by his family and friends. “He was the first to admit he’s not perfect but from my point of view he was about as close to perfection as anyone I’ve ever known and that’s how I’ll remember him,” Munoz said. “He could replicate any board as close to perfection as any human and in his personal life he was close to perfect too. His aura was so powerful that you couldn’t help but be caught in it.” With Terry Martin friendship showed no age limit as he made a point to support and mentor young surfers, like Tilly, who he shaped for. “I’ll forever be indebted to him for taking such an interest in me and helping me to grow both as a surfer and as a person,” Tilly said. “He was very insightful and

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always knew the right thing to say. And he was also a great storyteller too.” Terry Martin’s legacy not only lives on in those he shaped for but also the many talented craftsmen who learned the art of shaping from him. Among the long list of shapers who were very close to him, and learned the craft through his tutelage are Tyler Warren and Timmy Patterson. “My dad worked next to him for years at Hobie so I grew up watching him shape. I studied what he was doing and did what he did,” Patterson said. Patterson recounted a memory from his early days as a shaper when Terry Martin just happened to be at Killer Dana on a big day in the early ’80s when he rode the very first thruster Patterson ever shaped. “He looked it over and told me ‘wow, that’s going to be a really fast board.’ I was so stoked I charged out there and had one of the most incredible sessions of my life. His example was one of the biggest reasons I wanted to be a shaper.” Royce Cansler said Terry Martin also had a profound influence on his life during their 20-year friendship. “In times of trouble or in just dealing with life’s difficulties, I often invoke the question ‘What would Terry do?’ for guidance,” said Cansler. “He was a sage, a wise man that I would help me deal with life’s challenges and complexities with the utmost integrity.” Cansler is one of Terry Martin’s close friends who made a valiant effort into making the Terry Martin Project: A Body of Work from Wood to Foam, a benefit event scheduled for May 20, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Ocean Institute come together in time for him to see just how many lives he touched. Terry Martin’s illness was the catalyst for the formation of the Sport of Kings Foundation the Terry Martin trust will eventually support—after his family is taken care of. The Foundation was established to provide assistance to the lives of people in the surfboard manufacturing industry by continuously evolving to meet their health and human services needs, Cansler said. The event will raise funds by auctioning a collection of Terry Martin’s most iconic designs covering seven decades of surfing history along with other donated items, Cansler said. “All donations will benefit the Terry Martin Trust.” The event will also feature live music, food and a short film by Ticket and event information can be found online at www.terrymartinproject. com. A celebration of the life of Terry Martin is also planned for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18 at Capo Beach Calvary and a memorial paddle out will be announced soon. SC



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PROPS, RECOGNITIONS AND MORSELS OF INFO SC Resident Receives Surprise ‘Teacher of the Year’ Honor u Cypress College geology professor and San Clemente resident Victoria Castle was in the middle of teaching a class, when just before 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 7, Orange County Superintendent of Schools William Habermehl and others entered her classroom to present her with the county’s community college Teacher of the Year award. Castle was one of five county teachers to receive the honor and the only college-level instructor. A film crew from the Public Broadcasting Service was present to document the surprise. Castle was nominated for the countywide award after being selected the school’s Teacher of the Year by a student-organized committee. She will be recognized in a formal ceremony at the Disneyland Resort in October and will receive a $15,000 award provided by the Dr. James Hines Foundation.

Teen Completes Service Project for Quartermaster Rank u San Clemente’s William Cox, a Sea Scout in Mariners Ship 936, is closer to earning the prestigious Quartermaster rank after helping build 10 new bluebird habitats as part of the organization’s community service project. Cox arranged two days and invited classmates from his Advanced Placement environmental class at San Clemente High School and fellow mariners to help construct the brightly painted birdhouses. “I was really surprised at how enthusiastic my friends were about my project,” said Cox in a news release. “It was fun leading this project.” Cox dedicated his project to helping the Southern California Bluebird Club and will present the boxes to the Bluebird Association in May. He has also been invited to attend the 35th North American Bluebird Society Conference in Newport Beach in October to share his experience. The Sea Scouts’ Quartermaster rank, similar to the Eagle Scout rank in the Boy Scouts, typically takes three to four years to achieve and involves mastering maritime skills, assuming leadership roles and safely skippering a cruise at sea for at least

were among 15 students who snorkeled with environmental explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of the famed Jacques Cousteau, after winning an essay contest in celebration of Earth Day. Nearly 200 students from 15 schools participated in the contest, organized by the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in partnership with the Capistrano Unified School District. The winning students were taken on an exploration of the tide pools at Salt Creek Beach with Cousteau.

Pet Adoption for Seniors in May

San Clemente resident Victoria Castle received her teacher of the year award from Orange County Superintendent of Schools William Habermehl. Courtesy photo

two nights, including navigation, executing safety drills and meal preparation. The community service project is the final step to achieve quartermaster ranking. Cox will be honored at a ceremony at the Ocean Institute in June.

William Cox, a Sea Scout in Mariners Ship 936, built 10 new bluebird habitats toward his quartermaster rank. Courtesy photo

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Library Expansion Underway

SCHS Dance Team Stages Spring Concert ‘Dare to Dance’ u The San Clemente High School Dance Team will be staging their spring dance concert, “Dare to Dance,” on Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19. Both performances will begin at 7 p.m. at the San Clemente High School Gym. The concert features more than 200 students, including the school’s 11-time national champion dance team, four on-campus regional occupational program dance classes performing modern, jazz and hip hop dances, the International Baccalaureate dance class and a popular finale featuring the school’s co-ed dance team. The event will also showcase visiting dance teams from Dana Hills High School, San Clemente Dance and Performing Arts on Friday and the Glendale High School Dance Team, winners of three 2012 USA National Championship trophies, on Saturday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and children and are available at 6 p.m. at the gym. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Shea Therapeutic Riding Center in San Juan Capistrano. For more information, visit

Concordia Students Receive $2,000 Grant from Kiwanis u A team of six students from Concordia Elementary School has received a $2,000 grant from the Kiwanis Club of San Clemente’s Foundation and will compete in a global program that showcases youth creativity. Mary Claire Hewitt, Payton

u Throughout the month of May, seniors can adopt pets for half the cost at the San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter. “Super Senior May,” is the shelter’s promotion geared toward seniors, 62 years and older. Seniors can adopt a dog for $62.50 and a cat for $50. Adopted pets must be five years or older to qualify for the discount.

Concordia Elementary’s Destination Imagination team, Mr. Purple Panda’s Six Pack of Pop, receives $2,000 from the Kiwanis Club. The team plans to attend the global finals in Knoxville, Tenn. Courtesy photo

Hagstrom, Kate McKernan, Elsa Hagstrom, Sophia Burick and Ty Connelly, working together under the team name Mr. Purple Panda’s Six Pack of Pop, created a movie trailer as part of a national program, Coming Attractions, put on by Destination Imagination, a nonprofit organization that teaches participants creative, teamwork and problem solving skills. Their trailer about ancient Mayan children who find themselves in a time warp and end up in modern-day Mexico won second place at both the regional competition in February and in the state finals on March 31. The team will now compete in the global finals in Knoxville, Tenn. “The Kiwanis Club of San Clemente is pleased to provide these students with this grant,” said president Jeanne O’Grady. “These students have worked extremely hard, and we want to provide support for them to win the international title.” The grant will go towards the $8,000 the team needs to make the trip. To learn more and donate, visit

Students Snorkel with Cousteau u Vista del Mar Elementary School students Owen Africa and Conner White

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u The San Clemente Board of Supervisors has approved an agreement with Kishimoto Architects, Inc. to design plans and specifications for the San Clemente Library Expansion Project. The 9,856-square foot library will expand into a 14,252-square-foot facility and take up the former senior center located in the same building. The remodeled library will include a new public desk, lighting and carpeting, an expanded children’s area, enhanced technology and two family restrooms. A new and larger Friends of the Library bookstore is also part of the $1.5 million expansion. The design plans will cost no more than $120,000 and will be funded by the city, Orange County Public Libraries and the Friends of San Clemente Library.

Students Earn College Honors u Drew Slater and Stephen Bennett, both San Clemente residents, were named to the California State University, Fullerton Mihaylo College of Business and Economics Dean’s List for academic excellence for the 2011 fall semester. Students must carry a semester grade point average of 3.5 or better and take a minimum of 12 letter-graded hours to qualify for the list. Briana Vazquez, a resident of San Clemente, will participate in the 2012 Undergraduate commencement ceremony at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She is one of 1,291 undergraduate candidates participating in the ceremonies. Vazquez will receive a bachelors of arts degree in communication studies. Have something interesting for the community? Tell us about awards, events, happenings, accomplishments and more. Forward a picture along, too! We’ll put your submissions into “News Bites.” Send your information to


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Book’s Take on Brain Response Rekindles Memory SC lifeguard’s experience, instincts saved lives


few years ago, I spent a few weeks absorbing the intricacies of lifeguarding while doing a story on Rich Chew, a U.S. Champion surfer and longtime veteran of San Clemente’s lifeWAVELENGTHS guard staff. The uncanny By Jim Kempton ability to single out people in trouble on hot summer days when there might be as many as 500 swimmers in their area — and as many as 10,000 beachgoers in the water — always fascinated me. Recently, while reading a new book about how our instinctual, fast thinking brain and our contemplative, rational slow thinking brain works, I was reminded of a story Rich told me that stuck in my mind all these years. Rich had duty on the Pier, which in his own words, “is about the best place to have an office anywhere in the world.” He was training his binoculars on the hundreds of bathers swimming into the water on one of the busiest days of the summer.

Meanwhile, unnoticed by her caretaker, a baby had climbed out of its pram, stumbled on the Pier planks and rolled under the bottom pier railing and fallen into the water. “All of a sudden, I heard this scream, the kind that makes the hair on your neck stand up,” recounts Rich. “When you hear that sound you don’t have to ask if something bad has happened.” As Rich’s eyes followed the eyes of the distraught babysitter he saw the infant — lying face down in the bobbing waves almost directly in front of his tower. Without any ability to self-activate the effort to float, infants will often sink like a stone shortly after hitting the water. Rich Chew knew he had less than 30 seconds to get to the drowning toddler. His instinctual brain was already in full motion, what a lifetime of reacting to crisis had prepared him for. But he used the first 15 seconds to call 911 and get the help on the way. He knew there might be injuries he couldn’t treat and medical professionals were a po-

tentially critical component of the overall life saving process in this moment. The 30 years of training — rational, controlled thought — had also kicked in. By the time Rich had completed the call, the distraught sitter had leapt into the water too. With all her clothes on, she was neither able to reach the baby nor swim — and she was going under as well. “Great!” Rich thought, “Now I’ve got two saves to make.” Whipping expertly through the expedited emergency info, giving exact location, situation and required needs, Rich had an ambulance on the way in less time than you can stand in the key on a basketball court. His eyes had not left the baby. Popping out the front window of the lifeguard tower, he dove straight at the sinking infant. It was not a heartbeat too late. Rich caught the sinking baby under the chest and lifted him out of the water. He was trying to cover the baby’s mouth so he wouldn’t take in any more seawater. Managing to keep the baby clear of

the shore break waves he simultaneously towed the panicked babysitter in to safety. It was possibly as close a call as any that he had been required to make. In his 30 years and thousands of saves, through out his long and respected career as a lifeguard, not one person had ever lost his life on Chew’s watch. Not a bad record. Which, when people complain about how much lifeguards are paid, begs two questions: One is, how much is a baby’s life worth? And two, what is the record for the Wall Street boys who earn millions — often destroying a lot more life savings than Rich has made? Jim Kempton is a 35-year San Clemente resident who believes lifeguards should be paid as well as any hedge funder and should make more money than anybody but teachers, firefighters and sheriffs. SC

It was designed to keep megalomaniac presidents and harpies with prejudices against religious teachings they disagree with from using the heavy hand of government to, as it says in the First Amendment, pass laws “prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Upholding the First Amendment against attacks from Obama and the League of Women Voters has nothing to do with promoting discrimination based on sex as the aforementioned religious institutions would not provide coverage for vasectomies or prophylactics for male employees. The issue is protecting the freedom of religion; by preventing government to force a religious institution to violate its religious

teachings and believes. This left wing wedge issue thankfully blew up in Obama’s face with him losing support of even the most liberal of Catholic leaders who rethought their support of Obama Care, another loser for this failed president. Someone must not have gotten the memo to the local League of Liberal Women Voters that it’s time to stop talking about this incredibly bad policy proposal that was so thoroughly rejected by the public and lawmakers.

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I was amused to see a recent letter to the editor (SC Times, May 3) from members of the local League of Women Voters fanning the flames of the Democrat’s latest wedge issue — the supposed war on women. The gist of their position and argument is that America should have socialized medicine “quality health care for all” and “reproductive choices,” that is, unlimited abortion on demand paid for by taxpayers and now religious institutions. The letter writers boast that the league has been in existence for 90 years. The document that their position is in conflict San Clemente Times May 17–23, 2012

with is 221 years old. It is called the Bill of Rights, specifically the First Amendment. The league argues in support of President Obama’s unprecedented policy that a Catholic, Hindu, Jewish or Islamic charity or institution should be forced to provide in their insurance plan contraceptive services that include drugs to induce abortions. The league letter writers cavalierly dismiss the cornerstone tenets of these faiths as petty, saying they are merely “undefined religious or moral objections.” I hate to burst their bubble but their objections and views on contraception and abortion are pretty well defined, as defined as anything could be in religious teachings or beliefs. Which brings us back to the First Amendment.

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Mr. and Mrs. Headrick go to Washington At summit, couple focuses on strategy to close nuclear power plants


ur daughter jokingly assigned this title to our trip. I decided to it use here to remind each and every one of us that ordinary people can still make a difference in this convoluted and somewhat dysfunctional political system that we have today. As fate would have it, the concerns we have about our local nuclear power plant have taken us to Washington D.C. to meet with some of our elected representatives and also with two of our nation’s largest and most respected environmental organizations: the Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth. The trip allowed us to participate in strategy sessions that will combine the efforts of those concerned about nuclear power in the most effective way and allow us to convey a strong, unified message to those who can help to reduce the dangers that we currently face living in the evacuation zone of the San Onofre nuclear power plant. Most of our week in Washington was spent at a summit that brought together leaders of the Sierra Club from across the country who are dealing with nuclear power plants, nuclear waste facilities and uranium mining operations. The purpose was to launch a coordinated national campaign that shares strategy and resources in a prioritized manner. The summit brought

together concerned citizens and the most qualified experts on the topic of nuclear power. Arnie Gundersen, an internationally recognized nuclear expert was especially concerned with San Onofre, which is currently shut down due to leaks of radioactive materials from recently installed steam generators. According to Gundersen, design changes in the steam generators make it so they are not repairable. He also recommends that the 1,400 tons of radioactive waste currently stored in vulnerable spent fuel pools be moved to dry cask storage as soon as possible. David Freeman had a different perspective to offer. The head of utility companies such as the Tennessee Valley Authority, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Sacramento Municipal Utility District has been instrumental in closing several nuclear power plants since the Three Mile Island accident. His message to those living near San Onofre was clear and simple: “Kill it before it kills you.” Numerous other speakers covered the gamut of problems and solutions to our energy needs. Everyone recognized that besides their own local issues, the plant at San Onofre is the one of the high-

est priorities. Its current problems with steam generators, its location in a densely populated region in a seismically active area and its safety record as the worst of any nuclear plant, San Onofre presents the most immediate danger. Plant owner Southern California Edison is pushing to restart reactors with the seriously flawed steam generators to see how they hold up under 50 percent power. This kind of experimentation is much too dangerous and could lead to a catastrophe exceeding that of Japan’s ongoing crisis. The message we took to our representatives in Washington had three major points. First, allow time for independent experts to review the raw data from inspection reports and inform the public of their findings. Second, move 1,400 tons of highly radioactive waste to dry cask storage as soon as possible in preparation for the overdue earthquake expected to hit Southern California in the near future. It will take five years for the most recent waste to cool enough for this safer kind of storage. Dry cask storage entombs radioactive materials in steel and concrete storage units and is one of the few things that survived the earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima, Japan. Finally, do

YOU’RE INVITED! 8 a.m. Friday, May 18 at Café Calypso CORRECTION: Because of a reporting error, a story about the Gudauskas brothers’ role in the San Clemente Open Surf Contest was incorrect (SC Times, May 10, page 3). The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Beaches, Parks and Recreation Foundation.

not produce any more of this extremely dangerous waste when there is no solution for long-term disposal. It seems like a reasonable proposal, yet we know that huge financial pressures are influencing the process. That is why it is so important to realize that each of us have our own role to play in this matter, no matter how big or small. This is democracy in action and the stakes could not be higher. To keep up to date on this critical issue, email Gary Headrick is the founder of San Clemente Green, which was created to develop a sustainability action plan to make San Clemente more environmentally friendly and now also raises awareness about the ill effects of nuclear power. SC PLEASE NOTE: The opinions offered here are solely those of the guest columnist and may or may not be shared by the San Clemente Times staff. We appreciate, however, their willingness to share their views, and we invite responses to be sent to letters@




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

HERMAN SILLAS: PAINTING WITH YOUR SOUL 7 p.m. Casa Romantica presents an event featuring bicultural art as Herman Sillas explores his diverse Mexican-American heritage through his paintings. $7. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,



RAMMSTEIN 8 p.m. Show at the Honda Center. Tickets start at $49.50. 2695 E. Katella, Anaheim, 714.704.2500,


SAN CLEMENTE HIGH SCHOOL SPRING DANCE CONCERT 7 p.m. Performance by the dance team in the gym on Friday and Saturday. Tickets $10-$12. 700 Avenida Pico, San Clemente, 949.492.4165,


DANCING FOR A CAUSE 6 p.m. San Clemente Sunrise Rotary hosts a dancing competition among local non-profit groups to raise money for their causes such as Courtney’s SandCastle, also featuring a silent & live auction, dinner and dancing, held at The Hills Hotel. Tickets $100. 26205 La Paz, Laguna Hills, 949.498.2773 ERIC HUTCHINSON 8 p.m. Concert at The Coach House. Tickets $17. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, WINE TASTING EVENT 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company welcomes Caraccioli Cellars Santa Lucia Highlands & New Craft Cellars. Get seven wine tastes for $15. 2 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, NEW GROOVES 10 p.m. Live music at Molly Bloom’s Irish Bar & Restaurant. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.218.0120, THE ABOVE SEVEN BAND 6:30 p.m. Live music at Zona’s Italian American Cuisine. 647 Camino De Los Mares, Ste. 126, San Clemente, San Clemente Times May 17–23, 2012

Steve Miller Band will headline this year’s Doheny Blues Festival. Courtesy photo

With three stages, an international food court, wine lounge, vendor village and a lineup of more than 20 sets of music designed to please concert goers from blues fanatics to rock and roll purists and roots fans, the 15th annual Doheny Blues Festival, May 19-20 at Doheny State Beach is set to, once again, live up to its reputation as one of the greats among music festivals. “Year 15 is a proud milestone for the festival, so we wanted to deliver a legendary, eclectic lineup for the Doheny fans,” says promoter Rich Sherman. “Gregg Allman rarely performs on the West Coast and Steve Miller’s influence on blues-rock music cannot be understated.” There’s even a Kidz EcoFest with games, crafts and activities to keep young music fans engaged and entertained. Omega Events box office tickets are sold out and there will be no same day sales at the gate, but ticket outlets will have availability through close of business on Friday, May 18 at the following locations: Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, see www.wahoos. com/locations.php for locations; Doheny State Beach gift shop, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive at main lifeguard tower; Smokey’s House of BBQ, 32860 Pacific Coast Highway, Ste. 4, Dana Point, 949.388.8102 and OC One Love, 34255 PCH, Ste. 113, Dana Point. See the full lineup and more information at —Andrea Swayne


SJC ARCHITECTURAL WALKING TOUR 10 a.m. A 90-minute tour starting at the train station in San Juan Capistrano that features the architecture of Los Rios Street, the downtown area including the Michael Graves Library, the Mission Basilica and more. $5; Proceeds support Friends of the Library. For information: 949.489.0736.


LIVE MUSIC CRUISE 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Dana Wharf brings back its popular music cruise on the 95-foot Dana Pride with a full bar and more. Special price in May for only $10 each. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, BACKYARD SKILLS: BUILD YOUR OWN VEGGIE BOX 1 p.m.-3 p.m. The Ecology Center demonstrates how to build veggie boxes; $45. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223, CAPISTRANO VALLEY CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS BURGER THROWDOWN 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. CVCS hosts a Burger Throwdown competition also featuring Food Trucks to feed the masses, a bounce house and activities. 32032 Del Obispo, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.5683, STUDENTS OF STAND-UP COMEDY GRADUATION SHOWCASE 8 p.m. Graduating stand-up comedians entertain at Camino Real Playhouse. Admission $10. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082, JAMES HARRIS 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Live music at Wind and Sea Restaurant. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500, SONIC PARK 9 p.m. Live music at Goody’s Tavern. 206 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.3400,


THE TERRY MARTIN PROJECT FUNDRAISER EVENT 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Auction and benefit at the Ocean Institute to help and honor legendary shaper and surfing icon Terry Martin, also featuring food and drinks and music. $50 donation tickets. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274,


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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. Cost $55 adults, $35 children, 2 and younger free. Mention this ad for a 10% discount. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828, FLOCK OF 80’S 3 p.m. Live music at Still Water for a fun afternoon. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,



OPEN MIC NITE 8 p.m. Open Mic Nite at The Coop presented by San Clemente Community Market. 1506 Calle Valle, San Clemente, openmicatthecoop@

MONDAY NIGHT LAUGHS 9 p.m.-11 p.m. Live standup comedy at Hennessey’s Tavern. 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, 949.488.0121,


TOMORROWS ARTISTS TODAY 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Casa Romantica features an exhibition of works by local high school and middle school students, on display through May 31. General admission: $5. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,


BENNY / FLAMENCO 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,



LOCAL MUSICIAN’S NIGHT 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Music at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855,

HUGH LAURIE 8 p.m. Special show at The Coach House. Tickets $39.50. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at Have an event? Send your listing to





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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Assisteens Auxiliary Features 22 for 2012 Presentation Rose Medallion Ball slated for May 27 at Ritz-Carlton This year’s graduating Assisteens, an auxiliary of the Assistance League of Capistrano Valley, have volunteered thousands of hours making a positive impact on their community. The young women will be presented at the Rose Medallion Ball May 27 at the Ritz-Carlton Resort in Dana Point. —Stacie N. Galang

Sydney Rachel Adams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Adams, has been an Assisteens Auxiliary member for four years. Sydney has received the President’s Award twice for more than 100 service hours. The San Clemente High senior will be attending Clemson University.

Rachel Holly Ahrens, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. David Ahrens of San Clemente, has served with the Assisteens for five years. Her most memorable experience is working with Family Assistance Ministries. She graduates from JSerra High and plans to attend Otis College of Art and Design.

Kelsey Lynn Bennight, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Williams and the late Michael Lynn Bennight has been a five-year Assisteens member. She has loved volunteering at the Bargain Box thrift store. A San Clemente High cheerleader, Kelsey plans to attend the University of Alabama.

Mackenzie Cameron, daughter of Brian and Stacey Cameron, has served with the Assisteens Auxiliary for five years and has enjoyed fundraising for them and their causes. Kenzie hopes to attend the college that will help her develop her love for fashion and photo.

Franki Danielle Darnold, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Darnold Jr., has been five-year member of Assisteens. Her fondest memories were doing the little things that touched the community. The San Clemente High volleyball player will attend the University of Rhode Island on a full athletic scholarship.

Taylor Alexis Drew, daughter of John and Yvonne Drew of San Clemente, has served in the Assisteens for three years. She has enjoyed volunteering her time for great causes. A three-year San Clemente High cheerleader, Taylor looks forward to the opportunities that lie ahead.

Hannah Gabrielle Foerstel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Foerstel, has been an Assisteens member for three years. She enjoyed helping children by participating in Operation School Bell. The San Clemente High tennis captain will attend the University of Redlands to pursue a career in speech pathology.

Jennifer Garred, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Garred, has served with the Assisteens for five years. Helping local underprivileged children has been a rewarding experience for her. The San Clemente High National Honor Society member plans to attend the University of Arizona, studying pharmacy.

Victoria Noelani Graham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kelly Graham, has been an Assisteens member for five years. She has enjoyed volunteering at the Bargain Box thrift store and more. An activities editor for San Clemente’s yearbook, Tori will attend Tulane University to pursue a career in law.

Lauren Alene Jackson, the daughter of Mr. Alex Jackson and Mrs. Kelleen Corfield, has served with the Assisteens for five years. A full International Baccalaureate candidate at San Clemente High, Lauren will attend the Anglia Ruskin University studying criminology and psychology.

Suness Jones, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Jones, has been an Assisteens member for four years. Suness has enjoyed making lunches for Family Assistance Ministries. The JSerra High senior will play softball and study English at Swarthmore College.

Brice Alexandra Lennon, daughter of Jay Lennon and Molly Brown, has been an Assisteens member for five years, volunteering with Family Assistance Ministries and other charities. Brice played volleyball at San Clemente High for four years and plans to pursue a degree in nursing.

Brooke Lauren Martinez, daughter of Doug and Sheryl Martinez, has been a fiveyear Assisteens member and enjoys working with special needs children. San Clemente High’s Best Buddies Club co-president will attend Point Loma Nazarene, majoring in child and adolescent development.

Hannah Kimberly McQueen is the daughter of David and Kimberly McQueen of San Clemente. She has been with the Assisteens for four years and has loved working with all the different philanthropies. Hannah plans to attend college and pursue a degree in communications.

Sarah Mikosz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mikosz, has served with the Assisteens for five years. Her fondest memories have been volunteering at the Bargain Box and more. A former San Clemente High cheerleader and current tutor, Sarah will attend the University of San Diego.

Danielle Elizabeth Orras, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. George Orras is a fiveyear member of Assisteens. She has tutored at the Boys & Girls Club and volunteered at charitable events. The San Clemente High School three-year water polo player will attend Sonoma State.

Brooke Emily Peterson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bart Peterson, has been with the Assisteens for four years. Which includes service to Family Assistance Ministries and other charities. The San Clemente High senior will attend college and continue her philanthropic work.

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SC LIVING Kelsey Morgan Podley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rick Podley of San Clemente, has been an Assisteens member for five years. She volunteers twice a week, helping senior citizens. A varsity San Clemente High soccer player, Kelsey plans on pursuing a degree in psychology.

Samantha Savoni is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Savoni of San Clemente. She has been an active member of Assisteens, working at the Bargain Box and volunteering at charitable events. The San Clemente High senior will study environmental policy at UC Berkeley.

Summer Nicole Secrest, daughter of Benjamin and Theresa Secrest, has been in Assisteens for five years. Her fondest memory is working at a Christmas event handing out presents to kids. A multi-sport athlete at San Clemente High, Summer will attend Columbia University.

Taylor Marie Smith, daughter of Matthew and Laura Smith, has been a five-year Assisteens member. She has loved volunteering at the Bargain Box thrift store and other charities. A San Clemente High water polo and swim team member, Taylor will attend the University of Arizona.

Alyssa Michelle Wendzel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stan Wendzel, has been a five-year member of Assisteens. She has enjoyed delivering FAM Thanksgiving meals to needy families. The San Clemente High School senior plans to study neurobiology and French at UC Berkeley.

LIFE’S A BEACH: By Shelley Murphy

Teacher’s Role to Ease First-Day Jitters a Kind Memory Community rallies around courageous educator faced with breast cancer


hen we moved to San Clemente 13 years ago, my older son transitioned from private preschool to public elementary school. I’m a proud product of public schools, but as a parent I found myself questioning our decision to send our son to Truman Benedict Elementary School. I worried about everything from the large size of the school to the challenge of forging new friendships. I’ll never forget the day my son started first grade. We arrived with jitters in check but as we crossed the playground the tears started and soon turned into sobs. At that point my 6-year old had enough, and he dragged me by the hand to his classroom. As we approached the door, a vibrant and smiling blonde bundle of energy appeared. She knelt next to my son and gently touched her palm to the top of his spiked hair and said, “I love your hair.” Mrs. Barreira then invited us into her classroom; my son raced to find his desk, and I watched as she wholeheartedly welcomed students and greeted parents, taking time with each child to ensure they felt special. It’s impossible to put onto paper all the extraordinary qualities Kelly embodies, but friends frequently describe her as compassionate, generous, dedicated and lately, courageous. On June 3, Kelly Barreira will be honored at the Kure for Kelly Breast Cancer Awareness and Benefit Luncheon.

Approximately one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Like many women without family history of breast cancer, Kelly thought the odds LIFE’S A BEACH were in her favor. She By Shelley Murphy said she waited until age 41, after a close friend’s breast cancer diagnosis to get her first mammogram, “I thought, ‘Wow, it can happen to anyone.’” Kelly’s mammogram came back normal and the busy wife and working mom of daughter Eva, 9, and son Shane, 14, returned to her kindergarten classroom at Truman Benedict where she’s taught for 16 years. In May 2011, feeling unusually tired she visited her doctor. “I knew something was wrong with me,” she said. However, routine tests and another mammogram proved normal. Soon the school year started and she chalked-up her fatigue to typical classroom chaos. Kelly continued her self-examinations, and then in January during a routine check she said, “I found my lump.” On February 29, Kelly’s doctor diagnosed her with intermediate invasive ductal carcinoma. Hearing her diagnosis, Kelly said, “I thought of my family, my husband of 17 years and our two young, wonderful kids who we love more than life itself. All I

Kure for Kelly Breast Cancer Awareness and Benefit Luncheon When: Sunday, June 3 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Irons in the Fire Cost: $40 For more info, contact Jon Pierce at and Danielle Ridill at or call them at Truman Benedict Elementary School at 949.498.6617. cared about was being here to be with them, and I knew I’d do whatever I had to do to do just that.” She opted for bilateral mastectomies with reconstruction. “It’s a long process: going to consultations, scheduling surgery, chemotherapy and radiation—my total treatment will be a minimum of 30 weeks. This cancer thing takes so much time!” Kelly said she’s grateful for all the community support. “My family and I have been so completely blessed by the community of Forster Ranch, the families of Truman Benedict, and my church family at Heritage Christian Fellowship,” she said. “I believe the love and prayers of this community have been the most powerful tools in fighting and beating this cancer.” Finding herself diagnosed with breast cancer, Kelly said she feels a sense of responsibility. “My hope is that my story will encourage women to take care of themselves before something like this happens

to them,” she said. “I want women to take the time to do their monthly checks and get their mammograms.” Kelly’s friends Michele Pierce and Laura Dill came up with the idea for the Kure for Kelly luncheon and silent auction on Sunday, June 3 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Irons in the Fire. “This is our way of giving back to her for all she’s done—she has such a caring and giving heart,” said Pierce whose family attends Heritage Christian Fellowship with the Barreiras. “Any funds raised will go directly to the Kelly Barreira Breast Cancer Fund,” said Pierce. While Kelly has insurance, many of her medical expenses aren’t covered and the costs quickly accumulate. “People that don’t get to see her as often anymore because of her double mastectomy surgery, recovery and now chemotherapy will have the opportunity to love and rejoice with her—the outpouring of people that love her is just incredible.” Pierce and Dill invite the community to join in the celebration luncheon that includes guest speakers, great food and opportunity drawings. “I never thought I would be a member of this club, but now that I am, it’s time to dance,” Kelly said. SC PLEASE NOTE: The opinions offered here are those of the guest columnist and may or may not be shared by the San Clemente Times staff. We appreciate their willingness to share their views, and we invite responses to be sent to




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Forster Ranch Ridgeline Trail Inspires

The Forster Ranch Ridgeline Trail is a great day hike, and it’s one that just about everyone can do. A central trailhead is an ideal starting point for hikers looking to make a one- to four-mile hike. To get there, take Camino De Los Mares inland for about four miles until you reach Camino Vera Cruz. Make a right and then a left onto Costero Risco and look to your right once you reach the top and park on the street. The beginning stretch of the trail is steep — it’s rated by the city as a moderate to difficult hike — but it levels out a bit when you come to the paved road.

The Forster Ridgeline Trail is a good hike for those looking for scenic views and a bit of a challenge. Photo by Steve Breazeale

Go right once you hit the road, and it will take you to a little known secret: The Rock Garden. Follow the trail signs that say

BOYS AND GIRLS SWIMMING • Triton senior Chris Kopan had a pair of solid finishes at the CIF Southern Section swimming championships May 12. Kopan finished 13th in the boys 100-yard freestyle event with a time of 47.11 seconds. He also placed 10th in the 100-yard breast stroke after posting a time of 58.29 seconds. The Triton girls swim team finished 26th overall, tallying 38 points. The boys finished 34th with 20.5 points. Next 7 days: N/A

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By Steve Breazeale

BASEBALL • The Triton baseball team earned an at-large bid to the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs May 14. They will face Sanitago of Corona in the first round May 17. Despite finishing with a 5-7 record and finishing fourth in the South Coast League, the Tritons compiled a strong enough out-of-league record to earn the at-large bid. Wins against Canyon and state powerhouse J.W. North (ranked No. 28 in state, according to Maxpreps. com) were surely factored into the CIF’s decision. Next 7 days: May 17 at Santiago of Corona, 3:15 p.m. SOFTBALL • The Tritons earned a high seed in the CIF Southern Section Div. 2 playoffs and will face Long Beach’s Millikan in the first round May 17. San Clemente earned the No.1 Sea View League seed after winning the league title, compiling a 7-1 record. Next 7 days: May 17 vs. Millikan, 3:15 p.m. BOYS LACROSSE • The Triton boys lacrosse team lost to Corona Del Mar in the US Lacrosse Southern Section Championships May 9, 9-6. It was the first time in school history that the No. 3 Tritons made it to the title game. The No. 1 Sea Kings came out with an apparent game plan to hold the ball in the Triton defensive zone for as long as they could. As a result, the Sea Kings scored two early first quarter goals. The Tritons immediately responded and scored two goals of their own, the first from Robbie Burns and the second from Jordan Riggs with only 33 seconds left on the clock. “(We responded) very, very well. We brought it back to 2-2 so we responded right back,” San Clemente coach Glen Miles said. San Clemente Times May 17–23, 2012

Rock Garden and you’ll find a grouping of rocks engraved with inspirational quotes. All the greats such as Thomas Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt have their words inscribed for you to read. And, of course, what quote collection isn’t complete without a little musing from Jimi Hendrix? “’Scuse me while I kiss the sky,” adorns the face of one rock. Once you hit the rock garden, you can head west and hug the ridge for some ocean views. Note: The trail connecting to San Juan Capistrano will be temporarily closed in the coming weeks. —Steve Breazeale

San Clemente sophomore diver Makena Chamoures (left) with senior swimmer Taylor Smith at the CIF-SS Swimming and Diving Championships May 12 in Riverside. Chamoures finished third in the girls 1-meter diving event. Courtesy photo

In the second quarter, Corona Del Mar pushed the offensive tempo and scored five unanswered goals, making it 7-2. Burns scored his second goal of the game right before the half-time whistle making it 7-3. “The effort was outstanding. The execution could have been better but (the Tritons) tried their heart out,” Miles said. Penalties were the name of the game for the Sea Kings in the second half. They had four of them spread out in the third and fourth quarters that the Tritons just couldn’t capitalize on. Corona Del Mar secured the victory with a goal that came midway through the third quarter that made it 8-4. Both teams scored in the final minutes and the Sea Kings held on for their first ever US Lacrosse Southern Section Championship.

Section Division 1 Prelims May 12 with a time of 10.70 seconds. In the 200 meters, Gamboa finished eighth, posting a time of 21.72 seconds. Senior discuss thrower Quaid Vuncannon had a nice opening outing in the prelims and placed second with a throw of 169-06. Junior Sara Kebede finished fi fth in the girls 800 meters with a time of 2:15.18 and will be a three seed at the finals. The girls 4x400-relay team, made up of Kyleigh Brown, Kebede, Salona Wallace and Jessica Erickson, finished 11th overall with a time of 3:58.27. Junior Brittany Horton finished seventh in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 45.09 and also placed 15th in the 100-meter hurdles (15.46). Next 7 days: May 19 at CIF-SS Championship Finals at Mt. San Antonio College, 9:30 a.m.

BOYS AND GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD • Triton senior Herbert Gamboa continued his stellar performance in the short distance sprints and finished second in the 100-meter dash at the CIF Southern

BOYS GOLF • Sammy Schwartz shot a 74 at the CIF-SS Individual Regional Championships and will play in the Finals at Victoria Country Club May 21. Next 7 days: May 21 at Victoria C.C, 9 a.m.

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DIVING • A trio of divers represented the Tritons well at the CIF Southern Section diving championships May 12. Sophomore Makenna Chamoures followed up her strong prelim score of 368.10 with a solid performance in the finals and took home third place overall in the girls 1-meter diving event. Her final score was 508.45. Sophomore Kiana Mourer finished 12th with a finals score of 437.10. Senior Carlye Townsend came in 17th (407.75). Next 7 days: N/A BOYS TENNIS • After qualifying as a host team and earning the No.1 South Coast League seed, the Tritons lost in the first round of the CIF-SS team championships to wild card winner Northwood May 9, 10-8. Next 7 days: N/A BOYS VOLLEYBALL • The Tritons made it to the quarterfinals of the CIF-SS Division 1 volleyball championships but lost to Servite May 12 in four sets: 25-17, 25-22, 25-27 and 25-23. The Tritons got to the quarterfinals after pulling off a come-from-behind victory against visiting Huntington Beach in the second round May 10. The Tritons, who won the first set 26-24, quickly found themselves in a hole after losing the next two sets, 23-25 and 19-25, respectively. But a strong Triton effort in the fourth, which featured late-set tie and fi fth sets, secured the victory and the right to play in the quarterfinals. After the loss to Servite, the Triton season is officially over. Next 7 days: N/A

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GROM OF THE WEEK Patrick O’Connor Age: 8, San Juan Elementary Patrick O’Connor’s just finished his first full season of competition in the WSA ranked No. 4 in the U9 Micro Grom division. Patrick had his first win at Salt Creek Beach in March and finished the season with a third place finish at the West Coast Championships May 12-13 at Church Beach. He has been focusing practice time on floaters and hitting it off the lip—skills he says he’ll need to perfect on his road to becoming a pro surfer. His favorite place to practice is Lower Trestles and Patrick said he especially likes to paddle out with friends Michael Tilly and Max Maier. The U9 Micro Groms is a push-in Patrick O’Connor. Photo by Sheri Crummer/ division and Patrick said he has really enjoyed having his dad out in the lineup to coach him. “I’ve learned a lot and I’m ready and super stoked to move up into the U10 unassisted division in next year’s WSA,” Patrick said. Already a veteran surf traveler, Patrick has surfed the North Shore of Oahu on four separate occasions. This multi-sport athlete regularly plays on local recreational soccer, football, basketball and baseball teams and likes skateboarding for fun. He is also a good student and science tops his list of favorite subjects to study. Patrick said he would like to thank his parents for helping him out at contests, allowing him as much practice time as possible and making sure he gets delicious cheeseburgers from A’s Burgers to refuel après surf. —Andrea Swayne

Fifty is History


The Western Surfing Association closed out a successful 50th season By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


aves, sun and tons of fun were on tap for 340 qualified competitors and their guests at the Western Surfing Association West Coast Championships May 12-13. The season’s biggest event capped off the Western Surfing Association’s 50th anniversary season. The waves weren’t big but stayed glassy, rideable and in the chest- to shoulder-high range the entire weekend. With the exception of a few brief lulls here and there, competitors were able to turn in multiple wave scores in every heat. Season champions were crowned in 25 divisions. Eight division titles were taken by surfers from San Clemente, Capistrano Beach and Dana Point and nine of the 25 divisions were won by local surfers as well. The Micro Grom Boys/Girls U9 shortboard season title was taken by San Clemente’s Taj Lindblad. The U10 Boys/ Girls shortboard division was taken by Kade Matson, also of San Clemente.

A morning view of the contest site for the 2011-2012 WSA West Coast Championships at Church Beach. This final event of the series marked the end of the organizations’ 50th season. Photo by Sheri Crummer/

The Boys U14 longboard champion is Capo Beach’s Jacob Atwood. Dylan Cox, also of Capo Beach, took the Boys U18 longboard title and an award for earning the only “across the board” perfect 10 of the weekend. Yet another Capo Beach longboarder Rachael Tilly came away with a pair of championship titles in the Girls U14 and U18 longboard divisions. The Open Women’s shortboard title went to Dana Point’s Lulu Erkeneff and the Open Women’s longboard champ was Tory Gilkerson of San Clemente. Nick Melanson of San Clemente won the Boys U14 shortboard division of the contest and was recognized as the most improved surfer of the season. The day of exciting and challenging

competition in the water was highlighted by a fun day on the beach. From a pancake breakfast at the start of each day to a barbecue lunch, the atmosphere was a family-friendly and festive summer party on the sand. Timmy Patterson was the guest volunteer grill master serving up juicy hamburgers on Sunday. While many attendees mourned the loss of legendary local shaper Terry Martin, who passed early on Saturday morning, the mood was lightened as nearly everyone had a great Terry Martin story to share and many of the teen competitors dedicated their rides in his memory. To find out more about the WSA and see next season’s schedule, log on to www. SC

WSA Gatorade West Coast Championships, May 12-13, San Onofre State Park, Church Beach Local surfers only. MICRO GROM BOYS/ GIRLS SB U9: 1. Nicholas Coli, SC; 2. Taj Lindblad, SC; 3. Patrick O’Connor, SJC; 4. Cooper Sutton, SC; Champion: Taj Lindblad, SC. BOYS/GIRLS U10: 2. Kade Matson, SC; Champion: Kade Matson, SC. BOYS U12: 1. Cole Houshmand, SC. BOYS U14: 1. Nick Melanson, SC. BOYS U16: 3. Conner Dand, SC. BOYS U18: 4. Jordan Kudla, SC. GIRLS U12: 3. Alexxa Elseewi, SC. GIRLS U14: 4. Malia Osterkamp, SC. GIRLS U16: 3. Kirra Connolly, SC. GIRLS U18: 3. Lulu Erkeneff, DP. BOYS LONGBOARD U14: 1. Rio Donaldson, CB; 3. Jacob Atwood, CB; Champion: Jacob Atwood, CB. JR. LONGBOARD U18: 1. Dylan Cox, CB; 4. Casey Powell, SC. Champion: Dylan Cox, CB. GIRLS LONGBOARD U14: 1. Rachael Tilly, CB; 2. Teresa O’Connor, SJC; 3. Meg Roh, DP; Champion: Rachael Tilly, CB. GIRLS LONGBOARD U18: 1. Emmy Lombard, SC; 2. Karina Rozunko, SC; 3. Rachael Tilly, CB; Champion: Rachael Tilly, CB. MEN 18-29: 3. Ricky Lovato, SC. OPEN WOMEN: 1. Lulu Erkeneff, DP; Champion: Lulu Erkeneff, DP. OPEN WOMEN LONGBOARD: 1. Tory Gilkerson, SC; 2. Rachael Tilly, CB; 3. Lulu Erkeneff, DP; Champion: Tory Gilkerson, SC. Log on to for full results.

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