Corona del Mar Today: Lawn bowling athletes headed to championships

The Newport Harbor Lawn Bowling Club in Corona del Mar will send four athletes to represent Southern California at this year's U.S. National Championships.

Maryna Hyland, Tony Baer, Charlie Herbert and Brian Stewart, along with eight other team members, will compete against the top players from throughout the country for national titles in singles and pairs events, said Myrna Chan, a club member.

The U.S. National Championships will be Aug. 23 to 28 in Seattle.

"The Newport Harbor LBC is consistently home to top lawn bowlers and members of Team USA," Chan said, adding that the club will host the U.S. Open of Lawn Bowls from Sept. 17 to 23.

"Newport Harbor LBC, one of seven lawn bowling clubs in the area where events will be held, is considered U.S. Open HQ," she said in an email. "It will be the location of the opening ceremonies and several social events during the competition."

The September event — the second in the past five years to be held in the area — attracts top lawn bowlers from throughout the world, Chan said.


Bike rider rescued in Crystal Cove

Several police and fire agencies rescued a mountain biker Monday evening in the back hills of Crystal Cove State Park.

A citizen called Newport Beach Police Department's 911 communications center at 7:19 p.m., reporting a seriously injured bicyclist on an unknown park trail, according to a Newport Beach Fire Department news release.

"With daylight quickly diminishing, Newport Beach Fire Department personnel requested the assistance of the Huntington Beach police helicopter, HB-1," the release said. "Huntington Beach Police Pilots Tim Pappas and Nick Vella were able to quickly locate the injured bicyclist on a trail in Bommer Canyon."

HB-1 retrieved Paramedic Ray Kang from the El Morro School parking lot and landed him near the injured cyclist, the release said. The air crew then directed California State Park rangers and Newport Beach firefighters to the cyclist, who stabilized him and coordinated his evacuation to an ambulance. The cyclist was taken to a nearby hospital.

"Due to the diminishing daylight, the coordination of California State Park Rangers, Newport Beach Fire Department personnel, and the air crew of the Huntington Beach police helicopter was paramount to locating the injured bicyclist and insuring his critical medical treatment," the statement said.


Water quality signs removed

Signs warning the public of unhealthy water at Little Corona Beach were removed Thursday.

The signs were posted Tuesday afternoon, stating that bacterial levels in water exceeded health standards. Despite the warning signs, visitors continued to play in the waves. The signs were in place all day Wednesday and Thursday morning.

The Orange County Health Care Agency's Ocean Water Protection Program declared the water to be safe about noon Thursday.


Man jailed after Marguerite Avenue disturbance

A 56-year-old Newport Beach man was jailed last week following an incident in the 600 block of Marguerite Avenue.

Police were called to a home in that block at 7:47 p.m. Monday on a call of an urgent disturbance.

"We responded to a person who was despondent and appeared to have been drinking," said police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe in an email. "During the course of the investigation it was determined that the male adult at the residence was addicted to narcotics and was in possession of a firearm. He was subsequently arrested."

The man was booked on felony possession of a firearm with bail set at $20,000, according to a police report.

Several passersby said there were as many as a dozen police cars at the scene, but after an hour only one car remained.


City crews removing Scenic 5K markings

The Corona del Mar Scenic 5K took place in June — but the route markings made on local streets have remained.

This week, however, city crews have begun removing as many as 100 painted "5K" marks, said Tara Finnigan, a city spokeswoman.

The cost of removal will be $495, she said.

"They won't be permanent in the future," she said. A Corona del Mar resident complained about the marks, left over from the June 4 event. The marks were supposed to fade but did not, so the crews removed each one individually. The work was expected to be complete by Friday.

The Scenic 5K event took place on June 4.


New store opens on PCH

L.A. + JO opened its first Orange County location last week at 2801 E. Coast Hwy.

The boutique, which has several Los Angeles shops, sells its own line of dresses, tops, shoes, jewelry and other items.

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