A quick look at the things that made news this week in Newport Beach:
– Darren Chen and Darya Fadavi, both of Newport Beach, were each named National Merit Scholars, earning scholarships worth $2,500 a piece, reported the Daily Pilot.
Chen attends Sage Hill School, while Fadavi goes to Corona del Mar High School.
– Newport Beach Police will conduct concentrated enforcement of juvenile curfew laws this month in an effort to educate youth and parents about the dangers of unsupervised late night activities.
The city’s curfew ordinance prohibits anyone under 18 from loitering in public streets, alleys, and public places between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
– Newport Beach police issued 510 citations to drivers caught texting or operating hand-held cell phones last month, which was Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
– Orange County staff issued bacteria warnings in light of the recent rains on beaches in Newport, Seal Beach, San Clemente, and Dana Point, reported Patch.com.
– Newsweek ranked Corona del Mar and Newport Harbor high schools among the best in the country. CdM was 200, and NHHS was 502.
– Hoag Hospital announced in a letter to affiliated physicians and staff that the hospital will no longer provide elective abortions due to the low number of procedures performed annually, reported the Daily Pilot.
– The City of Newport Parks, Beaches, and Recreation Commission voted unanimously to remove 13 trees from Groves Bike Trail due to severe decay and potential liability. The blue gum trees, a kind of eucalyptus, have an estimated value of $45,490.
– City Council will select new members for the Newport Beach Bicycle Master Plan Oversight Committee on Tuesday, a city official confirmed in an email, reported Corona del Mar Today.
The city received 11 applications, the email said, but one withdrew.
The committee will focus on creating a master plan.
Councilman Tony Petros, who served on the city’s Bicycle Safety Committee and its precursor, the Bicycle Safety Task Force, will chair the group.
— Compiled by Justin Swanson