Independent online at newportbeachindy.com NEWPORT BEACH “For Locals, by Locals” NOVEMBER 9, 2012 | Volume III, Issue 44 Photo by Ron Rus Links Inside the Indy Sky Show Volleyball, Kids’ Play Area May Replace Fire Rings By Amy Senk | Reprinted with permission from CoronaDelMarToday.com Besides improving air quality near the beach, removing fire rings could create room for volleyball courts and a play structure on Big Corona State Beach, according to a letter that New-port Beach staff sent to the California Coastal Commission. The letter, which is dated Oct. 19 but which was posted publicly on the city’s website this week, responded to a Coastal Commission analyst’s ques-tions and could complete the city’s application to remove the beach fire rings. Newport Beach City Council mem-bers voted unanimously in March to remove 60 beach fire rings, including 27 rings at Big Corona State Beach and the rest near the Balboa Pier. The city needs Coastal Commission approval to remove the rings, but the commission’s staff twice has sent the city’s applica-tion back, asking for more information and deeming it “incomplete.” A major concern is the city’s conten-tion that the fire rings create wood smoke that is harmful -a point made by members of the community to the city’s Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commission in February as well as to the City Council. Coastal Commission staff analyst Jeffrey Rabin asked if air quality tests had been conducted, and if city of-ficials “know definitively the source of smoke in adjacent neighborhoods?” In the most recent city response, Deputy Community Development Director Brenda Wisneski said that information was impossible to docu-ment. “The health impacts of wood smoke, in general, have been well document-rings, Page 19 Presidential Prose Dr. Gloria Alkire says today’s leaders can learn from Lincoln. Page 8 Edie Crabtree offers some suggested presidential read-ing. Page 12 Corny, but True Jill Fales finds a kernel of in-sight into the staying power of childhood happiness. Page 6 Spice of Life Christopher Trela discovers culinary treasure at Savory Spice Shop. Page 12 A rare double rainbow appeared over Newport Beach yesterday morning, as showers moved through the area. The rain is expected to come and go through Saturday, with clear skies on Sunday. Local Make-A-Wish Chapter Celebrates 30 Years By Sara Hall | NB Indy After 30 years of making thousands of wishes come true, the local chapter of a national charity celebrated at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort on Friday night and by grant-ing yet another wish for a deserving little girl. More than 200 guests attended the 30th anniversary of Make-A-Wish Orange County and Inland Empire “Evening of Wishes” event and watched as 3-year-old Avery’s wish to be a princess came true. “The ballroom quickly turned into a Renaissance-themed high court, com-wish, Page 19 REAL ESTATE GUIDE The Healthy Home In this week’s Coastal Real Estate Guide, Jean McFar-land talks about incorporat-ing health into your interior designs. ALSO INSIDE COASTAL Local Girl Sings on Big Stage with Star By Sara Hall | NB Indy Local girl Brooke Besikof, 9, of New-port Beach had the experience of a life-time Monday when she sang a duet with Tony and Emmy award-winner Kristin Chenoweth, in front of a few thousand fans. Besikof was with her mother, Sarah, at the Segerstrom Concert Hall enjoying Chenoweth’s solo show when the star said she needed a duet partner and asked the audience if anyone knew the song “For Good.” The song happens to be Besikof ’s favorite tune from the Broadway musical “Wicked,” in which Chenoweth starred as duet, Page 7 Friday Report Police Blotter Lynn’s Spin You! Forum Calendar Stepping Out Faith On Campus Waterfront 3 3 4 6 8 10 12 14 15 18 Photo by saRah besikof Brooke Besikof, 9, of Newport Beach sings with Kristin Chenoweth “For Good” from the Broadway musical “Wicked” at the Segerstrom Concert Hall on Monday.