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Laguna Niguel, Calif., native came storming back to tie the first set 5-5

Laguna Niguel, Calif – The Blue Devils were eager to close out their home slate on Senior Day with their lone honoree leading the way on court one. But Beatrice Capra did not take the court Tuesday as illness prevented her from competing.

Despite playing with a shorthanded roster, No. 8 Duke defeated N.C. State 6-1 by earning straight-set wins on all but the No. 1 singles court. Capra’s absence was felt before the match began, as her sister Pia joined the team at center court to accept flowers and an award on her behalf.

“With Beatrice not being here and missing her Senior Day stuff, it has been emotional for everybody on our team,” Duke head coach Jamie Ashworth said. “Before the match, we talked about what kind of player Beatrice is and how she is such a great competitor. Our goal for today was to have everybody play like her—not giving up anything on the court and grinding out every point.”

Without Capra as her partner at the top doubles spot, freshman Ellyse Hamlin moved down to court three to play with classmate Jessica Ho against Barbara Mancera and Amanda Rebol. The doubles point came down to the rookie duo after the Blue Devils (17-4, 10-2 in the ACC) and the Wolfpack (12-10, 4-8) split the first two matches. Samantha Harris and Kaitlyn McCarthy dispatched Martina Frantova and Tayla Stenta 6-2 at No. 1 doubles, but Chalena Scholl and Alyssa Smith lost six straight games after claiming a 3-0 lead to give N.C. State’s Joanna Nalborska and Bianca Moldovan the 6-3 win.

Capra’s substitute stepped up to put Duke on the scoreboard, hitting the match winner from the net and clinching the doubles point with a 6-4 win on court three.

“Not having Beatrice here on her senior day was an emotional day for all of us,” Hamlin said. “It’s definitely difficult coming out and not having Beatrice [as my partner], who I’ve been playing with this whole year. But Jessica and I did a good job of communicating and making adjustments to each other.”

Hamlin also clinched the match for the home squad with the third singles win of the afternoon. The Fairfield, Conn., native lost the first game but broke Moldovan’s serve and never looked back, rolling through the two-set match 6-2, 6-1.

Of her four matches before Saturday’s 6-3, 6-3 win against Boston College, Hamlin had lost three and left one unfinished. But the freshman is playing her best tennis as the regular season comes to a close, earning the fourth point to clinch the team match for the second consecutive contest.

“It has definitely been nice clinching for these past two matches,” Hamlin said. “I’ve been struggling throughout this whole year, so getting those and getting that confidence back is very helpful heading into the last two away matches and ACCs.”

Harris and Ho set Hamlin up to give the Blue Devils the win after recording the first two singles victories. Harris, competing two spots up from her usual No. 4 position for just the fourth time this season, led all players off the courts with a quick 6-1, 6-1 victory against Nalborska. Ho dropped only one game in her 6-0, 6-1 rout of Rebol.

Redshirt freshman Christina Makarova put Duke up 5-0 thanks to her 6-1, 6-2 defeat of Stenta after Hamlin’s match had finished, and all eyes turned to courts one and six to watch the end of the two closest matches of the day.

The Blue Devils were also competing without Scholl in the singles lineup as Ashworth and his coaching staff elected to give the junior rest and test his young players in a high-pressure situation. The decision brought Smith into the lineup at No. 6 singles.

Playing in just her fifth singles match of the season and first since March 20 at Louisville, Smith struggled in the opening games and trailed Mancera 2-4. But the Laguna Niguel, Calif., native came storming back to tie the first set 5-5. Smith fought through a tight tiebreaker to claim the opening frame 7-6 (9-7) and had little difficulty closing out the win, never trailing in the second set—which she won 6-3.

“Alyssa played a good match. She hasn’t had a lot of opportunities, and I think she did a great job of taking advantage of the opportunity she had today,” Ashworth said. “One thing that Alyssa does really well is bring emotion to the court. Having her out there on the court was especially good for us today.”

Without Capra to take on No. 51 Frantova, No. 41 McCarthy stepped up to fill the shoes of Duke’s top player. The freshman was frustrated by Frantova’s power in the first set, losing the frame 3-6.

But as her teammates wrapped up their singles matches and came to stand on the sidelines by court one, McCarthy found the emotion and energy to fight back. She hit a decisive winner from the net to claim her first lead of the second set 4-3 and then broke Frantova’s serve with four straight points to set up her win in the frame 6-4.

But N.C. State earned its lone point in the team contest as Frantova claimed the third-set tiebreaker 10-8.

“Kaitlyn stepped up when she needed to. I don’t think Kaitlyn lost that match—[Frantova] won that match,” Ashworth said. “When there were big points, [Frantova] hit some winners and put Kaitlyn in trouble, but Kaitlyn did a great job of fighting and competing and getting herself back into it.”

Although Capra’s timeline for return is unknown, the Blue Devils will have to stay on their game for the final two matches of the regular season to keep alive their hopes of a top-four seed and two-day bye in the ACC tournament.

Duke will hit the road to take on Georgia Tech in Atlanta Friday at 3 p.m. before heading to Clemson, S.C., for a match against the Tigers Sunday at noon.

Laguna Hills and Rancho Santa Margarita plan to pursue other options instead of contracting with the county in the new shelter

Laguna Hills, CA – 

The Orange County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved plans for a new animal shelter that will be built on a former Marine base in Tustin.

The plans for the new shelter to replace the one built in 1941 in Orange, which has come under fire in recent years from animal rights activists, have been in the works for years, but had been held up as Navy officials weighed the proposal.

The Navy had planned to turn over the property to the county for an animal shelter, but it won’t be available until at least next year. So county officials have arranged for a land swap. The animal shelter will be built on land owned by the South Orange County Community College District, which will get the Navy property once it is available.

“Back in 1995 our predecessors determined we were getting the dirt from the Navy and Tustin was an ideal location,” said Supervisor Shawn Nelson, who was one of the main negotiators for the current deal.

“Slowly, but surely, the Navy slow-plays the whole thing, which is kind of the Navy way — they’re in no hurry,” Nelson said. “So here we are 21 years later … we made a decision we’re going to have to start looking for another site and what we realized is we could come up with a creative solution. We’ll temporarily lease the college district property to get going on this and then when we get the title for the Navy property we’ll deed that property to (the college district).”

County officials have also jump-started the process to getting the shelter ready by hiring Snyder Langston LP, which can design and build it, Nelson said.

An advisory board will solicit comments for the shelter’s design and mission, Nelson said. Officials envision a shelter that provides an array of services for cities that use the shelter, he added.

“We want to provide a Chevrolet plan, but if cities want to upgrade we can make that available if space permits,” Nelson said. “If a city wants to pay more to keep a cat or a dog alive and there’s space then fine they’ll just have to pay a little extra for it.”

Some cities, however, “just want us to handle it and keep the costs down,” and don’t want to pay extra for a no-kill shelter, Nelson said.

The project is expected to cost about $35 million for the shelter on 10 acres, and construction could begin by July. The cities that contract with the county for animal control are Anaheim, Brea, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Laguna Hills, Lake Forest, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Stanton, Tustin, Villa Park and Yorba Linda.

Laguna Hills and Rancho Santa Margarita plan to pursue other options instead of contracting with the county in the new shelter.

Ohana Music Festival to Bring World-Renowned Acts and Positive Vibes to Southern California – During the summer months, Doheny State Beach is one of the most visited shorelines in Southern California. Located just off of Dana Harbor Drive and Pacific Coast Highway, approximately one mile north of I-5, it is a celebrated surfing spot and revered as Orange County’s best camping site.

With over a mile of sandy beach, this year, Doheny will be offering something new for everyone who enjoys sunny summer days and crashing waves (as well as for those who are unable to snag a hard-to-get overnight camping spot). It’s called the Ohana Music Festival, and on Saturday, August 27, it will be making it’s grand debut — wrapping up the following evening.

The two-day festival, produced by Live Nation and SGE, will showcase world-renowned acts such as Elvis Costello, Eddie Vedder, Lana Del Rey, City and Colour, and Cat Power, plus a handful of other talented performances.

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Single day tickets ($99.50 + fees), weekend passes ($195 + fees), and a limited number of VIP passes ($499 + fees) are available for purchase.

There will be food options, craft beer, wine and signature cocktails available from festival partners, including Pacifico, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, and delicious local restaurants and food trucks.

If you happen to have extra cash to dish out, a VIP pass will include “festival entry, VIP Lounge admission with expedited festival entry, a VIP laminate, an Ohana partnership swag bag, access to the Ohana VIP Lounge, inclusive of a hosted cocktail bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres (while supplies last), a live stream of the music stage, comfortable lounge seating with shaded areas, cabanas to hang out and relax in, private restrooms, a dedicated cash bar and access to the exclusive Ohana photo booth” to capture unforgettable weekend memories.

To get the festival underway, on Friday, August 26, comedian Jeff Ross, along with Kelly Slater and Eddie Vedder, will host the Ohana Luau at The Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel. The charity gala will feature dinner, cocktails, live entertainment, and a live auction.

The festival gates will open at 1:00pm on both days.

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Six-Year-Old Girl Comes to the Rescue of Trapped Ducklings

Laguna Niguel, CA – Eight ducklings separated from their mom and dad after falling down a narrow drainage pipe found their hero in a brave 6-year-old Laguna Niguel girl who came to the rescue of the fowl family.

Mia and her mother, Skye Rabii, were in Laguna Hills Saturday afternoon when they were flagged down by another family, who had come upon the mother duck with just one lone duckling. The father was nearby.

The family had located the other ducklings down a narrow pipe, but no one had arms small enough to reach down and pull them out.

Mia said “I can do it,” her mom said, and reached down the pipe all the way to her shoulders and pulled out the eight ducklings one by one, reuniting them with their anxious mother.
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Mia, who is going to be Student of the Week at school this week, wants to be a veterinarian.


Laguna Niguel, CA – Perched atop a seaside bluff, surrounded by panoramic views of the Pacific and the sandy shores of Salt Creek Beach below, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is a coastal haven of new experiences. Located halfway between LA and San Diego, along the coast of Dana Point, the resort awakens the senses with its vibrant beachfront locale and celebrated Five Diamond service. Sprawling shoreline vistas create awe-inspiring memories from the moment of arrival. Dine on Southern California coastal cuisine, explore your surfside surroundings on an eco-adventure, or soothe with a spa escape. The California coast is calling. 

  • Experience The Ultimate Family Beach Vacation
  • 396 guestrooms including 29 spacious suites and 367 guestrooms
  • Located in Dana Point, along seven miles of scenic coastline
  • The Ritz-Carlton Club Level with dedicated concierge
  • Spa with 12 treatment rooms, named among the top 100 spa resorts
  • Eco-Adventure Center for unique eco-excursions and experiences
  • Flexible venues for Meetings, Conferences and Retreats
  • Graceful settings for Weddings, Galas and Celebrations
  • Seasonal overnight packages and day packages
  • Six restaurants, bars and dining lounges
  • AAA Five Diamond status for the 31st consecutive year

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is a Tier 4 property in The Ritz-Carlton Rewards.


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SBR Coaching Announces Training for the Breath of Life Ventura Triathlon

SBR Coaching's training will take place May 14 – June 26, 2016. Training days will be on Wednesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8-10:30 a.m. SBR Coaching will utilize Racquet Club of Irvine's pool and open water swims at local OC beaches, as well as running and cycling trails in Newport Beach, Irvine, Tustin and Laguna Niguel.

SBR Coaching, a fitness training company that specializes in preparation for triathlons, has announced a six-week program designed to prepare beginner to intermediate triathletes, of all ages, for the upcoming Breath of Life Ventura Triathlon.

The Breath of Life Ventura Triathlon is hosted by Renegade Racing, the premiere event company in Southern California. The 18th Annual Breath of Life Ventura Triathlon, to take place Sunday, June 26 at the Ventura Harbor, encourages athletes to perform their own fundraising in support of treatment facilities at local hospitals supporting children diagnosed with Primary Immunodeficiency (PI).

Coach Pam Nichol, owner of SBR Coaching, says training will include four open water swim sessions, track workouts, race prep, race strategy and also a practice race. She also added that her "clients love Renegade Racing events because they are the safest, most well-organized and enjoyable events."

Lindora to open clinic in Laguna Niguel

Laguna Niguel, CA – Weight-loss clinic Lindora will open a new location Friday in Laguna Niguel.

Lindora offers personalized weight-loss programs after customers undergo a consultation, physical exam, lab panel and fitness assessment. Patients then come to the clinic two to five times a week and meet with a nurse each time to weigh in and review their weight-loss plan.

The clinic has five staff members including three nurses.

Some insurance carriers cover or contribute to Lindora’s Lean for Life medical weight loss program.

The clinic is located at 31271 Niguel Road, Suite B. Lindora has 41 other locations in Southern California.

Artwork brightens 5 street corners in San Clemente

Five San Clemente street corners have a fresh splash of color, thanks to the city’s 2013 public-art program.

On Sunday, artists selected by a jury from the city and the San Clemente Art Association put finishing touches on traffic-signal controller boxes. The public artworks are in addition to five boxes dressed up a year ago in the city’s inaugural effort to brighten up the otherwise drab utilities.

We asked this year’s artists (by location of the boxes) about what inspired their artwork:

• Camino de los Mares (entrance to San Clemente Villas): “In Flight,” by Regina Hurley. “I watch the birds a lot. And then we went on a whale-watching trip and saw a lot of dolphins and we did see a whale. I began sketching with the birds … then went into the idea of them transitioning from dolphins into birds. They are abstract forms, so it leads to the imagination, as well as the spirit of it.”

• Calle del Cerro (lower intersection with Avenida Vista Montana): “Sunset at Trestles,” by Ashley Keene. “I’ve lived around here my whole life and I go down to walks at the pier and the beach. I just love painting at the beach. It just seemed like the perfect sketch to do … it’s just that peacefulness. It’s Trestles, or the Cotton’s Point area.”

• Avenida Pico (at Calle del Cerro): “Sunset Dinner,” by Mike Ravetti. “The city wanted to have something that is unique about San Clemente. When I thought about the sunset and the pier and bright color and just kind of that relaxed feel, the pelican that I thought would be a great idea with the sunset and the pier in the background.

• Avenida Palizada (at Avenida de la Estrella): “SC Classic View,” by Meghann Nelsen. “The Classic Car Show is one of my favorite events in San Clemente. The pier and the sunset is another classic scene from San Clemente. So I just combined some of my favorite scenes.”

• El Camino Real (at Avenida Mariposa): “Buried in Nature,” by Josh Barnes. “I’ve just grown up in San Clemente. Growing up as a kid, I remember seeing VW bugs with the surfboards on top and I just loved it.”


It will be up to the City Council to decide whether to fund another round of the street-art program next year. This year’s was budgeted at $5,500.

“I sure hope we do more next year,” Councilwoman Lori Donchak said. “It’s gotten a really great reaction. I cannot see why we would not do another round.”

Donchak was out interviewing the artists Sunday for an episode of “Around Town,” the city’s TV show. It could begin showing in three to four weeks on Cox cable Channel 3 and the city’s website

Train Service Stopped, Pedestrian Beach Access Limited This Weekend

Train Service Stopped, Pedestrian Beach Access Limited This Weekend
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Getting across the tracks to the beaches in San Clemente may be harder this weekend. Patch file photo.
Getting across the tracks to the beaches in San Clemente may be harder this weekend. Patch file photo.
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Train service is cancelled this weekend in San Clemente and beach trail access will be limited so that workers can continue to make safety enhancements at the pedestrian railroad crossings along the Coastal Trail.

To meet state and federal safety standards and ensure residents and visitors are safe while crossing the railroad tracks , the city is teaming up with the Orange County Transportation Authority to improve the crossings to include wider paved areas, new fencing, additional crossing gate arms, improved signs and installation of electrical conduit, according to a city press release.

Again this weekend, because of the construction, there will be limited trail access and no train service in San Clemente.

Specific locations for construction work this Saturday are as follows:

El Portal – civil work (concrete, etc.) – crossing will be closed as needed
T Street – civil work (concrete, etc.) – crossing will be closed as needed
Corto – full track work – crossing will be closed 1 a.m. Saturday morning to 7 a.m. Sunday morning. The Linda Lane tunnel will be used as a detour and there will be detour signs for both directions along the trail.
Calafia – full track work – crossing will be closed 1 a.m. Saturday morning to 7 a.m. Sunday morning. The Montalvo undercrossing will be used as a detour and there will be detour signs for both directions along the trail.
Work will occur during the daytime and at night during the week at various locations over varying time frames from now until Dec. 31, 2013 with no full closures of the crossings unless coordinated prior to start dates, according to the release.