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American Legion Post 291 in Newport Beach Celebrates 100th Birthday on July 4

Tim Sullivan , Commander of the Sons of The American Legion ; Evan Planto , Commander of American Legion Post 291 Newport Harbor ; Mary Beth Martin , President of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 291 Newport Harbor ; and David Campagnari , Commodore American Legion Yacht Club .
By Richard Simon | NB Indy It will be quite the celebration ! Come July 4 there will be a new centenarian in town : Post 291 of the American Legion .
In its 100-year existence , the 8,000-member , Balboa Peninsula-based Legion has grown from an energetic , proud and patriotic group of 30 WWI veterans to its current membership of more than 4,200 vets .
According to American Legion Post Commander Evin Plant , the Newport Beach Legion is the second largest in the nation .
Included in that number are 34 service members from WWII ( 1941-45 ); 260 from the Korean War ( 1950-53 ); and 2,437 from the undeclared Vietnam war ( 1955-75 ). Like the Legion post , several of the current members also have reached the century mark .

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The post ’ s remaining members comprise the Sons of American Legion ( including daughters and spouses ), the American Legion Auxiliary , and the American Legion Yacht Club .
The American Legion is far more than a group of service members getting together over “ brewskies ” to rehash and re-embellish memories of wartime adventure ( many never saw combat , but all nonetheless served in invaluable assignments ). It is a charitable organization providing support in three general areas : Veterans , Community and Youth .
Under the “ Veterans ” label , the Post supports 10 different groups or activities , including the Long Beach Veteran ’ s Hospital , Operation Comfort Warriors , Socks for Heroes , Mental Health Association of Orange County , the Scan Van Ride ( a Vets ’ Bike Ride ), American Spartan ( a service to disabled veterans ), Homes for our Troops , Orange County Air Force Family Readiness , 5th Marines Combat Golf Tournament , and the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund .
The Community component supports the Bob Hope USO Center , Newport Beach Police Association , Firemen and Lifeguard Recognition , Patriot Paws ( Service Dogs ) and HOAG Hospital City Charity Shoot .
The Youth category gives to Boys State , Boy Scouts of Orange County , CHOC
JUNE 7 , 2024 | VOLUME XVI , ISSUE 12

Residential Burglaries in Colony Community and Villas Fashion Island Community

By NB Indy Staff
A residential burglary recently occurred in The Colony Community between approximately May 6 and May 21 .
While the victims were away , an unknown suspect removed a window screen to get into the unit . Inside , the suspect rummaged through the nightstand and ransacked the closet in the master bedroom before fleeing the scene through the front door .
There was no reported Loss . Suspect info not available .
A residential burglary recently occurred in the Villas Fashion Island Community between May 2 and May 22 .
While the victim was away , an unknown suspect accessed the rear sliding glass door and shattered a pane in the door to get into the unit . Inside , the suspect went through a nightstand in the master bedroom , a nightstand and dresser in the guest bedroom , and cabinets in the kitchen before fleeing the scene .
Loss is unknown at this time . Suspect info not available .
NBPD says “ If you see suspicious activity within your neighborhood ( especially at a home where you know your neighbors are on vacation , have gone out for the evening , or their home is for sale ), please call the Newport Beach Police Department immediately at ( 949 ) 644-3717 .
Please review the Home Security Tips available at nbpd . org / what-we-do / information . The NBPD website also has a Home Security Checklist that can be used to conduct a security assessment on your home to see what security measures you can take to “ harden the target .”
Grace Leung , Newport Beach City Manager
By Grace Leung , Newport Beach City Manager
A series of recommendations to improve the Newport Beach Police Department ’ s crime prevention and investigation techniques through upgrades in technology will move forward , following a presentation to the Newport Beach City Council .
At a City Council study session on
Tuesday , May 28 , Newport Beach Police Chief Joe Cartwright and Deputy Chief Javier Aguilar presented findings and recommendations from the Public Safety Technology Ad Hoc Committee .
The committee spent several months evaluating new technologies used by neighboring police departments , and visited agencies where some of the proposed technologies are now in use .
The primary goal , Chief Cartwright told the Council , is to equip officers and civilian police staff with the latest tools to gather and analyze crime information to improve decision-making , which will aid in crime prevention , the apprehension of criminals , and the recovery of stolen property . Deployment of the technology will also act as a deterrent for individuals and groups who evaluate potential crime targets , increasing overall community safety .
The committee recommendations include :
• Developing a Crime Information Center ( CIC ) to serve as the central technology hub for real-time intelligence
gathering and assessments . The CIC would integrate new technologies with existing data systems to provide realtime information to field officers , analyze crime tends and patterns , and aid in crime prevention .
• Installing 70 Flock cameras ( also known as ALPR , or automatic license plate readers ) at all Newport Beach inbound and outbound gateways . The system includes access to nationwide data and flags “ hotlisted ” vehicles that have been used in crimes . The system provides alerts on stolen vehicles , Amber Alerts , missing and endangered persons , and more . The cameras will only be accessed as part of a crime investigation ( not for traffic enforcement ) and do not include facial recognition . Such cameras are already in use in 42 states and nearly 300 California jurisdictions .
• Licensing FUSUS software to boost the department ’ s access to video surveillance . FUSUS brings together video feeds from private , institutional and government systems , and integrates them into a single ,
cloud-based platform . Investigations can proceed more quickly because private video feeds can be accessed immediately , rather than gathered from various locations . Participation is voluntary for businesses and others with video feeds , such as homeowners associations , who wish to include their cameras in the system .
• Developing a drone program . The NBPD will develop a program in which