Ode to Men!

Father’s Day is celebrated Sunday, June 18th this year, and we are pleased to feature Newport Beach Police Chief Jon T. Lewis and his family on our cover. Lewis is a loving husband to his wife Darcy and a dedicated dad to their children Claire and JT. Declaring his family as “the most important thing in my life,” Lewis carries out his belief with family time (especially at the beach) and supporting the kids’ sports activities. His other “family,” the men and women of the Newport Beach Police Department, also receive his unflagging support. As Lewis says, “There is not a day I come to work that I don’t feel blessed for the opportunity to do this.”

Another gentleman in our community who is featured this month is S. Paul Musco, who was presented the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor in a ceremony held at the Westin South Coast Plaza. National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) has presented 100 natural-born and naturalized citizens the honor at Ellis Island since 1986. This year marked the sixth time the medal has been awarded outside of Ellis Island. The spirit of the honor states that the honoree shall “share with those less fortunate than themselves and maintain traditions of their ethnic heritage while upholding the ideals and spirit of America.” I can’t think of another person who exemplifies that mantra better than Paul Musco.

Another gentleman, although a Los Angeles import, has deep roots in Orange County. World-renowned opera star and General Director of Los Angeles Opera, Plácido Domingo, is a longtime devotee of Chapman University. Because of that dedication, he returned to the university to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Musco Center for the Arts, where he performed at the grand opening a year ago. Domingo was presented an Honorary Doctor of Arts at the celebration, as well as a bronze bust created in his honor.

Two Newport Beach businessmen deserve a mention. Dr. Peter T. Smrecek, who has been practicing dentistry in the area for nearly 40 years, has a sterling reputation, and, restaurateur Giuseppe Accardo just opened his Italian eatery, Mr. G’s, on Balboa Island to rave reviews.

If you’re looking to impress the man in your life on Father’s Day, take a look at the recipe for “Fired Up Burgers” on page 38. You’ll love the choice of toppings! And, don’t miss our community’s Summer Happenings in Parting Thoughts on page 50.

Until next time,

Donna Bunce, Editor

DBunce@LifestylePubs.comCover: Newport Beach Police Chief Jon T. Lewis with his wife Darcy, daughter Claire, and son JT