Let's Celebrate New Beginnings

January of the New Year has arrived and with it plans for honoring resolutions. I don’t know about you, but I don’t always find that I follow through with my good intentions. There is one young lady who is very determined to follow through with hers. That person is Huntington Beach resident and star surfer Courtney Conlogue, whose love of the sport and her competitive spirit keeps her on overdrive in an effort to win titles. Right now she’s battling it out at the World Surfing League’s final world title race in Maui. However it turns out, we know that Conlogue will be back for more.

The American Institute of Architects has a healthy presence in Orange County, as you will find in reading our feature story. Led by chapter president Brett Dougherty, the organization heads a student design competition, participates in the annual Design Awards and has a presence in the local Art Walks. Further, the group is committed to finding solutions to the demographical inflow in Orange County and, consequently, the future demand for housing. Dougherty defines the three main OC issues to be affordability, availability and responsibility. The 2017 winners of the Design Awards were honored for their innovative solutions to those issues.

If you’re thinking about visiting our nation’s capital in the near future, you will enjoy our travel feature, “Beyond Politics.” As the author states, Washington, D.C. is one of those rare cities that’s always evolving, from food trucks and pop-up shops to newly-minted cycling lanes and the latest museums. She takes you into fun neighborhoods to experience art galleries and indie bookshops, as well as culinary standouts off the beaten path.

And, speaking of food, Marchè Moderne has made its debut at Crystal Cove Promenade in Newport Coast and our restaurant reviewer is raving! Chefs Florent and Amelia Marneau have done it again, with new dishes and some of their hands-down favorites. Only open for dinner at the present, we’re crossing our fingers for lunch to launch very soon.

In closing, I wish you a very Happy New Year and much good luck with your resolutions!

Until next time,

Donna Bunce, Editor


Cover Photo of Courtney Conlogue, Courtesy of Dillon Chang