Welcome, readers! January, 2016 marks a new month, a new year and a new issue of Irvine Community News & Views.

On behalf of our entire staff, I take this opportunity to thank you and each and every one of our thousands of readers. In just one year we’ve become not just Irvine’s newest paper, but Irvine’s most widely circulated community newspaper as well.

Please continue to pass the word to others, will you? Irvine Community News & Views — in its traditional hold-it-in-your-hands format — is available free in more than 100 stores and shopping centers throughout Irvine.

Of course, Irvine Community News & Views is also available online — delivered free, straight to your inbox. If you haven’t already done so, please join our online followers now. And please share ICNV with friends and neighbors, and help us continue to grow in 2016.

Finally, with this issue we’re introducing a new four-page section (pages 7-10) in the print version that we call Living. Anchored by our acclaimed family-friendly calendar, our Living section focuses on the indoor and outdoor experiences that shape the quality of life we enjoy in Irvine.

Franklin J. Lunding