Mike Glenn

Mike is the founder and publisher of Save Newport, owner of the software company Devion, the VP of Newport Beach's Republican Assembly, Chair of Government Relations for the Elks Lodge, an outspoken taxpayer advocate, and a sworn alternate voter for the Orange County GOP. He writes, shoots photos, and edits, but much of the time, he's just "the IT guy". He can be reached at: Google+, Facebook, or via email, at michael.glenn@devion.com

Balboa Fire and The Spirit of Giving

Photo of House Fire, by resident Abby Pearose

While it may seem that all was lost for Abby Pearose, the holiday season is the season of giving.  Friends set up a GoFundMe site, and have begun raising money to help Pearose rebuild from items as simple as clothing and shoes, as literally all was lost. If you’re unfamiliar with the story: When Pearose went to sleep the Monday before Christmas, he had …

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Dining Out on Christmas Day (Newport’s Chinese Food Guide)

Chinese Take Out Boxes

I know the struggles of dining out on Christmas when you aren’t in the midst of a mega-sized family reunion. To help people of different faiths and those with distant families, I’ve made a few phone calls for you, and this year some of our mainstay Chinese places have taken the day off. However, here are the ones I’ve found …

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“The Interview” to play at Lido Live

The Interview playing at Lido Live; photo by Jeff Delaney

America’s favorite almost-non-movie will be playing at Lido Live starting the day after Christmas!  Tickets are just $10 and the playtime is currently scheduled until at least January 1st.  Buy your ticket now and be the first in the free world to see the film that caused so much of a stir. Buy tickets here: http://lidolive.com/event.cfm?id=187120&cart Showtimes are as follows: The …

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House Fire on Balboa

House Fire by Josh Fry

Last night’s house fire on Balboa Peninsula on the 300 block of 34th Street on Balboa Peninsula was pretty big, even catching the neighbors house on fire, next door. Units responded to the house fire at 4:15am.  Two people were forced to jump for safety, according to eyewitness and nearby neighbor to the event, Josh Fry.  Fry was live the scene and …

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Boat Parades Last Day (With Fireworks at 9pm)

Boat Parade 2013, by Mike Glenn

Tonight is the last night of the Boat Parade– a “can’t-miss” local event.  The Boat Parade is truly a magical holiday tradition enjoyed annually by everyone in and around Newport Beach’s beautiful Harbor.  Initially called the “Tournament of Lights”, the parade was founded by John Scarpa, an obscure Italian gondolier, and Joseph Beek, developer of Beacon Bay, and the famous Balboa Ferry Line. This year, we …

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Faturday: Bacon-Jalapeño Cheese Ball

Jalapeno Cheese Ball

It’s Faturday again!  Clean up that kitchen from this weeks mess and let’s get rolling with an artery-clogging meal that we all say we’d never eat (but secretly totally will).  This week’s special? The Bacon-Jalapeño Cheese Ball!  This weeks recipe brought to you by Newporter Cheryl Kelly! Here’s the recipe: 6 slices bacon ¼ cup chopped pecans 8 oz cream …

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Wreaths Hung in Balboa

Hanging Wreaths

Wednesday night, beautification workers trucked in our Christmas decorations from Pomona, and completed the holiday spirit by hanging wreaths on Balboa streetlights.  These wreaths join the pre-existing lights already in-place, and also provide their own inter-woven light display, themselves! It’s a great addition to a classic part of Newport– the original Balboa!

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Throwback: Blackies

Blackies in 1929 or 1939

This photo of Blackies says it is from 1939, but friends have said that judging by the cars I think it was more like 1929. Do you know your cars? What do you think?

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1.5 Days of Non-Stop Rain


While the surf will still be huge tomorrow morning, the conditions will be downright awful for surfing, and the rain will be a-fallin’.  Do yourself and our lifeguards a favor and don’t attempt to swim in it. But– it sounds like we’re in for some much-needed water!  So hunker down, find your monopoly board, re-activate your NetFlix subscription, and break out …

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