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Wedge History Beam Rescued, Thanks to Fast-Acting Councilman

Yesterday’s news of the Wedge Lifeguard Fire was a sad one, not just for the memories made on and near the lifeguard stand, and not just because someone would do this, but also because some of surfing and the Wedge’s most famous departed names were etched into the lifeguard stand itself, including Knox Tiernan, Gene Peterson and Brad Honda, and …

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Wedge Lifeguard Station Lost to Arson

Early this morning, at 3:26am, an arsonist (or perhaps more than one) began to set fire to the Wedge lifeguard stand.  Within minutes, the blaze was roaring. At 3:41am, the fire department was called, and arrived shortly thereafter to extinguish what was left of the lifeguard stand. As you can imagine, the city doesn’t have a bunch of lifeguard stands …

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New Restaurant “Fable & Spirit” Opens near Lido Theater

When out on a boat ride with some friends last week, I had the opportunity to visit “Fable & Spirit” during their opening day, right next door to Bear Flag on Balboa Peninsula (near the Lido Theater), at 3441 Via Lido.  I’ve come to appreciate the effort put into opening days at various restaurants, but also come to expect a …

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Newport Passes Ordinance to Make Construction Take Longer

Last Tuesday, Newport Council approved a new ordinance to make construction last even longer in Newport Beach, which had its preliminary vote three weeks ago. The ordinance, started when Mayor Diane Dixon heard annoying saw sounds on the weekend, according to the Daily Pilot, has banned construction on Saturdays, compounding with an additional ban on Sundays, eliminating 2 of the …

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Rocket Launch Scheduled for Wednesday Morning

On Wednesday morning at 7:17am, you may hear a sonic boom, as Vandenberg Air Force Base is scheduled to launch three RADARSAT earth imaging satellites for Canada from the SLC-4E silo. If the sky is clear, the early portion of the launch could be visible to the unaided eye for more than 100 miles. This launch was originally scheduled for …

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6th Annual Wooden Boat Festival This Saturday

Wooden Boat by Susan Kenney (https://susankenney.smugmug.com/Boats/Newport-Beach-Wooden-Boat-Festival-2017/)

Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, visitors can admire the style and craftsmanship of some of our areas– and Newport’s– finest wooden boats at the Balboa Yacht Club. Visitors are welcome to board many of the boats, and it is a great and family-oriented event, which will include oceanographic art, food, live music, a silent auction and “Kids Toy …

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D-Day, 75 Years Ago Today

Today, 75 years ago, the United States and our allies joined forces for the Normandy Landings, code named Operation Neptune.  This operation was the largest seaborne invasion in the history of the world, resulting in five allied beachheads being established in Normandy. What you may not have known, though, is that our little beach town of Newport Beach was also a major …

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3rd Annual Underwater Cleanup Had Massive Turnout & Success!

Last Saturday’s Newport Harbor Scuba Cleanup by Help Your Harbor was a tremendous success, with several hundred SCUBA-certified divers attending and ridding our beloved Bay of a whopping 4,700 pounds of trash– nearly two and a half tons worth! As I just swapped out for a new gearbag, apparently I didn’t switch the storage spot for my diving card this year, …

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Boat Auction on Wednesday Morning!

Boat Auction

Get your “new-to-you” boat here– for cheap!  On Wednesday, June 5th, 2019, doors will open at 9am and the auction starts at 10am.  Minimum bids vary with each vessel, and all bids are as-is, but this is a CASH ONLY event, so bring cash, as payment is immediately due after the auction. The address for the event is NO LONGER ON BAYSIDE DRIVE, it …

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3rd Annual Scuba Cleanup, Saturday– Balboa Island Parade, Sunday!

A reminder to all that this weekend is a packed one for Newport! Tomorrow at 7am from the Balboa Bay Club will launch the 3rd annual Bay Cleanup.  If you’d like to participate from land, they are still looking for help– please check https://nhunderwatercleanup.com/ for more info on how to volunteer.  If you are a certified underwater diver, things are booking …

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