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American Junkie Closes, “The Peninsula” Opens in its Place

Last Friday night was the soft opening of The Peninsula Kitchen and Bar, a bar/restaurant which has taken the place of American Junkie. We reached out to the owners of The Peninsula to get the scoop on the location, who they are, and what their vision is (and what happened to American Junkie!), but we received no response. I attended …

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Total Lunar Eclipse Sunday & King Tides Monday

Tonight we we have a lunar eclipse, and tomorrow we have some of the biggest King Tides in years! Today, at 6:36pm the prenumbral eclipse will begin.  While you probably won’t notice any difference except a slight shade alteration in the moon, you will really begin to see the changes at 7:33pm, when the partial eclipse begins. At 8:41pm, the …

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Rains are Gone, but Our Beach has Unsafe Water for 3-4 Days

Urban Runoff by Tito Negron

It’s been a wet couple of days as we have received the first REAL rains of the season!  These showers were a much-needed water for our area, but it also presents a problem: urban runoff and bacterial water infestations– always a concern with a watershed event. As the chemicals wash off into the ocean and the storm drains flood, it has also washed …

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Fire Hydrant Blown on PCH & Hoag Drive

If you are planning on driving to, from, or near the peninsula today, be aware of what appears to be a fire hydrant which was hit on PCH by Hoag Drive, near the Royal Thai Cuisine.  A massive, high-pressure water main (likely 8 inch pipe) is shooting into the air for several stories. Here’s some cellphone video shot by SaveNewporter …

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Blackies Under New Ownership… Sort Of.

As of the first of the year, the keys to Newport Beach’s most famous bar, Blackies, have been handed to the building owner, Mario Marovic. Will it be torn down to build condos?  Will he put an alligator park on it?  Will he triple the prices?  Sadly, despite Newports lack of alligator parks, that simply isnt true.  And neither are …

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Pizza Nova Closes, The New Laws Taking Effect on Jan1 of 2019

Yesterday was the last day for Pizza Nova.  The beloved pizza spot on the Harbor which was famous for its outstanding garlic rolls has closed its doors for good.  It was no secret that the building has been for sale for many years, but the lease agreement actually placed more value on the lease than the building, making a purchase …

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Video of Boat Theft & Police Resolution in Newport Harbor

Last Sunday, the day before Christmas Eve, at about 3:45pm, NBPD and OCSD responded to a call about a boat theft in Newport Beach.  The 70-foot “Gambler” out of Dana Point was in town off Fernando Street at Edgewater Ave on Balboa Peninsula to watch the Boat Parade, and some guy who was apparently under the heavy influence of hard drugs …

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Who’s Open on Christmas? These Guys!

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, those with distant families, and those who just want to go out for a good time on Christmas, I made a few phone calls for you, both to the traditional “Chinese Food Christmas” places, …

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Today is Going by So Fast… #SolsticeJokes

Welcome to Wintertime!  Today is the first official day of winter, and the shortest day of the year.  According to NASA, the Solstice officially begins when the sun sets today at 4:47pm.   No word on whether or not they cleared this official time with those who first began building monuments like Stonehenge with Solstice in mind during the Bronze age. …

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Huge House Fire on Lido, Vandals Burning Cars at Pavilions, and the Start of the Newport Beach Boat Parade

Burning Lido Fire, courtesy of NBFD

Last night was the first night of the boat parade, but it turned out to be quite the eventful evening for the Peninsula area. First, at 6:57pm, a two-alarm fire was reported on Lido Isle, at 112 Via Dijon.  The fire was responded to by 40 personnel, from Huntington Beach FD, Newport Beach FD, Costa Mesa FD, and an abbreviation …

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