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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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City Council Bans Construction on Saturdays in Certain Areas

In perhaps what is welcome news to a lot of residents who complain about constant construction noise, the Newport Beach City Council unanimously voted to ban construction workers from operating on Saturday– in addition to Sunday (which is already banned)– putting hundreds of people out of work each week. The neighborhoods that this would affect are Balboa Peninsula, Balboa Island, Bay …

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Balboa Island’s 26th Annual Parade on SUNDAY

This Sunday, June the 2nd at 11am, the 26th Annual Balboa Island Parade will take place! This parade features a spirit like no other, and honors local business people, social groups, and of course the obligatory elected officials who want to have their floats in it, too! The parade is about 2.5 miles long and marches on about a half-mile …

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OC Sheriff Reduces Public Dock time from 72 hours to 20 minutes

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has changed the amount of time that boats can park on their dock from 72 hours to just 20 minutes.  The reason for this change is that, at times, the pump-out station can become congested with boaters seeking to use it. This change does not affect any of the other public docks in the area, …

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The Grunion Are Running! (Starting Saturday)

Are you a kid, a kid-at-heart, a fisherman, or a cook? One of the big annual Grunion Runs is starting again this Saturday– and while you can’t catch ’em until June (their very next run), this is a great time to get a look at their breeding patterns! Grunion are a species of fish that spawn on the beaches after …

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Attention SCUBA Divers: Underwater Bay Cleanup on Saturday, June 1!

Saturday, June 1st will kick off the 3rd Annual Underwater Cleanup for Newport Harbor!  This event, sponsored by many local businesses, is the third event– the strangest thing found on its first year?   A firearm! (police said it did not appear to be used in any crime) If you are a PADI-certified diver with gloves and a cutting tool, you can sign …

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American Legion Yacht Club is Saved

Wednesday May 8th from 3pm to 7pm, the American Legion voted to install an entirely new slate of members to run the club.  The turnout was a record-setter, with over 600 people voting, fueled in part by the bans of cigar smoking a few years ago, but primarily by the banning of the 52-year-old American Legion Yacht Club most recently. …

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Dixon Steps In It: Campaign Filing Renews Interest in Her Attempts to Close Dog Beach

Wednesday, Dixon announced that she would be filing to run against California Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris, which I had previously predicted she definitely wouldn’t do. Representatives for Cottie’s office recently contacted me about Dixon’s stance on Dog Beach, which is a no-brainer issue to attack Dixon on.  Some people may not care about her increasing taxes, some may not care about her …

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Rocket Launch, Tonight (technically, early tomorrow morning)

Vandenberg Airforce base will be set to test launch an intercontinental ballistic missile on Thursday, the second ICBM launch in two weeks. Air Force Global Strike Command will launch the unarmed Minuteman III ICBM from Vandenberg on Thursday between 12:39 a.m. and 6:39 a.m. The launch will test the accuracy of the weapon system as well as the readiness of …

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Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower Peak, TONIGHT!

The morning of May 8th (night of the 7th) will begin the peak night to watch the Aquarids meteor shower, which officially started on the 19th of April and lasts until the 28th of May. The moon’s phase will be just a sliver as we just had the New Moon on May 4th, and will set at 9:40pm– giving this …

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