Meteor Shower Peaks TONIGHT

Meteor Shower

REMEMBER: TONIGHT is the peak night to watch the Quadrantid meteor shower!  (It will continue until the 5th, but tonight is really “the night”!).  On a rare occasion to be sad about the full moon, you can do that tonight, as the moons brightness will wash out all but the brightest of meteors.  Still, there are worse things to do than …

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Drunk Driving

Don’t drive drunk.  Period.  This New Years Eve there will be FREE RIDES given through a variety of ways.  AAA is offering its annual Tipsy Tow service, which gives people a ride home up to 7 miles away, free of cost.  Give them a ring at (800) 400-4AAA Our local government is also kicking in some funds to cover the celebration …

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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: 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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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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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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Big News For City Council Yesterday

Kevin Muldoon taking the Oath of Office

What a ton of changes!  Last night, we saw the exiting of our old council, and the incoming of the new council.  The old council– along with Keith Curry– continued to tout that the city was in great fiscal shape, that nothing was over-spent, and that they’d do it all again in a heartbeat. The last part is what got me. …

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