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King Tides Are Coming…

Photo of a King Tide by Matthew Zamiska

King Tides are coming to Newport Beach, bringing the highest tides of the entire year– one week from today– the day before Thanksgiving. So far, even the largest tides have measured 6’6 (above 0.0ft — standard sealevel).  This coming Wednesday, they will be 6feet, 8.5 inches.  While that small increase doesn’t sound like much, it could breach some areas of our seawall or …

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Stag Bar Returns: Get your sneak peak tomorrow night!

The iconic Stag Bar was renamed The District and has done well for itself, but it always missed the traditional charm it had as one of the oldest watering holes on the peninsula. Thankfully, as the renovation happened, the owner quietly stowed away the items on the wall being removed. After 9 long years of planning and organization, the Stag Bar …

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Throwback: When The Cannery was a Club!

Many people know the Cannery as a great place for a glass of wine, a date, or an outing with friends– but do you remember when the Cannery was a club? The Cannery area was booming with life and entertainment, until the city shut them down back in the late 90s– until then, Cannery Village one of Orange County’s go-to places: http://articles.latimes.com/1999/aug/17/business/fi-919 So exactly …

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City-Wide Pot Ban Proposal Invites Drug Gangs to Newport

“Newport Beach” and “Mexican Drug Cartel” aren’t things that generally roll off the tongue in the same sentence. That’s because Newport has had pretty sensical drug laws and never really rocked the boat– until today. Tonight, at the City Council meeting at 7pm in the Newport Beach City Hall (100 Civic Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660), the City Council …

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Team Newport critic Herdman Files for Council

Jeff Herdman filed paperwork Thursday to run for Newport Beach City Council.  Herdman is known for being a past-president of the Balboa Island Improvement District. I met with Jeff a few weeks ago when he was mulling over his run.  Please do not get me wrong: He is a very pleasant man, but my interaction with him left a lot …

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Police Enter Bars, Ask Patrons to Take Breathalizers, Then Claim it is Not a Scare Tactic

Police revved up the PR battle against drinking over the weekend, sending four cops into bars armed with breathalyzers.  The officers then proceeded to ask seventy-five patrons to take the test so that the police could catalog the data. Of those asked, 34 refused, and 44 took the test. Police contend that it is entirely voluntary, and that bars and restaurants must …

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Grant Boys Going out of Business & OC Register BKs

After 66 years of serving the Newport/Mesa community, the Grant Boys (also known as Grant’s for Guns) will be going out of business (http://www.grantboys.com/).  Company representatives could not be reached this morning, but their ad taken out in the OC Register seems to indicate that November will be their final month. If you are looking for great deals on outdoor …

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Don’t Forget: “Fall Back” Tonight!

Remember that Sunday morning we set our clocks BACK by one hour, so that 1:59am happens TWICE. Daylight savings has to do with energy savings, particularly in old factories.  By slightly adjusting the clock to account for the changes in the sunrise and sunset times, employers were able to save money on heating and electricity. Remember, this Sunday on November 1st, “Fall Back” …

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William B Sinks after Fire Takes her

This morning around 2:33am a sound like a gunshot was heard from the William B. and firefighters were dispatched to the boat, a storied 76-foot wooden tugboat that was built in 1942. The boat was moored between Bay Island and Newport Harbor Yacht Club, and is a favorite among locals and tourists alike.  After 5 hours of battling, the fire was extinguished at …

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Happy Halloween!!!

Photo of a Sand Pumpkin

Happy Halloween, beachdwellers! Tomorrow night is a special night and remains one of my favorite holidays, to this day!  Remember that some people still use live candles in jack-o-lanterns, so baggy-clothed costumes for the young ones need to be watched carefully to ensure they don’t get too close (and also so they don’t trip!).  Inspect all candy.  Smile.  Greet your …

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