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Newport’s Lifeguards Want Your Blood! (for the Red Cross)

Lifeguard blood donations - Photo by Maggie Harding

Today you can help save a life at the Newport Lifeguard HQ without even getting your hair wet.  Saving a life doesn’t sound good enough for you?  No problem, the Amerian Red Cross will even throw in a free hotdog, so now you’re totally out of excuses! 🙂 The blood drive is located at the foot of the Newport Pier at the Benjamin M Carlson …

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How to issue a Freedom of Information Act Request

Did you know that members of the general public can demand documents from the city? While some things are protected against disclosure (such as the advice the City Attorney gives to council or lawsuit information against the city which is not yet settled), you can request any other information. Here’s how to do it: 1) Structure your question in the …

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Droughtshaming: “Do As I Say, Not As I Do”, city implies

The city and state continue to crack down and fine citizens by passing more and more water restrictions, but a simple question lingers… do they follow their own rules? The city has been caught watering in the middle of hot days on numerous occasions, and it has taken citizens to point out the problems each time.  Each time, they say “okay we will fix …

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Sarge’s Barge has Left the Yard! (But Be Careful Out There)

SHARE THIS WITH LOCAL ESTABLISHMENT OWNERS AND EMPLOYEES, so that they can be on particular alert for Sarge over these next few days, in case he follows through on his promises, below: Less than 48 hours ago, our post demanding Sarge’s removal went viral.  Today at about 11:30, reports of about a dozen officers began rolling in regarding Sarge’s truck, boat, and …

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Lifeguard Ben Carlson’s 1-year Memorial

Last night, a word-of-mouth memorial was held for Ben Carlson on the anniversary of his final rescue. Ben passed on July 6th, 2014 while on-duty in some of the roughest waters that I’ve ever seen in Newport. Hundreds of Ben’s family, friends, lifeguards, and local officials all gathered by Newport Pier in remembrance of Ben and of his sacrifice. Bens family spoke …

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“Sarge” Must Go. Now.

For months, a homeless man who calls himself “Sarge” has been terrorizing Newport residents and visitors alike.  He yells at passerbys and instigates fights.  He uses his dog (now taken from him) to scare everyone by keeping it on a 10-foot leash.  He has camped out in the parking lot between Woody’s and Cassidy’s for nearly a month, and his truck …

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A Day to Remember

Today, let us remember the time in which we rebelled against an oppressive government that did not represent the interests of its own people, taxed too much, and did not allow for personal liberty. Through a violent bloody revolution against many of our friends, neighbors, and even our own families, we secured freedom… for the first time in recorded history. The …

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July 4th in Newport: Everything You Need in One Spot

1) Events (from Daily Pilot): What: Old Glory Boat Parade Where: Newport Harbor and around Balboa Island When: 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday Admission: Free Details: The patriotic-themed parade will start off Collins Island. A Harbor Patrol fire boat will lead close to 100 decorated boats through the harbor. The event sponsor is the American Legion Yacht Club. Information: alyc291.com …

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Throwback: The Oldest Throwback, Ever (the year 1800)

This is the oldest throwback photo of Newport that I know of.  It is actually a scan of the topographical maps before flight was even possible– back in the 1800s.  This was before the Balboa Peninsula was even formed, and our bay was unrecognizable compared to its current form. Collins saw the potential with Newport and created the peninsula using …

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4th of July Spirit comes Early on Peninsula

At 11:30am on Friday morning, a local businessman covered his storefront so that nobody could read his sign. …For America. For a show of spirit of the 4th of July, Todd Masters, a peninsula resident and creator of Toddland.com, lead a community fundraiser with no contributions allowed over $20, and raised enough money to purchase an enormous flag that covers the front of the …

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