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How to Make The Wintertime Treat: Hard Apple Cider

Every year around wintertime, I create a batch or two of hard apple cider.  Each year I do it a little bit differently, but it always turns out fantastic.  There are many rumors that you can go blind from homebrew, but that’s only if you distill it (which is illegal) improperly (which is dumb).  The most dangerous that consuming fermenting …

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BREAKING: Bomb Squad Activated at Balboa Island Fire Station

At the fire station on Balboa Island, the Bomb Squad was called at around 3pm after someone dropped off something resembling a pipe bomb they found floating (presumably in the bay).  Currently the entire area is taped off.  Does anyone have any additional information on this?  Story will be updated as new information comes in. CORRECTION: An earlier report incorrectly …

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Here Comes The Boat Parade! (with map and schedule)

Boat Parade 2013, by Mike Glenn

It’s that time of year again!  Recognized as a “can’t-miss” local event and recently hailed as “one of the top ten holiday happenings in the nation” by The New York Times, this year’s 108th annual Boat Parade is truly a magical holiday tradition enjoyed annually by everyone in and around Newport Beach’s beautiful Harbor. For those planning to travel on the Balboa Peninsula, please …

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75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

USS Shaw at Pearl Harbor

Death, taxes, and war.  The three inevitabilities of human existence.  On this day just 75 years ago, Pearl Harbor was attacked in what was to become the US’s most highly publicized entrance into World War II. We all know the story well: The Japanese bombed our Pacific fleet without any warning.  But did you know that the US actually struck first?  Just …

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All Votes are Officially Counted!

It’s been a long time coming, but it takes a while to count votes! Nearly a month ago people throughout Orange County cast their votes for the OC Registrar to tally up.  If you weren’t registered to vote and you cast a ballot anyway, those votes were sadly not counted (don’t let it happen again, REGISTER TO VOTE HERE! : Here …

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Today is the Anniversary of the END OF PROHIBITION


Politicians battling alcohol will perhaps never die in practice, but on this day in 1933 just 86 years ago, Prohibition officially ended after 13 years of chaos and emboldened smugglers and mobsters– and our peninsula establishments are here to help you celebrate and remember! Prohibition, known as the Volstead Act, passed on October 29, 1919, and went into effect on …

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CdM Christmas Walk… TODAY!

Today is the 38th Annual Christmas Walk in Corona del Mar!  It is FREE to the public and offers live entertainment, food, prizes and games in the true holiday spirit! Festivities include: Corona del Mar merchant promotions throughout Corona del Mar’s Business District Live Entertainment with over 12 signature bands in strategic locations The popular Fireman’s Grill BBQ provided by …

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Police Spend Taxpayer Money to Entrap Businesses While Heroin Use in Schools Skyrockets

Last weekend, Newport Beach Police went out to bars and restaurants in the Newport Beach area with an underage officer and attempted to buy alcohol.  Contrary to the main article photo, these officers don’t exactly look “underage”– here’s a photo of one of them on the sting: They went places like China Palace, Gina’s Pizza, and Rudy’s, ordered alcohol, and then doled …

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Strange Sea Creatures Wash Ashore in Newport

It seems that once a year or so, we get a strange sea creature that washes up on our beautiful shores.  Sometimes it’s tuna crabs or red crabs, sometimes it’s a group of “sailor by the wind“, or Valella valella, sometimes it’s a giant eel-like Oarfish, or a toxic yellow-bellied sea snake, but these are new one here in Newport! Monday and …

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Happy Thanksgiving!!

A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird’s mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. John tried and tried to change the bird’s attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think …

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