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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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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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Ben Carlson Monument– APPROVED!

Last night, City Council unanimously approved the monument to our lost lifeguard, Ben Carlson, to be placed at the foot of Newport Pier. This has been a long and hard-fought journey to reach this point, and while it may feel like it is over now, there is still a long way to go.  The foundation will now build the monument …

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Lido Live Needs Your Help Thursday!

Lido Live

Lido Live desperately needs your help this Thursday.  They are applying for a permanent beer license and are going to the Planning Commission.  PLEASE be there to speak out in support of them and their ability to entertain guests with not just fantastic concerts, but the ability to relax with a beer or two, too!  The meeting will be this Thursday, the 18th, …

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A Different Type of “Red Tide”

We haven’t seen THIS volume of tuna crab wash up on shore since the late 70s. While unusually warm weather and high tides can bring these critters up– and even in droves– to see them carpet the beach with this kind of coverage is extremely rare.  Most tuna crab are dead or dying after the tides left them stranded on …

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Staff Countermands Council in Fire Ring Submission

Family by the Fire Rings, photo credit unknown

On Thursday, the California Coastal Commission reviewed “Plan 17” that was presented by the City of Newport Beach. This plan included 64 rings– 32 of them containing fire, and 32 containing charcoal. Four of the new rings will be added on the Back Bay, leaving the oceanfront with 28, rather than the 60 we had just a few years ago. …

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