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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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FREE RIDES on NYE

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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“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: http://lidolive.com/event.cfm?id=187120&cart 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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Meteor Shower: Dec 13+14

Meteor Shower

REMEMBER: December 13-14 are the peak nights to watch the Geminids meteor shower! The Geminids are often bright and intensely colored. This is the most abundant shower of the year. Maximum meteors: around 75 meteors per hour. Velocity 22 miles/sec (medium/slow velocity) As always: The best time to see ANY meteor shower is the hour or two before dawn. Try …

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DUI Checkpoint on Friday

Newport Police

The Newport Beach Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Friday, December 12, 2014 at an undisclosed location in Newport between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. DUI Checkpoints are claimed to reduce drunk driving mostly by deterrent, but also serve to actively arrest those who are driving under the influence. This is a …

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Swearing in of TEAM NEWPORT

Team Newport Swearing In

Tonight, there will be a swearing in of TEAM NEWPORT, solidifying them as members of City Council, and retiring the old members. New members will include: Headliner Duffy Duffield, maker of Duffy boats. Diane Dixon, the unanimous vote winner from District 1. Kevin Muldoon (“No, not from Muldoons”), lawyer and legal expert. Scott Peotter, representative for the uncompromising conservative. Members of …

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10 foot waves on Friday?

Newport Wedge by Sean Olsen

It’s looking like we’ll be seeing 10 foot waves on Friday. At the Wedge, you know what that means! The waves will be picking up the earliest at 6am– which will suffer from major light problems during the months of our lazy sun– but in that three hour window, we appear set to see swells marked between 6-10 feet. It’s also …

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