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July 20, 2006
NEWPORT BEACH ? The host Balboa Yacht Club went a sparkling 4-1 in the 40th Governor's Cup Challenge junior sailing regatta Tuesday and are 6-3 after two days. The Balboa Yacht Club's six victories include one over Newport Harbor Yacht Club. Newport Harbor went 2-3 on Tuesday and was winless on Wednesday to fall to 2-7 after two days. Newport Harbor's wins came against Annapolis Yacht Club and Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. The defending champion Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club is 9-0. The Balboa Yacht Club team consists of Wade Buzton, Christian Emsiek and Casey Schilling.
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April 3, 2005
Balboa and Newport Harbor yacht clubs are each within four wins of first place heading into the final day of racing in the Pacific Life Yacht Club Challenge off Newport Beach. The team from Balboa tallied four wins Saturday to move into a tie with Newport and defending champion St. Francis, which all have 10 victories after three days of the match racing event, which began in 1984, that features amateur sailors from 10 of the premier yacht clubs in the United States.
NEWS
June 24, 2003
In 1513, a Spanish explorer named Vasco Nunez de Balboa slogged for 25 days through the jungles of Central America and came upon the biggest ocean in the world. History tells us that he was the first white man to gaze upon the Pacific Ocean and so ... forget all the indigenous people who were quite aware of this large body of water. Forget the Polynesians, Micronesians and Melanesians who'd been sailing across this watery expanse. In the history books Balboa gets credit for having "discovered" it. His reward for this discovery?
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | July 15, 2008
NEWPORT BEACH — At the end, no one blamed the opposition for double-faulting two straight times. It almost happened three times in a row and the spectators understood why. Get it in play and either Melissa Matsuoka or Lindsay Zotovich would bury the ball. With the duo dropping winners all over the court, Alex McIntosh and Morgan McIntosh stood no chance Tuesday night. Matsuoka and Zotovich easily won their opening-round girls’ 18 doubles match at the 19th annual Balboa Bay Club Junior Tournament, 6-3, 6-1. This is the first time the Corona del Mar High teammates have joined forces at the tournament.
NEWS
November 4, 2011
Students organizing a Saturday demonstration to preserve the Fun Zone have disassociated themselves from the Occupy movement. Organizer Courtney Brown, a Corona del Mar High School sophomore, changed the name from Project: Occupy the Fun Zone to Project: Save the Fun Zone on Friday. While it's not clear exactly why the group changed names, comments on the event's Facebook page provide a hint. One poster suggested camping out at the Fun Zone like Occupy groups have done around the world, and another quickly pointed out that some Occupy groups were turning violent, and it could be a mistake to be even loosely affiliated with the movement.
NEWS
March 27, 2000
The 230-foot Motor Ship Stranger was homeported at Balboa from January 1936 to October 1937. Captain Fred E. Lewis, the owner, docked the ship in front of his estate at 2100 E. Balboa Blvd. Stranger was built in 1916 at Stockholm, Sweden as a four-hatch steam-powered cargo ship. In 1928, she was purchased by Allison V. Armor. Twin Atlas Imperial diesel engines were installed and she was fitted out as a luxury yacht.In the fall of 1937, Stranger left Balboa for the last time.
NEWS
July 22, 2005
Natalie Venegas NEWPORT BEACH -- In the second racing day of the 39th Governor's Cup, it was Nylandska Jaktklubben from Helsinki, Finland that finished the day in the lead, with host Balboa Yacht Club capturing wins in four of its five races Thursday. Balboa defeated Newport Harbor Yacht Club, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, San Francisco Yacht Club, and fell to Nylandska Jaktklubben, which is already guaranteed a spot in the top four, after finishing the day with eight points.
NEWS
November 2, 1999
I seem to have carried on a lifetime feud with rats. It all started when I was a kid in Balboa. At the ripe old age of 9, I began to work at the Green Dragon Cafe on Main Street in Balboa. The Dragon was The Ritz of its day. Everyone who was anyone ate lunch at the Dragon. It was a status symbol. It was also the only place in town. This particular day, I was chipping ice. I know it's difficult for the younger generations to accept, but there was a time in our climb up the ladder of civilization when we had no ice cubes.
SPORTS
March 18, 2006
The host Newport Harbor Yacht Club advanced to the finals of the Pacific Life Yacht Club Challenge, defeating Detroit's Bayview Yacht Club in a match race Friday in the waters off Newport Beach. Newport Harbor will meet St. Francis Yacht Club of San Francisco in today's finals. Balboa Yacht Club will take on Bayview in the third-place race. Nine yacht clubs from around the country are participating in the four-day event. Teams competed in double round-robin match races the first two days, with the top four advancing to Friday's action.
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By Emily Foxhall | April 15, 2014
The historic Balboa Village filled with new energy Sunday afternoon, as business owners gathered under white tents to offer passersby everything from lobster rolls to boating artwork. The event, called a Kickoff Fiesta, celebrated the upcoming Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race. It also marked a chance to promote ongoing revitalization efforts on the Balboa Peninsula — an area sometimes better known for its plethora of bars and unruly twenty-somethings than for kid-friendly activity.
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By Emily Foxhall | March 26, 2014
However famous the Balboa Bay Club may be, visitors are apparently having trouble finding it. No matter that the club has been operating in its same location since 1948, or that a guard shack thought to be intimidating was recently removed to make the entry feel more inviting. The Balboa Bay Resort - the public side of the club - continually gets calls from people who can't figure out where to turn, concierge Patrick Hynes told City Council members during their meeting Tuesday.
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By Emily Foxhall | March 12, 2014
The final act has begun for Balboa Village Theatre supporters, who received a firm deadline Tuesday to meet certain requirements or risk the long-shuttered theater's chance for an encore. It's a tale that has unfolded over decades. The Balboa Peninsula venue, which originally opened as the Ritz Theatre in 1928, has been closed since 1992. Setbacks have been numerous, but the theater's foundation told the Newport Beach City Council during its study session and regular meeting Tuesday that residents still hoped for the stage to be lighted once again.
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By Hannah Fry | March 9, 2014
The Newport Beach City Council meeting Tuesday night will be a make-or-break moment for the Balboa Village Theatre, according to the theater's foundation board. The Balboa Performing Arts Theater Foundation is asking the city to fund $2 million to renovate the existing building, at 707 E. Balboa Blvd. The foundation would set aside another $2 million for tenant improvements, such as lighting and other operational expenses, according to the staff report. If the council approves the contract, the city will earn 2.5% of all ticket revenues from the theater and will enter into a 50-year lease with the foundation, the report states.
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By Emily Foxhall | January 17, 2014
Getting the go-ahead for major construction on Balboa Island is no easy task, but homeowners may get some relief since a federal agency acknowledged an error in the way it calculated a key flooding threshold. The recalculation could also ease insurance rates for those in the area, a flood plain. Until now, any homeowners who wished to make improvements that cost more than 50% of the value of the home (excluding the property value) also needed to comply with a requirement that the home stand nine feet above sea level.
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By Emily Foxhall | January 14, 2014
The general manager of the Balboa Bay Club and Resort has accepted a similar position at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. Dieter Hissin took over daily operations at the Irvine Co. hotel Jan. 2. The Fashion Island property is being updated throughout. Respect for Hissin within the Newport Beach community and his familiarity with the food and wine industry made him perfect for the role, said Irvine Co. spokeswoman Kimberly Sanders. Hissin, who grew up in Germany, worked in the kitchen of his family's hotel beginning at age 10. He later completed an apprenticeship as a chef at a Michelin-starred hotel and earned a degree in hotel economics before moving to California to work as a restaurant manager for the Ritz-Carlton in 1992, according to a news release.
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By Emily Foxhall | December 30, 2013
On Balboa Island, narrow streets and houses built side by side can create parking challenges even before holiday visitors descend. But street sweeping, and the parking enforcement that comes with it, continued largely uninterrupted throughout the holiday season - much to the chagrin of at least one resident who received a $54 parking ticket just after 9 a.m. the day after Christmas. Street sweeping operations occur in Newport Beach every weekday except specific holidays, including Christmas Day, New Year's Day and the days before each, as outlined on the city's website.
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By Michael Miller | December 17, 2013
"Get your shovel," Gay Wassall-Kelly deadpans upon opening the door to her home on the Balboa Peninsula. Coming before a hello, the words serve as a quick introduction to a house that looks to be in the process of emptying itself out. The couch is piled with memorabilia about the boat Wassall-Kelly and her husband are looking to sell. The office down the hall boasts VHS tapes, paper supplies and assorted remnants of the newsletter that she churned out here for 17 years. Wassall-Kelly, longtime editor of the Balboa Beacon, has clearance on her mind, and it takes a nimble pair of feet to slip around some of the artifacts that line her living space.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | December 3, 2013
Shirley Pepys still hasn't fully pieced together the history of the house whose 100th birthday she'll celebrate this month. Pepys, the creative director of the Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society, moved in 1995 into the home facing the water at 526 S. Bay Front. She hasn't found documentation of who built the house but has confirmed that Leonora May Collins, the sister-in-law of Balboa Island developer W.S. Collins, bought the land in June 1911. Some of the house's owners may be lost to history as well, but Pepys knows that Charles and Muriel Gay, who owned an African lion attraction in El Monte, lived there around the World War II years.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 30, 2013
In the front window of his store on Marine Avenue on Balboa Island, Neil Roberts turned over a batch of candles in to smooth out the bottoms. The store was empty Saturday morning, but reusable bags with a small-business slogan hung on the bench outside and beckoned people in from the crowded sidewalk. This year, as in past years, the two owners of CandlEssence took part in Small Business Saturday, a promotion American Express created in 2010 to help mom-and-pop stores compete with big box retailers' Black Friday bonanza of shopping.
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