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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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NEWS
November 22, 2013
Mulvaney-Jennison, Judith Ann Judy (aka “Nannie” and “Princess”), of Lake Forest and Balboa Island, was welcomed home to Heaven on October 29, 2013 after a battle with lymphoma. Her passing was a shock, but she fought a good fight and kept us laughing until the end. Judy was born on October 22, 1942 in Frazier Park and later resided in Phoenix, AZ where she attended Sunnyslope High School. A cheerleader in high school, Judy went on to graduate from the University of Arizona where she became the cheer director.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | November 8, 2013
Ninety-five years ago, a small crowd of people shared a moment outside the Balboa Pavilion that became an iconic part of Newport Beach history. Even if all they did was show up. One man, wearing a long white apron, steps out the front door of a shop marked Barker's, passing what appears to be a card or magazine rack. A yard or so away, a man in a white suit watches him. Three women walk and chat nearby on the sidewalk. A man in overalls stands outside a billiard hall, holding something indistinct in his hands, while a black-suited figure approaches the door.
NEWS
October 18, 2013
Ellis C. Bryant, 81, of Newport Beach, died in a tragic car accident on Friday, October 11, 2013. Ellis graduated from the University of Arizona, completed his Masters Degree, and worked as a CPA. He married Ellen Bryant in 1967, and together they raised two boys, Ed and Bob. They lived in Corona del Mar and later moved to Newport Beach. He also is survived by two grandchildren Stephanie and Alexander, his brother David and sister Josephine, and many nieces and nephews. An avid tennis player, Ellis competed at the University of Arizona and later throughout Southern California.
NEWS
October 15, 2013
Re. "Mailbag: Dogs are soiling Balboa Island beaches," (Oct. 3): Writer Dariela Wilson commented on a situation I often observe, people letting their dogs do their business on Balboa Island beaches despite the signs posted every block that clearly state, "No Dogs on Beaches. " This not only creates a health hazard, especially to children playing in the sand, but it represents a disregard for regulations that encourages the breaking of others. We also see more and more dogs unleashed, in violation of leash laws.
NEWS
October 3, 2013
I cannot understand the reason for letting dogs on Balboa Island beaches. Very often I see dogs on the beaches before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. (and after 9 and before 5) on leashes (or not), peeing and pooping in the same sand that, a short time later, unaware children will be sitting in, digging in and using to build castles. Parents, too, seem unaware. Isn't this just plain nuts? I am trying to understand why this health hazard exists and how it might be remedied. Dariela Wilson Balboa Island * Going to press doesn't help As a resident of Costa Mesa, I am having some difficulty understanding where we are heading with regard to our local militia, or Police Department, and our city's governing body.
NEWS
September 20, 2013
Lawrence M. Darling 1/2/23 - 9/8/13 Larry was born and raised in Whittier, California, to James and Ula Darling. He was a decorated Navy veteran, serving in the South Pacific during World War II. He married the love of his life, Norma Jean Homeier in 1942. They and their children moved to Newport Beach in 1954 and lived on Balboa Island until the late 60's, then to Corona del   Mar for many years. Larry & Norma Jean relocated to Morro Bay in 1992 for ten years enjoying the art community.
NEWS
September 5, 2013
Joan Dan, 82; The Balboa Bay Mermaid Joan Dan, a native of Newport Beach, passed away on Sunday, September 1st, 2013.  Often in the paper for her swimming accomplishments, Joan was Newport Beach's “Bathing Beauty” and the city's version of Esther Williams.  She was raised on Balboa Island, living in over 21 homes, because her father, Marion Dodd, worked in real estate.  When Joan wasn't swimming, paddle boarding, or at the beach with friends...
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | September 5, 2013
After spending Labor Day weekend on Catalina Island, Valinda Martin boarded a ferry for the short trip back to Newport Beach. The vessel bounced on the choppy water. Martin, seated in the back, landed hard as the boat rose and fell. Suddenly, she lost all sensation in her legs. It was Sept. 6, 1993, and Martin's been in a wheelchair ever since. Life changed overnight for the former women's clothing sales representative, who was used to lugging 30- to 40-pound bags in and out of her car up to seven times a day - in four-inch platform shoes.
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