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By Jeremiah Dobruck | August 17, 2013
A Newport Beach company is raising money for the family of a firefighter who was killed in the line of duty in Riverside. The drive will culminate Sunday at Pirate Coast Paddle Co. in the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort where participants can rent stand-up paddleboards or partake in a barbecue to help raise money for Chris Douglas' wife and two kids. Douglas, a CAL FIRE engineer and paramedic, was fatally struck by a car in July while he was responding to a call on Interstate 10 in Thousand Palms.
August 14, 2013
Herbert Fowler Kostlan Herbert Fowler Kostlan best known as Herb passed away at his Balboa Island home on Thursday, August 8th.  He was diagnosed with lung cancer and fought well and hard over a 3 year period.  Herb led an amazing life; throughout his years he cherished his life long friendships and had a great gift of encouraging and reaching out to others. Herb graduated from USC in 1958 with a degree in business and was a proud member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity.  He was a lifelong supporter of Trojan sports.
By Michael Miller | July 3, 2013
From even a few inches away, S.A. Meyer's "Fifty Golden Years: The Story of Newport Beach" looks like a crisp new release, stacked prominently on the shelf by the cash register. But then the title sinks in: Newport Beach is far more than five decades old. And opening the mint-condition cover reveals typeface with a distinct mid-20th century look. "Fifty Golden Years," issued by the Newport Harbor Publishing Co., is part of the historical Newport section at Martha's Bookstore on Balboa Island.
By Jill Cowan | June 5, 2013
It was built through a feat of engineering a long time ago, it regularly draws tourists from around the world and it rises from the sand. No, it's not the Great Pyramid at Giza. But according to Visit Newport Beach, the city's marketing arm, Balboa Island could be counted alongside that ancient marvel as the Eighth Wonder of the World. The agency recently submitted the island as its nominee to's contest, which allows travelers to vote on more than 200 submissions to determine which global destination should land the title.
By Jim Carnett | June 3, 2013
For my birthday this year my daughter Jenn gave me one of those photo books you create online. I'm guessing she thought me old enough to qualify for a "This Is Your Life" memory album. I was surprised by how moved I was when I opened the book for the first time. Many photos came from old family archives originally managed by my grandmother and, later, my mom. In recent decades, Jenn has assumed custodianship of the treasured collection. She titled the coffee table picture book "My Family History.
June 3, 2013
A sailboat carrying 80 to 90 bales of marijuana ran aground in Newport Beach Monday after the U.S. Coast Guard attempted to stop and board it, authorities said. During a routine patrol, a Coast Guard crew saw a sailboat entering Newport Harbor near Balboa Island and decided to board it for an equipment check, authorities said. As Coast Guard officials approached at 1 a.m., the sailboat veered right and came ashore at Ruby Avenue and South Bayfront. Two people, described only as white males, jumped from the boat and ran away.
By Annie Kim | June 2, 2013
Thousands lined Marine Avenue to attend the biggest little parade in Orange County on Sunday. The 20th annual Balboa Island Parade, which marched along a two-and-a-half-block route, was the best attended in its history. Organizers estimated that more than 3,000 came to cheer, clap and laugh as entrants passed by dressed up for the theme of "Balboa Island - Yesterday and Today. " "The spirit here is amazing," said parade Chairman Jack Callahan. "People just love to come because you get a small town of America feel in the middle of Southern California.
By Jill Cowan | May 31, 2013
If area "Arrested Development" fans happen to see Bluth's Original Frozen Banana Stand during the Balboa Island Parade this weekend, they should know it's not an illusion, Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry wrote in an email Thursday night. After some lobbying to bring the banana stand through Newport Beach - hometown of the fictional Bluth clan - the tour promoting the TV show's new season will make its final stop Sunday on Marine Avenue near the Balboa Island fire station. “We are very pleased to welcome the Bluth banana stand and the Netflix Arrested Development team to Newport Beach, the home of frozen bananas,” Curry wrote.
May 16, 2013
Dorr-Carey Engagement Announcement Mr. and Mrs. George Carey of Balboa Island are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Morgan Carey  to John Wells Dorr III, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Dorr II of Lafayette, CA. Jennifer is a graduate of Newport Harbor High School and the University of Hawaii where she competed in volleyball. She is the Assistant Volleyball Coach at the University of California at Berkeley. John is a graduate of Las Lomas High School and the University of California at Berkeley where he competed in swimming.
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