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May 6, 2013
I read with interest the story " Flood risk: Bane of Balboa's existence ," (May 5). About a century ago, a fast talking, fly-by-night entrepreneur named William Collins dredged up a swamp and sold tiny plots of land to buyers who didn't know what they were getting into. He used cheap cement to build shoddy bulkheads and barely dredged up enough sand to put the island even with the high-tide level. Today, residents are paying the price for Collins' poorly executed engineering project.
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By Jill Cowan | May 4, 2013
Craig Schusterick, his workman's hands powdery white with construction grit, led the way across Onyx Avenue on Balboa Island to show off his handiwork. His nearly complete three-story home - designed with solid wood paneling to echo the Cape Cod feel of its neighbors - features a rooftop deck, an elevator (for the grandkids and for the time in life when climbing stairs becomes more difficult) and the kind of luxe touches that would make any mainland decorator drool. "It's going to be really nice when it's done," he said with an easy grin.
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By Jim Carnett | April 22, 2013
I'm going to miss the Park Avenue Bridge. Though not an A-lister like the Golden Gate or Sydney Harbor bridges, the Park Avenue Bridge is a graceful and distinctive 100-foot span that connects Newport Harbor's Balboa Island and Little Island. The narrow 32-foot-wide bridge, which has two lanes for autos with pedestrian walkways bordering each side, was completed in about 1930. It spans the ribbon-thin Grand Canal. The Park Avenue Bridge was the first bridge I got to know as a youngster.
NEWS
March 28, 2013
Margaret Torrey Margaret Torrey. November 15, 1926 - March 18, 2013. Raised by family in Sierra Madre, raised her family in Arcadia, and made everyone family on Balboa Island. Mother to 4, stepmother to 3, grandmother to 7, greatgrandmother to 9, + 2 great-greats. Friday March 22 internment at Pacific View followed by memorial service at Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club.
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March 5, 2013
Robert Lee Cook (Bob) Robert Lee Cook (Bob), long time resident of the "Bear House" on Balboa Island, passed away 2-27-13 of prostate cancer.  He will always be remembered for his friendly smile, his cheery greetings & his genuine love of people.  He will be terribly missed by his family who loved him dearly & his wonderful world of friends.  Marcy (wife) invites all to remember him with love at an open house Saturday, 3-16-13, 11AM - 4PM at 538 South Bay Front, Balboa Island.
NEWS
February 19, 2013
DONALD E. ELDER, FORMER NEWPORT BEACH VICE-MAYOR, DIES Donald Eugene Elder, 86, passed away on January 27, 2013 at his home in Balboa.  Don was born May 27, 1926 in Los Angeles to Eugene 'Gene' and Helen (Morse) Elder. Don was a lifelong resident of Newport Beach, living on Balboa Island, in Corona del Mar, where he met his wife of 58 years, Diane (Wakefield) when he bought the home next to her family, and for more than 50 years on the Balboa Peninsula oceanfront. He graduated from Newport Harbor High School in 1943, and received his degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Southern California in Los Angeles in 1950.
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By Jim Carnett | December 24, 2012
As we head full steam into 2013, Costa Mesa is gearing up to celebrate its 60th anniversary. The city, which has been called Costa Mesa since the early 1920s, was officially incorporated in 1953.  My family moved here from Newport Beach months earlier, in December of '52. We left the fabulous environs of Balboa Island — puttering about in a cozy apartment behind my grandparents' home on Marine Avenue — for the rough and tumble of the Mesa. Leaving Balboa Island behind for Costa Mesa was like leaving the splendor of the Sydney Opera House for Ayers Rock.
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By Len Bose | December 20, 2012
Only one real topic on the harbor this week, and that's the 104th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade with the theme "Surf, Sand and Santa" going on from the 19th to the 23rd. I had a chance to sit down with this year's parade chairman, David Beek, who is the third generation of Beeks to chair the parade, at the Balboa Yacht Club last weekend. David explained, "Over the last 104 years, the spirit of the parade has not changed. It's always been about Newport Harbor coming together for the holidays, using their boats, singing, expressing holiday greetings across the water, and passing the tradition down to the next generation.
NEWS
December 20, 2012
Valeria Kuntz Symes passed away peacefully at home in Newport Beach on December 15, 2012. Val was born October 6, 1921, in Forest Hill, NJ, the youngest of Albert and Jane Kuntz's three children. She and her brother Jack and sister Janet grew up in Bronxville NY, but spent several winters in Pasadena CA during Val's junior high school years. It was here that she met the love of her life and future husband, Bill Symes. Val returned east to graduate from Bronxville High School in 1939 and Hollins College in 1943.
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By Jill Cowan | December 18, 2012
Preparations for the 104th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade are chugging along, parade organizers said Tuesday - and it's expected to be smooth sailing, despite opponents of the city's residential dock fee increases threatening a boycott. "At the end of the day, the boycott backfired on itself," said parade Chairman David Beek. "The mentality was boycott the boycott. " The parade, which is hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
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