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December 4, 2012
Paula T. Earl June 21, 1932 - November 23, 2012 Beloved mother and grandmother, Paula Earl, died at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, CA, on Friday, November 23, 2012 from respiratory failure. She was 80 years old. Born Paula Tye Turner at St. Vincent's hospital in Los Angeles on June 21, 1932, she was the only child of Paul and Rose Mary Turner. Her father, Paul Tye Turner, originally from Atlanta, GA, was an oil speculator and her mother, Rose (Rosalie Ruo) was a housewife.
November 9, 2012
Barbara Ward Aune died peacefully at age 87, in her beloved “Villa Montana” home October 21, 2012. She had called Newport Beach home for 62 years. She was known as the real estate lady with the hat! She was born in Clinton Montana to Sidney and Zoe Ward on December 28, 1924, the youngest of six children who grew up in a rustic one room cabin. She graduated from Missoula High in 1943 and went to the University of Montana where she was an active member of Delta Gamma. In 1946 she married Arthur Aune in Missoula.
By Sarah Peters | November 2, 2012
When 12-year-old Corona del Mar Middle School student Jordan Pratt asked his parents for a trendy new skateboard, he was told that he'd have to work for it, but not by mowing lawns. Jordan could have his skateboard if he helped Diane Pratt, his mother, sell them. "Orange County is such an entrepreneurial breeding ground," said Pratt, owner of Crush Clothing on Balboa Island. "There are so many kids here that have that potential and ability, why not start with my own son?" Jordan selected the merchandise for the first order - an array of popular, brightly colored Penny skateboards - set up shop and waited for customers to roll in. And they did, often asking for Jordan by name and wanting customized specialty boards.
October 11, 2012
Local paddleboarders can hit Newport Harbor with Mayor Nancy Gardner Saturday morning as she cruises around Balboa Island. The mayor will take off from China Cove at 9 a.m. sharp. Paddleboarders, as well as kayakers, canoeists and other watersport enthusiasts, can join her at the staging area, or meet up with the group anywhere along the 3.75-mile route. They are scheduled to pass Bayside Beach about 9:10 a.m., the public pier on Little Balboa Island about 9:25 and the Balboa Island pier about 9:45.
By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today | August 24, 2012
County health officials have removed signs near Balboa Island that warned people to stay out of the water on Tuesday after the second sewage spill in the area, according to Corona del Mar Today . The warnings were lifted at 2:30 p.m. Friday, according to the Ocean Water Protection Program  website . The warnings were issued Tuesday afternoon following a small sewage spill that occurred while workers were testing a line they were repairing...
By Joseph Serna | August 17, 2012
A dredging company this week sheared a sewage line, spilling thousands of gallons of bacteria-filled matter into Newport Bay. The area will be closed to swimmers through at least the weekend. Orange County Health Care Agency officials said they will need to see two consecutive days of clean samples from the water off the east edge of Newport Harbor, from Bayside Drive at Balboa Island to the edge of the Harbor Patrol headquarters to the south, before they reopen it. In the meantime, city workers and crews from RE Staite, the dredging company that broke the line, will investigate the break and figure out how to fix it. About 11 p.m. Wednesday, a dredging vessel broke off a 3-foot piece of an 8-inch wide main sewer line between the island and the mainland at Bayside Drive, spilling about 2,800 gallons of raw sewage into the water.
By Mike Reicher | August 15, 2012
As the waters in Newport Beach slowly rise, the City Council decided it could wait a little longer to replace the Balboa Island seawalls. Councilman Ed Selich, who represents the island, asked that the council delay its scheduled vote Tuesday on a contract to design new seawalls and prepare construction documents. After the council meeting, he said he had dozens of questions about the project, but generally supported it. Balboa and Little Balboa islands, which are four feet above sea level in some spots, have 1930s-era seawalls that are cracking in places.
By Mike Reicher | August 6, 2012
The Newport Beach Harbor Commission will review a plan Wednesday for about $100 million worth of projects. The projects range from more dredging in Newport Harbor to replacing Balboa Island's seawalls. Maintenance of Newport's tidelands, areas including the beaches, bays and marshes, is partially paid by fees levied on harbor users and businesses, but city leaders say the needs far exceed that budget. This list, produced by the Tidelands Management Committee, is an effort to quantify all of the projected costs.
July 31, 2012
Antoinette “Toni” Wasson Ayres March 19, 1931 - July 12, 2012 Antoinette “Toni” Wasson Ayres passed away peacefully at her home in Newport Beach on July 12, 2012 at the age of 81. A mother of five, a grandmother of 12… a believer, an artist, a traveler, a writer, an encourager, an optimist, a naturalist and a woman of passion, these were just some of our mother's traits. Born in Hollywood on March 19, 1931, the daughter of Reid and Jean Wasson. She spent her early years in the hills of Hollywood with her brother, Mackenzie, graduating from Hollywood High, graduating from UCLA with a BA degree in Education, while being a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.
By B.W. Cook | July 13, 2012
How many locals know that the very first Balboa Island ferry franchised by Joseph Beek was a rowboat? Nearly 100 years has brought significant changes, and even though the rowboat has been replaced by a barge transporting both people and vehicles from the island to the Balboa Peninsula, the need to cross the channel is exactly the same as it was before the advancement of the electronic and technical age. Last week on Balboa Island, the...
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