April 9, 2014
An Orange County Superior Court Judge this week banned dancing at a quintessential Newport Beach restaurant - at least for the time being. In a preliminary injunction handed down Tuesday, Judge Derek Hunt sided with the city of Newport Beach and barred Woody's Wharf on the Balboa Peninsula from setting up a dance floor or using its patio past 11 p.m. City officials took the early decision as a sign that Hunt will eventually side with the city,...
October 14, 2001
Steve Virgen Though he has retired from competitive rowing, Chip McKibben still manages to "make" the Olympics, but it's all for the horses. Horses? McKibben, who was a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic quadruple sculling team that finished eighth, serves as the General Manager for Blenheim Farms, which hosted the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials for equestrian. "I'm far more of a water baby," said McKibben, who won a world championship in 1994 on U.S. Rowing's leading boat.
May 12, 2011
On the day in October when Jeff Delaney sat down to write the forward to his book, "Newport Beach: Then & Now," a backhoe began demolishing the Balboa Market, a favorite destination on the Balboa Peninsula. "Change is inevitable, but it's always unfortunate when we allow a landmark to be leveled in order to provide a few more parking spaces," Delaney said about the demolition of the market and its iconic mural in the 600 block of E. Balboa Boulevard. Local history buff Delaney's latest book was released April 18. The first in a series of book signings at area bookstores will take place on Friday night at the Barnes & Noble Metro Pointe in Costa Mesa.
August 13, 2009
Longtime Balboa Peninsula Point resident Cyndi Doran likes to walk up the street to Balboa Village for dinner with her husband many evenings, but the walk has never been the same since city workers replaced the old ficus trees that used to line the streets with small eucalyptus saplings. “I thought, ‘These trees just aren’t thriving. What can we do about it?’” Doran said. The streets of Balboa Village will soon be lined with Guadalupe palm trees that will eventually grow to form a canopy over local landmarks including the Balboa Pavilion, thanks to the work of Doran, local business owners and other residents who have donated $20,000 to the project.
June 3, 2011
A costumed crowd on Sunday will take over Balboa Island for the 18th annual Balboa Island Parade. Beginning at 11 a.m., kids on bikes, dressed-up pets, decorated cars and local bands will hit the streets, most likely in patriotic attire since the theme is "Balboa Island…Spirit of America. " The bridge to the island closes at 10:30 a.m. so visitors are encouraged to arrive early. The Balboa Island Ferry will be running to and from the peninsula until 2 p.m. For more information, call (949)
February 7, 2003
June Casagrande Every day, the Balboa Island Ferry chugs back and forth between the island and the Balboa Peninsula. Most every day, the Catalina Flyer takes off toward its namesake destination. Constantly, boats of every size and type cruise back and forth through the bay. And now, people in dozens of countries throughout the world can enjoy the show. Balboa Bay West is the latest Web cam view available on TalesOfBalboa.com, a site that specializes in Peninsula life, history, news and happenings.
July 7, 2006
The Balboa Bay Volleyball Club teams competing in the 16-, 17- and 18-year-old Open Division each won the Gold brackets in a sweep of the Boys Classic volleyball tournament at the American Sports Center in Anaheim on June 24-25. In addition, the Balboa Bay 15-year-olds finished second in the Gold bracket. Thirty-year Balboa Bay Volleyball Club Director Charlie Brande said it marked the first time in history that one club has been in the finals of all of the age brackets. Teams from all over the United States and Puerto Rico competed in the national tournament in preparation for the Junior Olympics, held in Minneapolis.
June 22, 2002
June Casagrande NEWPORT BEACH -- The piers are remodeled, the first phase of Balboa Village renovations is complete, summer is here, and the city couldn't be prouder. What started as a little ceremony to honor Ruby's 20th anniversary blossomed into a three-day event whose kickoff drew about 150 community members to witness the mayor's rededicationof the Balboa Pier. "This is a major historical moment to add to the pages of our history," Tod Ridgeway said against a backdrop archway of red, white and blue balloons.
February 5, 2006
I ran into George Yardley at the doctor's office, both of us waiting for our regular checkup, and it reminded me that one part of our city has made a significant contribution to professional sports. Not many places the size of Balboa Island can boast of having had two nationally known professional athletes. Oh, professional athletes might congregate in some desirable place they can now afford. The notorious Dennis Rodman has a home on the peninsula, and a number of other former professionals live in the area, but the idea of having two athletes who were good enough to become professionals actually come from a place as small as Balboa Island is rather amazing.
May 26, 2000
Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT BEACH -- Mayor John Noyes' surprise announcement that he will not run for a second term has left the community scrambling to find a suitable candidate for the City Council seat. Noyes, who represents Balboa Island, did not offer any explanation for his decision at Tuesday night's council meeting, saying "it's too complicated." While the names of Balboa Island community leaders -- in particular, Steve Bromberg and Jack Callahan -- have surfaced, no one has made a formal bid for the council seat.