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By Michael Miller | November 26, 2013
The revamped Balboa Village Theatre may resemble "a little more of a start-up" than a lavish performing arts center because of uncertainty over funding, the chief executive of its foundation said Monday. Steve Beazley, who was tapped in September to lead the Balboa Performing Art Theater Foundation, said the group may scale down its previous $5.5-million vision for reopening the long-defunct theater at 707 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. The foundation is having new architectural plans drawn up and as yet cannot quote project costs.
By Emily Foxhall | November 9, 2013
In a county dominated by the need to drive, a few Newport Beach spots offer late-night revelers something rare: a walkable nightlife. One of these clusters of restaurants and bars lies on the Balboa Peninsula, near the Newport Pier. Patrons have come here for decades - be they neighborhood dwellers, summer renters or residents - to enjoy a vibrant, seaside area where they can move from place to place without getting behind the wheel. Steady streams of people continue to enjoy the often party-like atmosphere the Peninsula provides, yet while the surrounding streets bustle, some who live there have raised complaints about patrons' noise and drunken antics.
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.
October 3, 2013
When the Balboa Performing Arts Theater finally reopens after decades of inactivity, it will be a mix of old and new - and the venue's name will be in the latter category. The Balboa Performing Arts Theater Foundation announced in a release this week that the theater has been renamed the Balboa Village Theatre. The foundation adopted the new name in tribute to the city's efforts to revitalize the area around the theater. "As I read about the theater's plans for reopening, I also read the Balboa Village Implementation Plan and saw that the theater never had to be a 'thing unto itself,' but part of a larger effort to bring a renewed vitality to the area," Steve Beazley, the recently appointed chief executive officer, said in a statement.
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.
By Emily Foxhall | September 12, 2013
Homeowners along Balboa Boulevard could be required to pay for new electricity connections in the coming years if power lines are moved underground. At a study session Tuesday afternoon, Newport Beach City Council members considered two possible districts along Balboa Boulevard, where poles supporting electric wires could be taken down. Both options would line the boulevard between West Coast Highway and 22nd Street, but one stretches farther into the surrounding neighborhood alleyways.
By Michael Miller | September 3, 2013
Steve Beazley, who stepped down last year as president and chief executive officer of the OC Fair & Event Center, has been tapped to play a similar role with the group seeking to bring the long-defunct Balboa Performing Arts Theater back to town. The Balboa Performing Arts Theater Foundation announced Tuesday that Beazley had come on board as its first chief executive officer. Beazley, who officially took the position Sept. 1, topped nearly 100 candidates for the position, according to Richard Stein, executive director of the nonprofit Arts Orange County, which assisted the foundation in the search.
By Gale Holland and By Gale Holland | September 1, 2013
Rescuers on Sunday removed passengers from a pleasure boat after it lost power and drifted into Balboa Pier in Newport Beach, officials said. No injuries were immediately reported in the 8:15 p.m. incident. The 35- to 40-foot power boat held 11 to 15 passengers, most of whom were taken to the beach, said Newport Beach police Lt. Damon Pasaros. It was unclear whether the pier, which typically is full of strollers and people fishing until closing time at 10 p.m., was damaged, but it was closed as a precaution.
August 17, 2013
Christophe Killian, a senior-to-be at Corona del Mar High, won the Lido 14 National Class Championships gold fleet title in Marina del Rey on Thursday. Killian, sailing for Balboa Yacht Club, won two of his five races and placed second in the final race to finish with 14 points. He edged Stephen Klotz of Richmond Yacht Club by two points. Steve Schupak of Newport Harbor Yacht Club placed eighth (35 points), while Balboa Yacht Club's Porter Killian was 12th (52). Killian helped CdM finished eighth out of 20 sailing teams in the High School Dinghy National Championships in Chicago in May. He also nearly qualified for the Governor's Cup, just missing out on the spot after falling to Ryan Davidson in a best-of-three petit final at the Rose Cup. The winner represented BYC in the Governor's Cup. - From staff reports
By Jeremiah Dobruck | August 10, 2013
Friday night was Theo Freidenrich's final graduation from the Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard program, which has been a part of his life for five years. The 15-year-old is part of one of the smallest groups of junior lifeguards, the 'A's, who are the oldest and most experienced young guards. At a graduation ceremony that started around dusk on the Balboa Peninsula, Freidenrich stood in front of more than 1,000 junior guards with their parents and detailed a summer filled with learning about Newport, the value of its harbor or beach and, of course, competing in watersports like outrigger canoeing.
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