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NEWS
November 12, 2011
We understand and respect preservationists' desire to restore a key section of the Balboa Fun Zone to the grandeur of its heyday. We too miss the Scary and Dark Ride, the bumper cars, the merry-go-round and other amusements on the site where the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum plans to build its ambitious ExplorOcean exhibit. And we applaud the Corona del Mar High School students who took their opinions to the Fun Zone a week ago to protest the museum's expansion plans. We'd like to see more young people involved in civic activism.
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NEWS
September 24, 2006
COSTA MESA Police union endorses mayor's challengers Mayor Allan Mansoor, who is running for reelection, has secured the endorsement of the Republican Party of Orange County, but not the endorsement of his city's police association. The association decided to endorse planning commissioner Bruce Garlich and former Councilman Mike Scheafer, and not Mansoor, a Sheriff's deputy. The firefighters association endorsed Garlich and Scheafer last week for the Nov. 7 City Council election.
NEWS
August 10, 2003
From football to concerts, a wide variety of community sports and activities are planned this summer in Newport-Mesa. COSTA MESA Trains on the tracks On the third weekend of each month, engineers climb aboard their trains and travel on three miles of track at Fairview Park to display their steam and diesel engines. The public is welcome to join them at the park at Placentia Avenue and Estancia North. The Orange County Model Engineer program started in 1989, when engineers wanted to display their engines, while educating and entertaining the community about the past.
NEWS
November 26, 1999
TWA Flight 176 to Newport-Mesa. Come in please. I am coming to you from the great beyond, the great above, the great whatever -- on my way back to the Real Big Apple once again. Thanksgiving week is an excellent time to travel. People are so cheerful in airports and on airplanes anyway, but they become even more friendly and courteous on holiday weekends. At times like this, I am grateful for my New York upbringing. I'm careful not to look at anyone or say anything unless I'm spoken to. Right now, a large flight attendant is trying to explain to a small, elderly man from a distant land that his carry-on (in this case, the dreaded cardboard box bound with rope)
NEWS
June 25, 2002
COSTA MESA Camp Costa Mesa The city of Costa Mesa Recreation Division will conduct Camp Costa Mesa 2002, a nine-week summer day camp for children 6 to 12. The camp, which will start Monday, runs from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Aug. 23. Only three of the nine weeks are still open. Those weeks begin July 1, July 29 and Aug. 12. Campers will meet at TeWinkle Park, and may choose to pay $110 for extended hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., or $90 for regular hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children will enjoy many activities, including games, arts and crafts, and all-day excursions to places such as Universal Studios, the San Diego Zoo, Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm.
NEWS
June 3, 2002
Costa Mesa Camp Costa Mesa The City of Costa Mesa Recreation Division will conduct Camp Costa Mesa 2002, a nine-week summer day-camp for children ages 6 to 12. The camp runs from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, June 24 and lasts through Friday, Aug. 23. Campers will meet at TeWinkle Park, and can choose to pay $110 for extended hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., or can pay $90 for regular hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children...
FEATURES
By Jessie Brunner | May 26, 2007
Built in 1936, the Balboa Fun Zone has long been a summer destination for locals and visitors alike, and although this is the first year coastline cavorters will be without the bumper cars, Drummer Boy and the Scary Dark Ride, there is still plenty of fun to be had as Memorial Day kicks off the sunny season. The Newport Harbor Nautical Museum made a new home for itself there in September, maintaining its devotion to the rich maritime culture of Newport Beach. In addition to the thousands of historical photos and dozens of model ships housed at the museum, a sport-fishing simulator was unveiled in March as well as a touch-tank full of sea creatures like bat stars, giant keyhole limpets and sea cucumbers to keep the hands and minds of youngsters engaged.
NEWS
December 30, 2005
Raucous sea lions rile harbor residents 1 High home prices around Newport Beach's waterfront testifies to the high desirability of living near the ocean, but not all homeowners love every aspect of seaside living. This summer, large numbers of California sea lions came to Newport Harbor and kept homeowners awake with loud, after-hours barking. The pinnipeds troubled boat owners too. Sea lions love to lay out in the sun and often climb on vessels to do so. Over Labor Day weekend, a group of the heavy animals sank a boat under their weight.
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