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Jim DeBoom | June 2, 2010
A fter the baseball or soccer game this weekend, take the family to Lions Park for the 63rd Fish Fry sponsored by the Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club. Besides deep-fried cod and fries, there will be hamburgers, hot dogs, apple pie, popcorn, sodas and more. There will be a baby contest, a variety of music from the main stage and good old family fun carnival rides and games for kids of all ages. Saturday's activities begin at noon and go until 9 p.m., while Sunday's activities begin at noon and go until 6:30 p.m. or when all the fish are gone!
June 4, 2010
The 63rd annual Fish Fry sponsored by the Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club will take place Saturday and Sunday at Lions Park, which is located on 18th Street between Park and Anaheim avenues.     The event, which features music, games, raffles and activities, raises money for schools, clubs and non-profit organizations. The schedule of events is as follows:   Today Noon to 1 p.m.: Opening and Davis Choir 1–2 p.m.: CMHS Jazz Band 2– 3 p.m.: SOY Youth Group 3-4 p.m.: Endeavor School of the Arts 4– 4:30 p.m.: Raffle 5– 8 p.m.: The Fabulous Nomads 8–8:30 p.m.: Raffle   Sunday Noon – 1:30 p.m.: Lou Larocco’s Music 1:30 – 2 p.m.: Cheer Groups 2-3 p.m. BABY CONTEST 3– 4 p.m.: Starlight Stage Group 4– 4:30 p.m.: Raffle 4– 6 p.m.: Avalon Highway 6– 8 p.m.: Latino Band 8– 8:30 p.m.: Raffle
By Mike Reicher, | March 17, 2011
The two fishermen who hauled a massive black sea bass to shore at the Balboa Pier pleaded guilty Wednesday and were sentenced to 120 hours of community service. They had faced up to six months in jail for catching the endangered species. Prosecutors had charged the two with misdemeanor possession of a black sea bass after they were videotaped with the fish, and their images landed on YouTube . Orange County Commissioner Richard E. Pacheco agreed to the plea bargain, which reduced their violation to an infraction.
From the Los Angeles Times | October 11, 2012
In human terms, the three-vehicle crash in Irvine was casualty free. But as for the 1,600 pounds of live fish that sloshed onto the roadway after a truck flipped over Thursday, well, that's another story. The load of life fish, which authorities believed to be saltwater bass, spilled near the intersection of Walnut and Yale avenues in front of a local firehouse, said Capt. Marc Stone of the Orange County Fire Authority. Stone said the fish -- estimated to be worth roughly $13,000 -- were stored in large tanks that cracked open, and when firefighters opened the back of the truck, many of the fish spilled out, some dead and others still flopping around.
From the Los Angeles Times | October 30, 2012
An animal rights activist wants a memorial erected on a street corner where 1,600 pounds of live fish died in a three-vehicle crash, but an Irvine official says there are no plans to put up such a sign. Dina Kourda, a volunteer with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, wrote to the Irvine Public Works Department to request that a sign be placed at the intersection of Walnut and Yale avenues to honor the lives of the fish -- believed to be saltwater bass -- lost in the accident.
By Lauren Vane | June 4, 2006
The Orange County Fair is still more than a month away, but Costa Mesa residents got a taste of carnival fun Saturday at the annual Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club Fish Fry. The event, which continues today at Lions Park, 567 W. 18th St. in Costa Mesa, is the club's major fundraiser for local charities such as the Boys and Girls Club and the Costa Mesa Senior Center, said club president treasurer Raul Jara. The event has raised about $2 million since its beginning, Jara said.
By Alan Blank | February 23, 2008
Kids don’t generally enjoy long sermons and Communion wafers, and some older people might get a little impatient around a bunch of rowdy children, but it all comes together like a chorus after church Fridays at the weekly fish bake. At least that is the philosophy behind the long-standing Lenten tradition at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic church in Newport Beach, where parishioners serve fried cod and baked ono each meatless Friday during the 40-day period leading up to Easter.
April 13, 2001
Jennifer Kho COSTA MESA -- This year's Fish Fry remains imperiled, but the Lions Club and the city's Special Events Committee have not yet given up hope. "We're optimistic," Lions Club member Mike Scheafer said Thursday. "They understand our concerns, we understand their concerns and hopefully we can work this thing out." Between 10 and 12 Lions Club and Special Events Committee members met for two hours Wednesday to brainstorm ways to keep the Fish Fry from flopping this year.
April 2, 2001
Mathis Winkler NEWPORT BEACH -- Pulling the "Patriot" into her spot just north off the ferry on Balboa Peninsula at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Captain Jim Reed said the fish were still hiding. "It's pretty slow -- we just caught about 15 sculpins and eight rockfish," said Reed, who skippers one of Newport Landing's ships and takes people out on the ocean to fish. "But it should start picking up real quick." Reed's own love affair with fishing began at age 3, when his father took him along to freshwater lakes and streams in his native Pennsylvania.
June 9, 2001
Jennifer Kho COSTA MESA -- City Hall has a group of new inhabitants -- bettas. The little blue, red or gold fighting fish have been spending their time swimming around in vases, nibbling algae off plant roots and generally brightening up the city employees' days. "That's Buddy," said Ruth Delaney, administrative secretary for the city clerk's office, pointing to her betta. "Everybody loves [the vases] here. They are beautiful, and I love Buddy. About six weeks ago, I saw him up there in the recreation area, said 'I want him' and took him right out of there.
By Bradley Zint | March 20, 2014
For Lt. Kent Smirl, keeping coyotes at bay in Costa Mesa comes down to three simple things: food, water and shelter. If a coyote sees those in your neighborhood, he'll be inclined to stick around. "You have to start thinking like a coyote," Smirl said. "You have to think why he's there. " The California Department of Fish and Wildlife officer was the guest speaker Wednesday evening at a coyote-awareness workshop at Costa Mesa City Hall hosted by the Police Department. About 40 people attended to hear how to make urban areas unappealing to the wild animals.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 31, 2014
Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger announced Friday that he plans to meet with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents and tell them what he knows about decomposed granite trails that damaged sensitive habitat when they mysteriously appeared in Fairview Park. "I have asked the city attorney's office to contact U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to arrange for me to talk to its agents about what I know about this incident," Mensinger said in a statement released Friday. This summer, two trails within the 208-acre park were topped with decomposed granite without city permission.
By Bradley Zint | November 27, 2013
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has directed the city of Costa Mesa to remove two man-made trails threatening a tiny endangered species that breeds in the seasonal ponds at Fairview Park. Both trails, located along the 208-acre park's southeastern edge next to Parsons Field and Estancia High School, were topped in the summer with decomposed granite, which the federal agency fears will harm the San Diego fairy shrimp this winter. The work was done without the city's permission, possibly by volunteers unaware of the area's biological significance.
By Bradley Zint and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | September 9, 2013
Costa Mesa's chief executive Friday acknowledged an inadvertent encroachment on a sensitive habitat within Fairview Park and said the city is taking steps to protect the area. Beginning Monday, temporary roping will be placed around Vernal Pool 6 and a park ambassador will redirect users and children who frequent the area en route to school or sports practice, said city CEO Tom Hatch. A portion of that small vernal pool - a kind of temporary wetland that hosts the endangered San Diego fairy shrimp, among other species - was recently damaged by a trail topped by decomposed granite, Hatch said.
By Bradley Zint | September 4, 2013
An ecologically sensitive vernal pool at Fairview Park was "modified" by some decomposed granite placed over a portion of it, according to a city-commissioned environmental study. LSA Associates' six-page report, dated Tuesday, gave recommendations for repairing the damage to Vernal Pool 6, a small portion of which was affected by the decomposed granite (DG) placed onto two paths that converge in Fairview Park's southeastern edge and go over a small segment of the pool. The pool, which is between 0.02 and 0.04 acres, is one of several temporary wetlands within Fairview Park.
By Len Bose | July 18, 2013
My first stop this week was with Amy Elliott at the Balboa Angling Club. She was enthusiastic to report, "The first dorado of the season was weighed in at the Balboa Angling Club on Friday, July 12. Clarke Smith is a longtime member of the BAC and, as such, the first dorado of the season earns him the First Dorado Flag. And, it's just in time for our Helen Smith Offshore Tournament scheduled for Aug. 2 and 3. "The Helen Smith Offshore Tournament was named for the longtime Balboa Angling Club secretary, Helen Smith, who served the club from 1963 to 1999.
By Jill Cowan | June 25, 2013
The Newport Beach City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to send a letter to the state objecting to attempts to collect money from area residents who jog or hike along the Back Bay. The letter says the council acknowledges that it's rough going financially for state agencies right now, but collecting such a fee probably isn't the best way to start filling the holes. Mayor Keith Curry put it a little more bluntly before the vote. "Apparently if you step off our street, you owe [the state]
By Jill Cowan | June 21, 2013
New California Department of Fish and Wildlife signs telling users of the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve that they may be subject to a fee have left Newport Beach residents and officials scratching their heads. At Tuesday night's meeting, the City Council is set to discuss the matter and authorize the city to send the department a letter asking that the reserve be free. The signs indicate that users must have a Lands Pass - which costs $4.32 for a day at the reserve or $22.68 for the year and is required for people who want to hike, bike, bird watch or do anything but hunt in any of seven Fish and Wildlife-managed areas, including the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve, the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area in Butte County and the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area in Solano County.
By Jill Cowan | June 1, 2013
Locals had their first taste of summer this weekend, and it had a distinctly fishy flavor. It was also lightly battered and crisped to perfection, visitors to Fairview Park for the Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club's 66th annual Fish Fry and Carnival said Saturday afternoon. "It's a very pleasant batter," longtime Costa Mesa resident Hank Panian said as he finished off a $10 plate with fries and Newport Rib Company coleslaw. Added his wife, Barbara Panian: "It's not greasy at all. " But it's not just the Pacific cod that hooks residents year after year, said Panian, who's lived in Costa Mesa since 1956.
By Rhea Mahbubani | May 30, 2013
Only three people can list the ingredients of the Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club's secret fish batter recipe. President Mike Scheafer is one of them, and he claims that the directions will probably accompany him to his grave. The 59-year-old Costa Mesa resident created some wiggle room, though, when he admitted that he might share the coveted information with his oldest son, Matt, who is a fellow club member. Dinners - for $10 they include the famed fish, French fries and coleslaw - will be offered at the Lions Club's 66th annual Fish Fry and Carnival from Friday to Sunday.
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