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July 27, 2010
A landmark Harbor Island home sold in bankruptcy court last month, reportedly for $6 million below its asking price. The French Neoclassic mansion, at 18 Harbor Island, sold for $27 million, according to The Wall Street Journal; it was listed at $32.6 million. Best known for its massive flag pole and ornate limestone exterior, the 12,000-square-foot home cannot be missed from the harbor's main turning basin. A Colorado couple in advertising purchased the home from a group of owners led by an apparel executive, The Journal reported.
BUSINESS
By Brianna Bailey | October 22, 2009
From the Louis XVI-style gilt bronze floor torcheres to the French inlaid mahogany bowfront corner cupboards, everything must go. Some 300 pieces from the estate of Harbor Island resident and philanthropist Elizabeth Colyear Vincent are to be sold off to the highest bidder next month by a Los Angeles auction house. The items range from works of sculpture to pristine pieces of European furniture and a Victorian matched silver gilt dessert service for 18. The auction will provide a rare glimpse at the contents that filled the home of one of Newport’s super rich.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | September 16, 2009
Friends say Debra Simon was the picture of humility in the face of extravagance. In the middle of a storm, you could count on her to be graceful and wear a smile. On Sept. 10, the Newport Beach socialite who, friends said, never forgot her humble New York roots, took her own life in her Harbor Island home. Orange County Sheriff-Coroner’s officials have ruled Simon’s death a suicide. She was 53. “She was down to earth, but she had two sides to her. She had the high-sophisticated side and could just take that all off and be one of the girls,” said Caren Lancona, who worked on the Miss Newport Beach pageant with Simon and has known her for the last eight years.
BUSINESS
November 18, 2009
A massive estate sale to auction off the belongings of late Harbor Island philanthropist Elizabeth Colyear Vincent brought in $2.3 million. The top items from the Nov. 8 auction were a Louis XVI-style gilt bronze glass-paneled cabinet from the late 19th century that was estimated to be worth as much as $20,000 and a pair of Louis XVI-style gilt bronze floor torcheres valued at $25,000 to $35,000. Vincent died Feb. 1 at age 94. The auto parts distributor’s heiress spent more than 30 years living on Harbor Island in an 11,000-square-foot home, which had nine bedrooms and a dozen bathrooms.
NEWS
By: B.W. COOK | September 24, 2005
It was an evening of considerable pride and accomplishment as the Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian board of directors celebrated the grand opening of the Sue and Bill Gross Women's Pavilion this week. A Tuesday evening dinner reception and official dedication at the pavilion featured a tour of the facility. Hoag welcomed a host of generous donors, city officials and hospital staff members to recognize this most significant advancement in health care for the community.
NEWS
By: Andrew Edwards | October 9, 2005
Woodrow and Berenice Hadley know their dredging. Berenice's father, Albert Sparkes, owned the Sparkes & McClellan Dredging Co. with her uncle, Rollo McClellan. Woodward Hadley, her husband, spent more than three decades in the dredging business. The Hadleys, who are waiting to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary next month, keep an extensive album of dredging photos in their east side Costa Mesa home. The pictures are a black-and-white record of multiple digs that were completed along coastal waters during the first half of the 20th century.
FEATURES
By Brady Rhoades | September 17, 2009
Perhaps no one will ever know what caused Debra Simon to hang herself in her Harbor Island home Sept. 10. Apparently, she had plenty of friends, lived a productive life and on top of it was very, very rich. Friends say Simon, 53, embodied humility amid extravagance. “She had the high sophistication side and could just take that all off and be one of the girls,” said Caren Lancona, who worked on the Miss Newport Beach pageant with Simon and had known her for eight years.
NEWS
April 7, 2001
Mathis Winkler HARBOR ISLAND -- That the trees had to go didn't make Jean Watt happy. After all, some six decades ago, she'd planted many of the pine and eucalyptus giants. Watt and Allan Beek, whose father Joseph began selling lots on Harbor Island in 1937, had been a little gullible at the time. "[Joseph Beek] gave us a treasure map and got us to dig the holes," she said. "He probably gave us a bunch of blind leads and we found the treasure at the last hole."
NEWS
December 17, 2003
RING OF LIGHTS CONTEST WINNERS Best Humor and Originality First place: Bill and Gay Wassall-Kelly, 409 East Edgewater, Balboa Peninsula Second place: Bob and Marcy Cook, 538 South Bayfront, Balboa Island Third place: Lester Hale, 417 East Edgewater, Balboa Peninsula Best Theme First place: Scott Sarkisian, 630 Via Lido Nord, Lido Isle Second place: Dennis and Pat Vitarelli, 140 South Bayfront, Balboa...
ENTERTAINMENT
By Emily Foxhall and By Emily Foxhall | December 20, 2013
After months of preparation for some, the winners of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and the Christmas Ring of Lights have been declared. More than 30 judges, picked randomly from the community, scored boats in multiple categories, such as best music and best boat under 30 feet, on Wednesday and Thursday nights, said Seymour Beek, chairman of the judging. Seymour said he found himself impressed as soon as the first few boats floated by. "You think, 'Oh, my God, how could anybody outdo that?
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NEWS
By Len Bose | December 27, 2013
This week I took a dinghy cruise around the harbor and a bike ride around the Back Bay with the idea of just taking in the sights, sounds and thoughts of the harbor. I started on the east end of the harbor heading south and navigating under the Balboa Island bridge. It was last Sunday, when there was a slight chill in the air but it wasn't yet cold enough to call winter. The smile on my face was caused by the thought that the days are starting to get longer. My smiled brightened when I noticed Rob and Haden McIntosh.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Emily Foxhall and By Emily Foxhall | December 20, 2013
After months of preparation for some, the winners of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and the Christmas Ring of Lights have been declared. More than 30 judges, picked randomly from the community, scored boats in multiple categories, such as best music and best boat under 30 feet, on Wednesday and Thursday nights, said Seymour Beek, chairman of the judging. Seymour said he found himself impressed as soon as the first few boats floated by. "You think, 'Oh, my God, how could anybody outdo that?
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | December 18, 2012
Preparations for the 104th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade are chugging along, parade organizers said Tuesday - and it's expected to be smooth sailing, despite opponents of the city's residential dock fee increases threatening a boycott. "At the end of the day, the boycott backfired on itself," said parade Chairman David Beek. "The mentality was boycott the boycott. " The parade, which is hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | August 17, 2011
The California Coastal Commission prevailed in its lawsuit to open Newport Harbor's Bay Island bridge to the public, but the island's residents will likely fight the judge's decision. Last week, the attorney representing the residents filed court documents that could provide the basis for an appeal. At stake is access to the 130-foot span, which commission officials say should be available for all to use. If the residents lose the appeal, they may be able to retrofit the existing bridge and keep it private, or they could build a new bridge, in which case they would have to comply with the commission's order.
NEWS
July 27, 2010
A landmark Harbor Island home sold in bankruptcy court last month, reportedly for $6 million below its asking price. The French Neoclassic mansion, at 18 Harbor Island, sold for $27 million, according to The Wall Street Journal; it was listed at $32.6 million. Best known for its massive flag pole and ornate limestone exterior, the 12,000-square-foot home cannot be missed from the harbor's main turning basin. A Colorado couple in advertising purchased the home from a group of owners led by an apparel executive, The Journal reported.
BUSINESS
November 18, 2009
A massive estate sale to auction off the belongings of late Harbor Island philanthropist Elizabeth Colyear Vincent brought in $2.3 million. The top items from the Nov. 8 auction were a Louis XVI-style gilt bronze glass-paneled cabinet from the late 19th century that was estimated to be worth as much as $20,000 and a pair of Louis XVI-style gilt bronze floor torcheres valued at $25,000 to $35,000. Vincent died Feb. 1 at age 94. The auto parts distributor’s heiress spent more than 30 years living on Harbor Island in an 11,000-square-foot home, which had nine bedrooms and a dozen bathrooms.
BUSINESS
By Brianna Bailey | October 22, 2009
From the Louis XVI-style gilt bronze floor torcheres to the French inlaid mahogany bowfront corner cupboards, everything must go. Some 300 pieces from the estate of Harbor Island resident and philanthropist Elizabeth Colyear Vincent are to be sold off to the highest bidder next month by a Los Angeles auction house. The items range from works of sculpture to pristine pieces of European furniture and a Victorian matched silver gilt dessert service for 18. The auction will provide a rare glimpse at the contents that filled the home of one of Newport’s super rich.
FEATURES
By Brady Rhoades | September 17, 2009
Perhaps no one will ever know what caused Debra Simon to hang herself in her Harbor Island home Sept. 10. Apparently, she had plenty of friends, lived a productive life and on top of it was very, very rich. Friends say Simon, 53, embodied humility amid extravagance. “She had the high sophistication side and could just take that all off and be one of the girls,” said Caren Lancona, who worked on the Miss Newport Beach pageant with Simon and had known her for eight years.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | September 16, 2009
Friends say Debra Simon was the picture of humility in the face of extravagance. In the middle of a storm, you could count on her to be graceful and wear a smile. On Sept. 10, the Newport Beach socialite who, friends said, never forgot her humble New York roots, took her own life in her Harbor Island home. Orange County Sheriff-Coroner’s officials have ruled Simon’s death a suicide. She was 53. “She was down to earth, but she had two sides to her. She had the high-sophisticated side and could just take that all off and be one of the girls,” said Caren Lancona, who worked on the Miss Newport Beach pageant with Simon and has known her for the last eight years.
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