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By B.W. Cook | November 9, 2011
The Lido Isle crowd converged on their handsome renovated and redecorated club Nov. 2 to formally welcome the new facility to the island. Following months of construction in several phases, the iconic Newport family beach and sailing hub has an elegant yet comfortable "beach" look in keeping with classic East Coast Hamptons style. Architects Steve Kroh and Roy Martinez worked closely with interior designers of note Karen Butera and Richard King and contractors Matt White , Bob Fernandez and Aaron Schmidt in creating the space that will serve Newport families for another century of generations.
By Lauren Vane | May 6, 2006
A young male deer that found its way onto Lido Isle in Newport Beach was corralled by animal control officers Friday and taken to Crystal Cove State Park, where it was released. Police first received calls that a deer was in the Bay Shores neighborhood ? on the mainland ? at 6:40 a.m. Friday, but the officers who responded could not find it. About 20 minutes later, dispatchers received about 20 more calls reporting a deer across the channel on Lido Isle, Newport Lt. Mike McDermott said.
By PETER BUFFA | May 7, 2006
Well, I'm back. Not tan, not fit, but I'm back. So what's been going on around here? I see the gas prices are going well. That all seems to be working. A deer turned up in Bay Shores and on Lido Isle on Friday, which is interesting, no? Not quite a chicken on MacArthur, but interesting. The deer was strolling around Bay Shores around 6:30 a.m. Friday morning, prompting a number of calls to the Newport Beach Police Department, whose officers looked high and low for the happy wanderer ?
March 8, 2002
June Casagrande LIDO ISLE -- Bob Hipchen was dreaming he was sitting by a campfire when he awoke to the nightmare: his Via Lido Soud home in flames. The six inhabitants of the house and their dog had escaped without injury by the time firefighters arrived about 4:30 a.m. In about 40 minutes the blaze was extinguished without spreading to any neighboring homes in the tightly packed community, but Hipchen's two-story house was completely destroyed.
March 16, 2001
Paul Clinton LIDO ISLE -- The California Coastal Commission has rejected a plan by the Via Lido Community Assn. to spruce up the island's entrance. The commission unanimously turned down the plan at its meeting this week, with at least one commissioner saying the project would have a "chilling effect" on public access to the island's beaches. "The commissioners expressed concern that it would discourage access," coastal program analyst Anne Kramer said.
By B.W. COOK | May 10, 2008
A false summer evening on the Orange Riviera attracted lovely ladies and handsome gents to a very lively social cocktail party on Lido Isle. Patrons in support of The Decorative Arts Society, aka DARTS, descended upon the French inspired manor house of Lorraine and Tom Hennessy to welcome Emmanuel Ducamp , guest speaker at a recent DARTS symposium on world art history and design. Ducamp jetted in from Paris to share his formidable knowledge of Imperial Russian art and architecture.
By Lauren Vane | August 20, 2006
When it's 80 degrees outside, the bluish-green water beneath the Lido Isle bridge looks enticing. That cool dip — and the thrill of falling 14 feet — is no doubt what draws teenagers and adults alike to take the plunge. For this reason, Newport Beach Police officers are reminding the public that jumping off the Lido Isle bridge is illegal. The water isn't very deep and the area is heavy with boat traffic. "Obviously, if you look at that activity, it's inherently dangerous," Newport Beach Police Sgt. Bill Hartford said.
October 3, 2002
Edward Lester Smith No services will be held for Edward Lester Smith, a former Lido Isle resident. Mr. Smith died Sept. 20. He was 90. Mr. Smith, also known under the screen name Bruce Edwards, starred in numerous movies and television shows in the 1940s and 1950s. He and late wife Virginia wrote the column "Sea Larking" for the Daily Pilot. His ashes will be scattered at sea. Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Edith Joyce Smith, daughter Joyce Martin of Lido Isle, two grandchildren and stepdaughters Linda Weber, Penny Turk and Nancy Kamen.
August 16, 1999
Recognizing the significance of getting an education, Dr. Arthur G. Coons, of Lido Isle, made it his goal to help every child make something positive of their life. A former president of Occidental College and chairman of the Master Plan Survey Team, which drew the state's plan for higher education, Coons worked tirelessly to set the standards for anyone who wanted to attend college and achieve their goals. Coons, who along with his wife, Edna, moved to Lido Isle in 1965, also worked as a member of the Federal Reserve Board and the Haynes Foundation in Los Angeles.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 28, 2014
Voices coming in over Dennis O'Hern's radio reported an imaginary disaster on Lido Isle on Saturday morning. "This is Lido 6. We have an incident to report. There's a telephone pole. It has fallen. " O'Hern responded to each one, asking for more information or giving instructions, practicing how he'd respond during an actual emergency. In this case, it was a hypothetical 7.2 earthquake hitting a mile inland from Hoag Hospital at 8:37 a.m. Starting at 9 a.m., members of the Newport Beach Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
February 25, 2014
Beloved son, brother, husband and father, Charles (Chip) G. Bury went to be with the lord on February 15, 2014 at the age of 58 following a fatal allergic reaction. Born in 1955, Chip grew up on Lido Isle, and attended Carden Hall in Newport Beach and Newport Harbor High School. After graduating high school, Chip continued his studies at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. He was married to Janeen Thomas and had 3 sons... Danny, Alex, and Nick Bury, all of whom survive him. He is also survived by his mother Frances A. Bury of Lido Isle and his sister, Brenda Bury from Bonny Doon, California.
September 19, 2013
Edgar (Beanie) Gilchrist died peacefully at his home on Lido Isle, on Sunday September 15, one day after his 67th wedding anniversary, at the age of 94. His wife Pat and other family were at his side. Beanie was born in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, in 1919. He attended Harvard University, and after that, took coursework in Radar technology at MIT. He then joined the Navy, and served in World War II, on the aircraft carrier U.S.S Franklin. After the war, Beanie began his civilian career as an electronics engineer.
By Pamela Whitesides and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | August 22, 2013
The city's Harbor Department and Harbor Commission work long and hard on harbor-related issues, but they have it wrong this time ("2 large yachts get OK to anchor," Aug. 16) . The commission approved allowing a five-story-tall, 216-foot-long ship to anchor for two months in front of homes and commercial properties at the west end of Lido Isle. The Daily Pilot published a rough diagram with a small square to show the ship's location. The commission actually used a more-complete diagram depicting the actual size and position of the ship.
June 13, 2013
E. Terrance Moran III M.D. On June 2nd, E. Terrance “Terry” Moran, long time Lido Isle resident, passed away at age 89 in Newport Beach, CA.   Born in Los Angeles on 6/21/1923, he is survived by his 7 children, 19 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and his brother John. His beloved wife of 45 years, Patricia Shine Moran, preceded him in death in 1988. The funeral will be held on Monday, June 17 at 10 am at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, in Newport Beach; rosary at 9:30 am. A reception will follow at the Lido Island Club House.  Please come and share in our celebration of Terry's life.  For more information visit the Terry Moran Memorial located at
May 6, 2013
I read with interest the story " Flood risk: Bane of Balboa's existence ," (May 5). About a century ago, a fast talking, fly-by-night entrepreneur named William Collins dredged up a swamp and sold tiny plots of land to buyers who didn't know what they were getting into. He used cheap cement to build shoddy bulkheads and barely dredged up enough sand to put the island even with the high-tide level. Today, residents are paying the price for Collins' poorly executed engineering project.
March 30, 2013
After about a decade of informally contemplating the idea, Newport Beach Harbor Commission will discuss creating an additional anchorage area off the western tip of Lido Isle. Only this time, the city has some research under its belt. "Because of the recent Lower Bay dredging, we had to relocate our existing anchorage [normally] located on the eastern tip of Lido," said Harbor Resources Manager Chris Miller on Friday. The area, designated for visiting boats dropping anchor in the harbor, was moved to the island's western tip for about 10 months.
March 7, 2013
HAL LEHMAN May 8, 1918 - February 26, 2013 Hal Lehman, 94, a 55-year resident of Newport Beach, died peacefully after a long illness, at his Lido Isle home, surrounded by family on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. Hal, the only surviving son of Gladys and Benjamin H. Lehman, was born at home in Boston on May 18, 1918 during the post-WW I flu epidemic. He was basically a life-long Californian, however,  having moved with his family to Berkeley in 1920, when his father joined the University of California faculty as a professor of English.  Hal's mother and father were divorced in 1922 and his  mother moved to Los Angeles where she subsequently became a screen writer and was one of the founders of the Screen Writers' Guild.  As a result of the divorce Hal spent a lot of time on trains between northern and southern California, spending one year with his father in Berkeley and the next with his mother in Toluca Lake.  That arrangement continued until he was 16, when he decided to stay in southern California closer to most of his friends.  Graduating from North Hollywood High, he went on to UC Berkeley  WWII was on the horizon and he joined  the Army in 1940.  A good portion of the next five years were spent in the South Pacific theater.
By Bradley Zint | November 15, 2012
Dave Rahn straddles two worlds. One is defined by numbers, losses, gains and the intricacies of investments. The other does not rely on mathematical precision: It is the world of art. The 61-year-old president of First Foundation Bank is both a banker and an artist, able to intermingle both traits as an executive and overseer of the bank's Art Services division. The banking world is "filled with people who don't understand art, and all they're trying to do is turn a dime," he said.
By Britney Barnes | October 22, 2012
Baton in hand, Ryan Youd, 8, led his orchestra of invisible violins, drums, French horns, flutes and clarinets with increasingly frenetic arm movements through an energetic piece of classical music. With all the formality and prestige of Gustavo Dudamel after conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Stravisnky's "Rite of Spring," Ryan took his bow. "When I was conducting, it was so fun," he said. "I was listening to the music, and I was raising the baton; it went faster and faster.
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