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October 14, 2010
The Newport Harbor Nautical Museum will launch an exhibit, "Extraordinary People," on Tuesday that gives a retrospective of local hero Nick Scandone. Scandone, who died in 2009 at the age of 42, won the gold medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China, six years after being stricken with Lou Gehrig's disease. The local yachtsman will be the first to be recognized in the ongoing exhibit of diverse and iconic heroes of the sea, according to a museum press release.
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By Jon Cassidy, Special to the Daily Pilot | April 17, 2012
The Newport Harbor Nautical Museum is getting closer to reaching its ambitious fundraising goals, according to museum President Rita Stenlund. The museum also has profile-raising community events coming up, from a kick-off party for the Newport to Ensenada yacht race Sunday to weekly family events starting in June. Stenlund told the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday that the museum now has about $8 million in an investment fund. That's up from the $6.6 million listed in its 2011 tax return and $5.1 million the year before.
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March 16, 2002
June Casagrande NEWPORT BEACH -- After 2 1/2 years at the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, executive director Wayne Eggleston has stepped down. Eggleston, who is vice mayor of San Clemente, left the museum to pursue opportunities in his previous career in property management. "I wanted to get back to my original career," Eggleston said. "I'm looking at different opportunities." The museum's board of directors is currently conducting a recruitment effort to replace Eggleston.
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May 11, 2005
Dayna Pettit Having read the Forum letters in the Daily Pilot, I wanted to make sure that some of the misconceptions stated by some of the writers opposing the move of the Nautical Museum to the Balboa Fun Zone were corrected. The Nautical Museum, under the guidance of President Glenn Zagoren, has some wonderful children's-education programs: Kindergarten through eighth-grade have art exhibits; the toddler program, for 3- to 5-year-olds, is held every other week and has a large number in attendance; fifth-graders are required to attend classes to learn about the environment, history and information about the sea; in fact, there are more children involved with the museum than adults, but adults have great programs too. The school buses that bring these children to and from the museum do not take up parking spaces and Balboa Boulevard is never closed except on the Fourth of July, from West Coast Highway to 30th Street.
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October 29, 1999
Eric C Sanitate NEWPORT BEACH -- It was good news for the nautical museum, but maybe even better news for G. Wayne Eggleston. Eggleston last week was named executive director of the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, ending a 2 1/2-year stint where the San Clemente city councilman filled time by volunteering. "I've been volunteering for 2 1/2 years, so I thought it would be nice to get a job," he said in deadpan fashion. There's been his near-volunteerism in local politics.
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September 26, 2001
--Story by Paul Clinton; photo by Greg Fry Jerry McClellan's love of boating drew him to the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum when he needed an activity to occupy his time during his golden years. Since 1996, McClellan, 77, has chipped in when museum managers need someone to lead docent tours, organize the library and complete other needed tasks. "Originally, it was to keep busy," McClellan said. "I'm not one to sit around and read." McClellan's latest gig -- bringing needed order to the museum's overflowing collection of boating books and photos -- has taken the lion's share of his time, about three hours a week, in recent months.
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September 24, 1999
Pete Barrett has been involved with too many Newport Beach civic organizations to list. Some of the more prominent titles he has held include president of the Chamber of Commerce, Boat Parade chairman, Rotary Club president and, in 1984, citizen of the year. Barrett moved to Newport in 1938 and was intimately involved with the city's early development. He helped set up the Newport's network of storm drains, waterlines and sewer pipes and was instrumental in the development of the Nautical Museum.
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May 6, 2002
June Casagrande Organizers of the largest in-water boat show in the West are declaring success for their innovative idea to separate the sailboats from the power boats. Boat lovers who showed up at the Newport Dunes Resort and Marina for the Newport In-Water Boat Show, which ended Sunday, got an eyeful of impressive power boats -- from some compact and efficient fishing vessels to some eye-popping yachts. But that's not all, those who wanted it also got a free ride on a double-decker bus to the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, where more than 50 sailboats were on display.
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August 27, 2001
Paul Clinton Marshall Steele wants to bring discussions about boating out of the place he's used to hearing them: local bars. To engage boaters where they might be the most receptive, Steele has begun to institute a program of "dock walkers" who stop by boats to chat up the owners about clean boating practices. The approach, Steele hopes, will lead to less pollution heading into the harbor. "People are just avoiding the responsibility of moving used oil, used parts and the sorts of things that could be leaking into the bay," Steele said.
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November 14, 2003
Deepa Bharath It's hailed as the ultimate fishing machine. The Rybovich, named after the company in Florida that made the vessels, was the first boat custom-made for sportfishing. And on Nov. 22 and 23, four of these boats will be docked at the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum for public display. It is a rare occasion when this many Ryboviches congregate, museum director Glenn Zagoren said. "To have all these boats in one place for a fisherman is like a car enthusiast having four Lamborghinis in one place," he said.
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By Lauren Williams | July 26, 2012
The Newport Harbor Nautical Museum's ExplorOcean center has a substantial portion of the necessary funds to expand at the Balboa Fun Zone, officials said this week. During a presentation at Tuesday's Newport Beach City Council study session, ExplorOcean Capital Campaign Chairman Tom Pollack said the waterfront center has $8 million committed to it, or about 10% to 15% of what he expects will be the total cost before fundraising. The project is six weeks into its capital campaign.
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June 26, 2012
The Newport Harbor Nautical Museum on Tuesday announced it has appointed a new chairman for its board of directors. Timothy Collins, a real estate developer and former Newport Beach harbor commissioner, replaces outgoing Chairman Tom Pollack. Collins, a 40-year Balboa Peninsula resident, plans to lead the museum's transition into ExplorOcean, an interactive entertainment and educational center planned for the Balboa Fun Zone. Some of his goals are to recruit capital campaign board members and to secure gifts for the estimated $40-million project, according to a museum news release.
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By Jon Cassidy, Special to the Daily Pilot | April 17, 2012
The Newport Harbor Nautical Museum is getting closer to reaching its ambitious fundraising goals, according to museum President Rita Stenlund. The museum also has profile-raising community events coming up, from a kick-off party for the Newport to Ensenada yacht race Sunday to weekly family events starting in June. Stenlund told the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday that the museum now has about $8 million in an investment fund. That's up from the $6.6 million listed in its 2011 tax return and $5.1 million the year before.
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By Sarah Peters | March 16, 2012
ExplorOcean, the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum's ambitious interactive exhibit, could be completed in as little as five years, the organization's president said this week. President Rita Redaelli Stenlund led a presentation hosted by Speak Up Newport at the Newport Yacht Club on Wednesday night as part of the museum's efforts for the 34,000-square-foot attraction next to the Balboa Fun Zone. "Once we moved here, we not only felt a commitment to the mission of the museum, but we also realized the responsibility we have to the community for residing in this spot," Stenlund said of museum, which bought property on the Balboa Peninsula in 2006.
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December 5, 2011
A wonderful upswing in activism is taking place in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Irvine and much of Orange County, and it's assuring to see that a community once wrongly assumed apathetic is making itself heard on a wide range of issues. We're not here today to weigh in on Banning Ranch, the 19th Street bridge or Occupy O.C., but we want to make it clear that we support those who have, whether by exercising rights to speech and assembly, writing letters or posting comments. The latest example of grass-roots activism took place in Costa Mesa this week at the home of Michelle Simpson, who gathered residents to discuss concerns about the proposed Banning Ranch development, the possible 19th Street bridge connecting the Westside to Huntington Beach, Sunset Ridge Park's arterial road and other development issues.
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By Mike Reicher | November 11, 2011
The charm of the Balboa Fun Zone is an elusive concept, and for years people have been lamenting its loss. When the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum recently unveiled plans for its Fun Zone property, those feelings were stoked anew. People protested and claimed ExplorOcean would wipe out the 1930s-era mini amusement park atmosphere, while others said that the allure had long faded. Some wanted to recreate the historic Fun Zone, and others were just concerned about what exactly might change.
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By Mike Reicher | October 29, 2011
A Balboa Fun Zone preservationist has started a Facebook campaign to halt plans for ExplorOcean, the ocean-themed educational center that would essentially replace the 1930s-era amusement park. James Pobog, 60, joins a small and growing group of old-timers who stand in protest of the plans by the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, which owns much of the Fun Zone's waterfront land. Some have bemoaned the loss of the carnival-like atmosphere, even before the museum ended the historic carousel's lease in September.
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By Mike Reicher | October 15, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — Ship models? They may be better suited for a yacht club or a fireplace mantel. On Saturday, the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum will publicly unveil plans for ExplorOcean, a roughly $40-million interactive amusement and educational center that focuses on mankind's relationship with the sea. With a "4D" sensory theater, submarine simulators and other family-oriented attractions, the project's backers envision a regional, if...
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By Mike Reicher | October 12, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — The Newport Harbor Nautical Museum plans to unveil its latest designs for ExplorOcean, an ocean-themed education and entertainment center, later this month. The event will take place at the Balboa Fun Zone, the site of the future attraction. The milestone will also clarify the future of the organization, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary. Since it acquired the Fun Zone space about six years ago, the Nautical Museum has presented various plans that celebrate the local nautical heritage and the ocean beyond.
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