September 5, 2006
For all the surfers out there crossing fingers that Hurricane John will drum up some fantastic waves off local shores, here's some disappointing news: The giant swell isn't coming. The hurricane that beat up the Mexican resort towns on the Baja Peninsula is weakening, and forecasters said all it will bring is stormy skies. As of Monday, John's strength was fading and had become a tropical depression. Whenever there's a hurricane off the Pacific Ocean, locals start talking that the surf will pick up, said Charlie Fox, head forecaster for Surfline.
September 5, 2000
This offering is about two piers, the Balboa Pier and the Newport Pier. When they were built, those two piers were as different as old Balboa and old Newport used to be. The Balboa Pier was a recreational pier; the Newport Pier a commercial one. The Balboa Pier had railings to keep the tourists from falling into the Pacific Ocean. The Newport Pier had no railings because railings would have stood in the way of the cargo being loaded or unloaded from the commercial vessels using the pier.
July 22, 2010
James A. Stuart Stuart passed away March 22, 2010, with his daughter, Louise, by his side. Until his death at age 86, “Big Jim” was a teller of tall tales and a twinkle-eyed punster with a hearty handshake and a ready laugh. Jim served on the submarine USS Toro in World War II, then married Betty McDonald of Fountain Valley in 1946. They raised three daughters in Newport Beach, and owned Jim's Muffler Service on Pacific Coast Highway, and later on Old Newport Boulevard.
June 29, 2009
An Orange County Superior Court Judge on Friday threw out the last of Newport Beach activist Allan Beek’s challenges to the new City Hall in Newport Center. “We win some and we lose some, I just wish I could win some,” Beek said. “I wasn’t really expecting much of this one.” In his lawsuit, Beek claimed that Newport Beach had to hold a special election under the city’s Greenlight Initiative to build its next city hall on 12 acres in Newport Center.
April 5, 2006
An inch of rain fell on Orange County on Tuesday, causing wet conditions and at least one weather-related car accident, officials said. Meteorologists with the National Weather Service said Tuesday's weather was the result of a storm that had been building over the Pacific Ocean. Police said standing water and speed were to blame in a car accident at MacArthur Boulevard and Bonita Canyon on Tuesday afternoon. A woman in her mid-40s was hospitalized with minor injuries after she turned a corner too fast and the Jeep Cherokee she was driving went into a ditch and hit a garage door, Newport Beach Police Sgt. Bill Hartford said.
January 5, 2001
Deepa Bharath SANTA ANA -- Suspected murderer Eric Bechler could take the witness stand, his attorney said Thursday, giving the Newport Beach man a chance to speak out in his own defense. Defense attorney John Barnett said it is "very possible" his client will testify as soon as prosecutors finish presenting their witnesses -- which could be as early as next week. Bechler, 33, is accused of murdering his wife, Pegye Bechler, during a boating trip off the coast of Newport Beach in 1997.
November 1, 1999
The National Dean's List for 1998-99 features students from the Newport-Mesa area, including Corona del Mar resident Sean Young, and Costa Mesa resident Gauree Gupta, who both attend UCLA, Newport Beach resident Michele Ota, who attends Concordia University, and Costa Mesa resident Hiroshi Kawamura, who attends Cal State Polytechnic University.... Orange Coast College will induct Rachel Perez-Hamilton, a retired OCC employee and a past president of the college's Alumni and Friends association, into its Alumni Hall of Fame in a ceremony Nov. 4. Perez-Hamilton is a lifelong Costa Mesa resident.
June 24, 2008
Join hundreds of Mesa Del Mar neighbors to celebrate Independence Day in the annual Mesa Del Mar Fourth of July Parade. The parade begins at 9 a.m. from Sonora Elementary School and winds through the neighborhood to end up at TeWinkle Park for games, popsicles, prizes for most patriotic costumes and decorations, and a big group picture. This neighborhood tradition is fun for all ages. Join the parade on your bike, skateboard, scooter, on foot or in your golf cart.