September 10, 2010
The Catalina Flyer, which ferries passengers between Newport Beach and Santa Catalina Island, has managed to avoid a long-term service disruption, which grew out of a mandatory state environmental law that required that it replace the engines on its catamarans. The company announced that the 500-seat boat will be replaced by a smaller vessel on Sept. 20, and that the boat will not have to disrupt service for a number of months, as initially anticipated. "The new boat is much smaller, so reservations become very important," an announcement on the company's website says.
May 4, 2007
While leading a field trip near the San Pedro harbor, Orange Coast College instructor Dennis Kelly stumbled upon an important biological discovery. Kelly just may have happened upon the source of the domoic acid that has been killing sea lions and birds along the California coast. Technically, it's called "Pseudo-nitzschia." No one yet knows why the plankton produce the deadly toxin. Kelly returned with another class on Thursday to confirm the discovery. Living five meters deep and measuring one-meter in depth, the plankton was so thick no light could pass through it. During the spring, the plankton has been known to produce domoic acid, a neurotoxin that causes short-term memory loss and eventually death to animals and to people if they eat the contaminated marine life.
May 10, 2007
The natural toxin that killed hundreds of Southern California birds, sea lions, dolphins and other coastal marine life in the last two weeks had been at its highest levels ever recorded in local waters, scientists said Wednesday. And while concentrations of the neurotoxin domoic acid are lower now, the die-off hasn't fully halted yet. Wildlife care and rescue staff from throughout Southern California gathered at a bird rescue center in San Pedro for a news conference where USC professor David Caron announced the results.
April 20, 2010
The Newport Harbor High sailing team has qualified to participate and compete for the national championship at the Indian Harbor Yacht Club in Connecticut for the coveted Mallory Trophy May 7 and 8, after placing third overall in the Pacific Coast Interscholastic Sailing Assn. racing season for 2009-2010. Newport Harbor’s gold team, consisting of Chris Segerblom, Randall Hause, Nicole Grice, Francesca Cappellini, Connor Bathen, Cooper Scott, Grant Wensley and Daniel Segerblom, placed fourth in the Pacific Coast Double-Handed High School Championship at St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco Bay April 18. The Newport Team sailed against 21 other high schools and 80 sailors from California and Hawaii in challenging and tough conditions on the San Francisco City waterfront in front of the Golden Gate Bridge.
January 20, 2002
He started in the Catskills, but since then his credits range to Academy Award heights. And today, comedian Red Buttons will do a "Command Performance" appearance at Orange Coast College's Robert B. Moore Theatre. The 81-year-old stage and screen veteran, who's still known for his skill at roasts, will be joined by vocalist Fran Jeffries and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. Now a frequent performer in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe, won the Oscar for his role in the 1957 film "Sayonara" also hosted his own TV program back in the '50s.
August 24, 2001
Deepa Bharath NEWPORT HARBOR -- Harbor Patrol deputies on Wednesday night rescued three men who used a cellular phone to call for help after their 36-foot powerboat sank off the Newport Harbor entrance, officials said. Nobody was hurt in the 9:30 p.m. mishap, said Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol Sgt. Karl Von Voigt. Voigt said the Coast Guard received the call from the three men and then contacted Harbor Patrol and told deputies that the boat Breezn, a Bayliner powerboat, sank about two miles off the harbor.
November 5, 2003
This letter is in response to the Daily Pilot article, "Outlook better for Bayview project," written Tuesday by June Casagrande. As a result of years of planning and negotiation, the Bayview project is poised to move forward. Contrary to statements made by some elected officials, Earth Resource Foundation has been supportive of the concept of combining the Upper Bayview park and the Lower Bayview senior housing from the beginning as evidenced by the following: Two years of involvement in Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission hearings and subcommittee meetings; participation in City Council study sessions and meetings; a letter on file with the city supporting -- in concept -- this project; meetings with California Coastal Commissioners and staff on numerous occasions; testimony before the commission in July affirming conditional support for the project; and extensive interaction with the Newport Beach city staff to resolve issues.
November 28, 2003
June Casagrande There was a time when houses were hauled to Balboa Island by barge. There was a time when an island resident built a bridge to the water using an old mast shipped in from the San Pedro shipyards. And there was a time when a cluster of young women lined up on the sand in their latest 1922 swim fashions for the island's Bathing Beauty Contest. Those times are gone, but thanks to Jim Jennings, they will never be forgotten. Just weeks after his local history book "Old Balboa Island Stories: From 1907 to the Millennium" was met with huge and unexpected initial success, Jennings received a proclamation from Mayor Steve Bromberg for his contribution to the unique nautical history of the island.
April 11, 2008
A San Pedro woman was arrested Friday after crashing into a Costa Mesa police car and continuing on her way, authorities said. Jessica Vranna, 25, remained in Orange County jail Friday on suspicion of a DUI after her car clipped a Costa Mesa sergeant’s marked vehicle at about 1:40 a.m. Friday, California Highway Patrol officials said. The officer was northbound on Orange Avenue going through the Rochester Street intersection when the two cars collided, Lt. Marty Carver said.
April 6, 2006
FOR THE RECORD Wednesday's "Neighbors" column mistakenly identified Robert "Cap" Bonner as director of the Newport Beach Civil Service Commission. He is not affiliated with the organization. . The Guilds of the Orange County Performing Arts Center have been honoring volunteers in their communities. The Newport Harbor Area Guild, which includes the Camelot, Cabaret, Performing Arts Juniors, Sound of Music and South Pacific chapters, held an event in March to honor their volunteers.