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By Michael Miller | July 15, 2007
COSTA MESA ? Greg Glenn toils in the hot sun nearly 12 hours a day during the Orange County Fair ? but he's one of the few people there who isn't hoping for a cool breeze. Glenn's company, Sandscapes, was hired by the fair this year to create sculptures out of sand and water. Every day, he and two other artists use their simple materials to build increasingly bizarre sights: cows riding surfboards, cows building sandcastles, even a cow driving a car. It may be grueling work in the middle of July, but at least the heat makes the sand dry quickly.
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By Emily Foxhall and By Emily Foxhall | April 15, 2014
While some Newport Beach residents eagerly await the opening of Marina Park in two years, others already have cause for celebration. They've been promised some of the location's sand. To make way for the 23-slip marina planned for the new Balboa Peninsula park, crews will soon dredge more than 40,000 cubic yards of material from the harbor and redistribute it throughout the city's shoreline. It's a perfect source for reusable beach material — a highly sought-after commodity for beach dwellers who experience, quite literally, life's shifting sands.
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By Peter Buffa | October 2, 2010
Two interesting happenings this week. One is over, one is not. The one that's in the history books is Project Bandaloop. Funny name but an unbelievable performance. Have you ever been to the Performing Arts Center? I have. Have you ever jumped off the Performing Arts Center? Me neither. The Project Bandaloop dancers have, although dancers is a misnomer. It's more like dancer-gymnast-rock climber-rappelling people. Picture a contemporary dance troupe in action, except with the stage floor flipped vertically and standing on edge.
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By Tom Ragan, tom.ragan@latimes.com | November 30, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — Strong winds and rainstorms have caused beach erosion along some stretches of the Balboa Peninsula, creating steep walls of sand as high as 6 feet — a reminder that winter is on its way. Like the snow in the Midwest or the heavy rains of the Pacific Northwest, the erosion is an annual phenomenon that occurs in varying degrees in Southern California, depending on the size of the storm and surf. It can all be traced to as far north as Alaska's Aleutian Islands, where storms start, then move south, bringing strong winds and equally strong surf with them, Newport Beach lifeguards say. Ultimately, the storms create waves that hit beaches at an angle in what is known as a longshore current, or drift.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | August 5, 2008
What happens when you dig a 5-foot-deep hole in the sand at the beach? Sometimes you end up neck-deep in trouble. That’s what one teenage boy learned Tuesday when the hole he was digging in the sand off G Street on the Balboa Peninsula collapsed on him, burying him up to his chin with no way to get out, lifeguard officials said Tuesday. At about 2:15 p.m. a boy from the Inland Empire with his family was sitting inside his 5-foot hole in the sand at the beach, fire department spokeswoman Jennifer Schulz said.
BUSINESS
By Lauren Vane | August 2, 2006
Organic egg dishes for breakfast, artichoke sandwiches at lunch and a flat-iron steak for dinner. Beginning today from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Newport locals and visitors alike can eat all day long at the Beachcomber restaurant in the Crystal Cove Historic District. It was supposed to open Tuesday, but operators pushed the big day back to work out a few last-minute kinks. The restaurant, owned by Doug Cavanaugh who also runs Ruby's, will feature California cuisine that complements this spot on the sand.
FEATURES
By Lauren Vane | June 30, 2006
On any summertime Friday or Saturday night at the Newport Dunes Resort, the scene is nostalgic. Families sit huddled together on blankets and lawn chairs in front of a giant movie screen playing a favorite flick. The smell of a campfire fills the summer air and the moon shines on the calm Back Bay waters. "Having this concept on the beach, it's just a great family tradition to be able to view movies in a very comfortable and relaxing way," Dunes general manager Andrew Theodorou said.
NEWS
August 14, 1999
to sand & more sand Jenifer Ragland Dick Dale, the man who once strove to break the sound barrier of electric guitars on his custom Fender Stratocaster, now lives in a place where at any given point in the day, you can stand in the middle of the road and experience absolute silence. Dick Dale, whose well-known house overlooking the Wedge at the very end of the Balboa Peninsula defined crazy and hectic, now lives in a place that -- if directions are lost -- is impossible to find.
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From LATimes.com | August 4, 2011
A 17-year-old who was trapped under 6 feet of beach sand for 20 minutes said Thursday that he didn't know if he was going to survive after a tunnel he was building at Newport Beach collapsed. "I thought I was going to die," the teenager, identified as Matt Mina, told NBC's "Today" show Thursday. "I was just really scared. I didn't know if anyone could hear me when I was screaming for help. " Mina, who lives in Virginia, was visiting his aunt and uncle in Orange County. He and a cousin had decided to go to the beach for the day. The tunnel Mina was digging collapsed just after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, and it took dozens of lifeguards and beachgoers 20 minutes to free him. "I heard people, [but]
NEWS
April 30, 2004
MAXINE COHEN I had the best time on Saturday. It was gorgeous, if you recall. Warm, bright sunshine, clear blue sky. I went to the beach. Actually, it wasn't quite as simple as it sounds. When I decided, after 11 years, to move to Corona del Mar from the Peninsula, where I was 100 yards from the sand, I realized that I'd have to figure out a way to make it easy to get to the beach or I'd never go -- and that would be a big loss. The thought of packing up my car, searching for a parking space, and then getting back in it all sandy and yucky was just too much for me. I knew I'd never do it. So I bought a beach cruiser and tried to find a rack to mount on the back to carry my beach chair.
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By Emily Foxhall | April 26, 2014
On Balboa Island, residents take pride in their quaint shops, rival banana stands and picturesque ferry service. But the watery channel that cuts through it, called the Grand Canal, doesn't quite fit that image. Sure, the water still reaches high levels - perhaps even higher than in decades past, one resident says - but much of the sand lining the waterway has sloughed away, leaving a beach of what looks more like slimy mud than fluffy grains. The canal's name hearkens back to the way things once were, when children scoured the canal's shores for seashells or paddled up and down the water on wooden boards, said resident Mike Buettell.
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SPORTS
April 21, 2014
SANTA MONICA — USC senior Kirby Burnham, a former Newport Harbor High standout, and freshman Sarah Hughes, a former Mater Dei star and Costa Mesa native, swept through four matches to win the inaugural Pac-12 Invitational pairs bracket championship in sand volleyball on Sunday at the Annenberg Community Beach House. Burnham-Hughes, USC's No. 1 pairs team, won their fourth tournament pairs title of 2014 en route to upping their overall record to 34-3 this season, including winning their last 26 matches.
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By Emily Foxhall and By Emily Foxhall | April 15, 2014
While some Newport Beach residents eagerly await the opening of Marina Park in two years, others already have cause for celebration. They've been promised some of the location's sand. To make way for the 23-slip marina planned for the new Balboa Peninsula park, crews will soon dredge more than 40,000 cubic yards of material from the harbor and redistribute it throughout the city's shoreline. It's a perfect source for reusable beach material — a highly sought-after commodity for beach dwellers who experience, quite literally, life's shifting sands.
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By Emily Foxhall and By Emily Foxhall | October 3, 2013
As Halloween approaches, not all haunted houses will be built for human wandering. Some, especially this weekend, may be better fit for hermit crabs. The Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce will host its 52nd annual sand castle building contest Sunday at Corona del Mar State Beach. Entrants this year will be charged with creating haunted castles out of sand. Aspiring castle builders of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. Teams interested in competing are asked to register in advance.
SPORTS
September 3, 2013
Beach volleyball legend Misty May-Treanor, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and a former Newport Harbor High standout, has been named a volunteer assistant coach for the USC women's sand volleyball team, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. Coach Anna Collier said Tuesday that adding May-Treanor to the staff will elevate the team and make the Trojans a national title contender, the AP report said. The USC team features newcomer Sarah Hughes, a Costa Mesa resident, as well as Newport Harbor alumni Kirby Burnham and Cinnamon Sary.
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By Steve Virgen | June 11, 2013
After a ninth-place finish in the FIVB Beach Volleyball U23 World Championships, Kirby Burnham didn't want to sit around and sulk in disappointment. She didn't even want to take a tour of Myslowice, Poland. Burnham, the former Newport Harbor High standout, only wanted to train. As the tournament continued, she practiced in Poland. When she returned from Poland Monday night, she woke up Tuesday morning and wanted to practice some more in Newport Beach. There is no time to rest now. Burnham wants to improve.
SPORTS
May 3, 2013
A pair of Newport Harbor High products will be key players for USC, which will compete in the second American Volleyball Coaches Assn. Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championship tournament Friday through Sunday in Gulf Shores, Ala. Former Sailors indoor standout Kirby Burnham teams with Stevi Robinson to form USC's No. 1 pair, while 2012 Newport Harbor graduate Cinnamon Sary joins Katie Fuller on the school's No. 2 team. The event will include team and individual pairs competition.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Terry Markowitz | April 10, 2013
Splashes, at the Surf & Sand Resort, recently had a new chef. His name is Michael Reyes, and his credentials include stints at Gotham Bar and Grill and the French Laundry. We were excited to try his cuisine at this beautiful Laguna restaurant. On a warm spring night, the windows were open to the ocean, and we sat there savoring the sight of the sun sinking into the sea (an alliterative cliché but still very beautiful). Between that and the sound of the lapping waves, it is a very romantic spot and a great place to bring out-of-town visitors.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams and Jill Cowan | March 5, 2013
Passersby found the body of a woman in her 20s face down in the sand near West Oceanfront and Highland Street in West Newport, police said Monday. It was unclear how the woman died. Authorities were called at 6 a.m. Monday to the area near the Balboa Peninsula's Lifeguard Tower 71, where they determined the woman was dead, said Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Kathy Lowe. The woman was described as Asian and 5 foot 2 with a thin build. Detectives and the coroner remained on the scene as of 8:50 a.m. About 11:30 a.m Monday, police continued to walk alleys and scan the area for evidence.
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By Jill Cowan | February 12, 2013
Contractors for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have begun dredging sediment in the Santa Ana River Marsh in Newport Beach - some of which is being piped just offshore for beach replenishment, drawing concerns from residents. The roughly $5-million project, which will restore channel depths to improve water circulation and tidal flushing necessary for maintaining the 92-acre salt marsh habitat, is expected to be complete by the end of March. The Army Corps project is federally funded.
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