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May 3, 2001
Deepa Bharath NEWPORT BEACH -- It was not your typical joy ride. A 38-year-old Long Beach man wreaked a quick bit of havoc in Newport Harbor on Tuesday evening when he allegedly stole a 60-foot powerboat and damaged it by slamming against the docks and the sea wall, authorities said. Police arrested John J. Mackeravage at about 6 p.m. on suspicion of grand theft of a vehicle or a vessel, said Newport Beach Police Sgt. Steve Shulman. Mackeravage's rampage lasted only a few minutes, but during that time he managed to cause "moderate stern damage" to the boat, Twin Dolphin, which was docked in the harbor, said Sgt. Gary Smith of the Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol.
NEWS
May 27, 2001
Young Chang At the end of the charming, closely-knit spit of land known as Balboa Island, there is another tidbit of history -- Collin's Island. It belonged to a man named William S. Collins, a Newport resident who owned a hefty portion of the city in the early 1900s but is little remembered today except in association with some fun Hollywood stories. Collins, a land promoter and owner of Collins Commercial Company -- a boatyard -- eventually sold most of his property but kept Balboa Island.
NEWS
December 2, 2000
Deepa Bharath Workers used chains Friday to pull out four cars that were trapped in a lower level parking structure of a collapsed building near Rhine Channel in Newport Beach. The garage of a 23-year-old building on Lafayette Street caved in Nov. 6, when a rusty support beam gave way. The parking structure snapped off the main office building and tipped toward the bay, a portion of it resting on the shallow end of the bay. On the day of the collapse, one car was partially submerged.
NEWS
May 18, 2003
Covering events like the Balboa Island Art Walk is always fun. You really can't plan out what kind of photo you're going to get. Going there I knew I had only a short time to get a picture and move on to my next assignment. So my game plan was simple: Just walk through the sea of people scanning for anyone or anything that uniquely said art festival. It wasn't long before I saw this little dog -- Josie, a 9-year-old Jack Russell terrier -- perched on the sea wall next to its owners art work.
NEWS
By Len Bose | February 7, 2014
I started this week by taking my bicycle ride on the beach trail, and as the crisp winter air touched my face, I looked out over Catalina as a boxer looks at his next opponent. This weekend is the Mid-Winter Catalina Island Race (formerly known as the first race of the Whitney/Times/Bogart Series). It's one of my favorite races of the sailing season. This time of year we always get our best breeze, and when sailing to the island, the first thing you usuallly notice is how green it is. I have to assume we will miss that this year because of the lack of rain.
NEWS
December 1, 2000
Deepa Bharath NEWPORT BEACH -- Demolition work will begin Monday on a building near the Rhine Channel that collapsed last month and was declared unsafe by the city. The 23-year-old building's parking garage facing the bay caved in Nov. 6 when a rusty support beam gave way. The garage snapped off the main structure, an office building. Workers have been preparing for the demolition since last week, disconnecting utilities, shoring and securing the area before the building comes down.
NEWS
January 23, 2013
Markel, George Sidney died peacefully, January 18, 2013, with his wife of 68 years, Betty Chambers Markel, at his side. George was born on June 24, 1921 in Prescott, Arizona to Lillian Bridget Day and George Sidney “Sid” Markel. Sid was the Superintendent for the building of the Newport Pier and the sea wall around Balboa Island. Dad was the surviving elder of his three siblings, Carol Caruthers, Billy Markel, and Connie Cooper. After meeting his beloved, Betty, in Costa Mesa, CA, they both graduated from Newport Harbor High School.
NEWS
By Len Bose | January 31, 2014
Last week, I noticed Brian Blair, captain of the 45-foot Ultra Pacific, offloading his catch at the commercial sea wall between the Bluewater Grill and the Cannery restaurant. When I asked to speak to the skipper, Blair quickly introduced himself. I have to assume many local fishermen and surfers already know the name. Brian Blair was raised in Newport Beach and graduated from Corona del Mar High School. By 19, he had already obtained his captain's license and was running sportfishing charters.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | February 27, 2014
By the time most Newport Beach residents wake up Thursday morning, the Municipal Operations Department plans to be hard at work. With high tides anticipated to coincide with two rain storms, the city has started preparations to protect its low-lying areas. Employees were expected to arrive at 4 a.m. to get a head start on protecting streets and walkways from possible flooding. When the tides rise above 6 feet, as was expected for Thursday, drain valves on Balboa Island and Balboa Peninsula must be closed to keep water from flowing backward from the harbor into the streets.
NEWS
January 22, 2013
Markel, George Sidney died peacefully, January 18, 2013, with his wife of 68 years, Betty Chambers Markel, at his side. George was born on June 24, 1921 in Prescott, Arizona to Lillian Bridget Day and George Sidney “Sid” Markel. Sid was the Superintendent for the building of the Newport Pier and the sea wall around Balboa Island. Dad was the surviving elder of his three siblings, Carol Caruthers, Billy Markel, and Connie Cooper. After meeting his beloved, Betty, in Costa Mesa, CA, they both graduated from Newport Harbor High School.
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NEWS
May 3, 2014
The article "The Fading of the Grand Canal " (April 27) contains a lot of truth. Newport Beach used to dredge it every decade or two. I was a child living on the canal, and I remember watching the work. Workers did it correctly, at high tide only, taking sand from the center and piling it up under water so it could compact properly and stay put. The last time workers dredged the canal, in about the 1980s, they did it fast and incorrectly. They dredged at any time, and the sand wasn't piled up under water.
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By Emily Foxhall and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | February 27, 2014
By the time most Newport Beach residents wake up Thursday morning, the Municipal Operations Department plans to be hard at work. With high tides anticipated to coincide with two rain storms, the city has started preparations to protect its low-lying areas. Employees were expected to arrive at 4 a.m. to get a head start on protecting streets and walkways from possible flooding. When the tides rise above 6 feet, as was expected for Thursday, drain valves on Balboa Island and Balboa Peninsula must be closed to keep water from flowing backward from the harbor into the streets.
NEWS
By Len Bose | February 7, 2014
I started this week by taking my bicycle ride on the beach trail, and as the crisp winter air touched my face, I looked out over Catalina as a boxer looks at his next opponent. This weekend is the Mid-Winter Catalina Island Race (formerly known as the first race of the Whitney/Times/Bogart Series). It's one of my favorite races of the sailing season. This time of year we always get our best breeze, and when sailing to the island, the first thing you usuallly notice is how green it is. I have to assume we will miss that this year because of the lack of rain.
NEWS
By Len Bose | January 31, 2014
Last week, I noticed Brian Blair, captain of the 45-foot Ultra Pacific, offloading his catch at the commercial sea wall between the Bluewater Grill and the Cannery restaurant. When I asked to speak to the skipper, Blair quickly introduced himself. I have to assume many local fishermen and surfers already know the name. Brian Blair was raised in Newport Beach and graduated from Corona del Mar High School. By 19, he had already obtained his captain's license and was running sportfishing charters.
NEWS
January 23, 2013
Markel, George Sidney died peacefully, January 18, 2013, with his wife of 68 years, Betty Chambers Markel, at his side. George was born on June 24, 1921 in Prescott, Arizona to Lillian Bridget Day and George Sidney “Sid” Markel. Sid was the Superintendent for the building of the Newport Pier and the sea wall around Balboa Island. Dad was the surviving elder of his three siblings, Carol Caruthers, Billy Markel, and Connie Cooper. After meeting his beloved, Betty, in Costa Mesa, CA, they both graduated from Newport Harbor High School.
NEWS
January 22, 2013
Markel, George Sidney died peacefully, January 18, 2013, with his wife of 68 years, Betty Chambers Markel, at his side. George was born on June 24, 1921 in Prescott, Arizona to Lillian Bridget Day and George Sidney “Sid” Markel. Sid was the Superintendent for the building of the Newport Pier and the sea wall around Balboa Island. Dad was the surviving elder of his three siblings, Carol Caruthers, Billy Markel, and Connie Cooper. After meeting his beloved, Betty, in Costa Mesa, CA, they both graduated from Newport Harbor High School.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | February 5, 2010
Whether or not climate change is to blame, rising sea levels are a growing concern for Newport Beach city officials. For the past few years, municipal workers in charge of closing the city’s tide valves, which prevent ocean water from coming up through storm drains, have noticed that the high tides are getting higher. “It seems to be just several inches above what the tide book calls for, so we just plan to close the tide valves sooner so water doesn’t come into the storm drains,” said Mark Harmon, director of Newport’s General Services department, which oversees the tide valves.
NEWS
May 18, 2003
Covering events like the Balboa Island Art Walk is always fun. You really can't plan out what kind of photo you're going to get. Going there I knew I had only a short time to get a picture and move on to my next assignment. So my game plan was simple: Just walk through the sea of people scanning for anyone or anything that uniquely said art festival. It wasn't long before I saw this little dog -- Josie, a 9-year-old Jack Russell terrier -- perched on the sea wall next to its owners art work.
NEWS
May 27, 2001
Young Chang At the end of the charming, closely-knit spit of land known as Balboa Island, there is another tidbit of history -- Collin's Island. It belonged to a man named William S. Collins, a Newport resident who owned a hefty portion of the city in the early 1900s but is little remembered today except in association with some fun Hollywood stories. Collins, a land promoter and owner of Collins Commercial Company -- a boatyard -- eventually sold most of his property but kept Balboa Island.
NEWS
May 3, 2001
Deepa Bharath NEWPORT BEACH -- It was not your typical joy ride. A 38-year-old Long Beach man wreaked a quick bit of havoc in Newport Harbor on Tuesday evening when he allegedly stole a 60-foot powerboat and damaged it by slamming against the docks and the sea wall, authorities said. Police arrested John J. Mackeravage at about 6 p.m. on suspicion of grand theft of a vehicle or a vessel, said Newport Beach Police Sgt. Steve Shulman. Mackeravage's rampage lasted only a few minutes, but during that time he managed to cause "moderate stern damage" to the boat, Twin Dolphin, which was docked in the harbor, said Sgt. Gary Smith of the Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol.
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