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April 2004 / Vol 6 No 4

   

Abbondanza Italian Bistro
673-1930
American Bevel
723-2900
American Legion 
673-5070
Back to the Beach
723-4773
Balboa's
675-3017

Balboa Angling Club
673-6316
Balboa Bakery
673-2040
Balboa Beach
Coin Wash

675-8861
Balboa Beach Treats
723-5701
Balboa Beacon
673-9575
Balboa Bikes 'n'
Beach Stuff

723-1516
Balboa Boat Rentals
673-7200
Balboa Eyewear
723-0783
Balboa Fun Zone
673-0408
Balboa Gift Alley
673-6275
Balboa Gift House
673-5643
Balboa Inn
675-3412
Balboa Island Ferry
673-1070
Balboa Kitchen & Bath
675-8026
Balboa Pharmacy
673-5370
Balboa Pilates
675-5888
Balboa Saloon
673-9783
Balboa Sushi 21
723-5351
Balboa Thai Cafe
675-0161
Balboa Theater
673-0895
Balboa Village Market
673-8310
Bal Harbor Liquor
675-6864
Bay Arcade
673-0324
Bay Boat Rentals
675-2456
Bay Burger
675-0660
Bayside Sunglasses
283-5221
Beach Island
723-5271
Bibi Anna's
675-8146
B.J.'s Pizzeria
675-7560
Blue Sails
723-0339
Cabo Cantina
675-7760

Castaways
673-4205
Catalina Passenger Service
673-5245
Christ Church by the Sea Methodist
673-3805

City Hall
644-3309
Class of 47
675-5774
Cold Stone Creamery
673-5030
Davey's Locker
673-1434
Discovery Tours
673-2311
Easy-Ride Bike Rentals
887-5547
Electric Tattoo
675-1412
Fun n Sun
675-4353
Fun Photo Studio
673-3767

Fun Zone Boat Co
673-0240
Gina's Pizza
673-8516
Glamour Nails
723-2098
Global Mortgage Funding
673-4852
Great Mex
675-0808
Hair by Holly
933-0673
Harborside Restaurant
673-4633
Harbour House Coffee
566-9915
Hill's Boat Service
675-0740
Island Design
673-9118
Island Marine Fuel
673-1103
Island Petals
673-8257
Jazzz Hair Salon
675-1457
J.J.'s Haircutting
675-8406
Kathryn Aileen's
675-5351
Kids at Heart
677-3134
Kites Etc
673-0450
Knot Just Candy
673-1365
Kyle's Alterations
723-0871
Labels Resale Boutique
673-1200
Library
717-3800
Lifeguards
644-3049
Local Color
675-1001
Mack - San's Cafe
675-8659
Main St. Surf Shop
673-4412
Marina Water Sports
673-3372
Mifflin's Taffy
673-4827
Mithrush
675-5646
Mr. Balboa Barbershop
673-6244
Mrs. Fields Cookies
673-4844
Natalie's Beach Cafe
675-3315
Naturally Newport
723-5251
Natural Nails by Daisy
675-9498
Newport's Coffee Bar
723-9227

Newport Harbor Cruises
673-5245
Newport Jet Sports
723-5387
Newport Landing
   Fuel Dock
   673-7878
   Restaurant
   675-2373
   Sport Fishing
   675-0550
Newport Whale Watching
673-0240
New York Style Pizza
675-7808
Noize Music
675-7189
Notary Public
673-0675
Ocean Front Bar & Grill
675-7382
OM
675-3121
Our Lady of  Mount Carmel Catholic Church
673-3775
Pavilion Real Estate 675-8120
Pizza Pete
675-4771
Police (Business)
644-3717
Post Office
675-0720
Pretzel Factory
673-0539
Rif Raf Body Piercing
723-2099
Rock n Bungee
673-2159
Ruby's Diner
675-7829
Santan
675-2817
Seascape Air
673-7348
Shellback Yacht Cruises
632-3736
Shore House Cafe
673-7726
Shoreline
675-6876
Silver Star Castings
723-7827
Skinworks Tattoos
675-8905
Surfside Silver
723-5070
T's Toe Rings & Gifts
566-9947
TalesOfBalboa
673-0675
Taste of Napa
723-8466
Tikiboat
673-0240
Ultraviolet
673-2205
2W Market
673-2240
Wedding Boat
673-0240
Young & Restless
675-9529
 

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The pics of the Fun Zone remind me of my first paying job. I worked for the lady who had the gold fish ping pong ball toss right in the middle of the Fun Zone. She also had the concession off to the side near the secondary entrance from the boardwalk that had little plastic ducks swirling around in an artificial river. The gold fish game was obvious and a feature of pretty much any carnival or game site. Land a ping pong ball in the bowl and you won the fish and the bowl. I think it was 10 cents a ball or three for 25 cents. I bet most of the fish died of old age without finding a loving home, though I do remember a few being won.
The duck game was a little less transparent. Each duck had a numeral on the underside denoting a score. The player would pick up a duck and whatever the score determined the prize the player had won. Of course after a while I figured out which ducks paid off better than the others, if a cute girl were playing I'd hint at the "good" ducks!
I was paid fairly. I got 10% of the gross income. I think I was about 10 years old at the time. Some days I made several dollars.
Alan Sandoval

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 I was thinking recently about a very dear friend of mine whom I knew when I lived in Balboa, and the tragic story of his disappearance, and how it might make a good story, but, more importantly, bring some new clues to the surface about what happened to him and his partner.
His name was Steve Bailey, and he worked part time at the studio cafe, and worked full time as the skipper of the boat that went over to the Island. I can't remember if it was the new (at that time) Catamaran, and the old Catalina Holiday he skippered or what exactly the names of the boats were, but it would be easy to find out.
He and his friend, who I believe was the grandson of the man who owned the Pavilion at the time, crossed from Catalina on a beautiful sunny day, in a small boat, following the bigger boat across to Balboa. His brother Jesse was on the bigger boat at the time and as far as I have heard, they were keeping a pretty good eye on the young men following. I am not sure if the version I was told is correct, or not, because I have heard different theories over the years. Anyway, when they were almost to the other side, the boys veered off because of large wakes, or something. They were never heard from again, nor was any of their craft found. I understand the boat was what was called an unsinkable, and they had one of those radios that gives off a signal for days if anything goes wrong, and the boat was full of flotation pillows, rings, etc....There was an extensive search for months. I understand after the coast guard gave up, the Pavilion owners family, and Jesse went around soliciting donations to keep up the search. Jesse told me when I went to visit him on the island years later, that they would call him and his elderly mother to come to identify bodies for years, that could possible be Steven. It just got to be too much for the mom. I have lost contact with Jesse since that time, and I do not know if the mother is still alive or not. One thing that was particularly sad, was that Steve was the last chance for the mother to be a grandparent. She had lost two sons already, and one was gay. Jesse had never been able to have kids, so Steven was her only hope to carry on the lineage. Steve was a wonderful person. People would have said that about him when he was alive too, not just because he is gone. He was truly exceptional. He was a wonderful friend, full of life like you wouldn't believe, and very very nice. Thanks Barbara Dever

Somewhere around 1958 there was a big square rigger (named Eagle?) docked at the turning basin by the Arches. We launched our first sabot on a SantaAna windy day and sailed from then through the 1970's all over the bay. Snowbirds, then Schooners were the boats of choice, though I always kept the Sabot through college. Does anyone else remember that old square-rigger and what her story was? I think of those days often and wonder if I'm the only one left.
Craig Druitt
adruid@adelphia.net

 

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Words Of Wisdom

 

Why do people who run over a string a dozen times with their vacuum reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give their vacuum one more chance?
 

 



Balboa Events Calendar


2nd Wednesday of the Month
 Book Club Luncheon 2 PM
Bibi Anna's

675-8146

April 19, 2004-6:30 PM
Winemaker Dinner
Four Course Dinner including Wine
$35/person Reservations required. Seating very limited.
949-675-8146
Bibi Anna's

Saturday May 8,  9am - 5pm
Balboa Island Artwalk
 

Wednesday May 12,  6PM
BID Annual Meeting
Newport Landing
Library Room

Saturday May 15
Norte Vista High School Prom
Balboa Pavilion

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Circa 1931

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Howdy Jim,
I am trying to look up an old childhood friend, Neil Mancinelli, from Hollywood, California.
I found a Neil Mancinelli on your Balboa web site under "The Faces of Balboa", page 12. He is the one with an LA cap and dark sun glasses. I can't make out if it is him or not. Neil should be about 53 years old, medium build, with red hair, that's if he has any left!
If you could please send me any information on how to contact Neil, it would be very much appreciated.
Thank You,
Tiger Joe Michiels
A member of the fraternity of "Chief Cook and Bottle Washers"
Michiels International Inc.
Phone: 530-246-4933
Fax: 530-246-0830
Email: tigermichiels@cs.com

Jim, Love the new meat case storey! Small Town America, you got to love it. I cant wait to see them in person .
Thanks Lee [phoenix]
Lee Gleich

I was a 7 year resident of Balboa back in the late 80's and early 90's after growing up in south west HB now living in Eastern Pennsylvania. Your site is my morning and daily touch-of-home enabling me to scan the webcams and check weather! I will be relocating my family back to the area in August of 2005. There is not a better place to live and raise kids than the Balboa area! Every cold and snowy day I email my wife your homepage and count down the days! Thanks for the great site!!
Paul Sheehan

I'm moving back to California, after living in Texas for 28 years, based with continental, can't wait to hear the water paula
ps minus chuck haha

There was a little museum by the Long Beach Shipyard. My friend worked at the Ship Yard. He said there was on display a old Newspaper stating FREE LOTS Balboa Island....If you bought a Home (he forgets the area) they gave you a Lot on Balbao Island. We were discussing Balbao Island yesterday and a friend said this is not true. Do you know if there was any truth?
Flo Wozniak
agmhfw@aol.com
Thanks

dear jim
thank you so much for passing mikes message on. it was a delightful surprise. i got in touch with him today. i have to admit that this site really has helped my missing home so much. i can take a look at my ocean, boardwalk, sunset, ect. every day and (corny) smile. i still live on the water, but like i said before, it's not home. thanx again jim
seems to be the same for alot of people. k.-
kathleen hancock roberts

 

 
 

Your 2 Worth

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April 30, 2004

"Considerate neighbors control their mutts". Huh? Those two dogs are about as docile as any you would want to find. Jim, get a life!


April 30, 2004

The fish in the bay are full of DDT..... development has run rampant.... good young men and women are risking their lives in Iraq.... and you can't share the bench with a couple a really small dogs..... shame on you for your shallowness.


April 30, 2004

A simple answer to the dogs at Harbour House Coffee. If you don't like the dogs don't go there for coffee.


April 30, 2004

And loose lip morons should grow up.


April 30, 2004

CONSIDERATE NEIGHBORS CONTROL THEIR MUTTS!


April 28, 2004

We now know who has been calling animal control on the 2 nice dogs. Not a nice thing to do when they are your neighbors. Especially business neighbors!!


April 28, 2004

maybe the owners of Harbor House need to start paying rent for those park benches if no one else can use them!


April 27, 2004

Will the complainer of the dogs just chill out! There are so many things for all of us to be thankful for! Go feed a pigeon!


April 27, 2004

Ooooohhhhhhmmmmmm........


April 27, 2004

Just poison the dogs if you're really that upset about them - that'll teach those ingrates that there are conseqences to be paid for getting on your nerves and such flagrant and obscene misuse of public property. Just think about it...men, women and children getting killed everyday in Iraq and not only can't you sit on one of the many public benches but you also have to listen to some barking dogs - when will the injustice end!


April 27, 2004

Someone can always find something to complain about..what a glorius day! It's great to be alive!


April 26, 2004

Anybody notice the summer weather, big waves, and just how great is to be here????? whine whine nag nag---------------


April 26, 2004

You be Chung King. God save the queen!


April 26, 2004

yes, I'm mad as HELL about the dogs, and not being able to sit on that bench. I'm going to just be, and do nothing. And do nothing and be. Chung King.


April 26, 2004

The yapping does get old.


April 26, 2004

Chill out about the dogs on the bench!! You have probably never sat there so what difference does it make? Get a life!


April 26, 2004

An old chum is trying to contact Steven M. Bolduc - does anyone know his whereabouts... photograph on page 10 of "Faces of Balboa" ? I have a phone number and email address for him, however am receiving no replies. I am concerned of his well- being. URGENT! If you have any information as to the whereabouts of Mr Bolduc, please contact his friend, Bill Murphy. artist@billmurphy.com Thank you.


April 26, 2004

Is any body else upset about the people who own the Harbor House Coffee shop comandeering the PUBLIC bench outside their shop for their two yappy dogs all day long?


April 24, 2004

Easy to figure why ask?


April 23, 2004

What is,is-agreed. YET there are more surfbands gigging today than in 1963!!! Go figure-------


April 23, 2004

"To Do Is To Be" -Buddha "To Be Is To Do" -Lao Tzu "DoBe DoBe DoBe Do" -Sinatra


April 23, 2004

What was, was.......what is, is.


April 21, 2004

Guess all the surf music diggers done left Balboa. (see entry April 7)


April 20, 2004

It was ..... yester day.


April 19, 2004

That will be the day, pal.


April 18, 2004

Yea he does. He takes checks and Master Card


April 18, 2004

Charlie don't take checks, or American Express


April 17, 2004

I've seen Gay drink.


April 17, 2004

Like I said.... and we care because??


April 17, 2004

Its nice to know that Gay Kelly practices what she preaches. As you know Gay is dead against drinking alcohol to excess because memories of her parents. Gay backs up her convictions by never drinking alcohol herself. We should also give Gay credit for always having a positive word to say about everyone. Gay is really the type of person we should point out to our children as an example of the lives they should live. Thank you Gay.


April 17, 2004

And we care because?


April 16, 2004

Aloha, just got back from Hawaii. Guess who.........


April 15, 2004

Let's jam some Dick Dale, Chantays, Centurions, etc!!! See 2cents worth entry Apr. 7-


April 13, 2004

The promoters know Gay and Ridgeway!


April 13, 2004

I'm all for the boat show but, how does the show stack up to the regs. about only one boat per slip for fire safety?


April 13, 2004

Apparently no one has change for a nickel.


April 11, 2004

Happy Sunday everyone


April 11, 2004

Happy Easter! May God Bless Us Al!


April 09, 2004

Glad to see Lido Cam back online...


April 09, 2004

A good Good Friday to all.


April 09, 2004

On this Maunday Thursday, remember the preparations many years ago on this eve of Good Friday. Jesus Christ died and rose again for our sins. Happy Easter Season, everyone. God Bless us all.


April 07, 2004

HUH? Are you Charlie or Corny ? ? ?


April 07, 2004

HUH? Are you Charlie or Corny ? ? ?


April 07, 2004

Well it's Easter Week! As I said yesterday, let's rock Balboa!! Stop by The Noize Music at Palm & East Bay and yak about the good old times. To those who never heard of the Rendevoux or surf music come on anyway-you might just dig it!! My name is Charly and I am at the store Monday thru Friday EVENINGS ONLY. Let's dig some wet reverb and get in the tube!!!!


April 06, 2004

Ya got that right! !


April 06, 2004

Around this time of year the memories of playing surf music at the Rendevoux Ballroom come roaring in! We the Centurions rocked Balboa!!!!!!!


April 06, 2004

No...... they haven't entered school yet!


April 06, 2004

Sounds like the pre-schoolers are out on recess again. I'm going to speak with the principal. Or are they grade 2 through 10?


April 06, 2004

My wristwatch has not been reset?


April 06, 2004

No trace or record of sender is made........think about it. No trace, not the slightest. None Zero, I have a bridge for sale too. Mr. Gullible.


April 06, 2004

Submit your Corn..........he was filthy. As in Phil, king of the neeto-burrito. Some things don't go better with Coke.


April 06, 2004

Watch your language, and do not duplicate on this site. Corn, Corn, Corn, Corn,


April 06, 2004

Lets get those clocks reset, I'm real worried about that......mostly the beach clocks......? I had a dumb girlfriend who bought all Cornys radios. He would break them everyday. I had to buy them for him.


April 06, 2004

Bay cam clock not reset for daylight saving time.


April 06, 2004

2nd grade?...you give them higher placement than I would. They act like kindergarden, and talk like 8th graders.


April 06, 2004

Corn, you and your friend are weird! 2nd grade education maybe????


April 05, 2004

Corn did now have a computer, or he would have go us all hot. And stuff big pictures and stuff by the bay.Good thing------Go fishing for it! Ticketets on sale an Newport Landing!!!!!cheap


April 05, 2004

Submit your Corney..........he had a radio he loved


April 05, 2004

Watch you language...... Corny.


April 05, 2004

ole' Corn could give you his two cents worth. But we could not allow you to see it.


April 05, 2004

Corny......... There is something to talk about. Since this site is dead. I know there is something to get things stirred up here. In the next day or two.


April 04, 2004

Aloha, just got back from Hawaii. Love that lightning.


April 03, 2004

Rolf & Ruthy Laib are simply great. Keep Ruth in your prayers as her eyesight is going fast.


April 03, 2004

Just got back from a weeks stay in beautiful Balboa (we rent twice a year from the Laib's at 416 E Bay). Lucked out with such great weather on Monday and took the Flier to Catalina. What a great week! LOVED the thunder & lightning too! Serg & Leslie


April 03, 2004

I remember the games at the Fun Zone. My sister actually won one of the goldfish! And I loved the ducks. I remember winning a tiny panda bear filled with sawdust that I can still remember the smell of....


April 03, 2004

It did have to do with the Hunter statement.


April 03, 2004

Please do not duplicate your statements on this site!


April 02, 2004

"Please watch your language" was not in reference to the "Hunter" staement below....Thank you Jim for cleaning up the chat.


April 02, 2004

"Please watch your language" was not in reference to the "Hunter" staement below....Thank you Jim for cleaning up the chat.


April 02, 2004

How about that thunder & lkightning last night--quite a show!!!! hoping for lots of SUN for the break! God bless ya'all!!!!!!!


April 02, 2004

What's wrong with "I believe Hunter is right on. He's going to the next council meeting with it." We are getting touchy!


April 02, 2004

Please watch your language. Jim Fournier


April 01, 2004

I believe Hunter is right on. He's going to the next council meeting with it.


April 01, 2004

Hey Jim, what happened to "Walk to the Beach" on your front page?


April 01, 2004

What are people feelings about the story in the Pilot re Hunter and the Pigeon guy. As a simple aesthetic and health issue it is very clear cut but there seems to be no way to stop the guy feeding the pigeons. If you havent seen him there are usually a LOT of pigeons .


April 01, 2004

It is a beautiful Spring day. It's GREAT to be alive!


 

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