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September 2006 / Vol 8 No 9



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Balboa Fun Zone
Balboa Island
Balboa Island Ferry
Balboa Pavilion
Balboa Saloon
Balboa Technology
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Free Newport
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Menagerie Entertainment
Mifflin Taffy
Mr. Balboa
Barber Shop
Newport Beach

Newport Jet Sports
Newport Surf Shots
Pilates by the Sea

Renee West
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Pavilion Lightning

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In Memory

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"Gentleman Gene" Altobello
February 19, 1949 - August 1, 2006
He walked a way with us and now he's gone on.

The New Museum

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What will the Balboa Fun Zone look like when the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum is finishes in 5 years? This artist conception will give you an idea.

Time Capsule


From TalesOfBalboa the Book

 The Balboa Sculling and Punting Society was formed in the old Village Inn on Balboa Island in the late 1940's. Ron White, who was the society's treasurer for eight years, says," [They were a] bunch of eccentric old guys sitting around doing nothing. Bored, wealthy people who wanted to do goofy things. The membership was hand written on the back of a menu. Well-known cartoonists Dick Shaw, one of the creators of Mr. Magoo, and Virgil Partch who drew the VIP cartoons, were two of the founding members. In the mid 1980s the group decided to take the bus to Hawaii, and this group had no problem doing things the right way.  First Ron verified that there were enough funds in the treasury for the adventure. A letter from the Governor of  Hawaii approving the trip was acquired. Heublein, the liquor distributor agreed to supply the booze and stewardesses for the trip. Flying Tiger Airlines agreed to fly the bus to Hawaii in one of its big cargo planes. The plan was to buy an old school bus, give it a quick coat of paint, load it into the plane and have one hell of a party on the bus while flying over the Pacific Ocean, then donate the bus to a convalescent home in Hawaii. Everything was set to go. Then, at the last moment, due to financial problems, Flying Tiger backed out of the deal and the adventure never came to pass.

Balboa Memories

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My son gave me your book for my b'day and I read it straight thru, loved it. Will there be another? I remember Orville and Marygold, they had the gift shops at the Pavilion and on the corner at the ferry landing. There was a one-legged shoe repair man on Balboa Blvd. Can't remember his name. I had a friend living in the ferry's boathouse when it burned. All he got out with was the sheet he wrapped around himself. Maize, the lady on the bycicle was a good friend. She and her two sons worked at the sailboat rental next to the ferry. Also knew Joe Beek. Some of the people will remember the wind machines that were on top of Saddleback. You could see them from Balboa when the sun was right. Well, Joe Beek and his good friend (can't remember his name) who lived on Harbor Island. built a cabin up there and they planted all the pines up there. They had the wind machines for elec. They dug a lake and a pool. We went up there with him a couple of times and he had a pump organ in the cabin and he loved to make "slum gullion" . On the way home he liked to stop at the drug store in the Orange circle and have sassparilla. He was quite a person.

My favorite memorie is when my dad got attacked by a black swan while tieing our boat up.We have that swan as our desktop.We call it his friend,but they really aren't friends at all!
Jordan Maddison Westbrook


Words Of Wisdom

I have enough money to last me the rest of my life unless I buy something.


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Events Calendar

2nd Wednesday of the Month
 Book Club Luncheon 1PM

Newport Landing Restaurant

Saturdays 3:30 PM -7:00 PM
Kyng Arthur: Authentic Reggae
"Cabo Cantina" 100 Main St

June 9th - October 15th,
Dredges to Dreamboats
Newport Harbor Nautical Museum

Saturdays at Sundown
June 17 thru September 2
Annual Flag Lowering Ceremony
Patriotic Music, Taps, Canon Salute.
Balboa Boat Rentals
By the Balboa Island Ferry Landing
Balboa Peninsula

Friday, September 1,  NOON
Happy 100th Birthday Cake Cutting Newport Beach City Hall

Sunday, September 10, 3 PM
Sunday Musical

Central Library

Friday, October 6,  5 PM - 10 PM
Les Brown & Band of Renown
Dinner Dance

Balboa Pavilion

Sunday, October 8,  2 PM - 8:30 PM
100 Years Between the Piers
Beach Party

Sunday, October 8, 3 PM
Sunday Musical
Central Library

Sunday November 12, 3 PM
Sunday Musical
Central Library

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I heard that the amusement park rides are for sale and the park will be
closed. Will the arcade to the south be closed and all the stores along
the square block as well? Where can I get more info - isn't this a
landmark that cannot be demolished? regards, David E. Moss

Hello there, can you provide me with any information about the Balboa Island house plaques? I have tried searching on the net but I am not coming up with anything. I believe I saw a business on the island that makes them? Thank you for your help.Sincerely, Jennifer Brady,
Syracuse, NY

Hello, Our company wopuld like to plan a company picnic at the park next to Balboa Pier. I cannot find anything on this. Can you tell me who to contact to set it up?
Thanks so much!
Rebecca G. Rosenberger

Hi Jim,
My wife and I want to see the 4th of July fireworks in Balboa, but would we need tickets? Where do we get more information?

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