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November 2007 / Vol 9 No 11



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Sport  Fishing

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Patsy Metcalf
Pilates by the Sea

Rotary Club of Newport Balboa
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Yacht Cruises

The Spice Guy
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Time Capsule


From TalesOfBalboa the Book

Marty Zofchak has been coming down to Balboa every day since 1992. You can see him sitting on one of the Fun Zone's benches, where the pigeons literally eat out of his hand. Marty's a retiree who was involved in used cars and real estate. He enjoys talking with the tourists and loves it when the kids say, "Show me how to do it." Within minutes Marty has the kids getting the pigeons to fly to their hands for a piece of bread. Not a day goes by that a tourist doesn't ask Marty to pose with a child for a picture. "I started bringing four slices of bread with me," states Marty, "but now I bring a half loaf." Louise, the Carousel Lady, brings bread for Marty too. Besides feeding the ducks and pigeons, Marty finds that the fish can also be a lot of fun. "The bay is full of minnows and smelt. And you can get the smelt to jump right out of the water for a piece of bread," he says. The next time you find yourself going to the Fun Zone, be sure to take a couple of slices of bread for Marty and his friends.

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Before it was Newport Landing, it was Art's Landing, a Balboa fixture. And who can forget Gary's Coffee Shop and his great omelets  served outside on those old wooden benches. And when the tide was high you just had breakfast with your shoes off.

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In Memory

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Marty Zofchak
The Pigeon Master
1929 - 2007
Passed away on September 24, 2007
See Marty's story in this month's
Time Capsule.

Events Calendar

Taco Tuesdays, All Day
$1.00 Tacos, No Limit, Eat In/Take Out
Great Mex
703 E. Balboa Blvd.

99¢ Tuesdays at the Fun Zone
99¢ Specials All Day

Mondays thru Thursdays
Pole Dancing Classes
Balboa Pilates

204 Washington St.

Wednesdays, 11 Am - 12 Noon
 Fun at Pirates Cove, 2 - 5 year olds

Newport Harbor Nautical Museum
(949) 673-7863 X 105 Carol Davis

2nd Wednesday of the Month
 Book Club Luncheon 1 PM

Newport Landing Restaurant

First Friday of the Month
Fun Zone Friday

Wednesdays 7 PM - 9 PM
Art Night
Rainey Fine Art Gallery
103 Palm St. - 673-1382
Free Admission

Saturday, November 3, 6-10 PM
Photographs by Robert Rooks
Artist Reception
Rainey Fine Art Gallery
105 Palm St.

Friday, November 16, 6 PM
Fashion Island
Christmas tree lighting.

Sunday, November 18, 3 PM
Sunday Musicale Event
A Salon Recital with the Azzoni Duo
Newport Beach Central Library

Thursday, November 29, 6 PM - 9:PM
"Beauty and the beach"

Newport Harbor Maritime Museum

A collection of original artwork by;
Carole Boller, Steve Shea, Pam Bacich

Thursday, November 29, 7 PM
Newport Beach Central Library
Author William Mann
“Kate: The Woman Who was Hepburn with William Mann”

December 12 - 16
99th Annual Newport Beach
Christmas Boat Parade

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Help! I'm a young man trapped inside this old geezer's body.
Editor And Chief
Cook & Bottle Washer
Jim FournierI'd really love to hear from you.





Viewer Email & Memories

I visited your web site - it's terrific! I'm looking for a black and white sketch of the Pavilion. My parents had one, I have one and I'm looking for some to give as wedding gifts. It is dated 1975 and looks like it says Winchester. Do you sell anything like that or know where I can get some? I see your photos of the Pavilion. Do you also have sketches? Do you have some photos framed and ready to go at your gallery? Thanks for the help.
Tish Simmons

Can you please tell me if Dewey still works on the Balboa Island Ferry.  He was so great with the kids on our last trip I wanted to return when he was working. Thank you very much for your help.  I didn't see an e-mail address for the ferry itself.

As a college student I took the summer of 85 off, traveled from Florida with three friends and spent the entire summer on Balboa. I worked at Neeto Burrito...which was a great place to meet locals and get invited to parties. It was a fantastic time...and yes, we did actually make it back in time for the fall semester. What became of Neeto?
Thanks for the info. Even when I was working there, the locals would come in asking, "Dude, where's the cookie monster?" When I inquired about it, the manager (I wish I could remember his name...he had been a roadie for America) told me that they occasionally put an extra ingredient in their always excellent cookies. When there was a "special" batch available, a cookie monster muppet was placed in the front window. Oh, and come to think of it...Phil had just gotten out of jail at that time. I didn't see much of him; he was busy at a second location he had just opened. It was more of a traditional sit-down type of place.
If you know of any photos of the the street from that period that show Neeto, I'd love to see them. It was a hilarious place to work for the summer; there were two illegals (Jesus and Elvis, no kidding) working with me. It was quite a collection of characters on both sides of the counter.
Thanks again,
Portland, OR

Have finished the Beek book.  It is at the printers.  8x11''  180 pages with pictures.  Generalizes all the Beek offspring of Joseph Beek b. 1776 in Bandon Ireland. Cost should be about $15.  Might make good Christmas presents. If interested, let me know.  Only ran 100 copies.
Gloria Beek

Thought I'd let you know that someone kicked the Balboa Bay webcam off it's axis...Newport Bay is pouring out of the left side of my browser window! It used to be nice and level...
Just an FYI
Sergey Zakharov

This Is the Best Website ever!! Thank you so much!!!
Michael Hamrock



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