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March 2008 / Vol 10 No 3



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From TalesOfBalboa the Book

When Balboa Fun Zone President Joe Tunstall and Vice President Bob Speth began looking for a Merry-Go-Round for the new Fun Zone they traveled to the closed theme park called Santa's Village in Scotts Valley located between Santa Cruz and San Jose California. There the pair discovered the remains of the old Santa's Village Merry-Go-Round. It had weeds growing through it, mice crawling all over it and two of the original horses had been stolen. Bob Speth recalls he almost fell through the old Merry-Go-Round's rotten oak deck. They paid $25,000 for the Merry-Go-Round.  To restore the old Merry-Go-Round, Dena Morgan - son of Ed Morgan who had originally built it - was engaged for the job. The Merry-Go-Round was disassembled and taken to Morgan's facility. According to Speth, "Everything was replaced except for the frame." Because the molds for the original aluminum horses were long gone, new molds had to be made in order to produce replacements for the two missing horses. To replace the Fun Zone's Merry-Go- Round with a new one of the same quality it would cost well over a quarter of a million dollars. Ever since the new Fun Zone opened in 1986, free ride wooden-nickels have been handed out throughout Southern California to libraries as rewards for children's reading programs and to schools for incentive programs for students. To date over a million free ride wooden-nickels have been handed out. Over 180,000 people ride the Merry-Go- Round each year. About half ride free, either with a wooden-nickel or an adult riding free with a child 

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"This Is The Only Pooch Allowed In This Court"

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Passed away on February 16
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Brice Harvey Mack
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 June, 1917 -  January, 2008

Events Calendar

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

Mondays thru Thursdays
Pole Dancing Classes
Balboa Pilates

204 Washington St.

1st Wednesday of the Month
 10 Am - 11AM
 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

Saturday, March 8, 4:30 – 6 PM
Live from UCI: Hear the Future;
Poets and Novelists
Newport Beach Central Library
949. 717.3800

Saturday, March 22, 10:30 AM
Family Concerts at the
Newport Beach Public Library
“Classical Guitar” with the Triada Trio
Newport Beach Central Library
949. 717.3800

April 9, 13
35th Annual Newport Boat Show

Sunday, April 25, 12 Noon
61st Annual Newport Ensenada Race

Saturday, April 26, 10:30 AM
Family Concerts at the
Newport Beach Public Library
Pacific Symphony Youth Ensemble
Newport Beach Central Library
949. 717.3800

Saturday, May 3,  7:30 AM - 3 PM
18 Annual Balboa Island all
island garage sale

Sunday, May 18,  9 AM - 5 PM
Balboa Island Art Walk

Saturday, May 24, 10:30 AM
Family Concerts at the
Newport Beach Public Library
Pacific Symphony Youth Ensemble
Newport Beach Central Library
949. 717.3800

Friday,  July 4, 1PM - 3 PM
Old Glory Boat Parade

Balboa Bay

Sunday, July 20, 1 PM
Flight of the Lasers
Balboa bay

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I see that you've taken down the Pavilion camera (which only worked at certain times!) and replaced it w/ the Boat Rental location. Shoot - wish you would have done that a week ago so I could have seen the Boat Parade from that site. I watched it from the Ferry cam, but the light from there glared and it was hard to see the boats. But.......I did enjoy the parade! Thanks for having all these cams for those of us who need their "beach fix"!

Greetings Jim; do you have any history or info you could share with me about my uncle Coy Watts liquor store, Coy's Liquor, across from the Balboa theater? Year it opened or anything of interest I can share with my family? I know he was good friends with Dillman and spent many hours at Dillmans place. Coy's wife Hazel, my aunt, is still alive living here in Orange County.
Ben Miller

Great site.  I was watching the ferry go back and forth and noticed an accident waiting to happen.  It seems they let the people on before the cars.  Even have several sitting right where the cars go by.  One panicky driver and several feet get run over or legs get broken.  Maybe people killed.  Seems they should let the cars on first then the people.  Okay, maybe it hasn't happened yet.  But there's a first time for everything.  Word to the wise (or the paranoid like me).

Hi, I live in Orange Park Fl. My daughter lives on Opal St. on Balboa Isl. Watching the Ferry cam, makes it seem like I'm closer to her and my grandchildren. Thanks so much. 
Denise Todd

I'm Jerry Nikas' son, that was the brother of Ted Nikas.  They owned the "Prison".  I am very interested in talking to you more about your memories and my memories about the past. I'm interested to talking to anyone who knew my father Jerry.
Thank you
Alexander Demitrius Nikas

I check the ferry cam almost every day! .. I did get back to Balboa this past August and rode the ferry.. it was over too quickly! I like the way the ferry cam changes position .. although I really liked it when you could see the end of the dock because then I could really tell how high the tide was!
I'm looking forward to the re-new cams!

Dear Jim:
You might remember me by sight, although it's been some years since you've seen me.  I'm an author and have written a series of books set in Balboa.  I'd love to send you a copy if you'll send me a mailing address.
Toni Andrews

One of the nicest places there is to be at the water. I used to live in Huntington Beach. Now, I live in Northern Ca. I worked in Newport Beach and I sure miss the area. This is a real nice site, thank you.

i have been visiting this site everyday for around a month now, i have to admit it's a great site. i have the ferry boat cam on in the background pretty much all day as i sit here in the office working at my computer. after 27 years cooped up at this desk, it's so refreshing to watch the boats go by and whatever those large dark things that you can see floating on top of the water. ( i'm thinking seals?) it's so calming, i so wish i was there... it looks so peaceful and nice. it also reminds me that there is another world out there. i really never take a vacation so it's nice to see somewhere i would enjoy visiting. i do have a question however, how do the boats stay steady against the dock as the vehicles enter and exit it? thanks for some sanity in my life...

Thanks for the info, I can see the pins you were talking about. You must excuse me but I’ve been living in this God forsaken desert here in phoenix way too long. The only time I get a chance to be near water is in the shower. J Anyway, have a great weekend and I will continue to visit your website and enjoy the peaceful scenes of the waterway.
tim wearmouth

Today I sit at my desk at Sacramento International Airport and stare at the fog and cold drizzle out the terminal windows.  Then I turn to my computer and watch kayakers heading out on the bay from a view in front of Newport Landing.  Thanks for keeping the sun and sea alive to us trapped in a cold, inland winter.
Ken in Sacramento

Who out there recalls the huge flag pole out side of  Dons' (Island) market on Agate?  As Island kids in the '60s and '70s, my brother Tim and I reveled in midnight swings on the halyard, arcing up onto the side of the ferry work shop.  The pole was outside of the side door to the market; I see it is now gone.
PJ Wheeler


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