CdM Winter Sunset, 12/21/2014

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106th Annual Boat Parade Winners Announced

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Organizers have announced the winners of the 106th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.

The Sweepstakes winner was El Navigante, according to a news release, and the non-commercial Sweepstakes winner was Two are Better Than One.

The Best Powerboat was The Last Hurrah, and the Best Sailboat was The Hippocampus. Best Music went to $ea-Note.

In the Best Lights category, My Babek placed first, Alure placed second and Shannon Rose placed third. In the Best Humor & Originality category, Paradise Found placed first, The Rose Maria placed second and Amazing Grace placed third.

In the Best Animation & Special Effects category, D25 placed first, Traveler placed second and boat #19 with no name placed third. The Best Boat Under 30 Feet was Anchor of Hope, and the Best First Time Entry was Shannon Rose.

The Best Yacht Club entry was The Hippocampus, and the Yacht Club With Most Entries was the Balboa Yacht Club.

The parade concludes its five-night run tonight.

City Holiday Closures Announced

posted: December 21st, 2014 05:49 am | 0No Comments

City Hall, libraries and some city programs will be closed for the Christmas holiday beginning Wednesday Dec. 24, the city’s website states.

The Central library and branches will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 24, and all library locations will be closed Christmas day. On Dec. 26, only the Central Library at 1000 Avocado Ave. will be open.

All branches will be open during regular hours on Dec. 27 and 28, with modified hours on Dec. 29 and 30.

Libraries will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 31 and will be closed on Jan. 1.

Click here to see library hours.

Trash will be collected on the regular schedule on Dec. 24, but there will be no trash collection on Thursday Dec. 25, and instead, trash collection will occur on Dec. 26. Trash normally collected on Dec. 26 will b3e collected on Dec. 27 instead.

Also, there will be no trash collection on Jan. 1, and collection instead will occur on Jan. 2, and trash normally collected on Jan. 2 will be collected the next day.

There will be no street sweeping on Dec. 24, 25, 31 or Jan. 1.

The Civic Center, recreation programs and some other City programs and services will be closed for the holidays from Dec. 24, 2014 through Thursday Jan. 1. City offices will reopen Jan. 2.

Police, Fire and Marine operations, as well as limited other operations (refuse collection, water and wastewater, street sweeping, parking lots, parking meter collection), will be provided, the city website states.

Weather Service Issues Beach Hazards Statement

posted: December 20th, 2014 04:03 pm | 0No Comments

The National Weather Service today issued a beach hazards statement, warning that “high astronomical tides and elevated surf” could create strong rip currents and minor tidal overflow.

“A long period west-northwest swell will generate elevated surf along exposed west facing beaches in San Diego and Orange counties this weekend through early next week,” the statement said. “Astronomical high tides about 7 feet each morning combined with elevated surf may cause minor tidal overflow in low-lying beach areas…Conditions will improve by the middle of next week.”

The statement remains in effect through Tuesday morning.

Surf of 4 to 7 feet at exposed west-facing beaches is expected through early Sunday, the statement said. High tides will be around 7 feet between about 7 and 9 a.m. each day.

Strong rip currents and elevated surf result in dangerous swimming conditions, and low-lying areas near beaches, including beach parking lots, could flood.

CdM Today’s Top Stories This Week

posted: December 20th, 2014 11:50 am | 0No Comments

1. Did you wait too long to pick out a Christmas tree this year? If you did, you weren’t alone. Click here to read more about why trees were so hard to find this season.

2. Two crashes this week clogged East Coast Highway in Corona del Mar; read our stories here and here.

3. A Corona del Mar woman appeared on last week on the television show “Shark Tank,” seeking funding for a stamp kit to make holidays magical for children; read our story here.

4. Another crash on East Coast Highway damaged a bus stop bench, palm tree and trash can; read our story here.

5. A burglary on Larkspur Avenue resulted in a loss of $40,000 in jewelry; read our story here.

Boat Parade to Conclude With Fireworks; Police Offers Tips to Deal With Noise

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The 106th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade continues its nightly run today and tomorrow, with fireworks planned for about 9 p.m. Sunday to conclude the annual event. And Newport Beach city officials have issued an alert to residents, offering advice about minimizing the impact of firework noise.

The advice includes:

- Bring pets indoors during the fireworks display and, if possible, secure them in an inner room which is least impacted by exterior noise
- Close all doors and windows
- Close window coverings to further dampen the noise
- Use television and/or radio to offset the noise

Sunday’s fireworks will be off the Balboa Pier about 9 a.m., and the pier will be closed from about 10 a.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday.

Read our earlier story about the parade here.

From the Police Log: $40,000 in Jewelry Taken from Larkspur Home

posted: December 19th, 2014 04:54 pm | 0No Comments

Newport Beach police took a report of a grand theft in the 700 block of Larkspur Avenue on Thursday with a loss of $40,000, a report said.

“It appears that the victim discovered jewelry missing after having workers unsupervised in her residence,” said Andi Querry, a police spokeswoman.

The theft occurred between 8 p.m. Dec. 12 and 8 a.m. Thursday, the report said.

Officers also took a report of a burglary at 4:41 am.. today in the 2300 block of East Coast Highway, online logs state. Additional information about the burglary was not immediately available.

CdM This Weekend: Five Great Things For Your To-Do List

posted: December 19th, 2014 01:15 pm | 0No Comments

1. The Central Library will host “The Nutcracker” for Kids from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Friends Room. The performance will be an abridged, narrated version aimed at introducing children to the Nutcracker story and ballet, and will be presented by the Festival Ballet Theatre. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. The library is located at 1000 Avocado Avenue.

2. Crystal Cove State Park will host a Beachside Ranger Chat from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Education Commons in the Historic District. There also will be a Winter Solstice hike at 5:30 p.m. Saturday that meets in the Berns Amphitheater, which is inland at the School-State Park entrance. From 3 p.m. to sunset on Sunday, there will be a photography walk that meets in the Los Trancos lot. The events are free, but there is a $15 day-use fee to park in the state lots.

3. The 106th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade will run through Sunday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and ending about 9 p.m. nightly, launching and ending from a spot near Bay Island. On Sunday, there also will be a fireworks show about 9 p.m. near the Balboa Pier. For more information including a complete parade route, click here.

4. A Family Science Winter Solstice event will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Muth Interpretive Center at 2301 University Drive in Newport Beach. OC Parks is hosting the free event, which features self-guided activities and crafts. There also will be story times at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The event is aimed at children between 3 and 12 years old.

5. It’s not too late to get your picture taken with Santa. You can head to Fashion Island, or to Roger’s Gardens at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road.

Crash Closes Coast Highway Lanes Near Poppy

posted: December 19th, 2014 08:19 am | 0No Comments

For the second time in two days, a morning commute hour crash occurred on East Coast Highway in Corona del Mar.

Today’s crash involved two cars and occurred around 7:30 a.m. Ambulances, police cars and fire trucks were on the scene, and a white sedan with damage was stopped near the median by the Crown Cove senior facility, with police talking to a man standing by that car. Near Five Crowns Restaurant, debris was scattered across all lanes of southbound East Coast Highway as well as the left turn lane in the other direction, and a damaged silver car was stopped in the middle of the street.

“One male patient was transported to Hoag Hospital via NBFD Paramedics with minor injuries,” Newport Beach Fire Department Captain Michael Liberto said.

The crash backed up traffic through Corona del Mar.

On Thursday, a bus and truck collided about two blocks away at Morning Canyon Road. There were no injuries, but traffic was clogged for more than an hour; read our story here.

Solo Crash Damages CdM Bus Stop

posted: December 19th, 2014 05:15 am | 0No Comments

A Corona del Mar bus top was damaged earlier this week after a single-car crash on East Coast Highway near Marguerite Avenue, police said.

The crash occurred about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, when a man driving a black BMW sedan westbound on East Coast Highway left the roadway, hit a palm tree, a sign, a trash can and the bus bench, said Jennifer Manzella, a Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman.

There were no significant injuries, and the man was not arrested, she said.

Damage estimates are not complete, she said, and likely won’t be available until investigators conclude their report.

“At this point, I believe that we have determined that the trash can and the bench are City property (or City-managed) and that the sign belongs to OCTA (Orange County Transportation Authority),” she said.

The bus benches has been cordoned off with yellow caution tape.