Friday, February 28, 2014


The City of Newport Beach is handing out sandbags for those in low lying areas.   

This from the City of Newport Beach and Patch:

 The bags can be picked up between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday (and when I called the City of Newport Beach they said Friday too) at the City's Corporation Yard, 592 Superior Ave.The city will provide up to 10 free sandbags to Newport Beach households to help residents prepare for this week's rain storms.
The City's Corporation Yard, 592 Superior Ave., is near the intersection of Superior & Industrial Way. Directional signage will guide drivers to the correct location in the Corp Yard.
Those interested must bring a photo I.D. (indicating they are Newport Beach residents)  to pick up their sandbags.
Please call the City's Municipal Operations Department at 949-644-3055 for more information.

Thursday, February 27, 2014


Jim Ferguson and Kobe!

My friend Jim Ferguson recently lost his dog Kobe due to old age.  I think this 'tribute' on Facebook was a better obituary than most of us humans get.

"Thanks to everyone who took the time to say a few kind words about the loss of our dog Kobe. I've always said that my biggest tears have come with the passing of the family pet. This time was no different. Your words and thoughts were certainly appreciated.

Kobe was a untrained 24/7/365 eating machine!! He ate everything and anything. I once pulled a anchovy out of his mouth that a seagull most have dropped. He powered through a entire Costco chocolate cake. I know for certain he ate Grandpa's 1 day old hearing aids. I bet he consumed 20 bucks worth of quarters during his lifetime. If it wasn't locked down it was fair game. I read this morning that the economic impact to Dad's Doughnut's for the first quarter of 2014 could be as much as 8% of lost revenues due to Kobe's passing.

He got along with everyone and darn near everything. There was one Boxer on the island named Gus that he always growled at but never came to fighting. He even put up with the little white fluffy dogs barking and nipping at him.

I know everyone's dog is the greatest dog in the world and that's the way it should be. Kobe was the Greatest Dog in our World!

The last thing he whispered to me was you tell Gus the Boxer how he lucky he was that I never got off the leash or he would have kicked his ass!!!"

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Repeat Boutique

Every last Thursday of the month is "Tag Change Day" at Repeat Boutique.  Be the first in line (There is always a line!)! Sale Starts Thursday February 27th - Sunday March 2nd!

 Hundreds of items just TWO DOLLARS - Clothes, Dresses, Shoes and Plus Sizes.                     Even more items 50% off!


True Religion, Escada, Brighton, Chanel and Tiffany Eye Glasses, Dolce & Gabbana, Chico's, Fresh Produce and Many More to Numerous to Mention!!

Thousands of Fabulous Fashionable Items at a price anyone can afford!  

I found Repeat Boutique through New Directions for Woman - what a wonderful place for women with addiction issues and their children.  Yes, they can keep their children with them - this is a one of a kind facility located right here in Costa Mesa.  

REPEAT BOUTIQUE370 E. 17th StreetCosta Mesa, CA 92627(Ralph's Center)

PS Balboa Island Friends - I WILL BE THERE  - I have missed you all - come and visit!!  SHOP, DONATE, VOLUNTEER - This is a great cause and we can really use MORE VOLUNTEERS!!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


OOPS—Spell check doesn't catch wrong phone numbers or dates!  The Balboa Island Garage Sale—as was pointed out to me by several people—is the LAST Saturday in April—NOT the first!! Saturday April 26, 2014.  I hope this doesn't cause as much trauma as it has in prior years!! Thank You for your patience with this editor!

We have a new columnists this edition—Rudy Baron—Tax Tips.  Information  we all need to get ready for April 15th. Rudy’s column reflects his desire to help.  He will prepare your taxes with precision in a timely manner.    Welcome to a long time friend from Balboa Island. 

A little bit of information from my regular columnist—Dee Dawson.  Watch for a Hot Dog Place where the Sushi Restaurant was.  Word on the street is the hot dogs are ‘darn good’ and a welcome option for the locals.  Can’t wait to try them!  Watch for an interview with owner, Victoria in the April Coastal Breeze!!

TIP FOR THE DAY - Udemy has great options for learning - now 75% off.  How to create Blogs, Apps, Facebook Pages.  I am listening to one of my favorites Starr Hall on Udemy right now.