April, 2007, Volume 9, Issue 2
BALBOA ISLAND CALENDAR
THURS. MAY 3 BALBOA ISLAND PARADE MEETING, WILMA’s, 7pm
FRIDAY MAY 4 FRIDAY NIGHT STROLL 7 pm—9 pm, Marine Avenue
SAT MAY 5 ALL ISLAND GARAGE SALE—SEE ENCLOSED FLYER FOR
SUN MAY 6 INFORMATION. 949.422.8570
SUN MAY 20 BALBOA ISLAND ART WALK, South Bayfront
SUN JUNE 3 BALBOA ISLAND PARADE 11:00 am—12:30 pm BRIDGE CLOSED
FRI JUNE 22 BIYC SIGNUPS—BEEK CENTER—6pm
Call Evan Fullerton for INFO—949.548.3229 ,
SHOOTING THE BREEZE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carolyn Carr
In answer to all the questions I have been getting lately—“Yes, I have lost a lot of weight during the past year.” “Yes, I am healthy.”
My first secret—working out with Shannon Carpenter 0f SCC TRAINING 949. 631.6044 whose ad has graced this newsletter the past few issues and is also in this issue. At a no frills gym—Met RX. I really spent time learning how to work out—not trying to look good working out. I learned how the stretch and “foam roll”. How to use the exercise equipment properly. How to lose inches and firm my muscles.
My second secret—Weight Watchers—no fancy diet—no expensive diet—just one year of Weight Watchers and working out. Setting a reachable goal for my “lifetime” weight goal.
It wasn’t very difficult. I learned how many calories are in every thing I eat. I learned how to write down everything that passed my lips. I learned how to eat foods that were high in fiber so that I could eat more and feel full. I learned to eat less fat. Recently they compared the Atkins diet to other diets to “prove” the Atkins was the best one—they didn’t mention Weight Watchers. That is because it really works. And I don’t make any money telling you.
I learned to exercise. I learned that at 60 years old I could become healthy and am closing in on the same weight I was when I graduated from high school. Life is good.
And speaking of the good life—don’t forget the ALL ISLAND GARAGE SALE—coming May 5th and 6th—a chance to see what treasures your neighbors have that migh`t be just what want.
I love garage sales, that is why I keep organizing this event year after year. Everyone seems to love it—people come from everywhere. Calls start coming in December for the date so vacations can be scheduled without conflicting. See you at 118 Agate with the Maps and Starbucks coffee!!!
MONTHLY SALUTE . . Doris Lee, Coldwell Banker
Visiting Ted and Ruth McConville is a heartwarming adventure. From tip toeing over Ted’s train sets (a lifetime hobby) to hearing their stories laced with Ted’s Irish humor and Ruth’s charming southern accent to gazing at the peaceful Bay view in front of their home at 703 North Bayfront—purchased in 1955 for $27,000!!!
When Ted originally located here from Highland Park he said there were mostly empty houses with few people to talk to. Orange County’s population was about 200,000. Ted came here as a County Engineer, Surveyor and Road Commissioner to develop plans for Orange County’s freeways and transportation.
Prior to that Ted was a Ski Captain at USC and, as a Sea Scout, attended the dedication of the overpass to the Peninsula on PCH in the 1930s. Later, while stationed in Vicksburg, Mississippi during WWII, he met his future bride, the daughter of the Mayor—Ruth LaHatte!
The family/neighbors became “The Ruby Street Mob” , often gathering on the Beach in front of the McConville’s for BBQ’s, Volleyball, etc. The captain of John Wayne’s boat often gave excursions! The cute McConville mirror twin girls Karen and Kristy were models from childhood. The family skied on their Idaho ranch, which Donald Bren often rented. Ted’s engineering feats were renown—earning him a “Civil Engineer Lifetime Achievement Award!”
Their passion was for the sea on their 60’ boat The Majestic which served as control boat at the start or finish lines in Americas Cup Races in San Diego and Ensenada. Once in Mexico they helped the Jacque Cousteau crew on a film. Fishing gave them world records! Ted caught a 350 lb. yellow fin and Ruth hauled in a 1000+ marlin.
Since the McConvilles have been married over 50 years and Balboa Island has always been their home, it looks like they are here to stay. Everyone hopes so, for the Island became a good place to be because of wonderful people like the McConvilles.
If you or anyone you know would like to be featured as a Balboa Island long time resident, please call Doris Lee @ Coldwell Banker 949.280.0607 or e-mail .. 25 years of dedicated service in Sales and Property Management on Balboa Island!
BIYC signups are Friday, June 22, 2007 at 6 pm at the Beek Center. BIYC starts the following Monday, June 25 at 9:00 am—you can still sign up on that Monday..
BIYC lasts for 8 weeks and is open to kids both on and off Balboa Island. This year’s Commodore is Evan Fullerton and he can be reached at 949.548.3229.
RECYCLING ON BALBOA ISLAND
With global warming and conservation a subject of increasing interest, I have received several e-mails regarding recycling on the Island. The writers thought that the city had no recycling program and that we needed to start one.
The City of Newport Beach does recycle. Unfortunately, the only place you can learn about this is the brochure they send out periodically that looks like junk mail—and often ends up in the round bin
Since the early 1990’s the City of Newport Beach has partnered with CR&R to recycle the City’s residential waste. After this waste is collected and consolidated it is transported to CR&R’s state-of-the-art recycling plant in Stanton. The recycling plant is uniquely designed to separate and recover recyclable materials from unsorted household waste.
This process eliminates the need for additional containers and separate collection pick ups normally associated with residential recycling programs. It reduces air emissions by reducing truck trips, street wear and tear and noise and traffic. It is cost-efficient and assists the city in achieving State recycling goals.
SEPARATE WET AND DRY TRASH BY WRAPPING ANY WET TRASH THAT CAN”T GO IN THE DISPOSAL IN A SEPARATE PLASTIC BAG. I ALSO BAG MY NEWSPAPERS SEPARATELY AND MY CANS AND BOTTLES AS WELL.
For more information contact the City of Newport Beach at 949.644.3066.
BALBOA ISLAND TALK . . . . AGATE AVENUE.
In Bloom, 114 Agate Avenue, has a new owner, Summer Komor. Former owner Missy Harris is training Summer, ensuring a continuation of the same excellent quality and service we have come to expect.
I love In Bloom—we send our clients “Thank You” bouquets from Island Flooring and always get phone calls thanking us for the gorgeous flowers—’Hey, what about the floors? ‘
Call Summer for Administrative Professional’s Week and Mother’s Day - your favorite women will love you. 949.675.9484.
Next door, Let’s Go Shopping, is full of wonderful spring dresses and purses and hats at fabulous prices. Whenever anyone asks me where I buy an item of clothing, it always seems I am wearing something from their affordable, creative store.
Owner, Jody Carr, says, “Starting in May, we are going to carry a new collection of infant wear.” Sizes Newborn through 12 months. Great presents for baby showers. Jody and co-owner, Colleen Greene are always coming up with new things to make our shopping fun and easy.. Let’s Go Shopping is located at 114 Agate Avenue, 949.723.1169.
Baseball Season is here and Island Style, has lots of Angels and Dodgers flags—as well as some of the perennial favorites—they can also order any MLB team you would like.
Island Style is wrapping a lot of school flags and door mats for gifts as college acceptances are received. Just call ahead and your grad’s surprise can be ready to go!
Seasonal door mats, Balboa Island License Plates, wind chimes, gongs and other small gift items are always in stock. Island Style is located in the Island Flooring building at 118 Agate 949.675.6511.
Mary Hardesty Realty, located at 108 Agate Avenue, is proud to once again be the presenting sponsor of the Balboa Island Art Walk. It is a fun time to get outside, visit with neighbors and friends, stroll along South Bayfront and enjoy the variety of art and music by our local artists. The Art Walk is held on May 20th from 9am until 5 pm. Mary and Erika at Mary Hardesty Realty say business is springing forward with the season and they are busy with their sales and listings. Right now they are featuring a fine custom home at 127 Pearl Avenue on a beautiful tree –lined street in a prime 100 block location. Call 949.675.3612 for your real estate needs.
Balboa Island Cottage Plates, also located at 108 Agate Avenue, reports that the wedding season is in full swing and a personalized “Cottage Plate” is the perfect gift for newlyweds. Shop hours are Wednesdays between 10 am and 5pm though the plate makers are always busy creating plates. Brochures can be found by the front door of the shop and you can call, fax, mail or drop your order in the mail slot. Our Cottage Plates are proudly mounted on homes throughout the Island, across the USA and various continents throughout the world. They are a real crowd pleaser! Call 949.675.0330 for info. or to place an order.
Christie Collier at Island Chiropractic offers whole body care, massage therapy , orthotic casting, nutritional consulting, and infrared sauna therapy for all your health needs. Kelly and Eric her massage therapists are the best ever. I love how I feel when I leave that office. Like I have a new lease on life—these old bones and muscles really appreciate it. Island Chiropractic is located at 128 Agate Avenue 949.723.0702. And don’t forget to say “hi” to Bear as you come in the door—he loves the attention!!
Next door at Oh La La Salon men can get a wonderful quick haircut at a more than reasonable price. Ali has been here for as long as anyone can remember cutting our father’s, husband’s and children’s hair. Give him a call and make an appointment. 949.673.2019
Last, but not least, the Park Avenue Café, my favorite Island restaurant. Homemade cooking and a relaxing atmosphere provided by owner Bill Hardesty. You can even bring your pet with you and eat on the patio. Try the Mexican Mondays or the Eggs Benedict on the weekend—or my favorite—the fish and chips. MMMMM. While not truly on Agate, the Park Avenue is located at 501 Park Avenue. 949.673.3830.
DOCENTS ARE NEEDED AT THE BALBOA ISLAND MUSEUM AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY for 2 hour Shifts on Wednesday or Saturday. One day a month would be great! It is fun and the view upstairs over the Island Market by the Ferry from the Museum is wonderful. Lots of interesting books and pictures and videos. Came up and visit and you will see for yourself. Call Craig Page at 949.723.4177.
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NOW A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:
118 Agate Avenue
Balboa Island, CA 92662
EDUCATION IS OUR MOST IMPORTANT PROUCT
What Kind of a Floor Do I Need?
What Kind of a Floor Fits my Lifestyle? My Budget? My Goals?
Can I have Wood in the Kitchen or the Bathroom?
What is A Laminate Floor?
What is an Engineered Wood Floor?
Should I have an Inlay in my wood floor?
How many times can a wood Floor be refinished?
Who are the best Manufacturers of Each type of Flooring?
If it is a Wood Floor—What Color?
If it is Vinyl—Sheet or Tiles or strips that look like Wood—with or without a Border?
What Carpet fits the wear Pattern of my usage?
Are there Commercial Products that will work well in rentals?
What is Smart Strand—the new fiber from Mohawk Industries?
What is the difference between Thick and Dense Pad?
How can I plan to save money on recarpeting if my stairs are going to take a beating?
Why does my carpet need “Watering?”
These are just a tiny example of the questions that should be answered before you choose a floor—any floor.
Before you spend a lot of time and money and make a mistake.
As I was writing this newsletter a woman stopped in to tell me she needed to change her floors—her children had grown and she was tired of carpet. However both her sisters had new wood floors and they were a pain to maintain. “They are dark wood, aren’t they,” I said. “Yes,” She replied.
They wouldn’t have made that mistake at Island Flooring—I have been warning people about the pitfalls of dark floors all during this latest craze. If you want to spend your days dusting a floor versus enjoying its beauty—choose dark wood. It shows the dust, and since trees aren’t black inside—when you scratch those floors the wood is light.
The same people who sell you your floors at Island Flooring are going to be here in the next ten years—like we have been here for the last 12. Use Mike’s 35 years of experience in the flooring industry and my thirst for knowledge at seminars and conventions to pick our brains and get the best floors you possibly can. This is not a small investment on your part—and we know it. We are here to help you. You are paying us for our knowledge—anyone can sell you a floor—the wrong floor!!