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Entries Now Open for the Annual Balboa Island Parade on June 4

Floats in the 2022 Balboa Island Parade / Photo by Lawrence Sherwin
by Christopher Trela | NB Indy
Don ’ t let the parade pass you by — entries are being accepted to participate in the 28th annual Balboa Island Parade set for Sunday , June 4 .
Organizers welcome participants of all types : marching bands , community clubs , classic cars , local VIPs , floats , costumed characters — almost anything that will make the parade fun for families to watch .
Among the most popular parade entries in the past have been the Patio Chair Drill Team , Keystone Cops , kennel clubs , clowns , high school cheer squads , musical groups , and many other fun entries .
The theme this year is “ Horsin ’ Around Island Style ,” so grab your cowboy boots and hat , wear your island shirts and shorts , bring your beach chairs , and prepare for a fun day western Island style .
The parade starts promptly at 11 a . m . at the corner of Bayside and Marine Avenue . The parade crosses over the Balboa Island Bridge , travels down Marine Avenue and ends at the fire station ( approximately two and one-half blocks ). Several thousand people always line the sidewalks of Marine Avenue to enjoy this popular community event .
A festive after-party starts immediately following the parade in front of the
Balboa Island Fire Station featuring local band “ The Fabulous Nomads .”
Awards in a variety of categories will be presented at the All Island “ Pancake Breakfast ” at the Beek Center on Saturday , June 24 .
To be a parade entry , visit balboaislandnb . org for registration details . Entries are accepted through May 20 . All entries will be reviewed by the Parade Participants Committee . Once the completed form is submitted , the Parade Participants Committee will respond to each entry .
You can also pick up parade registration entry forms at the following Balboa Island merchants : Balboa Island Museum , Irvine Ranch Market , Wilma ’ s Patio , and Island Market ( near the Ferry ).
And you can ’ t hold a parade without a parade of volunteers . Interested parade volunteers can contact Jack Callahan at ( 949 ) 887-7756 or email jcjackcallahan @ gmail . com , or Gail Vasterling at ( 949 ) 246-7110 or email gailvasterling @ sbcglobal . net .
Parade sponsorship opportunities officially close April 30 , but parade officials said they will still accept sponsorships into May . The parade is self-funded — everything that ’ s raised goes toward putting on this wonderful community event .
Sponsorship levels are Mr . Ed at $ 250 , Trigger at $ 500 , and Champion at $ 1,000 . Sponsorship perks range from a company logo on the parade poster and banner to announcements by parade emcee and premium placement on all printed material . Visit https :// www . balboaislandnb . org / sponsors for sponsorship details .
APRIL 28 , 2023 | VOLUME XV , ISSUE 9

NBPD Arrests Hit-and-Run Suspect , Investigates Major Collision

NB Indy Staff
On July 30 , 2022 at 8:16 pm , Newport Beach Police Department communications received a call of a hit and run traffic collision in the area of W . Balboa Blvd . and 26th St . The collision involved a silver Jeep and a motorcyclist .
The collision resulted in significant injuries to the motorcycle rider . After the collision with the motorcyclist , the Jeep collided with several parked vehicles . The driver of the vehicle fled from the location on foot . Officers canvassed the area but were unable to locate the driver . The suspect vehicle was impounded for investigation .
Over the next several months , investigators with the Newport Beach Police Department ’ s Major Accident Investigation Team ( MAIT ) completed a thorough and detailed investigation into the case . Their investigation included a review of evidence , witness interviews , search warrants and surveillance , which led to the identification of a possible suspect .
On April 14 , 2023 , NBPD MAIT investigators located and apprehended the suspect in Los Angeles County and placed him under arrest without incident . On April 18 , 2023 the defendant was arraigned in Orange County Superior Court on charges that include one count of driving under the influence while causing injury ( a felony ), one count of hit-and-run with injury ( a

Newport Beach City Manager Update

Grace Leung , Newport Beach City Manager
By Grace Leung , Newport Beach City Manager
This week , I ’ d like to recognize and honor Jean Watt , a former City Council member and pillar of our community for many decades , who passed away Sunday at the age of 96 .
Jean leaves behind a tremendous legacy that has shaped Newport Beach in many positive ways .
Best known as a leader -- many have said “ matriarch ” -- of our local environmental community , she was a co-founder of SPON ( then an acronym for Stop Polluting our Newport ; now Still Protecting our Newport ) in 1974 . Under her leadership , SPON fought for greater environmental protections for
Newport Bay , open space preservation , and many other environmental and quality of life issues in the city .
She brought that same passion and determination to another group she co-founded , Friends of Harbors , Beaches and Parks , in the 1990s . That group brought together leaders from environmental organizations throughout Orange County to act as a unified voice in support of parks , water , open space , and environmental education .
Jean was elected to the City Council in 1988 and served as Mayor Pro Tem from

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