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Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Flashback Friday is here, send us your photo(s) from back in the day

Fair Game Tom NewOkay, so we’ve previously had Stump the Stu, where readers guessed where a particular photo was from around town. To that, we added Sign of the Times. That’s where, again, readers took one part of a notable sign from around the community and told us what the rest said.

Both were popular in their own right, but both pretty much ran their course.

Well, now we’ve come up with a new idea. It’s called Flashback Friday!

We want readers to submit to us a “then” photo that shows you or a loved one (include names) from a time gone by with an estimated date and where it was taken.

I’ve added an example. Below is a picture of me in my college days, San Diego State, circa early 70s. 

You can submit yourself, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend or family member. We’ll even surprise them if you want. 

Fair Game Tom Johnson

Submitted photo

Tom Johnson (1970s)

Let’s have some fun. We’re looking for eye-catching representations of your Flashback Friday. Please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with Flashback Friday in the subject line.

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Newport Beach’s Mike Villani is a voice-over announcer. His latest gig has taken him to Lima, Peru, for the 2019 Pan American Games. Mike is the venue announcer for the softball tournament that is running through Aug. 11.

This isn’t Villani’s first go-round, he’s also announced in five previous Olympics, primarily in the volleyball arena.

Go USA!

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Governor Gavin Newsom’s signed AB 74, the 2019-20 budget bill and as a result, Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris earmarked $500,000 to the City of Newport Beach Arts Commission for arts education programs.

Cottie added, “I ran for office because for far too long, the representatives for coastal Orange County weren’t bringing home resources to our community. In my first six months in office I have worked to be an effective and responsive advocate for my constituents.”

Maybe there’s more to running for office in Sacramento or Washington than just sitting on your hands and doing nothing?

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Just a heads-up, the City will test its Outdoor Emergency Notification System this Friday, Aug. 2 between 12-12:15 p.m. It’s always done on the first Friday of the month, so don’t be alarmed. Get it, alarmed?

Anyway, there are three 50-foot poles around town that are connected to a control panel located at the Newport Beach Police station. The sirens themselves are four feet high on top of the poles, located along the Balboa Peninsula and at Big Corona Beach.

The difference between a test and the real thing is that an actual emergency notification, if utilized, will last for an extended time at a much higher sound level.