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2024’s First Baby Eric Yang! by Joanne A Calitri

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he Montecito Journal is proud to present the first baby born in our town for 2024! Congratulations to this new human, Eric Yang, for making his journey on New Year’s Day, and to his parents Alyssa and Seng Yang, of Lompoc. The Yangs are first-time parents and were happy to share a photo of their newborn with the MJ and our readers! Eric arrived on our planet at 3:48 am PST, weighing in at 5 pounds and 15 ounces and measuring 19 inches in height. I asked the Yangs via the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital team how they are doing, and they replied, “Getting to start the new year with our first baby is such a blessing; we are so excited that Eric gets this unique honor of first baby of the new year.” The parents are a tad camera shy at this time, and taking a well-deserved rest after a long New Year’s Eve into New Year’s Day birth! All the best to Eric and his parents. We look forward to his accomplishments to come!

8th Annual Polar Dip It was a beautiful 64-degree, sunny Californian day on January 1, as the 8th Annual Polar Dip, founded by our town’s Hugh Margerum, took its place in history with over 300 people from babies to

Our area’s first baby of 2024 is Eric Yang, born January 1 (photo courtesy of the Yang family)

seniors getting in the Pacific Ocean on cue at 11:30 am. The public beach on Cabrillo Boulevard across from the rainbow arch is the landmark of this annual favorite, which this year was being widely publicized with the appearance of John Palminteri emceeing on the shoreline, and our Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol monitoring the swimmers in the water while sending a greeting with their fire hose spray. A huge shout out to Harry Rabin, who came by via my request for

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Hugh Margerum, Das Williams, and Adam McKaig (photo by Joanne A Calitri)

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Polar Dip 2024 line up (photo by Joanne A Calitri) “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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