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Newport Celebrates John Wayne’s 110th Birthday

Newport Beach is showing its love for the Duke by celebrating what would have been his 110th birthday on May 26 with a variety of events. John Wayne Fans can cruise on his old boat, The Wild Goose, get a glimpse of rare photos and behind the scenes shots, meet members of the Wayne family, and...
Posted On 19 May 2017

Council Reverses on Bayside Drive Roundabout

Coming full circle, Newport Beach City Council once again heard several alternative street layout plans for Bayside Drive – one including a controversial roundabout – but this time took a different exit and voted for no traffic circle. Abandoning the previously approved roundabout...
Posted On 12 May 2017

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Peninsula Rolls Out Trolley Marketing

Without a quorum on Wednesday, the BVAC (Balboa Village Advisory Committee) meeting was officially an “informal discussion,” council member and BVAC chairwoman Diane Dixon told the audience. Brad Avery, Mike Wheeler, and Brad Stratton were all absent, but that didn’t stop...

Harbor Commission Hears City’s Mooring Management Strategy

Harbor Commissioners got an update this week on the city’s strategy to take over management of the approximate 1,220 onshore and offshore moorings in Newport Harbor this summer. City staff presented a program to the commission on Wednesday that would allow the city to take over...
Posted On 12 May 2017

John Wayne Exhibit Opens at Balboa Island Museum

He has an airport named after him, and most recently a park renamed in his honor. Now, Newport’s most famous resident gets an exhibit at Balboa Island Museum. “John Wayne: At Home in SoCal” is a curated show (by Amy Shepherd and Bonny Taylor) of images and memorabilia presented...

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Biz Buzz: Tom Donovan Appointed as Managing Director of Resort at Pelican Hill

The Irvine Company Resort Properties has announced the appointment of Tom Donovan as managing director of The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast. With more than 25 years of luxury...

Biz Buzz: Island Hotel Names New Director of Sales and Marketing

Island Hotel in Fashion Island has named Bob Arrivillaga as its new director of sales and marketing. In his new position, Arrivillaga directs all sales and marketing activities for the 295-room...

Robert Talbott Store Opens in Fashion Island

Robert Talbott opened its first Southern California freestanding boutique at Fashion Island this month. The new 1,114-square-foot store will offer a full line of high-end luxury clothing for men,...

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Charity Spotlight: Annual Roy Emerson Tennis Classic Benefits Local Charity

For 56 seasons, tennis legend Roy Emerson and his wife Joy, have hosted the Roy Emerson Tennis Classic to benefit a charity close to their hearts: Holy Family Services and Foster Care Agency....

Benefit: CASA Raises $1 Million at Black & White Ball

By Petrina Friede | NB Indy  Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County held its annual Celebration of Children: Black & White Ball, which took place on Saturday, April 22, at...

On Faith: Freedom Ride to Stop Human Trafficking

SoulCycle in Newport Beach recently hosted 60 participants in the A21 Freedom Ride. They rode stationary bikes to the beat of music as they learned about modern day slavery and supported A21 in...



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Under Cover: Serving “Will It Skillet” Cookbook

I enjoy cooking, but I totally get why many people don’t. There are so many components to successfully pulling off a meal: balancing nutrition with taste, allowing enough time to properly execute the necessary steps, and knowing the palate of those you are feeding to ensure the...

Under Cover: “Sweetbitter” Author Stephanie Danler Comes to Newport Library

Many people seem to view working in the restaurant industry as some sort of failure – a melting pot of people who either can’t or won’t get a “real job,” or who are still working their way towards the opportunity to find one. The reality is, while there are those types of...

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Off the Menu Side Dish: Pelican Hill Happy Hour, Lighthouse Cafe Spring Menu

Lounging and Dining at Pelican Hill We were at a reception at Pelican Hill Resort this week to meet the resort’s new Managing Director, Tom Donovan. We gave him a glowing account of our dining...

Off the Menu: Sampling Seasonal Dishes at Provenance

We’ve always considered the Newport Beach Independent a “hyper-local” publication, but that term can also apply to cuisine. At Provenance in Eastbluff Village Center, Chef and Restaurateur Cathy...

Off the Menu: Juliette Serves Brunch, Moulin Serves Ice Cream

What’s the latest restaurant trend? No, it’s not farm to fork, or dirt to dish, or even market to mouth. It’s brunch. More and more restaurants have added brunch to their culinary offerings as...

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“Sea Gypsies” is a Wild Voyage

Whenever I watch a nautical film that is based on little boating experience or “fly by the seat of your pants” long distance cruising, I am simply amazed by sheer blind luck or divine intervention, (or both), which is the case with “Sea Gypsies” in this year’s Film Festival. My...

Ageless Tennis Players Seek “Gold Balls”

In her movie “Gold Balls,” Kate Dandel tracks a group of ageless (mostly over 80) geezers as they train, travel, laugh and claw through tennis tournaments across the United States, hoping to win a Gold Ball. John Powless, 81, and ranked number one in the over 80 group, eventually...

Letter to the Editor: Support for Scott Peotter

Scott Peotter works hard for our City fighting to lower costs, eliminate overtaxing and reducing government every day.  He aggressively took on putting the firewood back on the beaches immediately after we got in office. He did it with more vigor than any councilperson and got it...

Letter to the Editor: Scott Peotter Refuses to Tell the Truth

I support the recall of Scott Peotter because he violated his oath in trying to prevent the people from stopping the Museum House Project and because he violated several state and local laws. But as I read his statement in response to the recall, a new reason has emerged; his...

Letter to the Editor: Revitalizing Mariners’ Mile

One of the most important issues before Newport residents right now is that of the Revitalization Plan of Mariners’ Mile and the widening of Pacific Coast Highway along that area to six lanes.    The reason that this is such a hot topic is that this area which encompasses about...

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