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Council Votes to Rename Park After John Wayne

A Newport Beach park will soon don the Duke’s name. City Council voted 5-2 Tuesday to change the name of Ensign View Park to John Wayne Park. Council members Brad Avery and Diane Dixon dissented....
Posted On 27 Apr 2017

Pickleball Scores as Council Approves Construction of Courts

The final point for pickleball near the Port Streets was scored Tuesday night as Newport Beach City Council approved construction of four courts at Bonita Canyon Sports Park. Council unanimously...
Posted On 27 Apr 2017


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Newport to Ensenada Race Ready to Sail

Nearly 200 sailboats will leave Newport Beach and make the 125 mile trek to Ensenada, Mexico, when the annual Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race gets underway Friday at 11 a.m. off the Balboa Pier. Dubbed the “world’s largest international yacht race,” the boats (and crews) compete...

Newport Boat Show Docks at Lido Marina Village

The 44th annual Newport Boat Show docked at Lido Marina Village on Thursday, and the timing is works out great for the revitalized community. The newly refreshed Lido Marina Village is alive with a new vibrant tone that it has been lacking for many years. New shops are opening...
Posted On 27 Apr 2017

Peotter Gets Endorsement from OCGOP

According to a press release from Newport Beach City Councilman Scott Peotter, the Orange County Republican Party has passed a resolution opposing the recall filed against him. “The OCGOP stands firmly with Councilman Scott Peotter in opposition to the proposed recall. Scott has...

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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,...

Biz Buzz: B Toffee Expands to Spread More Sweet Joy

Some people bake cookies as gifts, other make fudge. Newport Beach resident Betsy Thagard decided to go one step further and make toffee. “It’s not the easiest thing to make—toffee is very...

Biz Buzz: Appetizing Details Revealed for Newport Beach Wine & Food Fest

Bravo master chefs, Top Chef winners and Food Network stars will join a stellar lineup of local restaurants for the fourth annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival, to be held Sept. 29...

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Funding for Art, for Art’s Sake

The Newport Beach Arts Commission is taking matters into its own hands. Bound by promises made by former councils, the current Newport Beach City Council warily agreed to fund Phase III of the...

Volunteers Needed to Build Oyster Beds in Upper Newport Bay

More than 20 volunteers are needed Saturday to get their feet wet and help protect local marine life by providing habitat for the native Olympia oyster in Upper Newport Bay. Coastkeeper’s Living...

On Faith: “Strange Occurrences” Offers Insights into Religion

On the evening of Thursday, August 21, in 1879, 15 people claimed to see the same miraculous occurrence, and now over one million people make the pilgrimage to the village of Knock in Ireland...



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2017 Newport Beach Film Festival Went Deep

The Newport Beach Film Festival decided to “Go Deeper” for its 18th annual incarnation that ran April 20 – 27, starting with the opening night film, “Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton” (a documentary about an American icon who forever changed the sport of big wave...

“California Typewriter” is an Homage to Typewriters

“I feel something for these machines. I look at it and my mind just goes ‘Where has this machine been at?’ If it could talk, man it could tell some stories.” Ken Alexander, master typewriter repairman, while waxing sentimental on what’s to love about the humble typewriter, hit...

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Off the Menu: Basilic Marks 20 Years, Mix Mix Serves Lunch

Several new restaurants have opened recently on Balboa Island, but there’s one familiar Island bistro that’s celebrating its 20-year anniversary: Basilic. Swiss native Bernard Althaus founded the...

“Courses” Offers Fascinating Look at the Life of a Chef

“Food is just the medium. It’s really a connection of random people that want one thing—a good time. A good experience. That’s all it is. Food is just my way of talking.” Chef Jake Bickelhaupt...

Off the Menu: Beachcomber Serves Spring, Mix Mix Serves Brunch

The Beachcomber Restaurant in the Crystal Cove Historic District has added new breakfast, lunch and dinner menu items in celebration of the spring season. The dishes include pulled pork benedict...

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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...

I Will Always Stand Up for Free Speech

In his early writings Benjamin Franklin warns, “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.”  An intolerant group in Newport Beach has initiated a recall against me because I speak my mind. Their list of “grievances” against me...

Save Free Speech in Newport Beach

I became involved in city politics over a decade ago to stop the over-concentration of drug and alcohol rehab homes in West Newport and expose the corrupt politicians profiting from them, while our community suffered the impacts. The deeper I dug, the more corruption I found at...

Time for Councilman Peotter to Go

Like many of my neighbors, I have been appalled by the changes in our city council during the past two years. Rather than focusing on the quality of life, parks and open space for our kids, replacement of aging city facilities and sound fiscal management, we see council members...

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