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On Faith: GriefShare Recovery Support Group Starts Sept. 7

On Faith: GriefShare Recovery Support Group Starts Sept. 7

“Right after I lost my dear wife Ginny last November, I was at the lowest ebb that there is and I didn’t have a great desire to go on. I’d never been that low,” said Newport resident Jim Blackburn. “We’d been married for 61 years and it was a love affair you couldn’t believe. I was […]

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Campus: Sage Students Start School, Celebrate Science Center

Campus: Sage Students Start School, Celebrate Science Center

Sage Hill School kicked off the year with a special celebration Monday. Following the school’s traditional welcoming convocation ceremony, officials held a ribbon cutting event for the high school’s new $8 million science center. “It’s a great way to start the year,” said Head of School Patricia Merz. “Our goal is to inspire our kids… […]

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Local Focus: Renowned Balloon Artist is Floating on Air

Local Focus: Renowned Balloon Artist is Floating on Air

Ever since his first job at age 15 selling helium balloons at Disneyland, Treb Heining’s career has been on the rise. Heining, who lives in Newport Beach, fell in love with balloons as a skinny kid hawking Mickey Mouse inflatables during school summer breaks from 1969 to 1972. After two years of college, Heining took […]

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Communities: Eastbluff Teen Creates Kits for Kindness

Communities: Eastbluff Teen Creates Kits for Kindness

An Eastbluff teen has learned that simple hygiene products can make a big difference to those in need. So she’s decided to do something about it. Newport Beach resident Madeline “Maddy” Hall, 18, a senior at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, founded Kits 4 Kindness, a nonprofit that donates hygiene kits to […]

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Local Focus: A Love for Olive Oil

Local Focus: A Love for Olive Oil

Before curiosity drove me into Olive Oil and Beyond on Balboa Island, all I knew about olive oil is that she was Popeye’s girlfriend. Olive Oyl first hit the funnies in 1926, Olive Oil and Beyond proprietor and founder Matthew Pour told me that olive oil stretches back more than 6,000 years. And in those […]

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Communities: CdM Entryway Project Discussed

Communities: CdM Entryway Project Discussed

More than two dozen Corona del Mar residents learned a little bit more about how their neighborhood may soon become a bit more beautiful. Nearly 30 locals, including City Councilwoman Nancy Gardner, attended an informational meeting Thursday in the community room at the civic center. The topic of discussion was the CdM entry improvements, landscape […]

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Lynn's Spin: For LuLu

Lynn’s Spin: For LuLu

Last Sunday, my dear friend Robyn took her six pound Maltese, LuLu, to the Civic Center dog park for a play. They had been there many times and as usual the park had a mix of large and small dogs all scampering around chasing balls and frolicking as owners exchanged friendly conversation. But in seconds […]

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On Faith: Blessing Ministry at Grace Fellowship Church

On Faith: Blessing Ministry at Grace Fellowship Church

“Blessing is a ministry we started at Grace for mothers of young children, preschool age and younger,” said Becky Mercadante, coordinator of Blessing at Grace Fellowship Church. “It’s hard to get plugged into things in Orange County, but in Blessing, we all have at least one thing in common: we all have young children. God […]

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Local Focus: Memories of Lauren Bacall in Newport Beach

Local Focus: Memories of Lauren Bacall in Newport Beach

“You don’t have to say anything, and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.” That memorable moment of dialogue from the 1944 film “To Have and Have Not” was said by a young […]

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Communities: Changes to Balboa Village Facades and Streetscapes

Communities: Changes to Balboa Village Facades and Streetscapes

Facades and streetscapes in Balboa Village may soon have fresh looks thanks to a new design guideline and a streetscape improvement plan that were discussed at the Balboa Village Advisory Committee meeting this week. The design guidelines and streetscape plan have been in the works for some time. The guidelines are updates of existing design […]

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