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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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Home & Garden: Gardening in Containers

Home & Garden: Gardening in Containers

By Tom Snyder | Special to the NB Indy  Whether one has a yard or not, everyone can garden. Even the humblest recycled container can hold a garden. And given that California’s water supply is so limited right now, gardening in pots may be the coolest thing a gardener can do. Small-scale gardening of any […]

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Local Focus: Doggie Walk Bags Biz is Picking Up

Local Focus: Doggie Walk Bags Biz is Picking Up

Even after 35 years of marriage to his high school sweetheart, Chris Crosson admits to still trying to perfect his “pick up” lines. His wife, Laura, doesn’t mind one bit. After all, the family business is the manufacture, sales and distribution of more than 20 million plastic bags annually for the removal of doggie poop. […]

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Charity Spotlight: Wild Goose Luau & Pig Roast Benefits Boys Hope Girls Hope

Charity Spotlight: Wild Goose Luau & Pig Roast Benefits Boys Hope Girls Hope

Wild Goose Tavern in Costa Mesa has raised thousands of dollars for charity since the popular restaurant opened its doors in 2012, and they’ve done it again with their 2nd Annual Luau & Pig Roast held June 22. Proceeds from this year’s event totaled more than $11,000, and benefitted Irvine-based Boys Hope Girls Hope of […]

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Charity Spotlight: Annual Eric Marienthal & Friends Concert Nets 100K for High Hopes

Charity Spotlight: Annual Eric Marienthal & Friends Concert Nets 100K for High Hopes

Hopes were high on Sunday, July 20, when noted musicians Eric Marienthal, Al Stewart, Peter White, and Rick Braun performed at the 16th Annual Eric Marienthal & Friends Benefit Concert at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. The event raised close to $100,000 for High Hopes Head Injury Program, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping brain-injured […]

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