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New Principals for Two Elementary Schools

Students at Andersen Elementary School will be seeing a new face in the principal’s office this school year. The Newport-Mesa Unified School District announced Monday that Superintendent Fred Navarro appointed Dr. Shannon Bray to take over the top spot at Andersen. Bray is excited to begin immediately and introduce herself to the school and the […]

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Local Teens Spruce Up Their Wardrobe

Local Teens Spruce Up Their Wardrobe

A pair of local teens recently took their love for surfing, skateboarding, art, and music and rolled it all into one simple and stylish clothing line. Andrew Boukather and Cole Friedman, both 16-year-old Corona del Mar High School juniors, launched Spruce Clothing in May. “We try and do something different,” Boukather said. “Something we would […]

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City Manager Selling Newport Home

City Manager Selling Newport Home

City Manager Dave Kiff has listed for sale the Newport Beach home that the city helped him buy when he assumed his post in 2009. And while it appears that under the deal he signed at that time he could force the city to take a loss on the property, he said this week that […]

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‘Cash Mob’ Keeps Toy Boat Afloat

‘Cash Mob’ Keeps Toy Boat Afloat

A cash mob of customers flooded Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat Tuesday, helping the iconic Corona del Mar toy store stay afloat after an announcement last week that it was in danger of sinking for good. The cash mob was hosted by Southern California radio station KFI AM 640 and talk show host Bill […]

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NB Sailor Szaz Missing; Empty Boat Found – Updated

Veteran Newport Beach sailor Andrew Szaz remained missing as of press time Thursday afternoon, the day after his boat ran aground, empty, near Main Beach in Laguna Beach. The 24-foot Babe was discovered near the surf line in the early hours on Wednesday, authorities reported. Szaz, 74, had been reported missing by his wife late […]

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UPDATED: CdM Toy Store Faces Possible Closure

UPDATED: CdM Toy Store Faces Possible Closure

**UPDATE: A cash mob is being planned for Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat tomorrow, with radio host Bill Handel expected to broadcast live from the store from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. “They are in danger of closing so come by and purchase a toy to help keep the store open. Even if you […]

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Local Inventor on Home Shopping Network

Local Inventor on Home Shopping Network

A Newport Beach woman will see her dreams come to fruition on the small screen this week as she debuts her invention on the Home Shopping Network. Marcy McKenna will be selling her creation, The Style & Go Hair Care Valet, live on HSN tomorrow, Friday and Saturday. “I’m super excited,” McKenna said about her […]

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Vehicle Burglary Suspects Arrested

Police arrested two people this week suspected of breaking into vehicles on Nice Lane and the surrounding neighborhood over the past several months, according to a police statement. Anna Jean Giss, 31, of Mission Viejo, and Justin Davis Markin, 31, of Huntington Beach, were arrested after the Newport Beach Police Department received a call about […]

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Tree Falls on Skateboarder Near Fatal Site

Tree Falls on Skateboarder Near Fatal Site

A large tree near the corner of 16th Street and Santa Ana Avenue in Newport Heights, along the border of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, fell early Sunday evening and a 15-year-old, who was skateboarding by on the sidewalk at the time, narrowly escaped serious injury. The boy did sustain minor injuries on his back […]

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Contractor in Tree Death Gets Extra $120K

Contractor in Tree Death Gets Extra $120K

West Coast Arborists, Newport Beach’s tree maintenance contractor, received a $120,000 increase in its 2012 contract, according to city contract documents reviewed by the Independent. WCA and the city are being sued for negligence in the September 2011 death of Haeyoon Miller, who was crushed by a falling blue gum eucalyptus as she waited to […]

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