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DUI Driver Sentenced for Killing Jogger in CdM

A drunken driver was sentenced this week to one year in jail and five years of formal probation for killing a jogger after swerving into the bike lane and hitting the victim. According to a press release from the Orange County District Attorney, Robert John Greaney, 23, Costa Mesa, pleaded...

Mayor Selich Delivers State of the City Address

“The state of the city is the best it’s ever been in the city’s history,” Mayor Ed Selich told the audience at last week’s Mayor’s Dinner, presented by Speak Up Newport at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel in Fashion Island. Mayor Selich began his speech by writing thank you notes (a la TV talk...


Cyclist Killed After Hitting Parked Car

The cyclist who was killed last weekend after hitting a parked vehicle in Corona del Mar may have been distracted by his cell phone, according to police. Jonathan Wilson, 23, of Costa Mesa (recently relocated from Newport Beach), died Sunday after the electric bicycle he was...
Posted On 07 Aug 2015

CdM Cheating Scandal Tutor Sentenced

The tutor who hacked into a Corona del Mar High School teacher’s computer and changed grades for a group of CdM students during the 2012 to 2013 school year was sentenced this week to one year in jail and five years of formal probation. Timothy Lance Lai, 29, pleaded guilty to a...
Posted On 07 Aug 2015

‘Rain Check’ Performance of ‘Tempest’ Set for Aug. 18

The Bard is back in Newport Beach. The Newport Beach City Arts Commission has announced that Shakespeare by the Sea will present a special performance of “The Tempest” on August 18 at the Newport Beach Civic Center Green. According to Tim Hetherton, the Library Services and...

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Charity Spotlight: Pacific Symphony Plans ‘Ode to Joy’ Opening Night Party

It will be a joy-filled evening when Pacific Symphony kicks off its 2015-2016 classical season on Oct. 1 with an opening night party appropriately dubbed “Ode to Joy,” which is also a reflection...

Local Focus: Local NFL Official Recalls Key Super Bowl Play

At least once a week from Sept. 10, 2015, through Feb. 2, of next year, 121 men and one woman will feel as though they must be among the smallest creatures on this planet. But these intrepid...

Charity Spotlight: Rivals United for a Kure Reception Highlights Cancer Research

  Supporters and guests of Kure It Cancer Research, which raises money to support research for underfunded cancers through its annual Rivals United for a Kure Gala, gathered at the stately...

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Under Cover: “Saluting Grandpa” with Honor Flight for Memorial Day

As we ready to fire up the grills for Memorial Day (with children everywhere excitedly reminding their parents that there will be no school on Monday), I began to search for a book that might be appropriate to profile this week. I wanted something that honored our veterans, spoke...

Under Cover: Stan Lee is a ‘Marvel’ at 92

It is no secret that when it comes to the big screen, anything stamped with the name Marvel is sure to become box office gold. As kids (and their parents) throng to see films like the just released “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” interest in comic books and graphic novels is again on...

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A Small Chocolate World

Valentine’s Day is drawing near, and what better way to celebrate the occasion than with chocolate. Lots of chocolate. A room full of chocolate. I’m always ready to dive into a chocolate treat....

Sneaky Health Food at SOL

What do you call cuisine that looks decadent, tastes scrumptious, yet is actually good for you? Stealth Health. That’s chef Deborah Schneider’s catch phrase to describe many of the dishes on her...

Clear Your Palate: Restaurant Week Opens Today

We love dining out in Newport Beach, especially when it means trying new restaurants or sampling new menus at our favorite culinary haunts. There’s no better time to do this than during Newport...

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Olympic Water Polo Comes to Newport

It’s an exciting weekend in the world of water polo in Newport Beach. Three Olympic men’s teams, including the USA team, will gather and compete at Newport Harbor High School for a pre-Olympic showcase. The other teams are Hungary and Croatia. “[Spectators] will see some of the...
Posted On 24 May 2012

Newport’s Ross Readies for London

Last week, April Ross and her partner, Jen Kessy, picked up a victory on the women’s pro volleyball tour in, of all places, the infield of the Pimlico racetrack in Baltimore – home to The Preakness Stakes, the second leg in horse racing’s famed Triple Crown. April is a lot...


I was reminded last week of the famous quote from FDR: “The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself . . . and boogiemen.” Boogiemen are imaginary monsters parents use to terrorize unruly children into behaving, or, these days, to terrorize public officials into...
Posted On 01 Jun 2013

Liberal Logic?

Everybody seems to pass “Liberal Logic” around on the web. Since it is on the web, it must be true. These are my own local versions.  Redevelopment Agencies The City Council does not (very wisely I might add) have any redevelopment agency in the city. Therefore the...

Balboa Island Parade Celebrates 20 Years

  What is it about a parade that people love so much? I’ve enjoyed many throughout the world, from Pasadena to Wisconsin to Barcelona, Spain, and it never ceases to amaze me the crowds that will gather to watch one. Big or small, a parade brings smiles to the faces of old...
Posted On 31 May 2013

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