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Biz Buzz: Cooking Up the Business of Newport Beach Restaurant Week

The restaurant business is a major economic force in Newport Beach. An important component of the city’s tourism industry, it drives traffic to the city and provides welcome tax dollars. One of the methods of marketing Newport restaurants comes in the form of Newport Beach Restaurant Week,...

Council Reviews Lessons Learned from Civic Center Project

City staff presented the council with “lessons learned” from the costly and controversial Civic Center project this week during Tuesday’s study session. During the Dec. 13 meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Dixon asked staff to “provide a recap of the change in scope of the Civic Center project,...
Posted On 16 Jan 2015

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News from around Newport Beach   Newport Law Firm Wins Lawsuit Against TGI Frodays A jury slapped a $40 million judgment against the popular restaurant chain, TGI Fridays, citing its failure to act on lax security and willingness to over-serve alcohol even to minors –...

Police Blotter

Police responded to a variety of calls around Newport Beach this week.  CRIME LOG • A suspicious person was reported in the 200 block of Mayflower Dr., at 3:37 p.m. on Thursday. Police were unable to locate the suspect. • Illegal parking was reported in the 300 block of Onyx...

‘Heartless’ Bishop Locks Out St. James Congregation

Rev. Canon Cindy Evans Voorhees of the St. James the Great Episcopal Church on Via Lido held a press conference on Thursday to bring members of the media up to date on the recent developments of her church and congregation. As reported in the NB Indy, St. James the Great...

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Assistance League of Newport-Mesa Honors ‘Assisteens’

Assistance League of Newport-Mesa honored 15 graduating seniors of its Assisteens Auxiliary at the 24th Annual Medallion Recognition Ball, held in the ballroom at the Island Hotel in Newport...

Charity Spotlight: Raising a Glass and Cash at Literacy Bar Battle

The money poured in to The Literacy Project earlier this month when the organization held its “Cheers for Literacy” bar battle event at 3-Thirty-3 Waterfront in Newport Beach. The competition...

Benefit: OC Museum of Art Serves “Art of Dining” Gala

The Orange County Museum of Art unveiled a tasty masterpiece on May 30 when 350 supporters enjoyed Art of Dining 2015, the museum’s most important fundraiser and one of Orange...



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Artscapes: Dance Takes Center Stage at Film Festival

Vibrating with a joy both energized and hopeful, tap transcends our workaday world to embody the very pulse of life. From traditional time-steps on Broadway stages to the improvisational, hip-hop style riffs of the streets, this American dance form plays well with others. It’s...

Curtain Up: Picks for the Film Festival

Newport Beach Film Festival’s theme this year is “Know New Art.” As one of the many volunteers who reviewed and rated festival submissions, I watched a lot of new art (about 50 shorts and documentary films). Some of it was good, some not so much. Occasionally a film stood out as...

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The Girls’ Night Out at Five Crowns

Recently, my friends and I were debating the perfect dinner destination spot to meet for our Girl’s Night out. This was no easy task considering the distances involved: we would be coming from...

Touch of Class at Pelican Hill

“Did you hear the good news about Pelican Hill Resort?’ I asked Chris as I breezed into the office. “What’s that?” he inquired, turning around from his desk. I paused for dramatic effect. “I’m...

Pain and Pleasure

“Why is a poor man like a baker?” I asked Stasha. “I don’t know, why?” “Because they both knead dough. Get it? Need dough?” She stared at me. “I hope you had a reason for sharing that half-baked...

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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...

Try On the No. 1 Boating Safety Tip

Ahoy! “Wear It!” That’s the nationwide theme that the National Safe Boating Council is using for this year’s Safe Boating Week, tomorrow through May 25. The council is trying to educate boaters that it is not enough to just have a few lifejackets stuffed in a locker onboard the...

The Boston Braves

*Worthy of Commendation First our heartfelt love, prayers, thoughts, and admiration for the people and police of Boston. In five days following the Marathon Bombings the FBI, Boston police, other law enforcement agencies and the “people” (using social networks) did a seemingly...

Conventional Wisdom

Ever wonder where conventional wisdom comes from? Take, for example, the myth that the private sector always does something better than the post office. I am actually a fan of our postal system, which I find remarkably cheap and fast. Still, I’d be willing to give up...
Posted On 30 Apr 2013

’42’ — The Rest of the Story

One of the marks of a good movie is the conversation it provokes after seeing it. “42,” the recently released biopic about Jackie Robinson’s breaking of Organized Baseball’s color line, qualifies as remarkable. Set in the post-World War II years of 1946-1947, the film shows the...

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