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Newport Beach Restaurant Association Gets Dining Update

Newport Beach Restaurant Week just started, but it’s already shaping up to be a big success, according to statistics shared during the Newport Beach Restaurant Association BID meeting held this week. “I’m very excited about Restaurant Week—we have a great lineup of restaurants, we’ve had...

Q&A with Newport Beach City Council Member Diane Dixon

A few questions with newly elected Newport Beach City Council Member and Mayor Pro Tem Diane Dixon of District 1.  Q: Now that you’re on the Newport Beach City Council, what are your priorities? A: My priorities are those I outlined in my campaign: fiscal discipline, government transparency,...
Posted On 23 Jan 2015

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Police Dog Joins NBPD Team

The Newport Beach Police Department has a new member: Kajo the canine, officials announced this week. “NBPD is proud to introduce the newest member of the NBPD family,” reads a community message sent out on June 29 about the police dog. Kajo (pronounced “Kah-joe”) is originally...

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News from around Newport Beach   Trial Starts for Former Sunday School Teacher in Newport Beach According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, a former volunteer Sunday school teacher was scheduled to face trial beginning June 10 for molesting seven minor boys...

Ben Carlson Statue Approved for McFadden Square

Nearly a year after Benjamin Carlson, a longtime Newport Beach lifeguard, lost his life while rescuing a swimmer in distress, the Newport Beach city council this week approved a statue honoring Carlson to be placed in McFadden Square near the new lifeguard station that bears his...

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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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Under Cover: Under Cover Book Club Picks ‘Nightingale’

“In love we find out who we want to be. In war, we find out who we are.” So asserts author, Kristin Hannah in her new book, “The Nightingale,” our Under Cover Book Club selection for April. Chapter one opens with an aging woman going through her belongings as she prepares to...

Under Cover: Time to Vote for Children’s Choice Book Awards

Calling all readers—the polls are now open for the 2015 Children’s Choice Book Awards. Coinciding with Children’s Book Week each year, the Children’s Choice Awards allow young readers to vote for the books they enjoyed, and honor the authors that most spoke to them. Votes are...

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Fine Wine With a Fun Finish

“What pairs well with red wine, cheese and appetizers?” I asked Stasha, smiling. She glanced up at me from her computer. “Is that a trick question?” she inquired, before shifting her gaze back to...

Judging Food From Fair to Great

“Are you ready for a Chowdown?” I asked Stasha several weeks ago. “Don’t you mean Throwdown?” she replied. “No, that’s Bobby Flay’s line. I mean Chowdown, as in the OC Fair Food Truck versus Fair...

A Cantina With Mexican Soul

Last year, Chris and I wandered into SOL Mexican Cocina in search of authentic Mexican food and a great fish taco. It happened to be SOL’s first anniversary, so we celebrated by ordering an array...

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Angels: Time to Panic

Sometimes ignorance is bliss! Torii Hunter is “not concerned.” GM Jerry Dipoto says, “Too early to panic.” Manager Mike Scioscia always has excuses well scripted over the last ten years. The fans disagree. Make no mistake: The Angels’ problems are...

Special Report: The Farallones Tragedy

Last week, San Francisco Yacht Club ran its 107th annual Farallones Race, a challenging day race out past the Golden Gate Bridge, around the Farallon Islands, and then back into San Francisco Bay.  Like our own Ensenada Race, the Farallones Race is a very popular regional sailing...

Fish Stories

There is a story about a young student who, pressured by his parents to go to law school, rebelled by never going to class. So the professor of his International Law class was surprised when he showed up for the final exam. He began to write furiously and continued long after all...
Posted On 07 Apr 2013

An Ode to Eelgrass

“All people, however fanatical they may be in their zeal to disparage and to fight capitalism, implicitly pay homage to it by passionately clamoring for the products it turns out.”                                                     — Ludwig von Mises, Pulitzer...
Posted On 06 Apr 2013

On Taste and Politics

If you were fortunate enough to snag a ticket to hear author Adam Gopnik at the Newport Beach Public Library on March 8, you got an earful. Speaking with a New Yorker’s hyperactive speed — though he never got ahead of his lucid thoughts – Gopnik shared his passion for the...

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