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Harbor Commission Recommends West Anchorage Become Permanent

Visiting boaters who have become accustomed to mooring in the Turning Basin in Newport Harbor the past few years may be happy to hear that the anchorage area may become a permanent summer mainstay. The Harbor Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved recommending to City Council that the...
Posted On 13 Oct 2017

City Floats Ideas for Regulating Drones

Ideas for drone regulations have been hovering in Newport Beach for some time, and Tuesday they landed on the City Council’s dais. Newport Beach Police Department support services commander, Lieutenant Damon Psaros, gave a presentation about various approaches for regulation regarding small...
Posted On 12 Oct 2017


New Community Development Director Puts Service First

Seimone Jurjis, the new Community Development Director for the city, is described as a problem-solver who puts service first. “He’s a person who can help you solve a problem,” offered former mayor and Civic Affairs Council President Rush Hill. “That’s his attitude, he’s there to...

Council Approves Seawall Cap, Continues Peninsula Crosswalk Study

Noteworthy items for both the Balboa Island and Peninsula were on the Newport Beach City Council agenda Tuesday. Council unanimously a bid for the seawall cap project on the island. The 6 to 0 vote approved a $1.44 million contract with Bosco Constructors, Inc., for the project....
Posted On 13 Oct 2017

Speak Up and Be Prepared for Disaster

California is beset with wildfires, Florida and Puerto Rico are still reeling from hurricanes and Mexico is recovering from a devastating earthquake. No surprise that disaster is a hot topic of conversation. Newport Beach is well-prepared for an emergency, according to Newport...

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Biz Buzz: Newport Construction Company Builds Dazzling Show Fountain

Newport Beach-based Outside the Lines, a design-build construction company that specializes in creating one-of-a-kind water features, rockwork and themed environments, has unveiled a...

Biz Buzz: Mesa Water Launches New Water Vending Machine

Mesa Water District, the public water agency that supplies water to 110,000 residents throughout Costa Mesa and parts of Newport Beach, invites the community to a free family-friendly festival at...

Biz Buzz: Bixby & Ball Opens in Grand Style

Bixby & Ball at Lido Marina Village opened in grand style last Sunday with a festive party featuring champagne, lobster rolls, oysters, and a three-piece steel drum band. Attendees packed the...



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Benefit: Pacific Symphony Opening Night Celebration Hits a High Note

Pacific Symphony’s 2017-18 Classical Opening Night Celebration & Concert was a night of elegance and opulence from the moment 320 guests arrived at the Westin South Coast Plaza hotel....

Communities: Newport Beach Firefighters Take Center Stage

The Newport Beach Fire Department held two key events over the past several weeks: the 20th Annual Fire & Lifeguard Appreciation Dinner on Sept. 21, and the annual Open House last Sunday....

BBQ Competition Promises Smokin’ Good Time

Steve Bender loves barbecue. Good barbecue. Make that great barbecue. In fact, the Newport Beach resident loves his barbecue so much that he’s created local barbecue competitions that have been...

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Artscapes: “Divalicious” Divas McBroom and Callaway in Samueli Theater

  Amanda McBroom has been described by Broadway World as “one of the greatest night club performers of all time. Her lyrics are profound and express human emotions in glorious poetry. Her humor is so smart and she sings and acts it all brilliantly.” Ann Hampton Callaway was voted...

Soundcheck: Richard Marx at Hyatt Regency Amphitheatre

Richard Marx is something of a songwriting legend—he’s penned hit songs for everyone from Luther Vandross (“Dance with my Father”) to Josh Groban (“To Where You Are”). Fortunately, the personable performer has also written music for his own albums—albums that have sold more than...

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Off the Menu: Local Restaurants Take Home Trophies at Golden Foodie Awards

And the Golden Foodie Award goes to… It was an evening to honor and celebrate the best of Orange County restaurants, chefs and mixologists, and the Golden Foodie Awards did not disappoint—18...

Off the Menu: Raising a Glass to the Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival

It’s only one week until the 4th Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival, and we’re already salivating over the sensational lineup of restaurants that are participating this yea...

Off the Menu Side Dish: Our Picks for the Golden Foodie Awards

This weekend is the annual Golden Foodie Awards, and we’ll be there to cheer on the OC-based chefs, bartenders and other restaurant personnel who have been nominated for awards. The winners in 18...

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Breakers Victorious in First Home Match

Newport Beach-based tennis team Orange County Breakers had their first home game of the season Monday, pulling out a close win 23-15 against the Springfield Lasers. For more information, visit breakerstennis.com.
Posted On 18 Jul 2017

Michael Chang Tennis Classic Benefits Local Charity

World champion tennis players Michael Chang and Kei Nishikori will compete in a World Class Doubles Pro Exhibition to raise funds for HomeAid Orange County and the Chang Family Foundation. Chang became the youngest male player to win a Grand Slam singles title when he won the...

Letter to the Editor: We Cannot Afford More of Scott Peotter

Public pressure forced Councilman Scott Peotter to abandon his foolish “political protest” of refusing $480,000 in gas tax (SB-1) funds for local streets in order to “send a message” to Sacramento.  This cost would have risen to $1.9 million next year if it had continued. The gas...

Op-Ed: Lessons Learned From Gas Tax Decisions

By Keith Curry / former Newport Beach Mayor Due to resident action, the city council reversed its decision and decided to accept the street improvement funds generated by Newport Beach taxpayers.  Some thanks are in order.  First, to Councilmembers Diane Dixon and Brad Avery for...
Posted On 17 Sep 2017

Letter to the Editor: Peotter Does Not Respect Community Values

Much has been written about the myriad reasons for the recall of Councilman Scott Peotter. Two of the many issues that come up in favor of recall are that he does not represent or respect the values of our community and that he has failed to conduct himself in a civil manner. I...

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