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City Requests Proposals for Restaurant on Newport Pier

City Council heard several options for the empty building at the end of Newport Pier Tuesday and ultimately directed staff to send out a request for proposals for restaurants. There has been interest in the building from several restaurants, according to staff, including the...
Posted On 31 Jan 2014

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Hundreds of Living, Dead Snakes Found in Newport Teacher’s Home A Newport Beach school teacher was arrested for animal cruelty after police found several hundred snakes, alive and dead, in his home, authorities announced this week. William “Bill” Buchman, 53, of Santa Ana,...

City Council Approves Wood and Gas for Fire Rings but AQMD Mandates Charcoal

Adding fuel to the fire ring debate, charcoal will soon be the only acceptable source for beach bonfires. Although the City Council approved an ordinance on Tuesday that allows other forms of fuel (but limits them to natural wood, natural gas, fire logs and charcoal), a South...
Posted On 31 Jan 2014

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Lynn’s Spin: Halloween Antics for Two

Halloween is upon us, and like every year I am pondering what or who to be for a party in which most guests usually go all out. My favorite last year was a guy dressed as Fu Manchu complete with...
Posted On 29 Oct 2013

On Faith: Newport Man’s Journey from Businessman to Co-Pastor

“It has been an exciting year, full of twists and turns, but God has been faithful through it all,” explained Bucky Dennis, co-Pastor of Watermark Church. “We just celebrated our first year in...

Volunteers Knit for Charity

A common goal and a shared hobby brought men and women, young and old, experts and beginners all together on Saturday at Macy’s in Fashion Island. Spa Gregorie’s sixth annual Knit One, Cure Too...
Posted On 25 Oct 2013

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Curtain Up: ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ at Port Theater thru Dec 24

Note: Indy movie critic Norm Bour was transported by a time machine back to December, 1946, when the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” was released. He filed this review, just in time for the Port Theater screening of “It’s a Wonderful Life” December 20 – 24. I just viewed the newest...
Posted On 23 Dec 2013

Off the Menu: Muldoon’s Irish Dickens Christmas Celebration

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Christmastime is also foodie time in Newport Beach. Many restaurants serve special Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners (see sidebar), while others offer special seasonal dishes – and experiences – available only during...

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Price Is Right at Toshiba

Television analyst and three-time major championship winner Nick Price went wire-to-wire to win the Toshiba Classic at the Newport Beach Country Club, his fourth Champions Tour title. Price became only the fourth player to not relinquish a lead at the Toshiba Classic, holding off...

Blowing My Horn for The Fred Horn Show and Whistle Signals

Ahoy! Next Wednesday is a sad note for some boaters as lobster season will end on March 16 in Southern California until next October.  I love to eat Panulirus interruptus, but this year I have heard little from recreational divers and fishermen catching the bugs along our coast. ...


  (Re: “City Eyes Ban on Leaf Blowers,” NBI, 9/3:) What happens to brooms? They used to use brooms and it worked fine. Using a simple broom would confine the dust and waste to a more finite area and moreover, did not pollute the environment with hydro-carbonic waste and...

The Value of ‘Value-Added’ Teacher Scoring

  By Tim Brown I am a teacher, and as you might imagine, a number of my friends, family and colleagues have asked me for my reaction to the LA Times “value added” statistical analysis of math and English scores to estimate teaching effectiveness. I have also been asked...


  Cable bills could fall as much as 13 percent if cable and satellite customers could choose the channels they want. Why should we pay for what we would never use, such as Russia Today, The Golf Channel, Playboy, Cartoon Network? And we want more control over what comes in...

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