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Sold! Russo and Steele Auto Auction Returns to Newport

Classic car fans and automobile aficionados will be driving, flying and probably even sailing into Newport Beach this weekend for the fifth annual Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auction that takes place Friday through Sunday at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. More than 400...

New Rules May Soon Govern Boardwalk

Boardwalk safety has been a hot topic for many years and last week it officially reached the Newport Beach City Council. City staff presented possible regulation changes and plans for the oceanfront walkway on the Balboa Peninsula during a study session on April 23. Councilwoman Diane Dixon,...
Posted On 02 Jun 2017

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John Wayne Park Honors Local Legend

Newport Beach’s most famous resident now has a park bearing his name. The city formally dedicated John Wayne Park on May 26 in a ceremony that drew over 100 attendees, including several members of Wayne’s family. Wayne’s granddaughter, Jennifer Wayne, and her band Runaway June...

‘Every 15 Minutes’ Program Teaches Lifetime Lessons

Local authorities worked together this week to teach an important lesson to Newport Beach students. For the 14th year in a row, Newport Beach fire and police departments participated in “Every 15 Minutes,” a two-day program that focuses on high school juniors and...

Unofficial Talk About the Unofficial Dog Beach

Although there was not an item officially on the agenda Tuesday night, a number of people spoke up at the Newport Beach City Council meeting about the de facto dog beach at the mouth of the Santa Ana River. During public comment on non-agenda items, 17 people spoke, most in...
Posted On 26 May 2017

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Pelican Hill Scores Hole in One with 3D Golf Swing Analysis

“Golf is supposed to be fun,” former PGA champion and Newport Beach resident Fred Couples once said, “but I don’t think anything is fun if you’re not doing it reasonably well.”...

Biz Buzz: Goodbye Fairmont, Hello Duke

Newport Beach welcomes a new upscale lifestyle hotel to the city: The Duke Hotel Newport Beach. Formerly the Fairmont Newport Beach, the property on MacArthur Blvd. near the John Wayne Airport...

Newport Entrepreneurs Lead Nékter Juice Bar Expansion

How do you take a successful concept and grow it into a multi-franchise business that recently announced an aggressive expansion plan along with 20 consecutive quarters of positive comps? Just...

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On Faith: Local Pastor Leads Prayer for House of Representatives as Guest Chaplain

Last week, Becky Tirabassi, Newport Beach pastor and author of many books on prayer, traveled to Washington D.C. to be the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives. Speaker of the...

Charity Spotlight: Pacific Chorale Honors Newport Couple

“Sounds of the Sea” was the theme of Pacific Chorale’s 2016-2017 closing night concert last month, when the resident choir of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts celebrated a multitude of...

Charity Spotlight: Charity Concert Raises $160K for Music Programs

Encore for Education, a commercial real estate industry charity concert, raised $161,345 to benefit Music Matters, a program created by Buchanan Children’s Charities and the Orange County...



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Under Cover: Serving “Will It Skillet” Cookbook

I enjoy cooking, but I totally get why many people don’t. There are so many components to successfully pulling off a meal: balancing nutrition with taste, allowing enough time to properly execute the necessary steps, and knowing the palate of those you are feeding to ensure the...

Under Cover: “Sweetbitter” Author Stephanie Danler Comes to Newport Library

Many people seem to view working in the restaurant industry as some sort of failure – a melting pot of people who either can’t or won’t get a “real job,” or who are still working their way towards the opportunity to find one. The reality is, while there are those types of...

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Off the Menu: Sampling Seasonal Dishes at Provenance

We’ve always considered the Newport Beach Independent a “hyper-local” publication, but that term can also apply to cuisine. At Provenance in Eastbluff Village Center, Chef and Restaurateur Cathy...

Off the Menu: Juliette Serves Brunch, Moulin Serves Ice Cream

What’s the latest restaurant trend? No, it’s not farm to fork, or dirt to dish, or even market to mouth. It’s brunch. More and more restaurants have added brunch to their culinary offerings as...

Off the Menu: SideDoor Gets Cheesy, Bluewater Gets Fishy

We’ve been raving about the new Five Crowns menus, but just around the corner is another restaurant joined to Five Crowns but vastly different in tone and cuisine: SideDoor. This English...

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Pacifica Christian Tritons Having Record-Setting Year

Newport Beach’s Pacifica Christian High School boys basketball and girls soccer are well on their way to record-setting seasons, despite recently suffering their first losses of the season. On Dec. 19, girls soccer traveled to the desert to face number nine ranked Palm...

Sports: Pacific Club Hosts Lott IMPACT Trophy Awards

Michigan’s all-purpose star Jabrill Peppers has been named the winner of the 13th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy. Presented by trophy namesake Ronnie Lott, the announcement came Sunday night at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach during the Lott IMPACT Trophy Annual Awards Banquet. The...

Residents’ Vision is 20/20, City’s Vision is Foggy

The latest Mariners’ Mile Public Workshop that was held on January 26 at Marina Park was intended to provide the residents with a clear vision of what the City and the Consultant, Placeworks, have been working on since their last community meeting. It was clear that the City and...

Museum House Election Won’t Cost $2 Million

His former-honor councilman Keith Curry recently used the Museum House referendum to slam Team Newport and the city council for including legally allowed documents in the petition. As a reminder, Curry voted for the project. Armed with his law degree from Cal State Long Beach,...

Op/Ed: Join the Orange County Grand Jury

By Kirk H. Nakamura, Assistant Presiding Judge and Chair, Grand Jury Recruitment and Selection Committee, Orange County Superior Court Have you wondered how our county and city governments truly operate or how our jails are run? Are you interested in “giving back” and making a...

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