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Assemblyman Matthew Harper Wakes Up Corona del Mar

Sacramento may be more than 400 miles north of Newport Beach, but a group of residents got an update straight from the source of the California capital during a meeting last week. Assemblyman...
Posted On 20 Nov 2015

Coexisting with Coyotes

The moment she walked into her Harbor View Home, Mary Ann Soden knew something was terribly wrong. Her 12-year-old wire-haired dachshund, Deli, wasn’t there to greet her. Soden found Deli outside...


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Jon Lewis Takes Over as NBPD Chief

Ascending to the top job at the agency where he began his career 25 years ago, Jon Lewis was sworn-in as the new chief of the Newport Beach Police Department during a packed ceremony in the Council Chambers last Tuesday. Outgoing Chief Jay Johnson revealed during the ceremony...

News Briefs: Bus Crash, Author Event

Bus Accident in Newport Center The Newport Beach Fire Department responded to an incident involving an Orange County Transit Authority bus Sunday night. At approximately 7 p.m., an OCTA passenger bus was traveling on Newport Center Drive when it veered off the road and through a...

Assemblyman Matthew Harper Responds to Minimum Wage Hike

Assemblyman Matthew Harper, whose district includes Newport Beach, issued a statement in response to the Governor announcing a tentative deal to raise minimum wage. “This is a backroom deal that is supposed to help workers, but will actually do much more harm than good,” Harper...

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Local Inventor on Home Shopping Network

A Newport Beach woman will see her dreams come to fruition on the small screen this week as she debuts her invention on the Home Shopping Network. Marcy McKenna will be selling her creation, The...
Posted On 24 Jul 2012

Retail Corner

New Angle for Triangle Square Newport Beach-based Greenlaw Partners has begun a $25 million upgrade and rebranding of its Triangle Square property in Costa Mesa, the OC Business Journal reported....

Newport Gamer’s Big Score

So how do you get more than 28,000 people invest $1.4 million in your business project? You might want to ask Newport Beach video game developer Brian Fargo.  That’s what just happened to him...

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CASA Celebration of Children Gala Nets Record $1 Million

It was a dazzling, heartfelt and occasionally tear-inducing evening when Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) held its annual Celebration of Children: Black & White Ball on Saturday,...

OC Supervisors Unleash ‘Doggy Disneyland’

Dogs running and playing off-leash along a strip of sand at the mouth of the Santa Ana River dubbed “Doggy Disneyland” will likely no longer be outlaws following a county decision this week....
Posted On 29 Apr 2016

On Faith: Nuns Risk All in ‘Radical Grace’

In 2012 the Vatican issued an official censure of American nuns saying that feminism is incompatible with Catholicism and the nuns needed to abandon their view to remain part of the church. Three...



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Artscapes: Newport Marriott Hosts a Swinging Jazz Party

Valentine’s weekend is a time for lovers—and lovers of jazz music, thanks to the Newport Beach Jazz Party. Jazz fans from around the world will be descending on the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa Feb. 11-14 for a weekend of what’s described as “Right Down the Middle...

Artscapes: Bernadette Peters Brings Broadway to Orange County

She’s won three Tony Awards plus a Grammy and a Golden Globe, and now the powerhouse actress and singer Bernadette Peters brings her dynamic talents to Segerstrom Center for a pair of Valentine’s weekend concerts with Pacific Symphony Pops. I had the pleasure of seeing one of...

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Off the Menu: Classy Catering with 24 Carrots and Vanity Catering

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy The term “catering” at one time had a less-than-glamorous connotation, but that has changed in recent years thanks to a handful of...

Off the Menu: The Winery Newport and Pirozzi are Notable Culinary Newcomers

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Several new chef-driven restaurants have opened recently that offer unique concepts and sensational cuisine, including two that have...

Off the Menu Special: Celebrity Cruises Great Wine Festival – May 31

We were introduced to Celebrity Cruises earlier this year at the kickoff party for OC Restaurant Week at Newport Lexus, and learned that 10 of the cruise line’s restaurants have received Wine...

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Boating Season Commences

Last Friday we ventured out of the harbor for a sea trial following a two week period of “Sundance” visiting Balboa Boatyard. The last several years I’ve been very impressed with Pat Werner who now owns the shipyard and manages the yard. It’s been a smooth transition from the...

Boating and Fishing Results

Last weekend had a few noteworthy boating events. Friday was the start of the Newport to Ensenada Sailboat Race. The sun was shining early and we already had a light wind at the end of the Balboa Pier at nine o’clock in the morning. Our Indy staff meeting was held at Ruby’s at...

When Politics Worked

I’ve been writing columns for the Newport Beach Independent since 2011. My appearance back then caused a few readers to write in and complain what a “liberal rag” the paper was becoming. It was ironic in some ways because the editor at the time, Roger Bloom, was...
Posted On 05 Apr 2014

Let It Go

Do you feel overwhelmed by kids and even adults who are walking around singing or humming “Let it Go” from the Walt Disney hit, “Frozen?” Few people realize that Idina Menzel, who sang the song, and Lea Michele are twins separated at birth. You can’t deny that they look very much...

Newport Beach Little League Strikes Out

By Kurt English | NB Indy Lots of good people are involved with Little League in Newport Beach and throughout the United States. They spend hours volunteering, avoid pettiness, keep their egos in check, and put the children’s interests first. However, a very small minority of...

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