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OC Supervisor Discusses JWA, ‘Metroplex’

John Wayne Airport and the proposed “Metroplex” were the main topics at this week’s Speak Up Newport meeting featured Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel as the guest speaker. Nearly...
Posted On 11 Sep 2015

Poppy Ave Trees to be Axed

Poppy Avenue in Corona del Mar will soon be a little sunnier. The large eucalyptus trees that provide shade and create a canopy over the street are scheduled for removal. Although it wasn’t on...
Posted On 11 Sep 2015


Commission Keeps ‘Doggy Disneyland’ Beach Rules Intact

Passionate dog owners pleaded with city representatives during a meeting on Tuesday to keep the rules that govern the strip of sand dubbed “Doggy Disneyland” at the mouth of the Santa Ana River the same or possibly make it an official dog beach. The Parks, Beaches and Recreation...
Posted On 04 Mar 2016

Arts Commission Debates Sculpture Exhibition Funding

There were more questions than answers about the third phase of the Civic Center Park sculpture exhibition during a special meeting of the Arts Commission on Wednesday. The commission voted 5-1 to deny the staff’s recommended proposal to fund the project, which included accepting...
Posted On 04 Mar 2016

Standoff Suspect Arrested

A domestic violence suspect who led police on a chase through Orange County to Newport Beach on Monday night with his two sons and their mother in the car, then fled into Castaways Park after a long standoff, was arrested Tuesday night. Thomas Ueno, 35, was taken into custody by...

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How Do You Compare to Your Competition?

No matter what field or business you are in you have competition. That does not necessarily mean you have competitors, and this is not just semantics; it’s a state of mind and a reflection of how...
Posted On 13 Jan 2012

Small Business Saturday

Tomorrow, Newport Beach residents will have a chance to support small businesses in their community, by starting their Christmas shopping on Small Business Saturday. According to the Small...
Posted On 25 Nov 2011

Government Turns Economy Around By Legislation Alone!

OK, snap back to reality – the headline above has no basis in fact. As a matter of fact, President Obama – along with all the other candidates – have it all wrong. There is no...
Posted On 30 Sep 2011



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On Faith: Mental Illness Support at St. Andrew’s

“One out of four families in this country is directly affected by mental illness,” said Rev. Leah Stout, Parish Associate at St. Andrew’s. “It’s much more prevalent in society than people...

Revitalizing Lido Village

The revitalization of Lido Village is well underway, as a group of residents learned Wednesday during Speak Up Newport’s monthly meeting. Moderated by of Newport Beach Community Development...
Posted On 11 Mar 2016

Phenomenal Lesson About Women for Harbor Day Students

Students and staff at Harbor Day School celebrated the contributions and achievements from women throughout history this week, culminating in a special assembly on Wednesday. The Phenomenal Women...
Posted On 11 Mar 2016

Stepping Out

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Under Cover: “Downton Abbey” Author Comes to Newport Library

This past Sunday, I was in a restaurant when a nearby patron asked me for assistance. Apparently, she and her companion were travelling, and she wondered if she might ask me a question. Expecting a query about the menu, or local attractions, I was surprised when instead, she...

Curtain Up: From ‘Nutcracker’ to ‘Riverdance’ at Segerstrom Center

American Ballet Theater’s production of “The Nutcracker” recently completed a successful run at Segerstrom Center, and two young Newport Beach dancers were in the cast. Newport Beach residents Miranda Watson and Ava McLarand, both 13 and students at the American Ballet Theater...

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Off the Menu: Musical Menus

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy A “Mama Mia” Dinner We’ve been attending the Broadway musical series at Segerstrom Center, and last year discovered the clever themed menus...

Off the Menu: Exceptional Chefs and Exquisite Wines

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Table for Ten Take 30 of OC’s best chefs, put them in a room packed with ornately-decorated tables that seat ten philanthropic-minded...

Off the Menu: New Restaurants and Secret Spots

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Welcome to Provenance It’s official—Provenance Restaurant is now open! Chef Cathy Pavlos, whose Lucca restaurant in Irvine has garnered...

Upcoming Events

Boat Show Highlights Top Yachts

Last weekend was the 40th Lido Village Boat Show. It appeared to be pre-recession in size, attendance and broker enthusiasm. We attended on a warm and beautiful So Cal Friday. It’s no wonder our area weather is the envy of the rest of the country. I was pleasantly surprised at...

A Savage Exhibit at ExplorOcean

I attended a unique event a few weeks ago definitely worth mentioning, and once again shows not only the special traits of Newport Harbor with regards to our area, state and country, but the international stature of our residents and boating community. Our own Newport Harbor...

No Exit in Newport

In 1944, Jean Paul Sartre wrote an existentialist play titled “No Exit” about three deceased characters locked into a room for eternity. If you are a homeowner in Newport Beach, you might want to pick up a copy to see what you’re in for. By way of background, my...
Posted On 21 Mar 2014

A Sporting Chance

* You Can’t Suspend Baseball Shortly after starting to write this silly column came word that District 55 suspended the Newport Beach Little League (NBLL). They had too many coaches on their board and two baseball games were suspended. There is a rule that coaches can’t make up...

Debating Benefits for Slain Police Officers

By Kurt English | Newport Beach Indy  Nineteen years ago this week, Newport Beach Police Officer Bob Henry was shot by a drunk suspect who then committed suicide. Weeks later, Officer Henry died, leaving a wife and three small children. In addition to the personal tragedy this...

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