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Troubled Bridge Over Balboa Waters

Travelers have been crossing the same bridge between the big and small Balboa islands for 86 years, but not for much longer. Contracts for the Park Avenue bridge replacement project were unanimously approved 6-0 by Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday. Councilman Keith Curry was absent. “I’m...
Posted On 25 Feb 2016

Spyglass Hill Residents Fight Cell Tower Project

Spyglass Hill homeowners are applauding a recent decision by Verizon Wireless to withdraw its appeal of a Planning Commission decision to deny a wireless telecommunications facility at Spyglass Hill Park.   After the initial approval in September by the zoning administrator, the Planning...
Posted On 19 Feb 2016


Arts Commission Agrees on Funding Plan

The Newport Beach Arts Commission unanimously approved recommending to City Council a three-year funding and staffing plan to create a long-term self-sufficient arts program in the city. “While this is not a perfect solution, it is a compromise,” Arts Commissioner Caroline Logan...
Posted On 22 Apr 2016

Newport Beach Negotiates Sale of Balboa Theater

The city of Newport Beach and the parent company behind The LAB, a trendy retail and dining destination in Costa Mesa, have nine months to hammer out the city’s sale of the Balboa Theater for its transformation into a multi-purpose event center. The Newport Beach City Council...

County Gets Involved In ‘Doggy Disneyland’ Discussion

City, county and state officials gathered on the beach over the weekend to discuss the possible future of the strip of sand at the mouth of the Santa Ana River supporters have dubbed “Doggy Disneyland.” Orange County Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Michelle Steel, whose district...
Posted On 22 Apr 2016

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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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Local Residents Say Thank You to NBPD

Pans of lasagna and trays of cookies were just a few of the culinary delights that members of Newport Harbor Republican Women brought to the Newport Beach Police Department last Saturday. The...

Benefit: Pelican Hill Hosts Orangewood Foundation’s 44 Women Luncheon

 There was laughter and a few tears at the Orangewood Foundation’s 44 Women for Orangewood auxiliary luncheon, held June 10 at The Resort at Pelican Hill. Nearly 300 women (and a handful of men)...

Charity Spotlight: Junior League of OC Celebrates 60 Years of Service

The Junior League of Orange County, based in Newport Beach, recently held its 60th annual meeting to acknowledge six decades of creating significant and lasting change in the community, announce...

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Artscapes: “Wicked” Star Kristin Chenoweth Brings Solo Concert to Segerstrom Hall March 12

The Broadway touring production of the hit musical “Wicked” ends its run at Segerstrom Center on March 6, but another equally wicked event comes to Segerstrom Hall next weekend. Tony Award and Emmy-winning musical actress Kristin Chenoweth comes to town for a solo concert on...

Under Cover: Irish American Tale Unfolds in “Galway Bay”

When my middle son was in fifth grade, his class participated in a Heritage Fair. Each student was to present a short story about their ancestry, and share a dish representative of that culture. Braden chose to learn about the Irish ancestors that began the American branch of his...

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Off the Menu: Cucina Enoteca and Garden Fusion

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale The wait is over: CUCINA enoteca at Fashion Island is now officially open. The California-inspired Italian kitchen (how’s that for a morphing of...

Off the Menu: Wine & Food Festival, Chocolate Tasting 101

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy We’ve been waiting for a dynamic food and wine event to replace the Taste of Newport, which ended its two-decade run in 2012. The wait is...

Off the Menu: New Chefs and New Restaurants

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy It’s always news when a new chef comes to town, but this week two new chefs have taken over the kitchens at a pair of well-known...

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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...

Cutting the Newport Beach Business License Tax

By Kurt English | NB Indy Two weeks ago in this column, I reviewed the city business license tax in Newport Beach. The current business license fee is $159 plus an additional $8 per employee up to an additional $797 for businesses that collect sales tax, and an additional $16 per...

Baseball Not So Good To Me

* A Cone Clone Those of you in Newport Beach have probably noticed all the road construction that has closed and taken over many of our busiest streets such as Dover, 17th Street and the Pacific Coast Highway. Where you turn left from the Westcliff area onto Dover there are...

Grass Roots Democracy: The American Way

Last summer, after Hoag Hospital announced it was ending elective abortion on the heels of its affiliation with St. Joseph, I wrote a flurry of columns about why this was a terrible decision. The words I wrote upset some at Hoag and in the community. Others, including some of...

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