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DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint Planned this Friday The Newport Beach Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on March 13 at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. The deterrent effect of DUI...

Mom’s Voice: Genetic Irony

When we refer to genes as “skipping a generation,” what is really happening is a recessive gene, carried by both parents is being expressed. Normally, the easiest example of this is when two brown-eyed parents have a blue-eyed child, made possible by the fact that both Mom and...
Posted On 24 Aug 2014

“Zip and Zap” at Sundance

We are lucky that we have both big box films developed by major studios and the opportunity to see films financed by individuals who spend their money and time developing independent movies. Indy films took center stage when I flew to Sundance last week for the end of the annual...

Under Cover: Candy Bomber for Christmas

Obviously, I have a thing for books. At Christmas time, however, my neurosis gets ratcheted up a notch. If I like books, then I LOVE Christmas books. Each year, I try to add a new one to our collection that is unique and not simply a reworking of the same book over and over again...

Balboa Island Tree Lighting

Several hundred people turned out last Sunday for the annual Balboa Island Christmas Tree Lighting. The event began at 4 p.m. with live music local vocalists and musicians, plus a mound of snow for children to play in. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived just before sunset, and then at...

Charity Spotlight: Pacific Life Donates $400,000 for Smile Mobile

Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County welcomed its second new and improved Smile Mobile 2, a dental clinic on wheels, to serve thousands of children in Orange County. This new dental resource for children was made possible because of a generous donation of $400,000 from...

Benefit: United Cerebral Palsy’s “Life Without Limits” Golf Tournament

United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County raised $135,400 at its 19th annual Life Without Limits Golf Tournament held last month at the Santa Ana Country Club. Over 120 golfers and supporters turned out for the tournament held during United Cerebral Palsy of OC’s 60th year of...

Charity Spotlight: “Jazz & Juice” Fundraiser Nov 14 benefits Young Singers of OC and UNICEF

Young Singers of Orange County, a nonprofit children’s choir, is holding a wine tasting fundraiser called “Jazz & Juice” on Thursday, November 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Newport Bluffs Clubhouse, 100 Vilaggio in Newport Beach. Enjoy a wine tasting from Newport Beach...

Charity Spotlight: Lark Creek Supports Make-A-Wish with “Gingerbread Wishes”

The new Lark Creek Restaurant in Fashion Island invites guests to give back this holiday season with the restaurant’s inaugural “Gingerbread Wishes” celebration. Throughout November, guests can order star-shaped, fresh-baked gingerbread cookies off the dessert menu for $10 each,...

Under Cover: ‘The Eternal Wonder’ of Pearl S. Buck

In January of this year, 40 years after her death, a photocopied, hand-written manuscript was found tucked away in a storage unit in Texas. Believed to be the last thing she worked on before her death of cancer in 1973, that manuscript has just been released as “The Eternal...

On Faith: The Global Center for Women & Justice

“The best research we have estimates that about 100,000 American kids are trafficked for sex every year, the vast majority of whom are never identified. There are no reports, because nobody believes it’s happening in their town,” Ernie Allen said to the three hundred men and...

Cycling for a Cause

George Vitolo will be cycling for a cause in an all-day race next month. The 47-year-old Laguna Beach man will be competing in the 12 Hours of Temecula endurance mountain bike race on Nov. 9. Newport Beach-based Pro Bike Supply has sponsored Vitolo and helped provide him with a...
Posted On 11 Oct 2013

Human Trafficking

“[B]eware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden The first part of Thoreau’s advice has always rankled me. There’s something marvelous about embarking upon a new venture in new clothes, especially in...

Under Cover: Banned Book Week

This week, we celebrate our freedom to read, as the American Library Association presents its annual Banned Books Week. Each year, book lovers everywhere use this week as an excuse to climb up on their soapboxes and preach the values of not only the written word, but our ability...

On Faith: The Blessing of the Backpacks

Forty children and teens participated recently in a “Blessing of the Backpacks” at Community Church Congregational in Corona del Mar. ”Of course, you don’t bless a backpack, you bless the children,” explained Kathy Kipp, Youth Ministry Team Leader at the church. “We just called...

Hoping to Help NMUSD Children

More than 200 local children and their families with unstable housing situations now have some extra charitable support to help them get back on their feet and into a permanently better situation. Project Hope Alliance, a nonprofit that helps homeless and unstably housed children...
Posted On 23 Aug 2013

Keep Calm Moms

It’s all the rage. Everyone has seen it somewhere. Just below a drawing of a crown, the large capital letters in simple font, “KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON.” The message has been printed on everything from posters to coffee mugs, pacifiers, pins, pillows, watches, mouse pads and...
Posted On 10 Aug 2013

Twitter Offers Links to My Son’s Heart

Our son Payton started playing lacrosse when he was 8 years old. He continued the next season. And the next, and the next, until I woke up one morning and our tiny guy with the squeaky elf voice was gone and in his place, a 5 foot-10-inch, 145 pounds, deep-voiced teenager was on...
Posted On 13 Jul 2013

On Faith: Vacation Bible School

Many adults remember Vacation Bible School being a memorable part of their childhood summers, even if they haven’t attended church in decades. Vacation Bible School (VBS) is typically a weeklong camp held at church sometime during the summer, and is usually for preschool to...

Sharing a Meal for Charity

Local resident Leigh Donaldson Carman has figured out a way to help solve three major problems in the country with one simple fix. The problems: Obesity, food waste and feeding the hungry. The solution: Half 4 the Hungry. H4H is a brand new charity Carman started about eight...
Posted On 07 Jun 2013