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Insights: Sharon’s Story

We can learn a lot from people and their stories, so let me share a story my friend Sharon Davis wrote. Her wisdom speaks to me, and you will see why as she shares her personal journey: “I have known this woman for three years, playing blackjack at the assisted living home where...

Grant Howald Park Scheduled for Upgrades

Some long-requested changes are headed to one of the city’s oldest and most popular parks. Renovations are scheduled for Grant Howald Park, one of the Newport Beach’s most visited parks, according to city staff. The multi-use park is located on 3.1 acres on 5th Avenue between...

Newport Beach Public Library Foundation Appoints New CEO

The Newport Beach Public Library Foundation has hired Newport Beach native Meg Linton as its new Chief Executive Officer.  Ms. Linton brings a vibrant new energy to the Foundation, backed by over 20 years of leading and stewarding cultural institutions, non-profits, and academic...



Specific Mooring Application Fee Eliminated

On Wednesday, Newport Beach Harbor Commission unanimously approved removing the previously proposed mooring and slip rental initial application fee. The move comes after the Commission and staff previously updated a number of fees and rents. On...
Posted On 15 Feb 2019

General Plan Update Steering Committee Chosen Amid Concern, First Meeting Held

In discussing the General Plan update this week, Newport Beach city staff, Council members, and residents all emphasized transparency, inclusiveness, and public engagement. About 50 people attended the first meeting of the General Plan steering...
Posted On 15 Feb 2019

Council Approves Zoning Changes for Harbor Pointe Senior Facility

Newport Beach City Council amended the general plan this week to allow senior living facility to be constructed. Council voted 5-1, with Councilman Brad Avery dissenting and Marshall “Duffy” Duffield absent, to allow the change for Harbor Pointe...
Posted On 15 Feb 2019

Off the Menu: Newport Chefs Cook for Charity at Table for Ten Culinary Event

Imagine 30 of the top chefs in Southern California coming together to create multi-course dinners for guests who are there to support a charitable cause. No need to imagine. The event is called Table for Ten, an annual extravaganza where a noted...

Off the Menu: A Passion for Creative Cuisine at Ocean at Main

Laguna Beach resident Craig Strong launched his culinary career when he was 15, but got serious about it when he enrolled in culinary school at age 18 and learned the basics of classic French cooking. He spent time in Spain soaking up the...

Rouda Town Hall Scheduled

Newly elected Congressman Harley Rouda, whose district covers Newport Beach, will host the first town hall of his term later this month. “Once you cut through the noise of Washington, the title of this job is ‘Representative.’ My constituents...

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Commission Approves Newport Crossings Park

A city board approved a public park connected to a mixed-use development project near the airport this week. Newport Beach Parks, Beaches, and Recreation Commission voted 6-1 Tuesday in support of the park being created along with the Newport...
Posted On 09 Feb 2019

Homes Burglarized in Harbor View Hills, Big Canyon

Newport Beach Police Department sent out an alert Monday about two recent residential burglaries. The first occurred at a home in Harbor View Hills South, in the 1300 Block of Keel Dr., between: 1:45 p.m. and 4:10 p.m. on Jan. 31. An unknown...

Sand Vs Rubber Mat Debated for Newport Island Park Rehab

Renovation of a small, local park in West Newport was tabled until more research and community outreach is conducted, primarily centered around health concerns about whether to use sand or a rubber mat in the play area. The Parks, Beaches &...
Posted On 08 Feb 2019



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Local Focus: Stefanie Salem’s Rocky Road to Success

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” Words of wisdom from Helen Keller, who endured both suffering and success. ...

Curtain Up: A Compelling ‘Come From Away’ Lands at Segerstrom Center

How can you make a musical about the thousands of passengers who were stranded in Newfoundland for four days when all air traffic in the United States was grounded after 9/11? It’s an unlikely concept, but the Broadway musical “Come From Away”...

Off the Menu: Valentine’s Day Dining in Newport Beach

  Still trying to decide what to do for Valentine’s day, or rather where to dine? Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest nights of the year for restaurants. Diners’ expectations are high, and restaurants do their best to live up to...

Code Enforcement, Harbor Discussed at Council Planning Session

  Newport Beach City Council provided feedback and direction to staff over the weekend on a few specific projects and efforts, including adding some code enforcement staffing. About 60 people gathered in the community room at the Civic...
Posted On 08 Feb 2019

Duke Discussion, ‘Rio Bravo’ Viewing

Local legend John Wayne and his ties to the city will be discussed before a viewing of one his classic western films at an event next week. Sherman Library and Gardens in Corona del Mar will host the movie night, which will feature “Rio...

Mayor Hosts Town Hall

Continuing her tradition, Newport Beach Mayor Diane Dixon will hold her first town hall meeting of 2019 next week on the Balboa Peninsula. The event will be in the big meeting room in Marina Park on Monday at 6:30 p.m. All community members are...