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Benefit: Literacy Project Dreams Big at Annual Gala

To be a good writer, you need to be a good reader. I was indeed a voracious reader at an early age, consuming everything from Hardy Boys to Box Car Children books to short stories by Ray Bradbury. By the time I hit 8th grade, I was reading at a college level. Everything is easier...

Benefit: Pacific Symphony Opening Night Celebration Hits a High Note

Pacific Symphony’s 2017-18 Classical Opening Night Celebration & Concert was a night of elegance and opulence from the moment 320 guests arrived at the Westin South Coast Plaza hotel. Attendees decked out in black-tie and stunning ball gowns began celebrating the Symphony’s...

Campus

Campus: CdM Student Kinsale Hueston Appointed a National Student Poet

St. Margaret’s Episcopal School senior Kinsale Hueston, 17, of Corona del Mar was appointed one of five National Student Poets during a ceremony held on Aug. 31 in the James Madison Memorial Building at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The event featured a pinning...

Speak Up Newport Present Scholarship Awards

Speak Up Newport, a nonprofit citizens group in Newport Beach, presented its annual Scholarship Awards to five students from local high schools. The Speak Up Newport Foundation Scholarship Awards, previously known as the Dorothy Hardcastle Scholarship Awards, are awarded annually...

Campus: Newport Harbor High’s 2017 Hall of Fame

The Newport Harbor High School Alumni Association has added 15 names to the Hall of Fame this year. To celebrate the school’s legacy of excellence and inspire current students, the Alumni Association inducted 10 student Alumni and five Faculty members, who have excelled in their...

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Charity

Charity Spotlight: Big Brothers Big Sisters Receives Record Gift

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire has received the largest gift in agency history: a home in Laguna Beach valued at $8.5 million, donated by the estate of late Newport Beach businessman William D. Ray. The grant deed with remainder interest recorded...

Philharmonic Society Presents Inaugural Holiday House

  For more than 20 years, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County has hosted the annual House of Design, where a team of local designers customize a classic home and the public pays to tour the home, with proceeds going to the Society’s youth music education programs. The...

Green

Attracting ‘Good Bugs’ to a Garden

By Gary Jones | Special to the NB Indy “Good” bugs can be a homeowner’s best friend, while “bad” bugs can wipe out weeks of gardening in just a few days. By definition, it is easy to know the difference. The notorious bad bug gang of four – aphids, whitefly, scale and mealy-bu...

Going Green: Upper Newport Bay – Restoration, Recreation and Research

By Garry Brown, Executive Director / Orange County Coastkeeper Just above Newport Harbor is the Upper Newport Bay, a sanctuary to many species of plants, birds and marine organisms. The Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and Ecological Reserve is an estuary, a wetland with a mix...

Local Focus

Championship Rower ‘WOW’s at Newport Aquatic Center

More than 30 years ago, after admittedly non-competitive 18-year-old Deborah Cowles told her boyfriend that she had decided to become a competitive athlete, he did what any supportive boyfriend should not have done: He laughed. Cowles responded accordingly — she dumped him in...

Local Focus: Heidi Miller Offers Unselfish Gift to Save Bruce Cook’s Life

By Cassandra Reinhart, Special to the Independent Sixty-five-year-old Bruce Cook couldn’t admit to anyone but himself that he will die without a kidney transplant. “I didn’t want sympathy and I didn’t want people to think I was disabled,” Cook said.  “I didn’t think anybody would...

Local Focus: Buck Gully is a Natural Slice of Yesteryear

  Snakes slither, rabbits bolt, bobcats stalk, coyotes slink, hawks glide, and a multitude of other creatures dart, dive or peck. This is no exercise in animal action verbs, but it does describe everyday life in one of Newport’s lesser-known wildlife oases: Buck Gully nature...

On Faith

On Faith: A Day of Compassion at St. Mark Presbyterian Church

St. Mark Presbyterian Church invites the community to A Day for Contemplation and Compassion on Saturday, Aug. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. According to St. Mark Elder Deborah Mayhew, the retreat day is designed to deepen one’s skills and capacities for compassionate living. “We...

On Faith: Teens Turn to Fristers

“We believe in the significance of families and we support families,” said Ali Woodard, founder president and CEO of Fristers. “Fristers is a non-profit that supports teen parents, the youngest and most vulnerable families in our communities. We are completely focused on helping...

Senior Moments

Senior Moments: Frieda Caplan is ‘The Queen of Kiwi’

By Felicia Wiseman | NB Indy “Fear No Fruit” is a fascinating and true story of 91-year-old Frieda Caplan, also known as “The Queen of Kiwi.” Born in Los Angeles and a graduate of UCLA, she worked as a bookkeeper and cashier in the Wholesale Produce Market in downtown L.A. In the...

Bongiorno Boomers: Starting Anew

Good Morning, (Buon Giorno) Boomers! I trust you’ve recovered sufficiently from the Holidays for us to begin the New Year together. From my present vantage point, I see a lot of changes in the offing, and, like Ricky Ricardo, I may have “a lot of splainin’ to do” to make sense of...