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Newport Beach Country Club’s New Clubhouse Tees Off in Grand Style

Kevin Martin and Todd Pickup, owners of the Newport Beach Country Club, officially opened their new $44 million, 56,000-square-foot “contemporary and casual” clubhouse on July 18. Under construction for the past 21 months, the classic, Craftsman-styled, two-story facility replaces the well-worn clubhouse that had served the membership since the club’s founding in 1953.  It now boasts...

Pokémon GO Invades Newport Beach

By Katie Malin | NB Indy Monsters have taken over the streets of Newport Beach, along with hordes of people hoping to capture them—on their cell phones. People young and old are playing Pokémon GO, an augmented reality game that challenges players to go out into the real world to search and battle virtual Pokémon characters. Since its release on July 6, there have been 30 million downloads of...



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Council Hears Arts Master Plan

Newport Beach City Council heard the proposed Arts Master Plan during a study session Tuesday and most agreed it’s headed in the right direction. City Council previously requested that the Arts Commission begin to develop private supportive...
Posted On 13 May 2016

Coastal Commission Hearing on Banning Ranch Postponed

[EDITOR’S NOTE: After the Newport Beach Independent went to print this week, Newport Banning Ranch sent an email stating that they have requested postponement of the Coastal Commission hearing set for Thursday, May 12. Newport Banning...
Posted On 06 May 2016

Mixed Reaction for Sunset Ridge Parking Plan

Guests at Sunset Ridge Park may finally be able to park their cars without having to cross one of the city’s busiest intersections and traverse up the hillside. The Newport Beach City Council voted 6-1 (with Councilman Kevin Muldoon voting no)...

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Women of Vision Have Eyes on the World

“I went from being co-host on the 700 Club in the morning, and by that evening I was in the locked ward of the psychiatric hospital,” Sheila Walsh said.  “I felt I failed everybody…I’d never felt so desperate in my life.  Sometimes God will take you to prison to set you free.” Walsh and Steve...

Longtime Newport Beach Resident and Philanthropist Jim Emmi Dies at 99

Longtime Newport Beach resident Jim Emmi, a Staff Commodore at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club and a supporter of numerous artistic and educational institutions and organizations, died on Saturday, May 14, a few weeks shy of his 100th birthday. He died peacefully from natural causes at his home...

Golf Club Tees Off at Speak Up Newport Meeting

Keeping control of the land and revamping the Newport Beach Golf Club will benefit the community in more than one way, club officials explained recently. It can be a world class golf course, said William Buck Johns, who represents the golf course’s new ownership group, which took over on Dec....
Posted On 20 May 2016



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Gone With the Lobster: Gourmet Dinner and Theatrical Comedy

One of my favorite things is attending a play and the pre-theater dining that goes with it. Last weekend, fellow Indy writer Shelly Zavala and I caught the opening of “Moonlight and Magnolias” at Newport Theater Arts Center on Cliff Drive. This charming comedy about the true...

Under Cover: Instant Happy Journal

The season for thankfulness is upon us, but what exactly does that mean?  And, why, pray tell, is there a season for this at all? Is there not equal opportunity for gratefulness all twelve months of the year? Annually, as Thanksgiving approaches, our minds are drawn to reflect...

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Off the Menu: Wine and Lobster for the Holidays

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy What’s the best wine to serve with Thanksgiving dinner? Many wine experts will simply say it’s whatever wine you like to drink, but...

Off the Menu: Sgt. Pepperoni’s Pizza and The Sliding Door

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  Two New York chefs have come to town to help open a pair of new restaurants—well, one is new, the other under new owners who have...

Off the Menu: Pre-Show Dining at Scott’s and Maro

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  We’re always looking for fun places to dine before catching a show at Segerstrom Center, South Coast Repertory or Laguna Playhouse....

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Making Lemonade

I have lived in Newport Beach since 1989 and read about whale watching, but I had never taken advantage of this opportunity. So it was with a great anticipation that my wife, Karen, and I took to the water for such a trip a few days ago. To make a long story shorter, there were...

Local Pair Named College Sailors of the Year

Local Newport sailors competed at the highest levels of college sailing in 2012, and two local collegiate sailors were named the top collegiate men’s and women’s sailors in the US this year. NHHS alumni Chris Barnard and Sydney Bolger, both sailing for Georgetown University, were...

Ignoring the Mortgage

Ever had a conversation like this one with my Significant Other? ME: Honey, Congress is thinking about shutting down the government again. Would you mind not using your credit cards for awhile. You know, just until this blows over. OTHER: You’re kidding me, aren’t...
Posted On 25 Oct 2013

Lynn’s Spin: Newport Residents to be Honored at Philanthropy Day Luncheon

The National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon is one of my very favorite annual events held each year at the Hyatt Regency Irvine in celebration of select Orange County philanthropists, business leaders and individuals. What I love most about the event is hearing the stories,...
Posted On 25 Oct 2013

Vindictive Government

Last week on the first day of the government shutdown, a group of World War II veterans that were part of the “Honor Flight” Network showed up at the WWII memorial on the mall. This is a nonprofit group that assists veterans in visiting Washington DC to visit the war memorials at...