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Commission Keeps ‘Doggy Disneyland’ Beach Rules Intact

Passionate dog owners pleaded with city representatives during a meeting on Tuesday to keep the rules that govern the strip of sand dubbed “Doggy Disneyland” at the mouth of the Santa Ana River the same or possibly make it an official dog beach. The Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission ultimately agreed with the majority of public speakers, unanimously voting to deny the staff recommended...
Posted On 04 Mar 2016

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 looking forward to 2017 and seeing a new bridge there,” said Councilman Ed Selich, whose district...
Posted On 25 Feb 2016



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Big Plans for Big Canyon

Officials have big plans for Big Canyon, and restoring and protecting the habitat are at the top of the list. Newport Beach hosted an informational meeting about the Resource and Recreation Management Plan for Big Canyon Nature Park on...
Posted On 08 Apr 2016

Condos May Call Newport Center Home

Calling Newport Center home may soon be a reality. Newport Center Anacapa Associates, LLC, a Newport Beach-based real estate developer, announced Tuesday its plans for 150 Newport Center, a seven-story (75 feet, six inches), 49-unit residential...
Posted On 08 Apr 2016

NB Film Fest Says ‘We’re Being Watched’

How do you pack suspense, intrigue and mystery into 100 seconds of scintillating cinema? Just ask the Newport Beach Film Festival.   Every year, the festival creates a campaign to help promote interest and attendance. Last year, the Know New Art...

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Table for Ten Culinary Event Serves Donations for Charity

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  One of the tastiest charity events in Orange County is the annual Table for Ten culinary experience, held this year at the at Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa on March 6. This extravagant affair benefits two Orange County charities:...

Pacific Coast Wine Fest Raises $350K for Music Programs

 Is there a more perfect pairing than music and wine? Not if you ask Pacific Symphony board chairman Mike Kerr, founder of the symphony’s annual Pacific Coast Wine Festival, which raises funds in support of the Pacific Symphony’s education and music programming. “With this year’s event, we will...

“Napa in Newport” Raises $700,000 for CureDuchenne

More than 400 guests gathered at the St. Regis Resort on Saturday, Feb. 27 to enjoy tastings from more than 40 top Napa Valley wineries and raise funds for CureDuchenne, a national nonprofit organization based in Newport Beach that is dedicated to finding a cure for Duchenne, the most common...



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Center Stage: Russia’s Mariinsky Ballet Lands at Segerstrom Center

Lavishly layered with tradition, technique, and unsurpassed artistry, Russia’s Mariinsky Ballet epitomizes the crème de la crème of the classical dance oeuvre. Born as the Imperial Russian Ballet in the mid eighteenth century (and known as the Kirov Ballet during the Soviet era),...

Under Cover Book of the Month: ‘The Turner House’

The fact that October is just around the corner means that one can now enjoy pumpkin spice anything with wild abandon. Whether latte, yogurt, oatmeal, or bread, the pumpkin craze is in full swing, despite our still sweltering weather. Along with pumpkin and the onset of fall,...

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Off the Menu: Summer Dining, Summer Grilling, Summer Sweets

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Summertime, and the dining is easy–especially when so many restaurants are adding special seasonal dishes to their menus. But the...

Off the Menu: Viva le French Food

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  Viva le France! That’s what Catherine and I proclaimed after enjoying two fine French restaurant’s: Brasserie Pascal in...

Off the Menu: Pitfire Pizza & Pie Society

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Everyone likes pizza, but Catherine really likes pizza. A self-professed pizzaholic, Catherine could happily eat pizza every day. So...

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Big Folks in Small Boats at Senior Sabot Regatta

Thirty-four racers gathered at Newport Harbor Yacht Club last weekend for the Annual SCWSA Senior Sabot Regatta. Racers came from San Diego to Long Beach for some exciting competition in five classes. The largest class was the men’s with 14 racers, even though the sponsoring...

The Last Ahoy

Ahoy! It is with bittersweet sorrow that today’s column is my last one in the Newport Indy after being one of the original columnists in the Indy’s first publication on June 4, 2010. My first column’s opening sentence read, “I want to welcome you aboard my weekly Harbor column in...

Hoag Offers the Perfect Brew for a Medical Storm

This is the storm that never stops.  By now you are well aware of the Hoag Hospital (abortion or no-abortion) controversy as reported in many columns, forums and letters in local newspapers. The national media is beginning to weigh in as well.  To the storm over abortion rights...

Hoag is Pro-Life

So there was a big protest at Hoag the other week over Hoag’s decision to stop performing abortions. I decided to check it out in person, rather than relying solely on news reports. So what was all the hullabaloo about? According to a nurse that worked at Hoag, Hoag started doing...

Baseball Woes

“It’s no secret that most of the highest-paid athletes in North American sports are baseball players thanks to a lack of a salary cap,” according to Business Insider. As examples, some of these highest-paid players are with our local teams in Anaheim (Albert Pujols and Josh...

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