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Council Narrowly Approves $282M Budget

After about three hours and a lot of back and forth discussions during both the study session and the regular meeting, Newport Beach City Council adopted the $282.43 million 2015-16 budget with a few revisions. Council voted 4-3 to adopt the budget, with Marshall “Duffy” Duffield, Kevin Muldoon...
Posted On 28 May 2015

‘Fibrary’ Plans Need Work

Library officials were updated on the Corona del Mar “fibrary” this week and agreed the design plan wasn’t ideal. The Newport Beach Board of Library Trustees discussed the combined CdM library and fire station project during their Monday meeting. “More work needs to be done,” on the...
Posted On 22 May 2015

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Newport Celebrates 25 Years With French Sister City

The city celebrated a special anniversary last week: 25 years as a sister city to Antibes, France. The anniversary celebrates the “city-to-city and people-to-people relationship” with Antibes, City Manager Dave Kiff wrote in the Oct. 27 council meeting Insider’s Guide. “We send...
Posted On 06 Nov 2015

Newport Struggles to Hit Water Conservation Marks

By Tim J. Randall | NB Indy The city of Newport Beach Water District continued struggling to meet the higher 28 percent benchmark placed on it by the State Water Board. “Hitting that 28 percent is tougher than some of the surrounding districts that are at 20 and 24 percent,” said...

Newport Tourism Hits Record Highs

If there was a theme to the Newport Beach & Company’s annual Marketing Outlook Dinner held at the Island Hotel on Oct. 21, it was “All Systems Go!” According to information presented during the dinner, the Traveler Sentiment Index, which measures the ups and downs of the...
Posted On 29 Oct 2015

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St. Mark Offers a Blue Christmas Dec. 19

St. Mark Presbyterian Church is holding three Christmas Eve services, and for the first time a “Blue Christmas” service to be held on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 5 p.m. Blue Christmas is a special...

On Faith: Christmas Church Services in Newport Beach

Christ Church by the Sea United Methodist (1400 W. Balboa Blvd). Dec. 24: 7pm (949) 673-3805 / christbytheseanb.org. Community Church, Congregational (611 Heliotrope Ave.). Dec. 24: 4 & 7...

Benefit: 30th Annual Philanthropy Day Luncheon

Orange County’s top philanthropists, business leaders and individuals were honored at the 30th Annual National Philanthropy Day Orange County Awards Luncheon, held on Thursday, November 19, at...



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Curtain Up: Kenny Cetera’s Chicago Experience Rocks Lido Live

By Madison Desler | NB Indy Last Saturday (no it wasn’t ‘in the park’ as the Chicago hit would insist), Kenny Cetera’s Chicago Experience hit the Lido Live stage at 9 p.m. with an evening of music by the ever-popular band Chicago. Kenny Cetera, younger brother of Peter Cetera...

Under Cover: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Sequel Set for July 14 Release

In a very special edition of the Under Cover Book Club, it is my honor to present this month’s reading selection, “Go Set a Watchman,” by Harper Lee. The July 14 release date will mark a watershed moment, the anticipation for which has been five decades in the making. Populated...

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Autumnal Offerings Around Town

“It’s the great pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” Much like Linus, who was always on the lookout for the great pumpkin, I’m always searching for dishes and drinks that offer my...

Newport Chefs, Restaurants Bring Home the Awards Bacon

“And the winner is…” That was the oft-repeated phrase heard last Sunday during the first annual Golden Foodie Awards, held at the Fairmont Newport Beach. Created by the Orange...

More Than Beer to Oktoberfest

Brush up your German and prepare your palate – it’s time for Oktoberfest, and a handful of Newport Beach restaurants are unveiling special menus to celebrate the occasion. In America,...

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‘Around Catalina Race’ Is Fun Sprint

Over Memorial Day weekend I had the pleasure of racing around Catalina Island on Seth Hall’s J124, Marisol.  This is one of my favorite local races because it’s long enough to feel like you’ve gone somewhere, but you are typically back home and in your own bed the next day. T...

Boating by the Numbers, and a Dredging Update

Ahoy! The National Marine Manufacturers Association has released its annual Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract, which is the maritime industry’s most comprehensive compilation of statistics and research. The report is positive, showing an improving recreational boating...

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...