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Facelift for Balboa Village

Balboa Village facades are one step closer to being a bit more appealing. Newport Beach City Council voted Tuesday to appropriate $98,500 from the Balboa Village Parking Management District Fund to the Balboa Village Commercial Façade Improvement Program. The Council approved the item 6-1, with...
Posted On 17 Apr 2015

Commission Recommends Some Blackball Reductions

Officials voted to recommend reducing blackball hours along a small, but popular stretch of water on the Balboa Peninsula following a passionate discussion this week. After about three hours, nearly 50 public comments on two separate items, and several split votes, the Parks, Beaches and...
Posted On 10 Apr 2015


City Updates Residents on ‘Fibrary’ Options

Design, architecture and floor plans for the Corona del Mar “Fibrary” were discussed at a community meeting this week. More than 50 people gathered Monday at Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar for an update on the CdM fire station and library project. Featured...
Posted On 18 Sep 2015

ExplorOcean’s New Floating Bus

The Beatles may have had their “Yellow Submarine,” but Balboa’s ExplorOcean has done Lennon and McCartney one better—they’ve just taken possession of their own yellow“ twin-hulled boat that’s sure to become a classic in its own right in marine education. The 45-foot-long,...

Preparing for Disaster

Following the 8.3 earthquake in Chile, which prompted tsunami warnings in Newport Beach on Wednesday, the city’s annual informational expo to help residents learn how to prepare for a disaster is especially timely. The 7th Annual Disaster Preparedness Expo will be held in the...
Posted On 18 Sep 2015

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Charity Spotlight: Newporters Among Honorees for 30th National Philanthropy Day OC

“Thank You.” That phrase will be heard repeatedly at the 30th annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon to be held on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, at Hotel Irvine. Among those who will be...

On Faith: Veterans Day at St. Mark

“St. Mark is excited to invite the community to a free and informative Veterans Day event where we’ll all learn more about how to help our veterans on the road to healing – by really listening to...

National Charity League Holds Philanthropy Faire

Nearly 200 teenage girls recently spent a Sunday collecting, crafting and creating items to help people in need. The National Charity League Newport chapter held their annual Philanthropy Faire...
Posted On 06 Nov 2015

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Curtain Up: Pink Floyd Tribute Lands at Segerstrom Center June 14

Twenty-five years ago the Oldsmobile division of General Motors launched a new advertising campaign for the brand that promised, “This is not your Father’s Oldsmobile.” The same could be said for Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Years ago Aaron Egigian, the Center’s Senior...
Posted On 12 Jun 2015

Under Cover: Celebrate Dad with Literary Father Figures

Often, dads get a bad rap. Or more precisely, they often get no rap at all. When we think of rearing children, we most often call to mind a soft picture of a mother with a sleeping infant on her shoulder, or a comic of a harried woman with destruction cycloning around her feet,...

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Sweet and Saucy Shop Delivers on Name

Sweet and Saucy Shop recently opened in the Crystal Cove Shopping Center, and of course I was intrigued by the name. After some research, I learned that co-owner and pastry chef Melody Brandon...

Savoring Summer at Tommy Bahama

Tommy Bahama apparel is synonymous with summer, so it makes sense that the Tommy Bahama Island Grill in Corona del Mar Plaza has introduced new menu items that reflect the season. The regular...

Play and Pandor Combine for a Tour de France

“One of my favorite musicals is coming to Segerstrom Center for the Arts: ‘Les Miserables,’” I told Catherine, my editorial assistant. “I’ve always wanted to see it,” she replied. “Well then, we...

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Zander’s Course to London

The following is a Newport Indy exclusive, a first-hand account from Alexander “Zander” Kirkland about his 2012 Olympic campaign. Kirkland has been living in Newport Beach since 2008. He is the former junior program director at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club, and was the sailing...

Olympic Water Polo Comes to Newport

It’s an exciting weekend in the world of water polo in Newport Beach. Three Olympic men’s teams, including the USA team, will gather and compete at Newport Harbor High School for a pre-Olympic showcase. The other teams are Hungary and Croatia. “[Spectators] will see some of the...
Posted On 24 May 2012

Underpaid Staff?

Staff needs a raise? No! May it never be! Really? In the land of $200,000 life guards? The OC Register published a story last week on the budget and discovered an ongoing study that the city started last fall on what city employees should get paid. And Surprise…. The city staff...

Stop Polluting Our Newport

I attended the annual SPON (Stop Polluting our Newport) meeting this month. This is a community based group of people who have been involved since 1974 protecting, preserving, and informing local citizens about how we can best preserve the charm and beauty of our city.  It all...

Pot Shots

Thanks to conspiracy rumors, attendance was up at the “Crossroads of the West” gun show June 1-2 at the OC Fairgrounds. A friend e-mailed that billionaire George Soros was buying ammunition producers on the QT and cutting supply to drive up prices, so gun owners were...
Posted On 16 Jun 2013

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