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Fire Ring Debate Rekindled

The Newport Beach fire ring debate is heating up again, with residents asked to weigh in with their opinions on several fire ring proposals. On Tuesday, Feb. 17, City Manager Dave Kiff stood in front of an overflow crowd of more than 100 residents who had gathered at the old city council...

Back Bay Drive Temporarily Closed for Maintenance Feb. 17 – 27

The scenic portion of Back Bay Drive, from Shellmaker Road to Eastbluff Drive, will be closed to all users (pedestrians, cyclists, motorists) weekdays beginning Tuesday, February 17 until Friday, February 27 while the road is resurfaced, striped and new signage is installed. The roadway will...

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NBPD Hosts National Night Out on Tuesday Aug 4

The Newport Beach Police Department has invited the community out to their annual National Night Out event on Tuesday, August 4 as they “Give Crime and Drugs a Going Away Party!” The barbecue and fair, organized by NBPD Crime Prevention Specialist Andi Querry, showcases NBPD...
Posted On 03 Aug 2015

Bishop Bruno Under Review for Locking Out St. James Congregation

Bishop J. Jon Bruno of the Los Angeles Diocese for the Episcopal Church, who sold the St. James the Great Episcopal Church in Newport Beach to a developer and locked out the congregation, is now under review by a panel of three bishops referred by the Rt. Reverend F. Clayton...

Paul Watkins Named Newport Beach Citizen of the Year

Paul Watkins thought he was stepping into a meeting, but when he ambled into the dining room of the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, he was greeted by a sea of familiar faces and a round of applause. “Congratulations Paul, you’re the 2015 Newport Beach Citizen of the Year,” said...

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Local Focus: Newport Surfer Invents Nonskid Safety Surface

Countless entrepreneurs have thrown their competition to the proverbial mat after reading such popular business books as “The Business Black Belt,” “Lead Like a Black Belt,” “Think Like a Black...

Local Focus: Home Safety Checks Can Combat Property Crime

Newport Beach has world class shopping, world class beaches, world class weather, world class hotels—and world class homes to break into. Newport is considered a “safe city” with relatively few...

Charity Spotlight: Raise Foundation Says ‘Don’t Forget. Double Check.’

Newport Beach resident Deborah Mayhew has been involved for many years as a board member and event co-chair for The Raise Foundation, Orange County’s child abuse prevention organization...



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Under Cover Book Club: ‘My Name is Resolute’

A few years back, a friend recommended a book to me by an author I had never heard of. She swore that “These is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine” by Nancy E. Turner was a must-read, and guaranteed that I would love it. I didn’t bite. Then, another friend gave the same...

Artscapes: Dance Takes Center Stage at Film Festival

Vibrating with a joy both energized and hopeful, tap transcends our workaday world to embody the very pulse of life. From traditional time-steps on Broadway stages to the improvisational, hip-hop style riffs of the streets, this American dance form plays well with others. It’s...

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When the Elite Meet

“Have you heard of the Orange County Wine Elite?” I asked Stasha. “No, but it sounds right up your alley – or your palate,” she replied. “It’s a meet-up group that’s dedicated to...

Something Nuevo at Mi Casa

“Did you see what arrived in the office mail?” I asked Stasha, holding a large box in my hands. “What’s inside?” asked Stasha. “Would you believe an empty bottle of Petron tequila?” I replied,...

R+D is A-OK

“I was at Fashion Island yesterday, and walked past R+D Kitchen. Have you dined there yet?” I asked Stasha “R+D Kitchen? No. What’s R+D?” “Ridiculous Desserts,” I said with a straight face....

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Ensenada Race, Harbor Dredging Both Get Underway

Ahoy! Newport Harbor is a flurry of activity this morning as hundreds of sailors make their final preparations for a finish line that is 125 nautical miles away. While at the same time many of the skippers and crew will be nursing their hangovers from the annual party held last...

Angels: Time to Panic

Sometimes ignorance is bliss! Torii Hunter is “not concerned.” GM Jerry Dipoto says, “Too early to panic.” Manager Mike Scioscia always has excuses well scripted over the last ten years. The fans disagree. Make no mistake: The Angels’ problems are...

From Lawyers to Baseball to War to Manhattan

*A Turnabout: Lawyer Must Pay Patient As you have heard before from me, Orange County is not only one of the most litigious counties in California, but in the entire nation. So any good news on lawsuits from here or elsewhere is welcome. A reader sent me an abstract about a...

Tag Sales

I was watching an “Antiques Road Show” segment from Boston last month. I discovered that the Japanese pot I bought on a whim at a Greenwich garage sale in 1980 for $10 could be a Meiji Era vase by Makuzu Kozan (1842-1916). If so, it’s earned a much better rate...
Posted On 21 Apr 2013

Potpourri Part Deux

All those fun issues that I didn’t get to last column… The Taj Ma-City-Hall  You have to wait until the May 3 edition on the Independent. The grand opening of the Taj Ma-City-Hall is May 4. But you can stop by and admire your tax dollars at work anytime. It is open for...

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