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Newport Beach City Council Engages in War of Words Over Meeting Minutes

A lively debate broke out less than 10 minutes into the regular Newport Beach City Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 27, this time about a normally routine item: the minutes of the last council meeting. Mentions of drug use, flying unicorns and Elvis were all made during the discussion, which...
Posted On 02 Feb 2015

Newport Beach Police Department Says 2014 Crime Statistics are Lowest in History

Newport Beach crime rates reached new historic lows in 2014, according to information released by the Newport Beach Police Department. Part One crimes, which include both violent crimes (such as Homicide, Rape, Robbery, and Aggravated Assault) and property crimes (Burglary, Larceny-Theft, Motor...

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News from around Newport Beach   Newport Law Firm Wins Lawsuit Against TGI Frodays A jury slapped a $40 million judgment against the popular restaurant chain, TGI Fridays, citing its failure to act on lax security and willingness to over-serve alcohol even to minors –...

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Police responded to a variety of calls around Newport Beach this week.  CRIME LOG • A suspicious person was reported in the 200 block of Mayflower Dr., at 3:37 p.m. on Thursday. Police were unable to locate the suspect. • Illegal parking was reported in the 300 block of Onyx...

‘Heartless’ Bishop Locks Out St. James Congregation

Rev. Canon Cindy Evans Voorhees of the St. James the Great Episcopal Church on Via Lido held a press conference on Thursday to bring members of the media up to date on the recent developments of her church and congregation. As reported in the NB Indy, St. James the Great...

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Communities: A Little Free Library Opens in Eastbluff

Newport Beach has a main library and several branch libraries, but recently a new independent library opened in Eastbluff at a neighborhood park on the corner of Basswood and Alta Vista Drive—but...

On Faith: All We Have is Today

“I wrote in my diary when I was 13 years old that I was going to write a book to help people with whatever they are struggling with,” explained Newport resident Michelle Wulfestieg, 32. “God put...

Local Focus: There’s No Place Like Home Gym

Going to a crowded gym often is an exercise in frustration. A well-designed, 30-minute workout can stretch into more than an hour when one considers the time to commute back and forth from home...



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Under Cover: Under Cover Book Club Picks ‘Nightingale’

“In love we find out who we want to be. In war, we find out who we are.” So asserts author, Kristin Hannah in her new book, “The Nightingale,” our Under Cover Book Club selection for April. Chapter one opens with an aging woman going through her belongings as she prepares to...

Under Cover: Time to Vote for Children’s Choice Book Awards

Calling all readers—the polls are now open for the 2015 Children’s Choice Book Awards. Coinciding with Children’s Book Week each year, the Children’s Choice Awards allow young readers to vote for the books they enjoyed, and honor the authors that most spoke to them. Votes are...

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Fine Wine With a Fun Finish

“What pairs well with red wine, cheese and appetizers?” I asked Stasha, smiling. She glanced up at me from her computer. “Is that a trick question?” she inquired, before shifting her gaze back to...

Judging Food From Fair to Great

“Are you ready for a Chowdown?” I asked Stasha several weeks ago. “Don’t you mean Throwdown?” she replied. “No, that’s Bobby Flay’s line. I mean Chowdown, as in the OC Fair Food Truck versus Fair...

A Cantina With Mexican Soul

Last year, Chris and I wandered into SOL Mexican Cocina in search of authentic Mexican food and a great fish taco. It happened to be SOL’s first anniversary, so we celebrated by ordering an array...

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Seawanhaka Takes the Baldwin Cup East

After two days of light and fluky conditions for this year’s Baldwin Cup Team Racing Invitational, the weather on final day really delivered, and so did the sailors from Oyster Bay, NY, as the Seawanhaka Club team claimed victory. Wind and sunshine all day Sunday upped the...

It’s April, Time to Plan for the Ensenada Race

Ahoy! April is a special month for me as a newspaper columnist, because on April 16, 2001, I began my weekly boating column in the Daily Pilot. At that time over a decade ago, I was hosting the Boathouse TV Show on FOX Sports Net’s Sunshine Network, and delivering yachts from as...

Lynn’s Spin: Celebrating 100 Years Young

“It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln One of the items on my ‘bucket list’ is to age gracefully, and the older I get, the more I respect how much checking that one off the list is going to take....
Posted On 24 Mar 2013

On Guns and Baseball

I met up recently with my baseball pal, Anna Newton. We two are comfortable in our disagreements: She follows the San Diego Padres, I follow the Angels. She prefers the National League, I like the American. Over lunch at Rose Bakery Café, I mentioned I was working on a column...

Erin go Bragh!

Erin go bragh. Translated, that’s “Ireland Forever,” and we celebrate it March 17 on St. Patrick’s Day. I was actually on the auld sod just last October. I went over to trace my Irish ancestors. Family lore has my Irish great great grandfather, Michael Fitzpatrick,...
Posted On 17 Mar 2013

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