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City Celebrates Sculpture Exhibition

The final elements of the Newport Beach Civic Center and Park were unveiled on Saturday when Mayor Ed Selich dedicated the final phase of the Sculpture in Civic Center Park Exhibition during a ceremony in the Civic Center’s community room. “Today is the culmination of a 10 year journey,” Seliech told the overflow crowd. “When we looked at building the city hall 10 years ago, and then this...

OC Supervisor Discusses JWA, ‘Metroplex’

John Wayne Airport and the proposed “Metroplex” were the main topics at this week’s Speak Up Newport meeting featured Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel as the guest speaker. Nearly 150 people crowded into the Community Room at the Civic Center Wednesday night to learn more about air traffic issues at JWA. Deputy Airport Director of Public Affairs Courtney Wiercioch also spoke....
Posted On 11 Sep 2015



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Rep. Dana Rohrabacher Shares Views on Gun Control, Terrorism and Surfing

By Tim J. Randall | NB Indy In an exclusive, wide-ranging interview during the congressional holiday recess, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a 13-term member of the House of Representatives, discussed local and global topics including terrorism,...

2015: A Year in Review, Part 2

NOTE: Indy reporter Sara Hall compiled this look back at what made headlines in the NB Independent during 2015. This week, we cover July through December. Read Part 1, January through June here July ► Bishop J. Jon Bruno of the Los Angeles...
Posted On 03 Jan 2016

Suspect Arrested for Murder of Woman in Newport Office Building

A Santa Ana man has been arrested for the murder of Sarai Alcaraz, a 23-year-old Long Beach resident whose body was found in a Newport Beach office building early Tuesday morning. The Newport Beach Police Department received a call at 12:11 a.m....

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On Faith: Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking

Orange County may sparkle, but behind that façade lies an ugly problem that needs to be recognized, dealt with and stopped. About 350 people learned more about the problem of human trafficking and what can be done about it at the inspirational Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking at the...

Benefit: Newport Philanthropists Honored at Discovery Cube Gala

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  Science and the Silver Screen joined forces on Sept. 26 for Discovery Cube Orange County’s glamorous Hollywood-themed gala, “Premiere – A Red Carpet Affair,” held inside the interactive science center in Santa Ana. The event raised more...

On Faith: Salt Company Parachurch Reunion

A Port Street clubhouse hummed recently with laughter, stories, and photo-taking when 115 friends gathered for the 40th reunion of the Salt Company, a unique parachurch organization. “It was wonderful to be together again and hear everybody’s memories,” Abbie (Reichmann) Hubbard said. “Forty...



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Artscapes: Legendary Trumpeter Herb Alpert Debuts with Pacific Symphony Pops June 4 – 6

“In the music business, the word ‘legendary’ is applied to very few individuals. I think that when it comes to Herb Alpert, that word is more than appropriate,” said Pacific Symphony Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman. “Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass were a musical mainstay...

Curtain Up: Spirited Peter Pan Prequel at SCR

Twelve actors in contemporary street clothes wander onto the stage as though arriving at rehearsal and seeing this space for the first time. All that is there are a couple of scaffold-like platforms and a smattering of random set pieces. Way upstage is the exposed back wall of...
Posted On 29 May 2015

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Trout Fishing in Newport

“Something’s fishy in Newport Beach,” I told our editorial assistant, Catherine, who’s been filling in for Stasha while our favorite foodie focuses on her starring role in a play in Burbank....

A Lunchtime Safari

“Ready for a trip to Mozambique? I asked our editorial assistant, Catherine, who’s been filling in for Stasha (Stasha has been MIA while she stars in a play in Burbank). “Sure, I’ve been all over...

Pour the Paso!

I love Paso Robles. Let me amend that: I love the wines that are produced in this Central Coast enclave. Since discovering Paso Robles some dozen years ago, my trips to Napa ceased. Not only is...

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Sailing Summary

Results SCYA Mid-Winters (Various Local Venues), Feb 18-19. SCYA’s 83rd Midwinters took place up and down the Southern California coast this weekend.  Locally, the biggest turnout was at Newport Harbor Yacht Club which hosted the junior sabot classes.  Racers enjoyed steady...

Thoughts From the Bridge: Help Wanted, Signals, and Sad News

Ahoy! The Newport Sea Base is casting out a net for a lead sailing instructor to work at the state-of-the-art facility.  This year-round part-time job is perfect for an experienced sailor to teach the next generation how to guide boats across the water.  I remember teaching...

Fish Stories

There is a story about a young student who, pressured by his parents to go to law school, rebelled by never going to class. So the professor of his International Law class was surprised when he showed up for the final exam. He began to write furiously and continued long after all...
Posted On 07 Apr 2013

An Ode to Eelgrass

“All people, however fanatical they may be in their zeal to disparage and to fight capitalism, implicitly pay homage to it by passionately clamoring for the products it turns out.”                                                     — Ludwig von Mises, Pulitzer...
Posted On 06 Apr 2013

On Taste and Politics

If you were fortunate enough to snag a ticket to hear author Adam Gopnik at the Newport Beach Public Library on March 8, you got an earful. Speaking with a New Yorker’s hyperactive speed — though he never got ahead of his lucid thoughts – Gopnik shared his passion for the...