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Biz Buzz: CdM Albertson’s Converts to Haggen

The Albertson’s supermarket on Coast Highway in Corona del Mar closes its doors for good this Sunday, May 3, at 6 p.m. But don’t worry—the store will reopen on Tuesday afternoon, May 5, under a new name: Haggen. The CdM store is one of the 83 grocery stores that Haggen plans to acquire and convert during the first half of 2015. According to Haggen, once the acquisition is completed, the chain...

Jetpacks May be Banned From Newport Harbor

Water-propelled jetpacks may soon take their final flights over Newport Harbor following a Newport Beach City Council decision this week. A motion to approve an ordinance that would have allowed limited and regulated the jetpacks failed 3-2 during the Tuesday meeting. Mayor Pro Tem Diane Dixon and councilmen Scott Peotter and Tony Petros voted against the ordinance, while Mayor Ed Selich and...
Posted On 01 May 2015



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Banning Ranch Put Out to Pasture Until January

The long awaited Oct. 7 showdown with the California Coastal Commission on the controversial Banning Ranch development was a lengthy verbal shootout with commissioners and the public voicing their opinions. After the smoke cleared, commissioners...
Posted On 22 Oct 2015

Future of Flight Paths Up in the Air

The future of flight paths at John Wayne Airport is still up in the air, as the Newport Beach City Council learned this week. City manager Dave Kiff discussed two main issues at Tuesday’s study session: MagVar, which involves the magnetic pole...
Posted On 16 Oct 2015

Dancing and Late Nights Return to Woody’s Wharf

Dancing and late nights are back at Woody’s Wharf restaurant after a Newport Beach City Council vote this week. Council approved permit amendments 4-3 Tuesday that would allow for more nights of dancing, later patio hours, and earlier opening...
Posted On 16 Oct 2015

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On Faith: A Stirring Night of Worship at Mariners Church

Almost two thousand people from several Orange County churches gathered at Mariners Church recently for “The Stirring,” a unique night of worship. Though the churches differ in style, size and structure, the evening was one of unity, evidenced the minute all the voices joined together for the...

Communities: Balboa Peninsula Trolley Plan Rolls On

The concept of a shuttle or trolley system for Balboa Peninsula rolled forward last week after the presentation of a Balboa Peninsula Shuttle/Trolley Feasibility Study by Dan Boyle of Dan Boyle & Associates Inc. at the Balboa Village Advisory Committee meeting held July 8 at ExplorOcean....

Going to the Dogs: Local Canines and Their Human Companions

Dogs and their humans around Balboa Island.  Chloe and Earl Just look at them—they’re one of the happiest couples you’ll ever meet. We’re talking about seven-pound, 12-year-old Chloe the Chihuahua, and her best friend, Earl – all 105 pounds in a 5-year-old, laid-back Yellow Lab bod. Alyssa...



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Curtain Up: Picks for the Film Festival

Newport Beach Film Festival’s theme this year is “Know New Art.” As one of the many volunteers who reviewed and rated festival submissions, I watched a lot of new art (about 50 shorts and documentary films). Some of it was good, some not so much. Occasionally a film stood out as...

Under Cover: Fiery Film Profile of Poet Dylan Thomas

If your only knowledge of the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas comes from the “Dylan-Dylan Challenge” in the movie “Dangerous Minds,” then you are missing out on the captivating story of man burdened with a love of excess and gifted with not only a penchant for lyrical prose, but also...

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Italian Cuisine the Right Way

“Ready to take a trip to Italy—my way?” I asked Stasha. “What is your way, Chris?” “My way is Modo Mio.” “Modo Mio?” She looked at me blankly. “What does that mean?” “’Modo mio’ means ‘my way’ in...

The Goulash of October

“I don’t believe it! Oktoberfest is almost over!” I lamented to Stasha. “What are you talking about? It’s still September!” “True, but in Munich, Oktoberfest starts in mid-September and only runs...

Showing the Whey

Everyone has a weakness. Mine is bread. I adore it in all it’s unique and various forms, and therefore, find that abstinence is the best way to avoid temptation and an expanding waistline....

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McDermaid Wins Adult Sabot Midwinters At BYC

Jeff McDermaid traveled to Newport Beach from Alamitos Bay and found his name on a Perpetual Trophy that he had won forty years ago. And he won again. The Southern California Yachting Association’s Midwinters Regatta was held this weekend throughout Southern California at various...

Sailing Summary

“SODA” Regatta, Feb 11-12, Balboa Yacht Club (Governor Cup 21, junior match racing invitational). SODA stands for the “SoCal Youth Match Racing – Open Development Acts.”  This is a new event that focuses on developing junior sailors in the discipline of match racing, and...

Silent And Deep

* My next car will be a KIA. My new furniture will be from IKEA. Of course all this depends on my not KIA-LING over soon from being shot by someone who shouldn’t have a gun. * I wanted to avoid saying too much about the Newtown tragedy as even the thought of this slaughter brings...

The Ever-After of Violence

In this week’s “Lynn’s Spin” I’ve chosen a topic that is not easy to read or imagine. It’s not something we like to think or talk about or consider happening to us. With the holidays being so close and all, I hesitated. But after giving it some thought, addressing the subject...
Posted On 22 Dec 2012

Cornucopia of Deep Thoughts

* More on Magnetism As a follow-up to last week’s column where I suggested putting large magnets on car bumpers (north poles facing out) to prevent collisions, I have one more silly thought. To the now patented system, add a device that would change the back bumper to a south...

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