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‘Fibrary’ Plans Need Work

Library officials were updated on the Corona del Mar “fibrary” this week and agreed the design plan wasn’t ideal. The Newport Beach Board of Library Trustees discussed the combined CdM library and fire station project during their Monday meeting. “More work needs to be done,” on the plan, said Secretary of the Board Eleanor Palk. “There are a number of things I’d like to see...
Posted On 22 May 2015

Newport Man Builds World’s Largest Surfboard

Newport Heights resident Bob Steel’s career has spanned decades and taken him around the world on surfboards, sailboats and first class yachts. He’s sailed with famous names on incredible vessels and raced in nearly every major ocean race. Now, his current venture is building a world record-breaking giant surfboard. The 1,100 pound, 42-foot long, 11-foot wide board is scheduled to take to the...
Posted On 21 May 2015



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Biz Buzz: Hospitality Leaders Launch Newport-Based KARAS Lifestyle Hotels

During her opening remarks at this year’s Boutique Lifestyle & Lodging Association Leadership Symposium, held last month in Santa Monica, BLLA’s Founder and Chair Frances Kiradjian announced the launch of a new Newport Beach-based hotel...

Biz Buzz: Newport Exec Hosts Board Dynamics Seminar Nov. 13

Do you serve on the board of directors of a local nonprofit organization or corporation that isn’t accomplishing all that it could, or should? Thinking of joining a board but not sure how to be an effective board member? Dr. Lola Gershfeld can...

Newport Celebrates 25 Years With French Sister City

The city celebrated a special anniversary last week: 25 years as a sister city to Antibes, France. The anniversary celebrates the “city-to-city and people-to-people relationship” with Antibes, City Manager Dave Kiff wrote in the Oct. 27 council...
Posted On 06 Nov 2015

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Newport Couple Promotes Mariachi Music in Schools

  Newport Beach is not exactly a hotbed for mariachi music—or is it? Teresa and Jose Hernandez spent a week’s vacation in a rented home on Lido Isle back in 1997, and loved it so much they moved here permanently soon after and brought mariachi music with them, thanks to Jose. Jose records...
Posted On 07 Aug 2015

Communities: A National Night Out in Newport

By Elizabeth Greenberg | NB Indy  An estimated 500 Newport Beach residents turned out at Bonita Canyon Sports Park on Tuesday to celebrate the annual National Night Out event, hosted by the Newport Beach Police Department. A smaller National Night Out event was held simultaneously at Spyglass...

On Faith: Newport Residents Make an Impact Feeding the Homeless

“I loved working with City Impact because I grew so much in my relationship with Jesus by serving others and praying for them,” explained 18-year-old Brooke Olson.  “City Impact is so amazing; it is based on prayer and they demonstrated what complete surrender and trust in God looks like.  I’d...



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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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Touch of Class at Pelican Hill

“Did you hear the good news about Pelican Hill Resort?’ I asked Chris as I breezed into the office. “What’s that?” he inquired, turning around from his desk. I paused for dramatic effect. “I’m...

Pain and Pleasure

“Why is a poor man like a baker?” I asked Stasha. “I don’t know, why?” “Because they both knead dough. Get it? Need dough?” She stared at me. “I hope you had a reason for sharing that half-baked...

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...

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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...

A Call to Arms to Save Cal Boating

Ahoy! The seas are getting rough again for the California Department of Boating and Waterways (Cal Boating) because the governor is eyeing the department’s funding as free money. Former Gov. Pete Wilson first tried during his term to eliminate the department, and then Gov....

End of the Year Politics

I savor the week between Christmas and the end of the year. We regularly attend a New Year’s retreat, where we discuss the issues of the day between strolls among the sand dunes of Monterey Bay, so I spend the days before we leave storing Christmas ornaments and sorting out the...

Reflection on 2012: What I Will Miss

I have been getting rid of things the last two weeks like old newspapers, financial statements, pictures, magazines, clothes, and a host of other things so I can start the year fresh and organized. I have also been thinking about local restaurants, and people I will miss this...

Taking a Tip from Teddy

One of the things I love about living in Newport Beach is how civic-minded our community is. It seems like everyone I know or meet is involved with some organization devoted to leaving this world a better place than they found it.  Our citizens express their humanity through...
Posted On 14 Dec 2012