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New Art Approved for Civic Center Park

There will soon be more art in the Civic Center park, following a Newport Beach City Council decision this week. Council unanimously approved 10 new pieces of art for Sculpture Exhibition in Civic Center Park on Tuesday. They will be installed in August and stay for two years, when they will be rotated out and replaced with a new set. The total cost of the project is about $120,000. “We’re...
Posted On 26 Jun 2015

Teen in Fatal Traffic Collision ID’d

A local teen died Tuesday after he was ejected from a vehicle following a crash at Jamboree Road and Bristol Street, according to authorities. Spencer Becker, 17, of Newport Coast died at 1:45 p.m. at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Coroner’s Office. Newport Beach Police Department was notified of a major injury...



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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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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 violent crimes, said Newport Beach Police Department Crime Prevention Specialist Andi Querry, which...

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 established by the Board of Supervisors in 1974. Now, Mayhew is helping the Raise Foundation get the...

Newport Philanthropists Fund Orangewood Scholarship

Shirley Pepys owns one of the oldest homes on Balboa Island, and is president of the Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society. She is also an annual winner of the Ring of Lights contest every December. But Pepys has another passion—helping former foster kids go on to college, specifically...



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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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A Couple of Taxing Issues Land in the Inbox

Ahoy! I received an email from a loyal reader who is thinking of buying a new yacht to take his family out on the water this summer. In his email, he asked me if a boat salesperson has to be licensed in California, because he is also looking at boats in other states where the...

Deep Thoughts: Stupid, Sad & Silly

* Self-Award Season It would be hard not to notice that the award season is in full bloom. I don’t want to spoil the hedonistic dance but couldn’t the Hollywood crowd tone it down a bit? When many businesses are failing, people are out of work and the differentiation between rich...

Protecting Mass Murderers?

Why does a woman in Connecticut with a dysfunctional son need a military assault weapon in her home? Think how different things would be if she’d bought an IPOD instead, but she didn’t, and her son blew her away last Dec. 14. Then, since the NRA didn’t supply...
Posted On 03 Feb 2013

Would the Last Business to Leave Please Turn Out the Lights

Here we are in Orange County, arguably one of the most economically blessed and most desirable places on the planet. Where else can you get the desert, the mountains, the ocean, beautiful year round weather, the Angels and Disneyland? Yet you read that business after business is...