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Coexisting with Coyotes

The moment she walked into her Harbor View Home, Mary Ann Soden knew something was terribly wrong. Her 12-year-old wire-haired dachshund, Deli, wasn’t there to greet her. Soden found Deli outside in her fenced yard, curled up below a six-foot-high fence and beneath a bush, barely conscious, bleeding from more than 30 coyote bite wounds around the neck, plus others across her torso and rear....

Preparing for El Nino

Are you ready for El Nino? The city of Newport Beach is prepared for whatever size El Nino that mother nature brings, but as important as it is for the city to anticipate possible floods, landslides, erosion, overtopping of the islands, tree and branch falls, blowing sand, ponding and hydroplaning, as well as staff and equipment needs, Public Works Director David Webb feels that getting the...



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Hoag Opens New ‘Womanology’ Center

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian has opened “Womanology,” a comprehensive, integrated pelvic floor health program for women who are facing incontinence, painful sexual intercourse and other pelvic floor disorders. A new space...

Dental Office Opens in Newport Beach

Last year, longtime dentist Dr. Dana Rockey sold his practice in Rancho Santa Margarita and in December assumed ownership of a dental office in Newport Beach (near where Rockey lives) run by Dr. James Vogel. Rockey’s goal was to practice what...

Arbor Real Estate Launches ‘Stoke a Student’ Campaign

Arbor Real Estate in Newport Beach, a leading luxury real estate brokerage, has launched its 2016 “Stoke a Student” campaign in partnership with Surfside Sports in Costa Mesa. “Stoke a Student” is aimed to inspire surf-loving students in the...

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On Faith: Salute to Veterans at Mariners Christian School

As I entered Mariners Christian School on Veterans Day morning for the “Red, White, and Blue” breakfast, I walked past the school band proudly playing “God Bless America.” Just before leaving the all-school program at noon, I joined with more than 900 students, staff, teachers, alumni,...

Grand Marshals Announced for Christmas Boat Parade

The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade has announced a spectacular Grand Marshal lineup for the five-night holiday tradition that enters its 107th year in 2015. For the first time in its history, multiple nights of the parade will include Grand Marshal appearances by talented athletes,...

Local Focus: Balboa Island Museum Celebrates Local History

But for museums and libraries, most of life’s historical, scientific, artistic, and cultural stories would be lost. And if not for the compact Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society, so probably would the colorful, 100-year history of Balboa Island. The 15-year-old museum is now housed...



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Under Cover: Noted Crime Novelist Anne Perry Comes to Newport Library June 11

Over 50 novels in publication, over 25 million copies sold, winner of the Edgar Award, one of the New York Times “100 masters of crime,” and an international bestselling author. This long list of accomplishments belong to none other than the latest author set to appear as part of...

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...

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Mother’s Day Dining

Looking for last minute Mother’s Day dining ideas? Several of Newport’s most classic and classy restaurants are ready to welcome you and your mom. Five Crowns has been around for more than four...

A List for Easter Eaters

“Have you noticed that if you remove the ‘s’ from Easter, you get eater?” I asked Catherine, our editorial assistant. “Chris, only you could find a food reference like that,” replied Catherine,...

Pacific Wine Fest a Symphony of Pleasures

Wine creates a symphony of pleasures for the palate. Pacific Symphony creates a subtle blending of musical pleasures for the soul. So, it’s not surprising that California’s third largest symphony...

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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...

Short Schmidt

–In February I wrote about how to get lucky on Valentine’s Day. This is a reminder to make your reservations now for next year. Four star hotels on Waikiki book early. –“There is no there there.” After successive failed efforts to tar Obama, Hillary...
Posted On 16 May 2013

From Boston To Newport Beach

* Say C To Me While wandering around Fashion Island on the Thursday prior to the opening of the Newport Beach Film Festival, Mimi and I saw a large poster covering an entire wall that read, “Blue C Sushi, Opening Spring/Summer 2013.” The name of the restaurant is also a tough...

The Best Solution for the Old City Hall Site?

Now that the city has relocated to the new City Hall near Fashion Island, it’s time to make decisions regarding how to develop the old four acre property on Newport Blvd.  I attended the study session where three proposals to redevelop the site were presented to the Council...