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Thousands Race for the Cure in Fashion Island

Fashion Island was awash in a sea of pink last Sunday as more than 18,000 Susan G. Komen Orange County supporters, many sporting pink capes and other superhero accessories to match the theme of “There’s a HERO in YOU,” participated in the 24th Annual Susan G. Komen Orange County Race for the Cure. One of the largest Race for the Cure events in California, the Newport Beach event raised an...

Newport Takes Lead in Paramedicine Pilot Project

Emergency rooms may soon be a little less busy tending to minor injuries as a newly implemented pilot project allows 911 patients to be transported to urgent care facilities instead of the ER. During Tuesday’s study session, Newport Beach City Council members heard a presentation on the statewide pilot project about community paramedicine and the city’s role in the program. Community...
Posted On 25 Sep 2015



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Changing Course at the Top for ExplorOcean

ExplorOcean, the nonprofit ocean literacy center based in Balboa Village, has appointed  board chairman Linda Mayer to the position of CEO. Assuming her new position immediately, Linda succeeds Tom Pollack, who is stepping down to pursue various...

Smooth Sailing at Christmas Boat Parade

  Throughout America there are signs of Christmas as early as October, but most of the country doesn’t get into the Christmas mood until Black Friday. But for residents and visitors to Newport Beach, Christmas truly began this week with the...
Posted On 18 Dec 2015

Coastal OKs Land Use Change for Back Bay Landing

A 7-acre site along East Coast Highway got the nod of approval land use plan amendment from the California Coastal Commission last week, paving the way to develop a proposed mixed-use project on the bay front property. The CCC voted 11-1 in...
Posted On 18 Dec 2015

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Locked Out St. James Congregation Gets Temporary Home

The congregation of St. James the Great Episcopal Church in Newport Beach won’t have to walk on grass for their next church service. The congregation, which has been locked out of their Lido church facility since July and has been holding services in a nearby park, has found temporary shelter...

Benefit: Crystal Cove Alliance Hosts Gala by Moonlight

As the sun set on Saturday, Sept. 26, more than 400 guests gathered on a bluff overlooking Crystal Cove to celebrate the Crystal Cove Alliance’s 13th annual Moonlight Gala, presented by The Resort at Pelican Hill. After an al fresco cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres provided by Fig and Olive,...

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...



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Under Cover: Stan Lee is a ‘Marvel’ at 92

It is no secret that when it comes to the big screen, anything stamped with the name Marvel is sure to become box office gold. As kids (and their parents) throng to see films like the just released “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” interest in comic books and graphic novels is again on...

Center Stage: Mark Morris Brings “Dido and Aeneas” Back to OC May 15 – 16

“For me, it’s all or nothing” explained über-talented Renaissance man Mark Morris with customary candor. “I’m obsessed with live dancers, live music, and live audiences; I have to have it, and I won’t do it any other way.” The acclaimed dancer, choreographer, artistic director...

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Clear Your Palate: Restaurant Week Opens Today

We love dining out in Newport Beach, especially when it means trying new restaurants or sampling new menus at our favorite culinary haunts. There’s no better time to do this than during Newport...

Here’s ‘What’s Cooking at the Library’

    “I just got back from the library,” I announced to Stasha. “They must have some good food there.”    “Why do you say that?”    “I could see the readers digest.”    Stasha just shook her head...

Ring in the New Restaurants

“Happy New Year! Happy New Meal!” I exclaimed. “Happy new meal?” Stasha turned from her desk and gave me a quizzical look. “What are you going on about this time, Trela?” “Newport Beach welcomed...

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Sailing Summary

A roundup of recent and upcoming sailing events. Mid-Winter Tune Up (Jan 22, LIYC, One Design) This past Sunday, LIYC hosted their annual Midwinter Regatta.  After a wet, drizzly Saturday, junior sailors enjoyed far better conditions with light, steady breezes (and no rain). ...

Brace for New Regs in Costa Concordia’s Wake

Ahoy! I am still in disbelief that a cruise ship Captain could be foolish enough to go off the planned course and hit a known, charted rock, which ripped a gash in the side of his ship.  Then to add further insult to injury, he was still ordering dinner or dessert with his lady...

Tag Sales

I was watching an “Antiques Road Show” segment from Boston last month. I discovered that the Japanese pot I bought on a whim at a Greenwich garage sale in 1980 for $10 could be a Meiji Era vase by Makuzu Kozan (1842-1916). If so, it’s earned a much better rate...
Posted On 21 Apr 2013

Potpourri Part Deux

All those fun issues that I didn’t get to last column… The Taj Ma-City-Hall  You have to wait until the May 3 edition on the Independent. The grand opening of the Taj Ma-City-Hall is May 4. But you can stop by and admire your tax dollars at work anytime. It is open for...

It’s Still the Big Delicious Apple

* Make Mine Manhattan New York City is a favorite springtime destination for many in Newport Beach. My wife and I just returned from a visit to Manhattan. Even after being hit by hurricane Sandy and a record snowstorm the city has recovered amazingly once again showing the...