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Run, Hide, Fight: Residents Learn Active Shooter Response Options

Following the recent shooting attacks in Tunisia and Arizona, a group of residents and business owners gathered for a timely presentation from police. About 40 people attended the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Networking Luncheon Speaker Series at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club on Wednesday. The topic of the meeting was “Are YOU Prepared for an Active Shooter Situation?” Newport Beach...
Posted On 20 Mar 2015

NBPD Heroes Honored

“Your son is a hero in all of our eyes…” Seemingly trying to hold his own emotions in check, Newport Beach Police Department Chief Jay Johnson directed that powerful sentiment to the mother of slain police officer Bob Henry at the 44th Annual Police Appreciation Breakfast on Thursday, March 12, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, upon completion of a video celebrating the life, service and...



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Preparing for Disaster

Following the 8.3 earthquake in Chile, which prompted tsunami warnings in Newport Beach on Wednesday, the city’s annual informational expo to help residents learn how to prepare for a disaster is especially timely. The 7th Annual Disaster...
Posted On 18 Sep 2015

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Newport Beach Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its tenth opportunity in five years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of...

OC Supervisor Discusses JWA, ‘Metroplex’

John Wayne Airport and the proposed “Metroplex” were the main topics at this week’s Speak Up Newport meeting featured Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel as the guest speaker. Nearly 150 people crowded into the Community Room at the...
Posted On 11 Sep 2015

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Communities: Sale of St. James the Great Episcopal Church Consumes Town Hall Meeting

An overflow crowd of 200 people packed into the old city hall council chambers and spilled out into the lobby for a District 1 Town Hall meeting, organized by Mayor Pro Tem Diane Dixon, whose district includes West Newport, the Peninsula, Lido Isle, Bay Island and Newport Island. The main topic...

Campus: Newport Students Shine in Arts School Season Finale

Ever wonder where the next generation of singers, actors, musicians, poets, chefs and filmmakers will come from? Locally, there’s a good chance that they’ll be graduates of Orange County School of the Arts. According to the schools website, “the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) was...

Communities: Balboa Village Revitalization Program Receives Award

The city of Newport Beach was given an award of merit for Economic Planning and Development for the Balboa Village revitalization program by the Orange Section of the American Planning Association California Chapter. The award was accepted by community development director Kimberly Brandt at a...
Posted On 14 Jun 2015



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Curtain Up: ‘Nice Work’ Gets a Raise at Segerstrom Center

Touring in a Broadway show? Nice work if you can get it. A handful of young singer-dancers did get nice work, as evidenced by the popular touring production of “Nice Work If You Can Get It” that comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts March 17 – 22. The show ran on Broadway...

Under Cover: Reading “Rain Reign” Offers Dramatic Delights

Recently, I received requests to spotlight more children’s literature. Since I have a life that keeps me fairly on top of books in this genre, it should be a pretty simple request to indulge. Just as with works written for adults, there are so many good books penned with younger...

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Our Wine Fest Preview

We arrived at Balboa Bay Club and Resort at 1:30, well before our appointment with Executive Chef Josef Lageder and Deiter Hissin, the food and beverage director. Chef Lageder had invited us to...

The Five Crowns Returns

It’s fun when fate intervenes and provides simultaneous epicurean experiences. Such was the case last week when Stasha and I both had dinners on the same night on separate coasts. Stasha was in...

Cuisine Quest: Three Stops Along the Way

We love writing about our epicurean experiences at Newport Beach restaurants, but our quest for quality cuisine doesn’t end at the dinner table. Not only are we out and about pursuing...

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Ragtime Dusts Off in Two Gates Race

I was asked to sail with Chris Welsh on Ragtime in last Sunday’s Two Gates Race, a fun 13-mile race/tour through Long Beach and LA Harbors.  While somewhat shorthanded (only six crew were on board), we had a fun sail and finished a respectable 10th among a 30-plus-boat fleet that...

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RESULTS   Sunkist Series (CHOC Regatta), Jan. 7-8, Balboa YC (One Design Saturday, PHRF Sunday)   2011-2012 Sunkist Series – Race 3 – Outside Classes Balboa Yacht Club   PHRF A Division Distance: 8.27 miles 1 Amante Choate 48, LIYC Richley Family 2 It’s...

Freaking Out the NRA

Sometimes a little event can underscore life’s hypocrisies. My last reminder came when I had to get approval from my homeowners’ association to remove an outdated trellis from my front entry. Surrounded as I am by anti-government, free-market types, you’d think...
Posted On 09 Nov 2012

Sage Hill Kicks Off Science Lecture Series

Last night at Sage Hill School, Dr. Peter Donovan, one of the world’s foremost stem-cell research scientists and director of the Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center at UC Irvine, kicked off the first-ever Sage Hill School Science Lecture Series with his address entitl...
Posted On 09 Nov 2012

On Biblical Values and Politics

Perhaps you missed the full-page ad in the Oct. 18 issue of the Wall Street Journal, placed by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The ad includes an image of the 93-year-old preacher and a message to “vote for biblical values.” What biblical values? Candidates w...