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Wood, Charcoal Mix Plan OK’d by Coastal Commission

The flames have finally settled after the California Coastal Commission approved a plan with a mixture of both charcoal and wood burning fire rings in Newport Beach. After about 90 minutes of discussion and nearly two dozen public speakers, the CCC voted 9-1 to approve the plan, with Commissioner Mark Vargas dissenting. The approved item was the city’s submitted Plan 17, minus the Corona del...
Posted On 19 Jun 2015

Coastal Commission Approves Newport’s Fire Rings Plan

The flames have finally settled after the California Coastal Commission approved a plan with a mixture of both charcoal and wood burning fire rings in Newport Beach. After about an hour and a half of discussion and about 20 public speakers, the CCC voted 9-1, with Commissioner Mark Vargas dissenting. They approved the city’s submitted Plan 17, minus the Corona del Mar State Beach portion. The...
Posted On 11 Jun 2015



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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...

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...
Posted On 25 Sep 2015

Residents Prep for an Emergency at Expo

Authorities often warn that disaster may strike at any time and it’s important to be prepared. Some Newport Beach residents heeded that message this weekend and took steps to get ready in case of an emergency. The 7th Annual Disaster...
Posted On 25 Sep 2015

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Communities: A Little Free Library Opens in Eastbluff

Newport Beach has a main library and several branch libraries, but recently a new independent library opened in Eastbluff at a neighborhood park on the corner of Basswood and Alta Vista Drive—but don’t drive too fast or you’ll miss it. The new library is called the Little Free Library, part of...

On Faith: All We Have is Today

“I wrote in my diary when I was 13 years old that I was going to write a book to help people with whatever they are struggling with,” explained Newport resident Michelle Wulfestieg, 32. “God put it on my heart way back then. Actually, I didn’t write the book, God wrote it through me.”...

Local Focus: There’s No Place Like Home Gym

Going to a crowded gym often is an exercise in frustration. A well-designed, 30-minute workout can stretch into more than an hour when one considers the time to commute back and forth from home or office, wasted minutes while waiting for pieces of equipment because muscle bound (or...



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Under Cover: Time to Vote for Children’s Choice Book Awards

Calling all readers—the polls are now open for the 2015 Children’s Choice Book Awards. Coinciding with Children’s Book Week each year, the Children’s Choice Awards allow young readers to vote for the books they enjoyed, and honor the authors that most spoke to them. Votes are...

Center Stage: Newport Dancers Pirouette in Plum Roles

Spring fever and youthful enthusiasms go together like, well, ballerinas and pointe shoes, especially for two passionate Newport dancers who can’t resist juggling demanding school schedules with studio rehearsal time in the pursuit of an art form that brings them the joyful...

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A Cantina With Mexican Soul

Last year, Chris and I wandered into SOL Mexican Cocina in search of authentic Mexican food and a great fish taco. It happened to be SOL’s first anniversary, so we celebrated by ordering an array...

Shake Shack Stirs Memories

“The Shake Shack is back!” Stasha stared at me with a puzzled look on her face. “I didn’t know it was gone,” she replied. “Well, no, but it was closed for several months while they made some...

Taking the Raw-Food Plunge

I’ll admit that a raw-food diet has always fascinated me, not only for it’s use of fresh, vibrant produce, but for the overall health benefits one experiences after incorporating living foods...

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Christmas on the Water: It’s Poetry

Ahoy! Ah, Christmas is here, and this year’s 103rd Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade was spectacular, and my Captain’s hat is tipped to the boat owners who did a fantastic job of decorating their boats ranging in size from 10 feet to more than 100 feet in length. Mother Nature...

Decision Time for Barkley

UPDATE: Matt Barkley announced yesterday he will complete his senior year at USC and not enter the NFL draft this year. By Will Salem | NB Indy For most people, the holidays bring times of rest and relaxation with family.  For Newport Beach resident Matt Barkley, this Christmas...

Lynn’s Spin: Local Band Theodore Lovely Hits the Road

Newport Beach-based Indie band Theodore Lovely members Rob Armenti, Dan Bertsch and Robbie Moen are getting a taste of what it’s like to take their music on the road and well, the road has gotten a little bumpy for this uber-talented trio. The Folk/Americana-inspired band...
Posted On 16 Mar 2013

It’s the Pits II

I didn’t think I would ever say this, but…I agreed with Coastal Commission staff. I Need a 12 Step Program There I said it; I guess admission is the first step to recovery. Commission staff recommended keeping the fire rings, but this last Wednesday the California Coastal...

Secession

My wife and I were at Sanibel Island, Florida the month before the election and saw the full impact of the media blitz. Sanibel is every bit as conservative as Newport Beach, and there was considerable shock among the locals over Obama’s reelection. Still, it took us by...
Posted On 10 Mar 2013