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Back Bay Drive Temporarily Closed for Maintenance Feb. 17 – 27

The scenic portion of Back Bay Drive, from Shellmaker Road to Eastbluff Drive, will be closed to all users (pedestrians, cyclists, motorists) weekdays beginning Tuesday, February 17 until Friday, February 27 while the road is resurfaced, striped and new signage is installed. The roadway will reopen for the weekend of Feb. 21-22. Back Bay Drive will be closed once again in early March for...

DUI Driver Sentenced for Killing Jogger in CdM

A drunken driver was sentenced this week to one year in jail and five years of formal probation for killing a jogger after swerving into the bike lane and hitting the victim. According to a press release from the Orange County District Attorney, Robert John Greaney, 23, Costa Mesa, pleaded guilty to the court to one felony count each of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated without gross...



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No Censure, but Council ‘Disassociates’ From Peotter Comments

Newport Beach City Council this week decided against a censure of Councilman Scott Peotter, instead voting to “disassociate” the city from his recent email about same-sex marriage. Council voted 4-3 Tuesday on a revised, more lenient resolution...
Posted On 14 Aug 2015

Cyclist Killed After Hitting Parked Car

The cyclist who was killed last weekend after hitting a parked vehicle in Corona del Mar may have been distracted by his cell phone, according to police. Jonathan Wilson, 23, of Costa Mesa (recently relocated from Newport Beach), died Sunday...
Posted On 07 Aug 2015

CdM Cheating Scandal Tutor Sentenced

The tutor who hacked into a Corona del Mar High School teacher’s computer and changed grades for a group of CdM students during the 2012 to 2013 school year was sentenced this week to one year in jail and five years of formal probation. Timothy...
Posted On 07 Aug 2015

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Benefit: “iheartoc Giving Day” Raises $1.8 Million for Local Charities

The Newport Beach-based Orange County Community Foundation raised $1,813,460 for Orange County nonprofits during iheartoc Giving Day, the inaugural county-wide day of giving held from 6 a.m. Tuesday, April 21 through noon Wednesday, April 22. The goal was to inspire members of the community to...

Benefit: CHOC Follies raises over $650,000 for CHOC Children’s

It’s become an institution in Orange County, and it’s raised millions of dollars for charity. It’s CHOC Follies, which last month presented its 18th annual production, this year titled “CHOCAGO, An Orange County Vaudeville of Guys, Dames and Debutantes!” Over the past 18 years, more than 1,450...

Charity Spotlight: Project Hope Alliance Teams with St. Andrew’s Church

On Sunday, May 3, hundreds of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church parishioners and community members joined forces for a “food pantry packing party” to assemble thousands of pounds of food into bags and boxes for Orange County’s homeless families. The packing event at St. Andrew’s also marks...



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Artscapes: Newporter Stars in ‘Carmen’ at Segerstrom Center

Opera is alive and well in Orange County, thanks to Pacific Symphony. For more than two decades, Opera Pacific presented professional opera productions at Segerstrom Center. However, opera is perhaps the most expensive art form to produce (and having been an extra in an Opera...
Posted On 12 Feb 2015

Searching for Clues at Newport Theatre Arts Center

It’s said that the devil is in the details, and when it comes to Agatha Christie’s mind-bending mysteries, paying attention to the littlest things just might solve the case. That’s a clue for anyone interested in sharpening their sleuthing skills with Newport Theatre Ar...

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Germany comes to Newport

  You don’t need to be German to celebrate Oktoberfest – you just need to enjoy German food and beer. And because this year marks the 200th anniversary of Oktoberfest, many local...

Surreptitious Delicious

  Let’s face it, negotiating a business cocktail party can be strategically challenging, on many levels, and I’m not talking shop. How do you balance a cocktail plate full of appetizers, a...

Italy Comes to Newport at Barone Ristorante

  Barone Ristorante opened only six months ago, but it’s already become known as one of the finer Italian restaurants in Newport Beach. Last fall, Chef Franco Barone – longtime executive...

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CdM vs. Beckman for Championship Tonight

By Will Salem | NB Indy The Sea Kings of Corona del Mar (11-2), having advanced to the CIF-SS Southern Division finals with a 41-14 pounding of the Breakers of Laguna Beach (10-3) last Friday, will face league rival and top overall seed Beckman (11-2) tonight at Orange Coast...

Local Golf Instructor Named in US Top 25

A local golf instructor has been named one of the Top 25 Instructors in the US by Golf Tips magazine. Glenn Deck, director of instruction for Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Coast and Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, was named in the magazine’s inaugural 2012 list for those who...
Posted On 02 Dec 2011

MY TURN: Let’s Stick to Issues and Work Together

By Assemblyman Allan Mansoor A few weeks ago, Newport Beach Mayor Pro Tem Keith Curry used these pages to imply that I am unwilling to work with the residents of Newport Beach. Nothing could be further from the truth. It seems Keith is upset because Scott Peotter, a regular Indy...

Yes on Measure EE

In 2010, I was privileged to serve as the chair of the Newport Beach Charter Update Commission. We carefully reviewed several sections of the charter that had become outdated or that mandated costly and inefficient practices, and we recommended several changes that were approved...

Peotter’s Picks, Part I

Since over 27,000 absentee ballots will go to Newport Beach voters next week, I thought I would give my voting recommendations for the propositions on the November ballot. In case you are a Newport Beach City Councilman, I do NOT purport to provide independent analysis of these...