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Coast Highway Construction Nears Completion

The Orange County Sanitation District and its contractor are determined to wrap up Phase I of the sewer force main project along Coast Highway in Mariner’s Mile by May 22, which means in a matter of weeks, drivers will start to see the open trenches closed, K-rail (the white concrete barriers lining the construction area) removed and the roadway returned to near-normal conditions for the...

Biz Buzz: CdM Albertson’s Converts to Haggen

The Albertson’s supermarket on Coast Highway in Corona del Mar closes its doors for good this Sunday, May 3, at 6 p.m. But don’t worry—the store will reopen on Tuesday afternoon, May 5, under a new name: Haggen. The CdM store is one of the 83 grocery stores that Haggen plans to acquire and convert during the first half of 2015. According to Haggen, once the acquisition is completed, the chain...



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Leaf Blower Investigation Heads to DA

Newport Beach Police Department detectives have finished their investigation into the leaf blower scare at a Newport Beach theater last month and have turned it over to county authorities. The three juveniles were forwarded to Juvenile Probation...

Pedestrian Killed While Crossing NB Street

A San Francisco man died over the weekend after being struck by a car in Newport Beach, authorities reported. Mohamad Ahmed Abdelwahhab, 36, was crossing MacArthur Boulevard outside of the crosswalk, just north of the intersection with Von...

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CRIME LOG A blocked driveway was reported in the 3600 block of Finley Ave., at 9:43 a.m. on Thursday. Police issued a citation. Shots were heard near Amethyst and Park avenues, at 11:22 p.m. on Wednesday. Police checked and cleared the area. No...

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1221 Club Presents Annual Scholarship Awards

Twenty years ago, The 1221 Club (named after the club’s Coast Highway address) was formed at Balboa Bay Club, providing the women of BBC with a community where good times, warm friendships and new acquaintances could be found and fostered. The women of The 1221 Club are united not only in their...

Local Focus: Hoag Doctor’s Sports Radio Show Hits a Home Run

Here’s a question that even a first year medical student might not be able to answer: What organ of the body gets stronger the more you use it? The answer is bone, according to Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Alan Beyer, Executive Medical Director of the Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Newport Beach, and...

Benefit: Life’s a Beach as Pacific Symphony Gala Raises Record $1.6 Million

Orange County was a different place in 1990. The population was 2.4 million, the county’s various arts organizations were still considered in their infancy, and a young conductor named Carl St.Clair was hired by the Pacific Symphony to be its new conductor and music director. Flash forward 25...



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Under Cover: American Library Association Announces Book Awards

The Scholastic book order form came home on the right week! I’m a well-known sucker under the best of circumstances, but add in the fact that the ALA Youth Media Awards were announced this week as well, and the perfect scenario was created for my wallet to undertake a strenuous...

Under Cover Book Club Picks “The Same Sky”

Since we’re entering February, the month of cupid, chocolate hearts, and overpriced roses, I had planned to choose this month’s book club book with a love story in mind. Of course, there are many kinds of love stories, so that still left me with a deep pool to select from. In the...

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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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More Muckraking in Newport Harbor

Ahoy! Good news for boaters, especially for those at the helm of larger sailboats, as Newport Harbor may have the dredging project expanded to restore the harbor to the original navigable charted depths.  We have all felt the bay’s seafloor scrape our boats from time to time, and...

NAC Crew Heads to Boston

For 48 years the Head of the Charles Regatta has been one of the most prestigious events when it comes to crew racing, and this year the Newport Aquatic Center Boys Varsity Boat will be traveling to Boston, Mass., to compete on Oct 22. The NAC boat will be competing against 80...

Unrelated Deep Thoughts

*  Car Spotting As you have probably noticed, most of the medium sized cars as well as some of the luxury cars look very much alike, with similar bodies. Therefore I’m considering a modest proposal for myself. My next car will be one of those nice looking new Chevrolets or Fords....

The Grinching of Christmas

It’s mid-December, and I had hoped by now that we’d be enjoying a respite from last month’s elections and their political aftermath. Fat chance. Senate Republicans launched this year’s season of good will by torpedoing U.S. ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of...