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‘Hot’ Topic Wakes Up Crowd

With the wave of fires throughout California recently, a local fire department leader was a timely speaker during a morning meeting this week.   Newport Beach Fire Department Chief Chip Duncan spoke to about 60 people Thursday during the NB Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Wake Up! Newport...
Posted On 04 Jan 2018

2017: A Year in Review, Part 2

NOTE: Indy reporter Sara Hall compiled this look back at what made headlines in the NB Independent during 2017. This week, we cover July through December. (For part 1, click here) (click the first line of text in each brief to read the full, original story)   July ► Longtime resident,...
Posted On 29 Dec 2017

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Police Plan DUI Checkpoint, Drive Sober Campaign

Authorities recently reminded residents to stay safe while celebrating the holidays and partaking in festivities.   The Newport Beach Police Department is partnering with state and national authorities for a special year-end “Drive Sober of Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign....

News Briefs: Activist Loses Defamation Suit, Multi-Vehicle Collision, Structure Fire

News from around Newport Beach   Community Activist Loses Defamation Suit Against Councilwoman, City Community activist Mike Glenn lost his defamation suit against the city of Newport Beach this week, with the court ruling the statement in question as protected speech. Filed...

Central Avenue Pier, Plaza Officially Open

Boaters, particularly those visiting Newport Harbor, have a new public dock to use which will, as city officials and business owners hope, encourage them to visit nearby shops. The city held a brief dedication ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the harbor’s newest public amenity,...
Posted On 15 Dec 2017

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Biz News: OC Community Foundation and OC Museum of Art

OC Community Foundation Holds Annual Meeting  Nearly 700 philanthropists and business leaders discovered how their charitable passions can change their communities at Orange County Community...

Biz Buzz: Steve High Named Realtor of the Year

The Newport Beach Board of Realtors has named Steve High, president and partner of Villa Real Estate, as Realtor of the Year for 2017. This award is presented to a Newport Beach Association...

Nékter Opens 25th OC Restaurant in Newport Beach

This fall, Nékter Juice Bar celebrated the grand opening of its 25th Orange County restaurant at Harbor View Shopping Center in Newport Beach by donating 15 percent of one day’s sales to nearby...

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Benefit: 44th Annual Candlelight Concert Sets New Record for Segerstrom Center

More than four decades ago, a group of arts supporters held an event to raise money to build a major performing arts venue in Orange County. The event was held in a vacant Kresge five-and-dime...

Charity Spotlight: Hoag Announces Major Philanthropic Gifts

Hoag Hospital Foundation officials announced two major philanthropic gifts that will be used to establish endowed chairs in developmental cancer therapeutics and aortic care. These important...

Celebrity Tennis Event Benefits Puerto Rico

In a mix of sports, celebrities and philanthropy, actress Anne Heche co-sponsored “Palisades for Puerto Rico” at Palisades Tennis Club in Newport Beach on Dec. 10. The event featured Heche, who...



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Curtain Up: “A Christmas Carol” Returns to South Coast Rep

  “Was ever a scarf so red?” Yes, “A Christmas Carol” has returned for its 38th year at South Coast Repertory, and with it Hal Landon Jr. as Ebenezer Scrooge, and his iconic red scarf. In fact, several other SCR founding artists, including Richard Doyle and Art Koustik, are...

Artscapes: Young Newport Dancers Cast in ABT’s ‘Nutcracker’ at Segerstrom Center

“The Nutcracker” is one of those iconic ballets that make young girls want to buy pointe shoes and take up dance. Cousins Stella Stulik and Alexandra Orradre, both 10, of Newport Beach are two such girls. They’ve been dancing for several years, and take classes at the American...

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Off the Menu: Favorite Dining Experiences of 2017

Another year has come and gone already, and with it 52 weeks of memorable dining experiences. We often dine out two to three times a week, so trying to reflect back on our favorites this year was...

Off the Menu Side Dish: New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day Dining

Compiled by Laura Wise | NB Indy  21 OCEANFRONT 21 Oceanfront is ringing in the New Year with two different seating and menu options. The first seating is their full menu with regular...

Off the Menu: Decadent Desserts and Bowls of Heaven

This is the time of year when sweet treats are everywhere you look, making it hard to resist nibbling that extra cookie or sampling another helping of pie. It also makes it hard to stay in shape!...

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Newport Local Finishes 8th in Bay Area Regatta

Newport Beach sailors competed this past week at the 2017 Rolex Big Boat Series hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. Among the Newporters in the Bay Area waters was Paul Stemler of Newport Harbor Yacht Club with his J/44 46-foot sailboat, “Patriot.” He finished...
Posted On 26 Sep 2017

Californians Take Top Spots in U.S. Surf Open

Newport Beach’s neighbor city once again held the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing and this year the top spots for men and women’s divisions went to Californians. Huntington Beach local Kanoa Igarashi placed first in the men’s division and Ventura resident Sage Erickson earned the honor...

Letter to the Editor: Peotter is Part of the Problem

As America reacts with disgust at the sexual harassment and assault record of Harvey Weinstein, the California Legislature, Fox News, and other political and media leaders, I have become exceedingly angry that our own City Council Member, Scott Peotter, was the only member of the...

Letter to the Editor: Recall of Peotter is Draining the Swamp

In November 2014, Scott Peotter was barely elected to the Newport Beach City Council with 11,920 votes.  On October 27, the signatures of 10,688 voters were submitted on a recall petition asking that he be removed from office.  As I walked the city with my recall petition, I was...

Letter to the Editor: Koll Project Needs Community Input

After attending the October 30th presentation by the developer of the Koll Center Residential project, I came away thinking about how much we need to accomplish in the upcoming General Plan Update.  The Koll Center project is planned to be three high-rise towers, overwhelming and...