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Major Step in Final Phase of Crystal Cove Cottages Restoration

Crystal Cove Conservancy officials announced a major step forward in the final phase of the cottage restoration project during a community meeting this week. Laura Davick, Conservancy (formerly the Crystal Cove Alliance) founder, vice president and campaign chair, announced at Speak Up Newport meeting on Wednesday that the Packard Foundation on June 8 approved a low-interest $10 million...
Posted On 15 Jun 2018

Approved Budget Includes ‘Aggressive’ Approach to Pension Payment Plan

Newport Beach City Council discussed,  and ultimately approved, a budget for the upcoming fiscal year that includes a new school safety officer, fire marshal, and an “aggressive” approach to the city’s biggest financial issue,  unfunded pension liability. “All in all, and in my biased eyes, this is a fairly conservative budget that adds no new full time positions from what we have right...
Posted On 15 Jun 2018



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Extra Police DUI Patrol for Memorial Day Weekend

Newport Beach Police Department announced this week that they will be deploying extra officers on overtime this Memorial Day holiday weekend to target problem areas (those places in town with high numbers of DUI collisions and DUI arrests). The...

Balboa Peninsula Trolley Returns, Crosswalk Update

The Balboa Peninsula Trolley returns this weekend, Newport Beach officials stated this week. Councilwoman Diane Dixon, whose district covers the peninsula, made the announcement during Tuesday’s Council meeting. “Let the fun begin to get around...
Posted On 25 May 2018

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Biz Buzz: Gelson’s in Newport Beach Hosts Grand Reopening May 14-20

Longtime community favorite Gelson’s has announced the Grand Reopening of its Newport Beach store, to take place Monday, May 14 through Sunday, May 20.  The store is located at 1660 San Miguel Drive at Harbor View Shopping Center. Beautifully remodeled, the relaunched Gelson’s Newport Beach...

A Guide for the Medical Maze

Healthcare is a complex and often frustrating matter, especially for the person receiving it. Even those with excellent employer-funded insurance can suffer financially after surgery or an emergency procedure. Someone may think they’re covered, but bills can quickly pile up. Karin (last name...

Biz Buzz: Balboa Bay Resort Named Four-Star Hotel by Forbes Travel Guide

Forbes Travel Guide unveiled its annual Star Rating list last week and named Balboa Bay Resort as a new Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel. Balboa Bay Resort will be showcased with all of the Star Rating recipients on ForbesTravelGuide.com. Situated on 15 prime acres along Newport Beach’s...

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Wooden Boat Festival Returns to Newport Harbor

Seafaring history floats into Newport Harbor this weekend with the return of the annual Newport Beach Wooden Boat Festival, hosted by the Balboa Yacht Club. Now in its fifth year, it is considered “yachting’s equivalent of the Concours d’Elegance,” officials proclaimed in a press release. “So...

Charity Spotlight: Hutchins Consort Highlights Hollywood, Violins and The Duke

It’s not often you get to cruise Newport Harbor aboard John Wayne’s former yacht “The Wild Goose” while listening to live music while feasting on superb cuisine, but that’s what around 100 people did on April 15 in celebration of the Hutchins Consort’s annual gala. The sold-out event was...

From Sea Lions to Snakes: Share a Shift With Animal Control

Newport Beach Police Department offered an inside look at a day with an Animal Control Officer this week through a live virtual ride-along on the NBPD’s Twitter account. Virtual guests spent a shift on Saturday with ACO Nick Ott, who made headlines earlier this year for helping rescue an...
Posted On 31 May 2018



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Soundcheck: A Really Big Show at Newport Dunes June 23

There’s a really big show happening at Newport Dunes this weekend, and it’s for a good cause. The Really Big Show will be held on Saturday, June 23 from noon to 6 p.m. Four bands are scheduled to perform, including Swingin’ Tikis, Electric Cool-Aide, Superdelux, and The Side Deal...

Curtain Up: Broadway Musical ‘The Color Purple’ Comes to Segerstrom Center

The first North American Tour of the Tony Award-winning Broadway Revival of “The Color Purple,” which the New York Times called “a glory to behold,” comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts June 19-24. The cast is led by members from the 2016 Broadway revival, including Adrianna...

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Off the Menu Side Dish: Nobu Sake Ceremony

It’s not every day you get an invite from Robert De Niro and Chef Nobu Matsuhisa to come to their Nobu restaurant in Lido Marina Village to partake in a traditional Sake Ceremony, but last...

Off the Menu: CURRENT Coastal Cuisine at Renaissance Hotel

Great cuisine comes in all shapes and sizes, and at the most unexpected places. This holds true for the new Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel and its dining concept, CURRENT Coastal Cuisine....

Off the Menu: A Restaurant Menu Reveals New Delights

Last month I wrote about CdM, the new restaurant concept coming this fall from A Restaurant partners Jordan Otterbein and McG under their company umbrella River Jetty Restaurant Group. CdM is...

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Opening Weekend of BNP Paribas Sees Some Shocks, Upsets

The first weekend of the BNP Paribas Tennis Open included some elites advancing as expected, but also some shocking upsets during the rain-delayed competition in Indian Wells. Newport Beach tennis fans saw Roger Federer, top ranked in the world for men’s singles and the...

Sports: Toshiba Classic Returns to Newport Beach

Dozens of PGA Tour legends are set to complete in the annual Toshiba Classic benefiting Hoag Hospital at the Newport Beach Country Club this weekend. A slate of new programs designed to enhance spectator experience, as well a “powerful” PGA championship lineup...

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...

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