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Stapleton Withdraws From Council Race

City Council district 1 candidate Joe Stapleton announced his withdrawal from the race last week. Stapleton cited other commitments and noted that he would feel “uneasy” about leaving those positions, he wrote in an announcement on March 13. Stapleton serves on the Newport Beach...

Four Questions for City Council

Indy writer Richard Simon recently posed four questions to the seven Newport Beach City Council members. We recently shared the responses from council members Tony Petros and Mike Henn. This week: council members Nancy Gardner and Keith Curry. Keith Curry:   Q: What are the...

FirmGreen hosts Export-Import Bank Chairman

FirmGreen Inc., a small renewable-energy company based in Newport Beach, hosted Export-Import Bank Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg at its headquarters this week to discuss FirmGreen’s growing portfolio of patented green technology, and the expanding global market...




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Local Focus: Newport Couple Boxed In to Their Business

This is truly a “moving” story. Two young Concordia University students meet, fall in love, conceive a business based on the KISS principle (keep is simple), earn their Bachelor’s degrees in...

Charity Spotlight: Balboa Island Museum Celebrates Historic Island Home

The Balboa Island Museum hosted a 100th birthday party last week to celebrate one of the oldest homes on Balboa Island: the home of Shirley Pepys, built in 1913. Known for her philanthropy and...

Lynn’s Spin: Christmas Decorating Meets Murphy’s Law

About a week ago we finally got up the muster to crawl through the rafters and pull out the Christmas decor, including the faux, two thousand-pound, 10 foot, pre-strung tree. In theory, this...
Posted On 22 Dec 2013

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Off the Menu: Restaurant Week is Served

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy One of our favorite dining events is finally here: Newport Beach Restaurant Week, which runs through January 26. This annual event features more than 50 restaurants offering prix fix lunch menus ($10 to $20) or dinner menus...

Curtain Up: January is a Musical Month on Local Stages

Local performing arts venues are starting the year on a high note thanks to a flurry of musicals that open over the next few weeks. Laguna Playhouse First up is The Laguna Playhouse staging of “Ring of Fire,” a musical tribute to the man in black, Johnny Cash. A company of 10...

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That Sinking Feeling

Sporting Off A few summers ago, my girlfriend at the time convinced me to take a sailing class over at OCC’s School of Sailing & Seamanship on PCH.  She signed up for the class, but since the boats were lidos with two-person crews, she wanted me to join the class so it...


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  Cable bills could fall as much as 13 percent if cable and satellite customers could choose the channels they want. Why should we pay for what we would never use, such as Russia Today, The Golf Channel, Playboy, Cartoon Network? And we want more control over what comes in...


  Too many Californians are without jobs and have been for much too long. According to US Labor Department June estimates, 2.24 million Californians are out of work, an increase of 27,600 jobless Californians compared to May. At 12.3 percent, the unemployment rate in...

Just Some Harmless Fun

  One of my favorite former Newport Beach mayors closed escrow on a Las Vegas condo last week.  He was going there so much (but only for the shows and wonderful restaurants, of course), he figured why not have a second home there? About the same time, I was wrapping up a...