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2017: A Year in Review, Part 1

NOTE: Indy reporter Sara Hall compiled this look back at what made headlines in the NB Independent during 2017. This week, we cover January through June. (click the first line of text in each brief to read the full, original story)   January   A Huntington Beach man was charged Jan. 4...
Posted On 22 Dec 2017

Duffield Elected as Next Mayor, Focus on Harbor

O’Neill Chosen as Mayor Pro Tem Newport Beach has a new mayor, and he already has a plan for 2018. Marshall “Duffy” Duffield was elected Tuesday by his fellow City Council members as the next mayor of Newport Beach. “I’m going to do my best to make it work,” he said later that night at...
Posted On 13 Dec 2017

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Councilman Recall Effort Fails

Following months of campaigning on both sides of a divisive recall effort in Newport Beach, officials have found the petition to be short by about 100 valid signatures. The petition to recall City Councilman Scott Peotter had an insufficient amount of signatures (by 106...
Posted On 15 Dec 2017

Christmas Boat Parade Glitters as Only Newport Beach Can

The 109th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade sailed into its first of five nights on Wednesday in spectacular Southern California fashion. After a golden sunset gave way to a pleasant December evening of calm water and wind, fireworks that would rival Disneyland’s best announced...

Newport Beach Responds to Thomas Fire

Newport Beach Fire Department responded to a mutual aid request this week to help fight the “Thomas Fire.” Ventura County was “engulfed with extreme weather and fire,” on Monday, NBFD officials explained in a message released on Tuesday. The county requested assistance from fire...

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Newport Woman Leads Microlending Trip to Nicaragua

National Association of Women Business Owners Institute Chair Elect and Opportunity International Ambassador Loreen Gilbert of Newport Beach, along with NAWBO National CEO Jen Earle, are leading...

CW Driver Breaks Ground on Newport Harbor Medical Plaza

Local builder C.W. Driver Companies has broken ground on Newport Harbor Medical Plaza, a 26,500-square-foot medical facility at 330 Old Newport Blvd., according to a press release. The Newport...

Pelican Hill Appoints New Golf Club GM

The Resort at Pelican Hill recently announced the appointment of Robert Ford as general manager of the resort’s golf club. Ford was on the club’s opening leadership team more than 25...

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Burglaries Reported, Community Watch Meeting Scheduled

Following burglaries in other nearby neighborhoods, the Newport Beach Police Department is hosting a community meeting to discuss crime trends and crime prevention, within the Santa Ana Heights...

Ring of Lights Homes Feature Festive Décor

While other Orange County neighborhoods offer walk or drive through viewing of decorated holiday homes, Newport Beach offers another perspective: By boat. Waterfront homes on Balboa and Harbor...
Posted On 07 Dec 2017

National Ranking: Newport Library is a ‘Star’

The Newport Beach Public Library was recently named as a “Star Library” in a national ranking, authorities announced this week. Board of Library trustees announced Thursday that the city library...



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Artscapes: Celebrating Wonderful Lives

One of the most popular, memorable and sincere Christmastime movies is without a doubt “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a fantasy-comedy-drama produced and directed in 1946 by Frank Capra. Filmed in glorious black and white, “It’s a Wonderful Life” has become one of the most loved films...

Artscapes: Seasonal Concerts Take Center Stage at Segerstrom Center

December continues to be a busy month at Segerstrom Center for the Arts as seasonal concerts and performances take center stage. Through December 17, it’s time for American Ballet Theatre’s annual production of the timeless classic, “The Nutcracker.” Travel with curious Clara and...

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Off the Menu Side Dish: Christmas Dining in Newport Beach

Compiled by Laura Wise | NB Indy 21 OCEANFRONT Enjoy Christmas Eve with a view of pier at 21 Oceanfront. They offer a three-course menu available from 4 to 9 p.m. For $79 per person, you can...

Off the Menu: Boat Parade Dining

Planning to watch the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Dec. 13-17 and wondering where to dine during the parade? We’ve got you covered. Nearly 100 elaborately-decorated boats will...

Off the Menu: Newport Restaurateurs Open ARC Pizza House

Newport Beach residents and restaurateurs Marin and Noah von Blöm always seem to have something fun in store for adventurous diners. Their first restaurant, ARC, at SoCo Collection in Costa Mesa,...

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Breakers Victorious in First Home Match

Newport Beach-based tennis team Orange County Breakers had their first home game of the season Monday, pulling out a close win 23-15 against the Springfield Lasers. For more information, visit breakerstennis.com.
Posted On 18 Jul 2017

Michael Chang Tennis Classic Benefits Local Charity

World champion tennis players Michael Chang and Kei Nishikori will compete in a World Class Doubles Pro Exhibition to raise funds for HomeAid Orange County and the Chang Family Foundation. Chang became the youngest male player to win a Grand Slam singles title when he won the...

Letter to the Editor: Peotter is a Political Hack

I support the recall of Scott Peotter because he is a lifetime political hack who has accomplished nothing to make our community better. For more than eight years, Peotter was a politically appointed Planning Commissioner in Irvine, where he was a sure vote for high rise and...

Letter to the Editor: Civic Center Art Serves Its Purpose

Barry Allen is a great guy. He is someone that I consider a friend and a person I respect as having contributed significantly to our community. His lovely wife, Debbie, is also a class act. Unfortunately, Barry’s taste in, and appreciation for, contemporary art is on par with my...

Letter to the Editor: Are We Better Off With Scott Peotter?

As the recall of Councilman Scott Peotter nears the successful completion of the signature gathering, I think it is important to reflect on one question. It’s a paraphrase of the question Ronald Reagan so eloquently asked in 1980: “Is our community better off after the election...