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A Look Back at What Made Headlines in the NB Indy in 2013

NOTE: Indy reporter Sara Hall compiled this look back at what made headlines in the NB Independent during 2013. January — Richard Luehrs retired from his position as Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, one that he held for more...

Biz Buzz: Newport Businesses Stayed Strong in 2013

Light. Tunnel. End of? The financial downturn that started in 2008 may be a distant memory if business in Newport Beach continues its current path. It’s hard to believe, but five years ago we started a downhill slide that upended many businesses...
Posted On 30 Dec 2013

OC Museum of Art Appoints Interim Director

The Orange County Museum of Art has appointed Chief Curator Dan Cameron as Interim Director and CEO at the museum while the search for an executive director and CEO continues. This appointment commences January 1, 2014, following the departure...

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Marine-Based Charities Wanted

West Marine, a specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, has announced their search for Newport Beach marine-based non-profits to be the beneficiaries of the “Cruising for a Cause” charity celebration set for October 3-6, 2013. The festivities will take place during West Marine’s...

Countdown to Coastal Trash Extinction

The California Coastal Commission has announced that the 29th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, the state’s largest volunteer event, will take place on Saturday, September 21, 2013. The event is expected to draw more than 70,000 volunteers who will combat marine debris at over 800...

Local Girl Finalist in SoCal Vocal Contest

A Newport Beach girl has been chosen as one of seven finalists in her age group for a regional vocal contest. Brooke Besikof, 10, went up against hundreds of other singers during the past two months for the sixth annual SOCAL ICON Solo Vocal Competition. Just 21 total finalists are left and...



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Curtain Up: ‘Death of a Salesman’ a hard sell at SCR

Who is unmoved by “Death Of A Salesman?” Certainly no one who ever worked for a living. Or grew up in a family. Or had a father. Or doubted one’s choice of career. Willy Loman is growing weary after too many years on the road peddling women’s stockings. He is washed...
Posted On 20 Sep 2013

Curtain Up: Hershey Felder is a “Rockstar” at Laguna Playhouse

He brought George Gershwin to life on stage, followed by Chopin, Beethoven and Bernstein. Now, actor-musician Hershey Felder returns to The Laguna Playhouse September 17 – 29 in the world premiere of his latest one-man show, “Rockstar,” a musical play written...

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Speed and Agility of Body – and Mind

  By Brian Lichterman | Sports Editor   Speed, agility, and explosiveness are the words preached at the House of Speed. Denny Spruce operates the House of Speed, Orange County, where his goals are to educate the masses on how to gain explosive speed and agility.  The...

My Beach Needs Are Simple

  After watching a show that counted down the Top 10 Southern California beaches on the Travel Channel, I wondered how the producers of the show made their picks. Newport Beach came in second, behind Coronado beach in San Diego. So I asked myself, what constitutes the...