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Council Approves Changes to Mooring Specifications

Mooring permitees in Newport Harbor will need to make some slight, but important changes soon, following a decision on mooring specifications by Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday. As part of the recent transition of mooring management from Orange County to the city, staff reviewed the...
Posted On 01 Dec 2017

Ruby’s Celebrates 35 Years of Hamburgers and Memories

Thirty-five years. Thirty-five restaurants. Not bad for a guy who came up with a restaurant concept while jogging near the Balboa Pier. That guy is Doug Cavanaugh, the concept is called “Ruby’s Diner,” and the restaurant chain celebrates 35 years in business on Dec. 7. As the story goes,...

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Series of Residential Burglaries Reported in Dover Shores

Police warned residents in an alert this week about a series of residential burglaries that took place within a two-day time frame earlier this month in the Dover Shores area. Between Nov 7 and 8, four home burglaries on Polaris Drive, Antigua Way and Santiago Drive were reported...

Police Seek Witness in Assault Investigation

The Newport Beach Police Department is seeking a possible witness for an aggravated assault investigation, authorities reported in a press release on Tuesday. A woman was attacked while jogging near the intersection of 16th Street and Seagull Lane on Aug. 31 around 5:42 a.m. A...

Harbormaster Helps Out USCG Auxiliary Safety Inspections

Teamwork between Newport Harbor mooring permitees, Newport Beach Harbormaster department, and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for vessel safety inspections is off to a positive start City harbormaster staff is helping the USCG Auxiliary team conduct their free vessel safety...
Posted On 10 Nov 2017

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Balboa Island Biz Prepares to Celebrate 20 Years

After nearly two decades, a Balboa Island boutique is revamping and going back to its roots. Art for the Soul owner Valinda Martin opened her unique shop on Balboa Island June 23, 1998. And this...
Posted On 22 Sep 2017

Biz Buzz: Newport Construction Company Builds Dazzling Show Fountain

Newport Beach-based Outside the Lines, a design-build construction company that specializes in creating one-of-a-kind water features, rockwork and themed environments, has unveiled a...

Biz Buzz: Mesa Water Launches New Water Vending Machine

Mesa Water District, the public water agency that supplies water to 110,000 residents throughout Costa Mesa and parts of Newport Beach, invites the community to a free family-friendly festival at...

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Local Focus: Heidi Miller Offers Unselfish Gift to Save Bruce Cook’s Life

By Cassandra Reinhart, Special to the Independent Sixty-five-year-old Bruce Cook couldn’t admit to anyone but himself that he will die without a kidney transplant. “I didn’t want sympathy and I...

Free Wheelchair Mission at Port Theater

Free Wheelchair Mission brings it’s “1 Million for 1 Million” campaign to Newport Beach’s iconic Port Theater in Corona Del Mar on Thursday in celebration of giving out it’s one millionth...

Newport Beach Library Hosts Colorful Abstract Exhibition

A new, colorful exhibition is on display at the Newport Beach library. The City Arts Commission presents “Abstract Pixel Geometrics Patterns in Watercolors” by Chip Fesko, Nov. 6 through Jan. 5...



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Artscapes: Segerstrom Center Launches 2017-2018 Broadway Series

“Hamilton” caused a sensation on Broadway, and it’s on a sensational tour that stops at Segerstrom Center for the Arts next spring. But before “Hamilton” takes its best shot, a handful of other musicals make their way to own, starting next week with “Something Rotten” and ending...

Curtain Up: “Dracula” Gets New Life with Philip Glass and Kronos Quartet

“Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make!” That infamous line was uttered by Bela Lugosi in the classic 1931 film “Dracula,” directed by Tod Browning. “Dracula” had little music to accompany its ghoulish dialogue, but that changed nearly 20 years ago when...

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Off the Menu: Caliente Southwest Grill is a Fun Fresh-Mex Hideaway

We love to discover new neighborhood restaurants, but our latest find is not new. It’s a small, intimate fast-casual restaurant called Caliente Southwest Grill, and it’s been on 17th street in...

Off the Menu: New Chefs, New Menus at Pelican Hill Resort

Local restaurants are adding seasonal dishes to their menus as a reminder that fall is indeed here and winter is on its way. Two of our favorites, Andrea Ristorante and Coliseum Pool & Grill...

Off the Menu: Andrei’s Conscious Brunch

Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine near John Wayne Airport recently celebrated its 8th year in business, and to mark the occasion the restaurant has launched a new Saturday a-la-carte brunch menu that is...

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Grand Slam Tennis Champ Maria Sharapova Returns to OC Breakers

Former world no. 1 Maria Sharapova will return to the Newport Beach-based Orange County Breakers this July for two Mylan World TeamTennis matches. Sharapova, who will be entering her seventh season with the Breakers, is scheduled to play the July 24 home match in Newport Beach,...

“Sea Gypsies” is a Wild Voyage

Whenever I watch a nautical film that is based on little boating experience or “fly by the seat of your pants” long distance cruising, I am simply amazed by sheer blind luck or divine intervention, (or both), which is the case with “Sea Gypsies” in this year’s Film Festival. My...

Op-Ed: Enough is Enough with Peotter

By Former Newport Beach Mayor Rush Hill Since leaving the city council, I have tried to refrain from commenting on the actions of the new council, but the irresponsible decision to turn down over $480,000 in tax revenue, paid by Newport Beach residents to fix our streets, demands...

Letter to the Editor: Peotter Flip-Flops on Issues

Recently the Newport Beach City Council approved increases in the sewer fees paid by many Newport Beach residents.  In approving this increase, Council Member Scott Peotter said: “This is an overdue task that previous politicians refused to face, so I’m happy to support this.”...

Letter to the Editor: We Cannot Afford More of Scott Peotter

Public pressure forced Councilman Scott Peotter to abandon his foolish “political protest” of refusing $480,000 in gas tax (SB-1) funds for local streets in order to “send a message” to Sacramento.  This cost would have risen to $1.9 million next year if it had continued. The gas...

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