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May I Ask You to Read This, Please?

  As I bounced around Newport this week running errands, surfing this little swell that’s here, and driving down our city streets, I couldn’t think about anything but manners. I thought about the people that have great manners, but even...

A Chance to Broaden Horizons

  When I was in my late teens I had the good fortune to live and travel for a few months throughout Japan. That first international trip took me from my relatively simple life here in Newport Beach and opened my eyes and mind in a way...

The School of Life

  “The best things are the nearest: breath in your nostrils, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of God just before you.  Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily...




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Segerstrom Center Guilds Raise $200K at Gala

The Westin South Coast Plaza was the scene of the annual Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts Fashion Gala, which raised $200,000 in support of the Center’s world-class artistic programs and education outreach. The evening began with a VIP champagne reception on the first floor and an...
Posted On 21 Apr 2011

37-Year Fire Veteran Retires

As the Newport Beach Fire Department celebrates its 100-year anniversary, fire engineer James “Jimmy” Philbin closes his career of 37 years at the department. Philbin, 61, retired April 7 after spending his entire career at NBFD as both a fireman and fire engineer. “It’s been 37 years of fun,”...
Posted On 18 Apr 2011

So This Lady Walks Into a Bar …

Whoever says bartending is easy is nuts. I can say this with relative conviction after giving it a whirl on Sunday when my hubby, Ed, and I took our shift behind the bar at A restaurant during an entertaining fundraiser in support of Serving People in Need (SPIN). Along with fellow first-shift...
Posted On 15 Apr 2011

Stepping Out

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Germany comes to Newport

  You don’t need to be German to celebrate Oktoberfest – you just need to enjoy German food and beer. And because this year marks the 200th anniversary of Oktoberfest, many local restaurants have jumped on the beer-barrel bandwagon. In Germany, Oktoberfest...

St.Clair Still Looking Forward

  By Roger Bloom | NB Indy   Anyone who has seen a Pacific Symphony Orchestra concert in the past 20 years knows the passion and energy music director Carl St.Clair brings to his job. St.Clair’s animated conducting – moving with the music, leaning into his orchestra to...

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