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Event Offers Sneak Peek Behind Six CdM Front Doors

An event next week will invite guests to take a peek behind a handful of Corona del Mar front doors and get inspired by the design and architecture of the home. The 43rd Annual Corona del Mar Home Tour will be held Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by the CdM middle and high schools PTA, the event is the group’s only fundraiser and benefits students on both campuses. Between tickets, ad...
Posted On 21 Oct 2016

Council Agrees to Sell Balboa Theater for $1M to LAB

Newport Beach City Council this week unanimously approved the sale of the historic Balboa Theater to a local developer for $1 million Council voted 6-0 Tuesday to sell the E. Balboa Boulevard property to Lab Holding, LLC. LAB founder Shaheen Sadeghi thanked the council for their vision to preserve the historical building, located in Balboa Village near the Balboa Pier, between Washington and...
Posted On 14 Oct 2016


The Battle for Banning Ranch

It  has all led up to this. Years of work, numerous studies and research reports, several postponements, withdrawals and redesigns, and a nonstop back and forth battle between the two sides of Banning Ranch, all comes to a head tomorrow as the...
Posted On 06 Sep 2016

Candidates Open Up at Forum

(Editor’s Note: The article previously incorrectly listed Max Johnson and Jane Jones as candidates, they pulled papers but never filed. It was also incorrectly stated that Johnson was absent, however he did attend the forum.)   Most of the...
Posted On 02 Sep 2016

Judge Rules ‘Fred’ Ameri is OK on Ballot

A Newport Beach City Council candidate can use his well-known nickname on the ballot, an Orange County Superior Court judge ruled Thursday. A Newport Beach resident filed a lawsuit last week in an effort to require council candidate Fred Ameri...
Posted On 02 Sep 2016


Local Business Blossoms in Corona del Mar

That colorful display of flowers on PCH in Corona del Mar has really blossomed since it first opened up in almost 30 years ago. Julie Browne opened the Blooms shop in Corona del Mar in 1985. Her brother, Jim, was a banker in San Francisco and had a flair for the artistic. He thought, ‘I could...
Posted On 10 Aug 2012

Local Teens Spruce Up Their Wardrobe

A pair of local teens recently took their love for surfing, skateboarding, art, and music and rolled it all into one simple and stylish clothing line. Andrew Boukather and Cole Friedman, both 16-year-old Corona del Mar High School juniors, launched Spruce Clothing in May. “We try and do...
Posted On 02 Aug 2012

‘Cash Mob’ Keeps Toy Boat Afloat

A cash mob of customers flooded Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat Tuesday, helping the iconic Corona del Mar toy store stay afloat after an announcement last week that it was in danger of sinking for good. The cash mob was hosted by Southern California radio station KFI AM 640 and talk show host Bill...
Posted On 02 Aug 2012



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Chef Pascal Olhats Hosts Charity Event at Sherman Gardens to Save Elephants

Chef Pascal Olhats is renowned for his culinary skills at his numerous restaurants, including Café Jardin restaurant at Sherman Gardens in Corona del Mar, but he’s also a big animal lover—make that a lover of big animals. Chef Pascal and his wife, Christine, took an ecotourism vacation at the...

Charity Spotlight: Coldwell Banker’s “Create a Seat” Event to Benefit Illumination Foundation

Tickets are now on sale for the “Art of Design – Create a Seat to End Homelessness” charity event to be held Oct. 8 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s atrium located at 840 Newport Center Dr. in Newport Beach. The evening of live music, silent auctions, libations and...

150 Newport Center Project Withdrawn

The developer behind the 150 Newport Center project (formerly known as Newport Center Villas) project withdrew their application this week. The move came right as Newport Beach City Council was scheduled to hear and vote on the 35-unit, five-story project at Newport Center and Anacapa drives,...
Posted On 30 Sep 2016

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New Novel a Cure for “Downton Abbey” Withdrawals

What does one do when the enchantment of the English countryside, once so readily available via weekly trips to Downton Abbey is no longer being piped into our homes? According to the Washington Post, the “cure for your Downton Abbey withdrawals” is the Under Cover Book Club pick...

Newport’s José Hernández Brings Mariachi to Segerstrom Center May 5

Looking for an auténtico Mexican cultural experience this Cinco de Mayo? José Hernández and his Mariachi Sol de Mexico have just the thing. In celebration of the festive day, as well as Sol de Mexico’s 35th anniversary, the Grammy-nominated bandleader and Newport Beach resident...

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Off the Menu: New Restaurants Offer Delicious Delights

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale Slapfish Seafood and Newport Beach have long been a perfect match, so it’s no surprise that Slapfish, a “modern seafood shack” founded in...

Off the Menu Special: Decadent Dishes for “Dirty Dancing”

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy In 1987, a small, low budget film called “Dirty Dancing” was released and became a massive box office hit. Not only was it the first film...

Boozy Beginnings

From bottomless offerings to specialty cocktails, these spirit-driven brunches prove why the weekend meal is worth looking forward to. By Adreana Young and Allison Hata   Come Sunda...

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Toshiba Classic

Toshiba Classic champion, David Frost finished the tournament on Sunday, shooting a 65 to defeat Fred Couples by five strokes. Frost ties the tournament record of 19-under-par 194, joining 2011 winner Nick Price as the only golfers to lead wire to wire in the event’s 19 years.
Posted On 17 Mar 2013

Sailing Seminars

Last Saturday I spent the day at a sailing seminar at Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club with Peter Haynes as the instructor. The topics covered were sail theory, shape and trim, the basic aerodynamics, rig tuning, and using your telltales. Included were steering, crew position, tacking...

Grass Roots Democracy: The American Way

Last summer, after Hoag Hospital announced it was ending elective abortion on the heels of its affiliation with St. Joseph, I wrote a flurry of columns about why this was a terrible decision. The words I wrote upset some at Hoag and in the community. Others, including some of...

Op/Ed: Let’s Keep our Communities Safe

By Keith Curry | Newport Beach Councilmember  “The most dangerous social experiment of our generation.” That is how Newport Beach Police Chief Jay Johnson describes the state “realignment” program to release state prisoners back to local jails and supervised community release....

Response to last week’s Letter to the Editor about Hobby Lobby

[Editor’s Note: In Jean Ardell’s Left of Center column on April 4, she wrote that the Supreme Court has yet to rule on the Hobby Lobby case about whether a corporation can invoke its religious values to deny full health coverage under the Affordable Care Act to its employees....

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