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Possible Moorings Off Big Corona, West Lido Trial Anchorage Returns

Boaters may soon have more options in Newport Harbor. The Harbor Commission on Wednesday discussed the possibility of day moorings in front of Big Corona Beach at Corona del Mar State Park and a trial anchorage West of Lido Isle. “It has been suggested, by several, that Big Corona day moorings might be a useful feature,” Commissioner Doug West said. The idea is for about six to eight day...
Posted On 09 Mar 2017

Judge Denies OCMA’s Museum House-Related Request

A judge this week turned down a request for a temporary restraining order that would have prevented the Newport Beach City Council from the second reading of their vote to rescind the 2016 approval of Museum House. Orange County Superior Court judge Geoffrey Glass heard Orange County Museum of Art’s request on Wednesday, but held off on a ruling until Thursday. Second readings of items...
Posted On 09 Mar 2017



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2016: A Year in Review, Part 1

NOTE: Indy reporter Sara Hall compiled this look back at what made headlines in the NB Independent during 2016. This week, we cover January through June.   January — Officials for Ruby’s Diner, launched in Newport Beach in 1982 by Doug...
Posted On 23 Dec 2016

McFadden Square Ready for Update

Perched at the base of Newport Pier is a bronze globe depicting natural scenes of the region and a walkable labyrinth. This area is the focal point of historic McFadden Square on the Balboa Peninsula. It also includes a timeline of 98...

Museum House Petition Delivered to City Clerk

A petition for a referendum on the Museum House condominium tower met the required 6,000-signature threshold on Wednesday, delivering a win to the project’s opponents after a highly-charged campaign. Newport Beach City Clerk Leilani Brown and...

Business

Building Pizzas and Relationships

It’s been almost 10 years since a local restaurant began dishing out first class pizza and first rate customer service in Newport Coast. It’s fresh, high quality food and personal care that has kept the customers coming back over the years, said Newport Coast First Class Pizza co-owner Julie...
Posted On 29 Oct 2012

Local Couple Has Fresh Idea

The right vegetable can really make all the difference. One local couple knows that difference and has founded ZucchiniXpress to help share it with Newport Beach residents. Husband and wife team Jesus Gamboa and Jutta Whitaker-Gamboa, along with their business partner Alison Brown, agree that...
Posted On 11 Oct 2012

Homemade Food and Renewal at Wild Strawberry Café

It’s more than the fresh, healthy and homemade food at The Wild Strawberry Café that keeps customers coming back, it’s that extra something special. “It gives me such joy to see everybody come in and seeing the smiles and satisfaction,” said Natasha Kazic, the owner of the café. Kazic, who...
Posted On 24 Sep 2012

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Charity Spotlight: Rivals United for a Kure Holds Fifth Annual Gala

What happens when you pit USC supporters against UCLA supporters? You get Rivals United for a Kure, the largest fundraiser for Kure It Cancer Research, which held its fifth annual gala on November 13 at the City Club Los Angeles. The USC/UCLA football rivalry was forgotten for one night in lieu...

Santas Crawl the Peninsula for Festive Fun and a Good Cause

Have a few drinks, get in the holiday spirit, and help out a worthy cause all in one day through the 5th Annual OC Santa Crawl on the Balboa Peninsula next weekend. Newport Beach based event production company, Expo 4 Life, is hosting the festive event from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 10. “It’s...
Posted On 05 Dec 2016

On Faith: St. James Anglican Church Celebrates 75 Years

The congregation of St. James Anglican Church recently held a joyful 75th Anniversary service attended by over 230 people, followed by a celebration at the Pacific Club. “Today is a chance for us to reflect on our life together at St. James and God’s goodness, to look over the years as the...



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Under Cover: ‘Books and Brunch’ at Festival of Arts

The Laguna Beach Festival of Arts is back for the summer, and this year, it brought with it a new attraction. “Books and Brunch,” designed to allow attendees to connect with some of today’s most popular authors in an informal setting, over brunch. This Sunday, July 24, will offer...

The OC Fair Wants You to ‘Get Your Fair Face On!’

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy It’s finally here: The Orange County Fair! Yes, we love the OC Fair, and every year look forward to tasting the new decadent foods, sampling award-winning wines, trying our luck at carnival games, checking out the arts and...

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Off the Menu Special: Golden Foodie Awards

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy And the winner is… The Golden Foodie Awards were held last night, Sept. 27, at the Fairmont Newport Beach hotel. Nearly 300 people packed...

Off the Menu: Our Picks for Golden Foodie Awards

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Who has Orange County’s best burger? Who makes the best sushi? Which bartender serves the best cocktail? Those are just some of the...

Off the Menu: Time Trial–Blaze Versus Lemonade

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Fashion Island has plenty of restaurant options, but if you’re going to catch a movie at the Island Cinemas and you only have 15 minutes...

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The Joys of Boating

With this warm and picture perfect spring weather I urge all “yachties” and boaters to indulge. We’re off to a great season. Last Thursday we sea-trialed “Sundance” prior to the three day “Shipwreck Weekend” at Two Harbors, Catalina. The ocean was a little sloppy but we saw our...

Sailing Safety

It’s a sad day for sailboat racing everywhere. While it is not uncommon to hear about loss of life in the famous Sydney to Hobart sailboat race, it’s very uncommon to find out we locally have even one loss of life in a local sailboat race. Until this last year I cannot ever...

The Appearance of ‘Disappearing Path’

By Robyn Grant | NB Indy Inspiration Point on the bluff in Corona del Mar between Narcissus and Orchid Streets offers some of the most beautiful and sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean along the coast of Southern California. In 1987, in recognition of the site’s majesty and...

Paying College Football Players is Out of Bounds

The debate over whether college football players should be paid has been around for a long time. On first hike it seems like a good idea. It seems correct legally, but if we look deeper I will argue that the federal ruling this year could change the entire college experience for...

The Magical Thinking of Ballot Measure Y

Several years ago, the New Yorker magazine ran a cartoon by B. Smaller that shows a young boy standing before his bemused teacher, explaining his arithmetical solution on the blackboard: “2+2=5.” “Maybe it’s not a wrong answer — maybe it’s just a different answer,” read the...