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Newport Celebrates John Wayne’s 110th Birthday

Newport Beach is showing its love for the Duke by celebrating what would have been his 110th birthday on May 26 with a variety of events. John Wayne Fans can cruise on his old boat, The Wild Goose, get a glimpse of rare photos and behind the scenes shots, meet members of the Wayne family, and even see the legendary man himself—or at least his wax model. It’s very kind of the local community...
Posted On 19 May 2017

Council Reverses on Bayside Drive Roundabout

Coming full circle, Newport Beach City Council once again heard several alternative street layout plans for Bayside Drive – one including a controversial roundabout – but this time took a different exit and voted for no traffic circle. Abandoning the previously approved roundabout plan, the current council members voted 4-3 on Tuesday for the first option staff presented....
Posted On 12 May 2017



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Banning Ranch Revised Findings Adopted

The California Coastal Commission voted 7-1 Thursday to adopt the commission staff’s revised findings to support the denial of Newport Banning Ranch LLC’s permit for a controversial mixed-use project. Mark Vargas was the lone dissenting vote and...

Irvine Company Drops Museum House Lawsuit

The Irvine Company dropped their lawsuit against Related California on Feb. 3, according to court records. The lawsuit, filed Dec. 9 in Orange County Superior Court, claimed supporters of the project trespassed at several of the Newport Beach...

Bikes are Bad News on Boardwalk

The scenic three mile stretch of boardwalk between E. Street to 36th Street on Balboa Peninsula is beloved by pedestrians, but cyclists like it too. The hotly contested issue of bike traffic on the boardwalk has local residents fired up. “This...

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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

Gross Foundation Gives $50K to AIDS Fight

AIDS Services Foundation Orange County (ASF) was surprised last week with a $50,000 gift from the William and Sue Gross Family Foundation. The gift will be used to increase ASF’s ability to reach at-risk populations in Orange County with HIV testing. In June of this year, ASF launched an...

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Booze Allowed at Beauty Salons

Beauty salons and barber shops are now legally able to offer a glass of wine or beer to their patrons without getting a liquor license. On Jan. 1, California bill AB1322, also known as the Drybar Bill, became law and says salons may serve customers 21 and older up to a 6-ounce glass of wine or...

Congressman’s Ex-Campaign Treasurer Convicted for Embezzling $300K

The former treasurer for Congressman Dana Rohrabacher’s re-election committee was convicted this week for embezzling more than $300,000 from campaign funds and a business where he previously worked, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office. Jack Wenpo Wu, 46, of Newport Beach...

It’s Sphere to Stay

Sphere 112, the steel sculpture adorning the grassy hill at the corner of San Miguel Drive and Avocado Avenue, will permanently reside there for public enjoyment. The City Arts Commission voted last Thursday to keep the popular work of art at its current location in Civic Center Park, not only...



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Pacific Symphony Plays While “Raiders of the Lost Ark” Screens

“Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?” That infamous quote can be from only one movie: “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” Steven Spielberg’s 1981 cinematic homage to old-fashioned cliff-hanger adventures, featuring a memorable score by John Williams and starring Harrison Ford as Indiana...

Curtain Up: SCR Summer Players Tackle Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”

Kids take center stage at South Coast Repertory this summer when the group’s Summer Players tackle Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” on the Julianne Argyros Stage through August 14, directed by Hisa Takakuwa, with music direction by Erin McNally.     “Beauty and the Beast” is a...

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Off the Menu Special: Christmas Dining in Newport Beach

By Christopher Trela & Laura Robinson Wise | NB Indy Here’s a list of what some notable Newport Beach restaurants are offering this Christmas. Knowing these restaurants, we have no doubt...

Off the Menu: Pre-Theater Dining at Skyloft and Lumberyard in Laguna Beach

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Pre-theater dining is almost mandatory for us before we go see a play, concert or ballet because it adds to the experience. In Laguna...

Off the Menu: Newport Restaurants Bring It Home for the Holidays

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Moulin Bistro recently celebrated its one year anniversary, and owner Laurent Vrignaud couldn’t be happier. His concept of creating an...

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Boat Building

I was thinking prior to putting my thoughts into words how different sailing is to motoring, which equates to how very different sailboats are to power boats. This may seem obvious but at the same time to me there aren’t huge differences. I speak Spanish and English. They are...

Letter to the Editor: Why I Support Measure Y

I am in my 20th year of service to Newport Beach, 10 years on the Planning Commission and 10 years on the City Council. During that time I have strived to maintain the highest level of providing municipal services and to protect and improve the quality of life for all Newport...

Letter to the Editor: Former Mayor Weighs In on Measure Y

I am a former Newport Beach City Mayor. I have continually lived in the Port Streets for over 35 years. I am voting No on Measure Y for the following reasons: Traffic in Newport Beach steadily gets worse, evenwithout any added development. Our City’s streets, esp....

Lynn’s Spin: Childhelp’s ‘Rat Pack Redux’ Oct. 18

Earlier this year, I finally did something that has been on my “to do” for some time – I became a member of Childhelp’s Orange County Chapter. Childhelp was founded in 1959 by Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, who have dedicated their lives to making a significant, positive...
Posted On 10 Oct 2014