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Potential for Lower Castaways Park

Residents who wonder what’s going on with the patch of land at the corner of Dover Drive and West Coast Highway may soon have an answer – although ideas are still very much up in the air. Discussions about what to do with Lower Castaways Park have been happening for several years. In 2014, plans were conceptually designed, vetted by several city committees and commissions, and then the...
Posted On 03 Feb 2017

Conditional Alcohol Permit Allowed at Villas Fashion Island

The Newport Beach Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit for a café and a poolside cocktail lounge with specific residents-only Alcoholic Beverage Control license at the Villas Fashion Island. Commissioners voted 4-1 with Bill Dunlap dissenting and Peter Zak absent. The Villas Fashion Island is a gated 524-unit residential apartment complex currently under construction at the...
Posted On 29 Jan 2017



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Irvine Co. Voices Objection to Museum House

In a letter to the city and in an official statement, the Irvine Company voiced their objection to the controversial high-rise residential project in Newport Center known as Museum House. The 25-story, 295-foot tall, 100-residential-unit project...

Public’s Help Wanted in School Arson Investigation

Authorities are seeking help from the public after a fire broke out at a local school last week. Newport Beach police and fire departments were called to the scene at Ensign Middle School around 4:30 a.m. Friday. “The first police officer on...

Local Environmental Activist Fern Pirkle Dies

By Andrea Adelson | NB Indy Environmental leader and preservationist Fern Pirkle died at her Corona del Mar home on Nov. 11. She was 90. Pirkle was the founder and president of Friends of the Newport Coast and led the fight against the Irvine...

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Awards for Local Landscaper

A Newport Beach landscape company was recently awarded for its impressive designs. Wade Landscape received awards for small landscape maintenance and large landscape lighting at the California Landscape Contractors Association, Orange County 54th Annual Beautification Awards. The awards were...
Posted On 10 Aug 2012

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

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Public’s Help Wanted in School Arson Investigation

Authorities are seeking help from the public after a fire broke out at a local school last week. Newport Beach police and fire departments were called to the scene at Ensign Middle School around 4:30 a.m. Friday. “The first police officer on scene observed that the school’s gym was engulfed in...

Local Environmental Activist Fern Pirkle Dies

By Andrea Adelson | NB Indy Environmental leader and preservationist Fern Pirkle died at her Corona del Mar home on Nov. 11. She was 90. Pirkle was the founder and president of Friends of the Newport Coast and led the fight against the Irvine Company to preserve as open space nearly 10,000...

Retired Airline Pilot Cooks up a New Life

Before the introduction of aircraft-specific iPads issued to cockpit crews, pilots would pack their carry-on bags with manuals that measured many inches thick.     Retired American Airlines Captain James Whitehead, 71, of Balboa Peninsula, still finds himself traveling to “work” with a...



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Center Stage: Newport Theater Arts Center Prepares for 38th Season

Classic Americana closes out Newport Theatre Arts Center’s 2015-2016 season this weekend with the last few performances of “1776 The Musical.” The patriotic play delves into the diverse personalities behind the signing of the Declaration of Independence, delivering a lively and...

Under Cover: Turning the Page of Life

It’s been a crazy time here at the Crabtree house. Two weeks ago, we watched our oldest graduate from high school, and next week, we leave for college. But, this week is all about another member of this clan. Sandwiched here amid all the craziness – much like his place as the...

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Off the Menu: Sushi Roku Rocks Fashion Island

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Brasserie Pascal in Fashion Island was one of the few fine French bistros in Newport Beach that had a distinctive atmosphere and cuisine,...

Off the Menu: Eating Our Way Through the OC Fair

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Deep fried Twinkie topped with caviar. Triple decker cheeseburger with Krispy Kreme donuts as buns. Deep fried pizza. Giant donuts...

Off the Menu: Dining at Disneyland

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Happy 60th birthday Disneyland! Yes, 60 years ago on July 17, Walt Disney welcomed the first visitors to his Magic Kingdom, dubbed “The...

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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...

Mailbag: The Invisible (Civic) Center — Classic Destination or Roadside Curiosity?

It may yet come to pass: despite the progressive, and possibly enlightened interests of a minority, the exciting Newport Beach Civic Center (our new Forum Romanum) may be adorned not with laurel leaves but with the decorative curlicues desired by a majority of second class...

Remembering D-Day

D-Day was 70 years ago today. According to the website army.mil/d-day, “On June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the...

Initiative to Stop Drunk, Overprescribing and Negligent Doctors Will Save Lives

Each year, 440,000 Americans die from medical negligence. It’s the third leading cause of preventable death, behind only heart disease and cancer. A big cause of these preventable deaths is doctors recklessly prescribing opioid narcotics. Two weeks ago, Orange County District...