Corona del Mar Today: City's charcoal application on hold

The city of Newport Beach's coastal development permit for charcoal-only fire rings is on hold, a city spokeswoman confirmed.

Apodaca: Big Santa is watching you

When the song "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" was written in 1932, little did Depression-era Americans understand the prescience of the somewhat-creepy warning, "He sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when you're awake."

My Answer: Don't let philandering pastor turn you away from Christ

Q: Our paper ran a story recently about the pastor of one of our local churches who's been forced to resign because he got caught in an extramarital affair. How could this happen? Aren't people like this supposed to be a good example to others? — Mrs. T.B.

The God Squad: Give thanks for those not thanked enough

Every year at Thanksgiving time, I try to put some deeper meaning into the easily generalized list of people and things for which I'm thankful.

The Harbor Report: And the boating awards go to ...

Winter has to be approaching, because I just picked up my collection of Christmas Reyn Spooners from the dry cleaners and received the names of award recipients from around the harbor.

The Crowd: A win for SPIN and its donors

The Crowd: A win for SPIN and its donors

There is an important underlying message intrinsic to the elegant gourmet charity dinner thrown on behalf of the hungry, the homeless, the invisible underclass. That message is in a sense comparable to having a bucket of ice-cold water thrown over one's head.

Reel Critics: The sober side of Stewart

Comedian Jon Stewart skewers our culture and politics on cutting edge broadcasts of "The Daily Show." We expect raucous laughter from his audience. We don't expect that he could move us emotionally by depicting a serious subject taken from real life.

Barbara's Bits & Bites: Mixing food and politics in Costa Mesa

One reason I enjoy this food column is I get to discover and rediscover fun places to eat locally. It also gives me a break from writing about politics, but this week the two crossed paths.

Fitness Files: For health reasons, give gas a pass

In a previous article, I discussed the hygiene hypothesis, which attributes the current prevalence of autoimmune diseases to the antiseptic environment we provide for our children. This means dirt's good. Some dirt.

A Word, Please: Here's an early grammar gift for the holidays

Before you start composing your holiday cards and invitations, here's a cautionary tale for you.

Friends of the Libraries: Libraries can be supporters of the arts

In the Forum page of the Nov. 13 Daily Pilot, just-elected councilwoman Katrina Foley writes about Costa Mesa High School's new performing arts complex as a step forward for the City of the Arts.

Carnett: Men don't cry? Just wait

My pastor preached a sermon recently in which he said it was OK for boys to cry.

The Harbor Report: West Marine will point the way

With the holidays quickly approaching, I thought it would be interesting to walk into West Marine and talk to the different department managers.

The God Squad: Is Bible nonfiction? No, but it's true

Q: Do you really, truly believe that the flood and the creation of Adam and Eve were actual events? Such tales are part of the creationist mythology, which is anti-science and anti-reason. To anybody who doesn't take Christian dogma literally, this sounds like pandering to the literalists,...

My Answer: You won't do your day job in heaven

Q: I used to think heaven was a place of rest, and I've always looked forward to going there. But recently I heard someone say that God has work for us to do in heaven. I'm having a hard time with this because I'm tired of working.

The Crowd: A generous check for Childhelp

The Crowd: A generous check for Childhelp

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Corona del Mar Today: Residents meeting to include Ocean Boulevard project update

A repaving and landscaping project planned for Ocean Boulevard in Corona del Mar will be the topic of the next Corona del Mar Residents Assn. board meeting, scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Nov. 20.

Check It Out: Read up on your O.C. history

The Newport Beach Public Library offers a variety of novels and nonfiction books focused on Orange County history. Here are just a few of the books available in the collection.

Fitness Files: Super size me? Not so fast

On vacations, I love reading the morning news over breakfast coffee.

Around Town: Citizen of Year banquet is Friday in Newport

Around Town: Citizen of Year banquet is Friday in Newport

Jack and Nancy Skinner will be honored as Citizens of the Year at a Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce banquet Friday night at the Balboa Bay Resort.

A Word, Please: What's before who makes all the difference

I saw a fascinating online grammar discussion recently that I was eager to write about in this column. But I can't. It contained a bad word, by which I mean a great word — one of those anatomically specific insults that can make anyone the butt of a joke while simultaneously resonating with...

Barbara's Bits and Bites: Taking a second look at Ruby's Dinette

Barbara's Bits and Bites: Taking a second look at Ruby's Dinette

It's been a while since I've checked in with my restaurant column, Barbara's Bits & Bites, which continues to discover and rediscover fun places to eat in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa.

Corona del Mar Today: New juice bar opening on PCH

A new juice bar could be opening at 2744 East Coast Highway in a space formerly occupied by a dry-cleaning business.

Letters from the editor: The dog ate my rationale and worked his way into our hearts

Try and rebuff a child's please-please-please plea for a dog.

The God Squad: Starfish story never gets old

Q: Every religion has the same basic beliefs: love, peace, humility and tolerance. So if we all believe these things to be true, why is there so much hatred and destruction in the world? Why have we still not gotten the message?