| Mar 5, 2013
| 5:36 PM
Andy Crean never really thought of himself as the owner of Newport Beach's historic Villa Nova restaurant.
"I considered myself almost like a custodian," he said Tuesday of the Mariner's Mile hot spot he took over 20 years ago. "It's like a landmark....
| Mar 7, 2013
| 4:14 PM
Can you think of a better way to offer music enrichment courses in financially challenged public schools than purchasing and providing musical instruments for students desiring to learn? A practice violin costs just $150. A cello runs $300, and an upright...
| Dec 3, 2012
| 9:24 AM
While I know these are challenging economic times, and there is a good chance many Orange County residents will see a meaningful increase in taxes paid to the federal government, I am amazed that bayfront residents are responding so negatively to the city...
| Dec 17, 2012
| 2:18 PM
Organizers of Costa Mesa United's eighth Annual Mesa Verde Classic Charity Golf Tournament are looking for sponsors and foursomes for the Jan. 21 event at Mesa Verde Country Club.
The annual golf tournament and banquet raised $146,000 in 2012 and is...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 8:05 PM
Barrett-Jackson car auction officials have chosen not to renew their contract for 2013 with the Orange County Fairgrounds, officials confirmed Friday.
The news came during the Orange County Fair Board's meeting Thursday, when the board members heard of...
| Dec 24, 2012
| 3:48 PM
Though the Barrett-Jackson car auction's first three years at the Orange County Fairgrounds showed signs of success, officials said the cards just weren't in place for a fourth year to happen.
The overhead was too high for a sufficient profit margin...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 7:07 PM
As cameras flashed on the red carpet outside the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort this weekend, Lisa Ackerman hugged several friends and guests who approached.
She hugged me. Everyone seemed to be part of the family at the seventh annual Ante up for ...
| Oct 19, 2013
| 3:58 PM
In the spirit of the Roaring Twenties, men and women young and old took to the Center Club on Friday for an evening of food, dance, a silent auction and a little bit of luck in the faux casino.
The event was "The Gatsby Affair," a benefit for the...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 12:22 PM
Visitors at Fashion Island on Saturday appeared to be stuck in a time warp.
Parents paused beside chic — and high-tech — strollers, taking pictures with cell phones. The scene in front of them, though, seemed straight out of medieval Europe....
| Apr 12, 2013
| 4:46 PM
According to Chris Epting's In The Pipeline column, "Something fishy going on with fire ring ban," April 4, he learned the hard way what the Air Quality Management District is really all about. Those green, environmentally friendly shoes pinch when you...
| May 9, 2013
| 9:32 AM
Boaters know the name and many have been aboard a DeFever yacht.
Sadly, Arthur DeFever passed away last month at age 94. DeFever began his career designing fishing vessels and evolved into designing the cruising and custom yachts that we see...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 1:45 PM
Q: Among all the questions you receive about the conflict between science and religion, you seem to take the accommodationist route, insisting there is no conflict and misquoting Albert Einstein in a way that makes him seem religious. How can you a)...