| Jul 12, 2014
| 9:30 PM
After a day at Disneyland with his family, Mr. Irrelevant Lonnie Ballentine received an unexpected visit from an NFL representative Friday night.
Ballentine, the final pick of the NFL Draft, had to undergo a random drug test at the Island Hotel in...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 11:25 AM
As some 425 guests arrived at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa, they entered the ballroom to find a handsome gold-covered and perfectly bound book at each table place setting.
The thickness of the publication suggested far more than a brochure...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 5:45 PM
Even now, at 86 years old, Ernie Andrews remains the ebullient entertainer.
The blues singer, whose resume lists everything from joining the Harry James Orchestra to recording with Columbia Records to playing a leading part in the documentary film...
| Jul 4, 2014
| 1:47 PM
Members of the Newport Harbor High School Pep Squad did their best to make sure London remembered the girls from Newport Beach.
The Newport Harbor pep squad members took home the top prize after traveling to London for the International Tournament of...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 3:49 PM
Weekly I receive promotional emails for events and fun happenings from all over.
And this week there were no shortage of suggestions for the July Fourth holiday.
Sorting through them — from the traditional to the odd — I could see...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 6:18 PM
Orange County has become the center of the world of charitable galas.
Arguably, there are more fundraising extravaganzas night after night and week after week, not just during the social season but throughout the year, than anywhere else. Intense...
| May 28, 2014
| 11:09 AM
I fielded a question recently about "minding your p's and q's." I had used that expression in a column a few weeks ago, and it prompted an email from a reader named Christine who was curious about the apostrophes.
Anyone who knows anything about...
| Aug 16, 2014
| 4:20 PM
Members of Corona del Mar High School's Vest-A-Dog club have been fundraising all summer, and last week six police dogs were fitted with protective gear as a result of the club's hard work.
"I've just always loved dogs," said Jenny Conde, a CdMHS...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 3:52 PM
The site of Newport Beach's former City Hall, where a council gavel was last pounded in November 2012, is one step closer to becoming a 130-room hotel.
Likened by designers to "the quintessential beach house," plans for the Lido House Hotel received...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 4:56 PM
The Balboa Bay Club and Resort may be an iconic spot in Newport Beach, but directing people there has always been a little tricky.
True, the beige complex at 1221 W. Coast Hwy. is across from The Car Spa, a little past the fancy cars parked outside...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 9:00 PM
It was "guys' night out" last Friday night on the Newport bayfront. The 20th annual Men's Smoker and Lobster Clambake took over the lawn at the Balboa Bay Club. There were 120 men ranging in age from recently graduated to recently retired, who donned...
| Aug 9, 2014
| 2:47 PM
The Port Theater has been serving alcohol for two years, limiting sales to an upper balcony unless the screenings are 21 and older and sales end by 11 p.m.
Now, the Planning Commission could expand alcohol service at the historic theater to include...