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February 3, 2012
Newport Beach residents don't have to travel far for the Los Angeles Times Travel Show's top-rated domestic destination. In fact, they don't have to travel at all. With more than 10 miles of beaches and a population of about 85,000, Newport was recognized as the Best Domestic Destination during the Jan. 27 to 29 travel show at the Los Angeles Convention Center. "As residents, I think we often forget about how many wonderful things there are in this town," Mayor Nancy Gardner said.
September 28, 2013
A male motorcyclist was killed early Saturday morning when he struck the center divider on West Coast Highway in Newport Beach, officials said. The crash, reported at 2:41 a.m., occurred west of Superior Avenue, police said. Ammar Sherbini, 31, of Santa Ana, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Orange County Coroner's officer. A news photographer on the scene told City News Service the rider had been thrown into a palm tree in the center divider and the bike had ended up several hundred feet from the point of impact.
July 10, 2012
A Newport Beach man was found dead in the waters off Balboa Island, county coroner officials said Tuesday evening. The body of Robert LeGallee, 73, was found near North Bay Front and Collins Avenue, according to a coroner press release. Earlier that afternoon, Newport firefighters and lifeguards had responded to that location after receiving a call about a possible drowning, said Jennifer Schulz, Fire Department spokeswoman. A swimmer reported seeing a man in the water between a boat and dock.
By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today | August 16, 2012
The Orange County Ocean Water Protection Program agency announced Thursday morning that a sewage spill has closed a section Newport Beach bay water, according to Corona del Mar Today . “Until further notice, in Newport Beach, the bay water area at Bayside Drive from the Balboa Island bridge (Marine Avenue) to Harbor Patrol Beach and the East Bay Front of Balboa Island is closed to swimming and diving due to a sewage spill (approximately 2800 gallons),” according to the agency's  webpage . The announcement was posted at 7:45 a.m. Thursday.
September 15, 2012
A female bicyclist was killed after a hit-and-run accident at about 9:45 a.m. Saturday on Newport Coast Drive between Ocean Vista and Vista Ridge drives, police said in a news release. "A preliminary investigation revealed that a female bicyclist was riding northbound on Newport Coast Drive when she was struck from behind by a black pickup truck," the release said. "The driver of the truck fled the scene without stopping to render aid and continued northbound on Newport Coast Drive.
June 12, 2010
The passing of Albert Auer on June 6 leaves a great void in the heart of Newport Beach. It was Al, who during his 13 years as vice president of the Commercial Division of Irvine Co., brought Newport Center — perhaps Orange County's premier office, retail, hotel, cinema, restaurant, medical and financial complex — to life. Al, with his quick smile and warm handshake, loved the Newport Center he created — and the tenants of Irvine Co. buildings and the owners of the other buildings loved Al. And Al, with his open demeanor and honest relationships, cherished the Fashion Island he created — and the merchants loved Al. Indelibly placing his mark on Newport Beach, Al served on the board of directors of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian for 31 years, and was chairman of the board for many years during Hoag's transformation from a community hospital to a regional medical center.
June 1, 2011
Newport Beach officials have decided to take legal action, and possibly shut down, three medical marijuana clinics for alleged city code violations. Last week, according to Newport Beach spokeswoman Tara Finnigan and meeting minutes, the City Council authorized staff during a closed session to begin so-called nuisance abatement proceedings against three clinics: West Coast Cure (2814 W. Newport Blvd.), Nature's Alternative Solutions (3400 Irvine Ave., No. 117) and The Healing Tree (4120 Birch St.)
October 26, 2013
Construction on a water main will close a small portion of San Miguel Drive in Newport Beach for more than a week, the city announced Friday. The eastbound side of San Miguel Drive is expected to be shut down between MacArthur Boulevard and San Joaquin Hills Road from Monday to Nov. 8. The stretch of just more than a quarter mile has to be closed so a contractor can install "a critical new water main" under the road, according to the city....
By Lauren Williams | December 27, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown this week pardoned a Newport Beach man for crimes committed in the 1970s and 1980s and praised him as an example of someone who can turn their life around with philanthropic work. Thomas George Pfleger, 61, received a pardon for three previous convictions in 1970, 1976 and 1983 for drug-related offenses and second-degree robbery, according to his pardon. "He is ecstatic, and feels it was a great Christmas present," said Pfleger's attorney, Allan Stokke. "The pardon illustrates the forgiveness part of the Christmas message.
July 22, 2011
Re. Editorial: Newport should ban smoking in parks, July 17: Newport Beach is to be commended for finally embracing what more than 1,500 other cities nationwide have already adopted in its recently proposed ordinance for broader smoking restrictions. It is time to protect public health and environmental quality of the city's greatest asset — its coastal, park and open areas. Many of Newport's private commercial/retail and health-care establishments have already established practices for a smoke-free environment, as one can see in such high-profile locations as Newport Center and the Hoag Hospital campus.
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