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By Rhea Mahbubani | April 10, 2014
Karen Mahmalji is in it for the wagging tails. It's common for the owner of Top Dog Barkery to see pooches, quivering with excitement, pulling their owners in the direction of the store. "It's hilarious and we love it," said the 49-year-old Irvine resident. "The dog knows he's going to get his favorite treat, so that makes us laugh and it's a great feeling. " The venue - with its tagline, "The Dog Lover's Boutique and Bakery" - is located in the Corona del Mar Plaza alongside Chico's, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Sienna Brown, Brighton Collectibles and other shops.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 9, 2014
An Orange County Superior Court Judge this week banned dancing at a quintessential Newport Beach restaurant - at least for the time being. In a preliminary injunction handed down Tuesday, Judge Derek Hunt sided with the city of Newport Beach and barred Woody's Wharf on the Balboa Peninsula from setting up a dance floor or using its patio past 11 p.m. City officials took the early decision as a sign that Hunt will eventually side with the city,...
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By Hannah Fry | April 9, 2014
With just a twist of the handlebar, Newport Beach police bicycle officers can whiz through neighborhoods and shopping malls and up and down the crowded streets of the Balboa Peninsula faster than ever before. Officers ditched their traditional patrol bicycles this month in exchange for two tricked-out Pedego electronic bikes. Unlike standard mountain bikes, the black e-bikes can reach 25 mph and are outfitted with special features, such as a switch that tightens the shock absorbers and special tires that allow officers to pedal harder and move faster.
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April 8, 2014
A Newport-Mesa area women's recovery center raised $450,000 during a recent event in Newport Beach. New Directions for Women's sixth annual Circle of Life fundraising breakfast took place March 31 at the Big Canyon Country Club. The event, which drew more than 200 attendees, generated $225,000. That amount was then matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous family, organizers said in a news release. New Directions, a state-licensed, 24-bed facility on Willo Lane, will use the funds toward scholarships for women seeking recovery from chemical dependency, according to the release.
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By Bradley Zint | April 8, 2014
A retired USC professor and management consultant plans to challenge U.S. Rep Dana Rohrabacher's seat in Congress. Suzanne Joyce Savary, 67, a Newport Beach resident of 15 years, said Tuesday that she plans to run in the June primary race for the 48th Congressional District. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) is seeking his 14th term. Savary, a Democrat, co-founded the Newport Beach Women's Democratic Club in 2007 and has long been active on Balboa Island, where she lives. She also served on a city committee that worked to update Newport's city charter.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | April 8, 2014
John Hamilton expressed remorse and disappointment, yet pride during an interview Tuesday afternoon in his Newport Beach office. It's what happens when he announces Newport Sports Museum has closed its doors after 18 years and he will begin to sell its prized items. The founder of the museum, known for its cute scavenger hunt and free admission, cited reasons such as costs, his own health, wanting to spend more time with his family and a recent break-in to shutting down the place.
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By Bradley Zint | April 8, 2014
It's known among government types as the Santa Ana/Colleen Island, but to most passersby, it looks like another one of the tidy and tony neighborhoods scattered about Costa Mesa's Eastside or Newport Beach's Back Bay. But technically speaking, it's neither. The nearly 14-acre parcel - composed of 51 single-family homes and about 150 residents, most on Colleen Place and Vista Baya - is an unincorporated parcel of Orange County bordered by Costa Mesa and Newport. Though for most practical purposes, it's Costa Mesa.
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By Emily Foxhall and By Emily Foxhall | April 5, 2014
The old Newport Beach council chambers, which have sat largely vacant for more than a year, came to life once again on a recent Sunday. Mayor Rush Hill was not present to call the meeting to order. The voting buttons on the dais - "yes", "no" and "abs" - went unused. About 5 p.m., two hours earlier than a City Council meeting usually starts, attendees began filing into the rows of auditorium-style chairs. But they didn't pick up copies of council agendas as they entered, nor did they come prepared with notes for public comment.
SPORTS
April 5, 2014
Josh Hoyer, a Newport Harbor High alumnus, won the Graduated Division title and $500 at the 15th annual Newport Surf Classic March 30 at 54th Street in Newport Beach. The surf event, which featured about 180 surfers of all ages, was the fundraiser for the Newport Harbor High surf team. The Newport Harbor surf team hosted the event in conjunction with Volcom and Surfside. The event raised over $10,000. The competition along with the festive atmosphere during the two-day event also made it a success for the Newport Harbor surf team.
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By Hannah Fry | April 4, 2014
The state's political ethics watchdog found that Newport Beach councilman Mike Henn did not violate California's conflict-of-interest law when he championed the revitalization of Lido Village while acting as the city's mayor in 2011. The letter, published Thursday, ends a two-year investigation by the Fair Political Practices Commission into a complaint filed in 2012 by former Newport Beach Planning Commissioner Robert Hawkins, who is frequently critical of Newport's council. Henn said in a city news release that he is "glad to be completely vindicated in this matter.
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