June 7, 2012
Ron Schoenbaum, a Newport Coast Elementary head coach at the Daily Pilot Cup, had enough fourth-graders for gold and silver division teams, so he and coach Ken Recker chose a bronze team of exclusively second- and third-graders. An all-third-grade team could be risky, pitted against teams mixed with older girls, but the coaches hoped for a few wins by what appeared to be a talented group. That risky choice led to a record-breaking championship. The Newport Coast girls' team didn't allow a goal, outscoring opponents, 23-0, and went 5-0 to win the bronze Cup. No other team in this 2012 cup shut out all of its opponents.
January 17, 2002
Newport Coast residents can get up close and personal with representatives of their new city government on Feb. 2 at an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents can meet representatives from the city's Community Services, General Services, Public Works, Utilities, Police and Fire departments. Information about DARE, animal control, lifeguards and other services will be available. Children will get to see fire engines, police vehicles and other equipment that will serve the Newport Coast community.
August 4, 2001
Mathis Winkler NEWPORT BEACH -- It's not even part of the city yet, but city officials hope to convince Orange County supervisors to keep Newport Coast in the same district as the rest of the city. A redistricting plan tentatively approved by supervisors July 17 would give Newport Beach to 2nd District Supervisor James Silva, while leaving Newport Coast with 5th District Supervisor Tom Wilson, who currently represents the city. Because the city will likely annex the upscale neighborhood south of the city by next year, Mayor Gary Adams urged county officials to avoid creating a city with two supervisors in different areas.
April 3, 2002
Several back bones that were found in a Newport Coast area south of Pelican Hill on Sunday afternoon were determined to be animal bones, police said Tuesday. An officer working on speed enforcement in Newport Coast happened to spot the bones, with the ribs attached, about 2,500 feet south of Pelican Hill North, a police report said. The officer also spotted what he described as an "old blue sweatshirt" about 2 feet away from the bones. The Orange County coroner sent the bones to an anthropologist who determined the bones were "not human and recent," officials said.
August 31, 2012
With the sun shining and the ocean only steps away, the haze of lazy summer days can make it easy to forget not everyone lives this way. But a group of local kids got to meet someone who showed them how fortunate they are and made them want to help others like him. His name is Andrey, a 9-year-old Kyrgyzstani orphan. "We want to help the orphans and we want to help this kid, Andrey, get a new life," said 11-year-old Allyson Lobel of Newport Coast. "There's kids out there that don't have homes," said Gabby Brutman, 11, of Newport Beach.
September 23, 1999
Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT BEACH -- The City Council on Monday may take the first real step toward annexing the Newport Coast after more than a year of negotiations. Dave Kiff, deputy city manager, said staff will ask council members for permission to send out required notices to the public and affected agencies that the city intends to pursue an annexation of the 9,500-acre area. After that, the council could file a formal application with the Local Agency Formation Commission, the state-created body governing incorporations and annexations.
April 26, 2003
Paul Clinton Newport Coast's white-hot home market bolstered a mostly healthy increase in median-home values in March, a regional real estate group said Friday. In March, the value of the middle-range home grew 33.39% during the month in the down-coast section of Newport Beach, the California Assn. of Realtors reported. The mid-range home that was worth $856,500 a year ago is now worth $1.14 million. "It's one of the few areas where you can still find beachfront homes," said Robert Kleinhenz, a senior economist with the group.
September 4, 2002
June Casagrande Newport Coast homeowners will witness a rare sight when they open their county tax bills in about two months: a credit of anywhere from $80 to $3,000. After months of wrangling with the question of how to pay residents $1.2 million a year for 15 years as part of a pre-annexation agreement, city and county officials found a way to put the credit right on their tax bills. "The best way to pay it back was through the county," Assistant City Manager Dave Kiff explained.
January 21, 2002
June Casagrande NEWPORT COAST -- Dogs and their owners accustomed to running free in the park at San Joaquin Hills Road near Newport Ridge Drive woke up to an unpleasant surprise at the beginning of the year when they learned their unofficial dog park was officially off limits to dogs. Neighbors received notice earlier this month that the open space across from the under-construction shopping center was no longer open to dogs on or off leashes. And anyone who missed the notice no doubt still got the message upon arriving at the park where dispensers of dog-waste bags had been covered with signs saying dogs were no longer welcome.
December 22, 2009
Newport Coast resident Jim McGee spent thousands of hours over the course of several years negotiating an agreement for Newport Beach to annex the well-heeled Newport Coast area. The deal included about $50 million in benefits, paid out by Newport Beach, for the residents there. The deal went through in 2002, after a group of Newport Coast residents filed an unsuccessful lawsuit to try to halt the annexation. Today, McGee cites perks like faster response times from Newport Beach police and paramedics as reasons why he’s happy to call himself a Newport Beach resident today.