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It’s National Dog Day Today!

California Flag with Dog, credit unknown

Today is National Dog Day! My first dog was a stray poodle we adopted called “Licker” because when we found him he was so grateful, he kept licking everyone for the next several months. My second dog was a stray black lab that we named “Baby”, because she was so young when we first saw her (she was running with …

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DUI Saturation Patrols, TONIGHT

Friday, between 8pm and 2am, there will be DUI Saturation Patrols throughout the city, and concentrated in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests. The cost of a ride home is cheap. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and other expenses that …

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Curl Fitness to Re-Open under New Ownership

An eagle-eyed local, SaveNewporter Gene Robertson, saw a sign on the Curl Fitness doors about a reopening under new ownership.  Immediately, I contacted the former owner, Jill (not the ones who recently had the suspicious shutdown on July 9th), and asked her if she might be coming back in to run the place. She said she wasn’t– but she *is* …

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Perseid Meteor Shower Tonight (It’s gonna be quite a show, too)

Tonight is the last “big night” to see the Perseid Meteor Showers. August 9-13 are the peak nights to watch the Perseid meteor shower (but tonight is really “the big night”!).  The moon will come out at 6:08pm and will set at 4:24am, so it will cause some light pollution, but our prospects for clear weather are good, so we …

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The 13th Annual Hi-Time’s Chili Cook-off SUNDAY

Sunday, August 11th is the the day the world-famous Hi Time Wine Cellar Chili Cookoff is happens, from noon until 5pm! The 13th annual celebration goes to benefit the Boys and Girls Club in the harbor area.  Last year, the event raised over $25,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Central Orange County!  Hopes are this year will even surpass that! Admission is …

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Democrats Officially Overpower Republicans in Orange County

As if last year’s election wasn’t a wake-up call for Republicans that Democrats are no longer sleeping on the job, today, the number of registered voters in “The Great Red County” has– for the first time since the Nixon Era– flipped. It is a common statement that the biggest partisan-donor ZIP code in the US is “92660”– and they almost …

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Helmsman Ale House Opens at Old Newport BrewCo Location

Last Friday (when I was in a family reunion in Boston!) the Helmsman Ale House officially opened. They had been doing some soft openings prior to the official opening of the doors in order to iron out any kinks– even though the event I was invited to about 2 weeks ago seemed flawless to me. Their food is fantastic.  Those …

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Bike Theft on the Rise on Balboa Peninsula

Recently, Newport’s bike theft has seemingly been on the rise.  We’ve issued a Public Document Request Act submission to confirm the numbers, and we are still awaiting the results.  However, it’s worth reminding everyone to always lock your bikes up with something more than a standard coil lock. A few years ago, my coil lock rusted out.  I used a …

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Police Tell Public They Enter Bars, Ask Patrons to Take Breathalizers, And Claim it is Not a Scare Tactic

Police are once again revving up the PR battle against drinking tonight, just as they did back in 2015 when Diane Dixon attempted to shut down all bars at 11pm when she was mayor the first time.  On her second-run as mayor, they are sending them out again (to be fair, the police did spurts of this in-between, but not nearly …

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Tavern House Opens, in the Location Previously Home to 3Thirty3

Tavern House Comp Photo By Mike Glenn

As 3Thirty3 leaves us, we do get to celebrate the opening of a new restaurant in the same location.  The Tavern House has officially opened, starting today at 5pm with weekday happy hours from 5pm to 6pm, and weekend brunch from 10am to 3pm.  Surely to be a success, you can call for reservations at 949.673.8464 for sure-seats or a larger …

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