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My 24 Hours in Newport: Jason and Gorjana Reidel

Husband-and-wife team Jason and Gorjana Reidel, of local jewelry brand gorjana, share how they got started in the business, as well as their inspirations and favorite places in town. By Sharon Stello   After immigrating to the United States from the former Yugoslavia by way of Canada and earning a marketing degree...

Fostering Love

Paw Prints in the Sand Animal Rescue gives at-risk animals a second chance. By Katherine Duncan   When Kelly Reeves saw a photo of a pug puppy with the caption, “OC Single, Ready to Mingle,” it was love at first sight. To adopt the pup, the next step was to meet her...

A Solid Foundation

HGTV star Tarek El Moussa talks about flipping houses, cancer and his happiest new commitments. By Ashley Breeding   When “Flip or Flop” premiered on HGTV in 2013, co-hosts and then-real-life couple Tarek El Moussa and Christina Haack held viewers in suspense as they rehabbed a ramshackle house in La Mirada that...

My 24 Hours in Newport: Scott Boatwright

Scott Boatwright, Newport resident and chief restaurant officer at Chipotle Mexican Grill, reveals some of his favorite date night spots and ways to get outdoors. By Ashley Ryan   Living in Newport Beach is a dream for many—one that came true for local resident Scott Boatwright just over four years ago when...

A Novel Idea

High school student Gabriella Ganem founded Kidzstack to provide local children with essential reading materials, and to inspire a love for the written word. By Katherine Duncan   The 3,000-mile distance between Gabriella Ganem and her grandmother didn’t keep them apart and, ultimately, it led to a nonprofit that is benefiting children...

On the Right Path

The TGR Foundation and Find Your Grind partner to help students identify their passions, skills and possible careers that can lead them down the road to success. By Sharon Stello   As a student, figuring out what you’re passionate about and what career you want to pursue can be a difficult task....

My 24 Hours in Newport: Catherine Dickinson

Catherine Dickinson, the new education director at Sherman Library & Gardens, talks about community outreach during a pandemic and her go-to spots in town. By Sharon Stello   This past fall, Sherman Library & Gardens hired Catherine Dickinson as its first education director and she’s already hit the ground running with a...

Arts Advocate

Philanthropist Bill Gillespie was a longtime supporter of dance, music and other creative endeavors in Orange County. By Tanya A. Yacina   When asked about the late Bill Gillespie, his dear friends and colleagues agree: He was a remarkable individual who was kind and generous to all that he loved. A Laguna...

On the Road Again

The ongoing pandemic has spurred a resurgence of drive-in movies and other car-based experiences in the region. By Sharon Stello   Over the years, drive-in movies went the way of rotary phones and full-service gas stations: Almost all disappeared, with only a few still standing as relics of the past. But, when...

Streets to Success

The plight of abandoned and abused boys in Uganda has come closer to home thanks to the efforts of a Newport Beach resident who’s determined to help them better their lives.