Welcome, Autumn!

Autumn conjures up images from my childhood, as I grew up in Indiana. The Midwest always started getting cooler in October, and the leaves blossomed into bright yellows, oranges, browns and reds. It was always a sight to soothe the soul, and, I must admit, I do miss that glorious panorama living in California. I do know, however, the leaves…

SeaChange Summer Party Great Success

With Valarie Van Cleave and Eve Kornyei Ruffatto chairing the 8th annual Oceana party, nearly $1 million was netted to benefit the nonprofit's Save the Oceans: Feed the World campaign. Special guest Jon Hamm, Oceana Ambassador January Jones and marine biologist and Ocean Champion Dr. Enric Sala only added to the allure. Photography by Ann Chatillon, Nick Koon, Ryan Miller

October 2015 Around Town

The Newport Beach City Arts Commission recently installed 10 new sculptures in the Civic Center Park Exhibition. The sculptures selected were among 81 submissions based on their artistic merit, durability, practicality and appropriateness. The grand opening, held on September 12, featured some of the artists and members of the Newport Beach Art Foundation taking visitors on walking tours of the…

An Icon Celebrates 50!

“This fall, Five Crowns will begin proudly celebrating our 50th anniversary here in Corona del Mar. We want to present a new menu offering guests a flexible dining experience---paying homage to the classics, while offering a much broader selection of starters, entrees, and family-style options. We want to let our guests create their own unique dining experience here at Five…

Adopting a Dog

October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog month. There are many factors that should be considered when setting out to adopt a dog. Although many successful adoptions are impulsive, there are many instances when they are not successful, and pets are returned.

Brewed to Perfection

On a warm Sunday afternoon in August, my husband and I ventured inland to Anaheim. In the past, we spent many nights marveling at the nightly firework spectacles at Disneyland and cheered for the Angels at their namesake stadium, but now there’s another reason to visit the heart of Orange County. The beer.

New Holistic, Innovative Approach To Cosmetic Dentistry

Health-related quality of life and well-being are new topic areas for the healthy people of today. The first concept is a multi-dimensional concept associated with physical, mental, emotional and social functioning. It goes beyond direct measures of population, health, life expectancy, and causes of death, and focuses on the impact health status has on quality of life. On the other…

Astoria at Central Park West Gala

More than 250 black-tie attired guests gathered in Irvine for the Expo 4 Life-produced event showcasing the 14-story luxury apartment community with multiple themed rooms. Event benefitted The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

India’s Golden Triangle

It was 7:30 in the morning. I was stretched into downward dog, and India’s saffron sun was already beginning to melt everything beneath it when a fight broke out between a splendid peacock and a pair of green parrots. The scuffle, which involved flailing of tempers and feathers, broke the serenity of the moment and even Das, our yoga and…

A Committed Lady

You can’t resist her smile. She lights up a room. To be honest, you can’t help but smile back and pretty much help Jerri Rosen, founder/CEO of Working Wardrobes, with whatever she might need. This remarkable lady doesn’t need to ask for help.


Santaniello Affiliates acts as the Engel & Völkers advisor for the area of Newport Beach, Newport Coast and Corona del Mar. Karen and Bryce Santaniello, a mother/son combination of experience, marketing and technology, represent the remarkable brand locally in Corona del Mar.

Creating a Legacy

It took Doug Freeman 40 trips to Washington, D.C. in five years and 4,000 letters to get the job done, and in 1986, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed November 15th as National Philanthropy Day. This November, according to the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), 130 communities across the U.S., Mexico and Canada will honor those who represent the spirit of giving…

Hoag’s Summer Classic Attracts 1,200

Themed Endless Summer Nights, the event chaired by Cindy Kansky was hosted by the Hoag Hospital Foundation and 552 Club. Saga Strings and The Long Run Eagles Tribute Band entertained; 30 fine restaurants provided delicious cuisine. Photography by Ketara Gadahn and John Watkins

Clambake Digs Up Funds for At-Risk Children

The Children's Bureau event at the Oak Creek Golf Club drew 200 guests and raised $145,000 for the nonprofit's child abuse prevention programs. The steak and lobster dinner, s'mores station, dancing to the Dwight Kennedy Band, and auctions made for a memorable evening. Photography Ann Chatillon

21st Annual Women in Business Awards

Celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of women in the community, the Orange County Business Journal's luncheon honored five extraordinary female professionals with a crowd of 800 at the Hotel Irvine. Photography by Laurel Hungerford and Teresa Taylor