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July 10, 1996 | ENRIQUE LAVIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
While restaurant owners Andrew and Charlene Crean were savoring the sights of Europe during a vacation last fall, their waterfront Italian eatery back home, the Villa Nova--an institution here for nearly three decades--was burning down. Curiously, when they finally heard the bad news the next day, the Creans were in the coastal town of Vilanova i la Geltru, Spain.
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July 10, 1996 | ENRIQUE LAVIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
While restaurant owners Andrew and Charlene Crean were savoring the sights of Europe during a vacation last fall, their waterfront Italian eatery back home, the Villa Nova--an institution here for nearly three decades--was burning down. Curiously, when they finally heard the bad news the next day, the Creans were in the coastal town of Vilanova i la Geltru, Spain.
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March 25, 1993 | JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Andrew Crean was growing up in Newport Beach in the late '60s, he knew the Villa Nova restaurant as a place where his folks hung out. The generation gap aside, he was fascinated by the place, now considered one of the toniest and most enduring landmarks in Newport Beach. "I knew it was a first-class place all along," said Crean, now 42. This week, he yielded to nostalgia and bought it.
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September 27, 1995 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A waterfront restaurant popular with Hollywood and sports luminaries was ravaged by flames early Tuesday, but no injuries were reported, authorities said. Flames as high as 20 feet shot from the Villa Nova Inc. restaurant, which has been a popular hub for socialites since it relocated to the Newport Beach harbor from the Sunset Strip in 1967.
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April 11, 1992 | CHRIS WOODYARD and JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Villa Nova restaurant, a local waterfront institution that has fed Orange County's well-heeled for 25 years, has filed for federal bankruptcy protection but plans to remain in business. "We felt it was time to reorganize our financial picture," said Charlotte Dale, who with her late husband, Allen, moved the Italian restaurant to Newport Beach in 1967 after 34 years in Hollywood. "The restaurant will not change."
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March 4, 1993 | ROSE APODACA, Rose Apodaca is a free-lance writer who contributes regularly to The Times Orange County Edition. and
The spread of karaoke machines has almost wiped out the piano bar, as parades of amateur singers, glassy-eyed at technology, have traded in live musicians for recorded tracks. But at the Villa Nova restaurant in Newport Beach, the piano bar tradition lives on, seven days a week. A snow-white Yamaha, with 88 keys and no electrical cords, takes center stage.
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September 27, 1995 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A waterfront restaurant popular with Hollywood and sports luminaries was ravaged by flames early Tuesday, but no injuries were reported, authorities said. Flames as high as 20 feet shot from the Villa Nova Inc. restaurant, which has been a popular hub for socialites since it relocated to the Newport Beach harbor from the Sunset Strip in 1967.
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September 3, 1994 | HOLLY J. WAGNER
Speak Up Newport will host a debate Wednesday on the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station transition to civilian use and proposals to build a commercial airport there. The community forum will conduct its general membership meeting at 5:30 p.m., followed by the 6:15 p.m. debate. The event is scheduled to include two speakers against and two in favor of the airport plan. Guests are welcome at the program, which will be at Villa Nova restaurant, 3131 W. Coast Highway. Information: (714) 542-4226.
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November 5, 1990
The Newport Beach Conservancy, a newly formed agency hoping to preserve open space and natural resources, will be the topic at the Wednesday meeting of Speak Up Newport. Councilwoman Jean H. Watt, one of the conservancy's founders, is the guest speaker and will introduce the board of directors. Speak Up Newport is a community group which meets monthly to discuss issues of importance to Newport Beach residents. The meeting will be held at Villa Nova restaurant, 3131 W. Coast Highway, at 5:30
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April 3, 1991
City utilities director Bob Dixon will explain water-rationing measures to be implemented later this month by the City Council during the Speak Up Newport monthly meeting tonight Dixon will discuss a 10-phase plan approved last month and what water customers can expect in the next six months. Speak Up Newport is a nonprofit organization that provides monthly public forums for discussion and presentation of issues in Newport Beach. Tonight's meeting, which begins at 6:15 p.m.
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March 25, 1993 | JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Andrew Crean was growing up in Newport Beach in the late '60s, he knew the Villa Nova restaurant as a place where his folks hung out. The generation gap aside, he was fascinated by the place, now considered one of the toniest and most enduring landmarks in Newport Beach. "I knew it was a first-class place all along," said Crean, now 42. This week, he yielded to nostalgia and bought it.
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March 4, 1993 | ROSE APODACA, Rose Apodaca is a free-lance writer who contributes regularly to The Times Orange County Edition. and
The spread of karaoke machines has almost wiped out the piano bar, as parades of amateur singers, glassy-eyed at technology, have traded in live musicians for recorded tracks. But at the Villa Nova restaurant in Newport Beach, the piano bar tradition lives on, seven days a week. A snow-white Yamaha, with 88 keys and no electrical cords, takes center stage.
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April 11, 1992 | CHRIS WOODYARD and JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Villa Nova restaurant, a local waterfront institution that has fed Orange County's well-heeled for 25 years, has filed for federal bankruptcy protection but plans to remain in business. "We felt it was time to reorganize our financial picture," said Charlotte Dale, who with her late husband, Allen, moved the Italian restaurant to Newport Beach in 1967 after 34 years in Hollywood. "The restaurant will not change."
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January 3, 1995 | ALAN EYERLY
Updates on local residential and commercial projects planned by the Irvine Co. will be presented Wednesday at a general membership meeting of Speak Up Newport, a nonprofit organization that provides a forum to explore community issues. Speaking that evening will be Irvine Co. Vice President Tom Redwitz and Coastal Community Builders Vice President Norm Webb.
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October 2, 1990
There will be two more forums this week for City Council candidates running in the Nov. 6 election. On Wednesday, Speak Up Newport will hold a forum in which all six candidates are expected to take part. Attending from the 1st District will be incumbent Donald A. Strauss and challenger John Hedges, a Balboa Peninsula resident and commercial airline pilot. Evelyn R. Hart, the incumbent from District 3, and her opponent, Jan Vandersloot, are also scheduled to attend.
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