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    HS Principal Takes Position at Palos Verdes Schools

    HS Principal Takes Position at Palos Verdes Schools

    By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Saying she took a “significant decrease” in salary, Laguna Beach High School principal Joanne Culverhouse confirmed that she is the new assistant superintendent of educational services at Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. She starts next Thursday. After a week’s vacation in Hawaii, the well-liked principal said Wednesday she’s […]

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    Council Puts Wheels in Motion for Bike Safety

    Council Puts Wheels in Motion for Bike Safety

    By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Just three weeks after about 200 cyclists and pedestrians rallied at City Hall advocating safer passage through town, city officials seem poised to act. At their meeting last week, Council members approved new bike racks and signage at the Pepper Tree parking lot and also agreed to officially endorse […]

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    El Nino Forecasts Propel Storm Readiness

    El Nino Forecasts Propel Storm Readiness

    By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Due in part to higher-than-normal ocean temps, monsoon weather normally blocked by the mountain ridges managed to cross into Southern California this summer. The resulting thunderstorms created lightning that killed a man in Venice Beach in July and flash floods that claimed the life of a motorist and destroyed […]

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    A Bond Forged in Salt Water

    A Bond Forged in Salt Water

    By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy With blowing rain lowering air temperatures to 50 degrees, Laguna Beach residents Thomas Hale and his daughter Faith, wearing only swim suits, literally shook with cold while aboard a boat bobbing in choppy, black seas under the Golden Gate Bridge last Saturday, Aug. 9. When they finally plunged into […]

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    Newcomers Join Race for School Board

    Newcomers Join Race for School Board

    By Rita Robinson | LB Indy At the 11th hour deadline, two newcomers officially became candidates for the Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Directors, meeting the Orange County Registrar’s Wednesday filing deadline. Carol Normandin will join another first-time contender, Annette Gibson, and two other candidates in vying for three positions available on the […]

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    Madison Leads in Campaign Donations

    Madison Leads in Campaign Donations

    By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Restaurant owner Jon Madison so far leads the pack of Laguna Beach City Council candidates with $45,923 in campaign cash as of July 31. Planning commission member Robert Zur Schmiede comes in second with $27,554, followed by incumbent Kelly Boyd at $16,116, and Michele Hall, who reported $2,109 in […]

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    Indy Calendar

    Indy Calendar

    Friday, Aug. 22   Kalama Brothers, 6 p.m. Cliff Restaurant’s Fireside Theater. 577 S. Coast Hwy. 949-494-1956 Space Oddity, 8 p.m., The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949 496-8930 Nick I and ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777 Saturday, Aug. 23 Farmers Market, Lumberyard Parking Lot next to […]

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    Festival Of Arts Events

    Festival Of Arts Events

    Last Chance for Chocolate and Song The “Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate” series concludes with a performance by Billy Valentine from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 at the Festival of the Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. Sample a wide variety of Kendall-Jackson wines expertly selected to compliment and enhance the nuanced flavor of high-end chocolates […]

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    Hear the Sounds of Summer

    Hear the Sounds of Summer

      A live performance, Sunday Aug., by Quattro a jazz fusion band wraps up the Sunday in Park series at the Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. Showtime is from 2-4 and admission is free with Festival ticket $6-$10.

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    Art-A-Fair Offers Free Admission

    Art-A-Fair Offers Free Admission

    Listen to live music, enjoy fine cuisine and watch 125 juried artists and master craftsmen at work in their booths at Art-A-Fair, 777 Laguna Canyon Rd. Season passes are $4.50 -$7.50 Hours are 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Thur.- Sun. and 10 a.m.- 10 p.m.Fri. and Sat. On closing weekend and Customer Appreciation Weekend, Saturday, […]

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    Indy Travels Into the Wild, the West and Beyond

    Indy Travels Into the Wild, the West and Beyond

    We welcome a photo from your adventures exploring far-flung destinations. Pack the Indy and send along a high resolution image with a caption about the backdrop to [email protected]    

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    Exploring the Backyard Wilderness

    Exploring the Backyard Wilderness

    Photos and story by Ron Chilcote Above El Morro Elementary School, at Laguna Beach’s northern edge, is a trail access entrance to the upper portion of Crystal Cove State Park. Those who hike the trail that leads up into El Moro Canyon are confronted with a diversion to the south, the Moro Ridge Spur, the […]

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    Fashion Dazzles With Re-Imagined Fabrics

    Fashion Dazzles With Re-Imagined Fabrics

    By Loreen Berlin, Special to the Independent The sixth-annual Runway Fashion Show at the Festival of Arts astonished spectators with garments re-imagined from used, re-used and recycled items worn by gorgeous, sensuous models. Artist exhibitors, who devised the innovative designs, earned $1,000 prizes in four categories and the People’s Choice Award. The most creative concept […]

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    A Glimpse of a Coastal Jewel

    A Glimpse of a Coastal Jewel

    Photos by Ron Chilcote With the reopening of the Emerald Canyon Trail in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park this month, we figured readers might enjoy a glimpse into what some consider the jewel of the coastal canyons. Emerald Canyon Trail begins at the top of Bommer Ridge, a less than hour’s hike from Laguna Canyon […]

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    HS Principal Takes Position at Palos Verdes Schools

    HS Principal Takes Position at Palos Verdes Schools

    By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Saying she took a “significant decrease” in salary, Laguna Beach High School principal Joanne Culverhouse confirmed that she is the new assistant superintendent of educational services at Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. She starts next Thursday. After a week’s vacation in Hawaii, the well-liked principal said Wednesday she’s […]

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    Street Beat

    Street Beat

    Tuesday, Aug 12 Property. 500 block Forest Avenue, 10 a.m. A citizen brought ammunition to the police department to be destroyed. Traffic collision. Laguna Canyon Road at the dog park. 10 a.m. Medics were called, one vehicle was towed from the scene. Traffic collision. 10 a.m. An OCTA bus traveling north on Coast Highway hit […]

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    Indy Travels Into the Wild, the West and Beyond

    Indy Travels Into the Wild, the West and Beyond

    We welcome a photo from your adventures exploring far-flung destinations. Pack the Indy and send along a high resolution image with a caption about the backdrop to [email protected]    

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    Science Brings Clarity to Shifting Shores

    Science Brings Clarity to Shifting Shores

    Each and every day, waves move sand back and forth, onto and away from beaches. The thin ribbon of sandy barrier islands and beaches along America’s coastline shifts constantly, especially during hurricanes, nor’easters, and other extreme storms. How vulnerable is your favorite beach if a hurricane like Katrina, Ike, or Sandy paid a visit? What […]

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    An Englishman Abroad… Reflections On Laguna

    An Englishman Abroad… Reflections On Laguna

    By Richard Grice When I arrived at Laguna Beach, I stood on the high cliffs gazing out across the ocean toward the shadowy outline of Catalina Island. This was the end of the road. The last stop on a journey of classical western culture, which started 2700 years ago when the ancient Greeks founded the […]

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    Correction:

    Correction:

    The article “Madison Leads in Campaign Donations” in the Aug. 15 edition noted that Mayor Elizabeth Pearson made a campaign contribution to Jon Madison, based on the candidates’ financial disclosures for the period ending June 30. The disclosed documents omitted to indicate that Pearson also made a donation to the campaign of incumbent Council member […]

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    Understanding the Value of Patience During Crisis

    Understanding the Value of Patience During Crisis

      The phone rang at 8 p.m. “We need you to go to our client’s office first thing in the morning,” said the insurance agent. “Their CEO was just killed in a plane crash.” I went online and watched horrific TV news coverage of a fiery crash of a private plane at a local airport. […]

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    Culverhouse is a Huge Loss

    Culverhouse is a Huge Loss

    Editor, Just wishing Culverhouse well is not enough. Our School Board’s statements on the departure of the LBHS Principal fail to give expression to the significance of this unexpected change, and the loss it portends for what little continuity and stability there has been in stewardship of our public schools. A more honest acknowledgment that […]

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    Ways to Save on Dorm Room Essentials

    Ways to Save on Dorm Room Essentials

    By StatePoint news service. College tuition may be costly, but outfitting your collegiate student with dorm décor, apparel and gear to support a great academic year doesn’t have to be. With care, college students and their parents can make back to school preparations a wallet-friendly experience. The discount experts at Dollar General are offering some […]

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    Colleges Pay Heed to Depression

    Colleges Pay Heed to Depression

    By Jeremy Bamidele, Special to the Independent The recent string of school shootings has inspired school administrators to start taking a closer look at mental illness and the dangers it causes when left unchecked. Mental illness is not static; it progresses with time. We live in an interconnected world; consequently, we do not have the luxury […]

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    Grant Fuels Big Dreams

    Grant Fuels Big Dreams

    Monica Magana, 21, was one of two Laguna College of Art and Design students who received the Festival of Arts Foundation Scholarship for 2013-2014. These funds allowed her to stay on track for graduation in 2015. “When I first toured campus, I knew this was the place,” she said. “But when I was accepted, my […]

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    Class Notes

    Class Notes

    Local Families Sought to Host Exchange Students The ASSE International Student Exchange Program is seeking local host families for international high school boys and girls 15 to 18 years old for the upcoming high school year or semester.  They are conversant in English and anxious to learn about this country through living with a local […]

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    Science Brings Clarity to Shifting Shores

    Science Brings Clarity to Shifting Shores

    Each and every day, waves move sand back and forth, onto and away from beaches. The thin ribbon of sandy barrier islands and beaches along America’s coastline shifts constantly, especially during hurricanes, nor’easters, and other extreme storms. How vulnerable is your favorite beach if a hurricane like Katrina, Ike, or Sandy paid a visit? What […]

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    Meet the Potential Decision Makers

    Meet the Potential Decision Makers

    Attend a  forum with City Council candidates at 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 25 in the council chambers, 505 Forest Ave.  The candidates will introduce themselves and answer questions posed by the local press. Audience members will be able to ask questions by submitting a communication card to the moderator during the course of the evening. […]

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    Arts Students Benefit from Grant

    Arts Students Benefit from Grant

    The Festival of Arts was awarded a $2,000 grant by the Festival of Arts Foundation making it possible to host 270 seventh and eighth grade students participating in the Pacific Symphony’s summer arts immersion program, Arts-X-Press. The students enjoyed complimentary hands-on art workshops and instruction in printmaking, scratch art and ceramics at the Festival’s Art Center. […]

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    Martha McCluskey

    Martha McCluskey

    A gracious lady, wife, mother, grandmother with two great grandsons, Martha McCluskey died in her beach cottage and entered eternal rest with the loving God and His people at age 82. She was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Florence and Hiram Webster.  Her family moved to California in the 1940s. Martie had an amazing gift for finding […]

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