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    Bikeways on Trial in Widower’s Suit

    Bikeways on Trial in Widower’s Suit

    By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy For his own safety, former Olympic cyclist and bike shop owner Paul Deem would rather cycle through the stop-and-go traffic of downtown Los Angeles than the wide-open roadways of Orange County, where motorists expect to accelerate to highway speeds on four and six-lane parkways. “Bicyclists are in the way,” […]

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    What Next for Mozambique?

    What Next for Mozambique?

    By Randy Kraft, Special to the Independent Mozambique’s restaurant main floor dining area, voluntarily closed last year in lieu of opening rooftop dining, will not reopen anytime soon. The Planning Commission last week unanimously denied such a proposal by Zambique Properties, LLC. Architect Marshall Innins devised an elaborate plan to satisfy the city’s parking requirements […]

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    Hurricane Devastates Sister City

    Hurricane Devastates Sister City

    By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association President Karyn Philippsen was on a plane returning from England this past Monday just as Hurricane Odile slammed the Baja California peninsula of Mexico, unleashing 125 mile per hour wind and rain on the tourist-thronged resort area. She and 17 other emissaries had just […]

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    133, More than A Winding Road

    133, More than A Winding Road

    By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Imagine gathering together eight of your favorite local musicians, each with big talent and often a big personality (some strong and brooding, some strong and loud), most of whom you’ve known a good part of your life, and creating a new band? First, you’ve got to have some bucks […]

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    Utility Pole Removal OK’d in Woods Cove

    Utility Pole Removal OK’d in Woods Cove

    By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Karen Klammer calculates that dedicated volunteers put in about 1,000 hours over the past 18 months to obtain the necessary support of 60 percent of Woods Cove property owners to establish an assessment district. Yard signs throughout the area spoke to their diligence in pursuit of undergrounding their utility […]

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    Utility Pole Removal OKd in Woods Cove

    Utility Pole Removal OKd in Woods Cove

    Karen Klammer calculates that dedicated volunteers put in about 1,000 hours over the past 18 months to obtain the necessary support of 60 percent of Woods Cove property owners to establish an assessment district. Yard signs throughout the area spoke to their diligence in pursuit of undergrounding their utility poles. Those hours paid off when […]

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    Museum’s Festival Marries Art With Nature

    Museum’s Festival Marries Art With Nature

    By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy Performance art, exhibitions on renowned environmental artist Lita Albuquerque and marble carvings of Elizabeth Turk, an already sold-out secret culinary soiree and lecture on naturalist John Muir highlight Laguna Art Museum’s Art & Nature exposition in November. Museum director Malcolm Warner promised at the inaugural event last year to […]

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    Concert’s Grace Notes Aim for Inner Peace

    Concert’s Grace Notes Aim for Inner Peace

    The Healing Touch Ministry of the Neighborhood Congregational Church invites the public to a complimentary 7 p.m. performance of music, dance and meditation by the One Heart, One World music ensemble Saturday, Sept. 27. The concert’s movement and instrumentation is intended to elicit states of peace, balance and inner harmony. Members of the ensemble will be […]

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    On the Table

    On the Table

    Fall Menu Reflects Seasonal Ingredients Diners at Driftwood Kitchen can look forward to the season’s freshest ingredients on a menu with butternut squash, alba truffles, collard greens, water chestnuts, and borlotti beans says Chef Rainer Schwarz, a partner in the restaurant that opened in June at the former site of the Beach House on 619 Sleepy […]

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     Hurricane Lowell Brings Big Waves, Near-record Numbers to 51st Brooks

    Hurricane Lowell Brings Big Waves, Near-record Numbers to 51st Brooks

    By Robert Campbell | LB Indy   The long arms of Hurricane Lowell, spinning just off the coast of Baja California, pushed overhead southern swells into Laguna Beach last weekend, setting up near-perfect conditions for the 51st edition of the Brooks Street Surfing Classic, a two-day event billed as the world’s longest running surfing contest. […]

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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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    Weekends for the Four-footed

    Weekends for the Four-footed

    Come for the Dogs, Stay for the Chili The Laguna Board of Realtors will hold their 18th annual Pet Parade and Chili Cook-off at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at Tivoli Too, 777 Laguna Canyon Rd. Amateur and aspiring chefs will vie for the best chili award while pet owners of all ages can enter […]

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    Bikeways on Trial in Widower’s Suit

    Bikeways on Trial in Widower’s Suit

    By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy For his own safety, former Olympic cyclist and bike shop owner Paul Deem would rather cycle through the stop-and-go traffic of downtown Los Angeles than the wide-open roadways of Orange County, where motorists expect to accelerate to highway speeds on four and six-lane parkways. “Bicyclists are in the way,” […]

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    What Next for Mozambique?

    What Next for Mozambique?

    By Randy Kraft, Special to the Independent Mozambique’s restaurant main floor dining area, voluntarily closed last year in lieu of opening rooftop dining, will not reopen anytime soon. The Planning Commission last week unanimously denied such a proposal by Zambique Properties, LLC. Architect Marshall Innins devised an elaborate plan to satisfy the city’s parking requirements […]

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    Hurricane Devastates Sister City

    Hurricane Devastates Sister City

    By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association President Karyn Philippsen was on a plane returning from England this past Monday just as Hurricane Odile slammed the Baja California peninsula of Mexico, unleashing 125 mile per hour wind and rain on the tourist-thronged resort area. She and 17 other emissaries had just […]

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    Pet Peeves

    Pet Peeves

    I Yam What I Yam I yam what I yam. I’m not Popeye the Sailorman. I’m not strong to the finish because I won’t eat my spinach, and, ah, I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for another beer today. I’m Pet Peeves’ the wimpy, complaining man. Moan. Moan. Wow, there was big news in the Indy […]

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    Guest Column

    Guest Column

    It’s a Matter of Perspective By Ari Grayson ~ It’s human nature to see things only from our own personal perspective, but this parable illustrates how shortsighted this can be. A lumberjack is walking through the woods when he spots a grove of big beautiful hard-wood trees. Just as he’s about to fell the first […]

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    Integrity Now Overshadows the Election

    Integrity Now Overshadows the Election

    Editor, Jon Madison needs to document his claims of an Ivy League Ph.D., UCLA law degree, and membership in the California Bar. He deserves respect for his business and philanthropic endeavors, and those probably would have been sufficient to ensure his election, without the degrees. It’s not about degrees. It’s about integrity. In Laguna, integrity […]

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    Falsehoods Undermine Democracy

    Falsehoods Undermine Democracy

    Editor, Democracy, particularly its election process, is endangered in the ongoing City Council campaign. Betrayal of the public trust and fairness are also at issue. All three of these matters are intertwined and emblazoned in the council candidacy of a man known as Jon Madison. The Orange County Register checked into these matters and recently […]

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    Coach Taps His Roots to Help Team Plant Their Own

    Coach Taps His Roots to Help Team Plant Their Own

    By Robert Campbell | LB Indy Laguna Beach High’s cross country teams last week traveled in Little Falls, Minn., where the girls put on an impressive early season display in winning the 49th annual Lucky Lindy Invitational 68-92 over Hopkins, a 2,200-student school from Minnetonka. “I thought it was an awesome way to start the […]

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    High School Sports Update

    High School Sports Update

    University Spoils Home Opener – 37-10 By Frank Aronoff | LB Indy Breaker miscues led to early Trojan points in the contest played Friday, Sept. 12, at Guyer Field. Still Laguna was in the contest until the final seconds of the first half when the visitors connected on a one-play 79-yard bomb to kill the […]

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    Aquathon Holds Mystique for Novice and Veterans Alike

    Aquathon Holds Mystique for Novice and Veterans Alike

    By Robert Campbell | LB Indy After event organizer Gary Cogorno made his traditional mock announcement that the annual Aquathon was cancelled, several hundred ocean enthusiasts headed for the rocky point at the south end of Emerald Bay last Sunday, Sept. 14, to begin a surf and turf trek that for most wouldn’t end until […]

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    High School Sports Update

    High School Sports Update

    By Frank Aronoff | LB Indy Girls Golf (0-4) Breakers dropped a 206-248 match to Aliso Niguel on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Aliso Viejo CC and concluded their non-league matches this past Tuesday hosting Dana Hills at home at The Ranch. League play begins on Sept. 24 at Costa Mesa. Girls Volleyball (1-6) Laguna is […]

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    Weekends for the Four-footed

    Weekends for the Four-footed

    Come for the Dogs, Stay for the Chili The Laguna Board of Realtors will hold their 18th annual Pet Parade and Chili Cook-off at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at Tivoli Too, 777 Laguna Canyon Rd. Amateur and aspiring chefs will vie for the best chili award while pet owners of all ages can enter […]

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    Benefits and Benefactors

    Benefits and Benefactors

    Night at the Ranch, a Surprising Success The inaugural Night at the Ranch fundraiser welcomed over 200 guests with a farm-to-table outdoor dinner served family style and musical acts set amid a eucalyptus grove. Altogether, the event earlier this month raised $65,000 for the Boys & Girls Club, three times as much as organizers expected. […]

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    Make a Difference By Cleaning Up the Coast

    Make a Difference By Cleaning Up the Coast

    The public is invited to join California’s largest beach cleanup of the year —from Aliso Creek Beach to Main Beach in Laguna Beach – as part of the annual California Coastal Cleanup Day Saturday, Sept. 20. Gloves and cleanup bags will be provided from 9-11 a.m. at four cleanup stations in town, issued by the […]

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    Jews Welcome a New Year

    Jews Welcome a New Year

    Chabad Jewish Center plans Rosh Hashanah services and a workshop in the next week, marking the beginning of the Jewish new year 5775. At a 7 p.m. cooking class in a private home on Sunday, Sept. 21, cook Mazal Yuditsky introduces participants to Rosh Hashanah foods and customs from Morocco, Turkey, and elsewhere. Bring traditions […]

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