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Comedian Draws a Crowd

Fans of comedian, author, and television personality Kathy Griffin lined up around the block for a chance to chat and have their picture taken with the author visiting at Laguna Beach Books last week. An estimated 350 fans turned out in Laguna, creating a party-like atmosphere at...

Caring Community Organizes for Homeless Breakfast

The ninth annual Homeless Christmas Breakfast, held on Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, brought the spirit of Christmas giving, complete with breakfast, gifts, and entertainment, to its guests. The event was organized by the Laguna Resource Center and...

Weather or Not

Highlights of 2009 By Dennis McTighe     Hottest Days: 93° – Aug. 28, Nov. 3 Coldest Nights: 34° – Jan. 8, Dec. 21 Strongest Wind: 47 m.p.h. from the WNW on Monday, Dec. 14 Highest Barometer: 30.32 inches on Nov. 3 Lowest: 29.53 inches on Dec. 14 Warmest...

Civic-Minded Citizens Needed for Grand Jury

Application Deadline January 8, 2010 The Orange County Superior Court is urgently seeking applicants to serve on the 2010-2011 grand jury as applications have nosedived by 50 percent compared to last year’s applicant pool of 208. The application deadline is Jan. 8. Grand jurors...

Mothers Share Their Sandwich-Generation Secrets

An educational and informative program devoted to mother-daughter communication will be held on Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach. Three speakers, all mothers of daughters and all trained professionals, will share practical information and answer question...

Alternative Market Reaps Gifts to Nonprofits

Patrons of the fifth annual Alternative Christmas Market, sponsored by the Neighborhood Congregational Church’s JOY (Justice, Outreach and You) Ministry, contributed $6,079 to 14 organizations with their purchses. The tally follows: American Friends Service Committee, 26 bottles...

Debutante

Laguna Beach’s Elizabeth Volpicelli was presented by her father, Louis, at the 60th anniversary of the Coronet Debutante Ball at a Beverly Hills hotel in November. Proceeds from the ball go to National Charity League, which supports several philanthropies including Head Start.

Follow the Science

Editor: 
Mr. Reckas’s article “Scientists, Anglers’ Views Cloud the Route Towards a Marine Reserve,” Dec. 25 edition,  took a lot of space to say our fisheries are depleted.  After reading the story, I got out my calculator and found out only 25 percent of our white sea bass...

Caltrans Schedule Favors Business, Ignores Residents

Editor, What a treat to learn that Caltrans would be doing overnight work during Christmas week! Imagine the paychecks that must generate when four people stand around one traffic cone while one worker completes a task!  I so look forward to more lights, noise and work outside...

Gratitude for Unstinting Support

Editor,             I wanted to take a moment and write to you about a few exemplary individuals within our community whom I think deserve a little extra attention for their unsolicited and truly magnanimous actions over the past two weeks. I’m speaking specifically of Ivan...

A Stocking Full of Praise

Editor, Just wondering … Does everyone know the work that Sande St. John is doing here in Laguna? How many people she has helped? She is what Laguna beach has always been about: helping others. Sande you rock! Roger Carter’s letter (“A Scrooge of a Different Sort,” Dec. 25)...

A Plea to the ‘Unchurched’

Editor:    Here is a New Year resolution for about 15 percent of Laguna Beach residents to consider.  The 15 percent are those who do not associate with the 19 or so faith organizations that the remaining 85 percent of Laguna Beach residents associate with.  They are whom I call...

Our Letter Policy

E-mail letters to: [email protected] Letters to the Editor serve as an important Laguna forum. This paper will provide space to nearly all who wish to express their opinion, but due to space constraints we ask letter writers to limit their topics to local concerns. Letters should...

Village Matters

Ten Percent into a New Century     Far away from Laguna, into a different life, a life of family that takes us in when we are orphans of Christmas time. Stories of love and sadness, of imperfect childhoods making new patterns in fresh lives that could have been more...

Hometown Girl Competes in World Surf Championships

Laguna Beach High School junior Taylor Pitz was selected for the 12-member traveling PacSun USA Surf Team for the 2010 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships, in the girls under 18 division. The championships will be held Jan. 18 to 28 in Piha, New Zealand. What...