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Archive for December, 2010

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Preparing for the Next Onslaught

Preparing for the Next Onslaught

Even as flood-wary residents monitor weather forecasts and hope to avoid a repeat of last week’s destruction, city officials are tallying damage to 30 homes and 59 businesses, estimating $10.2 million in storm damage from the Dec. 22 deluge, the worst in several years. “Unfortunately, this was just the first significant storm of the 2010-11 […]

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Preparing for the Next Onslaught

Preparing for the Next Onslaught

Even as flood-wary residents monitor weather forecasts and hope to avoid a repeat of last week’s destruction, city officials are tallying damage to 30 homes and 59 businesses, estimating $10.2 million in storm damage from the Dec. 22 deluge, the worst in several years. “Unfortunately, this was just the first significant storm of the 2010-11 […]

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Streat Beat

Streat Beat

Arrest Made in Mail Thefts Laguna police arrested a Santa Ana woman for suspicion of mail theft after they found correspondence from several people in her possession. A witness told police he observed a woman going through several mailboxes in the 2200 block of S. Coast Highway, Sgt. Louise Callus said. Officers who responded found […]

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Resolve to Exercise

Resolve to Exercise

By Brian Wisely New Year’s Eve has always been a time look back over the past and ahead to the coming year, to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make, and to resolve to follow through on them. One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to stick with an exercise […]

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Auto Racer Tests His Mettle in Formula 3

Auto Racer Tests His Mettle in Formula 3

Laguna Beach resident and auto racer Michael Lewis completed four successful days of testing with the PREMA Powerteam Formula 3 Italia program in Spain at the Barcelona and Valencia racetracks earlier this month. Lewis recorded excellent times overall, including the fastest times in certain categories, and showed improvement over the course of the testing, according to Rene Rosin, PREMA Powerteam principal.

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LBHS Winter Sports Update

LBHS Winter Sports Update

Breakers Win in Triple OT Thriller By Frank Aronoff Boys Basketball (7-5) Laguna won their opening game in the annual Century Holiday Classic with a 47-43 triple overtime thriller over the Beckman Patriots this past Monday night at Century High School.   Playing tough defense, Laguna overcame their early shooting problems in the field with […]

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Athletes Receive End-of-Season Kudos

Athletes Receive End-of-Season Kudos

By Frank Aronoff | LB Indy Boys Cross Country Orange Coast League Champions, 7th SSCIF D-IV, 7th State D-IV All-League: Matt Neeve, Jeff White, Ryan Jones, Aaron Swartz All-SS CIF: Matt Neeve   Girls Cross Country Orange Coast League Champions, SSCIF D-IV 12th All-League: Natasha Strickland   Football 4th – Orange Coast League (2-3 League, […]

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Laguna Students to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Laguna Students to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Two Laguna Beach High School students, Sarah Busic and Karina Parker, have been selected to perform at Carnegie Hall for the 2011 American High School Honors Performance Series this February. Following fall auditions, Busic and Parker were accepted for the Honors Performance Series after a review by a selection committee. To select finalists for this […]

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Get Out of the House

Get Out of the House

Rain and Ice By Rebecca Meekma   We were lucky last week. No leaks or flooding chez Meekma (with husband in the water and mold remediation business, I should hope so!)  But many of our fellow Lagunans were not so lucky. Many in our town faced hardships last week and will continue to deal with […]

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Goodwill Thrives Among Students

Goodwill Thrives Among Students

This past holiday season all four public schools made good on the district’s commitment to make community service part of student education. Through various endeavors, students participated in everything from food drives and toy drives, to charity fundraisers and cleaning up the environment.

A friendly grade-level competition at Laguna Beach High School resulted in the collection of 1,500 pounds of food for Costa Mesa’s Someone Cares Soup Kitchen. For every pound of food donated, students received a raffle ticket for prizes donated by local businesses. The senior class won the competition by donating over 700 pounds of food.

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SchoolPower Honored for Outreach Efforts

SchoolPower Honored for Outreach Efforts

SchoolPower won the Apple Award for Programs and Outreach at the California Consortium of Education Foundations conference held earlier this month. SchoolPower was honored for its outreach program, which included the valuable SchoolPower Student Directory, the newsletter mailed to all district families, and the Dodgeball Tournament. “We realized that even though SchoolPower has been around […]

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Avoiding Underage Drinking on New Year’s Eve

Avoiding Underage Drinking on New Year’s Eve

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence-Orange County/Community Alliance Network is urging parents and adults to host responsible New Year’s Eve parties.

According to the 2008 California Healthy Kids Survey, 74 percent of 11th graders and 59 percent of ninth-graders across Orange County report that it is easy to get alcohol, which is reported to be the most abused substance among local youth.

The organization offers parents the following guidelines to keep teens safe and prevent underage drinking:

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Volunteers Vital to Flood Cleanup

Volunteers Vital to Flood Cleanup

By Ted Reckas | LB Indy   Liesa Schimmelpfennig, daughter of Anneliese Schools founder Anneliese Schimmelpfennig, snuck into the Laguna Canyon campus with a few friends the morning of last week’s flood, even as Caltrans closed the road. They found a swan swimming in the parking lot, three feet deep with water. Wrought iron fencing […]

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In Creativity vs. Mother Nature, Some Lose the Battle

In Creativity vs. Mother Nature, Some Lose the Battle

p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: “Times New Roman”; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy   The small garage and once cozy studio of artist Olivia Batchelder now looks as if it’s been kicked by a giant’s boot. The inside, once filled with equipment and […]

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Canyon Surrenders to Storm’s Force

Canyon Surrenders to Storm’s Force

Nurseryman Kevin Naughton says the devastation that wrecked his Laguna Gardens Nursery “was unlike other storms” that have come through the canyon. It had all the characteristics of a flash flood, a wall of water that “blew out everything in its path,” he said, including 100-pound statues and a cinder block wall that toppled intact.

Indeed, Naughton’s property, once filled with garden accessories, ceramic pots and healthy greenery at the corner of Laguna Canyon and Raquel roads, this week looked like it had been in the path of a steamroller and a tornado.