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Archive for December, 2010

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A Double Layer

A Double Layer

Students Warm Up to Caring El Morro Elementary School’s second annual One Warm Coat Drive collected over 700 coats for the Laguna Relief and Resource Center.   The month-long coat drive was part of the El Morro’s Character Counts program that focuses on teaching students about six pillars of good character: responsibility, trustworthiness, citizenship, caring, […]

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Obituaries

Obituaries

Kitty Smith      Oct. 29, 1955 to Dec. 1, 2010 After more than a decade of combating immune suppressive health problems, Kathryn Harrod Smith (Kitty) succumbed to cancer on Dec. 1, 2010. Smith was a generous, loving, giving mother, sister, friend and wife. An accomplished sailor, talented chef, impromptu party planner, design guru, crossword aficionado, […]

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A Fitting Substitute

A Fitting Substitute

By Ruth Yunker Christmas Eve has come to Laguna Beach yet once again.  I’m remembering a Christmas Eve in 1983. I’d just moved with my children back here from Baltimore. It was my daughter’s first California Christmas. She was three and a half and she was desolate. This new place was hot and dusty. The […]

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Marine Protections Finalized

Marine Protections Finalized

The state Fish and Game Commission has finalized a plan declaring most of Laguna Beach a marine reserve, affording it the highest protection under state law. In this historic decision, which designates 36 marine protected areas across Southern California, a largely environmental precedent has been set. Ray Hiemstra, Associate Director of Orange County Coastkeeper, said, […]

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An American Export at Home in Futurist Shanghai

An American Export at Home in Futurist Shanghai

Chinese-American microbiologist Robert Mah discredits the conventional wisdom that thought processes fueling art and science are relegated to opposing sides of the brain. For the last 15 years, since retiring from decades teaching college-level science courses, Mah has morphed into a respected abstract expressionist painter. Locally, he is represented at Marion Meyer Fine Art in […]

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Artist Open Studios

Artist Open Studios

David Solomon Hosts Holiday Sale Laguna Beach plein air painter and watercolorist David Solomon will hold his annual holiday sale event “Paintings of Nostalgic Views” at his home and studio, 450 Poplar, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18, and Sunday, Dec. 19. Featured works include original paintings, prints and giclées of […]

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Pagan Rite Reborn With Modern Irreverence

Pagan Rite Reborn With Modern Irreverence

The public is invited to join the oldest holiday in human history on Tuesday, Dec. 21, or MMX CE by the Gregorian Civil Calendar. Kindred spirits are invited to meet at Laguna’s Main Beach at 4:38 p.m. to savor the sunset on the shortest day of the year and welcome light’s return marked by the […]

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Concert Dec. 29

Concert Dec. 29

Tennis – or Music – Anyone? Laguna’s new 40-Love Tennis Shop is teaming up with HelpBlueWater and Orange County Grand Prix Tennis to host the “Love-All Tennis Ball” from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Club M, 680 S. Coast Highway. The event will feature musicians such as the Jason Feddy […]

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Hotels Atwinkle With Top Marks

Hotels Atwinkle With Top Marks

Laguna Beach’s Surf & Sand Resort, the Montage resort and its Studio restaurant each earned the Auto Club’s Four Diamond Award in 2011, denoting a high level of service and hospitality. Sixteen Southern California hotels and two restaurants also received AAA’s Five Diamond Award, the travel authority’s highest rating, the Automobile Club of Southern California […]

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McWeather or Not

McWeather or Not

El Nino vs. La Nina We here in Laguna have every reason to gloat and smirk at a goodly portion of the remainder of the lower 48. Clear sunny skies, light offshore breezes with an air temp. of 75 degrees at lunch hour. California and Arizona are the only places getting off the hook from […]

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Birthday Girls Provide Treats for a Cause

Birthday Girls Provide Treats for a Cause

Two young Laguna Beach residents, fifth-grader Annika McGraw, 11, and second-grader Molly Renner, 8, both students at St. Catherine of Siena Parish School, recently held their third annual “Birthday Skate Party” to raise money for their favorite charity, Project Cuddle, which helps save babies from abandonment. In a charitable twist on the birthday gift-giving tradition, […]

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Woman Arrested for Embezzlement

Woman Arrested for Embezzlement

A 14-year employee of a Newport Beach architectural firm was arrested this week for allegedly embezzling more than  $150,000 to finance personal expenses including a license for her new business. According to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Suzanne Denise Baumann, 40, Anaheim Hills, is charged with two felony counts of grand theft and one […]

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No Limelight for Squid Run

No Limelight for Squid Run

Editor, I was looking forward to reading a report on the squid run that took place a very short distance off our shores during the nights of Nov. 29 through Dec. 2. It was quite spectacular. On the last night, I counted 33 commercial boats all lit up out there. It looked like a Christmas […]

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Give Bikes a Route

Give Bikes a Route

Editor, Laguna Beach has no accommodation for cyclists, except for a few random bike racks, and a quarter-mile stretch of striped lane on Monterey Street that might be mistaken for a bike lane, even though it is not marked in any way. The city just spent $1.6 million to resurface streets and paint new lines, […]

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Potemkin Village Laguna

Potemkin Village Laguna

Editor, Last week in City Council chambers, I promised to report on Councilmember Verna Rollinger and her merry band of Village Laguna vigilantes any time they try to manipulate our political process.  Here’s Report #1 about 154 Pearl Street, site of the oldest cottage in Laguna.   For two years, the property owner diligently worked […]