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Freshness and Creativity, San Shi Go’s Hallmarks

By Patty Pinto The jewel of a town Laguna Beach has at least six sushi bars between north and south to satisfy your sushi desires. The one that has my heart is San Shi Go. My family and I have been loyal fans for 21 years. The restaurant is located on the third floor in a...

Reception Set for Muralist

Art Miles Mural Project unveils the Fitz Maurice segment of the Manhattan Memorial Mural at a public reception from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Old Pottery Place, 1200 S. Coast Highway. The reception will include refreshments, spoken word poetry performances, and a...

Untangling Bernstein’s Genius and Dissonance

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy He’s only been dead for 20 years but composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein has a place in the Pantheon of classical music none-the-less. Actor-composer-pianist-playwright Hershel Felder brings Bernstein back to life in the latest of his one-man...

Serial Fast Food Robber Nabbed

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy   Police arrested a 48-year-old man suspected of 30 mostly failed hold-ups of fast-food restaurants after allegedly using a gun in another pair of unsuccessful heists last Thursday, Dec. 30, in Laguna Beach. David Brian Mattson pleaded not guilty...

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...

Young Player Scores at Christmas Open

On Dec. 30, Laguna Beach’s 11-year-old Sydney Van Alphen beat 14-year-old Kristen Venter of San Diego in the quarter-finals of the Carmel Valley Christmas Junior Open Tournament in San Diego, with a score of 6/1 – 6/1. Sydney want on to play against 13-year-old Danielle Garido,...

Winter Sports Update

By Frank Aronoff | LB Indy Boys Basketball (7-8) Breakers finished eighth in their 14th appearance in the annual Century Holiday Classic last week, dropping three straight contests after winning their opening triple OT game against Beckman. On Tuesday, San Clemente (9-5) edged...

Coach Turns Hard Work into CIF Hardware

By Robert Campbell   In just his third season, Ethan Damato has established himself as one of the premier water polo coaches in the county, if not the state. Both his girls and boys teams at Laguna Beach High School already have garnered CIF titles, a first for the boys...

Students Performing Unselfish Deeds (SPUD)

Looking for ways to make a positive impact, Thurston Middle School’s leadership class began a new program, Students Performing Unselfish Deeds (SPUD). One of their SPUD Committee’s first projects was at the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter, where they learned the importance of dog...

Wisdom Workout

Back To Basics By Susan McNeal Velasquez   Amidst the massive TV coverage of the flooding of Laguna, I caught the tale end of an interview done with a local woman in the canyon who has experienced major losses due to the rain. I am sorry that I don’t know her name but her...

Coat Collecting

Top of the World Elementary School families participated in a PTA-sponsored drive in December that collected 70 coats for the benefit of those in the community. The donations went to the Boys and Girls Club, the Laguna CSP Youth Shelter and the Laguna Relief and Resource Center.

School Boards Recognize Their Members

The California School Boards Association pays tribute this month to the 5,000 elected officials who are dedicated to providing public education to students throughout the state. The Laguna Beach Unified School District board is comprised of Theresa O’Hare, who serves as...

Program Empowers Kids and Artists Alike

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Nirvana Serves Up Compassion

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy       Lindsay Smith-Rosales could not escape the emotion that overcame her while listening to flood survivors describe harrowing escapes from inundated homes and economic burdens of the aftermath at a meeting with city officials last...

Victims Unleash a River of Grief

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Distraught flood victims poured out their fears, grievances, pleas and suggestions last Friday to city officials, who agreed to some immediate requests for debris dumpsters and building fee waivers for repairs. Charlie and Ann Quilter, who rebuilt an...