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Uprooting Myths

Editor, I guess Ms. Christoph is right, repeat something often enough and people begin to believe it, including herself (“Point of View,” Village Matters, May 6).  She claims that Eucalyptus trees with proper maintenance (they grow very fast and are expensive to maintain, are...

Local Currents

Embracing Hope Over Prophets of Danger     “We have hope for Japan despite our current dangers.” Yumiko Tochigi, entrepreneur and Green Room director.   Local Lagunan Gabe Sullivan, my business partner Scott Coon, and I spent the past two weeks in Japan launching our energy drink...

Baseball Defeats El Segundo 2-1

Oaks Christian Next   Laguna Beach (27-2) continued into unchartered territory for the 73-year old program as the Breakers rallied to a 2-1 victory over El Segundo Tuesday, May 24, at Skipper Carrillo Field. Bleachers were added to accommodate an overflow record crowd with...

Tennis Coach Loves to Ride Waves, Not Make Them

When Peter Davidson took over the boys’ tennis team at Laguna Beach High, he had few goals other than to “clean up the mess” surrounding the school’s tennis program. Now, the first year coach, who had to hit the court running after succeeding Aaron Talarico just before the season...

Breakers Lose to CdM in CIF Contest

It’s on to Regional Playoff Laguna Beach played a near flawless set in the first-ever finals match Saturday, May 21, with longtime rival Corona del Mar in the CIF Division 2 championship at Cypress College. But the Breakers were unable to sustain their momentum and the talented...

Taking a Spin for NASCAR

Laguna Beach’s Michael Lewis has begun a year of racing and testing that will see him crisscrossing the Atlantic and strapping into two different breeds of racing cars through the end of November. He’ll also be competing at two tracks stateside: Toyota Speedway at Irwindale and...

Youth Water Polo

Girls Take Double Gold Laguna Beach girls 14 and under and 12 and under water polo teams each won first place in the recent regional Junior Olympic qualifying tournament, bringing double gold to the Laguna Beach Water Polo Club.  Regional Junior Olympic qualifying tournaments are...

Little League Playoffs Underway

The AAA Division playoffs started with Morgan Stanley defeating UPS 13-8. Nick Carpino started off pitching for Morgan Stanley, and UPS came out strong in the first two innings scoring seven of their eight runs. Big hits by Connor Sorenson, James Loughlin, Hunter Johnson, Jack...

Youth Standouts

Equestrienne Focuses on Performance Laguna Beach High School junior Nina Thornton competed recently at the Orange Coast Cooler, Sycamore Trails horse show, held April 30-May 1. The young equestrienne won ribbons in both the equitation medal and the horsemanship medal classes, as...

El Morro Math Stars Grab Gold in Geometry

The Math Stars Club from El Morro Elementary School took first place in the measurement/geometry category at this year’s mathematics field day competition held on May 14 at Capistrano Valley High School. Sponsored by the Orange County Mathematics Council (ocmathcouncil.com), the...

Get Out of the House

Do, Don’t Pretend  About a year ago I discovered a guilty pleasure – the supermarket Fresh and Easy. The closest F & E is in Laguna Hills, next to the DMV. For those of you who haven’t visited, F & E is similar to Trader Joe’s – lots of store brand items, fewer additives...

Class Notes

Michelle Foster Named Teacher of the Year Laguna Beach High School teacher Michelle Foster was named teacher of the year, Superintendent Sherine Smith announced this week. “Michelle exemplifies the qualities of an outstanding teacher and her passion, dedication, and commitment to...

Drama Students Win at MACY’s

 Laguna Beach High School’s two musicals received 24 individual awards and captured the overall recognition of excellence prize “Le Theatre Libre” at the 41st Annual Childress MACY Awards last Sunday. In addition, the school’s production of a scene from “Footloose,” won t...

Drama Students Take a Final Bow

Laguna Beach High School’s Park Avenue Players bring to the Artists’ Theatre “A Lie of the Mind,” May 27 and 28, June 2-4, at 7:30 p.m., a Sam Shepard play that will not disappoint theatre-goers hungry for powerful drama. “We always like to end our year with a piece of drama that...

On the Blacktop

El Morro Spring Book Fair, May 27 Open House (all grades), June 1 Top of the World Volunteer Breakfast, June 2 Thurston Library Book Fair, May 31-June 3 Open House 6-7:30 p.m., June 2 Minimum Block Day, June 2-3 LBHS Sports: Friday, May 27 3:00 p.m. Baseball vs. Oaks Christian,...