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Laguna Observed

 Reclaiming a Pageant Ritual  Every year I’m taken by surprise that it’s that time of year again. This refers to any time of year commonly referred to as “that time of year,” like Christmas and the first day of school.  The time of year I refer to now is...
Posted On 26 May 2011

Friends Inspire Tracks by a Local Songwriter

Thanks to inspiration and support from friends, Laguna Beach singer-songwriter Dennis Lockwood recently released a four-track EP entitled “Vaguely Red,” which is available through iTunes and CDBaby. Local guitar legend John Heussenstamm produced the EP and added his musical...

The Write Stuff

Latitude 33 to Close Latitude 33’s owner has received no buyout offers since putting the store up for sale and announced plans this past Sunday to close the shop. Owner Tom Ahern cited a significant drop in sales, which he attributed to the poor economy and a lack of traffic from...

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 pre-game...

Loved Ones Honored With Fragile Creatures

The community is invited to participate in a special butterfly celebration honoring loved ones on Sunday, June 5, at 3 p.m. at Mission Hospital Laguna Beach. The hospital’s auxiliary hosts the event to support hospice care services. Each participant will receive their own...

Taking a Spin for NASCAR

By Doug Stokes, Special to the Independent 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...

FBI Nabs Suspect in Laguna Robbery

A man who recently completed a two-year sentence for robbery was arrested this week as a suspect in a pair of recent Orange County bank heists, including a hold-up at a U.S. Bank in Laguna Beach that occurred 24 hours earlier. Bill Wright Wills, 22, identified by the FBI as a...

It’s ‘Elementary’ My Dear

Jane began second grade reading about 20 correct words per minute, far from the benchmark for her grade level. Since she had trouble decoding words and needed extra help with spelling patterns and letter sound combinations, her teacher assigned her to an intensive intervention...

Laguna Defeated by CdM for Division Title

Laguna Beach played a near flawless set in the first-ever finals match with longtime rival Corona del Mar in Saturday’s CIF Division 2 championship at Cypress College, but were unable to sustain their momentum. The talented Corona del Mar squad (29-4) played to their potential...

Breakers Beat Indio 5-2 in Historic Victory

Host El Segundo on Tuesday An overflow crowd jammed Skipper Carrillo field on Thursday as the Breakers (26-2) held off a very good Indio squad to earn a 5-2 victory for the 73-year old program’s first home playoff win in history. The visiting Rajahs (17-6) took an early 1-0 lead...

Clash of Volleyball Titans

By Brian Lichterman | Newport Indy Sports Editor This Saturday, it’s win or go home for the Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach high school volleyball squads, as the two schools will lock horns in the Southern Section CIF championship game at Cypress College. This is familiar...

Aliso Creek Gets a Little Sweeter

Aliso Creek Inn added a new suite to the resort property, sited in an exclusive area at the midpoint on its nine-hole golf course. In size and amenities though, the addition behind the maintenance shed comes up short of the typical guest room and measures just four square feet....

Breakers Beat Beckman, Now Volleyball Heads to Finals

Contest shapes up between longtime rivals Laguna Beach (20-10 this season) held off a talented player in Chris Long and his Beckman Patriots on Tuesday at Dugger Gym, pulling out a 26-28, 25-22, 25-19, 25-22 victory and an opportunity to defend their Southern Section CIF title...

LBHS Spring Sports Update

Baseball Breakers In Uphill Playoff Contest Breakers played their initial CIF playoff game this past Thursday at Skipper Carrillo Field. Breakers first opponent in the single elimination playoff was either Indio (16-5) or Bloomington (11-14).  Should Laguna prevail they would...

Diamond Resorts Sparkles Against UPS, 15-1

By Shelley Detweiler, Little League Correspondent Dreams of big hits and double plays came true at Riddle Field during a recent game between Diamond Resorts International and The UPS Store. The UPS Store started by loading up the bases with Will Clark, James and Tim Loughlin....