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Archive for July, 2011

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Diver’s Widow Spotlights Killer Blackouts

Diver’s Widow Spotlights Killer Blackouts

  Michele Brislen, widow of free diver Andrew Brislen, wants to educate people about the danger of shallow water blackout, which led to her husband’s death near Laguna’s Picnic Beach on May 26. Although well understood by doctors, shallow water blackout is not well known by the public or even the free divers most likely […]

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Sunken Ship Raises Opportunities

Sunken Ship Raises Opportunities

A nonprofit group that has identified 10 sites to potentially establish artificial reefs off California’s coast received a preliminary go-ahead this week for the 655-foot USS Kawishiwi to be sunk near Dana Point Harbor, what could be a boon for tourism, local divers and marine researchers. The Navy ship commissioned in 1955, now based in […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Still Number One “Don’t worry, my government will pay for the damage.” The Defense Department always included this essential phrase in its foreign language phrase books. These were originally created before the landings in Normandy and later expanded from calming a French farmer for the loss of his barn to use in other parts of […]

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Heeding the Harvest, Chefs Vary What’s on the Table

Heeding the Harvest, Chefs Vary What’s on the Table

The recent news that Sorrento Grille’s executive chef Ryan Adams is taking over the restaurant, to be reopened as The Common Table: Kitchen+Drink come September, is as much about a shift in local food philosophy as a shift in ownership. Adams’ reinvented eatery, which he has planned as a paean to fresh, local, seasonal ingredients, […]

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Lifeguards Honor Their Own

Lifeguards Honor Their Own

 By Mitch Ridder, Special to the Independent   The Laguna Beach Lifeguard Association celebrated the contributions of five former lifeguards at a reunion last Saturday, July 16, four of whom have died in the last 12 months.   About 250 current and former guards remembered the dedicated service and beach knowledge of Earle Wellsfry, Norm […]

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Guest Column

Guest Column

Temporary Shelter: A Home on Wheels    Each time I’ve attempted to own a home, I’ve lost it by a natural disaster or relational tsunami. Cases in point, our family home in Texas, the early death of my father and subsequent fire; condo in California, the end of a relationship; and the adobe in Taos, […]

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Kinsman Named to Water Board

Kinsman Named to Water Board

Combining business with pleasure, this week Cheryl Kinsman and her teen-age son were traveling in Greece and coping with 107-degree temperatures. While there, the newly appointed Laguna Beach County Water District commissioner also will attend a professional conference on turf grasses, tagging along with a sister-in-law scientist expert in nematodes, earthworms that aerate soil, said […]

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Silver for Water Polo Girls

Silver for Water Polo Girls

Laguna’s sixth grade and under girls team traveled to the Inland Empire recently for the invitation only US Club championships and returned home with the silver medal against some very tough competition. In the first game, the girls took on the local host team, Chino Hills, with a strong 11-4 win. Later that same day […]

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Get Out of the House

Get Out of the House

Summer Pageantry I’ll admit it here. I’m a pageant mom. Not the “Toddlers and Tiaras” kind, thankfully, but a Pageant of the Masters pageant mom.  And speaking of pageantry, we recently attended for the first time that spectacle of pageantry, Medieval Times. While these two performances are wildly different, both provide an unabashedly fun time […]

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AP Class Enrollment, Success Rate Climb

AP Class Enrollment, Success Rate Climb

Thanks to a successful trial initiative, more Laguna Beach high school students than ever are graduating with Advanced Placement credits on their transcripts, giving them a head start when entering college. In the last school year, 43 percent more students took AP exams than in 2007, Asst. Supt. of Instructional Services Nancy Hubbell told the […]

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Local Student Pays It Forward As a Teacher

Local Student Pays It Forward As a Teacher

Having benefited from the comparative luxury of the public schools in Laguna Beach, native Lindsay McKenna, a 2007 Laguna Beach High School graduate and a 2011 graduate of the University of Southern California, will spend the next two years teaching at a public school in an underserved community in Los Angeles for the nonprofit group […]

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Kid Stuff

Kid Stuff

Seeds Sponsors Summer Events     Seeds Arts and Education, a Laguna Beach based organization, is helping organize three events suitable for outings for young children, all from Anneliese School’s Willowbrook campus in Laguna Canyon.   On Friday, July 22, the group is hosting a field trip departing from the school at 9:30 a.m., joining Earthroots […]

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Younger Guns Grab Skimming’s Top Prize

Younger Guns Grab Skimming’s Top Prize

  Vacationing in Laguna Beach with her family from Fredericksburg, Va., Catherine Squilliante delighted a surprised crowd as she out maneuvered more experienced riders in flat conditions at Aliso Beach on Sunday.   In her first event as a pro, the 14-year-old  went on to capture the top prize in the women’s division at the […]

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Indy on Arts

Indy on Arts

Weekend Music at the Art Fests  Festival of Art   Friday, July 22, DJ Style with Lucky Lou, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, July 22, Jazz on the Green, Michael Paulo, 1-3 p.m.; Rob Mullins, 6-8 p.m. Sunday, July 23, Art in Motion: Hip-Hop to Tango, 3-4 p.m.; Beatles Sunday, Jason Feddy & Friends, 6-8 p.m.  Pageant […]

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Wanted for Posterity: Views Erased by Time

Wanted for Posterity: Views Erased by Time

 History hunters need now and then photo locations   Arcadia Publishing developed a nitch exploiting local history with its “Images of America” paperbacks about local towns, including 2009’s edition about Laguna Beach. Author Claire Vogel relied heavily on the Laguna Beach Historical Society and its treasurer Gene Felder.   The company now is pursuing a […]