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Archive for September, 2011

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Warning to Flip-Flop Wearing Drivers

Warning to Flip-Flop Wearing Drivers

Editor, On Sept. 13, as many of us do every day, I was driving in flip-flop sandals. I was in the process of leaving the Whole Foods parking lot to turn onto Ocean Avenue, and after waiting for an opening in traffic, I began to pull out of the driveway.  As I switched my right […]

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Colleges Prospect for a Freshman Class

Colleges Prospect for a Freshman Class

Over 90 representatives from California and out-of-state two- and four-year colleges, universities, test prep companies, and specialty colleges plan to woo Laguna Beach High School students on Oct. 5. The highly anticipated College Round-Up, 7-8:30 p.m. in the high school’s North Gym, helps students and their families learn about college majors, dorm life, and other […]

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Get Out of the House

Get Out of the House

Let me state the obvious: Theme parks are fun. But do you know how to make them more fun? Go without your kids. Seriously. I went to Knott’s Scary Farm with a girlfriend and had a blast.

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School Leaders Discuss New Initiatives

School Leaders Discuss New Initiatives

PTA’s adult-education arm welcomed over 70 parents and educators last week for its inaugural meeting at the Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course. There was a feeling of excitement and change in the air due to the new venue, and the speakers continued the theme.

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Assisteens Gear Up to Give Back

Assisteens Gear Up to Give Back

High school girls looking for a fun and easy way to give back to their community should consider joining Assisteens, an auxiliary of the Assistance League of Laguna Beach. Meetings are held monthly at the Assistance League House, 547 Catalina St., and the next meeting will take place Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. Each […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Laguna Schools Meet Seismic Standards and Transcripts Go Digital

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Setting the Family Tradition

Setting the Family Tradition

At the end of this season, Laguna Beach High School senior Allison Palmer will be preparing to join her sister Alexandra in college, turning the page on a special chapter in Breaker volleyball history where the Palmer siblings set more than two thirds of the points scored by the school’s volleyball team.   “It’s been […]

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Locals Figure in Hermosa Volleyball Contest

Locals Figure in Hermosa Volleyball Contest

High energy, action, and a rollercoaster of emotions and upsets filled out the final day of the Pro Beach Volleyball National Championship at the Hermosa Beach Open on Sunday, Sept. 25.   On match point, Manhattan Beach Open champs Whitney Pavlik (Laguna Beach) and Jenny Kropp (Hollyglen) were unable to reclaim their title, defeated by […]

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Lumberyard Serves Up a Double Play

Lumberyard Serves Up a Double Play

Laguna Beach High School softball boosters host a fundraising dinner at the Lumberyard restaurant, 384 Forest Ave., Sunday, Oct. 16. Besides a silent auction and door prizes, diners will get a chance to meet team players, who will be working in the restaurant from 5 to 9 p.m. Dine between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. […]

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LBHS Football

LBHS Football

Laguna players overcame a number hurdles but still managed to hold off a solid Bishop Montgomery squad Friday at Guyer field. The team’s key scorer, Drake Martinez, was fighting flu, and speedster Robert Clemons was doubtful due to a broken hand. In addition, one of the squad’s fathers had lost a struggle with cancer and the team had attended his service this past week, providing a somber and reflecting moment for the squad.

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Street Beat

Street Beat

The out-of-town owner of a vacant Loretta Drive home listed for sale reported discovering Sunday that her listing agent had set up an unauthorized office in the dwelling, according to police.

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Police Crack Credit-Card Fraud Ring

Police Crack Credit-Card Fraud Ring

Laguna Beach police investigators say they cracked a credit-card fraud ring last week and arrested its alleged ringleader, a Costa Mesa man who bought stolen account information in underground secret forums and converted gift cards into phony credit cards. Dwight Christian Vaccaro, 46, was arrested last Thursday, Sept. 22, at his home in Costa Mesa […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Blue Chips Signal Rally Ahead     The stock market remains unusually erratic. It went up five straight days, then dropped four straight days, losing 6% in one week. That was its worst week since the dark days of the financial crisis three years ago. With the third quarter almost over, market averages are down […]

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A Gift of Beauty Returns to the Sea

A Gift of Beauty Returns to the Sea

After five days of painstaking work creating an intricate circular painting with boldly colored lines of sand, Tibetan monks visiting Laguna Beach brushed their masterpiece into a gray green pile and threw the remainder into the sea on Sunday. Neighborhood Congregational Church members, led by Pastor B.J. Beu, escorted two of the five monks to […]

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Devising Live-Work Rules in Laguna Remains a Puzzle

Devising Live-Work Rules in Laguna Remains a Puzzle

Local artists, some of them still recouping from last December’s flood damage, started erecting new defenses this month against another threat: a proposal to eliminate future construction of artist live-work spaces in a light industrial zone in Laguna Canyon between Canyon Acres and El Toro Road. “We have been at Big Bend for 27 years […]