Looking Back When I was in my 20s I thought I understood the saying, “Youth is wasted on the young.” I vowed to enjoy my life, try new things, experience different cultures and eat new foods. And I did. But it’s only in the past few years that I understand more fully what that […]
Archive for December, 2011
This holiday season, the girls of Assisteens, an auxiliary of the Assistance League of Laguna Beach, decided to give back to the community through Adopt-a-Family. At their December meeting, the girls brought in gifts for a member of one of the three families that the Assisteens adopted, one of the many ways that the Assisteens […]
Soccer’s Preseason Winning Streak Ends By Horst Noppenberger, Special to the Independent The boys’ soccer team beat Oxford Academy 4-0 on Tuesday, Dec. 20, fueled by a hat-trick of three goals by Laguna Beach forward Joseph Rousseau. Earlier though, the team’s pre-season unbeaten streak came to an end, losing 2-0 on Dec. 16 […]
Laguna Beach’s Claire Kelly, 10, took first place, and Joey Gallegos, 12, third, in two and three kilometer races by age group, respectively, at the Youth Cross Country Championship on Sunday, Dec. 4 in Torrance. This was Kelly and Gallegos’ first cross country event, but both trained locally with Fred Pichay’s clinic, which continues through […]
Tools Brandished in Assault Attempt A worker at a condominium complex in the 31400 block of Coast Highway was arrested for suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon last Thursday, Dec. 22, police said. Jorge Luis Frias, 44, allegedly cornered a man in the complex’s elevator, threatening to strike him with a hammer and […]
Rare coin dealer Steven L. Contursi of Laguna Beach sold the Brasher Doubloon, the first gold coin minted in the United States. A Wall Street investment firm purchased the coin for a record price of nearly $7.4 million, the coin dealer said in a statement. The historic coin was struck in 1787 by George Washington’s […]
Of John Steinbeck, Tide Pools, and Stars There’s so much to do at this time of year. Holiday cards are coming in to our house but none have gone out. I’m in the final stages of doing revisions of my California history textbook, which has kept me very busy. Thus I had not intended to […]
‘Tis the season for eye-dazzling displays. This week, we’re featuring some of our favorites: Vessels festooned like bedazzled Las Vegas showgirls in the Dana Point Boat Parade. Monarch Bay’s Moreton bay fig tree, its well-trimmed trunks enrobed with points of light, transforms into a botanical fantasy. And a halo of old-school lights paints the Orange […]
I approached my next restaurant review with a sense of apprehension. How could the amalgamation of cooking school, deli and retail wine store be a place for great food? Twice before I patronized Laguna Culinary Arts, buying cheese and eating a student created lunch. It was during the latter experience I concluded I would not dine at LCA again. Why patronize a cooking school where upcoming chefs learn to hone culinary skills?
As dining establishments go, the ambience in LCA failed to stimulate any excitement for my upcoming meal. A deli counter filled with prepared foods, a selection of cheeses and meats and retail wine store dominate the dining area. My enthusiasm was further dampened after a trip to the restroom, which is in need of a serious overhaul.
What happened next is a textbook lesson in expectations gone happily wrong.
Gene Alterman will celebrate his ninth year as executive director of the Orange County International Jewish Film Festival not with a cake and candles, but with high hopes and the ambition to expand the offerings that begin screening Jan. 15 in Irvine. A 31-year Laguna Beach resident, Alterman took the helm of the 22-year old […]
If you enjoy the spotlight and can you stand still for 90 seconds, you could qualify as a volunteer cast-member in the 2012 Pageant of the Masters. The production is auditioning for men, women and children to volunteer for next summer’s show on Saturday, Jan. 7 and 12 from 7 to 9 p.m.; and […]