renaissance

Thurston Debuts New Show

Thurston Middle School’s student actors will be performing “Up The Down Staircase” a look at student life in a New York City public school, which began this week.   Remaining performances are at 4 p.m. Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3. with an additional 7:30 p.m....

Get Out of the House

Shhh… Don’t Tell the Girls   I’m trying something new this week: I’m asking you for advice on where to go. I admit it: there are two islands near and dear to many Lagunans’ hearts that we have never visited. One we look at almost every day, atmospheric conditions...

Class Notes

Returning Parents to Class The school district is offering a seven-week program for parents of young children, 5 to 10, beginning Wednesday, March 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Susi Q Community Center, 380 Third St. Therapist Laura Rivas will teach the class, “Loving Solutions.” “We...

Laptops Donated to Club’s Families

Twenty functional but obsolete laptops used by Thurston Middle School students were donated by the district to the Laguna Beach Boys and Girls Club. Though the computers cannot run current district software, they still have a useful life for home use, said the district’s...

Street Beat

Monday, Feb. 20   Traffic collision. 2:57 p.m. Broadway and Beach St. A 20-year-old female backing out of a space, hit the gas instead of the break and hit a southbound vehicle.   Burglary. 200 block of San Joaquin St. A woman reported the theft of a newly purchased...

Obituaries

Dyan Jones  Feb. 4, 1959 – Feb. 22, 2012 Heaven was sent another angel.  Dyan Jongewaard Jones passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her heartbroken family who never left her side as she valiantly fought cancer with dignity, grace and amazing courage.  They kept her happy,...

Soccer Season Ends in Playoffs

By Horst Noppenberger, Special to the Independent   Laguna Beach High’s boys’ soccer season ended in a second round CIF playoff match against La Crescenta Valley High’s Falcons on Feb. 16.   The Falcons, 17-0, ranked third in CIF, 11th in the state and 22nd in the...

Panaro Era Opens for Boys Volleyball

Scott Panaro‘s debut this week as Laguna Beach High School’s eighth boys’ volleyball coach in 39 seasons followed the usual script as the Breakers swept the host Chargers in straight sets, 25-17, 25-20, 25-21 this past Tuesday at Mohs Gym on the Edison campus.   Breakers...

Spring Sports Preview, Part 2

Girls Softball The return of varsity softball to Laguna Beach High last season after a three-year absence created a stir, as a bunch of talented underclassmen earned an at-large post season bid after battling to a 5-5 league record and a 10-9-1 mark overall.   Coach Alan...

Indy Rules!

Editor,   We were happily surprised to find that a number of papers picked up the story sent out by the Mariners Sea Scouts. At best they printed the story exactly as the volunteer doing publicity wrote it, and at worst they edited the copy in unusual ways. The Indy was the...

Drivers Ignore ‘No Stopping’ Rules Near Emerald Bay

Editor,   I loved the letter a few weeks ago with the picture of the LB cycle map (“Peddling the Uncongested Path,” Letters, Feb. 17). This is a great resource. Very useful to help get around town safely without adding to traffic congestion or pollution. It also takes you...

Ignoring Opportunity for Free Funding

Editor, Two objections heard most frequently from city leaders when adopting Complete Streets policy are municipal liability and lack of funding. Municipal liability is not an issue since cities are held immune from liability for use of a public street, and studies show (Pucher,...

Forget the Keys; Make Way for Cycling Culture

Editor,   Now that we saw Billy Fried’s excellent biking map of Laguna last week (“Peddling the Uncongested Path,” Letters, Feb. 17), Mike Hoag and I have a proposal to further promote bicycling and walking in this town.   We have seen the success of wha...

Which Bags for Cats ?

Editor,   Dog owners have the ‘blue bags’ offered at dog parks but most cat owners rely on the grocery store plastic bags.  With the impending ban, what is a cat owner to do?   ‘’Plastic Bag Ban Bad News for Pet Owners ?’’, Feb. 17)   This is rather a...

Mothering Heights

A Cranky Dictator   “Put your phone away,” I nag my 11 year old while driving to dance class. The constant texting and posting on Instagram is getting on my nerves.   My daughter stops texting to take a photo of the rain.   “You don’t have to take a photo of every...