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Nuclear Roulette

Editor, Thank you Tom Osborne for asking us, “Is Nuclear Safety an Oxymoron?” (Fe. 17 edition). We are very fortunate to have our Laguna Beach City Council voting to send a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission asking that Edison remove the growing pools of radioactive...

Pet Owners Buy Their Own Bags

Editor,   I don’t understand the premise and logic of the long, front page story, “Plastic Bag Ban Bad News for Pet Owners,” Feb. 17 edition.   Most people buy the rolls of biodegradable “green” doggie poop clean up bags at the pet store.   John...

A Start on Reducing Oil Dependence

Editor,   As a fisherman, Dave, (Letters, “Freedom Eroding Away,” Feb. 17) you should know that plastic bags pollute our beaches, there are islands of plastic bottles and bags out in the oceans, and sea animals have been found with plastic bags (they look like jelly fish...

Save a Life with a Q-tip

Long-time Laguna Beach resident, Lesley Domiano has been battling Myelodysplastic Syndrome for four years and now needs a bone marrow transplant to live. To help her find a compatible match, Mozambique is hosting an event on March 7 from 5 to 9 p.m. where the public is encouraged...

Street Beat

Monday, Feb. 13   Suspicious. 6:52 a.m. 500 block Cliff Dr. A resident who asked a man to leave refused and began masturbating in view of a window.   Fraud. 10:16 a.m. 31300 block of Brooks St. A man who purchased a Maserati put his roommate’s name on the title.  ...

Afghan Orphans Visit Laguna

Six Afghan orphans traveling the U.S. for 10 weeks stopped in Laguna Beach over the weekend for a sample of beach culture.   Fifteen students from teacher Jun Shen’s Laguna Beach High School model United Nations and history class greeted them.   The Laguna Beach...

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 permitting....

Batting for a League of Their Own

When school resumes after the mid-winter break, the high school’s girls softball team will warm up on their home softball field at Thurston Middle School, newly outfitted with a long-expected irrigation system. The project slides home just days before the team starts their third...

Class Notes

Campus Re-Opens for Night Session   Arts Night at Top of the World Elementary earlier this month drew 330 families.   The school’s multipurpose room was successfully transformed into “The Dolphin Gallery” for the evening, and featured a visual arts piece exhibited by...

Thurston Debuts New Theater 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, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 29.   The shows Feb. 29-March 3 begin at 4 p.m. with an additional 7:30 p.m. performance on March 3.  ...

Indy on Arts Feb. 24-March 1, 2012

Friday, Feb. 24   Sawdust Art Festival art classes: 10 a.m., chain making with Annette Doreng-Stearns; 2 p.m., print making with Hedy Buzan. www.sawdustartfestival.org/studioartclasses  949-494-3030. Also Saturday.   Hansel & Gretel; Cinderella, Youth Theatre...

Going the Distance for Art

By Anne Salafia, Special to the Independent   When former Laguna Beach resident Helen Keeley received an invitation to attend an art opening this month in the Caribbean, she reluctantly declined, saying in a note to the artist “…I know your show will bring you fame and...

Business Moves

Top Ranking for Covington Shauna Covington was named 2011’s leading agent for her sales production by  Prudential California Realty’s Laguna Beach office, manager Jim Vermilya announced.   Covington also earned the Chairman’s Circle Diamond award, a feat that ranks her in...

Community Datebook

Tom Fay accepts congratulations for his service. Cubmaster Honored Before Retirement   Rev. Jerry Tankersley and Charter Organization Representative Dick Maxwell honored Laguna Beach Cub Scout Pack 35’s Cubmaster Tom Fay on Sunday, Feb. 12.   Fay is retiring his...

Junior Curators Install ‘Life’ at Library

  The Laguna Outreach for Community Arts’ Junior Curators team installed their first juried exhibition, “Layers of Life”, is on display now through March 3 at the Laguna Beach Public Library, 363 Glenneyre St. The show features 30 works by Laguna Beach High School students,...