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Youssef Rounaghi

Youssef (“Joseph”) Rounaghi passed away from multiple strokes on Nov. 10, 2012, surrounded by family members who celebrate his adventurous life. Born in Rasht, Iran, in 1934, Youssef lost his parents at a very young age.  He was adored and looked after by four older sisters....

Indy Calendar, Nov.30-Dec. 6, 2012

Friday, Nov. 30 Winter Fantasy at Sawdust, 10 a.m-6 p.m.; Santa, 10:30 a.m-5 p.m.; art classes, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; 935 Laguna Canyon Rd. 949-494-3030  www.sawdustartfestival.org Also 12/1-2 Preview “Plaid Tidings” 8 p.m. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Rd. 949-497-2787...

“W” or not, Local Street Linked to Witch Trials

Editor: I help out El Morro School by doing story telling at their Colonial Days. I stumbled upon this interesting history: Hawthorne Road in North Laguna is named for Hildegarde Hawthorne who lived in Laguna Beach (circa 1920s). She wrote one of the first tour guides to So. Cal....

Gratitude for Perfect Placement

Editor, Thank you so much for publishing Susan Velasquez’s column “Opportunity Knocks” on the School’s page of the LB Independent, Nov. 16. It was the perfect placement to attract readers who care about schools and the education of our children.  I am also grateful that you...

Heartened by Focus on Traffic Safety

Editor, I was glad to read in the last issue that the LBPD recently received a state grant for preventing traffic deaths and injuries (“LBPD Awarded Grant,” Nov. 23 edition).  I found it a bit ironic that the photo illustrating the article is of a collision at the Emerald Bay...

My Local Hero

Editor, I need to bring to your attention the efforts of Carol Normandin-Parker, SchoolPower’s community campaign vice president. For the last several years (and many more to come) Carol has been in charge of the education foundation’s Community Campaign, its annual fundraising...

Artist Disputes Reason for Her Exit

Editor, The article, “Newcomers Enliven Laguna’s Winter Art Fair”, (Nov. 23 edition) contains several inaccuracies, which I wish to clarify.   1) The caption “Celtic Art Therapist Erin Rado” is both incorrect and misleading. I am an artist, not a...

Village Matters: Turtle Consommé? Or not.

Do we need the holidays to understand our world and our life? We usually get a healthy dose of new perspectives. This year I return home with these: the details we stew over in our day to day lives are not all that important to most people; we confront recurring themes and...

Touring Santa’s Southern Workshop Outpost

Dear Santa:  Let’s skip the mall and take in the Laguna Beach Artist Open Studio Tour instead. I hear there’s so much neat stuff there and no parking hassles and everyone is soo nice.  Your friend, Virginia   Sculptor Louis Longi handed a visitor a small rectangular,...

Season ends at 11-1-1: A Loss, But a Memorable Season

Laguna’s quest to advance to the section finals for the first time in 50 years fell short last Friday 35-21 on a fog-shrouded field at Garden Grove High School. The host Argonauts had a squad more than twice the depth of Laguna, reflecting their school size more than twice that...

Winter Sports Update 11/30/12

The winter sports season for the Southern Section commenced on Nov. 19 but Laguna’s first regular season event tipped off Monday, Nov. 26 when the boys basketball squad took the courts at the second  annual Godinez tournament facing Anaheim’s Savanna High in Anaheim. Behind Cole...

Team Keeps Undefeated Streak Alive

Laguna Beach’s Blue Lagunas soccer team managed to keep their 14-month unbeaten streak going this fall, with a first place finish in the AYSO Extra League for girls under 11. The local girls, 11-0-1, competed with teams from 24 cities in the county, scoring 49 times over 12...

Montessori Hosts Open House

All are invited to experience Montessori schools on Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon, by which one will be able to experience the breadth of the educational program offered at the school, 340 Saint Ann’s Dr. Ann Balasuriya founded The Montessori School of Laguna Beach in...

Street Beat 11/30/12

Monday, Nov. 19 Vandalism. 9:20 a.m. St. Ann’s Dr. A neighbor cut down trees and bushes dividing the two properties. Disturbance. 7:39 p.m. 31500 Table Rock Dr. A 38-year-old Studio City resident was held for domestic violence and $10,000 bail. 148 PC   Tuesday, Nov. 20...