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Lessons by the Forkful

Teaching students healthy lifestyle choices takes place beyond the classroom, according to a school district announcement. Along with the school’s lunch menu, elementary schools’ teachers and parents receive a monthly nutrition newsletter that describes ways to integrate...

Rotary Club Recognizes Students

The Rotary Club of Laguna Beach recognized three special education students at their weekly luncheon meeting on Friday, June 14. Students Tyler Fisher, Andrew Arredondo and Nicholas Mauntel spoke about their high school accomplishments and their hopes and plans for the future. ...

Class Notes 6/28/13

Locals Rock LMU, BU Laguna residents Hannah Dawe and Dashel Pierson Plesa made the Dean’s List, earning a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better, for the spring semester at Los Angeles’ Loyola Marymount University. Brent M. Donenfeld, also a local resident, has recently...

Setting Sail for Semester at Sea

A group of local college students arrived in Southampton, England, last weekend to  board the MV Explorer for a 66-day semester at sea this summer. Their first port will be Casablanca, Morocco, followed by Turkey, Malta, Greece, Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. While at sea,...

Street Beat 6/28/13

Father Suspected in Child Endangerment Arrest Laguna Beach police arrested Christian Omar Ramirez, 22, of Lake Forest, for suspicion of child endangerment on Saturday, June 22, about 4 p.m. near Legion St., Sgt. Louise Callus said. His vehicle allegedly had collided with three...

Schools Accused of Bad Hiring Practices

With residents accusing school district administrators of filling high-salaried jobs and even creating them for friends and former co-workers, it was a tense face-off at Tuesday’s Laguna Beach Unified School District board meeting. Superintendent Sherine Smith and Assistant...

Readying for Summer’s Free Ride

Mark your calendars. The city’s free trolley service rolls out Friday, June 28. Then visitors and residents alike can park their cars in outlying lots or leave them in the driveway and gad about town without another thought to hunting down a parking space or evading DUI...

Accelerated Academics Puts Teacher at the Wheel

A second-grade teacher will grab the helm of a state-mandated program to bring students in Laguna Beach public schools up to par with the educational standards of other countries. Linda Barker, a 29-year teacher at Top of the World Elementary School and president of the teachers’...

Tuning In to Old School Communications

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   “Whiskey. Oscar. One. Sierra. Whiskey. Oscar. One. Sierra. C-Q, C-Q. Standing by. C-Q. Calling and by. Calling and by,” John Kountz, WO1S, utters in the microphone unit attached to his radio, broadcasting and receiving signals from across the...

Calls for More Downtown Policing

Laguna Beach may see more cops patrolling downtown and in neighborhoods if growing concern voiced by Council member Steve Dicterow and Mayor Kelly Boyd gains traction. Also on Tuesday, the City Council adopted a budget largely as originally proposed last month, which shared the...

Flipped Truck Driver Escapes Injury

A cement truck carrying about 17 tons of concrete for a residential job tipped over and spilled some its contents as the driver attempted to make a turn onto a steeply sloping street Monday, June 17, police said. The veteran driver for Irvine’s Gary Bale Ready Mix escaped t...

Psychobabble for the Soul: Gay Seniors Belong Here

By Michele McCormick   Gay folks in Laguna won’t have to wait for this month’s Supreme Court decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8 to know that they belong here. Laguna’s Senior Center, The Susi Q, has gotten out ahead of the...

Pet Peeves: Making an Entrance

Laguna Beach.  Another perfect day in Paradise, but oh no, what about an entrance?  Truth be told, I’m more an expert about exits. “Here’s the door. Get lost, buddy.” I’ve always thought the “buddy” at the end was hopeful even though I was being shown the door.  I’ve seen the...

Blake Celebrates Two Decades as Gallerist

A Minimalist’s Instinct Keeps Him Ahead of the Game   He’s become a familiar sight pacing in front of his gallery on Ocean Avenue, cell phone clamped to his ear, waving at friends whose numbers have grown exponentially over the years he has spent in the gallery business....

Minding Our Business: Time Out for Books

Take a break from business and read a good story this summer. Here’s a sampling from my alternate persona, the OC Book Blogger, all available at Laguna Beach Books. New in paperback: “Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver, another gorgeous journey of humanity bumping up against...
Posted On 20 Jun 2013