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Archive for October, 2013

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Historic Venue Hosts Rock Concert

Historic Venue Hosts Rock Concert

By Donna Furey, Special to the Independent For the first time in nearly a decade, a rock show plugs in at the Festival of Arts’ grounds on Saturday, Nov. 2, starting at 5:30 p.m. and closing out by 9:30 p.m., before the headliner at a typical concert takes the stage. Despite the restrictions, the promoters […]

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Breakers Dominate in Cross Country League Finals

Breakers Dominate in Cross Country League Finals

On a day dominated by Breaker runners, both Laguna Beach High cross country teams won Orange Coast League titles Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Irvine Regional Park. Junior Natalie Kimball ran a personal record time of 18:19 over the three-mile course to capture the girls individual title. She is now tied with senior teammate Eliza Romero […]

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Despite a Rushing Record, Breakers Lose to Calvary

Despite a Rushing Record, Breakers Lose to Calvary

Lancaster runs for a record 547 yards, 7 TDS Those who ventured out to Estancia High School on Thursday, Oct. 24, witnessed one of great offensive games in California prep football history as Calvary Chapel rallied to defeat Laguna in overtime, 62-56. Breakers had their chances throughout the game but could not close out the […]

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Youngsters Spar in Competition

Youngsters Spar in Competition

Ten young martial artists from Laguna Beach’s Cho’s Academy competed and medaled in tae kwon do sparring at the 21st annual KS Choi California Open, held at Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson on Saturday, Oct. 12. About 1,000 competitors participated in the event. The medal count by Cho’s team, ages 6 to 16, was […]

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Landscape Experts Debunk Conventional Wisdom

Landscape Experts Debunk Conventional Wisdom

With the 20-year anniversary of Laguna Beach’s firestorm as the backdrop, fire safety expert Richard Halsey recently described a scenario that runs counter to the popular lore. “The most volatile fuel is the home,” he said, not the vegetation around it. A properly landscaped yard with well-maintained trees and shrubs can serve as a sponge […]

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Fire Ignites a Support System

Fire Ignites a Support System

 By Marion K. Jacobs, Ph.D., Special to the Independent I was among the lucky ones. The fire was coming over Mystic and straight at us on Temple Hills Drive when we evacuated, but thanks to a wind switch later our house was saved. Over the days and weeks following the ’93 Laguna fire, I got […]

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Fire's Unforeseen Side Effects

Fire’s Unforeseen Side Effects

“It doesn’t take long to replace the material things,” said Frank Bower, who watched his Tahiti Street home go up in flames during the 1993 fire in the company of firefighters, crippled without an adequate water source. But rebuilding his life proved more difficult. Emotional damage can’t be swept up and carted away like the […]

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Stirring the Ashes

Stirring the Ashes

By Anthony Kaufman, Special to the Independent No one was sure what started the blaze that had ravaged this beachside community. I would interview those I knew who had lost their homes and look for a compelling story. I would please my East Coast editor with the tale of a little girl who saved her […]

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Thurston Gets Portable Classrooms

Thurston Gets Portable Classrooms

Due to rising enrollment, Thurston Middle School will get two portable classrooms, school board members unanimously decided this week. The classrooms are scheduled to be up and functioning by the end of the calendar year, with installation planned during the winter school break.  They will stay on campus for two years while long-term enrollment trends […]

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 Monsters, Ghouls and Zombies, Oh My

Monsters, Ghouls and Zombies, Oh My

So how old was ET really? Anyone who attends the Pageant of the Monsters staged this year by the same creative crew that puts on the “Pageant of the Masters” might just find out whether the lovable alien has remained a kid or died a codger. An alien autopsy is among the anticipated ghoulish pageant […]

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Is Laguna Safer Today?

Is Laguna Safer Today?

Some conditions remain unchanged since a devastating wildfire swept through Laguna Beach on Oct. 27, 1993, a $528 million disaster that consumed or damaged 441 homes and cost no human lives, but continues to influence city policy. The sun continues to bake the town’s south-facing slopes, making them drier and more vulnerable to fire’s spread. […]

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Saving Halloween for Young Patients

Saving Halloween for Young Patients

  Kaitlin Gunsolley is a go-getter. Even so, the jazz-dancing, flute-playing, 4.0 seventh-grader at Laguna Beach’s Thurston Middle School shines in October. For the sixth year, she sets out this month to collect new Halloween costumes and new pajamas for the sick kids in CHOC Hospital, inspired by her own experience at age 6 when […]

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Minding Our Business: Let There Be Juice

Minding Our Business: Let There Be Juice

When I was a girl, my mother pressed oranges into juice by hand and I nibbled the mashed fruit remains. Tropicana OJ and Mott’s apple juice was what I poured my own children, never imagining how little nutritional value was left nor how much sugar was added, not to mention the dreaded preservatives. These days, […]

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Two Laguna Restaurants Close Their Doors

Two Laguna Restaurants Close Their Doors

Sundried Tomato American Bistro and Catering will close the smallest of its three south-county restaurants, located in Laguna Beach, and refocus on its San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano locations and a planned increase in catering services. Earlier in the month, The Beach House also closed its doors. About 22 mostly part-time employees work at […]

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Community Datebook 10/25/13

Community Datebook 10/25/13

Stepping Out Against Bullying The public is invited to join the National Association of People Against Bullying and San Clemente High School’s Cool to be Kind Club to a 5 p.m. march against bullying at Main Beach on Friday, Oct. 25. The purpose of the march is to bring awareness to the continuing problem of […]