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Archive for January, 2014

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Edward Graney

Edward Graney

Edward T. Graney, 84, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 11. Born and raised in Illinois, he was a member of the Chicago police force from 1953-63, during which time he helped provide security for then-presidential candidate John F. Kennedy and was a member of the local St. Jude Police Branch. He and his family moved […]

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Green Light

Green Light

For those of us who like hiking, south Laguna offers a labyrinth of scruffy, scenic trails.  Thanks to the County of Orange, the South Laguna Civic Association (full disclosure: I’m a board member), and other environmentally minded groups and citizens, public access to these paths was and remains secured.  Of late, I’ve come to appreciate […]

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Potential Nourished With Kindness

Potential Nourished With Kindness

“It doesn’t matter how old you are, even if you are a little kid, you can still take action to improve the world around you.”  That is the message of the Community Learning Center (CLC) as told to me by former students, parents and teachers. “Every child is encouraged and supported in trying to find […]

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Updated: Wild Car Chase Ends at Festival

Updated: Wild Car Chase Ends at Festival

A nearly 17-mile pursuit of a reckless motorist by Newport Beach police Thursday afternoon drew a slew of onlookers along Coast Highway and Broadway Street, and ended in the Festival of Arts parking lot where police used a stun gun to subdue the driver, police said Friday. The driver, Ryan Leenerts, 31, of Santa Ana, […]

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Throwing a Housing Lifeline to the Homeless

Throwing a Housing Lifeline to the Homeless

Maybe you know of a family with a son or daughter diagnosed with a disabling mental condition, such as adult onset schizophrenia. They likely have described their difficulties finding effective medication, and the remote possibility of their 20-something ever carving out an independent life away from home. Consider the foster child in similar straits and […]

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Homeruns Foul Out with Neighbors

Homeruns Foul Out with Neighbors

As Stephen Crawford fetched something from the trunk of his car, a soaring baseball flew over the high school’s athletic field fence, heading straight for his house on St. Ann’s Drive and missing him by less than a yard before bouncing up his driveway. The high school baseball team on Monday, Jan. 27, was in […]

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High School Sports Update

High School Sports Update

Boys Basketball (15-5, 4-0) Breakers continue to roll through the Orange Coast League towards their eighth straight league title defeating Calvary Chapel/Santa Ana 71-54 on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Dugger Gym as Josh Adams scored 24 points to lead the home squad.  Laguna outscored Calvary 29-6 in the first quarter and coasted from there to […]

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Laguna Stuns Newport With Historic Loss

Laguna Stuns Newport With Historic Loss

Girls Water Polo now 17-1 In one of the top all-time athletic contests for Laguna Beach High School, now in their 80th season of competition, the girls’ water polo squad handed second-ranked Newport Harbor (16-4) the worst loss in their sport’s history with a 13-1 defeat Friday, Jan. 24, at the Newport pool. Since 1998, […]

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With Technology, Coach Helps Swimmers Excel

With Technology, Coach Helps Swimmers Excel

A 15-year-old Brett Rose visited Mission Viejo in 1980 to compete in a junior national swim meet. He and his family had never before left their native Pennsylvania, but a detour to Laguna Beach during that trip hooked the family. Five years later, “We picked up like the Beverly hillbillies and moved to Laguna Beach,” […]

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Monday, Jan. 20

Monday, Jan. 20

  Vehicle burglary. 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 12:59 p.m. A window was smashed and a purse hidden under the seat was stolen from inside a locked vehicle. The purse and its contents was valued at $100. Disturbance. 600 block of S. Coast Hwy. 2:16 p.m. Police will investigate a conflict that escalated into […]

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Rolling Out a Magic Carpet

Rolling Out a Magic Carpet

Laguna Beach’s elementary schools and district office will serve as drop-off locations for gently used children’s books Feb. 1-14, intended to introduce preschool children to the magical world between the covers. “Children who are read to at home have a higher success rate in school,” said student readiness facilitator Julie Olsen, who distributed 1,264 books […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Shap Show Spotlights High School Talent Laguna Beach’s Lumberyard Restaurant will host a $65 per person pre-show dinner on Saturday, Feb. 8, which includes reserved seating for the 26th annual No Suits Allowed concert at the LBHS Artists’ Theatre. Both the 7:30 p.m. concert and dinner serve as the annual senior fundraiser, benefiting a safe […]

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Under Sea, Under Sky

Under Sea, Under Sky

Laguna Bluebelt Coalition, whose mission is marine protection, announced and released results in its third annual photo contest. Photographers competed in land and sea categories, capturing startling and stunning images of Laguna Beach.  Judges included Indy photo contributor Mitch Ridder, BC Space gallery owner Mark Chamberlain and ocean-swimming, nonprofit manager Patsee Ober. They culled through […]

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Correction:

Correction:

The article “First Candidate to Bid for Laguna’s City Council” in the Jan. 24 edition incorrectly described candidate Robert Zur Schmiede’s wife, Robin. She worked as Newport’s city attorney and her term on the Design Review Board ends in January 2015.