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Author Archive for Andrea Adelson

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Changes Underway for City’s Cheerleader

Changes Underway for City’s Cheerleader

The nine-year president and chief executive of the organization that embraces the task of wooing year-round visitors to Laguna Beach will leave the post effective Friday, Jan. 24. The departure of Judith Bijlani, who intends to pursue other opportunities, including travel writing and consulting, isn’t the only change underway at the recently renamed Visit Laguna […]

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Schooling Civilians for Emergencies

Schooling Civilians for Emergencies

The police department is offering free training for people who live or work in Laguna Beach and are interested in joining the Community Emergency Response Team, volunteers ready to assist in case of a disaster. Training will begin on Wednesday, March 19 and concludes with an exercise drill. Classes will meet weekly on Wednesdays from […]

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Publisher Expands With Another Medium

Publisher Expands With Another Medium

As general manager and co-founder of Laguna Beach’s FM radio station KX 93.5, Tyler Russell rousts himself before dawn to fill the 6 to 10 a.m. weekday slot with irreverent banter about community affairs and music from indie bands. Since taking to the airwaves in October 2012, 93.5 DJs have also broadcast live from local […]

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Food Testers Turn Breakfast Promoters

Food Testers Turn Breakfast Promoters

School nutritionists are developing new entrees to meet federally mandated regulations for use of whole grains, fruits and vegetables and relying on Laguna students to taste test potential additions to the menu. Dietician Megan Hartshorne has turned to her customer base to learn their preferences as well as conducting monthly taste tests, said Shannon Soto, […]

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Teens Suspected in Car Break-ins

Teens Suspected in Car Break-ins

Police took four Laguna Beach teens who were not identified into custody about 2:26 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, as a result of a search of a neighborhood for a suspected car burglar, Sgt. Louise Callus said. Three 17-year-old boys were cited for curfew violations and a 16-year-old for driving and drinking even as police investigate […]

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Alleged Robbery Subsides to Stripper’s Cancellation Fee

Alleged Robbery Subsides to Stripper’s Cancellation Fee

A man displeased by a hired stripper reported a Christmas Eve robbery by her bodyguard, but ultimately declined to press charges, according to police. Police apprehended a vehicle on El Toro Road about 1 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24, occupied by the stripper and her bodyguard, who allegedly punched the resident and took $150 in […]

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Dragna Found Guilty in Nicholson Murder

Dragna Found Guilty in Nicholson Murder

After deliberating less than six hours, a jury last week found Matthew Thomas Dragna guilty of the 2009 bludgeoning-murder of Damon Nicholson in his Laguna Beach apartment. The jury’s verdict, convicting Dragna of one felony count of special circumstances murder during a robbery, was announced in Santa Ana’s Central Justice Center late Friday, Dec. 20 […]

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Fall Athletes Reap Team Awards

Fall Athletes Reap Team Awards

By Frank Aronoff | LB Indy Cross County – Boys coach Scott Wittkop; girls coach Steve Lalim. Boys finished Orange Coach League Champions, 2nd SSCIF D-IV, 2nd State CIF D-IV Girls finished Orange Coast League Champions,  4th SSCIF D-IV, 2nd State CIF D-IV Four-Year Award: Monica White, Kay Baskevitch, Perry Nielson, Audrey Rodriguez, Veda Rebollar, […]

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DUI Checkpoint Nets 6 Arrests

DUI Checkpoint Nets 6 Arrests

Of 1,647 vehicles that passed through a north Laguna Beach police checkpoint over five hours last Friday, five DUI suspects were arrested and taken off the road and another four motorists arrested for driving unlicensed, police said in a statement. Another 27 motorists were issued other types of citations and one person arrested on another […]

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Christians Celebrate the Birth of Jesus

Christians Celebrate the Birth of Jesus

By Donna Furey, Special to the Independent Local churches mark the coming holiday with Christmas experiences from traditional to trendy and everything in between. In addition to carols and candlelight services, celebrations of the season include an adaptation of the Trans Siberian Orchestra’s rock opera, “Christmas Eve and Other Stories,” a living Bethlehem village and […]

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Glennwood’s Countdown to Christmas

Glennwood’s Countdown to Christmas

Carter Bak makes an impressive Santa.  Especially when he starts ripping off his fake white beard, pulling the pillow out from behind the silver-buckled big black belt and shouting “Ho, ho, ho.” This is Bak’s first Christmas at Laguna Beach’s Glennwood House, a complex of apartments and community activity rooms for developmentally disabled residents aged […]

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Updated: Dragna Found Guilty in Nicholson Murder

Updated: Dragna Found Guilty in Nicholson Murder

After deliberating less than six hours, a jury found Matthew Dragna of Lake Forest guilty of the 2009 bludgeoning death of Laguna Beach’s Damon Nicholson. The jury’s verdict was announced in the Santa Ana’s Central Justice Center late Friday afternoon. Earlier in the week, the opposing attorneys conveyed dramatically divergent portraits of the accused. Prosecutor […]

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Where we Live!

Where we Live!

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Final Arguments Underway in Murder Trial

Final Arguments Underway in Murder Trial

Andrea Adelson | LB Indy In their final arguments before a jury charged with determining if a Lake Forest man is responsible for the 2009 murder of Laguna Beach’s Damon Nicholson, the prosecutor and defense attorney conveyed dramatically divergent portraits of the accused in a Santa Ana court Wednesday. Prosecutor Matt Murphy described the now […]

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