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Parade Rest I attended the 48th and 49th Patriots Day Parade. I grabbed a good spot across from Fire House Engine Number One right after the 47th Patriots Parade. For two years now, I sat curbside and reserved my place for last weekend’s parade festivities. I’m semi retired and...

Parade Honoree Appreciates Organizers’ Hard Work

Editor, I would like to express my appreciation for the glorious and meaningful Patriots Day Parade on Saturday. It was a time of great rejoicing for me as artist of the year and there’s no place that can match the glory of a parade in Laguna Beach! The weather behaved,...

Laguna Creek Sustains a Connection to Nature

Editor, As a kid growing up in Chicago the only nearby waterway was the infamous Chicago River, a dirty, polluted river that despite sometimes flowing with raw sewage still supported fish, turtles and other wildlife. At about 10 years of age I discovered an unspoiled creek in...

Geometry Serves as a Technology Stepping Stone

Editor, Even though my sons were never educated in the Laguna Beach school district, as a scientist I do want to raise my voice in protest to the elimination of essential mathematical content in the proposed new L.B. school curricula. Instruction in geometry is much more than a...

Story Captures Artist’s Spirit

Editor, That was really a great article about Carla (“Artist Finds Satisfaction in a Surprising Medium,” March 6 edition. You put it together so well and brought her spirit to life.  I was just very touched when I read it by both your ability to write it and about Carla’s...

Support for Same-Sex Nuptials Reflect Town History

Editor, Reflecting our history of being an open society, our new mayor Bob Whalen and city council did the right thing when they joined a U.S. Supreme Court brief supporting the right of same sex couples to marry. Internationally listed L.G.B.T friendly West Street beach always...

The Travails of a Dog Owner

Editor, I work in Laguna Beach and my mother is from Laguna. My grandparents still live there and I spend 75 percent of my time in your beautiful town. I work at Valinda’s Art for the Soul. I love reading about the goings on of Laguna Beach in your paper. At the moment my...

‘Birdie’ Sings Dressler’s Swan Song

The curtain goes up on the Park Avenue Players’ presentation of “Bye Bye Birdie,” Friday, March 13, for a three weekend run in the Laguna Beach High School Artists’ Theatre. The production will be the final spring musical by director Mark Dressler, who after 25 years with the...

Parent Refutes Superintendent’s Message

Editor, This week Superintendent Smith sent a Call Out to all Laguna Beach parents, which does nothing to address the concerns presented in the Feb. 27 Indy article titled “Parents Protest Dumbed Down Math”. This last minute district attempt to communicate with parents the plan...

Welcome to the Wildlands of Laguna Beach

Editor, We are canyon people. Laguna is a town of canyons. Luckily I’ve lived in four of our many canyons – Diamond, Laguna, Bluebird and Hobo. My canyon experiences have taught me that raccoons rule, especially in Hobo (behind Ruby’s in mobile home park) and...

Live Like Lu

Editor, On Monday, March 2nd around 4:30 p.m., it was time for my little dog, Lulu, and I to head down Thalia Street for an end of the day beach walk. Lulu knew that when the shadows grew longer and the light more golden, walk time was near. Rousing from slumber, shaking an old...

Mary Jo Mancuso

Laguna lost a bright star and true Laguna original on March 1 with the passing of Mary Jo Mancuso. She would have been 80 on March 6. Mancuso was actively and energetically involved with a host of causes and organizations dating back to 1969, when the family first moved to...

Deirdre Naughton

Deirdre Carmel Ann Naughton, fashion maven and former Hollywood costume designer, passed away in Los Angeles on Feb. 27. She was 63. Naughton, who was always referred to as Dee, was a long time Hollywood resident. Born on Friday the 13th in the West of Ireland, she lived...

Pet Peeves

Dumbed Down I read in the Indy that many parents are upset about upcoming curriculum changes. They say these changes will dumb down middle school math. Geometry is being eliminated as a separate subject. Oh the horror. Middle school kids are devastated. I can tell because the...

Thurston’s Surfers Place Second

The Thurston Middle School surf team came in second place to San Clemente’s Shorecliffs team at the third Scholastic Surf Series contest at Oceanside Pier on Saturday, Feb. 21. Thirteen Thurston students made the finals. The highlight of the contest was in the girls...