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A Few Details Emerge in Gelson’s Store Bid

Digging into the details of Gelson’s proposed purchase of eight southern California Haggen grocery stores, including the one in Laguna Beach, provides a clearer picture of the transaction, and perhaps the motive for the purchase. Gelson’s bid for Haggen’s leases, improvements and...

Organic, Lower Prices Top Shoppers’ Grocery List

Even as Gelson’s plans to take over where Haggen left off in Laguna Beach, some shoppers are hungering for an alternative to a grocery store chain that harkens back to the town’s natural-living roots. Since Haggen filed bankruptcy earlier this month, a question on some residents’...

Revamped Ranch Quietly Reopens

In the past several weeks, some parts of the renovated hotel at the Ranch at Laguna Beach have quietly reopened after a two-year hiatus, and the resort in Aliso Canyon appears to be on track for a full opening in 2016. The revamping of the former Aliso Creek Inn & Golf...

Salon Owner’s New Lease Renews Her Own Life

Renewal is a common theme in spa treatments and it could not be truer for Nance Jack Garber who has brought new life to the former Athena Day Spa and to herself as well. Two years ago, Garber’s 19 year-old daughter, Eden Ablid, had an epileptic seizure while showering and...
Posted On 17 Oct 2015

A New Sunset Viewing Spot Opens Shortly

Occupancy permits still await final signatures at Skyloft, the newest rooftop restaurant in Laguna Beach, expected to open in a restored historic building overlooking Main Beach next month. Even so, local resident Sam Goldstein exudes confidence that permits will finalize in time...

Cancer Study Terminated by Nuclear Regulators

Editor, It is alarming that the radioactive equivalent of thousands of nuclear weapons will now be stored indefinitely at San Onofre (“Coastal Commission OKs Nuclear Storage,” Oct. 19 edition). But this is not the only outrage. A month ago the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)...

Scouts Celebrate Summer Accomplishments

Troop 35’s members were recognized for merit badge and rank accomplishments at the fall court of honor on Sunday, Oct. 5. Scouts Sam Eidt, Jared Moy, Will Thomas, Logan Leeds, Bobby Briggs, Andrew Ranabarger, Sean Cavanaugh, Michael Davidson, Jared Hammett, Joseph Hovanesian,...

Hop Aboard For a Coastal Tour

Village Laguna will sponsor a coastal tour of Laguna Beach from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 aboard the Ocean Institute’s research vessel Sea Explorer, casting off from 24200 Dana Point Harbor. Take in the beauty of Laguna’s Marine Life Protected Area while guest...

Donald Edward Charhut

Donald Edward Charhut, 83, a former long-time resident of Laguna Beach, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, at Saint Camillus Center in Stamford, Conn., after a brief illness. Don was born Sept. 8, 1932, in Chicago, Ill., and was the second of three sons born to Genevieve...

‘Getting Their Act Together’ at Playhouse

Singer, songwriter and minor pop star Heather Jones is turning 39, a senior citizen in the world of pop music, at least as a woman. But not only does she want to make a comeback after raising a family, she wants to veer off stylistically from her previous bit of commercial...

Painters Return to Compete Out of Doors

When plein-air painter John Cosby decided to found the first    Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational in 1998, he wanted to bring the best representational painters from across the nation to his hometown in Laguna Beach. To start off on a good footing, they met at the Ritz...

Schools Consider Expansion Ideas

With $27 million earmarked for campus upgrades and 10 years to spend it in, Laguna Beach Unified School District board members, staff and a few residents reviewed wish lists this past Monday, Oct. 5, for additions at all four schools and improved playing fields at Laguna Beach...

Arnold Hano Film Hits Home Run

In the cinema classic, “Field of Dreams,” James Earl Jones’ character Terence Mann recounts the importance of America’s national pastime to Ray Kinsella, played by Kevin Costner. “The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army...

Temple Hills Pathway to Fade Away

A strip of land just 60-inches wide and 190 feet long in the Temple Hills Neighborhood generated heated debate Tuesday before the City Council, which voted 3-1 to abandon the historic footpaths little known outside the immediate area. Council member Toni Iseman dissented and...

Gelsons Bids to Bag a Bargain

The next chapter in the Haggen store closure and bankruptcy saga arrived this week as the embattled supermarket retailer received multiple bids for some of its Southern California locations. Most prominently, Gelson’s Markets, a purveyor of fine foods at its 18 specialty grocery...