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Garden Welcomes a Potluck Party

Garden Welcomes a Potluck Party

The South Laguna Community Garden Park welcomes garden lovers to its annual summer garden festival and potluck from 4-7 p.m., Sunday, July 27, at Eagle Rock Way and Coast Highway. There will be live music by Tony Bisson and friends. Donations welcome toward a permanent garden. Information at SouthLaguna.org/garden.   Commissioner Examines Drug Court’s Effectiveness […]

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Personnel File

Personnel File

Public Relations with a Side of Yum Laguna local Melinda Morgan Kartsonis, founder of Morgan Marketing and Public Relations, is a member of the Public Relations Society of America. Morgan-Kartsonis has donated more than $100,000 worth of pro bono work to many organizations, including Human Options, The American Cancer Society, Share Our Strength, and St. […]

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Concerts Enliven Club Scene for Kids

Concerts Enliven Club Scene for Kids

For the second year in a row, Laguna Beach Live! is bringing outdoor summer concerts to the Boys and Girls Club.  Guitarist Matt Quilter and drummer Lee “Kix” Rybacek kicked off the twice monthly series, performing surf classics while accompanied by club members on percussion instruments and found-object drum sets. “These summer concerts are a […]

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Susan Bollingmo

Susan Bollingmo

Susan Bollingmo was born Aug. 2,1940, and died July 15, 2014, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. Formerly married to Daniel Weston, she was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Known for her gracious ways of loving and caring for others, she will be remembered for her many acts of kindness. A successful single mother prior […]

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Anne Haynes Price Fike

Anne Haynes Price Fike

Former Laguna Beach resident and well-known psychotherapist with the Saddleback Pediatric Medical Group, Dr. Anne Haynes Price Fike, died on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at her home at Brethren Hillcrest Homes in La Verne. She was the only child of George Nash and Mildred Haynes and was born on May 31, 1936, in Bassett, Va. […]

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Iseman Seeks Re-election

Iseman Seeks Re-election

Laguna Beach City Council member Toni Iseman, whose fifth consecutive term ends this fall, has announced that she will run for re-election in November. “In just three months our voters will determine who will lead Laguna Beach, making decisions that will direct the future of our town. I want to be your representative on the Laguna […]

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Street Beat

Street Beat

Monday, July 14 Structure fire. 1000 block of Catalina. 10:22 a.m. Everyone was evacuated from a building where a fire broke out in a laundry area. Tuesday, July 15 Structure fire. 100 block of Cleo St. 7:38 p.m. A fire erupted at a patio BBQ. Wednesday, July 16 Burglary. 1900 bock of S. Coast Hwy. […]

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New Vision for Batting Cages

New Vision for Batting Cages

It was an early Saturday morning at the Laguna Beach Batting Cages on Laguna Canyon Road. A beehive of maroon-and-white clad 8- and 9-year-old boys with shiny, helmeted heads was hovering around the boxed-in batting cages. They were swinging their bats and waiting to take their stance before the unpredictable catapults of the pitching machine. […]

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Merritt Believes He Can Improve on City’s Merits

Merritt Believes He Can Improve on City’s Merits

Announcing his intention to run for City Council this week, Paul Merritt says the city of Laguna Beach needs to become more progressive regarding the safety of residents and tourists and tighter with collecting owed business fees from major corporations. Progressive and, at the same time, fiscally more alert, much like he said he sees […]

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New Cafe Un-‘Urth’s a Landmark

New Cafe Un-‘Urth’s a Landmark

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent Urth Caffé officially broke ground at the historic former Cottage restaurant in North Laguna Beach for the Los Angeles-based chain’s sixth storefront. After nearly two years in development, the cafe hopes to open in December, said Shallom Berkman, who co-owns the chain with his wife, Jilla. Urth Caffé […]

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Local Taps Social Media to Offer Legal Services

Local Taps Social Media to Offer Legal Services

Like many business owners, Ellie Ortiz, owner of Laguna Beach Legal, has tried to tap social media to develop potential business prospects. Unlike the usual coupon discounts that pop up on Facebook, Ortiz is offering a far more serious service: a living trust package valued at $750. Her office is located in Boat Canyon at […]

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Cyclists and Pedestrians Mobilize for Safety

Cyclists and Pedestrians Mobilize for Safety

About 200 helmeted cyclists and bareheaded pedestrians spilled over the lawn in front of City Hall Tuesday night to decry their unsafe passage through Laguna’s streets and roadways. Appropriately, the rally took place a month to the day after Laguna Beach cyclist John Colvin succumbed to fatal injuries after being struck by a motorist near […]

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MIG Chosen to Create Town’s Vision

MIG Chosen to Create Town’s Vision

The City Council selected the urban planning team assembled by San Diego-based MIG to help shape the guidelines for future development downtown and along Laguna Canyon Road, giving a pass to Los Angeles-based Sargent Town Planning. Generally approved by the vocal public, the decision Tuesday did incur a few detractors. When the two firms, along […]

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Police Suppress Popular Drum Circle

Police Suppress Popular Drum Circle

Laguna Beach police and park rangers pre-emptively closed off emptying public parking lots at Aliso Beach for last Saturday’s Full Moon Drum Circle due to predictions of a large turnout, and drummers say the decision put people in peril by forcing them onto the highway. A dozen police personnel, two rangers and a fire department […]

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Hobie Goes Home

Hobie Goes Home

  “Hobie,” a California sea lion named in honor of the surfing and sailing icon Hobie Alter, successfully recovered at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center and was released last week. The sea lion was rescued on April 1, days after Alter’s death. She was found underweight and wounded resting near the pier in Newport Beach. […]