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Charmed, For Sure

While most homeowners couldn’t conceive of preparing their home for 800 visitors, participants in Village Laguna’s annual Charm House Tour unanimously describe the experience as “fun.” “It was an easy thing to do,” said Mike Boon, owner of a 1915 Federal Revival bungalow in North...
Posted On 05 May 2016

Laguna Candles Gains a Partner

Laguna Candles founder and owner Sharie Hendricks announced a collaboration with the galleries operated by the marine mammal artist Wyland. The partnership will expand Laguna Candles exposure to eco-aware consumers, Hendricks says in a statement. Laguna Candles makes scented,...

Personnel File

Promoter Receives a Promotion Ashley Johnson, who worked for 10 years in various jobs for Visit Laguna Beach, was named president and chief executive of the 30-year-old organization. Johnson oversees marketing and management of the city’s official visitors center and was...

Douglas C. Reilly

Douglas Reilly died peacefully at home in Laguna Beach, after a long illness, at age 62. Doug was born in New York City and spent most of his childhood and his 20s in New Jersey. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Rutgers University, where he also...

Schoolpower Backers Receive Their Due

SchoolPower’s annual appreciation party for its business supporters featured a spirited bidding war for coveted cover spots of the organization’s 2016-17 student directory. Led by Vice President Taylor Pillsbury, the auction raised $13,500 thanks to bidding by Marcus...

Quake Claims New Victims: Child Brides

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent   Fearing that their daughter could be sexually assaulted due to the family’s lack of substantial housing, a 13-year-old’s parents in rural Nepal decided it would be better to marry her off. Child marriages were outlawed in Nepal...

Green Thumb News

  Gardening with Beneficial Insects Lucian Toma will describe how to garden with beneficial insects at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7, in the South Laguna Community Garden, at Coast Highway and Eagle Rock Way. He will describe how to incorporate ecological design features, create...

Indy on Arts

Friday, May 6 Sissy Gillio Duo, 7 p.m., Big Fish Tavern, 540 S. Coast Hwy. #200. 949 715-4500. The Salty Suites, 7 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast Hwy. “Sex and Education,” 7:30 p.m., Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road. Tickets; 949 497-2787. Thru 5/22. Robert Jon...

Streetbeat

Tuesday, April 26 Fraud. 1100 block of Gaviota Dr. 11:17 a.m. A resident received word from the IRS and two creditors about suspected identity theft. Traffic collision. 900 block of Summit Way. 6:53 p.m. A motorcyclist who lost control and was thrown off complained of pain to his...

Theater ‘Rock Star’ Joins Playhouse

Tony Award-winning producer Ellen Richard, who began her career as a stagehand and scenic design assistant, will join Laguna Playhouse as its interim executive director later this month, the board announced this week. A national search for an executive director began last year to...

Sculpture Redo Doubles in Cost

When the confusion cleared about what was being proposed, the City Council decided that the “Sunbathers” metal sculpture will be repositioned at Nita Carmen Park and completely recast in stainless steel at triple the original estimate.

Updated: Mountain Biker Injured in Cliff Fall  

They scanned the area and by chance looked over the cliff edge. Burridge saw Hukill’s bike lodged in a tree 50-feet below the edge and immediately called 911. 

Gas Shut off at Thurston Middle School

An emergency contract to repair gas lines at Thurston Middle School was approved this week after pin-sized gas leaks were detected and service cut to the campus April 4.

Familiar Face Bids for School Board

After years critiquing the actions of Laguna Beach school board members, Howard Hills now wants to join them.

Finally, Gelson’s Opens its Doors

A line of around 200 eager customers stretched down into the underground parking structure, waiting patiently for the Laguna Beach Gelson’s to open for business this past Thursday, April 27.