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Plans Underway for Blue Bell Fundraiser

Plans Underway for Blue Bell Fundraiser

“The Campaign for Blue Bell,” a five-year $500,000 fund raising effort to ensure the long-term future of the Blue Bell Foundation cat sanctuary, plans to kick off their campaign Oct. 12 at Madison Square Garden and Café, 320 N. Coast Hwy. Tickets are $25. “Our challenge today is to make sure we have the modern […]

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Display Steps Back in Time

Display Steps Back in Time

Santa Ana’s Old Orange County Courthouse is exhibiting “Orange County Circa 1889,” a collection of historic photographs taken 125 years ago documenting the county’s founding era. The exhibit opens July 14 with a free opening reception planned Thursday, July 17, at 7 p.m. Historian Phil Brigandi will serve as the reception host and deliver a […]

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Nursing Scholarships Change Lives

Nursing Scholarships Change Lives

  Thanks to the generosity and commitment of the Mission Hospital support group Valiant Women, 61 nurses were recently awarded scholarships to pursue professional development. Last year, one of these training sessions taught Mission Hospital nurses about newborn heart screening, says a statement from the hospital with campuses in Laguna Beach and Mission Viejo. And […]

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Father of Nicole Brown Simpson Dies

Father of Nicole Brown Simpson Dies

We are saddened by the death of our beloved husband and father, Louis Hezekiah Brown Jr. Brown, born in Havana, Kan., on Aug. 10, 1923, died July 3, 2014 with his family by his side. He is survived by his wife, Juditha; daughters Wendy, Denise, Dominique and Tanya; sons Rolf and Tracy; and grandchildren and […]

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Indy Calendar, July 4- July 10

Indy Calendar, July 4- July 10

Friday, July 4 City fireworks show, 9 p.m., originates from Monument Point at Heisler Park Nick “I” and A.D.D., 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777 Rod and the Pistons, 9 p.m., Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave., 949 494-3027 Saturday, July 5 Farmers Market, Lumberyard Parking Lot next to City Hall. 8 […]

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Roger Mack Williams

Roger Mack Williams

Captain Roger Mack Williams, 77, passed away peacefully on June 30, 2014, in Georgetown, Texas. Roger “Tosh” was born on Oct. 3, 1936, to parents, Ike O. Williams and Anna Alice Carroll Williams and is a native son of Williamson County, Texas, where his ancestors helped tame the new county and became prominent contributors to […]

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Personnel File

Personnel File

Firefights Move Up the Ladder Firefighters Brian Adams, Forrestt Lazicki and James Lin, who joined the department last month, were introduced to the community during a badge pinning ceremony this week. Seven other members of the department received promotions. They included Kurt Bladergroen, Danny Kalscheuer and Bryan Sarjeant, moved up to fire engineer; Brent Buccola, […]

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Public Invited to Village Entrance Discussion

Public Invited to Village Entrance Discussion

Laguna Beach will hold a community workshop to discuss the village entrance project on Wednesday, July 16, at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave. City staff will present an overview of the updated project concept; seek public feedback on specific elements and features, such as the historic sewer digester, carports and […]

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Big Sunday is a Big Success

Big Sunday is a Big Success

Big Sunday, a national weekend of community service sponsored by the Laguna Beach Interfaith Council, netted 2,500 lbs. of donated food items and $1,000 in donations for the Laguna Food Pantry. “The Interfaith Council’s mission is to assist our community’s less fortunate, and pantry donations were a direct way to help. We are grateful to […]

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Richard Balzer

Richard Balzer

Richard Havlin Balzer passed away on June 12, 2014, in Springfield, Ore., from a bad heart valve. He was born Aug. 25, 1945 in Los Angeles to Carl and Elsa Balzer. Balzer is survived by his son Vaughn Balzer; his grandson Calvin Balzer; his brother Rick Balzer and his niece Shannon Balzer Palmer. Richard, or […]

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Hams Tune in For Emergencies

Hams Tune in For Emergencies

Hams Tune in For Emergencies Laguna Beach’s licensed amateur radio operators (known as hams) intend to participate in Field Day Saturday, June 28, the oldest emergency preparedness exercise in the United States and Canada.  Now, as they have for the past 16 years, the Laguna Beach Emergency Communications Team will operate off the grid using […]

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Personnel File

Personnel File

Visit Laguna Beach Hires From Within Visit Laguna Beach’s eight-year marketing director Ashley Johnson was promoted to succeed Judith Bijlani, the president and chief executive who announced her resignation earlier this year. Johnson’s new title of director of brand marketing and communications allows her to continue to lead destination marketing efforts and oversee day-to-day operations, […]

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Beauty Wins Out

Beauty Wins Out

Keeping Time For the 46th year, the Laguna Beach Beautification Council used its love of beauty to honor outstanding examples in town of creative outdoor beauty. Award criteria included “curbside appeal” in keeping with Laguna’s culture. Commercial businesses, city commissioned art projects and homes were honored with certificates of merit and a presentation during an […]

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 Major Laguna Sculptor Dies

Major Laguna Sculptor Dies

By Bolton Colburn, Special to the Independent Long-time Laguna Beach resident and ceramic sculptor Jerry Rothman died Thursday, June 5, of a heart attack at a hospital near his sculpture park and home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. During the last few years of his life Rothman was unable to work due to the […]