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Category: Town Crier

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Inhaling a Scent-sational Garden

Inhaling a Scent-sational Garden

The public is invited to a free program on exploring the beauty and benefits of blooming and fragrant plants in a 10 a.m. workshop Saturday, March 22, in the South Laguna Community Garden, Coast Highway at Eagle Rock Way. Gardener Silia Hatzi uses her own garden plot as an example and shares her knowledge of […]

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Obituary

Obituary

Barbara Painter 1934-2014 Laguna Beach icon and longtime resident Barbara Northam Painter passed away peacefully on March 8, 2014, with family and friends. She was born on Dec. 9, 1934, to Charles and Arline Baker in Albany, N.Y. Barbara was raised in Pelham Manor, N.Y., as a young child. She moved to Pasadena and attended […]

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MADD Thanks Laguna Beach Officers

MADD Thanks Laguna Beach Officers

Police Officers Luke Gilbertson, James Gramer, and David Gossamer were recognized by Tiffany Townson with Mothers Against Drunk Driving for removing drunk drivers from Laguna’s streets. Between the three, they arrested 152 DUI drivers in 2013. New Hedge Height Arbiter Named Tony Farr, the city’s code enforcement officer, has been assigned to replace Jim Dockstader, the […]

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Crazy for Cronuts

Crazy for Cronuts

By Donna Furey, Special to the Independent For the locals who are regulars at South Swell Donuts, a new treat sits in the glass case at the front of the store. If you want to be sure to get one, call ahead and the owner will reserve one for you. A cross between a donut […]

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Urban Designer’s View of Laguna’s Future

Urban Designer’s View of Laguna’s Future

The public is invited to a presentation by urban designer and local resident Steve Kellenberg at the next general membership meeting of Village Laguna, Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. Kellenberg, a 33-year resident and adjunct USC professor, will present his ideas about the town and the future. Refreshments will […]

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Liane Schuller, right, who has worked in Laguna Beach’s community development department for more than 24 years and as the zoning administrator since 2004, received a beachside send-off last week. Joining the retirement bash was Ken Frank, the former city manager.       Photo courtesy of Margaret Brown.

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Methodists Recruit New Leaders

Methodists Recruit New Leaders

Brian Pearcy and Dr. Phil Theodorou recently joined the staff of Laguna Beach United Methodist Church.  Pearcy, a resident of Dana Point, is director of children’s and youth ministries and Theodorou, who lives in San Clemente, is director of music. Dr. Theodorou assumes the role of music director following Jeff Foster, who along with his  […]

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Scores Turn Out for Chapman Family

Scores Turn Out for Chapman Family

About 100 people contributed $16,000 at a fundraiser for cancer-stricken Stephan Chapman last weekend at the home of Steve and Rona Gromet. Funds will help pay for health-care deductibles and everyday living costs for the local family, organizer Michele Hall said. Garfield Logan bid and won a custom surfboard donated by Laguna Surf and Sport, […]

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Community Datebook

Community Datebook

Hotel Staffers Invited to Learn Laguna Visit Laguna Beach offers front-line hospitality staff training about Laguna Beach’s most popular attractions, historical landmarks, new businesses and upcoming events. These sessions, ranging from simple parking tips to planning the most detailed of itineraries, aim to equip hotel staff with the ability to answer routine queries to an […]

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Police Ride to Remember One of Their Own

Police Ride to Remember One of Their Own

Seven Laguna Beach police are personally fundraising to participate in a ride that honors fallen officers, which tragically strikes close to home this year on two levels: not only did they lose colleague Jon Coutchie to a traffic accident last September, but he rode with them when they took a similar ride in 2010. On […]

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Election 2014

Election 2014

Council Race Fundraising Kicks Off City Council candidate Robert M. Zur Schmiede’s campaign kicks off with a reception and fundraiser on Sunday, March 16, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Aliso Creek Inn, 31106 Coast Highway. The reception, hosted by supporters Mark Christy and Betsy Jenkins, is open to the public and a minimum contribution of $85 […]

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Scouting News

Scouting News

Scout Earns Top Rank with the skimboard-backed bench he designed for the Congregational Church. Griffith, a senior and AP scholar at Dana Hills High School, designed and built three benches for his church, Laguna Beach’s Neighborhood Congregational Church. “I wanted the benches to reflect the community, one uses skim boards for the back of the […]

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Alan Thomas George Bryan

Alan Thomas George Bryan

Memorial Alan Thomas George Bryan Alan Thomas George Bryan, poet, song writer, roving minstrel, quantum reader, dog lover, stone mason, seaman, ship’s cook, bon vivant and friend, died Dec. 12, 2012, in Laguna Beach. Bryan was born
Nov. 2, 1955, in Huntington, England. He is survived by
two brothers and a sister, all of Ontario, Canada. His […]

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Community Foundation Gets New Trustee

Community Foundation Gets New Trustee

The Laguna Beach Community Foundation added to its board Dennis M. Boyer, chairman of Laguna Niguel’s Preston Clarke & Company, an executive search firm. Boyer and the Foundation’s president, Rick Balzer, are longtime friends who volunteered together at the Laguna Art Museum. Boyer recently volunteered to serve on the search committee for the foundation’s new executive […]

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Sea Star Struck

Sea Star Struck

Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are.  In the sea you cling to rock so hard like the lobster pot pie tossed in my brother’s eye. Ah, I can’t help but remember some memorable food fights around the dining room table when we were kids. Much to mother’s chagrin, we showed our […]