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Cheryl Kinsman Lauded as 'Woman of the Year'

Cheryl Kinsman Lauded as ‘Woman of the Year’

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent Nine outstanding women were nominated to be the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club 2014 “Woman of the Year,” and when the members’ votes were tallied, the woman selected was long-time resident and community champion, Cheryl Kinsman. Despite her slew of past and present civic accomplishments, Kinsman was initially a […]

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Show Offers Philanthropies What They Crave

Show Offers Philanthropies What They Crave

By Caronline Bruderer, Special to the Independent In the last year, representatives of wildly disparate interests ranging from the Boys & Girls Club and No Square Theater, to the Assistance League and Tony Hawk Foundation, have found a sympathetic ear with Caroline Bruderer. Since volunteering as a program host on the start-up Laguna Beach FM […]

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Citizen Academy Welcomes New Alumni

Citizen Academy Welcomes New Alumni

The 19th Laguna Beach Police Department Citizen Academy graduated Thursday, June 5, in a ceremony at the Hotel Laguna. Police Chief Paul Workman and other police department representatives joined family members of the 11 graduates to celebrate their accomplishment in joining the Citizen Academy Alumni, now 368 strong. The Citizen Academy is a 12-week non-stress […]

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Indy Calendar June 6-12

Indy Calendar June 6-12

Friday, June 6 Sawdust Art Festival Art Classes: 10 a.m and 2 p.m. www.sawdustartfestival.org/studioartclasses 949 494-3030. Also 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. 6/7 Dr. Robin Berman, author of “Permission to Parent,” free, 6 p.m., Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway, 949 494-4779 Slingshot, 9 p.m., Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave. 949 494-3027 Errol […]

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Personnel File

Personnel File

Food Pantry Gains New Board Members Two new volunteers joined the Laguna Food Pantry board, chair Andy Siegenfeld announced. They are Elizabeth Breckinridge Haines, who has a degree in international public administration, andBill Baaden, a former small-businessman whose outreach work with his church led him to commit to handling pantry logistics and operations. New volunteers […]

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Guilds’ Bet a Win for Center

Guilds’ Bet a Win for Center

The Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts held its second Spring Celebration: Bet on the Wheels on Saturday, April 12, and raised $250,000 in support of the center’s education and community engagement programs. Special honorees were Eve and Mike Ruffatto. Guilds Chair Marilyn McCorkle explained, “Just as the roulette wheels turned for our lucky […]

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Club Votes on its Woman of the Year

Club Votes on its Woman of the Year

Nine worthy women from the community were nominated to be the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club, 2014 Woman of the Year. The 150 club members will cast their votes and the results will be announced shortly. The nominees are: Vivian Clecak, founder of Human Options; Angela Irish a tireless volunteer in the library and the performing […]

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Library Loses Two Staffers

Library Loses Two Staffers

By Donna Furey | LB Indy Two longtime staff members of the Laguna Beach branch of the county library system are no longer assigned to the local branch, including children’s librarian Rebecca Porter. Library patrons were notified in an email sent by Porter last month. The timing is unfortunate as she was working on a […]

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Tony’s Treehouse Grows New Teen Leaders

Tony’s Treehouse Grows New Teen Leaders

Seven teens from the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach joined 1,500 peers for a leadership Conference in Anaheim made possible partly by a $400 donation from Tony’s Treehouse. Founded by Becky Martinez of Laguna Beach, Tony’s Treehouse has contributed nearly $4,000 over the years to help fund special club projects. Martinez heard about […]

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Boy’s Wish Comes Ashore

Boy’s Wish Comes Ashore

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent During medical treatments and tests for a metabolic disorder, Dino Brown perked up at the music and rhythms his grandmother played from her ancestral Polynesia homeland. When he had been able to walk, he would hide behind the couch pretending to play the drums, being too shy to […]

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Police Announce Personnel Changes

Police Announce Personnel Changes

After more than 34 years of service, Sergeant Robert Rahaeuser retired on May 25. For years, he led the police department’s investigations team and successfully organized evidence that led to the prosecution of many major cases, including the murder of Damon Nicholson in 2009. Kyle Harriman will become the newest addition to the police department’s […]

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Greeter Gets a Facelift

Greeter Gets a Facelift

Artist Mike Tauber lacks a medical license but he’s behind the facelift of a local celebrity: the statue of Eiler Larsen, the best-known Laguna Beach “greeter.” Tauber recently touched up the statue that hails visitors to the HIP District, a Coast Highway commercial strip between Mountain and Anita streets. Commissioned by Roy Childs and crafted […]

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Beatriz Lopez Mead

Beatriz Lopez Mead

June 22, 1946 – May 23, 2014 Beatriz Lopez Mead, known to her friends affectionately as Bianca, passed away peacefully after an 18-month struggle with cancer. Her loving spirit, sharp sense of humor and contagious laughter will remain with all that knew her. Mead spent the better part of her life working in the arts. […]

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Take a Spin at a New Fitness Studio

Take a Spin at a New Fitness Studio

Cyd Swerdlow announces the opening of Popcycle 2.0 this month at 610 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach. The studio design is intended to optimize the health and well-being of its employees and clients with evidence-based design. Popcycle will offer classes six days per week taught by Laguna local Stephanie Chapel and Tracey Bauer. The studio […]

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 Hotel Operator Buys Second Location

Hotel Operator Buys Second Location

Phoenix-based Classic Hotels & Resorts paid $11.2 million for a second hotel in Laguna Beach, The Laguna Cliffs Inn. The company already owns more the upscale Inn at Laguna Beach, which overlooks Main Beach, as well as another California property, La Playa Carmel in Carmel, Calif. Santa Barbara’s Invest West Financial Corporation has owned and […]