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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 […]

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Personnel File

Personnel File

Hotel Manager Joins Gastronomy Group Hotel Laguna Chief Operating Officer Heinz Hofmann was elected as chancelier national with the Chaine des Rôtisseurs, a gastronomy association in 70 countries.   Hofmann previously worked as a manager of the Westin and Fairmont hotel chains and La Quinta Country Club.       Local Librarian Departs Adult services […]

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Personnel File

Personnel File

Local Takes Post in Dana Point Laguna local Mary Lawson landed the job as sales director at Dana Point’s Ocean Institute. “She has the passion for science education for our children and a strong affinity for the ocean environment,” said Dan Stetson, the institute’s president.                     […]

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Two Families Turn Grief Into Good Works

Two Families Turn Grief Into Good Works

By Sean Tiner What is Memorial Day? Is it a day to mourn? Is it a day to celebrate life? Traditionally, Memorial Day is a time to honor the men and woman who gratefully dedicated their lives serving in the United States Armed Forces, but is it also a time for us to remember the […]

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Learn How to Stop a Thief

Learn How to Stop a Thief

A crime prevention specialist, Nickie Hernandez, will lead a Chamber of Commerce workshop Tuesday, June 3, on identifying counterfeit credit cards, whose use locally has risen 10 percent in 2013. The 8:30 a.m. workshop takes place at the Boys and Girls Club, 1085 Laguna Canyon Rd. RSVP to 949 494-1018. Tickets are $15-$25 and include […]

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Officer Jon Coutchie

Officer Jon Coutchie

A group of 25 motorcyclists that included Laguna Beach police officers and their friends joined a 500-strong brigade on a 60-mile ride in Los Angeles to honor families of fallen officers last Saturday. Their participation is personal: Officer Jon Coutchie died last September in an on-duty traffic accident.

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Grand Tradition Revived at New Location

Grand Tradition Revived at New Location

The Deck Restaurant, 627 Sleepy Hollow Lane, will sponsor the 59th Annual Laguna Open volleyball tournament at Main Beach on June 7-8, hosting before, during and after the games. At a post-tournament party, guests can meet the competing athletes while enjoying food, cocktails, and music. “We are always looking for new ways to support our community,” […]

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Remember the Neediest

Remember the Neediest

Customers of local Albertsons, Pavilions and Ralphs markets can expect to be offered an empty bag by volunteers for the Laguna Food Pantry next weekend. They are asking shoppers to help restock shelves of the Laguna Canyon pantry, which provides groceries to scores of needy families daily. The food drive takes place from 10 a.m. […]