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New Team Offers Financial Services Local businessmen and LBHS graduates Walker Reed and Dave McDonnell have joined with TCFG Wealth Management to establish Laguna Financial Network. Their new company will provide brokerage, tax and insurance services along with referrals to real...

Indy on Arts

Friday, March 11 “Once Upon a Mattress,” 7:30 p.m. LBHS Artists’ Theatre. Tickets are $10-$20. Also March 12-13. Jackie Pember Duo, 7 p.m., Big Fish Tavern, 540 S. Coast Hwy. #200. 949 715-4500 Aaron Broering Band, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777. $10....

Lifeguards Tryouts

A first round of 35 lifeguard hopefuls arrived at Main Beach on Saturday, Feb. 27, to try out for rookie and seasonal lifeguard jobs. Another group takes the plunge March 12. Top qualifiers join the city’s Ocean Lifeguard Academy, where over four weekends cadets will be...

Girl Power at Work

Three local girls spent the ski-week break raising money by selling homemade lemonade and popcorn in order to buy take-out meals for homeless people. Sophia Haslett, 13, a seventh-grader at Thurston Middle School, recruits friends, neighbors and relatives during school breaks to...

Short-Term Lodging Ban Up for Discussion

A new ordinance prohibiting short-term vacation rentals will be discussed at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, by the city Planning Commission in Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave. The commission will consider a draft ordinance that proposes a prohibition on short-term-lodging in...

Gail Converse

Gail Converse, 65, of Laguna Beach, passed away on Feb. 14, 2016, surrounded by her family after a six-year battle with cancer. Gail was born on June 10, 1950, in Los Angeles to Robert and Melva Goodwin. She was the youngest Goodwin daughter, following behind Judy and Nancy. She...

Richard (Dick) Allen Loomis

Richard (Dick) Allen Loomis Richard (Dick) Loomis, age 84, of Laguna Beach, passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, surrounded by loved ones. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 26, 1931, to Dale and Margaret Loomis, Dick graduated from Withrow High School and Ohio...

Thomas Rackowski

Thomas P. Rackowski, a former resident of Laguna Beach, has died at 69 years of age. He was attacked by intruders in his home in Belize, Central America, on Saturday, Feb. 13, and died on Monday, Feb. 15, after undergoing surgery. Arrests have been made and a trial is pending....

Personnel File

Borthwick Receives Beautification Award Ruben Flores, president of The Laguna Beach Beautification Council, recently presented its Award of Excellence to Laguna local Bob Borthwick. Zahide Lawrence, the widow of council founder Harry Lawrence, also spoke. Borthwick, a landscape...

Indy on Arts

Friday, March 4 Sissy Gillio, 7 p.m., Big Fish Tavern, 540 S. Coast Hwy. #200. 949 715-4500 Nick I & ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777. $10. Robert Jon & the Wreck, 9 p.m., Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave. Adam Lasher, 7 p.m., Cliff Restaurant,...

Club Honors Outstanding Youth

  The Boys and Girls club recognized Simel Flores, Taylor Smith, Dean Smith and Alec Fritschmann as its youth of the year from its four locations during the annual awards night Wednesday, Feb. 17. Alec advances to a regional club competition. “The night was a great success...

Obituary

Marc Pitz By Taylor Pitz, Special to the Independent Marc Pitz of Laguna Beach passed away on Feb. 15, 2016, at the age of 51 after a courageous battle with cancer. Marc was “made in Canada”, but born in Laguna Beach to Marcel and Monique Pitz. He grew up in Laguna, and attended...

Club Revisits Historic Gardens

Landscape architect Carolyn Bennett will present “Saving Our Gardens – Honoring Our Past” at Laguna Beach Garden Club beginning at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 11, in Tankersley Hall, 415 Forest Ave. Bennett, who owns CDB Gardens consulting firm in Santa Monica, will use photographic...

Bakers Surpass Their Goal

Members of the Laguna Beach American Legion Auxiliary proudly joined Homefront America, Inc. in making homemade cookies for troops being deployed from Camp Pendleton. Post 222 historian Diane Connell took on the challenge to whip up 125 dozen cookies for Homefront organizer Mamie...

Perk for Greenbelt Members: Preview of MacGillivray’s Park Film

Local film director Greg MacGillivray will present a clip of “National Parks Adventure,” which opened in theaters earlier this month, during the Laguna Greenbelt meeting Monday, Feb. 29 at Laguna Playhouse. The free event open to the public begins with a 7 p.m. reception and...