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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. […]

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Secret Cash Stashed Offshore

Secret Cash Stashed Offshore

Although we seldom find evidence of them on the beach, many coves of Laguna Beach have a secret treasure residing on the sandy bottom just off shore. Getting its name from the similarity it has in size and shape to the silver dollar, it is the Pacific sand dollar (Dendraster excentricus). Colored in shades of […]

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Students Dip into Another Culture

Students Dip into Another Culture

Over spring break, Laguna Presbyterian Church’s youth pastor, Rev. Steve Sweet, led 29 students and seven adults on the 15th annual Molokai Mission trip.             The students cleared non-native plants, worked in a bird sanctuary and planted trees, reported Laura Yale, the church’s middle school director.             “My favorite part of the trip was going […]

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Indy Calendar May 16-22

Indy Calendar May 16-22

  Friday, May 16 Sawdust Art Festival Art Classes: 10 a.m. only. www.sawdustartfestival.org/studioartclasses 949-494-3030. Also 5/17. Brazilian jazz Bossa Zuzu, 7 p.m., Laguna Presbyterian Church, Tankersley Hall. $10. “Short plays and monologues on the theme of love and romance,” 7:30 p.m., BC Space Gallery, 235 Forest Ave. Pawnshop Kings, 6 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. […]

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When I was a kid things were different. I wore knickers. Today, kids wear low riders that begin where my knickers left off. I’ve kept the knickers in hopes that the style will come back. I have to be patient because clothing trends are fickle. A couple of years ago, I tried pushing the knickers […]

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Foursome Earn Their Wings

Foursome Earn Their Wings

Laguna’s Boy Scout Troop 35 awarded the rank of Eagle Scout to four worthy young men. Max Brown, Chad Kanner, Mason Reed and Jeffrey Spitz, who all began as scouts in first grade and are now Laguna Beach High School students, were presented with their Eagle pins this past Sunday, May 4. Their scouting adventures […]

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Personnel File

Personnel File

  Community Foundation Gets New Board Members   Laguna Beach Community Foundation’s executive director Dan Pingaro announced the appointment of three Laguna locals,Mandi Dossin, Rob Harryman and Angie Miller to their board of trustees. Dossin is partner and general managerof Santa Ana’s DGWB Advertising & Communications. Harryman is a CPA and will serve as the […]

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 Congo to California: A Fair Trade Open House, Trunk Show

Congo to California: A Fair Trade Open House, Trunk Show

Laguna Beach local Katie Bond, founder of The Peace Exchange, hosts a trunk show Friday, May 16, offering beautifully crafted items by women from Congo from 3-8 p.m. at 30692 Marilyn Dr., in Laguna Beach. The line of fair trade items provides income for the women to feed, clothe, and send their kids to school, […]

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OC Press Club Recognizes Indys

OC Press Club Recognizes Indys

The Laguna Beach Independent won two awards at the Orange County Press Club’s annual journalism awards, which were announced this past Monday. The paper’s package of articles by multiple authors published last October, “Remembering the Firestorm,” won an honorable mention in the series category. Columnist Roderick Reed won second place in the Marjorie Freeman Award […]