Laura Davick, founder and vice president of Crystal Cove Alliance, was named outstanding founder at the 31st National Philanthropy Day in Anaheim.
More than 900 philanthropists, business leaders and nonprofit supporters attended the Nov. 17 event.
Davick was nominated by the alliance’s marketing partner and Laguna Beach resident Teddie Ray, an alliance board member.
The alliance, founded in 1999 to stop a planned luxury resort in Crystal Cove State Park, helps preserve the park’s resources, which includes 3.2 miles of coastline, more than 2,400 acres of backcountry habitat and a 1,150-acre offshore underwater park.
Davick has made her life’s work protecting the park and its historic district, where her parents met in 1940 and where she lived as a child.
Stocking Stuffers Package Up Sentiment
Long before Christmas Eve, members of the American Legion Auxiliary have already stuffed scores of Christmas stockings for troops stationed away from home.
In each stocking, Auxiliary members Beth Johnsen and Diane Connell include goodies that are reminders of home and handwritten greeting cards with a message of gratitude for their service. Rosalind Russell, founder of the R Star Foundation, penned 350 cards.
“I was surprised Rosalind wrote any this year, let alone 350; she leaves in mid-November to do her work in Nepal,” said Connell.
The Laguna Beach Housing and Human Services committee is collecting unused toiletries during November, National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month.
Shampoo, deodorant, soap, combs, band aids, toothbrushes, sunblock and washcloths may be dropped off at local churches, schools, the Boys and Girls Club, the Susi Q and Firebrand Media, 385 Second St., the British Hair Company, 750 S. Coast Highway, and Live Wire Dry Cleaners, 439 Forest Ave.
More info: LagunaHungryAndHomeless.org.
Fiori Closes in Laguna Beach
After 27 years in Laguna Beach, including two floods, several small earthquakes and a car crash into the front window, the Italian pottery store Fiori at the corner of Ocean Avenue and Coast Highway will close sometime early in the new year.
Owners Bonnie and Jonathan Wolin first opened in Laguna in Peppertree Lane in 1989 and relocated to the present location in 1995. Their business will continue through its website (italianceramics.com) and Aliso Viejo warehouse
The owners invite loyal customers to take advantage of price reductions on the hand-painted imported ceramic pieces. Store fixtures, many of which are antiques, will also be available for sale.
On Black Friday, a Discount on Dining
La Casa del Camino Hotel’s Rooftop Lounge and K’ya Bistro,1289 S. Coast Highway, are offering a $10 bonus for every $50 spent on gift cards until Dec. 4.
Transit Services Go On Holiday
After a service closure on Thanksgiving, the Laguna transit services resumes on Friday, Nov. 25, and will operate on the Saturday schedule from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Trolley service along the coast will operate on the normal off-season Friday schedule from 4-11 p.m. All services will resume their regular schedule on Saturday, Nov. 26.
Storm Drain Improvement Continues
Construction of the storm drain line at the intersection of Glenneyre Street and Anita Street is anticipated to continue for the next four weeks, the city manager said.
Lane closures and minor traffic impacts can be expected between 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Lanes will reopen during non-working hours.
For more infor: contact Tom Sandefur at 949-497-0792.
Applications Open for Jurors
The Superior Court of Orange County is accepting applications for the next Grand Jury through Jan. 20. A new 19-member Grand Jury will be impaneled for a one-year term that begins June 30.
Applicants are required to be U.S. citizens and local residents. Duties Include investigation of the performance of county, city, and other local agencies; analysis of data and writing of reports with recommendations for improvement; and checking citizen complaints about local government agencies and criminal cases.
An application form and more information are available at www.ocgrandjury.org.
Firefighters Issue a Reminder
Help first responders do their job by ensuring home address numbers are clearly visible.
The California Fire Code requires each home and business to have an address visible from the street with numbers at least four inches in height.
Installing address numbers near a light also makes it easier for emergency personnel to find an address in the dark. Reflective address numbers clearly visible on the mailbox can also assist emergency vehicles, which can respond from either direction.