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Adventures of Alice Performed in L.A.

Adventures of Alice Performed in L.A.

The U.S. debut of The National Ballet of Canada’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” at Los Angeles’ Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Oct. 19-21, includes among its corps de ballet member Laguna Beach native Skylar Campbell. He joined the ballet last year. The production also had its world premiere in 2011, featuring 70 dancers, with sets and costumes […]

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Promising Swells for Skim Contest

Promising Swells for Skim Contest

The Exile/Main Street Oktoberfest Skimboarding Contest will be held on Oct. 6 and 7 around the slopes directly south of Balboa Pier in Newport Beach. The event will host an international line-up of professional and amateur skimboarders, including many from Laguna Beach. Over 150 competitors ages 4 and up are expected to  compete. The contest […]

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Main Beach Volleyball Open

Main Beach Volleyball Open

San Diego’s Lisa Rutledge (pink hat) and Laguna Beach’s Lynne Brinkman (pink top) won the Women’s Main Beach Volleyball Open that took place Saturday, May 5. For Brinkman, this was her third Main Beach open victory (2009, 2011, 2012). Photo by Cameron Brinkman

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Schools Make the Grade

Schools Make the Grade

Laguna’s schools added two new feathers to their cap. All four schools, El Morro Elementary, Top of the World Elementary, Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School, were among 1,614 public schools in the state to make the 2011 honor roll of the California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE). Laguna’s schools made the honor […]

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Serious Crime Drops

Serious Crime Drops

Laguna Beach experienced a 9 percent drop in violent crime last year, but a 20 percent increase in thefts from vehicles compared to the average in the previous five-year period, the police department said in an annual report released Wednesday. The communities of Irvine, Mission Viejo and Santa Monica have all reported recent increase in […]

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Skateboarding on Skyline Heads Downhill

Skateboarding on Skyline Heads Downhill

Skyline Drive may be added to the existing list of eight Laguna Beach streets where skateboarding is prohibited if the City Council adopts the staff recommendation this Tuesday. Since enacting a skateboarding ordinance last April, which banned skateboarding on certain streets and also required safety gear, incidents involving serious skating violations on Skyline Drive increased […]

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Memorial

Memorial

Richard P. Carlson May 22, 1926- Feb. 15, 2011   Please join the Carlson Family in remembering Dick Carlson and his life and loves at this first anniversary of his death.   In 1961, Carlson was selected by Rexall Drug and Thermoplastics Company as general manager of their Santa Ana plastic extrusion operation. So he […]

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Figures in Error on Home Sales Story

Figures in Error on Home Sales Story

  Editor,   In regards to the front page article on home sales: “Good News & Bad Bad News,” Jan. 27. The author refers to ” high levels of inventory,” “and the currently high level of inventory,” “at year end 411 properties were on the market ” etc… As of today there are only 231 […]

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Weather Weirdness

Weather Weirdness

  Editor,   The last couple of weeks have seen letters from climate change skeptics in response to Tom Osborne’s article (Green Light, “Rollinger and Council Act on Climate Change,” Jan. 27). I wonder over the hypothetical situation; if these individuals were to be given the same diagnosis from nine medical doctors and a different […]

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Laguna Excels in Luring Foodie Tourists

Laguna Excels in Luring Foodie Tourists

The Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau was recently with a SASI (Shop America Salutes Innovation) award for “Best Dining Tourism Program” by a destination marketing organization in the United States at the 2012 ONE Travel Conference for Shopping, Dining & Cultural Tourism held last month. “Research shows that Foodies travel and stay in destinations […]

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Home Sale Re-examined

Home Sale Re-examined

  Editor,   Randy Kraft’s article “Home Sales:  Good News & Bad News” in last week’s Indy contained errors that and I would like to address.  Ms. Kraft states that the inventory at the end of the year in Laguna Beach was 411 homes.  The correct number is 228.  I am a meticulous keeper of […]

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Home Sales: Good News & Bad News

Home Sales: Good News & Bad News

  Real estate is always a good news – bad news story: what is best for the seller is not necessarily best for the buyer, and visa versa. However, despite high levels of inventory, downward pressure on prices, and a large number of distressed properties, 2011 ended with a significant improvement in the Laguna Beach […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

The Year Of The Dragon The Chinese New Year approaches, bringing in the Year of the Dragon, said to be a deliverer of good fortune. Stocks are anticipating this, up over four percent in the first three weeks of 2012. That’s over four percent better than they did last year, going nowhere after substantial swings […]

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Dolores Bargiela

Dolores Bargiela

Dolores “Maya” Bargiela, a longtime Laguna Beach resident, independent spirit and world traveler, passed away on Dec. 30, 2011, in San Juan Capistrano. She was 81. The cause was heart failure due to complications from a stroke.

Bargiela was born in Newark, N.J., of Spanish and Hungarian immigrant parents. Benefiting from her talent in ballet performance, she moved to Laguna Beach when she was 16 to study under a Russian ballet master and later was among the first students at Orange Coast College. For a few years, she divided her time between Laguna and New York City but settled in Laguna in the mid-‘50s where she worked for a local business.

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

The Quiet Rally Stocks continue a stealth rally, quietly moving to their best levels in five months. The market has recently been untroubled by bad news from Europe, even receiving some sparks of good news like another small downtick in the unemployment rate. Quarterly earnings season kicked off with a few decent reports while trading […]