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Cultivating Consensus Over Trees

As the result of collaboration between interested parties, the City Council last week approved replacement species for four of the10 trees felled from downtown streets last month amidst a public uproar. Based on concerns that the substitutes would pose similar maintenance issues...

Henri Hellieson

March 28, 1923 – May 14, 2013   Henri Hellieson had a long and happy life. He had a marvelous deep voice and was a fabulous singer. He sang at several of the church choirs, not to mention any piano bar that was available. He was a chef for many years, including cooking...

Minding Our Business: The Power of One

Some of us, okay, many of us, frequently bemoan the absence of the little things we think are missing around town. We comment on Facebook, tweet, write letters to the editor, or columns, or carry on at city council meetings. Others look around and decide to fill the gap. One of...
Posted On 15 May 2013

Community Datebook 1/4/13

Mayor Makes His Forecast for 2013 Mayor Kelly Boyd is the guest speaker on Monday, Jan. 7, at the Laguna Canyon Conservancy dinner meeting. The no-host bar opens at 6 p.m. and the program follows. Boyd promises to fill in the audience on plans for the year ahead. RSVP to Sharon...

Activist Calls For New Restaurant and Bar

Fred Karger, who founded the Save the Boom!!! campaign to try and save Laguna’s historic Boom Boom Room and Coast Inn, appeared on radio station KX 93.5 FM’s  morning show “Real Lives” Saturday, Dec. 1 to talk about his continuing effort to bring a gay restaurant and bar back to...

New Mar Bar Owner Keeps Traditions Alive

The Marine Room, a 78-year-old tavern at 214 Ocean Ave. opened in 1934 by Walter Elterman Sr., has been under the nearly daily care of Kelly Boyd, Laguna native and current council member, for the last 25-plus years.  “Everybody knows that’s my office, Kelly’s seat, that first...

Living Green on Conservancy’s Dinner Agenda

Chris Prelitz, a local resident and co-founder of Transition Laguna Beach, speaks at the Laguna Canyon Conservancy monthly dinner meeting on Monday, Oct. 1 at the Tivoli Terrace restaurant on the grounds of the Festival of Arts. Prelitz is a green building pioneer, constructing...

Glow Opens Grandly

The grand opening of Glow Boutique and Wellness is Thursday, Oct. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 1891 S. Coast Highway. The new store offers women’s clothing and accessories as well as traditional Chinese medicine such as acupuncture, constitutional facial acupuncture, and herbs....

Dressing Up a Construction Site

Editor, I read Alan Boinus’ Sept. 21’s “In Need Of An Artist’s Touch” and support his letter regarding the temporary construction trailers on Main Beach. Unfortunately any construction requires site protection and support buildings as a necessary evil. But I...

Brombies Return for a Second Bluegrass Barbeque

Laguna Beach Live! brings back the popular Brombies on Sept. 16 for an afternoon of bluegrass and barbeque at Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course. The Los Angeles-based Brombies plays from 5 to 7 p.m. and Aliso Creek will be serving barbeque starting at 4 p.m. Dinner is $15 per...

REACHing Out to Others: A creative project assists needy families

Thurston Middle School eighth-grader student Russell Thomas looked for a bar mitzvah project that would impact families where he lived and find a way to give back. He came up with REACH (Recycling to Enhance and Aid Children’s Homes). Russell connected with Resources In Motion,...

McMurray Fundraising Walk Scheduled

The Don’t Worry Be Happy Foundation has scheduled a 5K-walk fundraiser for William McMurray on Sunday, Aug. 26.  The event will start at 9 a.m. at The Happy Place, the  foundation’s store located at 1042 N. Coast Highway and continue to The Penguin Café and back. The 11-year old...

Lumberyard Enters Schoolpower’s Hall of Fame

By Kristi Cancellieri, Special to the Independent   Laguna Beach’s Lumberyard received Schoolpower’s Hall of Fame award in recognition of the restaurant’s contributions and ongoing support for local public schools. Community-minded owners Cary and Suzanne Redfearn have...

Leader of Pet Rescue Accused of Stealing Funds

Elizabeth Katherine Bauer, the former president of P.U.P. Laguna (Protecting Unwanted Pets), was arrested last week for suspicion of embezzling nearly $72,000 from the pet rescue’s accounts over the past two years, police said.   Bauer, 40, of Mammoth Lakes, served as...

Hospitality News

Local Hotel Receives TripAdvisor Kudos Casa Laguna Inn & Spa, 2510 S. Coast Highway, received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award given to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding reviews on TripAdvisor. Just 10 percent of accommodations listed on...