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Little Fanfare Greets New Principal

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Without so much as a single handclap, Chris Herzfeld, a 12-year Laguna Beach resident and veteran educator, was unanimously confirmed as the new principal of Laguna Beach High School at a special meeting of the Laguna Beach school board Tuesday, Oct. 7....

Appalled at Lack of Outside Input in Principal’s Selection

Editor, I saw the announcement in the local newspapers that a committee was being formed to help and advise in the selection of a new principal at Laguna Beach High School. I thought that this was where I could help but upon calling the district office was informed that the...

Appreciates the Privilege of Participation

Editor, I was so pleased to read the Susan Velasquez column last week entitled “Magic Unfolds at Festival Events.” I loved and appreciated every word of her analysis of what is often really going on at all these festivals. The essence of our opening celebrations is...

Homeless Need Caring

Editor: At the City Council meeting about the proposal for homeless housing I was appalled and astounded at the multitude of negative remarks that I heard from well-respected townspeople and business owners who had witnessed such atrocious behavior from many of our homeless. I...

Answering Homeless Housing Skeptics

A plan for permanent housing for chronically homeless people who are mentally ill is generating much discussion around town and some pointed letters to the editor. Even so, only about 35 residents showed up at a meeting held last Friday at the Neighborhood Congregational Church,...

‘It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness!”

Editor, Last week the column I wrote about the breakfast for the homeless (“Feed the Hungry, Heal the Heart,” Dec. 27) where I played Christmas carols and formed a choir has brought so many responses I felt compelled to write a follow-up about the results. The day after the paper...

Parade Organizers Announce Artist, Athlete Honorees

Carol Reynolds, co-founder of the Laguna Beach Community Band, and world champion surfers Ian Cairns and Alisa Schwarzstein Cairns, were named artist and athletes of the year by organizers of the 48th Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade, it was announced this week. The honorees will...

Appreciation for Shedding Light on Good Work

Editor, I would like to express my gratitude for Susan Velasquez’ column (“Where Faith and Community Meet,” Sept. 20) on the Interfaith Council meeting. It is good to know so many people from our churches in Laguna are dedicated to helping our homeless friends in so many...

Honoring an Unsung Hero

Editor: I want to thank you on behalf of the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club and the Laguna Beach Branch of the American Association of University Women for putting Susan Velasquez’s “Wisdom Workout” column on the Woman of the Year celebration in the June 14 LB...

Wisdom Workout: Celebrating Club’s Woman of the Year

Last Friday, the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club held its annual Woman of the Year luncheon. This year, Peggie Thomas was the deserving recipient. Gayle Waite chaired the event and it was beautifully executed from start to finish. University of Michigan’s colors, blue and...

Praise for Columnist

Editor, I loved Susan Velasquez’ column today (“A Season for Change,” Arts, May 10 edition). Had my name, the band concert, the Laguna Tunes, the Healthy Girls Festival and all the news of each expressed so well. I think her writing is exquisite and I look forward to...

Church Hosts Homeless for a Meal

Service organizations, churches and individual volunteers joined the Laguna Relief and Resource Center in providing a hot meal, as well as hygiene kits, sleeping bags, backpacks, hats, scarves and socks on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Laguna Presbyterian Church. Community and church...

Toasting 45 Years of Service

Donna Lilly, the past state president of the American Association of University Women, hailed the successes of the Laguna Beach branch at a lunch marking its 45 years of service. She challenged the group to maintain momentum at the May 12 event, which included a champagne toast...

Taking Up a Hallelujah Chorus

Editor, I want to express my voluminous gratitude for the Laguna Beach Live Festival that took place last week. It surpassed my greatest wishes in every sense of the word. Celebrating their 10 anniversary as Laguna’s own music festival, performing at the Laguna Playhouse as...

Make Tracks to See Lonesome Traveler

Editor,   “Lonesome Traveler” is a musical hit in every sense of the word! Run, don’t walk, to get your tickets to this Laguna Playhouse performance! It is uplifting, inspirational, charming and perfect in every way. The singing is pure and simple in its perfection, the...