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Fireworks Go off Early

By Christine Carpenter, Special to the Independent   The mood of the Federal Club rally held at Laguna Beach’s ReMark’s restaurant was one of elation and relief. Smiles glowed on everyone’s faces Wednesday night, overjoyed to now be recognized as equal citizens in the eyes...

Geniuses at “The Genius”

The “Pageant of the Masters” welcomed notable scientists to the production of “The Genius.” From left, Festival of Arts President Fred Sattler, Israeli physicist and Tel Aviv University Prof. Lev Vaidman; Belgian artist/painter Mera Englert; Prof. Francois Englert, Belgian...

‘Art Talks’ Focuses on Photos

Festival of Arts exhibitor Tom Lamb will lead a discussion Tuesday,  July 17, at noon focusing on the impact of photography and digital media in the world of fine art. Festival artists will join him in sharing insights on the ever-changing aspects of photography and how...

New Teen Drinking Law Gets Summer Hiatus

To applause from both sides of the issue, an ordinance fining adults for hosting parties where minors are drinking and using drugs was tabled for additional tweaking in a 3-1 vote by Laguna Beach’s City Council on Tuesday. Known as the social host ordinance (SHO), the proposed...

Chapman’s President Bucks Trend

A recent analysis of private college presidents’ pay showed that while most earn 3.7 times as much as the average full professor at their own institution, some pull in much more, including James L. Doti, president of Chapman University, reported as receiving $1.5 million in 2009,...

Art Seen

Local Recognized as Featured Artist, New Shapes at Pacific Edge, Artist Eye Gallery Features Bulgaria Artist,

‘Don’t Blow It’ Blows Away Competition

Laguna Beach student Jack Winter’s film “Don’t Blow It” won an award in the Leaders of Environmental Action Films contest by getting the most likes on Facebook. The film was screened as part of the youth film showcase at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Sunday. His 61-second...

Mothering Heights

The Shocking Sweetness of Soccer Mom By Christine Fugate   “What’s the big news here?” my husband asked me. “That our baby girl is going to the soccer finals?” I answered. We had just come back from the game that put our 8-year-old’s team into the Laguna Beach tournamen...

Mothering Heights

My Own Race to Nowhere I just realized there’s a paperclip in my hand. In fact, it’s probably been there for the last 10 minutes. The question is why? Where was I going with it? I’m currently amid a painful organization phase, going through five stacks of paperwork, determined to...

Local Counselor Makes the Grade

The American School Counselor Association selected Jami Parsons, a counselor for El Morro and Top of the World elementary schools, as one of eight nationwide finalists and the only one from California for counselor of the year, district officials announced. Nominated by Nancy...