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Snorkeler Supports Bluefin Ban

Snorkeler Supports Bluefin Ban

Editor, It was disappointing to read in the article “Fish Flourish in Warm Coastal Waters” (Aug. 3) the excitement of Donna Kalez of Dana Wharf Sportfishing over the pelagic visitors from Mexico disturbingly included the critically endangered Pacific bluefin tuna they are catching from their 10 sport fishing boats. Additionally, the bluefin tuna they are […]

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Here We Go Again

Here We Go Again

Editor, After successfully convincing the Orange County Transportation Authority to shelve the 405 toll lanes proposal, Caltrans is coming in and hopes to use Orange County sales tax revenue to tax us even more. Orange County voters have twice voted for Measure M, the half-cent sales tax, to pay for transportation needs in Orange County. […]

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Striking a Chord for Good Works

Striking a Chord for Good Works

Whenever a crises strikes, the Laguna Beach community’s support for its own surfaces quickly, for flood-stricken neighbors in 2010 or a recent family’s struggle with cancer. The generous bent of passionate residents fuels 225 nonprofits based in or in service to a town of 24,000 people, all of them hungry for support. In a twist […]

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Embracing the Technology in a Child’s World

Embracing the Technology in a Child’s World

By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent Technology is changing so fast it’s almost impossible for parents to monitor.  In the past, parents knew the world in which their children were growing up and could guide and protect them accordingly.  This is no longer possible as the landscape changes almost daily.  Parents are left stumbling […]

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Grieving for a 'Best Buddy'

Grieving for a ‘Best Buddy’

As members of the Laguna Beach community join Penguin Cafe owners Sabrina and Michael McMurray at a memorial today for their son, William, another young boy copes with the passing of his best friend and partner in all things Pokemon. “I will never forget you and will cherish every moment I did have,” wrote Taylor […]

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Tournament Returns to Main Beach

Tournament Returns to Main Beach

The 36th annual Women’s Laguna Open Beach Volleyball Tournament takes place Saturday, May 4 on Main Beach. Over the years, all the greats of beach volleyball have played here, said organizer Kirk Morgan in n statement. With spectators cheering from the boardwalk located adjacent to the courts, many players say it compares to being onstage, […]

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Mothering Heights: Parental Unplugging

Mothering Heights: Parental Unplugging

The last few weeks of school are like the final days of pregnancy. You’re so busy getting ready for it that by the time your water breaks, the final school bell rings, you are desperate for that baby face to pop out and say, “Wah, wah! It’s summer time, Mommy!” Don’t get me wrong. The […]

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Mothering Heights

Mothering Heights

Not Child’s Play   Somehow parenting seems to be getting more and more worrisome. Not only do we have to ask “do you know where your child is?” but also “do you know what your child is reading on Facebook or Instagram?” For those of you who don’t know about Instagram, it is an app […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

A Facebook in the Crowd Facebook is back in the headlines with its public stock sale coming in a week. This promises to be a very hot offering with most underwriters taking firm orders only from their larger customers. Those who can’t get in should take comfort in the knowledge that its stock price for […]

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Giveaways

Giveaways

Free Gifts Mark an 80th Anniversary The commemorate the Festival of Arts’ 80th anniversary, the will embark on 80 days of giveaways through their Facebook page. From May 1 through July 19 one prize will be given away each day. Fans can enter to win every day and no purchase is necessary. The program got […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

These past four weeks have been a whirlwind. My youngest daughter came back from a seven-month volunteer assignment in Indonesia and just returned to New Zealand via a week in Hawaii where her new Facebook picture let me in on her newest skydiving adventure. There were many comments about her bravery and one that said: “Don’t tell mom!”

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Online Bait Luring Patrons in the Door

Online Bait Luring Patrons in the Door

By Elvira Spektor, Special to the Independent Scores of people out during First Thursday’s Art Walk last month wedged their way into the Thalia Surf Shop as residents and curious tourists united for an evening of photographs, surfboards, and art.   Nick Corores, who owns the shop and planned the event, didn’t send any snail […]

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Guilty Plea In Teen Stabbing

Guilty Plea In Teen Stabbing

A Laguna Beach teen-ager pleaded guilty this week to stabbing a former classmate and assaulting the victim’s friends last year following a dispute aired on Facebook.   Michael Jason Wilson, 17, who was charged as an adult and thus fully identified in the proceedings, entered his plea July 11 in Orange County Superior Court to […]

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Calling Graduates of 1981

Calling Graduates of 1981

A 30-year high school class reunion is planned for Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club. Make checks payable to LBHS Class of 1981, P.O. Box 9462, Laguna Beach, Calif., 92652. Cost $95 per person includes open bar, dinner and more. Tickets are available until July 31. The reunion committee includes Jenny Hawthorne […]

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Gay Activists Speak Out with Silence

Gay Activists Speak Out with Silence

Laguna Beach High School junior Selina Lambert decided it was time to speak out with a muted message by organizing students to participate locally in the National Day of Silence sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) on Friday, April 15. The National Day of Silence is billed by organizers as a […]