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Survivor Appreciates Every Day

By Donna Furey | LB Indy Laguna Beach resident Stephan Chapman had just started a new job and was settling into a new apartment when he was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma last January. The 25-year-old’s goals, such as returning to Saddleback College and enjoying surfing,...

Surviving the Eye of the Storm

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Friends call Eric Parizek “Lucky Boy.” Now, after surviving the ferocity of Hurricane Odile while visiting in San Jose del Cabo last week, the 42-year-old Laguna Beach resident concedes the term of endearment suits him. “It was the first time in my...

Vazquez Handicaps the Race

Editor, The Transition Laguna Candidates’ Forum at the Congregational church offered me these insights: Kelly Boyd. Issues: safety, sidewalks and saving water. Not out of the box thinking; concerns about behavior during council meeting (re: see Sept. 2 village entrance...

Musings on the Coast

What I Learned On My Summer Vacation As lucky readers may remember, I took off all three months of summer. It was to be with my kids (ages 25, 21 and 19), here for an extended time as a group and probably the last time. They are in that stage of life when one accelerates into...
Posted On 04 Sep 2014

Shore Scene

Beholding Our Behemoths By Jan Sattler and Mia Davidson Although July through September is the prime viewing time for the blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus), so far in October our behemoth visitors are still hanging around and easily seen from Laguna’s cliffs and hills.  The blue...

Will You Wear No. 28?

Parents, welcome back from your summer vacation.  You can delete the Groupon emails offering discounted stand up paddling off Oak Street or Duffy boat rides in Newport Harbor. It’s time to get back to work as parents. Schools are in session this week and those of you with kids in...

Diving in to Protect Laguna’s Treasure

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   Jeremy Frimond’s love for the ocean spurred his professional and academic pursuits of the past seven years, dedicated to understanding the watery world and preparing himself for its service, both for the human and gill-breathing kind. “I’m a...

Randolph Hargrave

Randolph Leonard Hargrave, 72, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013, at home in Laguna Beach among family and with his dog on his lap. The cause was chronic lung failure due to a severe reaction to a medication. Hargrave, whom family members and close friends knew as Randy, was...

There is Still Hope for a Big One

Editor, My name is Taylor Mellinger and I have enjoyed growing up as a local and regular visitor of Laguna Beach.  Ever since a young age I would see spear fishermen make their way out into the water and would watch them disappear into the vast blue in awe.  Then in seventh grade...

A Second Influx of Sick Animals Arrives

  By Rita Robinson | LB Indy To exacerbate the deluge of emaciated sea lion pups at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, adult sea lion females with chronic and often-fatal domoic acid poisoning are also being rescued along the local coastline. Last week, 21 starving young sea...

Era Ends for Eclectic Auto Shop

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   “Jerry was in a bad wreck when he was 18,” Jennifer Piper reveals about her late husband, the former owner of Laguna Auto Parts and one of Laguna Beach’s most eccentric merchants. “His best friend, who was with him, was killed. Jerry often...

Black and White and Blue All Over

Editor, I was with a group of 20 Laguna Beach residents who are seniors, and I told them of councilmember Steve Dicterow’s plan to change the color of the city’s police cars from blue and white to black and white. One voted in favor and the rest said no. If Dicterow is...

Drug Smugglers Seized in Crystal Cove

Border patrol agents arrested nine people and seized 1,200 pounds of marijuana when a panga-style boat came ashore north of Laguna Beach shortly after midnight on Monday, Feb. 4, law enforcement authorities said. Agents observed the boat slip through the shore break at Crystal...

Musings on the Coast: Thoughts On A Seminal Year

It is a brand new year, but before we plunge into it, let me share some thoughts for the past year, 2012, may it pass blissfully into our shared consciousness. 1. The political pundits told us the presidential election would be too-close-to call.   The polls had them neck-n-neck,...
Posted On 03 Jan 2013

Memorial Set for Auto Parts’ Store Owner

Hundreds attended a memorial service  for Jerry Piper, the longtime owner of Laguna Auto Parts, on Wednesday, Dec. 19, in Bluebird Park. Piper died last week from a heart attack he suffered in the shop at 1796 S. Coast Highway, which he described in ads as “the last useful store...