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Graduates Share a Final Experience

The Irvine Bowl at the Festival of Arts grounds was filled to the brim last week when parents, other family members and friends turned out to watch 256 seniors graduate from high school. The sky sparkled with stars, the temperature was mild, rare at the bowl even later in the...

Speaker’s Corner

Adieu to a Great Woman By Arnie Silverman Several members of our Laguna Beach VFW Post are mentors at the Orange County Combat Veterans Court in Santa Ana.  Founded and managed by Superior Court Judge, Wendy Lindley of San Juan Capistrano, the court has literally turned around if...

New Coaches Hope to Build on Past Success

Laguna Beach High welcomes two new faces to its head coaching ranks this fall, as Lance Stewart and Mike Churchill, two of the school’s most successful coaches, stepped down from their respective programs following last season. After a 21-4-1 record, an Orange Coast league title,...

A Gift of Time That Erases Stereotypes

Aaron and Shira Alcouloumre first got involved with Laguna Beach’s day labor center by dropping off day-old bread, their joint b’nai mitzvah project in 2010. The siblings next raised $3,000 to pay for installation of a water fountain at the center, a need identified by the...

Obituary: Douglas Greene

Linguist, athlete, world traveler, Army intelligence officer and witness to civil rights history: this is but a partial description of Douglas Walker Greene, who died at 74 from complications of primary progressive aphasia on July 23 at his Laguna Beach home. Doug was born to...

Edith R. Helman

A graveside service was held Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 in the Temple Israel Cemetery in Gotha, Fla., for Edith R. Helman (nee Zak), who died Jan. 1, 2013. Arrangements were by Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel. Edith (Edie) Ruth Helman was born Nov. 3, 1926, in Lodz, Poland.  When very...

Laguna’s VFW Seeks a New Lifeline

Arnie Silverman served in the Korean War as a forward observer for a mortar platoon. Over half a century later, that experience qualifies him to be a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and to serve anew, this time as a mentor with Santa Ana’s Combat Veterans Court, where...

An Out-of-this-World Experience

Laguna Beach’s Max Wolf, son of Lorie and Mace Wolf, recently graduated from a three-day Alien Adventure program at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. Wolf, an incoming fourth grader in an Aliso Viejo school, and other students investigated the nature of life on Earth and...

A Marvel in Caps and Gowns

Anyone who has previously been taken in by “The Marvelous Wonderettes” or “Winter Wonderettes” will undoubtedly find the current production of “The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gown” at the Laguna Playhouse even more magical. A world premiere, this saga veers into new...

Machete-Swinging Man Arrested

A 31-year-old Lake Forest man who allegedly swung a machete at a Laguna Beach teacher was taken into custody by law enforcement authorities in Irvine last Saturday afternoon, police said. Juan Vigil Portillo allegedly swung a machete at an Anneliese School teacher, who observed...

Village Matters

Beyond the Threshold   If Cornell is any example, Ivy League graduations are impressive with pageantry.  But more than that, all this beauty, color and tradition is reinforcing the importance and significance of the threshold the degree candidates are crossing. One week my...

Eavesdrops

Give and Take Grampa are you coming to Alan’s graduation? Of course. Is there a reason I wouldn’t? It’s only the eighth grade. It’s not very important And he doesn’t care. Just because you’re going to be out of high school next year Doesn’t mean what Alan’s doing isn’t important....

Spring Sports Preview, Part 2

Girls Softball The return of varsity softball to Laguna Beach High last season after a three-year absence created a stir, as a bunch of talented underclassmen earned an at-large post season bid after battling to a 5-5 league record and a 10-9-1 mark overall.   Coach Alan...

Spring Teams Dig in to Rebuild

Most of Laguna Beach High’s nine spring sports programs have tough acts to follow after last year’s incredible run of success. Six of those nine won league titles. One made it to CIF quarterfinals. Two were CIF runners up. And one took home a regional state championship.  ...

Shap Show Raises $7000 for the 2012 Grad Party

A three-hour long concert with 33 acts on Feb. 11 raised $7,000 towards this year’s graduation festivities.   Several teachers and alumni with musical chops reprised their appearances from prior years.   The elementary schools’ honors chorus added a humorous twist,...
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