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HIP District Kicks Off Summer

HIP District Kicks Off Summer

Many of the HIP District’s 100 plus shops, located on S. Coast Highway between Thalia Street and Bluebird Canyon Road, are offering June promotions and special events to kick off the summer season. Gina’s Pizza will stay open later, Subway will deliver lunch to the beach, and Laguna Beach books hosts special author events. Visit […]

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Boys & Girls Club Bids Adieu to Terry Anne Barman

Boys & Girls Club Bids Adieu to Terry Anne Barman

After 20 years of offering early childhood education and school readiness to children in Laguna Beach, Terry Anne Barman, the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach’s Early Childhood and Family Services Director, is retiring. Her colleagues, as well as students and their families will host a Preschool Graduation and Reunion celebration to honor her […]

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Show Offers Philanthropies What They Crave

Show Offers Philanthropies What They Crave

By Caronline Bruderer, Special to the Independent In the last year, representatives of wildly disparate interests ranging from the Boys & Girls Club and No Square Theater, to the Assistance League and Tony Hawk Foundation, have found a sympathetic ear with Caroline Bruderer. Since volunteering as a program host on the start-up Laguna Beach FM […]

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Two Lives Unbury Local Treasures

Two Lives Unbury Local Treasures

By Donna Furey | LB Indy Lucille McElroy, 92, and Sylvia Dolby, 85, can tell stories about Laguna Beach before it was beset by parking problems, astronomical rents or crowded beaches. Even so, their own stories are equally remarkable, revealing women of determination. Sylvia Dolby, who lost her right leg below the knee several years […]

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Budget Windfall Benefits Police and Garden

Budget Windfall Benefits Police and Garden

The South Laguna Community Garden Park and the Laguna Beach police department both scored victories in claiming newly available revenue in the city’s coffers this week. Runner ups in a budget workshop Tuesday included marine protection, fuel modification, traffic control and emergency radio service. The City Council will hold a second public hearing at a […]

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It’s No Mystery, Volunteers Keep the Pageant Going

It’s No Mystery, Volunteers Keep the Pageant Going

By Loreen Berlin, Special to the Independent The annual Pageant of the Masters production lures its audience from great distances, but its volunteer cast members generally are from close to home. They include Luke Pacheco, 12, of Laguna Beach, in his third consecutive year in the summer show that opens July 6 and which was […]

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Guilds’ Bet a Win for Center

Guilds’ Bet a Win for Center

The Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts held its second Spring Celebration: Bet on the Wheels on Saturday, April 12, and raised $250,000 in support of the center’s education and community engagement programs. Special honorees were Eve and Mike Ruffatto. Guilds Chair Marilyn McCorkle explained, “Just as the roulette wheels turned for our lucky […]

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Library Loses Two Staffers

Library Loses Two Staffers

By Donna Furey | LB Indy Two longtime staff members of the Laguna Beach branch of the county library system are no longer assigned to the local branch, including children’s librarian Rebecca Porter. Library patrons were notified in an email sent by Porter last month. The timing is unfortunate as she was working on a […]

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Voters Should Decide View Ordinance

Voters Should Decide View Ordinance

Editor, “The Tragedy of the Commons,” a classic essay published in Science in 1968 and written by the esteemed UC Santa Barbara ecologist Garrett Hardin, is a must read for anyone interested or involved with the view preservation debate. The theoretical commons in his essay is a pastureland used by many herdsmen. Due to social […]

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Permanent Supportive Housing Ill-Advised in Flood Plain

Permanent Supportive Housing Ill-Advised in Flood Plain

Editor, It saddens me that the Friendship Shelter and City Council have created a situation in opposition to complete support for both preservation of Laguna Canyon and those in great need. Respectfully I must choose preservation of natural resources, wildlife habitats and open space knowing that forethought and wise decisions  must be based on historical evidence […]

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Trolleys Pay for Themselves With Tap Card

Trolleys Pay for Themselves With Tap Card

Editor, Re: “Trolleys to Run on Summer Weekends,” in the May 30 edition. That sounds great, but why not have a tap card system like they do in LA County, which is a loadable card of stored value and a certain amount is deducted each time you tap your card on the fare box. It’s […]

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Keep Streets Free for Fire Engines

Keep Streets Free for Fire Engines

Editor: I remember a place filled with smoke, locked in the small room, arms outstretched, touching hot surfaces, trying to find the door, and then pulling on it with strength fueled by fear, terror. Screams of the other tenants. But the fire had begun on the bottom floor, and the flames were rising upward, like tentacles […]

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Fire Danger Requires Smoking Crackdown

Fire Danger Requires Smoking Crackdown

Editor, I have lived in the Top of the World area for 35 years. Evacuating my home during the devastating 1993 fire was one of the most traumatic events of my life. That event left me psychologically scared and hyper-aware of the possibility of something like that happening again. The severe drought conditions this year […]

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Runner Records Two More Wins

Runner Records Two More Wins

Maija Shaw, a fifth-grader from Top of the World Elementary, continued her win streak at the Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation Track & Field Championships June 1 in Downey. Maija ran 29.6 seconds in the 200 meter and 1:09.3 seconds in the 400, winning both races. She previously won both events at the Laguna Beach […]

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Grants Nourish Teacher Ideas

Grants Nourish Teacher Ideas

An annual teacher grant An annual teacher grant program, designed so ideas can be quickly funded and put into action, encourages Laguna Beach instructors, administrators and classified staff to submit proposals that will have a direct impact on students. “Schoolpower allows us to go beyond the walls of the classroom and explore,” said Linda Hill-Lindsay, […]