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Ficus Reconsidered

Ficus Reconsidered

Editor: I thought that some background on the trees planted in our downtown area might be of some interest to you and your readers.  Not sure if anyone “alive” knows some of the background. Decades ago a major force in Los Angeles was a women named Mrs. Valley Knudsen. She was a supporter of planting […]

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An Invitation to a Treasure Hunt

An Invitation to a Treasure Hunt

Wolfgang Bloch, Sandra Jones Campbell, Jorg Dubin, Tony DeLap, David Milton, Tom Swimm, Jacques Garnier and the Bartels family are but a few of the contemporary local artists donating works to the annual Laguna Art Museum Art Auction taking place on Feb. 9. The live auction tops a week of previewing by prospective buyers and […]

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Neal F. Amsden, M.D., Nov. 14, 1927 – June 13, 2012

Neal F. Amsden, M.D., Nov. 14, 1927 – June 13, 2012

Neal Amsden was born on Nov. 14, 1927 to Clifford N. and Mabel H. Amsden in Los Angeles. He attended Fairfax High School in Los Angeles and went on to USC as an undergraduate and graduated from USC’s Keck School of Medicine in 1953. Amsden was issued a California medical license on June 30, 1953.  […]

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Bill and Judy Sinisgalli

Bill and Judy Sinisgalli

Bill and Judy died a year apart from one another; Judy passed Sept. 7, 2011, and Bill on Sept. 19, 2012. Bill was born on May 13, 1922 in New York; Judy was born Nov. 26, 1933 in Los Angeles. Both loved each other, their families, friends, and Laguna deeply. Bill would tell us stories […]

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Still Winning Ovations in a 20-Year Run

Still Winning Ovations in a 20-Year Run

Friendship, love, cliques and gangs, violence, drop-outs, haves and have nots, unintended pregnancy and booze keep fueling angst among teens and their parents regardless of the passage of time. These subjects set to rock ’n’ roll comprise the gist of the ‘70s era musical and movie “Grease,” performed for the first time by Laguna High […]

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Local Surfer, Entrepreneur Gives Back

Local Surfer, Entrepreneur Gives Back

Ron McElroy knows what it is like to come from the wrong side of the tracks. A native of Hawaii who grew up in southern California and now lives in Laguna Beach, McElroy comes from a family that battled mental illness, abuse, drugs, and alcohol. Despite the overwhelming odds, he went on to enjoy a […]

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Eugene (‘Gene’) Benjamin Levin

Eugene (‘Gene’) Benjamin Levin

Last Friday, Gene Levin saw patients at his office on Park Avenue, as he has for the last 41 years.  On Saturday afternoon, he had wine and cheese in the garden with Vivian, his wife of 60 years and collapsed shortly thereafter.  He was 85 years old when he died. Born in Philadelphia, Penn., on […]

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Obituary: Rose Skenderian

Obituary: Rose Skenderian

Rose Skenderian of Laguna Hills died Monday, July 30, 2012 of natural causes at the age of 104. She was born to the late Mugerdich and Sultan Hamparzoomian on Nov. 28, 1907, in Parlier, Calif., and is the last survivor of siblings May, Gerard, Charles, Lena, and Barr. When a young girl, Rose’s family moved […]

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An Artist Challenges Viewers to Notice the Details

An Artist Challenges Viewers to Notice the Details

A snow-covered plain in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, a set of pipelines traversing barren soil, a concrete channel that was once a bucolic river bed, views of downtown Los Angeles and, finally, the Pacific Ocean at Long Beach, tinged resplendently by the setting sun. These images, distinguished by subtle drama, coloration and not always […]

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More Trains Roll Out

More Trains Roll Out

Four new weekday Metrolink trips were added between Laguna Niguel and Fullerton at 8:50 and 11:30 a.m. beginning this week, making all stops along the Orange County lines. On weekends, four additional trips will run between Los Angeles and Oceanside along the Orange County lines. The added trains will depart Los Angeles Union Station at […]

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Fashion Raises Funds for AIDS Services

Fashion Raises Funds for AIDS Services

The Friends of Dorothy Guild raised more than $68,000 to support AIDS Services Foundation Orange County on Wednesday, May 23, during its Runway fashion show, held near the airport. The fundraiser was chaired by guild founder Barbara Venezia. The crowd of 500 were treated to one-of-a-kind gowns by designers and manufacturers from San Francisco, Los […]

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Lynda Roth

Lynda Roth

Lynda Roth, composer and performer and 25-year Laguna Beach resident, died June 2, 2012, at her home surrounded by her life partner Lisa Richter and several close friends.  She is survived by her brothers Bill and Dennis and sister Keren Grass, and numerous family members and friends. Roth was born in Pittsburgh, Penn., on June […]

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Tying the Knot

Tying the Knot

Kelsey Forde and Marc Wilson Wed A perfect California day blessed the April 28, 2012 wedding of Kelsey Rhoads Forde and Marc Devant Wilson as they exchanged vows under a majestic, Georgette-draped Italian rotunda overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Pelican Hill Resort, Newport Coast. At the following reception and dinner at Pelican Hill Resort, the […]

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New Leaders Remake Art Scene

New Leaders Remake Art Scene

  A retrospective of Laguna Beach’s art scene in 2011 shows that high watermarks are likely to leave an indelible impression in the years to come, especially concerning major changes in the leadership of the art community. After 14 years at the helm of the Laguna Art Museum, longtime executive director, Bolton Colburn, abruptly resigned […]

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Lifting the Curtain on an Epidemic of Youth Drug Use

Lifting the Curtain on an Epidemic of Youth Drug Use

Punked-out, self-taught chef Tyeson Jack Collester had just signed a television contract for a cooking show, “The Hungry Punker,” on the day he died as a result of an accidental drug overdose of morphine on Jan. 19, 2006 in Laguna Beach.   Through her strife over losing a loved child, Collester’s mother Judy Bostwick Kelly […]