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Remembering a Legacy of Gay Bars

Editor, For decades, Laguna Beach had a large gay bar on Main Beach and later the Boom Boom Room at the Coast Inn. Luckily a gay man owns our much smaller and only remaining gay bar, the Bounce, and has made recent changes with more improvements coming. When “Pappy”...

Speaker’s Corner: The Fear of New Ideas

By Larry Nokes Great thanks to Allan Simon for putting a fine point on a current topic of great debate: the village entrance (“Will Council Lead?” Letters, Aug. 30). As Mr. Simon notes: “the city council voted 3-2 to approve taking the next step in the development of the Village...

Village Matters: Is There Magic?

I dreaded the prospect of getting married, walking down that aisle. What if that man waiting for me at the altar was the wrong one?  “How will I know when I’ve met ‘the one,’ the person I’m destined to spend a lifetime with?” “You’ll know, you will feel the magic…” came the...

‘Mr. Laguna,’ Harry Lawrence Dies

Harry Lawrence, nicknamed “Mr. Laguna” for pursuing local beautification efforts such as the Main Beach Park, died Sunday at his home in Laguna Beach. He was 98. A memorial service is set for Saturday, March 31, at 10 a.m. at Laguna Presbyterian Church. A private...

Mr. Laguna Celebrates His 98th Year

Harry Lawrence earned the nickname “Mr. Laguna” because since 1947 he played a role in numerous organizations and beautification movements that make the town what it is today. The public is invited to help him celebrate “Harry Lawrence Day” at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct....