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New Vision for Batting Cages

It was an early Saturday morning at the Laguna Beach Batting Cages on Laguna Canyon Road. A beehive of maroon-and-white clad 8- and 9-year-old boys with shiny, helmeted heads was hovering around the boxed-in batting cages. They were swinging their bats and waiting to take their...

Beatrice Ruth Hillard

Beatrice Ruth Hillard, a longtime resident of Laguna Beach, passed away April 8, 2014.   Born Sept. 29, 1924, Bea grew up in Milwaukee, Wisc., before moving to New York. There, she received her master’s in nursing from Columbia University in 1959.   Specializing in pre-natal care...

Taking Stock

Watching for Market Indicators One “indicator” of future stock market performance is the “Super Bowl Indicator.” A New York Times sportswriter created this “indicator” in 1978. It holds that an up market lies ahead for 2014 if the NFC team wins the Super Bowl. There is no...

Wisdom Workout: Skype to the Rescue

  It seems that just a few years ago, my daughter Sara was a senior at the high school and was riding in the convertible marked Junior Citizens of the Year in the Patriot’s Day parade. That was back in 1998. She is currently in New Zealand, her adopted country since...

A New Stream of Music

Local singer/songwriter Alec Bridges releases a solo studio album “In a Stream” Sunday, Oct. 21. Inspired by Bridges’ introspective yoga and meditation, the album has come nearly three years in the making.  Catalytic to his solo sound, the rhythm section in Bridges’ band moved to...

Laguna Manufacturer Takes NYC

Cerno, an industrial design and manufacturing company that makes all of their products at their in-house facility in Laguna Beach, returns to New York this week to exhibit at the New York International Gift Fair. Visit www.cernogroup.com for more information.

‘Ruthless’ Musical Equals Unabashed Fun

  “Ruthless,” the latest No Square Theatre production staged by Bree Burgess Rosen and directed by Joe Lauderdale, has even more twists and turns than the hills of Laguna Beach. Lauderdale describes the musical penned by Joel Paley with music by Marvin Laird as “Gypsy” meets...

‘Ruthless’ Musical Equals Unabashed Fun

“Ruthless,” the latest No Square Theatre production staged by Bree Burgess Rosen and directed by Joe Lauderdale, has even more twists and turns than the hills of Laguna Beach. Lauderdale describes the musical penned by Joel Paley with music by Marvin Laird as “Gypsy” meets “The...

Nathan’s Contest Inspires an Imitator

By Justin Swanson, Special to the Independent   Something about New York’s annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest enticed Newport Beach resident Colin Mulligan, who watched the annual rite on television last week. Joey Chestnut of Valencia, Calif., dominated the New York...

Student Performers Take a Bow

Local high school senior and comedic actor Elan Kramer won the best actor award Sunday at the annual MACY awards, which recognizes stand-out performances among high school theater productions. Elan’s friends among the Park Avenue Players also picked up an armful of awards,...

Norman Fruman

Norman Fruman   Norman Fruman, an educator and scholar best known for his biography of the English poet and critic Samuel Taylor Coleridge, died on April 19, at his home in Laguna Beach, of cancer. He was 88. Born in the Bronx, New York, on Dec. 2, 1923, Fruman was the son...

Indy Globetrotters

Send readers a postcard with a highlight from your travels. Pack an Indy and send a hi resolution image to www.lbindy.com. We’ll do our best to get them in print. Happy travels.     Bora Bora   Arab        Colorado     New York  ...

Galleries Gain Two Newcomers

“There’s a New Girl in Town, and its name is George,” went the announcement for a new gallery that opened this month on North Laguna’s gallery row. George may be a puzzling moniker for a gallery dedicated exclusively to contemporary women artists, but newly minted gallerist Lisa...

Author Sprints for Literacy

Laguna Beach resident Dennis Yang, who has written over 110 children stories under the pen name Papa Didos, finished a 3,281-mile cross-country journey last year where he gave away books to children along the way. He’s still on the road, this time making a local pit stop at the...
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