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Surprising Observations From Down Under

Surprising Observations From Down Under

I visited Australia recently to see my daughter, Gabrielle, 21, near the end of her college semester abroad. With me is my girlfriend, Kim Bowen, who grew up in London but moved to Sydney at 23 and was appointed fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar, Australia. Heady stuff, especially at that age. For her, this visit was […]

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Whirlybirds Survey Weeds in Laguna Parks

Whirlybirds Survey Weeds in Laguna Parks

The Nature Reserve of Orange County, in collaboration with other agencies, is now conducting an aerial weed survey during daylight hours through June 20. Between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., a small, low-flying helicopter will document and map the distribution of over 30 weed species located in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Crystal Cove State Park, […]

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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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Laura’s Law Falls Short of Real Needs

Laura’s Law Falls Short of Real Needs

Editor, As a community psychiatrist practicing in Orange County for 37 years I have observed the expanding need for the implementation of appropriate assisted outpatient treatment [AOT] during this time. The main reasons for this type of treatment, which will be introduced with the implementation of Laura’s Law this October, are the shrinking availability of […]

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Smoke-Filled Air Blankets Town

Smoke-Filled Air Blankets Town

The city of Laguna Beach issued multiple bulletins to residents on Friday to allay fears about smoke blanketing the city from fires burning in San Diego County, though air quality improved by midday as prevailing winds shifted the smoke’s direction. The city’s police department received 106 calls between 2 and 6 a.m. this morning, said […]

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Local Wins Accolades from National Charity League

Local Wins Accolades from National Charity League

The Sunshine Readers, founded by Julia Johnson of Laguna Beach, were selected as philanthropy partner for the 2014 National Charity League Leadership Conference, held recently in Anaheim. Johnson and her co-founder, daughter Candace, started Sunshine Readers 20 years ago. The travelling literacy program takes place in various Orange County public libraries and encourages young children […]

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The New Face of Homelessness

The New Face of Homelessness

By OC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens Orange County, meet the new face of homelessness: a single mother in her 20s with two young children. Of the estimated 12,700 homeless Orange County residents – an alarming number by itself – nearly half are young mothers struggling to care for very young children. Over the last several years, […]

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Help and Hope for At-Risk Students

Help and Hope for At-Risk Students

Led admirably by Principal Joanne Culverhouse, the educators at LBHS who we count on to keep students safe and help at risk young people have come up with a bold idea that can bring the light of truth into one of the darkest corners of our lives. On May 12 the doors of the Artists’ Theatre will open up so students, parents and the community […]

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Is Laguna a Destination for the Homeless?

Is Laguna a Destination for the Homeless?

Editor, Is the city of Laguna Beach looking to become the number one destination for homeless people in Orange County? I am compassionate and want to help Laguna Beach residents that have lost their way or have a mental illness, but I do not believe our city has an obligation to care for and provide […]

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Local Wins Accolades from National Charity League

Local Wins Accolades from National Charity League

The Sunshine Readers, founded by Julia Johnson of Laguna Beach, have been selected Philanthropy Partner for the 2014 National Charity League Leadership Conference being held in Anaheim, April 23-25. Johnson and her co-founder, daughter Candace, started Sunshine Readers 20 years ago. The travelling literacy program takes place in various Orange County public libraries and encourages […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

UCI Summer Programs Offer Scholarships UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts received a grant that will fund as need-based scholarships for Orange County students to attend the Summer Academies in the Arts, for middle and high school students ages 13-18.  They offer focused workshops in art, dance, drama and music. The grant also […]

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Librarian Writes a New Chapter

Librarian Writes a New Chapter

By Donna Furey | LB Indy Jon Gilliom took on the job as Laguna Beach’s library branch manager a little more than a year ago and he is already helping rewrite what library patrons can expect to find amid the stacks. Gilliom, who holds a degree in literature and has studied computer science, discovered that […]

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Turnaround Artist Named Coach of the Year

Turnaround Artist Named Coach of the Year

Mark Lewis was named the 2013-14 Orange County girls’ basketball coach of the year after leading Laguna Beach High to second place in the Orange Coast League and a first round CIF post-season victory. The team’s eight league wins this season is a school record. Lewis’ first team three years ago went 0-18. Each of […]

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On the Table

On the Table

Boat-to-Plate Cuisine Lands in Laguna Slapfish will open its second Orange County location in Laguna Beach at 211 Broadway St. in April. Owners Chef Andrew Gruel and Jethro Naude will offer fresh, sustainable seafood at their beach close location with 10 seats indoors and an extensive outdoor patio. Food truck-turned-restaurateur Gruel says “…we are planning to make […]

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Keep it Wild with the Biologists

Keep it Wild with the Biologists

Join Bob Allen and Fred Roberts, renowned biologists and authors of “Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains,” as they discuss and sign their new book at the Nix Nature Center in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Feb. 12, 6- 8:30 p.m. Your book purchase supports Laguna Canyon Foundation, the organization that helps save […]