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Debra Deem

Debra Deem

Debra Healy Deem, 58, of Laguna Beach passed away on Aug. 28 after succumbing to injuries received in a tragic bike accident on Aug. 27, 2013. Debra was born in St. Paul, Minn., and grew up in Southern California. She received her bachelor of arts degree magna cum laude from California State Polytechnic University of […]

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South OC Soccer Club Crowned National Champs

South OC Soccer Club Crowned National Champs

Laguna Beach High senior Christopher Tellez and some of south Orange County’s top prep soccer players edged a team from Cincinnati 1-0 in overtime to win the U.S. Youth Soccer U17 National Championship on Sunday, July 28 in Overland Park, Kan. The National Champion U17 West Coast Futbol Club, coached by Neil Armourf, is made […]

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Future of Urban Farming Arrives in a Box

Future of Urban Farming Arrives in a Box

By Sara Vandergrift, Special to the Independent   Alegría Fresh, an unusual farm that grows its produce in vertical structures, turned to an old fashioned method to reach retail customers. In partnership with Orange County Produce, LLC, Alegria last week began offering weekly home delivery of its fresh organic bounty. The farm itself is a […]

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From Stately to Nondescript

From Stately to Nondescript

Editor, I wish to add my voice to the chorus of those who bemoan the devastation currently occurring on Ocean Avenue. As many others have said, eliminating established, stately trees from our city streets will result in making Laguna Beach look like any other nondescript Orange County suburb. One doesn’t need to be an expert to […]

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Philip Herbert

Philip Herbert

Philip C. Herbert, 73, a long time resident of Orange County passed away on March 12, 2013, in Prescott, Ariz., with his loving wife Katherine by his side. He is survived by children Scott, Kristine, and Penny; grandchildren Brynna, Stephen, Gianna, Kristin, EvaJean, Justin, and Meghan; great grandson Taylor; brothers Mick and Larry and sister Mollie. […]

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Local Resorts Attain Industry’s Top Tier

Local Resorts Attain Industry’s Top Tier

Montage Laguna Beach, the 248-room resort that overlooks rock-lined coves and opened in 2003, earned its first five-star ranking from Forbes Travel Guide this week. Nearby Dana Point’s St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa and Newport Beach’s Resort at Pelican Hill also received the five-star distinction, the guide announced. “Montage Laguna Beach not only […]

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Digital Divide Increasing?

Digital Divide Increasing?

Editor, Orange County librarians are admitting that the internet system in the 35+ libraries has been slow for at least a month and may either improve or get worse. The use of computers in the orange county library system is way down because of on-going internet problems, and yet this is one of the most popular […]

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Village Matters: Reaching Out With Maestro

Village Matters: Reaching Out With Maestro

We were desperate for new cats. In November of 2002 our two cats died of cancer within weeks of each other.  For a while we were just in shock and in our grief couldn’t think of any other cats. Then there was the holiday season. Finally we went on a search.  At the end we […]

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OC Can You Play With Us?

OC Can You Play With Us?

For the third consecutive year, Pacific Symphony invites community musicians from across Orange County to play with the orchestra onstage in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. This year, the Symphony is again offering four sessions over two nights to allow up to 180 adult amateur musicians (ages 22 and older) the unique opportunity […]

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Successful Gala Raises Bar for Friendship Shelter

Successful Gala Raises Bar for Friendship Shelter

“Fly Me To The Moon,” Friendship Shelter’s annual gala on Friday, Nov. 9, set records for both attendance and funds raised. Gala chair and Laguna Beach resident Keiko Sakamoto and her committee presided over an exuberant and thriving evening that raised nearly $400,000 for Friendship Shelter’s work rebuilding the lives of homeless people in Orange […]

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Issues Omitted from the SHO Debate

Issues Omitted from the SHO Debate

Editor, The Social Host Ordinance known as SHO takes the combination of greed and ignorance that are now common with the Laguna Beach City Council into a new playing field, the legal system. State judges don’t care about local ordinances, because they don’t compare to the programs the courts already have. But we as a city should […]

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Iranian Author Finds Solace in Storytelling

Iranian Author Finds Solace in Storytelling

Laguna Beach resident Dr. Rahimeh Andalibian experienced the chaos and upheaval of Iran’s 1979 revolution as a confused 4-year-old whose family subsequently fled the country. By the time the family landed in Orange County in 1986, those traumatic events were as good as swept under the rugs of her father’s Persian carpet business. Andalibian said […]

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Speaker Takes Up Arms Against ‘War on Women’

Speaker Takes Up Arms Against ‘War on Women’

Lori Vandermeir, president of the Orange County chapter of the National Organization for Women, speaks at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, about the assault on women’s issues since the 2010 election. The talk takes place at the Democratic Club headquarters, 1401 S.  Coast Highway.

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Candidate Spotlights Spending by Community Colleges

Candidate Spotlights Spending by Community Colleges

Editor, My name is Mike Moodian and I am a candidate for South Orange County Community College District board of trustees (Area 7). Laguna Beach will vote in this race. Former public administrator John Williams is my primary opponent. I am writing to send you my new report, which exposes Orange County’s community college trustees’ […]

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Scores of For-Sale Homes Put Out the Welcome Mat

Scores of For-Sale Homes Put Out the Welcome Mat

Surterre Properties will be helping buyers streamline their search for the perfect home by allowing them to explore over 100 properties in one weekend during Surterre’s Orange County open house event Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13-14. Surterre agents will show over 100 current listings from Newport Coast to San Clemente in a wide range of […]