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Despite a Rushing Record, Breakers Lose to Calvary

Lancaster runs for a record 547 yards, 7 TDS Those who ventured out to Estancia High School on Thursday, Oct. 24, witnessed one of great offensive games in California prep football history as Calvary Chapel rallied to defeat Laguna in overtime, 62-56. Breakers had their chances...

The Write Stuff 10/25/13

Book Blooms With Local Flora The latest publication from Laguna Wilderness Press is “Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains” by Robert L. Allen and Fred M. Roberts, Jr. Wilderness Press is “Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains” by Robert L....

Community Datebook 9/27/13

Four-footed Celebrity Steps Out for Pet Parade The Laguna Board of Realtors and affiliates will be holding their 17th annual Pet Parade and Chili Cook-Off on Sunday, Sept. 29 at Tivoli Too! Pet owners of all ages can compete for awards by entering pets in six different categories...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 found...

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...

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...

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...

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...