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Vandals Deface Laguna’s Memorial to 9/11

Artist Jorg Dubin visits “Semper Memento,” Laguna Beach’s memorial to victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, every two or three weeks to dust off the public art work in Heisler Park. The Dubin-designed sculpture consists of a pentagonal base holding two beams from the...

Mothering Heights

A Cranky Dictator   “Put your phone away,” I nag my 11 year old while driving to dance class. The constant texting and posting on Instagram is getting on my nerves.   My daughter stops texting to take a photo of the rain.   “You don’t have to take a photo of every...

Eavesdrops

The Patriot I know why we have a parade on Patriot’s Day.   You do?   Yes. It’s to honor people who have made sacrifices that resulted in the continuation of American freedom.   Wow! That’s pretty good. Where did you get that.   In school.   Do you have...

Local Heroes to Lead Parade

  Retired Gen. Lee and Dorene Butler were selected as grand marshals for the 46th Annual Patriots Day Parade set for Saturday, March 3, parade organizers announced.   Others selected by committee organizers for VIP treatment are honored patriot Louise E. Buckley,...

Realtors Accepting Grant Applications

The Laguna Board of Realtors and Affiliates Charitable Assistance Fund will accept written grant applications for donations from its 2012 Laguna Beach fundraising events through Nov. 15. Proceeds are donated to local nonprofits and the Realtors’ general fund. Priority is given to...

Class Notes

Treating Others With a Costume Drive and Halloween Haunts

‘Never Forget’ Selected for Parade Theme

Organizers of the Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade have chosen “Never Forget” as the theme for their 46th parade on Saturday, March 3. Nominations are being taken for grand marshal, honored patriot (army), citizen of the year, artist of the year and athlete of the...

Pet Parade Steals the Cat’s Meow

Laguna Board of Realtors hosted its most successful pet parade and chili cook off last Sunday, raising $18,000 for the 15th annual event that benefits the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, the Bluebell Cat Foundation and the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter.   Credit goes to Caroline...

Community Datebook

Drive-Thru eWaste Collection Set   The public is invited to get rid of unused electronics and shred personal documents at an electronic waste and paper drive-through on Saturday, Sept. 17, in the school district parking lot, 550 Blumont St., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The free...

A Brooks St. 4th: Party, Parade and Paddle Out

By Steve Cohn, Special to the Independent This year, over 500 people gathered on Brooks Street to participate in the neighborhood’s fifth annual gathering to commemorate Independence Day. Before the parade, a flag that flew over an American military installation in Iraq was...

No Limelight for Squid Run

Editor, I was looking forward to reading a report on the squid run that took place a very short distance off our shores during the nights of Nov. 29 through Dec. 2. It was quite spectacular. On the last night, I counted 33 commercial boats all lit up out there. It looked like a...

Small Goblins Invade Main Beach

The Laguna Beach Parents Club invites any pre-school age youngsters to join its annual Halloween costume parade at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at Main Beach. Children, some dressed as superheroes and supernatural beings, traipse along the boardwalk to their reward, a celebration...