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Concussions Up at High School

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy In the first eight weeks of the school year, 12 Laguna Beach High School students have been diagnosed with concussions, as many as suffered the injury for the entire 2013-14 session, according to a report presented to the Laguna Beach school board...

Personnel File

Montage Gets New Director   Rick Riess was appointed the new managing director of Montage Laguna Beach, the town’s largest hotel and one of its largest employers. A veteran hospitality executive, Riess has managed resorts from Napa Valley to South Carolina, Hawaii and...

Dentist Urges Prevention for Football Players.

Dental injuries are the most common type of facial injury sustained during participation in sports. The majority of these injuries are preventable, according to Laguna Beach dentist Adam Vaghari, who recently took over a practice at 31655 S. Coast Highway, Suite B. An athlete is...
Posted On 18 Sep 2014

How to Be a Cool Grandmother

By Susan Jacob, Special to the Independent In all my life, I never once concerned myself with being cool. The idea held no interest for me. My family and friends would likely testify to the fact that I am in no way cool. The issue that is motivating me at this late date is the...

Honor Thy Father

  It is time again to formally honor our fathers. The masculine principle is imbued with the task of establishing our ethics and morality. It fulfills its function as a sharp tool of learning what actions and controls are necessary to manifest right choices in our lives. When...

Laguna Rules Water Polo !

High School Sports Update By Frank Aronoff | LB Indy Girls Water Polo (30-1) Makenzie Fischer scored five goals and had five steals to help power Laguna Beach past Newport Harbor 10-7 to capture the CIF’s top tier Division I girls water polo title Saturday at Irvine’s Woollett...

You Can’t Go Home Again

Old-timers, as I suppose I can now consider myself, like to grouse about how wonderful Laguna used to be and how much it has changed.  In the spirit of Thomas Wolfe’s novel, “You Can Never Go Home Again,” it’s interesting to note how the passage of time has both held character...

Boys Who Care Thank the Community

A scholarship group at Thurston Middle School known as Ten Boys Who Care are more than halfway to their $2,500 fundraising goal. The seventh graders, who are all athletes, started their group on the premise that winning isn’t everything, but being a bad sport can ruin everything....

The Write Stuff 11/1/13

Author Revisits First Female Olympic Track Competitors Author Victoria Patterson, author of “The Peerless Four,” signs her sports work at Laguna Beach Books, Sunday, Nov. 3, at 4 p.m. Her is the world of the female athletes in the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, the first games in which...

Former Refugee Envisions Playing Fields for Youth

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent A fundraiser to build a sports complex at a Tibetan refugee settlement in rural India will be held this Friday evening at Laguna Beach’s Neighborhood Congregational Church. Sharing Light, the second fundraiser for the Norgyeling...

Class Notes 10/18/13

Sport Swap, a Bargain-Hunter’s Paradise  Are your closets and garage areas bursting with unused or outgrown sports gear? Looking for an inexpensive wetsuit, paddleboard, or other piece of sports equipment? The fifth annual Thurston Middle School Sports Swap will turn your...

Marking the Start Line for Student Athletes

Kathy Coakley was watching her son play in a Laguna Beach High School baseball game last year when a batter, Brett Tracy, fouled a fast pitch off his bat and directly into his right eye.  The ball smashed into his eye socket and the impact instantly broke his cheekbone; he was...

Entrance is City-Funded Welfare for Businesses

Editor, I understand that the council will now be giving a period of public input on the village entrance project. Still, I believe that until this revenue-bond project is rejected by the City Council, people will continue to express their opposition. From my investigation of a...

Clinic Adds Health Services for Children

While continuing to operate its regular pediatric program, the Laguna Beach Community Clinic has delivered additional services to 247 children and adolescents to prepare them for the school year. The clinic also conducts athletic physicals for a number of young people...

Original School Colors on the Sidelines

One of the unifying traditions of team sports at high schools and colleges are the old school colors. Laguna is in their 80th sports season this year and many alumni will be surprised to see the old maroon and white not honored by this year’s sports teams. It doesn’t appear that...