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The Truth Behind the Fiction

  When I was a girl, a police officer lived with his sweet wife and three fresh-faced children in the ground floor apartment. Think Norman Rockwell in the Bronx. Now and then, angry shouts and frightening sounds were heard behind their door. When I asked my mother about it,...
Posted On 13 Apr 2014

Diving Into an Underwater Jewel Box

Local resident Beverly Factor’s luscious underwater photos debut in her newest book, “Seaduction, the Sensuous Side of the Sea.” Factor captures nature’s complexity with images that display patterns textures and movement. The 176-page, $60 coffee table book’s forward is written...

Minding our Business: Career Shift

Here’s the fiction: Accomplished woman marries for love, discovers a stranger, and in this novel, an abusive stranger, and has to find her way out to protect her children. Perfect fodder for a page-turner. Here’s the backstory: Happily married Laguna architect, Suzanne Redfearn,...
Posted On 18 Oct 2013

From Fine Food to Sweet Stories, HIP Shops Enrich the Highway

  As the pumpkin spice flows and the Halloween lights glow, HIP District merchants are celebrating fall in Laguna Beach with promotions and special events. Located south on Coast Highway between Thalia Street and Bluebird Canyon Drive, Laguna’s HIP District is comprised of...

Chef Challenge IV: Principals vs. Principals

by Kristi Cancellieri, SchoolPower VP of Public Relations   Laguna Beach’s four principals served up a fun-filled night of food and competition at SchoolPower’s Lumberyard Chef Challenge IV earlier this month. The dueling-menu fundraiser netted over $10,500 as the team of LBHS...

Principals Schooled in Cooking

By Kristi Cancellieri, Special to the Independent   Schoolpower spices up its Chef Challenge by bringing in all four Laguna Beach principals for the dueling-menu fundraiser at downtown’s Lumberyard restaurant on Monday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. Returning competitors who lead El...