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Gentrification is Winning

Gentrification is Winning

Editor, I have been shopping at Coast Liquors, corner of Mountain Avenue and Coast Highway, for half a century. Now the new owners who bought the Coast Inn across the street want to replace the liquor store with a swimming pool, so rumor has it. The stock in the store is slowly disappearing and another, vital, […]

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How to Be a Cool Grandmother

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 […]

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California Gold

California Gold

The brightest colored fish in our local waters is the garibaldi (Hypsypops rubicundus).  It was named after Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807 – 1882), an Italian revolutionary hero because of the red shirts that he and his followers wore. The Garibaldi is uniformly brilliant orange in color with green eyes. Males and females are similar in appearance […]

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Injured Sea Lion Beats the Odds

Injured Sea Lion Beats the Odds

By Donna Furey, Special to the Independent An unusual patient is recovering at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center: an adult sea lion suffering from great white-shark bite wounds and malnourishment. No one knows how long the sea lion was swimming in the waters off Emerald Bay before a beachgoer called the center on Wednesday, Jan. […]

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With Technology, Coach Helps Swimmers Excel

With Technology, Coach Helps Swimmers Excel

A 15-year-old Brett Rose visited Mission Viejo in 1980 to compete in a junior national swim meet. He and his family had never before left their native Pennsylvania, but a detour to Laguna Beach during that trip hooked the family. Five years later, “We picked up like the Beverly hillbillies and moved to Laguna Beach,” […]

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Where we Live!

Where we Live!

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Rotary Student of the Month

Rotary Student of the Month

The Rotary Club of Laguna Beach honored Lila Vera as Student of the Month for October during the club’s regular luncheon meeting at Hotel Laguna last Friday. Lila was accompanied by her math department instructor Gary Shapiro, who described her accomplishments in advanced mathematics and athletics. Lila is an Orange Coast League Scholar-Athlete for swimming. After […]

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Sally Ann Kennedy

Sally Ann Kennedy

Sally Ann (Rusestine) Kennedy, 71, succumbed to lung cancer on Oct. 10, 2013. Kennedy resided in Santa Ana since 1993. She was born on Aug. 15, 1942, in Ferndale, Mich., the city in which she grew up. Sally graduated from Ferndale High School in 1960 and was her class homecoming queen. She moved to Southern […]

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Tennis Courts Set for Repairs

Tennis Courts Set for Repairs

After years of tension between the school district and the city over responsibility for the deteriorating tennis courts at the high school, the courts are finally set to be competitive again. With a joint-use agreement approved by the City Council last month, school board members voted this past Tuesday, Oct. 8, to spend $69,000 to […]

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Lifeguards Make an Unusual Rescue

Lifeguards Make an Unusual Rescue

Confronted with a situation omitted from routine training, O.C. Lifeguards improvised their own rescue procedure on Sunday, July 14 when a young deer tumbled from the surf below one of Laguna Beach’s most isolated but popular coves. Lifeguards physically restrained the animal, laying their hands on the exhausted, shivering deer for nearly two hours until […]

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Grateful for Assistance

Grateful for Assistance

Editor, On April 22 I had an accident on Park Avenue after hitting a parked car to avoid an animal in the road. The assistance of so many people was incredibly comforting. Alby Beler of the swimming pool staff physically pulled me out of the vehicle and I was stunned and could not move or […]

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Sports Briefs 4/19/13

Sports Briefs 4/19/13

Fall Soccer Registration Begins AYSO 86, Laguna Beach’s youth soccer league, is holding walk-in registration for the fall season on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, 1085 Laguna Canyon Rd. For information, visit ayso86.org   Jr. Guards Train at Moro Beach Potential junior lifeguard participants are invited to […]

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Swimmers Attempt Open Water Feat

Swimmers Attempt Open Water Feat

The Oak Street Open Water Swimmers, or as they prefer to be known, the “Oak Streakers,” will tackle the 100 hundreds challenge Saturday, Dec. 22 at 7 a.m. at Main Beach. The group, who have individually accomplished such feats as swimming the Catalina and English Channel, are re-appropriating the annual challenge that pool swimmers attempt […]

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Learning English While Making Friends

Learning English While Making Friends

The Laguna school district is offering English as a Second Language classes beginning Tuesday, Sept. 4. The class is free to adults of all levels of fluency. The three-hour classes are held Monday through Thursday starting at 5:30 p.m. The classes meet in Room 90 across the street from Laguna Beach High School, 760 Park […]

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Top Laguna Swimmer Qualifies for Olympic Trials

Top Laguna Swimmer Qualifies for Olympic Trials

Former Laguna Beach High standout Andrea Reigel will travel to Omaha next month to compete in the U.S. Olympic swimming trials. Reigel, a college senior, qualified for the 100 and 200 backstroke and the 200 individual medley as a member of the UCLA Bruins. “It’s always been a goal, but I never thought it would […]