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Troop Fledges Three New Eagle Scouts

Jonathan Ranabarger, Andrew Keyser, and Michael Davidson, members of Laguna Beach Boy Scout Troop 35, have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, a troop spokesman announced. Only 4% of youth achieve Eagle Scout rank, which requires hundreds of hours of community service, leadership...

Film Documents a Mountain Lion’s Home in an Urban Landscape

“The Cat That Changed America,” a documentary about a mountain lion coexisting in urban Los Angeles, will be shown by Laguna Greenbelt, Inc.  Sunday, Nov. 12. The 3 p.m. screening takes place in fhe Forum Theater on the Festival of Arts grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road. Following...

Restaurant Owners Step Up for Crash Victim

The Bungalow Restaurant in Corona del Mar hosted a fundraiser this week on behalf of Laguna Beach resident Katie Ford, who experienced a medical emergency and crashed her vehicle into the empty restaurant last week. “We want to do whatever we can to help get Katie on the road to...

Limelight

South Swell Lifts 54th Brooks Contest

A welcome swell with waves of as much as 10 feet provided the engine for the 54th running of the annual Brooks Street Surfing Classic, which took place Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7-8. Travis Booth, 16, won the pro/am division, the youngest participant to take the contest’s top...

Patriotism Steps Beyond Red, White and Blue

By Charlie Warner, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association float featuring a roller-skating mime and dancers whirling in traditional Mexican costumes won the Grand Marshals Trophy in the 51st Laguna Beach Patriot’s Day Parade. “The Sister...

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Obituaries

Local Poet, Actor, Raconteur Dies at 70

John Abbot Gardiner died of heart disease in Laguna Beach, Calif., on Nov. 24, 2017. He was 70.

Lana Marie Dunn Facinelli

Lana Facinelli, a top-producing realtor, started her career in 1976 at the Laguna Hills Tarbell office and stayed loyal to Tarbell until she retired in 2011. Lana Dunn met her husband Jerry Facinelli in Laguna Beach at the age of 13. Jerry and Lana married three years later and...

John Robert Bergmann

John Robert Bergmann, 60, passed away Oct. 3, 2017 in his home in Trumbull, Conn. John was born in Wichita, Kas., to the late B. James and Joan M. Bergmann. He graduated from Trumbull High School and received his engineering degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Bergmann...

Columns

Village Matters

It’s Just the Perception The truth of the matter is something else again. How do urban legends/false perceptions live on? Do people really believe false statements if they are said often enough? The past elections proved that they do, but somehow I thought Laguna would be...

Pet Peeves

Let’s Make a Toast I like to save time in the morning by making toast right next to the bathtub. It’s a habit I got into during my working years. I would do my ablution and eat toast at the same time. Got me ahead of the competition. Sure, it was dangerous having the toaster...

Just for Laughs

Read the Personals   VINTAGE CLOTHES – Huge sale of old, outdated clothing. Cheap.  We have men’s three-piece suits and tons of men’s vests in a huge assortment of fabrications. Movie wardrobe/Halloween? MUST GO.  #DecadesAgo   TURTLE – Mitch is a really nice turtle. ...

Green Light

Art and Nature: That’s Laguna Laguna at its core and as many see it today is the result of sculpting Pacific forces, like wind and waves, and the works of artists who have immortalized in their creative renderings the beauty of its coves, headlands, coastal canyons, and hills....
Posted On 16 Nov 2017

Taking Stock

Time For Gratitude With the market up over 15 % this year, stock investors should express gratitude at Thanksgiving for a strong bill market. Unrelenting instant news of squabbles in Washington jeopardizing Wall Street’s dreams of tax cuts continues to provide enough worries to...

Musings on the Coast

The Tribes Take Over Xavier is from Puerto Rico, grew up poor, and today is a struggling young actor in Hollywood. We met by accident six years ago, became close friends and he spent the other weekend at my place in Laguna to escape the crushing heat in L.A. On Sunday, h...
Posted On 09 Nov 2017