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Students Raise Funds To Help The Homeless

    Top of the World Elementary School students enrolled in the Community Learning Center (CLC) partnered with the Illumination Foundation to help raise funds and provide basic necessities to the homeless, says a district statement. The foundation provides services for...

Saloon Fundraiser Supports Toys for Tots

The Saloon in The Peppertree Lane hosts its 13th annual Christmas party benefiting Toys for Tots on Monday, Dec. 19, 6-10 p.m. Admission at 446 South Coast Highway is one unwrapped new toy that will be exchanged for a ticket to an opportunity drawing. The drawing will have an...

Health in Balance Offers Free Treatments

The team at Health in Balance is offering complimentary therapy treatments, adjustments, B-12 shots and consultations as well as support for local charities during a community appreciation day, Thursday, Dec. 15, from 12-6 p.m. The office at 330 Park Ave., Suite 3, serves as a...

Limelight

Parade Winners

Winners in the 50th Patriots Day Parade are as follows: Grand Marshal’s Trophy: Pageant of the Masters. President’s Trophy: Laguna Beach County Water District. Band Sweepstakes: Bassett High School of La Puente. Elementary Band: L.B.U.S.D. Elementary School Band. Military Color...

Winning Images Evoke Nature’s Best

Laguna Bluebelt Coalition announced winners in amateur and professional categories in its fifth annual photo contest this week. Local Rich German, known for capturing video of marine mammals from his paddleboard, won in the amateur category with an image of a gray whale’s flukes....

A Jury of Your Piers

By Andy Hedden, Special to the Independent Editor’s Note: With El Nino storms again lashing Southern California piers, we figured readers would enjoy stepping again on the ones built in Laguna Beach. Even in 2011 when the late Andy Hedden revisited them, all were long gone. You...

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Obituaries

Irene Frederike Juenthner

Irene Frederike Juenthner was born on Aug. 5, 1931, and passed away peacefully on Dec. 11, 2016, at the age of 85 in Laguna Beach. She is survived by her sister, Trude of Ludwigsburg, Germany; grandchildren, Andrea and Derek Reigel; daughter, Kristine and Rick Reigel (husband);...

Lyn Chervil

With a conservative East Coast upbringing, Lyn Chevli was born as Marilyn Keith in New Haven, Conn. Growing up in Milford, she enjoyed boating in a small rowboat her father, Arthur Reginald Keith had built and christened The ARK, for his initials. She lived with her father,...

Alice Newton Pyle

Oct. 2, 1922 – Nov. 9, 2016 Alice Newton Pyle passed away peacefully at her Laguna Beach home surrounded by family and loved ones following a stroke. She was 94. Alley- as she was referred to by all her friends- was the youngest of three children and the only girl. She was born...

Columns

Heart Talk

Janus, January, and an American Hero   The holiday lights that festooned the village have come down. Santa no longer drives the city trollies. January has arrived. This cold month, named for the Roman god Janus, he of two faces, one looking backward, one forward, reminds me...

Pet Peeves

AI A.I. is all the rage. A.I. stands for artificial intelligence. And a lot of this talk is about artificial intelligence in our cars. Experts say we are just a few short years to having autonomous driving vehicles. People seem over the moon about it. I believe that’s where most...

Taking Stock

Stocks And The White House The approaching Inauguration of our new President brings uncertainty in some areas even though his election spurred a strong stock market rally. It is interesting to compare market changes in various Administrations. The period beginning with the 1980...

Musings on the Coast

Visiting Buenos Aires I went on a last minute visit to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, because Trump won. Let me explain. My longtime friend and fellow (much more) active Democrat is the current U.S. Ambassador to Argentina, Noah Mamet. Ambassador Mamet had long invited...
Posted On 05 Jan 2017

Village Matters

As Good a Place as Any Every Christmas we trek to be with our families to Arizona, the least favorite of any of the places I have lived. Yet, this week there we were, checking out our “final resting place,” walking through Mountain View, “Mesa’s Best Cemetery.” “As good a place...

Thank you, Mr. President

Radio and TV legend Art Linkletter, whose heirs live in Laguna, used to say, “Kids say the darndest things.” After hearing what some Donald Trump supporters recently have said about Barack and Michelle Obama (i.e., “I hope he dies in 2017” and “She...