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Greenbelt Meeting Focuses on Park Service Designation

The recent designation of Laguna Beach and the Greenbelt in the Historic American Landscapes Survey by the National Park Service will be featured at the Laguna Greenbelt annual meeting 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Neighborhood Congregational Church. The public is welcome to...

Restaurant Offers Shabbat Service

Rabbi-Cantor Marcia Tilchin, founder and spiritual leader of the Jewish Collaborative of Orange County, and local musician and cantorial soloist Jason Feddy lead a monthly Kabbalat Shabbat service at Mozambique restaurant, 1740 S. Coast Highway, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan....

Get to Know Early Activist Anna Hills

  Laguna Presbyterian Church marks its centennial year with a dinner and scholarly discussion of Anna Hills, a renowned plein air artist, community activist and key founder of both the church and the Laguna Art Museum. The 6 p.m. event Friday, Jan. 20, takes place at...

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

Claire Ellen Etheridge, Ph.D.

Claire Ellen Etheridge, Ph.D., 85, of Sacramento, passed away peacefully on Jan. 21, 2017, surrounded by family. Claire is survived by her beloved partner Elizabeth Edgington of Sacramento; son Randall Glen Riley; daughter Rene Ellen Riley; sisters Joyce Bayne and Elaine...

Marty Scott Gray

Marty Scott Gray, an internationally collected artist, avid surfer, and 33-year resident of Laguna Beach, transitioned on New Year’s Day after a battle with fronto-temporal dementia. A memorial paddle-out was held Saturday, Jan. 7, at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point. The “aloha”...

Virginia Hunt

Virginia L. (“Virgie”) Hunt succumbed Jan. 15 to lung cancer at the age of 91. Hunt was a local Laguna Beach business owner for 61 years and a prominent community volunteer. Born Nov. 15, 1925, in Hollywood, Virgie grew up in Sunland, a rural area of the San Fernando Valley. She...

Columns

Musing on the Coast

The Big Snake This happened about two months ago. I was doing yoga in my master bedroom overlooking Diver’s Cove. I could hear the waves.   It was at night, cold and dark. The yoga teacher had had me doing major stomach crunching poses and exercises. At the end, she put me into...
Posted On 16 Feb 2017

Taking Stock

Powering Ahead Stocks continue the positive momentum that they acquired in November with the major stock indexes closing at record levels for five straight sessions. January 3, 1992 was the last time all three major indexes made five consecutive sessions. They even extended the...

Heart Talk

Putin’s O.C. Pal March is just around the corner. As one who taught history for many years, I often think of the Ides of March, the day when Julius Caesar met his end. Popular with the masses, Caesar successfully extended the boundaries of Rome through brutal conquest and...

The Kibitzer

Pleasure and Peril There’s a new video that’s gone viral about a fifth grade teacher from North Carolina named Barry White, Jr. (no relation to the sexy crooner). He has a daily ritual where he greets every student by the door with an individual handshake that reflects their...
Posted On 09 Feb 2017

Pet Peeves

The Unsinkable Pageant I’m not an optimistic person. Where optimists see rainbows and bunnies, I see tornados and flying bunny pellets. So when I read the Indy’s “Makeover Proceeds on Soggy Festival Grounds,” I saw “Sinkhole Swallows 2017 Festival Paintings and Pageant.” The work...

Taking Stock

Patience Pays Dividends The new Administration is finishing its third week of its “shakedown cruise,” a nautical term for the “sea trials” of a new ship. These serve to familiarize her crew and to ensure that all of the ship’s systems are functional. Usually, Naval customs...