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Non-Profit Steps Up to Fund Cancer Research

A Laguna Beach non-profit that focuses on breast cancer prevention and quality of life for survivors recently made a research grant to Dr. Linda Vahdat, director of the Breast Cancer Research Program at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. Vahdat’s research focuses on whether...

Downtown Merchants Lose a Lifeline

Downtown merchants are invited to join a send-off retirement party Saturday, June 24, for longtime UPS driver Jesse Kolling, who is turning in his brown uniform after 28 years making deliveries in Laguna Beach. The White House restaurant hosts the reception with cake, appetizers...

Garden Nurtures More than Sprouts

Members of the South Laguna Community Garden Park invite the community to a Country Fair on Sunday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the corner of Eagle Rock Way and Coast Highway. The Country Fair will feature local crafters who specialize in handmade arts, prizes donated by...

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....

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Obituaries

John Taylor Freeman

John Taylor Freeman, born March 6, 1984, was killed in an automobile accident in San Diego on June 13, 2017. Freeman was a 2002 graduate of Laguna Beach High School and also a graduate of San Diego State. He is survived by his parents Dan Freeman and Donna Freeman, brother Peter...

Michael Norris Graham

April 24, 1943 – June 15, 2017 Artist Michael Norris Graham passed away on June 15, 2017, in Laguna Hills. He died from a stroke at 74. Michael was born in Stockton. He attended Wilson High in Long Beach and in 1967 graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in theatrical...

Lori Diane Connell-Snider

Lori Diane Connell-Snider, 60, of Purdy, Mo., entered into eternal rest on Monday, June 12, 2017, at her home after a battle with cancer. She was born in Inglewood on April 19, 1957, to Dave Connell and the late Diane Florence (Plisco) Connell. Lori was united in marriage to...

Columns

Inside Out

Art Rightly Stole the Show If the Festival of Arts’ ribbon cutting and preview party was meant to be a celebration of our artists and their work, it was a success. If it was to be a full-on communal embrace of the newly renovated venue, it was not, at least not yet. When I...

The Kibitzer

Laguna’s Long, Strange Trip It’s Laguna’s semi centennial as a beacon of higher consciousness. Just look at what was birthed in  1967 that defines many of our values today: the Sawdust Festival, Laguna Beach Community Clinic, Mystic Arts World store,  Krishna Temple, and even Jim...
Posted On 13 Jul 2017

Pet Peeves

Potty Mouth I try hard to keep my humor clean. No potty mouth remarks from me. Then along comes the Indy article, “Wish-List Emerges for Beach Restroom Makeover,” and I get the urge to revert to those base jokes for the john. Speaking of which, “Oh hi Kathy Griffin. Not surprised...

Heart Talk

Fire and A Glimpse of the Future   The fire that started in Laguna Canyon was, unbelievably, roaring down the hill toward our home in the Turtle Rock section of Irvine. The police had ordered an evacuation. Now came the decision no one ever wants to make: Quick, what things...

Pet Peeves

Ka-choo   I almost fell over after reading Indy’s “City to Cut Historic Pepper Tree.” Apparently, I was the only one felled over by the sad news. The digital Indy recorded 832 Shares and 238 Likes. So I asked myself, “Who likes to hear that a 135 year old magnificent...

Taking Stock

Nervousness Is Normal, Euphoria Is Not Stocks began to weaken in June with prices eroding among the technological stocks that had led the market’s advances this year. This seemed to spread from investor fears that they would watch their gains disappear. Too much watching of stock...