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Remembering Their Sacrifice

a member of the 607th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company, Ciampa was responsible for gathering the bodies of more than 75,000 American and enemy soldiers, identifying them and preparing them for burial over the course of 11 months.

Extra Police Prove Effective, Crime Falls

Police report Laguna Beach experienced a 15 percent drop in violent crime, such as murders, assaults and robbery, and property crimes in 2017.

The Kibitizer

The Miracle of Trees On a recent trip to Mexico City, I was stunned by the tranquility of many urban zones in this writhing metropolis of 24 million people, the second largest city in the world. Granted, I was in the upscale areas of Palanco,...
Posted On 22 Feb 2018

Doctor Rewrites Valentine Tradition

As love and care underlie Valentine’s Day, local dentists Dr. Alex Kalmanovich and Dr. Selina Sarno found a new way to give expression to that tradition. As might be expected given their profession, it did not involve chocolates or some other...

Native Food Expert Broadens Palates

Abe Sanchez will open your eyes and palates to plants considered weeds in a free workshop, Eating the Weeds, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the South Laguna Community Garden, Eagle Rock Way and South Coast Highway. Sanchez is co-publisher ...

Pet Peeves

Survey With a Splash of Vodka Oops. I almost fainted after reading Indy’s “Support Builds to Bury Utilities in Evacuation Routes.” A whiff of my old tennis shoes, a Crantz home remedy akin to store bought smelling salts, brought me back to my...

Green Light

Scrooge’s Dewdrop Car Wash We all remember the recent drought in California. According to some authorities it was broken by last winter’s storms that dumped tons of snow on the mighty Sierras and provided a fair amount of rain even in the...
Posted On 22 Feb 2018

Personnel File

New Faces Lead the Club at Lang Park The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach assigned Oscar Parra, Sophia Abjuga and Stormy Dvorak to lead activities at its Lang Park branch. Parra oversees Lang and Bluebird branches as site director.    

Douglas Case

Douglas Ward Case, 61, was born on Sept. 20, 1956 in Laguna Beach and passed away on Jan. 30, 2018. Doug is remembered by his children – Laura Ann and Charles Emerson, Daniel and Heather Case and grandson Oliver, Nicole and Jon Johnson; his parents Storm and Shirley Case; his siblings...

Just for Laughs

Read the Personals BRAD, CAN YOU MAKE your own dinner on Sunday nights?  I am staying with a colleague from work over the weekend and we plan to order pizza and watch “Walking Dead” all night Sunday night.  Sorry – hope you don’t mind.  #LittleLies   GORDIE, THE BULLDOG – Free to a good...

View from the Woods

A MARCH FOR LIFE In the fall of 1957 my mother got a job teaching at Tustin High School and we moved to Laguna Beach. School had been in session for a couple of weeks. For a new transferring student that can be awkward. Even more for an already awkward seventh grader. I met my first social...

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Empowering students empowers schools

Editor, It takes courage for parents to publicly advocate for students on controversial school governance practices.  As with race and gender equality or other social empowerment issues,...

Guest Column

No. I Love You. No Gun. I watched my husband though our kitchen window and my heart ached. He had gone outside to take the call. I thought it was probably not so much for privacy but to shield me...

Spiritual Matters and Longevity

Editor, Kudos for Skip’s new column!  I appreciate this added dimension included in the Indy! The latest Time magazine (Feb. 26) says folks who go to church live longer!  I wonder if...

The City Imperative

Laguna Beach City Council is moving forward to put initiatives on the November 2018 ballot to underground the power lines and poles on major access/evacuation routes. I must say I am one of those...

Dreamers, a Fitting Subtext to Presidents Day

Editor, My father used to say I was born in a log cabin (i.e., the Stanford Hospital).  Now that I am approaching 70, I am proud to say, “I am a dreamer.” For example, I dream that...

Women Authors Share Setbacks, Triumphs

  Best-selling authors Annabelle Gurwitch and Elizabeth Letts and Laguna local Kim Hooper provide the narrative for the 31st annual literary luncheon Saturday, March 10, from 11:45 a.m. to...