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Food Pantry Board Elects Student Volunteer

When Samantha Berk was 10 she delivered food trays with her family on Christmas day to police and fire stations in her hometown of Trenton, N. J. “To see their faces meant a lot to me,” Samantha said.

Drug, Alcohol Use on the Rise Among Youth

Eleventh-grade students at Laguna Beach High School continue to report higher alcohol and drug use than their peers in three nearby school districts, according to results of the bi-annual Healthy Kids Survey released this week.

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Heart Talk

From 1953 to 1961, James B. Utt, my grandfather, was Orange County’s only congressman. From 1961 until his death in office in 1970, he was one of only two Congressmen. During this time, his distinctive name had recognition, respect, and power in...

Musing on the Coast

My Tribe   I never fit in anywhere. In high school, I was in student politics, “smart” classes, many clubs, and an early surfer. Yet I was not of any of them. I did not feel comfortable around any particular group. I felt alone, isolated.   This...
Posted On 21 Jul 2016

Learn About Proposed Tax Hike

The public is invited to a panel discussion over a proposed ballot initiative to increase the hotel bed tax at Village Laguna’s general meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, July 25. Panelists include Treasurer Laura Parisi, Laguna Beach Taxpayers’...


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Famed Surfer Drops In on Laguna

By Lindsey Paige | Special to the Independent Waterman Laird Hamilton will make a special appearance at the Rivera Hotel in Laguna Beach this Saturday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a stand-up paddleboard demonstration, said Steve Owen,...

Breaker Boys Collect Medals at Jr. Olympics

Cole Paxson made it back from Havana in time to collect a gold medal as his club team, Balboa Bay 17-1, took top honors in the USA Volleyball Junior Olympics in Dallas. He joined five other Breakers with hardware from the annual volleyball event...

How Breakers Won a Title

Breakers Southern Section CIF title victory June 4 was the first in 78 seasons for baseball at Laguna Beach High School and the school’s 42nd all-time crown. Head coach Mike Bair survived some second-guessing by school administrators that held...

Local Photographer Wins Recognition

A black and white panoramic image of sand dunes in Death Valley National Park by Laguna Beach photographer Cheyne Walls’ recently received a second place award by the Wildling Museum in Solvang. The juried exhibit “Celebrating the National Parks of California” honors...

Horn Player Greg Adams Performs

Grammy-winning trumpeter Greg Adams and East Bay Soul perform from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts. Adams’ four-decade musical journey includes arranging, performing and recording with artists as diverse Lyle Lovett, Madonna and The Rolling...

Books, Brunch with TV Producer

The latest work by writer Steve Hely, known as a television producer of shows such as the “Late Show with David Letterman,” and “The Office,” documents his nomadic journey from Los Angeles to Patagonia. Hely joins the Festival of Arts’ Books and Brunch series at 11:30 a.m....

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Irresponsible Renters Ruin a Family Tradition

Editor, I respectfully submit my feelings regarding short-term rentals as an outsider, yet someone who feels like Laguna is like a second home.  My grandparents first took their family to Laguna...

Writer Critiques Defense of City Housing Perk

Editor, I read with interest both John Pietig’s guest column in response to the previous guest column and this recent letter in support of the city’s housing assistance program. Because this...

Labels Undercut Town’s Legacy of Dissent

Editor, Last week Billy Fried in his column entitled “E Pluribas Unum,” attributed “hate filled racists rants” to one of our presidential nominees, adding that there was...

Eat & Drink


Pre-Pageant Dining

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Pageant of the Masters is an experience that nearly defies description: People dressed and posed as tableaux vivants (“living pictures”) that recreate larger-than-life versions of classic and contemporary works of art....

On the Table

Ocean Avenue Favorite Reopens With a New Vibe After nearly a four-month closure, a longtime Ocean Avenue restaurant reopened this week under new ownership and with a new menu. The rechristened Laguna Beach Brewing & Grille opened this week for dinner only, but will expand its...

Exploring the Fourth Pillar

In this video log, Patty examines the fourth element of her four-part series exploring the Four Pillars of Health. It is discovering your Purpose & Dream in which these questions, and others, are asked: what is your dream and what is your...
Posted On 02 Oct 2015

Pelvic Floor Muscles: What’s the Big Deal?

The third pillar of health is movement or exercise. Movement that keeps the curves in the right places and trims the places that need to be trimmed. I’m not referring to cookie-cutter, generic exercise programs. I’m talking about...
Posted On 04 Sep 2015

Quiet Time: A Pillar of Health

This week’s post is a follow up from last week’s blog entry, titled The Four Pillars of Health. Today, I share the second pillar of health: quiet time. To me, quite time means meditation, rest and proper sleep. Do you take precious time...
Posted On 07 Aug 2015

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