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Local Charity is Ultimate Winner in Paddleboard Race

Conditions were a bit rough at the start of the Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race on Sunday, Aug. 26, but eventually the water smoothed out, enabling Laguna local David Skarman to finish the race in seven hours and 17 minutes, beating last year’s time, in choppy water, by 36...
Posted On 18 Sep 2018

District Delights in Spanish Teacher’s Success

“I laugh every day with my students. When you tap into the joy that students bring, every day is special.” Jason Fritze’s words embody the upbeat attitude he brings to his Spanish classes. Now in his 10th year with the district, Fritze radiates happiness at El Morro and Top of...

Laguna Historian Captures 120 Years of Local Parks History in Video Series

Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks (FHBP) has released a video history of the county’s park system. The 14-part series covers the major milestones that marked the establishment of the county’s parks, harbors, beaches, historic sites, and trail systems commencing in 1897 with...



Remembering Sandpiper’s Chip Harrell

So when The Sandpiper Lounge announced last week that Chip had passed on Sept. 4, it should be no surprise that more than 100 community members and Sandpiper patrons from across the state, and the country, expressed their sorrow over the loss of...

Change Arrives for Village Entrance

After decades of planning, city officials finally broke ground on the long-awaited Village Entrance project on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Divisive Issues Fill First Forum

Eleven candidates for the Laguna Beach City Council made their cases at a Sept. 6 candidate forum for how they’d address homelessness, complaints about the Design Review Board, and economic development.

Does the Wet Suit You

Got Your Shots? A big thank you to the hordes of Wet Suit readers who descended on Andre’s Patisserie for last Thursday’s get together coffee. You provided some answers for Laguna’s problems and raised some new questions as well. The event was...

Finding Meaning

The Good Rabbi To better understand the Jewish High Holy Days, which started at sunset on Sept. 9, I went to see Rabbi Elimelech Goorevitch at the Chabad Jewish Center. Chabad is an orthodox Jewish movement, said to be the fastest growing,...

Remembrance Ceremony Next Week for Fallen Officers

  This year’s city remembrance ceremony marks the fifth anniversary of police officer Jon Coutchie’s End of Watch. Coutchie initially joined the Laguna Beach Police Department in 2009. He died on-duty in a tragic traffic accident on Sept....

School District to Launch Early Learning Program

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, the Laguna Beach Unified School District will launch its 2018-2019 Learning Linkprogram for early learning, with its first session from 9-11 a.m. Learning Link supports early childhood education, fine and gross motor skills, speech and language development, family literacy,...

Last Call: ‘Two’s a Crowd’ Closes this Weekend

This is the last weekend theatre lovers will be able to catch Laguna locals Martin Bergman and Rita Rudner in their well-received new musical “Two’s A Crowd” at the Laguna Playhouse. The show’s run concludes on Sunday, Sept. 16, before it heads on tour. With music and lyrics by Laguna’s own...

Lewis Finishes Second in TCR Series

With a combined four wins, Michael Lewis, of Laguna Beach, claimed second place in the Drivers’ Championship of the 2018 TCR series of the Pirelli World Challenge, which concluded Labor Day weekend at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York. Lewis entered the race weekend only...

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High School Sports Update

Cross Country The varsity teams traveled to San Francisco last weekend to run in the 46th annual San Francisco Cross Country Meet sponsored by Lowell High School on Saturday, Sept. 8, in Golden...

Breakers Pound Dolphins 34-8 in Series Renewal

Football (2-1) Twenty-nine years ago, the series between Dana Hills and Laguna was stopped due to the huge competitive difference due to enrollment. Dana was well over 2,500 students and Laguna...

Heart Talk

Of Burgers, Fries, and Al-Qaeda If you are like most widowers, you can only stand so much of your own cooking. Luckily, our town has no shortage of fine restaurants, some of which serve my very...

Pet Peeves

I went screaming and kicking. My wife made me go on vacation with her. My 43-year record of being a homebody was shattered. Only one good thing came from being shanghaied. I made it back to...

Daniel Day Freeman

Daniel Day Freeman passed away on Aug. 31, 2018 at the age of 75. Born in Los Angeles in 1942, he was drawn to the ocean in his youth and spent 50 years as a resident of Laguna Beach. He was...

Bernice Muriel Miller-Becker

Bernice Muriel Miller-Becker (nee Street) passed away Aug. 13, 2018 at 1:48 a.m. surrounded by family. Bernice (Bea) was born Oct. 5, 1927 in St. Louis, Missouri to Golvin S. Street (1900-1993)...