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Archive for January, 2011

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Accidental Fire Ignites in Home

Accidental Fire Ignites in Home

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Fire. 11:05 p.m.. An accidental electrical fire ignited in the sub-floor of a kitchen in the 2200 block of Hillview Drive about 11 p.m. last Saturday, causing $50,000 in damage, fire Division Chief Jeff LaTendresse said. Though the home was equipped with a working smoke alarm, it did not […]

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Hoop Team Wins in Double Header

Hoop Team Wins in Double Header

Coming off winter vacation, the Laguna Beach girls under 12 National Junior Basketball team returned to action, winning both matches of a  double header last Saturday, Jan. 8. In the first game, South Coast led Laguna 16-2 at the end of the first quarter. Displaying team work and determination, Laguna put in a basket with 19 […]

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Top Youth Player Wins in Jr. Tournament

Top Youth Player Wins in Jr. Tournament

By Vittorio Romeo, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach High School senior Benito Romeo won his first tournament on the 18 and under men’s team at the USTA League tournament in Laguna Niguel in November. Romeo, the Orange Coast League’s most valuable tennis player last year, has worked hard to raise his results to the […]

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On the Blacktop

On the Blacktop

Monday, Jan. 17: Martin Luther King Jr. Day. School holiday. El Morro: Wednesday, Jan. 26, Talent show. TOW Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2:30 p.m. talent show rehearsal. Thurston Thursday and Friday, Jan. 27-28, semester finals, block day Hometown Scoreboard Tues., Jan. 18, 6:15 p.m., girls soccer v. Godinez HS 7 p.m., girls basketball v. Godinez Wed., […]

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Scarcity of Courts Kills Coach’s Vision

Scarcity of Courts Kills Coach’s Vision

By Robert Campbell Alec Horton’s dream of turning Laguna Beach High School’s girls tennis team into a top-notch program ended abruptly when the district decided recently not to extend the coach’s contract. And while Horton’s departure appears unrelated to his job performance, it’s just another in a long line of coaching departures that have beset […]

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SchoolPower’s Gala Dazzles with Auction Items

SchoolPower’s Gala Dazzles with Auction Items

Dinner dance Jan. 29 The theme of SchoolPower’s 26th annual dinner dance, to be held on Jan. 29 at the Montage Laguna Beach, is “Diamonds in the Sand.” Selected by event chairs Kim Ressler, Melissa Cavanaugh and Kristin Bunn, it is “meant to embody all that is elegant and sophisticated about Laguna Beach,” while also […]

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Navigating the Road to College

Navigating the Road to College

PTA’s Coffee Break offers a panel discussion on navigating the college admissions process next Wednesday, Jan. 19. “Getting In Without Freaking Out” features the perspective of two professional college admissions counselors, Lisa McGlaughlin and Kristen Thomas, Regional Occupational Program specialist Susie Speirs, several parents who have launched children into colleges, high school principal Don Austin […]

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Get Out of the House Psst. A deal for you.

Get Out of the House Psst. A deal for you.

By Rebecca Meekma If you’ve read this column even one time over the past 18 months you’ve probably noticed that I love a deal.  I used to think that was because I’m from New York, and all New Yorkers know you never pay retail.  For anything. Sample sales. Items that fell off the back of […]

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Determination Propels Vocalists to a Premiere Stage

Determination Propels Vocalists to a Premiere Stage

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy A famous joke asks, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” The answer is “practice, practice, practice.” According to Roxanna Ward, the music director at Laguna Beach High School, that is exactly why junior Sarah Busic and sophomore Karina Parker gained entrée to a revered venue and symbol of […]

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Bates to Lead OCTA

Bates to Lead OCTA

O.C. Supervisor Patricia Bates was unanimously selected chair of the Orange County Transportation Authority this week. Bates succeeds Jerry Amante, who continues to serve on the board as the representative from the Third District. OCTA operates toll roads throughout the county. Bates serves as the Fifth District supervisor, representing 10 south-county cities including Laguna Beach.

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Room at the Inn and Other Christmas Miracles

Room at the Inn and Other Christmas Miracles

By Kathy Van Velzen Special to the Independent T’was three days before Christmas and not a creature was stirring because it was the middle of the night. The rain sounded like hail and had awakened me and my cat, Hennessey. There was such a clatter, we knew something was the matter. I sprang to my […]

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Festivals Sustain Flood-Hit Artists

Festivals Sustain Flood-Hit Artists

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy The town’s two big art festivals are sending welcome financial relief to Laguna Canyon artists ravaged by the December floods and mudslides. Eighteen artists with flood-soaked homes and studios have applied to the Sawdust Festival’s Artist Benevolence Fund for $1,000 lifelines. The Festival of Arts disbursed another 17 grants […]

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Work Parties Seek Volunteers

Work Parties Seek Volunteers

Like a barn-raising, many hands will make it easy; even an hour of help is welcome Volunteers willing to flex their muscles and help clean and shovel mud and debris are invited to a work party this Saturday, Jan. 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Community volunteer coordinator Ann Richardson determined that the area […]

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Floods Caused by 100-Year Rainfall

Floods Caused by 100-Year Rainfall

Laguna received 3.44 inches of rain within six hours on Dec. 22, exceeding what’s expected in a 100-year storm, a flood control expert said this past Monday. The deluge flooded Laguna Canyon homes and businesses as well as downtown shops, causing an estimated $10 million in damages, and would have overwhelmed flood control improvements proposed […]

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Laguna Besieged by 100-year Rainfall

Laguna Besieged by 100-year Rainfall

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Laguna received 3.44 inches of rain within six hours on Dec. 22, more than what’s known as a 100-year storm, a flood control expert said this past Monday. The deluge flooded Laguna Canyon homes and businesses as well as downtown shops, causing an estimated $10 million in damages, and […]