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Archive for August, 2011

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

Graceful Endings and Transitions In my last column, I wrote about the founding of the Taco Bell Discovery Science Center (DSC) in Santa Ana.   Its founders were my brother Walkie and his wife Janet. A week before the official opening, City Manager Dave Ream called for advice about naming the tiny road leading into the […]

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Street Beat

Street Beat

Woman Held in Wallet Robbery A 22-year-old Laguna Hills woman was arrested for suspicion of robbery after citizens reported seeing her steal a wallet from an elderly man after pummeling him in the face,  police said. Chelsea Jill Aragon was held for $100,000 bail. Aragon allegedly slapped the 75-year-old Los Angeles man, who was seated […]

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Labor Day Activities

Labor Day Activities

Taking Back the Town The “official” unofficial end of summer. The Exchange Club’s end of summer annual Labor Day pancake breakfast on Monday, Sept. 5, officially caps the local summer season, even though historically more summer like weather generally lies ahead. Many celebrate the return of a less congested town at the 7 to 10:30 […]

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McWeather or Not

McWeather or Not

Cyclone Spared To quote an old ‘40s song, “Good Night, Irene”. After trashing the Atlantic seaboard and New England, Irene has finally spent all her furious energy and has been put to rest in Southeastern Canada. Lucky for us, we don’t have to deal with hurricanes as only once in the past century has there […]

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Community Datebook

Community Datebook

Indy Columnist Shares the Power Within    The Woman’s Club’s free Brown Bag Chic event Wednesday, Sept. 7, at noon features Susan McNeal Velasquez presenting “The Power is Within You- Unleash It!”   Velasquez is the author of the Indy column “Wisdom Workout” and  “Beyond Intellect: Journey Into the Wisdom of Your Intuitive Mind.”   […]

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Gone to the Dogs

Gone to the Dogs

Ribbon-Cutting Wraps Up Shelter Makeover   The public is invited to the official reopening of the Laguna Beach City Animal Shelter at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, 20612 Laguna Canyon Road.   City staff will be conducting tours of the renovated facility following the ribbon cutting by the mayor.   Improvements to the dog kennels […]

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Stimulating Appetites With Family Favorites

Stimulating Appetites With Family Favorites

The local Home Instead Senior Care office is encouraging family caregivers to dig into the family recipe box to find a favorite recipe to prepare and share a meal with their senior loved one.   Research by the company discovered that seniors’ biggest mealtime challenge is lack of companionship.   Enter the recipe and a […]

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Taxes Underwrite Water Clean Up

Taxes Underwrite Water Clean Up

Taxes Underwrite Water Clean Up   The Orange County Transit Authority recently received a $200,000 award to minimize transportation-generated pollution for projects in Laguna Beach.   The city is matching those funds with more than $360,000 of its own.   The funds are derived from the Measure M2 environmental program, 2 percent of the half-cent […]

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Live Local

Live Local

Walking the Talk By Cyndi Grasman A few weeks ago I was in line behind a couple of locals waiting to order coffee.  I heard them discussing how excited they were that Labor Day was almost here and they would have “their town” back.  All those pesky tourists would finally be gone and they could […]

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Debutantes Await Presentation

Debutantes Await Presentation

Coronet debutante to be Kristine Zlokovich was accompanied by four family members from Laguna Beach who were also Coronet debutants at a recent announcement luncheon.   Locals in attendance include Camille Byrne (1956), Alexandria Byrne (1984), Erin Byrne (1991) and Tessa Byrne (1993).   Mothers and daughters gathered with family and friends on Aug. 6 […]

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Indy Calendar, September 2-8, 2011

Indy Calendar, September 2-8, 2011

Friday, Sept. 2   Sawdust Art Festival art classes: 10 a.m.-noon, copper chain with Annette Doring-Stearns; 2-4 p.m., fused glass with Erin Spencer. www.sawdustartfestival.org/studioartclasses  949-494-3030. Also Saturday.   First Friday Wine Tasting, 6-9 p.m., $35 (wine, cheese, salads), Laguna Canyon Winery 2133 Laguna Canyon Rd.  949-715-9463   Gourmet Cheese and Wine Shop happy hour, 845 […]

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Local Currents

Local Currents

A Contest of Our Own   “With Labor Day quickly approaching, I wanted to put out the very real possibility early that the 50th Annual Brooks St. Surfing Classic could happen this weekend. There was a very powerful swell generated in the Southern Hemisphere last week, and it is heading our way…there will be no […]

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Guest Column

Guest Column

Park It!  Add Transparency to the Process By Senator Tom Harman In The Yosemite (1912) John Muir wrote, “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.” California is unique in its abundance of natural resources, many of which […]

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Is $2 gas possible?

Is $2 gas possible?

Editor:   The first time I wrote about the price of gas at the pump, George W. Bush and Al Gore were campaigning for the White House.  Back in 2000, I wondered if Gore might pick then-Energy Sec. Bill Richardson to be his running mate.   “Bill Richardson or Andrew Cuomo look good on paper, […]

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Ways to Deter Coyotes

Ways to Deter Coyotes

Editor,   In July we attended the Arts Festival and read the Laguna Beach Independent about the coyote attacks on pets.  This is tragic, but I cannot help but wonder what if people were more aware of coyotes, their part in nature, and how our behavior can cause conflict.  These animals are an important part […]