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Archive for November, 2011

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Crowds Converge in Laguna for Santa and Football

Crowds Converge in Laguna for Santa and Football

Summer trolleys will be boarding football fans in downtown Laguna Beach this Friday, Dec. 2, forcing Santa Claus to detour from his usual City Hall destination on Hospitality Night due to overlapping events sure to create traffic congestion in the early evening. Fans attending Laguna Beach High School’s semi-final CIF playoff game against archrival Corona […]

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CdM vs. Laguna, a Showdown Between Archrivals

CdM vs. Laguna, a Showdown Between Archrivals

  Laguna Beach defeated the Golden West League champion Segerstrom (9-3) 51-40 in a hard fought battle played at Guyer Field. As a result, this season’s record-setting Laguna football squad, the most powerful offensive team in the school’s 77 varsity seasons, will face their biggest test this Friday, again on home turf, tangling with Corona […]

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Eco-Trade Not to be Ignored

Eco-Trade Not to be Ignored

Cash-flow-concerned Laguna Beach could capture eco-tourist gold to increase its revenue, former environmental committee chair Chris Prelitz told the City Council last week. Due to its location at the ocean’s edge and cradled by hilltops and steep canyons, Prelitz suggested tapping the city’s potential as “the premiere eco-destination of Southern California” but the council and […]

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Karger Perseveres on the Campaign Trail

Karger Perseveres on the Campaign Trail

Laguna Beach resident and Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger is now on two early state primary ballots, having been notified he will be one of 11 Republicans placed on the ballot for the Michigan primary, to be held on Feb. 28. He had previously snagged a spot on the ballot for the New Hampshire primary, […]

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Buyout Puts Insurer at Odds With Monarch

Buyout Puts Insurer at Odds With Monarch

In an unexpected move, Blue Shield of California confirmed it will no longer do business with Irvine’s Monarch HealthCare if its pending merger is finalized, which could affect 19,000 Orange County residents.   As long as Blue Shield’s agreement is in place, members should continue to have access to their Monarch physicians, said Juan Davila, […]

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Eavesdrops

Eavesdrops

Chicken Crosses Road You’re on the peck today.   What Grampa?   Chickens in a barnyard will peck at one another to establish their priority. The aggressive ones intimidate the others to establish a pecking order.   You’re challenging everyone you run across today.   Unreasonable people make me tired.   You’re in for a […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Stocks And Thanksgiving The stock market continues to be as irrational as an unhappy teenager. Corporate profits are at an all time high at levels that would support a Dow Jones Industrial Average three thousand points higher, were investors not so spooked by debt levels here and in Europe. Meanwhile, unemployment remains painfully high, as […]

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A Return to the Pilgrim Colony

A Return to the Pilgrim Colony

 Cheryl Smith presents a student with a variety of leather tooling stamps during El Morro’s Colonial Days this week, when the multi purpose room transforms into a hands-on cultural experience of colonial and native American crafts. Kids try beading, candle making, corn husk dolls, holiday ornaments, leather tooling, rope making, silversmithing and more.  

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

Beyond Posh First, the disclosure:  I am a personal mess.  My clothes are of no discernable style.  My shoes are scruffy and sometimes do not match.  My hair is uncombed.  My home in Laguna is a mish-mash of styles, junk, discarded objects never thrown away, paintings that belong on some other wall, chairs with battered […]

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Music Fest Receives Prestige Grant

Music Fest Receives Prestige Grant

The Laguna Beach Live! will receive a $10,000 grant towards its annual music festival, one of 863 awards made by the National Endowment for the Arts and a first-ever for the local music presenter. NEA grants confer an imprimatur of quality as each organization must demonstrate artistic excellence, no matter how large or small its […]

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Girls Headed Back to State

Girls Headed Back to State

Boys Streak Ends at Eight The girls cross country squad secured its place in the record books last Saturday at CIF finals, running the fastest team time in school history on the hilly course at Mt. SAC in Walnut. Having fallen short last season, the Breakers 1:38:11 earned them a fifth place finish overall and […]

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Teacher’s New Pet Earns Top Marks

Teacher’s New Pet Earns Top Marks

Move over iPod. There’s a new kid in town. Since the Laguna school district introduced an innovative handheld device known as SRS, for student response systems, in classrooms last year, more and more teachers embrace their use and extol their virtues. The devices provide teachers with a means of gauging if a lesson is being […]

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Students Cross International Borders

Students Cross International Borders

AFS Exchange Students described their experiences to their younger peers at  Thurston Middle School about leaving home at age 16 to attend high school in a foreign country. Laguna Beach High School ‘07 graduate Hayley Simon spoke no Portuguese when she arrived in Brazil in 2005 and her volunteer host family spoke little English.  Speakers […]

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An Opportunity to Share

An Opportunity to Share

The community is invited to join Laguna Presbyterian Church families in sharing new and gently used books with the children at Wilson Elementary School located in Santa Ana. Donations may be dropped off into the marked boxes through Dec. 5. Donation boxes will be set up at the Laguna Presbyterian Church during Hospitality Night or at the […]

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Young Children Encouraged to Read Early

Young Children Encouraged to Read Early

The school district continues to partner with the Children and Families Commission of Orange County to implement the School Readiness Initiative, to promote early learning experiences that influence school success. Program facilitator Julie Olsen and school readiness nurse Kathleen Knott are working together with new team members to assist children and their families in preparation […]