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Archive for December, 2011

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Get Out of the House

Get Out of the House

Looking Back   When I was in my 20s I thought I understood the saying, “Youth is wasted on the young.” I vowed to enjoy my life, try new things, experience different cultures and eat new foods. And I did. But it’s only in the past few years that I understand more fully what that […]

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Assisteens Live Up to Their Name

Assisteens Live Up to Their Name

This holiday season, the girls of Assisteens, an auxiliary of the Assistance League of Laguna Beach, decided to give back to the community through Adopt-a-Family.  At their December meeting, the girls brought in gifts for a member of one of the three families that the Assisteens adopted, one of the many ways that the Assisteens […]

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Breakers Report

Breakers Report

Soccer’s Preseason Winning Streak Ends By Horst Noppenberger, Special to the Independent    The boys’ soccer team beat Oxford Academy 4-0 on Tuesday, Dec. 20, fueled by a hat-trick of three goals by Laguna Beach forward Joseph Rousseau.   Earlier though, the team’s pre-season unbeaten streak came to an end, losing 2-0 on Dec. 16 […]

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Youth Runs up Wins at Championship Races

Youth Runs up Wins at Championship Races

Laguna Beach’s Claire Kelly, 10, took first place, and Joey Gallegos, 12, third, in two and three kilometer races by age group, respectively, at the Youth Cross Country Championship  on Sunday, Dec. 4 in Torrance. This was Kelly and Gallegos’ first cross country event, but both trained locally with Fred Pichay’s clinic, which continues through […]

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Street Beat

Street Beat

Tools Brandished in Assault Attempt   A worker at a condominium complex in the 31400 block of Coast Highway was arrested for suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon last Thursday, Dec. 22, police said. Jorge Luis Frias, 44, allegedly cornered a man in the complex’s elevator, threatening to strike him with a hammer and […]

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Giving Where He Lives

Giving Where He Lives

Tony Ciabattoni moved to Laguna Beach on a trial basis from Mission Viejo in 1996 after he sold his company. He and his wife were searching for the right place to settle and rented a home in Lagunita. Before long, they knew they wanted to stay, preferably in the same neighborhood. They ended up renting […]

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Holiday Services Celebrated Throughout Laguna

Holiday Services Celebrated Throughout Laguna

UMC Sings Praise of Christmas United Methodist Church, 21632 Wesley Drive, invites the community to an assembly of Christmas Eve services: at 5 p.m., a 45-minute family worship service especially offered for children and their families; and 7 p.m., a musical worship service featuring chancel choir, hand bells, organ and piano music will be held. […]

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Laguna Collector Sells Rare Coin

Laguna Collector Sells Rare Coin

Rare coin dealer Steven L. Contursi of Laguna Beach sold the Brasher Doubloon, the first gold coin minted in the United States.  A Wall Street investment firm purchased the coin for a record price of nearly $7.4 million, the coin dealer said in a statement. The historic coin was struck in 1787 by George Washington’s […]

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Eavesdrops

Eavesdrops

  A Drop in the Bucket Your Grandfather doesn’t believe in Christmas.   What do you know about it?   He doesn’t have a tree or any decorations.   That’s it, huh?   That’s all you’ve got?   Pretty skimpy evidence as Grampa would say, eh James?   Yes. In fact he does have a […]

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Mobilehome Park Claims Unfair Treatment

Mobilehome Park Claims Unfair Treatment

Laguna Terrace Mobilehome Park filed a lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission for the second time this year, claiming “disingenuous duplicity” over a boundary dispute. The legal action’s intent is to inhibit Coastal Commission interference in the long-planned sale of 157 individual lots in the ocean-view, bluff-top park developed in the 1960s. “Our intent is […]

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Green Light

Green Light

Of John Steinbeck, Tide Pools, and Stars There’s so much to do at this time of year.  Holiday cards are coming in to our house but none have gone out.  I’m in the final stages of doing revisions of my California history textbook, which has kept me very busy.  Thus I had not intended to […]

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Sparkle Season

Sparkle Season

‘Tis the season for eye-dazzling displays. This week, we’re featuring some of our favorites: Vessels festooned like bedazzled Las Vegas showgirls in the Dana Point Boat Parade. Monarch Bay’s Moreton bay fig tree, its well-trimmed trunks enrobed with points of light, transforms into a botanical fantasy. And a halo of old-school lights paints the Orange […]

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Hot Dish

Hot Dish

I approached my next restaurant review with a sense of apprehension. How could the amalgamation of cooking school, deli and retail wine store be a place for great food? Twice before I patronized Laguna Culinary Arts, buying cheese and eating a student created lunch. It was during the latter experience I concluded I would not dine at LCA again. Why patronize a cooking school where upcoming chefs learn to hone culinary skills?

As dining establishments go, the ambience in LCA failed to stimulate any excitement for my upcoming meal. A deli counter filled with prepared foods, a selection of cheeses and meats and retail wine store dominate the dining area. My enthusiasm was further dampened after a trip to the restroom, which is in need of a serious overhaul.

What happened next is a textbook lesson in expectations gone happily wrong.

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Movie Buffs Invited to Foreign-Film Fest

Movie Buffs Invited to Foreign-Film Fest

Gene Alterman will celebrate his ninth year as executive director of the Orange County International Jewish Film Festival not with a cake and candles, but with high hopes and the ambition to expand the offerings that begin screening Jan. 15 in Irvine. A 31-year Laguna Beach resident, Alterman took the helm of the 22-year old […]

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Standing Still for Art

Standing Still for Art

If you enjoy the spotlight and can you stand still for 90 seconds, you could qualify as a volunteer cast-member in the 2012 Pageant of the Masters.   The production is auditioning for men, women and children to volunteer for next summer’s show on Saturday, Jan. 7 and 12 from 7 to 9 p.m.; and […]