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Archive for December, 2013

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New Year’s Eve Lowdown

New Year’s Eve Lowdown

By Donna Furey, Special to the Independent Choices abound for New Year’s celebrations in and around Laguna Beach this year, including two different Gatsby-themed costume parties, an ‘80s party, and a murder mystery dinner. To make life easier on beleaguered partiers, several venues will be offering shuttle services.  And the Orange County Transportation Authority will […]

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A Crystal Cove Christmas

A Crystal Cove Christmas

The sign said, Crystal Cove State Park Campground. This was Laguna Beach, Calif., Dec. 24, 2013. I saw Dawn open one eye. “Hey, go back to sleep or Santa won’t come!” Dawn elbowed me one hard. “Ain’t never come before. Don’t even know where we live now. You askin’ for another stupid ol’ Christmas tree?” […]

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  Canine Christmas At Heisler Park

Canine Christmas At Heisler Park

Stroll along the glorious bluffs of Heisler Park in North Laguna around seven in the morning and you’ll eventually find a small pack of dog treat donors and their pups huddled together.  Most of the dogs sit patiently, but for one that snaps hungrily at every offering of a doggie delicacy. Rick, the originator of […]

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The Gift

The Gift

  Three crows swoop overhead and I follow them in the old kayak towards what used to be Laguna Beach. Skeletons of buildings covered in mussels and sea anemones rise up through the fog like fossils of ancient sea creatures. I ignore the fear rising in my gut. Twelve is too old to be scared. […]

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Grandma Claus

Grandma Claus

Two little pale faces peer at me. “What, sure, what time is it?” asks Jacob. “In California or Texas? Grandpa made coffee.” They climb over me all elbows and knees. I scoot over for Nicholas. He is coughing. They snuggle on each side of me. “Can we have waffles and cocoa?” He wipes his nose […]

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Indy Calendar Dec. 27, 2013-Jan. 2, 2014

Indy Calendar Dec. 27, 2013-Jan. 2, 2014

Friday, Dec. 27 Nick I & A.D.D., 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 Coast Hwy. www.mozambiqueoc.com  949-715-7777 Jason Feddy, 8:30 p.m., Hotel Laguna, 425 S. Coast Hwy. 949-494-1151. (Also, Sat. Dec. 21) Juke Joint Jokers, 9 p.m., Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave, 949-494-3027 The Tubes, 8 p.m. ,The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. […]

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Doctor Continues His Devotion to Clinic

Doctor Continues His Devotion to Clinic

One of the first doctors to treat AIDS patients and provide his services free to the citizens of Laguna Beach, Dr. Korey Jorgensen, has recently been recertified in family and HIV Medicine. His tenure began in 1972 when he was recruited by fellow Navy physician Dr. Bill Anderson to volunteer at the Laguna Beach Free […]

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 The Miracle on Cliff Drive

The Miracle on Cliff Drive

It’s a beautiful December evening. The sun is doing its usual slow motion decent into the icy waters of the Pacific as people stroll through the park. Dog walkers, lovers, and seniors alike are all enjoying an amazing sunset. Two men sit on a bench not far from where the roses bloom at Las Brisas. […]

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To Tree or Not to Tree

To Tree or Not to Tree

  We just moved into a smaller home and I can’t figure out where to put the Christmas tree.  I asked my husband, Gary, what he thought about one spot in the living room and he nixed it. “It would block traffic,” he said. “We’d knock it over every time we walked into the room.  […]

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Away in a Manger

Away in a Manger

    “The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual.” -John Muir   By Victoria Jertz Laguna Beach Municipal Code: 6.24.030 Unlawful use of equipment. It shall be unlawful to use on animals any equipment, device, firearm, substance or material that is, or could be, injurious or […]

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Dragna Found Guilty in Nicholson Murder

Dragna Found Guilty in Nicholson Murder

After deliberating less than six hours, a jury last week found Matthew Thomas Dragna guilty of the 2009 bludgeoning-murder of Damon Nicholson in his Laguna Beach apartment. The jury’s verdict, convicting Dragna of one felony count of special circumstances murder during a robbery, was announced in Santa Ana’s Central Justice Center late Friday, Dec. 20 […]

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Visitor Describes Her Alaska Teaching Adventure

Visitor Describes Her Alaska Teaching Adventure

Alaska teacher Jody Drew will share stories about her life in the tiny village of Akiachak where she teaches 90 students, ages 12-18, on Sunday, Dec. 29, in Laguna Presbyterian Church’s parlor at 415 Forest Ave. The 10 a.m. presentation is part of an ongoing adult education series and is free of charge.  Anyone wanting […]

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Helping Veterans Celebrate the Season

Helping Veterans Celebrate the Season

Local America Legion Post 222 and its auxiliary donated and delivered personal items to patients of Long Beach Veterans Hospital, mailed care packages to military personnel overseas and helped pull off an 800-person holiday party for Camp Pendleton’s 2/11 Battalion last week.