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A Different Type of Welcome

Editor, Regarding L. Frazee’s suggestion (“Roll Out a Welcoming Bridge,” Letters, Feb. 21 edition) that Laguna Beach considers an entrance feature similar to Dana Point’s, I mean no disrespect to Mr. Frazee nor Dana Point residents, but I find that bridge, while...

Guards Endure a Daunting Tryout

Photos and story by Mitch Ridder Last Saturday morning, 50 men and six women pushed themselves through three physical events to begin their journey to become Laguna Beach lifeguards. First, competitors had to successfully complete a 1,000-meter swim under 20 minutes in 58º water,...

At the Susi Q, Spirits Rise, Falls Diminish

Due to its popularity, the fall prevention class that began as a weekly session at the Susi Q Center three years ago, now is offered four times a week in three levels by physical therapist and Laguna local Geeta Singh. Singh teaches modified tai chi movements, flexibility and...

California Gold

The brightest colored fish in our local waters is the garibaldi (Hypsypops rubicundus).  It was named after Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807 – 1882), an Italian revolutionary hero because of the red shirts that he and his followers wore. The Garibaldi is uniformly brilliant orange in...

Combating Homelessness With a Different Approach

Dawn Price, executive director of the Friendship Shelter and Father Colin Henderson, the organization’s founder, will speak about permanent supportive housing at the Laguna Beach Exchange Club meeting on Thursday, March 6. The Friendship Shelter is working to develop permanent...

Club Honors Former Mayor Boyd

The Woman’s Club hosts its lunch for former Mayor Kelly Boyd on March 21 at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are available for $30 and are available at wclb.org. Boyd, who previously organized his own golf tournament to raise funds for the high school’s golf teams, asked that proceeds from the...

Supporting Laguna’s Field of Dreams

Riddle Field, home to the AAA and majors division champions, has just received a major overhaul with the help and support of the Angels Baseball Foundation head groundskeeper, Barney Lopas, Mannie Adams of Sports Field Services and the city of Laguna Beach. Eagle Scout, Isaac...

Scout Earns Top Rank

Brantlee Griffith, member of Laguna Niguel’s Troop 772, will earn scouting’s highest achievement next month when he becomes an Eagle Scout. Griffith, a senior and AP scholar at Dana Hills High School, designed and built three benches for his church, Laguna Beach’s Neighborhood...

William F. Garman

2/22/34-2/12/14 William (Bill) Francis Garman passed away on Feb. 12, 2014, from Parkinson’s disease in his home in Ocean Hills, Calif. He was 79. William was a Van Nuys High School, UC Santa Barbara and Hastings Law School graduate. He proudly served his country in the U.S....

Armen Tigran Gasparian

Nov. 25, 1933 – Feb. 15, 2014 Armen Tigran Gasparian, a contemporary Impressionist painter, was born in Abadan, Iran, on the Persian Gulf of Armenian parents. The family moved to Calcutta, India, where Armen spent his formative years in an English boarding school in Darjeeling,...

Ralph Vanderhoof Jr.

Longtime Laguna Beach resident Ralph Wilson Vanderhoof Jr., passed away on New Year’s Eve. Known to his friends and family as Bill or Dutch, he moved to Laguna Beach in the early ‘80s after living for many years in Arcadia. Born on Oct. 5, 1921, in Newark, N.J., Vanderhoof’s life...

Taking Stock

Higher Altitudes The stock market is flirting with new highs on the S&P 500-stock index. As I wrote two weeks, ago momentum seemed destined to take the market to new highs. The Dow Jones Industrials need about a 300-point rise. That might seem like a lot but it is really less...

High School Sports Update

Five-Sport Sweep is a School First Laguna experienced a first in their sports history as all five winter squads qualified for post-season play, hosted their initial post-season contests and won their initial events. Four of the teams went on to host second round contests. Girls...

Teacher’s Green Thumb Yields Unexpected Fruit

Retired teacher Terry Hustwick shared her surprise and joy at receiving California PTA’s most prestigious award, the Golden Oak Service Award, at a recent meeting of Top of the World Elementary’s PTA. Council President Kathleen Fay presented the honor to Hustwick in appreciation...

Class Notes

Schools Honor Their Own Elizabeth Phillips was selected as the Laguna Beach school district’s classified employee of the year, says a district announcement. Phillips, a Thurston Middle School health clerk, wears other hats as well, as a campus supervisor and typist. “My favorite...