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Top Youth Player Wins in Jr. Tournament

By Vittorio Romeo, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach High School senior Benito Romeo won his first tournament on the 18 and under men’s team at the USTA League tournament in Laguna Niguel in November. Romeo, the Orange Coast League’s most valuable tennis player last year,...

On the Blacktop

Monday, Jan. 17: Martin Luther King Jr. Day. School holiday. El Morro: Wednesday, Jan. 26, Talent show. TOW Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2:30 p.m. talent show rehearsal. Thurston Thursday and Friday, Jan. 27-28, semester finals, block day Hometown Scoreboard Tues., Jan. 18, 6:15 p.m., girls...

Scarcity of Courts Kills Coach’s Vision

By Robert Campbell Alec Horton’s dream of turning Laguna Beach High School’s girls tennis team into a top-notch program ended abruptly when the district decided recently not to extend the coach’s contract. And while Horton’s departure appears unrelated to his job...

SchoolPower’s Gala Dazzles with Auction Items

Dinner dance Jan. 29 The theme of SchoolPower’s 26th annual dinner dance, to be held on Jan. 29 at the Montage Laguna Beach, is “Diamonds in the Sand.” Selected by event chairs Kim Ressler, Melissa Cavanaugh and Kristin Bunn, it is “meant to embody all that is elegant and...

Navigating the Road to College

PTA’s Coffee Break offers a panel discussion on navigating the college admissions process next Wednesday, Jan. 19. “Getting In Without Freaking Out” features the perspective of two professional college admissions counselors, Lisa McGlaughlin and Kristen Thomas, Regional...

Get Out of the House Psst. A deal for you.

By Rebecca Meekma If you’ve read this column even one time over the past 18 months you’ve probably noticed that I love a deal.  I used to think that was because I’m from New York, and all New Yorkers know you never pay retail.  For anything. Sample sales. Items that fell off the...

Determination Propels Vocalists to a Premiere Stage

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy A famous joke asks, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” The answer is “practice, practice, practice.” According to Roxanna Ward, the music director at Laguna Beach High School, that is exactly why junior Sarah Busic and sophomore Karina Parker gained...

This Costume Drama Ends Happily

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Storm waters that flooded Laguna Beach homes and businesses last month also inundated the high school’s theater basement, threatening a treasure trove of costumes and props that over the years have added a dash of period authenticity to countless...

From muddy waters, clarity

By Ann Christoph For days during the Christmas holidays the Canyon Road was closed, and many of us in the rest of the city had little awareness of the tragedy that was playing out in that creekside world. Then came the news of the flooding and damage to homes, studios, schools...

The Democracy of Discourse

Editor, Re:  Peter Navarro’s letters. Thank you for setting me straight. In fact, I was truly impressed by your defense, and now believe we share many of the same opinions. My portfolio could indeed use some improvement and I will certainly look into your investment analysis....

Setting the Record Straight

Editor, Having spent the better part of the holidays digging out from under the mud that inundated my canyon neighborhood, it’s time to deal with some more mud that a Village Laguna board member, Cindalee Penney-Hall, has thrown at me (Letters, Dec. 24, 2010). Here are...

A Brother Nonetheless

Editor, On behalf of myself and my family, I would like to publicly thank Lifeguard Chief Kevin Snow, and Fire Chief Kris Head, and the fine men and women of the Laguna Beach Marine Safety and Fire Departments for honoring us with their presence at a memorial service held last...

Cell Towers Pose Little Health Risk

Editor, As a 20-year telecommunications veteran, I wanted to address the ongoing protests against cell tower construction in Laguna Beach. The concern over cell tower radiation led residents to block the construction of a planned T-Mobile tower in the Top of the World...

Perspective on Cell Tower Radiation

Editor, This past Jan. 12, the Planning Commission was scheduled to review a proposal to install a new 4G microwave antenna at a residence in the Arch Beach Heights area. This residence already houses Sprint and (in twin faux chimneys) AT&T towers. The 4G microwave antenna is...

Nice Work

Editor, I want to thank you for writing about the TOW fifth grade holiday boutique. Your reporter, Jennifer Erickson, is so nice. She asks really good questions. She took the time to talk to many of us students and find out details, which made the story fun to read. Sincerely,...