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Taming Congestion Proves No Easy Trick

The groundhog may be a harbinger of an early thaw in colder climes, but here the ring of free trolleys has for years served as the local warm weather indicator that signals the unofficial start of summer. That is about to change. Thanks to the city winning a state transportation...

Updated: Missing Teen’s Body is Found

Describing her son’s death as a “freak accident,” Jennifer Parnell said she still harbored hope that her son remained alive up until his body was pulled from the sea this past Wednesday. A large wave swept 18-year-old Anthony Parnell into the ocean 11 days earlier from Thousand...

Troop 35 Fledges Two Eagles

High school sophomore Jake Mangus and junior Jeffery Rubino achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America. Both are members of Troop 35, chartered by the Laguna Presbyterian Church in 1945. Jeff is the third generation in the Rubino...

Local Photographer, Officiant Win Awards

Click Chicks Photography and officiant Michael Ahern say they have won bride’s choice awards from Wedding Wire, an online site connecting couples with event professionals. “When a couple hires me, I’m being asked to be a part of one of the biggest days of their lives,” said...

Spiritual Matters

Lent Leads Off With Guest Speaker Inclusivity will be the topic of Rev. Kathy Black’s sermon on Sundya, Feb. 22, during the 10 a.m. worship service at Laguna Beach United Methodist Church, 21632 Wesley Dr. She will provide the first of a five-week Lenten series called “My...
Posted On 19 Feb 2015

Winners Dive for the Prize

  From a field of 65 submitted entries to its annual photo contest, the Laguna Bluebelt Coalition announced seven winners in two categories. The contest focuses attention on preserving Laguna Beach’s marine habitats, which is the coalition’s aim as well. “We had...
Posted On 19 Feb 2015

Indy on Art

  Friday, Feb. 20 “Number the Stars,” 7 p.m., Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Rd. Pawnshop Kings, 7 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast Hwy. Nick I and ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777. The Strangers, 9 p.m., Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave....
Posted On 19 Feb 2015

Streetbeat

Monday, Feb. 9 Traffic collision. 2000 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 8:38 a.m. One car rear-ended another that had stopped short to avoid crossing traffic. A driver complained of pain but was not hospitalized. Vehicle burglary. 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 1:15 p.m. A purse...

City Clerk Performs Laguna’s First Civil Wedding

Gustav Eriksson and Sheila Olsen met downtown at Nick’s restaurant on Feb. 19, 2012. “I was eating dinner alone, and Gustav walked in and sat right next to me,” Olsen said. They struck up a conversation and it was love at first sight. Next week, they will become...

Quiet Man Leaves a Powerful Legacy

By Donna Furey | LB Indy Representatives for longtime Laguna Beach resident Dr. Ted Martonen delivered a $3 million gift last week to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, one of the largest donations the center has ever received. Martonen died in January 2014 at the age of 71; he...

Ceramic Artist Richard White Dies at 63

By Bolton Colburn, Special to the Independent Richie White, a well-known contemporary ceramic artist and professor at Saddleback College’s Art Department, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, at his home in San Clemente. Former students, peers, friends and family flocked to the campus in...

Study Reveals Canyon Road Hazards

A particularly violent crash and bang shattered a bucolic morning for Laguna Beach dog park patrons last August. Several people ran out to Laguna Canyon Road to see what happened as the rest converged on the gate amid confused canines, necks craned, awaiting feedback. Minutes...

Lu Campbell, Festival of Arts Exhibitor, Dies at 82

Former Festival of Arts artist and Laguna Beach resident Lu Campbell passed away on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at home with her husband, John, and daughter Darcy by her side. Campbell had been fighting lung cancer since 2007. Lu was born in Whittier, Calif., on Feb. 19, 1932, to...
Posted On 13 Feb 2015

Wave Sweeps Teen From Rocks

OC Lifeguards throughout the week continued to search the shoreline between Aliso and Salt Creek Beach for an 18-year-old Nevada man, who was swept from the rocks of Thousand Steps Beach by a strong west swell on Sunday. Waves of five to eight feet prevented lifeguards from...

Laguna Selects a New Police Chief

Laura Farinella, a top Long Beach police commander and longtime Orange County resident, was named to lead the Laguna Beach police department this week. She will become the city’s first female chief of police. Farinella, 50, starts on the job March 16 and succeeds Chief Paul...