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Indy on Vacation

The proliferation of online social media platforms has understandably depressed the number of vacation photos submitted to the Independent in recent years. So has a lack of space in the publication. With apologies to the 2017 submissions that have gone unpublished until now.                                   We still welcome your submissions and encourage...

July 4 Crowds Celebrate Freedom in Myriad Ways

By Allison Jarrell, Special to the Independent Hundreds of Laguna residents gathered on Brooks Street to celebrate the nation’s independence, honor local servicemen, and commemorate a neighbor who lost his life 10 years ago protecting their freedom. Brooks Street resident and event organizer Steve Cohn said the July 4 parade tradition,...

Stand-Out Entries Reap Parade Honors

The following is a list of winning entries in the 54th edition of the Patriots Day Parade, which took place despite showers and cool temperatures last Saturday, March 4. Grand Marshal’s Trophy: Beach Cities Auto Collision. President’s Trophy: Pageant of the Masters. Band Sweepstakes: Palmdale High School. Elementary School Band: 1st, Anneliese Schools;...

South Swell Lifts 54th Brooks Contest

A welcome swell with waves of as much as 10 feet provided the engine for the 54th running of the annual Brooks Street Surfing Classic, which took place Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7-8. Travis Booth, 16, won the pro/am division, the youngest participant to take the contest’s top trophy alongside...

Patriotism Steps Beyond Red, White and Blue

By Charlie Warner, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association float featuring a roller-skating mime and dancers whirling in traditional Mexican costumes won the Grand Marshals Trophy in the 51st Laguna Beach Patriot's Day Parade. “The Sister Cities floats are getting bigger and bigger each year. They should...

Art & Nature Raises the Bar

Slender and 10-feet tall, the four-sided posts shone in the sunlight, reflecting the moods of the ocean and hillsides and at evening dramatically mirrored cloud banks and at least one brilliant sunset. Come darkness, they mirrored staccato bursts of light coming from car headlights moving south on Coast Highway....

Parade Winners

Winners in the 50th Patriots Day Parade are as follows: Grand Marshal’s Trophy: Pageant of the Masters. President’s Trophy: Laguna Beach County Water District. Band Sweepstakes: Bassett High School of La Puente. Elementary Band: L.B.U.S.D. Elementary School Band. Military Color Guard: American Legion/Veterans of Foreign Wars. Floats: Community/Service, Laguna Beach Seniors, TOW/El Morro Elementary Honors...