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Cancer is not a Death Sentence

Connealy will be speaking about her cancer revolution, which is also the name of her second book, at the Inside EdgeFoundation for Education breakfast meeting at 7 a.m. next Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach.

Laguna Restaurants Change Chefs, Menus

By Christopher Trela | NB Indy Chef and Restaurateur Ryan Adams has been at his Three Seventy Common Kitchen+Drink in Laguna Beach for many years, but recently announced that he is handing over the reins of his restaurant to Chef Greg Daniels, former chef-owner of Haven Gastropub...

TOW Elementary Honored as Green Ribbon School

Top of the World Elementary was recognized Wednesday, Sept. 19, for its innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

Schools

Class Notes

Rotary’s Student of the Month Laguna Beach Rotary Club recently honored Benjamin Sharp as student of the month in the foreign language department. Ben is enrolled in AP classes in calculus, economics, English and Spanish. He also enjoys varsity golf, is a tutor and is a...

Students Discover Art as Social Commentary

By Amy Orr, Special to the Independent Amy You, a Laguna Beach High School senior and treasurer of the Art Club, had just finished her AP art portfolio on environmental issues when she and other students began to gather information about sea level rise. Students reviewed data...

Teacher Receives Outstanding Educator Award

High school government and economics teacher Mark Alvarez recently received an outstanding educator award from a top university thanks to a commendation by a former student. James G. Nondorf, vice president of enrollment for the University of Chicago, informed the district of the...

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Street Beat

Demonstration Fails to Materialize

Laguna Beach police and other law enforcement agencies deployed to Main Beach on Sunday, Sept. 24, a precautionary measure due to uncertainty over whether a canceled demonstration would still attract attention. It turns out, the anti illegal immigration group America First, whose...

Streetbeat

Monday, Sept. 11 Grand theft. 1500 block of S. Coast Hwy. 4 p.m. A building company fraudulently cashed a check of $4,000 that never arrived at its intended mailed destination. Tuesday, Sept. 12 Fraud. 2800 Zell Dr. 3:39 p.m. A caretaker is suspected in the theft of 23...

Police Make Arrests in Jewelry Burglary

A state prison parolee and his girlfriend were arrested by Laguna Beach police last week, suspected in a recent break-in on Driftwood Drive and as many as three other burglaries in Orange, Villa Park and Laguna Niguel, police said. The homeowner’s detailed description of the...

Letters

Letter: A Real Threat to Our Village

Why do we choose Laguna Beach as our home? Why not Newport Beach, Dana Point or San Juan Capistrano? For me, Laguna’s perfect combination of natural beauty, historic charm, resident-first focus and its small scale, walkable downtown were the key. Yes, it does get really busy for...

Letter: Blake Missed Success, Spirit of Friendship Shelter

Peter Blake’s “Letter to Our Community” mischaracterizes Friendship Shelter in substance and spirit. Peter says he will “keep an eye” on Friendship Shelter. As a supporter and board member, I have kept an eye on Friendship Shelter for 10+ years. What I have seen in that time is...

Letter: Does Laguna Need Another Liquor License?

The last item on the Oct. 9 City Council agenda, heard by an empty room, was an appeal of a unanimous denial by the Planning Commission of an application for a conditional use permit to allow the sale of alcohol at the Circle K on Glenneyre. It already is permitted to sell beer...

Videos

Amateur Video Hits Extra Points for Principal

Buick devised the competition to show that NCAA athletes are about more than points and playoffs. Contestants were required to submit a mini-documentary, up to 60 seconds long, about a former NCAA athlete’s experience on or off the field that caused them to take action. In the...

Chameleon Actor Inhabits a Holiday Classic

Popular wisdom holds that one can’t be everything to everyone. Don’t tell that to actor James Leaming, who embodies George Bailey, the main character, and everyone else in the Laguna Playhouse production of “This Wonderful Life.” The one-man Steve Murray stage play is based on...

Blue Angels Cockpit Cam

The Blue Angels magnanimously invited me to fly with them in their two-seat F/A-18 Hornet, and to put it mildly — it was phenomenal! Invitations for a backseat hop are far and few between, so it was a distinct privilege to be selected for a VIP ride. This type of sortie...