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Beautification Council Hosts Special Speaker

Bill Hoffman will give a talk, Trends in Urban Design: Best City Practices, at the Laguna Beach Beautification Council 6 p.m. meeting Thursday, April 26 at the Montage Resort, room 225. Hoffman, a local resident and urban planner, will discuss the best examples of urban design...

Garden Club Tour Showcases South Laguna Gardens

Tickets are on sale for the Laguna Beach Garden Club’s self-guided, Gate & Garden Tour, which will take place on Friday, May 4. The 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. tour begins at Arabella Historic Cottages, 506 N. Coast Highway, where visitors take a shuttle bus to the first garden and...

Bluebird Farm Welcomes Visitors

Bluebird Farm invites the community to visit during a free open house at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10. Peruse the Bluebird Canyon Drive farm, meet your neighbors, enjoy some hors d’oeuvres and hear about farm programs. Parking is available on Rancho Laguna Road.    ...

Limelight

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...

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...

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Obituaries

Bo Brackett

Bo Brackett, a former longtime resident of Laguna Beach, passed away in March 2018 in Encinitas, California. He was 77. Bo was born in Richmond, Va., in December 1940 and moved to Los Angeles in 1948 when his father, Deke, accepted an assistant position coaching football at UCLA....

Margaret Garrard

Margaret Theresa Garrard of Illinois passed away on March 9, 2018, in Mission Viejo surrounded by family. She was 97 years old. Margaret, known as Tess, was born in Illinois on Dec. 18, 1920. She attended school at St. Bartholomew School there. Tess married Phillip H. Garrard in...

Jack Morse

Our incredible father, husband, grandfather and beloved friend, John Morse, died peacefully at his home in Laguna Beach on March 10, 2018. John, known to his friends as “Jack,” was born April 29, 1934. He came to Laguna Beach at nine-months-old, and aside from his time away for...

Columns

Does the Wet Suit You?

Slip Sliding Away The notion that our small town civic leaders would need the services of consultants and professional pollsters, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars, to understand the opinion of their constituents on any certain issue doesn’t sound much like a small...

Finding Meaning

New ‘Old’ Friends? The Beautiful Wife abhors violence.  But she also loves a TV show full of murder and mayhem.  It’s called “Blue Bloods” and follows a New York police family.  What hooks her is that each show features the four generations gathering for a family dinner.  They...

Just for Laughs

Read the Personals TWIN SISTERS – 37 years old.  We sing and dance, we bake deliciousness from the homeland.  We are work live-in maids, for big or small house.  We clean, cook and make happy entertainments in exchange for safe place to live. #Tina&Nina   KATRINA...

Pet Peeves

Flushed with Cash I was on the royal throne when I read the Indy’s “Auditor Finds Shortcomings in Agency’s Books.” An obscure group, South Orange County Wastewater Agency (SOCWA), has been collecting fees for my #### content without my approval.  It is Facebook’s social media...

Guest Column

Quest for Mellon “Coke’s tasty, but all that sugar just gets in your belly and starts radiating heat like a blacksmith’s forge. It just cools you for a second, then it’s hotter than ever. Who else has got one?” Hevs had eight or 10 kids lined up now, at the foot of the porch in...

Wisdom Workout

A Reality Check When was the last time you had a heart to heart talk with Life? Have you included Life in your current game plan or are you expecting Life to read your mind? Have you been mumbling a litany of complaints under your breath so that Life is a bit wary of being...