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Special Veterans Day Transit Service 

  Laguna Beach Transit will be modifying service on Monday, Nov. 12. Coastal Services and services in Top of the World, Bluebird Canyon, Arch Beach Heights, North and South Laguna neighborhoods will be offered from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Regular service will resume on Tuesday,...

Teen Service Group Collecting Unwanted Halloween Candy

The Laguna Beach Chapter of Lion’s Heart Teen Service Group—Girls Class of 2019 is collecting unwanted Halloween candy to donate to Operation Gratitude from Nov. 1-9. Collection bins are at the Laguna Beach Library. Operation Gratitude sends over 200,000 care packages...

Polynesian Voyaging Canoe Hikianalia to Visit Ocean Institute

After a 2,800-mile voyage from Hawaiʻi to Northern California using traditional non-instrument navigation, solar and wind-powered voyaging canoe Hikianalia and her crew have been sailing down the coast of California and will be making a stop at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point...

Limelight

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 With apologies to the 2017 submissions that have gone unpublished until now....

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...

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...

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Obituaries

Elva Irene Ashford

Elva Irene Ashford, a longtime resident of Laguna Beach, died on Nov. 5 of complications due to Alzheimer’s in Glendora. Elva Ashford was born on Oct. 3, 1923 to Bernard and Gladys Nuffer in Santa Ana. She grew up in Orange, graduated from Orange High, and then met and married...

Ann Richardson

Ann Caroline Grover Richardson passed away peacefully on October 30, 2018, in the company of her loving husband John and her adoring children, at her home in Laguna Beach, California. Ann was born on May 1, 1937, in Silver Spring, Maryland, to Esther and Wayne Grover. After...

David French

David French, designer craftsman specializing in exotic hardwoods and a 27-year veteran of the Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach, passed away peacefully at his home in Mission Viejo, California on Friday, Oct. 5. David is survived by his wife of 38 years, Denise French, and...

Columns

Wisdom Workout

Are You an Over-Talker or an Over-Listener? Talking and listening were fraternal twins separated at birth. Their parents were young and immature and so adoption appeared the best solution for the wellbeing of the babies. It was decided that neither of the adoptive parents would...

Pet Peeves

Mother was very strict when it came to table manners. Rule #1—No elbows on the table. Rule #2—No shirt, no shoes, no service. And Rule #3—Mother never cooks. She makes reservations. Yes, we went out to eat a lot, as kids. So, I feel that I’m an experienced foodie who is qualified...

Does the Wet Suit You

Okay Corral Marshall Dillon, Miss Kitty, Doc, and Festus can’t vote in Dodge City, Kansas. Not because they are dead, though that could also be a problem. They can’t vote in Dodge City because it only has one polling place for its 1,300 voters. And it’s a mile and a quarter out...

Finding Meaning

Goodbye Good Ann Ann Richardson, who quietly served our community for over 20 years as a doer and organizer, has moved on. She fought a recurring cancer this past year, there were the usual signs, but she was uncomplaining, continuing the caring service that marked her life. But...

Just for Laughs

Read the Personals TALL, DARK, illegally-handsome guy of 40 – going into the witness-protection program (Midwest, I think). Seeking a gorgeous female pen pal with late-model fast car/stunt driver preferred – must be ready for adventure/no talking on job. No flakes/good pay....

Guest Column

Trump Can’t Abolish 14th Amendment Last week, Donald Trump publicly floated the notion of abolishing the 14th Amendment (i.e., birthright citizenship) via executive order. Forget for a moment that it was ratified in 1868, three years after Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, or...