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Coastal Cleanup Day Returns Sept. 15

On Saturday, Sept. 15, thousands of clean water advocates will head to more than 40 coastal sites across Orange County to fight pollution with the world’s largest trash cleanup event—Coastal Cleanup Day. Registration is now open for the OC cleanup sites, organized by Orange...

Laguna Beach Native Joins City Manager’s Office

By LB Indy Staff City Manager John Pietig recently announced the appointment of Jeremy Frimond as Senior Administrative Analyst for the city of Laguna Beach. Frimond starts his new position on Sept. 10. Frimond was born and raised in Laguna and has worked for the city since 2003....

Boys & Girls Clubs Raise $225K in One Day

Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach and 14 area clubs partnered with the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) to host Greatness Amplified, a fundraising day for all Boys & Girls Clubs in Orange County, on Aug. 15. The 24-hour online effort raised $225,000 with the...

Limelight

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...

Winning Images Evoke Nature’s Best

Laguna Bluebelt Coalition announced winners in amateur and professional categories in its fifth annual photo contest this week. Local Rich German, known for capturing video of marine mammals from his paddleboard, won in the amateur category with an image of a gray whale’s flukes....

A Jury of Your Piers

By Andy Hedden, Special to the Independent Editor’s Note: With El Nino storms again lashing Southern California piers, we figured readers would enjoy stepping again on the ones built in Laguna Beach. Even in 2011 when the late Andy Hedden revisited them, all were long gone. You...

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Obituaries

Loraine Estelle Hollingsworth

Loraine Estelle Hollingsworth, 82, also known as Cherokee, passed away peacefully in her canyon home of 70 years surrounded by her loving family. Loraine is survived by her two children, John William Verdugo and Andrea Estelle Verdugo; her son-in-law, Timothy Kane O’Neil; her...

Laguna Beach Mourns Sandpiper’s Chip Harrell

By Allison Jarrell | LB Indy Laguna Beach is mourning the loss of Chip Harrell, who was the longtime owner of The Sandpiper Lounge with his brother, Chuck. Harrell’s uncle opened the Sandpiper in 1942, known affectionately by locals as the Dirty Bird, and owned it for about...

John Christian Watson

Feb 28, 1972 – July 29, 2018 The world dimmed, and the stars became much brighter, as John Christian Watson passed away in Laguna Beach, California, on July 29. Born outside of Rochester, New York, John called many places home throughout his 46 years—raised in Southern...

Columns

Does the Wet Suit You

Cabo in Laguna “All that you touch you change. All that you change changes you. The only constant lasting truth is change.” –Octavia Butler Preserving and protecting the “Village Character” of Laguna beach has been an exercise in denying the inevitability of change. We’ve said no...

The Kibitzer

Being Together is the Mustard  It was something I’d been planning for over a year—ever since I reconnected with my summer camp brothers from other Jewish mothers—a reunion. But this time canoeing down a river, as we had some 46 years before on the mighty Allagash River, where, on...
Posted On 18 Oct 2018

Musings on the Coast

Liberate Laguna  Here is the origin of Liberate Laguna: we got tired of being bullied. The “we” is Cindy Shopoff, Sam Goldstein and me. We are the founders of Liberate Laguna. We all were bullied by the city of Laguna Beach, its Design Review Board, Heritage Committee, Planning...
Posted On 18 Oct 2018

Pet Peeves

Bingo Recently, the Suzi Q Senior Center hosted a forum dedicated to seniors. Ten candidates for City Council debated senior housing, assisted living centers, public transportation and other topics affecting Laguna’s older population. When asked if there were any questions, a...

Finding Meaning

Children Bless Also A fascinating study was published the other day. The findings came from Harvard’s “Growing Up Today Study,” following 26,000 children since 1996. (The children were from mothers in the Nurses’ Health Study, started 20 years earlier, so there was prior family...

Heart Talk

Breakfast and Conversation The first Wednesday of every month I wake up as eager as a child on Christmas morning. This is the day I will join five other retired teachers and one retired school counselor for a breakfast of oatmeal, eggs, bacon, pancakes, and most importantly,...