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Club to Award its Stars

The Boys & Girls Club holds its annual Awards Night on Thursday, Feb. 11, and welcomes support from local businesses in the form of a donated sandwich, vegetable or cookie trays or items for goodie bags. Three individuals who have demonstrated strong moral character,...

Sandbags Available for Locals

The city offers pre-filled sandbags at no cost to residents and business owners of Laguna Beach. They are available daily on a first-come-first-serve basis, with a limit of 10 per resident, at the ACT V parking lot, 1900 Laguna Canyon Road, or the inland Aliso Beach parking lot,...

Clinic Steps Up Fundraising to Continue Care

  “I had no idea that one day I myself would need their services,” said longtime local resident Lysanne Lippe, a former Laguna Beach Community Clinic volunteer. “But when I needed medical help, I knew where to go. And thankfully I did, because the clinic saved my life,”...

Limelight

A Catalyst for the Conversion of Laguna’s Coast

    By Jackie Davie Laguna Beach today is well known as a world-class destination for vacationers from around the globe. How Laguna came to have this reputation is tied directly to resort development along its coastline. One of the pioneers of beachfront development was...

Setting the Scene for Art and Architecture

St. Clair Family Norman St. Clair, Laguna’s First Artist  Part 1 By Ann Christoph Artist and architect Norman St. Clair and his descendents played a powerful role in influencing Laguna Beach’s reputation as an art colony and its renowned village character. Norman Boden St....

Don’t Overlook Arch Beach Heights When Looking for Laguna History

By Suzanne Dunn, Special to the Independent When my realtor told me three years ago that my $1 million plus home was a great Laguna Beach starter home, I nearly choked. I wasn’t insulted as you might suspect. I was dumbfounded. Starter home wasn’t in my lexicon 12 years ago when...

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Obituaries

Donald Edward Charhut

Donald Edward Charhut, 83, a former long-time resident of Laguna Beach, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, at Saint Camillus Center in Stamford, Conn., after a brief illness. Don was born Sept. 8, 1932, in Chicago, Ill., and was the second of three sons born to Genevieve...

Sandra Silka

March 3, 1942-Sept. 6, 2015 Sandra “Sandi” Silka lost her battle to cancer on Sept. 6, 2015 at her home in Clarksville, Vir. She was born in Chicago, Ill., March 3, 1942, to the late Joseph Frank and Emily Kulis Silka. Her parents moved to Southern California when she was 14....

Margie Marie Erick

Margie Marie Erick, a 20-year resident of Laguna Beach, passed away on Sept. 29, 2015, of natural causes in Yucca Valley. She was 89. Margie was born Nov. 19, 1925, in Ennis, Texas.  As a child she picked cotton, was cousin to Clyde Barrow and attended the Consolidated School of...

Columns

Just for Laughs

Read the Personals ANTI-STRAW PROTEST group forming.  Don’t let the wait staff or bartender put that plastic straw in your drink!  Straws pollute the atmosphere and cause damage to the environment. Group forming at Polly’s Pies, Sunday 11 a.m.  #ThisIsTheLastStraw   HOMEMADE...

The Kibitzer

A Reason for Hope “Hindsight is 2020” was one of the thousands of protest signs I saw last Saturday at the Los Angeles Women’s Rally and among the most poignant (along with, “Ugh, where do I start?”). These messages underscored my feelings after watching David Letterman’s new...
Posted On 25 Jan 2018

View from the Woods

Park Potential in Overlooked Spot I had a buddy that used to come to the beach a lot.  Every time he did he brought a different beautiful woman with him. He always introduced them to me. But not to the other guys. It wasn’t clear why he did this until I heard him telling one of...

Guest Column

Help Protect Your Family’s Health During wildland fires — including recent record-breaking events — billowing columns of smoke spread harmful levels of air pollution across wide areas of the Southland. Particulate matter, or small particles suspended in the air, is...

Heart Talk

I Resolve to Be Less Skeptical My column is called “Heart Talk” because I make every effort to speak honestly, and hopefully, humorously, from my heart. Another reason is that for 25 years or so, heart ailments of one type or another have been a part of my life. Allow me to take...

Pet Peeves

Passing Through “Testing. Testing. Testing. Lower Park Avenue is opened again. The Plaza is gone. Calling all library patrons. This bullhorn announcement is for you. Return library books now. You are overdue. Other people want the book that you’re reading. The library staff will...