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Hop Aboard For a Coastal Tour

Village Laguna will sponsor a coastal tour of Laguna Beach from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 aboard the Ocean Institute’s research vessel Sea Explorer, casting off from 24200 Dana Point Harbor. Take in the beauty of Laguna’s Marine Life Protected Area while guest...

Website Upgraded for National Disability Month

The Seed Business Network (SBN) of Laguna Beach has launched an upgraded website at disabilitybiz.org. In business since 2003, SBN has assisted over 3,500 people with disabilities in starting and running small businesses. “This website exists to heighten our community’s awareness...

Peacemaker Shares Her Story

Laguna Presbyterian Church hosts international peacemaker Sushma Ramswami from India at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4. She is among a 10-member group touring the country in a program that over 30 years has brought 200 peacemakers from 57 nations. For 2015, their focus is on the root...

Limelight

Life in Laguna during ‘the War’

by Regina Hartley, Special to the Independent The story of Bill Hartley begins in Ontario, Calif., where his father, William Hartley Sr., managed what became the Sunkist packing plant, but from 1911 was the West Ontario Citrus Association. In 1925,William St. was sent to the east...

The Building that Babb Built

By Andy Hedden, Special to the Independent The Babb Building, venerably situated on the corner of South Coast Highway and Thalia Street, was erected in 1936. It has been home to many, commercially and residentially. Buzz about the Babb Building started in its first year in the...

Phoenix Rising: A Brief History of LCAD

By David Randel, Special to the Independent This account of the school that became the Laguna College of Art & Design, prepared to honor its founding 45 years ago by a group of community leaders, would not be complete without mention of several reasons for its success. The...

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Obituaries

William Hamilton McFadden

William Hamilton McFadden, of Palm Desert, passed away on Sept. 3, 2015. He died of natural causes after battling cancer and diabetes. He was a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and is survived by his four children, two step-children, five grandchildren, and two...

Dr. Dennis Hudson Cadreau

January 22, 1953-August 26, 2015 Dennis Cadreau was visiting his family in Laguna Beach for a long weekend from East Jordan, Mich. A body surfing accident at Divers Cove left him paralyzed and after a 16 day battle he died from complications from his injuries. He was 62 years...

Karl F. Kramer

Aug. 3, 1935 – Aug. 29, 2015 Karl Francis Kramer Jr., a 44 year resident of Laguna Beach, passed away peacefully with his family at his side Aug. 29, 2015. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 56 years, Diana Lee Kramer, in 2014. Born in 1935, Karl grew up in Beverly...

Columns

Pet Peeves

Let’s Make a Toast I like to save time in the morning by making toast right next to the bathtub. It’s a habit I got into during my working years. I would do my ablution and eat toast at the same time. Got me ahead of the competition. Sure, it was dangerous having the toaster...

Just for Laughs

Read the Personals   VINTAGE CLOTHES – Huge sale of old, outdated clothing. Cheap.  We have men’s three-piece suits and tons of men’s vests in a huge assortment of fabrications. Movie wardrobe/Halloween? MUST GO.  #DecadesAgo   TURTLE – Mitch is a really nice turtle. ...

Green Light

Art and Nature: That’s Laguna Laguna at its core and as many see it today is the result of sculpting Pacific forces, like wind and waves, and the works of artists who have immortalized in their creative renderings the beauty of its coves, headlands, coastal canyons, and hills....
Posted On 16 Nov 2017

Taking Stock

Time For Gratitude With the market up over 15 % this year, stock investors should express gratitude at Thanksgiving for a strong bill market. Unrelenting instant news of squabbles in Washington jeopardizing Wall Street’s dreams of tax cuts continues to provide enough worries to...

Musings on the Coast

The Tribes Take Over Xavier is from Puerto Rico, grew up poor, and today is a struggling young actor in Hollywood. We met by accident six years ago, became close friends and he spent the other weekend at my place in Laguna to escape the crushing heat in L.A. On Sunday, h...
Posted On 09 Nov 2017

Just for Laughs

Read The Personals FOR SALE –  10 holiday tins of Young’s Plantation assorted pecans, missing all chocolate covered ones. Sorry about that (you can always fill in the void with Planters peanuts). Great value $60 #Nuts2U   HOUSE 4 RENT – Older home desirable neighborhood. 2...