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Nepal Earthquake Benefit Concert

Southern California Baha’i musicians will give a benefit concert for Nepal earthquake victims at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 22851 Aliso Creek Rd in Aliso Viejo. A $20 donation is suggested for the concert, organized in part...

Laguna Beach Magazine Seeks ‘Influential’ Nominations

Laguna Beach Magazine Seeks ‘Influential’ Nominations Laguna Beach Magazine, a sister publication of the Laguna Beach Independent, is seeking nominations for the city’s top 10 influencers. These individuals will be featured in the magazine’s “Most Influential People” issue,...

Woman’s Club Steps Up to Provide Back-To-School Supplies 

  The newly formed Woman’s Club Charitable Fund, headed by board member Ellie Ortiz, has purchased 125 backpacks and filled them with school supplies for local public school students in need. The purpose of the charitable fund is to fill a gap in the community and...

Limelight

Airplane rides, movie extras and open hillsides

By Jennifer Erickson Born in 1901, Blanche Smith, nee Clapp, grew up in Fresno where her father bought and restored farmhouses. She first came to Laguna Beach as a child in 1912 to visit an uncle, Fred Clapp, who owned the general store on Forest Avenue. The family continued to...

William Wendt: Nature’s Faithful Interpreter

      By Jean Stern, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach is widely know as an Artists’ Colony, and today, looking at the abundance of art galleries, one would certainly agree with the designation. Yet, the city achieved that distinction largely through the...

Tales of The Tell: Part 2

                      By Mark Chamberlain, Special to the Indy In the Spring of 1989, my partner Jerry Burchfield and I, with the help of scores of dedicated supporters, undertook the erection of the largest photographic...

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Obituaries

Lew Williams

Llewelyn Lloyd Williams, Jr., also known as Lew, 96 years young, passed on Aug. 12, 2015, surrounded by his immediate family. Lew grew up in Orange and was a 1938 graduate of Orange High School. He also attended Fullerton Junior College and UCLA and remained a huge Bruins fan....

Stephen Lee Runnalls

A former Laguna resident in the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, Stephen Lee Runnalls died suddenly from a heart attack on July 7, 2015, in Puerto Penasco, Mexico, where he had lived for more than two years. Born on Jan. 10, 1944 in Los Angeles to Eugene and Gladys Runnalls, Steve grew up...

Michael Schluter

Michael Schluter, of Laguna Beach, passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 1, 2015, in Laguna Beach. He was 56 years old. Schluter was born April 12, 1959, in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., and is survived by his mother Frances Staar, his sister Corinne Tagliaferro and her husband Louis and his two...

Columns

Pet Peeves

Checkout Noon I tried not to panic over the Indy story “Lawsuit Contests Hotel Laguna Lease.”   Hotel operators allege being illegally forced out by the property owners. The property owners counter that checkout is next year at noon. I panicked having just booked my...

Heart Talk

Laguna Refuses to Go to Pot   In 1996, California legalized medical marijuana and a majority of Laguna Beach voters supported this initiative. In 2016, 57% of California voters supported Prop. 64, which legalized recreational marijuana. I would be very surprised if a...

Green Light

Restoring an Estuary, Healing an Environment At last some positive, even inspiring news on the environmental front. With two-dozen California wildfires now nearly contained while parts of Texas, the Gulf Coast, and much of Puerto Rico struggle to recover from recent killer...
Posted On 02 Nov 2017

Just for Laughs

Read the Personals SENIOR EXPLORERS – Club forming. Must be over-65 and own hand-held metal detector/desire to find gold. First meet-up Farmer John’s, breakfast on Monday @ 6 a.m. ($25 membership) #FindersKeepers   OLDTIMERS’ DANCE CLASS – Would you like to learn ballroom...

Pet Peeves

Grey Goby I was standing in a pool of brackish water in my garage when I read the Indy’s “Estuary Re-envisioned for Degraded Aliso Creek.” I then balled up the paper to plug the encroaching water. Area plumbers came. Area plumbers assessed. Area plumbers went. All agreed that I...

The Kibitzer

Life Outside the Bubble This past summer my number came up for jury duty. I’ve always been ambivalent about it. On the one hand, it’s our civic duty and even a privilege to participate in the justice system. On the other, it’s a pernicious time suck that can confine you to an...
Posted On 02 Nov 2017