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Club Commissions Economic Impact Study

For every dollar invested in a Boys & Girls Club, there is a return on investment of $10 in community benefit, according to a study commissioned by the Boys and Girls Club of America and conducted by the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research and School of...

Club Extends Hours for Parents Night Out

The Boys and Girls Club’s Canyon branch will host a fun-filled night for children 5 and up from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, March 25. The cost is $20 dollars for members and non-members and dinner and a movie is included. To reserve a spot contact Valerie Navarrete at the Club’s Canyon...

Short-Term Lodging Ban Up for Discussion

A new ordinance prohibiting short-term vacation rentals will be discussed at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, by the city Planning Commission in Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave. The commission will consider a draft ordinance that proposes a prohibition on short-term-lodging in...

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

William David Stallone

August 31,1943 – October 18, 2015 William (Bill) David Stallone was born Aug. 31, 1943, in Berkeley. He was delivered by his father Jasper, a general practitioner, with the help of forceps to cut short a long labor. (His mother joked that she was never again the same.) He...

Larry Delaney

Larry Davis Delaney passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 at his home in Whitefish, Mont., surrounded by family.  He was born Sept. 24, 1938, in Little Rock, Ark., to Evelyn P. Morgan and Charles Mims. For those who knew him, Delaney was “the most interesting m...

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...

Columns

Taking Stock

Sideways Motions Halfway through the second quarter, the market has gone nowhere so far this year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is where it started the year while the S&P 500 has eked out a 2% gain. A year ago, their gains at this point were 18% and 11% respectively. Each...

Pet Peeves

Carbnb My wife has a favorite story she tells…  “Hey Debbie, there’s a homeless guy living in your car,” her friend announced while bringing in a case of beer.  It was early in the day to begin drinking, but then again it was college, a time of boundless highs and no regrets...

Just for Laughs

Read the Personals EXPIRED FROZEN PIZZAS for sale.  Okay, I’ve got a dozen frozen pizzas dated April 30, 2018; nobody in my family will eat them and I hate to throw them away.  They are still edible; buy the dozen for 50% off.  What a bargain! Don’t let one more day go by. ...

The Kibitzer

Desert Pot Springs I recently attended a cannabis trade show in Desert Hot Springs to see how the recreational industry is faring (for a friend, of course). Desert Hot Springs is the white-hot center of it all. This little town that couldn’t – Palm Springs’ black sheep sibling to...
Posted On 17 May 2018

Guest Column

Finding Putin In Hell’s Kitchen Countless allegations: insidious torture and murder; ethnic cleansing; supporting brutal dictators; mysterious poisonings. Last month, an attack with chemical weapons on NATO soil. In addition, cyber-warfare on the United States of America. Is...

Taking Stock

All My Troubles Seem So Far Away All systems are “go” in the financial markets for now. Stocks, bonds, the dollar and oil prices are up. This unusual synchronization reflects the Volatility Index, also known as the “Fear Index,” dropping for six straight sessions, erasing its...