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New Business Opens With Star Power

Beauty pageant winners and an “American Idol” contestant turned out with city dignitaries last week to welcome the opening of The Foundation skin care studio in Laguna Beach last week. The Foundation’s owner, Lisa G Artistry, a makeup artist and skin care specialist for 17 years,...

Keller Receives League’s Kudos

The Assistance League of Laguna Beach named Chris Keller businessperson of the year. Keller is an active member of the League’s advisory council and has been involved with the Early Intervention Program for developmentally delayed infants, a program that he participated in...

Picture This: Photo Contest Winners Announced

Indy photo contributor Mitch Ridder took first place in the city’s “My Laguna” photo contest in the adult category. Second and third place went to Allard van der Graaf and Cheyne Walls, respectively. In the youth category, winners were Charlie Dickerson, Chloe Mansour and Deja...

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

Trailblazing Social Ecologist Changed Treatment of Juvenile Delinquents

  Margot R. Carlson, a long-time Laguna Beach resident, died July 23, 2015, after a brief illness. Carlson, 85, held the role of executive director of Community Service Programs since 1986 and continued to support victims, shelter children, counsel families, and educate...

Thomas P. De Paolo, 1923-2015

Tom de Paolo, 91, passed away July 2, in Laguna Beach, of complications from diabetes. He went as he always said he wanted to, in his home overlooking the Pacific. He received a steady stream of calls and visits from family and friends in his last few days, and had a smile and a...

Mark Patrick Hanley

Sept. 14, 1962- June 18, 2015. After a long, courageous battle with cancer, Mark Patrick Hanley passed away Thursday, June 18 with his mother, Constance, at his side. Born in Sharon, Penn., Mark was 3 years old when his family moved to Southern California. He attended Laguna...

Columns

Taking Stock

September Song Stocks sold off after a three-day weekend provided investors time to mull over a possible nuclear military conflict with North Korea and threats to the economy from severe hurricanes. They then resumed their stride, confirming the market’s uptrend, reestablished a...

Village Matters

Preservation Paralysis After months of hearings on a revised historic preservation ordinance, the heritage committee and the design review board agreed on an approach that would allow more flexibility in historic property review and integrate California Environmental Quality Act...

Guest column

America First What does that mean and other thoughts on immigration, raising kids and reading.   “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it,” — Harper Lee, “To...

Just for Laughs

Read The Personals OLD GEEZER –Looking for female to share quiet times, walks on the beach, sunsets, solitude and serenity.  If you would like to sit on a bench and take out our hearing aids to enjoy the quiet times together. (No white shoes after Labor Day.)  #QuietMan CONTEST –...

Pet Peeves

Ungracious Loser I was miffed after reading Indy’s “A Gift Accepted With Grace.” The Laguna Beach Woman’s Club selected Barbara Crane, its president for the last three years as Woman of the Year. I’ll bet I came in second. If the selection process went alphabetical, Crantz...

Stories From The Woods

Drawing Haleakala By Fitz Maurice One of my favorite things about being on the quest (painting every national park in America) is the initial search for that ultimate scene. When I first arrived atop Haleakala National Park in Maui it felt thrilling to be on top of the world. I...