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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...

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...

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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

View from the Woods

How Long Can Coast Inn Coast? My brother-in-law lives in Kansas. We usually don’t have a lot in common. It’s like he’s a Klingon and I’m a Ferenghi. But through the years we have established some areas of shared interests. One of our strongest shared interests is in our...

Village Matters

Moderating an Overreach The day after the Coast Inn hearing last week at the City Council here was this surprise email from one of the testifiers who had urged approval of the project the night before, “I actually wish I could take back my statement about building the Coast Inn...

Pet Peeves

Sandwich Boards It was a day of highs and lows. The high was in reading the Indy’s “Merchants Receive a Late Holiday Gift.” Early indication is local merchants did better this holiday season. The low was in reading my January VISA statement and how much more I owed than last...

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...