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Chip Harrell Celebration of Life Set for Sunday

A celebration of Chip Harrell’s life will take place Sunday, Sept. 23, from 3 p.m. until dark in the courtyard area near the Sandpiper. Harrell and his brother, Chuck, owned The Sandpiper Lounge together—known affectionately by locals as the Dirty Bird—since 1969. Harrell passed...

Remembrance Ceremony Next Week for Fallen Officers

  This year’s city remembrance ceremony marks the fifth anniversary of police officer Jon Coutchie’s End of Watch. Coutchie initially joined the Laguna Beach Police Department in 2009. He died on-duty in a tragic traffic accident on Sept. 21, 2013, when his northbound...

Laguna Canyon Conservancy to Host 1993 Fire Program

  The next Laguna Canyon Conservancy dinner meeting will be held Monday, Sept. 10 at Seven 7 Seven (formerly Tivoli Too! at the Art-A-Fair) at 777 Laguna Canyon Road. The LCC will present a program about the 25th anniversary of the 1993 Laguna Wildfire. This is a repeat...

Limelight

Homespun Fun Lights Up the Fourth

Independence Day excitement started long before nightfall in South Laguna, with a three-block long midday parade and neighborhood party. Food eating contests and water balloon tosses figured in the fun organized by Cynthia Jenkins, Melissa Durant, Mike and Jennifer Blanchard,...

Winners Dive for the Prize

  From a field of 65 submitted entries to its annual photo contest, the Laguna Bluebelt Coalition announced seven winners in two categories. The contest focuses attention on preserving Laguna Beach’s marine habitats, which is the coalition’s aim as well. “We had...
Posted On 19 Feb 2015

Indy on the Move

Thanks to readers for sharing a snapshot from their travels with those at home. Return the favor and send a photo with the Indy from an interesting landmark discovered on your next journey. Please send high resolution images to [email protected] Newlyweds Andy and Natalie Alison...
Posted On 15 Jan 2015

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Obituaries

Marjorie Sawyer

April 28, 1929 – July 26, 2018 Marjorie Joan (Birck) Sawyer, 89, longtime resident of Laguna Beach, passed away July 26, 2018 in Vancouver, Washington. She was born April 28, 1929 in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Long Island, receiving a bachelor’s degree in education from...

Chyrle La Vonne Vermilya

  Chyrle Vermilya passed away peacefully June 13, 2018, after a short battle with late-stage melanoma (skin cancer) with her husband Jim and sons David and Tim by her side. Chyrle lived everyday by the motto on her favorite colorful t-shirts, “Life is Good.” With a beaming...

Robert Tyler Faia

Robert Tyler passed away suddenly on Saturday, June 23, 2018, in Laguna Beach at the age of 92. Bob served in the Navy during World War II.  He was married to Eleanore Catherine “Kay” Hines from 1952 until her death 1997. Bob and Kay raised their three children in the home he...

Columns

Does the Wet Suit You

Aspiring Heights Laguna Beach has always been an aspirational place to live. Folks live here because they want to. It isn’t like their car broke down, they found a job and a place to live, and here they remain forever more. Well, maybe there’s some folks here like that. But the...

Musings on the Coast

An Economic Primer for the New Year If you are worried about our economy, you have a lot of company. The stock and housing markets are off and a lot of people are scared. In my business, I have two main jobs: obtaining funds for our real estate projects and predicting the...
Posted On 03 Jan 2019

Finding Meaning

The Century Rule The search for meaning lies at the heart our life journey. One may err along the way, but we usually deal with it and chalk it up to experience. Hence the saying, “Live and learn.” In the church setting, this is called repentance. Learning is easiest when effects...

Wisdom Workout

A Sanity Assessment Happy New Year 2019! Many of us have given up on the tradition of New Year’s resolutions because of the all-too-common experience that they end up forgotten by the second week of January. Instead, let’s talk about how we can expand our vision to...

Heart Talk

Taste Buds in a Monastery   “How much do you weigh and how tall are you?” asked the good doctor at the Hoag Clinic on Ocean Ave. “5’ 11” and 207,” came the sheepish reply. The question was asked because when my blood pressure was taken, the systolic was 160. The nurse beat a...

The Kibitzer

Sex Offenders to Sell Ice Cream in Laguna Calling all grifters, scammers, minstrels, buskers, barkers, carnies, conjurers, shylocks, scalpers, rapscallions and confidence men. Its open season for street vending in Laguna, thanks to State Senate Bill 946, the Safe Sidewalk Vending...
Posted On 27 Dec 2018