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Citizen Activist to be Honored

  Community leaders will gather at Crystal Cove State Park beach to dedicate a brass plaque honoring Jeannette Merrilees on Saturday, June 9 at 10 a.m. Merrilees was the first activist in the fight to save beach cottages for use by the public as she believed Crystal Cove...

Sweet Soaring

Local resident Ken Jillson, who resigned earlier this year as a leader of the AIDS service organization he founded with partner Al Roberts, last week achieved another goal. At 70 and after spending the last year taking training flights twice a week and studying several hours a...

Club Gala Adopts Derby Day

The Boys & Girls Club’s gala, its largest fundraising event of the year, adopted Kentucky Derby-style Saturday, May 12, following the race by a week. “And We’re Off”was held at the Montage hotel with over 240 guests in attendance. For more info on how to support the club,...

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

Buckner Coe

Dec. 11, 1924-May 11, 2018 The Reverend Buckner Coe of Lake Forest and Laguna Beach passed away peacefully May 11, 2018, surrounded by his beloved wife, Judy, and members of his family. He was 93. Buckner (Buck) Coe was a sixth generation minister. A graduate of Yale University...

David H. Koontz

July 22, 1927 – May 16, 2018 A resident of Laguna Beach for 47 years, David H. Koontz was born in Ottumwa, Iowa. Koontz served in the U.S. Navy in the Philippines at the end of World War II. He graduated from Carlton College in Northfield, Minn., and did subsequent graduate...

War Hero Turned Waterman, Hopping Dies at 96

Aug. 5, 1921 – May 17, 2018 By Christy Cones, Special to the Independent Bruce Hopping (a.k.a. “Brucey”, “Mr. B”, et al.) passed away peacefully just after midnight on Thursday, May 17. He is survived by his nephew and niece, Rick and Melissa Hopping, of New Jersey. Hopping was a...

Columns

Green Light

A Hiking We Will Go “OK my possums, listen up!” So says our hiking leader Charlotte Masarik in her disarming British-accented English when she wishes to give us trail directions, or explain the flora and fauna we are about to encounter. Her love of the Laguna Greenbelt, Laguna...
Posted On 09 Aug 2018

Pet Peeves

Go Around I felt dizzy after reading the Indy’s “Catalina Roundabout to Get Improvements.” The city council agreed to spend $300,000 to beautify the central roundabout. Wow. That’s a lot of spiffing up. For that much moolah, there has to be a secret addendum spelling out more...

Musings on the Coast

Thoughts from Croatia We’re on the Island of Vis, named for the town of Vis, founded in 397 B.C. It was the first town founded in all of Croatia, mainly because of its natural deep-water harbor.  It made its money from fishing and eventually trade. I’ve rented a house for two...
Posted On 09 Aug 2018

The Kibitzer

“If human beings really were able to take the long view – to consider seriously the fate of civilization decades or centuries after our deaths – we would be forced to grapple with the transience of all we know and love in the great sweep of time. So we have trained ourselves,...
Posted On 09 Aug 2018

Does the Wet Suit You

The Gubbins This column was assembled from gubbins collected from the floor of the composition room at Wet Suit World Head Quarters. Last month a red bark eucalyptus brutally attacked two innocent cars parked adjacent to the offices of this newspaper. It did so in apparent...

Finding Meaning

Spiritual but Not Religious I’ve said it before—attending Laguna’s churches is as enjoyable as a sunset walk on the beach.  Last Sunday offered two compelling choices: United Methodist featured the Urban Voices, a choir drawn from the homeless of Los Angeles’ skid row. The Urban...