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Local | January 1, 2010
Video camera is returned to its owner Videographer Michael Taylor got his video camera back Tuesday, after it was taken from the hillside where it had been placed to capture time-lapse images of the work after the Bluebird Canyon landslide. Taylor thought the camera might be sold over the Internet, and he was right. But he was surprised when the Internet helped bring the camera back. After losing the $2,000 camera Dec. 15, Taylor put some lenses up for sale online to try to replace the lost equipment.
NEWS
January 14, 2005
Members of Laguna Beach Girl Scouts Troops No. 238 and No. 2311 collected coats throughout December and January as part of the "One Warm Coat" service project. The girls collected a total of 175 coats, 51 of which went to the Relief and Resource Center of Laguna Beach for those in need. From left, Neika MacDowall, Kaitlyn Waidley, Allie Hastings, Marcella Bechtel, Marina Paul, Kate Rogers, Ciera Crowe, Mary Jo Mancuso of the Soroptimist International of Lake Forest Club, Kelly Fleming, Amanda McCrory, Amie Clay, Victoria O'Connor, Tori Tomo- Krohnfeldt, Katie Fleming, Taylor Kahn and Ashley Andrews.
BUSINESS
By Ashley Breeding | November 7, 2008
Our aura is an electromagnetic energy field that emanates from our bodies, and can be visualized through an outline of cascading colors, which are supposed to reflect our state of mind, body and inner being, says Jill Templin, owner of The Chakra Shack in Laguna Beach. Templin said these colors are associated with our seven chakras, or energy centers of the body, and determine our physical, emotional and spiritual states. ?An aura reading can help us learn how to balance our chakra system, by highlighting which areas we need to strengthen,?
NEWS
August 27, 2004
Doris Helen Thurston Boyd Doris Helen Thurston Boyd, a native Lagunan, died Aug. 20, surrounded by family. She was 89. Mrs. Thurston Boyd was the youngest of two daughters of Laguna pioneers Joseph Smith Thurston and Marie Harding Thurston. Joe Thurston came to his father's homestead in Aliso Canyon in 1871 and was noted as being one of the founding fathers of Laguna Beach. Marie Thurston was one of the first school teachers in Laguna Beach, teaching in a one-room school house and was later honored with having the junior high school named after her. In her early years, Mrs. Thurston Boyd was a participant in the opening celebration of South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, which was attended by Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | February 13, 2014
An attorney for the family of one of two men killed in a head-on collision on Laguna Canyon Road has sued a driver who survived the wreck, a witness and multiple cities and public agencies. Attorney Otto Haselhoff, who represents the family of Alberto Casique, levels allegations ranging from driver negligence to poor road maintenance in his Jan. 21 Orange County Superior Court lawsuit. Among the defendants is Robert McFarland Pettis, 48, a Laguna Beach physician whose Tesla Model S sedan collided with the Honda Accord sedan driven by Casique, 47, at 6:45 a.m. April 2. Armando Gonzalez, 38, a passenger in Casique's Honda, also died.
NEWS
January 9, 2014
Laguna Beach police arrested a Laguna Niguel man on suspicion of battery on an officer and two other charges after an altercation in front of Ocean Avenue Brewery in the early hours of New Year's Day, police said. John Takashi Yoshimoto, 40, was also charged with public intoxication and obstructing a police officer following an incident at 12:38 a.m. Jan. 1, Capt. Jason Kravetz wrote in an email. Officers were on foot patrol in the 200 block of Ocean Avenue when they noticed activity in front of the brewery, Kravetz said.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | January 15, 2010
David Koning was born with hypoplastic left-heart syndrome. He said he was dead for six minutes as a toddler before being revived and he literally has half a heart. He also has cerebral palsy and suffers from seizures. Yet, he wants children to know that there is always hope. That?s the idea behind the event that Koning, 22, said he?s put together on Monday. The Laguna Beach High volleyball team manager has set up a ?Changing Children?s Lives? event at the Los Angeles Clippers game that day. The Clippers play the New Jersey Nets at 12:30 p.m., which happens to be Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Thanks to Koning?
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | September 19, 2013
Every so often the image flashes through Nicholas Grisaffi's mind. The trigger can be a blond woman who looks like the one Grisaffi, a 61-year-old Laguna Beach man, and friend Rick Moore tried to help out of the ocean in Maui last month. "That arm flashes at you," Grisaffi said. Moore and Grisaffi, a Tustin elementary school teacher, were planning to spend a relaxing day at White Rock beach, an area known for its snorkeling, on the late afternoon of Aug. 14. The two arrived in the parking lot but Moore, a pastor and Irvine high school teacher, couldn't find his underwater camera.
NEWS
By Jonathan Oyama | April 29, 2010
An Orange County jury has awarded a father $1.2 million in damages in a lawsuit against a landlord for neglecting the repair of a mold-infested house in Laguna Beach. Patrick Fetzer accused the lease owner of neglecting to eliminate the water intrusion in the home. According to Fetzer’s attorneys, the elevated moisture and water intrusion in the home caused mold to spread throughout the home at 255 Center St. According to the lawsuit, the mold caused Fetzer’s daughter, Lauren, to develop severe respiratory problems from 2006 to 2008.
NEWS
By David Hansen | September 27, 2012
At first glance, the grand house sits like a beacon above Abalone Point, high above Crystal Cove, at the north entrance to Laguna Beach. But then you see the graffiti. The house is, according to the California Coastal Commission, "among the most visually prominent sites along the Orange County coastline. " And for a long time over the past year, tourists were able to see "The Clash" spray painted in vintage punk-rock style. So was the house the victim of another financial flame-out?
NEWS
October 18, 2002
-- Barbara Diamond Once upon a time there was a little princess. Her name was Joan. Princess Joan's father died when she was two, but she still had her mother, Athalie, and her grandfather, the powerful King James II of Irvine. Joan lived with her mother in the adjoining kingdoms of Los Angeles and Pasadena. But among her favorite childhood memories are the visits with James II. She rode with the cowboys who herded the king's cattle. She watched his crops grow -- he liked to call himself a farmer.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay | September 22, 2011
Vibrantly colored banners and echoes of prayers filled the Neighborhood Congregational Church on Wednesday with the arrival of Tibetan monks and the start of Tibet Cultural Week. Many parishioners fell into a meditative state as the Gaden Jangtse Tsawa monks recited prayers and chants while seated cross-legged on the floor of the church. Throughout the service they played long, flute-like instruments that bellowed in between chants. Scrolls with bright illustrations and an image of the Dalai Lama sat on the altar behind them.
NEWS
November 10, 2011
A Laguna Beach clothing designer died of natural causes, according to the Orange County coroner. Jonas Gregory Bevacqua, 33, was found dead in his Laguna Beach home May 30 by his father and fiancé. Bevacqua was suffering from pneumonia and myocarditis — or inflammation of the heart — according to the coroner. Bevacqua was the co-founder of the Irvine-based streetwear brand Lifted Research Group, commonly known as LRG. At the time of his death, noted celebrities, family, friends and his company took to the Web to send their condolences.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay | September 6, 2012
Auri Inc., an upscale shoemaker once touted as one of America's most promising companies by Forbes, has shuttered its line of shoes to focus on licensing its technology to established luxury footwear brands. The company closed its North Laguna showroom and headquarters earlier this year as part of the move. "The costs associated with being a footwear brand are exorbitant," said founder Ori Rosenbaum. "It's overwhelming. " Rosenbaum, a Laguna Beach resident, cited the high costs associated with trade shows, samples, marketing materials, factories, inventory and being a public company.
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