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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
By Bryce Alderton | April 8, 2014
Laguna College of Art + Design senior Nina Fitzpatrick has died, five days after she was hit by a car while walking in a crosswalk on Laguna Canyon Road, the college announced in a news release Tuesday. Fitzpatrick, a 22-year-old fine arts student and Costa Mesa resident, was hit by a Honda sedan driven by an 83-year-old Minnesota woman about 8:45 p.m. Thursday in the crosswalk adjacent to the main campus at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road. She was critically injured and transported to Mission Hospital Mission Viejo, according to Laguna Beach police.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | April 10, 2014
When the 49th edition of the North-South 12th-Grade All-Star Basketball Games gets underway Saturday, there will be a Laguna Beach High presence at the annual event. Laguna Beach senior Noah Blanton is a selection to the boys' South team roster. The South will take on the North in the second of two games Saturday at Concordia University in Irvine. The annual spring games, featuring some of the top senior players in Orange County and sponsored by the Orange Coast Optimist Club, opens with the girls' game at 5 p.m. The boys' game follows at approximately 7:30 p.m. Additionally, the event names a boys' and girls' coach of the year selected from among county teams each year, and Laguna Beach girls' head coach Mark Lewis was named the 2014 Orange County Girls' Coach of the Year.
NEWS
April 10, 2014
I know many hearts are broken over the loss of Laguna College of Art + Design student Nina Fitzpatrick, a pedestrian who died after being hit by a car in a crosswalk. But sympathy, while heartfelt, is little consolation for her friends and family. I wish tragedy was not a prerequisite for learning how precious and fragile life is, but it seems we have a difficult time with this lesson. If we as a community had learned this lesson, then a bridge might have been built for the student body.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | April 10, 2014
The prospect of a self-storage facility being built in Laguna Canyon took center stage at Wednesday's Planning Commission meeting, but the reception was less than welcoming. Several residents and Laguna College of Art + Design students raised concerns - from safety and traffic to environmental and area compatibility - about developer Doug Simpson's plan to construct a three-story, 97,025-square-foot, 630-unit building in the Big Bend area. The property at 2851 Laguna Canyon Road sits between the college's visual communication building and a habitat restoration area managed by the Laguna Canyon Foundation.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | February 12, 2013
The co-founder of a specialty coffee-and-tea chain said it will be "some time" before the business opens in the former restaurant space of The Cottage. "We really want to preserve and restore the place to its bungalow splendor," Shallom Berkman of Urth Caffe said in a phone message. Los Angeles-based Urth is working with a historical consultant to create artist renderings for the North Coast Highway spot north of Main Beach. The renderings would then move on to a Laguna Beach Historical Society committee for approval, Berkman said.
NEWS
By Rhea Mahbubani | April 10, 2014
Pamela Martinez approached Sarina Shohet with a proposition late last year. "I said to Sarina, 'Can I give you a really difficult assignment?'" Martinez recalled. "She said, 'Yes.'" Students in Martinez's Advanced Placement art class at Irvine-based Tarbut V'Torah drew a single portrait for the project. But Sarina drew two - one on white paper and the second on a differently textured brown sheet. The final graphite sketch, which depicts a friend whose parents are in the throes of a divorce, was titled "Cognizance of Her Teenage Psyche.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | April 11, 2014
Friends said Nina Fitzpatrick could light up a room when she walked in. On Thursday night, those same friends and family paid tribute to the 22-year-old Costa Mesa woman, a senior at the Laguna College of Art + Design, by lining Laguna Canyon Road while holding glowing tea lights. Fitzpatrick died earlier this week after she was hit by a car while walking in a crosswalk in front of the college's main campus at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road about 8:45 p.m. April 3. About 200 mourners gathered to hug, share stories and remember the fine arts student, an oil painter whose bubbly personality was contagious, friends said.
NEWS
By David Hansen | April 10, 2014
If you ask poet John Gardiner a question, the path to the answer is not a straight line. It's a meandering journey that transports you to mysterious places and events that seem surreal at first, as if you've gone down some rabbit hole. Where else can you rub the belly of a coyote? Or hear Shakespeare reincarnated? Or use words to stop bullets? Gardiner, 67, is Laguna Beach's resident poet, dramatist, teacher, activist and psychedelic historian. In 1969 he read one of his first poems at Mystic Arts in Laguna, and 45 years later, at 7 p.m. Friday, he will read it again, commemorating an anniversary of sorts.
NEWS
By Billy Fried | September 26, 2013
I try not to use this column to advance a personal agenda, but since this is about a large monthly gathering that involves pagan rituals on a beach, I'll make an exception. Against my better judgment. I've always feared that full disclosure would ruin it, either because of the yahoo principle that anything good eventually brings a bunch of drunks who destroy it, or because the glare of the media would bring the inevitable jealous saboteurs who would resent not being at the party and bring the full force of the nanny state of Laguna upon us. Either way spelled doom.
NEWS
By Katie Metzger | March 6, 2014
A former Orange County prosecutor, who successfully prosecuted serial killer Rodney Alcala, survived a plane crash near Lake Tahoe on Monday, but his wife died at the scene, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The pilot, former Deputy Dist. Atty. Richard Farnell, 70, was flown to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno. His wife, Darla Sue Farnell, 55, was found dead at the crash site, which was on the California side of Lake Tahoe. The couple owned a home in Laguna Beach for several years and also lived in Tahoe.
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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