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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 Annie Kim and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | February 14, 2014
With the lights dimmed as they sit barefoot on mats, students at Thurston Middle School are usually quiet and contemplative as they practice yoga during physical education class. This week, however, was quite different as students screamed and cheered loudly while competing in the school's fourth annual Epic Challenge. Nearly 800 students raced each other and raised money by finding sponsors as they competed in a weeklong event of physical activities. The Epic Challenge is the Laguna Beach school's biggest fundraising event of the year and aims to promote a healthy environment, bodies, minds and kids.
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 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
March 28, 2013
Man yells, spits at officer Laguna Beach Police charged a man with assault after he yelled obscenities and flipped off an officer at a traffic stop Saturday, Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. Police arrested Laguna Beach resident Eli Grossman, 60, after responding to a call at 9:52 a.m. in the 1000 block of Glenneyre Street, Callus said. Grossman drove up to the officer and began yelling, according to the report. The officer reportedly turned to get away and Grossman followed him. The officer parked his car and Grossman came to the officer's door and continued yelling obscenities, Callus said.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | February 4, 2014
It's easy to tune out traffic on Pacific Coast Highway, but as Kent Kelley stands on the sidewalk before the address that once housed Mystic Arts World, the sound of passing wheels has a way of underlining the conversation. Maybe that's because it signifies moving forward - briskly, unsentimentally - and Kelley's words have the same effect. The building at 670 S. Coast Hwy. played a major role in Laguna Beach hippie culture during the 1960s, a period that's inspired no small amount of mythology.
SPORTS
By Bryce Alderton | June 10, 2013
The swells aligned this weekend, and the Brooks Street Pro-Am Surfing Classic was held for the first time since 2010. "It went as good as expected," event director Brandy Faber said Monday of the 50th surf contest for Laguna Beach residents ages 10 to 70. About 150 surfers competed among 12 divisions, along with a Pro-Am (professional-amateur) category. Tyler Cassil won the Cy Chambers award, while Victor Pakpour earned the Thom Chambers award, according to contest results provided by Faber.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | January 9, 2014
Opening two enclosed areas is part of the preliminary design plans for a specialty coffee-and-tea and breakfast chain set to move onto hallowed ground in Laguna Beach. Urth Caffe, based in Los Angeles, plans to move into the space at 308 N. Coast Hwy., which was occupied by the Cottage Restaurant for nearly 50 years until closing in late 2012. The Laguna Beach location will be Urth's first in Orange County and co-founders Shallom and Jilla Berkman, husband and wife, couldn't be more excited.
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
May 21, 2013
Laguna Beach police arrested a homeless man on suspicion of assaulting a 71-year-old woman in a wheelchair, according to authorities. Ronald David McGrane, 44, a resident of Laguna Beach's Alternative Sleeping Location, was booked on suspicion of felony assault causing great bodily injury and felony elder abuse, Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. The incident occurred at 6:08 a.m. Sunday inside the P.O. Box area of the post office at 350 Forest Ave., Callus said. The woman called police saying a man attacked her and officers found her bloodied on the ground next to her wheelchair, Callus 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 Barbara Diamond | September 1, 2011
Art Zdanowski 's prize-winning photograph of the Main Beach Lifeguard Tower has been added to the city's permanent art collection. Zdanowski, whose professional name is ArtZ, donated "Laguna Guardian" to the city at the Aug. 16 City Council meeting. The black-and-white photograph shows the tower under a spectacular cloudy sky. "I waited eight months for the right cloud formation," Zdanowski told the council. The wait, which began in October of last year, ended on May 8 when he finally captured on camera the vision he had "in his mind's eye. " "At that time I was learning the photographic technique known as 'HDR' (high dynamic range)
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