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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,?
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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.
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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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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.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | October 17, 2013
It's been a different type of season for Rachel (Wacholder) Scott on the national Assn. of Volleyball Professionals beach volleyball tour, but it will conclude this weekend for the former Laguna Beach High athlete on familiar sand. Scott, a 1993 graduate of Laguna Beach, will close out the tour when she and playing partner Jen Kessy vie for the women's title at the smart AVP Championships at Huntington Beach. The four-day tournament, the last of seven stops on the 2013 AVP Tour, started Thursday and concludes with women's and men's championship finals Sunday at the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | August 25, 2011
If you think Laguna has some architectural gems, wait until you see the gems created by some of Laguna's top architects and their contractors who competed for "Best of Show" in the inaugural Project Pet House fundraiser. The team of Morris Skenderian and Don McKeehan were the top dogs, according to a panel of judges that included Mayor Toni Iseman , City Manager John Pietig , Laguna Art Museum Director Bolton Colburn and Laguna Board of Realtors President Nancy Pooley . But the real judges will be the bidders on the houses.
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
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.
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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.
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By David Hansen | October 6, 2011
It used to be a brothel, or so they say. The old white building sits on the hill like in "The Shining," cavernous and creaky, with long dark hallways and strange apartments. It is the Arch Beach Tavern, built in 1915 to house people from the movie industry. Just like in "The Shining. " Indeed, it is an odd place where mystery abounds. There are blank doors with no handles and light switches with no switches. When you walk into the lobby, an empty rocking chair sits ominously in the corner looking at you, waiting to move with an unseen breeze.
NEWS
March 5, 2013
Katsuya by Starck, a Japanese restaurant along Coast Highway, closed following Monday's dinner service. A receptionist confirmed the news midday Monday. "While the restaurant enjoyed nearly two years of success in the community, sbe is pursuing a new Orange County location for the brand," according to a statement from sbe Entertainment Group, which Katsuya is a part of. "Despite the closure, sbe remains committed to the Laguna Beach community through its partnership in the Umami Burger property as well as its desire to find future Laguna Beach locations for its hotel, restaurant and nightlife brands," the statement read.
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By Bryce Alderton | November 14, 2013
An elective class at Thurston Middle School allows students to build a model robot with wheels. Instructor Kelly Skon guides seventh- and eighth-graders in a class called STEAM, an inaugural course that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. The goal is for students to develop critical thinking skills through hands-on learning in areas such as robotics, computer programming and game design, product design and development, and forensics, according to the course syllabus.
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