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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
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
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.
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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.
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 Cindy Frazier | June 30, 2011
Laguna Beach accountant Jeffrey Ross was a fit 54 when a sudden pain in his abdomen caused him to pass out and sent him down a course of medical investigation that led to a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, a 12-hour surgery, and a grim prognosis that he would have six to nine months to live. That was eight years ago. Fighting the cancer would lead Ross into a new life of advocacy with a new wife by his side — Sally Sanders, a critical care nurse who proposed to him on the beach after his diagnosis.
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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
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 Bryce Alderton | April 1, 2013
Even before she entered kindergarten, Sherine Smith knew she wanted to be a teacher. She reached that goal early in her professional career. In her 23 years with the Capistrano Unified School District, Smith served as teacher, activities director, principal and deputy superintendent . Smith, who turned 55 on Tuesday , became the superintendent for Laguna Beach Unified in 2010. The San Clemente resident spoke about her first three years on the job, what she learned from the much-debated school calendar change proposal and her priorities going forward.
NEWS
October 1, 2004
Woman located after missing from beach A woman was located at a hospital days after her fiancee reported she disappeared near Main Beach on Saturday. The woman's name could not be published because police are still investigating the possibility that the she may have been sexually assaulted, Sgt. Darin Lenyi said. The woman's fiancee, 29-year-old Brian Andrews of Covina , told police on Wednesday the woman, a 36-year-old Covina resident, was in a hospital, Lenyi said.
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