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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 | 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
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 Alisha Gomez | May 22, 2012
Molly Brown's, the beloved Newport Beach-based swim shop that has garnered quite the celebrity stylist following, has laid down some roots in Laguna. Donna Allen, who owns Molly Brown's along with her husband Greg, last month opened the boutique at 490 S. Coast Hwy. "I live here in Laguna Beach," Donna said. "I've been trying for several years to move into town. When the space became available, I thought it would be a great opportunity. I've gotten great feedback on this store from people from southern Orange County who [now]
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 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
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 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?
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | March 28, 2013
Julian St. John's portrait "Crucifix Dreamz" looks lonely and haunted, not unlike the circumstances that created it. The image, mostly in blue pen, features a bearded man with ringed, blood-shot eyes staring almost vacantly at the viewer. Over his white face, from the forehead down to the left cheek, are words that form a miniature poem: "Pain is my love shun'd by the herd like a bird sent down from above. " Across the nose is etched an affirmation: "I stay lookin up. " St. John, who will display 17 pieces Friday at the Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art, drew "Crucifix Dreamz" in a park bathroom in Canoga Park, where he lived several months ago. It wasn't a case of homelessness due to poverty; St. John is the son of a champion boxer and an Emmy-winning actor.
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 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.
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