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Briefly In The News

October 07, 2010

Hospital plans neighbor forum

Mission Hospital Laguna Beach will be hosting a neighbor forum from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 to give the community an opportunity to learn about hospital happenings and ask questions. For more information, visit http://www.mission4health.com.

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Design Board has open seats

The City Council is accepting applications for three open seats on the Board of Adjustment/Design Review Board. The terms will extend through Jan. 31, 2013. Interviews will be held at the council meeting, 6 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Council Chambers. The Board of Adjustment considers requests for variances from the zoning code and sit as the city's Design Review Board. Board members serve a two-year term and are compensated in the amount of $230 per month. The Board meets twice a month..

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Laguna Beach residents who are interested in applying should obtain an application from the City Clerk's office or on-line at the City's web site, http://www.lagunabeachcity.net and file it by 5 p.m. Tuesday. For more information, call (949) 497-0705.

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Heisler project breaking ground

The final phase of a master plan to preserve and renovate Heisler Park for the next 50 years will begin construction Monday. A groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. Monday near the gazebo, according to city officials.

The $2.4 million project involves three areas: the Diver's Cove stairway at the northern end of the park; the Monument Point area; and the North Main Beach area. The Diver's Cove and the North Main Beach areas should be completed before the end of the year. The Monument Point area will be completed by the end of May 2011. The Rockpile Beach and Picnic Beach areas that were renovated in 2008 will remain open to the public during the project.

The project will replace the shuffleboard courts with a "terraced garden" that will provide a new community gathering area; provide two new seating areas, one near Monument Point, and the other above North Main Beach; replace beach stairs near the gazebo and at Monument Point; recontour pathways; provide more public art. In addition, new drainage, irrigation and landscaping will be installed to reduce water use and erosion, among other improvements.

This final phase of the renovation will conclude an $8 million renovation to Heisler Park. Funding is provided by $4.5 million of grants and about $3.5 million of city funds.

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Prevent or delay Alzheimer's

Dr. Vincent Fortanasce will present a medically-proven non-pharmaceutical approach to prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer's at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15, at Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach

Fortanasce is a bio-ethicist, author, columnist and radio show host with 30 years of medical practice. He was selected among the top 100 physicians in Los Angeles County and Best Physicians in the United States. The public is invited at no charge, and Fortanasce's books will be available for purchase. For more information, call (949) 494-7555.

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