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News | May 27, 2005
BARBARA DIAMOND The community and the Laguna Beach Police Department paid tribute May 19 to those who serve and protect us. Thaddeus "Ted" Falencki was honored as Officer of the Year and Mike Wallock as the Civilian Employee of the Year at the 25th annual Police Department Awards and Recognition Dinner, presented by The Exchange Club of Laguna Beach at Tivoli Too. Chief James Spreine and club officials presented the...
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.
By Mike Sciacca | December 13, 2012
Mike Churchill knew the day was coming. Late Tuesday night, it became official. Churchill, who has guided the Laguna Beach High football program for the past two years, stepped down as its head coach. His replacement comes from the current varsity coaching staff: Corey Brown, who coached varsity quarterbacks and special teams personnel, and was head coach of the Laguna frosh/soph team, was appointed Tuesday as Churchill's successor. Churchill, who took on the head coaching job after Jonathan Todd resigned at the end of the 2010 season, will remain as the school's athletic director.
By Josh Aden | February 7, 2008
Eiler’s Inn is no more, but a new boutique hotel will be opening in its place. The hotel at 741 S. Coast Hwy was built by J. R. Leonhardt in 1946 and was the Clift Hotel until 1983. The 12-room bed and breakfast became Eiler’s Inn in 1983. The name was in honor of the famous Laguna Beach greeter, Eiler Larsen. Business partners Brent Eneix and Daniel Sussman purchased the property in 2007. Eiler’s officially shut its doors around Christmas. Eneix said the duo plans to renovate the building into a high-end boutique hotel, but the facilities will have to be updated to achieve that.
By Barbara Diamond | April 24, 2009
A budding poet has bloomed. El Morro fifth-grader Noah Hawkins Rosen has been writing poetry since he was in the third grade, but this summer, his poem, ?Inauguration,? will be published in the Harvard Educational Review. ?I?ve only written a few poems, and up to now I have been really bad at poetry,? 12-year-old Noah said. ?But I have been around my mom and her songs and that has helped.? Noah is the son of Leon and Bree Burgess Rosen, founder of ?Lagunatics? and noted for the clever lyrics that are the signature of the shows.
October 11, 2002
Mary A. Castillo Ask any firefighter in Laguna Beach and they will tell you that their first night in the fire house was an eye-opening experience. "I couldn't sleep," Eng. Carl Klass admitted, even though he had been a volunteer for two years when he joined the department in 1977. "I was scared to death," said Eng. Dennis Marsh, who began his career with the Lake Arrowhead Fire Department in 1981 (he joined Laguna in 1989). "I had first aid training and I hadn't even been on a fire truck.
By By Barbara Diamond | November 18, 2005
City orders grading, landscaping changes at 17,000-squarefoot hillside home; effort to revoke permits underway.For the second time this month, the City Council took issue with a 17,000-square-foot home under construction on Mar Vista Avenue in South Laguna. On Tuesday, the council ordered changes to grading and landscaping plans that exposed more of the project than had been approved. On Nov. 1, the council issued a stop-work order for the project, which has been a lightning rod for criticism by neighbors and community members because of its size.
December 26, 2003
Laguna Beach residents didn't take kindly to the idea of the Pageant of the Masters being taken other places, and the Festival of Arts board president and executive director absorbed most of upset residents' blows. Now-former board president Bruce Rasner and former executive director Steve Brezzo were subjects of angry letters to the editor throughout the summer. Both were said to be out of touch with what the community wanted and too focused on money.
By By Barbara Diamond | November 11, 2005
City Council orders environmental report for downtown project; Festival of Arts raises questions about sale of lots on rim of Irvine Bowl.Two joined-at-the-hip city projects were on the City Council's agenda at its Nov. 1 meeting. The council reviewed progress on the sale of city-owned lots to finance the city maintenance yard relocation to ACT V, awarded a contract for an environmental impact report for the Village Entrance and approved signage for the interim Village Entrance parking lot. A color scheme for the buildings that will not be relocated was given a thumbs-up, but funding depends on the passage of Measure A -- the half-cent tax increase on the Dec. 13 ballot.
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | August 30, 2007
EDITOR?S NOTE : From time to time, the Gossiping Gourmets will be reviewing restaurants outside Laguna Beach in bordering areas close enough for residents to travel to easily. These columns will be called ?The Gallivanting Gourmet.? ? Less than a mile from the Laguna border is Monarch Bay Plaza, home of the Crab Cove Restaurant. This attractive Euro-Asian bistro has made the most of its strip mall location. The outdoor patio is masked from the parking lot by three contemporary water walls.
By Barbara Diamond | February 8, 2008
Rainy skies couldn?t dim the sunny smiles at the brunch Sunday to pay tribute to the 2008 Patriots Day Parade honorees. The parade committee selected Harry Lawrence to lead the parade as grand marshal. World War II veteran Robert Meyerhof was named Patriot of the Year and hotelier Claes Anderson the Citizen of the Year. Laguna Beach High School staff picked Junior Citizens of the Year Rebekah Elizabeth Farrar and Paul Hester. ?We are so fortunate to live in town where there are so many great people to honor,?
February 12, 2010
Cash reported stolen from bar safe Laguna Beach police are investigating a theft from a safe in an Ocean Avenue bar/restaurant, said Lt. Jason Kravetz. The theft occurred Feb. 1 and was discovered Feb. 3. Police were told that a male suspect entered the rear door of the business and walked to the office area where he found the safe and allegedly removed more than $600 in cash, Kravetz said. After taking the cash, he fled through the rear door. Surveillance tape reveals apparent theft A $139 cell-phone earpiece was reported stolen at 1:20 p.m. Feb. 5 after the owner of a gas station in the 100 block of North Coast Highway was reviewing store video in order to find a recent customer purchase, Kravetz said.
July 19, 2002
Mary A. Castillo Inside Different Drummer Books the shelves are no longer crammed with books. After co-owner Rob Merrell announced that the 15-year-old bookstore will be closing its doors at the end of this month, loyal customers have walked in to say goodbye and then left with discounted merchandise. "What I really loved about this store was meeting the most wonderful people in the world," said Merrell, 47. "Many of my customers became friends and that will be one of the best things I'll walk away with."
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