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News | By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | October 16, 2007
You meet the nicest people when writing about food and you get the occasional delectable perk like being invited to special tastings. Recently, Sapphire held a cheese and wine tasting for 5 Spoke Creamery, a new, small, artisanal producer of organic, raw milk cheeses from New York State. Sapphire Pantry is currently the only venue in California where it can be purchased. The charming and enthusiastic Alan Glustoff, the cheese maker, was a former food scientist who worked on developing such things as Cool Whip and Pudding Pops at General Foods.
LOCAL
By Barbara Diamond | December 20, 2007
Two Laguna Beach men, Adam Zuckerman, 37, and Jeff Greenough, 48, were among 23 defendants charged Nov. 7 with fraud in an FBI’s investigation into alleged multimillion-dollar leasing scams dubbed Operation Lease Fleece. Neither man has entered a plea to date, according to Department of Justice spokesman Thom Mrozek. Zuckerman, who owned and operated Brickbanc Capital in Costa Mesa, was charged with one count of mail fraud, Mrozek said. “There is no indication when he will appear in court or even if he has an attorney,” Mrozek said.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | July 17, 2009
The five principles hang in a picture frame on the wall, giving visitors an inkling of what they might expect when they enter the dojo. “Effort, etiquette, sincerity, self-control, character.” These are words that mean a lot to Sensei Jeff Kash, the instructor at the United Studios of Self Defense in Laguna Beach. He tries to convey these things to the young — and the young-at-heart — who enter the doors of the small studio, tucked into a corner of the Albertsons parking lot on South Coast Highway.
NEWS
August 15, 2003
Free Festival Trams will shuttle from the north end of town to the south, from the canyon to the ocean. "Catch the Wave" signs mark the stops. Glossy blue trams with all-wood interiors also display the logo. The trams will operate from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. seven days a week through Aug. 31. There are four separate routes, with a transfer point at the Transit Center Bus Depot on Broadway between Forest Avenue and Beach Street. The Canyon Shuttle begins at ACT V parking at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road, goes past the Festival of Arts at 650 Laguna Canyon Road to the bus depot and loops back to ACT V, stopping at Art-A-Fair and the Sawdust Festival.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2008
Festival of Arts accepting applications Artists who would like to apply for the 2009 Festival of Arts should submit a CD with three digital images per media and a completed application form by 4 p.m. Jan. 16. To learn more about the Festival of Arts, the application process and photographing artwork, artists are invited to attend a free seminar from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Forum Theatre on the Festival of Arts grounds. The Festival of Arts accepts applications from artists residing in: Aliso Viejo, Balboa, Balboa Island, Capistrano Beach, Coto de Caza, Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Foothill Ranch, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest (El Toro)
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 Barbara Diamond | February 16, 2012
A national contest is seeking nominations of outstanding senior volunteers. The Salute to Senior Service program includes a search for the most outstanding senior volunteer in each state and will culminate in the selection of a national winner during Older Americans Month in May. Laguna Beach is a good place to start. "We give a Legacy Award every year," said Chris Quilter , president of Laguna Beach Seniors. "What is so thrilling is how many people we want to give it to. This town is rich in volunteers who have been at it for decades.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | February 27, 2014
Ron La Motte, Top of the World Elementary School principal and longtime Laguna Beach school district administrator, will retire from the district at the end of the school year. Later this year, La Motte, who has led the elementary school for 13 years, will tackle a new full-time endeavor as director of Concordia's masters of education program. "I'm thrilled to still have the time and energy to devote to something different," La Motte said in a phone interview. La Motte started his career with the Laguna Beach Unified School District as Thurston Middle School's assistant principal in 1992, according to a district news release.
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: | September 24, 2005
Shell casings carpet the ground in "Lord of War." Stacks of U.S. dollars fill suitcases. Bodies are left behind. Fired in a frenzy normally reserved for Xbox afternoons, bullets are but one item in the lethal inventory of Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage): the dollars are the profit and bodies the loss. "Lord of War" is an episodic journey through 20 years of Yuri's life as a mega-successful, and highly illegal, international arms dealer. The story opens in New York where Yuri is one of many Russian immigrants dreaming of vast American riches.
NEWS
August 22, 2003
DINING OUT There are only 10 days remaining of the summer festivals, so let's get with it at The Sawdust before the lively entertainment ends, because it's party time under the stars every night until Aug. 31. Among lively bands for the listening and dancing pleasure at the al fresco cabaret up front, are the Friday night performances of the Peter Dobson Trio. With talented Sue Cross on bass, melodic Michael J. on drums and inimitable guitarist / vocalist Peter setting the entrancing pace, some memorable moments await.
NEWS
By Josh Aden | December 14, 2007
Local church founder Arie Van Ryn was killed Dec. 8 when he was hit by a truck near his family?s second residence in Rosarito, Mexico. Van Ryn, 69, a 30-year Laguna Beach resident, owned dairy businesses and was a co-founder of Calvary Chapel Laguna Beach in 1996. The church became one of the largest in Laguna and eventually moved to Irvine to accommodate the growing congregation. Van Ryn was still active in the church ? now called Kingsfield Church ? acting as both treasurer and as a church elder.
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