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.
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.
October 2, 2009
When Laguna Beach filmmaker Christine Fugate saw Donna Hilbert read her poems ?In Quintana Roo? and ?Grief Becomes Me? in 2004, she felt inspired to make a film about the author, who transformed her grief into hope. Hilbert?s husband, Larry, was killed by a drunken driver on an early-morning bicycle ride in 1998. ?When I heard her speak, I could just see the images of her poetry in my mind,? Fugate said. ?At that moment, I thought, ?Wow, I want to take her poems and turn them into movies.
March 23, 2010
LAGUNA BEACH — It was a sunny day Saturday, in so many ways besides just the weather. Former high school cross country and track teammates from nearly 40 years ago meet again, and it was like they had never left. Laguna Beach High’s track was officially named after Laguna legend Eric Hulst, maybe the best distance runner in Orange County prep history. And, oh yeah, the Laguna Beach Trophy Invitational returned after more than a 25-year absence for its 42nd incarnation.
July 15, 2010
An underground electrical vault caught fire at 2:52 a.m. Sunday on South Coast Highway at Legion Street, causing a power outage for 2,126 customers in a large swath of downtown Laguna Beach, said Southern California Edison spokeswoman Vanessa McGrady. Power to all but 80 customers was restored by 10:53 a.m. Sunday. The remainder of the customers had their power restored by 10 a.m. Monday. The incident resulted from a "failed underground connector" due to an unknown cause, McGrady said.
August 9, 2002
Dennis Madison, founder of bookstore Fahrenheit 451, died in Laguna on July 24th. He was 82. Madison founded the popular and long-lived bookstore in 1966 in Dana Point but soon moved it to a shop just up from the Hotel Laguna on the Coast Highway. His idea was to combine a gallery and bookstore and to concentrate on selling controversial books with political or sexual content. The name for the bookstore came from a Ray Bradbury novel and movie.
February 27, 2004
Five caught buying alcohol for minors Five citations were issued in an undercover operation police used to catch adults who buy liquor for minors. On Feb. 20, police carried out a "shoulder-tap" operation around various stores that sell alcoholic beverages in the city. During the operation, an undisclosed 18-year-old "decoy" asked adults to purchase liquor while under the surveillance of detectives. Police said several adults refused to make illegal purchases, but five men were cited on suspicion of buying liquor for the decoy.
August 30, 2007
John Gregory McCollum, a former Laguna Beach resident, died Aug. 23 after a long battle with melanoma. McCollum was born Nov. 2, 1959, to Ronald and Dianne McCollum. He grew up in Tustin and Laguna Beach, graduating from Laguna Beach High School in 1977. He made his home and raised his family in Rancho Santa Margarita. He is survived by his wife, Susan, and daughters Paisley, Felicity and Charlotte McCollum of Rancho Santa Margarita; sisters Nancy Roberson of Maui, Hawaii, Karen Tobin of Aliso Viejo, his nephew and nieces Dylan, Summer and Brittany Reinhold, niece Tatiana Tobin and a large extended family.
July 14, 2009
One of Laguna Beach's most prominent citizens, David Young, has died of natural causes. He had celebrated his 96th birthday this spring on May 3rd. In addition to his stature in Laguna's business community, Young was also an outspoken advocate for the local arts scene, and Laguna's Festival of Arts, in particular. Until his retirement, he was the driving force behind the family's construction business, Young Building Corp., which was responsible for the construction of such well-known Laguna landmarks as the Wells Fargo and Bank of America buildings.
August 23, 2002
Alexander Zepeda Alexander Zepeda, died on Aug. 11. He was 37. He lived in Laguna Beach for 29 years and was a musician. Mr. Zepeda grew up in Laguna. He attended Top of the World Elementary, Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School where he participated in sports, music and theater. He received scholarships to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston and also took classes at Juliard. He played with many accomplished musicians nationwide.
September 6, 2002
Thank you for the care and support We want to take this time to thank everyone who so generously supported and attended the benefit for our son, Joey. We are overwhelmed with how our friends, family and the community of Laguna Beach have embraced Joey with such compassion and love, and are forever grateful to each and every one of you. Our hope is to bring awareness to the disease of Epidermolysis Bullosa and to continue the effort to one day find a cure.
July 11, 2003
Barbara Diamond A jury of eight women and five men exonerated Councilman Wayne Baglin Thursday on all charges of violating a state government code when he accepted a commission on the sale of Third Street property to the city. Baglin came under investigation after he accepted a $36,000 commission as the exclusive agent for Dorothy and Edgar Hatfield, who sold two lots on Third Street to the city. He was indicted by a county grand jury. "I called the Baglins and left a message on their phone saying I was looking forward to continuing to serve on the council with Wayne," said Councilwoman Cheryl Kinsman, who appeared as a witness during the trial.
March 25, 2005
BARBARA DIAMOND Fire Captain Dan Stefano probably should have received hazardous duty pay for his service as the firefighters' public information officer a few years ago when management was at odds with the rank and file. However, that is not why the Exchange Club honored him as the 2005 Firefighter of the Year at a luncheon March 17 at Hotel Laguna. "He contributes to the fire service every day," said Mike Macey, the Fire Department's next fire chief.
July 28, 2006
Every resident of Laguna will, inevitably, be part of its history. Or so the Laguna Beach Historical Society hopes. The Historical Society ? which preserves the archival history of the city ? is asking residents to contribute to the history of the community by donating photographs and artifacts to the group. "We're trying to preserve Laguna's past so that it's not lost. That's what this campaign is all about," board member Jane Janz said. "Our motto is to keep Laguna's history alive."