July 3, 2009
My last column divulged the secret of my continuing health. No sooner had it appeared than I contracted a stomach bug so virulent that within two days I suspected I was on my way out. The idea of dying usually upsets me, but in my condition, death was such a clear upgrade I wasn’t scared. Certain types of thoughts arise when you feel your time may be up. Regrets? I had a few, but I was already feeling bad enough, thank you. Overall, I decided I’d done pretty well.
August 27, 2004
Barbara Diamond Banana Republic will slip out of town in October. The 5,000-square-foot space in Landmark Plaza now occupied by the giant retailer will be available in October, according to the Grubb & Ellis office in Newport Beach. No additional information was available from the San Francisco headquarters of Gap Inc., the parent company of Banana Republic. "We don't comment on individual store closings or the reasons for a closing," said company spokeswoman Jordan Benjamin.
October 3, 2003
The Bananas of Laguna Beach AYSO Division 4 have won three straight matches following a season-opening tie. The Bananas won their third-straight match by shutting out the previously undefeated Exterminators, 3-0. Keeper Quinn Harmon recorded the shutout while Sam Stinnett scored two goals, one on a header off his own penalty kick that had rebounded off the cross bar, and Sam Witte paced the defense. The play of Fernando Melchor, Cesar Reyes, Matt Anderson, Shane Korber and keeper Sean Pigden led the Exterminators.
April 6, 2007
When you're lying awake with a dismal headache And repose is tabooed by anxiety I conceive you may use any language you choose To indulge in without impropriety... — Gilbert and Sullivan Is your mother-in-law coming for an indefinite stay? Did your son who just graduated from MIT come home to move back into his old room? Did it cost you $75 to fill up your gas tank yesterday? Bothered by the time change, the fluctuations in the stock market and the weather?
July 5, 2002
Gil Thibault and Larry Pendleton of Laguna Beach will raise funds for the Boys and Girls Club with an attempt to summit Mt. Shasta on July 13 and 14. The money will go toward a new facility for the club. Mt. Shasta is more than 14,000 feet and usually covered with snow at the peak. Thibault and Pendleton are planning to take two days to summit. To make a pledge for the club, call 497-3331 Ext. 203 . . . Laguna Beach resident Karl Schuler won the Top Banana Award as well as Best Hot Rod Coupe with his 1941 Willy's Coupe during the third annual Top Banana Classic Car Show on June 23 at the Orange County Market Place.
July 29, 2005
Most of the audience at City Hall was jumping for joy when the City Council rejected women's wear retailer Sophea Parros, which was planning to open a large, designer-wear shop at 381 Forest Ave. The council, invoking its right to approve or disapprove of downtown merchants based on what they sell, decided that there are already too many dress shops in the area and that the retail atmosphere couldn't support another one...
August 7, 2009
Artists vied for honors as eco-friendly fashion designers Saturday at the Festival of Arts. Hundreds watched as models strutted down the runway in fashions designed by Festival of Arts exhibitors. First place went to Luciano Bortone and Barbara Hendricks, for their design “Festival Diva — High Fashion,” made from forks, old Pageant of the Masters programs, soda can rings, bottle caps, bubble wrap, garbage bags and a hula-hoop. The pair won the $1,000 cash prize and also captured the hearts of the audience who awarded them the “People’s Choice” award.
September 28, 2009
On Friday, October 9 the Laguna Beach Garden Club presents nurseryman Gary Matsuoka. Mr. Matsuoka, president of Laguna Hills Nursery, will share his knowledge of soils, including plant nutrition, irrigation and root health. He will also explain his technique of changing the soil in potted plants. Gary has been President of Laguna Hills Nursery since 1994 and is a Certified California Nursery Professional. His specialties include flowering trees, roses, and fruiting plants.
March 25, 2005
Suzie Harrison It is the most extensive youth art exhibition in Orange County. It also is among the most competitive. On Sunday, a sea of families and friends flooded Laguna College of Art and Design for the 31st annual Color It Orange juried youth exhibit. The long-standing show, which is open to students in grades kindergarten through 12, drew more than 4,000 entries. Only 700 pieces were juried into the exhibit, including works by 30 Laguna Beach High School and Thurston students.
March 28, 2008
As a retailer of 25 years on Forest Avenue I?ve had my finger on the pulse of the downtown business community for a long time. Our current Planning Commission style of micro-management has, in large measure, led to vacancies and less than desirable tenants in key locations. Several years ago, a fine women?s clothing and accessories store, located in Pasadena, applied for a conditional use permit for the then-vacant Banana Republic location. I attended that meeting along with owners of boutiques throughout town who spoke against allowing this use due to overlap of product and fear that such a store would put them out of business.