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July 25, 2003
The 53-year-old man who died last week while bodysurfing off Main Beach suffered a massive heart attack before lifeguards spotted him floating face-up in the ocean, Deputy Cullen Ellingsburgh of the Orange County coroner's office said Tuesday. Jerry Greene, a regular volunteer at the Canyon Club for the last eight years, was a Vietnam veteran decorated with a silver star and two purple hearts, Canyon Club manager Everett Smethurst said. He was pronounced dead at South Coast Medical Center on July 16. "Jerry was just a guy who cared a great deal about people," Smethurst said.
SPORTS
By Chris Williams | March 27, 2009
Zach?s surfing odyssey started out like countless other Laguna groms, rolling in the sand and bodysurfing in the shore break down at Thalia Street beach, and slowly venturing farther and farther out to the surfing line-up as his skill and confidence grew slowly over the months and years. Like all young surfers, Zach had to establish his spot within the Laguna surfing hierarchy, or as it is commonly referred to in surfing, ?the pecking order.? The rules of etiquette are not especially complicated and are generally well understood.
NEWS
July 18, 2003
Mike Swanson A 53-year-old man died while bodysurfing off Main Beach Wednesday in conditions deemed "relatively calm" by Laguna Beach's chief of marine safety. Rod Thomas of the Orange County Coroner's Office said he wouldn't speculate on the cause of death until an autopsy is done. "It'll be a very rare story if it turns out to be a drowning," Chief of Marine Safety Mark Klosterman said. "It'd be the first drowning on a guarded beach [in Laguna]
OCNOW
October 19, 2012
New York Times writer Jeff Gordinier spent some time in Orange County this summer -- a place he says he spent a lot of time in during the late '70s to early '90s. In his latest travel piece , Gordinier returns to and explores Laguna Beach with fresh eyes, revisiting landmarks like Main Beach, Sound Spectrum record store and Las Brisas restaurant.  "Part of the dramatic impact of Laguna is the way that it delivers what feels like a signal flare from Brian Wilson's subconscious as soon as you hit town.
NEWS
August 13, 2004
Andrew Edwards Laguna's Junior Lifeguards hosted a group of youngsters from the Lake Mission Viejo junior guards program for a rousing day of friendly competition. No score was kept, the day was just a chance for youngsters to meet at Main Beach and show off their running and swimming skills. "We try to make them as stress free as possible by not keeping points," lifeguard Chad Beeler said. "They remember who came in first on their own." The day's events were a long-distance run and long-distance swim, a swimming and running relay and a frenzied event called "beach flags."
NEWS
By CATHARINE COOPER | May 4, 2007
A couple of warm days and the hint of summer digs into my bones. Tossing tennis shoes aside, I brave the shoreline barefooted. The sand squishes between my toes, and memories of summers on the beach rush through my mind. I often wondered how kids without oceans passed the time between mid-June and mid-September. I know that my friends and I were glued to beach blankets, body boards and endless games of Hearts — no matter the sun or fog. It was summer. There were five of us "beach girls," and we bounced between Pearl Street, Oak Street and Thousand Steps.
NEWS
By By Barbara Diamond | January 6, 2006
Cossie Mechling directed the Pageant of Masters in 1952, sold shell artwork.Friends of longtime Laguna Beach resident Cosma "Cossie" Mechling were saddened to learn of her death on New Year's Eve. She was 87. A celebration of her life will be held Jan. 21 at the Laguna Beach Woman's Club, to which Mechling belonged for years. The family will welcome anyone who shares memories of Mechling. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the club or to Laguna Beach Seniors Inc. The club also is planning a tribute to Mechling, to be held Feb. 3. Her contributions to the community were honored this year by the Patriot's Day Parade Committee, which selected Mechling as the 2006 Citizen of the Year, a fact that has not yet been publicly announced.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | September 21, 2012
Dr. Eugene "Gene" Levin practiced medicine in Laguna Beach for 41 years, right up to the day before he died. He spent his last day, Sept. 15, alongside his wife of 60 years, Vivian, sipping wine and snacking on cheese and crackers in their garden. He was 85. "When I go, I want to go like Gene Levin," said Mayor Pro Tem Verna Rollinger, who announced the death of the highly regarded doctor at the Sept. 18 City Council meeting. "He was a wonderful member of our community who was just loved by his patients and did great things for our community.
NEWS
August 28, 2013
For the past 45 years, I have been both a tourist and a long-term resident of Laguna Beach. My husband and I have had almost daily strolls with our dog Chacha along the Main Beach boardwalk, taking in all the sights and sounds. We and the rest of our family also enjoy body-surfing the beautiful waves in the summer. The grandkids play on the new playground structure when they're not in the water or making sandcastles. My dog also loves the stroll. We meet many people, both tourists and locals, and a wonderful time is had by all. Nothing is more like Laguna Beach to me than this daily experience.
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By Chris Williams | March 27, 2009
Zach?s surfing odyssey started out like countless other Laguna groms, rolling in the sand and bodysurfing in the shore break down at Thalia Street beach, and slowly venturing farther and farther out to the surfing line-up as his skill and confidence grew slowly over the months and years. Like all young surfers, Zach had to establish his spot within the Laguna surfing hierarchy, or as it is commonly referred to in surfing, ?the pecking order.? The rules of etiquette are not especially complicated and are generally well understood.
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NEWS
July 25, 2003
The 53-year-old man who died last week while bodysurfing off Main Beach suffered a massive heart attack before lifeguards spotted him floating face-up in the ocean, Deputy Cullen Ellingsburgh of the Orange County coroner's office said Tuesday. Jerry Greene, a regular volunteer at the Canyon Club for the last eight years, was a Vietnam veteran decorated with a silver star and two purple hearts, Canyon Club manager Everett Smethurst said. He was pronounced dead at South Coast Medical Center on July 16. "Jerry was just a guy who cared a great deal about people," Smethurst said.
NEWS
July 18, 2003
Mike Swanson A 53-year-old man died while bodysurfing off Main Beach Wednesday in conditions deemed "relatively calm" by Laguna Beach's chief of marine safety. Rod Thomas of the Orange County Coroner's Office said he wouldn't speculate on the cause of death until an autopsy is done. "It'll be a very rare story if it turns out to be a drowning," Chief of Marine Safety Mark Klosterman said. "It'd be the first drowning on a guarded beach [in Laguna]
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