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By By Bob Borthwick | October 28, 2005
Last Wednesday night I went down to our City Hall to see the Athens Group present their concepts for a new Aliso Canyon resort. Athens spokesman John Mansour correctly stated, "It's a tall order to come up with something that does justice to the land." Mansour showed pictures of Greene and Greene's Gamble House in Pasadena. The Gamble House is a beautiful example of Craftsman architecture, constructed in 1908. He suggested that this might be the building design direction for the their project.
LOCAL
By Laura Mickelson | March 20, 2009
Robert A. McGraw Architect is changing the face of von Hemert Interiors’ 55-year-old store in Laguna Beach. Prominently located on North Coast Highway and Cliff Drive, the remodeled store will feature a classic Tuscan style, echoing the design of many homes along the Orange County coastline.  Robert McGraw collaborated with Barry, Mickey, Carrie and Kelly von Hemert—the members of the von Hemert Interiors’ family-owned business—to create a new presence for the store that would reflect the style of von Hemert Interiors’ sophisticated clientele.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | May 2, 2008
Fine dining in America originally meant a steak house. Delmonico’s in New York opened in 1837 and began a tradition that continued until French cuisine emerged in the ’60s as the one-plus ultra of elegant fare. Americans eventually grew tired of elaborate fussy food in small portions, and there was a backlash. Suddenly, steak houses were reappearing everywhere, like paparazzi at Britney Spears’ house. Even before Mastro’s and Mozambique in Laguna Beach, there was the Salt Creek Grille, which has been open for 11 years in Monarch Beach.
NEWS
May 11, 2007
A celebration of life will be held for William Lee Roetzer at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sara Thurston Park, off Laguna Canyon Road at Milligan Drive in Laguna Beach. Roetzer, a longtime Laguna Beach resident, died of cancer April 3 at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach. He was 66. Roetzer, a.k.a. "Will" or "Billy," was born June 5, 1940, in Aura, Ill. He served in the U.S. Navy and later found his way to Laguna, where he lived for more than 25 years. In his earlier years, he was an avid body surfer.
NEWS
May 14, 2004
Village Laguna will host the 32nd annual Charm House Tour on Sunday. Five North Laguna Beach homes will be featured, including the Ropp House, a Provincial Revival home built in 1922 for Roy Ropp. Other homes on the tour will include a Craftsman bungalow and a Spanish Revival. Chartered trams will take tour guests to different stops on the tour, and guests will be able to visit the homes at their own pace. Trams will start at noon and the final tram will depart at 3:30 p.m. Homes will be closed at 5:30 p.m. The trams will pick guests up at the Festival of Arts grounds at 650 Laguna Canyon Road.
NEWS
January 30, 2009
Saturday marks the opening of a new chapter for Laguna Beach seniors and the entire community. A new Community/Senior Center will welcome its first visitors for three hours of celebrations, performances and ?getting to know you.? In otherwise bleak times, when recreation facility projects are being halted all over the state, this is a bright spot for Laguna. The center is a beautiful facility about a half-block from City Hall, on Third Street, where a collection of ramshackle but charming cottages had stood since the early days of the city.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | May 14, 2008
NOTE: For slide show, go to top navigation bar Multimedia menu and click on Top Shot Gallery. Some 500 people turned out Saturday to walk the grounds of the Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course, in preparation for a Monday scoping session on a proposed redevelopment of the 325-acre property by the Athens Group. The golf course was closed for the afternoon to allow visitors a first-hand look at the site of proposed future improvements, including a new hotel and spa, residential cottages, redesigned nine-hole golf course and practice field, and other amenities.
NEWS
July 5, 2002
Barbara Diamond Alan Fuerstman no sooner announced his company's purchase of The Laguna Beach Colony resort than he began house hunting in Laguna Beach. "I am excited to be here, a part of this community and helping to create a resort community that the residents will be proud of," Fuerstman said. Fuerstman's company, Montage Hotels and Resorts partnered with developer Athens Group and unnamed investors to buy the 30-acre oceanfront property for $190 million, a number that must have Merrill Lynch real estate trust investors shaking their heads.
LOCAL
By Barbara Diamond | April 17, 2009
Preserving the older homes and buildings that charm residents and visitors to Laguna is a labor of love for the city’s Heritage Committee. It is the committee’s job to advise the Design Review Board, the Planning Commission and the City Council on the historical and architectural value of existing buildings or the merits of proposed changes. The committee also is responsible for recommending buildings for placement on the city’s Historical Register, which requires following the guidelines for rehabilitating the structures in return for significant construction and financial perks.
NEWS
November 22, 2002
Barbara Diamond A naked lady, two mythical beasts and a five-piece seating arrangement were added on Tuesday to the inventory of sculptures on the Montage Hotel property and Treasure Island Park. The selected works will cost $125,000. The cost of all public art for the project is expected to exceed $700,000. Cheryl Ekstrom's "Parallel Dance," which will be installed on the pathway from the park to the hotel swimming pool, is valued at $34,950.
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By Laura Mickelson | March 20, 2009
Robert A. McGraw Architect is changing the face of von Hemert Interiors’ 55-year-old store in Laguna Beach. Prominently located on North Coast Highway and Cliff Drive, the remodeled store will feature a classic Tuscan style, echoing the design of many homes along the Orange County coastline.  Robert McGraw collaborated with Barry, Mickey, Carrie and Kelly von Hemert—the members of the von Hemert Interiors’ family-owned business—to create a new presence for the store that would reflect the style of von Hemert Interiors’ sophisticated clientele.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | May 2, 2008
Fine dining in America originally meant a steak house. Delmonico’s in New York opened in 1837 and began a tradition that continued until French cuisine emerged in the ’60s as the one-plus ultra of elegant fare. Americans eventually grew tired of elaborate fussy food in small portions, and there was a backlash. Suddenly, steak houses were reappearing everywhere, like paparazzi at Britney Spears’ house. Even before Mastro’s and Mozambique in Laguna Beach, there was the Salt Creek Grille, which has been open for 11 years in Monarch Beach.
NEWS
May 11, 2007
A celebration of life will be held for William Lee Roetzer at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sara Thurston Park, off Laguna Canyon Road at Milligan Drive in Laguna Beach. Roetzer, a longtime Laguna Beach resident, died of cancer April 3 at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach. He was 66. Roetzer, a.k.a. "Will" or "Billy," was born June 5, 1940, in Aura, Ill. He served in the U.S. Navy and later found his way to Laguna, where he lived for more than 25 years. In his earlier years, he was an avid body surfer.
NEWS
By By Bob Borthwick | October 28, 2005
Last Wednesday night I went down to our City Hall to see the Athens Group present their concepts for a new Aliso Canyon resort. Athens spokesman John Mansour correctly stated, "It's a tall order to come up with something that does justice to the land." Mansour showed pictures of Greene and Greene's Gamble House in Pasadena. The Gamble House is a beautiful example of Craftsman architecture, constructed in 1908. He suggested that this might be the building design direction for the their project.
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