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By Ashley Breeding | July 23, 2009
Natalia Olenicoff has fond memories of her brother Andrei, an adventurer and philanthropist who exposed her to the many nature activities in Laguna Beach as a young child, and conveyed the importance of helping others through his own generosity. “He’d always take me to Diver’s Cove after school and we’d hang out on the beach and explore the tidepools all afternoon,” she happily recalls. “We also liked to ride mountain bikes together.” When Andrei died in a car accident in 2005 at age 32, Olenicoff wanted to find a way to honor his memory.
NEWS
By Ashley Breeding | May 28, 2010
ZeroTrash Laguna's "1st Saturday" cleanup has a new location in North Laguna. The UPS Store, 668 N. Coast Hwy., will now welcome volunteers with refreshments and outfit them with tees, trash-pickers and bags. Owner Mark Meisberger said he was inspired to join the effort when he saw what ZT founder, Chip McDermott, and his volunteers were doing at local schools to help clean up the community. "I'm happy to adopt an area that they didn't have covered," he said. "I hope our location will build the turnout of volunteers and make it a bigger event.
NEWS
February 14, 2003
WHAT: Vision Laguna WHAT'S BEHIND IT: More than 2000 people and 100 civic groups responded to the City Council's call in 1999 for community participation in Vision Laguna, a two-year process to determine what residents want the community to look like and represent in 2030. The Vision Laguna 2030 Final Report and Strategic Plan was the distillation of countless hours those folks spent wrestling with present and future issues such as the community character, traffic and circulation, environmental responsibility, arts and culture, economic sustainability, government and civic participation.
NEWS
June 7, 2002
-- Barbara Diamond WHAT: Vision Laguna WHAT'S BEHIND IT: More than 2,000 people and 100 civic groups responded to the City Council's call for community participation Vision Laguna, a two-year process to determine what the residents and community wanted the city to look like and represent in 2030. The Vision Laguna 2030 Final Report and Strategic Plan is the distillation of countless hours those folks spent wrestling with present and future issues such as the community character, traffic and circulation, environmental responsibility, arts and culture, economic sustainability, government and civic participation.
NEWS
By Ashley Breeding | August 28, 2009
Community members will unite to do their part for the city of Laguna Beach and for the environment from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 5 at ZeroTrash Laguna’s monthly street and beach cleanup. Local Chip McDermott, who initiated the movement at the close of 2008, said the grassroots cleanup project on the first Saturday of each month is “dedicated to ridding city streets of trash, reducing waste, supporting local business and fostering environmental responsibility.” In addition to major sponsorships from XS Energy Drink and Re-Source water — companies that make it easy and profitable to recycle used bottles, and are passionate about spreading environmental awareness — five local businesses will lend their support to aid cleanup between Broadway and Aliso Creek.
NEWS
By Ashley Breeding | May 28, 2009
A new children’s book aims to make environmental education enjoyable. “See into the Sea,” written by Laguna Beach resident and Ocean Foundation member Molly Peckels and illustrated by Australian artist Svett Strickland, is a 16-page coloring book designed to educate children about tide pool behavior, sea critter identification and environmental responsibility. Each page has an illustration of common shore and near-shore animals for coloring, information about the creatures and a “Wacky Wave” insert that reveals unusual and quirky characteristic about each animal.
LOCAL
July 31, 2009
Police Department promotes five Police Chief Paul Workman has promoted three new lieutenants and two new sergeants. A departmental reorganization has been in the making for more than two years, taking the department from a three-division concept to two and placing a level of middle management over the patrol division. “Having two to three lieutenants working in patrol will definitely help the division’s captain with effective oversight of a critical part of this organization,” Workman said.
NEWS
By Ashley Breeding | April 9, 2010
An ancient Hawaiian form of surfing is getting a fresh makeover from a new generation of surfers, and a business that says it plans to take the sport to the next level and beyond. The Stand Up Paddle Co., now open at 1099 S. Coast Hwy., aims to inspire a movement toward living a more balanced and healthy lifestyle through the art of stand-up paddle-boarding. Co-founded by local surfer Tommy Donnelly and personal trainer Noelle Kozak, the company offers daily lessons to “anyone, anywhere, any time” and also combines the sport with circuit training and yoga through its SUP Fitness Program classes.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Ashley Breeding | April 16, 2010
Thursday is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, a worldwide holiday founded by Sen. Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in, to inspire awareness and respect for the Earth. As global climate change threatens natural resources and biodiversity, a switch to a more eco-conscious, sustainable and healthy way of living is more vital than ever, according to supporters. To commemorate the day, environmental groups and activists throughout Laguna Beach will hold events to educate the community, host clean-ups and other activities.
NEWS
By Ashley Breeding | March 27, 2008
Laguna Beach’s favorite sea lion will soon bid farewell — and he’s going first-class. Nick, a 10-month-old sea lion rescued by the Pacific Marine Mammal Center last June, is moving to the Denver Zoo March 31. The pup was found June 17 on Seal Rock in North Laguna. He’d been abandoned on the beach at birth, his umbilical cord still attached. Caretakers speculate he was a day or two old at the time he was found. Michele Hunter, director of operations and animal care at the center, who has been Nick’s surrogate “mom” since his arrival nearly a year ago, is saddened to see him leave.
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By Ashley Breeding | July 23, 2009
Natalia Olenicoff has fond memories of her brother Andrei, an adventurer and philanthropist who exposed her to the many nature activities in Laguna Beach as a young child, and conveyed the importance of helping others through his own generosity. “He’d always take me to Diver’s Cove after school and we’d hang out on the beach and explore the tidepools all afternoon,” she happily recalls. “We also liked to ride mountain bikes together.” When Andrei died in a car accident in 2005 at age 32, Olenicoff wanted to find a way to honor his memory.
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