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By Barbara Diamond | August 1, 2008
Local tennis players have a new way of climbing up the ranks. A tennis ladder listing the area?s top players is now posted on the tennis courts across the street from Laguna Beach High on Park Avenue. Local artist and competitive tennis player John Rushing built the ladder, funded by Laguna Beach High girls? tennis Coach Jimmy Gleason. ?Unless you are No. 1, there is always someone you can challenge,? Rushing said. ?The main idea is just to get people to play, and not have any excuses not to play.
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By Ceil Sharman | January 16, 2009
There goes a part of history,” exclaimed Laguna Presbyterian’s Worship Leader, Beth Pinney, as the enormous wooden ladder that led to the top of the tower constructed in 1927, was lowered by crane.  The historic church, located in the heart of Laguna Beach, is undergoing major reconstruction for earthquake safety, waterproofing, handicap accessibility, re-roofing, and interior restoration to its authentic  Spanish Colonial Style architecture.  A new similar bell tower covered in plaster, and an interior ladder, are made of steel.
NEWS
By Jonathan Oyama | March 18, 2010
Firefighters rappelled down a cliff to rescue three people trapped between the cove and the incoming tide Wednesday night at Tablerock Beach in South Laguna. Laguna Beach firefighters received a medical emergency call at 8:55 p.m. from Ti Amo Ristorante. Firefighters found a woman and two men in their early 20s, according to Deputy Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse. The three adults were trapped at the bottom of a steep cliff. “When we got there and saw them, we saw that swimming was not an option and we saw that climbing down the cliff was not an option,” LaTendresse said.
NEWS
August 20, 2004
BARBARA DIAMOND Kris Head will be pinned at 9 a.m., Monday in City Hall. Fire Chief Ken MacLeod will conduct the Badge Pinning Ceremony celebrating Head's promotion from fire captain to battalion chief. Head, 43, joined the Laguna Beach Fire Department in 1984 as a firefighter. He was one of the city's first paramedics. The city promoted him to permanent acting paramedic captain on June 2, 1988 and to full captain in March of 1989. "He has been a paramedic all that time," department administrative assistant department administrative assistant Carrie Joyce said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Brittany Woolsey | September 20, 2012
John Genesta doesn't consider himself a victim. After an accident at the Sawdust Art Festival rendered him helpless, Genesta seems positive. "You have to take life as it comes and hope for the best," he said over the phone Wednesday. One fact has greatly touched him: the overwhelming support of the community, who will once again come together for a benefit concert Friday to aid Genesta, a Laguna Beach resident of 35 years, and his family with high medical expenses. In June, while building his booth for the festival, Genesta fell off a ladder.
SPORTS
September 14, 2007
The Laguna Beach High girls? golf team recorded its initial win of the 2007 season by defeating Tesoro, 251-260, in a nonleague match at San Clemente Municipal Golf Course. Junior Karina Shaw shot 43 to earn the match?s medalist honor. The Breakers opened their season Sept. 6 against Aliso Niguel and lost to the Wolverines, 224-267. In cross-country: Looking strong in its first run of the season, the Laguna?s boys? team finished in third-place a the Laguna Hills Invitational.
NEWS
November 27, 2013
A patient who jumped out of his second-floor window at Mission Hospital Laguna Beach on Friday returned to his room safely with the help of Laguna Beach police and fire departments. The 19-year-old San Clemente man, who had been in the mental health ward, barricaded his room door, smashed a window and jumped outside onto a metal platform at 11:51 a.m., Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. The man was angry at hospital staff and would not respond to their requests, according to Callus.
LOCAL
By Cindy Frazier | February 25, 2008
Six people were stranded late Sunday near Smithcliffs Road in North Laguna after huge waves covered the beach where they had been walking, Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Jason Kravetz said. The party started out in Crescent Bay and headed north. By the time they reached Emerald Bay, a gated community, the rising tide had made it impossible for them to turn back and retrace their steps, Kravetz said. Police were called at 9:50 p.m. by residents on Smithcliffs Road who reported people yelling for help.
NEWS
July 25, 2003
DINING OUT The unmistakable aromas of delicious cooking are the first appealing note one encounters when approaching La Sirena Grill, the spacious cornerstone restaurant at Aliso Creek shopping center. When guests take their first bites of this delectable Mexican cuisine, the oohs and aahs that follow are final testimony to the busy lineup of hungry guests awaiting orders from the sizable display kitchen. The inspired creation of enterprising Scott Cortellessa, La Sirena Grill was originally conceived exactly four years ago on sleepy Mermaid Street Downtown.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sherwood Kiraly | September 26, 2008
I’ve been a public nuisance before — you might say I’m a public nuisance once every two weeks in this very publication — but this is the first time I’ve been officially notified of it. The Public Works Department sent me a letter Sept. 15 to inform me that vegetation overgrowth alongside our property was encroaching onto the public right-of-way, presenting a hazard to pedestrians and drivers, and that we had to trim it back by Oct. 21. They sent a photo, which showed only that the tips of the branches on our curbside ficus tree — or ficus-type tree, I don’t know what it is — might or might not touch the side or roof of a bus going by our house in the right-hand lane of Alta Laguna Boulevard.
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By Brittany Woolsey | September 20, 2012
John Genesta doesn't consider himself a victim. After an accident at the Sawdust Art Festival rendered him helpless, Genesta seems positive. "You have to take life as it comes and hope for the best," he said over the phone Wednesday. One fact has greatly touched him: the overwhelming support of the community, who will once again come together for a benefit concert Friday to aid Genesta, a Laguna Beach resident of 35 years, and his family with high medical expenses. In June, while building his booth for the festival, Genesta fell off a ladder.
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By Jonathan Oyama | March 18, 2010
Firefighters rappelled down a cliff to rescue three people trapped between the cove and the incoming tide Wednesday night at Tablerock Beach in South Laguna. Laguna Beach firefighters received a medical emergency call at 8:55 p.m. from Ti Amo Ristorante. Firefighters found a woman and two men in their early 20s, according to Deputy Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse. The three adults were trapped at the bottom of a steep cliff. “When we got there and saw them, we saw that swimming was not an option and we saw that climbing down the cliff was not an option,” LaTendresse said.
LOCAL
By Ceil Sharman | January 16, 2009
There goes a part of history,” exclaimed Laguna Presbyterian’s Worship Leader, Beth Pinney, as the enormous wooden ladder that led to the top of the tower constructed in 1927, was lowered by crane.  The historic church, located in the heart of Laguna Beach, is undergoing major reconstruction for earthquake safety, waterproofing, handicap accessibility, re-roofing, and interior restoration to its authentic  Spanish Colonial Style architecture.  A new similar bell tower covered in plaster, and an interior ladder, are made of steel.
SPORTS
By Barbara Diamond | August 1, 2008
Local tennis players have a new way of climbing up the ranks. A tennis ladder listing the area?s top players is now posted on the tennis courts across the street from Laguna Beach High on Park Avenue. Local artist and competitive tennis player John Rushing built the ladder, funded by Laguna Beach High girls? tennis Coach Jimmy Gleason. ?Unless you are No. 1, there is always someone you can challenge,? Rushing said. ?The main idea is just to get people to play, and not have any excuses not to play.
NEWS
August 20, 2004
BARBARA DIAMOND Kris Head will be pinned at 9 a.m., Monday in City Hall. Fire Chief Ken MacLeod will conduct the Badge Pinning Ceremony celebrating Head's promotion from fire captain to battalion chief. Head, 43, joined the Laguna Beach Fire Department in 1984 as a firefighter. He was one of the city's first paramedics. The city promoted him to permanent acting paramedic captain on June 2, 1988 and to full captain in March of 1989. "He has been a paramedic all that time," department administrative assistant department administrative assistant Carrie Joyce said.
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