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July 5, 2011
Police discovered a homeless man's body on Main Beach early Monday morning during a routine patrol. The man has been identified as Robert Hurd, 59. He was found at 12:39 a.m. near the lifeguard tower. Police believe he died a couple hours before he was found. Police said there were no signs of foul play. The coroner's office took custody of the body. — Joanna Clay
SPORTS
October 13, 2011
The city of Laguna Beach is hosting The King and Queen of the Beach volleyball tournaments this weekend at Main Beach. The men's tournament runs all day Saturday and the women's event is all day Sunday. The tournament is a round-robin format and players team up with a different partner for each game. Check-in time each day for the tournaments is 8 a.m. at the south end of Main Beach. For more information, call or text Kirk Morgan at (714) 381-4000. * Boys & Girls' Club hoops evaluations end Friday In-house registration and player evaluations are under way for the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach Boys' Basketball League at the club's main branch, 1085 Laguna Canyon Rd. Evaluations run through Friday and practices start Oct. 31. The season officially starts Dec. 6. All participants must be members of the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach.
NEWS
May 2, 2013
A Brooklyn, N.Y., man who allegedly bothered children at Main Beach on April 26 was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication, Laguna Beach police said. Officers took Borislav Rabinovich, 31, into custody on $500 bail, Capt. Jason Kravetz wrote in an email. Beachgoers reported a man bothering children in the playground area at 11:14 a.m., according to police. Officers met with Rabinovich and saw that he was "very intoxicated," and had wandered into the playground, Kravetz said.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | February 23, 2012
A lot of planning has kept the mammoth Main Beach sewer lift station project on time and within budget to date. The project included digging a hole wide enough, stable enough and deep enough to safely bury a new sewer lift station. It will replace the aged and stinky facility under the Lifeguard Headquarters on one of the most visible sites in Laguna. "It is certainly the most prominent project I have been involved with in Laguna, although the Nyes Place rehab in 2005 was more difficult," said Water Quality Director David Shissler.
NEWS
April 29, 2014
Thousands of people turned out at Main Beach on Saturday to celebrate a precious ocean plant that has made a resurgence in the waters off Laguna Beach. The fifth annual Kelp Fest drew, among others, a good number of Girl Scouts, who toured tidepools during what event founder and marine biologist Nancy Caruso called a bright, clear day with a little breeze. "As the lifeguards told me, this cove always escapes the wind," Caruso said. About 2,600 people showed up from a variety of places, Chelsea Brigham, a Cal State Fullerton senior wrote in an email.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay | September 15, 2011
Onlookers crowded Main Beach this week to get a glimpse of the cast of "Savages," a film by director Oliver Stone. "Traffic" star Benicio Del Toro, Taylor Kitsch of "Friday Night Lights" and Demián Bichir of "Weeds" were some of the stars spotted on the beach this week. The cast also includes John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Emile Hirsch, "Gossip Girl" actress Blake Lively and Salma Hayek. The film, which is set to be released in 2012, is based on the book of the same name by Don Winslow.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | August 30, 2012
Laguna's iconic lifeguard tower was the inspiration for the proposed new Main Beach Park play equipment, due to be ready for kids to use before the end of the year. The Planning Commission approved Aug. 15 the project proposed by city staff and designed by Coast Recreation Inc. to replace the dilapidated and unsafe - some portions have been boarded up - play equipment, originally installed in 1998. Approval was recommended by the city's Recreation Committee. "This is a project that we have worked on with the city for a long time," said Rebecca Meekma, committee member and parent of two children.
FEATURES
By Karen O'Connell | December 15, 2006
What a remarkable and important day it was here in Laguna as the community and the Laguna Beach HIV Advisory Committee gathered at Main Beach to honor World AIDS Day. The city's appointed Laguna Beach HIV Advisory Committee, which includes Shanti, AIDS Service Foundation (ASF), AIDS CareTeams In Our Neighborhoods (ACTION), Laguna Beach High School, community members and the Laguna Beach Community Clinic (LBCC) placed hundreds of memorial ribbons throughout the downtown and the cobblestone area, offered free HIV testing, provided educational tables and a candlelit ceremony to honor loved ones lost to AIDS.
NEWS
May 24, 2002
Barbara Diamond Clusters of pedestrians crossing the highway at Main Beach, rather than straggling across in twos and threes, may be key to unblocking the Broadway intersection and moving traffic more smoothly on the highway. The City Council unanimously approved on Tuesday a pilot program that will include testing a pedestrian-only signal phase and restoring the crosswalk on the south side of the intersection. Both measures will require the cooperation of Caltrans.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | September 24, 2009
Visitors to Laguna’s famed tidepools will soon have more supervision. The Laguna Ocean Foundation’s Tidepool Education Interpretive Program has been expanded to the north end of Main Beach, according to the foundation. The expansion, which will provide on-site docents to make sure tidepool rules and regulations are followed, is funded by a grant through the sale of Whale Tail License Plates from the California Coastal Commission. “We are excited to receive funding to expand the Tidepool Education Interpretive Program beyond the Treasure Island tide pools to the Heisler Park tidepools,” said Louise Thornton, chairwoman of Laguna Ocean Foundation.
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NEWS
April 29, 2014
Thousands of people turned out at Main Beach on Saturday to celebrate a precious ocean plant that has made a resurgence in the waters off Laguna Beach. The fifth annual Kelp Fest drew, among others, a good number of Girl Scouts, who toured tidepools during what event founder and marine biologist Nancy Caruso called a bright, clear day with a little breeze. "As the lifeguards told me, this cove always escapes the wind," Caruso said. About 2,600 people showed up from a variety of places, Chelsea Brigham, a Cal State Fullerton senior wrote in an email.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | April 15, 2014
Laguna Beach's annual Kelpfest was born out of frustration. Every time Nancy Caruso heard people grouse about kelp washing up on local beaches, she'd want to "bang her head against a wall. " To her, that was akin to planting trees only to gripe when they shed leaves. The Garden Grove resident - who founded Get Inspired Inc., a nonprofit specializing in environmental education and conservation programs - was discussing what she deemed an absurd situation with her friend when inspiration struck.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014
Gallery to host annual reception Cove Gallery, located at 1492 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, will host its annual spring reception from 5 to 8 p.m. April 26. This year's theme is "Swing into Spring," and features artists include Jacquelyn Blue, Bill Knauer, Sheryl Sauer and JoAnne Unger. Guests can enter their names into a raffle for a free $300 painting by any of the exhibitors. The winner must be present at 7:30 p.m., the time of the drawing. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Tuesday.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | March 27, 2014
It was just a matter of time before Laguna Beach High, a school steeped in a rich volleyball tradition, tried its hand in the sand. For the first time, the school is fielding a girls' sand volleyball team. The Breakers are in their second week of their inaugural season playing a sport that is not sanctioned by the CIF Southern Section. Laguna is part of the Interscholastic Beach Volleyball League, which began in 2012, and added a boys' IBVL season last year. The league works under the Amateur Athletic Union.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | March 24, 2014
Flexibility is a big word for Michele Hall, whether that means teaching yoga or listening to a new perspective on a citywide issue. Hall, 47, hopes to do more of the latter as a Laguna Beach City Council representative. She plans to run for one of three open council seats this fall. The former president of the Laguna Beach Republicans has lived in the city most of her life and is no stranger to politics, though she has never held elected public office. Hall was born in Orange and spent her early years in Texas.
NEWS
February 27, 2014
The Laguna Beach Marine Safety Department accepted 53 prospective seasonal rookie lifeguards after a tryout Saturday, Lt. Kai Bond said. Fifty-six applicants arrived at Main Beach for the tryout, which included a 1,000-meter swim that candidates needed to complete in 20 minutes. "I'm happy with the candidates we got," Bond said. Candidates must pass a background check and file necessary paperwork before the lifeguard academy begins the last weekend in March. Candidates will need to pass physical and written exams, as well as practical skills tests related to the job during the academy, which continues through the first three weekends in April.
NEWS
February 19, 2014
Glenneyre Street: Vandalism was reported in the 900 block at 1:02 p.m. Friday. South Coast Highway: A caller reported at 4:15 p.m. Friday that a group of skateboarders had set up a ramp in a parking lot in the 1400 block. Coast Highway: A bonfire at Aliso Beach Park in the 31100 block was reported at 6:18 p..m. Friday. Bluebird Canyon Drive: Juveniles skateboarding on property in the 200 block was reported at 7:54 p.m. Friday. Cliff Drive: A caller reported that candles had been lit inside balloons at Shaw's Cove at 9:34 p.m. Friday.
NEWS
February 13, 2014
Tryouts for seasonal rookie and ocean lifeguards will be held at Laguna's Main Beach on Feb. 22. The physical testing portion will be conducted near the white tower, with sign-in beginning at 7:30 a.m. Candidates must be ready to enter the water promptly at 9 a.m. Exceptions or late arrivals cannot be accommodated. Candidates must complete a 1,000-meter swim in less than 20 minutes. The top finishers will be invited to apply for the 2014 Seasonal and Rookie Ocean Lifeguard Academy.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | January 16, 2014
If Mark McLaughlin needs a reminder of his time in the television production industry, he only needs to look a few feet to the entertainment-themed signs that decorate the walls of his new Laguna Beach store. McLaughlin made the jump from film to candy when he opened the Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop's latest location, at 243 Broadway St. - a spot formerly occupied by a hair salon and day spa. The franchise business boasts more than 500 flavored sodas, candies and other goodies.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | January 13, 2014
Just because the calendar says January doesn't mean beaches become desolate tracks of sand. Particularly in Laguna. The 58-degree ocean didn't deter swimmers, kayakers, paddle boarders or scuba divers from visiting last weekend and earlier this week - a balmy period with plenty of sunshine. Laguna Beach lifeguards operate year-round, and although the staffing isn't up to summertime numbers, marine safety personnel still keep a close watch on the intricate, craggy 5 1/2-mile coastline.
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