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By Barbara Diamond | November 3, 2011
Jean Bernstein never gave up a fight for a cause in which she believed, and her dedication was honored Saturday at Main Beach when admirers and friends joined the peace vigil to which she was committed. Bernstein, who had been ailing for months, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 22 with all her children and her caregiver at her bedside in her South Laguna home. She was 88. "It was a great blessing that all four of us were there," said daughter Leyna Bernstein, who described her mother as the quintessential cup-half-full person as she coped with illness and the death of loved ones.
October 1, 2004
Woman located after missing from beach A woman was located at a hospital days after her fiancee reported she disappeared near Main Beach on Saturday. The woman's name could not be published because police are still investigating the possibility that the she may have been sexually assaulted, Sgt. Darin Lenyi said. The woman's fiancee, 29-year-old Brian Andrews of Covina , told police on Wednesday the woman, a 36-year-old Covina resident, was in a hospital, Lenyi said.
December 5, 2013
The annual lighting of the Surfboard Menorah took place Sunday on the cobblestones at Laguna's Main Beach. The menorah is composed of surfboards that are damaged or unusable, designed by Steve Sasche in 2008 and assembled by Mike Thomkins and Tony Hempen.
November 25, 2005
Free quick tests for HIV will be available and vigil will be held.The City of Laguna Beach advisory board is gearing up for World AIDS Day, Thursday, Dec. 1. Free anonymous HIV testing will be available at the Laguna Beach Community Clinic's mobile unit, which will be located at Main Beach. Results will be available in 20 minutes. The testing will run from 3 to 6 p.m. A candlelight vigil will also be held at 6 p.m. at Main Beach. For further information, please contact Mike Sellers, chief of police and city liaison to the HIV advisory committee, at (949)
June 23, 2006
The team of Chris Magill and Jon Mesko captured first place at the Men's Open AAA volleyball tournament held last weekend in Laguna Beach. Magill and Mesko won the 20-team event, which was played Saturday and Sunday in perfect weather at Main Beach. The runner-up team was Ken Lentin and Vince Robbins. The teams of Bivin Sadler and Michael Doucette, and Brad Johnson and Tom Wright, finished in a tie for third place. Four teams ? Rick Colson and Ryan Van Rensselaer, Adam Breault and Dru Gerhard, Eric Roberts and Shawn Essert, and Kurt Peters and Michael Rupp ?
June 14, 2002
-- Mary A. Castillo Lori Fischer of Mission Viejo has been charged with nine counts of assault with a deadly weapon and nine count of child endangerment after she allegedly planted razor blades, nails and other sharp objects in 10 local play lots, including Main Beach in Laguna. Fischer did not plead at her arraignment, said Karen Schatzele, deputy district attorney. The arraignment was continued to June 21. The first reported incident of razor blades occurred at Main Beach on April 27. Fischer, 21, allegedly contacted the Laguna Beach Police Department before the razors were found, warning that her friends were headed to Main Beach to "hurt people."
By Alisha Gomez | January 10, 2013
A 36-foot Catalina sailboat that ran aground earlier in the week was temporarily parked in the sand at the north end of Main Beach as of Thursday. On Monday the Why Knot, which ran aground near south Main Beach, was towed from the shoreline, according to police. "Lifeguards eventually worked with Laguna Beach public works officials to get the boat moved to the north end of Main Beach via tractor," Capt. Jason Kravetz wrote in an email. On Sunday, Laguna Beach police, firefighters and lifeguards responded to a call that the Why Knot was aground, with its starboard side on the surf zone and its engine running, Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email.
By Josh Aden | December 14, 2007
Local church founder Arie Van Ryn was killed Dec. 8 when he was hit by a truck near his family?s second residence in Rosarito, Mexico. Van Ryn, 69, a 30-year Laguna Beach resident, owned dairy businesses and was a co-founder of Calvary Chapel Laguna Beach in 1996. The church became one of the largest in Laguna and eventually moved to Irvine to accommodate the growing congregation. Van Ryn was still active in the church ? now called Kingsfield Church ? acting as both treasurer and as a church elder.
November 2, 2007
Dozens of tiny firefighters, dragons and princesses paraded down the Main Beach boardwalk Tuesday afternoon as part of the Laguna Beach Parents Club?s third annual Halloween parade. Onlookers and beachgoers waved and cheered the kids on as they ambled across the beach. Afterward, the little ones enjoyed Play-Doh favors, goldfish crackers and lollipops while their parents chatted. They also took donations for fire relief. Other Parents Club activities include weekly playgroups and a recent Oktoberfest.
October 22, 2013
A pilot practiced landing a seaplane on the water 50 yards off Main Beach on Monday afternoon, Laguna Beach police confirmed. Dispatch received several calls around 12:58 p.m. about a plane that callers believed crashed and was dangerous to beachgoers, Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. Federal Aviation Administration officials contacted the pilot and determined there were no violations, Callus said. No one was injured, and the pilot flew off toward the north, she said.
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