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By Barbara Diamond | June 4, 2009
Retired U.S. Army Col. Benjamin F. Blount III died Tuesday, four days shy of the 65th anniversary of the day he landed in Normandy with Allied troops. He was 87. “Ben was one of Tom Brokaw’s ‘Greatest Generation,’” said Councilwoman Toni Iseman. “He always cared about this community and the people who live here. He had great warmth and presence and he never had to raise his voice.” The soft-spoken 6-foot, 3 1/2 -inch Blount stood tall in stature and in deed.
FEATURES
June 9, 2006
Resident celebrates 100th birthday Julio Dominguez Diaz, a resident of Mountview Retirement Residence in Montrose, recently celebrated his 100th birthday. Diaz was born April 27, 1906 in Mexico. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in December 1942 and served until November 1945. He went ashore on Normandy Beach in France in June of 1944 and participated in many of the major battles of the European Campaign culminating in Berlin. Before returning from the war, he was granted U.S. citizenship in Paris in April 1945.
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By Barbara Diamond | January 29, 2010
Laguna Beach Taxpayers Assn. honored Vern Spitaleri Vern Spitaleri at a dinner party Jan. 22 at the hillside home of Judy and Don Josephson . “What can one say about Vern Spitaleri?” President Martha Lydick asked. “A lot!” Spitaleri was a hero of World War II. He served with Naval Amphibious Forces in North Africa, Italy, Normandy, Southern France and the Pacific Theatre. He came home with three Purple Hearts, presented to warriors who lose blood in defense of their country, and a Presidential Unit Citation.
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By Cindy Frazier | December 8, 2006
Beachfront residents might think it's a reenactment of the Normandy Invasion Monday when a 76-foot crewboat is set to land at 8 a.m. at 1000 Steps Beach. But it's only a test. The boat, called the "Christopher G," is a key component of a major construction project in the offing by the South Coast Water District. The district is using the boat to haul equipment and a work crew to refurbish part of a two-mile coastal tunnel that houses a sewer main, Water District spokeswoman Linda Homscheid said.
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By Barbara Diamond | May 31, 2012
The Memorial Day Ceremony this year in Laguna was made more memorable by the words from a man who has been there, done that and would do it again - defend his country and what it stands for. "A hero should be here to speak to you today," said Federal Judge David O. Carter, keynote speaker at the ceremony organized by American Legion Post 222. "I am not a hero. Men of much higher decoration and greater service should stand here. "I was a warrior once - a combat Marine who has grown older, but who would enlist to fight again for our country - who values her beyond comprehension.
NEWS
June 10, 2010
Class of 2010 gathering on Sunday The Laguna Beach High School Class of 2010 will celebrate baccalaureate at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 1042 Temple Terrace, Laguna Beach. The ceremony will be led by Fr. Eamon O'Gorman, pastor of St. Catherine's; Rabbi Peter Levi of Temple Beth El in Aliso Viejo; and the Rev. Dr. Steve Sweet of Laguna Presbyterian Church. Student speakers will be Mo Arthur and Andrew Shapiro. Music will be provided by Shapiro on guitar and Ian Greene on bagpipes.
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By Josh Aden | February 14, 2008
Laguna’s historic Heisler Building — which housed the Jolly Roger restaurant for half a century — may be getting a complete makeover designed to restore much of the site’s historical look. The Laguna Beach Planning Commission toured the building site with owner Sam Goldstein and architect Todd Skenderian Wednesday afternoon, before the commission’s regularly scheduled meeting. Skenderian laid out details to remodel the first story into a Tommy Bahama retail space and the second story into a Fred’s Mexican Restaurant.
NEWS
January 7, 2005
Glori Fickling On the brink of a new year, it is a pleasure to report exciting new happenings at the Surf and Sand Resort, where a whopping $6.5 million renovation of the property is in the offing. Add to this, general manager Blaise Bartell has just announced the appointment at Splashes of food and beverage director, Gary Murray, in concert with executive chef, Matthew McClinn. A native of Scotland, the energetic Murray has impressive worldwide associations in the hotel industry.
NEWS
May 2, 2003
DINING OUT Strategically located in Laguna's landmark Lumber Yard Plaza, Cedar Creek Inn has deservedly earned a reputation for consistently delicious culinary fare in an always-affordable price range. Commencing with attractively hospitable ambience, which beckoned to locals when the Ayres family launched their handsome French Normandy style restaurant in October of 1988, this charming venue is equally accessible to those driving from out of town.
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By Barbara Diamond | June 5, 2009
Retired U.S. Army Col. Benjamin F. Blount III died Tuesday, four days shy of the 65th anniversary of the day he landed in Normandy with Allied troops. He was 87. “Ben was one of Tom Brokaw’s ‘Greatest Generation,’” said Councilwoman Toni Iseman. “He always cared about this community and the people who live here. He had great warmth and presence and he never had to raise his voice.” The soft-spoken 6-foot, 3 1/2 -inch Blount stood tall in stature and in deed.
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