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By PAUL ANDERSON | January 22, 2009
WASHINGTON — I got a bird’s-eye view. Quite literally. And I had to brave a few moments of real panic as the crowd I got caught up in teetered on the ledge of a riotous stampede — more than once. I was warned to get to President Barack Obama’s inauguration early. The crowds would swell to enormous sizes. Not surprising. It’s been like that since I arrived. So I got to bed early Monday night. I sure didn’t mind after a long day chasing congressmen and their constituents in their offices.
NEWS
May 10, 2002
Suzie Harrison The Laguna Beach High Artists' Theatre was packed Monday for the Spring Concert with fifth-grade band students performing alongside the Laguna Community Concert Band. The marriage of the students from Top of the World and El Morro elementary schools and the community band was the brainchild of program manager Carol Reynolds. "One night I started brainstorming and came up with the idea. I was so excited that I couldn't sleep," said Reynolds.
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By David Hansen | June 30, 2011
With his arms raised in triumph and smiling like he had won the lottery, Charlie McClung stepped onto a Laguna Beach trolley Sunday afternoon and yelled, "Yeah! First trolley of the year!" The trolley does that to people. Smiles come easily and linger. Children squeal and jump up and down like adrenaline-powered pogo sticks. When the trolley bells ring in Laguna, they elicit more joy than church bells. People run to catch them, laughing, happy to yell in mock seriousness, "Wait … wait for me!"
NEWS
May 10, 2002
Jennifer K Mahal Michelle Reinglass is a busy attorney. Heidi Miller started a chain of frozen yogurt shops. Keith Morrison is a "Dateline NBC" correspondent. What do they have in common? Besides the fact they all live in Laguna Beach, all three, plus more than 85 others, will be on stage May 17-19 in the sixth annual Children's Hospital Orange County Follies, "The Slipper and the Surfer." Morrison will appear in videotaped form. There are few, if any, professional actors, singers or dancers in the Follies, which will be held in a tent across from the Orange County Performing Arts Center.
LOCAL
By Glori Fickling | July 21, 2008
StarTree Foundation, one of the area’s newest non-profit community service organizations, has announced plans to launch a coalition effort among locally-based charities in central coast Orange County for a series of summer partnership fundraisers to benefit their respective service programs. Beginning in Laguna Beach, this coalition effort hopes such fundraisers can provide additional promotional and financial support for the many worthy projects going on in these communities.
NEWS
November 5, 2004
Suzie Harrison Thurston Middle School teacher Jason Babiar is helping students achieve positive results through organizational strategies. Babiar's class is designed to get the students back on track and allow them to enjoy their school experience. According to Babiar, getting organized is key, and the focus on reading comprehension and language arts will benefit students in all their classes. "We've done a unit on taking Cornell notes and how to read and pull out the important information," Babiar said.
NEWS
May 21, 2004
Suzie Harrison The fourth annual Laguna Beach Relay for Life kick-off party at [seven-degrees] Wednesday brought together more than 100 like-minded people who want to make a difference in the fight against cancer. Laguna resident Thasa Zuziak greeted people as they joined the festivities at [seven-degrees]. "I am a colon cancer survivor," Zuziak said. "Last year I had team 'Girl in the Curl,' which is an all women's surfing group." "I'm here because when I was sick my family and I got a lot of support from the school and the community," Zuziak said.
NEWS
October 10, 2003
Steve Kawaratani "Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the gardeners who make our souls blossom." -- MARCEL PROUST "Ye cannot rival for one hour October's bright blue weather." -- HELEN HUNT JACKSON On last weekend's walk through the village, Catharine and I spotted several couples working together in their gardens. Gardening provides an opportunity to work and play together -- witness flowers and shrubs throughout Laguna lovingly tended by couples like Eve and Ken. As with all of our leisure pursuits, gardening is about happiness and enjoyment.
NEWS
January 10, 2003
Suzie Harrison Music is like a second language to this group. Even though it was only their second day back from break, it didn't seem like the Laguna Beach High School Chorus had taken any time off. Under the apt tutelage of Choral Director Roxana Ward, who kept time on piano, the choir was learning new songs from The Kings Singers "Lennon and McCartney Collection." "I'm learning a lot of good technique," Jessica Murray, 16, said. "You learn how to sing as one big group, which is different than with yourself because you have to stay with everybody."
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | December 20, 2007
The city celebrated the community spirit that was the foundation for the massive Bluebird Canyon restoration and the reconstruction of Flamingo Road and utilities Saturday. About 250 people attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony on the rebuilt Flamingo Road. The enthusiastic throng included city officials, representatives of state and federal officials; folks who donated time, money and goods to the landslide victims; voters who approved a half-cent sales tax increase to help finance the restoration; workers, planners and overseers of the project; and the slide victims.
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By Bryce Alderton | February 12, 2014
Rather than simply write a report, students in Dave Dixon's eighth-grade Spanish class are going high-energy marketing and high-tech. The Thurston Middle Schoolers are creating a one- to two-minute travel advertisement for a Mexican city of their choice using Prezi, a cloud-based program that allows users to insert pictures, music, text and audio. Dixon and his students talked about the challenge of swaying the public to visit the nation, which has been besieged by a violent drug war. "Crime is everywhere.
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By Billy Fried | September 6, 2013
The weekend before it began my van was packed so full of gear I had to buy a roof rack to accommodate more. Plus there were the four bikes hitched to the back. I was headed to Burning Man for the fourth time, that annual pilgrimage in the parched Black Rock desert northeast of Reno known for its public nudity, radical exhibitionism and all-night drug- and sex-filled parties. It's all of that, of course, but much more. Even with the past experiences, it never seems to get easier.
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By Barbara Diamond | August 1, 2013
Wayne Lawrence and Lee Durler of Laguna Beach tied the knot Monday. Mayor Kelly Boyd officiated at the ceremony, held in the Laguna Beach County Water Department garden. Lawrence and Durler, both in their mid-70s, have been together 51 years. "Back in the day, we never dreamed we could do this," said Lawrence. Born in the same hospital about a year apart, Lawrence and Durler were high school classmates in Coachella Valley. They have lived in Laguna Beach for 41 years and registered here as domestic partners by then-City Clerk Verna Rollinger.
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By Barbara Diamond | July 5, 2013
Laguna's approach to resolving its traffic, parking and circulation woes needs to go in a new direction, according to city officials. Six separate subcommittees or consultants are working on plans related to making city streets less congested and parking more accessible, but some involved say the lack of communication among them has created a bottleneck. Studies, updates and plan reviews underway with little or no coordination include the proposal for the Village Entrance, revisions to the Downtown Specific Plan, updates of the Laguna Beach General Plan Mobility Element, and the Scenic Highways and Landscape Resource Document, contracted analyses of the city's transit system, and Laguna Canyon Road improvements.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | June 20, 2013
Karyn Philippsen dug deep to understand why she was invited to be the keynote speaker on "synergy" at the annual luncheon hosted by the Guilds of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts - and came up with some answers. "I was honored when conference Co-Chair Sandy Hovanesian asked if I would speak at this gathering," Philippsen told the audience. My next reaction was "Why me? What might I contribute? "And what in the world is synergy? Why does everyone use it like an answer?
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | May 21, 2013
Jesse Heydorff likes to call the inaugural Crystal Cove State Park Junior Lifeguard program "outdoor science camp meets junior lifeguard training. " From 8:45 a.m. to noon June 24 through Aug. 2, children ages 9 to 15 will hike, swim, paddleboard, snorkel and learn about native plants and animals among the park's 2,400 woodland acres and 3.2 miles of beach. State park authorities tapped lifeguards Schuyler Kirby and Chris Heinrich to start the program this year, and the two have been creating a website and fliers to get the word out. They then tapped Heydorff, who spent 14 years as a Huntington Beach state lifeguard, to create the curriculum.
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By Alisha Gomez | February 28, 2013
It's going to be a great day for the 47th annual Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Expect nice weather, with a high of about 81 degrees. This year's parade, with the theme of "All Together Now," will follow the same route of years' past, starting at Park Avenue and Legion Street, continuing on Glenneyre Street and then to Forest Avenue, just past City Hall, where the route ends. Portions of Forest, Ocean and Park avenues, Beach, Third, Glenneyre, Short and Legion streets, as well as the Pepper Tree Parking Lot, will be closed starting at 10 a.m., according to the city.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | January 3, 2013
It's January, and more than a month into the 2012-13 girls' water polo season, but the Laguna Beach High Breakers are just starting to come together as a complete team. The Breakers began the season in late-November without starter Makenzie Fischer, but had several other players, veterans and newcomers alike, step up and lead the team during a formidable, 10-game schedule to start the season. Now, they are at full strength and working on finding their rhythm. "We have been a steady work in progress all year," said Laguna Coach Ethan Damato, whose team is 7-3 overall and ranked sixth in CIF Souther Section Division 1. "We got knocked a few times so far but I think we are learning from our setbacks and taking steps to fix what we are doing wrong.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | January 3, 2013
Homegrown U.S. Navy Seal Capt. Jason Ehret will lead off the 47th Annual Patriots Day Parade on March 2. The parade association announced the selection of Ehret as the Grand Marshal and other honorees this week. The theme of the 2013 parade is All Together Now. Ehret, a graduate of Laguna Beach High School, class of 1984, is deputy assistant chief of staff for resources, requirements and acquisitions for Naval Special Warfare Command, according to a San Diego financial group.
NEWS
June 7, 2012
"The art of living is more like that of wrestling than of dancing. The main thing is to stand firm and be ready for an unforeseen attack. " —Marcus Aurelius * But how can you ever be ready for much of what life holds? As friend Rachel Goberman said recently, "Life can change in a fraction of a second. " And, far too often, that change is not only unforeseen, but extremely challenging and life-altering. In many ways, the artists of Laguna Beach are its life blood.
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