Category: People & Places

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Cooking Up Greatness

At age 18, Noah Rosen has already run a successful blog, catering company and pop-up restaurant—and now he’s dishing about his future. By Ashley Burnett   Most high school students are excited about the usual milestones: receiving their license, going…


Food for Thought

Local philanthropist Justin Myers dishes on his involvement with the community and his new role at Laguna Food Pantry By Ashley Ryan Justin Myers, a Laguna resident and young mover and shaker, was recently named the first part-time director of…


Home on The Ranch

Tucked away in the canyon, yet just steps from the shore, this newly renovated rustic retreat offers an unparalleled escape. By Elizabeth Nutt In 1871, George Thurston and his family, some of the first settlers in Laguna Beach, set their…


High-Tech Teaching

Laguna Beach Unified School District is one of the leading digital districts in the state — and it’s taken technology and teamwork to get there. Integrating technology into the classroom is, undoubtedly, essential to preparing students for college, 21st-century careers…

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Making a Statement

  Denny Freidenrich has published more than 1,000 letters to the editor over the last four decades. Since 1972, Laguna Beach resident Denny Freidenrich has been writing letters to the editor and commentaries on everything from politics to terrorism and…

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Going for Gold

  Laguna Beach sisters Makenzie and Aria Fischer are heading to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. For countless athletes, dreams of heading to the Olympic Games are just that—dreams. But for Laguna Beach sisters Makenzie and Aria…

Global GLOW participants

Empowered Expression

One Laguna woman’s art- and literacy-based Global GLOW program helps girls in Santa Ana and around the world. By Sharon Stello With each stroke of the pen or paintbrush, girls at the Global GLOW after-school program discover pieces of themselves,…

Aliso Beach today (By Jody Tiongco)

Then & Now: Aliso Beach

In the 1920s, dozens of tents could be seen pitched across the sand on Aliso Beach where George Wesley Wilson ran a campground. George also operated the Aliso View Grocery store along the then-dirt Coast Highway, where Montage Laguna Beach…

Mary Shapero (right) says one perk of her Top of the World LFL is connecting with the community.

Laguna’s Little Free Libraries

  When Janelle Naess, owner of Laguna Beach Walks, takes a brisk stroll up Park Avenue, she often stops outside the home at 590 Park Ave. to catch her breath and check out the latest donations to the curbside Little…


Heading up the Halo: Q&A with Billy Eppler

In the early 2000s, Billy Eppler lived in Laguna Beach while he scouted for the Colorado Rockies—his first job in baseball after playing one year at the University of Connecticut before a shoulder injury ended his career on the field….