Laguna Beach

Perfect conditions – in this one place

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Scott Brashier

At Blue Lagoon Beach – Scott said a combination of a sandbar, high tide and the swell direction resulted in this exciting wave that caught everyone’s attention!

RhythmRide method training workshops this weekend

The popular fitness class at RhythmRide, headed up by Shelley Arends, is growing their unique approach to the spin cycling program, which “is all about riding to the rhythm and beat of the music”.

Arends and her business partner, Darla Magnani, are working with individuals and exercise facility owners from the Southwest region to bring the RhythmRide methods to their areas. They have plans for further expansion.

“We are working to continue to grow this program both nationally and internationally,” said Magnani.

Certification in the program begins on Saturday, August 16 at 10 a.m., and concludes Sunday the 17th at 3 p.m.

The RhythmRide studio is located at 1100 S. Coast Hwy. Suite 209a. 494-4554

People watching – a great Laguna sport

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Mary Hurlbut

Mary snapped this shot last weekend at Coast Hwy & Broadway just before dark. We here at StuNewsLaguna are ardent people watchers and we love this shot!

Sign up now for Chabad’s “Bring Mom Along” classes

We’re Back! 

A new session of the popular “Bring Mom Along” class led by Perel Goorevitch, begins Friday, Sept. 12, 9:30 a.m. at Chabad Jewish Center in Laguna Beach! 

Join together with other toddlers and their moms, for creative play, guitar sing along, puppetry, Arts and Crafts, Challah baking experience and more. Create lasting friendships, share experiences, milestones, concerns and parenting ideas, while enjoying a fun filled educational hour.  

RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more info, call the Chabad office at (949) 499 - 0770. 

Chabad Jewish Center is located at 30804 Coast Hwy across from Montage Laguna Beach.

Giving out generous checks thanks to bottles & cans


Deb Conroy is looking out for ways that Trader Joe’s can help Laguna’s favorite charities, one bottle at a time.

Bottles, cans and anything with that little notice printed on it about refunds is good as gold as the coins pile up. Stores such as Ralphs and Trader Joe’s accept your emptied vessels and give you the refund money. But then what happens? Businesses have to process the bottles or turn to Waste Management for help.

Back in January 2013, the Trader Joe’s Crystal Cove store manager, Steve Morris had an idea to use the refunds to give back to the community. The store’s wine steward, Deb Conroy, stepped up to make that happen. 

Every day she pulls on rubber gloves and tidies up the returns their customers bring in. “You’d be surprised,” she said. “We’ve had Listerine bottles, laundry soap bottles, even milk containers.” For the record, Trader Joe’s is not a recycling or a garbage center. She notes that it would be good to check the little reminders printed on the bottlenecks. 

But Deb is unfazed. She cheerfully carries on, cleaning and organizing the returnable items into bags. So far she’s not overwhelmed. 

She takes the bags back home to her garage in Laguna, and once a week on her day off, she loads them into her car for a trip to Dana Point’s rePLANET Recycling, located behind the Ralphs Market there. There you either drop them into machines for cash return or they will weigh what you have, and you get a ticket for redeeming inside Ralphs.

There are lots of people recycling there. “It’s a whole sub-culture,” she laughs. There’s gold in them thar bottles! To date, in fact, the Trader Joe’s tally amounts to $2,500. And it’s paying forward.

Every time the recycling money adds up to $500 Deb takes it to a charity. So far the unwitting recipients have included Friends of Laguna Beach Dog Park, the Radio Station KX 93.5, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, and Glennwood House.

Deb and Trader Joe’s manager, Steve, are both big dog lovers. You’ll probably see Deb on her walks, 3 1/2 miles around town with her white boxer, “Betty White”. The first gift of $500 went to the Friends of the Dog Park.

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Deb Conroy and Steve Morris present a check to the Friends of Laguna Beach Dog Park, Nanci Nicoli and Dan Mulrenin

Several times while Deb was headed down Coast Highway toward the recycling center, she’d see a girl walking fast along the sidewalk. “I like to walk fast, but she was super fast,” she says. “She had her iPod in her ears, and just seemed so determined.” Then one day after recycling she went in to the Ralphs to redeem her ticket, and there was the girl at the checkout.

The girl was an inspiration to Deb with her determined walking, and she introduced herself. She is Lauren Hatfield, and she lives at Glennwood House. Deb felt this to be a sure sign for the next charitable organization: Glennwood House of Laguna Beach.

Lauren Hatfield and Deb Conroy, happy about the donation to Glennwood House

Police Files

20-year-old woman darted into traffic and was hit by a Prius Friday

A 20-year-old San Clemente woman was taken to Mission Trauma Center in Mission Viejo Friday night after she suffered a head injury after being hit by a car.

Police said witnesses reported that the woman darted into traffic in the 400 block of S. Coast Hwy from between two parked cars into the northbound #2 traffic lane where she was hit by a Toyota Prius heading north on Coast Hwy.

9-1-1 calls began coming into the dispatch center at 9:13 p.m. and both police and fire department units were dispatched. 

Captain Jason Kravetz said, “The woman was thrown into the air and impacted the ground in the #1 lane of southbound traffic. She is expected to survive the injuries.”

The Toyota Prius was driven by a 22-year-old Newport Beach man.

“He was very distraught,” Kravetz said. “A TIP (trauma intervention professional) counselor responded to the police station to assist him and his family.”

 Kravetz said neither drugs nor alcohol appeared to be a factor with the driver. 


Woman, driving drunk, leads cops on 4-mile chase on golf course

A 27-year-old woman from Irvine, driving a Dodge pickup truck led LBPD units on a chase along a service roadway through Ben Brown’s Golf Course early Friday morning that covered four miles, police said. When officer first saw her, she was on the first fairway and took off onto the service road when the police cars turned on their red overhead lights.

Captain Jason Kravetz wrote in an email Monday, “The pickup continued along the service road toward Aliso Wood Canyon Wilderness Park. In the process, the pickup crashed through gates as she drove near the water treatment plant. When she ran into a large gate at that point, the Dodge spun out and came to a stop.”

Jennifer Kay Cadero was taken into custody and arrested for felony vandalism, felony evading police, drunk driving and driving on a suspended or revoked license.

No one was injured.

It’s Official – Jean-Paul has closed

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Scott Brashier

A huge crowd that at one point extended almost out to N. Coast Hwy came to say au revoir to a Laguna icon Saturday morning as the dreaded August 9 date came up on the calendar. Jean-Paul Leguy closed his Jean Paul’s Goodies store in the Boat Canyon Center after 31 years. No more coffee for his bastions of regulars that won’t be able to readily find a viable substitute for their morning coffee. In the photo above, the Starbucks logo appears on a sign placed above the spot where Jean-Paul’s sign hung. It is a correct sign – no Starbucks at that location!

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The Ten Boys Who Care

With thanks to Jeannette Morck


Jean-Paul tenderly handles the sign as it was lowered by ropes from above.

Theron Milton

Photo opportunites!

LBPD Citizen Academy – now accepting applications

The Laguna Beach Police Department is accepting applications for the Citizen Academy. The academy starts Thursday September 4, 2014 and will meet from 6 to 9:30 p.m. for twelve consecutive weeks (the thirteenth week is graduation). Applications will be accepted until August 28.

The Citizen Academy is a twelve-week non-stress course designed to provide community members with a better understanding of the Laguna Beach Police Department and to help foster better communications between police personnel and citizens.  The Academy will include instruction in the following areas: history of the Laguna Beach Police Department, investigations, traffic enforcement, accident investigation, driving under the influence investigation, gangs, narcotics, neighborhood watch, crime prevention, crime scene investigation, police K-9 program and volunteer programs. There will also be a tour of the police facility as well as vehicles and equipment used by the department. Academy members will be given the chance to shoot at the police firing range and participate in mock scenarios. There is also a tour of the Orange County Jail. 

To obtain an application and announcement for the Citizen Academy, contact the Laguna Beach Police Department at (949) 497-0701. For questions regarding this program, contact Class Assistant Ross Fallah at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Corporal Matt Meadow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (949) 497-0758. For inquiries pertaining to this Press Release, contact Captain Darin Lenyi at (949) 497-0375 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applications are mailed, faxed or emailed to you upon request.

Supermoon Sunday

Three Views

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Katie Ford

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Dave Shaw

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Scott Brashier

The Supermoon looked about 12% larger and was 30% brighter than your usual full moon according to the US Naval Observatory. Sunday’s supermoon was the brightest of 2014. This is a summer of supermoons with the first on July 12. The third supermoon will take place on September 9 according to NASA: “The supermoon occurs when the moon becomes full on the same days as its perigee, which is the point in the moon’s orbit when it is closest to Earth.”

Taste of Laguna & Business Expo – save $30 until Aug 18

The Taste of Laguna and Business Expo sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce is on the books for Wednesday, Oct 1 from 5:30 – 9 p.m. Special pricing is available through Aug 18 – only $50 per ticket! This compares to $60 in advance after Aug 18 and $80 at the door, so buy today!


VIP pricing is also available for $80 in limited quantities. VIPs receive one hour early admission, VIP parking, and VIP only cocktail bar line.

All guests get to enjoy amuse-bouche (that’s French for “taste” ya’ll) from 30 of Laguna’s finest chefs and restaurants; activities, demonstrations, and discounts from more than 20 local businesses; and, back by popular demand, Grammy Award winner “Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band.”

Libations, dancing, friends, food, fun, and music under the stars in gorgeous Laguna Beach… What could be better? Taste of Laguna takes place at the Festival of Arts Grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road.

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