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LB Cowboys win South Orange County Flag Football League 6th Grade Division Championship

Competing against 27 teams, on Friday, May 10, the Laguna Beach Cowboys won the South Orange County Flag Football League 6th Grade Division Championship. 

Coach Tim Towe says, “It has been an absolute honor coaching these players for the last five years. It’s a special group of young men as they understand the value of playing as one unit and supporting each other whether things are going good or bad. We lost one game this season by one point against the top rated team that simply dominated the league this year.”

LB Cowboys team

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(L-R) Fletcher Liao, Sawyer Thomson, Henry Rounaghi, Charlie Kelly, Preston Towe, Max Gardner, Grant Regal, Jarod Sirsansie, and Charlie Hunt with Coaches Jake Hiemstra and Tim Towe

Coach Towe continues, “When the playoff bracket was announced, our players recognized the possibility of playing this team again in the semi-finals and that was exactly who they wanted to play. They were focused and asked for a special practice to prepare for them – we ended up playing them and it was a battle...0-0 at halftime – the players were so nervous, but the boys stayed positive, stuck to their game plan, and won the game 19-6 and went on to win the Championship. The smiles and feeling of accomplishment on their faces was priceless and that’s really what it is all about!”

One dark and quiet evening

One dark beach

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The gray light between day and night

Stu Saffer

June 20, 1942 – May 20, 2017 

Stu Saffer 1

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Yesterday, today, and every day we remember you, Stu

Stu Saffer 2

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Thank you for everything you did for our community and for so many of us personally

Stu Saffer 3

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We know you’re smiling…Virgina won the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship this year…and it’s only May, so the Angels still have a chance!

Stu Saffer 4

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“At the blueness of the skies

and in the warmth of summer,

We Remember Them.”

-Sylvan Kamens & Rabbi Jack Riemer

Light the Way for Change

Light the Way for Change

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Over 400 people attended Light the Way for Change on Sunday at LBHS, hosted by inspire us to be the change we want to see in our community

Self-Help Graphics, 1983-1991 at LAM extended to September 22

Laguna Art Museum announced that Self-Help Graphics, 1983-1991, which opened on January 17, 2019 and was previously scheduled to close on May 27, will remain on view through September 22. 

In conjunction with the exhibition, on May 23, the museum will host Victor Hugo Viesca, Cal State LA professor and co-producer of the Self-Help Graphics oral history project, for a talk titled “Creating Our Own World Where We Belong: The Cultural Value of Self Help Graphics & Art.”

Self-Help Graphics is an East Los Angeles printmaking workshop and arts center that emerged from the Chicano movement of the 1960s. It was founded by Sister Karen Boccalero, who was inspired by the committed social and political commentary she saw in the silkscreen prints made by her fellow nun, the celebrated Sister Corita Kent. 

Self Help animal

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Ricardo Gonsalves, “Don Juan’s Got the Blues,” 1988, silkscreen (18 colors)

In 1982, Boccalero launched the Screenprint Atelier program, which provided Chicano and Latino artists of the Los Angeles region with studio facilities, materials, and the technical guidance of a master printer. The result was an extraordinary and exuberant flowering of the silkscreen print.

Self-Help Graphics, 1983-1991 is comprised of prints from the large Self-Help Graphics collection purchased by the museum in 1992 with the help of Charlie Miller, René and Norma Molina, and funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. The exhibition includes sixteen works by Glenna Boltuch Avila, Alfredo de Batuc, Yreina Cervántez, Sam Coronado, Alex Donis, Ricardo Gonsalves, José Lozano, Delilah Montoya, Malaquías Montoya, Raoul de La Sota, Gilbert “Magu” Luján, Miguel Angel Reyes, Frank Romero, Eloy Torrez, and Patssi Valdez.

For more information on the Laguna Art Museum, visit

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.

With abundant resources, the “Back to the Future” summit guides seniors into the realm of aging well 

Story and photos by DIANNE RUSSELL

The old adage “Age is just a number” plays well in theory, but in truth, the numbers do matter. Age brings with it a myriad of challenges, both mental and physical, trials that at times, seem overwhelming. However, on Friday, the 12th Annual South County Senior Summit, “Back to the Future of Aging and Dementia” – sponsored by Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Office on Aging, Age Well Senior Services, and Soka University – offered attendees many tools and resources to navigate the rocky terrain of aging. 

With abundant Lisa

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OC Supervisor Lisa Bartlett welcomes the audience

Supervisor Bartlett welcomed the large crowd, stating that when she took office in 2014, 750 attended the summit, and this year, they expected participants to number around 2,000.

That isn’t surprising. Where else can seniors listen to experts demystify aging concerns and gather resources to make informed choices – and all at no cost? 

An important result of research is that senior health is 80 percent local (meaning choices), and 20 percent genetic. One of the speakers admitted, “It takes a village to achieve quality of life as one ages and to stay vital and independent.” The resounding advice was to take action, and there are many ways to do so.

Lifelong learning

A critical takeaway from the talks was that mental stimulation is paramount in fighting the isolation and loneliness of aging, getting out of the house and developing friendships is crucial. Saddleback College Emeritus Institute offers a variety of tuition free courses for older adults in over 30 sites in South County. The summer term begins on May 28, but students can typically register for classes even after they have started.

Dan Predoehl, director of Saddleback College Emeritus Institute, said, “There are currently 6,100 registered students. Eighty-seven percent of those surveyed stated mental stimulation was the most important aspect of Emeritus Institute courses.” 

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Time traveling DeLorean from movie Back to the Future – complete with Doc Brown

Michael Schrader, CEO of CalOptima, explained their program: “CalOptima is a county organized health system that administers health insurance programs for low-income children, adults, seniors and people with disabilities in Orange County.”

CalOptima’s One Care (HMO SNP) (a Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plan) is for low-income seniors and people with disabilities who qualify for both Medicare and Medi-Cal.

Additionally, Age Well Senior Services (formerly South County Senior Services) offers a variety of services. CEO Steve Moyer explained that Age Well is a nonprofit, public benefit 501(c)(3) organization located in Laguna Hills. Since 1975, Age Well has been providing critical services, resources, and programs to seniors living in South Orange County. One of their services is Meals on Wheels, which consists of three meals a day. Last year, they delivered 342,000 meals. They also provide transportation for non-medical emergencies such as doctors appointments (last year, they provided 64,000 non-medical rides), and their senior center gives seniors opportunities for socializing. 

What’s most important to seniors

        Erin Ulibarri, Operations Manager for OC Office on Aging, detailed the five most important concerns for seniors: personal home safety (83 percent), in-home care, family caregiving, case management, and housing referrals assistance. Her office provides older adults, their families, and caregivers with information, referrals, and access to agencies and programs that can help them with senior-related services.

There’s no doubt that cognitive functioning is uppermost on seniors’ minds.

Dr. Joshua Grill, PhD, Director, UC Irvine Institute of Memory Impairment and Neurological Disorders, presented the latest statistics on Alzheimer’s disease (a type of dementia), its scope, state of the science, and what seniors can do. The lifestyle risk factors include: family history, head trauma, midlife obesity, midlife hypertension, high cholesterol, and poor sleep. Of course, the biggest risk is age. Dr. Grill said, “The risk dramatically increases as we age.” To lower risk, factors involve: higher education, healthy diet, physical exercise, cognitive activity, and social activity.

With abundant Grill

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Dr. Joshua Grill points out risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease in OC

The most common progressive dementia among the elderly is Alzheimer’s disease, which accounts for approximately 70 percent of all cases. Nearly 50 million people in the world have Alzheimer’s disease, including 6 million in the United States. Approximately 600,000 Californians are affected, with an estimated 84,000 individuals in Orange County. In OC, it’s the third cause of death, while in other places, it’s the sixth cause. Collectively, it costs 200 billion dollars a year and can cost a family $300,000.

It represents a cluster of systems that cause cognitive impairment, which can result in the inability to function in daily life, and at its worst, the patient needs 24 hour a day, 7 days a week care. 

Unfortunately, as stated by Dr. Grill, the drug options in 2019 can’t slow or reverse the disease or prevent onset or stop it. The hope it that a cocktail of drugs might work, and UCI Mind is looking for research heroes.

Judi Bonilli, Director of Education for Brain Fix Now, offered words of encouragement to take action using the Six Pillars of Brain Power (which counteract the triggers for Alzheimer’s). All are evenly weighted: stress management, health (drug interaction), physical activity, nutrition, lifelong learning, and social prescriptions. Her motto is “The future is what you make it.”

Healthy living online community

Iris OC, of which Linda Zimmer is project director, is a healthy living online community for older adults. It uses technology for aging services, since each individual can input personal information and then search events and services.

Dr. Kerry Burnight, Chief Gerontologist and one of the creators of GrandPad, works to prevent social isolation by use of an elder user-friendly phone. She also advocates for elders and has worked in elder abuse. The GrandPad is described as, “a simple and secure tablet for seniors. GrandPad senior tablet easily connects loved-ones ages 75+ with family & friends.”

How does the movie Back to the Future play into the topic of aging well? We obviously can’t time travel back 30 years, the past is gone, but with 2019 comes a vast array of knowledge to maneuver the bumpy path of “aging” in order to live well and independently – into the future.

For more on Emeritus classes at Soka, go to

For more on Age Well Senior Services, go to

For more on UCI Mind, go to

For more on Iris OC, go to www.irisoc.

For more on OneCare Connect, CalOptima, go to

Cox recognized for 14th time among Top 50 Companies for Diversity

Cox Communications, the largest private telecom company in the U.S. and pioneer of gigabit broadband to homes and businesses, earned the No. 11 spot on the 2019 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list. 

This marks the 14th time the company has been recognized among the nation’s corporate diversity leaders. Cox was also specifically praised for its leadership in executive diversity councils and ranked in the top five for supplier diversity and philanthropy.

“Building stronger connections with our employees, our suppliers and our customers gives us a competitive advantage, and I’m so proud of how diversity and inclusion has become the core of who we are at Cox,” said Pat Esser, president, Cox Communications. “Earning a spot on the DiversityInc list reinforces the important work happening every day across our business.”

Cox moves logo

The DiversityInc Top 50 list, issued yearly since 2001, recognizes the nation’s top companies for diversity and inclusion management. These companies excel in such areas as hiring, retaining and promoting women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT, and veterans. Cox first appeared on the list in 2006 and was ranked No. 13 in 2018.

“I am thrilled that the commitment by Cox leaders, team members and employee resource group and diversity council participants is being recognized again by DiversityInc this year,” said Karen Bennett, executive vice president and chief people officer. “We will continue to push to create a diverse and inclusive environment that brings out the best in all of us.”

DiversityInc’s extensive annual survey yields an empirically driven ranking based on talent results in the workforce and management, senior leadership accountability, talent programs, workplace practices, philanthropy, and supplier diversity. 

This year’s competition was improved by adding questions that connect talent programs and workplace practices to desired talent results. The Top 50 analysis also addressed the intersectionality of race by analyzing women and men representation of each race/ethnicity separately, rather than combined.  

“We revamped our algorithms and now have a reliability quotient of .92,” notes Luke Visconti, founder and CEO of DiversityInc. “DiversityInc Top 50 Companies have a decisive advantage because they treat people more fairly than other companies and there is more opportunity for all. Top 50 companies also deliver a greater-than-average return for shareholders.”

To view the entire Top 50 list and specialty lists, visit

Furry and feathered friends 

Furry and dog

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Who’s walking who? 

Furry and birds

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Hmm, wonder what those sandals taste like?

5G Rally in Laguna 

5G Rally signs

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Residents rallied on Saturday, May 18, calling on wireless companies (Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile) and their sub-contractors (Crown Castle, ExteNet System, and other antenna installers) to suspend the deployment of small cell wireless antennas near homes and apartments until such time as chronic, low-level exposure to 5G radio frequency (RF) microwave radiation can be proven safe for everyone.

Boys & Girls Club Pancake Breakfast 

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Boys and playing

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In honor of its 15th anniversary, Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach’s Bluebird Branch held its annual Harry Bithell Pancake Breakfast at Bluebird Park

Boys and crowd

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Crowd enjoys beautiful weather

Boys and girl

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A hand-painted unicorn to celebrate the occasion

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