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“ Our Town , Our Paper ” lagunabeachindy . com FEBRUARY 3 , 2023 | Volume XX , Issue 5

Return of Lumberyard Chef Challenge Serves Up Support for SchoolPower

By LB Indy Staff
On Jan . 23 at the Lumberyard restaurant , Laguna Beach school principals dueled as guest “ chefs ,” serving up competing three-course meals to a cheering , full-house crowd of SchoolPower supporters . No , the Monday evening event wasn ’ t the kickoff of a new reality series but the comeback of a beloved event called the SchoolPower Lumberyard Chef Challenge .
The event was conceived by Lumberyard owners Suzanne and Cary Redfearn , who generously donated their restaurant , including all of the food and staff for the event .
“ We were so fortunate to have our kids attend school in Laguna and receive such a fabulous education , Cary Redfearn said . “ Chef Challenge is our way of giving back . We opened Lumberyard to be a community restaurant , and this event epitomizes that goal .”
Supporters were especially enthusiastic about Monday ’ s event because of its pause due to Covid .
“ This year ’ s challenge was a welcome homecoming after a three year hiatus ,” said Harpal Sadhal , last year ’ s SchoolPower president . “ It ’ s always a great way to unite the community … Dueling bartender-presidents , competing principal-chefs , and all to support students of the LBUSD schools .”

Laguna Beach Cyclist Dies After Vehicle Collision , Knife Assault on PCH

By Clara Beard
A Laguna Beach cyclist died yesterday after being struck from behind by a vehicle , and then stabbed at the Pacific Coast Highway and Crown Valley Parkway intersection in Dana Point .
Orange County Sheriff ’ s deputies found Laguna Beach doctor Michael John Mammone , 58 , lying in the intersection and suffering from severe injuries when
Thurston Principal Joe Vidal , Laguna Beach High School Principal Jason Allemann , El Morro Principal Julie Hatchel and Top of the World Principal Meghan Schooler at the 11th annual Lumberyard Chef Challenge benefiting SchoolPower . ( Photo by Candice Dartez , Candice Dartez Photography )
The principals select items and serve guests , but Chef Primo and the Lumberyard staff conceived and prepared the dishes . This year the LBHS-Thurston Middle School principal duo of Jason Allemann and Joe Vidal took home the coveted Golden Spatula award with their entree ,
they arrived on the scene at 3:02 p . m . Mammone was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead , according to the Orange County Sheriff ’ s Department .
Mammone was on a mountain bike facing northbound on PCH when he was struck from behind by the suspect vehicle . The driver , Vanroy Evan Smith , 39 , from Long Beach , exited his car and assaulted grilled branzino on a bed of sundried tomatoes and couscous . Admittedly , they narrowly beat the delicious short ribs with horseradish potato puree devised by the elementary school team of El Morro ’ s Julie Hatchel and
Mammone with a knife . When deputies arrived on the scene , local bystanders had Smith detained . The suspect was taken into custody and later booked into the Orange County Jail on suspicion of murder . A knife believed to be used in the assault was recovered at the scene , officials said in a release .
The incident and subsequent SUSPECT , PAGE 3
Laguna Playhouse ’ s ‘ Staged ’ Deftly Showcases the Talents of Comedian Rita Rudner
Rita Rudner and Mike McShane star in the World Premiere of “ STAGED ” at The Laguna Playhouse . Photo / Laguna Playhouse
By Eric Marchese | Special to the LB Indy
If Laguna Playhouse were said to have a power couple , it would be Rita Rudner and Martin Bergman . Since their marriage in 1988 , they ’ ve collaborated on countless projects , including the plays “ Tickled Pink ” and “ Act 3 ” that were produced at the Laguna Playhouse .
Now in its world premiere through February 12 at their home venue , “ Staged ” is their latest work in partnership : Bergman directs Rudner in a script they co-wrote as a vehicle for her . That ’ s only fitting ,


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