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Corona del Mar Today: Crews install city wayfinding signs in CdM

August 27, 2011|By Amy Senk
  • Crews installed a bright blue wayfinding sign on East Coast Highway at Fernleaf Avenue as part of a citywide project to add 65 informational signs.
Crews installed a bright blue wayfinding sign on East… (Amy Senk, Daily…)

Crews installed a bright blue wayfinding sign last week on East Coast Highway at Fernleaf Avenue as part of a citywide project to add 65 informational signs.

The project briefly closed one lane of Coast Highway's westbound traffic while the sign was hoisted into place and secured. Crews said the sign was one of four left to install.

The bright blue, egg-shaped signs give directions to popular tourist destinations and landmarks, including Big Corona beach, Fashion Island, Balboa Island and Sherman Library & Gardens.

The City Council in March approved the project, which cost less than $100,000 with more than half the costs funded by Visit Newport Beach Inc. and various Business Improvement Districts.

Mayor Pro Tem Nancy Gardner, who represents Corona del Mar, was one of two council members who voted against the signs because she said they were difficult to read. Councilman Steve Rosansky also voted against the signs because he "took issue with the sign's appearance and readability," according to the minutes from the March 8 meeting.

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CdM Middle School's cheer coach steps down

The Corona del Mar Middle School's cheer coach and ASB advisor has resigned but will remain a faculty member, teaching special education this fall, sources said.

Nicole Fusaro sent an email earlier this summer telling her students and their families that her decision was based on health issues and family emergencies.

"I have given my heart and soul into both ASB and cheer and I have loved every minute of it," the email said. "I will still be on campus teaching students with special needs. Please don't be a stranger, I would love for you to stop by and say hello."

Fusaro did not reply to emails seeking comment.

Gary Almquist will be assuming the ASB advisor role for the middle school; he previously was advisor for the high school ASB program. The two current assistant coaches will take over the middle school cheer squad, a district spokeswoman said.

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B.I.D. honors longtime board member BJ Johnson

The Corona del Mar Business Improvement District board last week honored a longtime member, Beverley "BJ" Johnson.

"She doesn't remember how many years she's been involved, but it's well over 10 years," said Bernie Svalstad, the B.I.D. chairman.

Johnson was presented a plaque that honored her "many hours of dedication to the vision plan for the community of Corona del Mar."

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