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August 11, 2004
Newport-Mesa Unified School District Supt. Robert Barbot is dead wrong in his comments to the Pilot assuming that the elimination of county superintendents and county boards of education would have an adverse effect on the district ("Officials eyeing proposed reforms," July 31). He obviously hasn't read the succession of Orange County Grand Jury Final Reports along with several educational analysts' and contract auditors' warnings to the public about the waste, duplication of services and mismanagement that has existed at the Orange County Department of Education for decades.
SPORTS
May 1, 2008
The annual Black Ball flag at The Wedge. Another reminder summer’s almost here. It’s also a reminder for wave riders that it’s time to leave the boards in the trunk, on the car hood, or dry in the sand and paddle out the old fashioned way. Because starting today for the next six months, The Wedge is body surfing only — no flotation devices of any kind allowed for most of the day. “The Wedge has always been about body...
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | February 4, 2014
Board surfers may soon be riding more waves at The Wedge. The Blackball Working Group, charged with reviewing surfing policies throughout Newport Beach, has suggested extending the number of months and the amount of daytime during those months when surfboards, body boards and the like should be allowed in the area, located at the end of the Balboa Peninsula where the west harbor jetty extends from shore. The Wedge is cherished for its infamous monster waves, which some claim to be unique to the world.
NEWS
May 1, 2003
Gwenda Watson Mrs. Gwenda Watson, a Newport Beach resident named Citizen of the Millennium and Beautiful Activist, died Saturday after a long illness. She was 83. Mrs. Watson served on the boards of several clubs and organizations in Orange County. She was responsible for getting together the Lido Island Players and took lead roles in community theater. She was elected to the board of the Lido Isle Community Assn. and was also editor of the Lido Islander.
SPORTS
November 5, 2011
The Newport Lightning girls' basketball team took first place in the eighth-grade gold division of the Halloween Ball Tournament. The Lightning began the Halloween Ball Tournament with a convincing 40-15 win over SGV. Natalia Bruening started the Lightning with a quick six points to set the tone for the game. Leading in scoring and the offense was point guard Frankie Wade with 12 points. Also contributing to the game was Heather Fujii , who played an all-around great game.
NEWS
October 23, 2000
Scott Morlan, a math teacher at Newport Harbor High School, is chairman of the board. Some of the current board member standouts are Newport Harbor High students Robert Palm, a junior; J.P. Collett, a junior; his twin brother, Morgan Collett, a junior; Sam Schuck, a junior transfer from Hawaii; Josh Kast, a senior; and Alex Knost, a sophomore. Each of the students sits on the board, and they do it every morning, beginning at first light until about 8 a.m. Then they hop into their cars and drip dry on their way to class.
SPORTS
By John Burton | February 25, 2010
This week I made my first visit to the Surfing Heritage Foundation’s location in South Coast Plaza. It’s a unique combination of retail sore and museum that regularly hosts events for surfing related artists and authors. It opened hurriedly for the Christmas season and has undergone considerable remodeling since. It’s on the third floor of the west, Crate & Barrel/Macy’s wing on Bear St. When you enter you’ll find yourself in the retail shop that has an elegant selection of apparel, books, DVDs and specialty items.
NEWS
By Tom Ragan | April 6, 2010
Some Newport-Mesa Unified School District students on spring break have been looking for the perfect breaks this week at Erik Nelsen’s Quiksilver and Roxy Surf Camp. There they’re learning about ocean safety, rip tides, high tides, low tides and just about everything in between. For more than 25 years, Nelsen, a Laguna Beach native, has been teaching kids how to surf on long boards, short boards, hard boards and soft boards. It’s a trade he picked up at age 15, when he stepped in one day to help his father, Jeff Nelsen, who was pulled away from his own surf camp.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey and Mona Shadia | November 4, 2009
Assemblyman Chuck DeVore has found a worthy opponent in former Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Carly Fiorina. Fiorina formally announced Wednesday that she would battle DeVore in the California Republican primary in June for a chance to unseat U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, a Democrat. “I believe big change is not impossible, but it does require leadership, innovative thinking, teamwork and tackling the most obvious and pressing problems first,” Fiorina said in a written statement.
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NEWS
April 30, 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown recently reappointed Costa Mesa resident Douglas La Belle to the board that governs the Orange County Fairgrounds. La Belle, 70, was first appointed to the nine-member Fair Board in 2010. He will serve another four years in the unpaid position. La Belle is the former city manager of Chino Hills, where he worked from 1995 to 2009. He has also worked for Signal Hill, Huntington Beach, Cerritos and Garden Grove in a long public-sector career that began in the 1960s.
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NEWS
By Bradley Zint | April 24, 2014
Local historians urged the Orange County Fair Board on Thursday to approve a veterans garden for the fairgrounds to replace the one lost during the construction of the Pacific Amphitheatre more than 30 years ago. In a short presentation, Costa Mesa Historical Society President Bob Palazzola reminded the board and fairgrounds staff about the Orange County Memorial Garden Center , a 1.4-acre nonprofit facility erected in 1954 that commemorated the...
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | April 3, 2014
A group of Newport-Mesa Unified parents are circulating an online petition urging the Orange County Board of Education to drop a lawsuit filed against the district and several Corona del Mar High School families whose children allegedly participated in CdM's recent cheating scandal. The Change.org petition encourages the board to "stop wasting taxpayer money" and end the lawsuit, which was filed March 24 by the county board. The group's goal of 100 signatures was attained by Thursday morning, after just two days of being circulated online.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | March 27, 2014
A group of veterans and local activists urged the Orange County Fair Board on Thursday to build a memorial garden at the fairgrounds that would honor veterans and the property's military heritage. The garden would be an appropriate addition to the fairgrounds' planned veterans exhibit near the Centennial Farm, the group told the board, and provide a park-like meeting place for county veterans where they could grow their own food like the victory gardens of yore. The group added that the land would signify the fairgrounds' history as a 150-acre section of the 1,336-acre Santa Ana Army Air Base, a World War II facility that was decommissioned in 1946.
NEWS
March 26, 2014
Susan G. Komen Orange County has announced its new 2014-15 board of directors. They include Costa Mesa resident Carrie Swanson; Laguna Beach resident and retired nurse Sol Reyes Roberts; Judie Vivian, founder of Newport Beach-based nonprofit Standup For the Cure; and Dr. Lisa Guerra, a surgeon at Hoag Hospital. The Orange County chapter of Susan G. Komen, the widely known breast cancer awareness group, was founded in 1991 and is based in Costa Mesa. It organizes the annual Race for the Cure, scheduled this year for Sept.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | March 26, 2014
Newport-Mesa Unified School District trustees voted Tuesday night to hire a nonprofit safety organization to study security at Andersen Elementary School in Newport Beach. The district will spend $5,987 for Safe Havens International to visit the school and determine what it will take to ensure student and staff safety, according to the district's staff report. Trustees began looking at fencing at three elementary schools, including Andersen, last year. Without significant complaint, they approved fencing at Adams and Victoria elementary schools in Costa Mesa in November, but received pushback from the Andersen community.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | March 25, 2014
The Orange County Department of Education filed suit Monday against the Newport-Mesa Unified School District and five Corona del Mar High School families in an effort to get judicial clarity about whether it can hear appeals from students expelled in CdM's cheating scandal. Shortly after filing the lawsuit, the county Board of Education held a special meeting Monday night to determine if Newport-Mesa had reached a settlement agreement with the expelled students' families since the board last met March 12. If an agreement had been met, the lawsuit could have been rendered moot, but no such accord was in place, so the legal action will progress.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | March 18, 2014
Tom Pollitt, founder of the Newport-Mesa Tea Party, has announced his intent to run for the Orange County Board of Education. The 70-year-old Costa Mesa resident is seeking the District 2 seat, held since 2010 by David Boyd, also a Costa Mesa resident. Boyd is serving out his first term on the five-member board and has applied for reelection in the June primary. Pollitt, a small-business man, said his priorities include making sure that education funds go to the classrooms, not the administration, and improving the county's charter school system.
NEWS
By Laura Boss | March 14, 2014
Following a public interview process on March 4, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District selected Vicki Snell to replace David Brooks as the representative for Trustee Area 1. The board of education had previously announced the resignation of Brooks from the board of education, effective March 11. This deferred resignation was filed with the county superintendent of schools on Jan. 17. Snell was seated at the March 11 board meeting and administered...
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | March 14, 2014
Newport Beach Little League, with more than 700 young baseball players, has been suspended by District 55 for having too many coaches on its board, leading to cancellation of games on Thursday and Saturday, said Joe Jennings, an NBLL board member. The league received word of its error and suspension Wednesday. "We sent [District 55] a letter [via email Friday morning] explaining that we rectified anything that we knew that possibly could've been cause for this extreme action that has been harsh for so many kids and a great organization," Jennings, a former league president, said.
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