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By Rhea Mahbubani | June 8, 2013
Julie Elkins cried only twice during her 11-year battle with breast cancer. The first time was while walking out of a clinic with the words, "You have cancer" ringing in her ears. The second was when her husband shaved her head. The Costa Mesa resident was also unprepared for the chemotherapy-induced loss of her eyebrows and eyelashes, she recalled. "I looked like Charlie Brown when I was bald," said Elkins, 52, laughing. "I learned how to tie scarves so I wouldn't look stupid.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | May 29, 2013
Costa Mesa city administrators on Tuesday recommended funding only a fraction of a proposal to revamp the athletics field at Costa Mesa High School from the next fiscal year's budget. The recommendation surprised some of the project's supporters, but city officials said the $500,000 planned to be appropriated in the 2013-14 fiscal year is just the beginning of their contribution toward the total cost. In March, Costa Mesa proposed paying $3.5 million to build a new football field and track at Mesa, but did not pledge to fund the expense all at once.
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May 28, 2013
Costa Mesa High School is teaming up with The Crossing Church in Costa Mesa to host a drug prevention and awareness event Wednesday night called Avoid the Plague. On Tuesday, physical education classes at Costa Mesa and Estancia high schools watched a documentary titled "Overtaken," about the dangers of drugs. The program will culminate Wednesday in the Costa Mesa High School gym with speakers and booths from various drug recovery and law-enforcement agencies. "We're hoping to save some lives and give some families some hope and healing," said Randy Moraitis, executive pastor of The Crossing Church who oversees the church's recovery center.
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By Michael Miller | May 21, 2013
Rock songwriters have long had love-hate relationships with their cities of origin. A browse through the lyrics of Paul Simon ("Nothing but the dead and dying back in my little town"), Bruce Springsteen ("Now Main Street's whitewashed windows and vacant stores / Seems like there ain't nobody wants to come down here no more") and others amounts to less than a nostalgic jaunt. However, when Dan Krikorian got tapped to write a song commemorating the 60th anniversary of Costa Mesa, his hometown, he didn't have any grim tales to pack into the lyrics.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | May 17, 2013
"Good luck AP test takers" scrolled across Costa Mesa High School's electronic marquee Friday morning. At Newport-Mesa Unified high schools this week, Advanced Placement classes culminated with exams that will determine whether students receive college credit for their efforts. Almost 100 students were prepping for that academic milestone with pancakes at 7 a.m. Friday in Mesa's cafeteria. "During the AP season these kids are working their tails off," Principal Phil D'Agostino said a few minutes before a class of 93 freshman and one sophomore headed to their test.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | May 14, 2013
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District on Tuesday night accepted the first installment in a grant program from the city of Costa Mesa that could add up to half a million dollars over five years. The city approved a $100,000 grant in February that will fund seven athletics improvements at Costa Mesa's high schools. Since then, the two campuses have applied for $96,000 in projects that the city believes will benefit the public as well as students. "This is a new project, and we're very grateful for the city to be working with our two high schools in Costa Mesa," Supt.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | May 1, 2013
On a Monday in mid-April, a handful of students piled into a couple of cars in Costa Mesa and headed north. For some of the high schoolers it was their first time outside Orange County. They were on a trip with Save Our Youth, or SOY, the nonprofit that boosts education and combats violence for minority students on the Westside of Costa Mesa. After a three-hour drive, they arrived at UC Santa Barbara where a student took them on a personal tour. "He didn't just show us around, he explained some signification places of the school and what they had to offer," said Ricky Herrera, a junior from Estancia High School.
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By Bradley Zint | April 26, 2013
Costa Mesa is a city growing older, a city in full bloom, a table resting by the sea. So go the lyrics for an acoustic guitar song that premiered Thursday night during the city's first Mayor's Celebration, "The Art of Leadership," at the Samueli Theater. Dan Krikorian, a Costa Mesa High School alumnus and the school's current boys' basketball coach, gave a surprise performance of his song that proved to be one highlight of the event that city officials said will be an annual tradition.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 10, 2013
The chief public school administrator for Newport Beach and Costa Mesa quickly dismissed with the elephant in the room. "The question usually is what did Prop. 30 do for our schools?" Newport-Mesa Unified School District Supt. Fred Navarro said. "Prop. 30 really kind of stopped the bleeding. " Navarro presented his inaugural State of the School District address Wednesday night after winning the top job in August. The nonprofit, nonpartisan citizens group Speak Up Newport annually invites the superintendent to the Newport Beach Yacht Club for the speech, much like it does with other governmental officials.
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By Patrice Apodaca | April 5, 2013
Some kids finish high school with no idea what the future might hold. Even though most go on to further their education, many have only vague notions of careers that speak to them. But for some, given the opportunity, a path that can lead to important and fulfilling work can emerge before they graduate. That is a goal of those who run Newport-Mesa Unified's Career Technical Education program, which is designed to expose students to practical learning in fields as diverse as film and video production, construction technology, and hotel, hospitality and tourism.
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