April 19, 2001
Danette Goulet COSTA MESA -- They each consistently take time out of their busy teenage lives to give back to the community. Laurel Laidlaw, a student at Ensign Intermediate School, shows up at the Costa Mesa-based poverty relief organization Share Our Selves every other Wednesday after school to lend a hand. "She just came in on her own," volunteer coordinator Robin Sinclair said. "She works with senior citizens, she gets along with all ages, interacts with clients really the way we are meant to here -- in the most nonjudgmental way."
March 6, 2001
-- Interviews and photos by Stefanie Frith We asked seventh- and eighth-graders at Ensign Intermediate School in Newport Beach: What do think about the court decision to block Internet song-swapping service Napster Inc.'s 1 million copyrighted songs and about other similar services deciding to charge fees? "Napster has been on for a long time, and even though I don't use it much, my brother does. I think that the bands are getting mad because it's free, so maybe instead of getting rid of songs, they should charge per month or something."
April 1, 2006
For most of its existence, the Newport Surf Classic has been an affair largely for local surfers. That's no issue for Buzz Lowry, one of the coaches for Newport Harbor High's surf team and one of the competition's organizers, since the event has had no trouble filling its 160-entry limit each year. At the same time, though, Lowry believes this could be the year that the competition begins broadening its horizons. The big reason, Lowry said, is the team's improved website, which has been promoting the Newport Classic for months now. "Now, all the other teams in the South Coast League [the Sailors' league in surfing]
November 14, 2006
Here are some items the board will consider tonight: MEASURE F BONDS Almost exactly one year after voters passed the $282-million Measure F school bond, the district is seeking to sell the first batch of bonds. Tonight, the board is seeking a resolution of issuance to sell up to $75 million in bonds in December. The resolution would request the Orange County Board of Supervisors to issue and sell the bonds. Earlier this year, the district assembled a list of initial Measure F projects, including a stadium at Estancia High School, a gym at TeWinkle Middle School, elementary school science classrooms and a renovation of Robins Hall at Newport Harbor High School.
November 13, 1999
Susan McCormack COSTA MESA -- Findings from a recent Lions Park Assn. survey of almost 1,500 students show there is "sufficient demand" to construct up to three new skateboard parks. "We're very hopeful that the city will consider this information," said Bill Turpit, an association leader. Turpit said his group may discuss the study's results, which were given to the City Council this week, during the public session at Monday's council meeting.
November 12, 2002
Deirdre Newman Has the proliferation of the Internet changed the way kids perceive fun? Not if you walk into John Koch's woodworking class at Ensign Intermediate School. There are no computers in sight -- just students working at various stages of woodworking -- a tableau that could have easily existed in the 19th or 20th century. And yet the modern, tech-savvy kids in Koch's class are quick to admit how much they enjoy the class. "It's really fun because you get to make your own stuff," said Nicole Macias, 12, who had just used a drill press to insert a hole into her soon-to-be pen holder.
September 1, 2005
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District enjoyed a partial triumph this week, with nearly all of its schools meeting state standards even as many of them lagged behind federal requirements. Newport-Mesa set a district record by having 31 of its 32 schools show improvement on their Academic Performance Index (API) scores. The district, however, was downgraded on the federal Adequate Yearly Progress report, issued Wednesday along with the state scores, for failing to meet established standards.
May 26, 2006
It's no surprise to Fausto Hinojosa that working-class people live in Newport Beach. The Ecuador native knows that wherever affluence exists, there is a less wealthy population to keep it running ? even in the Hamptons. For the last four years, Hinojosa, who recently took office as Ensign Intermediate School's new community facilitator, worked in the New York school system while serving as a pastor for a local church. His congregation lived in one of the state's wealthiest enclaves, but he didn't address the rich and educated.
March 8, 2007
FOR THE RECORD A story Sunday, "Local boys and girls take the field," should have said former Angels player Scott Lewis is the coach of the Newport Harbor Baseball Assn.'s Sterling BMW team. . . . . . . NEWPORT-MESA ? Scores of boys and girls gathered at baseball fields to celebrate Opening Day of their season. Players in the Newport Beach Little League, the Newport Harbor Baseball Assn. Pony League, the Costa Mesa National Little League and the Costa Mesa American Little League descended upon their home fields for games, food, festivities and friendship.
August 27, 2001
Richard Dunn Growing up the oldest son of a major league baseball player, Branon Coluccio understood the term bouncing around at an early age. "I lived in just about every state when I was little," said Coluccio, born in Mesa, Ariz., before spending most of his childhood in a town outside of Olympia, Wash. When Bob and Terry Coluccio moved the family to Newport Beach, it was a bit of a culture shock for Branon, who was about to enter seventh grade at Ensign Intermediate School.