June 22, 2004
Marisa O'Neil The debate about a loop road proposed to ease traffic problems at Newport Coast Elementary School continued Monday, the eve before City Council members will make a decision on its future. At the meeting organized by city officials, parents and homeowners in the area voiced their concerns for safety, traffic, pollution and property values around the school, where they said chaos ensues at pick-up and drop-off times. City council members will tonight vote whether to accept a bid that would allow work to start on the road next month and finish by Labor Day. The item was continued from the June 8 council meeting to give residents and city officials more time to explore other options.
September 1, 2006
Walking as a means of transportation seems to be a thing of the past. I grew up in a family of walkers. My father walked to work. My mother walked to the store or to church. I walked to school. When I lived on the Balboa Peninsula, I walked from there to the 14th Street Grammar School in Newport. Jimmie Van Trees, Albert Spencer and I walked that two miles every day, rain or shine. On the way home, we walked along the beach and picked up soft shell sand crabs, which we sold for 10 cents a strawberry box to the fishermen on the Balboa Pier.
November 9, 2001
Deirdre Newman Harbor View Elementary School fifth-graders received a personal lesson in the high cost of freedom and the courage needed to defend it when they visited the Orange County Walk of Honor on Thursday. The Walk, at the Santa Ana Civic Center, honors the eight Orange County heroes who have earned the highest military award -- the Congressional Medal of Honor. Fifteen Orange County schools attended the event, with the Corona del Mar school the lone Newport-Mesa Unified School District representative.
November 24, 2012
For some of us, middle school and high school were times for creating wonderful memories of friendship, unique events and learning. For victims of bullying, the school experience can be a daily terror — mental and emotional abuse, the crushing of self-esteem, and even physical violence. These students may carry the harrowing images and feelings with them for a lifetime, never fully recovering. School administrators, teachers, police and even parents too often ignore the ramifications of this daily harassment by peers until it is too late.
December 16, 2004
INSIDE THE SCHOOL DISTRICT Here are some decisions and discussions from Tuesday night's Newport-Mesa Unified School District meeting. NEW BOARD HIERARCHY Trustee Serene Stokes took over as the new board president Tuesday. Stokes took over duties from Dana Black, who will continue to serve as a liaison to the district's Citizen's Budget Advisory Committee and student board. David Brooks is vice president, Linda Sneen is clerk and Supt.
June 15, 2000
Andrew Glazer COSTA MESA -- It's not for a circus or a wedding reception. The Calvary Church of Newport-Mesa on Wednesday pitched the massive white tent on Newport Boulevard to celebrate what's soon to come. In October 2001, church members expect to be praying and singing in a new, permanent building. Calvary Church purchased the lot between Bay and Victoria streets a year ago and have since been designing and raising funds for the $8-million facility.
October 6, 2007
Starting at 6 a.m., Newport-Mesa Unified school buses drive 70 routes carrying about 5,000 kids — from 22 elementary schools, two middle schools and seven high schools — to school. “It is a logistical challenge,” said Pete Meslin, the district’s director of transportation. “There are a lot of students being moved safely and efficiently from home to school and school to home.” When that efficiency is tested, every stop on a particular route is affected for the rest of the morning.
April 13, 2005
We are in favor of seat belts in school buses. We believe this is a good thing and should have been done many, many years ago. JAY and ANNE GREER Newport Beach My youngest is 22 years old now. She has never gotten in a vehicle without a seat belt. I can't imagine anybody that would want their kids riding in a school bus without them. RICK LLOYD Huntington Beach I'm horrified that Newport-Mesa officials would consider a safety measure for their students to be unnecessary.
August 31, 2004
Obey school-zone speed-limit signs. The speed limit when children are present in a school zone is 25 mph. Always stop for school buses that are loading or unloading students. Drive without distractions. Don't use cellphones, eat, apply makeup, shave or do anything that could take your attention from the road. Avoid U-turns in school zones, congested areas or close to an intersection. Don't park, even temporarily, where it is illegal.
April 1, 2001
There's been an alarming trend recently: Speeding motorists around and in school zones. I find this extremely disturbing, but its root has to be a function of simple awareness rather than abject callousness. I can't imagine that any self-respecting parent would willingly put other children at risk because their little Johnny or Susie is late to school. Yet day after day, parents drive too fast, most of them distracted with cell phones as they barrel their way to drop off their precious cargo.