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NEWS
December 17, 2004
JOHN DEPKO "Ocean's Twelve" is guaranteed to be nominated for nothing at Oscar time, unless "Most Disappointing Big Budget Movie of the Year" becomes a new category. Never has so much A-list talent been put to so little use. It's hard to imagine that George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, Bruce Willis and Catherine Zeta-Jones could all be found sleepwalking through the same scenes. But there they are: beautiful, bored and devoid of any interest in the work at hand.
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NEWS
August 27, 2003
Not content just to run and play during his summer vacation, Alex Crawford of Newport Beach has extended a helping-hand to the Costa Mesa Historical Society as a part-time volunteer. "I read a book from my school library about the history of Costa Mesa and got hooked," the 12-year-old said. "While surfing the net, I found that the Costa Mesa Historical Society was holding an open house. After seeing all the archival material they had, I asked them if they needed any help."
NEWS
October 27, 1999
Susan McCormack The first sign that Newport Beach was making the change from commercial port to a thriving cultural and tourist destination came in 1905, when the Victorian-style Balboa Pavilion was built. The pavilion was built on a sand pit surrounded by water and its dome stood out among the barren landscape. Soon, small hotels and wooden beach cottages began to dot the area and Newport became known for its summer vacation culture. Tourists from inland cities began flocking to the beach in horse-drawn wagons.
NEWS
By Tom Ragan, tom.ragan@latimes.com | June 23, 2010
Let there be light – and flashes from cameras. And caps flying all over the place. And late-night parties. And sleeping in. And crowded beaches. And, most importantly, perhaps, no more homework. At least until college. Throngs of Newport-Mesa seniors will receive their diplomas today in ceremonies that will mark the first day of summer vacation and the entry into the so-called "real world." At Estancia High School on Wednesday, it was clear that the maintenance and operations staff had kicked into overdrive, setting up hundreds of plastic seats on the green artificial turf inside a $9.5 million stadium that opened two years ago. "It's going to be crazy," said Mario Cerda, a maintenance worker.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | November 5, 2013
Lian Murray, an influential surf clothing designer whose career encompassed such high-end brands as Hurley, Quiksilver and Billabong, died Sunday at the age of 54. The Newport Beach resident died at Hoag Hospital several days after suffering an asthma attack, said her daughter, Morgan Murray. In a career spanning three decades, Murray launched her first apparel company, Lianelyse, while on summer vacation from college and opened a store in Los Angeles. At a trade show, she met Quiksilver founder Bob McKnight and joined his company as a designer.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | April 28, 2014
Newport-Mesa Unified School District officials are asking parents and district staff to weigh in on the possibility of students starting school in August. The district is circulating a survey that presents the community with four potential options for a revised calendar for the 2015-16 school year. Newport-Mesa students currently begin classes the day after Labor Day. An earlier start time would allow students to have a longer Thanksgiving break, an earlier start to summer vacation or a combination of the two, according to the survey, which can be accessed on the district's website . An August start date could allow students additional time to prepare for Advanced Placement exams, which occur on the same date in the spring for all schools across the nation, officials said.
NEWS
July 8, 2000
The results are in. Newport-Mesa students and teachers deserve a hearty round of applause for the overall improvement in Stanford 9 test scores. Standardized exams are meant to measure both how well the students are learning and how effectively the educators are teaching. And if the Stanford 9 results are an indication, it looks as if things are looking up for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. In general, the scores have risen during the last three years--definitely cause for celebration.
NEWS
December 3, 2002
Deirdre Newman A group of Costa Mesa High School students is working on a skit in the gym. They're not young actors, but students in Chuck Schubert's Video TV Production class. And standing behind them is senior Alan Pineda, 18, who is diligently filming the scene with a digital camera. The class teaches students how to shoot video and do computer editing, and how to communicate by writing and acting in skits. Schubert hopes to give them valuable vocational skills that they can parlay into a career.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | August 24, 2007
They may not be South Coast Plaza or the Irvine Spectrum, but Costa Mesa’s alternative shopping centers are anticipating big business in the weeks before school begins — in large part because they’re not South Coast Plaza or the Irvine Spectrum. The Lab and the Camp, across from each other on Bristol Street, are offering heavy back-to-school sales as summer vacation draws to a close. Monet Quick, the marketing and communications director for both centers, said the stores’ demographic has expanded far beyond the student crowd that first made them popular, but the late summer was still their best business time before Christmas.
LOCAL
By Michael Miller | August 28, 2007
They may not be South Coast Plaza or the Irvine Spectrum, but Costa Mesa’s alternative shopping centers are anticipating big business in the weeks before school begins — in large part because they’re not South Coast Plaza or the Irvine Spectrum. The Lab and the Camp, across from each other on Bristol Street, are offering heavy back-to-school sales as summer vacation draws to a close. Monet Quick, the marketing and communications director for both centers, said the stores’ demographic has expanded far beyond the student crowd that first made them popular, but the late summer was still their best business time before Christmas.
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