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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."
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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 Lauren Williams, lauren.williams@latimes.com | August 9, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH - A Virginia teenager stopped by a local fire station Tuesday to thank the public safety personnel who rescued him last week after he became buried under some 7 feet of beach sand. Matt Mina, 17, of Charlottesville, met with about 15 Newport Beach firefighters and lifeguards at the Lido Station and, as a show of thanks, handed out a batch of almond-crusted cookies. On Aug. 3, firefighters and lifeguards helped pull Mina out of the sand after a tunnel he was digging near the 54th Street beach caved in and left him buried alive for about 30 minutes.
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.
NEWS
September 14, 2004
Alicia Robinson If you were served a dinner of a whole fish -- head, scales and all -- would you clean your plate? Third-graders in Karen Kirsch's class at Whittier Elementary School in Costa Mesa had to ask themselves that question Monday as part of some language-arts activities. It was their fifth day back at school after summer vacation, and the students have already learned a handful of ways to understand what they read. While some students worked individually in spelling and reading workbooks, Kirsch took others aside in small groups to discuss a story they were reading.
NEWS
May 9, 2001
Danette Goulet NEWPORT-MESA -- They call education a thankless profession, but at the rate the Irvine Co. is handing out checks, no one will be saying that for long. Three principals in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District were among 10 honored by the Irvine Co. on Monday night with Principal Excellence awards. Each received a check for $10,000 to spend as he or she sees fit. "I have the check at home, and I just keep looking at it," said a flabbergasted Cheryl Galloway, principal of Davis Education Center in Costa Mesa.
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