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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
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.
NEWS
June 20, 2000
Danette Goulet IN THE CLASSROOM is a weekly feature in which Daily Pilot education writer Danette Goulet visits a campus within the Newport-Mesa Unified School District and writes about her experience. During the hectic days before the final school bell rings in the beginning of summer vacation, a first-grade class was buzzing with activity. Students zipped around from area to area, scrambling to get everything done. Colorful painted fish hung from the ceiling, each bearing a child's name.
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