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By Alicia Robinson | September 8, 2006
If you're reading this, you probably understand the importance of literacy skills. Volunteer tutors and their students in the Newport Beach Public Library's literacy program will celebrate those skills today when they observe International Literacy Day. The Newport library's literacy program began in 1986. Today, about 50 to 60 tutors are trained and 150 adult learners are served through the program each year, said Cherall Weiss, the library's literacy coordinator. One-on-one tutoring and group classes are offered.
NEWS
September 25, 2002
GETTING INVOLVED runs periodically in the Daily Pilot on a rotating basis. For information on adding your organization to this list, call (949) 574-4298. BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA INC. Volunteer opportunities for the Orange County Council include fund-raising, program development and training to existing troops and packs. (714) 546-4990. ENVIRONMENTAL NATURE CENTER Volunteer trail guides are needed to help visitors learn about their environment.
NEWS
April 4, 2003
Christine Carrillo Retirees have the time and they want to share it. Back Bay High students need the help and are looking for a place to find it. Both are coming together in a monitoring and mentoring program at Back Bay Alternative High School in Costa Mesa, one that appears to be the perfect blend of give and take. "I think it's a win-win [situation]," said Debbie Davis, principal at Back Bay. "I think its excellent for them to be willing to share their skills with us and for our students to get the extra help, one on one."
NEWS
July 19, 2000
Noaki Schwartz In the past five years, Vicky Noble has helped countless immigrants from China, Mexico, Vietnam and even the Czech Republic find the key to unlocking life in the U.S. She does this by unraveling the complexities of speaking and understanding English. However, what her students don't know, said Noble, the director of the Mesa Verde Literacy Center, is how reciprocal the relationship is. "You learn about them and about the reasons they came to this country," Noble said.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | February 12, 2007
This is the fourth in a five-part series on how the local school district is dealing with the No Child Left Behind Act. EDITOR'S NOTE: Dora Rivera walks her daughter down the alley four days a week, past spray-painted parking signs and backyards tucked behind chain-link fences. The two arrive at a soup kitchen that faces a tiny liquor store. Rivera's daughter, Denise, spends four hours a week at the kitchen getting help with English, math and homework. Once a week, she goes home with a bag of food.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | June 18, 2009
The Costa Mesa Playhouse has been nothing if not ambitious this season with noteworthy productions of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “City of Angels.” Ambition and artistic acumen, however, only can get you so far. There must be a splendid script to work with, and in the case of the playhouse’s current attraction, “Compleat Female Stage Beauty,” that element is somewhat muddled. Jeffrey Hatcher’s dramatization of England’s shift of theatrical law in the 1660s — decreeing that only women may portray their ilk on stage, thereby squelching the careers of men who specialized in the gender-bending art — certainly is an ambitious project, and attacked with gusto by the Costa Mesa company.
NEWS
By Tom Ragan, tom.ragan@latimes.com | September 16, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — Give him a blueprint, and he says he can read it lickety split. Give him a book, however, and that's a different story. But Claude Bonham, 56, is trying. The Costa Mesa resident was singled out and honored Thursday by the Newport Beach Library Literacy Program, which during the past three years has brought Bonham up to a second-grade reading level. The program, with its army of tutors and career teachers, has also taught him how to carry out the financial practicalities of life — balancing a checkbook, using a debit card at the grocery store and withdrawing cash from an ATM. He can even log onto a computer and check his e-mail.
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By Hannah Fry | February 15, 2014
When the mother of a top Corona del Mar High School student answered her phone Dec. 17, she had no idea why school officials were calling to tell her that she needed to come and pick up her son. For what? She didn't have a clue. He was a senior honors student who had never been in trouble. "I thought maybe he'd gotten pulled in for fighting," she said. "But he wasn't a fighter, so that didn't make sense. I didn't know what to think. " When she arrived, she was questioned about Timothy Lance Lai. She knew him. He had tutored her son. In fact, he had been to her house the week before.
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NEWS
By Hannah Fry | January 9, 2014
Newport Beach police investigators searched the Irvine home of the tutor police suspect assisted a dozen Corona del Mar High School students in a recent grade-changing scheme, authorities confirmed Thursday. Police have been looking for Timothy Lance Lai, 28, to ask him about his involvement since news of the incident broke in December, said Jennifer Manzella, spokeswoman for the Newport Beach Police Department. Manzella declined to elaborate on what authorities found when they searched the apartment.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | December 19, 2013
An Irvine tutor allegedly helped a dozen Corona del Mar High School students hack into the campus computer system to change their grades and review tests, authorities said Thursday. Timothy Lance Lai, 28, is wanted for questioning, Newport Beach Police Department investigators confirmed. The students' identities haven't been released, but officials said they are in various grades and could face criminal charges as well as school discipline. Lai allegedly provided the youths with a key logger — a small device that can be placed in the back of a computer to monitor keystrokes — and taught them how to use it to swipe logins and passwords.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | November 5, 2013
On Tuesday night, three days before Costa Mesa High tries to wrap up an outright Orange Coast League title, almost half the team spent it inside a computer classroom. The 18 players focused on schoolwork, not their next opponent. Frank Albers, one of the team's assistant coaches, sat in the room. He volunteers his time to make sure the players are doing their homework or making up missed assignments. He remembers a time five years ago, when the Mustangs finished perfect in league.
NEWS
March 26, 2012
Nine Newport Beach Girl Scouts from Troop 2272 received Bronze Awards for community service after completing a three-year curriculum. The sixth-grade award-winners from Andersen and Eastbluff elementary schools are Julianne Bartz, Emma Daniel, Melanie Wolter, Ally King, Kayla Stuckenberg, Victoria Sawan, Hana Cloherty, Samantha Jo Ahnen and Marisa Gray. As part of the curriculum to earn the Bronze Award, the girls spent several afternoons partnering with Mariners Church's Lighthouse Community Center to tutor first- through third-graders from Kennedy Elementary School in Santa Ana. The tutoring in reading and math helped the Scouts in areas of growth and maturity, while connecting them directly with high-need residents in the community, according to a news release.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams, lauren.williams@latimes.com | May 12, 2011
COSTA MESA — A Costa Mesa man accused of murdering his neighbor for financial gain and killing his neighbor's tutor is set to appear in court Friday, according to court documents. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Daniel Wozniak, 27, who is accused of killing Afghanistan veteran Samuel Herr, 26, and Juri "Julie" Kibuishi, 23, last year. Wozniak, a community theater actor, has pleaded not guilty. He is set to appear at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach.
NEWS
By Tom Ragan, tom.ragan@latimes.com | September 16, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — Give him a blueprint, and he says he can read it lickety split. Give him a book, however, and that's a different story. But Claude Bonham, 56, is trying. The Costa Mesa resident was singled out and honored Thursday by the Newport Beach Library Literacy Program, which during the past three years has brought Bonham up to a second-grade reading level. The program, with its army of tutors and career teachers, has also taught him how to carry out the financial practicalities of life — balancing a checkbook, using a debit card at the grocery store and withdrawing cash from an ATM. He can even log onto a computer and check his e-mail.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sarah Peters | April 29, 2010
An estimated 23,000 people in the Newport-Mesa area cannot read this article. Yet many in the community will seek help learning to read through the Newport Beach Public Library’s literacy services. In an effort to raise awareness of illiteracy locally and nationwide, authors Sonia Nazario and María Amparo Escandón will speak at the Newport Beach Library Foundation’s third annual Gift of Literacy luncheon today. The event aims to increase the visibility of the literacy program to future participants and supporters.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | June 18, 2009
The Costa Mesa Playhouse has been nothing if not ambitious this season with noteworthy productions of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “City of Angels.” Ambition and artistic acumen, however, only can get you so far. There must be a splendid script to work with, and in the case of the playhouse’s current attraction, “Compleat Female Stage Beauty,” that element is somewhat muddled. Jeffrey Hatcher’s dramatization of England’s shift of theatrical law in the 1660s — decreeing that only women may portray their ilk on stage, thereby squelching the careers of men who specialized in the gender-bending art — certainly is an ambitious project, and attacked with gusto by the Costa Mesa company.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | April 9, 2009
Community uproar over Someone Cares Soup Kitchen’s proposal to put a portable building behind its Westside Costa Mesa dining hall to house its tutoring operation caused the nonprofit to withdraw its plans, according to Someone Cares Executive Director Shannon Santos. “We want to keep goodwill with our neighbors and our community,” Santos said. The tutoring program serves kids from nearby Pomona Elementary School who come in from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday in groups of 15 per hour for homework help.
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