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October 3, 2013
Free classes on child behavioral problems Parents of Laguna Beach Unified School District students have a couple opportunities this fall to learn ways of dealing with child behavioral problems. The district is sponsoring a seven-week program for parents with children ages 5 to 10, along with periodic 90-minute drop-in classes for parents with students of all ages, a district news release said. Laura Rivas, a marriage and family therapist who has an office in Laguna Beach, will facilitate the free seven-week program, which runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning this coming week at The Susi Q senior center, 380 Third St., in Laguna Beach.
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By Bryce Alderton | September 19, 2013
Glenn Murray worked as a dental technician for 12 years and was also in construction. He wasn't rich by any stretch, but he made enough to rent a room in Laguna Beach. Then his mother in New Orleans became sick with dementia. Murray volunteered to take care of her, draining his savings in the process. She died in October 2012, leaving him out of the will. Murray, who graduated from Laguna Beach High School, found himself back in Orange County, staying first in a abandoned camper at a construction site in Huntington Beach and then on the streets.
NEWS
September 12, 2013
Registration begins Monday for SchoolPower's fourth annual dodgeball tournament, the local organization said in a news release. The event, for youths and adults, will be held Oct. 10 inside the Laguna Beach High School gym. Proceeds benefit Laguna Beach Unified School District schools. Players will be organized into three divisions: fourth and fifth grades, sixth through eighth grades, and high school and adult. Teams must have six to eight players, with at least two them members of the opposite gender, the release said.
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By Bryce Alderton | September 12, 2013
Building a skate park across South Coast Highway from Aliso Beach Park in South Laguna remains an option, Community Services Director Ben Siegel told Recreation Committee members at their meeting Monday night. Siegel said he spoke with Orange County officials about a possible skate park of 9,000 to 12,000 square feet at a site that is now a parking lot and grassy area. "There's not a lot to update," Siegel said. "They were going to look at a couple issues, including ownership and feasibility.
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By Bryce Alderton | September 12, 2013
The Laguna Beach Unified School District board approved the appointment of three new administrators at its meeting Tuesday night. Darlene Messinger is the new assistant superintendent of instructional services, replacing Deni Christensen, who resigned in June; Leisa Winston is the new director of human resources and public communication, replacing Gerald Vlasic, who resigned in July; and Lisa Brackez is the new assistant principal for guidance at...
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By Bryce Alderton | September 10, 2013
Rudolph John Basile was known for his infectious smile and hearty laugh. Basile died Aug. 29 at his home in Laguna Beach at age 86 after a brief bout with cancer, his daughter, Katy, wrote in an email. Basile had lived in Laguna since 1971 and practiced law at an office on North Coast Highway. Both of his children, Katy and George Basile, graduated from Laguna Beach High School and UC Irvine. His wife, Phillis, taught economics at Orange Coast College and was vice chancellor of human resources for the Coast Community College District until she retired in 1988, Katy wrote.
NEWS
September 5, 2013
I grew up in Laguna Beach and have spent many days swimming and surfing off its beaches, and, above all, experiencing its community. I am emailing you regarding the column "The 10 most overrated things in Laguna" (Coastline Pilot, Aug. 23). I was not very amused, to say the least. The picture attached confused me. Yes, there are a few broken-down walls and old buildings that scatter our 6-mile coastline. Have you ever wondered if those serve any purpose? If you haven't noticed, many of those walls are painted in memory of the great people who once lived in Laguna and loved the great area.
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By Bryce Alderton | September 5, 2013
Two of Laguna Beach Unified's four schools had academic performance gains, according to statistics released last week by the state Department of Education. El Morro and Top of the World elementary schools improved their Academic Performance Index scores, while Laguna Beach High School and Thurston Middle School saw declines. The district as a whole dropped five points to 918 from 923 in 2012 for the API, compiled from standardized tests across different content areas such as English-language arts, mathematics, history and science.
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By Bryce Alderton | September 5, 2013
Students at Laguna Beach High School and Thurston Middle School may see a few new faces around campus this year. The Laguna Beach Unified School District announced three new hires: a counselor for the high school, and an assistant principal and psychologist at Thurston, in a news release. Joseph Vidal is the new assistant principal at Thurston, replacing Mike Modeer, who left to take a job as principal at Rancho San Joaquin Middle School in Irvine. Vidal was assistant principal at Vista Verde School in Irvine and earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in special education from Cal State Long Beach, and a master's in education from the UCLA-Principal Leadership Institute.
NEWS
September 4, 2013
English language classes to resume Free classes for adults to learn English as a second language are starting up again this fall in Laguna Beach. The Laguna Beach Unified School District will hold beginning, intermediate and advanced classes from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays beginning Sept. 9, according to a release from Mary Schoenfeld, district instructional services secretary. Classes will be held across the street from Laguna Beach High School in Room 90, a two-story building behind the community pool, at 670 Park Ave. For more information, call (949)
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