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November 18, 2005
Laguna Beach schools must decide how to implement health standards that have been mandated by state officials.The school district will hold an informational panel discussion on how the district plans to implement a state-mandated student wellness policy at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7 at Thurston Middle School Library. The meeting is sponsored by the Quest for Excellence (Q4e) high levels of wellness committee. The student wellness policy which will encompass standards in five areas: nutrition education goals, physical activity goals, methods to promote wellness through other school-based activities, and nutrition guidelines for all foods on campus.
June 6, 2008
Wellness event with Montage staffer David-Dorian Ross, wellness director from Montage Spa, will lead a retreat weekend through Sharing Wellness Inc., of Laguna Hills from 5 p.m. June 13 through 2 p.m. June 15 at Rancho Capistrano Conference Center, a 170-acre site located in San Juan Capistrano. The theme for the retreat is “Are You Living The Life You Really Want?” Over the three-day weekend, Ross will introduce participants to Qigong Meditation, T’ai-chi and Universal Principles.
By Candice Baker | April 18, 2008
The Laguna Beach Unified school board and district leadership revamped their goal-setting process at a Monday study session. Rather than take a fast-track approach, as it did in this first year of Supt. Robert Fraisse’s leadership, the district will conduct assessments and talk with stakeholders before deciding on their next actions. Fraisse put the onus on the district to be responsible for its own improvement. “No one is going to develop a better path,” he said.
By Cindy Frazier, | July 28, 2011
Theatrical producer, writer and director Steve Josephson spent the last year shuttling between Prague and Laguna Beach, getting to know Czech movie- and theater-maker Mirjam Landa. The two met at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, where Josephson had taken "2116," a futuristic Ray Bradbury musical that Josephson developed into a full-length work. Landa had staged a musical version of one of her movies at the annual theater festival. She took time to see "2116" and returned a second time with her entire cast, Josephson said.
March 3, 2011
Laguna Beach National Junior Basketball boys' and girls' youth teams concluded their seasons last weekend by participating in the NJB Championship Tournament. The high level of competition was exciting and Laguna teams competed well after concluding successful regular-season campaigns. In the regular season, the girls' Division 3 (grades 3/4), girls' Division 2 (grades 5/6) and girls' Division 1 (grades 7/8) and boys' Division 1 (8th-grade) teams all finished as league champions of the South Orange County League.
May 28, 2010
C ongratulations, Breakers! Ending a 27-year drought, the Laguna Beach High School boys' volleyball team achieved its long-held goal of winning the CIF Southern Section, Division 2 championship Saturday. The team performed the feat in style, beating defending champion Westlake in a sweep, 25-19, 25-23, 25-22, at Cypress College. Saturday was also prom night in Laguna. Team members, ramped up and exhausted, had to hustle home and dress for the big dance. As senior Travis Woloson said in a classic understatement, "It's an exciting day."
By David Hansen | April 19, 2012
You never know what sticks with kids. It could be some random, unintentional comment — perhaps made in anger — that later you hear repeated not only word for word but with your own intonation, making you feel like the worst parent in the world. Then there is the orchestrated teaching, where you put a lot of thought and energy into it, only never to hear of it again. Last weekend's gun lesson was somewhere in the middle. I took my boys to the Victor Hugo Zayas exhibit at the Laguna Art Museum, which ends April 29. They thought it was pretty cool, sort of. You have to remember, they are 15, 13 and 10, raised on every type of virtual gun known to mankind.
By Mike Sciacca, | August 19, 2010
Laguna Beach High athlete Yoshi Andersen played on the Huntington Beach Water Polo 16-Under girls' team that placed fifth in its division at the USA Water Polo S&R Sport 2010 Junior Olympics, held Aug. 5 through 8 at various sites in the Los Angeles area. The event was held in the Los Angeles area for the first time in the 41-year history of the national tournament. Anchored by Andersen, an attacker, Alys Williams (Edison High) and goalie Savanna Smith (Los Alamitos High), the team went 5-1 in the tournament.
By Mike Sciacca | November 10, 2011
Taking its first step in defense of its 2010 title, the Laguna Beach boys' water polo team started postseason play Wednesday by destroying visiting Temple City, 21-2, in first-round action of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs. Riley Thomas scored six goals and Nolan McConnell posted five goals and six assists to lead the Breaker attack. Samer Alkateb scored three goals and had three steals, Tommy Renner two goals and three assists, Nick Brunner two goals and two assists, Caleb Scott two goals and a steal, Trevor Collins a goal and an assist and Camron Hauer scored once.
By Mike Sciacca | March 27, 2014
A road test awaited the Laguna Beach High boys' volleyball team Wednesday, and the Breakers responded with a big win. Laguna went to Edison to face the Chargers in a nonleague contest, and returned with a 25-19, 25-18, 25-22 sweep. The win put the Breakers, the No. 3 team in CIF Southern Section Division 2, at 5-3. Edison, a Division 1 team coming off a fourth-place finish (Division 1) at the Orange County Championships which wrapped Monday, fell to 4-9. The all-time series between the schools is now knotted at 9-9. Junior opposite Jack Burgi had a team-high 16 kills and senior middle blocker Noah Blanton 12 kills, senior setter JP Wollam had 17 digs, and senior setter Cameron DePfyffer had 23 assists.
By Katie Metzger | March 6, 2014
A former Orange County prosecutor, who successfully prosecuted serial killer Rodney Alcala, survived a plane crash near Lake Tahoe on Monday, but his wife died at the scene, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The pilot, former Deputy Dist. Atty. Richard Farnell, 70, was flown to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno. His wife, Darla Sue Farnell, 55, was found dead at the crash site, which was on the California side of Lake Tahoe. The couple owned a home in Laguna Beach for several years and also lived in Tahoe.
By Bryce Alderton | January 23, 2014
Robert Zur Schmiede, Laguna Beach Planning Commission chairman, said Thursday that he plans to run for a seat on the City Council in November's general election. Zur Schmiede, 59, filed a candidate intention statement with the city last week, according to City Clerk Lisette Chel-Walker. The first day that candidates can pull official papers to declare their intent to run for office is July 14, Chel-Walker said. Zur Schmiede, who has lived in Laguna since 1996, has been a member of the Planning Commission for the past 13 years.
By Mike Sciacca | December 12, 2013
Laguna Beach High girls' basketball coach Mark Lewis said if his team played the way it performed Wednesday at the Hawk Holiday Classic in Huntington Beach throughout the rest of the season, he'd be a happy camper. The Breakers had little trouble handling Santa Ana Valley in their second tournament Premier Flight Division pool-play game at Ocean View High. They broke away from a 4-2 lead early and rolled from there, eventually running away with a 60-14 victory. The win was the second in the tournament and fourth straight for Laguna, which improved to 4-3. "I'm happy with the win," Lewis said.
By Bryce Alderton | September 17, 2013
Laguna Beach police say a recent string of automobile crashes on Park Avenue shows what can happen when intoxicated motorists drive on steep roads. Records reveal 15 reported car crashes on the street between Jan. 1 and Sept. 11, four involving drivers who were believed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Three of the four suspected DUI crashes occurred since Aug. 5, including two rollovers near a curved portion where Hidden Valley Canyon Road meets Park Avenue. On Aug. 5, a black Volkswagen Passat rolled over, causing injuries to the driver and passenger, police said.
By Bryce Alderton | August 19, 2013
William McMurray's friends and family took note of the many nonhuman attendees - whales, dolphins and deer - at his celebration of life last week. It was fitting for a boy who loved animals so much. William, 12, died Aug. 7 from the effects of a tumor on his brain stem. Supporters gathered off Thalia Street Beach in Laguna Beach on Friday morning for a paddleout in his honor before an afternoon reception at the Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course. His mother, Sabrina McMurray, said during the reception that William had a great spirit.
By Rhea Mahbubani | May 16, 2013
Dr. Seuss kept two secrets under lock and key - his hat and art collections. Born Theodor Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Mass., he became a household name and national icon for his colorful illustrations and jaunty rhymes. But only his wife Audrey and their closest friends knew about Seuss' clandestine art or the whereabouts of his hats - hidden in a library closet of their La Jolla estate. The "Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!" touring exhibition is making a pitstop in Fingerhut Gallery of Laguna Beach from Friday through June 2. Viewers can survey 26 hats, from a collection of more than 150, as well as limited-edition reproductions of Seuss' original artwork.
By Barbara Diamond | May 9, 2013
A group of residents have dubbed the removal of nine ficus trees from downtown streets as "The Chainsaw Massacre. " Seven speakers voiced their anguish and anger about the removal of the trees at Tuesday's City Council meeting. They urged more prudent pruning and aesthetic consideration in the future - rather than destruction or replacement - to preserve the character of downtown Laguna. "It's true, as Joni Mitchell sang, 'you don't know what you've got till it's gone,'" Barbara MacGillivray said.
By Mike Sciacca | March 14, 2013
The Laguna Beach High baseball team tuned up for the start to the Orange Coast League season by splitting a doubleheader Tuesday against San Juan Hills. The Breakers dropped the opening game, 4-2, but came back to down the visiting Stallions, 3-1, in the second game. In the opener, junior Steven Harrison went two for two with a run scored. "We just missed on a couple timely hits that could have earned us a win," Laguna Coach Mike Bair said of the Game One loss. Senior Kurt Rebone ran his pitching record to 2-0 in Laguna's 3-1 win in the second game.
March 14, 2013
Four of the eight wells the Soroptimist International of Laguna Beach and Women of the Wells raised funds for have been installed in India, according to Sandy Vetter of the organization. In a press release, the nonprofit stated that the first four wells are in the "villages of Dukari Pada, Gulataare, Pepal Gaon, and Gulataare, located in the state of Maharashtra, near Sakri, India. The previous water sources for these tribals were dirty ponds, or shallow open wells, most of which would dry up during the summer season.
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