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Author Archive for Rita Robinson

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Wired for the Future

Wired for the Future

With a $150,000 donation to upgrade the wireless system for the Laguna Beach Unified School District, all four schools and 3,000 students are being primed for the day in the near future when school supplies are defined by individual laptops and tablets. School Power, a volunteer organization that raises funds to augment the district’s budget, […]

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'Pianist' Strikes an Evocative Chord

‘Pianist’ Strikes an Evocative Chord

Immerse yourself in passionate, flawlessly played classical music and absorb a riveting true story of family love in Laguna Playhouse’s “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” in production only until June. 9. Coming straight from her heart and executed with fluid  professionalism, sole performer Mona Golabek summons pathos in her audience as she recounts the sacrifices […]

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Schools Name ‘Teacher of the Year’

Schools Name ‘Teacher of the Year’

Top of the World Elementary School teacher Triana Ramazan was named teacher of the year, the school district announced this week. Ramazan was recognized for her ability to intervene with students at every level in the district’s K-12 Response to Intervention program to ensure that each student is progressing. “It’s a reading intervention program for […]

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Setting a Self-Taught Standard

Setting a Self-Taught Standard

He came up to the podium looking like a stylized beach version of the Great Gatsby.  Top-siders without socks, dark blue trouser shorts patterned with red embossed anchors, a starchy-new cream-colored sport coat with a blue- and white-checked pocket scarf, a white dress shirt with dark blue tie and stylish, neatly parted black hair.  A […]

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Momentum Builds to Quiet SONGS

Momentum Builds to Quiet SONGS

In the wake of a ruling requiring public input before the ailing San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station restarts, a local advocacy group aims to collect 5,000 signatures from residents on a petition seeking the plant’s permanent closure. San Clemente Green is also asking residents who live in the fallout zone of the nuclear power plant […]

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Tracking Releases From Afar

Tracking Releases From Afar

Two recuperated sea lion pups equipped with expensive satellite tags to monitor their progress were returned to the sea and are faring well and foraging afar, officials at Laguna Beach’s Pacific Marine Mammal Center said this week. The tags, which cost from $1,700 to $3,000 apiece, track how far the sea mammals travel, how long […]

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‘Shap Show’ Shifts to Alumni Performers

‘Shap Show’ Shifts to Alumni Performers

Ty Segall, John Heussenstamm expected to play at the benefit   Gary Shapiro doesn’t shy away from center stage; in fact, he likes to be in every act “cuz it’s my show,” he says, delighted. Shapiro is the namesake, and mostly the main attraction, of the annual, one-night-only “Shap Show” at Laguna Beach High School.  […]

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Last Days for Chateau Relaxo

Last Days for Chateau Relaxo

After what seems like thousands of requests in seemingly as many years, the boarded-up and abandoned house at the south end of 1000 Steps Beach in south Laguna is officially heading south. On Monday, workers were preparing the concrete structure, which once bore a “Chateau Relaxo” sign, for demolition with bulldozers and dump trucks readying […]

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A Second Influx of Sick Animals Arrives

A Second Influx of Sick Animals Arrives

  By Rita Robinson | LB Indy To exacerbate the deluge of emaciated sea lion pups at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, adult sea lion females with chronic and often-fatal domoic acid poisoning are also being rescued along the local coastline. Last week, 21 starving young sea lions were shuttled by emergency animal services to […]

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Having a Blast in Science Class

Having a Blast in Science Class

Fred Sheldon wasn’t a bad student, just bored, so getting by was the best he did.  He didn’t fit the rote routine of school.  Sheldon was fading into nowhere, his creativity untapped. Until he learned how to blast off a bottle rocket, and get credit for it. Pegged as an “average” student, Sheldon was fortunate […]

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Hiroshima’s Musical Alchemy: Turning the Bomb into Lyrical Gold

Hiroshima’s Musical Alchemy: Turning the Bomb into Lyrical Gold

Despite its imagery of atomic annihilation, the name Hiroshima was selected by the eclectic, five-member band of world-class world musicians for a definite purpose, said the band’s positively explosive artistic force, June Kuramoto. “Many Japanese resent us for naming the group Hiroshima but when they understand that our purpose is to continue the message of […]

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Emergency Status Unlocks Sea-Lion Aid

Emergency Status Unlocks Sea-Lion Aid

With the federal government declaring the extraordinary number of starving sea lion pups along the Southern California coastline an “unusual mortality event,” the door is opened for possible emergency funding for the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, a center spokesperson said this week. Nearly 150 young sea lions are now receiving emergency care at PMMC, the […]

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Marine Center Overrun with Starving Sea Lion Pups

Marine Center Overrun with Starving Sea Lion Pups

Last weekend, three sick sea lion pups came up on the shore and rocks below Laguna Beach’s Heisler Park and a dog that had broken free of its owner’s leash attacked another near the Treasure Island tide pools below the Montage resort.  The injured young sea lion later died due to the inflicted wounds, according […]

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Aliso and Wood Canyons

Aliso and Wood Canyons

Immersed in Nature’s Rain-Dance Symphony   Cloudy mists settled heavily into the dark folds of the verdant blanket wrapping around the canyons and hills.  Like a Japanese woodblock print, it felt solid yet ethereal. The valley below was dancing in the flashing rays of sunlight cutting through the Pacific mist, like so many filigree-winged fairies.  […]

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New Café Adds Grab and Go Lunches at Thurston

New Café Adds Grab and Go Lunches at Thurston

To encourage not only eating better food but eating in general, the new Wave Rider Café next to Thurston Middle School’s lunch lines will offer students grab-and-go selections for quick access to healthier foods. The school board unanimously approved spending $113,130 Tuesday to install the café next to the school’s kitchen and outside lunch windows […]