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Church Without Walls Looks Outward

By Donna Furey | LB Indy A non-traditional breakfast club held their first meeting this month at Zinc Café on Ocean Avenue. All are members of the two-year old Salt Church of Laguna Beach, who are led in bible study by a veteran pastor, Gene Molway. The group relocated from The...

New Vision for Batting Cages

It was an early Saturday morning at the Laguna Beach Batting Cages on Laguna Canyon Road. A beehive of maroon-and-white clad 8- and 9-year-old boys with shiny, helmeted heads was hovering around the boxed-in batting cages. They were swinging their bats and waiting to take their...

El Morro, TOW Earn Recognition

El Morro and Top of the World Elementary Schools were named California Distinguished Schools for their strong commitment and innovative approaches to improving student academic achievement, State Superintendent Tom Torlakson announced last week. “This recognition reflects the...

Special Ed Goes Common Core

In this class, acting out is encouraged. With its emphasis on less is more, the new Common Core state-mandated academic standards still require teachers to cover certain subjects, but at a less hectic pace. The focus is depth rather than breadth of subject to engender greater...

Monsters, Ghouls and Zombies, Oh My

So how old was ET really? Anyone who attends the Pageant of the Monsters staged this year by the same creative crew that puts on the “Pageant of the Masters” might just find out whether the lovable alien has remained a kid or died a codger. An alien autopsy is among the...

Hot Tickets for Hobgoblins

Sponsors Wanted for El Morro’s Boo Blast El Morro’s Boo Blast Halloween carnival is set for Friday, Oct. 25, from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. at El Morro Elementary School. The annual PTA-organized event knits together with help from hundreds of volunteers and El Morro families as well as...

Thurston Copes With Enrollment Spike

School officials say they will know by December exactly how many portable classrooms will be needed at Thurston Middle School.  But they can’t say exactly why. As the school year got underway this week at Laguna Beach’s four public schools, more than 800 students arrived at...

Keeping Visitors at Bay

Editor, I support pressing forward with the village entrance project. (Can we cut the fat out of the costs for the park?) But to address parking and traffic congestion, here is my proposal:  parking “hubs” at ACT V, Aliso Creek and El Morro. Laguna residents get...

Class Notes 3/22/13

Fair Features Multicultural Fare Newport Coast’s Sage Hill School will open its campus to the community for a day of food and festivity at the 12th Annual Multicultural Fair on Saturday, March 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 20402 Newport Coast Dr. The fair will include two dozen...

Hitting the Field for Jog-A-Thons

Top of the World and El Morro students both participated in their school’s respective Jog-A-Thon fundraiser on Friday, March 15. This year’s goal at TOW is $50,000 to support TOW PTA enrichment programs, such as Art Masters and after-school programs, said Michelle Struss, TOW...

The essence of days of yore

The holidays are associated with that Norman Rockwellian image of our country, where families are warm, loving and together; and where everyone lives in one of those villages with the clustered cottages, quaint stores, and lights in the windows; a community with that small-town...

Local Currents: Be A Poet

“…we’re encouraging Dudeists around the world to celebrate The Now Is Here Day this Friday, Dec. 21…Just take it easy, mankind… It’s like Lennon (and three other guys) said about “The End”: And in the end / The love you take / Is equal to / The love you make. From...

Gearing Up for All Hallow’s

The Oak Street home of Liv and Eli Taub is gearing up for the Halloween invasion next week, though local festivities begin in earnest with El Morro’s Boo Blast carnival, beginning at 2:30 p.m. today.

A Long-Lived Class Favorite Departs

Donated by a compassionate pet owner in 1996, Lester, the ruby-eyed albino king snake expired at home peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 27 after living in a fourth-grade El Morro classroom for 16 years. She brought such pleasure to many students.  She will be remembered by many...

Smooth Start to Year Despite Enrollment Shifts

Enrollment climbed this year at Thurston Middle School and Top of the World Elementary by 41 and 28 students respectively, though district-wide enrollment only rose by seven students. El Morro Elementary experienced an unusual 60-student drop in enrollment, while Laguna Beach...