Joanne Culverhouse leaves LBHS to be Asst. Superintendent with Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District
Dr. Joanne Culverhouse will join former LBHS Principal Don Austin (named Superintendent of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District last month) as Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services at PVPUSD. The school board there approved her appointment Tuesday night.
The following is a press release from LBUSD from 10:31 p.m. Tuesday:
Dr. Culverhouse has spent the last 15 years of her career as a LBUSD administrator. She was appointed as the Principal at El Morro Elementary School in 1999. She was promoted to Principal at Thurston in 2004 where she served for seven years. In 2011, she was appointed as Principal at LBHS, where she has served for the last 3 years.
“The transition to PVPUSD is a remarkable opportunity for me to continue to learn and grow as an administrator. At the same time, it is incredibly sad to say goodbye to a community that has been so special and meaningful to me,” said Dr. Culverhouse.
Dr. Culverhouse’s accomplishments as an LBUSD administrator include establishment and support of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), increasing course offerings at LBHS while simultaneously implementing intervention support for struggling students, and developing and sustaining successful academic, athletic, visual and performing arts and many more outstanding programs.
Dr. Culverhouse will begin her new position in PVPUSD on August 28. At its regular meeting on August 26, the LBUSD Board of Education will consider the appointment of Carolyn Williams, retired administrator and former Dana Hills High School Principal, as Interim High School Principal during the recruitment period. The District plans to immediately post the vacancy for recruitment of candidates for the permanent position. In early September, the District will conduct online surveys and host staff and parent meetings to obtain input on qualities sought for the new administrator. Dates for the meetings will be released as soon as they have been finalized.
LBUSD Board President Jan Vickers said, “It is with mixed emotions that I comment on Dr. Culverhouse leaving our district to become an Assistant Superintendent in Palos Verdes. Having worked with Dr. C. for almost 15 years, I know how we have benefited from her loyalty, integrity, passion and educational knowledge. Joanne has been “value added,” a standard that educators use to determine merit. Three of our four schools have excelled from her leadership as principal. Of course I am sad she is leaving, but just as one of her hallmarks is her true compassion and caring for all students and their families, I need to give her the same respect as she advances to meet her career goals. I am proud of Joanne and wish her success as I thank her for all she has given to this district, our students, families, staff and the community.”
“We are excited for Dr. Culverhouse as she begins a new journey as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction in Palos Verdes Unified. Although we will miss Joanne and her strong leadership, we are happy that she is meeting her personal and career goals,” said Dr. Sherine Smith, LBUSD Superintendent.
Dr. Culverhouse said, “My time in Laguna Beach was one of the most rewarding periods in my life. What great fortune to enjoy phenomenal kids, gifted and dedicated staff members, supportive district administrators, an outstanding Board of Education, and a caring and supportive community all at the same time! I have been blessed to build relationships with some of the best educators in the state that evolved into meaningful and lasting friendships. Laguna not only inspired me to continuously grow and learn as an educator and as a person, it gave me the opportunity to experience the unique joy and pride to serve as a principal to an extraordinary group of kids and watch them grow from elementary school to graduation.”
LBPD detectives arrest woman sought for two years when she saw to her probation officer in Anaheim
Two Laguna Beach PD detectives learned that Faviola Penafiel Martinez, 39, of Sun City, CA would be at her probation officer’s Anaheim office last Tuesday and they made arrangements through the OC probation department to interview her.
LBPD Captain Jason Kravetz explained, “On June 19, 2013, Martinez was pulled over by officers in Laguna Beach on Canyon Acres Drive at Laguna Canyon Road and arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of stolen mail, stolen identifications, possession of stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia.”
Detectives sorted through the evidence and painstakingly contacted the owners of the stolen property. They learned from an Irvine woman that her car had been burglarized there. She told them that a $510 check on her bank account had been cashed at a Wal-Mart in Anaheim on June 7, 2013.
Captain Kravetz said, “Detectives went to the store and collected the video. It appeared to be Martinez in the video. She was interviewed last Tuesday about the incident at her probation officer’s office and arrested for three felonies: burglary, forgery and obtaining credit in another person’s name.”
She was booked at the city police station and taken to county jail.
Wrong way driver causes four-vehicle pileup Friday
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Ambulances, fire engines and police vehicles and four vehicles involved in a crash at S. Coast Hwy & Cress St at 1 p.m. Friday snarled traffic for over an hour
An 83-year-old man driving a Ford Fusion westbound on Cress Street in the eastbound lane collided head on with a Landrover LR3, which turned right from Coast Hwy onto eastbound Cress Street, police said.
That crash caused both vehicles to plow into a stopped Lexus SUV waiting to make a left turn on southbound Coast Hwy. The fourth vehicle, another Ford Fusion, which was traveling northbound on Coast Hwy sideswiped one of the others.
The only injury requiring hospital treatment was an arm laceration suffered by the 83-year-old man, police said.
Captain Jason Kravetz said, “No drugs or alcohol are suspected, but he [the elderly driver] is being sent for a re-examination by the DMV.”
Coast Hwy was closed in both directions until 2:16 p.m. leading to a residual backup through the downtown area well into the rush hour.
Guess what happened while you were asleep?
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Sylvia Powers wrote us: “Thought you might be interested in what one of our neighbors woke up to this morning. A tree meeting up with a car on the corner of Aster and Cypress. Not a great way to start a Monday, eh?” Eucalyptus trees do this sort of thing – vis-à-vis the tree limb that fell on cars downtown recently. But we do think there is an irony here when a euc limb falls on cypress – or aster…
Festival of Arts Junior Art Awards were held Sunday
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Staff photo by Mike Altishin
The Award Winners! Fred Sattler, president of the Festival of Arts, standing at the left in sunglasses, presented the awards to all 300 winners Sunday afternoon.
The Festival of Arts has sponsored and held its Junior Art Awards since 1947 with three awards to students from OC schools representing grade K-12 on Sunday.
A jury made up of representatives from the The PIMCO Foundation and the Festival of Arts selected First, Second and Thirdplace winners from the more than 300 Orange County students’ work of art on display in the Festival’s Junior Art Exhibit.
Several thousand submissions were received.
See more photos in the slideshow by Mike Altishin below.
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Chinese Medicine practice holds grand opening Friday
The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce announced that Anne Davies has moved her Laguna Beach Acupuncture practice to the Shoppes at Village Faire directly across from the patio at San Shi Go Laguna Beach. Her Traditional Chinese Medicine practice, Zhong Yi Yao, has a new name as well - Laguna Beach Acupuncture.
Davies has a Masters Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine and is Nationally Board Certified (NCCAOM) as well as California State Licensed. She offers Acupuncture, Chinese Medical Herbs, Nutritional Counseling as well as Cupping and Gua Sha. She also has a practice in Solana Beach and thus, will be in her new office here on Monday, Tuesdays and Saturdays by appointment only.
To celebrate her new location, she is holding a Grand Opening Celebration this Friday at 5:30 p.m. featuring a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Chamber of Commerce as well as refreshments and Chinese Lion Dancing.
The Traditional Chinese Lion Dancing will be performed by the amazing Immortals Awaken Lion Club of Los Angeles. For more information please see Anne’s website at www.lbacu.com
Laguna Beach Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1100 S. Coast Hwy – 949-407-8728.
LB Books hosting author Richard Bausch Thursday at 6
On Thursday, August 21 at 6 p.m., Laguna Beach Books will welcome Richard Bauschfor atalk, Q&A and signing.
From the recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award, the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Rea Award for the Short Story comes Before, During, After, a gorgeously rendered, passionate account of a relationship threatened by secrets, set against the backdrop of national tragedy.
When Natasha, a talented young artist working as a congressional aide, meets Michael Faulk, an Episcopalian priest struggling with his faith, the stars seem to align. Although he is nearly two decades older, they discover in each other the happy yearning and exhilaration of lovers, and within months they are engaged. Shortly before their wedding, while Natasha is vacationing in Jamaica and Faulk is in New York attending the wedding of a family friend, the terrorist attacks of September 11 shatter the tranquility of the nation’s summer. Alone in a state of abject terror, cut off from America and convinced that Faulk is dead, Natasha makes an error in judgment that leads to a private trauma of her own on the Caribbean shore. A few days later, she and Faulk are reunited, but the horror of that day and Natasha’s inability to speak of it inexorably divide their relationship into “before” and “after.” They move to Memphis and begin their new life together, but their marriage quickly descends into repression, anxiety, and suspicion.
In prose that is direct, exact, and lyrical, Richard Bausch plumbs the complexities of public and personal trauma, and the courage with which we learn to face them. Above all, Before, During, After is a love story, offering a penetrating and exquisite portrait of intimacy, of spiritual and physical longing, and of the secrets we convince ourselves to keep even as they threaten to destroy us. An unforgettable tour de force from one of America’s most distinguished storytellers.
Bausch is the author of nine other novels and seven volumes of short stories. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Playboy, GQ, Harper’s Magazine, and other publications, and has been featured in numerous best-of collections, including the O. Henry Awards’ Best American Short Stories and New Stories from the South.
In 2004 he won the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story.
Live! Music & Kids – thanks to grant from Assistance League
Laguna Beach Live! is proud to offer Live! Music & Kids, an educational outreach program for children in Laguna Beach. This program is offered at no charge, thanks to a grant from Laguna Beach Assistance league.
In addition to taking professional musicians into the Laguna Beach Boys and Girls Club and school classrooms, the organization strives to find opportunities to help wherever possible.
Reann Vargas, Charlie Warner and Sara Warner with new drums for The Spot
Recently, the Boys and Girls Club teen development professional, Reann Vargas and student Charlie Warner received a donation of electronic and acoustic drums from Laguna Beach Live’s Director of Education, Sara Warner. The drum kits will be used at the Club’s new teen center, The Spot, located behind St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on Park Avenue.
The Spot offers a relaxed, coffeehouse vibe, and a place for high school students to explore music, among other activities.
Bridge Hall Bingo Family Fun this coming Saturday night
Celebrate the Endless Summer with another evening of Bridge Hall Bingo at Neighborhood Congregational Church. On Saturday Aug 23 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., bring your family, friends and neighbors for the fun and games and a chance to win a little money and prizes, too.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 17 and under. Admission includes a 10-game pack with 6 cards to a page, 3 free warm-up games and a lucky dauber! Single cards are also available for $2 each.
Special non-cash prizes for players under 18.
In addition to the Bingo jackpots, there will be lots of raffle prizes, donated by our community partners – Trader Joe’s Aliso Viejo, Trader Joe’s Newport Beach, La Serena Grill, Hobie Surf Shops, Whole Foods Markets and more! Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.
Bring the whole family to Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann’s Drive. Free parking is available behind the church (corner of Cleo and Glenneyre, across from Ralph’s). As with all Neighborhood Church events, people and families of any shape and style are welcome and invited. Wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome at Neighborhood Church!
For directions or more information, please visit www.ncclaguna.org or call the church office at 494-8061.
The Beach Boys tickets are selling fast for Sept 27 concert here
KX 93.5 Festival of Music | Sep. 27, 2014 | Irvine Bowl | Doors 5:30 p.m.
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The Beach Boys
Don’t wait any longer to get your tickets to the KX 93.5 Festival of Music, featuring The Beach Boys, with 133 and Say Say at Irvine Bowl/Festival of the Arts! Loge Seats are sold out, with the exception of some scattered singles.
Here are the tickets that are still available.
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$175 VIP: Loge Center seat, complimentary dinner and drinks, preferred parking, a roped-off VIP area with a special presentation of surf film “Five Summer Stories”
$150 (add-on): Club Kokomo Meet ‘N’ Greet with the Beach Boys, photo, Q&A, early access to watch the soundcheck, and a Club Kokomo Coktail
$75: Main Tier seat
$55: Director’s tier seat
$45: JJ and KK back rows
KX 93.5 is excited to bring multiple generations of Southern Californians together with one of history’s most well loved bands, raising funds for non-profits KX 93.5, Tony Hawk Foundation, SchoolPower, Mauli Ola Foundation, and Surfrider Foundation. The show is presented by Tuttle Click Automotive, Wilson Automotive and 133 FILMusic Group.
133 features local musicians Steve Wood, Beth Wood, Jason Feddy, Nick Hernandez, Poul Pederson, Bob Hawkins, Drew Hester and Alan Deremo.
Laguna’s Whitney Pavlik honored for 2013 AVP Manhattan Beach Open Championship
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Laguna Beach’s Whitney Pavlik (right) and Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings had their plaque unveiled on the Pier for winning the Manhattan Beach Open 2013. It was the third in a row for Pavlik, and the ceremony kicked off the 2014 Tourney.
Just a bit over three weeks until schools are open!
The summer is almost over and there’s no arguing that fact! Laguna Beach’s four schools will open on Sept 3 – just a bit over three weeks from now.
In addition to a new bell schedule for the high school (see today’s Second Front Page), we thought we’d give our readers a heads up on some first-week varsity sports contests – for your planning needs…
Girls Volleyball: Sept 4 at Santa Margarita
Cross Country: Sept 5 – Seaside Invitational
Football: Sept 5 at Bolsa Grande
Girls Tennis: Sept 5 at San Juan Hills
Sign up now for Chabad’s “Bring Mom Along” classes
A new session of the popular “Bring Mom Along” class led by Perel Goorevitch, begins Friday, Sept. 12, 9:30 a.m. at Chabad Jewish Center in Laguna Beach!
Join together with other toddlers and their moms, for creative play, guitar sing along, puppetry, Arts and Crafts, Challah baking experience and more. Create lasting friendships, share experiences, milestones, concerns and parenting ideas, while enjoying a fun filled educational hour.
Chabad Jewish Center is located at 30804 Coast Hwy across from Montage Laguna Beach.
Critically acclaimed Bluegrass banjo and cello duo “The Littlest Birds” land at Sawdust Art Festival Aug 22
“The Littlest Birds” critically acclaimed, national touring banjo and Cello Bluegrass duo will be playing at the Sawdust Festival Aug 22 5 to 9:30 p.m. on the Main Stage.
The Littlest Birds
From coffee houses to major festivals, “The Littlest Birds” have taken their unique Americana sound across 34 U.S. States, and Canada including such festivals as the Vancouver Folk Music Festival; Oregon Country Fair; California Bluegrass Association’s Bluegrass Festival in Grass Valley, San Francisco Free Folk Festival, and the Beartrap Summer Festival in Casper, Wyoming to name just a few. Radio concerts include KPFK’s Folk Scene, WDVX’s “Blue Plate Special” in Knoxville,TN, WPKN in Bridgeport, CT, KPIG in Santa Cruz, CA, and KPFA’s “Dead to the World.”
The combination of claw style banjoist Sharon Martinson and classically trained cellist David Huebner, along with their original compositions and blending vocals brings a unique and captivating sound while telling tales of country life past and present. Their concert reviews from “Sing Out! Magazine” and “Folk Alley Newsletter” hail their sound and rich concert experience.
For more insight, music, videos and interviews visit http://littlestbirds.net.
Crystal Cove Alliance goes ‘Back To The Beach’ for 12th annual gala set for Sept 27 – returning to the beach this year
Crystal Cove Alliance (CCA) is excited to announce the theme “Back to the Beach” for its 12th annual gala, presented by The Resort at Pelican Hill. At the annual soiree, to be held Saturday, Sept. 27, 5:30 p.m. at Crystal Cove, supporters will celebrate the organization’s outstanding work in preserving the cultural, natural and historic resources of Crystal Cove State Park.
For the last four years, the CCA gala was tented and held on the Crystal Cove bluff top. Each event has been a sold-out success, but this year is especially significant as it marks the first return to the beach, adjacent to the intricately restored cottages of the Historic District, since 2010. Interested sponsors are encouraged to reserve their tables now.
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The Crystal Cove Alliance soiree is “Back at the Beach” after four year hiatus
Attendees will mingle on the beach, enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Montage Laguna Beach with what promises to be a spectacular sunset, followed by an al fresco three-course gourmet dinner prepared by Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray of The Resort at Pelican Hill. Guests will be tempted by a silent and live auction, as well as an opportunity drawing for a three-night stay in Crystal Cove Cottage #14 “South Beach Suite” – one of the most popular restored oceanfront cottages.
“This annual gala is a critical fundraising event for our organization and is essential to Crystal Cove Alliance’s ability to sustain our restoration and educational efforts,” said Laura Davick, CCA founder and director of external affairs. “We are thrilled to welcome our guests ‘Back to the Beach’ to enjoy an evening on the sand in the environment that is symbolic of our organization. Each year, we are grateful for the many generous leaders from our community who step forward as sponsors for this event and welcome new supporters to join this prestigious list.”
Located between Laguna Beach and Newport Beach, Crystal Cove encompasses 3.2 acres of coastline, 2400 acres of backcountry and 1100 acres of underwater park. CCA, in partnership with Crystal Cove State Park, preserves the natural resources, culture and history of the cove. In addition to restoring and managing the cottages, CCA educates more than 35,000 children through its ocean and land-based environmental programs.
Sponsorship, underwriting and auction opportunities are still available. Gala sponsors to date include: The Resort at Pelican Hill, Tourbillon and OMEGA, Anonymous, HKA, Inc. Marketing Communications, Blue Star Yacht Charter – Passage West2, Mr. & Mrs. Daniel M. Brigham Jr., Montage Laguna Beach, Wendy & Rick Aversano, Firebrand Media LLC, First Foundation Bank, Mara & Keith Murray, McKenna Auto Group – Audi, Porsche, BMW, VW, Wendy & Fred Salter, Bank of the West Wealth Management, Tricia & Michael Berns, Fostering Executive Leadership, Dr. Tammy Wong, Gail & Dean Meredith, Natashia Palmaer, Teddie Ray, Roger’s Gardens, Joan Irvine Smith & Athalie R. Clark Foundation, Sharlene Baker, Capital Group, Kingsley & Jack Croul, Diana & Gareth Evans, Fuscoe Engineering Inc., Deborah & Jeffrey King, Jay Bauer & Jennifer Steele, Susan Tate, and University of California, Irvine.
Individual gala tickets are $375 and will be available August 1; sponsorship opportunities range from $4,000 - $50,000. Opportunity drawing tickets are $100 each or seven for $500. To purchase gala tickets, donate a silent auction item or purchase opportunity drawing tickets (winners need not be present to win), please visit www.crystalcovealliance.org/gala or call (949) 376-6200 ext. 201.