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Local program prepares you for ‘the unexpected’

In a joint effort, the Community Emergency Response Team, a disaster preparedness public charity called OCEVA, and Neighbor 4 Neighbor are changing the face of disaster preparedness in western Orange County. Residents in Cypress, Los Alamitos, La Palma, Buena Park, Westminster, and Seal Beach are benefitting from the training through programs offered by these organizations.

Fighting Irish wins CIF Division 4 championship

Kennedy High’s boys volleyball team had been in these situations three times already. Fifth sets had become the norm for the Fighting Irish. That experience seemed to kick in after Downey had defeated Kennedy 25-16 in the fourth set.
But the Fighting Irish came out fast in the fifth set, taking a 4-1 lead en route to a 15-9 set win and a 25-18, 22-25, 25-18, 16-25, 15-9 match win to capture the CIF-SS Division 4 Championship on Saturday at Cerritos College.

Centurions sweep Knights for CIF Division 3 title

When the Cypress High boys volleyball team lost in the CIF-SS semifinals last year, it served as enough motivation for the Centurions heading into this year. The Centurions won the Empire League title with a 10-0 record and were the No. 1 ranked team in the division in the final CIF-SS poll.

A vehicle crashed into the Great Dane Baking Company on the morning of Wednesday, May 17. This is the third time in the last 10 years that the baking company has had a car barrel into it. “The last one, which was five years ago, crashed all the way in and hit the bakery cases and caused $78,000 in damages,” said Natalie Kalish, co-owner of the company. Kalish says the business is still open as the car crashed into the wedding room and “it did not affect the desserts and Danish[es] that we sell.”


Third annual STEAM Showcase is a big success

Over 500 students, parents, STEAM professionals and community members participated in the third annual Los Alamitos Unified district-wide STEAM Showcase, which was provided by the Los Alamitos Education Foundation on May 20.  Students of all ages created projects that incorporated science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math (STEAM).  There is a nation-wide movement to bring more of these subjects to our schools and to inspire children to pursue careers in these fields.

The Rossmoor Homeowners Association presented its annual high school scholarship awards to winners Lisa Teufel and Alexa Gomberg last Tuesday evening at its regular monthly meeting. As part of the presentation, Lisa and Alexa read the essay they had submitted for the 2017 competition. Both are seniors at Los Alamitos High School and will be graduating this June.

Start your Fourth of July off with the 37th La Palma Fitness Run for Fun which will be held on Tuesday, July 4 starting at 7:30 a.m. near La Palma’s Central Park, located at 7821 Walker St.
The event features a competitive 5K Run, 10K Run, and a competitive 5K Walk – one of the few in Southern California.  
Parents can also introduce their children to the joy of running in the non-competitive Yankee Doodle Dash for participants’ ages 2 to 12 years old.  Yankee Doodle Dash runners will receive an official race bib and a participation medal.

Plenty of camps for local boys, girls to choose from

This summer, the Los Alamitos Education Foundation is once again teaming up with Los Alamitos High School head coaches to present sports camps to boys and girls of all ages.  
“We are so proud and excited to work with all of these amazing coaches to bring their passion and expertise to the children of our community,” said LAEF Program Manager Mike Kahn.
Girls are invited to participate in the following camps:
• Dave Huber’s volleyball camp is being offered in late July and early August to female athletes entering grades 3-12.  

Seven Los Alamitos High School Track and Field team members competed in the Southern Section Division 1 Finals at Cerritos College on Saturday and five qualified for the CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet.
In what many consider one of the most competitive high school divisions in the country, the Los Al girls team placed third in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1, which is their highest placement in school history.
“I am so impressed and proud with how the team competed”, said Head Coach Nathan Howard.  

Stephanie Morgan, a Senior Interior Design major of Los Alamitos, was among approximately 500 Bob Jones University students named to the Spring 2017 President’s List.
The President’s List recognizes students who earn a 3.75 or higher grade point average for the semester.
Located in Greenville, South Carolina, Bob Jones University is a biblically faithful, Christian liberal arts university focused on educating the whole person to reflect and serve Christ.

Los Alamitos High Football hosted the Orlando Scandrick-Jeron Johnson seven-on-seven tournament on May 13.  No tackling, blocking or contact was allowed in the pre-season event. St. John Bosco, Mater Dei, Corona Centennial, Narbonne, Oaks Christian, Los Alamitos, Upland, La Habra, Arcadia, Morningside, Gardena Serra, Downey, Cathedral, San Pedro, Lakewood and Dorsey were some of the schools entered. Photos by Dave Peeters. Visit www.davepeetersphoto.com for more photos.


These photos appeared in the May 24, 2017 print edition of the News Enterprise.

Los Al High School’s boys and girls diving teams each secured team championships at the Sunset League Diving finals held at Marina High on May 3.
Led by Head Coach, Shane Butler, the Girls Varsity team took an early lead after the first two rounds and never looked back as they finished as the top team. Mary Sojian led the team in scoring, won the Girls Individual Championship, and was named Female Diver of the Year. The Girls Varsity team includes Mary Sojian, Annie Bliss, and Charizma Orlino.

The second Annual Griffriends Softball event at Los Alamitos High School will return on Friday, June 2 from 12:45 p.m. to 2:30 pm. Hosted by the Los Alamitos Unified School District, Griffriends is an inclusive community building movement to link high school student-athletes and leaders with students with special needs.
In the inaugural event last year, more than 120 members of the Los Alamitos High School football team, coaches, and staff shared a joyful afternoon of softball and lunch with special needs students and their families.

Agency wants to reach diverse communities

The FBI is hiring in a big way.  They are looking for special agents, accountants, scientists, attorneys, office personnel, and more. Positions are open in Orange County and worldwide.
“At the local, state, and federal levels, this is a very rewarding career,” stated Laura Eimiller, FBI Press Relations. “The FBI brings to the table opportunities for travel and careers in different crime areas. You can switch to other states and locations, along with opportunities in law enforcement and adventure. It’s a good career choice.”

Allie Wilson, owner of Dixie James Home Boutique, celebrated her shop’s first anniversary surrounded by staff, friends, family, and all of her favorite things. The anniversary party, held at the store in April, included live music, specialty drinks, a charcuterie spread, and giveaways.

Li’l Cottonwood Preschool celebrated its amazing teacher, Mrs. Vicki Donahue during Teacher Appreciation Week recently. Mrs. Donahue offers many experiences to teach the children through music, language arts, science, dramatic play and nutrition. Play is a very important part of learning, along with her teaching with kindness and love each day.

Photo by Annie DeWitt

This photo appeared in the May 17, 2017 print edition of the News Enterprise.

Dear Editor,
Chris M. Kingry’s provocative query, “I’m not sure where these Rossmoor people are getting their information” regarding the proposed LA Fitness Center, has a direct answer: experience.

Los Alamitos High’s softball team closed out the regular season with a 10-0 league record after defeating Fountain Valley last week, 11-2, at Fountain Valley High. The Griffins had secured the league title prior to the game, as Huntington Beach finished with a 7-3 record and Marina took third at 6-4.
The Griffins closed out the season as the No. 1 ranked team in Orange County and No. 2 in the CIF-SS Division 1 rankings behind No. 1 Norco.

Adventures and explorations to Southern California coastal and favorite attractions await teens this summer at the Youth Center’s Teen Camp, which runs weekly June 19 to Aug. 18 out of Rossmoor Park.  Registrations are going on now.

Twelve new add-on classes are being offered this summer to kids through the Youth Center’s Camp S.H.A.R.K.  based out of Rossmoor Park. Registration is going on now.
Classes offered include Snorkeling Certification, Hip Hop Dance, Build It Lego Robotics, The Voice/Singing, Junior Journalist, Junior Reporter & T.V. Star, Wacky Tennis Academy, Gross Science, Percussion/Rhythm Around the World, Soccer Camp, Shark Art, and Become a YouTuber.