Around Town: Class will offer advice on what to do in active-shooter situations

Around Town: Class will offer advice on what to do in active-shooter situations
Members of the Laguna Beach Police Department participate in a “live shooter” demonstration at the Laguna College of Art + Design in January. The city is hosting an active-shooter seminar on Tuesday at the Susi Q Center. (File photo)

The Susi Q Center in Laguna Beach is hosting a seminar Tuesday that will instruct attendees on what to do in active-shooter situations.

The class runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the center, 380 Third St. Registration is required at

School district names top teachers

Sandi Lewis, a teacher at Lake View Elementary School, and Niki Hoang, a teacher at Vista View Middle School, were selected as the 2017-18 elementary and middle school teachers of the year, respectively, for the Ocean View School District.

"We are proud to celebrate these two outstanding teachers today," Supt. Carol Hansen said in a statement. "On a daily basis, both of these women demonstrate a passion for learning and results, as seen by their interactions with students and their collaborations with their peers."

The school board will honor both on April 10.

Lewis teaches grades three and four. She also leads the robotics team. Hoang, who teaches eighth-grade math and algebra, serves as yearbook advisor.

Ocean View School District seeks a new trustee

The Ocean View School District is working toward appointing a new board member after Trustee Joseph Gaglione resigned in February.

Interested applicants must live within school district boundaries and be a registered voter. Applicants cannot be district employees. The appointment will last through December.

Applications are available at

Newport forum will cover neighborhood burglaries

Andi Querry, a Newport Beach Police Department crime specialist, will discuss residential and car burglary trends and give tips on how to avoid becoming a target at Wednesday's Speak Up Newport community forum.

The forum runs from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Community Room at the Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive.

Middle schoolers win art awards

Two Ocean View School eighth-graders recently won art awards at the 19th annual Holocaust Art & Writing Contest, hosted by Chapman University and the 1939 Society.

Marine View Middle School student Amy Arenas won 1st place for her piece, "Believe," and Vista View Middle School student Nicole Nguyen won 2nd place for "A Streetlight of Hope."

The girls will receive special recognition at the March 20 school board meeting.

H.B. police lobby receives new technology

The Huntington Beach Police Department recently finished renovation work to its front lobby next to City Hall.

The work includes a drop box to leave payment for parking citations and a tablet that allows people to file reports, pay parking tickets and perform other tasks.

The department also installed a live video-interpreting station so that the deaf and hearing-impaired can get assistance with police-related business.

Laguna starts preparedness campaign

Laguna Beach has launched a new program to make the city Orange County's most prepared for emergencies.

The goal is to get 25% of Laguna Beach, or approximately 3,000 households, to take a preparedness pledge by Oct. 27.

Huntington to host triathlete event

Huntington Beach is hosting the Surf City Escape Triathlon April 22.

The all-new event will help find qualifiers for the 2018 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.

Huntington Beach's event features a 1-mile open water swim, a 12-mile bike course and 6.2-mile run.

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