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Harbor View Students Hold Annual Field Day

Harbor View Elementary School students conducted their traditional Field Day events June 23 with bowling, relay races, trike races, tug-of-war and other activities.

"It's hilarious," said Sabrina Ericastilla, a second-grade teacher. "It's so much fun for them, but for us, it's very entertaining."

One of the most popular events involves teams of students dressing up in over-sized suits and shirts and running up and down a grassy course. Walker Magnusson, a second-grader, had his team laughing and cheering as he ran in spite of his pants dropping to the grass.

"I felt like a grown man, going to work, and my pants were falling down," Walker said. "I fell in the mud. It was really very fun and funny."

Lucy Millman, also in second grade, said she was new to school this year and didn't know what to expect.

"I really like it," she said. "It's fun."

Parent volunteers staffed each course, handing out waters and keeping the groups focused. Grade levels chanted for themselves, with shouts of "Kinder! Kinder!" being heard for blocks.

"I love Field Day," said parent Julie Means. "It's one of the best days of the year."

City Councilwoman Seeks Permanent Cycle Safety Committee

City Councilwoman Nancy Gardner has asked Newport Beach officials to consider adding a permanent bicycle safety committee.

"I'd like staff to come back with a proposal for a bicycle committee," Gardner said during the City Council regular meeting on Tuesday night. "The mission would be roughly to implement the proposals of the bicycle task force and also to act as a liaison in regional bicycle matters."

Gardner was behind the creation of the cycling safety task force, which was created following several bicycle accidents including a fatality a year ago on Ridge Park Road. The task force members met every other week throughout the winter and in May turned in a report that suggested police meet with cycling advocates, that the city add bicycle racks at key points throughout the community, and that traffic engineers find an appropriate spot to test sharrows, or marked lanes where cyclists and motorist share the road.

From the start, the task force was designed to be temporary. But many members agreed that the work was enormous in scope, and that a permanent committee would be better suited to implement changes in bicycle safety in the community.

Plans Still Alive For Gourmet Shop In Corona del Mar

Just when it appeared the deal fell through completely, city officials said a new shop specializing in gourmet items like artisanal cheeses, beers and wines could still be coming to Corona del Mar.

Last week, officials said the shop's plans had fallen through and it would not being moving into a vacancy in the 2700 block of East Coast Highway.

But at the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District board meeting, Newport Beach Economic Development Coordinator Kathlyn Bowden said the owner is continuing to look for a good place to open the shop along East Coast Highway.

The owner apparently was pleased with the results of a Corona del Mar Residents Association survey released last month, which indicated that the No. 1 business that residents want is a gourmet food shop.

The owner is looking for a 1,000-foot space; Bowden said city staff would work with the business on parking requirements.

Harbor View In Governor's Challenge Top 100

When it comes to having a physically active student body, Harbor View Elementary School is one of the top 100 schools in the state, according to officials with the Governor's Challenge Competition which announced last week that the school will receive a prize for the students' efforts.

Principal Charlene Metoyer said she would announce the news to students at an awards ceremony. The school received a Dance Dance Revolution system.

More than 400 students, teachers and parents at the school successfully completed the Governor's Challenge by being active from 30 to 60 minutes a day at least three days a week for a month in the 2009-2010 school year, Challenge organizers said. Cumulatively they recorded 38,275 days of physical activity.

More than 1.3 million participants recorded more than 11 million days of physical activity this year, organizers said. To see the complete physical activity records of participating schools, click here.

Harbor View students also were rewarded with ice cream treats after Field Day as part of a Green-Up Schools grant.

"They did such an awesome job this year recycling," said Jan Parker, the school's Parent Faculty Organization president.

The last day of school was Friday.

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