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Teachers at Odds With School Board, a Time Capsule, Blue Zones Mayors' Challenge, Paddle for Daisy and More

Manhattan Beach public school teachers up the ante in contract negotiations. How are they doing that? In other MB news, Sunday is a big day at the final summer concert, surfers paddle for Daisy and Hawaii's football athletes show up in town.

1. Teachers in Manhattan Beach public schools are at odds with the school district's board. The two parties have been in contract negotiations since the 2011-2012 school year and have not been able to reach an agreement. To bolster their position, teachers are only working the hours their contract obligates them to and are not providing extra-curricular services or hours. High school teachers are not writing letters of recommendation for prospective college students, either. The Manhattan Beach Unified Teachers Association website offers a letter to parents explaining the reasons for their decisions and actions. Stay tuned to Patch for details.

2. Who knows what else they're up to, but on Sunday from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m., the mayor of each beach city will kick off a Mayors' Challenge to see which city will be the first to achieve Blue Zones Citizen Certification.

Manhattan Beach Mayor Wayne Powell, Hermosa Beach Mayor Jeff Duclos and Redondo Beach Mayor Mike Gin will be on hand before the beginning of Manhattan Beach's last 2012 summer concert at to recruit and engage their citizens in the Blue Zones effort.

Citizen certification, one of six components to Community Certification, gives individuals 13 and older an opportunity to make one easy change to improve their well-being, according to a Blue Zones representative.

The Fleetwood Mac cover band Bella Donna will play for free in the Amphitheater. Concerts typically begin at 5 p.m. and last until 7 p.m.

3. Correction: Oops! The time capsule was cancelled, but you can still head to the concert to catch the Mayors' Challenge and final concert of summer 2012.

Before the concert in  Sunday, a time capsule commemorating the City of Manhattan Beach's first 100 years will be buried next to the Neptunian Fountain located in front of the historic beach cottage that houses The Manhattan Beach Historic Society. The fountain, a tribute to Jessie Bell Smith, founder of the The Neptunian Woman's Club of Manhattan Beach in 1909, seemed like the perfect place to bury the time capsule which will be opened in the summer of 2112. Messages and notes collected from residents, former residents and fans of Manhattan Beach will be contained in the capsule, according to a website.

4. Part-time Manhattan Beach resident Norm Chow, who ran USC football coach Pete Carroll's top-notch offense for four years, winning two national titles before being replaced in 2005, brought his Hawaiian Warriors, the team he is now head coach of, to his hometown before they faced off against the Trojans Saturday in the Coliseum.

They reportedly stayed at a hotel in town and practiced at a high school nearby. Did anyone see them?

Hawaii, which had never beaten USC in seven tries, suffered another loss at the hands of the Trojans Saturday, 49-10, not an entirely unexpected outcome given USC's top ranking and the fact they've won 14 consecutive season openers, including three against the Warriors.

Coincidentally, USC coach Lane Kiffin's first game in his new position was at Aloha Stadium in 2010.

5. Surfers and others turned out in force at El Porto Saturday morning for a "Paddle for Daisy," world-renowned surfboard shaper Al Merrick's 8-year-old granddaughter, whose family needs $500,000 to cover medical costs not covered by insurance. Daisy is battling cancer for the third time.

If you'd like to make a donation, you can text "Daisy" to 56512 to make a $10 tax-deductible contribution.

Always Right September 02, 2012 at 03:52 PM
What caught my eye immediately was the following. "High school teachers are not writing letters of recommendation for prospective college ". Yeah, let's punish the students, the ones that have no control over the situation. Teachers Unions are Pure Evil, and should be eliminated. The public school system should be eliminated period. A voucher system is long overdue. The public school system is corrupt from top to bottom in my opinion. Wake up people!!!!
Liz Spear September 02, 2012 at 05:51 PM
BTW: It appears that burying a Time Capsule is not happening today, Sunday. But the free final concert of summer 2012 is, as is the Mayors' Challenge before the concert from 4:15-5:15 p.m., so head on over for some final summer fun!

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