Trying to be ironic with a life coach is harder than looking cool while folk dancing.
-Min K. Liekovsky

Researcher touts stem cell advances

by lesliedinaberg on January 29, 2005

The promise of human stem-cell research in developing a cure for Parkinson’s disease is very real, according to Dr. Benjamin Reubinoff, director of the Hadassah Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Center in Israel. While it’s hard to speculate on the exact timing of the research breakthroughs, “we hope that it will be within the next […]

Schools zero in on individual students

by lesliedinaberg on January 27, 2005

Raising the level of academic achievement was the topic as Santa Barbara elementary school principals unveiled their strategies to do so last week. Each plan was developed by individual school site councils and presented to the Board of Education. “We are developing these action plans so that we can directly address those things that are […]

New principal a familiar face

by lesliedinaberg on January 27, 2005

La Cumbre Junior High’s new principal moves around the corner from Adams School Adams School graduates attending La Cumbre Junior High will see a familiar face in the halls beginning Jan. 31. Principal Jo Ann Caines has just been named the new principal at the 430-student campus less than a mile away. Caines replaces Eugenia […]

Films to say I’d do to

by lesliedinaberg on January 27, 2005

(Compiled by Leslie Dinaberg and Daniel Okamura) Just in case this issue’s emphasis on brides and grooms is giving you a case of wedding envy, here are some of our favorite movies that will bring the bridal party to you. Don’t forget to bring the Kleenex. Leslie’s Favorite Wedding Movies 1. FUNNY FACE I challenge […]

Caines named La Cumbre principal

by lesliedinaberg on January 20, 2005

Students graduating from Adams Elementary School and going onto La Cumbre Junior High will see a familiar face in the halls. Adams principal Jo Ann Caines will be the new principal at La Cumbre, replacing Eugenia Walters, who resigned for unnamed reasons. Walters has been on personal leave since early November. Under Caines’ leadership, Adams […]

Forging friendships requires strong arms

by lesliedinaberg on January 20, 2005

Yes, it’s good to know you’ve got a friend–but it’s better if you know what kind Thanks to a recent column, my husband and I have experienced a surge in the number of couple friend applications. That, and an unfortunate holiday card count miscalculation, have forced me to do some reevaluating of my Rolodex to […]

Vitamin Angels provide disaster relief

by lesliedinaberg on January 13, 2005

“We never get to choose when a natural disaster will strike. But we always get to choose how we will respond,” said Howard Schiffer, president of Vitamin Angel Alliance, a Santa Barbara-based non-profit dedicated to providing basic nutrition and fighting diseases caused by malnutrition around the world. Immediately upon hearing the news of last month’s […]

Are you really busy?

by lesliedinaberg on January 13, 2005

New show asks families to compete for busiest title Sure there’s a certain prestige to sporting the most active minivan on your block. But if you’re really that busy, who not go pro? A busy family lifestyle could earn your family a spot on a new NBC reality show “America’s Busiest Families” (working title). We […]

Wishing to be driven to distraction

by lesliedinaberg on January 13, 2005

Recent family road trip a timely reminder to steer clear of next one I love my father, but I never want to see the back of his head again. In my family, vacations can be hazardous to your health — and I don’t mean from the mysterious “road trip” diet of my teenage years, which […]

New County Supervisors Sworn In

by lesliedinaberg on January 6, 2005

In his keynote address, political journalist Lou Cannon wished the new County Board of Supervisors a “constructive combination of idealism and compromise,” as they swore their oaths of office Tuesday morning before an overflow crowd. New third district supervisor Brooks Firestone charmed the crowd early when he introduced his wife Kate as his “number one […]