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June 8, 1990 | GREG HERNANDEZ
The Tony awards honoring Broadway's best weren't the only prizes presented Sunday night for achievement in the theater. At South Coast Community Church in Irvine that night, MACY awards went to Southland high school students for excellence in the musical productions. More than 1,500 people showed up for 20th annual ceremony for the awards, formally known as Music and Art Commendation for Youth.
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June 1, 2000 | VIVIAN LETRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Laguna Woods couple Lee and John Childress know what it's like to fall in love. They did twice. The first time with each other. The second time with the theater. Married for 57 years, the Childresses spent nearly half those years diving in and out of local theaters, looking to spotlight talented teens just to say, "Bravo!" "We're big fans really," said John Childress, 86. The Childresses are the founders and driving force behind the MACYs, the Music and Art Commendation for Youth awards.
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June 4, 1990 | GREG HERNANDEZ
The Tony awards honoring Broadway's best weren't the only prizes presented Sunday night for theatrical achievement. At South Coast Community Church in Irvine, more than 1,500 people showed up for the 20th annual MACY Awards, which honor Orange County high school students for excellence in musical theater. Irvine High School was the biggest winner receiving numerous accolades for its production of "Little Shop of Horrors," including the night's most prestigious award, the MACY.
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June 13, 1991 | George Miller, comedian
Mater Dei High School's production of "Carousel" won the MACY award, Irvine High School's "Into the Woods" was selected most spectacular production, and Esperanza's "Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" won the Teatro del Arte award at the 21st annual MACY Awards presented June 2 at South Coast Community Church in Irvine. Lee and John Childress founded MACY (Music and Arts Commendation for Youth) in 1971 as a way to recognize the accomplishments and hard work of performing arts students.
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June 29, 1995
Education news Elementaries Are Distinguished Schools Eight schools in Orange County recently added new banners to their flagpoles in a special tribute to their campuses. They were recognized as "California Distinguished Schools." "It's a symbol that we have a good school," said Michele Siebert, 13, who helped raise the new flag at Orangethorpe Elementary. The Orange County schools are among 211 across the state that received the distinguished school title, which is given every two years.
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July 8, 1997 | KIMBERLY BROWER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On most days, you can find Tex Laney planting, picking or pruning on a green plot of land tucked inconspicuously off Moulton Parkway in Laguna Hills. Watching over his crop of nearly ripe tomatoes one overcast June morning, the retired railroad employee is just one of hundreds of residents who everyday toil in the soil at the Leisure World Garden Center. "I get enjoyment out of it," Laney, 75, said of his garden, which he drives to on his blue motor scooter. "It's a sense of accomplishment."
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August 8, 1998
Eighty candidates, 35 of them incumbents, had filed for election to school boards around Ventura County by Friday. The filing deadline will be extended to Wednesday in cases in which incumbents do not seek reelection. In four districts--Fillmore, Hueneme, Santa Paula Union High and Somis--all incumbents filed for reelection unopposed. In two districts--Rio and Santa Clara--too few candidates filed to fill all the open seats.
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July 28, 2004 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Staking its claim as capital of "Reagan Country," Simi Valley this week adopted a new slogan linking the city to the late 40th president. The City Council voted unanimously Monday night to use the motto "Home of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library" on city letterhead, marketing materials and a welcome sign at a major city intersection. "Having the library in our city is a pride thing," Mayor Bill Davis said Tuesday. "Why not have it on your stationery and on your city signs?"
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September 6, 1990 | HECTOR TOBAR and JOHN H. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Latino immigrant was beaten and badly injured after a traffic accident in South-Central Los Angeles in which his car struck and injured two black children, police said Wednesday. Members of the man's family and police said the incident had racial overtones, but relatives of the children and the four men arrested after the beating said their anger was sparked by what they saw as a callous attitude on the part of the driver.
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October 10, 2012 | By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
Lee Childress, who touched the lives of thousands of Southern California high school drama students through a theater awards program she co-founded with her husband, John, more than 40 years ago, has died. She was 95. Childress, a former publicist, real estate agent and occasional actress, died Sept. 21 at a hospital in Mission Viejo, not far from her home in Laguna Woods, said her daughter Cathe Drino. She had suffered a heart attack, her daughter said. In 1969, Lee Childress and her husband, who was then a teacher and coach in the Los Angeles Unified School District, were invited by a former student of his to attend a student production of "Flower Drum Song" at Venice High School.
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