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New crop of Rainier cherries arrives at local markets. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.
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Rainier cherries available now

Posted  May 23, 2015  by  shelley

Some people watch for the first strawberries each year. I watch for the first Rainier cherries, and the first home-grown tomatoes. It has been warm enough all Winter to keep tomato plants producing… if we had watered them. But we didn’t, so they’re dead and we haven’t replaced them because the drought has not eased […]

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OC Fuchsia Society to hold annual sale in Garden Grove

Posted  May 17, 2015  by  courtesy

The Orange County Fuchsia Society will be hold its annual plant sale on Friday, June 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, June 13 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is an opportunity to purchase hanging baskets, tabletop uprights, gallon-sized, 4″ and 2″ fuchsias in cultivars (varieties) not generally found in […]

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Utah, looking east towards Colorado. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.
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What I did over Spring Break

Posted  May 10, 2015  by  shelley

Between April 18 and May 5, I drove about 3,800 miles, a round trip from Southern California to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, along I-70 and I-80. One of our grown children had accepted a job with Honeywell. On Saturday, we loaded up her sedan and her father’s SUV with all her worldly belongings — except her […]

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My mother, Maria

Posted  May 10, 2015  by  courtesy

My mother was Maria Zoyiopoulos when she entered America in 1914, as an immigrant from Greece. After much personal study and coaching from friends, she received her American Citizen Naturalization Certificate. Two years later, 1916, she met John Thomaides who also became an American citizen, and condensed his name to John Thomas, by elimating “a-i-d-e” […]

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Mother and daughter garden memories – places in the heart

Posted  May 9, 2015  by  Surfwriter Girls

Mother and daughter garden memories – places in the heart, including childhood gardens in Culver City and Los Alamitos. A garden is a special place where you can enjoy tranquil beauty, get lost in thought or explore your imagination. It’s also a place where mothers and daughters can create memories that last a lifetime. SurfWriter […]

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Scarred, flawed, but still Mom

Posted  May 9, 2015  by  Sandra Rodriguez

The word/idea/reality “mother” conjures up so many possibilities: biological, surrogate, adopted, step, foster, godmother, evil, sainted, overbearing, treasured, friend, enemy. Some of us had great mothers, who nurtured, protected and encouraged. Others had less than wonderful moms, who belittled and tore/wore us down. And most of us grew up somewhere between. Daughters often have more […]

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Spotlight for May 2015

Posted  May 9, 2015  by  shelley

Articles in the Spotlight will appear in the Spotlight section of the homepage and linked below as they are published. (The article list below does not include articles in hand but not yet scheduled for publication.) The Orange County Breeze spotlight for May: Mom, motherhood, and Mother’s day! Motherhood in Southern California Our May 2015 […]

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Spotlight for April 2015

Posted  April 4, 2015  by  shelley

Articles in the Spotlight will appear in the Spotlight section of the homepage and linked below as they are published. (The article list below does not include articles in hand but not yet scheduled for publication.) The Orange County Breeze spotlight for April: Spring, and baseball, and the Rossmoor Community Festival! Spring in all-too-sunny Southern […]

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Spotlight for February 2015

Posted  January 31, 2015  by  shelley

Articles in the Spotlight will appear in the Spotlight section of the homepage and linked below as they are published. (The article list below does not include articles in hand but not yet scheduled for publication.) The Orange County Breeze spotlight for February: 2015 — Pay it Forward! Paying debts of gratitude forward Our February […]

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Spotlight for January 2015

Posted  January 3, 2015  by  shelley

Articles in the Spotlight will appear in the Spotlight section of the homepage and linked below as they are published. (The article list below does not include articles in hand but not yet scheduled for publication.) The Orange County Breeze spotlight for January: 2015 — a Better Year! Improving on what we already have Our […]

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Spotlight for May 2015

Articles in the Spotlight will appear in the Spotlight section of the homepage and linked below as they are published. (The article list below does not include articles in hand but not yet scheduled for publication.) The Orange...
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May 2015 Dining Arts and Entertainment now available!

Our popular monthly Dining, Arts and Entertainment (DARTS) listing is available as a free printable document (pdf). May 2015 Dining Arts and Entertainment now available Now the May 2015 DARTS can be downloaded for free! We have...
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Cypress police blotter, May 18 to May 24, 2015

The items shown below are selected from the logs of the Cypress Police Department. No inference of guilt is implied in showing any item in the Cypress police blotter. May 18, 2015 Assist Outside Agency -11:45 a.m. – 6100 ...
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Los Alamitos police blotter, May 15 to May 21, 2015

The items shown below are selected from the logs of the Los Alamitos Police Department. No inference of guilt is implied in showing any item in the Los Alamitos police blotter. May 15, 2015 Battery – 1:09 a.m. – 111...
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East side exterior of Cypress Senior Center. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.

Cypress Community Resource Fair scheduled at Senior Center

Find better ways to be your best at the Cypress Community Resource Fair! The Fair will be held on Friday, June 12, 2015 from 9 a.m. until 12 Noon at the Cypress Senior Center. This event offers information, products, and servic...
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Luther Elementary Singers debut at service awards banquet on May 20, 2015. Courtesy photo.

Luther Elementary Singers debut at service awards banquet

Singing to cheers and a standing ovation, Luther Elementary Singers made its concert debut at the Cypress PTA Council’s Honorary Service Awards banquet on May 20. The new choir, chosen through audition by Director Brian Denni...
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Garden Grove man sentenced for pimping female relative

A man was sentenced on Friday, May 22, 2015, to four years in state prison for pimping and pandering a female relative to an undercover officer. An Ngoc Dai Dang, 33, Garden Grove, was found guilty by a jury on March 26, 2015, ...
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Seft to right: Vice Principal Melissa Miller, John Hansen, Blake Thome, Katelyn Gersjes, and President Todd Mattern. Courtesy photo.

May Students of the Month recognized by Rotary Club of Los Alamitos/Seal Beach

The Rotary Club of Los Alamitos/Seal Beach recognized the May Students of the Month at its meeting on May 19 at The Eagle’s Nest. Los Alamitos High School students Katelyn Gersjes and Blake Thome were nominated by their R...
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Long Beach invites public to help update City General Plan

The City of Long Beach is in the process of updating its General Plan, and the public is invited to attend two important events and provide input on the City’s progressive vision for future land use and urban design. Scop...
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Suit against Anaheim hotel incentives dismissed

Yesterday, the Orange County Superior Court unequivocally rejected the false allegations brought by a special interest group known as OCCORD and its lawyer Cory Briggs, who used litigation as a weapon to stymie economic growth ...
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Long Beach PD cites 35 unsafe motorcyclists during Sunday safety operation

Long Beach PD cites 35 unsafe motorcyclists during Sunday safety operation. On Sunday, May 24, 2015, the Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a Motorcycle Safety Operation. During the five-hour operation, ...
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Budget crisis forces City Council to suspend La Palma Days

The City of La Palma is at a critical crossroads in its 60 year history. The Great Recession and the loss of the City’s largest sales tax producer have caused municipal revenues to decrease while pensions, insurance, and othe...
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New crop of Rainier cherries arrives at local markets. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.

California crop report for the week ending May 24, 2015

The ongoing California drought has pitted farmers against non-farmers. Orange County Breeze thought that publishing information from the front lines of farming might offer insight on what “The Other Side” is going t...
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California basks in big jump in employment

The Bureau of Labor Statistics just released the numbers for regional and state employment in April 2015. California won the big prize: “The largest over-the-month increases in employment occurred in California (+29,500),...
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Weather in northwest Orange County for Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Today’s weather in northwest Orange County for Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Southern California, along the Los Angeles County border: A chance of drizzle before 11am. Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with...
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Garden Grove Senior Center to host free movie night

The H. Louis Lake Senior Center will host a free movie night on Thursday, June 11, 2015 starting at 5:00 p.m., in the Senior Center Dining Room, located at 11300 Stanford Avenue. All seniors are invited to enjoy free dinner, re...
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VPCOC to honor community leaders for preventing violence

The Violence Prevention Coalition of Orange County (VPCOC) cordially invites you to join in the celebration of recognizing our community leaders for their outstanding contributions and commitment to the prevention of violence. ...
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Every Drop Counts campaign encourages water conservation

Elected officials, along with transportation and water-district leaders, gathered this morning to launch a multi-agency water conservation campaign in Orange County with the message, Every Drop Counts, to help raise awareness a...
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Young Kim’s AB 419 to help small businesses passes Assembly

AB 419, authored by Assemblywoman Young Kim (R-Fullerton), passed the State Assembly today with a vote of 72-0. This legislation requires the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) to post the state r...
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