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Today’s weather for Thursday, August 21

Posted  August 21, 2014  by  courtesy

Today’s local weather: Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 83. Light west wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

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LAUSD Superintendent Sherry Kropp
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LAUSD Superintendent Kropp welcomes families to the new school year

Posted  August 20, 2014  by  courtesy

Welcome to a new school year and another exciting time in Los Alamitos Unified! Last year, we saw tremendous gains in student achievement in academics, athletics, activities, and the arts. We appreciate the hard work and dedication of teachers, support staff, LAEF, families, and community members who join us in Igniting Unlimited Possibilities for Students! […]

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August

Parents reminded to immunize their students ahead of new school year

Posted  August 19, 2014  by  courtesy

With the new school year starting, vaccinations should be included in every back-to-school list. Parents are reminded to have their children up-to-date on required vaccinations before school starts. “Immunizations are a safe and effective way to help children stay healthy in school and protect them, and the people around them, from vaccine preventable illnesses that […]

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August

Cypress School District responds to published project criticisms

Posted  August 18, 2014  by  courtesy

Recently, a guest column in the News Enterprise regarding Cypress School District’s efforts to exchange its Mackay School site and its District Office site provided confusing, misleading, and inaccurate information. The author’s comments focused upon three principal areas: First, the author thinks the District should sell the Mackay and District office properties and pay down […]

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August

Avoid expensive errors when paying for college

Posted  August 14, 2014  by  Sean Payne

It’s just about Back-to-School time again. If you have young children, you might be hustling them to the store for backpacks and binders. But if you fast-forward a few years, you can envision driving your kids a little farther — to their college dorms. And when that day comes, you’ll want to be financially prepared. So you’ll want […]

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St. Catherine’s Academy in Anaheim marks 125th anniversary

Posted  August 9, 2014  by  courtesy

St. Catherine’s Academy, an all-boys Catholic School with a military tradition, celebrates 125 years of existence this year. As the only Catholic school of its kind in the entire country and oldest elementary school in Orange County, St. Catherine’s is now accepting enrollment for their Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program. Classes for students grades TK to […]

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UCLA Basketball Coach John Wooden, courtesy of Wikimedia.
August

How you put on your socks is Important

Posted  August 8, 2014  by  courtesy

Each of us has two lives: our personal life and our professional life. You know, like the weekend vs. the rest of the week. Some people say you are two different people: the You that is at work—and the You on your personal time. But I do not subscribe to that philosophy. I believe there […]

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel at the Century of Stoke exhibit at the International Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach. Photo by SurfWriter Girls.
August

Museum showcases century of surfing in Huntington Beach

Posted  August 8, 2014  by  Surfwriter Girls

Now that summer’s winding down and people are starting to think more about books and backpacks than bikinis and board shorts, if you want to hold onto summer a little longer, stop by the Century of Stoke exhibit at the International Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach (411 Olive Ave.). Less than an hour before the […]

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UCLA Football Offensive Coordinator Noel Mazzone. Courtesy photo.
August

CS San Bernardino hosts third Bruin pre-season practice session

Posted  August 7, 2014  by  courtesy

The UCLA football team wrapped up its third practice of training camp on Wednesday. The Bruins returned to the practice fields in shells for the first time on the campus of Cal State San Bernardino. Date Opponent Time(Media) Aug. 30 at Virginia 9 a.m. (ESPN) Sep. 6 Memphis 7 p.m. Pac-12 Networks Sep. 13 at […]

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August

Back-to-school in 1930

Posted  August 7, 2014  by  courtesy

Twas the first Tuesday after Labor Day in September, 1930. I was seven years old. There were no school bells ringing to inform or remind anyone that day was the first day in the new school semester. I’d had a very enjoyable summer vacation with a few of my daylight hours in being an entrepreneur. […]

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A note to our Daily Overnight News Summary subscribers

Orange County Breeze publishes a Daily Overnight News Summary (DONS) to subscribers only — it’s free! We recently upgraded the software used to email DONS to subscribers. We apologize that, for a handful of days, no DONS wa...
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Eight Suspects with outstanding DUI warrants caught in ‘AVOID the 38’ DUI Task Force Sweep

On Monday, August 18, deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department dispersed into neighborhoods with dozens of outstanding arrest warrants in search of high risk DUI offenders.  Deputies served the warrants and arres...
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Oakland man gets three years for pimping in Anaheim

A man was sentenced yesterday to three years in state prison for pimping and pandering a woman by arranging for her to engage in commercial sex acts with an undercover police officer. Robert Vincent Grier, 27, Oakland, pleaded ...
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Unplanned power outages in Orange County as of Thursday, Aug. 21

As of this morning, Southern California Edison is working on the following power outages: Irvine, Bake Pkwy. east of I-5: Started at 1 a.m. on Aug. 21. The outage was caused by equipment problems. Edison is working to restore p...
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Today’s weather for Thursday, August 21

Today’s local weather: Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 83. Light west wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
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Anaheim announces temporary road closures for Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

Since 2006, Anaheim has been home to the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, one in a series of runDisney events held each year in and around the City. Thousands of runners, joggers and fitness enthusiasts, both local residents a...
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Los Alamitos Council votes to cancel November election

At a special meeting of the Los Alamitos City Council tonight, two topics were addressed: the November municipal election and an ad hoc committee to consider relocating the Civic Center. No one attending claimed to be surprised...
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Visiting Army aviation unit to conduct training at Los Alamitos Army Airfield

A visiting U.S. Army aviation unit will be engaged in training exercises conducted at Los Alamitos Army Airfield from August 21 through August 29. Training will include expanded air operations during this time period. The routi...
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LAUSD hires new director of fiscal services

It is with great pleasure that the Los Alamitos Unified School District Board of Education announces that Renee Arkus has been named the District’s new Director of Fiscal Services.  Renee comes to Los Al after 14 years in va...
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Hemet man convicted in Westminster cold-case sexual assaults

A man was convicted today of forcibly raping two women after being linked to the cold-case sexual assaults through DNA. Kevin Lawrence Saint John, 45, Hemet, was found guilty by a jury today of two felony counts of forcible rap...
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Bill to require CSU to provide information on degrees sent to governor

The State Senate gave unanimous approval today to legislation authored by Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) that will give students and parents an understanding of the value that individual degrees have in the j...
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LAUSD Superintendent Kropp welcomes families to the new school year

Welcome to a new school year and another exciting time in Los Alamitos Unified! Last year, we saw tremendous gains in student achievement in academics, athletics, activities, and the arts. We appreciate the hard work and dedica...
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More fireworks at Monday Los Alamitos City Council meeting, yet more tonight

In an unusually public rebuke, Los Alamitos Mayor Gerri Graham-Mejia accused City Manager Bret Plumlee of slighting her by not providing a formal written staff report for Agenda Item 11C, Options for the 4th of July Fireworks S...
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California ranks fifteenth in new BEA state-level economic stats

The busy beavers at the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) have developed new statistics to show economic growth across states. The new numbers are meant to provide a better understanding of state-level economies — what...
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Candidate statement: Jon Peat, Cypress City Council

Jon Peat is running for election to one of three open seats on the Cypress City Council. Mr. Peat responded to our invitation, extended at a recent City Council meeting, to all local candidates to send us a photo and a statemen...
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Huntington Beach man kills himself in Westminster

According to the Orange County Coroner, Huntington Beach resident Richard Bukowiecki, 47, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound around 3:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 18, in a room at the Super 8 motel on Beach Blvd. in Westminster....
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Update on Tecolate and Shoemaker fires in Angeles National Forest

Two wildfires, tagged “Tecolate” and “Shoemaker,” are burning in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora. This is an update on the status of the effort to contain the fires. Tecolate Fire The Tecolate Fire started...
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Today’s weather for Wednesday, August 20

Today’s local weather: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of pr...
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