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Today’s weather for Saturday, September 120

Posted  September 20, 2014  by  courtesy

Today’s local weather: A chance of drizzle before 11am. Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon

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Orange County Breeze Jobs Board

Announcing our Jobs Board

Posted  September 19, 2014  by  shelley

Staff members here at Orange County Breeze have recently noticed two local business-related news items: Workers and employees mention that they are looking for a new job. Business owners and managers mention that they are looking to fill job openings. This is great news — the job market is finally thawing! We here at Orange […]

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Morningside Recovery sponsors monthly surf camp

Posted  September 18, 2014  by  courtesy

Morningside Recovery of Orange County, California, has created the nation’s first substance abuse and mental health recovery surf camp. Swell Life combines the healing powers of holistic therapy and the ocean to create a unique and inviting program for the recovery community. Swell Life is open and free to the recovery community every third Sunday […]

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How to simplify your transition to a new career

Posted  September 17, 2014  by  courtesy

Today’s professionals change careers and jobs much more frequently than those of past generations. While a person may have once thought themselves lucky just to have a job and hold on to it as long as they could, workers today tend to be more fickle and jump around until they find the perfect career fit. […]

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How to stay within your home improvement budget

Posted  September 16, 2014  by  courtesy

Home improvement projects range from small scale undertakings that can be tackled in a single weekend to large remodels that can take several months to complete. While no two projects are the same, every home improvement project demands that homeowners dip into their pockets and spend some money. Much like the scale of projects varies […]

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September Movie Marathon: The Art of Self-Improvement

Posted  September 5, 2014  by  Katie

Welcome to September! This month’s spotlight theme is about makeovers, so our Movie Marathon will follow protagonists who grow and change in ways subtle and profound over the course of the story. Check out the ten movies below for a wildly varied list of sometimes unexpected self-improvement stories! Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) […]

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Add anti-oxidants to your diet with Dragon Fruit

Posted  September 4, 2014  by  courtesy

I think it’s time to proclaim 2014 as “The Year of the Dragon Fruit.” It’s been twenty years since we at Frieda’s Specialty Produce first introduced Pitaya (also known as “Pitahaya”). Yes, that’s what Dragon Fruit was called 20 years ago, and we sold the first fruit. Dragon Fruit is native to Mexico and is […]

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Manuel Florence of BrewBakers in Huntington Beach. Photo by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel.

Your Fall Makeover – A time to be inventive!

Posted  September 3, 2014  by  Surfwriter Girls

Bette Joan Perske from the Bronx (1924 – 2014) made herself over, by turns, into a model, Hollywood starlet, acclaimed film actress, Broadway legend, and author known to the world as Lauren Bacall. Still acting and writing well into her eighties, how did Bacall, nicknamed “Slim” by her friends, have the ability to stay active […]

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On your marks, get set, GO!

Posted  September 2, 2014  by  courtesy

The beginning of September is the beginning of a marathon – but not the running kind of marathon. This marathon begins with the Labor Day BBQ, and then in quick succession comes some combination of the following: Jewish New Year, the Halloween Haunted House (home-made costumes?), the Thanksgiving five-course gourmet dinner, and finally the eight […]

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Anaheim urges residents “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  courtesy

September is National Preparedness Month and Anaheim Fire & Rescue wants residents to be ready in the event of a disaster or major emergency. This year’s theme, “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare” focuses on increasing emergency preparedness for everyone including residents, families, neighborhoods, schools and businesses. By taking simple steps to connect, plan, […]

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Orange County Breeze spotlight for September 2014: Fall Makeover — personal, professional home!

Spotlight for September 2014

Articles in the Spotlight will appear in the Spotlight section of the homepage and linked below as they are published. The Orange County Breeze spotlight for September 2014: Fall Makeover — personal, professional home! Person...
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September Dining, Arts and Entertainment listing available now!

Our popular monthly Dining, Arts & Entertainment (DARTS) listing is available as a downloadable pdf document. Now the September 2014 DARTS can be downloaded for free! From cover to back, it’s pages are stuffed with event ...
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Santa Ana man found dead in Anaheim parking lot

According to information released by the Orange County Coroner, Cesar Reyes, 28, a resident of Santa Ana, was found shortly before 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 12, in a parking lot in Anaheim. An autopsy has been completed, but th...
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California state revenues 10.8% below budget projections in November

The following information was released by the California Controller. State Controller John Chiang today released his monthly report covering California’s cash balance, receipts and disbursements in November 2012, showing ...
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Cypress Civic Center

Cypress Council approves second reading of ordinance restricting registered sex offenders

Over the protests of a number of speakers, and indeed against the advice of City Attorney William Wynder, the Cypress City Council voted a unanimous second approval for an ordinance restricting registered sex offenders with[in]...
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Marketing Maven Robin Itzler as Madam President.

Hillary for President

If I had $10 for every American who voted for Barack Obama solely because they wanted to elect America’s first black president, I’d be a wealthy woman. Speaking of women, there are many voters who would pull the lever for H...
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Los Alamitos Civic Center

Residents and non-residents speak about the anti-Kusumoto flyer at Los Alamitos City Council [UPDATED]

Business entirely unrelated to attempted recordings and anonymously printed flyers was conducted at the regular meeting of the Los Alamitos City Council on Monday, May 20. But all that other business will be covered separately....
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California Assembly District 72, Troy Edgar, Travis Allen, Fountain Valley, debate

Surprises at the debate between Troy Edgar and Travis Allen

Editor’s note: Orange County Breeze live-tweeted the debate at As promised, Villa Park Councilwoman Deborah Pauly ran a tight debate as Los Alamitos Mayor Troy Edgar and Huntington Beach financial a...
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The Marketing Maven: After the election, what next?

My prediction was for a Mitt Romney win. I was in good company: Michael Barone, George Will, Newt Gingrich, Peggy Noonan, Steve Forbes, Dick Morris, Karl Rove and Rush Limbaugh also predicted that Romney would win the presidenc...
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Marketing Maven Robin Itzler holds a dog's service vest. Courtesy photo.

Marketing and more: The debate over service dogs

Update: the first paragraph has been edited to clarify after comments by readers showed that the writer’s intent was not clear. There’s been some debate about what constitutes a legitimate service/assistance dog. Accord...
by Robin Itzler


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Nancy Pelosi supports executive overreach by President Obama

National Review Online has made the video clip below available of our junior senator, Nancy Pelosi, reacting to President Obama’s State of the Union address last night. She says that its A-OK with her if President Obama ignor...
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Rossmoor Festival, contraband cupcakes

A beautiful day in the neighborhood, until the Health Department showed up

The Rossmoor Homeowners Association couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather for the Rossmoor Community Festival. Bev Houghton, in charge of checking vendors in, had the happy problem of finding room for more vendors than...
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Robin Itzler, Christmas, Marketing Maven

The Marketing Maven: Keeping Christmas Kosher

There are two months each year when the divide between liberals and conservatives becomes wider than the Grand Canyon. The first is November, when Election Day demonstrates that America is a 50/50 nation. No matter who wins, ap...
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RCSD, ad hoc committee, meeting 10 Jan 2012

Video of RCSD Shops at Rossmoor Ad Hoc Committee meeting, 10 Jan. 2012

From CSMP: This is coverage of the first RCSD (Rossmoor Community Services District) Shops at Rossmoor ad hoc committee meeting, held January 10, 2012 at Rush Park auditorium in Rossmoor. The committee was called for at the Dec...
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Cypress Chamber announces exhibitor booths still available for Community Festival

The following information was released by the Cypress Chamber of Commerce. The Cypress Chamber of Commerce still has high profile commercial exhibitor booths available for the July 28 Cypress Community Festival at Oak Knoll Par...
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Robin Itzler, take 3

The Marketing Maven: Seventeen reasons to vote for Obama on Nov. 6

After several columns promoting that Mitt Romney be elected President of the United States, it’s only fair that I devote at least one column to why voters should consider re-electing Barack Obama. This column is dedicated to ...
by Robin Itzler


Robin Itzler on a family cruise to Mexico in 1978.

Marketing Maven: Ship happens

Businesses large and small have marketing campaigns that highlight how they strive to satisfy their customers with outstanding products and/or services. Yet, even an award-winning marketing campaign can become an albatross when...
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Marketing Maven: Hooray for Marketingwood!

Editor’s note: IMDB plot summary of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” — As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affe...
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Pedestrian and motorcyclist die in Long Beach traffic accident

On Thursday, July 17, 2014, at approximately 9:45 p.m., Long Beach Police responded to the area of Ocean Blvd. and 8th Pl. regarding an injury traffic collision, which resulted in the death of two female adults. When officers a...
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LAHS boy’s varsity basketball vs. Villa Park

In tournament play on Saturday, Dec. 17, Los Alamitos High School’s Griffin boy’s varsity basketball team beat the Villa Park Spartans 72 to 62 according to MaxPreps. The Spartans rolled up points faster than the Griffins i...
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Seal Beach, 2012 Harman small business, Beach Fitness

Beach Fitness-Crossfit Seal Beach chosen as State Senator Harman’s small business of the year

The following information was released by State Senator Tom Harman. State Senator Harman (R-Huntington Beach) is pleased to recognize Bryce Turner and Barbara Bartee, co-owners of Beach Fitness-CrossFit Seal Beach” as the “...
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Cypress Community Festival, Chamber mixer, Dr. Michael Kasler, Dr. Barbara Dunsheath

Cypress Community Festival to honor sponsors at mixer on July 26

The following information was released by the Cypress Community Festival Committee. The Cypress Chamber of Commerce, in association with Cypress College, will host the annual Cypress Community Festival Mixer at the college from...
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Gary DeLong, CA-47 Congressional candidate

Gary DeLong leapfrogs Alan Lowenthal in the 47th Congressional District tally

The vote counts and percentages were released by the Orange County Registrar of Voters. UPDATE: Please see the comments for a correction, noting that the tally reported here does not include votes from the larger portion of Con...
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Seal Beach Pier fishermen

Rotary Club sponsors Twenty-first Annual Seal Beach Fishing Derby

The following information was released by the Rotary Club of Los Alamitos/Seal Beach. The Rotary Club of Los Alamitos/Seal Beach are inviting youths up to fifteen years old to compete in the Twenty-First Annual Seal Beach Fishi...
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Alan Lowenthal

Room with a View: An alternative reason for Alan Lowenthal stiff-arming the League of Women Voters

Congressional candidate Gary DeLong sent out a news release announcing that his opponent in the new 47th Congressional District, Democrat Alan Lowenthal, had refused an invitation from the League of Women Voters for a joint tow...
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Doug Bailey

Cypress Councilman accuses Los Alamitos Mayor of attempted recording of conversation

The published order of items on the agenda of the regular meeting of the Cypress City Council on Monday, May 13, was re-arranged by Mayor Prakash Narain. Two items were moved to the start of the meeting: a report from Councilma...
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