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Weather in northwest Orange County for Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015

Posted  May 25, 2015  by  shelley

Today’s weather in northwest Orange County for Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015, in Southern California, along the Los Angeles County border: Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 72. Light southeast wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Increasing clouds, with a low around 60. South […]

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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 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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Cover art for May 2015 Dining, Arts, and Entertainment.

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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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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OC Register home delivery still fails in northwest Orange County

This morning while I sifted through overnight emails, I heard a paper thrown on our driveway. Had the Orange County Register finally returned? No. I found today’s issue of the local weekly News Enterprise. We have now gone wi...
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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 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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OC Register suffering delivery problems

We have heard from readers of Orange County Breeze who are also subscribers to the Orange County Register that they haven’t received their newspaper since Friday. We are highly sympathetic to delivery problems, having suffere...
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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 twitter.com/OC_Breeze. 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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OC Animal Care seeking owner after dog attacks two horses

OC Animal Care is investigating a dog involved in an attack on two horses in O’Neill Regional Park on March 27, 2015. The horses were being ridden on Live Oak Trail at approximately 12:45 pm. The equestrians reported that bot...
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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 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...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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