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Weather in northwest Orange County for Friday, May 29, 2015

Posted  May 29, 2015  by  Katie

Today’s weather in northwest Orange County for Friday, May 29, 2015, in Southern California, along the Los Angeles County border: Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 78. Light west wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low […]

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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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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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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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Long Beach man arrested for human trafficking

A program created to assist human trafficking victims has led to the arrest of a human trafficking suspect, with subsequent charges being filed. On Tuesday, May 26, 2015, Long Beach Police Vice detectives presented their case i...
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U.S. Navy Adm. Scott H. Swift delivers remarks as he assumes command of U.S. Pacific Fleet from Navy Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. during the change-of-command ceremonies for U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Pacific Fleet in Honolulu May 27, 2015. Photo courtesy of US Department of Defense.

US Pacific Fleet changes commanders

U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) and U.S. Pacific Fleet (USPACFLT) held a joint change of command ceremony onboard Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, May 27. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter presided over the ceremony as Adm. Scot...
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Shown left to right: Board Member Brian Nakamura, Board Member Lydia Sondhi, Ph.D., Superintendent Finalist Anne Silavs; Board Clerk Sandra Lee; Board President Candi Kern; Board Vice President Steve Blount. Courtesy photo.

Cypress School Board names new District superintendent

The Cypress School District Board of Trustees is delighted to announce that a finalist for the position of Superintendent has been identified, and upon successful negotiation of a contract and ratification at the next regularly...
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Make timely adjustments to your 529 plan

If you have school-age children, you might greet the arrival of June with some relief — for at least a few months, you don’t have to worry about “encouraging” kids to do their homework, study for tests, give you their p...
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Aggressive uncooperative man shot and killed by Long Beach Police officer

On Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at approximately 7:30 p.m., Long Beach Police received a call from the Long Beach Fire Department requesting assistance in the 4600 block of East 15th St. Fire Department personnel were responding to...
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OCSD conducting Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation this weekend

In an effort to lower deaths and injuries, deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation this weekend beginning Friday, May 29, 2015. Extra offic...
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No tsunami threat from 6.8 quake in Alaska. Map of location of magnitude 6.8 quake in Alaska on May 29, 2015. Map courtesy of USGS.

No tsunami threat from 6.8 quake in Alaska

No tsunami threat from 6.8 quake in Alaska According to the the National Weather Service Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, no threat of a tsunami is expected following a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in the Alaska Peninsula overnight....
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Weather in northwest Orange County for Friday, May 29, 2015

Today’s weather in northwest Orange County for Friday, May 29, 2015, in Southern California, along the Los Angeles County border: Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 78. Light west wind bec...
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Cypress City Council honors World War II veteran Howard Phelps on May 26, 2015. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.

Cypress City Council honors Howard Phelps in quarterly veteran recognition

During the regular meeting of the Cypress City Council on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, the Council honored resident Howard Phelps as part of its quarterly veteran recognition program. The veteran recognition program was instituted to...
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Rossmoor residential burglary suspect Joseph Haga. Photo courtesy of Orange County Sheriff's Department.

OCSD arrests Bellflower man for Rossmoor burglary

On Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Joseph Haga, 21, Bellflower was arrested in connection with a residential burglary that occurred Tuesday at a home in the Rossmoor community. The burglary was interrupted by a female resident that ar...
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American Pharoah, trained by Bob Baffert. Photo courtesy of Los Alamitos Race Course.

Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah nominated to run in Los Alamitos Derby this summer

Headed by the Bob Baffert-trained pair of American Pharoah and Dortmund; along with such outstanding sophomores as Firing Line, Kentuckian and Texas Red, a total of 42 horses have been nominated to the Grade II, $350,000-guaran...
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Public invited to grand opening of new Beach pedestrian path in Long Beach

Public invited to grand opening of new Beach pedestrian path in Long Beach. Mayor Robert Garcia, Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal, Councilwoman Suzie Price, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, and the Tidelands Capital Imp...
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Pictured are Boys & Girls Club members Mahayla V., Arlene H., Denise E., Samantha A., Summer W., Ryann H., Alyssa H., Kiyoko S., Sophia J., Hailey P., Souly A., Alexis P., and Maya R., along with dance team instructor Candice Brown and Cypress College dance students. Courtesy photo.

Boys and Girls Club Dance Team visits Cypress College

The Boys & Girls Club of Cypress Dance Team visited the fine arts department at Cypress College as a special end-of-season field trip. The team got to try out several different dance styles and perform their own dances in a...
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Ryan Kusch, 2015 LAHS valediction. Photo courtesy of Rod Kusch.

Los Al High valedictorian to play basketball for Harvey Mudd College

Los Al High valedictorian to play basketball for Harvey Mudd College. At the conclusion of the 2014-2015 high school basketball season, Ryan Kusch was selected to the Sunset League’s All Academic Team, and he was a member...
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Anaheim man killed in solo car crash on 57 Freeway in Brea

Anaheim man killed in solo car crash on 57 Freeway in Brea According to the Orange County Coroner, Anaheim resident Jesus Hernandez, 19, died from injuries sustained when he lost control of the car he was driving and crashed on...
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Long Beach mini mart owner dies of injuries from March 2014 robbery

Long Beach mini mart owner dies of injuries from March 2014 robbery, $10,000 reward renewed. Last night, May 26, 2015, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, at the recommendation of Supervisor Don Knabe, re-issued a $10,...
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Unplanned power outages in Orange County as of Thursday, May 28

As of this morning, Southern California Edison is working on the following unplanned power outages in Orange County: unincorporated Orange County, near Saigon Ln. and Ervin Ln.: Started at 8:44 p.m. on Ma7 27. The cause was equ...
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