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Today’s weather for Saturday, December 20: beach hazards

Posted  December 19, 2014  by  shelley

Today’s local weather: A slight chance of sprinkles before 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 65. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 50. South wind around 5 mph becoming east after midnight. The article above is based on information released by the National Weather Service. Beach […]

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The Habit Burger Grill in Cypress. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.
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Local shopping spot: Katella at Knott

Posted  December 19, 2014  by  shelley

The looming closure of Tuesday Morning casts a bit of gloom over shopping at Meridian Plaza, a short block west of the intersection of Katella Ave. and Knott St. along Katella — unless you like insane deals on what’s left of their stock. The doors will close by Jan. 24. While that leaves quite a […]

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Members: Lacy P, Derek T, and Alyssa B share the love this holiday season. Courtesy photo.
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Christmas Wish: Boys and Girls Club of Cypress fill member wish lists

Posted  December 9, 2014  by  courtesy

The Boys & Girls Club of Cypress is currently collecting holiday gifts and supplies from now through Dec. 19. The demand for assistance is great during the holidays and the Club is seeking your support. The Boys & Girls Club of Cypress is also selling handmade Christmas ornaments and has a Giving Tree with items […]

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Two young boys Tyler, 9, and his 10-year-old friend Mickey, just want a place to ride their motocross bikes - it's their Christmas wish. Photo courtesy of Loreen Berlin.
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Christmas Wish: help Santa find a location for a Motocross track

Posted  December 5, 2014  by  courtesy

Is “Santa’s helper” going to fulfill children’s wishes for a Motocross track? Dave Morse, a Garden Grove resident, who helps Santa each year in the City of Stanton, said he feels bad because he was hoping to fulfill requests from some young boys and girls for a place to ride their Motocross bikes, but so […]

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The signboard in front of Mac-Fusion on Main Street just north of Electric Ave. in Old Town Seal Beach. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.
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Local shopping spot: Mac-Fusion in Seal Beach

Posted  December 4, 2014  by  shelley

The best thing about progress made to date on the West County Connectors Project is that crossing the I-405 on the Seal Beach Blvd. bridge no longer takes forty-five minutes. That means everyone north of the freeway has clear sailing to Old Town Seal Beach and its funky, eclectic collection of shops on Main Street. […]

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Local shopping spot: Cypress Plaza East

Posted  December 4, 2014  by  Katie

While you’re out and about searching for gifts for your loved ones this holiday season, be sure to stop by Cypress Plaza East at the southwest corner of the intersection of Ball Rd. and Valley View St. at the border with Buena Park. There’s plenty of shopping to be had, plus a number of eateries […]

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Club members Albert H. and Kenny M. help sort canned goods collected by Club families to donate to We Care for the holidays. Courtesy photo.
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Christmas Wish: Boys and Girls Club needs items for after-school program

Posted  December 3, 2014  by  courtesy

The Boys & Girls Club of Cypress hosted a Canned Food Drive for the month of November. Members brought in nonperishable food donations to assist families in need during the holiday season. All collections were donated to We Care, a non-profit organization formed to meet the emergency needs of families with services such as food, […]

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A street musicians entertains the crowd prior to the start of the 2011 Seal Beach Christmas Parade. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.
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Local shopping spot: a magical time of the year in Old Town Seal Beach

Posted  December 3, 2014  by  shelley

Paraphrasing a popular bumper sticker about fishing, any day at the beach is better than a day at work… …but a magical day shopping in Seal Beach comes once a year, and this year that day is Friday, Dec. 5, when the Seal Beach Christmas Parade marshals on Ocean Ave., marches down Main Street starting […]

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A Santa Claus Christmas ornament at Green Street Interiors in November 2012. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.
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Local shopping spot: Get ready for the holidays on Los Al Blvd.

Posted  December 2, 2014  by  Katie

Los Alamitos is a haven for small businesses featuring treasures for the coming holiday season. From home furnishings to stationery, kids’ toys and beyond, Los Al Boulevard is a fantastic place to do your Christmas shopping and grab a bite to eat. Getting into the holiday spirit To top off any holiday party, Great Dane […]

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A parrot at Exotic Birds by Fran, 9215 Valley View St. in Cypress. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.
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Local shopping spot: Lincoln and Valley View

Posted  November 30, 2014  by  shelley

The intersection of Lincoln Ave. and Valley View St. is half in Cypress and half in Buena Park. This spot’s theme could be “discount shopping” based on the anchor stores on three of the four corners. Shopping The northeast corner is anchored by Albertsons and CVS Pharmacy on the north. Dollar Tree and Big Lots […]

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Spotlight for December 2014

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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December Dining, Arts and Entertainment now available!

Our popular monthly Dining, Arts & Entertainment (DARTS) listing is available as a downloadable pdf document. Now the December 2014 DARTS can be downloaded for free! From cover to back, it’s pages are stuffed with event l...
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Today’s weather for Saturday, December 20: beach hazards

Today’s local weather: A slight chance of sprinkles before 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 65. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 50. South wind around 5 mph becoming east...
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Mac-Fusion supports LAEF’s King and Queen Campaign

Mac-Fusion on Main Street in Seal Beach has generously sponsored LAEF’s King and Queen of Hearts Campaign at the Duke/Duchess level of $2000. The Los Alamitos Education Foundation (LAEF) is extremely grateful to Marilyn Halpi...
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New Year's fireworks above Knott's Berry Farm. Photo courtesy of Knott's Berry Farm.

Knott’s invites the family to party on New Year’s Eve

The countdown to the New Year is on at Knott’s Merry Farm! With special fireworks, live entertainment, and extended hours, plus Knott’s signature rides and attractions, Knott’s New Year’s Eve celebration is the place fo...
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The Habit Burger Grill in Cypress. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.

Local shopping spot: Katella at Knott

The looming closure of Tuesday Morning casts a bit of gloom over shopping at Meridian Plaza, a short block west of the intersection of Katella Ave. and Knott St. along Katella — unless you like insane deals on what’s left o...
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Time for a family meeting to discuss financial preparations?

During the holiday season, you no doubt have a lot going on in your life — work functions, gatherings with friends and neighbors, tracking down the elusive “perfect gift,” etc. But you may find it valuable to add one more...
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Mari Barke and her daughter show off brightly-colored socks at the Duke & Duchess booth at Winter Wonderland at the Plaza. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.

Winter Wonderland vendor: Duke and Duchess

The organizers of the 2014 Winter Wonderland at the Plaza would like to extend sincere thanks to vendor Duke & Duchess for participating in and supporting the community event. The participation and support of sponsors and v...
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CHP wants a happy holiday season

With holiday celebrations upon us, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is preparing for this heavily-traveled time of year by educating the motoring public about safety on our roadways. As part of its upcoming Maximum Enforceme...
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Faith Proof runs to second easy victory of LARC Winter thoroughbred meet

Faith Proof became the first two-time winner of the Winter thoroughbred meet, rolling to another easy victory Thursday at Los Alamitos. Twelve days after defeating $8,000 claimers by 6 ¼ lengths in her first for trainer Mark G...
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Two representatives of Dennys at their booth at Winter Wonerland at the Plaza. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.

Winter Wonderland exhibitor: Dennys

The organizers of the 2014 Winter Wonderland at the Plaza would like to extend sincere thanks to exhibitor Denny’s Restaurants for participating in and supporting the community event. The participation and support of sponsors...
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SBPD receives special grant from California Office of Traffic Safety

Seal Beach Police Department has been awarded a $132,616 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths an...
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John Wayne Airport offers holiday travel tips

John Wayne Airport (JWA) anticipates a busier-than-normal travel period between December 19, 2014 and January 2, 2015. Last year, more than 350,000 passengers traveled through JWA during this period. To ensure a smooth visit to...
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California ranks in the middle for personal income growth in 2014 third quarter

The federal Bureau of Economic Analysis today released a report on personal income growth in the third quarter (July, August, September) of 2014. With 1 percent growth, California ranks 20th of all the states, in the middle of ...
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Save 51% at El Mahroosa Cafe | 930 S Brookhurst St., Anaheim | 714-991-9200

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Recount results in no change for Measure J

The recount of the ballots cast in the 2014 General Election North Orange County Community College District, Fullerton/Cypress Colleges Bond Measure J has ended with no change in the vote total. No ballots were recounted in the...
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Today’s weather for Friday, December 19

Today’s local weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. West wind around 5 ...
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Unidentified man struck by truck in Buena Park

According to the Orange County Coroner, a man was struck by a truck while walking along Orangethorpe Ave. at the eastbound SR-91 Freeway in Buena Park shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 17. The victim was transported to...
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Alamitos Bay closed to swimmers due to sewage spill

A sewage spill Wednesday night in Alamitos Bay has resulted in a beach closure for all swimming areas in the bay. The spill has been contained. The total volume of the spill was estimated at approximately 11,250 gallons with 5,...
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Super Queen Mum's Tea for Two at McKenna's | 810 Electric Ave., Seal Beach | 562-431-0200

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California drought map for September 4, 2014. Map courtesy of National Drought Mitigation Center.

Keep calm and carry on conserving water

After the satisfying series of rain storms that thundered through since Thanksgiving, you could be forgiven for expecting that a significant dent has been put in the statewide drought. You would be right — and emphatically wr...
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Coroner offers no explanation for death of Westminster man

According to the Orange County Coroner, Westminster resident Thiep Nguyen, 49, was “injured” around midnight on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 501 The City Drive South in Orange, north of the Garden Grove Freeway and west of the Sa...
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Nissan displayed a new vehicle at Winter Wonderland at the Plaza. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.

Winter Wonderland exhibitor: Nissan

The organizers of the 2014 Winter Wonderland at the Plaza would like to extend sincere thanks to exhibitor Nissan for participating in and supporting the community event. The participation and support of sponsors, exhibitors, a...
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OC Sheriff asking for help identifying iPhone robbers

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 at approximately 7:20 p.m, a robbery occurred at the Verizon 4G Wireless store located at 120 North El Camino Real. The suspects entered the store and demanded iPhones that were being stored in the ba...
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LBPD stages ‘tobacco decoy’ operation, cites 10 for sale to minors

On Dec. 13, 2014, Juvenile Investigations detectives, along with the Department of Health and Human Services, participated in a Tobacco Decoy Operation. During this operation, minors entered businesses and requested to buy toba...
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HBPD to man DUI checkpoint Friday, Dec. 19

The Huntington Beach Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint this Friday night, Dec. 19, 2014, between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a prove...
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