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Weather in northwest Orange County for Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Posted  May 27, 2015  by  Katie

Today’s weather in northwest Orange County for Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Southern California, along the Los Angeles County border: A chance of drizzle before 11am. Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 73. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Increasing clouds, with a low around […]

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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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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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Weather in northwest Orange County for Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Today’s weather in northwest Orange County for Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Southern California, along the Los Angeles County border: A chance of drizzle before 11am. Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with...
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Garden Grove Senior Center to host free movie night

The H. Louis Lake Senior Center will host a free movie night on Thursday, June 11, 2015 starting at 5:00 p.m., in the Senior Center Dining Room, located at 11300 Stanford Avenue. All seniors are invited to enjoy free dinner, re...
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VPCOC to honor community leaders for preventing violence

The Violence Prevention Coalition of Orange County (VPCOC) cordially invites you to join in the celebration of recognizing our community leaders for their outstanding contributions and commitment to the prevention of violence. ...
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Every Drop Counts campaign encourages water conservation

Elected officials, along with transportation and water-district leaders, gathered this morning to launch a multi-agency water conservation campaign in Orange County with the message, Every Drop Counts, to help raise awareness a...
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Young Kim’s AB 419 to help small businesses passes Assembly

AB 419, authored by Assemblywoman Young Kim (R-Fullerton), passed the State Assembly today with a vote of 72-0. This legislation requires the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) to post the state r...
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Pacific Symphony celebrates director’s 25 years

More than 400 guests dressed in their finest gathered on Saturday, May 16, to participate in one of Pacific Symphony’s most heartwarming galas to date, “Celebrating Carl St.Clair’s 25 Years in Orange County.” Honoring t...
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Health Neighborhood Initiative forum seeks public input tonight

The community is invited to share their thoughts and help shape a new mental health initiative designed to provide collaborative, whole-person care in Long Beach. The “Health Neighborhood Initiative” forum is schedu...
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New report on OC teen suicide and self-harm released

New report on OC teen suicide and self-harm released by OC Health Care and Sheriff’s Department. A joint HCA and OC Sheriff-Coroner Division report provides a description of intentional self-harm and suicide deaths for te...
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Golden State Water announces second public information meeting

Golden State Water announces second public information meeting

As promised, Golden State Water has arranged a second public information meeting at a larger venue to better serve their communities’ need for information regarding the water use restrictions mandated by California Governor J...
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Bar Rescue coming to Brix Sunset Beach

Spike TV’s Bar Rescue team will be filming at Brix Sunset Beach Tuesday through Friday this week. Bar Rescue is hosted by bar expert Jon Taffer, who has been in the business of bars for more than thirty years (and flipped...
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Buena Park woman killed in traffic accident

Buena Park woman killed in traffic accident in Westminster. According to the Orange County Coroner, Buena Park resident Lourdes Ferrerya, 49, was injured when the car she was riding in struck a tree at Bolsa Ave. and East Dr. i...
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Weather in northwest Orange County for Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Today’s weather in northwest Orange County for Memorial Day, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Southern California, along the Los Angeles County border: Partly sunny, with a high near 75. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in ...
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Chelsea Shields helps lower the flag during a Memorial Day retreat ceremony on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, May 25, 2015. Shields is assigned to the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing. The article and photo are courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense.

Lowering the flag on Memorial Day in Afghanistan

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Chelsea Shields helps lower the flag during a Memorial Day retreat ceremony on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, May 25, 2015. Shields is assigned to the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing. The article and ph...
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Brittany, left, and her son, Christian, 4, visit the grave of her husband and his father, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Christopher Jacobs, on Memorial Day in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 25, 2015. Christian is wearing his father's cover. Photo courtesy of the US Department of Defense.

Graveside visit at Arlington National Cemetery

Brittany, left, and her son, Christian, 4, visit the grave of her husband and his father, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Christopher Jacobs, on Memorial Day in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 25, 2015. ...
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Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, greets wounded warrior Romulo Camargo, a retired Army chief warrant officer, and his family. CWO (ret.) Camargo and his family listened to the 26th National Memorial Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., May 24, 2015. The concert included musical performances, documentary footage and dramatic readings to honor the fallen and comfort the grieving. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Defense.

Army General greets wounded warrior and his family

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, greets wounded warrior Romulo Camargo, a retired Army chief warrant officer, and his family. CWO (ret.) Camargo and his family listened to the 26th National Me...
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Poll: Most Americans recognize importance of Memorial Day

Most Americans consider Memorial Day an important U.S. holiday, and an even larger number plan to do something special to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. A new Rasmussen Reports national tele...
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President Barack Obama walks through an honor cordon before the United States Coast Guard Academy commencement in New London, Conn., May 20, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama honors the fallen for Memorial Day 2015

In this week’s address, the President commemorated Memorial Day by paying tribute to the men and women in uniform who have given their lives in service to our country. The President will spend the first Memorial Day since the...
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