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California State Senator Janet Nguyen. Courtesy photo.

40th anniversary of end of Vietnam War evokes legislative designation of April as memorial month

Today, Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR 29) designating the month of April as Black April Memorial Month, to remember the lives lost during the Vietnam War era passed unanimously off the Assembly Floor. “I am honored to join...
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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as Punchbowl. Wikicommons.

Unknown USS Oklahoma sailors to be disinterred for possible identification

The Department of Defense (DoD) announced today that the remains of up to 388 unaccounted for sailors and Marines, associated with the USS Oklahoma, will be exhumed later this year. Upon disinterment, the remains will be transf...
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East side exterior of Cypress Senior Center. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.

Cypress College professor to speak on the Crusades

Popular speaker David Halahmy, professor in the History Dept. at Cypress College, returns to the Cypress Senior Center with the program “The Crusades, A Medieval Conflict for the Ages.” The program will be presented on Frid...
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An aspiring third baseman learns to play the violin

The third day of our elementary school semester in 1930 is one day I have never forgotten. I was seven years old, and in the second grade at John Hancock School in Detroit, Michigan. I was dressed in the new light blue shirt an...
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Los Alamitos Museum seeks volunteer docents

The Museum has some wonderful true historical tales regarding the initiation and pursuit of the sugar beet industry in Los Alamitos. Interesting events occurred in the small village, events depicting life as it was long ago. A ...
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The Wall That Heals to visit Buena Park April 16-19

The Wall That Heals, a 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, along with a mobile Education Center, is coming to Buena Park on April 16 at 10:00am at the Walter D. Ehlers Community Center and will be open and free t...
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WCC President Joyce Grohmann, left, awards Robin Itzler a certificate as February Volunteer of the Month. Courtesy photo.

Fannie Bixby Spencer to speak to Woman’s Club of Cypress at April 1 meeting

The Woman’s Club of Cypress (WCC) welcomes Marcia Harris as famed Long Beach founding resident Fannie Bixby Spencer to their Wednesday, April 1 meeting that begins at 10 a.m. at the Cypress Community Center (5700 Orange Ave. ...
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Chinese immigrant admitted to California bar more than a century after applying

According to a case document published by the California State Supreme Court (pdf), Chinese native Hong Yen Chang emigrated to the United States in 1872, graduated from the Philips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, in 18...
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Los Alamitos Museum screening silent movie filmed in old Los Al

The Los Alamitos Museum will be presenting a “silent” circa 1916 movie entitled “A Bond of Blood” The movie was produced by the Capital Film Company starring Al Jennings with Al Jennings playing himself. This is a very ...
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Unidentified female dead on Huntington Beach Street

According to the Orange County Coroner, an unidentified woman was found dead at about 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, in the 8100 block of Talbert Ave. (just east of Beach Blvd.) in Huntington Beach. No further information was...
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Four-part lecture series on the Civil War continues on April 18 at Rancho Los Cerritos

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is presenting Remembering the Civil War: Perspectives on Race, Place, and Movement, a four-part Saturday morning lecture s...
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US Navy Reserve celebrates a hundred years of service in March

The Navy Reserve will mark its centennial anniversary on Tuesday, March 3, with a series of events starting in Washington DC and continuing at installations around the country during the year. The events will highlight the hist...
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Get to know the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base

The Joint Forces Training Base (JFTB), first set aside in 1940, almost hides in plain sight in Los Alamitos. It’s an “island” amid developed land on all sides, a guide told my tour group at the Airfield, showing us an aer...
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Rare leatherback sea turtle fossil found on County construction site

In a discovery that helps shed light on life in Orange County millions of years ago, an Orange County (OC) Public Works project team constructing a new regional transportation corridor uncovered extremely rare marine turtle fos...
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