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Weather in northwest Orange County for Saturday, May 23, 2015

Posted  May 23, 2015  by  Katie

Today’s weather in northwest Orange County for Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Southern California, along the Los Angeles County border: Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 70. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Temperatures are expected to […]

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Weather in northwest Orange County for Friday, May 22, 2015

Posted  May 22, 2015  by  shelley

Today’s weather in northwest Orange County for Friday, May 22, 2015, in Southern California, along the Los Angeles County border: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11am, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance […]

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Weather in northwest Orange County for Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Posted  May 20, 2015  by  shelley

Today’s weather in northwest Orange County for Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Southern California, along the Los Angeles County border: A chance of drizzle before 11am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Light south wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: A chance of drizzle after […]

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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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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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USC fails to hold back BC in 37-31 loss

Red bandanas in memory of a Boston College grad who died helping others get out of the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001 were a omen that yesterday’s game meant more to the Eagles — both players and fans — than an out-of-co...
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UCLA QB Hundley hurt, backup QB Neuheisel leads Bruins to 20-17 win over Texas

The Bruins beat the Longhorns in the last three minutes of Saturday’s game — at the cost of the loss of their starting quarterback, Brett Hundley, who suffered an elbow injury while landing awkwardly during a tackle in the ...
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Today’s weather for Sunday, September 14: Heat advisory

Today’s local weather: Sunny, with a high near 100. Light southwest wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Heat advisory through 7 p.m. Tuesday Coastal temperatures will be in the upper 80s Saturday and lower 90...
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Long Beach to open cooling centers on Sunday, Sept. 14

In response to the high temperatures forecasted for the weekend, the City of Long Beach will open Cooling Centers on Sunday, Sept. 14, at the following park facilities: El Dorado West Community Center – 2800 Studebaker Rd...
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Mike Schoppman, candidate for Cypress City Council in 2014. Courtesy photo.

Candidate statement: Mike Schoppman, Cypress City Council

Mike Schoppman is running for election to one of three open seats on the Cypress City Council. Mr. Schoppman responded to our invitation, extended at a recent City Council meeting, to all local candidates to send us a photo and...
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Show left to right: Cypress Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board David Macdonald, Lt. Col. Nathan Range, and CenterStone Communities President Hal Woods. As a new member, Mr. Woods holds a plaque welcoming his to the Chamber. Courtesy photo.

Cypress Chamber welcomes new member, hears update on Joint Forces Training Base

Cypress Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board David Macdonald thanked Lt. Col. Nathan Range (Deputy Base Commander for the Joint Forces Training Base) as CenterStone Communities President Hal Woods looked on. Range gave att...
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A drought no-no: sprinklers watering the sidewalk.

Golden State Water notifies customers of State drought regulations

Golden State Water Company (Golden State Water) has been ordered by the California Public Utilities Commission to notify its customers of the State Water Resources Control Board’s (Board) recent adoption of emergency restrict...
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Shown left to right: Cypress Woman’s Club President Joyce Grohmann with President’s Award Volunteer of the Month recipient Maria Sterk. Courtesy photo.

Cypress Woman’s Club recognizes member achievements

The Woman’s Club of Cypress (WCC) held its first meeting following the summer recess and it was filled with a lot of recognition. The September 3 meeting at the Cypress Community Center included: Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Si...
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East side exterior of Cypress Senior Center. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.

Special topics and screenings at Cypress Senior Center for September 2014

The following programs will be offered at the Cypress Senior Center, which is located at 9031 Grindlay St., just south of Lincoln Ave. and about a mile west of Valley View St. in Cypress. You need not be a Cypress resident to p...
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High temperatures and wildfire smoke pose potential health risk

Higher than normal temperatures are expected throughout the weekend in many inland Orange County cities, increasing the risk of heat-related illnesses. In addition, smoke from the wildland brush fire burning in Silverado Canyon...
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Dave and Sherry Barnes; Todd Mattern; George Young; Beth Barczewski; Sean, Amy, Mairi, and Gianna Payne; Dave, John and Kay Mount; Patricia Eskenazi; Don, Diane, and Dave Appling. Photo courtesy of LASB Rotary.

Rotary Club tours Long Beach Harbor

The Rotary Club of Los Alamitos/Seal Beach recently hosted a speaker from the Port of Long Beach Commission to hear updates about the world’s second busiest port. The speaker invited the Club to tour the Harbor, which the...
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Los Alamitos Trunk or Treat

Save the date for Los Alamitos Trunk-or-Treat!

The Los Alamitos Recreation and Community Services Department held its second Trunk-or-Treat event last year. Thanks to the support of the community and local businesses it was a great success with over 1500 people attending. T...
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Jockey Fernando Perez. Courtesy of LARC.

Jockey wins three, skips to lead in standings for LARC Fall Thoroughbred meet

A Friday triple pushed Fernando Perez into sole possession of the lead in the jockey standings almost halfway through the inaugural Fall meet at Los Alamitos. Perez, who had seven victories during the Summer Thoroughbred Festiv...
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Today’s weather for Saturday, September 13: Heat advisory

Today’s local weather: Sunny, with a high near 99. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Heat advisory from 10 a.m. Saturday to 7 p.m. Monday Coastal temperatures will be in the upper 80s Saturday an...
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High temperatures bring risk of heat-related illnesses

Temperatures in many inland Orange County communities are expected to reach high temperatures above 95 degrees this weekend, increasing the risk of heat related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke for those who are m...
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Wildfire burns off Silverado Canyon Road south of Corona

Fire agencies under the command of the United States Fire Service and including Orange County Fire Authority have aggressively attacked a wildfire that started this morning around 10:30 a.m. off of Silverado Canyon Rd. south of...
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Anaheim cooling centers offer relief from the heat

With this weekend’s high-heat advisory, the City of Anaheim is reminding the community of its 10 cooling centers to help residents beat the heat. Please call the location nearest you to for hours of operation. Brookhurst Comm...
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