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Weather in northwest Orange County for Sunday, May 24, 2015

Posted  May 24, 2015  by  shelley

Today’s weather in northwest Orange County for Sunday, May 24, 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 74. South wind around 5 mph. Tonight: Increasing clouds, with a low around 60. South wind 5 to 10 […]

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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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Independent consultant completes OCDA audit

An independent consulting firm has published the performance audit of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA). The audit was conducted by Altmayer Consulting (Altmayer) and focused on the daily operation and m...
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Secretary of Defense issues Memorial Day statement

While every Memorial Day is marked with solemn remembrance, in 2015 we take special note. This year – as we mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the 65th ann...
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Travis Allen condemns Democrats holding back AB 89

This week, Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) announced that Assembly Bill 89, which would have exempted public schools from the state sales and use tax, was held by the Democrats in the Assembly Committee on Revenue...
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East side exterior of Cypress Senior Center. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.

Special topics and screenings at the Cypress Senior Center for June 2015

The following programs will be offered at the Cypress Senior Center. You do not need to be a Cypress resident to participate in these free programs. Reservations are recommended, unless otherwise indicated. For more information...
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St. Isidore to hold art and wine tasting event May 31

The 2015 Meet & Greet Local Artist and Wine Tasting Event is being held at St. Isidore Historical Plaza on Sunday, May 31, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Join us in this unique fundraiser that pairs a piece of art, a bri...
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Seal Beach awarded for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Seal Beach by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual ...
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Rossmoor stabber sentenced to 13 years in prison

A man was sentenced today to 13 years in state prison for the attempted murder of a female jogger by stabbing her multiple times. James Anthony Rivas, 20, Rossmoor, was found guilty by a jury on April 3, 2015, of one felony cou...
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Golden State Water underestimates interest in public meeting on water use

Golden State Water underestimates interest in public meeting on water use, promises another public meeting soon Last Wednesday evening, Ken Vecchiarelli, local area General Manager for Golden State Water Company, began his pres...
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Should you make investment moves based on a strong dollar?

Currently, the U.S. dollar is pumped-up and powerful. But what does a strong dollar mean to you, as an investor? To begin with, it’s important to understand just what is meant by a “strong” dollar. The U.S. dollar does no...
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Detailed information on races scheduled May 22 through May 24 at Los Alamitos Race Course

Detailed information on races scheduled May 15 through May 17 at Los Alamitos Race Course provided by Los Alamitos Race Course: Friday, May 22 Saturday, May 23 Sunday, May 24
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Weather in northwest Orange County for Friday, May 22, 2015

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 ...
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SBPD conducting DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint this weekend

Seal Beach Police Department Traffic Unit, part of the Orange County Avoid DUI Task Force, will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, May 22, 2015 and Sunday, May 24, 2015 within the Seal Beach city limit...
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Garden Grove announces temporary street closures for Strawberry Festival

Beginning Friday, May 22 through Monday, May 25, the annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival will take place in Village Green park, located at 12732 Main Street, where Euclid and Main Streets intersect. During the four-day fest...
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Support Sunburst at Dodger game

Sunburst Youth Academy will be recognized at Friday night’s 710 Dodger game against the Padres and throwing out the first pitch. Tickets are available for $50 in the “All You Can Eat” Right Field Pavilion whic...
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Long Beach Symphony and Camerata Singers join forces

Long Beach Symphony and Camerata Singers join forces for performance and creation of choral-orchestral masterworks. Long Beach Symphony Association and Long Beach Camerata Singers today announced that they have formed an artist...
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California ties Texas with 3 cities of a million or more people

San Jose, Calif., is now among the 10 U.S. cities with a population of 1 million or more, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. California now has three cities with 1 million or more people (Los Angel...
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Statewide water restrictions take effect June 1, 2015.

Anaheim City Council restricts outdoor watering

The Anaheim City Council has approved an ordinance to restrict landscape watering to two days per week, in an effort to reduce daily water use during the ongoing drought. The ordinance will help Anaheim achieve its required wat...
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