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Today’s weather for Thursday, Feb. 26

Posted  February 26, 2015  by  courtesy

Today’s local weather: Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 69. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Increasing clouds, with a low around 54. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm. The article above is based on information released by the National […]

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2014 Youth Center Stellar Scholarship winner Andrew Turner (right) with Seal Beach Mayor Ellery Deaton. Courtesy photo.
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Youth Center awards recognition and scholarships to young stellar volunteers

Posted  February 16, 2015  by  courtesy

Stellar philanthropic youth shine at The Youth Center’s 3rd annual A Night among the Stars “Together We Make A Difference” awards ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Marina Center in Seal Beach. More than 130 people gathered to recognize the outstanding achievements of sixteen young community volunteers who all received certificates and letters of […]

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Paying it Forward – to the environment

Posted  February 13, 2015  by  Surfwriter Girls

“Remember, girls, we always leave a campsite cleaner than we found it,” Girl Scout troop leader Dorothy Gibson would say as the tents were being taken down and the camping gear stowed away. Gibson (known as “Mrs. Gibson” to the girls in her troop and “Dottie” to her friends) had another rule, too. “For every […]

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Lucero’s Pasteleria is a second generation, family-owned business. Lucy, the daughter of the founder, is now the owner and works beside her mother. One of my coworkers confirmed for me that they have the reputation for the BEST Tres Leches cake around, which is a favorite for birthdays. We each had a slice for breakfast! Photo by Karen Caplan.
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Welcome to Los Angeles — Let’s eat!

Posted  February 13, 2015  by  courtesy

One of my passions is food (obviously) and because I live in Southern California, one of the most amazing food meccas in the world, I continue to explore different areas of the Los Angeles basin for delicious destinations. Even as a native Angeleno, I am amazed and surprised at what I have learned the last […]

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Paying It Forward in suffering?

Posted  February 12, 2015  by  courtesy

I love the idea of “paying it forward.” It’s a powerful concept. First, it helps us to take stock of the ways we’ve been blessed — and indeed we have! But then it empowers us. We realize we have a responsibility to be a conduit of these blessings to others rather than having them terminate […]

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Pay It Forward: NovaWurks supports LAEF’s King and Queen Campaign

Posted  February 10, 2015  by  courtesy

NovaWurks on Noel Street in Los Alamitos 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 for NovaWurks’ support of educational excellence in our community. NovaWurks™ Inc., a provider of high technology space products and services, is proud to […]

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Pay It Forward: Garden Grove stands up to bullying

Posted  February 9, 2015  by  courtesy

In observance of International Stand Up to Bullying Day on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, the City of Garden Grove will join others across the globe to speak out against bullying by hosting an anti-bullying and cyber-bullying prevention event at Village Green park from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28 and Sunday, March […]

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Pay It Forward Day, short and simple

Posted  February 8, 2015  by  courtesy

February is a short month. I am a short woman. And I am going to keep it short and simple this month: Pay it forward. It’s a great way to lighten up the cold, rainy (we in California only can hope!), dark February days. Here’s an easy feel-good idea that you can accomplish alone or […]

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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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Pay It Forward: Duke and Duchess to host LAEF King and Queen fundraiser

Posted  January 31, 2015  by  shelley

The Los Alamitos Education Foundation (LAEF) is in the middle of their Second Annual King and Queen of Hearts fundraising campaign. Four big-hearted men and four big-hearted women are working hard to rally their troops to raise money on behalf of LAEF. On Wednesday, Feb. 11, that important effort comes to Cypress! From 5 p.m. […]

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Huntington Beach to hold lifeguard tryouts this Sunday

The City of Huntington Beach is hiring approximately 25 responsible men and women to provide first-line protection to the City’s beaches. The performance exam will take place at the Lifeguard Headquarters, south of the Pier o...
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Huntington Beach woman gets 5 years for embezzlement

A Huntington Beach woman was sentenced today to 63 months in federal prison for embezzling nearly $3.5 million from her former employer, a warehouse and trucking-services company. Patricia A. Francisco, 62, was sentenced today ...
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Long Beach completes Atlantic Ave. improvement project

The City of Long Beach celebrated the completion of a major street improvement project on Atlantic Ave., between 52nd St. and the City’s northern border. “This project not only greatly enhance an important business ...
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CIFSS Commissioner comments on women in sports

February is designated each year as National Women in Sports Month. This initiative period exists to acknowledge and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation and the continuing need ...
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March Dining, Arts and Entertainment now available!

Our popular monthly Dining, Arts & Entertainment (DARTS) listing is available as a downloadable pdf document. Now the March 2015 DARTS can be downloaded for free! We have detailed January event listings, articles, and displ...
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Today’s weather for Wednesday, Feb. 25

Today’s local weather: Sunny, with a high near 69. East wind around 5 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 50. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. The art...
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Save the Date: Precious Life Shelter’s 16th Annual Gala March 21, 2015

Precious Life Shelter will be holding its 26th annual gala, “Sea” Hope Happening, on March 21, 2015. This fabulous dinner dance gala and auction will be held at the Waterfront Hilton Resort Huntington Beach, 21100 P...
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US Naval Academy Gospel Choir free concert supports Rising TIDE

Don’t miss the highly acclaimed U.S. Naval Academy Gospel Choir in concert, under the direction of Ms. Karla Scott. An upbeat, inspirational musical ensemble comprised of 50+ midshipmen, this fine vocal group has performed in...
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Help support Army veterans at Chili’s fundraiser

Every day, the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (GLAC AUSA) is out in the community, helping local soldiers – because we have a passion for taking care of soldiers, veterans, and their ...
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Los Alamitos police blotter, February 13 to February 19, 2015

The items shown below are selected from the logs of the Los Alamitos Police Department. No inference of guilt is implied in showing any item. February 13, 2015 Stray Animal – 8:42 a.m. – 10900 block of Oak St. - A s...
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John Wayne Airport unveils new Hidden Treasures exhibition

Travelers can explore local art from five Orange County colleges and universities in the Hidden Treasures exhibit on display at John Wayne Airport now through August 2015. From the art collections of California State University...
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It’s Magic! at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

The award-winning It’s Magic! showcase enthralls and entrances fans at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) on Sunday, March 15, 3:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the CCPA Ticket Office and cerritoscenter.com o...
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Ban of plastic grocery bags suspended after repeal measure qualifies

After a signature check conducted by California county registrars, Secretary of State Alex Padilla today announced the qualification of a ballot measure to repeal Senate Bill 270, legislation passed in 2014 to ban plastic retai...
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Seal Beach woman gets nearly 3-year sentence for real estate fraud

A Seal Beach woman was sentenced today to 35 months in federal prison for operating a $1.4 million fraud scheme that bilked clients who paid money in response to false promises of ownership in commercial real estate. Karen Hano...
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Westminster commercial property tax case reversed on appeal

Proposition 13 casts a long shadow. In the case of Dyanlyn Two v. County of Orange (pdf), the real property in question is the Golden Westminster Specialty Center, 15212 and 15300 Goldenwest St. in the City of Westminster. The ...
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Two drivers arrested for DUI during Long Beach checkpoint

The Long Beach Police Department Traffic Section conducted a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on Feb. 21, 2015, on southbound Pacific Coast Highway south of 2nd St., between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. Checkpoints are place...
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Unplanned power outages in Orange County as of Tuesday, Feb. 24

As of this morning, Southern California Edison is working on the following power outages: Huntington Beach, Cod Cir.: Started at 9:15 p.m. on Feb. 23. The cause was equipment problems. Edison is working to restore power to 79 c...
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