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Field of runners at start of 2013 Cypress 5k/10k Run/Walk. Courtesy photo.
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33rd Annual Cypress 5k/10k Run/Walk this Saturday, July 26

Posted  July 20, 2014  by  cehwiedel

Editor’s note: while the race marks its thirty-third run, the Cypress Community Festival will mark its thirty-fourth appearance the same day. Come down for pancakes flipped just for you by the Cypress Kiwanis Club — and much, much more — at Oak Knoll Park, 5700 Orange Ave., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year […]

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Luis and Lois Hernandez’s Mr Schnitzel of Newbury Park. Courtesy photo.
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Mr Schnitzel wins wiener crazy eights at Los Alamitos Race Course

Posted  July 20, 2014  by  courtesy

It was a night of crazy eights during the 19th running of the Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals, as four of the 10 trial winners on the night won from starting post number eight on Saturday at Los Alamitos Race Course. The winning wiener in the championship race also started from post number eight; as Luis and […]

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Today’s weather forecast for Sunday, July 20

Posted  July 20, 2014  by  courtesy

Today’s local weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

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Summer Thoroughbred Festival riding title won by apprentice jockey

Posted  July 13, 2014  by  courtesy

Apprentice jockey Drayden VanDyke wrapped up the riding title at the inaugural Summer Thoroughbred Festival with a pair of victories Sunday at Los Alamitos. The Kentucky-born and Arkansas-raised VanDyke, who will turn 20 in September, finished with 12 victories, four more than runner-up Joe Talamo. It was the first riding title for an apprentice in […]

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Karen Caplan of Frieda's Specialty Produce.
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Posting a restaurant review on Yelp

Posted  July 13, 2014  by  courtesy

Most of us have certain apps on our smart phones that we use regularly. For example, I oftentimes check in on Facebook when I am at interesting places, and I use my airline app to check on the status of my flight times and departure gates. But it’s not very often that I post a […]

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Planning your “What I did on my summer vacation” essay

Posted  July 13, 2014  by  courtesy

Do you remember each year as you returned to school in the fall, your teacher said, “Take out a sheet of paper and write an essay about what you did on your summer vacation!”? What if, as in the comic Frazz the week of June 16, 2014, on the last day of school in June, […]

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Margene Walz, Quest College Counseling. Courtesy photo.
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College-bound students plump applications with summer internships and jobs

Posted  July 13, 2014  by  Margene Walz

Parents, remember the old days when you spent the summer doing nothing? This was a time for sitting on the beach, driving around or hanging with friends. Those days are long gone. Today, college admissions officers see meaningful summer activities as a demonstration of commitment and responsibility. They want their incoming freshman class to have […]

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Zumba Fitness instructor Lettie Morris. Courtesy photo.
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Dance your way to fitness at the Cypress Community Festival

Posted  July 12, 2014  by  courtesy

Zumba Fitness instructor Lettie Morris will be showing Cypress Community Festival visitors how to dance their way to fitness. Her interactive demonstration will be at Oak Knoll Park in Cypress on Saturday, July 26th. Ms. Morris has been dancing to Latin rhythms ever since she could walk. She took her first Zumba class about ten […]

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Rossmoor-Los Alamitos RWF at the 2013 Cypress Family Festival: l-r: Rosemary Trez, Robin Itzler, MaryAnn Mills, Margene Walz
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Visit RLA RWF booth at Cypress Festival to find out about presidents and their pets!

Posted  July 11, 2014  by  courtesy

The Rossmoor-Los Alamitos Republican Women Federated, which also serves Cypress, La Palma, Seal Beach and other surrounding cities, will once again have a booth at the Cypress Family Festival. In addition to registering voters and sharing information about conservative values, there will be a “Presidents & Their Pets” display. Beginning with George Washington through Barack […]

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Ginny Harman of Go Country 105 FM will broadcast live from the Cypress Community Festival.
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Ginny Harman of Go Country 105 returning to emcee Cypress Festival

Posted  July 8, 2014  by  courtesy

Cypress Community Festival guests will be in for a real treat when country radio personality Ginny Harman of Go Country 105 FM takes the stage as emcee. Harman hosts a local country music radio show every weekday evening. On Festival Day, she will be making introductions for country artist Peter Brandon, the bluegrass band Creekwood […]

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Courtroom Diary: The People vs. Steven Matthew LeClaire, Day 5

The matter of The People vs. Steven Matthew LeClaire (Case Number 11ZF0126) continued on Wednesday, July 23, at the Orange County Superior Court Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. LeClaire is accused of two counts of attempte...
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Top Ten Stories for July 20 through July 26

These were the most read stories at Orange County Breeze over the last week (excluding weather forecasts): Knott’s announces 2014 Scary Farm dates and the return of Elvira Long Beach man shot dead after verbal confrontati...
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Today’s weather forecast for Sunday, July 27

Today’s local weather: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 87. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
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Juvenile suspect surrenders after shots fired in Long Beach commercial robbery

On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at approximately 5:50 p.m., Long Beach Police were flagged down by a security guard at a business in the 5200 block of Long Beach Blvd. This security guard advised he had just been robbed at gunpoin...
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Authorities seeking further victims of Cypress man accused of lewd acts on minors

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA), Cypress Police Department (CPD), and Garden Grove Police Department (GGPD) are seeking the public’s help identifying potential additional victims of a man charged...
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A young patient nearly dunks Chris Babbitt, M.D., medical director, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Miller Children’s, in a 500 gallon water tank to kick-off fundraising for Miller Children’s iWalk…4 Kids. Courtesy photo.

Young patients try to dunk-a-doc to raise funds for Miller Children’s Hospital

A crowd gathered outside of Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach on Thursday, July 24 to watch pediatric patients attempt to submerge their doctors in a 500 gallon water tank. The special “dunk-a-doc” eve...
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Gardena man sentenced for pimping in Orange County

A man was sentenced today to five years in state prison for human trafficking and threatening a 17-year-old girl. Marsalis Joseph Smith, 27, Gardena, pleaded guilty today to one felony count each of human trafficking and crimin...
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John Wayne Airport enjoys year-over-year increase in passenger traffic in June

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in June 2014 as compared to June 2013. In June 2014, the Airport served 820,986 passengers, an increase of 1.2% when compared to the June 2013 passenger traffic count of...
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SCE underground construction to close intersection at Katella and Lewis in Anaheim

From Monday, July 28 at 9 a.m. thru Tuesday, July 29 at 9 a.m., the Katella Ave./Lewis St. intersection will be completely closed to through traffic due to utility construction for Southern California Edison’s underground con...
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Summer members Andrew O., Makaela L, and Gabrielle H. enjoying popsicles at the Boys & Girls Club of Cypress. Courtesy photo.

Cypress community supports summer scholarships at Boys and Girls Club

This summer the Boys & Girls Club of Cypress reached out to the local community to ask for financial support of summer scholarships to provide services for families facing financial hardship. The Cypress community responded...
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Festival Day: opening ceremony at 9 a.m., tons of fun follow immediately

Festival Day has finally arrived! Vendors and volunteers have worked hard to transform Oak Knoll Park into Cypress Festival Grounds — tents and stages are set up. Booth locations are found and furnished. Pounds and pounds of ...
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Cypress 5k/10k Run/Walk. Courtesy Photo provided by Cypress Recreation and Community Services.

Traffic advisory for Cypress 5k/10k Run/Walk

Everybody trying to get from here to there through Cypress should be aware of this morning’s Cypress 5k/10k Run/Walk. The event’s starting line is on Grindlay right next to Oxford Academy. Participants run south to Ball Rd....
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Today’s weather forecast for Cypress Community Festival Day, Saturday, July 26

Today’s local weather: Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Light southwest wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
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Caltrans still looks to add HOT lanes to I-405… later

The Orange County Transportation Authority was informed today by Caltrans that the I-405 Improvement Project should include the Measure M commitment of one regular lane in each direction and add high-occupancy toll lanes at a l...
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Jack Rogers, inspiration for SBPD fundraiser at Macaroni Grill. Photo courtesy of SBPD.

Join Seal Beach Police at Macaroni Grill to raise money for CHOC

On behalf of the Seal Beach Police Department, please join us on Thursday, July 31, 2014, from 4 p.m. to 9 o.m. at Macaroni Grill, 12380 Seal Beach Blvd. in Seal Beach, for a fun-filled evening where your police officers and st...
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Cypress Police Department hosting National Night Out 2014 at Maple Grove Park – North

On Tuesday, August 5th, neighborhoods throughout Cypress are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 31st annual “National Night Out” (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. National Nig...
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Food Finder accepts $50K funding from United Way on behalf of Waste Not OC Coalition Pilot

Food Finders, a Signal Hill-based food rescue organization, was recently the recipient of a check for $50K on behalf of Waste Not OC Coalition dedicated to ending hunger in Orange County. Since launching the Anaheim/Orange pilo...
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