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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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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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Spotlight for January 2015

Posted  January 3, 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 January: 2015 — a Better Year! Improving on what we already have Our […]

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Rush Park in Rossmoor

Arm yourself for the battle of wits with urban coyotes

The Rossmoor Community Services District will host representatives of the California Department of Fish & Wildlife on Tuesday, July 8, at 7 p.m. at Rush Park Auditorium. The Fish & Game reps will give a live educational...
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Earthquake shakes Big Bear and the Southland

Southland residents got a little post-Independence Day wake-up call. A 4.8 earthquake occurred west-northwest of Big Bear Lake, near Holcomb Creek, at about 10 a.m. It was followed soon after by a series of smaller aftershocks,...
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A note to our Daily Overnight News Summary subscribers

Orange County Breeze publishes a Daily Overnight News Summary (DONS) to subscribers only — it’s free! We recently upgraded the software used to email DONS to subscribers. We apologize that, for a handful of days, no DONS wa...
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Today’s weather forecast for Saturday, July 5: elevated surf and rip currents

Today’s local weather: Beach hazards statement: elevated surf and strong rip currents Friday through the coming weekend A three- to four-foot south swell with a 20- to 23-second period will create elevated surf and strong...
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The first fire truck for Lomita, California, entered in the 2012 Cypress Community Festival Car Show. A 1917 Model T Ford, American Lafrance Type A, with a double-tank chemical cap. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.

Dozens of stunning vehicles to grace the 19th Annual Cypress Car Show at the 2014 Cypress Festival

The 19th Annual Cypress Car Show will be held on Saturday July 26 as part of the Cypress Community Festival. According to Car Show Chairman Gary Hudson there were more than 75 classic cars and street rods for Festival visitors ...
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LAEF and Los Al POA announce Casino Night fundraising event

An exciting evening of gaming, food, drinks and fun is coming to our community! The Los Alamitos Education Foundation (LAEF) and Los Alamitos Police Officers Association are teaming up to bring a fun-filled night to anyone who ...
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TCA Architects raise over $100,000 for Habitat for Humanity OC at Charity Golf Tournament

TCA Architects, a full-service architecture firm noted as a leader in the development of progressive multifamily and mixed-use urban residential designs, hosted their 14th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on benefiting Habitat fo...
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Orange County Sheriff’s Department operation aims at improving motorcycle safety

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on July 6, 2014 in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. Extra deputies will be on duty patrolling areas freque...
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A wordless commercial that says it all for the Fourth of July

Have you posted the colors? Featured photo File photo by C.E.H. Wiedel of Boy Scouts posting the colors at Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base. Related articles Blue Moon Boutique chooses Sunburst Youth Foundation as its no...
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Mexican Free-tailed Bat (Tadarida brasiliensis) courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife.

Rabid skunk found in Long Beach infected with bat variant

The California Department of Public Health confirmed today that the rabid skunk found last week in Long Beach was infected with a rabies virus variant from the Mexican-free-tailed bat. While bats in the area have tested positiv...
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Shared Belief takes on six at Los Alamitos Derby

Shared Belief, the champion 2-year-old of 2013, will try to stay undefeated against six opponents in the Grade II, $500,000 Los Alamitos Derby Saturday at Los Alamitos. Restricted to 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles, the inaugural D...
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Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

While enjoying the patriotic music video below, kindly remember that one of the reasons the Founders “mutually pledge[d] to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor” was “For imposing Taxes on us without ou...
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Crews perform pile driving on the west segment to reconstruct the east half of the Seal Beach Boulevard bridge. Courtesy photo.

Construction closures on hold during holiday weekend

People traveling to celebrate Independence Day will enjoy easier commutes as construction closures throughout the county will be postponed for the holiday weekend. Ongoing freeway closures associated with the West County Connec...
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Unplanned power outages in Orange County as of Friday, July 4

As of this morning, Southern California Edison is working on the following power outages: Huntington Beach, Warner Ave. at Riverbend Dr.: Started at 4:34 ap.m. on July 4. The cause was equipment problems. Edison crews are worki...
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LBPD seize over 1000 pounds of fireworks ahead of Independence Day

On Wednesday, July 2, 2014, Long Beach Police conducted several investigations into the illegal sales of fireworks in the City of Long Beach, and seized over 1,000 pounds of fireworks, with an estimated street value of close to...
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Today’s weather forecast for Independence Day, Friday, July 4: elevated surf and rip currents

Today’s local weather: Beach hazards statement: elevated surf and strong rip currents Friday through the coming weekend A three- to four-foot south swell with a 20- to 23-second period will create elevated surf and strong...
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“Symphony in the Cities” brings music to the great outdoors

Pack a picnic and gather the family for an evening of free music and outdoor summer fun when Pacific Symphony presents “Symphony in the Cities” (SITC) in Irvine and Mission Viejo. Music Director Carl St. Clair takes the orc...
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