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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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Woman’s Club of Cypress announces scholarship winners

The Woman’s Club of Cypress (WCC) recently announced the recipients of its 2014 scholarship awards. Many of the recipients will attend the club’s June 4 meeting at the Cypress Community Center (5700 Orange Avenue at Walker)...
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Hot Fun: City of Cypress parks program

The City of Cypress invites kids from five to twelve years old to have hot fun in the summer this year at Cypress Parks! Tuesdays through Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., a supervised program will include fun-filled themed game...
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OCDA and Cypress Police seeking additional victims of alleged drug-dealing child pornographer

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the Cypress Police Department (CPD) are seeking potential additional victims of a dance production company employee charged with video recording underage girls in a dressin...
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Results from yesterday’s primary election

According to the Orange County Registrar of Voters, turnout was darned light yesterday. Of 1,411,232 registered voters in Orange County, more voters cast absentee ballots (10.7%) than voted in person at their local polling plac...
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Today’s weather forecast for Wednesday, June 4

Today’s local weather: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 83. Light southwest wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Related articles Seven-day loca...
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Sweetie Pie, a stray dog found in Cypress on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

Stray dog found in Cypress

Somebody lost a sweetpie of a dog. As our daughter finished walking her dog this evening, a young dog bounded up to say hi. A collar, but no leash. Clean, but not acting starved. Neurtered. Obviously still young. Wonderful temp...
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Cypress police blotter, May 22 to May 28

The items shown below are selected from the logs of the Cypress Police Department. No inference of guilt is implied in showing any item. May 22, 2014 Suspicious Person – 8:20 p.m. – 4300 block of Marion Ave. –...
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June 3, 2014: Primary day!

Voting turnout is low so far, at least in my own precinct. Go vote! We’ll publish results as they become available from the California Secretary of State and Orange County Registrar of Voters.
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Seniors offered chance for day trip to Pala Indian Casino

If you’re feeling lucky, join the Garden Grove H. Louis Lake Senior Center for a day trip to Pala Indian Casino on Thursday, June 12. Tickets include bus transportation, continental breakfast, and slot play. The bus departs f...
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Los Alamitos police blotter, May 23 to May 29

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. May 23, 2014 Drunk – 12:45 a.m. – Katella Ave. – The caller reporte...
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Garden Grove recruiting for police department

Candidates who are selected as police recruits are placed in a California POST-approved Basic Recruit Academy to receive 984 hours of rigorous and intense training in all aspects of law enforcement. Reserve officer Level 1 cand...
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West County Connectors Project construction highlights for the week of June 1, 2014

On Saturday, June 7 the WCC outreach team will have a booth at the 2nd Annual Sugar Beet Festival. Stop by and say hello if you’re planning to attend the event. Construction highlights This week during nighttime closures ...
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Chris Anderson Group bringing its Texas-style blues, soul, rock and reggae tunes to Cypress Community Festival

The Chris Anderson Group, also known as CAG, will “rock out” at 12 noon on the main stage of the Cypress Community Festival on Saturday, July 26. The musical trio has delighted audiences throughout Southern California at ve...
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Miller Children’s Hospital changes its name to better reflect its mission

Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach announced today that the hospital will be changing its name to Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach effective immediately. The decision to re-name the hospital was made...
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Summer: Gardening at the Great Park

You may have heard of the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station in south Orange County. Many years ago it was decommissioned, and there was much controversy about how the vacated base should be used. Last weekend, I was finally able...
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Long Beach motorcyclist dies from injuries in crash

On Sunday June 1, 2014, at approximately 4:30 p.m., Long Beach Police responded to the area of Cherry Ave. and Harding St. regarding an injury traffic collision involving a motorcycle and two vehicles, which resulted in the dea...
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Today’s weather forecast for Tuesday, June 3

Today’s local weather: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 83. Light southwest wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
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