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Today’s weather for Tuesday, January 27

Posted  January 27, 2015  by  shelley

Today’s local weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph. The article above is based on information released by the National Weather Service.

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Buena Park

Making music with what we have left

Posted  January 26, 2015  by  Loreen Berlin

The Buena Park City Council makes a practice of inviting local religious leaders to offer an invocation at the beginning of Council meetings. At the Jan. 13, 2015, meeting, Rabbi Lawrence Goldmark offered the following story: Related articles At Seattle Symphony, Itzhak Perlman leads a distinguished ‘Eroica’ ( Itzhak Perlman Live at Broward Center ( […]

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Filling out FAFSA early makes life easier for parents of college students

Posted  January 26, 2015  by  Margene Walz

It’s that frantic time of year when parents are searching for money needed to fund their student’s college education. Relax, take a deep breath! Thousands of parents have gone through the process and have survived. Although it seems complicated, if you gather the needed information before you start, read and follow instructions on the financial […]

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Graffiti on Los Alamitos Blvd. Photo by Katie Wiedel.

Making Seal Beach better: Lions remove graffiti

Posted  January 19, 2015  by  Katie

The Seal Beach Lions seem to be everywhere: with 288 members, they make up the largest Lions Club in California, and the fourth largest in the United States. They organized the Seal Beach Christmas Parade, they hold a fundraising Golf Tournament in the summer, and then there’s the famous Fish Fry, which celebrated its 70th […]

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Friendship – the perfect blendship for 2015

Posted  January 18, 2015  by  Surfwriter Girls

Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other’s gold. That popular campfire song of old is just as relevant today. To make 2015 a better year, SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel would like to see us all reach out the hand of friendship to the people we encounter […]

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New Year’s resolutions – again??? It’s 2015!

Posted  January 11, 2015  by  courtesy

Editor’s note: it is never too late or too early to resolve to make a change! Even when we aren’t thinking about it, the days become weeks, then months and seasons, and before you know it, another year has passed. 2014 is behind us, in the dust. And if you are like most people (and […]

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Making Seal Beach better: community plans for new aquatic center

Posted  January 9, 2015  by  courtesy

The City of Seal Beach is pleased to announce the launch of the Swim Seal Beach effort and website The website is a new comprehensive community engagement website where citizens can engage, communicate and collaborate with community decision makers, other residents, and employees in the City to plan for a new aquatics center. The […]

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Los Alamitos Elementary Ambassadors take a break from weighing candy collected after Halloween 2014. Courtey photo.

Los Alamitos Elementary Ambassadors give back through community service

Posted  January 4, 2015  by  courtesy

Community service continues to be the focus of the Ambassadors at Los Alamitos Elementary (LAE), fourth and fifth grade students in the school’s leadership program. Thirty-one students joined the residents at Katella Manor in December to read stories together. The residents surprised the students with hot chocolate with marshmallows, and cookies. As the students gathered […]

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2014 Arbor Day Event. The Saliture family assisting with planting the ceremonial tree donated by the Cypress Police Officers Association and Command Staff in loving memory of their daughter Allison Saliture. Courtesy photo.

Making Cypress better: 2015 tree donation project begins

Posted  January 3, 2015  by  courtesy

The City of Cypress in Partnership with the Friends of Cypress Recreation and Parks, Inc., announces that the 25th annual Tree Donation Project is now underway! A tax-deductible donation may be made in the amount of $300 for a 24” box tree. This amount covers the cost of having Great Scott Tree Service Inc., a […]

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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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Cypress City Council approves conditional use permit for race course expansion

Among the first items on the agenda for the newly reorganized Cypress City Council was the public hearing for the conditional use permit for the proposed extension of the track at Los Alamitos Race Course (LARC). The project wo...
by Katie

The lead latent print examiner for Afghan Captured Materials Exploitation Laboratory uses a green laser that makes latent fingerprints glow orange because of a dye used while processing the evidence. The fingerprints can then be more easily seen, recorded and identified. (Photo by Ed Drohan, Combined Joint Task Force Paladin Public Affairs)

CSI Afghanistan: Forensic experts help turn bomb maker into convict

The following article and photo by Ed Drohan, Combined Joint Task Force Paladin Public Affairs, was released through the Defense Video and Information Distribution Service. Between November 2011 and March 2012, four improvised ...
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Another list of baby names for 2013

The following information was released by The leading web service for naming your infant has tallied up the most popular names of the year and the winners are Liam and Charlotte for the second year in a row. R...
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Today’s weather forecast for Tuesday, Dec. 10

The following information is courtesy of the National Weather Service. Weather forecast for Tuesday, Dec. 10: Sunny, with a high near 66. North wind around 5 mph.
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Cypress City Council elects new mayor, mayor pro tem

During the final regular City Council meeting of 2013, the Cypress City Council reorganized, electing a new mayor and mayor pro tem. Replacing Dr. Prakash Narain as mayor is Leroy Mills, who was serving as mayor pro tem. Fillin...
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Mayor and City Council ride down Main Street in 2013 Seal Beach Christmas Parade. Photo by George Rodriguez.

Seal Beach Christmas Parade shows off hometown pride, holiday spirit

After the usual sort of pre-parade snags and anxieties — no convertible for the Junior Grand Marshall, for example — the red ribbon was cut by Grand Marshall Dee Cary of Seal Beach Animal Care Center*, Junior Grand Marshall...
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Garden Grove Winterfest rescheduled due to bad weather

The following information was released by the City of Garden Grove. Due to inclement weather, last Saturday’s annual Winterfest event at Atlantis Play Center, was postponed. The event has been rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 1...
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Johnny Rockets launches in Santa Ana

The following information was released by Johnny Rockets. Twenty-seven years after its flagship restaurant debuted on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, Johnny Rockets continues to sizzle in California, having opened a new restaura...
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OCTA Board votes down toll lanes

The following information was released by Orange County Transportation Authority. The Orange County Transportation Authority board voted today to construct one general-purpose lane in each direction between Costa Mesa and the c...
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Families turn out in droves to enjoy Winter Wonderland at the Plaza

It was only the second year for the Los Alamitos Young Professionals Group’s Winter Wonderland at the Plaza, but the horde of kids who descended on St. Isidore Historical Plaza on Saturday, Dec. 7, didn’t seem to mi...
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Cal OES warns residents to be prepared for cold temps

The following information was released by the California Office of Emergency Services. As a bitter cold air mass continues spreading across California, breaking low temperature records in many areas, the state’s top emergency...
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Precious Life Shelter hosted Santa and Mrs. Claus at its open house on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.

Precious Life Shelter throws open its doors

On the afternoon of Sunday, Dec. 8, Precious Life Shelter (PLS) threw open its doors to the surrounding community, inviting supporters and prospective supporters inside the program and its facilities. Precious Life Shelter, a p...
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SoCal Gas asks customers to conserve during cold snap

The following information was passed along from Southern California Gas Company by the City of La Palma. Recent record cold weather across the United States has placed a strain on natural gas supplies. SoCalGas is asking custom...
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Newly promoted Major General Keith D. Jones hugs his mother as Major General Lawrence A. Haskins looks on. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.

Two-stars, a hug and an artillery salute

In his remarks following the promotion of Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base Commander Keith D. Jones from one star to two stars, Major General Lawrence A. Haskins, Commander of the Calfiornia Army National Guard, praised ...
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Navy Petty Offer Robert Sanchez aboard USS Boxer (LHD 4) sends holiday greetings.

Navy petty officer sends holiday greeting home to Orange County

The following information was released by the Defense Video and Information Distribution Service. Editor’s note: Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer is flagship for the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th M...
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Today’s weather forecast for Monday, Dec. 9

The following information is courtesy of the National Weather Service. Weather forecast for Monday, Dec. 9: Sunny, with a high near 62. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.
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Former Dodger pitcher joins Southwest Region Board of Directors for Canine Companions for Independence

The following information was released by Canine Companions for Independence. San Clemente resident Joe Moeller, Advance Scout for the Miami Marlins and former Major League Baseball Pitcher, has joined the Southwest Region Boar...
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Safe, fun and affordable winter break program offered by Boys and Girls Club of Cypress

The following information was released by the Boys & Girls Club of Cypress. Are you looking for a safe, fun, and affordable program for your kids this Winter Break? Come check out the Boys & Girls Club of Cypress! The C...
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GOES West 2k infrared satellite image for Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Image courtesy of National Weather Service.

Seven-day local weather forecast, 8 December 2013 through 14 December 2013

The following information was released by the National Weather Service. Hazardous weather warning Periods of strong gusty northeast winds will develop near the coastal foothills for late Sunday night through early Tuesday behin...
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