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Today’s weather for Halloween, Friday, October 31

Posted  October 31, 2014  by  courtesy

Today’s local weather: A chance of drizzle before 11am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 72. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Showers, mainly after 11pm. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 59. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. […]

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November Dining, Arts and Entertainment listing available now!

Posted  October 30, 2014  by  shelley

Our popular monthly Dining, Arts & Entertainment (DARTS) listing is available as a downloadable pdf document. Now the November 2014 DARTS can be downloaded for free! From cover to back, it’s pages are stuffed with event listings, articles, and display advertisements for local people, venues and events. We encourage you to download the November 2014 […]

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Family-run Halloween maze raises money for homeless

Posted  October 27, 2014  by  shelley

With only two mazes, Fear Station in Stanton is about the same size as Shocktoberfest in Los Alamitos. Both events support worthy causes — Fear Station raises money for Illumination Foundation, while Shocktoberfest supports The Youth Center and St. Isidore Historical Plaza. But in one way, Fear Station is even tinier — it’s run by […]

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LBPD offers Halloween safety tips, warns of pot-laced candy

Posted  October 25, 2014  by  courtesy

The Long Beach Police Department would like to warn parents about marijuana laced candy, and encourage the community to practice safety tips to ensure a fun and safe Halloween. Can you identify which candies pictured in this photo are laced with marijuana? Surprisingly, all of them! These candies were found at various Long Beach marijuana […]

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Trick or Treat?

Posted  October 16, 2014  by  courtesy

It’s Halloween! In front of you is a huge bag, full of calorie-laden candy. You think, I am strong and I will eat only one piece of candy! Care to make a wager? The last week of October is the beginning of the TRICK OR TREAT TRAP that lasts clear through Jan. 2. One piece […]

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Kid-sized Camp Spooky offers non-scary fun on weekends and Halloween Day

Posted  October 11, 2014  by  courtesy

Weekends in October and on Halloween Day, Knott’s Berry Farm invites you and your family to join in on the Halloween fun in Camp Spooky. This daytime, non-scare celebration, of cheer rather than fear, is the social event of the season with shows, activities, costume contest all geared for kids ages 3-11. Kids can take […]

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Posted  October 11, 2014  by  Surfwriter Girls

With palm trees rustling in the wind and eerie shadows cast over the ocean, you can feel that Halloween is almost here. SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel were curious about “things that go bump in the night” and decided to do some research on Halloween. Originally called “All Hallows Eve,” Halloween dates back […]

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OC Parks invites you to its Halloween Zoo-tacular

Posted  October 11, 2014  by  courtesy

OC Parks is pleased to present the annual Halloween Zoo-tacular at the OC Zoo located inside Irvine Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Families are invited to partake in a fun-filled spooky day of activities with the animals of the OC Zoo. At Halloween Zoo-tacular, guests ages 12 and […]

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Shocktoberfest brings screams to Los Alamitos

Posted  October 5, 2014  by  courtesy

Prepare to be scared out of your mind in the Fall festive family fun atmosphere of the inaugural Shocktoberfest brought to you in partnership by the Youth Center and St. Isidore Historical Plaza on Oct. 24, 25, 26, and 31 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Plaza in Los Alamitos. For the first […]

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QM’s Dark Harbor new mazes and monsters ready for their close-up

Posted  October 4, 2014  by  courtesy

The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor has once again risen from the depths of a rich, haunted history to frighten those who dare through Nov. 2. This year’s Dark Harbor is thrilled to unveil a spectacle of new attractions that include two brand new mazes, the new The Voodoo Village, and an Exclusive Encounter on board […]

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Message from the Superintendent of Cypress School District

Cypress School District is proud of its continual growth and progress, building on more than 100 years of academic excellence. We steadfastly uphold the core belief that every child must be given an equal opportunity to achieve...
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A 7'2" Wookiee from The Dark Side Riders confronts Coastie of the U.S. Coast Guard at Wings, Wheels, Rotors, and Expo 2014 at Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base. Photo by Katie Wiedel.

Be sure to visit Wings, Wheels, Rotors and Expo!

What a way to spend a Sunday! Wings, Wheels, Rotors, and Expo will be open until 4 p.m.  – take the opportunity to browse the vendor booths, check out the fantastic classic cars and planes, and take a photo with the Dark...
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Letter to the Editor: Responding to David Rose

Here is an attempt to briefly address the letter, dated Oct. 19, from Mr. Rose as the Chairman of Concerned Cypress Citizens. In 2011, a 7-11 Committee was formed, as mandated by California Education Code, to make recommendatio...
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A chalk board on a tripod welcomes customers at the front door of Re-New, the retail store for Grateful Hearts, at 5300 Katella Ave. in Los Alamitos. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.

Eight days of savings on clothing at Grateful Hearts Re-new

Starting today and continuing through Sunday, Nov. 2, all “green tag” clothing at Grateful Hearts’ Re-new store is 50% off! All their other clothing is 20% off! Grateful Hearts invites you to grab a friend and visit Re-Ne...
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Seven-day local weather forecast, 26 October through 1 November

Forecast details WWRE Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. East wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Beach hazard. Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east...
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Top Ten Stories for Oct. 19 through Oct. 25

These were the most read stories at Orange County Breeze over the last week (excluding weather forecasts): Knotts announces 2014 Scary Farm dates and the return of Elvira Guest editorial: For managing coyotes, follow the lead o...
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Bruins tough out a win against Buffaloes, 40-37, in double overtime

UCLA almost gave away their game in the last seconds but — unlike USC this weekend — ground out a win in double overtime, beating Colorado. Here’s the released from UCLA: Schedules 2014 USC Football Schedule Date Opponent...
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Utes upend Trojans 24-21 in last seconds

The biggest aggravation for fans of Trojan football is inconsistency. After last night’s loss to Utah, we have to chant to ourselves, “It’s a rebuilding year. Wait till next year!” Here’s the release from USC: The art...
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Today’s weather for WWRE on Sunday, October 26: partly cloudy with a chance of helicopters!

Today’s local weather is picture-perfect for Wings, Wheels, Rotors and Expo: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 76. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Elevated surf and rip...
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D-Day Doll to miss WWRE due to in-flight malfunction

D-Day Doll suffered an in-flight malfunction en route to Los Alamitos Army Airfield on Saturday afternoon. She returned safely to Riverside with engine problems. The aircraft will not be at WWRE this year so the advertised flig...
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Performing at WWRE — the Golden Stars Skydiving Team

The Golden Stars Skydiving Team’s mission is to foster goodwill between law enforcement, the military and the public; educate children about the dangers of drugs and encourage them to adopt a drug-free lifestyle; and assist c...
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The Dark Side Riders cosplay at WWRE 2014

Cosplay, short for costume play, is a performance art or costumed role play in venues apart from the stage. Favorite sources of inspiration for characters and story lines are manga and anime, comic books, cartoons, video games,...
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Letter to the Editor: Measures Q and R — A sad state of affairs

When residents hear City Council members speak in support of Measures Q and R, it is important that residents know that in September 2012, the City signed a settlement agreement witht he School District that “the City hereby ...
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New members approved for Los Alamitos city commissions

At a special meeting on Monday, Oct. 20, members of the Los Alamitos City Council interviewed two applicants for openings on two of the City’s advisory commissions. Both applicants were subsequently approved. Stephen Hammond ...
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LBPD offers Halloween safety tips, warns of pot-laced candy

The Long Beach Police Department would like to warn parents about marijuana laced candy, and encourage the community to practice safety tips to ensure a fun and safe Halloween. Can you identify which candies pictured in this ph...
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Distracted teen drivers targeted by joint CHP and ITD program

Every year, thousands of lives — including too many young lives — come to an end on California roadways. Reckless and distracted driving are the number one killers of teens in America and are 100 percent preventable. Since ...
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Anaheim PD receives grant for traffic safety

The Anaheim Police Department has been awarded a $382,484 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths a...
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UC Medical Centers ready to render aid to confirmed Ebola patients

Though there are no confirmed or suspect cases of Ebola Virus Disease (Ebola) in California, today the University of California Office of the President informed the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) that all five UC...
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Super Queen Mum's Tea for Two at McKenna's | 810 Electric Ave., Seal Beach | 562-431-0200

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Col. Peggy Stradford, chief of staff of the 79th Sustainment Support Command, provided remarks and presented a ceremonial deed to the City of Long Beach during the deed transfer ceremony of Schroeder Hall Army Reserve Center, Oct. 24, 2014, in Long Beach, Calif. The Reserve Center is named for Medal of Honor recipient Maj. Henry F. Schroeder. Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, Councilmember Stacy Mungo and Deputy Police Chief Laura Farinella also provided remarks during the ceremony. Attendees included local government officials, veterans organizations, members of the Long Beach Police Department, community members and multiple media personnel. The Long Beach Police Department will use the building for a much-needed East Division substation. Courtesy photo.

US Army Reserve Center deeded over to City of Long Beach

The Maj. Henry F. Schroeder United States Army Reserve Center, located at 3800 East Willow Street, Long Beach, California, was handed over to the city of Long Beach during a deed transfer ceremony at that location Friday, Octob...
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Unplanned power outages in Orange County as of Saturday, Oct. 25

As of this morning, Southern California Edison is working on the following power outages: Santa Ana, North Daisy Ave. and West Second St.: Started at 1:15 a.m. on Oct. 25. The cause was a traffic accident. Power poles and lines...
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Cal Trans reports Sentra driver locked keys in trunk

According to the CalTrans Quick Map, the California Highway Patrol received a call shortly before 3 a.m. from a driver of a gray Nissan Sentra (with its hazard lights on) by the side of the connector from the eastbound I-105 to...
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Today’s weather for Saturday, October 25

Today’s local weather: Sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
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Riverside Marine dies in Baghdad from non-combat injury

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal, 19, of Riverside, California, died Oct. 23, in Baghdad, Iraq, from a non-combat related inc...
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Kim Masoner, founder of Save Our Beach, passes

A reader notified us that Kim Masoner, who was honored as a community activist at last year’s Seal Beach Christmas Parade, passed away yesterday. Ms. Masoner was well-known for her founding of Save Our Beach. A memory album h...
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