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Weather in northwest Orange County for Saturday, May 30, 2015

Posted  May 30, 2015  by  Katie

Today’s weather in northwest Orange County for Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Southern California, along the Los Angeles County border: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 79. Light south wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Increasing clouds, with a low around 62. South wind 5 to […]

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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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Utah, looking east towards Colorado. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.
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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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Poll: Most Americans recognize importance of Memorial Day

Most Americans consider Memorial Day an important U.S. holiday, and an even larger number plan to do something special to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. A new Rasmussen Reports national tele...
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President Barack Obama walks through an honor cordon before the United States Coast Guard Academy commencement in New London, Conn., May 20, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama honors the fallen for Memorial Day 2015

In this week’s address, the President commemorated Memorial Day by paying tribute to the men and women in uniform who have given their lives in service to our country. The President will spend the first Memorial Day since the...
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Soldiers perform the changing-of-the-guard ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 25, 2015. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, plan to join President Obama to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Courtesy photo.

Changing of the guard at Arlington

Soldiers perform the changing-of-the-guard ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 25, 2015. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, plan to jo...
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Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, greets World War II veterans at the 26th National Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., May 24, 2015. The concert included musical performances, documentary footage and dramatic readings in remembrance and appreciation of the fallen. Courtesy photo.

Army general thanks World War II veterans

Army general thanks World War II veterans personally at the 26th National Memorial Day Concert. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, greets World War II veterans at the 26th National Memorial Day ...
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Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, along with senior military representatives from each service, speak at the 26th National Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., May 24, 2015. Courtesy photo.

26th National Memorial Day Concert held in Washington, D.C.

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, along with senior military representatives from each service, speak at the 26th National Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washingto...
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Stephens Middle School Band played at the Memorial Day Ceremony held at the Gold Star Manor in West Long Beach on Friday, May 22, 2015. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.

American Gold Star Manor wards off rain for 2015 Memorial Day Ceremony

American Gold Star Manor wards off rain for 2015 Memorial Day Ceremony. A threat of rain kept attendance lower than usual, but only a few scattered drops fell near the end of the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at American Gold St...
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Weather in northwest Orange County for Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015

Today’s weather in northwest Orange County for Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015, in Southern California, along the Los Angeles County border: Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 72. Light...
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Bipartisan bill H.R. 2501 would protect independent redistricting

Congressman Alan Lowenthal and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher on May 21 introduced bipartisan legislation to preemptively protect the will of voters across the country from a possible decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that could...
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North exterior of 40th Infantry Division headquarters building at Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.

Regional Military Affairs Committee to meet on Tuesday, May 26

The May meeting of the Regional Military Affairs Committee (RMAC) for the Joint Forces Training Base will be held on Tuesday, May 26 (day FOLLOWING Memorial Day), starting at 3:30 p.m. in the Building 15 Training Classroom. Ple...
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Guest editorial: State water restrictions show government out of bounds

Guest editorial: State water restrictions show government out of bounds in restricting personal liberty. The following thoughts are based upon my printing and reviewing Gov. Brown’s Executive Order B-29-15 and each includ...
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Misbehaving: economics rediscovers that people are flawed

Richard H. Thaler has written an amusing memoir of his life as a research economist. Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics recounts his impishly serious and successful efforts to pry the dead hand of rationality from ...
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Ten years ago, D-Day veteran U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. (ret) Wayne Chase, 15th Troop Carrier Squadron (TCS), visited the Normandy American Cemetery above Omaha Beach after a D-Day ceremony on June 6, 2004. Photo courtesy of U.S. National Archives, National Archives Identifier 6663985.

Catholic Memorial Day services around Orange County

Catholic Memorial Day services around Orange County, including Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Lake Forest, and Orange. Parish offices may be closed for the holiday. Prayer service at Christ Cathedral campus The Cathedral for t...
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Printable sudoku and crossword puzzles for the fourth week of May 2015

We continue a fun addition to our monthly Dining, Arts & Entertainment publication (DARTS) — printable sudoku and crossword puzzles for the fourth week of May 2015! Starting with the April 2015 edition of DARTS, the last ...
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GOES West rainbow infrared satellite image for Sunday, May 24, 2015. Image courtesy of NOAA.

Seven-day local weather forecast, May 24 through May 30

Details for seven-day local weather forecast, May 10 through May 16: Sunday: A chance of drizzle before 11am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 74. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Sunday Night: Increasing c...
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Top Ten Stories for May 17 through May 23

Top Ten Stories for May 10 through May 16. The Top Ten Stories for May 10 through May 16 were the most read stories at Orange County Breeze over the last week (excluding weather forecasts): Los Cerritos Center to welcome new Un...
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Cottonwood Runners to support Grateful Hearts in Long Beach Marathon

Yes, it’s true! Cottonwood Runners are lacing up their running shoes in preparation for their upcoming training program for the 2015 Jet Blue Long Beach Marathon. If you have ever considered running, walking, or biking a ...
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Weather in northwest Orange County for Sunday, May 24, 2015

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 ...
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