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  • High surf pushes water onto Seal Beach boardwalk and pier; no damage reported

    The Orange County Register - News Headlines : News
    4 May 2015 | 1:21 pm
    A portion of Seal Beach’s boardwalk was flooded with about 3 inches of seawater late Sunday night when 6-foot swells at high tide cascaded over the sand. Water also was pushed along the base of the city's pier. The surf that came at high tide...
  • 'Now is the time. I must escape': Woman recounts life as a slave in O.C.

    The Orange County Register - News Headlines : OC Watchdog
    2 May 2015 | 10:16 pm
    It was a sharp-eyed woman in south Orange County who helped deliver Shari Ho, a native of Taiwan given to a wealthy family when she was 7, from miserable servitude to a life of her own.Tarhata Salem, a native of the Philippines who signed on as a...
  • Birding

    Orange County News
    2 May 2015 | 3:54 pm
    This past few weeks surely has been quite the run of terrific birds for me here in New York State. It started when I received a phone call from my friend Ken McDermott down in Orange County.
  • Brush fire erupts along 14 Freeway in Newhall Pass RSS Feed
    4 May 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Los Angeles County fire crews responded to a small brush fire along the southbound 14 Freeway in the Newhall Pass area on Monday.
  • Lindholm, Ducks turn back Flames' challenge to win Game 2

    The Orange County Register - News Headlines : Sports
    3 May 2015 | 10:57 pm
    ANAHEIM – Just as the Ducks expected, Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinal against Calgary was not going to be another walkover and a one-sided first period morphed into a third-period struggle. The Flames finally made their presence felt in...
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    Orange County News

  • Birding

    2 May 2015 | 3:54 pm
    This past few weeks surely has been quite the run of terrific birds for me here in New York State. It started when I received a phone call from my friend Ken McDermott down in Orange County.
  • Woodbury urges county to halt KJ pipeline project

    2 May 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Woodbury officials are demanding that Orange County forbid the Village of Kiryas Joel to resume construction of its water pipeline beside County Route 44 until it has gotten permission to tap either of two sources it planned to use.
  • Editorial: Taking the informed approach on sexting

    2 May 2015 | 10:39 am
    Sexting. Before cell phones, the word didn't exist. Now, according to Richard Hooley, superintendent of the Valley Central School District, “Sexting is an epidemic in most schools, but it doesn't always come to the attention of the administrators that this is going on.” Hooley is not one of those uninformed administrators.
  • Study: Kiryas Joel will grow by 20,000 in next decade with or without annexation of land

    1 May 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Kiryas Joel and its planning consultants released a 600-page environmental review on Friday that contends the Satmar Hasidic community will grow by 20,000 in the village and surrounding areas over the next decade regardless of whether the village annexes 507 acres from the Town of Monroe.
  • Graswald's cohorts 'shocked' by her arrest in kayak case

    1 May 2015 | 7:01 pm
    NEW WINDSOR Toward the end of April, as Bannerman Island blooms with forsythia, a small army of volunteers begins meeting there every Wednesday to clean and plant in preparation for a season of tourists.
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    The Orange County Register - News Headlines : Sports

  • Lindholm, Ducks turn back Flames' challenge to win Game 2

    3 May 2015 | 10:57 pm
    ANAHEIM – Just as the Ducks expected, Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinal against Calgary was not going to be another walkover and a one-sided first period morphed into a third-period struggle. The Flames finally made their presence felt in...
  • Miller: Flames need to find fire, and soon

    3 May 2015 | 10:23 pm
    ANAHEIM – OK, maybe the Flames will figure out that right now is an ideal time to be good and ticked off, and this will become an actual series. Having lost Game 1 to the Ducks in a rout, Calgary dropped Game 2 on Sunday via shutout, 3-0, skating...
  • Ducks outperform Flames in shot blocking through two playoff games

    3 May 2015 | 10:04 pm
    ANAHEIM – Whether it’s a skill, a habit or a mindset matters not. The fact is, shot blocking is difficult, but it’s an activity that regularly leads to on-ice success, as the Ducks and Calgary Flames know well. An underrated part of the...
  • Ducks' five things we learned from Game 2

    3 May 2015 | 9:53 pm
    Here are five things we learned from the Ducks’ 3-0 victory Sunday in Game 2 of their second-round playoff series against the Flames as they head to Calgary for the next two games. 1. That Karri Ramo is not Jonas Hiller and Flames coach Bob...
  • Ducks' Tomas Fleischmann back waiting in wings

    3 May 2015 | 9:17 pm
    ANAHEIM – The Ducks were down two players at center in the first round against Winnipeg and so Tomas Fleischmann stepped into a position he hadn't played in four years. Two strong games there to help his team close out a four-game sweep would seem...
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  • May the 4th Be With You! (And With These Five ‘Star Wars’ Inspired Listings)

    Alyssa Ennis
    4 May 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Every year, May 4th becomes an unofficial holiday where greetings of “May the 4th be with you!” pass among rebels, Padawans and everyone in between. While we didn’t bust out our wookie costumes this year, we did search the galaxy far and wide to find five homes that would make Luke Skywalker feel right at home. May the force be with you as you check out these five Star Wars inspired homes. ‘Laugh It Up, Fuzzball!’ Address: 470 South Calle Encilia City: Palm Springs, CA Price: $112,500 Listed by: Michael Larson ABR, Leaskou Partners Inc Chewbacca would surely feel at home in this…
  • Protect Your Family from Lead Poisoning During Home Improvement Season

    Hanady Kader
    1 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    With sunny weather upon us, you may be thinking about home improvement! As you consider projects, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency encourages homeowners and contractors to make lead safety part of the plan to keep families, pets and homes safe. If your home was built before 1978, there is a good chance it has lead-based paint. In 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint. Projects that include carpentry, plumbing, electric work, painting or window replacement can require scraping or sanding old paint, which can release harmful lead-contaminated chips…
  • Meet Our Inspiring CTO, Bridget Frey

    Christin Camacho
    30 Apr 2015 | 4:59 am
    Bridget Frey is one of just a handful of female executives holding the top technology spot. At Redfin, she’s in good company. As CTO, she oversees a large group of engineers, a quarter of whom are women. While that’s already above the industry average, Bridget and her team are working to grow this number. “I learn a lot listening to the way young women think about navigating their careers,” Bridget says. “There are so many paths and so many choices along the way, and I’m happy to share my own experiences with people who are navigating some of the same experiences…
  • Calling All One Direction Fans: You Can Own a Home Once Rented by Your Favorite Boy Band

    Alanna Finn
    29 Apr 2015 | 2:50 pm
    It has been a rough month for many tried-and-true One Direction fans; the news of Zayn Malik’s departure from the English pop group left many devastated, even heartbroken! But, there’s some good news for those One Directioners: Fans now have the chance to own a little piece of history of their favorite boy band, if they can afford it. The popular group rented this interesting property for a week back in 2013 while they were on tour in Los Angeles. It may look like the bow of a ship, but that won’t stop you from wanting to buy this home if you’re a loyal One Direction fan. But the…
  • Famous ‘Mushroom House’ Slices Price and Sells for $920K

    Alyssa Ennis
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Fungus lovers will have to start foraging elsewhere, because the “Mushroom House of Bethesda” has finally sold. The four-bedroom, three-bath D.C. area home waited through the cooler temperatures of winter and finally sprang up with a new owner this spring, after spending six months on the market. It was listed in October for $1.2 million, and the price was dropped to $990,000 in February. The final sale price was $920,000, equivalent to nearly 41,000 pounds of dried shiitake mushrooms purchased from Amazon. Yikes. “It’s an Alice in Wonderland style home with very unique features,”…
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  • Top 5 Parks for Families Lists for 5th #KidstoParks Day

    Michele Whiteaker
    4 May 2015 | 1:32 pm
    National Park Trust is a non-profit organization working to preserve parks today and create park stewards for tomorrow. Help them reach their goal of 500,000 pledges for Kids to Parks Day on May 16th and be entered to win a Nikon camera and even more prizes! They are already more than halfway there. Take the pledge and be counted! You don’t even have to join an existing event – just take the pledge and take your child to a park on May 16th. I hope you take your kids to parks, or at least outdoors to play, every day.  Here are some ideas of where-you-can-go contributed by…
  • That Time We Let Our Kids Go Inside an Active Grizzly Bear Habitat

    Michele Whiteaker
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Yes. We let our kids go inside an active grizzly bear habitat. Let me set the scene . . . My friend, “Mel” pointed us in the direction of the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone as a way to start our trip into the park. She’s a Yellowstone vacation coach for families who are planning trips to the National Park. Her service is amazing. Our family Yellowstone travels would not have been as enjoyable without her helpful pointers. In fact, I loved it so much I suggested we write a book together — and it’s available now (Yellowstone and Grand…
  • 8 Ideas for Spring Break Family Activities Away From The Crowds

    Michele Whiteaker
    2 Apr 2015 | 6:47 am
    Sometimes families face challenges planning their spring break family activities. If you have school-age kids, they’re home. If you don’t then you’re fighting crowds to do the things you normally do without competing with the droves of school kids. I have a particularly vivid memory of driving the kids to Legoland during spring break — only to wait an HOUR to get into the park with cars lined up from the freeway. Then we waited an hour and a half to get on one ride! Who waits an hour and a half for a 30 second Legoland ride?  It was all too much and even the kids…
  • Bubblefest XIX at Discovery Cube OC

    Lisa - North County Parks Reporter
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:04 pm
    My kids had an amazing time at the media preview for Bubblefest which is back at the Discovery Cube OC now through April 12, 2015. The adults did, too! I’ve heard about Bubblefest and the show for years but had never gotten around to trying it out. I think the whole family is hooked now. Plan to spend at least two hours experiencing Bubblefest, plus at least another hour or two in the rest of the museum. When you purchase tickets for Bubblefest, you will need to pick a time to watch the show, and do plan to get in line for the theatre early for the best seating choices. The outdoor…
  • Easter Eggstravaganza at Irvine Park Railroad

    Lisa - North County Parks Reporter
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:43 am
    Irvine Park Railroad’s 8th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza is hopping with great springtime fun for the whole family. With photo opportunities at every turn, egg hunts, train and hay rides, plus the Easter Bunny and so much more, it’s easy to spend a good chunk of your day immersed in wonderful spring fun. Easter Eggstravaganza Tips Arrive early to buy your tickets and exchange them for egg hunt wristbands. Egg hunt times are for specific age groups and they can sell out. With my kids being three years apart but wanting to do the egg hunt at the same time, I like to arrive right at 10am and…
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