A Daily Thought

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

On Our Community: Final thoughts As #2015 Comes to a Close...

As we wind down 2015, we wanted to reflect upon the broader community of Southern California.   Our team had a chance to visit Pasadena earlier this week to have an opportunity to serve supporting the 2016 Rose Parade.     It was quite a scene to be able to witness to the Vibrancy of the Community in Action with some of the most beautiful scenes : 



At numerous facilitites throughout Pasadena, volunteers were hard and fast at work working day and night preparing and finalizing the floats that the World will be witness to on January 1, 2016.  Whatwe also were quite amazed at was how Pasadena had been trasnformed into a vibrant "Old Pasadena" that preserved the best of the old while preserving the new.     It was just a beautiful day to be witness to it all.

As we are seeing off 2015, it was of note to reflect upon one of the highlights of our hometown, Laguna Niguel that saw the 2015 Holiday Parade being held:    



It featured the soldiers and sailors our City has adopted along with Community Organizations that form a fabric that represents the City at its' best.      The commitment by the City will endure as it already has announced an opportunity for Community_Based Organizations to submit proposals to be eligible for to receive support from a $ 39,000 Fund established to provide support for them.      We also found of interest that Lake Forest is thinking about El Nino Already which we hope to share insights throughout the year.

It has been a very vibrant year in our Community.   We look forward to continuing our on-going discussions about our Community throughout 2016.

Happy 2016 from South Orange County and the City of Laguna Niguel!!!

We look forward to seeing all in the New Year!!!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

On This Christmas W-End 2015.....

We here @ #outsiders were around town and was witness to the beauty of Dana Point Harbor as this was shared by our Founder on Christmas Eve which we are pleased to feature as part of our salute to our Community on this Christmas W-End 2015:  

Thursday, December 24, 2015

On this Christmas Eve 2015....

As we go dark for Christmas Eve, Just making sure to wish all a joyous holiday as we feature an Orange County Original, Disney's Mickey & Mini Mouse & his Friends--a point of pride for us all!!!! 



..as we hope all enjoy this from the Disney All Stars as we wish all a joyous holiday season and fantastic 2016:  

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

As We Bid Farewell to 2015: Brief Reflections on Our Community

Celebrations are already beginning.    Saddleback Church has Christmas Mass scheduled throughout all its' Orange County Campuses.    St. Timothy's Catholic Parish has Six Services On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and other faith communities will do so as well.

It has also been quite a year of change and transformation in South Orange County.    We have been quite amazed at the resiliency and the community spirit in action in our Home Community, Laguna Niguel.   It was ever so evident during the Holiday Celebration a few weeks ago and as we gear up for what is expected to be a vibrant 2016.    It was also good news for our City as the old Haagen Store on Crown Valley was going to be taken over by Smart & Final.    One of a number of initiatives we look forward to commenting on is the Laguna Niguel Community Pedestrian Education Outreach program along with on-going reporting on the latest from our wonderful schools.  We will also continue to assess the state of Wi-Fi Access as Google Fiber will be coming to Orange County and the latest out of Mission Viejo with selling interent access. 

We look forward to the opportunity to serve as we wish all a wonderful Holiday as we leave you all with this from our +Jonathan Huie archives:

Thursday, December 17, 2015

As We Bid Farewell to 2015: Reflections & A Holiday Wish.....

It has been an interesting and challenging morning especially in the aftermath of the Federal Reserve's Decision to raise interest rates.    Markets have responded favorably to the end of "cheap money" although profound reservations remain as to whether the Fed's move is a bit rash right now.   A challenging World is also ever so before us with Brazil in Turmoil (As it just got a downgrade), the inferno in Syria and of course the United States Elections.    As we were working away, we also got an update from France that the IMF Chief has been ordered to stand trial over the so-called, "Tapie Affair" in France.    It has also been a year where we've been quite busy supporting a number of interesting Kickstarter Projects and transformations that we look forward to featuring in our Visions Channel in 2016 as our Daily Outsider 2.x will also be a focus.

As we are winding down the year here in #outsiders and gearing up for the new year, we also wanted to join the World in extending Happy Birthday to the Holy Father as he turns 79 Years old today. We also have decided to go "dark" throughout the Properties for the rest of the year as we gear up for 2016. Our team, will be continuing the daily Twitter curation and the Daily Update that is published for our founder featured throughout the #Outsider properties will be available for all daily.

We started on a journey that has been perilous at times.   As we reflected upon our journey, we took comfort in these thoughts thanks again to +Jonathan Huie :

In this world there is always danger
for those who are afraid of it.
- George Bernard Shaw

If we let things terrify us,
life will not be worth living.

- Seneca 

We appreciate all the support and look forward to the opportunity to serve in 2016 as we wish you all....


and our fervent wish for all for all to......



Onward to 2016 with all its' possiblities.....

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

An #Outsider Newsflash: Guidance From Superindentant Vital From the Capistrano Unified School District

As Southern California was witness to another challenging day, the Capistrano Unified School District Superintendent Sent out this advisory to the Community which we wanted to report on here--vigilance is absolutely paramount and we could not agree more with Superintendent Vital: 

Dear CUSD Community:
This morning, LAUSD closed their schools due to what they believed was a credible threat. Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) has been in communication with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Juvenile Services Bureau, and the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center (OCIAC) and we have been advised that there has been no credible threat against CUSD at this time. However, as a precaution, we have been in contact with all of our school sites requesting them to inspect the campus and remind staff to be aware of their surroundings and anything unusual.

CUSD has a safety plan that is specific to each site and is reviewed every year and we have worked to build and strengthen this plan since 2012. We have a unique relationship with law enforcement that includes daily interaction and communication.

The District also works with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in planning and security assessments of our schools and with the OCIAC. OCIAC is an integrated, multi-disciplined, information and intelligence sharing network to collect, analyze, and disseminate information on all criminal risks and safety threats to law enforcement, fire, health, private sector and public sector stakeholders in a timely manner in order to protect the residents, visitors, and critical infrastructure while ensuring the civil rights and civil liberties of all persons are recognized.
In addition, armed Sheriff’s Deputies are assigned to our campuses and we utilize the Sheriff’s Department’s School Mobile Assessment and Resource Team (SMART). SMART is used in school situations or incidents related to violence, threats, possession and/or use of weapons, unstable behaviors and suicidal actions or tendencies.

In the area of training, we conduct ongoing drills and simulated emergency exercises for our staff and this training is reviewed and modified as needed. We also train our staff to speak up and report suspicious activity they see at our school sites or offices.

Finally, we have the benefit of many parents, students, teachers, administrators and staff on our campuses and we ask that you report any unusual and suspicious activity. Please talk to your child/children to remind them that they, too, should report anything suspicious. We want everyone on our campuses to be empowered to speak up about anything that looks out of place. Please reach out to your school principals or site administration for guidance and questions. Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,
 
Kirsten Vital
Superintendent

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Around Town In South County: @ The Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade 2015.....

Our hometown, Laguna Niguel, held its' Annual Holiday Parade today.    Here are some scenes from this beautiful day of service that featured the best in Community Spirit during this joyous Holiday Season:


Friday, December 11, 2015

The Friday Musical Interlude: @Raef Sings The Path.......

The Holidays are upon us--later on tonight at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa over 650 Kids will be treated to a holiday treat thanks to the leadership yet again of the Segestrom Family.    Tomorrow Laguna Niguel will embrace the Holidays with the Annual Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade.   It is truly a joyous time.

Although this is a joyous time, there are also perilous times in our World.   Our team has been at the forefront of it as we have worked on throughout the year.   On the "Musical Interlude" Friday here in #Outsiders, we wanted to feature this from our Artist of the Week, +Raef Official  as we join him in underscoring that , "...We shall Overcome"!!!

Monday, December 7, 2015

As A New Week Dawns....

Our team wanted to begin on a positive note here throughout the #Outsider Network.     What +Jonathan Huie sent out was every so timely in light of the profound challenges before us--enough said as we wish all a fabulous week:



Everyone should carefully observe
which way his heart draws him,
and then choose that way with all his strength.
- Hasidic Proverb

To know what you prefer
instead of humbly saying Amen
to what the world tells you you ought to prefer,
is to have kept your soul alive.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Prevail over adversity.
Persevere in the midst of turmoil.
Passionately act upon your convictions.
Purposely walk into the day.
- Mary Anne Radmacher
 


Sunday, December 6, 2015

Around Town in South County: Holiday Spirit is in the Air at Laguna Niguel

The Holidays have arrived in South County.  This was epitomized by the celebrations held at Laguna Niguel City Hall Last Night.   





Santa and Mrs. Claus came down escorted by Laguna Niguel Police Officers as they helped Councilmembers Geneway and Minagar light up the Christmas Tree.    Kids were busy building slates and taking pictures with Santa.   The City's Holiday Parade is also before us coming up on December 12.     If interested in volunteering, please contact Reggee Burdian at (949) 510-9562 or online at www.lagunaniguelparade.com


Friday, December 4, 2015

An #Outsider Newsflash Courtesy of the Orange County Islamic Foundation: Vigil in Chino For #SanBernardino

This was just announced by the Orange County Islamic Foundation today:


OCIF
Assalam Alaykum Dear Community Members,

The Chino Valley Islamic Center in San Bernardino has planned a vigil prayer event this evening. It makes most sense for the Muslim Community leadership to come together in one location to offer condolences and prayers for all those affected by this tragic event.

The address location and time is as follows:
Friday December 4th, 2015 at 6:00pm.
Chino Valley Islamic Center
5565 Daniels St
Chino
CA 91710
Tel: (909) 786-1487
www.cvislamiccenter.org

The media will be there to cover the event and other mosque leaders, Imam's, public officials, law enforcement and interfaith groups will be invited as well. CVIC masjid will lead the program and take charge of all speeches giving designated Muslim leaders and public officials in attendance an opportunity to say a few words. 

Hope you can make it. Please share with family and friends.
 


The Friday Musical Interlude: John Legend's "Each Day Gets Better"

It is time for the Friday Musical Interlude here in #Outsiders.     It has been a tough and challenging few days here in our Community of Southern California as we hope the selections from John Legend, our artist of the week, is enjoyed by all.     The message that "Each Day Gets  Better" should resonate for all despite the horror in San Bernardino which our team released Notations on it as updates were forthcoming:


Onward!!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Around Town in South County: On a Gem In our Midst (Please Read On)


One of the hidden gems in our midst is the Aliso Niguel High School orchestra program. Under the leadership of Albert Jeung, it has grown to some 200 students who rank in the top 5 programs in the State of California.

On Tuesday December 1, the Orchestra Program presented "A Fall Concert".  The entire orchestra ensemble was on hand to perform selections from Alan Lee Silva, Haydn and Tchaikoskvy among other beautifully arranged performances.     Their next major performance will be at Soka University on January 15, 2016.   For ticket information, please visit tickets.com, search Soka and scroll down to find the ANHS Orchestra.    It will be quite a show!!!


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Around Town in South County: Raising Canes Arrives!!!!!



Raising Canes officially opens its' door later on Today in Aliso Viejo.  It held a "preview/training" for invited Community Members last night.    Our founder shared his insights along with a clip he captured from this momentous night as he simply noted in an email to the team The Food is Great!!!

We here @ #outsiders welcome Raising Canes to South County and wish them all the best.


Monday, November 30, 2015

As We Bid Farewell to November in #Outsiders....

It has been a challenging November and a challenging year. As we look forward to further updates on #COP21 and other challenges around our World, we thought this we ran across (also released to our twitter feed earlier) underscores how we have to look at the true art of the possible. Onward to December with all the hope and the promise and realizing that nothing is impossible--which is why we are here!!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Thought 4 the Week

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order,
confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast,
a house into a home,
a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past,
brings peace for today
and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

~ Melody Beattie

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Around Town in South County (W-End Edition): An Opportunity For the Community To Get Involved (Please Read On)

Become a Pilot Volunteer!

Our team recently ran across this opportunity to contribute to the Community and the email from the State of California is hereby noted below that our team members received which we hope all consider signing up as we hope all consider signing up to be a volunteer for the California Road Charge Pilot Program...as it is it’s free and easy!

As noted in the email call to action received from the California Department of Transportation, "....It’s no secret that our roadways are in need of repair. Due to shrinking funding from the gas tax, increased road maintenance cost, the age of our roadways, and more fuel-efficient vehicles, California’s transportation system will continue to get worse without the funds to sustain them.
In response to this problem, the Legislature passed Senate Bill (SB) 1077 directing California to conduct a pilot program to study the feasibility of a road charge as a replacement for the gas tax to pay for road maintenance and repairs. Road charge is a policy where drivers pay to help maintain the roads based on the distance they travel or a period of time they use the roads, rather than the amount of gasoline they consume.
The California Road Charge Pilot Program is a multi-year endeavor that, at its core, strives to engage the public in order to gain input and feedback. You can help in this effort by volunteering to participate in the live pilot demonstration just like I did!
Learn more at the California Road Charge Pilot Program website and volunteer today....." 

Friday, November 27, 2015

As We're Back Online: The Friday Musical Interlude w/Adele singing "Chasing Pavements"......

We're back on line!!  

Our team settled for the Friday Musical Interlude to feature selections from Adele as our artist of the week.    Please enjoy!!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

On the Eve of Thanksgiving in the United States....



Our team had the pleasure to join the St Timothy's Catholic Parish annual Thanksgiving Project this past weekend.   It was wonderful to be witness to the generosity of community in action.

We here @ #Outsiders have decided to go "dark" for Thanksgiving week here in the United States to reflect upon our World.      Our team will be "on the prowl" though with the daily twitter curation on our key "hastag" watches including #Daesh, #India, #China, #uselections, #Europe & #americas as we gear up for #COP21 (The United Nations Climate Change Conference) and formally launch "NASIIM".


As we go "dark" for thanksgiving week, we wanted to feature this from +Jonathan Huie that underscores what we must be thankful for and simply underscore the need to do our best and do what we can to make a difference--it is ever so critical not to forget especially with the profound challenges we are faced with. 

From all of us to all in the United States, Happy Thanksgiving as we step back to be ever so thankful and appreciative and ask all never to "stop thinking about tomorrow"


Friday, November 20, 2015

The Friday Musical Interlude: ColdPlay's Sky Full of Stars

It is Friday here in #Outsiders as we have the pleasure to once again present the Friday Musical Interlude throughout the #outsider properties.  For this week, our artist of the week is ColdPlay as we feature "Sky Full of Stars".  We wish you all a fabulous Friday and a Fabulous weekend:


Thursday, November 19, 2015

An #Outsiders Newsflash: Leadership Transition in the City of Laguna Niguel


Our hometown, Laguna Niguel, has a new leadership team:  Mayor Laurie Davies and Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Slusiewicz who will assume their respective offices on December 1.  We here @ #Outsiders wish them both the very best as they begin their term.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

On the Road in South County This Week: Witness to Community Spirit In Action

It has been quite gratifying to see the level of support seen in the Community during this thanksgiving month.    St. Timothy's Parish is sponsoring its' annual Thanksgiving Project that would 175 families who would be able to have a Thanksgiving Dinner.   This is in large measure due to the geneorisity of the Parish Community and the support that Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.

Our team once again had a chance to join a morning of service at Second Harvest and it was ever so gratifying and motivating to see such spirit in action as we got to understand how a Food Bank works and how corporations have been so at the forefront of it: 




Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Around Town in South County (Special Edition): Holiday Season Crime Prevention Tips (Courtesy Orange County Sheriff's Department)

The Holiday Season is upon us.    The Crime Prevention Specialist for the City of Laguna Niguel Published this insightful commentary for the Community and for neighborhood watch captains which we felt was quite appropriate as we are at the dawn of the Holiday Season:

Holiday Season Crime Prevention Tips
By Kimberly Sawyer, Crime Prevention Specialist, OCSD

The holiday shopping season is a peak time for crimes such as home and vehicle burglaries, and thefts. Residents need to be alert, aware, and prepared in order to reduce the risk of becoming a crime victim at home, on the road, and while shopping. Crooks know that homes become mini-goldmines as families begin to store holiday gifts. The items most desired by burglars and thieves are also those most desired by intended gift recipients. Small electronics such as phones, tablets, laptops, digital music players, game consoles and various jewelry items will be stored in most homes in December.

Residents can better protect their homes by locking doors and windows at all times, and by not displaying gifts and other valuables where they can be seen from a window or a doorway. Store small electronics and jewelry in a safe or in a place that is not conspicuous.

When not at home, always activate your alarm and turn on a radio or television so the house looks occupied. If you go out of town for the holiday, use an automatic timer for your lights and ask a neighbor or trusted friend to watch your house, pick up the mail and newspapers and park their car in your driveway from time to time.

After the gifts are opened, try not to advertise your new electronics and/or other new valuables by putting empty product boxes out on the curb for the garbage collectors. Break the boxes down and fold/cut them so they could fit in a closed trash container. While shopping, stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you. Make sure you have your checkbook, wallet, identification card and credit cards secured after every transaction. Sometimes people get so excited about a purchase, they forget to collect these items from the register counter. If you notice any item missing, contact your bank or credit card company immediately to stop any account activity, then contact the police department.

Coordinate shopping trips with a friend if you plan to be out late. Never park your car in an unlit area, no matter how convenient it is. Crooks know that cars parked in shopping centers are likely to contain valuables. Lock your car doors and windows even if you are only gone for a few minutes and NEVER leave shopping bags, purses, backpacks, or any items of value visible through your car windows. Crooks usually walk from car to car in parking lots, looking for any visible valuables. When they see something they want, they will break the window (they use tools to make that quick and quiet) and take the valuables. Lock item in the trunk, or keep the items with you as you go from store to store.

Follow the above tips and help us reduce crime in our community. 

Have a safe and joyful holiday season – from the men and women of the Laguna Niguel Police Services.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Notations For the Week-End (Special Edition): On #ParisAttacks & Beyond

As we write this, we are monitoring updates from Europe as SkyNews is reporting live on the victims and the aftermath.   129 People have died and 99 are still in hospital.

Parisians are gathering at the Place De La Republic to honor the fallen.  . One of the fallen is a 23-Year Old Student From Cal State Long Beach, Nohemi Gonzalez..     Maddona in Sweden said it best last night during a concert when she noted, "...They want to shut us up...we will never let them."   We here @ #Outsiders echo this sentiment in the strongest possible terms we could muster.

At the G20 Summit, the leaders led a minute of silence to honor the victims of Paris and Ankara.   Condementations have been forthcoming from the entire world.   France has declared 3 Days of National Morning--we here at #Outsiders have decided to go dark for the next 48 hrs in honor of all the victims of all the wars as we leave you all with this image of Paris and the Jewish Prayer for Peace that Corey Robin noted in his blog which we have noted below for reference
May we see the day when war and bloodshed cease,
when a great peace will embrace the whole world.
Then nation will not threaten nation,
and mankind will not again know war.
For all who live on earth shall realize
we have not come into being to hate or to destroy.
We have come into being
to praise, to labor and to love.

& a Muslim Prayer For Peace:

Merciful God, You made all of the people of the world in Your own image and placed before us the pathway of salvation through different Preachers who claimed to have been Your Saints and Prophets. But, the contradictions in their teachings and interpretations of them have resulted in creating divisions, hatreds and bloodshed in the world community. Millions of innocent men, women and children have so far been brutally killed by the militants of several religions who have been committing horrifying crimes against humanity, and millions more would be butchered by them in the future, if You do not help us find ways to reunite peacefully.


IN THE NAME OF GOD, THE COMPASSIONATE, THE MERCIFUL, look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the controversial teachings of arrogance, divisions and hatreds which have badly infected our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; reunite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish Your purposes on earth; that, in Your good time, all nations and races may jointly serve You in justice, peace and harmony.  (Amen) 

We shall overcome!!!



Friday, November 13, 2015

The Friday Musical Interlude: Paul Winter Consort Performs Midnight/Minuit....

As Friday the 13th Dawns,  we here @ #Outsiders hope all enjoy selection we've made from the Paul Winter Consort throughout our properties.     We hope all enjoy this as we wish all a fabulous Friday:

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Around Town In South County: Veterans Day 2015 in Laguna Niguel

The Sea County Community Center in Laguna Niguel was the scene of another solemn and momentus Veterans Day 2015 event.    Members of Troop 772 joined this solemn day as scouts led the audience in the pledge of allegiance and to speak to the audience on the history of Veterans Day Today.  Dignitaries included The Mayor of Laguna Niguel & Members of the City Council along with Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett and Assemblyman Scott Brough along with Naz Namazi From Congressman Rohrbacher's Office

After the conclusion of the ceremonies, all attendees were treated to a light lunch courtesy of the Laguna Niguel Women's Club.    All were reminded that "Freedom" is not free especially as some 83,000 Americans continue to be missing in action.   


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Around South County: On "Fish For Life" & Other Brief Thoughts on the Eve of Veterans Day

We here @ #Outsiders have been long-standing supporters of Fish For Life.      We had a chance to catch up with Fish For Life Founder Jim Holden as he noted a recent story featuring this noble and joyous cause:

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The last Fish for Life trip of the year is November 14th out of Dana Point.   Watch this space for an update.

It is also the eve of Veterans Day as our team goes "dark" in honor of it.  It was quite gratifying to see restaurants as big as TGI Fridays, Buffalo Wild Wings and the local Vietnamese Eatery in Laguna Niguel extend a sense of gratitute with treating veterans on this very important date.    IT was also gratifying to see Starbucks' continuing their tradition of selling their Veterans Cards--proceeds of which support the USO.  Their service will never be forgotten!!


We here at #Outsiders again underscore a simple to all Veterans and their families:

Happy Veterans Day!!!




Notations on Our World (Local Edition): A Profound Event On #Syria

Monday, November 9, 2015

On the Prowl In South County: On This Veterans Day Week

Another weekend of service was the order of the day in South County as the Scouts of the Tiburon District oversaw the District Annual Scouting for Food Campaign:

Witness to community spirit as we wish all a fab week :-)
Posted by The Daily "Outsider" on Monday, November 9, 2015


This is also a week whereby we will be honoring our Veterans.    A number of events are on-going throughout the cities of South County as we look forward to commenting on it over the ensuing days.  Happy Veterans Week to all our wonderful Veterans:



 
 

Friday, November 6, 2015

The #Outsider Friday Musical Interlude; Nina Simone's "Feeling Good"

It is time for the Friday Musical Interlude here in #Outsiders.  Please enjoy this selection from our artist of the week, Nina Simone, as we wish all a fabulous Friday and a fabulous Week-End:

Thursday, November 5, 2015

A "Virtual Token of Thanks": Thought(s) for the Week

We here @ #Outsiders have been on an on-going assessment of our mission.  We have been ever so grateful for the opportunity.     We thought that "Thought(s) for the week" we have released throughout the properties underscore a sense of appreciation as we hope these as well here--with our appreciation as we look forward to the opportunity to serve:



Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Around Town in South County: On the Prowl in Laguna Niguel

Earlier this morning, Laguna Niguel Police Services sponsored "Coffee with a Cop" at Corner Bakery which gave the Community a chance to meet members of the Police Services Team at the forefront of keeping the South County Community Safe.    The Chief and other members of the Command Staff along with members of the Laguna Niguel City Council joined this Community outreach effort.

It is also thanksgiving month here in South County.    One key event upcoming is Veterans Day in Laguna Niguel:

Veterans Day Banner


We look forward to reporting on this solemn day.


Monday, November 2, 2015

Around Town In South County: On #Halloween2015 & Other Thoughts....

Halloween spirit was in the air in South County this week as Communities throughout South County celebrated Halloween by getting together and hitting the Streets:

    


One home was even broadcasting a movie on their Garage Door!!!    But this excitment was tempered as our Community has been witness to Haggan's and Fresh and Easy Shutting Their Doors.   



Local stores throughout South County have begun their liquidation sales.     Our team had a chance to have a brief interview with one of the local Haagan employees in Laguna Niguel.    He noted that 90% of the employees have been able to find new jobs.   This particular Haagan employee lost his vacation--but was able to retain his seniority.

This is a developing story as we assess the impact on the local economy.


Friday, October 30, 2015

The Friday Musical Interlude: Modern Talking's Thomas Andres & Omid Perform "We Are One"

It is time for the Friday Musical Interlude here in #Outsiders and we hope all enjoy this Beautiful rendition as we wish all a Fabulous Friday and for all in the United States and our Home in Orange County, a safe and Happy Halloween:


Thursday, October 29, 2015

An #Outsider Newsflash: On the Eve of Daylight Savings Time......

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Around Town in South County: On the "Prowl" in Laguna Niguel

As South County bids farewel to October, there are a number of things coming up in November which our team wanted to report on:

  • Coffee with a Cop @ the Corner Baker on La Paz
  • Composte Giveaway on November 14 at City Hall

We will also be witness to the generosity of spirit by the Community as Faith Communities will come together to support the less fortunate among us.   

Onward as we continue reflecting upon our wonderful community we are proud to call home......

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Notations For the W-End: An #Outsider newsflash On A Brief Visit to Second Harvest Food Bank



One of the preeminent institutions in Orange County is the Second Harvest Food Bank located at the Former Marine Corp Air Base.    Our team had a chance to visit Second Harvest Food Bank over the weekend to observe the operations in action.     They support insuring that some 200,000 people are fed daily as they support over 340 non profits.  

There is so much to discuss which we look forward to reporting on it over the ensuing days and weeks.


Friday, October 23, 2015

The Friday Musical Interlude: Michael Jackson's "Liberian Girl"....

It is time for the Friday Musical Interlude in #Outsiders.   This is one classic ones that features Quincy Jones, Danny Glover,  the late Jackie Collins, Richard Dryfuss, Steven Spielberg, The modeal Iman  & John Travolta among many others.    As we enjoyed this "oldie" but "Goodie", lost count--We hope all enjoy!!!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Around Town in South County : Fresh & Easy is Closing....

Fresh & Easy is closing its' doors.     Our team had a chance to stop by the Laguna Niguel Store to talk with the Store Staff.   They will beginning a "fire sale" starting tomorrow as they work to shut all 97 Stores and lay off the 3,000 staffers.   This came out to all customers--This is the second store in as many weeks that has branches in South County closing its' doors.....

fresh&easyfriends
Mike,

Over the last two years, we have been working hard to build a new Fresh & Easy. We thank you for shopping with us and bringing our products into your home.

As you may have heard, all our stores will be closing over the coming weeks. You may still convert any points you have over 500 and redeem your rewards. However, we will no longer be awarding Friends points on purchases made after 12:00:00am Pacific time on Friday October 23, 2015. Please see our updated Terms and Conditions.

We encourage you to come in and get some of your fresh&easy favorites for the last time.

Thank you for being a loyal friend.

The fresh&easy Team
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Around Town in South County: An #Earthquake?

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Seismic Activity in Southern California (Source: http://www.scpr.org)


As we went to press this morning with our review, we were in the midst of a review of a new NASA-led study that provides guidance of an earthquake occurring in Orange County that may be in the range of 6.1-6.3.     All of us that have the privilege to call Southern California home accept this--the need to be prepared is ever so crucial at all levels.   Some have "disputed" the findings.     Our team views it as a wake-up call for all in Southern California especially as all participated in the Great Shakeout that we reported on it earlier.
   

The report is available by clicking on it here: http://geodesy.unr.edu/publications/DonnellanEtAl2015.pdf




Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Around Town In South County: On the "Prowl"....

The civic pride in South County continues to be ever so evident.    St. Timothy's Food Pantry served over 30 families today simply due to the generosity of the over 2000 families who are members of the Parish.    It was also ever so evident as parents joined an afternoon of service supporting the Aliso Niguel High School Orchestra Program as they took the annual pictures.    It was also ever so evident as the Community turned out in full force at Aliso Viejo City Hall to oppose the proposed ordinance For Regal Cinemas to sell alcohol.

Never a dull moment as out team settled on this "thought 4 the week":  

Monday, October 19, 2015

Around Town In South County: @ College Fair 2015 @ Aliso Niguel High School

Aliso Niguel High School Was the scene of a College Fair sponsored by the Capistrano Unified School District and the School PTSA. This College Fair  featured some of the leading Universities in the United States including the UC System, Harvard, Cornell and many others.   

The support of the Community was in evidence as the Parents of Aliso Niguel High School joined in directing traffic, greeting attendees, preparing packages and facilitating other matters as required.   It was quite gratifying as Jimboys' Tacos, Trader Joe's Aliso Viejo, Vons Laguna Niguel and Ralph's Foothhill Ranch supported this effort.   The Aliso Niguel High School Culinary Program provided the catering as the ASB student leaders were also in evidence throughout the night.

It was quite a scene as the Community responded in a major way to this.   All Schools were invited to this.  The first hour was reserved for Capistrano Unified School District Students.   To provide some indication of the level of attendees expected, an initial run rate of 4,000 copies of the schedule and the list were printed--and it featured over 100 Unversities, colleges and trade schools.      This fair  also featured a number of workshops on building up the High School Resume, the Community College Transfer Process and College Funding. 


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Around Town in South County (W-End Edition): The Great Shakeout 2015


On October 15, the Great Shakeout occured.  It is an annual exercise that is undertaken to test if ever the "big one occurs" .  California has been at the forefront of this and all schools undertook it.  This was from Aliso Niguel High School as the Staff went through the process to escort, take roll of the Students and release students to distraught parents.   

What must be remembered is that California is Earthquake Country.    As our team was witness to this fabulous effort by the Aliso Niguel Faculty and Adminstration, we could only hope that the reality in fact will not happen.     

Friday, October 16, 2015

The Friday Musical Interlude: Oscar Peterson Plays Caravan....

Welcome to Friday here in #Outsiders.    Our team settled on Oscar Peterson as Artist for the Week and we hope all enjoy this selection as we wish all a fabulous Weekend: