Archive | July, 2018

Parents: Over Forty Percent of You Are Using Cell Phones While Driving With Your Kids

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A recent study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that about 50 percent of parents hold conversations on their cellphones while driving with their children between the ages of 4 and 10 are in the car. The study, written by a team of researchers from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, found that one in three parents are reading text messages, and one in seven are using social media while in the same situation as described above. Continue Reading →

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Charity Spotlight: Think Together

Over 20 years ago, a group of mothers decided they had had enough–enough of seeing the odds against the neighborhood kids, as they were drawn into gang violence, dropping out of school, and born into less than ideal situations.

That group of mothers, alongside community leaders, created the Shalimar Learning Center in Costa Mesa. Since then, they have grown into “Think Together,” a statewide program offering expanded learning sessions and school improvement through affiliations with local partners. Based in Santa Ana, they work in 8 counties, 49 school districts, have 525 programs, and work with 150,000 students. Continue Reading →

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The O.C. Fair is Here!

The Orange County Fair is rolling into town. Opening July 13, the fair will run until August 12, at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. The Fair brings with it smells of fried foods, a wide range of rides and entertainment, and the chance to flex your green thumb or baking prowess. This year’s theme is “Free Your Inner Farmer,” which means that if you show up in your overalls any Wednesday, you get in free! The OC Fair is a time-honored tradition of summer fun. Nothing says summer like a county fair! Continue Reading →

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Fire Season is Here. What Should You Do to Protect Yourself?

It’s the beginning of July, yet fire season seems to have come early, while in 2017, it stayed longer. What Californian can forget the Thomas Fire that raged through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties for several weeks last December, destroying over 440 square miles, 1,000 homes and structures, and many people’s lives. It could have killed more people, yet thanks to the emergency services, only two fatalities were reported. The cost to California firefighters is over $702 million, but the cost of the damage is over $2 billion.

Just a month ago, a fire raged through Aliso Canyon, burning over 175 acres in just a few days. Luckily, no structures or homes were damaged. Continue Reading →

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