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There are people in this world who can take pieces of fabric and make magic. The result is a quilt that is not only beautiful, but functional.
At the 2017 OC Fair, the winner of her division and Best in Show for quilting is Cypress resident Jane Koeberle. She was shocked to learn she had won the big prize.
“This is the first time I’ve entered a contest,” said Koeberle. “I couldn’t believe it when my friend told me I won. She saw the ribbons when she went to the fair.”

The family of Jackson Chavez, 26, will have a paddle out to honor his memory and spread his ashes on Saturday Aug. 19 at 10:30 a.m. in Seal...

The family of Jackson Chavez, 26, will have a paddle out to honor his memory and spread his ashes on Saturday Aug. 19 at 10:30 a.m. in Seal Beach with a barbeque afterwards at Clancys.

Jackson was murdered at Cherry Creek State Park in Colorado on Aug. 13.

Services for the Los Alamitos native will be held the following day on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at 360 State University Dr. in Long Beach.

Jackson leaves behind his parents Jesse and Julie Chavez and his twin brother and sister Samuel and Taylor Chavez.

Unique flavors boost a growing local food scene

Many in the Los Alamitos community are excited to see local restaurant options continue to expand. From sweet dessert spots to savory sandwich shops, new establishments breathe fresh life into the Los Al food scene.
With its soft opening a little more than a week ago, dessert shop A La Waffle is already taking the Los Al community by storm.

Los Al police captain used personal handgun

An autopsy has confirmed that former Los Al Police Captain Rick Moore shot Amanda Jensen three times with his personally owned .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun before turning the gun on himself. The Orange Country Coroner confirmed the details following autopsies on both Jensen and Moore on July 20.
As of this writing, a formal report and toxicology results were still pending.

Wiener Nationals final race came down to the wire

Katherine and Eddie Kishner’s Baby Bo, a 1 1/2 year-old dachshund from Costa Mesa, turned into the boss baby of the 22nd running of the Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals after a come-from-behind victory in the 50-yard final on Saturday at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Baby Bo qualified for the final after winning his trial with a time of 5.8 seconds, a clocking that’s believed to be the fastest ever in the history of the Wiener Nationals.
Saturday’s paid attendance of 8,705 was just off the all-time record for the event of 8,731 set in 2007.

Dog days of summer call for doggie nose sunscreen

When it comes to knowing how to protect our four legged friends, Jill Stevens has a real nose for what works best.  
Stevens, a long time Seal Beach resident and dog lover is the founder of the doggie sunscreen, “My Dog Nose It,” a product that gives your dog’s nose sun protection.  Stevens says, “Skin cancer isn’t just on the rise with humans, but also our pets.”  
Stevens is a skin cancer survivor and is not only an advocate for people protecting themselves from skin cancer, but also for pets.

The recent unexplained death of a young adult jail inmate adds fuel to the ongoing fire within Orange County law enforcement.
On Monday it was reported that the family of Danny Pham, a Westminster resident, has filed a claim against the County for his death.
Pham died July 3, just days before he was scheduled to be released from a six-month sentence for auto theft.  
The OC Sheriff’s Department, which runs the jail, and the OC Prosecutor, have not released any information concerning the details of Pham’s death in custody.

The Los Alamitos Education Foundation’s King and Queen of Hearts graced the campus of Rossmoor Elementary with their presence during the second session of LAEF’s 8th Annual Summer Enrichment.  
While visiting, King Brian Leibl, Rossmoor resident and Los Alamitos High School parent, visited the Outrageously Cool Science class and helped the kids with experiments.
Queen Kerrie DaVanon, owner of Happy Hour Fit Club, district parent and a former 1st grade teacher, read to the students in the Jump-Start Kindergarten Phonics class.  

Investigators ask additional victims to come forward

A music teacher was charged last week with committing lewd acts on two students, who were each under the age of seven.
Investigators are looking to identify additional victims of Randal “Randy” Letcher Scott, 57, who taught at the Music Town music school, which has locations in Cypress and Irvine.

Chili, cars, crafts and more at the Cypress Community Festival

Pancake breakfast, 5K & 10K Run/Walk, baseball game, K-9 demonstration, live entertainment, vendor booths, non-profits, kid zone, arts & crafts, chili and salsa cook-off and car show; it was all there at the Cypress Community Festival July 22 at Oak Knoll Park.
At the car show, dozens of cars were on display to entertain visitors. Many of the car owners sat and answered questions about their car.

The Los Alamitos/Seal Beach Rotary held its regular meeting at Griffins Grill on July 18.  The Club welcomed as its main speaker Marty Burbank, JD, LLM.   
Burbank is the owner of OC Elder Law, where he specializes in Estate and Tax Planning.  

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The Youth Center’s Camp SHARK Wacky Tennis Academy recently held at Rossmoor Park taught its students the fundamentals of the game during a week long class recently.

This appeared in the July 26, 2017 print edition of the News Enterprise.

Did you know the Cypress Senior Center lunch program celebrates senior birthdays each month? Last week, on July 17, 2017, the lunch program celebrated July birthdays with cupcakes provided by Vernon Atwood with Right at Home. Lunch is provided by SeniorServ. Many participants celebrated their special day. Cypress residents 60 and up celebrate their birthday with the senior center for free.  All others 60 years and older are suggested to make a donation of $3 for lunch.  There is a charge of $5 per meal for those under 60 years of age.

Local roller derby competition is a  fun stress reliever

Local roller derby is alive and well. Women from Badfish Roller Derby met last Saturday for a member-only bout.
“Usually, our all-star team competes against other teams,” said a woman known as That’s My Jam, who is the Vice President for the Badfish League, does bout production, and serves as the event announcer. “Tonight we are competing against our own girls.”

Another local shooting has darkened our community.
For those of you who haven’t seen or read about it, a Los Alamitos Police Captain and the Westminster City Clerk were found shot to death Monday morning in the police captain’s Seal Beach apartment.
The shootings took place Sunday evening following the Clerk’s 911 phone call for help.  
Police responded with swat teams, treating it as a “barricade” situation.  

Grant will boost club’s tech lab for its members

On June 21, the Boys & Girls Club of Cypress was honored at the Orange County Ronald McDonald House as a 2016 RMHCSC Community Grant Recipient. With the support from McDonald Cypress restaurant owner Isabelle Villasenor and restaurant manager Leisy Torres, the club will be awarded a $10,000 grant to purchase laptops for its technology lab.

Local squad pulls back from early defeat to win

The FC Premier Girls 04 team won the inaugural Fullerton Rangers Summer Open this past weekend.  
FC Premier began the tournament with a 4-1 win against the Strikers of Newport Mesa and while that game was at 8 a.m., the team’s following game was at 10:30 a.m., which meant very little time to rest and to recover.  
Adding to the pressure was the fact it was FC Premier’s second match of the tourney but their opponent first match.

St. Hedwig eigth grade graduate Caden Contreras was recently awarded a Notre Dame Club of Orange County Scholarship Award for Outstanding Community Service.
Board president Paul Irving said Contreras was honored for exemplifying what it means to “give back” by volunteering and participating in a host of community service programs while at St. Hedwig.
Contreras  is one of eight Orange County students recognized for their school service.

U.S. Air Force Airman Sean T. Stewart graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.