Allyson Escobar

Allyson Escobar

passionately pursuing purpose.

Freelance journalist, writer, digital producer and blogger for both print and digital media. I fancy a cup of coffee, current events, pop culture, and telling stories that encourage and inspire.

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Los Angeles Times

At 15, he's already an Eagle Scout — and he accomplished it with ...

At 15, he's already an Eagle Scout — and he accompl...


Women-Led Mosque Opens to Build Place Where 'Everyone Is ...

Women-Led Mosque Opens to Build Place Where 'Everyo...


Labobatory: Raising the Boba Bar (KCET Food and Living)

Labobatory in San Gabriel hopes to stand out among the threshold, with its custom craft boba and alcoholic drinks.

The Press-Enterprise

Living with autism in the 1940s was difficult; just ask the Allen family – Press Enterprise

Living with autism in the 1940s was difficult; just...

The Press-Enterprise

Extra-credit assignment turns Centennial High students into advocates – Press Enterprise

Extra-credit assignment turns Centennial High stude...

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Tear down the walls: 'Open Bethlehem' (OC Catholic)

Sometimes, the greatest life experiences can happen in the littlest of towns. That’s what Leila Sansour, filmmaker of the 2014 documentary ‘Open Bethlehem,’ discovered about the past five years of creating and campaigning in her hometown of Bethlehem—the birthplace of Jesus Christ.
While exploring the magnitude of the historic event over 2,000 years ago, Sansour’s film also intimately documents what’s happening in the little town of Bethlehem today.

Monsignorraymondeast article

Embrace trust in a thirsting, divided world, says Congress keynote speaker Msgr. Raymond East (Angelus News)

Attendees were invited to think about global solidarity and embracing full trust in God, who holds the world in his hands — aptly setting the theme for the Religious Ed Congress morning keynote given by Msgr. Raymond G. East, pastor of St. Teresa of Avila Parish in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.

Solisfarewell article

Farewell to Bishop Solis (Angelus News)

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Downtown Los Angeles was a place of celebration, farewells and well wishes, as religious, deacons and lay faithful from across the Archdiocese of Los Angeles gathered for an evening send-off Mass for Auxiliary Bishop Oscar A. Solis on Feb. 1.

Youth Day at 2017 Religious Education Congress (Angelus News)

Nearly 12,800 teens from across the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, neighboring dioceses and beyond kicked off the 2017 Religious Education Congress with Youth Day, held all day on Feb. 23. Since the first Youth Rally in 1971 with then-Archbishop Cardinal Timothy Manning, thousands of Catholic and public high school students have packed the Anaheim Convention Center annually for an energizing day of fellowship, worship, engaging speakers and activities before the annual conference begins the following day.

Los Angeles Times

Sewage spill reported in Newport Beach (Daily Pilot)

A sewage spill was reported around Newport Boulevard and Hospital Road, near Hoag Hospital, in Newport Beach on Monday, according to the OC Health Care Agency.

Los Angeles Times

Woman, suspected of trying to steal from store, is arrested after chase (Daily Pilot)

A woman was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of trying to steal from the Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th store at the Metro Pointe shopping center in Costa Mesa, and trying to escape police.

Los Angeles Times

Man arrested with weapon and stolen car, Costa Mesa police say (Daily Pilot)

A 20-year-old man from Lancaster was arrested Thursday in Costa Mesa on suspicion of possession of a dangerous weapon and a stolen vehicle.

Los Angeles Times

Stay out of bacteria-laden ocean and bays, OC health agency warns (Daily Pilot)

The Environmental Health Division of the OC Health Care Agency advised swimmers to stay out of the ocean and nearby bays for the next few days because of possible urban runoff from this week’s rainstorms.

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Los Angeles Times

Little Saigon tries shuttles to ease congestion and boost tourism (Daily Pilot)

"Being in such an impacted area, having the shuttle is a great need and benefit to business owners, shopkeepers and people who frequent this neighborhood. The businesses here are evolving into second-generation businesses, passed on through families — and I see all the crowds of shoppers and tourists here as major sign of growth and evolution, being here 30 years in the area."

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Los Angeles Times

Mike Manhardt and One Strong F.A.M.I.L.Y. take a message of mercy to the streets (LA Times Weekend)

F.A.M.I.L.Y. is an acronym that stands for "Forget About Me, I Love You." Manhardt, who trademarked the name in 2001, is focused on creating social campaigns that inspire everyday acts of love and kindness.