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

Orange County's first modern streetcar plans to be the future of transit on track (Times OC)

Living carefree and car-free is what the Orange County Transportation Authority’s latest Measure M-funded project — called OC Streetcar — hopes to do for county residents, commuters and tourists.

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Los Angeles Times

Photographer shows off coastal Orange County through his smartphone (Times OC)

Costa Mesa photographer and business consultant Don Murray, 56, started taking landscape photos with his Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, hoping to push the boundaries of smartphone photography to mirror the high-quality, vibrant images of expensive digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras.

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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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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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.

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Los Angeles Times

2 local students win $40,000 scholarships for STEM interests (Daily Pilot)

Two local high school seniors passionate about science, technology, engineering and math will follow their college dreams in the fall with the help of $40,000 scholarships for STEM education.

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At 15, he's already an Eagle Scout — and he accomplished it with 1,900 books (Times OC)

“What I love about this [organization] is that it teaches you to be a part of your community, to help people in need and to do the right thing,” Bennett Anderson said. “The Boy Scouts have taught me to care more about people and not be so self-centered. It’s great to see the impact of going out of yourself and doing service for someone else. The smallest act of kindness can go really far.”

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Los Angeles Times

Kids and mental health: CHOC builds the county's first inpatient facility for youths ages 3 to 18

About one in five youths nationwide will have a diagnosable mental health disorder by the age of 14, according to research from the Children's Hospital of Orange County. Of the 20% of O.C. youths reporting the need for help with mental health issues, less than a third get that help.

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No Tet Festival in Fountain Valley this year (Daily Pilot)

The OC Tet Festival, which was held last year at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley, has been canceled for 2017. The event, started in 2014 at Garden Grove Park by the Vietnamese Community of Southern California, was a celebration of the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, known as Tet.

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Los Angeles Times

Local students inspired by BRIDGES conference that aims to foster tolerance

Last month's daylong symposium, known as the BRIDGES Youth Conference, has been held biannually for 25 years, bringing together student leaders from high schools all over Orange County to explore issues of identity and culture, develop leadership skills, and spur thinking about being informed, active participants in the community.

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Trapunto artist shares work with a human touch (Daily Pilot)

For 90-year-old Cosa Mesa resident and artist Helen Kleiser, the art of embroidered trapunto is not only therapeutic. It's a chance to share her talent and collect smiles in exchange.

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Hew and haul: The tradition of cutting down your own holiday tree lives on (Daily Pilot)

The image of a family making a day of chopping down a holiday tree and happily dragging it home to be decorated may seem quaint. But the handful of family-owned tree farms in Orange County still draw people who crave the fresh smell of a nice spruce or fir and appreciate the time-honored tradition of hewing and hauling it themselves.