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...

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

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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Los Angeles Times

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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Los Angeles Times

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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Los Angeles Times

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.

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Los Angeles Times

Marché Moderne heads for a bigger, 'totally new' restaurant experience at Crystal Cove (Daily Pilot)

AAfter nearly 10 years in the third-floor penthouse of Costa Mesa's South Coast Plaza, renowned French bistro Marché Moderne will open a bigger, oceanside location at the Crystal Cove Shopping Center in Newport Coast.

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Bonchon is bringing its Korean fried chicken to O.C. (Daily Pilot)

A Korean, fast-casual chicken restaurant franchise known worldwide is coming to Orange County in January.

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Los Angeles Times

Vegan fulfills lifelong dream by scaling Mt. Everest (LA Times/The Daily Pilot)

"I never lost sight of my goal because I had a limitless source of strength and inspiration to tap into: I was climbing for those who no longer could."