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Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 4/7/2014 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

We live in a society that relentlessly tempts us to make questionable financial choices. From the 1,600 to 3,000 ads we see in a typical day urging us to consume, to the 3.9 billion credit card offers that Credit Suisse estimated Americans received last year, we are inundated with messages to spend, spend, spend.

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 3/24/2014 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Most Orange County schoolchildren can’t wait for the recess bell to ring. But when Rebeca was 10, she would sprint to the bathroom to hide instead of joining in a game of soccer or playing with friends. The verbal assaults she experienced daily from classmates far surpassed the “mean girl” drama we’ve come to regard as an unfortunate part of growing up. Instead, Rebeca endured what the National School Safety Center identifies as a bullying epidemic affecting 2.7 million school-age victims.

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 3/10/2014 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Lake Forest resident Price will challenge everything you think you know about hunger in Orange County.  A client of South County Outreach, he shops at the nonprofit’s food pantry. He and as many as 3,000 other residents count on deliveries of emergency food and fresh fare every month just to get by.

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 2/24/2014 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

At the tender age of 7, Amber already had a mouthful of painful cavities and a tooth so decayed that it needed to be pulled.  Her mother, Nancy Gama, a mother of two young girls with no dental insurance, felt like she had no options.  She struggled with what to do, knowing that she couldn’t afford expensive dental procedures to address the serious problems her young daughter was facing.

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 2/10/2014 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

While others clamor for influence, Carl St.Clair barely utters a sound. The musical director and conductor of the Pacific Symphony orchestrates musical innovation with a whisper. St.Clair generates the highest sense of their creative spirit from the musicians he leads. His respect and support for their calling arouses exceptional performances that inspire awe.

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