Chapman students reach out to Little Brothers, Sisters

Big Brother Adam Albonni, 21, a junior at Chapman University, and his Little Brother Gabriel.Big Brother Adam Albonni, 21, a junior at Chapman University, and his Little Brother Gabriel.

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

There are midterms and finals, Club Rush and Greek Week, internships and job-hunting: the college years aren’t exactly filled with empty calendar pages.

But Adam Albonni, 21, a junior at Chapman University, looks at it differently. “I feel like college students, for the most part, have a lot of discretionary time,” he said. “Usually they spend it at parties; they spend it on things that really have no return for them in the future.

“We don’t have too many responsibilities. I feel like we’re in a perfect position to give back.”

That’s why he decided to become a Big Brother. …read the article

Orange Curves manager gets major kudos

Sara Petersen, manager of the Curves on Tustin Street in Orange, was named manager of the year for the western region.

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

It was a roundabout path that brought Sara Petersen to the Curves club owned by Deann Shannon Bouchard.

“Her nephew is a really good friend of my best friend’s brother,” Petersen said with a laugh. ...read the article

 

Orange meat factory distributes products nationwide

At Mattern Sausage, 15 staffers cook up 90 different varieties of sausage.

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

When Mattern Sausage and Meats opened in 1982, the sausage sold in the front of the deli was manufactured in the back. But as the wholesale business grew, it became clear that the manufacturing arm needed a space of its own.

In 1998, Mattern Sausage moved out of the deli’s east Chapman location to an industrial area in West Orange. Managed by Mike Mattern, son of the deli’s founder, the 11,000-square-foot factory churns out 90 varieties of sausage that not only stock Mattern Sausage and Meats, but are also shipped across the country to hotels, restaurants, and food distributors. …read the article

Orange plaza antique store relocates five times

Plaza 42 has several specialties, among them furniture, silver, holiday decorations (every day of the year, the store has a fully-stocked Christmas cabinet and a fully-stocked Halloween cabinet), and clocks.

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

In 34 years of business, Plaza 42 Antiques has moved five times.

In 1974, Beverly and Bill Bruce opened shop at the address that they took as the name of their business: Plaza 42, in the heart of downtown Orange. Then they moved around the corner, to South Glassell. After that, they hopped across the street. Three years ago, they moved to a 4000-square-foot space on the Plaza. Now — after weeks of wheeling all their furniture, china, silver, decorative items, and other stock to their new location — they are on North Glassell.

“This is it,” Beverly Bruce said. …read the article

Widow keeps store owner’s dream alive

Old Towne Doors and Knobs in Orange sells hardware dating as far back as the 1870s.

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Jerry Morrow had a dream of owning his own business. It would have a strong historical connection, and it would be in the Old Towne Orange Plaza.

With more than 35 years’ experience in retail, a passion for antiques, and a hobby of restoring homes, the longtime Orange resident soon developed a sharp focus for his dream business: doors and doorknobs. …read the article

El Modena High School student is battling cancer

Greg and Emily Myers.

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Emily Myers had a lump on her lymph node and a cough that just wouldn’t go away.

“It was cold season,” recalled her father Greg. So for a while, the family figured Emily had just come down with a whopper.

When she went to the doctor, though, they discovered it was something else: Lymphoma. …read the article

 

Aprons – not just for cooking anymore

Cynthia Wadell owns Heavenly Hostess at 132 S. Glassell St. in Orange.

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

“For my birthday this year,” Cynthia Wadell told friends and family, “I want to open my shop by this weekend.”

Perhaps a few doubted she was serious — at first. But Wadell had the determination (and the devoted supporters) to make her birthday wish come true.

On April 19, she opened Heavenly Hostess in downtown Orange. …read article

Old Towne business going hummingly

Arlene Fliegler opened Hummingbird Lane in Old Towne Dec. 1.

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

When Arlene Fliegler and her family moved back to Orange County after having lived in Fallbrook for five years, she decided it was time to make a change from her work as a muralist—something she’d done for about 25 years.

“I was a little burned out on that,” said the Irvine resident. “But I’ve loved gardening and art things forever—so we just decided to go for it.” …read the article

 

A corny solution to Styrofoam

Corn-based to-go containers.

Corn-based containers, pictured, are offered at Rutabegorz in Orange.

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Gotten an order to go from Rutabegorz lately?

Then you may have noticed that your garlic chicken salad was arranged inside a transparent box – not tucked inside environmentally unfriendly Styrofoam.

What you may not have realized is that your plastic box is no petrochemical product.

It’s made from corn. …read the article

Art show draws appreciative crowd

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Chapman University’s Guggenheim Gallery on Saturday swarmed with art lovers eager to view the pieces accepted into the 11th Annual Orange Open, a mixed media show presented by the Orange Art Association. …read the article