New coffeehouse perks up downtown

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Later than expected — but, if the high customer count is any indication, all the more welcome for that — the Chapman Coffee House has opened at the northeast corner of Glassell and Walnut. …read the article

Community helps persons with developmental disabilities

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

L’Arche Wavecrest – the first L’Arche community in the southwest – moved from Fullerton to central Orange earlier this year. Part of the International Federation of L’Arche, Wavecrest’s Abraham House is a home in which residents with developmental disabilities – known as core members – live with residents who do not have developmental disabilities — known as assistants. … read the article

Flores nursed herself back to life

Orange City News column

Sarah Flores, right, with husband Salvador Lucero and their three children.

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER Sarah Flores, 30, is a wife, the mother of two daughters and a son, and a licensed vocational nurse at Children’s Hospital of Orange County. She’s also a student, striving to earn her RN so she can be a registered nurse. She has a ready smile and a gentle voice, and a past that makes her family, her career, and her cheerful demeanor seem like a miracle…. read the article

Volunteering gives him lots of variety

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

One day, Keith Fawver spotted an item in the newspaper indicating that the Orange Police Department needed volunteers. He cut it out and put it on his dresser. There the clipping stayed for about six months.
“It sounded so intriguing,” he said…. read the article