FullertonStories.Com Changes Platform

February 9, 2013

Regular readers of FullertonStories.com already know that we moved our publishing platform to a new, state-of-the-art content management system (CMS). The primary purpose of the move was to make video more dominant on the front page and expand page layout abilities not yet available in WordPress. The response so far has been extremely positive....
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Police Log: January 8th — January 14, 2013

January 16, 2013
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Compiled by Jeanne Hoffa This is a selection of the 1662 cases generated through the Fullerton Police Department, January 8th-January 14th 2013 Armed robbers captured by police A pair of suspects robbed the Arco AM/PM on 1000 W. Valencia Drive Jan. 8th. One of two Hispanic suspects pulled a gun on a clerk and demanded...
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Hughes Unanimously Named Chief of Police

January 15, 2013

 Story by Davis Barber/FullertonStories.com – The Fullerton City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to give Acting Chief of Police Dan Hughes the leadership role he had been temporarily filling for a year. The appointment comes after nearly 18 months of often contentious debate over how the position was to be filled. “We‘v achieved a marked reduction...
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Police Chief and Fireworks Top Council Agenda Tonight

January 14, 2013

Brief by Davis Barber/FullertonStories.com– The City Council tonight will vote on whether to authorize City Manager Joe Felz to negotiate a job offer with Acting Police Chief Dan Hughes.  Officially still a Captain in the Fullerton Police Department, Hughes has served as chief for a full year, leaving the police force without a top manager for...
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Leon Leyson Dies

January 12, 2013

Longtime Fullerton resident Leon Leyson, the youngest Jew to be saved by Oskar Schindler, died today. Cal State Fullerton’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) made the announcement in an email today that went to its members. Leyson was 83.  Leyson was depicted in the movie “Schindler’s List” as the young boy hiding from Nazis...
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A Letter From Stephan Baxter

January 12, 2013

In my letter to Fullerton Stories, which was published on Christmas Day, when describing how happy I was with community response the Out of Vogue Cash Mob, I stated that the event was pure and organic and “not a Chamber wank”. It was pure and organic, in fact it was beautiful, but for me...
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Schools and Police to Coordinate Emergency Plans

January 10, 2013
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Story by Carrie Barber/FullertonStories.com –  Police and school officials outlined revised emergency procedures in response to the shooting in Newtown, Conn., stressing improved communication, at a special Fullerton School District board meeting Wednesday night. The plan, which will be posted on the police department’s website when it is finalized, calls for three levels of school lockdowns...
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New Business Roundup: Modtex Opens Downtown

January 10, 2013
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    By Stephanie Ornelas/FullertonStories.com – Modtex, a new buy-sell-trade vintage clothing and accessories store for men and women opened with little fanfare last month, but its presence in the Landmark Building on the corner of Harbor Blvd. and Amerige Ave make its presence well known. Inspired by its historic location, owner Zameer Batta...
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A Faux Pas-Free Year

January 10, 2013

Story by Erin Haselton/FullertonStories.com –

There was the time that at my bridal shower that my mom’s friend wrongfully assumed my friend was pregnant.

Or the occasion that I innocently thought a friend was a decade older, declaring with conviction when only a moment later wanting to locate the nearest trench to crawl into.

We’ve all experienced a foot in mouth moment in our lives, a verbal gaffe leaving us red-faced but rightfully reminded of a set of etiquette rules we should embrace. And no time like the start of the year to start on the right foot.

Etiquette is a shared belief system of polite rules and behavior among members of a group. These groups can be cultural, regional, generational, and more.

Our own country has varying sets of rules based upon geography. The south is famously known for its chivalrous doctrine of hospitality and lessons begin at an early age, encouraging cotillion classes for young ladies and gents. New England even boasts an etiquette academy for those wanting to shed accents and avoid a faux pas at tea, dinner, and while job hunting.

Education before traveling the world, for business or pleasure, is critical in understanding and observing local etiquette rules. Expect a weak, extended handshake in Japan and China, while in Russia it can be frowned upon to even extend your hand to a female, and similarly, Iranian men are discouraged from shaking an unrelated lady’s hand.

While the world of multi-cultural weddings requires it’s own research, it’s generally a good idea to err on the conservative side always, unless it’s a Real Housewife of Beverly Hills/Orange County/Atlanta/etc. If attending a Jewish ceremony, ladies should dress modestly, taking care to cover shoulders and wear sleeves. At a traditional Indian wedding, women should come wearing saris and avoid incorporating black and white, as they are considered mourning colors. And similar to western rules, steer clear of the bride’s color-red.

Grandparents and the mature generation often come with a more respected set of rules. I’ll never forget my high school boyfriend meeting my grandfather for the first time and even before so much as a hello, he was on him for wearing a baseball cap in the house. The G.I. and Silent Generations, those born between 1901-1924 and 1925-1945, respectively, come from eras with high expectations. Ladies went grocery shopping wearing white gloves and pearls; flying was considered the epitome of donning high fashion; everyone dressed for dinner as if it were a formal holiday. My grandfather, now passed, never wore denim or jeans in his life.

While America has regionally retained some of its higher caliber sets of social graces, I tip my hat to the Brits for their unfailing sense of tradition in high society. Most recently with the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, those of us paltry middle-classers were able to enjoy a taste of aristocracy and even fairy tale experience. I’m certain the guests were on their best behavior, minding a mental list of do’s and don’ts in the presence of royalty, stemming from many years of lords and ladies.

Thus, as January unfolds into the rest of 2013, we all have a clean slate. I suggest, at the very least, to never ask a woman if she is pregnant-let her tell you. An empire-waisted blouse is not always maternity wear. Never guess someone’s age, just don’t. Especially if it is a woman. Resist the urge at dinner parties, at least with new friends, to chat over the big three: religion, politics, and sex. They are volatile for a reason, and I’d imagine even the president likes a break now and then from discussing domestic and international affairs. And, I suppose you should remove your hat before entering the house. It’s the gentlemanly thing to do.

Story by Erin Haselton/FullertonStories.com




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Conditions of Children Report Given at CSUF

Story by Mimi Ko Cruz /Cal State Fullerton –   The well-being of Orange County’s kids was the topic Jan. 9 at a Community Engagement Forum at Cal State Fullerton during the second of five forums presenting the 18th annual Report on the Conditions of Children. Sponsored by Orange County, the report is produced each year...

Graffiti App “MyFullerton” Up and Running

Graffiti removal is going high-tech in Fullerton. To involve as many citizens as possible in its attempt to minimize graffiti throughout Fullerton, the City is pleased to announce the release of a smart phone app that will provide a quick and easy way to create graffiti removal requests at any public location (or locations...

The Fullerton City Hall will close from Friday, December 21 through Tuesday, January 1.

Fullerton City Hall Holiday Closure

Fullerton City Hall will be closed from Friday, December 21, through Tuesday, January 1, for the winter holiday season.  It will reopen at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2. Emergency city services such as police and fire protection will be unaffected by the closure, and city maintenance crews will be on standby in case...

The Fullerton Community Center is one of the many city buildings that will have closures this winter break.

Fullerton Parks and Recreation Holiday Schedule

Programs and facilities sponsored by the Fullerton Parks and Recreation Department will be on an abbreviated schedule Monday, December 24th through Tuesday, January 1st, for the winter holiday season. The City’s holiday closure program is designed as a cost-saving measure as government business traditionally slows down during the holidays. The city benefits from reduced...


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