Fred Swegles, O.C. Register

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Past articles by Fred:

After 51 years, San Juan Capistrano’s parade-day pancake breakfast is moving – Orange County Register

Hundreds of San Juan Capistrano residents and visitors who arrive early for the 11 a.m. Swallows Day Parade on March 24 will need to be aware the Rotary Club’s traditional pancake breakfast has mov… → Read More

Too early to weigh impacts of homeless influx, San Clemente says

San Clemente officials say they have been unable to learn how many homeless people were relocated to San Clemente in recent days in the county’s effort to clear a large encampment along the Santa A… → Read More

Jazz band asks City Council to keep pier concert alive

Members of the San Clemente High School Jazz Band are pleading with the City Council to let them keep alive an 18-year tradition of spring beach concerts at the pier. City staff has decided that th… → Read More

San Clemente news briefs: trail safety, lifeguard tryouts, outlet mall signs and more

Students want safety on Knob Hill Members of San Clemente High School’s Problem Solvers Club are out to prevent wildfires and accidents on Knob Hill, a knoll that overlooks the SCHS campus. Four st… → Read More

Chasm widens in parking lot of hilltop San Clemente church

The congregation at a prominent hilltop San Clemente church continues to seek answers about a slump in the church parking lot that began slowly in 2017 and has since dropped off dramatically, deepe… → Read More

Photos, memorabilia, trolley tours evoke the birth of San Clemente

Where San Clemente’s Sit ‘n Sleep store now stands, once there was a restaurant known up and down California Highway 101 as the Sea Shore Café, famed for its chicken, seafood, steaks and jumbo shri… → Read More

Daytime paving will constrict I-5 in south county, OCTA warns

Motorists heading south on Interstate 5 in south Orange County can expect delays between Camino Las Ramblas and Avenida Pico from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 28 and March 1. Only … → Read More

Melodrama pits heroes vs. villain in San Juan Capistrano’s historic vineyards – Orange County Register

By day, Gary McCarver is a financial planner. “I help people,” he says. By night – or occasionally in the afternoon, if it’s matinee day – McCarver morphs into a nefarious swindler. “I balance it o… → Read More

San Juan Chamber to host dinner with the mayor

Here’s a chance to dine with the mayor of San Juan Capistrano, chat with him and hear his assessment of how the city is faring. Mayor Sergio Farias will deliver a 2018 State of the City addre… → Read More

Garden activities, tours and more await at Ecology Center in San Juan

If you have yet to discover San Juan Capistrano’s acclaimed Ecology Center, this weekend would be an opportune time. Or a time to revisit. The center will offer free “do it yourself&#82… → Read More

Garden activities, tours and more await at Ecology Center in San Juan

If you have yet to discover San Juan Capistrano’s acclaimed Ecology Center, this weekend would be an opportune time. Or a time to revisit. The center will offer free “do it yourself&#82… → Read More

Tony-nominated comedy coming to Cabrillo Playhouse

San Clemente’s Cabrillo Playhouse is serving up a deliciously devilish comedy about what is described as “an evening of hilarious confusion.” The Tony-nominated play “Don&#8… → Read More

Two die when car strikes power pole, is engulfed in flames

Two people died Sunday evening, Feb. 25, when a car struck a power pole, knocked down power lines and became engulfed in flames, authorities said. → Read More

Over a lifetime of challenges, a military hero turns 100

At his 100th birthday party, San Clemente resident Robert Thacker looks back on a military career that included flying an unarmed B-17 during the attack on Pearl Harbor and setting a 1947 world fly… → Read More

San Clemente news briefs: ‘San Clemente Day,’ golf pro, world record and more – Orange County Register

‘San Clemente Day’ is coming Saturday, Feb. 24 If you plan to attend the city’s “San Clemente Day” festivities and take a free trolley tour of historic sites around town, you can park either at the… → Read More

Transportation planners propose extending I-5 carpool lanes to O.C.’s southern border – Orange County Register

A new push for north-south traffic relief could be in store for south Orange County with the latest incarnation of the Orange County Transportation Authority’s Long Range Transportation Plan. It in… → Read More

Rats, ballerinas and a Bernedoodle dazzle in San Juan Capistrano’s Kids’ Pet Parade – Orange County Register

Jenna Rajamaki wore a “Rats Rule” shirt to the San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association’s 2018 Kids’ Pet Parade on Saturday, Feb. 17, with the intended result. Her pet rats, G… → Read More

Exhibit with works of Dutch painter Paul Van Ernich opens with reception Feb 27

Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens describes Paul Van Ernich as “a Dutch painter whose old-master-style paintings include hauntingly beautiful still lifes.” The cultural center … → Read More

19th century vineyard provides setting for musical melodrama in San Juan

Did you know that Orange County, in the 1800s, had more than 50 vineyards? Learn a bit of the background and hold onto your seat as you enjoy what Camino Real Playhouse proclaims is the rollicking,… → Read More

San Clemente salutes exemplary residents, businesses and more

Stephanie Aguilar, founder and president of the San Clemente Skatepark Coalition, thought she was just going to a Chamber of Commerce networking event. “I said, OK, let’s go!” she said. She had no … → Read More