Workers Worrying About Retirement…


The faultering economy and rising health care costs are causing worry in many American workers.  They are worrying that they won’t have enough money to live in any kind of comfort when they retire.

I guess, eveyone is going to be working longer so all that news reporting about social security collapsing and not being enough social security money to help future retirees…do you hear that anymore?  I don’t…and it’s most likely because nobody can afford to retire!!!

The Employee Benefit Research Institute had it’s annual survey released recently and it showed the weakest worker confidence level in 7 years.  There were 61 percent saying they were “somewhat” or “very” confident of having ebnough money for retirement.  That is down from 70 percent in 2007 and the poorest showing since 2001 when 63 percent showed some confidence.

Confidence also fell among those already retired. with 29 percent showing any confidence at all, down from 41 percent in 2007.

Thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.

Best regards, Michael Caruso

Create Your Own Peaceful Place…


Stress has been a buzzword for 10 or more years now.  And finding a peaceful place or peaceful time for solitude is a challenge for most.  But, have you ever thought of creating that peaceful place in or around your own home? 

We seem to go places to find that peace or solitude like: the gym, yoga classes, pilates, the beach, church, library, a hike, a coffee shop or quiet restaurant.

Every home has enough space to create your own peaceful place.  With thoughtful landscaping an out of the way area can become your peaceful place.  Think about spirit gardens, meditation gardens, herb gardens, dripping water fountains…all sensory and spirit rich, fun to work on and not difficult to do.  The 3 key elements in gardens for reflection and meditation are: water, lush green plants and comfortable seating.  Moving or dripping water can mask distractions like noise from traffic.  Plants provide shade, visual interest and oxygen.

Your “look” can be minimalist, artistic and practical.  That way, your peaceful place doesn’t become another work place…So think about that and maybe visit a Plant Nursery to get some ideas. 

And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.

Best regards, Michael Caruso 

Energy Conservation Goes Way Beyond Fuel…


Think about electricity efficiency as well as just fuel for energy savings.  Here is some energy data that you’ll find interesting and compelling:

*Electricity use per home rose 23 percent from 1981 to 2001 according to the Department of Energy.

*The Census Bureau says 89 percent of single-family homes completed in 2006 within the U.S. had installed air conditioning, up from 46 percent in 1975

*If we merely improved just 5 percent as a nation in electric efficiency we could prevent 90 large coal-fired power plants from having to be built over the next 20 years, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

*Companies are working on software and sensor networks (EnerNOC is one) that can remotely dim lights or adjust refrigeration temperatures inside businesses, in an instant.

Your comments are welcome.  And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.

Best regards, Michael Caruso

Orange County Info – North County


Save the dates… July 23rd – Aug 3rd, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey present “Over the Top” at the Honda Center. Tickets range from $16.50 – $91.50 per seat and are available via Ticketmaster at 213-480-3232 or 714-740-2000. For group rates or further information, call 877-234-8425.



The Brea Community Center’s Passport to Fun progam returned Tuesday the 24th and continues through Aug 21st.  Program runs Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1:30 – 4:30 pm.  695 E. Madison Way.  The cost is a one-time $5 registration fee and $8 per day.



The Buena Park Library will host a “Wii Sports” event for teens from 6:30 – 7:45 pm Tuesday, July the 1st.  7150 La Palma Ave.  Information 714-826-4100



Congratulations to Robby Sittman who graduated from Randolph-Macon Academy, a college-preparatory school in Virginia. 



Congratulations – for 26 consecutive years the city’s Administrative Services Department has received the “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting” from the Government finance Officers Association.



Beginning this Saturday the 28th from noon to 5:00 pm, the city’s H. Louis Lake Senior Center will serve as a public cooling center on Saturdays & Sundays when temperatures reach 95 degrees and above.  The center is located at 11300 Stanford Ave.



Save the date… 5/28 from 5:00 – 9:00 pm.  Calvary Chapel La Habra is holding a baptism at the Brea Plunge, 400 S. Walnut in Brea.  All who would like to be baptized are welcome.  Information – 714-446-6222



Save the date… July 4th! Registration is now available for La Palma’s Fitness Run for Fun 5k Walk & Run. Information –



Save the date… 7/14 at 11:30 am.  The Placentia-Brea Women’s Connection is hosting a luncheon featuring a “Draper’s & Damon’s Fashion Show” at Alta Vista County Club.  Cost is $16.  Reservations required – 714-998-8757



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Save the date… 5/28 beginning at 11:00 am and continuing until 9:00 am on 5/29.  The Ham radio operators from the Westminster Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services will hold a public demonstration of their emergency communication abilities during their annual Field Day.  Event will take place at the city’s Emergency Operations Center at Westminster Blvd. & Jackson St.  Information – 714-878-8640



Save the date… 8/4 through 8/15 from 8:00 am to 5:00.  The Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church is offering a Jump Start Summer Program.  Cost is $150.00 per week.  Church is located at 6550 Fairmont Blvd.  Information – 714-779-2384

Orange County Info ~ Central County


Playground Grand Opening tomorrow 5/27 at 3:00 pm!  Angels Playground, a barriers free, universally accessible play area at TeWinkle Park, will serve refreshments at the Grand Opening held at the park, 885 Junipero Dr.  Information – 714-754-5300



Save the date… 7/2 at 7:00 pm.  The Fountain Valley Library will be hosting a Mime Show with Jan Stuart.  The event is free and the library is at 17635 Los Alamos.

Information – 714-962-1324



The Huntington Beach Police Dept. will offer its Citizen Academy class, starting mid-September.  The academy lasts 12 weeks and includes some hands-on training.  The class will be held from 6:30 – 9:30 pm Wednesdays.  Information – 714-960-4540 or



Save the date… 7/21 at 9:00 am.  The Sea and Sage Audubon Society will hold a “Hot Times at the Marsh” nature walk that will last about an hour and a half and is an easy walk to explore the paths and ponds of San Joaquin Marsh to see how birds & plants cope with the hot, dry summer.  Meet at the Audubon House, 5 Riparian View

Information – 949-261-7963



July the 4th!… For the 21st year in a row, the cities of Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, the community of Rossmoor & the California National Guards Training Base & the Morale Welfare Recreation system will host its Fireworks Spectacular at the base in Los Alamitos.  Gates open at 4:00 pm with the fireworks display at 9:00 pm.  Event is free.

Information – 562-430-1073



The City Council this week selected five companies as finalists for a design competition to determine a concept plan for a new City Hall that will be built next to the Central Library.



The Orange International Street Fair is looking for volunteers for the 2008 Street Fair, taking place Aug. 29 – 31.  High school & college students needing community service hours are encouraged to apply.  Information – 714-532-6260



The city is looking for volunteers for its youth and senior programs and for special events. lists volunteer opportunities.



Save the date… 5/28 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Save Our Beach will conduct its monthly beach cleanup at Seal Beach.  Takes place at the First Street Beach Lot (at Ocean & First St, in the Rivers End parking lot).  Protective gloves, trash bags and refreshments are provided.  Information – 562-799-0179



Congratulations to Janette Lu of Myford Elementary for being named the art winner for the Tustin Public Schools Foundation’s PATS (Parents Appreciating Teachers & Staff) program. 



Residents who wish to run for one of two seats up for election on the City Council may pull nomination papers starting July 14th.

Orange County Info ~ South Counth


Save the date…5/30 from 12:30 – 1:30 the Aliso Viejo Library at 1 Journey will host a kick-off celebration for Teen Read Week.  Teen actor Josh Hutcherson & author Kimberly Pauley are scheduled to appear.  Information – 949-360-1730



Community service opportunity – The Lion’s Heart, a community service organization for students in grades 7 – 12, is welcoming new members.  Each member is required to perform at least 30 hours of service per year.  Meetings begin in September.

Information – 949-351-4400 or



Today at 5 pm the Dana Point Chamber will have an official ribbon cutting and grand opening of the new Doubletree Guest Suites Doheny Beach state-of-the-art conference center.  Information – 949-496-1555



Every Tuesday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm beginning this Tuesday the 27th, the Ladera Ranch Community Services hosts an evening for teens at the Oak Knoll Village Club, 28192 O’Neill Dr.  Cost is $7 per person & a different game will be featured each week.



Save the date… 7/8 at 7:00 pm.  New York Times bestselling pre-teen “Clique” series Lisi Harrison is bringing her new novel to Laguna Beach Books for a signing & reading.  The event will be filmed by “Nightline”.  Information – 949-494-4997 or



Save the date… July 4th!  The City will celebrate the Fourth of July at the Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex.  Carnival rides, live music, group activities, patriotic crafts & a dress-up contest, along will a fireworks show at 9:15 pm.  Food & drinks will be available for purchase.



Congratulations Cheryl Dyas, finance director for the city of Laguna Niguel.  Cheryl was awarded a Certificate of Achievement by the Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. & Canada.




The Village Community Civic Association will present the Disaster Plan for Laguna Woods Village on June 26th from 1:30pm – 3:30pm in Clubhouse 5. Questions are welcome!



Save the date… 5/29 at 2:00 pm.  The Saddleback Area Historical Society will meet at Heritage Hill Historical Park, 25151 Serrano Rd.  Bonnie Bennett Hendrie will talk about the history of the Bennett family.


The newly renamed Alicia Pet Care Center has opened about 1.5 miles east of the former Alicia Pet Clinic.  The center is larger, will provide full service medical, surgical, dental, grooming and boarding.  2 full-time veterinarians are on staff, Dr. Matthew Wheaton & Dr. Jennifer Hawkins.  New address is 25800 Jeronimo Rd., #100.



Save the date… 9/1/08. The city is holding the 4th annual Healthy Community Expo 5k Fun Run/Walk and Healthy Kids Fun Run. To register online, visit Information – 949-635-1800 x6402



City Council invites public comment tonight 6/26 on a proposed $211 million municipal budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.  Information – 949-361-8200          



Save the dates… From 7/7/08 through 8/23/08.  The Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding will offer free weeklong summer sessions to children of active or retired military personnel.  Information –

Attention Boomers…Learn How to Communicate with Millennials


Millennials…it’s tough enough for me to spell it, let alone learn communicate with “them”!

But, here are some ideas on how to talk or communicate to those cry-baby, tech savvy Millennials.  Next time you encounter one of them and have to talk to one of them, try any of the following language antidotes to perhaps communicate more effectively:

1) Bacn: impersonal emails that you have chosen to receive, such as alerts and newsletters.

2) Bershon: the angry/bored/too-cool-to-care look that 12 to 18 year olds seem to sport in their family photos.

3) Compunicate: to “chat” with a co-worker using Instant Messenger when you are in the same room, rather than speak to them.

4) Defriend: to remove someone from your established list of contacts.

5) Lifestreaming: posting an on-line record of a person’s dailey actvities, such as some blogs.

6) Meatspace: a reference to the physical world, such as being the opposite of cyberspace or virtual reality.

7) Moofer: derived from the acronym for “mobile out of the office”.  This is someone who between meetings abandons their office with a laptop and Blackberry to stop at Starbucks or anyplace else they can escape talkative co-workers.

8) Passion Bucket: a metaphor for a job or endeavor that can fulfill one’s sense of mission and ambition.

9) Porntastic: great, but slightly racy and edgy.

You can practice and use these communication techniques for your Millennial encounters or call me for a normal conversation!

Good luck…and by the way, these were culled from magazines, web sites and blogs – so go figure!

Thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.

Best regards, Michael Caruso