New airline rules in favor of the traveler!


Hooray for the passenger!

 Passengers waiting at Heathrow's Terminal 3

Finally, a bill of rights for the passengers! The Department of Transportation finalized a set of new regulations that took effect on Tuesday in favor of travelers.  Passengers will be compensated for lost luggage, short delays and/or getting bumped off flights, for up to four times the ticket value. Also, these rules will force airlines to display any and all fees on their websites, and allow passengers to hold and return a ticket within 24 hours without a penalty. In addition, it will limit the amount of time a plane sits on the tarmac.

This is great news for the consumer since ticket prices have gone up and airline service has gone down. Finally, we have some rights…

Have a great Thursday…it’s almost Friday! 

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Thankful Thursday Quote ~ Tomorrow is a new day…


Relax, it’s almost Friday! 

Finish each day and be done with it.  You have done what you could.  Learn from it.  Tomorrow is a new day.  ~  Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com

Best regards,

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI

Past President, Orange County Association of Realtors (949) 753-7900

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Caruso’s OC Happenings~ North County


NORTH COUNTY

ANAHEIM 

Nothing to report

BREA 

Nothing to report

BUENA PARK

Today and tomorrow the 23-24 OC Fire Authority firefighters will be at the corner of Beach Blvd and La Palma Ave collecting donations for Jerry’s Kids from 9am-1.

CYPRESS

Nothing to report

FULLERTON 

May 7-8 CSU Fullerton Sigma Kappa Sorority will be hosting a charity golf game. The event will be held at Riverview Gold Course. To register for the event email skfoundations@hotmail.com

GARDEN GROVE 

On Saturday April 24 From 6am-3 come and celebrate the re-opening of Kaye’s Kitchen on Historic Main Street. All proceeds from the daily special will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

LA HABRA

Nothing to report

LA PALMA

May 5, 2010 the La Palma Toastmasters are hosting a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Mixer from 6-7:30pm at the La Palma Community Center! For more information visit www.lapalmachamberofcommerce.com

PLACENTIA

Nothing to report

STANTON

Nothing to report

WESTMINSTER

Nothing to report

YORBA LINDA

Saturday April 24 come and join us for a morning of fun and fishing at the Huckleberry Pond at the Santa Ana River Lakes. Prizes for biggest, longest, smallest and most fish. Caught fish are $5.00 per pound, payable that day.

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

www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com

Best regards.      

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors   (949) 753-7900

For more information visit orangecountyregister.com

Caruso’s Homebuying Update!


Homeownership Remains Unaffordable For Many!!

Despite continued low interest rates and falling home prices, homeownership remains unaffordable for many everyday Americans, such as police officers, teachers, nurses, retail salespeople and janitors, according to a new study by the Center for Housing Policy. Paycheck to Paycheck: Wages and the Cost of Housing in America compares and ranks the costs of buying or renting a home in more than 208 U.S. metropolitan markets with salaries across a range of more than 60 occupations. In 93 percent of the markets studied, the income needed to purchase a median-priced home fell between 2008 and 2009. Yet, many workers still do not earn enough to own a home. Stricter lending practices and traditionally low salaries for these workers make it more difficult for them to qualify for a mortgage loan.

Of the 208 markets studied, retail salespeople cannot afford to purchase a home in 207 of those markets. Janitors were priced out of 202 markets, nurses 146, police officers 86 and school teachers 83. However, low interest rates and falling home prices have made homeownership more affordable for police officers in 37 areas that were previously unaffordable, followed by school teachers in 33 and nurses in 26.

San Francisco had the highest median home prices, followed by San Jose, Calif., Honolulu, Santa Ana, Calif., and Santa Cruz, Calif. Markets with the steepest drops in income needed to purchase a home include Atlantic City, N.J., and the Florida cities of Ocala, Fort Lauderdale, Port St. Lucie and Cape Coral. Mon, Mar 29, 2010.

Do you think the Real Estate Market has Stabilized yet?

Visit http://www.HomeValuesinYourArea.info for up to the minute value analysis & information or call 949-753-7900 and speak to Michael Caruso directly…put 3 decades of experience to work for you today!

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

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Best regards,

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors (949) 753-7900

Caruso’s OC Happenings ~ North County


NORTH COUNTY

 ANAHEIM

Its 2fer time at Disneyland for all SoCal residents! Which means enjoy the magic of the Disneyland Park on one day and the excitement of Disney’s California Adventure Park on another day – at a rate of just $36 a day from January 5 to April 12, 2010.

BREA

Nothing to report

BUENA PARK

Nothing to report

CYPRESS

Saturday April 3, 2010 Cypress will be hosting two different Easter egg hunts. The first one will be held at Oak Knoll Park at 10:30 am. The second one which is a Teen flashlight egg hunt will be held at 7:00 pm at A/C Park.

FULLERTON 

This Saturday at Hillcrest Park, Harbor and Valley View there will be an Easter egg hunt for age’s preschool through 4th grade. The hunt starts at 10am and the admission is FREE. For more information call 714-871-4200

GARDEN GROVE 

April 3, 2010 the city will be hosting its 2nd annual Eggs-Cavation egg hunt from 11am-2pm. For more information please call 714-741-5200.

LA HABRA

This Saturday starting at 6am in El Centro-Lions Park will be hosting a pancake breakfast followed by games, bounce houses, crafts and a mini health fair. The Easter egg hunt will begin at 10am.

LA PALMA

Nothing to report

PLACENTIA

April 3, 2010 starting at 8am at Kraemer Park there will be a pancake breakfast followed by face painting, pictures with the Easter bunny, and an egg hunt.

STANTON

Saturday from 9-11:30 am there will be an Easter egg hunt in Stanton Park.

WESTMINSTER

Coming up April 17, 2010 the city is hosting its annual Arbor Day event from 8am to noon. The event will feature tree planting as well as a demonstration. For more information visit www.westminster-ca.gov

YORBA LINDA

Saturday at 10am there will be an Easter egg hunt at Hurless Barton Park. The hunt lasts only one hour.

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

www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com

Best regards,

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors   (949) 753-7900

As seen in www.ocregister.com

Caruso’s OC Happenings ~ Central County


COSTA MESA

Rich Harbour’s surf boards will be on display at the Orange Coast College Doyle Arts Pavilion until April 9th. For more information visit www.occartspavillion.blogspot.com

FOUNTAIN VALLEY

Seniors who want to be better educated on how to get the best out of their health care system can join the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program for a free seminar on February 22nd from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the senior center. For more information call 714-593-4446.

HUNTINGTON BEACH

Check out the H.B. Paper Trails and find a way to earn more money at work because of a fitness test! For More information visit www.ocregister.com/hbpapertrails.

IRVINE

The Hop and Harmony 5.k walk/run will be hosted by Beckstrand Caner Foundation on February 27th. All proceeds will benefit local cancer patients and their families. For more information call 949-955-0099 or visit www.ochopeandharmony.com

LOS ALAMITOS

The city is looking to hire five new employees for the police services. For more information visit www.ci.los-alamitos.ca.us

NEWPORT BEACH

The City Hall will be closed on Monday due to President’s Day.

ORANGE

The Choir and Orchestra from the Azusa Pacific University will be performing at the St. John’s Lutheran Church February 21st beginning at 7 p.m. For more information call 714-288-4400.

SANTA ANA

A strolling mariachi band will be parading downtown Santa Ana in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Volunteers will be handing out roses to the first 500 couples. The band will be playing Saturday beginning at 4 p.m. and Sunday beginning at 3 p.m.

SEAL BEACH

There will be a flag ceremony and open house honoring the newly opened Fire Station 48. The ceremony will take place March 2nd at 8 a.m. For more information visit www.ci.seal-beach.ca.us

TUSTIN

The Tustin-Santa Ana Rotary Club has given awards to teachers and staff members in the Tustin Unified School District. Congratulations to those who received one.

VILLA PARK

The City Hall will be closed on Monday due to President’s Day.

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

www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com

Best regards.                                                                                                               

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI                                   

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors   (949) 753-7900

For more information visit ocregister.com

 

Caruso’s OC Happenings ~ Central County


COSTA MESA

Congratulations to Tim Cromwell for being named to the board of directors on the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.

FOUNTAIN VALLEY

Applications are now being taken for the city’s Summerfest Committee. They are looking for businesses, organizations, craftsmen and exhibitors who may want to participate. For more information visit www.fountainvalley.org or call 714-839-8611.

HUNTINGTON BEACH

The city is now taking nominations for its annual environmental awards. The categories are: individual, project and municipal achievements. For more information or to nominate someone, visit www.huntingtonbeachca.gov or call 714-536-5537.

IRVINE

The Irvine Unified School District will be hosting a budget study session Tuesday at the district office from 4-6 p.m. For more information visit www.iusd.org

LOS ALAMITOS

IF you would like to participate in jazzing up Los Alamitos’ website on the register, visit www.ocregister.com, scroll down and click on city news and then began editing. Have fun!

NEWPORT BEACH

The city council meeting, being held on Tuesday, will discuss issues such as the restriction of leaf blowers, the regulation of drug rehab homes in Newport and revitalizing Balboa.

ORANGE

The last day to register for the annual State of the City luncheon will be this Monday. The luncheon itself will be held on Thursday and begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel.

SANTA ANA

Do yo-yo’s intrigue you? If they do, come out and witness yo-yo professionals as they show off their skills today at the Discovery Science Center. For more information visit www.discoverycube.org

SEAL BEACH

Nothing to report.

TUSTIN

Do you need a babysitter in order to celebrate some alone time this Valentine’s Day? The Tustin Family Youth Center will be providing the answer from 6-10 p.m. on Friday. Parents who are interested must register by noon on Thursday. For more information call 714-573-3370.

VILLA PARK

The Villa Park Women’s League will be holding a general meeting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the City Council Chambers and will also have Lori Sassoon as a guest speaker. For more information call 714-998-4956.

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

www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com

Best regards.                                                                                                               

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI                                   

 2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors   (949) 753-7900

For more information visit ocregister.com

 

Caruso’s OC Happenings ~ Central


CENTRAL COUNTY

COSTA MESA

Costa Mesa would like to remind you to be careful on the ride and please don’t drink and drive!

FOUNTAIN VALLEY

Be aware of leaving valuable possessions in your cars. Police have stated there has been an increase in automobile break ins. They are doing their best to remind residents by leaving small notices on their cars if they spot something valuable within the vehicle.

HUNTINGTON BEACH

The Third annual Drum-A-Thon, hosted by Marina High School, will be held today at the Vons grocery store off Edinger. Proceeds will benefit the drumline. For more information visit www.marinaband.org

IRVINE

Irvine’s Finesse Hair Salon will be hosting a fundraiser for Haiti with the American Red Cross Sunday February 7th from noon to 5 p.m. at 114250 Culver. So come out and support “Haircuts for Haiti Cut-a-Thon.” For more information call 949-857-1227.

LOS ALAMITOS

Nothing to report.

NEWPORT BEACH

Nothing to report.

ORANGE

St. Norbert Parish School will be hosting an open house featuring an Alumni Mass as well as a pancake breakfast hosted by the eighth graders. The event takes place Sunday at the School, with mass beginning at 9 a.m. and the breakfast following. For more information visit www.stnorbertchurch.org/school/admissions.html

SANTA ANA

Check out coach Scott Glabb’s book called “A Saint in the City.” He will be signing copies today at 3 p.m. at the Libreria Martinez bookstore.

SEAL BEACH

Do you sometimes want to be the hero in desperate times? Well come and receive a free CPR and First Aid training class at the Streamline Health Services on February 10th from 5-9 p.m. or from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday. For more information call 562-431-2527.

TUSTIN

James Martin Schaeffer will be singing classic love songs while Dennis Siebenaler plays the piano at the Red Hill Lutheran Church February 13th at 6 p.m. What a wonderful Valentines Day treat. For more information call 714-544-3131.

VILLA PARK

Come out and join the Toastmasters club every first and third Tuesday of the month at the Rockwell’s Café and Bakery. For more information call 949-922-9683 or visit www.tonguesaflame.freetoasthost.com

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

www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com

Best regards.                                                                                                               

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI                                   

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors   (949) 753-7900

For more information visit ocregister.com

 

Caruso’s OC Happenings ~ Central County


 

CENTRAL COUNTY

 

COSTA MESA

Thirty-eight CERT volunteers answered an activation call January 20th in order to help support the distribution and coordination of sandbags at Fire Station No. 4. Over 100 sandbags were handed out and residents seemed very pleased!

FOUNTAIN VALLEY

Are you a chocolate lover? Well then come join the seminar at the Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center from 6-7 p.m. as they discuss the benefits of chocolate in your life. For more information call 714-378-7000 or 800-636-6742.

HUNTINGTON BEACH

Nothing to report.

IRVINE

Irvine’s “Cans for Cash Recycling Challenge” was recognized by the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s and awarded “Most Innovative Idea” for the third year in a row. The city plans on donating the $5,000 prize to the 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee. Congrats Irvine.

LOS ALAMITOS

If you have questions about “Race on the Base” or any other triathlons, then come out February 20th at 10 a.m. and prepare yourself for the race on the 27th at the Los Al Joint Forces Training Base. For more information visit www.ci.los-alamitos.ca.us

NEWPORT BEACH

A local business man met with city officials to propose opening a winery in Newport. Though it meets the general city plan, it does not meet the zoning code; therefore exceptions are trying to be pursued.

ORANGE

The Orange Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an E-waste collection from 9-4 p.m. at the Home Depot off N. Tustin. So bring your TV’s, computer monitors, laptops, etc. For more information call 714-538-3581.

SANTA ANA

The Santa Ana Library will be hosting a free tax workshop for families of low income. Tax services will also be available. The event begins at 2-6 p.m. on Saturday. For more information call 888-434-8248.

SEAL BEACH

Nothing to report.

TUSTIN

The competition is on for Irvine and Tustin school districts as they compete in the Astounding Inventions on Saturday at the Irvine Valley College from 10-1 p.m. For more information call 714-730-7339.

VILLA PARK

Villa Park wants to remind residents that street sweeping is conducted twice a month. For more information visit www.villapark.org/trashsweep.htm or call 714-998-1500.

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

www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com

Best regards.                                                                                                              

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI                                   

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors   (949) 753-7900

For more information visit ocregister.com

 

Caruso’s OC Entertainment ~ January 2010


Caruso’s OC Entertainment

 

Here are some fun events happening during the last few weeks in January!

Craft SuperShow on January 22nd ad 23rd

Learn, create, and buy!

The Craft SuperShow features free make and take projects, education workshops, kids craft zone, and much more! The show will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center. For more information visit craftsupershow.com

Yesterday & Today. January 23rd

Rock music of the Beatles in a new and fun interactive concert will be held this Saturday from 8-10 p.m. at the McKinney Theater at Saddleback College. For more information visit www.saddleback.edu/arts or call 949-582-4656.

Bull Ridin’ on January 23rd

Come watch as the 150 lb. cowboy takes on the massive 2000 lb bull in this fun event! The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Honda Center in Anaheim. For information and tickets visit www.ticketmaster.com

The Moscow Circus on January 24th

Does Russian Folklore interest you? Then you will love the Moscow Circus that is being performed at the California Theater of Performing in San Bernadino. For more information visit www.moscowcircus.biz

Full Wolf Moon Walk & Community Camp Fire on January 29th

Come out and join the Environmental Nature Center in Newport as they host a walk through the Center as well as a campfire while listening to Native American legends, listening to music and enjoying fun outdoor games on Friday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. For more information visit www.encenter.com or call 949-645-8489.

Monster Jam Trucks on January 30th

Come watch the monster trucks at Angels Stadium on January 30th. For tickets and information call 1-800-217-1700 or visit www.ticketmaster.com

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

www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com

Best regards.                                                                                                              

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI                                    

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors   (949) 753-7900

For more information visit orangecountyregister.com