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Technology of Today

Memeets up with Joe Nickell, a longtime paranormal investigator who’s been called the real-life Scully. We travel with him to RoswelNon the called the real-life Scully. We travel with him to Roswell, NM on the anniversary of the 1947 UFO Crash to talk to believers, skeptics and UFO witnesses alike to see if the truth is really out there.VICE meets up with Joe Nickell, a longtime paranormal investigator who’s been called the real-life Scully. We ...
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Global Car Industry

Memeets up with Joe Nickell, a longtime paranormal investigator who’s been called the real-life Scully. We travel with him to RoswelNon the called the real-life Scully. We travel with him to Roswell, NM on the anniversary of the 1947 UFO Crash to talk to believers, skeptics and UFO witnesses alike to see if the truth is really out there.VICE meets up with Joe Nickell, a longtime paranormal investigator who’s been called the real-life Scully. We ...
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For the Love of Math: The MIND Research Institute Inspires Kids to See the World Mathematically

When it comes to mathematics education in Orange County, the numbers don’t always add up to a bright outlook for our youngest learners. The newest OC Community Indicators Report revealed that half of Orange County third-grade students met or exceeded the statewide achievement standard for mathematics during the 2014-15 academic year. The numbers for eighth-grade students are even more alarming, with only 44 percent meeting or exceeding the mathematics achievement standard. These statistics confirm the ...
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Return Investment

Memeets up with Joe Nickell, a longtime paranormal investigator who’s been called the real-life Scully. We travel with him to RoswelNon the called the real-life Scully. We travel with him to Roswell, NM on the anniversary of the 1947 UFO Crash to talk to believers, skeptics and UFO witnesses alike to see if the truth is really out there.VICE meets up with Joe Nickell, a longtime paranormal investigator who’s been called the real-life Scully. We ...
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Ranney Draper’s Quest to Equip OC Students for College

Laguna Beach resident Ranney Draper has high hopes for Orange County students. The ardent supporter of education not only wants to see every student graduate from high school but also have equal opportunity to earn a college degree – and he’s banking on their success. Certainly, he’s eager for young adults to choose elevating careers that lead to higher income potential – perhaps even altering the trajectory of their entire families for generations to come ...
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Two Years to Remember

By Shelley Hoss The ConnectOC Blog is a place for sharing insight, information and examples of how Orange County residents, donors and nonprofits are working to build a brighter, stronger, more vibrant community.  We welcome you to share your thoughts by commenting below.   When I was invited by the Orange County Register to become a contributing columnist for the Faith & Values section in March 2013, I couldn’t have imagined a better match with the ...
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Making Music Count for OC Students

By Shelley Hoss The ConnectOC Blog is a place for sharing insight, information and examples of how Orange County residents, donors and nonprofits are working to build a brighter, stronger, more vibrant community. We welcome you to share your thoughts by commenting below. Music is a birthright. It is this passionate belief of Carl St. Clair, Pacific Symphony’s Music Director, that has driven the organization’s outreach to Orange County educators, parents and students through its ...
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Blood Recipients Depend on the Kindness of Strangers for Life

By Shelley Hoss The ConnectOC Blog is a place for sharing insight, information and examples of how Orange County residents, donors and nonprofits are working to build a brighter, stronger, more vibrant community. We welcome you to share your thoughts by commenting below. If you met Katherine Taylor you would see a vibrant and creative muralist and fine artist. What you wouldn’t see is the rare disorder that causes her impaired immune system to produce ...
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Orange County Shows its Heart on First-Ever Giving Day

By Shelley Hoss The ConnectOC Blog is a place for sharing insight, information and examples of how Orange County residents, donors and nonprofits are working to build a brighter, stronger, more vibrant community.  We welcome you to share your thoughts by commenting below.   There was a time when most Americans lived in small towns and the ties that bound them together were strong. When illness or tragedy struck, neighbors would rally to one another’s aid ...
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Give Where Your Heart Lives

By Shelley Hoss The ConnectOC Blog is a place for sharing insight, information and examples of how Orange County residents, donors and nonprofits are working to build a brighter, stronger, more vibrant community. We welcome you to share your thoughts by commenting below. Among Orange County's many treasures, the exemplary network of local nonprofit organizations may be our most valuable asset. But fulfilling a charitable mission year after year is like running a marathon that ...
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