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Photos: Yorba Linda Town Center by iPhone

After nearly a decade of development and planning, the Yorba Linda Town Center (YLTC) opened this spring with a few shops like Bristol Farms, and has steadily added new restaurants, a yoga studio and even an outdoor, picnic-bench themed BBQ joint.

The shopping center’s last big-ticket item, a Regal IMAX theater, is set to open around mid-October, according to some reports.

For an October mini photo project, I decided to snap some pictures of the YLTC on my iPhone only. These photos are all taken with my phone and have not been edited. I won’t mention my iPhone model (no, it’s not an 11, though), but many recent phones have had massive improvements in photo quality that sometimes rival DSLRs, at least at wide-angle.

And here’s an AR Pokemon Go photo:

I’m planning on coming back to get some night/sunset shots of the YLTC to show the iPhone’s lower-light capabilities.

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Firefighters investigate Yorba Linda house fire

Firefighters investigate the burned house on Thursday morning, Sept. 18.
Firefighters investigate the burned house on Thursday morning, Sept. 18.

YORBA LINDA – Firefighters Thursday morning continued to investigate a house fire that overnight heavily damaged a house.

The fire, which began around 11:50 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, caused the house’s roof to collapse, according to the Orange County Register.

The house’s garage and living room area also appeared to have sustained damage.

The house is on Le Mans Circle, a block north of Bernardo Yorba Middle School.

Officials are investigate the cause of the fire, according to the Register.

Photos by Tim Worden

Published at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18.

Firefighters investigate a house fire in Yorba Linda on Thursday, Sept. 18.
Firefighters investigate a house fire in Yorba Linda on Thursday, Sept. 18.

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tworden: 4 year anniversary + vision statement + announcement

These photos show how time has changed a bend of Fairmont Boulevard in central Yorba Linda. From top to bottom, these photos were taken on: Feb. 11, 2014; Feb. 22, 2014; and Aug. 8, 2014.
These photos show how time has changed a bend of Fairmont Boulevard in central Yorba Linda. From top to bottom, these photos were taken on: Feb. 11, 2014; Feb. 22, 2014; and Aug. 8, 2014. Click for full-size image.

Take a look at the photo collage to the left. As this picture shows, time can transform a person or a place beyond any of our pre-held comprehensions, for good or, unfortunately, for bad. Fortunately, though, we, having hope and faith, are able to overcome pain or death.

As King David said three thousand years ago: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you, God, are with me.”

But hold that thought for a second. First, I want to announce that this blog is celebrating its fourth anniversary.

It lived its first three years as timothyworden.wordpress.com before becoming timothyworden.com last August. In the past month I have transferred my domain to the less wordy tworden.com.

In this blog’s four years, I have had more than 17,000 page views.

The most page views I have had in a single day is 290, which came in February 2014 when I blogged about a memorial that had been set up in Yorba Linda in honor of a 22-year-old man who died in a motorcycle crash.

Recently, that man’s friends and family set up a roadside cross memorial at the spot of the crash.

A visual journey of what that scene has looked like in the past six months is presented in the photo to the right.

I pray that his friends and family, including his son, will find comfort in what has happened.

As a journalist who has covered several homicides and death investigations, I have found that death is an unfortunate occurrence in our lives, but one that gives us a choice:

We can become overcome by our circumstances, or we can take this event and grow from it, attempting to make the world a better place for the rest of us who are living.

Remarkably, it is often those who are closest to the victim who understand this, I have found.

Just this week, a man was killed and two women were injured when an assailant walked up to their parked car and shot them 7-10 times in Santa Ana, police said.

About 20 hours after that shooting, on Wednesday, Aug. 13, I happened to pass the scene on my way home from work in Santa Ana. I had my camera and reporter’s notebook with me, as I always do, so I decided to check out the spot to see if there was a vigil going on.

Inching down the residential street a block off the busy Main Street downtown area, I saw a few people gathered. I saw them give hugs to each other. They were holding flowers. A woman, who looked to be no older than 21 or 22, was fighting back tears.

It struck me.

Workers break up a tree that fell as the result of a school bus crashing into a tree in Anaheim Hills in April 2014, resulting in about a dozen injuries.
Workers break up a tree that fell as the result of a school bus crashing into a tree in Anaheim Hills in April 2014, resulting in about a dozen injuries.

In the past year I have watched as police and emergency responders have cleaned up fatal car/motorcycle crashes and house fires [here, here, here and here]. I have watched SWAT teams wielding tactical assault rifles pursue robbery suspects [here and here]. I have even seen a school bus lodged into the trunk of a tree, the result of the driver allegedly losing control going perhaps 70 or more miles per hour down a steep hill, crashing, and injuring a dozen children [here]. (Thankfully, the children were OK.)

But this gathering of friends consoling each other really brought it home. I shelved any notions of reaching for my camera, and instead drove off. The whole encounter must have lasted 15 seconds.

I say this to draw attention to the fact that life is frail. Our friends, or we ourselves, can be taken at any moment.

As I go forward in this blog, I am determined to, in the event of covering a death or traumatic experience, honor the life not only of a victim, but of his or her friends and family who are left to cope with a difficult situation as well.

It is my wish to leave a positive contribution to the world, and, however small it may be, I intend to use this blog for that purpose.

I can’t do that on my own, however. Jesus, who is God, gives us hope and strength. No matter how it looks to us today or tomorrow, Jesus, who has resurrected and conquered death, has a plan to work everything out for good.

King David had this faith:

“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,” he said in Psalm 18.
“My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;
“My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

Thank you for reading this.

________________________

P.S. Here’s a preview of my upcoming project: 

I am finishing up a feature report on the recent murder trial of the beating death of a 23-year-old Orange County woman. This report will examine the media implications that trial has had, reflecting on how technology has impacted not only our daily lives, but that of the police and legal system.

It will be published in three parts beginning with an expected date of Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.

-Tim

Text and photos by Tim Worden.

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High winds down power line in Yorba Linda

A downed power line leans over Rose Drive in Yorba Linda on Tuesday morning, April 29, 2014.
A downed power line leans over Rose Drive in Yorba Linda on Tuesday morning, April 29, 2014.

High wind downed a power line on Rose Drive just north of Wabash Avenue in Yorba Linda on Tuesday morning, causing a power outage in surrounding neighborhoods like the Lake Park community.

The power line was leaning out at about a 45-degree angle out into the street, which was closed down, Tuesday morning.

According to Yorba Linda resident Gene Palmer, who lives in a surrounding neighborhood, his house lost power around 8 a.m.

Palmer said that particular stretch of the power line, which is just south of Carbon Canyon, has been leaning for a while and has worsened since last month’s earthquake.

Electricians from Southern California Edison were assessing the damage Tuesday morning.

Story and photos by Tim Worden. Updated at 11:45 a.m. on April 29, 2014.

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Two OC Sheriff deputies injured in Yorba Linda house fire

Yorba Linda House Fire
About 35 firefighers responded to the house fire in western Yorba Linda, according to authorities.

Two Orange County Sheriff’s deputies sustained minor injuries this morning while attempting to rescue an elderly woman trapped in a house fire in Yorba Linda, Calif.

Upon arriving at the house on the 21000 block of Todd Ave., in eastern Yorba Linda, a man told deputies that his mother was trapped on the second story, OCSD Lt. Jeff Hallock said. One deputy tried to reach her from the roof on the second story and the other tried getting in through the back, he said.

They were transported to a local hospital with injuries relating to smoke inhalation and were released around noon on Tuesday, April 1, according to authorities.

The woman and her son also suffered injuries, according to the Orange County Register. A cause of the fire was under investigation, the Register reports.

OC Sheriff's deputies Robert Miranda, left, and his partner Zack Bieker talk to the media following their release from the hospital on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
OC Sheriff’s deputies Robert Miranda, left, and his partner Zack Bieker talk to the media following their release from the hospital on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

Photos and reporting by Tim Worden.

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Tin Man

Yorba Linda
A statue on the fence of a small garden area overlooking my neighborhood library in Yorba Linda, Calif.

These metal statues, made with recycled farming gear, have been up since before I can remember and contribute to the downtown area in the city’s old-time Main Street feel.

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Yorba Linda: Supporters push to build skatepark in honor of teen

Skatepark For Logan


UPDATE (THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2014): A Change.org petition to tell the Yorba Linda City Council to build a skatepark in Yorba Linda in honor of Logan Wells has more than 15,000 signatures in its first week.

ORIGINAL POST (MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014): Friends, family and supporters have set up a memorial in Yorba Linda for a teenage skateboarder who was killed riding on Bastanchury Road there on Sunday morning.

Authorities say a 61-year-old driver struck the skateboarder, identified as Logan Wells, 16.

The site of the crash, an upscale residential neighborhood at Bastanchury Road and Secretariat Way known for its mansions and horse trails, now has a memorial full of Hawaiian shirts, hats and skateboards with messages written in chalk.

A nearby turn signal pole has also been emblazoned with messages of support, including a drawing of a skateboard symbolizing the fallen skateboarder on the pole’s pedestrian signal.

 

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Memorial set up for man who died from a motorcycle crash in Yorba Linda

Yorba Linda Memorial
A memorial has been set up on Fairmont Boulevard in Yorba Linda to honor a man who died from a motorcycle crash there on Feb. 11, 2014.

Michael Keith, 22, died after hitting a median while driving, according to the Orange County Register.

Update, Feb. 28, 2014: Kandace Gutierrez, who posted a comment on this article below identifying herself as Keith’s sister, said police investigators were not able to determine what happened that night “due to lack of evidence and no witnesses.”

“He loved his son Carson more then life itself … (he) loved playing the drums, loved riding his motorcycle and just had a real zest for life,” Gutierrez said.

Breanna Garcia, who was Keith’s girlfriend, said Keith was passionate about working out, riding his motorcycle and helping others, and was focusing on his studies as an audio engineer at Fullerton College.

“He cared a lot about others and loved to be around people,” Garcia said in an email. “He was a go-getter (and) liked to help anyone that was in trouble.”

I never met him, but he lived nearby so I want to wish his friends and family comfort in this difficult time. It takes things like these to realize how valuable life is, and I pray we would grow from this tragedy.

Here is a close up of the memorial:

Yorba Linda

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Hiking and Sunset | North Orange County

Went hiking to take some sunset pictures with friends this weekend. From our view at the south end of Chino Hills State Park, we had a great view of the sunset. These pictures are overlooking Yorba Linda southward toward Anaheim and Fullerton.

Sergio
Sunset

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Abandoned camp, Yorba Linda

Abandoned Camp
Chairs and fast food wrappers line a semi-abandoned camp in Yorba Linda on Dec. 29, 2013.