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Patrice Apodaca

Patrice Apodaca is a Newport-Mesa public school parent and former Los Angeles Times staff writer. She is also a regular contributor to Orange Coast magazine. She lives in Newport Beach.
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Newport’s library system is second only to its beaches in popularity

I learned to love libraries at a tender age, thanks to my mother. By middle age, mom was partially crippled with rheumatoid arthritis, but she had a bright, active mind and a passion for reading.

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Regular checkups with a mental health professional can help promote healthy choices

A panel discussion on youth mental health organized by the Patrick’s Purpose Foundation addresses a growing crisis.

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