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By Michael Miller | January 28, 2010
Cleanup crews continued to remove debris from the Huntington Beach coastline Wednesday after a series of heavy storms over the last week. Scott Smith, the city’s beach operations supervisor, said crews planned to keep busy for the next few days. Another rainstorm hit the area Tuesday, but it was much milder than the recent storms. “Given what’s out there now, and provided we don’t get any more severe storms, we should be cleaned up within a week,” Smith said.
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FEATURES
By Britney Barnes | June 11, 2009
Elementary school students spent the day at the beach Thursday being trash detectives and learning about recycling and taking care of the planet. Students from eight schools in Orange County participated in the second annual Ocean Day at Bolsa Chica State Beach. About 700 students joined in the Kids’ Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup and then sent out a message to keep the ocean clean by lining up on the beach and spelling out the message “Keep me trash free.” The event was organized by Coastkeeper, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting Orange County’s marine habitats and watersheds, and the California Coastal Commission provided funding for the event along with local sponsors, Coastkeeper Education Director Briana Madden said.
FEATURES
February 4, 2009
Submitted by Jondra Bjorkman Derek Yamashita and Alisa Bjorkman help keep trash under control during the Surf City Marathon. A few weeks ago, Alisa, president of the Huntington Beach High School Oceana Club, wanted to see if there was any protection for the drains this year during the Surf City Marathon, and if not, to volunteer to cover the drains. After several calls, she found Jim Merid, the city’s administrative environmental specialist, who provided information, maps of the drains, sandbags and plastic.
FEATURES
By Vic Leipzig and Lou Murray | October 29, 2008
Counting today, there are only nine Thursdays left in 2008. One of them is Thanksgiving and the last one is Christmas. Nine weeks until the start of 2009. Vic and I thought about what good things all of us might still accomplish during the remainder of this year. This idea started with a link to a book sent to me by my brother, “Every Monday Matters,” by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza. The book’s premise is that we should all do one good deed every Monday to change the world for the better.
LOCAL
By Michael Alexander | February 21, 2008
A group of residents with concerns about crime and cleanliness in a local park pressed the City Council for solutions at its meeting this week, only to find that some efforts to help were scheduled for the very next day. Residents near unimproved Bartlett Park said a major problem with transients living in the park behind heavy overgrowth was making them worry about safety. And an overgrown, unimproved park is allowing for a lawless atmosphere, they said. Local businesses are some of the hardest hit by an unsavory atmosphere, resident Dick Anderson said.
NEWS
December 20, 2007
Trash collection schedules will be changed for the holidays, according to Rainbow Disposal. No trash will be collected Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, both Tuesdays. Collection scheduled for those days, and for the rest of those weeks, will be pushed back one day; Friday collections will be Saturday, for example. Christmas Eve and New Year?s Eve trash collections, however, will be on their regular days. After the holidays are over, Rainbow Disposal will collect discarded Christmas trees, recycle them, and grind them into mulch.
NEWS
May 10, 2007
Who likes change? Our passion for entertaining diversions to put some spark into our routines is nearly insatiable. Every day it seems we're introduced to a new toy. We have 500 channels, MP3 players, DVDs, satellite radio, YouTube, PlayStation 3, blackberries and the list goes on. But the truth is, we love the routine. It's comforting to know those shortcuts to work, what's going to be expected of you at the job and what time your favorite show comes on so you can set the TiVo to record it. Even when we know that change will improve us we still resist it. It's simple — who among us doesn't fear the unknown?
NEWS
By VIC LEIPZIG AND LOU MURRAY | May 10, 2007
Change is in the wind. They're coming. We don't know exactly when, but sometime before October, they will be here. Some of you already have them. Soon it will be our turn. Like everyone else in town, we'll be getting three big new trashcans in the near future. Rainbow Disposal has already started delivering them to some neighborhoods. Over the next five months, they will replace the old system with the new system everywhere in town. We're already starting to prepare our minds for the change.
NEWS
By Michael Alexander | May 9, 2007
Trucks began crisscrossing southeast Huntington Beach on Monday, distributing the blue, green and brown containers that are the future of the city's waste disposal to roughly 500 families, officials at Rainbow Disposal Inc. said. It's a feat the company plans every day for six months, until the whole city has the new rolling containers. Starting Monday, the first automated collection trucks in the city, powered by low-emission compressed natural gas, will roll through neighborhoods picking up trash and recyclables without their drivers ever stepping onto the pavement.
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