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Corona del Mar Today: Neighbors participate in organized clean-up

November 19, 2011|By Amy Senk
  • About 70 residents of the Cameo Shores and Highlands neighborhoods, along with a team of city refuse workers, gathered Sunday afternoon for a trash-pickup event.
About 70 residents of the Cameo Shores and Highlands neighborhoods,… (Daily Pilot )

About 70 residents of the Cameo Shores and Highlands neighborhoods, along with a team of city refuse workers, gathered Nov. 13 for a trash pickup event.

"I thought about it four and a half years ago, and I finally thought it was time to do it," said organizer Carolina Prichard. "We want our kids to remember to pick up trash. You don't just walk over it."

Prichard organized meeting spots for volunteers, and after passing out trash pickers, bags and blue gloves, she sent them to areas from the streets in the highlands to the beach and the mouth of Morning Canyon.

"We got all the beach balls, cans and foam," said Art Mitchell, one of eight Newport Beach refuse crew workers who came on their day off to help.

"We got a call from Carolina, asking to pick up the bags on Monday," he said. "And we said we'd come here today."

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Some of the men wore waders and ventured into the thigh-high runoff at Beach Three. They noted several heavy, waterlogged pieces of plywood that they said they would report to city officials because it was too difficult for them to remove by hand.

Residents Virginia and Larry Goelman said they heard about the effort from a neighborhood flier.

"I just love it," Virginia Goelman said. "I thought, 'What a great idea.'"

"We do it ourselves," Larry Goelman said. "But it's a great teaching tool. If everyone did their share, our beaches would be clean."

Participants said they were surprised not to find more trash during their 90-minute event. They considered whether the storm on Nov. 12 washed trash to sea, or if the neighbors were doing a good job of keeping things neat.

"We haven't found much," Sandi Marino said. "I think it's because people are respectful of the neighborhood. I'm glad someone organized this. It gives us such a great sense of community."

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Council could hear Ocean Boulevard home appeal in 2012

The Newport Beach City Council could hear an appeal regarding an Ocean Boulevard lot merger at its Jan. 10 meeting, city officials have said.

The date is tentative, said Tara Finnigan, a city spokeswoman.

John and Julie Guida own two homes in the 2800 block of Ocean Boulevard and have submitted plans to build a single home. In September, the city's zoning administrator granted them a lot merger, but in a 6-1 vote Oct. 20, the Planning Commission overturned that decision.

Late last month, the couple appealed the commission's decision with the city clerk.

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