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Corona del Mar Today: Five Crowns managers serve up lunch for staff

November 26, 2011|By Amy Senk

Newport Beach Traffic Engineer Tony Brine said the project will be put out for bids in the spring.

"We are currently completing plans for the signal modification work which will provide for protected left turn arrows on both northbound and southbound Marguerite Avenue," he said in an email. "We will be including the count-down pedestrian heads in the bid contract. The goal for installation is prior to summer next year."

Tringali said the CdMRA group has asked for the turn signal and countdown feature for years.

"It's always on our list," she said. "We were very glad to hear this news."

*Supporters hope to Revive ZeroTrash

Corona del Mar leaders have convinced ZeroTrash to try to save the trash cleanup program in the village, possibly recruiting volunteers at the Dec. 4 Christmas Walk.

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"I am working to be at the Christmas event, or have a volunteer hand out materials," founder Chip McDermott confirmed in an email.

Members of the Corona del Mar Residents Assn. and the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce reached out to McDermott after hearing that the ZeroTrash group was leaving Corona del Mar because of a lack of interest.

The group first began Corona del Mar cleanups in June, gathering at El Ranchito on the first Saturday of each month before going into the community to pick up trash. But volunteers never materialized.

Karen Tringali, president of the CdMRA, asked the board at its November meeting if members would approve reaching out to Laguna Beach-based ZeroTrash to ask if they would share a booth at the Christmas Walk to try to recruit volunteers.

"There seems to be some momentum in the community," Tringali said, referring to a recent neighborhood trash pickup effort in the Cameo communities. "I'd like to invite ZeroTrash to pass out information at our table at the Christmas Walk."

The Corona del Mar Christmas Walk is sponsored by the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce. Chamber President Linda Leonhard has said the chamber also supports ZeroTrash's efforts and would promote volunteer opportunities among chamber members.

Other CdMRA board members suggested that high school students be notified that they could earn community service hours for helping with ZeroTrash cleanups.

McDermott said that ZeroTrash in Corona del Mar needs "a passionate CdM resident to want to be chapter captain." Two or three people could serve as co-captains, he said, leading the first Saturday efforts.

ZeroTrash continues to operate on the Balboa Peninsula.

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