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By Emily Foxhall | September 7, 2013
The Newport Beach City Council will return from a brief hiatus Tuesday to discuss outsourcing the city trash service, waiving the bond requirement for the AERIE condominium development project and removing a protected eucalyptus tree. Trash Pickup Newport Beach is the only city in Orange County that uses city employees to pick up residents' trash. In an ongoing discussion of whether this service should be outsourced, city staff will present to the council the proposals solicited in May from outside companies willing to do the work instead.
By Emily Foxhall | August 27, 2013
Parents of a Tustin woman killed in 2011 when a 10-ton, 70-foot blue gum eucalyptus tree crushed her car on Irvine Avenue near 17th Street each received $550,000 in a settlement agreement with Newport Beach, officials confirmed Tuesday. The city resolved the lawsuits in May, paying $500,000 of the total $1.1 million agreed upon, said City Attorney Aaron Harp. The city's insurance carrier paid $550,000, and the tree maintenance contractor, West Coast Arborist, paid $50,000, he said.
By Chasen Doerr and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | August 13, 2013
The message - cancer awareness - came in the form of bright, multicolored yarn patches placed throughout The LAB Antimall in Costa Mesa. The final yarn bomb piece went up Tuesday morning, covering the center's well-known sign. Members of nonprofits Knots of Love, Project Linus and the TEDxYouth at Bomber Canyon gathered to watch the culminating event. The three groups spent the past week wrapping trees, signs and poles at The LAB in yarn, according to a news release. The groups teamed up with The LAB, which dedicated August to the "art of yarn," working with the Yarnover Truck and offering several fundraising knitting events, the news release said.
By Annie Kim | May 30, 2013
It sounds like something out of a Monty Python sketch. When firefighters were called out to rescue a pet that was stuck in a tree, instead of the stereotypical scaredy cat they were faced with an avian adventurer named Lola. A bright red female eclectus parrot, Lola flew out of Suzette Fish's Costa Mesa home when a back door was accidentally left open last weekend. Fish was distraught after the 13-year-old bird, a beloved family pet, went missing for 48 hours. To her rescue were Costa Mesa firefighters who responded twice after the bird was found high atop a palm tree on Capital Street in Costa Mesa, bringing out a 100-foot ladder, in an attempt to rescue the bird.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | March 7, 2013
Sonora Elementary School third-grader Kyler Schumacher showed off a 3-inch seedling he'd just received in a small plastic pot. He wasn't sure how long it would take, but he already decided he was going to help it grow until it was 50 feet tall. He and his classmates, who were lined up on the blacktop Thursday morning, each got a prize for listening intently to a 20-minute Arbor Day ceremony: a tiny carrotwood tree seedling. The Newport-Balboa Rotary Club gave the plants to every Sonora third-grade student in preparation for the annual day of tree planting.
By Rabbi Marc Gellman | February 15, 2013
First, let me thank my friends who now live in Florida and called me after the recent snowpocalypse in the Northeast to ask about my welfare — and to tell me that, by the way, it was 80 and sunny there. Probably because I did not lose power during the storm, I'm in a more generous and reflective mood than I was when I wrote to you, dear readers, after Hurricane Sandy. Nonetheless, I think of winter snow as a spiritual invitation. Snow reminds us to look deeper into the truth of things.
By Tom Egan | December 26, 2012
Now it can be told: the closely guarded family secret for keeping crows and their annoying "caw-cawing" out of your trees. Stomping outside to shout at a murder of crows relentlessly cawing tends to spark dark thoughts in the "if-I-hear-one-more-caw-I'm-gonna.... " householder. Acting out these thoughts is mostly illegal, though, including firing a gun within city limits. However, there's no law against scaring crows. Perched in the venerable tree 30 to 40 feet above you, they are used to being in the catbird seat, so to speak, knowing earthbound humans can't touch them.
By Bradley Zint | December 26, 2012
It was the day after Christmas, and the "psychiatric" doctor was out. By Wednesday morning, the holiday crowds were long gone from Lucy's help booth. The time this year for the Snoopy House display at Costa Mesa City Hall was winding down, as nearby helpers took away portions of the festive trees lining the covered walkway. Among them was Brenda Emrick, community education officer with the Costa Mesa Fire Department. It was her idea to have city departments and the community compete for the best tree.
By Bradley Zint | December 20, 2012
The scene was quiet in a large lot off Bristol Street, not far from where the 55 Freeway meets the 73. On that weekday afternoon of clear blue skies, there were a handful of workers, no customers and plenty of room for expansion. The remaining inventory of Christmas trees needed only a small corner of that unpaved and barely noticed slice of Costa Mesa. In future days, the acreage likely will be built upon, and no longer will have room for selling Douglas firs. But in the meantime, it's the holiday home base of Noonan's Christmas trees, a family business since 1944 that was started after Harry Noonan Sr. got home from World War II and there was nothing for him to do. Nowadays, four generations of Noonans are carrying on with the tradition that Harry Sr. took part in until he died.
By Britney Barnes | November 21, 2012
Community members can spread holiday cheer through a Westside Costa Mesa nonprofit that has served underprivileged teens for the last 20 years by helping them decorate a virtual Christmas tree. Save Our Youth, or SOY, is asking the community to help decorate its first virtual tree by donating $20 to $5,000 for virtual ornaments, lights and presents to help support its programs that assist students in going to college, keeping them out of trouble and raising their self esteem. The tree can be seen on the nonprofit's home page at . "We are just hoping to be able to keep our programs alive through the school year," said Mary Cappellini, a member of the nonprofit's board.
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