News From Around Ocean Beach

by on July 7, 2015 · 1 comment

in Culture, Environment, Media, Ocean Beach

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Photo by Albert C Elliott, July 4, 2015

OBcean Lives Off the Grid

Channel 10News interviewed Rob Greenfield, an OBcean who lives in a very small home in the back yard somewhere in OB. They reported:

“He has a home, a kitchen, a garden, and transportation. However, he has no bills, no expenses, and produces very little waste. …10News first met Greenfield when he took reporter Joe Little dumpster diving for food. He wanted to show how much food Americans waste on a daily basis. Now amid California’s drought, Greenfield has reduced his water use by more than 95 percent. … He charges a small light and his computer with portable solar panels and he harvests water off the neighbor’s roof. He collected more than 200 gallons during San Diego’s last rainstorm. … Greenfield has reduced his use to two gallons a day. He’ll wash his hands over a plate, use the same water to wash the plate, and then collect that water to put in his garden.” 10News

  Local Kids’ Recipes Chosen in School District Contest

Two local students, one at OB Elementary and the other at Correia Middle School, had their recipes chosen in a contest put on by the San Diego Unified School District to upgrade their menus.

OB Elementary Schooler Zarai Rosenzweig-Bullard is in the fourth-grader, and her recipe won first place in the contest for students in K through fifth-grade with her “Terrific Turkey Tacos.” They consist of ground turkey, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses, avocado, sour cream, lettuce and tomato.

And over from Correia Middle School, Ava Marie Bunn in the eighth-grader also took first place in her category, sixth-grade through high school. She won for her “AVAcado salad,” which includes tortilla strips, red peppers, garbanzo and pinto beans. San Diego U-T 

 Trash is down this year due to Mallow Out campaign; Volunteers picked up 2,140 pounds of trash on “Day After”

Volunteers picked up 2,140 pounds of trash from San Diego beaches Sunday as part of a post-Fourth of July cleanup to keep litter out of the ocean.  An estimated 580 volunteers brought together by the Surfrider Foundation and I Love a Clean San Diego were spread across Ocean Beach Pier, Belmont Park in Mission Beach, Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach and the Oceanside Pier.

They spent Sunday morning picking up 21,000 cigarette butts, 1,483 pieces of Styrofoam and 953 plastic bags said Mandy Sackett, manager of theSurfrider Foundation’s San Diego chapter.  In addition to the trash, about 388 pounds of recyclable material were also recovered, she said.  She added there was a decrease this year in the amount of trash collected compared to the past few years, partially due to the cancellation of the annual marshmallow fight, the Mallow Out campaign of the OB Town Council. Ch6News.

OB Friends of the Library Meet Tues, July 14

The next meeting of the OB Friends of the Library will be on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, July 14, at 2:00 pm in the historic, but very warm, library. They will discuss the upcoming Book Sale, which will be held on Saturday, July 18, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.

 OB Historical Society Presents: Newport Ave.-Thru-The-Decades – July 16th

On Thursday, July 16, 7 PM, at Ocean Beach Historical Society Presents: Craig Gerwig (Owner of the Newport Ave. Antique Center) and Judy Parry will talk about popular businesses that lined Newport Ave. over several decades. They will talk about the businesses and properties their family owned/own on the 4800 block of Newport Ave. Don’t miss this family’s interesting history in O.B. This program is free at the P.L. United Methodist Church, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., O.B.

Coast-to-Coast Run Ends in OB

Noah Coughlan started a coast-to-coast run February 28 in New York City and finished by running into the water at Ocean Beach on the 4th of July.  Coughlan’s journey was dubbed “Run For Rare” to raise awareness about rare diseases affecting 30 million Americans. Fox5News

 Another Officer Shooting With No Body Camera

There’s been another SD Police officer shooting where the officer was not wearing the body camera. This is the 2nd time – the first was in May in the Midway District. Fox5

Mid-westerner recalls delivering newspaper in OB

Jeff Turnage of Columbus, Ohio, recalls delivering newspapers in OB. Writes – “helped my big brother deliver the San Diego Union when I was in the fifth and sixth grade in Ocean Beach, California. Ed would wake me up every morning at about 5 and ask if I would like to help him.”

Hula Hoop Dance Instructor Got Start in OB

Local resident Valentina Martin is capitalizing on with The Hoop Unit, a 13-member dance team comprised of students from hula hoop classes that she teachers regularly at Liberty Station in Point Loma. She got her start in OB. Peninsula Beacon

Background on Pizza Port

The original location is in Solana Beach (1987). Next came Carlsbad Village Drive (1997), followed by San Clemente (2003), Ocean Beach (2010) and Bressi Ranch (2013), which is home to their production brewery. More at Craveonline

Future Lifeguards Did the Plunge

On Monday, junior lifeguards held their breath, and will fears fully in check, took a plunge into the ocean. Big and small they jumped off the Ocean Beach Pier as part of a team building challenge. Go to newsite,  the video report above to see the stomach-dropping dare. Ch8News

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Avatar Mark-Elliott Lugo July 9, 2015 at 12:02 pm

Regarding the paragraph related to the drop in the amount of trash (and the statistics quoted) after the 4th of July fireworks, especially in Ocean Beach: several people (including myself) were up at the crack of dawn picking up marshmallows and trash from the beach. I focused on the area between the pier and the lifeguard station. This was shortly after the beach cleaning machines had “cleaned” the sand, and hours BEFORE the Surfrider Foundation and the TV cameras arrived. The beach cleaning machines aren’t particularly effective at cleaning up marshmallows. They miss or mangle huge quantities of them, leaving them in the sand. Also, the machines can’t get into the hard-to-reach areas near the trashcans, for example, the seawall, and the boulders that are part of the landscaping. I personally picked up 257 marshmallows (yes, just for the heck of it, I kept count) in about an hour and a older woman working near me picked up hundreds more than I did. Certainly, the statistics cited in the article don’t reflect the preliminary work done by the anonymous volunteers (who do this year-round, incidentally, not just on holidays or when the media are present). I guess the City workers who maintain the parks are either short-handed or overwhelmed, because I rarely see them picking up the beaches and walkways as they did years ago.

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