Category Archives: Environmental

Environmentally Speaking, Solmate Socks May Be a Solution

What would you guess is the most needed or requested clothing item in homeless shelters? If you guessed underwear or socks, you guessed correctly. The Solmate Socks company, that was started in 2000 by Marianne Wakerlin, noted on its website … Continue reading

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Healthier Air for $20 a Month? The Case for Eliminating the Use of Leaf Blowers by Our Gardeners

Do you enjoy breathing particulate matter that has fertilizer, metals, gasoline, animal feces and pesticides?  If you asked, “What kind of question is that?” and responded, “Of course I don’t,” then it’s time to ask another question: Do you have … Continue reading

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Local ‘Red Tide’ Produces Spectacular Neon Blue Waves

Many people have noticed the current “red tide,” a brown layer of water just offshore along Pacific Palisades and Southern California beaches. Scientists say that it is caused by a “bloom” of phytoplankton, which are microscopic single-celled organisms that occur naturally in … Continue reading

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The Great Oak Tree Mystery at the Recreation Center Is Solved

Circling the News published an April 28 story (“Eight Baby Oaks Will Fight for Survival on the Island at Palisades Recreation Center”) that speculated about the mysterious gardener(s) who planted the baby oak seedlings on the circular parcel in front … Continue reading

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PPRA Seeks Donations to Help Fund an Appeal Regarding the Highlands Eldercare Facility 

  There is oil underneath the land below the Via de las Olas bluffs and offshore in the Pacific Ocean. In fact, at one time the site was dubbed the Pacific Palisades oil field. Occidental Petroleum projected that 60 oil … Continue reading

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Eight Baby Oaks Will Fight for Survival on the Island at Palisades Recreation Center

A reader called Circling the News on April 15 from a reader and wanted to know who planted the oak trees in the circle in front of the Palisades Recreation Center building. CTN contacted Park Director Erich Haas, who responded … Continue reading

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Recycling Plastic Bottles and Aluminum Cans Raises Money for Westside Babies in Need  

Bottles for Babies, which was started by longtime resident Francesca Chase last July 4, continues its recycling efforts through the Covid-19 pandemic to help purchase diapers and food for infants. “When I learned that there were about 2,000 babies in … Continue reading

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Bruce Schwartz Will Help You Grow Giant Pumpkins in Your Backyard

Need some new ideas to make home schooling more fun during Covid-19? Teaching kids about the environment, botany and community service can be super easy, thanks to Pacific Palisades resident Bruce Schwartz. Schwartz is a local realtor and was the … Continue reading

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Little Birdies Go Tweet Tweet Tweet AND a Rain Report

After posting about Julie Hansen and Wild Birds Unlimited and the owl cam, which is following the mother sitting on three eggs that are about to hatch (Visit: wbu.com/owl-cam/ or https://youtu.be/8emLVvAQnI8), several readers responded. One wrote: “I loved hearing about Julie Hansen and Wild … Continue reading

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A Crow Family Moves In

By LIBBY MOTIKA Circling the news Contributor Well, it happened, I’ve been scolded for violating social distancing. I was out on my back patio, apparently too close to the imposing podocarpus next door, when I was alerted with a hectic … Continue reading

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