The Coastal Post - February, 1998

PR Feb 98

Your Unused Diskettes Can Help The Schools

Do you have a stack of promotional computer diskettes, which you received from America Online and other companies over the years, sitting on a shelf gathering dust? You can reformat these diskettes, and use them yourself. But if you don't need more disks, there is another way to put them to a constructive use.

An innovative program called Floppies for Kiddies accepts used diskettes from around the country and donates them to schools that request them. The program was started by Carol Blake of CityLink, a Louisiana-based company that provides services on the Internet. This project has already donated more than 25,000 disks to hundreds of schools across the United States and in other countries.

Students at Fontainebleau High School in Mandeville, LA, are helping with the project by formatting disks, when necessary The project accepts 3 1/2" floppy disks only (no CDs). Send the disks to:

USA CityLink Project

Attn.: Floppies for Kiddies

20349 Highway 36

Covington, LA 70433

For more information, see the project's Internet website at: http://www.usacitylink.com/citylink/disks

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The National Waste Prevention Coalition is made up of people in the solid waste management field. The Coalition's members work for local governments, state governments, non-profit organizations, universities, consultants and businesses. The current main project of the Coalition is the National Junk Mail Reduction Project. For more information on the Coalition, see its Internet website at: http://www.metrokc.gov/nwpc

Your Unused Diskettes Can Help The Schools

Do you have a stack of promotional computer diskettes, which you received from America Online and other companies over the years, sitting on a shelf gathering dust? You can reformat these diskettes, and use them yourself. But if you don't need more disks, there is another way to put them to a constructive use.

An innovative program called Floppies for Kiddies accepts used diskettes from around the country and donates them to schools that request them. The program was started by Carol Blake of CityLink, a Louisiana-based company that provides services on the Internet. This project has already donated more than 25,000 disks to hundreds of schools across the United States and in other countries.

Students at Fontainebleau High School in Mandeville, LA, are helping with the project by formatting disks, when necessary The project accepts 3 1/2" floppy disks only (no CDs). Send the disks to:

USA CityLink Project

Attn.: Floppies for Kiddies

20349 Highway 36

Covington, LA 70433

For more information, see the project's Internet website at: http://www.usacitylink.com/citylink/disks

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The National Waste Prevention Coalition is made up of people in the solid waste management field. The Coalition's members work for local governments, state governments, non-profit organizations, universities, consultants and businesses. The current main project of the Coalition is the National Junk Mail Reduction Project. For more information on the Coalition, see its Internet website at: http://www.metrokc.gov/nwpc

Free Special Child Magazine On The Web

Now, Parents of Children with Disabilities, have a great new FREE resource on the World Wide Web that can offer them important information, support, and entertainment all in one place!

"Parents of children with special needs are often overwhelmed by the enormous amount of commitment and energy that is required in raising a special child," says Lisa Baker, Editor-in-Chief of Special Child magazine, who has faced many of her own tribulations as the mother of a child with special needs. "Not only must they learn to deal with the fact that their child is not normal, but they must become experts on their child's disorder(s), therapies, legislation, and current technology. In addition, they must be able to hold themselves together for the sake of their entire family and their own well-being."

Visitors to this new free on-line Internet magazine, Special Child magazine, at http://www.specialchild.com will benefit from the following:

Informative articles will keep parents up-to-date on the latest therapies, technology, legislation, education issues, methods of behavior management, and much more.

Articles written by parents will allow these parents to tell their stories in order to help other parents as well as to celebrate their child's achievements and milestones.

A family advice column is featured which allows parents to send their questions to a nationally known and very well respected social worker, who then addresses these questions in the magazine.

A fully interactive bulletin board service is available which allows parents to meet and support one another, exchange ideas, sell their used equipment, and discuss anything else that is related to raising a child with special needs.

For more information regarding Special Child magazine, please visit the web site at http://www.specialchild.com or send an e-mail to: [email protected] or call 805-298-2610.

Auto Salvage Resale Bill

A bill that would allow the sale of rebuilt, total-loss salvage vehicles without disclosure is opposed by California-based consumer groups, such as Consumer Action, Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS), and California Public Interest Research Group, along with the National Association of Attorneys General.

The bill, authored by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MI), is similar to a measure already passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. If enacted, this bill would pre-empt stronger consumer-protection state laws. California Attorney General Lungren has failed to act to protect California motorists from losing existing consumer protection.

According to a California state report, "More than 700,000 structurally damaged and 150,000 salvaged vehicles are returned to California's streets and highways every year without a safety inspection, and they pose a potential threat to all of California's 20 million unsuspecting motorists."

Write Consumer Action, 717 Market St., Suite 310, San Francisco to protest this bill.

Road Info

In an effort to provide current road condition information to the public, the Road Maintenance Division of the Marin County Department of Public Works has installed a road information hotline to provide information about the status of the county-maintained road system. Call 499-7518 for recorded message about road closures or other road-related emergencies.

The impetus for this hotline came from West Marin residents who are subject to long and harrowing detours when closures or other emergencies arise.

Affairs Of The Heart Fair

Come out of hibernation on Valentine's Day and attend an affair to remember from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the San Geronimo Valley Cultural Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. There will be a poetry reading by the Lagunitas 4th and 5th graders, story-telling, bake-a-heart, face painting, a craft corner, art works, including a mural designed and painted by local students, information on heart care, blood pressure readings (followed by a drum meditation then a repeat of the BP readings), massage and food.

For more information, call 488-0528.

COAST Update

Citizens for Open Access to Sand and Tide (COAST), having suffered a defeat from the Court of Appeal (Division One of the First District) on January 14, will petition for rehearing, based on the Court's reading of the record not supported by fact.

The fact is that on January 21, 1992, Attorney General Dan Lungren's chief counsel wrote on Lundgren's behalf that: "Most notably, he believes that the State ought to protect the private property interests of its citizens rather than take them away. Of equal concern to him is the considerable and far-reaching commitment of the state's powerful legal resources being dedicated to this task, a task that is clearly repugnant to the landowners and of little consequence to the public at large."

Ignoring that conflict of interest, the appellate court ruled that COAST could not represent the public in the fight for public access because the attorney general had "zealously pursued the rights of the public" in the settlement agreement, an agreement which does not even permit the public to sit on the beach, sunbathe, or eat a sandwich.

COAST will continue to defend the California Coastal Act, the Local Coastal Program, and fight to prove the public's historic right to use the Bolinas Sandspit as though it were a public beach.

Textbook Legislation

Legislation ensuring every student in California's public schools an up-to-date textbook for each subject has been introduced by Senator Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank), and Assemblymember Rod Pacheco (R-Riverside). Senate Bill 1412 calls for phasing in, over a three-year period, the state's financial commitment from current levels to 100% of the cost of basic instructional materials in each subject in each grade.

Schiff and Pacheco said they introduced the bill because the Legislature must take responsibility in the textbook crisis. "We need to strengthen the textbook law through an annual audit conducted at the state level and provide the necessary funding to insure each student has their own textbook."

California ranks in the bottom fifth of all states on textbook spending per pupil.

Slide Closes Mt. Tam Road

A portion of Ridgecrest Blvd. between Rock Springs and the Bolinas-Fairfax Road in Mt. Tamalpais State Park has been closed for an indeterminate time due to a landslide. The road to the top is unaffected and remains open via Panoramic and Pantoll. For further information, call 388-2070.

Job Program

The YWCA Mature Work Program has openings for free employment services for Marin County residents 55 years old or older with low incomes who are seeking employment and training services.

These services include resume writing, individual counseling, assessment, job search planning and assistance with job placement.

The YWCA Marin Center is located at 1000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. For more information, call 456-0782.

Pit Vipers

A slide/lecture program on pit vipers, with live specimens, will be held Friday, February 6 at 8:00 p.m. at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 376 Green Beach Road, Tiburon.

Eric Brant, a local herpetologist, has over 30 years of experience with pit vipers and will describe their importance to our environment and to human medicine.

There is no charge. Call 454-5469 for more information.

Toxins In Tomales

The Environmental Health Services of Marin County has notified the Board of Supervisors and the public of the presence of petroleum hydrocarbons in a well located at 599 Dillon Beach Road, Tomalas.

Although the risk to the public is minimal, petroleum hydrocarbons are known carcinogens. Consumption of water from the noticed properties should be avoided until test results are evaluated for potability.

Call 499-6907 for more information.

Two Bird Art Show

The Two Bird Cafe at the Valley Inn, 625 San Geronimo Drive off Sir Francis Drake Blvd., is presenting art work by Noni Winter of San Geronimo and Louis Nuyens of Forest Knolls through February, Wednesday-Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. Pastels, watercolors, acrylic and oil paintings will be displayed.

Call 488-0528 for more information.

Fast Tax

Federal taxes can be filed electronically. Last year over 19 million individuals chose to e-file their returns. This method is simple, secure and fast, there's quick proof your return is accepted, and your refund comes back in half the time. For further information, call 408-494-8140.

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