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On the Water Butt, Butt, Butt At the end of my run I was walking past Float 5 just before the cruise ship invasion. The cruise ship crews were already assembled to greet, take pictures and generfilly orient folks as they came off the ship. One guy in some kind of costume had just finished a cigarette and was twisting it out with his shoe to be left on the ground. I walked over, picked it up and threw it in the trash. I hope I embarrassed the smoker, and I hope he de- cides to follow my lead with his next butt. Later I was driving down Whit- tley and I noticed some kids had drawn a message in chalk across the width of the street. It was upside down from my direction but it was clearly a mes- sage to smokers about what they should do with their butts. I too am baffled by smokers who toss their butts to the curb or in the street. It is an inexcusable action. I am pretty sure the same folks that toss their butts to the ground would not toss paper or other trash. With Capt. John King It seems we have grown un- aware that butts are litter; Maybe the worst kind of litter. They are not biodegradable, as many smokers think. They are made of cel- lulose acetate, a form of plastic. It is technically illegal to dump any form of plastic into the ocean, and yet that is where many butts end up. There or on the John King beach. Columnist Cigarette butts are filters. They are de- signed to trap toxins that are in to- bacco naturally and some that are installed in cigarettes to assist in their addictive quality. Such a small item surely cannot do much damage. However, when deposited by the trillions each year, those same semi-harmless butts can leach some bad stuff into our water. Dead birds and fish have been found with numerous butts lodged in their mouths and stomachs and further down the chain. According to cigarettelitter.org, cigarettes are THE MOST LIT- TERED ITEM IN THE WORLD. But in reality, even a few butts scat- AFISHINADO FISH 8 TOUR ISLE IN STYL i-iceD Net Charier ALMUERZO DE VERANO GRATIS PARA LOS NIIIOS de la escuela Avalon Escuela Avalon Habr ayuda del personal escolar que habla Espafiol para Ilenar las aplicaciones del almuerzo, en la cafeteria. La escuela Avalon ayudar, a cumplir la solicitud de su estudi- ante el miercoles, 27 de agosto del 2014, de 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Es importante que todos los hogares Ilenen una solicitud. El porcentaje de aplicaciones aprobado para las escuela Ava- lon, se utilizar, para calificar nuestra escuela para fondos y ayudar en la educaciSn de nuestros estudiantes". Meal Application Assistance Meal application packets will be mailed the first week of August. English and Spanish speaking staff will be at the Avalon School cafeteria Wednesday, August 27, 2014 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm to assist parents in completing their student's application for free and reduced priced school meals. It is important that every household, with a student attending, complete an application. The percent of free and reduced-price meal applications approved for Avalon schools will be used to qualify the school for funds to help in the education of our students. i tered in the sand or along a trail can ruin a picturesque setting. We have all seen the consider- ate smoker. They are the ones that bury their butts in our flower beds. Yuk. Butts stink. Even a heavy smoker would agree with that fact. So, it is understandable that a smoker will go to great effort to rid themselves of the little stinkers rather than carry them around in a pouch or other device until a suit- able receptacle is found. Nearly every morning I can easily collect at least 10 butts in front of our store, double that on busy weekend mornings. At least the fire danger is being minimize& I see more smokers making the effort to put out their cigarettes. I think many smokers have made great strides here. Unfortunately, that effort is of- ten accomplished at the bottom of their shoe. Once there it requires some real diligence to bend over, pick it up and find a trash can. I noticed that cigarette pack- ages carry all kinds of information about the dangers of smoking, but there is not a single message about littering. Nearly all sodas and water bot- tles carry the Do Not Litter mes- sage, but not cigarettes, and yet, they are the single largest offender. Maybe it is time for a change. We already have ordinances in place regarding smoking and lit- tering. It is currently a violation of the Avalon Municipal Code to smoke On the Water, Page 5 Winters Sheriff's Log Two golf carts stolen and recovered within hours of thefts The following is the Avalon Sheriff's Station sig- nificant incidents report for the week of Oct. 30 to Nov. 4. "It is important to note that no assump- tion of criminal guilt or affiliation should be drawn from the con- tent of the information provided in this report. Many people who get arrested do not get con- victed or even-charged with crimes for which they have been arrest- ed," said Capt. Doug Fetteroll, commander of the Station. the Triathlon, but was unrelated to this very successful event. November 2 An Avalon resident reported a person had rummaged through their unlocked vehicle in the 200 block of Calle de Sol. November 3 No significant inci- dents. Capt. Doug Fetteroll Station commander November 4 At 11:05 p.m., an Avalon resident from Tremont Street was cited for operating a golf cart without a city permit, excessive noise, driving without a license and for not having insurance. October 30 Avalon Station supported CHOICES and the Avalon School during Red Ribbon Week. October 31 Timothy Martinelli, M/63, an Avalon resident, was found deceased in his home on Clarissa Avenue. There was no evidence of foul play. November 1 Two Avalon residents were involved in a golf cart accident at the intersection of Tremont Street and Clarissa Avenue. Both parties suffered minor _injuries. The accident occurred at the same time as the start of i advertising@thecatalinaislander.com Youth Activities League The Avalon Sheriff's Youth Activities League made arrange- ments to bring Preston Pollard, a professional skateboarder from Alaska, to Catalina Island during Red Ribbon Week. This was made possible by our generous sponsors, Catalina Island Vacation Rentals and the Santa Catalina Island Company. Golf carts Two golf carts were reported stolen on November 3, 2014. One was taken from the 300 block of East Whitley Avenue and the other was stolen from the 300 block of Metropole Avenue. Both golf carts were recovered within a few hours. Anyone with information regarding the taking of another person's golf cart, with- out their permission, is encour- aged to notify the detectives at the Avalon Sheriff's Station. 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