From The Sip Trunking Experts

TMCNet:  Save Our Shores 'extreme cleanup' at Cowell's cave launches new program

[December 25, 2012]

Save Our Shores 'extreme cleanup' at Cowell's cave launches new program

SANTA CRUZ, Dec 25, 2012 (Santa Cruz Sentinel - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- After conducting an "extreme cleanup" last week of a refuse-strewn cave near Cowell Beach, Save Our Shores has offered the city a cadre of volunteers should the area get bad again.

The Santa Cruz-based organization, which sponsors regular beach cleanups, announced its new "Extreme Cleanups" program after the hourlong operation Dec. 20 in the Collins Cove section of the beach. Director Laura Kasa said city staff will monitor the area weekly, then enlist her organization's help whenever the cave or other specific sites need attention.

"Our job is not to scope these things out, but if there are issues, we can provide the volunteers to do the cleanup," Kasa said.

The organization worked with city parks staff and police to access the site down a steep and slippery path. Wearing headlamps, face masks and gloves, Saves Our Shores staff and volunteers brought out 56 pounds of trash, including seven syringes, a dozen trash bags, razors, condoms, tampons, broken glass, 75 small cigar wrappers, and five pounds of human feces collected in buckets and dog-waste bags.

Until venturing into the dark recesses of the cave, Kasa said, "I've never been afraid in my job. I was afraid to go into that dark corner and see what was there." The problem of trash and drug refuse around Cowell's came to the city's attention in November after a surfing instructor filmed a four-minute video of the area, posted it online and, with the help of friends, hauled away truckloads of garbage. The video drew dozens of concerned citizens to the Nov. 27 City Council meeting and a forum hosted by its public safety committee Dec. 17.

Vice Mayor Lynn Robinson, who participated in the Save Our Shores cleanup, said city departments are working together to monitor Cowell's and other sites. She welcomed help from citizens in identifying problem areas and keeping them clean.

"The community often sees people going in there that we don't know about," Robinson said of the caves. "Make those calls and let people know. Between the community and city staff efforts, I see us being able to maintain this as long as people are willing to stay the course." Save Our Shores doesn't typically get involved in targeted operations, with the exception of a 2008 effort to remove trash from a remote section of Aptos Creek. In addition to the Collins Cove site, the group is also now working on a plan for cleaning up a Davenport beach that draws trash.

Kasa said the "extreme cleanups" fit the organization's mission because syringes, plastic and other refuse can harm marine life, as well as surfers and others accessing the sea. The group is seeking volunteers for the new effort, and will train them on how to handle dangerous refuse.

"There are more areas like this," she said.

Follow Sentinel reporter J.M. Brown on Twitter at HOW TO HELP --Save Our Shores is seeking volunteers for its new "Extreme Cleanup" program, and training will be provided. To sign up or ask questions, contact Program Coordinator Rachel Kippen at For more information about the organization, visit

___ (c)2012 the Santa Cruz Sentinel (Scotts Valley, Calif.) Visit the Santa Cruz Sentinel (Scotts Valley, Calif.) at Distributed by MCT Information Services

[ Back To SIP Trunking Home's Homepage ]

Subscribe here for your FREE
SIP TRUNKING enewslettter.

Featured Partner

Featured Whitepapers

SIP Security for the Enterprise
Voice over IP (VoIP) is incorporated into a variety of computer networks, both public and private, and used for everyday transactions and communications among carriers, businesses, government agencies...

Making A Broadband Purchase Decision
Businesses today have many options for broadband connectivity. Clarifying your particular business needs prior to selecting a broadband provider will ensure an optimal match of broadband service to your requirements.

Voice-Optimized Network Delivers Premier Call Experience
Customers equate call quality with business quality. Real-time communication, interpersonal interaction, and the cordial tone of a call center representative can create a positive impression of your business that no email can match.

Featured Case Studies

Business Telecom Expenses Reduced 50%
A small to medium sized company in the midwest was interested in migrating to IP Communications, but in today's economy, they were hesitant to upgrade their communication system due to their perception that the cost would outweigh the benefits.

Multi-State Company Cuts Telecom Costs 50%
A multi-site, multi-state company with extensive monthly long distance fees and toll-free charges did not have adequate broadband for Broadvox SIP Trunking requirements, nor did they have a SIP enabled telephone system.

Discover Leisure Connects Remote Users to its IP-PBX
Discover Leisure is one of the largest resellers of caravans and motor homes in the UK. With 15 branch of?ces all over the country, the company spent a great deal of money every month just on internal phone calls.

Featured eBOOKS

Internet+: The Way Toward Global Unified Communication
Connecting the telephony of the enterprise PBX or Unified Communications (UC) system using SIP trunks instead of conventional telephone lines has been very successful in recent years.

What is SIP Trunking? Edition 2
SIP trunking is becoming more of a focus for service providers. One key issue many service providers face when deploying SIP trunks is NAT, or Network Address Translation, traversal.

What is SIP Trunking? Edition 1
A vast resource for information about all things SIP - including SIP, security, VoIP, SIP trunking and Unified Communications.

Featured Videos

Broadvox VAR Testimonial VAR 1:
Part 1 of the VAR (Value Added Reseller) Partner Program Testimonials for Broadvox...

E-SBCs AS The Demarcation Point:
Ingate's Steve Johnson talks to Erik Linask about the role session border controller plays as the demarcation point at...

Demystifying DPI
How can deep packet inspection protect your SIP traffic as well as your entire network?

Featured Resources

Partner Program Overview:
Over 4,000 VARs, Master Agents, Solution Providers, and Independent IT Professionals trust Broadvox. We offer customized services and solutions to fit seamlessly into any company's business model. And when you partner with Broadvox, every member of our team stands behind you and your customers 100%...

SIP Trunk UC Summit

What's New

Presenting the New Ingate/Intertex Website:
Internet+ is an extended Internet access allowing high quality SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) based real-time person-to-person communication, everywhere and for any application. It applies to both fixed and mobile networks ...

Featured Blogs

Featured Webinars

Secure SIP Trunking:
What You Need to Know

Successfully Deploying Enterprise SIP Trunking:
Tools and Techniques for Overcoming Common Roadblocks

Featured Podcasts

Getting the Most Out of Your SIP Trunks:
Ingate's Steve Johnson and TMC's Erik Linask discuss how best practices forgetting the most out of SIP Trunking services and common pitfalls to avoid.

Featured Datasheets

Ingate SIParator E-SBCs
Adopting SIP is a simple process with the Ingate SIParator, the secure enterprise session border controller (E-SBC). The SIParator makes secure SIP communications - including VoIP,SIP trunking and more - possible while working seamlessly with your existing network firewall.

Ingate Firewalls
Everyone is talking about enterprise usage of VoIP, instant messaging and other types of realtime communications including presence and conferencing.

SIP Trunk Solutions for Service Providers
The award-winning Ingate Firewall and Ingate SIParator deliver a high quality, reliable SIP trunk connection between the customer's IP-PBX and the service provider network, and solve interoperability issues to simplify deployments and support for remote diagnosis of reported issues.