Tag: City of Big Bear Lake

Firefighters Focus on Prevention

Big Bear City, CA, June 4, 2014 – The San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Residential Assessment Program is back for a second year. In the coming weeks, firefighters will be going door-to-door handing out information and offering to walk the properties with homeowners on the spot and provide free evaluations of defensible space. They’ll focus on neighborhoods in the unincorporated parts of the Valley, outside City of Big Bear Lake and CSD service areas. Defensible space is the term for a critical buffer zone around a home where combustible materials have been removed or trimmed to minimize the chance of a wildfire being carried to the building. Ideally, it extends outward from a residence 100 feet, or to the property line, whichever is less. Homeowners are urged to clear all dead vegetation from this space and around any propane tanks, cut tree limbs from the bottom six feet of a trunk and from over roofs, and keep wood piles and combustible patio furniture at least 30 feet from homes. If you don’t want to wait for the knock on the door, you can also schedule a no-charge assessment by calling (909)...

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Jim Miller crowned Man About Town

Big Bear Lake, CA – 5/19/2014 – The annual fund raiser Man About Town raised a over $61,000 for Soroptimists International and women’s health issues in the Big Bear Valley.   Sunday night three contestants–Michael Natzic, Ray Hino and Jim Miller–made the final push for this years  Man About Town title.   With supporters, friends and family in attendance, the hats were passed, skits performed and money tallied ending this year’s six week frenzy of fund raising events.  A total of $61,024 was raised, not besting past years, but still an impressive total as new rules limited candidates to two events each.  With the tally finished, Jim Miller, Rotary President and City Department head, received the traditional cane and top hat signifying his victory.   “It’s all in good fun, which exploits the male ego desire to win in an effort raise money for good causes”, said last year’s Man About Town winner, Fire Chief Jeff...

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Grand Reopening Ceremony for Village at 3:00 Today

Big Bear Lake, CA, October 31, 2013 – The Village Streetscape Reconstruction Project is complete, and the public is invited to a grand reopening ceremony at 3 p.m. today at Copper Q (645 Pine Knot Avenue). City of Big Bear Lake officials will present before-and-after photos of the village that highlight major improvements made, such as heated sidewalks, seat walls, propane-fueled outdoor fire pits, street pavers, curbs, gutters, landscape developments, lighting, street signs, and decorative street crossings. Light refreshments will be served. The six-month project began in April and was funded by grants, Measure T, Measure Y and local developer impact fees. Except for a few days around July 4th to accommodate visitors, work was done continuously to finish before...

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“Sparkle Day” Sparks Cancer Awareness

Big Bear Lake, CA, October 15, 2013 – The City of Big Bear Lake has proclaimed Saturday, October 19th as “Sparkle Day” to promote cancer awareness. The public is invited on that day to a gathering of community leaders and cancer survivors for a brief program consisting of a minister, speakers and live music, starting at 11:30 A.M. at Copper Q. Representatives from the hospital will provide cancer screening information and materials. It will also be a time of remembrance for those who lost their battles with cancer. Following the program, everyone is invited to join the Sparkle Brigade walk through the Big Bear Lake Village. Although construction continues in the Village, convenient parking is available at the Knickerbocker Road lot opposite Copper Q. Campaign coordinator Jan Pflaum developed the Sparkle Day campaign with Copper Q’s Linda Ricchiuti, Bear Valley Community Hospital CEO Ray Hino and the Bear Valley Community Healthcare Foundation. Sponsoring businesses and supportive individuals are referred to as Sparkle Boosters. Sparkle T-shirts and caps are available at the Copper Q. Those who purchase a ‘Don’t let cancer dull your sparkle’ T-shirt for $20 or more become a Pink Sponsor.  A portion of donations and merchandise revenues will be distributed to the Mammogram Program at the Bear Valley Hospital and the American Cancer Society. Anyone wishing to volunteer to assist or for further information about the cancer awareness event may contact Jan Pflaum at Lakehous1@msn.com....

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Village Road Closures Extended Slightly

Big Bear Lake, CA, October 9, 2013 – Improvements in the Village will take a little longer than planned. In order to adequately pave the streets, the engineering contractor, Matich Corporation, will need two separate days of roadway closures: Wednesday/October 16th on Village Drive and Thursday/October 17th on Pine Knot. Closure times will be 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day, with vehicles allowed back on the road that evening. City of Big Bear Lake staff originally hoped to pave the Village L without closing the streets to automobile traffic,  but LOR Consultants and independent geotechnical engineers strongly advised against doing bi-lateral paving of half widths of the Village L roads. The main problem identified was the potential faulty joint crown or centerline of the road given two separate pours of asphalt on different days, different mixing compositions and likely different weather conditions. Properties of asphalt are unlike concrete and are not as accommodating for a joint seal to form the roadway crown. A secondary problem is the safety risk of inadequate roadway space to operate the asphalt laying machinery, equipment and personnel necessary to construct the roadway, and still provide constricted public vehicular access. To mitigate the one day loss of normal customer access, a parking, walking and signage plan will guide eastbound visitors to the Bartlett Parking Lot, and westbound visitors to the Knickerbocker Parking Lot.  In addition, Big Bear Blvd...

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