first_imgThe scene of the turbine crash. Local residents are angryDD Exclusive: FAMILIES living beside a wind farm were in shock last night after turbines on a crash site were turned back on – without any consultation.North West Wind Ltd, whose shareholders include Crolly man John Gillespie, turned on the eight remaining turbines at the Loughderryduff site near Maas last night.A ninth turbine crashed in 80km/hr winds last Friday – a wind level below the ‘shut down’ limit set by manufacturers Vestas. The companies have admitted that they still don’t know what caused the accident which sent debris flying over a wide area close to a local road.Despite this, the remaining eight turbines were back operating last night.One local resident contacted Donegal Daily and fumed: “We thought the wind turbines would be off until some sort of announcement on the cause of the incident at the weekend was made.“They don’t know what happened, yet eight other turbines are back on. “Vestas and North West Wind need to make a public statement.“It’s not good enough for it to start generating power again and for local people to be left in the dark. In fact it’s outrageous.”Another woman who lives off the Tullies Road where the incident happened told us: “I drive past that site ten times every day and I am terrified that the one closest to the road will collapse some day and send a rotary blade crashing through my car.“We want assurances from Vestas that this won’t happen again.“I lost my breath when I saw the turbines back on again; we are living in fear.” Meanwhile county councillors who have backed a county development plan with no setback restrictions on future wind farms could not be contacted last night for comment.Real News – FIRSTFOLLOW THE LEADERhttps://twitter.com/DonegalDaily FAMILIES IN SHOCK AS WIND TURBINES AT CRASH SITE TURNED ON AGAIN was last modified: March 28th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Half-dozen local leaders receive `05 Arabian Awards

first_imgVAN NUYS – A half-dozen civic and public officials were honored Friday for community service as recipients of Justice Armand Arabian Leaders in Public Service Awards, given by the Encino Chamber of Commerce. More than 400 people attended the luncheon honoring Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich of Glendale; retired Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Ron Bergmann of Winnetka; philanthropists Jane and Bert Boeckmann, owners of Galpin Motors in North Hills; City Controller Laura Chick of Silver Lake; and U.S. District Court Judge Dickran Tevrizian of Pasadena. “These are a tremendous collection of outstanding individuals who have dedicated their lives to working for the public good,” said Arabian, a retired California Supreme Court justice for whom the awards are named. “They could have done many other things, but they decided to serve the public, and that’s what makes us proud of them.” In introducing Bergmann, who served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 32 years, including more than four years as commanding officer for the Valley, Arabian said, “When you see the door of a police car that says `To protect and serve,’ this is the poster boy for that message.” Bergmann thanked the group for the honor and added, “More than anything, the Valley is full of great people.” Antonovich, whose Fifth District includes the San Fernando Valley, said the field of public service “needs to have people who have the ability to say `no’ when `no’ is called for,” and with the strength to pursue ideas and goals without being discouraged by naysayers. And Chick talked about the potential for the city’s residents, noting, “We’re in an extraordinary time of opportunity.” Ruth Sepanian, 18, a graduate of North Hollywood High School, also was awarded a $1,000 scholarship at the event. She currently attends California State University, Northridge, where she is majoring in biology and aspires to become a doctor. Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 lisa.sodders@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The award honors public- and private-sector leaders who have demonstrated outstanding volunteerism and used creativity in enhancing the areas they serve. Tevrizian said it meant a lot to him to be honored by the Encino Chamber of Commerce. “This is the pulse of the Valley,” he said. “They are the buffer between government and the people trying to bring high-quality jobs to the city.” The Boeckmanns were honored for their philanthropic support of the community. Jane Boeckmann said she started Valley Magazine, for which she is editor-in-chief and publisher, in order to shine a positive spotlight on the San Fernando Valley – “to raise the image of the Valley – that there are people who not only have value, but are of value.” last_img