News in Brief for the Costa Blanca South area

News in Brief for the Costa Blanca South area
ORIHUELA SPECIALITIES: Local dates and oil from olives inside the palm forest Photo credit: Orihuela city hall

Local crops ORIHUELA’S palm trees are producing two varieties of “exceptional” dates which will be marketed under the Oriol and Bolica names.  Meanwhile, olive trees inside the palm forest have produced top-quality oil which is not yet on sale, but has been bottled for promotional purposes, city hall explained. 

Not now ELCHE’S animal protection shelters are turning down the usual spate of requests to adopt dogs and cats, particularly pedigree puppies and kittens, before Christmas.  They know from experience, one said, that once the holiday season is over, they will see scores of abandoned animals in January and February.

Too narrow IN order to connect both areas, the much-used CV-95 road linking Orihuela with Torrevieja should be twice as wide despite opposition from environmentalists, declared Mario Martinez, president of Orihuela’s Chamber of Commerce.  Negotiating a daily 9,269 vehicles, drivers take up to 60 minutes to make the 35-kilometre journey.


Life savers POLICIA NACIONAL officers from Elda-Petrer saved the life of a visibly-agitated man seen walking along railway lines in the Bolon neighbourhood.  On locating him they failed to convince him to leave the track, removing him moments before a train arrived, later transferring him to hospital on medical advice.  

Safe to cross TORREVIEJA town hall installed a traffic light at the Avenida Desiderio Rodriguez and Calle Mar Menor intersection, the scene of several road accidents.  In the worst and most recent incident, a Spanish tourist aged 72 and his wife of 69 died after they were run down last August.

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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