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Tamarindo Talk

Despite the best efforts of the community and a protest at the Santa Cruz Municipality hearing in August that brought out townsfolk and the media, the Claro communications tower at Casa La Carolina, between Villa Verdes II and Los Sueños I condominiums, is up. Meanwhile, the daily La Nación reported on the possibility of electromagnetic radiation from the tower causing health concerns, citing numerous studies showing that exposure to this type of radiation may cause ailments such as headaches, depression, impaired immune and nervous systems and increased incidence of leukemia and other cancers. Health Ministry officials disputed this claim, however.

The annual Tamarindo Beach Marathon will take place Sept. 17, with four distance categories: 10 kilometers, 21 km, 30 km and the full 42.2 km. The big kickoff is set for 5 a.m. for the full marathon; the half-marathon begins at 7 a.m.

Race director Víctor López said, “This is the perfect race for passionate runners looking to enjoy an athletic challenge, yet at the same time take advantage of a beautiful destination to tour around. The Tamarindo Beach Marathon is also committed to the social well-being of the community; we wish to promote sports tourism, but we also want to demonstrate and set an example that engaging in sports is the best choice for a healthy lifestyle.”

The Playa Negra School is now offering a prekindergarten program for ages 1 to 4 as well as a grade school program for kindergarten through fourth grade. This bilingual school is an accredited homeschool program from the United States. For more information, write

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