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Free Christmas tree, lights recycling offered in Citrus Heights

Through Jan. 13, 2017, Citrus Heights residents can take advantage of free curbside pickup of live Christmas trees.

According to the city’s general services department, Republic Services customers can recycle their trees by “cutting the tree into pieces to fit it inside the Green Waste Cart with the lid shut for pick up on regular Green Waste collection day.” Trees can also be…

by · December 28, 2016 · Community
An image from the front page of the Sunday Neighbor section of the Sacramento Bee from 1996, posted on the City of Citrus Heights Twitter page earlier this year.

2017 marks 20 years since Citrus Heights became a city, celebrations planned

January 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of Citrus Heights becoming a city, following a decade-long battle with the county beginning in the 80’s that concluded with an election victory in the 90’s when voters approved cityhood by 62 percent.

Plans for an upcoming year-long celebration of the city’s 20th birthday were presented in a staff report earlier this year to the city council. Items presented included a “block party” outside the new city hall, a 5k run, and a proposal for…

by · December 28, 2016 · City Hall, Community
A map outline showing where a proposed 261-unit development would be built in Citrus Heights. // Courtesy, Google Earth. *Boundary lines reflect tentative subdivision map submitted by Watt Communities. Accurate within 20 feet.

Watt Communities proposes huge 261-unit development in Citrus Heights

A 55-acre housing development and open-space park has been proposed to replace the golf course on Arcadia Drive in Citrus Heights, located near Sunrise Boulevard and Greenback Lane.

The 261-unit housing proposal, submitted to the city by Watt Communities last month, includes 76 new single family homes, 72 “cluster units,” and 113 “alley loaded units.” The development would…

by · December 25, 2016 · Community
Citrus Heights News Briefs: guns, hot dogs, knife call, holiday hours, retiree

Citrus Heights News Briefs: guns, hot dogs, knife call, holiday hours, retiree

Latest news briefs include Hot Dog on a Stick opening at Sunrise Mall, a councilman’s call of support for concealed weapons permits, another senior city staff retirement, a heavier-than-usual police response on Raintree Drive, and an update on holiday hours at city hall.

‘Hot Dog on a Stick’ now open at Sunrise Mall–
In a Dec. 19 post on social media, the franchise chain Hot Dog on a Stick announced the opening of its new location at Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights. The chain was…

by · December 25, 2016 · Community
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RT eyes alcohol ads for funding, launches survey for input

Should hard liquor and other alcohol ads be allowed on RT buses?

Sacramento Regional Transit has launched a four-question survey to answer that question, seeking feedback from the public on whether it should begin accepting alcohol ads on buses, trains, and stations.

The short, one-page survey asks questions regarding hard alcohol ads versus just beer and wine ads, as well as questions about the size and locations of ads.

by · December 21, 2016 · City Hall, Community
A Citrus Heights Police Department vehicle arrives with lights flashing outside Christ Community Church to deliver surprise gifts at a holiday party for children in group homes. // Photo courtesy, CHPD

Citrus Heights News Briefs: arrests, fire, lights contest, local politics

Latest local news briefs include results from a weekend DUI and drivers license checkpoint on Antelope Road, a commercial fire on Greenback Lane, Supervisor-elect Sue Frost naming her new chief of staff, a “Yard of the Month” winner announced for best Christmas light display, and a surprise gift delivery by Citrus Heights police officers.

REPORT: latest DUI checkpoint nets multiple arrests, citations–
A Friday-night DUI and drivers license checkpoint held on Antelope Road near Rusch Park stopped a total of 1,033 vehicles and led to three arrests and 10…

by · December 18, 2016 · Community
Christmas lights on display along Orelle Creek Court in Citrus Heights are among the best in the city. // CH Sentinel

10 top Christmas light displays in Citrus Heights

For those in search of the best Christmas lights in Citrus Heights, here’s a list of 10 of the top displays in town.

There’s likely no need to search any further than Orelle Creek Court for the best display of lights, where every home on the entire street is annually decorated with thousands of multicolored lights, candy canes, manger scenes and more. The dead-end court is located…

by · December 17, 2016 · Community
Newly seated Mayor Jeff Slowey reads a proclamation honoring outgoing councilwoman Sue Frost (right). // CH Sentinel

Citrus Heights News Briefs: new mayor, mortgage fraud, election certified

Latest local news briefs include a federal jury finding a Citrus Heights woman guilty of mortgage fraud, the selection of a new mayor and vice mayor for the city, and final vote count numbers from the November election.

Final vote count numbers for Citrus Heights election certified–
Sacramento County elections officials announced completion of the vote count on Dec. 5, with results now certified for…

by · December 11, 2016 · Community
VIDEO: Marching band surprises shoppers inside Citrus Heights Walmart

VIDEO: Marching band surprises shoppers inside Citrus Heights Walmart

With trumpets blaring and drums rolling, about 35 members of the Citrus Heights Community Marching Band filled the Auburn Boulevard Walmart with sounds of Christmas for about half an hour last weekend.

Surprised shoppers were seen stopping to listen or take video on their cellphones, making for an event that Band Program Director Kathy Cook calls one of her favorites each year…

by · December 10, 2016 · Community
Officer Dave Jones, left, joins a team in delivering Holiday Referral donations in 2013. Photo courtesy, CHPD.

CHPD seeks donations for annual ‘Holiday Referral Program’

The Citrus Heights Police Department, Police Activities League (PAL) and the City of Citrus Heights are again partnering with a variety of community groups and businesses to provide gifts to in-need families this holiday season.

The annual community effort specifically seeks to provide assistance to families residing in Citrus Heights “who have had a financial or other hardship in 2016,” Police Lt. Jason Russo said in a news release…

by · December 7, 2016 · Community, Police