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
Citrus Heights Community Marching Band members play seasonal tunes during a flash mob performance at the Citrus Heights Walmart on Saturday. // CH Sentinel

Citrus Heights News Briefs: Flash-mob hits Walmart, tree lighting, store fire

Latest local news briefs include a commercial fire at Cost Plus on Sunrise Boulevard, a flash-mob performance by a marching band inside Walmart, nearly 1,000 attending the annual Citrus Heights Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, a local police-sponsored donation drive for at-risk kids, and an upcoming reception to honor two outgoing city leaders.

Metro Fire: bathroom fan started fire at Citrus Heights Cost Plus store–
Fire crews responded to an after-hours commercial fire on Tuesday night at the Cost Plus World Market store in Citrus Heights. Metro Fire Captain Michele Eidam said the cause of the fire was determined to be a bathroom fan, which she said caused minimal damage estimated at…

by · December 4, 2016 · Community
An archive photo of the rose garden at the old Citrus Heights city hall. // Community photo submission

Guest Opinion: The new city hall needs a replacement rose garden

Guest Opinion — On November 16, the City of Citrus Heights held a public meeting seeking input about possibly having a rose garden at City Hall. Unfortunately, few people attended.

When the city demolished the old city hall, the beautiful, geometric rose garden was lost. A show piece at Fountain Square Nursery, the formal garden was square, crossed by paths, and focused on a fountain in the center.

by · December 3, 2016 · Community
Citrus Heights Community Calendar: what’s happening in December

Citrus Heights Community Calendar: what’s happening in December

Looking for some seasonal activities around Citrus Heights this December? Local events and activities this month include several free movie showings, “Brunch with Santa” at Rusch Park, a holiday concert, and more.

Here’s a dozen events happening in Citrus Heights this month:

by · December 3, 2016 · Community
Mayor Jeannie Bruins addresses a standing-room-only audience of residents concerned about a new ARCO proposed on Sunrise Boulevard. // CH Sentinel

Residents pack out meeting to oppose new ARCO on Sunrise Blvd

A standing-room-only audience of concerned Citrus Heights residents filed into a small room at the new Citrus Heights city hall Monday night, eager to make their voice heard about a controversial proposal to build a new ARCO gas station and car wash at the corner of Sunrise Boulevard and Sungarden Drive.

The proposal was submitted by Barghausen Consulting last month and includes plans to demolish the existing multi-story office building and construct a 3,000-square-feet AM/PM convenience store, a 42-feet-by-110-feet covered area for eight gas pumps, and a small car wash…

by · November 30, 2016 · Business, Community
Mike Droter and his fiancee Jordan Lovas, in a photo two months after Droter was paralyzed in a beach accident in Hawaii. // Courtesy, Go Fund Me

Citrus Heights News Briefs: update on paralyzed man, cop support, shopping local

Latest news briefs include Citrus Heights police sending Honor Guard members to the memorial of a fallen deputy, a local report on Small Business Saturday, and an update on a local man who was able to return home for Thanksgiving after being paralyzed in Hawaii three months ago.

CHPD Honor Guard sent to slain deputy’s memorial–
On Tuesday, Citrus Heights police sent a motorcycle unit and several members of its Honor Guard to attend the memorial of Deputy Dennis Wallace, who authorities say was shot twice in the head at point-blank range in Stanislaus County earlier this month. Lt. Jason Russo said…

by · November 26, 2016 · Community
About a thousand people attended the Citrus Heights Tree Lighting ceremony in 2014, the last year the event was held at the old city hall location. // CH Sentinel

Citrus Heights Tree Lighting: 20th annual ceremony set for Dec. 1

The 20th annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in Citrus Heights will take place on Dec. 1, outside the newly completed city hall on Fountain Square Drive.

Monica Alejandrez, assistant to the city manager, said the 2016 event will feature the lighting of a newly planted 22-foot-tall coastal redwood tree, along with the usual mini train rides, light refreshments, and photos with Santa. The Citrus Heights Community Marching Band is also confirmed to be performing at the event…

by · November 23, 2016 · Community
Residents at the Park Oaks neighborhood association listen to a presentation by CHPD's K9 unit during their Nov. 17 meeting. // Courtesy CHPD

Citrus Heights News Briefs: police dogs, Tingle tribute, election updates

Latest news briefs include ongoing neighborhood K9 unit presentations, updated local vote count totals and election-related news, a new video honoring retired city manager Henry Tingle, and a $1,500 fine levied against San Juan’s “Yes on P” campaign.

CHPD brings K9 unit presentations to neighborhood meetings–
Police officers and their dogs have been making the rounds to various neighborhood association meetings this month to share about the department’s K9 unit. ..

by · November 20, 2016 · Community
A photo taken by a resident of wild turkeys in Citrus Heights, submitted during a prior "Turkey Shoot" contest. // Photo credit: SOAR neighborhood association.

Turkey Shoot: Citrus Heights neighborhood group launches 9th annual contest

Have a camera and live in Citrus Heights? If so, then one local neighborhood group says you can enter their 9th annual “Turkey Shoot” contest for a chance to win a frozen Thanksgiving turkey to take home.

Although the term can refer to hunting turkeys, this local “shoot” involves residents snapping photos of the feathered fowls and competing for who can take the best photo — and anyone in Citrus Heights can submit a picture.

“We’ve been doing it for years because there’s so many turkeys in our area,” said…

by · November 19, 2016 · Community
Metro Fire Academy recruits gather for training outside the old Sylvan Middle School, Monday. // CH Sentinel

Citrus Heights News Briefs: fire drills, plastic bags, veterans, election

Latest news briefs in Citrus Heights include a local Veterans Day ceremony held at Sylvan Cemetery, an update on local elections and the plastic bag ban, and Metro Fire conducting training in smoke-filled classrooms at the old Sylvan Middle School.

Metro Fire conducts training at old Sylvan campus–
Drivers passing by the old Sylvan Middle School campus this week may have seen smoke, fire engines, and fire crews on the roof or in classrooms. Although there was no emergency, Metro Fire confirmed its fire academy was conducting training on the vacant campus for 14 new recruits on Monday, which continued through…

by · November 13, 2016 · Community