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Elk Grove kicks off spring cleaning program

Elk Grove kicks off spring cleaning program

ELK GROVE - Is there an abandoned vehicle in your neighbor’s front yard? Junk and rubbish left at the end of your street? A vacant home with overgrown weeds? If so, the City of Elk Grove wants to work with you.

Elk Grove’s annual citywide Spring Cleaning Program kicks off this week. As of Wednesday, City of Elk Grove’s Code Enforcement Department and a team of volunteers have begun combing every street in Elk Grove to tackle blight and nuisances throughout the City. Officers will be concentrating on properties with junk and debris, high weeds, inoperable or abandoned vehicles and safety hazards.

Code enforcement officers will work proactively with the community to look for code violations, and will educate property owners about the city’s Municipal Code to encourage voluntary compliance.

Fight the Bite student calendar contest winners announced

Fight the Bite student calendar contest winners announced

ELK GROVE - As part of Mosquito Awareness Week and informing the public about mosquitoes and diseases they transmit, the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District announced the winners of the 2011 annual Fight the Bite Design a Calendar Page Contest for students in grades K-12.

In an effort to have children learn about mosquito prevention, the contest encouraged kids to use art and creatively design a page promoting the "FIGHT the BITE" theme to inspire everyone to practice any or all of the District 7 D's of Mosquito Prevention.

"The contest was very successful and we are very impressed by the quality of the artwork" said District Manager David Brown. This year, the district received over 2,800 entries from both counties; this is in comparison to 2010 when 1,750 entries were submitted.

Mosquito Awareness Week kicks off April 24

Mosquito Awareness Week kicks off April 24

ELK GROVE - Mosquitoes and warm weather go hand in hand! The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District announces Mosquito Awareness Week April 24-30.

Elk Grove to kick off athletic shoe collection, recycle event April 18

Elk Grove to kick off athletic shoe collection, recycle event April 18

ELK GROVE - Local agencies are teaming up during Earth Week for a citywide recycling program aimed at keeping thousands of athletic shoes out of the region’s landfills.

Throughout April, the City of Elk Grove, Elk Grove Unified School District, Cosumnes Community Services District and Allied Waste will be collecting athletic shoes in various locations in the city, while educating thousands of local students about the importance of recycling and demonstrating an alternative to disposing used products in landfills.

The morning program will kick-off on Monday, April 18 at Foulks Ranch Elementary School at 6211 Laguna Park Dr., at 6:30 a.m. Beginning at 8:30 a.m., students at the school will be entertained and educated by the Team Green crew of Radio Disney who will perform their Team Green Rockin’ Recess assembly.

Elk Grove initiates new ordinance to protect city's trees

Elk Grove initiates new ordinance to protect city's trees

ELK GROVE - Trees are a tremendous asset to the City of Elk Grove, offering extensive social, economic, and environmental benefits. They are also a hallmark of the city’s proud heritage. Beginning this month, the City of Elk Grove is implementing a new plan that will help preserve and protect trees throughout the city.

A new tree preservation ordinance was unanimously adopted by the Elk Grove City Council this February. The new ordinance updates the municipal code to ensure Elk Grove’s urban forest is prudently protected and managed consistently with the community’s vision.

The city’s previous tree preservation and protection ordinance, carried over upon incorporation more than 10 years ago from the County of Sacramento, did not specifically recognize a variety trees that are native to the Elk Grove area that are part of the City’s historic and aesthetic character.

Cash for college scholarships available to high school seniors

ELK GROVE - The City of Elk Grove, in partnership with Allied Waste, is rewarding three $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors in the Elk Grove School District.

Scholarships will be awarded to seniors who exhibit a passion for protecting the environment. Every graduating senior is encouraged to submit an essay.

The application and essay rules can be found at your school career center or online. All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on April 15, 2011. For more information, please visit www.elkgrovecity.org.

Slideshow: Tornado in the Maxwell area

Slideshow: Tornado in the Maxwell area

SACRAMENTO - A tornado formed near the Colusa County town of Maxwell Monday.

Check out the tornado photos sent in from viewers.