Toys for Tots Drive Going Strong, Despite Thefts
Donations for the annual toy drive are coming in steadily to each of our three stations, after a minor setback last month. Thieves have hit a number of local toy drive locations, including our La Selva Beach station, helping themselves to the toys in the bins. We have since stepped up our security around these bins, and advise donors to not leave their toys outside the station doors, but knock and make sure a firefighter takes the items inside. Our Admin Office is a good place to drop off, as we have staff there all day from 8 to 5. Thanks to the generous donors who have given their time and energy to make the holidays more cheerful to our disadvantaged local youth!
Second Harvest Drive Continues through December 1, 2014
Donations of non-perishable food are being accepted at all of our three stations, on behalf of Second Harvest Food Bank. To learn more about Second Harvest (including how to donate directly), visit www.thefoodbank.org, or call our local chapter at 831-772-7110.
Backyard Burn Season Begins December 1st
The annual backyard burn season for burning natural vegetation runs from December 1st 2014 through April 30th, 2015. Residents of one or two family dwellings (who meet the requirements specified) may obtain permits for backyard burning at our main Administrative Office at 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos. Burning will be allowed on permissive "burn days" only, as reported by the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District. For status on burn days, you can call the MBUAPCD at 1-800-CAL-BURN (225-2876).
The burn status number will list separate zones for burn days – all permits issued for the Aptos/La Selva Fire District are listed in the “COASTAL” burn zone. Also, there is a minimum size requirement of at least ½ acre on residential properties to be considered for backyard burn permits, and the pile size for burning has been raised from 3’ x 4’ to 4’ x 4’ sized piles (clearance requirements for these piles remain the same as last year).
Backyard burning that is done without permits, or on no-burn days will be subject to fines, where applicable. For more information on burn requirements, contact the Administrative Office at 831-685-6690.
Hours for December 2014
The Administrative Office at 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos, will be closed on the following days this month:
- Christmas Eve: Wednesday, December 24th
- Christmas Day: Thursday, December 25th
- New Years Eve: Wednesday, December 31st
And will also be closed in January on:
- New Years Day: Thursday, January 1st