In extreme cold weather, you should always keep your cell phones on your body. Do not leave them on the dash of your vehicle or in your purse, even if they are charged 100%. The cold weather will reduce your cell time down to 30 seconds or less.
I have read several Nextdoor postings that homes in our neighborhood are being targeted by a group of teenagers ringing doors and pounding on doors and windows at night. If this happens, please report it to the police so this will stop!
In the meantime, have you seen the 9PM checklist from the OKC Police Department? Every night you should review this list to keep your family and property safe. Keep an eye on your neighbor and if you see their garage door open, call them and let them know. The crime patrol does not have everyone’s contact information, so we can only notify the ones we have. Please send me a note with your contact information and I will update our records. We do not share this information with anyone. Only trained patrollers by the City of Oklahoma have access to your numbers in case of emergency.
The December holiday season marks a time for parties, poinsettias and presents under the tree. Instead of tossing it all in your Big Blue trash cart, try recycling instead. Here’s a list from the City of Oklahoma City that shows what’s naughty and what’s nice for our recycling stream.
Each of these items can be recycled as part of the City’s recycling program. Put them loose in your Big Green recycling cart, and make sure you empty and clean any item that has had food or liquid. Do not put items for recycling in plastic bags, and do not put plastic bags in your recycle cart.
Plain paper holiday cards
Cardboard boxes and wrapping paper tubes
Plain, brown wrapping paper and plain paper gift bags
Glass bottles and jars (empty, clean, and dry)
Aluminum foil products, steel fruit and vegetable cans (empty, clean, and dry)
Plastic drink bottles (empty)
These items are not accepted in the City’s recycling program. Instead, toss them in your Big Blue trash cart, or compost them, if appropriate.
Wrapping paper, crepe paper and gift bags
Christmas lights, tinsel, ribbons, and bows: These “tanglers” get caught in our equipment and delay production. Toss them in your Big Blue, or re-use ribbons and bows another year.
Plastic bags and wrap, including bubble wrap, cling wrap and shipping packaging
Paper plates, cups, and napkins
Shipping peanuts and protective foam
Stockings, tree skirts, that ugly Christmas sweater, or any other clothing, sheets or blankets
Christmas trees – real or artificial – Put your Christmas trees out for monthly bulky waste collection or call the Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation Department at (405) 297-3882 to ask about their mulching program.
Wreaths and greens – Compost your greenery and wreaths, or bag them and put them in your Big Blue trash cart.