If you or someone you know is using poison to get rid of packrats or other pests, please reconsider! I will be happy to share information on alternative approaches to the packrat problem, which I know is a huge headache for some of us. However, poisoning the food chain is not the answer, and I beg all of you to please refrain from using poisons if you are considering this route. If you have already laid out poisons, please remove them.
Get in touch with the Pima
County Sheriff’s Department
All Emergencies 911
Information Line 351-4600
Non-Emergency - 351-4900
Foothills District 351-6311
Terrorism Tips Line 351-TIPS
Animal Complaints 724-5900
Dust Violations 724-7400
Illegal Dumping Hotline 724-7400
Graffiti Abatement 792-8224
Pima County Road Conditions 547-7510
Zoning Violations 724-9000
to the Oracle Foothills Neighborhood Association website. Oracle Foothills Neighborhood encompasses approximately 275 homes situated in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains on the north side of Tucson, Arizona. Close to the city, yet out in the country, wildlife and native plants characterize this eclectic and interesting neighborhood. We urge you to get involved in your neighborhood and help make it an even better place to live!
Welcome . . .
Do you need a pool person? Maybe someone to clean up your yard? Are your drains clogged? Perhaps you’re looking for a housekeeper. We have the answers!
CHECK OUT THE
Nature shots from around the neighborhood can be found on the PHOTOS pages.
P.O. Box 35783
Tucson, AZ 85740
Webmaster Carole DeAngeli
caroledeangeli at gmail dot com
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Do you want to feed the hummingbirds?
We are lucky to have hummingbirds here year around, and it is a great joy to see them feeding just outside your window.
Attracting these little birds is quite easy. Just buy any one of the commercially available feeders, fill with a simple syrup solution and wait for the show.
Here’s the recipe for the nectar:
The ratio of water to sugar is 4:1
(i.e. 4 cups water, 1 cup sugar)
Bring the water to a boil, stir in the white sugar (not brown or raw, not honey). Return solution just to a boil and remove from heat. Allow to cool. Fill feeder. Refrigerate any unused portion.
Important: DO NOT ADD FOOD COLORING!
Before refilling the feeder, clean it with a mild solution of bleach and water. Rinse thoroughly. Please remember to change the nectar often in hot weather. Never let mold form. Spoiled nectar can be injurious to hummingbirds.
Report it promptly - anywhere in Pima County - to 792-8224 or fill out the online form. You can also download a free app for your smart phone - either Android or IPhone from your app store.
Read more about Pima County’s Graffiti abatement program, TAAG.
Don’t assume someone else will report the graffiti. Getting graffiti removed as soon as possible is important for reducing the negative impact to the community and to reduce the possibility of future tagging.
Check the website above for reporting graffiti in other jurisdictions (Tucson, Oro Valley, Marana).
Senator Jon Kyle
U.S. Congress, District 2
State of Arizona
Arizona Legislature, District 9
Pima County Board of Supervisors, District 1
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European honey bees (Apis mellifera) are extremely important pollinators. In Arizona, most, if not all, honeybees have been Africanized, which means they have interbred with a highly aggressive strain. These bees can be dangerous if disturbed around their nest. You should prevent them from nesting in or around your home by sealing all possible entrances, no matter how small. If you think that a hive has been formed in your house or nearby, please call a responsible beekeeper who will not kill the bees. In the spring, it is not uncommon to see large colonies of bees on the move, looking for a new place to nest. These ‘swarms’ may stop to rest temporarily in a tree or other structure. You don’t have to be concerned about them unless they choose to nest in your house. Also, bees out foraging on flowers or near water are not dangerous. If bees have taken over your hummingbird feeder, change the type of feeder you use. A saucer-type, as pictured to the left, will not allow the bees access to the nectar, so they will not bother with it.
Native bees, of which we have many, are not dangerous in any way.
Trees for Tucson
There have been recent changes to the Tucson Clean & Beautiful Trees for Tucson program.
Trees are now available for order for $20 ($25 for fruit-bearing trees) and that includes delivery. There is no limit and no planting restrictions. To order and for more information click here.
Trees for You
Tucson Electric Power customers can order discounted trees directly from TEP. They are $5, but there is no delivery. They can be picked up from a cooperating nursery. Click here to order.
The Power of Shade Trees
Planting and maintaining desert trees to shade your home provides many benefits:
Get out and plant your shade trees today!
Nextdoor is a neighborhood message board that allows you to communicate not only with all Oracle Foothills members, but also members of 27 nearby communities - over 2000 people in all. This is a quick and easy way to notify neighbors of a lost pet, post an event, list an item for sale, make recommendations, notify neighbors of a crime or public safety issue, and more. It’s easy and free to join. Just go to Nextdoor Tucson and sign up. You can adjust settings to receive fewer or no emails.
Contact Carole DeAngeli if you have any questions or concerns.
A video featuring our famous neighborhood saguaro and her owner
Rob Boone Photography
2018 OFNA Officers
And Board of Directors
President - Robert Bolton
Vice President - Lisa Meder
Secretary/Treasurer - Jay DeAngeli
John Battaile Leo Roop
Delann DeBenedetti Scott Ruth
Bente Jensen Tom Scarborough
Stephanie Morrison Mary Jo Schwartz
Diana Ossana Joan Scott
A Little Free Library has Arrived!
Be sure to stop by the Triangle Park at the corner of Genematas and Canyon View Drives and check out the newest addition.
The Little Free Library was donated by Marti Kuykendall and her daughter, Kathleen Garrison. It was mounted by Jay DeAngeli, and installed by Jay and Angelo Dellacona.
As residents of unincorporated Pima County, Oracle Foothills residents have their choice of garbage and recycle haulers. There is wide range of prices among the carriers. A recent poll of residents found:
RAD (Right Away Disposal) - Pickup for trash and recycle is Thursday. Rate is ~$42/3 months, no add-on fees, no start-up fee.
WM (Waste Management) - Pickup for recycle is Wed., Trash is Thurs. Huge range of prices from $66 to $263/ 4 months. Start up fee, fuel and environmental add-on fees, annual rate increases. Will meet competition’s prices if you ask.
AzSS (Arizona Sanitation Services) - Recently purchased by RAD. Pickup day for both trash and recycle is Tuesday. Introductory offer is $66/4 months. After 1 year, rate goes to $84/4 months. No add-on fees.
Republic - Pickup is twice weekly. Rate is ~70-110/3 months. Add-on fees, regular rate increases.
Mail Delivery Issues?
If you have any problems with your mail delivery,
Contact Casas Adobes P.O. 520-531-0695
Report Mail Theft to 911 and also to the
For information on crime and crime prevention in Oracle Foothills, go to our CRIME tab. Here you will find information on types of incidents, tips on preventing crime in and around your home, and Neighborhood Watch information.
An even more up-to-date look at crime around Tucson can be found at www.crimereports.com If you input your address, the map will go to your neighborhood and show recent incidents. Sign up to receive weekly reports. These reports are updated daily from the police agencies.
Help make your neighborhood safer from crime - Join NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH! Contact Area Leader for Oracle Foothills - Carole DeAngeli
Remember to call 911 for any suspicious incident.
Check out our beautiful new entry sign at the corner of Canyon View and 1st Ave! Neighborhood resident Ed Muren is the artist who created the sign.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection
The next neighborhood collection of household hazardous waste will be on
February 13, 2019
5650 N. Maria Dr.
Please check the list of acceptable items
Keep quantities small
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The OFNA Board of Directors meets quarterly. The next meeting is January 14, 2019,
5702 N. Genematas Dr.
Minutes of the most recent meeting, held on September 15, are available here.
Illegal dumping is a continual problem in our neighborhood.
Help make violators responsible for their actions…
Report illegal dumps to PDEQ online or by calling (520) 724-7400 Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm or (520) 622-5800 (24 hours/day).
Never approach an illegal dumper.
If you see illegal dumping activity in progress, report it immediately by calling 911. Then call PDEQ with location, license plate number, vehicle description, or other identifying information.
Read more about ILLEGAL DUMPING
P.O. Box 35783, Tucson, 85740
Pima County recently completed a crack sealing process on our streets, and then a fog coating of tar.
This is a great improvement, but not a long-term solution. Eventually the streets will have to be ground up and re-laid.
Potholes and other street problems should be reported to:
Vacation Watering Service
If you’re going out of town and need someone to water your plants, call one of these neighbors:
Neighborhood Watch Meeting
The Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting and Neighborhood Watch meeting was held on Saturday, September 15th, at 665 W. Roller Coaster Rd. Neighbors were brought up to date on activity over the past year, and plans for the upcoming year. The Neighborhood Watch Area Leader gave a rundown on crime. A new board of directors was elected. Everyone was invited to the Annual Picnic, and raffle prizes were awarded. Click here for the minutes.
Thanks to all who attended!
This week we learned that the Catalina Foothills Lodge, which has been on the market for several years, has sold. There's very little information available at this time. According to two reliable sources, the new owner does not plan to make major changes to the property. They are not requesting zoning changes, at least not yet. According to Pima County planners, the new owners plan to improve the existing apartments and casitas, and build some single family homes. Another source says they might consider a restaurant in the portion zoned CB-1.
This once posh resort has turned into run-down rental housing. Approximately half of the property is developed. Access is currently only available from Oracle Road onto West Yvon Dr. The lodge does, however, own vacant properties that abut N. Genematas Dr.in the 5200 block. We also know that the Lodge buyers have approached homeowners in the 5400 block of N. Genematas attempting to buy their property to gain access to a large undeveloped parcel to the west.
As you can imagine, OFNA is rather skeptical that this is the extent of the plan for this large property. Until the owners submit plans to the county or contact us with their plans, we will not know anything else. We are asking all neighbors to keep an eye out for construction activity or any other unusual activity such surveys.
For more details, please see the Catalina Foothills Lodge article on our ISSUES page.
Catalina Foothills Lodge Sale
It was a blast!
Thanks to all who helped make the Neighborhood Picnic such a big success!
And thanks to all the neighbors who came out and enjoyed good food and good company!