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.
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!
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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.
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).
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.
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:
Save as much as 20% in energy costs as the trees mature
Increase the resale value of your property by as much as 15%
Retain water and soil moisture and reduce the need for irrigation
Prevent erosion and reduce runoff
Provide habitat for native song birds and backyard pets
Absorb and take up CO2 within the fiber of the tree
Reduce CO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants by cooling human environments with shade and through evapotranspiration of the leaves
Reduce stress and anxiety
Bring people together, both through the planting of trees and the gathering around and under them
Expand your daily living area into shaded outdoor areas
Add beauty to your surroundings
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.
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.
You can read more about Little Free Library and find our location on their map. Marti and Kathleen will be the Stewards, and you may contact Marti with any questions or concerns.
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.
A HUGE Thank You to all the volunteers who spent their Saturday trimming the rights-of-way along our streets to make it safer for drivers and pedestrians. We gathered 30 trailerloads of vegetation to be chipped and hauled away by PCDOT.
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.
Redevelopment of the Catalina Foothills Lodge
The large parcel of property on our western border will most likely be redeveloped within the next few years. The preliminary plans call for a shopping area, a small hotel, a number of townhouses, and, possibly, a senior care center. Currently, a portion of the property contains the former Catalina Foothills Lodge, which is now rental apartments. The owners have received approval from Pima County to amend the Comprehensive Plan, but have not submitted a rezoning request.
There have been no changes in the process since December of 2014, when the Comprehensive Plan was amended. We will keep you apprised of any changes that take place.
The large crest on the saguaro on Canyon View Drive met its demise in the waning days of June, 2017. Crested saguaros are rare, and we were privileged to have this one grace our neighborhood for so many years. Birds nested in it and feasted on its flowers and fruit. Further proclaiming her individuality, she bloomed twice each year - in the spring and again in November. She left us her arms, three of which are producing crests of their own. May her legend continue!
Farewell to the Beautiful Fan Crest!
Household Hazardous Waste Collection
The next neighborhood collection of household hazardous waste will be on
If you’re going out of town and need someone to water your plants, call one of these neighbors:
Krista & Summer Westmoreland, 544-4735
Nathan Swisher 465-0545
Diane Ensign, 825-7273
Lori Williamson, 661-5113
October 28 - Annual Picnic, noon, 171 E. Yvon Dr.
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.