Safety Notification

Two days ago a white van with a teenager and an older man were in our neighborhood knocking on doors asking to come in to demonstrate a household cleaning product. It was a scam and they were checking out homes for burglary. Someone in Pine Valley got suspicious and notified the police. The two were arrested later that day for outstanding warrants they had.

Our local police offer helpful recommendations for similar situations. Sometimes crews like this will use a young person or a woman to first ring your doorbell, since they will seem less threatening. Then after they have made contact with you, others may come to your door to try to get in. Police advise residents that you SHOULD respond when someone rings your doorbell. Otherwise, a thief may assume you are NOT HOME and may try to break in, thinking your house is empty. However, Police also advise that you do not need to open your door if someone comes to your door, just turn on a porch light, yell out “NO THANK YOU” or if you have a metal security door, open your wood door but not the security door. That way a possible thief knows you are there, and they will move on looking for a different home that is not occupied.

Also, be careful not to leave your garage doors open, this invites thieves as well.

Please keep in mind that our neighborhood is not a bad one–in fact we have less crime than most. However, this kind of thing does happen and we wanted everyone to be alerted to the incident.

We will have Pine Valley block meetings of the Neighborhood Watches starting soon. So neighbors, if you hear or see something suspicious, notify the police. If you are aware of any incidents, share them with your PV homeowners’ President, Philip Jolas at 303-770-1589, and he will pass the information on to the rest of Pine Valley.

Denver Digs

The Denver Digs Trees Spring Tree Distribution is an event brought to us by The Park People that offers low-cost or free trees to Denver neighborhoods. Trees beautify our neighborhoods, enhance property values, shade our homes, and help conserve energy. The trees offered may be planted along the street in the public right-of-way and on private property. The application time is from now until February 15th and the trees may then be picked up and planted on April 18th. They are only $35 each and those experiencing financial hardship may be able to obtain free trees. Please apply online at http://www.TheParkPeople.org or contact the Park People at 303-722-6262.

This is the final week for Christmas tree recycling, but residents must remember the following:

  1. Remove all decorations and the tree stand. NO artificial or flocked (sprayed) trees. Real evergreen trees only!
  2. Set your tree out for collection during the first two weeks of January. Simply set trees out near your normal trash set-out location by 7 a.m. on your trash collection days during the week of January 5 or the week of January 12. Your tree will be picked up by a special tree collection truck for recycling.
  3. Reclaim free mulch made from your tree at the annual Mulch Giveaway. The 2015 Mulch Giveaway is scheduled for Saturday, May 2.

Please, do not place trees in dumpsters or carts. Trees should be placed at least 2 feet away from all obstacles for collection.

For more information about Treecycle, the annual Mulch Giveaway and Compost Sale, or other Denver Recycles programs, please call 311 or visit us online at DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles.

As always, please be considerate of your neighbors and remember to remove snow from your walkways.

Christmas Tree Recycling

Denver residents can set their trees out for recycling from January 5 to 16, but need to do the following:

  1. Remove all decorations and the tree stand. NO artificial or flocked (sprayed) trees. Real evergreen trees only!

  2. Set your tree out for collection during the first two weeks of January.

Simply set trees out near your normal trash set-out location by 7 a.m. on your trash collection days during the week of January 5 or the week of January 12. Your tree will be picked up by a special tree collection truck for recycling.

  1. Reclaim free mulch made from your tree at the annual Mulch Giveaway. The 2015 Mulch Giveaway is scheduled for Saturday, May 2.

Please, do not place trees in dumpsters or carts. Trees should be placed at least 2 feet away from all obstacles for collection.

For more information about Treecycle, the annual Mulch Giveaway and Compost Sale, or other Denver Recycles programs, please call 311 or visit us online at DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles.

On a final note, please be considerate of your neighbors and remember to remove snow from your walkways.

Leaf Drop

The city of Denver is providing drop locations for leaf recycling. The nearest drop site is the Cherry Creek Transfer Station at 7301 E. Jewell Ave., and the cross streets are Quebec and Cherry Creek Drive South. They are open weekdays Oct. 1st – Nov. 30th, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. and weekends Nov. 1 -16, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free paper bags for leaf collection–as they are also recyclable–are available at participating Ace Hardware stores with a coupon. The coupons are available online at DenverGov.org/Leafdrop. Please note that they also recycle pumpkins after Halloween, too!

For more information, please feel free to call the Denver Events line at 720-865-6810 or Tom Strickland at 303-446-3409.

For those looking for a solution to unwanted raccoon visits, one of our neighbors has kindly offered a spray recipe that has worked for them. Mix lemon dishwashing liquid, tabasco sauce, cayenne pepper and ammonia together.

As always, we want to thank all of our neighbors who paid their dues since the picnic. If there are neighbors who still wanted to pay, please make the $25 check payable to Pine Valley HOA or the Pine Valley Homeowners Association and drop it off with the HOA president, Philip Jolas at 8622 E. Grand Ave.

On a final note, please share the info from the broadcast with your neighbors in case they aren’t on our phone system. If they want to be added to our system, please ask them to call your Pine Valley Homeowner’s Association President, Philip Jolas at 303-770-1589.