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December 2010

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City of College Station * Home of Texas A&M University ® * College Station, Texas * * * * * * *

Christmas Tree Recycling the other “Holiday Tradition” .......................

Continue the giving spirit after Christmas

by giving back to the environment. Recycle your Christmas tree by leaving it on your curb from Dec. 27 to Jan. 7. Recycled trees are either composted or chipped and spread through the parks. The chips help alleviate soil compaction caused by foot traffic, reduce soil erosion and provide nutrients to the soil. Trees must be set at the curb by 8 a.m. on your neighborhood’s brush day. Artificial snow, decorations and tree stands must be removed from the trees. If you don’t know when your brush day is, visit sanitation or call 979.764.3690. Celebrate a Greener Holiday According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the garbage produced by an average U.S. household increases by 25 percent during the holiday season. You can help curb this number by planning ahead and following these tips:

• Use reusable cloth tote bags when you shop. • Request that guests bring their own reusable containers to take home leftover food. • Try something reusable like bandanas, a scarf or a fabric bag to wrap your gifts. Use recyclable material such as old maps, posters, calendars or newspaper comics. • Do you plan to give a battery-operated toy or game? Consider including rechargeable batteries. • Sign up to receive your utility bill through e-mail. Visit to register today! Green Mini-Seminars Ahead Starting in February, the City of College Station’s Recycling program will conduct free “green” mini-seminars for the public. These informational workshops are a great place for residents and students to learn about the environment and green action.

For more Christmas Tree Recycling information, go to:

Signed up for recycling? College Station Recycling accepts clear glass, brown glass, No. 1 & No. 2 plastic, aluminum and steel food cans, white paper, phone books, newspapers, magazines and lead acid car batteries. For more information, visit recycle or call 979.764.6228. .......................

CITY CALENDAR Jan. 6, 20 >> 7 p.m. Planning & Zoning Meeting Jan. 13, 27 >> 7 p.m. City Council Meeting Jan. 1 New Year’s Day City offices closed For more city information, call 979.764.3540 or visit

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................................... Winter energy saving tips College Station Utilities offers these tips to help you save energy and money, this winter: January Seminar Supper Neighborhood Services is hosting a free neighborhood seminar supper on Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. at the College Station Conference Center. Erin Harris, the City of College Station’s sustainability coordinator, will speak about the Green College Station program. The seminar suppers are an ideal way for neighborhood and city leaders to forge relationships and gain greater insight into the community. For reservations, contact Neighborhood and Community Services Coordinator Barbara Moore at or 979.764.6262. ................................... Challenger Basketball registration Registration for Challenger Basketball, a program for special needs youth, is set for Jan. 11-21, with the season starting in early February. Open to young people from 5 to 18 years old, the program helps participants learn basic fundamentals of basketball while having fun, improving physical skills, and experiencing success in a safe and controlled environment. The format is tailored to individual needs. Project Sunshine, a Texas A&M service organization, works closely with the program and supplies volunteers who serve as coaches and mentors. The season consists of 10 days of activities and ends in mid-March. Activities will be conducted at College Station Independent School District facilities. The participation fee is $15 and includes a t-shirt and award. You can register in person at the Parks and Recreation Office located at 1000 Krenek Tap Rd., online at or by mail. For more information call 979.764.3424 or go to

• Lower your thermostat to 68 degrees to save on heating costs. • Replace your return air filter at least once a month. • Use space heaters for only short periods to “knock off” the chill of a room or small space. • Have your heater or furnace serviced to ensure that it is operating properly. • Check weather-stripping and thresholds on doors and windows and replace or repair when necessary. • Open blinds and shades during sunny days to take advantage of the sun’s natural heat. Close them on overcast days to hold in heat. • Set your water heater temperature at 120 degrees. • Fix leaky faucets and toilets. A hot water leak can waste both energy and water. For more information, contact the CSU Electric Services Department at 979.764.3660 or visit ...................................

Holiday fireworks safety Starting the New Year with a bang can be a lot of fun but if your celebration includes fireworks, the College Station Fire Department encourages you to stay safe and follow the law. Possession or discharge of fireworks within the city limits of College Station or Bryan, or within 5,000 feet of the city limits, is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $2,000. Fireworks users also should get permission from landowners beforehand.

The National Fire Protection Association discourages the use of consumer fireworks and encourages people to enjoy public displays conducted by trained professionals whenever possible. For more information, contact Bart Humphreys, College Station Fire Department Public Information Officer, at 979.764.3708 or Fireworks safety tips If fireworks will be part of your New Year’s celebration, follow these guidelines: • • • •

Always have an adult present Only buy from reliable fireworks sellers Only use fireworks outdoors Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks • Never give fireworks to small children • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place • Never throw fireworks at others ................................... Tennis registration opens Jan. 4 Registration for spring tennis lessons starts Jan. 4 with sessions beginning Jan. 17. The three spring sessions are Jan. 17-Feb. 10, Feb. 14-March 10, and March 21-April 14. The schedule is subject to a minimum number of participants being enrolled. Youth classes will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and adult classes will be on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Hallaran Tennis Courts at Southwood Athletic Complex. Quick Start, beginner, advanced beginner, intermediate and advanced classes are offered for youths, while adults can choose between beginner and intermediate/advanced classes. Registration is $70 for residents and $105 for non-residents. You can register online at, in person at the Parks and Recreation Office located at 1000 Krenek Tap Rd., or by phone at 979.764.3486. For more information, call 979.764.3442 or go to

Inside College Station - December 2010  

The December 2010 issue of the city's monthly newsletter includes articles about Christmas tree recycling, winter energy-saving tips, New Ye...

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