Winter Parking

Guess what? December 1 is the beginning of no parking on the north side of the street. Twelve parking spaces disappear for four months.

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Fire Hydrants


If I was a dog then I would know where this is but do you and how many do we have on the street? Check your home insurance policy to see how far you are from one of these.

101 and 118 Victor Avenue – Our Ugly Bettys


Separated at Birth.

101 was once attached to 118 but was successfully separated and moved across the street. You can see remanents in the open space beside 118.

Remanent magnetism
(Physics) magnetism which remains in a body that has little coercive force after the magnetizing force is withdrawn, as soft iron; – called also residual magnetism.

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Angel stone was often used to hide brick.

Tree of Heaven


This tree found in our backyards is not worth saving. It is often called the weed tree and the following information gives more details.


DESCRIPTION
Tree-of-heaven, also known as ailanthus, Chinese sumac, and stinking shumac, is a rapidly growing, deciduous tree in the mostly tropical quassia family (Simaroubaceae). Mature trees can reach 80 feet or more in height. Ailanthus has smooth stems with pale gray bark, and twigs which are light chestnut brown, especially in the dormant season. Its large compound leaves, 1-4 feet in length, are composed of 11-25 smaller leaflets and alternate along the stems. Each leaflet has one to several glandular teeth near the base. In late spring, clusters of small, yellow-green flowers appear near the tips of branches. Seeds are produced on female trees in late summer to early fall, in flat, twisted, papery structures called samaras, which may remain on the trees for long periods of time. The wood of ailanthus is soft, weak, coarse-grained, and creamy white to light brown in color. All parts of the tree, especially the flowers, have a strong, offensive odor, which some have likened to peanuts or cashews.

ECOLOGICAL THREAT
Tree-of-heaven is a prolific seed producer, grows rapidly, and can overrun native vegetation. Once established, it can quickly take over a site and form an impenetrable thicket. Ailanthus trees also produces toxins that prevent the establishment of other plant species. The root system is aggressive enough to cause damage to sewers and foundations.

BACKGROUND
Tree-of-heaven was first introduced to America by a gardener in Philadelphia, PA, in 1784, and by 1840 was commonly available from nurseries. The species was also brought into California mainly by the Chinese who came to California during the goldrush in the mid-1800s. Today it is frequently found in abandoned mining sites there. The history of ailanthus in China is as old as the written language of the country.

http://www.nps.gov/plants/alien/fact/aial1.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ailanthus_altissima

Trees Gone




Missing Trees

Sorry to see the trees go at 92 Victor Avenue. These are the second and third trees to be cut down on Victor this month. A large tree was removed at the corner of Victor and Howland. It is sad to lose trees that create such an ambiance on the street unless they are the Tree of Heaven.

USE OF SALT THIS WINTER


Use Pet Safe Salt This Winter

Pet Safe Salt Is Better for Everyone
If you live in a colder climate where winter involves wind, ice and snow, you probably use salt on your driveway and sidewalks. There are probably also a few pet owners who walk their dogs past your property. But did you know that the salt that you’re using to de-ice your driveway and sidewalks can be doing damage to the pets that walk on it?

Read the Warnings
If you read the warnings on your traditional salt ice melters, you’ll see that they straight out say that they are dangerous for pets and children. So why would you want to put something so harmful out on the sidewalks where children and pets walk? That’s where pet safe salt comes in.

Pet Safe Salt
There are a number of pet safe salt products on the market now, one of the most popular being Safe Paw. If you use salt on your sidewalks, you might want to think about using a pet safe de-icer like safe paw rather than traditional ice melters. It makes better sense for the environment and it’s much safer for both pets and children

102 Victor Avenue

One former resident, Robbie, lived here and then sold this house and moved to another house at 14 Victor. The only resident I think who lived in two different houses on the same street.