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December 24, 2012 | By Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times
A Christmas tree is a luxury if you're not working steadily, if you're stretching just to pay the rent and keep your children fed. Cayetano Hernandez, 50, works as a pool plasterer, which he can't do in the rain. It's rained so much and he's earned so little of late that without giveaways, his children - Wendy, 12, and Eric, 3 - wouldn't have opened any Christmas presents. An East Hollywood church gave his girl makeup, anti-acne cleanser, toothpaste and perfume, and gave his little boy toy cars and a big teddy bear.
December 21, 1993 | BERT ELJERA
Taormina Industries, a trash hauling company, will collect and recycle Christmas trees in the seven cities the company serves between Dec. 26 and Jan. 7. Residents of Anaheim, Brea, Placentia, Yorba Linda, Villa Park and the Garden Grove Sanitary District may leave their Christmas trees for curbside collection. All types and sizes will be accepted, including flocked trees. Tree stands, decorations and tinsel must be removed. Trees that are more than six feet tall must be cut in half.
December 9, 1989 | Associated Press
Hurricane Hugo victims will get 1,000 Christmas trees and the trimmings to go with them. Organizers said that the trees, relatively expensive in the South because they are shipped from colder climates, might be a luxury beyond the means of many victims of the hurricane that swept through South Carolina in September. Allegan County residents, tree growers and two companies teamed up to send two truckloads of trees to Charleston, S. C.
January 5, 1999
Hoping to take advantage of the lingering holiday spirit, the city Bureau of Sanitation is urging residents to help the environment by recycling their Christmas trees. There are a dozen collection sites throughout Los Angeles, open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. this weekend . All ornaments, tinsel and stands must be removed. Judith Wilson, director of the sanitation bureau, said the city hopes to recycle more than 100,000 trees this year.
November 13, 2005 | Ioan Grillo, Associated Press Writer
Mexico is stepping up control over imports of U.S. and Canadian Christmas trees to avoid foreign plant bugs, the Environmental Department said Friday. About 100 inspectors will be posted along Mexico's 2,000-mile border with the United States, scrutinizing the leaves and branches of the 800,000 Christmas trees expected to flow south this season, said Hector Gonzalez, assistant attorney general of natural resources.
Santa's Helpers Christmas Tree Express in Van Nuys makes the most of holiday themes, so Bob Crosby Jr. doesn't call himself president or chief executive. Instead, he's "Head Elf." Call him an elf or a president, but Crosby didn't think that he had the magic touch to make much money selling Christmas trees the old-fashioned way on vacant lots around the city. Crosby has been selling Christmas trees in Los Angeles for 12 years.
December 23, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
It's a Charlie Brown Christmas for Rhode Island's official Christmas tree. The 18-foot Colorado blue spruce lost its needles and died after Statehouse workers in Providence dried it with commercial fans and sprayed it with a fire-retardant chemical. The workers were following a stringent fire code enacted after a nightclub blaze in Rhode Island about three years ago killed 100 people. The state lifted a requirement Dec.
January 3, 1991 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
Throughout Orange County, thousands of Christmas trees have been collected and turned into mulch and chips, which will be used as ground cover and weed deterrent on trails and parks. In Costa Mesa, more than 3,000 trees have been collected and more are expected throughout the week in the city's first attempt at reclaiming Christmas trees. The Costa Mesa Sanitary District is running trees through a chipping machine and plans to use the chips for ground cover at Fairview Park.
December 21, 2004 | From Religion News Service
The Christmas tree remains a powerful symbol for many of us, a mandala of sorts, evoking emotions that can be traced through thousands of years of humankind and across many faiths. "Christmas trees probably add more to mark the period of 'peace on Earth, goodwill toward men' than any other product of the soil," says Ann Kirk-Davis, whose family has been raising and selling Christmas trees for generations.
January 6, 1994 | HUGO MARTIN
Responding to several house fires sparked by Christmas trees, Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon has recommended that all Christmas tree vendors in the city be required to warn buyers about the fire dangers of the trees. Alarcon made his recommendation Tuesday to the city's Board of Fire Commissioners and introduced the idea in the form of a motion to the City Council, which is likely to act on the recommendation by next week.
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