Duncanville’s Kroger Completes Four-Month Remodel

On Wednesday, August 17, the Kroger located at 200 West Camp Wisdom Road hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of its latest remodel. The store now features new décor, improved deli, updated bakery, refreshed produce department, and enlarged pharmacy-waiting area.

Back (from left): Steve Lewis , VP of operations for the Kroger Dallas division; Jacob Coday, facility engineering project manager for the Kroger Dallas division; David Green, Mayor of Duncanville; Joe Miskimins, VP of merchandising for the Kroger Dallas division; Pete Loredo, assistant store manager for the Duncanville Kroger; and Sudhir Kayastha, assistant store manager for the Duncanville Kroger

Front (from left): Bethany Blankmeyer, district manager for the Kroger Dallas division; Jackie Kreda, real estate specialist for the Kroger Dallas division; Andrea Landry, store manager for the Duncanville Kroger; and April Martin Nickels, public affairs manager for the Kroger Dallas division.

City Honored with a “Duncanville Tower” in Italy

Duncanville’s Sister City, Monasterolo di Savigliano in Italy, has dedicated a special corner of its remodeled castle entitled “The Duncanville Tower.” The corner, located in the southeast tower of Il castello di Monasterolo di Savigliano, displays a movie about the City of Duncanville and the history of the Sister City relationship. A grand opening was held in June during Texas Senator Jane Nelson’s visit to Monasterolo di Savigliano.castello di Monasterolo di Savigliano.3 castello di Monasterolo di Savigliano.2

“It has been a great moment where we remembered the history of the Twin City Relationship and the big friendship between our cities,” said Marco Cavaglià, Mayor of Monasterolo di Savigliano.

In March of this year, Mayor Cavaglià visited Duncanville to reaffirm the partnership and friendship between the two cities. City leaders showcased Duncanville and held a reception at City Hall honoring Mayor Cavaglià and wife.

The history behind the Sister City relationship:
The relationship had its earliest beginnings in 1994 and 1995 through the friendship between Drs. Nancy and Cecil Wood (Dentists in Duncanville at the time) and Mr. Dario Crosetto (a Physicist formerly with the “super collider” and a native of Monasterolo di Savigliano, Italy).

The friendship blossomed into a semi-formal visit to Duncanville in 1997 by a delegation of Italians, including Monasterolo di Savigliano Mayor Antonio Prochietto. Under the leadership of then Mayor Ed Purcell, the City of Duncanville sponsored a reception at City Hall in recognition of the Italian guests.

In 1998, the Duncanville City Council passed a resolution supporting the “twin-city” (Gemelaggio, in Italian) relationship. In July, a delegation of 13 Texans including State Senator Jane Nelson, were led by Mayor Glenn Repp to Monasterolo di Savigliano to participate in a formal ceremony instituting the arrangement. Italian dignitaries attended the celebration.

In September 1999, a delegation of 39 Italians from all walks of life visited the City of Duncanville to formalize the Sister City program. During their stay, they were hosted by local citizens. A formal ratification ceremony was held at City Hall on September 28th with an exchange of documentation and gifts. Local dignitaries, including City Council Members and Staff, Duncanville Independent School Administration Officials, and the Honorary Vice Council of Italy participated. The visitors were treated to tours of local businesses, as well as a visit to the State Capitol, San Antonio, Galveston, and the Houston Space Center. They witnessed the Duncanville ISD homecoming parade as well as a football game.

Exchange visits to Italy and Duncanville continued from 2003 to 2006, where cities such as Venice and Lake Como were toured, and more memories were created.

Since these initial visits, there have been numerous personal exchanges between citizens of both cities while friendly communication continues to this day between families and young people in both communities.

The City hopes to renew visits to Italy in the coming years. Plans include establishing a committee made up of citizens and staff that would facilitate this opportunity to other Duncanville citizens.

USA National Floorball Championship comes to Duncanville

The Official 2016 USA National Floorball Championship takes place at the Duncanville Fieldhouse! Join adult and youth teams from across the nation beginning Saturday thru Monday, September 3-5th, as they compete in elite and recreational floorball games. Floorball is similar to ice hockey played with 5 players on each team and one goalie on the court at a time. Visit usafloorball.org for more information.

 

 

Citizen Input Needed for City’s Comprehensive Plan

Public Meeting Set for August 17, 2016, 7 p.m., D.L. Hopkins, Jr. Senior Center

What: The City of Duncanville will host a Community Wide Comprehensive Plan Meeting to proactively partner with the public and seek citizen input and feedback to develop the City’s first Comprehensive Plan. The plan is designed as a framework for guiding future development, redevelopment and community enhancement throughout the next 20 years and beyond.

The meeting will be an opportunity for citizens to participate in interactive exercises and discussion facilitated by the consultant, Freese and Nichols, Inc. The goal of the meeting is to walk away with a basis of understanding of what the community deems as important, issue identification, and to begin formation of the overall vision of the City.

Community participation through events like the Community Wide Meeting is vital for the comprehensive plan development process. For more information and to take the Comprehensive Plan community survey, please visit: www.DestinationDuncanville.com.

When: Wednesday, August 17, 2016; check-in begins at 6:30 p.m., meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.

Where: D.L. Hopkins, Jr. Senior Center, 206 James Collins Blvd, Duncanville, TX 75116

The meeting is being hosted in partnership with the consultant Freese and Nichols, Inc., which has offices around the country and throughout the State.

She got hired!

She used the library to find a new job.

She used the library to find a new job.

We have lots of regular patrons visit the library. Quite a few of them are here to update their resumes, search for job postings, and send in applications. Recently, Ms. Rayford found out she could stop sending in applications. While in the midst of filling out an application, she got a call offering her a job. She’ll be starting her new position next week and we couldn’t be happier for her.

Remember, you too can come in to the library. We have resume software, lots of books that have resume and interview tips, and plenty of computers. Our staff is always ready to get you started on looking for your next job.

 

Vacation Home Checks

Citizens On Patrol women membersThe Duncanville Police Department is pleased to announce a service to our community to reduce the opportunity for burglary and other residential crimes.

The Duncanville Police Department and Citizens On Patrol Program offers Vacation Home Checks. Vacation Home Checks are available to Duncanville residents taking a vacation or extended trip for more than 3 days but no more than 3 weeks. The patrol checks will occur as time permits and focus on the perimeter of your home.

Vacation Check Form

Library staff picks

We’ve got work to do. But somehow, we still manage to find time to read a book. Or listen to an audiobook. Or watch a movie. Or binge-watch a TV show. Or flip through a magazine.

We’d like to know what y’all are reading too! So, please feel free to let us know in the comments.

  Complete Krav Maga: the ultimate guide to over 250 self-defense and combative techniques by Darren Levine & John Whitmas

The latest craze in self-defense. Who wouldn’t want to know how to knock down an attacker?

~Stephanie

The Battle of Darcy Lane by Tara Altebrando.

It is a Junior Fiction book about bullying, not knowing where you stand with friends and foes and wanting to fit in. Once again I was attracted to it by the cover art and it turned out to be a good book. I would definitely recommend it to a young reader.

~Candace

  Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill.

It is about a young girl named Meena who is taken from her homeland in Africa by slave captors. She has to learn how to fend for/depend on herself. It is very hard to give a condensed summary of this book as it is long and steeped in history. It’s an amazing read that helps you imagine what slave life was like. This book was turned into a mini-series on the channel BET called “The Book of Negros” and that’s how I found out about the book. I recommend either one.

~Candace

Sanctuary: Season 1
Sanctuary (TV series)

It is about the extraordinary creatures that live on earth and the people who help them. Getting to join these people on their adventures to all four corners of the earth is thrilling. Are you ready for the adventure and to encounter creatures that you’ve only heard about in stories?

~Emma

  The 100 (TV series)

97 years after a nuclear war, a community of survivors lives on a space station. It is decided to send 100 teenagers to Earth’s surface to find out whether the planet is again habitable.

~a volunteer

  Cat Running by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Set in California during the Dust Bowl era. Cat is the fastest runner in her school, at least until a destitute ‘Okie’ family comes to town.

I started reading this to keep myself entertained while hanging out at DuncanSwitch this past weekend.

Library staff reads

Product Details Rise by Mira Grant

A collection of short stories set in the “Newsflesh” universe. Basically, it’s about a zombie apocalypse with the twist that human civilization DIDN’T completely collapse.

~Stephanie

Product Details Grimm (TV series)

This takes a spin on the Grimm fairy tales. What if what they wrote was the real deal? You think you might know your fairy tales.

~Emma

 Product Details Sweet by Emmy Laybourne

Laurel regrets accepting her friend Viv’s invitation to go on a luxurious celebrity cruise launching the trendy new diet sweetener Solu. She’s too seasick to even try the sweetener and she’s already completely embarrassed herself in front of celebrity host Tom Forelli–the hottest guy ever! Tom and Laurel notice the passengers acting really strange and the shocking side effects of Solu are exposed.

~Danene

Product Details
Collapse, by Jared Diamond, who also wrote Guns, Germs, and Steel.

Diamond seeks to answer the question of why various civilizations of the past vanished into antiquity, and what lessons we can learn from them (as well as from those that still survive) in order to avoid a similar fate for ourselves. His survey sweeps the globe and the timeline, covering societies past and present from places such as Easter Island, the Yucatan peninsula, the American southwest, Greenland, Japan, Rwanda, and Australia.

~Dennis

The Cookies & Cups Cookbook: 125+ sweet & savory recipes reminding you to Always Eat Dessert First
Cookies & Cups cookbook by Shelly Jaronsky

I’m always looking for a new nummy recipe. Regardless of the title, I’m probably going to try the “Essential Blueberry Streusel Muffins.” Nom, nom.

~Stephanie

PokémonGO

Some of the staff (and staff-in-laws) are playing this. We also are a PokeStop.

Library picks

Here’s what the library staff are reading this week… You may notice we’re a bit short on staff members this week. It seems some of them were too busy reading to actually tell me the titles. Silly bookworms!

Use the comments to tell us what you’re reading.

  Smallville (season 4)

It was the weekend of July 4th. What’s more American than Superman?

~Stephanie

When by Victoria Laurie. It’s about a teenage girl who can see death dates on people’s foreheads, but the question is, can she do anything to change them? It’s a good mystery with drama and suspense. I liked it a lot.

~Candace

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia. A junior fiction book about 3 young sisters who live in Brooklyn, New York. They travel to Oakland, California to visit their mother who abandoned them and along the way meet a lot of different characters. It’s a coming of age trilogy; a fun book that definitely take you on a journey.

~Candace

  View from the Cheap Seats, by Neil Gaiman. This is only the second book by Neil Gaiman I’ve read, but I love his writing and have become fond of his blog. So being able to read all of these “selected nonfiction” pieces is enjoyable. Recommended.

~Hannah

  The Secrets of Attraction by Robin Constantine

I love a fun teen summer romance novel that’s a quick read!

~Danene

  Creativity, Inc. : overcoming the unseen forces that stand in the way of true inspiration, by Edwin E Catmull. The book was  a recommendation from a tech podcast that I listen to. When reading this book you will get a glimpse of behind the scene at Pixar Animation. Also the creative process and the struggles that they went through to become what they are today. It was a wonderful read to get some new fresh ideas.

~ Emma

Council Seeks Citizens to Serve on City Boards & Commissions

The Duncanville City Council is currently accepting applications from citizens interested in volunteering their service on one of the City’s boards or commissions. To be eligible to serve, one must be a resident of the City of Duncanville, and not be in arrears on City of Duncanville ad valorem taxes or fines or fees.

Applications are being accepted for the following Boards and Commissions:

  • City Planning & Zoning Commission
  • Zoning Board of Adjustment
  • Parks & Recreation Advisory Board
  • Library Advisory Board
  • Sign Control Board
  • Duncanville Community & Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC)
  • Keep Duncanville Beautiful Board
  • Duncanville Community Multicultural Commission
  • Duncanville Social Engagement Partnership
  • Tri-City Animal Shelter Advisory Board
  • Civil Service Commission
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Duncanville Community Economic Development Corporation members at the 2016 Boards & Commissions Banquet.

Applications will be accepted thru July 15, 2016. Following the application deadline, each applicant will be contacted to schedule a brief interview with the City Council. Appointments to the Boards and Commissions are then made in August by the City Council.

Anyone interested in serving is encouraged to forward a completed application no later than July 15, 2016 to Mary Jones, City Secretary, P.O. Box 380280, Duncanville, Texas, 75138-0280; or to mjones@ci.duncanville.tx.us; or in person at City Hall, 203 E. Wheatland Road.

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Applications may also be obtained at City Hall. For more information, please call 972-780-5017.