Citizen Input from March 2nd Town Hall Available

On March 2nd, 2017, the City hosted a Town Hall Meeting focused on the City’s budget process, where citizens in attendance had an opportunity to give their input on priorities for the FY 2018 budget. That input was collected and recorded by City staff, and compiled in a document available in PDF format (click here to download).

Major components of the feedback received were an interest in seeing more efforts in economic development, code enforcement, crime prevention and public parks.

PREPARATIONS CONTINUE FOR 2017 CITY OFFICERS ELECTION

The 2017 City Election will be held on Saturday, May 6th.

The slate of offices includes Councilmembers to represent At-Large, District 1, District 3 and District 5.  All registered voters in the City of Duncanville will have the opportunity to vote for the At-Large position. Registered voters residing in Districts 1, 3, and 5 will also have an opportunity to vote for their respective candidates.

Following is a list of Candidates:

  • Councilmember At-Large
    • Patrick LeBlanc | Todd Durant
  • Councilmember District 1
    • Matthew Jones | Dennis Schwartz**
  • Councilmember District 3
    • Leslie Thomas**
  • Councilmember District 5
    • Frances Rizo | Johnette Jameson**

**Denotes Incumbent

Anyone not currently registered to vote has until April 6th to register in order to cast a ballot in the May election.  Voter registration cards may be obtained at City Hall or the Duncanville Public Library.  For more information regarding voter registration, residents may contact the Dallas County Elections Department at (214) 637-7937.

Early voting will be conducted Monday, April 24, 2016 through Tuesday, May 2, 2016 at the Duncanville Library Conference Rooms located at 201 James Collins Blvd. as follows:

Monday, April 24th – Saturday, April 29th:                   8:00 a.m. –  5:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 30th:                                                                1:00 p.m. –  6:00 p.m.

Monday, May 1st – Tuesday, May 2nd:                            7:00 a.m. –  7:00 p.m.

Additional information regarding the upcoming election may be obtained by contacting the City Secretary at (972) 780-5017.

Staff reads

Judging by how few titles I have this week, it looks like the library staff needs some title recommendations. Can anyone help us out? Use the comments feature at the end of this post to tell us what you are reading.

 

 

The Imitation Game (dvd) starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley

This 2014 film is based on the story of British mathematician and cryptanalyst Alan Turing and his colleagues at Bletchley Park, who managed to break the codes of Germany’s Enigma machine (previously thought to be absolutely unbreakable), thereby shifting the balance of power in World War II, saving thousands of lives, and helping pave the way for the developments in computing technology of the latter half of the 20th century.

~ Dennis

 

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iBoy (movie)

This movie is about boy who after an accident finds that he has power. Then he helps a friend in need. It is also a book by Kevin Brooks. I partially read through the book and was excited when I saw this movie was coming to Netflix.

~ Emma

  History of Duncanville, Texas.

A little-known title to many, it covers Duncanville’s history up through 1976, when the volume was published.

~Hannah

Scythe by Neal Shusterman.

Imagine a world where a benevolent computer rules everything, and people can live forever…. In Neal Shusterman’s version, in order to prevent overpopulation, the scythes are charged with “gleaning” – aka killing. If you like teen dystopian novels, this is worth a try.

~Hannah

Staff reads

So we’ve almost got more TV shows than books this week. Actually, if you count the first title, we do have more TV shows. That first title is also a TV show (we’ve got it on order). But hey! Those TV shows teach us about other cultures and history! So they’re educational. And education is always a good thing.

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

 

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (Book 1) by Alexander McCall Smith

This is the story of the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to “help people with problems in their lives.” Immediately upon setting up shop in a small storefront in Gaborone, she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. But the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witchdoctors.

~Candace

 

We Will Not Be Silent : The White Rose Student Resistance Movement that Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman

Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie belonged to the Hitler Youth as young children, but began to doubt the Nazi regime. As older students, they formed the White Rose, a campaign of active resistance to Hitler and the Nazis. Risking imprisonment or even execution, the White Rose members distributed leaflets urging Germans to defy the Nazi government.

~Danene

Hitler Youth: Growing up in Hitler’s Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

By the time Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933, 3.5 million children belonged to the Hitler Youth. Susan Campbell Bartoletti explores how Hitler gained the loyalty, trust, and passion of so many of Germany’s young people.

~Danene

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This show is about a girl who is obsessed with K-dramas (Korean Drama). Then she gets sucked into the world of one of her favorite K-dramas. I was looking through Netflix for some foreign TV series to watch. I like this because it take a look into what might go on behind the shows.

~ Emma

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This show just finished its first season on NBC. I’m only up to episode 4. It’s about a bad guy who stole a time machine and is determined to sabotage America by changing its history. There’s also a team of good guys (which includes a historian) who are determined to protect history. So far, they haven’t been real successful.

The show was created by the same guy who created the show “Supernatural” which is now in its 12th season and has been renewed for a 13th. So I’ve got high hopes for this one.

~ Buffy the Netflix Watcher

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

The city will host a Household Hazardous Waste Collection event on Saturday, March 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Duncanville High School softball parking lot (on the west side of North Greenstone Lane).  Please bring your driver’s license and utility bill.  No vouchers are required.  Please see the attached flyers for additional information, or contact Solid Waste Coordinator Jessica Smith at (972) 780-4900.

People of Duncanville

Preserving Duncanville’s History

The Duncanville Public Library is looking for current and former Duncanville residents and City employees that would like to share their personal story with the community via a collection of mini-interviews to be published throughout the City’s communication channels. Inspired by Humans of New York, the Library hopes to capture and preserve the history, personality, and diversity of the community. Individuals from all religions, ethnicities, and ages are encouraged to participate free of charge. Interested persons should contact the Library’s Technical Services Librarian at 972-780-5097 or by email at holsen@ci.duncanville.tx.us.

You can read our very first interview here!

 

 

Staff reads

Sorry for the late post this week. I know y’all are just sitting around waiting for all week to see what we’ve been reading/watching. If anybody ever tries one of our recommendations, please let us know what you thought of it.

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

 

Over Dressed by Elizabeth L. Cline

This book takes a look into how we should really look into where our clothes are being made. Also that we should support thrift shops (i.e. charity shops, vintage and etc.) and ethically responsible companies (fairtrade/local). Learn the basics of sewing to update/upgrade those thrifty buys. Even though I am a newbie at this thing it has made me think of the buying and selling martials. So I encourage you go out there to find what inspires your sense of fashion, and what your values are.

~Emma

Beneath by Roland Smith

Above by Roland Smith

Pat O’Toole follows cryptic clues to find his big brother, Coop, who has become mixed up in a cult-like community living beneath the streets of New York City. This two-part book series is an edge of your seat page-turner!

~Danene

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The story starts out with a girl who has been lost for a long time. She then makes friends with some unlikely people. They gather around to hear her story of her adventure in the great wide world. This is a Netflix Original so you’ll only find it on there. I was scrolling through for something new to see. If you’re into sci-fi shows you might like this.

~Emma

Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime: Stories by J. California Cooper

In Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime, Cooper’s characteristic themes of romance, heartbreak, struggle, and faith resonate.  We meet Darlin, a self-proclaimed femme fatale who uses her wiles to try to find a husband; MLee, whose life seems to be coming to an end at the age of forty until she decides to set out and see if she can make a new life for herself; and Aberdeen, whose daughter Uniqua shows her how to educate herself and move up in the world. This was a really good book that I didn’t want to put down. I love this author’s style of writing.

~Candace

Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia

This is the last book of the One Crazy Summer trilogy. Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother Big Ma and her mother, Ma Charles. Across the way lives Ma Charles’s half-sister, Miss Trotter. The two half-sisters haven’t spoken in years. As Delphine hears about her family history, she uncovers the surprising truth that’s been keeping the sisters apart. But when tragedy strikes, Delphine discovers that the bonds of family run deeper than she ever knew possible. I loved this trilogy and would definitely read it again.

~Candace

Leverage (TV series)

A group of (semi) reformed thieves decide to use their criminal powers for good. They break laws in order to help regular people who get taken advantage of by those who have enough money to avoid the law.

[Bonus: one of the actors is from Dallas}

~Buffy the Netflix Watcher

Preserving Duncanville’s History

The Duncanville Public Library is looking for current and former Duncanville residents and City employees that would like to share their personal story with the community via a collection of mini-interviews to be published throughout the City’s communication channels. Inspired by Humans of New York, the Library hopes to capture and preserve the history, personality, and diversity of the community. Individuals from all religions, ethnicities, and ages are encouraged to participate free of charge. Interested persons should contact the Library’s Technical Services Librarian at 972-780-5097 or by email at holsen@ci.duncanville.tx.us.

Read more about the history of Duncanville.

You can read the first interview here!

City Conducting Smoke Testing on Wastewater System

In an effort to improve the quality of our wastewater collection system, the city has contracted with Burgess & Niple to perform smoke testing in various locations to detect breaks and defects in the sanitary sewer system. Over the next few days, you may see smoke coming from vent stacks on houses or holes in the ground. The smoke is harmless, has little odor, and creates no fire hazard. Crews may need to access sewer manholes in utility easements. Burgess & Niple personnel are uniformed and carry identification badges. You do not need to be home and at no time will field crews have to enter your home or business. Please see the map and flyers below for additional information on the smoke testing. Should you have any questions regarding this testing, please contact the City Service Center at (972) 780-4900 or Gerald Boman of Burgess & Niple at (512) 626-9485.

 

Staff Reads

Hello? Is this thing on? **taps microphone** Hello? Testing, 1.2.3. testing…. Okay, well, I’m going to pretend that everybody is on their way to the library or Overdrive or a bookstore to look for some of our recommendations. Or maybe y’all are writing up some recommendations of your own. That would be fabulous. Either way, have a great day!

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

 

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.

20 percent down, 80 percent to go. I’ve tried reading this before and faded out quickly; this time I’m finding the book far more engaging.

~Hannah

 

Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss.

I was pleasantly surprised to realize that this book is far more than a summary of Tim’s many podcast interviews; instead, it’s more like notes from those podcasts on the habits, tricks, and routines that one could take from those interviewees and try for oneself. Like all of Tim’s books except his first, this one is large; like all of them, it is much more of a reference work than a book to read straight through. I am looking forward to learning from it.

~Hannah

The Sun is Also a Star  by Nicola Yoon

Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate, not destiny, or dreams that will never come true. She’s definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him.

Daniel is the good son, the good student, living up to his parents’ high expectations. Never the poet or the dreamer. But when he sees her, he forgets about all that. Something about Natasha makes him think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of them.

This touching love story is beautifully written and is one of my new favorites. I could not put it down!

It is a New York Times bestseller, a National Book Award finalist, and a 2017 Michael L. Printz honor book. It is also in development for the big screen.

~Danene

A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia (DVD)

Wonderful, yet very disturbing, film about the vivisection of the Arab world by the WWI conquering powers, among them Great Brittan, France, and the US, et. al. T.E. Lawrence, a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia, did all he could to help make the conquering forces hold to the long-standing agreements and promises made with and to those Arab peoples to have self-determination of their own lands and not be cut up and usurped by foreign powers.

~Ron

Product Details Avatar (DVD)

This movie is about going to a planet of science and exploration. It also had good story line about treating people and the planet with respect. The graphics of the movie are awesome and out of this world. I remember seeing this movie when it was out (in theaters) and it set my imagination on fire.

~Emma

 The Shannara Chronicles (TV Series)

This show is about an ancient tree that is dying. Then there is a quest to go to “Safe Haven” to try to find the cure for the tree. Also the most unlikely of people cross paths to band together to safe the human (and unhuman) race. This TV series reminds me of little bit of “Lord of the Rings”, “Eragon” type of storytelling. I watched the first episode and have been hooked ever since.

~Emma

New Earth by Ben Bova

Several scientist/astronauts are sent on an 80 year mission to a planet that seems as habitable as Earth. They travel in ‘cold sleep’ and when they wake upon arrival they discover that the expected backup missions were never launched. Earth was mostly overcome by repeated, massive flooding.

~Buffy the Netflix Watcher