Independence Day Celebration 2016

Duncanville’s

Independence Day Celebration

Monday, July 4th, 2016

The City of Duncanville invites you to bring your family and friends to its annual Independence Day Celebration!

TKasey 2015 4th July Paradehe day will begin with a parade sponsored by the Duncanville Lions Club, and will close with an evening of food, fun, and fireworks in Armstrong Park, where you’ll enjoy LIVE music, delicious food from local vendors, bounce houses for the kids, and the return of Duncanville’s traditional Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza!

Admission is FREE and open to the public, though wristbands will be required for entry into the evening activities.

PARADE
The theme of this year’s Lions Club parade is “Red, White, and We Serve.”
WHEN Monday, July 4th, 2016 (DELAYED 1 hour – was 9:00 am)
From 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
WHERE The parade route will begin on Wheatland Rd at Freeman St, heading west, turn north on Main St, and end on Main St at Freeman St.
ROAD CLOSURES Various closures will affect the Wheatland Rd & Main St area beginning at 7AM.
PARADE ENTRIES To participate in the parade, please register with Duncanville Lions Club at Duncanville Lions Club, Parade Entry, PO Box 381055, Duncanville, TX 75138, or in person at one of the following locations:

  • Chamber of Commerce, 300 E Wheatland
  • Red Bird Bowling Lanes, 1114 S Main
  • Ben Franklin Apothecary, 302 N Main
CONTACT For further information regarding the parade, call Lions Parade Chairpersons Don McBurnett (214-918-9981) or Kasey Cheshier (972-298-1147).

 

FOOD, FUN, & FIREWORKS
WHEN Monday, July 4th, 2016
Gates open @ 6:00 PM
Fireworks show @ approximately 9:30 PM
WHERE Armstrong Park (100 James Collins Blvd)
ADMISSION

Wristbands will be required for entrance to the evening festivities.

Starting June 15th, wristbands will be available upon request at:

The Duncanville Recreation Center (201 James Collins Blvd).

While supplies last. Limit 10 wristbands per person; must be 18 or older to pick up. If quantities remain, wristbands will also be available at the event.

SAFETY
  • Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • All bags and coolers will be subject to search upon entry.
  • The following items will not be permitted inside the park:
    • alcohol
    • glass containers
    • tents
    • canopies
    • umbrellas (other than handheld)
    • all animals other than service animals
    • fireworks
ACCESSIBILITY ADA-accessible parking will be located in the parking lot west of City Hall (203 E Wheatland Rd).
PARK CLOSURE Armstrong Park will be closed to the public in advance of the event, starting at 11:30 PM on July 3rd. Normal park hours will resume following the event.
SHUTTLE SERVICE Due to various street closures and limited parking, the City of Duncanville will offer a free shuttle service to and from designated remote parking locations before, during, and after the evening festivities. Two shuttle routes will be available:

  • A North route will pick up attendees from the Duncanville High School parking lot (900 W Camp Wisdom Rd) and drop them off at Efurd Properties (202 S Santa Fe Trail).
  • A South route will pick up attendees from the Costco parking lot (250 W Hwy 67) and will drop them off at the former Duncanville ISD Administration building (802 S Main St).
SPONSORS/ VENDORS Sponsors and vendors are invited to register with the Department of Parks & Recreation at 201 James Collins Blvd, or by calling 972-780-5070.
MEDIA All media welcome at the park entrance near City Hall (203 E Wheatland Rd). For further details regarding media coverage, please contact Dennis Quinn at 972-780-5053.
CONTACT For any questions regarding the Independence Day Celebration, please contact the Department of Parks & Recreation at 972-780-5070.

Weekly Book Spotlight

This week, I read a series of books titled “Black Tide Rising” by John Ringo. There are 4 books in the series and I’ll list them in order at the end of this post.

This series is about the Smith family, whose dad is a ‘prepper,’ plus he used to be Australian military. It starts out with news slowly beginning to spread of a weird plague that seems to make people incredibly violent and aggressive. If you’re thinking zombies, well, you’re almost right. In this story, people don’t become zombies after they die. Instead, they turn zombie before they die.

The main point of the story is Search and Rescue on the Atlantic Ocean. The Smith family gets the movement going and the rescue effort keeps getting bigger as they find more survivors to join their mission.

My two favorite parts: the character of Faith, who is all kinds of awesome, and a description of a tank trying to do a U-turn.

  1. Under a Graveyard Sky
  2. To Sail a Darkling Sea
  3. Islands of Rage and Hope
  4. Strands of Sorrow

 

2016 Candidates’ Forum

On April 21, 2016, the Duncanville Chamber of Commerce and Duncanville Rotary Club hosted the 33rd Annual Candidates’ Forum for Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees and City of Duncanville City Council and Mayor.

The series of five videos are presented below.

Video 1

Introduction
Helen Peralta, President 2015-2016
Rotary Club of Duncanville

Video 2

Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees
Tom Kennedy – Incumbent – Place 1
Joe Veracruz – Candidate – Place 3

Video 3

City Council Candidates District 2
Gwenda Joyce Lowe,
Steven E. Rutherford – Incumbent

Video 4

City Council Candidates District 4
Lorraine Hood-Jack,
Dr. Ron Dotson M.D. – Incumbent

Video 5

City Council Candidates for Mayor
Mark D, Cooks,
David L. Green – Incumbent

City Cleanup Crews Respond to Sanitary Sewer Overflow

City Cleanup Crews Respond to Sanitary Sewer Overflow

The Duncanville Public Works Department is currently undergoing clean-up, remediation of spill, and disinfection of a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) that occurred May 29, 2017, at 1314 Meadow Green and 1239 Greenway Drive, flowing into creek 3A29. This SSO event is a result of vandalism as well as the City’s aging infrastructure.

City Officials will continue to cooperate with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to meet their requirements for a discharge over their threshold limit of 100,000 gallons. Once the water overflow completely resides at the manhole locations, crews will begin taking laboratory samples at various points along the creek to ensure the water and environment are safe.  There has been no observation of any fish kills to-date.

Duncanville citizens should not be concerned when using water, as at no time was the City’s water system affected by this sewer spill. The City will continue to collect samples of the creek area for any contaminants or distress of marine life and to assure our residents that the area is safe. The public should avoid contact with waste material, soil, or water in the area potentially affected by the spill. If the public comes into contact with waste material, soil, or water potentially affected by the spill, they should bathe and wash clothes thoroughly as soon as possible.

For more information, citizens are encouraged to contact the Duncanville Public Works Wastewater Department at 972-780-4900.

Duncanville Celebrates First Virtual Reality Graduating Class

Duncanville Celebrates First Virtual Reality Graduating Class

The City of Duncanville proudly announces the first graduating class of EON Reality Entrepreneur School, the Nation’s only virtual reality school that is revolutionizing the way corporations do business and train personnel in North Texas.

Inaugurated in May of 2015 in Duncanville, the EON Reality School program consists of an Augmented and Virtual Reality classroom and a development lab with the latest in Augmented and Virtual Reality technologies. The program is aimed at developing the digital content workforce, specializing in Augmented and Virtual Reality. The course includes coding, 3D modeling, animation, design and development.

“The program is fast-paced, it teaches you the needed skills to get a job in the field,” said EON Reality graduate James Canada, “it’s an exciting new field with rapid advancements, no telling where the future can take it, the sky is the limit.”

Graduates were honored with a private reception in Duncanville where they received their diplomas.

Recruitment is already underway for the next class scheduled to begin May 1st, 2016. For more information, visit eonreality.com.

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