Back to School Bash

Join the Duncanville Parks and Recreation Staff for an afternoon of fun, on August 6th, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. It’s an end of summer party with bounce houses, games, prizes, and lots of fun! The event will take place at the Duncanville Parks and Recreation Center, located at 201 James Collins Blvd. It is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Recreation Center at 972-780-5070.

Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for Thrush Avenue Area

In our continued effort against the West Nile Virus, the City of Duncanville has authorized the Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) to conduct ground spraying against mosquitos on Thursday, July 28, Friday, July 29, and Sunday, July 31, in the Thrush Avenue area from 9 p.m. thru 5 a.m., weather permitting. A positive mosquito trap pool for the West Nile Virus was reported by the County in this area.

Residents living near this area are encouraged to remain indoors and bring their pets inside during spraying. City Staff will continue to monitor areas where mosquito breeding is mostly like to occur. To prevent the spread of mosquitos, residents should remove all areas of standing water and report all pools that are not well maintained and abandoned homes where mosquitos are likely to breed to the Health and Code Enforcement Department. Everyone should continue to protect themselves against the West Nile Virus by using insect repellent containing DEET. Citizens are also encouraged to remain indoors during dawn and dusk, when mosquitos are most active.

For more information on the scheduled ground mosquito spraying in Duncanville, contact the City’s Health Inspector at 972-740-1163.

CLICK HERE TO SEE MAP.

Library Staff reads

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.

Once Dead by Richard Phillips

A prequel to the “Rho Agenda” series. The series is a blend of sci-fi and thriller. One of the main characters, Jack, is exceedingly good at not dying. This book explains why.

~Stephanie

 

The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook: what to do when help is not on the way by James Hubbard

Lots of practical first aid tips and common sense. Also debunks some medical myths. Very easy to read.

~She Who Shall Not Be Named

Cedar Cove (TV Show)

The show is about small town life and the people that make up the town. It is also based on a book series by Debbie Macomber. I watch it because I was looking through Netflix for something to watch.

~Emma

 

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses because the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden. Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family who are involved in the thriving black market.

~Danene

Gilmore Girls Season 7

I missed a lot of episodes in the last season so it was great to finish the series.

~Danene

 The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

 

I watched this movie over the weekend and I wanted to see how it compared to the original book.

 

~Stephanie

The Gunslinger by Stephen King

This is a very weird book. The setting can be off putting with a blend of old west and modern times combined in different worlds.

This is the first in the Dark Tower series and is being made into a movie. My rule is to always read the book before watching the movie. The movie is almost never as good as the book and I’m looking forward to see how movie makers make the weird series of events in this book unfold.

~Stunt Clerk #3

The drawing of the three by Stephen King

I’m glad I persevered through the first book and I do have to say that I’ve tried many times over the years to read that book. The second book is a faster pace and much more interesting and the jumping between worlds isn’t as off putting because I stayed the course and read the first book to get a good understanding on how the story is starting to unfold. This story is now at the point where the characters are alive in my imagination and I’ll hate to finish reading about them. I’m now looking forward to finishing the Dark Tower series.

~Stunt Clerk #3

The art of raising a puppy by Monks of New Skete

 

This is an oldie but goodie full of sound advice on how to raise a puppy. This is the book I go to when I want to review how to train a dog.

 

~Stunt Clerk #3

Cesar’s rules: your way to train a well-behaved dog by Cesar Millan

This book is easy to read and full of common sense on how to raise up a dog. It also discusses how to change your thinking when it comes to being a great companion for your furry friend.

~Stunt Clerk #3

Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for Highgate and Greenstone Court Areas

In our continued effort against the West Nile Virus, the City of Duncanville has authorized the Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) to conduct ground spraying against mosquitos on Thursday, July 21, Friday, July 22, and Sunday, July 24, in the Highgate and Greenstone Court areas from 9 p.m. thru 5 a.m., weather permitting. A positive mosquito trap pool for the West Nile Virus was reported by the County in these areas.

Residents living near these areas are encouraged to remain indoors and bring their pets inside during spraying. City Staff will continue to monitor areas where mosquito breeding is mostly like to occur. To prevent the spread of mosquitos, residents should remove all areas of standing water and report all pools that are not well maintained and abandoned homes where mosquitos are likely to breed to the Health and Code Enforcement Department. Everyone should continue to protect themselves against the West Nile Virus by using insect repellent containing DEET. Citizens are also encouraged to remain indoors during dawn and dusk, when mosquitos are most active.

For more information on the scheduled ground mosquito spraying in Duncanville, contact the City’s Health Inspector at 972-740-1163.

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Click here to see map of spraying area.

Duncanville Police Investigate Bank Robbery

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News Release

Contact Information:

Officer Doug Sisk
Community Relations / Crime Prevention
City of Duncanville
dsisk@duncanvillepd.com
Office Phone: 972-780-5027

For Immediate Release 07/20/2016

Duncanville Police Investigate Bank Robbery

On Monday, July 18, 2016, at approximately 9:36 a.m. Duncanville Police Officers were dispatched to a robbery that had just occurred at the bank located in the 100 block of North Cedar Ridge Dr. Bank employees were contacted by police and they confirmed the robbery.

The suspect was described as a black male, 30 – 40 years of age, heavy set, gold teeth, medium length afro hairstyle with black beard and moustache. The suspect was wearing a black ball cap and long-sleeve black shirt. He had black-rimmed eyeglasses with a white patch/cloth over his right eye.

The suspect fled the location on a bicycle in the north bound direction on Cedar Ridge Dr. Responding officers checked the area, but were unable to locate the suspect. The suspect fled the location with an undetermined amount of money at this time.
Images of the suspect are attached to this release.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective David Moon of Duncanville Police Department’s at (972) 707 – 3839

A reward from North Texas Crime Stoppers is being offered, for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person(s) responsible for this felony offense. Contact, Crime Stoppers at 1-877-373-8477.

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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.

Brush Pickup Delays

Republic Services is working diligently to pick up the high volumes of brush that are being placed at the curbs for pickup. Due to the extra volume, brush pickup could take up to three weeks.

Please place large piles of brush in front of your house at the curb in the following manner:

• Cut brush in lengths of 6 to 8 feet.
• Stack brush loosely at the street curb.
• Brush piles should be free of metal, wire, trash and/or fencing material.
• Be mindful of where you place the pile to avoid damage to anything above, around and under the pile that may not be seen by the operator.
• Keep piles at least 6 feet from mail boxes, utility poles, fire hydrants, cars, or any other obstructions that could potentially be damaged and/or cause a delay in service.

If you have only a small amount of brush, please place it in your normal trash pickup location in the following manner:

• Brush, limbs, tree trimmings, shrubs, and vines must be cut in lengths not to exceed 4 feet.
• Brush, trunks and limbs cannot exceed 6 inches in diameter.
• Stack neatly with a height not to exceed 3 feet.
• Secure in bundles with a weight limit not to exceed 50 pounds.
• Stack with garbage

If your small brush piles were not picked up with your normal trash collection, or to learn when Republic is scheduled to be in your area for large pickup, please contact Jessica Smith, Solid Waste Coordinator, at 972-780-4946.

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

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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.

DCEDC Presents Sign Grant to Local Business

The Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation recently presented Steve Corder owner of State Farm Insurance and Melcor, Inc. with a $4,805.06 sign grant. The grant was used to replace an older monument sign, that inhibited drivers visibility in the area and branding of tenant businesses, with a new pole sign. Sign grants are part of DCEDC’s Design Incentive Program that is aimed at helping businesses enhance their façades and improve their sustainability. For more information on DCEDC or business incentives, please call the Economic Development Department at 972.780.5090.