Duncanville Welcomes Sister City from Italy

Duncanville Welcomes Sister City from Italy

The Duncanville City Council, Staff, and community leaders held a welcome reception at City Hall today for Mayor Marco Cavaglià of Monasterolo di Savigliano, Italy reaffirming the long-term partnership and friendship between the two communities.

The City of Duncanville flag, Key to the City, a personalized street sign, and a book on the history of Duncanville was presented to Mayor Cavaglià in a ceremony following a tour of City facilities. A Proclamation was also signed on this day proclaiming Monday, March 21, 2016 as Sister City Day in Duncanville.

“It was a pleasure to host Mayor Cavaglià today and showcase the great assets the City of Duncanville offers,” said Mayor David Green. “Having a Sister City abroad provides our community, as well as communities from different parts of the world, an opportunity to learn about each other’s cultures and best practices. We are looking forward to a strong continued relationship with the city of Monasterolo di Savigliano.”

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, 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.

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.


Winter Holiday Safety

Winter Holiday Safety

Winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together. But that also means a greater risk for fire. Following a few simple tips will ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season.


  • Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
  • Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
  • Keep decorations away from windows and doors.


  • Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
  • Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
  • Ask smokers to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep their smoking materials with them so young children do not touch them.
  • Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet cigarette butts with water before discarding.

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Before Heading Out or to Bed

Blow out lit candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.


  • Two of every five home decoration fires are started by candles.
  • Nearly half of decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source.

Duncanville Fire Department
(972) 780-4920


Thanksgiving Safety

Thanksgiving Safety

The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially at Thanksgiving. Kids love to be involved in holiday preparations. Safety in the kitchen is important, especially at Thanksgiving Day when there is a lot of activity and people at home.

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children–up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

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Did you know?

Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment.

Have activities that keep kids out of the kitchen during this busy time. Games, puzzles or books can keep them busy. Kids can get involved in Thanksgiving preparations With recipes that can be done outside the kitchen.

Duncanville Fire Department
Fire Prevention Office
(972) 780-5049  |  (972) 780-5047

Parks and Recreation Announces Spring Break Camp 2016


Spring Break Camp 2016

March 14-18, 2016

Ages 5 – 14

Games, Arts & Crafts, Movies, Sports, Linch & Snacks provided.

  • $65 Resident
  • $75 Non-Resident
  • -$10 Employee and Sibling Discount

The City of Duncanville Parks & Recreation Center offers SPRING BREAK CAMP for children ages 5-14. This is a safe place for your children to be while you are at work. We are offering sports, arts & crafts, games and movies and lots of fun. Lunch and Snack are included.

Registration Form

**All Posted Dates and Times are subject to change.  Please check back regularly for any updates.**

For more information on any of our special events, please contact us at (972) 780-5070.

IH 20 Frontage Roads Improvements – Public Meeting

TXDOT-2000Public Meeting Notice

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Open House : 5:30 pm
Public Meeting Presentation: 6 pm

Hilton Garden Inn
800 N Main Street,
Duncanville, TX 75116

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will conduct a Public Meeting for the purpose of soliciting public comment on the proposed improvements to an approximately 0.63 mile section of Interstate Highway (IH) 20 from North (N.) Main Street to East (E.) Camp Wisdom Road in the City of Duncanville, Dallas County, Texas. Currently, there are only frontage roads along IH 20 between E. Camp Wisdom and Oriole Blvd traveling westbound and between N. Main Street and Oriole Blvd traveling eastbound. The frontage roads consist of two 12-foot travel lanes and 2-foot shoulders. The existing eastbound entrance ramp and westbound exit ramp consist of 24-foot travel lane, one 4-foot and one 6-foot shoulders. The existing westbound frontage road ties into Wren Avenue at Winding Trail and Oriole Blvd. There is a connector road providing direct access from the existing westbound exist ramp to Thrush Avenue without going through the intersection at N. Main Street, and the exit ramp eventually ties into Thrush Avenue at N. Main Street.

Free Fix a Leak Workshops Offered

Did you know that 10% of homes have a leak that waste 90 gallons or more per day?

Fix a Leak Week is celebrated in March as a time to remind everyone to check their household fixtures and sprinkler systems for leaks.This year Dallas Water Utilities and Tarrant Regional Water District have coordinated with Home Depot, a WaterSense Retail Partner, to provide free Fix a Leak Workshops:

Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.

  • 10:00 am – 10:40 am …Repair/Replace Leaking Faucets
  • 10:40 am – 11:20 am …..Repair/Replace Leaking Toilets
  • 11:20 am – 12:00 pm….Repair/Replace Sprinkler Heads


Available at all Home Depot stores in North Texas.


Pantherettes Are State Champs Again

Everyone is invited to the celebration welcoming our girls home.

Photo by Tomica Charles

Photo by Tomica Charles

Join us in welcoming home the Duncanville Pantherettes from the State Championships this Sunday, March 6 at 3:00 p.m. The celebration will be held at the Sandra Meadows Arena on the south side of Duncanville High School at 900 West Camp Wisdom Road.  Bring your signs, noise makers and team spirit to thank Coach Cathy Self-Morgan and the Pantherettes for an amazing season!


For more information contact:

Tiara Richard,
Chief Communication Officer
(972) 708-2035
Duncanville ISD

DIY Plumbing Repairs Workshop

DIY Plumbing Repairs Workshop

Did you know that the average American home loses 14% of their water use to leaks? Attend our no cost, hands-on workshop to learn how you can perform do-it-yourself minor repairs to save water and help lower your water bill. Below are some of the topics that will be covered at the workshop:

  • Checking for leaky toilets and faucets
  • Replacing toilet flapper valves
  • Fixing leaky faucets
  • Installing faucet aerators and low-flow shower heads
  • Water Conservation tips

Joshua Knickerbocker, a licensed plumber with Dallas Water Utilities will be the instructor. After the main presentation there will be stations with hands-on displays where one can change a toilet flapper valve, install a low-flow shower head, change a faucet cartridge and install a faucet aerator.


Tuesday, March 15, 2016


6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center
2922 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75215

Making a reservation

Space is limited, please register online at SaveDallasWater.com or by calling (214) 670-3155.

Workshop sponsored by City of Dallas Water Utilities Conservation and City of Dallas Department of Park and Recreation.

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