Bring Your 4-legged Friends to Armstrong this Week

The City of Duncanville is holding a temporary dog park at Armstrong Park from July 8-17th from 9:00 a.m. – noon and 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. daily. This will serve as an opportunity for the City to collect feedback from the public on a possible permanent dog park in the future. Additional opportunities for public feedback will continue as the Parks Master Plan process begins in a couple of months. The idea of a temporary dog park was realized by Girl Scout Natalie Ortiz, with the support of the City Parks and Recreation Board and Staff. As a result, Natalie received the Girl Scout’s Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn.

Bring your 4-legged friend to the park! Be sure to follow these temporary dog park rules and regulations:

1. Owners/handlers are legally responsible for their dog(s) and any injury or damage to facilities caused by them.
2. Dog owners/handlers must keep their dog(s) in view at all times.
3. All dogs must be under the owner’s/handler’s control.
4. Dog owners/handlers must immediately pick up and dispose of, in trash receptacles, all dog feces.
5. Dogs off their leash are limited to two dogs per owner/handler inside the park.
6. Dogs must be leashed before entering and leaving the park.
7. Dogs must be current on vaccinations, including rabies.
8. Dogs “in heat” will not be allowed inside the park.
9. Dogs using the park must be at least 4 months old.
10. Dogs are the only type animals permitted in dog parks.
11. Aggressive dogs, posing a threat to human beings or other dogs are not allowed at any time. Any bite of a person or other dog must be immediately reported to the City of Duncanville Animal Control and parties involved must wait for an officer to respond, except in the case where immediate medical care is needed.

Drug Drop Box

The Duncanville Police Department has installed a secure Drug Drop Box in the lobby of the station located at 203 E. Wheatland Rd. The drop box will allow residents a free, safe and anonymous way to dispose any unused or expired medications 24 hours a day. The drop box is NOT intended for the use of business, pharmacies, clinics, doctor’s offices or any facility that distributes medications.

IMG_35031Acceptable and unacceptable forms of medications available for drop off are listed below.

Acceptable Medications – Prescriptions, Pet Meds, Prescription Patches and Vitamins.

Unacceptable Medications – Needles, Inhalers, Aerosols, Hydrogen Peroxide, Thermometers, Ointments, Lotions or Liquids.

Why residents should turn in their unused prescription drugs:

• Medications that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse.
• Drugs can be scavenged and illegally sold.
• Unused pharmaceuticals are environmental toxins; flushing them down the toilet or sink can release
them into our drinking water and soil.
Thanks to grant funding provided by the North Texas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area and The Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, unused and expired medications can be deposited for proper disposal.
What cannot be disposed of:

Hydrogen peroxide, Thermometers, Inhalers, Needles, Aerosol Cans, Other Ointments/ Lotions/ Liquids.

If you have any questions please contact Officer Doug Sisk 972-780-5027 or dsisk@duncanvillepd.com

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

Off-duty Duncanville firefighters save man’s life while mowing yards

DMN firefighter article july 5 2016Dallas Morning News (7.5.16): Battalion Chief Robert Gideon called a client the day before he was scheduled to mow his lawn Wednesday for his part-time job. The 27-year Duncanville firefighter tried not to worry when the call went straight to voicemail, even though this particular client always answered his phone.

“But we were mowing at another house down the road and saw his car in the yard,” said Gideon, 50. “So we had some idea he was there.”

His suspicions were correct. The elderly client was there, but in no position to come to the door. Gideon and his lawn-mowing partner, Duncanville firefighter Robert Shaw, entered the home and found the elderly man semi-conscious, lying on the floor.

Paramedics later determined that he had probably been that way at least a couple of days. The two firefighters shouted his name and he eventually responded as Shaw called 911 and Gideon got on the phone with his own department.

“If they hadn’t followed through with their instincts and concern, there is no doubt in my mind that the elderly male would have laid there and died,” Duncanville EMS Chief Mike Ryan said.

Read article via Dallasnews.com

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Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for Friday, July 1st and Saturday, July 2nd

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 Friday July 1st, and Saturday, July 2, in the area north of Wheatland Road and east of Main Street, as well as Fairmeadows and Redbird 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. View mosquito spraying map.

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.

City Launches New Interactive Website

duncanville-logo-mainwww.duncanville.com has a new look! The City’s new website focuses on providing its citizens an enhanced customer service experience. The website features a modern graphic design and new two-way communication options for public comment.  The project was implemented as a result of the City Council’s vision to better communicate and engage with the citizens of Duncanville.

“We want to hear from our citizens,” says Duncanville Mayor David Green, “as an organization, we are continuously looking for ways to improve the quality of service we provide. A great way to accomplish this is through a user-friendly website where citizens can easily access their local government and contribute their ideas.”

Through the use of a forum platform, the public can now create topics and post comments. In addition, they have the ability to comment on posted articles. A new component of the website includes some of the City’s factual information displayed through the use of animated graphics. Social media live feeds have also been incorporated in their respective departments. Citizens will continue to see some of the past features including Report a Concern, however, the new website will be enhanced for mobile users and easier to navigate.

To achieve a product tailored to meet the needs of the local community, the City contracted the service of local web designer Jorge Ruiz, with Colourprep, Inc. Ruiz brings a citizen’s perspective to the project being a Duncanville resident himself. Members of the Social Engagement Partnership were also instrumental in obtaining citizen feedback and supporting promotional efforts for the new website. In addition, an internal web design staff committee was created to collaborate as representatives for each department.

 

Staff picks week of June 27, 2016

As will eventually become a regular feature, here is a round-up of what the staff is reading this week. You may notice that there are more titles mentioned than staff. Therefore, I must inform you that some of our staff are greedy and they try to READ ALL THE THINGS!

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

 

 

Tribe, by Sebastian Junger.

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

On the surface, it’s about veterans, PTSD, and coming home from combat. But in a deeper sense, it’s really an examination of how human societies work, and what it means to be a part of a group, whether that group is the size of a family or the size of a nation. It’s a short read, but a dense one, at just under 200 pages.

Read by Dennis the Director.

 

 

Jessica Jones by Brain Bendis.

Jessica Jones is a super hero turned private investigator. This volume only gives you a small glimpse into her mysterious past. It is just enough to want you to come back for more.

Read by Stunt Clerk #3

 

 

 

Consumer Reports August 2016

“I kind of ruined my life by going to college” is the cover story and I found very informative with a college age child and another one who will be looking at colleges within a couple of years. It gives an in depth look into the crisis many people face when saddled with huge amounts of student loan debt and gives possible solutions in how to avoid getting into the same financial hole.

“Shedding light on solar power” was also a wonderful article. If you ever thought about getting solar panels installed, this article gives tips on how to go about doing so. It also talks about tax credits available when you get solar panels installed.

Read by Stunt Clerk #3

Explorers by Andrea DePorti

It is a very interesting book about people who dared to explore unmapped territory in their time. It is filled with photographs that are fascinating to study.

Read by Stunt Clerk #3

 

 

Ever Present Danger by Kathy Herman

It is a fluff book that is silly in how it copies stuff that is found on TV or movies. However, it is still very entertaining and is for anyone who can read a book and not take seriously some of the redone content.

Read by Stunt Clerk #3

 

 

Z Nation (tv show)

Not at well known as “The Walking Dead” but just as awesome. Lots of zombies, of all ages, and A QUEST that could result in a cure for zombism. Zombiehood? Zombification?

Watched by 5K. (You’ll get that after you watch.)

 

 

 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (movie)

I saw the movie and really liked it so I just checked out the book. I prefer to read the book before seeing the movie but I’ll read the other two before I see them!

Watched by Millie.

 

 

 

John F. Kennedy and PT-109 by Richard Tregaskis

Product DetailsI was ten when President Kennedy was assassinated and every boy back then was enthralled with the gripping story of Kennedy’s PT-109 being sliced in half and how John Kennedy led the crew to safety. We all built the PT-109 model. So when this book came in as a donation and I saw it I just had to read it, and I could hardly put it down.

This book covers the life of President John F. Kennedy during his tour of duty in the Pacific theater of WWII. The bulk of the book is about the period of his command of the Patrol Torpedo (PT) boat, number 109. Their craft was sliced in half one night by a Japanese destroyer and he helped guide the surviving crew to safety. The lessons he learned that night served him well when he became president seventeen years later.

Read by Ron.

 

The story of D-day: June 6, 1944 by Bruce Bliven

On the Sunday before the 72nd anniversary of D-day, earlier in this month of June, one of our church pastors illustrated part of his sermon using an account recorded in this book. So, after the service I borrowed his copy. D-day, the allied invasion of France to begin to take back Europe, was the turning point in the European theater of WWII.

D-day, June 6, 1944, was the largest sea invasion in the history of world. Thousands of ships. And air support with paratroopers landing behind the German lines. The British, Canadian and American forces, after years of intensely secret preparations in England, stormed the beaches at Normandy and beaches north along the coast. Thousands were killed and wounded. Men scaled cliffs using grappling hooks and rope. The going was much slower and harder than anticipated but they held the beach and eventually the cliffs overlooking the beaches and the Germans were on the run. Thus began “the beginning of the end,” as Winston Churchill described it.

Read by Ron.

Who asked you by Terry McMillian,

A Grandmother is forced to raise her grandsons after their mother disappears and everyone has an opinion about how it should be done.

I’m all about cover art, so the cover drew me in. I do judge books by their cover.

Read by Candace.

 

 

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz.

It’s a book about a woman on the run who assumes multiple identities.

The synopsis hooked me and it was a good book. Filled with suspense; you never knew what was going to happen next.

Read by Candace.

 

 

I am Princess X by Cherie Priest

Once upon a time, two best friends created a princess together. Libby drew the pictures, May wrote the tales, and their heroine, Princess X, slayed all the dragons and scaled all the mountains their imaginations could conjure.

Read by Danene.

 

 

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.

In the process of cataloging it and trying to determine where it needed to be in the library, I was intrigued by her approach, so I checked it out. Jahren weaves threads from her life as a scientist with explanations of various biological phenomena, and manages to write about both poetically. 4.5 stars.

Read by Hannah the Cataloger.

 

 

Infectious Diabetes by Doug A. Kaufmann

Actually this is his second book, he writes about how diabetes is an overgrowth of fungus in our system, cause by the food we eat, fungus feeds on sugar, if we cut sugar completely out of our system the fungus dies off therefore the body gets rid of the “diabetes disease”.

Read by Olga.

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.