Non-fiction review: In case you get hit by a bus

Title: In case you get hit by a bus

Author: Abby Schneiderman; Adam Seifer; Gene Newman

Topic: estate planning

This is a very practical book on how to make sure that those you leave behind aren’t left with a mess. It clearly lays out a plan for passing on all the information we use daily but don’t really think about.

I found a lot of their advice to be common sense, but they also cover details that I’d never thought about before. The authors are experts in this field (they have a company that does nothing but think about this stuff.)


We have a few other books on this topic that might interest you.


The gentle art of Swedish death cleaning by Margareta Magnusson

This is a great book on decluttering in order to make things easier on loved ones after you’ve passed away. The philosophy is simple: do it now, so your heirs don’t have to.






Get it together by Melanie Cullen

This book is from the publisher Nolo and focuses more heavily on the legal aspects of estate planning.







Quick and legal will book by Denis Clifford

Also published by Nolo, this book offers boilerplate forms and advice on filling them out. The link is for our 2020 edition, but we try to update them regularly so you may want to look for a more recent year. Ask a staff member if you want help.




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Scam AlertDUNCANVILLE, TX – Duncanville Police Department is currently investigating several financial fraud offenses committed against the elderly and other vulnerable citizens within the city.  Officers have been made aware of new methods being used by fraud suspects, which can include gifts being delivered to the homes of victims to make the scam appear more credible.  The scammer may use these unsolicited gifts to convince potential victims there is a larger prize to be had, but usually with a catch. These offenses have been conducted over the phone, by text, mail, and via the internet.

Most scams start with unsolicited contact from people posing as employees from government agencies, utility companies, the lottery commission, or even as friends or family members.

Never trust caller ID.  Identify the caller and the company or agency they represent.  Ask questions, but don’t answer theirs. Verify what you are provided by researching that information yourself or by having someone you trust do so.  If you are being pressured to provide personal information immediately, it should raise your suspicion.  Don’t be surprised if, during phone scams, the caller becomes belligerent or hangs up when told you want to verify their information.  This is a good indication of an attempted scam.

Don’t give your personal or financial information in response to an unexpected request. Legitimate organizations won’t call, email or text to ask for your personal information, like your Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers.

Remember, if they are asking for money for you to get money it is most likely a scam. Legitimate organizations will also never ask to be paid by gift card.

If you believe you have been a victim of fraud, please contact the Duncanville Police Department at 972-223-6111 extension 3 to file a report.  For additional information or resources call the National Elder Fraud Hotline at 1-833-372-8311.

Caldecott Medal

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It has been awarded annually since 1938 by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

“We Are Water Protectors,” illustrated by Michaela Goade is the 2021 Caldecott Medal winner. The book was written by Carole Lindstrom and published by Roaring Brook Press.

When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison her people’s water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth’s most sacred resource.

Four Caldecott Honor Books were also recognized in 2021.

“A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart,” illustrated by Noa Denmon and written by Zetta Elliott

The Cat Man of Aleppo,” illustrated by Yuko Shimizu and written by Irene Latham & Karim Shamsi-Basha

“Me & Mama,” illustrated and written by Cozbi A. Cabrera

Outside In,” illustrated by Cindy Derby and written by Deborah Underwood

The Caldecott Medal winners are shelved in Bin 1 so come browse these award-winning books.

2021 Independence Day Parade & Celebration

The City of Duncanville hosts an incredible day of family-friendly fun to celebrate Independence Day! Guests can enjoy a parade in the morning, then come back in the evening for a night of great music, delicious food and fun for kids and adults of all ages.

Independence Day Parade

Saturday, July 3, 2021
9:00 am

The Independence Day Parade is facilitated by the Duncanville Lion’s Club and begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, July 3, 2021. The Parade route starts on Wheatland Road at Freeman Street, heads west and turns right on North Main Street then ends at North Main Street and Freeman Street.

Residents are welcome to set up blankets and chairs along the parade route to enjoy the fun and creative float entries.

Interested in being part of the Independence Day Parade? Fill out the parade application to participate!

Independence Day Celebration

Saturday, July 3, 2021
6:00 pm
Armstrong Park | 100 James Collins Blvd

Celebrate our country’s Independence at a family-friendly event featuring live music, delicious food, bounce houses, face painters & more! Guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Wristbands are required for entry – pick up wristbands at the Recreation Center starting June 14; limit 5 per person and must be 18 years old or older. Bags and coolers subject to inspection. No alcohol, glass containers, tents, canopies, large umbrellas, non-service animals, personal drones or fireworks allowed.

The fireworks show will begin around 9:30 pm.

Vendors & Sponsors

Interested in being part of the Independence Day Celebration as a vendor or sponsor? Fill out the vendor application to participate!

For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 972-780-5070. The City of Duncanville recommends social distancing and masks.

Duncanville Finance Department Receives GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award


(Chicago, Illinois) — Government Finance Officers Association is pleased to announce that the City of Duncanville, Texas, has received GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget.

The award represents a significant achievement by the entity. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the entity had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as:

  • a policy document
  • a financial plan
  • an operations guide
  • a communications device

Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and in the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.

When a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is granted to an entity, a Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation is also presented to the individual(s) or department designated as being primarily responsible for having achieved the award. This has been presented to the City of Duncanville Finance Department.

There are over 1,600 participants in the Budget Awards Program. The most recent Budget Award recipients, along with their corresponding budget documents, are posted quarterly on GFOA’s website. Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.

Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) advances excellence in government finance by providing best practices, professional development, resources, and practical research for more than 20,500 members and the communities they serve.

2021 Memorial Day Ceremony

Memorial Day is a U.S. federal holiday observed on the last Monday in May to honor all Americans who died while serving in military. This year, Memorial Day will be observed on Monday, May 31, 2021.

“In Flanders Fields”

by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly.
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

The City of Duncanville, in partnership with American Legion Post 81 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7843, respectfully invites you to be a part of the Memorial Day Ceremony held Monday, May 31, 2021 beginning at 10 a.m. in Memorial Park. Click here to download a copy of the program.

Date:     May 31, 2021

Time:    10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Venue: Memorial Park – 101 North Main Street

Road closures on Santa Fe/Main Street slip will begin at 8:00 a.m. and Main Street will be closed at 9:00 a.m.

Due to COVID-19, no reception will be held after the event. The City of Duncanville recommends social distancing and face masks.

Bluebonnet Award

Each year, 20 books are chosen by librarians for the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List. It is a unique program that encourages reading for pleasure for students in grades 3 – 6. Schools and libraries around the state participate in the program, encouraging students to read a minimum of five books from the list. In January, students vote for their favorite title. The author of the book receiving the most votes wins the Texas Bluebonnet Award (TBA) which is presented during the Texas Library Association Annual Conference in the spring.

Students voted for “If I Built a School” by Chris Van Dusen as the 2021 Texas Bluebonnet Award winner. Visit the library’s YouTube channel Stories with Ms. D playlists and read along.

If Jack built a school, there would be hover desks and pop-up textbooks, skydiving wind tunnels and a trampoline basketball court in the gym, a robo-chef to serve lunch in the cafeteria, field trips to Mars, and a whole lot more.

The 2021-2022 master list has been released. All these Bluebonnet books are shelved together on a display in the children’s section so come pick your favorites.



May 1, 2021




Patrick Harvey 799 1,185      52.11% (W)
Angela D. Jones 368 577       25.37%
Richard E. Shaw 179 346       15.22%
Shawn Von Lauffer 99 166        7.30%
Total 1,445 2,274 100.00%


Joe Veracruz 221 389       52.57% (W)
Matthew J. Jones 144 240        32.43%
De Gooden 67 111        15.00%
Total 432 740 100.00%


Jeremy Koontz 147 239     69.48% (W)
Kasundra Brown 63 105      30.52%
Total 210 344     100.00%


Greg Contreras 203 259       57.81% (W)
Johnette Jameson 122 174 38.84%
Melba R. Wright 9 15 3.35%
Total 334 448 100.00%

  Dallas County Elections Department /

PDF of Unofficial Early Voting Results / PDF of Unofficial Election Results

Duncanville Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Month, May 1–31, 2021

The month of May is rich with holidays, cultural celebrations, and religious observances.

In addition to commonly known and celebrated holidays such as May Day, Mother’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, and Memorial Day, there are lesser-known designated days such as National Chocolate Parfait Day, National Loyalty Day, National Mother Goose Day, National Scrapbook Day, National Paranormal Day, National Day of Prayer, National Eat What You Want Day, National Talk Like Yoda Day, and many others.


Religious holidays during May include Shavuot (Jewish), Pentecost (Christian), Vesak (Buddhist), Milad Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin (Islamic), the Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh and the Declaration of the Báb (Bahá’í). Among the residents of Duncanville are members of each of these religious communities.

In terms of HERITAGE, May also commemorates not one but THREE Groups: Older Americans, Jewish Americans, and Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders.


Many of us can relate to the older group, and some Duncanville residents claim Jewish heritage. But how many Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders might we have in our fair town? According to local census statistics, 2.1 percent of the Duncanville population is Asian and .1 percent Pacific Islanders. It’s time to celebrate this aspect of diversity in our midst!

Both categories of people are broad. According to the Census Bureau, an Asian is “a person having origins in the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including Indonesia, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.”

The U.S. Census Bureau defines Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander as “a person having origins in any of the original people of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.”

An obvious way to appreciate Asian cultures is to support the five or six Japanese and Chinese restaurants in our town.

Learning about other cultures is also a sure way to gain understanding, awareness, and empathy. For example, it is interesting to learn that Chinese immigrants came first, to work on the railroads and gold mines in the mid-19th century. Hawaii has the largest Asian American population—nearly 800,000. More than half of all Pacific Islanders live in two states—Hawaii and California.


We might also learn to cook some Asian or Hawaiian dishes, perhaps by exploring markets in the Dallas area such as H Mart, Ko Mart, Hiep Thai, Hong Kong Market, and Mozart Bakery.

Another way to express appreciation is simply to be kind and friendly towards others we see. Sadly, since the pandemic began, incidents of hatred toward Asian Americans have increased. What might we do to help heal this unfortunate outcome of ignorance and prejudice?

Cultivating our taste for films that tell stories about Asians or Pacific Islanders is a great thing to do. Two of my favorites are “Departures” (Japanese) and “Slum Dog Millionaire” (Indian).  The recent film “Minari,” about a Korean family who moves to Arkansas, was nominated in the Academy Awards as one of the best pictures of 2020, and Yuh-Jung Youn, who plays the grandmother, just won the Oscar as supporting actress. The film was also nominated for best director, best original screenplay, and best original score. Last year, another film, “Parasite,” won multiple awards.

Celebrating Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is important because they contribute greatly to the U.S. economy and to the strength of our communities, and our awareness of them and their various and diverse cultures will help to further racial and ethnic unity.

The multi-cultural commission wishes to acknowledge and celebrate diversity of all kinds in Duncanville, and we appreciate everyone’s efforts to do so as well.

Happy month of May!

Article Submitted by Anne Perry, MSEP Commissioner
Multicultural Social Engagement Partnership (MSEP)

Dallas County Reports 85 New Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases

As of 12:00 pm, May 22, 2021, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 85 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County, 57 confirmed cases, and 25 probable cases. There is a cumulative total of 260,037 confirmed cases (PCR test). There is a cumulative total of 42,413 probable cases (antigen test). A total of 4,022 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness.