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                                                 June 2007
                                       BMV (Burglary of Motor Vehicle)
Duncanville Digest
                                       Don’t Be A Statistic
                                            Burglary of a Motor Vehicle (BMV) is a crime of opportunity, you as a
    Duncanville Deputies               citizen can help reduce the opportunity of being a victim. The program is
    Baseball                           real simple, TAKE, LOCK, HIDE; Take your keys, Lock your car, and Hide
         Summer Collegiate Base-       your belongings.
    ball returns to the Duncan-             If you follow these steps you will reduce the risk of being a victim of
    ville on
                                       car burglary. The TAKE, LOCK, HIDE program targets areas that have a
    day, June                          number of parking spaces, for example shopping centers, apartment com-
    6, 2007.                           plexes, large businesses, and hotels. But this program does not just work
         You                           at these locations; it works at your home.
    don’t want                              Criminals don’t care about you, your property or any thing else. If
    to miss an                         they damage or destroy your vehicle while taking your property, that you
    inning of                          worked hard for, that you happen to leave in the vehicle, is not a concern
    Deputies                           of theirs?
    baseball                                Burglary of a Motor Vehicle is an increasing crime in the United States;
    this year!
                                       it takes the citizens to remove the opportunity from the criminals. If you
         Season & Single game
    tickets available. Call 972-       don’t provide the opportunity you reduce the odds of being a victim of the
    296-9700 or visit www.             crime.                 Keep a list of your property including brand name, serial numbers,
    for tickets, schedule, roster,     and model numbers of items you routinely carry in your vehicle so if you
    sponsors, sponsorship oppor-       forget to take something out you will have the information to assist with
    tunities, gear and host family                                    continued on page 2...see Take, Lock, Hide
         All home games played         City Election Results                     Summer Concert
    at Duncanville High School              Duncanville voters went to the
    Panther Field. Regular game        polls on Saturday, May 12, casting           Series
    times are 7:35 PM with             ballots for the positions of Coun-                   June 7th
    double headers starting at         cilmember At-Large and Council-                  Southern Flight
    5:05 PM.                           members to represent Districts 1,                  country rock
                                       3, and 5 for the upcoming two-                      June 14th
    Teen Court Needs                   year term.                                       Shades of Gray
    Jurors                                  Councilmember At-Large
                                                                                      good old rock & roll
         Duncanville Teen Court        Dorothy Burton won re-election
                                                                                           June 21st
    is looking for teen volunteers     with 1,312 votes (57.82%) while
    to serve as jurors during the      opponent Stephen Jones received          Duvall & Ave Maria/Tim Urban
    summer.                            957 votes (42.18%).                                blues/top 40
         Dates are June 6 & 13,             District 1 incumbent Ken                       June 28th
    July 11 & 25, August 1 & 22.       Weaver ran unopposed and re-                  Joel Sprayberry Band
         Teen Court is held at City
                                       ceived 568 votes.                       acoustic/progressive/psychedelic/
    Hall, 203 E. Wheatland Rd.,
    Duncanville at 5:30 PM.                 In District 3, Paul Ford                          rock
    Dress code:                        achieved election with 208 votes                     July 4th
          No jeans or shorts,          (54.45%) while opponent Anthony           Professor D & The Playschool
          Young men: shirt with a      T. Skinner received 174 votes                        funk/r&b
          collar & tucked in.          (45.55%).                                  All concerts will be held at
          Young ladies: wear a              District 5 incumbent Johnette
          skirt or dress.                                                     the Poe-Hobden Amphitheatre in
                                       Jameson won re-election with 251
    For more information call:                                                Armstrong Park. Concerts will
                                       votes (61.67%) while opponent
                                       Bill Crumpton received 156 votes       begin at 7:00 PM and will run
                                       (38.33%).                              until approximately 9:00 PM.

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City Information                                 Friends of the Library Meeting
                                                      The Friends of the Duncanville Public Library will meet Tuesday,
      Index                                      June 26, at 7pm in Meeting Room #1 of the Library at 201 James Col-
                                                 lins Blvd.
    Duncanville City Offices                          “We are honored to have a special pro-
           GENERAL GOVERNMENT                    gram for all to enjoy. Mary Ann Taylor, our
City Manager’s Office             972-780-5017   discussion facilitator, will lead us in a discus-
Asst. City Manager’s Office       972-780-5017
                                                 sion of Jane Austen’s MANSFIELD PARK” said
City Secretary                    972-780-5017
Community Information             972-780-5043
                                                 Helen Beggane, President of the Friends.
Duncanville JobLine               972-780-5006        “We are focusing our READ campaign
After Hours Calls                 972-780-4959   during 2007 on the works by Jane Austen, so
          ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT                   if you’re a fan, you won’t want to miss this
Development Director              972-780-5090   program, “continued Ms. Beggane.
                                                      “We will also have a short business meeting prior to the discus-
Chief of Police                   972-780-5038
Community Relations               972-780-5027
                                                 sion,” she said.
Criminal Investigations           972-780-5037        While the Friends group has made some plans for this year, they
Animal Control                    972-780-5025   still want your involvement in making additional program plans.
Police Records                    972-780-5024        “Come to our meeting, participate in the discussion of the book,
               FIRE DEPARTMENT                   and tell us your great ideas,” she said.
Fire Chief                        972-780-4920        Refreshments will be served. For more information about the
Assistant Fire Chief              972-780-4921
                                                 Friends group or the Library, visit the Library website at www.yousee-
Director                          972-780-5005
                                        or call 972-780-5051.
Municipal Court
Teen Court
                                                 Take, Lock, Hide: Reduce Motor Vehicle
Water Billing                     972-780-5010   Burglaries
                                                 continued from page 1
Library                           972-780-5050
Community Center                  972-780-5070
Senior Center                     972-780-5073       Park in a well lit area close to the building. While parking in an
Director                          972-780-5076   isolated spot may reduce door dings, a criminal looks for cars parked
Special Events Coordinator        972-780-5086   out of the way in order to help ensure less attention is drawn to
        PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT                  them.
Director                          972-780-5015
                                                     The way you can help goes along with a program the Duncanville
Building Inspections              972-780-5040
Garage Sale Permits               972-780-5040
                                                 Police Department has joined in with other police departments around
Health Officer                    972-780-4963   the state trying to reduce car burglaries. The TAKE, LOCK, HIDE signs
         COMMUNITY INFORMATION                   were purchased by the Duncanville Citizen Police Academy Alumni As-
Radio                                  1250 AM   sociation.
Internet                Mark your Calendar, August 7th, 2007 is National Night Out. If
Television     Charter Comm. Cable Channel 26    your neighborhood is planning an event please don’t wait until the
                                                 last minute, contact the Crime Prevention office so that we can work
              License Plate Renewal
Dallas County Govt. Center        214-653-7811
                                                 with you in your planning.
              Community Assistance                   For information on the TAKE, LOCK, HIDE program or to get in-
Duncanville Outreach              972-296-4986   volved in the program through assisting with signs contact, Officer
              Chamber of Commerce                Doug Sisk (972) 780-5027.
Chamber Offices                   972-780-4990

                                                           Duncanville Digest
   Mayor & City Council Phone Numbers
Mayor - David Green             972-780-0348
At Large - Dorothy Burton       972-296-8844
District 1 - Ken Weaver         972-780-9810             Mayor’s Open Line Friday Cancelled for June 2007
             (Mayor Pro-Tem)
                                                 Due to a scheduling conflit, Mayor David Green has cancelled the Mayor’s
District 2 - Scott Cannon III 972-298-8098
District 3 - Paul Ford          972-296-9000
                                                 Open Line Friday on June 1st..
District 4 - Deborah Hodge      972-296-1774     Mayor Green typically makes himself available on the first Friday of each
District 5 - Johnette Jameson 972-780-8887       month to the citizens to discuss concerns and ideas about the direction
                                                 the city is going.
             Champion                                      Water Conservation Information
 is a monthly publication of the City
 of Duncanville. For information, call           Insulate your water pipes. You’ll get hot water faster and avoid
  the City’s Community Information               wasting water while it heats up. For further water saving tips, please
  Office at 972-780-5043 or e-mail               call the Duncanville Public Works Water/Wastewater Division at 972-
                                                           Duncanville Champion - June 2007 - Page 3
From the Mayor
by Mayor David Green
     The Duncanville City Council will soon be accepting ap-
plications from individuals who are interested in serving on
our Boards and Commissions. These include the 4B Board,
Planning & Zoning Commission, Board of Adjustment, Sign
Control Board, Park & Recreation Advisory Board, Library
Advisory Board, and Keep Duncanville Beautiful Board. Typi-
cally, applications are accepted during the month of June,
brief interviews are conducted in July, and appointments are
made in August.
     A few months ago, I shared with you the many contribu-
tions of the 4B Board. As we approach the application period,
now is an ideal time to highlight the contributions of some of
our other boards and commissions.
     In addition to approving plats and replats, the Plan-
ning & Zoning Commission conducts public hearings to con-
sider amendments to the City’s zoning ordinance. In recent
months, the Commission has recommended amendments
pertaining to special use permits (windmills), definitions,
permitted uses within zoning districts, accessory buildings,
exterior walls/building materials, and off-street parking regu-
lations (asphalt driveways). The Commission also approved
Special Use Permits for two daycares and one Planned Devel-
opment for a 12-unit townhouse project.
     The mission of the Sign Control Board is to consider vari-
ance requests using public safety, neighborhood preservation, and hardship as factors. Over the course of
the past year, they have held ten meetings and three workshops to consider changes to the sign ordinance
and LED lighting regulations.
     The Board of Adjustment is tasked with serving as an appeal board to preserve certain City ordinances
and consider variance requests. Their efforts have resulted in the recent review of stucco, concrete thick-
ness, and commercial fencing requirements.
     The Park & Recreation Advisory Board was instrumental in the completion of the City’s new Park, Rec-
reation and Open Space Master Plan. Additionally, the Board met jointly with the City Council to approve
a $3 million improvement package for Year 1. Board members also reviewed and approved a number of
new passes increasing resident and non-resident access to the Community Center.
     Similarly, the Library Advisory Board took on the task of updating its master plan which was originally
created in 1996. The updated master plan was approved in January following focus group meetings,
discussions with staff, policy reviews, and a survey of library patrons. Also significant was the updating of
the library’s technology plan. The Board’s next major project will be to conduct an image audit that will
assess customer service, facility conditions, signage, and other opportunities for improvement.
     Over the last twelve months, the Keep Duncanville Beautiful Board has logged over 500 hours of vol-
unteer time communicating the importance of recycling and community beautification. During 2006-2007,
KDB is proud of its efforts to expand its education programs beyond youth. New programs to reach adults
in the community included expansion of the “Property of the Month” program to residential properties,
implementation of the “Neighborhood News” code enforcement program, and implementation of its first
electronic waste recycling event. However, nothing compares to the overwhelming and continued success
of KDB’s toy recycling drive. This unique program has resulted in the collection of more than 22,000 gen-
tly-used toys, in only three years’ time, for children in need.
     For most boards and commissions, one must be a resident and qualified voter of the City of Duncan-
ville. Interested individuals are encouraged to forward a completed application to Dara Crabtree, City
Secretary, P.O. Box 380280, Duncanville, Texas, 75138-0280. An application form can be downloaded
from the City website at or obtained by contacting Mrs. Crabtree at 972-780-5017.
Although openings may not exist on all boards and commissions some may have several vacant positions.
     I applaud all of our boards and commissions members, including those not mentioned above, and our
many community volunteers for the countless hours they have generously donated to our community. I
hope that you, too, will consider serving your community in this capacity. It is a wonderful opportunity to
be involved in the positive, exciting things happening in our City.
Duncanville Champion - June 2007 - Page 4
Used Booksale Drive Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey
at the Duncanville  Clowns Take Reading Seriously at the
Public Library      Duncanville Public Library
     The Friends of the Duncanville   Goodwill Ambassadors Slappy and Monday help kids to DREAM
Public Library is holding a used      BIG this summer with their library reading goals!
book drive and they want those             Want to learn
books collecting dust on your         what it takes to
shelves that you no longer need.      soar on the fly-
     “Box them up,                    ing trapeze or just
then seal the box,                    what goes into
and bring them                        those cream pies
to the Library at                     that the clowns
201 James Col-                        throw? Or maybe
lins Blvd,” said                      learn some fun
Helen Beggane,                        facts about one of
President of the                      the more than 100
Friends organiza-                     cities the mile-long
tion.                                 circus train visits
     “We’re trying to get a head      or how to teach
start for our annual used Book-       your old dog a new
sale in August,” she continued,       trick?
“and we are eager to collect               Then join
books in preparation for the          Slappy and Mon-
event.                                day, Ringling Bros.
     The Friends of the Duncanville   and Barnum &
Public Library is a non-profit com-   Bailey Goodwill
munity organization composed of       Ambassadors, for
active, dedicated people with the     some serious fun
common bond of caring about the       on June 4, Monday
Library, and encouraging under-       at 11:30 AM at the
standing and appreciation of its’     Duncanville Public
services.                             Library!
     They also hold the annual             They are no
used Booksale, and in November        class clowns, but
present an Author Banquet             are certain to add
     “These two events are our        amusement to a
major fund-raisers, and enable us     special 30-minute
to purchase items for the library     circus storytime,
not provided for in their regular     which will encour-
budget. We also provide the free      age children not
books children receive as a result    only to read, but
of meeting the reading require-       also to discover,
ments of the Library’s annual         dream and learn! It allows them to DREAM BIG!
summer reading club. This year             The library event is free and open to the public. For more infor-
the kids are ‘sailing away with       mation on the additional cities and libraries Slappy and Monday plan
books,’” said Ms. Beggane.            to visit, go to
     The Friends of the Library            Slappy and Monday will be in town to help kick-off “Reading with
meet on the fourth Tuesday of         Ringling Bros.!”
every month except for August              The summer reading program, sponsored by KDFW FOX 4 and
and December at 7pm in the            Radio Disney AM 620, is easy and fun for kids to participate. The best
Library’s Programming Room.           part is that kids can earn a free circus ticket by simply doing their
     Individual member dues are       library reading this summer!
$10/year or $25/year for a fam-            Children from ages 2-12 simply need to enroll with the librarian,
ily.                                  who will give kids everything to start their summer reading. Kids
     For more information about       will even receive cool bookmarks, clown noses, puzzles and coloring
joining the Friends of the Library,   sheets, too! For more information, visit www.ReadingwithRingling.
or helping with the booksale, call    com.
the Library at 972-291-5051.               Do Something Different Today – Ringling Bros. certainly is!
Duncanville Champion - June 2007 - Page 5
Don’t Let Summer Vacation Be the Start of Drug Use in Teens
DCHHS Provides Tips to Parents to Keep Kids Drug Free
     Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) encourages parents to start the summer right by
talking with their children about the dangers of recreational drugs, such as cheese heroin, and the devas-
tating effects of drug addiction. According to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, “sig-
nificant parental involvement” is the most important factor in deterring young people from using drugs.
Communication is the key to building a strong relationship with your child and keeping them drug-free.
      “Having open lines of communication with your children about the prevalence of recreational drugs
in their schools and neighborhoods is one of the best ways to prevent drug addition in young people.”
Thompson continued. “The long-term impact of crack/cocaine and methamphetamine has increased the
number of people needing drug abuse treatment services as well as the new homeless people attributed
to drug addictions. Now we can add the highly-addictive drug cheese heroin to the new wave of dangerous
drugs that have caused recent deaths in Dallas County. Because cheese heroin is so cheap and readily
available it makes it very attractive to younger children,” Thompson continued.
     As the summer break begins, DCHHS urges parents to make sure their children are involved in con-
structive activities to prevent the use of addictive drugs like cheese heroin. The National Youth Anti-Drug
Campaign calls summer the most risky time for teens, citing June, July, and August as being the greatest
time for first-time drug use among children and teens. They offer the following S-U-M-M-E-R drug-free
checklist for parents:
         • Set rules
            Have you set clear rules and let your teen know that marijuana use is unacceptable? Two-thirds
            of kids say that upsetting their parents or losing the respect of family and friends is one of the
            main reasons they don’t smoke marijuana or use other drugs. Set limits with clear consequenc-
            es for breaking them; praise and reward good behavior.
         • Understand and communicate
            Have you talked to your teen recently about the harmful physical, mental, and social effects
            of marijuana and other illicit drugs on young users? Young people who learn about the risks of
            drugs at home are up to 50 percent less likely to try drugs than their peers who learn nothing
            from their parents. Look for teachable moments in everyday life to keep the conversation ongo-
         • Monitor your teen’s activities and behaviors
            Have you checked to see where your teen is, who he is with, and what he is doing? Teens who
            are not regularly monitored by their parents are four times more likely to use drugs. Check up
            on your teen to make sure they are where they say they are.
         • Make sure you stay involved in your teen’s life
            Have you talked to your teen’s coach, employer, and friends lately? Stay in touch with the adult
            supervisors of your child (camp counselors, coaches, employers) and have them inform you of
            any changes in your teen.
         • Engage your teen in summer activities
            Have you helped plan activities to keep your teen busy? Research shows that teens who are
            involved in constructive and adult-supervised activities are less likely to use drugs.
         • Reserve time for family
     Have you planned a family activity with your teen in the coming weeks, such as going to the movies,
taking a walk, or sharing a meal? Teens who spend time, talk and have a close relationship with their par-
ents are much less likely to drink, take drugs or have sex.
     Cheese Heroin, a cheap and highly addictive recreational drug, has had a devistating effect on young
people across Dallas County. Made by combining heroin and crushed tablets of certain over-the-coun-
ter common cold medication, cheese heroin is considered a starter drug and is being used by children as
young as 12 years of age. The epidemic of cheese heroin users among middle and high school age stu-
dents has resulted in the deaths of 22 young people this year.
     DCHHS urges parents of children addicted to the recreational drug cheese heroin should seek treat-
ment at a rehabilitation facility so that the symptoms of withdrawal can be managed. As with any addic-
tion, seeking rehabilitation during recovery provides optimal outcomes. DCHHS also recommends that
parents caring for a child addicted to cheese heroin, which are unable to place the child in a rehabilita-
tion program, consult their local healthcare provider for assistance in dealing with withdrawal symptoms.
Symptoms of addiction in users of cheese heroin include sleepiness, difficulty waking up, disorientation,
flu-like symptoms, nausea, vomiting, anxiety caused by withdrawal, personality changes, and aggressive
Duncanville Champion - June 2007 - Page 6
Dallas County HHS Reminds Public to “Catch and Release”
When Fishing in Prohibited Areas
    As summer approaches, we see an increase in outdoor recreational activities, such as fishing. Dal-
las County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) reminds the public to follow the Texas Health and Safety
Code when it comes to the eating, catching and sharing of fish and other aquatic life from area lakes and
streams. Two bodies of water in Dallas County, Mountain Creek Lake and a portion of the Trinity River,
have been declared by the Texas Department of State Health Ser-
vices as a “prohibited area for the possession of all fish species”
(reference Aquatic Life Order Numbers 12 and 14 and Texas De-
partment of Health Order Number AL-2). Simply put, this means
anyone who is found in possession of fish caught or harvested
from either Mountain Creek Lake or the Trinity River are in viola-
tion of an order issued under the authority granted by State law
that is punishable by a fine (reference: Section 436, Texas Health
and Safety Code). For the exact location of the ban areas and ad-
ditional information on the related orders, visit www.dshs.state.
    DCHHS also reminds local retail food establishments, includ-
ing restaurants, caterers, grocers and seafood markets, to be aware of Texas Food Establishment Rules as
they relate to the purchase and sale of food from approved sources. “Retail food establishments should
make sure that any vendor they use is permitted and in compliance with local and State regulations to
ensure the health and safety of the public,” said Tony Jenkins, DCHHS Assistant Director of Environmental
    “DCHHS is issuing this alert to raise the public’s awareness of the possession bans currently in effect
on both the Trinity River and Mountain Creek Lake,” said Zachary Thompson, DCHHS Director. “It is not
prohibited to fish on the Trinity or Mountain Creek Lake but the catch and release rule does apply. The
possession of fish from these sources is illegal and the consumption of fish from either of these bodies of
water is a health risk to the individual,” Thompson continued.
    Dallas County Health and Human Services Environmental Health division works with local retail food
establishments to ensure their compliance with local and State rules and regulations. The Texas De-
partment of State Health Services (DSHS) has determined that fish taken from the previously identified
stretch of the Trinity River contain unhealthy levels of PCBs and chlorinated pesticides which are consid-
ered carcinogens and which pose public health threats. DSHS has also determined that fish taken from
Mountain Creek Lake contain unhealthy levels of PCBs which prompted the ban. Game wardens from the
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department conduct routine patrols and are responsible for the enforcement of
the possession bans.
Dallas County HHS Hosts Meeting to Prepare Community for
Summer Heat
    Extreme heat during North Texas summer months is a tradition that should not be taken lightly. To
prepare an effective response to the anticipated public health concerns that arise during the hot months
ahead, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) hosted its Annual Heat Wave Meeting. The
Heat Wave meeting brought together community partners to develop a coordinated response to heat
related crisis. The group addressed ways each partner can meet the needs of the elderly and persons
with medical conditions to ensure their safety. DCHHS has already received major commitments that will
help protect the health and safety of Dallas County residents. TXU has committed to provide $150,000
for cooling centers in the event of a heat emergency and the City of Dallas has identified cooling centers
where residents can go during an emergency.
    “Each summer, Texans face deadly temperatures that far too often result in illness and death,” stated
Zachary Thompson, DCHHS Director. “Extreme heat has proven dangerous for the elderly, the very young
and those with chronic medical conditions who do not have access to air-conditioning. The commitments
from TXU and the City of Dallas will help to protect those most at risk during a heat emergency.”
    The elderly and people with chronic medical conditions are at the greatest risk for heat-related illness
and are reminded to stay in cool, air-conditioned areas during the summer. “Many of our older citizens
do not have cooled air in their homes and this creates dangerous situations,” stated Director Thompson.
“Either their units are not working or they are concerned about the cost of cooling their home during the
summer months. Because they are not as mobile as the younger population, often they do not or cannot
                                                                continued on page 17...see Summer Heat
Fun In Duncanville                                                                       June 2007

  Adult & Fitness Programs
ROBIX FITNESS                            MORNING YOGA                               JAZZERCISE
Roseanna Needham is the creator and      Learn the basic yoga postures de-          Jazzercise: The original dance exercise
leader of Robix Fitness and Yoga-Fit.    signed to celebrate the spine. Many        phenomenon! Each 60-minute workout
Roseanna has a variety of different      people think that yoga is stretching.      is a fusion of dance and muscle toning
classes to choose from for all levels.   But while stretching is certainly in-      movements choreographed to today’s
Her mission is to be able to offer the   volved, yoga is really about creating      hottest music, including Top 40, jazz,
great benefits of fitness, dance, and    balance in the body through devel-         country, funk, and classics. Our instruc-
yoga to the community at an afford-      oping both strength and flexibility.       tors make all the routines fun and easy-
able price and scheduled availability.   Please wear comfortable clothes, ten-      to-follow. Every class includes a gentle
For more information, please call        nis shoes, and don’t forget a sticky       warm up, 30-minute aerobic workout,
Roseanna Needham at 972-515-8519,        mat. There is also a special class         muscle toning and strengthening seg-
or register at the Recreation Center.    for Restorative Yoga which is taught       ment with weights, and a stretch finale.
Days: Monday-Saturday                    the last Wednesday of every month.         Jazzercise Step: Jazzercises trademark
Date: Classes are ongoing                Please call Carolyn smith at 972-291-      choreography is specially adapted to
Times, Location, and Classes             6432 for more information, or sign up      create an original step aerobic class
    • Mon/Wed-Muscles in Mo-             at the Recreation Center.                  that’s anything but routine. The low-im-
         tion 5:30-6:15pm (Aero-         Days: Tuesday/Wednesday/Fri-               pact, high intensity workout is a great
         bics Room)                      day                                        way to add variety to your personal
    • Mon/Wed-Step N Motion              Date: Classes are ongoing                  fitness program. For more information,
         6:30-7:30pm (Aerobics           Time: 10-11:30am                           please contact Sheilla (SHAY-la) at 214-
         Room)                           Costs: $7 per class                        794-1765.
    • Mon/Wed-Intermedi-                 Location: Aerobics Room                     Days: Monday-Saturday
         ate Vinyasa 7:45-8:45pm         Instructor: Carolyn Smith                   Date: Classes are ongoing Time,
         (Aerobics Room)                 Registration Deadline: 15 min-             Location and Classes:
    • Tues/Thurs-Intro to Yoga           utes before the class starts.               Mon/Wed-Jazzercise Step 6:30-
         5:45pm-6:45pm (Senior                    DUnCanViLLE                       7:30p (West Gym)
         Center)                                                                     Tues/Thurs-Jazzercise - 6:10-
                                            The Perfect Blend of Family,
    • Tues/Thurs-Cardio Fu-                                                         7:05p (Aerobics Room)
         sion/Circuit Express 7:00-          community and Business                  Saturday- Jazzercise - 9:15-10:15a
         8:00pm (Senior Center)          BEGINNERS LINE DANCE                       (West Gym)
    • Saturday-Yoga Ball Chal-           Come and enjoy this fun class, not          Cost: $10 joining fee/$32 month-
         lenge 9:15-10:15am              only to dance but its good exercise as     ly/$75 for 2 months/Walk-ins $9 a
         (Aerobics Room)                 well. In this class you will learn cer-    class (no joining fee)
    • Costs: Walk in rate $8, 4          tain steps such as variation, count,        Instructor: Sheilla (SHAY-la) John-
         class ticket $25, 8 classes     bridge and restart. The class is full of   ston-Conte
         ticket $35, 12 class ticket     excitement and the instructor takes         Registration Deadline: 15 minutes
         $42, 16 class ticket $52        her time to make sure each partici-        before the start of each class
         and season pass $125.           pant learns each step. Go ahead and
Instructor: Roseanna Needham             get those dancing shoes out of the
Registration Deadline: 15 minutes        closet and join the Beginners Line
before the class starts                  Dance class at the Duncanville Recre-
                                         ation Center. All levels are welcome.
                                         Day: Tuesday
                                         Date: Classes are ongoing
                                         Time: 2-3:30p
                                         Costs: $14/month, $9/two
                                         Location: Aerobics Room
                                         Instructor: Judy Sides
  Adult & Fitness Programs
CROP TIL YOU DROP                        DOG OBEDIENCE                           MEMBERS & GUESTS
Crop ‘Til You Drop is the creative       This 7 week course includes walking     When using our wonderful Recreation
home of a growing community of           politely on lead, coming when called,   facility, we’d like to encourage you
scrap bookers, card makers and           sitting and downing on command,         not to leave personal items in your
other crafters. Whether you are new      and staying in position when left.      vehicle or unattended, instead please
to scrap booking, card making, or        Emphasis will be placed on practical    bring a lock for your cell phones,
are a seasoned paper crafter, Crop       exercises that students will put into   keys, purse, and bill fold. Secure
‘Til You Drop is the place to be! Crop   use in their daily routine with their   your personal effects while you enjoy
Til You Drop is a class where you can    dogs; not jumping up on you or the      our facility. Lockers are available for
showcase your creative skills. For       kids, not mouthing hands or clothes,    your use. See you soon!
more information, please contact Kim     not bolting out the door or gate, how
Spurlock at 972-298-4006.                to go to the kennel, leaving objects
Day: Friday                              on command, allowing handling, and
Date: June 15                            much more. Dogs should be at least
Time: 6p-12a                             16 weeks old. Proof of vaccination
Costs: $5.00 per class                   will be required. A six-foot leash
Location: Community Center               and slip-type or buckle collar will
Instructor: Kim Spurlock                 be needed. For more information,
Registration Deadline: Register          please contact the instructor, Helen
before June 13th with instructor.        Cariotis, at 972-296-0459.
                                         Days: Tuesdays
                                         Date: TBA
                                         Time: 6:30p-8p
                                         Costs: $120 for 7 weeks
                                         Location: Rotary Park
                                         Instructor: Helen Cariotis

                                                                                 E-BAY CLASSES
                                                                                 “The Basics of Selling on eBay” course
                                                                                 will be held at the Duncanville Recre-
                                                                                 ation Center. The course will provide
                                                                                 new or inexperienced eBay users the
                                                                                 tools needed to be a successful seller
                                         LOST & FOUND                            on the site. More than 1.3 million peo-
                                         For lost and found items, please in-    ple currently use eBay as a primary or
                                         quire at the Center front desk.         secondary source of income. Course
                                         Items are donated to Charities on       attendees will learn the fundamental
                                         Friday of each week. Personal           skills needed to become a successful
                                         Items such as cell phones and jew-      eBay seller. Attendees can also earn
                                         elry are kept 3 weeks to a month.       Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED                        Call the center at 972/780-5070 for     for taking this course along with some
We need volunteers for city events       additional information.                 additional assignments. You can pay
and other center programs.                                                       for your E-Bay classes at the Dun-
• Community Service Hours are                                                    canville Recreation Center front desk.
   available for students who need       NEW PROGRAMS                            Please ask Education Specialist Roder-
   hours for School, Church, or Dun-     If you have any new ideas or            ick Martin for more details about this
   canville Teen Court. For additional   a new program that can help             exciting course @ 972-282-1995.
   information on how to sign-up for     the community. Please contact:          Day: Saturday
   community service hours, please       972.780.5070.                           Date: June 9 & 23
   call the Rec Center front desk at                                             Time 9:45am-5pm
   972/780-5070.                                                                 Instructor: Rod Martin
• “2007 High School Seniors” Now                                                 Location: Recreation Center
   is the time to sign-up and com-                                               Meeting Room #1
   plete your hours. We have volun-                                              Cost: $69 for one session
   teer hours available at the center                                                     $19.95 for materials pur-
   Monday-Friday. Please apply at                                                         chased through the in-
   the Rec Center front desk.                                                             structor.
Fun In Duncanville                                                                    June 2007

 Children & Teen Programs
KIDZART                                 FENCING                                  SUMMER CAMP ADVENTURE
KidzArt develops a fun way to help      Fencing is the Olympic sport of sword    This is an organized after school pro-
children become creative think-         fighting which is directly descended     gram that is for children who are cur-
ers and problem solvers. KidzArt        from the duel. Learn several tech-       rently enrolled in 1st-6th grade. The
is all about feeling the freedom to     niques and how to use Epee, the          program offers homework assistance,
take risks, to explore the unknown,     Sabre, and the Foil which are swords     arts & crafts, and planned activities in
to trust your own judgment. When        used in fencing. George Stone is         the gym, as well as outside. Trans-
kids are free to dream, they have       the instructor and he brings over 40     portation is NOT included but infor-
the power to create in this KidzArt     years of experience to Duncanville       mation is available on companies who
program. Call Ms. Gonzales at           and is the co-founder of the Fencing     do offer it. Call 972.780.5070 for
(972)266-8503 for more information      Institute of Texas in North Dallas as    information, or fill out a registration
or register at the Recreation Center.   well as the La Reunion Fencing Acad-     packet at the Recreation Center.
Days: Thursday & Sunday                 emy. Stone sees the importance and       Days: Monday-Friday
Dates: Classes are ongoing              great benefits of offering this to all   Dates: June 4th thru July 27th
Times/Ages/ and Prices:                 ages and levels! Call 972-780-4971       (excluding July 4th)
     • Squiggles to Grins - ages 2      for more information or sign up at       Times: 7a-6p
         to 3 years old - 10-10:30a     the Recreation Center.                   Costs: $70 a week, plus weekly
         every Thursday $60/6           Days: Tuesday & Thursday                 field trip fees
         classes                        Dates: Classes are ongoing               Location: Teen Room
     • KidzArt Discover - ages 4        Time 6:45p-8:30p                         Instructor: Marilyn Chapple &
         to 5 years old - 11-11:45a     Cost: $30 a month (Tuesday               Reggie Johnson
         every Thursday $60/6           only)/ $50 a month (Tuesday &
         classes                        Thursday)                                KARATE
     • KidzArt Imagine - ages 6         Location: Tuesday - East Gym and         Traditional Okinawan Karate is taught
         to 9 years old – 1-2p ev-      Thursday - West Gym                      by Kris Howerton, who is a Yon Dan
         ery Sunday $90/6 classes       Instructor: George Stone                 – Licensed Instructor4th Degree
     • KidzArt Explore - ages 10                                                 Black Belt, and Brady Cooper, who
         to 12 years old - 2-3p ev-             DUnCanViLLE                      is a SanDan – Licensed Assistant
                                                                                 Instructor 3rd Degree Black Belt.
         ery Sunday$90/6 classes             The Perfect Blend of Family,
* Walk-in fees are $10 a class for                                               This class is a systematic approach to
                                              community and Business             developing self -defense skills based
ages 2-5/ $15 a class for ages 6-9
Location: Duncanville Recreation                                                 upon Okinawan Kata. Included in
                                        YOUTH CONVERSION INC.                    the study of Kata, there is a strong
Center - Meeting Room #1                These programs are designed to
Instructor: Rachael Gonzales                                                     emphasis placed on kicking, striking,
                                        serve as an alternative to court pro-    pushing, pulling, throwing, rolling,
Registration Deadline: 15 minutes       ceedings. There are specific topics
before class starts                                                              falling, and wrestling skills. Also
                                        such as Criminal Behavior, Impact of     taught is, awareness skills and how
                                        Drugs/Alcohol, Anger Management,         to deal with bullies. Contact the Rec-
                                        and Positive Lifestyles. Each specific   reation Center at 972-780-5070. To
                                        topics are 6-hours long and are pre-     join this karate class you must be 7
                                        determined. Please call 469.682.7123     years of age!
                                        for registration ifnromation and de-     Days: Tuesday, Thursday, & Sat-
                                        tails on topics/dates.                   urday
                                        Days: Tuesdays                           Dates: Classes are ongoing
                                        Dates: June 5th and June 12th            Time: Tuesday/Thursday - 7:15-
                                        Cost: $50 per 6 hour program.            8:30p & Saturday - 9-10:30am
                                        Location: Duncanville Recreation         Costs: $40 child (ages 7-16) /$50
                                        Center                                   adult per month
                                        Registration Deadline: The day of        Location: Aerobics Room
                                        the program.                             Instructor: Kris Howerton
  Summer Camp Calendar
                                                    June 2007

 Basketball Camp                                 Dallas Zoo                                          Soccer Camp
  Sun       Mon                              Tue      Wed                          Thu                Fri     Sat
                                                                                                                   1    2

                 3                   4                  5                  6                  7                    8    9
                     Basketball camp     Basketball camp    Basketball camp    Basketball camp    Dallas Museum
                     10:00-11:00         10:00-11:00        10:00-11:00        10:00-11:00        of Art 11:00
                     _____________       _____________      _____________      _____________      _____________
                     Ringling Bros                                             I Max Theater      Skateland
                     Barnum & Bailey                                           1:00pm
                      11:15am                                                                     1:00-3:00

                10                11                  12                 13                 14                 15      16
                     Basketball camp     Basketball camp    Basketball camp    Basketball camp    Armstrong Park
                     9:30-10:30am        9:30-10:30am       9:30-10:30am       9:30-10:30am       3:00-5:00
                     _____________       _____________      _____________      _____________

                                                            African American                      Nicklemainia
                                                                Museum                            Make Your Own
                                                              1:00-3:00                           Pizza! 10:00am

                17                18                  19                 20                 21                 22      23
 Father's Day        Wild Adventures     Armstrong Park     Armstrong Park      Lakeside Park     Putt-Putt games
                     Bug Life Week          Big Hunt!          Big Hunt!          1:00-4:00          1:00-3:00
                                           10:00-1:00         10:00-1:00
                        Mr. Scott
                       2:00 – 3:O0

                      Kids beginning      Kids beginning     Kids beginning     Kids beginning     Kids beginning
                          Spanish             Spanish            Spanish            Spanish            Spanish
                         9:00-9:30           9:00-9:30          9:00-9:30          9:00-9:30          9:00-9:30

                24                25                  26                 27                 28                 29      30
                     Kid-Fitness Boot    Kid-Fitness Boot   Kid-Fitness Boot   Kid-Fitness Boot   Kid-Fitness Boot
                     Camp 10:00-         Camp 10:00-        Camp 10:00-        Camp 10:00-        Camp10:00-
                     11:00               11:00              11:00              11:00              11:00
                                                                               _____________      _____________
                                                                               Pizza12:00         Lancaster Movie

Call 972.780.5070 for information, or fill out a registration packet at the Recreation Center.
                                            Water Quality Report - City of Duncanville - Special Insert

city of Duncanville
                                                                Definitions used in this report
                                                                Action Level (AL): The concentration of
                                                                a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers

2006 Water Quality Report
                                                                treatment or other requirments which a wa-
                                                                ter system must follow.
                                                                Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL):
                                                                The highest level of contaminant allwed in
                                                                drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the
                                                                MCLGs as feasible using the best available
                                                                treatment technology.
                                                                Maximum Contaminant Level Goal
                                                                (MCL/G): The level of a contaminant in
                                                                drinking water below which there is no
                                                                known or expected risk to health. MCLGs al-
                                                                low for a margin of safety.
                                                                Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level
                                                                Goal (MRDLG): The level of drinking water
                                                                disinfectant below which there is no known
                                                                or expected risk to health. MRDGLs do not
                                                                reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants
                                                                to control microbial contaminants.
                                                                Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level
                                                                (MRDL): The highest level of a disinfec-
                                                                tant allowed in drinking water. There is no
                                                                convincing evidence that addition of a disin-
                                                                fectant is necessary for control of microbial
                                                                ND: Not detected.
                                                                Nephelometric Turbidity Units (NTU):
Drinking water quality you can taste,                           Measure of turbidity in water.
and excellence you can count on                                 pCi/L: Pico-curies per liter (a measure of
     When you drink Duncanville tap water, you’re drinking      radioactivity)
clean, high quality water. Duncanville water meets or ex-       POE: Point of Entry. Sample measured at
ceeds all State and Federal drinking water requirements.        the point where water enters the distribution
     The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality              system.
(T.C.E.Q.) rates Duncanville water a “Superior Water Sup-       ppb: Parts per billion or micrograms per liter
ply”, the highest rating given by the State of Texas.           (mg/L).
     In September 1997, Region 6 United States Environ-         ppm: Parts per million or milligrams per liter
mental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) gave our water sup-         (mg/L).
plier, Dallas Water Utilities, the Environmental Excellence     Treatment Technique (TT): A required
Award for Public Water Supply, meaning that when you            process intended to reduce the level of a
drink Duncanville water, you’re drinking some of the best       contaminant in drinking water.
water in our five-state region. This is the second time that    Turbidity: A measure of the clarity of drink-
the Dallas Water Utilities has achieved this distinction, the   ing water. The lower the turbidity, the better.
first being in 1991. The following information pertains to
the quality of your drinking water. As you read this report
you will learn where your water comes from and infor-
mation on the quality. If you need additional information
please don’t hesitate to contact us at 972-780-4900.

We welcome your comments
    There are many opportunities available to learn more
about the Duncanville Water System and water quality. For
questions or concerns about water quality and to request
a speaker for your group, call the Duncanville Public Works
Department, Water Utilities Division at 972-780-4900.
    To obtain more information about contaminants and
potential health effects, you may call the United States En-
vironmental Agency’s (USEPA) Safe Drinking Water Hotline
at 800-426-4791.
Year of Range       Contaminant              Average Level          Minimum Level Maximum Level         MCL                    MCLG         Units of Measure                                                   Source of Contaminant
                                                                                                        INORGANIC CONTAMINANTS
    2006               Barium                     0.02                  0.014             0.027           2                      2                 ppm                         Discharge of drilling wastes; discharge from metal refineries; erosion of natural deposits
    2006               Flouride                   0.58                  0.23              0.96            4                      4                 ppm         Erosion of natural deposits; water additive which promotes strong teeth, discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories
    2006                Nitrate                   0.87                  < 0.02             2.4           10                     10                 ppm                         Runoff from fertilizer use; leaching from septic tanks, sewage, erosion of natural deposits
    2006              Selenium                     <20                   <20              < 20           50                     50                 ppb                          Discharge from petroleum refineries, erosion of natural deposits, discharge from mines
    2006         Gross geta emitters               4.5                   3.5               5.4           50                      0               pCi/L***                                              Decay of natural and man-made deposits
    2006                 Lead                      1.8                  < 0.3             33.6            0                     15                 ppm                                  Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits
    2006               Copper                     0.217                 0.044             0.523          1.3                    1.3                ppm                 Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits; leaching from wood preservatives

                                                                                                         ORGANIC CONTAMINANTS
    2006               Atrazine                   0/39                  0.16              0.61            3                      3                 ppb                                                 Runoff from herbicide used on row crops
                                                                                                        DISINFECTION BYPRODUCTS
    2006         Total Haloacctic Acid            26.2                  14.2              41.6           60                     n/a                ppb                                                  Byproduct of drinking water disinfection
    2006         Total Trihlomethanes             26.8                  20.1              37.5          100                     n/a                ppb                                                  Byproduct of drinking water disinfection
    2006             Chloroform                   18.8                   3.8              32.2            -                      -                 ppb                                                  Byproduct of drinking water disinfection
    2006             Bromoform                    <2.0                  < 2.0             < 2.0           -                      -                 ppb                                                  Byproduct of drinking water disinfection
    2006        Bromodichloromethane               4.9                   2.4               9.1            -                      -                 ppb                                                  Byproduct of drinking water disinfection
    2006        Dibromochloromethane               1.4                  < 2.0              3.6            -                      -                 ppb                                                  Byproduct of drinking water disinfection
                                                                                                         TOTAL ORGANIC CARBON
    2006            Source Water                  4.92                  3.35              6.41                 Treated Water Alkalinity            ppm                                                    Naturally present in the enviroment
                                                                                                                <60 mg/L as CaCO3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Water Quality Report - City of Duncanville - Special Insert

                                                                                                      MRDLG                    MRDL
    2006        Total Chlorine Residual           3.18                  <0.5              5.05          4.0*                    n/a                ppm                                                  Water additive used to control microbs

Year of Range       Contaminant              Highest Single         Lowest Monthly % of Samples                   Turbidity Limits          Units of Measure                                                   Sourse of Contaminant
                                             Measurement                    Meeting Limits
    2006           Turbidity/Tubidez              0.13                           100.00                                  0.3                       NTU                                                                Soil Runoff

Year of Range       Contaminant            Highest Monthly %                     MCL                                                         Unit of Measure                                                   Source of Contaminant
                                          of Positive Samples                                                    TOTAL COLIFORM

    2006        Total Coliform Bacteria           0.6**              5% or more of monthly samples                                          Found/Not Found                                                Naturally present in environment

                                          *No maximum contaminant level a the entry point to distribution/Ningun nivel maximo de contaminantes en el punto de entrada al sistema de distribucion
                                          **As annual average/Como promedial annual
                                          ***50 pCi/L - 4 mrem/yr
                                          Water Quality Report - City of Duncanville - Special Insert
Duncanville Water Sources
    The City of Duncanville purchases water from The City of Dallas Water Utilities. Dallas uses surface
water from six sources: the Elm Fork of the Trinity River and Lake Ray Roberts, Lewisville, Grapevine, Ray
Hubbard and Tawakoni. In addition, Dallas Water Utilities has water rights in Lakes Fork and Palestine to
meet future needs. The City of Duncanville regularly reviews its long-range Water Supply Plan to address
issues such as future sources of water. This planning, along with wise water use by Duncanville Water
Utilities and our customers, will ensure an adequate supply of water for future needs.
    Dallas Water Utilities has an active Watershed Management Program that performed more than 8,000
tests on the water quality in the rivers, streams and reservoirs in 2004. As water travels over the surface
of the land, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and radioactive material and can be polluted by ani-
mals or human activity. Contaminants that may be present in untreated waters include: biological con-
taminants, such as viruses, bacteria and other microorganisms; inorganic contaminants, such as salts and
metals; pesticides and herbicides; and organic chemicals from industrial, residential or petroleum use.
    The presence of any of these pollutants in the untreated water does not necessarily pose a health risk
in your drinking water. Once the water is treated and delivered to Duncanville, the risk of these contami-
nants has been removed. The City of Dallas Water Utilities has committed the resources needed to ensure
proper treatment and delivery of high quality water to the customer cities of the City of Dallas.

Special notice for the elderly, infants, cancer patients, people with HIV/
AIDS or other immune problems:
    You may be more vulnerable to certain microbial contaminants in drinking water than the general
    In particular, infection by cryptosporidium is of concern. Infants, some elderly, or IMMUNOCOMPRISED
PERSONS such as those UNDERGOING CHEMOTHERAPY FOR CANCER, those who have undergone ORGAN
TRANSPLANTS; those who are undergoing treatment with steroids; and people with HIV/AIDS or other im-
mune system disorders can be particularly at risk from infections. You should seek advice about drinking
water from your physician or health care provider. Additional guidelines on appropriate means to lessen
the risk of infection by cryptosporidium are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-
Water Quality Report - City of Duncanville - Special Insert
Cross Connection Program                                Cryptosporidium
    The residential cross connection program com-           Cryptosporidium is a microscopic parasite. After
menced in August of 2004. This program is neces-        ingested, it enters the gastrointestinal tract and
sary to prevent the unwanted backflow of contami-       can cause an illness called cryptosporidiosis. There
nates from irrigation systems into the city water       are many pathways to infection including drink-
supply.                                                 ing contaminated water, eating contaminated food
    All houses in the City of Duncanville will be       that is raw or undercooked, exposure to the feces
inspected for irrigation systems. Inspections began     of infected individuals or animals (such as changing
in the southern end of the city, south of Danieldale    diapers without washing
Road and as of June 2007, have moved north of           hands afterward) or ex-
Wheatland Road.                                         posure to contaminated
    The program is on schedule and the city is          surfaces.
currently tracking over 2,000 residential irrigation        Not everyone ex-
system backflow assemblies.                             posed to the organism
                                                        becomes ill. Symptoms of
Improvements to the Water System                        cryptosporidiosis include
    The city continues to perfrom water system          diarrhea, abdominal cramps, headaches, nausea,
upgrades each year to ensure proper fire protection     vomiting and low-grade fever. People in good health
and provide safe, clean drinking water with minimal     usually recover within two weeks. People with com-
interruption to our citizens.                           promised immune systems, however, may suffer
    Projects ready to start include:                    chronic and debilitating or even fatal illness.
    • 12” water line from Alexander Ave. to Maulk           In 2004, Dallas Water Utilities, our water sup-
       Branch Creek on E. Cherry St.                    plier tested monthly for cryptosporidium in both
    • 8” water line from Alexander Ave. to Cockrell     untreated and treated water and cryptosporidium
       Hill Rd. on East Cherry St.                      was found only in the untreated water supply. Cryp-
    • 8” water line from Cliffwood Dr. to Cockrell      tosporidium was not found in the treated drinking
       Hill Rd. on East Cherry St.                      water.
    • 12” water line from East Cherry St. to East           To protect your drinking water from cryptospo-
       Center St. on Alexander Ave.                     ridium, Dallas Water Utilities employs multiple bar-
    • 8” water line from East Cherry St. to East        riers including protecting the watershed from con-
       Davis St. on Calder Ave.                         tamination and optimizing treatment processes.
    • 8” water line from East Center Free-            To request more information on cryptosporidi-
       man St. on Goldman St.                           um, please call the Environmental Protection Agen-
Taste and Odor                                          cy’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).
    All water has its own unique taste and odor         Water Quality Monitoring Results
characteristics. Duncanville, like many other water          As the charts show, the levels of contaminants
suppliers, occasionally experiences taste and odor      in the Duncanville water, purchased from Dallas,
changes.                                                meet or are less than allowed by law.
    In the summer and early fall, microscopic or-            The charts list contaminants detected in the
ganisms, such as algae, in area lakes occasionally      drinking water in 2003 and the amounts allowed
give water an earthy taste and odor. The odor may       by the state and federal governments (maximum
be more noticeable in hot water from your pipes.        contaminant level).
Temperature change, excessive rainfall, and flood-           Dallas regularly tests drinking water for more
ing can also alter the taste of the water.              than 180 contaminants. About 50,000 tests each
    You may detect a difference in taste after re-      month are conducted on Dallas water to ensure that
turning home from an extended trip. This is caused      it is clean and meets all water quality requirements.
when the water is stored in the house plumbing for           Duncanville continues to test the water after it
long periods of time. The taste should return to nor-   is delivered to us, about 450 tests per month, to
mal after regular use. These changes do not pose a      ensure that our citizens receive the highest quality
health risk.                                            of water possible.
All drinking water may contain contaminants
    Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts
of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a
health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling
the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).
    In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the United States Environmental Protection Agency
prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided to the public wa-
ter systems. The United States Food & Drug Administration regulations establish limits for contaminants in
bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.
                                                          Page 15 - Duncanville Champion - June 2007
                          Duncanville Public Library
                     presents the 2007 Summer Program
Sail Away With Books
                   Free public programming provided by the Texas Loan Star Grant
           For more information call Youth Services Librarian, Urla Morgan at 972-780-5044.
Date                      Time           Presenter                    Program
June 4, Monday            11:30 AM       Ringling Bros. Clowns        Circus Books

June 5, Tuesday             7:00 PM       Brett Roberts                Pirate Magic
                                                                       (Variety Show)
June 12, Tuesday            7:00 PM       Sandy Sommerfeld             Frog Prince
                                                                       (Puppet Show)
June 19, Tuesday            7:00 PM       Sandy Sommerfeld             Little Red Hen
                                                                       (Puppet Show)
June 26, Tuesday            7:00 PM       Sandy Sommerfeld             Noah’s Ark
                                                                       (Puppet Show)
June 4 - 29
Every Monday                10:15 AM      Library Staff                Nursery Rhyme Time
Every Tuesday               2:00 PM       Maureen Parker               Crafts
Every Wednesday             10:15 AM      Maureen Parker               Crafts
Every Thursday              10:15 AM      Urla Morgan                  Storytime
Every Thursday              5:30 PM       Tamara Knapp                 Lectura en Español

July 10, Tuesday            7:00 PM       Rachelle Rabouin             Bells, Bells, Bells,
                                                                       (Holiday Music)
July 17, Tuesday            7:00 PM       Jake & Teresa                Sail Away with Music
                                                                       (Musical Show)
July 24, Tuesday            7:00 PM       Margaret Clauder             Sail into Books with
                                          Presents                     Sailor Maggie
July 31, Tuesday            7:00 PM       Dan Gibson                   World Full of Stories
                                          & Music
July 2 – 31 (except 4th of July)
Every Monday                  10:15 AM       Library Staff                 Nursery Rhyme Time
Every Tuesday                 2:00 PM        Maureen Parker                Crafts
Every Wednesday               10:15 AM       Maureen Parker                Crafts
Every Thursday                10:15 AM       Urla Morgan                   Storytime
Every Thursday                5:30 PM        Tamara Knapp                  Lectura en Español
    Reading/listening logs are available at the library on June 1 until July 24. Incentives for completing
logs are provided by Dr. Pepper Star Ice Skating Center, Sonic, Whataburger, Pizza Hut, Ringling Bros Cir-
cus and the Friends of the Duncanville Public Library. From June 8 until July 31, gift-books, food coupons
and free passes are awarded when the completed log is presented to the librarian on duty.
    The library is prepared to present prizes to 700 participants on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Page 16 - Duncanville Champion - June 2007
this i believe                                           CodeRed Now OnLine
Monday, June 18th and 25th 6:00 – 8:00 pm                    The City of Duncanville has contracted with
     You are invited to come and share your state-       Emergency Communications Network, Inc., of Or-
ments of personal beliefs, the principles that guide     mond Beach, Florida, for its “CodeRED” high-speed
your life, the values that rule your thoughts and        telephone emergency notification services. The
actions.                                                 CodeRED system gives city officials the ability to
     This I Believe, a radio series created by Edward    deliver pre-recorded emergency telephone notifica-
R. Murrow in 1951, has returned to National Pub-         tion/in-
lic Radio, and communities across the nation are         formation
invited to come together and explore their core          messages
beliefs and then personally share each individual’s      to targeted
personal creed.                                          areas or
     Advance registration is required by calling 972-    the entire
780-5073. Course material fee is $5.00                   city at a
Free PowerPoint Classes at                               rate of up
                                                         to 60,000
the Duncanville Library                                  calls per
    The Duncanville Public Library will host a free      hour.
hands-on-training on how to create a PowerPoint              Terry Webb, Duncanville Fire Chief, cautioned
presentation on two successive Saturdays, June 9th       that such systems are only as good as the tele-
and June 16th from 10 a.m. to noon in the library        phone database supporting them. “If your phone
Computer Room. Anne Perry, the presenter, teachs         number is not in the database, you will not be
at the Art Institute of Dallas and has a PhD in Arts     called”. The CodeRED system not only offers faster
and Humanities. She has won media awards for             calling rates and improved message delivery, it
her PowerPoint presentations.                            gives individuals and businesses the ability to add
    Mrs. Perry will begin by discussing and illustrat-   their own phone numbers directly to the system’s
ing the uses of PowerPoint. She’ll instruct partici-     telephone database. Webb emphasized that this is
pants in setting up a basic PowerPoint presentation      an extremely important feature.
with individual assistance provided. Artistic as well        To ensure no one is omitted, Webb urges all
as technical aspects of PowerPoint will be covered.      individuals and businesses to log onto the City of
Mrs. Perry will demonstrate how to integrate digital     Duncanville’s website,, and
photography into PowerPoint presentations and how
                                                         follow the link to the “CodeRED Residential and
to troubleshoot PowerPoint problems. The second
                                                         Business Data Collection” page.
part of the training on June 16th will cover instruc-
                                                             No one should automatically assume his or her
tion in more advanced PowerPoint functions and
                                                         phone number is included, Webb said. All busi-
                                                         nesses should register, as well as all individuals who
    As the Computer Room will only accommodate
                                                         have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed
seven participants the classes are limited to Dun-
                                                         their phone number or address within the last year,
canville residents. Please call 972-780-5052 as
advanced registration is required for the PowerPoint     and who use a cellular phone as their primary home
class. The Duncanville Public Library is located at      phone.
201 James Collins Blvd., one block north of the in-          Webb explained that the “CodeRED system is
tersection of Main St. and Wheatland Rd.                 a geographical based notification system, which
                                                         means street addresses are needed to select which
Tax-Free Investing Workshop                              phone numbers will receive emergency notification
    Victor Sobers, a Financial Advisor with the in-      calls in any given situation. The system works fine
vestment firm Edward Jones, will conduct an edu-         for cell phones too, but we have to have a street
cational workshop on Wednesday, June 13th from           address.”
2 to 3 p.m., to teach participants how they can              People who have recently moved but kept the
use tax-free investments to increase their invest-       same listed or unlisted phone number also need to
ment return. He will discuss municipal bonds and         change their address in the database.
their potential for personally reducing your federal         Webb stated, “CodeRED gives those who want
income tax. Mr. Sobers will compare trade-offs           to be included an easy and secure method for doing
and risks of investing in municipal bonds through        so. The information will only be used for emergency
tax-free individual bonds, tax-free unit investment
                                                         notification purposes.”
trusts, and tax-free mutual funds.
                                                             For more information or to register for CodeRed,
    The workshop will be held in the library Pro-
                                                         you can go to the City of Duncanville website at
gramming Room. The Duncanville Public Library is
located at 201 James Collins Blvd.
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Summer Heat: Take Precautions
continued from page 6
move to air-conditioned environments, so they are left in a potentially dangerous situation,” Thompson
     DCHHS officials ask that each Dallas County resident join in an “each one reach one” campaign to
prevent heat-related deaths this summer. Citizens are asked to check on your neighbors to see if they
have a working air-conditioner unit in their home. DCHHS operates the Comprehensive Energy Assistance
Program (CEAP). The program assists in providing low-income families in our community with the basic
necessities, such as electricity, gas and the heating and cooling of their homes. Persons without a work-
ing air conditioner unit in their home can contact the Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP)
at 214-819-1848 for assitance in English or 214-819-1938 for assistance in
Spanish. Dallas County also offers the Weatherization Assistance Program that
can help decrease the cost of heating and cooling bills by providing energy ef-
ficiency improvements to low-income and elderly individuals. For more infor-
mation on the program call 214-819-1909.
     DCHHS recommends the use of caution to remain safe and healthy. Of par-
ticular concern are young children, the elderly and persons with chronic health
conditions. “Heat stroke and heat death are preventable conditions,” said
Dr. John Carlo, DCHHS Medical Director. “Having a thorough knowledge of the
disorder can help reduce the number of persons who become ill or who loose
their lives during our summer heat waves.”
     DCHHS officials also urge the public to remember to look before you leave
in order to avoid leaving a child in a car. Remember to NEVER leave a child in a
closed, parked car. In Texas leaving a child in a car is not only dangerous, it’s
also illegal. According to Texas law, anyone leaving a child younger than the
age of 7 unsupervised faces a Class C misdemeanor. If the child is hurt, the
person could be charged with child endangerment, a felony. DCHHS officials
ask that if you see a child left unattended in a parked car, to call 9-1-1 immediately.
      “It only takes a few minutes for the temperature inside a parked, closed vehicle to reach dangerous
levels, resulting in heat exhaustion or heat stroke,” said Dr. Carlo. “We are calling on every adult to help
safeguard the welfare of our children by first, never leaving a child in a closed, parked car and secondly,
by calling 911 immediately if you see a child in a parked car. Remember that your actions could very well
save a child’s life.”
     In addition officials ask all citizens to follow a few simple precautions and warnings to stay safe in the
sweltering summer months ahead:
     • Never leave a child unattended in a car, even if the windows are down and a windshield shade is in
         place or not even just to run a quick errand. The temperature can rise rapidly in a parked car, caus-
         ing the child to die. If you see a child left unattended in a parked car, call 9-1-1 immediately.
     • Know the first signs of heat-related illness - dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps. At the
         first sign, move to a cooler place, rest for a few minutes and slowly drink a cool beverage. Seek
         medical attention IMMEDIATELY if symptoms do not improve!
     • If you do not have cooled, air-conditioning in your home, you should go to mall, library and other
         places with air-conditioning.
     • Drink plenty of fluids; avoid drinks containing alcohol, caffeine or sugar.
     • Dress for the summer by wearing lightweight, light-colored clothing.
     • Take cool baths and showers frequently.
     • Exercise during evening and early morning hours when the temperature may be lower.
     • Encourage children and the elderly to stay in the shade.
     • Check frequently on ill or elderly friends, relatives, neighbors who may need help.
     • If you have pre-existing medical conditions, avoid strenuous and prolonged outdoor activities.
     • Listen to the news for heat alerts and public health messages.
     • Adjust to the environment. Sudden change in temperature – an early heat wave or travel to a hot-
         ter climate – will be stressful to the body. Limit your physical activity until you become accustomed
         to the heat.
     • Check with a doctor about the effects of sun and heat when taking prescription drugs, especially
         diuretics or antihistamines.
     For more information on summer heat precautions, visit our website at
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DCHHS Says Remember the Three Ds to Defend
Against West Nile
    May normally marks the beginning of West Nile Virus season in North Texas. However, while recent
heavy rains have caused an increase in the mosquito population, it has also delayed the start of West Nile
activity. How is this possible? Well, the mosquitos that are currently active and biting are Aedes vexans,
or “floodwater mosquito.” These particular mosquitos normally do not carry
West Nile virus or other mosquito-borne illnesses that can affect humans.
In fact, the mosquito that carries the West Nile virus in North Texas prefers
stagnant water found during droughts, like the ones we’ve seen the past two
    “This sudden explosion of mosquitos is a result of the recent rains which
have flooded low-lying areas where Aedes vexans mosquito eggss have laid
dormant for two years,” said Scott Sawlis, Entomologist for Dallas County
Health and Human Services (DCHHS). “And while, these mosquitos do bite
and are definetly a pest they do not pose a risk of exposing humans to mos-
quito borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus. In North Texas the culex mos-
quito or southern house mosquito is the vector for West Nile virus,” Sawlis
    “Since the average person can’t distinguish between the flood water and
house mosquitos, we encourage everyone to use the increase mosquito activity as a trial run for West
Nile Season and to be on the defense against mosquito bites,” said Zachary Thompson, DCHHS Director.
DCHHS encourages everyone to remember the three Ds to defend against West Nile – Dress in light color,
long clothing; Drain all standing water; and wear DEET or other insect repellent.
    Want to know if mosquitos carrying West Nile virus are in your neighborhood? Send an e-mail to to be added to the email list for the West Nile Watch. This publication is distrib-
uted by email weekly during mosquito season and contains a list of locations within Dallas County where
mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile Virus. “The West Nile Watch is another of our tools in
the fight against West Nile. Knowing that mosquitos carrying the virus are in your immediate area, should
send up a red flag to the public for the need to protect themselves, their families, and their homes,”
Thompson continued. The information is also availabe on the DCHHS website at
    Studies have shown that the majority of people who contracted the more serious form of West Nile vi-
rus did not use insect repellent. In 2006, Dallas County reported 101 confirmed human cases of West Nile
virus and four deaths. In 2005, Dallas County had 43 confirmed human cases of West Nile with one death.
In 2004, DCHHS reported a total of 16 human West Nile cases (6 with West Nile fever and 10 with neuro-
invasive West Nile) with no deaths. In 2003, Dallas County had a total of 54 human West Nile cases with 4
deaths. In 2002, the first year the virus was reported in Dallas County, there were 27 human cases with 3
    DCHHS continues to work with its municipal partners on additional strategies to protect Dallas County
residents from mosquito-borne illnesses. DCHHS West Nile prevention activities include surveillance,
source reduction, larvaciding (killing mosquito larvae or wigglers), adulticiding (spraying for adult mosqui-
toes), and public education. Dallas County has enhanced it’s early detection capability through the use
of gravid traps for mosquito collection and global positioning systems equipment provided by the Texas
Department of State Health Services (DSHS). For more information about mosquito activities in Dallas
County, call the DCHHS Environmental Health Division at 214-819-2115.
Backgrounder: Extreme Heat
from the Federal Emergency Management Agency
Emergency Information
   1. Heat kills by pushing the human body beyond its limits. Under normal conditions, the body’s inter-
       nal thermostat produces perspiration that evaporates and cools the body. However, in extreme heat
       and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal
   2. Most heat disorders occur because the victim has been overexposed to heat or has overexercised
       for his or her age and physical condition. Other conditions that can induce heat-related illnesses
       include stagnant atmospheric conditions and poor air quality.
   3. A prolonged drought can have a serious economic impact on a community. Increased demand for
       water and electricity may result in shortages of resources. Moreover, food shortages may occur if
       agricultural production is damaged or destroyed by a loss of crops or livestock.
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Summer Fun from the National Fire Prevention Associaion
The National Fire Prevention Association offers the following tips to make your summer safer:
Scooter, bike and pedestrian safety
    Scooters, bikes, in-line skates and skateboards are associ-
ated with numerous injuries yearly.
    • Wear a comfortable, properly fitted helmet bearing the
        label of an independent testing lab. Be sure that the
        helmet sits level on top of the head–not rocking in any
        direction–and always fasten the safety strap.
    • Be sure that safety gear (wrist, elbow and kneepads)
        fits properly and does not interfere with the rider’s
        movement, vision or hearing. Wrist pads are not rec-
        ommended for scooter riders as they may affect their
        ability to maneuver.
    • Ride scooters and bikes only on smooth, paved sur-
        faces and only ride during daylight hours.
    • Learn the proper hand signals and use them when you
        turn or stop.
    • Come to a complete stop before entering driveways,
        paths or sidewalks, then look left, right and left again
        for bikes, cars or pedestrians heading your way.
    • Teach crossing safety to children by example
Barbecue safety
    Beware when you barbecue. In 1999 alone, gas and char-
coal grills caused 1,500 structure fires and 4,200 outdoor fires
in or on home properties, resulting in a combined direct prop-
erty loss of $29.8 million, according to NFPA.
    • When using barbecue grills on decks or patios, be sure
        to leave sufficient space from siding and eaves.
    • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
    • Keep children and pets far away from grills.
    • With charcoal grills, only use charcoal starter fluids designed for barbecue grills and do not add
        fluid after coals have been lit.
    • With gas grills, be sure that the hose connection is tight and check hoses carefully for leaks. Apply-
        ing soapy water to the hoses will easily and safely reveal any leaks.
    • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and have the grill repaired by a professional, if nec-
Water safety
    Extra caution should be used when around water, for children and adults.
    • Only swim in approved areas.
    • Always supervise children near water at all times and make sure that children learn to swim.
    • Check the depth of the water with a lifeguard before jumping in.
    • Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved PFD (personal floatation device) when boating, jet-ski-
        ing, tubing or water-skiing. Air-filled swimming aids, like water wings or inner tubes, are not sub-
        stitutes for approved PFDs. An adult should always supervise children using these devices.
    • Be sure to extinguish all smoking materials and shut down motors, fans and heating devices before
        fueling a boat. In case of a spill, wipe up fuel immediately and check the bilge for fuel leakage and
        odors. After fueling and before starting the boat’s motor, ventilate with the blower for at least four
Camping safety tips
    • Always use a flame retardant tent and set up camp far away from the campfire.
    • Only use flashlights or battery-powered lanterns inside the tent or any other closed space, not liq-
        uid-filled heaters or lanterns.
    • Always build your campfire down wind away from your tent. Clear all vegetation and dig a pit sur-
        rounded by rocks before building your campfire.
    • Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline) away from your tent and campfire and only use dry kindling
        to freshen a campfire.

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Summer Fun Tips                                                                 June 2007
continued from page 19
    • Always put out a campfire when going to sleep or leaving the
        campsite. To extinguish the fire, cover with dirt or pour water   June 1 - (Cancelled due to
        over it.                                                          scheduling conflict) Mayor’s
Fireworks                                                                 Open Line. 8:00 a.m. – 10:00
    Fireworks lead to thousands of injuries requiring emergency room
treatment, according to NFPA. These dazzling, but dangerous devices       a.m. at City Hall. 203 E. Wheat-
can burn up to 1200 F and can cause burns, lacerations, amputations       land Rd.
and blindness. Stay safe by always leaving fireworks to professionals.    June 5 - Duncanville City Coun-
    • Stay back at least 500 feet from professional fireworks dis-
        plays.                                                            cil Meeting. 7:00 p.m. at City
    • Treat all fireworks, whether legal or illegal for consumers, as     Hall. 203 E. Wheatland Rd.
        suitable only for use by trained professionals.                   June 6 - Teen Court. 5:00 p.m.
    • If you find fireworks, do not touch them but instead direct au-
        thorities to them.                                                at City Hall
    • Leave any area where amateurs are using fireworks.                  June 11 - Planning & Zoning
NFPA does not test, label or approve any products.                        Commission. 7:00 p.m. at City
Best Southwest Family First Day in the                                    Hall. 203 E. Wheatland Rd.
Community                                                                 June 11 - DISD Board Meeting.
    Tickets are now on sale for the BEST SOUTHWEST FAMILY FIRST           7:00 p.m. at DISD Technology
DAY IN THE COMMUNITY in the conjunction with the Best Southwest           Center
Juneteenth Festival, Saturday, June 16 in Cedar Hill. The Best South-
west cities include Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville and Lancaster.        June 13 - Teen Court. 5:00
    Prices for tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased at the Dun-        p.m. at City Hall
canville Chamber of Commerce or the Duncanville Public Library. The       June 19 - Duncanville City
luncheon will be held on June 13th from 11:30-1:00pm at the Hilton
Garden Inn. The guest speaker for the luncheon will be Greg Fields.       Council Meeting. 7:00 p.m. at
Melody Shelby (senior jazz singer), Katrina Woodle (gospel singer)        City Hall. 203 E. Wheatland Rd.
accompanied by Mr. Micheal Hemphill on the piano and Jeff Aycock on       June 26 - Friends of the Dun-
the saxophone will be performing at the luncheon!
                                                                          canville Public Library. 7:00
Extreme Heat Information                                                   p.m. at Library 201 James Col-
continued from page 18
Danger Zones                                                               lins Blvd Meeting Room #3.
    All areas in the United States are at risk of drought at any time of   June 25 - Planning & Zoning
the year. Drought gripped much of the West and Midwest from 1987           Commission. 7:00 p.m. at City
to 1991. The Missouri River Basin and California have experienced
                                                                           Hall. 203 E. Wheatland Rd.
extended periods of drought as well.
What is Extreme Heat?
    Temperatures that hover 10 degrees or more above the average high temperature for the region and
last for several weeks are defined as extreme heat. Humid or muggy conditions, which add to the discom-
fort of high temperatures, occur when a “dome” of high atmospheric pressure traps hazy, damp air near
the ground. Excessively dry and hot conditions can provoke dust storms and low
visibility. Droughts occur when a long period passes without substantial rainfall. A
heat wave combined with a drought is a very dangerous situation.
Did You Know...
    • In a normal year, approximately 175 Americans die from extreme heat.
         Young children, elderly people, and those who are sick or overweight are
         more likely to become victims.
    • Because men sweat more than women, men are more susceptible to heat
         illness because they become more quickly dehydrated.
    • Sunburn can significantly slow the skin’s ability to release excess heat.
    • People living in urban areas may be at a greater risk from the effects of
         a prolonged heat wave than people living in rural regions. An increased
         health problem can occur when stagnant atmospheric conditions trap pol-
         lutants in urban areas, thus adding contaminated air to excessively hot

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