The Perfect Blend of Family, Community and Business
BMV (Burglary of Motor Vehicle)
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
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;
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.
duncanvilledeputies.com 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
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-
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-
more.com/duncanville or call 972-780-5051.
Take, Lock, Hide: Reduce Motor Vehicle
Water Billing 972-780-5010 Burglaries
COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
continued from page 1
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.
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 www.duncanville.com 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
SPECIAL INTEREST NUMBERS
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. email@example.com
Chamber Offices 972-780-4990
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
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 www.duncanville.com 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
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 www.ReadingwithRingling.com.
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
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.
Date: Classes are ongoing
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.
Costs: $120 for 7 weeks
Location: Rotary Park
Instructor: Helen Cariotis
“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
Basketball Camp Dallas Zoo Soccer Camp
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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
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
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
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
Year of Range Contaminant Average Level Minimum Level Maximum Level MCL MCLG Units of Measure Source of Contaminant
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
2006 Atrazine 0/39 0.16 0.61 3 3 ppb Runoff from herbicide used on row crops
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
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 St.to 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.
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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
June 12, Tuesday 7:00 PM Sandy Sommerfeld Frog Prince
June 19, Tuesday 7:00 PM Sandy Sommerfeld Little Red Hen
June 26, Tuesday 7:00 PM Sandy Sommerfeld Noah’s Ark
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,
July 17, Tuesday 7:00 PM Jake & Teresa Sail Away with Music
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
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.
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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
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, www.duncanville.com, 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
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 www.dallascounty.org.
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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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.dallascounty.org
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
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
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-
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-
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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