Dallas Park and Recreation to host Pumpkins on the Plaza

Dallas Park and Recreation to host Pumpkins on the Plaza

The City of Dallas’ Park and Recreation Department will host “Pumpkins on the Plaza,” at City Hall, 4 – 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 21.

This free event will feature:

  • Costume contests for both kids and pets
  • Pumpkin patch with pumpkin painting
  • Inflatables
  • Games
  • Floating pumpkin art display
  • Music and entertainment
  • Food trucks

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Inc 5000 – The Top 10 Business Hubs for Fast Growing Companies in2017 – Dallas #8

No one says you need to start up in your home town. From coast to coast, here are the 10 U.S. cities nurturing the most fast-growing private companies of 2017.
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Dallas Public Library wins Innovations Award

Dallas Library | City of Dallas

The Dallas Public Library’s GED Testing and Workforce Development Project has been recognized for its innovation as a tool for Dallas adults to earn their GED by the Urban Libraries Council. Having a GED allows Dallas residents to hold better jobs and earn high wages. In some parts of Dallas, nearly 50 percent of adults over the age of 25 have less than a high school education.

Dallas Public Library’s GED Testing and Workforce Development Project was created to address the needs of the nearly 28 percent of Dallas County adults with less than a high-school education. Dallas Public Library opened the first GED testing center in a public library in Texas and has since become the leader among Dallas area certified testing centers. In 2016, the library administered the most exams (870) with the most graduates (131) and highest pass rate (79 percent). The Library also offers scholarships for qualifying learners.

“By offering GED testing in our Central Library and full scholarships in partnership with Atmos Energy, we have lowered barriers for adults seeking to change their lives. The testing center allows the library to walk with adults through their GED journey and beyond to pursuing better jobs or higher education,” said Jo Giudice, Director of Libraries.

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West Nile Alert: DCHHS reports 26th human case of West Nile Virus

West Nile Alert: DCHHS reports 26th human case of West Nile Virus

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is reporting the 26th human case of West Nile Virus infection in Dallas County for the year 2017. The case is a resident of the 75248 zip code of Dallas. The patient was diagnosed with West Nile neuroinvasive disease. For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, DCHHS does not provide additional identifying information.
“Our mosquito surveillance program and the county and municipal abatement teams are taking appropriate actions to ensure the safety of our residents. However, it is important for residents to take the necessary precautions,” said Zachary Thompson, DCHHS director.

The best way to avoid exposure to West Nile Virus is to avoid mosquito bites. Residents should use the 4Ds to reduce their risk:
• DEET All Day, Every Day: Whenever you’re outside, use insect repellents that contain DEET or other EPA approved repellents and follow instructions.
• Dress: Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing outside.
• Drain: Drain or treat all standing water in and around your home or workplace.
Dusk & Dawn: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

“Since there is no vaccine or specific antiviral treatments for WNV infection, residents should adhere to preventive measures to protect themselves and their loved ones,” said Dr. Christopher Perkins, DCHHS medical director/health authority.

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West Nile Alert: DCHHS reports 25th human case of West Nile Virus

West Nile Alert: DCHHS reports 25th human case of West Nile Virus

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is reporting the 25th human case of West Nile Virus infection in Dallas County for the year 2017. The case is a resident of the 75248 zip code of Dallas. The patient was diagnosed with West Nile neuroinvasive disease. For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, DCHHS does not provide additional identifying information.
“Our mosquito surveillance program and the county and municipal abatement teams are taking appropriate actions to ensure the safety of our residents. However, it is important for residents to take the necessary precautions,” said Zachary Thompson, DCHHS director.

The best way to avoid exposure to West Nile Virus is to avoid mosquito bites. Residents should use the 4Ds to reduce their risk:
• DEET All Day, Every Day: Whenever you’re outside, use insect repellents that contain DEET or other EPA approved repellents and follow instructions.
• Dress: Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing outside.
• Drain: Drain or treat all standing water in and around your home or workplace.
• Dusk & Dawn: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
“Since there is no vaccine or specific antiviral treatments for WNV infection, residents should adhere to preventive measures to protect themselves and their loved ones,” said Dr. Christopher Perkins, DCHHS medical director/health authority.

For more information on mosquito prevention, go to: />
For information on previously reported cases and zip codes impacted by WNV go to:

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Dallas Mavs help City employees with Hurricane Maria relief efforts

Dallas Mavs help City employees with Hurricane Maria relief efforts

J.J. Barea with Sr. Corporal Carlos Alicea his daughter and niece.

On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria passed through the Caribbean as a category 5, just two weeks after Hurricane Irma, also a category 5 storm. These storms ravaged the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands. The hurricanes left many people homeless, without power or drinking water. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban quickly jumped into action, lending his plane to Maverick player and Puerto Rico native J.J. Barea and crew to fly in necessary supplies during the crisis.

The Mavericks’ plane has since made multiple humanitarian trips to Puerto Rico. That outreach helped ease the minds of City employees, including Dallas police officers who are from Puerto Rico. They traveled to the island and helped unload the much-needed food, water, and medicine.  Some of the employees were able to bring family members back to the U.S. while the island rebuilds.

Sr. Corporal Carlos Cruz and Sr. Corporal Ivan Saldaña with Saldaña’s brother.

“I’m extremely grateful to them for letting me help my island and letting me bring my daughter home” said Sr. Corporal Carlos Alicea, whose daughter attends school in Puerto Rico. Communication lines are still out over most of the island, which has made it very difficult for him and others to find out if their loved ones were okay.

Sr. Corporal Ivan Saldaña was eager to help back home.

“It’s hard as a first responder to not be able to help your own family,” said Saldaña who was met by his brother, a Puerto Rican state trooper, at the airport.  City of Dallas Public Information Officer Monica Cordova was on the second flight to Puerto Rico. “It was an honor to be able to help in any way,” she said. “We are all very grateful to Mark Cuban and his great staff.”

 

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Dallas Public Library kicks off third annual Backpack Challenge

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The Dallas Public Library is asking residents of the metro Dallas area to collect supplies and backpacks for the third annual Backpack Challenge and Giveaway. Backpacks and supplies can be dropped off at any Dallas Public Library location by Wednesday, November 15. The winter supply and backpack collection raises awareness of the issues facing those experiencing homelessness in Dallas for National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, November 11-19. Backpacks will be distributed to library visitors experiencing homelessness starting at 10 am on Wednesday, November 22 at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St., 75201.

In 2016, the Dallas Public Library collected and distributed over 250 backpacks to library visitors experiencing homelessness. This year, the library hopes to increase its impact with a goal to collect and distribute 500 backpacks. Metro Dallas residents are asked to work with their families, coworkers and friends to fill gender neutral backpacks with the following materials:

  • Gloves
  • Winter hat
  • Rain poncho
  • Warm socks
  • Scarf
  • Wool or fleece blanket
  • Travel-sized toiletries: soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, mouthwash, toothpaste, deodorant, feminine hygiene products
  • Deck of cards
  • Plastic water bottle
  • Personal note of encouragement

“Winter is a difficult and even dangerous time for our neighbors experiencing homelessness,” said Dallas Public Library Adult Services Administrator Heather Lowe. “The Backpack Challenge and Giveaway is an opportunity for the library and metro Dallas residents to help keep their homeless neighbors warm this winter. It also allows the library a chance to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with our neighbors and remind them we care.”

For those looking to volunteer with the event, there will be opportunities to help library staff sort and pack materials as well as write notes of encouragement. For those wishing to donate monetarily, donations can be made to the Friends of the Dallas Public Library using the phrase “Backpack Challenge.”

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