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Community E-NEWS
SEPTEMBER 2010
In This Issue
Know Your Mayor, City Council
City Manager's Book Club
Follow Us
Electronic Recycling
Movies on Main
Citizens' Police Academy
Become a Volunteer
Playful City USA
New TV Show 'Ask Lynda'
Prevent Vehicle Burglaries
Preparedness Month
Mayor's TV Show
National Night Out
Know Your Mayor, City Council
Mayor John Harper
Mayor
 
Todd Gottel 
Mayor Pro Tem Place 4
 
Patrick Jackson for web
Deputy Mayor Pro Tem, Place 3
 
Doug Phillips
Place 1
 
Donna Davis for web
Place 2
 
Chris Kilgore
Place 5
 
Michael Gallops for web
Place 6
 
Email individual Councilmembers by clicking on their names above, or email the Council as a whole here
The City Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month.
Meeting information and agendas available here.  
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City Manager's
  Book Club
 Thurs., Sept. 16
Rowlett Public Library
7 p.m.
Book Discussion:
Water For Elephants
by
Sara Gruen
Join Rowlett City Manager Lynda Humble for this enlightening discussion. 
Upcoming events/meetings
 Labor Day
Sept. 6
City offices closed 
Sept. 7 & 21
 
Movies on Main
Sept. 10, 17 & 24
 
National Night Out
October 5

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Keep Rowlett Beautiful
will be hosting this event on 
Saturday, October 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Home Depot parking lot on SH 66. Contact KRB here for  more information.
 
Greetings!  
Thank you for reading the Rowlett Community E-NEWS Newsletter! Each month we bring you the latest information about your hometown. You told us you wanted to have better communication with your City and this newsletter is one way we are keeping our commitment to you to provide better communication with you! You talked, we listened!
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Rowlett is ranked in the top 25 "Best Places to Live" by Money Magazine. Watch the video message from Mayor John Harper here.
 
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Watch movies under the stars with us
Bring your family, blankets, lawn chairs and picnics to Main Street on Friday nights in September to enjoy free movies on the lawn of the Library, 3900 Main.  
Friday, September 10 - Astro Boy
Friday, September 17 - G Force
Friday, September 24 - Princess and the Frog
Open seating at 6:30 p.m. - children's activities available
Movies start at dusk.
 In case of rain, movies will be moved inside City Hall.
Go to the Parks & Recreation website here for more info.
Citizens Police Academy starts Sept. 9
The Rowlett Police Department is looking for a few good citizens to enroll in the next Citizens Police Academy that will be starting September 9, 2010. Classes will be held once a week on Thursdays from 7-10 p.m. Through this program, citizens will have the opportunity to learn more about patrol, crime scene investigation, traffic stops, communications, SWAT and more. Citizens will get to experience firsthand the steps involved in making a felony traffic stop, crime scene processing and firearms qualification.
In this training/educational program we hope to influence responsible citizens who can reach out in the community, conveying a new perception of what public safety is. The Citizens Police Academy is an effective tool that will assist the public in gaining an understanding of the job that police officers do, while they are educated in the methodology of policing. Registration continues through Sept. 7. Please contact Officer Dianna Bell at 972-412-6242 or email her here
Become a Volunteer 
Volunteer imageInterested in volunteering with the City of Rowlett? Now's your chance to learn all about the opportunities available. Join us on Monday, September 13 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Rowlett Community Centre, 5300 Main for the Volunteer Fair. Not only will you discover what it takes to serve on a board or commission, but you will be introduced to the numerous volunteer organizations that help make this City so great! There are volunteer opportunities in the areas of public safety, animal services, library, City Hall, parks & recreation and special events just to name a few. Please email Denise Perrin, Community Relations Specialist, or call 972-412-6192 for more information about this special event.
 
Rowlett named 'Playful City USA'
The non-profit organization KaBOOM! has selected Rowlett as one of only 118 cities across the nation, and one of only six Texas cities, to be named a Playful City USA for its outstanding dedication to play and notable aspect of its commitment to children. The award recognizes Rowlett for engaging its citizens to promote play and for engaging its citizens to promote neighborhood park locations and play space amenities. 
Two of Rowlett's new recreation programs qualified Rowlett for the designation. The first, called "Come Out & Play", is a program that reintroduces youth to nutrition, physical activitiy, arts and outdoor education. The other is called "Community Play Day", which encourages kids to take a 'recess' from the couch potato activities and eating habits that contribute to childhood obesity. The first Community Play Day was held on July 29, at Community Park, and over 300 citizens came out to celebrate the importance of play with  volleyball, fishing, bounce houses, sack races and more! It was a very successful event to kick off Rowlett's status as a Playful City USA. Read the news release here.
ASK LYNDA 
Lynda HumbleTake advantage of a new show on RTN16 called "Ask Lynda" in which you may submit questions directly to City Manager Lynda Humble and possibly have them answered on the air on RTN16, the City's cable access channel. The program starts this month, so hurry and get your questions in. Simply email asklynda@rowlett.com.
Rowlett Police provide tips to prevent motor vehicle burglaries
Eddie Eagle
 
Vehicle burglaries increase during the summer months and this year is no exception. 

An analysis of the data for January - July 2010 shows that Rowlett had 160 reported thefts from vehicles. In 51 of these incidents the vehicle was left "unlocked" by the owner. This means that the thieves used no force to gain entry to the vehicle and take whatever they wanted. Over 90 percent of these motor vehicle burglaries have occurred between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. on residential streets or in driveways.
Property taken includes computers, purses, wallets, money, GPS devices, and other valuables. The Rowlett Police Department has provided tips for vehicle owners to prevent vehicle break-ins.  Click here to read these prevention measures.
 
SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH!
 Make it your goal during the month of September to update your emergency supply kit, both for home and the car. Check the contacts on your personal communications plan, or create one if you don't have one! 
Go to the Rowlett Ready website here for more information. There, you'll find:
Resources
You may also visit ready.gov for more info.
New edition of Mayor's show now on RTN16 TV, streaming
On The Water taping photoWant to know what's going on in your hometown? Simply tune into RTN16, the City's cable access channel to watch "Rowlett. On the Water. On the Move" hosted by Mayor John Harper with co-host Mayor Pro Tem Todd Gottel.
Each month, the show brings you the latest information about programs, projects and other issues facing Rowlett.
This month, the program also features interviews with Ian DiFranco with the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) and Whitney Laning with the Rowlett Citizen Corps Council (RCCC). 
This monthly news show airs four times a day: 6 a.m., noon, 6 p.m. and midnight. It is also available 24/7 on rowlett.com on streaming video under the "Specialty" tab. This program is produced entirely in-house by Mayor Harper and Drew Rist, Rowlett TV/Video producer. For a schedule of programs on RTN16, please go to the City's website here.
National Night Out - Oct. 5
Plans for the 2010 Texas National Night Out on Tuesday, October 5, are in full swing. The purpose of National Night Out is for people to turn on their porch lights, lock their doors and come on outside and get to know their neighbors, thereby letting criminals know that this neighborhood is organized and fighting back against crime. 
Is your HOA, Neighborhood Association or Crime Watch planning an event in your neighborhood? If so, the Rowlett Police and Fire Rescue Departments would love the opportunity to drop in and visit with everyone. They can bring the SWAT vehicle, squad cars, Fire Engines and more for kids and adults to enjoy. The Mayor, City Manager and members of the City Council will also be stopping in on all the celebrations.
Please contact Community Services Officer Dianna Bell via
email or at 972-412-6242 to sign your neighborhood up or for more information. 
Thank you for allowing the City of Rowlett to be part of your neighborhood's Texas National Night Out festivities!
 
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