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Community E-NEWS
NOVEMBER 2010
In This Issue
Holiday Events
Holiday Closures
Veterans Day Ceremony
Build A Playground
Arts & Humanities Offer Grants
Volunteers Recognized
City Progress Report
Your City Council
City Manager's Book Club
Join Our Mailing List
Holiday Events
Candy Cane
Holiday Parade on Main Street
  Saturday, November 20
More info here...

Christmas Lights
Light Up Main!
Saturday, December 4
Main Street
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
More info here...

Community Playground Build Day!
Sat. December 4
Wedgewood Park
Kenwood Drive @ Cypress
Activities begin at 8:30 a.m.
Volunteer here!

City offices close to observe holidays

Turkey

Thanksgiving

Closed

Thursday, November 25 & Friday, November 26.

 

TThere will be no garbage collection on Thanksgiving Day. Trash pickup will be delayed by one day.

 

Wreath

 Christmas

Closed

Thursday, December 23 & Friday, December 24.

Please call 911 for emergencies.

 


Greetings!

Thank you for reading the latest edition of your Rowlett Community E-NEWS Newsletter. We listen to you, our citizens, daily as you call, email and visit us, and we do our best to keep you informed of the issues that affect you and your neighborhood.
Community to honor Veterans

FlagPlease join the City of Rowlett and the community as we honor our military Veterans on Thursday, November 11 at 4:30 p.m. at Veterans Park, just west of the Library at 3900 Main Street. Veterans Day is a time when the community comes together to give thanks to those who have served and sacrificed for their country. Please join us to show your support and appreciation to those who have given us our freedom.


Volunteers needed to build playground

Parks and Rec Kaboom logoPut on your tool belts and come on down to help the community build a new playground at Wedgewood Park near the Kenwood Heights neighborhood. The City of Rowlett has received a grant to construct the playground through KaBoom!, an organization that recognizes communities for outstanding Parks and Recreation programs.

In October, designers from KaBoom! came to Rowlett and gathered children from the community and had them submit drawings of what kind of playground they want. Those drawings were then taken to designers who narrowed the choices down to three designs. Online voters then selected the final design.

We hope to see you bright and early on December 4, with tools in hand, to help your community build this exciting new playground!

When: Saturday, December 4 @ 8:30 a.m.

Where: Wedgewood Park, Kenwood Dr. @ Cypress, just north of WalMart.

A special ribbon cutting ceremony will take place upon completion of the playground at 2:30 p.m.

For more information, please click here.

Arts & Humanities Commission offers grants

The Rowlett Arts & Humanities Commission announces that grants for Rowlett based cultural arts group are now available. These mini grants are available for non-profit organizations that promote the arts in Rowlett.

Grant applications are available on line at the City's website hereThe deadline for the applications is December 15, 2010 and awards will be announced in late January 2011. 

Volunteers recognized at banquet
Volunteer of the Year & Richard Huff Awards presented
More than 175 people attended the Annual Boards and Commissions Volunteer Banquet this year to be honored for their many hours of service to the City of Rowlett.
Leisa PeeblesCONGRATULATIONS to this year's recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award, Leisa Peebles. Leisa is a member of the Traffic & Safety Advisory Commission and an active member of CERT, the Community Emergency Response Team. Leisa is also active in countless community organizations and gives thousands of hours of service to our City each year.

Pictured above are City Manager Lynda Humble and Leisa Peebles.
  
Pastor Steve LeatherwoodThe 2010 recipient of the Richard Huff Award for outstanding public service is Pastor Steve Leatherwood. Pastor Steve serves as the Rowlett Police & Fire Chaplain and Pastor of the Rowlett First Baptist Church.
Pictured at right are Mayor Pro Tem Todd Gottel and Pastor Steve Leatherwood.
See all photos on the City's Flickr site here.
City Manager presents progress report

City Manager Lynda Humble recently presented the Rowlett City Council with an update of the City's Work Plan which is a progress report on the many accomplishments of the City made during the FY 2010 budget year. You may see the presentation here

Your 2010-11 City Council

August 2010 Council Group
Pictured left to right: Councilmember Chris Kilgore, Councilmember Donna Davis; Mayor Pro Tem Todd Gottel; Mayor John E. Harper; Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Jackson; Councilmember Michael Gallops and Councilmember Doug Phillips.

The City Council meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in the Council Chambers at 4000 Main Street. Meetings are broadcast live on RTN16 and on Streaming Video from rowlett.com under Streaming Video tab at the top right side of the home page. The meetings are also replayed throughout the week on Cable Channel RTN16. See the schedule here. For information on meetings and to view upcoming agendas, please click here.
Please note that due to the holiday there will be only one City Council meeting in December, on Tuesday, December 7.

City Manager's Book Club
River of Doubt Book

Join City Manager Lynda Humble for an exciting discussion of The River of Doubt: Theadore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey, by Candice Millard on Thursday, November 18 at 7 p.m. at the Rowlett Public Library, 3900 Main Street. This exciting book club meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Library.
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