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Fireworks Safety and City Ordinance

June 25, 2015 

Fireworks are often used to commemorate special events and holidays, however, fireworks are not always safe in the hands of consumers. If you plan to enjoy fireworks this summer, Garland Fire Department reminds you to stay safe by using caution at all times.

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Tips for Safe Cooking

June 19, 2015 

Did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries? By following a few safe cooking tips, you can prevent these fires in your own home.

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July is Park and Recreation Month

June 16, 2015 

Garland celebrates National Park and Recreation Month this July. The parks and recreation facilities run by the City of Garland offer ample opportunities for residents to Get Out & Play!

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Mayor's Evening In

June 16, 2015 

Mayor Douglas Athas will host an Evening In event from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 25. This month's event will be held in the Mayor's Office, 200 N. Fifth St.

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Garland Health Department - Public Health Notice

June 12, 2015 

On June 11, 2015, the Garland Health Department (GHD) received a report of laboratory confirmed presence of West Nile Virus (WNV) in mosquitos collected in the 5700 block of Indian Hills Drive. This is the first confirmed presence of WNV in mosquitos in Garland in 2015.

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NUSA Recognizes Garland Neigborhoods

June 12, 2015 

Representatives from the City of Garland Planning & Community Development Department attended the annual Neighborhoods, USA Conference in Houston, where two Garland neighborhoods were recognized.

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Safe Summer Grilling Tips

June 5, 2015 

Outdoor grilling is popular throughout the year, but especially during the summer. The Garland Fire Department reminds everyone to be careful around the grill to prevent fires, burns, and property damage.

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Avoid Flood Recovery Scams

June 5, 2015 

With communities across Texas impacted by disastrous storms, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is urging residents to be weary of scams and fraud.

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Garland Fire Captain Earns Esteemed Certification

May 29, 2015 

Congratulations to Garland Fire Captain David Gott for earning his Structural Collapse Level V certification as an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Specialist from the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and the Texas A&M University System.

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Offices Closed for Memorial Day Holiday

May 22, 2015 

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, all City of Garland offices, libraries, recreation and senior centers will be closed Monday, May 25. Trash, recycling, brush and bulky items will be collected on their regular Tuesday-Thursday schedules.

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Garland Fire Department Celebrates Class 47 Graduates

May 15, 2015 

The Garland Fire Department would like to congratulate Recruit Class 47 on their graduation from the fire academy. A ceremony was held May 6, and graduates will be attending EMT school or head to the stations to begin their careers. Best of luck to each and every one of you!

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City Council and City Manager Swearing-In

May 8, 2015 

An official swearing-in ceremony is set for Tuesday, May 19, for Mayor Douglas Athas, District 3 City Council Member Stephen Stanley, District 6 City Council Member Lori Dodson, District 7 City Council Member Scott LeMay and District 8 City Council Member/Mayor Pro Tem Jim Cahill.

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Fire Hydrant Testing

May 1, 2015 

The Garland Fire Department and Water Department are working together on hydrant testing. Firefighters and their equipment will be seen throughout the city on any given day, at various times, opening hydrants and flushing water.

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Summer Fun at Firewheel Golf Park

May 1, 2015 

Firewheel Golf Park is kicking off the summer season with special offers for golfers of all ages. The public is encouraged to come test their skills, learn new techniques or enjoy a meal at Firewheel!

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City Employee Recognized for Excellence in Neighborhood Service

April 24, 2015 

<p>On April 21,&nbsp;Mayor Douglas Athas awarded Reinaldo Zavala with the Excellence in Neighborhood Service Award as an excellent representative of the City of Garland. Zavala's friendly customer service and volunteerism have enhanced the Animal Services Department's ability to engage Garland residents.</p>

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Trash-Off Postponed

April 8, 2015 

Organizers of Saturday's Trash Off have postponed their event due to weather-related conditions. A new date will be announced soon.

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Garland Youth Council Hosts Teen Talk 2015

April 3, 2015 

The City of Garland wants to hear from Garland youth about growing a better community, now and for the future! The Garland Youth Council (GYC) will host its annual Garland Teen Talk event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Plaza Theatre.

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Garland Prepares to Celebrate its History

April 3, 2015 

Celebrate Garland’s rich history on Saturday, April 11, 2015 as Downtown Garland hosts the second annual Garland Heritage Celebration. The day will feature musical entertainment, a model train exhibit and fun for the entire family.

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City Wellness Program Picks Up Prestigious Awards

April 3, 2015 

The City of Garland’s Wellness Program was recently recognized by the American Heart Association as a Fit-Friendly Worksite for the sixth year in a row. The program also received the Dallas Business Journal's Healthiest Employer award.

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Garland Youth Council Applications Now Being Accepted

April 2, 2015 

The Garland City Council wants to hear from the city's youth and invites young people to apply to serve on the Garland Youth Council (GYC). Garland residents who will be in grades 9-12 during the 2015-16 school year are eligible to apply. Application deadline is Friday, May 1.

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Bring Pace House Photos to April 11 Home Tours

March 31, 2015 

Anyone who was married in Garland's Historic Pace House or who was honored at any event during the time the Pace House was an events center for the City of Garland is encouraged to bring photos of those events to the historic home tour in Travis College Hill Addition on Saturday, April 11.

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Council Member B.J. Williams Earns NLC Certificate

March 20, 2015 

The Mayor and several members of the Garland City Council recently attended the National League of Cities (NLC) conference in Washington, D.C. District 4 Council Member B.J. Williams brought home a special honor from the trip—He earned his Bronze Certificate from the NLC University program.

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Library Receives 2014 Achievement of Excellence Award

March 20, 2015 

For the tenth consecutive year, Garland’s Nicholson Memorial Library System is a recipient of the Achievement of Excellence in Libraries Award. The Texas Municipal Library Directors Association presents the award to libraries that have demonstrated service excellence through the attainment of specific service criteria

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Winter Weather Information

February 23, 2015 

Although City of Garland government offices are open, winter weather conditions may impact some services. Click "MORE" for closures and cancellations.

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World Travel Information at Garland Libraries

February 20, 2015 

Planning a business trip or vacation to a major world city? Find out everything you need to know about your destination with A to Z World Travel, a free online resource available to Nicholson Memorial Library System cardholders.

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Garland Firefighters Receive Valor Award

February 20, 2015 

Two Garland firefighters will receive the Texas Fire Chiefs Association’s Valor Award on Feb. 24. Capt. Sid Bolt and Firefighter Shane Walker are being honored following a Nov. 19, 2014 incident during which they rescued a child from a burning home.

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State of the City Address Monday, March 2

February 20, 2015 

Due to an inclement weather statement issued by The National Weather Service, and for the safety of those attending, the Garland Chamber of Commerce has decided to postpone their February Luncheon to Monday, March 2. Please note this postponement will also include the State of the City Address.

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Garland Housing Finance Corporation Board

February 19, 2015 

The City of Garland is accepting applications for an individual to represent the City on the Garland Housing Finance Corporation (GHFC) Board of Directors for a six-year term ending August 31, 2020. Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest and resume to the City Manager’s Office at 200 N. Fifth Street, 4th Floor, Garland, TX 75040 or by email at admin@garlandtx.gov no later than Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at 5 p.m.

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Love Stories at Senior Social Hour

February 13, 2015 

Storyteller Gwen Caldwell presents tales of love at the Nicholson Memorial Library System’s Senior Social Hour. She appears at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Central Library, 625 Austin St.

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State of the City Address

February 11, 2015 

Garland Mayor Douglas Athas will present his second State of the City Address at the Garland Chamber of Commerce's February Luncheon on Monday, Feb. 23.

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SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training Scheduled

February 6, 2015 

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth wants to help you prepare for the 2015 severe weather season. To help get you ready, the National Weather Service will offer a free class of the SKYWARN severe weather program on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Limited Tax Forms Available at Garland Libraries

February 6, 2015 

Individuals in need of tax forms can soon find a limited amount of printed forms at the Nicholson Memorial Library System’s Central Library and South Garland Branch Library. The libraries will offer the 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ forms.

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How We Grow Garland: Office of Emergency Management

February 6, 2015 

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) staffers are sometimes called “professional paranoids,” but their job is to identify, prepare for, respond to and manage recovery from the emergency situations that impact our community. Such preparation is critical for any efforts to Grow Garland so that the City will be ready to conduct business and support the community in response to any crisis.

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Kids Create Stained Glass Art at Garland Library

January 30, 2015 

Children who enjoy crafts are invited to make their own stained glass art with Art Explorers, presented by the Nicholson Memorial Library System. The event takes place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Walnut Creek Branch Library, 3319 Edgewood Drive.

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City Manager Announces Retirement

January 22, 2015 

Garland City Manager William E. Dollar will retire June 1, 2015, after serving the City for almost 44 years. Mr. Dollar announced his retirement to the Mayor and City Council during the Jan. 20 City Council meeting.

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JobNow Online Preparation Service

January 21, 2015 

Searching for a new job or career? Need help creating a resume or preparing for an interview? Find assistance with each of these needs through JobNow, an online resource available to Nicholson Memorial Library cardholders

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Pet Adoption Center Offers Extended Hours

January 21, 2015 

The Pet Adoption Center located at 813 Main St. is now open Saturdays! In an effort to find homes for as many animals as possible, the Pet Adoption Center has extended its work hours to include Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

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Garland Recognized for Financial Transparency

January 21, 2015 

The State Comptroller has granted the Platinum Leadership Circle Award to the City of Garland. The designation is awarded to local governments that implement financial transparency reporting in an accessible format that adheres to specific reporting standards.

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Garland's GREAT Homes Project Earns National Award

January 21, 2015 

The partnership between the City of Garland’s GREAT Homes Program and Green Extreme Homes has earned the Audrey Nelson Community Development Award from the National Community Development Association. The award was presented in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 23, 2015.

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Parks Department Earns LERN Award

December 11, 2014 

Learning Resources Network (LERN) selected the City of Garland’s Parks and Recreation Department as the top winner for management practices among lifelong learning and continuing education providers.

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City of Garland Earns Video Awards

December 11, 2014 

The City of Garland is adding four new trophies to its collection from the annual statewide Government Programming Awards. The awards were presented at the Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors (TATOA) conference in early November.

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Garland Celebrates America Recycles Day

November 7, 2014 
Garland is joining thousands of cities across the United States to observe America Recycles Day on Nov. 15. This Saturday, Environmental Waste Services will sponsor two events to celebrate the power of recycling.
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Lawn Watering Update

November 4, 2014 
Garland extends once a week watering through the end of November. Water customers may continue to water their lawns with sprinklers on their designated garbage pickup day.
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Tree Power Free Tree Giveaway

October 24, 2014 
The Tree Power Free Tree program teams Garland Power & Light with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department to provide a free tree for Garland residents in an effort to conserve energy and beautify the community.
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Garland Home Recevies Housing Innovation Award

October 23, 2014 
Garland is home to a national role model for energy efficiency. A 1953 home in Garland’s English Estates neighborhood is the first to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Zero Energy Ready Home program as a high performance certified retrofit.
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Early Voting Information

October 23, 2014 
Early voting for this year’s General Election will be held from Monday, Oct. 20 through Friday, Oct. 31. All Dallas and Collin County registered voters will cast their votes in the County in which they reside.

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2014 Garland Neighborhood Summit

October 20, 2014 
The City of Garland is excited to host the 12th Annual Neighborhood Summit from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. This engaging and interactive event will provide the opportunity for attendees to explore trends that will help everyone to fully own and participate in the reality of a better, more sustainable and more beautiful Garland.
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Council District Updates Begin Airing Oct. 30

October 20, 2014 
Every year, each Garland City Council member has an opportunity to host a program on CGTV to update their constituents on important developments in their districts and answer questions. These pre-recorded programs will begin airing on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.
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Public Health Update - Ebola Information

October 17, 2014 
At least five contacts in Garland are being monitored by Dallas County Health and Human Services. These contacts were on Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 with the second nurse that tested positive for the virus. One of the contacts in Garland is not under an official quarantine, but has been asked by Dallas County Health to stay home for 21 days and is being monitored twice a day by phone and being told not to travel. The four additional Garland contacts are considered extremely low risk. They are self-monitoring twice a day by phone and have no other restrictions.
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Garland Launches Feral Cat Program

October 10, 2014 
The City of Garland Animal Services Department, in partnership with Garland Pawsibilities, is launching a trap-neuter-return (TNR) program designed to humanely reduce the feral cat population in Garland.
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Joe Trevino Serenades Senior Social Hour

October 9, 2014 
Enjoy popular songs of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s performed by musician Joe Trevino. Mr. Trevino appears at the Nicholson Memorial Library’s Senior Social Hour at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 at the Central Library, 625 Austin St., in Downtown Garland.
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Historic Pace House to be Relocated Oct. 15

October 3, 2014 
Garland’s historic Pace House will move Oct. 15 to its new, permanent location at 317 South 11th Street in Garland’s Travis College Hill Historic District. The Oct. 15 move will cause some temporary road closures.
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Look for New Activities at Healthy Living Expo 2014

September 26, 2014 
If you’re looking for tips for a healthy, safe and efficient lifestyle, mark your calendar for Garland’s annual Healthy Living Expo! This year's Expo includes several new features, such as the Stop & Learn sessions, which will be presented at various exhibitor booths throughout the event. The event is set for Saturday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Curtis Culwell Center, 4999 Naaman Forest Blvd.
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Garland Youth Council Begins 2014-15 Activities

September 26, 2014 
In September, appointees for the Garland Youth Council were installed for the 2014-15 program year. Each member is appointed by the Mayor and City Council to give Garland’s youth a voice in local government and to learn more about local government’s role in its residents’ lives.
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Public Health Notice: Rabies Notification

September 23, 2014 
On Sept. 23, 2014, the Garland Animal Services division received notification of a laboratory confirmed case of rabies in a skunk captured in Garland near Fountain Hills Drive, on Sept. 21, 2014. One dog was known to have been exposed to the rabid skunk and is currently under quarantine.
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Healthy Living Expo 2014: Healthy You Activities

September 18, 2014 
Flu shots, health screenings and much more are available at Garland’s annual Healthy Living Expo. “Healthy You” exhibitors will offer a variety of free health screenings, including vision, hearing, bone density, blood pressure, cholesterol and more.
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Efficiency Idea Book - Another Winner!

September 18, 2014 
Garland’s Idea Book series has produced another winner, this time on the international stage. The Efficiency Idea Book, the latest in the series, has been awarded Silver for the Best Government Publication, Print or Digital in the Content Marketing Awards.
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September is National Preparedness Month

September 18, 2014 
September is National Preparedness Month, and the Office of Emergency Management is joining a variety of national, state, and local organizations, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in educating the public about preparing for emergencies.
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West Nile Virus Confirmed in Mosquitoes

September 3, 2014 
On September 3, 2014 the Garland Health Department (GHD) received a report of laboratory confirmed presence of West Nile Virus (WNV) in mosquitos collected in the 1400 block of E. Miller Road.
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Public Hearings Scheduled for GDC

September 3, 2014 
The City Council has scheduled public hearings to review the current draft of the Garland Development Code (GDC) and the proposed Zoning Map. The first public hearing will be held on Thursday, Sept. 11. Additional hearings, if needed, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 18 and Thursday, Sept. 25.
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Weekly Lawn Watering Resumes

August 29, 2014 
Effective Sept. 1, Garland Water Utilities customers will be allowed to water their lawns with sprinklers or irrigation systems one day a week through the end of October. Customers will be allowed to water their lawn on their designated garbage collection day.
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Public Education Efforts Win National Award

August 22, 2014 
The National Environmental Health Association recognized the City of Garland with its Educational Contribution Award for its efforts to inform and educate the public about mosquito control and prevention of mosquito-borne illnesses.
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Kids Explore Art at Garland Library

August 20, 2014 
Do you have creative kids who love to draw, paint or make crafts? The Nicholson Memorial Library System is offering a new monthly program series, Art Explorers, for children ages 6-12.
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Great Ideas Made Here!

August 18, 2014 
Garland’s award-winning Residential Idea Book has spun off a sequel. The Efficiency Idea Book helps Garland residents improve water and energy efficiency within their homes. The book includes do-it-yourself projects, family activities and much more.
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Find Your Perfect Book with NoveList

August 14, 2014 
Are you a fan of fairy tales? You can browse fairy tales and other types of novels written for adults in NoveList, a free online resource available to Nicholson Memorial Library System cardholders.
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Downtown Project Taking Shape

August 14, 2014 
Progress on the City Center Project in Downtown Garland is quickly becoming more visibly evident. The existing façade on the north side of City Hall has been removed and crews will soon begin installing the new skin, as well as foundation work for the new CGTV sounds studio on the south side of the building.
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Make Plans for Annual Labor Day Event

August 8, 2014 
The Noon Exchange Club of Garland is hosting the 69th Annual Labor Day Parade on Monday, Sept. 1 at 9 a.m. The fun continues on the Downtown Garland square with food, entertainment, a car show and much more! Check out the new parade route!
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It's Mosquito Season!

August 4, 2014 
Mosquito season is upon us! Find out how to protect your family and get the latest information on mosquito activity in Garland.
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Lawn Watering Restrictions Continue

July 24, 2014 
Due to limited water supplies, the City of Garland is operating under Stage 3 watering restrictions. Irrigation of landscapes with hose-end sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems will be limited to one day every other week based on your Recycling Schedule.
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Garland Fire Department Presents Scholarship Awards

July 10, 2014 
In 2013, the Garland Fire Department began a program that awards scholarships to deserving GISD high school seniors. The scholarship allows the high school graduates to attend Garland’s fire academy and receive their state firefighter certification.
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Using Tax Dollars Efficiently

July 3, 2014 
The City of Garland organization provides a wide range of services ranging from Animal Services to Water Utilities, employing 2,000 people. The City’s Purchasing and Warehouse Departments make sure all of these departments are able to affordably and legally procure the materials and services they need to operate.
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City Wins State Awards for Publications and Website

June 25, 2014 
The Public & Media Relations Department won the first-place TAMI Award for Internal Communications for its employee newsletter and weekly employee email at the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO) Conference in Richardson.
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Mayor's Evening Out

June 17, 2014 
Garland Mayor Douglas Athas will host his next “Mayor’s Evening Out” event on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m.
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City Council Recognizes Neighborhood Service

June 12, 2014 
Garland City Council awarded Donna Fields the 2013 Excellence in Neighborhood Service Award. Mayor Douglas Athas, on behalf of the City Council, recognized Fields for going “above and beyond” the expectations and duties of her position as plans examiner in the Building Inspections Department.
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Fair Housing and You

June 5, 2014 
Garland Fair Housing Services will host free English and Spanish workshops every third Saturday bi-monthly from 10 a.m. to noon at the City Unified Learning Center located at 232 Carver Drive. The date of the next workshop is Saturday, June 21.
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Heritage Celebration

May 21, 2014 
Be a part of the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Heritage Crossing pedestrian corridor that runs along the DGNO rail line, Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 10 a.m.
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Garland Heritage Celebration Features Historical Tours

May 16, 2014 
The City of Garland and the Garland Landmark Society will celebrate the city’s history on Saturday, May 31 with a full day of events, entertainment and family fun. The day will begin with the re-dedication of the Landmark Museum and the dedication of Heritage Crossing, at Sixth and Walnut Streets.
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Wynne Pool Delayed Opening

May 14, 2014 
Wynne Pool requires unexpected repairs which will delay the pool’s opening. We are working diligently to open Wynne Pool as soon as possible. All swimming lessons scheduled for Wynne Pool this summer have been moved to Bradfield and Holford pools. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause you and your family.
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Accepting Board Applications

May 12, 2014 
The City of Garland is accepting applications for two individuals to represent the City on the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors. Each representative will serve a two-year term beginning July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016.
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Garland Celebrates Heritage on May 31

April 18, 2014 
The City of Garland and the Landmark Society will host a Heritage Celebration and ribbon cutting of the new Heritage Crossing pedestrian corridor that runs along the DGNO rail line, Saturday, May 31, 2014.
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Garland Library Wins TLA Branding Iron Award

April 11, 2014 
In addition to honoring its eightieth anniversary, Garland’s Nicholson Memorial Library System has another reason to celebrate. The Library recently accepted a Texas Library Association PR Branding Iron Award for Print Media Advertising.
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Downtown Construction Update

April 4, 2014 
Downtown visitors will see more development activity in the coming weeks. Preparations will begin in April for the demolition of the municipal annex building at 203 N. Fifth St. and the City-owned building at 504 W. State Street.
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NTMWD Board Vacancy

March 28, 2014 
The City of Garland is accepting applications for an individual to represent the City on the North Texas Municipal Water District Board of Directors for a two-year term beginning June 1, 2014 to May 31, 2016.
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Electronics Collection & Document Shredding Event

March 28, 2014 
In celebration of Earth Day, Environmental Waste Services will host an electronics collection and paper shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon April 26. The event will be held in the parking lot north of the Curtis Culwell Center, 4999 Naaman Forest Blvd.
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Garland Youth Council Hosts "Teen Talk" March 29

March 4, 2014 
The City of Garland wants to hear from Garland teens about growing a better community now and for the future. The Garland Youth Council will host Garland Teen Talk on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Garland City Hall.
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Garland Arts Website Earns Award

February 27, 2014 
The Granville Arts Center is adding another award to its trophy case. The Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS) presented Arts Center representatives with the Best Web Site Award on Feb. 21 in Corpus Christi.
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The Atrium Earns Choice Awards Honor

February 20, 2014 
WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace named The Atrium at the Granville Arts Center as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards 2014 for wedding venues in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
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Mayor's Evening Out

February 13, 2014 
Garland Mayor Douglas Athas will host his next “Mayor’s Evening Out” event on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m.
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2014 Capital Improvement Program Approved

February 7, 2014 
On Feb. 4 the Garland City Council approved the 2014 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) which outlines the planned investments in the City’s infrastructure, municipal facilities, specialized equipment, and economic development initiatives over the next five years.
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Trout Lily Tour

February 3, 2014 
The Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest will host the Annual Trout Lily Tour on Saturday, February 22 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
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Holiday Schedule

January 17, 2014 
All City of Garland offices and facilities, including Utility Customer Service, will be closed Monday, Jan. 20 for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
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Flu Season Update

January 6, 2014 
Two flu-related deaths have been reported in Garland. Flu vaccines are still available at Garland's Public Health Clinic.
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Holiday Schedule

December 26, 2013 
City of Garland offices, including Utility Customer Service, recreation centers, senior centers and libraries, will be closed Jan. 1, 2014.
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Storm Debris Collection Update

December 19, 2013 
Due to the damage to trees and vegetation caused by the recent winter storm, Environmental Waste Services will not be able to pick up all the tree limbs and other excessive brush on the regular collection schedule.
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Beware of Utility Scams

November 22, 2013 
Garland residents have made the City aware of numerous utility bill payment scams in our community. These scams are similar to many being reported nationwide.
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Nov. 5 - Election Day

November 2, 2013 
On Nov. 5, Garland voters will have the opportunity to vote "yes" or "no" for a referendum that would increase the City of Garland property tax rate by 2 cents, with those funds being used exclusively for street refurbishments.
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"Tree Power" Giveaway - Nov. 2

October 24, 2013 
The "Tree Power" Free Tree program teams Garland Power & Light with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department to provide a free tree for Garland residents in an effort to conserve energy and beautify the community.
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Garland Public Health Clinic Offers Flu Shots

October 15, 2013 
The City of Garland Public Health Clinic has scheduled a series of flu shot clinics throughout the city during October and November. Flu shots and other services also are available at the Public Health Clinic located at 206 Carver Drive.
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Mayor Hosts Evening Out

September 12, 2013 
Garland Mayor Douglas Athas will host his next “Mayor’s Evening Out” event on Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 5 to 7 p.m.
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City Hall Electric Service Upgrades

August 27, 2013 
During Labor Day weekend, temporary service disruptions will take place as a result of an electric service upgrade at City Hall. The installation will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30 through 7 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2.
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Historic Railcar Makes a Successful Journey

August 22, 2013 
The City of Garland relocated its historic Santa Fe railcar Thursday morning from a lot behind City Hall to its new home in the Walnut Pedestrian Corridor directly behind the Central Library on the south side of Walnut St. at Sixth St.
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Update on Status of Pace and Lyles/Tinsley House

August 12, 2013 
The City of Garland is not accepting any offers related to the Pace and Lyles/Tinsley houses at this time. The City Council has directed staff to explore the costs and feasibility of moving the houses to a city-owned location for public use.
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Healthy Living Expo 2013

August 2, 2013 
If you’re looking for tips for a healthy, safe and environmentally friendly lifestyle, mark your calendar for Garland’s annual Healthy Living Expo. The event is set for Saturday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Curtis Culwell Center, 4999 Naaman Forest Blvd.
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Board Members Needed

June 27, 2013 
The City of Garland is accepting applications for two individuals to represent the City on the Garland Housing Finance Corporation (GHFC) Board of Directors for a six-year term ending August 31, 2019.
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Holiday Schedule

June 27, 2013 
City of Garland offices will be closed Thursday, July 4, 2013 for Independence Day. Trash and recycling will be picked up on July 4.
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Lawnchair Theater

June 13, 2013 
Have you been to the Lawnchair Theater? Join Garland Parks and Recreation for movies in the park, Fridays, June 14 and June 21.
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Volunteers Needed

June 11, 2013 
The Garland City Council is looking for citizens interested in serving on a wide variety of advisory boards and commissions.
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Garland Celebrates Arbor Day

April 25, 2013 
The City of Garland Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department will conduct their annual Arbor Day celebration at Montgomery Park, 2905 Edgewood on Friday, April 26 at 10 a.m. A Shumard Red Oak tree will be planted in celebration of Arbor Day.
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Garland Power & Light Recognized for Reliability

March 29, 2013 
Garland Power & Light is one of 184 of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities to earn Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®)1 recognition from the American Public Power Association for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service.
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Department Wins State Awards

March 27, 2013 
The City of Garland Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department (PRCAD) was honored with 2 awards at the annual Texas Recreation & Park Society (TRAPS) state conference held in Lubbock, March 6-8, 2013.
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Are you Registered for CodeRED

March 6, 2013 
Will you receive the latest emergency alerts from the City of Garland? You can subscribe to have them sent to your home phone, cell phone and business phone through the CodeRED emergency communication system. Be SURE to opt in for automated weather alerts, too!
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No Cell Phones in School Zones

February 1, 2013 
If you drive in a Garland school zone while talking on your hand-held phone, you could get a ticket. Garland Police will soon be enforcing state law in the city's 106 school zones.
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20th Annual Trout Lily Tour

February 1, 2013 
The Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest will host the 20th Annual Trout Lily Tour on Feb. 23. Free tours will begin at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
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Sweetheart Dance

January 25, 2013 
Dads, granddads, and uncles, watch your little one shine at the Sweetheart Dance, Saturday, February 2.
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Water System Maintenance

January 10, 2013 
North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) will conduct chlorine maintenance on its water transmission system beginning January 14 and ending on February 11, 2013.
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Animal Shelter - January Special

January 4, 2013 
Donate old blankets or towels and adopt a cat or kitten for 50% off. The warmth of a blanket can warm a sheltered pet's cold nose. All adoptions include spay/neuter, rabies vaccinations and city registration.
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Holiday Schedule

December 17, 2012 
Trash/recycling/bulky goods pickup will proceed today according to the previously announced holiday schedule.
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Garland Names New Transportation Director

December 13, 2012 
The City of Garland welcomes a familiar face to take the helm of its Transportation Department. Paul Luedtke has been named Director of Transportation. His span of responsibilities will include establishing and recommending traffic control regulations and devices, maintaining and operating the City’s traffic signal system, traffic control signs and pavement markings. The Transportation Department also oversees the School Crossing Guard program, the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program, development reviews and coordination with other transportation agencies.
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Firewheel Golf Park Moves Up in 2012 DFW Public Golf Rankings List

November 8, 2012 
The Firewheel Golf Park Bridges Course ranked first for Most Improved golf course in Avid Golfer magazine’s public golf rankings list. The Bridges Course also ranked fourth among the Top 5 Mid-Priced courses, fourth for Best Renovations, and 22nd out of 65 in the 2012 DFW Public Golf Rankings list—up ten spots from the previous year.

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Christmas on the Square

November 7, 2012 
Garland’s annual Christmas on the Square event will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in Downtown Garland at State and Main streets.
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Tap into "Tree Power"

September 21, 2012 
The “Tree Power Free Tree” program teams Garland Power & Light with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department to provide a free tree for Garland residents in an effort to conserve energy and beautify the community.
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For a Healthy You!

September 20, 2012 
Most of us will set goals each year to improve our health and fitness. Garland's annual Healthy Living Expo can help you check your progress and provide you with information and tools for living a healthier lifestyle.
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Pets, Pledges, Pink Firetrucks & More!

September 19, 2012 
Pets, pledges and pink firetrucks are among the many features that will take center stage this Saturday at Garland's Healthy Living Expo. The event is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Curtis Culwell Center, 4999 Naaman Forest Blvd.
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Women's Health & Fitness Fair

September 18, 2012 
Join the Senior Activity Center, Wednesday, September 26 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the nation’s largest annual health promotion event for women of all ages.
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Un-Clutter Your World

September 14, 2012 
Be sure to check your closets, medicine cabinets and garage before visiting this year's Healthy Living Expo. You'll have a chance to un-clutter your world!
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Garland's Gone Camping

September 10, 2012 
Grab your tent and sleeping bags and head to Audubon Park, October 20 and 21. Enjoy a night hike, games, s'mores, a camp fire, and an outdoor movie.
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Healthy Living Expo 2012

September 6, 2012 
Most people will set goals to live healthier, save money or get rid of clutter. Garland’s annual Healthy Living Expo can help you achieve those goals with exhibits, demonstrations and information sharing about healthy, safe and efficient lifestyles.
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Dog-A-Palooza

July 30, 2012 
Dip your paws in the water with your faithful canine companion, August 18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holford Pool.
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Low-Cost Pet Registration

July 27, 2012 

Garland Animal Services will be offering low-cost rabies vaccinations, registrations, microchipping and DHHP/FVRCP on Saturday, July 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. This event will take place at the Garland Animal Shelter 600 Tower St.

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Water Taste and Odor

July 20, 2012 
Have you noticed an odor and change in the way your water tastes? Don't let this change alarm you because it is a natural occurrence called algal bloom.
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Mayor's Evening Out

July 13, 2012 
Garland Mayor Ronald E. Jones will host his quarterly “Mayor’s Evening Out” event on Thursday, July 19, 2012 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the South Garland Library, 4845 Broadway Blvd.
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Auditions for Mosaic Festival Performers

July 3, 2012 
Auditions for the 2012 Mosaic Festival of Garland will be held on Saturday, July 14 from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Plaza Theatre in Downtown Garland. Performing groups interested in scheduling an audition time can call Debbie McAnally at 972-205-2785.
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City Holiday Schedule

June 27, 2012 
Most City of Garland facilities will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. However, city swimming pools and Environmental Waste Services will operate on a normal schedule.
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Get Hooked on Crochet at the Library

May 17, 2012 
Preteens and teens, would you like to learn how to crochet this summer? You can learn to crochet for free at the Nicholson Memorial Library System’s Hooked on Crochet Workshop, designed specifically for teens and preteens.
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Accepting Applications - DART Board

April 30, 2012 
The City of Garland is accepting applications for two individuals to represent the City on the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors. Each representative will serve a two-year term beginning July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2014.
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Election Information

April 16, 2012 
The Garland City General Election is May 12. Early voting begins April 30. Follow the link to information about polling locations, voter registration and more.
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Accepting Applications

April 16, 2012 
The City of Garland is accepting applications for an individual to represent the City on the Texas Municipal Power Agency Board of Directors for a two-year term ending July 18, 2014. Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest and resume to the City Manager’s Office at 200 N. Fifth Street, 4th Floor, Garland, TX 75040 or by email at admin@garlandtx.gov no later than 5 p.m. April 30.
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Garland Youth Council Accepting Applications

March 30, 2012 
The Garland City Council wants to hear from the city’s youth and invites young people to apply to serve on the Garland Youth Council. The Youth Council’s mission is to provide a forum, which educates Garland’s youth to the various workings of City business, and allows youth to voice ideas and concerns.
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Important Reminder!

March 23, 2012 
Updated and improved routes for residential trash, recycling, and brush and bulky goods pickup has resulted in some missed collections. Environmental Waste Services reminds everyone to place their items at the collection point no later than 7 a.m. on your collection day!
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High Water Road Closure

March 20, 2012 
The Street Department has closed Miller Road between Centerville Road and Dexham Road in conjunction with the City of Rowlett due to water over the roadway. Also closed is Campbell Road at Rowlett Creek between Brand And Water Oak Drive.

Naaman School Road between the two segments of Brand is now open.

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March is SmartScape Month

February 20, 2012 
Composting is one of the best ways to amend soil for the planting and growing season, and also keeps organic waste out of the landfill and returns valuable fertilizer to the earth.
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Volunteers Needed for Trash-Off Event

January 24, 2012 
The Keep Garland Beautiful annual spring cleanup program, Don't Mess with Texas Trash-Off, is set for Saturday, April 14. Volunteers are needed to beautiful parks, neighborhoods and roadways.
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Veteran's Day in Garland

November 2, 2011 
Garland, Texas - November 2, 2011 - As part of the Veteran's Day activities in Garland, the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department will commemorate the thirty one Garland residents who were killed in action during World War II. The plaque dedication ceremony will start at 5 p.m. at the Veteran's Tribute Garden on the grounds of the Senior Activity Center, 600 West Ave. A.
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Yeatts Appointed to Texas Public Health Funding & Policy Committee

October 17, 2011 
Garland, Texas - October 17, 2011 - Vikki Yeatts, MSN, RN, Public Health Administrator for the City of Garland, was selected by the Texas Department of State Health Services to serve as a member of the Public Health Funding and Policy Committee established by Senate Bill 969 in the 82nd Legislative Session.
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Garland Public Health Nurse Receives National Award

September 29, 2011 
Garland, Texas - September 29, 2011 - During her 15 years as public health administrator at the Garland Health Department, Victoria Yeatts, MSN, RN, has forged a partnership with the Garland Independent School District (GISD) resulting in a student immunization coverage level of 92 percent. For her leadership in ensuring the immunization of students and other efforts to promote vaccination, Yeatts has earned the American Nurses Association’s Immunity Award for September 2011.
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Garland CMC Presents the Mosaic Festival

September 27, 2011 
Garland, Texas – September 27, 2011 – The City of Garland welcomes the return of the Mosaic Multicultural Festival of Art, Dance and Music. The City of Garland’s Community Multicultural Commission will stage this event on Saturday, October 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the new Hollabaugh Recreation Center and Pavilion, located at 3925 West Walnut Street between Jupiter and Plano Road in Garland.
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Debbie Reynolds to Perform in Garland

September 16, 2011 
Garland, Texas – August 16, 2011 - The Garland Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department will celebrate their 11th Annual Veterans Day Tribute by hosting the legendary film and performing star Debbie Reynolds. Ms. Reynolds will perform Friday, November 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Granville Arts Center, 300 North Fifth Street, in Garland, bringing Garland a delightful evening of music and comedy.
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Second Annual Outdoor Festival

September 16, 2011 
City of Garland and Bass Pro Shops to Co-Sponsor Event

Garland, TX, August 16, 2011 - Outdoor recreation offers many healthy and life-enhancing benefits for people of all ages and abilities. To help motivate people to get off the couch and become more active, the Garland Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department and Bass Pro Shops have joined together to host the second annual Outdoor Festival on Saturday, September 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bass Pro Shops on Lake Ray Hubbard in Garland.
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City of Garland Department Receives Award for“Excellence In Code Enforcement”

September 8, 2011 
Garland, Texas - September 8, 2011 - The Building Official’s Association of Texas recently named the City of Garland Code Compliance Department as the recipient of its first annual “Excellence in Code Enforcement” awards program. The goal of the award is to recognize organizations which provide top quality certification, education and inspection programs. Garland Code Compliance was selected based on its Single Family Rental program.
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Bring Your Business to Garland

September 2, 2011 
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Dog-A-Poolooza 2011

August 12, 2011 
Garland, Texas -- August 12, 2011 -- Splash day for pooches is right around the corner! Garland Pawsibilities is hosting Dog-A-Poolooza on Saturday, August 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holford Park Pool, 2322 Homestead Place.
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Fair Housing Input Needed

August 12, 2011 
Garland, Texas -- August 12, 2011 -- The City of Garland wants to hear from Garland residents about its fair housing programs and policies. Feedback options include an online survey and in person.
The City of Garland will hold a Public Meeting on Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at the South Garland Library, located at 4845 Broadway Blvd., Garland, Texas, 75043. This meeting is intended to inform Garland residents about the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI), as well as provide an opportunity for all to participate in the AI planning process.
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Library Offers Powerspeak

August 10, 2011 
Garland, Texas - August 10, 2011 - Would you like to learn a new language? You can with Powerspeak, an online language program, accessible free from your library!
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CMC Seeks Artists, Vendors for 2011 Mosaic Festival

August 8, 2011 
Garland, Texas – August 8, 2011 – The City of Garland welcomes the return of the Mosaic Multicultural Festival of Art, Dance and Music on Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The City’s Community Multicultural Commission (CMC) will stage this event at the new Hollabaugh Recreation Center and Pavilion, located at 3925 West Walnut Street between Jupiter Street and Plano Road in Garland.
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Quiet Zone Established at Certain Garland Railroad Crossings

July 12, 2011 
Beginning July 12, 2011, a railroad quiet zone will be established by the City of Garland along the Kansas City Southern Railroad mainline, in order to improve safety and minimize the impacts of train horn noise. The KCS mainline runs from south to north Garland along side South Garland Avenue and Lavon Drive as well as throught downtown Garland. Railroad quiet zones are federally approved groups of railroad crossings at which train horns are NOT routinely sounded.

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Healthy Living Expo 2011 - Save the Date!

May 5, 2011 
Garland, Texas – May 5, 2011 – Mark your calendars for Garland’s annual Healthy Living Expo set for Saturday, September 24, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Garland ISD Special Events Center. The Expo will provide important information about healthy lifestyles for both people and the environment in which we live.
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City Code Inspector Wins State Award

April 19, 2011 
Garland, Texas -- April 19, 2011 -- Oswaldo Rodriguez, field supervisor in the City of Garland Code Compliance Department, is being recognized by Keep Texas Beautiful as the winner of the 2011 Ed Davis Litter Law Enforcement Award. This award recognizes an individual law enforcement professional who goes above and beyond the call of duty in their approach to the enforcement of environmental laws and regulations. The first place winner also receives a $500 cash award.
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City of Garland Wins State Recognition

April 18, 2011 
Garland, Texas -- April 18, 2011 -- The City of Garland is the third place winner in the prestigious Governor’s Community Achievement Award, an annual award that recognizes communities across the state with the best grassroots environmental programs.
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Video Wins State Recognition

April 15, 2011 
Garland, Texas -- April 15, 2011 -- The “Race to Save Space” video created by the City of Garland Public and Media Affairs and Environmental Waste Services Departments is being honored with a first place Keep Texas Beautiful Award in the Electronic Media category. Awards will be presented on June 23 in Austin at the 44th Annual Keep Texas Beautiful Conference.
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Tree Power Free Tree 2011

April 7, 2011 
The "Tree Power Free Tree" program teams Garland Power & Light with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department to provide a free tree for Garland residents in an effort to conserve energy and beautify the community.

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New Brand Identity To Showcase Garland’s Unique Features

March 29, 2011 
The City of Garland’s 2004 Bond Referendum included improvements to Pleasant Valley Road from Firewheel Parkway to Richfield Drive. The improvements include widening the existing 2-lane asphalt roadway to a 4-lane concrete, divided thoroughfare complete with curb and gutter, underground drainage, sidewalks and utility improvements.
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GPD Announces Promotions and Assignment Changes

February 25, 2011 
New promotions within the Garland Police Department will become effective next week and will lead to changes within the leadership of the department. Five officers are promoting to the rank of Lieutenant and two Lieutenants will promote to the rank of Captain.
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Athas Re-appointed to National League of Cities’ First Tier Suburbs Council

January 27, 2011 
Garland, Texas – January 27, 2011 – Douglas Athas, Garland City Council District 1, was re-appointed to the National League of Cities’ (NLC) 2011 First Tier Suburbs Council. The First Tier Suburbs Council works to address the unique set of challenges faced by municipalities located outside of central cities and inside the ring of developing suburbs and rural areas.
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Envision Garland Public Hearing #3

January 24, 2011 
The Garland Plan Commission will host its third public hearing on the Envision Garland comprehensive plan at their Monday, January 24, 2011 regular meeting. Garland residents, property owners, business owners, and other community stakeholders are invited to participate.
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Animal Services Partners with PetSmart for Cat Adoptions

January 19, 2011 
Garland, Texas -- January 19, 2011 -- Garland Animal Services is proud to announce a cat adoption partnership with PetSmart Charities. Selected cats from the Garland Animal Shelter will be available for immediate adoption at the new PetSmart® store in Wylie. The cat habitat at the PetSmart store will provide a high profile venue for approximately 8 to 10 cats and the Garland Animal Shelter will ensure cats are consistently available at the store for adoption.
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Garland Announces Enhancements to Animal Services Department

December 10, 2010 
GARLAND, Texas – December 10, 2010 – The City of Garland is implementing an expansion and improvement of its humane animal services policies. Garland Animal Services has created a new partnership with Garland Pawsibilities, a local nonprofit group dedicated to finding good homes for adoptable animals, to open a new Pet Adoption Center. The center will be located at Shiloh Road and Kingsley at a former fire station.
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