8/14/2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vol. 8, Issue 8
 
 
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This Issue

 MOST VIGILANT CITY!

EL PASO IS #1!
El Paso is the Most Vigilant City in America! MyLife, a social media website, recently did an analysis of data to determine the most vigilant cities in the US, and El Paso ranked #1! MyLife analysis included 5 sets of data: Crime Rate, Larceny, Theft, Property Crime, Identity Theft Consumer Complaints, and Fraud Consumer Complaints.
 
It's interesting to see how being just a bit more cautious about your surroundings, locking your doors, and using secure passwords can go a long way. The top cities were fairly spread out, geographically. All cities in the top ten ranked below 70 in all categories. El Paso ranked fifth for lowest fraud complaints and 17th in low crime reports.
 
 


 WATERMELON WEDNESDAYS AT THE ZOO!


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THINGS GET JUICY EVERYWEDNESDAY IN AUGUST AT THE EL PASO ZOO
WITH WATERMELON WEDNESDAYS
 
Animals to Receive Treats all Month
 
Each Wednesday in August, Zoo residents will be offered a popular summertime treat. Zoo animals will enjoy Watermelon Wednesdays by munching on, crawling in or stomping on this juicy and sticky treat.
 
This refreshing and delicious treat offers a versatile change of pace for the animals, enhancing their ever-changing enrichment program. Animal enrichment is provided to animals to provide mental and physical stimulation in their daily lives.
 
“Enrichment is offered daily to all animals, but watermelons add a juicy, sticky change of pace. It will be fun to see what each animal does with their treat,” said Carrie Trudeau, Animal Enrichment Coordinator.
 
The community is invited to join in on the fun by visiting the Zoo and watching the animals enjoy their sweet treat.
 
Visit the elpasozoo.org/event-calendar for a complete schedule
 
The zoo is open daily from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Ticket booth closes at 4 p.m. Admission prices are $6 for 3–12 yrs.; $10 for 13–59 yrs.; $7.50 for 60 yrs. & older; children 2 and under are free; active military and spouse with I.D. $7.50.
 


 EPMA WINS 2014 BEST MUSEUM OR GALLERY


The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) is honored once again to have been selected as El Paso’s Best Museum or Gallery by the readers of What’s Up! Magazine. EPMA has received this designation for the last several years in a row. 
 
Thank you El Paso for your ongoing support and friendship. We hope to see you in the galleries soon!
 
 
 
 


 COMMUNITY AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

HONORED WITH NATIONAL AWARD
The National Community Development Association (NCDA) presented the City of El Paso’s Department of Community and Human Development, the John A. Sasso National Community Development Week Award at the National Community Development Association’s (NCDA) 2014 Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio.  This is the 8th time the Department has received this prestigious award.  
The John A. Sasso National Community Development Award recognizes communities that exemplify the spirit of the Community Development Block Grant Program (a federal grant the City receives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development or HUD) by showcasing its works through the activities and events during Community Development Week. Applicants were required to provide empirical evidence that highlighted the City’s dedication to positively affect the lives of its lower income residents.
 
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 PUBLIC LIBRARY CELEBRATES 120 YEARS

OF SERVICE TO EL PASO
In the fall of 1894, teacher Mary Irene Stanton donated her own personal collection of books and opened a reading room for her students, at the old Sheldon building in downtown El Paso, ushering in the era of libraries in El Paso.  Within a few years, the room was open to everyone and became the foundation of the longest continuously operating public library system in Texas. 
 
Today, EPPL boasts one main library two blocks north of the original location, 11 branch libraries, one art library with the El Paso Museum of Art, one partnership library with El Paso Community College, two bookmobiles and one mobile technology center.  Through these facilities, EPPL provides book and materials lending, computer access, research archives, training in technology, citizenship classes, story times, concerts, movies, knitting classes, chess instruction, video game tournaments, poetry readings and many more services for free; the only requisite being interest. 
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 LIBRARY TO UNVEIL NEW BOOKMOBILES

OF SERVICE TO EL PASO
The El Paso Public Library will unveil 2 new bookmobiles in September that were provided for by the 2012 Quality of Life bond election.  Bookmobiles are mobile libraries that offer many of the same services as brick and mortar libraries.  The two units are smaller than the larger, less accessible unit they are replacing.  Each of the new units will be wheel chair accessible and will have a canopy for outdoor seating.  One of the units will offer route service with regularly schedules stops throughout El Paso. The second unit, being dubbed the Kidsmobile, will go to special functions such as school visits, community fairs, outreach events and other locations on an as needed basis.  Community groups can request the presence of the Kidsmobile for their events by calling 543-5470.  For information on the bookmobile’s schedule visit www.elpasolibrary.org or call 543-5433.

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