The Colony Fire Department has deployed resources to assist with the statewide emergency response toHurricane Harvey. A TCFD Division Chief left Sunday morning as part of a communications and incident management team. On Sunday afternoon, an engine company was requested as part of a strike team associated with the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS). The team is comprised of members of TCFD, Flower Mound, Lewisville, Lake Cities and Southlake FDs, and was headed to north Houston. This morning, TIFMAS requested a brush truck as part of a strike team leaving out of Plano and headed to Rockport. They are expected to be gone at least five days. Residents wishing to assist victims of the hurricane are encouraged to make monetary donations to the Red Cross, which is operating three shelters in the D-FW area. Please do not take donated items to shelters as they don’t have the staffing or storage to support such donations. New/gently used clothing, toiletries and non-perishables may be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at Trusted World, 15660 N. Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75248. Click here for more info.
Motorists are reminded that the Texas Legislature passed a statewide ban on texting and driving back in June, which goes into effect on Friday, Sept. 1. Under the new law, drivers are prohibited from reading, writing, or sending electronic messages while operating a motor vehicle. Motorists may still talk on the phone while driving but only with a hands-free device. Violations are punishable by a fine but the new law also states that if an accident caused by texting and driving results in the death or serious bodily injury of another person, they can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $4,000 and a jail term not to exceed one year. Full text of the law is available here.
Did you know that The Colony has an Adult Kickball League? This fun, active league for adult ages 16 and up plays games on Monday evenings at The Colony Five Star Complex, 4100 Blair Oaks Drive. Teams are made up of at least five men and five women, and can have a maximum of 20 players total. It’s fun for all ages! The fall season will kick off on Monday, Sept. 18. You may register at The Colony Recreation Center, 5151 North Colony Blvd., or online at playtc.com, through Sept 7. Call 972-625-1106 for more info.
OK, it’s not actually this week but now is the time everyone needs to know that the first day of school in Lewisville ISD is nextMonday, Aug. 28. Be prepared for additional traffic on the roads during your morning commute, including school buses. If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop. The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children – stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus. Also, observe school zone speed limits and watch for children on sidewalks and crossing streets going to and from campus. School is already underway in neighboring ISDs, including Little Elm (which serves The Tribute subdivision), Frisco, and Plano. Drive safe!
According to the Red Cross, a decline in new and current blood donors has made it difficult for the agency to keep pace with hospital patient needs. By giving blood, you can help sustain a sufficient community blood supply. The Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, at the City Hall Annex, 6804 Main St. To make an appointment, click hereor visit redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code “colonycommunity.” In less time than it can take to go out to eat, you can make a difference for cancer patients, accident victims, and others in need. Call 972-624-2246 for more info. (This drive was previously scheduled to be held at the Community Center.)
Starting now and leading into Labor Day weekend, The Colony Police Department is putting additional officers on the streets dedicated to patrolling for impaired drivers. This is effort is possible thanks to a grant from TxDOT. According to a recent release, the additional enforcement should serve as a reminder and a warning to those that might contemplate operating a vehicle while impaired. The increased enforcement period began Friday, Aug. 18, and will continue through Sunday, Sept. 3. If you observe an impaired driver please contact The Colony Police Department by dialing 9-1-1.
Active families make for a healthy community! We encourage you to Get Out & Play with us from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, at Kids Colony Playground, 5151 North Colony Blvd. Our Parks & Recreation Department brings the fun, you bring the energy! We will have all kinds of games to play including kickball, disc golf, 9 Square in the Air, and much more. Bring your brothers and sisters and all of your friends, and come play! This FREE event is recommended for ages 5-12. A snack will be provided for all participants at the conclusion of the games. Call Parks & Rec for more info at 972-625-1106.
In response to a positive pool test for West Nile virus in mosquitoes last week, truck-mounted adult mosquito treatments are scheduled for 9 p.m. Monday,Aug. 7, in the Wilcox Park area. This is the second of two scheduled treatments for that area, the first of which occurred Sunday night. Click here for more information, including a mapof the treatment zone. Click here for info about the city’s overall mosquito control program and personal protection tips. Please bear in mind the city only sprays for mosquitoes in response to a positive test for disease in a given area.
Traffic flow through the parking lot in City Hall will be altered overnight starting at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7, through 6 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8. Contractors will be performing routine maintenance on a cell tower, and will be blocking the western-most part of the lot. Thru-traffic will still be able to pass under the awning (9-6 clearance) to access either the utility billing or library book drop-offs on either side of the building. Click here for more details, including a map.