The 27th annual National Night Out was celebrated throughout Schertz in driveways, streets, cul-de-sacs, pavilions, and parks from Northcliffe to Ware-Seguin Road. The anti-crime, meet-your-neighbors event gave the community a chance to meet (and thank) area emergency services personnel and other local officials.
More than 20 street parties were attended by city personnel and more were visited by on and off duty police officers. The event is held annually and the City of Schertz wants to help make your neighborhood party a great time to celebrate what it means to be a resident of Schertz.
For questions about National Night Out or to add your community to next year’s event, contact Officer Shawn Ceeko at 210-619-1253.
Folks came from miles around to hear the smooth sounds of La Mafia and the Josh Abbott Band, and savory BBQ from around the country. The 3rd Annual SchertzFest, held in Pickrell Park September 24th and 25th in Schertz, was a festival time for family, fun and frolicking. But, don’t distress! If you missed the event this year, stay tuned. The Schertz Parks and Recreation Foundation will be hosting the 4th of July Jubilee and another SchertzFest in 2011.
From Officer Shawn Ceeko, Schertz Police Department ~ Special Projects Divisions
The 27th annual National Night Out is nearly upon us. Scheduled for October 5th, 2010, the event offers a chance for members of the Schertz community to get together and meet one another. Originally designed to promote cooperation between local Law Enforcement and the community, the City of Schertz has taken this concept to the next level by inviting all of Schertz Emergency Services, the Schertz administration staff, and the Schertz City Council, to help us meet the citizen’s we serve. This is an opportunity to meet the leaders of the community, and the “Hero’s” that protect and help us in our time of need.
As a resident of Schertz, and a Schertz Police Officer, I feel it is very important to get out, and meet your neighbors. Knowing who your neighbors are, and harboring a positive relationship with them is an effective tool in Crime Prevention. A community that watches out for each other is less likely to become victims of crime, than one that does not.
So please join us for this year’s National Night Out. It is sure to be a good time. For questions about National Night Out, please contact me at 210-619-1253.
The Drug Enforcement Administration and government, community, public health and law enforcement partners today announced a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. DEA will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at sites nationwide on Saturday, September 25th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.
“Today we are launching a first-ever National Prescription Drug Take-Back campaign that will provide a safe way for Americans to dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs,” said Michele M. Leonhart, Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration. “This effort symbolizes DEA’s commitment to halting the disturbing rise in addiction caused by their misuse and abuse. Working together with our state and local partners, the medical community, anti-drug coalitions, and a concerned public, we will eliminate a major source of abused prescription drugs, and reduce the hazard they pose to our families and communities in a safe, legal, and environmentally sound way.”
“With this National Prescription Drug Take-Back campaign, we are aggressively reaching out to individuals to encourage them to rid their households of unused prescription drugs that pose a safety hazard and can contribute to prescription drug abuse,” said Acting Deputy Attorney General Gary G. Grindler. “The Department of Justice is committed to doing everything we can to make our communities safer, and this initiative represents a new front in our efforts.”
“Prescription drug abuse is the Nation’s fastest-growing drug problem, and take-back events like this one are an indispensable tool for reducing the threat that the diversion and abuse of these drugs pose to public health,” said Director of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske. “The Federal/state/and local collaboration represented in this initiative is key in our national efforts to reduce pharmaceutical drug diversion and abuse.”
Collection sites in every local community can be found by going to www.dea.gov.
This site will be continuously updated with new take-back locations. Other participants in this initiative include the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy; the Partnership for a Drug-Free America; the International Association of Chiefs of Police; the National Association of Attorneys General; the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy; the Federation of State Medical Boards; and the National District Attorneys Association.
The Schertz Collection site will be located at the Schertz Police Department (1404 Schertz Parkway, Schertz, Texas 78154).
Drop off at Bexar Waste Site
Items dropped off here will be free of charge.
Drop off Site Open Oct 9-24, 2010 (See below for hazardous items drop off times)
Drop offs may be made at Bexar Waste’s temporary collection point, 2221 F.M. 3009 (Near Live Oak Road) between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily.
During the two-week clean up, Bexar Waste will pick up household waste (for a fee, prices determined by Bexar Waste) not covered under their normal collection service, such as lumber and general trash as well as major appliances and furniture. If you have questions regarding the details, please call Bexar Waste 210-566-5454.
Schertz Public Works provides year-round curbside chipping service of brush and tree limbs on Fridays for a fee of $25 per half hour. To make an appointment for brush and tree limb chipping service, call Public Works 210-619-1800. Chipping will be scheduled as first come, first served. Again, you must call and make an appointment. Please note: Bexar Waste picks up small bundles of brush and tree limbs (maximum length of 4 feet and maximum total weight of 50 pounds) with normal trash pick-up without any additional charges.
What you need to know:
The Fall Clean Up is restricted to Schertz residents only. Waste delivered must be separated by type of material by the resident. Fall Clean Up activities do not apply to commercial property clean up, large property clean up, lot or acreage clean up, or lot and property land clearing. Commercial tree trimmers are not eligible for this service.
A current water bill or tax statement and proper identification are required when making a drop-off. Commercial waste will not be accepted.
1. Couches, Refrigerators, Stoves, Computer/Monitors, anything and everything that IS NOT HAZARDOUS OR TIRES can be dropped off, free of charge, during the clean up, Monday through Sunday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
2. Materials WILL BE sorted by customer, NOT BY Bexar Waste employees.
3. Appliances will be ACCEPTED FREE ONLY IF Freon tank is removed, if Freon tank is still attached there will be a $25.00 fee at time of drop off. Any questions concerning the Freon tank removal, please contact Bexar Waste.
Hazardous Items/Tires and Drop off Times
1. HAZARDOUS ITEMS and TIRES may be dropped off ONLY on the weekends of October 16-17 and 23-24, 2010.
2. Hazardous waste includes but is not limited to:
a. Insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, chemicals, cleaning and bleach products, swimming pool cleaners and chemicals, enamel and latex paints in cans and aerosol dispensers, varnish and stains, paint thinners and removers, acetone, etc.
b. TIRES are considered hazardous. Tires are limited to eight (8) per household.
c. Tires on rims, or wheels, commercial vehicle tires, tractor tires, and heavy equipment tires WILL NOT be accepted.
d. Automotive hazardous waste such as used oil, filters and batteries.
e. Empty propane tanks up to seven (7) gallons – VALVE MUST BE ENTIRELY REMOVED.
f. Mercury WILL NOT be accepted.
For more information about the Fall Clean Up and what will and will not be accepted, please call Bexar Waste 210-566-5454 or Schertz Public Works 210-619-1800. You may also dial 311 within the City of Schertz.
The City of Schertz and Bexar Waste are not responsible for damage to vehicles or injury to citizens during this event.
The City of Schertz and Bexar Waste reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for not following the rules of the clean up.
Railroad crews will upgrade Friesenhahn Road on Friday, Sept. 17, between the hours of 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Crews will have the surface back in before the afternoon school buses run. The railroad will use its own barricades and have employees on site for the short duration to answer any questions the driving public may have.